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In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

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To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

ISIS executioner responsible for 'countless' deaths of gay men captured by Iraqi forces

Abu Omer, aka White Beard, was caught on camera in Mosul, Iraq.
Experts say it is possible this man is responsible for overseeing 'countless' deaths of gay men in Iraq

An ISIS executioner captured by Iraqi security forces tortured and executed gay men, according to reports.

Abu Omer (pictured, left), known under his alias White Beard, was caught on camera appearing to stone civilians to death under the militant group’s rule in Mosul, Iraq.

The AhlulBayt News Agency reports residents revealed his hiding place to Iraqi security forces, and he was swiftly arrested.

Experts have told GSN it is possible Omer is responsible for overseeing ‘countless’ deaths of gay men in Iraq.

In images, three men were shown being forced to their knees and pubicly beheaded by a sword-wielding jihadi.

Photographs show a man, reportedly Omer, using a microphone to read the blindfolded men’s charges to the crowd.

Omer was reportedly a leader in the extremist group, terrifying residents by the common executions.

According to sources in the Middle East, he could have been present at one killing or several.

Due to records not being taken, it is likely we will only know the true horrors of ISIS when they are fully disbanded.


ISIS referred to gay people as the ‘worst of creatures’


A man is forced to his knees and publicly beheaded by a sword-wielding jihadi.
Dozens of images of gay men being murdered in Iraq and Syria have been leaked on social media, published on ISIS channels, or sent to Arabic-speaking journalists.

ISIS members have previously referred to gay people as the ‘worst of creatures’.

The executions typically follow a pattern. It is believed the extremists often drug the victim. They will then blindfold them, cuff their hands behind their backs, and lead them to the top of a high building.

A mob will be awaiting the execution. The killers will announce the man was found guilty of homosexuality. They will then hurl him off the edge.


ISIS still maintains a presence in hideouts in Iraq


While ISIS is said to have been defeated in Iraq, the terrorist group still maintains a presence in some locations. 

During 2017, Major General Felix Gedney said more than 23,000 square miles have been liberated from ISIS across Syria and Iraq, as well as 4.5 million people from under their oppressive rule.

In early December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally announced ISIS had been driven out of Iraq.

Source: GSN, Joe Morgan, January 3, 2018


ISIS executioner who beheaded & stoned gay men has been captured in Iraq


Iraq, July 2016. A gay man has been stoned to death after being thrown off a building top by ISIS militants. Iraq.
Iraqi forces have captured a terrorist who has appeared in numerous execution videos where gay and bisexual men, as well as others, fell victim to violent deaths.

Abu Omer, also known as “White Beard,” was captured last week in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, local media reported.

Hisham al-Hishami, an adviser to Middle Eastern governments and the Iraqi government on ISIS matters, confirmed the validity of the reports to Newsweek.

Pictures on social media showed the terrorist with a man who is reportedly a member of the Iraqi forces, as well as surrounded by an unknown group of Iraqi men, Newsweek reported.

Omer has appeared in videos where individuals have been beheaded and stoned to death, some for the “crime,” under Sharia Law, of homosexual acts.

The use of these types of videos by ISIS has increased, in an attempt to gain notoriety and rally homicidal radicals to its immoral cause.

While U.S.-backed Iraqi forces successfully retook Mosul in July of last year, and most ISIS officials fled, some, like Omer, have remained behind.

Omer was reportedly discovered following a tip from local civilians, who gave up his hiding spot to Iraqi security forces.

Source: LGBTQ Nation, Jeffrey Taylor, January 3, 2018


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