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  • Mexico disarms 1,200 police accused of gang ties

    01/20/2014 12:23:56 PM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | 20 January 2014 | AFP
    Mexico has disarmed more than 1,200 local police officers suspected of colluding with drug traffickers in Michoacan state and arrested 38 members of the notorious Knights Templar drug cartel active in the region. Among those arrested was Jesus Vasquez Macias, 37, who goes by the alias "El Toro," a leading figure in the cartel, Monte Alejandro Rubido Garcia, a top federal security official, announced late Sunday. Garcia said federal forces have taken control of 27 municipalities in the western Mexico state and disarmed 1,209 of the local police officers. The officers will undergo investigations, Garcia said. They are accused of...
  • Did Anders Behring Breivik act alone? — Updated

    07/25/2011 7:48:01 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    War in Context ^ | July 25, 2011 | Paul Woodward
    In his manifesto, 2083 A European Declaration of Independence, Anders Behring Breivik — who will soon go on trial for murdering at least 93 fellow Norwegians — writes: Solo-cell systems in combination with martyrdom is the most efficient and deadly form of modern warfare. This strategy was adapted by Jihadist groups. And now we will be using it as well. It is even more valuable to us as we enjoy more “invisibility” than individuals who have Arabic/Asian appearance and customs. This compendium of his writings, whose promotion was his central objective, describes in great detail the lonely pursuit of his...
  • 700-year-old cave carvings with links to Knights Templar at risk as worms eat walls

    04/05/2010 8:23:54 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 13 replies · 879+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 4 April 2010 | anon
    Mysterious carvings inside a hidden cavern linked to the Knights Templar are in danger of disappearing before their riddle is solved. Having survived more than 700 years, the religious decorations in the ancient cave at Royston, Hertfordshire, are under attack from an infestation of worms eating the chalk walls behind them. The beehive-shaped chamber was hewn out of a 180ft-thick seam of chalk and extends 30ft beneath the centre of the market town, underneath a betting shop. It was uncovered by chance during building work in 1742 and the depictions of biblical scenes and portraits of Christian martyrs inside it...
  • Delighted antiques dealer discovers 1,300-year-old Knights Templar relic at car boot sale

    08/03/2009 9:38:22 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 52 replies · 2,639+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 4th August 2009 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    An antiques dealer has picked up what could be a priceless church relic dating back 1,300 years at a car boot sale. The small piece of painted wood is believed to have come from a box which the Knights Templar used to protect religious items as they moved across Europe during the Crusades of the Middle Ages. Quite how this ornate piece of wood found its way to a car boot sale in Yorkshire is anyone's guess. But it could bring Leeds antiques dealer Martin Roberts a big windfall at the next stop on its unlikely journey - an auction...
  • Catholic, Crusader, Leper and King: The Life of Baldwin IV and the Triumph of the Cross

    07/21/2006 10:35:18 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies · 5,806+ views
    TFP ^ | July, 2006 | Michael Whitcraft
    Catholic, Crusader, Leper and King: The Life of Baldwin IV and the Triumph of the Cross By MichaModern society obsessively avoids suffering, risk and danger.  It secures everything with seatbelts and safety rails, air conditions the summer heat, prints warnings on coffee cups and advises that that safety glasses should be used while working with hammers.  Certainly such precautions have prevented misfortune.  However, since heroism and excellence are born from confronting rather than avoiding suffering and peril, the mania for safeguards has also diminished the notion of these qualities.  This is unfortunate since only those intrepid souls who confront danger,...
  • Knights Templar 'Heirs' Sue Pope For Billions

    09/07/2008 6:51:34 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies · 359+ views
    NPR ^ | August 17, 2008
    A group of people claiming to be the heirs of the legendary Knights Templar are suing Pope Benedict XVI, seeking more than $150 billion for assets seized by the Catholic Church seven centuries ago. They also want to restore the order's good name. Founded in 1119, the Knights Templar was a secretive order of Christian warriors who protected pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem during the Crusades. They fell out of favor years later, and members were accused of denying Christ, worshipping the devil and practicing sodomy. Many Templars were tortured and burned at the stake. In 1307, Pope Clement...
  • Unique Book Dedicated To Trial Against Templars On Display In Sofia

    05/31/2008 4:33:37 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 177+ views ^ | 5-30-3008
    Unique Book Dedicated to Trial against Templars on Display in Sofia 30 May 2008, Friday A copy of the unique book dedicated to the trial against templars, issued by Secret Vatican City archive, was presented Friday in Sofia's National Archeological Museum. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency) The unique book dedicated to the trial against templars issued by Secret Vatican City archive was presented Friday in Sofia's National Archeological Museum. The publication, called "Processus Conta Templarios", is an expensive limited edition of the proceedings of the 1307-1312 papal trial of the mysterious medieval crusading order of warrior-monks who were...
  • Enough, already! Vatican official says Templars book nothing new

