“The people who are on the run at the moment from ISIS in Europe are very desperate, and they know their time’s up, and they will need to do as much damage as possible,” he explained.
Staging an attack here would be “a bit different,” because borders here are more tightly controlled, Storm noted.
But on the other hand, people here have more access to firearms, he said.
He says terrorist militants may focus on “softer targets” in America, such as civilians in “shopping malls,” he said.
I like that Storm made a point of reading from the Hadith to show where the violent ideology comes from. As the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el Sisi noted in his extraordinary and ground-breaking New Years Day speechcalling for a reformation of Islam – the very “texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries are antagonizing the entire world.”
Morten Storm was an unlikely jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.
Agent Storm takes readers inside the jihadist world like never before, showing the daily life of zealous men set on mass murder, from dodging drones with al Qaeda leaders in the Arabian desert to training in extremist gyms in Britain and performing supply drops in Kenya. The book also provides a tantalizing look at his dangerous life undercover, as Storm traveled the world for missions targeting its most dangerous terrorists, and into the most powerful spy agencies: their tradecraft, rivalries, and late-night carousing, as well as their ruthless use of a beautiful blonde in an ambitious honey trap. Agent Storm is a captivating, utterly unique, real-life espionage tale.
According to a local report, police in Ferguson, Missouri are not happy at all with the “DOJ representatives” from the Civil Rights Division who have poured into their town in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.
The report reveals just how upset cops and their family members are at these butt-in-skis who have been in Ferguson for months, stirring the pot and making life more difficult for them. One officer’s wife is of the opinion that they are “not there to guide, they’re there to harm.”
KTVI Fox 2reporter Chris Hayes didn’t name his sources for this story likely out of fear that they would be retaliated against – not only by the more violent protesters out on the street – but by the Obama/Holder Justice Department.
Activists often complain about officers without name tags. Department of Justice representative Christy Lopez jumped on the issue in a recent public meeting saying, “That’s a problem. We need to fix that.” A police wife told us that officers agree they should not be anonymous, but said they`ve lately faced extreme circumstances that have caused some to remove their name tags at times.
The police wife said officers have been, “screamed at by protestors, “we`re going to go to your house. We`re going to rape your wives then we`re going to kill them and we`re going to kill your children” and this is being screamed at them in the presence of Department of Justice agents.”
Those agents said a name tag is non-negotiable, regardless of the threat.
At a public meeting Christy Lopez said, “Especially when it’s tense.”
The police wife said DOJ agents are “not there to guide, they’re there to harm.”
She says a DOJ rep. criticized an officer who said he was afraid for his family. The police wife explained, “The person was told, by the Department of Justice agent, if they`re afraid of the citizens of Ferguson, they shouldn`t be police.”
Yet Federal Agents appeared to be afraid when they called Ferguson police for help. An incident report, obtained by Fox 2, reveals a series of tense moments on September 25th. DOJ was meeting inside a business when a 911 call revealed subjects “stopping at (that business).” Then another 911 call describes “DOJ inside coffee house, requesting escort out of building.”
The wife of a Ferguson officer described another case in which a DOJ rep who was riding with a Ferguson police officer, had a chance to ride along with the officer as he responded to shots fired and looting that was going on at one of the beauty supply stores. Rather than see how the officer reacted to the lawless situation, the DOJ officer said “take me back to the station.” The officer wanted to respond because “that`s where his men were. They needed help. The citizens needed help” but the DOJ rep said “No. Take me back to the police department.”
The police wife continued, “There would’ve been a perfect opportunity for him to witness these guys in a situation, a tough situation and how did they handle it? He opted instead to distance himself from it entirely.”
KTVI reporter Chris Hayes asked the officer’s wife, “Who are these guys (with the DOJ)?”
She responded, “We don`t know.”
Because THEY don’t have to wear name tags.
