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                On this date, January 3, 1967, the nightclub operator who shot and killedHarvey Lee Oswald, died of lung cancer in Dallas, Texas. Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about this hit man. 

       
    Jack Ruby

    Ruby about to shoot Oswald who is being escorted by Dallas police detectives Jim Leavelle and L. C. Graves.



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  • 01/04/16--07:47: KONY’S CHILD SOLDIERS
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  • 01/04/16--07:53: THE LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY
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                On this date, January 4, 1962, Dr. Hans Lammers, the head of the Reich Chancellery passed away in Düsseldorf, Germany.

      
    Hans Lammers in SS uniform, circa 1938–1940.
    Dr. jur. Hans Heinrich Lammers (27 May 1879 – 4 January 1962) was a German jurist and prominent Nazi politician. From 1933 until 1945 he served as head of the Reich Chancellery under Adolf Hitler.


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    On this date, January 5, 1993, Pedophile Serial Killer, Westley Allan Dodd was executed by hanging in the State of Washington. In my opinion, he should be the poster boy for capital punishment in the case of pedophile murders. Please go to this blog post to learn more.
       
    Westley Allan Dodd

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                On this date, January 7, 2015, Two gunmen commit a mass shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing twelve people and injuring another eleven. This event was known as the Charlie Hebdo Shooting, I will post the information from Wikipedia.


    On 7 January 2015 at about 11:30 local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaperCharlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with assault rifles and other weapons, they killed 11 people and injured 11 others in the building. After leaving, they killed a French National Police officer outside the building. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, who took responsibility for the attack. Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region, where a further five were killed and 11 wounded.

    France raised its Vigipirate terror alert and deployed soldiers in Île-de-France and Picardy. A massive manhuntled to the discovery of the suspects, who exchanged fire with police. The brothers took hostages at a signage company in Dammartin-en-Goëleon 9 January and were shot dead when they emerged from the building firing.

    On 11 January, about two million people, including more than 40 world leaders, met in Paris for a rally of national unity, and 3.7 million people joined demonstrations across France. The phrase Je suis Charliehas become a common slogan of support at the rallies and in social media. The staff of Charlie Hebdo continued with the publication, and the following issue print ran 7.95 million copies in six languages, in contrast to its typical print run of 60,000 in only French.


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  • 01/07/16--05:08: KHMER ROUGE CHILD SOLDIERS


  •             On this date, January 7, 1979, Phnom Penh falls to the advancing Vietnamesetroops, driving out Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. I will post information about Khmer Rouge Child Soldiers from several internets sources.






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                On this date, January 7, 2010, Gerald Bordelon was executed by lethal injection in Louisiana for the November 15, 2002 murder of 12 year old Courtney LeBlanc. 

       
    Gerald Bordelon
    The victim, Courtney Leblanc
    (June 5, 1990 to November 15, 2002)



    Summary: Bordelon was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 1982 to sexual battery, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his 1990 conviction for forcible rape and two counts of aggravated crime against nature. While on parole, he met Jennifer Kocke over the Internet and married her a year later. They separated after 12 year old Courtney LeBlanc and her sister told their mother that Bordelon touched them inappropriately. Bordelon abducted LeBlanc in 2002 from his estranged wife's trailer with a knife from the kitchen, took her to Mississippi where he forced her to perform oral sex on him, then drove back to Louisiana and strangled her. When LeBlanc's body was found 11 days later, she was wearing only a pair of shorts and one tennis shoe. Bordelon led police to her body in a wooded area by the Amite River in Livingston Parish, about 20 miles from Baton Rouge. A state Supreme Court opinion upholding Bordelon’s right to waive all appeals says Bordelon had a “diagnostic profile of sexual sadism” and he told psychiatrists his crimes involved an escalating pattern of violence.

    Kocke was later convicted of child abuse by a Mississippi jury for failing to keep Bordelon away from her children. Kocke received a suspended five-year sentence, with five years of probation. 

    Citations:
    State v. Bordelon, 2009 WL 3321481 (La. October 16, 2009) (Direct Appeal).


    Final Meal:
    Fried sac-a-lait, crawfish étouffée, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and cookies. 


    Final Words:
    Just before his execution, Bordelon apologized to LeBlanc's mother, uncle and sister, who witnessed the execution, and he asked for their forgiveness. "I'm sorry. I don't know if that brings any closure or peace. It should have never happened, but it did, and I'm sorry," he said, choking up and halting to collect himself. His eyes red-rimmed from crying, Bordelon added, "I'd like to apologize to my family and tell them that I love them."
     
    Internet Sources:

    "Murderer apologizes before his execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary." (AP January 07, 2010 

    A convicted sex offender who confessed to strangling his 12-year-old stepdaughter and leaving her partially clothed body in a wooded area of Livingston Parish in 2002 was executed Thursday night. 

    Gerald Bordelon, 47, was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, after receiving lethal drug injections. He was sentenced to death for the murder of Courtney LeBlanc, whom he kidnapped at knifepoint from her home seven years ago. 

    Just before his execution, Bordelon apologized to LeBlanc's mother, uncle and sister, who witnessed the execution, and he asked for their forgiveness. "I'm sorry. I don't know if that brings any closure or peace. It should have never happened, but it did, and I'm sorry," he said, choking up and halting to collect himself. His eyes red-rimmed from crying, Bordelon added, "I'd like to apologize to my family and tell them that I love them." 

    Against his white T-shirt Bordelon wore a gold cross given to him by his 19-year-old daughter, with whom he exchanged necklaces earlier in the day. He had given her a cross made by his fellow inmates. 

    It was Louisiana's first execution since 2002. Bordelon's lawyer Jill Craft said Bordelon became the first person in Louisiana to successfully refuse a death sentence appeal since the death penalty was reinstated more than three decades ago. When Bordelon asked to waive his appeal, he said he would "commit the same crime again if ever given the chance," according to court documents. 

    On parole following a rape conviction, Bordelon abducted LeBlanc on Nov. 15, 2002, from his estranged wife's trailer with a knife from the kitchen, took her to Mississippi where he forced her to perform oral sex on him, then drove back to Louisiana and strangled her. When LeBlanc's body was found 11 days later, she was wearing only a pair of shorts and one tennis shoe. 

    Bordelon led police to her body in a wooded area by the Amite River in Livingston Parish, about 20 miles from Baton Rouge. "I took Courtney and told her if she screamed or hollered or tried to get away, I was going to kill her," Bordelon said in a videotaped confession that was played at his 2006 trial. 

    Bordelon met with his family at the Angola prison Thursday in the hours before his execution. For his last meal he ate fried sac-a-lait fish, topped with crawfish etouffee, a peanut butter and apple jelly sandwich and chocolate chip cookies, said Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. 

    Three of LeBlanc's relatives watched the execution, including LeBlanc's uncle Damian Kocke, her sister Brittany Boudreaux and her mother Jennifer Kocke, who was convicted of child abuse for allowing Bordelon near her children after they accused him of molestation. Sniffling could be heard from the separate room where they watched Bordelon die. The family didn't speak to reporters after his death. 

    After Bordelon made his final statement, seven men strapped him to the black padded gurney and removed his shackles. Wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans, he stared at the ceiling as prison officials closed the curtains for the insertion of the intravenous tubes. The curtains were reopened after he was connected to the IVs. Bordelon spoke to warden Burl Cain, and he took several deep breaths as the drugs took hold. Cain said the convicted killer again repeated his remorse and asked Cain to tell his daughter that he wasn't afraid. At 6:32 p.m., Cain said, "We now pronounce Gerald Bordelon dead. We've sent his soul for final judgment." 

    Death penalty opponents with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana held a vigil in New Orleans at the time of the execution. Bordelon's mother, daughter and two sisters released a statement, calling LeBlanc's death a "horribly tragic loss for our family. Courtney became very close with our family, and we all loved her dearly." They also said Bordelon "fought an insurmountable problem in his psyche his entire life." 

    Bordelon had two prior felony convictions for sexual assault and was sent to psychiatric treatment in 1979 after being accused of rape and kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to sexual battery in 1982 and was convicted of rape and crimes against nature in 1990, court records show. He was on parole when he met Kocke over the Internet and married her a year later. They separated after LeBlanc and her sister told their mother that Bordelon touched them inappropriately, but Kocke remained in contact with Bordelon after the split, according to court documents. 

    Louisiana Parole Board officials said an officer spoke with Kocke before the marriage, notifying her that Bordelon was a convicted sex offender. Kocke was convicted of child abuse in Mississippi in October 2003 for failing to keep Bordelon away from her children. She received a suspended five-year sentence, with five years of probation. 

    Bordelon also was part of a failed jail escape attempt in October 2003. Eighty-three other people remain on death row in Louisiana. The last person executed in Louisiana was Leslie Dale Martin in May 2002 for raping and killing a 19-year-old college student in 1991. No other executions have been scheduled. 


    Baton Rouge Advocate

    "Child killer voices remorse, executed," by James Minton. (Jan 8, 2010 - Page: 1A 

    ANGOLA Convicted child rapist and murderer Gerald J. Bordelon died Thursday night by lethal injection after expressing remorse for his crimes and apologizing profusely to the victim s family, Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain and media witnesses said. 

    Bordelon, 47, was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m., a few minutes after being administered three drugs to put him to sleep, stop his breathing and stop his heart, Cain said. 

    A Livingston Parish jury convicted Bordelon of first-degree murder and sentenced him to death in 2006 for kidnapping, molesting and killing his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Courtney LeBlanc, in November 2002. 

    Bordelon was a two-time sex offender on parole when he kidnapped LeBlanc from his estranged wife s home on Linder Road north of Denham Springs on Nov. 15, 2002. He said in a taped confession to authorities that he took the girl to Mississippi, where he said he forced her to perform oral sex on him. Investigators found LeBlanc s body 11 days later when Bordelon led them to a wooded area on the East Baton Rouge side of the Amite River near Denham Springs. She had been strangled. 

    Associated Press reporter and execution witness Melinda Deslatte said Bordelon specifically addressed LeBlanc s mother, sister and uncle before they witnessed the execution. I m sorry. I don t know if that brings any closure or peace. It should have never happened, but it did and I m sorry, Deslatte quoted Bordelon. 

    Livingston Parish News Managing Editor Mike Dowty, another execution witness, said Bordelon seemed more focused about the things between the family and his family than on his death. 

    Bordelon was the 28th person executed for murder in Louisiana since executions resumed in 1983 following a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision that threw out all existing death penalty laws in the nation. Bordelon was the eighth executed by lethal injection and the first in modern times to die without exercising his constitutional rights to appeal his conviction and sentence. Before Bordelon s death, Louisiana s last execution occurred in May 2002. 

    Angola spokeswoman Cathy Fontenot said 81 prisoners remain on Death Row at Angola, and two women condemned to die are housed at Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women at St. Gabriel. Television reporter Chris Nakamoto, who also witnessed the execution, said Bordelon wore a gold cross on a chain that his daughter had given him. Bordelon gave his daughter a necklace with a cross made by an Angola inmate. 

    Bordelon spent the earlier part of his last day at Angola visiting with family members until 3 p.m., and then ate his last meal of fried sac-a-lait, crawfish touff e, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and cookies, sharing the meal with Cain, his attorney and spiritual adviser and several other Angola officials. 

    Cain described Bordelon as very upbeat, cheerful and very remorseful during the meal. He ate. Most other (prisoners facing execution) just play with their food. He ate heartily, the warden said. Bordelon watched out a window as his family left the area to stay at a chapel at another part of the prison, Cain said. Cain said Bordelon talked about LeBlanc during his meeting with him near the death chamber. All he said about Courtney is, I did it, I m guilty and nobody else had anything to do with it, Cain said. 

    The Associated Press reported that after Bordelon made his final statement, seven men strapped him to the black padded gurney and removed his shackles. Wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans, he stared at the ceiling as prison officials closed the curtains for the insertion of the intravenous tubes. The curtains were reopened after he was connected to the IVs. Bordelon spoke to Cain, and he took several deep breaths as the drugs took hold. The warden said the convicted killer again repeated his remorse and asked Cain to tell his daughter that he wasn t afraid. 

    At 6:32 p.m., Cain said, We now pronounce Gerald Bordelon dead. We ve sent his soul for final judgment. 

    Death penalty opponents with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana held a vigil in New Orleans at the time of the execution. 

    The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled in October that Bordelon was competent to waive his appeals in state and federal courts, saying testimony from psychiatrists who examined him excludes the possibility that his waiver was influenced by brain damage, mental retardation or personality disorders that impair cognitive function. 

    The testimony also excludes the possibility that Bordelon s decision was the product of despair and suicidal ideation, the high court s opinion says. At the same time, the Supreme Court reviewed the death sentence, finding that it was not excessive because the jury found that the girl was killed during the commission of aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping. 

    When he married Jennifer Kocke, the victim s mother, in 2001, Bordelon s parole terms prohibited him from having contact with minors. The state Parole Board, however, modified the terms of his parole to allow unsupervised contact with minors as long as the parent or guardian knew of his sex crime history. 

    He was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 1982 to sexual battery, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his 1990 conviction for forcible rape and two counts of aggravated crime against nature. Bordelon and Kocke soon separated after LeBlanc and her sister told their mother that Bordelon touched them inappropriately, but Kocke remained in contact with Bordelon after the split, the state Supreme Court s opinion says. 

    Kocke was convicted of child abuse by a Mississippi jury for failing to keep Bordelon away from her children. Kocke received a suspended five-year sentence, with five years of probation. 


    "Lawyer: Bordelon admitted crimes," by James Minton. (Jan 9, 2010 - Page: 1B) 

    While at Louisiana State Penitentiary awaiting execution, Gerald J. Bordelon was interviewed by FBI criminal profile experts and gave information about other crimes he committed, his attorney said Friday. Bordelon, 47, was executed by lethal injection Thursday night for the November 2002 kidnapping, rape and murder of his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Courtney LeBlanc, 

    Jill Craft, of Baton Rouge, represented Bordelon for about three years as he sought to avoid having his 2006 conviction and sentence in Livingston Parish appealed to higher courts. Craft said she cannot discuss the specifics of the crimes her client discussed with the FBI. “I can say that he really did the right thing to cleanse his soul,” Craft said. 

    A state Supreme Court opinion upholding Bordelon’s right to waive all appeals says Bordelon had a “diagnostic profile of sexual sadism” and he told psychiatrists his crimes involved an escalating pattern of violence. Bordelon pleaded guilty to sexual battery in 1982 and received a 10-year sentence, and was on parole after serving 10 years of a 20-year sentence for forcible rape and two counts of aggravated crime against nature. 

    On Thursday, Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain gave additional information about a telephone call Cain allowed Bordelon to make to two women Tuesday night. One of the women was a friend of the girl’s mother, Jennifer Kocke. She dropped the girl at Kocke’s Linder Road home near Denham Springs the day before she was abducted. 

    Cain, who said he listened to the conversation on a telephone extension because the women were not on Bordelon’s approved visitor list, said Bordelon absolved the mother‘s friend of any blame for dropping the girl off to stay alone at the trailer. “He said if it hadn’t happened that day, when the lady dropped Courtney off, and nobody was at home because her mother was at the hospital, it would have been another day. It would have happened,” Cain said. “That was really important, I think, for the lady who dropped Courtney off,” the warden added. Without elaborating, Cain said Bordelon also “did the right thing to give one of those ladies a lot of peace about her own child.” 

    The Supreme Court opinion says the defense theory of the case was that Kocke killed her own daughter and Bordelon took the blame to spare his estranged wife. Bordelon, in a written statement composed just before the execution, dismissed that idea. “To anybody that thinks Jennifer (Kocke) was involved in any way: she wasn’t.” “I can’t take back anything I did, and at this point in time, all I can do is accept responsibility,” his statement concluded. 

    Craft also released a written statement from Bordelon’s family saying LeBlanc’s death was a “horribly tragic loss for our family.” “Courtney became very close with our family, and we all loved her dearly. She was an exceptional child that we all became very attached to. She spent a lot of time with Gerald’s family, and we miss her terribly, just as we will miss Gerald terribly,” the statement says. 

    Shreveport Times

    "La. man executed for 2002 killing," by Melinda Deslatte. (AP January 8, 2010) 

    ANGOLA — A convicted sex offender who confessed to strangling his 12-year-old stepdaughter and leaving her partially clothed body in a wooded area of Livingston Parish in 2002 was executed Thursday night. Gerald Bordelon, 47, was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, after receiving lethal drug injections. He was sentenced to death for the murder of Courtney LeBlanc, whom he kidnapped at knifepoint from her home seven years ago. 

    Just before his execution, Bordelon apologized to LeBlanc's mother, uncle and sister, who witnessed the execution, and he asked for their forgiveness. "I'm sorry. I don't know if that brings any closure or peace. It should have never happened, but it did, and I'm sorry," he said, choking up and halting to collect himself. His eyes red-rimmed from crying, Bordelon added, "I'd like to apologize to my family and tell them that I love them." 

    Against his white T-shirt Bordelon wore a gold cross given to him by his 19-year-old daughter, with whom he exchanged necklaces earlier in the day. He had given her a cross made by his fellow inmates. 

    It was Louisiana's first execution since 2002. Bordelon's lawyer Jill Craft said Bordelon became the first person in Louisiana to successfully refuse a death sentence appeal since the death penalty was reinstated more than three decades ago. When Bordelon asked to waive his appeal, he said he would "commit the same crime again if ever given the chance," according to court documents. 

    On parole following a rape conviction, Bordelon abducted LeBlanc on Nov. 15, 2002, from his estranged wife's trailer with a knife from the kitchen, took her to Mississippi where he forced her to perform oral sex on him, then drove back to Louisiana and strangled her. When LeBlanc's body was found 11 days later, she was wearing only a pair of shorts and one tennis shoe. Bordelon led police to her body in a wooded area by the Amite River in Livingston Parish, about 20 miles from Baton Rouge. "I took Courtney and told her if she screamed or hollered or tried to get away, I was going to kill her," Bordelon said in a videotaped confession that was played at his 2006 trial. 

    Bordelon met with his family at the Angola prison Thursday in the hours before his execution. For his last meal he ate fried sac-a-lait fish, topped with crawfish etouffee, a peanut butter and apple jelly sandwich and chocolate chip cookies, said Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. 

    Three of LeBlanc's relatives watched the execution, including LeBlanc's uncle Damian Kocke, her sister Brittany Boudreaux and her mother Jennifer Kocke, who was convicted of child abuse for allowing Bordelon near her children after they accused him of molestation. Sniffling could be heard from the separate room where they watched Bordelon die.The family didn't speak to reporters after his death. 

    After Bordelon made his final statement, seven men strapped him to the black padded gurney and removed his shackles. Wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans, he stared at the ceiling as prison officials closed the curtains for the insertion of the intravenous tubes. The curtains were reopened after he was connected to the IVs. Bordelon spoke to warden Burl Cain, and he took several deep breaths as the drugs took hold. Cain said the convicted killer again repeated his remorse and asked Cain to tell his daughter that he wasn't afraid. At 6:32 p.m., Cain said, "We now pronounce Gerald Bordelon dead. We've sent his soul for final judgment." 

    Death penalty opponents with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana held a vigil in New Orleans at the time of the execution. Bordelon's mother, daughter and two sisters released a statement, calling LeBlanc's death a "horribly tragic loss for our family. Courtney became very close with our family, and we all loved her dearly." They also said Bordelon "fought an insurmountable problem in his psyche his entire life." 

    Bordelon had two prior felony convictions for sexual assault and was sent to psychiatric treatment in 1979 after being accused of rape and kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to sexual battery in 1982 and was convicted of rape and crimes against nature in 1990, court records show. 

    He was on parole when he met Kocke over the Internet and married her a year later. They separated after LeBlanc and her sister told their mother that Bordelon touched them inappropriately, but Kocke remained in contact with Bordelon after the split, according to court documents. 

    Louisiana Parole Board officials said an officer spoke with Kocke before the marriage, notifying her that Bordelon was a convicted sex offender. Kocke was convicted of child abuse in Mississippi in October 2003 for failing to keep Bordelon away from her children. She received a suspended five-year sentence, with five years of probation. Bordelon also was part of a failed jail escape attempt in October 2003. 

    Eighty-three other people remain on death row in Louisiana. The last person executed in Louisiana was Leslie Dale Martin in May 2002 for raping and killing a 19-year-old college student in 1991. No other executions have been scheduled. 

    ProDeathPenalty.Com

    Gerald Bordelon, a previously convicted sex offender, was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of his 12-year-old step-daughter, Courtney LeBlanc. Bordelon had prior convictions for forcible rape and aggravated crime against nature. He had been paroled after serving 10 years of a 20-year sentence. Courtney's mother Jennifer Kocke had met Bordelon on the internet and married him in 2001. They moved from Louisiana to Mississippi and lived in a trailer owned by Bordelon's parents outside of Gloster, Mississippi. However, during the Christmas holidays in 2001, Courtney's mother learned from Courtney and one of her sisters that Bordelon had molested them.

    She notified the police and Bordelon was ordered to leave the residence. Kocke and her children moved back to Louisiana, however she maintained contact with her husband. She moved into a rented trailer Denham Springs in October 2002. Bordelon began working on various repairs to the trailer.

    On November 15, 2002, Bordelon kidnapped Courtney from her home at knifepoint. Courtney was alone at the trailer because her uncle had been admitted to a local hospital in critical condition following a car accident and Kocke stayed at the hospital overnight with her brother. Local residents volunteered to search for the missing girl, and 11 days after she disappeared, on November 26, 2002, Bordelon confessed to her murder and led authorities to Courtney's partially nude body. In his videotaped confession, Bordelon admitted that he had taken Courtney to a wooded area near Baton Rouge on the banks of the Amite River where he strangled her. He said he parked his car in a wooded area early that morning and found Courtney sleeping on the couch. He shook her arm and told her to come with him. In his confession, Bordelon said, "I took Courtney and told her if she screamed or hollered or tried to get away, I was going to kill her." He said that during the drive to Mississippi, he forced Courtney to remove her underwear so he could fondle her. He drove down a gravel road and made the girl perform oral sex on him.

    They left Mississippi around 9 am and returned to Baton Rouge. He made Courtney walk down a dirt path near the Amite River, and Courtney asked, "Where are we going?" He told her they were going "to the river." When asked what Courtney's last words were, Bordelon said, "Why do you like the river?" After reaching the banks of the river, Bordelon said he pushed Courtney down and she fell on her face, then rolled over. He straddled her and choked her with his hands. Courtney was able to bite Bordelon's left thumb hard enough to cause bleeding. After choking Courtney to death, Bordelon said he moved her body into a wooded area and concealed her with heavy underbrush, then returned to his car and threw out Courtney's panties. He then called his sister and went to her home so he could wash his clothing. Bordelon's semen and Courtney's DNA were found in Bordelon's car.

    While awaiting trial, Bordelon and another inmate escaped from the Livingston Parish jail in 2003, but were recaptured the same weekend. A passing motorist reported seeing Bordelon near a highway. Bordelon has said, "I would commit the crime again if ever given the chance." The jury took only 38 minutes to deliberate before sentencing Bordelon to death. In October 2003, an Amite County jury deliberated for less than half an hour before finding Courtney’s mother, Jennifer Kocke, guilty of felony child abuse for allowing her daughter to have contact with her husband, who was a four-time convicted sex offender. Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson ordered that Jennifer could never have any contact with Gerald Bordelon. And Johnson ordered that on every June 5, which was Courtney’s birthday, Jennifer must write at least a 200-word letter to her daughter and have it filed in the Amite County Circuit Court no later than each June 10.



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                On this date, January 7, 2010, Vernon Smith AKA known as Abdullah Sharif Kazim Mahdi, was executed by lethal injection in Ohio. He was convicted of the May 26, 1993 murder of Palestinian Migrant. Vernon Smith had converted to Islam and changed his name to Mahdi.

       




    Summary: Sohail Darwish was a palestinian immigrant who owned and operated a small store called the Woodstock Market in Toledo. Smith and Bryson made plans to rob the store and entered together. As Darwish was ringing up the sale on the cash register for a forty ounce beer, Smith brandished a black gun and ordered Darwish to “[o]pen the cash register, motherfucker.” Darwish put his hands up in the air and did not resist. Bryson went behind the counter and unsuccessfully attempted to open the register. Bryson then ordered Darwish to open the cash register, which he did. Darwish then put his hands back up in the air. Smith then told Darwish to "empty your wallet, motherfucker.” As Darwish was reaching for his wallet, Smith fired a single shot, hitting Darwish in the chest. Smith then ordered Tahboub to empty his wallet as well, and the two assailants then fled the scene. Darwish bled to death from the gunshot wound.Layson, who was waiting in Bryson's car, noticed Smith holding a gun in his hand when he and Bryson climbed back into the automobile. According to Layson, Smith complained about forgetting to get the beer and said he shot the man because “he moved too slow,” and then said “[F]uck him, he in our neighborhood anyway. He shouldn't be in our neighborhood with a store no way.” Later, Smith, Bryson and Layson split the money taken. Bryson and Layson pled guilty and testified against Smith at trial, along with a customer who identified Smith as the shooter. 

