Category Archives: Terrorism

Britain Mobilizes Troops for Protection Against Terrorism | May 24, 2017

Britain raises terror threat level to ‘critical,’ suggesting another attack could follow Manchester bombing

|| U-T San Diego

“Britain began mobilizing troops to help protect key locations Tuesday as the government warned of the potential for another terrorist attack in the wake of a suicide bombing that killed 22 people outside a Manchester arena.

For the first time in 10 years, the government raised its terrorism threat level from “severe” to “critical” after the militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Monday night attack that also injured at least 59 people leaving an Ariana Grande concert.

“The work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack,” Prime Minister Theresa May announced, adding that counter-terrorism officials believe “not only that an attack remains highly likely, but that a further attack may be imminent.”

The 22-year-old bomber, identified as Salman Abedi, is an English-born son of Libyan immigrants who was a student at the University of Salford in Manchester.

The attack is the latest to plunge Europe into a cycle of grief, fear and political recriminations, as Muslims in Manchester condemned the bombing, parents anguished over the many youngsters killed and injured, and authorities struggled to learn whether the bomber had help.

“So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life,” President Trump said while visiting Bethlehem in the West Bank. “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that’s a great name. I will call them losers because that’s what they are.

Abedi had been investigated by British authorities for unspecified reasons, according to a U.S. law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation.

His 23-year-old brother has also been taken into custody, the official said, but it is unclear whether he will be charged.

In a statement released on social media, Islamic State said a “soldier of the [caliphate]” had “managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders in … Manchester.”

It said the attack was an “endeavor to terrorize the mushrikin,” using the Arabic word for polytheists, a pejorative that includes Christians, according to the group’s ideology, and it threatened to carry out more attacks.

“What comes next,” it said, “will be more severe on the worshipers of the Cross and their allies, by Allah’s permission.”

Claims of previous lone-wolf attacks perpetrated by Islamic State supporters have often come from the Amaq news agency before being acknowledged by Islamic State in a later statement. But Tuesday’s claim first came from Islamic State’s media branch, hinting the attacker had a more direct link to the group.

Police said the blast was triggered by a man carrying an improvised explosive device near the exits at the arena just a few minutes after Grande had finished singing her final song, “Dangerous Woman,” and left the stage. Grande was not harmed and has said she was devastated by the attack.”

….Continue reading more @ U-T San Diego

 

22 Dead, 120 Injured, Youngest Victim Eight Years Old After ‘Suicide Bomb’ at UK Ariana Grande Concert

|| Breitbart

“22 people have been confirmed dead and around 120 others are injured following reports of multiple explosions after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in the North of England on Monday Evening.

Greater Manchester Police originally said there had been a “number of fatalities and others injured” at the Manchester Arena, where Grammy-nominated pop singer Ariana Grande was performing. Nineteen people were confirmed dead as of 8pm EST.

Following the terror threat level being raised to its highest rating, critical, London’s Metropolitan police confirmed the military will be working under the police and deployed as armed guards across key locations in London.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police Services (MPS) confirmed: “As part of the pre-planned and tested deployment under Operation Temperer the military will be working under the MPS command structure to provide static armed guarding at key locations. This will include Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Embassies and the Palace of Westminster. This will free up armed officers to carry out patrols.”

Commander Jane Connors, leading the London policing operation, said: “We are using every tactical option – not just through the use of armed officers but ongoing work by the Counter Terrorism Command; working with partner agencies and gathering community intelligence.

“Operation Temperer is now in force,” May stated. Operation Temperer is a plan formulated after the Paris massacre, once considered secret by the British government, that could put up to 5,000 soldiers on the streets in the event of a major terrorist attack.

May specifically stated that initiating Operation Temperer meant the protection of key sites would be handed over to military personnel instead of the police, freeing up police officers for other duties.

“You might also see military personnel deployed at certain events, such as concerts and sports matches, helping the police to keep the public safe,” the Prime Minister explained. “In all circumstances, members of the Armed Forces who are deployed in this way will be under the command of police officers.”

