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April 30, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Parish Nurse Program was the brain-child of Chicago based Lutheran Minister, GrangerWestberg. Early in his ministry which began in the mid 1950's, he accepted assignment as ahospital chaplain and began to perceive a need for both hospitals and church ministries to form asort of wholistic healing partnership ministering to the whole person - mind, body and spirit.During his hospital chaplaincy and later while on fact-finding tours in third world countries, heobserved that patient/doctor relationships were missing an important element of communication.This brought him to the conclusion that churches, along with ministering to the soul shoulddevelop an expanded ministry to the physical and mental needs of parishioners. In other words,creating health clinics within the parish context which would act as a type of preventive healthcare service.
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
April 30, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Senator Mark Leno ,(D-San Francisco), has draped himself in the health care mantleworn previously by LGBT caucus member Sheila Kuehl. For years Kuehl authored a single payer version of health care coverage. She took it over from former state legislator now Congressman Pete Stark,(D-Fremont).
The current Leno bill is SB 810 Single Payer Health Care. This 61 page bill, according to the state legislative analyst's office carries a $200 millionprice tag and is filled with approximately 12 layers of state and regional advisoryoversight committees along with an appointed Health Czar and all the stakeholder special interest groups it can think of.
The bill has passed the California Senate and is awaiting assignment to an Assembly Committee for hearing. Democrats support it, Republicans do not. One Democrat aide, in an attempt to deflect concern stated that, "Oh, it'll pass both houses, but the governor will veto it."
April 23, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Zarin Ahmedzay today pleaded guilty in a 2009 plot to bomb New York subway trains.
According to federal prosecutors Ahmedzay, an American citizen, entered into a conspiracy with Najibullah Zazi and another accomplice to attack the transit systems two busiest stations, Times Square and Grand Central Station.
Much of the evidence used against Ahmedzay was obtained from Zazi, who is awaiting sentencing early this summer. Zazi was apprehended in Colorado last September in Colorado.
April 22, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a victory for freedom of expression as well as a push-back against expanding efforts to impose Shari'a compliance in the United States, the Miami Dade Transit Authority has reversed a previous decision, thus clearing the way for the return of a series of ads on Florida busses which offer advice to those who might be considering leaving Islam but are fearful of Muslim proscriptions against apostasy, the penalty for which some noted Muslim scholars say is death.
The original ad campaign - part of a larger effort by Stop the Islamization of America [SIOA] and the Freedom Defense Initiative - was sponsored by Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch and activist Pam Geller but had been pulled under pressure from Islamist groups including CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations which was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in America's largest and most successful prosecution of Hamas terror funding, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation.
Giving CAIR's position was Muhammed Malik, the organization's Florida director who stated, "The advertisement's use of the hot-button issue of apostasy is merely a smoke-screen to promote anti-Islam bigotry and attempt to marginalize American Muslims." [source, CAIR Florida website, cached by Google at, http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:y7EHlaRJ968J:www.cair-florida.org/sfl/Articles.aspx%3Fcid%3D3387%26aid%3D3387+CAIR+promote+anti-Islam+bigotry+and+attempt+to+marginalize+American+Muslims&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]
When notified by the transit authority that the ads had been pulled, Mr. Spencer and Ms. Geller retained attorney David Yerushalmi and the Thomas More Law Center.
A teleconference was arranged first with the Miami-Dade County Attorney's office, which took place Monday afternoon. After listening to Mr. Yerushalmi's brief, the county attorneys conceded the ads should not have been pulled. By Tuesday, Mr. Yerushalmi had negotiated a full and complete retraction of the contract termination with a NY-based attorney for CBS Outdoor. Not only would the original 10 king-sized ads go back up on the Transit Authority buses, but CBS would run an additional 20 king-sized bus ads for no additional charge.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
April 22, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what appears to be a capitulation to Islamic extremists, the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who received numerous death threats by outraged Muslims for depicting Mohammad with a bomb in his turban, was placed on "indefinite leave" by his newspaper "for security reasons."
In January Westergaard was attacked in his Aarhus home by an ax-wielding Somali Muslim. He only escaped harm by hiding in a panic room.
About his forced retirement Westergaard commented, "It's a pity. I have become a too heavy burden and a very big security risk," he said, adding that he had not actually worked for the paper since last November. [source, AFP, Danish cartoonist at centre of Muhammad controversy on leave 'for security reasons', http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=2938023]
According to the Dutch newspaper, Volkskrant, Westergaard plans to continue drawing:
April 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a just released DOD report made available to Congress, the al-Quds force, the elite core of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, has markedly strengthened its position in the Venezuelan stronghold of dictator Hugo Chavez.
Al-Quds has been deeply involved in Islamic terrorism for decades including the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut and the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which was home to many American defense workers in the region.
The declassified report is available through the Washington Times [see, http://media.washingtontimes.com/media/docs/2010/Apr/20/Iran_Military_Report.pdf] which details that, "it [al-Quds] is well established in the Middle East and North Africa, and recent years have witnessed an increased presence in Latin America, particularly Venezuela."
It is believed that as American involvement in the region increases, so will "contact" with al-Quds.
Unbelievably, despite ample public record of the increasing threat posed by Venezuela [see for example, PipeLineNews, GAO Study Suggests Obama Buddy Hugo Chavez is the King of Cocaine, https://www.pipelinenews.org/2009/GAO-Study-Suggests-Obama-Buddy-Hugo-Chavez-Is-The-King.html, New York Times, Venezuela Buys Missiles With Russian Loan, http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/09/14/world/international-uk-venzuela-chavez.html and PipeLineNews, Hugo Chavez: Friend of Holocaust Deniers and Drug Dealers, https://www.pipelinenews.org/2007/Hugo-Chavez-Fascist-Friend-Of-Holocaust-Deniers-Drug.html] especially as aided by Iran, Secty. Defense Gates downplayed its importance, saying that the information in the report regarding the rogue South American dictatorship was not a threat, "I certainly don't see Venezuela at this point as a military challenge or threat." [source, Washington Times, Iran Boosts Shock Troops in Venezuela, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/21/iran-boosts-qods-shock-troops-in-venezuela/]
By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ
April 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Leading an effort it calls "The Defense of the Prophet Campaign," an extremist New York Muslim group, Revolution Muslim, has created a YouTube video decrying the popular and cheeky cartoon series, South Park.
At issue here is an episode aired last week in which the world's religions were parodied including a representation of Mohammed as a bear. That depiction is perceived by some to be anti-Muslim, the motivation behind the video's thinly veiled incitement to murder Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the series creators.
Revolution Muslim's 7 minute video is titled, "Help us Remove this Filth," uses a retelling of an alleged historical incident involving Mohammed in Medina which demonstrates how Islam's prophet proclaimed that religious dissent should be dealt with as apparent justification for taking action against the cartoonists.
The following from the video:
"...he spoke against us, he spoke against me [Mohammed] and he defamed me with his poetry...if any one of you try to defame me through your words this will be the way we deal with you there is nothing between us and you except the sword ...there will be no dialogue...no forgiveness...no building of bridges...there will only be the sword between me and you..."
Ominously, the video shows pictures of the lifeless body of Dutch film maker, Theo van Gogh, prostrate on the pavement, knife sticking out of his chest after having been murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri, an Islamist fanatic, in November 2004.
Over van Gogh's body is the caption "Theo van Gogh, after he was sent to Hell."
Also highlighted are author Salmon Rushdie, victim of numerous death threats over his book, "The Satanic Verses," Geert Wilders a Dutch politician highly critical of radical Islam and Kurt Westergaard, a cartoonist who has also come under fire over his depiction of Mohammed.
As the New York Times views the matter:
Below the controversial video.
April 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a much touted report [see, Washington Post, FBI had Doubled Counter Terrorism Forces, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2010/04/report_fbi_has_doubled_counter.html release] today, the Department of Justice claimed that it had doubled the number of assigned agents to counter terrorism related investigations since 2001.
The accompanying full report [see, http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/FBI/a1024.pdf] prepared by the DOJ Inspector General's office, however demonstrates that while that claim might well be accurate, it's hard to substantiate using the declassified report's data given the large number of redactions it contains, for example refer to exhibits I-3, 1-2 and 1-3 dealing with resource allocations, all of which are entirely blacked-out. Similarly 1-5,6, 8 and others have been redacted.
Assuming the data does exist in the classified study, today's press release still fails to present the matter fairly, in that if hides the fact that while significant caseload continues to be weighted in the direction of counter terror, it has systematically been decreasing since 2005, with 2009 featuring nearly 20% fewer active cases than 2005, not at all impressive given the large increase in domestic terror events during the last 18 months.
Below from the report, exhibit 1-7, pg. 39.
