June 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Onta Williams, James Chromitie, and David Williams, who engaged in a conspiracy to bomb the Riverdale Temple in the Bronx, the Riverdale Jewish Center and to shoot down military aircraft with Stinger missiles, received what amounts to a slap on the wrist today in Manhattan Dist. Court, as judge Coleen McMahon [a Clinton appointee, 1998] imposed the minimum sentence of 25 years. Laguerre Payen, the fourth defendant, will be sentenced after a psychiatric evaluation.
Government prosecutors had demanded life sentences because of the serious nature of the case which the plotters thought involved blowing up the Jewish sites with extraordinarily powerful IEDs containing 30 lbs each of the plastic explosive C-4 and using surface to air Stinger missiles to bring down the military jets.
The three believed they were working with Jaish-e-Mohammad [the "Army of Mohammed"] a designated Foreign Terrorist Group based in Pakistan.
June 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - After a brief lapse, the Sacramento Bee has again resumed carrying press releases from the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR]. For example please refer to - New CAIR, UC Berkeley Report Documents Growing Islamophobia in U.S., http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/23/3722767/new-cair-uc-berkeley-report-documents.html and CAIR Video Highlights Bias in Rep. King's Anti-Muslim Hearings, http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/17/3708611/cair-video-highlights-bias-in.html.
Excerpt from, CAIR Video Highlights Bias in Rep. King's Anti-Muslim Hearings, "The video, "The Good, the Bad, and the King," highlights the Congressman's false allegations against American Muslims and the manufacturing of the "sharia threat" by some to stoke fear of Muslims and their faith."
The above is a clear attempt to sow the seeds of disinformation, the allegation that the U.S. is an Islamophobic country. The untruth of this is not only obvious to the many Americans who interface with Muslims on a daily basis, but it is borne out in FBI hate crime statistics which conclusively show that crimes committed against Muslim Americans, simply because of their religion, are almost nonexistent.
What is CAIR?
CAIR is a highly controversial radical Muslim pressure group whose associations are so noxious that it was named as an unindicted co-conspirator [see, U.S. Dist. Court Document U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation For Relief and Development [see doc, https://www.pipelinenews.org/images/2007-05-29-US%20v%20HLF-ListCoConspirators.pdf] in the nation's most extensive prosecution of domestic funding of the terrorist group Hamas, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. In that proceeding, all of the defendants were found guilty on a total of 108 charges.
Among those convicted was Ghassan Elashi, one of the co-founders of the Texas chapter of CAIR. Elashi was already serving a long sentence due to his conviction in U.S. vs. InfoCom, also a terror related case.
June 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - After a multi-year struggle the so-called Kahlil Gibran International Academy in New York is finally shackling its doors.
The move represents a major victory for local citizens and those concerned about national security who drew attention to the hidden agenda behind the school, that it was intended to serve as a publicly funded madrassa, a pathway to instilling a radical Islamic perspective in unsuspecting children lured into the institution upon the false promise of it being some manner of multicultural nirvana.
Perhaps now, the know-it-nothing do-gooders and Islamists, will halt the use of the children of this district as pawns in a larger political battle.
Regarding the battle, Mayor Bloomberg, the various school boards, bureaucrats and the private philanthropy attempting to underwrite this monstrosity all deserve shared blame for pushing an obviously fraudulent idea in the first place.
June 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a late night raid, Afghani terrorists attacked the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul. The location was chosen as the site for an important upcoming security conference necessitated by plans by Team Obama to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan by 2014, with major cuts coming just before the 2012 presidential election.
The attackers used automatic weapons as well as grenade launchers. Dozens are feared dead.
A report from NPR stated, "The attack occurred the day before a conference was scheduled in Kabul to discuss plans for Afghan security forces to take the lead for securing an increasing number of areas of the country between now and 2014 when international forces are expected to move out of combat roles. Afghans across the country were in the city to attend, though it's not known if any where staying at the Inter-Continental." [source, http://www.npr.org/2011/06/28/137481552/gunmen-attacks-kabul-hotel-at-least-10-dead]
June 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Following on the heels of the IRS' announcement that CAIR's tax exempt status has been revoked, Representative Frank Wolf [R-VA] today asked "the IRS to also investigate whether CAIR has illegally received or solicited funds from foreign governments or agents."
CAIR's tax exempt status was terminated because the organization [named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas funding prosecution, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation] consistently failed to file the required reporting form 990.
Wolf, along with many others wants to resolve the question of whether foreign and potentially hostile governments have funded the tainted organization. Wolf called attention and forwarded to the IRS a, "copy of a recently disclosed letter from CAIR executive director Nihad Awad to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in which he appears to solicit money for a CAIR project."
