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  1. Radicalization.

    I attended a training session provided by the police on Radicalization to be able to spot a potential terrorist. Before the officer started he set the ground rules that some people might get offended and what was said in the room, stayed in the room. This was in anticipation if someone in the room then asked or expressed a non politically correct idea.

    What transpired was all people were potential terrorists and things like saying a sexist joke could escalate up to say, beating their spouse and then up to a point of being radicalized. I pointed out there was no correlation, to that many Muslim bombers were well-educated, professional and were not of this characterisation. Making up for past transgressions is fulfilled in suicide killing.

    He showed a picture of Anders Breivik, the murderer of the children of socialist politicians on a political training exercise next to a murderer of Lee Rigby, the young British soldier, and then equated their radicalization as exactly the same: Lone wolves.

    But I explained sensitively that Anders had his own individual fear of the impending collapse and destruction of his country, while the Muslim was handed the raw 1,400 year old ideas of Muhammad’s justification of piracy using Allah the sockpuppet.

    Two polar-opposite journeys to radicalization, which they both would then claim calmly that their actions were not radical but a necessity.

    Yet this few hours training was supposedly to spot a rare Anders ascending, but not the many cult killers descending.

    What this traing was doing was sending people out to alert the authorities of any dissent. Of anyone who argued.

    To be able to point the finger at the Tea Party members with different ideas, to be able to accept that police arresting them would be a preventative measure of those on the path to radicalization, but ignore the real murderers under divine instruction; of those single mother Christian children segregated, dissociated, and indoctrinated into becoming righteous enforcers of the greater good in their neighborhoods. The very soil the welfare-government had created.

    Looking at the world the wrong way round, to be unsane, reminded me of this confused presentation:

  2. Bars BANNED from showing Euro 2016 matches amid fears of terror attacks against fans (express, June 11, 2016)

    “FRENCH authorities have slapped a ban on bars and bistros showing the European Championships on large outdoor screens because it would be “impossible” to protect fans from terrorist attacks.

    The council in Marseille, where England play Russia tomorrow night, controversially wrote to the city’s cafes, bars and restaurants demanding they do not erect televisions on their terraces.

    Marseille has been identified as a key target for Islamic State fanatics after details of a planned attack were discovered on the computer of Salah Abdeslam – the mastermind of the Paris terror atrocity…”

  3. More than half of Britons surveyed think Islam is NOT compatible with British values (express, June 10, 2016)

    “ISLAM is not compatible with British values, according to more than half of Britons surveyed for a Muslim community.

    One in three said the religion promotes violence in the UK with 72 per cent saying most people in the UK have a negative view of Islam.

    Professional survey company ComRes questioned 2,012 people, chosen to be representative of the British adult population, on behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to find out more about British attitudes towards Islam.

    Just 32 per cent thought Islam promotes peace in the UK.

    Overall 56 per cent disagreed with the question is Islam compatible with British values.

    The survey results were revealed during ‘Caliphate in the 21st Century’ conference, held to discuss the true nature of caliphate and its role in the 21st century….”

  4. Mayor of Declining German Town Wants Migrants to Fill Gaps (abcnews, June 10, 2016)

    “Nestled in the foothills of Germany’s Harz mountains, Hettstedt has many points of pride: idyllic surroundings, a history dating back nearly 1,000 years and a traditional copper industry that brought ages of prosperity and prestige.

    What the town doesn’t have, if predictions prove true, is a future.

    Hettstedt has been hemorrhaging residents since communism collapsed in East Germany 26 years ago, stoking economic competition and giving young people newfound freedom to travel in search of adventure and opportunity. Where once 20,000 people lived, only 15,000 remain today, with the loss of another 5,000 forecast in the coming decade.

    The man who hopes to reverse this demographic decline is Hettstedt’s mayor, a jovial 38-year-old lawyer with a radical idea: Why not take advantage of the influx of migrants to Germany and settle some of them here?

    “I see this as a huge chance, that through migration we can become more open-minded, but also fill the skills gaps,” Danny Kavalier said in an interview at his office overlooking the medieval town square.

    But Kavalier’s idea is sensitive in a region with few foreigners and strong anti-immigrant sentiment. In March, a fledgling nationalist party called Alternative for Germany received more than 30 percent of votes in the region, reflecting hostility to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy that permitted almost 1.1 million asylum-seekers to arrive last year.

    The 3-year-old party argues that the country can’t integrate hundreds of thousands of Muslims because their traditions and beliefs conflict with German values….”

  5. Kazakhstan Says 5 Suspected Militants Killed in Sweep (abcnews, June 10, 2016)

    “Five suspected militants were killed in gunbattles with police that followed a series of recent armed attacks that have challenged stability of the energy-rich ex-Soviet nation, authorities said Friday.

    Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee said its agents tracked down four suspects hiding in an apartment building early Friday in Aktobe, a city in Kazakhstan’s northwest, about 70 kilometers (some 45 miles) south of the Russian border.

    The agency said the suspects refused to surrender, fired on police and security officers, and were killed in the ensuing gunbattle…”

  6. BREAKING: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘wounded in air strike’ (express,June 10, 2016)

    “ISLAMIC State’s self-proclaimed leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been wounded in an air strike, according to reports.

    The so-called caliph was said to be travelling in a convoy with other senior ISIS figures when it was hit by jets operating under the banner of the international anti-ISIS coalition.

    Iraqi news channel Al Sumariya TV claimed local sources in Iraq’s Nineveh province had confirmed that Baghdadi and other leaders in the Islamist group were wounded on Thursday in a coalition bombing raid on one of the ISIS command headquarters close to the Syrian border…”

  7. Bangladesh attacks: 900 Islamist suspects held in crackdown (BBC, June 10, 2016)

    “Bangladesh police say they have detained about 900 suspected militants following a series of attacks on minority and secular citizens.

    Police launched operations overnight against Islamist extremists suspected of involvement in the attacks.

    About 40 people, including secular bloggers, academics and members of religious minorities, have been killed in attacks in the past few years.

    On Friday, a Hindu monastery worker was hacked to death in Pabna district.

    Nityaranjan Pande, who was in his 60s, died on the spot after several people attacked him, reports said.

    In the past week, a Hindu priest, a Christian grocer, and the wife of an anti-terror police officer were all killed in attacks by suspected militants.

    Secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, and other members of religious minorities are also among those to have been killed in recent months…”

  8. Russia: We will respond to entry of U.S. naval vessel into Black Sea

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian Foreign ministry said Moscow would respond to a U.S. naval ship’s entry into the Black Sea with unspecified measures, saying it and other deployments were designed to ratchet up tensions ahead of a NATO summit, the RIA news agency reported.

    Russian state media reported that the USS Porter, a U.S. naval destroyer, entered the Black Sea a few days ago on a routine deployment, a move it said raised hackles in Moscow because it had recently been fitted with a new missile system.

