CAIR Defeated - Kansas Enacts Historic American Laws For American Courts Legislation
May 30, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On May 21, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a piece of legislation entitled American Courts for American Laws [SB79[.
The vote was lopsided and extraordinarily bipartisan, 33-3 in the senate and a unanimous 120-0 in the house of representatives.
The bill was authored by Rep. Peggy Mast and modeled upon a framework - American Laws for American Courts, developed by the American Public Policy Alliance.
The intent of the legislation is simple, yet important, to protect the American system of jurisprudence against the intrusion of foreign/"international," often religious [read Shari'a] legal concepts and doctrines. Though a largely unrecognized phenomenon, these same foreign/religious elements have been incrementally wending their way into American court decisions for many years. A recent study commissioned by the Center for Security Policy has identified
Why Did President Obama Free Terrorist Musa Ali Daqduq?
By WILLIAM MAYER
May 29, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Earlier this month, May 12 to be specific, an Iraqi court freed a known terrorist and Hezbollah commander, Ali Musa Daqduq from incarceration, declaring the evidence against him to be of insufficient stature to keep him behind bars.
Thus he became a free man, eager to return to the Islamic jihad.
Daqduq is not an Iraqi, but rather was born in Lebanon and was a citizen of that country at the time of his capture by American forces, whereupon he was placed in American custody.
The incident which led to Daqduq's apprehension took place in the Iraqi city of Karbala, the scene of some of the most brutal fighting of the war. President Bush's surge had been announced just 10 days previous in a televised national address. At the time Daqduq was leading a terrorist group calling itself Asaib Ahl al-Haq [AAH].
On January 20, 2007 Daqduq and his fellow insurgents wearing American uniforms and carrying forged identification [source, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/08/world/middleeast/in-case-that-has-vexed-americans-defendant-in-iraq-could-go-free.html] see] attacked an American position, killing one G.I. outright and capturing four others. Subsequently their bodies were dumped alongside a road, horrifically tortured at the hands of Daqduq and his thugs before being butchered by them.
The dark details of this incident were, to our knowledge never adequately reported by the MSM. There appeared to be no curiosity to scratch below the surface of this story - standard procedure when dealing with this administration.
The case did not have to be resolved in this unjust manner; it never should have been allowed to reach that point. Daqduq was only under Iraqi custody - rather than American - because of the actions taken by the Obama administration. As a result of Mr. Obama's incredibly poor judgment, Daqduq had been transferred from American custody into the hands of the inept and corrupt Iraqi justice system. This was done upon the withdrawal of American forces from the country, which took place in December 2011.
The administration has justified its actions by claiming that it had no choice in the matter because, the U.S. was required to do so under the provisions of the Status of Forces Agreement [SOFA] to deliver Daqduq to the Iraqis.[Full text of document available here, SOFA]
Shocked and Amazed - DC Atwitter Over Egypt's Coming Muslim Brotherhood Government
May 28, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Hill is reporting widespread fear and deep concern among DC's foreign policy elite, including the WH and Congress over the direction the ongoing Egyptian elections are taking.
"U.S. leaders are deeply troubled by the possibility that the Islamist party could roll back religious and women's rights and break ties with Israel if it takes the presidency after winning almost half the seats in Parliament. But they're also wary of ending up on the wrong side of history as democratic upheaval upends the Middle East." [source, http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/229663-us-faces-dilemma-as-muslim-brotherhood-takes-lead-in-egyptian-elections]
At the same time the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is doubling down on stupid, still clinging to the idea that democracy with an Islamic flavor in any way equates to the governance enjoyed by the West - one democratically elected by a literate, liberal [in the classic sense], freedom loving people who empower their governments with only specified limited powers and though drawing inspiration from traditional Judeo-Christian principles yet manages to remain largely secular in nature.
"We look forward to working with Egypt's democratically elected government," Clinton said. "We will continue to stand with the Egyptian people as they work to seize the promise of last year's uprising and build a democracy that reflects their values and traditions, respects universal human rights, and meets their aspirations for dignity and a better life."
Pardon me, but isn't this the same administration whose leader has travelled the globe berating his own country as being deeply flawed, hegemonic and colonial in nature, while bowing and fawning to every tin-horn Muslim bigot and dictator in sight?
Iranian Theocracy Rejoicing Over "Softening" of the West in Nuke Negotiations
May 24, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to Iran's state run Fars news agency, the West has "softened," its position as a result of its engagement via multilateral talks with the G5 + 1 nations - the 5 permanent members of the U.N. Security Council the, United States, UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany. [see, West Softens Tone on Iran's Proposals, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9102113385]
"Speaking to FNA after a joint press conference with EU foreign policy chief Catherin Ashton in Baghdad tonight, Jalili said, 'The stance of the G5+1 on Iran's proposed package softened after today's talks.'"
Aside from Iran's claim that the Western position had been weakened during negotiations, the talks broke up with little agreement between the participating nations.
Though all parties gave lip service to the notion that the process of "building trust" had begun, there was nothing of substance produced to substantiate such spin. The fact that the talks were even being held with Iran seemed more a sign of concession than an indication of progress. Thus the Islamic theocracy has at least established a basis [though weak] for its claim of Western weakening, giving the appearance that the Mullocracy had gained some leverage at the expense of the G5+1.
Did Obama Grab Drone Program from Military for Purely Political Reasons?
Will "General" Brennan Kill Key Military Technology?
May 24, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - John Brennan, the WH counter terror chief has, acting upon the request of Mr. Obama, seized command of the strategically essential military drone program. It's now fully under the control of the WH. From now until further notice, Mr. Brennan and his CIC will literally be calling the shots.
We see this not only as a dangerous development, further consolidating power within an administration that clearly has either little regard for allowing military actions to be dictated by on the ground field commanders or, far worse, is attempting to hamper this already proven technology with an eye towards winning the November election.
Through his various statements Mr. Brennan has proven himself utterly unfit for his new expanded role.
For example [there are dozens] Mr. Brennan in a 2010 speech he legitimized jihad, and suggested that Islamic terrorists are reasonably motivated:
"The president's top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a 'legitimate tenet of Islam," arguing that the term "jihadists" should not be used to describe America's enemies.
During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of "political, economic and social forces," but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in 'religious terms.'" [source, Fox News, Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam'
We also perceive a troubling parallel in that this is precisely the same failed methodology which was adopted by the Lyndon Johnson administration during the Vietnam conflict. During which, Mr. Johnson along with his Sec. Def. Robert McNamara would, early every morning select the bombing missions and targets for the next day. Thus these two ran the war, as co-armchair commanders. Neither of these men had the necessary military experience to even contemplate such actions.
The Miserable Fate Of Many Women In The Muslim World
By EMERSON VERMAAT
May 22, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Egyptian-American columnist Mona Eltahawy recently wrote a very courageous article in Foreign Policy. She discusses the fate of women in the Muslim world, asking a very simple question: "Why do they hate us?" "They" primarily refers to Muslim men and Muslim clerics. "The real war on women is in the Middle East," Eltahawy claims, and she is not exaggerating. The so-called Arab Spring did not improve women's lives and rights ? on the contrary, it caused a backlash from conservative forces which insist on women wearing the Islamic veil and want to force them to abide by totalitarian Islamic or "Sharia" law. It has also implications for the ever growing number of Muslim immigrants in Europe and North America who favor the introduction of Sharia law and hate the West. Most of these immigrants are from the Middle East, Asia (notably from Pakistan and Afghanistan) and Africa (notably from Somalia, Eritrea, Nigeria, Mali and Chad). Many of them, too, believe in Sharia law which justifies polygamy and wife beating.
What is needed in the Muslim world is not just a political change ? overthrowing dictators such as Khadaffi and Assad ?, but also a thorough cultural and religious change. Or, as Eltahawy puts it, "Name me an Arab country, and I'll recite a litany of abuses fueled by a toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend. When more than 90 percent of ever-married women in Egypt ? including my mother and all but one of her six sisters ? have had their genitals cut in the name of modesty, then surely we must all blaspheme. When Egyptian women are subjected to humiliating 'virginity tests' merely for speaking out, it's no time for silence. When an article in the Egyptian criminal code says that if a women has been beaten by her husband 'with good intentions' no punitive damages can be obtained, then to hell with political correctness. And what, pray tell, are 'good intentions'?"
"Not a single Arab country ranks in the top 100 of the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, putting the region as a whole solidly at the planet's rock bottom," Eltahawy writes. "Poor and rich, we all hate our women. Neighbors Saudi Arabia and Yemen, for instance, might be eons apart when it comes to GDP, but only four places separate them on the index, with the kingdom at 131 and Yemen coming in at 135 out of 135 countries. Morocco, often touted for its 'progressive' family law (a 2005 report by Western 'experts' called it 'an example for Muslim countries aiming to integrate into modern society'), ranks 129; according to Morocco's Ministry of Justice, 41,098 girls under age 18 were married there in 2001." There are "horrific news reports about 12-year old girls dying in childbirth" in Yemen. "Demonstrations in support of child marriage outstrip those against it, fueled by clerical declarations that opponents of state-sanctioned pedophilia are apostates because the prophet Mohammed (also spelt Muhammad, V.), according to them, married his second wife, Aisha, when she was a child."
Freedom Denied: Allegan Police Department, the Council on American Islamic Relations and Suppressing First Amendment Rights
By WILLIAM MAYER
May 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - There is afoot a new and important political movement which seeks to ensure the integrity of the U.S. judicial process. The effort, entitled "American Laws for American Courts" seeks to ban Shari'a [Islamic law], and other foreign legal systems and concepts from having any impact on American jurisprudence.
One of the groups which is active in hastening this process, "The American Public Policy Alliance (APPA)" describes itself as, "a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to protecting U.S. constitutional rights, safeguarding U.S. sovereignty and promoting government transparency and accountability, is working with legislators nationwide on policies and initiatives." [source, http://publicpolicyalliance.org/?page_id=38]
One might think that the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution, Sec 2, known as "The Supremacy Clause" would clearly be sufficient in and of itself in guaranteeing the integrity of the American legal system. Unfortunately that is not the case, as in numerous instances and settings these same foreign sources are already being used in the process of rendering judicial opinions.
The relevant Constitutional language is specific:
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding."
Pursuant this movement on January 26, 2012 an event entitled "Constituting Michigan - Founding Principles Act," was held at Allegan High School which is located in Michigan. The event - paradoxically centered on the freedom of expression - featured numerous speakers including a Michigan State Representative, David Agema and a former Muslim who converted to Christianity, Kamal Saleem.
Mr. Saleem's presence at the affair was of great relevance. Born in Lebanon, as a youth he was disingenuously befriended [offered "protection"], then recruited and radicalized by members of the Muslim Brotherhood [creator of HAMAS]. He was then inculcated into the dark world of terrorism. Other youths were commoditized in a similar manner, callously used as "mules" to carry military hardware in furtherance of jihad, Islamic Holy War. Indicative of the level of barbarism which is the centerpiece of Islamism, Mr. Saleem ran his first operation at the age of only 7, by 15 his bomb making skills were so well honed that he was loosed on the outside world to ply his ugly trade, a path which eventually led him to the United States, where he was expected to actively promote Islamic jihad.
The Allegan High free speech event was well attended, with a healthy crowd of approximately 200. Unbeknownst to all but a few, this gathering had come to the attention of a number of organizations and individuals including, but not limited to, the local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, chaired by Dawud Walid as well as the inappropriately titled, People for the American Way, a hard-left activist group which in practice seems to loathe rather than treasure and preserve the "American way."
These groups along with others, incredibly including the Allegan police Department - led by its Chief of Police Rick Hoyer - and local public school officials, embarked upon a plan of action which resulted in the free speech event being terminated by the aforementioned police department. These actors including, the body charged with serving as custodians of law and order, thereby abridged the attendees First Amendment rights, an extraordinarily serious matter regardless of one's political affiliation.
Suicidal Political Grandstanding - Team Obama Intentionally Blows Agent[s] Cover In Al-Qaeda Operation
By WILLIAM MAYER
May 15, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - While the specific internals of the matter [an apparent high level infiltration of the Arabian Peninsula's al-Qaeda network, AQAP, by Western friendly intelligence] have [and probably will endlessly be] murky, one thing has become clear, "senior intelligence officials" anonymous of course to protect the guilty, intentionally leaked highly sensitive information to the press purely for political purpose thus placing this agent, or agents as the case may be, in extreme danger.
Those actually involved, on the ground, face a rather horrific fate if identified, or even suspected. They have variously been identified in differing media accounts as Saudis, Americans and/or possibly, Brits.
It is important to note that such a blossoming of contradictory accounts may in itself be a direct misinformation op, designed to intentionally cloud this extraordinarily serious breakdown in Western spy craft, hopefully staunching the bleeding and limiting the losses. Such lack of definition in this matter at this time is a very good thing - we do not need to know, period - we are at war.
What is troubling is not the operation itself, because penetrating al-Qaeda and other Islamist terror networks such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its American representatives [which this administration publicly pretends don't really present a threat] is not only of supreme importance so as to further disrupt their operations but it's an extraordinarily difficult, not to mention dangerous undertaking.
This is because these jihadist outfits operate on a highly elevated mafia model; not only must those allowed access to the inner core of the organizations be well known to its top level leadership, they are often chosen on the basis of kinship ties, a kind of tribal level seal of approval. By way of reference we can look to the Elashi family of Infocom and Holy Land Foundation infamy as evidence of such tactical incestuousness. [for further explication please refer to this 2006 DOJ presser, http://www.bis.doc.gov/news/2006/doj01_25_06.htm]
Close familial ties have carried a great deal of weight in such matters given the historical importance of patrimonialism throughout the Arab world.
Fraying The Edges
By TOM FREDRIKSEN, PLN Culture Editor
May 15, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - We are all bombarded daily via print, radio and television concerning issues surrounding either the decay or ascendancy of American society - depending on your political bent.
There is nothing quite like an in-your-face experience to bring home the changes our society has, is, and will soon be facing.
It was hot here today. The first day over eighty degrees this year. I found myself walking my town doing weekly errands. You know the type, banking, post office, etc. For some reason my electronic dog collar began beeping, clicking and whirring to the point I knew it was unavoidable and must be dealt with and an inviting local watering hole gave me refuge from the street noise and bright sunshine.
Cute, tall, bright smile, friendly (of course the usual tattoos and piercings). Yes, I am describing the bartender. Twenty two and lovely. Being conscious that there was an owner responsible for keeping the lights on and mortgage paid, I ordered a small soda and returned to the electronics that required my attention.
After a couple of minutes I looked up and noticed a small soda with straw, neatly placed on a napkin. Slightly to my left.
Now I don't frequent bars, nor am I a stranger to them. The unmistakable taste of cheap bar bourbon washed it's way into me. Immediately calling the bartender over to discuss the matter, I was informed that that drink was for the gentleman using the restroom and she proceeded to pour my soda.
Obama's Afghan Tragedy
May 11, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As we have noted on these pages numerous times, Team Obama's decision to walk away from our commitment to Afghanistan has produced a bountiful harvest...of rotting fruit.
The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, necessitated in order to take out al-Qaida's forward base of operations, came along with an implicit moral imperative, that we would not abandon the country to once again be ruled by a group of tenth century religious fanatics, the Taliban, who then harbored al-Qaeda jihadists while enforcing brutal Shari'a [Islamic law].
In politics, no policy, regardless of how forcefully it is stated or how frequently it's repeated should ever be considered set in stone and that certainly applies to Mr. Obama and his rapid abandonment of Afghanistan.
As with nearly every issue this president has "evolved" his positions according to political expedience.
For example, in a 2009 speech to the VFW national convention he clearly defined the goal of "his" Afghan policy, defeat of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, its host/enabler:
"We must never forget...This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which Al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is fundamental to the defense of our people." [source, Sheryl Gay Stahlberg, Obama Defends Strategy In Afghanistan, NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/us/politics/18vets.html?_r=1]
This bravura performance was followed by a pretend "surge" in Afghanistan modeled upon Gen. Petraeus' successful campaign in Iraq. Though the left denied it, Gen. Petraeus' campaign literally grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat - until Mr. Obama decided to turn tail in the country, thus jettisoning the U.S.' hard fought gains.
Paradoxically, it was Obama's expressed intent then to employ the same surge tactics. The policy tack seemed odd at the time, since Mr. Obama and the entire leadership of the Democrat party, plainly and belligerently claimed that the surge had failed and that we had lost the war - who can forget Harry Reed's now infamously incorrect assertion regarding the surge - February 11, 2009:
"I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and - you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows - (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday.." [source, "Senator Reid On Iraq: "This War Is Lost" CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-250_162-2709229.html]
Despite what one might think to be fatal complications - the outright rejection of an already successful proven methodology - Obama chose to at least give lip service to it in order to forestall the historically correct contention that the Democrat party was dangerously pacifistic when it came to matters of national security.
What followed the announcement of the Afghan surge is not pretty.
