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US restarts visa processing after Hawaiian judge, again, blocks travel ban

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The White House has described Tuesday's ruling by a Hawaiian judge, blocking Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, as "dangerously flawed," adding that it "undercuts the president's efforts to keep the American people safe."

In a statement, the president's office reacted to a ruling earlier Tuesday by US District Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii, who granted a nationwide injunction against Trump's third travel ban, ruling that the order "likely" violates US law.

In accordance with the court order, the State Department is instructing US embassies to process visa applications from citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, according to the Associated Press. The State Department, however, will follow the presidential guidelines in processing visa applications from North Koreans and Venezuelans, AP reported.

The US Department of Justice said that it will appeal the judge's ruling. "Today's ruling is incorrect, fails to properly respect the separation of powers, and has the potential to cause serious negative consequences for our national security," the DOJ said in a statement.

However, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin called the judge's ruling "another victory for the rule of law" and said that he stands "ready to defend it."

The White House statement added that the ruling hindered President Trump's ability to "enforce minimum security standards for entry into the United States."

"The entry restrictions in the proclamation apply to countries based on their inability or unwillingness to share critical information necessary to safely vet applications," the statement continued, adding, "as well as a threat assessment related to terrorism, instability, and other grave national security concerns."

The White House said it was "confident" that the courts would uphold Trump's executive order.


Comment: The ban requiring vetting of applications with cooperation from the countries of concern is not discrimination. "No person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of his race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence." These stipulations are not in question. The issue of visa bans is not over yet especially if judges are polluting their rulings with any considerations except the letter of the law as it applies to the action requested.

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Attention

MI5 warning: 'Dramatic jump in scale, pace of British terror threat'

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'Britain is facing an unprecedented threat of terror today.'
Andrew Parker warned that activity from sick terrorists is harder than ever to detect, and there has been a "dramatic upshift" in the type of threats seen. In interviews with Sky News and the BBC he said that it was the highest threat he had seen in his 34-year career at MI5.

Mr Parker revealed that 20 attacks on British soil had been thwarted in the past four years - including SEVEN in as many months. And he revealed that 130 Brits who had travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight for so-called Islamic State had died - with around 800 in total leaving for the area.

The top boss said: "Today there is more terrorist activity, coming at us more quickly, and it can be harder to detect. He went on: "We're now running well over 500 live operations involving around 3,000 individuals known to be currently involved in extremist activity in some way.

"As well as those we are looking at today, risk can also come from returnees from Syria and Iraq and also the growing pool of over 20,000 individuals we've looked at in the past in our terrorism investigations. "And there will be some violent extremists not yet known to us at all."

Comment: Covertly support IS 'over there' and then fear what they will do when they return, given IS programming works so well to hype and manipulate the perceptions of the public! What a set-up. Change agent in the works?


Stop

Hawaii judge blocks Trump's travel ban for third time

© James Lawler Duggan / Reuters
A federal judge in Hawaii has granted a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump's latest travel ban, saying it was violating immigration law.

Trump's executive order, issued on September 24, indefinitely restricted travel to the US for citizens from eight countries: Somalia, Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela and Chad.

The order "likely" violated a US law which prohibits nationality-based discrimination with respect to the issuance of immigrant visas, said US District Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii.

Hawaii judge blocks Trump's travel ban by RT America on Scribd

The same judge also challenged Trump's first two travel bans, which targeted six Muslim-majority countries. Watson previously ruled that the orders discriminated against Muslims in light of Trump's campaign promise of "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

However, Trump's September order includes two countries - North Korea and Venezuela - that are not majority Muslim, weakening the plaintiffs' argument that the ban is discriminatory.

Comment: Here we go again.


Cult

Hungary targets Scientology: Police search Budapest HQ over 'numerous crimes'

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Scientology's center in Budapest.
Over 50 police officers surrounded the main office of the Church of Scientology in the Hungarian capital Budapest before conducting searches inside as part of an ongoing investigation into the movement.

Hungarian media reported citing authorities that the search was over "suspected misuse of personal information and other crimes," but authorities refused to comment further as the operation was still live.

The well-funded group, founded by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s, has spent millions of US dollars refurbishing a five-story, 6,000 square-meter building in central Budapest, according to local media. The former factory was opened in a highly-publicized ceremony last year by the movement's leader, David Miscavige.

Comment: Scientology was a fraud from the beginning.
"Y'know, we're all wasting our time writing this hack science fiction! You wanta make real money, you gotta start a religion!"

- As reported to Mike Jittlov by Theodore Sturgeon as a statement Hubbard made while at the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society clubhouse in the 1940s.



