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Palestinian Government Verdict: 655 Million For Terror Attacks In The Early 2000s

Justice in a NY Courtroom:

Ending a saga dating back to the end of the Second Intifada in 2004, a US jury on Monday handed down a historic verdict against the Palestinian Authority for involvement in six terror attacks from that time period, charging them with $655.5 million in damages.

Lead trial counsel Kent Yalowitz of Arnold & Porter said that “The Palestinian Authority and the PLO have been found liable by an American jury for six heinous terrorist attacks that killed and injured hundreds of civilians.”

He continued, “The PA and PLO policies of financial inducements and rewards for terrorism that are at the center of this case unfortunately continue today, more than a decade later.”

Yalowitz concluded, “I am truly privileged to have had the opportunity to represent these amazing families and join them in their quest for justice against those who have devastated their lives forever.”

Shurat Hadin Director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said “This historic verdict against the defendants will not bring back these families’ loved ones nor heal the physical and psychological wounds inflicted upon them but it truly is an important measure of justice and closure for them after their long years of tragic suffering and pain.”

She added, “We started out more than a decade ago with the intent of making the defendants pay for their terrorist crimes against innocent civilians and letting them know that there will eventually be a price to be paid for sending suicide bombers onto our buses and into our cafes.”

“The defendants have already been boasting that they will appeal the decision and we will never collect on the judgment – but we will go to the end of the earth to collect it,” she said.

My guess is that the Obama administration will somehow void it, but at least the jurors had some decency.

Here’s what the PA lawyer had to say:

Rochon, in a soft voice at times sounding weak and quivering, said, “I fear,” that this jury will find his client liable “because of who they are, not what they did or did not do.”

The plaintiffs’ central points are that a large volume of PA employees, including numerous policemen and commanders, have been arrested and convicted by Israel as having organized, planned and perpetrated suicide bombings and shootings against Americans in Israel, including the six attacks from 2001-2004 in the case during the Second Intifada. In those attacks, 33 were killed.

“So much sadness. So much sadness and death,” Rochon began. “All those souls extinguished.”

But “we’re not here to decide the Second Intifada,” to issue a judgment on that sadness, death, or the occupation, Rochon said, explaining that if the jury just focused on the six incidents at issue in the case, “the PA and the PLO are not liable.”

“Sometimes people who do terrible things work for the government.” But these are “things they did for their own reasons.”

A verdict against the defendants “would only damage the government and the PLO who do not deserve that.”

Again, my guess is that they won’t pay a dime. Or hey! Maybe the Obama administration can somehow give the money to the PA so that the US taxpayer pays it. But it must be affirming to the families that the men and women of the jury were not Jew haters and did the right thing.

– Aggie

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Syrian Rebels Ask Israel To Attack Hezbollah

So, do you think that Israel should attack Hezbollah because the rebels request it? Where is “the world community”? Where is the United States of America?

Gone fishin’

Syrian rebels, whose forces are fighting against a new offensive in the South by the axis of the Syrian Army, Hezbollah, and Iran, is calling on Israel to attack their positions.

An Israeli Druse who is in frequent contact with the Syrian opposition said that the warning came to alert the IDF, before the axis is able to take the Syrian Golan that borders Israel.

A Syrian rebel commander in the South vowed to wage guerrilla war against the Lebanese group Hezbollah and Syrian government forces, which have launched a major offensive against insurgents in the sensitive border region near Israel and Jordan.

The offensive that got under way this week is focused in an area south of Damascus that is the last notable foothold of the mainstream armed opposition to President Bashar Assad, who has consolidated control over much of western Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war, says the push is being spearheaded by Hezbollah, and that government forces and allied militia have made significant progress.

Mendi Safadi, who served as former Likud deputy minister Ayoub Kara’s chief of staff, has independently met with members of the liberal and democratic Syrian opposition who oppose the Islamists and want friendly relations with Israel.

Safadi met a week and a half ago with Syrian rebel leaders in Bulgaria and has traveled in the region, met with activists, and relayed messages from them to the Prime Minister’s Office.

He was responsible for relaying the congratulatory letters from the Syrian opposition to then President-elect Reuven Rivlin.

More at the link. But it sure seems to me like the vaunted Arab Spring and their European and US supporters should step up to the plate. Europe and the US: Limp and Lame.

– Aggie

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U of California Student Government Votes To Divest From USA

Hahahaha. BDS applied to the United States.

The University of California Student Association board – which represents all 233,000 students enrolled in the UC system’s 10 campuses – approved a resolution on Sunday that calls on the system’s leaders to financially divest from the United States.

