Thousands of Afghan refugees in Germany claim to be former Taliban fighters – Der Spiegel

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The German authorities are now verifying statements of thousands of Afghan refugees, who came to Germany and claimed to be former Taliban militants, the German Der Spiegel weekly reports, adding that criminal investigations have been launched in 70 cases.

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Since 2015, several thousands of refugees who came from Afghanistan admitted during interviews with representatives of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) that they either had contacts with some radical Islamist groups in Afghanistan or directly fought for the extremists, Der Spiegel reports, citing data provided by the BAMF to the German security services.

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The weekly also says that the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office has already opened criminal cases against 70 Afghan refugees after verifying their statements. Six asylum seekers have been already arrested, the media reports, adding that legal action against some of the suspects will be initiated next week.

However, it is still unclear if all refugees who declared themselves Taliban fighters indeed fought for the extremists or had links to any radical group. According to Der Spiegel, the German authorities suspect that some asylum seekers may be seeking to boost their prospects of receiving asylum in Germany in this way, as affiliation with the Taliban is punishable with the death penalty in Afghanistan.

In November 2016, it was reported that the German authorities planned to send home some 12,000 Afghans as they considered the security situation in Afghanistan safe enough. Under such circumstances, the refugees might try to indicate that it is not safe for them to be sent back because they would face imminent death at the hands of the authorities.

However, German security services expect a surge in anti-terrorist investigations against alleged Taliban fighters in addition to the inquiries, which were already launched against the members of Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group in Germany.

The German Federal Prosecutor’s Office warns that it is already “pushed to the limit” by the sheer number of anti-terrorist investigations it has to pursue. In 2016, the agency opened 200 criminal cases against suspected Islamic terrorists, Germany’s Die Welt daily reports.

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In early March, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, said that Islamists could carry out terrorist attacks at any time, warning that “the potential of violence-oriented Islamists in Germany is growing steadily and will continue to increase.”

He also said that his agency has as many as 1,600 people on its radar.

In the meantime, one Taliban leader tried to claim asylum in Germany using fake ID papers. Abdul Rauf Mohammed, the former health minister under the Taliban between 1996 and 2001, arrived at Germany’s Frankfurt airport from the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, presented a fake passport and applied for asylum for himself and his family members.

However, the German authorities promptly uncovered his true identity and rejected his asylum request, sending him back to Saudi Arabia.

US-led forces, including Germany, invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban from power more than 15 years ago, following the attacks of September 11, 2001. However, the extremist group, which advocates strict Islamist rule, is still active and continues to attack Afghan military and carry out terrorist attacks.

On Friday, more than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and injured in a Taliban attack on a military base in northern Afghanistan, according to the Afghan Defense Ministry.

N. Korea accuses Australia of ‘blindly toeing US line,’ threatens nuclear strike

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North Korea has warned Australia of a possible nuclear strike if it continues to “blindly and zealously toe the US line.” It comes after Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Pyongyang poses a “serious threat” to peace and stability in the region.

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“If Australia persists in following the US moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and remains a shock brigade of the US master, this will be a suicidal act of coming within the range of the nuclear strike of the strategic force of the DPRK,” a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry said, as quoted by the official KCNA news agency.

The threat comes after Bishop said earlier this week that North Korea is on a “path to achieving nuclear weapons capability,” posing an “unacceptable” risk to the region. She added that its efforts must be stopped by the international community.

Those comments were not taken well by North Korea, with the spokesman referring to them as a “string of rubbish.”

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“What she uttered can never be pardoned as it is an act against peace that patronizes and shields the US extreme hostile policy toward the DPRK and nuclear threats and blackmail against it, the root cause of the grave situation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula, and encourages the US to opt for reckless and risky military actions,” the spokesman said.

He went on to accuse Australia of “blindly and zealously toeing the US line.”

The spokesman concluded with a stern warning to Bishop: “The Australian foreign minister had better think twice about the consequences entailed by her reckless tongue-lashing before flattering the US,” he said.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged support for the US policy on North Korea on Saturday, and urged China once again to exert economic pressure on Pyongyang.

North Korea’s comments also coincided with US Vice President Mike Pence‘s visit to Australia, during which he met with Turnbull and issued another condemnation of Pyongyang’s weapons program.

Pence thanked Australia for calling on China to exert greater pressure on North Korea on Saturday, while repeating that “all options are on the table” when it comes to dealing with Pyongyang. He stressed, however, that the US is focused on diplomacy at this stage.

READ MORE: Peaceful & nuke-free Korean peninsula possible with China’s pressure – Pence

Turnbull brushed off questions as to whether Australia would join any potential military strikes on North Korea.

