#AceNewsReport – July.08: The governments of the African states where jihad groups are active all seem either powerless to stop the jihadis or not interested in doing so.
#AceDailyNews says the Democratic Republic of Congo: Jihadists murder 10 people, prompting anti-government protest: “Islamist militia kill 10 in eastern DRC,” AP, July 5, 2021:
The attack “by ADF enemies” took place in Beni’s southeastern Rwangoma district, lieutenant Anthony Mualushayi told AFP, referring to the Allied Democratic Forces. “We lost 10 civilians,” he added.
An AFP correspondent saw 10 bodies in the morgue of Beni’s general hospital.
Local residents were shocked by the first attack in the Rwangoma district in December 2019.
Angry youths marched on the town hall, carrying a victim’s body and shouting slogans questioning the point of a “state of siege” imposed on May 6 with the aim of quelling ADF violence in North Kivu province as well as Ituri province to the north.
“We thought it was the light at the end of the tunnel, this state of siege,” Rwangoma resident Samuel Kalume told AFP.
“But after 18 months without an attack by the ADF in our neighbourhood, we’re back at square one. It’s very discouraging.”
The protesters shouted “State of siege = zero” and “FARDC = ADF”. FARDC is the name of DRC’s armed forces….
#AceNewsReport – June.05: The ruling could see a damages claim against Home Secretary Priti Patel: The Home Office said use of the barracks would continue, and it was considering its “next steps”.
Napier Army Barracks: Housing migrants was unlawful, court rules: Six asylum seekers brought the case, claiming it was “unsafe” and dormitory use caused a #COVID19 outbreak earlier this year.
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The judgment could lead to further cases from any other men held at the camp who can bring similar evidence to court.
Mr Justice Linden’s judgment looked in detail at a fire that broke out at the site in January, and when nearly 200 people contracted coronavirus during an outbreak at the camp.
PA MediaLawyers have made fresh calls for the site to close and said hundreds of people are still living there
The ruling followed hearings that took place in April.
The judge said: “I do not accept that the accommodation there ensured a standard of living which was adequate for the health of the claimants.
“Insofar as the defendant considered that the accommodation was adequate for their needs, that view was irrational.”
By Dominic Casciani, home and legal correspondent, BBC News
One of the crucial questions about Napier is why it was allowed to open in the way it did, given Public Health England (PHE) had warned the Home Office the dorms would not be suitable.
During the High Court hearing in April, there was no witness statement from PHE or Clearsprings – the Home Office contractor running the site – about how a plan was developed to manage Covid-19 risks.
The judge found civil servants appreciated the risks existed, but it’s not clear how they took on board the “significant problem” PHE warned of, given they also needed to get the best value of money out of the site.
The “bottom line”, said the judge, was the arrangements were contrary to PHE advice and did not even implement measures which the Home Secretary herself had apparently regarded as desirable and feasible.
Mr Justice Linden also criticised the “detention-like” setting for the men.
He said: “They were supposed to live voluntarily pending a determination of their applications for asylum.
“When this is considered, a decision that accommodation in a detention-like setting – a site enclosed by a perimeter fence topped with barbed wire, access to which is through padlocked gates guarded by uniformed security personnel – will be adequate for their needs, begins to look questionable.”
Following the ruling, campaigners, including human rights group Liberty, Refugee Action and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, called for the immediate closure of the site.
Liberty lawyer Lara Ten Caten said: “The government’s only response can be to close it down immediately.”
Yvette Cooper, home affairs select committee chairwoman, said Ms Patel and the Permanent Secretary told the committee in February the Home Office was working “in line with public health guidance”.
She said: “Clearly they were not. We have called on them both to come back before the committee at the earliest opportunity to explain the decisions they made and also the contradictions with the information they previously gave us in light of today’s court ruling.”Men still living at the site said conditions were inhumane
Men living at the barracks told the BBC conditions were inhumane.
One man, speaking through the fence at the site, said there was no hot water or electricity and only one shower for 100 people.
PA Media: The former military site has been used by the Home Office since September 2020
Lawyers from Deighton Pierce Glynn (DPG) had claimed the site – which they said still housed more than 265 people – had breached the migrants’ human rights.
The firm said despite emptying the barracks in early April 2021 and amid ongoing concerns from public health officials that the site could not be made Covid-19 secure, the Home Secretary began refilling the site.
DPG said residents are sleeping in dormitories of up to 12 people and lawyers understood the intention was to fill the barracks to over 300.
In April, the court heard public health experts had repeatedly raised concerns about the use of the site during a pandemic, while an independent report found seven suicide attempts and seven incidents of serious self-harm.
ICIBIIn March, inspectors said a “decrepit” isolation block was unfit for habitation
ICIBIAn inspection earlier this year also raised concerns about dormitory-style accommodation
Tom Hickman QC, representing four claimants, previously told the court the site was “squalid, ill-equipped, lacking in personal privacy and unsafe”.
Lisa Giovannetti QC, representing the Home Office, said clinically vulnerable people had been “sifted out”.
She said Ms Patel had decided the barracks could be used safely by “introducing safeguards”.
But in a statement read to the court, one of the claimants, who was later moved to other accommodation, said: “The situation in the camp is very bad and degrading.”
“Detainees in the barracks including myself have lost hope.”
PA MediaNearly 200 asylum seekers tested positive during a Covid-19 outbreak
The judge declined to rule the barracks could never be used to house asylum seekers, but called for “substantial improvements”.
The Home Office and the six men have yet to agree on damages.
A Home Office spokesman said: “During the height of the pandemic, to ensure asylum seekers were not left destitute, additional accommodation was required at extremely short notice: Such accommodation provided asylum seekers a safe and secure place to stay. Throughout this period our accommodation providers and sub-contractors have made improvements to the site and continue to do so: It is disappointing that this judgment was reached on the basis of the site prior to the significant improvement works which have taken place in difficult circumstances.”
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#AceNewsReport – May.30: The city’s streets were largely deserted after clashes late on Friday (local time) pitted police against armed civilians. The country is in the second month of protests against the government of President Ivan Duque:
There, as across the country, poverty and the pandemic have sparked widespread anger and resentment.
The month of protests has left at least 59 people dead, officials say, including the 13 who died in Cali. More than 2,300 civilians and uniformed personnel have been injured, according to the Defence Ministry.
Human Rights Watch cited “credible reports” of at least 63 deaths nationwide. It called the situation in Cali “very serious”.
The dead in Cali included an off-duty employee of the prosecutor’s office who had fired his gun at two protesters blocking a street, killing one of them.
Video on social media shows a crowd then pouncing on the shooter and lynching him.
Mr Duque, who has been in Cali since Friday, said he was deploying military troops to support the police there and elsewhere as rallies have morphed into a broad anti-establishment mobilisation.
The President ordered 7,000 troops to help clear and patrol blockaded roads, while a total of 1,141 soldiers were deployed in Cali.
‘Almost an urban war’
One witness, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal, told AFP that a group of protesters in Cali were celebrating the one-month anniversary of the anti-government rallies when “shots rang out”.
“They started massacring people,” the 22-year-old said. He said the shots came from “five guys in civilian clothes behind the trees”.
Videos that went viral supported his account. Police said in a statement they were investigating.
“In the south of the city we had a real scene of confrontation and almost an urban war where many people not only lost their lives, but we also had a significant number of injuries,” said Cali’s security secretary, Carlos Rojas.
Mr Duque, who on Friday chaired a security meeting in the city, afterwards announced “the maximum deployment of military assistance to the national police” would begin immediately.
Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Human Rights Watch executive director for the Americas, urged Mr Duque to take “urgent measures to de-escalate, including a specific order prohibiting agents of the state from using firearms”.
The police in Colombia are under the command of the military.
Protests over poverty, disease, resentment
People in Cali’s poorer neighbourhoods told AFP the military deployment makes them more fearful, not less.
“We feel threatened, we feel more in danger,” said Lina Gallegas, a 31-year-old social leader.
“If something happens we cannot call the police because they are the ones who are killing.”
Luis Felipe Vega, a political scientist at Javeriana University, likened the deployment to “putting out a fire with gasoline.”
Government mediation attempts have been largely futile, unable to contain the fury of increasingly politicised youth battered by the pandemic and angered about the country’s deep inequalities.
An estimated one third of those aged 14 to 28 are jobless and not in school.
Mr Duque’s attempts at negotiation have been further frustrated by forces in his rightist Democratic Centre party, who prefer an iron-fist approach with elections a year away.
Economists say more than 42 per cent of the country’s 50 million people live in poverty, and the pandemic has plunged many of the vulnerable into penury.
Analysts link the government’s militarised history to its response to the protests.
#AceNewsReport – May.17: Debbins violated his oath as a U.S. Army officer, betrayed the Special Forces, and endangered our country’s national security by revealing classified information to Russian intelligence officers, providing details of his unit, and identifying Special Forces team members for Russian intelligence to try to recruit them as spies,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “His conduct is a personal betrayal of colleagues and country, and it reflects the threat of Russian intelligence operations targeting our military. Today’s almost 16-year sentence reflects the seriousness of his conduct. It should also serve as a warning to those who would be tempted to do the same.”
WASHINGTON: ‘Former Army Green Beret Sentenced for Russian Espionage Conspiracy: Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 46, of Gainesville, admitted to conspiring with agents of a Russian intelligence service. According to court documents, from December 1996 to January 2011, Debbins periodically visited Russia and met with Russian intelligence agents. In 1997, Debbins was assigned a code name by Russian intelligence agents and signed a statement attesting that he wanted to serve Russia’
“Debbins flagrantly and repeatedly sold out his country, including while he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Special Forces,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The defendant’s brazen disclosures to Russian intelligence agents jeopardized U.S. national security and threatened the safety of his fellow servicemembers. This prosecution underscores our firm resolve to hold accountable those who betray their sworn oath and bring them to justice for their exceptionally serious crimes.”
“The betrayal of fellow U.S. citizens and servicemembers is inexcusable, and today Debbins was sentenced for his reprehensible and dangerous actions,” said Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono for the FBI Washington Field Office. “He was entrusted to serve his country and protect his fellow Special Forces team, but instead he chose to provide classified national defense information to his own country’s adversary. This investigation which led to today’s sentencing is a reminder that the FBI and our partners will continue to diligently and doggedly counter national security threats to the U.S.”
“The Green Berets epitomize heroics, leadership, and bravery, but Debbins was just the opposite,” said Assistant Director Alan E. Kohler Jr. for the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “Debbins’ actions in this case show a complete disregard for his fellow soldiers and for his country. The FBI will do everything in its power to identify those who choose to betray our country and bring them to justice.”
From 1998 to 2005, Debbins served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army, serving in chemical units before being selected for the U.S. Army Special Forces. The Russian intelligence agents encouraged him to join and pursue a career in the Special Forces, which he did, where he served at the rank of Captain.
Over the course of the conspiracy, Debbins provided the Russian intelligence agents with information that he obtained as a member of the U.S. Army, including information about his chemical and Special Forces units. In 2008, after leaving active duty service, Debbins disclosed to the Russian intelligence agents classified information about his previous activities while deployed with the Special Forces. Debbins also provided the Russian intelligence agents with the names of, and information about, a number of his former Special Forces team members so that the agents could evaluate whether to approach the team members to see if they would cooperate with the Russian intelligence service.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas W. Traxler and James L. Trump for the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney David Aaron of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section prosecuted the case.
Acting U.S. Attorney Parekh and Assistant Attorney General Demers greatly appreciate the assistance of Army Counterintelligence, the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office, the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police Service and MI5.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.24: Turkey was planning on invading a total of 131 islands, islets and small rocks on the Aegean Sea, the Scandinavian Nordic Monitor website reported on Saturday:
Turkish army officials issued plans to invade 131 Greek islands in the Aegean Sea: ‘According to a document the website claims to have obtained, Turkish army officials had issued plans to capture what they claim to be ”disputed territories” in the Aegean Sea’
“Turkey Planned to Invade 131 Greek Islands, Classified Documents Reveal,” by Nick Kampouris, Greek Reporter, March 20, 2021 (thanks to Henry):
The secret document is a PowerPoint presentation with a total of sixteen slides and it showed maps of the disputed -according to the Turkish propaganda- islets.
The presentation is most likely a product of Turkish military academies, and it is still unclear when it was originally produced.
The leaked documents show in detail how Ankara was planning on using air and sea forces to occupy the Greek islands, proving yet again the complete disregard of Ergodan’s administration for global security and cooperation within the NATO alliance.
Greek islands listed As the Nordic Monitor reports, the islands, islets and rock formations that were listed are as follows: three locations on Zurefa (Ladoxer in Greek), 13 on Koyun Adaları (Oinousses), 21 on Hurşit (Fimena), 18 on Nergiscik (Arki), 15 Keçi (Pserimos), 12 on Gelemez (Kalolimnos), 2 on Bulamaç (Farmakonisi), 10 on Sakarcılar (Yali), 11 on Koçbaba (Levita), 2 on Karaada (Strongili) and 24 locations around the island of Crete.
The study was based on lessons drawn from the Kardak (Imia) islet crisis of 1996, which brought Athens and Ankara on the brink of a generalized military confrontation. The latter was avoided due to the mediation of Washington….
#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:June.19: A former Army civilian contracting official has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for demanding $500,000 in bribes from a private company seeking to renew a $100 million contract.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – October 27 – The Army’s troubled $5 billion intelligence fusion network has been a source of lucrative contracts to companies whose employees once worked for the Army, while failing to deliver on its promise of making data seamlessly accessible to soldiers in the field, according to records and interviews.
But the program so far has been a bust, with one memorable Army testing report finding it “not operationally effective, not operationally suitable and not survivable.”
The performance failures of the network have been well-documented, but less scrutiny has been devoted to the revolving door between defence companies that profit from the troubled intelligence system and the military commands that continue to fund it, records show.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Benghazi) – October 03 – At least 36 Libyan soldiers were killed in three suicide bombings and clashes with Islamists in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, the Libyan army said, as cited by AFP.
Islamists have since September sought to seize control of Benghazi airport — the last remaining bastion in the city of forces loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar, who launched a military campaign against the insurgents in May (AFP Photo/Abdullah Doma)
When I showed you all this website: http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/09/american-military-refusing-to-fight-for-al-qaeda-in-syria-pictures-2752748.html I got a lot of grief. I have it Obama 100% told his Military to go to Syria and they refused, I stick by the source and the story. So what is happening? Has Obama’s men turned their backs? Well he sure is firing a LOT of people right?
In a meeting with the heads of the five service branches in 2010, President Obama offered the leaders a choice: Support my efforts to end the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, or resign, the Commandant of the Coast Guard said.
In a video obtained by BuzzFeed via a Freedom of Information Act request, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp revealed that Obama was unwilling to compromise with service leaders over DADT during a meeting in 2010. “We were called into the Oval Office and President Obama looked all five service chiefs in the eye and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’ I cannot divulge everything he said to us, that’s private communications within the Oval Office, but if we didn’t agree with it — if any of us didn’t agree with it — we all had the opportunity to resign our commissions and go do other things,” he said.
Papp talked about the meeting during a Q&A session with U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets following a leadership address to the corps on Jan 8. The admiral was asked how officers should respond to policies that they disagreed with but were required to enforce. “If I disagree morally with [a policy], it’s my obligation to voice that, regardless of the risk it might give my career,” he said. “I’ve been in those situations. I’ve been fortunate to have good leaders that have appreciated that.” Using himself as an example, Papp said it was OK for leaders to “not be thrilled” with a certain regulation, but if they didn’t “see anything terribly wrong with it,” it was their job as officers to support and enforce it.
The admiral, who will be retiring from active duty on May 30, added that he thought the U.S. military made the right decision by abolishing DADT.
Ins 2008 interview, then-Senator Obama told The Advocate that he wouldn’t make support of DADt’s repeal “a litmus test” for his military leaders. “What I want are members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who are making decisions based on what strengthens our military and what is going to make us safer, not ideology.”
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