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EXCLUSIVE -The city destroyed by migration: Inside the Swedish town where armed gangs patrol the streets, crime has exploded and a beautiful social worker’s murder has shocked Europe


Standing on a street corner in the pitch black night, a youth brandishes a broken walking stick like a weapon. Wrapped up warm in a thick parka coat Mohammed jokes with his friends as passers-by watch the gang of unruly youths hanging around one of the few shops still open with suspicion.

As I approach, the 16-year-old drops the baton, his friend kicks it away, trying to hide it.

Ruined: The Gothenburg suburb of Mölndal is in the spotlight this week after the young, beautiful social worker Alexandra Mezher, 22, was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack at the child migrant centre where she worked

Menacing: Miss Mezher's killing is the latest in a long line of migrant related crime in the town which took 4,000 unaccompanied child refugees last year - more than any other town or city in Sweden

Trouble: Those living in the town say its landscape has been changed by the sudden influx of 8,000 migrants last year. Police say they are so over-stretched and have to let some offences go - particularly drug crime

‘Mölndal is the best place in the world,’ Mohammed claims. ‘I have lived here my whole life. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.’ His family arrived in Sweden as refugees in the 1980s. Iraqi Kurds they were forced to flee Saddam Hussein merciless vendetta against this persecuted people.  His father stayed on to fight the regime – a volunteer to the fearless Peshmerga fighters, Mohammed announces proudly. ‘Sweden is very good for people who want to live a peaceful life,’ the youngster explains in flawless English. ‘Everyone is treated with respect. And Swedish people are kind.’

Mohammed’s friends have similar stories. Many were born in Sweden, others arrived as children – all of their families are from other countries – the Middle East, Africa or Eastern Europe. ‘At my school there are people from 25 different countries,’ he tells me. ‘And there are lots of new kids at school who have just arrived as refugees.’

Migrants: The town received £22.6million from the government last year to house young migrants, which is more per capita than any other town in Sweden. Mohamed, 16, an Iraqi Kurd, told MailOnline: ‘Mölndal is the best place in the world. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else'

Landscape: But others in the town disagree and blame Sweden's politicians for Sweden's open door policy. ‘Our f***ing politicians should be shot,’ one outspoken Swede told MailOnline. ‘What the f*** were they thinking opening our doors to everyone?’

Fear: Some say with migration has brought fear. At night on the streets, one woman told our reporter: 'The refugee children gather on the bridge at night. There are lights and it is warm do it us somewhere to go for them. But people become worried when they see gangs of youths hanging around at night'

Deserted: The town's main shopping centre is a no go zone for most people at night because they fear the armed gangs roaming the streets at night looking for trouble

A 20-minute tram ride from the glittering water-fronted centre of Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg, Mölndal is already one of the country’s most diverse communities. And when Europe’s migration crisis erupted last year city leaders stepped forward with open arms to help.

The Gothenburg suburb accepted more unaccompanied refugee children than anywhere else in the country – 4,041 added to a population of 63,000. In the autumn 400 refugee kids were taken in every week.

In 2014, Mölndal received £22.6million to provide housing for unaccompanied minors – the most state funding per capita than any town or city in Sweden.

Mölndal is home to the huge Sagasen refugee centre that houses up to 1,000 new arrivals.

Last year, Sweden, with a population of 9.8 million, took in more than 160,000 asylum seekers. Just over three out of every 2,000 citizens are now refugees.

‘Most of the new kids have special lessons at the moment,’ Mohammed explains. ‘They need to learn Swedish before they can join us in class.’

Exploiting the warmth and lighting of Mölndal’s bus station to chat and play on their smart phones are two such recent arrivals. Abdasis and his friend left Somalia just over a year ago. The pair have only praise for Sweden – despite the long, cold dark nights of winter – because it has offered them sanctuary. ‘Sweden is good place,’ Abdasis, 16, said in broken English. ‘Somalia is war, always war, no peace. Sweden is peace, happiness, life.’

