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Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings

Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings

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On November 6, 2013, the Court heard oral arguments in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway dealing with whether holding a prayer prior to the monthly public meetings in the New York town of Greece violates the Constitution by endorsing a single faith.

by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Updated today at 9:13 AM

 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the centuries-old tradition of offering prayers at the start of government meetings, even if those prayers are overwhelmingly Christian.

The 5-4 decision in favor of the any-prayer-goes policy in the town of Greece, N.Y., avoided two alternatives that the justices clearly found abhorrent: having government leaders parse prayers for sectarian content, or outlawing them altogether.

It was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, with the court’s conservatives agreeing and its liberals, led by Justice Elena Kagan, dissenting.

The long-awaited ruling following oral arguments in November was a victory for the the town, which was taken to court by two women who argued that a plethora of overtly Christian prayers at town board meetings violated their rights.

While the court had upheld the practice of legislative prayer, most recently in a 1983 case involving the Nebraska legislature, the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway presented the justices with a new twist: mostly Christian clergy delivering frequently sectarian prayers before an audience that often includes average citizens with business to conduct.

The court’s ruling said that the alternative — having the town board act as supervisors and censors of religious speech — would involve the government far more than Greece was doing by inviting any clergy to deliver the prayers.

“An insistence on nonsectarian or ecumenical prayer as a single, fixed standard is not consistent with the tradition of legislative prayer outlined in the court’s cases,” Kennedy said.

Kagan, joined by the court’s other three liberal justices, said the town’s prayers differed from those delivered to legislators about to undertake the people’s business. In Greece, she said, sectarian prayers were delivered to “ordinary citizens,” and their participation was encouraged.

“No one can fairly read the prayers from Greece’s town meetings as anything other than explicitly Christian — constantly and exclusively so,” Kagan said. “The prayers betray no understanding that the American community is today, as it long has been, a rich mosaic of religious faiths.”

The legal tussle began in 2007, following eight years of nothing but Christian prayers in the town of nearly 100,000 people outside Rochester. Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, a Jew and an atheist, took the board to federal court and won by contending that its prayers – often spiced with references to Jesus, Christ and the Holy Spirit — aligned the town with one religion.

Once the legal battle was joined, town officials canvassed widely for volunteer prayer-givers and added a Jewish layman, a Wiccan priestess and a member of the Baha’i faith to the mix. Stephens, meanwhile, awoke one morning to find her mailbox on top of her car, and part of a fire hydrant turned up in her swimming pool.

The two women contended that the prayers in Greece were unconstitutional because they pressured those in attendance to participate. They noted that unlike federal and state government sessions, town board meetings are frequented by residents who must appear for everything from business permits to zoning changes.

 

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5.1 quake rattles L.A., Orange County

Overturned vehicle

( Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / March 29, 2014 )
Caltrans workers and Brea police officers inspect a BMW that was overturned in a rock slide in Carbon Canyon after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake.

 

Cesar Zamora, night manager at the 99 Cent Only store on Imperial Highway, looks over aisles of fallen goods.

( Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 28, 2014 )

Cesar Zamora, night manager at the 99 Cent Only store on Imperial Highway, looks over aisles of fallen goods.

 

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5.1 earthquake: Significant damage reported in some areas

A series of temblors, punctuated by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake Friday night near La Habra, did more than just rattle nerves a few miles away in Fullerton, where residents had to deal with no water service, property damage and, in some cases, finding other accommodations.

Throughout the city, crews were working to repair broken water mains, leaking gas lines and other damage.

At least seven 8-inch water mains were broken, leaving an estimated 100 homes and businesses without water Saturday morning, officials said.

PHOTOS: 5.1 earthquake rattles L.A., Orange County

In the middle of the intersection of Gilbert Street and Rosecrans, a crew armed with shovels, earth movers and massive stainless water main clamps labored in a 12-by-20-foot hole eight feet under the pavement.

“We have five leaks as big as this one in this area alone,” worker Ed McClain said. “None of us slept a wink last night. We’ll keep going until these problems are fixed.”

Swaths of Gilbert Street had also been undermined by gushing water, leaving bowl-shaped depressions in the roadway.

Among those left high and dry was Sarah Lee, director of a nearby college preparatory business.

“Let me show you what we’re dealing with,” she said, turning the handle of the bathroom sink faucet. “Nothing.”

Lee then tapped the toilet handle and frowned: “Nothing.”

In the nearby community of Brea, which is served by the Fullerton Fire Department, a broken water main caused “moderate to heavy damage” at City Hall, said Fullerton fire Battalion Chief John Stokes.

In all, more than 70 people remained displaced at midday Saturday — 54 of them from an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Associated Road where 20 units were red-tagged after the building suffered a cracked foundation, Stokes said.

 

 

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Larger L.A. earthquake possible after 5.1 temblor, USGS says

Quake swarm

Map shows a swarm of earthquakes that hit the La Habra area on Friday. (Len De Groot/Los Angeles Times / March 28, 2014)

By Rong-Gong Lin II

March 28, 2014, 9:48 p.m.

The 5.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled Southern California on Friday night raises the possibility that a larger quake is on the way, seismologists said.

The swarm of earthquakes began at 8:03 p.m., when a 3.6 earthquake hit. That ended up being a foreshock of the largest earthquake to hit, a magnitude 5.1 at 9:09 p.m. At least two more aftershocks hit, a 3.4 at 9:11 p.m. and a 3.6 at 9:30 p.m.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said the 5.1 quake has a 5% chance of being a foreshock of an even larger quake.

 

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5.1 earthquake causes damage; some flee from homes

5.1 earthquake causes damage; some flee from homes

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Quake swarm topped by magnitude 5.1 temblor rattles L.A. region

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4.4 quake a wake-up call on L.A.'s unknown faults

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  Huffpost Good News

Posted: 02/27/2014 4:27 pm EST Updated: 02/28/2014 8:59 am EST
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Filet mignon accompanied by sides of asparagus and a yucca purée. Golden fish fillets in a lemon butter reduction. And for dessert? A mouth-watering fruit salad a la créme de passion fruit.

That’s what’s cooking in 8-year-old Arthur Gonzaga’s kitchen — a young chef from Minas Gerais, Brazil who has recently taken to the Internet to share his latest culinary adventures with the masses.

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Arthur, who was diagnosed with leukemia in August of 2013, spent the latter half of that year in and out of the hospital due to his treatment and recovery process. During this time, in which Arthur was forced to spend Christmas Eve in the emergency room of São Paulo’s A.C. Camargo Cancer Center, the young boy’s father, Renato Gonzaga, and stepmother, Priscila Inserra, entertained the idea of creating something beautiful and positive for their son to focus on.

The result was Arthur’s very own cooking show. He posted short segments to YouTube where Arthur both cooked and shared his delicious recipes. The family fittingly titled the series “Arthur Gourmand.”

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After celebrating the new year at home, Arthur began cooking in the kitchen of a close family friend who opened up her house to the young chef and currently acts as the project’s art producer, Inserra told The Huffington Post. Gonzaga has made many cameos in the videos, acting as his son’s sous chef and passing Arthur whatever ingredients he needs, while actively showing support for his incredible passion and talent.

 

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Giant sinkhole forces closure of roads, transit station in Ottawa

 
 
Giant sinkhole forces closure of roads, transit station in Ottawa
 

A sinkhole opened up near the University of Ottawa at Laurier Avenue and Waller Street in Ottawa on Friday, February 21, 2014.

Photograph by: Justin Tang , Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — City crews are at the scene of a massive sinkhole that has opened up in Ottawa.

The sinkhole, which measures about eight metres wide and about 12 metres deep, has forced authorities to close roads after the hole opened near the intersection of Laurier Avenue and Waller Street in downtown Ottawa.

The hole is also causing major delays for commuters as OC Transpo had to shut down a nearby transit station.

City workers at the site say they don’t yet know the cause of the collapse.

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Road collapse leaves 8-metre wide sinkhole at tunnelling site

24-hour work by Rideau Transit Group began Wednesday for light rail transit system

CBC News Posted: Feb 21, 2014 9:57 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014 8:21 PM ET

Road collapse halts LRT tunnelling

Road collapse halts LRT tunnelling 2:45

A sinkhole eight metres wide and 12 metres deep opened up at the construction site where crews are digging the eastern entrance to Ottawa’s light rail tunnel, and officials are trying to determine why.

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Crews work on a large sinkhole that halted tunneling work on the East Portal of Ottawa’s LRT project. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

​No one was injured. It happened on Waller Street, just south of Laurier Avenue, and tunnelling operations at the site have stopped.

A digging crew in the tunnel first noticed dirt falling into the tunnel at about 10 p.m. ET Thursday, where the excavator — a roadheader called Crocodile Rouge — was gouging the earth, said deputy city manager Nancy Schepers during a technical briefing on Friday.

“As they continued to observe material entering the tunnel, and the rates increased, the crew suspended tunnelling operations and immediately notified [Rideau Transit Group's] management to discuss next steps and a stabilization strategy. City staff were also notified at that time,” Schepers said.

By 1 a.m., a large sinkhole had opened up on Waller Street.

“We can only confirm that it was directly above where tunnel excavation was occurring, and at this point we cannot confirm its root cause,” Schepers said.

Soil conditions in area of collapse ‘challenging’

Waller Street sinkhole (Feb. 21, 2014)

This sinkhole formed early Friday after a road collapse in downtown Ottawa. (Photos courtesy of John Holtby and Brian Bancroft)

​RTG crews had begun 24-hour tunnelling operations on Wednesday. Schepers said the city and crews were aware that soil conditions were different in the area.

“We were aware of different geotechnical conditions in this vicinity, and some of you will recall that before we went out to tender we actually shortened the length of the tunnel, recognizing that this type of material would be challenging. Certainly we provided all that geotechnical data,” Schepers said.

“Monitoring equipment has confirmed that the impact is localized, and the geotechnical team has not identified any safety concerns at this point.”

The Crocodile Rouge roadheader is about 20 metres away from solid bedrock that two other excavators are working on, in different sections of tunnel, elsewhere in Ottawa.

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Kids forced into prostitution for Super Bowl: FBI

U.S. Army helicopters fly over Metlife Stadium ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The FBI rescued sixteen juveniles ranging in age from 13 to 17 in a two-week operation leading up to the NFL’s Super Bowl championship.

NEW YORK — Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday.

The bureau said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game, which drew an estimated 400,000 visitors to the region. The minors rescued ranged in age from 13 to 17 and included high school students and children reported missing by their families, the FBI said.

Arrests were made and victims recovered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

The FBI, backed by state and local law enforcement agencies, had mounted a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution ahead of the February 2 championship game, with some 3,000 law enforcement agents and civilians trained to help spot people who might be the victims of human trafficking.

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45 arrested, 16 juveniles rescued in Super Bowl prostitution bust

NYC police bust major sex ring near Super Bowl Boulevard.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday.

The bureau said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game, which drew an estimated 400,000 visitors to the region. The minors rescued ranged in age from 13 to 17 and included high school students and children reported missing by their families, the FBI said.

Arrests were made and victims recovered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

The FBI, backed by state and local law enforcement agencies, had mounted a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution ahead of the February 2 championship game, with some 3,000 law enforcement agents and civilians trained to help spot people who might be the victims of human trafficking.

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Published on Jan 31, 2014

Strontium absorbent to be tested in Fukushima
Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are trying to contain leaked and leaking radioactive wastewater in the site. They are using various approaches.
As part of their efforts, they will examine how much an absorbent material placed underground can remove radioactive strontium from leaked wastewater.
The plant has seen a string of radioactive water leaks from storage tanks starting last August. Workers have taken countermeasures, including removing soil from around the tanks. But high levels of radioactivity were detected in groundwater near a tank that leaked large amounts of radioactive water.

TEPCO to look for more leaks at Fukushima reactor
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is slowly finding out more about the damage at one of the reactor containment vessels. The destruction was caused by 2011 accident.
To cool molten nuclear fuel in their containment vessels the operator is injecting water into the No.1 to 3 reactors. Because the circulation system was destroyed by the accident the water is leaking from the vessels and pooling in the reactor and other connected buildings.
The engineers are investigating leaks in a number of places in the containment vessel that houses the core at the No.1 reactor.

TEPCO to lower radiation levels at plant perimeter
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has urged the operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant to lower radiation levels at the plant’s perimeter.
Radiation levels measured at some locations were more than 8 millisieverts on an annual basis. The reading is 8 times the limit of 1 millisieverts per year set by the authority.
The levels rose as the number of storage tanks for radioactive water at the plant increased and additional ones were placed near the perimeter.

