O-Boondoggle: Bergdahl, Exchanged For Five Muslim Taliban Commanders, Charged With Desertion
March 25, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On June 1, 2014 President Obama freed five top Taliban commanders from their indefinite confinement at GITMO.
Congress was not notified, a major breach of protocol, if not, the law.
All five of these Muslim terrorists were among the Taliban’s top leadership, with some of them having been noted as being particularly vicious. They were all battle hardened and there was no expectation that they would not return to the jihad, carrying all manner of information regarding “the enemy,” which they had gained from their years of confinement and of course through hours of discussions with their jihad sympathizing American defense attorneys.
The five were exchanged, in a prisoner swap, for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl who had been held in confinement by the Haqqani network which can be thought of as a rather independent arm of the Taliban, though the group’s founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, served in the Taliban government after Soviet forces in Afghanistan were routed.
Obama, in typical fashion, turned the event into another of his sleight-of-hand dog and pony productions, appearing on national television next to Bergdahl and his obviously grateful parents. The entire affair was turned into a photo-op allowing an opportunity for Obama to strut and grandstand, framing the event as if he was Moses and had just freed the Jews from Egyptian bondage.
Tears were shed, Obama goose stepped like some latter day Reich hero. Understandably much of the public approved. However, these same citizens agreed with the swap for one reason – the truth of the matter had been denied them: Bergdahl was a traitor, he deserted.[Read More]
Is American Foreign Policy In The Hands Of A Psychopath?
By WILLIAM MAYER
March 20, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – It’s hard to imagine a more dangerous scenario than the United States, facing the exponential growth of the global jihad and the imminent arrival of the Iranian bomb, led by someone so vainglorious and compulsive that his behavior might very well be seen as signifying a profound personality disorder - President Obama must always get what he desires or there will be “consequences.”
The current butt of Barack’s rage is Israel, specifically it’s PM, Binyamin Netanyahu.
Jew hatred has been a key component in many totalitarian regimes. It has numerous aspects, two of which are:
1. An innate, almost DNA driven hatred of those of the Hebrew faith. This is a common trait among Progressives and Marxists. Leftist hatred of America, capitalism and the West is a given. Islamists are largely in agreement with this sentiment which has led to an almost formal partnership [note the reliance of American Islamists upon the services of the ACLU to carry forth the legal battle to promote Shari’a compliance and strip the government of critical national security methods and tools] between the two seemingly disparate ideologies.
This is a strategy based upon on the understanding that, “the enemy of my enemy is my ally.” Thus we have the seemingly improbable marriage of Islamism with leftism, what David Horowitz called in his 2004 work of the same name, The Unholy Alliance.
2. Jews, being an unprotected minority, can be used as bogeymen to be played within the context of Marxist class warfare.[Read More]
Jihadis Cleansing Pakistan of Christians
By RAYMOND IBRAHIM, Islam Translated
March 23, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On Sunday, March 15, as Christian churches around the world were celebrating morning mass, two churches in Pakistan were attacked by Islamic suicide bombers. At least 17 people were killed and over 70 were wounded.
The two churches (located in Youhanabad, Lahore’s Christian quarter) were St. John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church (Protestant). The Taliban claimed responsibility. It is believed that the group had hoped for much greater death tolls, as there were almost 2,000 people in both churches at the time of the explosions.
According to eyewitnesses, two suicide bombers approached the gates of the two churches and tried to enter them. When they were stopped — including by a 15-year-old Christian who blocked them with his body — they self-detonated. Witnesses saw “body parts flying through the air.”
Thus did the jihadis “kill and be killed,” in the words of Koran 9:111, the verse most often cited to justify suicide attacks.
To acces the complete article please refer to Mr. Ibrahim’s byline link.
©2015 Raymond Ibrahim. All rights reserved.
Iranians Chant "Death to America" While Negotiations Continue
March 23, 2015 - PipeLineNews.org [via Clarion Project]- San Francisco, CA - Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, presided over chants of “Death to America” in his Nowruz address to the people of Iran.
Nowruz is the Persian New Year and the Supreme Leader traditionally gives on address to mark the festival.
As part of his Nowruz address, Khamenei responded to President Obama’s Nowruz video message, in which he spoke directly to the Iranian people and called on them to support a nuclear deal.
©2015 Clarion Project. All rights reserved.
Iranian Backed Houthis Chase Obama Out Of Yemen
March 21, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Yemen, which is increasingly under the operational control of Iranian backed Shia jihadists, is now the scene of another ignoble retreat by the Obama Administration.
The country has been in a state of chaos since Islamist forces consolidated their power in 2009 under the banner of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Now the failed state faces its gravest threat since the county became “unified,” in 1990 as an Islamic force - the Houthis - which is openly being backed by Team O’s negotiating partner, Iran, is on the verge of adding the territory to the Ayatollocracy’s growing list of client states.
