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Islamists continue targeting Egyptian cops for assassinations

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, April 24th, 2014

This is article 748 of 747 in the topic Terrorism

An Egyptian police department’s commanding officer was killed in Cairo by a terrorist bombing on Wednesday, according to counterterrorism analyst and retired police detective, Lawrence Schneider.

Brig. Gen. Ahmed Zaki died in the blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) that alleged Islamic terrorists placed beneath his police vehicle in the western suburb of October City, according to Schneider.

Meanwhile in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a police commando was shot to death while he participated in a special operation that targeted a nest of Islamic terrorists opposed to the new Egyptian government, according to Middle East news outlets.

Jihadists increased their attacks on police, military, intelligence and security personnel and have killed hundreds of ranking officers as well as rank-and-file officials ever since the Egyptian military removed and arrested legally-elected President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

Over the weekend, Islamist gunmen ambushed an intelligence officer and a police officer while they were patrolling a desert road leading to the Suez Canal. That attack came a day after a police officer died in another bombing claimed by the newly-formed terrorist group Ajnad Misr (Egyptian Soldiers).

The radical group told the Egyptian news media that they are waging war against police officials due to the government’s intense crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, which is now officially banned in that nation. So far, the Egyptian government claims more than 1,300 people have been killed and 16,000 were arrested.

Besides imprisonment, hundreds of Islamists have been tried in criminal court and sentenced to death by judges. Their insurgency is a threat to the security during the May 2014 presidential election, in which many expect former top Army officer, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, to beat his opponents.

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is a popular retired field marshal who has vowed to destroy terrorist groups once he’s elected president of Egypt. In an effort to bring stability during the election cycle, President Barack Obama promised the Egyptian government that the United States will give the Egyptian security forces about a dozen Apache helicopters which were originally going to be given to President Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood official who was overthrown before the Apaches could be delivered.

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Obama administration to intelligence community: Keep your mouths shut!

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, April 24th, 2014

This is article 111 of 111 in the topic Free Speech

The Obama administration’s top intelligence chief issued a new directive dictating that all intelligence agency workers are prohibited from speaking to members of news media organization without getting permission from their superiors, according to news reports on Monday.

The quietly promulgated directive was exposed by the Federation of American and is believed by many observers to be a knee-jerk response to the recent National Security Agency (NSA) scandal as well as NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s releases of classified documents.

The actual directive was written and sent out to the intelligence community by President Barack Obama’s hand-picked Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. The directive threatens intelligence personnel who fail to follow the directive with the loss of their security clearances and their jobs and even criminal prosecution.

The Obama administration claims the rules are designed to protect the United States and its people from the nation’s enemies who would like nothing better than to compromise U.S. intelligence gathering and analysis.

“This is quite an interesting situation: on the one hand, the Obama administration and the Democrats continue to threaten Central Intelligence Agency staff with criminal prosecution for their methods of gathering information in the search for terrorist icon Osama bin Laden; on the other hand they’re telling these intelligence officers that they cannot divulge information that may help them to avoid convictions by the over-zealous Obama minions,” said former intelligence officer and police detective Michael Snopes.

As far as obtaining permission, the directive stipulates that in a majority of situations, permission or authorization must be obtained from a very limited pool within the intelligence community, usually the top officials at the intel officer’s agency.

TheFAS’ secrecy news states:

So under most circumstances, an intelligence community employee is at liberty to discuss unclassified intelligence-related information with his or her next-door neighbor. But if the neighbor happened to be a member of the media, then the contact would be prohibited altogether without prior authorization.

In the aftermath of the Snowden intelligence leaks, the Obama White House has suggested additional security measures to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure to the press and to the public, and many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are eagerly awaiting Obama’s plan.

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IRS may try again to use ‘mercenaries’ to collect taxes: Watchdog

by Jim Kouri on Monday, April 21st, 2014

This is article 293 of 294 in the topic Taxation/IRS

A nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog on Friday warned American taxpayers that both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, who are searching for cost-cutting in federal agencies, are pondering a return to allowing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to hire private contractors — de-facto mercenaries or bounty hunters — to help collect millions of dollars in delinquent federal taxes.

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) reported in a study released Friday claiming that the IRS is being directed by congressmen and the Obama administration to significantly reduce the number of workers in the IRS’ government staffed collection office.

“But we’ve been down this road before, and the results were less than encouraging. While tax collection is considered an inherently governmental function, the collection, control, and disbursement of fees, royalties, duties, fines, taxes and other public funds…. staffing shortages in the 1990s compelled the IRS to hire private companies to assist the agency in recovering unpaid taxes in relatively simple collection cases,” said POGO.

