Report: Leaked footage shows US weapons transfer to Saudi-led coalition in Yemen as arms are doled out to jihadists

Leaked footage purports to show weapons, including a US-made vehicle, being transferred to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen amid reports of gear falling into the hands of extremist militias in defiance of US arms agreements.

Filmed secretly in Yemen at the Saudi-controlled port of Aden, the footage claims to show the unloading of a fresh arms shipment for the coalition in late October, including the familiar outline of an American-made Oshkosh armored vehicle, also known as an MRAP. Yemeni authorities backed by the Saudi coalition have reportedly made a number of arrests in a bid to identify the leaker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShwWgulhsQk

While American lawmakers have called on the Trump administration to halt assistance to the Saudi coalition, efforts in both houses have failed to translate into policy, including a congressional War Powers Resolution which was vetoed in April.

In February, a CNN investigation revealed that US weapons delivered to the coalition were consistently landing with local militia groups, including hardline jihadist factions linked to Al-Qaeda. The new footage, obtained by CNN, might be the latest sign that little has changed on the ground, despite the evidence of illicit transfers.

More recently, US arms supplied to the United Arab Emirates – a major partner in the coalition – were traced to separatist factions fighting in Yemen’s south, which intermittently clash with pro-Saudi forces in the country. While the southern separatists are not on the US terrorism list, the arms only complicate a bloody years-long conflict marked by shifting alliances and a disregard for the laws of war on all sides.

US weapons sales to both the Saudis and Emiratis are subject to end-use agreements prohibiting distribution of the arms to third parties without authorization, which the Pentagon insists has not been granted to either country.

The Saudi vessel carrying the new arms shipment stopped outside of Sudan in mid-September, tracking data shows, but turned off its GPS locator soon after departing the port, only to reappear in Aden in late October, when the leaked footage was captured.

The Pentagon declined to confirm whether the footage is genuine.

“We cannot comment on any potential or ongoing investigations of claims of end-use violations of defense articles and services transferred to our allies and partners,” a Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement.

The Saudi-led coalition launched a bombing campaign in March 2015 to restore Yemeni President Mansour Hadi to power, after the rebel Houthi movement ousted him from the capital city months prior. The United States has provided the coalition with vital support in its operation – including arms sales, vehicle maintenance, logistics, targeting assistance and support before international bodies – despite repeated accusations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and even genocide levied at the Saudi coalition.

So far, over 100,000 civilians and combatants have died in the fighting, according to the ACLED project, and the conflict has produced what many have called the world’s worst human crisis, with millions dependent on some form of international aid.

Source: RT

ISIS takes ‘full control’ of al-Hawl Camp Slaughtering Babies and Dousing Guards in Petrol as they Vow to Restart Jihad

The al-Hawl camp is home to 68,000 Islamic State families. It is same camp in which infamous Islamic State bride Shamima Begum was discovered. She was part of the rifle toting morality police, but was made out by her defenders to be a victim. Most important to note in this story is just how dangerous and as sinister as their male counterparts, Islamic State brides are, while social justice warriors fight for their return, painting them to be victims of their jihadist husbands. The Sun reported:

Female members of ISIS’ morality police al-Hisbah have unleashed a reign of terror within the Syrian camp by enforcing the terrorist group’s radical laws upon the population.

Their actions include “ slaughtering babies and dousing guards in petrol,” and not only guards, but women, too:

Aylul Rizgar, 30, is the camp’s senior administrator and has been repeatedly threatened with decapitation.

She told The Times: “I have lost count of the number of times the women here have told me that when Islamic State returns they’ll cut my head off and put it on a pole.”

She has also been attacked by a mum and her two daughters who bit her and doused her in petrol.

In another testimony that further demonstrates the level of danger that Islamic State brides pose to the West, a teen sex slave, Muna, described the cruelty and viciousness of Islamic States brides as she spoke of the capture of American aid worker Kayla Mueller.

Yazidi schoolgirl Muna revealed al-Baghdadi was so terrified his other wives would discover he had taken the American aid worker as his bride he banished her to prison.

The 26-year-old was held captive at the home of his deputy Abu Sayaff …..

When they first captured Kayla, ISIS fighters pulled her nails out…..She was forced to convert to Islam.

She [Muna] said al-Baghdadi had feared his wives reaction to Kayla as they were “worse than” him.