Hayes goes on to report that the Ferguson officers have been trying to get the names of these shadowy operators from the DOJ who have been organizing the protesters in their town, but they are being stonewalled. Hayes himself tried to get a list of names from a DOJ spokesman for his report, but was met with a stone wall and an attempt to pry information out of him.
So I asked for a list of names, last Thursday. A DOJ spokesperson in Washington D.C. said, “I will have to check to see if that information is publicly available.” Yesterday, I asked again and I also asked for a response to the specific allegations you heard in this report. The spokesman responded, “Do you know the name of the (Ferguson officer) who sent the letter?” and “Can you tell me more about your story?”
According to the officer’s wife, “the only people that have been given voice are the people who will support what appears to be their desired outcome.”
It doesn’t look like they’re going to get “their desired outcome” but an announcement is expected any minute now.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday quarantined an international flight from Brussels, Belgium, Saturday, after a passenger from Liberia at Newark Liberty International Airport, after a passenger fro Liberia fell ill on the plane, complaining that his “eyeballs felt like they were floating.”
The United Airlines Flight touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport at 12:15 p.m.
CDC quarantine officers met the plane after one of the 255 passengers was vomiting on the flight, officials said.
The passengers were released at 1:50 p.m. and permitted to go through customs, said Erica Dumas, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesperson. The sick passenger and his daughter were taken to a hospital for evaluation. Passengers said it took another two hours to clear customs and retrieve their luggage.
The New Jersey Department of Health downplayed the possibility of a new case later Saturday.
In a statement, it said that University Hospital “in coordination with federal, state and local public health officials evaluated two individuals who arrived” Saturday afternoon.
“The symptoms of one individual were found to be consistent with another, minor treatable condition unrelated to Ebola,” the health department said. “The second individual, who was traveling with the patient, was asymptomatic.”
The health department said that both passengers will be let go and “self-monitoring,” meaning they’ll be in charge of gauging their health.
This statement appears to close the book on this situation, from the health department’s perspective.
I’d like to know the name of that minor treatable condition that causes symptoms that so mimic Ebola.
On Saturday, CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden addressed the growing concerns about the deadly disease.
“We have already gotten well over 100 inquiries of possible patients,” Frieden told reporters. “We’ve assessed every one of those … and just this one patient has tested positive … We expect that we will see more rumors or concerns or possibilities of cases, until there is a positive laboratory test, that is what they are.”
Judge Jeanine Pirro Opening Statement – Ebola In The U.S.A. – Are Americans Safe?
Now, according to the director of Dallas County’s health department, health officials are closely monitoring a second potential Ebola patient “who had close contact with the first person” diagnosed in the U.S.
All who have been in close contact with the man diagnosed are being monitored as a precaution, Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said in a morning interview with WFAA-TV.
“Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents: The fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient,” he said. “So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”
The director continued to assure residents that the public isn’t at risk because health officials have the virus contained.
Timeline on the ebola patient:
The patient left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in Dallas the following day. On Sept. 26, he sought treatment at the hospital after becoming ill but was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics. Two days later, he was admitted with more critical symptoms, after requiring an ambulance ride to the hospital.
Each of those children have been kept home from school and are under precautionary monitoring, Thompson said.
Stanley Gaye, president of the Liberian Community Association of Dallas-Fort Worth, said the 10,000-strong Liberian population in North Texas is skeptical of the CDC’s assurances because Ebola has ravaged their country.
“We’ve been telling people to try to stay away from social gatherings,” Gaye said at a community meeting Tuesday. Large get-togethers are a prominent part of Liberian culture.
Knowing that the disease has an incubation period of 21 days, the Obama administration should have put travel restrictions on people traveling from West Africa. Obviously, a person feeling fine getting on and off the plane could be infected. Why was this not done as soon as it was clear that the disease was spreading quickly in effected countries?
Why on earth was a man from Liberia – the epicenter of the disease – allowed to get on a plane and come to the United States without any restrictions what-so-ever?