    Accomplice Bryson was sentenced to 8-25 years for Involuntary Manslaughter. Accomplice Layson was sentenced to 10-25 for Aggravated Robbery and paroled in 2001. 

    Citations:
    State v. Smith, 89 Ohio St.3d 323, 731 N.E.2d 645 (Ohio 2000) (Direct Appeal).
    Mahdi v. Bagley, 522 F.3d 631 (6th Cir. 2008) (Habeas). 


    Final/Special Meal:
    Whole and chopped dates as well as hot tea with lemon and honey. He was also given a miswak, a tree branch used to clean teeth, as well as olive oil, which he used to lubricate his beard. 


    Final Words:
    "There's no god but God, and Mohammed is his prophet." 


    Internet Sources:
    Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction(Clemency Report)
    Inmate#: OSP #A288-960
    Inmate: Vernon Lamont Smith n/k/a Abdullah Sharif Kaazim Mahdi
    DOB: April 7, 1972
    County of Conviction: Lucas County
    Date of Offense: May 26, 1993
    Case Number: 93-6197
    Date of Sentencing: March 22, 1994
    Presiding Judge: James D. Bates
    Prosecuting Attorney: Anthony G. Pizza, Chris Anderson
    Institution: Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
    Convictions: Count 1: Aggravated Murder (Death), Count 3&4: (Aggravated Robbery (8-25-years), Count 5: Aggravated Robbery (7-25 years). 


    Toledo Blade
    "Toledoan Smith was put to death under a new death house protocol," by Jim Provance. (Jan 08, 2010) 

    COLUMBUS - As he repeatedly recited a Muslim vow in Arabic, Toledo native Vernon Lamont Smith took what appeared to be a deep yawn, fell unconscious, and became the second person in the nation executed in an unusual one-drug process yesterday. 

    "There's no god but God, and Mohammed is his prophet. That's what he's saying," said Charlotte Darwish, the widow of Smith's victim, as she watched the execution with her two daughters. It was the same proclamation - a translated version of the affirmation of Muslim faith - that she had frequently heard her late husband, Sohail Darwish, recite. 

    Smith, who converted to Islam and legally changed his name to Abdullah Sharif Kaazim Mahdi while on death row, was pronounced dead at 10:28 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville. He was the 34th person executed by the state since 1999. 

    On May 26, 1993, Mahdi, brandishing a gun, walked into the Woodstock Carryout in central Toledo with Herbert Bryson while Bryson's cousin, Lamont Layson, waited in the car. Mahdi shot the store owner, Mr. Darwish, a 28-year-old Palestinian reared in Saudi Arabia who immigrated to Toledo. 

    Mr. Darwish left behind his wife and daughter, Dolly, who was just shy of her first birthday. A second daughter, Mona, was born three months later. Gov. Ted Strickland on Wednesday denied Mahdi's request for clemency as his lawyers contended he had not intended to kill Mr. Darwish but rather thought he had shot him in the arm. The bullet actually hit Mr. Darwish in the upper chest near his shoulder, severing an artery that led him to bleed to death. 

    The execution process lasted 28 minutes. The prison execution team seemed to have little trouble finding usable veins through which the powerful anesthetic thiopental sodium could flow. 

    Fourteen minutes into the process, Mahdi stood and took 17 steps into the execution chamber. He appeared to make eye contact with his imam, Atef Hamed, as he entered the room. But after he was strapped onto the gurney, he stared only at the ceiling or closed his eyes as he appeared to silently mouth inaudible words. He never looked at or addressed the Darwish family.
    When the warden asked him if he had a final statement, he audibly repeated the prayer four times in Arabic and then returned to repeating it silently. It was Mrs. Darwish who told others in the room, including media witnesses, what he was saying.
    At 10:21 a.m. he fell silent, appeared to yawn once deeply, and then fell asleep. He appeared to stop breathing two minutes later. At 10:28, a member of the medical team checked for a heartbeat. A curtain blocking the view of the room was closed as a coroner examined Mahdi. When the curtain was reopened at 10:30, death was declared to have occurred two minutes earlier. 

    Ater leaving the death house, Mrs. Darwish said she found comfort in hearing Mahdi recite the vow. "There's no apology. However, he doesn't realize it, but I'm grateful that he recited that… Translated, it means, 'There's only one God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet and messenger,'" Mrs. Darwish said. "He has found Allah, or religion, or whatever it may be. Hence, perhaps in time, none of us know when, his soul may be saved for his actions here on Earth." 

    According to Dr. S. Zaheer Hasan, a spokesman for the United Muslim Association of Toledo, the vow, known as shahada, is one of the five pillars of Islam. People make the proclamation upon becoming a Muslim and restate it often during their lives to affirm that there is only one God. Since "Allah" is Arabic for God, it can be translated either way correctly: "There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet," or "There is no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet." 

    Mrs. Darwish said she asked her two daughters whether they wanted to be with her as she watched her husband's killer die. But she said they assured her they did. "My concern was, are they here because they want to be, or is it because they have to be because of me?" she said. "They chose to do it." 

    Mona, 16, became the youngest witness of an Ohio execution. Neither she nor her sister talked to reporters. Although sniffles could be heard, there were no obvious tears. Mona declined a tissue when her mother offered it. Mrs. Darwish has since remarried Dennis Martin. The family plans to move soon from Toledo to Alabama where Mr. Martin works. 

    Mahdi spent his final hours of life in prayer with a pair of Islamic imams and on the phone throughout the night and wee hours of the morning with family and a friend. Mahdi fasted Wednesday from sunrise to sunset, and was with Mr. Hamed when he broke the fast that night with a "special meal'' of whole and chopped dates as well as hot tea with lemon and honey. He was also given a miswak, a tree branch used to clean teeth, as well as olive oil, which he used to lubricate his beard. 

    Since arriving at the prison Wednesday morning, he spent much of his time praying, engaging in ceremonial feet washing, reading, and talking on the telephone with someone identified as his wife, a cousin, a friend, and one of his state attorneys. 

    He also wrote two letters to unidentified individuals that he asked be mailed after his death. "He was very calm and peaceful," said Ohio Public Defender Tim Young, who spoke with Mahdi via telephone on Wednesday. "He had accepted the governor had denied clemency and what was going to happen." 

    Ohio's unique new lethal injection protocol involves a massive dose of thiopental sodium. The prior procedure involved a series of three drugs. Ohio remains the only state to use a one-drug process. It has yet to use the fallback process in the event the execution team fails to find usable veins - the direct injection of two drugs into muscle tissue. 

    Columbus Dispatch

    "Toledo killer executed; Last words are Islamic creed," by James Nash. (January 7, 2010 11:50 AM)
    LUCASVILLE, Ohio -- A Toledo man convicted of fatally shooting a convenience-store owner in 1993 this morning became the second person in the U.S. to be put to death using a single drug. Vernon Smith, 37, was pronounced dead at 10:28 after Lucasville prison staff administered a fatal dose of thiopental sodium, a powerful anesthetic. 

    He was the second death-row inmate to be put to death with a single drug after Ohio switched from a three-drug system in November. The change came after a botched execution attempt in October. "I'm sure there are plenty of people across the country who are watching what we're doing today," said state prisons director Terry Collins before the execution. 

    Asked for a final statement, Smith, who converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdullah Sharif Kaazim Mahdi in prison, repeated in Arabic four times: "There is no God but God, and Mohammed is his prophet." 

    Smith was convicted of fatally shooting Sohail Darwish, a 28-year-old immigrant from Saudi Arabia who owned a convenience store in Toledo that Smith and two accomplices robbed. Even though Darwish complied with the men's orders to hand over money from the cash register and his wallet, Smith shot him in the chest. Darwish, who bled to death, had a 1-year-old daughter, and his wife was pregnant with another girl. His widow and daughters came to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville today to witness Smith's execution. 

    Prison staff were easily able to find a vein in Smith's arm. A 5-gram dose of the lethal drug was administered at 10:20. Smith was pronounced dead eight minutes later. He appeared to mouth verses from the Quran as prison staff prepared him for the injection. Within a minute of the lethal drug entering his system, Smith's lips slowed. At 10:21, his mouth opened wide and his head jerked back slightly. He twitched for a couple of minutes after that but did not speak. 

    Darwish's widow and daughters witnessed the scene. They sniffled a little but there was no outpouring of emotion. At 10:03, Charlotte Darwish, Sohail's widow, turned to younger daughter Mona and said: "OK, so this is the beginning of the end, right, Mona?" Charlotte, who has remarried and is moving to Alabama with her daughters and husband, took questions from reporters afterward. Smith's imam did not. 

    Charlotte Darwish (she did not give a new last name) said that while she found it ironic that Smith adopted her late husband's religion while in jail, she did not begrudge him his beliefs. "He has found Allah or religion, whatever that may be, hence in time -- none of us know when that may be -- his soul may be saved," she said. "With the death of Vernon Smith, the unfortunate death of two people, two human beings, because of his hand, it is now the beginning of the end," she said. "As far as Vernon Smith, his life here on Earth, it is the end. What doors will open after that, I don't know." 

    Smith did not appear to show remorse over the murder and did not cooperate during clemency hearings. Still, two of the seven state Parole Board members recommended clemency Dec. 11. Gov. Ted Strickland, who admitted he wrestled with the decision, said late yesterday afternoon he would not to spare Smith's life. 

    Smith arrived at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville at 9:45 a.m. yesterday. He fasted from sunrise to sunset before eating a meal of whole and chopped dates and hot tea with lemon and honey. He also received olive oil to groom his beard and a "miswak" stick, a twig from the Peelu tree commonly used in Muslim countries to clean the teeth. 

    Dates are recommended in the Islamic faith to consume when ending a fast. Smith spent the night on the phone with a friend and a cousin before meeting with a mental-health counselor at dawn, prison officials said. He then huddled with two spiritual advisers: Iman Atif Hamed and Iman Sunni Ali.
    Smith did not eat breakfast. He had two brief phone calls with his wife yesterday before learning at 5:27 p.m. that Strickland had denied clemency. Smith's reaction was positive and respectful, a prison spokeswoman said.

    "Family sees end of dad's killer; Second execution with single drug has no complications," by James Nash. (Friday, January 8, 2010 3:09 AM) 

    LUCASVILLE, Ohio— As prison staffers prepared Vernon Smith to receive a fatal dose of an anesthetic, his victim's widow whispered to her daughter, "OK, so this is the beginning of the end, right, Mona?" 

    Mona Darwish, who was still in the womb when Smith fatally shot her father at a Toledo convenience store in 1993, nodded. About 25 minutes later, the 16-year-old became the youngest person to witness an execution in Ohio, at least since the state resumed capital punishment in 1999. 

    Smith, 37, was pronounced dead at 10:28 a.m. yesterday, eight minutes after staff members at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville administered a 5-gram dose of the powerful anesthetic sodium thiopental. 

    He was the second person in the country to be put to death using a single drug. The state had used a series of three chemicals but abandoned that protocol after executioners were unable to find a suitable vein to inject a convicted killer in September. There were no complications with Smith's execution. He mouthed verses from the Quran as medics prepared him for injection, and his lips continued moving until about a minute after the chemical entered his body. After that, his mouth opened wide and his head jerked back, and then he was largely motionless. 

    Smith died without addressing the family of Sohail Darwish, whom Smith killed while robbing Darwish's Toledo carryout in May 1993. Smith and two accomplices demanded that Darwish turn over the cash from his cash register and wallet. Even though Darwish complied, Smith shot him once in the chest. Darwish, 28, bled to death. 

    Darwish's widow, Charlotte, and daughters Mona, now 16, and Dolly, 17, remained mostly silent as prison officials located a vein in Smith's left arm, inserted a needle and then pumped the fatal chemical into his bloodstream. 

    Smith converted to Islam while in prison and changed his name to Abdullah Sharif Kaazim Mahdi. Asked whether he wished to make a final statement, the condemned inmate, wearing a traditional Muslim kufi cap, repeated an Islamic creed in Arabic four times. The statement translates roughly to, "There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his prophet." 

