September 24, 2014

French Hostage Herve Pierre Gourdel Murdered

Site Institute:

Jund al-Khilafah in Algeria beheaded its French hostage, Hervé Gourdel, after having given a 24-hour deadline for French President Francois Hollande to stop airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS).

The 4 minute, 46 second video entitled, "A Message with Blood to the French Government," was posted on Twitter on September 24, 2014. The production was made to resemble IS videos of beheadings, but showed a clip of Hollande in place of Obama, and showed a similar title screen. Footage shows fighters standing behind Gourdel as one reads a speech, and then they hold him down while one takes a knife. The actual beheading is not shown, but a subsequent scene shows his severed head sitting on his lap, and then the fighters holding it up.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to France and the family of Mr. Gourdel.

Hat Tip: Mr Orange.

By Howie at 10:30 AM | Comments |

September 04, 2014

Rest In Peace Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers has died, as you recall she stopped breathing during an endoscopy last week. One tweet I read said at the time, "At least she died doing something she loved." A joke I'm sure Joan would have appreciated.

MSNBC:

Comedian and entertainer Joan Rivers died on Thursday at the age of 81.

"My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon," her daughter Melissa said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the family confirmed she was on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan after going into cardiac arrest last Thursday.

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By Howie at 02:01 PM | Comments |

August 19, 2014

ISIS Murders American Journalist James Foley

American Journalist James Foley has been murdered by ISIS.

In a statement citing Obama's authorization of airstrikes in support of Iraq and the the Kurds ISIS has murdered American Journalist James Foley in an act of revenge.

Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video and can verify that James was beheaded.

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From James' family's website:

Journalist James Foley disappeared in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22 2012.
Jim is the oldest of five children. He has reported independently and objectively from the Middle East for the past five years. Prior to his work as a journalist, Jim helped empower disadvantaged individuals as a teacher and mentor assisting them in improving their lives.

The family appeals for the release of Jim unharmed.

The Foley Family

Our hearts go out to the Foley family in this most terrible time.

At the end of the production they are holding another prisoner one, Steven Joel Sotloff. Although my copy has not hint of his fate. It appears they will murder him next if their demands that US back down are not met.


By Howie at 03:48 PM | Comments |

August 08, 2014

Wipe ISIS Out. All of Them

*I've never been prouder of President Obama than right now. But Mr. President ISIS is no pushover. See Headline.

President Obama authorized airstrikes "if necessary" against Islamic militants if they move toward Erbil in northern Iraq where American military, diplomats and civilians are stationed.

During a late night statement Thursday from the White House, the president said he's okayed "targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death."

Mr. Obama explained that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in recent days has "continued to move across Iraq and have neared the city of Erbil, where American diplomats and civilians serve at our consulate and American military personnel advise Iraqi forces to stop the advance on Erbil.

If you're going to use our powah, Use it very liberally Mr. President.


And you keep saying if necessary Its long past necessary, sir. Failure to crush ISIS will be a mistake we'll pay dearly for.


Update: Right on cue the ISIS supporters whine, but but civilians.


You mad bro?



*Didn't take much to reach that level, but if he bombs the living crap out of ISIS he begins filling that very large hole he's been digging.

July 24, 2014

Algerian Plane Presumed to Have Crashed Over Mali

It seems it's a bad time for flying.

An Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has dropped off radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline's operator said Thursday.

Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later.

The plane, an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members. The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets.

Not only do we have the crash in Ukraine, yesterday a plane crashed in Taiwan and also a US Teenager, Haris Suleman, died trying to circumnavigate the globe when his plane crashed into the ocean off American Samoa.

Update: The wreckage has been located. There was bad weather in the area and the pilots requested a change of course, but no word on exact cause of crash yet.

There are also unconfirmed reports that Fidel Castro's niece was aboard the plane.

By Howie at 08:07 AM | Comments |

June 24, 2014

Sudan Detains Meriam Yehya Ibrahim At Airport

Unfortunately Vinnie is prescient, he doubted that Sudan would let Meriam Yehya Ibrahim exit the country safely.

CNN: (CNN) -- A Sudanese Christian woman who'd been sentenced to die for refusing to renounce her faith -- and then released -- was rearrested Tuesday at an airport as she was trying to leave the African country, her legal team told CNN on Tuesday.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, her American husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children were stopped at an airport in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, and then detained and interrogated at Khartoum's national security headquarters, the legal team said.

Details about why the family was held weren't immediately available.
Wani, in a phone call to CNN, also said that he and his family were being held at the national security office, but did not provide details.

The developments came a day after Ibrahim's legal team announced she'd been released from prison after weeks of international controversy over her conviction on apostasy and adultery charges.

The case began when one of Ibrahim's brothers, a Muslim, filed a criminal complaint saying her family was shocked to find out Ibrahim had married Wani, a Christian, after she was missing for several years, according to her lawyer.
The court considered Ibrahim a Muslim because her father was Muslim, but she proclaimed to be a Christian. So she was charged with adultery, because a Muslim woman's marriage to a Christian man is illegal in Sudan, and with apostasy, accused of illegally renouncing her original faith.

Apostasy laws are a relic of the dark ages and any nation that still has them on the books should remove them post haste. Its why Sharia is antithetical to liberty.

The ball is now unfortunately in Obama's court.

By Howie at 08:38 AM | Comments |

May 31, 2014

US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan (Sticky - Scroll For Newer Posts)

Just breaking....price for his freedom were 5 detainees from Gitmo


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is back in U.S. custody after nearly five years of captivity, U.S. officials said Saturday.

The officials said the Taliban agreed to turn over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The transfers happened after a week of intense negotiations mediated by the government of Qatar, which will take custody of the Afghans.

In a statement, President Barack Obama said Bergdahl's recovery "is a reminder of America's unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield."

Officials said the Taliban turned the 28-year-old Bergdahl over Saturday evening, local time, in Afghanistan. Several dozen U.S. special forces were involved in the exchange, which took place in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border.

Officials described the transfer as a nonviolent handover between the American forces and about 18 Taliban.

Bergdahl was in good condition and able to walk, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity in order to describe the details of his release.

Welcome home soldier.