It’s been nerve-wracking driving through the Kansas City these past few weeks, but area commuters now have a reason to relax. A suspect in the random highway shootings that have put city residents on edge since early March, is in custody.
The string of at least 20 disturbing highway shootings didn’t kill anyone, but three people were hit by the gunfire.
Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte announced the news Thursday night at a brief news conference, telling reporters that more details would be released on Friday.
A KMBC 9 News photojournalist videotaped the man being brought into custody at Kansas City Police Headquarters in downtown Kansas City just before 7 p.m. The man’s name has not yet been released, but police told KMBC that he was their suspect.
Investigators executed a search warrant at 136th Street and Spring Street in Grandview, Mo., on Thursday afternoon. Several investigators remained on the scene through the evening.
It appeared the investigators spent a large amount of time checking out a green sedan behind a building. The sedan was later pulled away by police.
Police had said 12 out of at least 20 recent random highway shootings across the metro were connected. Most of the shootings happened on highways in an area near the Grandview Triangle, where 71 Highway, Interstate 435, Interstate 49 and Interstate 470 connect.
Shootings were reported in Kansas City, Mo., Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and Leawood, Kan. Some of the shootings also happened on Interstate 70.
The shootings also happened mostly in the evenings after 7:00 pm.
I go through the Grandview triangle three times a week – during the evening – to bring my daughter to dance class – so you can imagine my relief that this freak is off the streets. That is – if they’ve got the right guy, which they most likely do.
A deal with Iran that has America’s enemies pumping their fists in the air and Israel seeking other allies for support – it’s another historic firstfor this God-awful president.
The sucker’s deal our brilliant Sec of State deal brokered: We give the Iranians sanctions relief and Iran gets to retain its full capacity to enrich uranium as they defiantly continue their quest for a nuclear bomb. The Iranians, as you can imagine, are thrilled, and Obama’s left-wing sycophants are congratulating Kerry for his “enormous achievement.”
The leader of the country Iran vowed to wipe off the map, is decidedly not thrilled…
What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement; it is an historic mistake
Iran Is Playing Obama, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told Bloomberg News. The Saudi royal often “floats trial balloons on behalf of the members of his family who rule his country, and they consider him free to make impolitic statements they believe but cannot publicly endorse”.
“There’s no confidence in the Obama administration doing the right thing with Iran,” he told me, with a directness that would make Benjamin Netanyahu blush. “We’re really concerned — Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Middle East countries — about this.”
It is quite something for a Saudi royal to state baldly that his country is part of a tacit alliance with Israel, but Saudi leaders, like Israel’s leaders, are frantic with worry that an overeager Obama will accede to Iran’s desire to become a threshold state, one whose nuclear program is so advanced that it would only need several weeks to assemble a deliverable weapon. Alwaleed, like Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, believes that Iran, in its ongoing negotiations with the world’s major powers, will pocket whatever sanctions relief it gets without committing to ending its nuclear program. “Why are they offering relief?” he asked. “Keep the pressure on. Sanctions are what brought about the negotiations to begin with! Why not keep the pressure up?”
Obama, Alwaleed says, is a man who is in desperate political straits and needs a victory — any victory — to right his presidency. “Obama is in so much of a rush to have a deal with Iran,” he said. “He wants anything. He’s so wounded. It’s very scary. Look, the 2014 elections are going to begin. Within two months they’re going to start campaigning. Thirty-nine members of his own party in the House have already moved away from him on Obamacare. That’s scary for him.”
Alwaleed believes a stronger president would have the willpower to say no to a flawed deal with Iran. Like the Israelis, the Saudis believe a flawed deal is one in which Iran isn’t forced to put its nuclear program in reverse, by shuttering facilities and mothballing centrifuges. (Alwaleed is not a Saudi government official, but he often floats trial balloons on behalf of the members of his family who rule his country, and they consider him free to make impolitic statements they believe but cannot publicly endorse).
