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Bibi1581 Blog For 02/17/2018: Morning Edition

1…………> Al Qaeda Soldier: Life In Prison

Al-Qaeda operative Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, aka Spin Ghul, 47, was sentenced to life in prison on multiple terrorism offenses, including conspiracy to murder American military personnel in Afghanistan, conspiracy to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, and providing material support to al-Qaeda.

“With the sentence handed down today, our justice system has once again held accountable an al-Qaeda operative for his terrorist activities, ensuring that he will spend the rest of his life in prison,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General O’Callaghan. “The evidence presented at trial established that the defendant and other jihadists attacked a U.S. military patrol in Afghanistan, resulting in the death of two American soldiers and the serious injury of others. Working with our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities, the National Security Division will continue to vigorously pursue and disrupt terrorists who target Americans and American facilities around the world. Thank you to the many agents, analysts and prosecutors whose hard work and dedication made this result possible.”

Harun traveled to Afghanistan weeks before Sept. 11, 2001, where he joined al-Qaeda, trained in its camps, and eventually swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden. Harun, also known by the nom de guerre “Spin Ghul,” a Pashto name meaning “White Rose,” then traveled with other al-Qaeda jihadists to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, where he operated under Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi, one of bin Laden’s deputies and a senior al-Qaeda military commander.



2…………> Produce The Letters, The Letters: FISA Court

“While this analysis is underway, you may note that the Department of Justice possesses (or can easily obtain) the same responsive information the Court might possess, and because of separation of powers considerations, is better positioned than the Court to respond quickly,” the head of a top secret surveillance court replied to Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. request for documents related to FISA order to spy on the Trump campaign. 


This seem to put pressure on the Justice Department, i.e. AG Sessions 1st deputy Rod Rosenstein to consider releasing documents related to the 2016 surveillance warrant granted against a Trump campaign aide.


3…………> No More Vodka:McMaster

The national security adviser to President Trump General H.R. McMaster said, “with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible” that Moscow meddled in the 2016 campaign, and that “we would love to have a cyber dialogue when Russia is sincere about curtailing its sophisticated form of espionage: i.e. “Stop spying on US, Vladimir, send your KGB goons back to Siberia”.


“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stated at a press conference.


One name Mr. Rosenstein tacidly failed to mention is that of “Uncle” George Soros, who has spent millions paying “Antifa” punks to incite, distort and ultimately cause social mayhem bent on the removal of the Democratically elected President Trump, all part of his trek to a world without borders and national identity.



4…………> Year of the dog: China

“The traditional culture represents ancient people’s aspiration for a good life. “I want my daughter to see with her own eyes and get to know the root of our culture,” said Peng Lei, 33, who visited the Ditan Park temple fair with his little daughter, and has lived in Beijing for 18 years.


“I bring my parents to the flag-raising ceremony and pay respect to late Chairman Mao Zedong,” said Kong, a native of northeast China’s Jilin Province now working in Beijing.


“It’s a tradition of my family to watch Tibetan operas in new clothes,” said Soinam Pedron, who watched performances with her two-and-a half-year-old daughter in a park near the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, another one of millions of people across China that celebrated the Spring Festival, the country’s most important occasion for family gatherings, with fireworks, greetings, delicious food and performances.



5…………> To Facebook “Gestapo”: Stop Or Pay

“Facebook informs us insufficiently about gathering information about us, the kind of data it collects, what it does with the data and how long it stores it. It also does not gain our consent to collect and store all this information,” a statement from the court said as Facebook was ordered to stop tracking Internet users without their consent or risk fines of up to €100 million ($124 million). 


In the case brought by Belgium’s privacy watchdog, the social media “Perpetual Graveyard” was ordered to delete all data it had gathered illegally on the country’s citizens, including non-Facebook users.

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