“I do not want the public to feel unduly alarmed,” she emphasized. “We have faced a serious terrorist threat in our country for many years. The operational response I have just outlined is a proportionate and sensible response to the threat that our security experts judge we face. I ask everyone to be vigilant and to cooperate with and support the police as they go about their important work.”

“The spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain is far mightier than the sick plots of depraved terrorists,” May declared. “That is why the terrorists will never win, and we will prevail.”

“The spirit of Manchester and the spirit of Britain is far mightier than the sick plots of depraved terrorists,” May declared. “That is why the terrorists will never win, and we will prevail.”

Singer Morrissey, who hails from Manchester and was celebrating his birthday in town when news of the bomb attack broke, wrote a furious Facebook post in which he excoriated British politicians for leaving the people at risk while they enjoy security protection.

“The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop?” Morrissey asked, before calling everyone from the mayor of Manchester to the Queen of England on the carpet:

Theresa May says such attacks “will not break us”, but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, “will not break us” means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa.

Sadiq Khan says “London is united with Manchester”, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb. The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace – for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press.

Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist”. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?

In modern Britain, everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

 

Manchester concert bomber may have trained in Libya: report

|| NY Post

“The suicide bomber who killed 22 people outside an Ariana Grande concert in the U.K. had recently returned from Libya, it was reported on Tuesday.

Intelligence agencies are trying to determine whether Salman Abedi, who detonated a bomb just outside the Manchester Arena Monday night, received terror training in Libya, according to The Times of London.

The revelations came as thousands of troops were deployed to high-risk areas in the U.K. as the terror threat remained high.

A total of 22 people were killed in Monday night’s attack.”

….Continue reading @ NY Post

 

Europeans and Brits Told by BBC to ‘Get Used’ to Terror Attacks | May 23, 2017

BBC Anchor: Europe Has to ‘Get Used’ to These Attacks

|| Townhall

“Leaders like President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May are rejecting that message. They both offered strong statements in response to ISIS’ barbaric attack, May condemning the terrorists’ “cowardice” and Trump calling them “evil losers,” both pledging to seek justice.

Accepting terrorism as the norm is not acceptable. We must fight back and defend our homeland. The “Mother of All Bombs,” which killed 94 ISIS fighters, is an example of how the Trump administration has refused to sit idly by and let terror reign worldwide.

BBC host Katty Kay, responding to Monday night’s suicide bombing in Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert, told viewers Tuesday that Europeans are going to have to “get used” to terror attacks in their backyards.”

….Continue reading more @ Townhall

 

Islamic Leader Faces Deportation for Visa Fraud

|| Breitbart

“An Imam in New Haven, Connecticut, is facing deportation after being ordered for removal out of the U.S. for allegedly defrauding a foreign national visa program.

“Masjid Al-Islam mosque Imam Hafiz Abdul Hannan, an illegal immigrant from Pakistan, was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents where they say they are enforcing a 2016 deportation order, according to the Associated Press.

In 2006, Hannan was arrested by authorities for his involvement in filling out fraudulent applications in order to receive religious worker visas for foreign nationals. The investigation was a nationwide sting at the time.

Now, Hannan who has been at the helm of the Connecticut mosque since 2013, is likely to be deported back to Pakistan, with mosque officials demanding attendees not to speak to the media about the case.

“Community members should not contact media or give any statement regarding the current situation of Imam Hannan being detained by ICE,” the note from mosque officials states. “The majlis will make a statement if deemed necessary with more insight into the situation.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

 

Zuckerberg’s Open Borders Group: Enforcing Immigration Law ‘Hurts Public Safety’

|| Breitbart

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s open borders organization says President Trump’s push to improve enforcement of immigration laws “hurts public safety.”

In a statement following a House Judiciary Committee hearing on a number of bills that would increase enforcement of immigration laws and border security, Zuckerberg’s pro-amnesty FWD.us organization said enforcement measures should be scaled back.

“Congress’s repeated obsession with passing laws that would lead to huge increases in deportations of undocumented immigrants without any serious criminal record puts millions more families at risk and hurts public safety for everyone,” FWD.us President Todd Schulte said.