    U.S. Navy officials told reporters on Wednesday the U.S. military would also have two aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean this month ahead of a July NATO summit in Warsaw as Washington sought to balance Russian military activities.

    “Of course, this does not meet with our approval and will undoubtedly lead to response measures,” RIA cited Andrei Kelin, a senior Foreign Ministry official, as saying about the USS Porter’s movements.

    He also said the deployment of U.S. aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean was a show of force which in his view deepened a chill in ties between Moscow and Washington caused by Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Syria.

    “As regards the overall situation of course there is a definite increase and stoking of tensions in our relations,” he was quoted as saying.

    “It is all being done on the eve of the Warsaw NATO summit. It is a show of force.”

    • Russia wants to make the Black Sea a Russian Pond. Just another example of how freedom of the seas is disappearing when the major power in the fre world abdicates its position with no one to take their place.

  9. I want to point out that the US retains and has used its sovreignity when closing border crossings after violence and threats of violence, so it is not unreasonable for any county to do likewise.
    —- Here is the current state of reporting

    Ruth Eglash at the Washington Post has a report today that includes quotes from a Hamas official’s Ramadan praises for Tel Aviv café murders, which included professor Michael Feige, author of the book “Settling in the Hearts: Jewish Fundamentalism in the Occupied Terrotiries.” She “reports” that Defense Minister Lieberman is an “ultra-nationalist” and that he “made “strong statements about fighting terrorism.”

  10. We’re not all Americans anymore

    Let’s get this straight. It’s un-American – in fact anti-American – to do what the City of San Jose’s leadership did during the Trump rally on 2 June. The police department made no effort to prevent attacks on the Trump supporters — the mayor and police chief basically justifying their selective law enforcement on the premise that they just don’t like Trump and what he represents. (See here, here, here, and here as well.)

    It’s equally un-American to do what the anti-Trump mob did. These were not “protesters”; they were a violent mob, full stop, committing acts of terrorism against peaceful rally-goers.

    The mob was not waving the American flag. It was waving the Mexican flag and the “no borders” and “anarchy” flags. That matters too. It’s un- (and anti-) American. Essential to Americanism is the idea that a specially-covenanted nation – one that is not breachable by outside forces, one that is consciously different from all the nations that are less free and have less respect for their people – protects our rights and liberties. If you don’t agree with that idea, you can’t call whatever ideas are rolling around in your head American ideas. They’re something else.

    Bonus tweet from the San Jose police chief:

    Eddie Garcia @sjpdchief

    At La Raza Roundtable meeting with two future recruits!!
    10:24 PM – 29 Jan 2016

    135 135 Retweets

    More than un-American, it’s vicious, immoral, unethical, lawless, and anti-human to do what was done by the anti-Trump forces in San Jose last week – both the city leadership and the mob. But all those things make it un-American too.

    Leaders on the right oddly muffled

    There’s something else that’s un-American. On the right, official and establishment voices have been, to all intents and purposes, silent about this ugly development. It’s as though they can’t focus sharply enough to make a meaningful point.

    The supreme point is that there can be no excuse for law enforcement to assemble, and then stand by watching peaceful citizens be attacked and do nothing. No political antipathy justifies that. Worse, policing in that manner is the pattern of banana republics, petty autocracies, dazed and confused Weimar Germanys – regimes that are about to fall to brutal, mob-driven dictatorship.

    If you think it’s too incendiary to mention that last aspect of the problem, remember Reagan in 1964. He didn’t fear to be very clear about what America faced if she did not fight back against the predatory global campaign of Soviet Marxism. He didn’t fear to define the emergency.

  11. San Jose cops worried about own safety when they saw Trump supporters ‘running for their lives’

    SAN JOSE — Two undercover police officers at a Donald Trump rally last week said they saw Trump supporters “get punched, kicked and pushed” and “running for their lives,” according to a police report.

    The plainclothes officers said they did not intervene for fear their own safety would be jeopardized as the estimated 400 protesters developed a “mob mentality.”

    The officers’ observations were included in the arrest report of Antonio Moses Fernandez, 19, of San Jose, who is accused of throwing a metal barrier into a police skirmish line following the Trump rally June 2 outside the San Jose Convention Center. Fernandez made his first court appearance Tuesday and was charged with felony assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer, according to court documents.

    Fernandez hung up the phone Wednesday when reached by this newspaper. He could face a sentence of five years in prison if convicted on the felony assault with a deadly weapon charge, according to the prosecutors.

    “When there’s an assault on a police officer, we don’t have any tolerance for that,” prosecutor Chris Boscia said.

    So far Fernandez is the only person to be criminally charged stemming from the violence that erupted outside Trump’s rally last week. Three other people were also arrested the day of the rally, including Ahmed Abdirahman, 19, of Santa Clara, and Robert Trillo, 18, both on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon, and Michael Kitaigorodsky, 19, of San Jose, on suspicion of refusal to dis

  12. Turkey’s Erdogan, in US for Ali’s Funeral, Cuts Trip Short

    Officials say Turkey’s president, who flew to the United States to attend the funeral of Muhammad Ali, is cutting short his visit and returning home.

    His office on Friday did not give an explanation as to why Recep Tayyip Erdogan was returning early.

    Private Dogan news agency reported that the Turkish leader was upset that funeral organizers rejected his request to lay a piece from the cloth covering the Kaaba, in Mecca, on Ali’s coffin. They reportedly also denied a request for Turkey’s top cleric to read from the Quran.

    Erdogan attended a prayer ceremony for Ali on Thursday but would not take part in Friday’s funeral.

    Erdogan and Jordan’s King Abdullah were scheduled to speak at the funeral but lost their spots when two other speakers were added later.

    Erdogan pulls out of Muhammad Ali funeral following snubs

    The Turkish president had reportedly been denied an opportunity to place a piece of cloth from the Kaaba on Ali’s coffin

    Controversy has broken out in the run-up to the funeral of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pulled out after being snubbed for a speaking opportunity.

    Tens of thousands of people are set to mark the funeral procession of the former heavyweight champion through his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, while free tickets for the 18,000-person funeral service at the city’s KFC Yum! Centre were quickly snapped up.

    The funeral cavalcade is set to begin at 9am local time and take the coffin past his childhood home, the Ali Center, the Center for African American Heritage and then down Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

    Numerous celebrities and political figures are set to attend including comedian Billy Crystal, singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, actor Will Smith and former President Bill Clinton, who is set to deliver a eulogy.

    Erdogan had initially been pushing to be able to speak at Ali’s funeral service and did attend the Islamic prayer service held on the Thursday.

    However, on Friday the Hurriyet newspaper announced that Erdogan would be cutting his trip short and not attending the funeral service – a number of explanations were given, including that the president attempted to a put a piece of cloth from the Kaaba on Ali’s coffin during the funeral prayers but was refused permission to do so.

