May 16, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing the FJP are once again fanning the flames of violence as Nakba Day [day of the catastrophe] approaches.
“…the 65th anniversary of the of the Palestinian people’s worst plight… the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) reiterated its full support for Palestinians’ right to liberate and recover their territories from the evil of Israeli occupation, stressing the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and their homeland as a sacred and historic right…FJP rejected all heinous plots being hatched against the Palestinian people to force them to give up more of their rights or their lands…The FJP paid tribute to the Palestinian resistance, calling on all Palestinian factions to close ranks and complete the historic march of honorable struggle, united in the face of their enemies.” [source, FJP on Nakba Day: No Land Exchange, No Palestine Right of Return Compromise, Ikhwanweb]
The “catastrophe” is a catch-all phrase used to foment violence against Jews and the state of Israel over the myth that the “Palestinians” are a homogenous people who were forcibly removed from their land by the Israelis during the 1948 war.
The fact is that the lands which is currently occupied by the so called Palestinians are in actuality, the Biblical kingdoms of Judea and Samaria.
The “refugees” who live in this area have intentionally been kept destitute by the Arab world which uses these impoverished people as political pawns in pursuit of the Islamist goal of the destruction of Israel.
May 15, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Ok, it's clear now to anyone who happened to watch more than a few minutes of Wednesday's testimony by State Department officials before Darrell Issa's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that Team Obama has, to use the vernacular, lied its ass off in an effort to cover-up the Benghazi affair.
However perhaps the most important question - aside from investigating the actual terrorist attack on the Benghazi compound by elements of Ansar al-Shari'a - remains unanswered...why on earth was J. Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, Libya in the first place?
At the time of his clandestine arrival, Benghazi was one of the strongholds for the rebels - i.e., jihadists attempting to overthrow then dictator Moammar Gadhaffi.
Stevens had not yet been named as an ambassador [his tragically short ambassadorial career spanned a little over 90 days from June 7, 2012 to September12, 2012].
So why was he there?
Stevens arrived in the dead of night, ferried to Libya in a commercial Greek cargo ship, a very unusual way to enter a country if one's purpose is to begin a high level diplomatic assignment.
Below, an account of the circumstances surrounding Steven's mysterious arrival, courtesy of the State Department Magazine:
"The story of how the agent got there began in February when the large catamaran ferry Maria Dolores eased into the rocky harbor at Valletta, Malta. Her passengers included American diplomats, who had hurriedly evacuated after conflict erupted in Libya and their safety and security could no longer be assured in Tripoli. Over the next two months, these same diplomats joined the international effort to support Libya’s revolution and march toward democracy and freedom.
"...By early April, with Benghazi firmly in rebel hands, a dozen intrepid U.S. diplomats equipped with armored vehicles and communications gear set sail from the same port, passing Valletta’s ancient harbor fortress and cruising into the blue Mediterranean beyond the breakwater. The Libya of April was a dramatically changed place from the Libya of February."We arrived April 5th," recalled the expedition’s leader Special Envoy Chris Stevens. "It was difficult to get there at the time. There weren’t any flights. So we came in by a Greek cargo ship and unloaded our gear and our cars and set up our office there..."
Front and center at this event will be an exploration of exactly what transpired during the September 11, 2012 jihadist attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
To a degree some of the information which will be presented is already widely known among the handful whose business it is to follow national security developments.
For example, a piece we published on November 11, 2012 [see House Hearings: Obama's Failure In Benghazi] outlined the testimony, also before the Issa Committee, by State Department professionals which clearly demonstrated that the Benghazi Embassy was left essentially undefended prior to September 11 [despite constant please from embassy personnel, including the American Ambassador, Chris Stevens] and then abandoned after the attack commenced, leading to needless loss of life as well as a major blow to the image of the United States' military prowess.
"...Four witnesses were called to testify under oath.
Ms. Charlene R. Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State
Mr. Eric Nordstrom, Regional Security Officer, U.S. Department of State
Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, Utah National Guard , U.S. Army
Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State
There is one common thread which connects the testimony of these individuals, three of which are high ranking State Dept. officials.
All four of them testified that security at Benghazi was almost nonexistent, in the face of a constant threat posed by the political instability in Libya, post the overthrow and subsequent death of Muammar Gaddafi, the country's long-time dictator.
Regarding constant threats, the Heritage Foundation Foundry Blog assembled a revealing time-line demonstrating that before the September 11 deadly attack there were at least 12 serious security incidents relating to the embassy.
For example, a partial listing:
" April 6: IED thrown over the fence of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi...May 1: British Embassy in Tripoli is attacked by a violent mob and set on fire. Other NATO embassies attacked as well... June 6: A large IED destroys part of the security perimeter of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Creates hole “big enough for 40 men to go through...”
April 30, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Monday, the 29th, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei delivered opening remarks as Iran hosted the "Islamic Awakening, Ulema Conference." The event was held in Tehran.
His 3,600 word speech was devoted to an analysis of what has come to be called the "Arab Spring."
We note two major themes of the Ayatollah's address:
1. Khameinei views as being very positive for the spread of Islam, the multiple Muslim-led revolutions which are taking place in the Middle East and North Africa in that they have the potential of starting the process of establishing the world-wide caliphate:
"...Today the subject of Islamic Awakening, which you will discuss in this conference, tops the list of the issues of the Islamic world and the Islamic Ummah, an amazing phenomenon that will result in the re-emergence of Islamic civilization - for the Islamic Ummah and then for all of the world - in the not too distant future providing that, with Allah's permission, it stays healthy and continues..."
The turmoil in these Muslim [and also in his eyes, "pre-Muslim," countries] is caused by a revolutionary form of Islamic ideology which the Ayatollah views as being the correct interpretation of Qur'anic scripture, in that it is aggressive, uncompromising and is geared towards global domination.
"...This is the first sign of the political and revolutionary events in North Africa and the Arab region on a global scale, which itself is a harbinger of greater truths that will come to pass in the future..."
"...The dimensions of this auspicious awakening are widespread and mysterious, but what was witnessed of its immediate outcomes in a few North African countries can make hearts confident about the great and amazing outcomes that will be achieved in the future..."
April 25 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews org - Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are playing a nefarious role in the Middle East and elsewhere, even though these Arab states are publicly supporting the United States. They also strongly support the Muslim Brotherhood and even more radical so-called Salafist groups in Syria and other countries. Radicalized citizens from Saudi Arabia, Syria, the UAE and the Gulf states were involved in terrorism or Al-Qaeda operations. Al-Qaeda leader and 9/11 plotter Osama bin Laden had a Saudi background, so had eight of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers. One of the four suicide pilots, Marwan Al-Shehhi, was a student from the UAE who moved to Germany in 1996. A Syrian Al-Qaeda operative in Spain played a role in preparing the 9/11 attacks. Very recently, two Al-Qaeda militants who planned to derail a train were arrested in Canada. According to media reports one of them was a Tunisian named Chiheb Esseghaier and the other one was Raed Jaser, a Palestinian with citizenship in the UAE.
The Al-Nusra Front in Syria openly declared itself to be a branch of the notorious Al-Qaeda in Iraq. About 500 to 600 young Muslims and Muslim converts from Europe have now joined the Al-Nusra ranks hoping to die as a martyr. If they do not die in Syria, they will return to Europe as well trained and hardened terrorists who will pose a very serious security threat indeed.
Terrorism expert Bruce Riedel claims that Al-Nusra “gets crucial support from the Al-Qaeda core in Pakistan.” “Al-Qaeda leader Al-Zawahiri issued a public call in February 2012 in which he urged ‘every Muslim and every free and honest person in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon to rise and help their brothers in Syria.” “At least one senior member of the Al-Qaeda Shura Council in Pakistan has traveled to Syria to further coordinate plans and operations with the core hiding in Pakistan.” “One estimate suggests that as many as 5000 foreign fighters have gone to Syria.” Among them are so-called holy warriors (Mujahideen) from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon, Australia, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Kosovo, Chechnya, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. Not only does Al-Nusra want to “liberate” the whole of Syria, but also do they plan to wage jihad against Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. They pose a direct security threat to Israel, especially if they would succeed in getting control of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.
Al-Nusra is believed to receive money and weapons from the Arab Gulf states and Saudi Arabia. Fox News recently quoted a commander of one of the smaller Syrian opposition groups who blames Qatar, “saying the oil rich Gulf state directs its backing to rebels with a more Islamist ideology.” Qatar “has emerged as one of the strongest international backers of the rebellion against Syrian president Bashar Assad,” Fox News reported. However, “some rebel brigades complain they are left out in the cold from the flow of money and weapons, sparing rivalries between secular and Islamist groups.” Although Qatar denies that money and weapons have been sent to the most radical Islamist Al-Nusra Front, there is no doubt about it that this group is very well armed, trained and financed.
The same happened in Libya in 2011, by the way. A former American defense official quoted by Daniel Greenfield in Frontpage Magazine criticized the Qatari role in Libya when cargo planes with arms shipments from Qatar and the emirates could not be interdicted by NATO planes. “Nobody knew exactly who they were,” the official said about the rebels supported by Qatar and the emirates. “The Qataris are supposedly good allies, but the Islamists they support are not in our interest.” “In Egypt, Qatar has been a strong backer of President Mohammed Morsi, a veteran of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Fox News says.
Qatar’s increased influence in Europe
Oil rich Qatar is promoting Islamist causes in Europe, too. Qatar is currently financing so-called “social projects” in the poor immigrant neighborhoods in major cities in France, Italy and Greece. Most of these immigrants are Muslims. There was a row in France over Qatar’s intention to poor cash money into the restive and troubled suburbs of Paris, the so-called “banlieus.” The French government led by Socialist President Francois Hollande quickly announced it would also invest in the project. “At the heart of the controversy surrounding the fund lies widespread French suspicions over Qatar’s soft-power intentions in France’s disadvantaged banlieus, home to a significant number of France’s estimated 4-6 million Muslims,” FRANCE 24 reported. FRANCE 24 is a leading French TV channel. “There is something going on. Nothing is Free, that’s for certain,” French Middle East expert Karim Sader told FRANCE 24. “We’re tempted to link the funding for the suburbs to Qatar’s Islamist leanings, given the countries role in financing the Arab Spring Revolutions and the Muslim Brotherhood,” Sader said.
April 23, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - During yesterday's State Department briefing, the subject of a recent attack in Nigeria by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram was addressed by Patrick Ventrell, Acting Deputy Spokesperson, in a manner indicative of this administrations twisted thinking regarding terrorism perpetrated by Muslims.
According to Mr. Ventrell, Islamic jihad is caused by government's not addressing long festering local social problems. State's thinking on this is dangerously simplistic in that it implies that absent societal grievances, jihad would not exist.
Q. "...But 200 people have been killed in an attack in Nigeria, and this is really the latest in a string of recent attacks related to Boko Haram. Are you concerned that there’s been really an uptick in violence in recent months? And is the U.S. still supportive of President Jonathan’s posture that Boko Haram is a group that can be negotiated with?
A. "...Well, thanks for the question, Guy. The United States does condemn the violence that took the lives of so many innocent civilians in Baga Borno state. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who died or were injured as a result of these attacks. We support the Nigerian authorities in their efforts to bring the perpetrators of violent acts to justice, and stress the importance of respecting human rights and protecting civilians in all security responses. So we urge all parties to refrain from reprisal attacks..."
Sure Mr. Ventrell, this weasel worded response [a condemnation it is not] to the killing of over 175 villagers in Baga Borno state, Nigeria will strike fear in the hearts of the Boko Haram butchers.
But Ventrell wasn't done making the case proving State's ineptitude...
April 22, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This piece is going to piss a lot of people off.
The truth has a nasty habit of catching up with those who deny reality, so on the 15th, a "mass casualty" terrorist attack came to the cradle of the American Revolution, Boston.
How surprising, the bombers are Muslims...and hail from Islamic terror central in Russia's North Caucuses, Chechnya.
Re Chechnya, a bit of history for the stooge scribes in the MSM, especially the NY Times and the boobs who man the desks at AP.
"On September 1, 2004, a group of Chechen terrorists took hostage and two days later murdered at least 335 schoolchildren and parents in Beslan, a town in the Russian republic of North Ossetia. The atrocity focused world attention on Chechnya. The Russian government used the event to reiterate its arguments that Chechen terrorists and foreign jihadists supporting them have ideological, financial, and operational ties with Islamist terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda. Although President Vladimir Putin and top Russian security officials provided evidence of links between Chechen fighters and Al-Qaeda, European politicians and mainstream Western journalists focused instead upon the Russian army's brutality and dismissed Putin's claims as an attempt to gain sympathy in the West and deflect criticism of Russia's handling of a nationalist insurgency..."
"...Over the last decade, Islamist terrorists have co-opted the Chechen cause as part of a global jihad. Umar Ibn al-Khattab, a Saudi native who became the leader of the foreign mujahideen in Chechnya, said, "This case is not just a Chechen matter but an Islamic matter, like Afghanistan..." [Lorenzo Vidino, How Chechnya Became A Breeding Ground For Terror, Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2005 edition]
Enough said, the Muslim terrorists in that godforsaken country are driven by the ideology of political Islam which is, in turn, justified by Qur'anic scripture. This is not some off-the-cuff remark by someone who dabbles in the meaning of Islam's holiest of texts, no, it is taken directly from the lips of jihad's major practitioners and theorists such as Ayman al-Zawahiri [please refer to Exoneration, his 2008 treatise on jihad] who relied upon a fatwa issued by Nasir al-Fah, then Saudi Arabia's chief cleric, which justified the use of WMDs as a legitimate form of jihad. This lends credence to the belief that if given access to nuclear weapons that they would then be used against Western targets as part of a holy war to establish the caliphate.
Thus, as interpreted by far too many Muslims, taken literally the Qur'an is a revolutionary work meant to inspire and justify the imposition of Islam, at the point of a sword if need be, on the non-Muslim world.
Let's conduct a thought experiment.
What if on the 15th, instead of high explosive devices, a chemical, biological or radiological weapon was employed, perhaps a small suitcase or tactical nuke?
April 18, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Demonstrative of the basic reason why al-Qaeda and other Islamic terror groups have quickly regrouped, after having been defeated in Iraq - a weak central governing authority, Nigeria which has seen thousands of its citizens butchered by Boko Haram, is attempting to implement an amnesty arrangement with the group.
"...Nigeria's federal government has set up a special inter-agency committee to discuss the possibility of granting amnesty to members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram..."If amnesty is eventually considered as an option, the committee is also expected to make recommendations regarding the modalities to be employed in handing the amnesty," a top official of the presidency said...The meeting was called to discuss the increasing activities of the sect, which has killed over 3,000 people since it started its armed campaign in 2009..." [source, Nigeria considers amnesty for Boko Haram, African Manager, African news website]
The Muslim terrorist group is an al-Qaeda affiliate and has been savagely brutalizing Nigerian citizens for nearly 5 years. The list of atrocities committed by its members is horrifying, even by African standards where machete attacks are so commonplace that they no longer even rise to the level of "news" on that continent.
Of course the Nigerian people have not been consulted on this matter, we have a suspicion that such a decision would have little support.
April 15, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - At 2:50 today [EST] two bombs were detonated along the route near the end of the Boston Marathon. The explosions occurred several minutes apart.
As of this writing 2 people are dead and over 86 injured.
Unconfirmed reports stated that a "foreign national" is being guarded at an undisclosed Boston hospital.
Police have surveillance video of a man with a backpack placing bombs in trash cans.
Today is also a local holiday in Boston known as "Patriots Day."
On April 12th 2012 the Muslim pharmacist from Boston, Tarek Mehanna,was sentenced by a federal court in Boston to 17 and one half years in prison for conspiring to provide aid to al-Qaeda. Mehanna is thought to have conspired with Ahmad Abousamra who is believed to have received military training during several trips to Pakistan. He has since, gone to ground, and is among the FBI's Ten Most Wanted individuals [see, http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/alert/ahmad-abousamra/view].
Perhaps not, as a huge campaign by Muslims and leftists demanding his release has been ongoing since his arrest. At this point in time it is pure speculation, but if the bombings turn out to be the result of Islamist terrorism there is a great likelihood that they are linked to the efforts to free Tarek Mehanna .
April 15, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - While this administration is knee-deep in stirring up domestic unrest, intentionally, many may not realize the potentially devastating product that such callous and indifferent manipulation and stoking of long-held hates and grievances may produce.
Witness what is on daily display in the North of Africa where long standing tribal/ethnic disputes have been exacerbated, then exploited by Islamist forces in an effort to impose Shari'a on a people unwilling to accept it voluntarily.
In the extant case we are referring to Boko Haram [Jama’atul Ahlis Sunnah Lid’ Awati] and its increasingly gruesome campaign of terror in Nigeria. This is not a problem which is localized, but rather is widely occurring across the span of the continent, even in nations which are overwhelmingly Christian, such as Kenya where nearly 90% of the population is non-Muslim.
The topic itself [brutal Islamist violence] is seldom covered in the Western press. It's viewed as being toxic because it directly challenges one of the neo-Marxist left's core beliefs - that all cultures and societies are of equal moral stature.
If reported at all domestically, the reports are sanitized in an effort to protect the left's version of its sensibilities. They certainly want no part of advancing the idea that these African butchers are morally depraved and what they do is pure evil.
"[the]...Sunday Tribune learnt that the gunmen killed many students of Monguno Secondary School by slitting their throats, after laying an ambush for them as they returned home from centres where they wrote the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Senior Secondary Certificate Examination..." [source, Boko Haram slaughter WAEC candidates like ram after exam in Bornu, Osun Defender, a popular news website in Nigeria]
April 9, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This administration has [with the aid of a conniving U.S. media] never been forced to answer any of the relevant questions regarding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack against the American Embassy located in Benghazi, Libya which resulted in the death of four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
President Barack Hussein Obama and his corrupt DOJ under AG Eric Holder have stonewalled requests for information from the relevant Congressional Committees and House Speaker John Boehner has been MIA during the whole affair, typical for this hopelessly befuddled politician...perhaps he is chain-smoking while hiding under his desk.
With this in mind, Representative Frank Wolf [R, VA] has introduced H.R. 36, which calls for the creation of a select committee to investigate the matter. H. Res. 36 has, so far garnered 62 co-sponsors. The bill's text appears at the end of this piece.
Yesterday, in an unprecedented development, over 700 Special Ops Veterans signed an open letter to Congress, expressing their support for this legislation and urged that it be enacted. In this document these Spec Ops Vets have posed 16 questions which they consider essential in helping to determine exactly what happened during that attack. They want to know what actions Mr. Obama took - if any - do defend the American Embassy, it's employees and any special operators or military assets who were on the ground at the time.
Partial text of letter:
April 8, 2013
To: Members of The U.S. House of Representatives
Subject: The Benghazi attacks on 9/11/ 2012
The undersigned are a representative group of some 700 retired Military Special Operations professionals who spent the majority of their careers preparing for and executing myriad operations to rescue or recover detained or threatened fellow Americans. In fact, many of us participated in both the Vietnam era POW rescue effort, The Son Tay Raid, as well as Operation Eagle Claw, the failed rescue attempt in April of 1980 in Iran, so we have been at this for many years and have a deep passion for seeking the truth about what happened during the national tragedy in Benghazi.
The purpose of this letter is to encourage all members of the US House of Representatives to support H.Res. 36, which will create a House Select Committee on the Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. It is essential that a full accounting of the events of September 11, 2012, be provided and that the American public be fully informed regarding this egregious terrorist attack on US diplomatic personnel and facilities. We owe that truth to the American people and the families of the fallen.
It appears that many of the facts and details surrounding the terrorist attack which resulted in four American deaths and an undetermined number of American casualties have not yet been ascertained by previous hearings and inquiries. Additional information is now slowly surfacing in the media, which makes a comprehensive bipartisan inquiry an imperative. Many questions have not been answered thus far. The House Select Committee should address, at a minimum, the following questions:
Sixteen Questions Which Demand Answers:
1. Why was there no military response to the events in Benghazi?
a. Were military assets in the region available? If not, why not?
b. If so, were they alerted?
c. Were assets deployed to any location in preparation for a rescue or recovery attempt?
d. Was military assistance requested by the Department of State? If so, what type?
e. Were any US Army/Naval/USMC assets available to support the US diplomats in Benghazi during the attack?
f. What, if any, recommendations for military action were made by DOD and the US Africa Command?
April 8, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations has succeeded [we imagine they didn't have to push too hard given AP's obviously anti-American, left-wing bias] in rolling the Associated Press [AP] into providing "guidance" for its dronish journos that hereafter, the word Islamist must be stricken from any copy.
For those not intimately familiar with CAIR, a brief bio:
CAIR is a radical Muslim pressure group intent upon incrementally forcing Shari'a compliance on the West. The organization's associations are so noxious that it was named as an unindicted co-conspirator and/or joint venturer [see original document at, U.S. Dist. Court Document U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation For Relief and Development ] in the nation's most extensive prosecution of domestic funding of the terrorist group Hamas, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation.
In that proceeding, all of the defendants were found guilty on a total of 108 charges.
At the time of his HLF conviction, Elashi was already serving a long prison sentence, convicted in U.S. vs. InfoCom, another Hamas related terror case.
In post prosecution Federal Court proceedings following HLF, CAIR was specifically linked/associated with Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group created by Egypt's terrorist Muslim Brotherhood [which now controls the Egyptian state government under longtime MP kingpin, president Mohamed Morsi] to kill Israelis and destroy the Jewish state.
"The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in the July 1, 2009, ruling" [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing]
April 8, 2013 - Churchville, VA - PipeLineNews.org - When a dam is about to break, the first sign of collapse is a little trickle of water over its top. Last, week Geoffrey Lean of London’s Telegraph scooped a little trickle of water over the top of the man-made warming dam—which has been holding back human hopes for decades. Lean has been an environmental correspondent for 40 years, and no one had more loudly demanded lowered CO2 emissions “to protect the planet.”
On April 5, Lean admitted “recent research suggests that climate change might not be as catastrophic as the gloomiest predictions suggest.” Not that he’d been wrong, of course; the man-made warming will still be “extreme.”
It’s not much of a back-off, but the continuing pressure of the non-warming will soon crumble the whole rotten blockage into the valley—sweeping terrified Green true believers willy-nilly across the landscape.
Lean’s statement follows the March 30 issue of the Economist, which admitted that the earth might not be as sensitive to additional CO2 as the climate models had told us. Months earlier, the big German magazine Der Spiegel had “adopted” Fritz Vahrenholt, and his best-selling book, The Cold Sun. That book documented the natural and moderate 1,500-year climate cycle that gave us the Little Ice Age, the Medieval Warming, the Dark Ages, and similar cycles back into prehistory.
April 3, 2013 - Churchville, VA - PipeLineNews.org - Author Eugene Linden writes books on the far edge of the environmental movement. He recently wrote, a bit hysterically, in The Daily Beast: “we need leaders with the courage to steamroll the deniers and the vested interests . . . Climate change is a civilization killer, and if we go on down the climate rapids…” I am not sure what “steamrolling entails; but I do know, that the warmer periods are the civilization savers.
Clearly, Linden knows exactly nothing about the forces that have killed off every culture prior to our own—most of them for centuries at a time and many of them permanently. With few exceptions, the hundreds of failed cultures collapsed in the “little ice age” phases of the natural 1,500-year Dansgaard-Oeschger climate cycle. No one has dared disagree on that.
Did the Greenland Vikings die out during the warmth of the Medieval Warming, or did they disappear after the arrival of the Little Ice Age, when vicious winter temperatures fell more than 4 degrees C? Even the Inuit disappeared!
Did the Viking raiders terrify Europe for 250 years during the long warmth of the climatically stable Roman Warming—or during the advancing sea ice and the desperate drop in Scandinavia’s codfish catch during the Dark Ages that followed?
Egypt’s fabulous Nile River culture has been regarded as humanity’s most sustainable—but the Old Kingdom collapsed for centuries at 2200 BC, the Middle Kingdom again collapsed for more centuries at 1640 BC, and the New Kingdom fell in desperate famine at 1085 BC. Each collapse period marked the onset of a “little ice age” when the Nile floods failed.
By WILLIAM MAYER, translation from the Dutch by BEILA RABINOWITZ
April 2, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a country and part of the world that is cascading from crisis to crisis, one would imagine that the government of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan would be attending to important matters of state.
Right now it seems that much of the Turkish electorate and the PM are preoccupied with the fate of a nine year old boy who was removed - at a very early age - from the custody of his biological parents who abused and neglected him and then placed in the home of a lesbian couple who have taken care of him for nearly all of his life.
"...Turkish media has made an enormous ruckus over the nine year old Yunus who lives with Christian lesbian foster parents. Yunus lives there at the behest of a judge due to abuse and neglect by his parents. Yunus was five months old when he was placed there. Now he is nine years old. The government of Erdogan and his party in the Turkish parliament have been occupied with Yunus..." [source, Elsevier Netherlands]
At one time Westerners held great hope that Mr. Erdogan would be able to steer his country around the global rising tide of Islamism, but his actions since taking office have proven that his intent is to slowly return Turkey to a Shari'a controlled state.
As this matter develops in Turkey, officials in the Netherlands have taken notice, registering alarm and consequently are investigating the country's Turkish organizations.
These cultural affairs types have expressed concern over the inability or unwillingness of Muslim immigrants to integrate into the society and apparently feel that Turkey's public display of "bigotry," regarding sexual preference might be a component in the failure of Muslims to assimilate into the Dutch culture.
The Netherlands has, to put it mildly, taken a very permissive attitude regarding its Islamic population, most of whom have emigrated from Northern Africa. The inaction of the Dutch government in this matter is scandalous in that these Muslim immigrants are responsible for an unprecedented general wave of lawlessness including anti-Semitic violence and intimidation. So great is the perceived threat that Holland's Jews have been unofficially advised to leave the country.
March 27, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Egyptian president Morsi is being targeted by the decidedly leftist group, Amnesty International [AI], which accused the Muslim Brotherhood [MB] dictator of failing to protect Egypt's Christian Copts.
In a statement issued by the organization it demanded:
"...Coptic Christians [in Egypt] must be protected from sectarian violence.. “Time and time again, President Mohamed Morsy has claimed to be the president of all Egyptians. Now, he needs to take action to ensure that sectarian violence is prevented and when it occurs that it is properly investigated, with those responsible facing justice,” [source, Mahmoud Khaled, Amnesty Slams Morsi for Failing to Protect Copts, Almasry Alyoum, the Egyptian Independent]
While AI usually spends its time beating up "right wing," governments including that of the United States for "human rights abuses," it seldom has singled out any of the numerous leftist and now Islamist dictatorships which have exploded across the Middle East as a result of Barack Obama's "Arab Spring."
Muslim persecution of non-Muslims is endemic throughout the Islamic world as the Shari'a makes no allowances for peacefully coexisting alongside other religions on an equal basis. This is rooted in the sense of triumphalism present in all Islamic theory; there is but on God, Allah, and his religion, Islam, is preordained to dominate the Earth.
Therefore it is not and has no intention of being accommodative to other belief structures.
March 27, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - “I am pleased with what Hitler did to the Jews. As far as I am concerned, he should have killed all of them.” “I hate Jews, period. Nothing you will do will make me change my mind.” “I hope all those bloody Jews will die soon.” These anti-Semitic statements were made by Turkish high school students in the Dutch city of Arnhem. They were interviewed by Mehmed Sahin in a Dutch TV program called “Onbevoegd Gezag.” Sahin, who is of Turkish-Kurdish descent and also lives in Arnhem, is a researcher at Amsterdam’s Free University. He is currently writing his PhD.
Sahin was really shocked by what he heard. He had first asked these youngsters whether they knew who Anne Frank was. “Of course, we know,” they said. And then followed their spontaneous eulogy of Hitler and the Holocaust. It had been Sahin’s sincere intention to raise the topic of the Holocaust – not as a myth, but as a fact. He said that he wanted these Turkish high school students to change their mind so that they would stop hating Jews. “I think that you will have quite a different view next year,” Sahin told them. “You won’t succeed,” was the reply. Moreover, Sahin’s “pro-Jewish” view was not appreciated at all by his anti-Semitic opponents in the Muslim community of Arnhem. Muslims from his own multicultural neighborhood reportedly issued death threats against him and he even had to go into hiding for some time.
