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Hasidic Pedophiles Exempt from Public Disclosure

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Charles Hynes
If anyone had dared to suggest that Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes' office has an official policy giving preferential treatment to Orthodox Jewish sex criminals, the critic would probably be knee-deep in editorials charging him with anti-Semitism.

Alas, what's an Orthodox Jewish lawyer like me to say when the DA's lieutenants themselves announce just such a policy?

I'll say this: Hynes' refusal to disclose almost any information about the arrest or prosecution of alleged sex offenders from the politically powerful Orthodox community is not only discriminatory; it's also a cynical insult to the victims his office is pledged to support.

Mind you, the discrimination is no mere allegation; it's a matter of record. In letters this month to reporters Paul Berger, of Forward, and Hella Winston, of The Jewish Week, Assistant DA Morgan Dennehy explicitly affirmed that his boss' policy for suppressing information about sex abuse is "unique" to the "Hasidic" community.

Footprints

NYTimes Realizes That The FBI Keeps Celebrating Breaking Up Its Own Terrorist Plots

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Over the last few years, we've noticed that nearly every victory the FBI celebrates against terrorism is actually about stopping its own terrorist plots that it feeds to hapless individuals, often nudging them and pushing them down the road to "become" terrorists, despite commonly displaying little to no aptitude for actual terrorism.

Add the NY Times to the newspapers who are beginning to question the FBI's penchant for setting up its own plots for the sake of a high profile arrest of some clueless individuals.
The United States has been narrowly saved from lethal terrorist plots in recent years - or so it has seemed. A would-be suicide bomber was intercepted on his way to the Capitol; a scheme to bomb synagogues and shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft was developed by men in Newburgh, N.Y.; and a fanciful idea to fly explosive-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol was hatched in Massachusetts.

But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training. Suspects naïvely played their parts until they were arrested.

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Bad Guys

Chen Guangcheng's US-brokered deal unravels after leaving embassy

Chen Guangcheng, left, with the US ambassador to China, Gary Locke, before leaving the embassy where he spent six days after fleeing from house arrest.
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Chen Guangcheng, left, with the US ambassador to China, Gary Locke, before leaving the embassy where he spent six days after fleeing from house arrest.
Chinese activist now pleads for help to leave China with family as US denies officials relayed threats from authorities

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has pleaded for help to let him leave the country with his family, with a US-brokered deal for his future unravelling within hours of his leaving the Beijing embassy where he had taken shelter.

Chen said he never asked to leave China in his six days at the mission, which followed his incredible escape from a brutal 19-month regime of illegal house arrest. But he said he only left the embassy because US officials told him Chinese authorities would send his wife and children back to their home province - where they have been watched around the clock and harassed by a team of 100 guards - if he remained inside. He added that, at one point, an American official told him his wife would have been beaten to death - a claim denied by the US.

"I think we'd like to rest in a place outside of China," Chen told Associated Press, in an interview from a hospital room in the capital. "Help my family and me leave safely."

His appeal was in stark contrast to the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton's statement hours earlier, which said the handling of his stay and departure "reflected his choices and our values". She said that China had offered Chen understandings that he could pursue higher education in a safe environment. "Making these commitments a reality is the next crucial task," added Clinton, who arrived in Beijing on Wednesday morning. A friend said Barack Obama was due to make a statement on Chen's case as part of the deal, and the activist initially told his lawyer that he had "received clear assurances".

Bad Guys

The Constitutional Crimes of Barack Obama

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As we slog towards another vapid, largely meaningless exercise in pretend democracy with the selection of a new president and Congress this November, it is time to make it clear that the current president, elected four years ago by so many people with such inflated expectations four years ago (myself included, as I had hoped, vainly it turned out, that those who elected him would then press him to act in progressive ways), is not only a betrayer of those hopes, but is a serial violator of his oath of office. He is, in truth, a war criminal easily the equal of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and perhaps even of Bush's regent, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Let me count the ways:

* For starters, in vowing to "preserve, protect and defend the US Constitution of the United States," President Obama, upon taking office, had a sacred obligation to prosecute the people who had gravely wounded that document prior to his assuming office. It was clear, as I wrote in my book The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office (St. Martin's Press, 2006), that Bush and Cheney had ordered and condoned and covered up torture of captives in their so-called "War" on Terror, as well as in the very real wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, committing grievous war crimes that are not only violations of international law, but of the US Criminal Code, given that the US is a leading author and signatory of the Geneva Accords). They also were war criminals of the first degree for orchestrating, through lies to both the UN Security Council and the US Congress and the American people, about the alleged threat and imminence of any threat by Iraq to the US or its allies. President Obama, under the UN Charter and under US law, as the president, commander in chief and top law officer in the nation, was bound to investigate and prosecute those crimes. Instead, he ordered that there would be no prosecutions.

