Jan 262015
 

1422235859979_cachedThe Daily Beast: “Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.

The Daily Beast has learned that the proposal was floated in July 2014 to the then-U.S. ambassador in Qatar by an individual acting on behalf of that country’s attorney general. According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, the proposition was made shortly after the Obama administration traded five Taliban fighters for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Those fighters were also sent to Qatar, where they’re to remain under government watch until later this year. U.S. officials have said they’re at risk of plotting further attacks against the United States.

The proposed swap involving the al Qaeda agent, Ali Saleh Al-Marri, raises troubling questions about whether the Bergdahl trade opened a kind of Pandora’s box, signaling to foreign governments that they can pressure the United States to make concessions on terrorism by trading American prisoners abroad for dangerous extremists held in the United States.

Opinion: The United States now negotiates with terrorists.

On May 31, 2014, as part of a prisoner exchange for five Taliban members who were being held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Bowe Bergdahl was released by the Taliban.

This exchange quickly became a political controversy when President Obama held a Rose Garden ceremony bringing in Bergdahl’s rather bizarre parents heralding the release of one of our own.

It quickly became known that Bowe Bergdhal left his post voluntarily to join the Taliban, as members of his unit branded Bergdahl a traitor. Since then the Bergdhal matter has been locked up tighter than a drum.

Last week, Judge Andrew Napolitano said on “Fox and Friends” that information on the Bergdahl investigation will be released if and when President Obama wants it released.

“The president’s personal – personal – involvement in the trade of Sgt. Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders at Gitmo is so toxic, such a hot potato, I think he prefers that we never know exactly what happened,” Judge Nap said.

“If the general who conducts the investigation recommends prosecution and if Sgt. Bergdahl’s commanding general agrees to the prosecution, then we will see the report.”

If there is no prosecution, then the government is under no obligation to show the report, Judge Nap explained.”

As far as the Ali Saleh Al-Marri case and his now-known al Qaeda ties are concerned, after being held in a naval brig for more than five years, he is back in Qatar where he has been reunited with his family.

Al Marri was given a hero’s welcome.

 

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Jan 232015
 

The New York Times: “SANA, Yemen — The American-backed government of Yemen abruptly collapsed Thursday night, leaving the country leaderless as it is convulsed by an increasingly powerful force of pro-Iran rebels and a resurgent Qaeda.

The resignation of the president, prime minister and cabinet took American officials by surprise and heightened the risks that Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, would become even more of a breeding ground for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has claimed responsibility for audacious anti-Western attacks — including the deadly assault on Charlie Hebdo in Paris this month.

Opinion: The collapse of Yemen rings a scary bell:

  • September 10, 2014, President Obama said this: “Our strategy in Iraq and Syria is going to replicate one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”
  • January 14, 2015 five Yemeni prisoners were released from Gitmo and sent to Oman, Yemen’s next-door neighbor.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the remaining 122 detainees are from Yemen

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Jan 202015
 

Breitbart: “The continuing flare-ups on Saudi Arabia’s northern border with Iraq have led some to believe that the Islamic State is set on an eventual push towards the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina.”

Islamic State ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi has frequently called for attacks inside Saudi territory, with hopes of the eventual capture of Mecca and Medina. “It is likely [Baghdadi] realizes that no one can claim to be the Islamic State without controlling the holy sites in and around Mecca and Medina and the wealth that comes with them,” writes Newsweek’s William Young.

Not only has the Islamic State frequently prodded the Saudi border, the terror group also sees Lebanon as a target of prime importance.

Opinion: Saudi Arabia’s holy sites: Mecca and Medina

Mecca is the birthplace of Muhammad in a cave 2 miles away. Mecca is the site of Muhammad’s first revelation of the Quran. Mecca is  regarded as the holiest city in the religion of Islam and a pilgrimage to it known as the Hajj is obligatory for all able Muslims.

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Medina is a city in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia. Medina is the burial place of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, it is the second holiest city in Islam after Mecca, a very sacred place.

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The comparison of a sacred holy place can be made of Jerusalem, the most holy site in Judaism. Notice how the world finds it perfectly fine for Arab Palestinians to take Jerusalem as their capital, but no one would dare mention the possibility of a Jew even setting foot on either Mecca and Medina.

Now comes ISIS knocking on the Saudi’s door and according to Bible prophecy, King Abdullah has plenty of reason to worry. If Bakr al Baghdadi can take Saudi Arabia with its crown jewels, Mecca and Medina, his caliphate would be complete and so would his ability to control 40% of the world’s oil supplies.

Ezekiel 38:18 prophesies “Sheba, Dedan (Saudi Arabia), the merchants of Tarshish (Spain), and all their young lions (America and colonies) will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?” (lion is the symbol for Britain).

At some point the Saudis, Great Britain, and America are bystanders and out of the picture.

 

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Jan 202015
 
German Embed Reporter: ISIS Plans On Killing ‘Hundreds of Millions’ in ‘Religious Cleansing’

Breitbart: “Jurgen Todenhofer, the first Western reporter to embed with Islamic State fighters and not be killed in the process, spoke to Al Jazeera about his time with the terror group. Todenhofer lived side by side with the jihadist fighters for ten days in the Islamic State-stronghold city of Mosul, Iraq. He was accompanied only by his

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