Most of the high school students interviewed by Sahin are third-generation immigrants. Anti-Semitism is rampant amongst young Muslims, not only in Holland, but also in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Quite a lot of high school teachers in Europe’s big “multicultural” cities refuse to raise the topic of the Holocaust in the class room because that would provoke a hostile or even violent reaction on the part of Muslim students. This is a huge problem in Holland – the very country where Anne Frank was deported to Auschwitz. About 100,000 Jews from Holland died in the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Sobibor. Anne Frank barely survived Auschwitz, but she died in the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in March 1945 – just a few months before the end of the Second World War.
A recent Belgian survey on the attitudes of young people in the Flemish cities of Antwerp and Ghent finds that 45 percent of the young Muslims in those cities have an adverse attitude towards Jews believing, inter alia, that “Jews want to dominate everything.” Dutch journalist Bart Schut points out that half of all young Muslims in Belgium are anti-Semites, but in Antwerp, Schut emphasizes, the percentage of young Muslims with anti-Semitic attitudes is even as high as 85 percent!
March 18, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The president is in Israel today.
The question is why?
Symbolism is of course always a factor in Obama's political moves, but it is by no means the primary reason for his trip, though it's not hard to imagine a number of reasons why he wouldn't want to be stateside given the mess his administration has made of the budget process, among numerous other failures.
Any reasonably acute observer knows the considerable animus much of the Israeli electorate is increasingly showing toward this CIC. The explanation is easy to understand of course, Mr. Obama is an enemy of Zionism, seems to have a particular dislike for religious Jews in general and Bibi Netanyahu in particular and has proven through his actions that he is eager to support every corrupt jihadist dictatorship on the planet.
Meddling in Israel's political affairs is nothing new to the modern Democrat party.
President Clinton and his practitioners of "the politics of personal destruction" [in this instance, Greenberg, Carville & the thoroughly detestable Bob "Scum" Shrum] were set loose on the Israeli electorate, eventually [but temporarily] ousting Netanyahu in favor of a stooge candidate, Ehud Barak of the now moribund Kadima party, a creation of the late Ariel Sharon.
"...Clinton’s hostility towards Netanyahu is not new. In 1999, Clinton successfully ousted Netanyahu from office by dispatching James Carville, Stanley Greenberg, Robert Shrum and current J-Street operative Jim Gerstein to Israel with the mission spearheading an American-funded election campaign for then-Labor leader Ehud Barak, an eager accomplice to Washington’s regional agenda..." [source, Sagit Levi, Bill Clinton blames Netanyahu for Thwarting U.S. Agenda, Indy News Israel]
March 11, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a rather extraordinary statement, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in testimony delivered today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, claimed that the Arab Spring has increased the threat posed to U.S. interests by world-wide Islamism by strengthening its political hand.
"...Terrorist threats are in a transition period as the global jihadist movement becomes increasingly decentralized. In addition, the Arab Spring has generated a spike in threats to US interests in the region that likely will endure until political upheaval stabilizes and security forces regain their capabilities. We also face uncertainty about potential threats from Iran and Lebanese Hizballah, which see the United States and Israel as their principal enemies..." pg. 4
"... Although some countries have made progress towards democratic rule, most are experiencing uncertainty, violence, and political backsliding. The toppling of leaders and weakening of regimes have also unleashed destabilizing ethnic and sectarian rivalries. Islamist actors have been the chief electoral beneficiaries of the political openings, and Islamist parties in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco will likely solidify their influence in the coming year. The success of transitioning states will depend, in part, on their ability to integrate these actors into national politics and to integrate—or marginalize—political, military, tribal, and business groups that were part of or benefitted from the old regimes. At the same time, transitions that fail to address public demands for change are likely to revive unrest and heighten the appeal of authoritarian or extremist solutions..." pg. 18
"Mali - In January 2012, after the return of heavily armed Tuareg fighters from Libya, the secular-based National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA) and the extremist Islamist Tuareg rebel group Ansar al-Din launched a rebellion against the Malian Government. Following a 21 March military coup, Ansar al-Din—with help from AQIM—and the MNLA quickly drove the Malian military out of the north. After taking control of northern Mali, AQIM worked closely with Ansar al-Din and AQIM-offshoot Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (TWJWA) to consolidate gains in the region and impose a hard-line version of sharia..." pg. 24
March 7, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Boko Haram [Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad - Al-Sunna For Preaching and Jihad] Nigeria's primary violent jihadist entity is obtaining support from an Islamic religious authority, the Sultan of Sokoto who is demanding amnesty for the group.
Sokoto is an Islamist caliphate, located in Northern Nigeria [note, a caliphate is an Islamic governing structure operating under the strictures of the Shari'a, Islamic law].
Over the last few years Boko Haram [BH] has been responsible for thousands of killings in the country, often accompanied by atrocities of unspeakable cruelty. The group has recently increased its campaign of violent intimidation - kidnapping a group of French nationals, including several children.
The fate of these captives is unknown.
Jihadist revolutionaries are believed to be active in the majority of African countries North of an imaginary line stretching Westward from Somalia and Kenya to Cameroon. in the East.
February 28, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to numerous reports, including the usually reliable AlAfrica.com [see, Soni Daniel, Nigeria: Boko Haram Kingpin, Three Others Killed in Borno], Boko Haram has been dealt a serious blow as a result of action taken by an elite Nigerian anti-terror force.
"...A top Boko Haram commander was Tuesday killed in a morning raid carried out by snipers deployed from the Joint Task Force..."
Boko Haram, an al-Qaeda affiliate operating primarily in an around Nigeria, recently kidnapped a number of French nationals, including children and have taken them to an undisclosed location, where the groups awaits the results of its demands.
The terrorist group has been releasing its statements via YouTube. However the JTF has made the request that Boko Haram deal directly with it rather than use the popular internet video website.
February 19, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Boko Haram, one of Africa's many al-Qaeda affiliates [this one based out of oil-rich Nigeria] has stooped to a new low.
There are reports just coming in that 7 French nationals including 3 children were kidnapped Tuesday from their location in Nigeria's normally quiescent neighbor, Cameroon.
As today UK Telegraph reports:
"Francois Hollande, the French president, pointed the finger at al-Qaeda allied fundamentalist group Boko Haram, based in neighbouring Nigeria, blaming them for the kidnapping Tuesday.
The seven hostages were taken from Cameroon's far north close to the Waza National Park and Lake Chad, both attractions for tourists on adventure holidays. The semi-arid area lies alongside the border with Nigeria, and Islamist strongholds in towns there, including Maiduguri, are less than 100 miles to the west..." [source, Mike Pflanz, French children kidnapped 'by Boko Haram' in Cameroon]
For the record, the Telegraph is one of the few remaining credible legacy MSM news sources. In a day when news from Africa is spotty at best, unless one digs for it intentionally, the Tele actually maintains a West African desk - my guess is that Mr. Pflanz knows more about what is going on in Western Africa than does the entire State Dept. section combined.
The exact status of the adults and kids as we go to press is not clear, though one would hope that at least the children might be spared Boko Haram's gruesome slice-'em-and-dice-'em approach. Unfortunately we have learned from previous experience with African terrorism that no atrocity is out of bounds when it comes to these fanatical Islamic butchers.
We will of course keep our readers posted as to further developments when they are available.
February 18, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - While assurances are being made by members of Barack Obama's witless national security team that al-Qaeda no longer poses a threat, in the real world, al-Qaeda franchises are growing in strength and sophistication throughout the Arabian Peninsula and Northern Africa.
Most active are al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram.
Instead of waning in influence after the death of bin-Laden, these Islamic terror groups have flourished, in no small part because their rapidly increasing influence has largely been ignored by this administration. Additonally, the ability of these generally weak central governments [such as they are in some cases] to deal with such a level of organized and well financed jihadist violence is limited.
The administration has made every attempt to define the threat as coming from a single entity, bin-Laden's original al-Qaeda group.
This allows Obama to avoid dealing with the underlying cause of the jihadistic violence - the revolutionary ideology of Islamism, thus allowing it to deal with these matters as if they were the concern of law enforcement.
If the foreign policy Einstein's in this administration had been correct then upon the death of Binny, the threat should have simply shriveled up and blown away, something which clearly didn't happen.
This is such a simplistic charade that it makes about as much sense as saying that because Ronald McDonald has been killed so have McDonalds 35,000 or so franchises.
Let's do a quick heads up on just a few details describing the current sit-rep.
Boko Haram - The group has nearly brought the Nigerian economy to its knees, in the North which accounts for much of the country's economic activity, and in the country's rich oil fields which are under constant predation:
Commercial activities in the northern trade hub of Kano are down by half since 2010 because of the campaign of violence waged by militant group Boko Haram and government efforts to curb it, says the Kano traders’ union. "The north is losing heavily due to the violence. When you destabilize Kano, which is the commercial nerve centre of the north, you are threatening the socioeconomic well-being of the north," Nigeria's Information Minister Labaran Maku told reporters in February 2012. [source, Boko Haram attacks cripple northern Nigeria's economy, IRIN, a service provided by one of the UN's many departments]
Boko Haram has also been responsible for a wave of kidnappings in Nigeria, primarily of foreign aid and oil field workers. In a recent case the group beheaded 3 North Korean doctors, certainly an intimidating action. [fore further information please refer to Boko Haram offshoot claims responsibility in Nigeria kidnapping]
February 13, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This evening, the highly regarded foreign policy think tank, Center for Security Policy [CSP], threw the gauntlet down over the rapidly approaching Hagel/DOD Senate confirmation vote, stating:
"Sen. Hagel has a highly troubling record on critical matters of national security which we believe should disqualify him from serving as Secretary of Defense, including 1) his support for U.S. nuclear disarmament, demonstrated by his co-authorship of the 2012 “Global Zero” report; 2) his assertion after passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which already cut defense spending by $487 billion over ten years, that the Department of Defense is “bloated” and needs to be “paired down”; 3) his demonstrated hostility towards the State of Israel, our most reliable ally in the Middle East; and 4) his failure to appreciate the threat posed by Iran, as demonstrated by his past lack of support for sanctions and his public statement that military action against Iran was not a “viable, feasible, or responsible option.”
The editorial staff of PipeLineNews entirely and without reservation supports the CSP's position on this matter. Mr. Hagel appears to be an unsuitable candidate with potentially very troubling ties to funding sources which are suspect - according to knowledgeable sources - from a national security perspective. These allegation must be given a thorough and fair hearing by the entire Senate.
We believe that if Mr. Hagel wishes to serve his country, and we have no reason to believe this is not his intent, his best course of action would be to gracefully withdraw his name from contention. If after dealing with these matters it becomes apparent that Mr. Hagel is indeed suitable, then he can be given a fair hearing by the entire Senate, followed quickly by an "up" or "down." vote.
February 12, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a few weeks ago that a settlement has been reached with the Southern California city of Lomita regarding its dispute with the Islamic Center of South Bay. The dispute revolved around the refusal of the City Council of Lomita to grant a rebuilding permit to the Center which was so expansive in scope it would have allowed the Center to build a two story place of worship to replace the present allegedly antiquated structures.
While the matter awaits a hearing by the U. S. District Court in Los Angeles, for now, the Islamists are cheering.
Thus we revisit a familiar formula:
Refusal to grant an Islamist group its request + Eric Holder's Dept. of Justice intervention = Islamists win suit + jizya.1
Some background is in order.
In March of 2010 the Islamic Center of South Bay applied to the City Council for a rebuilding permit in order to replace their present antiquated (as they were termed) structures. The five person council voted 4 to 0 (there was one abstention) to reject the request based on the adverse traffic situation that it was felt would result. Actually a study by the city had indicated that there would not be an adverse traffic effect. However a group of neighbors in Lomita, living near the Center, opposed the issuance of the rebuilding permit and took issue with the study, claiming that there would be an adverse traffic effect. Their spokesperson insisted that the original traffic study was flawed and failed to take into account two factors: first that not all cars would have multiple passengers, thereby making parking more of a problem than the study acknowledged and that the new structure with its multiple purposes would accommodate more than worshippers, thereby increasing the number of people who would visit the proposed Islamic Center.
The Islamic Center immediately charged "Islamophobia," asserting that there was an undercurrent of disdain for Muslims that permeated the City Council and resulted in its refusal to grant the rebuilding permit.
February 11, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Dozens of young Muslim jihadists from Holland are currently fighting in Syria and have joined radical jihadist movements there. In recent months, the number of jihadists from the Netherlands who are now fighting in Syria even exceeds the total number of Dutch jihadists who traveled to Syria in the year 2011. This warning was issued by Rob Bertholee, the head of the Netherlands Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), in the daily TV program “Nieuwsuur.”
Among the organizations that the jihadists from Holland have joined is a movement called Jabath Al-Nusra, recently placed by the U.S. on the international terrorist organizations list. Al-Nusra is believed to be a front organization of the notorious Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) terror group.
The AIVD fears that these Dutch jihadists are now becoming experienced “holy warriors” and religious fanatics who will someday return to the Netherlands and then stage terror attacks there. Most of the jihadists from Holland are second generation Muslim immigrants. Three potential jihadists have already been arrested in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in November 2012. They planned to join the jihad in Syria but their leader suddenly decided to marry a Moroccan woman in Utrecht and stage a terror attack in Belgium instead of going to Syria. A Somali imam in Rotterdam performed the Islamic marriage.
Young radical Muslims from other European countries are also traveling to Syria. A French police source quoted by Radio France Internationale (RFI) recently claimed that “several dozen French nationals had traveled to Syria to fight in the conflict there, sometimes in groups linked to Al-Qaeda.”
Syrian jihadists pose a serious security threat to Europe. They are extremely well organized and capable of forming dangerous terror cells in European countries. Former Syrian president Hafez Al-Assad, the father of the current president Bashar Al-Assad, cracked down on the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood in the early 1980s. Many radical Muslims from Syria fled to Europe. One of them was Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas (“Abu Dahdah”) who arrived in Spain in 1986. Yaskas would later join Al-Qaeda and play an important role in the preparations of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.A. He personally knew Mohammed Atta, the leader of the 9/11 “operation.” Before visiting Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan Atta studied in the German city of Hamburg where he met Mohammed Haydar Zammar, another Al-Qaeda operative and a successful recruiter as well. Zammar was born in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
February 7, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an angry response to the U.S. bid to "re-open" talks with the Iranian Mullocracy, today Ayatollah Khamenei belligerently rejected the entire idea as a "deceptive move."
As if the issue required further clarification, Khamenei continued on in a tone of barely contained anger, starting with the assertion [as if it's actually news] that he is a "revolutionary."
“I am not a diplomat. I am a revolutionary and speak frankly, honestly, and firmly. An offer of talks makes sense only when the side [that makes the offer] shows its goodwill...Negotiation is meaningful when the two sides talk with goodwill, under equal conditions and without seeking to deceive each other. Therefore, ‘negotiation for the sake of negotiation’, ‘tactical negotiation’ and negotiation offer in order to sell a superpower's gesture to the world is a deceptive move." [source, Iranian official news agency, Press TV, Ayatollah Khamenei rejects talks with the U.S. under pressure]
The Ayatollah was really stating the obvious, that Iran's nuclear program will never be subject to negotiation. This point was well made - albeit in an insulting manner - by the Iranian representatives at the hasty and embarrassing conclusion of the last round of such talks.
As we noted in an October 15, 2012 piece
"As summer approached, the Obama administration found itself being sandbagged by the Iranians - again - pursuing pointless multilateral "negotiations," partnering with Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia [with the U.S., called the P5+1] in a vain effort to halt the country's well advanced nuclear weapons program.
Of note, China and Russia have been particularly unhelpful in reining in the Iranians, blocking key UN votes and dealing directly with them in providing missile and nuclear technology as well as engineering support. It's difficult to imagine what positive contribution these two rogue powers would make to such an effort.
Predictably the process ended in failure, breaking down after Iran publicly humiliated the U.S. team, chastising the P5+1 proposal as unrealistic and insisting that the country would always consider its program of enrichment to be an "inalienable right," hence the major point of contention would never be negotiable.
Sitting across a table and exchanging diplomatic pabulum has never proven to be an effective formula for even slowing down Grand Ayatollah, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei's fanatical pursuit of an Iranian bomb. The country's leadership has on numerous occasions promised to destroy the state of Israel, while threatening its other "enemies" including the "Great Satan," the United States. The only weapon capable of backing up such a threat would be a nuclear arsenal..." [source, William Mayer, Is Team Obama Secretly Negotiating With Iran In Ploy To Influence Election?, PipeLineNews.org].
One might think that Iran's ploy of luring the U.S. into "negotiating" and then angrily breaking the talks off would no longer play, even with this administration. Mr. Obama must certainly know how these sessions will eventually end, yet Team Obama continues to pursue this failed strategy.
February 7, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - So far there are about 70 newly submitted California health and education bills that could evolve into something important to track. Right now I would call your attention to the following items:
ACA 5, Shannon Grove, (R-Bakersfield) Abortion: Parental Notification.
Proposes a state Constitutional Parental Notification Amendment which would prohibit a physician and surgeon from performing an abortion on an un-emancipated minor without first notifying at least one parent. This is identical to the Parental Notification initiative that came close to passing a couple of years ago.
You may recall that there has always been two ways to get an initiative on a ballot in any election; through voter signature gathering and by being placed there by the legislature. Last term Gov. Brown signed a bill requiring that initiatives may only appear on general election ballots, not primary ballots also.
Putting a bill on the ballot in the manner of a resolution as is ACA (Assembly Constitutional Amendment) 5, through the legislative process, does away with expensive signature gathering, but does require a 2/3rds vote of each legislative house.
68% of Californians, according to a recent California Public Policy Institute survey, favor parental notification including about 50% of self labeled pro choice people.
A legislative hearing date or committee assignment is still pending.
AB 154, Toni Atkins, (D-San Diego) Healing Arts: Reproductive Health Care.
This is a return of last term’s AB 1338, of the same name, authorizing lower level health care employees to be trained and to perform early abortions. No stipulation as to where they may be performed. Could be a Planned Parenthood clinic. Could be a school based clinic. Who knows?
No committee assignment yet or hearing dates. This will require continual contact of one’s legislators by citizen lobbyists urging a NO vote. Last term the California Nurses Assn opposed the bill. This year they may not.
February 6, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Although U.S. Naval spokesman George Little tried to downplay the significance of having only one aircraft carrier group assigned to the Persian Gulf, the fact is that the US carrier force in the region has been axed, in short course leaving only the USS John C Stennis remaining on duty and ready for action in this tinderbox area.
The Pentagon is blaming the halving of our basic offensive air capacity in the area on budgetary worries - code words designed to invoke fear over the specter of a sequestration plan which will automatically go into effect should Congress fail to deal with the budget by March 1.
At that point an automatic across the board $1.2 trillion cut would be imposed.
As that date quickly approaches Team Obama is ratcheting up its campaign of deception by suggesting all manner of nightmare scenarios in order to steam roll Congress into allowing the spending spree to continue ad infinitum.
Actually this is a ridiculous but deadly serious game of chicken in which the president is suggesting that any cuts to the federal budget will reduce grandma and grandpa to eating cat food, will destroy education and render hollow our defense posture.
Congress of course must share in the blame here, they put themselves in this position because neither side wanted to fight the budget battle before the November election. Therefore they agreed [along with Mr. Obama] that the best way to get a reasonable deal was to use the mechanism of sequestration - in which budget cuts are automatically triggered without any respect to their potential effect - as a sort of Sword of Damocles to force the parties to the negotiating table.
February 5, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to several news sources [for example, Al Masry Al Youm, Camille LePage, Separate cars for women on trains starting Wednesday] on Wednesday, many of Egypt's major rail lines will commence segregating female passengers into "Women Only." cars.
The purported reason for this action is to stem the rising tide of sexual harassment/violence against women which has accompanied the "Arab Spring."
"...The move is part of its efforts to curb sexual harassment, which is rampant across the country. According to state-run daily newspaper Al Ahram, the No. 909 train connecting Cairo and Alexandria departing at 9am will host the first women’s car..."
Segregation of the sexes has always been an integral component of the Shari'a and the fact that it is now going to be enforced, at least on the country's major rail lines, should not be surprising given the ascendance of the hard-line Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis.
In numerous public statements, mostly in Arabic, Egyptian president Morsi has repeatedly maintained that it is his intent to govern within a fully Shari'a compliant framework - so such a move would be fully consistent with his views.
January 31 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Former CIA double-agent Reza Kahlili is reporting that Iran's fortress nuclear establishment located deep within Fordow mountain has experienced a catastrophic explosion.
"...Sixteen North Koreans, including 14 technicians and two top military officers, are among those trapped after a Jan. 21 explosion destroyed much of Iran’s Fordow nuclear site, a source reveals. The source who provided the initial information on the explosion at one of Iran’s most important nuclear sites has now provided details about the degree of the destruction..." [source, Reza Kahlili, New Details Surface on Iran Nuclear Explosion, World Net Daily]
The WH is expressing public doubts as to whether this event actually took place, as attested to by Obama flack Jay Carney at yesterday's presser. Similarly the UN's lapdog IAEA first denied that any damage had occurred at Fordow but upon further inquiry by WND, refused to disclose the basis for the IAEA falling into line with the Iranian disinformation machine, that IAEA had indeed visited the site in question after the alleged explosions and found no damage.
The Fordow installation is believed to be at the center of Iran's not-so-clandestine nuclear weapons program. It was thought to be nearly invulnerable to any conventional means of attack, though in previous pieces we suggested several methods whereby the facility could be seriously compromised...one of which was simply to attack Fordow's HVAC system - essential to an underground operation - which would have to vent somewhere into the atmosphere leaving it quite vulnerable.
Foreign nationals - all nuke technicians, engineers and/or scientists - are widely seen as the critical component in the renegade Islamist state's nuke program as it seeks to assemble the "Shia A Bomb." Chinese, Russians, Pakistanis and N. Koreans are believed to now be providing the bulk elemental expertise [not to mention hardware and fissionable material] to hasten the Mullocracy's grand plan to incinerate Israel and intimidate the West.
We held this story for a few days seeking confirmation or denial and now believe that Fordow has indeed been damaged, the extent of which is still undetermined as we go to press.
January 30, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In 2009, Elihu D. Richter and Alex Barnea, two Israeli experts on genocide and the Holocaust, published a noteworthy article on “Tehran’s Genocidal Incitement against Israel.” They point out that Iranian statements demonizing Jews are not new. Back in 1970, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini referred to “wretched Jews,” but later began substituting the word “Zionist” for “Jew.” Khomeini is often called “the Imam” or supreme religious and political leader (Fuehrer in German; Hitler also called himself the Fuehrer, the Leader). “Imam” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Khomeini’s successor, began to dehumanize Israel as a “cancerous tumor.” And the current Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated in October 2005 that “Israel must be wiped off the map.”
Some experts claim that this phrase was a mistranslation and “that Ahmadinejad did not have genocidal intent.” However, Richter and Barnea maintain that the phrase “Israel must be wiped off the map” reflects the Islamic Republic’s official English translation which was reiterated on billboards and murals. Calls for the annihilation of Israel are not new either. Back in the 1950s former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, a strong admirer of Adolf Hitler and the German Nazis, wanted to drive all the Jews into the sea.
Richter and Barnea point out that calls for the annihilation of Israel constitute “incitement to genocide.” The United Nations “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” specifies that “genocide is a crime under international law,” and that “direct and public incitement to commit genocide” is a punishable act – indeed, “a crime against humanity.” Iran is a signatory to the convention, and, therefore, bound by its rules. The convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1948. The convention calls genocide “an odious scourge,” which “has inflicted great losses on humanity.” It is not at all coincidental that the convention was adopted only three years after the Second World War when the Nazis killed six million Jews. As early as January 1939, Hitler threatened to exterminate “the Jewish race in Europe,” while in 1942 and after the U.S. State Department and the British Foreign Office actually shelved alarming and reliable reports on the gas chambers of Auschwitz – until it was too late. Frequent requests to bomb those gas chambers were ignored by the U.S. War Department.
The 1948 Convention also had another genocide in mind, namely the genocide of the Christian Armenians by the Muslim Turks. The acts were perpetrated between 1915 and 1917. Hannibal Travis recently pointed out that Hitler invoked the Armenian genocide when he attacked Poland on September 1, 1939, and started World War II.
Iran’s genocidal hate speech comparable to Nazi rhetoric
Richter and Barnea published a “timeline of statements by Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders (2000-2008).” This clearly shows that it is Iran’s core business to destroy Israel and kill all the Jews who live there. Thus, on January 15, 2001, Khamenei said: “The perpetual subject of Iran is the elimination of Israel from the region.” Another translation says: “The mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) is to erase Israel from the map of the region.” And on December 14, 2001, former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said: “If one day… the Islamic world will be equipped with weapons available to Israel now… the deployment of even one atomic bomb inside Israel will wipe it off the face of the earth but would only do damage to the Islamic world.” Apparently, Rafsanjani does not mind that such a bomb would also kill many Muslim Palestinians in Jordan, Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem. Maybe, he sees them as expendable martyrs. In 1988, Rafsanjani said that “we should fully equip ourselves both in the offensive and defensive use of chemical, bacteriological, and radiological weapons.”
January 30, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This year, 2013, marks forty years of the infant holocaust in the United States. As in every year since then, January 23, marks the Pro Life Movement’s memorialization of the 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court Decision legalizing the performance of abortion for all nine months of pregnancy.
In the Bible the number 40 has great significance, especially in regards to chastisement. We recall the 40 years that the Jews wandered in the desert. We recall the story of Noah and the Ark in which it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. We have 40 days of Lent before we can enjoy Easter. In all these stories, following the end of the chastisement there was salvation, joy, lives and souls redeemed.
Washington, D.C. has 40 times been the scene of the gatherings of thousands to call for an end to abortion. Close to 500,000 this year. This January 26th, San Francisco was the scene of 40,000 people, some from as far away as New Mexico, attending its 7th Roe v Wade Anniversary event.
San Francisco’s new Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, opened the Walk with prayer and Archbishop and Papal Nuncio Carlos Maria Vigano, Rome’s Ambassador to the United States, carried a special blessing and message of encouragement from the Pope. The Nuncio, reading from the Pope’s message stated that “You are the best of the U.S.A.” The Pope’s message reminded us that “every child brings us God’s smile.”
One of the speakers, Elaine Riddick from North Carolina, speaking of the forced sterilization she endured, picked up the theme of every child being a vision of God’s smile and reminded us that if our government continues this attack on the preborn, we may not ever see God’s smile.
Ms Riddick, pregnant at a very young age, was sterilized without her knowledge following the birth of that baby who, now 37 years old, accompanied her to the Walk. Her Grandmother, unable to read, had signed a permission paper for medical care which included consent for sterilization.
Ms. Riddick also gave some startling statistics on the number of sterilizations performed on people of color and the economically deprived as late as 1974 in her state (2,099 of them performed on girls ages 19 and under) as well as in Virginia with a total of 11,000.
As usual in this too worldly city of San Francisco local as well as national media gave as much prominence to the scant 300 pro abort protesters huddled at Justin Hermann Plaza near the waterfront as they did to the 40,000 pro life witnesses joyously assembled at Civic Center/UN Plaza across from City Hall. The San Francisco Chronicle headlined its story as SF Abortion Rally shows 40 year split and provided 3 pro life photos and 6 pro abort photos in its online publication.
The real spirit of the pro life movement comes not so much from the speakers on the platform telling their grim stories of abandonment and pleas for forgiveness. The true spirit and message that life is the right choice comes from the audience; from the parents pushing baby carriages, the happy faces of children, teenagers, senior citizens and those in wheel chairs along with a very generous and inspiring presence of religious who attend the yearly event.
January 28, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On its second anniversary, it seems that the commemoration of Egypt's "Arab Spring" revolution has gotten a bit out of hand resulting in president Morsi declaring a 30 day national emergency and consequent declaration of martial law.