Passport

Normalization of Emergency Powers: French parliament adopts tough new anti-terror bill

The French parliament on Wednesday adopted a tough new anti-terrorism bill that gives authorities vastly expanded powers to search homes, restrict movement and close places of worship.
© AFP Photo/JACQUES DEMARTHON
Critics of France's new anti-terror law see it as a "permanent state of emergency"
The bill, which was passed by the Senate after modifications to address concerns about civil liberties, makes permanent some of the exceptional measures contained in the state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Comment: Another press release gives additional details:
The new anti-terror legislation has encountered little resistance from the public, reflecting a hardening of attitudes after nearly three years of periodic attacks.

Human Rights Watch criticised what it called a "normalisation of emergency powers" and UN experts raised objections in a letter to the French government last month.

Addressing an audience of security force members, President Macron urged them to "fully utilise" their new powers.



Red Flag

Las Vegas cover-up continues: Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos cancels all TV interviews - UPDATE: Campos to appear on Ellen

© Sandy Lopez / Las Vegas Review-Journal
A sign warning members of the news media not to enter Jesus Campos' home in east Las Vegas hangs on a gate on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay security guard who first encountered mass shooter Stephen Paddock, vanished Thursday afternoon hours before planned interviews with five TV networks, his union president said Friday.

"The union doesn't have any idea where he's at at this time," said David Hickey, international president of the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, which represents security guards at Mandalay Bay.

Hickey said he had been with Campos for the last four days, along with another union member, helping him prepare for media interviews. He said Campos was staying in a Las Vegas-area hotel suite, with a living room and an adjoining bedroom.

Comment: Paddock is dead. Paddock is the lone gunman. Paddock organized it all by himself.

SO WHY DOES CAMPOS NEED SECURITY OUTSIDE HIS HOUSE 24/7?

Update (Oct. 15): Campos's union rep made the following statement regarding Campos's disappearance:
David Hickey, the president of the Security Police and Fire Professionals Union, is representing Campos and had been preparing with him for four days leading up to Thursday, the day he had a laundry list of interviews scheduled.

Hickey said: "For the past four days he's been preparing. Thursday we had a meeting with MGM officials, and after that meeting was over we talked about the interviews, we went to a private area, and when we came out, Mr. Campos was gone."

According to KVVU-TV, Hickey later received a text message informing him that Campos was at a "quick clinic."

"Right now I'm just concerned where my member is, and what his condition is. It's highly unusual. I'm hoping everything is OK with him and I'm sure MGM or the union will let [the media] know when we hear something," Hickey said.

Hickey told the news station that the interviews were Campos' idea, explaining that Campos wanted to tell his story because he thought it would help him cope with the incident.
Update (Oct. 17): Laura Loomer has another scoop: Campos shared a social security number with "Jesus A. Quintero":
"Sources in intelligence have provided me with MGM security guard Jesus Campos's comprehensive intelligence report," Loomer told GotNews. "The report reveals that Jesus Campos shared a social security number with an individual named 'Jesus A Quintero.'"
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According to Loomer, this latest piece of information could shed light on Campos' employment status, and expose reasons for the hotel's lack of transparency. "A shared SSN is a very strong indicator that Jesus Campos is an illegal immigrant, and if true, it means MGM Resorts International was intentionally and illegally paying a foreign national to guard one of the most important tourist sites in the world," Loomer explained.

Loomer believes this revelation could be important for understanding both the ever-changing timeline and Campos' bizarre interview cancellations. "This shocking new exclusive revelation could explain Jesus Campos's recent disappearance and the collective silence from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, FBI, and MGM regarding the status of his employment, his apparent lack of legitimate licensing as a security guard in the state of Nevada, as well as the changing timeline regarding his whereabouts the night of the shooting on October 1st," Loomer said.

Update (Oct. 18): Today, Ellen will air her interview with Campos and Stephen Schuck. In the clips provided to the LV Review-Journal, we learn:
Campos reviewed the events of the shooting, recounting how he was alerted to check on a door that was ajar. He said he was on the stairwell going from the 31st to the 32nd floor and came upon a door that was blocked and wouldn't open. So he rerouted through a hallway and called security dispatch to get an engineer to check on the blocked door. The worker summoned would be Schuck.

Campos said he then heard drilling sounds and believed the slamming of the heavy door he passed through to get to the 32nd floor alerted Paddock to his presence. Paddock shot through the door and hit Campos in the leg.

"I was walking down and heard rapid fire," he said. "And at first I took cover. I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood. That's when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired.

"And I was going to say that I was hit, but I got on ... my cellphone just to clear radio traffic so they could coordinate the rest of the call."

Schuck said he came to the 32nd floor from a higher floor via a service elevator and rounded the corner. Campos was toward the end of the hallway, but Schuck said he didn't know that at first.

