A Texas man claiming to follow orders from Iranian military officials pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. Manssor Arbabsiar, 58, admitted to plotting and agreeing to hire what he thought was a Mexican drug dealer last year for $1.5 million to carry out the attack with explosives at a Washington restaurant. He was described by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara as 'the extended murderous hand of his co-conspirators, officials of the Iranian military based in Iran, who plotted to kill the Saudi Ambassador in the United States and were
Comments: Joe? Joe, this is how the Iranians could do it without a missile. (Providing the bomber had a few more smarts.)
FTA: "After his arrest, Arbabsiar confessed that he was recruited, funded and directed by men he believed were senior officials in Iran's Qods Force, ...."
Men he BELIEVED were senior officials in Iran's Qods Force? He didn't KNOW if they were Qods Force officials?
There is something fishy about this alleged plot. The suspect has bipolar disorder. Why would the Qods Force assign such a sensitive undertaking to someone with bipolar disorder, and give him $1.5 million to finance it?
Well, what a coinkydinky that we have this guy and the " Bangladeshi' trying to blow up the Fed as well as possibly trying to harm our Muslim in Chief. Both stories suddenly appear when the administration is reeling from the spanking they're getting over the Benghazi Bungling. Am I being too cynical? Sue me.
Colombia´s President Juan Manuel Santos has rejected American civil rights activist the Rev Jesse Jackson´s mediation over a Farc hostage release. Mr Santos said only the Red Cross would be allowed to be involved, because he did not want "a media spectacle". Earlier, Jesse Jackson had agreed to go to Colombia next week to seek the release of former US marine Kevin Scott Sutay, held hostage since June. The Farc say they want to free Mr Sutay to brighten the mood of peace talks. During a visit to Cuba on Saturday, Rev Jesse Jackson had agreed to mediate, following a Farc statement saying his
As a group of al-Shabaab gunmen prepared to attack Nairobi’s Westgate mall last weekend, Esther Nyauncho was in its supermarket with her boyfriend, Ravi Ramrattan. Walking through the aisles, they did what every modern couple do to save time. “I went to the dairy section, and he went to the meat counter,” she said. It was a random decision that was to spare her life--and cost him his. When gunfire and grenade blasts tore through the building shortly after 12.30pm on Saturday, Miss Nyauncho, a 25-year-old financial analyst, fled with others to a storeroom, where two hours later she emerged
In Western news-making and opinion-forming circles, there’s a palpable reluctance to talk about the most noteworthy thing about modern Islamist violence: its barbarism, its graphic lack of moral restraint.[Snip] Across the commentating board, people are sheepish about pointing out the historically unique lunacy of Islamist violence and its utter detachment from any recognisable moral universe or human values. We have to talk about this barbarism; we have to appreciate how new and unusual it is, how different it is even from the terrorism of the 1970s or of the early twentieth century. We owe it to the victims of these
Pity poor Burkina Faso, I thought on the opening morning of the General Assembly, as presidents, prime ministers, foreign secretaries and their minions headed through the streets and avenues of Turtle Bay, the riverside home of the United Nations. At these kind of gatherings, the length of your motorcade is always a measure of your power. And while Barack Obama turned up with his usual convoy of motorcycle outriders, black limousines, communications vehicles and an ambulance, all tiny Burkina Faso got for an escort was a New York Police Department scooter. Short of the NYPD providing a golf cart or
I’m trying to imagine what Britain would look like under a Ukip/Conservative coalition with Cameron as PM and Farage as his deputy. The idea fills me with horror. [Snip] It would be a nightmare, I tell you, a complete bloody nightmare. Whatever would there be left for people like me to write about? Luckily, it’s not going to happen for at least three reasons. The first is that things you want to happen in politics never do happen: instead--which is why my old mucker Dave is more consummate a politician than I’ll ever be-- it’s all about compromise, double–dealing and
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been met by hardline protesters chanting "Death to America" on his return from the UN forum in New York. During his trip, President Rouhani had signalled a shift in tone on Iran´s controversial nuclear programme. This culminated in a phone call with US President Barack Obama - the first such top-level conversation in 30 years. Hundreds of people gathered at Tehran airport, with supporters hailing the trip and opponents throwing shoes. [Snip] An Agence France-Presse journalist said some 200-300 supporters gathered outside the airport to thank
Baroness Thatcher´s ashes were laid to rest today in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Members of her family including her children Sir Mark and Carol Thatcher attended a short church service in the chapel of the central London site before a solid oak casket containing her ashes was placed in the ground. A headstone bearing the simple inscription "Margaret Thatcher 1925 - 2013" was being erected on top of her final resting place in the leafy grounds of the hospital. [Snip] Twelve Chelsea Pensioners dressed in their distinctive scarlet coats formed a guard of honour as her ashes
Welcome to the EU in 2013. A school in the town of Alfajarin, near Zaragoza, ironically a candidate for European City of Culture in 2016, has just staged a mock invasion of Gibraltar, which involves Spanish troops shooting dead a group of British civilians (hat tip: Guido Fawkes). As The Telegraph has reported: [Snip] You can watch the full video here. The school students, probably aged around 16 or 17, think the whole thing is hilarious, as do the adults watching, presumably parents and teachers, many of whom are applauding as the Britons are gunned down. This is sad and
No one likes a party pooper, but the great rejoicing coming out of the United Nations this week following the resolution on Syria´s chemical weapons and Iran´s new-found desire to cut a deal over its nuclear programme urgently needs tempering with reality. So before we start popping champagne corks, here´s are some reasons to pause for thought: Be under no illusion, Iran, Russia and Syria are driving the agenda here. Given their past records, why is it that Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Bashar Al-Assad are all signing up to these resolutions and agreements-in-principle, and at a time when the hand of the
Global warming has opened up an Arctic route mariners have been craving for centuries, making the journey from Canada to Europe shorter. A large sea freighter has become the first cargo vessel to successfully navigate the hazardous Arctic Northwest Passage carrying - somewhat ironically - coal. If other ships decide to use the crossing through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, their route would be 1,000 nautical miles shorter than the best alternative. The 75,000 deadweight-tonne Nordic Orion, built in 2011 and specially strengthened to cross icy waters, left the Canadian Pacific
A diplomatic row is brewing between Spain and Argentina over the Falklands after the south Americans announced the two countries would unite against Britain over the disputed islands. Spain refuted Argentine claims they had reached agreement on "joint actions" against the UK to encourage them to negotiate on the Falklands´ sovereignty. [Snip] Argentine officials also misspelt the name of Spain´s Foreign Minister on an official press release, calling him Jose Maria Margallo instead of Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo. Sources within Moncloa, Spain´s 10 Downing Street, told respected Spanish newspaper El Pais it did not endorse the version offered by the Argentine authorities. The
Hackers stole millions of social security numbers by cracking open the networks of large US data brokers, reveals an investigation. The ID details of US First Lady Michelle Obama and many other famous people were exposed by the hack attack. Journalist Brian Krebs tracked the information back to hackers who ran an online market for confidential data. He found they got their data by compromising computers sitting on the data brokers´ corporate networks. Deep access - In March, Krebs, as well as the FBI and US Secret Service, started looking into how the exposed.su website was getting hold of social
Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war. He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade. And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party. That, at least, seems to be the consensus in Washington. We’re inclined to a somewhat different view. We say two cheers for Ted Cruz— and for Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and their fellow crusaders. They succeeded
President Obama lied to us. It wasn’t a white lie. It wasn’t a fib. It wasn’t a half truth. It was a bold-faced lie. “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise,” President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” That statement turned out to be a lie. Period. On Thursday I asked my Facebook community if they
Barack Obama has 36.9 million Twitter followers, 19.5 million of whom, it turns out, are fake. This is a very disturbing sign for Obama´s opponents, as it demonstrates just how much appeal the president still has with his key support base, namely those who identify most closely with him on a personal level -- fake people. The Daily Mail Online has analyzed the numbers and discovered that among U.S. political figures, the four Twitter accounts with the most fake followers -- that is, followers who don´t really exist -- are those of Barack Obama (by a landslide), Joe Biden, Michelle
Earlier this week, in an effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz, some of my Republican colleagues and I took to the Senate floor with the intent of making Washington listen. The American people have made it abundantly clear that they do not want Obamacare. In fact, a majority of elected officials, the same officials that voted to implement this health care mandate, do not want it, either. Last summer, in a 5-4 decision authored by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the Supreme Court wrongly concluded that Obamacare’s individual mandate could stand. As a consequence of the court’s ruling, starting
Sen. Lindsey Graham may face a tea party challenge back home, but he’s not shying away from blasting the strategy of fellow GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — and he had some choice words for any Republican or Democrat who causes a government shutdown. “If the government shuts down, it’s not what you think it would be. I have actually experienced that,” Graham said. “If anybody creates a process where our military doesn’t get paid, and their families, they’re going to make an enemy … of me for life.”
Barilla Pasta stepped on a landmine this week telling Italian media the company would never feature or market directly to gay couples. If they had a problem with that, said its chairman, they could eat another brand of pasta. I pity the fool who messes with the purchasing power of the LGBT community. The remarks as widely reported, were made by Guido Barilla on La Zanzara, an Italian radio program. I would never make a spot with a homosexual family. Not out of a lack of respect but because I do not see it like they do. (My idea of)
NEW YORK- U.S. and international gay rights supporters called on Friday for a boycott of Italian pasta maker Barilla, whose chairman said he would never feature a gay family in its advertising. The comments sparked a firestorm of protest on social media and resulted in online petitions in English, German and Italian, including one by Italian playwright and Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. A MoveOn.org petition started by Beth Allen, a Takoma Park, Maryland, mother of two and a lesbian, garnered 85,000 signatures by Friday evening. (Petition: http://r.reuters.com/paz43v) "Guido Barilla made it clear how he felt about families like mine
Mitt Romney on Friday said the Republican threat to shut down the government in an attempt to defund ObamaCare isn’t an “effective” strategy. "We´re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective,” Romney said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I don´t think that will be as effective.” (Snip) "I think there´s a better way of getting rid of ObamaCare — my own view — and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year,” Romney said. “That was Senator (Joe) Manchin´s idea, the Democrats´ idea.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Friday the GOP has become a "dysfunctional" party that has spent more time infighting over ObamaCare than targeting Democrats who passed the law. McCain blamed Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah.), the leaders of the movement to tie defunding of ObamaCare to the threat of a government shutdown, for driving wedges between Republicans. Both have appeared in ads attacking fellow GOP lawmakers. “We are dividing the Republican Party," McCain said on CBS. In his nearly 30 years in the Senate, McCain said he has never seen the infighting among members of his party
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had finished his last meetings in New York Friday and was in a car headed to the airport when President Barack Obama called. (Snip) The Iranian press office added: "The Iranian and U.S. presidents underlined the need for a political will for expediting resolution of West´s standoff with Iran over the latter´s nuclear program. President Rouhani and President Obama stressed the necessity for mutual cooperation on different regional issues." For his part, Rouhani took to Twitter to reveal what the two leaders discussed.
Most Americans don´t know that ObamaCare´s new insurance marketplaces are set to open next week, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. In Kaiser´s latest tracking poll, 64 percent of respondents didn´t know when the law´s new insurance marketplaces open. Fifteen percent knew the correct date, Oct. 1, while another 20 percent chose specific but incorrect dates. (Snip) The poll found even less awareness of the new marketplaces among the uninsured Americans who stand to benefit most from the healthcare law. Among uninsured respondents, 74 percent did not know when the exchanges launch, compared with 12 percent
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) claimed on Friday that the federal budget deficit has “been cut in half” under Obama. udget figures provided by the White House show that the deficit nearly tripled from 2008 to 2009, when Obama took office, and has remained above $1 trillion since then, though 2013 projections are slightly lower. The country has seen higher budget deficits during every year of Obama’s presidency than it did during any of his predecessor’s eight years in office. The White House provides the following deficit numbers: 2005: $318 billion 2006: $248 billion 2007: $161 billion 2008: $459 billion