LOS ANGELES (WeAreChange) — Federal and Los Angeles officials warned of a “specific” and “imminent” terrorist threat to the city’s Red Line commuter rail system, prompting an FBI investigation and the immediate and swift beef-up of security on the sprawling transit system.
“This threat is imminent, … it is very specific,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told an evening news conference. “But the credibility still needs to be vetted.”
BREAKING: FBI investigating ‘imminent threat’ against Los Angeles Metro rail station https://t.co/yGSroAXk2D
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) December 6, 2016
Law enforcement officials at the press conference Monday night stated the threat had been relayed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Taskforce by a law enforcement agency in an unnamed foreign country, where the threat had originated.
Beck said the male caller, speaking in English, had warned authorities in that country of an attack against a Red Line station across the street from the Universal Studios theme park on Tuesday.
The anonymous caller did not threaten to carry out the attack but said he was alerting law enforcement.
The Red Line runs between downtown Los Angeles and northern neighborhoods, including Hollywood and North Hollywood, and carries about 145,000 passengers a day as part of the city’s larger transit system. It does not operate between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
A McDonald’s employee in Topeka, Kansas, has been charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer after putting mustard in their drinks.
Last weekend, an image of a Topeka Police Officer’s Dr. Pepper went viral after it was posted to the Facebook page “Kansas GOING BLUE” as an “officer safety alert.” The post stated, “a McDonald’s here in Kansas just served a Law Enforcement Officer on duty a Dr. Pepper with Mustard in a drive thru order. This is extremely unacceptable!!”
It turned out that he wasn’t the first law enforcement officer to receive an unwanted condiment in his drink, a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper had the same service two weeks ago.
As the incident went viral, Jonathan Gill, 26, was fired from the fast food giant.
“All customers, including local law enforcement officers who protect and serve our communities, are always welcome at our restaurants,” Tom and Marilyn Dobski, McDonald’s franchisees in Topeka said in a statement. “Immediately upon learning of this complaint, we began our own internal investigation to gather the facts. We are shocked by the isolated actions of a single employee. This employee no longer works for our organization. We proudly support police officers and all divisions of first responders at our restaurants across northeast Kansas.”
The punishment didn’t just stop with him losing his job, however.
On Friday, Gill was arrested and charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer.
A local attorney, Charley O’Hara, told Eyewitness News that it is possible that Gill could also be charged with a food and drug violation.
“When you go into any establishment, you’re supposed to get what you ordered. You’re not supposed to have it tampered with and do other things to you And I think that’s a crime if someone intentionally does that,” O’Hara stated.
According to O’Hara, Gill could face up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine if convicted of a Class A misdemeanor.
While O’Hara’s employment termination is unarguably warranted, many online have asserted that they believe the charges to be extreme, possibly even hypocritical.
“If a citizen went to a police department or called 9-1-1 to report mustard in their drink they would most likely be met with laughter or ridicule. They might even be charged with abuse of an emergency hotline,” Matt Agorist noted at The Free Thought Project.
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On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump met with Al Gore to discuss climate change at Trump Tower in New York.
“I had a lengthy and very productive session with the President-elect,” Gore told reporters following the meeting. “It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the President-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I’m just going to leave it at that.”
Gore was originally set to meet only with the president-elect’s daughter Ivanka, 35, who is set to serve as climate czar in the Trump administration. The soon-to-be First Daughter is planning to move from New York City to Washington, DC.
“Ivanka wants to make climate change — which her father has called a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese — one of her signature issues,” Politico reported on Monday.
Donald Trump has long been critical of climate change, publically calling it a hoax on multiple occasions, but sources close to the family have revealed that they hope her efforts will give an olive branch of sorts to the left.
“The issues she’s talking about are ones she’s always talked about,” a source close to Ivanka told Politico. “These are totally consistent with what she’s developed with her brand. She is playing a critical role in being able to have issues that moderate and liberal women care about — and creating a bridge to the other side.”
Recently, the president-elect told the New York Times that he does believe that there is “some connectivity” when asked about carbon dioxide produced by humans having an effect on climate change.
Gore, the 45th Vice President of the United States, is an environmental activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” focuses on global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.
Republicans, for the most part, have not been warmly receptive of Gore’s stances.
The family of Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the terrorist who injured 11 people at Ohio State University, is claiming they feel “silenced” by Donald Trump’s tweet about the violent incident.
On Wednesday, the president-elect tweeted, “ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.”
Now, the family who raised the man who would go on to become a terrorist is “shocked and traumatized.”
“They [the family] are very afraid, and they expected to be attacked when they go to school or in the community. There is a great fear up there. With the statement of the President-elect Trump, to some extent I am not sure they want their faces on camera,” the family’s attorney, Robert Fitrakis told Voice of America.
“Me I do not care, I believe in the American values. I don’t believe in corruption of the blood and guilty by association,” he added. “This family is innocent, shocked and traumatized. They really want an answer.”
Artan’s family has lived in the United States since 2014 after fleeing Somalia and subsequently spending two years in Pakistan.
On November 28, 18-year-old Artan posted to Facebook praising al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and ranting about the US killing Muslims abroad. Minutes later, he drove his car through a crowd of students, exited his vehicle, and then began stabbing people before being fatally shot by a campus police officer.
Fitrakis claims that a relative had become alarmed by his post and responded to it — though he did not mention if they reported it to authorities.
“One of the family members saw his original post and responded him. In 45 minutes law enforcement agencies and police raided their house, telling them that their brother did an attack,” Fitrakis said.
The lawyer also stated that the terrorist had traveled to Washington, DC, days before the attack.
“The fact [was] that he never went out of central Ohio or Columbus area since the family came here, and his trip to Washington DC left the family very suspicious,” Fitrakis said. “He used an old car that had 200,000 miles on it to drive to D.C.”
The witch hunt for “fake news” and “Russian propaganda” has been kicked up a notch, after the House passed a bill quietly tucked inside the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, designed to crack down on free speech and independent media.
Under “Title V—Matters relating to foreign countries,” the bill seeks to “counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”
It lists media manipulation as:
- Establishment or funding of a front group.
- Covert broadcasting.
- Media manipulation.
- Disinformation and forgeries.
- Funding agents of influence.
- Incitement and offensive counterintelligence.
- Terrorist acts.
“It is easy to see how this law, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, could be used to target, threaten, or eliminate so-called ‘fake news’ websites, a list which has been used to arbitrarily define any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream media’s proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration,” Global Research reported.
The frightening attack on speech and independent media was opposed by only 30 members of the House, including Tulsi Gabbard, Thomas Massie, and Justin Amash — who stated that he fought against it.
@CassandraRules I persuaded anyone I could on short notice. That's why 30 people voted no instead of just a few.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) December 5, 2016
“As long as the government engages in intelligence activities that violate our rights secured by our Constitution, any Intel Authorization bill should be opposed,” Justin Amash told Sputnik News.
The bill must now pass through Senate, though a senior Rand Paul aide has told Sputnik News that the Senator is currently holding the intelligence bill for several reasons — and that they are looking at this specific issue very closely.
“Curiously, the bill which was passed on November 30, was introduced on November 22, two days before the Washington Post published its Nov. 24 article citing ‘experts’ who claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected,” Zero Hedge noted.
The ‘experts’ the newspaper cited was a group called “PropOrNot,” although it have refused to name the experts behind the operation. The organization has promoted a Ukrainian hacker group on their Twitter feed.
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) November 26, 2016
Not only is it disgusting how they smear these sites w/no evidence; worse is that they do it while hiding their identity. Great job, WPost: https://t.co/RmcKTsiqeX
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 25, 2016
PropOrNot also listed over 200 websites that they accuse of peddling Russian propaganda, including extremely popular news websites on all sides of the political spectrum, including The Drudge Report, Zero Hedge, TruthOut, Sputnik News, and even WikiLeaks.
Former presidential candidate Ron Paul’s website is also mentioned in many of the articles on so-called fake news, an issue that should be concerning to those who believe in free speech, including his son, Senator Rand Paul. The elder Paul has long been a vocal supporter of freedom of speech, as it is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States, and he and his supporters have repeatedly been the target of finger pointing and demonization.
In 2012, a risk-assessment report from a Missouri-based fusion center stated that support for Ron Paul’s presidential bid was a sign of membership in a “domestic terrorist group.”
“For purposes of this definition it does not matter whether the sites listed here are being knowingly directed and paid by Russian intelligence officers, or whether they even knew they were echoing Russian propaganda at any particular point: If they meet these criteria, they are at the very least acting as bona-fide ‘useful idiots’ of the Russian intelligence services, and are worthy of further scrutiny,” the so-called experts cited by PropOrNot state.
Many of those listed on censorship hit lists are speaking out against the attempt to stop independent media.
“Information is dangerous and with this new reactionary shift of people making ban lists of so called ‘fake news,’ it shows us how afraid they are of knowledge and differences of opinion that spur people to have an open mind,” Luke Rudkowski, the owner of We Are Change, one of the sites on the blacklist, previously told Sputnik News. “Information is very dangerous for the establishment status quo that tried to keep things the way they are.”