June 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Hamas prisoners being held in at least one Israeli jail have started a hunger strike, in response to the Netanyahu government's decision to remove a small number of them from the general prison population and place them in solitary confinement.
Netanyahu's move was driven by growing public outrage over the refusal of Hamas leaders to permit human rights groups from visiting Gilad Shalit and IDF soldier who was kidnapped in 2006.
Hamas has repeatedly used Shalit as a bargaining chip in order to secure the release of hundreds of Hamas prisoners.
June 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Saturday, June 18, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi started his two-day visit to Afghanistan at the invitation of Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak.
Mr. Vahidi, who served as the chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards? intelligence unit and later as the commander of the Quds Force, has been involved in worldwide terrorism against America and Israel for years. He established ties with al-Qaeda and expanded his network of terrorism, which was then fully established through the auspices of Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. These collaborations resulted in several major terrorist attacks, including the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut in 1983 and the Jewish community center bombing in Argentina in 1994, which earned him a spot on Interpol's most-wanted list.
However, Mr. Vahidi was warmly welcomed by the Afghan officials and held several meetings with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, Afghan Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili, and Afghan President Karzai. In every meeting, Mr. Vahidi blamed America for all the problems facing Afghanistan and blasted U.S. plans for the establishment of permanent military bases in Afghanistan, warning that Washington seeks to strengthen its hegemony in the region. He further stated that:
June 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a hard hitting report regarding the recently concluded Dearborn International Arab Festival, Stuart Kaufman, a regional coordinator for the anti-Islamist organization The United West found that the city has become overrun by Muslim extremists and has, in a de-facto manner, essentially seceded from the United States.
"...my reflections upon having returned...from Dearborn after this eventful weekend...was one of unease because of a palpable feeling that bad things were happening all around me. I came to the conclusion that Dearborn is a very, very bad place. It is lost. It is no longer part of America. It is a primary source of a virus that is spreading throughout this country..."
The event being referred to has been held for 16 years in a row.
In recent times, local police, who have become total dhimmis rather than enforcing American law, spent their time harassing Christians exercising their First Amendment rights. Significantly, last year the Dearborn police arrested members of a Christian group, which then sued to secure their rights - slapping the Dearborn PD down in a very unsubtle manner. To review our June 28, 2010 story, covering last year's event please take this link Dhimmi Alert - Christian Missionaries Arrested at Dearborn Islam Festival - Presence Offensive to Muslims.
At last weekend's festival one of Mr. Kaufman's colleagues was spit upon and struck by Muslim youths while filming video. The spirit and tenor of the event was expressed by a fair peddler, displaying pro-Palestinian propaganda. She, according to Kaufman stated that she would have killed Anwar Sadat [the Egyptian president who made peace with Israel] herself.
As these pages have continually noted, one of the methods whereby the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists intend to destroy the West is through a process of colonization. Often using the mechanism of chain migration, these seditious-minded individuals establish outposts in American cities and proceed to Islamize them, along the way cowing the police and elected officials, who quake at the thought of being called Islamophobic.
June 20, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a desperate effort to secure a smoke and mirrors peace in Afghanistan, the Obama Administration is seriously negotiating with elements of the Taliban, thus immeasurably increasing their stature and ultimate importance.
The end game this policy represents is a total negation of Obama's own words when he claimed in a two-part interview with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, "I can say we will defeat al Qaeda and that the Taliban will not be retaking Afghanistan..."
By "negotiating" with the Taliban, Team Obama is actually guaranteeing its survival and continued vitality. Under such a forced U.S. withdrawal either the already faltering central government will immediately fall or a more deadly civil-war will ensue. Either prospect is unthinkable against the sacrifice of blood and honor which constitutes America's 10 year presence in the country.
June 15, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - During an MSNBC interview [see, http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/15/muslim-rep-keith-ellison-to-herman-cain-review-that-pledge-of-allegiance/] Representative Keith Ellison [who took the oath of office on a Qur'an] tried to draw some equivalency between Islamic jihadists and Christian and Jewish Americans.
Regarding GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain's debate statement, that he would permit Muslims in his cabinet only if they took some form of loyalty oath, Ellison stated, "Well, you got violent Christians and good Christians...You got violent Jews and good Jews. You got people of all...what he said about Muslims is true for every community."
We would expect nothing less than this type of double-talking takiyya from Mr. Ellison. His continued support for two groups, ISNA and CAIR [both unindicted co-conspirators in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, the largest and most successful prosecution of American Hamas funders to date] mark him indelibly as an Islamist.
June 15, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Today's Congressional hearings, "Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons," helped to outline the process whereby American prisoners are converting to radical Islam.
Peter King [R, NY] Chair of the House Homeland Security in a prepared statement said, "Today we hold the second in a series of hearings on radicalization in the Muslim American community; specifically, on the important issue of the threat of Islamic radicalization in U.S. prisons. I welcome our distinguished panel of witnesses. They have first-hand insights into this problem, and we appreciate their willingness to share their experiences with the Committee. This issue of Islamic radicalization in U.S. prisons is not new. In fact, this is the third Congressional hearing on this problem in recent years. It is a hearing which is necessary because the danger remains real and present, especially because of Al Qaeda's announced intention to intensify attacks within the United States. A number of cases since 9/11 have involved terrorists who converted to Islam or were radicalized to Islamism in American prisons, then subsequently attempted to launch terror strikes here in the U.S. upon their release from custody.
Showing bipartisan concern King related the recent experience of Senator John Kerry [D, MA]who last year stated, "Three dozen U.S. citizens who converted to Islam while in prison have traveled to Yemen, possibly for Al Qaeda training."
Mr. King added, "Dozens of ex-cons who became radicalized Muslims inside U.S. prisons have gone to Yemen to join an Al Qaeda group run by a fellow American, Anwar al-Awlaki, whose terrorists have attacked the U.S. Homeland several times since 2008 and generally acknowledged to be Al Qaeda's most dangerous affiliate."
June 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Ever since the Islamic revolution of 1979 in Iran and the rule of the clerics, rape, torture and execution has been a common practice by the Iranian rulers.
The clerics even honored those who killed the most. Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi Gilani, as the chief judge of the Revolutionary Courts, had ordered demonstrators killed and virgin girls raped prior to execution so they could not go to heaven. He called the torture and killing of male and female opponents of the regime fair and just. All for no other reason than they violated the Islamic law as viewed by the mullahs. He was awarded the highest judicial honor for his 30 years of service to the Islamic Republic.
Recently Mohammad-Javad Larijani - head of the human rights council in Iran's judiciary called Execution, Eye Gouging, Cutting off Hands and Feet and stoning 'Beautiful and Necessary' under Islam.
Ayatollah Haeri Shirazi, a member of the Assembly of Experts (The body that chooses the Supreme Leader) in a meeting with the Iranian officials asked to implement the cutting off hands with the same persistence of wanting to wipe Israel off the map!
June 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - On June 15 Representative Peter King [R, NY] will call to order the next in his series of national security hearings dealing with the alarming rise of radicalized American Muslims.
According to Mr. King, "The hearing, entitled "The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons," will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15th, in 311 Cannon House Office Building."
June 9, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Israeli PM Netanyahu has refused to meet with a group of anti-Israel U.S. legislators in the Hamas hotbed of Ramallah. The delegation consisted of some of the most strident leftists in the House including Sam Farr (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN], Lynn Woolsey (D-CA], John Yarmuth (D-KY] and Steve Cohen (D-TN]. [see, YnetNews, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4078936,00.html]. The George Soros funded agitprop organization, J Street organized the event.
J Street operates as a hard-left pressure group whose advocacy of accepting Israel's indefensible 1967 borders would result in the destruction of the Jewish state. It also favors negotiations with the Muslim Brotherhood created Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, "we would not oppose a decision by the Israeli government, the United States, or other countries to find unofficial, indirect ways to engage Hamas..." [source, J Street website, http://jstreet.org/the-us-and-palestinian-statehood/]
The organization is run by a lifelong Democrat operative, Jeremy Ben-Ami, who held a position in the Clinton administration and later signed on to the ill-fated Dean campaign.
June 8, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Reza Kahlili [a pseudonym] is the author of a revealing new book A Time To Betray - The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran which details his journey from member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard to CIA informant. The book has been widely noted as an important work, awarded the 2011 International Book Awards in two categories, "Autobiography/Memoirs" and "Best New Non-Fiction." The book also was named, by the National Best Book Awards as the best non-fiction narrative in 2010.
On June 7 we interviewed Mr. Kahlili and are pleased to present excerpts from that interview here.
As an idealistic student studying in the U.S. back during the tumultuous 70s, Reza Kahlili returned to his native country and became active in Iranian politics, inspired by the revolution that swept Ayatollah Khomeini into power, believing - as did many - that Khomeini would usher in a watershed period in the wake of Shah Reza Pahlavi, who was forced to leave office.
Kahlili became involved with the IRG, Iran's Revolutionary Guard at an early point when it was comprised mainly of "common kids from the neighborhood," thinking its intent was solely to "support and protect the country." At the time Khomeini mouthed platitudes such as, "a nation that does not have freedom does not have civilization."
Q. Was it your opinion at the time you started getting involved with these folks that Islam was compatible with a Western conception of freedom, civil liberties, freedom of expression and equal rights for women?
A. "Just a few months down the road I was shocked by what was taking place...the clerics started interfering in the government...they started to construct their power...then they started to form a revolutionary court and prosecute old military officers under the Shah executing thousands...then the trial of 50,000...then the takeover of the U.S. embassy which was a big slap in my face...[it became clear that]...the clerics were going to enforce Islamic law...it was then that I realized that the country was moving towards Islamization and a hard core radical was taking hold of power...universities where shut down...political parties were banned...that was when I thought that I needed to take whatever action I could to confront the regime...it happened very fast...it became the country of the jihadists...that's when I decided to come back to the U.S..."
June 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan represents the triumphant Janus-faced approach to the fundamentalist global "Islamic revival." He and his pious forbears have now completed dismantling Turkey's secular experiment, and achieved the full-throated re-Islamization of Turkish society, an insidious process begun already within the decade after Ataturk's death, in 1938. When currying favor with gullible Western audiences, Erdogan burbles disingenuous ecumenical platitudes about the "Alliance of Civilizations." But in reality, this is an Islamization campaign promoted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, notably Saudi Arabia, which rewarded Erdogan, for his role in the Alliance, specifically, as "services to Islam," with the "King Faisal International Prize," considered the "Nobel prize" of the Arab world. Regardless, Erdogan has always aroused his Muslim constituencies by brazenly appealing to their deep-seated jihadist sentiments as he did while mayor of Istanbul, in 1997, delivering a fiery speech that reminded the masses of these words from the poem "The Soldier's Prayer," written (in 1912) by Turkish nationalist poet Ziya Gokalp:
The minarets are our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our army.
Cited appropriately by successful opponents of minaret construction in Switzerland, such rhetoric should now resonate uncomfortably in America with the online release Monday June 6, 2011 of alarming survey data from a representative national sample of US mosques.
During August 2007, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) released "Radicalization in the West - The Homegrown Threat." This insightful 90-page report evaluated the threat that had become apparent since 9/11/2001, analyzing the roots of recent terror plots in the United States, from Lackawanna in upstate New York to Portland, Ore., to Fort Dix, NJ. Based upon these case-study analyses of individuals arrested for jihadist activity, the authors concluded that the "journey" of radicalization that produces homegrown jihadists began in so-called "Salafist" ("fundamentalist" to non-Muslims) mosques characterized by high levels of Sharia-Islamic Law-adherence. The landmark study just published, "Sharia and Violence in American Mosques" (Kedar M, Yerushalmi D. The Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2011, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 59-72) sought to expand considerably upon the NYPD's post-hoc, case study approach - systematically gathering objective survey data, with much greater methodological rigor-and address these two a priori questions: I) Is there a robust association between observable measures of religious devotion, coupled to Sharia-adherence in US mosques, and the presence of violence-sanctioning materials at these mosques?; and II) Is there a robust association between the presence of violence-sanctioning materials at a mosque, and the advocacy of jihadism by the mosque's leadership via recommending the study of these materials, or other manifest behaviors?
June 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLinenews.org - It was a fairly unique conference in the German city of Cologne on May 29. A highly interesting topic was being discussed: "Dimensions of Anti-Semitism in a Society of Immigrants." The focus was largely on Muslim immigrants in Europe, notably in Germany, France and Britain. Within that Muslim immigrant community anti-Jewish sentiments are still fairly common. Anti-Semitism has been exported by these immigrants from their home countries to Europe. Anti-Semitism is deeply rooted in Muslim countries such as Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Even Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad has recently been accused of being "a Jew" by a number of his opponents, although the same Assad is a staunch enemy of both the Jews and Israel.
Most Muslim immigrants in Europe live in the big cities. In Germany's capital of Berlin, for example, the bulk of the immigrant population consists of Turks and Palestinians most of whom live in the Berlin quarters of Kreuzberg and Neuköln. The worrying increase of anti-Semititic incidents in Kreuzberg led to a new local inititiave, the "Keuzberg Initiative Against Anti-Semitism" ("Keuzberger Initiative gegen Antisemitismus" or KIGA), founded in 2004. Anti-Semitism in Germany is traditionally linked to the Nazis, neo-Nazi groups and the extreme right. But now the focus is on Muslim immigrants some of whom even align themselves with the extreme right.
One of the speakers at the recent Cologne conference was Mehmet Can. He said that KIGA is keeping track of articles published by Islamist newspapers. Thus, the Turkey's daily "Vakit" wrote that the Jews are a cursed people. (They also frequently attacked Christians.)
June 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Hakim Awad and Amjad Awad - both teenagers from the same clan - have been charged in the horrific murders committed against the Israeli family of Abraham and Ruth Fogel in March of this year.
June 2, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - In an interview given to the Cairo based, Al Qanat newspaper, Reza Kahlili [a former member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard and CIA operative now living in the U.S] is claiming that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamanei has ordered that the production of tactical nuclear warheads must be accelerated so that they may be deployed on Iran's newly improved long range missile force as soon as possible.