2. Chuck Hagel indicates that pressure form the White House forced his hand on Gitmo releases.
(Another data point on Obama motives?)
An American resident was shot and wounded while driving with a fellow US citizen in Al-Ahsa on Friday.
The Eastern Province police said in a statement that shots were fired at the men at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon as they were driving along Saladin Al-Ayobi Road.
The man is reportedly in a stable condition at a local hospital. The police have launched an investigation.
This is the fourth recent attack on foreigners since Gulf states joined a US-led coalition against Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq in September.
Last month, Saudi authorities arrested three supporters of the IS group for shooting and wounding a Dane in his car in Riyadh.
(UK once again takes a wrong turn, caring more about optics than efficacy)
The terrorist threat level for police was raised to severe two weeks ago in the wake of the Paris atrocity and a foiled assault on officers in Belgium.
Since then, police chiefs and junior officers have been considering how to counter the extra dangers.
Last December, a threat was made to kidnap and kill a policeman in the West Midlands. Officers were given extra security briefings and urged not to travel to work in uniform.
Leaders of the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, will vote next month on a proposal that every uniformed frontline officer should be offered training in the use of Tasers, though some may choose not to carry them.
6. Michael Coren and Robert Spencer on the advancement of Blasphemy laws in Paris etc.
Two brothers preyed on women in a series of robberies where they used chilli powder to blind their victims.
Kashif Ashraf, 34, and Khalid Ashraf, 28, preyed on women, snatching mobile phones after throwing the painful spice in their faces.
Police believe the pair used the powder so their victims wouldn’t be able to identify them.
Thank you Buck, Don C., and all who sent in materials. More to come.