A senior advisor to the Department of Homeland Security is an old friend of an activist who was convicted in 2008 of financing the terrorist organization Hamas. In an interview with The Daily Caller, Mohamed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, reiterated claims he made this summer that former Holy Land Foundation president and CEO Shukri Abu Baker is innocent and a victim of political persecution. Elibiary, who in his position on the council has regular access to classified information, also said the United States insults Muslim dignity and compared the Muslim Brotherhood to American evangelicals. Elibiary
The Arizona town of Tusayan, on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, has 558 residents and 1,000 hotel rooms. And by Saturday, it had $350,000 to reopen temporarily closed Grand Canyon National Park. "The reason we exist is the Grand Canyon National Park. This closure is devastating," said Greg Bryan, Tusayan´s mayor and general manager of a Best Western hotel. The town is offering to fund a partial reopening of the park that would allow visitors to drive through on a main road and stop at overlooks. As the federal-government shutdown entered its fifth day Saturday, state and local governments
Two secret blitzes. Two high-value targets. Two very different outcomes. U.S. forces conducted dual raids on northern and eastern coasts of Africa over the weekend in the hunt for two suspected terrorists: Abu Anas al Libi, a suspected al Qaeda operative wanted for the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa; and an Al-Shabaab foreign fighter commander named Ikrima. American forces snatched al Libi in the Libyan capital Saturday morning. But 3,000 miles away, the plan to catch Ikrima didn´t go as planned. Navy SEALs came under heavy fire during their raid and had to retreat -- not knowing whether
News from Twitter, Facebook and live television is often not much more reliable than news from the gossips and the town crier. We didn’t learn our lesson from the pursuit of “white men driving white vans” during the Beltway sniper terror a decade ago, or the “multiple shooters” with AR-15 rifles said to be terrorizing the Washington Navy Yard last month. Rumors, tales and frantic gossip flew again during the Capitol lockdown Thursday. Throughout much of the day, the capital buzzed with word of an “active shooter” on the loose. Hundreds of cops of various agencies swarmed the Capitol, clad
The Olympic torch arrived in Moscow on Sunday after a quick trip through Greece. The welcoming ceremony was filled with Russian pomp and circumstance. In response, the flame extinguished itself while someone was running through the Kremlin. This video from the Russian news service Rianovosti, alerted to us by Buzzfeed, is priceless: (Snip for video)That wasn´t part of the plan, and the look on his face should tell you everything. What caused the embarrassing moment is unclear. Russia´s RT blames a gust of wind for extinguishing the flame. Thankfully there was someone near by with a lighter to help Russia recover
IN March last year, a college freshman named Maxwell Birnbaum was riding in a van filled with friends from Austin, Tex., to a spring-break rental house in Gulf Shores, Ala. As they neared their destination, the police pulled the van over, citing a faulty taillight. When an officer asked if he could search the vehicle, the driver — a fraternity brother of Mr. Birnbaum’s who quickly regretted his decision — said yes. Six Ecstasy pills were found in Mr. Birnbaum’s knapsack, and he was handcuffed and placed under arrest. Mr. Birnbaum later agreed to enter a multiyear, pretrial diversion program
Seventy years later, the pretty red-haired girl has her portrait back. Jim Williams of Springfield, Ill., says he went dancing with the young woman who was then Ruby Ruff in 1943 in Portland, Ore. They were both 22; he was in the Coast Guard. She invited him to her house for lemonade and he stole a photo of her that he saw there. Williams says he intended to return it but was sent to the World War II war zone in the South Pacific. He kept the photo pristine all these years. During a recent vacation to the West Coast, he told his
The largest whooping cough outbreak since 1947 has been linked to clusters of unvaccinated children according to a new study. The 2010 outbreak of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in California infected 9,120 people and was linked to 10 deaths. Although health officials suspected the outbreak was the result of some children not being vaccinated, the new study confirms these suspicions. Researchers examined the location of whooping cough cases and compared them with the areas where parents opted not to vaccinate their children for personal beliefs, not for medical reasons. Published in the Pediatrics Journal last week, the study found that people
WASHINGTON -- Across America the government´s work is piling up, and it´s not just paperwork. It´s old tires and red Solo cups littering a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of a plane in California, preserved in case safety investigators return. And it´s the dead eagle in Wendi Pencille´s freezer. Pencille tends to injured birds in her upstate New York home. When a bald eagle dies, she sends the federally protected remains to a special eagle repository near Denver that ships feathers and carcasses to Indian tribes for their sacred ceremonies.
