Bundy follower gets 68 years in standoff case

(Reuters) – One of two men convicted in the first of several trials stemming from a 2014 standoff led by renegade rancher Cliven Bundy against federal authorities in Nevada was sentenced on Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role in the armed confrontation.

Gregory Burleson, 53, of Phoenix, was found guilty in April of eight felony counts, including charges of threatening and assaulting federal officers, obstruction of justice, interstate travel in aid of extortion and firearms offenses related to a crime of violence.

The uprising at Bundy’s ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada, 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Las Vegas, grew out of a dispute in which federal agents seized Bundy’s cattle over his refusal to pay fees required for grazing his livestock on government land.

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Scaramucci alerting FBI about financial ‘leaks’

(NYPOST) President Trump’s new communications director said Wednesday night that he was alerting the FBI after details from his financial disclosure forms were published online.

Anthony Scaramucci condemned the financial “leak” after a report by Politico said he stands to make millions from his ownership stake in an investment firm.

“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45,” Scaramucci tweeted.

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7 GOP ‘no’ votes on Obamacare repeal

(NBC NEWS) WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans delivered another blow in their effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act when they failed to pass a repeal of the Obama-era law on Wednesday afternoon.

The vote, which is one of many expected during the ongoing health care debate, only garnered the support of 45 Republicans, short of the 50-votes necessary.

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Dean Heller, R-Nev., and John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and surprisingly Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chair of the Senate Health Committee, joined all Democrats in voting against it. The defeat eliminates the chances of Congress sending a nearly-full repeal of the law to President Donald Trump to sign.

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This day in WND history: ‘Bubble boy’ Kerry evokes Dukakis tank fiasco

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‘Bubble boy’ Kerry evokes Dukakis tank fiasco

kerry_dukakis2July 27, 2004: On second thought, perhaps presidential candidate John Kerry should have stuck with kissing babies.

Instead, the Democrat from Massachusetts donned one of NASA’s head-to-toe protective suits to tour the Discovery space shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral and, in the process, found himself being compared to the unflattering image that helped tank another Massachusetts Democratic presidential nominee in 1988, Michael Dukakis.

WND-20-YearsLate-night comedians had fun with the picture and Republicans e-mailed it to thousands of supporters under the caption “Earth to Kerry.” The headline on the front page of the Boston Herald read, “Bubble Boy.”

“My hunch is that the brilliant Republicans who put George Bush in a flight suit to strut around an aircraft carrier won’t get very far giving advice to NASA and John Glenn about the kinds of coveralls to wear on the Discovery,” a Kerry spokesman said.

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Calls for U.S. imam’s arrest following brazen anti-Semitic sermon

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A chorus of evangelical leaders, Jewish groups and national security experts are calling for the arrest of an imam for inciting violence against Jews during a July 21 sermon he delivered at his mosque in northern California.

In a sermon last Friday, the Egyptian-born imam Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center of Davis, or ICD, cited an anti-Semitic hadith, prayed for annihilation of the Jews, then called for liberating al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem “from their filth.”

A pro-Israel, evangelical Christian leader issued a statement Wednesday calling upon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to immediately shut down the ICD and arrest its imam, Ammar Shahin, after a video of a sermon given by Shahin surfaced on YouTube.

In the video, initially presented by Middle East Media Research Institute, Shahin is seen praying for death to Jews everywhere:

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Laurie Cardoza-Moore, an evangelical Christian who is president of the pro-Israel group Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, said Shahin is “a ticking time-bomb that should not be permitted to hide behind a veil of so-called religious freedom to promote genocide against Jews.”

Cardoza-Moore said Shahin practices a form of “Islamist-fascism” that constitutes a threat to the United States and its constitutional freedoms.

“It is only a matter of time before this man and his followers turn words into action. They must be stopped before innocent blood is spilled,” she said.

Shahin’s radical associations would indicate he is not merely speaking empty words.

According to Cardoza-Moore’s research, Shahin is a Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer with a close affiliation to the North American Islamic Trust, which the U.S. Justice Department listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist financing operation in the U.S., but he is now openly calling for Muslims to kill Jews anywhere they find them.

“I am calling upon the Department of Homeland Security to immediately arrest this man and launch a full and thorough investigation to determine if ICD is a front for jihad against America,” Cardoza-Moore said.

Shahin cited a famous hadith in the sermon that says Muslims will fight the Jews on Judgment Day.

“Allah does not change the situation of people, until they change their own situation” he said. “The Prophet Muhammad said, ‘Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews.‘”

He prayed to Allah to “liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews” and to “annihilate them down to the very last one, do not spare any of them. … Oh Allah, make this happen by our hands. Let us play a part in this.”

Philip Haney, a former longtime DHS immigration officer and author of the book “See Something, Say Nothing,” said this is the perfect time for the Muslim community in Davis, in California, and across America “to show all of us just how much of a religion of peace Islam really is.”

He said they should not only censure the imam publicly, but remove him from his position, bar him from serving in any other mosque, and issue a formal refutation of the “Annihilation Hadith” cited by Shahin.

“Anything less will be seen for what it is; approval of hate speech, incitement to murder, and Islamic violence against the Jewish people,” Haney said.