Israeli leaders indicated that they would be looking for allies elsewhere, via Haaretz:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would act independently of the deal reached with Iran, adding that all options remain on the table.
“We have to be serious enough to take responsibility for our fate,” he told Israel Radio. “As always, all options are on the table.”
Lieberman called the deal a victory for Iran’s religious leaders.
“Obviously when you look at the smiles of the Iranians over there in Geneva, you realize that this is the Iranians’ greatest victory, maybe since the Khomeini revolution, and it doesn’t really change the situation within Iran,” said Lieberman. Referring to Iran’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, he said “Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guard are the true rulers, not [Iranian President Hassan] Rohani.”
Lieberman also indicated that Israel would be seeking other allies than the U.S. and would have to start “taking responsibility regardless of the American stance.”
“We have no alternative other than the United States, but Israel must look into new directions in addition to the U.S.,” he said. “We must take responsibility regardless of the stance of the Americans, or of others. We must make our own independent decisions.”
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon denounced the agreement as an “excellent deal for Iran and a dangerous one for the world, neutralizing the sanctions instead of the centrifuges. The agreement does not dismantle even a single centrifuge or reactor, but is a critical blow to sanctions.”
The Iranian government stuck it to President Barack Obama today with government run television broadcasting a “Down with America” celebration during live coverage of the return of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The Iranian minister returned from Geneva after completing a deal on Iran’s nuclear program with the U.S. and leading world powers, according to a BBC reporter.
Buzzfeedreports that the US was in secret talks with Iran for a year –
Israeli officials knew they were being kept in the dark as the U.S. conducted secret talks with Iran, and the knowledge that the White House was “going behind Israel’s back” was one of the key sources of tension between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, according to a senior Israeli minister and other Israeli officials.
“We did not know from the beginning, but we knew, we had intelligence that these meetings were happening,” said the Israeli minister, who spoke to BuzzFeed by phone from his Jerusalem office. He said that a “friend in the Gulf” shared intelligence with Israel that the meetings were taking place, and urged Israel to find out more. “I would like to say we knew the content of the talks, but we didn’t. What we knew was that the U.S. was choosing not to tell us about them and that was very worrying.”
Undoubtedly, an Israeli strike during the interim deal would be greeted with outrage from all the expected circles. But that same outrage, or more, would also come further down the road. In short, measured against the expected reaction even in friendly capitals, there is never a “good” time for an Israeli strike, only bad and worse times. Accordingly, the Geneva deal does not change Israel’s strategic calculus even slightly, unless the Netanyahu government itself falls prey to the psychological warfare successfully waged so far by the ayatollahs. That we will know only as the days unfold.
Israel still must make the extremely difficult judgment whether it will stand by as Iran maneuvers effortlessly around a feckless and weak White House, bolstering its economic situation while still making progress on the nuclear front, perhaps less progress on some aspects of its nuclear work than before the deal, but more on others.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a statement that concurred with Netanyahu’s take.
“According to the interim agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program that was reached this weekend in Geneva, not one centrifuge will be destroyed. Not one pound of enriched uranium will leave Iran. Not one American unjustly detained in Iran’s notorious prisons will be released. But Iran will start to receive, in a matter of days, $7 billion in relief from international economics sanctions.
“All the smiling embraces between diplomats after the interim deal was signed notwithstanding, the Iranian regime remains a brutal and oppressive dictatorship that pursues nuclear weapons for the purpose of dominating the Middle East and threatening America and our allies, notably Israel. President Obama and Secretary Kerry should reconsider their policy of rapprochement with Iran that is dismaying to Jerusalem and encouraging to Tehran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted this agreement would be a ‘very, very bad deal’ and has now correctly identified it as an ‘historic mistake.’ Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted his satisfaction as the ‘breaking down the architecture for sanctions has begun.’ The administration has gotten it backwards and it is time to reverse course before any further damage is done.”