By Matt Damon at 02:02 PM | Comments |

May 30, 2014

Shocking News! Shinseki Resigns!

Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki thew himself under the bus a few minutes ago.

Well kind of shocking, maybe a little tiny smidgen of shocking.

OK, so not shocking at all, but it happened.

By Howie at 10:35 AM | Comments |

May 14, 2014

Claim Deso Dogg Alive?

We reported on the alleged death of Deso Dogg.

In the last few hours reports have emerged that he was seriously wounded but not dead. I can find no copy of this image less that 16 hours old. If you do, please we'd like him to be dead.


Bummer.

Another image via Switched.

By Howie at 10:43 AM | Comments |

May 09, 2014

Elderly Man Beheaded in Georgia Wife Missing

CNN:

Who killed and decapitated an 88-year-old Georgia man, and where is his 87-year-old wife?
Russell Dermond's death and Shirley Dermond's disappearance are mysteries detectives are trying to unravel -- and fast.

"We need to assume, or at least pray, that Mrs. Dermond is still alive, and we desperately need to know her whereabouts," Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday.

...nvestigators believe Russell Dermond was killed between last Friday and Sunday, and they're still searching for his severed head, Sills told reporters, describing the case as "very unusual" and the most frustrating homicide of his career.
"I don't think it's a random incident. I think for whatever reason these people were singled out for this," Sills said. "They live in the most exclusive neighborhood, or one of the most exclusive neighborhoods, in this county. ... They're on a cul-de-sac in a gated, multimillion dollar resort community that we have no crime in."

Any time you have a beheading or a throat cutting we need to make a mental note that possibly an Islamist had a beef with this person.

I'd noted the murder in Boston where a throat was cut and weed put all ovber that body that later turned out to be Tamerlan Tsarnaev who carried out the Boston bombings. But I failed to run it as I was worried about, you know, Islamophobia. I wished I'd called or paid more attention to it. As it was a clue as to what was to come. Had that murder been solved it could have prevented Boston.

So lets not jump the gun here but keep an open mind that nothing missing, no apparent or known motive, plus brutal beheading, together those lead me to believe that any leads to Radical Islamists need to be looked at very closely. Because whoever carried out this act, whatever the motive will probably act again at some point.

By Howie at 10:32 AM | Comments |

May 07, 2014

Islamic State of Losers Lose Homs Syria: Rebellion Crushed

End result of all that terrorist red on red infighting. Assad takes the birthplace of the rebellion.

Syria Direct:AMMAN: An agreement to allow safe passage to rebels and civilians out of Old Homs has left regime opponents divided, with some saying the battle will move to the provinces and others yearning to move on with their lives after two years of a strangling encirclement of their districts.

The estimated 2,500 fighters and citizens inside the 13 rebel-controlled districts of Homs agreed in principle on Friday to hand over to the government its territory in Syria’s third-largest city. A UN-supervised departure is scheduled to begin this week, Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi told AFP on Monday, adding that the ceasefire is holding.

With a ferocious government military campaign in recent weeks and gnawing hunger from a regime blockade in place since June 2012 that allowed almost no movement in or out, regime opponents said they had little choice but to surrender.

“We must put ourselves in the place of the people who lived in the siege and saw their children die from hunger, they saw their brothers die because of infected wounds due to shelling,” Suhaib Ali, a Homs-based FSA spokesman, told Syria Direct.

Rebels inside had little choice given “the neglect from the political opposition and the international community,” Ali said.

“What would you do?” he asked.

Pussies! You were so close to achieving martyrdom?


By Howie at 07:56 AM | Comments |

February 03, 2014

Barry Rubin: Rest In Peace

Dr. Barry Rubin has passed away. He will be missed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:55 PM | Comments |

January 06, 2014

Today is "Blue Monday", the Most Depressing Day of the Year

Science! This is the time at the Jawa where we dance.

Wow, I don't remember the early eighties being so freaky deaky. This is how I remember the early eightees.

Father, you have been avenged!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:37 PM | Comments |

November 26, 2013

Out: Selling Ecstasy -- In: Selling Uranium

I'm trying to figure out just what this means, but if I'm reading this right then the uranium the drug dealers were trying to sell actually is of a lower grade then naturally mined uranium. The implication, I think, is that this is post-processed uranium. Kind of the opposite of enriched uranium.

So, the drug dealer was trying to sell .... nuclear waste? Nuclear waste that wasn't from South Africa, but which had been ... imported from another country?

That's how I read it at least. Maybe someone who has more expertise could fill me in here? Business Insider:

South African officials seized 2.2 pounds of uranium and 90 ecstasy tablets from two men allegedly trying to sell the items in the city of Durban, reports AFP....

“Yes it is uranium and the tests suggest that it must have come from a country that is dealing with some uranium enrichment at the moment, very very unlikely (in) Africa,” NECSA spokesman Elliot Mulane told AFP.

The uranium is 0.38 percent made up of the U-235 isotope and is well below the average 0.7 percent of the U-235 found in natural uranium. Uranium would need to be at a 90% level in order to be considered weapons grade.

So, is this a big deal or not?

I found an older article about the arrests that says that what they were trying to sell was yellowcake. Now, I thought yellowcake was something we didn't want bad guys to get their hands on. You'll remember that when we thought Saddam Hussein was trying to get the stuff, it was something we frowned on.

So, I know the stuff is less radioactive then other types of uranium. But still, would you carry it around in a shopping bag?

A shopping bag filled with stolen uranium has been seized in a sting operation in Durban, triggering alarm among local and international nuclear watchdog agencies....

They were found with a bag of the material in powder form, known as “yellowcake”, in what The Witness has established is only the fifth confirmed seizure of smuggled uranium in South Africa in the past 20 years.

Carrying yellowcake around in a shopping bag seems to be about as bright an idea as carrying around a cobra in your purse.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:09 PM | Comments |

November 13, 2013

US Its Almost Time To Declare Boko Haram a Terrorist Group

Gee, Ya think?

he US state department is expected to designate the Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, as a foreign terrorist organisation.

The move, expected to take place on Wednesday, means US regulatory agencies are instructed to block business and financial transactions with Boko Haram.

It will become a crime under US law to provide material support to the group.

Why the sudden rush to judgement?

By Howie at 10:24 AM | Comments |

October 25, 2013

7.3 magnitude quake strikes east of Japan

Oy!!!!

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the Fukushima region of Japan, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

The epicenter was located 295 miles east northeast of Tokyo and 231 miles east of Japan's Honshu Island.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning at 1:14 p.m. EST for Fukushima Prefecture.

"Marine threat is in place," the agency warns. "Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately."

Say a prayer...

By Matt Damon at 01:07 PM | Comments |

October 03, 2013

Breaking! Shots Fired Near Capital

No panic yet, but apparently there is something going on near the capital.

At least according to Luke Russert.

Gun shots in front of Capitol. Cops scrambling. Not a joke
We'll update when we know more.

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Photo Credit.

Update: Mother Jones confirms.

CNN's red banner is calling it an active shooter situation.

CNN has started a thread here. NBC here.

The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after shots were fired in the vicinity of the chamber. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured, officials said
The FBI was responding to the scene, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol. A message from the Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to "shelter in place."

"Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows," the message said.

The House recessed, and the Senate went into a quorum call — dispensing momentarily with its official business — shortly thereafter.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted: Shots fired outside the Capitol. We are in temporary lock down.

el Grillo has this update
RT @marcambinder: .@abcworldnews says a guy tried to ram through WH perimeter barrier, then was chased to Capitol where his car crashed.
Update: The lockdown has been lifted.

There are reports of a chase that began when someone tried to ram the White House gate then crashed near the Capital At least one officer is reported injured. Also the shooter may have been killed by the police at the scene and there are also reports its was a female. There is also some chatter that there may have been an infant in the car.

All this is subject to change as the facts become more clear. But as for now the danger seems to have past.

Update III: There seems to be some confusion as to if the suspect fired any shots or if it was just the police firing. She may have been pursued after a traffic accident.

Christof Putzel posted this image of a police car that got caught in a street barrier that popped up during the chase.

Clear as mud.

The Blaze has some video of the incident.

Update: Here is a copy of some of the video via SooperMexican.

Update: The woman killed in the incident has been identified as Miriam Carey formerly of Brooklyn and now Stamford. There has been some history of post partum depression.

Her Facebook is here.

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She mentions her daughter on the facbook timeline in comments. Although there is no indication of who the father is at this time.

Idella Carey told ABC News that her daughter Miriam "had postpartum depression after having the baby" in August 2012.

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"A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed. ... She was hospitalised," Mrs Carey added.

A former employer said Miriam sustained a head injury when she fell down stair last year. When she returned to work after recovering, she was pregnant. She was not married to the father but "seemed happy" about the pregnancy, the former boss said.

There is also some discussion of men, you know, not being honest in 2010.

But there seems to be no indication why she would chose Washington DC, and especially the White House to, you know, go batshit.

"That's impossible. She works, she holds a job," said Amy Carey. She had no idea why her sister would be in Washington. "She wouldn't be in DC. She was just in Connecticut two days ago, I spoke to her... I don't know what's happening. I can't answer any more."

Denis Jones, a friend of the Carey family who told the Post he was acting as a spokesman, said the family would release a statement. He would not discuss any details of the case and would not say whether the police had approached the family.

People who knew Carey described her as friendly and dedicated.

More here and here.

Update: According to CNN Carey's boyfriend who is also the father of the little girl says she was experiencing Psychosis with the depression.

arey's boyfriend contacted police in December saying he feared for the safety of their child, who was 4 months old at the time, according to a law enforcement source involved in the investigation. The boyfriend said the woman was acting delusional, claiming the president had placed Stamford under lockdown and that her house was under electronic surveillance, the source said.

The source told CNN that Carey left a letter addressed to the boyfriend at her apartment and that it appeared to contain white powder. The letter is being tested for hazardous substances.

So that might explain why she ended up in DC, because, you know, the mind control rays are there.

By Howie at 01:24 PM | Comments |

September 18, 2013

Active Shooter at Washington Navy Yard: Terrorism or Crazy? UPDATE: 1 Shooter Down Update II Disgruntled Worker Batshit Crazy Dead Shooter Identified as Aaron Alexis

Yahoo:

The Washington Navy Yard was placed on lockdown after multiple shots were fired inside a building on the base, the U.S. Navy said. There were reports of several fatalities.

At least 10 people were injured in the shooting, including eight civilians, one Washington, D.C., Metro police officer and one base officer, D.C. Metro Police said.

The Navy said three shots were fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building on the base at 8:20 a.m., and police were treating it as an active shooter situation. According to the Washington Post, the officer was shot near the room where a lone gunman had barricaded himself. According to the paper, police had the shooter "pinned down" between the third and fourth floors.

A description of the shooter via CNN:
Kelly described the suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.
There's not many details at this time other than reports of up to 10 injured, some fatally.

We'll update when more is known.

Update: Washington Post is reporting at least two shooters as are some other sources. If confirmed multiple shooters make it very likely this is a terrorist attack, rather than your lone nut.

WAPO also has a description of one of the subjects.

A woman who gave her name as Terry Durham said that as she and co-workers were evacuating, she saw a man down the hall raise a rifle and fire toward them, hitting a wall. “He was tall. He appeared to be dark-skinned,” she said.

“He was a tall black guy,” said her co-worker, Todd Brundage, who is black. “He didn’t say a word.”

UPDATE by Rusty: I can't help but think this is terrorism. It fits the MO. Then again, it might just be that I'm a hammer so everything looks like a nail to me.

But as of this writing it looks like they may have at least one of the shooters surrounded. We'll update when we can.

UPDATE by Rusty: Watching the local Fox affiliate live and they are claiming that one of the shooters is reportedly dead, but no official confirmation.

Update by Howie: The police are searching for other possible suspects but the dead shooter has been identified as " A former Navy official in his 50's whose work status recently changed".

He was reportedly targeting specific people with a shotgun

Authorities say the shooter was targeting specific people.

Witnesses say the gunman wore was in all blue and had a double-barrel shotgun.

So it may be the reports of other gunmen are just from the confusion created by the incident combined with all the military and police on site. Its looking very likely that this is a lone crazy disgruntled worker scenario.

We'll update if any other suspects are identified or caught.

Update: The dead perp is identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis formerly of Ft. Worth.

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Hat Tip: Oliver.

Final Update: Its been determined that Aaron Alexis was batshit crazy, bought a shotgun the day before, despite police contact that indicated he was batshit crazy and hearing voices at a hotel. Navy Yard authorities were notified by police of the batshit craziness of Aaron Alexis.

This was all six weeks before he went off. Somebody um, you know, effed this up royally.

By Howie at 07:28 AM | Comments |

August 23, 2013

Can We Execute Him Now?

Nidal Hassan pretty much guilty.

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Lets not keep Lucifer waiting.


By Howie at 01:26 PM | Comments |

August 14, 2013

Hammertime!

Congrats to Mary kathrine Ham and Jake Brewer on the Birth of Georgia.

Fox News contributor and Hot Air editor-at-large Mary Katharine Ham and husband Jake Brewer are the proud parents of a baby girl. Leave it to the great Mary Katharine Ham to announce the birth of her daughter Georgia with a gorgeous and hilarious photo and the line “Baby: Nailed it!”

Hat Tip: The Other McCain.

By Howie at 03:47 PM | Comments |

July 30, 2013

Giant Propane Fire in Florida

No one was killed, but all that propane.

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Vinnie is totally inconsolable.

By Howie at 07:55 AM | Comments |

July 16, 2013

Cornhole Watch: Goatly aka Emerson Begolly Gets 8/12 Years

Chron:

A western Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to using the Internet to promote terrorist attacks against American military and civilian targets has been sentenced to 8 ½ years in federal prison.

Twenty-four-year-old Emerson Begolly of Redbank Township was sentenced Tuesday on one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence. Authorities say he posted on an Islamic extremist Web forum he moderated.

WTAE:
His public defender asked for leniency in exchange for information Begolly has allegedly provided in other terror-related investigations.
Oh my! He snitched on the Muj..... wonder what Allah's punishment for that is?

Jawa Classic footage of Goatly in action.

See the Jawa Report's Goatly says Jawa Called me a Fag archive.

Super Sekrit Zionist message: And every rock was soaked in blood

By Howie at 12:49 PM | Comments |

July 06, 2013

Boeing 777 jet crashes in San Francisco during landing

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No word on the number of souls onboard or their fate.....will post updates when we get them...

Plane Crash

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Seoul crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lynsford said it was flight No. 214, and it was unclear how many people were on board.

Images from television station KTVU in San Francisco showed extensive fire damage to the airplane and black smoke coming from the wreckage, which had lost its tail and one of its wings in the crash.

Fire engines were on scene and the fire, which had burned through the cabin's roof, appeared to be out.

The tail of the plane came off while it was touching down on the runway, according to media reports.

UPDATE: Latest news is that more than 23 seriously injured, at least 2 dead, and as many as 60 unaccounted. There were over 300 passengers on board, so it could have been much, much worse.

By Matt Damon at 03:09 PM | Comments |

June 25, 2013

Active Shooter in Willimantic Connecticut

NBCConnecticut:

A Willimantic police officer has been shot in the arm, according to law enforcement sources, and police are looking for the shooter.

Police said crews, including local, state and SWAT vehicles, are responding to Tunxis Lane in Williamtic.

I've no more details at this time.

Update: Shooter is in custody. All clear. We'll update when we find out what happened.

Update II: The suspect is one Andrew Samuolis.

Samuolis has been charged with criminal attempt of assault, criminal attempt of assault on a public safety officer, threatening, breach of peace and interfering with a police officer.

Hat Tip: Laura.

By Howie at 11:53 AM | Comments |

May 24, 2013

Incident on Pakistani Plane Landing in UK

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Essex Police:

Essex Police has boarded a passenger plane diverted to Stansted Airport and two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft.

They have been removed from the plane.
Police and partners are continuing to respond

A further update will be released as soon as possible.

Update by SH: The two arrested are British Nationals
The two men, who are aged 30 and 41 and are British nationals, were then arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft.

They were then removed from the plane and taken to waiting police vehicles before onward transport to a police station where they will remain in custody pending interview by detectives.

The rest of the passengers have been allowed to disembark the plane under police escort. They have been placed on airport coaches and have been taken to the terminal building for debriefing.

The plane will remain at its current location and will be subject to forensic examination by specialist officers.

At this point in time no suspicious items have been recovered.

This incident is being treated as a criminal offence and remains under the direction of Essex Police.

Update II by SH: The perps tried to get into the cockpit:
Two Typhoon fighter jets raced through the skies to meet the Pakistan International Airlines plane following reports two men ‘tried to get into the cockpit’[...]

For more than three decades, Stansted has been the designated airport for hijacks and major security incidents, with a remote area known as Compass Base set aside far from the main terminal.

As soon as the plane landed armed police swarmed aboard and removed two men. They were named by PIA officials as Umera Ashraf and Mohammad Shafqat, British citizens of Pakistani origin who had been occupying economy class seats 61J and 61H.

It was just a misunderstanding is all
Amid the confused picture of what had happened on board, another version of events emerged last night.

A Pakistani journalist, Murtaza Ali Shah, who has spoken to a friend on board the plane, Fakhir Iqbal, said: ‘Two guys started a row with a girl and lots of other people. Some people tried to calm them and asked them not to be rowdy and abusive. Fakhir told them to calm down. They said, “Don’t bloody speak to us or we will blow up the plane”.

‘The crew came and spoke to them and they were openly threatening the staff. Fakhir went to other crew members and told them they were making threats.’

Nothing to see here, move along.

By Howie at 09:02 AM | Comments |

May 20, 2013

OKC Massive Tornado
Moore, Oklahoma Hardest Hit

Terrible Damage, huge storm.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to OKC.

Live feed here.

Thanks to Melissa.

Update 12:42 AM by SH: Oklahoma's Medical Examiner Office confirms 51 have been killed and 20 of those were children. She expects approximately 40 more and most likely most will be children. Moore's Plaza Towers Elementary School took a direct hit and rescue crews are still searching the ruble.[See important update below..SH]

If you care to help: Text STORM to 80888 for Salvation Army, REDCROSS to 90999 or FOOD to 32333 for $10 donations.

Images can be viewed here

Update by Howie: We who live in the Midwest know this can happen any time. and often does, if not to us to those close by. Its just the way it is here. Our prayers go out to all those who have lost someone.

Praise God!

Thanks toPat.

Update by SH: The OK Medical Examiner's office has revised the number of those killed down to "about 24". Praise the Lord!

By Howie at 03:58 PM | Comments |

May 10, 2013

Zombie Omar Hammami?

A new twitter feed has emerged claiming to be Omar Hammami aka Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki.

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I had my doubts, so I've asked for pictures, proof, something.

But my gut says its not fake, if it is whomever is running the sock puppet has an extremely uncanny ability to imitate Omar.

And yeah you experts out there can second guess me, but that's a pretty tough game to win because I effing rock.

I'd left a little room,, although less than some, for Omar to survive because he's proven he has nine lives in the past. The longer he went without communicating the greater I felt the the chance he really was killed.

Now assuming this new feed works out, will anyone at all be able to talk sense into Hammami?

I doubt it, the Soap Opera ain't over yet.

Update: After further observation I'm leaning to forgery.

Due to the troll's behaviour over the weekend combined with another round phishing attacks against Jawa Report, add to that several reliable sources' doubts and one super reliable source saying that they've not heard a peep from Omar since the 3rd via any channel.

Add it all up and you get, *I was wrong and he's still missing.

*Yes I'm like totally gullible. Which is why I adhere to the observe over time method.

By Howie at 01:17 PM | Comments |

May 07, 2013

Three Missing Women Located

Yahoo:

Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago were found Monday in a home just south of downtown and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. One of the women said she had been abducted and told a 911 dispatcher in a frantic call, "I'm free now."

By Howie at 08:40 AM | Comments |

May 01, 2013

Boston Bombing: Three More Suspects Taken Into Custody
Suspects Named As Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev & Robel Kidan Phillipos

Developing

BOSTON (WABC) -- Boston police say three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow.

BREAKING NEWS - EARLIER STORY BELOW

[Video previously here is below the fold]

Update: More here

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Three new suspects have been taken into custody in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation, the Boston Police Dept. tweeted Wednesday morning.

The development comes as investigators have continued to scrutinize two of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's classmates at UMass-Dartmouth.

>>SKYFOX live over Moakley federal courthouse in Boston

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's alleged associates are natives of Khazakstahn and have already been detained by U.S. immigration officials for alleged immigration violations.

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were in federal immigration court earlier Wednesday morning on those matters, a government source said; however, the court hearing was delayed.

Authorities were not immediately saying who the three detained were or if Tsarnaev's two classmates were part of the new group of suspects.

An attorney for Kadyrbayev has told media outlets that the two young men have been interviewed by FBI agents and that they were cooperating.

The Boston Police Dept. broke the news in a tweet, writing, "Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow."[More...]

Update II: According to Boston.com the three arrested were college students and apparently provided some sort of assistance to Jahar after the bombing.

Update III by Howie: Two of the suspects were already in custody on emigration issues.

They are identified as Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev:

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Times Square pic from Dias Kadyrbayev's VK page

The third person is a US citizen. I'm speculating its the wife of Tamarlan, because its said that she warned the bombers they were wanted. But that's pure speculation on my part. We'll update when their identity is confirmed.

Hat Tip: Laura.

Update IV by SH: Gov Deval Patrick was briefed and said the suspects helped after the fact and it was his belief that they had nothing to do with the bombing. I am also hearing the 3rd suspect is a male?

Update V by SH: U.S. Attorney's Office - District of MA:

Three men[Note 3rd is male..ed] arrested in connection with Boston Marathon bombing. Conspiring to obstruct justice and false statements charges.

Three men arrested in connection with Boston Marathon will appear in federal court at 3:30 in Courtroom 19. Overflow in #20.

Update VI by SH: Third suspect named as Robel Phillipos
Two men from Kazakhstan and a man from Cambridge were arrested and charged today in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation, federal prosecutors said.

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19 and of New Bedford, were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by plotting to dispose of a laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks belonging to bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the US attorney’s office said in a statement.

Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge was charged with making false statements to law enforcement officials in a terorism investigation, prosecutors said.

Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev face maximum sentences of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Phillipos faces a maximum sentence of eight years and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said.[More...]

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev owned/leased/whatever a Bemmer and had their very own 'specialty' plate as a joke or whatever. We were aware of the license plate and that Jahar had previously tweeted images of it:

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Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev knew Jahar was bomber and yet they tried to dispose of evidence aka aiding and abetting a f**king terrorist.

Sick f**ks.

Update VII by SH: Criminal Complaint against Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev [Phillipos included in complaint] here. I just started reading it.

Update VIII by SH: Criminal Complaint against Phillipos here. His full name is Robel Kidan Phillipos

As what was noted by FNC's Greta:

At this point in the criminal process, the prosecutor just charges with a couple counts to hold the suspects. When it goes to the grand jury, they are going to see a giant indictment!

By Stable Hand at 10:28 AM | Comments |

April 22, 2013

Canada: Major Terror Plot (Perps: Chiheb Esseghaier & Raed Jaser) Thwarted
Bumped: Perps Were Receiving Support From Elements of Al Qaeda In Iran
Targeted U.S. Train

I am hearing NYC may have been one of their targets.

Developing

Canadian police and intelligence agencies will announce later today they have thwarted a plot to carry out a major terrorist attack, arresting two suspects in Montreal and Toronto, CBC News has learned.

Highly placed sources tell CBC News the alleged plotters have been under surveillance for more than a year in Quebec and southern Ontario.

The arrests Monday morning were co-ordinated and executed by a special joint task force of RCMP and CSIS anti-terrorism units, combined with provincial and municipal police forces in Ontario and Quebec.

The RCMP are expected to hold a press conference Monday afternoon to announce the arrests and provide details of the alleged plot, and give an overview of the extensive police and intelligence operation.

Law enforcement officials say the terror suspects arrested today have no connection to the two brothers accused of last week's Boston Marathon bombings.

Expect updates

Update: Press conference is still on but this is what we have learned so far

The two suspects in an alleged terror plot in Canada, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, are accused of conspiring to murder people on a VIA train, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. The RCMP said that while the suspects had the capacity to carry out an attack, the public was never in imminent danger.
It was previously stated in the presser that this was a al-Qaeda supported plot.

UPDATE: Presser -- The perps were receiving support from elements of al-Qaeda in Iran.

UPDATE by Rusty: The plot was against a train traveling between Toronto and the U.S.

UPDATE by SH: Al-Qaeda in Iran leader is reportedly Muhsin al-Fadhli. Early last year he replaced Yasin al Suri. I guess Suri was bringing to much attention to the group. Ooops

UPDATE here

By Stable Hand at 03:27 PM | Comments |

April 20, 2013

No Miranda Rights for the Boston Bomber

For Now

An indication of the complex investigation ahead came Friday night, when an Obama administration official told NBC News that Tsarnaev would not be given a Miranda warning when he is physically able to be interrogated after receiving medical treatment.

Instead, the official said, the government will invoke a legal rule known as the "public safety exception," which will enable investigators to question Tsarnaev without first advising him of his right to remain silent and to be afforded legal counsel.


The exemption can be invoked when information is needed to protect public safety. In this instance, the government believes it's vital to find out if Tsarnaev planted any other explosives before his capture or whether others might have plotted with him to do so, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Boy is the left going to be pissed.....comedy gold.

By Matt Damon at 04:26 AM | Comments |

April 19, 2013

Breaking: Gunshots in Watertown
UPDATE: Boston Bomber #2 Is In Custody!

I'm watching this live. Could this be the end? Let's hope so.

Developing.....

UPDATE: Shots still being fired as we speak. Multiple shots heard......

UPDATE: Ambulance on the way. Speculation that suspect is down.

UPDATE: Boston's Fox 25 scrolling "2nd Suspect is Down on Franklin St" on screen.

UPDATE: A woman noticed blood on her boat, called the cops. Shootout happened when police arrived to investigate.

EOD is on the scene with a robot, presumably to go into the boat and see if there's a bomb in there.

UPDATE: I know the impulse is to pray that he's dead. Don't. Pray that he's alive. Dean men tell no tales.

UPDATE: Wow, Google Earth pays off. Here's the boat at 67 Franklins St. in Watertown. Looks like they don't move it much.

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UPDATE: "Refusing to come out of boat". The worry is he has an IED on him. His brother did.

UPDATE: Robot approaching boat......

UPDATE: Possible flashbang grenades ..... series of 8 explosion sounds reported.

UPDATE by SH: He is in custody! CONFIRMED

Well done all capturing him alive

WATERTOWN — The man that police believe is responsible for placing the bombs that struck the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing 3 and injuring more than 170, is in custody after a standoff lasting nearly two hours in Watertown.

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody shortly before 8:45 p.m.

“They got him. He’s in custody,” a state trooper told the media gathered in the neighborhood. A crowd of onlookers broke into applause.

Tsarnaev had been pinned down in a boat in the backyard of a home in Watertown, just outside the city. He was rushed to a local hospital.

Thank God this ended this way.

Update by SH: Clarification at news conference concerning how he was found. A man called the Watertown PD after seeing him in his boat and stating he was full of blood. A police chopper used thermal imaging to verify he was indeed in the boat.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:00 PM | Comments |

Boston Bomber Dead, Boston Locked Down as Manhunt Continues, Updates

Bumped, scroll for newer posts Breaking now... one police officer is dead ....dark hat in the video released by the FBI is dead....white hat is on the loose in an area of Boston....shootouts have taken place, they were using hand grenades against the cops.

Update: Matt Damon... Suspects are two brothers, Chechens.

Updates JN: The Tsarnaev brothers robbed a 7-11 on the MIT campus at 10:20. A MIT University officer Sean Collier was found by police shot in his car minutes later and died in the hospital, ABC reported.

They carjacked an SUV at 11:00 pm. At 1:00 am, police find the men in the car and there is a shoot-out where the brothers also throw explosives and the older brother, Tamerlan, is killed. The younger Dzhokhar apparently escapes. ( Watch video of Boston firefight at Pat Dollard.) Residents throughout Boston are advised to shelter in place (see notice taped to doors overnight) Officials said they believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may be strapped with explosives.

WaPo Authorities shot and killed one suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings and were conducting a massive hunt for a second suspect in Watertown, Mass., Friday morning following a chaotic night that left one police officer dead and another critically wounded in the Boston suburbs.

The suspects — introduced to the world via photos and video footage Thursday night — are brothers, law enforcement officials said Friday morning. The one still at large was identified by law enforcement authorities as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge.

Russian journalist @aavst reporting that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,19, was born in Chechen capital of Grozny, attended school in Dagestan before coming to US (via @BlakeHounshell) The family moved to Russia's Dagestan from Kyrgyzstan in 2001.

Via Good Lt: The older and now deceased brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to "Allah is the One" YouTube channel 2 months ago. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was a boxer ( photos). The MIT police officer killed was 26.

8:35 am EST Police surrounding house in Watertown, gunfire and explosions heard. 9:00 am Shooting has ended at the scene in Watertown.

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, as seen in new FBI photo:

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2:30 pm: ABC reporting a Black Hawk Helicopter has landed at Dartmouth University where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended school. All universities in Boston were evacuated and closed earlier.

UPDATE By DMartyr: Dead suspect killed by gunshot and blast injuries. Rest in pieces.

UPDATE by Rusty: Looking at Tamerlan Tsarnaev's YouTube account one thing becomes very clear: these guys are radical Islamists.

First clue? Has a playlist entitled "Terrorists". The videos have been taken down, but the links and titles remain. They are videos of "Emir Abu Duzhana", formerly of The Islamic Emirate of the Cuacuses -- the al Qaeda affiliate in Chechnya.

UPDATE by Rusty: The vk.com website allegedly belonging to Dzhokhar is fake. VK -- or V'Kontakte -- is the Russian equivalent of Facebook. I happen to speak Russian and spent a year in college there, so I have a VK account, so I was able to check the veracity of the claims myself.

The first clue? Well, his last update was, um, today.

UPDATE by Rusty: The related twitter account also looks like a hoax.

At a news conference the Boston PD just clarified that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still at large.

UPDATE by Rusty: Watching the friends and relatives interviewed I can't help but wonder: Are these people stupid?

The common response is something like, "He was such a nice guy. I can't believe he's a terrorist!"

People, if you think terrorists are "mean" or "loud" you watch too much TV. Homicidal killers are just like you and me. Nice most of the time.

They aren't louder than you and I. They don't necessarily spout off on every little thing.

They don't walk around stealing candy from babies, wheelchairs from the disabled, and abusing animals.

You ever watched a video of Osama bin Laden? He's pretty soft spoken.

Murderers and terrorists don't have a "vibe". There is no equivalent of the "gaydar" that will let your spidey-senses pick up on a potential terrorist.

Evil is mundane. It is banal. It comes in all shapes and sizes.

The day you realize this is the day you'll cease to be surprised when the nice guy next door turns out to be a terrorist.

UPDATE by Rusty: It looks like this is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev real twitter account.

Interesting enough, he tweeted after the bombings. Including, "LOL those people are cooked." Classy.

On a sidenote, the Kavkaz Center -- which is the voice of the Chechen jihad -- seems to have taken the line that the two brothers are terrorists and that what they did is a bad thing.

Why murdering a bunch of Russian kids is a good thing and killing a few American infidels is a bad thing they don't bother to explain.

UPDATE by Rusty: Still on the loose. I'm watching the latest presser and .... no new information.

But we do have word that there is a third suspect in custody who might have some connection, if not to the bombing then to the planning of the bombing.

I know this is probably obvious, but looking at Dzhokhar's Twitter account, I can't but help get the feeling that the two thought he could get away with it.

The casualness of the tweets. The fact that they came after the bombing. The other explosive devices.

Did this pair have a long term plan to spread terror? That's what my gut says.

Like I said, it's obvious, but I thought I'd throw that out there.

Oh my: As I wrote that I was watching the Boston CBS local affiliate and they just reported that one of the two brothers (don't know which one, I'll look that up ---UPDATE: Yup, it was Dzhokhar, the one brother still on the loose) went back to UMass Dartmouth after the bombing. That his friends saw him there as late as Wednesday.

So, it sounds to me like they thought they were going to get away with it ... and that they had gotten away with it.

Update by SH: Apparently 'Jahar', the terrorist on the run, is a 9/11 truther.

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Note: He became a naturalized US citizen Nov. 12th of last year, 11 days after the above tweet.

By Matt Damon at 12:07 PM | Comments |

Breaking Possible Incident at Canadian Border

WGRZ:

A high ranking source tells 2 On Your Side that the traffic stop in Niagara Falls this morning was routine, but police are searching items in the vehicle and residents are being asked to stay away from the area.

Police stopped the car at 19th and Elmwood in the Falls.

The vehicle has Massachusetts license plates.

A source earlier this morning said the two occupants were Russian nationals, but police now say that is not true.

I've sources saying there were IEDs or suspected IEDs in the car but those are unconfirmed, However the bomb squad is looking into the situation.

By Howie at 09:10 AM | Comments |

April 17, 2013

Prayers For The Town Of West, Texas

Video of the explosion at the fertilizer plant.

Numerous injuries reported.

By Vinnie at 11:42 PM | Comments |

Reports: Suspect in Boston Bombing Arrested

An arrest is reported to have been made.

We'll update with details when then become available.

By Howie at 12:50 PM | Comments |

April 15, 2013

Breaking: Explosions at Boston Marathon
UPDATES: Terrorism?!?!
Ball Bearings in Explosion
Pipe bombs????
Saudi Suspect in Custody?
Third Incident at JFK Library
Interesting Image of Possible Suspect
Obama Punts on "Terror"

Original post below the fold. New updates (Vinnie)

Video of the bombings from different angles. They say "graphic" but I don't think the Weekly Standard knows what that word thinks they think it means.

What would we do without Dianne Firearmstealer?

Update by SH: Dear Weekly Standard, this is ^GRAPHIC [NSFW: Below the fold AND try to tell me this is NOT terrorism]

BTW, anti-2nd Amendments nutz are trying to s;y a child from Sandy Hook died in the marathon.

Exploiting this is the worse kind of evil.

This is terrorism no matter if it be foreign or domestic. One bomb goes off and another one happens seconds later. It was meant to cause mass injuries/casualties. Only problem is those in the marathon stopped and didn't know what the hell happened as the next one went off. Mass injuries/casualties averted.

Sound familiar? We read about what happens all the time in Iraq and Afghanistan. AND, Yemen AND etc. etc. etc. The peoples run from a IED only to be caught up in a very lethal second IED.

THE MFM have failed to mention possible foreigners may be injured in the attack. Brits are waiting for word as well as Ireland

Relatives of the 347 British and 108 Irish runners taking part in the Boston marathon were waiting for news of their loved ones as survivors told of their horror at the blasts.
Bronco Bama has his work cut out for him in getting to the bottom of this.

*graphic

WARNING

WARNING

WARNING

WARNING:

This is Baghdad/Iraq ala Boston, Massachusetts:

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Tell me again the above IS NOT TERRORISM.

My thoughts and prayers are with hima and his family and all those affected by this horrific terror attack.

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Details are sketchy, but often times running shoes just don't explode unless Allah Wills it.

WCVB:

Two explosions have been reported near the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street as thousands of people gathered for the race, and there are reports of injuries.

The blasts happened at about 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of Boylston and Exeter streets. Witnesses said several victims lost limbs, and the area was being evacuated.

The first explosion happened across from the Lenox Hotel and the second blast was about 15 seconds later, witnesses said.

I'm not sure but this report seems to indicate the race was finished at the time of the explosions.

We'll update as more becomes available.

UPDATE by Rusty: I'm combining Howie and Matt Damon's post together.
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Matt Damon: Update:

More here at CNN:

Double explosions of course are a hallmark of al-Qaeda but that would be speculation at this point. There is a known presence of Jihadi s there.

I've reports that Boston.com is live blogging but the site appears to be down.

UPDATE by Rusty: Over at Boston.com the usual suspects are warning us not to "jump to conclusions". I'm not sure at what point common sense became jumping to conclusions.

In any event, common sense says this is terrorism. Of course, common sense is sometimes wrong. Sometimes. But what makes common sense common? Well, it's usually right.

We're hearing that 12 or more are dead. NYPost:

A federal law-enforcement source told The Post there are at least 12 dead and twice as many injured.

Law-enforcement sources said at least the first explosion occurred in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel.

UPDATE: Speaking of common sense:
Fox News is reporting Boston Marathon bystanders saying they were struck by ball bearings during explosions
If that's true, then there is only one explanation for this: terrorism.

UPDATE: Local PD seem to have reeled the death toll back. I'm now hearing only 2 - 3 dead, with dozens injured.

I'd say thank God, but this also could be one of those instances where they don't want to give a number until all the casualties are confirmed. So, keep the victims in your prayers.

UPDATE: Reports say that at least two other explosive devices were found.

UPDATE: Trying to find a live TV feed I was forced to watch MSNBC until I found this livestream of the local Fox affiliate.

Apparently some news reports are claiming these are "pipe bombs". That's very hard to believe. I've made pipe bombs (as a kid). I never was able to produce an explosion this big. Not even close.

UPDATE: Via Ace, this from the NYPost:

Authorities have a identified a suspect, who is currently being guarded in a Boston hospital with shrapnel wounds.
Looking at the video and listening to those who were witnesses, we learn that there was a very big initial explosion followed by a smaller secondary explosion. There's no way that initial explosion was a "pipe bomb". None. Perhaps the secondary explosion was, and the other devices found were pipe bombs, but not the initial explosion.

If I had to merit a guess I'd say that they'll find the first bomb was made from something like a pressure cooker or a propane tank.

UPDATE: Watching Boston PD press conference live. Confirm that a third "incident" happened at the "JFK Library"

They are asking for the public's help in finding any one involved, which seemed to contradict the earlier Post report that a suspect was already in custody.

UPDATE: The Post is doubling down saying there is a suspect in custody, and that he's a Saudi national:

The suspect — a Saudi national who suffered shrapnel wounds in today's blast — is currently being guarded in a Boston hospital.
How many Tea Party members in Saudi Arabia?

UPDATE:Lefties blame:

1. "patriots" (aka Tea Partiers)

2. "insurgents" (some libs think terrorists are legitimate fighters)

3. Anti-Gitmo activists.

UPDATE: Here's an insightful tweet, and parallels some speculation that I think DMartyr or Matt Damon made behind the scenes:

Small bombs in multiple locations. Sounds like the planned NYC subway bombing the FBI thwarted in 2009.
And now I'm hearing reports that the Boston PD shut down cell phone service so they could prevent IED explosions detonated by mobile phones.

Also, word is the FBI are already calling this "terrorism".

A buddy of mine (no liberal, he) pointed out that the Saudi who is reportedly in custody may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Closest Arab to the scene of the crime.

I've no idea, but it would be ironic if he was a victim of racial profiling in one of America's most liberal cities?

UPDATE: Ok, two things to update. Over on Twitter there are a number of reports that the Boston PD is denying that any one is in custody. But the local Fox affiliate is reporting that the ATF and FBI just swarmed on Brigham and Women's hospital. Possibly they're just starting to get witness testimony after a mass briefing. But on the other hand ....

Secondly, The Jester noticed that there was a guy on the roof of the hotel when it exploded. Possible suspect? Or just some guy on the roof watching the marathon?

I've cut the image down to something more manageable.

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You'll notice he seems to be heading toward the explosion, right as it's going off.

Could just be some guy, but it's interesting nonetheless. On a related note, the FBI and Boston PD are seeking film spectators might have of the area before the explosion.

Random semantic thought by Rusty UPDATE: This was not a tragedy. This was an atrocity.

Tragedy is a passive word. It implies less than direct causation. It implies inevitability.

When someone dies from cancer when they are still in their 20s, that's tragic.

When someone is murdered, it's not a tragedy, it's an atrocity.

I hate when people call 9/11 or any other act of terror a tragedy. The word doesn't come close to being accurate or capturing the magnitude of the horror inflicted on the victims and on our nation.

UPDATE: President Obama just got on TV and told us that something bad happened in Boston and that the authorities would hold the perpetrators accountable.

Gee, that was so informative. Thank you President Obama!

Also, pretty much all the updates are me, Rusty. Howie went home or into a Hobbit hole or wherever he goes when we unshackle him from the desk we keep him chained to from 9 - 5 weekdays.

So, blame me, not him, for any typos or baseless speculation.

UPDATE: You know what word was missing from President O's presser? Terrorism.

You know, you'd have to be pretty stupid at this point to think this was something other than terrorism.

But you know what word he did use? Tragedy.

Maybe it's time to demand those college transcripts again?

UPDATE: CNN now reporting 90+ hurt, 2 killed.

UPDATE: And on cue:

“American blood isn’t more precious than Muslim blood,” said Mohammad al-Chalabi, who was convicted in an al-Qaeda-linked plot to attack US and other Western diplomatic missions in Jordan in 2003.

“Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there,” he said early Tuesday.

The sentiment is expected. Isn't the real question here .... WTF is a convicted terrorist doing out of prison so soon???

By Howie at 11:19 PM | Comments |

April 11, 2013

Wanted Fugitive Outs Self on Twitter

Ever wonder who is running al-Shabaab's twitter feed?

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Hayyy baby, how you doin'?

The Sun

Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the White Widow, called a terror chief “an irritating prat”.

Her target was high-profile fugitive Omar Hammami(sic) , who has a £3.3million price on his head.

Wanted Lewthwaite, 29, who was wed to 7/7 suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay and is on the run in Africa, clashed with Hammadi online earlier this month.

Actually it was like Yesterday. But don't get too excited Samantha might be a hot Muslima but she takes her coffee black, like her men.

By Howie at 08:11 AM | Comments |