If any U.S. pastor at any major Christian denomination uttered such inciting remarks in a Sunday sermon, he would immediately be forced to resign and banned for life from the pulpit. But don’t expect anything nearly that harsh of a rebuke from the Islamic community or the inter-faith Christians and Jews. From them, you will get only apologies for the Islamic Imam, Mr. Shahin, said Haney.

“Despite what his apologists and supporters say, such as Hatem Bazian at U.C. Berkeley, this is a very well-known Hadith that has been used as a hammer against the Jewish people for hundreds of years,” said Haney.

He said the Trump administration should invoke deportation proceedings against Shahin immediately.

“Individuals who come to America, then incite violence against another ethnic or religious group (such as the Jewish people) are violating the First Amendment (and several other legal provisions of their immigration status), and should have their status revoked and be deported,” he said.

Jewish author Dr. Andrew Bostom told WND that Shahin’s hate-filled rant against Jews is not at all uncommon in American mosques.

“Unfortunately, this is not a new situation here in the U.S.,” Bostom said.

Fawaz Damra, the former Imam of the Islamic Center of Cleveland, was touted as a promoter of interfaith dialogue even after evidence of his participation in fundraising events for the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, was produced, along with a videotape of the imam telling a crowd of Muslim supporters in 1991 that they should aim “… a rifle at the first and last enemy of the Islamic nation, and that is the sons of monkeys and pigs, the Jews.”

Former FBI counter-terrorism specialist John Guandolo turned WND’s attention to another video that included a quote from the same hadith referred to by Shahin. Like Shahin, this imam, Suliman Satari, is also an Islamic scholar with a degree from Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

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Meanwhile, the Islamic Center of Davis said Shahin’s sermon was taken “out of context,” and that he was specifically referring to the individual Jews who are contributing to the “oppression” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and not the Jews as a whole, according to a Washington Times report.

“Imam Shahin and the ICD reject any attempt to blame all Jews for Israel’s policies just like we reject the attempts to blame all Muslims for the acts of fringe groups,” the statement said. “In reality, Jews around the world are on the front lines speaking out and protesting Israel’s repressive policies against Palestinians.

“The ICD will always stand against anti-Semitism similarly to how the Jewish community has always stood against Islamophobia in our close knit community. We have zero tolerance for anti-Semitism or any other form of bigotry,” it said. “During these emotional times, it’s important for all parties to use restrained language and maintain respect.”

But if the imam’s call to kill Jews was only referring to a specific number of Jews in Israel, his followers in Davis did not take it that way.

Rabbi Shmary Brownstein of the Chabad of Davis, located less than a half mile from the Shahin’s Islamic Center, told a CBS affiliate his family has started getting harassed by drivers passing by their home, which is also a house of worship. They say they’ve been on guard since the video was posted online.

“To me, it’s clear this is direct incitement,” the rabbi said.

Haney said the mosque’s response was all too predictable.

“It shows you what obscene liars they can be; this Hadith is widely known, and frequently quoted, throughout the Islamic world,” he said. “They never apologize for it, unless they’re captured on camera or audio.”

Guandolo agrees Americans shouldn’t fall for this game of hide-and-seek, where imams say one thing to their congregations and then give another, opposite message, to gullible non-Muslims.

“The quote he uses is an often repeated quote from Al Azhar scholars in Islam, as well as Muslims across the globe because it is a part of authoritative Islam,” Guandolo said, referring to Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, which churns out more imams for foreign consumption than perhaps any other Islamic university. “It’s doctrine.”

“It should be noted, Al-Azhar is the gold standard in the Islamic world for jurisprudence/Shariah,” he said.

“This type of preaching is simply a part of the U.S. Islamic movement’s civilization jihad,” Guandolo said. “People like this are enemies of the United States and need to be crushed like all of our enemies using all legal means available.”

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Movie project about Holocaust survivor to focus on what’s ‘coming back’

Anita Dittman (right) her mother, Hilde, and sister, Hella, faced violence and oppression during the Holocaust in the late 1930s and '40s.

Anita Dittman (right) her mother, Hilde, and sister, Hella, faced violence and oppression during the Holocaust in the late 1930s and ’40s.

WASHINGTON – WND is set to make its first major motion picture, about a Holocaust survivor, but it’s focus won’t be just on the horrors that happened. They will include what’s “coming back.”

Already aboard the team for the project are George Escobar, vice president of WND Films, and director Ken Carpenter. They are working on a feature film based on the book “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell: A Young Jewish Girl Discovers the Messiah’s Faithfulness in the Midst of the Holocaust.”

WND has started a GoFundMe page to help defray the startup costs of the exciting new film, available at http://ift.tt/2h4zM13.

An estimated $120,000 is needed to complete the initial investment package. Those funds will be enough to cover legal expenses, business operations, marketing plans and materials (promo reels, websites, posters, and press kits) as well as pre-production budgeting, scheduling, and location scouting. After this preliminary work is done, the film can be pitched to investors who will be able to fund the money necessary to begin the production and filming phase of the movie.

