Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? The Tequila of course….
Holiday commemorates Mexico’s victory over France at Battle of Puebla — The Mexican holiday is still celebrated in Mexico, but the local tributes pale next to the giant celebration in the United States, complete with restaurant specials, high-volume advertising and endless promotion. Here are five things you should know about May 5.
1. It’s not Mexican Independence Day.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over France (of all countries) at the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862.
Mexico had been invaded by Spain, France and Great Britain in late 1861, but within six months Spain and Britain had pulled out. With the U.S. Civil War raging north of the Mexican border, the French decided to take advantage of the chaos and invade Mexico, which had been torn apart by war in the late 1850s.
The French made inroads in April 1862, but in May, at the town of Puebla — about 85 miles east of Mexico City — a small Mexican army under the command of Ignacio Zaragoza defeated a larger French contingent. It was a classic David-over-Goliath victory, and it’s been celebrated ever since for its symbolic value … even though the French did eventually take over Mexico and establish the short-lived Second Mexican Empire under the Emperor Maximilian.
Mexican Independence Day, incidentally, is celebrated September 16.
2. It’s got a Texas connection.
Zaragoza was born in what’s now Goliad, Texas, about 60 miles due north of Corpus Christi. In 1999, the Texas Senate declared it the official place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
And celebrate it does, with live music, ballet folklorico dancers and barbecue. There’s also a giant party at the Goliad Fairgrounds.
“It has opened the doors for Goliad. It is something that we are all very proud of. That’s one of the reasons we hope our youth will continue with the traditions,” former justice of the peace Emilio Vargas told the Victoria (Texas) Advocate in 2014.
3. It’s not just a big deal in the Southwest.
Among the best and most visited Cinco de Mayo festivals in the United States are held in Chicago (where the party in Douglas Park attracts 200,000), Denver (400,000 over two days), Portland, Oregon (the Waterfront Park festival attracts 300,000), and St. Paul, Minnesota.
St. Paul, Minnesota? Yes, indeed. The city includes a neighborhood known as the District del Sol, an area in the Minnesota capital’s west side that started attracting Mexican immigrants in the early 20th century. The Latino population now numbers more than 25,000 — close to 10% of the city, according to St. Paul Historical — and the Cinco de Mayo festival takes up two days.
4. Why so American?
Though Americans have been celebrating Cinco de Mayo practically since the battle ended — especially in the West — it was largely unknown in most parts of the U.S. until the 1960s, when Mexican-American activists started raising its profile. It’s become a way to celebrate pride in the community.
But, the United States being what it is, it’s also a great marketing opportunity. In 2014, Cinco de Mayo (or the nearest Friday, anyway) happened to be the biggest non-winter drinking day of the year, and it’s in the top five drinking holidays in general. Hey, you’ve got to have something to take the edge of the spicy food.
Maybe THIS new Sub Pop release will get you in the mood? (Art by our friend Pat Moriarity, recorded by our friend Jack Endino….)
ALSO – THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
1215 – Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England — part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta.
1260 – Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
1430 – Jews are expelled from Speyer Germany
1494 – Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
1640 – King Charles I of England dissolves the Short Parliament.
1762 – Russia & Prussia sign Treaty of Saint Petersburg ending the Seven Years War
1780 – 2nd oldest learned society in US (American Academy of Arts & Sciences) forms (Boston)
1809 – Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
1818 – Karl Marx, Trier, Prussia, philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital), (d. 1883) Born
1821 – Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
1883 – Charles Bender, only American Indian in baseball’s Hall of Fame, Born
1862 – Cinco de Mayo: Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County.
1865 – In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati), the first train robbery in the United States takes place.
1866 – Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
1877 – American Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
1881 – Anit-Jewish rioting in Kiev Ukraine
1886 – The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as “militia” fire upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
1905 – The trial in the Stratton Brothers case begins in London, England; it marks the first time that fingerprint evidence is used to gain a conviction for murder.