Schulte cited support for an alleged “all-time high of 90%” support for amnesty for illegal immigrants, despite the last few amnesty bills being voted down due to public backlash.

Rather than enforcement measures to deport the estimated 11 to 30 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., Schulte said Congress and the Trump administration should pass amnesty and potentially increase the number of foreign guest workers who enter the U.S. every year on Green Cards, the H-1B visa, the H-2B visa and the H-2A visa, all of which can displace Americans in favor of cheaper, foreign workers.

“Instead, Congress should pass smart immigration reform that would strengthen border security, create a pathway to citizenship for those undocumented immigrants who can pass a background check, and modernize our broken legal visa system to fit the needs of today’s economy,” Schulte said.

Schulte said amnesty for illegal immigrants would “make our nation safer.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

Muslim Awan Bros May be Blackmailing Dem Congress Members | May 22, 2017

House IT Aides Fear Suspects In Hill Breach Are Blackmailing Members With Their Own Data by Awan Muslim Bros

|| DailyCaller

“Congressional technology aides are baffled that data-theft allegations against four former House IT workers — who were banned from the congressional network — have largely been ignored, and they fear the integrity of sensitive high-level information.

Imran Awan and three relatives were colleagues until police banned them from computer networks at the House of Representatives after suspicion the brothers accessed congressional computers without permission.

Five Capitol Hill technology aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group that members of Congress have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which they had full access.

“I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, said Pat Sowers, who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years. “Something is rotten in Denmark.”

A manager at a tech-services company that works with Democratic House offices said he approached congressional offices, offering their services at one-fourth the price of Awan and his Pakistani brothers, but the members declined. At the time, he couldn’t understand why his offers were rejected but now he suspects the Awans exerted some type of leverage over members.

“There’s no question about it: If I was accused of a tenth of what these guys are accused of, they’d take me out in handcuffs that same day, and I’d never work again,” he said.

The Awans’ ban sent 20 members searching for new IT workers, but another contractor claims he’s had difficulty convincing offices to let him fill the void, even when he seemed like a shoo-in. He says he has the sense some members wrongly believed that he blew the whistle on the Awans’ theft and they were angry at him for it.

Politico reported the Awan crew is “accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.”

A House IT employee who requested anonymity said tech workers who have taken over some of those offices found that computers in some — but not all — offices were “thin clients” that sent all data to an offsite server in violation of House policies. Additionally, staffers’ iPhones were all linked to a single non-government iTunes account.

Awan began working for Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida in 2005, and his wife, his brother’s wife, and two of his brothers all appeared on the payrolls of various House Democrats soon after, payroll records show. They have collected $4 million since 2010.

For years, it was widely known that Awan, and eventually his 20-year-old brother Jamal, did the bulk of the work for various offices, while no-show employees were listed on members’ staffs in order to collect additional $165,000 salaries, workers said. This circumvented a rule that prevents any one staffer from making more than members of Congress.

Members were fiercely protective of the business, despite objectively shoddy work and requests for computer help routinely ignored for weeks, all said. An IT specialist who took over an Awan office said they did not keep an inventory of what hardware was there, and the office was paying for phone lines it hadn’t used in years.

“The number of offices they had would definitely be suspicious. The loyalty [members] had [coupled with] customer service that wasn’t there,” Sowers said.

One Democratic IT staffer said Awan “would come in and only help the member — he’d tell me this — because staff come and go. There was one staffer whose computer was broken and said, ‘I’m not going to pay my invoices until you fix my computer,’ and Imran went to the member, and they fired [the staffer who complained] that day. Imran has that power.”

Sowers said, “I love the Hill but to see this clear lack of concern over what appears to be a major breach bothers me. Everyone has said for years they were breaking the rules, but it’s just been a matter of time.”

An employee of a third private company with House IT office contracts, who like most of the others requested anonymity, said the Awans had more offices than anyone, yet “there’s networkers meetings once a week and I never saw them ever come to them. We have an email group; I never saw them contribute or reply.”

The investigation goes far beyond the theft of millions of dollars. The employees could read all emails dozens of members of Congress sent and received, as well as access any files members and their staff stored. Court records show the brothers ran a side business that owed $100,000 to an Iranian fugitive who has been tied to Hezbollah, and their stepmother says they often send money to Pakistan.

Wasserman Schultz, the victim of a disastrous hack while she was chairman of the Democratic National Committee, renamed Awan an “advisor” to circumvent the Capitol Police’s computer network ban on the brothers. Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge’s office told Politico a month after the ban that she had not fired Imran either.

After Wasserman Schultz and Fudge, as well as New York Democratic Reps. Gregory Meeks and Yvette Clarke and the House Democratic Caucus office, retained the Awans, the incumbents or their staffs encouraged newly-elected members to place the family on their payrolls.

“You’d think in the caucus they’d know these guys were working for all of them and they couldn’t possibly support all of them. Someone must have been turning a blind eye,” the IT specialist said.

“You have the power to shut down the office, remove all their data and lock everyone out. It’s got to be a trusted adviser. How could you not see this? Maybe it’s not specifically blackmail, maybe it’s, you knew this was going on and let me do this” for years, the specialist continued.

Another Democratic IT contractor said members “are saying don’t say anything, this will all blow over if we all don’t say anything.” The Awans “had [members] in their pocket,” and “there are a lot of members who could go down over this.”

….Continue reading more @ Daily Caller

 

‘Complete Panic’ at Highest Levels of DNC Over Kim DotCom’s Seth Rich Announcement

|| theGatewayPundit

 

“Saturday, an anonymous person who works in Washington DC, alleged on 4Chan’s /pol/ subgroup that high-ranking current and former Democratic Party officials are terrified of the Seth Rich murder investigation.

This comes after internet entrepreneur and hacker, Kim DotCom, admitted on Saturday that he was part of an operation along with Seth Rich to get stolen DNC emails to Wikileaks.

The anonymous post released Saturday reads:

“Anons, I work in D.C.

I know for certain that the Seth Rich case has scared the shit out of certain high ranking current and former Democratic Party officials.

This is the reason why they have backed away from impeachment talk. They know the smoking gun is out there, and they’re terrified you will find it, because when you do it will bring the entire DNC, along with a couple of very big name politicians.

It appears that certain DNC thugs were not thorough enough when it came time to cover their tracks. Podesta saying he wanted to “make an example of the leaker” is a huge smoking gun.”

“The behavior is near open panic. To even mention this name in D.C. Circles [sic] will bring you under automatic scrutiny. To even admit that you have knowledge of this story puts you in immediate danger.

If there was no smoke there would be no fire. I have never, in my 20 years of working in D.C. Seen [sic] such a panicked reaction from anyone.

I have strong reason to believe that the smoking gun in this case is out o [sic] the hands of the conspirators, and will be discovered by anon. I know for certain that Podesta is deeply concerned. He’s been receiving anonymous calls and emails from people saying they know the truth. Same with Hillary.”

….Continue reading more @ TGP

Who’s Dina Powell and why is she a Deputy of Trump’s National Security Council? | May 19, 2017

Who’s Dina Powell? A rising Trump national security figure

|| Washington Times

“The photo from inside Donald Trump’s makeshift situation room at Mar-a-Lago affirmed what White House insiders have recognized for some time – that Dina Powell has quietly established herself as a White House power.

Though sandwiched between other administration officials, the deputy national security adviser for strategy stands out as the only woman among 13 staffers in the room on the night the president ordered the missile attack in Syria.

And in a White House that is split between outsider ideologues and more traditional operators, Powell is viewed as a steady force in the growing influence of the latter. Her West Wing experience, conservative background and policy chops have won over Trump’s daughter and son-in-law. Now, Powell is at the table as the president turns more of his attention to international affairs, attempting to craft a foreign policy out of a self-described “flexible” approach to the world.

“No one should ever underestimate Dina Powell.” says Brian Gunderson, a former State Department chief of staff. He hired her to work in former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s office early in her career and later worked with her in George W. Bush’s White House.

Powell, 43, declined comment for this story.

She is a rare Bush veteran in a White House that has largely shunned its Republican predecessor’s legacy. She came via Goldman Sachs – decidedly not a rarity for the new president – originally to work on economic development at the behest of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. An Egyptian-American with international experience and fluency in Arabic, she was soon moved to the National Security Council, though she retains her economic title.

Powell’s ties to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who recruited her, and to economic adviser Gary Cohn, a fellow Goldman alumnus, mean she has been labeled by some as part of a more moderate group at the White House. But GOP leaders describe her as a longtime conservative thinker.

She has quickly earned the respect of the president, who said in a statement to The Associated Press: “Dina is an extremely intelligent and competent member of my team. She is highly respected and a great person.”

National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said he recruited Powell “because of her exceptional expertise and leadership skills, to lead an effort to restore the strategic focus of the national security council. She has already accomplished this shift in a few weeks, establishing great relationships across our government and with key international allies.”

…Continue reading more @ The Washington Times

Donald Trump has been ‘wiretapped’ for years by the NSA and CIA | May 19, 2017

CIA Whistleblower Speaks: ‘There Has Been A Wiretap on Trump For Years’

|| BigLeaguePolitics

“CIA and NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Dennis Montgomery speaks out about the surveillance on President Donald Trump in an interview with his attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, on the premiere episode of the new talk radio program “Special Prosecutor with Larry Klayman.” The program, which debuted on Sunday, May 14, is carried by Radio America, an Arlington, Virginia-based network.

Montgomery has been in the public eye recently following the bombshell Big League Politics report, “Whistleblowers: James Comey Seized and Buried Information Showing Donald Trump’s Phone Calls Were Spied On (AUDIO).” The article featured interviews with Sherriff Joe Arpaio that were released by a federal judge in Arizona as part of a civil case, and are now preserved on our whistleblower Soundcloud page. Now, with President Trump locked at war with the Deep State, Montgomery is speaking out in public.

“I provided to the FBI seventeen businesses of Donald Trump, including the Trump Tower, the Trump leasing programs, all of these different programs, and including Trump himself and the various family members that had been wiretapped under these programs,” Montgomery said in the interview. “There has been a wiretap on Trump for years.”

“I started by going to Maricopa County and showing that Sheriff Arpaio himself was wiretapped under the Obama administration,” the whistleblower said.

“I was a CIA contractor both under John Brennan and under James Clapper and these individuals were running domestic surveillance programs in the United States collecting information on Americans. This isn’t political. They were collecting information on Republicans and Democrats. But they collected everything they could find. Bank accounts, phone numbers, chats, emails, and they collected a massive amount of it under the Obama administration,” Montgomery said.”

….Continue reading more @ BigLeaguePolitics

 

Seth Rich Found Alive by Police After DC Hit Died at Hospital | May 17, 2017

Seth Rich was ALIVE When Police Found Him – But Police Camera Video Went Missing

|| theGatewayPundit

“According to Public Incident Report CCN #16113797 dated July 10, 2016 by the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, former DNC employee and the leaker of emails to WikiLeaks, Seth Rich was alive when the police found him on that date. He died later that morning.  The report also notes that Rich was conscious and breathing with gunshot wounds to his back when the police found him. The report also notes that at least three of the police at the scene wore body cameras that night.

The video from the body cameras has gone missing.

Former Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta wrote in an email released later by WikiLeaks that he was “definitely for making an example of a suspected leaker”:

Where are the police videos of Seth Rich the morning he died and what did he say?”

….Continue reading more @ TGP

 

# Of Leaked DNC Docs Match # Of Docs Found On Seth Rich’s Computer

|| dcWhispers

“This makes for a rather disturbing coincidence. Last year Wikileaks released a statement indicating it was going to share leaked DNC-related documents outlining Democrat Party collusion to defeat Bernie Sanders, promote Hillary Clinton, etc. A breaking Fox News report out today has an FBI sources detailing the number of DNC documents that were found on DNC staffer Seth Rich’s computer following his death.