“The wives were always worse than al-Baghdadi…They were always telling the children that they were lazy and beating them…”

Pari Ibrahim, executive director of the Free Yezidi Foundation, warns that Islamic State brides are “not innocent bystanders.” She states:

“There has been no effort to understand why these ISIS brides are guilty…In some cases, [the wives] would lock our Yazidi women in the houses so they could not escape. They would force them to do manual labor, humiliate them in captivity; they were beaten and tortured by the ISIS wives.”

The dilemma of what to do with Islamic State brides and their caliphate cubs remains. Islamic State jihadists are enemy combatants, brutes and abusers of the worst kind, and their brides are no better; caution should be employed in considerations of whether they should be repatriated back to the West, which they view as enemy territory, not as their “home.”

“ISIS takes ‘full control’ of al-Hawl camp slaughtering babies and dousing guards in petrol as they vow to restart jihad,” by Alahna Kindred, The Sun, October 24, 2019:

ISIS has taken control of the Al-Hawl camp and has wasted no time slaughtering babies and dousing guards in petrol, it has been reported.

Female members of ISIS’ morality police al-Hisbah have unleashed a reign of terror within the Syrian camp by enforcing the terrorist group’s radical laws upon the population.

Al-Hisbah have ordered attacks against guards, burnt down tents, dismembered bodies, doused women in petrol and have smuggled guns into the camp as ISIS vowed to restart their jihad.

The number of jihadists escaping the camp has skyrocketed and those who are recaptured have admitted to wanting to join the Turkish-backed Islamic militants.

Aylul Rizgar, 30, is the camp’s senior administrator and has been repeatedly threatened with decapitation.

She told The Times: “I have lost count of the number of times the women here have told me that when Islamic State returns they’ll cut my head off and put it on a pole.”

She has also been attacked by a mum and her two daughters who bit her and doused her in petrol.

Al-Hawl is home to 68,000 ISIS family members after they fled the jihadists’ last stand in Baghouz earlier this year.

Among its residents include 10,100 foreign citizens, including 18 British women and children – and was where ISIS bride Shamima Begum was found in February…..

Source: JihadWatch

India: Police Arrest 16 Muslims, Foil Jihad Attacks and Plot to “Establish Islamic Rule in India”

Police in India have foiled a plot to “establish Islamic rule” in India. 16 suspects were arrested and taken into custody; they were plotting a jihad attack in the country. They were reported to adhere to the “ideologies of Al Qaeda, Islamic State and Students Islamic Movement of India.”

In a statement by the National Investigation Agency:

Accused persons have been actively recruiting individuals to strike terror in India and have also been routinely posting videos and other jihadi propaganda material exhorting their supporters to conduct terrorist attacks using various methods including the use of explosives, poison, knives and vehicles, as means of attack.

There is a problem with Islam worldwide; “terror” is being struck into the hearts of disbelievers (Qur’an 8:60) — either the terror of jihad violence and attacks or the terror of being afraid to speak truth about the atrocities that are being committed in the name of Islam and being branded “Islamophobic.”

Leaders in India have been on alert. At the end of May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “right hand man” Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, “called Muslim migrants from Bangladesh ‘infiltrators’ and ‘termites’ and promised to ‘remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs.’”

The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS is rare in educating about “the jihad against India, where Muslim warriors and conquerors wrought unparalleled and unfathomable devastation in the name of their religion.”

The threat against India and almost everywhere else did not begin with “colonialism” and “Zionism,” as jihadists and their enablers contend.

“16 Tamil Nadu men were planning terror attacks, through knives, vehicles and poison: NIA,” by Deeptiman Tiwary, Indian Express (thanks to The Religion of Peace), July 19, 2019:

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Friday identified the 14 terror suspects, who were deported this week from UAE and alleged that they were associated with varied ideologies of Al Qaeda, Islamic State and Students Islamic Movement of India. Along with the 14 suspects, two others were arrested and have been remanded in NIA custody for eight days. All 16 suspects hail from Tamil Nadu.

The NIA alleged that they had come together to form a terror group called Ansarulla and the accused had also collected funds and made preparations to carry out terrorist attacks in India, “with the intention of establishing Islamic rule in India.” It further alleged that the group members were exhorting others to carry out lone-wolf attacks using knives, vehicles or even poison.

