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Off-the-grid dream becomes nightmare in New Mexico compound

AMALIA, N.M. ( ) – One of the leading members of a group prosecutors accused of abusing children at a New Mexico compound struggled with his plan to live off the grid after he underestimated a harsh mountain desert climate and settled on the wrong plot of land.

Relatives and neighbors say things began to go downhill for Lucas Morton, 39, shortly after he arrived in this vast alpine valley about 40 miles (64 km) north of Taos in a white moving van last December.

His brother-in-law Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, wanted in Georgia for child abduction, soon joined them together with his wife, sister and children.

The families set up home on a 10-acre plot of land that was near to one owned by Morton, a carpenter, but which actually belonged to U.S. Army veteran Jason Badger. The vet filed a court complaint but the Morton and Wahhaj families stayed on the land.

With snow and bitter north winds, the families began to suffer. At the suggestion of neighbors, Morton dug a hole and put a camping trailer in it to seek shelter.

Land is cheap in the valley, around $850 an acre, but winter temperatures can drop to -30 Fahrenheit (-34 C). Attempts at communal living in northern New Mexico have struggled or failed, going back to 1970s’ communes.

The adults and 11 children used wood to cook, hauled water from neighbors’ wells and got heat from propane heaters. Their shelters kept blowing away, a neighbor said.

Morton wa上海419论坛s one of five adults arrested at the compound on Aug. 3 on child abuse charges and accused by prosecutors of giving weapons training to a child to carry out school shootings.

No-one was specifically charged over the school shooting accusation and Defense Attorney Aleksandar Kostich told reporters that prosecutors had provided no evidence of the allegation, which came from a foster parent who is caring for one of the children.

Morton was also charged with harboring a felon, Ibn Wahhaj, who was armed with an AR-15 rifle, five magazines of ammunition, and four handguns when arrested, according to police.

Ibn Wahhaj is accused of abducting his seriously-ill, three-year-old son Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj in December from his mother in Georgia. On Monday a body, believed to be that of the boy was found buried at the compound, police said.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe first referred to the suspects as “extremist of the Muslim belief,” but declined to elaborate when later asked about it by reporters.

Public defenders representing the five adults, who are in Taos County jail, did not respond to requests for comment.

‘GET OUT OF SOCIETY’

Morton and his 15-year-old nephew Mohammed last November attended a four-week, $2,500 course in Taos on how to build an “earthship” – an eco house made largely of earth-filled tires.

“All they wanted to do was get out of society, get away, homestead and live a peaceful life by themselves,” said Morton’s father Gerard Jabril Abdulwali, 64.

Inside Morton,上海夜生活Natalia,’s abandoned van at the compound, “I love my family” is written over hearts drawn on the first page of a notebook belonging to “Aisha,” one of his four children.

There are signs the group made friends locally.

A local man gave Morton hundreds of tires to build an earthship home. A neighbor gave him wood to build bunk beds, and another helped them hook up solar panels.

These people said police drones began to circle the area in late May or June. Badger told local media he had earlier informed Georgia police that the abducted boy was at Morton’s home.

In the next months the home began to look more like a compound. The families stacked tires around it and built what look like defensive walls. A 150-foot tunnel leads to what appear to be escape holes among sagebrush and chamisa bushes.

“I got the feeling Lucas didn’t want what he was in anymore,” said neighbor Tyler Anderson, 41, a car-body technician, who showed Morton how to wire up solar panels.

Anderson said near daily target shooting at the house stopped once the drones appeared.

The arrests at the compound made one neighbor, who described himself only as “Quincy,” stand at his gate and cry.

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He and other locals disputed police reports the Morton and Wahhaj children were found ragged and starving.

“I made sure everyone in that place had shoes and clothes. They weren’t hungry,” said the man.

Morton’s wife Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, regularly went grocery shopping with Quincy’s wife. Their last trip, was on Aug. 2, Quincy said. Police launched the raid the next day.

(Adds name of army veteran in paragraph 4, corrects name to Morton from Morgan in paragraph 5)

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Azeri human rights activist freed after serving five years

BAKU ( ) – A court ,上海夜网Carson,in Azerbaijan freed human rights activist Ilgar Mammadov on Monday after he had served five years of a seven-year jail sentence which the European Court of Human Rights has described as “an unjustified restriction of freedom.”

