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Chicago crime crisis: Holder to send ATF agents instead of cops

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is article 329 of 329 in the topic Criminal Activity

During his Wednesday visit to the crime-ridden city of Chicago to meet with the Windy City’s Mayor Rahm Emanual and his public safety chiefs, Attorney General Eric Holder, said that as part of his goal to help the city government fight crime and reduce youth violence he is directing the head of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to deploy an additional seven ATF agents to its Chicago office.

According to a Justice Department press statement, the additional ATF agents will work with the U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon and with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The additional seven agents brings the total of ATF enforcement staff with sworn-police status to 52 men and women.

But many law enforcement officials complain that Holder is more interested in furthering his anti-gun ownership agenda than in protecting life and property in Chicago. “Why is he sending gun-grabbers to Chicago instead of real law-enforcement officers? The ATF has a history of exceeding their authority. Remember Waco? Fast and Furious?” notes former police sergeant and detective Marty Sachs.

Sgt. Sachs points to a quote by Attorney General Holder in which he explains the ATF strategy: “The Department of Justice will continue to do everything in its power to help the city of Chicago combat gun violence,” said Holder. “These new agents are a sign of the federal government’s ongoing commitment to helping local leaders ensure Chicago’s streets are safe.”

Former police detective Iris Aquino shook her head and said, “He said it himself: helping Chicago combat gun violence. Does that mean he’s not interested in knife violence? Or blunt instrument violence? What about IED [improvised explosive device] violence? This administration is wrong when it comes to street crime; wrong on fighting criminal alien gangs; and wrong on combating Islamic terrorists.

Last month, the ATF premiered its Chicago Crime Gun Intelligence Center which promised to bring together the anti-gun activities of the Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police and the ATF to deal with the illegal sales and possession of firearms in the State of Illinois, home of President Barack Obama and birthplace of Hillary Clinton.

Holder’s press statement claims that: “Gun crime is the primary driver of homicide in Chicago, and sixty percent of the guns recovered in violent crimes in Chicago were originally sold in other states and trafficked into the city. Given the interstate nature of these crimes, it is critical that federal and local law enforcement work together to identify traffickers and enforce federal gun laws.”

“There a two things that seem to be an obsession with Holder: White racism and gun ownership. Just recently he blamed dissatisfaction with the Obama administration on racism against blacks. And he blames climbing crime statistics on guns. He’s wrong on both counts,” said political strategist Michael Barker.

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Chaotic world: Muslim terrorists continue global jihad

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is article 776 of 776 in the topic Terrorism

With the world’s news media covering the shocking story of Malaysia Airlines MH17 and its 298 passengers being shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists, little attention is being given to other crises especially the global jihad. For example, on Thursday, al-Qaida-linked Boko Haram terrorists invaded the northeastern Nigerian town of Damboa arbitrarily killing villagers and torching many of the township’s houses.

According to African media organizations, the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, a group who are dissatisfied with the government’s protection, claims that half the town of Damboa is burning to the ground.

Islamic extremists attacked a new military base near the town, and the security force was driven out. While the Nigerian soldiers killed about 40 terrorists and lost six soldiers who were shot to death, local town reported that the soldier retreated and abandoned the base and Boko Haram jihadists have twice ambushed military united attempting to reach the base.

Meanwhile on Friday, the United Nations accused Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters of executing religious Christians and Shi’ites, school teachers and health workers. ISIS is also accused of forcibly recruiting children and raping women among acts qualify as war crimes.

Official from the United Nations released a report documenting attacks against civilians by the former al-Qaida in Iraq, who now call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The report also accuses the Iraqi military, police and security forces of failing to protect the Iraqi people from the extreme violence.

The UN claims that about 5,570 Iraqi civilians were killed during the first six-months of 2014. According to the report: “ISIS and associated armed groups have also continued to… perpetrate targeted assassinations (community, political, and religious leaders, government employees, education professionals, health workers, etc.), sexual assault, rape and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls, forced recruitment of children, kidnappings, executions, robberies.”

