New York Times Benghazi "Investigation" - Horse Shit

December 31, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It's no secret that the NY Times is a hard left propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. Normally though, it cloaks its slanted journo in such a way as to be marginally believable, assuming the reader is either as dumb as a box of rocks or is a blindered Fascist.

Such is not the case with its today published "expose" regarding the September 11, 2012 attack on the American Embassy located in Benghazi, Libya.

This piece is not only transparently unbelievable, it's so stupid that subscribers should be demanding their money back.

We aren't going to link to the piece, nor are we really going to dissect it because the article simply isn't worth it.

What we will say is that any journo professor worth his red diaper would most likely toss this pap into the waste can if it were submitted by a student aspiring to become a member of the press.

Boko Haram Leader Shekau Surfaces, Says Nigerian Jihad is Justified by Quran and Hadith

December 27, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As this news source reported on September 18 [see, Boko Haram Ambush Kills Over 40 Nigerian Soldiers ] the Nigerian military response to Boko Haram's atrocity laden jihad - primarily in Borno and Yobe States - has been so weak and ineffectual that the government has attempted to minimize the threat instead.

"...On September 13, Boko Haram, the Islamic terror organization, ambushed a brigade of Nigeria’s Multi National Joint Task Force killing at least 40 with many still unaccounted for. “…At least 40 Nigerian soldiers were killed and 65 others went missing in a deadly ambush by suspected members of the extremist group, Boko Haram, in the sect’s stronghold in Borno state…” [source, Premium Times] The Nigerian government is in complete denial regarding the danger posed by the group, refusing to officially even confirm or deny that the attack took place..."

Nigeria's President, Jonathan has carried this charade so far that in August a spokesman for country's Joint Task Force [JTF] - Lt Col Sagir Musa - claimed that Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, had been killed in a June skirmish.

However, news of Shekau's demise seems to have been exaggerated however, with the terror leader recently surfacing in a video apparently quite alive and taking credit for last week's attack on Benisheikh in Borno State which killed over 100

"Leader of terrorist sect Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau again appeared in a video clip released by the sect,,,claiming responsibility for last week's attack in Benisheikh, Borno State, where about 160 people were maimed. 'They said I am dead, but here I am. The world should know that I am alive and will only die at the appointed time...'" [ Nigeria: Boko Haram Video - Shekau Reappears, Flays Obama, JTF, Others, AllAfrica.com]
Voice of Sanity from Israeli Defense Minister Ya'alon - "We are not happy with prisoner releases"

December 26, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Caught in the jaws of an unlikely pincer maneuver - between rioting Hamas supporters in Judea and Samaria [Palestine doesn't exist, next question?] and Israelis protesting against continued prisoner releases - Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon appears to have finally stated what has been obvious to many for a very long time; releasing Islamic terrorists in exchange for continued sham peace negotiations with Fatah is not only counter-productive, it's provocative.

"'...Judea and Samaria has not been quiet," he stated. "We call this an 'atmosphere of terror' and it is due to the Palestinian Authority's incitement against Israel. The statistics speak for themselves: in 2012 we saw a decline in terror attacks, but in the past several months we have seen a rise in terror attacks. This happens every time issues between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are addressed," Ya'alon concluded. "[Negotiations] are a result of the incitement, and it has everything to do with the political process...'" [source, Tova Dvorin , Ya'alon: Government Reconsidering Prisoner Release]

This practice is provocative because if there is one thing all sides can agree upon in this conflict, it's that Muslim fanatics understand only one thing - a guaranteed, brutal and disproportionate military response to acts of savagery.

