3 Afghan Army, 2 Afghan DEA who fled U.S. training assignments caught

via 3 Afghan Army officers missing from U.S. base in custody at Canada-U.S. border – World – CBC News.

Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said.

Massachusetts state police were notified that the three were being questioned by federal authorities at Rainbow Bridge, which connects Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Ont., said spokesman David Procopio, who did not have further details.

There was no immediate comment from the Pentagon.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Niagara Falls said they didn’t have the men in custody. Messages left for Canada Border Services Agency weren’t immediately returned.

CBS reports They were transferred to U.S. custody Monday night.

Military officials said the Afghan soldiers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Co-operation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod. They arrived at Camp Edwards on Sept. 11 and were last seen Saturday at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis during an off day.

 The soldiers were reported missing by base security personnel Saturday night. They were identified as Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar.

 Gov. Deval Patrick, who had been briefed over the weekend on the situation, said earlier Monday that the military did not believe the three soldiers posed a danger to the public.

 They were vetted by the military. They were cleared by the military,” Patrick told reporters while he visited a preschool program in Quincy.

 “There is a lot of speculation within the military that they may be trying to defect,” he said.

 Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said earlier that 14 Afghans taking part in the Cape Cod military exercise were “thoroughly vetted” prior to coming to the U.S., so officials do not believe they are a threat.

 The Regional Co-operation training exercises have been held annually since 2004 to promote co-operation and interoperability among forces, build functional capacity, practice peacekeeping operations and enhance readiness.

This year’s exercise, which involves more than 200 participants from six nations including the U.S., is scheduled to wrap up Wednesday. Military officials from Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia are also participants.

The two DEA trainees are reportedly being sent home, via Afghan nationals who disappeared in D.C. while training with DEA found, being sent home | WJLA.com.

WASHINGTON (WJLA) — Two Afghan policemen who were in the D.C. area for drug trafficking training and vanished last weekend in Georgetown have now been found, the Drug Enforcement Administration told ABC7 News on Friday.

The two men – Mohammad Yasin Ataye, 22, and Mohd Naweed Samimi, 24 – were found safe somewhere outside of D.C., but officials would not say exactly where.

The pair were part of a group of 31 Afghan police officers who were in the U.S. for a multi-week DEA training program at Quantico, Va. They disappeared while the group was on a DEA-supervised sightseeing trip to Georgetown.

The DEA said the two men separated from the group and left because they did not want to go back to Afghanistan.

The other Afghan officers graduated the DEA program and were due to return home Friday night. These two men were being sent home along with the rest of the group, the DEA said.

 Astute readers will note 4 out of 5 Muhammed’s or derivations of.

Doctors: Sending U.S. troops to fight Ebola irresponsible, appalling, ‘misuse of military’

It’s likely a death sentence with no cure, up to 90% mortality rate, and spreading exponentially. Not only for American soldiers but others if they are brought back into the U.S. to be used as guinea pigs (if they are not already being injected with test serums at this moment).

Please read and share with everyone you know and contact your elected officials however futile you think that might be. This issue is too serious and will cost American lives.

It’s time for our military to defend against the biggest threat to our survival, the lawless, domestic enemies in D.C.

via Doctors: ‘Irresponsible’ to send troops to ‘combat’ Ebola.

A real-life horror story is playing out in Africa as Ebola spreads, and President Obama’s decision to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to combat the virus could very well put Americans at risk of contracting the deadly illness at home, some health experts say.

According to the World Health Organization, at least 4,985 people have contracted Ebola and at least 2,461 have died. Several doctors have fallen ill with Ebola, and two of them have died. New reports indicate a Doctors Without Borders staff member has contracted the virus in Liberia and will be evacuated to France for treatment.

“You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected,” said Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. “So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.”

Dr. Hieb said quarantine measures should be taken to control the outbreak and prevent Ebola from coming to America.

