Gen Dempsey Won’t Recommend Strikes On ISIS In Syria

From Fox News:

Joint Chiefs chairman says ISIS not a direct threat to US, won’t recommend Syria strikes yet

August 25, 2014

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that he would not recommend U.S. military airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria until he determines that they have become a direct threat to the U.S.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaking to reporters on board a military plane traveling to Afghanistan, said Sunday that he believes the Sunni insurgent group formerly known as ISIS is more of a regional threat and is not currently plotting or planning attacks against the U.S. or Europe…

Funny, but that’s not what Chuck Hagel said. And, in fact, that’s not what Gen. Dempsey was saying just last week.


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Dad of Jihadi John Among Bin Laden’s Closest Lieutenants

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Father of Jihadi John suspect ‘was one of Bin Laden’s closest lieutenants’

By Martin Gould | 24 August 2014

The father of the man suspected of being ‘Jihadi John’ is accused of being one of Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenants and is currently awaiting trial in the US for his part in the bombing of two US embassies in which 224 people died, MailOnline can reveal.

Adel Abdel Bari, 54, is now locked up in New York awaiting trial for the bombing of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania after being extradited from Britain along with hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Bari was allowed entry into the UK when he was granted political asylum from his native Egypt in 1993.


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Jihadi John Identified As Rapper Abdel Majed Abdel Bary

From the UK’s Sunday Times:

Beheader Jihadi John identified

By Mark Hookham, Richard Kerbaj and Marie Woolf | 24 August 2014

MI5 and MI6 have identified the British fighter suspected of murdering the American journalist James Foley, senior government sources confirmed last night…

Why not give his name?

While sources gave no details of the man they have identified, a key suspect is Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, who left his family’s £1m home in Maida Vale, west London, last year. He recently tweeted a picture of himself holding up a severed head…

So much for the oft-repeated myth that terrorism is due to poverty and lack of opportunity.

We have since had a confirmation via Fox News:

Senior Western Intelligence Official Confirms London Rapper Abdel Majed Abdel Bary Is A Suspect In The Foley Killing

August 25, 2014

A senior Western intelligence official told Fox News that 23-year-old London rapper Abdel Majed Abdel Bary is the suspect believed to be Foley’s executioner.



Analysis: Foley Execution Video May Have Been Staged

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Foley murder video ‘may have been staged’

By Bill Gardner | 25 Aug 2014

The video of James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, it has emerged. Forensic analysis of the footage of the journalist’s death has suggested that the British jihadist in the film may have been the frontman rather than the killer.

The clip, which apparently depicts Mr Foley’s brutal beheading, has been widely seen as a propaganda coup for Islamic State miltant [sic] group.

But a study of the four-minute 40-second clip, carried out by an international forensic science company which has worked for police forces across Britain, suggested camera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used.

A forensic analyst told The Times that no blood can be seen, even though the knife is drawn across the neck area at least six times.



Sources: Foley Rescue Too Late Due To Obama’s Delays

From the UK’s Sunday Times:

Obama’s Iraqi mission impossible

Hostage rescue raid came too late: The president waited nearly a month before giving the go-ahead for a daring bid to free western hostages including James Foley

By Toby Harnden | 24 August 2014

It was shortly after midnight on the Fourth of July when the specially modified Black Hawk helicopters fitted with radar-evading equipment swooped down over Ukayrishah, a small town next to the Euphrates River, close to the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.

Flown by pilots from the US 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment — known as the “Night Stalkers” — the Black Hawks’ … main role was to drop several dozen elite troops from Delta Force and SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, into the heart of territory controlled by Isis, or the Islamic State…

Syrian radar had been jammed and fighter jets were patrolling overhead as the commandos blocked access roads.


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Al Qaeda Frees US Writer, Supposedly No Ransom Paid

From a trusting New York Times:

U.S. Writer Held by Qaeda Affiliate in Syria Is Freed After Nearly 2 Years

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | August 24, 2014

Held for nearly two years in a prison run by an affiliate of Al Qaeda in Syria, an American freelance writer was unexpectedly freed on Sunday, following extensive mediation by Qatar, the tiny Gulf emirate and United States ally that has successfully negotiated the release of numerous Western hostages in exchange for multimillion-dollar ransoms.

For which Qatar has probably gotten a cut. In fact, many analysts claim Qatar is a protector and even a financer of terrorist groups, including ISIS. Why else has Qatar been the only country in the region that has been spared by terrorists?

And, lest we forget, Qatar also brokered the deal where Obama swapped the ‘Taliban Five’ for Sgt.


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The Weekly S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Among Yourselves

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Cause Of Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ Found In The Atlantic

From the University of Washington [State]:

Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean

By Hannah Hickey | August 21, 2014

Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate science community.

More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. New research from the University of Washington shows that the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study is published Aug.



Politico: Amnesty Doesn’t Matter In Any House Races

From the Politico:

Immigration reform ignored in key House race

By JAKE SHERMAN | August 21, 2014

AURORA, Colo. – … [T]he immigration debate that’s raging in Washington is almost an afterthought in the tight battle between Mike Coffman and Andrew Romanoff. Though they agree on almost nothing, Coffman, the incumbent Republican, and Romanoff, his Democratic challenger, scoff at the national narrative that the sixth congressional district will be won and lost on the issue of immigration reform.

You mean the ‘narrative’ that the Politico and the rest of the Democrat Party have been pushing ever since November 7, 2012?

And it’s not just them. Their aides privately admit it, as do consultants in both Washington and Denver who opened the campaign fully expecting the race to hinge on immigration reform.


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CBS Poll: Public Gives Obama ‘Mixed Marks’ On Ferguson

From CBS News:

Ferguson, Missouri: Americans give Obama mixed marks on handling of post-shooting tensions

By Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backus | August 21, 2014

It took four ‘reporters’ to spin this poll?

Following the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri and the subsequent unrest there, fewer than half of Americans are satisfied with President Obama’s response, but assessments are more positive than negative.

Forty-one percent of Americans are satisfied with how the president is responding to the situation in Ferguson, while 34 percent are dissatisfied. Twenty-five percent don’t have an opinion. African-Americans, who have been strong supporters of Mr. Obama, are satisfied with his response (60 percent), compared to just 35 percent of whites…

Americans nationwide divide on how Missouri’s Governor, Democrat Jay Nixon, is handling the situation in Ferguson.


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Brown Prosecutor Says No Charge Decision Until October

First, we have this from a seemingly surprised Associated Press:

Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson

August 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb…

That means only 4% of those arrested are locals.

St. Louis County spokeswoman Candace Jarrett provided information to The Associated Press on Thursday with the name, address and birth year of each person arrested, and the charges against them. It shows that 128 people have been arrested for failure to disperse, 21 for burglary-related charges, four for assaulting police officers. Others were charged with crimes such as trespassing, peace disturbance and destruction of private property…

To be fair, everyone handles grief a little differently.


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Key Witness In Brown Shooting Has Warrant For Arrest

From Fox News:

Key eyewitness in Michael Brown shooting reportedly has warrant out for arrest

August 21, 2014

A key eyewitness in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, whose death set off violent protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, reportedly has a warrant out for his arrest. reported Wednesday that 22-year-old Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown when he was shot, has a warrant out for his arrest for stealing in Jefferson County, Missouri from 2011.

Johnson also was charged that same year with lying to police, the station reported.

This news surfaced in the local media on Wednesday. So why did it get so little coverage from the MSM? (That is a rhetorical question, of course. Once again, any news that might undercut the ‘gentle giant’ myth has been ignored.)

But this is pretty egregious journalistic malpractice, even by current standards.



CNN Rebuffs Claim That Wilson Had Fractured Eye Socket

From Mediaite:

CNN Contradicts Fox Sources Claiming Darren Wilson Had Fractured Eye Socket

By Matt Wilstein | August 21, 2014

Earlier this week, Fox News reported that Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown, suffered a fractured eye socket following his confrontation with the teenager. The reporter, Hollie McKay, cited a “source close to the [police] department’s top brass” as providing that information to the network.

However, on CNN Thursday, Don Lemon reported that Wilson did not suffer a fractured or broken eye socket and was rather treated at the hospital for swelling around his face and eyes. Noting that that specific injury has not been reported by CNN, “but is making its way around other media organization,” Lemon cited a “source close to the investigation” who told CNN that Wilson’s x-rays came back negative for a fractured eye socket.


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(Indicted) Rick Perry: ‘Real possibility’ ISIS Is In The US

First we have this, via Breitbart:

CNN: Over 400 British Citizens Are Members of ISIS

August 21, 2014

CNN correspondent Brian Todd reported that there were “more than 400 British citizens alone in ISIS” on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Situation Room": “A U.S. intelligence official tells CNN they have indications of ISIS cells in Europe, which could attack US embassies and other American interests. The official says it’s not clear if those terrorists were ordered by ISIS or if they went on their own” Todd stated. And “a handful Americans are in ISIS right now, the number of Europeans dwarfs them, hundreds of British, French, German citizens are in ISIS now.”

He also said that there are conflicting reports about whether there are any ISIS sleeper cells in the US with CNN National Security Analyst and former CIA Officer Bob Baer reporting, “I have been told with no uncertainty there are ISIS sleeper cells in this country [the US],” and two US officials saying there isn’t any indication of that…

Meanwhile, the media seems to be mocking (the indicted) Rick Perry for his outrageous fear-mongering.


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