Jihadists are entering the U.S.’: Mexico terror path proven

Government watchdog cites documentation of threat

Government watchdog Judicial Watch says more evidence has emerged that Middle East jihadists are entering the United States through the Mexican border.

The organization long has presented evidence that terrorists have entered through Texas and reports of ISIS training camps not far from the U.S. border.

Judicial Watch said Islamic terrorist infiltration of the southern border is a “very real threat.”

“This week, our suspicions of Islamic terrorist infiltration have been confirmed once again by the story of Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a Somali ISIS terrorist who escaped deportation after entering the United States illegally,” the organization said.
The Federalist noted many “who have professionally worried, as did former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, that violent jihadists might illegally cross the United States’ southern border are often sanctimoniously challenged with this: ‘Name a single U.S. border-crossing immigrant asylum-seeker who ever committed a terrorist attack.'”

“Introducing Abdulahi Hasan Sharif of Somalia,” the Federalist said.
In 2011, Sharif had himself smuggled from Somalia through Brazil and Central America.
“Then he entered the United States over the Mexico-California border and claimed asylum. Sharif went on to Canada, where he allegedly conducted a double vehicle-ramming and stabbing rampage in 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, that severely injured a police officer and four other people. He was carrying an Islamic State flag in one of the ramming vehicles.”
Judicial Watch then cited its own reporting earlier this year.
“Five years after a Judicial Watch investigation uncovered evidence of Islamic terrorists infiltrating the United States through Mexico, a captured ISIS fighter is providing details of a plot in which jihadists enter the country through the southern border to carry out an attack,” Judicial Watch said.

“The terrorists begin their journey in Central America and exploit vulnerabilities in the Mexican border to reach the U.S., according to Abu Henricki, an ISIS soldier captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces in Rojava, Syria. Henricki and 160 of his fellow terrorists were interviewed at length by a research group called the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism. The nonpartisan organization published its findings recently in an alarming report that includes a video of the interview with the captured terrorist, who is Canadian and has dual Trinidadian citizenship.”
Henricki said the mastermind for the strategy is someone in the United States.
Judicial Watch said that whatever “one thinks of President Donald Trump’s heightened rhetoric about the U.S.-Mexico border and his many claims that it is vulnerable to terrorists, ISIS apparently also thought so, as knowledge of this ISIS plot came from the mouth of a now-repentant ISIS cadre.”

Prior to that, Judicial Watch said, four ISIS terrorists planning to enter the United States through Mexico were captured by the Nicaraguan military in a remote area where the men entered the Central American nation illegally from Costa Rica.

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Early October cold could lead to shortage of sweet corn seed, dry beans

CALDWELL — The early wave of low temperatures last week threatened not only onion and potato crops in Idaho, but also sweet corn and dry bean production.

The Treasure Valley produces over 60% of the world’s temperate sweet corn seed, and, along with eastern Oregon and the Magic Valley, about 95% of the world’s dry bean seed.

With last week’s uncharacteristically cold weather — lows in the 20s and low-30s — up to one fifth of the valley’s sweet corn seed and 15% of the dry bean seed could be lost.

The cold snap froze crops throughout the state, with the valley seeing the biggest losses in sweet corn seed, dry beans and onions.

SWEET CORN SEED

George Crookham, CEO of Crookham Company in Caldwell, estimates that 12-20% of his company’s sweet corn seed was still in the ground when it froze last week.

“If the seed freezes, it kills the germination, which renders the seed unsaleable,” Crookham said. “However, we will not know the extent of the damage until we finish harvest and we have tested the seed. That being said, we know that we got hurt, we just don’t know the extent.”

Canyon County is one of the top five seed production areas in the world, according to the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Seed Association. The county’s seed production has an approximate value of $300 million annually.

Crookham said he estimates that all vegetable seed crops in the entire Treasure Valley have an annual value of $500. He said sweet corn alone is “close to nine figures.”

With the inevitable loss of some sweet corn seed, Crookham said the world market may see a shortage of sweet corn, though he could not speak to his competitors’ losses.

After a freeze, Crookham said his company does not change their production procedure.

“We tag the field as being subject to a freeze and then monitor the field closely through harvest and conditioning, or cleaning,” he said.

Crookham said they are typically done harvesting sweet corn seed by now, and will be working for another five to seven days to get the seed ready.

Crookham Company is the only company that produces popcorn seed in the Treasure Valley; those seeds were also impacted by the cold.

The coldest temperatures hit the Treasure Valley Oct. 9-10. The National Weather Service told the Associated Press the high winds, low temperatures and snow were from a low pressure system from Canada.