    Addressing reporters after Smith was pronounced dead, Charlotte Darwish said she was neither surprised nor especially disappointed that Smith did not apologize. "He doesn't realize it, but I am grateful that he recited that line," she said of the Islamic creed. "He has found Allah or religion, whatever that may be, hence in time -- none of us know when that may be -- his soul may be saved."
    Although Smith was married, his wife did not witness his execution. His only witness was Atef Hamed, an imam. Hamed remained silent during the execution and did not speak to reporters afterward. He planned to officiate at an Islamic burial for Smith later in the day. 

    Charlotte Darwish has remarried and is moving to Alabama, where her husband works. She closed Sohail Darwish's store after the murder. Yesterday, she remembered her late husband -- a Palestinian who was raised in Saudi Arabia -- for his enthusiasm about all things American. "He loved the United States and he embraced everything it had to offer -- from the people to the food, everything about the United States," she said. "Things we take for granted." 

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

    "Man who killed Toledo store owner in 1993 scheduled to be executed," by Julie Carr Smith. (AP January 07, 2010) 

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When Vernon Smith enters the execution chamber for the 1993 shooting and killing of an Arab store owner, he'll do so as Abdullah Sharif Kaazim Mahdi. 

    It's unclear what role the shopkeeper's heritage played in the shooting, but his family members will find themselves 16 years later watching a fellow Muslim put to death. 

    Smith's execution, scheduled for 10 a.m. today, was to be the second using Ohio's unique single-drug lethal-injection method instead of its previous three-drug system. The state made history last month by becoming the first to execute an inmate, Kenneth Biros, with an intravenous infusion of only sodium thiopental, a common anesthetic. 

    Smith, 37, fasted from sunrise to sunset Wednesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility and then took a last meal of chopped and whole dates and hot tea with honey and lemon. He also requested a miswak, a Muslim teeth-cleaning implement, and olive oil to lubricate his beard. 

    With his legal appeals exhausted, he and his attorneys waited with anticipation until late Wednesday to hear whether Gov. Ted Strickland would grant him clemency. His attorneys had argued that a botched robbery attempt by a 21-year-old raised by an abusive stepfather is not what the death penalty was intended for. 

    Strickland disagreed, turning down Smith's plea for mercy. The governor agreed with the majority recommendation of the Ohio Parole Board. 

    Smith, who is black, was sentenced to death for killing 29-year-old Sohail Darwish, who was raised in Saudi Arabia. Smith, wielding a gun, and two friends entered Darwish's carryout store in Toledo, demanded cash and stole beer. When Darwish grabbed for his money, Smith shot him once in the chest. Smith's friends told investigators that when he got back in their car, he said Darwish "shouldn't be in our neighborhood with a store, no way." 

    Darwish had a baby daughter, and his wife was pregnant with a second. Charlotte Darwish and her two girls -- Dolly, now 17, and Mona, 16 -- planned to witness Thursday's execution. Mona would be the youngest witness on record with the state, prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn said.
    Charlotte Darwish told the Parole Board in early December that her husband was devoted to the store and his customers. "My husband did belong in that neighborhood," she said. "He helped that neighborhood." 

    Smith's public defender Rob Lowe said evidence never bore out the allegation that Smith shot Darwish because he was Muslim. "Because it was an interracial crime, there was one statement made by him as a reason, but there are a lot of other things that contradict that, that show this wasn't a racial crime," Lowe said. "The evidence all shows and statements show that he went in there to rob." 

    Lowe said Smith converted to Islam shortly after his arrest and has never indicated the decision was related to the crime. 

    ProDeathPenalty.Com

    During the afternoon of May 26, 1993, Vernon Lamont Smith met up with Herbert Bryson and Lamont Layson at a dirt basketball court in a park at Highland and Maplewood in Toledo. The trio discussed "hitting a lick," i.e., committing a robbery. The group got in Bryson’s car, and Smith directed them to the corner of Woodstock and Avondale, where the Woodstock Market was located. Layson remained in the car while Smith and Bryson headed toward the carryout. Jeremiah Bishop, who was two houses down from the Woodstock Market at that time, saw Smith and another person enter the carryout.

    Bryson testified that after he and Smith entered the carryout, they noticed only two people in the store, both of whom were behind the counter. Bryson asked about a type of beer, and the storeowner, Sohail Darwish, came around the counter and walked over to the cooler to assist him. Darwish retrieved a forty-ounce beer bottle from the cooler and placed it on the counter. Bryson did the same. As Darwish was ringing up the sale on the cash register, Smith brandished a black gun and ordered Darwish to "open the cash register, motherf***er." Darwish, who was standing next to Bryson, put his hands up in the air and did not resist.

    Bryson went behind the counter and hit several buttons on the cash register, trying to open it. Bryson then ordered Darwish to open the cash register, which he did. Darwish then put his hands back up in the air. Osand Tahboub, a former co-worker who was visiting Darwish at the carryout at that time, testified that the gunman then told Darwish to "move and empty your wallet, mother***er." As Darwish was reaching for his wallet, Smith fired a single shot, hitting Darwish in the chest. Smith then ordered Tahboub to empty his wallet as well, and the two assailants then fled the scene. Darwish was able to push the alarm button before he fell to the floor. As a result of the single gunshot wound to the upper left side of his chest, Darwish bled to death.

    After Smith and Bryson left the carryout, Layson, who was waiting in Bryson’s car, noticed Smith holding a gun in his hand when he and Bryson climbed back into the automobile. According to Layson, Smith exclaimed, "Dang, I forgot the beer." When Bryson asked Smith "why did he do it," Smith replied that he shot the man "in the arm" because "he moved too slow," and that "he took too long opening the cash register." According to Layson, Smith then said, "F*** him, he in our neighborhood anyway. He shouldn’t be in our neighborhood with a store no way." Later, Smith and Bryson split the money taken in the robbery, which was apparently over $400. They also gave Layson all the stolen food stamps from the robbery plus $50.

    On June 9, approximately two weeks after the murder, police detective Dennis Richardson received information that persons possibly involved in a homicide were incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail. Based on this and other information he received from sources, Richardson made up an eight-man photo array, including a photo of Herbert Bryson, to show to Tahboub. The next day, upon viewing the array, Tahboub selected Bryson’s photo as "not the guy with the gun, but the other guy." Based on this information and the fact that computer records showed Smith as a known associate of Bryson, Richardson compiled a second photo array that included a picture of Smith. Richardson showed Tahboub the second photo array, and Tahboub immediately selected Smith’s photo as that of the gunman.

    Consequently, Smith was arrested, and along with Bryson and Layson, was indicted by the grand jury in the Darwish murder. In count one, Smith was charged with aggravated felony-murder during an aggravated robbery. A death penalty specification attached to this count alleged that Smith was the principal offender in the aggravated murder during a robbery. The second count charged Bryson and Layson with aggravated felony-murder during an aggravated robbery. Counts three through five charged all three defendants with aggravated robbery of the carryout, of Darwish, and of Tahboub respectively. All five counts also carried firearm specifications.

    Prior to trial, defense counsel informed the trial judge that the prosecution had offered Smith a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty. However, Smith declined the plea offer contrary to the advice of defense counsel. At an in-chambers conference, Smith reiterated his desire to decline the plea bargain and proceed to trial.

    A jury trial was held wherein both Bryson and Layson testified for the state as a result of plea agreements. Bryson, who was in the carryout at the time of the shooting, testified that Smith fired the gunshot that caused Darwish’s death. Layson testified that Smith exhibited no remorse when he admitted that he had shot the carryout owner. Tahboub also testified and identified Smith as the murderer. The defense presented no witnesses and made no closing argument at the conclusion of trial.

    After deliberation, the jury found Smith guilty as charged. At the mitigation hearing, several witnesses testified on Smith’s behalf, including his wife, mother, and a psychologist, Robert Kahl, who evaluated Smith. In Kahl’s opinion, Smith suffers from a mental illness, but Kahl was unable to identify it specifically, since he was unable to complete his evaluation due to Smith’s lack of cooperation during the interview process. Smith’s mother testified that Smith’s biological father was never around during Smith’s childhood. In addition, Smith’s stepfather physically abused the mother in front of the children, including Smith. Smith’s wife, Grace Smith, testified that Smith broke down and cried one or two days after the murder and told her that it was an accident, and that he didn’t mean to do it. The jury recommended death, and the court imposed the death sentence on Smith.


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                On this date, January 8, 1949, General Yoshijirō Umezu, died from rectal cancer in Prison. Please go to this previous blog post to learn more.

      

    Yoshijirō Umezu


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                On this date, January 9, 2015, two Al-Qaeda Brothers, Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, were shot dead, after being involved in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo Shooting. I will post information about these two terrorists from Wikipedia.
     
    Chérif and Saïd Kouachi
     
    Chérif Kouachi (left) and Saïd Kouachi (right)

    Born
    Chérif: 29 November 1982
    Saïd: 7 September 1980
    10th ARR, Paris, France
    Died
    9 January 2015 (aged 32 and 34)
    Dammartin-en-Goële, France
    Cause of death
    Gunshot wounds
    Nationality
    French

    Killings
    Date
    7–9 January 2015
    Location(s)
    Charlie Hebdo offices
    Target(s)
    Killed
    12
    Injured
    11
    Weapons
    Chérif and Saïd Kouachi

    Police quickly identified brothers Saïd Kouachi (French pronunciation: ​[sa.id kua.ʃi]; 7 September 1980 – 9 January 2015) and Chérif Kouachi ([ʃe.ʁif]; 29 November 1982 – 9 January 2015) as the main suspects. French citizens born in Paris to Algerian immigrants, the brothers were orphaned at a young age after their mother's apparent suicide and placed in a foster home in Rennes. After two years, they were moved to an orphanage in Corrèze in 1994, along with a younger brother and an older sister. The brothers moved to Paris around 2000.

    Chérif, also known as Abu Issen, was part of an informal gang that met in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in Paris to perform military-style training exercises and sent would-be jihadists to fight for al-Qaeda in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Chérif was arrested at age 22 in January 2005 when he and another man were about to leave for Syria, at the time a gateway for jihadists wishing to fight US troops in Iraq. He went to Fleury-Mérogis Prison, where he met Amedy Coulibaly. In prison, they found a mentor, Djamel Beghal, who had been sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2001 for his part in a plot to bomb the US embassy in Paris. Beghal had once been a regular worshiper at Finsbury Park Mosque in London and a disciple of the radical preachers Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada.

    Upon leaving prison, Chérif Kouachi married and got a job in a fish market on the outskirts of Paris. He became a student of Farid Benyettou, a radical Muslim preacher at the Addawa Mosque in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. Kouachi wanted to attack Jewish targets in France, but Benyettou told him that France, unlike Iraq, was not "a land of jihad".

    On 28 March 2008, Chérif was convicted of terrorism and sentenced to three years in prison, with 18 months suspended, for having assisted in sending fighters to militant Islamist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's group in Iraq, and for being part of a group that solicited young French Muslims to fight with Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq. He said outrage at the torture of inmates by the US Army at Baghdad Central Prison in Abu Ghraibinspired him to help Iraq's insurgency.

    French judicial documents state Amedy Coulibaly and Chérif Kouachi travelled with their wives in 2010 to central France to visit Djamel Beghal. In a police interview in 2010, Coulibaly identified Chérif as a friend he had met in prison and said they saw each other frequently. In 2010, the Kouachi brothers were named in connection with a plot to break out from jail another Islamist, Smaïn Aït Ali Belkacem. For lack of evidence, they were not prosecuted. Belkacem was one of those responsible for the 1995 Paris Métro and RER bombings that killed eight people.

    From 2009 to 2010, Saïd Kouachi visited Yemen on a student visa to study at the San'a Institute for the Arabic Language. There, according to a Yemeni reporter who interviewed Saïd, he met and befriended Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the perpetrator of the attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 later in 2009. Also according to the reporter, the two shared an apartment for "one or two weeks".

    In 2011, Saïd returned to Yemen for a number of months and trained with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula militants. According to a senior Yemeni intelligence source, he met al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki in the southern province of Shabwa. Chérif Kouachi told BFM TV that he had been funded by a network loyal to Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a drone strike in 2011 in Yemen. According to US officials, the US provided France with intelligence in 2011 showing the brothers received training in Yemen. French authorities monitored them until the spring of 2014. During the time leading to the Charlie Hebdo attack, Saïd lived with his wife and children in a block of flats in Reims. Neighbours described him as solitary.

