1…………> A Terrorist Denaturalized: Ahmed
“The United States will use every available law enforcement tool to combat terrorism,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio.
“Those who are naturalized in the United States swear to support and defend our Constitution and laws against all enemies. Those who have actively supported terrorism and concealed that fact cannot take that oath in good faith and should not have the benefit of continued citizenship. Civil denaturalization is thus one important tool in our anti-terrorism efforts. We will continue to zealously seek out and prosecute individuals like Mr. Ahmed.”
Khaleel Ahmed, 37, a native of India, was convicted pursuant to a guilty plea in 2009 of providing material support to terrorists through his efforts to travel abroad in order to murder or maim U.S. military forces in Iraq or Afghanistan, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339A. As admitted in his criminal proceedings, between 2004 and 2007, Ahmed and his cousin, Zubair Ahmed, made preparations to travel abroad, and did, in fact, travel to Cairo, Egypt, with the intent of engaging in acts that would result in the murder or maiming of U.S. military forces. Upon returning from Cairo, the cousins discussed, sought, and received instruction on the use of firearms, including sniper rifles, and in counter-surveillance techniques. They also collected and distributed videos of attacks on U.S. military forces overseas, manuals on military tactics, and military manuals on weaponry. In 2009, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio accepted the cousins’ guilty pleas, and in 2010 sentenced Khaleel Ahmed to eight years and four months in prison and three years of supervised release.
2…………> Mt. Agung Erupts: Again
Mount Agung, one of two active volcanoes on Bali, has sent a plume of thick ash some 6,000 feet into the air with lava cascading from its summit. Indonesian authorities said the explosions were “thunderous.”
3…………> Munich Film Festival: “Das Boot”
Germany’s second-largest film festival is exploding with great movies, starting with “Happy as Lazzaro”, Lucrecia Martel’s movie ‘Zama’, and most importantly the TV series including a “Das Boot” sequel of Wolfgang Petersen movie drama about the life aboard a U-boat during the closing days of WW2.
Munich is a film festival that fills the vacuum left from the usual American blockbuster movies, as it relies on films from countries whose cinematic works are otherwise hard to find in everyday program life.
4…………> Inspector Novichok Strikes Again: UK
Here we go again with the gruesome fantasy of square-jawed, steel blue-eyed Russian GRU hitmen lurking in the UK for their next victims, as a man and woman are found unconscious in Wiltshire poisoned by Novichok, the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, according to the latest police report.
The couple, identified as Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, is in a critical condition having been found unconscious at a house on Saturday.
Police say no one else has presented with the same symptoms.
There was “nothing in their background” to suggest the pair were targeted, the Met Police said.
There are two possible explanations for this outrage:
1. The government of President Putin has descended into an outright, old-fashioned thuggery intended to bring horror to the citizens of a nuclear-armed country, which is highly unlikely considering the long tradition of the Soviet secret police to hit its enemies stealthily and deadly, a practice introduced by its founding father Felix Edmundovitch Dzerginsky in the 1930’s murders of dissidents.
2. Or an even worst alternative, a terrorist or an Islamo-Fascist mule-head with access to nearby Porton Down biological and chemical warfare facility has laid his hands on the deadly pathogen, and it is using it to settle a score with Russia by trying to kill UK citizens and then blame it on Putin.
In any case, the person involved better be dressed in a tank embedded in a submarine, because when MI5 or FSB get their long fingers on him, he will need every bit of scripture money can buy.
5…………> 4th Of July: Past & Present
Since the founding of our Nation, Americans have cherished our liberty and honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend it. As we commemorate the Declaration of Independence this Fourth of July, we remember all those who have upheld freedom over tyranny for our country.
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