Dave Groenert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boise, said the climate prediction center, a federal agency that forecasts short-term climate changes, is predicting “chances for above-normal temperatures” for the rest of the month and into November.

“It takes just one cold system to change that, but right now they are favoring above-normal temperatures,” Groenert said.

DRY BEAN SEED

Even without more freezing temperatures on the horizon for Idaho, the damage may have already been done.

Don Tolmie, production manager for Treasure Valley Seed Company, that specializes in dry bean seed production, said 10-15% of the region’s dry beans will not be harvested this year because of the cold temperatures this month.

He estimated that 20-22% of garden seed, or green bean seed will be left in the ground.

Eastern Oregon, Treasure Valley and Magic Valley produce 95% of all of the dry bean seed grown in the world, Tolmie said, about 35,000 acres of dry bean and garden bean seed each year.

He estimates that next year farmers will have to produce 50% higher amounts of dry bean seed than normal to replace what is missing this year.

Tolmie said dry beans were affected by the cold snaps this October because they started planting later this spring. In May, he said there were about 15 days of cold weather around the time dry beans are planted.

“Because we had that weather, that stopped us from planting anything until first 10 days of June,” he said.

The bean seed takes at least 90 days to mature and because of the late planting, many beans were still in the ground, waiting to mature last week. Tolmie said if beans are not able to endure the cold weather, they will deteriorate in the pod.

He said at that point, farmers just leave them in the ground because there is no point in harvesting them.

ONIONS AND POTATOES

The Idaho Department of Agriculture told AP that onion growers were working overtime to finish harvesting their crops before they froze.

Sean Ellis, of the Idaho Farm Bureau, said onion industry leaders told him they estimated a few thousand acres of bulb onions were still in the field when the cold weather hit the Treasure Valley.

The Idaho-Eastern Oregon area produces around 25% of the nation’s Spanish bulb onion supply, Ellis said.

In Eastern Idaho, about 15% of the state’s potatoes were still in the ground when it froze last week, Shawn Boyle, president and general counsel of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association, told the Idaho Press.

Boyle said the eastern part of the state is expecting cold temperatures again this weekend, leaving a small window for farmers to get their potatoes out of the ground.

“People are pulling them out quicker,” he said. “Usually you like to keep them in the soil longer if they froze, because you want the temperatures to naturally warm up before pulling them out of the ground.”

Boyle said potato farmers also saw unseasonably cool temperatures this spring, and combined with the shortage of workers in the Idaho agriculture industry, they were behind schedule this year.

“The reality is we have a very difficult labor pool, it is hard to find help, and that is part of why we didn’t get our spuds out of the ground,” he said. “That problem is expunged by fact that we will need even more help now to sort through these potatoes. There will be a slow down in the shipment of potatoes. We will not be able to wash and box them as quickly as in the past, because we have to sit there and sort through the bad ones.”

“We will be throwing away a lot of bad ones this year,” Boyle added.

He said the Idaho Grower Shippers Association, which represents the potato industry in the state, has been working to communicate with national leaders to seek a disaster declaration.

“This is not typical and, in fact, most people would say the last time we had a situation like this was 1985. It has been 34 years since we had to deal with something of this nature,” Boyle said.

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Distress of Nations: Protests around the world: violent clashes hit Chile, Hong Kong, Lebanon and Barcelona

Here’s the latest in each of the country’s affected by unrest

Riot police fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators during a protest targeting the government over an economic crisis, near the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon

Protests have broken out in several countries across the world, with citizens unhappy for different reasons. Some are protesting over economic conditions, others are protesting over tax hikes and elsewhere protests are breaking out over controversial laws or prison sentences imposed by governments.

Here’s the latest in each of the country’s affected by violent clashes and unrest.

Chile
Chile’s president declared a state of emergency in Santiago on Friday night and gave the military responsibility for security after a day of violent protests over increases in the price of metro tickets.

“I have declared a state of emergency and, to that end, I have appointed Major General Javier Iturriaga del Campo as head of national defense, in accordance with the provisions of our state of emergency legislation,” President Sebastian Pinera said.

Throughout Friday, protesters clashed with riot police in several parts of the city and the subway system was shut after attacks on several stations.

Violent clashes escalated as night fell, and the ENEL power company building and a Banco Chile branch, both in the city center, were set on fire and several metro stations hit with Molotov cocktails.

The unrest started as a fare-dodging protest against the hike in metro ticket prices, which increased from 800 to 830 peso ($1.17) for peak hour travel, following a 20 peso rise in January.

Attacks on metro stations forced the closure of the entire subway system, which is the key form of public transport in the congested and polluted capital, carrying three million passengers a day.

“The entire network is closed due to riots and destruction that prevent the minimum security conditions for passengers and workers,” the metro operator said on Twitter, after attacks against nearly all the 164 stations where many gates and turnstiles were destroyed.

The Santiago Metro, at 140 kilometres (90 miles) the largest and most modern in South America, is expected to remain closed this weekend and could reopen gradually next week.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam took to the airwaves on Saturday to back the use of force by police ahead of a major anti-government march planned this weekend in the Chinese-ruled city, which has been battered by months of violent protests.

Following a week of relative calm, Sunday’s march will test the strength of the pro-democracy movement. Campaigners vowed it would go ahead despite police ruling the rally illegal.

In the past, thousands of people have defied police and staged mass rallies without permission, often peaceful at the start but becoming violent at night.

The trigger for unrest in Hong Kong had been a now-withdrawn proposal to allow extradition to mainland China, as well as Taiwan and Macau. The case of a Hong Kong man accused of murdering his girlfriend in Taiwan before fleeing back to the city was held up as an example of why it was needed.

Late on Friday the man, Chan Tong-kai, who is jailed in Hong Kong for money laundering, wrote to Lam saying he would “surrender himself to Taiwan” over his alleged involvement in the case upon his release, which could be as soon as next week.

Ms Lam said in an interview on Saturday with broadcaster RTHK that it was a relief as it could bring an end to the case.

She also said that police had used appropriate force in handling the protests, and were responding to protesters’ violence, amid criticism of heavy-handed tactics.

More than 2,600 people have been arrested since the protests escalated in June.

Protesters’ demands have, since then, swelled far beyond opposing the extradition bill, to take in broader concerns that Beijing is eroding freedoms granted when Britain handed the city back to China in 1997.

China denies the accusation and has blamed foreign nations such as the United States and Britain for inciting the unrest.

The crisis in the Chinese-ruled city is the worst since the handover and poses the biggest popular challenge to China’s President Xi Jinping since he took power.

Lebanon
Security forces fired tear gas and chased down protesters in Beirut on Friday after tens of thousands of people across Lebanon marched to demand the demise of a political elite they accuse of looting the economy to the point of collapse.

Riot police in vehicles and on foot rounded up protesters, according to Reuters witnesses. They fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters, dispersing demonstrators in Beirut’s commercial district. Dozens of people were wounded and detained.

Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri blamed his partners in government for obstructing reforms that could ward off economic crisis and gave them a 72-hour deadline to stop blocking him, otherwise hinting he may resign.

Mr Hariri, addressing protesters, said Lebanon was going through an “unprecedented, difficult time”.

Lebanese from all sects and walks of life have come out on to the streets, waving banners and chanting slogans urging Mr Hariri’s government to go.

The rallies follow warnings by economists and investors that Lebanon’s economy and graft-riddled financial system are closer to the brink than at any time since the war-torn 1980s.

“There are those who have placed obstacles in front of me … and in the face of all the efforts that I have proposed for reform,” Mr Hariri said, without naming names.

“Whatever the solution, we no longer have time and I am personally giving myself only a little time. Either our partners in government and in the nation give a frank response to the solution, or I will have another say,” he said.

“The deadline left is very short. It’s 72 hours.”

Protesters poured through villages and towns as well as the capital Beirut for a second day. No political leader, Muslim or Christian, was spared their wrath.

Their chants called for leaders including Mr Hariri, President Michel Aoun, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to step down.

Barcelona
BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 18: Fires burn following an evening of rioting as a general strike is called after a week of protests over the jail sentences given to separatist politicians by Spains Supreme Court, on October 18, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

Fires burn following an evening of rioting as a general strike is called after a week of protests over the jail sentences given to separatist politicians by Spain’s Supreme Court.
Violent clashes escalated in Barcelona late on Friday, as radical Catalan separatists hurled rocks and fireworks at police, who responded with teargas and rubber bullets, turning the city centre into a chaotic battleground.

The deterioration came on the fifth consecutive day of protests in the Catalan capital and elsewhere over a Spanish court’s jailing of nine separatist leaders on sedition charges over a failed independence bid two years ago.

Around half a million people rallied in Barcelona earlier on Friday, police said, in the biggest gathering since Monday’s court ruling as separatists also called a general strike in the major tourist destination.

But while most marchers appeared peaceful, hordes of young protesters went on the rampage near the police headquarters, igniting a huge blaze that sent plumes of black smoke into the air, as police fired teargas to disperse them, an AFP correspondent said.

Other fires raged near Plaza de Catalunya at the top of the tourist hotspot Las Ramblas, where hundreds of demonstrators rallied in defiance of the police, who tried to disperse them with water cannon.

