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Prime Minister David Cameron said:
If verified, this is a despicable and barbaric murder. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr Sotloff’s family and friends tonight as they deal with this appalling and tragic situation.
As I have said consistently over the last few weeks, ISIL terrorists speak for no religion. They threaten Syrians, Iraqis, Americans and British people alike and make no distinction between Muslims, Christians or any other faith.
We have already been working hard to keep British people safe and we will continue to do all we can to protect our country and our people from these barbaric terrorists.
Tomorrow morning I will chair a COBR meeting to review these latest developments.
AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 02 – Late last week, the White House released a revised rule to allow religious employers to avoid directly covering some contraceptive methods, in response to the June 30 Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.
Coverage for birth control is one of a range of preventive health services that is required by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Under the new plan detailed by CQ Roll Call’s Kerry Young, religious hospitals, schools and other organizations would simply notify the Health and Human Services Department of their objection, and the government would make arrangements for employees to get full contraceptive coverage without cost to their employers or themselves.
The Family Research Council immediately branded the HHS plan “an insulting accounting gimmick.”
Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leaders are plotting a number of politically charged votes when Congress returns on Sept. 8. CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski reported last month that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has included another vote on the health overhaul law’s contraception coverage requirement on the list of possible contentious Senate votes prior to the November elections.
Last month, the Senate failed to advance a bill (S 2578) seeking to overturn the court ruling.
The measure would have required private employers with religious objections to pay for birth control services.
Three GOP senators voted with nearly all Democrats, but the 56-43-vote tally failed to garner the necessary 60-votes to begin consideration of the bill.
By Paul Jenks @ The Roll Call
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 02 – As Congress moves toward reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration next year, a new group called Travelers’ Voice is joining the fray to urge Congress to spend more money on aviation and airport infrastructure.
Two veteran politicians, former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, a Republican, and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, are taking the lead as Travelers’ Voice’s advocates.
“The problem is an air transportation system that is breaking down under the weight of increased demand,” Talent said. “What we’re going to see is what we now think of as the busiest [air travel] days becoming normal days, at least at the busiest airports in the country.”
The airports want Congress to increase the cap on fees called Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) from $4.50 to $8.50 and to index it to the inflation rate, so they can use the new revenue for infrastructure improvements and expansion.
But the airlines argue that higher fees are not needed and would be “punishing the passenger.”
To raise the revenue to pay for airport infrastructure, Rendell said he’d personally support a PFC increase, with part of that increase dedicated to airport infrastructure expansion and part earmarked for the Next Gen air traffic control modernization project.
Congress would have to change the law to allow this use of PFC revenue, but Rendell said it could do that as part of next year’s FAA reauthorization.
Next year’s legislation is “an opportunity that should not be missed” to address the infrastructure problem, Talent said.
The former Missouri senator contended that inadequate infrastructure will result in airline industry consolidation and higher fares. “Four airlines control almost 90 percent of the business. And a big part of the reason is because the infrastructure can’t accommodate increased competition now.”
Asked if the airlines are the opposing force that needs to be overcome, Rendell said if Congress changed the law to allow some PFC revenues to be used for Next Gen, “I think that might lessen airlines’ opposition.”
#AceWorldNews – LIBERIA – September 02 – Another American missionary doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, an aid group said Tuesday.
SIM USA said the doctor, who was not named, was treating obstetric patients at ELWA hospital in Monrovia and had not treated Ebola patients in the hospital’s isolation unit, which is separate from the main hospital. The charity said it was not yet known how the doctor was infected, but he immediately isolated himself when he showed symptoms.
The new case comes two weeks after Dr. Kent Brantly and his colleague Nancy Writebol, who worked for SIM, walked out of an Atlanta hospital virus-free after being infected and evacuated from Liberia.
The doctor was transferred to the Ebola isolation unit and is doing well and in good spirits, SIM said in a statement.
The group planned a briefing later Tuesday.
#AceBreakingNews – United States – September 02 – Home Depot on of the largest retailers have suffered a massive credit card breach, the company confirmed on Tuesday, after a website reported that a large cache of stolen data had appeared on black market sites.
According to information first reported by Krebs on Security, the breach may have extended as far back as the spring of this year. If so, the fallout may end up being far larger than Target‘s incident late last year, when information pertaining to tens of millions of customers was compromised.
Home Depot is working with investigators to determine the origin of "unusual activity," a spokeswoman told CNBC in a statement.
"Protecting our customers’ information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers," she added, but declined to provide further information.
Amid a rash of identity thefts that have laid claim to banks and retailers in recent months, Krebs on Security reported that the breach bore similar hallmarks to groups that hit P.F. Chang’s, as well as Target and others.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 02 – The terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Tuesday released a video that appears to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff.
‘ Screenshot from Video Due to Graphic Nature ‘
The authenticity of the video has yet to be confirmed. ISIS had threatened to execute Sotloff unless President Obama withdrew American forces from Iraq.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the administration had been watching the situation closely and has "dedicated significant time and resources to trying" to rescue the American journalist.
He also pledged the new video "will be analyzed very carefully by the U.S. government" and its intelligence services.
"Our thoughts and prayers first and foremost are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff’s family," Earnest said.
Last week, Sotloff’s mother pleaded in a video for ISIS militants to release her son.
“I want what every mother wants: to live to see her children’s children. I plead with you to grant me this," she said.
#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – September 02 – Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi dismissed the government on Tuesday and proposed a national unity administration, Reuters reported, citing sources.
The move is aimed at quieting weeks of protests in the capital Sanaa by a Shiite Muslim rebel group.
The Houthis, who have been fighting for years for more power for their sect in north Yemen, have not immediately responded to the statement.
The president also partially met protesters’ demands with plans to reduce petrol and diesel prices by 30 percent, backtracking on unpopular cuts to fuel subsidies.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN (Tokyo) – September 02 – Fifty-four people have died and almost 40,000 have been hospitalized nationwide in Japan in the summer due to the hot weather, according to the country’s fire department, which oversees the ambulance services.
The data has been compiled from May 19 to August 31.
The largest number of people with heat stoke were reported in the Tokyo region, with over 3,000 hospitalized, followed by Saitama Prefecture, with over 2,900 people sick.
During the week of August 19 through August 26, a total of 687 people were hospitalized with heat stroke, most of them the elderly.
The hottest day of the summer was July 26 with temperatures rising above 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) in 230 places across the country, killing seven people across the country.