“You don’t get Ebola from Europe,” she told WND. “You get Ebola from Africa. And it’s a really simple formula: Don’t let people fly to America if they’ve been to areas where there’s an outbreak. When there’s an outbreak, stop air [traffic] flow.”

Hieb added, “If they’re going to use the troops to do population control, which is one of the ways you contain it, basically you just don’t let anybody out. You’d make a ring around where it is, and you’d quarantine the area.”

With quarantines in places where the outbreaks are occurring, even if a person infected with Ebola were to try to board a plane to the U.S., it would be far more difficult for them to make the journey, she explained.

“Could somebody sneak through by going to Pakistan or some place?” she asked. “Yes, potentially. Ebola comes on so rapidly, you would know it. They wouldn’t make it. We should not allow flights from nations that are having Ebola outbreaks.”

Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, has warned that the U.S. must “treat Ebola as a wake-up call.”

“What African troops are doing is shooting people who cross borders or violate quarantine,” Orient told WND, reacting to news of the U.S. troop deployment. “Is that what we plan to support?”

She added, “Africans are already very suspicious of us. How will they react to an army setting up hospitals?”

Orient called the planned U.S. deployment a “dubious mission,” warning that the nightmarish scenario could bring Ebola to America.

“There is definitely a risk,” she said. “It seems irresponsible to send more people there when the ones already there are having trouble leaving. Probably anyone who has been exposed should be quarantined for 25 days since the last exposure.”

Orient echoed the concerns of Elaine Donelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, who told WND, “I’m just appalled. Judging from this, the United States seems to have a very confused vision of what ‘national security’ means.”

“But whether 3,000 American troops should be sent into that area of the world to deal with that problem, I do not see the justification,” Donelly said. “Surely there are alternatives in the international health-care networks.”

WND also reported when retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin charged that sending American troops to combat Ebola in Liberia is “an absolute misuse of the U.S. military.”

Donnelly emphasized it’s “not the purpose of our military.”

“I am very disappointed to see this announcement,” she said.

Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger appointed Donnelly to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services for a three-year term from 1984 through 1986. Then, in 1992, President George H. W. Bush appointed her to the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces.

Donnelly explained to WND her concern that the U.S. military is not designed to fight health wars.

“Our military people will show compassion in Liberia, as they always do, and they will do everything asked of them,” she said.

“Still, health wars are unhealthy for soldiers and all living things. Like oxymoronic ‘peace wars,’ such as the incursion into Bosnia, deployments such as this put our troops in causes having little impact on America’s national security,” she said.

American military families will be put at greater risk, Donnelly warned.

“Here we have a ‘health war’ that could cost our troops’ health.”

 


Revisit: Ebola as a terrorist weapon?

Kerry selection to lead anti-ISIS coalition apologized to murdering Muslims

The last we saw Allen he was bowing down to Hamid Karzai and the Taliban in an Onion-like apology as Muslims were on a murderous rampage.

How’s this going to work out? via Kerry selects retired Marine Gen. John Allen to lead anti-ISIS coalition

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen has been selected to coordinate the international effort against the Islamic State militant group, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Saturday.

“General Allen is a patriot and a remarkable leader,” Kerry said in a statement issued late Saturday. “His extraordinary career in the military speaks for itself.”

Allen’s official title is Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. ISIL is another name for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS.

Allen, who has been serving as a security adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to work with the nearly 40 nations around the world who have agreed to join the fight and help them coordinate what each will contribute.

What coalition? The Brits haven’t signed on. Turkey refused. Who’s in? Let the OIC deal with ISIS.

 Oh, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff is either lying or smoking something too:

He thinks an inclusive government to address ISIS’ grievances will make it all go away. Whiskey, tango, foxtrot.

North Carolina: Hearing delayed for Muslim who deserted USMC twice (updated)

via Hearing set for US Marine accused of desertion; claimed extremists kidnapped him in Iraq | Fox News.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Military officials have scheduled a hearing this week for a Marine accused of faking his own kidnapping in Iraq as well as failing to return to his base after visiting relatives in Utah.