“Anti-fascist Catalonia!” they roared. “The streets will always be ours!”

Scores of police vans could be seen fanning out around the streets, their sirens screaming as the regional police warned people in a message in English on Twitter “not to approach” the city centre.

The situation later appeared calmer, according to a police spokesman.

Earlier, many thousands of “freedom marchers”, who had set out to walk from five regional towns on Wednesday, arrived in Barcelona wearing walking boots and carrying hiking poles.

The rally coincided with the general strike, prompting the cancellation of 57 flights, the closure of shops, business and several top tourist attractions, and slowing public transport to a trickle in a region that accounts for about a fifth of Spain’s economic output.

Activists also cut off Catalonia’s main cross-border highway with France.

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Library’s ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ Strip Show Goes Viral

OPINION (CBN) – A video of a “Drag Queen Story Hour” in Washington state has gone viral on social media. The video is of a drag queen stripper, and although it reportedly occurred over the summer at the King County Public Library in Renton, it was only recently posted to Twitter. One Blogger reported the June 2019 event was advertised as being for “teens and tweens.”

To date, the video has received nearly 2 million views and many people who posted comments about it asked, “What does this have to do with reading?” Some pro-family groups and “Activist Mommy” Elizabeth Johnston have criticized Drag Queen Story Hours at public libraries across the country. In March 2019, outraged parents discovered that a convicted sex offender read to children at a public library in Houston.

Albert Alfonso Garza, known as “Tatiana Mala Nina,” was convicted of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy in 2006. Library officials said they were unaware of the drag queen’s criminal record. “Drag Queen Storytime” or “Drag Queen Story Hour” is an initiative typically held at public libraries in which drag performers read books to children. Program advocates say they are important literacy programs that help teach children tolerance for members of the LGBTQ community. READ MORE

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Americans are turning away from church as population of Christians decline, Pew study claims

Only 65 percent of Americans now identify as Christian while those who identify as religiously unaffiliated swelled to 26 percent, a new study from the Pew Research Center says.

The new data, culled from telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, show a 12 percent decline in the number of Americans who identify as Christians when compared to the general population 10 years ago.

And the decline is visible across multiple demographics, particularly among young adults.

“The changes underway in the American religious landscape are broad-based. The Christian share of the population is down and religious ‘nones’ have grown across multiple demographic groups: white people, black people and Hispanics; men and women; in all regions of the country; and among college graduates and those with lower levels of educational attainment,” Pew researchers says.

“Religious ‘nones’ are growing faster among Democrats than Republicans, though their ranks are swelling in both partisan coalitions,” Pew adds. “And although the religiously unaffiliated are on the rise among younger people and most groups of older adults, their growth is most pronounced among young adults.”

When it comes to rates of attendance at religious services, the share of Americans who say they attend religious services at least once or twice a month dropped by 7 percentage points, while the share who say they attend religious services less often, if at all, rose by the same figure.

“In 2009, regular worship attenders (those who attend religious services at least once or twice a month) outnumbered those who attend services only occasionally or not at all by a 52%-to-47% margin. Today those figures are reversed; more Americans now say they attend religious services a few times a year or less (54%) than say they attend at least monthly (45%),” researchers explain.

While the Protestant and Catholic churches have been experiencing losses in terms of their population share, all subsets of the religiously unaffiliated population have been experiencing growth in their numbers.

“Self-described atheists now account for 4% of U.S. adults, up modestly but significantly from 2% in 2009; agnostics make up 5% of U.S. adults, up from 3% a decade ago; and 17% of Americans now describe their religion as ‘nothing in particular,’ up from 12% in 2009. Members of non-Christian religions also have grown modestly as a share of the adult population,” Pew says.

The researchers collected their most recent data on the American religious landscape from random-digit-dial political polls encompassing 88 surveys from 2009 to 2019 that featured interviews with 168,890 Americans.

Respondents were asked questions about their age, race, educational attainment and other background characteristics. Each of the polls also included one basic question about religious identity such as: “What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox such as Greek or Russian Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic, something else, or nothing in particular?”

Most of the polls also asked questions about religious attendance such as: “Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services? More than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never?”

The results of the polls, Pew adds, show a wide gap between older Americans (Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation) and millennials in their levels of religious affiliation and attendance.

“More than eight-in-10 members of the Silent Generation (those born between 1928 and 1945) describe themselves as Christians (84%), as do three-quarters of Baby Boomers (76%). In stark contrast, only half of millennials (49%) describe themselves as Christians; four-in-10 are religious ‘nones,’ and one-in-10 millennials identify with non-Christian faiths,” Pew explains.