    Other reports suggested he left because Erdogan and the Turkish head of the religious affairs directorate Mehmet Gormaz wanted to read an extract from the Quran at the funeral and were also denied permission.

    In addition, a brief fight broke out between Erdogan’s bodyguards and a US secret service official, allegedly because the official had wanted to stand in the same place as Erdogan’s bodyguards as the president was getting into his car.

    There were also rumours that the funeral might lead to a potentially tense meeting between Erdogan and his arch-nemesis Fethullah Gulen, whose Hizmet movement was last week branded a “terrorist” organisation by the Turkish government.

    Ali has long maintained close relations with Turkey: on his first visit in 1976 he met with Erdogan’s political mentor, the Islamist politician Necmettin Erbekan. According to legend, Ali later remarked that “no white leader ever before embraced me” – an ironic statement, considering Erbekan’s reputation as representing the views of the “black Turks”, a term referring to the conservative, non-Westernised Turks of central Anatolia.

    Nevertheless, Ali’s reputation in Turkey is thought to cut across the political divides, with Islamists, leftists, secularists and conservatives all lauding him.

    Erdogan had been keen to emphasise his admiration for Ali prior to the event and an article appearing under his name in Bloomberg on Thursday praised Ali’s achievements.

    “Muhammad Ali was an exceptional athlete and a remarkable human being,” said the article. “For many a sleepless night in the 1970s, I was one of countless people in Turkey who would get up in the wee hours to watch the Louisville Lip’s fights.”

    Others, however, accused Erdogan of hypocrisy in praising Ali’s achievements as an opponent of the Vietnam War and conscription.

    “The people who would lynch me had I said ‘Kurds did not do anything to me, why would I join the [Turkish] army?’ are praising Ali [for his stand against the Vietnam War],” said one tweeter, referring to the Turkish army’s ongoing campaign against Kurdish militants in the country’s southeast.

    • USA: Erdogan blasts “killer” Assad at prayer service for Muhammad Ali in Louisville

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted Syrian President Bashar Assad, calling him a “killer” at the Muslim prayer service for late boxing legend Muhammad Ali at the Muhammad Ali Centre in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday.

  13. Germany: Far-right ‘summit’ – FPO’s Strache meets AfD’s Petry at Zugspitze peak

    Leaders of far-right Austrian and German parties Frauke Petry and Heinz-Christian Strache scaled Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, on Friday, reportedly meeting at the lofty location to take a look down on European politics.

    SOT, Frauke Petry, Chairperson for Alternative for Germany (AfD) (German): “Many of our support circle are eager to invite the representatives of FPO and the from the other side as well. And now it’s about clarifying how we will organise it.”

    SOT, Frauke Petry, Chairperson for Alternative for Germany (AfD) (German): “We were asked why the AfD and the FPO are meeting at the Zugspitze. That can be answered with an easy motto. We want to step to new political heights. Or, to stay with the Zugspitze [in German, head of the train] symbol, we want to climb these higher heights that Germany has to offer together because we believe it’s necessary that politics keep moving. And two parties in central Europe have proved last year that they have brought movement to German, Austrian and European politics. These two parties were the AfD and the FPO.”

    SOT, Heinz-Christian Strache, Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) (German): “When we say we are two different parties, we have respect for each other, we are responsible for different countries but we live in a common Europe. And I want to focus on that because it is always mistakenly asserted that the parties have opposite interests in Europe or that we are parties that want to destroy Europe. That’s complete nonsense. Naturally we are profoundly locked to Europe deep in the heart, we live in the heart of Europe. That’s why we have a big interest to ensure a fruitful, safe, social fair future for Europe.”

    SOT, Heinz-Christian Strache , Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) (German): “A structure that has negative developments when for instance the Schengen border can’t be held over one and half years and when we experience a big collapse in experience from our leaders, when a Maastricht treaty is not fulfilled, their own laws are broken and a debtors’ union is made out of it. Those are developments that carry lots of responsibility to be ethical. And finally to push a reform on the project of the European Union. We want a European Union back that is stronger for its citizens, where the citizens are integrated, where not all of the national decision making is given up, despite the centralisation of the European Union State. We want a federal Europe where all the national countries and the sovereignty of the national states will have the last decision in the end.”

  14. Italy: Villagers pull children out of school as refugees relocated to site next-door

    Residents of the Italian town of Roverino rallied on Friday in protest against the decision of local administration to move refugees to a public gymnasium near a local elementary school.

    SOT, Enrico Iuculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): “We suggested to put them in tents in the camp waiting to find another structure where to move them shortly afterwards. This is not possible because the Ministry told us that we don’t want to put tents out for refugees.”

    SOT, Enrico Iuculano, Mayor of Ventimiglia (Italian): “We have the need to find a temporary solution only for ten days… I am telling you that we only need ten days.”

  15. Ohio Authorities Name Shooting Suspect

    Authorities near Cincinnati have identified a man who they say shot two people including a sheriff’s deputy Thursday night. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is searching for 19-year-old Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui.

  16. A Growing Vigilante Group Targets U.S. Mosques

    The Soldiers of Odin held a “patrol” at a Denver-area mosque, escalating their intimidation tactics against Muslims

    An anti-Muslim vigilante group with roots in Europe is now targeting mosques in the United States with “patrols” meant to curb Islamic extremism and radicalism. Despite the group’s desire to project an image of peaceful crime fighters, however, critics warn against their rise and influence as they prey on Americans who are fearful of refugees and terrorists.

    The Soldiers of Odin (SOO) deployed five members of its group to a mosque in the Denver suburb of Northglenn last Saturday to support the “right to free speech” of a lone protester who frequently demonstrates in front of the building. The protester claimed the mosque was full of Islamic extremists, so the group went on a “fact-finding/recon mission,” as they call it. Four members entered the mosque and questioned the imam, asking about the mosque’s stance on Sharia Law and whether the congregation collaborates with radical jihadi groups. One person stood guard outside.

    After spending time with the imam, they found no signs of extremism. “I doubt the person protesting outside had ever been inside the Mosque,” they told Vocativ.

    The meeting was cordial and polite according to the imam, who asked Vocativ not to identify him or the mosque for safety concerns.

    “These guys—biker-looking guys—were standing out on the sidewalk and we decided to invite them in to break the ice,” the imam said. “They huddled up a little bit to see if they wanted to come in or not. They came in, they were very nice. They took off their shoes when they came in and we sat in a circle and talked.” He said they asked questions about Islam, had some water, and left.

    The Soldiers of Odin originated in European cities last year in response to a wave of Muslim asylum-seekers coming through the EU’s porous borders. Members dress in black for their refugee “patrols,” which they claim are intended to prevent the rape and murder of white women. Critics, however, aren’t buying it—they believe the SOO’s tactics are purely designed to intimidate Muslims.

    As Vocativ reported last month, the internet has enabled the Soldiers’ expansion into the United States; SOO membership has grown significantly since the movement landed on U.S. soil in February, having established chapters in 42 states. The SOO has since been monitored closely by civil rights advocacy groups like the Anti-Defamation League, which considers it to be a “hate group” due to its stance on the dangers of immigrants and Muslims, and the racist language and imagery used by many of its members on social media websites.

    More Europe’s Newest Vigilante Group Lands In The U.S.

    Saturday’s meeting was hailed as a success by the group. “There was no hostility at all,” according to an official SOO account of the mosque visit sent to Vocativ via email on Wednesday. “It was a peaceful visit and Q&A session…SOO even complied with the Mosques request for the patrol to take off it’s shoes.”

    But on Facebook, where the group conducts most of its recruiting and communication to its more than 4,000 members, their message took on a different tone.

    “We achieved our objective,” one of the group’s members, Hal Eugene Halvorson, posted on Facebook along with a description of his version of what happened. “We let them know we are here in Colorado, our eyes and ears are on them, and that we will not tolerate Radicalism and/or Sharia law anywhere in Colorado.”

    It wasn’t until the imam saw Halvorson’s Facebook post about the encounter that he realized the group posed a potential threat. He said he called the Northglenn Police Department several times but never received a response. (The police department did not respond to Vocativ’s request to confirm the imam’s claim.)

    Still, the vigilantes insist they are a peaceful group with a “multitude of different religious, races and financial backgrounds,” according to one of its commanders who spoke to Vocativ in May.

    Their critics, however, see things differently. Several of SOO’s U.S. members are also part of other racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the National Socialist Movement, which is the country’s premier band of neo-Nazis. One SOO member, Jacob Laskey, was convicted of a federal hate crime in 2006 for an attack on an Oregon synagogue, according to the ADL.

    “This vigilante ‘patrol’ from the Soldiers of Odin USA—in which they appear to have targeted a mosque, even entering it and allegedly interrogating an imam there—shows that the group is becoming more aggressive as it organizes itself,” said Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow with the ADL’s Center on Extremism. The SOO now has a website, and continues to recruit new members via-social media campaigns. In previous “patrols,” SOO members have just walked the streets. Saturday was one of the first times they have specifically targeted a mosque. And it won’t be the last.

    “There are patrols and surveillance on Mosques happening all over the United States currently,” the SOO said. “If members are invited into the Mosques as guests it is at the discretion of the commanding member to authorize or refuse that invitation.”

    The SOO claims they want to partner with the mosques to combat extremist Muslims who may want to do harm to Americans.

    “SOO hopes to make the peaceful Muslims in America aware that there are people ready to stand with them in the face of Radicalization, while at the same time making radicals who might have already infiltrated the Mosques aware that there are people who are armed and ready to confront them and their criminal ways in a moments notice! SOO will not stand for radical Islam nor Sharia law in the United States of America,” the group said in an email to Vocativ.

    Pitcavage worries that despite the toned down public persona the group seeks that their tactics will only escalate further.

    “Their ‘patrol’ also confirms a concern that the Anti-Defamation League has had from this hateful group’s inception—that, with a lack of easily identifiable ‘refugees’ to target, the Soldiers of Odin USA would instead turn to targeting Muslims in general,” he said, adding that the mosque in Colorado and its congregation “are hardly likely to be the only Muslims in the U.S. targeted by this new hate group.”

    video – Soldiers of Odin Colorado first patrol 3/19/16

  17. Lawsuit alleges terrorist’s mother knew of planned San Bernardino attack

    Minnesota Life Insurance Co. is alleging in a federal lawsuit that the mother of San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Rizwan Farook knew of her son’s planned terrorist attack and should not be entitled to $275,000 in life insurance benefits.

    The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Riverside, alleges Rafia Farook was living in the Redlands apartment with her 28-year-old son, a San Bernardino County health inspector, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, at the time of the Dec. 2 attack at the Inland Regional Center.

    Clad in black tactical gear and armed with assault rifles, Syed Farook and Malik entered the IRC conference center about 11 a.m. and opened fire on a crowd of about 70 people, killing 14 and wounding 22 in what the FBI called the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Thirteen of the 14 people killed and most of the wounded were Farook’s coworkers at the county’s environmental health services division, who were attending a training seminar and holiday party the morning of the shooting.

    “Minnesota Life is informed and believes that Ms. Farook had material knowledge of, and/or participated in, the planning of the terrorist attack executed by the insured,” according to the 6-page lawsuit, which names Rafia Farook, Saira Khan, who is Syed Farook’s sister, and the U.S. government as defendants.

    Neither Rafia Farook nor Saira Khan have been charged criminally in connection with the attack.

    During a search of Farook’s and Malik’s Redlands apartment following the shooting, FBI agents seized pipe bombs, bomb-making materials and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

    “Minnesota Life is informed and believes that FBI agents found bomb making materials in the garage, including explosive powder consistent with the explosive powder used in the IED found at the site of the attack and other bomb-making components,” the lawsuit states. “Minnesota Life is therefore uncertain as to whether it is obligated to pay a death benefit to a beneficiary who had material knowledge of, and/or participated in, the planning of the terrorist attack executed by the insured.”

    Cristyn Chadwick, an attorney representing Minnesota Life in the litigation, said Thursday in a brief telephone interview she could not say if the insurance company had any additional information proving its allegations against Rafia Farook.

    As to Syed Farook’s sister, Saira Khan, Minnesota Life “lacks information or belief as to her involvement in the terrorist attack,” according to the lawsuit.

    Rafia Farook could not be reached for comment Thursday.

    FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller and Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek both declined to comment on the lawsuit Thursday.

    In January 2012, Syed Farook took out a $25,000 life insurance policy, designating his mother as the primary beneficiary and Khan as the contingent beneficiary. In July 2013, he took out a supplemental life insurance policy for $250,000, also naming his mother and sister as the primary and contingent beneficiaries, respectively, according to the lawsuit.

    Both insurance policies were issued under San Bernardino County’s group life insurance policy.

    In June 2015, about six months before the attack at the IRC, Syed Farook logged into the county’s employee benefits website and confirmed his life insurance coverage and beneficiary designations, according to the lawsuit.

    On May 31, the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a civil asset forfeiture lawsuit in Riverside in an effort to seize the life insurance money and use it for the surviving victims of the attack and the family members of those who died. Federal prosecutors were expected to make another filing in that case Thursday.

    Minnesota Life noted the government’s asset forfeiture action in its lawsuit, stating, “By reason of actual or potential conflicting claims to the proceeds from defendants, and each of them, Minnesota Life does not know and cannot determine the person or persons legally entitled to the death benefit.”

    • But what about the Baby Bomber that the terrorists had? Who has it? Who is paying for it’s upkeep? If it’s taxpayer’s money, then the joke is on us!

