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Thursday, 27 September 2012

American Citizen Seeks Asylum in Russia


Lately, President Putin‘s been eatin’ his Wheaties and telling the Yanks where to go and what to do when they get there… go git ’em, Vladimir Vladimirovich! Then, you can relax and have a beer…

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 Ex US Marine Patrick Downey forwarded a request seeking asylum to President Putin, claiming that he faces abuse at home after publishing materials about American support of Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili. When Downey worked as a teacher in Georgia, he discovered papers proving American funding of activity in Georgia in 2007, a year before Georgia’s 2008 aggression against South Ossetia. Back in the USA, he wanted to publish the information, but the media resisted him. Later, Downey became “of interest” to government security services, who nicknamed him “Trouble Man”, he claims they tried to eliminate him. Downey sought asylum in Ireland, but the government arrested him and extradited him back to the USA. At present, Russian web-users are helping to disseminate Patrick’s asylum appeal.

27 September 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_27/US-citizen-seeks-asylum-in-Russia/

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Militias in Libya and Syria Outwit the CIA


These are the militia thugs and this is what they do… lovely folks, aren’t they?

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The New York Times came out with interesting revelations about the details of the attack against the American mission in Benghazi. The American officials whom the newspaper quotes confirm that the CIA used the two American compounds in Benghazi, including the one where the American ambassador J. Christopher Stevens died of smoke inhalation, for “secret missions”. Meanwhile, Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf, the head of the Libyan National Council and the interim head of state, issued an order disbanding all militias and ordering them to pull out of the army’s barracks and other public property before Tuesday. However, experts question the ability of Libya’s new government to re-establish order in the country in such a brief period.

From the latest reports, it also became clear that the CIA had a big staff in Libya, in particular, in Benghazi. In an interview to the Wall Street Journal, Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa A.G. Abushagur expressed his surprise at the scope of the CIA’s operations in Benghazi, which became apparent to him only when a “surprisingly large number of Americans showed up at the Benghazi airport to be evacuated”. The Wall Street Journal quoted Mr Abushagour as saying, “We have no problem with intelligence sharing or gathering, but our sovereignty is also key”. The New York Times reports that CIA operatives listened to Libyans’ phone conversations; they intercepted and analysed a huge amount of e-mail messages, SMS messages, and other personal information.

These facts, coupled with worrying reports on militia activities in Syria, Libya, and Mali, pose some more general questions, whose significance goes well beyond the borders of Libya alone. How conscious is the USA of the real aims of the forces that surfaced in Arab countries thanks to the so-called Arab Spring? How could it happen that a massive CIA presence didn’t clarify the situation enough for the American authorities to predict the dangers that faced their own diplomatic staff? If the reports about the inner divisions inside these militias and their infiltration by Islamists are true, then, aren’t these militias a greater danger to their countries’ populations than the “dictatorships” that these militias claimed to fight?

Obviously, the USA pressed hard on the new Libyan authorities to do something about this terrible and, amongst other things, humiliating incident, what with the American ambassador being killed there. The government is making “all the right moves”… or, so it seems from the official reports. Mr al-Magarief, the official head of state, issued an order on disbanding militias, a move, that, according to expert opinions, would require the use of force. According to a report by the French newspaper Le Figaro, at least 10 people were killed on the first day of the “new peaceful order”, i.e. before al-Magarief’s ultimatum actually expired. The newspaper reports that the two militias where Islamist presence is at its strongest… Ansar al-Sharia and Abu Slim… prudently evacuated their facilities in Benghazi long before the government clamped down on militias. Instead of raiding the Islamists, people whom the New York Times calls “an angry mob demanding law and order” attacked the barracks of the more-or-less loyalist brigade of the local militia leader Rafallah Sahati. However, Le Figaro suspects that it wasn’t law and order, but Rafallah Sahati’s arms depots that the mob was after. That’s especially so if one bears in mind that the attack started at dawn… a time when “normal” mobs aren’t at their most active.

Would the situation in Syria be any different from what we’re now seeing in Libya? Georges Malbrunot, a veteran French reporter on Middle Eastern affairs, wrote in his blog on the “growing influence of radicals” in the so called Free Syrian Army, which announced today it was moving its operating headquarters from Turkey to Syria. Malbrunot noted that the FSA, created soon after the start of the “peaceful” rebellion in Syria, in June 2011, is now “just a label behind which rag-tag anti-régime militias hide”. The French journalist added that this armed force, actively supported by money and arms from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Western countries, “is torn apart by internal divisions”. The official FSA commander, Colonel Riad al-Assad (no relation to the ruling Syrian president), is reported to channel all the Saudi aid and arms to his loyalists inside Syria. Malbrunot quoted his sources amongst the Syrian rebels as saying, “He created his own militias inside Syria, and, now, he wants to be better placed in a fight for power in the long run… in a post-Bashar Syria”. Unfortunately, this description repeats word-for-word not-so-distant developments in Libya. That means that if the current American strategy succeeds, the world, including the USA, would see an increasingly insecure and violent Syria, torn by militia strife very much in the same way Libya is torn now.

24 September 2012

Dmitri Babich

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_24/Militias-in-Libya-and-Syria-outwit-the-CIA/

Priest Pleads Guilty to One Count of Attempted Rape

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Thursday afternoon, a Greek Orthodox priest accused of trying to solicit sex from young boys entered a guilty plea in court. Patrick Nicholas Hughes was sentenced to six years in prison after being arrested last week on one count of attempted rape and one count of attempted unlawful conduct with a minor. Hughes admitted to posting an Internet ad for “taboo sex with no age restrictions” when he tried to solicit two boys, ages 9 and 14, for sex. The same day he posted the ad, he learned he was actually corresponding with sheriff’s detectives, who arrested him. In court, Hughes called the events a catastrophe, saying, “I’m abjectly sorry for, and I know I cannot repair, but nevertheless need to express that sorry to everybody”. As part of a plea deal, the judge sentenced the Hughes to six years in prison and five years post community control. Hughes will also have to register as a Tier 3 Sex Offender for the rest of his life.

27 September 2012

WNBS TV10.com

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/09/27/columbus-greek-orthodox-priest-court-plea.html

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Hughes was a priest at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. This afternoon, the acting dean of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbus OH pleaded guilty to a bill of information accusing him of trying to meet two boys for sex. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Mark Serrott sentenced Patrick N Hughes, 56, to six years in prison. Prosecutors and defence attorneys recommended the sentence. The maximum for one count of attempted rape is eight years. Deputy sheriffs arrested Hughes last week. He was accused of posting an online ad “looking for taboo sex with no age restrictions”, a prosecutor said during Hughes’ initial appearance in court. A detective from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force followed up on the ad, leading Hughes to set up a meeting for what he thought would be sex with two boys, ages 9 and 14. The Metropolis of Pittsburgh, which oversees the congregation, immediately suspended him from his work at the cathedral, pending an investigation.

27 September 2012

John Futty

Columbus (OH) Dispatch

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/09/27/priest-to-plead-guilty.html

Editor’s Note:

Observe how quickly this happened. This scumbag got arrested last week, and, only a week later, they’re throwing his arse in the slam for hard time after a plea deal. This is “clout in action”. That is, the GOAA has political pull, and it isn’t afraid to use it. In Russian terms, they have blat to spare… they didn’t even let this turkey get bail… they let him rot in a jail cell until the court date… to “encourage the others”, no doubt. Compare this to the OCA and Saliba. They’ll pay for Storheim and Abdelehad, just you wait… Lyonyo, or no Lyonyo…

Now, that there’s been a conviction, I can speak openly of paedophile priests. Hughes has been the only one caught… or caught under “unfriendly” circumstances. If half of what’s whispered about certain OCA clergy and hierarchs is true… trust me, the konvertsy don’t whom they’re defending. If they did… but I fear that wouldn’t change a thing. They’re nutter fanatics and cultists… the sooner they’re gone, the better.

BMD

27 September 2012. This is Why the Draft Exemption for Haredi in Israel Stinks… and Why Bibi’s a Bozo for Supporting It

Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Netanel Yahalomi during his funeral 

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Slain IDF Soldier Known as “Halachic Man”

On Sunday, 23 September, hundreds of mourners gathered at a synagogue in the small Orthodox community of Nof Ayalon in central Israel for the funeral of IDF soldier Netanel Yahalomi. Terrorists killed Yahalomi, 20, in the Sinai Peninsula near the Israel-Egypt border on Friday afternoon. He was laid to rest in the military cemetery in Modiin.

The three terrorists were on the border between Egypt and Israel south of Mt Sagi, an area in which the defensive fence being built by Israel isn’t yet complete. An IDF spokesman told Yedioth Ahronoth that the IDF returned fire, killing all three heavily-armed terrorists, thus, thwarting “a major terror attack that was supposed to take place in Israeli territory. The terrorists were carrying a powerful explosive device”. Reportedly, Yahalomi killed a terrorist before he himself was fatally shot. It isn’t clear if the terrorists were from Gaza or from the Sinai Global Jihad Organisation. Another IDF soldier was injured in the attack.

Yahalomi, the third of six children born to Shmuel and Tova Yahalomi, was in the hesder programme, which combines army service with yeshiva study. He was nicknamed by his army buddies as “Halachic Man”, the title of a well-known book by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik that describes Soloveitchik’s view of how the ideal religious Jew thinks and acts. His sister Avital said, “It was very important to him to integrate Torah study into everything he did. Even when he came home, it was important to him to learn Torah. He was a man of truth”.

His mother, Tova, said she had spoken to him just the day before he died. His sister Avital said, “He was home two weeks ago, and was supposed to come again only on Sukkot. He was supposed to be in the army for Yom Kippur. We sent him a package because we wanted him to have a good holiday. He was very sorry he wouldn’t be able to pray with a minyan on Rosh Hashanah, but told us he was excited because they managed to blow the shofar”. Avital said he rarely spoke to his family of the dangers of serving on the Egyptian border, saying, “He never told us exactly what he did in the army. He said he was forbidden to tell us anything”.

25 September 2012

Jewish Ledger: Connecticut Edition

http://www.jewishledger.com/2012/09/slain-idf-soldier-was-known-as-halachic-man/

Editor’s Note:

Bibi the Bobo is making huge noises over Iran. Trust me, his coalition’s in the deep doo-doo over Haredi draft exemptions. He can’t attack a doghouse, let alone Iran (a former Mossad chief slammed the very idea of it). Kadima left his coalition, and he’s going to have to call elections soon. Well, Willy and Bibi had their picture taken together recently… Tweedeedum and Tweedledummer… two has-beens on the way to defeat.

The above article shows that religious Jews do serve in the IDF and serve honourably. The Haredi who hide under exemptions are cowards and poltroons… they aren’t fit or decent company for anyone or anything (a mangy mutt would turn up his nose at such and lift his leg at them).

BMD 

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