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-War on Police-
U.S. Attorney Files Federal Charges Against Houston Cop Killer, HPD Chief "We Aren't The Immigration Police"
[HotAir] The U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick filed federal charges against Elmer Rolando Manzano-Martinez, the illegal immigrant who killed Sgt. Harold Preston Tuesday morning. Patrick was concerned that local charges against the felon cop killer would not be enough to hold him after his release from the hospital. Wednesday evening, the U.S. Attorney posted a thread on Twitter to update his actions in this case.

Patrick explains that the local authorities had not filed any charges against Elmer Manzano as of Wednesday morning. He concluded that rather than wait and hope that local officials do their job he went ahead and took action himself. He notes that “many times” last summer charges were filed on “capital murder defendants who were realized with few conditions and were still a threat to safety or those with new law violations who were left on bond.” Ah, yes. The threats to public safety that have arisen due to the Democrats’ “reform” of bail and the result that dangerous criminals end up right back out on the streets after an arrest under the guise that the bail reforms only affect misdemeanor charges.

More charges could be added as the investigation continues. So far, Patrick has filed felony firearm charges.

Manzano was officially charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder on Wednesday. The other charges by the U.S. Attorney’s office should act as insurance that he isn’t released out into the public again.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/22/2020 12:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Re sidebar in the link: I never noticed before how much Twitter Jack looks like Joseph Seed from Far Cry 5.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/22/2020 12:41 Comments || Top||

#2  HPD Chief Acevedo.

Diversity is our strength.

Manzano is in Texas illegally from El Salvador. He has been in Texas since 1989. He has a long criminal record. The reporting says that he threatened his wife will reporting her as an illegal immigrant if she left him with their son.


BTW, I couldn't help but notice that this Hot Air story failed to give the chief's name within the story text.

It appears on his badge in the photos, but otherwise you'd have to search his name online to find it.

Whatever happened to the basic "Who, what, when, where"s of journalism?

I especially notice this when "conservative" outlets give out just enough info to inspire rage-clicks, but only the barest minimum of "actionable intelligence".
Posted by: charger || 10/22/2020 13:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Let's not judge Chief Acevedo too quickly. I mean, if you thought Donald J. Trump was *literally* Hitler and you could stop him by releasing murderers and rapists back into the community where they would afflict your citizens, wouldn't you do it?
Posted by: SteveS || 10/22/2020 18:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Uhhh, no?
Posted by: Frank G || 10/22/2020 18:50 Comments || Top||

Special Inspector General For Afghanistan Reconstruction: $19 Billion Dollars Lost To Fraud
[KhaamaPress] SIGAR in their most recent report said, as of December 2019, US Congress appropriated nearly $134 billion since the 2002 fiscal year for Afghanistan reconstruction, of which $19 billion of the amount reviewed was lost to waste.

SIGAR says it has so far investigated more than $63 billion and found that 5 percent, $19 billion dollars were lost to waste and fraud.

"Of that $134 billion amount, SIGAR reviewed approximately $63 billion and found that nearly $19 billion of the amount reviewed was lost to waste, fraud, and abuse," SIGAR stated in the recent report.

SIGAR also noted that the United States provided $15.5 billion in reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan during 2018, of which $3.4 million was wasted to fraud and abuse.

John F. Sopko Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in the statement, That "As promised in our July 2018 response to your request, we have updated the report to provide information on the total amount of waste, fraud, and abuse identified in SIGAR’s 111 published products and 55 closed investigations between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2019".

He further indicated, "$3.4 billion of waste, fraud, and abuse to the previously reported amount based on our review of SIGAR’s published products and closed investigations. Of this total, we specifically identified approximately $1.5 billion in taxpayer funds that we believe were wasted, $300 million that were lost to fraud, and $34 million that we believe were lost due to abuse. The remaining $1.6 billion was allocated to counternarcotics efforts that we believe were wasted".

On the other hand, SIGAR reported, that work through December 31, 2019, resulted in about $3.2 billion in savings for US taxpayers.

SIGAR reported that from the outset, corruption in Afghanistan has been a major concern in reconstruction efforts, and is still rampant in the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The other 4 trillion simply stolen?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/22/2020 5:08 Comments || Top||

#2  That's all? Only 19 billion? What about all the rest?

