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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Firearms Expert Says Dayton Shooter's Weapon Was Illegally Modified
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/06/2019 12:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under:

#1  “Apistol/rifle hybrid is completely illegal on every level,” Jack Maxey told The Rundown.
Not necessarily. I have an AR-15 pistol. It's legal in Tennessee.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/06/2019 12:43 Comments || Top||

#2  It is a short-barreled rifle. The modification consists of a few minutes work with a hacksaw.

I'm shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you that a person determined to engage in major illegalness would stop along the way to engage in lessor crimes. What we need is a law that criminals have to obey the law. That's the real crux of the problem.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/06/2019 12:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Neither here nor there. The gun is not the problem.
Posted by: Iblis || 08/06/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Agree with #2. All of our problems would be solved if criminals obeyed the law. Genius!
Posted by: Tom || 08/06/2019 14:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Amendment XXVIII (28) The Criminality Coda 2019

"No criminals shall hereafter disrespect and/or dis-adhere from the laws in this document. They may elect representation to do it for them."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/06/2019 14:27 Comments || Top||


Over the courthouse door, innit? Or soon will be.

Oh, bay, reportorial beagle,
Your columns marmoreal, regal:
"Please go in a box
If you're rightwards of Fox,
Because no human being's illegal!"
Posted by: Captain Grumble3862 || 08/06/2019 22:22 Comments || Top||

Florida Man Accused Of Threatening Massacre At Walmart Day After El Paso Shooting
[MIAMI.CBSLOCAL] A Florida man is accused of threatening to shoot up a Walmart store, one day after 20 people were killed at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

Wayne Lee Padgett, 31, was arrested late Sunday.

He reportedly called the Walmart Supercenter in Gibsonton on Sunday afternoon and telling managers he planned to open fire in the store. About 1,000 people inside were evacuated.

Hillsborough County sheriff’s Sherlocks said they traced the call to Padgett. No gun was found at his house near Tampa.

Padgett is charged with filing a false report of using a firearm in a threatening manner. He was being held Monday at the Hillsborough County jail on $7,500 bond.

Florida man 2019-06-23 Man on Trial for Burglary Throws Feces at Judge, Misses
Florida man 2019-06-12 Florida man caught with cocaine on nose told cops it wasn’t his
Florida man 2019-05-11 Florida Man Who Tortured Child with Shock Collar Commits Suicide in Jail
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing much good happens after 11:00 pm at Walmart.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2019 0:25 Comments || Top||


If he's unemployed I suggest he apply for Jack Black's action double in hollywood. Give him a kick out of life too.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/06/2019 7:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Copycat behavior is a bigger factor in mass shootings than any ideology.

The best way to reverse the trend is to impose a news embargo on any details of any mass shooting.

Come to think of it, just ask the media to treat mass shootings the way they treat urban violence and shootings: bury the story on the back pages. Brief description of counts, location, time of day. No details at all about the shooter.
Posted by: Lex || 08/06/2019 8:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Copycat behavior is a bigger factor in mass shootings than any ideology.

All part of the plan.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/06/2019 11:43 Comments || Top||


Lex. Wow. I just went totally '71 Coca Cola hilltop over that.
Posted by: Captain Grumble3862 || 08/06/2019 22:48 Comments || Top||

Ohio gunman described himself as pro-Satan 'leftist' who supported Elizabeth Warren
[WASHINGTONTIMES] The Ohio gunman described himself on social media as a pro-Satan "leftist" who wanted Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant....
’s generation to die off, hated President Trump and law enforcement, and hoped to vote for Sen. Elizabeth Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren
...Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts, who traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless...
for president.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, rifle-wielding Connor Betts rampaged through a Dayton entertainment district, killing his sister and eight other people and leaving dozens of others maimed before police potted him.

"I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding," he wrote in one tweet, according to Heavy.com.

The breaking-news outlet said it had found Betts’ Twitter page (handle @iamthespookster) and verified that the account belonged to the gunman "through multiple verification factors, including a matching tattoo on both a page selfie and prominent news outlets’ pictures of Connor Betts; several family linkages to the page; similar photos, including of him and the family dog, on the page and family members’ verified accounts; and references to college and growing up in Ohio and Dayton."

The Twitter account painted a picture of a left-wing anarchist and discontent, very far from the anti-immigration manifesto posted by Saturday’s El Paso gunman.