There is a generalized air of violence permeating the country, with institutions seemingly incapable of handling the rioting which is taking place across the country, in Port Said, Cairo, Ismailia, in numerous cities along the Suez Canal as well as other important population and commerce centers.
President Morsi - who remains a high ranking official within the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood [MB] - has rammed a new edict through Egypt's compliant Shari'a based Shura Council, which will allow the military to act as judge, jury and executioner [please refer to Muslim Brotherhood Asked For Law Giving Arrest Powers To Military, Al-Masry Al-Youm for further clarification].
In other words, Egypt is now undeniably a totalitarian state. It should be noted that though deposed [and imprisoned] president Mubarak governed under a similar lack of legal restraint, much of his concern and energy was directed at suppressing the very Muslim Brotherhood which now runs the country.
As the lawlessness spreads and fear sets in, Mr. Morsi will find an environment which is rife with opportunities [never let a crisis go to waste] to further extend his already considerable power.
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January 17, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeBombNews.com - On Wednesday morning, President Obama conducted a surreal dog-and-pony show using school children as human shields. This in a cowardly attempt to hide his true agenda - registrations then confiscation of all firearms.
Administratively, in what we believe is clearly an unconstitutional end-run around the Second Amendment, Team Obama has issued a set of new "guidelines" and/or Executive Orders which direct various federal agencies to carry out specific steps to address the alleged problem - easy access to defensive weaponry by American citizens.
First observation - It's impossible to ignore the President and Vice President BiteMe's shameless use of innocent kids as pawns in a high-stakes game of chess, a tactic which is identical to that employed by the Third Reich.
Since the November election the neo-Marxist/neo-Fascists, led by Mr. Obama, have moved with great haste to implement key elements in what might be called the left's implicit agenda.
All political ideologies/philosophies are at their core an attempt to define the world in terms [he who controls the language, controls the narrative/agenda] which lend themselves to the solutions provided by said ideologies.
So on the left their defining of capitalism as an unfair method of distributing goods and services results in a desire to pass legislation which will result in more stringent regulation/control of business and consequently, higher taxes on successful capitalists and their various enterprises.
The above is widely understood - lefties do not like business.
Also ranking high on their hate list is firearms - "guns" in their rather limited lexicon on the topic.
These folks either don't understand the Second Amendment or as is overwhelmingly the case, fully understand the implications of "the right to keep and bear arms," ignore it, perhaps alleging that it's no longer acceptable in "modern, civilized" America, and proceed down the path towards jack-booted confiscation.
These anti-gunners will never rest until the right to bear is denied to all but the wealthy, the well connected and the powerful.
Now do not be overly concerned, armed guards will still protect your money at the bank and at the Federal Reserve, heavily armed Secret Service personnel [with .45 caliber or 9mm full-auto HK MP5 sub-machineguns] will guard the president and his family [as they should] and Hollywood showbiz kids [who make movies about themselves and don't give a fuck about anyone else] will continue to be granted concealed carry permits and be surrounded by armed security guards with nearly enough firepower to take over a small Banana Republic.
In plain terms, for the left it's much like capitalism, it's fine for them, just not for you.
It's the Soup Nazi writ large..."No prosperity or security for YOU!"
And so their philosophy goes, armed guards with military weapons for them, a rusty butcher knife or can opener for you - possibly a courtesy toe tag, perhaps on a still warm body if the coroner is quick enough.
Just the facts ma'am...
Now without going into the text of the lengthy, at times very heated debates which took place during the Constitutional Congress on this matter [please refer to "The Federalist," authored semi-anonymously by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison - all towering intellects whose wit and wisdom was so formidable that any of them would wipe the floor in a debate with any current member of the Democrat leadership - including the alleged "smartest man in the world," Barack Hussein Obama whom we believe is fluent neither in ancient Greek nor Latin], let is suffice to say that the purpose of the Second Amendment was clearlyunderstood by all of the Founding Fathers to mean one thing - to insure that American citizens would always have access to the weapons necessary to resist a government turned tyrannical.
You mean it's not about having the ability to go out in the fall and chase Bambi's dad all over the lower 40?
Nope, it has nothing to do with hunting - btw did John Kerry ever get his "huntin' license?"
If hunting must be defended, then let's just say it was and remains ordained by a higher authority and is locked into the DNA of homo sapiens. Perhaps more succinctly we are prisoners [thank you Norman Mailer] of the urge to hunt.
The "right" to hunt, is therefore by definition, inalienable and yes, sometimes you do need more than "7 cartridges," to kill your quarry. Consider dealing with an enraged Cape Buffalo which has already absorbed 4 shots from your .470 Nitro Express double. THAT Duggaboy is hiding while bleeding in the pampas. He is completely pissed-off and almost impervious to pain. This fella is going to wait so he can ambush, then stomp your ass into red colored jam. If the game being hunted is elephant, then after being adequately trampled you will be picked up by the animal's powerful trunk and beaten for good measure against the closest big rock or tree.
We analogize this using large, dangerous game animals because they symbolize the sheer power of a modern rogue government. Now if our unlucky hunter [and his Bwana] had the good sense to use a .577 Tyrannosaurus or a .600 Nitro Express, perhaps one good shot behind the shoulder would have sufficed.
Maybe not...these animals seldom die easy. You don't survive in Africa unless you are, to use the colloqialism, "tough as nails."
Make sense so far?
Fact: At the time of the adoption of the Second Amendment [of course as part of the Bill of Rights] the "assault rifle" of the day was a large bore - usually over .50 caliber - rifle or musket. The difference being that muskets have smooth bores and hence are a less efficient weapon accuracy and range wise than the rifle, whose bullet is spun like a football by the engraved rifling for stability.
Many upon many Redcoats fell to well placed slugs fired by the Colonists out of Kentucky [or Pennsylvania] Long Rifles - you could have asked their widows...or better...their field surgeons.
It should seem manifestly clear to anyone that at the time the Second was agreed upon, the weapons which were referred to generically as "arms," were what are now being re-classified by the gun-grabbers as assault rifles and/or military semi-auto pistols.
Bottom line: It was these state of the art milspec weapons that the Founders intended that American citizens never be denied access to. They wanted to forever provide access to the type of weapon which was capable of fending off government, assuming it were to come to that...an unthinkable proposition to be sure.
Hunting has nothing, repeat n-o-t-h-i-n-g to do with it...would someone please pass this information along to Mr. Cuomo...we believe he is outside on a ledge somewhere.
Hell, at the time, everyone hunted, the "right" to do that was never even considered. It would have been a bizarre consideration under any circumstance, how was one to put meat on the table unless the breadwinner could go out into the wilderness and kill a deer a beaver or a bunch of grouse?
None of this of course dissuades the left from attempting to disarm the public, hence the soon-to-come "assault weapons" legislation - which actually was authored some time ago, kept on the shelf and then conveniently dusted off when some firearm related tragedy took place.
Shades of the Reichstag fire in 1933...
Below a reprint of our 2010 piece regarding John Brennan's total unsuitability for any position dealing with national security.
In Wake of Uproar, White House Pulls Main Brennan Video Links
By WILLIAM MAYER
January 10, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Editor's note: With John Brennan being Mr. Obama's choice to run CIA, some are focusing on the nominee's long record of double-talk piled upon absurdity when dealing with the topic of Islamism. With that in mind we are republishing the following piece for two reasons. First, as part of an effort to demonstrate how damaging it will be to have this nincompoop running our nation's most publicly visible spy agency and second to demonstrate the value of reading PipeLineNews.org - we had this story and analysis over TWO YEARS AGO. Now we appreciate those in the alternative media who have finally turned their attention to this very troubling development and brought themselves up to speed, so to speak...however we were on it from the get go. So do you want today's news today or do you want to rely on that chosen few in what is becoming the main stream alternative media who report two year old stories as if they just happened?
Originally published - May 25, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On February 13 at New York University, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, delivered a 34 minute address.
Brennan's remarks were made at an event entitled, "A Dialogue on our National Security" which was sponsored by the Islamic Center at NYU and the school's Islamic Law Student's Association. [see, White House website, Brennan Speaks at NYU]
Brennan was introduced by Dr. Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA]1, an Islamist organization named as an unindicted co-conspirator in America's largest terror funding trial, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation [HLF]. The trial, which resulted in the conviction of all of the defendants on a total of 108 charges, proved that HLF funneled over $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.2
"Prosecutors applied the label of 'unindicted co-conspirator' to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, and the North American Islamic Trust in connection with a trial planned in Texas next month for five officials of a defunct charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development." [source, New York Sun, June 4, 2007, Islamic Groups Named in Hamas Funding Case]
Brennan, acknowledging Mattson, thanked her "...for your leadership as an academic whose research continues the rich tradition of Islamic scholarship, and as the president of the Islamic Society of North America, where you have been a voice for the tolerance and diversity which defines Islam."
The Assistant to the President then launched into his prepared text, selected passages of which appear below:
[approximately 5:40 into the speech]
"...And as part of that experience, to learn about the goodness and beauty of Islam....I came to see Islam not as it is often misrepresented, but for what it is...a faith of peace and tolerance and great diversity...[breaks into spoken Arabic]
[approximately 7:30 into the speech]
"...But I did spend time as an undergraduate at the American University in Cairo in the 1970s. And time spent with classmates from Egypt, from Jordan, from Palestine, and around the world who taught me that whatever our differences of nationality or race or religion or language, there are certain aspirations that we all share. To get an education. To provide for our families. To practice our faith freely. To live in peace and security. And during a 25-year career in government, I was privileged to serve in positions across the Middle East...as a political officer with the State Department and as a CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, I saw how our Saudi partners fulfilled their duty as custodians of the two holy mosques of Mecca and Medina. I marveled at the majesty of the Hajj and the devotion of those who fulfilled their duty as Muslims by making that privilege [he corrects himself] that pilgrimage. And in all my travels, the city I have come to love most is Al Quds...Jerusalem, where three great faiths come together..."
Overall, the speech emphasized the worst elements of "State Department speak," especially reflective of an overly accommodative Arabist mindset. The choice of words [referring to Israel's capital city of Jerusalem by its Muslim name, as well as delivering part of the speech in Arabic] tone [extraordinarily deferential to Muslim sensibilities, which always seem to be set on a hair-trigger] and political effect [another slap in the face to the concept of Israel as a Jewish state] all telegraph the unmistakable message from team Obama that the term "America's ally, Israel," is fading into distant memory, driven by a delusional sense of reality which pervades 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
December 28, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - We have been working with Mr. Kahlili for nearly two years now and have found him to be an invaluable source of breaking news and information regarding Iran's Mullocracy.
Reza continues to carry out his vital work here in the United States at much personal risk to himself and his family, maintaining his many contacts back in his homeland. The above video was produced by the Clarion Fund, a think tank devoted to making the West aware of the dangers of Islamism.
Take the following link to read an in-depth interview which we did with Mr. Kahlili detailing his years of clandstine activity as well as the current state of affairs in the Iranian "Republic."
December 24, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Two weeks ago, the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC] held its 12th annual convention. What distinguished this event from its predecessors - the rhetoric is always the same - was the venue, All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA. Regarding the event, on the MPAC web site, Salaam Al Marayati, MPAC's Executive Director, stated that MPAC: "will be taking the next step in its mission by crossing the interfaith line."
The road to this joint venture has been a long one, and Saturday's event was the logical culmination of that journey.
Whenever one attends a Muslim convention or conference at least one spokesperson tells the audience [in one form or another] that the way to political success for Muslims in the United States is to form coalitions. The American political scene is one of coalitions based on common interests, perceived or real. Muslims who self segregate [Lenin's term] will have little or no success in the political arena.
For example, at a recent convention of another Muslim Brotherhood Front, the Muslim American Society [MAS], then director, Mahdi Bray [formerly with MPAC], gave specific examples. He said [and I paraphrase] that one can find coalition partners in the most unlikely places. Fundamentalist Christians - no problem - find a liquor store or an adult bookstore ready to open and form a coalition with them to stop it, citing the devastating effect either one would have on children; libertarians - both parties agree on virtually unlimited immigration; Catholics - talk about abortion.
MPAC was founded by Muslim Brotherhood [MB] activist Dr. Maher Hathout and his late brother, Dr. Hasan Hathout. Both men left - left, perhaps the most gentle interpretation of the reason for their migration - Egypt when things got a little too hot for prominent members of the MB.1.
The two brothers founded the Islamic Center of Southern California [ICSC] in 1988. MPAC was at first a part of the ICSC. Salaam Al Marayati was chosen to lead MPAC when it became a separate entity with Dr. Maher Hathout as its Senior Advisor, a post he still occupies.
MPAC began its work with outreach to local political figures giving them awards for tolerance at their banquets and reminding them that Muslims voted. Interfaith work began with Dr. Maher Hathout, Reverend George Regas, then pastor of All Saints Church in Pasadena, and Los Angeles Rabbi Leonard Beerman.
Dr. Hathout led the interfaith discussions, and they invariably took place in a friendly venue. Dr. Hathout and his interfaith partners would agree as to the victimhood of Muslims in America. Thus did Islam in America become part of the ethnic grievance industry.
The theme stressed was always the commonality of the three faiths, having a joint Abrahamic origin. In such a multicultural atmosphere the organizers were able to successfully portray Islam as just another religion and not an aggressive jihadist political system.
December 20, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Something else happened on November 6 besides the re-election of Mr. Obama, the exact nature of which is hard to define but its presence is undeniable and its effects are clear - for the first time in my memory at least, citizens are truly fearful of the power of the federal government.
When Obama was swept into office in 2008 upon a media created red carpet, he had already declared his intent to transform the United States. Now most people [the ones Rush has so aptly named "low information voters"] assumed this meant an end to party bickering, ethnic divisiveness and a turning away from DC's tax and spend mentality.
According to their understanding we were going to set the budget on a pathway towards being balanced.
Mr. Obama was also quite clear in stating that he would "end" American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, though many feared at a dangerously rapid pace. Of course those with any knowledge of the situation knew that Mr. Bush had already made the same commitment and done most of the heavy lifting [except for the Status of Force Agreement, which Obama completely bungled] though upon a timetable based upon - hopefully - being able to maintain stability in the two countries.
However it became apparent early in this administration that what the president meant by transformative and the common understanding of that term were quite different.
The result was a huge increase in the size and invasiveness of the federal government. Whole industries were nationalized, bondholders defrauded, campaign contributors rewarded with cushy deals to finance nonexistent industries and the DOJ became completely politicized with selective prosecution of "enemies" becoming the norm to the sublimely ridiculous degree of suing polling companies which showed the president losing ground as the election approached.
So we went into 2012 knowing full well what was in store in a second Obama term, more of the same. Higher taxes, higher levels of federal spending and in general an assault on free market capitalism, to the degree that it still exists.
But even before the election those on the right, or conservative/constitutionalists if you prefer, were uneasy...not only with their candidate Mr. Romney, but the direction society was heading.
“We should fully equip ourselves both in the offensive and defensive use of chemical, bacteriological and radiological weapons. From now on you should make use of the opportunity and perform this task.”
December 18, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It was in October 1988 that Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, then speaker of the Iranian parliament, made this remarkable statement in a speech on the future of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. One year later, in August 1989, Rafsanjani would be president of Iran. He was reflecting on the Iran-Iraq war and, “this speech was probably the Islamic Republic first public statement calling for nuclear weapons,” David Patrikarakos writes in a new and highly interesting study on “Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State.”
Iraq invaded Iran in September 1980 and the Iran-Iraq war lasted to August 1988. Iraq did not hesitate to use chemical weapons killing and injuring many Iranians. This caused a deep trauma among the Iranians. It is in this context that Rafsanjani’s plea for chemical, bacteriological and radiological (atomic) weapons was made: Iran must be able to counter any future chemical and nuclear threat by producing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) itself.
Iran did not have the capability to produce nuclear weapons back in the 1980s. But there was a Pakistani nuclear scientist who was willing to help the Iranians. Abdul Qadeer Khan was in fact the father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb and leader of AQ Khan Research Laboratories (KRL). Khan studied in the Netherlands and Belgium and was subsequently employed by the URENCO group in the Dutch city of Almelo. They used so-called centrifuge technology to enrich uranium. Khan was in fact an atomic spy who stole nuclear technology from URENCO and the Physics Dynamics Research Laboratory in Amsterdam in the early 1970s. Back in Pakistan in 1974 he subsequently founded his own research laboratories in Kahuta near Islamabad. Pakistan’s first two nuclear bombs were tested and detonated in May 1988. Khan was thrilled and proud, Pakistan had now joined the nuclear powers, moreover his country had produced the first “Islamic bomb.” Khan was and still is a Muslim fanatic who believes that this kind of highly sensitive nuclear technology must be shared with other Muslim states. He even played a key role in helping North Korea in obtaining a nuclear device – in exchange for North Korean missilie technology.
In 1983 Khan himself pointed out that nuclear enrichment technology is anything but simple. “In order to make reactor grade fuel, Uranium-235 is 3 percent. If it is enriched to 90 percent it can be used as the basic element for an atom bomb. Nevertheless, enriching Uranium-235 to 90 percent and constructing an atom bomb from this is an extremely delicate and intricate matter and the secrets and mysteries of this are tightly guarded. Nobel prize winner Professor Abdul Salam has been quoted as saying ‘there’s no secret about building it, it’s just a matter of putting various parts together.’ (…) Incredible precision is an absolute requirement for the enrichment of uranium by means of centrifuges. The difference in the molecular weights of Uranium-238 and Uranium-235 is miniscule, whereas in the composition of natural uranium there is only one divisible atom of U-235 for every 140 atoms of U-238.’
The implications of the waning appeal of the left in Israel could be immense
By WILLIAM MAYER
December 18, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Leftist Israeli legislators have finally been forced to confront reality; the Middle East's political makeup has so radically changed - for the worse - over the last 4 years that the country's major lefty party, Kadima is no longer a relevant political force and hence its members are fleeing the legislature.
From its founding, Israel has always had a well entrenched and at some times dominant leftist mentality. Unfortunately the Israeli brand of leftism is essentially indistinguishable from that which has seen ascendance in the West over the past 100 years.
Bear with me on the following, the dots will be connected.
Two incontrovertible facts:
1. One of the most notable aspects of the left is its anti-Semitism, or if you prefer Jew hatred.
2.The lynchpin of leftist economic theory is its dogmatic attachment to what, in classical Marxist jargon is generally called the labor theory of value.
Inherent in the labor theory of value is the idea that the "workers" are oppressed because they have been denied [mainly by a power imbalance] the full measure of their contribution to the making of any product. This difference between a goods' ultimate worth in the marketplace and what the worker has been paid in wages for his labor to produce it is appropriated by the capitalist.
The capitalist is then a vulture preying on defenseless workers who are held in a condition of virtual slavery by the low wages - "I owe my soul to the company store."
Why is this important and what does it have to do with the disintegration of Kadima?
Let us expand a bit...
Marxism is far more than an economic doctrine, it is also a political philosophy as well as being a predictive theory of history. It therefore holds great sway among its adherents, often displacing the role of religion because of its nearly all-encompassing nature. In this regard it has much in common with Shari'a - a legalistic Muslim blueprint for life covering nearly every aspect of human activity
November 29, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a further sign that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood government is consolidating power towards the imposition of the Shari'a, today in a presser called for a huge protest to be held on December 1 in support of Shari'a government.
President Morsi is using the unrest caused by his power grab to label all opponents as Mubarak dead-enders,
"...As usual, former regime remnants and holdovers thwart every achievement by the people on the path of democratization..."
Knowing the ruthless and now openly brazen nature of the Morsi putsch, we predict that the conditions are being set to identify opposition forces as traitors to mother Egypt. The practical impact of this will be a series of repressive actions which will make Hosni Mubarak look like Thomas Jefferson.
A troubling development which we had not previously noted is that Morsi seems to be instilling in Egypt's masses a sense of blind allegiance to "the homeland."
"Now it has become clear who burns and destroys and seeks to confuse the political scene, and who keeps his hand and tongue from harming anyone and is keen on the safety, security and stability of the homeland..." [source Ikhwan website linked in first paragraph.
This is uncomfortably reminiscent of Mussolini's inculcation of an extreme sense of nationalistic jingoism which could, if the form holds true, result in a very aggressive foreign policy.
November 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Immediately on the heels of US and worldwide praise for his role in brokering a cease-fire between Hamas’ jihadist Gaza regime, and Israel, within 24 hours, Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi decreed himself sweeping executive powers.
Morsi aide, Pakinam al-Sharqawi, alluding to the starting date of the 2011 uprising against former Egyptian President Mubarak, opined on Al-Jazeera.
He had to act to save the country and protect the course of the revolution. It is a major stage in the process of completing the January 25th revolution
Effectively neutralizing a judicial system which had become a dogged opponent, Morsi’s decree bars the courts from challenging his decisions. Morsi now not only holds executive power, he also assumedde facto legislative authority after a prior court ruling issued just before he took office on June 30, 2012 dissolved the popularly elected, powerful lower house of parliament, which was spearheaded by the Muslim Brotherhood. Having seized two branches of power, Morsi deftly eliminated many prerogatives of the third, the judiciary.
Placing himself beyond oversight, simultaneously, Morsi secured the traditionalist, Sharia-supporting assembly body drafting Egypt’s new constitution from judicial challenges calling for its dissolution. Dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other traditionalist Muslim members, this assembly has striven to produce a Sharia-based draft constitution, which, understandably, “opponents fear would marginalize women and minority Christians, infringe on personal liberties and even give Muslim clerics a say in lawmaking.” During the past week, in protest of what they claimed was the hijacking of the process by Morsi’s Sharia supremacist allies, Christian and secular leaning members withdrew from the assembly.
Finally, in an apparent gesture to public opinion, the decree also provided for “new investigations and trials” against those who held “political or executive” positions in the former Mubarak regime. Specifically, Morsi ordered the retrial of Mubarak and upper echelon aides on charges of killing protesters during the uprising, while creating a new “protection of the revolution” judicial body to carry out the prosecutions with alacrity.
Even as the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Supreme Guide” Muhammad Badi publicly denounced his role in brokering a cease-fire between Hamas’ jihadist Gaza regime, and Israel, Morsi appears to be fulfilling their, and his own long shared desire to re-create a Sharia supremacist Egyptian state.
November 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - When the specter of Islamism first entered into public consciousness, most Americans stuck their heads in the sand. The left, having recently seen the Soviet dream crumble into ashes, went looking for a new God, a new vehicle for their apocalyptic vision. They found it in Islam and became collaborators with the jihadists, its advance force, its water carriers.
To all involved the solution looked obvious - we merely had to search for moderate Muslims. They would provide the bridge for Muslim youth to reconcile their Islamic traditions with the traditions of the West. And, they would provide a counterweight to radical Muslims.
So far it has not worked out terribly well.
Let's take a closer look at the concept of the moderate Muslim.
Moderate Muslim is a proper term to use if one realizes it is not a theological term.
A moderate Muslim has not found a way to reform Islam nor has he found a way to reconcile Islam with Western thought. More than likely he is a Muslim who enjoys living in the United States (which is, after all, a pleasant place in which to eat and sleep); enjoys the living standard and the conveniences, and enjoys being able to freely make friends with non Muslims. Finally - and this is a truly sad observation - a moderate Muslim in the US reaches toward his potential as a human being when the yoke of Islam is removed - though not entirely - from his neck. He can learn to think critically, to question and to resolve. But unless the break is complete, on some level, he can be counted on to do the bidding of the Islamists.
A case in point.
In Westlake Village, California, a Saudi born naturalized American citizen, Ferial Masry, has come on the political scene. She describes herself as a Muslim and a patriotic American with a son in the military. She teaches in the Los Angeles Unified School District and has run, unsuccessfully, for the state assembly twice. Ms. Masry is active in two groups: The American - Middle Eastern Women's Leadership Coalition and the Ventura County Supporters of Global Exchange.
On October 24 of this year she sponsored through the latter organization a presentation on Islamophobia given by Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Chair, Salaam Al Marayati, at the Thousand Oaks Library.
MPAC was formed by Muslim Brotherhood member Dr. Maher Hathout 1. who remains a senior advisor. As a rule, the city and its library would consider Mr. Al Marayati and his group too controversial to invite to this conservative bedroom community. A quote from M.s Masry's email is as follows: "'Islamophobia' can be defined as irrational fear of Muslims that leads to bigotry against their religion or those perceived to be Muslims (e.g.Sikhs)". Actually, Islamophobia is a term invented by the Muslim Brotherhood to stigmatize any and all criticism of Islam, so that all that can be said about Islam is the air brushed version presented by its various front groups. Ms. Masry made this presentation possible. Invitations were sent from her email address via e mail to a list serve group.
November 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Just recently, I paid a two-day visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where more than one million Jews were killed by the Nazis. Most of the victims were gassed in the so-called gas chambers and their bodies were subsequently burned in huge crematoria. Deportation trains packed with Jewish children, women and men entered Birkenau through its “gate of death.” Most of the deportees were murdered on the very day of arrival. But on October 23, 1943, a young Jewish woman named Franceska Mann refused to enter the gas chamber, grabbed the pistol of a notoriously cruel SS-guard and killed him. There are other examples of courageous women who lashed out against the SS-guards, telling them they were murderers and shameless criminals who would sooner or later face death themselves.
When I walked past the infamous unloading ramp inside Birkenau I saw a small number young people waving the Israeli flag. It was cold outside, but seeing the Star of David in this hellish place did give me a warm feeling inside. It showed that Hitler’s diabolical plans to annihilate the Jews and to achieve an Arab victory in Palestine – a British mandate at the time – eventually came to nothing.
If Hitler would have won the war, he would indeed have killed all the Jews of Europe. He did kill six million of them and by 1945 there were still some four million left. After the Holocaust the founders of the State of Israel realized that the Jews were entitled to a place of refuge, where they would not be persecuted by anti-Semitic maniacs and conquerors such as Hitler whose notorious book “Mein Kampf” was also translated into Arabic. As Golda Meir, whom I admire so much for her courage, told the United Nations General Assembly in December 1956: “The concept of annihilating Israel is a legacy of Hitler’s war against the Jewish people, and it is no coincidence that Nasser’s soldiers had an Arab translation of Mein Kampf in their knapsacks.” Gamal Abdel Nasser was the Egyptian president at the time. Nasser’s “holy mission” was the liquidation of the State of Israel, “driving all the Jews into the sea.”
When SS-officer Adolf Eichmann visited Egypt in the Autumn of 1937 he discovered that many Arabs sympathized with the Nazis. “They are very elated when they hear the name of Hitler,” he reported after he returned to Berlin. The Muslim Brotherhood also sided with the Nazis. During the Second World War, Hitler in turn praised “the Arab liberation movement” and said he would do everything to prevent “a Jewish National Home” (a Jewish state) to be established in “Palestine.” He even planned to conquer the Middle East and Palestine. By the summer of 1942 his armies were not far from the Egyptian port city of Alexandria and had penetrated deep into the Caucasus. The Nazi plan was to “liberate” Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Palestine.
November 23, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Since his rise to the presidency of Egypt - on the wings of a massively fraudulent electoral process - the Muslim Brothehood's Mohamed Morsi has rapidly consolidated his power.
On Thursday it appears that task was completed, making Mr. Morsi now the de-facto caliph of Egypt.
Declaring himself beyond the jurisdiction of the country's supreme court and absent a constitution and functioning constituent assembly, nothing can check the exercise of his political will.
Having watched this process play out over the last four years [and having predicted the eventual result of the misnamed "Arab Spring] Morsi's actions are not surprising. He was and remains a top ranking member of the Muslim Brotherhood and like his Islamic revolutionary brethren all over the globe, has sought, and has now attained total dictatorial power.
His inspiration is of course a fundamentalist interpretation of the Qur'an.
None of this could have happened without the support of the Obama administration which has paved the way for the Muslim Brotherhood to establish itself as the driving force behind what might be envisioned as the beginnings of a second Fatimid dynasty - the original having extended from the10th through the 12th centuries, roughly.
Of course, this newly forged caliphate does not yet attained nearly the sheer geographical reach or sway as did the Fatimid empire, which encompassed Northern Africa, the Eastern half of the Arabian peninsula, including Medina and Mecca and even extended into what is today Syria. But Morsi's aggressive moves accompanied by a keen sense of politics, suggests that should he so choose, that Egypt could well once roar again.
November 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - If you rely on the take of the MSM, Team Obama has finally browbeaten Israel into accepting a stand down vis-à-vis Hamas.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
It appears that what Israel has in mind encompasses far more than simply eliminating the immediate threat posed by Hamas and its sponsor, Iran's Mullocracy.
Some general observations:
1. The immediate Hamas irritants have largely been dealt with. Communication and PR centers for the group have been maimed, as have missile stockpiles and launching platforms.
2. Though not perfect, Iron Dome has proven to be quite effective in its first full scale real-time test. It will only get better. The U.S. military is to be congratulated for assisting in the development of this thoroughly defensive missile shield, hopefully Team Obama will learn, along with the rest of the Democrat doves [who have been spectacularly wrong on just how effective anti-missile technology can be] including such luminaries as John Kerry and his ilk, a lesson here, even if it is a bitter one.
Don't count on it though.
3 The entire Israeli military is on full alert now. Reserves have been called up and the requisite supplies, munitions and other hardware are either in place or nearly so, to be used when the "go" signal is given for the big show yet to come.
4. Therefore consider the now silenced minor hostilities - in which Hamas was trounced in short order, without the deployment of ground troops - having simply been a dry run or dress rehearsal.
5. In the very near future, Israel - once again provoked by Hamas...and maybe even if not - will move with overwhelming force into Gaza and put an end to this group's operations once and for all. Many "Palestinians" will die...so sad, the majority of them are irredeemable.
If dying in the way of Allah is their highest aspiration who is Israel to deny them that right? After all Israel is a genuinely pluralistic society.
November 20, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Props to the Telegraph's Neil Gardner Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage who points out that Mr. Obama's amateurish performance in the conduct of diplomatic matters overseas during his recent tripp is an embarrassment to the United States.
He goes on to say that had it taken place under a GOP administration, the matter would have served as fodder for endless negative commentary by the MSM.
"Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House..."
Gardner points to two instances of almost unbelievable incompetence.
1. While in Asia supposedly touting freedom of expression, Mr. Obama could not even pronounce the name of Aung San Suu Kyi - a Burmese MP, considered one of the leading human rights activists in the world - correctly. His bumbling attempts showed such a lack of preparation and ignorance that it was actually painful to watch.
2. In the same vein, Obama's general lack of understanding regarding Burma's political complexities was on full public display as he insisted on calling the South East Asian nation Mynamar, the name used by the ruling Burmese military junta, instead of the traditional Burma, the name which Aung San Suu Kyi and her opposition forces prefer.
In a quick Internet search we could find no more than a handful of articles dealing with Team Obama's latest foreign policy blunders.
November 19, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As the IDF prepares to devastate the Hamas presence in the renegade territory of Gaza, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is ratcheting up its rhetoric regarding its support of the "Palestinian resistance." [Qasam - the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades - and Hamas, creations of the Muslim Brotherhood]
In a statement issued today Dr. Essam El-Erian, Vice-Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party [FJP] warned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that attacking Hamas strongholds would have serve repercussions.
[Note, the FJP is the above ground political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party to which Egyptian president Muhammed Morsi belongs.]
The operative text of El-Erian's statement:
"The cause of Palestine is back in the focus of the Arab people. Egypt has changed, and is now fully behind the Palestinian people. Arabs are rethinking their entire concept of the peace process. Reconciliation on the agenda of the resistance is near." [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=30395]
In this case it's difficult not to read this as a threat that Egypt will fully support Hamas if and when the IDF launches its response to Hamas' incessant rocketing of Israeli cities.
November 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Upon leaving a closed door briefing by former Dir. CIA Gen David Petraeus [regarding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya] a somewhat quizzical Representative Pete King [R-NY] indicated that his recollection of Petraeus' characterization of the nature of the attack - given during a similar September 14 closed door briefing - markedly differed from what was proffered today.
During the Sept. 14 briefing, Mr. King related that Gen Petraeus emphasized that the attack had been caused by a now infamous and little seen amateur video, whereas in today's testimony the General clearly stated that, very early in the process of assessing the attack he came to the conclusion that it was a well organized attack by terrorists associated with al Qaeda.
Regarding the conflict between Petraeus' Sept 14 and Nov 16 testimony, King stated on Fox News:
"...I had a very different recollection of what he told us...he barely mentioned terrorism at that time...he emphasized the video..."
The above inconsistency is further evidence of a massive cover up by the Obama administration regarding the nature of the September 11 Benghazi attack. The false narrative - that the attack was caused by an amateurish video - was established for political purposes. It was knowingly put out there so that the president would not have to deal with the fact that al-Qaeda is indeed still a huge terrorist threat when he had been claiming throughout the campaign that al-Qaeda had been decimated because bin-Laden had been killed.
November 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On November 14, Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party [FJP, the above ground political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization, led by Egypt's president, Mohammed Morsi] strongly declared its solidarity with Gaza's Hamas government.
In typical Islamist double talk, the FJP does not overtly use the name Hamas, but instead refers to it as the, "Palestinian resistance."
Note: the Muslim Brotherhood created Hamas with the expressed purpose of using it to destroy the Jewish state.
Below from the Hamas charter:
"The Charter of Allah: The Platform of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas)
"In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate You are the best community that has been raised up for mankind. Ye enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency; and ye believe in Allah. And if the People of the Scripture had believed, it had been better for them. Some of them are believers; but most of them are evil-doers. They will not harm you save a trifling hurt, and if they fight against you they will turn and flee. And afterward they will not be helped. Ignominy shall be their portion wheresoever they are found save [where they grasp] a rope from Allah and a rope from man. They have incurred anger from their Lord, and wretchedness is laid upon them. That is because they used to disbelieve the revelations of Allah, and slew the Prophets wrongfully. That is because they were rebellious and used to transgress.” Surat Al-Imran (III), verses 109-111 Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors. The Islamic World is burning. It is incumbent upon each one of us to pour some water, little as it may be, with a view of extinguishing as much of the fire as he can, without awaiting action by the others..." [source, http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/www.thejerusalemfund.org/carryover/documents/charter.html
Relations between Israel and the Gazan government have always, to put it diplomatically, been strained with an uneasy peace often punctuated by periodic attacks on Israel by Hamas irregulars often using weapons supplied by Iran.
Matters went from simmer to boil upon the IDF's recent assassination of Ahmed Jaabari, perhaps the key Hamas military chief and responsible for coordinating numerous acts of terror.
November 13, 2012 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews.org - In a strongly worded letter to House Speaker Boehner Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today called for the creation of a select committee to investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi and subsequent revelations that followed [text appears below].
Wolf maintained in a statement that such a high level investigation be conducted, "so that Congress can fulfill its constitutional responsibilities to legislate and educate the American people on the circumstances surrounding the attack, which led to the death of four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador."
The Virginia Congressman has sharp words for the manner in which the WH has so far obfuscated on the deadly September 11 attack which left 4 dead including American Ambassador Chris Stevens. “The White House has repeatedly cancelled scheduled briefings and, to date, has not provided the chairmen of national security committees and subcommittees…the additional information requested regarding the attack and the administration’s response.”
November 13, 2012 - CHURCHVILLE, VA - PipeLineNews.org - IF President Obama still cares about more U.S. jobs and high food costs he can now immediately gain on both.. An economist in Indianapolis just calculated that the U.S. is losing a million jobs this year—along with maybe as much as $30 billion in economic growth—because we shifted too much of our corn into ethanol. Tom Elam says direct employment in the food industry would have produced three times as many jobs processing and marketing meat as making ethanol from the same corn. Elam calculates the foregone jobs at 941,000. That doesn’t even count the myriad of jobs that would have been needed to support the newly employed one million Americans.
Based on recent history, U.S. consumers got less meat and milk than they would have liked. Consumer spending on these items veered sharply down from its historic trend after President Bush radically raised the nation’s ethanol mandate in 2007. Elam predicts these problems will only get worse. The EPA‘s approval of 15 percent ethanol in gasoline will likely push corn fuel use up faster than corn yields are rising.
Without the ethanol mandate, U.S. feed exports would increase too (a job creator). Also, our cost of driving would come down even as the prices of pork chops, broilers, and hamburger came back within the reach of stressed-out US food buyers.
November 1, 2012 - Churchville, VA - PipeLineNews.org - Mitt Romney says he could create 12 million jobs in a four year term. Could he really do it? The odds are he could.
Romney would start, of course, with energy, where gasoline prices have doubled under Obama. High energy costs have scuttled lots of small businesses; people could no longer afford their goods or services. High gas prices also drove some employees out of the job market as they could no longer afford commuting to a job with modest pay.
Obama campaigned on raising energy costs even higher; to protect us from the man-made global warming that is not occurring. He even hints about further slashing fossil fuel use after he wins “more flexibility” in a second term.
Romney would also eliminate the fear that the EPA will restrict the fracking that is delivering a wealth of lower-cost oil and gas. This should, instead, create more and more new jobs. Writing in London’s Daily Telegraph, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says “Swathes of American industry have acquired a massive and lasting advantage in energy costs over global rivals [due to fracking]. . . . Europe is going in the opposite direction, drifting toward energy suicide.”
November 1, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to an interview conducted by NewsMax, Michael Scheuer, the man at the CIA who was in charge of the team hunting bin-Laden has leveled what is perhaps the most devastating critique yet of Team Obama's actions in the Benghazi tragedy.
Scheuer claims states in that interview:
"Had we sent people to try to help the people who were being attacked, we may have been too late, it may have taken too long to get there, we may have run into a bigger battle and lost more people but the key element here is there is no evidence, from day one until today, that the Obama administration did anything at all to help those people,” he said. “Nothing was put in train. Nothing was tried. At the end of the day, we abandoned those four people on the orders of the president.
The communiques from the DOD and from the agency make it very clear, especially the CIA said, that at no level within the agency did we refuse to help those people who needed help. That was as close as General [David] Petraeus could come to saying that we were ready to help and the president and his staff said no use of force to rescue those people.”
Scheuer's viewpoint is widely shared within the intelligence community, especially at the CIA, an organization which Obama has already thrown under the campaign bus.
Rumor has it that at least two of the networks have what is in effect the "smoking gun" email which proves that the order to "stand down" came from president Obama.
If things were to run their normal course in the MSM, this information would be withheld until after the election - remember the LA Times is still apparently holding video of Barack Obama praising PLO operative, Rashid Khalidi at a 2003 event.
However these are not normal times, now the nets have Fox News to contend with and Jennifer Griffin is all over this matter, reporting last Friday that it was the WH which ordered the CIA and other elite operators to "stand down."
October 30, 2012 - CHURCHVILLE, VA - PipeLineNews.org - Michel Nasibu, of business consultants KPMG/East Africa, warns that global warming has begun to devastate his continent. He writes in AfricaEagle that: “The mother of all troubles has already started rooting her tentacles all over the continent: Global Warming. . . . . Africa is slowly becoming a desert.”
James Taylor of the Heartland Institute, writing at Forbes.com, says “Not so fast.” Taylor notes a 2009 Boston University study that found satellite data showing a long-term shift in the Sahara Desert from dryer to wetter conditions. BBC News, in fact, has reported that, “Satellite images from the last 15 years do seem to show a recovery of vegetation in the southern Sahara.” Taylor also notes correctly that as the Arctic ice has melted, global rainfall has gotten slightly heavier due to more evaporation from the seas.
Both men’s forecasts are wrong, however. What’s really happening is not that the tropical rainbelts that govern Africa’s critical food production are starting or stopping. They’re moving.
October 28, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a little noticed [an Internet search revealed exactly one reference to the measure] Executive Order, released via a low-key announcement on the WH website on Friday - Executive Order -- Establishing the White House Homeland Security Partnership Council - President Barack Obama established a broad-based framework through which his administration is seeking to establish all manner of "partnerships" and "relationships," with states, localities, NGOs...you name it
All of this has been done under the guise of enhancing U.S. national security.
Given this president's already demonstrated malfeasance is dealing with national security matter - the current cover-up in the Benghazi terrorist attack being only the most recent - we fear this unprecedented, ill-defined and legally questionable order will be used to further tighten the iron grip this administration is placing on American society.
As with the president's healthcare law, the latitude granted to bureaucrats in this measure is really rather breathtaking.
1. The "Steering Committee," contains representatives of nearly every cabinet level department in government and it may be expanded to include just about anything, " At the invitation of the Chair, representatives of agencies not listed in subsection (c) of this section or other executive branch entities may attend and participate in Steering Committee meetings as appropriate."
2. The entire process seems beyond review of either House of Congress. Nominations, selection criteria, etc., all are done internally and in an opaque manner.
3. The function of this "Partnership Council," are per this statute entirely undefined within set parameters as is its scope, " Mission and Function of the Council and Steering Committee. (a) The Council shall, consistent with guidance from the Steering Committee..."
4. All that can be said at this point is that there has been no declaration or finding by either Congress or the Executive Branch that such a "Council," was needed. There was zero public debate, Congress being out, quite conveniently for Mr. Obama.
5. We note additionally that there seems to be no provision whatsoever for funding this entity, whatever form it may choose to take.
Obama Knew - Nearly 300 of the Administration's Top National Security Professionals in the Loop in Real Time
October 23, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A stunning development has taken place regarding the Obama administration's coverup of the details surrounding the Islamic terror attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya which occurred on September 11.
It now seems certain, beyond all doubt that between 300-400 [numerous sources] top echelon members of Team Obama's national security team knew - in real time - that an al-Qaeda franchise, Ansar al-Shari'a, had claimed responsibility for the assault on the social media websites, Facebook and Twitter, as the attacks were still underway.
Fox news made the announcement on Greta Van Susteren's. "On The Record," - ABC is claiming that CBS broke the story [which may well be true, in which case, kudos to CBS]. Regardless the matter has by now gone viral and has been picked up by the legacy media's various websites, including Reuters and numerous others.
October 23, 2012 - Churchvile, VA - PipeLineNews.org - German media, writing in one of the “greenest” European countries, are now veering away from green energy as fast as lagging public opinion will allow. A few years ago, Germany was “fully committed” to the EU’s goal of ending fossil fuel use. It was building lots of wind turbines, and even some solar farms despite its often-cloudy skies. After the tsunami, Prime Minister Angela Merckel announced Germany would phase out its nuclear plants quickly, implying more power from renewables.
Now, Germany is burning more coal than ever, and choking on the huge set of green subsidies to which it is already committed.
The green energy retreat surely began with the end of the global warming trend after 1998. Then, beginning 2008, Germany has had four bitter winters in row. In a long-time leftist co-authored a book called The Cold Sun: Why the Climate Catastrophe Is Not Taking Place. Fritz Vahrenholt and geologist Sebastian Luning pointed up the natural 1,500-year cycle and the sun’s recent shift into a cooler phase (patterned on my best-selling Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1,500 Years.)
Vahrenholt’s German timing was perfect. The high costs of “green” electricity were beginning to impact ordinary Germans. The phase-out of the nuclear threatened to deliver brown-outs. Germany’s energy intensive industries threatened to take their jobs to the Third World.
Major German news organizations spread Vahrenholt, his activist history, and his renunciation of green energy all over the country. Then, last week Der Spiegel published a story charging that the huge German re-insurance company Munich Re had been promoting fears of global warming to justify higher insurance rates. Reporter Alex Bojanowski says Munich Re “claims to have found the first proof that man-made climate change is triggering more and more weather catastrophes in North America.”
The original piece was composed upon consultation with Reza Kahlili, a former member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard who "came in from the cold," turning CIA informant, a very dangerous but courageous move. Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym and he now resides within the United States.
Some of the exclusive information provided by Mr. Kahlili included:
"...When President Obama took office, Iran had barely enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb, now they have enough for six should they decide to enrich further...When President Obama took office, the Iranians were limited to enrichment to 3% percent now they are enriching to 20 percent which is a major milestone to weaponization...When he took office, Iran was enriching uranium out of one facility "Natanz" today they are enriching uranium out of two...Since President Obama has taken office, Iran has also made great strides with its missile program now capable of reaching European capitals with missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead...While the Obama administration has been engaged in negotiations, Iran with the help of Russia, North Korea and China has been busy racing to the point of no return...is while the radicals ruling Iran are engaged in back channel negotiations with the Obama administration to gain concessions, requesting America to accept its right to nuclear energy and a continuation of enrichment, removal of sanctions in return for a stop, though temporary, of its 20 percent enrichment - but only if the West provides the same highly enriched stock to them..." [complete article available at Is Team Obama Secretly Negotiating With Iran In Ploy To Influence Election?]
Here we note that Mr. Kahlili had provided information to the same effect to other alternative media sources including World Net Daily, however to our knowledge what we published represented his most current thinking before things got really interesting.
Witness that on the 20th, the New York Times published U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks in which it claimed, relying upon leaks by "Obama administration officials," that the administration either had or was very close to inking a deal, arrived in "secret" negotiations with the Mullocracy in which Iran would at least temporarily give up its program of further enriching uranium in exchange for a lifting of the limited Western economic sanctions against the country.
Within the Times' piece was this curious paragraph, " The White House denied that a final agreement had been reached. “It’s not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections,” Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, said Saturday evening. He added, however, that the administration was open to such talks, and has “said from the outset that we would be prepared to meet bilaterally.”
So with one hand the NY Times creates a national security firestorm and with the other hand attempts to proverbially, put the Genie back in the bottle and tamp the story down.
That is odd indeed. You can say what you want about the Time's bias, but it is an extraordinarily competent news organization in that it is not easily rolled. They may "cooperate" with various [read Democrat] administrations, politicians and allied special interest groups, but the possibility that the Times was bagged in this case is less than remote.
So what gives?
Michael Ledeen, over the weekend provided some much needed background information from the point of view of an insider.
1. Talks between the U.S. and Iran have been ongoing, "...do not know of any American president from Jimmy Carter to the present who did not secretly pursue a deal with Tehran. (I participated in such talks in the mid-1980s during the Reagan administration.)"
2. He also notes that the Times' piece stated that there was no evidence that Iran's "Supreme Leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had approved of any deal, assuming one was actually struck.
October 20, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As PipeLineNews.org predicted on the 15th [see, Is Team Obama Secretly Negotiating With Iran In Ploy To Influence Election? the Obama administration seems to have sprung some manner of Iranian October surprise on the eve of the third and final presidential debate on Monday evening, the subject of which will be foreign policy.
The Obama WH is on fire because of it being caught lying about Benghazi
That this "story," is intended to influence the election is obvious; determining where exactly Team Obama is going on this is less than clear, the permutations are endless.
Some speculation later, first the claims:
Lead ppg: "The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran."
Now the Times' very obviously stated spin, attempting to make the case that this matter places the Romney camp in deep peril, "Moreover, the prospect of one-on-one negotiations could put Mr. Romney in an awkward spot, since he has opposed allowing Iran to enrich uranium to any level - a concession that experts say will probably figure in any deal on the nuclear program...The danger of opposing such a diplomatic initiative is that it could make him look as if he is willing to risk another American war in the Middle East without exhausting alternatives...“It would be unconscionable to go to war if we haven’t had such discussions,” said R. Nicholas Burns, who led negotiations with Iran as undersecretary of state in the George W. Bush administration..."
Nick Burns was also a member of President Clinton's dysfunctional national security team serving [1990-95] on his National Security Council. His entire CV is one of a leftie intellectual, a product of Wellesley [Hillary's alma-mater] and the Sorbonne. [source, Wiki, Nicholas Burns]. He now teaches at Harvard and is being trotted out as the pretend Bush era hawk who favors once again humiliating the U.S. in pointless negotiations with Iran over a topic - nuclear fuel enrichment which was the very cause of the most recent talks blowing up.
As a matter of fact on the last session of the failed phony diplomacy it Iran claimed an inalienable right to enrichment. In our Oct 15 piece this author wrote, "Predictably the process ended in failure, breaking down after Iran publicly humiliated the U.S. team, chastising the P5+1 proposal as unrealistic and insisting that the country would always consider its program of enrichment to be an "inalienable right," hence the major point of contention would never be negotiable.]"
These weren't random musings, there is considerable chatter bouncing about regarding desperate measures which this failed administration might take in order to influence the November 6 presidential election.
As things stand today, the debates have finally focused the public's attention on Team Obama's woeful record, economically as well as in the area of national security/foreign policy.
To many this is coming as a rather unpleasant full immersion in the truth, that Mr. Obama is a hard left [we believe neo-Marxist] fraud in an expensive suit - a suit which by the way was paid for by you and me.
Today's Gallup Poll reflects a growing lead by challenger Mitt Romney, an almost astounding 7 point one, far beyond the realm of statistical anomaly. This is not to say that the elections is over, it's far from that.
Worse yet, the third and last debate will take place this Monday, October 22 and it will be devoted to foreign policy, the absolute weakest card in Obama's already abysmal hand.
Indisputable evidence is piling up that the decision to pull security from our embassy in Benghazi, Libya was made by him, not some junior flunky in the bowels of the Dept. of State.
We hear rumblings that there are diplomatic cables suggesting that Secretary Clinton's multiple requests for increased security at Benghazi were vetoed from above and in the administration's organizational chart, Hillary reports to the president.
October 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLinenews.org - CNN’s Al-Qaeda specialist Peter Bergen, author of four interesting books, paid a visit to the Netherlands in September. He was there to give a book presentation on the Dutch translation of his latest book “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Osama bin Laden.” He also gave an interview to the liberal Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad claiming that Al-Qaeda does not pose a threat any longer. Those times are over, he said.
Bergen is echoing Jason Burke (The Guardian) and Adam Curtis (BBC), two liberal British journalists. In August 2005, shortly after the terrorist attacks in London, Curtis claimed that “we dreamed up Al-Qaeda,” we are fighting “a phantom enemy”, and must “avoid a witch hunt against the whole Islamist movement.” This is sheer nonsense, to put it mildly. One month later, Jason Burke said in an interview to NRC Handelsblad that Al-Qaeda leaders are just bluffing when they claim Al-Qaeda was behind the attacks in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005. “The attacks in Madrid were very different from previous strikes by Al Qaeda or militants acting in their style,” he wrote in a 2004 book. This is not true. Attacking multiple targets almost simultaneously is very much in line with Al-Qaeda tactics. This is what happened on 9/11, in Bali (2002), Casablanca (2003), Madrid (2004) and London (2005).
Western intelligence services and intelligence experts now believe that the attacks in Madrid and London were not simply a matter of “home grown terrorism” alone. They were very much linked to Al-Qaeda, or as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair puts it: “It was obviously part of the Al-Qaeda network.” Two members of the terrorist cell in London, Mohammed Siddique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer received terrorist training in Al-Qaeda/Taliban camps in Pakistan where the attacks were also planned. Both Khan and Tanweer were British citizens of Pakistani origin.
Why are U.S. drones targeting terrorists linked to Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan’s tribal areas if these people and their leaders would not pose a clear and present danger to Western security any longer? Are they targeting “a phantom enemy”?
October 15, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Rapidly falling in public opinion polling after a disastrous first debate and now upon serious allegations of malfeasance and a cover-up in the Benghazi Embassy tragedy, rumors are floating about that Team Obama is working on the "mother" of all October/November surprises, one of unprecedented dimensions.
But first a bit of background, perspective for what follows:
As summer approached, the Obama administration found itself being sandbagged by the Iranians - again - pursuing pointless multilateral "negotiations," partnering with Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia [with the U.S., called the P5+1] in a vain effort to halt the country's well advanced nuclear weapons program.
Of note, China and Russia have been particularly unhelpful in reining in the Iranians, blocking key UN votes and dealing directly with them in providing missile and nuclear technology as well as engineering support. It's difficult to imagine what positive contribution these two rogue powers would make to such an effort.
Predictably the process ended in failure, breaking down after Iran publicly humiliated the U.S. team, chastising the P5+1 proposal as unrealistic and insisting that the country would always consider its program of enrichment to be an "inalienable right," hence the major point of contention would never be negotiable.
Sitting across a table and exchanging diplomatic pabulum has never proven to be an effective formula for even slowing down Grand Ayatollah, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei's fanatical pursuit of an Iranian bomb. The country's leadership has on numerous occasions promised to destroy the state of Israel, while threatening its other "enemies" including the "Great Satan," the United States. The only weapon capable of backing up such a threat would be a nuclear arsenal.
October 11, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Props to Steven Emerson at the Investigative Project on Terrorism for catching this.
The English online version of the Arabic news source Al-Ahram has just broken a story of considerable consequence.
Today Mohammed Badie - the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood - the terrorist organization in which current Egyptian president Morsi remains a high level functionary, called for a holy war [jihad] to "liberate," Jerusalem, Israel's capital. Badie claimed that Jerusalem was "Islamic" - a central and unifying theme held by all of the major terrorist organizations as well as Iran's mullocracy.
In Al-Ahram's translation from the Arabic, "Jerusalem is Islamic ... and nobody is entitled to make concessions. The jihad for the recovery of Jerusalem is a duty for all Muslims [and] will not be done through negotiations or at the United Nations."
Badie's proclamation is an unabashed call to wage Islamic jihad against the Jews. As such it is highly provocative and the clearest sign yet that under the Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi, Egypt has moved into the Iranian camp.
Historically, the Islamic claim to Jerusalem is so without merit it's ludicrous.
October 11, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Yesterday the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Darell Issa [R-CA] conducted extensive public hearings regarding the national security disaster which befell the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
The take away from this session is that there was little regard given to securing the embassy compound against a terrorist attack on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
Four witnesses were called to testify under oath.
Ms. Charlene R. Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State
Mr. Eric Nordstrom, Regional Security Officer, U.S. Department of State
Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, Utah National Guard , U.S. Army
Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State
There is one common thread which connects the testimony of these individuals, three of which are high ranking State Dept. officials.
All four of them testified that security at Benghazi was almost nonexistent, in the face of a constant threat posed by the political instability in Libya, post the overthrow and subsequent death of Muammar Gaddafi, the country's long-time dictator.
Regarding constant threats, the Heritage Foundation Foundry Blog assembled a revealing time-line demonstrating that before the September 11 deadly attack there were at least 12 serious security incidents relating to the embassy.
October 10, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Sunday evening downtown Oakland, CA - the area around City Hall especially - was ransacked by the Occupy Wall Street Movement. They did this in "celebration" of the first anniversary of the creation of their neo-Marxist/anarchist organization - the same one that most DC Dems including the president championed.
While local media attempted to create the impression that these folks were simply registering their dissatisfaction with the "excesses" of Wall Street and were essentially peaceful - "just like you and me" - we knew the truth because we took the time to visit with these people in their ramshackle encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Five minutes at the scene was all it really took though.
While there, we conversed with probably a half dozen local reporters, both print and electronic - over the several hours we spent among this human debris.
They saw exactly what we saw. But somehow the truth ended up on the killing floor of the editing department or checked at the desk of local newspaper editors who were anxious to report their canned narrative, hopeful that this movement represented a welcome [from their point of view] challenge to the Tea Partiers, which the MSM loathes.
I remember gathering literature, revolutionary newspapers and the like and showing it to some of the above referenced reporters. The result was the thousand yard stare, they knew what they were going to report and were not about to be dissuaded by pamphlets depicting the "freedom fighters" bashing in police and businessmen's skulls with lead pipes. [Note: many more images at the "taste the madness" piece, linked above]
October 10, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This video, prepared by the Heritage Foundation is a thorough indictment of Team Obama's malfeasance in the conduct of foreign policy. Moreover, it proves that the administration has been lying about the tragic Septermer 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
October 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a Sunday interview with the Africa Standard, Somalia's embattled president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud expressed his country's gratitude for the recent actions taken by Kenyan and allied African forces, wresting the important port city of Kismayu from the terror organization al-Shabaab.
“The Somalia government is truly grateful to Kenya for the contribution it has made to peace and stability in Somalia since 1991...The KDF soldiers shed their blood in helping us liberate Somalia and we will never forget that...”
The al-Qaeda linked group had taken refuge in Kismayu after it had been likewise been driven out of nearby towns. Kismayu's fall represents a huge strategic defeat for East African Islamism and shows that indigenous African troops are capable and willing to confront the jihad.
As we noted in an October 4 piece, Kenya Attacks Last Major Al-Shabaab Stronghold In Somalia, "The audacious beach landing in Kismayo, Somalia by Kenyan forces seemed likely to seriously hamper, if not end the major jihadistic thrust posed by al-Shabaab [an East African al-Qaeda franchise]... These developments are indeed good news for anti-jihadists in Eastern Africa since al-Qaeda has unfortunately been resurgent in the North, specifically Libya. The most recent evidence of this is of course the deadly attack on the American Embassy there, killing 4 including Ambassador Chris Stevens..."
October 4, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a pre-dawn amphibious raid conducted on September 27, the Kenyan army overran what is believed to be the last major stronghold of al-Shabaab in Somalia.
The audacious beach landing in Kismayo, Somalia by Kenyan forces seemed likely to seriously hamper, if not end the major jihadistic thrust posed by al-Shabaab [an East African al-Qaeda franchise].
Those familiar with the matter speculate that the organization might well be forced underground and thus engage in the bomb-and-run tactics so common to al-Shabaab's parent organization, al-Qaeda.
"The assault is likely to send al-Shabab fighters underground. Hardcore fighters may unleash suicide bombs and ambushes...The assault rocks al-Shabab onto its heels and comes as the government is finally getting organized [having] Last month...endorsed a new provisional constitution that expands rights for Somalis. Speaking on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi called the entry of Kenyan forces into the Somali port “a significant victory...a major blow to them and we think it’s positive for the region and for Somalia."
September 27, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In 2008 we put the below video together to show what Barack Obama was all about, how his world view was formed and where he learned the divisive techniques he has subsequently employed to build the large repressive state apparatus he now commands.
Unfortunately everything we predicted has come to pass, we now have our first neo-Marxist [possibly stealth Muslim] president, bent on turning the United States into a collectivist state.
Our early assessment has proven entirely correct.
In his run for reelection, the entire media with very few exceptions, has become an extension of the Obama press office.
There is nothing the hard left will hesitate to do in order to keep their Maximum Leader in power.
Traditionalists, conservatives and, in tune independents, in America must not take the bait, that the election is already over. The actual truth is that Mitt Romney has a substantial chance to defeat Obama by a comfortable margin.
The media is intentionally creating lies and then publishing/broadcasting them. It has cobbled together a series of ridiculously biased phony polls which are then pushed hard by the MSM, as if true, to suppress your vote.
Note: For complete article, please take the headline hyperlink.
September 25, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Though the event is limited to a single high school in Nairobi, Kenya, Mombasa's Muslims have reacted to the banning of hijab in the neighboring city with anger.
In a dispatch from the All Africa news website, the banning took place as a result of a judicial ruling in Nairobi which found that Kenya High School's [a girls only institution with an enrollment of 800] argument, that allowing certain girls to distinguish themselves by wearing the religious head garment would disrupt the high school's desire to promote a sense of equality through similarity in dress overweighed the claimed religious concerns of the Muslim litigants.
Hijab is worn in vary degrees by women within the Muslim world. It is generally not considered a requirement under Shari'a and has most widely been adopted by Muslims of Arabic origin.
In the Islamic countries which repress women the most, for example Iran and Saudi Arabia, religious headgear is mandatory to the point that hijab is considered insufficient and instead require the wearing of the full body covering, the burqa.
Since Iranians are not Arabs this is an exception to the ethnic linkage to the manner in which religious head gear laws are observed.
The overwhelming majority of Kenya's population are tribal, either Bantu or Nilotes [believed to have originally immigrated from Egypt's Nile Valley]. Arabs comprise less than one 1% of the ethnic mix.
The city of Mombasa, a primarily Christian city in a Christian country, has over the last month seen a campaign of Muslim against Christian violence.
As we noted in a September 7 piece Mombasa Kenya New Flashpoint For Muslim Aggression, the Kenyan city of Mombasa, the country's largest, has been hit by a wave of religious violence recently. The pretext being used to fuel the aggression was the government's assassination of a major al-Shabaab terrorist, Aboud Rogo. Rogo has a long jihadist history.
So far most of the attacks have targeted Christian churches:
"...At least five churches, including the Salvation Army one in the poor Muslim district of Majengo, were attacked during heavy rioting, local religious leaders say. Other churches have been attacked with grenades in separate incidents over the past year..."
We see the controversy at Kenya High School as part of a larger Islamist move in East Africa, with Somalia's terrorist al-Shabaab as the primary instigator.
Of course without fresh recruits, terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab would not be able to continue to wage the jihad at this level.
With this in mind the group has over the last 5-7 years been conducting da'wa operations in areas of the United States that are heavily populated by Muslims, many of whom originally came this country to escape the endless cycle of jihadistic warfare in Africa.
September 20, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - We have discussed at length the series of actions [and the lack of action where required] taken by this administration which are the cause of the conflagration now engulfing the Middle East. Yes you are reading that correctly; Barack Obama has brought this crisis about by his own hand.
As a result the U.S. is facing a national security challenge which has no parallel at least this side of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
All eyes necessarily shift to Iran, whose hand the administration has made significantly stronger.
Some random speculation driven largely by two developments:
Item 1: U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, on ABC News, Sunday morning, "What happened this week in Cairo, in Benghazi and many other parts of the region was a result, a direct result, of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated, that the U.S. government had nothing to do with, which we have made clear is reprehensible and disgusting.”
A few days later the administration had to admit that it had not told the truth in the matter and that the Benghazi outrage was a planned terrorist attack probably attributable to al-Qaeda.
Irrespective of now being a proven liar, the incompetent Ms. Rice's statement is important because it reveals in an encapsulated form, the operative mindset of the Obama administration and the strategy behind its "Muslim reset."
Team Obama's ideological cant on dealing with the "Muslim world," endorses a conceptual framework whereby the heavy hand of an abusive and intimidating central government is used to enforce Shari'a compliance in order to avoid riling the ever so sensitive Muslims to the point of violence.
Rather than simply republishing the piece here, we are offering the following as a tease. The entire piece may be accessed at Mr. Bostom's web presence, Andrew Bostom.
"As Americans solemnly commemorated the 11th anniversary of the cataclysmic acts of jihad terrorism on September 11, 2001, jihadists in Egypt and Libya were besieging our embassies in these Muslim countries, eventually murdering US Libyan ambassador Christopher Stevens, and three other US embassy officials. By Friday September 14, 2012, violent masses of Muslims were rioting in Israel, Gaza, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Iran, Kashmir, and beyond, using a very questionable American film which purportedly insulted Islam’s prophet Muhammad, as an alleged pretext.
McCarthy’s remarkably compendious analyses make plain that these dangerous phenomena illustrate, graphically, the corrosive impact of the delusive misconceptions about Islam promoted by US policymakers.
This profound bipartisan US failure of imagination—and resultant failed policies—abetted the Orwellian-named “Arab Spring” uprisings for “democracy,” in reality a mass, popular Muslim movement rooted in Islam’s timeless jihad imperative to impose its totalitarian quintessence, the Sharia, or “Islamic law.”
September 17, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Muslims, even those who were born outside of the United States, have an uncanny grip on what makes American politics tick. Despite the barbarous proscriptions of their faith, they have figured out and embraced the concept that America really works through coalitions. Time and time again they tell their followers during tactical workshops at conventions and forums that Muslims must find a partner(s) and focus on an issue of interest to both parties.
None of Lenin's infantile leftism and self-segregation for them. Muslims can even unite with Christian fundamentalists if, say, there are plans in a community to build an adult book store near a school.
This past Sunday at the Islamic Center of Southern California, the Center and the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC, please refer to our June 11 expose, The Muslim Public Affairs Council , "Bullying" and Creeping Shari'a] jointly sponsored a program to commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9/11. Ostensibly the event was held to thank the Japanese American community for its rapid response to the Muslim community in the aftermath of 9/11. Then they offered solidarity and support and, in one case, the use of a Buddhist temple for Muslims in the event they needed sanctuary. Memories of internment camps danced in their heads as they vowed to stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims to insure that Muslims would not suffer the same fate.
Looking back it is hard to see how Muslims could have succeeded in playing the victim card, but they did and continue to. I suspect that groups like MPAC reached out to the Japanese community first long before 9/11 to help establish themselves as a bona fide American organization by establishing links to groups in the community.
September 12, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Indicative of the indignation being voiced by American citizens over the events which have transpired over the last 24 hrs in the Middle East, today, Congressman Allen West (R-FL) issued a presser expressing outrage over the Obama administration's appeasement of Islamism, which has now resulted in the murder of the United States' Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens and other at the hands of a fanatical Muslim mob.
“Less than 24 hours after our nation remembered the heinous attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans find their sovereign soil attacked again as more American lives are lost at the hands of intolerant, barbaric, radical Muslims.
United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and several embassy staff were murdered late yesterday when suspected religious extremists stormed the United States Consulate in Benghazi. This morning, my condolences and prayers go out to the families of the victims.
Americans need to question whether the deaths of these innocent patriots could have been avoided. The Obama Administration touted the Arab Spring as an awakening of freedom, which we now see is a nightmare of Islamism.
Even more concerning, is the initial response to these attacks last night from the embassy officials of the Obama Administration was to apologize for a Facebook video that supposedly hurt Muslim feelings. President Obama's policy of appeasement towards the Islamic world has manifested itself into a specter of unconscionable hatred.
How anyone can believe this President is strong on national security and foreign policy is beyond my comprehension. President Obama has clearly surpassed former President Jimmy Carter and his actions during the Iranian Embassy crisis as the weakest and most ineffective person to ever occupy the White House."
We could hardly agree more with the Congressman.
President Obama is entirely responsible for the foreign policy disaster which has engulfed the Middle East and this is arguably the most serious breach of U.S. national security interests since the events which led up to the Korean War.
[Editor's note given the unfolding tragedy taking place in the Middle East, we though it might be instructive to republish this now 5 year old piece, which demonstrates that Mitt Romney, then in a stage of exploring a run for the presidency in 2008, delivered a veritable broadside against the dangers posed by Islamism and its attendant Islamic jihad [likening it to the threat posed by the Soviet Union, during the Cold War]. We ask our readers to contrast this forceful unapologetic policy statement with the weasel words not coming out of the Obama WH and his befuddled Secretary of State, certainly the the worst in that position since at least Warren Christopher
January 24, 2007 [Republished September 8, 2012] - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On January 23, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney delivered a major address on the subject of terrorism to the Seventh Annual Herzliya Conference as it convened in Israel.
His speech to the assembly comprised of both American and Israeli politicians as well as security professionals was noteworthy because it was the first time that he had formally and directly addressed the war on terror since the announcement of the formation of an exploratory presidential campaign committee.
Romney's presentation demonstrated an acute grasp of the threat that Islamism presents to the West and how that challenge has fundamentally changed our security paradigm:
"Unfortunately, many in our world have not caught up with the new strategic paradigm which we as a world face. In that old view, the Arab-Israeli conflict was thought of as an intractable regional conflict. One that drags on?that should be resolved?but is not part of a global threat to the world order.
9/11 changed that. Or it should have. Contrary to the Baker-Hamilton Commission, resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict will not magically mollify the jihadists.
What we should have realized since 9/11 is that what the world regarded as an Israeli-Arab conflict over borders represented something much larger. It was the oldest, most active front of the radical Islamist jihad against the entire world. It was not really about borders. It was about the refusal of many parts of the Muslim world to accept Israel's right to exist - within any borders."
Remarking that the magnitude of this sea-change has not yet been internalized by all, the Governor observed:
"I think it is critical that we understand that as far as our enemies are concerned, there is just one conflict. And in this single conflict, the goal of destroying Israel is simply a weigh station toward the real goal of subjugating the entire world. Jihadism - violent, radical fundamentalism - has emerged as this century's nightmare It follows the same dark path as last century's nightmares: fascism and Soviet-styled communism. "
September 11, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The U.S. embassy in Cairo has been attacked by a mob of enraged Islamists who breached the defensive perimeters of the compound, tore down the American flag and replaced it with a black flag adorned with triumphalist Islamic slogans.
What has the reaction to this outrage been by Team Obama?
Why, respond in pure dhimmi mode, pandering to Egypt's burgeoning jihadist revival, which now is of course led by President Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, who is scheduled to visit the WH in a few weeks.
So we find that today of all days, on the 11th anniversary of the Islamist attack on the United States which claimed 3,000 lives, the Obama administration, via its Egyptian ambassador, actually issuing an attack on the free speech rights of American citizens.
In a de-facto manner this administration is acting as a domestic enforcer of Shari'a, Islamic law.
It is as if Obama has designated himself America's Grand Mufti.
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
We find this action to be completely beyond the pale.
Whomever is responsible for blaming United States' citizens for actions taken half-a-world away by Islamic fanatics in Cairo should immediately be relieved of duty and booted from the administration. That should start with the simpering current ambassador, Anne W. Patterson who deserves to be sacked immediately.
This is the most dangerous kind of appeasement. It's slap in the face of every American on the day of this tragic anniversary.
One question remains, are you ready for four more years of this?
September 11, 20122 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Once, the Socialist Party (SP) in Holland, founded in 1972, was openly sympathizing with Maoist China and the brutal former Soviet dictator Stalin. They were still distributing Mao’s and Stalin’s works five years later, in 1977, that is. They broke with China after the Soviet-Chinese rift deepened and the Chinese leadership openly called on Maoist political parties to support the Western alliance of NATO. There are still some remnants of the SP’s Maoist past, for example, the typical Maoist star inside the party symbol (a red tomato). They are also very pro-Palestinian. What is worrying, however, is the fact that the Socialist Party is doing fairly well in the polls, though no longer so well as they did a few weeks ago. They now insist on joining a new coalition government after the parliamentary elections of September 12, 2012.
Joël Voordewind and Kees van der Staaij, two Christian members of parliament in Holland, recently pointed out that there could be a pro-Palestinian majority in parliament after these elections. In the past two years those MP’s who wanted to condemn Israel failed to a reach majority vote on this issue. Especially the Green Leftist Party (GL) and the Socialist Party displayed fanatical opposition to Israel. They invariably introduced motions against Israel knowing that the parliamentary majority would reject them, Van der Staaij pointed out. Instead, parliament adopted a motion that called on the Dutch government to reconsider support for the Palestinian Authority (PA) when they (the PA) sow hatred and glorify violence. However, the government failed to carry out the motion, even though Van der Staaij pointed to a well documented report issued by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an institute that closely monitors anti-Semitic statements and articles in the Palestinian media or by PA clerics. For example, it was last January that PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein called for the killing of Jews quoting Islamic Hadith (tradition). He said, “Our war with the descendants of the apes and pigs (i.e., Jews) is a war of religion and faith.” “Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.”
“Hamas, Hamas, all the Jews to the gas!”
The SP and the Green Party rarely if ever criticize such anti-Semitic statements by prominent Palestinians. Instead, Harry van Bommel, the SP’s foreign policy expert, is a staunch defender of Palestinian causes and a fanatical opponent of NATO policies. He stands as candidate number 4 in the SP list of candidates for the 2012 elections. In addition to being a womanizer who has a reputation of harassing younger women, “Dirty Harry” is also Vice Chairman of the Dutch parliamentary foreign affairs committee. Indeed, a man whose influence on Dutch foreign policy should not be underestimated.
September 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As we noted yesterday in Mombasa Kenya New Flashpoint For Muslim Aggression the Kenyan city of Mombasa, the country's largest, has been hit by a wave of Muslim on Christian violence recently. The pretext being used to fuel the aggression was the government's assassination of a major al-Shabaab terrorist, Aboud Rogo. Rogo has a long jihadist history.
So far most of the attacks have targeted Christian churches:
"...At least five churches, including the Salvation Army one in the poor Muslim district of Majengo, were attacked during heavy rioting, local religious leaders say. Other churches have been attacked with grenades in separate incidents over the past year..."
The last 24 hrs have seen the undertow of violence escalate into major riots accompanied by looting. The Kenyan government is taking a stern approach and over 40 rioters have so far been arrested, though keeping on top of the latest developments is difficult given the paucity of media coverage of African news.
The tenor of these attacks has markedly changed as the level of mayhem is increasing with mob actions quickly morphing into more focused and coordinated attacks with a definite military flavor.
Military hardware, believed to have been provided by Somalia's al-Shabaab is starting to show up. Kenya has a sizable number of Somalis [making them a tenable fifth-column] within its borders and tensions between the two countries have been on the rise over the last year, with Kenya mounting cross-border attacks against suspected al-Shabaab strongholds. [Note, al-Shabaab is the Somali franchise of al-Qaeda]
September 7, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - MoveOn, a Soros funded organization and one of the primary tools of the neo-Marxist left, appears to be freaking out after president Obama's less than rousing acceptance speech last night at the DNC.
In an email just received Move On whined:
"...we are the change. President Obama won in 2008 because of people like us—including a million MoveOn volunteers—and he absolutely cannot win again without that kind of support...But if too many of us don't volunteer and sit this one out, we'll lose this election. That's why we're asking you to commit to helping out for even a couple of hours before Election Day...You'll be recruiting MoveOn members in swing states to join our new "Voters Rising" election program—which will get crucial swing state voters to the polls by partnering with the AFL-CIO to run the largest independent voter turnout program in America..."
We smell real fear here and MoveOn has every reason to be concerned. Obama's neo-Marxist experiment has blown up in his face, especially with the release to today's employment numbers which show that last month 400,000 people were so discouraged by the Obama economy that they left the labor force.
September 7, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Kenya, Africa is a largely Christian nation. According to the generally reliable CIA Factbook the country is 88% Christian, with 45% of the population Protestant, 33% Catholic, Muslim 10% and an additional 10% professing various indigenous religious beliefs.
Kenya is one of the continent's few economic success stories, Having gained its independence from Great Britain in 1963, its current GDP exceeds $70B.
In recent history Christians and Muslims tended to co-exist [with many instances of Christian charity extended to desperately poor Muslims] over the last year though this has changed for the worse.
"...A Kenyan Muslim cleric accused by Washington of supporting al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia was charged on Monday with inciting violent protests that rocked the port city of Mombasa last week. Abubaker Sharif allegedly urged protesters to burn down churches and kill police officers in Kenya's second-biggest city during riots that killed five people, including three police..."
On August 27 a radical imam, Aboud Rogo, was apparently assassinated by Kenyan government forces in an attempt to halt al-Qaeda influence which has been imported from Somalia.
September 4, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Three seemingly unrelated recent events are providing compelling evidence that president Obama's non-traditional view of America's rightful place in the world has led to the implementation of policies which in less than four years have greatly damaged U.S. national security.
So comprehensive has been the effect of Team Obama's approach to foreign policy that it may be very difficult to quickly change course, even assuming that he will no longer govern past January of 2013.
The primary reason is that the president has set in motion what is almost a self-fulfilling prophesy that has already become integrated into the political calculus of America's aggressive foreign adversaries.
From his public statements as president to his previous career as Alinsky influenced "community organizer," it's clear that Barack Obama has a deeply ingrained antipathy towards the United States and believes that America's dominant influence in world affairs was obtained in an illegitimate manner - due to the nation's rapacious imperialistic character.
This narrative plays into the essential core mantra emanating from our most vocal adversaries, jihadist Muslims, that Western society has failed and will eventually succumb to a "superior" Shari'a based ideology.
August 22, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Yesterday the Sacramento Bee carried a press release blasted out by the Council on American Islamic Relations - an American cultural jihadist organization, named in federal court proceedings as being associated with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
We have brought this practice to the Bee's attention previously and, well...they are just too busy to attend to the fact that they have been sucked into the electronic jihad via the newspaper's indiscriminate linking with PR Newswire, an excellent service in its own right.
Regarding the CAIR presser - oh, did we mention the fact that CAIR was also named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. v Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development?
Anyway the gist of CAIR's latest breathless announcement is that once again Killer Bacon has attacked an Islamic sacred place, this time desecrating a "prayer site" located at Staten Island's New Dorp Beach park.
Though the space, from its description anyway, appears to be located in a public area, supported therefore by the area's taxpayers it must have somehow been declared a "bacon free zone."
August 20, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Since the election of Barack Obama, there have been an untold number of books written regarding him, his presidency, Mr. Obama's background, his erstwhile Marxist, black-separatist spiritual advisor, the estimable Rev. Jeremiah Wright. These and other issues has been dealt with until the inevitable sensory overload kicked in.
Taken as a whole, the author's of these tomes represent the diversity of the American polity, with very few [Edward Klein's, "The Amateur," for example] having attempted to play it down the center, presenting a case as ideologically neutral as one can reasonably expect from a political reporter dealing with controversial subject matter.
Among these few "objective" works, Mr. Kurtz' book sets a standard of scholarship and fairness which remains unchallenged. If you wish to deconstruct the president, this is your wrecking ball.
Though published originally at the end of 2010, now, with the November 6 presidential election only a few months away it seems an appropriate time to examine this book in light of the current political climate and with another two years of Mr. Obama's policies in place.
Warning, Kurtz' book is not an easy read.
From the opening page onward the author's academic almost clinical approach is evident. In our view this only adds to its power. Kurtz's sense of fairness and avoidance of immoderate language itself is commendable. The author is neither a conservative attack dog nor is he a SorosBot regurgitating Media Matters' childish talking points.
Of course anyone familiar with Stanley Kurtz' impressive body of work, knows this soft spoken but forceful delivery is his style.
August 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Over the last week the proverbial "other shoe" has dropped in Egypt with the country's jihadist President, Mohammed Morsi, sacking the country's military leadership [led by now "retired" Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi] and replacing it with one headed by General el-Sissi, a known quantity
Until this action many viewed Tantawi as a kind of moderating power behind Morsi's throne.
We never fell for that malarkey, understanding that Morsi was calling shots from the get go, exerting considerable influence even before his election in a fraud filled plebiscite.
Morsi's uneasy partnership with the more hard line Salafists leaves him with no significant opposition, though the Salafists will push Morsi hard for a more rapid imposition of Shari'a. No one could stop him even if they so wished, and apparently outside of the Copts, few do.
The change came lightening quick, as is Morsi's style, instantly making DOD Chief Panetta appear foolish and naive in his fawning July 31 statement, "He is the president of all the Egyptian people and he is truly committed to implementing democratic reforms,” the secretary added. In his view, Panetta said, Mursi and Tantawi have a good relationship and are working together toward the same goal..." [source, DOD website, Panetta Says New Egyptian President Is His "Own Man" ]
Don't think so Mr. Panetta, he might be president of all the people but he is no more democratic than is Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez.
August 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, about which Federal court documents state is associated with Hamas ["The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," source The Investigative Project] along with its unholy alliance partner, the American Civil Liberties Union, the nations' most notorious leftist hired gun, recently lost a California case wherein these two entities attempted to make public, intelligence information gathered by the FBI during its surveillance of certain Orange County California mosques.
CAIR and the ACLU's stinging slap in the face delivered at the hands of .S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, was compounded by the fact that he simply threw the case out on the grounds that such sensitive intelligence information could not be disclosed without harming U.S. national security.
The West's Cultural Malaise and its Bearing on Resisting External Threat
By WILLIAM MAYER
16:00 - August 14, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Multiple Internet searches over a number of days reveal that no major news organization will go anywhere near what is one of, if not the, most important story in a very long time, announced last Wednesday at a DC PR event.
As of 07:30 August 12, exactly 63 pieces had been aggregated by Google News, with the major media's contribution nowhere in evidence, i.e. no filings by the usual suspects, CBS, MSNBC, CNN and the rest.
The story is toxic.
CSPAN however, to its credit, was there shooting video of the entire event.
The news to which the above refers was "broken" [shards of this story have been seriously floating about for months] at the National Press Club in DC.
Ok, enough teasing of the story...
On August 9, the highly respected former Federal Prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy headlined a major press event during which he presented a wealth of information regarding the influence/infiltration operations currently underway - undertaken by the Muslim Brotherhood [MB] - which have targeted Barack Obama's White House. This cultural jihad is being coordinated by the domestic representatives of the Brotherhood, many of whom were named as unindicted co-conspirators in U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the Fed's largest and most successful prosecution of domestic Hamas funding.
To be accurate the MB has been engaged in these efforts since well before Mr. Obama came to town, however the degree to which previous administrations were compromised was nil as compared to the welcoming arms of Team Obama; witness the administration's endorsement of the Muslim Brotherhood's ascension to power in Egypt and its choice of the most radical domestic MB front groups as partners.
12:00 - August, 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a joint press conference held today at Washington's National Press Club, Andrew C. McCarthy - the former Federal Prosecutor responsible for putting the spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers [Omar Abdel Rahman, the "Blind" Sheikh] behind bars for life - and Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy [which has prepared a powerful course on the Muslim Brotherhood, The Muslim Brotherhood in America presented an overwhelming case suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood, and its U.S. front groups, have long been engaged in influence peddling operations at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
Mr. McCarthy delivered the majority of the remarks, examining the many security questions surrounding Huma Abedin, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's long time aide and her current Deputy Chief of Staff.
Abedin's familial [and possible personal] links to the Muslim Brotherhood and its many affiliates, have been the topic of a furious debate since five Congressmen [Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) and Tom Rooney (R-FL)] sent a Congressional Letter of Inquiry to the State Department's Assistant Solicitor General, requesting a review of Ms. Abedin's potential national security conflicts of interest which might render her unsuitable to further serve within the Obama administration [see William Mayer, Congress Alarmed Over Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operation Within the Administration June 19, 2012.
09:43 - August 7, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On July 19, Dutch press photographer Jeroen Oerlemans and his British colleague John Cantlie were taken hostage in Northwestern Syria by a group of twenty bearded jihadists, possibly from Al-Qaeda. Their Syrian guide Dahram had (deliberately?) taken a wrong turn. He had smuggled them from Turkey into Syria. The same guide had successfully smuggled John into Syria a few months earlier. On that occasion he and John had turned left, but now the smuggler suddenly turned right leading them straight into a jihadist camp where the two photographers from Europe and their guide were immediately taken hostage.
“All of them were foreign jihadists,” Oerlemans told the Dutch press after he and Cantlie had been liberated by the so-called “Free Syrian Army.” “Some of them spoke English with a British accent as if they were from Birmingham. There were also a number of Africans, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Chechens.” Oerlemans said that among the Pakistanis was a 12-year-old boy who spoke English quite well. The ‘military’ use of children is common practice among violent Muslim jihadists and African warlords. One only wonders if the boy’s Pakistani parents are aware of what their 12-year-old offspring is doing in Al-Qaeda’s latest battleground – Syria.
For that’s what those jihadists in Northwestern Syria claimed to be: holy warriors from Al-Qaeda.
14:23 - August 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Any observer of politics could have seen this coming, especially given the recent revelation that Eric Holder/Team Obama's Fast and Furious program was intended to whip up public sentiment in support of abridging Second Amendment rights.
Infringing a citizen's rights to own firearms has been a staple of the left for over 100 years. Dictators and their wannabes are absolutely correct to fear an armed populace; such a people will not be dominated by the jack boot set without extracting an unacceptable toll on those bent on forced collectivization - a track this country is perilously approaching.
Examples of the gun grabbing mentality are myriad, consider the confiscatory tactics taken by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany as being among the most obvious examples of suppressing the private ownership of firearms.
The modern neo-Marxist left, the people from MoveOn, Daily Kos, People for the American Way, Media Matters, the Brady crowd and probably 75% of the Democrat party are of the same ilk
These folks are ultra hard leftists, in fact they are neo-Marxists as far as their intention of imposing their will on all of us via the almighty federal hand. These drones consider themselves smarter than you and as a result they want to be both mommy, daddy and if need be chief executioner [incidentally, they have much more in common with Marxism - specifically the labor theory of value and their own vague concept of historicism - than the simple desire for power but exploring those similarities is beyond the scope of this writing].
These people don't give a rat's ass about the Constitution or about rights endowed by a Creator, they find such notions a joke, though they often do have to pay them lip service, leftists never being able to tell the truth regarding their true ideology. Their entire political world revolves around the pursuit of control - yours and mine.
Though the event itself, like everything that ISNA undertakes is troubling, we would very briefly like to focus on two of the event's workshops: Session 6AL Political: Forming a More Perfect Union.
Panel includes Congressman Keith Ellison [D, 5th Dist. MI]
And... Session 11A: Honoring Human Dignity: Toward a Just Society
Panelists for 11A include, Congressman Andre Carson [D, 7th Dist. IN] and Feisal Abdul Rauf of Ground Zero Hamosque infamy. This gaggle is moderated by the decidedly immoderate: Ahmed Bedier, ex of the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR].
Actually, the speakers list reads like the cultural jihadists' "A" team.
08:00 - July 30, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - During testimony delivered before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Chaired by Peter King [R-NY], Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security, made the startling suggestion that the present administration could allow an untold number of members of Foreign Terrorist Organizations [FTOs] to travel to the United States upon the suspicion that their presence here might be "useful," under a set of guidelines which are ill defined.
There are currently 51 organizations designated as FTOs by the State Dept., one of which is Gama’a al-Islamiyya [the Islamic Group], currently #12 on the State Department's list and recognized as one of Egypt's most violent jihadist groups.
What brought this issue into public view at this moment is that a month ago a member of Gama’a al-Islamiyya, Hani Nour Eldin, was allowed to enter the country through the combined efforts of State and DHS..
It has become apparent that neither DHS nor State followed the standard protocol for vetting this type of individual and the appropriate members of Congress were not informed.
Considering his affiliation with an FTO, Eldin is in a de-facto sense a declared enemy of the United States, yet he was allowed to set foot on American soil and incredibly, granted an audience with "senior WH officials." Though Secret Service checked him out to their own satisfaction we doubt that was as thorough a search as was warranted. .
Eldin used his time with Obama's inner circle to plead for the release of terror kingpin Omar Abdel Rahman [the Blind Sheikh] who is now serving a life sentence [thank you Andy McCarthy] because of his role in numerous terror plots including one to blow up prominent New York landmarks. Rahman reportedly issued the fatwa which justified, under the Shari'a, the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993
July 25, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org -The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, demands the Department of Defense drop me as a lecturer at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy.
A Monday press release said CAIR sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requesting the dismissal of Reza Kahlili, my pseudonym, “who wrote on an Islamophobic hate site that he renounced Islam and began the quest to find the real God.”
It cited articles I wrote referring to Iranian agents who had coordinated operations out of American mosques and Islamic centers and warning that Iranian agents have infiltrated the United States through the “Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Student Association.”
“This is yet another unfortunate example of our nation’s military and counterterrorism personnel being trained by individuals who weaken America’s security by promoting their own religious and political agendas,” wrote CAIR national Executive Director Nihad Awad in his letter.
CAIR’s attack surprises me. In becoming a spy for the CIA while a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, I not only risked my life but those of my loved ones to protect the security of America and the free world and raise awareness of the brutality Iranians suffer under a regime that has no mercy, even for women and children.
As an American citizen, I have the right to convert to whatever religion I wish. I converted to Christianity, finding love and the true God. How is that Islamophobia? Or does CAIR support laws such as those in Iran where converts can be imprisoned or executed for renouncing Islam and finding Christ? Should I be persecuted in the United States because I am now a Christian?
Preamble: The family, as an institution, is under attack by the left. It is a coordinated effort to destroy the key social structure holding society together. These ideologues understand that they can't succeed politically, i.e., are unable to fully implement its plan of a top down autocratic command economy, unless they markedly weaken the current culture or reduce it to rubble first. This is a central element in their strategic thinking. They also realize that this process can be greatly aided by linguistic manipulation, in this case expanding the meaning of "family," to the point where it becomes so vague that the word no longer has any meaning.
The historical record, as far as it exists, indicates that the family as a basic organizational unit - variously configured - was the central mechanism whereby humans became civilized. The family unit knows no boundaries, it is entirely cross cultural and was seen in every human society, from prehistoric times to the present - it's a constant. The family unit was always geared towards procreation, hence it is inherently a relationship between males and females, though the exact composition can and did vary according to sometimes very complex kinship rules.
There is a voluminous body of evidence to support this contention, developed primarily by cultural anthropologists. [see, George Peter Murdock, Social structure New York: Macmillan. 1949, "The family is a social group characterized by common residence, economic cooperation, and reproduction. It includes adults of both sexes, at least two of whom maintain a socially approved sexual relationship, and one or more children, own or adopted, of the sexually cohabiting adults.", [additionally, please refer to, Pierre van den Berg, The Human Family Systems, an Evolutionary View, 1979, Elsevier.
July 24, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Leftist attempts at re-engineering the entire concept of the traditional family is in the news again and under continued assault from Sacramento Democrats. The state's newspapers are littered with tactically placed articles extolling the virtues of "non-traditional," families, representing them as being normatively equivalent to male/female parentage.
One example of legislative efforts along these lines comes from California State Senator Mark Leno’s [D-SF] AB 1476 - dealing very broadly [and with intended vagueness in certain critical areas] with parentage. If this bill gets signed by the Governor, not only will California's children have the opportunity to have two mommies or two daddies, they could have three “natural” mommies or 4 natural daddies. They could end up with a whole slew of half brothers and sisters and quadrupled numbers of grandparents - a veritable forest of expanding family trees.
09:30 - July 23, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a long winded presser issued by Senator John McCain [R-AZ], in part delivered as part of a floor speech, the Senior Senator from Arizona delivered a blustery attack on Representatives Michelle Bachmann, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland, all signatories to a letter of inquiry made to the State Department's Deputy Inspector General, Ambassador Harold W. Geisel.
The letter expressed concern over the apparently successful influence peddling efforts being run by American members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its domestic affiliates.
"...activities that appear to be a result of influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood...it has been established in federal court that the Muslim Brotherhood's mission in the United States is "destroying the Western civilization from within" a practice the Muslim Brotherhood call "civilization jihad..." [source, Geisel Inquiry]
Specifically named in the request is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's long-time [circa 1996, when she was a Clinton WH intern] aide, Huma Abedin.
...according to "The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within," a product of the Center for Security Policy, the [State] Department's Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members - her late father, her mother and her brother - connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy making...
The document goes on to note that under Mrs. Clinton's watch, often as a result of the Secretary's personal direction, numerous actions have been taken which were, "enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood..."
July 18, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Senator John McCain [R-AZ] today took to the floor of the U.S. Senate where he delivered an intemperate attack on efforts by members of Congress to investigate the possibility that this White House along with its Department of State have been penetrated by Muslim Brotherhood operatives.
Specifically Mr. McCain spoke in defense of long-time aid to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, against whom have been lodged serious allegations regarding troubling ties maintained by some of her relatives to foreign Islamist organizations.
As we wrote in a June 19 dispatch:
"On June 13, five U.S. Congressmen, Michele Bachmann [R, MN], Trent Franks [R, AZ], Louie Gohmert [R, TX], Thomas Rooney [R, FL] and Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA] sent an open letter to U.S. Deputy Inspector General, Ambassador Harold J. Geisel, expressing alarm over the administration's lack of judgment when dealing with Islamist entities, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood..." [source Congress Alarmed Over Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operation Within the Administration
"...the [State] Department's Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members - her late father, her mother and her brother - connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations..."
At this point we are unable to judge the veracity of these charges, but they certainly are a serious enough matter to demand a thorough investigation. There is at the very least, the appearance of great potential impropriety here.
July 18, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Props to Steven Emerson, a highly respected terrorism authority and proprietor of The Investigative Project, wherefrom he details a curious event involving Hamas linked and convicted felons, Bayan and Basman Elashi who were, in a very hush-hush manner recently deported, allegedly making a brief stop in Cairo, Egypt then moving on to Gaza - Hamas Central - where they were welcomed by their long-time partners in terror.
"The Investigative Project on Terrorism...confirmed that the men deported last week are Bayan and Basman Elashi...convicted felons tied to a terror-financing network based out of Dallas....another brother, Ghassan Elashi, was a founder and chairman of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), an American fundraising arm for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. The Elashi brothers also worked for Infocom, a webhosting company in Richardson Tex. Prosecutors say the company received $250,000 from Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook, who was indicted in the case...Bayan Elashi was Infocom's chief executive officer. Basman was its logistics and credit manager. In 2004, each was convicted of money laundering, export violations to Libya and Syria involving computer shipments and making false statements to federal officials. In a separate trial a year later, Bayan Elashi was convicted on 10 counts of dealing in the property of a Specially Designated Terrorist for transactions with Marzook, while Basman was convicted on one count... Bayan Elashi was sentenced to 84 months in prison, while Bayan was sentenced to 80 months..." [source, Exclusive: ADC's Misleading Sob Story on Elashi Brothers
Taking up the hue and cry here in the U.S. is one of the usual suspects, the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee [ADC] which is attempting to cast this event in a typical Islamist light, the stereotypical portrayal of an "Islamophobic" America, with the poor Elashi brothers, simply "stateless individuals," being the aggrieved party.
"...The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) expresses great concern and extreme disappointment over a decision made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deport two Palestinian nationals whom are deemed stateless. The brothers, originally from Gaza, were taken by ICE and the U.S. Air Marshalls from their children in Texas and sent to Egypt. The brothers do not have permission to stay in Egypt. Further, due to the blockade of Gaza and Israeli polices they cannot enter Palestine. The brothers are currently detained at the airport in Cairo, and appear likely to l be detained indefinitely..." [source, ADC Expresses Extreme Disappointment over DHS Decision to Deport Stateless Palestinians]
Despite ADC's claims, the Elashis were apparently welcomed into Gaza this past Saturday. Additionally, nowhere in this presser, as observes Mr. Emerson, is the real story surrounding the Elashis revealed. For all we would know from the statement these two gentlemen were just strolling down the avenue on their way to help out at the local Jewish home for the aged when the Feds spotted them, quickly identified them as Muslims and then in an extra-constitutional action, gave them an all-expenses-paid, one-way ticket to the Middle East, courtesy of Uncle Sam.
July 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, travelled to Cairo this weekend to personally consult with Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's president elect.
Her presence there was an act of supplication and a not so veiled endorsement of a future Egypt solely guided by the shari'a.
The Secretary's manner seemed on of resignation as she sat across from Morsi, a high ranking member of the Muslim Brotherhood's leadership who in his spare time, just happens to be Egypt's political leader. Comfortably presiding over court for his guest, Morsi looked every bit as contented as the proverbial cat who just ate the canary.
Below from State's official announcement:
"This is, of course, a time marked by many historic firsts, and it is very clear that Egyptians are in the midst of complex negotiations about the transition, from the composition of your parliament to the writing of a new constitution to the powers of the president. Only Egyptians can answer these questions, but I have come to Cairo to reaffirm the strong support of the United States for the Egyptian people and for your democratic transition." [source, U.S. State Dept. document, http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/travel_diary_egypt]
The conditions under which Mr. Morsi assumed control of the country were more than suspect. There were widespread and credible allegations of widespread fraud including vote buying. outright coercion and violence on the part of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood which is now undoubtedly Egypt's most potent political force [Note: though doctrinal issues separate them from the Salafists, there is broad practical agreement between the two regarding the need to fully institutionalize shari'a, hence they are aligned on the age old undertanding that, "the enemy of my enemy, is my ally," thus Morsi's true political heft might be far greater than it seems].
July 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Israel’s security and stability is seriously threatened by an ever increasing influx of African and Muslim illegal immigrants in the past seven years. These immigrants crossed the country’s vulnerable and porous southern border, often with the help of local Bedouin tribes in the increasingly lawless Sinai. In 2010 alone, some 13,500 illegal immigrants entered Israel. In the first three months of 2012, the illegal border crossings by Africans amounted to 5,500. There are now over 60,000 African illegal immigrants in Israel. “If we don’t stop their entry, the problem that currently stands at 60,000 could grow to 600,000, and that threatens our existence as a Jewish and democratic state,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned last May.
Mr. Netanyahu is not exaggerating and illegal immigration is not just an Israeli problem. Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants enter the United States every year, either by crossing the porous northern border with Canada or via Mexico. “The real aim of border enforcement is to deter illegal acts,” Edward Alden and Brian Roberts write in Foreign Affairs. “Effective enforcement is impossible if lawbreaking is the norm.” “In the last decade, 90-98 percent of the Mexican nationals who tried to enter the United States illegally were ultimately successful.” In addition to poor Mexican immigrants, there is a growing number of illegal immigrants from Africa and the Muslim world who manage to enter the United States – and not so few of them have ties with criminal or terrorist networks.
The experience with African and Muslim illegal immigrants and asylum seekers in Europe has shown that it is virtually impossible to deport them to their home countries. They settle in Europe’s big cities where they often pose a serious problem to law enforcement. In Belgium, for example, the bulk of the prison population consists of non-Western immigrants. There are over 600 very heavy criminals with a Moroccan background in those prisons.
Likewise, Nigerian and West African criminal networks are now being regarded as posing a substantial threat in Britain, Holland and Italy. “Nigerian organized crime in the UK covers a wide spectrum of illegal activities, including drug trafficking, money laundering, people trafficking and immigration fraud,” writes Mary Alice Young in Jane’s Intelligence Review, the leading British monthly on crime, immigration and terrorism. “The impact that Nigerian organized crime has on the UK is noticeable to law enforcement bodies, not just because of the range of illegal activities perpetrated, but also owing to the level of wealth they can generate.”
Nigerian organized crime also operates from Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. According to the findings of the Dutch police, these Nigerians cooperate with Latin American and African drug criminals and are making huge additional profits from fraud, prostitution and marriage scams.
Last May, a migrant trafficker was arrested in Amsterdam. It turned out that this man alone was responsible for organizing at least 32 sham or fake marriages between East European women and West African males.
Raping and assaulting women in Israel
African immigrants in Israel have been associated with gang rapes and violent assaults. On April 25, 2012, two African males raped a 15-year old girl and one month later, on May 15, several African immigrants sexually assaulted a woman. Both rape incidents occurred in southern Tel Aviv where many of these immigrants are concentrated. There was a demonstration to protest against the rapes. Carmela Rosner, one of the demonstrators, has lived in the neighborhood for 27 years, Haaretz reported. She “held a sign that read: ‘They rape girls and elderly women, murder, steal, stab, burglarize. We’re afraid to leave home.’ She complained that longtime residents have become a minority in the neighborhood while the Sudanese, she said, are now in the majority.”
Rape, polygamy, promiscuity and wife beating is quite common in a lot of African countries. Post-Apartheid South Africa, Nigeria and Congo are the most notorious examples, but women are also often subjected to abuse or maltreatment in African countries with a substantial Muslim population. Prevalence of Aids and other sexually transmittable diseases (STBs) is very high in most African countries.
Immigration from Africa entails importing Africa’s widepread sexual habits and sexual diseases. According to an investigation conducted in Spain in 2006, about 25 percent of the 11,000 sub-Saharan African immigrants tested in the Canary Islands had a sexually transmittable disease or STB. It is not just STBs such as Aids which pose a serious danger. Illegal immigrants from Africa often contracted malaria, (drug-resistant) tuberculosis, scabies or so-called “neglected tropical diseases” (NTDs) in their home countries.
11:52 - July 12, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipelineNews.org - On Tuesday, president Obama was interviewed by Oscar Haza which was later broadcast on Spanish television station WJAN-41.
Remarkably, when the president was queried about the potential threat posed by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, Mr. Obama replied that he doesn't consider Chavez a "serious" threat, "...But overall my sense is that what Mr. Chavez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us." [source, Laura Matthews, Obama Says Chavez Posed No ‘Serious’ Security Threat, International Business Times, http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/361904/20120711/obama-chavez-national-security-threat-rubio-video.htm]
At this point in this presidency it's difficult to be blindsided by Mr. Obama's apparent lack of knowledge on the key threats facing the United States, of which Mr. Chavez via his alarmingly friendly relationships with Iran and its various proxy armies led by Hezbollah as well as with Syria, where Chavez is providing fuel to Assad's Bashar Hafez al-Assad are but two examples, still Mr. Obama's latest display of ignorance is shocking.
It's not as if Chavez' questionable relationships with hostile foreign powers are unknown. For example a July 9 piece published in the Wall Street Journal outlines how Mr. Chavez is aiding Iran by propping up the faltering Assad regime in Syria, supplying fuel to keep his war machine rolling.
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his state-oil company are providing vital energy support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and conducting business with Syrian firms blacklisted by Washington and Brussels, according to documents relating to the deals. That puts Venezuela alongside Russia and Iran in an informal bloc of nations working to stymie the West's efforts to topple Mr. Assad and break up his military alliance with Iran, U.S. officials and Syrian activists say..." [see, To Power Syria, Chávez Sends Diesel, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303292204577517041523762940.html]
14:42 - July 11, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Pandemonium seems to be the order of the day in Egypt, with the Muslim Brotherhood led executive branch now locked in a bitter power struggle with the country's highest judicial authority.
The latest development involves the country's high court overruling Mohammed Morsi's recently issued executive decree 11, which reinstated parliament after the same court three weeks ago ruled to have it dissolved, judging that the elective process had been fraudulent.
"Egypt's high court moved swiftly to block the Islamist-dominated Parliament only hours after the legislature's first meeting in weeks, turning a political row between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military into a constitutional crisis. The Supreme Constitutional Court suspended a decree issued on Sunday by Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's newly inaugurated president..." [source, Matt Bradley, Egypt's High Court Blocks Parliament, Wall Street Journal, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303567704577518332037249906.html]
18:49 - July 10, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] a Saudi funded1., Hamas associated2. front group, has succeeded in forcing the U.S. Navy to remove a target image featuring a woman terrorist brandishing a weapon from one of its gunnery ranges.
This action has been taken despite the image's relevance in military training given that women jihadists are frequently employed by by the likes of Hamas, al-Qaeda, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and numerous others in a variety of murderous activities including suicide bombing - as referenced in the lead image.
The Navy's senseless and cowardly concession has, rather than ending the dispute, emboldened the Islamists at CAIR.
About the controversy, Nihad Awad, CAIR's long-time National Executive Director said in a statement to US News:
Despite the Navy's mea culpa, CAIR - per its usual MO - has become even more unreasonable in its demands while the multiculturalists over at DOD quake in their boots. The subtext of Mr. Awad's statement calls for CAIR to sit as a star chamber, deciding what is and what is not permissible activity at the Department of Defense. Does he propose then, that in the event Israel should decide to level Iran's nuke facilities, that CAIR should have veto power over whether or not that effort is assisted by the U.S. military?
15:21 - PDT - July 4, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It hasn't taken the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi long to consolidate power as Egypt's new president. Sources close to the matter have revealed that he recently decided, without apparent authority to, "...implement a 15 percent social allowance increase for government employees and the 10 percent increase for civilian and military pensioners, which he raised to 15 percent the next day, without consulting the finance minister." [source, http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/morsy-didn-t-consult-finance-minister-over-raise-says-sourceMorsy didn't consult finance minister over raise, says source, A Al-Masry Al-Youm, as translated by the Egyptian Independent]
13:30 PDT - July 2, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A column appearing in today's Washington Times, written by the Center for Security Policy's Frank Gaffney, paints a gloomy picture of the direction which the Middle East, specifically Egypt, has taken as a direct result of President Obama's foreign policy.
"Today, the question for voters in the 2012 election to ponder might be posed as "Who lost Egypt?" To make matters worse, it is likely that the losses won't stop there.
Indeed, before it's over, we may well see nearly all the Middle East fall under the sway of the team President Obama has helped come to power in Cairo - the Muslim Brotherhood, to the grave detriment of the people most immediately affected, of Israel and of our interests, there and here." [source, Who 'Lost' Egypt?]
When Mr. Obama assumed office in 2009 he was given a relatively stable, but obviously troubled Middle East to deal with. However the president immediately started implementing a program which led to the Muslim Brotherhood seizing power in Egypt and rapidly destabilized the entire region.
The lead vehicle in this wholesale assault on previous policy [one of a bipartisan nature, extending well before the G.W. Bush administration] was Mr. Obama's still hard to comprehend Cairo speech, to which we referred in a January 25, 2010 piece The Wake Up Call that Never Comes What made this address even more inexplicable is that it was delivered at Al-Azhar University, thelocus of modern Sunni jihadism. Al-Azhar is a thousand year old institution dedicated to training orthodox Sunni imams and spreading Islam through da'wa and jihad in both of its modes, the "hard" violent form as well as the relatively "softer" technique of cultural subsumation. Given the way events are rapidly developing in the region Mr. Obama's inviting senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders to attend the event - thus providing the creators of Hamas with, the WH Seal of Approval - looms even more ominously.
"More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam. Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims."
It must be remembered that the Cairo speech was only part of a grander apologia - offered in a particularly supplicating manner - to atone for [what the president perceives to be] America's past history of oppressive actions."
Though Mr. Obama and his hidebound State Department are in complete denial, the "democracy," which his administration stoked starting with his enthusiastic support of the Tahrir Square demonstrations - and his scuttling of then sitting Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak - was directly responsible for the fraud laden election of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Morsi, a long-time senior member of the organization.
17:19 - PDT - June 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As reported by Egypt's, Al-Masry Al-Youm [the Independent], Wael Ghonim [who according to his book is "currently on sabbatical" from Google1.] today met with Egypt's president elect Mohammed Morsi. Morsi leads the political arm [Freedom and Justice Party, FJP] of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and has been a long time member of the MB's Guidance Office, which named him president of its party last year.
Insiders on the ground believe that Morsi's election came as a result of the MB's behind the scenes campaign of thuggery: voter suppression, intimidation and threats of violence, buying votes and other improprieties.
What should be of particular concern to the Western democracies is the leading role which Wael "Google" Ghonim played in the Egyptian revolution which he essentially managed through a Facebook page of his design. Now, despite his public persona as a freedom activist, he appears to have instant access to Morsi, to whom he apparently expressed the absurd notion that Morsi's aborning Islamist state should maintain a stance of, "transparency with the people in all decisions made by the government..." [source, http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/activists-meet-morsy-discuss-goals-revolution]
"In a June 24 letter addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Peter King [R-NY], Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, demanded an explanation from the Secretary regarding the granting of a visa to Hani Nour Eldin, an apparently self-admitted member of Gama' a al-Islamiyya [the Islamic Group] which is based in Egypt and has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization. [source, National Counter Terrorism Center, http://www.nctc.gov/site/other/fto.html] In the letter Mr. King said that Hani Nour Eldin had reportedly [see, Eli Lake, Member of Egyptian Terror Group Goes to Washington, The Daily Beast, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/21/member-of-egyptian-terror-group-goes-to-washington.html] declared his membership in the group on his Face book page:
...According to the Beast, Eldin's purpose in visiting the U.S. where he met with senior administration officials, was to lobby for the "transfer" of Omar Abdel Rahman [aka, the Blind Sheikh, who is Gama'a al Islamiyya's spiritual leader] from the federal prison in North Carolina where he is serving a life sentence after having been convicted in 1995 [prosecution spearheaded by Andrew McCarthy] for his role in a conspiracy to bomb New York landmarks, to his native Egypt where he will supposedly receive a "fair" trial. [source, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/21/member-of-egyptian-terror-group-goes-to-washington.html ]
In a State Dept presser held on June 25 things got much more complicated when spokesman Victoria Nuland stonewalled all questions regarding the matter refusing to provide a reason why Hani Nour Eldon was granted a visa and was allowed to speak directly to high level administration officials about releasing a convicted terrorist Omar Abdel Rahman who is serving a life sentence for his crimes.
QUESTION: Okay. Can I go back to Egypt for just one second?
MS. NULAND: Mm-hmm.
QUESTION: And - but it's not having to do with the government. It has to do with the visa for the Gama'a al-Islamiyya member. You said last week that there was a - you were looking into the circumstances of how this was issued. Has - have you determined how this - how it happened? And are you aware that Representative King has asked - formally asked Homeland Security to find out how he was in fact allowed entry, quite apart - separate from the visa issue?
June 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This just released work is an important and timely contribution to current thinking regarding the modern resurgence of Islamism. More precisely, in the relatively short span of 240 pages, the book offers an intriguing perspective on how the Western democracies can develop a comprehensive methodology to combat Islamic expansionism in all of its forms, both violent as well as nominally peaceful [which relies heavily on da'wa, Muslim proselytization].
Demonstrative of the anthology's currency, it is reflective of a post bin-Laden world. While the subject matter will necessarily be of most interest to those already working within the field [or students thereof], it might well have broader appeal to those interested generally in national security matters, comparative political theory, ideological trends and taking the offensive in a multi-front asymmetrical war. Though there is a fairly large preexisting knowledge base in these combined areas of study much of the subject material is by nature, dense and therefore primarily of interest to academicians. Fighting the Ideological War is the type of work that would be appropriate as a basis for further exploration in the field, though it certainly stands as a powerful achievement in its own right.
The book is organized around seven essays, grouped under three subheadings, Identifying the Enemy After the Death of Bin-Laden, Learning from the Past and Winning the Ideological War, which logically connect the major points:
Defining the enemy's nature.
Identifying successful historical examples of dealing with such challenges.
Developing an overall enemy threat doctrine and presenting a template for winning the war of ideas.
The first section makes clear that the nature of this threat is not, as the politically timid are wont to think, borne singularly upon the shoulders of the jihadist warriors, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and their co-religionist brethren.
14:30 - PDT - June 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Egypt's Interior Ministry today removed the cement security barricades which had been placed in front of the U.S and British Embassies in Cairo's Garden City District, the English language version of Egypt's, Al-Masry Al-Youm [the Independent] is reporting:
"The Interior Ministry on Tuesday carried out an Administrative Court ruling that was issued a year and a half ago to remove the concrete barriers in the Garden City district around the American and British embassies..." [source, Barriers in front of US and UK embassies removed, http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/barriers-front-us-and-uk-embassies-removed]
The massive structures had been considered the last line of defense against increasingly hostile Islamist demonstrators - now they are gone.
12:38 - PDT - June 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a June 24 letter addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Peter King [R-NY], Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, demanded an explanation from the Secretary regarding the granting of a visa to Hani Nour Eldin, an apparently self-admitted member of Gama' a al-Islamiyya [the Islamic Group] which is based in Egypt and has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization. [source, National Counter Terrorism Center, http://www.nctc.gov/site/other/fto.html] In the letter Mr. King said that Hani Nour Eldin had reportedly [see, Eli Lake, Member of Egyptian Terror Group Goes to Washington, The Daily Beast, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/21/member-of-egyptian-terror-group-goes-to-washington.html] declared his membership in the group on his Face book page:
"Mr. Eldin's membership in the Islamic Group is a matter of public record, and reportedly even disclosed on his Facebook page. Nonetheless, Eldin met with senior Department of State and National Security Staff officials during the past week, and as reflected in media reports requested the transfer of the jailed leader of his terrorist group, Omar Abdel Rahman, to Egyptian custody."
According to the Beast, Eldin's purpose in visiting the U.S. where he met with senior administration officials, was to lobby for the "transfer" of Omar Abdel Rahman [aka, the Blind Sheikh, who is Gama'a al Islamiyya's spiritual leader] from the federal prison in North Carolina where he is serving a life sentence after having been convicted in 1995 [prosecution spearheaded by Andrew McCarthy] for his role in a conspiracy to bomb New York landmarks, to his native Egypt where he will supposedly receive a "fair" trial.
17:10 PDT - June 25 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Upon the announcement that Egypt's new president will be Mohammed Morsi, among the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood's top leadership [an alarming development], rather than taking a cautious approach, President Obama on Sunday placed a congratulatory call to the man who once publicly helped man the organization which created Hamas and remains the intellectual font from which modern jihadist theory flows.
"President Barack Obama on Sunday called Egypt's president-elect, Mohammed Morsi, to congratulate him on his victory...Obama 'emphasized his interest in working together with President-elect Morsi, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States,' the White House said. 'Morsi expressed appreciation for Obama's call and welcomed U.S. support for Egypt's transition...'" [source, Robert Burns, Obama congratulates Egypt's new president-elect , AP, http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Obama-congratulates-Egypt-s-new-president-elect-3659021.php]
Since Mr. Obama could not possibly be foolish enough to believe that Mr. Morsi and his Muslim Brothers governance will in any way approximate that of the Western democracies, we see this as confirmation that the process started in 2009 by the President in his Cairo speech was intended to bring about this result, of course along with the further effect of destabilizing the Middle East and materially strengthening the Islamists hand. We posit that regardless of what his religious affiliation might be, Mr. Obama through his consistent actions on these matters has sought to ally with the most illiberal forces now operating within the Muslim world.
Only a fellow Islamist would act in such a manner.
10:15 PDT - June 25 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Though most of the major headlines have gotten it wrong, including Fox which claims that the decision rips the heart out of Arizona's immigration statute, today's decision is a huge victory for the conservative position on this matter - that law enforcement can continue to check the immigration status of those with whom it comes in contact.
Attesting to the above characterization, President Obama has already declared the decision to be, "misguided," enough said.
The vote on that aspect was unanimous, with Kagan mysteriously not voting [we feel that this is merely a ploy on her part, so that her voting to affirm ObamaCare when she was clearly involved in the legislations formation, will appear to be less biased].
16:17 - PDT - June 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An article published Thursday by Iran's government controlled news agency, PressTV [see, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/06/21/247267/us-uk-israel-after-cyber-attack-on-iran/] claims that the Mullocracy has taken measures to prevent what it alleges was a massive and coordinated cyber warfare operation to be conducted imminently against its nuke facilities by Western powers.
"'Based on obtained information, the US and the Zionist regime (Israel) along with the MI6 [the British intelligence service] planned an operation to launch a massive cyber attack against Iran's facilities following the meeting between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow, Moslehi said on Thursday...'They still seek to carry out the plan, but we have taken necessary measures,' Moslehi"
While the statement seems self-serving, suggesting that Iran is technically up to any cyber challenge which the West might pose, the context of the story was revealing.
More than half of the article's text consisted of high level national security information which was leaked to the New York Times and the Washington Post by WH officials - intent upon creating a narrative that Mr. Obama is a foreign policy tough-guy.
"From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran's main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America's first sustained use of cyber weapons," The New York Times quoted "participants in the program" as saying.
15:54 - PDT - June 19, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On June 13, five U.S. Congressmen, Michele Bachmann [R, MN], Trent Franks [R, AZ], Louie Gohmert [R, TX], Thomas Rooney [R, FL] and Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA] sent an open letter to U.S. Deputy Inspector General, Ambassador Harold J. Geisel, expressing alarm over the administration's lack of judgment when dealing with Islamist entities, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood.1.
The letter notes:
"...information has recently come to light that raises serious questions about Department of State policies and activities that appear to be a result of influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Given that the U.S government has established in federal court that the Muslim Brotherhood's mission in the United States is "destroying the Western civilization from within" - a practice the Muslim Brothers call "civilization jihad"[2. - we believe that the apparent involvement of those with such ties raises serious security concerns that warrant your urgent attention." [source, Congressional Letter of Inquiry]
As evidence of the State Department's irresponsible actions, the letter offers:
"A personal intervention by Secretary Clinton that allowed a prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader, Tariq Ramadan, to enter the United States - overturning a policy of a previous administration that precluded him from doing so. Mr. Ramadan has reportedly used the visits thus made possible to engage in what the Brotherhood calls "civilization jihad" in the United States: proselytization, recruitment, indoctrination, fundraising, and other forms of promotion of the totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine known as shariah"
Additionally the Obama Administration and its representatives have repeatedly met with both the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] and the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR]. Both of these organizations were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the largest prosecution of domestic terror funding in American history, U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. [source, Federal prosecution filing, List of Unindicted Co-Conspirators]
For example, a piece in the Daily Caller quotes George Selim, the WH Director for Community Partnerships:
"President Barack Obama's deputies are holding "hundreds" of closed-door meetings with a jihad-linked lobbying group that is widely derided by critics as a U.S. arm of the theocratic Muslim Brotherhood.
The admission of meetings with the Council on American Islamic Relations came from George Selim, the White House's new director for community partnerships, which was formed in January to ensure cooperation by law enforcement and social service agencies with Muslim identity groups in the United States.
18:42 PDT - June 17, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The votes continue to be counted in Egypt's historic and hotly contested weekend election for president. As of this writing it is nearly three o'clock AM in Cairo and indications are that the heavily populated Nile Delta, home to over 20M might hold the key to the contest's outcome.
According to the Al-Masry Al-Youm [Egyptian Independent:] newspaper, "Shafiq is leading in the Delta, which has nearly 20 million voters, or 40 percent of the electorate. In Monufiya, the former prime minister has 215,829 votes, more than double Morsy's 85,204. Shafiq is leading also in Gharbiya and Sharqiya. Both governorates are still in the very beginning of the counting process. Shafiq got 32,283 and 26,385 in Sharqiya and Gharbiya respectively, while Morsy got 22,507 and 15,142..." [source, http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/live-updates-cairo-vote-trickles-scales-could-tip-tight-race]
In a related, but so far incomplete story, Egypt's real power, the military council issued a sweeping declaration on Sunday, placing itself even further in control of the country, granting the council the authority to draft the new constitution among other powers. This is being seen as a hedge against the possibility that the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, will defeat the establishment candidate Ahmed Shafiq.
14:34 PDT - June 17, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This just in from the Soros funded, neo-Marxist MoveOn leadership, intent on conducting a national voter registration drive using the organization's cadre of worker bots as foot-soldiers.
"Dear MoveOn member,
Can you call Debra? She lives in Ohio and she just moved...we need to help her register to vote at her new address. And John just turned 18?he needs a call about registering in Minnesota. And Lucía is a young woman from a community in Florida where registration rates are low.
Debra is part of the Rising American Electorate - the young people, unmarried women, and people of color who make up more than half of our nation's voting population. Except 42% of them aren't registered to vote.1 Like Debra...." [source, MoveOn Enotification, 6.17.12]
Such a mindset is wrapped around the belief that poor "Debra" or "Lucia," [assuming the highly doubtful proposition that they even exist] are either too stupid, stoned or apathetic to personally be entrusted to register to vote in the November election.
Besides, they might just be so confused that even if they did make the effort, it might not be consistent with MoveOn's strategic goal of assembling a "Rising Electorate," so these powerless young women must be supervised like three-year-olds...or "no healthcare for them!"
It's no coincidence that this effort is hitting the streets just days after Team Obama unconstitutionally granted itself the power to legislate on immigration matters.
June 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As Egyptians go to the polls today where they must choose between either the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsi or Ahmed Shafiq, representing elements of Egypt's old-guard establishment [the former Mubarak regime along with the military]. The winner will be declared president, amidst a country in chaos, with the lower house of parliament having been dissolved last week by the Egyptian high court, ruling that the parliamentary contest had been rigged. Though not specifically naming those involved in stealing the election, few doubt it was a referring to actions taken by the Ikhwan's above ground political arm, the ironically named, Freedom and Justice party.
Though the vote is taking place this weekend, over Saturday and Sunday, already there are signs of voter fraud on the part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
As the Al-Masry Al-Youm [the Egyptian Independent] reports, "...Ali [a MB spokesman] also denied accusations that the campaign had printed read-to-cast ballots. He said that ballots printed with the Morsy box already filled out were a print error that a Morsy campaign representative discovered and reported..." [source, Morsy campaign: Already marked ballots were printing error].
DHS acted under the direction of President Obama. The wording of the President's exact guidance is, as of this writing, not available on the WH website. [see, http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/executive-orders]
Curiously, today's announcement represents a complete reversal of Mr. Obama's previous position on the issue, which he stated in a March 2011 Q&A at a town hall meeting sponsored by the Mexican television conglomerate Univision, "America is a nation of laws, which means I, as the president, am obligated to enforce the law. I don't have a choice about that." [[source, http://cnsnews.com/news/article/flashback-obama-deporting-illegals-america-nation-laws-presidential-action-not?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter].
Of course a year ago the President's chances of reelection looked considerably rosier.
The DHS' document mandates that henceforth it will be official U.S. immigration policy to exercise what it terms, "prosecutorial discretion" in dealing with the huge number of younger illegal Mexicans already within U.S. borders, allowing them to reside here in perpetuity without fear of prosecution as well as fast tracking them to obtain work visas.
It is estimated that initially the decision could impact 800,000-1M people who do not belong in the United States.
June 14, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Egypt's Supreme Court, possibly fearing what appeared to be the imminent seizure of power by the Muslim Brotherhood under a fraudulent "democratic" process, has dissolved the country's "lower house of parliament." [source, OnIslam.net, http://www.onislam.net/english/news/africa/457578-mubarak-pm-in-polls-parliament-dissolved.html].
The high court also validated the bid of Ahmed Shafiq [representing elements of Mubarak's military based old guard] to run against the MB's candidate Mohammed Morsi in the June16-17 presidential runoff election.
The short term effect of destroying Morsi's legislative power base is considerable, leaving him, if elected, with little ability to swiftly transforming the country into a full-blown Islamic theocracy, powered by the MB's revolutionary zeal.
June 13, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Rep. Peter T. King [R-NY], Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced today that he has scheduled a fifth in the series of Congressional hearings regarding the rise of Islamism in the United States. [see, http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/hearing-american-muslim-response-hearings-radicalization-within-their-community]
The scheduled date is June, 20 and will center on, "The American Muslim Response to Hearings on Radicalization within their Community."
About the upcoming event, Mr. King noted the vilification with which previous hearings were met, especially singling out the Hamas associated Council on American Islamic Relations as being a prime mover in this effort to stifle the investigation, "When I began this series of investigative hearings in March of last year to examine radicalization within the Muslim-American community, I was vilified by the politically correct media, pandering politicians and radical groups such as CAIR - even though this issue was non-partisan and of serious concern to national security and counterterrorism officials in the Obama administration.
June 12, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The incident occurred in the run-down immigrant Molenbeek district of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. A young Muslim woman named Stéphanie Djato (an African name) refused to identify herself to the police after she had been asked to do so. She was dressed in a so-called niqab, a long and gloomy black cloth which almost entirely covers the face. She was then taken to the police station where her niqab was removed. Miss Djato violently resisted these attempts and even head-butted a female police officer who subsequently broke her nose and two teeth. The niqab woman later filed a protest over so-called "police brutality."
Violent riots broke out in Molenbeek, early June. Showing solidarity with Stéphanie Djabo, their fellow Muslim, Muslim youths and other protesters attacked the police. Molenbeek is comparable to the notorious French banlieues (suburbs). Crime is rampant and local gangs control the streets, at least in parts of Molenbeek. It is easy to obtain a Kalashnikov [AK-47 military battle rifle] and there are numerous shooting incidents. On Friday June 8, an angry Muslim extremist from Paris took the Thalys train to Brussels. In the Brussels-Molenbeek metro station "Beekkant" he suddenly attacked a male and a female police officer with a long knife, wounding both of them seriously. The Muslim terrorist from France wanted to take revenge for the way the Brussels police had forced a woman wearing a niqab to identify herself. He possessed clippings about the "niqab incident" and also about Shariah4Belgium, a notorious militant group which openly sympathizes with Al-Qaeda.
Shariah4Belgium spokesman Fouad Belkacem ("Abu Imran") personally justified attacks on the police in a YouTube video released early June. He said, inter alia, "We do not condemn the attack on this female police officer. We celebrate this deed. God gave her the strength to head-butt one of those police officers." It was God's will that his police officer broke her nose, Belkacem claimed.
He also issued a call to kill others, saying, "With God's will curse, destroy and break every non-Muslim who dares to touch our Muslim sister."
Salam Al-Marayati and Company, Swing for the Bleachers
By WILLIAM MAYER
June 11, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Over the past year the issue of "bullying" has become somewhat of a crusade among social activists eyeing it as another opportunity for legislative mischief. The MO here is always the same, start with, or create a perceived problem and construct around it a vague and overbroad federally dictated solution.1. Both hard left and Islamist groups are pushing this effort for all that it's worth. Each however has a different agenda in mind.
The left, holding true to its ideological roots, seeks to expand the reach of an already too powerful central government. The Islamists also see great merit in the issue, knowing that since "bullying" is already so ill-defined legally, that they can further muddy the waters in service of a larger narrative, that America is Islamophobic. Ultimately then, they calculate that it can be a powerful tool used to force the culture to become more Shari'a compliant. Since they maintain that speaking ill of Islam, its prophet Mohammed or in many instances even being critical of actions taken by Muslims is highly offensive, hence "bullying" behavior, it can through this project, be incorporated into to the range of already recognized civil rights violations. Upon such circumstance, the DOJ's Civil Rights Division ceases its law enforcement responsibilities, instead becoming an agent of Islamic expansionism.
The nexus between the extreme left and the Islamists on matters of mutual benefit shouldn't be surprising, despite there being little agreement on bedrock policies such as secularism. Such alliances have long been recognized and are commonly referred to under the coinage of "the unholy alliance." Consider the leftist ACLU's prominent advocacy role in pro-Islamist legal actions and the concept gains greater clarity - along the lines of, "the enemy of my enemy is my ally."
Taking a leadership role in this movement has been the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC] which will be fully vetted later in this piece, but in order to place this matter in context, some understanding of the scholarship surrounding the modern "bullying" phenomenon, should prove helpful.
"Scholarship on the bullying phenomenon is relatively new to social scientists. As David Farrington observes in a 1993 study, Understanding and Preventing Bullying, "Modern research on bullying in the English-speaking world began with the publication of Aggression in the Schools by Olweus (1978) describing studies of bullies and victims of bullying carried out in schools in Stockholm..." [source, http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/cjrr17&div=11&id=&page=]. As one can see the emphasis was clearly on examining this type of behavior in academic environments.
June 6, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Team Obama's negotiating partners, the Taliban, today killed at least 22 and wounded more than 50 in a double suicide coordinated bombing attack in a staging area outside Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan.
The first explosive device, carried by a motorcyclist was detonated, "in an area where truckers gather," followed by another set off by a person on foot as a crowd gathered, attempting to help the victims of the first blast. This is a standard jihadist tactic, calculated to maximize casualties. [source, Tom A. Peter, Suicide bombings in Afghanistan highlight difficult task ahead for US, NATO Christian Science Monitor, http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2012/0606/Suicide-bombings-in-Afghanistan-highlight-difficult-task-ahead-for-US-NATO-video]
According to multiple reports including a posting on an al-Qaeda propaganda website, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the violence.
Though the incidence of such attacks have ebbed slightly this year, today's bombing may signal the onset of a new Taliban offensive, timed to coincide with administration plans to start a hasty retreat of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, scheduled to commence in a few months.
June 5, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Thursday May 31st the Philadelphia chapter of David Horowitz' Freedom Center presented television and radio personality Glenn Beck with the prestigious Patrick Henry Award [see, http://www.phillyfreedom.org/about/our-mission/].
The opening remarks were made by Craig Snider, the head of the Freedom Center's local chapter and David Horowitz, director and founder of the Center which is headquartered in California. Mr. Horowitz had flown in specifically to be present at the event [see, http://www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org/about].
Mr. Beck also received the Union League Bowl which is given out by the Union League of Philadelphia where the luncheon was held.
Proceeds from the event were donated to the Bereaved Military Families of America, a charity founded by Deborah Tarnish, whose son was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
June 1, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a major report released on May 31 by the House leadership, the Obama Administration engaged with the pharmaceutical industry in a secret and fevered process of negotiations involving veiled threats and outright intimidation by the WH in order to secure the pharmaceutical industry's public participation in the campaign to support the president's healthcare proposal.
The report is based upon confidential emails which came into possession of the GOP revealing the intense nature of this undertaking.
These secret back room sessions were conducted primarily with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) [the pharmaceutical industry's trade association] and Pfizer during the period of mid June 2009 through early 2010, "during which special breaks for Big Pharma in the health care legislation, were mentioned in exchange for the companies' public support of the bill." [source, Closed Door Obamacare Negotiations, p.1, view House document here House Leadership Report, Obamacare/Big Pharma Collusion
The House investigation additionally determined:
"Documents obtained through the Committee's investigation show that throughout 2009 and in the early months of 2010, the White House engaged in a series of closed-door negotiations with various outside interest groups prior to PPACA becoming law on March 23, 2010. The majority of these negotiations took place between May and August of 2009, although the Administration's dialogue with special interest groups continued behind the scenes right up to passage of the law.
Of these negotiations, the dealings with PhRMA and Pfizer appeared to be of utmost concern and hence the most carefully managed, with extensive communications exchanged between the parties. In fact, Team Obama made clear that PhRMA needed to have a direct line of communication with its team, "Rahm's calling Nancy Ann and knows Billy [Tauzin, PhRMA's President] is going to talk to Nancy Ann tonight. Rahm will make it clear that PhRMA needs a direct line of communication, separate and apart from any other coalition." [source, p. 2]
One aspect of this deal apparently included a promise on behalf of the president to halt the re-importation of drugs into the U.S. market so as to boost Big Pharma's bottom line through avoidance of potential stiff price competition - often from its own products flowing back across the Canada border.
June 1, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As reported by The Egyptian Independent, an English version of the Arabic language publication, Al-Masry Al-Youm, "Dozens of international activists...landed in Cairo International Airport on Thursday in order to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing." [source, http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/activists-arrive-cairo-enter-gaza-through-rafah-crossing]
The small contingent of Islamists and their supporters have been drawn from countries hostile to the existence of the State of Israel, coming from "Palestine," Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia, among others. Some Europeans are apparently also involved.
These activists, are operating under a fraudulent cover operation entitled, "Miles of Smiles," an attempt to put a smiley face on Islamic jihad.
The Islamist "Occupied Palestine" blog, states that "former Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Al-Hoss, "is leading the operation." [source, http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/miles-for-smiles-3-convoy-geared-to-bring-aid-to-gaza/]. "Occupied Palestine," features Muslim extremist rhetoric, such as "We can make peace with Israel, if you can make peace with cancer " [source, http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/we-can-make-peace-with-israel-if-you-can-make-peace-with-cancer-by-khalid-amayreh/]
Al-Hoss is, as one might expect, a jihadi whose dictatorial rule during the peak of Lebanon's genocidal civil war is a matter of public record.
Not surprisingly, Al-Hoss supports both Iran's expansionist foreign policy as well as its nuclear program. [on the later please refer to the following which appeared on an Iranian state controlled new site, Press TV which is banned in most of Europe for obvious reasons. [see, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/238131.html]
May 30, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On May 21, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a piece of legislation entitled American Courts for American Laws [SB79[.
The vote was lopsided and extraordinarily bipartisan, 33-3 in the senate and a unanimous 120-0 in the house of representatives.
The bill was authored by Rep. Peggy Mast and modeled upon a framework - American Laws for American Courts, developed by the American Public Policy Alliance.
The intent of the legislation is simple, yet important, to protect the American system of jurisprudence against the intrusion of foreign/"international," often religious [read Shari'a] legal concepts and doctrines. Though a largely unrecognized phenomenon, these same foreign/religious elements have been incrementally wending their way into American court decisions for many years. A recent study commissioned by the Center for Security Policy has identified
May 29, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Earlier this month, May 12 to be specific, an Iraqi court freed a known terrorist and Hezbollah commander, Ali Musa Daqduq from incarceration, declaring the evidence against him to be of insufficient stature to keep him behind bars.
Thus he became a free man, eager to return to the Islamic jihad.
Daqduq is not an Iraqi, but rather was born in Lebanon and was a citizen of that country at the time of his capture by American forces, whereupon he was placed in American custody.
The incident which led to Daqduq's apprehension took place in the Iraqi city of Karbala, the scene of some of the most brutal fighting of the war. President Bush's surge had been announced just 10 days previous in a televised national address. At the time Daqduq was leading a terrorist group calling itself Asaib Ahl al-Haq [AAH].
On January 20, 2007 Daqduq and his fellow insurgents wearing American uniforms and carrying forged identification [source, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/08/world/middleeast/in-case-that-has-vexed-americans-defendant-in-iraq-could-go-free.html] see] attacked an American position, killing one G.I. outright and capturing four others. Subsequently their bodies were dumped alongside a road, horrifically tortured at the hands of Daqduq and his thugs before being butchered by them.
The dark details of this incident were, to our knowledge never adequately reported by the MSM. There appeared to be no curiosity to scratch below the surface of this story - standard procedure when dealing with this administration.
The case did not have to be resolved in this unjust manner; it never should have been allowed to reach that point. Daqduq was only under Iraqi custody - rather than American - because of the actions taken by the Obama administration. As a result of Mr. Obama's incredibly poor judgment, Daqduq had been transferred from American custody into the hands of the inept and corrupt Iraqi justice system. This was done upon the withdrawal of American forces from the country, which took place in December 2011.
The administration has justified its actions by claiming that it had no choice in the matter because, the U.S. was required to do so under the provisions of the Status of Forces Agreement [SOFA] to deliver Daqduq to the Iraqis.[Full text of document available here, SOFA]
May 28, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Hill is reporting widespread fear and deep concern among DC's foreign policy elite, including the WH and Congress over the direction the ongoing Egyptian elections are taking.
"U.S. leaders are deeply troubled by the possibility that the Islamist party could roll back religious and women's rights and break ties with Israel if it takes the presidency after winning almost half the seats in Parliament. But they're also wary of ending up on the wrong side of history as democratic upheaval upends the Middle East." [source, http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/229663-us-faces-dilemma-as-muslim-brotherhood-takes-lead-in-egyptian-elections]
At the same time the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is doubling down on stupid, still clinging to the idea that democracy with an Islamic flavor in any way equates to the governance enjoyed by the West - one democratically elected by a literate, liberal [in the classic sense], freedom loving people who empower their governments with only specified limited powers and though drawing inspiration from traditional Judeo-Christian principles yet manages to remain largely secular in nature.
"We look forward to working with Egypt's democratically elected government," Clinton said. "We will continue to stand with the Egyptian people as they work to seize the promise of last year's uprising and build a democracy that reflects their values and traditions, respects universal human rights, and meets their aspirations for dignity and a better life."
Pardon me, but isn't this the same administration whose leader has travelled the globe berating his own country as being deeply flawed, hegemonic and colonial in nature, while bowing and fawning to every tin-horn Muslim bigot and dictator in sight?
May 24, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to Iran's state run Fars news agency, the West has "softened," its position as a result of its engagement via multilateral talks with the G5 + 1 nations - the 5 permanent members of the U.N. Security Council the, United States, UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany. [see, West Softens Tone on Iran's Proposals, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9102113385]
"Speaking to FNA after a joint press conference with EU foreign policy chief Catherin Ashton in Baghdad tonight, Jalili said, 'The stance of the G5+1 on Iran's proposed package softened after today's talks.'"
Aside from Iran's claim that the Western position had been weakened during negotiations, the talks broke up with little agreement between the participating nations.
Though all parties gave lip service to the notion that the process of "building trust" had begun, there was nothing of substance produced to substantiate such spin. The fact that the talks were even being held with Iran seemed more a sign of concession than an indication of progress. Thus the Islamic theocracy has at least established a basis [though weak] for its claim of Western weakening, giving the appearance that the Mullocracy had gained some leverage at the expense of the G5+1.
Will "General" Brennan Kill Key Military Technology?
May 24, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - John Brennan, the WH counter terror chief has, acting upon the request of Mr. Obama, seized command of the strategically essential military drone program. It's now fully under the control of the WH. From now until further notice, Mr. Brennan and his CIC will literally be calling the shots.
We see this not only as a dangerous development, further consolidating power within an administration that clearly has either little regard for allowing military actions to be dictated by on the ground field commanders or, far worse, is attempting to hamper this already proven technology with an eye towards winning the November election.
Through his various statements Mr. Brennan has proven himself utterly unfit for his new expanded role.
For example [there are dozens] Mr. Brennan in a 2010 speech he legitimized jihad, and suggested that Islamic terrorists are reasonably motivated:
"The president's top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a 'legitimate tenet of Islam," arguing that the term "jihadists" should not be used to describe America's enemies.
During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of "political, economic and social forces," but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in 'religious terms.'" [source, Fox News, Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam'
We also perceive a troubling parallel in that this is precisely the same failed methodology which was adopted by the Lyndon Johnson administration during the Vietnam conflict. During which, Mr. Johnson along with his Sec. Def. Robert McNamara would, early every morning select the bombing missions and targets for the next day. Thus these two ran the war, as co-armchair commanders. Neither of these men had the necessary military experience to even contemplate such actions.
May 22, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Egyptian-American columnist Mona Eltahawy recently wrote a very courageous article in Foreign Policy. She discusses the fate of women in the Muslim world, asking a very simple question: "Why do they hate us?" "They" primarily refers to Muslim men and Muslim clerics. "The real war on women is in the Middle East," Eltahawy claims, and she is not exaggerating. The so-called Arab Spring did not improve women's lives and rights ? on the contrary, it caused a backlash from conservative forces which insist on women wearing the Islamic veil and want to force them to abide by totalitarian Islamic or "Sharia" law. It has also implications for the ever growing number of Muslim immigrants in Europe and North America who favor the introduction of Sharia law and hate the West. Most of these immigrants are from the Middle East, Asia (notably from Pakistan and Afghanistan) and Africa (notably from Somalia, Eritrea, Nigeria, Mali and Chad). Many of them, too, believe in Sharia law which justifies polygamy and wife beating.
What is needed in the Muslim world is not just a political change ? overthrowing dictators such as Khadaffi and Assad ?, but also a thorough cultural and religious change. Or, as Eltahawy puts it, "Name me an Arab country, and I'll recite a litany of abuses fueled by a toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend. When more than 90 percent of ever-married women in Egypt ? including my mother and all but one of her six sisters ? have had their genitals cut in the name of modesty, then surely we must all blaspheme. When Egyptian women are subjected to humiliating 'virginity tests' merely for speaking out, it's no time for silence. When an article in the Egyptian criminal code says that if a women has been beaten by her husband 'with good intentions' no punitive damages can be obtained, then to hell with political correctness. And what, pray tell, are 'good intentions'?"
"Not a single Arab country ranks in the top 100 of the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, putting the region as a whole solidly at the planet's rock bottom," Eltahawy writes. "Poor and rich, we all hate our women. Neighbors Saudi Arabia and Yemen, for instance, might be eons apart when it comes to GDP, but only four places separate them on the index, with the kingdom at 131 and Yemen coming in at 135 out of 135 countries. Morocco, often touted for its 'progressive' family law (a 2005 report by Western 'experts' called it 'an example for Muslim countries aiming to integrate into modern society'), ranks 129; according to Morocco's Ministry of Justice, 41,098 girls under age 18 were married there in 2001." There are "horrific news reports about 12-year old girls dying in childbirth" in Yemen. "Demonstrations in support of child marriage outstrip those against it, fueled by clerical declarations that opponents of state-sanctioned pedophilia are apostates because the prophet Mohammed (also spelt Muhammad, V.), according to them, married his second wife, Aisha, when she was a child."
May 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - There is afoot a new and important political movement which seeks to ensure the integrity of the U.S. judicial process. The effort, entitled "American Laws for American Courts" seeks to ban Shari'a [Islamic law], and other foreign legal systems and concepts from having any impact on American jurisprudence.
One of the groups which is active in hastening this process, "The American Public Policy Alliance (APPA)" describes itself as, "a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to protecting U.S. constitutional rights, safeguarding U.S. sovereignty and promoting government transparency and accountability, is working with legislators nationwide on policies and initiatives." [source, http://publicpolicyalliance.org/?page_id=38]
One might think that the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution, Sec 2, known as "The Supremacy Clause" would clearly be sufficient in and of itself in guaranteeing the integrity of the American legal system. Unfortunately that is not the case, as in numerous instances and settings these same foreign sources are already being used in the process of rendering judicial opinions.
The relevant Constitutional language is specific:
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding."
Pursuant this movement on January 26, 2012 an event entitled "Constituting Michigan - Founding Principles Act," was held at Allegan High School which is located in Michigan. The event - paradoxically centered on the freedom of expression - featured numerous speakers including a Michigan State Representative, David Agema and a former Muslim who converted to Christianity, Kamal Saleem.
Mr. Saleem's presence at the affair was of great relevance. Born in Lebanon, as a youth he was disingenuously befriended [offered "protection"], then recruited and radicalized by members of the Muslim Brotherhood [creator of HAMAS]. He was then inculcated into the dark world of terrorism. Other youths were commoditized in a similar manner, callously used as "mules" to carry military hardware in furtherance of jihad, Islamic Holy War. Indicative of the level of barbarism which is the centerpiece of Islamism, Mr. Saleem ran his first operation at the age of only 7, by 15 his bomb making skills were so well honed that he was loosed on the outside world to ply his ugly trade, a path which eventually led him to the United States, where he was expected to actively promote Islamic jihad.
The Allegan High free speech event was well attended, with a healthy crowd of approximately 200. Unbeknownst to all but a few, this gathering had come to the attention of a number of organizations and individuals including, but not limited to, the local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, chaired by Dawud Walid as well as the inappropriately titled, People for the American Way, a hard-left activist group which in practice seems to loathe rather than treasure and preserve the "American way."
These groups along with others, incredibly including the Allegan police Department - led by its Chief of Police Rick Hoyer - and local public school officials, embarked upon a plan of action which resulted in the free speech event being terminated by the aforementioned police department. These actors including, the body charged with serving as custodians of law and order, thereby abridged the attendees First Amendment rights, an extraordinarily serious matter regardless of one's political affiliation.
May 15, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - While the specific internals of the matter [an apparent high level infiltration of the Arabian Peninsula's al-Qaeda network, AQAP, by Western friendly intelligence] have [and probably will endlessly be] murky, one thing has become clear, "senior intelligence officials" anonymous of course to protect the guilty, intentionally leaked highly sensitive information to the press purely for political purpose thus placing this agent, or agents as the case may be, in extreme danger.
Those actually involved, on the ground, face a rather horrific fate if identified, or even suspected. They have variously been identified in differing media accounts as Saudis, Americans and/or possibly, Brits.
It is important to note that such a blossoming of contradictory accounts may in itself be a direct misinformation op, designed to intentionally cloud this extraordinarily serious breakdown in Western spy craft, hopefully staunching the bleeding and limiting the losses. Such lack of definition in this matter at this time is a very good thing - we do not need to know, period - we are at war.
What is troubling is not the operation itself, because penetrating al-Qaeda and other Islamist terror networks such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its American representatives [which this administration publicly pretends don't really present a threat] is not only of supreme importance so as to further disrupt their operations but it's an extraordinarily difficult, not to mention dangerous undertaking.
This is because these jihadist outfits operate on a highly elevated mafia model; not only must those allowed access to the inner core of the organizations be well known to its top level leadership, they are often chosen on the basis of kinship ties, a kind of tribal level seal of approval. By way of reference we can look to the Elashi family of Infocom and Holy Land Foundation infamy as evidence of such tactical incestuousness. [for further explication please refer to this 2006 DOJ presser, http://www.bis.doc.gov/news/2006/doj01_25_06.htm]
Close familial ties have carried a great deal of weight in such matters given the historical importance of patrimonialism throughout the Arab world.
May 15, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - We are all bombarded daily via print, radio and television concerning issues surrounding either the decay or ascendancy of American society - depending on your political bent.
There is nothing quite like an in-your-face experience to bring home the changes our society has, is, and will soon be facing.
It was hot here today. The first day over eighty degrees this year. I found myself walking my town doing weekly errands. You know the type, banking, post office, etc. For some reason my electronic dog collar began beeping, clicking and whirring to the point I knew it was unavoidable and must be dealt with and an inviting local watering hole gave me refuge from the street noise and bright sunshine.
Cute, tall, bright smile, friendly (of course the usual tattoos and piercings). Yes, I am describing the bartender. Twenty two and lovely. Being conscious that there was an owner responsible for keeping the lights on and mortgage paid, I ordered a small soda and returned to the electronics that required my attention.
After a couple of minutes I looked up and noticed a small soda with straw, neatly placed on a napkin. Slightly to my left.
Now I don't frequent bars, nor am I a stranger to them. The unmistakable taste of cheap bar bourbon washed it's way into me. Immediately calling the bartender over to discuss the matter, I was informed that that drink was for the gentleman using the restroom and she proceeded to pour my soda.
May 11, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As we have noted on these pages numerous times, Team Obama's decision to walk away from our commitment to Afghanistan has produced a bountiful harvest...of rotting fruit.
The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, necessitated in order to take out al-Qaida's forward base of operations, came along with an implicit moral imperative, that we would not abandon the country to once again be ruled by a group of tenth century religious fanatics, the Taliban, who then harbored al-Qaeda jihadists while enforcing brutal Shari'a [Islamic law].
In politics, no policy, regardless of how forcefully it is stated or how frequently it's repeated should ever be considered set in stone and that certainly applies to Mr. Obama and his rapid abandonment of Afghanistan.
As with nearly every issue this president has "evolved" his positions according to political expedience.
For example, in a 2009 speech to the VFW national convention he clearly defined the goal of "his" Afghan policy, defeat of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, its host/enabler:
"We must never forget...This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which Al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is fundamental to the defense of our people." [source, Sheryl Gay Stahlberg, Obama Defends Strategy In Afghanistan, NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/us/politics/18vets.html?_r=1]
This bravura performance was followed by a pretend "surge" in Afghanistan modeled upon Gen. Petraeus' successful campaign in Iraq. Though the left denied it, Gen. Petraeus' campaign literally grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat - until Mr. Obama decided to turn tail in the country, thus jettisoning the U.S.' hard fought gains.
Paradoxically, it was Obama's expressed intent then to employ the same surge tactics. The policy tack seemed odd at the time, since Mr. Obama and the entire leadership of the Democrat party, plainly and belligerently claimed that the surge had failed and that we had lost the war - who can forget Harry Reed's now infamously incorrect assertion regarding the surge - February 11, 2009:
"I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and - you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows - (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday.." [source, "Senator Reid On Iraq: "This War Is Lost" CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-250_162-2709229.html]
Despite what one might think to be fatal complications - the outright rejection of an already successful proven methodology - Obama chose to at least give lip service to it in order to forestall the historically correct contention that the Democrat party was dangerously pacifistic when it came to matters of national security.
What followed the announcement of the Afghan surge is not pretty.
After months of dawdling faux deliberations, Obama denied the minimum troop request his hand-picked field commander had suggested, replacing it with a number deemed insufficient for the intended task. Additionally he established a new set of rules of engagement [ROI] which essentially defanged the American/NATO effort, wrapping any intended military action in so much red tape that active engagement with the enemy was nearly impossible.
The ROI themselves became a source of embarrassment and befuddlement to the commanders now charged with winning a war absent the tools which were necessary to accomplish it. To show how ridiculous the new ROI were, sentries posted at the gates of Bagram AFB were not allowed to even hamper Taliban spotters, who, equipped with mobile phones alerted their officers as to the size and strength of outgoing detachments because these jihadis were not armed, nor were they presenting a clear and present threat as it became redefined.
From that point onward this president's policies assured eventual defeat in Afghanistan and victory for the Taliban.
How could it be any other way? Team Obama had stated that he intended to start the big drawdown in Afghanistan calculated to commence just a few months before the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Now in total disarray, Obama and Hillary's State Department agreed to holding "secret" talks with the Taliban enemy in Qatar. The talks, apparently ongoing, have been accompanied by U.S. promises of freedom for certain high level Taliban terrorists, to be released from GITMO as a gesture of "goodwill."
Now this self-imposed death spiral is tightening considerably. Having signed a meaningless 12 year mutual aid pact with Hamid Karzai, the Afghans are now firmly in control and calling our shots. As a direct result of Obama's political calculus, the Afghan military leadership [such as it is] is now engaged in a policy of continually ratcheting up a set of restrictions placed upon U.S. operations. This has changed the nature of the American/NATO operation so much that it has in essence turned the allied forces into modern day Hessian mercenaries, we pay the bills and bury our dead while the Afghans play coy games, hoping to placate and/or fend off the Taliban until their eventual triumphant return after the American military is forced to slink out of the country.
May 10, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an announcement published today by Iran's state controlled PressTV, the country's Islamic theocracy made clear in a very public manner that it finds Afghanistan's recently cobbled together strategic pact with the U.S. is unacceptable.
To impress upon Afghan officials the seriousness with which the Mullah's terrorist regime views this development, "Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned Afghanistan's charge d'affaires in Tehran, Shah Mardanqol, to protest the recent Afghan media hype against the Iranian embassy in Kabul. The Afghan official was summoned to the ministry on Thursday to receive Iran's protest, IRNA reported.... " [source, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/240495.html]
The main area of contention, from Iran's point of view is the possible very-long term American military presence remaining in Afghanistan after Team Obama's scheduled summer pullout of the main body of U.S. forces.
By their complete silence on the matter administration officials are acquiescing to the increasingly bellicose tone coming out of Tehran regarding its hegemonic intentions for the entire region. Having written off U.S. strategic efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan as failed enterprises, Team Obama has thus materially strengthened Tehran's diplomatic hand at the worst possible time.
May 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Adding further evidence to what appears to be the inevitability of a Muslim Brotherhood dominated Shari'a [and anti-Semitic] based Egyptian government, on Monday the country's highest electoral court, the Supreme Presidential Election Commission [SPEC] went "on strike," in protest of what it perceives as unconstitutional tampering with the electoral system by the People's Assembly - a body dominated by the MB and Salafist parties.
Central to this controversy is Article 28 of the Egyptian constitution, which has declared SPEC decisions as not being subject to appeal.
As Egypt's AlAhram Online notes, "The People's Assembly (the lower house of parliament) has agreed to amend the presidential elections law in relation to Article 28, which grants the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) immunity from appeal..." [source, http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/41144/Egypt/Parliament-approves-amending-recently-approved-pre.aspx]
In a previously published piece relating to this controversy, it was stated that, "Ahmed Khairy, a party spokesperson, says the problem was instigated by the Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), insinuating that the latter's MPs are misusing their authorities to serve the group's interests. "The Brotherhood and its political wing's endeavour to amend the elections law does not aim to serve the public interest," Khairy stated, before adding that: "This commission was formed in accordance with the constitutional declaration, which the Brotherhood promoted." [source, http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/36/122/41220/Presidential-elections-/Presidential-elections-news/SPEC-in-hot-water-for-halting-activities,-others-c.aspx]
April 30, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Indicating a rising tide of bipartisan opposition, SB 1338 [see our feature piece on this legislation http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=giglio4112012101%2Ehtm CA Legislation Empowers Midwives To Perform Backyard Abortions] authored by Sen. Christine Kehoe failed passage out of the Business and Professions Committee hearing today with a tie 4 to 4 vote. The bill received a tie vote because one legislator was absent. If he had been at the hearing it would have been a 5 to 4 "NO" vote and the bill would have lost.
The absent legislator was Sen. Tony Strickland, [R-Santa Barbara]. We understand he was out pursuing his own special interests - re-election.. His district contact number 805-965-0862.
The hearing before the Business and Professions Committee was aired over the internet at www.calchannel.com. Two Democrats voted "NO" along with two Republicans creating a tie vote.
Sen. Kehoe immediately called for a re-consideration allowing her the opportunity to have two more weeks to lobby the Democrats on the committee. Since this was not a fiscal bill it has until May 11 to pass to the assembly or fail.
April 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a, now viral, video brought to wide public attention today by CNS News [see, Craig Bannister, EPA Official's 'Philosophy' On Oil Companies: 'Crucify Them' - Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens] the EPA's Director of Region VI [Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas] Al Armendariz is quoted as being an admirer of imperial Rome's terrorist techniques [such as random crucifixion} as enforcement tools. We must assume that Armendariz wishes to employ equally terrifying tactics in order to establish EPA's total dominance over the American energy industry.
As CNS notes, "In the video, Administrator Armendariz says...''I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I?ll go ahead and tell you what I said: It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They?d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they?d find the first five guys they saw and they?d crucify them.... Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.'"
Mr. Armendariz was appointed to the EPA post in 2009, apparently on the strength of his reputation as being an environmental whack-job. To that end he had the backing of most of Texas' faux environmental community - not a good sign.
April 24, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An intensively prepared and documented study of the threat posed to America by the Muslim Brotherhood has been released by the Center for Security Policy today, announced at a Washington, DC morning presser.
As CSP founder Frank Gaffney [former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving nuclear forces, arms control and U.S.-European defense relations] states in established the parameters of threat, "America faces in addition to the threat of violent jihad another, even more toxic danger - a stealthy and pre-violent form of warfare aimed at destroying our constitutional form of democratic government and free society. The Muslim Brotherhood is the prime-mover behind this seditious campaign, which it calls 'civilization jihad.'"
Below some of main points summarized in the executive summary. Please note the clear identification of the ideology of Shari'a as the source of the threat represented by American Islamist groups, such as the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America, both named as unindicted co-conspirators in the nation's largest and most successful prosecution of terrorist funding, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation [view the government's trial brief, made available by the Investigative Project on Terrorism's website U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.
"Shariah is a totalitarian, brutally repressive and supremacist doctrine. Its adherents - notably, the Muslim Brotherhood - seek to bring it here.
Shariah is principally about power, not faith...acting to realize its political end of overthrowing the U.S. government is seditious and must be prosecuted, not treated as protected religious practice.
The Muslim Brotherhood's strategic plan, the group's mission in America is a "civilization-jihadist process?a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within" by our hands...." [view, the MB plan, which was entered into evidence at U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation [exhibit GX3-85, http://www.pipelinenews.org/images/GX3-85.pdf The General Strategic Plan for the Group in North America, please note the first half of the document is written in Arabic, the later half translated into English]
The Muslim Brotherhood's civilization jihad is being pursued through stealthy means involving the penetration and subversion of this country's civil society and governing institutions. Presidencies of both parties have been compromised in this way.
One determinant of the success of such a stealthy, pre-violent jihad is what the military calls 'information dominance.'" ...The Muslim Brotherhood was helped in its efforts to achieve information dominance over the George W. Bush administration, thanks to collaboration between a top Muslim Brotherhood operative, Abdurahman Alamoudi, and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.
In addition to al Qaeda financier Alamoudi, Norquist helped mainstream in the Bush campaign and/or administration five other Muslims with extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood...the Islamic Free Market Institute's Khalid Saffuri, CAIR's Nihad Awad, Palestinian Jihad's Sami al-Arian, the Fiqh Council's Muzzamil Siddiqi and Suhail Khan, a former staffer for Rep. Tom Campbell of California...."
April 23, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an April 23, 2012 posting on the Muslim Brotherhood's English website, Ikhwanweb.com, a spokesman for group's presidential candidate [and member of the MB Executive Board] Mohamed Morsi attempted to head off speculation that a strict imposition of Shari'a remains the centerpiece in the MB's end game.
"Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Ati, General Coordinator of the campaign to support Dr. Mohamed Morsi for the presidency, said that the official slogan of the campaign is 'Renaissance, the Will of the People', and that the project and the platform presented by Dr. Morsi is the 'Renaissance Program'. He assured that reports on the use of the slogan 'Islam is the solution' are totally unfounded..." [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29918]
Abdel-Ati's statement is however a total contradiction of what Morsi forcefully stated in a November 26, 2010 piece published by the same Ikhwan website:
"Concerning the media's ongoing war against the Muslim Brotherhood's election slogan "Islam Is the Solution", Morsy said that Islam is the official state religion, Sharia is the primary source of legislation, and the Egyptians are in dire need of political and social reform to improve the working and living conditions of the poor people. Egyptians have accepted the comprehensive Islamic Sharia for the country's welfare, prosperity and development..." [http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=27056&ref=search.php]
That the Muslim Brotherhood is so plainly engaged in intentional deceit to bring about a fully Shari'a compliant Egypt is not surprising, what is of note however is that they do it so boldly, apparently content in the knowledge that most Western news sources will remain willfully ignorant of the group's long established propensity for taqiyya, religiously condoned lying.
April 23, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - With Iran claiming victory over the West in the 5+1 nuclear negotiations last week in Istanbul, officials of the Islamic regime are again increasing the war rhetoric, vowing that they will not step back from their nuclear program.
And in any military confrontation, Iran's response will be more devastating than imagined, it warned.
At the same time, Iran is calling for the removal of sanctions, calling this the only viable option left for President Obama to save himself.
"The only path left for Obama to avoid a big loss to the Republicans in the upcoming election is to compromise with Iran and immediately remove all sanctions to allow big American oil companies to participate in the Iranian oil and gas projects," said a recent analysis on the Iranian outlet Fadaeian Islam (Devotees of Islam).
"Obama is on a steep decline where his fall is imminent, and even if there is no confrontation with Iran, the oil prices will soon go up by more than $30 (a barrel), which will surely seal the loss of the Democrats in the upcoming elections," the analysis added. "The result of the sanctions on Iran will be less investment in the production of oil in Iran and an automatic rise in prices with a terrible outcome for America, increasing its unemployment."
April 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "If the Jews as servants of Satan continue to destroy the world they will be annihilated like the Indians and the negroes in Australia. Just like the extermination of the Indians would the extermination of the Jews be the act of God and not a crime as such."
Is this a quote from Adolf Hitler's notorious book Mein Kampf (My Struggle) or from his equally notorious Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels? No, it is not. This was said by a German neo-Nazi named Horst Mahler at his trial in Berlin in 2004. Mahler, a former Marxist terrorist, joined the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) in 2000, but left the party three years later. He is one of the most outspoken neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers in Germany.
For some reason, the Iranian regime in Tehran very much likes Mahler and his ilk. They planned to invite him to address an "International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust" to be held in Tehran in 2006. "Review" here is just another term used by anti-Semites to refer to Holocaust denial. This highly controversial conference was addressed by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a fanatical Holocaust denier himself who likes to build bridges between radical Muslims (Islamists) and neo-Nazis. But the German authorities successfully prevented Mahler from traveling to Tehran in 2006 by temporarily confiscating his passport. A very wise decision indeed.
On December 25, 2005, the Internet version of the Tehran Times quoted Mahler as follows: "Ahmadinejad has been very helpful. The Holocaust never happened. It is the biggest lie in history."
In the summer of 2006, the German neo-Nazi monthly Nation & Europa, hailed Ahmadinejad as "a moral authority" and "a defender of the Germans against guilt servitude." The same issue showed a front page color picture of a smiling Ahmadinejad, and below that picture the following text was printed: "Thank you, Mr. President" ("Danke, Herr Präsident"). Nation & Europa often echoes NPD views. In May 2006, the NPD's federal board wished Ahmadinejad "much success in his defense of his country's sovereignty."
April 12, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - California Democrats have proposed a bill, SB1338, which is fatally flawed, morally, professionally and politically.
The bill, authored by Sen. Christine Kehoe, was amended this week and sent back to the Business and Professions Committee. A hearing date has been set, April 16, before the Senate Business and Professions Committee [chaired by Curren Price [D] and vice chaired by Bill Emmerson [R].
As worded now, the proposed legislation boldly confirms and acknowledges what opponents of laissez-faire abortion have claimed all along as being the bill's agenda - downgrading the [now] illegal act of first trimester abortions being performed by anyone other than a licensed physician/surgeon, to the status of a simple legal health care procedure performed as a routine health care service by midwives. Additionally, it seems to confirm that midwives, nurse assistants and nurse practitioners have already been performing first trimester abortions in a clandestine manner without a specific license and with a minimal amount of training.
An interested party in this matter is the California Nursing Association. The Association has a history of support for "democratizing" abortion. For example the CNA aligned itself with a 2003 measure entitled the California's Reproductive Privacy Act [Health and Safety Code 123460] which expanded the "Scope Of Practice" of this sub-group of medical workers. The Board of Registered Nursing also endorsed this legislation.
In general, it's CNA's view this bill is unnecessary because the aforementioned California's Reproductive Privacy Act [Health and Safety Code had already substantially expanded the "Scope Of Practice" - as defined by law - of these practitioners.
In an April 11 telephone conversation, a spokesman for the group told us that it had preliminarily endorsed SB 1338 but had some reservations which were yet to be worked out. In a late arriving April 12 email, the spokesman provided the group's now official written statement, "We now support the bill."
The Reproductive Privacy Act opened the door for midwives to be trained as abortionists. What SB 1338 does - and it's a major change - is to decriminalize the act of killing a first trimester baby by "medical or aspiration abortion" by "mid-level providers," which is now clearly stated in the new bill.
One of the methods of abortion is the use of a manual aspirator, basically a syringe sized vacuum cleaner. In the 1980's feminists began touting the benefits to women of private, in-home do-it-yourself abortions by manual aspiration. Women were encouraged to hold little training sessions in their own neighborhood to train other women or assist other women in aborting themselves. This they opined was the epitome of control. Unbelievably, this is now one of the training methods offered to the midwife classes in this pretend "workforce training" program [pogrom?]. This is, of course, illegal even under the current RPA, absent a license.
Feminists are claiming that this legislation is merely a recognition of what Roe v Wade sanctified - the act of killing babies as a mere natural part of the reproductive process. It is, in their minds, strictly a rite of female sisterhood - control of the process of life and death in the hands of the female.
Other states are considering similar legislation [Alabama for example] so this isn't just another craven act by wing-nut CA Democrats.
April 11, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Outraged that their plan to hijack the process of writing Egypt's new constitution, was temporarily halted by an administrative court decision [see, Egyptian Court: Muslim Brotherhood/Salafist Drafted Constitution Put On Hold] the Muslim Brotherhood and dozens of hard-line Islamist groups1 have called for a massive street demonstration which they are calling a, "Friday of Confrontation and Revolution Revival" [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29872]
Departing from the studiously diplomatic language it has recently employed in a charm offensive targeting the West, especially the Obama administration and American leftists, in a belligerent statement published today on its website, the Ikhwan makes clear that it will settle for nothing less than dictatorial power. Previously the MB played a coy game with Tahrir demonstrations, pretending that they were merely interested observers, this time around however all pretense of moderation has been jettisoned.
The main body of the Brotherhood's, apparently non-negotiable demands are as follows...[to continue reading, please follow the headline link].
April 10, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An administrative court in Egypt has voided the process - temporarily - by which Egypt's new constitution was being drafted.
Tensions have been rising since the country's main Islamist political parties, the FJP [Muslim Brotherhood] and the Nour party [Salafist], made the decision to stack the 100 member assembly [charged with drafting the document] with Islamists supportive of a theocracy, based upon strict Shari'a enforcement.
Copts, leftists and what are described as "liberals," have expressed their objections by leaving the assembly, claiming it has no legitimacy because it is dominated by hard-line Islamists.
Though the Ikhwan [Arabic for Muslim Brotherhood] has stated that it supports the court's decision [see, Dr. Morsi: Freedom and Justice Party Respects Verdict on Constituent Assembly, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29867] that support only goes so far in that the FJP is challenging the decision.
"Freedom and Justice Party lawyer Ahmed Abu-Baraka has announced the party's intention to appeal a Tuesday verdict issued by the Supreme Administrative Court that found Egypt's recently-established Constituent Assembly ? tasked with drafting a new national charter ? unconstitutional..." [source, FJP to appeal verdict against Egypt's Constituent Assembly, Al Ahram online, http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/38974/Egypt/Politics-/-FJP-to-appeal-verdict-against-Egypts-Constituent-.aspx]
April 9, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This week is Passover, the season of deliverance, and I'm praying for deliverance from America's failed Jewish leadership. As Jews confront the most dangerous era since World War II, whom are we stuck with for leaders? A clueless bunch of mini-Pharaohs, strutting around proclaiming their moral superiority, blissfully unaware the Jewish people's mortal enemies are pulling down their pants and laughing at them.
Cataloguing their collective acts of evasion, cowardice, appeasement, and surrender is not for the faint of heart, but, luckily, I'm fortified by matzo balls and ready to rock. At the Passover Seder, Jews recite Dayenu, a prayer listing the many blessings bestowed by the Almighty, each of which would have sufficed (Dayenu) in its own right. Here, alas, is a woeful Dayenu of the failures of the American Jewish establishment. Can anyone tell me why these preening big shots haven't been forced to resign in shame? Why, in God's name, are our purported "leaders" still collecting cushy paychecks when their credibility is bankrupt?
If they only had allowed a storm of anti-Semitism to rise in the West, and hate crimes against American Jews to skyrocket to unprecedented heights, while they declined to muster even a listless response - Dayenu - they would have failed.
If they only had stood aside, shrugging, while America's college campuses became battlegrounds in the war against Israel, where anti-Semitic lies were force-fed to America's next generation of leaders, and Jewish students were intimidated and taught self-hatred and alienation from their own identities - Dayenu - they would have failed.
April 9, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Islamists are fond of saying complimentary things about Jesus and other pre-Muslim Biblical figures, successfully calculating the positive effect such declarations will have when dealing with Western audiences.
However as Palestinian Media Watch has demonstrated for years, in Muslim venues, often in Arabic, the full explication of these and similar statements takes on an entirely different meaning.
As Palewatch noted in an April 2 posting, a Palestinian university professor made clear the real meaning behind this manner of Islamist flim-flam in an interview conducted by PA TV.
The money quote being, "...The Muslims of the Children of Israel went out of Egypt under the leadership of Moses, and unfortunately, many researchers deny the Exodus of those oppressed people who were liberated by a great leader, like Moses the Muslim, the believing leader, the great Muslim..."
April 4, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to the Muslim Brotherhood's English website, "A delegation from the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) began its first official visit to the United States on Monday April 2 for one week. During the visit, the delegation will hold meetings with major news media and think tanks in New York City, before heading to Washington DC to attend a one day conference on Islamist movements in power at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace on April 5. The delegation will also participate in other public events at Georgetown University, US Chamber of Commerce as well as meeting with the Egyptian community and US officials." [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29843]
Reached for comment this morning, a spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce confirmed that there will be a meeting today between it and Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party, a political wing of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, the organization which created the Palestinian terror group Hamas.
The spokesman would give no details regarding the reason for meeting or what agenda items would be discussed. He said the meeting was "private."
In that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is regarded as one of the bedrock [generally conservative] institutional proponents of American enterprise and capitalism, today's meeting with the FJP is simply inexplicable. Perhaps those responsible for arranging this meeting are unaware that the Brotherhood's motto is, "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."
We fail to see how American values are advanced by a meeting between the Chamber and the FJP. Rather, we see a hallowed American institution providing undeserved legitimacy to the Muslim Brotherhood which has spread the ideology of Islamist terror worldwide.
The FJP is in the process of fully Islamizing Egypt, having grabbed power during a very controversial legislative election and now, with the announcement that it will run [contradicting its previous stance] a candidate [Khairat al-Shater] for Egypt's presidency, that process will be markedly hastened.
Al-Shater has been a long-time funder of the Muslim Brotherhood [previous to his announced candidacy he was the MB's Deputy Chairman] and was jailed numerous times under the Mubarak regime, because of his membership in a banned organization.
April 2, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Muslim Brotherhood's nomination of hard-line Khalit al-Shater to run in the upcoming Egyptian presidential election arrived at a bad time tactically, for the organization, in that news of an al-Shater candidacy was accompanied by a recent poll which shows a plurality of Egyptians no longer wish to have the U.S. provide economic aid and would prefer to receive assistance from the Islamist Turkish government, or worse, Iran's Mullocracy.
Shater is a longtime financier of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and was jailed on various occasions by now deposed president Mubarak, who is likely never to see the outside of a prison cell again, unless of course he is executed for "crimes against the Egyptian people."
For some reason this juxtaposition of a populace increasingly seeking normalized relations between the country and Iran with the possibility of a Muslim Brotherhood dominated Egyptian presidency caught the attention of Ann Patterson, U.S. ambassador to the country who stated, "Washington expresses its concern about the Egyptian Islamic movements' relations with Tehran..." [source, Fars News Agency, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9101140042]