DETROIT, March 9 (Reuters) – An FBI agent testifying
in the trial of seven Midwest militia group members accused of
plotting anti-police attacks, said Friday he participated in
training that included explosives after infiltrating the group
posing as a truck driver.
David Brian Stone Sr., leader of the Hutaree militia group,
instructed members on ambush tactics and the use of explosives,
some of which were detonated during a training session in June
2009, agent Steve Haug said during the federal trial in Detroit. …
The seven Hutaree members on trial are accused of plotting
to kill a police officer and then ambush any funeral procession
for the officer using home-made explosive devices, to spark a
larger war against the U.S. government. …
Federal agents seized machine guns, unregistered short-barrel guns, ammunition, explosive devices and materials that could be used to make bombs during their raids.
Republican presidential candidates have said President Obama practices “appeasement” when it comes to foreign policy. …
“Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaida leaders who’ve been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement. Or whoever’s left out there. Ask them about that.”
BAGHDAD — The U.S. military transferred control of its sprawling headquarters outside Baghdad to the Iraqi government Friday, a deeply symbolic moment that launched the final month of a nearly decade-long U.S. presence.
The last few soldiers at Camp Victory, a base that once housed 68,000 military personnel and contractors, departed early Friday afternoon. There are currently 12,000 U.S. troops left in Iraq at five bases, down from a peak of 170,000 at 500 bases in 2007, military spokesman Col. Barry Johnson said. All will be gone by the end of the year.
“There was a signing of papers of receivership that gave Iraq custody of the base effective today,” Johnson said. “It’s quite nostalgic. It was the center of gravity for what we were doing here for all these years,” he added.
On Thursday, Vice President Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged Iran not to attempt to exploit the departure of U.S. troops to expand its own influence. They spoke during a ceremony intended to mark the end of the Iraq war at Camp Victory’s marbled al-Faw Palace, built by Saddam Hussein and converted into the nerve center of American power in Iraq for the past 81 / 2 years.
They haven’t tracked down Orly Taitz yet, but …
Next time someone says the government doesn’t do anything…
Very, very quietly — as befits an international security operation — the National Nuclear Safety Administration has been working to remove and downgrade uranium and plutonium left behind by the Soviet Union in its former republics. The NNSA, using your tax dollars, has broken up attempts to buy old radioactive material for use in radioactive bombs.
Last night, Rachel showed exclusive footage of a just-completed operation to secure and dispose of more than 72 pounds of weapons-grade uranium from Kazakhstan. That very dangerous stuff has now been down-blended into low-grade uranium, meaning it no longer threatens you.
“Next time you hear somebody talking smack about the government, about the whole idea of government doing something useful, you have your rejoinder,” Rachel said. “These are your tax dollars at work, thank God.”
Former DNC Chair Don Fowler delivers one to Mitt Romney:
Fowler also took issues with Romney’s contention that Obama lacks “resolve” on national security: “I doubt that al-Qaeda, or Osama bin Laden, questions President Obama’s resolve.” …
“As you know, President Obama, with Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen, conducted a comprehensive review of America’s military strength and the balance between the various services and our commitments around the world,” said Fowler. “And they have tailored a troop structure and a weapons structure that is specifically suited to the 21st century.
“I don’t think anyone in America could legitimately question the authority, the reliability and the patriotism of Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates. And President Obama has worked hand in glove to construct a strong national defense. He takes second place to no one in his commitment to defend America.
“And Governor Romney just simply is not equipped to speak to these issues as the president is. And besides, if Governor Romney said ‘A’ today, he’d say ‘B’ tomorrow.”
List here of senior terrorists killed during the Obama presidency from Jake Tapper, who says:
Remember when Rudy Giuliani warned that electing Barack Obama would mean that the U.S. played defense, not offense, against the terrorists?
If this is defense, what does offense look like?
The more dead terrorists, the better, in my opinion. The two Americans assassinated-in-war, in Yemen, went to war against their country and never worried about ‘due process’ when organizing and promoting death for innocent people. I find it extremely hard, nay impossible, to give a shit they are dead and treating them as stateless armed combatants, rather than American citizens, is okay with me. I have no doubt President Obama did the right thing and did it legally. However, I recognize there is a national discussion to be had, and Rachel Maddow has it here:
Yemen says al-Qaeda-linked cleric al-Awlaki killed
The government says al-Awlaki was targeted and killed 5 miles from the town of Khashef in the Province of al-Jawf. The town is located 87 miles east of the capital Sanaa.
The statement says the operation was launched on Friday around 9:55 a.m. It gave no other details.
Yemeni security and tribal officials said an airstrike thought to have been carried out by U.S. aircraft on Friday targeted a convoy of cars traveling in the eastern province of Marib but could not say whether al-Awlaki was in the convoy.
The 40-year-old al-Awlaki is believed to have inspired and even plotted or helped coordinate some of the recent attacks on the U.S., including the failed Christmas Day 2009 bombing of an airliner heading for Detroit, Michigan, and the also unsuccessful plot to send mail bombs on planes from Yemen to the United States in October.