Saturday, March 15, 2014

UPDATE FLIGHT 370 - Captains wife moved out day before #mh370 vanished. Captain has 3 adult children and one grandchild

Captains wife moved out day before vanished. Captain has 3 adult children and one grandchild. THIS IS ON GOING INFO COLLECTED AND FOR GENERAL CONSUMPTION TO GET TO THE TRUTH !

UPDATE: Malaysian #MH370 Pilot Was Political Fanatic – Attended Trial of Opposition Leader Hours Before Flight Posted by Jim Hoft

The Malaysian pilot on missing flight MH370 was reportedly a political fanatic who attended the trial of opposition leader hours before the flight. The Daily Mail reported:

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The Daily Mail reported:

Police are investigating the possibility that the pilot of missing Flight MH370 hijacked his own aircraft in a bizarre political protest.
The Mail on Sunday has learned that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was an ‘obsessive’ supporter of Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim. And hours before the doomed flight left Kuala Lumpur it is understood 53-year-old Shah attended a controversial trial in which Ibrahim was jailed for five years.
Campaigners say the politician, the key challenger to Malaysia’s ruling party, was the victim of a long-running smear campaign and had faced trumped-up charges.
Police sources have confirmed that Shah was a vocal political activist – and fear that the court decision left him profoundly upset. It was against this background that, seven hours later, he took control of a Boeing 777-200 bound for Beijing and carrying 238 passengers and crew.
Forbes has more on the jailed opposition leader:

Anwar now faces jail for a second time, having been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in 1999 for corruption and sodomy; he served six years either in jail or police custody awaiting trial, most of it in solitary confinement, until his release in 2004 after one of the original charges was overturned. He was arrested once again on sodomy charges in 2008, and acquitted in January 2012, but the government appealed the decision, and on Friday that acquittal was overturned.

Russian Companies Withdraw Billions From West, say Moscow Bankers


 Russian companies are pulling billions out of western banks, fearful that any US sanctions over the Crimean crisis could lead to an asset freeze, according to bankers in Moscow. Sberbank and VTB, Russia’s giant partly state-owned banks, as well as industrial companies, such as energy group Lukoil, are among those repatriating cash from western lenders with operations in the US. VTB has also cancelled a planned US investor summit next month, according to bankers. The flight comes as last-ditch diplomatic talks between Russia’s foreign minister and the US secretary of state to resolve the tensions in Ukraine ended without an agreement. Markets were nervous before Sunday’s Crimea referendum on secession from Ukraine. Traders and businesspeople fear this could spark western sanctions against Russia as early as Monday. Yields on Russia’s 10-year government bonds rose close to 9.7 per cent on Friday, compared with less than 8 per cent in January. The rouble hit 36.7 to the dollar, near to its weakest rate on record. It also emerged on Friday that Russia’s top 10 billionaires, led by Alisher Usmanov, had lost a combined $6.6bn of their net worth over the past week, according to research firm Wealth-X. Russian equities, which showed more weakness on Friday, have lost 20 per cent of their value since the start of the year. “You don’t need to have sanctions in place to cause economic turmoil,” said Christopher Granville, managing director of Trusted Sources, an emerging markets research firm. “The expectation is enough.” Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, who served in the State Department under Bill Clinton, said: “The irony is that the Russian banking sector has made quite a lot of progress in plugging into the global system. That means it is vulnerable, and a good lever for applying pressure.” Data published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York sparked speculation that the Russian central bank was also reducing its vulnerability to potential sanctions. The data showed a drop of $105bn in Treasuries held by foreign institutions for the week ending March 12. “We can only speculate about who might have decided to move their securities out of the Fed and into a third-party custodian, but one obvious candidate is Russia,” said Lou Crandall at Wrightson Icap. Russia held $138.6bn in US government debt at the end of December, according to the US Treasury. One senior Moscow banker said 90 per cent of investors were already behaving as if sanctions were in place, adding that this was “prudent exposure management”. These moves represent the flipside of the more obvious withdrawal of western money from Russian markets that has been evident over the past fortnight
. Traders and bankers said US banks had been particularly heavy sellers of Russian bonds. According to data from the Bank for International Settlements, US banks and asset managers between them have about $75bn of exposure to Russia. Joseph Dayan, head of markets at BCS, one of Russia’s largest brokers said: “It’s been quite an ugly picture in Russian bonds the last few days and some of it has to do with international banks reducing exposure.”


Ukraine’s Gold Reserves Secretely Flown Out and Confiscated by the New York Federal Reserve?

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, March 14, 2014
A Russian Internet news site Iskra (“Spark”) based in Zaporozhye, eastern Ukraine, reported on March 7, that “Ukraine’s gold reserves had been hastily airlifted to the United States from Borispol Airport east of Kiev”.
This alleged airlift and confiscation of Ukraine’s gold reserves by the New York Federal Reserve has not been confirmed by the Western media.
According to Iskra News:
At 2 a.m. this morning [March 7] an unmarked transport plane was on the runway at Borispol Airport (right) [east of Kiev]. According to airport staff, before the plane came to the airport, four trucks and two Volkswagen minibuses arrived, all the truck license plates missing.Сегодня ночью из Fifteen people in black uniforms, masks, and body armor stepped out, some armed with machine guns. They loaded the plane with more than 40 heavy boxes.
After that a mysterious man arrived and entered the plane.
All loading was done in a hurry.
The plane took off on an emergency basis.
Those who saw this mysterious special operation immediately notified the airport officials, who told the callers not to meddle in other people’s affairs.
Later a returned call from a senior official of the former Ministry of Revenue reported that tonight, on the orders of one of the new leaders of Ukraine, the United States had taken custody of all the gold reserves in Ukraine.” Сегодня ночью из “Борисполя” в США страртовал самолёт с золотым запасом Украины, Zaporozhye, Ukraine, March 7, 2014, translated from Russian by the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc (GATA), emphasis added)
Following this disclosure, GATA’s Secretary Treasurer Chris Powell requested the New Federal Reserve and the US State Department to indicate whether the NY Fed had “taken custody” of Ukraine’s Gold.
A spokesman for the New York Fed said simply: “Any inquiry regarding gold accounts should be directed to the account holder. You may want to contact the National Bank of Ukraine to discuss this report.”
GATA’s similar inquiry of last night to the U.S. State Department has not yet prompted any reply.
Last night GATA called this issue to the attention of about 30 mainstream financial journalists and newsletter writers in the admittedly bizarre hope that they might pose the question as well.
1) The first rule of mainstream financial journalism and particularly financial journalism about gold is never to put a specific critical question about the monetary metal to any of the primary participants in the gold market, central banks. That is, nearly all gold market reporting is, by design, irrelevant distraction at best, disinformation at worst.
2) The true location and disposition of national gold reserves are secrets far more sensitive than the location and disposition of nuclear weapons. Chris Powell, Secretary/Treasurer Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
While the unconfirmed report regarding Ukraine’s gold reserves has not been the object of coverage by the mainstream financial news, the story was nonetheless picked up by the Shanghai Metals Market at which states, quoting a report from the Ukrainian government, that Ukraine’s gold reserves had been “moved on an aircraft from … Kiev to the United States… in 40 sealed boxes” loaded on an unidentified aircraft.
The unconfirmed source quoted by, says that the operation to airlift Ukraine’s gold had been ordered by the acting Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk with a view to safe-keeping Ukraine’s gold reserves at the NY Fed, against a possible Russian invasion which could lead to the confiscation of Ukraine’s gold reserves.
On March 10, kingworldnews, a prominent online financial blog site published an incisive interview with William Kaye, a Hong Kong based hedge fund manager at Pacific Group Ltd. who had previously worked for Goldman Sachs in mergers and acquisitions. ‎
The Spoils of War and Regime Change
Of significance in this interview with William Kaye is the analogy between Ukraine, Iraq and Libya. Lest we forget, both Iraq and Libya had their gold reserves confiscated by the US:
Kaye: “There are now reports coming from Ukraine that all of the Ukrainian gold has been airlifted, at 2 AM Ukrainian time, out of the main airport, Boryspil Airport, in Kiev, and is being flown to New York — the presumable destination being the New York Fed….
Now that’s 33 tons of gold which is worth somewhere between $1.5 billion – $2 billion. That would amount to a very nice down payment to the $5 billion that Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland boasted that the United States has already spent in their efforts to destabilize Ukraine, and put in place their own unelected government.
Eric King: “Whether the United States is taking down Saddam Hussein in Iraq, or Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, there always seems to be gold at the end of the rainbow, which the U.S. then appropriates.”
Kaye: “That’s a good point, Eric. The United States installed a former banker in Ukraine who is very friendly to the West. He is also a guy with central bank experience. This would have been his first major decision to transport that gold out of Ukraine to the United States.
You may recall that allegedly the logistical requirements prevented the New York Fed from returning the 300 tons of gold the United States stores for Germany back to Germany. After a year of waiting, the New York Fed only sent Germany 5 tons of gold. So only 5 tons of gold was sent from the Fed to Germany, and it wasn’t even the 5 tons that had been originally stored with the Fed.
Even the Bundesbank has admitted that the gold sent to them by the New York Fed had to be melted down and tested for purity because it wasn’t Germany’s original bars. So how is it, since logistical requirements are supposedly such a major issue, that in one airlift, assuming this report is accurate, all the gold Ukraine possessed in their vault was taken out of Ukraine and delivered to the New York Fed?
I think anybody with any active brain cells knows that just like Germany, Ukraine will have to wait a very long time, and very likely will never see that gold again. Meaning, that gold is gone.” (KingsWorldNews, March 10, 2014, emphasis added)
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Al-Qaeda Calls for Car Bomb Attacks on American Cities, Targets Abroad


The latest issue of Al-Qaeda's Inspire magazine contains an article about using car bombs in U.S. cities as well as abroad during election seasons, both presidential and congressional, as well as on Christmas and New Years Eve. 

The cities and areas listed in the piece include Washington, D.C., New York, Northern Virginia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

America is our first target, followed by United Kingdom, France and other crusader countries.
As for the field target for the car-bomb, you have places flooded with individuals, e.g. sports events in which tens of thousands attend, election campaigns, festivals and other gathering. The important thing is that you target people and not buildings:
Washington DC and New York:
Washington is the capital, and New York is the former capital. Both have symbolic importance to the American people and government. Moreover, White House is in Washington, and DC has about 347,000 federal govern ment employees and many important figures in the government live there. As for New York, it is known for its status as a financial, cultural, transportation, and manufacturing center, it is the leading center of banking, finance and communication in the United States.
Northern Virginia:
It has a big military presence, almost all the military bases are based in this state, apart from the Air Force which is based in Chicago. There are federal agencies in Northern Virginia, including the headquarters of the Department of Defense and CIA; and military facilities in Hampton Roads, the site of the region's main seaport. Virginia in general attracts a load of tourists.
It is in the mid of the US, hence it is a major transportation hub. It is an important component in global distribution, as it is the third largest inter-modal port in the world. It is also an important worldwide center of commerce. The city has the second largest financial center in the United States. Among its most important financial structures:
1. Sears Tower, a 108-story skyscraper, it held the title tallest building in the world for about 25 years.
2. The Chicago Board of Trade Building.
Los Angeles:
The most populous city in the state of California, and the second most populous in the United States. It is also the largest manufacturing center in the western United States. It is also the home base of Hollywood. Areas and Restaurants with high profile personalities - Usually these people visit the restaurants during the weekend:
Restaurants and Bars in the M street, Washington.
Tennis stadiums; they are visited by thousands of people, and high profile people, especially the US Open.
The piece includes interviews with islamist and Al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011, and Samir Khan, who was killed in the same air strike. Khan served as editor and publisher of Inspire up to that point. A photo of New York City is shown at the end of the piece. 
The terrorist organization's magazine has a letter from the editor that states:

Whenever Al-Qaeda is mentioned, the American citizens' mind thinks of vest and car bombs.
Bearing in mind that none of these weapons has struck them post 9/11. So why would they relate Al-Qaeda to these bombs? Simply because they fear these weapons and have seen enough of their destructive power in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Many Feisal Shahzads are residing inside America, and all they need is the knowledge of how to make car bombs. They are all yearning to fulfill their duty of Jihad.
The American government was unable to protect its citizens from pressure cooker bombs in backpacks, I wonder if they are ready to stop car bombs!
Therefore, as our responsibility to the Muslim Ummah in general and Muslims living in America in particular, Inspire Magazine humbly presents to you a simple improvised home recipe of Shahzad's car bomb.
And the good news is … you can prepare it in the kitchen of your mom too.
The piece also lists specific locations and times to attack European sites in England and France. These include the Bastille Military Day Parade on July 14 in Paris and soccer (football) stadiums during Premier League FA Cup Matches in the UK "when huge crowds leave the stadium and celebrate around the entrances and FA Cup matches."

Ukraine Crisis - What You're Not Being Told (Video)


Saturday, March 15, 2014

On February 20th of 2013 the world was shocked by video footage of snipers firing on protesters in Kiev Ukraine.
Twenty one people were murdered, and it was widely assumed that President Victor Yanukovich and his supporters were behind the attacks. However a phone conversation between EU foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton and Estonia's foreign minister Urmas Paet leaked to the public on March 5th reveals that the snipers in were actually from the new coalition government, and that Western diplomats knew this and covered it up.

Urmas Paet: "All the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among police men and people in the street, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides." Cathy Ashton: "Well that's, yeah..." Urmas Paet: "And she also showed me some photos and she said that has medical doctor, she can say that it is the same handwriting..." Cathy Ashton: "Yeah..." Urmas Paet: "Same type of bullets... and it's really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don't want to investigate what exactly happened. So that there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition."
For some reason the U.S. media didn't think that little detail was worth covering. 
But wait… I thought the opposition were peaceful activists who just wanted a chance to join the European Union.
Well yeah, that's the official narrative that the U.S. media outlets are peddling, but real story is much more ominous. It turns out that the most powerful and influential contingent in the opposition is a coalition of literal fascists and Neo-Nazis, and they aren't peaceful. In fact they are extremely brutal.

The most prominent among these groups is an organization called Svoboda. The Svoboda party which traces its roots to the Ukrainian partisan army of World War II, was loosely allied with Nazi Germany.
Until 2004, Svoboda had been called the Social-Nationalist Party, a deliberate reference to the National Socialism of the Nazis. We're not throwing the term Neo-Nazi around as an empty slur here. The leader of Svoboda, Oleh Tyahnybok, has openly targeted Jews and ethnic Russians in Ukraine for many years.
In 2004 he was kicked out of Viktor Yushenko's government for a speech calling for Ukrainians to fight against a "Muscovite-Jewish mafia", and in 2005 he signed his name to an open letter to the leadership of Ukraine entitled "Stop the Criminal Activities of Organised Jewry".
And none of this was a secret. The BBC was already reporting on the danger that Svoboda's rise posed back in 2012, and the EU passed a resolution that same year condemning Svoboda, as "racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic". Yet somehow the U.S. government thought it was appropriate to back these extremists

This is a picture of Victoria Nuland from the U.S. State Department meeting with Oleh Tyahnybok in February, and this is a picture of Senator John McCain sharing a stage with Tyahnybok in December.  Why would the U.S. government work with Neo-Nazis? Because they thought they could control the situation. They thought they could install their puppets behind the scenes and manipulate the situation in their favor. This isn't a theory. That same Victoria Nulland who met with Svoboda in February was caught in another leaked phone call discussing who would they would put in power.
The mainstream media tried to draw your attention away from the important part of this conversation by focusing on the fact that she used a cuss word when referring to the E.U. The U.S. government thought they could control this beast. But they were wrong. Svoboda and the Right Sektor are not toys to be played with. These groups are armed, they're forceful, and they view this crisis as an opportunity to reshape Ukraine in their own image. This video shows a prominent leader from the Right Sektor, Alexander Muzychko, brandishing an Ak-47 in
Apparently the U.S. government has been a little slow to catch on to the fact that their hand has been exposed. In March a senior U.S. official told Reuters that "Since entering the Ukrainian Parliament in October 2012, the Svoboda leadership has been working to take their party in a more moderate direction and to become a modern, European mainstream political party, The leadership has been much more vigilant about expelling or otherwise punishing individual members who engage in xenophobic behavior or rhetoric."


Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report: Reining in Executive Overreach


Dear Friend,

The Constitution is clear - Congress has the duty to write laws and, once they are enacted, it is the President's responsibility to enforce the laws. Article II, section 3 of the U.S. Constitution declares that the President "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." However, President Obama has failed on multiple occasions to enforce acts of Congress that he disagrees with. President Obama has also stretched his regulatory authority to put in place policies that are too extreme to get through Congress.
The President's executive overreach is accelerating at an alarming rate. Examples of President Obama's failure to execute laws include:

  • Delaying the ObamaCare individual mandate for special interests;
  • Refusing to enforce federal immigration laws;
  • Ignoring welfare work requirements, a clear violation of the 1996 welfare reform law;
  • Failing to enforce federal drug laws
This week the House of Representatives acted to rein in the Obama administration's executive overreach. The House passed the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act or ENFORCE the Law Act to restore balance to the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution. The ENFORCE the Law Act allows the House or the Senate to authorize a lawsuit against the Executive Branch for failure to execute the laws. This legislation also provides for expedited consideration of the claim so that the courts cannot stall the lawsuit.
Additionally, the House passed the Faithful Execution of the Law Act to strengthen current laws and to ensure that all federal executive officials fully execute the laws on the books. The Faithful Execution of the Law Act promotes transparency and honesty by requiring all federal executive officials who are not enforcing federal law to report to Congress on their reasoning for non-enforcement.
It is a shame that Congress has to pass laws requiring the Executive Branch of our government to follow the Constitution. However, the Obama Administration has failed time and time again to uphold Article II, section 3 of the U.S. Constitution that says the President "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." I remain committed to working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to hold the Obama Administration accountable and restore the balance of power outlined in the Constitution.
The Congressional Art Contest is a great way to recognize talented high school students in our Eighth Congressional District. In addition to being recognized locally, the winner of the contest will also be invited to Washington D.C. to attend a recognition ceremony and see their art displayed on Capitol Hill. We hope to have participation from schools across our district. I encourage anyone who is interested in participating in the contest to contact my office.
Entrees must be submitted to one of Smith's offices by Friday, April 25th. Artwork can be dropped off at:

  • Cape Girardeau Office: 2502 Tanner Drive, Suite 205, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703, 573-335-0101
  • Farmington Office: 22 East Columbia Street, Farmington, MO 63640, 573-756-9755
  • Poplar Bluff Office: 2911 North Westwood Blvd., Suite C, Poplar Bluff, MO 63907, 573-778-6679
  • Rolla Office: 830A South Bishop, Rolla, MO 65401, Rolla, MO 573-364-2455
  • West Plains Office: 35 Court Square, Suite 300, West Plains, MO 417-255-1515
For more information, students may contact Leslie Herbst at 573-335-0101 or email In addition, student can get more information by visiting:
Friday morning I spoke out on the House floor against President Obama's executive overreach. Time and time again we have seen President Obama stretch the constitutional limits of his office. When President Obama disagrees with a law, he just ignores it. Click HERE to watch my remarks on the House floor.

On Thursday, I spoke on the House floor in support of the Water Rights Protection Act. Congress is tired of the administration's schemes to take away private property rights. Click HERE to watch my remarks on the House floor.

On Monday, I visited Sikeston Jaycee Dialysis to see the facility and meet with some patients and employees. Thank you to Jean Manning and Don Robbins for your hospitality!
I met this week with elected leaders in Mississippi County. I am working to have meetings with county leaders in each of the Eighth District's 30 counties to learn how we can better work together to move our region forward.
This week I visited Ceramo in Jackson. Ceramo is one of the largest U.S. owned domestic distributors of standard red clay pottery. Thank you to Vernon Kasten Jr. for taking the time to show me around!
Jason Smith
Member of Congress