The measure cited alleged human rights violations by America such as drone strikes that have killed civilians, and claimed the country’s criminal justice system is racist, among other accusations.

The “Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California” passed with an overwhelming majority vote of 11-1-3.

“The government of the United States of America is engaged in drone strikes that have killed over 2,400 people in Pakistan and Yemen, many of them civilians,” the resolution stated. “The government oversees, by far, the highest rate of imprisonment in the world, and racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement agencies, particularly for drug-related offences. 400,000 undocumenteducal immigrants are held in detention centers every year, and millions have been deported since the current administration took office, and the government is directly supporting and propping up numerous dictatorships around the world with weapons sales and foreign aid.”

The resolution also called on UC system leaders “to withdraw investments in securities, endowments, mutual funds, and other monetary instruments with holdings” from the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Sri Lanka and Mexico, as well as the U.S.

I feel bad for the parents who are paying for this. And even worse for the next generation of Americans who will be living under these fascists.

– Aggie

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Devout Member Of Religion Of Peace Arrested In Ohio

for planning terror attack on the US Capitol

The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, where he hoped to set off a series of bombs aimed at lawmakers, whom he allegedly considered enemies.

Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, was arrested today on charges of attempting to kill a U.S. government official, authorities said.

According to government documents, he allegedly planned to detonate pipe bombs at the national landmark and open fire on any employees and officials fleeing after the explosions.

The FBI first noticed Cornell several months ago after an informant notified the agency that Cornell was allegedly voicing support for violent “jihad” on Twitter accounts under the alias “Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah,” according to charging documents. In addition, Cornell allegedly posted statements, videos and other content expressing support for ISIS — the brutal terrorist group also known as ISIL — that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything,” Cornell allegedly wrote in an online message to the informant in August, according to the FBI. “I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves.”

In the message, Cornell said that such attacks “already got a thumbs up” from radical cleric Anwar Awlaki “before his martyrdom.”

Ok, let’s pretend we are liberals. First we notice that young Raheel is only 20 years old. Why, he’s only a teenager! I wonder if his parents are divorced? Perhaps this can be understood as a cry for help? Young people have it so hard today.

– Aggie

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Palestinian State Failed In UN

Australia and US vote against

I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. Never been.

A pleasant surprise – the US had some decent things to say:

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said no other country in the world has invested more than the United States in pursuing peace between Israel and Palestine, but said the resolution “would undermine efforts to get back to an atmosphere that makes it possible to achieve two states for two people.”
Power said that the current resolution was “deeply unbalanced” and instead of giving a voice to both sides, only considered the concerns of one.
“Today’s vote should not be interpreted as a victory for an unsustainable status quo, instead it should serve as a wake-up call to catalyze all interested parties to take constructive, responsible steps to achieve a two-state solution,” Power said.

The only period in modern history when Jews couldn’t pray at the Kotel is the 19 years when Jordan had control. Israel would be flat-out nuts to allow the Palestinians or anyone else to gain control of Jerusalem.

– Aggie

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Two Boston Cops Attacked

I’m back from a peaceful, lovely trip to my favorite country, and the first thing I notice is that the police in Boston are being assaulted.

Two Boston police officers were hospitalized after they were kicked, punched, and choked by six teenagers related to a person they were arresting, authorities said.

The officers, a woman and a man, went to an apartment in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood on Monday morning to serve a warrant on a 19-year-old man for defaulting on court appearances, the Boston Herald reported.

Seven people were arrested in all, including the person police were originally seeking, Woobenson Morrisset.

Mayor Martin Walsh stressed the assault was not related to rising national tensions over police conduct following the killings of unarmed men in Missouri and New York City.

Morrisset, and 18-year-old Lorcen Morrisset, who is accused of participating in the attack, are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. It’s not known if either has a lawyer.

The other teens, a 17-year-old boy and girls ages 13, 14, 15, and 16, face assault and battery on a police officer and other charges in juvenile court.

When the officers found Woobenson Morrisset in a rear stairwell, he attacked them, according to the police report.

Police Commissioner William Evans told WBZ-AM that as the officers were about to handcuff Morrisset, residents of two apartments came to his aid and “kicked, punched, and choked” the officers.

Of course this has absolutely nothing to do with the leftist encouragement to attack police officers. Nothing at all. Just a random event, an anecdote. Probably shouldn’t have mentioned it.