U.S. Treasury Department Designates Two High Profile Muslims as Al-Qaeda Financiers

December 24, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Despite Team Obama's claim that al-Qaeda has been decimated [an embarrassing subject these days with Africa and the Middle East on fire due to the work of al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups] on the 18th, the U.S. Dept. of Treasury designated two Muslim high fliers as specially designated funders of terrorism due to the financial support they have provided to a bevy of Islamic jihadist groups including, but not limited to, al-Qaeda [central], al-Qaeda in Iraq, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab is responsible for the recent horrific attack on a shopping mall in Kenya that was distinguished by the groups almost unimaginable brutality against civilians [for the gruesome details please reference our October 2 piece, William Mayer, What The Media Refuses To Print - "Jihadist Ritual Murder and Mutilation at the Mall" , PipeLineNews.org]

"The U.S. Department of Treasury today imposed sanctions on two al-Qa'ida supporters based in Qatar and Yemen. Abd al-Rahman bin 'Umayr al-Nu'aymi (Nu'aymi) and `Abd al-Wahhab Muhammad `Abd al-Rahman al-Humayqani (Humayqani) were named as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. Nu'aymi was designated for providing financial support to al-Qa'ida, Asbat al-Ansar, al-Qa'ida in Iraq, and al-Shabaab, and Humayqani was designated for providing financial support to and acting on behalf of al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)..." [source, Treasury Designates Al-Qa’ida Supporters in Qatar and Yemen, U.S. Treasury Dept. Press Office].

Yemen is justly infamous as a haven for jihadists [reference the late Anwar Al Awlaki] so another association between terrorism and the country isn't especially surprising. However the bad news for Obama [yes, it just keeps on coming] is that he has made the "rehabilitation" of Yemen an important part of his anti-terrorism policy - such as it is. Consequently the country has had a lot of cash thrown at it, obviously to little effect and therefore the linking of a high level al-Qaeda financier with the government receiving this U.S. largesse is more than embarrassing.

Why Is Convicted Terrorist Sami Al-Arian Strutting Around Capitol Hill?

By WILLIAM MAYER


December 23, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On April 17, 2006 Sami Al-Arian, a former professor of computer science at the University of South Florida, pleaded guilty to count four of a federal indictment charging him with, "conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist organization, in violation of U.S. law..." [source, Sami Al-Arian Pleads Guilty, DOJ press release]

Al-Arian's plea contains damning admissions regarding the depth of his jihadist activity:

"In the plea agreement, Al-Arian admits that he was associated with several organizations, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, in the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s. He also admits that co-defendants Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, Bashir Musa Mohammed Nafi and Mazen Al-Najjar were associated with PIJ . President Clinton issued an executive order in January 1995 which banned certain transactions with organizations and individuals who were “specially designated terrorists,” including PIJ, Sheik Abd Al Aziz Awda and Fathi Shiqaqi and later, Ramadan Shallah.

Al-Arian admits that he performed services for the PIJ in 1995 and thereafter, when he was a professor at the University of South Florida and after he knew that the PIJ had been designated by President Clinton as a terrorist organization. Al-Arian also acknowledges in the plea agreement that he knew the PIJ used acts of violence as a means to achieve its objectives. Nevertheless, Al-Arian continued to assist the terrorist organization, for instance, by filing official paperwork to obtain immigration benefits for PIJ associate Bashir Nafi, and concealing the terrorist associations of various individuals associated with the PIJ. He further admits to assisting PIJ associate Mazen al-Najjar in a federal court proceeding, a proceeding in which al-Najjar and Nafi both falsely claimed under oath that they were not associated with the PIJ. Moreover, Al-Arian acknowledges that in late 1995, when Ramadan Shallah, co-conspirator and former director of Al-Arian’s “think tank,” the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE) was named as the new Secretary General of the PIJ, Al-Arian falsely denied to the media that he knew of Shallah’s association with PIJ..."

At his sentencing, Federal Judge Moody tore into Al-Arian's disingenuous guise of victimhood.

"'I find it interesting that you praise this country in public,' Judge Moody said, 'the one you called Great Satan.' He continued to upbraid Mr. al-Arian, who he called a 'master manipulator' for his connections to the Palestinian group, leading Mr. Al-Arian's wife to leave the courtroom in tears.