In a statement, NIA said, “Accused persons have been actively recruiting individuals to strike terror in India and have also been routinely posting videos and other jihadi propaganda material exhorting their supporters to conduct terrorist attacks using various methods including the use of explosives, poison, knives and vehicles, as means of attack.”

NIA further claimed that it has booked the 16 in a case registered on July 9, “based on credible information received that the accused persons, owing allegiance to the proscribed terrorist organizations ISIS/ Daish, Al Qaida and SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India), while being within and beyond India, had conspired and conducted preparations to wage war against the Government of India by forming a terrorist gang Ansarulla.

Security establishment sources said the suspects were deported from UAE in two batches of seven with the first who arrived on July 13 and the second on July 15. The apprehended individuals were taken to Chennai in a special flight where they were produced in a court….

Source: JihadWatch

Muslim Terrorist Attempts to Murder Holder’s Fast and Furious Fall Guy in Black Site before being Saved by Another Political Prisoner

Former-U.S.-Army-soldier—turned—radical-Islamic-fighter Rodney Hamrick took 68-year-old former insurance executive Robert David Neal hostage inside of a federal facility. He bound Neal’s hands behind his back, as well as his feet, and then executed him, ISIS-style, nearly severing his head.

Next, Hamrick rushed 77-year-old Richard Warren and stabbed him a dozen times before his cry for help led Kurt Johnson, a fellow Christian, to run into the room and save his life.

Hamrick’s rampage took place in November, 2018. But few found out about it until 2020, due to a DOJ cover-up.

Warren ran an international bond market years earlier, and he was in a position to expose an illegitimate multi-million-dollar exchange between the CIA and a Southeast-Asian dictatorship. Johnson went after lenders for runaway mortgage fraud years before the 2008 financial crisis brought the world’s banking system to the verge of total collapse.

Kurt Johnson (left) and Richard Warren (right), inside the DOJ’s hard-to-reach “communications management unit,” or “CMU,” in Terre Haute, Indiana. (Photo by unnamed/Public domain, 2018)

Donald Reynolds was also present for Hamrick’s rampage. A decade or so earlier though, Reynolds had a successful distribution deal with Universal Records—until the IRS and the DOJ set him up during the botched and now-infamous “Operation Fast and Furious.” Eric Holder then used Reynolds as his own minority fall guy, as hypocritical as that may seem.

Donald Reynolds in 2019 (Photo by unnamed/Public domain, 2019)

Most people don’t know that the DOJ still funds a pair of covert “black site” facilities, dedicated to hiding people and potentially-scandalous cases like these, which the former leaders of the Justice Department seem to fear. And unlike other U.S.-government—funded black sites abroad, these two are hidden in plain view, on sprawling but otherwise-unremarkable federal compounds right in the central United Hurwitz. Hurwitz was demoted in August 2019 following the Jeffrey Epstein suicide scandal and replaced with previous BOP director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer. On Tuesday February 25th, Attorney General Barr appointed Michael Carvajal as permanent BOP director.

“The public is completely unaware. They know what mainstream media tells them, which is what government wants them to know,” said David Knight, host of Real News with David Knight.

As obvious as the locations of these black sites may be though, their true purpose is perhaps equally secretive, counterintuitive, and devious. So much so, that just a few short years ago, during the Obama administration, it might have proved impossible to pierce the veil of misinformation that the DOJ has woven around its clandestine “communications management unit,” or “CMUs,” in Marion, Illinois, and Terre Haute, Indiana. Managing to publish the whole truth about what—and whom—can be found here would’ve been another challenge entirely.

But the recently-departed top brass of the DOJ just got caught in perhaps the lie of the century, one that they used disingenuously for years in order to mask many of their similar operations as supposed efforts to protect the American democratic process and bust the bad guys. So, in light of this freshly-uncovered deception, now might be an appropriate time for the public, the press, and the federal judiciary each to examine, quite carefully, the façade that has long covered over these largely-secret and little-known facilities before anyone else is brutally murdered at one of them due to religious hatred.

“They’re the excuse,” begins Schaeffer Cox, referring to the group of convicted Jihadi fighters who call the DOJ’s communications management units “home,” and who—at least on paper—serve as a continuing justification for the existence of these concealed and very expensive facilities.

“But we’re the real reason,” finishes Cox, referring to his own smaller group, consisting mostly of Republicans.

