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  • Trump administration negotiates US prisoner release in Egypt: report

    04/20/2017 8:18:48 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 9 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | April 20, 2017 | John Bowden
    A U.S. charity worker returned home after President Trump and aides quietly worked to secure her release from from an Egyptian jail after nearly three years, according to the Washington Post. Aya Hijazi, a U.S. citizen, her Egyptian husband Mohamed Hassanein and four other humanitarian workers were freed after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiation by the Trump administration.
  • Freed Egyptian American Prisoner Returns Home Following Trump Intervention

    04/20/2017 8:40:18 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 21 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 20, 2017
    An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt’s brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release. President Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington. Hijazi, who...
  • Army chaplain awarded Soldier's Medal for tackling machete-wielding soldier to end hostage situation

    03/22/2017 5:02:04 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 13 replies
    KRTV-TV, Great Falls, Montana ^ | 3/21/2017 | Ariana Lake
    MISSOULA - Captain (Chaplain) Matthew Christensen, a 1992 graduate of Flathead High School, was awarded the Soldier's Medal last week for his actions that resulted in saving the lives of two soldiers. When Christensen went to counsel a soldier who was having a hard time, he didn’t realize it would escalate into a dangerous hostage situation. Christensen spent much of the night counseling the soldier. Later, the soldier's roommate and another chaplain showed up at the barracks. Things got worse. The soldier called some family members, cursing them for abusive situations in the past. Christensen said, "And then he just...
  • U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks [same day Tehran released..]

    09/29/2016 5:26:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks Administration backed measures on the same day Tehran released four American citizens from prison By Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee Sept. 29, 2016 8:02 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS WASHINGTON—The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison, according to U.S. officials and congressional staff briefed on the deliberations. The U.N. sanctions on the two banks weren’t initially to be lifted...
  • Video shows beheading of sailor by ISIS-linked terrorists

    02/27/2017 7:10:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 27, 2017
    ISIS-linked terrorists Published February 27, 2017 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter Email Print German hostage Jurgen Gustav Kantner kneels before his Islamic militant captors at an undisclosed location. German hostage Jurgen Gustav Kantner kneels before his Islamic militant captors at an undisclosed location. (SITE Intel Group via AP) A German sailor who had survived two months as a hostage of Somali pirates nearly a decade ago was beheaded in the Philippines by Islamic terrorists, a short video released Monday showed, after a deadline to pay the man’s ransom passed. Jurgen Gustav Kantner's beheading was the first murder of a hostage by the...
  • ...18 MORE Gitmo detainees 2 b freed in days-Obama/transfer fanatics who/threatened 2 bomb/behead

    01/06/2017 9:48:43 PM PST · by Syncro · 23 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Jan 5, 2017 | Alana Goodman
    Whole title:EXCLUSIVE: At least 18 MORE Guantanamo detainees to be freed within days as Obama starts mass transfer of fanatics who have threatened to bomb and behead AmericansPresident Obama is planning to transfer at least 18 more Guantanamo Bay detainees within days after announcing that four prisoners are being sent to Saudi Arabia, DailyMail.com has learned. snip FREED DETAINEES WHO RETURNED TO TERROR A series of those already freed from the Cuban facility have gone straight back to jihad. They include:Ibrahim Sen: Held in Guantanamo Bay from February 2002 until November 8, 2003. Released to Turkey because U.S. officials reportedly...
  • 4 in custody after mentally disabled man tied up, tortured on Facebook Live

    01/04/2017 4:04:36 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 28 replies
    Fox 32 ^ | Jan 4 2017 | Lisa Chavarria
    Investigators are looking into a Facebook live video showing a group of people holding a young man hostage VIDEO AT LINK
  • Watch: 5 dead, tourists taken hostage in Jordan

    Video You tube below At least 5 people are dead, 9 wounded, and an estimate 14 people held hostage in a standoff between gunman and local police in the Karak castle in Jordan. Four Jordanian police officers and a female Canadian tourist were killed in a drive-by shooting attack just outside of the castle, a popular tourist attraction 70 miles south of Jordan’s capital of Amman. Jordanian authorities say two separate shooting attacks took place before the assailants took hostages inside the Karak castle. Police have cordoned off the 900-year old Crusader castle, where the hostages, believed to be tourists,...
  • Obama Admin Hiding Secret Hostage Docs Signed With Iranian Intel Officials

    10/06/2016 7:19:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 38 replies
    Wash. Free Bacon ^ | 10/6/16 | Adam Kredo
    Key documents relating to the Obama administration’s secret negotiations with Iran, including a $1.7 billion cash payment, are being stored at a highly secure site on Capitol Hill, preventing the public and many in Congress from accessing them, according to multiple sources who described the situation to the Washington Free Beacon. The documents are not technically classified but are being kept in a “secure reading space” where the majority of congressional officials cannot access them. Those cleared are forced to relinquish their cellular devices and are barred from taking notes, undermining the ability of staffers to brief their lawmakers on...
  • White House refuses to OK rescue of American University professors kidnapped by Taliban

    09/10/2016 8:18:56 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 16 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | September 10, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Once again U.S. special operations forces attempted to rescue two American University professors kidnapped in Kabul last month. The Mission was unsuccessful because the White House withheld its approval despite Intelligence reports pinpointing the location at which the hostages were being held. The Two professors – one American, the other Australian were kidnapped during the Taliban attack on the American University. Disguised as police, the attackers killed twelve people and likely kidnaped the educators for ransom. After the release of Bergdahl and the ransom payment to Iran, the Taliban or the Haqqani network seized on the opportunity to grab a...
  • WSJ: Entire $1.7 billion ransom paid to Iran in cash

