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Bomb Threats Again Close JCCs Along America’s East Coast

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Bomb Threats Again Close JCCs Across Eastern USA

Jewish Community Centers in more than a dozen states in the U.S. once again were forced to evacuate and close on Wednesday this week after receiving telephoned bomb threats.

In Connecticut, around 200 preschool children were learning how to swim at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford when the building was threatened in the morning, forcing an evacuation. The children were transferred during the sweep to the Hebrew Home, but everyone was allowed to return after a police search turned up nothing.

In the New Haven area, the JCC of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge, CT was also cleared out after a woman called in a bomb threat about an hour earlier, a senior staff member told NBC Connecticut. The children in the building were moved while police arrived and carried out a sweep of the building.

In New York State, the Whitehall facility of the Albany Jewish Community Center closed for hours after bomb-sniffing dogs were taken through the building to hunt for a possible explosive. Children at the daycare in the building were immediately evacuated together with staff and JCC members.

Police said someone who “sounded like a woman” called the JCC at 9:40 am and told a staff member there was a bomb in the building, according to the Times Union. JCC executive director Adam Chaskin told the newspaper, “We can’t let people who want to create fear rule our lives.”

Similar threats were called in to JCCs in Newton, Massachusetts and Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Farther south, in Miami Beach, police said a call came into the Simkins Family Jewish Community Center in the city, with the caller threatening to blow up the building.

As in Connecticut, no bomb was found after a thorough sweep, and the all-clear came shortly after.

A similar rash of bomb threats were called in to Jewish community centers in more than half a dozen states around the a country last week as well.

Hana Levi Julian

FBI on the Case of Coordinated 16 JCC Bomb Threats

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police are investigating the source of Monday’s “robocall bomb threats” to 16 Jewish community centers in nine states. So far, no bombs have been found. According to Reuters, security officials said on Tuesday that the wave of telephone bomb threats possibly came from the same number, via an automated calling system.

But Paul Goldenberg, national director of nonprofit Secure Community Network advising Jewish groups on security matters, told Reuters only a few calls used “robocalling” and the rest were made manually.

So far the FBI has not mentioned suspects, motive, or a theory as to why the callers targeted Jewish centers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and South.

“Bomb threats to Jewish communities are nothing new,” Goldenberg told Reuters. “What’s extraordinary is that we had so many in such a short period of time.”

Back in May, 2016, a wave of threats driven by automated calls were directed at schools across at least four US time zones, forcing authorities to lock down school buildings and evacuate students. Some districts reported that the calls included a bomb threat while others just described the calls as “threatening.” The calls were reported in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

Monday’s phone calls were made to JCCs in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Also on Monday, nine Jewish and non-Jewish schools across UK were put on alert after hoax bomb threats. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Police were alerted at around 10:30 AM hrs on Monday, 9 January, to phone calls made to schools in Roehampton, Ilford and Brent in which bomb threats were made. Police officers attended the schools. All three incidents were stood down a short time later. An investigation into the threat will be conducted.”

It is still not clear if the calls against the British and American schools were related. According to Reuters, an analysis indicated the UK calls came from separate countries.

David Israel

Dead Terrorist at Ohio State U Identified as Abdul Razaq Ali Artan

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The terrorist who carried out a vehicle ram-and-stab attacked on the Columbus campus of Ohio State University on Monday was an 18-year-old Somali immigrant who was student at the school, according to a report by NBC News, quoting law enforcement officials.

Abdul Razaq Ali Artan was a legal permanent resident from Somalia who came to the United States in 2014 from Pakistan after having left his homeland with his family in 2007.

He carried out the attack — plowing his car into a group of people who had evacuated the Watts Hall building on campus in response to a caller who had reported a “gas leak” — then got out and started slashing at the stunned crowd with a large butcher knife, officials said.

Ten people were injured and sent to the hospital, including one who was at first reported in critical condition but who has since stabilized.

OSU Police Officer Alan Horujko arrived within “a minute” and yelled a warning for the attacker to “Drop the knife and get down!” But when he failed to immediately comply, he waited no longer, took careful aim and fired, Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said. It took three bullets to take the terrorist down, according to one student who told CNN the officer who shot Artan “waited ’til everyone was clear, and the stabber clearly wasn’t stopping.”

Law enforcement officials said Artan posted a rant on social media prior to the attack, but officials are being cautious about releasing information on any motive for his attack.

Artan had allegedly mentioned radical Islamist cleric Anwar Awlaki often on his Facebook page. The rant he posted prior to his attack read:

“I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE. … I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries…if you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks.”

Artan attended Columbus State Community College from the time he entered the United States in 2014, at age 16, graduating cum laude with an Associates Degree.

According to NBC News, Artan told the Ohio State University campus newspaper, The Lantern that on his first day at the university he was “scared” about praying as a Muslim on campus. “If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen.”

By that time, however, he had already spent two years in the state college/university system in Ohio, and presumably had prayed “in public” on that campus as well.