Like Cox, they too were arrested on dubious federal charges, largely during the Obama years. And they’re here, it seems, to be swept under the rug. Indeed, hardly anyone knows they’re in the CMUs in the first place, and the DOJ and its allies in the courts and the media appear to like it that way.

A lot fewer questions are asked about what happens in the CMUs due to their media moniker, “Gitmo North,” and the misperception that the DOJ uses these black sites only to lock up radical Muslims, like the recently-released FCI Terre Haute CMU inmate John Walker Lindh.

In reality, however, there are about 80 people in the CMUs at any given time, and most of them aren’t Jihadis. Word on the grapevine is that the DOJ is now planning to expand the CMUs by about 20 percent as well, to a capacity of 95.

And the cases the majority of the media doesn’t cover from the CMUs are more scandalous than those they do.

So, Cox and his group are held hundreds or even thousands of miles away from their nearest kin, and their communications with the outside world are tightly restricted under the threat of brutal revenge by the Justice Department, even as a new attorney general now takes the reins and as an increasing number of people on the outside are recognizing them as political prisoners.

On September 5, 2019, Warren said that Hamrick would talk to him on occasion in his cell, so when he entered on this particular evening, he thought nothing of it. Some movement between cells was allowed in the CMU.

“He grabbed me from behind,” the testimony says happened next. “He had a seven-inch ice pick with a list of names, mine being at the top of the list, and a rag. He stabbed me here (indicating) and it hit my bone and pushed the ice pick up in his hand. I elbowed him and knocked him up against my locker and stood besides the door and I turned to face him. He then held that up, pulled it down, flipped it over and started stabbing me.”

Warren said he put his arms up and defended himself.

“At that very moment, Mr. Johnson was walking by down the hallway and he stepped in between me and Mr. Hamrick. And Mr. Hamrick, when I hit him and knocked him back, when I had yelled, he dropped both the note, the weapon and the rag on the ground,” Warren continued. “Mr. Johnson stood between me and him. He then  Mr. Johnson told him he doesn’t know what’s going on but enough is enough. He reached down, picked up his thing and left.”

Later in the testimony, Warren said Hamrick singled out Christians as potential targets.

“And, by the way, we were attacked because we were Christians and he made that very clear. I had no idea until later that night I got to the hospital, Union Hospital, that David Neal had even been killed by the same person, with a single stab wound to the heart, and afterward he tried to cut his head off, literally sliced his neck around.”

Robert David Neal was dead and partially wrapped in a sheet on the floor before anyone got medical attention. The 68-year-old insurance expert was killed by a much younger former U.S.-Army soldier named Rodney Hamrick after Hamrick converted to radical Islam inside of the FCI Terre Haute communications management unit (CMU).

To some here in the FCI Terre Haute CMU, Neal and his friend, Richard Warren, were casualties of a religious dispute over alleged noise during a time of Muslim prayer—a noise dispute that started in a heavily-trafficked communal area of the unit and that seems to have quickly turned into a violent Jihad right inside the CMU itself.

For long-time political prisoner Francis Schaeffer Cox though, it was just the latest development in his now-8-year odyssey through what he calls the DOJ’s “radicalize-and-release program” for Jihadi fighters. This past March, Cox wrote:

Less than a year ago, the Muslims over at [the DOJ’s other CMU in] Marion [, Illinois,] tried to kill me for “evangelizing.” I narrowly escaped, and was transferred over here [,to the CMU at FCI Terre Haute, Indiana]. Then in November, the Muslims over here put a hit out on all the Christians in the unit. My good friend [Robert David Neal] was taken hostage, his hands were tied behind his back, he was stabbed in the heart, then his head was sawed off with a wire [garrote] while he was still alive. Getting his head all the way off was harder than expected, so once he was dead, the job was left unfinished and the next victim [,Richard Warren,] was attacked. He got stabbed 12 times before another Christian man [,Kurt Johnson,] could get to him and block the Jihadi. If we hadn’t circled the wagons and stopped the killing like we did, I’d have been next, along with two other friends of mine.

Why all this bloodshed? Because we sang some hymns. Because we wouldn’t convert to Islam. Because we were Christians. The chaplain wears body armor when he comes down here [to the CMU]. And I’m walking around in a T-shirt. This isn’t flag football, or summer camp, or Facebook. Not everyone comes home from this.

Do you know how many people I’ve seen convert to Islam in this [CMU]? Most of them! And it doesn’t matter if they are Christians, Jews, Catholics, secular, Odinist, or whatever. Almost everyone converts to Islam shortly after arriving here. Why? Because they don’t want to face the persecution. I’ve been here 7 years. I’m one of the few who has held fast.

Cox originally omitted the names of those involved from his message above, for fear of brutal retaliation by the DOJ and its subdivision, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP), which oversees the CMUs. There is an unwritten and unpublished rule that bars CMU inmates like Cox from using the names of their fellow inmates in their correspondence with the outside world.

In the end, the message above got out, but Cox appears to have paid dearly for it—far more than Hamrick did for murdering one person and attempting to murder another.

Many here feel that Hamrick, as a recent convert, carried out his attacks on Neal and Warren in order to prove himself to his new cohorts.

“If you don’t follow their beliefs to a T, then they’ll shun you,” said a Moorish-American CMU inmate who was accustomed to a more tolerant Islam.

“They take the Hadiths literally, and out of context,” he added, referring to the collection of sayings and customs of Muhammad and his companions. “They claim themselves to be scholars without any formal religious education, which will lead to more violence.”

Others feel that Hamrick did what he did in order to get transferred out of the CMU. He was moved after the incident and now resides Colorado supermax prison, USP Florence ADMAX.

Additionally, there are those here in the FCI Terre Haute CMU who believe Neal and Warren weren’t originally Hamrick’s intended targets. Rather, they say a correctional officer (CO) named Weber was marked for death as a higher priority, but that he unexpectedly took the day off after Hamrick had already performed his pre-attack religious rituals.

Weber, who isn’t known to hide his Christianity, is regarded as a “by-the-book” CO, which can, at times, engender hostility. Weber also isn’t known to be unfair or sadistic, however, and he has a reputation of applying his “by­-the-book” standards evenly and to the benefit of inmates when policy dictates.

Kurt Johnson was recognized by the FBOP for his part saving Warren’s life. On January 4th, 2019, his inmate account was credited the sum of $51.20 by the Bureau as a reward for his selfless heroism.

“Now I know what a life is worth around here [in the CMU], I guess,” Johnson recently remarked.

When asked about what happened on that fateful November day, Johnson, who is a helpful man of few words (and a 6-foot-5-inch 220-pound former—semi-pro boxer), answered, “I heard Rich [Warren] yell, ‘help!’”

“When I came in [the cell], it looked like Rodney [Hamrick] was hitting him. I said, ‘That’s enough!’”

“He stopped and went to go ditch the knife, I think. I didn’t know that Neal was already dead. Things might have been different if I had.”

When asked if he was scared to go up against a former U.S.-Army soldier like Hamrick, Johnson replied, “That didn’t concern me. Rich was a good guy. I’m glad I saved his life.”

Richard Warren also ran the $100-million-per-transaction TAB, or The Associated Bond Market, based in Germany.

There are different TABs, according to Johnson, and each handles a different dollar value of transaction. Someone turned over control of the $100-million­ per-transaction such market to Warren, he says.

“Everything about the TAB is for humanitarian purposes,” Johnson added. “They compete with the [International Monetary Fund (IMF)]. Rich is trying to help these [developing] countries, while the IMF, that’s another story.”

“Rich is a total boy scout,” agrees Cox, who was himself a long-time boy scout.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), for the unfamiliar, is theoretically a multi-national development aid organization that provides financing to developing countries in exchange for agreements from them to reform economic and other aspects of their governments. It has become a lightning rod, however, for critics who question both its motives and its effects. Many feel the IMF really pursues the goals of its principal sponsors, including the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States. They accuse the IMF of predatory lending practices meant to subjugate whole nations while delivering up their natural resources, almost as if they were annexed by force.

According to Reynolds and others who knew Warren before he was transferred in the wake of Hamrick’s rampage, he alleged he was targeted by the DOJ after the CIA tried to use his bond market for an illicit transaction involving a Southeast Asian dictatorship. If so, he wouldn’t be the first person with a case involving the CIA to end up in one of the DOJs black-site communications management units. But perhaps those are other stories (like this one ).