The report also noted the extent of the destruction and plundering of places of worship and of cultural or historical significance, which is not surprising because of the hatred that exists between the majority Shi’ites and the minority Sunnis, from which al-Qaida’s offshoots emanate.

“Every day we receive accounts of a terrible litany of human rights violations being committed in Iraq against ordinary Iraqi children, women and men, who have been deprived of their security, their livelihoods, their homes, education, healthcare and other basic services,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement.

The UN report claims that the lack of security in Iraq had hampered officials’ ability to accurately record some incidents of terrorism and war crimes. Close to 1.2 million Iraqi civilians were displaced so far in 2014, according to the report.

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Sen. Harry Reid accused of endangering U.S. troops by his fellow lawmakers

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This is article 128 of 129 in the topic US Congress

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is continuing his modus operandi of refusing to allow GOP-supported bills to move forward for senate floor votes so that he can accuse the Republicans of failing to perform their duties for the good of the nation and the American people especially when it comes to anti-terrorism, according to a veteran member of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

According to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Sen. Reid’s political strategy aimed at maintaining Democrats’ control of the Senate is endangering the men and women in the Armed Forces who are deployed throughout the world including the war-torn Afghanistan theater of operations against Islamists.

“The entire U.S. defense apparatus, as well as the U.S. military, depends on a key yearly spending bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a piece of legislation that outlines and funds the nation’s national security priorities,”Sen. Inhofe said in a press statement.

The 2015 NDAA has already been voted on by the House of Representatives without any serious disputes between the GOP and the Dems. However, like so many bills in the past, Reid uses his control over which bills receive a vote in order to prevent passage of Republican’s legislation.

Inhofe has been vocal regarding the dangers posed by Reid’s obstructionism. He has been encouraging the American people to call Reid’s offices in Washington and his home state of Nevada to urge him to bring the bill to the floor of he Senate so it can be voted on prior to members of both houses of Congress leaving for vacation in August.

“If the current NDAA does not come to a vote before the end of the fiscal year, there will be a funding gap for national security priorities,” wrote Inhofe.

Inhofe’s latest comments signal his dissatisfaction with Reid, who has alienated GOP senators and others by refusing to allow important pieces of legislation to receive “an up or down vote,” and Reid’s comments to members of the Democratic Party water-carrying brigade within news organizations.well

Most conservative Republicans find Reid’s comments and his actions to be distasteful at best, despicable and dishonest at worst. For example, conservative talk show superstar Mark Levin has denounced the members of Democratic-controlled Senate whom he repeatedly exposes as up to their necks in hypocrisy.

Levin, who served in the Reagan administration as the Department of Justice’s chief of staff, frequently reminds his millions of listeners of Harry Reid’s praise of Barack Obama when he commented that Obama had a gift for speechmaking since he speaks with “no negro dialect.”

In another incident, in 2010Sen. Reid had to apologize for his quotes in the book, “Game Change.” The book’s writers noted that Reid excitedly proclaimed he “was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one, ” CNN reported.

“At a time when our men and women in uniform are being challenged by unparalleled threats around the world, they need our support more than ever. The NDAA must come to the floor now, before the August recess, so that we can debate these important issues and move quickly to conference,” Inhofe said.

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Human rights group blasts Obama’s treatment of Israel

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This is article 1206 of 1216 in the topic International

In the midst of Palestinian terrorists’ daily bombardment of Israel with rockets and mortar shells, President Barack Obama and his administration, especially Secretary of State John Kerry, are more concerned with Israeli defense actions and less concerned with defeating radical Islamic terrorists in the dangerous Gaza Strip, according to an “Inside the Beltway” human rights group.

According toHuman Rights Voices, Obama and his minions have all but tied Israel’s hands behind its back as the U.S. President continues to voice the rhetoric of support for the Israeli government and the Jewish people.

The group accuses Obama and Kerry of paying lip-service when telling reporters and audiences that Israel has the right to defend itself, all the while pushing them to consider the Palestinians a partner for peaceful negotiations.