After months of dawdling faux deliberations, Obama denied the minimum troop request his hand-picked field commander had suggested, replacing it with a number deemed insufficient for the intended task. Additionally he established a new set of rules of engagement [ROI] which essentially defanged the American/NATO effort, wrapping any intended military action in so much red tape that active engagement with the enemy was nearly impossible.
The ROI themselves became a source of embarrassment and befuddlement to the commanders now charged with winning a war absent the tools which were necessary to accomplish it. To show how ridiculous the new ROI were, sentries posted at the gates of Bagram AFB were not allowed to even hamper Taliban spotters, who, equipped with mobile phones alerted their officers as to the size and strength of outgoing detachments because these jihadis were not armed, nor were they presenting a clear and present threat as it became redefined.
From that point onward this president's policies assured eventual defeat in Afghanistan and victory for the Taliban.
How could it be any other way? Team Obama had stated that he intended to start the big drawdown in Afghanistan calculated to commence just a few months before the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Now in total disarray, Obama and Hillary's State Department agreed to holding "secret" talks with the Taliban enemy in Qatar. The talks, apparently ongoing, have been accompanied by U.S. promises of freedom for certain high level Taliban terrorists, to be released from GITMO as a gesture of "goodwill."
Now this self-imposed death spiral is tightening considerably. Having signed a meaningless 12 year mutual aid pact with Hamid Karzai, the Afghans are now firmly in control and calling our shots. As a direct result of Obama's political calculus, the Afghan military leadership [such as it is] is now engaged in a policy of continually ratcheting up a set of restrictions placed upon U.S. operations. This has changed the nature of the American/NATO operation so much that it has in essence turned the allied forces into modern day Hessian mercenaries, we pay the bills and bury our dead while the Afghans play coy games, hoping to placate and/or fend off the Taliban until their eventual triumphant return after the American military is forced to slink out of the country.
Administration Mum On Iran's Public Meddling In Afghan Affairs
May 10, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an announcement published today by Iran's state controlled PressTV, the country's Islamic theocracy made clear in a very public manner that it finds Afghanistan's recently cobbled together strategic pact with the U.S. is unacceptable.
To impress upon Afghan officials the seriousness with which the Mullah's terrorist regime views this development, "Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned Afghanistan's charge d'affaires in Tehran, Shah Mardanqol, to protest the recent Afghan media hype against the Iranian embassy in Kabul. The Afghan official was summoned to the ministry on Thursday to receive Iran's protest, IRNA reported.... " [source, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/240495.html]
The main area of contention, from Iran's point of view is the possible very-long term American military presence remaining in Afghanistan after Team Obama's scheduled summer pullout of the main body of U.S. forces.
By their complete silence on the matter administration officials are acquiescing to the increasingly bellicose tone coming out of Tehran regarding its hegemonic intentions for the entire region. Having written off U.S. strategic efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan as failed enterprises, Team Obama has thus materially strengthened Tehran's diplomatic hand at the worst possible time.
Muslim Brotherhood/Salafists Defy Egyptian Electoral Authority
May 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Adding further evidence to what appears to be the inevitability of a Muslim Brotherhood dominated Shari'a [and anti-Semitic] based Egyptian government, on Monday the country's highest electoral court, the Supreme Presidential Election Commission [SPEC] went "on strike," in protest of what it perceives as unconstitutional tampering with the electoral system by the People's Assembly - a body dominated by the MB and Salafist parties.
Central to this controversy is Article 28 of the Egyptian constitution, which has declared SPEC decisions as not being subject to appeal.
As Egypt's AlAhram Online notes, "The People's Assembly (the lower house of parliament) has agreed to amend the presidential elections law in relation to Article 28, which grants the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) immunity from appeal..." [source, http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/41144/Egypt/Parliament-approves-amending-recently-approved-pre.aspx]
In a previously published piece relating to this controversy, it was stated that, "Ahmed Khairy, a party spokesperson, says the problem was instigated by the Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), insinuating that the latter's MPs are misusing their authorities to serve the group's interests. "The Brotherhood and its political wing's endeavour to amend the elections law does not aim to serve the public interest," Khairy stated, before adding that: "This commission was formed in accordance with the constitutional declaration, which the Brotherhood promoted." [source, http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/36/122/41220/Presidential-elections-/Presidential-elections-news/SPEC-in-hot-water-for-halting-activities,-others-c.aspx]