March 15, 2014
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Russia Prepares for Ukraine Invasion,
NATO Bolstering Defenses
March 15, 2014
Between March 12-14, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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3/14 US State Dept issues updated travel alert for the Russian Federation. Warns of potential for incr demonstrations and anti-American violence. Vigilance urged.
3/14 Dramatic SW movement of Russian troops, tanks and armored vehicles from northern & central Russia. Russian Foreign Min: US & Russia remain at odds on Ukraine.
3/13 Tensions incr as China warns against sanctions on Russia, saying move could lead to a dangerous chain reaction. Russia cont massing forces on Ukraine border.
3/12 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: In the case of escalation of situation in Crimea, US Army is ready to back Ukraine and its allies with military action.
What You Need To Know
On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers have been notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding ongoing, increasingly dangerous developments in the Ukraine.
With a referendum on Crimea's secession to be held on Saturday, March 15th (Sunday in Crimea), by all accounts Russia appears to be preparing for what looks like the next phase; an invasion of the eastern Ukraine. As of the time of this report's preparation on Friday evening, Western media outlets, if they are to be believed, are reporting Russia has amassed more than 80,000 troops along the Ukrainian border, as well as 270 tanks, 180 armored vehicles, 90 attack helicopters, hundreds of artillery pieces, and more than 100 military aircraft.

Alternately, Ukraine's interim Defense Minister, Igor Tenyukh, reports Russia has deployed a much larger force. According to Andriy Parubiy, the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Ukraine is facing the threat of a full-scale invasion from various directions.
Military analysts are noting that while Russia claims the moves are training exercises, such operations require notification of neighboring states under a series of conventional arms agreements. To date, none has been received. In fact, the existence of the mobilization was denied by the Kremlin until Thursday of this week when live fire exercises began within only a few kilometers of the Ukraine border.
U.S. intelligence officials state that Ukraine's interim government is appealing to the U.S. for direct military aid, including arms, ammunition and intelligence support, though the Obama administration has reportedly only agreed to send military rations for the time being.
According to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey:
"If Russia is allowed to do this, which is to say, move into a sovereign country under the guise of protecting ethnic Russians in Ukraine, it exposes Eastern Europe to significant risk because there are ethnic enclaves all over Eastern Europe and the Balkans."
General Dempsey went on to say that the U.S. does have treaty obligations with our NATO allies and he has assured them that should the treaty obligation is triggered, the U.S. would respond [militarily].
AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor the situation in the Ukraine and will issue additional alert messages to subscriber mobile devices as threats and events warrant.
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SpecOps Chiefs:
Syrian Islamists Threaten Homeland
March 15, 2014
What You Need To Know
During testimony this week before the Senate Armed Services Committee, two of the nation's top Special Operations officials warned that the spillover effect from the growing number of radical Islamists in Syria would eventually threaten the American homeland.
Navy Adm. William McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, and Asst. Defense Sec. for Special Operations Michael Lumpkin, testified that if left unchecked, the growing number of extremists and the threat they pose to the region and the world was “only going to get worse”.
According to Assistant Secretary of Defense Lumpkin:
“The threat is already bleeding over beyond the borders of Syria as we’re having spillage into the surrounding nations.” “I can’t give you a date when the homeland is in direct threat but it’s in the not too distant future.”
Two days following this testimony, a new bill was introduced in Congress intended to severely restrict Americans from traveling to Syria and would carry penalties of up to 20 years for violators.
Known as the International Conflicts of Concern Act and authored by Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.), the bill is in response to a large influx of foreign fighters in Syria, including at least 50 Americans. Those who follow the Threat Journal Facebook or Twitter news stream will recall that last week we posted a video of a pair of Los Angles gang members in Syria talking snap and giving gang shout outs while engaging in the conflict.
If passed into law, the bill would designate Syria as a “country of conflict concern” and prevent Americans from traveling there without a license approved by the Treasury Department, as well as prohibit U.S. citizens from providing material support to any group operating in Syria, including both pro-government and anti-government forces.
The obvious overarching concern behind the officials testimony as well as this legislation is having American citizens, or those who can gain easy entry, learning battlefield trade craft, then returning to the U.S. and putting this skill set to use on U.S. soil.
Readers are reminded that on multiple occasions in the past (see this and this), AlertsUSA Threat Journal has reported on Obama Administration efforts to fund, train and arm Islamic militants and opposition forces, some of which are aligned with the al Qaeda terrorist organization, who are fighting against the Syrian military.

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