A statement from Camp Lejeune on Tuesday said the hearing for Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is scheduled for Thursday. A Marine Corps spokesman says the results of the hearing will determine what action will be taken.

Hassoun disappeared twice from the military — first in June 2004 in a purported kidnapping by Islamic extremists, and in January 2005 when he failed to return to Camp Lejeune.

Hassoun turned himself in to military authorities in June and is in custody pending an investigation and decisions on the charges against him.

As was reported in July, Muslim who deserted Marine Corps back in U.S. custody:

It is unclear where Hassoun, 34, has spent the past nine years after disappearing during a visit with relatives in Utah in December 2004. Nor is it known why he chose to turn himself in now. He was born in Lebanon and is a naturalized American citizen.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2002 and was trained as a motor vehicle operator. At the time of his disappearance from a Marine camp in Fallujah in western Iraq in June 2004 he was serving as an Arabic translator. That was a particularly difficult year for the Marines in Iraq. In April they launched an offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic extremists but were ordered to pull back, only to launch a second offensive in November that succeeded in regaining control of the city but at the expense of dozens of Marine lives.

Seven days after his June 2004 disappearance, a photo of a blindfolded Hassoun with a sword poised above his head turned up on Al-Jazeera television. A group called the National Islamic Resistance/1920 Revolution Brigade claimed to be holding him captive.

On July 8, 2004, Hassoun contacted American officials in Beirut, Lebanon, claiming to have been kidnapped. He was returned to the US and eventually to Camp Lejeune. After a Navy investigation, the military charged Hassoun with desertion, loss of government property, theft of a military firearm for allegedly leaving the Fallujah camp with a 9 mm service pistol, and theft of a Humvee.

Shortly after his return to the US, Hassoun said in a public statement that he had been captured by insurgents in Iraq and was still a loyal Marine.

In the initial months following his return to Lejeune, Hassoun was not held in confinement because charges had not yet been brought against him. He was considered non-deployable until the case was resolved, but he was allowed to make personal trips. Prior to his disappearance in December 2004 he had taken leave twice without incident after he returned from Lebanon.

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p style=”padding-left:30px;”>A January 2005 hearing on the matter was canceled when Hassoun failed to return to Camp Lejeune from his Utah visit. His commanders then officially classified him as a deserter, authorizing civilian police to apprehend him.

Update: Court decision delayed on Marine’s Iraq vanishing

CAMP LEJEUNE — A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.

The Marine officer presiding over the hearing for Cpl. Wassef Hassoun adjourned the proceeding for at least a week to allow defense attorneys to translate Lebanese documents they say support his case.

The hearing officer, Lt. Col. Scott W. Martin, will eventually recommend whether Hassoun should face a military trial on charges including desertion as part of the Article 32 process, the military equivalent of a grand jury. A Marine general will have the final say on whether to try Hassoun.

Martin has given the defense at least until Aug. 27 to translate the documents, and no new court date has been set.

Defense attorney Haytham Faraj says Hassoun, 34, was kept in Lebanon for years for court proceedings triggered by U.S. accusations that he had deserted. Faraj said documents show Hassoun was tried and convicted by a Lebanese military court on charges that mirror the U.S. desertion charges. He said the Lebanese government tried Hassoun at the behest of the U.S. but did not elaborate.

Military prosecutors say Hassoun’s whereabouts were unknown for years until he contacted U.S. officials in 2013.

Faraj said that as soon as the court proceedings in Lebanon ended, Hassoun contacted U.S. officials saying: “I need to get back to the U.S. The Lebanese have been holding me.”

The case began in June of 2004 when Hassoun disappeared from a base in Fallujah in western Iraq. About a week later, he appeared in a photo purportedly taken by insurgents. Hassoun was blindfolded and had a sword poised above his head.

Hassoun, who was born in Lebanon and is a naturalized American citizen, turned up days later at the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon and said he had been kidnapped by Islamic extremists and held for 19 days. A group called the National Islamic Resistance/1920 Revolution Brigade claimed responsibility for his capture.

“It strains logic that he would flee and then turn himself in to U.S. authorities weeks later,” Faraj said.

But the military doubted his story, and he was brought back to the U.S. He was allowed to visit relatives in Utah in December 2004 when he disappeared again. A hearing, called an Article 32 proceeding, was canceled in January 2005. His commanders then classified him as a deserter.

Faraj said little about the purported 2004 kidnapping other than Hassoun was able to get away from his captors by using unique skills he developed as a serviceman and translator familiar with local Iraqis.

Prosecutors argue that there is overwhelming circumstantial evidence that Hassoun was unhappy and left the Marines in Iraq and later fled to Lebanon in 2004. They gave the hearing officer statements by witnesses who said Hassoun was unhappy with his deployment and how the U.S. was interrogating Iraqis. Witnesses told investigators that Hassoun said he was unwilling to shoot back at Iraqis and would shoot over their heads instead.

Prosecutors say Hassoun inquired about procedures for leaving the base in Fallujah, packed a bag and withdrew hundreds of dollars shortly before his disappearance from his unit.

“What we do have is circumstantial evidence, and that evidence is overwhelming,” said Capt. Christopher Nassar, one of the prosecutors.

Military officials say that around the time of his 2004 disappearance, a marriage for Hassoun had been arranged with a woman in Lebanon. They are now married and have a son who has dual U.S. and Lebanese citizenship.

Nassar said that even if Hassoun were put on trial in Lebanon, it doesn’t alter the Marines’ jurisdiction over the desertion case.

Hassoun enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2002 and was trained as a motor vehicle operator. He was serving as an Arabic translator at the time of his disappearance in June 2004.

Retired Maj. Gen. Walt Huffman, a Texas Tech University law professor who previously served as the Army’s top lawyer, said he finds it odd that a foreign government would try an American serviceman on charges of deserting the U.S. military.

For example, in Germany and Japan, where there are U.S. military bases, local authorities can try U.S. servicemen on certain criminal offenses, but they’d have no interest in pursuing military charges such as desertion.

“I find that very unusual,” he said.

In desertion cases, he said it can be difficult to prove the serviceman planned never to return.

  1. “The hardest thing is proving that they intended to stay away permanently,” he said.

Feds: Obama Broke Law with Bergdahl for Gitmo Terrorists Swap

Now what? via Feds: Obama Broke Law with Bergdahl Swap | National Review Online.

President Obama violated a “clear and unambiguous” law when he released five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday.

“[The Department of Defense] violated section 8111 because it did not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” the GAO report said. “In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in an appropriation.”

The GAO rejected the idea that the action was legal and sidestepped the Obama team’s suggestion that the law is unconstitutional.

“It is not our role or our practice to determine the constitutionality of duly enacted statutes,” the report says. “In our view, where legislation has been passed by Congress and signed by the President, thereby satisfying the bicameralism and presentment requirements in the Constitution, that legislation is entitled to a heavy presumption in favor of constitutionality.”

NRO – a supposedly conservative website can’t even suggest a course of legal action against a president who knowingly and intentionally broke the law and tried to convince Congress and Americans he did nothing wrong by releasing five known terrorists?

At least one NRO author, back in July, tried to explain What ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’ Means. Unfortunately, he too claims nothing can be done.

History will prove Obama not only to have been the worst president in U.S. history, but the biggest coup in world history.

Video: Extortion 17 – NEVER FORGET (AUG 6, 2014)

A day late but please share, via OldIronSides: EXTORTION 17 – NEVER FORGET (AUG 6, 2014).

