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Telling it like it is! UK terror police 'radicalised and groomed our ISIS runaway wives'

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In a letter to the chairman of the home affairs select committee, husbands of two of the women say police allegedly encouraged them to contact their radicalised brother
Downing Street tonight denounced as 'wrong and dangerous' a claim that British police 'actively encouraged and promoted' the radicalisation of three sisters who took their children to join Islamic State terrorists last week.

The suggestion by two of the women's husbands that the police played a part in sending them towards IS by encouraging contact with their radicalised brother in Syria was also angrily rejected by senior officers and branded 'ludicrous' by MPs.

Lawyers for Mohammed Shoaib, 39, and Akhtar Iqbal, 48, have written to the Home and Foreign Secretaries, and chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, Keith Vaz.

The letter said: 'We are alarmed by the fact that the police have been actively promoting and encouraging contact with the brother-in-law of our clients whom, it is believed, is fighting in Syria.

'It would appear that there has been a reckless disregard as to the consequences of any such contact on the families.

'Plainly the North East Counter-Terrorism Unit (Nectu) has been complicit in the grooming and radicalising of the women.'

Arrow Down

Business as usual? Traffic camera CEO pleads guilty to bribing elected officials

As time goes on more Americans are becoming aware of the fact that many of our laws are not written for our safety, but exist as nothing more than tools of revenue generation for the government. But what we often forget is that the police departments aren't the only ones making a buck at our expense. When it comes to traffic cameras, the manufacturers have a lot at stake, and they're more than willing to bend the rules if it means making a new customer.

At least, that seems to be the case with Redflex Traffic Systems, whose former CEO Karen L Finley, recently admitted in court that she had bribed elected officials in Columbus, Ohio and Cincinnati, to maintain the contracts her company had with these municipalities.

Comment: Given the current state of society in the U.S., one wonders how often these types of transactions occur. It's a safe bet that this is not an isolated case.


Pistol

2 teens, 2 adults injured in Jersey City public shooting

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Four people, including two 15-year-old teenagers, were shot in a park in Jersey City, New Jersey amid a large basketball court party. This is the third mass open-air shooting to target partygoers in the US in the space of two days.

Police are looking for a silver minivan following the incident, which took place at Ruby Brown Place near Mercer Park, NBC 4 New York reported citing investigators.

Witnesses said several shots were fired, as dozens of people outside cooking in the vicinity, as they celebrated Father's Day.

At least one of those injured in the shootings is in a critical condition, according to police. It is not known who carried out the attack.



According to witness accounts cited by PIX11, people initially mistook the shots for fireworks, but upon realizing it was actually gunfire, they started to run in different directions. One man said he grabbed his underage son and charged away from the scene.

The interrupted event is described as a peaceful large barbeque party that takes place on the same spot every year.

Comment: America's escalating race war: Who benefits from a mind controlled Charleston shooter?


Red Flag

10-year-old incest victim denied abortion by Paraguayan authorities

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The 10-year-old is staying at a Red Cross hospital in Asuncíon.
  • Mother reported in January 2014 that stepfather was sexually abusing child
  • Catholic country only allows abortion if pregnancy is 'life-threatening'
Paraguayan authorities have ruled out abortion for a pregnant 10-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather, unless she develops complications that put her life in danger.

Despite a plea from the girl's mother and an international outcry, senior medical officials in Asunción told the Guardian that more than 22 weeks into the pregnancy, there are no health risks that would allow doctors to circumvent the Catholic country's stringent anti-abortion laws.

"Right now, there is no reason to interrupt the pregnancy," Lida Sosa, director of healthcare programs at the ministry of public health and wellness, said. "In fact, given the stage of the pregnancy, it's even more dangerous for the girl to undergo a procedure [to abort] without a well-considered medical, obstetrical evaluation."

The stance of the Paraguayan authorities has enraged human rights groups and feminist activists, who believe the girl - whose name has been withheld because she is a minor - faces psychological and health risks if the baby is born because of her young age and the circumstances that resulted in the pregnancy.

The 10-year-old is one of three children who share a rented room in the city of Luque with her mother and stepfather.

Comment: Abortion, Psychopaths and Mother Love


Red Flag

Number of veterans who are waiting over a month for treatment has grown 50% since last year

It's been over a year since it was discovered that the Department of Veterans Affairs had been using "secret lists" to conceal the fact that they had abysmal wait times for veterans in need, some whom died while waiting to be treated. Unfortunately, not much has changed with the VA, save the fact that they can no longer cover up their incompetence/lack of resources.