Baptized with a sand dollar from a ship’s bell. That’s how 3-month-old Nilah Jo Silvoy will always remember her baptism, once she’s old enough to hear about it. She was baptized Sunday aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Anvil at the Charleston base. Her father, Eric Silvoy, is the vessel’s executive petty officer. Silvoy was dressed in his Navy blue Coast Guard uniform as he held his daughter over the inverted bell. She was dressed in a white gown and didn’t make a peep. Father Robert Higgins, a Catholic priest with the Apostleship of the Sea, gave the family a choice
ETHETE, Wyo.-- American Indian tribes have been caught misappropriating tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, according to internal tribal audits and other documents. But federal authorities do little about it - due to a lack of oversight, resources or political will. The result? Poor tribes like the Northern Arapaho of Wyoming suffer. One Arapaho manager pocketed money meant to buy meals for tribal elders. Another used funds from the reservation´s diabetes program to subsidize personal shopping trips. And other members plundered the tribal welfare fund, then gambled the money away at one of the tribe´s casinos.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad´s regime deserves credit for complying with a chemical weapons deal, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. He was speaking after international monitors said the destruction of Syria´s stockpile had begun. The mission was established under a UN resolution, which was passed after a deal between Russia and the US. The resolution followed international outrage at a chemical weapons attack near Damascus in August. "The process has begun in record time and we are appreciative for the Russian co-operation and obviously for the Syrian compliance," Mr Kerry said after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines
On Saturday, President Barack Obama told the Associated Press that he would "think about changing" the Redskins team name because it offends “a sizable group of people." A day later, NBC´s Meet the Press addressed the issue, speaking with parties on both side of the fight. "The Redskins name has existed for 80 years," team attorney Lanny Davis said. "The original coach of the Redskins was a Native American, "This is about loving an athletic team. It´s not about disrespecting or disparaging anyone. But Davis´ explanation isn´t good enough for those who have a problem with the name, including the
Amid all the charges and countercharges in Washington over the government shutdown, there is at least one common theme: Barack Obama’s various charges always lead to a dead end. They are chaos, and chaos is hard to understand, much less refute. By that I mean when the president takes up a line of argument against his opponents, it cannot really be taken seriously — not just because it is usually not factual, but also because it always contradicts positions that Obama himself has taken earlier or things he has previously asserted. Whom to believe — Obama 1.0, Obama 2.0, or
One of Obama´s preferred golf courses, the course on Andrews Airforce Base remains open during the government shutdown. The grocery stores on the base, where troops get discounted groceries for their families are, however, closed. They will shop "at local stores that cost about 30 percent more, Lieutenant General Raymond Mason, the service’s deputy chief of staff for logistics, said yesterday at a House hearing." The Andrews Air Force Base golf course is funded through user fees and that’s why it remains open, said Air Force Captain Lindy Singleton, chief of public affairs for the 11th Wing at Andrews. Obama
MOSCOW/LONDON - Russia shrugged off Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace activists for piracy on Saturday as protesters took to the streets internationally to call for the 30 detainees to be freed. The Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia on Friday, saying it had unlawfully detained activists and others on the Dutch-registered ship last month as it protested against drilling in the Arctic. Two Dutch citizens were among 30 people on board the Arctic Sunrise, which was seized by Russian authorities near the Prirazlomnaya offshore oil platform. Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov told state-run news agency
A Royal Marines officer who spent a year training and fighting alongside Afghan tribesmen has been honoured for inspiring a local resistance to the Taliban--drawing comparisons with Lawrence of Arabia. Captain Owen Davis, 25, who immersed himself in the culture and lifestyle of villagers in southern Afghanistan, has won the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC), Britain’s second-highest battlefield honour. Since the UK-led campaign in Helmand Province began seven years ago, hundreds of British officers have attempted to mentor Afghan personnel, with varying success.[Snip] Captain Davis has been credited with turning the hope for a functioning ALP force into a reality in
The family of an al-Qaeda terrorist who was captured by American Delta Force commandos has described the moment that he was snatched off the streets of Tripoli, Libya. Abu Anas al-Libi was seized by a convoy of men armed with handguns outside his home. They smashed the window of his car and pulled him into a black Mercedes, which sped away, Abdullah al-Raghie told Agance France-Presse. He was quickly flown out of Libya and is likely to be extradited to New York to stand trial for helping to plan the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya.
