Special Forces Member Noticed Something in the Bergdahl Release Video That You Probably Missed

Bergdahl2TheBlaze (June 6) — Most Americans who watched the video purporting to show the moment Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released into U.S. custody were likely primarily interested in seeing what Bergdahl looked like after nearly five years in Taliban captivity.

But the video is alarming for a number of reasons from a Special Forces perspective, a Special Forces contact told Glenn Beck early Thursday morning.

Beck said he had a conversation with a “Special Forces guy” at around 5:00 a.m., and though he left the individual unnamed, Beck shared on his radio program all of the warning signs the individual pointed out in the video.

The Video Was Recorded by the Taliban

Beck said his Special Forces contact watched and discussed the video with some of his teammates, and that they were struck by a number of things. The individual first pointed out that the video was recorded by the Taliban.

Beck noted that it was reported several days ago that the video was recorded by the Taliban, before the individual added some insight into what that actually means.

When you are in an American helicopter in a war zone, the individual told Beck, and you see “a guy on the ground with a rocket launcher … and a video camera,” you have a shoot-to-kill order because the combatant is almost certainly planning to kill you and your teammates and create a propaganda video.

He therefore asked whether the U.S. government agreed to let the Taliban record the exchange, and why, or if we didn’t realize it was being recorded.

Landing in Low Ground

“Problem number two: anybody notice that we’re landing in a valley?” Beck asked. “Anybody notice that? Do you see the mountain sides all around? We’re landing our helicopter in the low point, so they have all of the high points.”

“It’s a specific ambush location,” Beck’s co-host Pat Gray added. “They’re making the exchange in a place where they could easily be ambushed.”

The individual recording the video even zooms in on the hills multiple times, revealing armed Taliban surrounding the Americans in the helicopter.

Bergdahl Is Frisked Just Feet From U.S. Helicopter

Beck said his contact also pointed out that after the exchange, Bergdahl wasn’t frisked until he was mere feet from the U.S. helicopter, where a number of American teammates had stayed behind.

“They go out. They get the guy. They bring him up to the helicopter. And that’s when our guys frisk him,” Beck said, noting that if Bergdahl had explosives on him he would have been able to blow up the helicopter and “kill everybody there.”

“This is so sloppy on our part,” Beck said. “How many rules were violated with us in this prisoner exchange? … Every soldier I’ve talked to is embarrassed by this.”

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White House Overrode Objections to swap – Wanted Military to “Suck It Up & Salute.”

Pentagon, Intelligence officials used Top Secret intelligence to prevent previous release of Taliban Five, officials tell TIME.

Time (June 4) —  To pull off the prisoner swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House overrode an existing interagency process charged with debating the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners and dismissed long-standing Pentagon and intelligence community concerns based on Top Secret intelligence about the dangers of releasing the five men, sources familiar with the debate tell TIME.

National Security Council officials at the White House decline to describe the work of the ad hoc process they established to trade the prisoners, or to detail the measures they have taken to limit the threat the Taliban officials may pose. They say consensus on the plan was reached by the top officials of Obama’s national security team, including representatives from the Pentagon, State Department, intelligence community and Joint Chiefs of Staff. “These releases were worked extensively through deputies and principals,” says National Security Counsel Deputy for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes. “There was not a dissent on moving forward with this plan.”

But officials in the Pentagon and intelligence communities had successfully fought off release of the five men in the past, officials tell TIME. “This was out of the norm,” says one official familiar with the debate over the dangers of releasing the five Taliban officials. “There was never the conversation.” Obama’s move was an ultimate victory for those at the White House and the State Department who had previously argued the military should “suck it up and salute,” says the official familiar with the debate.  Obama has broad authority under Article II of the U.S. Constitution to order the prisoner exchange as commander in chief of America’s armed forces. The lengths to which he went to bring it about show how determined he was to resolve the lingering issue of America’s only prisoner of war in Afghanistan. (TIME)

Taliban release video showing handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

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Fox News (June 4) — The Taliban has released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl into U.S. custody over the weekend.  The video was emailed to media outlets Wednesday. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said that the Defense Department was reviewing the video, but had “no reason to doubt [its] authenticity.”  

“Regardless,” Rear Adm. Kirby said, “we know the transfer was peaceful and successful, and our focus remains on getting Sgt. Bergdahl the care he needs.” The video opens by showing Bergdahl in traditional Afghan clothing sitting in a white pickup truck parked on a hillside somewhere in eastern Afghanistan. More than a dozen Taliban fighters with machine guns stand around the truck and on the hillside.