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Kyodo: Robot data reveals hole in Unit 2 suspected to be almost 10 square cm; Highly radioactive water draining out bottom of containment vessel — Tepco model shows molten fuel barely underwater — Temperature irregulaties started earlier this month (GRAPHIC)
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NHK broadcaster quits in protest over nuclear issues — Professor censored after 20 years on air — Was to reveal ‘extraordinarily high’ damages — Newly installed NHK chief ‘enthusiastic’ to help spread gov’t messages to audience
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NYTimes: Widespread public distrust of NHK over Fukushima radiation cover-up — Reports: President’s resignation last month related to coverage of nuclear issues — Former NHK employees speak out: “Gross political interference”
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BBC: Ukraine “on brink of civil war” — Gov’t: Threats to blow up nuclear plants; Facilities on high alert after seizure of energy ministry (VIDEO)
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Coolant water injection system of reactor1 has a trouble / Reactor1 might lose the coolant system suddenly
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Evidence to prove reactor2 also possibly exploded in 311 was found / Hole on suppression chamber
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Hundreds file lawsuit against makers of Fukushima nuclear plant
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Boxer: ‘Unacceptable delay’ in U.S. Fukushima response
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Debris hinders decommissioning work at Fukushima nuclear plant
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Retired Military Scientist Exposes Fukushima Cover-Up

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Joshua Black, a GOP candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, called on January 21st (better known as Martin Luther King Day) for President Barack Obama to be hanged.

Via a Twitter account already full of conspiracy theories and calls for impeachment, Black responded to fellow impeachment advocates by saying he is “past impeachment. It’s time to arrest and hang him high.”

The remarks even incurred criticism from fellow Florida Republicans, with fellow candidate Chris Latvala responding: “you aren’t seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you? I know you are crazy but good heavens.U R an embarrassment.”

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Tampa Bay Times

Secret Service visits Pinellas candidate who said Barack Obama should be hanged

Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

Say you’re a rookie political candidate eager to raise your profile. Here’s one sure way to do that you DO NOT want to try: publicly call for the president of the United States to be hanged.

That’s what Republican state House candidate Joshua Black did on Twitter Monday. It generated an widely read article in the Tampa Bay Times, a call from Anderson Cooper’s guest booker, an interview for Political Connections on Bay News 9 and, naturally, a visit from the Secret Service.

Black, a taxi driver, said that Secret Service representatives were waiting for him at his house while he taped the Political Connections interview.

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For those of you  who  follow  me  you  may  have  noticed  that  I have  been  posting  less  than  usual.  I  have been trying to  work  through  some issues  I  am  having  with  my  equipment.  However , the technical difficulties have  continued with  my systems and I  have no choice  but  to  find a conclusive  solution.

I  apologize  for any inconvenience this  might  cause and  will be  back  to  posting  as  soon as  I  am  able.

Thank you  for your  understanding  and  your  support.

Desert Rose

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Published on Dec 28, 2013

Reports of a large meteor over the San Diego Area.http://amsmeteors.org/members/firebal….
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Observing

The Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the strongest meteor showers of the year, but observers can be disappointed if conditions are not just right. The point from where the Quadrantid meteors appear to radiate is located within the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis. On modern star charts, this radiant is located where the constellations Hercules, Boötes, and Draco meet in the sky. The shower can appear almost nonexistent until about 11 p.m. Unfortunately, the radiant does not attain a very high altitude for most Northern Hemisphere observers before morning twilight puts an end to the show. The best observations are actually possible from countries with high northern latitudes, such as Canada, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. The display is virtually nonexistent for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Quadrantids generally begin on December 28 and end on January 7, with maximum generally occurring during the morning hours of January 3/4. The Quadrantids are barely detectable on the beginning and ending dates, but observers in the Northern Hemisphere can see from 10 to around 60 meteors per hour at maximum. The maximum only lasts for a few hours.

There are other, weaker meteor showers going on around the same time as the Quadrantids. The Quadrantids are medium-paced when compared to meteors from other meteor showers. When you see a meteor, mentally trace it backwards. If you end up where Hercules, Boötes, and Draco meet in the sky then you have probably seen a Quadrantid meteor! If you are not sure where the Quadrantid radiant is in the sky, the following chart will help you find it from the Northern Hemisphere:

Location of the Quadrantids
For Northern Hemisphere Observers

This represents the view from mid-northern latitudes at about 1:00 a.m. local time around January 4. The graphic does not represent the view at the time of maximum, but is simply meant to help prospective observers to find the radiant location. The red line across the bottom of the image represents the horizon. (Image produced by the Author using SkyChart III and Adobe Photoshop.)

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FIREBALL 12-26-2013….

The big Iowa fireball on 12-26-2013….

In the image below,,the fireball is the bright streak in the upper right corner,,just above the horizon….This would be north towards Des Moines….

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Spaceweather.com

 

All Sky Fireball Network

Every night, a network of NASA all-sky cameras scans the skies above the United States for meteoritic fireballs. Automated software maintained by NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office calculates their orbits, velocity, penetration depth in Earth’s atmosphere and many other characteristics. Daily results are presented here on Spaceweather.com.

On Dec. 27, 2013, the network reported 16 fireballs.
(13 sporadics, 2 December Leonis Minorids, 1 December Hydrid)

In this diagram of the inner solar system, all of the fireball orbits intersect at a single point–Earth. The orbits are color-coded by velocity, from slow (red) to fast (blue). [Larger image] [movies]

On Dec. 26, 2013, the network reported 24 fireballs.
(21 sporadics, 3 December Leonis Minorids)

In this diagram of the inner solar system, all of the fireball orbits intersect at a single point–Earth. The orbits are color-coded by velocity, from slow (red) to fast (blue). [Larger image] [movies]

 

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 It is the  stance  of  the Obama Administration that they  will not  negotiate  with Al-Qaeda for the  release of this  man.  Yet they  have  no  such qualms when it comes to, not  only  working  with ,  but  subsidizing the  war  in  Syria who are  well known to  be working with Al-Qaeda.
One is left to  wonder, is  it the  negotiating with  Al-Qaeda that is distasteful to this administration?
Or is it  the  hypocrisy  of  only  negotiating  with  this terrorist group when it suits  the  US  Government?
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Published on Dec 26, 2013

In a videotaped plea to the president, secretary of state, the media and his family, U.S. government contractor Warren Weinstein is seen urging the Obama administration to negotiate for his release. He says he feels “totally abandoned and forgotten,” and calls on all Americans to use social media to mount a campaign to seek his release. Weinstein, 72, of Rockville, was kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan in 2011. The video was provided to The Washington Post in an anonymous email on Dec. 25. The Obama administration has said it will not negotiate with al-Qaeda for Weinstein’s release.

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Kidnapped and forgotten since 2011: American asks Obama to negotiate with Al Qaeda for release

Kidnapped and forgotten since 2011: American asks Obama to negotiate with Al Qaeda for release

The State Department is working to authenticate a video showing a US contractor held by al-Qaeda militants in what could the first sign since 2012 that he is alive, The Washington Post reported. In a video message Warren Weinstein who was kidnapped more than two years ago in Pakistan pleaded with President Barack Obama to negotiate his release.

In the message, Weinstein urges President Barack Obama’s administration to negotiate with the al-Qaeda militants who snatched him in Pakistan more than two years ago.

“You are now in your second term as president of the United States and that means that you can take hard decisions without worrying about reelection,” he said in the video.

“I hope and pray to God that you, as leader of the United States, along with your administration, will feel an adequate level of responsibility toward me and work for my release.”

He also said that he came to Pakistan nine years ago to help his government: “I did so at a time when most Americans would not come here. And now, when I need my government, it seems I have been totally abandoned.”

The 72-year-old development expert called on Obama to renew efforts for his release and consider freeing unspecified al-Qaeda militants in US custody so that his captors could allow him to receive a family visit.

The Pakistani police officer investigating Weinstein’s case said that “everybody [in Pakistan] knows” Weinstein was taken to the semi-autonomous tribal area near the Afghan border, NBC News reports.

“Weinstein was beaten and kidnapped when eight to nine kidnappers pretending to be neighbors entered his house in the early morning in Aug. 2011. They neutralized his staff and guards in the process. It was all over within a few minutes,” NBC News cites Rana Ghafoor, sub-inspector of Lahore Police.

If confirmed, the video appeal would be the third by Weinstein since he was taken captive in August 2011.

In his last video statement, released in September 2012, Weinstein appealed to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “as one Jew to another” to help secure his release.

Weinstein had been working as a consultant for the firm JE Austin Associates Inc, a contractor for the US Agency for International Development.

The 13-minute video, which the Washington Post said was sent anonymously by email to several journalists who have reported from Afghanistan, shows a bearded Warren Weinstein wearing a gray tracksuit and black beanie hat against a dark background.

It was unclear when the video was made. It features the yellow logo of al-Qaeda’s media unit As-Sahab. It is not specified when the email was received.

The video was accompanied by a letter, purportedly handwritten by Weinstein but also not authenticated, that was dated October 3.

US State Department officials were not immediately available for comment.

Voice of Russia, AFP, NBC News, Washington Post

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