"I thought I saw someone hop out of the cubby, and I kept walking," Schuck said. "Once I got more than halfway is when I saw Jesus and I started to hear shooting."

Shuck said he thought the sound was a jackhammer at first but knew that was unlikely. He also thought the shooting sound was outside and not in the hallway yet.

Campos leaned out and said, "Take cover, take cover," Schuck said.

"He yelled at me, and within milliseconds, if he didn't say that, I would have got hit. I wasn't fully in cover, and (shots) were passing behind my head and I could feel the pressure."

Campos said a female guest came out of another room's door and he told her to go back in because it wasn't safe. Campos told Schuck to stay back and take cover. More rounds from the shooter's guns followed, Campos said.

Campos seemed to acknowledge that he wouldn't revisit the events of Oct. 1 after his interview with DeGeneres.
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His neighbors haven't seen him in a few days. No "Jesus Campos" is registered as a guest at any MGM properties on the Strip.

And while calls to his listed telephone numbers continue to go unanswered, Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Larry Hadfield said Campos is "fully cooperating with the investigation."
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MGM said Campos is on paid leave while he continues to heal, adding that he has access to counseling options "that are available to all employees injured in the shooting."
According to True Pundit "sources", the pre-recorded interview was vetted by MGM, and Campos's gag order has now been reactivated. As they put it, "No one on the MGM or FBI side wants Campos seriously cross examined by actual journalists or attorneys. Hence, the armed guard parked outside his house. He is the glue holding the FBI's flaky narrative of the shooting together. And it is certainly flaky."

The LVMPD blamed Laura Loomer for Campos going "missing".
Officer Larry Hatfield, a spokesman for the LVMPD, contends that Campos is not missing, but rather just hiding from Loomer's hard-hitting journalism. "Let me put it this way," Hatfield told WND, "If you were getting bombarded by media attention from people like Laura Loomer, it's your choice not to disclose your location."

Moreover, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who has been spearheading the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in American history, has blocked Loomer on Twitter:
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"The LVMPD and FBI are trying to make sure that what happened in Vegas stays in Vegas," Loomer told GotNews. "Not only are they participating in a full-blown misinformation campaign, which I proved through my exclusive report about the official timeline discrepancies, but they are also concealing the true identity and status of 'hero security guard' Jesus Campos from the public."

Furthermore, Loomer strongly took issue with the LVMPD's implication that she is a security threat to Campos. "It's rather absurd for the LVMPD to insinuate that Jesus Campos needs special protection from a petite unarmed female investigative reporter when they have stationed an armed guard outside of his residence, while leaving Stephen Paddock's residence open and vulnerable for robberies," Loomer said, referring to the strange break-in at Paddock's house the weekend after the massacre. "It's an easy scapegoat for the LVMPD and FBI to continue their false narrative that Jesus Campos is a victim by portraying me as a threat."
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"Instead of taking cheap shots at a female journalist who is clearly better at investigating than agents on the ground, why doesn't the LVMPD focus on how Campos was able to serve as an uncredentialed security guard for a major casino conglomerate?" Loomer asked. "I'm confident that LVMPD is threatened by my investigation, given the fact that they banned me from the last press conference and Sheriff Lombardo blocked me on Twitter following my report regarding Campos's suspicious use of an out-of-state SSN that's tied to two Hispanic males. Given the fact that LVMPD had already lied to the public about the investigation, I wouldn't be surprised if Campos was placed into some form of legal protection to keep him and his family from talking to the public. They better buckle up because there's a new sheriff in town."
Yesterday, Campos's union president and "media handler" David Hickey's house and office were allegedly raided by federal agents in a federal corruption and racketeering probe. The union has a history of corruption; True Pundit lists 15 criminal actions against the union going back to 2006.


Laptop

The State Department reveals nearly 3,000 of govt docs found on laptop of sex offender married to top Clinton adviser

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Huma Abedin (R)
The State Department admitted the FBI discovered nearly 3,000 government documents on a laptop belonging to the ex-husband of Hillary Clinton's top adviser, Huma Abedin, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch said.

The revelation was in response to a May 2015 lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the State Department after it failed to respond to a Freedom of Information request (FOIA) seeking all emails of official State Department business received or sent by Abedin between January 2009 and February 2013 "using a non-state.gov email address."

"This is a disturbing development. Our experience with Abedin's emails suggest these Weiner laptop documents will include classified and other sensitive materials," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement, naming Abedin's ex-husband, Anthony Weiner.

Info

Hillary and Harvey's shared fate: Did Weinstein remind her of Bill, or vice versa?