Not everyone in Mölndal or Gothenburg agrees.

New arrivals: Abdasis and his friend left Somalia just over a year ago. The pair have only praise for Sweden – despite the long, cold dark nights of winter – because it has offered them sanctuary. ‘Sweden is good place,’ Abdasis, 16, said in broken English. ‘Somalia is war, always war, no peace. Sweden is peace, happiness, life’

Crime: The Gothenburg suburb accepted more unaccompanied refugee children than anywhere else in the country – 4,041 added to a population of 63,000. In the autumn 400 refugee kids were taken in every week

Weapons: As our reporter approached Mohamed the 16-year-old dropped his wooden baton and one of his gang kicked it away

‘Our f***ing politician should be shot,’ one out-spoken Swede told MailOnline this week. ‘What the f*** were they thinking opening our doors to everyone?’American women respond

The pedestrian bridge over the main road through Mölndal has become a meeting place for young refugees, residents claim. One said: ‘The refugee children gather on the bridge at night. There are lights and it is warm do it us somewhere to go for them.

‘But people become worried when they see gangs of youths hanging around at night.’

Others gather outside the cut-price supermarket Netto in s housing estate a short walk from the station.

Tribute: Miss Mezher's mother described her as a 'angel' - and blamed Sweden's politicians for the country's migrant crisis

Tribute: Miss Mezher’s mother described her as a ‘angel’ – and blamed Sweden’s politicians for the country’s migrant crisis

Another resident said: ‘this used to be a good area. Now look at it.’ 

The murder of social worker Alexandra Mezher at a home for unaccompanied refugees this week has shone the spotlight on the country’s controversial open-door immigration policy.

The 22-year-old’s mother Chimene, who arrived in Sweden as a refugee, claims the country is no longer safe. Heartbroken Mrs Mezher said: ‘We left Lebanon to escape the civil war, the violence and the danger. We came to Sweden where it was safe, to start a family. But it is not safe anymore.’

Her husband Bourous, 45, moved to Sweden from Beirut in 1989 and built up a pizza business. Mrs Mezher, who has three sons, said: ‘She was not just my daughter, she was my angel. She was a just and fair human being. There were so many who loved her. She was my daughter, my friend.’

She blamed Swedish politicians for a dramatic rise in immigration in Molndal – particularly of unaccompanied children. Officers in Mölndal say they have had to ignore lesser offences such as drug-dealing because they are so overrun by migrant crime, with gang fights and violent assaults.

And in capital Stockholm police this week warned that the capital’s main train station was ‘overrun’ by gangs of Moroccan street children ‘stealing and groping girls’.Same to us

Swedish police revealed they have sent plain-clothes officers to monitor swimming baths in Stockholm after increased reports of sexual harassment of girls and women.

It was also claimed this week police had been forced to flee after being attacked by a mob of asylum seekers as they tried to relocate a ten-year-old boy amid allegations he had been ‘raped repeatedly’ at a refugee centre.Pedophiles

And staff at a migrant centre in Sweden had to flee where 19 asylum seekers ran riot with weapons. Crime statistics in Mölndal also contradict Abdasis’s assessment of ‘peace, happiness, life’ in the town. Police say they have responded to four or five emergency calls from refugee centres in the Gothenburg area – which includes Mölndal – every day since late October.Do you want

The city’s most up-to-date crime figures reveal there were 372 incidents reported which led to 222 criminal complaints linked to migrant centres – between 20 October 2015 and 8 January this year.

Mölndal’s politicians have refused to explain their open-door immigration policy.

Marie Östh Karlsson, leader of Mölndal district council, thanked MailOnline for a request to discuss immigration, Sweden’s most pressing issue. But she added: ‘At the moment I choose not to give any interview on this topic [immigration].’

Police complain they are stretched to breaking point in having to deal with the rising migrant crime wave.

