North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un issued an assassination order to kill his half-brother after seizing power in 2011 and agents tried to execute it at least once before succeeding this week, South Korea's top spy chief said.
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The Ninth is, of course, correct that due process protections apply to legal permanent residents (i.e., "green card" holders). Yet even though the Administration has said it won't apply the limitations to permanent residents, it held that such application was not moot.
The State of Hawaii's emergency motion to intervene (Docket Entry No. 21) is denied for the purposes of this appeal only. The State of Hawaii's motion for leave to file an amicus curiae brief (Docket Entry No. 21) is granted. The State of Hawaii's amicus brief has been filed.The court's case information page on this "case of interest" is here.
Appellants and appellees shall appear by telephone for oral argument on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. PST. Each side will be permitted 30 minutes of argument time. Call-in instructions will be provided to the appearing parties. A recording of the oral argument will be made available to the public promptly following the conclusion of oral argument.
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With less than a month remaining in office, President Obama is racing to free 19 more detainees from the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay. If history is any guide, this means that dangerous jihadists will be released to countries ill-equipped to handle them.The correct path to emptying Gitmo seems rather obvious. The lesser detainees have already been released or transferred. The major ones, for the most part, have been in custody long enough as to no longer have value for interrogation for intelligence purposes. What do we do with them, if we don't want to keep them in Gitmo or transfer them to foreign governments?
While many wondered whether Mr. Obama would fulfill his 2008 campaign promise to close Gitmo by breaking a bipartisan law barring him from bringing detainees to the U.S., the House Foreign Affairs Committee has remained focused on the president's push to empty out the prison through reckless transfers to other countries.
They should not be on American soil; they should be in it. Why is KSM still alive?
The military tribunals were set up to be swift. Unlike the independent Article III judiciary, they are under the command of the commander-in-chief. So order them to get it done.
What's the lesson here for Americans? This past weekend's terrorist attacks hold at least two. One is that there is a benefit for a society that allows competent and responsible adults to carry guns, like the off-duty police officer who shot the knife-wielding jihadist in St. Cloud, Minn. Another is that there is an equal benefit in the surveillance methods that allowed police in New York and New Jersey to swiftly identify and arrest Mr. Rahimi before his bombing spree took any lives.
These are lessons the political left in this country doesn't want to hear, lest they unsettle established convictions that weapons can only cause violence, not stop it, and that security is the antithesis of, not a precondition to, civil liberty.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected in bombings in New York and New Jersey, is now in custody after a shootout with police, sources said.The shootout happened Monday in Linden, New Jersey. Rahami was shot and was taken to an ambulance in a stretcher with his right shoulder bloodied and bandaged.Two officers were hit in the shootout with Rahami, the mayor of the nearby city of Elizabeth said. One officer's vest was struck, and the other was shot in the hand.
A bomb exploded early Monday near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey as police attempted to disarm it with a robot. No injuries were reported. This follows a weekend of violence including a knife assault at a shopping mall in Minnesota and other bombings in New Jersey and New York City. "It's a miracle no one was killed, but the timing and nature of the attacks rightly have investigators looking for evidence of Islamist or other terrorist links," notes the editorial board.
A witness who will only be identified as Lauretta told CNN her son was in a bathroom with a shooter at the restaurant.
"That's where he loaded his weapon," she said. "I hear like an alarm and boom, boom, boom... And he's still killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can't run."Lauretta said she heard the gunman say, "Allahu Akbar," or God is great. "I know this because I'm Muslim. I hear this and I only cry."
Many children were among the casualties. Police said 16 people remain hospitalized.
The shooting comes as recent terror attacks have put Europe on high alert.This week, a teenager who said he was inspired by ISIS stabbed passengers on a German train before police shot him dead. Only eight days earlier, 84 people were killed when a man drove a large truck through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France.
The man who killed 84 people in Nice on Bastille Day appeared to be planning the attack since last year and had the help of several people, France's top antiterror prosecutor said Thursday.Accomplices who share the specific intent are just as culpable as the triggerman. Presumably some of them will be caught. What will France do then? Will they do like Norway with Anders Breivik and sentence them to less than four months in prison per life taken?
