WORLD: hundreds OF BLACKS marched in memory of Trayvon Martin IN ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE LEGAL SYSTEM

March 22, 2012
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AS THEY DID WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING, BLACKS BOTH THE BUMS AND THE WELL MEANING UNITE TO INTIMIDATE THE POLITICAL AND LEGAL SYSTEM TO GRANT THEM SPECIAL TREATMENT.

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Mohammed Merah “shot dead” while jumping from a window, after special forces stormed his apartment. 4:08 EDT


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French police officers stand next to building in Toulouse, France March 21, 2012 where a suspect in shooting at a Jewish school has been holed up

 

 

 

 

 

“Islamic Warrior”, Mohamed Merah, Jew KIlling Jihadi Jumps to his Death in a Hail of Bullets

In the end, Mohammed Merah jumped out of the window with a gun in his hand, still shooting. He was found dead on the ground.

They finally killed the jihadist that opened fire on a Jewish school in France and slaughtered Jewish children and a Rabbi in cold blood.

Will the Muslim community in France, famous for its rampages and car burnings, decry this deeds or  Islamic Jew Hatred.

Police have had Mr. Merah’s building surrounded since 3. am local time Wednesday morning, when they first tried to force their way into his apartment before being rebuffed in a volley of gunfire. In the long hours since, they made repeated attempts to rattle Mr. Merah with a series of loud blasts at his building and insisted their top priority was to take the man, who claimed responsibility for the attacks in talks with his police negotiators on Wednesday, alive and bring him to justice.

Mr. Guéant said the suspect had warned police that he would not surrender and wanted to die in combat, prompting authorities’ decision to try to apprehend him by storming his apartment. Police first threw grenades into the apartment, as they had done during the night, but this elicited no reaction, said Mr. Guéant. (WSJ here)

The Telegraph has this:

Mohamed Merah killed in firefight with police
• Gunman leapt from window still firing
• ‘Al-Qaeda’ gunman began ‘shooting madly’
• Merah found dead on ground outside flat
• Two police injured, one with foot wound
• 32-hour siege ends in five-minute gun battle
• More than 300 rounds fired in fierce exchange
• Officers storm building after series of explosions

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13.32 US military officials in Afghanistan say they have “no information” about the Toulouse gunman being held by international forces after he was detained in the country French prosecutor Francois Molins said yesterday that Afghan police detained Mohamed Merah at a checkpoint and handed him over to US troops “who put him on the first plane back to France”. But Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings, spokesman for NATO’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said he was not aware of this. He said:
Quote As of now I have no information on him being in ISAF or US custody. We are working to ascertain the details of his activities, to include if he was detained, during his suspected time in Afghanistan.
13.12 Mohamed Merah’s former lawyer Christian Etelin has criticised police tactics which led to the al-Qaeda gunman’s death. He told AFP:
Quote His death is the logical outcome of the strategy adopted, he was increasingly shut up in his autism, in his removal from reality, nothing was done to help him and reestablish a link, dialogue.

 

 

I would have liked for everything to have been done to understand how he could have undertaken such a process of dehumanisation… this is a missed opportunity for understanding of human beings.

He said the police strategy during a 32-hour siege of Merah’s flat “could only push him straight towards being hardline and wanting to die with weapons in his hands”.

13.01 A French teenager who was wounded during Mohamed Merah’s gun attack outside a Jewish school is now in a critical but stable, his uncle Patrick Bijaoui says.

Quote He remains in a critical state but Aaron, who is 15-and-a-half, is young and robust. He’s not in a coma. He’s breathing unaided and can speak a little, but the morphine has clouded his consciousness.

Mr Bijaoui said Aaron had received surgery twice on Monday after he was shot in the attack at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, in which three younger children and a teacher died.

The .45 round from the attacker’s handgun passed through the boy’s left arm and then right through his torso, skimming his heart and puncturing his lungs and stomach, he said. Referring to Mohamed Merah, he said:

Quote It is a shame that he’s dead and won’t face justice, but at the same time we’re relieved for the rest of the population that he’s no longer in a position to harm anyone.

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11.31 Dozens of police and firefighters are walking away from the scene with relieved expressions on their faces.