1912 – Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
1920 – US Pres Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
1921 – Alfred H Fried, Austrian/German pacifist (Nobel 1911), dies
1925 – Scopes Trial: Serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1925 – The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language.
1926 – Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for “Arrowsmith”
1934 – The first Three Stooges short, Woman Haters, is released.
1939 – Ray Gosling, English journalist, author, and activist (d. 2013) was born.
1940 – World War II: Norwegian refugees form a government-in-exile in London
1940 – World War II: Norwegian Campaign: Norwegian squads in Hegra Fortress and Vinjesvingen capitulate to German forces after all other Norwegian forces in southern Norway had laid down their arms.
1942 – Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], Redbay Alabama, country singer (Stand by your Man), (d. 1998) Born
1943 – Michael Palin, Sheffield England, comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda) Born
1944 – Gandhi freed from prison
1945 – World War II: Canadian and British troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from German occupation when Wehrmacht troops capitulate.
1945 – World War II: The Prague uprising begins as an attempt by the Czech resistance to free the city from German occupation.
1945 – Kurt Loder, Entertainment reporter MTV, Born
1945 – World War II: Admiral Karl Dönitz, leader of Germany after Hitler’s death, orders all U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases.
1946 – The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
1948 – Bill Ward, English drummer and songwriter (Black Sabbath and Mythology) Born in Birmingham, England
1949 – The Treaty of London establishes the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as the first European institution working for European integration.
1954 – Angelo Kimball, rock guitarist (Face To Face), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1955 – West Germany granted full “sovereignty” by 3 occupying powers
1959 – Ian McCullough, rock vocalist (Echo & Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here) Born
1961 – Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
1964 – Separatists riot in Quebec
1965 – 1st large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
1966 – Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth and Eidolon) was born
1969 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)
1971 – Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
1973 – Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, a still standing record.
1977 – The first of The Nixon Interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon are broadcast.
1979 – Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
1980 – Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
1981 – Bobby Sands, IRA activist/Freedom Fighter, dies in the 66th day of his hunger strike aged 26
1984 – Wade MacNeil, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alexisonfire, Gallows, and Black Lungs) was born.
1987 – Iran–Contra affair: Start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
1988 – Eugene A Marino installed as 1st African American archbishop
1991 – A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
1994 – American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism.
The recent shooting in Garland Texas could now justify the unprecedented military Drill this summer titled “Jade Helm 15″. It also justifies the phony War on Terror, increased Budgets for DHS, FBI, NSA etc…. And will be used to usurp the guaranteed Constitutional freedoms of all Americans. It has MUCH in common with the Paris and Boston Attacks, in that it was a p2OG, Gladio style attack where the FBI knew the alleged ‘Terrorists”. The fact that “ISIS” has claimed responsibility is just further proof that ISIS is (Like Al Qaeda) is being run by Global Intelligence.
Below you can read the Information even the MSM is reporting + a historical overview of Gladio style ops. Spread it far and wide.
Texas police were warned about ISIS attack TWO DAYS days before deadly shootout by Anonymous activist| 05 May 2015 | An activist linked to the international hackers’ collective Anonymous tipped off police in Garland, Texas, about an imminent attack on an anti-Islam event two days before it happened – but the red flag went unnoticed. Police and the FBI say Elton Simpson, 30, and his roommate, 34-year-old Nadir Soofi, from Phoenix, Arizona, opened fire Sunday evening on an unarmed security guard outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The Daily Dot reported Monday that the Garland Police Department had received advance warning of the attack two days earlier, courtesy of a woman living outside the US who has identified herself as an affiliate of the Anonymous network.
Gunman in Mohammad cartoon attack in Texas was monitored for years by federal agents | 04 May 2015 | Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. Two government sources who asked not to be named said the shooters were roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix. Court documents show that Simpson had been under surveillance since 2006 and was convicted in 2011 of lying to FBI agents over his desire to join violent jihad in Somalia.
