The family of a former Taliban fighter convicted of attempting to recruit two undercover police officers for jihad in Afghanistan face losing their £200,000 home under anti-terrorism laws. Munir Farooqi, 56, was given four life sentences in September 2011 for running a ´recruitment centre´ for home-grown extremists to go to Afghanistan to kill British troops. [Snip] The Crown Prosecution Service´s Proceeds of Crime Unit served the family with a notice at the end of Farooqi´s trial for soliciting to murder and disseminating terrorist literature. The notice informed the Farooqis that they intended to seize the house under Section 23a of
ROME — For years, perhaps even centuries, it has been an open secret in Rome: That some prelates in the Vatican hierarchy are gay. But the whispers were amplified this week when Pope Francis himself, in a private audience, appears to have acknowledged what he called a “gay lobby” operating inside the Vatican, vying for power and influence. The remarks — which the Vatican spokesman did not deny and the participants at the private audience confirmed — appeared to be part of an effort by the pope to take on the entrenched interests in the Vatican
The former host of “Erotica Night” at a Baltimore bookstore will be the first-ever female number two official at the CIA. On Wednesday, Barack Obama nominated Avril Danica Haines to be the Deputy Director of the CIA, replacing Michael Morell, who twice served as Acting Director of the agency but took much of the blame for editing the highly controversial talking points around the 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi. As a lawyer in the White House Counsel’s office, Haynes oversaw the approval process for the CIA´s covert actions, acting as a vital link between the CIA and the president.
GM crops could give pigs diseases, after scientists claimed those fed the so-called Frankenstein food had inflamed stomachs and heavier uteruses. The research is significant because the digestive system and organs of pigs are similar to those of humans, who eat the pork from the animals. [Snip] The latest study will embarrass the Government, which supports GM crops and food, based on assurances that they have been proven safe for humans and the environment. However, the research suggests this cannot be taken for granted. It was led by Dr Judy Carman, associate professor in health and the environment at Flinders
Slowly, and largely under the radar, a growing number of local law enforcement agencies across the country have moved into what had previously been the domain of the F.B.I. and state crime labs — amassing their own DNA databases of potential suspects, some collected with the donors’ knowledge, and some without it. And that trend — coming at a time of heightened privacy concerns after recent revelations of secret federal surveillance of telephone calls and Internet traffic — is expected only to accelerate after the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding a Maryland statute allowing the authorities to collect
PHILADELPHIA— An official says an inspector who surveyed a Philadelphia building before it collapsed last week, killing six people, has committed suicide. Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says the inspector was found fatally shot in a pickup truck Wednesday night. The man was a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee who had inspected the building May 14. Officials were informing department staff Thursday morning and the man´s name wasn´t immediately being released. City officials are planning a 9:30 a.m. news conference. The building was being demolished
Under the cover of darkness, Claude slips through the back door of an unknown home and enters the kitchen. As its unsuspecting owners sleep inside, the intruder pads over the terracotta flagstones with barely a sound. [Snip] He’s done this before. But it isn’t jewellery or electronics that Claude’s after--it’s food. Because Claude isn’t just any old burglar. He’s a cat burglar--quite literally. An eight-year-old grey and white tom, he likes chasing mice, sitting in the front garden and Whiskas cat food – which he regularly steals from the bowl of his neighbour’s moggy
Here at American Thinker last week, my friend Herb Meyer wrote a piece (snip) What Hitler and his minions did was thoroughly demonize their enemies, convincing the German masses that Jews and other despised groups were subhuman, untermenschen. A major factor in Hitler´s political advancement was his amazing ability to fabricate an assortment of handy scapegoats for the nation´s ills. He got away with blaming anyone but himself for whatever calamity or misfortune. As he did, his followers assented, nodding their heads and bleating like sheep. What the American Left has done to its enemies is not entirely dissimilar.
Would you let the government install a camera in your home? The question was posed to me by Mike Cregan, a reader from Santa Barbara, Calif., who owns a foreign trade business. He writes: "When people say, `Well, they don´t get into the calls, etc. unless they have a court order,´ they miss the larger point." Cregan then offers an analogy that cuts through public ambivalence about the National Security Agency´s massive spying dragnet. "It is like the government saying, `We are going to put a camera in everyone´s home.
Speaking at a closed press event for the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Manhattan Tuesday night, former President Bill Clinton warned President Obama that he could risk looking like a “total fool” and a “wuss” if he remained too cautious in his approach toward Syria. Americans “hire you to win,” he explained. POLITICO first reported the remarks — which came during a question-and-answer session — and The Daily Beast also obtained audio. Referencing his own decisions in Kosovo and Bosnia, Clinton warned Obama could look like a “total fool” if he listened too much to opinion polls and didn’t act.
Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting. The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.
Google says it has detected and stopped thousands of phishing attacks targeting email accounts of Iranian users ahead of the 14 June presidential election. In an online statement, the firm said it had noticed a "significant jump" in the region´s overall volume of phishing activity in the last three weeks. The timing and targets suggested the attacks were "politically motivated". Friday´s poll is the first since 2009 when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a controversial second term. The election had triggered angry protests, with voters accusing Mr Ahmadinejad´s camp of rigging the results in his favour.