Describing horrific bombings in Israel, Judge Moody said: 'Anyone with even the slightest bit of human compassion would be sickened. Not you, you saw it as an opportunity to solicit more money to carry out more bombings...The only connection to widows and orphans is that you create them.'" [source, Jennifer Steinhauer, Palestinian to Be Imprisoned Before Deportation , New York Times]

Though technically still under some form of confinement [he was previously under house arrest, but that has apparently been modified into something less restrictive] Al-Arian appeared at a briefing - entitled "Restoring Democracy and Freedom in Egypt" - on Capitol Hill which was underwritten by a group calling itself the "Egypt Freedom Foundation."

The story was broken by Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism:

Seleka Jihadists Targeting Defenseless Christians in Central African Republic


December 23, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - 1,600 French soldiers have been dispatched to the Central African Republic [CAR] - until 1960 a French colonial holding - in an attempt to halt the brutal jihad against Christians led by the Muslim terrorist group Seleka, which is now running the country.

The Central African Republic is overwhelmingly Christian, approximately 50%. Though Muslims constitute only 15% of the population they seem to be making up for their lack of numbers with sheer aggression.

The French military presence was deployed to assist an all African force, MISCA, which has so far been unable to quell the increasing carnage. Already at least two French soldiers have been killed in the conflict [source, Laura Smith-Spark, Nima Elbagir, French soldiers killed in Central African Republic unrest, CNN]

On March 24, 2013 Seleka overthrew the government led by Francois Bozizé who was forced to flee the country. The current president is Michael Djotodia who had reneged on a promise to disarm the terrorist rebels, a force he had only recently led - strongly suggesting outside assistance. Estimates vary but it is believed that as many as 15-20,000 jihadists are still operating under the Seleka banner.

This group is not your typical undisciplined African rag-tag military force. It possesses heavy weapons [mortars and machine guns] and is using large force, modern military tactics. It's believed that both fighters and weapons have been pouring into the CAR from Sudan and Chad both Muslim majority countries.

Alarming Intelligence Reports on Dangerous Jihadists

By EMERSON VERMAAT

December 18, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - “A serious threat emanates from individuals who are clandestinely active on jihadist websites and belong to jihadist organizations, such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al-Shabab, the Islamic Jihad Union. The online presence of this extremely small group is virtually undectable. The ‘virtual’ threat emanating from members of jihadist organizations particularly lies in the fact that they can use the Internet to get in touch with Western jihadists and help them to participate in jihad or to mount an attack. The AIVD has identified a few such cases.”

This quote is from an alarming report on “Jihadism on the Web” from the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) in the Netherlands. “Western jihadists” usually refers to Muslim immigrants or radicalized converts to Islam in Europe, North America and Australia. Faical Errai, a Moroccan immigrant in Spain and a Spanish citizen as well, was convicted by a Spanish court last July for running websites that recruited Islamic terrorists for the Al-Qaeda linked group Ansar Al-Mujahideen. The AIVD report “Jihadism on the Web” says that Errai was arrested on August 27, 2010, “on suspicion of working as a core forum administrator and of virtually recruiting jihadists for the struggle in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Chechnya.” ‘By virtue of their online influence, such Western jihadists are able to introduce other Western jihadists to experienced jihadist Internet contacts.”

The AIVD distinguishes between “jihadist producers” and ‘jihadist consumers.” Faical Errai was one of the jihadist producers. They hold, the AIVD report claims, “considerable informal power on jihadist websites. Such a position is highly coveted and sought after by the large group of remaining users, the so-called consumers.”

“Consumers regularly stand out because of their eager contributions to and threats posted on core forums. They publicly state they want to die and become martyrs for ‘the cause’, ask how they can participate in jihad, propose all kinds of possible targets and incite other forum members to violence. In 2008 a consumer named Abu Omar wrote on a core forum about the urge he felt to make such calls and threats: ‘From the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep, this is what I go throughout the day… My thoughts are limited to the following questions: How can I terrorize the enemy, at this time and with this machine (his computer)? Can this thing be adjusted to be used against the enemies of Allah? Frankly, I do not watch TV… In my spare time I occupy myself by thinking about a new terrorist idea…” “Abu Omar managed to reach Iraq a year later, where he was killed in an air raid even before he was able to carry out his planned suicide attack. Particularly in the past five years the AIVD has identified many cases of jihadist comsumers who eventually make the leap to use violent action.’