“At this stage, the support we are providing is at the level of diplomacy [and] is of critical importance,” he said.

It comes just days after the first of some 1,250 US Marines began touching down in Australia, amid increased tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

US President Donald Trump has taken a hardline stance against North Korea since taking office in January, repeatedly vowing to “solve the problem” with Pyongyang.

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UPDATE: Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures…

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The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages.

 

Power companies in all three regions have yet to elaborate on the cause, though a fire at a substation was the original reason given by San Francisco officials.

A series of subsequent power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City left commuters stranded and traffic backed up on Friday morning. Although the outages occurred around the same time, there is as of yet no evidence that they were connected by anything more than coincidence.

The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.

A series of subsequent power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City left commuters stranded and traffic backed up on Friday morning. Although the outages occurred around the same time, there is as of yet no evidence that they were connected by anything more than coincidence.

The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.

Later in the morning, power outages were reported in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.

The San Francisco Fire Department was responding to more than 100 calls for service in the Financial District and beyond, including 20 elevators with people stuck inside, but reported no immediate injuries. Everywhere, sirens blared as engines maneuvered along streets jammed with traffic.

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Traffic lights were out at scores of intersections, and cars were backing up on downtown streets as drivers grew frustrated and honked at each other.

Via: SF Gate

The cause of the outage has not yet been made clear, though given the current geo-political climate it is not out of the question to suggest a cyber attack could be to blame. It has also been suggested that the current outages could be the result of a secretive nuclear/EMP drill by the federal government.

As we have previously reported, the entire national power grid has been mapped by adversaries of the United States and it is believed that sleep trojans or malware may exist within the computer systems that maintain the grid.

In a 2016 report it was noted that our entire way of life has been left vulnerable to saboteurs who could cause cascading blackouts across the United States for days or weeks at a time:

It isn’t just EMPs and natural disaster that poses a threat to the grid, but there is also the potential for attacks on individual power substations in the vast network of decentralized and largely unguarded power grid chain. A U.S. government study established that there would be “major, extended blackouts if more than three key substations were destroyed.”

Whether by criminals, looters, terrorists, gangs or pranksters, it would take very little to bring down the present system, and there is currently very little the system can do to protect against this wide open threat.

Whether the current outages are the result of a targeted infrastructure cyber attack or simply a coincidence, most Americans think the impossible can’t happen, as The Prepper’s Blueprint author Tess Pennington highlights, a grid-down scenario won’t just be a minor inconvenience if it goes on for more than a day or two:

Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.

  • Challenges or shut downs of business commerce
  • Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
  • Inability to access money via atm machines
  • Payroll service interruptions
  • Interruptions in public facilities – schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings.
  • Inability to have access to clean drinking water

It is for this reason that we have long encouraged Americans to prepare for this potentially devastating scenario by considering emergency food reserves, clean water reserves and even home defense strategies in the event of a widespread outage. The majority of Americans have about 3 days worth of food in their pantry. Imagine for a moment what Day 4 might look like in any major city that goes dark.

This exclusive clip from American Blackout shows what an American Blackout might look like:

Still Pretending He’s President – Obama Calls Globalist French Candidate, Inserts His Meddling Nose

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By Rick Wells

It’s important to remember that Hussein Obama is not merely a former pretend “president,” he’s a current international global communism agitator, a community organizer who has the largest of communities and influence as the result of his having occupied the White House for eight years. It’s also worth recalling from the eight year demonstration we all endured that everything Obama does is political.

It’s now being revealed that Hussein Obama spoke with socialist FrenchPresidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Thursday. That was the same day as the most recent terrorist attack in Paris, at roughly 9pm. No time was given for the call which was supposedly initiated by the pro-EU globalist candidate.

Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said “an endorsement was not the purpose of the call, as President Obama is not making any formal endorsement.” Of course an endorsement, minus the specific word, is exactly what he provided.

Lewis said, on behalf of the former pretend ‘president’ who never goes away, “‘President’ Obama appreciated the opportunity to hear from Mr. Macron about his campaign and the important upcoming presidentialelection in France, a country that President Obama remains deeply committed to as a close ally of the United States, and as a leader on behalf of liberal values in Europe and around the world,” Lewis said.

Did Obama not get the message that there’s a new president in town, an American one and it ain’t him? Did he get secretly get elected as Dear Leader of the liberals of the world or does that position automatically go to the biggest communist rabble-rouser by default?

Obama told Macron, “The main message I have is to wish you all the best in the coming days, and make sure, as you said, you work hard all the way through—because you never know, it might be that last day of campaigning that makes all the difference.”

