Obama’s CIA nominee Brennan a Muslim?

Updated 13 February 2013
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Obama’s CIA nominee Brennan a Muslim?

John Brennan, 57, may have converted to Islam between 1996 and 1999 when he was the CIA station chief in Riyadh, it was reported yesterday.
John Guandolo, who retired from the FBI in 2008, told the US Trento Radio Show on Saturday that there were indications that President Barack Obama’s CIA nominee converted to Islam and visited Makkah and Madinah during Haj along with Saudi officials, who may have induced Brennan to convert, reported Al Arabia.
According to the report, in a Skype interview with the radio show, Guandolo referred to a video showing Brennan saying that during his time in Saudi Arabia, he “marveled at the majesty of the Hajj and the devotion of those who fulfilled their duty as Muslims by making that pilgrimage.”
The report quoted Guandolo as saying that this “video confirms Brennan converted to Islam” since non-Muslims are not allowed to visit the holy cities.
Brennan is a CIA veteran, among his previously held posts are the deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counterterrorism.


Five Iranian migrants found drifting off French coast

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Five Iranian migrants found drifting off French coast

  • They were treated by emergency services when brought back to land in Boulogne-sur-Mer

CALAIS: Five Iranian migrants attempting to reach Britain aboard a makeshift boat were rescued Saturday morning off the northern coast of France, officials said.
They were found around at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) in a state of hypothermia and were treated by emergency services when brought back to land in Boulogne-sur-Mer, according to the maritime authorities.
“These crossings are extremely risky and dangerous, despite the apparent proximity of the English coast from the French coast,” the prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea said in statement.
The five Iranians set off in a non-powered inflatable boat and lost their oars in calm seas but with poor visibility due to the haze.
They were found after five hours of searching by a Navy aircraft 8.5 nautical miles (16 km) north of Cape Gris-Nez, halfway to England, and then rescued by the National Society of Sea Rescue (SNSM).
On May 19, a Colombian national was found suffering from hypothermia by sea rescuers in the same area while trying to reach England illegally.