“Obama expects a country such as Israel to sit down with the leaders of an enemy and discuss peace while that enemy bombards the Israeli people. What scares me is that if faced with a similar situation, with Americans under attack, the community organizer would offer flowery speeches and cut-rate impersonations of African American comedian Chris Rock,” said Capt. Edward Leckie, Jr., a former police commander of an anti-terrorism unit.

“I remember former U.S. Ambassador Alan Keyes telling a MSNBC audience that ‘only a coward would sit down and talk peace with people responsible for killing his people,’” said Leckie.

According to Human Rights Voices, responsibility for the leap from the kidnapping and execution-style murder of three Jewish teenagers — one of whom was an American citizen — by members of Hamas to the millions of Israeli civilians running in terror from Hamas rocket attacks is directly linked to the Obama White House.

Just within the last few weeks, two of Obama’s top diplomats denigrated Israel using rhetoric unbecoming of a “friend.” Secretary of State John Kerry told his confidantes that the government of Israel practiced “apartheid,” according to an Examiner news story. Meanwhile, Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton in her flop of a memoir, called the Israelis “occupiers,” a term that brings to mind the German hordes under Adolph Hitler.

About six weeks ago, President Obama actually encouraged groups such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and other terrorist groups populating the Gaza Strip by proclaiming America’s financial aid would keep flowing to a newly formed Palestinian unity government that included the recognized Palestinian National Authority and the terrorists.

On July 2, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki explained a unity government between Hamas and Fatah – that was mysteriously missing the Hamas half. “They’re not a part of the technocratic government,” she said. “Obviously, the technocratic government is different from the reconciliation process. Obviously, everything’s linked. It’s all – but it’s different.”

During the heart wrenching kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers — Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Sha’ar — Obama never telephoned Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or even Palestinian leader Mahboud Abbas to at least go on the record of condemning the abduction and killing of the teenaged Fraenkel, who enjoyed dual American-Israeli citizen.

In fact, according to Human Rights Choice, during his many appearances and Democratic Party fund raisers, not once did President Obama publicly comment on the kidnapping of this American boy by Islamist terrorists.

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Vicious cop killer honored with memorial built by Jersey City residents

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This is article 42 of 43 in the topic Memorials

Residents of a New Jersey neighborhood erected a memorial in the aftermath of a cop-killing to honor an alleged drug-addicted murderer, not the young police officer, according to local news reports on Monday.

During the weekend, when he responded to a burglary-in-progress call, Jersey City, N.J.,Police Officer Melvin Santiago was the victim of a surprise attack in which he was fatally wounded by gunman Lawrence Campbell. Upon arriving at the crime scene, in front of a Walgreen’s pharmacy, Officer Santiago’s fellow police officers fired and killed the Campbell when he refused to drop his weapon.

In a shocking demonstration of lawless bravado, residents of that Jersey City African American neighborhood created a prominently displayed sidewalk memorial not in honor of the slain young rookie cop, but to honor his killer as hero.

“This memorial says more about the residents of the city than it does about the man who ended the life of a kid who wished to protect and serve the very people honoring his killer,” said former New York police detective, Sid Franes, himself an African American lawman.

Some of the creators of the cop-killer memorial designed T-shirts that they taped to the wall on which neighborhood residents wrote messages in memory of the cop-killing Campbell.

The killer’s widow, Angelique Campbell, told a New Jersey cable television news reporter that she wishes her husband killed more police officers. While she wasn’t a witness to the shooting incident, she claimed that police officers were out to kill her husband. The cop-killer’s wife hours later apologized for her harsh language.

Angelique later apologized for her comments, but I don’t see how you can walk back something like that.

While Jersey Citydetectives continue to investigate the shooting, they claim that they were told that upon stealing the murder weapon, Campbell told a friend to watch the 11 o’clock news to see how famous he’d become.

Full disclosure: The writer, Jim Kouri, is the former director of public safety at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. Several members of the Jersey City Police Department worked for him at that Jesuit university.

