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When Pakistan's ISI created the Taliban it was greatly aided by its on-again-off again PM, Benazir Bhutto. Pakistan's intent here was to be able to exert influence over Afghanistan in pursuit of extending its hegemony Westward while also serving as a check on the Soviet presence there.
Assessing the alleged role of the Central Intelligence Agency in creating the Taliban is really immaterial to this discussion, if ultimately only because the exact nature of that agency's involvement will probably never be known with any great specificity, aside from the fact that military aid and hardware was funneled, probably through Pakistan, to the Afghan mujahideen who were engaged in fighting the Soviets. What is important however is that the ISI's Taliban role is more or less common and unchallenged knowledge among observers of this conflict.
September 27, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in the nation's largest Hamas funding terror trial, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, et el., see, http://www.investigativeproject.org/1854/doj-cairs-unindicted-co-conspirator-status-legit] apparently has succeeded in forcing Disney in Illinois into complying with Shari'a, "allowing" a Muslim woman, hired over the phone, to wear a hijab [Islamic head scarf] while on the job.
Of course CAIR is by no means satisfied, as is always the case with Islamists, the group wants the proverbial whole enchilada, "CAIR-LA is now urging Disney to implement a corporate-wide policy that reflects an employee's legally-protected right to wear religious attire..."
The prospect of CAIR, an organization which has had numerous members jailed on terror charges [including Ghassan Elashi, founder of CAIR's Texas chapter and convicted in U.S. vs. Holy Land] having enough credibility to sway businesses like Disney would be laughable if it were not so tragic.
Unfortunately Disney is emblematic of a paradigm which has played out with great negative effect throughout the ages, tossing others to the alligator in hopes of it eating you last.
September 27, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - With the controversy over DOJ's refusal to prosecute the New Black Panther Party thugs who terrorized Philadelphia voters during the 2008 presidential election still growing, the testimony of a career Justice Dept. lawyer, Christopher Coates, has in large part been ignored by those to whom it should matter.
Of course there is a reason, Coates' September 24 statement to the Civil Rights Division [answering a previously issued subpoena to which DOJ had counseled non-compliance] charges the agency withy a long and continuing pattern of racial bias/discrimination against non-minority plaintiffs, a mindset clearly on display in DOJ's failure to prosecute the New Black Panthers simply because they are black.
The substance of Coates' testimony alleges a palpable anti-white bias at CRD. That this career official is bringing these serious allegations is all the more notable in that previous to his hiring by the Clinton admin. in 1996, he served as an ACLU voting rights attorney and therefore not a raving "rightie."
According to Coates, until very recently the Civil Rights Division operated exclusively as a provenance of institutional racism directed against whites in the enforcement of voting rights, "...prior to the filing of the Brown case in 2005 [a particularly egregious matter involving anti-white bias by the chair of the Noxubee County, MS, Ike Brown, see, Ed Morrissey, Hot Air, http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/24/coates-obama-appointee-told-me-to-stop-pursuing-race-neutral-enforcement-of-voting-rights-act/] the CRD had never filed a single case under the VRA [Voting Rights Act] in which it claimed that white voters had been subjected to racial discrimination by defendants who were African American...Opposition within the Voting Section was widespread to taking actions under the VRA on hehalf of white voters in Noxubee County..." [source, Coates's testimony before CRD, http://www.usccr.gov/NBPH/TestimonyChristopherCoates_09-24-10.pdf, p. 3]
It is against this widespread antipathy against even entertaining the cases of white plaintiffs in these types of cases that Holder's DOJ is best understood, and the picture it presents isn't pretty.
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
September 27, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Media is reporting on Governor Schwarzenegger's bill signing activities but they seem to have overlooked several the creation of several new laws on health and education affecting families.
Seven bills were signed advancing state compliance with federal Race to the Top standards for all students. SB1, Darrell Steinberg, Race-to-the-Top, authorizes the state to accept the federal stimulus dollars to cover the non-existent state funds for the social programs "we the people" don't want. One of those compliances sets limits to the freedom of speech on school campuses, SB 438, Charter School speech, and ACR 82, Public Education: Discrimination Free Zones.
The governor also signed AB 1901 targeting revisions to the Postsecondary Education Master Plan. This will facilitate implementation of the intent of two other bills awaiting the Governor's signature, AB 867, Pedro Nava, California State University: Doctor of Nursing Practice, and AB 2385, John Perez, Innovative Nursing and Health Care Professions.
