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Radical Muslim Group - Sharia4Belgium/Muslims Rise Demands Imposition of Shari'a Throughout Europe

May 26, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As reported by the Islam in Europe blog, planned demonstrations in Brussels by radical Muslims displeased by Belgium's move to ban certain Islamic head coverings - including that which is considered most extreme, the burqa - was not permitted to go forward by the country's law enforcement authorities.

The main group involved calls itself Sharia4Belgium/MuslimsRise. They advocate forcing Shari'a compliance throughout the West.

On April 22 the lower house of the Belgian parliament voted to require the ban.

Though the protests were not held in Brussels, supporters of the group protested in London. in front of the Belgian embassy.

A YouTube video posted by Sharia4Belgium/MuslimsRise carried the following message

"[sic] 22nd May 22010 Muslim's in the United Kingdom demonstrated regarding the 'Bann on the Veil" in Belgium. The Messenger Muhammad(saw) said 'this Ummah(nation) is one Ummah to the exclusion of all others: thie land is ONE, their war is ONE, thier peace is one & their Honour is One. any one of you can represent all of you'. Oh Allah(swt) creator of the heavens and earths except the efforts of the muslims in the UK. Ameen.'"

The incessant and rising push for Shari'a among Europe's Muslims is believed by many to foreshadow a similar effort in the United States, with the move by Islamists in New York to build a $100 million mosque in close proximity to the 911 ground zero site being only the most recent example.

Opponents of the plan were handed a setback on May 25 when a local community board went dhimmi, voting 29-1 in favor of the mosque. 10 abstained to vote on the controversial measure.

John Brennan's "Al Quds" NYU Address - Providing Aid and Comfort to the Islamists

In Wake of Uproar, White House Pulls Main Brennan Video Links

By WILLIAM MAYER

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."

911 Families Oppose Ground Zero Mosque

May 24, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The group - 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, (9/11 FSSA) - has announced that it adamantly rejects the plan for a mosque to be built atop a planned 15-story structure that would tower over the site where nearly 3,000 people were killed by Islamic terrorists.

According to the project's leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the mosque and "Muslim-led community center" is to be called the Cordoba House, named after the historic period when the Islamic Caliphate in Cordoba ruled much of Europe and non-Muslims lived as second-class citizens under Islamic rule.

Victims' families view the imam's expressed plan to "leverage" the mosque's proximity to Ground Zero to engage in proselytizing and to "grow the Muslim community," as shockingly insensitive to the history of the site where their loved ones were slaughtered in the worst terrorist attack by extremist Muslims in America's history; following the attack, 20,000 body parts were recovered in a nine-month operation to remove 1.8 million tons of rubble from Lower Manhattan.

"Imam Rauf is a Muslim cleric who, immediately after 9/11, blamed the attacks on U.S. treatment of Muslims, asserting that Osama Bin Ladin was 'made in the U.S.A,'" said Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 FSSA, whose brother was the pilot of the American Airlines flight which was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. "We do not accept the Cordoba organization's view that we need Imam Rauf to lecture us about religious tolerance in a city still dealing with the consequences of the attack that he claims we brought on ourselves."

Last Monday, representatives of 9/11 FSSA met with Sharif El-Gamal, owner and CEO of Soho Properties, the corporation that purchased the two buildings where the mosque will be built at 43-45 Park Place, and asked him to name the investors in the mosque project. Mr. El-Gamal refused, citing the advice of his attorneys, stating that "this is private property" and that "we can build this 'as of right.'" The property was purchased with $4.85 million in cash.

Imam Rauf is now publicly stating in a professionally-organized PR campaign that the building will be a community center, "not a mosque." However, Mr. El-Gamal showed 9/11 FSSA members architectural renderings in which a mosque, located on the top floor of the 15-story building, would have a commanding view of the entire Ground Zero neighborhood.

Pentagon Investigating U.S. Soldiers in Alleged "Unwarranted" Deaths of Afghan Civilians

May 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Continuing the Pentagon's policy of micro-managing the war effort to its detriment, it has been reported by both Reuters and the Chicago Tribune that Army personnel stationed in Afghanistan are under investigation in the alleged non-combat related deaths of "possibly" three Afghan civilians.

