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NYT: Dead Argentine Prosecutor Drafted Warrant to Arrest President Fernandez

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The federal prosecutor who died under suspicious circumstances in Argentina last month had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernandez, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

The lead investigator into the massive 1994 terrorist bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment just one day before he was set to appear in court.

Nisman would have presented his findings in the probe had he lived, including a claim that Fernandez had conspired to derail his own investigation. The prosecutor had drafted the warrant for her arrest on suspicion of trying to protect Iranian officials from being implicated in the bombing, according to the report.

Not unaware of the danger around him, Nisman had already sent his findings and conclusions to the judge in advance of his appearance in the courtroom, a day before his death.

Although police and Fernandez initially claimed that Nisman had committed suicide, forensic results made it clear the prosecutor’s gunshot wound was not self-inflicted.

Hana Levi Julian

Forensics Prove Jewish Center Bombing Case Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Murdered

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

The plot thickens in the shooting death of Argentina’s federal prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, as the first journalist to report on the case flees the country.

The investigator – who four days earlier had given a judge a report on a government deal to prevent prosecution of former Iranian officials over the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish center – was shot from a distance of at least 15 centimeters (6 inches).

That’s no suicide, as government officials such as President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner initially claimed.

Forensic examination also showed the bullet wound to Nisman’s head had no exit wound – which it would have, had the gun been pressed to his skull as in a suicide.

The 10 police officers assigned to protect him have been suspended and are under investigation, according to The Associated Press. Lead investigator Viviana Fein questioned the two officers assigned to the door of Nisman’s building and will ultimately decide whether to try them, and on which charges if so.

The prosecutor was found in his bathroom Sunday night with a .22 caliber handgun next to his body – making it appear to the untrained eye as if he committed suicide – the day before he was to testify at a congressional hearing over the Jewish center bombing case.

Diego Lagomarsino spoke with authorities soon after Nisman’s death, saying he had given the .22 to the prosecutor because he wanted it for protection. He is not named as a suspect. However, justice officials say he now cannot be located. They have ordered that he be barred from leaving the country – if he hasn’t already skipped town – without first securing permission from the authorities.

Well aware of his risks, Nisman took precautions and had already handed the judge in the case his 289-page report. Nisman had alleged that President Kirchner had secretly cut a deal to prevent the prosecution of former Iranian officials who were accused of being involved in the 1994 car bombing that killed 85 people and wounded more than 200 others.

Argentina allegedly agreed to withdraw the “red notices” on Interpol seeking the arrests of former and current Iranian fugitives in the unsolved case, in exchange for exporting grain to Iran, who would pay with oil.

Initially Kirchner posted a letter on social media saying she was convinced Nisman had killed himself, but quickly reversed that stance as evidence began to flow in. Her second posting asserted that she was convinced it was no suicide.

Instead, the president wrote that Nisman’s allegations were based on “false information” given to him by the former head of intelligence services. This second letter, published Thursday, avowed that Nisman’s death was a deliberate attempt to damage the credibility of her administration.

Meanwhile, Damian Pachter, a journalist for the English-language Buenos Aires Herald, is on his way to Israel.

Pachter, who is Jewish and is an Israeli citizen, was the first to report the death of Alberto Nisman. He told several Israeli publications he was planning to seek refuge in the Jewish State.

“I left because my life was in danger. My phones were being monitored. I intend to return to Argentina when my sources tell me conditions have changed. I don’t think that will happen in the term of this government,” he told a local internet site.

His employer said in a statement the newspaper was willing to help him in any way possible and that he had not expressed his concerns at the time.

Pachter left Argentina on Saturday, according to Foro de Periodismo Argentino, the local journalism group, which added the reporter had said he was being followed on Friday and felt unsafe.

Hana Levi Julian

Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Over the years, Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman made some powerful enemies from Iran to his own country’s president.

He was set to testify this morning on a cover-up connected to Iran’s Buenos Aires Jewish Center bombing that reached the highest levels of his own government.

Nisman’s body was found, shot dead, in his home.

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Al Qaeda Urges ‘Lone Wolves’ via Magazine to Attack US Airliners

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Al Qaeda is recruiting wannabe terrorists via its online magazine to carry out lone wolf bombings on U.S. commercial airlines.

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League sounded the alarm about the terror group’s intentions on Wednesday, adding that financial figures and prominent economic personalities were also being targeted.