    09/07/2016 7:06:05 AM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 7, 2016 | Rick Moran
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that members of Congress were briefed by the Obama administration on how the rest of the $1.7 billion ransom payment to Iran was accomplished. The transfer took place in late January with $400 million in cash being flown from Geneva to Tehran, after which, several Americans held in Iranian prisons were released. Yesterday, after months of demands from Congress for information on how the remaining $1.3 billion was transferred to Iran, the administration came clean and admitted the entire amount was paid in cash.
  • The War With Iran

    08/30/2016 5:40:49 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    U ^ | August 30, 2016 | Joe Ragonese
    We have been at war with Iran since 1979. It was declared against us when they attacked and overran our embassy in Tehran, on November 4, 1979. For the next 444 days they held 52 American diplomats, Marines, soldiers, airmen, sailors and citizens hostage. These were Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, whom the U.S. press called students. Those same students are still in control of Iranian politics, military and religious leadership today. Iran declared war that day, but nobody in America heard. When Ronald Reagan became the 40th President, on the very same day of his inauguration, the hostages were released. This...
  • State Department Warns Americans to Avoid Traveling [semi-satire]

    08/30/2016 9:21:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Aug 2016 | John Semmens
    The State Department issued a warning to US citizens advising them to avoid foreign travel for the "foreseeable future." The warning was sparked by what the Department characterized as "an unfortunate misunderstanding of a recent multi-million dollar payment to Iran." "We thought we were paying off an amount due Iran from the cancellation of the Shah's 1979 purchase of jet fighters," explained Payton Moore, Undersecretary for Islamic Relations. "The government of Iran thought we were paying ransom for four Americans they were holding prisoner until a plane delivering the $400 million in cash arrived in their country. Now the Iranian...
  • State Department: Okay Fine, We Basically Paid a Ransom for Those Iranian Hostages

    08/19/2016 4:04:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2016 | Guy Benson
    Remember the Obama administration's preposterous spin on Iran's release of four American hostages on the exact same day that an unmarked cargo plane loaded with US-arranged cash landed in Tehran? That money wasn't a ransom, they insisted, and how dare you suggest otherwise? There was no quid pro quo, we were imperiously informed, and any allegation to the contrary was right-wing conspiratorial garbage, fomented by domestic "crazies" who make "common cause" with Iran's anti-American zealots.  "No linkage." The biggest problem with this insulting tale -- setting aside all of the hilariously obvious circumstantial evidence -- was that the Iranians were openly boasting about the...
  • State Dept.: $400M to Iran was contingent on US prisoners’ release

    08/18/2016 2:51:26 PM PDT · by unixfox · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | 08-18-2016 | Daniel Halper
    Looks like the Obama administration LIED AGAIN!
  • US Olympic swimmers pulled off plane by Brazil police

    08/17/2016 6:56:42 PM PDT · by cornfedcowboy · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/17/2016 | David Lawler
    Ryan Lochte, the US gold medal-winning swimmer, who claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janiero, has been ordered by a judge to remain in the country amid suggestions that they may have fabricated the incident. Federal police in Brazil stopped US team-mates Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger from boarding a flight to the United States at Rio de Janeiro's international airport on Wednesday, O Globo newspaper reported on its website. The swimmers, who were with Lochte during the alleged robbery, were taken off the plane for questioning, the newspaper said. Lochte, 32, one of the most...
  • Wasserman Schultz Can’t Guarantee Iran Nuclear Deal Money Won’t Go to Terror Attacks

    08/15/2016 5:18:34 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2016 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS Miami’s “Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said she couldn’t guarantee the money the Obama administration gave to Iran as part of the nuclear deal wouldn’t go to financing terror attacks. DeFede asked, “Can you guarantee that none of that money will end up financing Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban in sticks against Israel?”
  • Female Sailor Commended For 'Extraordinary Courage' in Iran Boat Seizure

    08/12/2016 9:23:34 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 94 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 11, 2016 | Jason Devaney
    A female U.S. sailor was recognized last week for her efforts during the January incident that resulted in Iran detaining 10 Americans. Military.com reports the only female among the two crews of the Navy riverine boats that entered Iranian waters off Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf managed to activate an emergency beacon while she was kneeling, bound, and being held at gunpoint with her colleagues.
  • Iran ‘Ransom’: Feds Claim $1.7 Billion Paid in Full — But Won’t Explain How

    08/11/2016 3:19:50 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Aug 2016 | Aaron Klein
    Questions continue to linger about the Obama administration’s decision to deliver $400 million in pallets of foreign currency flown to Iran aboard an unmarked jetliner the same day five American hostages were released from Iranian custody. The State and Treasury Departments both told Breitbart News that the U.S. government transferred the remaining $1.3 billion, which was part of the same settlement for which the $400 million was an initial payment in January. However, despite numerous requests, neither State nor Treasury would provide an answer on how the Obama administration allegedly transferred to Iran the remaining $1.3 billion.
  • Fmr. CIA Agent: Obama Displayed ‘High Level’ of Deception On $400 Million Iranian Payment

    08/09/2016 12:49:52 PM PDT · by detective · 42 replies
    Law Newz ^ | August 9th, 2016 | Phil Houston and Don Tennant
    Phil Houston is CEO of QVerity, a training and consulting company specializing in detecting deception by employing a model he developed while at the Central Intelligence Agency. He has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies. His colleague Don Tennant contributed to this report. As the debate rages over whether the payment of $400 million to Iran was a ransom to secure the release of four Americans being held prisoner by Iranian authorities, our analysis of the behavior exhibited by President Barack Obama in explaining the payment suggests that it was almost certainly a...