The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested a 25-year-old man in connection to the fatal Wichita swatting case, which claimed the life of one man.
On Thursday, a man whose address was sent to an alleged swatter by a Call of Duty player following an online dispute over $1.50 became the victim of a police raid, which ended in the tragic loss of his life. The alleged swatter called in a fake hostage situation on the home address of Andrew Finch, who was unarmed at the time of the fatal shooting.
Following the incident, the swatter gave an interview with Daniel “Keemstar” Keem of the YouTube channel, DramaAlert, acknowledging his role in the tragedy. He refused to take responsibility for the man’s death.
He was identified by gamers on social media following the incident as 25-year-old Tyler Raj Barriss, who was charged in 2015 for making a false bomb threat. Despite hiding the lower half of his face with a bandana, gamers were able to identify the suspect based on his avatar, which they compared to his two-year-old mugshot, and reported him to the police.
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Law here protects only women, judge says in rejecting arguments for more jail time for man
The value of a man’s modesty versus a woman’s has come under the spotlight after the Public Prosecutor appealed against a 10-week jail term given to a man who covertly took obscene videos and photographs of 33 men in public toilets.
The prosecution had urged the court to punish 27-year-old Teo Han Jern with a six-month jail term, arguing that this would have been the benchmark if the Malaysian’s victims had been women.
But District Judge Kenneth Yap, in explaining last week why he rejected the prosecution’s arguments, pointed out that Singapore’s law on insult to modesty protects only women – and this could be down to the different way society regards the two sexes.
“The fact that male urinals and changing rooms are typically more ‘open concept’ than their female equivalents would, to some, speak volumes of a differentiated approach to modesty,” suggested the judge.
Using his mobile phone, sales executive Teo had secretly captured videos and photos of men – some of them engaging in sexual acts and others defecating. He committed almost all of his offences at the Paragon and Cathay shopping malls.
He was caught on Sept 9 last year, when he went to a toilet on the ground floor of Paragon at around 6pm and tried to film a man who was inside a cubicle by placing his phone over the partition. The victim spotted the device, snatched it away and reported Teo to the mall’s concierge. The police were alerted.
Teo pleaded guilty to five counts of making obscene films, for which he was jailed for four weeks each, four counts of being a public nuisance for the pictures he took ($1,000 fine each) and one count of having an obscene film in his possession (two weeks in jail).
Three of the jail terms for making obscene films were to run concurrently, which meant he would have to serve 10 weeks. Thirty other charges were taken into consideration during sentencing on Dec 6.
In Singapore’s penal code, there are two laws that deal with crimes against a person’s modesty.
The more serious outrage of modesty, which involves the use of criminal force, applies to “all persons”. But the other law states that whoever intends to insult the modesty of a “woman”, whether through words, gestures or by intruding on the privacy of the woman, is guilty of an offence.
So, Teo could not be charged with insulting the men’s modesty. The most serious charges he faced were for making obscene films under the Films Act – for which the precedent was one to three weeks in jail.
But for each charge of making an obscene film, the prosecution recommended 10 weeks in jail. This was based on previous insult of modesty cases, in which women were filmed while in the toilet.
Given that Parliament has taken the view that a man’s modesty is incapable of being offended when he is merely insulted and where his physical integrity has not been violated, said the judge, the prosecution had taken the practical view that charges, such as under the Films Act, could be used to plug the gap.
“It would seem most unfair, in the eyes of the prosecution, to consider men to be impervious to such violations of their privacy, especially when such violation is made with sexual intent,” he wrote, especially in a digital era when there is even greater need for protection of male victims.
While he did not “disagree with such sentiments”, the judge did not think it appropriate to increase penalties under the Films Act to fill this gap.
The fundamental question is whether a man is capable of having his modesty insulted in the same way as that of a woman – and Singapore’s laws make a deliberate difference between the sexes when it come to the outrage and insult of modesty. While some may argue that everyone’s privacy, regardless of gender, should be equally protected, this debate is for Parliament, not the courts, he added.
The Films Act was also “never intended to deal with voyeurism, or the intrusion of privacy and trespass to virtue”, the judge explained.
Instead, it was meant to protect society at large from the corrupting influence of obscene films.
Another problem with the prosecution’s submission was that in taking on considerations of modesty under the Films Act, there is a disparity that would result depending on whether videos or photos were taken of the victim.
“While there is a marked difference between what is revealed between a moving and a still image, the difference cannot be so great as to merit as much as a 10-week imprisonment term in the former… and only a maximum fine of $1,000 in the latter.”
Teo, defended by lawyer Chua Eng Hui, declined to post bail and began his jail term on Dec 13 ahead of the prosecution’s appeal hearing next year.
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Two synagogues in the Iranian city of Shiraz were attacked by vandals who damaged Torah scrolls, prayer books and ritual objects.
The city’s Kashi Synagogue was attacked Sunday night, while the Hadash synagogue was attacked Monday afternoon, according to Sam Kermanian, senior advisor to the Iranian-American Jewish Federation, who has been in touch with Jews from Shiraz. The local Jewish community believes the attacks were committed by more than one person, but does not know who perpetrated them or why.
“Obviously they are scared,” Kermanian told JTA. “They’re not comfortable speaking freely, but overall, life goes on.”
The vandals ripped Torah scrolls, which are written on parchment, as well as some 100 prayer books, some of which were thrown in the toilet. They damaged and “soiled” prayer shawls and tefillin, the leather phylacteries traditionally worn by men during prayers. The attackers also broke glass and stole silver ornaments that adorned the synagogues’ Torah scrolls.
“In light of these clearly anti-Semitic incidents we call upon the authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran to ensure the protection of all places of worship as well as all members of our community, and to bring the perpetrators of these criminal acts to justice,” read a statement by leaders of the Iranian-American Jewish Federation.
The Jewish community of Shiraz, which today numbers about 2,000, according to Kermanian, has faced adversity before. In 2000, 10 members of the community were sentenced to prison terms for spying for Israel. The U.S. government and Jewish organizations protested the charges and verdict.
About 10,000 Jews live in Iran at present. Kermanian said there has been heightened use of anti-Semitic propaganda in Iran in recent months.
It’s Christmastime, America, and you know what that means: It’s the season when public schools across the fruited plain have pointedly avoided Christmas but have teemed with lessons about Kwanzaa and a handful of other holidays which aren’t Christmas.
As a public service, then, The Daily Caller is once again here to tell you the true — and truly bizarre — history of the violent, deranged and radical black nationalist who concocted the completely artificial holiday of Kwanzaa in 1966.
The creator of Kwanzaa is Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga, a 76-year-old professor of Africana studies at California State University, Long Beach. His real name is Ronald Everett. He was born in rural Maryland, the fourteenth child of a sharecropping Baptist minister.
Karenga was convicted in 1971 for brutally torturing two naked women. The women were members of Karenga’s ultra-radical, paramilitary, black nationalist cult called the US Organization, which went by the acronym US, according to a May 1971 Los Angeles Times story.
“Deborah Jones, who once was given the Swahili title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes,” the LA Times article reports.
Jones “testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Miss Davis’ mouth and placed against Miss Davis’ face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths.”
The victims also said they were “were hit on the heads with toasters.”
Karenga tortured the Jones and Davis with the help of members of his ultra-radical, paramilitary, black nationalist cult because Karenga believed that the torture victims were using magic crystals to assassinate him on behalf of his enemies.
“The victims said they were living at Karenga’s home when Karenga accused them of trying to kill him by placing ‘crystals’ in his food and water and in various areas of his house.”
Jones and Davis denied the charge that they were using special crystals to murder Karenga.
The denials were not helpful. “When they denied it, allegedly they were beaten with an electrical cord and a hot soldering iron was put in Miss Davis’ mouth and against her face,” the contemporaneous 1971 newspaper article says.
“Police were told that one of Miss Jones’ toes was placed in a small vise which then allegedly was tightened by one of the defendants. The following day Karenga allegedly told the women that ‘Vietnamese torture is nothing compared to what I know.’ Miss Tamayo reportedly put detergent in their mouths, Smith turned a water hose full force on their faces, and Karenga, holding a gun, threatened to shoot both of them.”
A psychiatrist who examined Karenga in 1971 concluded he was insane. A sentencing hearing transcript shows that the unidentified psychiatrist believed that the founder of Kwanzaa was “both paranoid and schizophrenic.”
Judge Arthur L. Alarcon read from the psychiatrist’s report in court in September 1971, according to a FrontPage Magazine report.
“Since his admission here he has been isolated and has been exhibiting bizarre behavior, such as staring at the wall, talking to imaginary persons, claiming that he was attacked by dive-bombers and that his attorney was in the next cell,” the psychiatrist’s report said, in part. “During part of the interview he would look around as if reacting to hallucination and when the examiner walked away for a moment he began a conversation with a blanket located on his bed.”
“This man now presents a picture which can be considered both paranoid and schizophrenic with hallucinations and elusions, inappropriate affect, disorganization, and impaired contact with the environment,” the report said.
Karenga concocted Kwanzaa in 1966 as a secular, “nonreligious” pan-African holiday. At the time, he was a twentysomething graduate student living in Los Angeles.
The seven principles of Kwanzaa — perhaps your grade-school child has spouted them to you — are: unity, self-determination, collective work, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith in ourselves.
These seven Kwanzaa principles are identical to the seven principles of the infamous Symbionese Liberation Army, the murderous, bank-robbing gang of revolutionary terrorists who kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst in 1974.
A U.S. Congress document from the House Committee on Internal Security lists the Symbionese Liberation Army’s seven principles as: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative production, purpose, creativity and faith.
During a 1975 bank robbery, Symbionese Liberation Army members murdered Myrna Opsahl, a bank customer. The 42-year-old mother of four bled to death on the floor of the bank.
Members of Karenga’s US Organization murdered two Black Panthers in cold blood. The murders occurred in 1969 when the US Organization and the Black Panthers were fighting over which group would control the then-new Afro-American Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
There was an acrimonious meeting. After the meeting, two members of the US Organization — brothers George P. Stiner and Larry Joseph Stiner — accosted two Black Panthers — John Jerome Huggins and Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter — and shot them to death. (The Panthers were also armed, and one of them apparently shot a Stiner brother in the shoulder.)
Karenga spent just four years in prison. He received a sentence of between one and 10 years for felonious assault and false imprisonment in 1971 — related to the torture of the naked women with a karate baton and a toaster because, the women testified, he thought they were trying to kill him with magic crystals.
A successful campaign by supporters of writing letters to state officials led to a grant of parole in 1975.
Karenga received a Ph.D. in 1976 from United States International University. The school is now a for-profit institution called Alliant International University. (Karenga also received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1994.)
The name change. At some point in the 1960s, Karenga decided he didn’t want to be Ron Everett any longer. Instead, he gave himself the name “Maulana,” which is Swahili for “master teacher.” Karenga means “keeper of tradition” in Swahili.
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) says a complaint based on statements made by a Toronto imam urging Muslims to do business only with Muslims is outside the HRTO’s jurisdiction. HRTO further informed Brazau that his Application “does not appear to allege discrimination
We all know that an open call to “buy from whites” or “buy from Jews only” would be a matter for concern and deemed to be shockingly “racist” and “intolerant”; yet the HRTO says that Imam Rageah’s call does not “appear to allege discrimination,” while at the same time attempting to dismiss the case as being outside its jurisdiction. Clearly the HRTO is uncomfortable dealing with this clear-cut case of discrimination, wanting not to appear “racist,” “Islamophobic,” “xenophobic,” opposed to “diversity” and other such labels that simply do not apply to opposition to the discrimination openly called for by Muslim leaders.
In a sermon uploaded to YouTube…Rageah called on Canadian Muslims to unite and translate their demography into a political and economic power which will enable Muslims to implement Sharia Law in their communities and change Canada’s foreign policy.
This is a blatant call to undermine the state, and destabilize Canadian society. Rageah will receive no penalty, but ignoring this amounts to an open invitation to continue such treason.
If a drive were begun to boycott Muslim products in a defensive action against Imam Rageah, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario would likely deem it discriminatory without hesitation; yet Rageah’s drive is just fine with the HRTO, as are Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) drives against Israel.
“Ontario Human Rights Tribunal: ‘Buy Only From Muslims’ Is Not Discriminatory,” Center for Research of Radicalism and National Security, December 21, 2017:
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) says a complaint based on statements made by a Toronto imam urging Muslims to do business only with Muslims is outside the HRTO’s jurisdiction.
In a December 11, 2017 letter, HRTO informed the complainant Eric Stanley Brazau that “a review of the Application and the narrative setting out the incidents of alleged discrimination falls to identify any specific acts of discrimination within the meaning of the Code allegedly committed by the respondent(s)”.
HRTO further informed Brazau that his Application “does not appear to allege discrimination with respect to any of the social areas identified in the Code (services, goods and facilities; accommodations (housing); contracts; employment; membership in vocational associations).
Brazau filed a complaint based on statements made by Imam Said Rageah at Abu Huraira Centre in Toronto, which he urged Muslims to hire only Muslims and do business only with Muslims.
Rageah, who was born in Somalia and moved to North America in the late 80’s, holds a Bachelor degree in Islamic studies and a Masters degree in Sharia Law.
Over the past several years, he served as the Chaplain the University of Calgary, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and as an imam at the Abu Huraira Mosque in Toronto.
In a sermon uploaded to YouTube on February 8, 2009, Rageah called on Canadian Muslims to unite and translate their demography into a political and economic power which will enable Muslims to implement Sharia Law in their communities and change Canada’s foreign policy.
Rageah spoke in favour of following the example of a Sikh neighbourhood in Edmonton, Alberta, by bringing the Muslim community to live together in one area in which the authorities will not be able to make any decisions without the approval of the Muslims.
Rageah urge Muslims to hire only Muslim workers, to buy products or services only from Muslim-owned businesses and to avoid advertising with media outlets owned by kafirs (infidels).
This way, he maintained, Canadian Muslims will be able strengthen themselves and live according to Islam.“The day that I need a cab I should have a number of a Muslim cab it’s ok, pick me up….
The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is thrilled that it prevailed upon the Canadian government to fire Christine Douglass-Williams from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. The NCCM used to be known as CAIR-CAN, the Canadian branch of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations. Get the details about this unsavory organization’s Hamas ties here. Meanwhile, the Trudeau government is staying mum about the firing, aside from one email from a low-level flunky. Are they aware of how bad it looks for them to have now come down decisively on the side of the notion that opposition to jihad terror and Sharia oppression is “Islamophobia” and some kind of moral failing? Are they embarrassed at their conflation of opposition to jihad terror with racism, even though Islam is not a race and jihad mass murderers have been of all races? They’re probably incapable of embarrassment at this point, but could be aware of how weak and silly this firing makes them look in these days of the advancing jihad.
“‘Dared to criticize political Islam’: Federal government fires Canadian Race Relations Foundation board member,” Canadian Press, December 21, 2017:
OTTAWA — The federal government has fired a member of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation board over comments about Islam.
Christine Douglass-Williams lost her job this week at the arm’s-length government agency, whose mandate is to combat racial discrimination.
Her termination follows a review begun last summer over concerns about her writings on the website Jihad Watch, including a post where she warned that people are being duped by seemingly moderate Muslims and another calling the passage of a House of Commons motion condemning Islamophobia a “victorious day for Islamic supremacists.”
Douglass-Williams had first been appointed to the board in 2012, and was reappointed in 2015. Her term was to expire next year, but the government terminated it on Tuesday.
“Why? Because I dared to criticize political Islam,” Douglass-Williams said in an email to The Canadian Press.
“I make a distinction between those who practice Islam in peace and harmony with others, and those with an agenda to usurp democratic constitutions, demand special privileges over other creeds and who advocate the abuse of women and innocents as a supremacist entitlement.”
She called her removal a “dishonourable decision” on the part of Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, who oversees the foundation, and accused her of acting “at the behest of questionable sorts.”
Neither the Privy Council Office nor Joly’s office would comment directly on Douglass-Williams’ firing, citing privacy concerns.
However, Joly spokesman Simon Ross said in an email: “The country’s leading organization dedicated to the elimination of racism and the promotion of harmonious race relations, the Canada Race Relations Foundation, must have a board that recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in our society.”…
A spokesman for the board did not return a call for comment.
Appointees to the foundation’s board, like many arm’s-length organizations, serve “during pleasure,” meaning they can be removed at the discretion of the government.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims had been one of the groups that raised concerns about Douglass-Williams and they welcomed the government’s decision.
“This is an appropriate corrective measure taken by government to address Ms. Douglass-Williams’ disturbing public record — a record that goes against the CRRF’s core principles and functions, as a federal Crown Corporation, of combating racism and discrimination in Canada,” Kashif Ahmed, the chair of the council’s board said in an email.
Several people had written letters to Joly in support of Douglass-Williams, including Robert Spencer, the founder of Jihad Watch. The website describes itself as “dedicated to bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology play in the modern world,” but critics routinely assail it for being anti-Muslim.
Spencer has said his work is devoted to freedom of speech and human rights and that Douglass-Williams is being smeared by association. On his website in September he wrote that no solid proof had been offered that what she’s written isn’t true.
“I invite you to read all of Ms. Douglass-Williams’ published writings at Jihad Watch, and you will see that there is no reason for anyone who is concerned about racism and about preserving pluralistic societies to be concerned.”
Toronto regional transit agency Metrolinx says it is cutting more than half of the light rail vehicles from a $770-million supply order with Bombardier Transportation.
It says its agreement has been adjusted so that Bombardier will now manufacture just 76 light rail vehicles of the 182 in the original order for the Eglinton Crosstown project.
The transit agency and Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) have been at odds for months over the company’s ability to fulfil train orders in Toronto. In May, Metrolinx reached a $528-million agreement to buy 61 light-rail vehicles from France’s Alstom in case Bombardier fails to deliver its vehicles.
Metrolinx says its new deal with Bombardier has improved terms, including “significant financial penalties” if vehicles aren’t delivered on time or if the quality of the vehicles is unacceptable.
It adds Bombardier has committed to ensure that the vehicle quality is sustained throughout the life of the vehicles.
Metrolinx says construction on the Eglinton tunnels, tracks and stations is well underway. The $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown line has been scheduled for a 2021 opening.