  18. BREITBART – Explosive Video Claims Google Is Manipulating Search Results To Favor Hillary Clinton

    Earlier this week, we reported on accusations that Google is in cahoots with the Clinton campaign. Now, an explosive video from SourceFed claims that the company – which holds a virtual monopoly on search – is actively altering search recommendations in favour of the presumptive Democratic nominee.

    • Elderly Voter Never Thought She’d Get To See Female Presidential Nominee Called Heartless Ice Bitch During Her Lifetime

      FAIRFAX, VA—Tearing up as she reflected on the significance of Hillary Clinton being named the presumptive Democratic candidate, 85-year-old voter Deborah Hanson told reporters Wednesday she never thought she’d get to see a female presidential nominee be called a heartless ice bitch during her lifetime. “When I was growing up, things were so different—it just didn’t seem possible that I’d live to see the day when a woman would be selected to top a major political party’s ticket while incessantly being called a shrieking harpy,” said the retired schoolteacher, adding that even decades of advocating for women’s equality hadn’t fully prepared her for the reality of actually being able to cast her vote for a woman described by critics on social media as a rotten old cunt who’s so fugly it was no wonder her husband slept with other women. “I’ve never forgotten that when I was a little girl, people said a woman could never be president, and now look how far we’ve come. To be so close to seeing the first woman who’s alternately labeled both a lying whore and a psycho feminazi bimbo occupy this nation’s highest office, and to watch her make important decisions about this country’s future that would be relentlessly criticized as being the product of hysterical menopausal rages, would be nothing short of amazing.” Hanson told reporters that while she understood the concerns of younger liberal women who oppose Clinton’s candidacy, she hoped they would recognize how hard so many generations of American women had fought for a day when one of their own could become the most powerful person referred to as a frumpy, frigid bull dyke in the nation.

      • The Dem thinks we are all idiots, but they have been thinking and acted like they think we are idiots for a long time. Their arrogance is unbelievable, they do everything thing they can to insure that the US in unable to protect ourselves and then act like we have to be stupid to think their actions are criminal.

        I am really praying that she is indicted, not expecting it but praying that it occurs. Hell a public recommendation that she be indicted would be a refershing breath of fresh air in this mess.

  19. Germany: Overcrowding worries Nuremberg mosque as no. of Muslim worshippers skyrockets

    The Islamic Community of Nuremberg (IGN) were concerned over the large numbers of believers entering its mosque for Friday prayers, as overcrowding at the site becomes a serious issue. The mosque has reportedly received record numbers of worshippers in recent months, with a growing Muslim refugee community in the city purportedly explaining the site’s increased popularity.

    More than 1,000 believers have gathered to join daily prayers at the mosque, with Ramadan, which commenced on June 6, also leading to increased numbers. The wife of the Chairman of the mosque Mustafa Eljojo, De Mitri-Eljojo, noted they “don’t want to exceed this number” because of “the security reasons.”

    SOT, De Mitri-Eljojo, wife of Chairman of mosque Mustafa Eljojo (German): “We are a multicultural mosque. Around 40 different nationalities are represented here. And our common language is German.”

    SOT, De Mitri-Eljojo, wife of Chairman of mosque Mustafa Eljojo (German): “More than 1,000 believers come here to pray each Friday. But speaking about our capacity, of course, we don’t want to exceed this number because of security reasons. We don’t want to exceed this number. We are in contact with Nuremberg officials to find an general solution.”

  20. Brussels bombings: Fresh arrest over metro and airport attacks (BBC, June 10, 2016)

    “Belgian police have arrested another suspect in connection with the attacks on the Brussels metro system and international airport on 22 March.

    The man was identified by federal prosecutors only as Ali E.H.A. aged 31.

    He was arrested on suspicion of “terrorist murders” during a search of a house in the Schaerbeek area of the Belgian capital on Thursday…”

  21. Istanbul attack: Kurdish group claims deadly car-bombing (BBC, June 10, 2016)

    “A Kurdish militant group has said it carried out a car bomb attack in central Istanbul on Tuesday that killed seven police officers and four civilians.

    The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) said the attack was in revenge for Turkish army operations in the Kurdish-dominated south-east.

    It has warned foreign tourists that Turkey is no longer safe to visit.

    The TAK is regarded as a splinter group of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

    “The action was carried out to counter all the savage attacks of the Turkish republic in Nusaybin and Sirnak and other places,” a TAK statement said, referring to the areas in the south-east where the military has been confronting Kurdish rebels…”

  22. EU Insists Turkey Is a Safe Country for Migrants (abcnews, June 10, 2016)

    “European Union nations say Turkey is a safe country for migrants to be returned to despite some Greek court rulings that people should not be sent back there.

    Dutch Migration Minister Klaas Dijkhoff said Friday after chairing EU talks in Luxembourg that “we consider Turkey safe for returning migrants.”

    He said “there is no blanket decision by the Greek authorities that it is always possible, or never,” for people to be sent back. Dijkhoff said that means Turkey cannot be considered unsafe.

    The EU and Turkey have agreed that all migrants arriving on the Greek islands after March 20 can be sent back, unless they have a right to asylum in Greece.

    The EU has offered Ankara a large package of incentives to stop people reaching Europe.”

  23. Turkish tabloids brandish Germany as ‘terrorist’ supporter (DW, June 10, 2016)

    “Radical claims published by a Turkish newspaper allege that Germany was involved in the most recent bombings in Istanbul. Experts say the reports highlight the declining state of media in Turkey.

    The Turkish daily newspaper “Günes” alleged earlier this week that the June 3 bombing in Istanbul, which saw 11 people killed, was an act of German retaliation following Turkey’s indignation to the recent vote on the Armenian genocide in the German Bundestag, the lower house of parliament. The tabloid published a front-page image with the headline “German handiwork,” stating that Germany was in “panic mode” after Turkey’s reaction and therefore resorting to financing attacks in Turkey, presumably to divert attention…”

  24. Danish school tells Muslims they can’t pray (thelocal, June 10, 2016)

    “A new debate about the lengths to which Danish schools should accommodate Muslims has been spurred by a school’s decision to ban praying.

    A Muslim student at SOPU Hillerød, a school for health care and pedagogical assistants in a northern Copenhagen suburb, recently went on Facebook to protest against the school’s decision to ban all praying during school hours.

    She posed for a photo holding a sign that read: “New from the director. May one pray at SOPU Hillerød? The answer is NO!”.

    “My friend received a letter from the leadership of our school, SOPU Hillerød, today that said she can no longer pray during school hours,” Mia Victoria Lunderød Hansen wrote in a public post. “We students don’t think this is right and therefore we’ve gone around the school collecting signatures.”

    “A situation like this should be taken care of [because] we believe that everyone should be treated equally,” the post continued.