#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – IRAQ (Baghdad) – September 02 – Twelve people have been killed and 41 others were injured after two cars exploded in Iraq’s capital Baghdad, local media reported. Though this is just the tip of the iceberg and as recent reports confirm the numbers killed, maimed and sexually abused or displaced are growing daily.
A militant Islamist fighter gestures as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province (Reuters)
The blasts took place five minutes apart in the south-western part of the city. Both vehicles used in the bombing were parked at the intersection of 20th and 30th streets in the al-Amil area.
The number of victims could rise, radio station Shafak FM cited a police spokesperson as saying. Iraq has been fighting off the attacks of Islamic State (IS), Sunni extremist group, since June.
The group has gained control over large parts of the country in the north, with a goal of taking over Baghdad. Earlier on Monday, the UN mission to the country said that at least 1,420 people have been killed and 1370 injured in violence in Iraq during August.
The figures did not include Anbar province.
Islamic State militants have carried out atrocities on “an unimaginable scale” over several months of fighting in Iraq, a UN official said in an emergency debate Monday. The UN agreed to send a commission to the country to investigate.
The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri, who opened the debate in Geneva, said there is “strong evidence” that Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS, groups have carried out numerous atrocities including killings, beheadings, torture, sexual abuse and conversions.
“The reports we have received reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale. Systematic and intentional attacks on civilians may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. Individuals, including commanders, are responsible for these acts,” she said.
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, wait for aid at an abandoned building that they are using as their main residence, outside the city of Dohuk (Reuters / Youssef Boudlal)
Pansieri added that she was particularly concerned with the persecution of Iraq’s religious minorities including the Shia, Yazidis, Christians and Turkmen.
“These communities have lived side by side, on the same soil, for centuries and in some cases for millennia,” she said, adding that IS has carried out ethnic and religious cleaning.
The Yazidis have suffered extremely harshly under IS. Many men who refused to convert to Islam were reportedly executed and at least 2,250 Yazidi women and children are being held as hostage, while others are used as sex slaves.
She added that Iraqi police and government forces had also committed acts that amounted to war crimes.
Government allied militias opened fire on a mosque in Khanaquin district north east of Baghdad, killing 73 men and boys and Iraqi police executed a number of detainees in Tal Afar.
Iraqi forces have also shelled towns and carried out airstrikes near Kirkuk, Fallujah, and Salahuddin, which killed and injured dozens of civilians.
The one day UN session was called by Iraq with the support of its allies and agreed to a request by Baghdad to send a team of UN experts to investigate the crimes committed since IS swept through Iraq in June.
Mohammad Shia al-Sudani, Iraq’s Human Rights Minister, told the session that IS was “oozing with barbarity” and threatened the make-up of his country and the entire world, but did not respond to allegations of atrocities carried out by Iraqi troops.
An Islamic State militant uses a loud-hailer to announce to residents of Tabqa city that Tabqa air base has fallen to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa (Reuters / Stringer)
“The land of ancient Babylon is subjected to threats to its very independence, they are attempting to change its demographic and cultural composition,” he said.
ISIS is a "trans-national phenomenon that poses an imminent danger to all countries of the world, it defies all human rights principles and international law,” he added.
The Sunni Muslim Gulf states as well as the West have all denounced IS, although they bear some of the responsibility for its rapid rise to dominance for indirectly helping to create a situation in Iraq and to a lesser degree Syria, where such an organization could thrive.
“The organization has nothing to do with Islam, even if they carry the name,” said Jamal al-Ghunaim, Kuwait’s ambassador.
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#AceNewsServices – September 02 – Journalists covering conflicts must be afforded the highest degree of protection, a group of United Nations and international human rights experts said today, adding that the recent attacks, ongoing kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations of media professionals around the world must be condemned.
“The prevailing impunity for attacks on civilians, including journalists, encourages perpetrators to believe that they will never be held to account for their grave crimes,” they warned in a news release.
“We call for improved international protection for anyone engaged in journalism, especially during conflict situations.”
Stressing that journalists must be ensured the highest degree of protection by States and non-State actors, the rights voiced outrage at the recent execution of American journalist James Foley by the militant group known as the Islamic State (IS).
They also expressed deep concern at the fate of at least seven other journalists and members of the media believed to be held captive by the group in Syria.
“Journalists covering armed conflicts do not lose their status as civilians; they are not participants in the conflicts they cover. As such, they continue to be protected by the applicable guarantees under human rights law and international humanitarian law,” said the experts.
“Attacks against journalists covering conflicts victimize individuals first and foremost, but they also harm us all,” they added. “But attacks also deter and sometimes prevent journalists from exercising their right to seek and disseminate information. Attacks deprive all of us of the right to know and to access information about critical situations around the world.”
The experts called for an “open and committed dialogue” among governments, non-State groups, journalists and other interested parties in order to strengthen protections to promote the safety and respect for those reporting on a conflict, especially to ensure that those responsible for such violence are held accountable.
The experts issuing the call are: the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, David Kaye; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatoviæ; the Organization of American States (OAS) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Catalina Botero Marino; and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Faith Pansy Tlakula.
Source: UN News Centre
#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 02 – For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia’s backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security.
But his objectives will be clouded by the West’s inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics.
Fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels continued in eastern Ukraine as Obama prepared to fly to Estonia for meetings with Baltic leaders and to Wales for a NATO summit.
The Ukrainian government, NATO and Western nations say Russia has already sent troops, artillery and tanks across Ukraine’s southeast border to reinforce the separatists, a claim Russia has denied.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 02 – Over the hill wrap-up of what was dominating the news.
