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Faithwire Muslim Leader in Canada Says Wishing Christians ‘Merry Christmas’ Is Worse Than Murder By Tré Goins-PhillipsAn imam in British Columbia said this week that wishing Christians a “merry Christmas” is worse than murder.The Muslim leader, Sheikh Younus Kathrada, made the comment during a sermon at the Muslim Youth of Victoria. He told congregants he feels “great sadness” when he observes his fellow Muslims’ casual treatment of Christmas, which he described a “false holiday.”“There are those who will say to them ‘Merry Christmas,’” the cleric said. “What are you congratulating them on? Congratulations on the birth of your Lord? Is that acceptable to a Muslim? Are you now approving of their beliefs? By saying that you are approving of it.” Read more: https://www.faithwire.com/2018/12/26/muslim-leader-in-canada-says-wishing-christians-merry-christmas-is-worse-than-murder/...
The Washington Times  By Stephen DinanBorder officials begged for medical help from the Coast Guard and the Pentagon to screen illegal immigrants and asked both American and Mexican disease specialists to investigate a surge in sick migrants being caught at the border after another illegal immigrant child died in U.S. custody.Every juvenile currently held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being rechecked for health issues, and a new review of CBP procedures is underway, authorities said after the latest death on Christmas Eve.This one involved an 8-year-old boy who’d jumped the border with his father on Dec. 18. They had been shuttled to four different CBP facilities and one hospital during the next six days until his death.CBP said more than two dozen “welfare checks” were performed during those six days, and it wasn’t until the final day that the boy showed any problems — and was actually treated...
    The Sacramento Bee   By Deke Farrow A manhunt continued Wednesday morning for the suspect wanted in the shooting death of a Newman Police Department corporal during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning, authorities said. Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, called in a traffic stop at Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue just before 1 a.m. Three minutes later, there was a report of “shots fired.” The corporal’s partner, who was patrolling nearby, was first on scene and found Singh suffering from gunshot wounds, said a spokesman for the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, which is leading the investigation. Singh was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Sheriff’s Department reported later in the morning that Singh is survived by his wife, Anamika, their 5-month-old son, his parents and a brother. Read more: https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article223560025.html Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article223560025.html?fbclid=IwAR33NBoTN_mqcipNRt540jMZng1MNcjVhkM6hMJ3C4a0U8isWenjFyo6b6I#storylink=cpy...
CBS News By Olivia Gazis Even though the territories held by extremist groups like al Qaeda and ISIS have been eroded, the groups' global propaganda reach is still proving to be an effective recruitment tool, inspiring uncomplicated but deadly terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to the head of the New York Police Department's Intelligence and Counterterrorism bureaus."[T]he unintended consequence of our effectively smashing ISIS and al-Qaeda – the pieces scattered," said Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller in a recent interview with Intelligence Matters host and CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell.While the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011 and the organization's top propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki, in 2012 were effective setbacks, the group and, more significantly, its regional successor, ISIS, have maintained a propaganda arm that reaches around the world and often across ideologies, Miller said.He listed as examples some small but...

FBI's Counterterrorism Investigations Now Run on Amazon

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Nextgov By Frank Konkel, Executive Editor The FBI is using Amazon Web Services’ cloud services to process, host and analyze both classified and unclassified counterterrorism data, an FBI official revealed Tuesday.The previously undisclosed partnership dates back nearly two years and began after the FBI reached a “data crisis,” according to FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Christine Halvorsen, who made the announcement at AWS’ re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.“The FBI is in a data crisis, and solution is the adoption of cloud technology,” Halvorsen said.The FBI is the latest intelligence agency to make use of AWS, which operates three cloud regions—massive data centers that lease out computing power—that explicitly serve the federal government.Halvorsen said the FBI’s counterterrorism division previously operated its own data center, including the massive amount of information that comes in following national security and counterterrorism events. That data is growing exponentially, Halvorsen said, comparing the 50 terabytes...