French and German Intelligence Services Knew Paris Attack Was Coming a Month Ago and Did Nothing

Friday night, in the Paris area of France, over 120 people were killed by terrorists in a well-coordinated assault.
France declared a national state of emergency after the six attacks, which continues as we speak.
A report by Reuters summarizes the human toll of the attacks:
A Paris city hall official said four gunmen systematically slaughtered at least 87 young people attending a rock concert at the Bataclan music hall. Anti-terrorist commandos eventually launched an assault on the building. The gunmen detonated explosive belts and dozens of shocked survivors were rescued.
Some 40 more people were killed in five other attacks in the Paris region, the city hall official said, including an apparent double suicide bombing outside the national stadium, where Hollande and the German foreign minister were watching a friendly soccer international. Some 200 people were injured.
But a number of startling revelations have come out since the attack. First, the “hacktivist” group Anonymous released a video saying that just hours before the attacks, Facebook shut down their “#OpISIS” terrorist reporting group. That group reported sock puppet accounts being used by the terrorist group to recruit people into its ranks. For whatever reason, Facebook decided to put an end to Anonymous exposing ISIS recruiters (at least until they make a new group doing the same thing).
Then, on Saturday, information surfaced that implicates the French National Police and German BKA federal police, along with the German BND federal intelligence service, in something even more disturbing.
The law enforcement agencies met together “to discuss an imminent pre-planned terrorist attack on Paris weeks ago,” according to The Free Thought Project.
A report by SOFREP reads as follows:
Industrial targets were already being probed by suspected terrorists in France, and a bomb which failed to detonate was found in one facility. The explosives employed were those stolen in a little-publicized theft from a French military armory months prior. The French and German federal police and intelligence services strongly believed at that time that terrorists were casing soft targets inside Paris and that it was, “A matter of when, not if.” The only point of contention within the French security services was whether or not the target would be soft (civilian) or hard (military, government, industrial) in nature.
Check out the tweet below, as well:

David Cameron: "We must be prepared for a number of British casualties" in #ParisAttack
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 14, 2015
The Free Thought Project notes that “a large fire has reportedly broken out at the ‘jungle’ refugee camp, in which an estimated 7,000 Syrian and North African refugees reside, at the port of Calais following the terror attacks in Paris.”
For now, it is unknown whether or not the fire “was part of the coordinated terror assault or a xenophobic anti-immigrant reaction to the attacks.”
After a military instillation in southeastern France was robbed of close to 200 detonators, 40 grenades and one “pile” of plastic explosives in July, French intelligence authorities were fully aware it was not a simple criminal theft, but something much more sinister.
What is unmistakable at this point is that the French authorities had forewarning of an impending attack on Paris and were completely impotent to avert catastrophe.
Stay tuned. We will bring you the latest about these attacks and the bizarre incidences of government apparently standing down to let them happen, as more information is revealed.


Propaganda and Islam: What you’re not Being Told

Propaganda is the wheel by which the government steers the bus of a nation; typically driving it into war or off the cliff of humanity. It is amazing to see how many people who are otherwise rational human beings will blindly follow the herd on the matter of how subhuman a perceived national enemy is. Image credit:braveandboldthinking
The western media wonderfully paints Islam as a death cult bent on world domination. Over and over again the American populace is shown footage of the atrocities committed by fanatics or of Arab men burning American flags. The problem, of course, is that this isn’t remotely representative of the Islamic population of the world. Are there Muslims who employ terrorism? Of course. Are there Christians who employ terrorism? Of course. There are even Buddhists who employ terrorism.
Some general facts about Islam might help break the noose of wartime propaganda that rests around America’s neck. Below are a list of statements this journalist has seen in the last week on social media, followed by the data to put that statement in perspective.
“All [or most] Muslims are terrorists.”
There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. The much-discussed ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) organization, which has been described as the “richest terrorist group in the world” can only fieldbetween 7,000 and 15,000 troops in its battle to create a fundamentalist homeland. Even taking the highest estimate of their troop strength means that fewer than 1 out of every 106,000 Muslims from all over the world are actually willing to take up arms and fight for the fundamentalist dream. The Iraqi army, however, can field 250,000 soldiers to fight against that fundamentalist vision. That figure does not include irregular forces allied to the Iraqi army. The premise that all Muslims are terrorists falls flat by a mere study of the numbers. It isn’t a majority of Muslims. It isn’t even 1% of Muslims.
“Muslims want Sharia law.”
While many Muslims believe in Sharia law, what is considered Sharia law is not universal. In Lebanon, which has been considered a hotbed of Islamic terrorism ever since the bombing of the US Embassy in Beirut, 38% of Muslims don’t even believe it is the Word of God. Among those that do believe it to be the direct Word of God, only 29% believe in making it the legal system for the country, and a majority of Lebanese Muslims don’t believe Sharia law should apply to non-Muslims.  Even among those that believe whole-heartedly in Sharia law, they don’t necessarily believe in some of the more violent aspects. The crime of adultery is punishable by stoning under some forms of Sharia law. Some quick and simple math shows that in Lebanon, less than 3% of Muslims believe that punishment should be applied to the population at large. Meanwhile in America’s heartland, a political candidate has advocated or silently endorsed the idea of stoning homosexuals.  The vast majority of Muslims believe that Sharia law should be used to settle family or property disputes among Muslims.
Some countries have higher rates of belief in using Sharia law, and some have lower. Lebanon was chosen because it falls in the middle as far as averages go.