Nava's bill will expand and expedite doctorate degrees for nurses. They, in turn, will be hired by schools(as doctoral professors requiring increased salaries, to train entry level medical workers entering high school academies. These workers, with minimal training will fulfill the federal Workforce Development plans and meet the quotas for jobs demanded by Obama Care.
Perez's bill will create a pilot program to expedite graduating community college "nursing and allied health student[s]" to become qualified for employment in health related fields. These people will, basically, be little more than monitors or trackers of how well you commit yourself to the contract with the health care professionals to meet health, nutrition. weight, exercise, etc. programs.
By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ
September 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what will prove to be a seminal study, Shariah The Threat To America, Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy identifies Shari'a [a "legal-political-military doctrine"] as "the preeminent totalitarian threat of our time."
The 170-plus page document presents for perhaps the first time to Western audiences a definitive, readable and thoroughly documented explanation of how even supposed "moderate Islam," based upon an intent to incrementally introduce elements of Islamic law into the culture, is anathema to Western forms of governance and in the case of America, thoroughly incompatible with the Constitution.
The task force which put together the report was modeled after a similar iconoclastic group report [the "Team B" project] commissioned in 1976 by then Director of CIA, George Herbert Walker Bush, which determined that the Soviet Union was such a threat that the then operative policy of detente had to be supplanted with an aggressive, full-court press keyed on its destruction.
It should go without saying that it was this very strategy, rejecting accommodation with totalitarian communism, which led to the defeat of the Soviet Union.
Elemental in the Team B II findings are that while it might well be possible to effectively battle "kinetic jihad" [active violent terrorism and war-making] that the "stealth jihad" [warfare conducted by internal subversion] poses a far greater long-term threat to liberal democracies.
Stealth jihadists are adept at using the freedoms and rights which we presume to be a human birthright in the West, against the system, all with the intent of slowly chipping away at civil law and custom, eventually replacing it with the totalitarian ideology of Shari'a. This methodology so far has escaped being characterized by mainstream defense professionals and national security experts as an existential threat every bit as real as was the threat posed by communism from the post World War II period through the fall of the Berlin wall and the demise of the Soviet state.
By MANUEL GELDERSTEIN
September 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In the wake of alleged "witchcraft" dabblings by Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell [GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware] Tea Party supporters have rushed to her support.
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter were abuzz, ignoring the alleged un-electability of Ms. O'Donnell.
Twitter shouted, "Incoming - O'Donnell camp braces against allegations of being ABBA fan, possible concert attendance. Rove, Kristol claim unelectable." as well as, "Desperate Dems call for a public weighing of O'Donnell" [sourced Old Glory Radio]
Similar sentiment reverberated across the internet, not only in the bastions of fed-up conservatives, but also in mainstream news aggregators such the Drudge Report.
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
September 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Sept. 13, 2010, edition of the East Bay Area's Contra Costa Times carried an original Sacramento Bee article (pg A4) entitled Bills would add Cal State doctorates.
The article reported that certain pieces of legislation, AB 867 by Pedro Nava, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and AB 2382, Bob Blumenfeld, Cal state U, Physical Therapy, have passed to the Governor for disposition.
I had looked at these bills, but not placed them on an "oppose" list. Several bills, beginning with the last term, have attempted to raise the status and pay grade of certain educators in the health care fields. These two bills are heavily supported by Nursing Associations and educators as one might suspect.
These bills are listed as education bills, but, in fact, they should be listed under Workforce development because they pertain more to job placements and salary increases than they do education.
The main thrust of these bills is to prepare large numbers of medical support workers; office staff, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, technicians, etc (not so much doctors) as quickly as possible to prepare for the presumed flood of new and frequently returning patients/clients when Obama Care is fully up and running. Also included in AB 862 is the authorization to expand the number of colleges and Universities in California that can offer Doctorate degrees to members of the Nursing profession.
September 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Today the French Senate voted to ban the wearing of long burqa-esque veils in public. The overwhelming vote [246-1, but with abstentions] combined with a previous vote by the Assembly means that upon the signature of president Sarkozy, the ban will go into effect.
Though the new legislation could conceivably be blocked by the country's Constitutional Council, given the widespread public support for the measure that outcome seems unlikely.
Today's vote highlights a struggle playing out across the continent, pitting small "L" liberal values such as religious accommodation against demands by Islamists to force civil governments into Shari'a compliance. A key component of Shari'a is the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, a theocracy.