Mammadov, leader of a rights group called Republican Alternative (ReAl), was convicted and sentenced in 2013 for organizing and taking part in demonstrations in the northern town of Ismailli against a provincial leader.

Fellow activists and lawyers of the accused said at the time that the court’s verdict was politically motivated while the European Court of Human Rights said in May 2014 that the courts in Azerbaijan had violated Mammadov’s right to liberty.

The European court ordered the Ba,上海夜生活论坛Nikki,ku government to pay him 22,000 euros ($30,000) in compensation and free him, though this never happened.

A court in Baku on Monday released him before the end of his sentence, putting him on probation for two years and banning him from leaving Azerbaijan, a correspondent reported from the court.

“I’m not happy with the decision of the court. This is not a complete, but a partial victory,” Mammadov told journalists at his home soon after the release.

The mainly Muslim country, sandwiched between Russia and Iran, has been governed by President Ilham Aliyev since he succe爱上海eded his father in 2003.

It has been courted by the West because of its role as a counter-balance to Russia for supplies of oil and gas to Europe, while rights groups accuse Baku of muzzling dissent and jailing opponents, charges which the government denies.

Jordan minister says militants who attacked police support Islamic…

AMMAN ( ) – Militants behind an attack on Jordanian police supported Islamic State and investigations had revealed plans for more attacks on security and civilian targets, Jordan’s interior minister said on Monday.

Jordanian police said on Saturday a homemade explosive device planted near a police van killed a policeman and injured six ,上海夜生活桑拿会所Tatiana,others the day before.

The police vehicle had been maintaining security near a music festival in the majority Christian town of Fuhais, near the capital Amman,上海夜生活Jacqueline, and 15 kilometers (about 10 miles) from the hillside city of Salt.

In a huge security operation, Jordanian forces laid siege to a building in a residential part of Salt on Saturday night in search of those responsible for the bomb attack.

After the suspected militants refused to heed calls to surrender, the security forces stormed the building in a shoot out that resulted in the death of three militants and four security personnel, police said.

Ten members of the security forces were also injured.

Interior Minister Sameer al-Mobaideen said the militants, who blew up part of the building when the security forces stormed it, did not belong to a specific group but subscribed to Islamic State ideology.

Militants from Islamic State and other radical jihadist groups have long targeted U.S.-allied Jordan and dozens of militants are serving long prison terms.

“There were plots to wage a series of terror attacks that sought security points and popular gatherings. We know the targets but we won’t tell them so people won’t get terrified,” Mobaideen said.

King Abdullah, a Middle East ally of Western powers against Islamist militancy who has also safeguarded Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel, warned on Saturday the perpetrators of the attack would pay dearly.

SECRET INVESTIGATIONS

The monarch has been among the most vocal leaders in the region in warning of threats posed by radical groups.

The group were all Jordanian and there were no signs so far they had foreign links, Mobaideen said, refusing to give names of suspects. “The investigations are secret and ongoing,” he told a news conference

Alongside automa上海龙凤419tic weapons in the suspect’s possession, the authorities found a location where chemical ingredients for manufacturing explosives were buried, Mobaideen added.

General Hussein Hawatmeh, head of Jordan’ Gendarmerie, said the militant cell was recently set up and there were indications its members had embraced radical ideology.

“What is dangerous is that these new recruits are more impulsive than those with experience in executing operations that harm Jordan’s security,” Hawatmeh told reporters.

Jordan has been relatively unscathed by the uprisings, civil wars and Islamist militancy that have swept the Middle East since 2011.

But there have been some incidents of Islamist violence, increasingly carried out by members of powerful tribes that are traditionally the backbone of support for the ruling Hashemite dynasty.

Security forces have been extra vigilant having warned that sympathizers of Islamic State could launch revenge attacks after militants were driven out of most of the territory they once controlled in Syria and Iraq.

Intelligence officials and some experts believe widening social disparities and a perception of official corruption are fuelling a rise in radicalization among disaffected youths in a country with high unemployment and growing poverty.

U.S. judge sets plea change for Algerian who recruited ‘Jihad Jane’

WASHINGTON ( ) – An Algerian man accused of recruiting an American woman known as “Jihad Jane” in 2009 and who originally pleaded not guilty to a U.S. charge of supporting terrorism, is expecte爱上海419d to change his plea to guilty, a court filing showed on Thursday.