The bill, Zero Hedge notes, will soon proclaim much of the internet to be “criminal Russian propaganda if it is allowed to pass.
I originally published this piece on Sputnik News
In the video above, Rachel Blevins covers the latest WikiLeaks release, which features nearly 60,000 emails from the account of Turkish President Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak. These emails reveal the ways Erdogan’s family is involved in the Isamic State’s illegal oil trade.
LONDON (WeAreChange) — Scotland Yard has reportedly been given extra funding to launch a probe into an “important” new lead in the disappearance of Madeleine (Maddie) McCann.
The development is being taken so seriously that senior Whitehall officials have been briefed by the Met on its progress.
Detectives are following a tip that a gang of European traffickers snatched after taking pictures of her. But senior cops admit the investigation of the new lead is the “last throw of the dice” in their hunt.
“This is an important new line of inquiry which could provide an explanation on whether Madeleine was abducted and transported away,” a source said. “It raises hope that she could still be alive.”
Retired Yard detective Colin Sutton said the extra money for the last line of inquiry means “there must be something worthwhile”.
Interestingly, this revelation comes amid the highly controversial #PizzaGate investigation (which has recently been banned on Reddit and dimissed as fake by the lying lamestream media) being conducted by citizen journalists and independent investigators into an alleged high-profile, worldwide pedophile ring operating out of Washington D.C. involving a pizza shop and the two Podesta brothers – sparked by information discovered in leaked Wikileaks emails during the 2016 US election.
It has been revealed that John Podesta is good friends with wrestling coach and serial child molester, Denny Hastert. Podesta also has creepy framed photos around his home that appear to depict disturbing scenes of child slavery.
Leaked Podesta emails indicate that the brothers had an obnoxiously unusual and unexplained obsession with pizza and a pizza shop called Ping Pong Pizza. Could this be a secret code word for pedophilia? Certainly, investigations are shaping up to indicate so. Such usage of code words is not at all unusual for secret pedophile rings.
The Podesta duo was allegedly staying in Portugal a third of a mile away from the location where Maddie was kidnapped on May 3, 2007. Three year old Madeleine was on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve at the time of her kidnapping – just over a week before a 4th birthday. The mugshots of the brothers also appear to show a striking resemblance to the computer drawn sketches of the suspects involved in her alleged abduction. Could they be the actual suspects? Quite possibly.
Speculation also surrounds alleged emails between pedophile Clement Freud and Madeleine McCann’s parents which were to be probed for child sex abuse inquiry back in June earlier this year. Again, another interesting development.
The last-ditch move to discover her fate comes eight months after Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe predicted the force’s £12million Operation Grange probe, which was launched in 2011, was coming to an end.
Reports following Madeleine’s disappearance suggest that if she was trafficked, she could have been taken to Belgium or Morocco in North Africa.
We Are Change journalists have been following the story for quite some time and we’ll attempt to keep you updated as soon as we receive new, credible information.
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Italy’s Renzi announces resignation after referendum defeat
Following a referendum defeat, Italian PM Matteo Renzi has said he will step down without delay. Initial polls have suggested Italians overwhelmingly voted against the premier’s proposed constitutional reforms.
Renzi said he could not refute the “extraordinarily clear” results of Sunday’s referendum on constitutional reforms, and called on his rivals to provide clear proposals for ending the continuous cycle of political deadlock in Rome. He offered his condolences to those in his “Yes” camp, congratulating them on a hard-fought campaign.
“Good luck to us all,” said the prime minister of two-and-a-half years, saying he would give his letter of resignation to President Sergio Mattarella later on Monday.
‘No’ constitutional change in Rome
Initial exit polls varied by source late on Sunday, but all had the constitutional reforms proposed by Renzi poised for crushing defeat.
State broadcaster RAI estimated that the “Yes” campaign to back the changes had garnered between 42-46 percent of the vote, while “No” had received somewhere between 54 and 58 percent. Turnout had been relatively high, according to the Interior Ministry, which said some 57 percent of eligible voters had turned out to the polls by 7 p.m. local time. Later estimates put turnout closer to 67 percent.
At stake were a number of governmental changes pushed by Renzi and his center-left Democratic Party (PD), which was hoping to reign in an unwieldy parliament by cutting the number of representatives in the upper-house Senate, getting rid of unproductive constitutional bodies and centralizing more power with the executive.
But Renzi had faced an uphill battle from the start. By vowing to step down in the case of a “No” victory, he conflated constitutional change with support for himself and his party. In addition, his opposition came from all sides: former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s right-leaning Forza Italia Party, populists Lega Nord and the 5-Star Movement (M5S), and even some members of his own PD were against the move.
Ahead of the polls, many analysts voiced their concern over the possible instability a “No” vote could usher in, and what effect that might have on global markets.
A further concern among those familiar with Italian domestic politics was the possible rise of M5S, a nebulous left-leaning anti-establishment party that has little governing experience and no clear politic agenda. Despite ostensibly being leftist, M5S spokesman Beppe Grillo welcomed last month’s election of Donald Trump, saying that the people were beginning to show their discontent with the status quo.
‘Our revolution will not stop’
M5S was quick to hail the referendum results, with Grillo writing on his popular blog: “This vote has two significant consequences. First: Farewell Renzi. Second: Italians must be called to vote in a general election as soon as possible.”
Virginia Raggi, the mayor of Rome and Italy’s most visible M5S politician, wrote on Twitter that “the Italians have won. Now we rebuild our country. Our revolution will not stop, in Rome and Italy.”
France’s far-right National Front Leader Marine Le Pen also welcomed the news as part of her euroskeptic agenda, saying: “The Italians have rejected the EU and Renzi. This thirst for the liberty of nations and protection must be listened to!”
Le Pen has her eye on the French presidency as general elections approach in 2017, hoping to capitalize on the wave of populist and anti-establishment upsets that began with Brexit and Trump.
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Celebrations abound in the Oceti Sakowin camp near Standing Rock after the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers refused to grant an easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to go under Lake Oahe.
The decision was celebrated by the thousands of protesters gathered at the Standing Rock site, and continued through out the night as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that they would not grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and would instead “explore alternate routes.”
“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works Darcy said Sunday. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”
The announcement was celebrated throughout the protest sites, days following the arrival of more then 2,000 U.S. military veterans who started joining the protests on December 2nd to protect them from the authorities; in recent weeks, altercations between protestors and law enforcement have escalated.
Tons of people were still arriving long into the night.
Mandy Froelich Live with Rob Greenfield at Standing Rock for True Activist.
Moment of the announcement as seen by the lens of veteran DAPL journalists Unicorn Riot who have been on location at standing rock throughout the entire protests and occupation.
Prior to Sunday’s decision, federal officials had given protesters, who have reiterated that the pipeline would threaten the water supply and damage sacred sites, until Monday to leave the protest site.
U.S. Secretary for the Interior Sally Jewell added in a statement that Sunday’s decision “ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts” and “underscores that tribal rights reserved in treaties and federal law, as well as Nation-to-Nation consultation with tribal leaders, are essential components of the analysis to be undertaken in the environmental impact statement going forward,” the Washington Post reports.
In a statement that followed the Army’s announcement that they would not approve the construction permits on the $3.7 billion project, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said,
“We want to thank everyone who played a role in advocating for this cause. We thank the tribal youth who initiated this movement. We thank the millions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause. We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water. We especially thank all of the other tribal nations and jurisdictions who stood in solidarity with us, and we stand ready to stand with you if and when your people are in need.”
Archambault II added that he hoped the incoming Trump administration and any other challengers “respect this decision and understand the complex process that led us to this point.”
Here’s an excerpt from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s statement:
“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama administration for this historic decision.
We want to thank everyone who played a role in advocating for this cause. We thank the tribal youth who initiated this movement. We thank the millions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause. We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water. We especially thank all of the other tribal nations and jurisdictions who stood in solidarity with us, and we stand ready to stand with you if and when your people are in need.”
Might want to store this iconic photograph before Getty gets their greedy hands on it.
“As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.” – Energy Transfer Partners
Fireworks are going off above Oceti Sakowin as the celebration continues into the night. Some important things to remember:
– The U.S. Army Corp may have denied the permit for the easement at Lake Oahe, but the pipeline will be rerouted. Where exactly it will be moved and how it will affect that community remains to be seen. What I am curious to see is whether the fight against DAPL will maintain such large support even if it is not a threat to indigenous communities. It still remains a threat to nature.
– The police are still going to want people off the land sooner or later. My guess is that once numbers die down law enforcement will warn people to begin vacating or face arrest.
– This small victory has come because of mass opposition and awareness. This was achieved through social media and the independent media. This is yet another example of the power we hold.
– Finally, all of our fighting, donations, and efforts are ultimately wasted if we do not change our own individual actions. The evolution is in the conversations, it’s in the day to day actions we take. We can end the oilgarchy, statism, and environmental destruction once we change our thinking and ultimately our habits. First, we become conscious on an individual level and then we create empowered communities. ~ Derrick Broze