    That post quickly spread across Facebook, spurring hundreds of comments from those who both cheered and denounced the school’s decision…”

  25. Austria: no EU deal with Turkey over visas (thelocal, June 10, 2016)

    “A deal to allow Turks visa-free entry to the EU as part of a wider accord with Ankara on curbing the migrant crisis cannot be completed by the July 1 deadline, Austria said Friday.

    “I do not think that the first of July is feasible,” Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said as he arrived for a meeting with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg.

    “We really need to have a legally flawless solution. If not, Austria cannot agree,” said Sobotka, whose country took in record numbers of refugees last year, mostly from war-torn Syria.

    The European Union agreed in March to offer Turkey visa free access by July 1, increased aid and speeded up accession talks in return for Ankara controlling the flood of migrants crossing into Greece.

    But Ankara warned late last month it would drop the whole agreement if there was no visa deal after the European Commission laid down a series of conditions, including changes to Turkey’s catch-all anti-terrorism laws so as to meet EU concerns over human rights.

    Dutch Interior Minister Klass Dijkhoff said separately the EU was working closely with Turkey on the issue but “it is not a negotiation process”.

    “If Turkey wants visa liberalisation, they know the requirements they should meet,” said Dijkhoff, whose country currently holds the EU’s six-month presidency…”

  26. Would-be suicide bomber identified as Dr. Mohammad Qasim arrested in Kunduz (khaama, June 9, 2016)

    “The Afghan security forces have arrested a would-be suicide bomber in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, the security authorities said Thursday.

    The detained would-be bomber has been identified as Dr. Mohammad Qasim and the Afghan security forces have confiscated a suicide bombing vest along with some weapons and explosives from the suspect…”

  27. Lahore couple murdered by family in ‘honour killing’ (tribune, June 10, 2016)

    “LAHORE: A couple were murdered in Lahore on Friday for marrying without their family’s consent, according to officials, the second so-called “honour killing” in the country this week.

    Muhammad Ashraf, 56, killed his daughter Saba and her husband Karamat Ali a day after the couple returned to Lahore’s Kahna area to smooth over rocky relations with the family, who disapproved of the marriage, according to police…”

  28. Pakistan among least peaceful countries in South Asia: report (tribune, June 10, 2016)

    “Pakistan was the second least peaceful country in South Asia despite making modest improvements over the past year — a year that saw the world become increasingly violent with deaths from conflict at a 25-year high, a report published on Wednesday.

    According to 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI), Pakistan’s global ranking improved modestly from 156 in 2015 to 153 in 2016 of 163 countries this year with a score of 3.145. However, the country remained sixth of seven countries in the region, just behind neighbouring war-torn Afghanistan…”

  29. Three suicide vests found in Turkey’s south (hurriyetdailynews, June 10, 2016)

    “Three suicide vests with plastic explosives were seized at the side of a road in the Tarsus district of the southern province of Mersin on June 9.

    Locals spotted a suspicious package on the right side of the TEM highway near Kav?aklar neighborhood and informed gendarmerie of the package. Bomb disposal experts spotted four packages on the roadside and detonated one suicide vest along with six batons enforced with ball bearings.

    Experts also found another two suicide vests and 18 batons inside the other packages.

    An investigation into the incident was opened as gendarmerie seized the suicide vests and batons.”

  30. Municipal police kicks Syrian refugee children out of free dinner line in Turkey’s east (hurriyetdailynews, June 10, 2016)

    “A municipal police officer and the driver of a local mayor have been seen slapping Syrian refugee children who were waiting in line to receive free food for the Ramadan meal of iftar, eliciting immediate criticism when footage of the incident in the eastern province of Bingöl was posted on social media. Two people are seen in the footage slapping children waiting in the iftar food line, as they prevented the children from getting food.

    The distribution of free food was organized by the mayor and his wife.

    Many social media users reacted to the incident, saying it was “inhumane” to prevent children from getting free food…”

  31. Dutch choreographer refuses Turkish prize to protest jail sentences given to journalists in Turkey (hurriyetdailynews, June 10, 2016)

    “A Dutch choreographer has refused an honorary award from Turkey’s Directorate General of State Opera and Ballet in order to protest jail sentences given to journalists in Turkey.

    Hans van Manen, 83, refused the “Choreographer of the Century” award citing the “negative developments” in the areas of press freedom and human rights.

    “I can’t accept the prize as long as the newspapers in Turkey are being silenced and the journalists are being jailed,” van Manen told NPO Radio 1, while adding that he disapproved of the detention of Dutch columnist Ebru Umar in Turkey in April for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an…”

  32. Over 2,500 migrants to arrive in Italy between Fri and Sat (ansa, June 10, 2016)

    “Over 2,500 migrants were due to arrive in Italy between Friday and Saturday after being rescued when their boats got into difficulty in the Sicily Channel.

    The Bourbon Argos ship operated by medical aid organisation Medici senza frontiere docked in the Sicilian regional capital of Palermo early Friday morning carrying 592 migrants – 464 men, 119 women including one suffering from serious hypertension and 9 children, including unaccompanied minors and a four-month-old baby probably born in Libya – mostly from Cameroon, Togo, Senegal and Ivory Coast.

    The latest rescues take to 1,298 the number of migrants saved by MSF in 11 separate rescue operations in the last 48 hours, on top of the over 2,000 people rescued by the international charity organisation since the end of April.

    Also on Friday, the German auxiliary ship Fgs Frankfurt was due to dock in the Sicilian port city of Messina at 4 pm local time with 514 migrants on board.

    On Saturday the Italian navy vessel Aviere carrying 750 migrants is expected in Augusta at 6 am and the Siem Pilot carrying 652 migrants is due to reach Reggio Calabria on mainland Italy during the course of the morning. On Friday the migration ‘hotspot’ for identification and sorting on Lampedusa contained 363 people, the one in Trapani 129 people and the one in Pozzallo 310 people.”

  33. DAILY MAIL – Virginia man hit with terror charges after ‘going to Iraq to be a suicide bomber and then defecting from ISIS’

    A judge unsealed charges against Mohamad Khweis, 26, alleging he provided material support to terrorists and agreed to be a suicide bomber
    Khweis was captured by Kurdish forces in northern Iraq in March
    He told the FBI he developed an interest in joining ISIS in mid-2015, and he left in December to Turkey in December 2015, according to an affidavit
    From Turkey, he made contact with ISIS facilitators who smuggled him and others into Syria, and stayed in Islamic State safe houses in Raqqa, it says

    American millennial joins ISIS for humanitarian reasons, leaves because it’s ‘very hard’

    CNN – Mohamad Khweis, an American captured on the ISIS battlefield, was charged in federal court with providing support to the terror group.

  34. BELGIUM – Brussels – Police car torched in Molenbeek

    BRUSSELS – Young people Friday in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, a police car on fire. The perpetrators beat by the police in the windows and threw a Molotov cocktail inside, reports Het Laatste Nieuws. There were no injuries and the fire was quickly extinguished.