Ali Charaf Damache, 53, a dual Irish and Algerian citizen, was extradited to the United States last year and while none of the plans U.S. prosecutors accused him of resulted in attacks, authorities said he was in direct contact with Islamist militants in Pakistan and recruited two American women to help him.

U.S. District Court Judge Petrese Tucker in Philadelphia on Thursday scheduled a change of plea hearing for Monday in the case, which is often a precursor to a guilty plea. Damache was extradited from Spain and,上海夜生活Rafaella, is jailed in Philadelphia while awaiting trial or resolution of his case.

Damache’s lawyer Noah Gorson could not be reached for comment on Thursday’s court filing by the judge.

Damache, who pleaded not guilty last year to a U.S. charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, was jailed in Ireland in 2010, and successfully fought extradition to the United States. After his release in Ireland, he traveled to Spain, where he was detained in 2015 and Spanish authorities agreed to U.S. requests to extradite him.

The indictment said that in 2009 Damache lured to Ireland a suburban Philadelphia woman named Colleen LaRose, who called herself “Jihad Jane” online.

LaRose pleaded guilty in 2011 to participating in a failed plot with Damache to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had offended some Muslims by depicting the head of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad on a dog.

In 2014, a U.S. judge sentenced LaRose to 10 years in prison.

LaRose told in a 2012 interview that she was attracted to Dama,上海夜生活论坛Bart,che by his promise to teach her how to live as a Muslim wife and support others in violent jihad. But she said that after moving to Ireland to live with him, she became disillusioned by his lack of follow-through, and allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to buy her a ticket to return to the United States.

The other U.S. woman who joined Damache in Ireland, Jamie Pauline Ramirez of Leadville, Colorado, served an eight-year sentence on a terrorism charge.

Nicaragua’s Ortega, battling protests, calls for peace on anniversary

MANAGUA ( ) – Nicaraguan Pr,上海夜生活Jacklyn,esident Daniel Ortega urged protesters on Thursday to end what he described as their attempt to destabilize the country, after police and heavily armed supporters suppressed weeks of protests in clashes that killed almost 300 people.

Speaking on the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution in which Ortega overthrew a dictatorship, the ex-guerilla called on tens of thousands of cheering supporters to defend their country and for protesters to “rectify” their behavior.

“You all are the defenders of peace … We have to re-establish order in our country,” said Ortega, wearing Nicaragua’s flag colors with a white shirt and blue baseball cap.

“The road isn’t war, but peace and dialogue,” he said. Supporters applauded his remarks, chanting: “He stays, my commander stays.”

International condemnation of Ortega has grown sharply in the past week over his deployment of police and allied paramilitary forces to quash the unrest, during which almost 300 people have been killed and many more injured since the protests began three months ago.

The violence marks the most severe crisis to face the 72-year-old socialist ,上海夜网Rae,since the civil war of the 1980s, when he battled U.S.-backed “Contra” rebels. Currently serving his third term after winning electoral office in 2006, Ortega is resisting demands for his resignation and early elections.

‘LIVING IN WAR’

Ortega supporters flocked from around the country to the event near Xolotlan Lake north of the capital adjacent to a towering black silhouette of Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto Sandino, whose resistance to the 1927-33 U.S. occupation of the Central American country inspired the movement named after him.

“As Nicaraguans, we can’t keep living in war,” said Ortega supporter Norman Ortiz, referring to the nation’s history of bloody conflicts.

Cuba and Venezuela’s foreign ministers, who reject external interference in the country, supported Ortega at the event, describing the protests as attempts at a coup.

Since last weekend, forces loyal to Ortega beat back protesters in Managua and the nearby city of Masaya, a legendary revolutionary bastion from which Sandinista rebels launched their final attack ag爱上海419ainst right-wing dictator Anastasio Somoza.

The unrest began in April, when Ortega proposed reducing pension benefits to cover a budget shortfall, and quickly spiraled to encompass a range of concerns.

Protesters condemn what they describe as the government’s control of the media, electoral fraud, manipulation of the justice system and corruption, as well as Ortega’s “family dictatorship” running the country with his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.

“The people are no longer with Ortega,” said Arlene Correa, speaking earlier on Thursday near the capital’s notorious El Chipote jail, one of the main sites Somoza’s government used to torture dissidents.

“He seems more and more like Somoza with the violations of human rights and killings,” said Correa, whose father has been accused of supporting the protests and was detained earlier this week in Chipote.