A *blatant* false flag in Garland, Texas:Accused Texas Gunman Well-Known to FBI Before Attack [And SWAT was already there, waiting.] | 04 May 2015 | Since at least 2007, the FBI has been able to recognize the voice of Elton Simpson — one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring [racist] cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Agents recorded the young man from Phoenix talking about fighting nonbelievers for Allah…Simpson was arrested in 2010, one day before authorities say he planned to leave for South Africa. But despite more than 1,500 hours of recorded conversations, the government prosecuted him on only one minor charge — lying to a federal agent. Years spent investigating Simpson for terrorism ties resulted in three years of probation and 600 in fines and court fees.
Garland Shooting: Gladio – Texas-Style
Garland shooting involved troupe of practiced war propagandists and patsies long on the FBI’s watch list.
May 4, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – ABC News confirms that one of the suspects of the Garland Texas shooting incident, featuring professional war propagandists of the so-called “American Freedom Defense Intitiative” (AFDI), has been under FBI surveillance and investigation since at least as early as 2007.
Followers of ISIS had been sending messages about the event in Texas for more than a week, calling for attacks. One referenced January’s Charlie Hebdo massacre in France and said it was time for “brothers” in the United States to do their part. Simpson was well known to the FBI. Five years ago he was convicted for lying to federal agents about his plans to travel to Africa where investigators alleged he planned to join a terror group. The investigation into Simpson reached back to July 2007, when he was recorded saying of fighting with Islamists, “I know we can do it, man. But you got to find the right people that… Gotta have connects.”
Despite the event allegedly increasing chatter amongst “Islamic State” (ISIS) groups online, and despite the suspect Elton Simpson being long under FBI surveillance and even sentence to 3 years of probation resulting from a terror-related investigation, he was still able to conveniently conspire and carry out an attack on a highly provocative propaganda stunt in the state of Texas.
Garland Shooting Fits Pattern of Larger Staged Terror Campaign
As with all other staged provocations, including similar shootings in Paris, France, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Sydney, Australia, the suspects were well known to state security agencies for years, but allowed to conspire and carry out predictable, deadly, and politically highly convenient attacks. All of this echos the similar and long-since exposed staged provocations of the notorious “Operation Gladio,” carried out by NATO.
In Paris, France, the suspects in the so-called “Charlie Hebo Shooting” were under the watch of security forces for years, were in and out of jail specifically for terrorism, were known to have left France to join terrorists fighting with Western-backing in Syria and return, only to be left “unwatched” for precisely the 6 months they would need to plan, assemble the weapons for, and prepare to execute the attack.
In Copenhagen, an assailant who attacked a synagogue killing 2, was also well known to security agencies. The Washington Post would report in their article, “Danish attacks echo France,” that:
The assailant in this weekend’s attacks was well known to Danish intelligence, Madsen said. In November 2013, Hussein stabbed a teenager in the thigh while aboard a commuter train, and according to Danish media, he had recently been released from prison following his conviction. But it was unclear whether this weekend’s assailant was under surveillance and, if so, how he managed to slip free long enough to plan an attack with an assault rifle.
Once again, suspects under surveillance and even arrested and imprisoned as violent offenders or as terrorists, managed to conveniently “slip free” of security agencies just in time to carry out attacks that just so happen to help the West continue its extraterritorial wars raging abroad, and continue building an abhorrent police state back at home.
Finally, in Australia, a suspect who held up a cafe in a deadly hostage crisis, was literally brought to Australia from Iran for the purpose of waging a propaganda war on Iran. When this failed to materialize, the “shape-shifting sheik” would morph to fit the villain necessary to match whatever narrative was currently being floated around the Western media. His final performance would help bolster the illusion that ISIS is an enemy of the West, rather than a creation and perpetuation of it, and to this day serving as the West’s extraterritorial mercenary forces in nations like Syria and Iraq.
A Modern Day Gladio
NATO’s Operation Gladio, and its larger “stay behind” networks established after World War II across Europe and at the center of multiple grisly assassinations, mass shootings, and terrorist bombings designed to demonize the Soviet Union as well as criminalize and crush support for left-leaning political parties growing in popularity in Western Europe. It would be determined that NATO’s own covert militant groups were killing innocent Western Europeans in order to effect a “strategy of tension” used to instill fear, obedience, and control over Western populations.
A similar campaign of staged terror has been and is still being carried out not only across Europe but also now in the Americas - including in Canada. The purpose of this campaign is to divide society socially and politically, while helping to radicalize young people to join the ranks of US-British-Saudi armed and funded mercenary groups abroad in nations like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, and Libya, and then return to commit staged provocations to inspire fear, hatred, and obedience at home.
It is a conflict of which both sides are controlled by the same criminal special interests. While it is clear that Western security forces maintain a large pool of potential terrorists they intentionally allow to roam free until needed, it may not be clear to many of what the backgrounds are of those who organized the event in Garland, Texas that allegedly provoked this most recent attack.
Neo-Con Propagandists Are Hiding Behind Freedom of Speech, Not Defending It
The supposed trigger for this provocation was a “draw Mohammad” contest organized by the American Freedom Defense Intitiative (AFDI), a performing Neo-Conservative propaganda troupe consisting of the Bush-era US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, full-time propagandist Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer, and Dutch politician Geert Wilders.
Their debut performance was in 2010, where they came out to protest the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” supposedly to be built near the ruins of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York City. The mosque was never actually built, not because of the public backlash, but because the entire controversy was manufactured. The “imam” allegedly behind the mosque, was in fact a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, funded and backed by the very same corporate-funded think tanks that set out to protest against the planned “mosque.” In other words, the entire scandal was manufactured on both sides by the same special interests for the purpose of manipulating the public.
Since then, with little success, AFDI and its various affiliates in North America and Europe have attempted to stoke hatred not toward “radical Islam,” terrorists, or the US-backed regimes arming and funding them, but against all Muslims. Dutch politician Geert Wilders, for his part, while claiming to be defending “free speech” in Texas, has been busy trying to infringe on the rights of Muslims back in his home country.
The Koran should be banned as a “fascist book” alongside Mein Kampf because it urges Muslims to kill non-believers, says Dutch populist MP Geert Wilders.
Wilders and the rest of AFDI are not exercising free speech, but are in fact attempting to inspire fear, suspicion, hatred, and tangible violence against not just “terrorists,” but all 1 billion plus practitioners of the Islamic faith, many of whom are fighting and dying this very moment battling real terrorists, ironically armed, funded, and fully backed by the very Neo-Cons that have assembled AFDI.
Not only does AFDI hold freedom of speech in contempt and actively set out to destroy it for others, they are now hiding behind it to further strip the rights, peace, and stability away from people both in the West and abroad. The so-called “War on Terror” that AFDI’s rhetoric actively supports has served as the impetus to do everything from expanding warrantless surveillance and an ever expanding police state at home, to help garner support for wars of geopolitical conquest abroad.
Not About “Free Speech”
With these facts in mind, it is clear that “free speech” is a canard used by both the “left” and “right” to distract from the real purpose of the Garland shooting, and other acts of provocation like it. It distracts from the fact that all of the perpetrators have been well-known to security agencies for years, even sentenced and/or imprisoned by various courts, as well as investigated and kept under surveillance. It distracts from the fact that the event at the center of the attacks was organized and carried out by those who themselves have actively sought to curtail the freedoms of others, not to mention foster wars that have ended or otherwise destroyed the lives of millions. It distracts from the fact that the very Neo-Cons telling the world to fear “Islam” represent the same special interests arming and funding literal Al Qaeda and ISIS terrorists across North Africa, the Middle East, and even Central and East Asia.
The AFDI represents one insidious arm of a larger criminal conspiracy that has verifiably helped end the lives of tens of thousands in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen since 2011. It also represents the same special interests that lied to the world to justify invading Iraq in 2003, ending the lives of some 1 million people and leaving the country, to this very day, in constant deadly chaos.
The Garland shooting is not about freedom of speech, but rather about criminal special interests playing both sides of a manufactured strategy of tension to achieve further bloodshed, death, and conquest abroad, while inviting fear, division, and a growing police state stripping us all of our rights here at home.
Neither the AFDI nor the patsies involved in the shooting deserve the public’s sympathy or defense. Rather, they both demand the scrutiny and vigilance required to break the rhetorical back of this conspiracy, and strip away the support it receives from both sides of a mass-manipulated public.
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Video was recently posted of Wesley Clark on CNN admitting that the Islamic State was the result of funding terrorists.
Here is the video. I recommend that you watch and listen to Wesley Clark explain the origins of ISIS.
I’m not great at taking dictation, but here is what I got from Wesley Clark:
ISIS got started with funding from friends and allies because, as people will tell you in the region, if you want someone who will fight to the death against Hezbollah, you don’t put up a recruiting poster and say, “Sign up with us; we’re going to make a better world.” You go after zealots. You go after these religious fundamentalists. That’s who fights Hezbollah. It’s like a Frankenstein.
Yes, it is like a Frankenstein that destroys the countryside that was built in order to kill some bothersome alley cat. What an intelligent plan! I’m no fan of Hezbollah, but they haven’t done anything near the damage that ISIS has caused. Furthermore, we don’t have any evidence that ISIS has even devoted much attention or resources to fighting Hezbollah.
Do you think our allies (obviously, Clark is referring to Saudi Arabia) did all this without our government’s full knowledge and consent? Don’t be absurd. Our support for the Saudis encouraged their support of terrorists in Syria that we now know as ISIS. After all, the strategy that Wesley Clark describes is exactly like U.S. policy going back at least as far as our sponsoring zealots in Afghanistan in the 80s to fight the Soviets.
And now Obama is using the death and destruction caused by our interventions, including his and Hillary’s war crimes in Libya, to demand authorization for yet more death and destruction through more intervention.
The bloodshed is sickening, but the fact that our government gets away with openly turning places into worse hellholes than they were before, and then gets empowered by the chaos (“never let an emergency go to waste”) is even more disgusting. The strategy our government is using to aggrandize itself and spread bloodshed and terrorism across the Middle East could not be more obvious. Wesley Clark openly admits it! Other newspapers have reported on it.
As I wrote before, “Radical Islamic Anti-Christian Expulsion Is 100% Made in America—a U.S. Government Creation.” I should have called the ISIS surge a “Frankenstein.” Then I could claim that Wesley Clark was really quoting me.
Creating this monster was in the interests of the political class in the United States. It allows them to push war and the aggrandizements that come with war. It allows them to sweep away talk of the budget or trying to reduce our debt load. It gives them a continued military focus that will allow them to continue to find ways to militarize domestic law enforcement on the home front. If they can provoke some ISIS terrorists to successfully launch a terrorist attack within our borders, it will provide justification for a whole new level of police state.
ISIS may be evil and homicidal, but they are not our problem. The United States Federal Government under its current leadership (including Republican cheerleaders for overseas slaughter, like John McCain) is our problem. It is a much nearer threat.
On “The Rundown” with host Jose Diaz-Balart, Rollins began by saying that in breaking news situations, analysts often lack the necessary information to determine exactly what happened in a given crash.
With that preface in mind, he proceeded to spin out a theory.
“Something else comes to my mind that no one else has mentioned,” Rollins said. “This aircraft is highly computerized. This is the same aircraft that was involved with the Air Asia situation.”
“There’s one possibility that no one has brought up, and I wonder, could this be a hacking incident?” he said.
“This is very similar, in my mind, to what happened when the U.S. lost that drone over Iran,” Rollins said. “The same thing — suddenly the aircraft was responding to outside forces. And if something like that were going on, it would be very distracting for the pilots.”
With little information available about the circumstances of the crash, Rollins’ riff didn’t quite match CNN’s seemingly endless string of theories during the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 last March, but it was a start.
Breaking Bad scene – Plane crash suicide – Predictive Programming?
Should we trust the info on the alleged “Black Box”?
The outside casing of the crashed plane’s flight data recorder—one of the “black boxes” investigators search for after air tragedies—has been recorded, but its memory card has not been located. Investigators found the plane’s cockpit voice recorder earlier and have reportedly gathered “usable data” from it, but there’s no word on whether said data has provided any hint why the plane crashed.
The voice recorder takes audio feeds from four microphones within the cockpit and records all the conversations between the pilots and air traffic controllers as well as any noises in the cockpit.
The black box voice recorder indicates that Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately sent Flight 4U 9525 crashing into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass murder.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that “everything is pointing towards an act that we can’t describe: criminal, crazy, suicidal.”
Lubitz lived with his parents in his small home town of Montabaur in the Rhineland and kept an apartment in Duesseldorf, the city where his doomed plane was bound on Tuesday.
Duesseldorf prosecutors said the evidence found in the two homes “backs up the suspicion” that Lubitz “hid his illness from his employer and his colleagues”.
They said they had not found a suicide note, confession or anything pointing to a “political or religious” motive but added it would take “several days” to evaluate the rest of what was collected.
Lubitz locked himself into the cockpit when the captain went out to use the toilet, then refused his colleague’s increasingly desperate attempts to get him to reopen the door, French prosecutor Brice Robin said.
According to Bild, the captain even tried using an axe to break through the armoured door as the plane was sent into its fatal descent by Lubitz.
This could not be immediately confirmed, but a spokesman for Germanwings told Bild that an axe was standard emergency equipment on board the aircraft.
The tragedy has already prompted a shake-up of safety rules, with several airlines, including German companies, announcing a new policy requiring there always be two people in the cockpit.
Meanwhile, the UN world aviation body stressed that all pilots must have regular mental and physical check-ups.
Meanwhile in Montabaur, Mayor Edmund Schaaf urged reporters encamped in the community to show restraint with Lubitz’s parents, a banker and a church organist, who live in a handsome home on a leafy, normally quiet street.
“Regardless of whether the accusations against the co-pilot are true, we sympathise with his family and ask the media to be considerate,” he said.
Investigators say Lubitz’s intention was clear because he operated a button sending the plane into a plunge.
The French prosecutor played down the likelihood of Lubitz accidentally taking the plane down with an involuntary turn of the descent button.
“If you passed out and leaned over on it, it would only go a quarter-way and do nothing,” Robin said, adding Lubitz, who had worked for the Lufthansa group since 2013, had set the controls to “accelerate the plane’s descent”.
For the next eight minutes, Lubitz was apparently calm and breathing normally.
“He does not say a single word. Total silence,” Robin said.
The second-in-command had all psychological tests required for training, Lufthansa’s Spohr told reporters Thursday, insisting: “He was 100-percent airworthy.”
Recovery operations at the crash site were ongoing, with French officials trying to find body parts and evidence. A second black box, which records flight data, has not yet been recovered.
“There’s not much plane debris left. There’s mainly a lot of body parts to pick up. The operation could last another two weeks,” said police spokesman Xavier Vialenc.
Blackmail scheme? Or just rewards for aiding and abetting?
Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s watchdog.
The report does not specify the country where the parties occurred, but a law enforcement official familiar with the matter identified it as Colombia.
Seven of the 10 DEA agents alleged to have participated in the gatherings — most of which took place at “quarters” leased by the U.S. government — admitted to having attended the parties, the report found. They received suspensions of between two to 10 days.
Former police officers in Colombia also alleged that three DEA supervisory special agents were provided money, expensive gifts and weapons from drug cartel members.
“Although some of the DEA agents participating in these parties denied it, the information in the case file suggested they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds,” according to the 131-page report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
The inspector general conducted its investigation in response to congressional inquiries after allegations arose about the conduct of Secret Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents in the 2012 prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, during a trip there by President Obama.
In April 2012, one Secret Service advance agent implicated in the prostitution scandal told investigators that he had met with a prostitute as a result of an informal party that DEA agents hosted with Colombian women, according to officials briefed on the probe.
The investigation focuses broadly on the handling of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations at U.S. law enforcement agencies — including the DEA, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Horowitz said that the investigation was “significantly impacted and unnecessarily delayed” by repeated difficulties his office had in obtaining relevant information from both the FBI and the DEA.
“The Department of Justice takes the issues raised in the Inspector General report seriously and … is taking steps to implement policies and procedures to help prevent them from happening in the future,” said Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush.
Rodenbush added: “The Department is already working with the law enforcement components to ensure a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment and misconduct is enforced and that incidents are properly reported. The Department is also committed to ensuring the proper preservation and disclosure of electronic communications, including text messages and images.”
The inspector general report also concluded that the DEA, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service do not fully investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment by their agents despite significant evidence that misconduct has occurred.
At the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service, the internal affairs offices “chose not to investigate” some allegations of sexual misconduct, the report said. DEA’s internal affairs office also did not always fully investigate allegations of solicitation of prostitution.
There were 26 allegations involving DEA agents soliciting prostitutes abroad between 2009 through 2012, the report said.
In one case, a DEA regional director, an acting assistant regional director and a group supervisor failed to report to their superiors repeated allegations of special agents paying prostitutes for sex and “frequenting a brothel while in an overseas posting,” treating the allegations as “local management issues.”
Horowitz said his office was unable to determine the number of times agents sent sexually explicit text messages and images because the Justice Department law enforcement agencies do not have adequate technology to enable them to detect that type of misconduct.
Deadly bacteria release sparks concern at high-security Louisiana lab for vaccine research on pathogen that escaped –Several countries [aka the US] have studied using the bacteria as a bioweapon. | 2 Mar 2015 |A dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security [Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3)] laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana. Despite weeks of investigation by multiple federal and state agencies, the cause of the release and the extent of the contamination remain unknown, according to interviews and records obtained by USA TODAY. The Tulane incident involves the release, possibly in November or earlier, of a bacterium called Burkholderia pseudomallei…Tulane’s research, which has been halted by federal officials, was part of an effort to develop a vaccine against the bacteria [that was released].
Juraboev, who is also known as Adbulloh Ibn Hasan, came to the attention of authorities after he posted threatening messages to an Uzbek-language website in August 2014, according to a criminal complaint filed in US District Court in Brooklyn.
‘We too wanted to pledge our allegiance and commit ourselves while not present there,’ Juraboev wrote while using the name Abdulloh ibn Hasan.
‘I am in USA now but we don’t have any arms,’ he wrote.
‘But is it possible to commit ourselves as dedicated martyrs anyway while here?
‘What I’m saying is, to shoot Obama and then get shot ourselves, will it do?’
During a meeting with law enforcement officials at his Brooklyn home, Juraboev said he would kill the president because ‘of Allah,’ and that he would also bomb Coney Island if asked to do so.
Juraboev also said he ‘wanted to be a martyr’ against the ‘polytheists and infidels’
Saidakhmetov and an informant watched videos of Islamic State training camps in Syria, according to court papers.
Saidakhmetov told the informant in September that he wanted to travel to Syria for jihad, or holy war, but that his concerned mother confiscated his passport so he couldn’t travel, the complaint said. He said he would lie and tell her he planned to go to Uzbekistan to visit relatives. When he called to ask for his passport back, she hung up the phone.
‘The flow of foreign fighters to Syria represents an evolving threat to our country and to our allies,’ said state US Attorney Loretta Lynch, who is Obama’s choice to be U.S. attorney general.
Saidakhmetov’s attorney, Adam Perlmutter, said his client was a ‘young, innocent kid’ who would plead not guilty.
‘This is the type of case that highlights everything that is wrong with how the Justice Department approaches these cases,‘ Perlmutter said. Juraboev’s attorney had no immediate comment.
Saidakhmetov booked a flight to Turkey on Feb. 19 and seemed like just another ‘regular American teenager,’ said workers at Nil Travel in Coney Island who helped him.
‘He was just like anyone around us. He was totally normal. He wasn’t nervous,’ said assistant manager Frank Cakir. ‘It’s just scary.’
Until their arrests Wednesday in connection with an alleged failed attempt to join ISIS in Syria, Saidakhmetov and Juraboev appeared to live the mundane lives of ordinary Brooklyn immigrants.
They also appeared careless in planning their alleged plot. One man, for instance, showed up at U.S. Homeland Security offices to apply for a travel document, authorities said. They sometimes communicated online because they believed it would be harder for authorities to trace.
Juraboev allegedly discussed assassinating President Barack Obama, according to the complaint. But he told an FBI agent that he “currently does not have the means or an imminent plan to do so.”
Juraboev and Saidakhmetov, authorities said, planned to embark on the journey to Turkey on Wednesday.
One of them discussed the possibility of hijacking a commercial flight to Turkey and diverting it “to the Islamic State, so that the Islamic State would gain a plane,” the complaint said. They also talked about joining the U.S. military in order to attack soldiers.
Juraboev and Saidakhmetov were arrested in New York; Habibov in Florida. They face charges that include attempting and conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, the complaint said.
Saidakhmetov was arrested Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport attempting to catch a flight to Turkey, authorities said.
Juraboev, who was to catch a later flight, was arrested at his home in Brooklyn. Habibov, who Bratton said “helped organize and finance” the operation, was in Jacksonville, Florida, when he was picked up.
In addition to threats against Obama, the suspects allegedly talked of killing U.S. law enforcement officers. Juraboev allegedly mentioned planting a bomb at Coney Island if ordered to do so by ISIS.
An FBI intelligence bulletin to state and local law enforcement urged officers to be vigilant for not only recruits, but people who may want to carry out attacks.
“These individuals highlight the continued interest among U.S.-based violent extremist to support designated terrorist organizations,” the bulletin said.
Outside federal court in Brooklyn, attorney Adam Perlmutter, who represents Saidakhmetov, said his client will plead not guilty if indicted.
“This case really makes us question the federal government’s approach … to young Muslim men in America,” he told reporters. “They are very ham-fisted tactics. There is no attempt to intervene, to speak, to explore, to understand. There’s just the rush to prosecution, to arrest, and to conviction.”
A man appeared in court today after he was caught in an FBI sting allegedly buying a consignment of deadly ricin chemical that was sent to him hidden inside a toy car.
Mohammed Ammer Ali from Liverpool is accused of going to the darkest recesses of the internet and using the online currency bitcoin in an attempt to buy 500mg of the chemical that would have had the potential to kill hundreds of people, Westminster magistrates’ court was told.
The 31-year-old allegedly paid the equivalent of $500 (£325) to the FBI and received five phials of harmless white powder through the post.
Police said they had not uncovered any threat or plan for an imminent attack at home or abroad following the joint operation by officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, Merseyside police and the US authorities.
Officers – some wearing masks and boiler suits – searched five properties including homes and businesses in Liverpool on 11 February, and seized a number of items, according to a police spokesman. Ricin is said to be hundreds of times more deadly than cyanide.
Mr Ali, wearing a dark sweater and trousers, sat in the dock at Westminster magistrates’ court for a three-minute hearing and spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.
Mr Ali, a father of two, is accused of attempting to have a chemical weapon in his possession between 1o January and 12 February, contrary to the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 and the Chemical Weapons Act 1996.
He will stand trial at the Old Bailey, with his next hearing scheduled for 13 March.