Obama Arms ISIS-Linked Militants, Pushes Gun Control On Very Same Day

Obama authorizes resupplying “Syrian opposition” on same day he demanded gun control


President Obama authorized a shipment of guns to the Syrian opposition, a.k.a. ISIS-linked militants, on the exact same day he demanded more gun control in response to the Oregon shooting.

Even more shocking, Obama did the very same thing after the 2013 D.C. Navy Yard shooting.

The president approved the re-arming of the Syrian opposition, which predominantly consists of ISIS and its affiliates, on Oct. 1, the same day Obama suggested the U.S. should start banning guns after the Umpqua Community College shooting.

“The approval came at a National Security Council meeting on Thursday,” CNN reported. “…The President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country.”

Virtually all of the rebels in Syria have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State since at least 2013.


“The Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council, the vaunted bulwarks of the moderate opposition, only really exist in hotel lobbies and the minds of Western diplomats,” journalist Ben Reynolds wrote in November. “There is simply no real separation between ‘moderate’ rebel groups and hardline Salafists allied with al-Qaeda.”

The New York Times made a similar statement.

“Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of,” the newspaper reported in 2013.
Recently a group of Pentagon-trained “moderate rebels” known as Division 30 handed their weapons over to the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate Jahbat al-Nusra.

The Pentagon had trained the group as part of a PR stunt to counter the fact that nearly all Syrian rebels are affiliated with ISIS.

“[Division 30] handed over a very large amount of ammunition and medium weaponry and a number of pick-ups,” a tweet from al-Nusra member Abu Fahd al-Tunisi stated.

And while Obama is arming these Islamic extremists who are beheading Christians and throwing gays off of buildings, he’s trying to disarm peaceful, law-abiding Americans.

“Each time this happens [a mass shooting] I am going to say that we can actually do something about it, but we’re going to have to change our laws,” he said Oct. 1.

However, it’s unlikely the Obama administration is requiring the ISIS-linked Syrian opposition to face the same restrictions and undergo the same background checks as gun owners in America.

In 2013, Obama waived a provision in federal law specifically designed to keep the U.S. government from supplying firearms to terrorist groups, according to the Washington Examiner.

On the very same day he waived the provision, he announced he was drafting executive orders for more gun control in response to the D.C. Navy Yard shooting.

5 people arrested in Sydney terror-related raids – police

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Australian police have arrested five young people in terror-related raids following the murder of police veteran Curtis Cheng last week. A 15-year-old gunman carried out the attack that has been described as politically motivated and linked to terrorism.

Five arrests have been carried out at homes in Merrylands, Guildford, Wentworthville and Marsfield.

All those arrested are between 16 and 24 years old.

“Those arrested include a 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old man from Wentworthville; a 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old man from Merrylands; and, a 22-year-old man from Marsfield,” NSW police said in a statement.

Those arrested have been taken to various police stations where they will be interrogated about Friday’s fatal shooting of a police officer, the police said.

Police in the area are on high alert due to the possibility of retaliatory attacks, NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas said earlier.


The raids – a coordinated operation involving the counterterrorism and homicide squads – were launched after 6 am local time on Wednesday.

It involved more than 200 armed NSW officers, as well as Australian Federal Police units.

Prior to the recent arrests, police also detained a teenager who had reportedly posted a video on Facebook showing Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione breifing the public about the shooting. The caption read “merryland [sic] police station is next hope they all burn in hell,” ABC reported.


The action comes in the wake of a fatal shooting outside the NSW Police’s Parramatta headquarters, according to reports.


On Friday, 15-year-old Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad shot and killed 17-year police force veteran and accountant Curtis Cheng at close range outside the NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta.

It is being assumed that the teen was not acting alone when he lethally opened fire in Charles Street.

Police suspects that the teenage gunman was politically motivated and link his attack to terrorism.

I find it incredible to think that a 15-year-old boy could undertake this action without any form of help or assistance or encouragement,” Premier Mike Baird has also said.

It is believed that Farhad’s sister could have been lured into joining jihad and she is now suspected of having traveled to Turkey and may be trying to reach Iraq or Syria.

Russian jets hit 12 ISIS targets in Syria, cause panic among extremists – Defense Ministry

Russian jets hit 12 Islamic State targets in the course of nearly 20 combat flights carried out in Syria on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said. Command centers and training camps were destroyed in the attacks which threw the extremists into panic.

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Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25 have launched air strikes on 12 objects of logistic infrastructure, command posts, training camps and facilities of militants belonging to terrorist groups allied with Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL],” Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Russian jets destroyed an Islamic State army munitions plant outside Damascus as well as two command centers in Deir ez-Zor, according to the ministry’s statement. In the Idlib Governorate, a training camp for IS militants was eliminated, while several IS strongholds came under attack where ammunition depots were blown up.

Russia’s Su-34 fighters attacked an Islamic State stronghold near the Gmam settlement in Latakia, where “militants’ fortifications were completely destroyed,” according to Konashenkov, who also reported “numerous blazes caused by the detonation of ammunition and fuel supplies.”

Russia’s targeted airstrikes have caused “panic” among the militants, Konashenkov said, also stressing that the attacks are not conducted in residential areas or places containing landmarks.

Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry does not rule out the possibility of Islamic State preparing provocative acts in Palmyra and other Syrian cities, such as bomb attacks on mosques, to put the blame for it on Russian aviation, Konashenkov said.

The ministry published a fresh video said to show extremists positioning their hardware near a mosque.

