Sydney Morning Herald
Debt-laden Europe posted a record unemployment rate on Tuesday and its core currency and shares plummeted amid a worrying industrial slowdown.
The unemployment rate hit 10.1 per cent in April, its highest since the euro came into being in 1999 and just one of a series of blows on Tuesday to the eurozone economy after a brief lull last week in market pressure.
Almost 16 million people were out of work across the 16 countries that share the euro, the European Union said.
The numbers reached more than 23 million in the 27-nation EU as a whole, including non-euro giants Britain and Poland, 2.4 million more than one year earlier.
The euro sank to a new four-year low of 1.2115 dollars on concerns about the European financial sector’s ability to weather the region’s debt and deficit crisis.
European stock markets also fell sharply, as market reports said the European Central Bank had made known new asset write-downs by eurozone banks.
Meanwhile, new data further showed that private sector manufacturing output growth slowed in May to a level not seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in late 2008.
HOUSTON—A federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas returned an indictment today charging Barry Walter Bujol, Jr., with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno and FBI Houston Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers announced today.
“Protecting the American public from the threat of terrorism, both international and home-grown, is the highest priority of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas,” said U.S. Attorney Moreno. “Proactive investigative efforts and cooperation between the myriad of federal, state and local agencies involved was critical to this case. Continued vigilance to uncover terrorist activity by law enforcement at all levels, including the recruitment of U.S. citizens, is essential to our efforts in preventing this type of activity.”
The indictment charges Bujol, 29, a U.S. citizen and resident of Hempstead, Texas, with attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the form of personnel, currency, pre-paid telephone calling cards, mobile telephone SIM cards, global positioning system receivers, public access-restricted U.S. military publications, including one involving unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations and another involving the effects of U.S. military weapon systems in operations in Afghanistan, as well as a military-issue compass and other materials. The maximum statutory penalty for this offense is 15 years in prison.
The second count of the two-count indictment charges Bujol with aggravated identity theft, alleging that in furtherance of the material support to a designated terrorist organization charge, he possessed and used a false government-issued identification card. The maximum statutory penalty for this offense is five years in prison, which must be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on other counts.
The charges resulted from a long-term investigation that culminated on May 30, 2010, when Bujol boarded a ship docked at a Houston-area port. According to court documents unsealed today, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force began investigating Bujol in 2008 and determined he had been communicating via e-mail with Anwar al-Aulaqi, a known associate and propagandist for AQAP. Among other things, the court documents allege that Al-Aulaqi had provided Bujol with a document entitled “42 Ways of Supporting Jihad,” and that Bujol had asked Al-Aulaqi for advice on how to provide money to the “mujahideen” overseas. In addition, Bujol made three unsuccessful attempts during February and March 2009 to depart the country and travel overseas to Yemen or the Middle East, according to the court documents.
Beginning in November 2009, the FBI introduced into the investigation a confidential human source (CHS) whom Bujol believed to be an AQAP operative. Over the ensuing months, the court documents allege, Bujol repeatedly expressed to the CHS his desire to travel overseas to fight in violent jihad for AQAP. The CHS provided Bujol with a false identification card provided by the FBI bearing Bujol’s photograph. Bujol used this card to gain access to the secure area of the port with the alleged intention of boarding a ship bound for the Middle East. Afterwards, the CHS gave Bujol currency, pre-paid telephone calling cards, mobile telephone SIM cards, global positioning system receivers, public access-restricted U.S. military publications, including one involving UAV operations and another involving the effects of U.S. military weapon systems in operations in Afghanistan, as well as a military-issue compass and other materials, which Bujol had allegedly agreed to courier to notional AQAP operatives in a Middle Eastern country. Shortly after Bujol boarded the ship with the material, FBI agents arrested him.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacey has ordered related search warrants for Bujol’s apartment at the Pine Meadows Apartments in Hempstead, Texas, and for his laptop computer unsealed today. Those search warrants were executed on May 30, 2010, as well. The United States has asked the court to hold Bujol in federal custody without bond pending trial. A hearing on the government’s motion is set for Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at 2:00 p.m.
“This arrest is a sobering reminder of the threat we continue to face,” said Special Agent in Charge Powers. “It remains the FBI’s overriding priority to predict and prevent terrorist attacks, at home and abroad.”
This investigation was a joint effort and could not have been as effective without the participation, support and assistance of the following agencies: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas; Department of Justice, Counterterrorism Section; FBI Houston Office; FBI Bryan Resident Agency Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, College Station Police Department, Bryan Police Department, Texas A&M Police Department, Waller County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Secret Service. We are also grateful for the investigative and operational assistance provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Coast Guard Investigative Service, Houston Police Department, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Office of Inspector General, Prairie View A&M University Department of Public Safety, and the New Jersey State Police.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark W. White III and Gary Cobe, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, and Garrett Heenan, Trial Attorney from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
~Blog Fire Andrea Mitchell.com
“Never let a good Opportunity (Crisis) Go to Waste ~ Rahm Emanuel”
Apparently deadfish Rahm Emanuel was too busy trying to fix primaries so he couldn’t find the time to pay his property taxes. Deadfish Rahm Emanuel and his wife accumulated a $445.56 penalty for the payment delay on their four-bedroom Ravenswood home. On March 2, when property taxes were due, Emanuel owed about $7400. But after Newsradio 780 (CBS in Chicago) brought it to his attention he suddenly decided to pay up. Amazing huh?
The White House responded to Newsradio 780’s inquiry and issued this statement, “Rahm Emanuel has owned his home in Chicago for 11 years and has always paid his obligations promptly. He never received this particular bill, but today, the moment it was brought to his attention, he paid it in-full immediately.”
Governor Pat Quinn, by the way, is up to date on his property taxes.
And Rahm Emanuel’s boss – the President of the United States? Also up to date.
The treasurer’s office says not quite 13.5 percent of homeowners in Cook County are delinquent on their taxes – up only slightly from previous years.
Whistleblower claims Census Bureau is using temporary layoffs to pump up employment numbers…NOTE: As of 3pm CST , this story has been fact checked several times & PROVEN to be true per FNC. ~Fudging Numbers…want to collect Unemployment, Too bad!
Is FCC and White House trying to control the media?
A council of rabbis in Israel says their nation’s conflict with Turkey over a flotilla of “aid” ships headed for the blockaded Gaza Strip controlled by the terrorist Hamas organization just may be the beginning of the “Gog and Magog process where the world is against us, but which ends with the third and final redemption.”
The announcement comes today from the Rabbinical Council of Judea and Samaria, whose statement was reported by Israel National News.
WND columnist Greg Laurie just months ago explained the biblical reference to Gog and Magog, in the book of Ezekiel, as a prophecy that a “large force,” will attack Israel from the north.
“We don’t know why or exactly when this will take place. But this much I know: There is a lot going on in our current headlines that leads me to believe it could happen at any time,” he wrote then, at the end of 2009.
“What does this mean to us? A lot. When Magog and her allies attack Israel, God will intervene and decimate the armies of Magog and its allies. Because of this, the Bible tells us, the Jewish people will give glory to God. Today, many Israelis are atheists. Certainly you will find very few Jewish people who believe in Jesus as their Messiah, although there are some. But they do have a determination to return to their homeland. They realize that they can look to no other nation for their protection or security and have returned to Israel, thus fulfilling prophecy from Scripture. But when the Holy Spirit is poured out on Israel after God drives back the invading armies of Magog, the Bible predicts there will be a revival in which numerous Jewish people will come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah,” Laurie explained.
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Written by American Patrol Report
Friday, 04 June 2010 10:23
Unsecured Borders, Political Correctness, Socialist Agendas and the American Spirit are on a Collision Course…
Red Dot American Patrol Report Comment
Ten years ago we warned of that immigration was “threatening the bonds of our union.” Now it is obvious.
If it is to survive, America must enforce its immigration laws.
The Obama administration will never seal the border, even though to do so would be a simple matter. Following Arizona’s lead, other states will move to protect themselves, but there will be a fight.
Americans must now gird their loins and face this battle head-on.
Nothing less than the survival of the union is at stake.
MESA, Ariz. –Mesa officials have scheduled a news conference today to announce new developments in the Phoenix suburb’s efforts to remain the spring training home of the Chicago
Mesa officials said in a statement that the news conference concerns “new initiatives” regarding their January memorandum of understanding on a new training complex for the National League
Mayor Scott Smith said in late May that the city had discovered ways to meet a July deadline to keep the Cubs despite the Arizona Legislature’s rejection of proposed legislation.
Mesa is trying to keep the Cubs from relocating to Florida.