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German soldier held over anti-migrant ‘assassination plot’

Arrest on grounds of suspicion of Preparation of a Serious Violent Offence Endangering the State

The GBA today, on the basis of an arrest warrant of the Invesitgative Judge of the Federal Court of Justice from 8th May 2017, ordered the arrest of the 27-year-old German citizen Maximilian T. The order was executed in Kehl by officers of the Federal Criminal Police Office.

The defendant is strongly suspected of preparing a serious violent offence endangering the state (§ 89 a Abs. 1 und Abs. 2 Nr. 2, § 25 Abs. 2 StGB) out of a right-wing extremist ideology and together with the already-arrested Franco A. and Mathias F.

The press office of the GBA will release an explanation to the media today at 14:30.

The arrest warrant lays out the following:

According to investigations, Franco A., Mathias F., and Maximilan T. planned an attack on the life of high-ranking politicians and persons of public interest that are active in a, from the defendant’s POVs, failed/wrong immigration and asylum policy. In particular, the defendants had created a list of possible victims including different categories. Among others it includes former President Joachim Gauck and Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Heiko Maas. Franco A. was tasked with acting out the attack. For this purpose, he had registered as a Syrian refugee under an alias. Thus, the three defendants wanted to direct suspicion on refugee-applicants in Germany. During the planning, Franco A. received monetary assitance for asylum applicants, which he collected himself. The resulting abstences were covered up by Maximilian T., who excused Franco A. before his superiors. In preparation of the attack, the defendants aquired a pistol by the manufacturer Manufacture d’Armes des Pyrenees Francaise, Model 17, Caliber 7,65 mm Browning, which they first stowed away. In the middle of January, Franco A. took the weapon and stowed it in a disabled people’s toilet at the Vienna Airport where it was found by Austrian Police shortly after. During investigation, Franco A. and Mathias F. were ordered to be arrested by the Frankfurt State Attorney on 26th April 2017. The investigation has since been taken over by the GBA.

The attack by the three defendants was supposed to be viewed by the public as a radical-islamic terror act done by an accepted refugee. Especially concerning the continued public discussion of immigration and asylum politics a suspected terror attack by a registered refugee would have created special outrage and contributed to a general feeling of threat. Recognising this, this case is to be viewed as a crime pertaining to State Security of special importance (§ 120 Abs. 2 Nr. 1, § 74 a Abs. 1 Nr. 2, Abs. 2 GVG)

The defendant will today be brought before the Investigative Judge of the Federal Court of Justice who will explain to him the arrest warrant and decide over a possible investigative custody.

Link to the BBC

The coming collapse of the American middle class: Higher risks, lower rewards, and a shrinking safety net

 

Distinguished law scholar Elizabeth Warren teaches contract law,  bankruptcy, and commercial law at Harvard Law School. She is an  outspoken critic of America’s credit economy, which she has linked to  the continuing rise in bankruptcy among the middle-class.  Series: “UC  Berkeley Graduate Council Lectures” [6/2007] [Public Affairs] [Business]  [Show ID: 12620]

Per Wikiepdia (here), Elizabeth Warren chaired the Congressional oversight of the 2008 U.S banking bailout, and led the conception and establishment of U.S Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In July 2009, she left the Congressional oversight committee to pursue her academic role at Harvard Law School. The following quote sums up her work well:

Four years ago, I submitted an article to Democracy Journal that argued for a new government agency called the Financial Product Safety Commission. I threw myself into that piece because I felt strongly that a new consumer agency would make the credit markets work better for American families and strengthen the economic security of the middle class… I leave this agency, but not this fight… the issues we deal with – a middle class that has been squeezed and business models built on tricks and traps – are deeply personal to me, and they always will be.

I hope there were more people in Washington D.C with similar mentality and clarity.

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Fracking suspected to cause 4.0 earthquake in Ohio

As discussed here that one of the reasons for Virginia’s earthquake was fracking by oil and gas companies, another news story came up per USGS that the 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Ohio was caused due to injection of waste water into the faultine. However fracking is quite similar to that process, as discussed earlier. I believe that more studies need to be conducted to understand the effect of fracking and artificial injection of water in to the earth, particularly near fault lines. Per Yahoo news:

Officials said Saturday they believe the latest earthquake activity in northeast Ohio is related to the injection of wastewater into the ground near a fault line, creating enough pressure to cause seismic activity.

The brine wastewater comes from drilling operations that use the so-called fracking process to extract gas from underground shale. But Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer said during a news teleconference that fracking is not causing the quakes.

“The seismic events are not a direct result of fracking,” he said.

Environmentalists and property owners who live near gas drilling wells have questioned the safety of fracking to the environment and public health. Federal regulators have declared the technology safe, however.

4.0 Earthquake strikes in northern Ohio (Yahoo!)

Zehringer said four injection wells within a five-mile radius of an already shuttered well in Youngstown will remain inactive while further scientific research is conducted.

A 4.0 magnitude quake Saturday afternoon in McDonald, outside of Youngstown, was the 11th in a series of minor earthquakes in area, many of which have struck near the Youngstown injection well. The quake caused no serious injuries or property damage, Zehringer said.

Thousands of gallons of brine were injected into the well daily until its owner, Northstar Disposal Services LLC, agreed Friday to stop injecting brine into the earth as a precaution while authorities assess any potential links to the quakes.