    The weapons used in the attack were supplied via the Brussels underworld. According to the Belgian press, a criminal sold Amedy Coulibaly the rocket-propelled grenade launcher and Kalashnikov assault rifles that the Kouachi brothers used.

    In an interview between Chérif Kouachi and Igor Sahiri, one of France's BFMTV journalists, Chérif stated that "We are not killers. We are defenders of the prophet, we don’t kill women. We kill no one. We defend the prophet. If someone offends the prophet then there is no problem, we can kill him. We don’t kill women. We are not like you. You are the ones killing women and children in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. This isn’t us. We have an honour code in Islam."

    Suspected Charlie Hebdo attack driver

    The police initially identified the 18-year-old brother-in-law of Chérif Kouachi, a French Muslim student of North African descent and unknown nationality, as a third suspect in the shooting, accused of driving the getaway car. He was believed to have been living in Charleville-Mézières, about 200 km northeast of Paris near the border with Belgium. He turned himself in at a Charleville-Mézières police station early in the morning on 8 January 2015. The man said he was in class at the time of the shooting, and that he rarely saw Chérif Kouachi. Many of his classmates said that he was at school in Charleville-Mézières during the attack. After holding him for about 50 hours, police said that he was not being charged at that time.

    After the attack

    Manhunt

    A massive manhunt began immediately after the attack. One suspect left his ID card in an abandoned getaway car. Police officers searched apartments in the Île-de-France region, in Strasbourgand in Reims.

    Police detained several people during the manhunt for the two main suspects. A third suspect voluntarily reported to a police station after hearing he was wanted, and was not charged. Police described the assailants as "armed and dangerous". France raised its terror alertto its highest level and deployed soldiers in Île-de-Franceand Picardyregions.

    At 10:30 CET on 8 January, the day following the attack, the two primary suspects were spotted in Aisne, north-east of Paris. Armed security forces, including the National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) and the Force d'intervention de la police nationale (FIPN), were deployed to the department to search for the suspects.

    Later that day, the police search concentrated on the Picardy, particularly the area around Villers-Cotterêts and the village of Longpont, after the suspects robbed a petrol station near Villers-Cotterêts, then reportedly abandoned their car before hiding in a forest near Longpont. Searches continued into the surrounding Forêt de Retz (130 km2), one of the largest forests of France.

    The manhunt continued with the discovery of the two fugitive suspects early in the morning of 9 January. The Kouachis had hijacked a Peugeot 206 near the town of Crépy-en-Valois. They were chased by police cars for approximately 27 kilometres south down the N2 trunk road. At some point they abandoned their vehicle and an exchange of gunfire between pursuing police and the brothers took place near the commune of Dammartin-en-Goële, 35 kilometres (22 mi) northeast of Paris. Several blasts went off as well and Saïd Kouachi sustained a minor neck wound. Several others may have been injured as well but no one was killed in the gunfire. The suspects were not apprehended and escaped on foot.

    Dammartin-en-Goële hostage crisis

    At around 9:30 am, the Kouachi brothers fled into the office of Création Tendance Découverte, a signage production company on an industrial estate in Dammartin-en-Goële. Inside the building were owner Michel Catalano and a male employee, 26-year-old graphics designer Lilian Lepère. Catalano sent Lepère to hide in the refectory and remained in his office himself. Not long after, a salesman named Didier went to the printworks on business. Catalano came out with Chérif Kouachi who introduced himself as a police officer. They shook hands and Kouachi told Didier, "Leave. We don't kill civilians anyhow." These words were what caused Didier to guess that Kouachi was a terrorist and he alerted the police.

    The Kouachi brothers remained inside and a lengthy standoff began. Catalano re-entered the building and closed the door after Didier had left. The brothers were not aggressive towards Catalano, who stated, "I didn't get the impression they were going to harm me." He made coffee for them and helped bandage the neck wound that Saïd Kouachi had sustained during the earlier gunfire. Catalano was allowed to leave after an hour. Catalano swore three times to the terrorists that he was alone and did not reveal Lepère's presence. The Kouachi brothers were never aware of him being there. Lepère hid inside a cardboard box and sent the police text messages for around three hours during the siege, providing them with "tactical elements such as [the brothers'] location inside the premises".

    Given the proximity (10 km) of the siege to Charles de Gaulle Airport, two of the airport's runways were closed. Interior MinisterBernard Cazeneuve called for a police operation to neutralise the perpetrators. However, an Interior Ministry spokesman announced that the Ministry wished first to "establish a dialogue" with the suspects. Officials tried to establish contact with the suspects to negotiate the safe evacuation of a school 500 m from the siege. The Kouachi brothers did not respond to attempts at communication by the French authorities.

    While the Kouachi brothers were holding hostages in Dammartin-en-Goële, Amedy Coulibaly, who had met the brothers in prison, took hostages in a kosher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes in east Paris. Coulibaly was reportedly in contact with the Kouachi brothers as the sieges progressed, and told police that he would kill hostages if the brothers were harmed.

    The siege lasted for eight to nine hours, and at around 4:30 p.m. there were at least three explosions near the building. At around 5:00 pm, a police team landed on the roof of the building and a helicopter landed nearby. Before police could reach them, the pair ran out of the building and opened fire on police. The brothers had stated a desire to die as martyrs and the siege came to an end when both Kouachi brothers were gunned down. Lilian Lepère was rescued unharmed. A cache of weapons, including Molotov cocktails and a rocket launcher, was found in the area.

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    On this date, 9 January 2009, a Salakau gangster in Singapore, Tan Chor Jin A.K.A The One-Eyed Dragon was executed by hanging in Singapore. He shot and killed nightclub owner Lim Hock Soon at the latter's apartment at Serangoon Ave 4 in the early hours of the morning on 15 February 2006. The weapon used was believed to be a Beretta 92. A total of 5 shots were fired. Good that he was executed 3 years after the murder, not live on Death Row for decades. 

    Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about this hitman.

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                On this date, January 9, 2013, 70-year-old Dennis Stanworth phoned the Police to confess that he had murdered his own mother. Keep in mind; he had murdered two teenage girls in 1966. Those murders had all happened in the State of California. The SAFE California and the A.C.L.U are as usual keeping quiet about it. Dennis Stanworth’s case is similar to the one of Robert Lee Massie who had his death sentence overturned, only to be paroled to kill again in California.

                Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about this recidivist killer and go to the Unit 1012 Blog Post to read an op-ed on him. 

       

    Dennis Stanworth in 2013, left, and in the 1960s ( (Mike Jory/Times-Herald; Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office)

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                On this date, January 9, 2015, the perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris two days earlier are both killed after a hostage situation. Elsewhere, a second hostage situation, related to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, occurs at a Jewish market, Hypercacher, in the eastern Paris suburb of Vincennes. I will post information about the Gunman from ISIS, Amedy Coulibaly from Wikipedia.


    Amedy Coulibaly





    Born
    27 February 1982
    Juvisy-sur-Orge, Île-de-France, France
    Died
    9 January 2015 (aged 32)
    Paris, France
    Cause of death
    Gunshot wounds
    Resting place
    In Muslim section of cemetery in Thiais, France
    Nationality
    French
    Other names
    Abou Bassir Abdallah al-Ifriqi
    Occupation
    Unemployed; previously Coca Cola worker
    Known for
    Height
    5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
    Religion
    Islam
    Criminal charge
    Robbery, drug trafficking, assisting plot to break out Islamist terrorist from prison (December 2013)
    Criminal penalty
    Five years in prison
    Criminal status
    Convicted; Released early, in March 2014
    Spouse(s)

    Allegiance
    Capture status
    Killed
    Killings
    Date
    8–9 January 2015
    Location(s)
    Target(s)
    • Patrons of kosher supermarket
    • Police officer
    • Jogger
    Killed
    5
    Injured
    11
    Weapons
    Amedy Coulibaly(French pronunciation: ​[amɛdi kulibali]; 27 February 1982 – 9 January 2015) was the main suspect for the Montrouge shooting, in which municipal police officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe was shot and killed, and was the hostage-taker and gunman in the Porte de Vincennes siege, in which he killed four hostages and was killed by police.

    He was a close friend of Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, the gunmen in the Charlie Hebdo shooting, to which Coulibaly's shootings were connected. He said he synchronized his attacks with the Kouachi brothers. Coulibaly had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

    His wife, Hayat Boumeddiene, is currently being sought by French police as a suspected accomplice of Coulibaly, alleged to have helped him commit his attacks. She arrived in Turkey five days before the attacks. She has been described by newspapers as "France's most wanted woman". She was last tracked on 10 January 2015 to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-controlled border town of Tell Abyad in Syria.

    Early life

    Coulibaly was born in Juvisy-sur-Orge, a suburb south-east of Paris, into a Malian Muslim immigrant family. He was the only boy, with nine sisters. He grew up on a housing estate, La Grande Borne, in Grigny, south of Paris.

    Starting at the age of 17, he was convicted five times for armed robbery and at least once for drug trafficking. A report by a psychiatric expert prepared for a Parisian court found Coulibaly had an "immature and psychopathicpersonality" and "poor powers of introspection".

    Activities prior to 2015 shootings

    In 2004, Coulibaly was sentenced to six years in Fleury-Mérogis Prison for armed bank robbery. There, he met Chérif Kouachi. He is believed to have converted to radical Islam at the same time as Chérif. In prison he also met al-Qaeda recruiter Djamel Beghal, who was in "isolation" in the cell above him but whom he was nevertheless able to communicate with.

    After release from prison he married Hayat Boumeddiene on 5 July 2009 in an Islamic religious ceremony. Boumeddiene's father stood in for her at the marriage service. On 15 July 2009, while involved in an effort promoting youth employment, Coulibaly, along with about 500 others, met with then-President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    A source stated that Coulibaly "was friends of both of" the Kouachi brothers, and he had first met Cherif in prison. Coulibaly and the Kouachi brothers were known members of the "Buttes-Chaumont network" (fr). The name comes from the nearby Parc des Buttes Chaumont, where they often met and performed military-style training exercises with other French-Algerian extremists. Coulibaly is believed to have been radicalised by an Islamic preacher in Paris, and had expressed a desire to fight in either Iraq or Syria.

    Ten months after his meeting with Sarkozy, in May 2010 police arrested him and searched his apartment. They found ammunition, a crossbow, and letters seeking false official documents. Coulibaly maintained that he was planning to sell the ammunition on the street. In December 2013 he was sentenced to five years in prison for supplying ammunition for a plot to break out from prison radical French-Algerian Islamist Smain Ait Ali Belkacem (who had planned the 1995 Paris Métro and RER bombings), a plot in which the Kouachi brothers were also involved. However, Coulibaly was released early from Villepinte prison outside Paris, in March 2014. He was required to wear an electronic bracelet until May 2014.

    In August 2014, Coulibaly and his wife approached a Jewish school, and inquired if there were Jews inside. The security guard asked them to leave.

    A week before the attacks, on 4 January 2015 Coulibaly rented a house in Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, in the southern Paris suburbs. There, after the attacks, police discovered automatic weapons, a grenade launcher, smoke grenades and bombs, handguns, industrial explosives, and flags of the Islamic State.

    He had pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as he put it, "as soon as the caliphate was declared," which was in the summer of 2014. He stated this, and described how he and the Kouachi brothers had synchronized their attacks and were "a team, in league together," in a video posted on Twitter days after he and the brothers were killed. Text in the video states that Coulibaly had killed a policewoman and "five Jews." The video captions him with the names "Amedy Coulibaly" and "Abou Bassir Abdallah al-Ifriqi". As the video includes news reports of his attack on the kosher supermarket, it was edited by someone after he was killed.

      



    Shootings on 7–9 January 2015


    Coulibaly is said to be responsible for three shootings, and he said he synchronized his attacks with the Kouachi brothers. In the shootings, five people were killed and eleven others were wounded.

    The first shooting was of a jogger who was wounded on the evening of 7 January in Fontenay-aux-Roses. Shell casings found at the scene were later linked to the weapon carried by Coulibaly in his kosher supermarket attack.

    The second shooting occurred in Montrouge on 8 January. Clarissa Jean-Philippe, an unarmed French policewoman, was killed, and a street sweeper was critically injured. DNA found at the scene was a match to Coulibay.

    The third shooting took place at Porte de Vincennes, east Paris, on 9 January. Coulibaly killed four more people, all Jewish patrons at a Jewish Hypercachersupermarket at Porte de Vincennes, at the outset of an hours-long siege in which he demanded that the Kouachi brothers be freed. At the outset of that attack, he introduced himself to his hostages, saying: "I am Amedy Coulibaly, Malian and Muslim. I belong to the Islamic State." French commandos stormed the store, and killed Coulibaly. He left in his car maps indicating the locations of Jewish schools in Paris.

    Aftermath

    After Mali refused to accept Coulibaly's body for burial, he was buried in an unmarked grave in the Muslim section of a cemetery in Thiais.

    His wife, Hayat Boumeddiene, is currently being sought by French police as a suspected accomplice of Coulibaly, alleged to have helped him commit his attacks. She arrived in Turkey five days before the attacks. She has been described by newspapers as "France's most wanted woman". She was last tracked on 10 January 2015 to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-controlled border town of Tell Abyad in Syria.

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    The Beast As Saint

    The Truth About "Martin Luther King"

    by Kevin Alfred Strom

     
    (the text of a speech given by Mr. Strom on the nationwide radio program, American Dissident Voices)

    WHEN THE COMMUNISTS TOOK OVER a country, one of the first things that they did was to confiscate all the privately-held weapons, to deny the people the physical ability to resist tyranny. But even more insidious than the theft of the people's weapons was the theft of their history. Official Communist "historians" rewrote history to fit the current party line. In many countries, revered national heroes were excised from the history books, or their real deeds were distorted to fit Communist ideology, and Communist killers and criminals were converted into official "saints." Holidays were declared in honor of the beasts who murdered countless nations. 





    Did you know that much the same process has occurred right here in America?
     
    Every January, the media go into a kind of almost spastic frenzy of adulation for the so-called "Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr." King has even had a national holiday declared in his honor, an honor accorded to no other American, not Washington, not Jefferson, not Lincoln. (Washington and Lincoln no longer have holidays — they share the generic-sounding "President's Day.") A liberal judge has sealed the FBI files on King until the year 2027. What are they hiding? Let's take a look at this modern-day plastic god. 

    Born in 1929, King was the son of a Black preacher known at the time only as "Daddy King.""Daddy King" named his son Michael. In 1935, "Daddy King" had an inspiration to name himself after the Protestant reformer Martin Luther. He declared to his congregation that henceforth they were to refer to him as "Martin Luther King" and to his son as "Martin Luther King, Jr." None of this name changing was ever legalized in court. "Daddy" King's son's real name is to this day Michael King. 

      


    King's Brazen Cheating

    We read in Michael Hoffman's Holiday for a Cheater:
     
    The first public sermon that King ever gave, in 1947 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, was plagiarized from a homily by Protestant clergyman Harry Emerson Fosdick entitled "Life is What You Make It," according to the testimony of King's best friend of that time, Reverend Larry H. Williams. The first book that King wrote, Stride Toward Freedom, was plagiarized from numerous sources, all unattributed, according to documentation recently assembled by sympathetic King scholars Keith D. Miller, Ira G. Zepp, Jr., and David J. Garrow. 

    And no less an authoritative source than the four senior editors of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. (an official publication of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., whose staff includes King's widow Coretta), stated of King's writings at both Boston University and Crozer Theological Seminary: "Judged retroactively by the standards of academic scholarship, [his writings] are tragically flawed by numerous instances of plagiarism.... Appropriated passages are particularly evident in his writings in his major field of graduate study, systematic theology." King's essay, "The Place of Reason and Experience in Finding God," written at Crozer, pirated passages from the work of theologian Edgar S. Brightman, author of The Finding of God. Another of King's theses, "Contemporary Continental Theology," written shortly after he entered Boston University, was largely stolen from a book by Walter Marshall Horton. King's doctoral dissertation, "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Harry Nelson Wieman," for which he was awarded a PhD in theology, contains more than fifty complete sentences plagiarized from the PhD dissertation of Dr. Jack Boozer, "The Place of Reason in Paul Tillich's Concept of God." 

    According to The Martin Luther King Papers, in King's dissertation "only 49 per cent. of sentences in the section on Tillich contain five or more words that were King's own...."!
     

    In The Journal of American History, June 1991, page 87, David J. Garrow, a leftist academic who is sympathetic to King, says that King's wife, Coretta Scott King, who also served as his secretary, was an accomplice in his repeated cheating. Reading Garrow's article, one is led to the inescapable conclusion that King cheated because he had chosen for himself a political role in which a PhD would be useful, and, lacking the intellectual ability to obtain the title fairly, went after it by any means necessary. Why, then, one might ask, did the professors at Crozer Theological Seminary and Boston University grant him passing grades and a PhD? Garrow states on page 89: "King's academic compositions, especially at Boston University, were almost without exception little more than summary descriptions... and comparisons of other's writings. Nonetheless, the papers almost always received desirable letter grades, strongly suggesting that King's professors did not expect more...." 

    The editors of The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers state that "...the failure of King's teachers to notice his pattern of textual appropriation is somewhat remarkable...." 

    But researcher Michael Hoffman tells us "...actually the malfeasance of the professors is not at all remarkable. King was politically correct, he was Black, and he had ambitions. The leftist [professors were] happy to award a doctorate to such a candidate no matter how much fraud was involved. Nor is it any wonder that it has taken forty years for the truth about King's record of nearly constant intellectual piracy to be made public." 

    Supposed scholars, who in reality shared King's vision of a racially mixed and Marxist America, purposely covered up his cheating for decades. The cover-up still continues. From the New York Times of October 11, 1991, page 15, we learn that on October 10th of that year, a committee of researchers at Boston University admitted that, "There is no question but that Dr. King plagiarized in the dissertation." However, despite its finding, the committee said that "No thought should be given to the revocation of Dr. King's doctoral degree," an action the panel said "would serve no purpose." 

    No purpose, indeed! Justice demands that, in light of his willful fraud as a student, the titles "reverend" and the "doctor" should be removed from King's name.   

    Communist Beliefs and Connections

    Well friends, he is not a legitimate reverend, he is not a bona fide PhD, and his name isn't really "Martin Luther King, Jr." What's left? Just a sexual degenerate, an America-hating Communist, and a criminal betrayer of even the interests of his own people. 

    On Labor Day, 1957, a special meeting was attended by Martin Luther King and four others at a strange institution called the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee. The Highlander Folk School was a Communist front, having been founded by Myles Horton (Communist Party organizer for Tennessee) and Don West (Communist Party organizer for North Carolina). The leaders of this meeting with King were the aforementioned Horton and West, along with Abner Berry and James Dumbrowski, all open and acknowledged members of the Communist Party, USA. The agenda of the meeting was a plan to tour the Southern states to initiate demonstrations and riots. 

      



    From 1955 to 1960, Martin Luther King's associate, advisor, and personal secretary was one Bayard Rustin. In 1936 Rustin joined the Young Communist League at New York City College. Convicted of draft-dodging, he went to prison for two years in 1944. On January 23, 1953 the Los Angeles Times reported his conviction and sentencing to jail for 60 days for lewd vagrancy and homosexual perversion. Rustin attended the 16th Convention of the Communist Party, USA in February, 1957. One month later, he and King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, or SCLC for short. The president of the SCLC was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The vice-president of the SCLC was the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, who was also the president of an identified Communist front known as the Southern Conference Educational Fund, an organization whose field director, a Mr. Carl Braden, was simultaneously a national sponsor of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, of which you may have heard. The program director of the SCLC was the Reverend Andrew Young, in more recent years Jimmy Carter's ambassador to the UN and mayor of Atlanta. Young, by the way, was trained at the Highlander Folk School, previously mentioned. 

      



    Soon after returning from a trip to Moscow in 1958, Rustin organized the first of King's famous marches on Washington. The official organ of the Communist Party, The Worker, openly declared the march to be a Communist project. Although he left King's employ as secretary in 1961, Rustin was called upon by King to be second in command of the much larger march on Washington which took place on August 28, 1964. 

    Bayard Rustin's replacement in 1961 as secretary and advisor to King was Jack O'Dell, also known as Hunter Pitts O'Dell. According to official records, in 1962 Jack O'Dell was a member of the National Committee of the Communist Party, USA. He had been listed as a Communist Party member as early as 1956. O'Dell was also given the job of acting executive director for SCLC activities for the entire Southeast, according to the St. Louis Globe-Democrat of October 26, 1962. At that time, there were still some patriots in the press corps, and word of O'Dell's party membership became known. 

    What did King do? Shortly after the negative news reports, King fired O'Dell with much fanfare. And he then, without the fanfare, immediately hired him againas director of the New York office of the SCLC, as confirmed by the Richmond News-Leaderof September 27, 1963. 

      



    In 1963 a Black man from Monroe, North Carolina named Robert Williams made a trip to Peking, China. Exactly 20 days before King's 1964 march on Washington, Williams successfully urged Mao Tse-Tung to speak out on behalf of King's movement. Mr. Williams was also around this time maintaining his primary residence in Cuba, from which he made regular broadcasts to the southern United States, three times a week, from high-power AM transmitters in Havana under the title "Radio Free Dixie." In these broadcasts, he urged violent attacks by Blacks against White Americans. 

    During this period, Williams wrote a book entitled Negroes With Guns. The writer of the foreword for this book? None other than "Martin Luther King, Jr." It is also interesting to note that the editors and publishers of this book were to a man all supporters of the infamous Fair Play for Cuba Committee

    According to King's biographer and sympathizer David J. Garrow, "King privately described himself as a Marxist." In his 1981 book, The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr., Garrow quotes King as saying in SCLC staff meetings, "...we have moved into a new era, which must be an era of revolution.... The whole structure of American life must be changed.... We are engaged in the class struggle." 

    Jewish Communist Stanley Levison can best be described as King's behind-the-scenes "handler." Levison, who had for years been in charge of the secret funnelling of Soviet funds to the Communist Party, USA, was King's mentor and was actually the brains behind many of King's more successful ploys. It was Levison who edited King's book, Stride Toward Freedom. It was Levison who arranged for a publisher. Levison even prepared King's income tax returns! It was Levison who really controlled the fund-raising and agitation activities of the SCLC. Levison wrote many of King's speeches. King described Levison as one of his "closest friends." 

      


     

    FBI: King Bought Sex With SCLC Money

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation had for many years been aware of Stanley Levison's Communist activities. It was Levison's close association with King that brought about the initial FBI interest in King. 

    Lest you be tempted to believe the controlled media's lie about "racists" in the FBI being out to "get" King, you should be aware that the man most responsible for the FBI's probe of King was Assistant Director William C. Sullivan. Sullivan describes himself as a liberal, and says that initially "I was one hundred per cent. for King...because I saw him as an effective and badly needed leader for the Black people in their desire for civil rights." The probe of King not only confirmed their suspicions about King's Communist beliefs and associations, but it also revealed King to be a despicable hypocrite, an immoral degenerate, and a worthless charlatan. 

    According to Assistant Director Sullivan, who had direct access to the surveillance files on King which are denied the American people, King had embezzled or misapplied substantial amounts of money contributed to the "civil rights" movement. King used SCLC funds to pay for liquor, and numerous prostitutes both Black and White, who were brought to his hotel rooms, often two at a time, for drunken sex parties which sometimes lasted for several days. These types of activities were the norm for King's speaking and organizing tours. 

    In fact, an outfit called the "National Civil Rights Museum" in Memphis, Tennessee, which is putting on display the two bedrooms from the Lorraine Motel where King stayed the night before he was shot, has declined to depict in any way the occupants of those rooms. That—according to exhibit designer Gerard Eisterhold—would be "close to blasphemy." The reason? "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." spent his last night on Earth having sexual intercourse with two women at the motel and physically beating and abusing a third

    Sullivan also stated that King had alienated the affections of numerous married women. According to Sullivan, who in 30 years with the Bureau had seen everything there was to be seen of the seamy side of life, King was one of only seven people he had ever encountered who was such a total degenerate. 

    Noting the violence that almost invariably attended King's supposedly "non-violent" marches, Sullivan's probe revealed a very different King from the carefully crafted public image. King welcomed members of many different Black groups as members of his SCLC, many of them advocates and practitioners of violence. King's only admonition on the subject was that they should embrace "tactical nonviolence." 

    Sullivan also relates an incident in which King met in a financial conference with Communist Party representatives, not knowing that one of the participants was an infiltrator actually working for the FBI.
    J. Edgar Hoover personally saw to it that documented information on King's Communist connections was provided to the President and to Congress. And conclusive information from FBI files was also provided to major newspapers and news wire services. But were the American people informed of King's real nature? No, for even in the 1960s, the fix was in—the controlled media and the bought politicians were bound and determined to push their racial mixing program on America. King was their man and nothing was going to get in their way. With a few minor exceptions, these facts have been kept from the American people. The pro-King propaganda machine grinds on, and it is even reported that a serious proposal has been made to add some of King's writings as a new book in the Bible. 

    Ladies and gentlemen, the purpose of this radio program is far greater than to prove to you the immorality and subversion of this man called King. 

    I want you to start to think for yourselves. 

    I want you to consider this: What are the forces and motivation behind the controlled media's active promotion of King? 

    What does it tell you about our politicians when you see them, almost without exception, falling all over themselves to honor King as a national hero? 

    What does it tell you about our society when any public criticism of this moral leper and Communist functionary is considered grounds for dismissal? 

    What does it tell you about the controlled media when you see how they have successfully suppressed the truth and held out a picture of King that can only be described as a colossal lie? 

    You need to think, my fellow Americans. You desperately need to wake up.





    Bibliography

    1. Hoffman, Michael A., Holiday for a Cheater, (Wiswell Ruffin House, Dresden, New York, 1992)
    2. Steffgen, Kent H., Bondage of the Free, (Vanguard Books, Berkeley, California, 1966)
    3. Garrow, David J., The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr., (W. W. Norton & Co, New York City, 1981)
    Further information on King's Communist connections and the FBI surveillance of Stanley Levison can be found in the Congressional Record.
    The broadcast version of this article was originally published by National Vanguard.

    The Beast As Saint: The Truth About Martin Luther King Jr. (With CC: Duration 21 mins.)

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                80 years ago on this date, January 16, 1936, a Serial Killer, Albert Fish was executed by the electric chair in Sing Sing Correctional Facility, New York. 

       
    Mugshot from 1903
    Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish(May 19, 1870 – January 16, 1936) was an American serial killer. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac, and The Boogey Man. A child rapist and cannibal, he boasted that he "had children in every state", and at one time stated the number was about 100. However, it is not known whether he was talking about rapes or cannibalization, less still whether he was telling the truth. He was a suspect in at least five murders during his lifetime. Fish confessed to three murders that police were able to trace to a known homicide, and he confessed to stabbing at least two other people. He was put on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Grace Budd, and was convicted and executed by electric chair.


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    On this date, January 16, 2013, a double Prison Killer, Robert Gleason Jr. was executed by the electric chair in Virginia. Please go to this blog post to see my comments on this killer.

      
    Robert Gleason Jr.            

    Victim, Aaron Cooper


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    The Gambian Firing Squad

    Thousands stage anti-EU demonstration

    Monday, January 14, 2013

    Thousands of Gambians Friday marched in Banjul to show solidarity with President Yahya Jammeh for his stance against the 17-point demands by the European Union.

    Marchers including men and women from all walks of life, marched from the Arch 22 to State House in Banjul, with banners saying “No to EU demands”, “We will never relent”, and “You can’t buy us Gambians”.

    Alhagie Saihou Sanyang, on behalf of the marchers, presented to President Jammeh a declaration, which among others condemned the European Union for its demands.

    Addressing the gathering, President Jammeh described the move as a show of patriotism and true faith in the supremacy of the Almighty Allah.

    “I am very grateful that 99% of Gambians are patriotic and they are behind this government and they are God-fearing. Only the Almighty Allah we obey; only the Almighty Allah we worship; and only our country we love, the rest we don’t care,” he told thousands of cheering supporters.

    “I don’t think I need to tell anybody Asian, European or Latin American, African or whatever you are, who I am and what I stand for. I am Yahya A.J.J Jammeh, born in 1965 in Kanilai and I was born a few months after independence, which shows everybody that I did not want to be born under colonialism.”

    He told the gathering attended by cabinet ministers that the same Yahya A.J.J Jammeh that risked his life as a lieutenant in 1994 to liberate this country is the same Yahya A.J.J Jammeh who is here to die for Africa, die for The Gambia and die for dignity. 

    “There are a lot of Yahya Jammeh’s but I’m the only one and only Yahya A.J.J Jammeh and throughout the history of humanity, I am the only Yahya who is a President. I don’t have to go further into that, but what I want to assure you is this: I believe in the Almighty Allah. The destiny of this country, its socio economic development can only come from the Almighty Allah and implemented by Gambians the way they want it,” he added.

    He further stated that “If in 1994 when Gambia was a very backward and dilapidated country, I was ready to die for The Gambia, today after 18 years of progress, I am ready to die now for The Gambia.”

    The Gambian leader also told the gathering that “to the few cockroaches that are supporting them, and for whom these demands are made; let me make it very clear that this country will be defended to the letter, and any cockroach who wants to interfere in the peace and stability of this country, be ready for the consequences. I don’t care what they say!”

    “We have seen your declarations on the Western-backed websites; if you are men and are courageous, come to The Gambia; you will find Yahya Jammeh here,” he said, before vowing that if ever he moved from his pledge to die for The Gambia and for Africa, may the Almighty Allah destroy him.

    In his view, the EU did not mention anything about agriculture, or education “but all they are talking about is the freedom of criminals”. 

    “Instead of talking about health infrastructure, they are talking about prison conditions. Let me remind the Europeans that there is no word for prison in any of our local languages. There were no prisons in Africa before they came; they brought prisons, and the prisons are here to stay, thanks to their colonialism,” he stated.

    Instead of talking about how to improve the general health of the Gambians, Jammeh added, they (EU) are talking about homosexuals. 

    “We Africans move forward and not backwards. If they want the homosexuals, let them collect them if they know where they are, but if I know where they are before the Europeans, I will lock them up. If they want homosexuals, they are welcome to take them to Europe.”

    Noting that all the laws in this country are in line with the Constitution, which was promulgated after a referendum, President Jammeh emphasized that he is not a racist.

    “Any country, any international corporate body, any international organization is welcome to The Gambia to dialogue with respect and dignity, as long as this so-called dialogue does not insult our integrity and independence.

    “I am not anti-East, West, North or South, but I am anti-imperialism, anti-arrogance, anti-racism and I will always remain anti-hypocrisy, because as a Muslim, I should not work with hypocrites,” he stated.

    Meanwhile, among the demands by the European Union are the upholding of the moratorium on the death penalty with immediate effect, revision of laws on freedom of expression and media regulations within 24 months, provision of information regarding the recent executions, including location of burial of the bodies to the families. 

    Author: Lamin B. Darboe
    Source: Picture: President Yahya Jammeh


       



    The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh to EU: Go to hell; Prison executions blown out of proportions
    By Mathew K Jallow

    Yahya Jammeh's shocking statements last week that the executions of; not nine, but twenty-five innocent Mile Two Prison inmates “was blown out of proportions” and telling the European Union “to go to Hell,” veered well past the point of insensitivity into something very close to insanity. The twisted mindset that compelled Yahya Jammeh to even enunciate such sanguinary commentary maybe insensitive, but insane; Yahya Jammeh is not. Like everything else he has done, Yahya Jammeh is merely putting up a brave front that on the surface projects calm comfort, and to give the impression that he can stand up to the powerful European Union, but in his mind, he is a nervous wreck, in despair and in utter fear of the intense political pressure now being brought to bear to expose the ruthless underhandedness with which he has so cruelly exercised power. Nowadays, Yahya Jammeh is a man consumed by severe internal turmoil and on the verge of buckling under the weight of this unforgiving strain. For such a universally hated person as Yahya Jammeh, with everything to lose, this veneer of numbness and detachment from the Gambia's familiar issues of state sanctioned murders, forced disappearances, and the constant arrest and detentions of the innocent that have so profoundly tortured the Gambian psyche, only illustrates the sheer depth of Yahya Jammeh's apprehension about his regime's future survival prospects. For years now, Yahya Jammeh's overarching concern has not been the business of governing; instead he has been totally consumed by political tyranny and economic exploitation of the Gambian state. Today, a year after the national elections, not a single cabinet has survived one month without the notorious reshuffling that has bedeviled his listless regime. Not unlike everything else, the frequent cabinet changes are far from being merely tangentially related to the perennial chaos and crisis pervading every aspect of life in our country. Rather, the familiar and crippling ministerial musical-chairs, like the country's permanent state of Martial Law, is also at the very heart of this disastrous conundrum so emblematic of the dysfunction of the Yahya Jammeh regime.

    Just last week, an internet video of Yahya Jammeh fecklessly railing against the European Union surfaced to the complete and utter dismay and disgust of most Gambians. The video exposed his extreme discomfort and the visible disconnectedness of the eclectic group of miserable looking cabinet ministers nervously hunched, humped and crouched in filial silence. In a monotonous hour-long soliloquy, Yahya Jammeh's stunning lack of a sense of reality was an eerie reminder of Idi Amin Dada's infamous ministerial meetings which often ended in the deaths of some of his ministers. But, Yahya Jammeh's trivializing defiance of the EU is a losing battle; a deja vous likely to condemn Gambia to the specter of economic sanctions not unlike those that collapsed the Iraqi and Iranian economies then and now. The prospect of Yahya Jammeh tarring Gambia with the same punishing political outcome must be a wake-up call to all Gambians, but it is common knowledge that Yahya Jammeh is totally impervious to reason and lacks the intellectual fortitude to make sound judgments. The EU's capacity to wreck economic havoc and totally incapacitate Yahya Jammeh's regime is not in dispute, and his cynical defiance and downright disrespectful posturing will not make sanctions less likely. The European Union's ground-breaking commitment to Gambia's interest is underpinned by a commitment to moral rectitude and the return of the rule of law. As determined and as focused as the EU is, Yahya Jammeh's posturing will likely push Gambia towards the brink of economy catastrophe in the event he does not relent. The EU bureaucrats cannot be bribed, as Yahya Jammeh does with breathtaking frequency with selfish IMF and World Bank officials from corrupt Third World countries. The EU will never capitulate to Yahya Jammeh's madding narcissism and notorious charm offensives. Moreover, the Honorable Dr. Momodou Sedat Jobe, Gambia's internationally renowned political and diplomatic luminary will not make it any easier for Yahya Jammeh as he travels around Europe to huddle with European leaders in addressing Gambia's bloody, long drawn-out struggle for political liberty. Additional to Dr. Jobe's ongoing tour, Dr. Amadou S Janneh, the Civil Society Associations Gambia's (CSAG) newly elected Campaign Strategist, and Mr. Banka Manneh, CSAG's Chairman, plan travels this summer to meet with European and US officials as well as Diaspora Gambian communities aimed at uniting all willing Gambians in the struggle against Yahya Jammeh's dictatorship.

    That said; Yahya Jammeh's declaration that the universally condemned executions of, not nine, but twenty-five innocent Mile Two Prison inmates on August 23rd 2012, “was blown out of proportions” is a disgusting abstraction of reality. If anything, it is illuminates his dangerously stolid mindset and questions his cognitive fitness to serve. Tabara Samba's brutal gang rape before her executions, the execution of a mentally insane person, Abubacarr Yarboe, and the execution of Momodou Darboe, whose death sentence was commuted to life more than twenty years earlier, are all snapshots of the lawlessness and the screaming madness that surround the Mile Two Prison executions. The unexhausted legal remedies the law allowed were ostentatiously abrogated with mindless impunity. Needless to say, the executions themselves were a tragic national aberration of monumental proportions, besides being a glaring exhibition of an unmitigated disregard of the Constitution and the laws of the land. Even today, nearly six months later, the executions still defy imagination. The European Union's recent demand for the disclosure of the burial grounds of the all executed comes in the wake of the incessant demands by Gambians for the retrieval of the executed corpses to grant them decent burials. It is understandable that the European Union officials may be skeptical, but every Gambian is aware of Yahya Jammeh's godless human sacrifice practices. To-date, nearly twenty children have been sacrificed in planned and staged motorcade accidents that often lure children to their merciless deaths. The rush for goodies thrown out by Yahya Jammeh and his helpers from heavily militarized speeding motorcades have so far claimed the lives of more than a dozen children and this primitive tribal practice of child sacrifice stopped only after the media realized that the eerily similar deaths were after all planned human sacrifices; not accidental deaths. But these are uncommonly difficult days for Yahya Jammeh, and with pressure mounting around him, he is likely to execute Gambians again to ward off “evil-spirits” and “save” his military regime from collapse. Gambians at home must, therefore, be vigilant, but above all, mindful of Yahya Jammeh's conditioned and effortless capacity to kill again. We are in the nexus between the EU's determination and Yahya Jammeh's familiar stubbornness, and Coalition for Change Gambia and Civil Society Associations-Gambia urged the European Union to never surrender to Yahya Jammeh's puerile comedies and banal threats. This time, EU's position must be the unequivocal support of the Gambian people in this time of desperate need for political change.

    Mathew K Jallow, one of The Gambia's vociferous opponent and critic of Yahya Jammeh's military regime, has been exiled in the US for more than a decade.

    Source: Mathew K Jallow
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    Vladan Glisic, a leader of the Dveri party (Serbian): "He will never be my friend [Tony Blair] and whoever's his friend is my enemy."

    Around 2,000 people gathered in front of the Serbian government in Belgrade, Saturday March 21, 2015 to protest against the 'pro-EU' government hiring Tony Blair as a political adviser while signing deals with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/

    The protesters, led by the party of Dveri (Door Party), demand closer economic ties with Russia instead of the EU. Protesters held pictures of Vladimir Putin and chanted "Serbia, Russia, we don't need EU," and trampled on a cardboard effigy Tony Blair.

    After the gathering in front of the government building, the protesters marched to the Serbian Broadcasting Company demanding an end to 'censorship' of opposition parties.



    Gambia: Regions Say No to EU Demands

    23 January 2013

    The peoples of the North Bank, Central River, Lower River and Upper River Regions respectively from Thursday through Sunday, staged protest marches in their various administrative regions in solidarity with the Gambia government against the EU 17-point demandS on the basis of Article 8 Political Dialogue.

    North Bank Region

    On Thursday, January 17th, 2013, the people of North Bank Region staged a mass protest against the EU demands with a march past from the AFPRC General Hospital in Farafenni to the home of the former chief of Illiasa, where they were received by Ebrima Ansu Tamba Jammeh, the chief of Illiasa and the governor of the region, Lamin Queen Jammeh respectively.

    Mustapha Dibba of Farafenni read a petition against the EU demands describing it as unwarranted conditionalities and a total disregard of the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of The Gambia. He said the people of North Bank Region are in total support of the Gambia government.

    He made it clear that no foreign entity can influence them to desist from supporting the government, saying President Jammeh and his government have lifted this country out of stagnation and under-development, and transformed it into a fast developing nation.

    Dibba stressed that since the 1994 Revolution, President Jammeh has been doing everything possible for the country to develop. He declared that the people of North Bank Region will ever remain grateful and indebted to President Jammeh for his development achievements for this country.

    Lamin Queen Jammeh, the governor of the region, assured the people that the petition against the EU will surely be forwarded to the president of the Republic. He described The Gambia as an independent and sovereign state with her Constitution guiding the state.

    He commended the people for coming out in large numbers to show solidarity with the government and the leadership, saying it is in defense of the Constitution that originated from the will of Gambians. He urged the people to redouble their efforts and tighten their belt and get more prepared than ever before to stand for this country.

    Modou Cham of the Gambia Transport Union and Tapha Dibba, who organised the solidarity march, assured the people of the region that they would never turn their back on President Jammeh.

    Ebrima Ansu Tamba Jammeh, the chief of Illiasa, chaired the occasion.

    Central River Region

    The eleven districts of the Central River Region also converged on the Island town of Janjangbureh on Friday, January 18th, 2013, to show solidarity with the Gambia government against the EU.

    Reading and presenting the petition on behalf of the people of the region, Kaunding Tambedou said the declaration represents the candid wishes and aspirations of the people of the region and also depicts their voluntary and unflinching support and solidarity with His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh and his government in rejecting all the 17-point EU demand issued to The Gambia government for implementation.

    He continued: "We thus, wish to present the under-mentioned declaration to our governor, Alhaji Ganyie Touray, for onward transmission to the president of the Republic; that, we are a sovereign and independent state and passed the era of colonialism since 1965; that our sovereignty must be uphold and respected by all and sundry both internally and externally including EU because we shall never accept to be colonised twice; that we shall always remain steadfast and rally behind the president who sacrificed his dear life to salvage this country and championing numerous development initiatives since the advent of the Second Republic."

    He added: "We stand in solidarity with our dynamic leader H.E Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh and his government; that if the European Union have issues of human rights concerns against The Gambia, they should respect our sovereignty and engage our good government in exploring all avenues of dialogue with a view to finding a common ground instead of giving conditions and directives for implementation within a set timeframe among others."

    Receiving the petition, Alhaji Ganyie Touray, the governor of the region thanked the people of CRR for the massive turnout, describing it as real patriotism and solidarity with the Gambia government and its leadership against the 17-point EU demands. He said there cannot be any better way to manifest their true love for their country, to their leader and to defend the sovereignty of this country than what they have done. He assured them that the petition will be forwarded to the president of the Republic accordingly.

    Upper River Region

    The communities of the Upper River Region also joined other regions on Saturday, January 19th, 2013, to protest against the EU demands at a well-attended gathering held in Basse.

    The URR protest march started at Koba Kunda, and on to the Governor's Office in Mansajang where a solidarity statement was read and delivered on behalf of the people by Ebrima Sorry Bah, the coordinator of 'Dying for President Jammeh' Association. Handing over the petition, Bah strongly condemned the EU 17-point Article Political Dialogue issued to the government of The Gambia.

    His words: "The government of The Gambia will never accept any of the 17 points as it is meant to undermine not only the sovereignty of this nation but its peace and stability as an independent and sovereign state with its fundamental right to operate within the parameters of duly constituted laws."

    He vowed that Gambians will continue to guard the peace and stability this country is known for, saying, "we will not relent inour support for the president in his drive to achieve his development aspirations.Therefore, the country is an independent state like any other country in the world. We are a nation comprising Muslims and Christians." He urged Gambians in the Diaspora to also stop attacking this country unnecessarily and to come back and participate in the development of their motherland.

    Haji Hulleh Camara, the chief of Jimara District, also condemned the EU demands, describing it as something that will jeopardise the peace and stability of this country. He assured of the people's continued support to the Gambian leader. "The Gambia is an independent state like any other country in the world and we believe in Almighty Allah and what the EU is demanding is totally unacceptable," he said.

    For their part, Omar Sampo Ceesay and Ba Sama Jawneh both spoke at length on the peace and stability that the country has been known for under the leadership of President Jammeh.

    Alhaji Salieu Muhammed from the Mauritania community, who participated in the protest march, also condemned the EU demands. He said: "We will continue to rally behind the president as he continues to provide development for the people in a conducive environment."

    Lower River Region

    Like other regions, the people of Lower River Region on Sunday, January 20th, 2013, also turned out in their larger numbers to denounce the 17-point EU demands imposed on the government of The Gambia. The LRR protest march started at the GPTC Depot and on to the premises of the Mansakonko Area Council, where they gathered to deliver a petition to the governor of the region for onward transmission to the president of the Republic.

    Demba Ali Jallow, the principal education officer at the Regional Education Directorate in Mansakonko, read the resolution on behalf of the people of the region, saying it emanated from the people of the region during a meeting earlier called by the TAC members of the region at the governor's office.

    He opined that the EU should reconsider engaging the government of The Gambia in dialogue to enable both parties to reach an agreement that would be of mutual interest. He declared that the people of the region are behind the president at all times, adding that the democratic principles and governance system of the country will never be compromised. He again urged the EU to engage the government in a fruitful dialogue, rather than imposing conditions and timeframe.

    Receiving the petition, Lamin Darboe, the governor of Lower River Region, expressed gratitude to the people for the positive turnout in the solidarity march. He said the initiative by the people to come out to show their solidarity with government is not only welcomed but very important in the sense that President Jammeh is a leader who has the interest of the Gambian people at heart.

    Governor Darboe said the 17-point EU demands are unacceptable in the sense that they are not in accordance with the country's constitution and totally against the aims and objectives of the government of the day. He called on the people of the region to continue their unflinching support to President Jammmeh and the government. He then assured that the petition will certainly be forwarded to the president accordingly.

    This report is compiled by
    Alhagie Babou Jallow in NBR;
    Lamin SM Jawo in CRR;
    Momodou Jawo in URR &
    Salifu Touray in LRR.


     

    Supporters of the Serb Radical Party (SRS) on Tuesday March 24, 2015, staged a protest in Belgrade when they burned flags of NATO, the EU, the United States, and Kosovo.

    Thousands stage anti-EU demonstration

    Monday, January 14, 2013
    Thousands of Gambians Friday marched in Banjul to show solidarity with President Yahya Jammeh for his stance against the 17-point demands by the European Union.

    Marchers including men and women from all walks of life, marched from the Arch 22 to State House in Banjul, with banners saying “No to EU demands”, “We will never relent”, and “You can’t buy us Gambians”.

    Alhagie Saihou Sanyang, on behalf of the marchers, presented to President Jammeh a declaration, which among others condemned the European Union for its demands.

    Addressing the gathering, President Jammeh described the move as a show of patriotism and true faith in the supremacy of the Almighty Allah.

    “I am very grateful that 99% of Gambians are patriotic and they are behind this government and they are God-fearing. Only the Almighty Allah we obey; only the Almighty Allah we worship; and only our country we love, the rest we don’t care,” he told thousands of cheering supporters.

    “I don’t think I need to tell anybody Asian, European or Latin American, African or whatever you are, who I am and what I stand for. I am Yahya A.J.J Jammeh, born in 1965 in Kanilai and I was born a few months after independence, which shows everybody that I did not want to be born under colonialism.”

    He told the gathering attended by cabinet ministers that the same Yahya A.J.J Jammeh that risked his life as a lieutenant in 1994 to liberate this country is the same Yahya A.J.J Jammeh who is here to die for Africa, die for The Gambia and die for dignity. 

    “There are a lot of Yahya Jammeh’s but I’m the only one and only Yahya A.J.J Jammeh and throughout the history of humanity, I am the only Yahya who is a President. I don’t have to go further into that, but what I want to assure you is this: I believe in the Almighty Allah. The destiny of this country, its socio economic development can only come from the Almighty Allah and implemented by Gambians the way they want it,” he added.

    He further stated that “If in 1994 when Gambia was a very backward and dilapidated country, I was ready to die for The Gambia, today after 18 years of progress, I am ready to die now for The Gambia.”

    The Gambian leader also told the gathering that “to the few cockroaches that are supporting them, and for whom these demands are made; let me make it very clear that this country will be defended to the letter, and any cockroach who wants to interfere in the peace and stability of this country, be ready for the consequences. I don’t care what they say!”

    “We have seen your declarations on the Western-backed websites; if you are men and are courageous, come to The Gambia; you will find Yahya Jammeh here,” he said, before vowing that if ever he moved from his pledge to die for The Gambia and for Africa, may the Almighty Allah destroy him.

    In his view, the EU did not mention anything about agriculture, or education “but all they are talking about is the freedom of criminals”. 

    “Instead of talking about health infrastructure, they are talking about prison conditions. Let me remind the Europeans that there is no word for prison in any of our local languages. There were no prisons in Africa before they came; they brought prisons, and the prisons are here to stay, thanks to their colonialism,” he stated.

    Instead of talking about how to improve the general health of the Gambians, Jammeh added, they (EU) are talking about homosexuals. 

    “We Africans move forward and not backwards. If they want the homosexuals, let them collect them if they know where they are, but if I know where they are before the Europeans, I will lock them up. If they want homosexuals, they are welcome to take them to Europe.”

    Noting that all the laws in this country are in line with the Constitution, which was promulgated after a referendum, President Jammeh emphasized that he is not a racist.

    “Any country, any international corporate body, any international organization is welcome to The Gambia to dialogue with respect and dignity, as long as this so-called dialogue does not insult our integrity and independence.

    “I am not anti-East, West, North or South, but I am anti-imperialism, anti-arrogance, anti-racism and I will always remain anti-hypocrisy, because as a Muslim, I should not work with hypocrites,” he stated.

    Meanwhile, among the demands by the European Union are the upholding of the moratorium on the death penalty with immediate effect, revision of laws on freedom of expression and media regulations within 24 months, provision of information regarding the recent executions, including location of burial of the bodies to the families. 

    Author: Lamin B. Darboe
    Source: Picture: President Yahya Jammeh


      

    Supporters of the Serb Radical Party (SRS) on Tuesday March 24, 2015, staged a protest in Belgrade when they burned flags of NATO, the EU, the United States, and Kosovo.


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