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BENGHAZI SURVIVORS FORCED TO KEEP QUIET

Obama Administration Uses Non-Disclosure Agreements
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration has asked – or ordered – a number of survivors of last year’s attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, to sign non-disclosure agreements. These NDAs prohibit people from revealing details of the attack that could aid Congressional investigators who are looking into both the attack and the Obama Administration’s response.

CUBA FESSES UP

Admits Military Gear En Route to North Korea
By Harold Hutchison

Cuba has admitted that it was sending military gear to North Korea on a ship that was intercepted by Panamanian authorities. The ship’s captain attempted suicide, and its crew resisted the Panamanians.

According to the Cubans, the equipment was obsolete and being sent to North Korea for repairs. Among the gear recovered were disassembled rockets. North Korea is facing sanctions targeting its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

UAV STRIKE TAKES OUT A BIGWIG

#2 Man in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Killed
By Harold Hutchison

An American UAV strike has killed the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula somewhere in Yemen. Saeed al-Shihri had been believed to have been killed twice before, but in both cases the terrorist group had denied his death.

Born in Saudi Arabia, al-Shihri had been held at Guantanamo Bay after being captured in Afghanistan. After his release in 2007, he made his way to Yemen to join the terorr group, which also had Anwar al-Awkali in a leadership role. Al-Awlaki was killed in a 2011 UAV strike.

MISSILE FOUND ON NORTH KOREAN SHIP

Vessel Stopped in Panama Canal
By Harold Hutchison

A North Korean vessel was stopped in the Panama Canal – and during a search, Panamanian authorities discovered missile parts from Cuba on board.

“We had suspected this ship, which was coming from Cuba and headed to North Korea, might have drugs aboard so it was brought into port for search and inspection," Ricardo Martinelli told Foxnews.com. Instead, the Panamanian authorities found missile components from Cuba. The shipment appeared to violate UN resolutions on arms trafficking.

CRISIS CONTINUES IN EGYPT

Both Sides Plan Demonstrations
By Harold Hutchison

Both supporters of the new Egyptian government and the Muslim Brotherhood are planning to hold massive demonstrations. Since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi on 3 July, there have been violent clashes that have left over 50 people dead.

The Egyptian military has ordered the arrest of high-ranking members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an action that has been criticized by the Obama Administration. However, the Obama Administration is continuing deliveries of military aid, including four F-16 Fighting Falcons.

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TARGETED

Military Issues Arrest Orders
By Harold Hutchison

The Egyptian military has issued arrest orders for high-ranking members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including the group’s leader, Mohamed Badie. Badie is accused of inciting the violent confrontations between the group and the Egyptian military that left 50 dead.

HASAN GOES ON TRIAL

Court-Martial Begins Today
By Harold Hutchison

The court-martial of Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people in a 5 November, 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has begun with the commencement of the military’s equivalent to jury selection. Hasan is defending himself in the court-martial.

Prior to the trial, a military judge ruled that Hasan would be barred from raising arguments claiming that he was acting in defense of the Taliban. Prior to the shooting, Hasan had exchanged as many as 20 e-mails with Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a September, 2011 UAV strike.

SNOWDEN TO VENEZUELA?

NSA Leaker Takes Refuge in Caracas
By Harold Hutchison

Self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly accepted an offer of asylum from Venezuela. The offer reportedly came from Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez as Venezuela’s dictator.

Snowden came forward on 9 June, having fled to Hong Kong. He later left Hong Kong and fled to Moscow, where he remained in the “transit zone” of Sheremetavyo Airport. Snowden refused an asylum offer from Russia that was contingent on him no longer leaking secrets he stole from the NSA.

MCCAIN SIDES WITH MORSI

Senator Calls For Pulling Aid
By Harold Hutchison

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has called for aid to be suspended to Egypt after Mohammed Morsi was removed from power by the Egyptian military. The call came as protests against the removal turned violent, and the death toll began climbing.

While fighting between the Egyptian Army and protestors left 51 people dead, there were other incidents of violence, including an incident where Islamist supporters waving an al-Qaeda banner tossed a 19-year-old who supported the ouster of Morsi off of a five-story building, killing him.

TURKEY STANDS WITH MORSI

Islamist Erdogan Denounces Removal
By Harold Hutchison

Turkey’s Islamist government has denounced the removal of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-lead government from power in Egypt. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, also an Islamist, was widely viewed as being close to Morsi.

STANDING UP FOR MORSI?

AU Suspends Egypt
By Harold Hutchison

The removal of Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian military has begun generating a response. While the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood government was celebrated by a large portion of the Egyptian people, there have been violent protests by the Muslim Brotherhood, which lead to three people dying.

FIGHT TO THE DEATH?

Morsi, Egyptian Military, Exchange Defiant Messages
By Harold Hutchison

Both Mohammed Morsi and the Egyptian military have exchanged defiant messages as the crisis in Egypt continues to heat up as the protests against Morsi hit their fourth day.

The Egyptian military has vowed that it will fight to protect Egypt from “terrorists and fools” – as it continued to side with the protestors.

Morsi has remained defiant, claiming he is the legitimate president and during a rambling and emotional speech, vowed, “The price of preserving legitimacy is my life.”

AERIAL FOOTAGE OF TAHRIR SQUARE

ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS CIVIL WAR?

Muslim Brotherhood Arms Street Militia
By Harold Hutchison

The Muslim Brotherhood is arming a street militia as Mohammed Morsi continues to be the subject of massive demonstrations calling for his resignation. The demonstrations, in Tahrir Square, have been going on since 30 June, the one-year anniversary of Morsi taking power.

The group supporting the demonstrations claims to have a petition with 22 million signatures demanding Morsi’s resignation. The Egyptian military has sided with the demonstrators, giving Morsi a 48-hour deadline to comply with the demands of the people.