"U.S. statement Thursday said the allegations also included illegal drug use, assault and conspiracy. No charges have been filed but one soldier has been placed in pre-trial confinement." [source, Chicago Tribune, US investigating allegations "small number" of US soldiers responsible for civilian deaths, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-as-afghan-us-probe,0,1187019.story?track=rss]

The move comes on the heels of the acquittal of three Navy SEALs, 2nd Class Matthew McCabe and Petty Officers Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe who were charged upon mere allegations made by a detained terrorist - Ahmed Hashim Abed - of criminal assault, dereliction of duty and impeding an official investigation.

The now proven unfounded "assault" consisted of an alleged slap delivered to the terrorist as he was taken into custody.

Chalk another one up for over enthusiastic JAGs.

Congressman Frank Wolf Again Calls For Thorough Intel Review

May 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On a note of concern attending the Tuesday release by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, of the declassified summary report on the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt by Umar Farouk Abdumutallab, Congressman Frank Wolf [R VA] once more called upon the administration to consider implementing a series of recommendations - arrived at in a show of bipartisanship - designed to improve national security.

In a letter to the president, the congressman pointed out that the 14 specific "points of failure" detailed within the report might well have been prevented if a thorough outside review of the nation's counterterrorism policies had already been completed.

Souder Vs. Blumenthal, In Your Face Journalistic Malfeasance

By WILLIAM MAYER

May 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Much has been written over the past few years categorically establishing beyond question the leftist bias of the entrenched media [see for daily coverage, the Media Research Center, especially its Special Reports section, http://www.mrc.org/specialreports/archive.aspx, or any number of books including Bernie Goldberg's, "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News"]

Understandably the media will never admit to this, regardless of how thoroughly the phenomenon is documented, another test suggesting the presence of bias and an inability to accept reality.

I have found this to be the case in dozens and dozens of off-the-record, deep background chats with journalists who simply will not admit that they are frequently nothing more than purveyors of agendized leftist propaganda.

One such conversation comes to mind in which I challenged a prominent West coast reporter - during a telephone conversation - over coverage of a speech by a key member of the G.W. Bush administration. After wrangling for several minutes over the article's almost complete failure to mention anything that this former official said during his address, this reporter finally admitted, not bias, but to the creation of a story - a controversy - where none existed because otherwise, "it wasn't news." This - translated - means it's not news unless it fits the working narrative and if it doesn't, then it will be bludgeoned into correct form.

Random Thoughts on Upcoming California Primary

By CAMILLE GIGLIO, Legislative Analyst

May 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - We begin to get phone calls and questions about this time in an election cycle concerning who is a pro-life candidate. Unfortunately, the last few elections have left one scratching their head wondering who or if any of the candidates is really pro life.

This upcoming primary is no different. Not only do we wonder if any of them are really pro life, but we wonder if any of the information they put forth is even accurate, let alone germane to the office for which they are running.

I will be out of the state during the election time - yes, I'm voting absentee - so here are some random thoughts on candidate positions.

The Al-Qaeda Threat From Africa

By EMERSON VERMAAT

May 18, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Each year, more than 240,000 illegal African immigrants are entering Europe. Behind these huge operations of migrant trafficking are powerful criminal African and North African organizations which bribe the police, customs officials and other local officials as well as (African) government ministers. Each illegal immigant has to pay up to 3000 euros to the trafficking organizations. These mafia organizations receive some 300 million dollars (237 million euros) annually for their clandestine services (bribing of officials, document forgery, etc.), according to a United Nations report. Many of these organizations are run by Nigerians, the report says.1

Nigeria and Somalia are significant source countries of criminals and terrorists who operate on an international scale. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerian and Somali immigrants have entered Europe and North America in recent years, posing great strains on Western societies. Western intelligence and security services are monitoring radicalized African Muslim males who enthousiastically endorse jihadist ideologies linked to Al-Qaeda. An increasing number of them even wants to join the jihad against the West and die as a suicide bomber or so-called "martyr."