Obama wants to maintain that this whole non-endorsement wasn’t an endorsement, but Macron certainly got the message, replying, “I will do my best, believe me. So I will fight to the last minute, and we will keep in touch, and our teams will realize and organize a new contact and see how to work together if I’m getting to the run-off.” He sees them teaming up, which is much more than an endorsement. Maybe they could do a few town halls together, get signs made that say “I’m with him” and have a cute little arrow completing the “H.”

Obama is not one to be shy about sticking his globalist nose into the affairs of other nations or about hypocritically charging others with the same activities he’s guilty of.  It was a year ago, almost to the day, that he went to London and attempted to influence the Brexit vote by threatening, “The UK is going to be in the back of the queue.”

He used $350K of American taxpayer dollars to finance an Arab community organizing, get out the vote and advertising campaign against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an attempt to defeat him in 2015, a project they named V15.

Now, having failed to protect the globalist control of the United States that he had spent eight years setting up, Obama sees the momentum on the side of freedom and nationalism in France and sees history repeating itself in the form of the unraveling of the EU profiteering and control mechanism.

He has no more intention of remaining respectfully out of the fray in their situation than he has anywhere else, including current, ongoing affairs in the United States.

The only way to shut him up is to lock him up and there seems to be little appetite among those with that responsibility in our government for giving the Democrat criminals the justice they deserve. That doesn’t seem to be anything the “‘president’ of the liberal world” is worried about. This fly will be buzzing around a lot of heads and into a lot of barns until they do.

http://rickwells.us/still-pretending-president-obama-calls-globalist-french-candidate-inserts-meddling-nose/

 

OVERSEAS RESIDENTS KICK OFF FRENCH ELECTION AS LE PEN SURGES

The first round will send two of 11 candidates into a run-off

By Bate Felix and Daniel Pardon

French overseas territories and French residents in the United States and Canada began voting on Saturday in France’s presidential election, a day before the main first-round of a poll that could change the global political landscape.

Of nearly 47 million registered French voters, there are fewer than a million resident in far-flung places like French Polynesia in the South Pacific, and Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Martinique in the Caribbean. They vote early so as not to be influenced by the mainland results, due on Sunday evening at around 1800 GMT (2.00 p.m. ET).

The first round will send two of 11 candidates into a run-off vote in two weeks’ time to pick a new president for France, a core member of the European Union and the NATO alliance, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and the world’s fifth largest economy.

With two anti-globalisation candidates whose policies could break up the EU among the four front-runners, the vote is of major significance to the international political status quo and to investment markets.

Coming after the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and Britain’s Brexit vote to quit the EU, few experts dare rule out a shock, and all of the likely outcomes will usher in a period of political uncertainty in France.

Polls make centrist and pro-European Emmanuel Macron the favorite, but he has no established party of his own and is a relatively unknown political quantity.

His three close rivals, according to voting surveys, include the anti-EU, anti-immigration National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who would dump the euro currency and revive the French franc. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon wants France to rip up international trade treaties and quit NATO, while conservative Francois Fillon’s reputation has been sullied by a nepotism scandal.

“The election of either Le Pen or Melenchon would put Paris on a fast-track collision course with (EU officials in) Brussels,” said James Shields, professor of French politics at Aston University in Britain.

“The election of Marine Le Pen would make Brexit look trivial by comparison.”

LONG QUEUE IN MONTREAL

Although pollsters put Le Pen in second place behind Macron in the first round, she is seen as unlikely to win the second. Melenchon, by contrast, could take the presidency according to some scenarios.

Polls in the dying days of the campaign put all the candidates roughly on between a fifth and a quarter of the vote, with around five percentage points or less separating them — threatening the margin of error for polling companies.

High levels of abstention and indecision are also a key factor.

Voters in the tiny French island of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, south of Canada’s Newfoundland in the north Atlantic, were first to start voting on Saturday morning.

In other U.S. cities and in Canada, voting took place at French consular offices. In Montreal, voters waited for up to three hours in a queue stretching for over 2 km (1.24 miles), suggesting a big turnout, French media reported.

Results from ballots cast in the territories and North America will remain sealed until Sunday evening and after polls have closed in mainland France.

France will be voting under tight security with over 50,000 police and other security branches fully mobilized for special election duty.

Security was thrust to the fore of the already acrimonious campaign after a policeman was killed by a suspected Islamist militant in Paris on Thursday.

Le Parisien newspaper said French government security authority the DCSP had circulated a note saying the threat during the elections of a militant attack like the ones that have killed more than 230 people in the past two years in France was a “constant and pregnant” one.

