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ISIS Training Hundreds of British Jihadis to Carry Out ‘Highly Likely’ Chlorine Gas Attack on Trains

 

by  STOYAN ZAIMOV

Terror group ISIS is training hundreds of British jihadists to carry out what a chemical expert called a “highly likely” chlorine gas attack on trains and sports games in the U.K., a report said.
“I am convinced that IS (another name for ISIS) fighters are all being given training in chemical weapons and the British ones, who are likely to be more educated, will all be targeted in the hope they may return home,” said Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the retired head of chemical and biological weapons for the British Army, according to the Mail Online.
“They will have a reasonable idea on how to use chlorine and other toxic chemicals as a terror weapon,” he added.
“This could happen on a train or tube or even at a big football match. Acquiring weapons and ammunition is very difficult in the UK but you can get up to 90 tonnes of chlorine without any license.”
Scotland Yard has apparently warned that close to 500 Britons trained by ISIS in Iraq and Syria have returned to the U.K., raising fears of a terror attack at home.
Chlorine is a “choking agent,” which can burn the lungs when inhaled in large quantities.
Colonel de Bretton-Gordon, who is now managing director of Avon Protection, added that he has been teaching Syrian civilians on how to avoid chlorine, and is sharing the same advice with Britons.
“Chlorine is not very toxic and the green and yellow clouds are easy to see and avoid. It is very non-persistent only lasting for a few minutes. It was used in the First World War but dropped because it did not work very well,” he continued.
“It is key that ISIS don’t get the advantage of an unexpected chemical attack in the UK. If you can hold your breath for 30 seconds and run in the opposite direction you will be okay. If outside you should aim to climb or reach higher ground.”
Britain has noted that a large number of its citizens are going oversees to fight for ISIS. Back in August 2014, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond revealed that an estimated 800 British Muslim fighters have joined the terror group, which was more than the 600 or so British Muslims serving in Britain’s Ministry of Defense Armed Forces.
ISIS has attracted over 20,000 foreign fighters to fight for its mission of establishing an Islamic Caliphate in the region.
One infamous British terrorist has been identified as “Jihadi John,” a man seen in a number of ISIS’ beheading videos. British intelligence believe the man is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born computer-programming graduate from London.

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The Move To Make Cash Illegal

 

Michael Snyder

The move to a cashless society won’t happen overnight. Instead, it is being implemented very slowly and systematically in a series of incremental steps. All over the planet, governments are starting to place restrictions on the use of cash for security reasons.
As citizens, we are being told that this is being done to thwart criminals, terrorists, drug runners, money launderers and tax evaders. Other forms of payment are much easier for governments to track, and so they very much prefer them.
But we are rapidly getting to the point where the use of cash is considered to be a “suspicious activity” all by itself. These days, if you pay a hotel bill with cash or if you pay for several hundred dollars worth of goods at a store with cash you are probably going to get looked at funny.
You see, the truth is that we have already been trained to regard the use of large amounts of cash to be unusual. The next step will be to formally ban large cash transactions like France and other countries in Europe are already doing.
Starting in September, cash transactions of more than 1,000 euros will be banned in France. The following comes from a recent Zero Hedge article which detailed what these new restrictions will do…
Prohibiting French residents from making cash payments of more than 1,000 euros, down from the current limit of 3,000 euros.
Given the parlous state of the stagnating French economy the limit for foreign tourists on currency payments will remain higher, at 10,000 euros down from the current limit of 15,000 euros.
The threshold below which a French resident is free to convert euros into other currencies without having to show an identity card will be slashed from the current level of 8,000 euros to 1,000 euros.
In addition any cash deposit or withdrawal of more than 10,000 euros during a single month will be reported to the French anti-fraud and money laundering agency Tracfin.
French authorities will also have to be notified of any freight transfers within the EU exceeding 10,000 euros, including checks, pre-paid cards, or gold.
Of course Spain has already banned cash transactions of more than 2,500 euros and Italy has already banned cash transactions of more than 1,000 euros.
We don’t have these kinds of outright bans in the United States just yet, but what we do have are some very strict reporting requirements.
For example, if you regularly deposit large amounts of cash, there is a very good chance that you have been the subject of a “suspicious activity report”. In 2013, approximately 1.6 million suspicious activity reports were submitted to the federal government.
The following guidelines for when a suspicious activity report should be filed come from a government website…

***** Banks, bank holding companies, and their subsidiaries are required by federal regulations53 to file a SAR with respect to:
Criminal violations involving insider abuse in any amount. Criminal violations aggregating $5,000 or more when a suspect can be identified. Criminal violations aggregating $25,000 or more regardless of a potential suspect. Transactions conducted or attempted by, at, or through the bank (or an affiliate) and aggregating $5,000 or more, if the bank or affiliate knows, suspects, or has reason to suspect that the transaction: May involve potential money laundering or other illegal activity (e.g., terrorism financing). Is designed to evade the BSA or its implementing regulations. Has no business or apparent lawful purpose or is not the type of transaction that the particular customer would normally be expected to engage in, and the bank knows of no reasonable explanation for the transaction after examining the available facts, including the background and possible purpose of the transaction. ***** Most people don’t realize this, but there are minimum quotas for suspicious activity reports that banks must meet. If they do not submit enough suspicious activity reports, they can be fined (or worse).
And now the Obama administration is saying that just filling out suspicious activity reports may not be good enough.
According to the Wall Street Journal, banks are actually being encouraged to directly contact law enforcement if they see something that does not look right…
The U.S. Justice Department’s criminal head said banks may need to go beyond filing suspicious activity reports when they encounter a risky customer.
“The vast majority of financial institutions file suspicious activity reports when they suspect that an account is connected to nefarious activity,” said assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell in a Monday speech, according to prepared remarks. “But, in appropriate cases, we encourage those institutions to consider whether to take more action: specifically, to alert law enforcement authorities about the problem.”
The remarks indicate that banks may be expected to do more than just file SARs, a responsibility that itself can be expensive and time-consuming.
That should send a chill up your spine.
In a recent piece, Simon Black imagined a future scenario in which some unsuspecting American citizen goes to the bank to withdraw a large amount of cash…
Imagine going to the bank to withdraw some cash.
Having some cash on hand is always a prudent strategy, and especially today when more and more bank deposits are creeping into negative territory, meaning that you have to pay the banks for the privilege that they gamble with your money.
You tell the teller that you’d like to withdraw $5,000 from your account. She hesitates nervously and wants to know why.
You try to politely let her know that that’s none of the bank’s business as it’s your money.
The teller disappears for a few minutes, leaving you waiting.
When she returns she tells you that you can collect your money in a few days as they don’t have it on hand at the moment.
Slightly irritated because of the inconvenience, you head home.
But as you pull into your driveway later there’s an unexpected surprise waiting for you: two police officers would like to have a word with you about your intended withdrawal earlier…
Perhaps you don’t think that anything like that could ever happen to you.
Well, consider what the feds are doing to one widow in Iowa…
A widow’s bank account was seized by the IRS and she now faces criminal charges for depositing her legal inheritance money in lumps instead of all together.
Janet Malone, 68, had $18,775 seized from her — money that was legally earned and was legally bestowed to her by her late husband, Ronald Malone. The problem, according to the government, was the fact that she deposited it in several lumps instead of all at once.
According to the Associated Press, Mrs. Malone deposited the cash in increments between $5,800 and $9,000. The widow’s private financial affairs evidently set off red flags under the watchful gaze of the federal government.
Remember, she was not guilty of committing any crime other than depositing cash in lumps instead of all at once.
If this is how ruthless the feds will be with an elderly widow, how would they treat you under similar circumstances?
So why are they doing this?
The truth is that they want to discourage the public from using cash. Our government, just like governments all over the planet, is not being shy about the fact that it does not like cash. If they can make people afraid to use cash, that suits their purposes very well.
And with each passing year the restrictions on the use of cash globally will just get tighter and tighter and the role that cash plays in our lives will just become smaller and smaller.
In the end, a transition to an almost entirely cashless society will seem almost natural. Cash is being killed off one slow step at a time, and at this point hardly anyone is objecting.

Obama Left PM “With Impression US Will Abandon Israel At UN”

 

Times Of Israel

President Barack Obama’s supposed congratulatory call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Thursday, two days after the Likud leader triumphed in Israel’s elections, was actually a bitter 30-minute conversation, Israel’s two main TV news stations reported Friday night.
Quoting unnamed Israeli sources, they said the president made clear he didn’t believe Netanyahu was genuinely supportive of a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict, and that he indicated that the US would no longer automatically support Israel at the United Nations.
According to a Channel 10 read out on the call, indeed, Obama left Netanyahu with “the impression that he intends to abandon Israel at the UN.”
The United States has actually been considering a reevaluation of ties with Israel, including its automatic support for the Jewish state at the United Nations Security Council, for at least four months, the Israeli sources also told Channel 2. Although the White House claims the reassessment was prompted by Netanyahu’s remarks on Monday in which he rejected the establishment of a Palestinian state — and which he walked back Thursday — that is not the case, according to the officials.
The threat to reassess relations was reported widely this week and, according to the TV reports, was issued directly to Netanyahu on Thursday by Obama in the call.
During the 30-minute conversation, described as “difficult” by Channel 2, Obama made clear to the prime minister that the US was reconsidering its support for Israel at the UN as well as its approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace in light of Netanyahu’s pre-election comments rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Channel 10 also said Netanyahu was adamant about keeping his ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, in the job despite heavy American criticism.
Netanyahu backtracked on his Monday no-to-Palestine remark earlier Thursday, saying he still supported a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution, but the White House swiftly dismissed his new, more moderate comments.
Asked Friday why the White House was not taking Netanyahu at his word, White House spokesman Josh Earnest retorted, “Well I guess the question is: Which one?” Earnest said the Obama administration did take Netanyahu at his word — and understood that the prime minister does not envision a Palestinian state being established during his term in office.
“The divergent comments of the prime minister legitimately call into question his commitment to this policy principle and his lack of commitment to what has been the foundation of our policy-making in the region,” Earnest said. Netanyahu had prompted questions about his “true view” on the two-state solution, the spokesman added. “Words matter.”
Asked whether Obama got a better understanding of Netanyahu’s position on a Palestinian state after talking with him, Earnest also said Friday: “That was not the result of the call.”
Earnest said the administration has not decided what a reassessment in policy might mean. But he noted that in the past, the US has regularly opposed UN resolutions to create a Palestinian state by arguing that such a two-state arrangement should be negotiated between the parties. “What has now changed is that our ally in those conversations, Israel, has indicated that they are not committed to that approach anymore,” Earnest said.
The president’s skepticism and criticism were clearly evident during the Obama-Netanyahu conversation, according to Channel 2. Obama told Netanyahu the US was reconsidering its policies because Netanyahu had changed his position on Palestinian statehood. Netanyahu retorted that he hadn’t changed his position, still supporting a two state solution, but that the Middle East realities had changed in recent years. Obama responded that his clarification was insufficient, according to Channel 2.
The Channel 2 report said the US, in the least drastic scenario, might now refrain from vetoing resolutions relating to settlement building and Palestinian statehood. In a more drastic scenario, it might engage in drafting and support resolutions setting out the parameters for a Palestinian state, based on the 1967 lines and with a divided Jerusalem. In a still worse scenario, deemed unlikely, it might support sanctions against Israel for failure to comply with such resolutions.

Saudi Grand Mufti Calls For Demolition Of Churches

 

TIMES OF ISRAEL

Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric called on Tuesday for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula after legislators in the Gulf state of Kuwait moved to pass laws banning the construction of religious sites associated with Christianity.
Speaking to a delegation in Kuwait, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, who serves as the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, said the destruction of churches was absolutely necessary and is required by Islamic law, Arabic media reported.
Abdullah, who is considered to be the highest official of religious law in the Sunni Muslim kingdom, also serves as the head of the Supreme Council of Ulema (Islamic scholars) and of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Issuing of Fatwas.
Last month, Osama Al-Munawer, a Kuwaiti member of parliament, announced his plans to submit a draft law calling for the removal of all churches in the country, according to the Arabian Businesses news site. Al-Munawer later clarified that the law would only apply to new churches, while old ones would be allowed to stay erect.

We should remember this the next time our leaders call for our soldiers to put their lives on the line in defence of Muslim Arabs!

Hertz Is Putting Cameras In Its Cars — Cameras Watching The Driver, Not The Road

 

WND.COM

Would you feel comfortable renting a car with a camera on the dashboard facing the driver?
You might expect a story about a rental car company putting cameras in its cars would be referring to dash cams that record what the driver is seeing. In the case of the world’s largest rental car company, Hertz, the story is quite different.
Since mid-2014, Hertz has been upgrading “NeverLost,” the onboard navigation assistant found in many of the company’s cars. However, “NeverLost6″ has something not found on previous systems, a camera that faces the driver.
For years, rental car companies have had “black boxes” monitoring their cars. If you didn’t know it, most rental car companies know exactly where you drove their car and how fast you were going to get there.
In December, a Blaze employee rented a car from Hertz, noticed the camera, and tweeted a picture of it.
Hertz responded to the tweet, claiming the company does not track customers.
Hertz’s claim, “We don’t track customers,” did not ring true with skeptics. In fact, looking closely at the photo sent by TheBlaze employee, you can see an icon showing what appears to be an active uplink indicated.
As news of the driver-facing cameras hit a variety of tech blogs, Hertz was forced to address the issue.
In a statement posted on Fusion.net, Hertz spokesperson, Evelin Imperatrice claimed the cameras were only in one out of every eight cars in the company’s fleet and they are not yet functioning. Imperatrice’s email response to Fusion’s Kashmir Hill clearly states, “We do not have adequate bandwidth capabilities to the car to support streaming video at this time.”
The words, “at this time” at the end of the Hertz statement has us wondering if there is a time frame for increasing bandwidth capabilities in order to support the technology.
TheBlaze has reached out to the corporate offices of Hertz for additional information about the cameras and any plans to use them.
The company’s unedited response, from Richard Broome, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications:
The cameras in NeverLost 6 units aren’t functional and cannot be turned on under any circumstances, by either renters or by the company. When we chose the new hardware device for NeverLost 6, we included a camera option in the event that a video conferencing function might be a useful, future application that renters would welcome.
We have always intended that the video conferencing function — like our rental kiosks which have video conferencing capability — could only be activated by renters at their sole discretion if, for example they were lost, in an accident, or their vehicle broke down and they preferred to interact with a Hertz employee through live video chat. Hertz does not have the technology to support an in-car video conference service, and we have no timetable to develop or acquire this technology.
While the camera function doesn’t work, we are happy to provide customers with a different vehicle if they are nevertheless uncomfortable with the NeverLost unit in their rental car
TheBlaze has submitted addition questions to Hertz. Specifically, “Why would you include video conferencing for a driver? Especially considering the problem ‘distracted driving’ has become.”
If the company responds, we will update this post.
Curiously, in mid-February, without offering any explanation, Hertz announced it was closing down the Twitter account for the on-board navigation system.
Would you rent a car with a driver-monitoring camera?

Bible Prophecy Experts – Netanyahu’s Win Part Of God’s End Time Plan

 

WND.COM

Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning victory in the Israeli elections has led to an eruption of media criticism against the Jewish state and its newly re-elected leader.
But amidst growing concern that Israel will be diplomatically isolated, religious experts warn that such international opposition is not only inevitable, it is necessary to fulfil God’s plan in what many believe are the coming end times.
One of the leading voices warning of the growing hostility to the Jewish people is bestselling author Joel Richardson, whose shocking new blockbuster “When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God” was released on the very same day as the Israeli elections.
In an exclusive interview with WND, Richardson called the timing “providential” but cautioned the results of “one of Israel’s most important critical elections in its lifetime” do not spell an end to trouble for the Jewish people.
“Although President Obama is no doubt not happy with the results of the election, those who support Israel and her security are breathing a sigh of relief that Netanyahu was re-elected. But as Christians, we also know that regardless as to who is the prime minister of that nation, Israel’s only real security can come from trusting in the Lord.
“In the days ahead, as we draw closer to the fulfillment of the covenant promises of God to the sons of Israel, the rage of Satan and the nations will only increase. What we are seeing now with ISIS and Iran is nothing compared to where it will go.”
Pastor Carl Gallups sounded a similar theme. In an interview with WND, Gallups, author of the bestelling “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” suggested the Israeli people understood the threat posed by nations like Iran, even if the mainstream media and the Obama administration do not.
“The people of Israel have spoken. It seems that the majority of Israelis do not want Iran to have nukes, do not support the Obama administration negotiating with Iran regarding the procurement of nuclear weapons, do not want the Arab Palestinians to have a separate state (especially if it involves a land give-away on the part of Israel), do not want militant Islam to dominate the Middle East, and do want more Jewish settlements to be built.
“These were some of Netanyahu’s major planks and, in his words, he won hands down ‘against all odds.’”
Gallups believes the media’s opposition to Israel partially explained the misleading coverage during the campaign suggesting Netanyahu faced certain defeat.
“Prior to, and even during, the election process it seemed the vast majority of what I was reading predicted Netanyahu’s defeat and was proclaiming how this defeat was going to be a ‘good thing’ for the prospects of ‘world peace.’ Either the media’s pre-election analytics were astoundingly poor, or … could it have been that they were actually attempting to convince the Israeli electorate (or themselves) that Netanyahu needed to be unseated?”
However, Gallups says ultimately what is happening in the Middle East is part of a divine plan and subject to the will of God, not the vicissitudes of power politics.
“World events continue to unfold – all centered around Israel and its right to exist and defend itself – just as the Bible foretold thousands of years ago.”
Pastor Mark Biltz agrees that current events in Israel are the fulfillment of a divine plan. The pastor of El Shaddai Ministries and the original discoverer of the four Blood Moons teaching declared, “I believe God was in total control of the elections regardless of the outcome.”
Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs” and host of the “Blood Moons” DVD says that signs sent by God warn Christians that the world is about to enter a whole new age.
Specifically, Biltz points to a solar eclipse that will take place on Friday as an indication that “time goes back to the beginning as everything is coming into alignment.”
Biltz explained, “This solar eclipse is also a super dark moon and it is over the North Pole. The last total solar eclipse on the March equinox occurred back in 1662 on March 20. It was in the southern hemisphere.”
“What is happening this week will be a first time ever in human history event.”
Biltz believes the timing of the eclipse followed by the appearance of the next Blood Moon signifies that momentous events are soon to follow.
“Having this once in a lifetime solar eclipse aligned with the spring equinox as well as the beginning of the religious calendar all on Nisan 1, just after Israel’s elections, is definitely a sign from the heavens. This is followed two weeks later by a Blood Moon, a total lunar eclipse on Passover, the very day all the firstborn of Egypt died about 3,500 years ago.”
According to Biltz, Netanyahu’s victory is a sign that he has been chosen to lead Israel at this critical juncture. As he put it, “God was putting the one He wanted at the helm of Israel for the perilous times they are entering.”
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, who was named special envoy for Middle Eastern affairs to the World Council of Independent Christian Churches for her expertise on Middle East affairs and Jewish-Christian relations, agrees that Netanyahu has been “raised up for a time such as this.”
In an exclusive interview with WND, Cardoza-Moore stated, “What is happening right now, what is unfolding, is bigger than any world leader is able to understand. All the strategies of man will not work against the nation of Israel.”
Cardoza-Moore specifically identified Obama’s attempt to manipulate the Israeli elections as an example of this failure.
“Obama puts all these millions of dollars and use the same kind of campaign that got him elected to try to unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu. It didn’t work. And he will pay a price.”
Cardoza-Moore called Netanyahu “the key statesman of our world and the Churchill of our age” who is the “only one who understands what is happening in the Middle East and around the world.”
But the U.N. special envoy warned that Scripture states that Israel is likely to face greater threats in the immediate future.
“We know that we are living in the last days. If we look at the policies of the United States government and the United Nations, we can see that they are dividing up the land of Israel. And Obama tried to bring down the King David of our time, for it’s God who raises up kings and brings them down.
“We must remember the final battle takes place against the enemies of Israel. And though Israel must face the wrath of nations around the world for prophecy to be fulfilled, military history doesn’t apply to Israel. God says, ‘I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you.’” (Genesis 12:3)
Also drawing on Scripture, Joel Richardson says understanding the role of Israel and the Jewish people is critically important for Christians to comprehend the end times and how God expects them to act.
“I’m happy to see Islamic Antichrist, a book that is now several years old, once again a No. 1 bestseller, but I truly believe that ‘When a Jew Rules the World’ is my most important book to date.
“Christians need to equip themselves to understand what the Bible says regarding Israel and how it is that we are to stand with her in these last days.”
And Biltz judges the real tests for Christians and everyone else are just about to begin.
“I say fasten your seat belts as this world is about to go on the ride of its life. We are back to square one and a new era begins.”