“The math is simple,” the GoFundMe page states. “If 2 percent of our WND audience of 6-8 million monthly visitors each donates $10 (that’s less than two cappuccinos, or lattes, or mochas from Starbucks), we’ll reach our film investor package goal of $120,000. If 10-15 percent of our audience donate, we can bypass the investors altogether, and make the movie immediately.”

The movie has been in story development for two years already, with research, scripting and storyboarding already finished. The money raised on the GoFundMe page will be used to continue the pre-production process and pitch the film to investors.

“Trapped in Hitler’s Hell” tells the story of Anita Dittman, a Jewish woman who survived 12 years under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.

Escobar thinks that it is crucially important that this film get made.

“If we forget our history, ignore our mistakes … we will suffer greatly by repeating them,” he said on the GoFundMe page. “All the critical issues Anita faced in the 1930s and 40s are coming back.”

He cited:

  1. Fake News being perpetrated like Nazi propaganda, undermining freedom.
  2. Persecution, not just of the Jews, but now of Christians as well.
  3. Security. People are trading away their liberty for a false sense of security, as Germans did, giving rise to Hitler.
  4. Faith in God is being tossed aside as irrelevant or used as a weapon to silence people of faith.

Anita Dittman was born to a Jewish mother and an atheist father, but a Lutheran pastor led her to Jesus Christ when she was not quite 7 years old, just as World War II was breaking out. Over the dark years that followed, she relied on her faith to help her through circumstances that left many others crushed.

First, she was forced to labor in a canning factory with her mother. Then the Gestapo took her mother away, and young Anita was forced to survive on starvation rations. Soon after, the Gestapo came for Anita and hauled her off to Barthold, a forced labor camp. She and a few of her fellow prisoners escaped but were later recaptured. Then she escaped again, this time for good.

But her troubles were not over, as she found herself in the middle of a street during the Allied bombing of Dresden, Germany. Yet, miraculously, Anita survived the bombing unharmed. She also survived a stay in a Nazi hospital, where a nurse tried to kill her by neglecting her leg wound.

The leg wound actually saved Anita from being raped. While hiding in a bomb shelter with fellow hospital patients, a crowd of Russian soldiers burst in and started raping female patients. Two of them grabbed Anita and threw her to the floor – but when they saw her mangled leg, they left her alone to look for a more appealing victim.

When Anita finally was discharged from the hospital, she was told she wouldn’t walk normally for a year. Her Nazi doctors had not given her a cane or crutches, and she still had to travel a long way to find out if her mother was alive or dead. She put her fate in God’s hands.

“I stepped out [of the hospital] and I said, ‘Lord, I don’t have a cane. I don’t have a crutch. I don’t know where I’m going. All I want is to find my mother, so lead me, guide me, and hold onto me. Be my crutch,‘” Dittman told WND. “And He was! I started to walk normally within a week, but I sure had to lean on Christ. And I lean on Christ yet, but not just for walking, but for my life.”

In 2015, Dittman was given the first-ever “Heroine of the Faith: Crown of Life Award” from the Bott Radio Network at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Approaching asteroid ignites end-times talk

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In the end times, the skies will be filled with portents and terrors. Massive objects will fall from the heavens and wreak destruction on the Earth.

Now, one rabbi says that may not be that far away at all.

The asteroid Apophis, named after an Egyptian god of chaos, is poised to make a near miss of Earth on April 13, 2029.

Rabbi Yosef Berger, of King David’s tomb on Mount Zion, said the surge of concern over celestial events, particularly heavenly objects that could hit Earth, is a sign of the imminent coming of the Messiah.

Quoting Numbers 24:17, Rabbi Berger claimed the Bible speaks of a star that will accompany the Messiah, an interpretation expanded upon in the writings of Maimonides and in the Zohar, the foundational work of Kabbalah.

While Christians obviously believe Messiah has already come and heavenly signs would herald his return, some experts argue the rabbi is fundamentally right about how the last days will be marked by dangerous astronomical events. Mark Biltz, who rocked the Christian world with his discovery of the “Blood Moons” phenomenon, quoted Isaiah 13:10, which states: “For the stars of the sky and its constellations will not give their light. The sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine.”

Biltz also cited Revelation 8:10, which states, in part, “And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.”

Biltz argues this refers to the world being struck by an extraplanetary object and argues the last days will be marked by strange events in the heavens.

“According to the Book of Revelation, it definitely sounds like an asteroid!” exclaimed Biltz. “I see the possibility of even more than one, or many meteors hitting Earth as well.”

Biltz strongly believes heavenly events are signs from God, a concept he explains in several of his books, especially “Blood Moons: Decoding The Imminent Heavenly Signs.”

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In his latest book, “God’s Day Timer,” Biltz also explains how the events of prophecy, including Christ’s return, will be linked to the biblical feasts established in Scripture.

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And with unusual events in the skies increasing, including a solar eclipse that will traverse the continental United States next month, Biltz is urging believers to make sure they are solid in faith.

“I recommend believers unite in fasting and praying for our nation,” he advised. He also urged Christians to not panic about such events, but take comfort in the knowledge God has a plan.

“I do not overreact to such things as unusual events in the heavens,” he said. “When it happens, there is nothing we can do to prevent it. We are not to live our lives in a state of fear or panic. We must live our lives consistently as we do not know the number of our days that God has given us. If it is not my time to die, it’s not going to happen, and if it is my time, there’s nothing I can do about it. So I live every day to the fullest in joy and in love to all around me.”