Now the number of veterans who are waiting one month or more for their treatment, has grown 50% since last year, and they're currently facing a $3 billion budget shortfall. The VA is now considering furloughs and hiring freezes to continue their operation.

Comment: It's a sickening truth that those in Congress are always ready to send soldiers off to war and to publicly congratulate them for service, but when it comes time to actually take care of these same people, those in charge cannot be bothered.

Why Does The U.S. Government Treat Military Veterans Like Human Garbage?


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Draft Dodging 101: Keeping your freedom in times of crisis

Earlier this week, Michael Krieger of Libertyblitzkrieg.com wrote about the likelihood of a military draft in America's future. He suggested that high ranking members of the Washington establishment are currently contemplating the return of mandatory government service, ostensibly to fight ISIS. Unlike previous drafts though, this one wouldn't be restricted to the military, but would include mandatory service for organizations like the Peace Corps and Americorps. Unfortunately for the future of freedom in America, he makes a pretty compelling case.

While it may sound outlandish to many, I can see how this might come to pass. While most Americans think the draft is a terrible idea, there's also a strong sentiment that the current "millennial" generation is out of touch, and perhaps a draft will instill some respect and discipline among them. They'll also make the case that we need to fight ISIS. While most Americans don't want to send troops to the Middle East, most people agree that ISIS is evil and should be destroyed.

And finally, for those who find the idea of military service unpalatable, this draft would allow people to do "community service" instead of engaging in front line combat. I guess what I'm trying to say is, even though the vast majority of Americans hate the idea of a draft, the propagandists have a few ways to make them shrug and accept it without putting up too much of a fight.

Comment: Good tips, but use at your own risk. Any way one can legally avoid being even more strongly tied to the beast is worth investigating.


Life Preserver

New flotilla bound for Gaza: Swedish boat leaves Italy as part of latest aid effort

Pro-Palestinian flotilla aiming to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza Strip

A vessel from Sweden that will form part of a Pro-Palestinian flotilla aiming to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip is on its way to its final destination.

The Marianne of Gothenburg is the first boat of the so-called Freedom Flotilla III to set sail and will aim to deliver medical equipment and solar cell panels for use in Gaza, according to a statement by the Ship to Gaza campaign.

The boat traveled from Sweden through the waters of Norway, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal before reaching Messina, Italy, last week.

"The short stop in Messina was an intensive one with meetings with peace activists and a press conference at the city hall," the group noted on their website.

The boat was expected to arrive in Greece this week, before attempting to breach the blockade and reach Gaza.

In May 2010 nine Turkish citizens were killed after Israeli commandos raided the Mavi Marmara, part of a flotilla that was attempting to reach Gaza. An Israeli inquiry found that the soldiers opened fire after the activists aboard the ship attempted to attack them with knives and metal rods.


Comment: It will be interesting to see if Israel handles this new aid effort the way it handled the Mavi Mara.


Eye 2

Video shows Chicago cop opening fire on black teens in a car

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A recently released dashcam video shows a Chicago police officer firing over a dozen shots into a car full of six unarmed black teenagers in December 2013.

Retired Judge Andrew Berman released the video to the Chicago Reporter after calling it the most unsettling thing he has seen in his 18 years as a judge and 17 years as a public defender.

The officer had pulled the vehicle over for speeding, and as the teens attempted to flee by backing away from the officer, the officer began firing into the vehicle, seemingly with no real target or threat of danger. Two of the teens were shot, one in the shoulder and the other in the left hip and right heel.

Comment: Truly despicable act by this so called protector of civil life.


People

'Refugees are welcome here': Thousands march in Berlin to support migrants, Greece


Thousands have taken to the streets of Berlin to express their solidarity with asylum seekers coming to Europe. The activists also expressed their support for the people of Greece, who are suffering from a long-running debt crisis.

Organized by German opposition parties Die Linke (The Left) and Gruenen (The Greens), as well as other organizations, the protest coincided with UN World Refugee Day.

German police estimated up to 2,500 people attended the rally.

Comment: Hopefully more people will join the protests across Europe.


Pistol

Mass shootings in Detroit and West Philly

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At least seven people, including a two-year-old and eleven-year-old child, were injured in West Philadelphia after a shotgun-wielding attacker fired into a street picnic, local police said. The children were hospitalized in critical condition.

The report comes almost simultaneously with news from a block party in Detroit, where one person was killed and 9 injured in a shooting on the same Saturday evening.

It was not immediately clear why the West Philadelphia shooter targeted the block party on Ogden Street, according to local police.