ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran

DETROIT (AP) — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday.

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec. 17 from a detention center in Calhoun County after personal records were provided to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

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Hunting trade show undergoes rebrand following protests in past years

A hunting trade show that had previously drawn protesters concerned about the glorification of “trophy hunting” is back in Calgary this month with a new name.

Formerly known as The Africa Show, the event is taking place Jan. 25 to 27 as the Calgary International Hunting Expo.

More than 500 people are expected to attend the Ramada Plaza Airport Hotel for the trade show, featuring hunting outfitters from across Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and Argentina, as well as Canada.

“It’s not just African outfitters, it’s worldwide,” said David Little, president of Safari Club International’s Calgary chapter, which is hosting the event.

“It’s broader than just Africa.”

In addition to firearms on display, booths will feature “more taxidermy than we’ve ever had before . . . which will be quite appealing to the eye,” said Little.

“Kids get a chance to get close to some of these animals that they’ve only ever seen pictures of,” he said.

Attendees will also hear from guest speaker Olivia Nalos Opre, a U.S.-based hunting consultant and advocate. In a 2015 article she wrote for USA Today, titled “Why we hunt, even lions,” Opre argued that “hunting and conservation go hand in hand.”

“Hunters do not condone the illegal activities or poaching of animals. There is a difference between hunting and poaching that is often missed by the media and general public,” Opre wrote.

The show is produced by the African Hunting Gazette, which has been putting it on for years.

It’s been subject to protests in the past, including two years ago when trophy hunting opponents held a demonstration despite a court order against the group involved in the protest.

Earlier that year, an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench justice ordered the removal of emailed statements that were posted on Ban African Trophy Hunting’s Facebook page and other social media, “implying that trophy hunting is analogous to slavery and extermination of Jews.”

The judge stated at the time he wasn’t able to rule on the validity of other statements questioning the benefits of hunting or the competence of African wildlife management agencies, and rejected an application for a permanent injunction against the group.

The group was also involved in protests in 2016 held outside venues in several Canadian cities where African Events Canada promoted trips to hunt animals such as lions, leopards and elephants.

On its website, Ban African Trophy Hunting claims that although Safari Club International purports “to be filled with conservationists, its members are …read more

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Federal authorities arrested a man they say plotted attacks on the White House and government buildings in Washington, DC

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Federal officials announced that the Joint Terrorism Task Force foiled a plot to attack the White House and other locations in Washington, DC.
A 21-year-old man, Hasher Taheb of Cumming, Georgia, was arrested and charged on Wednesday.
The arrest was the result of a yearlong investigation. Authorities said “all potential threats have been neutralized and under control from the inception of this case.”
The case began after a tip from the community.

Federal officials announced Wednesday that the Joint Terrorism Task Force foiled a plot to attack the White House and other locations in Washington, DC.

A 21-year-old man, Hasher Taheb of Cumming, Georgia, was arrested and charged with “violating Title 18USC 844(f)(1) — attempt to damage by means of an explosive any building owned, possessed, or leased by the United States or any department or agency thereof, or any institution or organization receiving federal financial assistance,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak said in a statement.

The plot included targeting the White House and other buildings with explosives — including an anti-tank rocket and homemade explosives. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Taheb told a FBI informant that he wanted to travel to “hijra,” which is reportedly a term for Islamic State-controlled territory. He also said he wanted to to attack the White House and the Statue of Liberty.

The arrest was the result of a year-long investigation, and according to Pak, “all potential threats have been neutralized and under control from the inception of this case.”

“It is important to point out that this investigation and arrest were the direct result of a tip from the community, another example of how important it is to contact law enforcement if you see or hear something suspicious,” FBI special agent Christ Hacker said in a statement.

Taheb was arrested on Wednesday in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and he appeared briefly in court. INSIDER contacted the US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia for more information and will update as necessary.

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