(LONDON) Court Appeal Report: Following the Solicitor General’s intervention under the ‘ Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme ‘ on 19 March, Habte was originally sentenced at Leicester Crown Court t o 5 years’ detention for ‘ stabbing a female student in 2019 ‘ received a further 3yr-extended-licence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.14: A man who stabbed a female university student three times in the leg as she walked home after a night out will be imprisoned for longer following the intervention of the Solicitor General, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP: On 9 June 2019, the victim, in her 20s, left a nightclub in Loughborough around 2:30am to walk home: She had just finished her degree and gone on a night out with a friend to celebrate:

Man who repeatedly stabbed student on a Loughborough street in jail for longer

Hani Habte will be imprisoned for longer, following the Solicitor General’s intervention under the Unduly Lenient Sentencing scheme.

Attorney General’s Office

While walking home, the victim noticed that a man had started to follow her: The offender, Hani Habte, aged 18 at the time, then ran alongside the victim and tried to speak to her: The victim tried to walk away from Habte but the offender grabbed her arm and pulled her to the ground: The victim tried to defend herself, hitting the offender with her bag, but Habte grabbed at the bag and proceeded to stab the victim three times in the leg: The offender then fled from the scene: The victim was taken to hospital, having sustained three puncture wounds and bruising to her right thigh: She repeatedly passed out due to blood loss: The offender was later linked to the attack through CCTV evidence and a trace of the victim’s blood on his left trainer:

On 19 March, Habte was originally sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to 5 years’ detention for wounding with intent: Following the Solicitor General’s intervention under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme, the Court of Appeal today increased his sentence to 5 years’ detention with 3 years extended licence:

Commenting on the increase, the Solicitor General said: “Habte targeted a vulnerable victim, subjecting her to a callous attack and causing significant psychological harm. I am pleased the Court of Appeal agreed to increase the offender’s sentence and hope this brings some comfort to the victim and her family.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published:July.14: 2020:

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(PALESTINE) JUST IN: US House Subcommittee votes to give ‘ Palestinian Authority ‘ $250-million as they call for ‘ Jihad Against The Great Satan ‘

#AceNewsReport – July.13: U.S. House subcommittee included $250 million in funding for Israeli-Palestinian Authority dialogue and Palestinian Authority business development in a $66 billion spending bill passed earlier this week, despite the Trump administration defunding both areas: The House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs passed the bill on Monday:

“US House Subcommittee Passes $250 Million in Funding for Palestinian Authority Arabs,” JNS News Service, July 10, 2020: Jihad Watch: PA-affiliated TV channels have been running a video including a song with an explicit call for ‘jihad’ — a holy war — against Israel until ‘it is too late.’” — i24News, July 6, 2020:

It includes $50 million annually over five years for dialogue programs and investment in the Palestinian Authority’s private sector: $110 million for the former and $140 million for the latter: Additionally, bill seeks “to restore humanitarian and development assistance to Palestinian Authoirty Arabs to continue the viability of a two-state solution by providing resources to organizations working in the West Bank and Gaza,” said House Appropriations Committee chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) in a statement: It also includes $225 million for Palestinian Authority relief and development, despite the Trump administration slashing funding in that category to virtually zero.

Israel-related lobbying groups AIPAC and J Street have applauded the move….

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: July.13: 2020:

(ISTANBUL, Turkey.) AP REPORT: MP says “Decision to convert ‘ Hagia Sophia ‘ to mosque will make life more difficult for Christians living here ‘ as Erdogan looks to restore ‘ Islamic Rule ‘ and bring about his version of the ‘ Ottoman Empire ‘ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.13: Indeed it will, as it is a new indication that Erdogan intends to destroy Turkish secularism altogether and restore Islamic rule to Turkey, which will involve the subjugation of the country’s remaining Christians as dhimmis …Turkey’s high administrative court threw its weight behind a petition brought by a religious group and annulled the 1934 Cabinet decision that turned the site into a museum. Within hours, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree handing over Hagia Sophia to Turkey’s Religious Affairs Presidency:

“Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque,” by Suzan Fraser, Associated Press, July 10, 2020: Turkey: MP says “Decision to convert Hagia Sophia to mosque will make life more difficult for Christians here”

In a televised address to the nation, Erdogan said the first prayers inside Hagia Sofia would be held on July 24, and he urged respect for the decision: ” I underline that we will open Hagia Sophia to worship as a mosque by preserving its character of humanity’s common cultural heritage,” he said, adding: “It is Turkey’s sovereign right to decide for which purpose Hagia Sofia will be used.”…………He rejected the idea that the decision ends Hagia Sophia’s status as a structure that brings faiths together……….” Like all of our other mosques, the doors of Hagia Sophia will be open to all, locals or foreigners, Muslims and non-Muslims,” Erdogan said….

Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy head of the foreign affairs committee in the Russian upper house of parliament, called the action “a mistake.” ” Turning it into a mosque will not do anything for the Muslim world. It does not bring nations together, but on the contrary brings them into collision,” he said.

The debate hits at the heart of Turkey’s religious-secular divide: Nationalist and conservative groups in Turkey have long yearned to hold prayers at Hagia Sophia, which they regard as part of the Muslim Ottoman legacy. Others believe it should remain a museum, as a symbol of Christian and Muslim solidarity: It was a structure that brought together both Byzantine and Ottoman histories,” said Zeynep Kizildag, a 27-year-old social worker, who did not support the conversion. “The decision to turn it into a mosque is like erasing 1,000 years of history, in my opinion.”

Garo Paylan, an ethnic Armenian member of Turkey’s Parliament tweeted that it was “a sad day for Christians (and) for all who believe in a pluralist Turkey.” ” The decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque will make life more difficult for Christians here and for Muslims in Europe,” he wrote. “Hagia Sophia was a symbol of our rich history. Its dome was big enough for all.”……

The Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, considered the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, warned last month that the building’s conversion into a mosque “will turn millions of Christians across the world against Islam.”

On Friday, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America said the decision runs counter to the vision of secular Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk “who understood that Hagia Sophia should serve all Turkey’s people and indeed the whole world.” ” The days of conquest should remain a closed chapter of our collective histories,” he told The Associated Press, adding that Turkey’s government “can still choose wisely” but letting Hagia Sophia remain a “monument to all civilizations and universal values.”…

Some Islamic prayers have been held in the museum in recent years. In a major symbolic move, Erdogan recited the opening verse of the Quran there in 2018….

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: July.13: 2020:

(ISTANBUL, Turkey.) JUST IN: Erdogan the man that ‘ would be king of the ‘ Muslim World ‘ takes his initial steps towards his place in the world and the ‘ Final Seat of Satan ‘ at the ‘ End of Days ‘ with Hagia Sophia, for nearly a millennium the grandest church and largest building in Christendom, reverts its status as a mosque #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – July.12: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees himself as the natural leader of the Muslim world: Last year saw published in his mouthpiece, the newspaper Yeni Safak, his plan for a pan-Islamic army that, with its huge collective armory of planes and tanks, and more than a million men under arms, would be able to attack and destroy the Jewish state. He was surprised when his plan was not applauded by other Muslims, but instead was greeted with a telling silence. Erdogan had overlooked – or more likely refused to recognize — the resentments still felt by many Muslim Arabs at their mistreatment by the Ottoman Turks:

Jerusalem Post Report: Erdogan’s Mischief-Making, and His Comeuppance (Part 1)

His latest attempt to claim leadership of the Umma against Israel are seen in statements this past June by Turkish officials warning Israel against any attempt at “annexing” Jerusalem. The story, at the Jerusalem Post is here: Turkey’s Minister of Religious Affairs Ali Erbas vowed over the weekend that “our struggle will continue until Jerusalem is completely free.”……………..The powerful religious scholar and voice in Turkey who is close to the country’s leadership and leading party, was speaking to an online forum of Palestinian scholars. The comments were reported in Turkish on T24 media.

He said that Jerusalem is a universal value [sic] and that “Islamic civilization has a memory of historical knowledge and values, and that it is never possible for Muslims to give up on the blessed city: ” His views echo those of Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who told a recent June 10 executive committee meeting that Turkey was putting its full support behind Palestinians against Israel’s annexation. “The ummah [Islamic community] will never give up on a sovereign Palestinian state with Quds al-Sharif as its capital.”

Apparently not all the states in the Umma agree with this maximalist position by Turkey. Several Arab states – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE – have been grateful for Israeli intelligence cooperation against a common enemy, Iran, and against the Muslim Brotherhood as well: The ambassadors of three Arab countries, the UAE, Bahrain, and Oman, attended the White House roll-out of Trump’s peace plan, which has been interpreted as a clear sign of approval. The Saudi Crown Prince has even been quoted as telling Mahmoud Abbas to stop his tantrums and accept whatever deal he can from the Americans and Israelis.

The Turkish Minister of Religious Affairs fails to recognise that the Temple Mount’s status will not change under the Trump Plan: It will remain part of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf (a religious trust) under Jordanian custodianship, while Israeli security control will also continue.

Erbas, who is also a professor, has as his Twitter background a photo of Jerusalem, not Mecca, which shows how Turkey’s government is trying to adopt the Palestinian cause and make Jerusalem an “Islamic” cause to rally the Middle East against Israel: It is part of an increasing Islamist rhetoric coming out of Turkey, where military campaigns have been compared to “jihad” and where Turkish-backed fighters call their enemies “atheists” and “infidels.” The rising rhetoric has also begun to suggest turning Hagia Sophia, the ancient church in Istanbul, into a mosque again.

The re-islamization of Turkey by Erdogan has been demonstrated by several developments: Most important has been his promotion of the Imam Hatip schools, which began as vocational schools but now have been infused with a heavy dose of religious training: These public schools are now attended by 1.5 million students; they are lavishly funded by the state, provided with at least double the support of regular public schools. And Erdogan sees them as key to his re-islamization efforts, to create a de-kemalized “pious generation.” He has also built nearly 20,000 new mosques in Turkey so far during his tenure, adding to the 75,000 that already exist.

Under Erdogan, Turkey has been building thousands of mosques overseas, as well, from Accra, Ghana (the largest mosque in West Africa) to Maryland (an Islamic complex said to be the largest of its kind in the entire Western Hemisphere), to Bishkek, Kyrgystan (the largest mosque in Central Asia) In all of these mosques abroad, the sermons are supplied by the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs, and are identical to those heard, at the same time, in every Turkish neighborhood, village, and city.

Another example of re-Islamization is the attempt to turn back into mosques the two great edifices, richly decorated with Byzantine paintings and frescoes, that had originally been built as churches and then, after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, became mosques, only to be turned, after Ataturk’s secular reforms, into museums: Turkey’s Supreme Court ruled in December 2019 that any structure that had once been a mosque must remain a mosque. The government has applied this ruling to the Church of St. Savior at Chora, which became a mosque – the Kariye Djami – after the Muslim conquest in 1453, but having ceased to be used as a mosque in 1948, became a museum in 1958. Now it has again become a mosque. On July 10, Erdogan announced that the Hagia Sophia, for nearly a millennium the grandest church and largest building in Christendom, had also “reverted” to its status as a mosque.

Erbas wrote on June 10 that “conquest expresses a great ideal and moral value in Islamic thought; it is a blessed struggle.” The word “struggle” here to bless the conquest of Istanbul appears to be used in the same religious context as the vow to “struggle” for Jerusalem: The secular Turkish government had once eschewed these religious goals, but the current leaders of Turkey see their cause as increasingly religious. Turkey has met with Iran and Malaysia and other countries to discuss an Islamic currency and Islamic television station over the last year.

As so often with Erdogan’s grand schemes, nothing has come of the “common Islamic currency” idea, nor is an “Islamic television station” in the offing: But it must have been fun to discuss such dreams, the same way that Muslims cheer themselves up by predicting that “Europe will be taken over by Islam by 2030.”

The comments by Turkey’s top religious official is an indication of how Turkey wants to oppose Israel’s plans for annexation. Erbas says that “those who occupy Jerusalem find courage because they see Islamic societies as scattered and weak.” This language is a reference to Israel and appears to hearken back to the period of Saladin, the Islamic leader who rallied the community against the Crusades.

Jerusalem has been a Jewish city, inhabited uninterruptedly by Jews, for more than 3,000 years. They are not “those who occupy Jerusalem,” but those who live, rather, in the city that has been identified with Jews and Judaism since 1000 B.C., when King David conquered the city and made it the capital of the Jewish kingdom. But why should Erbas care about anything that happened in the pre-Islamic period, the Jahiliyya or Time of Ignorance, to people who, the Qur’an tells him, are as Infidels “the most vile of created beings”? Erbas’s reference to the Jews finding courage from seeing Islamic communities as “scattered and weak” again brings to mind Erdogan’s earlier plan to remedy that, with a pan-Islamic army to be led by – who else? – Turkey:

The Turkish official appeared to channel the antisemitic comments that Malaysia’s leader Mahathir Mohamed is known for, accusing Israel of leading “the world to war and turmoil.” Mahathir had said in 2003 to the Organization of the Islamic Conference that “the Jews rule this world by proxy… not only are our governments divided, the Muslim ummah is also divided.” The Turkish leadership now calls for Palestinian issues to be emphasized in education in Turkey and to strengthen the country’s connection to Al-Aqsa mosque and Jerusalem. “Our president [Erdogan]  advocates the loudest for the case of Jerusalem. Turkey will always be with all Muslims from East Turkestan [Xinjiang province in China] to Palestine.” The speech didn’t appear to mention Israel, suggesting that Turkey’s officials are increasingly spreading a message denying that Israel exists, similar to the messaging that Tehran’s regime uses:

Turkey “will be with all Muslims”? Turkey is certainly not “with” the nearly 40 million Muslim Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Iran and, especially, in Turkey itself, who desire an independent Kurdistan, as was once promised the Kurds after World War I. Nor is Turkey “with” the Muslim Syrians fighting in the civil war on the side of Bashar Assad; the Turks have been steadily attacking them in Idlib Province. Nor has Erdogan, who likes to present himself as the defender of oppressed Muslims everywhere, “been with” the ten million Muslim Uighurs. He was long silent about their mistreatment: “Turkey under Erdoğan has consistently stood with the Chinese oppressors,” says Salih Hudayar, the founder and president of East Turkistan National Awakening Movement. Then, after more than a year of silence, not Erdogan, but a low-level official in February 2019 chastised China: In a statement the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the reintroduction of internment camps and the systematic assimilation of Uighur Turks represent “a great shame for humanity. It is no longer a secret that more than 1 million Uighur Turks incurring arbitrary arrests are subjected to torture and political brainwashing.” And that was it. Turkey said no more about any mistreatment. Worse still, when Erdogan was on a visit to China in July 2019, he said that “Turkey firmly supports the One China policy, and it’s a fact that residents of all ethnicities in China’s Xinjiang are living happily amid China’s development and prosperity.” Of course, he’s not been alone in his moral pusillanimity; other Muslim nations have also refused to complain about China’s re-education camps for Uighurs, choosing not to antagonize the Chinese whose investments they seek. But given his pose as Defender of the Faith, more had been expected of Erdogan.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: July.12: 2020:

(JOHANNESBURG, S.A.) #Coronavirus Report: #COVID19 pandemic is reaching “full speed,” with over 500,000 cases the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention chief said Thursday, while an official who said a single province is preparing 1.5 million graves but officials flatly deny that saying the province has enough land for that many #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.11: Just a day after confirmed coronavirus cases across Africa surpassed the half-million milestone the total was over 522,000 and climbing, with more than 12,000 deaths: With testing levels low, the real numbers are unknown: South Africa has the most confirmed cases with over 224,000, and for the first time Gauteng province — home to Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria — has the country’s most cases with over 75,000, or 33%……………..Provincial official Bandile Masuku, a medical doctor, startled South Africans when he told reporters Wednesday that Gauteng is preparing over 1.5 million graves. “It’s a reality that we need to deal with,” he said, and it’s the public’s responsibility “to make sure that we don’t get there.

#Coronavirus Report: #COVID19 cases rise to more than 500,000 South Africa on Thursday with officials saying they are preparing many graves flatly denied by officials:

But the province in a statement Thursday sought to calm fears, saying it “does not have over a million already open dug graves” and clarified that the official was saying the province has enough space for that many: It also said six members of Gauteng’s COVID-19 War Room have tested positive for the virus:

Modelling has shown that South Africa will have nowhere close to that many deaths in the months ahead. Several models forecast between 40,000 and 80,000 by the end of the year: Asked about the graves, Africa CDC chief John Nkengasong said “there’s absolutely no harm to think ahead” and prepare for the “worst-case scenario.”’We’ve crossed a critical number here,” he said of the half-million milestone. “Our pandemic is getting full speed.”He called for more mask-wearing, saying “this battle will be won or lost at the community level.” He also called for more testing, as just 5.7 million tests for the new virus have been conducted across the continent of 1.3 billion people.With painful memories of many people dying in Africa while waiting for accessible HIV drugs years ago, the Africa CDC on Thursday launched a consortium aimed at securing more than 10 late-stage COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials on the continent as early as possible.“We want to be sure we don’t find ourselves in the 1996 scenario where HIV drugs were available but it took almost seven years for those drugs to be accessible on the continent,” Nkengasong said.With any COVID-19 vaccine, a “delay in Africa of even one year would be catastrophic,” he said.

He said the new consortium of African institutions will engage with the GAVI vaccine alliance and other entities outside the continent amid efforts to ensure that a vaccine is distributed equitably from the start: Those efforts are challenged by the United States and others assertively making deals with vaccine makers to secure supplies in advance.The African Union last month said governments around the world should “remove all obstacles” to swift and equitable distribution of any successful COVID-19 vaccine, including by making all intellectual property and technologies immediately available.Africa in recent days has begun taking part in COVID-19 vaccine trials in the face of increasing misinformation on the continent.

Trials have begun in South Africa and Egypt, but Nkengasong said a “continent of 1.3 billion people deserves more than just two countries participating.”A vaccine “is the only weapon to allow our lives to return to normal,” he said.Conducting clinical trials in Africa is crucial to see how a vaccine performs in a local context — “extremely important,” the World Health Organization’s Africa chief, Matshidiso Moeti, told reporters Thursday.

Many life-saving vaccines have lagged between five and 20 years from the time they become available in high-income countries to when they’re available in low-income ones: That’s in part because local data is lacking, said Shabir Madhi, principal investigator of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trial in South Africa.Africa has some 17% of cases

#AceNewsDesk reports, [Jul 9, 2020 at 21:31] https://t.me/acenewsgroup/1022992

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(LONDON) JUST IN: MET REPORT: Investigation underway after a ‘ police officer is stabbed in Hendon Way NW4 on Fri.10:July: 2020: to an incident around 13:00hrs to reports of a man with a knife upon their arrival they identified the suspect who ran and was pursued on foot and he stabbed the officer in the arm before being tasered #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.11: Police were called at approximately 13:15hrs on Friday, 10 July to reports of a man seen in possession of a knife in Hendon Way, NW4……….Officers attended and identified the suspect who ran from police………………..He was pursued on foot and proceeded to stab an officer in the arm…………….Taser was deployed and the man was arrested on suspicion of GBH. He was taken to hospital as a precaution………The male officer has been taken to hospital for treatment; his condition is not life threatening:

MET Report: Officer stabbed in his arm in Hendon Way NW4 on Friday and man tasered after pursuit on foot, charged with GBH

North West BCU Commander Roy Smith said: “This is another example of the dangers our officers face on a daily basis as they go about their duty protecting the people of London: “Knowing that there were reports of a man in possession of a knife, this police constable and his colleagues ran to challenge and apprehend him – these are truly brave actions: “I have visited the injured officer in hospital and thankfully he should make a full recovery from his injury.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: July.11: 2020:

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(LONDON) Sexual Offences Report: The act does not cover ‘ sports coaches ‘ but FOIA @BBCSport asked all councils in England & Wales for complaints made to them about cases involving sexual activity wi th a 16- or 17-year-old by a person potentially in a position of trust after there were more than 160-cases of ‘ sports coaches ‘ engaging in sexual activity since 2016 promoting campaigners to ask to close the loophole in the law #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.10: There were more than 160 cases of sports coaches engaging in sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year-old in their care since 2016, a BBC investigation has found – prompting campaigners to say the law must be changed “urgently” Victims, MPs and the NSPCC have renewed calls for a legal “loophole” to be closed to ban anyone holding a position of trust over a child from having a sexual relationship with them:

More than 160 cases of coaches engaging in legal sexual activity with teens, FOI request shows

Exclusive by Laura Scott

@BBCSport

It is illegal for certain professions, including teachers and doctors, to engage in sexual activity with children, even if they are over the age of consent: However, the Sexual Offences Act does not extend to sports coaches.

The Ministry of Justice is carrying out a review of the legislation, and says it will outline its plans “in due course”, but Sarah Champion MP said the figures obtained by the BBC were “irrefutable” evidence that the law needs to be changed “immediately”

A Freedom of Information request by BBC Sport asked all councils in England and Wales for complaints made to them about cases involving sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year-old by a person potentially in a position of trust: The complaints are referred to the local authorities because they do not constitute a potential crime under the Sexual Offences Act: In the last four years 164 cases involved sports coaches or adults working in sport, out of a total of 1,481 cases recorded.

Ms Champion, MP for Rotherham, told BBC Sport: “There is a gaping legal loophole that perpetrators of child abuse are walking straight into: “I’ve been raising this with government for six years now and my frustration is that we keep on having reviews: “In the intervening years while the government hasn’t acted and has just had consultation after consultation, more children have had their lives wrecked.”……She said the BBC’s figures for the number of cases “makes it irrefutable to the government that they have to act on this”, but warned the numbers are the “tip of the iceberg”………….”The vast, vast majority of these cases will never be reported,” she said………………”And part of the reason for that is these sports coaches are grooming these children into believing they are in a legitimate relationship. It’s not. It’s an abuse of their power position.

“It will take sometimes decades for the young people to realise exactly what was going on and speak out about it: So 160 people that we know about will be a tiny minority of the actual people that are abusing their position.”………..Although abuse of positions of trust by sports coaches is not a criminal offence, unless they work in an educational setting, some councils referred the cases onto the police for consideration of further action……………It is also possible the relevant sports governing bodies and other safeguarding authorities were alerted to these cases, and may have followed their own disciplinary proceedings.

A government spokesperson said: “Abuse of power is abhorrent and these crimes rightly carry tough sentences. We have reviewed the law in this area and will set out our plans in due course.”…………This area of the law has been the subject of scrutiny for several years.

In 2017, in the wake of the football child sex abuse scandal, then Sports Minister Tracey Crouch announced that a change to the law had been agreed by the Ministry of Justice and Home Office: However, it has been subject to a lengthy judicial review, and the Sexual Offences Act remains unchanged:

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: July.10: 2020:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) Ventura Sheriffs County Dept Report: Authorities say former “Glee” sta r Naya Rivera is the person being searched for in the waters of Lake Piru #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.09: Authorities say former “Glee” star Naya Rivera is missing and being searched for at a Southern California lake.The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department late Wednesday confirmed that Rivera, 33, is the person being searched for in the waters of Lake Piru, which is approximately 56 miles (90 kilometres) northwest of downtown Los Angeles:

Ventura Sheriffs County Report: Authorities are still searching in ‘ Lake Piru ‘ for ‘ Naya Rivera ‘ on Thursday after she recently went missing

KNBC reported late Wednesday that Rivera rented a pontoon boat at the Lake Piru reservoir Wednesday and that her young son was found on the boat wearing a life vest: Rivera’s identification was found on the boat. Sheriff’s officials launched a boat and helicopter search Wednesday afternoon, but that had been suspended by nighttime:

Actress Naya Rivera was missing and presumed to be dead after her 4-year-old son was found adrift on a boat in Lake Piru in Ventura County Wednesday, officials said.Deputies received a call of a child found alone on a boat in the lake around 6 p.m., said Cpt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office…………….The boy was adrift for about three hours until someone on another boat found him and notified authorities, officials at the scene said…………………A search and rescue dive team searched the lake as they were unable to locate the child’s parents, officials said. The department tweeted that they were searching for a possible drowning victim.Sheriff’s officials later said the missing person is “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, 33, and she is presumed to be dead.It was not yet clear how the child ended up alone or what happened to Rivera.The boy was wearing a life jacket when he was found, the department said…………………KTLA was previously told by authorities that the child was a 3-year-old girl.Lake Piru is a reservoir in the Los Padres National Forest and Topatopa Mountains of Ventura County.No further details were immediately available.Check back for updates to this developing story.Hapening now: Search for possible drowning victim at Lake Piru. @VCAirUnit @fillmoresheriff on scene. SAR Dive Team and PIO on the way.— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 9, 2020

The search will continue early Thursday: Rivera played Santana, a cheerleader in the musical-comedy “Glee” that aired on Fox from 2009 until 2015: Rivera appeared in 113 episodes of the series and dated co-star Mark Salling, who killed himself inf 2018 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges

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(TEHRAN, Iran.) International Religious Freedom Report: Islamic Republic regularly imprisons, tortures, kills religious minorities whilst attacking U.S. for injustice #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.09: Non-Muslims in Iran suffer persecution at the hands of the government, including imprisonment, torture, and execution, according to the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom:

“State Department: Iran Imprisoning, Torturing, Killing Religious Minorities,” by Penny Starr, Breitbart, June 13, 2020: Islamic Republic of Iran regularly imprisons, tortures, kills religious minorities

The State Department published its annual report detailing the status of religious rights in every country this week: Iran’s constitution openly offers rights to Muslims only and threatens religious minorities.

“The constitution defines the country as an Islamic republic and specifies Twelver Ja’afari Shia Islam as the official state religion,” the report stated. “It states all laws and regulations must be based on ‘Islamic criteria’ and an official interpretation of sharia.”

“The constitution states citizens shall enjoy human, political, economic, and other rights, ‘in conformity with Islamic criteria,’” the report detailed. “The penal code specifies the death sentence for proselytizing and attempts by non-Muslims to convert Muslims, as well as for moharebeh (enmity against God) and sabb al-nabi (insulting the Prophet).”

“The constitution states Zoroastrians, Jews, and Christians, excluding converts from Islam, are the only recognized religious minorities permitted to worship and form religious societies ‘within the limits of the law,’” the report read: In reality, all religious minorities suffer persecution in Iran. “Enmity against God” is a crime punishable by death, used to target non-Muslims. Non-Shia Muslims, like Sunnis and Sufis, accused of non-religious crimes also face a disproportionately large number of executions, particularly Kurds, Baluchis, and Arabs.

Those not killed, human rights group warned, face “torture, beatings in custody, forced confessions, poor prison conditions, and denials of access to legal counsel.”……….Among the religious minorities targeted for their faith overtly, those of the Baha’i faith are particularly targeted, according to the State Department report.

“According to multiple sources, non-Shia Muslims and those affiliated with a religion other than Islam, especially members of the Baha’i community, continued to face societal discrimination and harassment, while employers experienced social pressures not to hire Baha’is or to dismiss them from their private-sector jobs,” the report noted. “Baha’is reported there was continued destruction and vandalism of their cemeteries.” ……………..The Baha’i International Community (BIC) reported Baha’is remained barred from government employment at the local, provincial, and national levels, not only in the civil service but also in such fields as education and law,” the report stated.

“The website IranWire reported that between March and October judiciary officials engaged in a wave of increased summons, detentions, and trials of Baha’is, and during this six-month period, at least 65 Baha’is stood trial in various cities across the country, “ the report stated: The law bars Baha’is from founding or operating their own educational institutions,” the report read. “A Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology order requires universities to exclude Baha’is from access to higher education or to expel them if their religious affiliation becomes known. Government regulation states Baha’is are only permitted to enroll in universities if they do not identify themselves as Baha’is.”…

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: July.09: 2020:

(ZURICH, Switzerland.) Court Report: Swiss federal prosecutors said Monday they have indicted two men alleged to have tried to join up with jihadists in territory once held by the #IslamicState group in Syria and Iraq #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.09: A Swiss-Tunisian dual national, who is accused of having recruited IS members, and a Swiss co-defendant face charges linked to a ban on radical groups like IS and al-Qaida: They allegedly trained with a group in Switzerland and France before travelling to Turkey in late 2015:

“Swiss indict 2 for alleged ties to IS recruitment ring,” Associated Press, July 6, 2020 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Switzerland: Muslim migrant indicted for recruiting:

In Turkey, they stayed in an IS safe house until they were stopped from entering Syria by Turkish authorities, the Attorney General’s office said in a statement: They were returned to Switzerland in the summer of 2016, and temporarily placed in pretrial detention.

The two men were late released subject to unspecified “alternative measures,” the statement said: Such measures can include bail, handover of passports, movement restrictions and the need to regularly check in with authorities.

Swiss prosecutors are currently conducting some 70 criminal proceedings linked to “jihadist-motivated terrorism,” mostly involving propaganda, recruitment and financing of radical groups, the office said….

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: July.09: 2020:

(PARIS, France.) Court Report: A senior French ISIS member, who converted to Islam at 21, has been locked up for 30 years: It’s the first time a Paris court has imposed a sentence for jihadist crimes committed in Syria #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.08: When did you last hear about a convert to Christianity or any other religion get the idea that his or her new religion commanded violence against unbelievers? Yet this is a frequently recurring phenomenon among converts to Islam. No authorities anywhere, however, have ever shown the slightest interest in this:

RT, July 4, 2020: France: Man converts to Islam, becomes torturer and executioner for the Islamic State

“French homegrown ISIS terrorist sentenced to 30 years for aggravated murder & leading group of jihadists,” ……….Tyler Vilus, 30, was found guilty of aggravated murder, being a member of a terrorist group, and heading up a group of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) fighters in Syria: The homegrown terrorist is believed to have been part of the Al-Muhajireen (the immigrants) brigade of foreign jihadists that carried out executions and torture, which he denied. Vilus was found to have overseen executions as a member of the religious police in the Syrian town of Ash Shaddadi:

A 2015 IS propaganda video shown in court features a man believed to be Vilus standing close to two blindfolded prisoners, a member of the Syrian Army and a Free Syrian Army fighter, who are shot in the head:

Public prosecutor Guillaume Michelin said that Vilus “hasn’t changed one bit” since his time in Syria.………….Vilus was arrested at an Istanbul airport in July 2015 with a Swiss passport. He left France for Syria in 2012, not long after converting to Islam when he was 21 years old. He is thought to have known many French jihadists who were fighting in the so-called Caliphate. The IS fighter admitted to being in contact with Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is understood to be the mastermind of the November 2015 terrorism attacks in Paris:

His mother, Christine Riviere, dubbed ‘Mama Jihad’ by the French media, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2017 for her “unfailing commitment” to jihad. She visited her son in Syria three times and helped bring young girls there in an effort to find him a wife:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: July.08: 2020:

(ROME, Italy.) JUST IN: Police seize LARGEST haul of 30,000 pounds of amphetamines in an “Investigators believed the drug’s production provided #IslamicState with vital revenue for funding its militant activities” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.06: Jihadists have used drugs to fund their efforts for years. Years ago, in his study of the Taliban, journalist Ahmed Rashid reported: “Abdul Rashid, the head of the Taliban’s anti-drugs control force in Kandahar, spelt out the nature of his unique job. He is authorized to impose a strict ban on the growing of hashish, ‘because it is consumed by Afghans and Muslims.’ But, Rashid tells me without a hint of sarcasm, ‘Opium is permissible because it is consumed by kafirs [unbelievers] in the West and not by Muslims or Afghans.’ This seems to have been a common view among the Taliban. Another Taliban named Khaled asked, ‘Who cares if heroin is wreaking havoc in the West? It doesn’t matter; they aren’t Muslims.’”

Italy: Police seize 30,000 pounds of amphetamines, “the drug of the jihad,” produced by the Islamic State

And in December 2017, Politico revealed that “in its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States.”

“Italian police seize 14 tonnes of amphetamines allegedly produced by Islamic State,” ABC.net.au, July 2, 2020:

Italian police are claiming to have made the biggest amphetamines bust of all time after seizing 14 tonnes of drugs allegedly produced in Syria by the Islamic State (IS) group.

Investigators on Wednesday said they impounded three container ships that had docked in the southern Italian port of Salerno and found 84 million pills inside machinery and large paper cylinders.

The 14 tonnes of drugs would have raked in about 1 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in street sales had they ultimately made it to consumers, customs police said.

Customs Police Colonel Domenico Napolitano called the discovery the biggest amphetamine seizure ever made.

Colonel Napolitano said on Italian state radio that investigators believed the drug’s production provided IS with vital revenue for its militant activities.

Investigators hypothesise that amphetamine production in Europe has been hampered by the pandemic lockdown, and so drug traffickers may have turned to Syria-based producers to fill the market….

The amphetamines were labelled “captagon”, the street name for a drug whose chemical base was originally fenethylline….

The ‘drug of the Jihad’

Used in the 1960s to treat narcolepsy and depression, Captagon is one of several brand names for fenethylline hydrochloride, a drug compound belonging to a family of amphetamines that can inhibit fear and ward off tiredness.

The imitation captagon is popular in the Middle East, and widespread in war-torn areas such as Syria, where conflict has fuelled demand and created opportunities for producers.

Production was initially concentrated in Lebanon and IS sells it to finance its activities, police said in a statement.

It said captagon was known as the “drug of the Jihad” after being found in militant hideouts, including one used by the Islamists who killed 90 people at the Bataclan theatre in Paris in 2015….

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: July.06: 2020:

(NIGERIA) JUST IN: #BokoHaram Terrorists Attack UN aid helicopter murder two civilians, including a five-year-old child on Thurs.02: July: according to Sahara Reporters #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.06: The terrorists, according to the UN, launched the attack on Thursday in Damasak, Borno State, killing two civilians including a five-year-old child in the process:

Sahara Reporters, July 5, 2020 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Nigeria: Muslims attack UN aid helicopter, murder two civilians, including a five-year-old child

Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, on Saturday said both fatalities and several others injured in the attack were on the ground….

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: July.06: 2020:

(WASHINGTON) Featured: Not long after 9/11, Adham Amin Hassoun, a Lebanese ‘Palestinian’ computer programmer, was arrested at a Florida traffic stop: The arrest had been a long time coming but he was released even though the legal basis for detaining Hassoun is crystal clear, Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, an Obama appointee, decided that the convicted conspirator couldn’t possibly be a threat #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.04: Hassoun had entered the United States on a student visa in 1989 and quickly got involved in Islamic terrorism. By the early 90s, the FBI had noticed Hassoun because of his conversations with the Blind Sheikh, the Islamic cleric at the center of the World Trade Center bombing and even larger terror plots targeting New York City landmarks: The Blind Sheikh was the leader of Gamaa Islamiya or the Islamic Group, a Muslim Brotherhood splinter terrorist group responsible for horrifying atrocities like the brutal Luxor Massacre of foreign tourists, including women and children, where  the Islamists had tortured young girls, cut off ears and noses, and left a note praising Islam inside a disemboweled body: Despite, or perhaps, because of their atrocities, the Islamic Group won the support of leftist advocates like Lynne Stewart: the National Lawyers Guild member who was convicted of helping the Blind Sheikh relay guidance to his terror group from prison:

Obama Judge Frees ‘Palestinian’ Al Qaeda Backer Who Recruited Dirty Bomb Terrorist

“The FBI has identified Hassoun as a focal point for communications among persons associated with AGAI and with the international radical fundamentalist community: He has been a major fundraiser for extremist Muslim causes in Chechnya and Bosnia and, since as early as 1994, is believed to have recruited… ‘mujahideen,’ for those conflicts.” the FBI’s counterterrorism section chief had warned……………….According to the FBI report, Hassoun had been a member of Gamaa Islamiya. By the second half of the decade, he had moved on to Al Qaeda acting as a registered agent for the

Benevolence International Foundation: Despite its ‘benevolent’ name, BIF was a front for Al Qaeda and its name originated with an organization run by Bin Laden’s brother-in-law……………….After the Saudis shut down BIF, it headed to Florida, where Hassoun helped out.

Hassoun had become quite fond of Osama bin Laden: ” May Allah protect him,” he told one of his collaborators during a phone conversation after the Al Qaeda leader had threatened to carry out attacks against America in a CNN interview…………..Experts at Hassoun’s trial later noted that the Islamist had called Bin Laden, ” Abu Abdullah”, a name usually used by Al Qaeda members and close supporters…………..” We have captured a known terrorist who was exploring a plan to build and explode a radiological dispersion device, or ‘dirty bomb,’ in the United States,” Attorney General John Ashcroft announced in 2002.

The terrorist in question was Jose Padilla, a convert to Islam, and the man who recruited him  was Hassoun: When a top Bin Laden lieutenant exposed Padilla’s plans, the feds finally took down  Hassoun and the Islamic terror cell with its coded conversations about soccer matches in Somalia, tourism to conflict zones, and checks with memos for Kosovo or Chechnya: Hassoun also owned an illegal handgun and had allegedly given an order to kill a woman………………….Along with Padilla, and other associates, Hassoun was convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim persons in a foreign country, as well as conspiring and providing material support to terrorists……………By then, Hassoun had been living for nearly two decades in the United States, despite coming here on a student visa, and had spent much of that time involved with Islamist terror groups.

And the court sentenced him to 15 years in prison: Hassoun’s prison term ended in 2017. The United States had already tried to deport him in 2002. It tried to deport him yet again, but Lebanon wouldn’t take him back because it doesn’t recognize its fellow Arab ‘Palestinians’ as citizens, even though he came from there and his family still lives there. Meanwhile the US has provided over $100 million in aid to Lebanon.

ICE has been stuck with Hassoun for three years because it can’t deport him or release him: ” You assumed a leadership role in a criminal conspiracy to recruit fighters and provide material support to terrorist groups, and because you remain a continuing threat of recruiting, planning, and providing material support for terrorist activity,” an ICE letter to Hassoun noted.

Meanwhile, the Islamist has become a popular case for lefty allies of Islamic terrorists. The media chose to ignore Hassoun’s past while accusing President Trump of trying to permanently detain him: Its current stories about Hassoun portray him as a victim of Trump’s abuse of the Patriot Act while neglecting to mention his praise for Bin Laden, only support for “militants”.

Meanwhile his lawyer claimed that Hassoun just wanted to be with his family, even though his wife and children are living in Lebanon: While the legal basis for detaining Hassoun is crystal clear, Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, an Obama appointee, decided that the convicted conspirator couldn’t possibly be a threat.

“If he really is the person that is depicted in the FBI director’s letter, the concept that the government just wants to send him to some other country and let him on the loose,” Judge Wolford argued. “It doesn’t hold together.”……..That would be a better argument if her own boss hadn’t freed Taliban leaders and countless other Gitmo detainees, despite the risk they posed, because he wanted to close Gitmo………..Wolford isn’t that stupid. No one involved in the criminal justice system could be.

The FBI and other national security agencies frequently know a lot about an Islamic terrorist’s activities that they can’t bring into court or that would successfully lead to a conviction: Jose Padilla, the terrorist Hassoun recruited, was accused of trying to assemble a dirty bomb, but the evidence could never be brought into court because it was taken from an Al Qaeda senior lieutenant through an interrogation process that isn’t legal in the United States…………………..Jailhouse informants have even suggested that Hassoun may still be up to his old tricks.

But the Obama judge chose to dismiss their statements as hearsay and to order ICE to release the convicted terror supporter by Thursday, while censoring the location where he will live in Florida to protect Hassoun from the American people, insisting that he poses no threat:

To Judge Wolford, Hassoun isn’t a threat to Americans, but Americans are a threat to him: ” The Court also is not persuaded that Petitioner’s criminal convictions show that there is a risk of irreparable harm,” Wolford’s decision sneers. “The underlying conduct that served as the basis for those convictions ended almost twenty years ago.”

To whatever extent it ended, it did so because Hassoun was locked away behind bars. Now that will no longer be the case. The Lebanese immigrant spent much of his life as a free man in this country engaged in the promotion and support of Islamic terrorism. From his ties to the Islamic Group to his role in distributing Jihadist magazines and then his enthusiasm for Al Qaeda, his record has been consistent. Just as consistent as Obama’s record in enabling terrorism.

Wolford’s decision is yet another gift to Islamic terrorists from its biggest political backer.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: July.04: 2020:

(NEW YORK) NYPD Report: Commissioner Dermot Shea announced a man was arrested Friday after a toddler was targeted in an attack while out with his babysitter earlier in the week #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.04: Police say Anthony Gonzalez, 35, is charged with felony assault after allegedly attacking the boy around 9:30 a.m. on July 1 at the corner of West 110th Street and Morningside Drive. The NYPD released surveillance video of the suspect running away: The boy’s father told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge his 22-year-old nanny was pushing his son in a stroller, when a man approached them, then sliced the 2-year-old above his right eye with an unknown object………” My wife is horrified. My son is very nervous. Both under stress. Our nanny took the day off today because she has panic attacks. Not so good,” the boy’s father told Duddridge on July 2. He didn’t want to share his name:

Credit NYPD: CBS2 Report: Suspect In Apparently Random Slashing Of 2-Year-Old In Custody

ARRESTED!

The nanny told police no words were exchanged between her and the man, she just heard the toddler cry out when the man got close. She didn’t notice a weapon: ” She told me that some guy leaned over the stroller and cut my son and then she immediately notified 911. Notified my wife. He went to the hospital, he got stitches done,” the father said. “I think it’s a random attack. I think we just got very unlucky.”

The boy is recovering at home and is expected to be OK:

Thanks to the hard work & dedication of @NYPDDetectives, who’re relentless in their investigations, the suspect wanted for this horrific crime against a defenseless child has been charged with felony assault.

As always, outstanding work by the men & women of the NYPD. https://t.co/qNkHU3G53w pic.twitter.com/qPsurbMQ7r

— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) July 3, 2020

Police say Gonzalez has a criminal past, including more than a dozen arrests for robbery, menacing, possession of stolen property, harassment and stalking: He recently served time for a robbery in the transit system and was paroled in November 2019: In 2012, Gonzalez was arrested and convicted for robbing a man on a Brooklyn-bound R-train at Canal Street and Broadway in Manhattan.

He took the victim’s cell phone and punched the man in the face, police said.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: July.04: 2020:

🇺🇸HAPPY 4TH JULY ALL AMERICAN FRIENDS, FOLLOWERS & READERS 🇺🇸

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Have a great ‘ Independence Day ‘ and stay safe and sound during this time of upheaval in the world, as groups of anti-government protestors and activists try to turn OUR world into their version:

May God by any other name protect you and your families today and everyday of your life and may ‘ goodness and mercy ‘ become you ‘ watchword and your salivation now and forevermore:

Keep safe in the knowledge that whatever happens that one day as was foretold we will have that promised 1000 years of peace:

God Bless ALL ….Ian (Editor) 🙏’s To Everyone whatever colour or creed Amen

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(BRONX, NYC.) JUST IN: NYPD REPORT: Two men found with ‘ gunshot wounds to head ‘ in parked car overnight on Wednesday so far no arrests have been made as officers search for the suspects #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.03: Two men were found shot to death in a parked car overnight on Wednesday in the Bronx: Police responded shortly after 1 a.m. to Depot Place and Sedgwick Avenue in the Highbridge section:

CBSNewYork 2 Men Found With Gunshot Wounds To Head Inside Parked Car In The Bronx

They discovered the victims with gunshot wounds to the back of their heads: One was sitting in the driver’s seat, and the other was in the front passenger seat.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene: So far, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: July.03: 2020:

(NEW DELHI, India.) 2008 #Mumbai Attacks Report: Lawmakers are seeking the extradition of a top militant suspected to have planned the 2008 attacks after the U.S. said last week he was living freely in Pakistan, government officials said on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.03: India and the United States have both indicted Sajid Mir of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group for the three-day attacks on hotels, a train station and a Jewish centre in which 166 people were killed including six Americans: While Pakistan took action against the Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed last year, it continued to provide safe harbour to other top militant leaders, the U.S. State Department’s 2019 country report on terrorism said: One of them was Sajid, the “project manager” of the Mumbai attack, believed to remain free in Pakistan, the U.S. report said:

“India seeks extradition from Pakistan of suspected Mumbai attack mastermind,” by Sanjeev Miglani, Reuters, June 28, 2020: India seeks extradition of suspected mastermind of Mumbai jihad massacre, living freely in Pakistan

Pakistan is a jihadist entity, not a friend or ally of the United States. The sham alliance must be ended: An Indian official said the government has repeatedly asked Pakistan to hand over Sajid who is charged with serving as chief planner of the attacks, directing preparations and reconnaissance and was also named as one of the Pakistan-based controllers during the attacks………………Pakistan has repeatedly rejected U.S. allegations that it is a safe haven for militants and said it has prosecuted the leadership of several proscribed groups….

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: July.03: 2020:

(USA) EFF REPORT: Visa applicants to the US are required to disclose personal information including their work, travel, and family histories and as of May:2019 they are required to register their ‘ Social Media Accounts ‘ with government: State Dept Says Approx 14.7-Million People Will be Affected by this New Policy Each Year #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.01: Visa applicants to the United States are required to disclose personal information including their work, travel, and family histories. And as of May 2019, they are required to register their social media accounts with the U.S. government: According to the State Department, approximately 14.7 million people will be affected by this new policy each year:

Special thanks to legal intern Rachel Sommers, who was the lead author of this post.

EFF recently filed an amicus brief in Doc Society v. Pompeo, a case challenging this “Registration Requirement” under the First Amendment. The plaintiffs in the case, two U.S.-based documentary film organizations that regularly collaborate with non-U.S. filmmakers and other international partners, argue that the Registration Requirement violates the expressive and associational rights of both their non-U.S.-based and U.S.-based members and partners. After the government filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, we filed our brief in district court in support of the plaintiffs’ opposition to dismissal:

In our brief, we argue that the Registration Requirement invades privacy and chills free speech and association of both visa applicants and those in their social networks, including U.S. persons, despite the fact that the policy targets only publicly available information: This is amplified by the staggering number of social media users affected and the vast amounts of personal information they publicly share—both intentionally and unintentionally—on their social media accounts.

Social media profiles paint alarmingly detailed pictures of their users’ personal lives. By monitoring applicants’ social media profiles, the government can obtain information that it otherwise would not have access to through the visa application process: For example, visa applicants are not required to disclose their political views. However, applicants might choose to post their beliefs on their social media profiles. Those seeking to conceal such information might still be exposed by comments and tags made by other users. And due to the complex interactions of social media networks, studies have shown that personal information about users such as sexual orientation can reliably be inferred even when the user doesn’t expressly share that information. Although consular officers might be instructed to ignore this information, it is not unreasonable to fear that it might influence their decisions anyway:

Just as other users’ online activity can reveal information about visa applicants, so too can visa applicants’ online activity reveal information about other users, including U.S. persons: For example, if a visa applicant tags another user in a political rant or posts photographs of themselves and the other user at a political rally, government officials might correctly infer that the other user shares the applicant’s political beliefs. In fact, one study demonstrated that it is possible to accurately predict personal information about those who do not use any form of social media based solely on personal information and contact lists shared by those who do. The government’s surveillance of visa applicants’ social media profiles thus facilitates the surveillance of millions—if not billions—more people.

Because social media users have privacy interests in their public social media profiles, government surveillance of digital content risks chilling free speech: If visa applicants know that the government can glean vast amounts of personal information about them from their profiles—or that their anonymous or pseudonymous accounts can be linked to their real-world identities—they will be inclined to engage in self-censorship. Many will likely curtail or alter their behavior online—or even disengage from social media altogether. Importantly, because of the interconnected nature of social media, these chilling effects extend to those in visa applicants’ social networks, including U.S. persons.

Studies confirm these chilling effects. Citizen Lab found that 62 percent of survey respondents would be less likely to “speak or write about certain topics online” if they knew that the government was engaged in online surveillance: A Pew Research Center survey found that 34 percent of its survey respondents who were aware of the online surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden had taken at least one step to shield their information from the government, including using social media less often, uninstalling certain apps, and avoiding the use of certain terms in their digital communications.

One might be tempted to argue that concerned applicants can simply set their accounts to private: Some users choose to share their personal information—including their names, locations, photographs, relationships, interests, and opinions—with the public writ large. But others do so unintentionally. Given the difficulties associated with navigating privacy settings within and across platforms and the fact that privacy settings often change without warning, there is good reason to believe that many users publicly share more personal information than they think they do. Moreover, some applicants might fear that setting their accounts to private will negatively impact their applications. Others—especially those using social media anonymously or pseudonymously—might be loath to maximize their privacy settings because they use their platforms with the specific intention of reaching large audiences.

These chilling effects are further strengthened by the broad scope of the Registration Requirement, which allows the government to continue surveilling applicants’ social media profiles once the application process is over: Personal information obtained from those profiles can also be collected and stored in government databases for decades. And that information can be shared with other domestic and foreign governmental entities, as well as current and prospective employers and other third parties. It is no wonder, then, that social media users might severely limit or change the way they use social media.

Secrecy should not be a prerequisite for privacy—and the review and collection by the government of personal information that is clearly outside the scope of the visa application process creates unwarranted chilling effects on both visa applicants and their social media associates, including U.S. persons. We hope that the D.C. district court denies the government’s motion to dismiss the case and ultimately strikes down the Registration Requirement as unconstitutional under the First Amendment…..

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published July 01, 2020 at 12:59AM

(WASHINGTON) Julian #Assange Report: DOJ Files a new superseding indictment against him, broadening the ‘ scope of conspiracy ‘ claimed in the hacking allegations against him RSF calls for all charges to be dropped #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.01: On 24 June, the US Department of Justice filed a new superseding indictment against Assange, broadening the “scope of the conspiracy” claimed in the hacking allegations against him. Assange had previously been indicted on 17 counts under the Espionage Act and one charge under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA); the new superseding indictment did not add new charges, but expands the scope of the CFAA charge and changes the evidential basis of some of the other charges against him:

RSF reiterates call for charges against Julian Assange to be dropped as US issues new superseding indictment: AceNewsDesk_Bot, [Jun 30, 2020 at 21:51] https://rsf.org/en/news/rsf-reiterates-call-charges-against-julian-assange-be-dropped-us-issues-new-superseding-indictment

Such a move is highly unusual at this late stage in an extradition case, which had proceeded on the basis of the 18-count indictment issued by the US Department of Justice in May 2019: Assange’s US extradition hearing began in February 2020 at the Woolwich Crown Court in London; RSF monitored the first week of proceedings and expressed concern regarding the US government’s lack of evidence for its charges against Assange. RSF believes Assange has been targeted for his contributions to public interest reporting and that his prosecution has serious implications for journalism and press freedom internationally. 

“The superseding indictment is the latest in a long series of moves by the US government to manipulate legal loopholes in their targeting of Julian Assange, to undermine his defence, and to divert public attention from the extremely serious press freedom implications of his case. This never-ending persecution simply has to stop. We call again for all charges against Mr Assange to be dropped and for him to be immediately released,” said RSF Director of International Campaigns Rebecca Vincent.

In an administrative hearing at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June, Assange’s lawyer Mark Summers expressed surprise over the timing of the superseding indictment, as well as the fact that the defence team had learned about it through the press: The indictment had not yet been sent to Assange’s lawyers or the court, and had not been formally entered into the UK proceedings. 

The defence stated that they wanted the US extradition hearing to continue as planned; the full hearing is scheduled to resume from 7 September, when three weeks of evidence are expected to be heard. Assange’s next callover hearing is scheduled for 27 July:

Assange continues to be held at the high security Belmarsh prison, where he remains at risk of exposure to Covid-19 – a risk exacerbated by his underlying health concerns, adding urgency to the need for his immediate release. He has been unable to participate remotely in administrative court proceedings for several months, reportedly feeling unwell and having been advised by his doctors that it was unsafe for him to access the prison’s video conferencing facilities.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………….Published: July.01: 2020: