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What do we do with this prisoner?

U.S. Military: American Fighting for ISIS ‘Surrenders’

The U.S. military confirmed a Daily Beast report Thursday that an American fighting in Syria for the so-called Islamic State has been taken into custody.

“The U.S. citizen is being legally detained by Department of Defense personnel as a known enemy combatant,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

A source familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast earlier that the American was captured by Kurdish forces. Other military spokespeople indicated that the fighter “surrendered” on or around Tuesday.

In either case, the detention of an American fighting for ISIS on an active battlefield would set up a major decision for Donald Trump about the future of wartime captures. [snip]

Neither the U.S. military command overseeing the war against ISIS nor the Justice Department, which plays a substantial role in deciding what to do with U.S. citizen detainees, are disputing this reporting.

“We are aware of the report that a U.S. citizen believed to be fighting for ISIS surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces on or about Sept. 12,” said the spokesman, Maj. Earl Brown.

This individual would have been far better off to have renounced his U.S. Citizenship before taking up arms. At this point he’s not just an enemy combatant, but probably faces other charges.

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Stupidity and a short life

To quote Robert Heinlein makes it easy to open this posting.

“Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can’t help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.”

History repeats itself and not just once. However if one does not study history, true history not something rewritten to satisfy the ideology of some egomaniac currently in power, one’s future is graven in the stone of time.

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES

You can ask any person, between the ages of 18 and 25, if they have ever heard of the Nuremberg Trials. It is possible that one person out of ten will say they have heard of the Trials. However, even that one may not be able to tell you what (not who) was on trial. Eighty percent of those who receive this posting will not completely read it…if they read any of it at all. Ten percent will read it, but they will choose not to tell others of the contents.

The war began Jews, Christians and Muslims started in the 7th Century and lasted through the 17th Century. Many will contend it never stopped; the facts below are historically correct.
That is why many of us choke when we hear someone say we will defeat or contain the Islamic terrorists in a few years, or even “30 years” as has been stated by Leon Panetta.

If the latest batch of murders, beheadings, and killing of innocent Christians has at all shocked you, it is time for you to read this compilation of historical facts about the intense hatred that Muslims have for any and all who are not Muslims.

WE ARE THE STUPID

In 732 A.D., the Muslim Army, which was moving on Paris, was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell.

In 1571 A.D., the Muslim Army/Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lepanto.

In 1683 A.D., the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian armies.

This nonsense has been going on for 1,400 years! The sad thing is that more than half of all politicians do not even know any of this.
If these battles had not been won, we would most likely be speaking Arabic. And Christianity could be non-existent. Judaism certainly would not exist!
Reality check: A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.

Think back: The following events are true historical facts. It has been many years since 1968, but history keeps repeating itself.

  1. In 1968, Robert Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male.
  2. In 1972, at the Munich Olympics, Israeli athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males.
  3. In 1972, a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit on final approach. Shortly after landing, it was blown up by Muslim males.
  4. In 1973, a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome – with 33 people killed – when it was attacked with grenades by Muslim males.
  5. In 1979, the United States Embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim males.
  6. During the 1980s, a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim males.
  7. In 1983, the United States Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim males.
  8. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked, and a 70-year-old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by Muslim males.
  9. In 1985, TWA Flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a United States Navy diver – who was trying to rescue passengers – was murdered by Muslim males.
  10. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim males.
  11. In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed for the first time by Muslim males.
  12. In 1998, the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim males.
  13. On 09/11/01, four airliners were hijacked. Two of the planes were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers. One plane crashed into the United States Pentagon, and the other plane was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by Muslim males.
  14. In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim males.
  15. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by – you guessed it – aMuslim male. (Plus two other American journalists who had just recently been beheaded.)
  16. In 2013, the Boston Marathon bombing resulted in four innocent people, including a child, being killed and 264 other people injured by Muslim males.

No, I really do not see a pattern here to justify profiling. Do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone – particularly fanatics intent on killing us – airport security screeners will no long be allowed to profile certain people.
So, ask yourself:  “Just how stupid are we?!?!”
Have Americans completely lost their minds or just their “power of reason?”
As the writer of the award winning story “Forrest Gump” so aptly put it, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
You now have the opportunity to send this on to other email contacts.  Please do that.  Or you can just sit back, keep complaining and do nothing.
As Barack Obama said in his book:  “Nothing sounds as beautiful as the Muslim evening prayers from the tower.”
Wake up America! Anyone that is willing to die to kill as many of you as possible, you need to kill first. There isn’t any other option; they don’t leave one for you.

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Manchester Terror

It’s happened again, as we all knew it would and, sadly, know it will again. A casual outing, a sudden explosion, and the death of innocents at the hands of a lunatic following an insane ideology.

ISIS is taking credit, which should certainly merit another “mother of all bombs” or even a low-yield nuke – whatever it takes to get their attention.

But as satisfying as that could be, it won’t immediately stop the danger from “lone wolf” operatives. And indeed, there is no way to stop the danger – only to reduce it, and even that at great cost.

The Manchester killer was known as a radical to British police and was, apparently pointlessly, “on their radar.” Which reflexively makes us wish that everyone on the radar was simply swept up and locked away. But is that really what we want?

Consider who was “on the radar” for terrorism under Barack Obama: “Right-wing extremists.” A group defined by Homeland Security as people who were pro-life, opposed to illegal immigration, those who resist federal takeover of the states, and military veterans.  Odds are everyone reading these words would fall into one or more of those “extreme” categories.

We simply can’t eliminate possible threats without the certainty of eliminating many of our protected freedoms. And the terrorists know it.

That being said, British authorities currently have a list of over 3500 “potential terrorists” including about 400 who left the UK to be trained by ISIS to fight in war zones like Syria and Iraq before returning to the UK. 

As counter-terror measures go, these people should be seen as low-hanging fruit: give them one week to get the hell out of the UK or lock them up. There are plenty of vacancies at Guantanamo.

Freedom-loving Western cultures can’t erase every risk. But we can and must take greater preemptive actions than are currently in play.

BONUS: MOUTHING OFF

On a less somber day, we would have enjoyed roasting Monica “Wet Clean Up, Aisle 7” Lewinsky for her appalling editorial in the New York Times, celebrating the death of Fox News’s Roger Ailes for allegedly exploiting her “personal tragedy.” But we’re not in the mood, so we’ll cut straight to the chase.

Lewinsky was a lying, lascivious little slut back in the day, and she remains unapologetic for her role (and roll in the hay) in disrupting American government. If Bill Clinton, that miserable tower of human excrement, hadn’t been busy fighting his removal from office, he might have actually been doing presidential things like, oh, nailing Osama bin Laden when he had multiple opportunities.

Would the World Trade Center towers have fallen if Bill Clinton’s pants hadn’t? We can’t know, but we can say with certainty that it’s at least possible that they wouldn’t have. Which is why, Monica, this appalling story isn’t really about you and never was. So do the decent thing, accept your shame, and – unlike your time spent kneeling on the Oval Office rug – shut your disgusting mouth.

BONUS TWO: SPEAKING OF ANNOYING WOMEN
Michelle Obana attempts a saucy, Jane Russell off-the-shoulder look…

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You didn’t hear this from the Fake News Media

Not a peep from them. Doesn’t fit the narrative of Trump’s anti-Muslim agenda rant they have on the front burner. However Trump doesn’t have anything of this nature being suggested or mentioned ever.

Migrants are being sold at

open slave markets in Libya

Vulnerable refugees from West Africa often arrive in the country with no money and no papers.

Migrants from West Africa are being openly traded in “public slave markets” across Libya.
As a departure point for refugees trying to get to Europe, migrants arriving in Libya from sub-Saharan are particularly vulnerable due to a lack of money and little in the way of documentation.

Survivors have told the International Organization for Migration (IOM) how there are slave markets and private prisons all over Libya.

Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies, said: “The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.”

One survivor from Senegal spoke of how he was brought by smugglers across Niger in a bus to the southern Libyan city of Sabha, where he was due to risk a boat trip to Europe. When the middleman did not get his fee, the survivor was put up for sale along with other passengers.

He was taken to a prison where he worked without pay while the captors demanded 300,000 West African francs (about £380) before selling him on to a larger jail. Livia Manante, an IOM officer based in Niger, said migrants would be brought to a square where they were put up for sale.

Manante said: “IOM Italy has confirmed that this story is similar to many stories reported by migrants and collected at landing points in southern Italy, including the slave market reports.”

Those who did not get their ransom paid were often taken away and killed while others would die of hunger and disease in unsanitary conditions.

“If the number of migrants goes down, because of death or someone is ransomed, the kidnappers just go to the market and buy one,” Manente said.

The going rate for a migrant was between $200 (£160) and $500 (£400) each, with many forced into captivity for months before they are freed or sold on. So far this year more than 170 bodies have washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean while the Libyan Coast Guard has also rescued thousands more.

IOM has helped repatriate 1,500 people back to West Africa so far this year where it is trying to inform people not to risk the journey to Libya where they face exploitation.

“Migrants who go to Libya while trying to get to Europe, have no idea of the torture archipelago that awaits them just over the border,” said Leonard Doyle, chief IOM spokesman in Geneva. “There they become commodities to be bought, sold and discarded when they have no more value.”

This article was first published on April 11, 2017

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Just a collection of the idiocy going on in the world.