Iranian President - Obama Accepts A Nuclear Iran

December 16, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org - In comments made today, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani suggested that Team Obama is resigned to the prospect of a nuclear Iran.

“Today, we are a country which has reached a point in the field of nuclear technology and uranium enrichment that the US president frankly says that taking the nuclear technology from the Iranian people is impossible…We started a technology, made stage-by-stage progress, reached some peaks and indigenized it in a way that separating the technology from this great nation is impossible, and this is a big honor for our country…” [source, Fars News].

Rouhani’s statement was merely reflective of the thinking within the Obama WH, which is understandable since the president as much as made the case for the Iranian bomb in a speech given last weekend at Brookings’ Saban Center.

In the below excerpt from Obama’s remarks it’s clear that he has already reconciled himself to a nuclear Iran.

“…Now, you'll hear arguments, including potentially from the Prime Minister, that say we can't accept any enrichment on Iranian soil. Period. Full stop. End of conversation. And this takes me back to the point I made earlier. One can envision an ideal world in which Iran said, we'll destroy every element and facility and you name it, it's all gone…I mean, there are a lot of things that I can envision that would be wonderful. But precisely because we don't trust the nature of the Iranian regime, I think that we have to be more realistic and ask ourselves, what puts us in a strong position to assure ourselves that Iran is not having a nuclear weapon and that we are protected? What is required to accomplish that, and how does that compare to other options that we might take?...” [source, Brookings Institute]

Saudi Intel Chief, Prince Bandar, Goes to Israel

December 4, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Team Obama’s near surrender to the Iranians at Geneva has produced a very interesting bit of blow-back.

It’s driven Saudi Intelligence – led by Prince Bandar bin Sultan [whose lae father, Sultan bin Abdulaziz, was the Saudi crown prince] – into the arms of Israel in a way that few could have imagined just weeks ago.

As reported by the Iranian state controlled propaganda mill, Press TV:

“According to Lebanese al-Hadath new website, the meeting was held in Tel Aviv last week, attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, French President Francois Hollande and Saudi spy chief.

The participants discussed plans on how to counter Iran's role in the region and also how to deal with possible improvement of ties between Tehran and Washington, the report said.” [source, Prince Bandar attends anti-Iran meeting in Israel, Press TV]

As we reported here last week, Israeli defense teams are or have been on the ground in Saudi Arabia to determine its suitability as a launch point for an attack on Iran’s nuke infrastructure.

Obama’s Foreign Policy Nightmare Makes it Impossible to “Protect and Defend” U.S. Security

December 2, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – As the ugly details of Obama’s dealings with Iran continue to leak it’s become obvious that the totality of this administration’s perfidy, double-dealing, subterfuge and fabrications regarding elemental national security matters is unprecedented in American history.

That’s not the worst of it…because we really have no idea exactly what the details are in his backchannel dealings with the terrorist state of Iran. No one outside his very close circle of confidants knows how much of the store Obama has already given away.

What we do know is shocking enough, a few observations:

1. It has been established from the already agreed upon general outlines of a nuke deal that Mr. Obama has committed the United States to accept a nuclear Iran as a fait accompli.

I. The deal allows the country to keep all of its 20% enriched uranium.

II. It allows enrichment to continue during “negotiations.”

III. It permits Iran to replace any of its estimated 18,000 centrifuges at will, most likely with more advanced and faster units.

IV. It fails to provide meaningful access to Iran’s bomb making infrastructure by the IAEA, a politicized entity which has a long record of demonstrated incompetence.

V. The agreement fails to halt the development of the Arak [IR-40] heavy water reactor, the only purpose of which is to produce plutonium, giving the Ayatollahs a second pathway to the bomb.

2. No discussion, it’s a done deal and there is no appeal – so much for the “advice and consent” of Congress regarding treaties.

We submit for your edification, Article 2, section 2, clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution: “[The President] shall have Power, by and with Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur...”

Sidestepping this key element of the Constitution’s separation of powers concept is in itself grounds for impeachment, of course that won’t happen.