At least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict, according to latest United Nations figures. This represents a rise of more than 30,000 since the UN last issued figures covering the period to November 2012. At least 5,000 people have been dying in Syria every month since last July, the UN´s human rights body says. But it says these statistics are an underestimate as it believes many deaths have not been reported. Over 80% of those killed were men, but the UN´s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Maintenance crews restored power to tens of thousands of homes overnight after severe thunderstorms in the Chicago region bought powerful winds and reports of funnel clouds. As of 11:30 p.m., ComEd had 34,078 customers without power, including 31,033 customers in the southern region, spokeswoman Ashley Dennison said. By 6 a.m., crews had restored power to all but 6,513 homes, Dennison said. The vast majority of the homes still without power were in the southern region, she said.
Rush Limbaugh has come to the pragmatic conclusion that, based on the current facts (i.e., no absolute smoking gun linking any of the current scandals directly to President Obama), that impeachment would not only be futile, but also counterproductive. I tend to agree. Like it or not, anyone supporting or participating in the impeachment process will be tarred a "racist" and, despite the outcome, Obama will forever be personified as a predictable victim of racism.
As soon as the Constitution permitted him to run for Congress, Al Salvi did. In 1986, just 26 and fresh from the University of Illinois law school, he sank $1,000 of his own money, which was most of his money, into his campaign to unseat an incumbent Democratic congressman. Salvi studied for the bar exam during meals at campaign dinners. He lost his campaign. Today, however, he should be invited to Congress to testify about what happened 10 years later, when he was a prosperous lawyer and won the Republican Senate nomination to run against a Democratic congressman named Dick Durbin.
Your privacy has already been invaded by Facebook and the other tech giants that collected the data in the first place. If the government is turning to Big Brother in an effort to safeguard the homeland, then the tech companies are Rich Uncles, intent on getting ever richer. And for Facebook and the others, data translate to advertising dollars. Click on the word “privacy” at the bottom of “your” Facebook page and you are told, “We receive data about you whenever you interact with Facebook,
More white people died in the United States last year than were born, a surprising slump coming more than a decade before the Census Bureau says that the ranks of white Americans will likely drop with every passing year. Population estimates for 2012 released Thursday show what’s known as a natural decrease — a straightforward calculation of births minus deaths — of about 12,400 people among the nation’s 198 million non-Hispanic whites. lthough the percentage is small, several demographers said they are not aware of another time in U.S. history —
Google on Wednesday downplayed its role in a secret government surveillance program, detailing for the first time how it typically hands over data to federal officials. When faced with a court order, the tech giant said, it uses surprisingly simple and low-tech methods, including the delivery of information by hand or by using relatively common techniques to transfer files from one computer to another.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc has in recent months been only hiring temporary workers at many of its U.S. stores, the first time the world´s largest retailer has done so outside of the holiday shopping season. A Reuters survey of 52 stores run by the largest U.S. private employer in the past month, including one in every U.S. state, showed that 27 were hiring only temps, 20 were hiring a combination of regular full, part-time and temp jobs, and five were not hiring at all. The survey
And based on the Tax Prof’s numbers the picture is like that across the rest of the government class which knows quite well which side of the party line its generous government benefits are buttered. The results for the IRS were striking. Of the IRS lawyers who made contributions in the 2012 election, 95% contributed to Obama rather than to Romney. So among IRS lawyers, the ratio of Obama contributors to Romney contributors was not merely 4-to-1 at previously reported,
The notorious “civil rights” lawyer William Kunstler, in addition to his work on “political” cases (i.e., anti-American radical-leftist and terrorist cases), gladly made himself available to mobsters, too — after all, someone had to pay the bills. Invited to a dinner once after a job well done for a mafia don, he hoisted a glass to the assembled capos and button men, toasting them, “Here’s to crime!” Gleeful crooks across the country could be giving the same toast if Senator Rand Paul gets his way. The self-styled libertarian Republican from Kentucky, firmly in his father’s tradition of overreaction to imagined
So here’s the formula. An independent agency of the U.S. government. United States Senators. A powerful campaign contributor to said United States Senators. A powerful campaign contributor who wants something from said independent agency. Add it all together and what you get is — The Keating Five. And the IRS Ten. Let’s start, by way of illustrating how the game worked, with The Keating Five. There were five of them. Five United States Senators. Two already military heroes before they spent a day in the United States Senate. The other three were garden variety U.S. Senators, lifelong politicians.
One of the most concerning things about recent revelations about the extent of our surveillance state is that nothing revealed was illegal. What is more, to the deciders, this apparently wasn’t all that controversial. I mentioned this Monday, but it bears repeating. By design, the founding fathers pit ambition against ambition, creating an adversarial system where power is divided. Yet despite this power and responsibility, the other players have served as a rubber stamp for the White House. Let’s discuss some of these checks and balances. Obviously, we have three co-equal branches of government — and differing layers of government, too.