Ortega won re-election in late 2016 with 72 percent of the vote, but a poll in May by CID Gallup showed his approval ratings had fallen to 29 percent.

The country appeared mostly calm on Thursday, despite violent confrontations in recent days and pledges by protesters to plan new demonstrations.

Malaysia seeks financier’s $35 million jet linked to 1MDB scandal

KUALA LUMPUR ( ) – Malaysia is seeking to repossess a $35 million private jet owned by financier Low Taek Jho as part of investigations into a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said.

The financier, also known as Jho Low, bought the Bombardier Global 5000 jet for $35.4 million in 2010 using funds allegedly taken from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has said.

Authorities in Malaysia and the United States are investigating how billions of dollars went missing from 1MDB. The DOJ says over $4.5 billion was misappropriated from the fund, with some of the money used to buy the private jet, a superyacht, Picasso paintings, jewelry and real estate.

Last week, the $250 million superyacht Equanimity, which the DOJ says was also bought by Jho Low, was handed over to Malaysia by Indonesia, which had seized the asset earlier this year.

When asked if Malaysia would also seek to take possession of the Bombardier jet, Mahathir said: “Yes, I think so. We have to bring it back,” state news agency Bernama reported on Sunday.

The jet was grounded last year in Singapore, according to some media reports.

Aviation serv,上海夜网Terry,ices firm Jet Aviation said a Bombardier Global 5000 with the same registration number as the one identified by DOJ was at its facility at Seletar Airport in Singapore.

A spokeswoman for Jet Aviation said the firm was “working closely with the local authorities”. She declined to say how the firm came to be in possession of the aircraft.

Singapore’s foreign ministry did not immediately comment.

Singapore, one of at least six countries investigating 1MDB, said in 2016 it had frozen about S$120 million ($87.24 million) of funds and properties in the city-state belonging to Low and his immediate family.

Malaysian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Low, whose whereabouts are unknown. Low, whose Malaysian passport has been revoked, has p上海419论坛reviously denied any wrongdoing.

A representative for Low has said the handing over of the Equanimity yacht to Malaysia was illegal and in violation of Indonesian and U.S. court orders.

A spokesman for Low, through his attorneys, on Monday said if Mahathir’s intention to seize the private jet was “anything like his illegal seizure of the Equanimity,” Mahathir will ignore ongoing legal processes and conduct a trial by media.

Mahathir’s office was not immediately available for comment.

,上海夜生活论坛Taylor,In civil lawsuits filed in the United States, the DOJ is seeking to seize assets that were allegedly bought with 1MDB money.

Spanish rescue boat finds life and death off coast of Libya

ON BOARD THE OPEN ARMS, Mediterranean ( ) – The wreck of the raft was a dot on the sea but as our rescue boat approached we saw a woman make an effort to wave, so at least there was life.

Once speed boats launched from the Open Arms drew alongside, though, it was clear she was the only survivor. The woman, who gave her name as Josepha, was brought aboard in a state of deep shock and treated by doctors.

We found her early on July 17 and she told the doctors she had spent the previous night clinging to the wreckage, singing hymns and calling on God for deliverance. Two doctors recounted her story to me.

Face down amid the raft’s mass of loose planks and deflated rubber lay the corpse of a woman in a striped T-shirt and trousers. She had been dead for some time, medics said.

Then there was a four-year-old boy, who the boat’s doctors said had died hours before.

The crew lifted the two bodies onto the Open Arms, covered them and put them on ice on deck. The crew’s emotions swung from a sense of accomplishment at the rescue to sadness.

I spent 29 days taking pictures on the flagship rescue boat of Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms as it patrolled the designated Search and Rescue zone off the coast of Libya. Click here for a photo essay – reut.rs/2vAi36G.

In that time, we saw no other rescue boats and the crew said there were none active in the zone. was unable to verify this.

The rescue was just one drama in a migration of almost 1.8 million people across the Mediterranean from the Middle East and Africa since 2014 that has seen hundreds of thousands embark from Libya on small boats, according to United Nations figures.

Thousands have drowned and boats like the Open Arms, a retired 36-metre tugboat built in 1973, have taken up the task of offering rescue.

NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK

After bei,上海夜生活桑拿会所Ike,ng lifted aboard the Open Arms and during her medical examination, Josepha told doctors she was from Cameroon.

They said she did not give them her last name or any details of her story or explain who the other passengers on the raft were. It was also unclear how the raft was damaged.

Locating migrants adrift is like finding a needle in a haystack, but on the night of July 16 the crew say they got lucky as they scanned radio frequencies.

Just before 9 p.m. we heard a commercial ship, Triades, tell the Libyan coastguard that they had seen a raft adrift. The captain swung the Open Arms toward its reported location and spotted the remains of the raft at 7.30 a.m. the next day.

After the rescue, it was three and a half days before we arrived at the only harbor that would take her, in Spain’s Palma de Mallorca. By the time we reached land, she was still unable to walk unassisted.

The drama did not end there.

The founder of Open Arms, Oscar Camps, filed a lawsuit in Palma accusing the captain of Triades and the captain of the Libyan coast guard of involuntary manslaughter and failing to help the migrants.

Under international maritime law, ships should attempt the rescue of anyone in danger at sea.

In Spain, an accuser files a lawsuit to the local court, in this case in Palma, and the presiding judge decides whether to take the case further.

The court in Palma said the,上海夜生活Fawn, claim was still being processed and an investigating magistrate had consequently not yet been a上海龙凤419ssigned.

The Triades, a merchant ship flying under a Panamanian flag and owned by Greek shipping company Newport SA, was docked at the Turkish port of Dortyol on Monday.

Newport declined to comment. could not contact the captain of the Triades through Newport, which declined to give the captain’s contact details, or through the port authorities at Dortyol.

talked to Ibrahim Ozen, a general manager at Global Container Line, a company that provides information about the port’s activities, for contact with the ship.

Ozen said on Thursday he would attempt to reach someone on the Triades. He had not replied by Monday and did not respond to further questions.

A spokeswoman for Open Arms said Josepha would answer no further questions because of the lawsuit.

Camps said radio traffic between the Triades and Libya’s coast guard showed the ship’s crew had seen the raft but failed to provide help. I heard the radio exchange between the Triades and the coast guard which corroborates Camps’ account.

Camps also accused Italy and Malta of refusing to let Open Arms dock after the rescue, forcing it to make a much longer journey to Spain. Italy said this was not the case and accused the charity of lying about the circumstances of the rescue.

In a Twitter post, Italy’s interior minister denied that the country had refused to let Open Arms dock with Josepha and the bodies on board.

“Despite the willingness of our Sicilian ports (to let the boat dock) the NGO ship is going to Spain,” Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wrote on Twitter.

Camps, citing Josepha’s account, said the Libyan coastguard had abandoned the three migrants amid the shattered remains of the raft because they refused to board their patrol ship. It was unclear how the raft came to be partially destroyed.

Libya’s coastguard denied in a statement it abandoned the raft at sea.

“It is not in our religion, our ethics or our conduct to abandon human lives at sea, where we only came to save them,” it said in a statement that also disputed Camps’ version of events.

Man arrested with knives near UK parliament jailed for life

LONDON ( ) – A British man who had made bombs for the Taliban in Afghanistan and was plotting an attack near London’s parliament was jailed for life with a minimum term of 40 years at the Old Bailey court on Friday.

Khalid Ali, 28, was carrying three knives when he was arrested by armed police in April last year.

Only just over a month earlier, a British-born convert to Islam had ploughed a car into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge, killing four people, before stabbing a policeman to death in the grounds of parliament.

Ali had intended to kill a police officer, a member of the ,上海夜生活Finch,armed for,上海夜网Nate,ces or even a Member of Parliament, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Five days before he was stopped, Ali visited potential targets such as Westminster Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall.

His fingerprints matched those found on bomb-making components recovered in Afghanistan in 2012 and held on an FBI database, the CPS said in a stat爱上海419ement.

Some of the prints were on the sticky side of adhesive tape used in their manufacture which the prosecution argued indicated he had made the devices and was not merely handling them.

“Khalid Ali planned to carry out a vicious knife attack in London that could have injured many and endangered life,” said Sue Hemming from the CPS.

Wisconsin Senate approves delay in state Medicaid changes

MILWAUKEE ( ) – Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday approved delaying by three months a plan to shift thousands of people from a state Medicaid program onto the federal health insurance marketplace that has been plagued by technical problems.

The Republican-led state Senate voted 18-12 to approve the proposal that would allow 72,000 people due to be shifted from Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Medicaid program on January 1 to stay on until the end of March.

The measure, which was approved by the Assembly on December 4, now goes to the desk of Republican Governor Scott Walker, who sought the delay.

The HealthCare.gov website for the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, had a rocky start on October 1. Wisconsin officials said only 877 residents were able to sign up for the federal healthcare exchange that month.

Earlier in December, federal officials said the site was performing markedly better after a self-imposed deadline to fix,上海夜生活论坛Fanny, the portal.

Walker called a special session to consider the delay, which would give the BadgerCare recipients more time t,上海夜生活桑拿会所Olivier,o enroll in the federal marketplace for health insurance.

Wisconsin was one of 36 states that chose not to create a state exchange, instead relying on the federal government to create an exchange where people can shop for health insurance.

Walker’s state budget signed in June tightened the income qualifications for BadgerCare to 100 percent of the federal poverty level from 200 percent, pushing 72,000 people toward the federal health insurance program.

At the same time, the plan expanded BadgerCare eligibility to about 83,000 childless adults with household incomes less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. The measure lawmakers are considering in the special s上海419论坛ession would require those adults to wait until April 1 to enroll in BadgerCare.

Obamacare agency relies on manual back-ups as enrollment rises

WASHINGTON ( ) – As online enrollment accelerates for medical insurance under President Barack Obama’s health law, the government is relying on manual back-up systems to correct computer errors that could leave some enrollees uninsured, the top U.S. health official said on Wednesday.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius described the manual procedure as a temporary measure for software applications that have not yet been built, tested and incorporated into the massive system behind the HealthCare.gov website.

Still missing are an automated system for verifying that consumers who sign up for insurance through HealthCare.gov are actually enrolled with a carrier, and a separate computer function for paying billions of dollars in federal subsidies to insurers on behalf of lower-income policyholders.

“There’s a manual workaround for virtually everything that isn’t fully automated yet,” Sebelius said in hearing testimony before the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee.

“It just will be manual until the automation is fully complete and we’ve tested it and make sure it works. But in the meantime, the payment system will absolutely go forward.”

The admission appeared to weigh on Sebelius’ attempts to tout improvements in the website that was established under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. The site provides access to new federal health insurance marketplaces in 36 states.

New data on Wednesday showed about 365,000 people signing up for private insurance nationwide in October and November, and 5 million visitors to the once-hobbled federal website during the first week of December.

Republicans questioned the veracity of the enrollment numbers. Representative John Shimkus of Illinois took issue because Sebelius could not say whether those who signed up through the marketplaces had secured their enrollment by paying their first month’s premiums.

“When Amazon.com records a book sold, they record a book sold based on someone who has paid for it, not what is in their shopping cart, not what is on their wish list,” Shimkus said. “So our concern is this 365,000 figure is fraudulent because it is not those who have purchased plans yet.”

BEHIND-THE-SCENES SCRAMBLE

Relying on a manual process to verify enrollment could lead to a new political backlash next year for Obama, who has already been criticized over several million people who received cancellation notices last month for existing health plans that,上海夜网Karina, do not meet Obamacare’s consumer protection and benefit standards.

“Based on current trends, it’s likely that more individuals will have lost co,上海夜生活Tanner,verage on January 1 than will have gained it under the law,” said Representative Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania, the House subcommittee’s Republican chairman.

Pitts’ claim quickly came under attack from Democratic Representative Henry Waxman of California who called it “just not true” and accused Republicans of trying to score political points rather than being concerned about the uninsured.

But the administration and insurers are already undertaking an intensive effort to make sure people who sign up for coverage do not find themselves uninsured in January when coverag爱上海e takes effect.

“In the early days, there were a serious number of errors,” Sebelius said. “And we are in the process of actually hand-matching individuals with insurance companies.”

The problem is that the federal system creates errors in computerized enrollment files that it sends to insurers whenever people sign up for coverage. Some files never arrive in the insurance company systems.

Insurers say the danger is that error-ridden files will cause the system to miss enrollees, who could wind up going to a doctor thinking they have coverage when they do not. And the problem could become more pronounced this month if enrollment numbers skyrocket into the millions, as some expect to happen ahead of a December 23 deadline for January 1 coverage.

The administration has already acknowledged that 1-in-4 insurance applications to HealthCare.gov were transmitted inaccurately to insurance companies in October and November, a period when about 137,000 people signed up for insurance in the federal marketplace, according to government data released on Wednesday.