Murder scene: The 22-year-old social worker was stabbed at this shelter for child migrants at 8am on Monday. She had worked alone on an overnight shift at the centre for refugees aged 14-17 

Charged: Somali-born Youssaf Khaliif Nuur is accused of murdering Alexandra Mezher. He appeared in court yesterday and was remanded in custody until February 11. He is being held in a psychiatric hospital 

‘We have become completely overwhelmed,’ one policeman with over 30-years-service with Gothenburg Police told MailOnline.

We have given up with narcotic crime. We just don’t have the resources.’RAPEUGEES

Instead officers are trying to fight back the explosion of violent street crime that has erupted in recent months.  There are 20 robberies in Gothenburg every day – usually with violence. This week an 83-year-old lady had a gun put in her face when she was mugged on her way to play bingo. They got away with just 50 Kroner [about £4].Do you want

Gothenburg police source ‘I have worked in Gothenburg for over 30 years and I have never known anything like it,’ the officer told MailOnline. ‘I will not let my children go into the city after 2pm and especially not at night.

‘There are violent gangs roaming around the streets and the use of knives and other weapons have become normal, rather than a rarity as it used to be,’

‘There are 20 robberies in Gothenburg every day – usually with violence or the threat of violence.

‘This week an 83-year-old lady had a gun put in her face when she was mugged on her way to play bingo. They got away with just 50 Kroner [about £4].

‘In the summer there were mass shootings with lots of people killed, including a little girl.’

He added the city streets were now at the mercy of gangs of young men mainly from North Africa.

The police source revealed: ‘In the past couple of months we have noticed a dramatic increase in street robbery. This is a new phenomenon.

Menacing: One officer told MailOnline that there were 'violent gangs roaming around the streets and the use of knives and other weapons have become normal'

Police: A source in Gothenburg's police department told MailOnline: ‘They will do anything to get money – steal a person’s wallet, iPhone, jewellery. And then they will attack their victim and kick them half to death'

Dark: The Gothenburg suburb accepted more unaccompanied refugee children than anywhere else in the country – 4,041 added to a population of 63,000

Politically INCORRECT Cartoon: Missing the Target


waving flagDrawn by  Glenn Foden / / January 29, 2016 / Glenn Foden is an editorial cartoonist for The Daily Signal.

URL of the original posting site: http://dailysignal.com/2016/01/29/cartoon-missing-the-target

PastedGraphic-2Heritage Foundation experts Hans von Spakovsky and Andrew Kloster wrote on the indictment of David Daleiden:

In an astonishing bit of legerdemain, a local grand jury in Harris County, Texas, has refused to indict Planned Parenthood for violating a Texas statute that prohibits the attempted sale of human organs, despite the video evidence to the contrary showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives discussing organ sales.how many body parts

But the very same grand jury has indicted David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), who organized, filmed, and released the undercover “60 Minutes”-style videos, for supposedly violating the very same Texas statute, which also prohibits the attempted purchase of human organs.

In other words, a private individual whose only intent is to expose possibly illegal activity is under indictment for actions in connection with an undercover video operation, but the illegal actor itself—Planned Parenthood—is off the hook. This backward situation will undoubtedly chill journalistic activity in Texas and elsewhere.

According to copies of the two charging sheets filed with the Harris County Clerk’s Office that we obtained, Daleiden and his colleague, Sandra Merritt, were also indicted for tampering with a governmental record—specifically, making and presenting a falsified California driver’s license, which is a felony.

The charging sheet for the organ purchase violation is based on the Texas Penal Code§48.02: Prohibition of the Purchase and Sale of Human Organs.

A violation occurs if a person “knowingly or intentionally offers to buy, offers to sell, acquires, receives, sells, or otherwise transfers any human organ for valuable consideration.” This is a misdemeanor charge, and there are various exceptions, such as for “reimbursement of legal or medical expenses incurred for the benefit of the ultimate receiver of the organ.”

The undercover videos that CMP released certainly seem to show that Planned Parenthood employees were trying to receive much greater compensation for the organs of aborted babies than a simple reimbursement of costs. They talk about getting “top dollar” and discuss different prices for various organs. Handling and transportation costs are not going to change whether you are harvesting—what a euphemism for what is really going on—a liver or a heart.