The origins of Al-Qaeda lie both in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Africa. After taking part in the jihad against the Soviet occupiers of Afghanistan and founding Al-Qaeda in 1988, Osama bin Laden set up base in Sudan (1992). Four years later, though, he returned to Afghanistan establishing more training camps and expanding Al-Qaeda into a truly global terror network, in close cooperation with his Egyptian friend Ayman Al-Zawahiri. The first time I heard about bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri was in 1996.

Confrontational Islamist Plan for 911 Mosque Mired in Chaos

By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ

May 17, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a study done by the New York Post - published in its Sunday edition - an increasingly controversial plan to build a $100 million dollar, 13 story mosque just two blocks away from the epicenter of the Muslim terrorist attacks of September 11 is seriously short of funding and engulfed in questions regarding the motivation of its proponents.

The newspaper's story goes on to show that the organizations which are publicly leading the effort - the American Society for Muslim Advancement [ASMA] and the Cordoba Initiative - together have assets of less than $1 million.

"The American Society for Muslim Advancement, which proposed the center, has assets of less than $1 million...[and a] sister organization, the Cordoba Initiative, listed assets of less than $20,000 in 2008. Its tax filings do not disclose at least $60,000 in private contributions, a Post analysis found, raising questions about where the money went." [source, New York Post, Short on Allah Dollars, http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/short_on_3UhQftAjXfFZq1fNURK3BM?sms_ss=email]

Kuwait born imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is at the helm of this effort and runs both groups. He is listed on ASMA's website as, "Founder of ASMA and Chairman of Cordoba Initiative." [source, http://www.asmasociety.org/about/p_people.html]

This lack of funds raises additional fears that the shortfall will be made up from the deep pocket fundamentalist Wahhabis and Salafists of the Middle East who will use the erecting of a mosque at ground zero as a means of extending cultural and religious hegemony.

In his public utterances and activities Imam Feisal has demonstrated skill in building a non-threatening persona, having created a media friendly image of moderation despite a record of extremist and plainly bizarre statements.

For example, during the second segment of the CBS News show 60 minutes broadcast on September 30, 2001, Feisal Abdul Rauf - the alleged moderate - engaged host Ed Bradley in the following manner:

Bradley: "Are you in any way suggesting that we in the United States deserved what happened?"

Faisal: "I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened, but United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened."

Bradley: "You say that we're an accessory? How?"

Faisal: "Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense Osama bin-Laden is made in the U.S.A." [source transcript available at the "Islam for Today" website - http://www.islamfortoday.com/60minutes.htm]

Feisal has also claimed that the essential elements of Shari'a - Islamic religious law - are embodied in the American Constitution which seems to be a naked attempt on his part to create a moral equivalency where none exists.

"Islamic law and American democratic principles have many things in common...The framers of the Constitution wrote that they were establishing justice, ensuring domestic tranquility, promoting the general welfare and securing the blessings of liberty. In the same way, Islamic law believes that God has ordained political justice, economic justice, help for the weak and impoverished. These are very Islamic concepts." [source, Washington Post, Obama vs. Osama in Muslim World, http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/feisal_abdul_rauf/2009/03/why_obama_should_speak_to_the_muslim_world.html]

Imam Feisal has assured critics that the building of a mosque - on sacred ground, soaked in the blood of innocents - is neither insensitive nor intentionally antagonistic. However when seen clearly, it's an outrageous and blatant act of Muslim domination...a concept dredged up from the 7th century.

That the takiyya laden Feisal and his murky group of backers are so blind as to be unable or unwilling to see the offensive nature of such a move - perhaps the most singularly insensitive and indeed warlike move that any Muslim could propose - speaks with elegant testimony to the assertion that advocates of radical Islam will not stop until both their violent as well as the stealth jihad - of which Feisal could be the poster child - are defeated.

If this is what moderate Islam is all about perhaps a rethinking on our part of the religion's capacity to coexist at any level with the West is in order.

Five American Muslims Face Life Sentence in Pakistani Court, Charged with Making War on "Infidels"

May 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The prosecution rested today in the trial of five American Muslim immigrants charged with terrorist acts.

