Now-declassified documents retrieved from the compound of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan reveals a plan to make an “unprepared” Joe Biden President, who they believed would lead America “into a crisis.”
Plus, Iran makes new threats against American forces, and US unemployment claims reach 26 million.
Al Qaeda wanted to put Biden into office to create a crisis
Declassified documents retrieved from inside the Pakistani compound of Osama bin Laden in 2011 reveal the al Qaeda founder wanted to assassinate then-President Barack Obama to make “totally unprepared” Joe Biden commander-in-chief under the assumption that the then vice president would lead the US “into a crisis.”
In the document, a letter bin Laden wrote to a top al Qaeda official, he referred to concentrating on trying to target US aircraft visiting the Middle East that might be carrying Obama or then-CIA director David Pretorius.
Osama bin Laden wrote: “The reason for concentrating on them is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him will automatically make Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there. Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the United States into a crisis.”
Iranian general orders destruction of American ships that threaten its military or nonmilitary vessels
Major Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, responded to comments in a tweet by President Donald Trump yesterday that U.S. Navy ships had permission to destroy any vessels in the Persian Gulf after dangerously close maneuvers were made by speedboats around American warships patrolling in international waters.
Trump tweeted that he had “instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.
Gen. Salami said, “I have ordered our naval forces to destroy any American terrorist force in the Persian Gulf that threatens the security of Iran’s military or non-military ships. Security of the Persian Gulf is part of Iran’s strategic priorities.”
US jobless claims reach 26 million
Another 4.4 million Americans filed first-time jobless claims last week bringing the total of initial unemployment filings to at least 26 million since the coronavirus pandemic caused a shut down of American businesses.
In only one month’s time, although gains in jobs made since the great recession of 2008 have been lost, according to the latest data released on Thursday by the US Labor Department. Since 2010, the US economy had created around 22 million jobs.
However, in February, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the historic decade of economic expansion came to an abrupt end. Some experts are predicting US unemployment could reach 20 percent, especially if lockdowns in business shutdowns continue.