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The bloodier San Bernardino massacre that wasn’t pulled off

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By Carol Brown//Enrique Marquez, accomplice to the San Bernardino jihadists, has been charged and it seems he’s talking up a storm with the authorities. Recent revelations include confirmation that terror magazine, Inspire, was used to learn how to make explosive devices and plan attacks. Additional ideas were culled from al-Shabaab videos and the teachings of Anwar al-Awlaki – a savage who was hailed as a “moderate” Muslim, who wined and dined at the Pentagon just months after 9/11, who stated in a 2001 WaPo video that “Islam is a religion of peace,” and who, the following year was cranking out videos in Yemen preaching jihad against us.

Marquez confessed that he and Farook were planning an attack on the library or cafeteria at the community college they attended (Riverside Community College). The plan was to position themselves on the second floor above the room, throw pipe bombs into the room, and then shoot people as they fled. They planned to carry out a similar attack on freeway travelers.

Obama’s America has arrived in the form of bullets and bombs that may target any one of us on any given day.

Hat tip: Breitbart

Enrique Marquez, accomplice to the San Bernardino jihadists, has been charged and it seems he’s talking up a storm with the authorities. Recent revelations include confirmation that terror magazine, Inspire, was used to learn how to make explosive devices and plan attacks. Additional ideas were culled from al-Shabaab videos and the teachings of Anwar al-Awlaki – a savage who was hailed as a “moderate” Muslim, who wined and dined at the Pentagon just months after 9/11, who stated in a 2001 WaPo video that “Islam is a religion of peace,” and who, the following year was cranking out videos in Yemen preaching jihad against us.

Marquez confessed that he and Farook were planning an attack on the library or cafeteria at the community college they attended (Riverside Community College). The plan was to position themselves on the second floor above the room, throw pipe bombs into the room, and then shoot people as they fled. They planned to carry out a similar attack on freeway travelers.

Obama’s America has arrived in the form of bullets and bombs that may target any one of us on any given day.

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Not too late to bomb Iran..

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 On September 11, 2015 – a fateful date for America – Congress failed to gather the 60 Senate votes required to pass a Resolution of Disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal, thus giving a green light to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as agreed to in Vienna on July 14.

A few days later, U.S. congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) informed Secretary of State John Kerry that “the copies provided to Congress of the JCPOA are not signed by the parties,” thus making the binding character of “an international agreement of this magnitude” questionable.

Actually, the absence of signatures in the JCPOA document is not as pivotal as it seems.  Article 18 of the JCPOA anticipates the passing of a U.N. Security Council resolution that should promptly “endorse” the full text of the JCPOA and, therefore, make it binding on all U.N. member-states.

True to form, UNSC Resolution 2231 was effectively passed unanimously on July 20 under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter.  Compared to other resolutions of the Security Council, Resolution 2231 is unusual in many respects:

– It was passed “under silence,” a rather coercive procedure where the raising of an objection might be regarded as obstructionist and could isolate the objecting state.  It should also be noted that Congress had no prior input whatsoever in the drafting of this resolution.

– It is exceedingly long (104 pages), as it includes virtually the full text of the JCPOA in Annex A and a special “Statement” in Annex B that outlines inter alia the time restrictions governing the acquisition by Iran of conventional weapons and ballistic missiles and makes these activities subject to prior approval by the Security Council on a case-by-case basis.

– It underscores its binding reach on “all States without exception” by referring specifically to Article 25 of the Charter and to Article 41 – no fewer than 10 times – which reflects the most drastic enforcement mechanism under Chapter VII of the Charter, short of military intervention.

So the document that no one has signed (the JCPOA) is now an act of international law binding on all the 193 U.N. member-states, including Iran.  UNSC Res. 2231 provided the JCPOA an armor-plated protection that no missile from Congress could penetrate, unless one could convincingly demonstrate that the U.S. administration acted ultra vires in bypassing Congress.

The JCPOA will be officially adopted before the end of October (“Adoption Day” is scheduled 90 days after the UNSC Resolution is passed).  “Implementation Day,” to occur upon the confirmation by the IAEA that Iran has complied with its nuclear-related measures, will trigger the lifting of most sanctions applied by the EU and the U.S. and of all those enacted under previous UNSC Resolutions between 2006 and 2010, through the adoption of a new Security Council resolution in due time.  But these U.N. sanctions could be reinstated, according to Articles 11-12 of UNSC Resolution 2231, if a JCPOA participant State (U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany, the EU, and Iran) raises an issue that “constitutes significant non-performance of commitments under the JCPOA.”

This is where it gets interesting.

On September 22, 2015, the respected MEMRI reported that “Iran openly declares that it intends to violate UNSC Resolution 2231 that endorses the JCPOA.”  Three top Iranian leaders – President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi – stated that they will abide by the provisions of only the JCPOA and they will violate Resolution 2231.  Zarif and Araghchi see “no consequences” for violating Resolution 2231, in the same way as Iran “refrained from complying with UN Security Council resolutions … 10 years ago … and nothing happened.”

The reason for this Iranian gambit is obvious: they want to have a free hand on the acquisition of conventional weapons and the development of ballistic missiles.  Restrictions on these items were first suggested in the Lausanne Parameters of April 2, 2015.  They were later removed from the JCPOA and eventually reappeared in great detail in Annex B of Resolution 2231.  The Iranian position on this issue was reiterated on October 5 by Air Force Commander Ali Hajizadeh: “Iran will not slow down developing ballistic missiles and did not recognize the UN Security Council resolution [2231] that bans Iran from doing so.”

Iranian leaders brag about their willingness to violate the provisions of Resolution 2231, which is an act of international law, while they declare their compliance with the JCPOA.  Beyond the obvious arrogance of such declarations, the inconsistencies of the Iranian position should be stressed:

A footnote in the JCPOA – mentioned twice in the document and often invoked by Iranian leaders – states that “the provisions of this Resolution [2231] do not constitute provisions of the JCPOA.”  And yet the lifting of all U.N. sanctions, which is of paramount importance to the Iranians, is contingent upon Resolution 2231, as clearly indicated in Article 18 of the JCPOA.  Also, as stated above, Adoption Day is linked to Resolution 2231, and it makes the commitments in the JCPOA to come into effect.  Moreover, the Preamble of the JCPOA recalls that “The E3/EU+3 and Iran reaffirm their commitment to the purpose and principles of the United Nations as set out in the UN Charter,” thus implying an unwavering respect for binding Security Council resolutions.  The JCPOA and Resolution 2231 are so closely intertwined that it is inconceivable to abide by the former while resolutely intending to violate the latter.

This brings us back to Articles 11-12 of resolution 2231: if a JCPOA participant State raises an issue that “constitutes significant non-performance of commitments under the JCPOA,” the U.N. sanctions could be reinstated within 30 days.  What could be more significant of non-performance than Iran’s declared intent to violate a binding UNSC resolution that endorsed the JCPOA and is central to its official adoption?

The blatant Iranian disregard of the U.N. Charter should disqualify Iran from being a party to the international agreement that the JCPOA represents.  This is not the first Iranian violation of the principles of the U.N. Charter.  For the past 15 years, Iranian leaders have repeatedly called for the annihilation of Israel, in violation of Article 2[4] of the Charter.  This is the point that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu emphatically brought to light in his “deafening silence” speech at the U.N. General Assembly on October 1.  While Israel has been selectively targeted and shamelessly delegitimized by U.N. bodies for years, isn’t it time to point a finger to the glaring violations of Iran?

Finally, the interconnection between the JCPOA and the binding Resolution 2231 shows that the JCPOA is actually an international agreement akin to a treaty and not merely the kind of executive agreement that the Obama administration promoted, against the more sensible position of Congress.  Even though Congress was bypassed through the whole preparation of the JCPOA, perhaps it could take advantage of the latest Iranian maneuvers to invoke Article 11 of UNSC Resolution 2231.

UN Human Rights Chair Saudi Arabia to Behead,Crucify Protester

 

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By Ari Soffer//Saudi Arabia is set to imminently behead and crucify a protester who was arrested while he was still a minor, even as it takes up a position as chair of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Ali al-Nimr is member of Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority, and nephew of an outspoken Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who has also been sentenced to death for anti-government activities.

Ali was arrested in 2012 at the age of 17 in the predominantly Shia province of Qatif, during a protest inspired by so-called “Arab Spring” protest movements elsewhere in the Arab world.

He was convicted of numerous charges including belonging to a terrorist cell, incitement, stoking sectarianism and attacking police with molotov cocktails, Saudi state media reported.

His final appeal was rejected last week, the state-controlled Okaz website added.

The sentence is a particularly harsh one; not only will he be beheaded, but his body will be displayed on a crucifix in a practice mandated by Islamic law (Sharia) as a way of publicizing his fate and deterring others from following his example.

Human rights groups have appealed for the sentence to be commuted, and others have called for the gulf kingdom to pardon him as a gesture for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which began Wednesday.

Activists say he was tortured into issuing a confession, and note that according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – to which Riyadh is a signatory – it is illegal to execute a child under the age of 18 at the time the crime was committed.

UN Watch head Hillel Neurer branded Saudi Arabia’s appointment to the UNHRC “scandalous.”

“It is scandalous that the UN chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS to be head of a key human rights panel,” Neuer said. “Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights.”

Incredibly, however, the US government has welcomed the appointment, with State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark C. Toner claiming to have no knowledge of al-Nimr’s impending death sentence.

“I mean, frankly, it’s – we would welcome it. We’re close allies,” he said in response to questions at a Tuesday press conference.

The Saudi government has yet to respond to the controversy.