“An Iranian ship unloaded 185 tons of weapons and military equipment at a Houthi-controlled al-Saleef port in Yemen, al Arabiya reports . The Houthi militias reportedly closed the port and denied entrance to employees there. Al-Saleef port is considered the second most vital in Yemen.” [source, Iranian Ship Unloads 185 Tons of Weapons, Military Equipment for Houthis in Yemen , Washington Free Beacon]
The Houthis have controlled Yemen’s capital, Sanaa since September, seeing that the Obama administration would not even be offering token resistance.
“Yemen's embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has pledged to fight Iranian influence in his violence-wracked country after US troops at a key Yemeni airbase were pulled out. The Americans at Al-Anad airbase have been evacuated for security reasons, a Yemeni military source there said on Saturday, a day after several suicide bombings at Shi'ite Huthi mosques claimed by the Sunni Islamic State group killed 142 people…” [source, Rebels Seize Parts Of Key City, Australian Associated Press]
Al-Anad AFB was one of the United States’ key military bases for the staging of drone attacks, one of which killed American born jihadist, Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011. It was al-Awlaki with whom Nidal Hasan corresponded before conducting his murderous rampage at Ft Hood in 2009 [killing 13 and seriously wounding over 30]. He also had a role in radicalizing numerous other jihadists [ Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “underwear” bomber”] and became, for a while, the “go-to” net based advocate for Islamic terrorism.
Pull Quote Journo: The President Is Not The Commander In Chief Of Foreign Policy
By ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ, as originally published by the Gatestone Institute
March 17, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – “But the president is not the Commander-in-Chief for purposes of diplomatic negotiations. This characterization mistakenly implies that President Obama — or any president — is our Commander, and that his decisions should receive special deference. This is a misreading of our constitution, which creates a presidency that is subject to the checks and balances of co-equal branches of the government. The president is only the commander in chief of "the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States." This provision was intended to assure civilian control over the military and to serve as a check on military power….
So let's describe the president by his actual constitutional role: the head of the executive branch of our tripod government that stands on three equal legs. As the head of the executive branch, he gets to negotiate treaties, agreements and other bilateral and multilateral deals. But Congress has a say in whether to approve what the president has negotiated…”
So let's stop calling the head of our executive branch the "Commander-in-Chief," and let's stop creating the false impression that the president alone can make an enforceable and enduring deal with Iran regarding its nuclear weapons program..” [For the complete article please refer to Alan M. Dershowitz, The President Is Not The Commander In Chief Of Foreign Policy, Gatestone Institute]
©2015 Alan M. Dershowitz, Gatestone Institute. All rights reserved.
We Are Coming For You! - ISIS Member Captured In US Speaks
By ZACH NOBLE, as published by Homeland Security Network
March 16, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – “The Islamic State’s supporters have a message for America: They’re in your country, in your state, ready to wage jihad on American soil.
One Islamic State supporter, Christopher Cornell, called three times from jail to make sure that message was heard in an unexpected interview with WXIX-TV.
The 20-year-old Cornell, who refers to himself as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, was arrested as part of an undercover FBI investigation in January after he bought two rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition for a planned attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said.
The Ohio man is being held at the Boone County Jail in Kentucky, and on Thursday he got in touch with WXIX reporter Tricia Macke after calling the television station three times from his cell.
What Cornell said in the interview was so blunt and disturbing, his attorney tried to get a judge to prevent WXIX from airing the interview — but the court refused to suppress Cornell’s right to free speech.
Hillary Opting Out Of State’s Email Loop, Prima Facie Evidence Of Intent To Deceive
March 12, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – There’s a growing sense of outrage regarding ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s refusal to use official channels for communicating with members of Team Obama during her tenure. The din is now so overwhelming that Mrs. Clinton held a “press conference” two days ago to pretend she’s into full disclosure; that it was held at the UN where media credentials are almost impossible to get on short notice, thus excluding much of the WH press, was by design.
The legacy media termed the presser a “disaster,” with a haggard looking Mrs. Clinton reading from a prepared script proclaiming that “we decided” which pieces of communication were personal and which were related to her official business as Secretary of State. Additionally, she insolently refused to hand over “her” server[s] to Congress, or anyone for review.
Why it took years for Congressional investigators to determine that Hillary had opted out of the State Department’s email system is troubling. The fact that it was the New York Times which broke the story says volumes about this ineffectual Congress.
As the NYT points out, this is a serious matter:
“…Under federal law, however, letters and emails written and received by federal officials, such as the secretary of state, are considered government records and are supposed to be retained so that congressional committees, historians and members of the news media can find them…” [Michael S. Schmidt, Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email Account at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules , NYT]
The questions since raised about this matter skirt the issue which should be the lead focus. That Clinton intentionally avoided using the State Department’s email network is now established fact but the central question remains: what Hillary’s unusual method of official electronic communication means.
