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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.

MORSI VOWS TO STAY

Defies Military’s Deadline
By Harold Hutchison

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi vowed to remain in office, defying not only protestors assembled in Tahrir Square, but also the Egyptian military. The protests against Morsi’s rule have turned violent, with 152 people injured on Monday.

Morsi, who took power last year, has been seen as more interested in advancing the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Obama Administration helped push out the regime of Hosni Mubarak, which had held power for 29 years.

Is Egypt about to explode into civil war?

Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin on Nidal Hasan

PROTESTORS TO MORSI: GET OUT

Give One-Day Deadline to Egyptian President
By Harold Hutchison

Protestors in Cairo threatened a movement of civil disobedience unless Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi stepped down. The protest have turned violent, with at least 16 people dying.

AMERICAN BLOGGERS BANNED FROM UK

Authors of Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs Blocked
By Harold Hutchison

Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer have been barred from entering the United Kingdom to speak at a rally where a British soldier was killed by two men. The British Home Office announced the ban, stating, that their entry would be blocked because it was not “conducive to the public good.”

Gellar, who blogs at Atlas Shrugs, and Spencer, who founded Jihad Watch, had been the subject of controversy before. Gellar had been a leading opponent of allowing the Ground Zero mosque to go forward, and had posted pro-Israel ads.

TSARNAEV INDICTED!

Charges Include Murder, Carjacking, Use of WMD
By Harold Hutchison

Dzhokar Tsarnaev was indicted on over thirty counts stemming from the 15 April bombing at the Boston Marathon, and for other attacks carried out in the days following. The charges include four counts of murder, and use of a weapon of mass destruction.

TERRORISTS ADJUST IN WAKE OF NSA REVELATIONS

Snowden Revelations Blamed
By Harold Hutchison

Intelligence officials believe that terrorists with groups like al-Qaeda are changing their methods in the wake of revelations by self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden.

“We can confirm we are seeing indications that several terrorist groups are in fact attempting to change their communications behaviors based specifically on what they are reading about our surveillance programs in the media,” an intelligence official told CNN on the condition of anonymity.

Have Snowden’s leaks damaged our ability to track terrorists?

DEM CONGRESSMAN TO FBI: TAKE DOWN AD

Pictures of Wanted Terrorists Deemed Offensive
By Harold Hutchison

Is showing the photographs of wanted terrorists offensive to Muslims? According to Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), the answer is yes, and he wants the FBI to take down the “Faces of Global Terrorism” ads.

Among those on the list are Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed, Abdul Rahman Yasin, who was involved in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and Anas al-Liby, who was involved in the 1998 bombings of United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.