11.20 RAID police entered the flat through the front door and the windows after the shutters on the property were removed, Claude Gueant, French Interior Minister said. He said the move followed a promise by the gunman yesterday that he would surrender at 10.45pm. Mr Gueant said:

Quote We therefore made contact with him (at 10.45pm last night) but he indicated that he would not surrender and that if we attempted to seize him he would kill the police, so the decision was made to seize him.

He added that grenades were hurled into the property by RAID officers at around 10.30am this morning before police moved in fully “aware of the danger and threat” that lay before them.

Armed RAID officers prepare to storm Mohammed Merah’s flat

11.12 Claude Gueant added that two police officers were receiving treatment following the firefight, one for a foot injury and another who is suffering shock. He said:

Quote I want to pay tribute to the extreme devotion and courage of the RAID police. I want to thank all the police for the incredible investigation that has been done. They managed to identify the killer in such a short period of time.

11.03 French Interior Minister Claude Gueant has just given a remarkable description of the gun battle which ended in Mohammed Merah’s death less than half an hour ago. He said the police decided to storm the building after the gunman had threatened to kill police and refused to surrender late last night. Describing the raid itself, he said:

Quote We sent in special cameras to be able to see where he was but we could not locate him. It was when we were able to locate him in the bathroom that he came out shooting madly at everybody.

The police had never seen anything like this kind of violence and the RAID officers had to protect themselves.

In the end, Mohammed Merah jumped out of the window with a gun in his hand, still shooting. He was found dead on the ground.

 

Standoff Continues Near Suspected Killer’s Home in France

Police have tried to storm home of suspect, who is accused in deaths of three children and a teacher at a Jewish school in France

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8,000 Mexican troops deploy to Michoacan

| Borderland Beat Reporter badanov
By Chris Covert
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The Mexican Secretaria de Defensa Nacional and president Felipe Calderon Hinojosa said Wednesday that a total of 8,000 troops have been moved to Michoacan state, according to Mexican news  and official accounts.

General Guillermo Galvan Galvan and Calderon were at the opening ceremony of a base that will house the newly raised Mexican 25th Motorized Cavalry Regiment in Tiquicheo, Michoacan in southern Michoacan.

Michoacan governor Fausto Vallejo Figueroa, Mexican Secretaria Armada de Mexico (SEMAR), Admiral Mariano Francisco Saynez Mendoza,  commander of the XII Military Region, General de Division Ruben Venzor Arellano and commander of the 21st Military Zone, General Juan Antonio Bernal were also in attendance.

The unit’s total compliment is 600 soldiers and 60 vehicles. Much of the unit’s cadre and officers were experienced soldiers moved from other motorized cavalry units. Colonel Juan Lopez Sanchez is the unit’s commander.

The physical location of the base is near a tri-border area near Mexico state to the east and the northern border of Guerrero state. Tiquicheo is astride Mexico Federal highway 49 which connects Morelia, the capital of Michoacan  and Toluca, the capital of Mexico state, as well as Distrito Federal farther east.

With General Galvan Galvan’s remarks, Michoacan now rivals Tamaulipas as one of the most heavily fortified states in Mexico.  A total of 8,000 Mexican Army troops, an undisclosed number of Naval Infantry units and about 1,500 Policia Federal (PF) effectives have been deployed to Tamaulipas since the start of the year, mostly to the north near the border crossings with the US.

Many of those forces were redeployed from other southern states as diverse as Zacatecas and Chiapas.

It is unclear from news accounts just how many troops were moved, and from where to Michoacan.  The state last experienced an upsurge in security forces deployed because of the November 13th gubernatorial elections.  About 1,800 PF effectives had been deployed to Michoacan in July, 2011, along with undisclosed numbers of Mexican Army and Naval Infantry forces.  The PF deployment came with about 170 vehicles including armored cars, 15 ambulances and four helicopters, including US made Blackhawk utility and Russian made MI-17Sh helicopters.  PF troops generally do not announce when they leave so it is unknown if those troops remain in the state.

The increases in troops strengths in many of Mexico’s trouble spots comes a year after a total of 18 infantry battalions were raised by SEDENA to deal with the problem of exhausted units.  Prior to the raising of the new units, some army units in the field had not been been relieved in months.  The new forces presumably allows Mexican Army units to rest, refit and retrain, giving military zone and region commanders better flexibility.

Up until last year Michoacan was considered to be La Familia de Michoacana territory.  Since that time, some members of the criminal group were captured, some were killed fighting Mexican security forces, while others split off and formed a new criminal gang Los Caballeros Templarios or Knights Templars.  The losses suffered by La Familia at the time were so severe as to cause PF spokesman Luis Cardenas Palomino to claim the group was finished.

In fact several narcopintas allegedly put up by La Familia members announced the group’s intention to go out of business in December, 2010.

And now, according to a recent posting in BorderlandBeat.com the Jalisco Nuevo Generacion drug cartel, itself the recipient of the loss of two of its top leaders, have announced its intentions of destroying Los Caballeros TemplariosJalisco Nuevo Generacion‘s territory is Jalisco state which borders Michaocan to the east.  Some small groups of Jalisco Nuevo Generacion cartel operatives are known to operate already in eastern parts of Michoacan.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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Drug Lords Targeted by Fast and Furious Were FBI Informants

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis
Federal agents released alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta to help them find two Mexican drug lords. But the two were secret FBI informants, emails show ….Paz, Chivis
 

 

 

 

 

By Richard A. Serrano LAT

When the ATF made alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta its primary target in the ill-fated Fast and Furious investigation, it hoped he would lead the agency to two associates who were Mexican drug cartel members. The ATF even questioned and released him knowing that he was wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

But those two drug lords were secretly serving as informants for the FBI along the Southwest border, newly obtained internal emails show. Had Celis-Acosta simply been held when he was arrested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in May 2010, the investigation that led to the loss of hundreds of illegal guns and may have contributed to the death of a Border Patrol agent could have been closed early.
Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau show that as far back as December 2009 — five months before Celis-Acosta was detained and released at the border in a car carrying 74 live rounds of ammunition — ATF and DEA agents learned by chance that they were separately investigating the same man in the Arizona and Mexico border region.
ATF agents had placed a secret pole camera outside his Phoenix home to track his movements, and separately the DEA was operating a “wire room” to monitor live wiretap intercepts to follow him.
In May 2010, Celis-Acosta was briefly detained at the border in Lukeville, Ariz., and then released by Hope MacAllister, the chief ATF investigator on Fast and Furious, after he promised to cooperate with her.
The ATF had hoped he would lead them to two Mexican cartel members. But records show that after Celis-Acosta finally was arrested in February 2011, the ATF learned to its surprise that the two cartel members were secret FBI informants.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) are investigating Fast and Furious, which allowed illegal gun purchases in Arizona in hopes of tracking the weapons to Mexican drug cartel leaders. In a confidential memo to Republican committee members, Issa and Grassley said the ATF should have known the cartel members were informants and immediately shut down Fast and Furious.
“This means the entire goal of Fast and Furious — to target these two individuals and bring them to justice — was a failure,” they wrote. The “lack of follow-through” by the various agencies, they said, typified “the serious management failures that occurred throughout all levels during Fast and Furious.”
James Needles, a top ATF official in Arizona, told congressional investigators last year that it was very frustrating and a “major disappointment” to learn too late about the informants.
ATF officials declined to comment about the investigations because they are continuing.
But Adrian P. Fontes, a Phoenix attorney representing Celis-Acosta, who has pleaded not guilty, said he was concerned the federal agencies purposely did not share information.
“When one hand is not talking to the other, perhaps somebody is hiding something,” he said. “Was this intentional?”
Emails and other records show that once the ATF and DEA realized they were both investigating Celis-Acosta, officials from both agencies met in December 2009 at the DEA field office in Phoenix.
It is unclear, however, whether MacAllister later told the DEA that she released Celis-Acosta in May 2010 and that he was headed into Mexico.
Her boss, David J. Voth, the ATF’s group supervisor for Fast and Furious, told committee investigators that the ATF realized the Sinaloa cartel members were “national security assets,” or FBI informants, only after Celis-Acosta was rearrested. He identified the informants as two brothers, and said, “We first learned when we went back and sorted out the facts.”