Since the government’s communication network is in every way technologically superior to Hillary’s “cutout” system – except of course for the matter of leaving no official record – this had to be a premeditated plan to shield Clinton from incriminating evidence when things finally blew up, as they always do with this bunch.
Non-News - Boko Haram Links Up With ISIS?
March 9, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Major news sources are reporting that the Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram [Western education is forbidden] has hooked up with ISIS, “…According to an audio message purported to be from Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau…Boko Haram [announced] its "allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi," which is another name for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. [source, Nima Elbagir, Paul Cruickshank and Mohammed Tawfeeq, Boko Haram purportedly pledges allegiance to ISIS, CNN]
What we consider the most troubling aspect of this story is not that one Islamic terror group would join forces with another, but rather that the legacy media is suggesting that this marks an important turning point in the global jihad and that somehow such a pairing makes both of the groups much more powerful.
The above referenced news outlet, CNN breathlessly consulted with Jacob Zenn from the Jamestown Foundation where he serves as an analyst. Mr. Zenn believes this is a major development, attempted to draw a distinction between the two groups, suggesting that there was a fundamental impediment which had to be overcome in order for ISIS and Boko Haram to conjoin.
We see the value in this terror marriage as being mostly in the realm of PR and of little strategic importance.
Zenn draws the distinction between Al-Qaeda [in the form of Boko Haram spinoff Ansaru] and the “takfiri like Shekau.
Though it’s quite possible that Zenn’s analysis was misconveyed by CNN’s writers, drawing such a distinction is academic at best. Having touched on the matter in several previous pieces [see, “Imams” At Iran’s Press TV Issue Fatwah, Label ISIS/ISIL As Takfir: Not Islamic and the below referenced piece] we feel it unnecessary to revisit the issue in much detail, but drawing from the short version goes as follows:
“Takfir is a matter of Islamic jurisprudence in which a ruling is made that an individual or group thereof are not or are no longer Muslim. Traditionally this was done by a Muslim group which was at war with another to avoid the Qur’anic prohibition of Muslims killing their coreligionist brothers and sisters…” [see, Azeem Ibrahim, Boko Haram And Hashtag Diplomacy]
Use of the term in this context suggests that somehow Boko Haram’s ideology is wildly out of touch with that of mainstream Islamic terrorism.
“Dissident” Muslim Brotherhood Members: Al-Sisi, “An Extraordinary Man…Egypt In Good Hands”
March 8, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Over the last month Egypt has suffered a series of deadly bomb attacks, most of which have targeted civilian populations or vital infrastructure.
Declared a terrorist organization and banned by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, the Muslim Brotherhood has gone underground and is believed to be responsible for much of this carnage. Over 500 of the Muslim Brothers have been tried, found guilty of capital crimes and sentenced to death. Though many of the verdicts are now undergoing judicial review, one high profile MB prisoner, Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan Abdel-Nabi, was recently executed.
Abdel-Nabi was captured with an al-Qaeda flag in his back pocket.
In response to the crackdown, some member of the MB have supposedly broken with the parent group and are now calling themselves the Dissident Muslim Brotherhood. How far-reaching this movement might be cannot be determined as of this writing, but if it represents an actual rejection of the Brotherhood’s revolutionary ideology, it must be seen as a significant development.
Over the last few days three members of the dissident group met with Al-Sisi and came away impressed, assuming they are telling the truth, a practice with which the Brotherhood is not generally associated.“Speaking to the press following the meeting between Al-Sisi and Dissident Muslim Brothers, Tharwat Al-Kharbawi said those attending agreed that a reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood is unrealistic. Al-Kharbawi described the three-hour meeting as ‘an extraordinary meeting with an extraordinary man ...You can rest assured that Egypt is in good hands. But we all have to work together to ensure he is not left alone.’” [source, Amany Maged, Pressure points - As a terrorist bombing campaign worsens, the state and the Muslim Brotherhood are jockeying to position themselves, Al-Ahram]
Rebuffed by the Obama administration, a continuation of the regime’s odd affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt has sought out other partners to arm itself - as its military campaign against terrorists in Sinai and Libya quickens - and has consequently, inked an agreement with Vlad Putin to purchase the sophisticated weapons the nation requires.“Most experts observing the meeting in Cairo between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi this week are interpreting it as Egypt’s way of letting the Obama Administration know there are other super-power fish in the sea…” [source, John Hayward, Chinese Media: Egypt-Russia Deal A Rejection Of U.S. Hegemony , Breitbart News]
All of these are good developments as far as the Al-Sisi government is concerned. With potential fissures appearing within Egypt’s most dangerous internal adversary and now with some assurance of the continued flow of arms to be used against an enemy which Al-Sisis has had the wisdom to note is motivated by Islam, the country can move forward.