China: Whistleblowing coronavirus doctor at Wuhan hospital mysteriously vanishes

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK POST)

 

Whistleblowing coronavirus doctor at Wuhan hospital mysteriously vanishes

Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic.

A Chinese doctor who claimed her bosses tried to silence her early warnings about coronavirus appears to have disappeared — stirring fears that she was detained, according to new reports.

Ai Fen had pointed out cases of the illness to colleagues at Wuhan Central Hospital, eight of whom were reprimanded themselves, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.

The whereabouts of Ai, who is head of the emergency department, are now unknown, 60 Minutes Australia reported Monday.

“Just two weeks ago the head of Emergency at Wuhan Central hospital went public, saying authorities had stopped her and her colleagues from warning the world,” the outlet tweeted. “She has now disappeared, her whereabouts unknown.”

Soon after the program aired, Ai posted a cryptic message to her page on the Chinese social media site Weibo.

“A river. A bridge. A road. A clock chime,” read the post, coupled with a Wuhan cityscape photo.

Nearly two weeks earlier, she had posted, “Thank you for your care and love. I’m fine at the moment and I’m still working.”

And on Wednesday, she shared a post captioned, “Happy April Fools Day,” showing her wearing a lab coat and mask, apparently at work at the hospital.

But RFA reported that detainees in custody in China have been known to either update their own social media accounts under authorities’ orders, or police may do so after gaining access to their devices.

In a now-deleted essay published in China’s People (Renwu) magazine titled “The one who supplied the whistle,” Ai detailed her boss’ efforts to silence her, RFA reported.

In the article, Ai said the reprimand came after she took a photo of a patient’s test results and circled the positive “SARS coronavirus” result in red.

China has been accused of attempting to cover up the coronavirus outbreak before the crisis escalated.

Back on Dec. 30, Dr. Li Wenliang — who worked with Ai and who died in early February — sent out a warning over the WeChat messaging app advising fellow med school grads to wear protective clothing to avoid infection after several patients from a local seafood market exhibited symptoms similar to SARS.

His attempts to sound an early alarm were denounced by authorities for “rumormongering.”

In a startling admission of error late last month, the ruling Communist Party said Wuhan’s police force revoked its admonishment of the doctor, which had included a threat of arrest.

China on Wednesday reported more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases — the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive without any symptoms of the illness, according to Agence France-Presse.

Health officials also reported the first imported case of COVID-19 in Wuhan — a Chinese national studying in the UK, who arrived in the city last week as it began to lift its travel restrictions.

A total of 81,554 infections and 3,312 deaths have been confirmed in China — most of them in Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province.

Seven more deaths were confirmed Wednesday, six in Hubei province.

The death toll in the US — now more than 4,000 — exceeded China’s count this week.

With Post wires

FILED UNDER       

SHARE THIS ARTICLE:

The US is deporting a Tennessee man who was an armed guard at a Nazi concentration camp

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN)

 

The US is deporting a Tennessee man who was an armed guard at a Nazi concentration camp

The former concentration camp near Neuengamme in northern Germany is seen during the May 3, 2018, commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of its liberation.

(CNN)A US immigration judge has ordered a Tennessee resident, who served as an armed guard at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, be deported to Germany.

Judge Rebecca L. Holt determined after a two-day trial that Friedrich Karl Berger’s “willing service as an armed guard of prisoners at a concentration camp where persecution took place constituted assistance in Nazi-sponsored persecution,” the Justice Department said in a statement Thursday.
Holt found Berger eligible for removable under the 1978 Holtzman Amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Berger, who is a German citizen, worked at a Neuengamme sub-camp near Meppen, Germany, in 1945, where prisoners included “Jews, Poles, Russians, Danes, Dutch, Latvians, French, Italians and political opponents” of the Nazis.
Prisoners were held in “atrocious conditions and were exploited for outdoor forced labor, working to the point of exhaustion and death,” Holt and the court found.
The judge also found, and Berger admitted, that he “guarded prisoners to prevent them from escaping during their dawn-to-dusk workday, and on their way to the work sites and also on their way back to the subcamp in the evening,” according to the Justice Department.
In the opinion finding, Holt also cited Berger’s role in a March 1945 evacuation to the Neuengamme main camp. After the Nazis abandoned Meppen, Berger “helped guard the prisoners” in “a nearly two-week trip under inhumane conditions, which claimed the lives of some 70 prisoners.”
Berger also “never requested a transfer from concentration camp guard service” and continues to receive a German pension that includes “his wartime service,” the Justice Department said in its statement.
“The United States will not serve as a safe haven for human rights violators and war criminals,” David C. Shaw, who oversees war crime cases of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who oversees the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center, said in a statement. “We will continue to pursue these types of cases so that justice may be served.”
Berger, now 94, told the Washington Post that he was ordered to work in the camp for a short time and did not carry a weapon.
“After 75 years, this is ridiculous,” he told the newspaper in a recent phone interview. “I cannot understand how this can happen in a country like this. You’re forcing me out of my home.”
Berger’s attorney Hugh Ward did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
However, Ward told local news station WBIR, that he is “reviewing the judge’s ruling and considering appealing.”

Trump Plans On Ending State Level Medical And Personal Marijuana Sales

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE HILL NEWS)

 

President  Trump is once again threatening to derail medical cannabis access in the majority of U.S. states that regulate its access and use.

In his recently released 2021 federal budget proposal, the president has called for ending existing federal protections that limit the federal government from interfering in the state-sanctioned regulation of medical cannabis. Doing so would place thousands of medical cannabis providers and the millions of patients who rely on them at risk for criminal prosecution.

Some context: since 2014, Congress has repeatedly approved spending legislation forbidding the Justice Department from using federal funds for the explicit purpose of preventing states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia regulate the production and dispensing of medical cannabis products to over three million patients. All of these programs, and the patients served by them, would be at risk if the president gets his way.

To those following this issue closely, the president ’s latest move hardly comes as a surprise. Despite Trump mentioning during his campaign that he supported medical marijuana and a general states-rights approach to cannabis policy, his presidency has consistently proven these words to ring hollow.

Most recently, Marc Lotter, the director of strategic communications for Trump’s 2020 campaign, stated in an interview that the administration is intent on keeping marijuana illegal under federal law. “I think what the president is looking at is looking at this from a standpoint of a parent of a young person to make sure that we keep our kids away from drugs,” he said. “They need to be kept illegal, that is the federal policy. I think the president has been pretty clear on his views on marijuana at the federal level, I know many states have taken a different path.”

Let’s be clear — the policy that the administration wants to keep in place is the same failed policy that has existed since 1970, which opines that the cannabis plant should remain classified in the same category as heroin and possesses no accepted medical value. This position doesn’t comport with either public opinion or scientific reality

The data speaks for itself. It is not an alternative fact that state-regulated medical marijuana has been proven to possess important benefits to millions of patients while not undermining public safety or health.

To date, these regulatory programs are operating largely as voters and politicians intended. The enactment of these policies has not negatively impacted workplace safety, crime rates, traffic safety, or youth use patterns. Additionally, they have stimulated economic development and created hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue. That is why more and more states are enacting medical cannabis laws while existing states are continually expanding them. No state that has passed a medical cannabis access law has ever repealed it.

Americans almost universally know that patients are not criminals and that marijuana indisputably has medical value in the treatment of a wide range of ailments. A recent poll from Quinnipiac University found an eye-popping 94 percent of Americans support the legal use of medical cannabis.

It makes no political sense for the president to try and put this genie back in the bottle and it up to Congress to see that he does not.

Justin Strekal is the Political Director for NORML, where he serves as an advocate to end the federal prohibition of marijuana and to reform our nation’s laws to no longer discriminate against its consumers. 

Grandfather Of 18 Month Old Who Fell To Death Off Cruise Ship To Plead Guilty

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF NBC NEWS)

 

By Doha Madani and Xuan Thai
The grandfather of the 18-month-old girl who fell to her death from an open window on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will plead guilty in her death, a family attorney said Tuesday.

Salvatore Anello, also known as Sam, initially pleaded not guilty to a negligent homicide charge from Puerto Rican authorities in October in the death of Chloe Wiegand in July.

Michael Winkleman, the attorney for the Wiegand family, told NBC News on Tuesday that Anello filed paperwork to change his plea in return for an agreement that included no jail time. Anello, who lives in South Bend, Indiana, will be able to serve his probation in Indiana, according to Winkleman.

Winkleman said the deal “is in the best interests of the family so that they can close this horrible chapter and turn their focus to mourning Chloe.” A hearing date for the change of plea has yet to be determined.

Download the NBC News app for breaking news

The Wiegand family filed a federal civil action in December against Royal Caribbean Cruises, alleging that the company was at fault for the accident. A judge approved the suit this month after Royal Caribbean sought to block it.

Chloe was with her mother in a children’s water park area on the pool’s 11th deck. When her mother had to go to attend to another matter, Anello came to supervise her, according to the family’s lawsuit.

“Mr. Anello was closely supervising Chloe as she played,” the suit says. When “Chloe walked over to a nearby wall of glass on the same deck,” her grandfather followed her, it says.

Anello has insisted that he believed there was glass in the open window of the ship’s 11th story when he held Chloe up.

The family has claimed that Anello put Chloe up to the window to bang on the glass when she slipped from his hands and fell to her death. There were no signs indicating that the windows were open, Anello told CBS in November. He also said he is colorblind, which may have been why he couldn’t distinguish between the tinted closed windows and the open window.

Chloe’s parents, Kim and Alan Wiegand, said on “Today” after her death last summer that they hoped to bring awareness and ensure that such an accident doesn’t happen to another family.

“We obviously blame them for not having a safer situation on the 11th floor of that cruise ship,” Kim Wiegand said. “There are a million things that could’ve been done to make that safer.”

Royal Caribbean didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Boy Scouts Of America Files For Bankruptcy Amid Hundreds Of Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN)

 

Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits

(CNN)The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy, according to a court document filed in Delaware bankruptcy court early Tuesday.

The youth organization, which celebrated its 110th anniversary February 8, listed liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million, but $50,000 or less in assets.
The bankruptcy filing comes at a time when the organization faces hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, thousands of alleged abuse victims and dwindling membership numbers. As a result of the filing, all civil litigation against the organization is suspended.
Paul Mones, a Los Angeles-based attorney representing “hundreds of sexual abuse victims in individual lawsuits,” called the organization’s bankruptcy filing a “tragedy.”
“These young boys took an oath. They pledged to be obedient, pledged to support the Scouts and pledged to be honorable. Many of them are extremely angry that that’s not what happened to them and the Boy Scouts of America did not step up in the way they should have,” Mones said.

The BSA was fielding several hundred sexual abuse lawsuits

The BSA faced hundreds of lawsuits from alleged sexual abuse victims across the country — all of which are now suspended because of the bankruptcy filing.
Several of the lawsuits allege repeated fondling, exposure to pornography, and forced anal or oral sex. In response, the BSA said at the time that they “care deeply about all victims of child abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting.” They added that they were “outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our program to abuse innocent children.”
“We believe victims, we support them, we pay for counseling by a provider of their choice and we encourage them to come forward. It is the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) policy that all incidents of suspected abuse are reported to law enforcement,” the organization said.
Last April, exposed court testimony showed the organization believed more than 7,800 of its former leaders were involved in sexually abusing more than 12,000 children over the course of 72 years.
Mones, who was part of a legal team that won a $18.5 million verdict against BSA for former Scout and sexual abuse victim Kerry Lewis in 2010, said Monday that instead of potentially having their day in court, alleged victims who had pending lawsuits will now need to file claims in bankruptcy court.
Michael Pfau, a Seattle-based attorney whose firm represents 300 alleged victims across the country, said the bankruptcy claims process will be decidedly different for those suffering due to the BSA’s alleged inaction.
“They won’t have to give depositions involving their life history. Their lives won’t be scrutinized, but they lose their right to a jury trial. For a lot of abuse survivors, telling their story in a court of law and forcing the organizations to defend their actions can be cathartic. That won’t happen with a bankruptcy,” Pfau said.
Mones said in the aftermath of the Lewis case, his law office received hundreds of phone calls from adult males claiming to have been BSA sexual abuse victims, but many states had statutes of limitation that narrowed their legal options at the time. It wasn’t until years later, when some state legislators enacted new laws that enabled victims to file lawsuits without limits on when the alleged abuse took place, that a barrage of complaints against the youth organization were filed.
Pfau estimates the number of claimants will eclipse those of the Catholic church.
“The Catholic bankruptcies are limited in geographic scope. Here there will be claimants from all 50 states and the American territories,” Pfau said. “We can talk about files and numbers, but in reality if you step back and realize the scope of the human carnage, it’s stunning.”

New members, a new president, and a new partnership

Reports of a bankruptcy filing swirled as early as December 2018, when The Wall Street Journal reported the BSA had hired the law firm Sidley Austin LLP for possible Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing assistance, but no official filing happened until Monday.
In the 14 months since then, the youth organization has allowed children who identify as girls to join the Scouts, a controversial move that was seen by some, including Girl Scouts of the USA President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, as an attempt to raise their diminished enrollment numbers.
In August, the organization referred about 120 allegations of abuse by Scout leaders to law enforcement for further investigation, saying it believes victims and that the youth organization is working to identify “additional alleged perpetrators.”
The Boy Scouts of America also named a new president, a former Scout himself who pledged to “move the organization forward.”
Last week, the organization announced a partnership with 1in6, a leading organization for male survivors of sexual abuse, to expand their services and better support the needs of victims.
“We sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed in Scouting,” BSA CEO and President Roger Mosby said in announcing the partnership. “In addition to implementing strong policies to prevent abuse, we are dedicated to supporting victims when and how they need it.”
For alleged victims, however, the organization’s bankruptcy filing may represent another institution that failed to protect them and is avoiding taking responsibility for the abuse that happened under its watch.
“We need to make sure we receive some accountability and if (bankruptcy court) is how we have to do it, then so be it,” Pfau said.

Do You Actually Own Anything: Or Does The U.S.Federal Government Own It/You?

(This article is courtesy of OPB TV and Radio of eastern Oregon)

News | Nation | Local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

‘This Land Is Our Land’: The Movement Bigger Than The Bundys

The Pacific Patriots Network surrounded the Harney County Courthouse in January, where they met with Sheriff Dave Ward.

The Pacific Patriots Network surrounded the Harney County Courthouse in January, where they met with Sheriff Dave Ward.

Dave Blanchard/OPB

OPB’s Conrad Wilson and the Oregonian/OregonLive’s Maxine Bernstein update us on the last full week of the government’s case against the Malheur refuge occupiers.

Then, we take a look at the so-called Patriot Movement — a loosely connected network of organizations that are united in the belief the federal government has overstepped its authority.

Mark Potok is a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center. His job is to monitor groups that are a part of what he calls the “extreme right.” That includes everything from racist groups like the KKK and to groups like the Bundys, whose concerns revolve around severe distrust of the federal government.

Potok says many people in the groups he tracks believe there is “a secret plan to impose draconian gun control on all Americans” and “those who resist the coming seizure will be thrown into concentration camps that have been secretly built by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”

SPLC has identified nearly 1,000 groups across the country with these kinds of beliefs and connects the groups to the philosophies that motivated the Ruby Ridge standoff in Idaho; the Waco, Texas, siege; and the Oklahoma City bombing.

Potok says there is a way to curb the movement.

“In the late ‘90s, the FBI made quite an effort … to meet with militiamen, to go out to have coffee to talk to these people about their concerns and fears, and in fact I think there’s a fair amount of evidence to suggest that was quite effective,” Potok said. “You realize the person you’re having coffee with is an actual human being just like you are.”uge

 

Joseph Rice is the head of the Josephine County chapter of the Oath Keepers — a group that Potok sees as central to so-called patriot groups. But Rice thinks SPLC is uninformed about his group.

“I’ve never spoken to those folks,” he said.

Rice was in Harney County when Ammon Bundy led a group to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, but Rice and his group didn’t join the occupation. Instead, he and a group of like-minded organizations known as the “Pacific Patriots Network” stuck around to provide security in town. The group said it was there to prevent another Waco or Ruby Ridge-like incident.

Those incidents, he says, were “lessons in history.” The individuals involved in those incidents “were living their life as they chose to live freely, without impact to others. It was only when the federal government came in they had impact, and that resulted in loss of life.”

Though he didn’t endorse it, Rice insists that the takeover of the refuge was an act of civil disobedience. And while he disagrees with the charges against Ammon Bundy and the other defendants, he does think the incident has drawn attention to issues around the federal control of land, which could be good for the aims of his group.

Subscribe To ‘This Land Is Our Land’

Subscribe to “This Land Is Our Land” on NPR One, iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts. Find comprehensive trial coverage at OPB.org/ThisLand.

Share your thoughts on the trial with us on Facebook and Twitter, or by emailing us directly at [email protected].

Mitch McConnell And The Republican Party Are Just Ass-hats For Trump Mafia

Mitch McConnell And The Republican Party Are Just Ass-hats For Trump Mafia

(THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED HERE ON 5-8-19, WELL BEFORE THE FARCE TRIAL IN THE SENATE)

This letter that I am writing to you tonight is not one that makes me happy, I wish these things I am going to be saying were not true, but I believe they are. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a 63 year old white male who lives in the state of Kentucky. By today’s standards I guess I am suppose to be a Republican, a racist and a Trump supporter but all three are wrong. I have been a registered independent voter for decades now, I personally can not stand these fake bought and paid for politicians of either political Party. The following paragraphs are going to be a Prophecy of events to soon come. Obviously I am not G-d so I could be wrong, I wish that I were wrong, but I don’t think so. If I am correct or wrong, time will tell, we will know the answers to all these things in less than two years.

 

I believe that Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell in all his fakeness has hooked the Republican Party to the Trump Mafia Train. Our glorious Senator who is also the head of the Senate and so is the leader of the Republican Party has hitched his phony grin to an IED that is fixing to blow up in his and the Republican Party’s face. I was already sick of the two major Parties before this total fraud (Trump) came into the Republican picture frame. Don’t get me wrong I can’t stand the phony Democratic Party Leadership either. If Hillary was President the Republicans would be doing to her what the Democrats are doing to Trump. My reasoning is simply that both are totally crooked and both are habitual liars. The only difference is that Hillary is smart and the Teflon Donald is as dumb as a box of rocks. Senator McConnell has been doing all he can to contain the Moron in the Oval Office and by doing so has totally enabled this piece of trash to totally ruin our Nation, inside and out.

 

I believe that the Supreme Court is going to side with the U.S. Congress on several of the Subpoenas and this will open up the Mueller Report to the Congress and to some degree to the American people. When this does happen even the Republicans who have been sticking with Trump in all his evil will take a blood bath in the November 2020 elections. One of the bad things about this event will be that the Democrats who will win big will think that the American people actually want them to be in charge. Could either Party have put forth worse people to head their Ticket than Hillary and Trump? People are voting for the least of the two evils, not actually for either one of them. People guessing who will be the least horrible, then voting for them. It is my prediction that Senator McConnell will lose his Senate seat in the 2020 election and he can only blame himself for that defeat. Donald Trump along with several of his family members and several of his Cabinet members will be convicted of multiple Felonies. We here in the U.S. will have our first former President to be sent to Federal Prison.

 

There is a flip side to my prediction though, if I am wrong, may G-d help us all because we will have totally lost our Democracy and given it to the Dictator/King. We The People badly need a Center-est Party, not the far right Tea Party nor the far left Progressive Democrats. We need a political Party that pulls toward the center not these (far wrong) wackos. I am going to toss out some ideas to you about a Center-est Platform to see what you think. Some ideas I am going to pull from the Democrats and some from the Republicans, that is what I personally mean by a Center-est.

1.) I personally am against abortion but I believe that the Supreme Court must decide this issue and I thought they did that in 1973. Unless we want a human ‘High Priest’ to be our Nation’s Leader, the Supreme Court should decide if each law passed by the Congress is Constitutional, or not.

2.) I am a gun owner, but I am not a hunter, I never have been. I do believe that people have the right to hunt if they wish to as long as they do it legally (in season) only. I own my guns for one purpose only, self protection and the protection of my family and no Political Party has any right whatsoever to try to take them. An honest government should want their people to be armed, only a crooked government tries to disarm their law abiding citizens.

3.) Free health care for all citizens.

4.) Free college or tech school for all graduating high school seniors as long as their grades are good enough to qualify.

5.) Forgive all college debt so that that money can then go straight into the economy. People would be having more money to spend and it would be spent on items that create jobs which creates more income which creates more jobs.

6.) Income inequity, pass the laws where on earnings and taxes you drastically close this gap and once again, this would create many more jobs because people would have more income which they would spend which would pick up the economy. My suggestion is on taxes that all exemptions and loopholes be closed completely. Have a tax rate that starts at the ‘poverty’ point. From that level up have a 20% tax on all earnings except on savings accounts. This 20% would be a personal or a business tax load with nothing else added. The taxes to be spread out between Social Security 9%. City Tax and County taxes combined to 3%. State tax 3%. Federal tax of 5%. Any other federal revenues should come from tariffs on imports say about 20% on everything across the board. Now for the wages of people who live in or do business within the U.S. try this idea out, see what you think. Perks have to count as income, especially things like bonuses, free housing, free transportation and the such. The people who take the chances and start or run a business their income has to max out at 10x the earnings of their lowest paid employee. If your lowest wage earner makes $300 per week the top end can not make more than $3,000 per week. No one is worth more than ten times the earnings of their workers. This spreads income, this causes much more buying of products which creates more jobs here in the States.

7.) Any company large or small who outsourced any jobs to another country has to pay a 100% tariff on any item you bring back to the States to sell. Example, I am in favor of a company like General Motors to build factories in Mexico or China, or where ever but only for their sales in those countries. If you close a factory in Michigan and move it to Mexico and you wish to sell those vehicles in the U.S. they must pay the 100% tariff. This is designed to protect U.S. workers from being on welfare. The rich complain about the poor when in reality it is the rich who refuse to pay their workers a livable wage, their greed is the reason for poverty,

 

These 7 things I mentioned won’t happen as long as the Republicans or the Democrats are in charge. We The People need to start taking out the trash and showing them the same amount of ‘mercy’ they put upon the people.

 

 

 

 

Shooter Of Nobel Prize Winner Malala Escapes From Prison In Pakistan

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE HINDUSTAN TIMES OF INDIA)

 

Man responsible for shooting of Nobel Prize winner Malala escapes from prison in Pakistan

It would be a big blow to Pakistan and its campaign to eradicate the remnants of Taliban if the clip is proved to be authentic.

WORLD Updated: Feb 07, 2020 07:04 IST

Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Islamabad
Ehsanullah Ehsan, the Taliban terrorist responsible for shooting Malala Yousafzai and killing over 132 students in 2014 Peshawar Army School has escaped prison.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, the Taliban terrorist responsible for shooting Malala Yousafzai and killing over 132 students in 2014 Peshawar Army School has escaped prison. (Twitter/@IhsanTipu)

Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former Pakistan Taliban spokesman who was responsible for the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in 2012 and carrying out the deadly Peshawar Army school terror attack in 2014, has escaped from prison, according to a audio clip released by him.

In the audio clip, which surfaced on social media on Thursday, Ehsan said that he escaped the confinement of Pakistani security agencies on January 11, claiming Pakistani forces failed to keep their promises made to him during his surrender in 2017.

“With the help of God, I succeeded to escape on January 11, 2020 from the confinement of the security forces,” he is heard saying in the clip.

It would be a big blow to Pakistan and its campaign to eradicate the remnants of Taliban if the clip is proved to be authentic.

Without revealing his current location, Ehsan said that he would make a detail statement about the days of his confinement in the coming days as well as about his future plans.

Malala, 22, the youngest Nobel Peace prize winner, was shot by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012 in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

Ehsan was also involved in the one of the most gruesome attacks on children anywhere in the world when 8-10 suicide attackers wearing paramilitary Frontier Corps uniforms on December 16, 2014 entered the Peshawar’s Army Public School and went from classroom-to-classroom shooting indiscriminately, killing 149 people including 132 students.

Ehsan in the audio clip said that he surrendered to the Pakistani security agencies on February 5, 2017 under an agreement but the forces failed to keep their promise made before the surrender.

“I followed the agreement for about three years. But these shrewd security institutions put me in prison along with my children in violation of the agreement,” he said, adding that he finally decided to flee from the forces. The authenticity of the audio and veracity of the Ehsan’s claim was not verified by the security forces or the Pakistani government.

9 Mississippi Inmates Dead In Less Than A Month

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE USA TODAY NEWS)

 

Two more Mississippi inmates killed in prison: 9 inmates dead in less than a month

Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Two inmates were killed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman Monday night, the Mississippi Department of Corrections announced Tuesday.