The defendants, Ahmed Minni, Umar Farooq, Ramy Zamzam, Waqar Khan and Hassan Yemer had, according to the government, stated an intention of travelling from Pakistan to Afghanistan where they could join the mujahideen and fight against American and NATO forces.

"Pakistani authorities have described the men as intent on waging holy war against 'infidels for the atrocities committed by them against Muslims around the world.'" [source, CNN, 'D.C. Five' appear in court in Pakistan, http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/05/15/pakistan.terror.trial/]

The so-called "DC-5" emigrated from various Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Pakistan and Ethiopia to the U.S. and resided in various locations in and around the vicinity of Washington, DC.

Imam Eric Holder

May 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In testimony delivered yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee, AG Holder refused - during vigorous questioning by ranking member Lamar Smith - to say that the current crop of domestic terrorists might have been motivated by, "radical Islam."

Holder: "...there are a variety of reasons why these people have taken these actions...you have to look at each individual case..."

He even refused to confront the religious issue in general.

Holder: "...I don't want to say anything negative about a religion..."

However, Holder, who didn't consider himself knowledgeable enough to define "radical Islam" to the extent necessary to directly answer Mr. Smith's pointed queries nonetheless considered himself sufficiently enlightened to make the far more global claim that "radical Islam" is inconsistent with Islam in general.


Holder: "...potentially incited by an Islam that is inconsistent with its history...like Anwar Awlaki for instance, who has a version of Islam that is not consistent with the teachings of it..."

Generally it is understood that a great deal of study of the Qur'an, often aided by the ability to read Arabic, is required to make such religious determinations and those who are qualified have a name, they are called imams.

This was a skill set entirely hidden from Mr. Holder's resume - until yesterday.

As noted by historian Dr. Daniel Pipes:

"I ridiculed "Imam Bush" for telling Muslims about true Islam and its distortion, and now I must ridicule "Sheikh Obama" for the same. He's a politician, not a theologian. He's now a Christian, not a Muslim. He should steer completely clear from the topic of who are good or bad Muslims." [source, National Review, Sheikh Obama and His Two Wars, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YmQ2NjYyYmU3MzcxYmI0NDhlNThhNDIyZjlmYmZlMjc=]

In his recent Congressional appearance AG Holder continued the administration's verbal shenanigans in dealing with the terror phenomenon, engaging in the most arcane linguistic contortions to avoid speaking plainly.

For those paying attention this is dismaying in the extreme - it being impossible to win a conflict if one is unable or even unwilling to be able to identify the enemy.

No Pushback from Team Obama on Massive Proposed U.N / World Health Organization Global Internet Tax

May 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Hidden inside a near 100 page 2010 report by the World Health Organization's "Expert Working Group," [an arm of the United Nations] devoted to new methods of raising revenue for the WHO, is a proposal for a global tax on internet activity, levied by the United Nations.

The digital tax involves a charge on traffic over the Internet. It was first discussed in the 1990s, and various proponents have suggested different versions. Examples include a tax of 1 US cent on every 100 e-mails of 10 KB sent, a charge per number of e-mail messages (e.g. 10 cents per 1000 messages). The key element is a very low charge." [source, World Health Organization, Research and Development - Coordination and Financing, pg. 58, http://www.who.int/phi/documents/RDFinancingwithISBN.pdf]

One can almost visualize greedy UN bureaucrats and murderous despots rubbing their hands with glee in anticipation of such a windfall.

"[A] Digital tax or "bit" tax: Internet traffic is huge and likely to increase rapidly; this tax could yield tens of billion US dollars from a broad base of users...This could be estimated conservatively to raise about US$ 3 billion per annum... An indirect tax like a digital tax might be appealing to politicians and consumers, who will accept a low tax across a broad base with an altruistic purpose." [source, ibid, pg. 58]

As noted above, the controversial proposal has been kicking around the halls of the UN - an organization legendary for its financial and sexual impropriety, gross mismanagement and generalized scandal - for 20 years and until recently has been looked upon with disfavor by Democrat as well as Republican administrations.

Is Iran Aiding al-Qaeda?