Carl Gallups, author of the end times examination “When The Lion Roars,” agrees heavenly signs will be an indication of Messiah’s Second Coming.

“The Bible is clear that in the last days, before the return of Jesus Christ, there will be sensational astronomical occurrences that will mark the beginning of ‘those days,‘” he told WND. “The prophecies speak of the nations being ‘perplexed’ by them, and they declare the fact that those who don’t know the Lord will hide in terror as those specific prophetic events unfold.

“There are several passages that speak of ‘stars falling from heaven’ or a ‘mountain’ thrown into the sea (presumably from above) – followed by great destruction. These clear proclamations of biblical prophecy cannot be denied; however, there are myriads of ‘interpretations’ of exactly what the unfolding of those prophetic utterances might actually prove to be when they are finally fulfilled.”

However, Gallups notes the occurrences that will truly mark the Second Coming will be extraordinary, not simply another eclipse or a near miss of an asteroid.

“It would appear from the Scripture that whatever happens to mark those portentous days, astronomically speaking, will be unique – and not a mere repeating of astronomical occurrences of the past,” he opined. “These will be manifestations that will send the nations into a frenzy and will cause mass destruction and chaos. The world will not ‘miss’ those specific signs, nor will humanity be able to thwart them.”

Gallups also says there is nothing humankind can do to prevent such occurrences.

“The bottom line is this: Those astronomical events that are to occur as ‘signs’ of the soon return, or at the actual return of Jesus, will happen – regardless of humanity’s vain attempts to prevent them from doing so,” the pastor declared.

Biltz argued if Earth is fated to be hit by an asteroid, the human species will not be able to prevent it.

“Science can never alter what God has predetermined to have happen,” the pastor intoned. “I would never depend on science to solve this problem as they have a bigger problem to solve which is how will they answer to the One who sent it!”

But NASA is planning defenses against extraplanetary threats. The space agency announced plans to divert the Didymos asteroid system in October 2022 before it is projected to pass by Earth.

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The strategy is to use a refrigerator-sized spacecraft to slam into one of the asteroids in the system approaching Earth. Over time, the collision’s small impact on the asteroid’s velocity and flight path will ensure the objects miss Earth by a far larger margin than they would have if left undisturbed. If it works, the plan would serve as a proof of concept for a defense against an asteroid that is actually projected to hit the planet.

Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries suggests Christians seeking to interpret such events should only limit themselves to Scripture. However, she also believes the Bible indicates there won’t just be extraordinary events during the Tribulation, but in the time immediately before – including some people may have already seen.

“The Bible does talk about end-time celestial activity,” she told WND. “A great deal of it will be during the Tribulation, but before that I believe there will be signs in the sky that are simply a herald of His coming. Is this what the blood moons were? We don’t know, but probably.

“The time known as the Tribulation, and even more so the Great Tribulation (second half), will have activity that is beyond our imaginations. The fact that asteroids could be hitting the Earth is likely a given. But I don’t think that unsaved rabbis have any special insight. All we really need is the Bible which talks about the Seals, Bowls, and Trumpets of the Tribulation. They foretell a time of trial upon the Earth that will be unprecedented and unspeakable.”

Markell also urges Christians not to trust science will automatically be able to prevent apocalyptic events if it is truly the last days.

“If these are Tribulation events, no science will save any man,” she said. “That is why it is important to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ today, while there is still time. Many will wait and it will be too late. Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). No one is guaranteed tomorrow.”

Given such confusing and chaotic times, pastor Carl Gallups urged a balanced approach for Christians. He argues the world is in the “most prophetic time since the first coming of Jesus Christ” and believers should keep that in the forefront of their consciousness. However, overreaction can be just as dangerous as complacency.

“There is absolutely nothing wrong for Christians to ‘examine the times,’ and to be ever watchful for the potential indications of the Lord’s coming – however, we must be very careful not to make every astronomical occurrence or ‘close call’ to be a definitive marker of prophecy,” he said. “In so doing, we risk the danger of being like the boy who cried wolf – and, in effect, render the lost world even less attentive to the actual markers of the prophetic times in which we are now living.

“Ever since Israel returned to the land 70 years ago next year (a fulfillment of a 2,500-year-old direct prophecy), the world has been in the midst of more than a dozen convergent and clear prophecies of last days’ proportion. There can be no doubt that we are now living in the most prophetic times the planet has ever known – however, not every astronomical event is meant to be interpreted as a ‘this is that’ from biblical prophecy.”

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Dems roll out big gun to protect top suspect in hacking scandal

Imran Awan pictured alongside former President Bill Clinton (Photo: LinkedIn)

Imran Awan pictured alongside former President Bill Clinton (Photo: LinkedIn)

(Read the full story and get all the details on the Democrat’s hacking scandal the establishment media is ignoring in WND’s look at “The biggest scandal you’ve never heard of” and the account of “Top suspect in major Democrat scandal caught fleeing U.S.”)

WASHINGTON – Despite having declared bankruptcy, the top suspect in the Democrat’s House hacking scandal, Imran Awan, has somehow acquired the services of one of the top power attorneys in Washington.

And not just any power attorney, but one deeply connected to the Clintons.

According to the biography of Chris Gowen on the website of the law firm of Gowen, Rhoades, Winograd & Silva, PLLC, he has:

  • Worked in the White House for former President Bill Clinton (for five years) as a traveling aid (sic) on national and international trips
  • Worked for Senator Hillary Clinton
  • Worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign by directing advance operations
  • And was a fact checker for President Clinton’s memoir, “My Life”

According to his biography at American University, where Gowen is an adjunct professor of law, he “worked on several different initiatives with former President Clinton including”:

  • The Clinton Foundation
  • The Clinton Global Initiative
  • The Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • The Clinton Library

Gowen’s client was arrested by federal agents Tuesday at Dulles Airport in Virginia as he tried to flee the country for his native Pakistan.

Awan was then arraigned in federal court in Washington and pleaded not guilty to one count of bank fraud following allegations he tried to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union. According to an affidavit obtained by the Daily Caller, Awan had wired “$283,000.00, to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan,” on Jan. 18.

Attorney Chris Gowen

Attorney Chris Gowen

But he is suspected of much more, including the possible theft of sensitive information from the office computers of numerous Democratic Party lawmakers and sending that data to a secret server.

Awan headed a group of at least five IT contractors working for dozens of House Democrats, including former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., for whom he had worked since she took office in 2005 as the representative from Florida’s 23rd district.

His group of IT workers included his wife, two of his brothers and one of their wives, all of whom are Muslims from Pakistan.

Awan was released after his arraignment but ordered to surrender his passports, wear a GPS monitor and observe a curfew.

According to Conservative Review, “It remains unclear at this time how Imran Awan managed to link up with Gowen and retain his services.”

One thing that’s clear: Gowen is making his defense of Awan all about politics.

In a statement defending his client released Wednesday, Gowen stated, “The attacks on Mr. Awan and his family began as part of a frenzy of anti-Muslim bigotry in the literal heart of our democracy, the House of Representatives.”

“For months,” he added, “we have had utterly unsupported, outlandish, and slanderous statements targeting Mr. Awan coming not just from the ultra-right-wing ‘pizzagate’ media but from sitting members of Congress.”

And, in an email sent after Awan’s arrest Tuesday, Gowen charged, “This is clearly a right-wing media-driven prosecution by a United States Attorney’s Office that wants to prosecute people for working while Muslim.”

However, despite Gowen’s immediate and strident claim that Awan was a victim of Islamophobia, the accusation doesn’t appear to be backed up by the evidence.

Someone who knows the Awans and is one of their strongest critics is apparently a Muslim herself.

A relative of the Awan brothers’ stepmother, Samina Galani, told the Daily Caller in March that she has spoken out against the Awans because, “I am fighting to protect the country. These are very bad people.”

The relative said the brothers threatened Galani (identified sometimes as Gilani) with violence and held her in virtual captivity from Oct. 16, 2016, to Feb. 2, which was, perhaps not coincidentally, the day the Capitol Police announced the investigation of the Awans.

According to court documents filed April 14 in Fairfax County, Virginia, Galani claimed the Awan brothers warned her not to talk to U.S. law-enforcement authorities and demanded she give them access to assets belonging to their dying father, Muhammad Shah, her husband of eight years.

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The relative said they used high-tech listening devices to ensure Galani’s compliance and repeated her private conversations back to her to prove she was being monitored.

The relative urged Galani to get a secret cell phone. Galani called police in Fairfax County, Virginia, just before the House investigation became public.

The police report obtained by the Daily Caller said Galani claimed the brothers were denying her access to her dying husband and scheming to get his life insurance by forcing her to give them power of attorney.

“I made contact with her stepson, Abid, who responded to location and was obviously upset with the situation. He stated he has full power of attorney over his father and produced an unsigned, undated document as proof,” said the police report. “He refused to disclose his father’s location.”

Galani’s relative said Abid then “threatened her very severely, made her fearful, they told her they are going to abduct or kidnap her family back in Pakistan, and she had to apologize.”

The court documents show Galani, herself, said, “Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful, and if I ever call the police again, [he] will … kidnap my family members back in Pakistan.”

The Daily Caller reported Galani escaped from the brothers and filed a second police complaint with Fairfax County for insurance fraud and other abuses.

In the court documents, Galani said Imran portrays himself abroad as a powerful person in Congress and travels with a VIP police escort in Pakistan, because of what he describes as his political power in the U.S.

In May, Imran’s wife, Hina, who may be a criminal suspect in the House hacking investigation, fled to Pakistan where she reportedly has “significant assets and VIP-level protection.”

According to a court document, Capitol Police confronted her at the airport but could not legally stop her from leaving the country. Customs searched her suitcase and found $12,400 in cash, but she was permitted to board the flight with her daughters. Police did not believe she intended to return to the U.S.

The Awans’ former co-workers, far from portraying the group as victims of Islamophobia, saw someone protecting them from behind the scenes.

“There’s no question about it: If I was accused of a tenth of what these guys are accused of, they’d take me out in handcuffs that same day, and I’d never work again,” said the manager of a company that provides high-tech services for House Democrats.

Former Democratic Party nominee for president Hillary Clinton embraces Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Photo: Twitter)

Wasserman Schultz embraces former Democratic Party nominee for president Hillary Clinton (Photo: Twitter)

“I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point,” Pat Sowers, who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years, told the Daily Caller. “Something is rotten in Denmark.”

A House IT employee said the new technicians who took over offices formerly serviced by the Awans found some had all the office computer data sent to a secret offsite server.

Also discovered was a non-government iTunes account to which staffers’ iPhones were linked.

And yet, despite all the problems, the Awans reportedly worked for more congressional offices than any other IT group.

A Democratic IT contractor implied there was a cover-up, telling the Daily Caller that lawmakers are saying, “Don’t say anything, this will all blow over if we all don’t say anything.”

The technician said the Awans “had [members of Congress] in their pocket,” and “there are a lot of members who could go down over this.”

After word broke in February that Capitol Police were investigating the group and had blocked their access to the House computer system, most Democratic lawmakers fired the staffers.

However, Wasserman Schultz defended Awan, with whom she reportedly has a personal friendship, and refused to fire him.

After Awan’s arrest on Tuesday, a spokesman for the congresswoman finally announced she had fired Awan.

Ironically, it was the famous computer hack of the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, that cost Wasserman Schultz her job as party chairman, after leaked emails indicated she and other top party officials colluded to deny Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the presidential nomination in favor of Hillary Clinton.

After it became clear that the Awans were suspected of more than overcharging lawmakers for services and stealing equipment, but also stealing data, the FBI reportedly began assisting Capitol Police in the investigation.

Just Sunday, it was reported the FBI had seized smashed hard drives from Awan’s former residence.

WND reported Thursday that Wasserman Schultz apparently and abruptly decided to finally stop her seemingly inexplicable stonewall of investigators.

Wasserman

As WND also reported, U.S. Capitol Police seized one of her laptops months ago, hidden in a crevice in a House office building, as part of a criminal investigation into the suspected hacking of the office computers of potentially scores of House Democrats.

Not only had Wasserman Schultz refused for months to give investigators permission to inspect the contents of the laptop, she publicly threatened the chief of the Capitol Police, telling him during a May hearing there would be “consequences” if he did not return the item to her.

According to Fox News, investigators were apparently prevented from looking at the contents of the laptop without her permission by the Constitution’s “Speech and Debate” clause, which “bars law enforcement from interfering in lawmakers’ official congressional business,” and which “was designed to keep law enforcement from targeting lawmakers for their political views or legislative work.”

Of greatest concern to investigators is that Awan apparently had access to any and all of the sensitive, and/or confidential, information in her congressional computer system, including any material that could be politically embarrassing, as was the case with the hacked DNC emails which caused a disgraced Wasserman Schultz to resign as party chair on the eve of their national convention in 2016.

Awan’s associates apparently had the same access to the office computers of dozens of other Democrats.

The Awan brothers and their associates have been under criminal investigation since late 2016, suspected of secretly accessing lawmakers’ computer networks, storing information on secret servers and stealing equipment from Congress and overcharging for services.

After stonewalling for months, out of the blue came word that Wasserman Schultz’s attorney had begun negotiations with Capitol Police last week regarding the investigation. The congresswoman’s representatives wouldn’t say why she suddenly decided to cooperate with investigators after refusing to do so for months.

But just as mysterious as her sudden about-face has been why Wasserman Schultz refused to cooperate in the first place with an investigation into the hacking of her own office computer system, in which she was apparently the victim.

Although the Awans raked in millions over the years for their House IT work, they had severe financial problems including substantial debts and a million-dollar bankruptcy.

Security experts consider the combination money trouble and access to sensitive government information to be a bright red flag marking a security risk with the potential for blackmail.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the spin room of the 2012 CNN/Tea Party Debate in Tampa, Florida. (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the spin room of the 2012 CNN/Tea Party Debate in Tampa, Florida. (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

The Awans were employed by three members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, which store sensitive national security documents, including material related to terrorism, on their own committee servers.

Congressional committees dealing with national security are confident their computer systems were not compromised, but the length of the investigation suggests the FBI may be looking into whether sensitive material may have been illegally accessed on the individual computer systems of the Democratic lawmakers who employed the Awan group.

And, even if portrayed to WND as unlikely, it is not impossible lawmakers stored classified information on their own electronic devices, including office computers.

But information doesn’t have to be classified to be private, privileged, extremely sensitive and of the utmost importance. Or, embarrassment.

According to House IT workers, the term “classified” is used to describe secret and important material by spy agencies and intelligence committees, but not by regular members of Congress.

Sensitive material stored on their computers need not be related to national security to be so politically embarrassing as to be useful to a potential blackmailer.

When congressional staffers downplayed the significance of the Awan investigation because they apparently did not have access to classified information, multiple House IT workers told the Daily Caller that rankled them, because “those semantics misleadingly made it seem like they didn’t have access to extremely sensitive information.”

That was especially true because the Awans had installed everything on their clients’ systems, set up all the accounts and granted all the required permissions and restrictions, which effectively gave them full control over the lawmakers computer systems.

And their remote access meant lawmakers would never even know when the Awans were on their system.

A central IT worker said members of Congress were simply trying to ignore the seriousness of the problem, and “security of computer systems on the Hill is not really taken seriously.”

Five congressional IT aides told the Daily Caller they were baffled by the loyalty shown by those lawmakers who still had not fired Awan group suspects.

That led them to wonder if the lawmakers were being blackmailed.

Especially as there still had been no arrests until Tuesday.

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Primary challenger blasts House speaker for failing to support president

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WASHINGTON – Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has a history of supporting open borders and amnesty, which puts him on the opposite side of that argument from President Donald Trump.

And just lately he’s gotten attention for openly supporting special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the “Russia” claims, and who is no favorite of Trump’s.

The political positions Ryan takes are drawing comment from Paul Nehlen, who challenged Ryan during the 2016 GOP primary, and plans to do so again in 2018.

Ryan’s agenda was on full display four years ago, when he took the stage with Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez to outline a plan for open borders, a policy that would allow companies to hire as many foreign workers as they want.

Ryan said “[America] is not just a country,” instead referring to the United States as an “idea,” under which immigration should be unlimited.

Gutierrez further complimented Ryan on his historical support for open borders, noting that he “was an original co-sponsor of comprehensive immigration reform,” and relaying a conversation he had with Ryan in which Ryan declared, “I don’t want to do [immigration reform] because it’s the political thing to do, I want to do it cause it’s the right thing to do.”

This week, Rep. Luis Gutierrez claimed that if Democrats win a majority in the House, they will “eliminate” Donald Trump as president.

Similarly this week, Paul Ryan stated that it’s not the job of congressional Republicans to support President Trump, brushing off conflict of interest concerns surrounding Mueller and the Russian election interference investigation.

Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway has said that Mueller’s legal team is a “band of Democratic donors,” pointing out the evidence of those donations to Democrats from those Mueller has hired.

President Trump has called the investigation a “witch hunt” and denounced it as a waste of time, tweeting that “Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!”

The comments from Ryan came only a day after Trump tweeted that Republicans “do very little to protect their president.”

Ryan defended Mueller and his position as special counsel, saying that Mueller is “anything but” a partisan, and that the “facts will vindicate themselves” in the case.

Ryan stressed further that regarding the investigation itself, congressional Republicans are “not spending all of our time on this. Because that’s not what we were elected to do, we were elected to solve people’s problems and focus on their issues and that’s what we’re focused on.”

Paul Nehlen, a pro-Trump Republican candidate for Congress who is challenging Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st district, blasted Ryan’s response on Twitter, claiming that “Ryan never misses an opportunity to undermine [President Trump]” and that Ryan has spent more time defending Mueller rather than defending “this nation from illegal aliens,” defending President Trump, and defunding “Obama’s spending priorities.”

Nehlen is the author of “Wage the Battle” and director of “Hijrah: Radical Islam’s Global Invasion.”

“Stop and think about how much good work we could do if Paul Ryan was an America First guy,” Nehlen told WND. “Unfortunately, Paul Ryan is a Paul Ryan First guy. That’s why I need 50,000 people to commit to donate $10 per month to my campaign to rid us of Paul Ryan’s selfish undermining of President Trump. I don’t want to take big donations from all of the top brass at corporations.”

“I want to be beholden to you, the American voters who elected President Trump,” Nehlen continued.

Nehlen claims that Ryan is “building a wall” around the Trump agenda rather than building the border wall Trump campaigned on, and that Ryan is beholden to outside interests, pointing to the vast majority of his campaign finances coming from outside Wisconsin.

“Paul Ryan will continue to knife President Trump at every opportunity,” Nehlen said. “I want to get between them to protect the president. It is critical you take a moment and support my campaign. Ryan will inflict death by a thousand cuts if I don’t get elected to put a stop to his personal jihad on President Trump.”

“Wage the Battle” and “Hijrah: Radical Islam’s Global Invasion,” both are available at the WND Superstore.

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Latest ‘gay’ lunacy: Queer saints?

Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel (Courtesy of the Artists, for The Art Newspaper)

Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel (Courtesy of the Artists, for The Art Newspaper)

Oscar Wilde has been the metaphorical patron saint for gay artists for over a century, but a planned art exhibit is coming close to a full canonization. Unveiling this September, the “Oscar Wilde Temple” will be installed in the Church of the Village in New York City.

Artists “McDermott & McGough” will create a temporary chapel inside the Methodist church as a memorial to celebrity homosexuals over the last century. The purpose of the temple is to reflect on historic “homophobia.” This must be in church history somewhere, and undoubtedly the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, spoke on it often.

Their endeavor is supported by a crowd of gay activists and supporters, such as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York. Likely they had to take time off their routine church work on altar guilds and visitation of shut-ins to do this.

McDermott, McGough & friends will create visual eulogies to homosexuals of the past who died by various means. It’s true that some were harshly treated at the hands of the state, but so were straight people in a time of hangings and hard service. None of these candidates for gay sainthood died as Christians; at least, it is never mentioned.

A four-foot statue of Wilde is planned as the center of interest for this pop-up church. Paintings in a Victorian Aesthetic style (which Wilde embodied) will supply more information. Note the halo hovering over Wilde, so we can know what the new “holy” looks like.