McCain: Obama ‘either in denial or overwhelmed’ The Republican senator said he is "astounded" by recent comments from the president. http://ow.ly/AUCyW
Rep. Rogers: Obama’s foreign policy ‘in freefall’ The House Intelligence chairman pointed to ISIS, Iran and North Korea as examples. http://ow.ly/AUwFk
Obama can do more to keep ISIS out, House Intelligence chairman says The United States has laws to discourage citizens from training with ISIS, Rogers said. http://ow.ly/AUz75
Lawmakers clash over ISIS threat to US “We have to face it as much as the British do,” Rep. Peter King said. http://ow.ly/AUEYo
Senior House Democrat: ‘You don’t just come in and bomb’ without a plan Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said President Obama will come up with a plan to fight ISIS. http://ow.ly/AUutb
Feinstein says Obama is ‘too cautious’ on ISIS “I think I’ve learned one thing about this president, and he’s very cautious,” she said. http://ow.ly/AUzYF
Richardson: Obama right to wait on ISIS strategy Richardson wants Obama to gather more intelligence and build a coalition to fight ISIS. http://ow.ly/AUE10
Menendez: US should provide arms to Ukraine to fight Russian ‘invasion’ “This is a watershed moment,” the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman said. http://ow.ly/AUwma
Russian troops not on ‘sightseeing tour,’ Rogers says He also criticized the administration for not flatly calling Russia’s actions an invasion. http://ow.ly/AUzEG
Feinstein ‘not sure’ new sanctions will work "I’m not sure that shakes the people that much,” Feinstein said. http://ow.ly/AUKvl
DeLay: Indictment ‘difficult’ for Perry presidential campaign DeLay said that the charges will "especially" hurt Perry with potential donors. http://ow.ly/AUzc3
Bipartisan support for Obama’s immigration delay Richardson and Cole said the delay is likely political, though smart. http://ow.ly/AUJcS
Uzi case unlikely to change federal law, Richardson says Some states could act after a 9-year-old killed her instructor, the former governor said. http://ow.ly/AUIdi
US should do more to contain Ebola outbreak, Sen. McCain says Dispatching military assets is one option, the senator said. http://ow.ly/AUHyA
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 02 – Democrats are running out of time for an economic saviour.
They have long predicted that an economic turnaround would be the elixir that helps them retain control of the Senate in November.
But with just a handful of big economic reports left before Election Day, the economic picture is largely in place.
And while the outlook is bright, voters continue to hold a dim view of their own financial prospects.
By Peter Schroeder and Vicki Needham @ The Hill
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 02 – CIA Director John Brennan may have dodged a bullet over his agency’s potentially unconstitutional snooping on the Senate, but critics insist his reprieve is only temporary.
Calls for the spy leader to resign after the CIA admitted that officials spied on the Senate have lost steam in recent weeks, since lawmakers left town for a five-week summer recess.
November’s midterm elections and crises from Syria to Ukraine could distract Congress from forcing the director to offer a public mea culpa in the short term.
By Julian Hattem @ The Hill
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 02 – WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says U.S. military forces have targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia, killing six militants.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby says the U.S. is looking at the results and will provide more information when appropriate.
Monday’s action comes after Somalia’s government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there.
The Pentagon statement did not indicate whether the U.S. action was related to the prison attack.
Somali officials say all attackers, three government soldiers and two civilians were killed. The Mogadishu prison is an interrogation center for Somalia’s intelligence agency, and many suspected militants are believed to be held there.
LATEST: MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – A member of the Somali group al-Shabab says its leader was travelling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike but the spokesman would not say if the leader was among the six militants who were killed. Abu Mohammed told The Associated Press on Tuesday that six militants were killed in the attack.
He said the two vehicles were heading toward the coastal town of Barawe, al-Shabab’s main base when they were hit.
He said al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was in one of the vehicles.
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – September 02 – Dstl is seeking suppliers in the field of counter terrorism and security
Following the successful pilot of a new commercial framework for research contracts known as R-Cloud (Research Cloud), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is now seeking suppliers within the area of Counter Terrorism and Security (CT&S).
This is the second of nine capability areas to offer research opportunities through R-Cloud, which provides easy-to-use, direct access to current and future research requirements.
Further roll out, across Dstl’s other capability areas, is expected over the coming months.
New users will need to create a supplier account within the DCO portal in order to access this contracting opportunity and provide the necessary pre-qualification information.
If successful, suppliers will then be considered for future R-Cloud CT&Sresearch contract opportunities with mini-competitions being run where suppliers will be invited to express interest and tender for different tasks.
Dstl’s R-Cloud Project Manager, Neil Higson, said: “Dstl places a significant amount of research contracts every year with industry and academia. R-Cloud will eventually provide a commercial marketplace for research opportunities across the spectrum of Dstl’s capability areas, with a contracting mechanism that will significantly help expedite the placement of research contracts and broaden the supplier base.”
#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – SCOTLAND – September 02 – A first class post in the Irish Times has the past and the future in unison and lays before us a vivid past and the beliefs of the people. As in this contest of a Scottish people brought up tough and where poverty reigned for many a year, and the staunch upper-crust English hewn, some would say out of chiselled granite and once hearts of oak, begin the battle for YES or NO voters.
It is not those that are in power that will decide, neither is it the opinion polls but the man and woman on the streets of Glasgow, Edinburgh and other great cities. These people have survived the Industrial Revolution and grown to have their own parliament, to decide in the next few days, whether to go it alone, or make the easy option of saying NO to an Independent and FREE Scotland.
So as you read this post that caught my eye – try to see the bigger picture beyond oil or riches – try to see what a Free Scotland will mean for the man and woman in the streets, self-esteem and vote from your heart if you are Scottish, not for yourself but for all those that a long-time ago fought for the country of your birth.
An eight-foot statue of Desperate Dan, the character beloved by generations of readers of the Dandy, and his faithful pet, Dawg, stands in Dundee’s High Street, marking the city’s most famous, if imaginary, son.
The creation of Dundee-based DC Thomson publishers, the comic sold two million copies a week during the 1950’s, though it slumped to just 8,000 each week before it was killed off nearly two years ago.
Dundee knows much about ups and downs. Broughty Ferry, a wealthy district on the Tay and home of the city’s jute mill owners, was once the richest square mile in Britain – built on the labour of Irish immigrants.
In the 1980’s, 10,000 manufacturing jobs disappeared with the closure of the city’s shipyards, its carpet-makers and the disappearance of jute.
Today, a regeneration plan is under way, but the Radical Independence Campaign believes post-industrial cities such as Dundee will be the key to ensuring a majority for the Yes side in the September 18th independence referendum.
Leafing through canvass returns, Duncan McCabe claims 48.2 per cent of those already approached in Dundee have said they will be voting Yes; just a fifth say they are voting No, while 36 per cent are undecided – though these figures do not tally with national polls.
The campaign is a loose alliance, including past and present members of the Greens, the Scottish Socialist Party; some from the Communist Party, along with those who are not affiliated necessarily to any party but believe in republicanism and an end to monarchy.
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#AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND – September 02 – An opinion poll out Monday suggests the gap between those backing Scotland’s independence and those opposing it has narrowed to its lowest point, reports the Irish Times.