May 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what is rumored to be a significant change in policy, Iran has reportedly been releasing jailed members of al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaida operatives who have been detained for years in Iran have been making their way quietly in and out of the country, raising the prospect that Iran is loosening its grip on the terror group so it can replenish its ranks, former and current U.S. intelligence officials say. [source, AP, AP Exclusive: Iran eases grip on al-Qaida, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jZ-5-3Ifvv72jUDj3i7adCd8XAYgD9FLVTUG0]

In the years following 9/11, the ranks of al-Qaeda have been decimated with many of the organization's leaders either killed or driven so far underground that their ability to influence day-to-day operations have been severely hampered.

Wafa Sultan Speaks at Philadelphia Event

By BEILA RABINOWITZ

May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On May 11, the David Horowitz Freedom Center of Philadelphia [DHFC] hosted Wafa Sultan at the Union League in Philadelphia. Wafa Sultan is an ex-Muslim and author of the book, "A God Who Hates."

Craig Snider, the director of the DHFC in Philadelphia organized the event.

Dr. Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, introduced Dr. Sultan. In endorsing her book he wrote, "Wafa Sultan paints a scorching, unforgettable portrait of Syrian Muslim society, especially the degradation of its women, and lyrically appreciates her adopted American homeland, which she calls 'the land of dreams.' But she also worries that Middle East customs are encroaching on the West and writes with passion to awaken Americans to a menace they barely recognize, much less fear."

During introductory remarks, Dr. Pipes recounted how Sultan had first questioned Islam after she saw a professor at her medical school in Syria murdered by members of the Muslim Brotherhood who were shouting Allahu Akhbar! This prompted her to look deeper into Islam. After immigrating to America she began writing articles about Islam especially it's misogynist tendencies. Her writings "caught the eye" of producers at Al Jazeera and she was catapulted into prominence after a debate with a sheik in which she, according to Pipes, "...unapologetically said things that are just not said...in public...and even less said by a Muslim and by a woman."

As related by Pipes, during the debate with the sheik among the questions posed was if we are witnessing a clash of civilizations, to which Sultan replied, "No, we are witnessing the clash of something more fundamental, it is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the middle ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century."

Mullah Omar Captured?

May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Rumors regarding the possible capture of the Afghan Taliban's founder, Mullah Omar are sweeping through DC.

First broken on Breitbart by Brad Thor, a national security expert with reputed excellent sources, the story has neither been confirmed nor denied officially by anyone in the Obama administration.

''At the end of March, US Military Intelligence was informed by US operatives working in the Af/Pak theater on behalf of the D.O.D. that Omar had been detained by Pakistani authorities. One would assume that this would be passed up the chain and that the Secretary of Defense would have been alerted immediately. From what I am hearing, that may not have been the case,'' the analyst, Brad Thor, said. [source, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Reports-of-Mullah-Omar-capture-sweep-US/articleshow/5918087.cms]

Omar created the Afghan Taliban in 1994 and is currently on the United States most wanted list for, as the Dept. of State's Rewards for Justice website makes clear, "Mullah Omar's Taliban regime in Afghanistan sheltered Osama bin-Laden and his al-Qai'da network in the years prior to the September 11 attacks."

Will the State Department Add the Pakistani Taliban to the Foreign Terrorist Organization Registry?

May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - With all the deliberate speed that a hidebound bureaucracy can muster, the U.S. State Dept. is considering the possibility of placing Pakistan's Taliban on its official Foreign Terrorist Organization [FTO] registry. [see, http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm]

The recent revelation that the Pak Taliban was involved with Faisal Shahzad's botched Times Square bombing plot has led to considerable pressure towards such a finding.

"It is something we are considering in light of what happened, and obviously the investigation will yield information that might give us greater clarity," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters. Crowley said there was a lengthy legal process before a group could be designated a "foreign terrorist organization" and he did not know when a decision would be made." [source, Reuters, U.S. mulls putting Pakistan Taliban on terrorism list, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64A4YF20100511?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews]

What State has so far remained unclear about is whether such a move would signal the abandonment of its previous stance, that "moderates" within the Taliban might be worked with.

Contacted for comment on this development was Clair Lopez, Sr. Fellow at the Center for Security Policy [see, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.xml].

Putting it all Together - the California Merger Between the Educrats and Big Labor

By CAMILLE GIGLIO, Legislative Analyst

May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Today's public school student is failing to receive a good, solid, academic education. Charter schools and home schooling have increased commensurately. Many students have left public school to attend the more expensive private schools; others bored with education, have just dropped out.

Is the formerly cherished California educational system cheating the students as parents and critics complain or is it right on target according to the educators and think tanks?

Well, it's a little of both.

California education underwent a major sea change beginning in 1960 with passage of the first Master Plan for Education also referred to as the Donahoe Education Act. Clark Kerr, later to become Chancellor of Cal Berkeley, takes credit as does former legislator, Santa Clara University graduate, Jesuit trained, John Vasconcellos, for creating and furthering this Master Plan.

Kerr addresses his goals with a more intellectual approach, couching his ideas in lofty, aesthetic terms. Vasconcellos uses the patois of the hippy era, blaming mainly parents, and church for a failure to prepare and nurture their children for the hard realities and the pleasures of life.

A report on Vasconcellos' plans for our children is contained in an article written by Jeff Fishel, Department of Government School of public Affairs, America University, Washington, D.C. entitled "Leadership for Social Change and the Promise of Humanistic Psychology."

The original Master Plan was that period's California Dream Act, long on ideals, short on ways to attain those ideals and lacking in funds. The main premise, however, was that schools must become accountable for the children that [it was asserted] parents and society were failing.

Pak Link with Shahzad Another Indication that Obama Terror Strategy is Bankrupt

By WILLIAM MAYER

May 10, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Sunday talk shows have proved themselves relevant for once, yesterday carrying the bombshell twin admissions by AG Holder and WH terror advisor John Brennan that the Pakistani Taliban was involved with Faisal Shahzad's abortive Times Square bombing plot.

Yet it is a safe bet that even visible proof that an al-Qaeda centric terror worldview is counterproductive to a reasonable war fighting strategy will not remove the blinders from team Obama.

From the outset, the president's policy in that regard has been defined by a number of attributes - all of them unsound.

1. A denial that many of the world's Muslims ascribe to a jihadist ideology, allowing the foreign policy team to put forth the politically expedient assertion that al-Qaeda is the sole enemy.

2. A belief that kind words and breast beating will convince the Muslim world that the West and America particularly - because of "colonialism" - take a large measure of responsibility [and apologize for] the hellish conditions faced by nearly every Muslim nation.

3. An assumption that simple mea-culpas are capable of repairing the rift between civilizations in conflict.

4. Faith that attacks by drone aircraft in the most radicalized areas of Pakistan [Waziristan & the tribal areas] will be of consequence in the final outcome of this conflict.

5. A belief that Pakistan - or any Muslim nation - can be more than a reluctant ally of the United States, given the ideological constraints that a radical interpretation of Islam demands.

6. Repeated assertions that "good" elements within the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban and other jihadist entities can be reasoned with and are thus amenable to working with the West.

The disclosure by the top WH terror officials that the supposedly malleable Taliban would take such a bold step as to instigate a domestic attack on the United States should in the best-of-all-possible worlds initiate a full rethinking of Obama's [and the Democrat leadership's] anti-terror policy which would in good order be accompanied by a quick and unequivocal rejection of the above noted half-dozen points.

But that is not and will not be the case because the decision making process has been hijacked by leftist ideologues to whom literal reality holds little appeal. One should note the additional complication that the power players in this administration in large part ascribe to the Islamist's critique of this society, especially as it pertains to the supposed sins of Western colonialism.

Refuting the administration's sleight-of-hand manner of dealing with Islamic terrorism only requires an examination of the failure of these foundational principles.

Eight Convicted in Belgium al-Qaeda Terror Cell

May 10, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Delivering an unbelievably lenient sentence of only 8 years to the plot's leader, a Moroccan immigrant - Malika El Aroud - was today found guilty, along with 7 accomplices of planning a series of suicide attacks in Belgium. [see, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8673229.stm]

The al-Qaeda linked terror cell first came to public notice when 9 of its members were arrested in 2009.

Ms. El Aroud is something of a celebrity within terror circles, her first husband having allegedly killed Ahmed Shah Massoud, an opponent of the Taliban and the leader of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance.

Aroud's second husband, Moez Garsallaoui was among those found guilty today.

FCC's Genachowski - Court Decisions be Damned, Full-Speed Ahead on 'Net Censorship

May 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In previous coverage we have noted the Obama administration's long-term goal of controlling the Internet under the guise of protecting consumers.

"One thing Obama's critics can't say about him is that he lacks ambition and audacity.

And it is that audacity which was on full display in his first official news conference where he seemed to intentionally avoid taking question from Fox, shunning the favorite media target of the far left.

Obama's performance at the press gaggle, to this reporter at least was given an added dimension - call it the creep factor - produced by the president elect's other worldly, detached and vaguely android-like demeanor, as if the stage upon which he stood wasn't big enough to contain his celestial regality.

Filtering into that creep factor, a more pressing concern. This one regarding the news of His Celestialness' strategy on media legislation and technology initiatives, specifically his intention to create a Federal Office Of Technology, an idea which gained much more traction when IAC executive Julius Genachowski was named to the transition team.

Lest one get the impression that this is merely a case of adding 1 + 1 and getting 3, Genachowski headed the study group which originally advanced the idea of a cabinet level technology czar. [see, Barack Obama: Connecting and Empowering all Americans Through Technology and Innovation]

Let's place Mr G politically, is he an activist or something else? According to FEC filings he has traditionally been a big Dem funder, giving nearly 35k to various Dem candidates over the last 4 years. [see, Genachowski FEC].

By trade, Genachowski is a communication's attorney, most notably having served as chief counsel to Barry Diller's InteraActiveCorp [IAC] which has spawned a host of 'Net based companys including but not limited to: Ticketmaster, Expedia, Hotels.com and LendingTree.

Philosophically, judging from his associations he appears to be a very bright leftist with an already established power base throughout DC, see below:

"Before joining IAC, Mr. Genachowski was Chief Counsel to Chairman Reed Hundt of the Federal Communications Commission. He has served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and, before that, to retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Mr. Genachowski worked in Congress on the staff of the Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair and also for then-U.S. Representative, now Senator,

Charles E. Schumer. " [source, http://www.netcaucus.org/biography/julius-genachowski.shtml]

Though he could easily serve as Obama's Fairness Doctrine Grim Reaper, sharpening his scythe in preparation for the anticipated harvesting of Rush - given his first-hand familiarity with the FCC - that position seems to have already have been promised to Democrat Henry Rivera, whose departure from Reagan's FCC made clear the way to abolish the doctrine in the first place, during the mid 1980s." 1

Mr. Genachowski's machinations at FCC to place the 'Net directly under control of team Obama fortunately ran into a roadblock in early April when a three judge DC judicial panel in a unanimous decision ruled that the FCC has no statuary authority to regulate network management decisions made by Internet provider's.

Is Obama's Long Promised High Value Detainee Interrogation Group Operational?

May 6, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an August 24, 2009 announcement [see, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/August/09-ag-835.html] the DOJ's Special Task Force on Interrogations and Transfer Policies issued a set of recommendations to the president.

In the section of the press release covering interrogations, the task force advised the following:

"...the United States could improve its ability to interrogate the most dangerous terrorists by forming a specialized interrogation group, or High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), that would bring together the most effective and experienced interrogators and support personnel from across the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense and law enforcement. The creation of the HIG would build upon a proposal developed by the Intelligence Science Board. To accomplish that goal, the Task Force recommended that the HIG should coordinate the deployment of mobile teams of experienced interrogators, analysts, subject matter experts and linguists to conduct interrogations of high-value terrorists if the United States obtains the ability to interrogate them. The primary goal of this elite interrogation group would be gathering intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks and otherwise to protect national security. Advance planning and interagency coordination prior to interrogations would also allow the United States, where appropriate, to preserve the option of gathering information to be used in potential criminal investigations and prosecutions."

Given the lack of focus that team Obama has brought to matters pertaining to terrorism it was not surprising to find out that the HIG still had not been created when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the "Christmas Bomber," was apprehended on Christmas day.

Now with the attempted Times Square bombing again forcing the administration to publicly deal with the increasing terror threat we find it still unwilling to state categorically that the HIG is an active force.

Fareed Zakaria and Others Wrong, Pakistan is Not the "Epicenter of Islamic Radicalism"

By WILLIAM MAYER

May 5, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an interview prominently displayed on the CNN website [see, http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/05/05/zakaria.pakistan.terror/index.html?hpt=T1] Fareed Zakaria, who has become an oracle - mainly on the left - regarding American policy vis-ŕ-vis the Muslim world, states what has now become boilerplate among inside the beltway commentators, the assertion that Pakistan is the center of Islamic radicalism.

Determining where Mr. Zakaria's shifting political affectations might be at any one moment is difficult, with his having given lukewarm support for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, but then infamously opposing the now obviously successful 2007 surge, a complete reversal of mind on a key issue in a relatively short period time.

Zakaria's October 2009 statement indicative of a laissez-faire attitude towards an Iranian nuke, "The country does not yet have even one nuclear weapon, and if and when it gets one - something that is far from certain - the world will not end," does nothing to bestow confidence in his ability to provide meaningful guidance on such subjects. [source, http://www.newsweek.com/id/216702/page/1]

Introductory to that alarmingly accommodative pronouncement was the baffling contention that, "When Iran has made gestures, such as suspending nuclear enrichment for two years, Washington has not reciprocated. American support for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War remains a source of justifiable bitterness among Iran's leaders, many of whom fought in that conflict," which suggests a belief that Iran's belligerence is at least partially founded in the sins of the West. [source, ibid]

Pakistani Arrested in NY Car-Bomb Plot

May 4, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan has been arrested at JFK Airport in New York. Shahzad was removed from a flight bound for Dubai.

Shahzad is believed to be the party responsible for a plot whereby an explosive laden vehicle would have been detonated in Times Square.

According to CBS News, "Shahzad became a naturalized United States citizen on April 17, 2009, but spent much of the past year out of the country. Database information indicated that Shahzad last entered the United States on Feb. 3, 2010 aboard Emirates Flight 201. Shahzad previously departed the United States on June 2, 2009 aboard Emirates Flight 204 for Dubai." [source, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/04/national/main6457989.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody]

The improvised explosive device in Shahzad's car consisted of fertilizer, large propane bottles and containers full of gasoline. The timing device is thought to have been a common alarm clock, wired to trigger the explosion.

Members of Pakistan's terrorist Taliban have taken credit for the failed plot, but so far no concrete evidence has been presented by the government.

It is unclear at this point if the FBI Mirandized Shahzad, a move that would be certain to trigger additional concerns regarding the ability of president Obama to guard against threats to U.S. national security.

Ahmadinejad's new friend: African dictator Robert Mugabe

By EMERSON VERMAAT

May 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Guess who arrived in Zimbabwe on Thursday 22 April to be welcomed heartily by African dictator Robert Mugabe? It was the equally controversial Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Two notorious dictators who follow Hitler's example for the German Nazi leader said back in 1933: 'We are in power and we plan to remain in power no matter what happens.'

Not only did Ahmadinejad invite neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers to a Holocaust deniers conference in Tehran in December 2005, also is he on very close terms with Latin American Marxists and Castro admirers such as Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. And Mugabe, by the way, happens to be a Marxist, too. He led a Marxist-inspired guerrilla war in the 1970s and is still cooperating closely with North Korean communist hard-liners.

When Robert Mugabe was still a guerrilla leader in the 1970s he quickly became the darling of liberal theologians and clergymen from the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the National Council of Churches in the United States (NCC). The WCC's US $ 85,000 grant to the so-called 'Patriotic Front' in 1978 caused a major row. The 'Patriotic Front' was a temporary coalition of two Marxist-inspired parties: the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU), led by Joshua Nkomo and the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) led by Robert Mugabe. In fact, both Mugabe and Nkomo were rivals for power.


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