“They beat their women.”
First, the very phase “their women” suggests that the individual might fall close to the more radical elements of Islam in regards to the belief that women are property. Yes, some Muslim men beat “their women.” In the United States 25% of women will be beaten by “their men” in their lifetime. This is not an Islamic issue, this is an issuerising from the idea that women are property and somehow belong to the men. If this is justification for war, the United States might consider invading Belfast, where 60 cases of domestic violence are reported daily.
“They are stuck in the Stone Age, and they want to stay there.”
This statement marginalizes the thousands of Muslim men and women who sit in prison for attempting to change their government and those that died in the attempt. Political prisoners throughout the Arab world sit rotting away for attempting to bring about change in their nations. They are Muslims. Four Saudi Princesses are currently being starved to death by the King for speaking out in favor of women’s rights. Countless journalists and bloggers sit behind bars for questioning their governments. The US government continually props up these brutal dictatorships with multi-million dollar arms deals and keeps the power in the hands of those that don’t want change.
“Muhammad was a pedophile and his wife was only 6 [or 7].”
Most historians agree that Aisha and Muhammad were married after she reached puberty. They place her age, on average, around 13 years old at the time of marriage, though she may have been betrothed to him much earlier. Americans need to keep in mind that while they might not have heard of Islam prior to September 11th, Muhammad lived in the early 600s A.D. It might surprise them to learn that marriage at such an early age was extremely common not only in the Arab world, but the Western world as well. King John of England married a12-year-old around 1198. Romeo’s love, Juliet, was only 13. No subset of people is more hated in the West than pedophiles. An attempt to cast the founder of the perceived enemy as a pedophile would certainly benefit the war effort.
“Muslims take child brides and rape children.”
Does it occur in the Muslim world? Sure. It occurs in the United States as well, typically deep in America’sheartland. The Catholic Church is well-known for its abuse of the youth. Again this is a worldwide issue, not an Islamic one. There is not a single Middle Eastern country listed among the top 20 nations with a high prevalence of child brides.
Most of the information that is spread via social media is simply not accurate. It only serves to plant the idea in the American psyche that somehow the United States must save the Muslims from themselves. The goal of this propaganda is to make Americans believe that Muslims are somehow lesser people. After all, it’s easier to condemn people to die in air strikes if they aren’t really human. Before clicking the share or retweet button on an inflammatory article, try to determine if the information being presented is an accurate portrayal of the Muslim world, or if you are simply furthering the government’s march towards war.
The Islamic world is not without its problems. The struggle for equal rights for women and homosexuals continues to meet roadblock after roadblock on the streets of Amman, Damascus, Riyadh, and Tehran; however, if the United States seeks to use this as justification for intervention, maybe it should invade Mississippi orArkansas.


‘Are you safe?’ Facebook activates ‘Safety check’ tool to see if friends, relatives OK

During the horror and fear, it’s important to know if your loved ones are all right. Facebook has helped throughout the night in Paris, activating its ‘Safety check’ tool.
It lets you input if you’re safe or not, and also if you’re currently in the affected area.
The tool also lets you mark your friends and family as ‘safe’ to notify others.
It comes as the hashtag #porteouverte – translated as “open door” in English – started trending on Twitter, gathering over 500,000 posts with people providing refuge or asking for it.
“This account will be used for tweeting and retweeting places to stay safe tonight,” the official account said.
Also, under the same hashtag, taxis were offering free rides to safety.
At least 120 people have been killed, and about 180 others injured in several deadly attacks across Paris overnight.


7.0 quake strikes off shores of Japan

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck northwest of Japan's Ryukyu Islands on Friday, but there was no immediate tsunami danger to the U.S. West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska, the National Tsunami Warning Center said.
The quake was about 90 miles off the western shores of Makurazaki, Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
"Based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records, the earthquake was not sufficient to generate a tsunami," the warning center said Friday.
Magnitude 6.7 earthquake


Cameron: UK faces same threat

David Cameron has made a statement at Downing Street, saying the threat from the so-called Islamic State is "evolving", and becoming more acute.  
"We in the UK face the same threat," he said.
"We will redouble our efforts to wipe out this poisonous extremist ideology."
In the light of last night's attacks, the UK will review its terror plans and attempt to learn from what happened in Paris, he said.
Mr Cameron called the attacks the "worst act of violence in France since World War Two".
He said Britain stands with France "shocked but resolute, in sorrow but unbowed".
"While full picture is still emerging, we must be prepared for a number of British casualties, and we will do whatever we can to help those in need."


Arrest at Gatwick airport

Police have confirmed they have arrested a man suspected of discarding a package at the North Terminal of Gatwick airport.
Specialists have been called to the airport to investigate the item. The terminal has been evacuated, and some flights have been delayed.  
Detective Superintendent Nick May said: "At this time, we are investigating the circumstances of the incident and it is too early to say what the item may be. 
"However, given the events in Paris on Friday evening, there is heightened awareness around any such incident and it is best that we treat the matter in all seriousness. 
"We are aware that there is concern about what has happened in France, but the general threat level remains the same and people should be aware as usual of anyone acting suspiciously."


Paris attacks were 'act of war by IS'

The near-simultaneous attacks in Paris that killed at least 127 people and wounded more than 180 were an "act of war" carried out by Islamic State, says France's President Francois Hollande.
He said the attacks, carried out by eight gunmen and suicide bombers, were "organised and planned from outside".
Busy bars and restaurants, a music concert and a high-profile football match were all targeted.
Mr Hollande has declared three days of national mourning.


Islamic State releases video threatening more attacks on France

Islamic State has released an undated footage threatening to attack France if the country continues to bomb its positions, Reuters reports.
The video emerges just hours after gunmen and bombers killed more than 120 people in the French capital.
A bearded militant in the video says that while the allied forces “keep bombing” the IS positions, they “will not live in peace”. The terrorist adds that people “will even fear traveling to the market”.


Paris attacks: Horror as terror strikes France again, killing 153 people

Terrorists struck six locations in Paris with gunfire and explosions, killing 153 people and seizing hostages in yet another massacre in France this year.
The attacks occurred Friday night as residents and tourists reveled in bars and restaurants.
Excited weekend chatter turned into panicked screams as terrorists opened fire at various sites.
One of the targets was near a soccer match as France played world champion Germany. Terrified fans huddled together and streamed onto the field after the blasts . Others hugged.
At the Bataclan, a concert hall where most of the fatalities occurred, fans were listening to American rock band Eagles of Death Metal when gunfire erupted.
    "People yelled, screamed," said Julien Pearce, who was there. "It lasted for 10 minutes. Ten horrific minutes where everybody was on the floor covering their head."
    President Francois Hollande vowed to hunt down the terrorists, whom he referred to as "barbarians."
    "We will lead the fight and we will be ruthless," Hollande said. "... When the terrorists are capable of doing such acts, they must know that they will face a France very determined."

    Six locations

    Eight terrorists are dead following the attacks on six locations in Paris and nearby areas, prosecutor's spokeswoman Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre said.
    The prosecutor's office said it cannot confirm whether all terrorists have been killed because it has not determined the total number of attackers.
    Of the eight, seven died in suicide bombings, officials said.
    The attackers targeted a concert hall, a stadium, restaurants and bars.

    Concert hall

    Most of the deaths were inside the Bataclan concert hall, where a witness said gunmen stormed in firing rifles and shouting "Allah akbar." At least 112 people died in that attack.
    "We lay down on the floor not to get hurt. It was a huge panic," Pearce said. "The terrorists shot at us for 10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath."
    The gunmen seized hostages before French police stormed in and rescued 100 people.
    Four attackers were killed at the concert hall, including three who were wearing explosives belts, police spokesman Michel Cadot told France Info radio.
    Michael Dorio, brother of Eagles of Death Metal drummer Julian Dorio, said he spoke to the musician after the attack.
    Dorio said when his brother and his bandmates heard the gunshots, they stopped playing, took off backstage and exited.

    Bars and restaurants

    Charlotte Brehaut and a friend were dining at a Cambodian restaurant in Paris, she said.
    "All of a sudden, we heard huge gunshots and glass coming through the windows," she said. "We ducked with the other diners."
    At least 14 people were killed at the Le Petit Cambodge restaurant, authorities said.
    In addition to the Cambodian restaurant, four people were killed in the tenth district of Paris. Four others died on Avenue de la Republique, also in the 10th district of the French capital.
    Nineteen people were killed outside La Belle Epuipe bar in the eleventh district of Paris.


    Some explosions hit near the Stade de France outside Paris, home of the national sports teams. Four people died in those attacks, authorities said.
    One of the blasts appears to be a suicide bombing, a Western intelligence source told CNN.
    Three suicide bombers died in the blasts. A dismembered body consistent with the aftermath of an explosion from that type of device was found at the scene, authorities said.


    President Barack Obama spoke to Hollande and offered him support and condolences. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are closely monitoring the situation, but there is no credible or specific threat in the United States, a U.S. government official said.
    "The two leaders pledged to work together, and with nations around the world, to defeat the scourge of terrorism," the White House said in a statement.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the attackers hate freedom, and vowed her nation will help lead the fight against terrorists.

    Previous massacre

    In January, two gunmen attacked the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 and wounding 11.
    Two attackers, who were brothers, said they wanted to punish the magazine for the publication of cartoons that they believed mocked the Prophet Mohammed. Two days later, the brothers were shot to death in a standoff with police in Dammartin-en-Goele.
    Their associate attacked a Jewish grocery store in Paris, taking more than a dozen people hostage and killing four. Police stormed the kosher market and killed him.
    In an address to the nation following Friday's attack, Hollande declared a state of emergency and said border security has been ramped up.