Daily Archives: December 23, 2016

LUCKY PAPER TRAIL? The Berlin Truck Terror Suspect and the Curious Matter of ID Papers Left Behind


Not the First Time a Terror Suspect Apparently Left a Paper Trail — or Was Previously Known

Today, WhoWhatWhy has seen heavy traffic coming from Google searches that point to a story we ran almost two years ago. Why the sudden interest? It took us only a moment to discover the connection: We had written about the odd phenomenon of terrorists repeatedly leaving ID papers behind at the scene. And now, with the Berlin truck attack, we see yet another such example.

We also see that, in a pattern we have previously reported on with other terror incidents, the suspect was already known to authorities — had even been in custody, but was released.

Berlin Truck Attack

From CNN:

The Berlin truck attack suspect had been arrested in August with forged documents on his way to Italy but was released by a judge, a German security official tells CNN.

The suspect’s identity papers were found inside the truck used in Monday’s attack on a Christmas market, which left 12 people dead, German security officials said.

The suspect was known to German security services as someone in contact with radical Islamist groups, and had been assessed as posing a risk, Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Ralf Jaeger told reporters.

The suspect was believed to have entered Germany in July 2015, Jaeger said. His asylum request was refused in June, and Tunisian authorities were informed when the deportation process started.

What does it all mean? That’s for you to decide. You can start by reading the original article, below.

Original story:

One intriguing—if barely discussed—aspect of the Paris massacre was the quick progress authorities made in their investigation.

According to CNNthis was thanks to a staggering error—by one of the two now-dead alleged perpetrators. The man, Said Kouachi, reportedly left his identification card in the abandoned getaway vehicle. “It was their only mistake,” Dominique Rizet, police and justice consultant for CNN-affiliate BFMTV, opined.

Said Kouachi's ID card. Allegedly found in the getaway car.

Said Kouachi’s ID card. Allegedly found in the getaway car.


Nonetheless, it was a most curious mistake.

After all, this is the same man who went to such trouble to seemingly hide his identity by wearing a mask.


Intriguingly, such apparent gaffes have marked other watershed violence. Consider these examples, and draw your own conclusion:

The Bundle of James Earl Ray: The accused killer of Martin Luther King escaped from a prison shortly before the attack, and left several items on the sidewalk near the assassination site—in a bundle that included his rifle, binoculars, clothing, his prison radio, and a newspaper clipping revealing where King would be staying.

Bundle of evidence dropped by James Earl Ray.

Bundle of evidence dropped by James Earl Ray.

The Wallet of Lee Harvey Oswald: The alleged assassin of John F. Kennedy and killer of Officer J.D.Tippit purportedly dropped his wallet, which was found at the scene of Tippit’s murder. To some, this appeared a little too neat. In any case, original law enforcement reports with this scenario were almost immediately replaced by another version: that the police took the wallet from him after he was arrested. (See “Assignment: Oswald” by former FBI agent James P. Hosty.)

Oswald’s military ID, said to have been stained by FBI fingerprinting fluid.

Oswald’s military ID, said to have been stained by FBI fingerprinting fluid.

Contents of Oswald's wallet.

Contents of Oswald’s wallet.

The Visa of Satam al-Suqami: This identify document of one of the alleged 9/11 hijackers somehow survived unscathed a few blocks from the twin towers, though the plane itself was virtually obliterated.

Visa belonging to Satam al-Suqami

Visa belonging to Satam al-Suqami

The Passports belonging to Ziad Jarrah and Saeed al-GhamdiThe passports of two alleged hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 supposedly survived the fiery crash in Pennsylvania that left the aircraft itself charred and widely scattered—with one passport entirely intact.

Remains of Ziad Jarrah's visa.

Remains of Ziad Jarrah’s visa.

Passport of Saeed al-Ghamdi

Passport of Saeed al-Ghamdi


Donald Trump’s Funniest Insults and Comebacks [VIDEO]


Published on Dec 22, 2016

Donald Trump’s funnest moments from the 2016 campaign. A compilation of his best insults, comebacks, and statements. Not only is he rich and smart, but he’s also funny as heck too. Here’s the funniest things Trump has said about the media, Hillary Clinton, and his critics.





BREAKING: Syria declares Victory, says has ‘full control’ of Aleppo

U.S. President Barack Obama Visits Connecticut Town Where Massacre Still Fresh

Following the evacuation of the last remaining Jihadis from Aleppo earlier today, the Syrian army has formally declared victory and has announced that the entirety of the city is under its control.

The official Syrian news agency SANA is carrying extracts from the statement declaring victory, which has just been issued by the Syrian army

“The restoration of security and stability to Aleppo is a victory which forms a strategic juncture and important turning point in the fight against terrorism, from one point, and a blow to the terrorist project and its supporters from another,” the army’s general command said in a statement.

It added that this important step affirms the capability of the Syrian army and its allies to terminate the war against terrorist organizations and establishes a new era to expel terrorism from all Syrian territories.

“This great achievement will be a strong incentive to resume the national duties and eliminate terrorism as well as restore security and stability to every span of the Homeland,” the Army’s general command said.

It called on any one who carries weapon to throw it because the fight against terrorism will be continued until liberating the last bit of the homeland’s soil.

Meanwhile Syrian President Assad, during a meeting with the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, is reported by SANA to have called the Syrian army’s victory in Aleppo

……a relapse for all the countries that are hostile towards the Syrian people and that have used terrorism as a means to realise their interests.

There are reports that the Syrian troops in Aleppo have been celebrating their victory in the streets in Arab fashions – shooting their guns into the air.

The ‘Great Battle of Aleppo’, which was fought over four long gruelling years, and during which it seemed on more than one occasion that the city would fall under Jihadi control, is over.  The Syrian army has won.


Ron Paul reveals list of alleged ‘fake news’ journalists [VIDEO]


Published on Nov 21, 2016

Former congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has revealed his list of “fake news” journalists he claims are responsible for leading the United States into a war in Iraq, lying about ObamaCare and colluding with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. To discuss the list, RT America’s Brigida Santos joins RT’s Simone Del Rosario.

THANKS TO EDWARD SNOWDEN, Federal officials set to disclose number of Americans they’ve spied on [VIDEO]


Published on Dec 22, 2016

As early as next month, federal officials will release the estimated number of Americans who have had their information intercepted and collected by spy programs intended for overseas surveillance. The intelligence community refused to disclose the figure when first asked by the House Judiciary Committee, saying the number was technically impossible to calculate. RT correspondent Marina Portnaya reports.