PP MonsterYou even have one Planned Parenthood executive caught saying she needed to get the right price for aborted organs because she wants “a Lamborghini,” which, if it was a joke, was an atrocious one.

The point, however, is that if the grand jury believes that Daleiden should be charged with offering to buy a human organ, based on the videos, it almost inconceivable that the same grand jury would not also conclude that Planned Parenthood should be charged with violating the same statute by offering to sell him human organs. The entire context of the video involves a complicated haggling process, but only one of the two parties appears to actually intend to go through with the illegal sale—and that party is Planned Parenthood.

Crucially, the Texas statute also has a clear intent standard: A violation requires the grand jury to find that CMP made its offer to buy “knowingly and intentionally.” Given that the grand jury knew that all of these videos were part of an undercover sting operation intended solely to show what Planned Parenthood was doing; that CMP was not actually in the business of purchasing organs like one of Planned Parenthood’s other partners,StemExpress; and that it was a fake offer, how could the grand jury possibly conclude that this intent standard was met? It is highly likely that no reasonable jury would ever convict under these admittedly unusual factual circumstances.

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Over the past decades, there have been countless undercover video operations conducted by major news organizations at ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, and others, as well as local at news stations all over the country. Today, the Internet has made it possible for citizen-journalists and investigators to employ the same techniques to expose wrongdoing without the need for the major resources required by shows like CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

While this is not the case with the Texas statutes at issue, there are even some federal laws that encourage this type of behavior. For example, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (the Fair Housing Act) authorizes private undercover testers and sponsoring organizations to recover damages if they discover discriminatory racial treatment in housing, even if they had no intention of moving in, or used fake identities (tampering with a government document!), or even if the conduct was illegal under state law!

Usually, a black individual or couple poses as prospective tenants in order to uncover racist housing policies. Should these individuals, reporters at major news operations, and citizen-journalists be treated as criminals or held civilly liable if they used a fake ID to expose wrongdoing? We should be encouraging undercover operations that root out illegal behavior, not criminalizing them.

Law professor Ron Rotunda, an expert on legal ethics who holds the Henley Chair and is a distinguished professor of jurisprudence at Chapman University, told us that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott should stop this abusive prosecution by pardoning the two defendants and then ask that a new prosecutor investigate Planned Parenthood’s apparent trafficking in body parts.

Ken Paxton, Texas’ attorney general, has alreadyannouncedthat the state’s investigation of Planned Parenthood and the “shameful disregard for human life of the abortion industry” is ongoing.

What we do know is that there are a lot of unanswered questions regarding the possible bias of the Harris County district attorney’s office, and its apparent fixation on prosecuting citizen-journalists rather than the malfeasance they exposed.

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BREAKING: Obama administration says it will CENSOR some Hillary emails, because…


waving flagWritten by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor on January 29, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://www.allenbwest.com/2016/01/breaking-obama-administration-says-it-will-censor-some-hillary-emails-because

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While the State Department defies a federal court order and delays the final batch of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email until AFTER the first primaries, we’re learning that some of her emails will NEVER see the light of day under any circumstances. In the words of intelligence officials, they are “too damaging” to release.

Fox News reports:

The intelligence community has now deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging” to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.

The decision to withhold the documents in full, and not provide even a partial release with redactions, further undercuts claims by the State Department and the Clinton campaign that none of the intelligence in the emails was classified when it hit Clinton’s personal server. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, there is an exemption that allows for highly sensitive, and in this case classified, material to be withheld in full — which means nothing would be released in these cases, not even heavily redacted versions, which has been standard practice with the 1,340 such emails made public so far by the State Department.

The Obama administration today confirmed this in more detail, as the AP reports:

The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained some of the U.S. government’s most closely guarded secrets, censoring 22 emails with material demanding one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in which Clinton is a candidate.

“The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because they contain a category of top secret information,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told the AP, describing the decision to withhold documents in full as “not unusual.” That means they won’t be published online with the rest of the documents, even with blacked-out boxes.

In other words, there are some emails Hillary Clinton sent or received as secretary of state from her own private server that are  so damaging and sensitive that they can never be released, even heavily redacted.

And yet we’re supposed to believe Hillary that none of the information involved was classified? I’ll borrow from Mike Huckabee who said he didn’t understand how anybody with an IQ above plant life would support Sanders’ socialist ideas. Similarly, I don’t understand how anyone with an IQ above plant life can believe Hillary’s lines about her emails — or anything else that comes out of her mouth, for that matter.

Meanwhile, as The Hill reports, the State Department today will release just 2,000 more of Hillary’s emails but will delay the final batch of about 7,000 until late February — after the critical first primaries are in the books.

In a court filing late on Thursday evening, the department insisted that it “regrets” its inability to publish the final 7,000 pages on Friday, as a federal court ordered it to do last year.

Yet it defended the delay, blaming an internal oversight and the snowstorm that crippled Washington in the past week.

As the journalist who sued the department to force the emails’ release pointed out, however, that would be after voters in the first four primary states have gone to the polls.

“[I]f the Court allows State to delay release of thousands of pages of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s official work emails, a substantial portion of the electorate will be forced to vote without the benefit of important information to which it is entitled about the performance of one of the candidates for U.S. President while serving as Secretary of State,” lawyers opposing the department’s schedule claimed earlier this week. 

Apparently, the “most transparent administration ever” wasn’t concerned about this tiny little issue of timing.

“Upcoming electoral events, while admittedly important to the public, do not change the fact that State needs this reasonable amount of additional time to complete the final stage of this enormous and complex undertaking,” lawyers representing the State Department wrote.

Apparently, even with the extra staff and a special person appointed to oversee the whole debacle process — the “Transparency Coordinator” our current rock star of a secretary of state appointed — the State Department can’t keep its court-appointed deadlines. BTW, does anyone remember who that “Transparency Coordinator” — aka “email czar” — is who’s overseeing the process? Oh yeah, that’s right, it’s Janice Jacobs, the one who donated the maximum amount to none other than Hillary Clinton’s campaign just before being appointed to her role in overseeing Hillary’s email scandal. But I’m sure Jacobs’ support of Hillary for president has absolutely nothing to do with her handling of the email release. Right?

FUBAR.lying so long

[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]

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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report


waving flagFriday, January 29, 2016

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Whoopi Goldberg “Thrilled” the Indicted Pro-Life Activists are “Getting Their Behind Handed to Them”
When it comes to the Texas indictment of pro-life activists, Whoopi Goldberg is interested in only one point: Planned Parenthood is not guilty. But she was shocked when one of her co-hosts defended the unborn.

Supreme Court Sets Date for Little Sisters of the Poor’s Challenge to Obama HHS Mandate
The Supreme Court has set the date for oral arguments for Little Sisters of the Poor’s challenge to the Obama HHS mandate. The nation’s highest court will hear debate from attorneys representing the Catholic religious order and the Obama administration on Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/supreme-court-sets-date-for-little-sisters-of-the-poors-challenge-to-obama-hhs-mandate/

D.A. Who Indicted Pro-Lifers Has Extensive Relationship With Attorney for Late-Term Abortionist
Since her office indicted pro-life advocates acting as undercover journalists to catch Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson has faced significant criticism.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/d-a-who-indicted-pro-lifers-has-extensive-relationship-with-attorney-for-late-term-abortionist/

Ted Cruz Leads Pro-Life Rally: “I Have Stood Up to Fight to the Right to Life” of Unborn Babies
 Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz touted his record on abortion at a packed pro-life rally Wednesday in Iowa. “Every candidate in a Republican primary says they’re pro-life. That’s what you say in a Republican primary, regardless of the facts,” Cruz said.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/ted-cruz-leads-pro-life-rally-i-have-stood-up-to-fight-to-the-right-to-life-of-unborn-babies/

Planned Parenthood Caught Violating Same Law Against Organ Sales David Daleiden Was Indicted Over
 Just days after a Texas grand jury ignored evidence of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies’ body parts and indited whistle blower David Daleiden instead, a pro-life group released new documents that appear to show the abortion chain billing for aborted babies’ body parts.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/planned-parenthood-caught-violating-same-law-against-organ-sales-david-daleiden-was-indicted-over/

Chris Christie: “Thousands of Unborn Children are Murdered in the Womb.” What Could be Worse?
 The question moderator Bret Baier posed to Gov. Chris Christie Thursday night was simple: “Can you name one thing the federal government does now that it should not do at all?” It could’ve been answered a million different ways, but the New Jersey governor took it in a pro-life direction.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/chris-christie-thousands-of-unborn-children-are-murdered-in-the-womb-what-could-be-worse/

Rand Paul: “I Think Abortion is Always Wrong,” We Need to Protect “the Individual in the Womb”
 During last night’s Republican presidential debate, pro-life candidate Rand Paul made his abortion views clear — he thinks abortion is “always wrong.”

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/rand-paul-i-think-abortion-is-always-wrong-we-need-to-protect-the-individual-in-the-womb/

Carly Fiorina: Something’s Wrong When Pro-Life People are Indicted But Not Hillary Clinton
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina didn’t back down from taking on Planned Parenthood in the GOP debate last night. She said there’s something wrong with the justice system in the country when pro-life advocates exposing Planned Parenthood are indicted but not Hillary Clinton.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/carly-fiorina-something-wrong-when-pro-life-people-are-indicted-but-not-hillary-clinton/

Planned Parenthood Has Broken the Law or Been Fined in 8 States Since the Expose’ Videos
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/planned-parenthood-has-broken-the-law-or-been-fined-in-8-states-since-the-expose-videos/

University of Texas Caught Buying Aborted Baby Body Parts From Planned Parenthood
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/university-of-texas-caught-buying-aborted-baby-body-parts-from-planned-parenthood/

Mike Huckabee During Republican Debate: “Let’s Get Rid of Abortion Once and for All”
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/mike-huckabee-during-republican-debate-lets-get-rid-of-abortion-once-and-for-all/

NARAL Threatens Pro-Life Rand Paul: “Keep Saying S— Like That and You’re Gonna Get Punched”
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/naral-threatens-pro-life-rand-paul-keep-saying-s-like-that-and-youre-gonna-get-punched/

Man Drove His Two Teenage Kids to Planned Parenthood to Spray Pro-Lifers With Tomato Juice
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/man-drove-his-two-teenage-kids-to-planned-parenthood-to-spray-pro-lifers-with-tomato-juice/

Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio Will No Longer Kill Disabled Babies in Abortions
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/christ-hospital-in-ohio-will-no-longer-kill-disabled-babies-in-abortions/

Planned Parenthood Breaks State Law to Open Unlicensed Abortion Clinic in Kentucky
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/planned-parenthood-breaks-state-law-to-open-unlicensed-abortion-clinic-in-kentucky/

United Airlines Bans Travelers From Viewing Pro-Life Web Site During In-Flight Internet Usage
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/united-airlines-bans-travelers-from-viewing-pro-life-web-site-during-in-flight-internet-usage/

Indiana Senate Panel Passes Bill to Ban Abortions Based on Down Syndrome
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/indiana-senate-panel-passes-bill-to-ban-abortions-based-on-down-syndrome/

Sierra Leone: Pro-Life People Protest Proposed Law to Legalize Abortions
http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/29/sierra-leone-pro-life-people-protest-proposed-law-to-legalize-abortions/

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Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, report says


January 28

URL of the original posting site: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obama-administration-placed-children-with-human-traffickers-report-says/2016/01/28/39465050-c542-11e5-9693-933a4d31bcc8_story.html

The Obama administration failed to protect thousands of Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border since 2011, leaving them vulnerable to traffickers and to abuses at the hands of government-approved caretakers, a Senate investigation has found.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, failed to do proper background checks of adults who claimed the children, allowed sponsors to take custody of multiple unrelated children, and regularly placed children in homes without visiting the locations, according to a 56-page investigative report released Thursday.