Johnson, for his part, reports that he and his business partner, Dale Heineman, founded the Dorean Group in 2004 to help people secure their homes from predatory lenders. He says they helped about 2,000 people do exactly that in the years before the 2008 global financial crisis.

Things went wrong for him, he says, when he sued Wells Fargo and a group of other banks on behalf of clients who were in imminent danger of losing their homes. Somehow all 15 cases were assigned to U.S. District Court Judge William H. Alsup—even though federal cases are usually assigned randomly.

Alsup worked for a firm called Morrison & Foester before he was a judge, and it further turns out Morrison & Foester often represented Wells Fargo and other big banks, like J.P. Morgan Chase, in cases against their consumer clients in the Northern District of California (part of the federal Ninth Circuit).

Not only did Alsup dismiss the lawsuits that Johnson and Heineman filed against predatory lenders on behalf of everyday Americans in 2004, but he fined the attorney who represented the borrowers in federal court and referred Johnson and his partner to the DOJ for criminal prosecution. Ironically, perhaps, years before the 2008 crisis, Alsup accused Johnson and Heineman of peddling the bogus theory that the loans were issued using what Alsup dubbed “vapor money.”

Obviously though, if anybody was peddling “vapor money” in 2004, it seemed to be large financial institutions.

“They didn’t really issue loans with ‘vapor money,’” clarified Johnson, however, who steadfastly rebuts the “vapor money” theory. “There is no such thing as ‘vapor money.’ What they did was issue loans using vapor assets.”

In any event, Alsup wasn’t done.

Somehow, he got assigned to the criminal case the DOJ initiated against Johnson based on his own referral—even though, accordingto Johnson, another judge was first randomly assigned to it. Johnson’s subsequent effort to have Alsup removed from the case due to his role in its genesis was unsuccessful.

Johnson claims that during his trial, Alsup was clearly a political rather than a judicial figure, and that he wanted to silence the Dorean Group, which had exposed the banking industry’s fraud. Johnson feels that was partly because government-sponsored entities (GSEs), namely Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, were responsible for initiating the industry’s mortgage-fraud practices.

As one might expect, Johnson was found guilty.

Alsup sentenced him to 25 years.

“The federal courts almost never ruled in favor of borrowers before 2008. They were pretty much there to protect the banks,” says Johnson, who is now 14 years into his sentence. “If I had gone to trial a year later, things might have been different.”

Things also might have been different in November, 2018, if Neal’s warnings were heeded. He unsuccessfully tried to alert the DOJ that religious tension was brewing in the FCI Terre Haute CMU. But he was apparently ignored until his predictions came true.

On the night of Neal’s death, as COs removed his lifeless corpse from his cell and called out for medical personnel on the radio, Hamrick bragged from behind his cell door that it was too late for his first victim.

Neal’s body was left lying on the ground less than 10 feet away from Cox’s cell, where Cox could see him. Cox says Neal was only wrapped in a bed sheet later, to make it easier to move his body downstairs.

Immediately following the incident, the FCI Terre Haute CMU was locked down for weeks. Inmates rarely, if ever, left their cells during that time.

The FBI eventually arrived to investigate. The FBOP, however, largely obstructed that effort, fearful of what the outside investigators might find. And in a place where almost all conversations are recorded in high fidelity by an overlapping mesh of conspicuous microphones, there had likely been ample warning that an attack was being planned.

Yet the FBI apparently wasn’t able to review the relevant audio.

The FBOP is further said to have told the FBI that the video footage from that day was too dark to be useful, despite the array of expensive high-tech cameras canvassing the unit around the clock. Cox and many others find this claim doubtful based on their own experiences in the FCI Terre Haute CMU. It also seems decidedly convenient for those who may have wanted to end the FBI’s inquiry quickly and quietly.

The FBOP employs expensive high-tech cameras at many of its facilities, similar to these outside the Wal-Mart in Loveland, Colorado. (Ytscm_1b on Flicker, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The FBI, moreover, didn’t speak to many of the inmates here. And most of those interviewed were leery of speaking with agents for too long, because the FBOP was easily able to monitor the duration of each on-site interview as its staff marshaled the inmates to and from those meetings. In fact, some of the inmates report that they asked the FBI for rainchecks, citing exactly such concerns.

