Millions of Minnesota taxpayer dollars defrauded every year?

A news report suggests that there’s an organized racket in the Muslim immigrant/refugee community in Minnesota to defraud that state’s government. For five months, Fox 9 has been investigating what appears to be rampant fraud in a massive state program. This fraud is suspected of costing Minnesota taxpayers as much as $100 million a year. The Fox 9 Investigators reporting is based on public records and nearly a dozen government sources who have direct knowledge of what is happening. These sources have a deep fear, and there is evidence to support their concerns, that some of that public money is

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From a man of peace to a fanatical terrorist torturer and murderer

The BBC has a chilling article about “a man of peace” who was radicalized into terrorism, torture and murder. [Khaled] told the BBC [that], when the Syrian revolution drew its first breaths in 2011 he was a man of peace, “a bit religious, but not too strict”, with a job organising pilgrimages. “It was an amazing feeling of freedom mixed with fear of the regime,” he says, recalling the first day he joined the anti-government protests. “We felt that we were doing something to help our country, to bring freedom and to be able to choose a president other than

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In memoriam: Winnie Mandela

I note with no joy, but considerable relief, that Winnie Mandela has died. I wish hell on no man, or woman for that matter.  It’s a fearful thing to consider eternity without God . . . but if anyone deserved it, from an earthly perspective, it would be hard not to include Winnie Mandela among them.  Her reputation in Soweto during the worst of the unrest in the 1980’s and early 1990’s was absolutely sickening.  People were terrified of running afoul of her, and the young thugs who made up her “Mandela United Football Club” were nothing more than a

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The (very) tangled web in Syria

The convoluted, twisted strands of who’s fighting who, who’s supporting who, and who’s trying to stay relevant in Syria (and with whom) are almost nightmarish in their complexity.  Strategy Page does its best to describe the mess. Iran, Russia, Turkey, the United States and Israel are all present in Syria along with the Assad government and a considerable number of Syrian rebel groups who are still not united. Everyone has different goals and a different (often constantly shifting) set of allies. Keeping track of who is doing what to whom and why (and for how long) has become increasingly difficult.

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Is Russia losing control over Russian mercenaries in Syria?

A very interesting – and potentially disturbing – development in Syria deserves attention. U.S. forces killed scores of Russian contract soldiers in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War, according to a U.S. official and three Russians familiar with the matter. More than 200 mercenaries, mostly Russians fighting on behalf of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, died in a failed attack on a base and refinery held by U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region, two of the Russians said. The U.S. official put the

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Scratch one carload of terrorists

Here’s drone footage of an attack on a car in Afghanistan last month by a USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft.  The terrorists in the car had just used a DShK 12.7mm. heavy machinegun to attack civilians in Kandahar province. Note the four massive holes in the car left by the A-10’s GAU-8 cannon.  With precision shooting like that, I doubt whether the second firing pass was necessary!  Kudos for good shooting to the pilot. Peter

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Jihad in Minnesota: why the deafening media silence?

Readers may remember the stabbing attack on two shoppers at the Mall of America in Minnesota last November.  It was widely reported in the mainstream media to be a robbery attempt.  Many of us had our suspicions about that, given the name and religion of the attacker (not widely reported at the time).  To this day, such evasion continues. However, it now looks like our suspicions were justified. At the plea hearing Thursday, Abdiraham’s attorney read a statement — which is public record — to the courtroom, which explained why he attacked the two men. In the statement, Abdiraham said

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How about this in the hands of terrorists?

We had some spirited discussions in these pages a few days ago (follow those three links to find the articles), concerning terrorist attacks on a Russian airbase in Syria, using ‘hobbyist’-style quadcopter drones as well as some homemade larger models.  Some people are still unconvinced that the former pose any realistic threat. Now Boeing has announced the development – in just three months from ‘clean-sheet’ concept to a flying prototype – of an octocopter that can carry payloads of up to 500 pounds. Octocopters big enough to carry a human passenger have already been announced.  If Boeing can build something

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A prescient warning about drone warfare – from 2014

Back in 2014, T. X. Hammes, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. and a 30-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, wrote an extended overview of the threat from small, smart, cheap UAV’s and other drones.  In the light of recent events, as discussed here yesterday and today, it makes chilling reading.  Here’s an extended extract. The last decade has made the global public familiar with expensive high end drones.  Yet, perhaps the most interesting developments have taken place at the low cost end of the spectrum.  In

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Drone warfare: it should be all about facts, not opinions

Yesterday’s post about a jihadist drone attack on a Russian base in Syria has produced just as much handwavium as last years’ articles on the same subject.  There are those who simply, flatly refuse to believe that small hobbyist UAV’s can pose a threat.  There are others – including myself – who point out that they have already become a threat, with multiple attacks in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq to their credit. I’ve been following the unfolding of the story about the drone attacks on Russians in Syria.  Last night the Telegraph in London had this to say about another,

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