JACKSON, Miss. – Two inmates were killed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Monday night, the Mississippi Department of Corrections announced Tuesday, bringing the death toll at Mississippi prisons up to nine in less than a month.

The most recent deaths appear to be “an isolated incident – not a continuation of the recent retaliatory killings,” the department said in a tweet that provided scant information.

On Dec. 29, corrections department officials announced a statewide prison lockdown following a fight at South Mississippi Correctional Institution that left one inmate dead and two others injured. In the following days, riots and fights continued despite the lockdown, leading to four more killings across the state. Some of the violence, officials have said, is gang-related.

‘A recipe for disaster’: Democratic lawmakers visit Parchman after deadly violence

Prison crisis: Inmates killed during Mississippi’s prison violence: Who are they?

The lockdown has since been lifted on all prisons except Parchman, where much of the violence has taken place. Seven men incarcerated at Parchman have died this month, including three who were killed by other inmates, one who died at a hospital of natural causes and one who was found hanging in his cell over the weekend, according to Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) did not release the names of the men who died Monday and said Parchman’s chaplain has reached out to next of kin.

No additional details were provided. MDOC said the agency is investigating and will share more information later.

Burton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Activists say gangs alone are not to blame for the recent surge of violence. Systemic issues related to repeated budget cuts and chronic understaffing have created an environment for violence to thrive, they say.

Prison crisis:Jay-Z lawsuit. Deaths. Riots. Gang violence. What you need to know about Mississippi’s troubled prisons

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson and nearly a dozen civil rights and social justice organizations had requested the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Mississippi prisons, charging that state leaders have known about the understaffing and “horrific conditions,” yet have repeatedly failed to take action.

Parchman inmates are suing former MDOC commissioner Pelicia Hall and the prison’s superintendent Marshal Turner, alleging they have violated prisoners’ constitutional rights by subjecting them to cruel and unusual punishment. The incarcerated men are being represented by attorneys working with hip-hop stars Jay-Z and Yo Gotti.

The lawsuit describes unsanitary conditions inside Parchman, including flooding, black mold and a rat infestation. Units go without running water and electricity for days at a time, it alleges.

Follow reporter Alissa Zhu on Twitter @AlissaZhu.

Kansas City shooting:Security guard ‘definitely saved lives’ by killing shooter at bar, police say

CDC:First US case of deadly coronavirus reported in Washington state

Former Florida Mayor Stole $650,000 From Charity Sentenced To 51 Months In Prison

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN NEWS)

 

(CNN)A former Florida mayor was sentenced to 51 months in prison Friday after defrauding the charity United Way of more than half a million dollars.

Guy Thompson, a former mayor of Milton, a city northeast of Pensacola, last year pleaded guilty to 20 counts of wire fraud and three counts of tax evasion in the case, according to court documents.
Between 2011 and 2018, Thompson was able to embezzle a total of $652,000.61 from United Way of Santa Rosa County while he served as executive director of the charity, court documents said.
Thompson deposited donations to the charity into his personal bank accounts — without telling anyone at the charity’s chapter about the donations — and used the money to make mortgage payments and to buy a beach condominium, according to the documents.
Ryan Cardoso, an attorney for Thompson, said the former mayor is “repentant and committed to making amends.”
“Words cannot express the remorse and sorrow that Mr. Thompson feels in this case,” Cardoso said in an email to CNN.
Thompson was also ordered to pay back the embezzled money, less the some $220,000 seized from his bank accounts.
Thompson was mayor of Milton for 20 years and was on its city council for 16 years, according to CNN affiliate WKRG. He was head of the United Way chapter for 39 years, the affiliate reported.

The Lexington Bookie

Book Reviews, Blogging Advice, and Lexington Literary Resources

Signs Along the Way

Reflections inspired by El Camino de Santiago

Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

Navigating the second half of my life

CollegeBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

College basketball news, features, opinion and everything else.

The Confluence

A weblog for Democrats in Exile

Explore Tours

The family that TRAVELS TOGETHER stays together

Travelogue

True Experience

Life in Japan

Japan, rural beautiful places, life in japan,tourism ,hidden gem, Japanese culture, Japanese food

Dancing to the Words

A Journey Towards Self

%d bloggers like this: