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FBI's Listing Of Top 2009 Terrorism Cases

December 31, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - What follows is the FBI's year end manifest of what it considers its most important terror related cases of 2009 [source, http://www.fbi.gov/page2/dec09/review_122809.html]

Georgia jihadists: With little more than an Internet connection and the radicalizing influences of overseas terrorists, two middle-class young men in Atlanta went from rhetoric to plotting jihad and were sentenced earlier this month.

David Coleman Headley: The U.S. citizen was arrested in October for planning terrorist attacks against a Danish newspaper and two of its employees. New charges this month in this ongoing case allege he took part in the conspiracy surrounding the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Somalia: In February, the FBI reported that young men from Minneapolis were traveling to Somalia to join extremists fighting for control of the country. One of those men became who was believed to be the first U.S. citizen to carry out a terrorist suicide bombing after launching an attack in Somalia. By November, 14 defendants were charged with recruiting people from the U.S. to train or fight on behalf of extremist groups in Somalia.

Najibullah Zazi: The 24-year-old Colorado resident was arrested in September, along with his father and another man, for conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against U.S. citizens. Zazi traveled to New York City on September 10, 2009 "in furtherance of his criminal plans," according to the Department of Justice.

Obama Amends Executive Order 12425, Placing INTERPOL Beyond The Reach Of American Law?

December 30, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a quiet manner, on December 16 President Obama amended Executive Order #12425.

12425 is a Reagan era document [1983].

Please note item 2[C] detailing an immunity President Reagan explicitly chose not to apply to Interpol in the original order.

"Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity be expressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable."

Amended document reproduced in its entirety below [source, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-amending-executive-order-12425 Amendment to Exec. Order #12425].

We find it unusual for this administration to amend an Executive Order that had been in effect through 4 presidencies, Democrat and Republican, over a period of 25 years. Why the hurry and why now?

These changes - "immune from search," "archives...inviolable" - seem to clearly place Interpol above the reach of American law and immune from the reach of FOIA , Congressional oversight and media inquiry

Since Interpol performs various investigative duties including those related to the International Criminal Court, the changes in 12425 seem to clear the way as a first step to placing the United States under the jurisdiction of the ICC [as noted by Threats Watch] allowing Interpol to without restriction conduct investigations of U.S. citizens, organizations, etc.

We tend to agree that this move apparently clears the deck if, as some are speculating, the Obama administration broaches the very sticky issue of signing the Rome accord, which would place the U.S. under ICC jurisdiction.

Though this matter seems to be fraught with serious implications, among the MSM, only Jake Tapper at ABC News has shown any interest.

He notes on his Twitter page [see, http://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/7167692544] that he repeatedly raised the question with the WH Press Office, to no avail until, it seems that they had no choice but to deal with it, "i've asked the WH twice now about the executive order the president signed exempting Interopl from certain laws. No response."

According to Tapper's account [see, http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/12/just-what-did-president-obamas-executive-order-regarding-interpol-do.html Just What Did President Obama's Executive Order regarding INTERPOL Do?] the WH considers the issue a non-story, simply legal housekeeping correcting an alleged mistake made in 2004 when Interpol allegedly opened its "first permanent office" in the U.S.

This reasoning is flimsy at best.

If this matter is simply housekeeping, and the problem which amending 12425 now supposedly corrects was of such concern, why did it take 5 years for it to be recognized and dealt with, and why by this administration - especially given the myriad of security issues it is unconcerned about, not the least of which is the continuing policy of sending Yemeni nationals directly from GITMO detention back to the fray in Yemen, whereupon they will have the opportunity to link up with a newly invigorated al-Qaeda?

Moreover if the issue is so mundane and easily explicable why did it take multiple requests for information by Mr. Tapper before the WH responded?

As former Fed prosecutor Andy McCarthy notes in National Review, "Why would we elevate an international police force above American law? Why would we immunize an international police force from the limitations that constrain the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies? Why is it suddenly necessary to have, within the Justice Department, a repository for stashing government files which, therefore, will be beyond the ability of Congress, American law-enforcement, the media, and the American people to scrutinize?" [source, Why Does Interpol Need Immunity From American Law?

We will therefore continue to pursue this matter, assuming the WH is willing to go on the record, something - judging from Tapper's experience - not entirely in evidence.

Text of amendment:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2009
Executive Order -- Amending Executive Order 12425

EXECUTIVE ORDER

AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 12425 DESIGNATING INTERPOLAS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TOENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words "except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act" and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 16, 2009.

VA Congressman Wolf Again Calls For Halt To Repatriation Of Yemeni GITMO Detainees

December 30, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf yesterday, again called upon the Obama administration to immediately halt all further transfer of Yemeni detainees being housed at GITMO back to their native country of Yemen.

About the matter, Mr. Wolf stated, "I implore you again to immediately halt these releases and answer the questions of the American people about your policies and who you are releasing. They deserve to know...It is inconceivable that you would release terrorist detainees to Yemen and Afghanistan at the same time you are launching missiles at terrorist targets. Please stop these releases."

The Congressman is the ranking GOP member of the House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding the DOJ. Earlier this year he offered legislation mandating notification regarding impending detainee releases which was defeated in committee on a party-line vote.

This is the sixth time that Mr. Wolf has requested that detainee Yemenis not be repatriated back to their country of origin. The question of what to do with these detainees looms even larger now with the recent terrorist attack on Northwest flight #253, seemingly with the perpetrator having obtained the explosive device from an al-Qaeda cell in Yemen.

Mr. Wolf has also repeatedly requested that the administration publicly release the contents of the updated Defense Intelligence Agency report on terrorist recidivism.

2009 - Jihad Comes To America In A Big Way

December 28, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - One of the most significant aspects of 2009 is the tremendous increase this country has seen in Islamic jihadist activity.

Below a few of the key cases over the last 12 months.

1. James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen who planned to attack a New York synagogue as well as military aircraft with surface to air missiles. [source, Four Muslim extremists arrested over plot to bomb synagogue and shoot down planes, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1185228/Four-Muslim-extremists-arrested-plot-bomb-synagogue-shoot-planes.html]

2. Nadjibulla Zazi in a plot to bomb New York transportation systems. [source, Man admits role in planned terror attack - Target of probe reportedly acknowledges association with al-Qaida, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32916251]

3. Michael Finton - aka Talib Islam, conspiracy to bomb the Illinois Federal Building. [source, Illinois man charged in plot to bomb federal offices, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2447383520090924]

4. Bryant Vinas who conspired to kill U.S. military personnel overseas and launch a rocket attack on the New Jersey railroad. [source, Bryant Neal Vinas: An American in Al Qaeda, http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1912512,00.html]

5. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi in the Dallas high rise plot. [soure, Teen From Jordan Indicted in Dallas High-Rise Bomb Plot, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,562481,00.html]

6. Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad for the murder of Little Rock Recruiting Center employee, U.S. Army private William Long. [source, Little Rock Shooting Suspect Joins Growing List of Muslim Converts Accused of Targeting U.S. , http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,524799,00.html?test=latestnews]

7. Daniel Patrick Boyd, Hysen Sherifi, Anes Subasic, Zakariya Boyd, Dylan Boyd, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Ziyad Yaghi, conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad and additionally to attack the Quantico,VA Marine base. [source, Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina, http://charlotte.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/2009/ce072709.htm]

8. Major Nidal Malik Hasan in the Ft. Hood massacre. [source, Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan 'is a hero': Imam who preached to 9/11 hijackers in Va. praises attack, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/11/09/2009-11-09_fort_hood_gunman_nidal_hassan_is_a_hero_iman_who_preached_to_911_hijackers_in_su.html]

9. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in the attempted bombing of Northwest flight 253. [source, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: there are many more like me, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6969645.ece

Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab's Nigeria Seen As Home To Growing Al-Qaeda Threat

December 26, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Suspected terrorist Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempt to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight #253 represents at least the 10th domestic Islamic terror plot this year.

Though Abdulmutallab had apparently come to the attention of U.S. security officials earlier, he was not on any known "no fly" list.

More shocking however, Abdulmutallab's father Alhaji Umaru Mutallab a former Nigerian banker, is said to have notified U.S. officials that he felt his son represented a threat to the United States because of his Muslim extremism and that he was surprised that his son was allowed to enter the country under any circumstances.

"Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, former chairman off [sic] Nigeria's First Bank, was said to be worried about his son's increasingly 'extreme' religious views, a Nigerian newspaper reported." [source, NY Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/12/26/2009-12-26_father_of_umar_farouk_abdul_mutallab_nigerian_terror_suspect_in_flight_253_attac.html]

The younger Abdulmutalab's country of origin Nigeria, the most populous in Africa has been the scene of long time tensions pitting the mostly Muslim North against the Christian South.

Treasury Targets Iraq Based Jaysh Rijal al-Tariq, Freezing Their U.S. Assets

December 24, 2005 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On December 22, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated the Iraq-based insurgent group Jaysh Rijal al-Tariq al-Naqshabandi [JRTN] for threatening the peace and stabilization efforts in Iraq. JRTN has committed, directed, supported, or posed a significant risk of committing acts of violence against Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces and is being designated today pursuant to Executive Order [E.O.] 13438, which targets insurgent and militia groups and their supporters. Today's designation freezes any assets that JRTN may have under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with the entity. The U.S. Government has no information indicating any tie between JRTN and the Naqshabandi Sufi order of Islam.

About the announcement, U.S. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Affairs, Stuart Levy stated, "Today's designation is an important step in protecting Coalition troops, Iraqi Security Forces, and innocent Iraqis from insurgent groups like JRTN that use violence to undermine Iraq's progress toward a more democratic and prosperous future."

Team Obama Set To Release Terrorists In Al-Qaeda Stronghold, Yemen

December 22, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Despite numerous warnings from knowledgeable national security professionals, members of Congress and a concerned public that the Yemeni terrorists currently being detained at GITMO should not be released back to their native land, yesterday's Washington Post broke the story that the Obama administration will imminently release these dangerous al-Qaeda linked individuals back to Yemen, which has seen a huge al-Qaeda resurgence over the past year.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) is again asking the Obama Administration to rethink its plans to release Guantanamo Bay detainees back to Yemen, particularly in light of the recent tragedy at Fort Hood where the alleged shooter reportedly has ties to a radical cleric now living in Yemen.

Sorry, Baby...But You Gotta Go

By CAMILLE GIGLIO

December 22, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The headline of this piece was duplicates that of the of a page 3 article in the 12/20/2009 edition of the San Francisco Bay Area's Contra Costa Times newspaper.

It was about culling trees unworthy of life from a grove of more desirableand stately oaks. It could have been a metaphor referring to what is arguably the most despicable piece of legislation since Roe v Wade - Democrat "Health Care."

In holding out till the last for maximum leverage, Senator Ben Nelson betrayed his pro-life supporters and all babies waiting to be born, choosing instead special monetary perks for his state with the same cavalier manner as the tree cutters culling certain trees - sorry, baby... you gotta go.

Congressman Frank Wolf Presses AG Holder On Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case - Demands Answers

December 21, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLinenews.org - As part of a continuing effort to ascertain why Holder's DOJ dismissed the voter intimidation case against the Black Panther Party which took place in Philadelphia during the 2008 November election, Congressman Frank Wolf [R-VA] has announced legislation which would force the House of Representatives to deal with the matter and break the logjam of stonewalling by team Obama on this serious matter.

The legislation was announced on Wednesday and is now in the House Judiciary Committee, where it faces an uncertain future.

Wolf has submitted language in the annual spending bill that funds DOJ forcing its Office of Professional Responsibility to provide the results of the investigation it is conducting surrounding the dismissal the case to the House Appropriations Committee.

In these efforts Wolf has been joined by Rep. Lamar Smith [R - TX], the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

Wolf has petitioned AG Holder six times already demanding answers, so far to no avail.

Rep. Wolf's statement follows:

"I regret that Congress must resort to oversight resolutions as a means to receive information about the dismissal of this case, but the Congress and the American people have a right to know why this case was not prosecuted...

Current U.S. Rules Of Engagement In Afghanistan Problematic

By WILLIAM MAYER

December 17, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The response to president Obama's much delayed announcement regarding increased troop levels in Afghanistan has been predictable, with opinion divided predominantly along ideological lines and less concern devoted to matters of military necessity.

Generally, the left hates the idea of committing as many as 30,000 additional troops to the Afghan theater by next summer with many on the political right, though basically supportive of the mission, in large part demanding the full complement of 40,000 troops that Gen. McChrystal had originally requested [that number did not represent the upward limit of the General's most ambitious plan which took form in a much larger surge, comprised of possibly 85,000 troops].

But warfare is more than a game of numbers, depending on many less quantifiable and sometimes more important factors.

Among those which are deservedly receiving much greater prominence now is the matter of the critical guidance issued to U.S. forces that serves to define what constitutes the appropriate use of force when engaging the enemy - the Rules of Engagement [ROE].

The issue comes under scrutiny now that the decision has been made to substantially increase U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, but with the daunting caveat that they will only be allotted about a year to prove their effectiveness before the withdrawal process is set in motion, in July of 2011, not surprisingly in consideration of the 2012 presidential election.

The exact content of U.S. Rules of Engagement are necessarily classified, but can be stitched together and approximated with a reasonable degree of accuracy from various sources, media and otherwise. The most trustworthy of these come from statements - seldom for attribution - made by active U.S. combat forces and returning vets.

The military itself will comment, with a certain sense of vagueness, about the general outlines of the ROE, but will not address specific elements of the directive.

To those who believe that the West is embroiled in an epic conflict between civilization and Islamic jihad, the ROE loom large. If the rules are overly restrictive, U.S. combat efficiency will be negatively affected and American casualties will quickly rise. On the other hand if the ROE are too wide open then they might well serve to quash popular support for the mission among the Afghani people, a matter of prime concern in counterinsurgency warfare.

There are two official military documents which provide relevant guidance on the use of lethal force.

1. ISAF Commander's Counterinsurgency Guidance

2. Unclassified July 2, 2009 guidance regarding the Tactical Directive [ROE]

At the beginning of December, PipeLineNews.org opened a line of communication with a senior ISAF spokesman in Afghanistan in order to more fully understand the ROE. What follows in this section is a verbatim transcript, our questions appear in bold. The response begins with a general statement of policy; we made the decision not to attribute the comments to a particular individual, though that was not part of the ground rules going into this process.

Muslim Defense Lawyer In Holland Allowed Not To Rise For Judge In Courtroom - The Shadowy Side Of Multiculturalism

By EMERSON VERMAAT

December 15, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - 'All rise!' This is the first thing one hears when the judge enters a courtroom. It is a traditional sign of respect for the court's impartiality and wisdom, indeed for the rule of law. But in Holland, Mohammed Faizel Ali Enait, a Dutch Surinamese Muslim defense lawyer, refuses to rise when the judges enter the courtroom, even though this is normal practice in Muslim countries such as Turkey and Morocco. The Dutch Disciplinary Court recently said they did not object to Enait?s point of view. They also allowed him to wear his traditional Muslim headgear in court.

The Netherlands Bar Assocation was not happy about the decision by the court but they will have to abide by it. They had lodged a complaint with the Disciplinary Court in September 2008. Willem Bekkers, President of the Netherlands Bar Association, said then that Mr. Enait was not justified in arguing that his faith compels him to so. 'There is separation of Church and State in Holland,' Bekkers said. What he probably meant to say was that people like Enait want to impose their own so-called Islamic rules and dress code on the secular Dutch court system. The court?s lame decision has serious legal implications. How can one now prevent a female Muslim defense lawyer from wearing an Afghan Burqa in the courtroom if she claims it is a religious obligation for her?

Fed Charges Filed Against Chicagoan David Coleman Headley, Alleging Involvement In 2008 Mumbai Attacks

December 9, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The U.S. DOJ Reported on Monday that, "new federal charges filed today allege that a Chicago man, who was arrested in October for planning terrorist attacks against a Danish newspaper and two of its employees, also conducted extensive surveillance of targets in Mumbai for more than two years preceding the November 2008 terrorist attack on India's largest city that killed approximately 170 people, including six Americans, and injured hundreds more.

The defendant, David Coleman Headley, a U.S. citizen, earlier this decade allegedly attended terrorism training camps in Pakistan maintained by Lashkar e Tayyiba (Lashkar), and conspired with its members and others in planning and executing the attacks in both Denmark and India, federal law enforcement officials announced today.

Also today, a criminal complaint was unsealed in federal court in Chicago charging Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed (Abdur Rehman), a retired major in the Pakistani military, with conspiracy in planning to attack the Danish newspaper and its employees. Another Chicago man, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Canadian citizen and native of Pakistan, was arrested in October on federal charges filed in Chicago relating to the Danish terrorism plot.

Through his attorneys, Headley has authorized the Justice Department to disclose that he is cooperating in the ongoing investigation of both the Danish and Indian terror plots. He has remained in federal custody without bond since he was arrested in Chicago on Oct. 3, 2009. No date has been set yet for his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Headley, 49, was charged in a 12-count criminal information with six counts of conspiracy to bomb public places in India, to murder and maim persons in India and Denmark, to provide material support to foreign terrorist plots, and to provide material support to Lashkar, and six counts of aiding and abetting the murder of U.S. citizens in India.

The charges were announced by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the FBI. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California and the FBI's offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., are also participating in the case.

What Does Universal Health Care Really Mean?

By CAMILLE GIGLIO

December 9, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Two words seem to dominate our lives these days. Those words are universal and health. Do we have a clear understanding of these two words as they apply to health care legislation in Congress?

According to Wikipedia1," in 1948 the World Health Organization, WHO-submitted the definitive understanding of health as it relates to human beings. Health is: ?a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.?

They further provided definitions for the words physical, mental and social. Social determinants of well-being are ?economic and social conditions or lifestyle choices of individual human persons.?

See also the WHO Healthy Cities Project http://www.euro.who.int/healthy-cities which states that:

"The WHO Healthy Cities programme engages local governments in health development through a process of political commitment, institutional change, capacity building, partnership-based planning and innovative projects. It promotes comprehensive and systematic policy and planning with a special emphasis on health inequalities and urban poverty, the needs of vulnerable groups, participatory governance and the social, economic and environmental determinants of health. It also strives to include health considerations in economic, regeneration and urban development efforts".

Unbelievable - ISNA Islamist Louay Safi Does Da'wa At Ft. Hood

December 4, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As previously noted on these pages [see, Uncritical Pursuit Of Diversity Prevents Calling Hasan's Ft. Hood Attack Islamic Terrorism] all branches of the federal government, including the top brass at the Pentagon have been infected with the twin doctrines of diversity and multiculturalism, to the extent that they apparently value fealty to those self destructive notions more than the lives of the men and women under their command.

"'General George William Casey Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army made a completely ignorant, self-serving and ultimately indefensible statement Sunday on CNN's "State of the Nation.

"I think those concerns are real and I, and I will tell you ... that they're, they're fueled partially, at least, by the speculation about - based on anecdotal evidence that people are presenting. I think we have to be very careful with that. Our diversity not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse" [source, http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/11/08/restraint_urged_in_fort_hood_s.html?wprss=44]

With that level of dysfunction in mind it is still shocking to see the Army's latest blunder in the Ft. Hood matter, that being Louay Safi an Islamist of the first order being allowed to essentially preach from that venue to soldiers on their way to the Middle East.

As notes National Review's Andy McCarthy:

It's been brought to my attention by several reliable sources that the Defense Department has brought Louay Safi to Fort Hood as an instructor, and that he has been lecturing on Islam to our troops in Fort Hood who are about to deploy to Afghanistan. Safi is a top official of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and served as research director at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). [source, Somebody at Fort Hood Should Be Walking the Plank]

Understanding, just for starters, that ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, the country's largest successful prosecution of the Muslim terrorist network and that the organization is widely believed to be closely affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood [the Egyptian group which created Hamas and serves as the intellectual grandfather to nearly all Islamic terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda] should have dashed any inclination by Ft. Hood's commander of even allowing Safi on the base.


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