“Only about one-in-three millennials say they attend religious services at least once or twice a month. Roughly two-thirds of millennials (64%) attend worship services a few times a year or less often, including about four-in-10 who say they seldom or never go. Indeed, there are as many millennials who say they ‘never’ attend religious services (22%) as there are who say they go at least once a week (22%),” the researchers add.

HGTV pilot host molested daughter’s 10-year-old best friend while his two children slept in the same room

A former host of an HGTV home remodeling pilot who allegedly molested his daughter’s best friend, 10, at his Connecticut residence has now been found guilty in a New London Superior Court.

‘Family Flip’ star Christopher Dionne was convicted on charges of risk of injury to a minor and fourth-degree sexual assault, People reports. According to the report, the 37-year-old will be released on a $100,000 bond before appearing in court for sentencing on December 11.

Christoper Dionne and his twin brother Michael starred in ‘Family Flip’, which ran for just one episode in 2015. (HGTV)
Christoper and his twin brother Michael starred in ‘Family Flip’, which ran for just one episode in 2015. “The individual referenced appeared in a pilot that premiered on our network in 2015,” an HGTV spokesperson said in a statement. “The pilot was not picked up for series.” Meanwhile, A&E announced they had suspended production of a show starring Dionne.

The now 12-year-old victim testified during the trial how she was best friends with Dionne’s daughter when he sexually abused her. According to her, they were on the same soccer team and would have sleepovers at each other’s houses on a regular basis.

At a birthday sleepover at Dionne’s house in November 2017, Dionne apparently touched the young girl inappropriately. The victim recounted how at around 1:30 am she was sleeping on her belly when Dionne placed his hand on her buttocks under her pajamas. She added that Dionne proceeded to feel her up under her bra and jiggled her chest before taking a photo of her on his cellphone.

The child said he molested her twice on the night, several hours apart, while his 14-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter were in the room sleeping while it happened.

According to her, he asked her during the assault if she was a “big girl or a little girl” and whether she wanted to see his genitals. “If you tell your mom, I’ll go to jail and (my daughter) won’t have a daddy,” Dionne reportedly told the victim. Dionne returned to his room after the young girl rejected his advances.

Earlier in September the same year, Dionne is alleged to have assaulted the girl asking her if she wanted to kiss his genitals.

The victim was forced to sever her friendship with Dionne’s daughter following the assault.

Chinese authorities raided church, forcibly removed members, moments before demolition

Authorities in China forcibly removed Christiansand arrested several faith leaders gathered at a state-recognized church that suddenly was deemed “illegal” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), moments before it was demolished, according to a Chinese persecution watchdog.

Around 1,000 Chinese personnel, including police officers, carried out a raid at the True Jesus Church in the province of Henan, forcibly removing congregants — including two elderly members who were injured in the incident and had to be taken to the hospital — before excavators began demolishing the church worth roughly $1.4 million, Bitter Winter, a religious liberty magazine focused on China, reported.

Marco Respinti, director-in-charge of the Italian-based publication, told Fox News the CCP persecution of religion is nothing new, but going after this church, one that belongs to the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, a state-sanctioned Protestant church “supposedly not touched by the state,” doesn’t bode well for open believers living in the Communist nation.

“One thousand people in the church, trying to defend their rights recognized by the state, removed and attacked in such a way, it’s really something that is kind of nightmare, and it doesn’t point to nothing nice for believers,” Respinti said. “We think this is the beginning of the last step by the CCP in persecuting minorities and religious groups.”

He added, “What we see now are the so-called protected religions harshly attacked by the state, making no difference between religions that are tolerated and underground movements.”

The researcher points to new regulations on faith that were passed in 2018 and since then have only made things worse for anyone who isn’t an atheist and dedicated solely to the Communist party.

It started on June 22, when 200 believers at the True Jesus Church were surprised by a raid of around 60 officials. The director of Religious Affairs Bureau, who was leading the raid, claimed the state-sanctioned church was involved in “illegal fundraising” and declared the sanctuary an “illegal building,” which the state wanted to turn into a nursing home.

The True Jesus Church in Caidu town before it was demolished.(Bitter Winter)

When the congregants refused to vacate the building, police surveilled and recorded services in the church until July 26, when officials stormed the premises and turned it into rubble.

In August, eight leaders from the church and 13 members were charged with the “unlawful detention” of a CCP official and were arrested, which an employee at the church told Bitter Winter reminded them of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

“The CCP framed university students for rioting and used tanks to crush many of them to death,” the churchgoer said. “The Communist Party will resort to any means possible to achieve its goals.”

Now a lawn with saplings planted sits where the large church once stood, bearing no trace of its existence.