The poll, conducted by the YouGov polling firm, says 47% of voters back independence while 53% do not.
#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – September 02 – Italian foreign minister Mogherini, who is to become the new EU foreign policy chief in November and who is considered Russia-friendly, also criticised Moscow on Monday.
She told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera that EU sanctions are hurting the Russian economy and that “the Kremlin is acting against the interests of its people”.
She also accused Russian leader Vladimir Putin of not sticking to his promises.
"Putin has never respected the commitments he made in several situations, in Geneva, in Normandy, in Berlin. He wasted the chance to turn things around by influencing the separatists after the shooting down of the Malaysian air-plane.
The distance between commitments and concrete action has been enormous”.
The comments were echoed by German chancellor Angela Merkel.
She told a press conference in Berlin that tit-for-tat EU-Russia sanctions are hurting the German economy. But she added: “I have to say there is also an impact when you are allowed to move borders in Europe and attack other countries with your troops … accepting Russia’s behaviour is not an option”.
#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – September 02 – In a statement Donald Tusk the Polish PM, who is to take over as EU Council head in December, said at a WWII commemoration in Westerplatte, on the Baltic Sea coast, on Monday (1 September) that Russia’s actions merit a tough Nato response.
“[The phrase] ‘No more war’ can no longer be the manifesto of the weak and helpless, an expression of the illusion that around us there are no people and no countries who want to use force and warfare as a means of pursuing their political goals”, he noted.
“Today, looking at the tragedy of the Ukrainians, looking at the war, because we have to use that word, we know, that September 1939 cannot be repeated”.
The Battle of Westerplatte marked the start of Germany and Russia’s invasion of Poland 75 years ago.
Tusk got the EU post last weekend despite being an advocate of strong sanctions on Russia.
He spoke ahead of the NATO Summit whereby the proposal for a rapid-response force will be put forward in Wales.
AceNewsServices – EXCLUSIVE: UNITED STATES (Texas) – Social media chatter shows Islamic State militants are keenly aware of the porous U.S.-Mexico border, and are “expressing an increased interest” in crossing over to carry out a terrorist attack, according to a Texas law enforcement bulletin sent out this week.
“A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the south-west border of US, for terror attack,” warns the Texas Department of Public Safety "situational awareness" bulletin, obtained by FoxNews.com.
The three-page bulletin, entitled “ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border” and dated Aug. 28 was released to law enforcement on Thursday.
“Social media account holders believed to be ISIS militants and propagandists have called for unspecified border operations, or they have sought to raise awareness that illegal entry through Mexico is a viable option,” states the law enforcement bulletin, which is not classified.
It notes no known credible homeland threats or specific homeland attack plot has been identified. That assertion was underscored by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who said Friday that DHS and the FBI are "unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland" from Islamic State.
Despite assurances that no threat to American soil is imminent, the watchdog group Judicial Watch said Friday that Islamic State operatives are in Juarez, just across the border from Texas, and are planning to attack the United States with car bombs.
"Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defence agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat," Judicial Watch stated on its website.
The Texas law enforcement bulletin cites suspected fighters from the terrorist group previously known as ISIS and based in Syria and Iraq as eyeing a border crossing.
“The identities of persons operating these accounts cannot be independently verified; however the accounts were selected for monitoring based on several indications that they have been used by actual ISIS militants for propaganda purposes and collectively reach tens of thousands of followers,” states the bulletin. “One account was verified as belonging to an individual located in Mosul, Iraq.”
Some 32 Twitter and Facebook posts monitored by law enforcement over one recent week reflected interest in the southern border, according to the bulletin. The messages, which were forwarded thousands of times, included calls for jihadists to cross over from Mexico to carry out attacks and even alluded to a recent video by U.S. activist James O’Keefe, who was recorded coming across the Rio Grande valley in an Usama bin Laden costume.
The bulletin details numerous “calls for border infiltration” on social media, including one from a militant confirmed to be in Mosul, Iraq who explicitly beckons the “Islamic State to send a special force to America across the border with Mexico.”
“This Twitter account holder, who is the administrator of an ISIS propaganda trading group, stated that the time was right for such an action because ‘the US-Mexican border is now open large numbers of people crossing,’” the bulletin said.
Another message sent out via Twitter suggested that Islamic State fighters have already entered the U.S. via the border, warning that, as a result, “Americans in for ruin (sic).”
The Texas DPS bulletin comes on the heels of a federal Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Joint Intelligence bulletin dated August 22, a copy of which was also obtained by FoxNews.com.That bulletin, entitled “Online Reaction but No Known Credible Homeland Threats from ISIL and Its Supporters Following US Air Strikes,”addresses potential threats to the Homeland in response to recent US air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Iraq and the murder of journalist James Foley.
This bulletin notes that while the FBI and DHS are unaware of specific credible threats against the U.S. from homegrown violent extremists, ISIL or other violent extremist groups overseas “we continue to assess that violent extremists who support ISIL have demonstrated the capability to attempt attacks on US targets overseas with little-to-no warning.”
The report also says that “because of the individualized nature of the radicalization process—it is difficult to predict triggers that will contribute to [homegrown violent extremists] attempting acts of violence…lone offenders present law enforcement with limited opportunities to detect and disrupt plots, which frequently involve simple plotting against targets of opportunity.”
“FBI and DHS assess that civilian deaths reportedly associated with these US military air strikes will almost certainly be used as further examples of a perceived Western war against Islam in English-language violent extremist messaging that could contribute to [homegrown violent extremist] radicalization to violence,” the report notes.
The FBI and DHS bulletin includes a section titled "ISIL Supporters Increasingly Using Social Media to Encourage Violent Acts against US Interests."
"ISIL and its online supporters have employed—and will almost certainly continue—Twitter “hashtag” campaigns that have gained mainstream media attention and been able to quickly reach a global audience of potential violent extremists, highlighting ISIL’s supporter message and encouraging individuals to commit acts of violence, in Iraq or in the West," the bulletin states.
"Several of the Tweets in response to the air strikes featured original and creative use of graphics—including a photo of the ISIL flag in front of the White House—and graphically rendered images depicting desecration of US monuments and landmarks."
Source: Fox News – Judicial Watch – Twitter – Social Media Sources
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) – September 01 – Press Statement Extract – Part Two – Relating to British Jihadists – ISIL.
The NATO summit in Wales this week will provide an opportunity for us to review the effectiveness of the international response so far and to discuss what more we should do to help the region overcome the ISIL threat. Britain will continue to consider what further role is in our national interests, including any further diplomatic, humanitarian or, indeed, military measures we might take.
Let me turn to how we address the terrorist threat at home. We have already taken a wide range of measures, including stopping suspects from travelling to the region by seizing passports, barring foreign nationals from re-entering the United Kingdom, legislating so that we can prosecute people for all terrorist activity, even where that activity takes place overseas, and bringing forward emergency legislation, for instance to safeguard our use of communications data.
We have also stepped up our operational response, with a fivefold increase in Syria-related arrests and the removal of 28,000 pieces of extremist material from the internet this year alone, including 46 ISIL-related videos.
But I have said all along that there should not be a knee-jerk reaction or the introduction of sweeping new blanket powers that would ultimately be ineffective. That is not what those who work so hard to keep us safe actually want. They want a targeted approach that reflects a forensic focus on the threat we face and that protects their operational independence and decision making.
To achieve this, there are 2 key areas where we need to strengthen our powers to fill specific gaps in our armoury: preventing suspects from travelling; and dealing decisively with those already here who pose a risk. I want to mention both briefly.
First, on stopping people travelling in the first place, passports are not an automatic right. The Home Secretary already has the discretion to issue, revoke and refuse passports under the royal prerogative if there is reason to believe that people are planning to take part in terrorist-related activity. When police suspect a traveller at the border, however, they are not currently able to apply for the royal prerogative and so have only limited stop-and-search powers.
To fill that gap, we will introduce specific and targeted legislation providing the police with a temporary power to seize a passport at the border, during which time they will be able to investigate the individual concerned. This power will include appropriate safeguards and, of course, oversight arrangements.
The House should also be aware that our current royal prerogative powers are being challenged in the courts. I want to be clear: if there is any judgement that threatens the operation of our existing powers, we will introduce primary legislation immediately so that Parliament, not the courts, can determine whether it is right that we have this power.
I can announce today that we will start preparing the primary legislation and consult Parliament on the draft clauses.
As well as stopping people going, we must also keep out foreign fighters who would pose a threat to the UK. We already have important powers to block return: we can deprive dual nationals of their citizenship to stop them returning; we can bar foreign nationals on the basis of the threat they pose; and we legislated, in the Immigration Act 2014, to allow stronger powers to strip citizenship from naturalised Britons.
But, of course, these powers do not apply to those who are solely British nationals, who could be rendered stateless if deprived of citizenship.
Some have said that we should deal with this gap by criminalising travel to certain individual countries or fundamentally changing our criminal burden of proof. The government are clear that it would be wrong to deal with the gap by fundamentally changing core principles of our criminal justice system. But it is abhorrent that people who declare their allegiance elsewhere can return to the United Kingdom and pose a threat to our national security.
We are clear in principle that what we need is a targeted, discretionary power to allow us to exclude British nationals from the UK. We will work up proposals on this basis with our agencies, in line with our international obligations, and discuss the details on a cross-party basis.
We are also putting our long-standing arrangements on aviation security around the world on a statutory footing. Airlines will have to comply with our no-fly list arrangements, give us information on passenger lists and comply with our security screening requirements. If they do not do so, their flights will not be able to land in Britain.
Secondly, we need stronger powers to manage the risk posed by suspected extremists who are already in the United Kingdom. The Home Secretary can already impose terrorism prevention and investigation measures on security grounds, including overnight residence requirements and internet restrictions, but the intelligence agencies and the police believe they need stronger powers to impose further restrictions, and the independent reviewer of counter-terrorism legislation, David Anderson, agrees.
So we will introduce new powers to add to our existing terrorism prevention and investigation measures, including stronger locational constraints on suspects under TPIMs, either through enhanced use of exclusion zones or though relocation powers.
Dealing with the terrorist threat is about not just new powers but how we combat extremism in all its forms. That is why we have a new approach to tackling radicalisation, focusing on all types of extremism, not just violent extremism. This has included stopping the funding of organisations that promote extremism, banning hate preachers and ensuring that every part of government, from schools and universities to prisons, is focused on beating the scourge of extremism. As part of this, we are now putting our de-radicalisation programme, Channel, on a statutory footing.
Anyone subject to our strengthened terrorism prevention and investigation measures will be required to engage with the Prevent programme.
We are proud to be an open, free and tolerant nation, but that tolerance must never be confused with a passive acceptance of cultures living separate lives or of people behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values. Adhering to British values is not an option or a choice; it is a duty for all those who live in these islands.
So we will stand up for our values; we will, in the end, defeat this extremism; and we will secure our way of life for generations to come.
I commend this statement to the House.
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) September 01 – Press Statement (Extract) Relating to Terrorism Measures and Anti-Semitism.
David Cameron gave a statement in the House of Commons about the recent European Council and the measures we are taking to defeat extremism.
On Israel and Gaza, we have all been deeply saddened by the violence there and the dreadful civilian suffering it has caused, particularly to innocent children. The government have worked hard with our international partners to help bring about a sustainable ceasefire, and we warmly welcome the agreement reached in Cairo.
The loss of life this summer has been truly appalling and the number of civilian casualties completely unacceptable – the life of a Palestinian child is worth the same as that of a child of any one of our nations – but support for a lasting settlement that includes a Palestinian state does not mean we should ever support the terrorist tactics of Hamas, which has rained down rockets on Israel and continually refused to accept ceasefires.
We will continue to support Israel and Israel’s right to defend itself, but that does not mean we support every decision the Israeli government take. Most recently, the appropriation of nearly 1,000 acres of land in the west bank near Bethlehem is utterly deplorable.
Settlements are illegal under international law and will do nothing to create the kind of peace process we all want, and we urge the Israeli government to reverse this decision.
While I understand the many strong emotions around this tragic conflict, I am deeply concerned by growing reports of anti-Semitism on our streets in Britain. Let me be clear: we must not tolerate this in our country. There can never be any excuse for anti-Semitism, and no disagreements on politics or policy should ever be allowed to justify racism, prejudice or extremism in any form.
On the terrorist threat that we face in the UK, we have all been shocked and sickened by the barbarism that has been witnessed in Iraq this summer: the widespread slaughter of Muslims by fellow Muslims; the vicious persecution of religious minorities, such as Christians and Yazidis; the enslavement and raping of women; and, of course, the beheading of American journalist James Foley, with the voice of what seems to be a British terrorist recorded on that video.
The European Council conclusions could not be clearer:
“The European Council believes that the creation of an Islamic Caliphate in Iraq and Syria and the Islamist-extremist export of terrorism on which it is based, is a direct threat to”
every European country. On Friday, the independent joint terrorism analysis centre increased the threat level in the UK from substantial to severe, and we now believe that at least 500 people have travelled from Britain to fight in the region, in addition to 700 from France, 400 from Germany and hundreds more from countries including America, Canada, Austria, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Australia.
The Council agreed to co-ordinate action in cracking down on those travelling to fight in Syria and Iraq and ensuring that all European countries are taking the necessary steps to tackle this problem of radicalisation. We should be clear about the root cause of this threat: a poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism that believes in using the most brutal forms of terrorism to force people to accept a warped world view and to live in a mediaeval state.
And we should be clear that this has nothing to do with Islam, which is a religion observed peacefully and devoutly by more than a billion people and one that inspires countless acts of kindness every day.
To confront the threat of Islamist extremism, we need a tough, intelligent, patient and comprehensive approach to defeat the terrorist threat at source. We must use all the resources at our disposal – our aid, diplomacy and military – and we need a firm security response, whether that means military action to go after the terrorists, international co-operation on intelligence or uncompromising action against terrorists at home. Britain is already providing equipment directly to the Kurdish forces.
We support US military air strikes against ISIL in Iraq, and we have secured a United Nations Security Council resolution to disrupt the flows of finance to ISIL, to sanction those seeking to recruit to ISIL and to encourage countries to do all they can to prevent foreign fighters from joining the extremist cause.
Alongside a tough security response, however, there must also be the right political response. We know that terrorist organisations thrive where there is political instability and weak or dysfunctional institutions, so we must support the building blocks of free and open societies.
In Syria, that means a political transition and an end to Assad’s brutality, which has allowed ISIL to flourish. In Iraq, that must begin with a new and genuinely inclusive government capable of uniting all Iraqis – Sunni, Shi’a, Kurd, Christian and others – against the shared threat.
#AceNewsServices – GAZA – September 01 – Ariel Video Footage and Extent of Damage and Ruins on Gaza’s al-Shujaiyya Neighborhood. caused by ground attacks by Zionist Military forces.
Over 2,000 Palestinians were martyred and more than 10,000 others were injured in the Israeli regime’s 51-day onslaught on the blockaded territory, further destroying hundreds of residential quarters, schools, mosques, hospitals and other public facilities.
#AceWorldNews – NETHERLANDS – September 01 – Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting "jihadi" fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday AFP reported.
A woman was also held with the man arrested in Germany as part of a long-running investigation, police said in a statement.
All three are from The Hague and are accused of inciting hatred through social media and plotting terror attacks, police said, likely referring to help allegedly given to would-be extremist fighters to reach the Middle East.
"The two male suspects are suspected of recruiting for the armed terrorist struggle in Syria and/or Iraq and conspiring to commit murder with terrorist intent," the statement said.
Dutch police said they raided four homes as part of the operation.
State broadcaster NOS said that the man, 32, and woman, 24, arrested in Germany were a married couple.
Nine people have so far been arrested as part of an investigation into would-be Dutch "jihadis" which began in April 2013, police said, with five still in custody.
More arrests could follow, police said according to AIVD UK At the end of the first decade of this century, jihadism in the Netherlands appeared to be in decline. After the conviction of several so called ‘Hofstad Group’ members, Dutch home-grown jihadism had become a quiet affair.
In the years thereafter Dutch jihadism consisted of small, isolated networks, mostly invisible and only partly active.
Some networks disintegrated.
#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL (Jaffa) – September 01 – It has been revealed that the remains of dozens of Palestinians killed during the Zionist war on Arabs in 1948 were found in six mass graves in the Jaffa district of Tel Aviv on Wednesday Almanar reported.
The graves were found when ground subsided as builders carried out renovation work in the area, an official at the Muslim cemetery there told AFP.
The bodies are believed to belong to the victims of a massacre carried out by right-wing Jewish militias in the former Arab district.
As-Safri newspaper reported that up to 200 bodies may be in the graves, with an unknown additional number in the other graves.
‘The remains belong to people of different ages, including women, children and the elderly, some of which bear signs of violence,’ Researcher and historian Mahmoud Obeid said.
Around 760,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes in the war, many of them still living as refugees in Jordan.
The roots of the modern Arab–Israeli conflict are bound in the rise of Zionism and Arab nationalism towards the end of the 19th century. Territory regarded by the Jewish people as their historical homeland is also regarded by the Pan-Arab movement as historically and presently belonging to the Palestinian Arabs, and in the Pan-Islamic context, as Muslim lands. The sectarian conflict between Palestinian Jews and Arabs emerged in the early 20th century, peaking into a full-scale civil war in 1947 and transforming into the First Arab-Israeli War in May 1948.
This followed the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel by David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization, who declared the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel to be known as the State of Israel
Almanar Reported Local Source: Contributions AFP – Safri Newspaper – Wiki-source.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA STRIP – September 01 – Any international move aiming at disarming the Palestinian faction Hamas would be valueless, a movement spokesman has said.
"Any movement in this regard would be valueless because it will violate international laws," Sami Abu Zuhri added in a statement to Almanar.
He said the international community would rather move to disarm the Zionist entity and also prevent the American administration from providing its army with weaponry, which according to him, is used in killing Palestinian children and women.
Some diplomats have revealed earlier that efforts are being made inside the United Nations Security Council to prevent a repetition of the Palestinian-Zionist war in the Gaza Strip in the future.
The Zionist entity has been calling for disarming Hamas as part of any project for calm in the Gaza Strip.
#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (Wales) – September 01 – As well as the 60 world leaders, 70 foreign ministers, 70 defence ministers and 28 NATO member countries invited to the summit, there will be:
3 military bands involved over the 2 days
Around 5 kilometres of power cables laid by Port Talbot-based Aggreko to support the summit
800 staff from Celtic Manor
6 warships from 6 NATO nations’ navies in Cardiff Bay
Over 7,000 square metres of flooring at summit venues provided and fitted by Cwmbran-based Floorex
An estimated 15,000 meals served to delegates, media and production crew over the 2 days
24,000 room nights in 80 hotels reserved in Newport, Cardiff and Bristol
An estimated 12,500 litres of water drunk
Over 1,000 school children in Wales taught from the NATO lesson plan
157 Royal Mint commemorative pieces struck and given to world leaders and Newport schools
12 students from Cardiff Met University cooking with Chef Stephen Terry
AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Donetsk) has the first morning without blasts and gunfire on Monday, locals said reporting to local media.
The city was under artillery fire overnight almost till 02:00 a.m. An explosion hit a residential area on Sunday night after the district was shelled supposedly from a Tochka-U missile system.
The militia continued fighting for the airport building on Sunday. By the night, the militia headquarters said the airport was completely blocked. Ukrainian soldiers who had seized the building began to give up. About 270 people surrendered by the morning.
During the fighting, a fire broke out at the terminal.
Ukrainian troops also surrendered artillery guns they had used to fire at the city and two BM-21 launchers.
Seized weapons, including Tulip mortars, are used by the militia against the Ukrainian forces.
Part of the city is left without electricity and gas as a result of last days’ shelling.
#AceBreakingNews – NEKHOTEYEVKA (Belgorod region). Sept 1 (Interfax-AVN) – All Russian paratroopers who were detained on the territory of Ukraine after accidentally crossing the border have returned to Russia, Major-General Alexei Ragozin, deputy commander of the Russian Air Landing Troops, said.
"The negotiations were very difficult. However, common sense prevailed and everything ended well. The main thing is that the guys are now with us, in Russia. We don’t abandon our people," Ragozin said.
The Russian authorities have done everything to speed up the paratroopers’ return to Russia from the first minutes of their detention, Ragozin said. "Our guys are upset about what has happened. All of them will receive the psychological and other assistance they need. I believe it is unacceptable that our servicemen have been held in Ukraine for so many days. Moreover, they were sent to Kyiv," he said.
"At the same time, hundreds of Ukrainian troops who found themselves on the territory of Russia are immediately handed over to Ukraine by the appropriate authorities after receiving comprehensive assistance," Ragozin said.
"However, I want to reiterate: we don’t abandon our people. Our guys will be fine," he said.
According to earlier reports, the Russian servicemen got lost, crossed an unmarked section of the Russian-Ukrainian border and were detained by Ukrainian Security Service officials on August 25.
According to the Institute, last month, all the patients have visited Tokyo’s central Yoyogi Park allegedly inhabited by infected mosquitoes.
On the previous week it was reported that two young women from the Saitama Prefecture and a young man from Tokyo Prefecture, who knew each other and also visited the Yoyogi Park, had dengue fever. Thus, for the first time since 1945, Japanese people catch dengue fever in their own country. The area allegedly inhabited by infected mosquitoes in the Yoyogi Park was conditioned.
Mosquitoes are the main transmitting agents of dengue fever. The disease is often accompanied by fever, adenopathy, skin rash, and pain in muscles and knuckles. When repeatedly infected, a person may have a bad case of dengue fever especially dangerous for people with compromised immunity.
According to the statistics of the World Health Organization, about 100 million people become infected with dengue fever each year.
In 2013, 249 Japanese were infected abroad.
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – September 01 – Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic extremist group Isis, and have said that British jihadis are “betraying their own societies” by getting involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
’ ISIS Jihadists Rip-Up Passports ‘
The fatwa represents the British Muslim community’s strongest denunciation of Isis yet, calling the extremist group “heretical” and “an oppressive and tyrannical group.”
According to The Sunday Times, the fatwa, authored by Sheik Usama Hasan, a former imam from east London, and supported by six senior Islamic scholars across the country, says it is “religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join” Isis.
Though Muslims have a “moral obligation” to help the Syrian and Iraqi people, they must do so “without betraying their own societies,” the fatwa states.
Baroness Warsi, former Foreign Office minister: “These are substantial figures and I welcome this announcement. The Islamic State is neither a state nor Islamic. I echo the words of these religious leaders.”
#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – September 01 – David Cameron is under new pressure from a eurosceptic backlash inside his Conservative party, amid reports that up to 100 of his MPs will promise to vote for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU after the next election.
The move, reported by the Independent on Sunday (August 31), follows the defection of backbench MP Douglas Carswell to the eurosceptic Ukip party last week. Carswell called a snap by-election in the process, stating that Cameron’s promise to reform rather than leave the EU was one the principle reasons for his defection.
Opinion polls released over the weekend suggested that Carswell will hold his Clacton seat in Essex, a region where Ukip topped the poll in May’s European elections, as Ukip’s candidate by a margin of more than 40 points over the Conservative candidate.
Ukip has prioritised 12 seats, most of them currently held by Conservatives, as it tries to make its first breakthrough into the Westminster parliament, even as Conservatives fear that a surge in support for the anti-EU party would lead to Labour, which does not support an EU referendum, winning next May’s election.
For his part, Cameron has promised to renegotiate the UK’s EU membership terms followed by an in/out referendum in 2017 if the Conservatives win next year’s election. He, and the majority of his ministers, have maintained that they would vote to remain in a reformed EU.
#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 31 – Members of Congress have made a tidy profit from the stock market boom, a review of financial disclosure forms shows and The Hill reported.
Lawmakers vary wildly in their investment strategies, with some buying individual stocks and others preferring investments in mutual funds, bonds and real estate trusts.
But many lawmakers have investments of some kind, placing them among the millions of people who are getting a financial lift from the recovery in financial markets.
Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 — the two most popular barometers of the stock market — posted bullish growth in 2013, closing the year at all-time highs.
The gains that lawmakers are accruing highlight how lawmakers are generally wealthier than the public at large.
Calculations by The Hill found that about 47 percent of lawmakers — or 253 of 535 — had a minimum net worth of $500,000 or more in 2012. The actual number could be much greater, however, because lawmakers report their assets in sizable ranges.
The median household net worth in the United States was about $56,300 in 2013, according to a study from the University of Michigan.
One member with a sizeable stock portfolio is Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), who owns more than $50 million in CapitalSource, according to his disclosure forms, a financial services company he founded in 2000.
Though Delaney relinquished his role as chairman of CapitolSource when he ran for office in 2012, he still holds millions of shares. Its stock value shot up last year when PacWest Bancorp announced it would be purchasing the company for $2.3 billion.
Within a family trust, Delaney also saw a boost in stock holdings in Williams Sonoma, Sherwin Williams and Harley Davidson.
Most lawmakers tend to be risk adverse with their investing, putting their money in blue chip companies such as JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil and Proctor & Gamble.
In 2012, more than 15 percent of Congress had stock in General Electric, making it the most common corporate investment for lawmakers, according to the most recent data available from the CRP. The 84 lawmakers who reported having stock in GE had an overall total of at least $3.1 million invested.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is another lawmaker with several investments. He reported Wells Fargo stock held by his wife, former Labour Secretary Elaine Chao, that increased in value last year from a minimum of $1,001 to a minimum of $500,001. Chao sits on the bank’s board of directors.
While it’s perfectly legal for lawmakers to hold and trade stock, critics argue that it often can create the appearance of a conflict of interest when lobbyists from those companies work to shape legislation.
“Congressional stock holders have a greater return on investment than the average American,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen. “Either they are geniuses on the stock market or they know something that we don’t. I suspect the latter.”
Holman lobbied for passage of the STOCK Act, which forces the disclosure of stock trades made by Congress and some in the executive branch. He says the disclosure provisions were weakened before the bill was passed, but said the new rules might are likely having an impact.
“I don’t know how much active trading has gone on since the STOCK Act. I suspect it’s dampened it,” Holman said. “Members are going to be more cautious now.”
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is another member with a diverse stock portfolio. He disclosed a stock holding in Pepsi that jumped in value last year to between $500,001 and $1 million.
The Democrat leader in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), reported stock gains as well.
She saw her husband Paul Pelosi’s stock in Facebook increase in value from at least $100,000 to a minimum of $250,000 last year. Pelosi’s overall net worth grew by about $4 million in 2013, to $28.6 million, mostly due to an increase in a real estate investment. Paul’s holdings in Comcast rose from at least $250,000 to a minimum of $500,000.
The question is when does what a member of congress knows, influence how they vote! Either to help influence their shares or their constituents/voters.
It is a slim-line between knowing and insider dealing, as you can influence a policy or bill or even look like your are providing ‘Best Advice ‘ when you could be making your shares grow.
Then as the graph shows trader stocks could Boom.
The Fact that President Obama has just signed a roll-back of key transparency provisions of the STOCK Act. in April 2013 amending 2011 law with a swipe of his pen. It was reported as follows by Open Secrets that late Thursday night, as we reported last week, the Senate gutted the disclosure requirements by approving S.716, an act amending the requirements of the 2011 law. The House followed suit the next day, and the president signed the bill minutes ago.
The bill doesn’t just eliminate a controversial requirement that personal financial disclosures of tens of thousands of high level federal employees be made publicly accessible online. It also reverses two critical components of the original STOCK act: mandatory electronic filing of PFDs by the president, his cabinet and members of Congress, and the creation of a publicly accessible database.
The elements of the STOCK Act that were removed include:
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA (Aleppo) – August 31 – Fanatics from the Islamic State terror group have beheaded one of their own commanders after accusing him of being an MI6 agent, according to reports.
Abu Ubaida Almaghribi, head of IS security in Aleppo, northern Syria, has been executed after fellow extremists accused him of being an MI6 agent, according to reports. Above, this grainy image is thought to be Abu Ubaida
Abu Ubaida Almaghribi, head of IS security in Aleppo, northern Syria, was once in charge of a prison where American journalist James Foley and other Western hostages were held.
But he has now been executed after fellow extremists accused him of passing on information about IS activities to the UK.
Abu Ubaida is believed to be a Dutch national of Moroccan descent, although his real identity is not known. IS claimed he was executed a day after video footage of Mr Foley’s beheading emerged on YouTube.
A former IS prisoner last year told Belgian state prosecutors that Abu Ubaida was in charge of security when he and Mr Foley were held there last year.
Last night the Foreign Office declined to comment on the claims, circulated by Moroccan and Jordanian news agencies.
A security source said: ‘In the past, other extremist groups and states have made claims of spying as a justification for executing one of their own.’ He added that the IS message may have been passed on to the local media by a third party.
Execution: Abu Ubaida was once in charge of a prison where American journalist James Foley and other Western hostages were held. Above, Mr Foley is pictured in a sickening video that captured his execution
A report by Moroccan news outlet Alyoum24 said: ‘Ubaida Almaghribi, who is originally from Morocco, and served as the head of intelligence services of the ISIS organisation in Aleppo, Syria, was beheaded after being accused of reporting information on the activities, movements, and plans of ISIS to the UK.’
Morocco World News stated: ‘ISIS militants reportedly beheaded a group of prominent leaders including Abu Ubaida Almaghribi, because of doubts regarding their allegiance and work for foreign entities.’
Mike Doran, a Middle East expert at the Washington-based Brookings Institution, said the alleged execution was a sign of ‘nervousness’ within IS’s higher ranks.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 31 – Less than 70 days away from the midterm election, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday urged conservatives to do everything they can to give Republicans control of the U.S. Senate Martin Matishak reported The Hill
In a fiery speech delivered at Americans For Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Dallas, the prospective 2016 presidential hopeful vowed that the GOP would "retake the United States Senate and retire” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
The November election would also hinge on four issues, he said, with immigration being chief among them.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Baghdad) – August 31 – Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, following U.S. air-strikes against the Sunni militants’ positions, officials said with AP reporting.
Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at dawn Sunday and the forces entered the town shortly after midday.
#AceBreakingNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – August 31 – ISLAMIST MILITIA GROUP SAYS IT HAS ‘SECURED’ A US EMBASSY COMPOUND IN LIBYA’S CAPITAL
Developing story still coming in ………………….. more soon
Just in from AP TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) – An Islamist-allied militia group “secured” a U.S. Embassy residential compound in Libya’s capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday.
An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Some windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched. The journalist saw treadmills, food, televisions and computers still inside.
#AceWorldNews – CHINA (Beijing) – August 31 – China’s legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in inaugural elections for Hong Kong’s leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society.
" Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen."
The legislature’s powerful Standing Committee said all candidates should be approved by more than half of a special nominating body in order to go before voters.
That’s at odds with demands from Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp, which staged a massive protest in July to press for genuine democracy in the Chinese territory over fears candidates would continue to be screened to assess their loyalty to Beijing.
At least 41 bodies of migrants, most of them Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, have been recovered by the Tunisian Coast Guard, AP reports, citing local authorities.
The search for the bodies was launched Friday after a few decomposed bodies washed up on shore. Identity papers found with some of the bodies suggested most of the dead migrants were from Syria.
They most likely tried to reach Europe on an overcrowded inflatable raft.