Later, the FBOP didn’t allow the CMU inmates to contact the FBI directly. The FBOP instead told them to relay information to the FBI through the FBOP’s staff on the CMU unit team. These instructions didn’t match what the agents said in person, and the CMU inmates found this to be very suspicious because it obviously meant the FBOP’s personnel would hear everything before the FBI. So, the FBOP would know who tried to say what, and also be able to exercise veto power over anything it didn’t want to reach the FBI’s investigators.

Powerless to contact the FBI on their own—especially from inside a CMU—the inmates were without options. To many of them, it felt like the FBI’s investigation never got off the ground.

Now, 8 months after Hamrick’s spree, the apparent de-facto Jihadi leader is still in the FCI Terre Haute CMU.

The chaplain mentioned by Cox is no longer wearing body armor to perform his small Christian services in the CMU. But in addition to his Bible, he now sports a can of concentrated pepper spray, or “OC,” strapped to his hip like a sidearm.

Richard Warren is no longer in the FCI Terre Haute CMU. He is both missed and fondly remembered by his friends here.

Cox and the other surviving Christians are still singing hymns—in their T-shirts—and without Neal’s guitar accompaniment. They are not loud—and they likely never were.

Johnson points out that under the relatively newly-passed First Step Act, Neal would soon be eligible for release if he were still alive.

Hamrick doesn’t appear to have faced many consequences. He was already serving a life sentence and it appears very unlikely federal prosecutors, who work for the DOJ, will seek the death penalty against anyone for murdering a CMU inmate.

Plus, for the DOJ, such a high-profile prosecution would almost certainly bring unwanted attention to the CMUs. Any resulting testimony would provide the public with insights into the realities of daily life here that the DOJ would likely find undesirable. So, even though President Trump would no doubt be happy to continue locking up John Walker Lindh, the recently-released former FCI Terre Haute CMU inmate—without a real investigation, there is no way to know if he was involved in a conspiracy to commit murder. Meanwhile, Obama-DOJ—holdover Hugh Hurwitz, seemed free to cover up for his subordinates at the CMUs.

Political prisoners like Reynolds, Cox, and Johnson, meanwhile, face consequences inside the CMUs that would likely shock the conscience of reasonable outside observers. At times, they appear to disturb some of the unit’s own line staff and administrators too. This is especially true when CMU inmates try to relay news or instructions to their attorneys or other outside advocates in the hope they will, in turn, go to the courts, the media, or elected representatives for help or oversight.

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British al-Qaeda gang from Birmingham planned ‘another 9/11’ in UK

An al-Qaeda inspired gang of British Muslims planned to carry out “another 9/11” in the UK with up to eight suicide bombers, according to court records.

A Jihadist group from Birmingham were to target crowded areas to cause “mass death” in a terror plot that was set to be even more devastating than the 7/7 London bombings, Woolwich Crown Court was told.

Two of the alleged ringleaders had received terror training in Pakistan and made martyrdom videos to be released after they had “blown themselves up”.

They were taught in bomb-making, how to use weapons and poisons before returning to the UK to recruit others for their plot.

That included arranging for others to be sent to Pakistan for training as well.

They planned to detonate homemade bombs in up to eight rucksacks and may also have blown others up with bombs on timers.

In order to raise funds for their terrorist activities, the gang organised bogus street collections in busy areas of Birmingham for the charity Muslim Aid and for a local Islamic school, partly during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the court heard.

The “vast majority” of the money never reached the good causes for which it was intended. More than £13,500 was banked, but Muslim Aid received only £1,500 and the school just £900.

The group’s alleged chief fundraiser, Rahin Ahmed, 28, tried to generate more funds by investing the money in the capital markets, but lost over £9,000 through incompetent trading.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said: “The stark fact is that the defendants and those they employed to raise funds with them were despicably stealing from their own community money donated to charity.”

The details emerged as the trial began today of three men described by the prosecution as “the senior members of this home-grown terror cell”.

Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, all unemployed from Birmingham, all deny a number of terror charges including planning a bombing campaign, recruiting others for terrorism and terrorism fundraising.

They were among a total of 11 men and one woman arrested by police on various terrorism charges last September.

Mr Altman told the jury of six men and six women: “In September 2011, and after, officers of the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit arrested a number of young men from the Birmingham area, who are resident in this country.

“With it the police successfully disrupted a plan to commit an act or acts of terrorism on a scale potentially greater than the London bombings in July 2005, if it had been allowed to runs its course.

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