“I walked and walked” the terrorist said of his trek to Turkey. Der Spiegel said that much of Harry S’s testimony has been confirmed by security officials with access to other terror suspects.
The terrorist’s story comes on the heels of reports by Hans-Georg Maasen, a federal police chief, that nearly 8,000 ISIS fighters have infiltrated Germany through its refugee program. Merkel was ironically crowned Time magazine’s 2015 “Person of the Year” on Dec. 9 for her willingness to embrace nearly 1 million refugees from the region.
German intelligence officials not only must deal with returning terrorists, but they also say incoming refugees are a magnet for radicals.
“They start by saying, ‘We will help you live your faith,’” Torsten Voss, the head of the German domestic intelligence agency’s Hamburg branch, told the Wall Street Journal Nov. 28. “The Islamist area comes later – that is, of course, their goal.”
ISIS has openly stated that it plans to use U.S. President Obama’s Syrian refugee program as a Trojan horse. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that it was possible for the terror network to “exploit” the system, WND reported.
The European Union is exploiting the refugee crisis it helped create by pushing draconian plans for an occupying army that would have the power to take control of national borders without the consent of sovereign governments.
After rolling out the red carpet for potentially millions of migrants – most of whom are not Syrian – to enter Europe in search of welfare havens like Sweden and Germany – the EU has proven its total incompetence when it comes to dealing with border security.
However, instead of handing more power to national governments to address the crisis, the EU is set to eviscerate the sovereignty of member states further under a new proposal which would permit the deployment of up to 2,500 armed guards wearing EU uniforms, along with naval patrol vessels, helicopters and drones.
“The EU’s first paramilitary force would have the power to take control of a nation’s borders without the consent of sovereign governments,” reports the Times. According to Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for migration, the idea represents “more Europe”.
The new agency would, “be able to step in to ensure action is taken on the ground even where … that member state considers there is no need for additional intervention,” according to a draft proposal.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski slammed the idea, labeling it “incompatible with democracy”.
“For it to be a structure independent from nation states is astounding … an undemocratic structure reporting to no one knows who,” said Waszczykowski.
“Every single time a European Union policy fails….the demand is more centralization and more Europe, said UKIP leader Nigel Farage in response to the plan.
Diane James, MEP and UKIP Justice and Home Affairs spokesperson commented, “This is a full frontal attack on national sovereignty from the EU. All pretence has now been discarded and the Commission will now openly act against a member state’s wishes and operate within its borders without permission. By acting contrary to the wishes of national parliaments the EU has displayed its desire for a federal state for all to see.”
The International Business Times reports that the plan “could lead to armed EU guards effectively “occupying” parts of member states’ territory” and the EU having a “right to intervene” even when a nation state explicitly tells it not to. The new border force will be based in Warsaw, Poland and EU member states will have to contribute to the €322 million a year needed to fund it.
It’s been nearly a month since Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 in what not only represented the most serious escalation to date in Syria’s five year conflict but also marked the first time a NATO member has engaged a Russian or Soviet aircraft in at least six decades.
In an effort to ensure that the downing of a Russian warplane in Syria was a “one and done” event, Moscow deployed the Moskva off the coast of Latakia and sent in the S-400 air defense systems (which were rumored to have already been in place).
Those moves rattled the US and its partners who fear that a nervous Putin might “inadvertently” shoot down an American, French, or British warplane. Indeed Putin ratcheted up the rhetoric last week. While not detailing 'who' he was focused on, the President told a session of the Defense Ministry's collegium that "I order to act extremely tough. Any targets that threaten Russian forces or our infrastructure on the ground should be immediately destroyed."
Well, in case that wasn’t clear enough, Putin took it a step further on Thursday.
During his annual news conference in Moscow, the Russian President literally dared Erdogan to send Turkish F-16s into Syrian airspace.
As Bloomberg reports, “President Vladimir Putin signaled that Russia is ready to shoot down any Turkish military aircraft that strays into Syrian airspace."
“Turkey constantly violated Syrian airspace in the past. Let them fly there now,” he said, pointing out that Russia’s most advanced air-defense system, the S-400, is covering all of Syria.