Here is the applicable Wikileaks announcement:

Starting on Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks released over 2 publications 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee

Now check out this paragraph from the breaking Fox News story on Seth Rich’s still-unsolved murder:

The federal investigator, who requested anonymity, said 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016, were transferred from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21.

The number stated by Wikileaks and the number on Seth Rich’s computer are exactly the same.

First, ask yourself why the FBI responded so quickly to a “robbery gone wrong” as it did with Mr. Rich? This sort of crime would normally be the purview of local D.C. police.

Second, note how the numbers of leaks docs outline in the two reports are exactly the same.

Third, if the FBI did in fact confiscate Mr. Rich’s computer and confirmed the alleged connection between Rich and Wikileaks, that would be undeniable proof the entirety of the “Trump/Russia” story was a fabrication from the outset orchestrated by members of both the federal government (Deep State) and Mainstream Media power players – a fabrication that continues to be pushed to this day in an attempt to destroy the Trump presidency.

Fourth, why is it the shooting death of a young DNC staffer received no gun control outcry from Democrats? When do they ever pass on using such tragedies to promote their gun ban agenda? There was no such outcry. No media attention. No story. Seth Rich’s murder was largely ignored by the Mainstream Media and the very Democrats he worked with and for – including the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Finally, as incredible as the above all sounds, if true, then every day Donald Trump remains President is another day the Deep State and its media allies fear full discovery. They cannot allow a Trump presidency to continue. That is why even a growing number of liberals have become unsettled over how negative and hysterical the media coverage of Mr. Trump has become. Fear of the truth being known can be a motivator to do almost anything by those who wish to keep that truth hidden.

If this doesn’t send chills down your spine you’re not paying attention.”

….Continue reading more @ dcWhispers

 

Chilling similarities between Seth Rich murder and ‘Clinton Body Count’ victims

|| WND


“The unsolved case of Democratic National Committee data analyst Seth Rich’s death shares some eerie similarities with many mysterious deaths of individuals linked to former President Bill Clinton and twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Just as in the Rich case, several of the people who died mysterious deaths were shot spontaneously and in public places, sometimes from behind, sometimes by unknown assailants and often just before they were set to release incriminating evidence concerning the Clintons’ activities. In most cases, there were no signs of theft at the crime scenes. And while some of the deaths were ruled suicides, other cases remain a mystery.

Rich worked for the Democratic National Committee as a data analyst and reportedly sent more than 44,000 DNC emails to WikiLeaks, including 17,761 attachments, from January 2015 through the end of May 2016. As WND reported, the DNC staffer was reported to have been in contact with WikiLeaks Director Gavin MacFadyen, who died just 17 days before the election of lung cancer.

Rich was mysteriously shot and killed July 10, 2016. As WND reported, Rich was murdered near his affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C. He was shot in the back with a handgun at 4:18 a.m. while he walked home, and nothing was taken from him. Rich, who called several people as he later walked home, was talking on the phone with his girlfriend, Kelsey Murka, when he was accosted a block from his house. He was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead at 5:57 a.m.

“If it was a robbery it failed because he still has his watch, he still has his money, he still has his credit cards, still had his phone, so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life,” said Rich’s father, Joel, shortly after the bizarre murder.

On July 22, just 12 days after Rich’s death and days before the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia, WikiLeaks released 20,000 emails from DNC officials.

Those leaked emails revealed, among other things, that the DNC tried to tip the scales in favor of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and prevent Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders from becoming the party’s nominee. The leaks were cited by some Democrats as one explanation for Clinton’s election loss. Many accused the Russians of “hacking” and turning the tide for then-GOP candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

In one email released by WikiLeaks, Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta said he’d like to “make an example” out of the person who leaked the emails.

“I’m definitely for making an example of a suspected leaker whether or not we have any real basis for it,” Podesta wrote on Feb. 22, 2015, according to WikiLeaks.”

….Continue reading more @ WND

DNC Staffer Seth Rich in Contact with Wikileaks Prior to Murder | May 16, 2017

Investigator Says Evidence Showing Deceased DNC Staffer Seth Rich Was Emailing With WikiLeaks

|| Breitbart

DC Police told to ‘stand down’ on murder investigation

“Monday during the 10 p.m. ET news broadcast on Fox’s Washington, D.C. affiliate WTTG, correspondent Marina Marraco said an investigation by former D.C. homicide detective Rod Wheeler found that the now-deceased Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich had been emailing with WikiLeaks.

Rich was killed last year in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. According to local police, the incident was likely a botched robbery. However, Rich’s death has been the subject of other speculations given the timing of his death coincided with a WikiLeaks dump of Democratic National Committee emails.

Wheeler explained to Marraco the obstacles he has faced in dealing with both the local police and the FBI during his investigation and argued that Rich’s computer may offer some more details.

“(Neither) the police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” Wheeler said. “They haven’t been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or at the FBI. I have been told both.”

Wheeler went on to claim that he had a source within the police department who said the computer could link Rich to WikiLeaks. But he noted that a source within the police department told him of a “highly unusual” instruction for police to “stand down” on that murder investigation.

“Actually, I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case, and I can’t share any information with you.’ Now, that’s highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department. Again, I don’t think it comes from the chief’s office, but I do believe there is a correlation between the mayor’s office and the DNC and that is the information that’s going to come out tomorrow.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

 

Family’s private investigator: There is evidence Seth Rich had contact with WikiLeaks prior to death

|| Fox5DC

“It has been almost a year since Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in the nation’s capital. There have been no solid answers about why he was killed until now.

Rich was shot and killed last July in Northwest D.C and police have suggested the killing in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood was a botched robbery. However, online conspiracy theories have tied the murder to Rich’s work at the DNC.

Just two months shy of the one-year anniversary of Rich’s death, FOX 5 has learned there is new information that could prove these theorists right.

Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the Rich family, suggests there is tangible evidence on Rich’s laptop that confirms he was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death.

Now, questions have been raised on why D.C. police, the lead agency on this murder investigation for the past ten months, have insisted this was a robbery gone bad when there appears to be no evidence to suggest that.

Wheeler, a former D.C. police homicide detective, is running a parallel investigation into Rich’s murder. He said he believes there is a cover-up and the police department has been told to back down from the investigation.

When we asked Wheeler if his sources have told him there is information that links Rich to Wikileaks, he said, “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”

…Continue reading more @ FOX5DC

 

 

 

 

RAND PAUL REALLY WANTS TO KNOW IF OBAMA SPIED ON HIM

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“Kentucky senator Rand Paul, apparently concerned that he was under surveillance by the Obama administration, is demanding answers from the intelligence community. “I have formally requested from the WH and the Intel Committees info on whether I was surveilled by Obama admin and or the Intel community!” Paul tweeted Friday morning, providing no evidence for the claim, which appeared to reflect President Donald Trump’s own unfounded claim that both his campaign and Trump Tower were bugged by the Obama White House.

It’s not clear whether this is a cry for help or attention, or whether Paul has simply been spending too much time next to Kellyanne Conway’s microwave. His series of tweets linked to a Circa report on N.S.A. surveillance, claiming that the agency collected and “searched” information pertaining to nearly 2,000 Americans abroad in 2016, after loosening privacy protections in 2011. “Did the Obama admin go after presidential candidates, members of Congress, journalists, clergy, lawyers, fed judges?” Paul wondered. “Did the Obama admin use warrantless ‘wiretapping’ on other candidates besides @realdonaldtrump?

F.B.I. director James Comey, National Security Agency director Mike Rogers, and Republican House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes have all said that there is no evidence Trump, Trump Tower, or his campaign were ever illegally surveilled.

Still, it’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you. Last month, Paul sent Trump a letter asking him to look into a claim made by an “anonymous source” that Paul’s name was “unmasked” in the intelligence reports collected during the Obama administration. “In light of the revelations that the names of persons associated with the Trump campaign were unmasked,” Paul wrote, “I believe the allegations that myself and other elected members of the legislative branch may have also been unmasked or caught in the intelligence gathering warrants investigation.”

Now he wants Trump to conduct a formal investigation to determine whether he and other members of Congress were spied upon. ”

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