A crowd of about 150 people vented their frustrations with Congress and the ongoing government shutdown in a town hall-styled meeting held by U.S. Rep. Mark on Sanford Saturday night. [Snip] Early on in the meeting, Sanford encouraged attendees to remain tolerant of one another’s opinions, saying the group should take care to “kick around ideas, not each other.” He welcomed the participation of a number of audience members who raised poster board and torn pieces of cardboard etched with statements like “Liberation in Our Lifetime” and “The ACA Will Help USA!!” The meeting took place hours after
The Amber alert system, the national missing-child warning program, has been shut off due to the government shutdown, according to the Department of Justice. “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs website is unavailable,” it says on amberalert.gov. Just 17 percent of the government is shut down, and Friday the Obama administration allowed union representatives to return to work. So, union members could return to work, but the website to alert Americans to missing children had to be taken down?
PITTSBURGH — For years, activists have warned that fracking can have disastrous consequences — ruined water and air, sickened people and animals, a ceaseless parade of truck traffic. Now some critics are doing what was once unthinkable: working with the industry. Some are even signing lucrative gas leases and speaking about the environmental benefits of gas. In one northeastern Pennsylvania village that became a global flashpoint in the debate over fracking, the switch has raised more than a few eyebrows. A few weeks ago, Victoria Switzer and other activists from Dimock endorsed a candidate for governor who supports natural gas
Legislative activity has slowed to a crawl on Capitol Hill as both sides have become entrenched on the spending bills and now the looming debt fight, with House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, saying Sunday that he will insist on conditions being attached to any bill to raise the federal borrowing limit. That insistence on conditions — chiefly over a halt to Obamacare — helped land the government in the current shutdown, which is nearly a week old and shows no sign of letting up. Neither side is even acknowledging talking with the other. Instead, the House has kept
The capture of an alleged al-Qaeda operative outside his home by Special Operations forces in Tripoli on Saturday and his secret removal from Libya was a rare instance of U.S. military involvement in “rendition,” the practice of grabbing terrorism suspects to face trial without an extradition proceeding and long the province of the CIA or the FBI. U.S. officials hailed the capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, who was wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, as an intelligence coup that will disrupt efforts by al-Qaeda to strengthen its franchise in North Africa.
If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party. The movement is suffering from extreme miscalculation and a foolish misreading of its opponents’ intentions. This, in turn, has created a moment of enlightenment, an opening to see things that were once missed. Many Republicans, of course, saw the disaster coming in advance of the shutdown. But they were terrified to take on a movement that is fortified by money, energy and the backing of a bloviating brigade of talk-show hosts. The assumption was that the tea party had become invincible inside
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nearly three years after a band of renegade congressmen brought the tea party insurgency to Washington, there are early rumblings of a political backlash in some of their districts. Here in the Dutch Reformed country of West Michigan, long a bastion of mainstream, mannerly conservatism, voters in 2010 handed the House seat once held by Gerald R. Ford to Justin Amash, a 33-year-old revolutionary and heir to the libertarian mantle of former congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.). Amash was part of an attempted coup against House Speaker John A. Boehner (R- Ohio) and is a leader of
So state Sen. Wendy Davis, Democrat of Fort Worth, has made it official. She is running for governor of Texas. Let’s set the politics of the race aside for a moment. Wendy Davis would not be in the conversation at all if not for one action that she took. The Texas Senate was deliberating a modest bill that did two things. The first of those was that it restricted abortions after five months of pregnancy. At five months, this is what’s happening. The baby’s organs have developed. She has a face and fingers and toes. She may look like this.