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Chicago Police Adopt Israeli Tactics

By Todd E. Pierce (Originally published on Dec. 11, 2015) After more than a year of stonewalling and what some might call obstructing justice, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an apology for the horrific execution of Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason van Dyke. Laquan McDonald was the black 17-year-old who was shot 16 times by the police officer on Oct. 20, 2014. The video showing the shooting was only released by Chicago officials when they were ordered to do so by a judge in late November 2015. But apology or not, the underlying substantive issue is that the summary execution of McDonald was the sort of atrocity that one would expect to see in what the U.S. once called “police states.” In fact, one can imagine a death squad execution in El Salvador in the 1980s looking very similar on video to McDonald’s slaying. Dashcam video of Chicago police shooting Laquan McDonald. “Police state” is a term which has fallen into disuse since 9/11 with the adoption of so many similar …

Terrorist plot targeted French Olympic team at Rio – France’s intel chief

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French intelligence was tipped off about a plot hatched by a Brazilian Islamist to harm the French delegation at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, said the head of France’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DRM), General Christophe Gomart.

France was informed of the plot by a “partner agency,” Gomart told a parliamentary commission in May, according to a published transcript of the hearing looking into Islamist militant attacks that took place in France in 2015.

It is unclear what country told France about the plot against its Olympic team.

Local newspapers reported that information had been released due to an error. A reference to a terror plot was struck from the public record, but a follow-up reference to it was not.

The published record also revealed an unrelated statement from the chairman of the Committee, Georges Fenech, who said: “I had not heard of this Brazilian national who was about to carry out attacks against the French delegation to the Olympic Games…

Massive fire & ‘explosions’ in Brussels as several vehicles set ablaze

© Video Sport / YouTube AddThis Sharing Buttons A number of cars parked in the Brussels municipality of Saint Gilles went ablaze late on Wednesday, with footage uploaded on social media showing large fire and sounds of explosions. The cause of the fire has not been immediately clear.