In 2009,the Examiner was one of the few news outlets to cover a decidedly troubling IRS program. According to the report:

The very nature of the program provides incentives for collectors to push the limits of legality to extract a little more revenue from their targets. As part of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, Congress, fearing overly aggressive collection practices, explicitly prohibited the IRS from compensating its own collectors based on the amount of money they collect. If Congress believes that incentive-based pay will cause official IRS collectors to cross the line, why would they think private collectors would behave any differently?”

While the earlier program received low-marks from lawmakers, they are once again considering private debt collection to hunt down suspected tax-evaders or late-payers. In fact, according to POGO, the Democratic Party controlled Senate Finance Committee recently approved an amendment stipulating that the IRS will return to a program of using private collection agencies.

POGO’s study argues against using private collection agencies for a number of reasons, according to their report:

“In our opinion, private debt collection will never work. Government tax collectors have an inherent advantage over private collectors. As government employees, IRS collectors can exercise discretion when working with delinquent taxpayers. They can postpone collection, establish payment schedules, settle debts for less than the full amount owed, and waive penalties.

“Private collection agencies, on the other hand, are not allowed to exercise discretion (by definition, an inherently governmental function is one that involves discretion). They can only demand payment. If the case develops an unexpected complication, the contractor must refer it to an IRS employee. That one critical difference—discretion—is the reason private debt collection programs have failed in the past.”

Not surprisingly, the Examiner report came to the same conclusion almost five years ago:

“Paying private debt collectors on a commission basis is costly and threatens the rights and privacy of the American taxpayers. Congress must ensure, as this resolution seeks to do, that federal tax collection functions will not be handed over to private sector bounty hunters.”

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Austrian teen girls seeking love and jihad in Syria: Interpol

by Jim Kouri on Monday, April 21st, 2014

This is article 747 of 747 in the topic Terrorism

Two Austrian teenage girls, who claimed they were going to Syria to help the Islamist rebels fight the Assad government, are currently the focus of an international police search, according to Interpol on Saturday.

Sabina Selimovic, 15, and her best friend, Samra Kesinovic, 16, were last seen in their homes by their families on April 10.

According toInterpol, the two teens left behind a large number of postings on social media networks which were found by the girls’ parents many of which indicated their desire to fight for a jihad — holy war — in Syria.

The girls’ parents were originally Bosnians who fled their native land as refugees and settled in Austria during the violent conflicts of the 1990’s. They told police officials and news reporters that the Internet messages are not being written by the two teenagers.

But they admitted that the two girls, described as being “as close as sisters” had begun attending a mosque headed by a radical Islamic preacher namedEbu Tejma.

Reports coming out of Austria claim the fathers of the two girls left Austria to personally search for their daughters, who no one has seen of heard from since their disappearance.

Some of the photographs posted on the girls’ Facebook pages had shown them holding AK-47 rifles. Their Facebook pages have since been deleted.

In one of the FB postings, the girls claimed they were getting married to Muslim men so they could become “holy warriors.” They also allegedly wrote that death was their ultimate goal.

Austrian police officials said they believe the pair of female jihadists are attending a terrorist training camp somewhere in Syria or Iraq and are quite possibly married to rebel husbands who are much older than the teenagers.

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Jihad Jane’s partner sentenced to prison for plotting to kill artist

by Jim Kouri on Friday, April 18th, 2014

This is article 746 of 747 in the topic Terrorism

A Pakistani national, who pleaded guilty to a federal terrorism charges, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison for his partnering with the woman known as “Jihad Jane” — Philadelphian Colleen LaRose — in a plot to murder a Swedish artist, according to the FBI.

The 20-year-old homegrown terrorist, Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 20, has been in custody for three years due to his involvement in the “Jihad Jane” conspiracy. Judge Petrese Tucker of the federal district court in Philadelphia ruled that Khalid will be credited for three-years time served and therefore will only spend two years in prison to complete the five-year-sentence. In addition to the prison term, Judge Tucker sentenced him to three years of supervised release, with limited access to computers.

“I believe this will not be the last time we hear about Mohammad Hassan Khalid. His total sentence of five years is a slap-in-the-face to all Americans who are battling these Muslim terrorists. Limited access to computers? How does one do that? It’s a joke in the era of Obama’s non-war on terrorists,” said former New York police detective, Sid Franes.

Khalid was arrested in 2011, when he was 17-years-old, and charged with providing material support to terrorists. He worked with another homegrown Islamist named Colleen LaRose, a housewife living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She was dubbed “Jihad Jane” by police and news reporters.

In January 2014,LaRose got a 10-year prison sentence for plotting to murder Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had created the cartoon of the head of Muslim Prophet Mohammad atop a dog’s body.

While the prosecutors requested a tougher prison sentence for Khalid, the judge appeared to side with the defense attorney who said the case was much-ado about nothing and claimed Khalid suffered from Asperger’s Sydrome, a high-performing type of autism.

Meanwhile, LaRose admitted to taking directives from alleged members of al-Qaida. She had flown to Ireland in 2009 to meet with Ali Damache, an Algerian national. Damache is now fighting extradition from Ireland to the United States to face terror charges.

Prosecutors had argued that Khalid helped Damache recruit others and helped LaRose in her destroying of evidence. The FBI also uncovered evidence that Khalid helped LaRose and Damache in translating violent Islamist videotapes from Urdu into English.

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Iraqi cop sacrifices himself to save army recruits from suicide bomber

by Jim Kouri on Friday, April 18th, 2014

This is article 745 of 747 in the topic Terrorism

A veteran Iraqi police officer became a human shield in order to save a number of young army recruits from a terrorist suicide-bomber on Thursday, as Islamists attacking security targets killed about 15 people throughout the struggling country.

Raad Kadhim Hattab had grabbed the suicide bomber as he was trying to target a recruitment center and bear-hugged him as the bomber’s explosive-laden vest blew up, Middle East news agencies reported.

This latest terrorist attack added to the suffering of Iraq‘s citizens who are witnessing a surge in death and destruction with close to 2,700 people killed so far in 2014.

According to Middle East terrorism expert and former police advisor, George Wellner, the Iraqi military’s and law enforcement’s anti-terrorism activities against members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has provoked even more bold andfar-reaching bombing incidents.

When the terrorist detonated his explosives, besides killing Hattab, an army recruit died and 10 others were wounded. One other police officer was wounded by the blast. AnIraqi doctor is quoted as saying the death toll would have been higher were it not for the police officers sacrifice.

In December 2013, another Iraqi police officer also gave his life to protect Shiite pilgrims from a suicide bomber even though the cop was a Sunni and the terrorists are Sunnis.

Last Thursday, terrorist killed 13 members of Iraq’s security force in the province of Nineveh, which is arguably the most dangerous area in Iraq, according to Wellner.

Meanwhile, a police colonel was gunned down in another attack southeast of Baghdad, according to Middle East news outlets.

Already in April more than 400 people have been killed in the violence, according to figures reported by police.

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100 kidnapped schoolgirls: Nigerian military joins police in search for teens

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

This is article 744 of 747 in the topic Terrorism

The Nigerian military joined police officers on Wednesday in their search for about 100 teenaged girls abducted from a high school in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, according to African press reports.

Police officials are blaming the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram for the mass-kidnapping and they believe the terrorists took their captives to the region close to Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

“The Nigerian air force, army, police and volunteers are involved in the massive search for the young girls,” said former intelligence officer and New York police detective Michael Snopes who monitors al-Qaida and its offshoot terrorist groups.

Boko Haram is waging a deadly and destructive rebellion against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan with their goal being the establishment of a caliphate in the northern portion of the predominately Christian nation.

Police reported that the terrorists took over the town, killed the few law enforcement officers on duty there, and set fire to residential homes, apartment buildings and government facilities. The Boko Haram terrorists allegedly began a mass looting of businesses for mostly foods and terrorized civilians, according to news stories.

Boko Haram’s Arabic name is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which is translated into English as People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad.

The al-Qaida-linked Boko Haram has been a thorn in the side of Nigeria since its first terrorist attacks in 2009. Its name is actually not Arabic but the Hausa tribe’s language that translates into English as Western education is forbidden.

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New IRS documents: Lerner colluded with DOJ to prosecute conservative groups

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

This is article 292 of 294 in the topic Taxation/IRS

On Wednesday, the day after what’s commonly called “Tax Day” each April 15, members of the House of Representatives announced that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released documents that appear to describe a conspiracy by the IRS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to “railroad” conservative organizations that posed a threat to the re-election of President Barack Obama and to his political agenda.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the current chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs released their response to documents they read that were obtained by an Inside-the-Beltway nonpartisan, public-interest group, Judicial Watch, which investigates and exposes government corruption and abuse.

Reps. Issa and Jordan allege that the newly released IRS documents reveal that Lois Lerner, the Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations office at the time, was in contact with Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department officials regarding possible prosecutions of tax-exempt groups Lerner deemed to be “dangerous” to the Democrats especially the Obama administration.

“The release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party targeting and the extent to which supposed apolitical officials took direction from elected Democrats,” Chairman Issa said in a press statement on Wednesday.

“These emails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the targeting of Americans for their political beliefs,” added Issa.

“Now I see why the IRS is scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails,” said Chairman Jordan.

Jordan said in the joint press statement with Issa that:

“Not only do these emails further prove the coordination among the IRS, the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Justice Department and committee Democrats to target conservatives, they also show that had our committee not requested the Inspector General’s investigation when we did, Eric Holder’s politicized Justice Department would likely have been leveling trumped up criminal charges against Tea Party groups to intimidate them from exercising their Constitutional rights.”

The internal IRS documents show that Lois Lerner — who repeatedly refused to testify before Congress on two separate occasions by “pleading the Fifth” {Amendment] was communicating with the DOJ regarding the possibility of initiating to criminal prosecutions against certain tax-exempt entities.

The documents were obtained as a result of an October 2013 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the IRS. The reason for the lawsuit was the agency’s refusal to respond to four previous FOIA requests dating back to May 2013.

“This is an administration that lied to the American people from the very beginning, when during his presidential campaign in 2008 President [Barack Obama] told voters his would be the most transparent White House in U.S. history,” former police and security investigator, Charles Danzinger, said.

“Unfortunately, I’m not holding my breathe waiting for the Obama sycophants in the mainstream news media to investigate this story. They’ve all but buried the other stories about alleged criminal activity and misconduct in this administration,” Danzinger added.

The newly released IRS documents contain an email exchange between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, then-Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T.

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Obama reacts to massive terror bombing that kills 71, wounds 125 Nigerians

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

This is article 743 of 747 in the topic Terrorism

President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Nigeria’s government to conduct a widespread investigation into Monday’s bomb blast which reportedly claimed numerous lives and properties in the city of Abuja, Nigeria. Obama told the “international community” that he condemns the terrorist attack which killed dozens of civilians, according to aNigerian news story.

While Obama claimed that his administration is outraged by the recent acts of large-scale violence in Nigeria, he failed to mention the perpetrators who are suspected of being members of an al-Qaida-linked Islamist organization. He also didn’t mention the large number of Nigerians who enter the United States with both legitimate and illegitimate visas who receive very little scrutiny.

Nigerian police reported that at least 71 people died and 124 others were wounded as a result of a Monday morning bomb blast that rocked a large parking garage in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Besides the deaths and casualties, more than a dozen buses were destroyed as well as personally owned vehicles, according to reports.

Police investigators say that a lone suicide-bomber drove a red station wagon into the parking garage and detonated several improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that were packed into the bomber’s car. The detonated bombs hit the luxury buses and automobiles in the garage and the blast killed or wounded workers and commuters near the buses.

While government officials said no group has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing, they said they believe the bomber was a member of the al-Qaida affiliated Boko Haram, which has become a major threat to their government. Nigeria, with a population of approximately 170 million, boasts Africa’s largest population.

According to the nation’s government officials,Boko Haram is hurting the nation’s economy and it has created havoc in the northern section of Nigeria. Boko Haram’s primary goal is to setup an Islamist government ruled by Sharia law.

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Islamic terrorists abduct 100 schoolgirls from burning Nigerian town

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

This is article 742 of 747 in the topic Terrorism

A large group of Islamic terrorists on Tuesday abducted at least 100 Nigerian schoolgirls from a high school in the predominantly Christian town of Chibok, Borno, following a violent terrorist attack on the town, according to Nigerian police officials.

The Islamist group known as Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the abductions of the teenaged children, according to police statements to reporters. Boko Haram, which is translated as “Western education is forbidden,” is waging an all-out war against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan in order to drive out Christianity and establish a caliphate in northern Nigeria..

Police officials said the girls were in their classes studying for their upcoming Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE), which is similar to New York State’s Regents Examinations, that’s required before students are allowed to graduate.

According to police, the majority of the abducted girls are Christians and the attackers — reportedly numbering 50 radical Muslims — had stormed the town in a convey of automobiles before unleashing terror on residents and then rounding up the girls to be carried off by the terrorists.

Police reported that the terrorists took over the town, killed the few law enforcement officers on duty there, and set fire to residential homes, apartment buildings and government facilities. The Boko Haram terrorists allegedly began a mass looting of businesses for mostly foods and terrorized civilians.

A number of teachers and students attempted to flee the school building, however they were also rounded up and taken by the captors, according to media reports.

In an attack earlier this year, Boko Haram gunmen entered a high school in Nigeria’s Yobe Province and began viciously murdering 40 male students. The Muslim terrorists allegedly torched the dormitory at that school and then randomly shot or slashed the throats of students who were panicking in their efforts to escape through locked doors and windows. While most of the dead or wounded were shot, some of the children were burned to death, according to news reports.

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