Hamas terrorist kills 3 month old baby in Jerusalem terror attack

A three-month-old girl was killed Wednesday afternoon and eight others were injured when a car crashed into a crowd at a light rail station in Jerusalem in what officials said was a likely terrorist attack.

A suspect, identified by an Israeli official as a member of terror group Hamas, attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot by police, a police spokesperson said.

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Canada’s domestic terror threat quietly elevated days before attack

Just days before a deadly attack on Quebec soldiers, Canada’s domestic terrorism threat level was quietly elevated from unlikely to “could occur” for the first time in four years.

Only one Canadian of the 130 who allegedly left to help a terrorist group has been charged. Why?

Recently enacted Criminal Code provisions give police the power to charge people who travel for terrorist purposes (i.e., people like Shirdon). So far, however, only one suspect has been charged: Hasibullah Yusufzai, a 25-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., who allegedly took up arms in Syria “for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.” A wanted man, Yusufzai is still missing.

That no one else has been charged raises the obvious question: What about the other 129 Canadians who have linked up with terrorists abroad? The answer, though, is not as simple as it seems.

 

Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre Follows Money To Militants

Canada’s financial intelligence agency says it is actively helping police and spies follow the money flowing into the coffers of Islamic extremists fighting overseas.

The Ottawa-based Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, known as FinTRAC, has passed along information to investigators as part of the government’s effort to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, says centre director Gerald Cossette.

Many Canadians have never heard of the centre, which keeps a relatively low profile compared with other national security agencies.

However, financial intelligence has become a “key component” of terrorism investigations by the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Cossette said during a recent talk hosted by Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

“With ISIL, we have seen very clearly the devastation that terrorist groups can inflict when they have access to substantial resources,” he said.

The agency’s access to information about banking and other financial transactions allows it to see links between people and groups in Canada and abroad that support terrorist activities — including radicalized Canadians bent on waging guerrilla-style war in strife-ridden Iraq and Syria.

“Our main role in such an operation would be to respond, basically, to the demand for information from our security partners — be it CSIS or the RCMP,” Cossette said in an interview after the session.

“In fact, we did disclose to them information about a certain number of individuals already.”

The centre zeroes in on cash linked to terrorism, money laundering and other crimes by sifting through data from banks, insurance companies, securities dealers, money service businesses, real estate brokers, casinos and others.

Institutions must report large cash transactions or electronic fund transfers of $10,000 or more, as well as any dealings where there are reasonable grounds to suspect money laundering or terrorist financing.

In turn, FinTRAC discloses intelligence to law enforcement and national security partners.

Overall, the centre made 234 disclosures last year specifically related to terrorist financing and threats to the security of Canada — a 450 per cent increase from 2008.

Jailed former dictator Manuel Noriega suing game maker Activision

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Panama’s former military dictator Manuel Noriega claims he’s entitled to compensation because his image appears in Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” without his consent.

Noriega’s attorney argued Activision improperly used the ex-general’s exact likeness without first obtaining his permission, and cited another court’s ruling allowing the pop band “No Doubt” to pursue damages after band singer Gwen Stefani was included in the video game “Band Hero” without her permission.

For their defense, Activision has hired former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. “I am morally outraged that a man like Noriega is seeking to inhibit our creative rights in the United States,” said Giuliani. “If creative rights have to be sacrificed, they shouldn’t be sacrificed for someone like Noriega, nor should anyone have to send millions of dollars down to a Panamanian jail because this madman is making absurd claims.”