– Aggie

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The Last Word on Ferguson

Maybe not the literal last word, but I’m more than ass-tired of the posturing, pontificating, and pipe-bomb-throwing over a convenience store robbery gone horribly wrong (not that there’s a right way to rob a convenience store).

Kevin D. Williamson:

The American colonies must have been an unruly place, full as they were of religious fanatics and slave traders, second sons and fortune hunters, criminals and former political prisoners, and all manner of people in between. The first settlements hugged the coast, where one set of adventurers looked seaward while another looked to the interior wilderness. It was, in retrospect, almost inevitable that North America would quickly become the wealthiest place in the world by the 17th century.

Why? Because those seditionists, fanatics, and gamblers were impossible to rule. While we are counting our blessings this Thanksgiving, let’s not forget to count that one: Our ancestors did not much like being told what to do, and we — and the world — are immeasurably richer and happier for that.

British subjects and American colonists had the opportunity and the inclination to begin a finer and more robust division of labor than did their European counterparts. They were just a little bit more free — and a little bit more determined to be free — and that little bit made an incalculable difference, not only to them, but to the world.

They built something remarkable. And the idiot children of the Left are today cheering those who would literally burn it down, in Ferguson and elsewhere.

I am generally inclined toward outbreaks of orneriness, whether in Nevada or in Missouri. If the people of Ferguson believe that they are misgoverned, that their police are a problem, that the usual forms of legal and political redress have failed them, then, by all means, shake the foundations. And there may have been about five minutes at the beginning when that’s what this was about. The crowd in Ferguson is now very little more than a lynch mob. Maybe I should be ashamed of it, but there’s a little part of my heart that would leap at the sight of Americans setting fire to a tax office. But setting fire to an Autozone? Pathetic.

The most shocking act of nonconformity in Ferguson, the boldest declaration of independence, would be starting a business rather than burning one.

Outstanding.

Of course, starting a business doesn’t always go so well either:

A Missouri bakery nearly destroyed by violent protests in Ferguson this week has received more than $200,000 in donations from Good Samaritans helping to rebuild the popular cake shop.

Business owner Natalie DuBose opened “Natalie’s Cakes and More” in June about a block away from the Ferguson Police Department, according to Fox affiliate KTVI.

DuBose’s bakery saw a flow of steady customers until protesters vandalized it Monday night after the announcement that a grand jury will not indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an 18-year-old black man in Ferguson.

Windows were smashed and cooking equipment was damaged at the business — just as DuBose and her workers were preparing for Thanksgiving.

DuBose quickly set up an account on the website, GoFundMe.com, allowing strangers from around the country to donate. Actress Patricia Heaton urged her Twitter followers to contribute to DuBose’s cause.

“I LOVE TO BAKE!!! It was my dream and I’m working hard to accomplish that dream,” DuBose wrote on the website. “My main windows were smashed and bakery damaged. I’m beside myself, but with the holidays, can’t stop working.”

Dubose, 32, had set a goal of raising $20,000, but as of Thursday afternoon the site reported $226,757 in donations.

I’m placing the over/under on dollars contributed by Al Sharpton and all of his hucksters, hooligans, and hell-raisers combined at $1 out of that 226,757. Anybody want to take the over? No? Smart readers.

The Black Panthers, Muslim agitators, and professional thugs who have burned Ferguson to the ground can’t crawl back into the sewers whence they came fast enough to suit me. And Natalie DuBose can’t bake enough pies, cakes, and muffins. Make mine a pumpkin, still warm, if you’ve got one.

PS: What a threat Ms. DuBose is. She thinks she can make something of herself. No wonder they torched her shop, hardly accidentally. She requires nothing of the government but to be allowed to live and work in peace. And when the government failed her (also hardly accidentally), her fellow decent, freedom-loving citizens o’erflowed her cup with kindness. With permission of all involved, that’s how I’ll choose to honor the memory of Michael Young, the Gentle Giant. It’s no more a stretch than the nonsense peddled in the press.

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US Protected At Least 1000 Nazis After WWII

NY Times has the information

In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.

At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. They believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed what one official called “moral lapses” in their service to the Third Reich.

The agency hired one former SS officer as a spy in the 1950s, for instance, even after concluding he was probably guilty of “minor war crimes.”

And in 1994, a lawyer with the C.I.A. pressured prosecutors to drop an investigation into an ex-spy outside Boston implicated in the Nazis’ massacre of tens of thousands of Jews in Lithuania, according to a government official.