    10/27/2007 12:39:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 74+ views
    CNS ^ | October 26, 2007 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- It was billed as the Vatican's effort to "come clean" and reveal secret documents about the mysterious Knights Templar, the medieval crusading order that has inspired ancient legends and modern novels. But after seeing exaggerated press reports for two weeks, Bishop Sergio Pagano apparently had had enough. "I've read in the papers that this is about discoveries. In no way can one talk about discoveries -- every one of these texts was already known," he said Oct. 25. You could almost feel the air going out of the balloon in the packed Vatican conference room, where...
  • Knights Templar win heresy reprieve after 700 years

    10/12/2007 11:41:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 59 replies · 458+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Thu Oct 11, 8:33 PM ET | By Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Knights Templar, the medieval Christian military order accused of heresy and sexual misconduct, will soon be partly rehabilitated when the Vatican publishes trial documents it had closely guarded for 700 years. A reproduction of the minutes of trials against the Templars, "'Processus Contra Templarios -- Papal Inquiry into the Trial of the Templars'" is a massive work and much more than a book -- with a 5,900 euros (4,125 pounds) price tag. "This is a milestone because it is the first time that these documents are being released by the Vatican, which gives a stamp...
  • Vatican book on Templars' demise

    10/05/2007 1:44:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 160 replies · 3,468+ views
    BBC ^ | October 5, 2007
    The Vatican is to publish a book which is expected to shed light on the demise of the Knights Templar, a Christian military order from the Middle Ages. The book is based on a document known as the Chinon parchment, found in the Vatican Secret Archives six years ago after years of being incorrectly filed. The document is a record of the heresy hearings of the Templars before Pope Clement V in the 14th Century. The official who found the paper says it exonerates the knights entirely. Prof Barbara Frale, who stumbled across the parchment by mistake, says that...

    08/09/2007 6:51:33 AM PDT · by oaster · 23 replies · 800+ views
    Oak Island Treasure ^ | August 8th 2007 | Keith Ranville
    Oak Island News Release NEW READING OF MYSTERIOUS OAK ISLAND INSCRIPTION Theory points to possible connection with nearby Birch Island FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HALIFAX, Nova Scotia: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006 - - For the past two centuries, the tunnels of Nova Scotia’s Oak Island have piqued the imagination of historians and treasure hunters alike. Now, a new theory by First Nations researcher Keith Ranville may add fresh speculation to the mystery. Based on a unique reading of an inscription once found in the “Money Pit,” Mr. Ranville believes that the answer to the riddle may be found on nearby Birch...
  • First Knights Templar Discovered

    04/17/2006 2:34:31 PM PDT · by blam · 179 replies · 4,019+ views
    First Knights Templar are discovered April 10, 2006 LONDON: The first bodies of the Knights Templar, the mysterious religious order at the heart of The Da Vinci Code, have been found by archaeologists near the River Jordan in northern Israel. British historian Tom Asbridge yesterday hailed the find as the first provable example of actual Knights Templar. The remains were found beneath the ruined walls of Jacob's Ford, an overthrown castle dating back to the Crusades, which had been lost for centuries. They can be dated to the exact day -- August 29, 1179 -- that they were killed by...
  • German TV probes [English] Templar caves enigma

    11/18/2005 12:10:49 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 5 replies · 1,317+ views
    Essex News ^ | 07 October 2005 | Anon
    GERMAN film-makers' quest for the Holy Grail brought them to Royston Cave in search of clues left by the Knights Templar. The film crew from state TV channel ZDF — the German equivalent of the BBC — visited the cave last Friday to examine carvings by the Templars, who were warrior monks thought to be the guardians of the Holy Grail. Peter Houldcroft, manager of the caves, said: "The cave is completely man-made and it has been believed for some time that there was somebody connected to the Knights Templar who carved the cave. "The appeal of the cave is...
  • Who Were The Knights Templar? (Sunday History Read)

    07/21/2002 10:01:31 AM PDT · by Hacksaw · 156 replies · 7,348+ views ^ | undated | Stephen Dafoe and Alan Butler
    The Knights Templar were a monastic military order formed at the end of the First Crusade with the mandate of protecting Christian pilgrims on route to the Holy Land. Never before had a group of secular knights banded together and took monastic vows. In this sense they were the first of the Warrior Monks. From humble beginnings of poverty when the order relied on alms from the traveling pilgrims, the order would go on to have the backing of the Holy See and the collective European monarchies. Within two centuries they had become powerful enough to defy all but...