I have been fascinated by Harvey Weinstein's initial response to charges that the Bathrobed Romeo sexually molested women. His statement was at once otherworldly and yet weirdly similar to Hillary Clinton's eventual response to the scandal. I say "eventual response" because it took her over a week to comment. Obviously, Hillary's lawyers and public relations magicians had to word her response very carefully.

In his statement Harvey said, "I came of age in the '60s and '70s when all the rules about behavior and the work places were different." In this I am at one with Harvey. I too came of age in the '60s and '70s, though no woman has yet stepped forward to say I sexually molested her, much less raped her. He then went on with some brave talk about his intent to "conquer" his "demons."

Ascending to the higher tiers of psychobabble, he said he needed "a place to channel" his "anger." Where might that place be? Scurrying back to his Hollywood cocoon, he promised - get this - to give "the NRA my full attention. I hope Wayne LaPierre [head of the National Rifle Association] will enjoy his retirement party." He went on to threaten early retirement on President Donald Trump too. What planet does a Hollywood mogul like Harvey inhabit? By the end of the week he was out of a job and his company was rumored to be up for sale.

Comment: A search through the State Department emails from Clinton's time there show just how gushy Weinstein was with the beast. Some excerpts (originals can be viewed in this Breitbart article):
"As time moves on, I realize I haven't seen you and Mrs. Clinton (Hillary) in a long time, but I think of you both often," he wrote in an August 2010 email to Clinton's assistant Capricia Marshall. "I don't know if movie producers are still worthy in your world, but next time you're in NYC I'd love to see you."

He signed the email as "Your bad friend, Harvey."
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Weinstein recalled "fond memories" of Clinton watching Shakespeare in Love and promoted his upcoming Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech.

"Again I think you would both like it (and Hillary would approve because it's PG-13 with not too many swear words)," Weinstein continued.

The former first lady appeared delighted by Weinstein's pitch and asked for more of his films.

"That is so sweet," Clinton replied to her assistant. "So pls let him know I not only want the movies, including The Tillman Story) but I've heard about some of his other projects from Jamie Patricof (Company Men, Blue Valentine) that also sound great."

In June 2012, Weinstein emailed Clinton's assistant again to send her a copy of his interview with President Bill Clinton after he guest-hosted Piers Morgan's nighttime show on CNN.

"Do you think calling Secretary Clinton the greatest Secretary of State of all time shows just a touch of my bias?" he wrote. "Pres. Clinton is incredible. I hope our current president, who is as busy as can be, gets to see it."

He also told Clinton that he tried to smear former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Donald Trump in the interview.

"I did my best to flatten Romney in a cool kind of way, and talked about how Donald Trump was uncool was the least I could do," he wrote.

In 2013, Weinstein emailed again to offer his services.

"Is there anything I can do for Hillary?" Weinstein emailed in January 2013 to Clinton's assistant at the State Department. "Perhaps there's specific movies she wants to see? Please let me know if there's anything I can do."

"Pls respond," Hillary replied to her assistant.



Star of David

Criminal land grab continues: Israel approves first new settlement in UNESCO-protected Hebron in 15 years

© Ammar Awad / Reuters
A general view as Palestinians look at the West Bank city of Hebron
Israel has approved 31 new settlement homes in the city of Hebron in the West Bank for the first time in 15 years.

Hebron is the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank and is home to a population of about 1,000 Israeli settlers who live in the middle of the Old City.

The new houses will be built for the Beit Romano settlement on what used to be a bus station on Shuhada Street. The Civil Administration's Licensing Subcommittee approved the permits, but said they are subject to conditions, including appeal, the Times of Israel reports.

The Times of Israel and the Jewish Press report the approval was seen as an Israeli response to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) recent decision to list Hebron's Old City as an "endangered Palestinian World Heritage Site."

Comment: Perhaps the tide is slowly but finally turning?


Camcorder

Project Veritas undercover video shows NY Times editor discussing paper's bias against Trump

© Louie Palu / Global Look Press
The New York Times has reportedly fired an editor featured in a Project Veritas undercover video. A new video in the series shows another editor admitting to media bias and laying out her views on President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Project Veritas president O'Keefe announced on Tuesday that Audience Editor Nick Dudich was fired. Dudich was the subject of two Veritas videos published last week.

A new undercover video, published earlier in the day, shows Homepage Editor Desiree Shoe trash-talking Trump and Pence to two undercover reporters in what appears to be a bar.

One of them tells Shoe that on the NYT website during the election, "the whole page is Trump."

"Yeah, part of it was because it was sensational," Shoe said. "I think one of the things that maybe journalists were thinking about is like, if we write about him, and how insanely crazy he is and how ludicrous his politics are, then maybe people will read it and be like, oh wow, we shouldn't vote for him."