Bergdahl, who is clean shaven and has a shaved head in the video, is seen blinking frequently as he looks at and listens to his captors. The video is narrated by a Taliban militant, who at one point says, “We told them there are 18 armed fighters and the Americans said that’s all right.” A Black Hawk helicopter then lands and two Taliban fighters, one carrying a white flag, lead Bergdahl half way. He is greeted and taken by three Western-looking men in civilian clothing to the helicopter, where soldiers in Army uniforms are waiting. According to the video’s narrator, the handover took place around 4 p.m. Saturday in the area of Bati in Ali Sher district of eastern Khost province. As the helicopter approaches, one of the Taliban men gets closer to Bergdahl and is heard speaking in Pashto, one of two main Afghan languages.

“Don’t come back to Afghanistan,” the man tells Bergdahl. “You won’t make it out alive next time,” he adds as some of the others are heard laughing. Just before the helicopter lands, a group of Taliban near the pickup shout: “Long life to Mujahedeen,” or holy warriors as the Taliban call themselves. A Taliban statement, also distributed to media, quoted their leader Mullah Mohammad Omar describing the release of the five Taliban officials from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the movement.

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Source: Ex-Gitmo Militants Are Free To Move Around Qatar

140603-guantanamo-detainees-composite-1226_5a095ec653ba8d1d754bbf7b6d7eddfb.nbcnews-ux-960-700NBC News (June 4) — Five Taliban militants freed in exchange for U.S. captive soldier Bowe Bergdahl will not be locked up while in Qatar, a diplomatic source in the Persian Gulf region said Tuesday.

The Afghan detainees, who were released from the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba on Saturday, will be watched very closely during their one-year travel ban — but their movements within the Arab emirate are not restricted, the source said.

The comments came hours after President Barack Obama defended the swap, citing a “sacred” obligation not to leave American soldiers behind even as the nation’s top military officer said the circumstances around Bergdahl’s capture would be scrutinized.

Obama, speaking to reporters in Poland on Tuesday, expressed confidence that the United States could still go after the militants if they pose a future threat to national security.

“We will be keeping eyes on them,” the president said. “Is there the possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely,” he said.

“We have confidence that we will be in a position to go after them if in fact they are engaging in activities that threaten our defenses.”

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What is Palestine? Who are the Palestinians?

The video dispels certain myths concerning the origin of the name ‘Palestine’ and of the ‘Arab Palestinians.’ It documents that the ‘Arab Palestinians’ are in fact mostly from other places, and migrated to what is now Israel at the same time as the Zionist Jews, many of them because of the economic boom that the Zionist Jews produced in what was then British Mandate Palestine. The Zionist Jews did not steal the “best” land from Arab landowners but in fact purchased abandoned desert and swamp land from absentee Arab landlords who were quite eager to sell. This was explained by Hajj Amin al Husseini himself. Husseini, father of the Palestinian movement, launched his fourth terrorist attack against the Jews of the Mandate in 1936-39. The violence was so great that the British sent a team to investigate. When questioned, Husseini admitted that the Zionist Jews had not stolen anybody’s land but in fact had bought it. In fact, Husseini had been among the major consolidators and sellers of land, and growing tremendously rich by it.

Documentation: hirhome.com/israel/pal_mov2.htm and hirhome.com/israel/pal_mov3.htm
For all chapters and videos: hirhome.com/colapso/colapso.htm

Hamas pays hundreds of young Muslims to harass Jews at Temple Mount

HamasFlagTempleMountWho is funding this? The West. The US and the EU pour billions into Gaza for “humanitarian relief.” But Hamas control Gaza, and this is the kind of thing they buy with their money. Our money.

Times of Israel (May 29) — Israel arrested a major Hamas figure earlier this month as he attempted to infiltrate the country via the Allenby Bridge crossing, the Shin Bet security service revealed Thursday afternoon. Mahmoud Toameh, a “top-ranking overseas operative of Hamas,” gave the security agency a wealth of details about the activities of the radical Islamic group during his interrogation, it said, including its funding sources, international activities and activities inside Israel. Notably, he revealed that Hamas pays hundreds of young Israeli Arab citizens to harass Jews seeking to enter the Temple Mount area.

Toameh was arrested on May 14, the Shin Beit said, and formally indicted on undisclosed charges on Thursday.

In his interrogation, Toameh revealed that Hamas works with the Islamic Movement (an Israeli organization that promotes Islam among Israel’s Arab citizens) to keep Jews from entering the Temple Mount compound, by retaining a group of young men to harass and throw stones at Jewish visitors. These men, who ostensibly are studying Islamic theology at the site, are paid a monthly salary of NIS 4,000 to NIS 5000 ($1,150-$1,440) for their activities, the Shin Bet said.

Toameh said that before this, Hamas backed another project which similarly acted to prevent Jewish visits to the Temple Mount by employing hundreds of young men to harass Jews entering the compound. That venture was closed down by Israeli authorities in 2013, prompting the new cooperation between Hamas and the Islamic Movement regarding the Temple Mount, which he said Hamas took pains to keep hidden from Israel.

Toameh also said that Hamas maintains a secret connection with firebrand cleric Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement’s northern branch. Salah, an Israeli citizen, has been arrested several times for his activities, and was jailed between 2003 and 2005 for providing funding to Hamas.

Until about a year ago, Hamas was primarily funded by Iran, Toameh told the Shin Bet. The closing of the tap by Tehran has caused economic hardship for the group, but at the same time, Hamas runs several civil groups and companies abroad, most of them real estate groups in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, which work to provide funding.

Toameh sits on the main economic council of Hamas, and, according to the Shin Bet, detailed various arrangements the group makes to transfer funds to both its Gaza base and to supporters inside Israel or the West Bank. Several of these involve Islamic charities operating abroad. According to Toameh, it was at his suggestion that Hamas began surreptitiously transferring funds via real estate deals — for example, a Saudi Arabian-backed mosque, built several years ago in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, resulted in some 750,000 riyals (about $200,000) being transferred to Hamas operatives.

According to Toameh, the “Palestinian Business Forum,” ostensibly a business organization promoting Palestinian economic development, was founded by Hamas operatives, who use the group to further the economic interests of Hamas.

Hamas maintains close ties with the global Muslim Brotherhood movement, Toameh said, and noted that eight members of Hamas’s guiding Shura Council were members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s international arm. He said that Turkey and Qatar are major centers of Hamas activity abroad, and Hamas operates there with the tacit approval of the governments of those two countries.

Regarding the recent reconciliation between Hamas and the Fatah faction of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Toameh said that it was the result of a practical decision by Hamas and did not have any bearing on the group’s ideology. Hamas, he said, realized that in order to have a voice in the direction of the PA, and to gain greater political influence beyond Gaza, it would have to join the PLO and participate in general Palestinian government.

According to the Shin Bet, Mahmoud Mahmoud Issa Toameh was born in 1951 in Tulkarem and lived in Saudi Arabia for a brief period during the 1970s. He joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1983 and then because a founding member of Hamas when it split off in 1987. He is married and a father of eight. In 2008 he joined the Shura Council, the body headed by Khaled Mashaal which oversees policy, including military policy, for Hamas.

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 1st Jun 2014

Highlights from the free weekly newsletter verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Pancreatic cancer treatment trials continue.  Jerusalem-based biotech Tiltan has raised $1.5 million for the completion of its on-going Phase II clinical study of TL-118, an anti-angiogenic therapy for treating metastatic pancreatic cancer.  80 patients are being tested in seven major Israeli oncology centers and also two in the US.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-pancreatic-cancer-treatment-co-tiltan-pharma-raises-15m-1000915007

 

Generating stem cells quickly and cheaply.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Israeli biotech Cellect has developed a stem cell collection kit that could revolutionize the treatment of leukemia and other immune-related diseases. Cellect’s kit takes only 10 hours to generate sufficient stem cells for bone marrow transplants.

http://israel21c.org/health/israeli-stem-cell-technology-targets-leukemia/

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

IDF’s first female Christian officer.  Yasmin Chayach has become the first Christian woman to complete the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer’s training course.  Chayach, who is from Acre, follows in the footsteps of her brother, who also served in the IDF.  Christian enlistment in the IDF tripled in 2013.

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2014/5/20/israel-welcomes-first-female-arab-christian-idf-officer#.U3yymnaKj2Q

 

Improved Israel-Arab view of the Jewish State.  In a University of Haifa study, the percentage of Israeli Arabs who recognize Israel’s right to continue to exist as a Jewish and democratic state (53%) rose in 2013 compared to 2012 (47%). 64% (up 5%) thought Israel was a good place to live.

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Israeli-Arab-attitudes-toward-the-state-remained-stable-in-2013-study-shows-352773

 

Israelis help AIDS patients in Africa.  Professor Dan Engelhard of Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center founded the Art Joy Love organization to help AIDS patients.  In Uganda, his doctors, nurses, medicine, medical clowns, social workers and other volunteers in 18 months have reduced AIDS from 18% down to 16%.

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/africa/140526-israeli-hope-in-uganda

 

India’s Foreign Minister is another friend of Israel.  Last week I reported that India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a friend of Israel.  He has now appointed India’s first female Foreign Minister. Sushma Swara served as chairwoman of the Indo-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group from 2006 to 2009.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/indias-new-foreign-minister-a-strong-fan-of-israel/

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Israeli chips run Cisco’s best router.  Cisco Systems recently declared the ASR 9000 to be its most successful high-end router in a decade. Good news for Israel’s EZchip, which makes the processor that powers it.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-05-18/cisco-s-once-in-a-decade-router-propels-ezchip-israel-overnight

 

Israeli students excel at Asian Physics Olympiad in Singapore.  Israeli 12th graders returned from the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) 2014 with two silver medals, three bronze medals and three honorable mentions. Each of the delegation’s eight members came home with an award.  27 countries competed.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4522479,00.html

 

Israeli students win engineering prize in Turkey.  Three Israeli students from Ben Gurion University won second place at the International Cultural and Academic Meeting of Engineering Students conference (ICAMES), a worldwide engineering project competition organized by the Bogazici University in Istanbul.

http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/Pages/news/competition_istanbul.aspx

 

Free drinking water stations – global pilot begins in Tel Aviv.  (Thanks to Size Doesn’t Matter) Israeli start-up Woosh has launched its global pilot, providing free drinking water in Tel Aviv’s public spaces.

http://www.sizedoesntmatter.com/culture/non-stop-city-drinks-non-stop-water/

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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Fitch Ratings give Israel another “A” credit rating.  Fitch gave as positive, Israel’s fiscal consolidation and narrowing of budget deficits.  It also noted, “The start of gas production has caused a structural improvement in the balance of payments that will support continued current account surpluses.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/293951#.U39AqXaKj2Q

 

Teva’s new treatments are worth $1b.  In 2014 Israel’s Teva is launching Zecurity (migraine patch), Adasuve (inhalation powder to treat agitation in schizophrenia patients) and DuoResp Spiromax, (an inhaler).  The combined peak sales of these products are estimated to be $1 billion. It also has 15 treatments in Phase III trials.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/20/teva-pharm-ind-products-idUSL6N0O63LC20140520

 

Israel passes US, Europe in plastic bottle recycling.  54 percent of Israel’s plastic bottles were recycled in 2012, compared to 31.8% in the U.S. and 52.4% in OECD countries.  2013 data shows that Israel recycled 56% of its plastic bottles.  350 million bottles were recycled thanks to more than 20,000 recycling deposit stations.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=17597

 

Five Israeli companies list on London AIM.  Israel’s Marimedia, a provider of solutions for optimizing for the sale of online advertising space, has just listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM).  Other 2014 Israeli (or Israeli subsidiary) AIM listings include SafeCharge, Summit Germany, XLMedia and Bagir.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-marimedia-raises-179m-in-london-ipo-1000940566

 

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT

Israeli student film wins Oscar.  “Paris on the Water,” by Tel Aviv University master’s student Hadas Ayalon, is one of three winners in the foreign film category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards competition.  The award will be presented on 7 June in Los Angeles.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=17567

 

Justin Timberlake brings ‘Summer Love’ to Tel Aviv.  American pop star Justin Timberlake rocked tens of thousands of fans in Park Hayarkon during his first-ever Israel concert. Before the event he prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem – the photo posted on his facebook site received over 250,000 likes.

http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Entertainment/Justin-Timberlake-brings-Summer-Love-to-Tel-Aviv-354725   http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Music/Justin-Timberlake-posts-photo-of-himself-praying-at-Western-Wall-354593

 

Bob Dylan recommended Israel to the Rolling Stones.  Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, revealed that Bob Dylan put the idea in the Stones’ circle to include Israel as a tour stop.  “He said he loved it there,” said Wood. “I said, we’ve never been there, so we’ll have to go play there one day, so there you go.”

http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Music/Rolling-Stones-Ronnie-Wood-Dylan-told-us-to-come-to-Israel-354439

 

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