Argentina: Prosecutor Investigating 1994 Hizbollah Bombing Found Dead Days After Exposing Deals with Iran

Oil and arms deals. via Argentine Prosecutor Investigating Jewish Center Bombing Found Dead

Alberto Nisman, an Argentine prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, was found dead from a gunshot wound in his apartment on Monday, days after he accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez of secretly negotiating with Iran to avoid punishments for those behind the attack.

The bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and injured 300. Iran and Hezbollah have long been suspected of carrying out the attack. In 2013, Nisman, who had been investigating the bombing after Iran and Argentina reached a widely criticized deal to establish a joint “truth commission” to investigate the attack, released an indictment blaming Iran and Hezbollah for the bombing.

Last week, Nisman asked an Argentine judge to call in Fernandez as well as Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman for questioning. Nisman told reporters that he believes the impunity of the Iranians involved in the attack was ordered by Timerman in exchange for securing closer ties with Iran for oil and weapons deals.

The president and her foreign minister took the criminal decision to fabricate Iran’s innocence to sate Argentina’s commercial, political, and geopolitical interests,” Nisman had said, The Associated Press reported.


Update: No gunpowder traces found on Nisman’s hands

Update 2: Obama administration intervened in Argentine probe of Iranian leader, Jewish center bombing

Update 3: Guest Post: Why I Fled Argentina After Breaking The Story Of Alberto Nisman’s Death

As we posted on the intrepid Nisman in 2013, Argentine Indictment Accuses Iran of Terror Plots, Cells in Latin America:

 

Cuba rejects plans for first mosque

Despite media attempts to spin Erdogan’s revisionist history. via Cuba rejects plans for first mosque | Worldbulletin News. h/t bella

Cuba’s communist government has turned down a plan to open a mosque in the capital Cuba.

Pedro Lazo Torres, the leader of Havana’s Muslim community, revealed that his joint efforts with Turkey’s Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) to open a mosque in Havana was rejected.

Torres expressed his dismay at the decision, noting that Russia was granted permission to build an Orthodox church in the country but 4,000 Muslims in Cuba still have no official place of worship.

Cuban Muslims have until now had to make do with performing congregational prayers in Torres’s living room.

In April, TDV assistant manager Mustafa Tutkun sought permission to begin work on a mosque, which was to be designed after the famous Ortakoy mosque in Istanbul.

The plan was part of a wider project by the TDV in building mosques for Muslims who live in the Caribbean.

A similar project in Haiti is due to be complete by the end of this year.

A dose of reality at the all-things-Cuba blog babalu,  Ignorance on parade: Turkey’s president attracts world attention with mosque-in-Cuba story

A claim made yesterday by Turkey’s president is so insanely stupid and so connected to that October 2nd story that it needs to be covered here, especially because First World news publications are eating it up.

Go to “Cuba News” on Google and you will immediately encounter many versions of this latest Turkey/Cuba story.

Erdogan’s claim is that Muslims discovered Cuba centuries before Columbus, and that they built a mosque in the eastern part of the island, on top of a mountain, and that good old Admiral of the Ocean Sea Cristoforo/Cristobal actually saw that mosque and wrote about it.

Erdogan admits he is telling this tale so that Raul Castro and his minions will reconsider their decision and allow Turkey to build a mosque in Cuba.

The report below sets the record straight.   Columbus saw no mosque, he simply used the word “mezquita” (mosque) as a metaphor for an oddly-shaped mountain peak.  And, let’s not forget that Columbus thought he had reached a corner of Asia where he expected to find some Muslims.  Guarding one’s delusions is a natural reflex.  It took Columbus some time to admit he was nowhere near Cipango or the Kingdom of the Great Mogul or any other place where mosques might exist because he had much more riding on his delusions than most of us ever will.

The strongest connection that Turkey ever had with Cuba was the emigration of thousands of Sephardic Jews from the old Ottoman Empire to Cuba.  These Jews–whose ancestors had been robbed of their property and expelled from Spain in 1492– still feared Spanish anti-Semitism, and preferred to call themselves “Turcos” or Turks, just as the Ashkenazi Jews preferred to call themselves “Polacos” or Poles.   One member of this community of Jewish “Turcos” was none other than Lina Ruz, mother of Fidel and Raul Castro.  Ironically, most of these “Turcos” ended up being robbed of their property and expelled from Cuba by Fidel and Raul.

The First World news media never report on that story, however, which is far from fantasy, and far more interesting.

Columbus-bashing is so politically correct, and so fashionable that any chance to join in the assault proves irresistible to the First World news media.   Not even the anti-Erdogan riots in Turkey or Erdogan’s support for Hezbollah and Hamas have received so much coverage.

Much more, read it all and peruse the site.

 

 

Obama frees Gitmo jihadi, plans to release dozen more to South America

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Last week Obama’s Gitmo board ok’d release of Saudi who “remains devoted” to al Qaeda. Now this, via Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate freed, US plans dozen more releases – Yahoo News.

(AFP) – The United States is preparing to release more than a dozen Guantanamo detainees as President Barack Obama works towards his long-promised goal of closing the controversial military prison, an US defense official said Wednesday.

The news comes the same day the Defense Department sent home one of two remaining detained Kuwaitis, bringing the total population at the jail on a US naval base in Cuba to 148.

Fawzi al-Odah, 37 — who spent nearly 13 years in US detention — took off in a Kuwaiti government plane at 5:30 am (1030 GMT), Lieutenant Colonel Myles Caggins told AFP.

He was headed to a rehabilitation center in his home country created for former Guantanamo detainees — one which 10 Kuwaitis have already passed through.

Al-Odah’s release leaves 79 Guantanamo inmates cleared for release — never charged or tried for any crime and who have been approved by a special committee to be freed.

But efforts to send them home or to third party countries have languished as Obama has been thwarted by domestic and international obstacles.

Al-Odah was the first inmate freed since late May, when five Taliban Guantanamo detainnes were swapped for US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a move that infuriated Republican lawmakers who protested they hadn’t been informed in advance.

The Obama administration said Wednesday it plans to speed up the releases in the coming months.

“The Department of Defense hopes to transfer more than a dozen detainees to countries in South America and Europe, in the next two months, through the winter,” a Pentagon official told AFP.

The official, who asked not to be named, said countries have agreed to take around 20 Guantanamo inmates, though the deals were not yet finalized.

Six are supposed to be sent to Uruguay, but their transfer has been blocked for political reasons there.

Meanwhile, the rocky situation in Yemen, the home country of many of the remaining detainees who have been cleared, means the Obama administration must find alternative destinations.

“Closing Guantanamo is a priority for the defense department,” Caggins told AFP.

“The Defense Department is working diligently to transfer the remaining detainees from Guantanamo,” he said, adding that the Pentagon will “notify Congress prior to any transfer in accordance with statutory requirements.”

Al-Odah was cleared by the Periodic Review Board at a hearing in July.

He had been arrested alongside fellow Kuwaiti Guantanamo detainee Fayez Al Kandari in northern Pakistan in late 2001, by tribesmen who sold them to the Pakistani army, who in turn handed them over to the United States.

The review board has recommended against releasing fellow Kuwaiti Al Kandari, ruling that he “almost certainly retains an extremist mindset and had close ties with high-level Al-Qaeda leaders in the past.”

Caggins said Al Odah’s “transfer took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures,” and in cooperation with the Kuwaiti government.

Recent media reports have suggested Obama was considering circumventing Congress, where he faces staunch opposition, to pave the way for shuttering the war-on-terror prison.


All this despite the fact that large numbers of Gitmo jihadists are returning to wage jihad with ISIS and other Muslim terror groups:

 And, as noted last week, the Taliban 5 released by Obama for military deserter Bowe Bergdahl have already met with Haqqani leaders.

 And this update from Noisy Room that may require a separate post:

Cancun: Hezbollah caught in vehicle with Belize plates

But don’t worry, the borders are safe. via Jose A. Sanchez – Facebook.

On Thursday August 28th, Police in Cancun, Mexico searched a Mercedez Benz with Belize license plates BCC-4400. It was being driven by Hacsam Elsayetd and in the vehicle were three other passengers, including two females. It is believed they went into Mexico legally at the checkpoint at Subtiniente Lopez.

These terrorists belong to the group “Hezbollah ” themselves who live in Belize according to data released necessarily had to enter the checkpoint Lieutenant Lopez. It is not yet known if the suspects carried Belizean passports.

Mexican authorities are aware that Belize is being used as a base for Hezbollah cells. In 2012, a fundraiser for Hezbollah Raffic Labboun was caught in Merida on parole violation. Labboun had secured within 48 hours a Belize passport in the name of Wilhelm Dick, an infant of the Mennonite community who died shortly after birth. Since then there have been several attempts to bolster the Immigration and Nationality Department against fraud and corruption. However, the department went into further infamy when it was revealed that junior Minister Elvin Penner assisted a South Korean national who was in a Taiwan prison to also secure a Belize passport. Penner claimed to have taken the Korean National Kim Won Hong to the Immigration Department himself as he was a personal friend of the man who apparently had never been to Belize. To date the Ministry of National Security nor the Immigration Department has sought to have the passport return to Belize. The advocacy group COLA had sought the passport as evidence in a case against Penner, who was kicked out of his political party.

Sources have not yet confirmed if the Hacsam Elsayetd is also Hassan El Sayed , a man who absconded Belize in 2002 when he was facing over 100 forgery charges in relation to passport applications. El Sayed was also wanted for questioning for $1.4 million dollars that then BTL CEO Gaspar Aguilar allegedly gave to him to change into US dollars on the black market. The funds were never returned. El Sayed allegedly died in a car crash in Lebanon in 2005 and was allegedly buried 24 hours later.

In 2013, Creeping Sharia posted: Hezbollah getting passports in Belize to travel from Mexico to U.S.

We also found this Wikileak post indicating the U.S. has known about Hezbollah in Belize for years.

Obama sending 6 Gitmo jihadis to Uruguay

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via Hagel Said to Tell Congress 6 Guantánamo Detainees Will Be Sent to Uruguay – NYTimes.com.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has secretly notified Congress that the military intends to transfer six low-level Guantánamo Bay detainees to Uruguay as early as next month, according to people with knowledge of the communication. All six have been approved for transfer for more than four years.

Mr. Hagel’s formal determination that the transfer would be in the national security interest of the United States breaks a bureaucratic paralysis over a deal that has been waiting for his approval since March, but that stalled amid the political uproar over a prisoner exchange deal that secured the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from insurgents in the Afghanistan war.

The six detainees bound for Uruguay include a Syrian man who has brought a high-profile court challenge to the Pentagon’s procedures for forcibly feeding detainees who are on a hunger strike. His transfer would most likely render that lawsuit moot, although there are several similar challenges.

“The United States is grateful to our partner, Uruguay, for this significant humanitarian gesture, and appreciates the Uruguayan government’s generous assistance as the United States continues its efforts to close the detention facility at Guantánamo,” said Ian Moss, a State Department spokesman. “We remain very appreciative of the assistance of our friends and allies who have stepped up not just to receive their own nationals but also those countries who have accepted detainees for resettlement.”

The group would be the largest to depart the prison at once since 2009, and the transfer would reduce the Guantánamo Bay inmate population to 143. That figure includes 72 prisoners who are recommended for transfer, and 71 who are not.

By giving lawmakers a congressionally mandated notice of at least 30 days before any transfer, Mr. Hagel signaled a return to normal order for Guantánamo prisoner releases.

It may be mandated, but lawless Obama (and everyone in his administration) has proven nothing is enforceable and he is above all laws and Congress, the Senate, the military nor anyone else will do a damn thing about it.

In the Bergdahl deal, the Obama administration did not give notice before transferring five high-level Taliban detainees to Qatar. Some lawmakers in both parties said that was illegal. The Obama administration insisted that providing no notice in that case was lawful, citing the risk to Sergeant Bergdahl’s life posed by any delay after the deal was struck.

Before the controversy, the Senate Armed Services Committee had reached a bipartisan deal clearing the way to transfer some detainees to a prison on domestic soil, allowing the Guantánamo prison to be closed. After the Bergdahl exchange, the Republican-led House voted, largely along party lines, for a proposal to prohibit the transfer of any detainee for any purpose.

Amid the political fallout, Mr. Hagel and his top military advisers had signaled reluctance to move forward with the Uruguay deal, along with another proposal to repatriate four low-level Afghan detainees that has been awaiting his approval since February, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

Of the six detainees President José Mujica of Uruguay has offered to resettle, four are Syrian, one is Palestinian and one is Tunisian. On June 26, lawyers for the six sent a letter to the administration urging it to act quickly while there was a window of opportunity, arguing that “these men should not be used as scapegoats in the current bout of U.S. partisan politics.” The administration is said to have notified Congress on July 9 that Mr. Hagel had approved the deal.

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Lt. Col. Myles Caggins III, a Pentagon spokesman, said he was limited in what he could say for security reasons, but added, “Although we will not discuss certain aspects of our communications with Congress, we continue to move forward in transferring Guantánamo detainees and will continue to comply with the law in notifying Congress 30 days in advance of any transfer.”

If the transfer takes place in early August, a consequence could be the dismissal, without a ruling on the merits, of a lawsuit brought by one of the men, Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab, challenging the military’s procedures for force-feeding detainees who have been on a long-term hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention without trial.

 Uruguay is near the tri-border region where Hizbollah and other Islamic terrorists thrive.

Trinidad Muslims caught training for jihad in Venezuela

Caught on camera: Cellphone images seized by SEBIN, Venezuela’s Intelligence Service, allegedly show some of the Trinidadian Muslims, now detained in a Venezuelan jail, on a firing range using high-powered weapons. Photo: Trinidad Express

U.S. authorities are apparently uninterested. After all, Obama says enforcing immigration is not smart. Viva la jihad. via Caribbean News Now!: Trinidad Muslims travel to Venezuela for jihadist training. h/t Halal Porkshop

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Cellphone images seized by SEBIN, Venezuela’s intelligence service, allegedly show Trinidadian Muslims arrested in Venezuela engaging in what SEBIN described as “pre-jihad training” on a firing range using high-powered weapons, the Trinidad Express reported.

The images were reportedly extracted from the cellphones seized from some of the Muslims in a group that travelled to Venezuela from Trinidad and were later arrested in a raid at the Plaza Hotel in Caracas on March 19, together with women and children, who were later released.

The training resembled what takes place in the Middle East as Muslims prepare for what they term jihad, or holy war, an important religious duty for Muslims that includes armed struggle against persecution and oppression.

Intense military, arms and ammunition training is part and parcel of their routine and some of this kind of training, SEBIN alleged, was taking place in Venezuela by some of the Trinidadian Muslims.

In a top secret document prepared by SEBIN and sent to the Trinidad and Tobago government, the pictures in question were taken by three Venezuelan police officers who were later arrested. There are at least six photographs showing the men.

Eight Trinidadian Muslims are currently detained by Venezuelan authorities on suspicion of terrorist activities. The 14 women and children who were held with them at the Plaza Hotel in Caracas on March 19 were released some ten days later and sent back to Trinidad.

This followed a visit of a Trinidad and Tobago delegation headed by Rear Admiral Richard Kelshall who met with Venezuelan authorities two days prior to their release.

Out of that meeting emanated the top secret document given to the Trinidad and Tobago government, which the Trinidad Express reported exposes some alarming security concerns that the country’s security forces need to monitor closely.

The document outlines in detail the day the Trinidadian Muslims were held at the Plaza Hotel in Caracas and revelations about possible terrorist activities that can have far reaching consequences for Trinidad and Tobago.

Minister of National Security Gary Griffith spoke about the document in late April.

“A secret document has been given to me through the delegation from the Venezuelan authorities and this is obviously a sensitive document and I would not be able to actually state what is in the document, it is sensitive correspondence,” Griffith said.

In the top secret document, there are dates of the arrivals for all the Trinidadians who touched down at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Venezuela between January and March this year.

The raid on the Trinidadian Muslims at the Plaza Hotel, authorities said, was brought to the attention of SEBIN “after a prolonged stay at the hotel” and the use of “cash to cover their bills”.

Further suspicion arose, SEBIN stated, when members of the group were reclusive, as more persons continued to arrive and bills continued “to be paid exclusively in cash”.

Cleaning staff at the hotel were even barred from entering the rooms, the report revealed. Continue reading

Feds deport Pakistani who tried to smuggle Taliban into U.S.

via US deports Pak national for supporting terrorism. h/t Atlas

WASHINGTON : The US has deported a Pakistani national sentenced to three years in prison for providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation. Zahid Yousaf, 45, was put on a Karachi-bound commercial plane on April 16th and was handed over to Pakistani law-enforcement agencies two days later, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. Yousaf pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy for providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organisation in federal court in September 2011.

The US District Court for the District of Columbia subsequently sentenced Yousaf to 36 months in federal prison in December 2011 and ordered his removal from the country, following the completion of his sentence. The convict was taken into immigration custody on October 22, 2013 after his release from prison by the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE). “ICE will continue to focus its enforcement operations on identifying, arresting and removing dangerous criminals who pose the greatest risk to our communities,” said ICE’s Acting Field Office Director Michael W Meade. In fiscal year 2013, ICE conducted 368,644 removals nationwide.

 So what exactly did this Muslim immigrant – along with two of his co-religionists – do? Apparently you have to refer to a prior Creeping Sharia post to find out: Three Pakistani’s Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Smuggle Taliban into U.S.

“These defendants sought to smuggle someone they believed to be a member of a terrorist organization from halfway around the world into the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “For financial profit, they were willing to jeopardize the safety and security of the American people. Human smuggling operations pose a serious risk to our national security, and we will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners at home and abroad to combat this dangerous threat.”

“These criminals were willing to use their human smuggling network to help a terrorist slip across our border without any regard for the consequences,” said U.S Attorney Machen. “Ten years after 9/11, this case reminds us that we must remain aggressive to stop terrorists from infiltrating our homeland and harming our nation.”

Based on the defendants’ guilty pleas to terrorism conspiracy charges, the government will dismiss at the sentencing hearing the charges of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling against the defendants.

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