Hana Levi Julian

It’s A Miracle!! Comey Says FBI Went Through 650,000 Emails In Nine Days

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s blogsite, The Lid}

Whoever says God no longer performs miracles has just been proven wrong. You see it took the FBI almost a year to go through the first 55,000 pages of emails. But by some miracle the FBI went through 650,000 emails in NINE DAYS. Holy cow they are good!

Think about it 9 days X 24 hours in a day X 60 minutes in an hour= 12,960 minutes.  Therefore the FBI just went through 650,000 emails in 12,960 minutes or 50.15 emails every minute (with no breaks or sleep). Another way to look at it is 650,000 emails in 761,400 seconds or one email every 1.2 seconds.  See it had to be a miracle. 

Well either that, or once again Loretta Lynch pressured James Comey to save Hillary’s candidacy.  Because only one week since we found out that there were 650,000 emails for them to go through, James Comey decided that there was nothing in the 650,000 emails that change his initial decision that despite the fact that Hillary was negligent in her handling of America’s secrets no one would ever prosecute her (because she is the Democratic Candidate and his boss the Attorney General wants her to win).

Dear Messrs. Chairmen:

I write to supplement my October 28, 2016 letter that notified you the FBI would be taking additional investigative steps with respect to former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation. During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.

Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.

I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.

Sincerely yours,
James B. Comey
Director

I wonder if somebody threatened Comey that he would be found committing “suicide.” ‘

At the very least don’t be surprised if there a lot of leaks coming out of the FBI, the agents involved were angry the last time Comey bowed to pressure and cleared Hillary.  The will be angrier now.

This is a sham, if Comey was being pressured to end the investigation early he should have resigned.  Sadly he has damaged the reputation of the great institution of the FBI once again.

 

Jeff Dunetz

Hillary Clinton’s E-Mail Scandal is About Her Corruption, NOT the FBI Director’s Anti-Woman Bias

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

{Originally posted to the National Review website}

Hillary Clinton is perfect.

That, apparently, is the Left’s new line on their nominee. It was one thing to label her a corrupt old crone when she was running against newfangled 1930s near-octogenarian Bernie Sanders. It was another thing to sigh over her foibles when she led Donald Trump by double digits.

But in a close election, Democrats have decided to don the blinders: Hillary is a saint. And all who oppose her are angels of darkness.

When Hillary’s e-mail scandal first cropped up, the Left acknowledged Hillary’s dicey relationship with the truth, but praised rival Bernie Sanders for his gentlemanly unwillingness to exploit Hillary’s corruption for political gain. Then, when Sanders finally shuffled off into the political sunset, they shifted their narrative: Now, Hillary was being targeted over speculation and innuendo — but she had some of that coming, given her decision to set up a private e-mail server. When the FBI effectively closed its original investigation, they could point to FBI director James Comey’s supposed rectitude as evidence for their theory that Hillary had made a mistake, but she hadn’t done anything criminal.

Then, like a zombie rising from the dead, E-mailgate returned: twice as brutal, twice as ugly, and twice as unkillable.

It’s too late in the election cycle to ward off E-mailgate with some tut-tutting or a wave of the hand. This election is too close for Democrats to simply acknowledge Hillary’s corruption, then vote for her in order to stop Trump.

No, they must blind themselves to Hillary’s corruption utterly, and blind others to it as well. They must spray lye in the eyes of the public to protect Hillary’s lies. And so the Left have declared their new enemies: James Comey, and supposed sexism.

Parodic New York Times columnist Charles Blow led the way with a column titled “Emails, Genitalia and the FBI.” Blow now alleges that the election is rigged — sound familiar? — by nefarious forces beyond Hillary’s control. “This election isn’t in danger of being stolen by Hillary Clinton,” Blow says, “but in danger of being stolen from her.” And why, pray tell, would James Comey, Hillary’s heretofore savior, turn on her like a Judas? Because, writes Blow, “this is just the latest lifeline being thrown to a Republican candidate drowning in his own ineptitude.” Comey must be working for the Trumps. Or the Russians. Or somebody.

Senator Harry Reid (D., Nev.), a petrifying political cow dropping, has accused Comey, in full Joe McCarthy fashion, of the same malfeasance. “I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that [your] actions may violate the Hatch Act,” Reid wrote to Comey. “In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government#…#[but] you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.” Reid is now approximately five minutes from brandishing a list of Communists before the cameras, calling for Comey’s resignation.

And Harry Reid isn’t the only one. Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake — a woman who once declared that she would let rioters destroy her city because it was imperative to give them “room” to express themselves — called Comey “reckless” and suggested that “he’s under pressure and he got shook.” Former attorney general Eric Holder, who is still under contempt of Congress, declared Comey’s actions absolutely deplorable.

Most hilarious, Professor Robin Lakoff of the University of California, Berkeley, labeled the entire enterprise sexist. “Emailgate is a bitch hunt,” she wrote at Time.com, “but the target is not Hillary Clinton. It’s us. The only reason the whole email flap has legs is because the candidate is female. Can you imagine this happening to a man?”

Lakoff apparently forgot that this re-investigation exists only began because a man, Anthony Weiner, is under FBI investigation; she apparently forgot that General David Petraeus was punished for similar crimes; she apparently neglects that 91 percent of all prison inmates are men, and that virtually every political scandal in history has targeted a man. But never mind that: Hillary must be shielded, and if her genitalia will serve the cause, so be it!

One of the most disappointing aspects of this election cycle has been the realization by some conservatives that many of our fellow conservatives want to be Democrats. They want to be Democrats not in terms of policy, although some Trump fans are indistinguishable from blue dog Democrats. They want to be Democrats in terms of politician-worship. Too many Republicans look at how Democrats rally around awful people ranging from Bill Clinton to Teddy Kennedy, and think, “How can we do that? If we just did that, we’d be able to elect more Republicans!”

There’s truth to that. Obviously, Democrats are willing to stand with their candidates, even after those candidates use their interns as humidors or their female friends as car anchors. But that’s what distinguishes Republicans from Democrats historically. And even when Republicans begin to act like Democrats — when we begin to excuse the worst excesses of our candidates in the name of victory — it doesn’t work all that well. Many Republicans still agonize over the foibles and evils of Trump. Many Republicans won’t vote for him. The same doesn’t hold true for Democrats, who may pretend at skepticism but fall into pure godworship the moment the chips are down.

Hillary Clinton isn’t a victim. She created a private server for her own benefit, and she’s been ensnared in her own paranoia and ambition. The fact that Democrats will cling to her sainthood despite that obvious truth demonstrates that Democrats cannot be trusted with power. To the extent that Republicans imitate Democrats, they can’t be trusted with power either.

Yes, at long last, the Left has pulled its anti-Trump card: Hillary has a vagina, and is being targeted for that supposedly debilitating condition.

The attempts to paint E-mailgate as sexism demonstrate the Left’s blindness to Hillary’s flaws. At least we acknowledge Trump’s faults in the GOP — or at least a major segment of us do. The Left’s attempts to pawn off all anti-Hillary scandals as effects of sexism (and Obama’s as effects of racism) are a basic avoidance maneuver.

Ben Shapiro

Evidence In Anthony Weiner Sexting Scandal Leads To FBI Reopening Criminal Investigation Of Hillary Clinton

Monday, October 31st, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s blogsie, The Lid}

It takes a lot for the FBI to reopen an investigation.  It takes even more for the FBI to reopen an investigation of a presidential candidate eleven days before the election. But that’s exactly what happened.

Early this afternoon it was announced that the FBI was reopening the Criminal Investigation of Hillary Clinton’s conduct as secretary of state, with regards to her email server and America’s secrets (and don’t listen to any Clinton surrogates who say it’s not a criminal investigation…the FBI doesn’t do any other kind of investigation).

The first inkling of the news was  a tweet from Rep. Jason Chaffetz

 

About ten minutes after Chaffetz’s tweet came this letter from FBI Director Comey to congressional leaders:

comey-letter

The new information didn’t come from Wikileaks, according to the NY Times,  it came from Huma Abedin (thanks to the Weiner sexting investigation scandal).Federal law enforcement officials said Friday that the new emails uncovered in the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server were discovered after the F.B.I. seized electronic devices belonging to Huma Abedin, an aide to Mrs. Clinton, and her husband, Anthony Weiner. Federal law enforcement officials said Friday that the new emails uncovered in the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server were discovered after the F.B.I. seized electronic devices belonging to Huma Abedin, an aide to Mrs. Clinton, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

We don’t know when this new criminal investigation will be over, nor what exactly the new material is. However in this highly charged political year less than two weeks before election day, Comey would not reopen the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton and do it so publicly, unless he thought it was significant. Whether or not this will have any effect on people’s votes is also unknown. It may be that this kind of news is already baked in to people’s attitudes about Clinton…we shall see. Either way if you are a Trump supporter, it can’t hurt.

 

Jeff Dunetz

FBI Reopens Probe Into Thousands of Clinton Emails on Abedin & Weiner Laptop

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

FBI Director James Comey notified the U.S. Congress on Friday that his agency would renew its probe into the issue of Hillary Clinton’s handling of sensitive and classified information.

The announcement came in response to the discovery of thousands of emails sent to and from Clinton aide Huma Abedin on a laptop owned by her estranged husband, former U.S. Congressman Anthony Wiener, who is under investigation for sexting an underage girl.

The couple are in the midst of divorce proceedings.

“The FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work,” he wrote.

It was decided by senior officials at the FBI that it was preferable to notify Congress immediately about the discovery, rather than wait until the investigation was further along.

Clinton called on Comey in response to the revelation Friday to “release all the information he has,” telling reporters at a campaign event in Iowa, “The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Democratic presidential candidate, aware the new investigation has not yet gotten off the ground, told reporters, “So let’s get it out,” although Comey made it clear that it is likely such a probe could last well beyond Election Day.

No charges were filed this past summer against Clinton or her aides and the investigation was closed regarding emails sent and received on her private server, including those that were classified.

GOP candidate Donald Trump told reporters at a campaign event in New Hampshire, “I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made.”

At least 17 million American citizens have already cast their ballots.

Hana Levi Julian

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