Investigative magistrates on Thursday were interrogating five people suspected of providing support to 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, said Paris Prosecutor François Molins, who laid out a timeline suggesting the attacker and his suspected accomplices had embraced Islamic extremism as early as the Charlie Hebdo attack in January of last year.
The details disclosed by Mr. Molins threaten to fuel public anger at French President François Hollande and his ministers, who have spent days defending their handling of the terror attack.
The new evidence appears to contradict claims made by top French officials immediately after the rampage that Lahouaiej Bouhlel was radicalized in a matter of weeks, leaving security services little chance of stopping him when he plowed through throngs of revelers on Bastille Day with a 21-ton truck.
Instead, Mr. Molins suggested Lahouaiej Bouhlel may have conducted surveillance on his target a year before he acted and communicated more than a thousand times with suspected accomplices.
Are you really sure you don't want capital punishment, mes amis?
"Our most effective response to terror and hatred is compassion, unity and love," Lynch said after meeting with officials in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday -- a week after a gunman at a gay nightclub killed 49 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Largely, the insistence on data and evidence, which sounds unarguable in the abstract, is simply a dodge -- a tactic of delay and evasion to make us doubt what we've been learning from one source after the next for months (for example, that the police have become cautious to the point of danger, or that the spike in murder is a nationwide problem).
Sometimes, though, the insistence on "data" simply means an insistence on scrubbed data. Evidence adverse to the political agenda du jour (in Obama's case, whitewashing Jihad) literally gets blotted out. Hence this story from the
The Department of Justice is scrubbing references of radical Islamic beliefs from the transcripts of calls Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen made to police during his massacre, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday.
A partial transcript of the conversations between authorities and Mateen, who killed 49 and wounded 53 in the June 12 attack at a Florida gay nightclub, is set to be released on Monday. But Lynch, who appeared on numerous Sunday talk shows, said the transcripts will not include Mateen's oath of loyalty to ISIS or any other religious justification for the attack.
"What we're not going to do is further proclaim this man's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda," Lynch told NBC. "We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to the Islamic State]."
Once again, as in the case of the Tsarnaevs and San Bernardino murderers, the shooter and his associations were on federal authorities' radar--and again to no avail. Apparently, dozens of Americans must be massacred every so often so that the rest of us can avoid the politically incorrect charge of being "Islamophobic." At some point, intelligence authorities will have to take seriously American-born Muslims who consume ISIS propaganda and espouse radical Islamic hatred.
Still more monotonous themes: as in the case of Major Hasan (the Fort Hood jihadist), the Tsarnaev clan (Boston Marathon), and Syed Rizwan Farook (San Bernardino), there is something deeply wrong with American immigration policy and the attitude of us, the lax host, to newcomers. In too many deadly cases, a generation of Muslims goes to great lengths to reach the United States only to raise an American-born or naturalized ungracious and unappreciative generation that apparently grows to hate the bounty and freedom of America to such a degree as to blow up, shoot, and maim innocent Americans. Immigration to the U.S., and citizenship itself, should be seen, again, as a privilege, not a right--and assimilation and integration, not multicultural separatism and ethnic and religious chauvinism, should be the goal of the host. We need not single out Muslims in terms of restricting immigration, but we should take a six-month timeout on all would-be immigrants from countries in the Middle East deemed war zones--Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Pakistan, Syria, and Yemen--not only for our own immediate security but also to send a general message that entrance into the U.S. is a rare and prized opportunity, not simply a cheap and pro forma entitlement.
According to reports, the terrorists who carried out last week's attacks in Brussels acted sooner than originally planned because they feared that captured terrorist Salah Abdeslam would inform authorities of the attacks. Apparently, they need not have worried.
Belgian officials questioned Abdeslam only lightly, and not at all about possible new attacks. Instead, using the discredited law enforcement model, they focused on the Paris attacks of last November, presumably hoping to obtain a confession.
Back in the days of the controversy over waterboarding, there was talk about a "ticking time bomb" scenario. The question was: When we know there's time bomb ready to go off, but don't know the location, is it okay to waterboard a captured terrorist who likely has knowledge of the impending attack?
Read Paul's analysis here. In my view, failing to extort information that can save dozens of innocent lives because we allow captured terrorists to stonewall is way, way beyond inhuman. When you have no appetizing choices, you pick the least bad.