Aleksandras Lileikis was a Nazi officer implicated in 60,000 Jews’ deaths. He later worked for the C.I.A. before immigrating. Credit U.S. Department of Justice

Lileikis was apparently massacring Jews from Vilna ghetto (Lithuania) in the killing pits of the Ponary woods. He is just one of the creeps that our government protected. The article states that we protected Adolf Eichmann’s right hand man, for example.

I recommend that everyone go to the link and read this. It will make it much easier to watch the pain of ebola, immigration, crappy economy, etc. You won’t care.

– Aggie

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This Was Not A Terror Attack In Queens

This was a routine axe murderer with Islamic sympathies who hated white folks.

And if you want to read about it, check the British press.

An axe-wielding man who attacked four police officers posing for a photograph on a busy street in New York has been shot dead.

Two policemen were wounded in the attack, one critically, before the suspect was shot by two other police officers. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

New York police say at this stage there is no known motive for the attack. When asked whether it may have been related to terrorism, Police Commissioner William Bratton said: “This early on, we really cannot say yes or no to that question.”

The man pulled a small axe from a rucksack he was carrying and charged at officers at around 2pm on Thursday afternoon in a busy shopping area in Queens, a New York Police Department spokesman said.
The officers were on foot patrol when they were asked by a freelance photographer to pose for a picture.

Suddenly the man, who was seen on a street corner crouching down to pull the hatchet out of backpack just moments before, ran at the officers, swinging it and striking one officer in the right arm and then swinging it again and striking a second officer in the head, the spokesman said.

Go to the link to see the still image and the security video of the dude with the axe. Then let us know if you think he’s a terrorist or not.

– Aggie

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Our First Home-Grown Beheading!

In Oklahoma, of all places.

When I first heard about this, I assumed it was a copy-cat thing, not necessarily tied to Islam, but it appears that I might be wrong.

Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.

He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.

Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.

Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.

Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.

“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Authorities say it appears Nolen was attacking employees at random.

Johnson is in stable condition at a local hospital, recovering from her injuries.

The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself.

Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.

Let’s be clear: A person can be psychotic, enraged, murderous, and Muslim – or not Muslim. Beheadings stimulate nutballs of a certain variety. But if this guy was Muslim, and then did a beheading, I think it is fair to call it a terror attack, despite other circumstances. I understand how others might disagree.

BTW, the story also speaks to the importance of the second amendment.

America, we’ve had 6 years of Barack Obama and the policies of appeasement. Do you still feel safer?

– Aggie

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Tsarnaev Trial To Be Held In Boston

This will make it easier to overturn a guilty verdict.

As much as I look forward to the spectacle of the trial in Boston, I have to agree with the defense that he is unlikely to get an impartial jury here. Who in the greater Boston area is ignorant of the facts of this case?

A federal judge on Wednesday denied Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s bid to move the location of his upcoming trial, even while moving back its scheduled start date.
Explaining his decision to have a jury weigh Tsarnaev’s fate near where the bombings and subsequent violent incidents with police occurred, U.S. District Judge George O’Toole said, “Although the media coverage in this case has been extensive, at this stage the defendant has failed to show that it has so inflamed and pervasively prejudiced the pool that a fair and impartial jury cannot be impaneled in the (Eastern District of Massachusetts).”

The good news is that it will make for great radio. Howie Carr will be all over this thing.

– Aggie

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Foley Murdered By Brit With London Accent

Because British culture produces the best butchers.

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond says that the government is “urgently investigating” the identity of the apparently British executioner of US reporter James Foley, whose death was shown in a video released by members of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria. The IS member’s apparent ties to Britain highlight increasing concern in the West about the radicalization of European and American nationals by jihadi groups and the threat they pose if they return home.

The video published overnight on YouTube shows the hooded, black-clad IS member speaking extensively in both English and Arabic before killing an orange-jumpsuited man described as “James Wright Foley, an American citizen.” In what the Daily Telegraph describes as a London accent, the executioner says that the US has “been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State,” before killing Foley.

But at least David Cameron takes this seriously:

Over there: “U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.’”

Over here:

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.

Oh, Obama did make a statement about the beheading, before heading off to play a round of golf:

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the entire world is “appalled” by the brutal death of American journalist James Foley, who was shown in a video released by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq being beheaded.
“No faith teaches people to massacre innocents,” Obama said in his statement. “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”

“People like this ultimately fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy,” Obama said.
Obama also called Foley’s parents to offer his condolences and told them that a nation was heartbroken for their loss.
According to a pool report obtained by Politico, Obama went to the Vineyard Golf Club following his statement.

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