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Ex-Marine Turned ISIS Sympathizer Sentenced to 15 Years for Plotting San Francisco Terror Attack

3yrs ago from The Blaze
A California judge has sentenced a 27-year-old California man to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State and plotting a terrorist attack at Pier 39 in San Francisco, KPIX-TV reported. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill handed down the sentence to Everitt Aaron Jameson of Modesto on Monday as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. In June, the former U.S. Marine pleaded guilty to voicing his support for and aiding a terrorist organization last year between September and December. What happened? The FBI began watching Jameson after he "liked" or "loved" Facebook posts about terrorist attacks and the Islamic State, according to court documents, CNN reported. He also expressed support for the New York City terrorist attack on Oct. 31, 2017. Undercover FBI agents, who posed as ISIS supporters, made contact with Jameson and interacted with him. In later communications, Jameson expressed his readiness to …
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Trump Reimposes Iran Sanctions, Draws Ire from European Leaders

3yrs ago from The Week
President Trump has reimposed harsh sanctions lifted under the Iran nuclear deal. The European Union already wants to tear them apart. In a Monday executive order, Trump followed through with his May plan to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions on the country, levying charges on precious metals, Iran's automotive sector, and other targets. Minutes later, European leaders released a statement jointly slamming the decision. Iran was previously relieved from those sanctions under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in exchange for curbing its nuclear production capabilities. The JCPOA, commonly known as the Iran deal, was created with other major world powers, but the U.S. was thought to be strongest force holding it together. Trump has been a constant critic of the deal, and continued to slam it as "defective at its core" in his Monday executive order. European leaders tried to convince Trump not to leave the deal earlier this year, and promptly slammed Trump's decision to withdraw in May. German, French, U.K., and EU foreign ministers united again Monday, releasing a joint statement saying they "deeply regret" Trump's reimposition of sanctions. In it, the leaders agree that "the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions is an essential part of the deal" and will intensify their efforts to preserve it even without U.S. involvement. Read the full text of Trump's executive order below. Kathryn Krawczyk NEW: Trump admin reimposes sanctions "lifted under the horrible Iran deal."“Our policy is based on a clear-eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression in the Middle East and all around the world,” Pres. Trump says. pic.twitter.com/QSs9CN8zXz — ABC News (@ABC) August 6, 2018
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America’s Saudi-Led Allies Are Apparently Paying Off, Recruiting Al Qaeda in Yemen

3yrs ago from The Week
The U.S. is participating in two wars in Yemen: Supporting and aiding a Saudi-led effort to defeat the Iran-backed Houthi Shiite rebels and an older push to eliminate al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the terrorist organization's most dangerous surviving branch. The latter mission seems to take precedence, because the U.S. has frequently looked the other way as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and their Yemeni allies secretly pay al Qaeda militants to leave occupied areas, declare victory, and recruit AQAP militants to fight alongside their common enemy, the Houthis, The Associated Press reports. "These compromises and alliances have allowed al Qaida militants to survive to fight another day," and "key participants in the pacts said the U.S. was aware of the arrangements and held off on any drone strikes," AP reports, citing interviews in Yemen with two dozen security officers, militia commanders, tribal mediators, and AQAP members. The U.S. has given billions of dollars in weapons, aircraft refueling, and military intelligence to the Saudi anti-Houthi coalition, but "there is no evidence that American money went to AQAP militants," AP says. A Pentagon spokesman told AP that the U.S. has "conducted more than 140 strikes to remove key AQAP leaders and disrupt its ability to use ungoverned spaces to recruit, train, and plan operations against the U.S. and our partners across the region" since early 2017. Meanwhile, AQAP says it's using the Saudi and UAE money, equipment, and conferred legitimacy to recruit new members, AP reports. "Elements of the U.S. military are clearly aware that much of what the U.S. is doing in Yemen is aiding AQAP and there is much angst about that," says Michael Horton at the Jamestown Foundation, a U.S. terrorism analysis group. "However, supporting the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against what the U.S. views as Iranian expansionism takes priority over battling AQAP." Read more about the complicated Yemen entanglement at AP. Peter Weber
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Alabama Trump Delegate Latest to Be Duped into Humiliating Himself for Sacha Baron Cohen: ‘You’re a Homo!’