Hmeymim airbase has been used by the Russian Air Force since Moscow launched its anti-IS operation last Wednesday, following a request from Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

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The Russian combat unit is comprised of over 50 aircraft and helicopters, as well as space surveillance equipment and drones.

Moscow began carrying out airstrikes supporting the Syrian army’s ground operations on September 30. On Tuesday, Russia offered to resume talks with the US to avoid any misunderstandings concerning its air operations. A US-led air campaign started in Syria a year ago.

The Russian Defense Ministry doesn’t rule out the possibility of Islamic State preparing provocative acts in Palmyra and other Syrian cities, such as bomb attacks on mosques, to put the blame on the Russian air operations, Konashenkov said.

Russia began carrying out airstrikes supporting the Syrian army’s ground operations on September 30. On Tuesday, Moscow offered to resume talks with the US to avoid any misunderstandings concerning its airstrike operations. A US-led air campaign started in Syria a year ago.




Provisions will stop journalists from reporting crimes exposed by whistleblowers


In addition to consolidating corporate power over 40% of the world’s economy, the recently agreed upon Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will target internet-based investigative journalism and make it a crime to expose corporate crime.

United States trade representative Michael From announces TPP deal in Atlanta

The Independent reported on Monday:

One particularly controversial part of the provisions make it a crime to reveal corporate wrongdoing “through a computer system”. Experts have pointed out that the wording is very vague, and could lead to whistleblowers being penalized for sharing important information, and lead to journalists stopping reporting on them.

The draconian aspects of the TPP related to the internet were exposed in 2013 by Wikileaks.

Leaked drafts revealed it would police, censor and make the internet more expensive.

In addition to intimidating journalists and limiting access, the agreement contains provisions that require social media and online content providers such as Facebook and YouTube to remove content after one complaint.

The strict rule is already in effect in the United States, but the provisions will require this in all countries covered by the agreement.

The agreement also allows countries to seize computers of individuals allegedly involved in copyright infringement, which is broadly expanded under the deal.

In 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation warned the “TPP is likely to export some of the worst features of U.S. copyright law to Pacific Rim countries: a broad ban on breaking digital locks on devices and creative works (even for legal purposes), a minimum copyright term of the lifetime of the creator plus seventy years (the current international norm is the lifetime plus fifty years), privatization of enforcement for copyright infringement, ruinous statutory damages with no proof of actual harm, and government seizures of computers and equipment involved in alleged infringement.”

On Monday the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations reached an agreement on the accord.

It will now go before Congress where it stands a chance of defeat as a contentious presidential cycle unfolds.


Brady Campaign demands elected Oregon sheriff be “immediately removed” for opposing gun control

The only people who can “fire” or remove Hanlin from his office are the people who elected him


Let’s see how many readers passed their basic civics coursework back in high school. Who can fire an elected public official or remove him or her from office? (Those of you who paid attention to the Kim Davis story can read your textbooks quietly for now.) It seems that the Brady campaign and The Hill both need refresher courses on basic civics:

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin ruffled feathers after it came to lightthat he sent Vice President Joe Biden a letter in January 2013, threatening to not enforce stronger gun laws.

According to reports, Hanlin also posted a conspiracy video on his Facebook page suggesting the government was behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as well as the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a coordinated effort to “disarm the public.” He later distanced himself from the video and denied claims he is a conspiracy theorist.

This has enraged gun-control activists.

Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said, the “overwhelming majority of Americans don’t want a 9/11 and Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist leading the investigation.”

“We are calling on John Hanlin not only to be replaced as the lead investigator, but also to be immediately removed as sheriff,” Gross told reporters.

“As sheriff, he has shown he has no qualms about putting his ideology over his responsibility to protect his citizens,” Gross added.

The Hill’s headline emphasized the Brady Campaign’s demand


There’s one big problem with this demand: Douglas County Sheriffs are elected to office, as are most sheriffs in the US. John Hanlin is currently serving his second term, having run unopposed in 2012 for re-election. The only people who can “fire” or remove Hanlin from his office are the people who elected him.

That is basic American civics, which the Brady Campaign apparently hasn’t learned, and which The Hill didn’t know enough to question. There is literally no discussion within the article about the fact that Hanlin is an elected official in their story. This is the second time in the last two months that the US media has failed to recognize that elected officials cannot be fired or removed by other elected officials, the Kim Davis story being the first.

The Brady Campaign’s spokesman screeches about putting ideology above public safety as if Hanlin invented selective enforcement. Where has the Brady Campaign been with so-called “sanctuary cities,” which refuse to cooperate in enforcing immigration law? Did they call for the “firings” of mayors and city council members in places like San Francisco after the Steinle murder, among many other examples? What about the selective enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security on immigration under executive orders from Barack Obama? Will they call for Obama’s “firing” for putting politics above public safety?

Furthermore, if Hanlin determines that specific gun-control regulations violate the Constitution, he shouldn’t enforce it. If his constituents disagree, they can vote him out of office in a couple of years. That’s the only way he gets “fired” or “removed” from an elected position, a fact that public activists ought to learn before they make absurd and ignorant public demands.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for a recall election, either. This part of Oregon is very conservative; Romney won by nearly 2:1 in Douglas in a state Obama carried by twelve points. Speaking of which, Obama will travel there later this week to meet with the families of the victims of the mass shooting. While the families will certainly appreciate the President’s presence, don’t expect it to change many minds in Douglas about gun control.