Legislative elections are due to follow in June.

(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Pineau and Andrew Callus; Editing by Andrew Callus and Catherine Evans)

‘We Finally Have an Administration That Will Enforce the Law’: Remembrance Project ‘Encouraged’ After Jeff Sessions, John Kelly Border Visit

By Ian Mason

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly were joined by members of the Remembrance Project, a non-profit dedicated to giving a voice to those killed by illegal aliens, at their joint border security event Friday in San Diego.

Sessions and Kelly joined Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) as they continued their joint tour of border communities to address the crisis in immigration enforcement. The two members of Trump’s cabinet met privately with delegations including family members of those murdered by illegals and Remembrance Project leaders in recent months.

Maria Espinoza, Co-Founder and National Director of the Remembrance Project, was thrilled by the change in direction she heard at the press conference, telling Breitbart News:

These joint press conference in indicative of the dedication and commitment America will enjoy with America’s new era – the Trump Era!  We had the high honor of having separate and private meetings with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.  We went away knowing that our country is in excellent hands, and we are encouraged to work with even more vigor to protect our families. Our 2014 meeting with [former Homeland Security Secretary] Jeh Johnson and former Attorney General Holder was a stark contrast.  And that’s a travesty.  But now, Americans are finally the priority in America!

Ruth Johnson-Martin is what the Remembrance Project calls an “angel wife,” someone whose husband was killed by an illegal alien. Her late husband, Police Officer Don Johnston, was shot and paralyzed during a 1990 bank robbery and later died from his injuries. She also attended Friday’s press conference. “The Remembrance Project is here in San Diego showing our full support,” she told Breitbart News. She too was encouraged by the change in leadership, adding:

Illegal immigration is a serious issue in the State of California and many American families have lost loved ones to criminal acts committed by illegal aliens and refugees. Many families like mine have suffered in silence, but that is no longer the case with President Trump, AG Sessions and Secretary Kelly we now have a voice!

The joint press conference, the second Kelly and Sessions have held this week, is part of an effort to promote their measures to bring the long-troublesome southern border under control. At the first conference in El Paso, for example, Kelly reconfirmed that the border wall will be “essential.” Sessions, for his part, began the process of withdrawing funds from so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions like California.

The Remembrance Project delegation, for one, is exuberant at the progress. “I am thrilled to pieces that finally, after eight long years, we finally have an administration that will enforce the law,” said Betty Robinson of Remembrance Project California.

Ann Coulter Calls Berkeley’s Bluff, Demands Her Speech Slot Back

Published on Apr 21, 2017

Ann Coulter isn’t backing down, she is demanding that UC Berkeley give her back her speech slot.

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Unicorn BaconFarts

Ive lost all faith in higher education almost. Turning our children into useless assholes.
Lisa K Troy

No they will be useful assholes to the whacked out progressive commies to keep promoting the stifling backwards progressive liberal ideology! Why do you think they’re is so many college kids acting like this? They are being taught by commies, who they them selves were taught by commies. The commie cycle of indoctrination must be stopped!
Fart Winds Blowing and SHlT Storm is Brewing

Berkeley’s California would be an excellent place for Kim Jung Un to test out his newest Nuclear Missiles !
RubberusDuckus

Need to have a conservative speaker every week until Berkeley goes bankrupt, from all of the riots burning their campus down.
ScentlessApprentice7

If Ann Coulter was a Wacko Liberal Lefty, the MSM would be touting her as a touchstone for progressive Feminist politics and would be casually entertaining the notion of her becoming America’s first Female President…
Jack Klompus

The Berkekely police are not legitimate police. They are an anti-USA, armed militia for the Left.
Jake H

The thing that concerns me if she does this speech is as follows. Also I absolutely support Coulter speaking there even though I certainly don’t agree with all of her talking points/opinions it is good to listen and educate yourself on ideas you disagree with. 1- Apparently anti-fa are allegedly planning on upping their weapons from m80s and bricks to Molotov’s and guns (not the air soft ones they had in AZ)  2- If they do escalate in their weapons/tactics and if people defend themselves with deadly force against these terrorists that even if returning fire was legally/morally justified that the media/judicial system in Berkley will crucify Patriots as terrorists and alt-right extremists.
Lon Rolvos

if she speaks. No better time to plant the flag. A smart educated successful Woman, drive the libs bat shit crazy. take berkley. take it all means necessary. No quarter.
Mike Turco

Annie get your gun, kick some butt
SgtKing King

I wish the U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions would investigate and charge the police there with violating the civil rights of conservatives by failing to protect them.