Connor Betts 2019-08-06 Connor Stephen Betts, identified as Dayton suspected shooter, once kept 'hit list,' 'rape list,' classmates say
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ....Self described pro-Satan 'leftist' who supported Elizabeth Warren

Three of the top boxes checked. I'm stepping out and calling him 'evil.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2019 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  he wanted Biden's generation to die off and he wanted to vote for Warren

Biden born in 1942
Warren born in 1949
Posted by: lord garth || 08/06/2019 1:08 Comments || Top||

#3  he wanted Biden's generation to die off

If you are 65-70 or older, you've very likely experienced the same attitude.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2019 1:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Hey, what's all the hubbub here - as Satan worshipers go, I'm sure he was quite the moderate.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 08/06/2019 1:32 Comments || Top||

#5  ...yeah, he wasn't working for Planned Parenthood.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/06/2019 8:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Betting his sister was a Trump supporter. Along with the folks in the country bar?
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/06/2019 9:05 Comments || Top||

#7  This doesn't fit the narrative and is already getting memory holed in the media.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/06/2019 9:20 Comments || Top||

#8  Just heard on NPR: his girlfriend said he had bipolar disorder. So not a rightwing racist kook, just a common murderous, leftwing nutter.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

#9  And a copycat. By far the most important factor in predicting the next mass shooting.

Anyone who claims to be serious about ending this contagion needs to recognize that it is in fact a contagion - diffused by our mass media and especially social media.

We will not see a decline in these outbreaks until and unless we enforce a strict news embargo on the release of info about any mass shooter's identity and "manifesto" or other bid for media glory and immortality.
Posted by: Lex || 08/06/2019 12:14 Comments || Top||

#10  "Self described pro-Satan"..."who supported Elizabeth Warren"

So he liked Hillary and Warren...
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/06/2019 13:09 Comments || Top||

Connor Stephen Betts, identified as Dayton suspected shooter, once kept 'hit list,' 'rape list,' classmates say
[ABC7CHICAGO] Accounts by two former classmates emerged after police said there was nothing in the background of 24-year-old Connor Betts that would have prevented him from purchasing the .223-caliber rifle with extended ammunition magazines that he used to open fire outside a crowded bar. Police on patrol in the entertainment district fatally shot him less than a minute later.

Both former classmates told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that Betts was suspended during their junior year at suburban Bellbrook High School after a hit list was found scrawled in a school bathroom. That followed an earlier suspension after Betts came to school with a list of female students he wanted to sexually assault, according to the two classmates, a man and a woman who are both now 24 and spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern they might face harassment.

"There was a kill list and a rape list, and my name was on the rape list," said the female classmate.

A former cheerleader, the woman said she didn't really know Betts and was surprised when a police officer called her cellphone during her freshman year to tell her that her name was included on a list of potential targets.

"The officer said he wouldn't be at school for a while," she said. "But after some time passed he was back, walking the halls. They didn't give us any warning that he was returning to school."

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools officials declined to comment on those accounts, only confirming that Betts attended schools in the district.

The discovery of the hit list early in 2012 sparked a police investigation, and roughly one-third of Bellbrook students skipped school out of fear, according to an article in the Dayton Daily News.

It's not clear what became of that investigation. Chief Michael Brown in Sugarcreek Township, which has jurisdiction over the Bellbrook school, did not return calls Sunday about whether his agency investigated the hit list.

Though Betts, who was 17 at the time, was not named publicly by authorities at the time as the author of the list, the former classmates said it was common knowledge within the school he was the one suspended over the incident.

Drew Gainey was among those who went on social media Sunday to say red flags were raised about Betts' behavior years ago.

"There was an incident in high school with this shooter that should have prevented him from ever getting his hands on a weapon. This was a tragedy that was 100% avoidable," he wrote on in a Twitter post on Sunday.

Gainey did not respond to messages from AP seeking further comment, but the name on his account matches that of a former Bellbrook student who was on the track team with Betts.

Former Bellbrook Principal Chris Baker said he "would not dispute that information" when the Daily News asked him Sunday about the hit list suspension. He declined to comment further to the newspaper and the AP was unable to reach him.

Betts had no apparent criminal record as an adult, though if he had been charged as a juvenile that would typically be sealed under state law.

"There's nothing in this individual's record that would have precluded him from getting these weapons," Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said Sunday.

Not everyone who went to school with Betts had bad things to say. Brad Howard told news hounds in Bellbrook on Sunday that he was friends with Betts from preschool through their high school graduation.

"Connor Betts that I knew was a nice kid. The Connor Betts that I talked to, I always got along with well," Howard said.

Mike Kern, a customer at the gas station where Betts used to work in Bellbrook, said he hasn't seen Betts in about a year.

"He was the nicest kid you could imagine," always friendly, Kern said. "I never heard him talk about violence, say a racist word, or anything like that."
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's almost as if someone was reading the Clinton's diaries.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/06/2019 9:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Just think of how curtailing the rights of the law abiding would have turned this boy's life around (spit!)
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/06/2019 9:57 Comments || Top||

#3  It's not clear what became of that investigation

It's pretty clear now. I believe such incidents are symptomatic of police incompetence. Because no one goes from wall flower straight to Dillinger without raising red flags while developing his/her psychopathic inertia. If the red flags did not invite the wrath of the law, only polite questions and bespectacled stares... you can bet he didn't much care about 'the fuzz'.

Also, the sealing of juvenile records (especially heinous crime) is a stupid idea in this day and age when an increasing number of juveniles are employed in gangs, and terrorists openly recruit teenagers. What purpose does it serve ?

I would put the feebs on to Mr. Brad Howard too.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/06/2019 12:39 Comments || Top||

#4  nothing in the background of 24-year-old Connor Betts that would have prevented him from purchasing the .223-caliber rifle with extended ammunition magazines

A written rape list and a written kill list? Is it not illegal to make those kind of threats?

Time and time again after these mass shootings, we find that indeed there were obvious red flags in the shooter's background that should have prevented him from being able to legally buy a gun of any sort.

1) We need accountability when authorities drop the ball this way.

2) If I wasn't afraid of being called a conspiracy nut, I'd say it looks like somebody wants this kind of thing to happen.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/06/2019 16:25 Comments || Top||

51 shot, 7 fatally in Chicago weekend shootings
[ABC7CHICAGO] Shootings across the city of reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel...
this past weekend have left seven people dead and another 44 people maimed.

City leaders and community activists have planned to address the deadly and violent past couple of days.

One of the most recent shootings occurred in the city's Austin neighborhood. Investigators placed down several evidence markers Sunday night on Bloomingdale Avenue near Central Avenue. That's where police said two men walked up to another man sitting in a parked car and started shooting.

The 21-year-old man was shot twice and rushed to the hospital where he later died. Another woman was injured, but was treated and released.

The shooting was one of multiple that took place over the past weekend, including two mass shootings in one police district.

One, a drive-by in Douglas Park that maimed seven people and another in the 1800-block of South Kildare Avenue where one person died and eight others injured.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under:

#1  PMSNBC crickets.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/06/2019 9:07 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Explosion of the day in Siberia

Posted by: 3dc || 08/06/2019 06:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oooooops
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/06/2019 8:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Woooaa!

But, but Trump or something.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/06/2019 8:52 Comments || Top||

#3  The writer must be a lefty, I can see the volleyball net! No basketball there!

The explosions are really large.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/06/2019 12:04 Comments || Top||

#4  We all knew their disarmament policy sucks.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/06/2019 12:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Finally, an Earth-shattering KABOOM!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/06/2019 13:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Uh... global, uh, Putin er Russian conspiracy, um.. white geocidal ... uh ... Trump.
That's the ticket: Trump.
Posted by: Lex || 08/06/2019 16:32 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
FCC bans robocalls, texts
[FOXBUSINESS] The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve laws that ban fraudulent text messages and international robocalls last week.

The new rules in effect neutralize loopholes in the Truth in Caller ID Act, which banned spoofing domestic calls but made it hard for the FCC to prosecute against perpetrators of scam text messages and international calls. Now, the FCC can monitor and penalize "bad actors" behind these types of schemes.

FCC Chair Ajit Pai proposed the legislation earlier this summer. Pai announced the approval, acknowledging the FCC has received tens of thousands of complaints about "spoofing" just this year.

Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'Bout time. Lets hope this take effect as I get way too many spam calls and texts. My job require me to respond to calls and texts and often enough they are from unknown numbers.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/06/2019 6:10 Comments || Top||

#2  I have modified my phone to where It goes into DO NOT DISTURB quite often, because of these PECKERWOODS!
Posted by: ranture || 08/06/2019 10:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, I'm sure there are some "marketing" lobbies that, like the chamber of communism and the bidness roundtable, just have to say how high their bought and paid for congresscreatures must jump and it will be bidness as usual.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/06/2019 12:13 Comments || Top||

#4  The new rules in effect neutralize loopholes in the Truth in Caller ID Act, which banned spoofing domestic calls

Yah, that was really effective....
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/06/2019 13:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Anybody interested in a time-share pad in the Dominican Republic?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/06/2019 15:00 Comments || Top||

#6  I've had 5 robo-calls TODAY. So obviously, working as intended /s
Posted by: Charles || 08/06/2019 17:01 Comments || Top||

#7  No doubt news of the new edict will take a little time to filter down to those at the dialing end of things.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2019 18:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Seems like the real solution would be technical - allowing carriers to block calls that cannot authenticate their origin (spoofed called ID).
Posted by: Iblis || 08/06/2019 21:31 Comments || Top||

Well-Known Cleric Sheikh Asif Mohseni Passes Away
[ToloNews] Afghanistan’s top holy man Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad Asif Mohseni passed away due to an illness in Kabul, his family confirmed on Monday.

Mohseni was born in 1935 in the southern province of Kandahar and was widely considered to be the most powerful holy man among the Shias in Afghanistan.

Mohseni who was the founder of the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan was one of the prominent figures in the Afghan resistance against the Soviet occupation.

After the establishment of a new democratic system in Afghanistan, Mohseni left active politics and instead continued teaching Jurisprudence at Khatam al-Nabieen religious seminary, founded in 2001.

Mohseni pursued studies in the holy city of Najaf in Iraq under Grand Ayatollah Abul Qasim Khoei, Muhsin al-Hakim and Abdul ala Sabzwari.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under:


Afghan cleric defends controversial law - 12 Apr 09 (enslaving women)

Posted by: Woodrow || 08/06/2019 9:02 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Egypt legalizes status of 88 unlicensed churches, service buildings
[AlAhram] A presidential committee tasked with rectifying the status of unlicensed Christian places of worship, chaired by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, approved on Monday legalizing 88 churches and service buildings that used to be operating without permit.

This brings to 1,109 the total number of unlicensed Christian places of worship and service buildings that have been granted legal status so far in Egypt.

In statements on Monday, Cabinet Spokesman said that the committee reviewed the outcome of studies conducted over the past four months to consider applications submitted by unlicensed churches aiming to legalize their status.

...back at the pie fight, Bella went down under the weight of the custard...
the premier issued strict instructions to all governors to take all measures necessary to follow up the work of the committee and to coordinate with the heads of the Christian sects in order to meet the civil protection's conditions for the rest of the churches.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2019 00:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Really, lip service?
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/06/2019 8:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Lip service beats nothing. Most other Muzzie nations have ethnically cleanse their places. The Coptics predate the Muzzie invasion and occupation of the place. They're tolerated to the extent they'll do the dirty work the 'Muzzie Supremacist' don't want to deal with.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/06/2019 9:10 Comments || Top||

Hong Kong has spent billions on buying weapons from Britain
Just for the record:
[South China Morning Post 28 Oct 2014] The British government's role in licensing the sale of arms to Hong Kong that could be used for "internal repression" has come under scrutiny.

John Stanley, chairman of the Committee on Arms Export Controls, has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable, asking him to clarify if "Made in the UK" tear gas canisters were used against pro-democracy protesters.

The letter, dated October 21, also contains a list of approved British export licences of lethal weapons to Hong Kong since 2012. Grenade launchers, mortar bombs, sniper rifles, machine guns and gun silencers are among the weapons, according to the committee's analysis.

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Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2019 07:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

#2  Gas attacks on the Somme, not soon forgotten.

The minting of £2 coins. Lord Kitchener, the poisoning of farm water wells and more.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2019 8:56 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Embargo/total sanctions on Venezuela Government & Assets ?

In Spanish from that news company whose name starts with Re

Posted by: 3dc || 08/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Commies

North Korea took $2 billion in cyber attacks to fund weapons program: UN Report
[AlAhram] North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
has generated an estimated $2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using "widespread and increasingly sophisticated" cyber attacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a confidential UN report seen by Rooters on Monday.

Pyongyang also "continued to enhance its nuclear and missile programmes although it did not conduct a nuclear test or ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) launch," said the report to the UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee by independent experts monitoring compliance over six months.

The North Korean mission to the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
did not respond to a request for comment on the report, which was submitted to the Security Council committee last week.

The experts said North Korea "used cyberspace to launch increasingly sophisticated attacks to steal funds from financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges to generate income." They also used cyberspace to launder the stolen money, the report said.

"Democratic People's Republic of Korea cyber actors, many operating under the direction of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, raise money for its WMD (weapons of mass destruction) programmes, with total proceeds to date estimated at up to two billion US dollars," the report said.

North Korea is formally known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The Reconnaissance General Bureau is a top North Korean military intelligence agency.

The UN experts said North Korea's attacks against cryptocurrency exchanges allowed it "to generate income in ways that are harder to trace and subject to less government oversight and regulation than the traditional banking sector."

The Security Council has unanimously imposed sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The Council has banned exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capped imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

The UN experts said that despite the diplomatic efforts, their "investigations show continued violations" of UN sanctions.

"For example, the DPRK continued to violate sanctions through ongoing illicit ship-to-ship transfers and procurement of WMD-related items and luxury goods," the UN report said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2019 00:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  EMP would do nicely.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/06/2019 9:05 Comments || Top||

Sushma Swaraj, Former Foreign Minister of India Passed Away
Sushma Swaraj, Former Foreign Minister and BJP Stalwart, Passes Away at 67 After Heart Attack

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader and former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj passed away a while ago at AIIMS on Tuesday. The BJP veteran, who suffered a massive heart attack, died at the age of 67.

Her last Twitter post was about thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the government’s move on Kashmir stating that she was waiting for this day in her lifetime.

Known for being the 'Rescuer', Swaraj's ministry rescued over 900,000 Indians trapped, trafficked, held hostage or unlawfully arrested around the world over a period of four years. Including the 156 Indians evaced from Juba in 2016. Her quick wit and maternal demeanor was known to defuse any situation and disarm the crudest of adversaries. In her time, the foreign ministry parleyed with 186 members of the UN, she negotiated with everyone from ISIS to Taliban and chicoms, every time winning a favorable outcome for her Govt (if not the hostage). Always fun to travel with, a true friend in need and a human before a politician, which in India is rare.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/06/2019 13:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under:

$1.1 billion in stolen Iraqi government funds retrieved: Integrity Commission
That will no doubt be much appreciated as the price of oil stays low.
[Rudaw] Close to $1.1 billion in stolen and misused public funds have been returned to state coffers in the first six months of 2019, Iraq’s Integrity Commission announced on Monday, as anti-corruption efforts remain a forefront issue in Iraqi politics.

The Integrity Commission report covers all of Iraq’s provinces except those of the Kurdistan Region, which has its own commission.

According to the anti-corruption watchdog, 1.3 trillion Iraqi dinars ‐ approximately 1.1 billion US dollars - were returned to the state treasury between January and June 2019.

The Commission looked into 9,571 claims, court cases and news reports relating to corruption and public fund wasting. 1,939 suspects were referred to a trial court, including five unnamed ministers, while 100 "special degree" individuals and director generals were also referred.

There were 857 arrest warrants issued, 407 of which were carried out, added the report.

Of 838 court cases, 442 ended in conviction on corruption charges. Punishment handed down by the court included fines, and jail sentences of anywhere from three years to life.

There were 306 operations aiming to seize funds that had been misappropriated through bribery, theft of public funds, extortion, and counterfeiting; 197 of these operations saw funds being retrieved.

Anti-corruption reform has been spoken of as a priority by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who established the Supreme Anti-Corruption Council in January in a bid to coordinate government, police and judiciary efforts to tackle corruption.

He had previously condemned Iraq’s endemic corruption while speaking in parliament, noting its presence in sectors as diverse as oil trade, the prison system, and healthcare.

After Iraq territorially defeated Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) in December 2017, political focus appeared to turn to anti-corruption reform, which took center stage in party campaigns for last year’s parliamentary election.

Misappropriation of funds has been a constant thorn in Iraq’s side, with billions of dollars earmarked for post-Iraq War reconstruction being lost to waste and corruption. Iraq is one of the world's most corrupt nations, ranking 168th out of 180 countries in the Transparency International corruption perception index.

Established in 2004, the Integrity Commission, though an independent body, works under the oversight of the Iraqi parliament. It was responsible for bringing to light widespread corruption in Iraq’s Nineveh province in April, retrieving $64 million in lost funds.
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SpaceX launches AMOS 17 tomorrow. Replacement for the Israeli sat lost in pad explosion a while ago.
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#1  This one this afternoon, an Atlas with another AHEF satellite Thursday (weather permitting, it's peak thunderstorm season here right now) Things are jumping at the Cape.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/06/2019 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  When will they launch ANDY?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/06/2019 7:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Sorry, ANDY?
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/06/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

#4  SpaceX's AMOS 17 is scheduled for 6:52 EDT tonight with a 90 minute launch window.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 08/06/2019 10:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Woodrow, that would be ANDY of AMOS and ANDY fame.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/06/2019 11:28 Comments || Top||

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