April 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Yesterday a suicide bomb attack in the city of Peshawar claimed at least 23 lives. That attack was preceded by a similar one directed against a school which had ties to local law enforcement. Several injuries and one death are attributed to that action.
A Taliban propaganda video was aired on area television stations just prior to the Peshawar bombing which displayed a number of hostages, featuring Taliban demands for release of some of its fighters in return for the hostages.
April 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a lopsided 8-1 vote, Indonesia's constitutional court upheld the legality of a disputed 1965 statute [refusing to accept the case for review] making it a crime to malign any one of six officially protected religions [Islam, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestantism and Confucianism].
The law additionally allows prosecution for interpreting any of these belief systems in any but "standard" manner, a measure intended primarily to preserve religious orthodoxy primarily among the country's 200 million plus Sunni Muslims. The law involved, Article 156(a) specifically prohibits not only blasphemy, but heresy and "deviance" and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Indonesia is home to the world's largest concentration of Muslims.
April 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a preachy Reuters article published today [see, Special Report: U.S. shifts gears to tackle homespun terrorism, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63F2HZ20100416] the point is repeatedly made that segregating terror threats as being either of domestic or foreign origin would be helpful from a national security perspective.
Aside from the obvious, that threats must be dealt with in whatever setting they are found, this effort to categorize then bifurcate the various manifestations of religiously motivated warfare, as if they were in any way dissimilar, is not only pointless but counterproductive.
The root cause of the terror phenomenon we face lies in the ideology of Islamism, something this administration adamantly assures us does not exist.
Islamism is a political creed that mandates the immediate imposition of Shari'a [through a process of destabilization] in compliant societies and for more assured societies such as our own, posits a slow, stealth jihadist process of cultural subversion and eventual, incremental but forced, Shari'a compliance.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
April 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a previous article entitled "Will ICNA be Allowed to Practice Stealth Jihad at Philadelphia Free Library Festival?" this author wrote, "...the Islamic Circle of North America has no place at the Philadelphia Free Library Festival and the organizers should prevent representatives of the group from plying their trade at the event.[source, https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=icna4.16.10.htm].
The organizers of the festival which took place on April 17th and 18th had been given information on ICNA's questionable associations and were urged not to allow the Islamic Circle of North America to set up a "Da'wah Booth" at the event. Unfortunately, ICNA was permitted to proceed with its plans and one of the publications which was highlighted, printed in English and Spanish, called for jihad.
The book "Towards Understanding Islam" was by Abul A'la Mawdudi a radical Muslim theorist and the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami a radical Islamist group which has ties to al-Qaeda.
Under the heading "Jihad" Mawdudi wrote the following:
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
April 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Islamic Circle of North America [ICNA] has announced that it will have a "Dawah Booth" at the Philadelphia Free Library Festival scheduled to take place on April 17th and 18th.
This is troubling news, considering that ICNA is an major American Islamist organization with reported ties to at least one of the most extreme jihadist groups in the world. According to, "Yehudit Barsky, a terrorism expert at the American Jewish Committee...ICNA "is composed of members of Jamaat e-Islami, a Pakistani Islamic radical organization similar to the Muslim Brotherhood that helped to establish the Taliban." [source, Discover the Networks, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6380]
ICNA aggressively seeks converts via its "Why Islam" da'wah [Muslim conversion] project as part of the stealth jihad.
The ICNA website plainly states the groups intention to promote Shari'a in the U.S.
With this kind of record, the Islamic Circle of North America has no place at the Philadelphia Free Library Festival and the organizers should prevent representatives of the group from plying their trade at the event.
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
April 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This report details two especially problematic pieces of California legislation.
AB 2478, Anthony Mendoza, (D-Norwalk) School Safety: Disruption: Pupil's Safety.
Bill's intent: Amends existing law which provides that a person who comes into any school building or school ground, or adjacent street, sidewalk, or public way, whose presence or acts interfere with or disrupt a school activity, without lawful business, or who remains after having been asked to leave, is guilty of a public offense. Applies to any person [who] willingly creates a disruption with the intent to threaten the immediate physical safety of any pupil arriving at, attending, or leaving any preschool or school.
The author seeks to amend this law to include sending "threatening messages" so-called, to students, k-8, that might result in physical harm to these students.