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British Islamists urged not to fight in Syria or Iraq by imams

by Jim Kouri on Monday, July 7th, 2014

This is article 774 of 776 in the topic Terrorism

A large number of the United Kingdom’s Muslim clerics signed and released an open letter on Friday imploring young Muslim men and women not to allow themselves to be recruited by Islamists to travel to Syria or Iraq to offer their services to groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or other terrorist groups.

In their open letter, more than 100 clerics from various mosques in Great Britain — serving either Shiite or Sunni Muslims — have cautioned British Muslims not to become part of sectarian divisions or violence occurring in Syria and Iraq and to turn away offers to travel to those embattled countries to fight on behalf of the jihadists.

Concerns in Britain continue over the large number of young British citizens going to Syria to help Islamist groups in the rebellion against government forces and who are expected to return home more radicalized and more of a threat to carry out terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom.

In June, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron lamented the fact that the foreign fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria pose “the biggest threat” to Britain’s national security.

TheBritish intelligence agency MI5 estimates that about 500 British extremists are already fighting in the Middle East, but many of them are expected to return home, possibly with assignments to commit terrorist acts.

Officials at MI5 claim that “[t]he majority of terrorist attack plots in the UK have been planned by UK residents. A recent example of a plot to cause mass-casualties with multiple improvised explosive devices was disrupted under Operation EXAMINE, which was planned by Birmingham based extremists. Eleven of these individuals were convicted in March 2013 for a variety of terrorist offences. There are several thousand individuals in the UK who support violent extremism or are engaged in Islamist extremist activity.”

According to an Examiner news story last May, “British Islamists are the largest group of foreign fighters in Syria helping al-Qaida and other terrorist groups to battle the Syrian military and helping to overthrow the brutal and oppressive regime of President Bashir al-Assad. They are also considered the most violent and murderous terrorists fighting against the Syrian military, according to one of the rebel commanders for a Western-sponsored rebel army in a letter to a London newspaper.”

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Alert: Al-Qaida bombmaker in Yemen instills fear in counterterrorists globally

by Jim Kouri on Monday, July 7th, 2014

This is article 773 of 776 in the topic Terrorism

Counterterrorists throughout the world including the United States are concerned with two developments within the Islamic jihad: new explosive ordinance that defies airport security scanners and the Yemeni al-Qaida man, Ibrahim Al Asiri, with the expertise to create horrific improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to reports on Friday.

The U.S. State Department and the Department of Homeland Security issued travelers warnings for those civilians flying to the U.S. from airports in Europe and the Middle East. The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) also announced that there will be enhanced airport scanning procedures since intelligence analysts warned the Obama administration about this latest threat.

Terrorism experts, such a former anti-terrorism unit member Det. Michael M. Snopes, say that their primary suspect in this new threat is Ibrahim Al Asiri, a 32-year-old Saudi said to be hiding out with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen’s southern provinces.

“President Barack Obama and his news media sycophants call tell Americans that al-Qaida is ‘on the run’ till they’re blue in the face; that doesn’t change the reality of Muslim terrorists continuing their global jihad,” said former police anti-terrorism unit member, Thomas McHughes.

Regardless of pronouncements by President Obama and his national security team downplaying the global treat — which includes the United States and its overseas interests — posed by the Islamist terrorism organization known as al-Qaida, a newUnited Nations report released to Middle East news agencies and publications on Friday claims that besides the Iraqi insurrection, terrorist-linked unrest in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Somalia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and Saudi Arabia’s next-door neighbor Yemen is growing in intensity.

The UN Security Council report as covered by news organizations on Friday claims that al-Qaida remains a major challenge to the peaceful transition stage in Yemen. In recent years, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has become arguably the more dangerous terrorist group than the original al-Qaida led by Osama bin Laden until his 2011 death at the hands of U.S. Navy Seals. AQAP (which Yemenis simply call al-Qaida) branched outfrom bin Laden’s al-Qaida group and but it still maintains an ideology based on bin Laden’s extremist form of Sunni Islam.