Candidates for sainthood

The star of this show is Oscar Wilde. Dying young in 1900 after a debauched life, he deserted his wife and children for a series of men. Still, Wilde was entertaining and a great read. His brilliance left the world sympathetic to his asserted mistreatment at the hands of the state. Oscar admitted he was imprisoned for attempting to jail his young lover’s father, the Marquis of Queensberry, in a slander suit. He also lied about his age under oath. The case ran aground.

Evidence out of Wilde’s lawsuit caused him to be arrested and imprisoned for two years. Wilde was only charged with “gross indecency,” not the more serious charge of buggery, although a host of lower-class boys testified they were paid prostitutes for him. Wilde didn’t live long after, but used his remaining time on earth to rekindle affairs with Lord Alfred Douglas and other younger men. But he made an eloquent defense at his trial, idealizing love between men so well that it is used by gay rights activist to this day. An inspiration for us all!

Among the candidates for gay sainthood are Marsha P. Johnson, Brandon Teena, Alan Turing and Harvey Milk. Johnson was a drag queen, gay prostitute and activist. He/she is renowned for heroic acts in the Stonewall Riots of 1969. History records him as: throwing a shot glass while screaming “I got my civil rights” and dropping “a heavy object into the windshield of a police car.” For gay activists, this is akin to participation in the Revolutionary War, and constitutes a noble fighting corps.

Brandon Teena (left) & "Marsha" Johnson (right) Transvestite

Brandon Teena (left) & “Marsha” Johnson (right), transvestite

Johnson was “hailed as the saint of Christopher Street” or site of Stonewall Inn. She/he attended churches, temples, and “made Santeria offerings” to water spirits. At age 46, Johnson was found drowned in the Hudson River. Police ruled it suicide, but gay activists insisted that wasn’t possible. Musician “Anohni” was so inspired by Marsha’s life that she wrote religiously worded plays, such as “The Ascension of Marsha P. Johnson.” Their assertions and Marsha’s close relation to Stonewall (their Mecca) explain her appearance in this new Methodist Empyrean.

Brandon Teena, a young woman identifying as a man, was raped and later killed by two young thugs. It isn’t clear if it had anything to do with her sexual issues, because they slaughtered everyone in the home except a toddler. In this horrific crime, the only one lamented is Teena (Brandon). If being incarcerated or murdered qualifies for beatification, there’s a backlog of billions waiting for this Christian hall of honor.

Harvey Milk was shot by a disgruntled employee, Dan White – but that hasn’t stopped the laudations for dying while homosexual. Milk was the first openly gay official in San Francisco, and the victim of another city supervisor, Dan White. White was chiefly gunning for San Francisco’s mayor, George Moscone (straight and married) who refused to restore his job to him. White also had several targets in mind, so this was not about being gay. But movements need myths and martyrs.

Harvey Milk, one of the many honors this gay SF official gained after death

Harvey Milk and one of the many honors this gay San Francisco official gained after death

Milk had already been given the Medal of Freedom, and U.S. postage stamps were issued with his likeness during the reign of Obama. Half of San Francisco is renamed in his honor, and California holds a “Harvey Milk Day.” This is despite his proven acts of statutory rape, a common occupation for a high percentage of older gay men. Milk’s personal belongings lay in San Francisco’s GLBT History Museum. Perhaps some will be sent for veneration in the “Oscar Wilde Temple.”

All of the above are called “martyrs of homophobia,” but perhaps the only candidate who was truly mistreated by the state was British cryptanalyst Alan Turing. A true war hero, he significantly helped Allies unravel German code, and undoubtedly helped win the war. Turing volunteered his sex life to police, and was fiercely prosecuted, although there was no evidence of prostitution or underaged boys. He was forced to accept chemical castration as an alternative to prison, and later killed himself. Turing was a confirmed atheist.

Statue of Alan Turing by Stephen Kettle at Bletchley Park – built from half a million pieces of Welsh slate (photo: Antoine Taveneaux CC BY-SA 3.0)

Statue of Alan Turing by Stephen Kettle at Bletchley Park – built from half a million pieces of Welsh slate (photo: Antoine Taveneaux CC BY-SA 3.0)

But atheism should not be a problem to either artists or the clergy at Church of the Village. David McDermott’s art statement included this: “The Temple is to be a place free of religious doctrine, honoring a watershed historical figure who pioneered the long struggle for equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender people” (insert gay rhetoric).

This torrent of religious terminology was co-opted by gay activists decades ago. McDermott & McGough are having so much fun playing church that they likened their paintings of Wilde’s arrest and imprisonment to “Stations of the Cross.” If nothing else, they’re sticking to the theme, whether it’s believable or not.

This is old hat for the Church of the Village, as hyping homosexuality is an entrenched part of its call. For Holy Week, their website opened with this: “An Open Letter to the UMC from the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus, April 16, 2017, Easter Sunday.”

Queer clergy will likely be pushing and pawing to see this abomination of an exhibit while it lasts.

Sources

Church of the Village website

McDermott & McGough to open temple dedicated to Oscar Wilde in New York’s Church of the Village

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