September 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A press release filed today and appearing on the ACLU website [http://www.aclu.org/national-security/ccr-and-aclu-response-report-government-will-bring-charges-against-anwar-al-aulaqi] reads in part, "In August, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit challenging the government's asserted authority to carry out "targeted killings" of U.S. citizens located far from any armed conflict zone. The groups were retained by Nasser Al-Aulaqi to bring the lawsuit in connection with the government's decision to authorize the targeted killing of his son, Anwar Al-Aulaqi. The groups charge that if the government has evidence that a U.S. citizen is involved in terrorist activity, he should be charged with a crime and prosecuted."
In a short period of time, Anwar Al-Awlaki, counselor to terrorists, has become somewhat of a household name, connected in a long chain of associations with nearly every major U.S. incidence of terrorism, from 9/11 through Major Hasan's murderous jihad at Ft. Hood.
September 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Quoted as a panel member of an anti-terrorism forum on CNN Sunday, Janet Napolitano again demonstrated the illogic she has brought to the Dept. of Homeland Security. Of course since she merely jumps to her bosses' string pulling, the real blame lies at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but the point remains.
On Sunday she said, "...One of the things we have been focused on is really getting preparation for and the ability to respond to threats of any kind...Well, it means that, first of all, it's more dispersed. Secondly, you know, a big conspiracy, you have opportunities to intercept, to hear about, to learn about ahead of time. When you have individuals or small groups, that's much more difficult. And thirdly, our ability to collect intelligence is much more limited when U.S. persons are involved than, say, internationally. And so, you know, there are all kinds of different things that go into play. And I think what Michael said is right. We're not talking about huge numbers all across the country, but what we are talking about is an ever-evolving threat that has not kept the United States immune. There are U.S. persons now involved. And that means the Department of Homeland Security itself has had to evolve." [source, CNN transcripts September 12, 2010, http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1009/12/sotu.01.html]
There are two major defects in the Obama/Napolitano approach.
1. The relative ease with which a conspiracy can be uncovered is less dependent on its size and far more a condition of looking in the right place for its existence in the first place.
September 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In yet another looming defeat for team Obama we find - according to the LA Times [http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq-qaeda-20100913,0,2035120.story] - that al-Qaeda, thought essentially defeated, has made a major reappearance in the war torn country, taking advantage of governmental disorganization and an absence of a U.S. combat presence.
In today's piece, Ned Parker reports, "Once vanquished by Janabi and other Sunni Arab fighters who joined the U.S.-backed Awakening movement, the Islamic militant group is carving out new sanctuaries here."
By WILLIAM MAYER
September 9, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Glancing at abstracts of the top news stories over the last few days one might get the impression that Western Civilization might end this weekend if a few misguided nabobs in Florida put the match to a Qur'an as a show of protest over the Muslim terror attack which took place 9 years ago this Saturday.
The level of outrage is so over-the-top as to be ridiculous even within the multicultural philosophical wasteland that the West has become.
The desire of the media to present America as a bigoted country is all over this non-controversy as it has been over previous events of a similar nature.
Can one forget Newsweek's breathlessly spreading the fable [written by Michael Isikoff] that Qur'ans were being flushed down the toilet at the Guantanamo detention center, a story [totally fallacious] which directly led to multiple deaths resulting from the Muslim outrage engendered by the piece?
September 8, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Two Florida men have been arrested in a plot to sell weapons to Palestinian terrorists. The two, Yanny Aguila Urbay and Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel are residents of Hialeah and had been in contact with an undercover agent after having expressed a desire to obtain hundreds of military type weapons including detonating devices and M-16 rifles.
The plan was supposedly to be funded by parties in the West Bank.
According to the criminal complaint, "Hamayel contacted the confidential source to discuss the weapons and explosives...Hamayel specifically requested a quantity of 300 M-16 rifles, 9 mm handguns, UZI sub-machine guns, silencers and grenades." [source, WSVN, http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21002159609550/]
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
September 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - [Note: All the bills mentioned in this report have passed the California state legislature and are awaiting the Governor's signature. He has until Sept 30 to either sign or veto. A message can be left for the governor at 916-445-2841.
AB354. Juan Arambula, [D- Fresno] Immunizations.
DIGEST: This bill deletes certain age limits for specified childhood immunizations required for admission to specified schools or child care centers, and requires the Department of Public Health to consider the immunization recommendations of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This five page bill seems simple and straight forward, but it isn't. It is a lot of words designed to hide the fact that the state's legislators seek authority to mandate that schools be responsible for administering vaccinations to your child including HPV2 Cervarix for girls ages 10-25 or HPV 4 Gardasil for boys ages 9-26. That would be compulsory vaccinations without parental consent or notification.
Truly Moderate Muslims Would Embrace First Amendment Rights as Demonstration of Acculturation
September 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a substantial departure from a policy of remaining aloof on domestic issues, on Monday Afghan theater commander General David Petraeus criticized the intention of a Florida church to burn copies of the Qur'an as a 9/11 statement this coming Saturday, saying "it could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan."
The Gainesville, Florida Dove World Outreach Center plans to carry through with the protest despite mounting criticism and threats.
Two elements of this story are of primary concern.
1. General Petraeus has absolutely no authority to wade into stateside issues, period. It's not in his job description, nor is it wise. General Petraeus has a war to run, one which isn't going particularly well. Though he inherited this war [from Obama's hand-picked commander], the longer he allows the current and thoroughly ridiculous rules of engagement which hobble U.S. forces to remain in effect, the more he paints the United States into a corner from which it can't honorably escape.
2. The leaders of the Dove church have every right to protest the 9th anniversary of the Muslim attack on the United States in whatever manner they deem fit, regardless of how and by whom their actions are criticized, as long as it is consistent with our Constitution.
A nation and culture which celebrates extreme political speech - solemnly declaring a crucifix in a jar of urine, a Piss Christ, as legitimate artistic expression - can certainly be equally tolerant of the burning of a Qur'an.
The efforts of the media and not-so-moderate Muslim leaders to excoriate those who are planning to carry through with this [in our opinion, ill advised] act of protest are fully in keeping with larger efforts to Islamize the West through incrementally making it Shari'a compliant.
It is the right of this society to dictate what constitutes a legitimate demonstration of the freedom of expression, not alien and seditious theocratic ideologies.
September 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Muslims blocking streets, putting up barriers and hiring private security guards to enforce their will is now commonplace in the city of Paris and neither Bertrand Delanoë, the socialist mayor of Paris nor French president Nicholas Sarkozy are willing to intervene and reintroduce the rule of law.
These actions are being taken to facilitate the five-times-daily that observant Muslims are called upon to pray. Non-Muslims in these neighborhoods are being trapped in their homes, afraid for their lives to leave during the public prayer sessions.
The report of this troubling activity comes exclusively from the Christian Broadcasting Network [see, http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2010/August/Islamization-of-Paris-a-Warning-to-the-West] as other secular media sources are running from the story because it doesn't square with their multicultural narrative.
Officially the French have taken a tough verbal line against Islamism, most recently outlawing the wearing of headscarves in public places and have considered outlawing the head-to-toe covering - the burqa - because of its clear anti-woman overtones. In practice however, the French government doesn't appear to have the will to restore even a modicum of civil order in these increasingly restive neighborhoods which local police now consider "no-go" areas.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
September 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Imam Feiz Muhammed, who is considered to be as influential in Islamist circles as American born al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, recently called upon Dutch Muslims to behead the leader of country's the Freedom Party, Geert Wilders. Wilders - an MP - is an outspoken and persistent critic of Islamic radicalism. In the past he has suggested that the portions of the Qur'an which are intolerant should be discarded.
Muhammed has a history of making inflamatory, hate filled statements based upon his religion. He purports to be interested in aiding disavantaged youth, having founded the Global Islamic Youth Center in Sydney. The imam's claims that Jews are "pigs," that women rape victims have brought it upon themselves and his defense of violent jihad have served to delineate his fundamentalist Wahhabism.
Muhammed's video which was placed on the website of the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, where he can be hear calling Wilders "Satan" and "a filthy dirty politician" saying that for "anyone that mocks Islam...the punishment...is...death...you chop his head off."
It was the newspaper which informed Wilders of the threat. He expressed shock that that the National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism [NCTB] and the Dutch Secret Service [AIVD] did not warn him before the event was called to his attention by the media.
According to Ronald Sandee, the director of an anti-terrorism organization "the threat against Wilders must be taken extremely seriously." [source, http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/7544764/__Haatprediker__dood_aan_Wilders__.html?p=5,1]
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
September 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Do we have to get these bills passed so we can see what's in them, to paraphrase that infamous Nancy Pelosi tongue-in-cheek statement?
The state legislative term is over for this year. Many of the bills, which seriously impact the privacy rights of children and families, have succeeded in passing out of the legislature and are on their way to governor Schwarzenegger. The Governor has thirty days to either sign or veto this group of bills as of September 1.
There are eleven bills of interest for their focus on children's health and educational futures and the right of parents to remain in authority over their children. All of these bills need to be vetoed, not just allowed to become law without the Governor's signature.
September 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The specter of a full-fledged run on the assets of Afghanistan's Kabul bank [the country's largest private financial institution] does not bode well for the reputation of Hamid Karzai and threatens to further destabilize the troubled nation at a time when its fate turns on the success of military operations now underway against the Taliban.
The bank was founded [and is now chaired] by Sherkhan Farnood, a world-class poker player, five years ago and now operates under the suspicion of what the few American news sources who have followed the matter call, "a crony capitalism that enriches politically connected insiders and dismays the Afghan populace." [source, Andrew Higgins, "In Afghanistan, signs of crony capitalism," Washington Post, February 22, 2010, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp dyn/content/article/2010/02/21/AR2010022104317.html]
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
September 1, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Muslims are cynically exploiting the commemoration of 911 to mount a nation-wide PR campaign called "Muslim Serve Initiative." The program is endorsed by among others CAIR [Council on American Islamic Relations] an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas funding trial in which the defendants were found guilty on all 108 counts.
According to "A Call to Action" on the ISNA [also an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution] website Muslims should exploit 911 via public service and "interfaith" [dawa - Islamic proselytizing] activities in order to generate positive news reportage.
By EMERSON VERMAAT
September 1, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Feisal Abdul Rauf is the chairman of the so-called "Cordoba Initiative", which officially describes itself as "a non-partisan and multi-national project that works with state and non-state actors to improve Muslim-West relations." But the New York imam now plans the construction of a highly controversial 13-story "Cordoba House," a mosque/Islamic Center, just two blocks away from "Ground Zero," the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York.
Why do the initiators use the name Cordoba?
Cordoba is a city in Southern Spain which was once occupied by Muslims. It was then the glorious capital of the Muslim caliphate (Islamic theocracy or rule) and known as "the Mecca of the West." The name then given to the Spanish territories under Muslim rule (711-1492) was "Al-Andalus." Between 1609 and 1614, 296,000 Muslims were expelled from Spain, back to North Africa where they had originally come from.
What is imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's real agenda? Establishing a kind of Muslim caliphate in part of the U.S.? He is a known supporter of Shari'a law. Hamas, designated by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization, insisted Muslims "have to build" the mosque near Ground Zero. "Muslims around the world, including, those who live in this country, are united in a common cause," Hamas leader and co-founder Mahmoud Al-Zahar said. Abdul Rauf refused to describe Hamas as a terrorist organization earlier this summer. Hamas, too, wants to establish an Islamic caliphate. Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group that supported the Nazi cause between 1939 and 1945. There are number of Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in the United States. One of these is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR also welcomed the plans to build a huge Islamic Cultural Center near Ground Zero. Another Muslim Brotherhood front organization in the U.S. is the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). NAIT played a key role in funding Islamist activities in the U.S
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Following in short order, today Afghan president Karzai, said much the same thing, claiming that the deadline date served to boost the morale of the Taliban, confident that it can wait out the clock until U.S. troops are withdrawn next year. [see, UK Guardian, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/7967883/Barack-Obama-US-troop-withdrawal-deadline-a-boost-to-Taliban.html]
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
August 24, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Continuing our roundup of CA's far reaching and devious education bills, it seems as though the tactic of these out-of-control legislators is to - under the guise of "building bridges" - empower the self-appointed "master planners" to override parental authority and plan the future of other people's children.
When educators and legislators talk about the development of education master plans they always start out by referring to the 1960's creation of the once in a lifetime created California master plan. From there they make it appear that any current activity in this regard is just a mere adjustment of those plans and goals.
The original master plan set standards for, basically, what type of educational programs the various levels of state schools, especially, colleges and universities would concentrate on offering plus linkage of all education, K-18, into one smooth exercise in accessing entrance.
August 23, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - AP, in its offering of "guidance" [August 19, http://www.ap.org/pages/about/pressreleases/pr_081910b.html] to its reporters on the 911 mosque issue, shamelessly admits what most observant media commentators have already noted, that the organization has abandoned all pretense of objectivity, and joined the mad media rush to support - what Rush Limbaugh has so trenchantly termed - the "911 Ha-mosque" being pushed by stealth jihadist imam Faisal Rauf.
In this document, AP counsels its tyro journos, "We should continue to avoid the phrase "ground zero mosque" or "mosque at ground zero" on all platforms. (We've very rarely used this wording, except in slugs, though we sometimes see other news sources using the term.) The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area. We should continue to say it's "near" ground zero, or two blocks away."
Not Ground Zero?
August 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Chalk up another victory for aggressive Islamists in the UK who have convinced [or strong armed] the Harrow school council in North London to serve only Halal meat in the areas high schools.
Outraged parents say they were not consulted before the decision to promote Shari'a compliance was made.
It must be particularly galling for non-Muslims in the school district to be denied any choice whatever in this matter considering that only 7% of the population in the area is Muslim, while nearly 50% remain Christian. [source, London Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1300589/Parents-fury-town-hall-plans-halal-menus-schools.html]
This further encroachment of Shari'a into British society builds upon the firm groundwork that was laid during the Blair administration when an alternative system of jurisprudence was established involving the creation of at least 85 Islamic courts throughout the country. These tribunals have the same legitimacy in Brit eyes as do the secular courts and serve primarily to adjudicate family matters among Muslims.
Critics have pointed out, with little effect, that the new system abandons Muslims, especially women, to a barbaric 7th century system of jurisprudence which is incompatible with Western principles.
August 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It has been nearly a month since Julian Assange and unknown conspirators leaked over 90,000 mostly classified documents [the "Afghan War Diary"] pertaining to the war in Afghanistan and yet - with the main perp already having been self identified - a fully committed leftist and convicted amateur hacker, he remains free to cause further havoc in the waging of an increasingly problematic conflict.
Yes, of course these are rhetorical questions. There is no smoke and fury on this issue because Mr. Assange might as well be a member of this WH team, his take on the projection of U.S. military power appears to be in complete alignment with that of team Obama. The only reason this president is in Afghanistan at all is because he painted himself into that corner during the 2008 campaign. He doesn't believe in the Afghanistan effort in the slightest and only pursues it with any constancy at all is because he wishes to minimize the effect that a decisive defeat - in the country which spawned 911 - would have on his already shaky legacy.
Assange's leak is unprecedented in U.S. history, consisting of 200,000 pages of documents, the majority of which had been classified and all of which were presumably not intended for public viewing.
By comparison, the 1971 Pentagon Paper leak by Daniel Ellsberg was minor, only 10,000 pages, about 5% of that made public by Wikileaks.
So far the administration's response has been frighteningly benign. The Pentagon's response so far has been typical, they have instituted a "robust" investigation, which more likely than not will simply fade away as the spotlight shifts to other issues. [source, CBN News, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/07/27/earlyshow/main6716974.shtml]
August 18, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a move revealing the totalitarian bent of Democrat Party leadership, yesterday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D, CA] stated that those who are working in opposition to the construction of a 13 story mosque adjacent Ground Zero in New York City should be investigated, presumably by federal authorities.
In response to a question posed by KCBS [San Francisco] reporter Doug Sovern, Pelosi said, "...but there is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some and I join the those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded how is this being ginned up..." [source KCBS, link to mp3 of the exchange, http://kcbs.cbslocal.com/2010/08/17/pelosi-on-mosque-plans-for-the-wtc-site/]
Numerous calls for clarification made to speaker Pelosi's office, directed to her press secretary Nadeam Elshami have so far been unreturned.
It seems that this speaker, and this administration, is so imperious as to believe that it falls within the legitimate purview of the federal government to quash the legitimate expression of the First Amendment right to free speech.
We find it curious that Ms. Pelosi would at this late date be so critical of the right of Americans to work against 911 denier imam Rauf's stealth jihad mosque. In 2003 Hillary Clinton set the tone for the [then] asserted right of Democrats to force the United States to lose the Iraq conflict in rather strong terms.
People like Ms. Pelosi represent a clear and present danger to this republic and California voters had better note with concern the dangerous tone of the speaker as November approaches.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER
August 17, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, the lead proponent behind the controversial 9/11 mosque is slated to go on a month long "outreach" tour paid for by the State Department. His wife Daisy Khan who runs the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) will also make a similar journey.
Rauf's itinerary, according to some press reports [for example the NY Post, http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/feds_funding_zero_imam_mideast_trip_OTq9dmoHpxbaKvJbB4VLGM] will include Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Although the State Department stressed that he will not be permitted to fundraise for his mosque it is certain that the trip will put him in contact with potential donors and could easily be used to facilitate funding for his planned $100 million dollar Islamic Center at Ground Zero.
Rauf continues to claim that he is a moderate while at the same time refusing to condemn Hamas. The imam has also made statements suggesting U.S culpability in the 9/11 attacks. Additionally the imam is also a proponent of Shari'a which he unbelievably states is compatible with the U.S. Constitution.
State Department spokesman PJ Crowley on August 9 characterized Rauf as "a distinguished Muslim cleric," adding that "I think we are in the process of arranging for him to travel as part of this program, and it is to foster a greater understanding about the region around the world among Muslim-majority communities."
Below the extended transcript of Crowley's colloquy regarding Rauf:
August 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Coalition to Honor Ground Zero has organized what should prove to be a very large demonstration to be held at Ground Zero in New York City on the morning of August 22.
Participants will gather at the former World Trade Center site and from there process to the proposed location of imam Faisal Rauf's mosque.
The protest will be part of a larger effort about which an event spokesman stated, "On August 19-22, 2010, America's 9/11 Foundation, an organization that first coalesced eight weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, will conduct its ninth trek for motorcyclists to the three 9/11 crash sites, at Shanksville, PA, the Pentagon and the World Trade Center site in New York City. (http://www.americas911ride.org)...Motorcyclists from across America; the Coalition to Honor Ground Zero; Blue Collar Corner; The Bravest; 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America; Women United International (http:womenunitedcodered.org); ACT Manhattan; and many other organizations and leaders to be announced, as well as local residents living in the Ground Zero area. The Coalition to Honor Ground Zero is calling upon all patriots to show support for the missions of America's 9/11 Foundation and of the Patriot Guard Riders, by joining the flag-line at Ground Zero in the morning. Further information about participating organizations and speakers will be released later this week."
The protest will commence at 8:30 a.m. with the forming of a flag line followed by a solemn memorial ceremony after which those interested in engaging in the anti-911 mosque demonstration will process to the proposed location of imam Faisal Rauf's mosque, which will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m.
By EMERSON VERMAAT
August 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Norway's daily "Aftenposten" reported in June 2009 that 33 Taliban asylum seekers were allowed to stay in Norway, even though they previously admitted having tortured or executed prisoners or having been Taliban soldiers. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration ("Utlendingsdirektorat" or UDI) did not want them to stay, but they were overruled by the Immigration Appeals Board ("Utlendingsnemnda") or UNE. The Taliban asylum seekers were then given residence "on humanitarian ground."
A very silly decision indeed. "Aftenposten" correctly pointed out that "Norwegian forces often clash with Taliban groups in Afghanistan." Four Taliban asylum seekers also claimed they had converted to Christianity - but only after their arrival in Norway, possibly to make a favorable impression on the Norwegian immigration authorities. Unfortunately, Norwegian immigration authorities and courts are rather lenient with respect to granting residence permits to so-called refugees from source countries of terrorism.
A former Taliban Health Minister named Abdul Mohammad Rauf got asylum in 2001. Later, his family was allowed to join him. But he was subsequently convicted by an Oslo court for beating his 14-year old daughter. He also made several suspicious trips to Pakistan, possibly with a view to contacting local terrorist networks. Back in Norway, he gave ideological training to 25 young men some of whom planned to carry out terrorist acts in Norway. Others wanted to go abroad to participate elsewhere in the jihad, ("hellig krig i utlandet'" or Holy War abroad), the Norwegian newspaper "Dagbladet" reported.
The case of Mullah Krekar
Mullah Krekar, an Iraqi Kurd, is another example of a Muslim jihadist whose asylum request had not been declined by the Norwegians - nine years ago, that is. Krekar subsequently founded his own terrorist organization, "Ansar Al-Islam" which cooperated with Al-Qaeda. They were also known as the "Kurdish Taliban." Krekar ("Abu Sayed") is a strong admirer of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and praised suicide bombing as "the biggest Jihad for Islam."
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
August 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The California health care and Education elite doesn't think so. Senator Mark Leno's current Assembly Bill 543, Minors; Mental Health, may be the capstone completing the 2004 California Mental Health Act - Proposition 63. This bill is the latest try in over 20 years of attempted legislation at the state and federal level to gain unfettered access to your child under the guise of preventive mental health counseling.
This bill authorizes your child, age 12-17, to voluntarily submit to mental health counseling on a drop-in, tax paid, basis, by deleting the current requirement of parental consent or knowledge.
The following is taken directly from the bill:
SB 543 states, further, that the mental health counselors and their stakeholders believe that you, the parents, "are the greatest barrier to a child's mental wellness." This is very reminiscent of the bills and a book authored by former legislator, John Vasconcellos, while in the legislature and afterwards, stating his belief that parents and religion cause most of the mental health problems for students.