AQAP retained its name when it re-grouped in Yemen, being joined at the hip with the local al-Qaida organization already operating there. In Yemen, AQAP presents a powerful alternative to that country’s weak central government. Eventually AQAP became almost totally independent of the original al-Qaida, although it still follows the instructions of bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahri.

The Security Council stressed in their report that the adoption by Yemen of a national counterterrorism law and the development of the national counterterrorism policy is paramount to achieving a peaceful transition to a secular, democratic government.

While President Barack Obama’s administration had ordered the training mission in Yemen to be suspended due to the political turmoil in that nation, the U.S. recently increased the number of military and police trainers into the country, according to anExaminer news story. The U.S. military and Central Intelligence Agency also re-introduced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks on terrorist targets.

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Obama and media sycophants deceptive regarding Canadian healthcare system

by Jim Kouri on Monday, July 7th, 2014

This is article 683 of 686 in the topic Healthcare

During the hard-sell campaign to pass the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a/k/a Obamacare, proponents of the Obamacare program made comparisons between the U.S. free-market system and the Canadian socialized model, but a new Canadian public policy think-tank report released on Thursday appears to fly in the face of President Barack Obama’s — and his sycophants in the news media’s — claims.

Many Americans, including physicians, believe that Obamacare is merely the first step in the Democratic Party’s ultimate goal for the United States to have a single-payer program, very similar to the Canadian model. Many Democrats have been, and continue to be vocal about Obamacare not going far enough as far as government control of healthcare.

In fact, in 2007 filmmaker Michael Moore released his highly partisan motion picture “Sicko,” to rave reviews. The movie condemned the U.S. healthcare system and praised the Canadian system using the usual Moore canards that have been proven in his prior films. And White House mouthpiece, Bob Beckel, on Fox News Channel’s “The Five” often admits he and other Democrats want a single-payer program modeled after Canada’s.

Yet, according to the nonpartisan Fraser Institute, with headquarters located in Vancouver, Canada, a typical Canadian family unit comprised of a father, mother and two children will pay up to $11,786.00 this year for public healthcare benefits. And that pays for insurance for care that is basically rationed by government bureaucrats.

“Healthcare in Canada is not free—while Canadians may not pay directly for medical services, they pay a substantial amount of money for healthcare through taxes,” wroteBacchus Barua, study co-author and senior economist in the Fraser Institute’s Center for Health Policy Studies.

Unfortunately, a majority of the Canadian people are kept ignorant of what healthcare truly costs them since they don’t receive invoices for any portion of physician and hospital services covered by tax-funded healthcare “insurance.” The Canadian government’s regular tax revenue — not a dedicated medical tax or surcharge — pays for healthcare, while premiums cover only a fraction of the costs for medical treatment.

“One of the unfortunate realities of Canada’s monopolistic [single-payer] healthcare system is that some people feel they have no choice but to seek the care they need outside the country,” Bacchus notes.

Canadians, much like U.S. military veterans, often must wait months for treatment, and the study reveals that a number of Canadian become medical tourists.

Fraser Institute study estimates the amount of taxes Canadian families will pay for public health insurance in 2014, and by how much it has increased over the last decade. For example:

  • In 2014, the average single individual earning roughly $42,000 will pay $4,381 for public health care insurance.
  • A family of two adults and two children earning approximately $118,000 in 2014 will pay $11,786 for public health care insurance.
  • The 10 percent of Canadian families with the lowest income will pay an average of $523 for public health care insurance in 2014.
  • In 2014, the 10 percent of Canadian families with an average income of $57,818 will pay an average of $5,522.

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Lawmakers, Border agents call for immediate deportations of ‘Obama kids’

by Jim Kouri on Monday, July 7th, 2014

This is article 443 of 452 in the topic Immigration

During the Sunday morning news shows, a number of Republicans and advocates for legal immigration called on President Barack Obama to deport the children — and adults hiding among them — as they amass at the Texas border and that deportation should to take place immediately.

What’s turned into a full-fledged national crisis has led the Obama administration officials to pretend it’s struggling to maintain the overwhelmed detention and processing systems and claim that they may deport some but extend asylum laws for others, according toRep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Knowing that David Gregory enjoys verbal confrontations with Republicans, Rep. Labrador, who is Latino, said, “I kept thinking that you need to change your slogan at the beginning of your show,” Labrador stated. “Instead of, ‘If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press,’ it should be ‘If it’s Sunday, it’s another administration official making stuff up on Meet the Press.’ It’s really shameful.”

President Obama and his Democratic Party minions have argued that increased flow of border crossings is the result of deteriorating conditions in Central America. But Congressman Labrador and other GOP critics, blamed Obama’s “Dreamers” executive order for initiating a human tsunami.

“It’s not by accident that these people suddenly show up at practically the same time. There are plane loads of illegal aliens flying into the United States. It’s another example of Obama’s lawlessness,” said political strategist Michael Baker.

“The thing this administration needs to do is immediately deport these families, these children,” Labrador said on “Meet the Press:. “I know it sounds harsh, I know it sounds difficult. But they’re creating a crisis.”

Meanwhile on ABC’s “This Week,” the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection claimed in an interview that the illegal aliens flooding the Texas border from Mexico are no danger to Americans, despite reports of teenagers wearing “gang tats” (tattoos).

CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told the interviewer that he is “confident that we have the resources” to deal with the increased border traffic and that the Department of Homeland Security’s Secretary Jeh Johnson deployed an extra 150 agents to the Rio Grande Valley in addition to the 115 agents that were already moving in.

“The American people are supposed to take comfort in 265 more Border agents sent to deal with thousands of illegal border crossings? We sent more men and women to Baghdad last week,” former police detective and drug enforcement officer Carlos Gutierrez.

Although U.S. Border Patrol agents were told to keep their mouths shut by the Obama administration, one of them, Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza appearing on CNN claimed that the federal government, a/k/a the Obama administration, is “aiding, abetting and facilitating the smuggling of illegal aliens across the border.”

Agent Garza went on to say that the Obama administration is merely filing the information given by of the illegal aliens and requesting that they report back to an immigration hearing based on the honor system. Garza alleged on CNN that most of the illegal aliens won’t report back for any immigration hearing and they’ll join the ranks of the 11-15 millions illegal aliens already in the United States.

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NSA scandal: U.S. double agent arrested by German police

by Jim Kouri on Monday, July 7th, 2014

This is article 33 of 33 in the topic Espionage

In the aftermath of the controversy over the United States spy programs such as “Prism,” one agent working for German intelligence agency was arrested and charged with suspicion of spying for the U.S., according to European news sources on Friday.

The suspect allegedly gathered classified information about a special committee set up by the German parliament to investigate accusations of U.S. espionage including the stories regarding the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) bugging the phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel as part of President Barack Obama’s huge surveillance program.

European news media are reporting that the suspect arrested this week is an employee of the federal intelligence agency, known as the BND. The only description given is that he’s a white male in his early 30′s. The German prosecutor’s office provided no addition information.

Media sources claim that Ms. Merkel was informed about the arrest, as were the members of the parliamentary committee investigating the activities of foreign intelligence agencies in Germany.

“The matter is serious, it is clear,” according to the German Allgemeine newspaper, while Der Spiegel news magazine said “the man was believed to have passed secret documents to a U.S. contact in exchange for money.”

The news about the NSA’s global spy program — including programs such as Prism — had allegedly been detailed in classified documents stolen and leaked by a former contracted intelligence analyst, Edward Snowden, who is still a fugitive living in Russia.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in responding to allegations that the Obama administration bugged the offices of its allies, told the European media that such activities aren’t unusual in geopolitical relations. Kerry said that he’s also eager to find out the truth about the accusations.

“Operation of the Section 702 (Prism) program has been subjected to judicial oversight and extensive internal supervision,” the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) wrote in a report, “and the board has found no evidence of intentional abuse.”

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