There are severe penalties of $500.00 for a first offense and possibly jail time and a fine for subsequent offenses
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
April 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On April 3, 2010 the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] held their 4th annual banquet in Philadelphia. CAIR is a discredited organization, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation et al., the nation's most important and successful Hamas funding prosecution. On November 24, 2008, all defendants were found guilty on a total of 108 charges which included conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, providing material support to a foreign terrorist, and conspiring to commit money laundering. Further complicating the picture for CAIR, one of those convicted in the trial was Ghassan Elashi, the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR, who was already serving a long prison sentence on another terror conviction. Of additional note, apparently based upon evidence presented at this trial, the FBI made the determination that CAIR was so problematic, that it halted all contact with the group [see, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/30/fbi-cuts-ties-cair-following-terror-financing-trial/].
Despite the above being public knowledge, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter nonetheless addressed the gathering. One of the other speakers at the event was Johari Abdul-Malik the director of community outreach for the radical Dar Al Hijrah mosque. Dar Al Hijrah was in the news recently, as one of its former imams - the al-Qaeda linked cleric Anwar Al- Awlaki - praised Ft. Hood shooter Malik Hasan's murderous jihad. [see, http://www.investigativeproject.org/1521/dar-al-hijrah-officials-deception-on-awlaki]
Al-Awlaki is also thought to have ministered to two of the 9/11 hijackers.
April 12, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of Egypt's terrorist Muslim Brotherhood [which created the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas] is now near the end of a speaking tour of American cities.
Ramadan who had previously been banned from U.S. entry by the Bush administration because of terror concerns, was quietly cleared for entry in a little discussed State Department action signed off on by Secty State Hillary Clinton in January. [see, Once barred from U.S., Muslim scholar speaks in Chicago area, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-muslim-scholar-ramadan-20100409,0,4511759.story]
See also Dr. Daniel Pipes' running commentary [Tariq Ramadan Give Up then Tries Again, http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2004/12/tariq-ramadan-gives-up-then-tries-again] which quotes the State Department's thinking on the subject [excerpted below from the original Washington Post article, no longer archived at the newspaper's website.
April 12, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "The FBI destroyed a file on Barack Obama's grandfather, the man who selected Communist Frank Marshall Davis to be the future president's mentor during his growing-up years in Hawaii," discloses long-time reporter Cliff Kincaid, president of USA Survival and editor of the AIM report.
Continuing, Kincaid states, "The FBI confirms that a file was maintained on Obama's grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham...This is a troubling development in the effort to understand the Marxism that drives Obama's policies as president today."
In correspondence FBI communication archived at USA Survival, the FBI says the file was destroyed in 1997. The FBI made the admission after Kincaid complied with a request to verify the identity of Dunham and the fact that he was deceased.
Dubbed "Gramps" by Obama, Dunham has been depicted in news reports as a patriot who served in the U.S. Army in World War II, however the facts paint a far more sinister picture in that "Gramps" had a close relationship with Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member Frank Marshall Davis in Hawaii, who reportedly drank and smoke pot with Dunham.
Davis was not only a communist but a pornographer who wrote a semi-biographical novel about having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He mentored Obama for as many as nine years of his young life in Hawaii.
Dunham, who was white, had picked Davis as a mentor for Obama because he thought the youngster, whose father had abandoned the family, needed a black role model. Davis, who was black, fit the bill. "It was a terrible decision," Kincaid commented, adding, "he turned over the young Obama to a communist sex pervert for moral guidance."
While the exact nature of the Dunham file will be a topic for speculation, Kincaid said that is likely that some of the information was related to Dunham's relationship with Davis. Kincaid's ASI had previously obtained the 600-page FBI file on Davis and posted at USA Survival [go here, http://www.usasurvival.org/marshall.fbi.files.html]. It shows that Davis was a key high-level operative in a Soviet-sponsored network in Hawaii.
Obama had referred to Davis in his memoir as merely "Frank," a poet filled with knowledge and advice. The real identity as that of Frank Marshall Davis was disclosed by a writer for a CPUSA publication, who said it would prove to be historically significant, and then publicized by anti-communist New Zealand blogger Trevor Loudon. Kincaid confirmed the identity of "Frank" with a source in Hawaii and then obtained and posted the Davis FBI file.
The traditional media, anxious to see Obama elected president, identified Davis as a "civil rights activist," ignoring his communist affiliations and scandalous lifestyle.
Administration's anti-American Streak Runs Deep
April 12, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Front and center in this simmering controversy is the disingenuously named John Adams Project, an arm of the leftist ACLU.
Through the efforts of attorneys from this group, CIA personnel have been outed with, unbelievably, their identities having been revealed to GITMO terrorists. In response to this effort we find the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, doing everything in his official capacity to prevent additional disclosure of this serious breach of national security protocols - a classic stonewall.
As terror authority Andy McCarthy [the former federal prosecutor who busted the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman, implicated in a plot connected with the first bombing of the World Trade Center] characterizes it:
Why would Holder apparently countenance such reprehensible actions?
Easy, he is in full ideological agreement with these attorneys who have as a group become known as the "al-Qaeda defense bar." Witness a speech he made during the summer of 2008 when he was a top advisor to then candidate Obama:
It is no longer a secret that members of the al-Qaeda bar are now working in top positions at the Obama/Holder DOJ. Mr. Holder is their boss...
By WILLIAM MAYER
April 8, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Attendant to the release this week of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review [http://www.defense.gov/npr/docs/NPR%20FACT%20SHEET%20April%202010.pdf Declassified fact sheet available here] the president's breathless announcement that he is seeking "a world without nuclear weapons," is just the latest indication that his administration is the least competent manager of U.S. national security in this country's long history.
Of supreme concern however is the intentionally leaked disclosure that the president has severely limited the circumstances under which the United States will mount a nuclear response to an attack.
Regarding that aspect of the policy the New York Times states, "Mr. Obama's new strategy makes just about every nonnuclear state immune from any threat of nuclear retaliation by the United States..." [source, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/world/07arms.html]
We see no evidence that would allow us to conclude otherwise.
What do outside experts with an intimate knowledge of national security matters think about this? Few commentators are more well versed to speak to this issue than John Bolton, who writes:
Apparently the possibility of a sophisticated biological attack against the United States was a missing component in team Obama's deliberations. We must come to this decision because a bio attack might very well be the most cataclysmic type of weapon that could be used against us, and the possibility of deterring the use of such weapons through the understood inevitability of a massive American nuclear response would seem to be the only reasonable posture for defense planners to take - yet such a policy is not supported by the new Nuclear Posture Review.
This is a massive hole in Obama's national security logic and it places every American citizen at risk.
April 6, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a unanimous ruling, FCC Chair Julius Genachoswki's plan to control the Internet - Democrats absurdly calling it "'Net neutrality" - was stopped cold by a three judge DC panel.
In the unanimous decision the court ruled that the FCC has no statuary authority to regulate network management decisions made by Internet provider's.
The immediate effect of the ruling is to remove an FCC admonishment, a "cease and desist" order, against Comcast which had taken steps to limit bandwidth use for certain types of downloads.
Comcast and other 'Net providers claim that peer to peer data transfer mechanisms such as BitTorrent are such bandwidth hogs that the providers have a right to either limit downloads or to charge heavy "power-users" at a higher rate.
Undeterred it seems, supporters of the FCC's move are now suggesting that the agency instead move to regulate 'Net providers under regulatory authority which heretofore had been reserved for common carriers such as land based telephone systems.
Whether this will fly in light of today's court ruling is problematic, however we have observed that this administration has not easily been deterred in its efforts to further control American commerce and we would be surprised if an end-run around this decision had not already been planned.
April 5, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As the Center for Security Policy's director, Frank Gaffney points out in his most recent piece [see, Who Lost Iraq?] that Iraq, which only 18 months ago seemed a very bright spot in a Middle East were the specter of Islamic violence is omnipresent, is, through the misguided policies of the Obama regime, quickly descending into anarchy.
Increasingly, that vacuum is being filled by Iran and its proxies on the one hand and, on the other, insurgent Sunni forces, both those aligned with al Qaeda and those that have, at least until recently, been suppressing the AQI. On what might be called the third hand, Iraqi Kurds are experiencing their own internal problems as well as an increasingly ill-concealed inclination to assert their independence from the rest of the country. The signal of American abandonment was made the more palpable by Team Obama's decision to dispatch Christopher Hill as its ambassador to Iraq. Hill is the diplomat best known for his determination during the Bush 43 years to appease, rather than thwart, the despot most closely enabling the realization of Iran's nuclear ambitions: North Korea's Kim Jong Il. The unreliability of the United States as an ally - a hallmark of the Obama presidency more generally - is reinforcing the sense that it is every man for himself in Iraq."
Increasingly, that vacuum is being filled by Iran and its proxies on the one hand and, on the other, insurgent Sunni forces, both those aligned with al Qaeda and those that have, at least until recently, been suppressing the AQI. On what might be called the third hand, Iraqi Kurds are experiencing their own internal problems as well as an increasingly ill-concealed inclination to assert their independence from the rest of the country.
The signal of American abandonment was made the more palpable by Team Obama's decision to dispatch Christopher Hill as its ambassador to Iraq. Hill is the diplomat best known for his determination during the Bush 43 years to appease, rather than thwart, the despot most closely enabling the realization of Iran's nuclear ambitions: North Korea's Kim Jong Il. The unreliability of the United States as an ally - a hallmark of the Obama presidency more generally - is reinforcing the sense that it is every man for himself in Iraq."
Gaffney's point is one held by many serious observers of national security matters, at least those not aligned with the current administration, that Obama's stated goal of complete and rapid withdrawal from Iraq and a consequent redeployment of these forces into Afghanistan is corroding the few weak binds which hold Iraq together.
April 5, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A group calling itself the Muslim Public Service Network [the website - http://www.muslimpublicservice.org/ - is registered to Shahed Amanullah in Oakland, CA. Amanullah is also the registrant behind altmuslim.org and HalalFire.com] is part of an effort by Muslims to influence the policies of government via selective placement of agendized personnel in positions of power.
Though on its face this effort might seem as American as apple pie, closer scrutiny indicates otherwise.
Since we have written extensively about the phenomenon variously described as lawful Islamism or stealth jihad [for example [UK Defeated By Muslim Stealth Jihad, Capitulates To Shari'a] we find no need to recapitulate the theme here again in extended form.
In outline however, the stealth jihad has a number of aspects, but one key fundamental.
The strategy stems from a realization by the Islamists [which include, in addition to the violent jihadis, Muslims who advocate for incremental Islamization of their societies, and incorporation of Shari'a derived components within them, through the exercise of political power] that direct confrontation can only succeed in a time and place where there is at least rough parity between Muslims and non-Muslims. From this logic stems a counter strategy in which instead of adopting a policy of head-on confrontation, those who seek to at some point in the future bring about a Caliphate, opt for gradual change as a precursor of that future utopian Islamic state.
A seminal document - a concrete embodiment of this idea - was discovered during a Virginia terror raid made 15 years ago - written by the Muslim Brotherhood [and approved by the Shura Council] the Egyptian terrorist organization which serves as the intellectual ancestor for all modern day Islamic terrorism, including Hamas and al-Qaeda.
This rare find outlined an audacious plan Islamize America. Being of such importance, it was tagged government document number GX3-85 and submitted into the court record in the largest successful Hamas terror funding prosecution U.S. history - U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, et. al.
It reads in part:
So this Muslim Brotherhood plan assumes a two pronged attack, one violent when conditions permit, the other nominally legal, working within institutions to modify the culture into greater recognition of Shari'a towards its [assumed] eventual acceptance of full compliance.
April 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Despite the fact that all significant terrorism since at least 9/11 has occurred at the hands of Muslims hailing from a limited number of countries, the administration has apparently dropped its hastily employed, recent policy of providing additional security screening to this targeted demographic at American airports.
According to a report carried in the Washington Post [see, U.S. Changing the Way Air Travelers are Screened, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/02/AR2010040204131_pf.html] the decision was made ostensibly by DHS chief Napolitano [a clueless amateur, who also feels that conservative American Christians pose a significant domestic terror threat] to drop the newly established heightened screening rules.
The new policy is of such a sensitive nature that officials were unwilling to go on the record - always a telltale sign.
A curious aspect attending the breaking of this story is its publication on Friday, the day traditionally thought of as "black hole day" in which even important items simply fall off the radar in the blur of weekend developments and decreased reader attention.
One might ask the question why would a major news organization broach such a major piece on a day when it was guaranteed to receive the least attention unless the information was placed - an official leak - designed to get the news out there in the least damaging way, courtesy of fellow travelers.
April 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Fox News is reporting an AP story [see, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/04/01/chicago-cab-driver-indicted-terror-charges/] that a Chicago taxi driver - Raja Lahrasib Khan - has been indicted on terror charges.
Khan, a Pakistani-American, is alleged to have transferred funds to a radical Pakistani leader whom he believed had ties to al-Qaeda.
A similar criminal complaint had been filed against Khan last week and the defendant's counsel had apparently made the decision to challenge it in court. Today's action by the government precludes that possibility.