Posted by: Muggsy Hapsburg5230 || 10/22/2020 5:54 Comments || Top||

#3  The last time there was money missing/unaccounted for, something hit the Pentagon.
Posted by: Clem || 10/22/2020 6:05 Comments || Top||

#4  ...heh. See - Puerto Rico hurricane relief. It's government. As Willy Sutton said when asked why he robed banks, his reply was, that is where the money is.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/22/2020 7:52 Comments || Top||

#5  We should have leveled it and walked away.
Posted by: Mad Eye Angonter1301 || 10/22/2020 8:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Re: P.R. - We haven't heard much from that big-mouthed puta mayor of San Juan lately (thankfully). I haven't checked, but perhaps she is gone from that position. I hope she is enjoying those pallets of water that didn't get distributed.
Posted by: Clem || 10/22/2020 9:08 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ "I got a nice t-shirt"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/22/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Bush 43 fell for the idea that we could just make the 7th century and Islamic mind control just go away. Should have read more Kipling and left after we bounced the rubble one final time. Good heart, nice family, not a visionary thinker.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 10/22/2020 12:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Coming soon; photos of Hunter in a burka....
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/22/2020 12:50 Comments || Top||

#10  Keeping Up With The Bidens, Kabul edition
Posted by: Clirong Peacock2198 || 10/22/2020 14:01 Comments || Top||

#11  $19 billion will buy a lot of terrorism
Posted by: Regular joe || 10/22/2020 17:45 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
US Removing Sudan From the State Sponsors of Terrorism List
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  The quo for the normalization of relations with Israel quid.
Posted by: Clereck Trotsky9730 || 10/22/2020 1:51 Comments || Top||

Israel had a secret embassy in Bahrain for 11 years
[Jpost] This secret diplomatic office's existence was classified and has only recently come to light.

While the signing of the Abraham Accords signifies the first official diplomatic ties between Israel and Bahrain, the Jewish state has, in fact, been operating a secret embassy in the Bahraini capital of Manama for over a decade, according to a report by Axios.

For 11 years, Israel has worked to conduct diplomacy with Bahrain in secret, through the use of a front company. However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
this secret diplomatic office's existence was classified and has only recently come to light following a short report by KAN last week.

According to this investigative look at over a decade's worth of clandestine diplomatic ties between Israel and Bahrain, the idea of a secret diplomatic mission was brought up in 2007-2008 during a series of meetings with Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmad Al Khalifa and his then-Israeli counterpart, Tzipi Livni. The decision to open the mission in Manama was preceded by the closing of an Israeli mission in Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
, according to Israeli security officials.

According to the report, the mission was registered on July 13, 2009, under the name of the front company known as The Center for International Development, though it has since changed its name and its current name remains classified. Bahraini records registered the firm as a company providing marketing, promotion and investment services, and its website explained it was a consultant to Western companies interested in non-oil investments in the region. Furthermore, the website boasted a strong network of Bahraini and regional contacts to help.

Like all companies, The Center for International Development had employees. However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
the employment criteria was extremely narrow: Israeli diplomats possessing dual nationality. This can be seen in some of its shareholders and board-members. One of its shareholders detailed in public records, Brett Jonathan Miller, is South African, but he would later be appointed Israeli consul general to Mumbai. Another shareholder was Belgian citizen Ido Moed, who currently serves as cyber coordinator in the Foreign Ministry. Even its CEO was a diplomatic officer, though his identity remains classified save for the fact that he was an American national. He was only appointed in 2018, and has recently been replaced.

To keep up the charade, all diplomats involved possessed cover stories backed by profiles on the popular business and networking social media platform LinkedIn.

And though this mission was small and clandestine, officials told Axios that it was incredibly profitable, with hundreds of business deals struck by Israeli companies in Bahrain due to the mission's activities. Most importantly, however, is what the existence of this mission means for Israeli-Bahraini relations going forward. Immediately after relations were officially established on Sunday, Israel sent a formal request to open an embassy in Manama. However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
this undertaking has been made incredibly simple by the existence of the mission, as all the groundwork and infrastructure is quite literally already in place.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/22/2020 04:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
'If Baku demands it, we will not hesitate to send our soldiers to Azerbaijan'
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Johnny Turk has a swollen head?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/22/2020 5:08 Comments || Top||

FBI says Iran behind threatening emails sent to Florida Democrats
[NBC News] Iran and Russia had obtained some Americans' voter registration information, said John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence.

Iranian intelligence was responsible for a recent campaign of emails sent to intimidate Florida voters, the FBI announced Wednesday night, adding that Russia was also working to influence the election.

The emails, which ominously instructed Democratic voters in Florida to switch to the Republican Party, purported to come from the Proud Boys, the right-wing group of Trump supporters that became a flashpoint during the first presidential debate.

But the emails were actually "spoofed" and had been designed "to incite social unrest and damage President Trump," said John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence. Ratcliffe did not explain how the emails were damaging to Trump, because they were urging Democrats to switch to the Republican Party.

Many states, including Florida, make voters' information, including their names and party affiliations, easily accessible to members of the public who request it. Both Iran and Russia had obtained some Americans' voter registration information, Ratcliffe said.
Posted by: Waldemar Flomonter9347 || 10/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Proud Boys getting lots of publicity these days thanks to Slow Joe
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/22/2020 1:54 Comments || Top||

#2  LOL.
Posted by: Clem || 10/22/2020 5:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Proud Boys got ruled out by the FBI that quickly? The cynic in me says that almost doesn't pass the smell test...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/22/2020 7:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Ratcliffe did not explain how the emails were damaging to Trump, because they were urging Democrats to switch to the Republican Party.

Simple, genius: the threatening emails suggested the evil Trumpkins will stop at nothing to steal the election. The fact that the intimidators self-identified as the Proud Boys suggested a false flag operation. To me.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/22/2020 7:45 Comments || Top||

#5  I watched the whole thing, since it interrupted The Wheel of Fortune. Ratcliffe said we caught the Iranians. Wray said the FBI always does good work. CBS News immediately disputed the claim Trump was damaged. Today, somebody will claim it was a Trumpian Reichstag fire.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/22/2020 7:50 Comments || Top||

#6  dont trust the FBI
Posted by: 746 || 10/22/2020 10:20 Comments || Top||

#7  har har har

Wife's morning news was breathless reporting as a Marx-given capital f Fact.

Gonna be a lot of bullshit today, so tap-out or change your filters.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/22/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||

#8  I thought Biden was Proud of his Boy?
Posted by: Grusock Fillmore9680 || 10/22/2020 11:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Anybody check ValJar’s comm’s from the Obama bunker in DC? Ob wait, it’s protected from surveillance by our own Secret Service. Funny how she still lives inside that protected space. Her insights to her countrymen in Tehran on our political nuances might still be flowing.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 10/22/2020 12:34 Comments || Top||

#10  Wonder if this is more of the same w/r/t the "do you have fire insurance" letters sent to NH voters the other day?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/22/2020 12:38 Comments || Top||

#11  "If you don't vote for me (Biden), you ain't Latino!"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/22/2020 12:44 Comments || Top||

#12  And if true, Iran enters the game at the same time Obama does.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/22/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#13  lol I see what you did there GF9680. Mercutio - I was thinking along the same lines, esepcially now we know bad state actors have accessed voter rolls.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/22/2020 13:30 Comments || Top||

Fifth Column
The ed-in-chief of the UW-Milwaukee paper wrote an op-ed on history of the Molotov cocktail and how to make.
[CampusReform] The student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee posted an opinion-editorial containing instructions on how to make and use a Molotov cocktail.

The editor-in-chief of the UWM Post, Adam Kelnhofer, wrote an op-ed on June 14 going over the history of the Molotov cocktail after protests broke out in Milwaukee following the death of George Floyd. The op-ed included instructions on how to "make a Molotov cocktail."

"However, if the lives of these beautiful protestors continue to be threatened by a tyrannical government who seemingly does nothing to stop the death threats against black people vital to the Milwaukee community like Nitty and Coleman, I can offer some of the blunter tools of revolution and the fight against oppressors."

After going over the history of Molotov cocktails and how they have been used in protests "against tyrannical governments around the world," Kelnhofer says that while he does not "condone violence," he supports individuals protecting themselves through "whatever means necessary."
Posted by: 3dc || 10/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  What about a review of America's history of "do yourself" justice?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/22/2020 5:11 Comments || Top||

#2  There was a time the FBI might investigate something like this.

Nowadaze, they would probably assist in the targeting.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 10/22/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Ah well, it's just the Milwaukee campus, I'm sure UW-Madison would have up'd it to PETN
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/22/2020 12:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Photo

Posted by: charger || 10/22/2020 13:00 Comments || Top||

Trump Resistance Plans ‘Mass Mobilization' After Election To Shut Down The Country If Biden Doesn't Win
[TheFederalist] Shut Down DC's 'Strategic framework for action following the 2020 election' sketches out their plans for rioting and attacking American institutions and life unless and until Joe Biden is installed as president.

Riot and protest instigators plan to "make sure Trump leaves the White House" by any means necessary after the Nov. 3 election, according to website posts from the group Shut Down DC and their allies. "W]e’re making plans to be in the streets before the polls even close, ready to adapt and respond to whatever comes our way," the group says on its website currently.

"Trump has shown that he will stop at nothing to maintain his grip on power. Trump will not leave office without mass mobilization and direct action," an Oct. 13 version of the same web page reads, according to Internet Archive records.
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Posted by: 746 || 10/22/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/22/2020 5:13 Comments || Top||

#2  The color revolution manual, now applied to us.
Posted by: Muggsy Hapsburg5230 || 10/22/2020 5:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh, God willing and Trump wins, some things will get shut down and boy will the shutees be surprised...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/22/2020 6:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Can't help but notice they are speaking about 4 NOV, or even earlier on. While they may have what pass for plans in regard to cities, I also have to think that it will be like islam, opportunistic individuals at any time and any place.

Nice crew served weapon you got there g, more of an M1A1 guy myself.
Posted by: Cesare || 10/22/2020 7:22 Comments || Top||

#5  We need a real life Escape from New York place to put all of these assholes. It's clear they don't want to live like normal U.S. citizens and should be treated accordingly. I'd rather exile them to Mongolia, but that's just me.
Posted by: Raj || 10/22/2020 9:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Raj, how about Escape from the Marianas Trench?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/22/2020 9:45 Comments || Top||

#7  We have a lot of crumbling highway infrastructure in this country. Bring back the chain gangs. They want to play throwing bricks around?... Here's their chance - properly supervised of course.
Posted by: Warthog || 10/22/2020 10:22 Comments || Top||

#8  #5...Well, the French did have Cayenne.
Posted by: Unosh Hupinelet8756 || 10/22/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||

#9  Instead of making Puerto Rico a state why don't we get the socialist's to move there and create a socialist paradise (the correct way for a change) as a proof of concept.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/22/2020 11:12 Comments || Top||

#10  #2 The color revolution manual, now applied to us.

^ Truth.

That is exactly what leading Democrat and NeverTrumper foreign policy types have begun calling for. Michael McFaul is openly pushing for a color revolution. So is Anne Applebaum
Posted by: Guillibaldo and Company3728 || 10/22/2020 11:27 Comments || Top||

#11  #4 Aren't gas costs a killer? And what about parking?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/22/2020 11:30 Comments || Top||

#12  Bangladesh would be a good choice. Apartments on the waterfront
Posted by: Phing Elmirong6736 || 10/22/2020 11:43 Comments || Top||

#13  If the Left plans an armed revolt against a free and honest election outcome. Then I will support whatever measures are needed to bring it under control and those responsible arrested, brought to trial for Subversion and/or Treason.

Plus volunteer to support such efforts.
Posted by: Nobody || 10/22/2020 11:49 Comments || Top||

#14  It's not the color revolution manual. It's different and older. Check your local Bürgerbräukeller for details.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/22/2020 12:02 Comments || Top||

#15  ^1917 October revolution.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/22/2020 12:09 Comments || Top||

#16  Like they are all going to go home and sip cocoa if he does instead of victory rioting, entrenching gains, and hitting HVTs.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/22/2020 12:12 Comments || Top||

#17  Willie Pete would break up rioters nicely. Spot for effect!
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/22/2020 12:27 Comments || Top||

#18  Do they make canister rounds for the M1A1 main gun. On the 105 you could set 200 meters for burst and get 100’s of fleschetts in a flat arc dispersion, it made the personnel targets
Look like they had laid down on an angry porcupine.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 10/22/2020 12:44 Comments || Top||

#19  Fire For Effect
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/22/2020 13:43 Comments || Top||

#20  They'll do this if they win as well, since they will have received the signal that insurrection gets them what they want.

You get more of what you reward, not less.

Do the ninny wine moms get this?

I'm not too sure.

As for all the Muh Gunz talk -- yeah yeah.

If it was gonna happen, we would have already seen numerous examples of the Right's resistance, not just a few notable ones like Kyle Rittenhouse.

This election boils down to three things:

How clean will it be?

How informed is the participating electorate?

Who is viewed as the strong horse?
Posted by: charger || 10/22/2020 14:53 Comments || Top||

#21  Fire for effect gets you HE usually. Spot for effect has the entire battery fire White Phosphorous. Extremely effective against people.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/22/2020 14:53 Comments || Top||

#22  CAn we make a list of things to shut down and de-fund once Trump KAGAs?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/22/2020 14:54 Comments || Top||

#23  We could use them to fix roofs. I hear about ten of them can shingle roof if you slice them thin enough.
Posted by: gorb || 10/22/2020 14:54 Comments || Top||

#24  I'd like to shut down NPR. How about we defund that filthy dungeon?
Posted by: Clem || 10/22/2020 15:26 Comments || Top||

#25  Look, we all know that if the cops had right orders, Antifa wouldn't last for five minutes. They're only a threat because, right now, the citizenry is still believes in the democratic process.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/22/2020 16:10 Comments || Top||

#26  Got plenty of ammo. Come on up!
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/22/2020 17:53 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
The Clinton-Brotherhood connection revealed
From a week ago. But still important, I think.
[AlAhram] The release of Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away. Politix is not one of her talents, but it's something she keeps trying to do...
’s private e-mails lays bare the B.O. regime’s relationship with the Moslem Brüderbund and Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/22/2020 04:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  In one e-mail Clinton asked Qatar to fund the Arab Spring uprisings through "the Clinton Foundation" in order to help overthrow Arab regimes, particularly that of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The Clinton Foundation received $1 million from Qatar without informing the state department of the donation.

Beyond corrupt... completely incompetent, imbecilic.

Is there anything that the Clintons didnt fuck up or taint or both?
Posted by: Pancho Bluetooth8061 || 10/22/2020 4:42 Comments || Top||

#2  actually $1M doesn't seem like much for the Clinton foundation

the various foundations went thru at least $2B during their decade or so of operation (huge amount of that spent on glitzy conferences)
Posted by: Lord Garth || 10/22/2020 6:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like Clinton interfering in more than just elections!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/22/2020 9:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Background: In his escape from Sudan n June 1996, Osama Bin Laden and 150 members of his Al Qaeda chartered C-130 stopped at Doha before continuing to Pakistan. There they were greeted by the Qatar ruling family, including Abdallah bin Khalid al-Thani, the Minister of Religion. The visit coincided with a change in royal leadership and the emergence of vaious Islamists who were known to support Sudan's Islamist leader Hasan al-Turabi and even funded his and Khartoum's Popular Arab and Islamic Conference (1991-95), AKA The Terrorist Internationale. In 1997 al-Thani was named to the crucial Minister of Interior portfolio, a move that allowed the intelligence service to supervise charities. The same Abdallah provided false papers that allowed the terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad to escape an American team hat arrived in Doha and was about to snatch the terrorist. (In April 2006, "a default judgement" was entered against al-Thani in regard to the first of three legal actions involving terrorist cases brought in the United States and in which he had been named a defendant.) That the Al-Thani family was in bed with Islamists didn't bother Hillary Clinton as long as Qatar continued to fund the Clinton foundation.
Posted by: b || 10/22/2020 19:03 Comments || Top||

#5  thanks, b
Posted by: Frank G || 10/22/2020 19:07 Comments || Top||

Pompeo Says Syria Not Forthcoming on Missing Americans
[AnNahar] US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that Syria's regime has not revealed all it knows about two missing Americans despite a rare visit by a U.S. official.

Despite the absence of diplomatic relations, a U.S. official visited Damascus in August to seek the freedom of journalist Austin Tice and Syrian-American Majd Kamalmaz, The Wall Street Journal first reported on Sunday.

"Our ask is that the Syrians release Mr. Tice -- they tell us what they know. They have chosen not to do that so far," Pompeo told news hounds when asked about the mission by the White House official, Kash Patel.

"We are continuing to work for the return not only of Austin but of every American that's held," Pompeo said.

Tice was a freelance photojournalist working for Agence La Belle France-Presse, McClatchy News, The Washington Post, CBS and other news organizations when he disappeared after being detained at a checkpoint near Damascus on August 14, 2012.

Thirty-one years old at the time he was captured, Tice appeared blindfolded in the custody of an unidentified group of gunnies in a video a month later.

Since then, there has been no official information on whether he is alive or dead.

The renewed U.S. communication with the Syrian authorities comes despite continued efforts by Washington to sideline Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
, who has succeeded in wresting back control of most of the country after nearly a decade of brutal civil war.

President Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
's administration, with backing from Congress, has pursued sanctions against Assad's inner circle, saying there can be no normalization with Damascus without accountability for atrocities.

Pompeo vowed to put a top priority on returning Americans missing overseas but said that the administration will "compartmentalize" the issue.

"We're not going to change American policy to do that," he said.
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#1  They are journalists - why'd you want them back?
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Saad Al Hariri will be nominated for premiership, however just barely.
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