And once the children left federally funded shelters, the report said, the agency permitted their adult sponsors to prevent caseworkers from providing them post-release services.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) initiated the six-month investigation after several Guatemalan teens were found in a dilapidated trailer park near Marion, Ohio, where they were being held captive by traffickers and forced to work at a local egg farm. The boys were among more than 125,000 unaccompanied minors who have surged into the United States since 2011, fleeing violence and unrest in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.hell

The report concluded that administration “policies and procedures were inadequate to protect the children in the agency’s care.”you think

tyrantsHHS spokesman Mark Weber said in a statement that the agency would “review the committee’s findings carefully and continue to work to ensure the best care for the children we serve.”

The report was released ahead of a hearing Thursday before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which Portman co-chairs with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). It detailed nearly 30 cases where unaccompanied children had been trafficked after federal officials released them to sponsors or where there were “serious trafficking indicators.” 

“HHS places children with individuals about whom it knows relatively little and without verifying the limited information provided by sponsors about their alleged relationship with the child,” the report said.

For example, one Guatemalan boy planned to live with his uncle in Virginia. But when the uncle refused to take the boy, he ended up with another sponsor, who forced him to work nearly 12 hours a day to repay a $6,500 smuggling debt, which the sponsor later increased to $10,900, the report said.

A boy from El Salvador was released to his father even though he told a caseworker that his father had a history of beating him, including hitting him with an electrical cord. In September, the boy alerted authorities that his father was forcing him to work for little or no pay, the report said; a post-release service worker later found the boy was being kept in a basement and given little food. 

The Senate investigation began in July after federal prosecutors indicted six people in connection with the Marion labor-trafficking scheme, which involved at least eight minors and two adults from the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala.

One defendant, Aroldo Castillo-Serrano, 33, used associates to file false applications with the government agency tasked with caring for the children, and bring them to Ohio, where he kept them in squalid conditions in a trailer park and forced them to work 12-hour days, at least six days a week, for little pay. Castillo-Serrano has pleaded guilty to labor-trafficking charges and awaits sentencing in the Northern District of Ohio in Toledo.

The FBI raided the trailer park in December 2014, rescuing the boys, but the Senate investigation says federal officials could have discovered the scheme far sooner.

In August 2014, a child-welfare caseworker attempted to visit one of the children, who had been approved for post-release services because of reported mental-health problems, according to the report. The caseworker went to the address listed for the child, but the person who answered the door said the child didn’t live there, the report added. When the caseworker finally found the child’s sponsor, the sponsor blocked the caseworker from talking to the child. Instead of investigating further, the caseworker closed the child’s case file, the report said, citing “ORR policy which states that the Post Release Services are voluntary and sponsor refused services.”hell

That child was found months later, living 50 miles away from the sponsor’s home and working at the egg farm, according to the report. The child’s sponsor was later indicted.

VanSickle is a reporter for the Investigative Reporting Program, a nonprofit news organization at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Can We Get the Councilman’s Handcuffs Removed So We Can Swear Him in, Please?


waving flagby | 8:06 am, January 25th, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://www.mediaite.com/online/can-we-get-the-councilmans-handcuffs-removed-so-we-can-swear-him-in-please

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In the state of Indiana, it’s hard to imagine that city officials have ever had to do what they did on Friday: actually swear in an elected City Councilman while he sat behind bars on murder and drug charges.

That’s the exact situation unfolding with Democrat Robert Battle, who won his reelection campaign in November, despite having just been arrested on charges from the federal government. He was sworn in from behind bars at Porter County Jail.

In September, Battle was arrested on a charge of marijuana possession after law enforcement stopped him for speeding in a construction zone and found 40 grams of pot in his vehicle.

A month later, Battle was charged in the shooting death of Reimundo Camarillo Jr. on October 12, 2015. The Lake County Sheriff John Buncich called for Battle to resign, telling the press, “The right thing to do at this time would be to resign, step aside so the East Chicago Indiana citizens in the third district can be represented properly.”

“It’s wrong for the taxpayers, wrong for our party… I can’t remember a situation like this,” Sheriff Buncich continued.

However, Battle did not remove himself from office, and still by law will continue to earn his $42,365 salary until he either resigns or admit his guilt. As of now, Councilman Battle has maintained his innocence. According to the Chicago Tribune, his trial is scheduled for August.Picture3

Correction: in an earlier version of the story, we incorrectly identified that Councilman Battle was from Chicago rather than Indiana. We have corrected the details in the version above.

J.D. Durkin is the Senior Editor of Mediaite. You can follow him on Twitter @MediaiteJD.

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South Carolina House Passes Bill Excluding Sharia Law From State Courts


waving flagby Jordan Schachtel, 28 Jan 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/28/exclusive-south-carolina-house-passes-bill-banning-sharia-law

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The South Carolina House has passed a bill blocking Islamic sharia law from being recognized or approved in the state, after years of debate over similar legislation.

The legislation voted upon was explained as “A bill to amend the code of laws of South Carolina … so as to prevent a court or other enforcement authority from enforcing foreign law including, but not limited to, Sharia Law in this state from a forum outside of the United States or its territories under certain circumstances.”

On Thursday, the legislation passed with 68 for the bill and 42 opposed.Picture2

Sharia law is the legal and political system mandated in the Koran and other Islamic texts. It include laws governing religious practice, such as praying and ritual washing. But sharia also rules what Westerners see as non-government social practices — divorce, child-rearing, free-speech, clothing or sexual behavior, for example — and it also rules government responses to crimes, such as theft and murder.

Sharia law relegates women and non-Muslims to a lesser status, and grants men enormous authority over wives, daughters and sons. It allows for the primitive treatment of women and non-Muslims, and allows fierce punishment — sometimes, “honor killings” by fathers — for refusing to complying with sharia mandates.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Chip Limehouse. He told Breitbart News following the bill’s passage:

“This goes to demonstrate that the South Carolina House of Representatives is committed to preserving and protecting the American way of life here in South Carolina.”

“Sharia Law has been used as a defense in American courtrooms,” he adds. “We are working towards making that defense not an option for radical extremists from any country.”

“In South Carolina, we’ve had cases where people have tried to use [the rules of] Sharia Law as a defense, and we are speaking very clearly from the South Carolina House,” Limehouse said. “Shariah Law can not and will not be used as a legal defense in the state of South Carolina.”

Because the bill was passed at the beginning of the current legislative session, Rep. Limehouse said he was optimistic that the Senate would have enough time to pass the bill. In order for the bill to become law, it must now be passed by the South Carolina State Senate and signed by Governor Nikki Haley.

Tea Party and conservative grassroots organizations are credited with initiating the movement to ban sharia rules through the state legislatures. Conservative leaders Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann have publicly advocated for the need to enact nation-wide legislation against the threat of sharia.

Underground sharia courts operate in Muslim communities throughout Europe and also in the United States. Last year, Breitbart Texas reported that a “voluntary” sharia court had already been established in Texas.Islam is NOT

Several countries in Europe, including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, have many underground sharia courts within migrant communities. In the U.K, the government has formally deputized at least one sharia court to decide non-criminal issues among people who agree to use the court, even as public concerns rise that immigrant women are socially pressured to accept the courts’ authority

U.S. opponents of sharia courts point to Europe for evidence that western democracies can gradually cede more de-facto legal authority to self-segregating Muslim communities, so enabling the self-segregation of Muslim communities into no-go zones within cities.American women respond

Several states–including Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina South Dakota, and Tennessee–have passed “foreign law” bans against sharia. More than a dozen other states are currently considering similar legislation.

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