The indictment is now unsealed I have added  the link HERE to access full document….Paz Chivis

Text unedited, photos and indictment added by Chvis
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US is Negotiating with ‘El Chapo’: Ex-Mexican President

| Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis
by Geoffrey Ramsey
As the Mexican government claims to be getting closer to capturing the country’s most notorious drug lord, an ex-president claims that the US is negotiating the terms of “El Chapo’s” surrender.
According to a Milenio interview (see video below) with former President Vicente Fox, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is in the process of negotiating with several high-profile cartel leaders, offering them reduced prison sentences if they turn themselves in. Among them is Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo,” the head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel.
Fox also pointed out that drug consumption in the US is the cause of much of the violence in Mexico. He argued that, for this reason, the US should take more responsibility in the fight against drug cartels, asking: “Are we not doing their work for them?”
This is not the first time that Fox has made a controversial statement regarding the drug war. In August the former head of state called for the Mexican government to “gather the violent groups to a truce and evaluate the advantages of an amnesty law,” in a bid to reduce violence. Two months later, in an October interview with the BBC, he argued that the US should legalize drugs in order to reduce the demand for illicit substances in Mexico. He has also advocated drug legalization.
InSight Crime Analysis
Although Fox did not cite a source for his assertion about Guzman, it would hardly be surprising if the US were holding talks with the drug lord. Such negotiations are a hallmark of successful law enforcement work. The DEA has engaged in negotiations with drug traffickers in Colombia for years, and is currently rumored to be talking to the leaders of the Rastrojos drug gang as well as trafficking kingpin Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias “El Loco”.
Indeed, there is reason to suspect that such negotiations have already taken place in Mexico. Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, the son of a Sinaloa Cartel head, was arrested in 2009 and extradited to the US. He has alleged that US officials worked out an agreement with the cartel to reduce the law enforcement pressure on the gang in exchange for information on other groups.
If more evidence of these negotiations emerges, it will put the administration of President Felipe Calderon in a tight spot. Calderon has flatly denied rumors that his government engages in negotiations with drug gangs, and has criticized suggestions that it should consider doing so. It will be especially damaging to the president if it comes out that US officials are communicating with Guzman, because the Mexican government has attempted to portray itself as on the verge of capturing him.  Insight Crime…

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First video images of Mohammed Merah, ‘MUSLIM’ terrorist who killed seven

Posted: March 22, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: EnemyWithin-foreign | 1 Comment »

Mohammed Merah, the 23-year-old Muslim described by French authorities as a self-styled al-Qaeda jihadist, has been named as the chief suspect in a series of shootings that have left seven people dead. The 2-day standoff with security forces in Toulouse continues.

Somebody send in SEAL TEAM 6.

 

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Mohamed Merah called FRANCE 24 in the early hours Wednesday – a call France’s chief prosecutor, Francois Molins, later confirmed was genuine.

FRANCE24 Speaking to FRANCE 24’s senior editor Ebba Kalondo for 11 minutes in “clear French”, he said that his actions were part of a “much larger campaign” and that the country could expect further attacks in Lyon, Marseille and Paris.Asked why he had killed four Jewish people – including three children – at a school in Toulouse on March 19, he said: “The Jews kill our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

 

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To appease Hamas-linked CAIR, Obama sends in his DOJ thugs to harass LA City Council for denial of mosque expansion in Lomita

Posted: March 21, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Islam in America | 7 Comments »

The Department of Justice has launched a ‘civil rights’ investigation into whether Lomita officials violated federal law when they rejected a proposed mosque expansion two years ago.

Daily Breeze Federal investigators are interviewing 13 past and present members of the Planning Commission, City Council and other officials this week, said City Attorney Christ Hogin. “It’s a little alarming the federal government would come in and second-guess a land-use decision like this,” she added.

On a 4-0 vote, the City Council in March 2010 rejected an expansion of the Islamic Center of the South Bay, which sits on largely residential Walnut Street off Pacific Coast Highway. The panel believed the project would cause traffic and parking problems. (Yes, the parking of Muslim asslifters on the sidewalk problem)

But both municipal staff and the Planning Commission had recommended approval of the plan to build a two-story, 14,320-square-foot main building on the site. It was to replace eight, aging buildings on the 1-acre lot. However, opponents, led by neighborhood resident Henry Sanchez, contended the traffic study was flawed. He maintained it undercounted the number of people who would arrive alone in a car. Moreover, they believed, the expanded facility would accommodate more people than just worshippers because others would use classroom facilities at the same time.