    The car was parked in the street was arrested in March terror suspect Salah Abdeslam. Abdeslam was extradited to France, which wants to try him for the attacks in Paris last November.

    BELGIUM -Molenbeek – June 10 2016 –

  35. BELGIQUE – Son mari l’a égorgée et a presque décapité sa petite fille de 13 mois: “Noura était un rayon de soleil, toujours souriante”

    Son mari l’a égorgée et a presque décapité sa petite fille de 13 mois : ce que dit le dossier à dix jours du procès.

    Quand les enquêteurs lui ont demandé comment il avait égorgé sa femme et quasi décapité sa petite fille de 13 mois Samira, Saad a répondu qu’il avait procédé “comme on égorge un mouton”. Et quand il a fallu préciser, Abdullah Saad a dit que cela consiste à “saigner l’animal sans le décapiter, juste pour le sacrifice”. À l’autopsie, le légiste de Nivelles a dû indiquer pourtant que la tête de l’enfant ne tenait plus au corps que par des lambeaux de peau et de muscles. Bref, quasi-décollation.

    Autant dire qu’elle sera rude, la tâche des avocats Hamid El Abouti et Yannick De Vlaemynck pour éviter la perpétuité au Syrien de 35 ans qui sera jugé dans dix jours par la cour d’assises de Nivelles pour les assassinats de sa femme Noura Horiya, 23 ans, et de leur fille Samira qui, quelques instants plus tôt, jouait par terre avec sa maman, près du séchoir à linge. Le drame, au domicile du couple rue du Bon Bateau à Wavre, date du 17 décembre 2013. On connaît maintenant la vérité. L’atroce, la monstrueuse vérité.

    Saad soupçonnait sans preuves sa femme d’infidélité. Tout serait parti d’une discussion où Noura lui aurait demandé si “Dieu pouvait accorder son pardon à une femme adultère”. Saad a voulu savoir si elle le trompait ou l’avait trompé. Noura n’a jamais cessé de répondre que non mais, dit-il, “je voyais dans ses yeux qu’elle mentait”.

    Deux ans et demi d’enquête n’ont pas permis d’identifier un éventuel amant. Abdullah Saad, qui a cherché, n’a trouvé personne. Mais il en était convaincu et convaincu aussi que la petite Samira n’était pas de lui. Au final, on n’a pas trouvé d’amant et l’ADN a prouvé par contre après coup que Samira “était sa fille à 99,99999 %.”

    Avant d’arriver en Belgique en 2007, Saad fut chauffeur d’officier dans les services syriens d’El Assad. Sur le double égorgement, il explique : “J’ai égorgé Noura du premier coup en la saisissant par les cheveux avec la main gauche tout en passant le couteau (lame courbe de 17 cm) plusieurs fois dans sa gorge. Alors, Samira est venue vers moi. Elle ne pleurait pas. J’ai passé le couteau deux fois dans son cou. Elle a encore fait quelques petits pas puis est tombée”.

    Deux ans plus tôt, le parquet et l’Office des étrangers s’étaient opposés au mariage. On savait que Saad cherchait “une femme à marier”. Sur recours, le couple s’était finalement marié le 28 avril 2012 à Wavre.

    Puis Saad a écoulé les bijoux en or du mariage. Sa logique ? “Je l’avais répudiée puisqu’elle était infidèle. Donc je reprenais la dot.” Et s’est acheté du whisky, deux canettes de William Lawson : “J’avais entendu dire que ça permettait d’oublier”.

    Les enquêteurs lui ont parlé des crimes d’honneur. “Ça n’existe pas dans ma région (Syrie). J’ai tué Noura parce que je l’aimais très fort. Je n’ai pas accepté ce qu’elle a fait (quand bien même, mais rappelons que rien n’a été prouvé) . L’honneur n’est pas du tout intervenu dans ma décision de la tuer et de tuer Samira.”

    Noura portait le voile. Le légiste a émis l’avis que Saad l’a arraché pour “accéder plus facilement à la région cervicale”.

    Ses proches décrivent Noura comme “un rayon de soleil, toujours souriante”. Et Samira : “Elle est née le 7 novembre 2012 à Ottignies. Son entourage était unanimement heureux de l’accueillir. Samira est décrite comme une enfant souriante, dont la courte existence se déroulait sans problème particulier”.

    Et dire que Saad est cet homme, à ce stade présumé innocent, qui fit la une de l’actualité l’an passé quand la justice a failli le libérer (DH des 7 et 8 mai 2015), à la suite d’un vice de procédure relevé par ses avocats.

    • FRANCE – Condamné à 18 ans par les Assises du Gard

      L e père d’un bébé de 11 mois violé en juillet 2013 a été condamné à 18 ans de prison.

      En juillet 2013, les médecins de l’hôpital de Nîmes avaient découvert des lésions dans l’anus d’un bébé âgé de 11 mois. Les soupçons s’étaient portés sur le père, Samir, qui avait avoué en garde à vue avant de se rétracter.

      Jugé depuis jeudi devant la Cour d’Assises du Gard, l’accusé défendu par Me Aoudia et Nougier a nié avoir commis cet acte horrible. Des traces de sang avaient pourtant été décelées sur divers objets à son domicile.

      Ce vendredi après-midi, le verdict est tombé. Samir a été condamné à 18 ans de prison, conformément aux réquisitions de l’avocat général.,1347002.php#article-comments

      Assises de Nîmes : la maman soutient son mari accusé de viol sur son bébé

      L a petite victime était âgée de 11 mois en juillet 2013. La maman de l’enfant aurait dû être partie civile dans cette affaire sensible.

      Anna (le prénom a été modifié) n’était encore qu’un bébé âgé de 11 mois Quelques heures avant son hospitalisation, elle jouait, riait. En fin de soirée, à Nîmes, ses parents inquiets ont emmené la petite fille aux urgences de l’hôpital Carémeau de Nîmes. Samir, son papa, a découvert des traces de sang dans les selles du bébé lorsqu’il a voulu changer ses couches. Affolé, il a alerté son épouse partie faire des courses.
      Lésions suspectes et gravissimes au niveau de l’anus

      À l’hôpital de Nîmes, le verdict des médecins est alarmant. Ils constatent des lésions suspectes et gravissimes au niveau de l’anus, des fissures évocatrices d’un abus sexuel. L’enfant est évacuée sur l’hôpital Lapeyronie pour y être opérée. Le parquet de Nîmes confie l’enquête aux policiers de la Sûreté départementale de Nîmes.