* A federal court also ruled that President Bush had committed a felony in using the National Security Agency and several complicit telecommunications companies to spy on massive numbers of Americans with no warrants. Again, instead of prosecuting the president once he replaced him, President Obama said there would be no prosecution, and he went on to expand that spying program exponentially, effectively shredding beyond recognition the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures, which had been a leading rallying issue for the revolutionists of 1776.

Attention

Fox News, 26 December 2001: Bin Laden Dead

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Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader.

"The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead," the source said.

Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief.

About 30 close associates of bin Laden in Al Qaeda, including his most trusted and personal bodyguards, his family members and some "Taliban friends," attended the funeral rites. A volley of bullets was also fired to pay final tribute to the "great leader."

Alarm Clock

Abbottabad Villagers: Osama Bin Laden Video Was Faked

Why was the mainstream media not all over this? Why has it gone down as 'official history' that Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces one year ago today, when there is clear evidence that the death of bin-Laden was a staged psy-op?


MIB

Portland Bomb Plot Suspect's Father Alerted FBI

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Scared and feeling out of options, the father of a Portland teenager called the FBI in 2009 and warned that his son was considering flying to Yemen and committing violent jihad, an FBI agent testified Tuesday.

That call and a subsequent meeting set off a 15-month investigation that culminated with the arrest of the teenager, Mohamed Mohamud, the FBI said. He is now 20 and charged with attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

Mohamud called his father, Osman Barre, on the morning of Aug. 31, 2009, and said he had a ticket and a visa to Yemen, FBI agent Ryan Dwyer said at a hearing Tuesday.

A frantic Barre looked and couldn't find his son's passport. Repeated calls from Barre and Mohamud's mother proved fruitless until Mohamud finally answered his phone. His said his threat had been all talk, but he was serious about flying out of the country.

Barre had read about the recruitment and radicalization of Somali teenagers, and his son's pledge to fly to Yemen sealed his decision, Dwyer said. Barre picked up the phone and told the FBI that his son was technically an adult but still a child. He said Mohamud didn't know what he was doing.

"He was concerned for his son's safety," Dwyer said. "He stated he did not want to see his son brainwashed."

Comment:  Please read Paul Craig Roberts: Fabricating Terror for more information on FBI's fake terror plots including this one involving Mohamud.


Bomb

Propaganda Alert! New York City Man Convicted in Thwarted Subway Bomb Plot

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Adis Medunjanin
US, New York - In what authorities called the most serious terror threat since the Sept. 11 attacks, a New York City man was convicted Tuesday of plotting with two of his former classmates at a Queens high school to attack the subways as suicide bombers.

A jury deliberated less than two days before finding Adis Medunjanin guilty of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, attempting to commit an act of terrorism and other terrorism charges. At trial, the jurors had heard the first-time testimony from admitted homegrown terrorists about al-Qaida's determination to strike America on its home turf.

The former classmates, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay, testified that the three men sought terror training after falling under the influence of inflammatory recordings of U.S.-born extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki that they downloaded and listened to on their iPods.

Medunjanin's "journey of radicalization led him from Flushing, Queens to Peshawar, Pakistan, to the brink of a terrorist attack in New York City," U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. "As this case has proved, working against sophisticated terrorist organizations and against the clock, our law enforcement and intelligence agencies can detect, disrupt and destroy terrorist cells before they strike, saving countless innocent lives."

Medunjanin, 27, showed no emotion as the jury foreman announced the verdict in federal court in Brooklyn. Afterward, the former security guard asked defense attorney Robert Gottlieb to "tell his family to be strong," the lawyer said.

Gottlieb said there would be an appeal. His client faces a possible life term at sentencing on Sept. 7.

The government's case was built on the testimony of Zazi, Ahmedzay and two other men: a British would-be shoe bomber and a man originally from Long Island who gave al-Qaida pointers on how best to attack a Walmart store.

Zazi and Ahmedzay, who testified as part of plea deal, told jurors that the scheme unfolded after the trio traveled to Pakistan in 2008 to avenge the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

Bomb

Afghan Taliban Claims Kabul Bomb Attacks

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in eastern Kabul on Wednesday which police said targeted a housing compound for westerners in the city.

"One of our mujahideen detonated his car in front of a military base. Other mujahideen are inside the base fighting. There are very heavy casualties for the enemy," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters in a phone call.

President Barack Obama left Kabul only hours before the attacks after signing a strategic agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Reporting by Rob Taylor; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani