The Patrick administration clamped down the lid yesterday on Herald requests for details of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s government benefits, citing the dead terror mastermind’s right to privacy.
Across the board, state agencies flatly refused to provide information about the taxpayer-funded lifestyle for the 26-year-old man and his brother and accused accomplice Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
On EBT card status or spending, state welfare spokesman Alec Loftus would only say Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and [...]
Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.
State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those [...]
Bob Schieffer somehow topped Chris Matthews during CBS News’s special coverage of President Obama’s gun control press conference on Wednesday, as he became the worst caricature of a foaming-at-the-mouth cheerleader for the chief executive. Schieffer lauded “one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard him [Obama] deliver“, and compared Obama’s new gun control agenda to Lyndon Johnson’s push for civil rights legislation in the 1960s.
The CBS veteran even went so far to [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — A firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.
Bin Laden apparently was hit in the head when he looked out of his bedroom door into the top-floor hallway of his compound as SEALs rushed up a narrow stairwell in his direction, according to former Navy SEAL Matt [...]
Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him will be published on Tuesday
Claims Obama cancelled three operations to kill bin Laden
The killing of bin Laden is at the centre of Obama’s re-election campaign
The 9/11 mastermind was eventually killed by US Navy SEALs in May 2011
Barack Obama cancelled three operations to kill Osama bin Laden before finally going ahead with the mission at the insistence of Hillary [...]
Ben Smith, former SEAL, says: ‘As a citizen, it is my civic duty to tell the president to stop leaking information to the enemy. It will get Americans killed.’
A group of former US Navy SEALs, other Special Forces troops and CIA operatives is to launch a national campaign to tell Barack Obama: ‘Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did.’
The group, calling itself OPSEC, short for Operational [...]
It is all so perfectly fitting that in the wake of a murderous rampage in which 70 people are shot, 12 fatally including a 6-year-old girl, and countless families are sacked with unspeakable grief, you would take the time to share with us your feelings.
Because, really, at this moment, all that matters to most of us is what a bunch of smutty purveyors of violent fantasy, half-rate actors and an [...]
By Shona BHATTACHARYYA (video)
Sébastian SEIBT (text)
Alexis Tsipras (pictured), leader of the Greek far-left coalition party Syriza, is the new bête noire of the European Union – and especially so for Germany’s Angela Merkel, the mastermind of the European fiscal pact that aims to restrict government debt levels across Europe.
Syriza wants to renegotiate the austerity measures agreed between the former government and the international community.
“The popular verdict [of the elections] has clearly nullified the [...]
Bill Warren claims Al Qaeda mastermind is buried in Arabian Sea 200 miles west of Surat
U.S. Forces gave Taliban boss ocean burial to prevent Pakistan compound becoming a shrine
Treasure hunter Warren now needs $200,000 to dive and recover body
An American deep sea treasure hunter claims he has found the body of Osama Bin Laden – and plans to visit the spot because he ‘doesn’t have enough proof’ the Al Qaeda [...]
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I feel safer already. After recruiting five of the dumbest crack heads in the city of Cleveland, Ohio and convincing them to “blow up a bridge”, the FBI halted the operation just in time — a move that wasn’t too difficult considering the FBI plotted the whole thing to begin with.
And thanks to the FBI, we have all been saved from the masterminds of evil [...]
“It’s just what you expect from a guy who had a Swiss Bank Account.”
– New television ad from President Obama attacking Mitt Romney for, among other things, closing factories while he was CEO of Bain Capital.
A central conceit of the media narrative in Washington is that President Obama and his political advisers are political geniuses.
But if that’s so, how is it possible that they have mucked up what should have [...]
At a press conference with the prime minister of Japan this afternoon, President Obama said that Americans haven’t excessively celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden, and suggested that Mitt Romney would not have made the decision to kill the terrorist mastermind.
“I’d just recommend that everybody take a look at people’s previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and to take out [...]
April 29, 2012
The Obama campaign opened up a new line of attack on Mitt Romney Friday, suggesting that as commander-in-chief Romney might not have made the same decision to order an attack by U.S. forces to kill terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden that President Obama did.
But four years ago this April, the Obama campaign criticized Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for using Osama bin Laden in a political ad.
On the [...]
Barack Obama’s reelection campaign has released a new ad that focuses on the president’s decision to go after Osama bin Laden:
The narrator in the ad is former President Bill Clinton.
This latest ad contradicts President Obama’s own pledge after he took out bin Laden. “You know, we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” Obama told CBS soon after the terrorist mastermind had been taken out. He added: “Americans and people [...]
Talk about a mega-donor. Of the $28.4 million in donations banked in 2011 by Republican outside money group Crossroads GPS, a whopping $10 million of it came from just one donor. That’s 35 percent. From one person, or one corporation.
Crossroads GPS, which does not disclose its donors, is the brainchild of GOP political mastermind Karl Rove. Founded in 2010, the group is technically a tax-exempt non-profit, known as a 501(c)(4), [...]
The research by Brigadier Shaukat Qadir, a retired Pakistani army officer, claims al-Qaeda forced bin Laden to “retire” from his position as “amir” – or chief – of the group and to live out his days in isolation from the movement he founded.
It paints a picture of the world’s most wanted man living a secluded life in the town of Abbottabad, surrounded by squabbling wives as he gradually succumbed to dementia and failing [...]
February 12, 2012
Is there a Mossad base near Iran? The London Times published Sunday an interview with a man claiming to be an Azerbaijan-based agent of Israeli intelligence agency, who confirmed the existence of such a base.
The man, identified in the article as “Shimon,” told the paper that there were dozens of Israeli Mossad agents working out of the base.
“This is ground zero for intelligence work,” he said. “Our presence here [...]
At a campaign event this evening at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., President Obama indicated that he had successfully brought about “change”–an ambiguous 2008 campaign promise–by killing terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. From the official White House transcript:
And change is keeping one of the first promises I made in 2008 — ending the war in Iraq and bringing our troops home. (Applause.) The war is over and our troops are home. [...]
Terror mastermind and senior Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki is dead a senior U.S. official confirms.
Al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamic militant cleric who became a prominent figure in Al-Qaeda’s most active branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits to carry out attacks in the United States, was killed Friday in the mountains of Yemen, American and Yemeni officials said.
Yemeni security officials and [...]
By William Spain, MarketWatch
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — The second in command of the terrorist group al Qaeda was killed in a tribal area of Pakistan, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing unnamed officials.
Attiyah Abd al-Rahman perished on August 22 in Waziristan, cutting short his larger role in the organization assumed after U.S. special forces did in al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind [...]
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The name of Osama bin Laden appears in the Holy Name of Jesus Sunday bulletin. There’s a cross next to it.
A parishioner made a prayer request for the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack on America.
A church secretary took the Mass intention a week ago. She admitted she thought it was a joke at first. But few are laughing.
“I think it’s totally wrong, he doesn’t belong [...]
A federal judge today sentenced Gregory Carr, the accused mastermind of the Miami Companions sex ring, to 14 months in prison for running a high-priced escort service that charged up to $500 an hour for sex to roughly 30,000 clients nationwide.
The government pushed for a 27-month prison sentence. The defense asked for probation.
U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Tarnow met both sides in the middle, concluding that Carr, 44, was not [...]
President Obama speaks at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Austin, Tex. Tuesday. (Jim Young/Reuters)
Reporting from Austin, Tex.—
Osama bin Laden, [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will meet with some of those involved in the military assault that killed Osama bin Laden when he visits Fort Campbell, Ky., on Friday.
A team of Navy SEALs raided a compound in Pakistan, killing the terrorist mastermind. Bin Laden was later buried at sea. Fort Campbell is home to [...]
President Barack Obama will visit El Paso on Tuesday, a White House official confirmed today.
The president will then travel to Austin later in the day for a fundraiser. Information on the purpose of his trip to El Paso was not immediately provided.
White House officials said they will release more details later. There is no word on whether the public can attend.
The President previously visited Fort Bliss in August [...]
“Did Osama bin Laden win? No. Did he succeed? Well, America is still standing, and he isn’t. …
What he really wanted to do — and, more to the point, what he thought he could do — was bankrupt the United States of America. After all, he’d done the bankrupt-a-superpower thing before. And though it didn’t quite work out this time, it worked a lot better than most of us, in [...]
With the death of Osama bin Laden, U.S. forces ended a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and boosted the U.S. dollar‘s reserve currency status, too, trader Steve Cortes said Wednesday.
“History shows us that the country with the strongest military is always the reserve currency,” said Cortes, founder of Veracruz. “I think the ability of those heroes, of SEAL Team [...]
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown — who said earlier today he saw a picture of Osama bin Laden taken after the Sept. 11 mastermind was killed — fell victim to a fake photo of the al-Qaeda leader’s death that made the rounds after U.S. forces shot him on Sunday.
“The photo that I saw and that a lot of other people saw is not authentic,” Brown said in [...]
In an especially well-timed release this week, Richard Miniter’s MASTERMIND: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed reveals Mohammed’s rise to the top of Al Qaeda and his planning of the jihadist attacks on America in 2001.
More than that, though, Miniter’s book includes shocking new disclosures about how the US treats its detainees. Miniter tells Big Peace:
I was stunned to learn while researching Mastermind that [...]
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The hunt for Osama bin Laden was helped over the years by information from prisoners, including at Guantanamo Bay, US officials say, while arguing that criticized interrogation techniques yielded no specific clues.
“The intelligence was acquired over the last nine years or so. And there was some painstaking work done by some very, very dedicated analysts,” John Brennan, the top White House [...]
By Ezra Klein, Published: May 2
Did Osama bin Laden win? No. Did he succeed? Well, America is still standing, and he isn’t. So why, when I called Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a counterterrorism expert who specializes in al-Qaeda, did he tell me that “bin Laden has been enormously successful”? There’s no caliphate. There’s no sweeping sharia law. Didn’t we win this one in a clean knockout?
Apparently not. Bin [...]
FIVE men were arrested under the Terrorism Act close to a British nuclear plant yesterday — just hours after it was announced Osama Bin Laden had been killed.
They were detained near Sellafield — which handles highly dangerous nuclear material — yesterday afternoon following a stop check on a vehicle by officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, who police the facility in West Cumbria.
The arrests come [...]
In the hours immediately following U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, Chinese Internet users appeared torn over how to react to the news.
While some celebrated, many others mourned the loss of a “hero.” Still others seized on the terrorist mastermind’s death as an opportunity to offer veiled comment on conditions at home.
Rumors of Mr. bin Laden’s death began to [...]
In an attempt to release the news of Osama bin Laden’s death quickly late Sunday night, MSNBC correspondent Norah O’Donnell accidentally reported on Twitter that “Obama” had been “killed” instead.
“Obama shot and killed,” Norah O’Donnell posted on Twitter, citing NBC Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski as her source.
It was announced Sunday that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, was killed by [...]
WASHINGTON – Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, a person familiar with the situation said late Sunday.
President Barack Obama was expected to address the nation on the developments Sunday night.
Two senior counterterrorism officials confirmed that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan last week. One said bin Laden [...]