      “Je ne peux pas dire ce que je n’ai pas fait”, déclare le père de famille, mis en examen pour viol sur mineur devant la cour d’assises du Gard. Kharfiya, la maman de l’enfant, aurait dû être partie civile dans cette affaire sensible. La veille du procès, la mère de famille s’est séparée de son avocat. Maladroitement, elle défend son mari qui conteste les faits reprochés et a été entendue jeudi soir comme témoin. “Quand j’ai emmené ma petite fille aux urgences, elle n’était pas comme ça, assure Kharfiya. C’est peut-être à cause de la Bétadine ?…”

      Il avoue puis se rétracte

      Oui, Samir, son mari, a avoué, lors de sa garde à vue, avant de se rétracter rapidement. C’était lors d’une confrontation avec son épouse. “On était les yeux dans les yeux. J’ai vu qu’il me disait : “Tu crois vraiment que j’ai fait ça à ma fille ?” Je sais qu’il n’en est pas capable. Il est prêt à tout prendre sur le dos.” “Cela peut-être un coup de pied de mon fils (un enfant d’un an et demi, NDLR)”, déclare Samir, défendu par Mes Khadija Aoudia et Rémy Nougier. Ou des lésions dues à des problèmes de constipation ou d’une maladie comme la mucoviscidose, se défendent les parents, qui doutent des experts, des médecins, des psychologues.

      “Mon frère est innocent, a déclaré un peu plus tôt, et en larmes, Issam, le frère de Samir. C’est impossible qu’il fasse une chose pareille. Il nous est arrivé beaucoup de drames dans la famille. On ne mérite pas tout ce qui nous arrive, madame, ajoute Issam en s’adressant à Geneviève Perrin, la présidente de la cour d’assises. On est des gens bien. C’est impossible. C’est un cauchemar. J’en suis sûr et certain.”

      Lésions de cause externe

      Les constatations sont pourtant incontestables. Les experts médecins, qui excluent l’hypothèse médicale, ont relevé des lésions de cause externe et une tentative de pénétration anale. Ils n’ont pu déterminer s’il s’agissait d’un sexe ou d’un objet. “La douleur a-t-elle été violente”, demande Me Laurence Bourgeon, l’avocate de l’enfant, ou encore l’avocate générale Bénédicte Bertrand. “Extrêmement violente”, confirme le médecin expert venue témoigner à la barre.

      L’enquête menée par les policiers n’a pas relevé la présence de sperme. Mais du sang sur la table à langer, dans le lavabo ou sur une lampe torche. “Qu’est ce qui s’est passé ?”, reprend Me Laurence Bourgeon s’adressant à la mère de famille. “La couche s’est peut-être déplacée”, avance la maman. “Qu’est-ce qui a pu provoquer cela, insiste Me Khadija Aoudia, l’avocat de Samir. Lui, dit que ce n’est pas lui. C’est vous ?” “Ah, non !”, répond la maman. Les débats se poursuivent ce vendredi. Le verdict est attendu dans la journée.,1346824.php

  36. OT- Sabbath and Shavuot – Time to reflect and connect.
    Shavuot – Celebrating the Gift of the Big 10 on Mt. Sinai.
    Observance: Stay up studying all night, Read the Book of Ruth, and Eat Cheesecake.

    Best wishes to all,
    Yucki, YankeeKafir

  37. Army reserve officer threatens to kill Muslims at North Carolina mosque

    Authorities say Russell Thomas Langford left bacon at the mosque, brandished a gun and made a series of threats

    An army reserve officer left bacon at a mosque and brandished a handgun while threatening to kill Muslims and “bury them behind the mosque”, North Carolina authorities said on Friday.

    The series of threats began on Thursday afternoon when members of the mosque in Raeford noticed open packages of bacon near one of the entrances, according to a Hoke County sheriff’s office news release.

    Advocacy groups say pork is often used to insult Muslims because their religion doesn’t allow them to eat it.

    Members of the Masjid Al Madina mosque saw a Chevrolet Tahoe leaving the parking lot, and the vehicle later followed one of them home. The person tried to evade the car but couldn’t.

    Later the suspect, Russell Thomas Langford, 36, was back at the mosque about 20 miles south-west of Fayetteville and made death threats, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the news release.

    “He told people at the mosque that he would kill them and bury them behind the mosque,” said Capt John Kivett of the sheriff’s office. “He brandished a weapon while he was on the property. He brandished a handgun.”

    Kivett said that Langford was a major in the US army reserve.

    A mugshot of Langford shows him wearing a green shirt with a military-style rifle on it, along with close-cropped hair and a prominent tattoo resembling the US flag on his right forearm.

    Authorities found several handguns and other weapons, along with 500 rounds of ammunition in Langford’s vehicle, Kivett said. He said Langford did not make specific threats about a mass shooting other than to say he wanted to kill mosque members.

    Langford, who lives in Fayetteville, was charged with ethnic intimidation, assault with a deadly weapon, going armed to terror the public, communicating threats, stalking and disorderly conduct, the sheriff’s office said.

    He was taken to the Hoke County jail.

    The threats come during the holy month of Ramadan. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said the act constituted a desecration of the place of worship.

    The group issued a statement saying: “bigots often use pigs or pork to offend Muslim sensibilities.”

    The council said the man Langford followed home was himself a Muslim chaplain at Fort Bragg. Kivett said that resulted in the stalking charge. A message left for a man identified as the victim by mosque members was not immediately returned.

    The Washington group asked authorities to investigate the case as a possible hate crime and increase patrols around the area, especially during nighttime Ramadan activities.

    A patrol car was parked at the mosque on Friday before noon prayers.

  38. UK – Troll who said Muslims should be ‘nuked’ cries in court as he apologises

    A man who said all Muslims should be ‘nuked’ on social media was reduced to tears in court.

    Gary Farrimond, from Wigan, also said he wanted to ‘burn’ the Quran in a string of Islamophobic messages he posted on Facebook under the alias ‘Gary Gaz Farrimond’.

    Tess Kenyon, prosecuting, told Wigan Magistrates’ court in Manchester that Farrimond had been posting vile comments on the Facebook group, ‘No more economic migrants in the Britannia hotel’.

    In one post, the court heard he published an image of a Trojan horse with Isis on its forehead and Syrian refugees on its body, accompanied by the tag, ‘is the refugee crisis an Islamic invasion?’

    Kenyon said another post read: ‘They will turn our churches into mosques. I’m after a copy of the Quran so I can burn it.’

    And another read: ‘All foreigners teach their kids to hate the English, let’s do this with our own’.

    In further racist messages, Farrimond said he’d offer bungee jumping to Pakistani people with ‘no strings attached’, and said the sooner Muslims ‘get nuked’ the better.

    Melissa Fagan, mitigating, told the court Farrimond was ‘ashamed of his actions’.

    She said: ‘He is a relatively simple man. He feels someone duped him. He was brought into all of this by another man who befriended him.

    ‘The defendant has had to live with what he has done.’

    After the hearing, Farrimond said: ‘This is not what I’m about. I have been through a lot. This has really knocked me. I’m very sorry to anyone offended.’

    The 49-year-old was handed a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work.

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