The 13th issue of “Inspire” was released by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Dec. 24, the day before Christmas — one of the busiest travel days in the year.

The magazine contains an article with explicit instructions for easily building a portable bomb inside a 17cm plastic water bottle case. Entitled “The Hidden Bomb,” it was posted as a central feature of the English-language magazine.

The entire issue, in fact, is focused on Al Qaeda’s strategy for defeating the United States by attacking American military technology, manpower, media and economy.

The magazine suggests the easy-to-build homemade bombs be used against U.S. commercial airliners – specifically American Airlines, Delta, United or Continental — ideally over U.S. soil. Included are instructions about the best location on the plane for planting the explosive and the altitude at which to detonate the device. Failing the opportunity to attack a U.S. airline, the magazine suggests aiming at British Airways, Easy Jet, Air France or Air France KL.

The advantages of this bomb as described in the article is that it is allegedly undetectable by dogs, odor-detecting machines or metal detectors. It is, however, detectable by millimeter wave scanners – a small issue the terrorist group says may not be such a problem because “in most cases they are not used in local airports.”

The magazine also praises individuals who have carried out terror attacks for the cause of radical Islam, such as Man Haron Monis in Sydney, Australia, who last week held 15 people hostage for hours at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe. Two people died in the attack after police commandos finally stormed the site.

“The Lions of Allah who are all over the globe – some call them lone wolves – should know that they are the West’s worst nightmare.”

The magazine has played a role in the radicalization of multiple domestic extremists, the ADL pointed out, including the Tsarnaev brothers who were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.

Following notification by the ADL, YouTube removed the video promoting the Inspire 13 magazine from its site.

Hana Levi Julian

Syria Asks UN for Sanctions Against Israel

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Syria has appealed to the United Nations in outrage over alleged attacks by the Israel Defense Forces against targets near Damascus on Sunday afternoon.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it “requires sanctions to deter Israel,” according to a report broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 television news.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied reports of the attacks.

Syria alleged the Israeli Air Force bombed targets in and around the Dimas air base and the Damascus international airport, including a warehouse in which advanced Russian-made S-300 missiles were being prepared for transport to bases in Lebanon belonging to the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met early Sunday in Beirut with Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah at the end of a two-day visit to Lebanon before heading to Turkey. The two men “discussed political developments in the region,” according to the Lebanon Daily Star newspaper, “with particular focus on Lebanon and Syria.”

Hezbollah has provided strong military support for government troops defending Russia’s ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the three-year Syrian civil war.

Hana Levi Julian

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh Found Guilty of Immigration Fraud

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh (67) has been found guilty of immigration fraud.

Odeh was arrested and served 10 years in an Israeli jail for her role in several bombings in 1969, including a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed 2 people.

She was eventually freed in a prisoner swap with the PFLP.

Odeh did not disclose her convictions and imprisonment in her 2004 citizenship application form.

She now faces up to 10 years in prison, and loss of her U.S. citizenship.

Odeh works as the associate director for Chicago’s Arab American Action Network.

Jewish Press News Briefs

US, Allies Bomb ISIS in Syria

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The United States and allies began bombing fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the city of Raqqa on Monday, near the northern Syrian border.

Raqqa is considered to be the “capital” of the ISIS attempt at a caliphate (state ruled by Islamic law.)

Both Russia and Iran, who are firm allies of the Syrian government, have warned the United States and others not to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria without first securing permission from President Bashar al-Assad.

However, according to a report posted Tuesday morning by the New York Daily News, Damascus said that “Washington informed Syria’s United Nations envoy before bombing the country.”

ISIS has swallowed a huge swathe of territory across Iraq and northern Syria, and is hoping to continue its bloodthirsty campaign to conquer as much territory as possible across the Middle East in order to establish an Islamic caliphate. The group simply slaughters those it calls “non-believers” wherever it goes – including other Muslims — usually by shooting or beheading them.

The military campaign, conducted by air with fighter jets and by warships at sea, is open-ended, the Pentagon told journalists in a briefing Monday. Buildings and arms depots were the primary targets.

The attack marks the first time the U.S. has carried out air strikes against the global jihad terror group outside of Iraq. U.S. air strikes against ISIS began in Iraq on August 8.

“U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against (Islamic State) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk land attack missiles,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time,” he added.

Several Arab nations participated in the operation, although the Pentagon did not identify them. According to CNN and other international outlets, there were four: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Hana Levi Julian

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