AUGUST 6, 2014

EXTORTION 17 – NEVER FORGET

THREE YEARS

AGO TODAY…

30 AMERICAN WARRIORS GAVE THEIR ALL

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WATCH SHORT VIDEO

Previous posts and videos on Extortion 17 here.

 

Afghanistan has cost more to rebuild than Europe after WWII (updated)

Including more than 2,300 American lives, not mentioned in this Telegraph article. via Afghanistan has cost more to rebuild than Europe after Second World War – Telegraph.

The cost of rebuilding Afghanistan has exceeded the amount of money spent putting Europe back on its feet after the Second World War, it has been disclosed.

A US government report revealed the unprecedented levels of corruption and waste that have pushed the cost of reconstruction beyond the total spent under the Marshall Plan. British and other western troops are preparing to leave the country at the end of the year.

American taxpayers have provided £61.5 billion since 2002 and Britain about £890 million, for hundreds of development projects. The military operation has cost America a further £296 billion and Britain £22 billion, the Times reported.

However, the US watchdog on American spending in Afghanistan says that most of the projects it analysed were undermined by “poor planning, shoddy construction, mechanical failures and inadequate oversight”.

The Marshall Plan cost the equivalent of £61 billion at today’s prices, says the report, which was presented to the US Congress this week.

Professor Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute think-tank, said: “The world will look back on Afghanistan and Iraq as examples of really poor thinking and planning.”

The economic assistance programme initiated by General George Marshall, the US secretary of state, generated decades of prosperity in western Europe.

By contrast, nearly 13 years after the Taliban were overthrown, the US and other donors continue to fund 60 per cent of the Afghan national budget and are pledged to underwrite a further “decade of transformation” in the country.

For the US, Britain and other coalition partners, Afghanistan has been a hugely expensive exercsise, but with five months to go before the mission switches from a military operation to a relatively small “advise and assist” programme, there remain concerns that Taliban insurgents will sabotage continuing efforts to redevelop the country.

“Large areas of the country will soon be off limits to US personnel due to base closures and troop withdrawals,” the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction says.

Confidence that aid money will end up in the right hands will also lessen dramatically as Nato pulls out troops, the report says. About 80 per cent of the country is already beyond the reach of US government monitors, according to an estimate last October.

Senior members of the Afghan government have accrued vast wealth since 2001 including members of President Karzai’s family. A US army analysis made public in April said: “Corruption directly threatens the viability and legitimacy of the Afghan state.”

Western forces quickly found themselves “trapped in a warlord protection racket”, it added.

In his latest report, the inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, John Sopko, highlighted numerous examples of waste.

Despite $7.6 billion spent on counter-narcotics operations, opium production has increased for the past three years and is now at record levels.

America and the EU spent more than $3billion on building up the Afghan police force, yet 54,000 of those policemen are “ghosts” non-existent but being paid each month.

Mr Sopko found that 16 Italian-built C27 transport planes worth $486 million had been left to rot next to the runway at Kabul airport.

The US had provided 747,000 firearms to Afghan security forces worth $626 million. They found that 43 per cent have disappeared from official stock lists that track their whereabouts in Afghanistan.


Update via Long War Journal: Insider attack at Kabul base kills US major general, wounds 16 troops including senior Coalition officers 

An Afghan soldier opened fire today on a gathering of Coalition officers and soldiers at a military training academy near Kabul, killing a US major general and wounding 16 more personnel, including a US brigadier general, a German general, five British troops, and at least one Afghan officer.

An American major general was reported to have been killed in the shooting today. The general’s name was not released, but Coalition officials said an Afghan commander was also shot along with other Coalition and Afghan troops. About “a dozen” of the wounded are said to be Americans. A report also indicated that five British troops were among the injured.

The casualty count may rise, as a number of injuries were said to be serious because the attacker fired at close range. A Reuters report cited an American official as saying the attacker had used a light machinegun. A number of victims were evacuated by Coalition helicopters following the attack.

The attack took place at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul City, the International Security Assistance Force noted in a press release.

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