Ameena Qazi, an attorney affiliated with terrorist front group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) who is representing the mosque, said the investigation was triggered when Justice Department officials read news reports about the denial of the proposal.

She appeared to be referring to a Los Angeles Times blog post that quoted Iraj Ershaghi, a founding member of the mosque and the project manager for the expansion proposal, in the wake of the council meeting. He charged that “some of the comments made by neighbors opposed to the project had an anti-Muslim undertone,” the newspaper reported. (America IS anti-Muslim, so what?) “The tone was that, `You don’t even exist,”‘ the newspaper quoted him as saying. (We wish)

Officials are investigating whether Lomita violated a federal law known as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Provisions of the law “prohibit state and local governments from imposing a substantial burden on the religious exercise of a person,” according to the Justice Department website. While that often applies to people confined to an institution such as a prison, it also can apply to land-use decisions that place a substantial burden on the ability of a group to practice its religion.

Qazi said publications by anti-Muslim groups have specifically cited using land-use restrictions to prevent the construction or expansion of mosques. (Sadly, the only way, but an effective one)

In the Lomita case, the council in part balked at rezoning necessary to allow the mosque to expand, noting that such action would reduce the size of the city’s limited commercial zones and potentially decrease sales tax revenues. Qazi said she didn’t believe that was a compelling enough issue to justify the panel’s decision.

“I believe the city’s denial of the rezoning has constituted a substantial burden on the mosque community to practice their religion,” she said. “We’re hoping the (Justice) Department will find out whether this action had any sort of discriminatory intent behind it. ”I am not saying that there is evidence of anti-Muslim sentiment sufficient to prove discriminatory intent under (federal law) at this point,” she added. (Then why did you involve the Muslim-directed DOJ?)

However, Ershaghi said Thursday he believes the city discriminated against the project on the basis of religion and has violated the law.

 


And so it begins: As leftie French Jews rush to absolve Islam of any blame for the massacre of four French Jews by a Muslim terrorist…..

Posted: March 21, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Say WHAT? | 34 Comments »

French Muslims rush to make themselves the victims of anti-Muslim sentiment in France. Sheeeesh!

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China factory activity shrinks for 5th month, HSBC flash purchasing managers index shows – @Reuters http://reut.rs/GFLPYg

Update: New blasts, gunfire heard near Toulouse, France, apartment where shooting suspect is holed up – @AP http://apne.ws/GKiTiz

  • Australia’s most wanted man, who eluded officials for seven years by hiding out in dense forests, was captured Thursday and charged with murder, ending a frustrating and at times violent hunt, police said.
  • Lawyer Ema Calvo, 50,  center, holds a banner that reads in Spanish; "French kidnapper and murderess," protesting the possible release of imprisoned French woman Florence Cassez, in front of Mexico's Supreme Court building, where a panel of five justices deliberate the fate of Cassez, whose kidnapping conviction caused international friction and prompted a national debate about the country's troubled legal system, in Mexico City, Wednesday March 21, 2012.  The supreme court judges will consider a proposal by fellow justice Arturo Zaldivar to free Cassez because of the inappropriate handling of her case in 2005. She is serving a 60-year sentence. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
    A Supreme Court panel voted Wednesday not to free a Frenchwoman who says she was unjustly sentenced to 60 years in prison for kidnapping in a case that has put Mexico’s troubled justice system on trial and become a cause celebre in France.
  • FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2012 file photo, Philippine National Police Special Action Forces and SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operatives) investigators examine the site on the island province of Jolo in southern Philippines where three most wanted leaders of the al-Qaida-linked terrorist groups Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah were killed in a U.S.-backed dawn airstrike in Jolo, Philippines. The two aging Philippine air force planes unleashed a surprise high-tech weapon: U.S. satellite-guided bombs in the attack. (AP Photo/File)
    Concealed by the night sky, the two aging Philippine air force planes unleashed a surprise high-tech weapon: U.S. satellite-guided bombs that whizzed down with deadly precision toward a long-elusive terrorist suspect and two other top radicals dozing with their men in Jolo Island’s jungle.

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