3yrs ago from Raw Story
Alabama conservative and GOP delegate Shaun McCutcheon claims that he “helped elect President Donald Trump as president of the U.S.” in the latest “Who Is America.” He is just another conservative, duped by the Showtime comedian In a training with so-called anti-terror expert Sgt. Erram Morad, who is actually Sacha Baron Cohen in makeup. Using his plan “hide, infiltrate, violence” (HIV), Cohen explains that McCutcheon has to find new ways to hide. He developed special …
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Not Good: Islamic Terrorism at Home Is on the Rise

3yrs ago from Red State
    For the second month in a row, domestic terrorism has risen in the U.S. According to a report from the House Homeland Security Commttee, from May to present, there was a 5% increase. July saw the 157th such case since 2013. The report expresses worry over the rise, after five months of idleness: “Cases of homegrown Islamic extremism in the U.S. continue to | Read More »
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Palestinian Official Who Pays Murderers’ Salaries Now in Bull'S-Eye

3yrs ago from WND
The Israel-based monitoring organization Palestinian Media Watch is asking the United States Treasury Department to designate the director of the PLO Commission of Prisoner’s Affairs, Issa Karake, a “sponsor of terrorism,” reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Karake has provided an incentive to terrorism through his supervision of Palestinian Authority payments to convicted terrorists. PMW has submitted to the U.S. Treasury a […]
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US Actions Regarding Pastor Brunson Disrespectful to Turkey: Erdogan

3yrs ago from Raw Story
Steps taken by the United States about pastor Andrew Brunson were not suitable for a strategic partner and were disrespectful to Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. Washington this week imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the case of Andrew Brunson, a U.S. pastor on trial in Turkey accused of backing terrorism. Speaking to the women’s wing of his AK Party, Erdogan said he gave orders for assets in Turkey belonging to the …
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‘Pool Queen’ Harasses Black Family in the Latest Incident Exposing White People’s Terror of Black People in Pools

3yrs ago from Raw Story
A Florida lawyer is the latest black person to have her family get harassed for using their pool by a white person who never got the desegregation memo. Nadia Policard and her kids were reportedly enjoying quiet time by the pool when a white woman approached and informed them that the pool was for residents only. “So the kids and I are at the pool today minding our own business. I’m on my computer WORKING,” …
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The TSA Is Considering a Plan to Remove Security Checkpoints at 150 Smaller Airports

3yrs ago from The Week
The Transportation Security Administration is considering a plan to eliminate security checkpoints at more than 150 small and midsize airports, The Washington Post and CNN report. Under the proposal, passengers and luggage from the 150 unidentified airports would be screened upon arrival at larger airports. TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said no decision has been made and the proposal is part of an annual budget process in which the "TSA is asked to discuss potential operational efficiencies — this year is no different." Two senior TSA officials concerned about the idea told CNN it was explored as far back as 2011, but the level of interest — including discussions and cost-benefit analyses by a 20-person TSA working group over the summer — is new. When the TSA floated the idea two years ago, the Post says, it was "seen then by critics as a transparent effort to get Congress to spend additional money on the agency." Airline security experts and some TSA officials gave the proposal a thumbs-down. "This is completely nuts," former Transportation Department inspector general Mary Schiavo tells the Post. "Perhaps they want an outcry from the public to say 'Oh, no, no, no, Congress, give them the additional $115 million that they say this would save.'" The plan would "destroy any reasonable security over American skies" and also "small towns and cities across the country because they will virtually have no air service," she added. CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said it was "stunning that this is even seriously being considered." In the internal documents from June and July, CNN says, the TSA group said that cutting security at smaller airports would bring a "small (non-zero) undesirable increase in risk related to additional adversary opportunity" but save $115 million a year that could bolster security at larger airports. The TSA provides security at about 440 airports serving more than 2 million passengers, 4.9 million carry-on bags, and 1.3 million checked items a day. Peter Weber
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