Saturday, March 24, 2012

French Refuse to See

In France it is against the law for just anyone to publish a video on youtube of a news event that occured in France. For example, police shooting someone, hitting someone, a riot, burning buildings, protests ... It is illegal to videotape or record it and show it on the internet.


And by that logic, why is this dead killer not al qaida?

He went to Pakistan (al qaida), visited Afghanistan (al qaida), was trained by al qaida (al qaida), where they told him to kill Westerners (al qaida), trained on weapons (al qaida), given support and encouragement to commit evil acts of terror (al qaida), but he isn't al qaida.

Yep.  Sure doesn't seem like al qaida to me.

Just like in Spain.

Stick your head back in the sand and make something else illegal.

Useless.  You actually ask for this to happen again, and it will, but of course your first ignorant thought will be neo-nazis, as it was this time, instead of what it was - al qaida inspired terror.

Mohamed Merah, killed in a shootout after deadly attacks, claimed he had terrorist ties.

Posted: Sat, Mar. 24, 2012, 3:01 AM
By Jamey Keaten
Associated Press

PARIS - Investigators have found no signs that the suspected gunman behind deadly attacks in southern France was under orders from al-Qaeda or any militant group, a top French official said Friday - disputing Mohamed Merah's claim of terrorist ties before he died in a shootout with commandos.

France's prime minister and other officials have been fending off suggestions that antiterrorism authorities failed adequately to monitor Merah, 23. He had been known to them for years before he carried out three deadly shooting attacks this month.

Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian descent who claimed links to al-Qaeda, was killed in a gunfight with police Thursday after a 32-hour standoff. Prosecutors said he filmed himself carrying out the attacks that began March 11, killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi, and three French paratroopers with close-range shots to the head. Another Jewish student and a paratrooper were wounded.

An autopsy of the gunman's body showed that he received two fatal bullet wounds to the left temple and to the abdomen - but that he was hit by about 20 bullets, mainly in the arms and legs, judicial and police officials said.

The head of the elite police unit, Amaury de Hauteclocque, whose mission was to take Merah alive, insisted his men fired only in self-defense.

Investigators looking for possible accomplices homed in on Merah's brother Abdelkader, 29, and the brother's girlfriend, who one official said espouses an ultraconservative form of Islam. Both were detained early Wednesday, along with Merah's mother.

The brother and girlfriend were being transferred Saturday to police antiterrorist headquarters in Paris for further questioning. Abdelkader Merah had been implicated in a 2007 network that sent militant fighters to Iraq but was never charged. Merah's mother was to be released.

Meanwhile, a senior official close to the investigation told the Associated Press that despite Merah's claims to negotiators of al-Qaeda links, there was no sign he had "trained or been in contact with organized groups or jihadists."

The former auto-body worker had traveled twice to Afghanistan in 2010 and to Pakistan in 2011, and said he trained with al-Qaeda in the Pakistani militant stronghold of Waziristan. He had been on a U.S. no-fly list since 2010.

The official said Merah might have made the claim because al-Qaeda is well-known, adding there was "absolutely no evidence allowing us to believe that he was commissioned by al-Qaeda to carry out these attacks."

Merah was questioned by French intelligence officers in November after his second trip to Afghanistan, and he was cooperative and provided a USB key with photos of his trip, the official told the AP.

While he was under surveillance last year, Merah was never seen contacting any radicals and went to nightclubs, not mosques, the official said. People who knew him confirmed that he was at a nightclub in recent weeks.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's spy chief said Merah had told negotiators he attacked the Jewish school only after missing his original target, a French soldier.

"It wasn't the school that he wanted to attack," Ange Mancini told France-24 TV, calling the school shooting "opportunistic," because it was nearby.

That account appears to contradict Merah's claim that his attacks were to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and protest the French army's involvement in Afghanistan and a French law banning Islamic face veils.


Make Mine Freedom - 1948

American Form of Government

Who's on First? Certainly isn't the Euro.