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Defense rests in Blackwater trial

Source: AP

The Blackwater crew had gone to Nisoor Square to clear a path for a safe return to the Green Zone of a convoy carrying a State Department official.

At the trial, a federal jury witnessed the anguish of more than a dozen Iraqi citizens recounting the loss of their loved ones, a number of them crying for justice from the witness stand.

In all, more than half a dozen of the 19 men in the Blackwater unit called Raven 23 were summoned by prosecutors to testify against their former colleagues.

Former Blackwater guard Jeremy Krueger testified that he didn't fire his weapon because he didn't see any threats and did not see anyone firing at the Blackwater convoy. He said he saw Slough firing his weapon into the driver's side of a white car.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/defense-rests-blackwater-trial

New Zealand: Saudi Christian Converts Live in Fear

People who convert from Islam to Christianity are known as MBBs - Muslim Background Believers - and some members of the MBB community in Christchurch have gone into hiding, fearing they too will be targeted.

One source said Saudi government agents were planted among the thousands of students who came to New Zealand each year to study, to ensure their behaviour did not bring "shame" on the Kingdom or their families.

In Saudi Arabia it is against the law for Muslims to abandon their faith, and Christians and other religious minorities are subjected to discrimination, harassment, detention and in rare cases torture and death.

There have been numerous documented cases of Saudi nationals being uplifted from foreign countries. In 2012, columnist Hamza Kashgari, who'd been accused of insulting the prophet Mohammad on Twitter, tried to seek asylum in New Zealand but was intercepted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, sent home and jailed without trial.

In May last year, a young Saudi Christian who had arrived in Auckland two months earlier and claimed asylum was snatched off the street by three men just three days before his refugee interview and was flown back to Saudi Arabia, where it is believed he spent time in prison and was tortured. His lawyer, Roger Chambers, said the man had managed to secretly make contact with his friends in Auckland.


ISIS "tremendously well-funded". By whom? ...and why aren't we choking the funds off and prosecuting

the funders?

The ISIS money has to hit the banks at some point, in this day and age tracking hundreds of millions should not be all that difficult (considering the NSA knows what porn you watch http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2013/11/nsa-sexint-abuse-you%E2%80%99ve-all-been-waiting).

This would be a far more cost effective method of fighting them than wasting more blood and treasure in the desert (which, of course, will never work as the war has been going on there since antiquity)

Follow the money.... why is this so difficult? Perhaps because at least some of it leads back to Mcain, Graham, and Prince Bandar (http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/06/isis-saudi-arabia-iraq-syria-bandar/373181/)

special operations forces under the Joint Special Operations Command and U.S. Special Operations Command keep close tabs on the military evolution of ISIS and both its combat and terrorism -- called "asymmetric" -- capabilities, officials told ABC News. A primary reason is in anticipation of possibly fighting them, which a full squadron of special mission unit operators did in the Independence Day raid on an ISIS camp in Raqqah, Syria.

"They're incredible fighters. ISIS teams in many places use special operations TTPs," said the second official, who has considerable combat experience, using the military term for "tactics, techniques and procedures."

In sobering press conference Friday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said ISIS has shown that it is “as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen.”

“They’re beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded,” he said. “This is beyond anything that we’ve seen.”


War is Very Profitable. Invest Your Own Children. nt

Iraq: on the Front Lines with the Shia

For these men, the Sunnis as a whole are the enemy, regardless of whether they are Isis supporters or not. For them, western strategies of trying to defeat Isis by depriving it of mass Sunni support are nonsense.

"When I withdraw my forces now the Sunnis will come back and they will become an incubator for Isis again," said one fighter. "When I liberate an area from Isis why do I have to give it back to them? Either I erase it or settle Shia in it."

"If it's for me I will start cleansing Baghdad from today," added another fighter. "We have not started sectarian war, we are just trying to secure our areas, but if the sectarian days come back then I am sure it will be won by us."


In my view, this is a 1400 year old religious war.

"you can't win it" - GWB

Prosecution of our own war crimes, and creating a better America here at home, one that we can hold up as an example for the rest of the world, is our best course of action. Not more war.

Foley murder video 'may have been staged'


Analysts believe the British jihadi in the video may not have been James Foley's killer, although it is accepted that the journalist was murdered

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.

SMH - Beheading Foley is an Attempt to Drag the US Back Into a Ground War in Iraq.

"What's happening is they are trying to get Western intervention in Iraq and Syria," says Clarke Jones, a former national security operative specialising in counterterrorism now with the Australian National University.

"That would enable them to develop a new and powerful narrative of Western oppression of Muslims that would help them attract a new wave of recruits."

Renowned Norwegian terrorism expert Thomas Hegghammer agrees, questioning whether the attack on the Yazidis, raids into Kurdistan and the beheading of Foley could all be a "deliberate provocation strategy".

"ISIS seems to be doing everything it can (short of attacks on the West) to draw the US into conflict," he tweeted.

An angry West suits Islamic State, says Monash University terrorism expert Greg Barton. Hostility to Muslims feeds into their narrative of belittled Muslims persecuted by non-believers. It helps recruiting among their target audience and, at the same time, puts pressure on Western governments to act.


92% of Saudis believe that "IS conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law."

92% of Saudis believe that "IS conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law."

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2014/07/saudi-families-refuse-condolences-isis-position.html#ixzz3BKY0uTCF

Gotta pay for the new war somehow! Signed, pissed off!

President Obama signs $8.7 billion food stamp cut into law


China Broadcasting Endless Loop of Foley Execution On Huge Screen In Beijing, (& Ferguson)

That’s Beijing editor-in-chief Steve George told Quartz:”This type of juxtaposition is fairly common in China,” says George, adding that images of peace and prosperity in China are typically contrasted with clips of violence around the world, promoting the narrative that “chaos looms beyond our pleasant and safe borders.”

- See more at: http://yournewswire.com/china-broadcasting-endless-loop-of-foley-execution-on-huge-screen-in-beijing/#sthash.gn1seqVG.dpuf

Glad they all have (our) jobs.
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