SB 543 has passed the Senate and Assembly committees and is waiting for final action on the Assembly floor before being sent to the Governor. It needs to be vetoed.
Beginning in the 1980's, due to a state Supreme Court decision issued by Governor Jerry Brown's appointee, Rose Bird, Parents now have no say over sex education, dispensing of contraceptives to minor students on campus or in off-site clinics, treatment for venereal disease, abortions and approved dismissals from school to obtain reproductive services without parental knowledge or consent.
It's Time To Demand Islamic Reciprocity in 911 Mosque Debate
By WILLIAM MAYER
August 10, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As proponents for 911 denier imam Rauf's mosque shift into a defensive mode, apparently caught off-guard by the strong public rejection of his pet project, so too shifts their argument.
Until now what we have heard coming out of Rauf's camp consists of platitudes - disingenuously offered for sure - stressing how the 13 story mega-mosque will be an agent of healing, of bringing two worlds in opposition together.
With that argument having been firmly rejected by a two to one majority in numerous polls the conversation now shifts to that of freedom of religion.
In evaluating the arguments by various mosque supporters the question of the First Amendment comes front and center.
If we are to believe those putting forth this line, Muslims have the inalienable right to build a mosque anywhere they choose in the United States, including Ground Zero, the center of Times Square or next to the Holocaust Museum on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles. To this crowd, any limitation upon the place where such a structure can be built is unconstitutional.
Yes this is an absurd assertion on its face, but it has gained traction among the chattering class and other useful idiots, including dhimmi New York politicians such as Mayor Bloomberg and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo.
There is a subtext to the assertion of constitutional pre-emption by the Islamists, what they want is to force a degree of religious freedom in New York and across this country [and by extension the West] nowhere obtainable anywhere in the Muslim world.
But you might say, what applicability does that have, this isn't Saudi Arabia where the mere act of possessing a Bible brings near-instant detention and deportation.
Despite such claims, that is exactly the issue under discussion here; we are talking about Saudi Arabia, and Syria, Egypt and every Muslim majority country because it isn't happenstance that these particular societies so severely restrict the religious rights of all non-Muslims. This happens because the dominant strain of Islam is supremely chauvinistic and bigoted regarding other faiths, this despite the fact that Muslim apologists are fond of giving only lip service to other "Abrahamic faiths" while ruthlessly suppressing them in every clime where they have the power to do so.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
August 9, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The head of the Dutch Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, will be speaking at a 9/11 mosque protest scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 11th. The two other parties with whom he recently formed a coalition are against his participation, advising that he should "limit his statements" with one senator claiming that Wilders' speaking at the mosque protest would be "risky for Holland."
Wilders responded by stating that "I can say what I want about the idiotic building of a mosque near Ground Zero." The protest is being organized by the group "Stop Islamization of America" [SOIA, http://sioaonline.com/].
Additional information can be found at Stop The 911 Mosque
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
August 9, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an article entitled "Arab Students Meet Jews and Judaism Head On" the Jewish Exponent reports on a five week seminar on "religious pluralism" which was organized by the State Department and the American Embassy together with the Dialogue Institute of Temple University and the International Center for Contemporary Education. The program will bring 19 Middle Eastern students to Temple University
According to the Exponent, "When asked if her encounter with Jews and Judaism had affected her views about Israel, Shiha, a student at Ain Shams University in Cairo, stated in crisp English that the words "Israel" and "Zionism" "fill my head with awful thoughts." Most of the other 19 participants expressed similar sentiments, raising questions about whether the majority of the Arab world will ever accept Israel." [source, http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/21642%20/]
August 4, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Abdullah Khadr was made a free man today by Toronto Superior Court Justice Christopher Speyer. In doing so Speyer quashed a long-standing effort by the United States to extradite Khadr so that he might have been tried on terrorism charges.
In a U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts February 7, 2006 court filing, Khadr was charged with, conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals outside the United States, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence and conspiracy to possess a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
August 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - By unanimous vote, a New York City panel has rejected an application for landmark status for the building slated to become the site of a controversial 13 story mosque which is scheduled to open on 9/11/11, the tenth anniversary of the Muslim terrorist attack which killed nearly 3,000 Americans. In its decision, the panel rejected granting landmark status to the old Burlington Coat Factory [in which space the new mosque will occupy] which was severely damaged by the fuselage section of one of the planes used in the 9/11 attacks and which still contains artifacts of that event.
The mosque is a project of the Cordoba Initiative run by Faisal Abdul Rauf, an Islamist who supports making the U.S. Shari'a compliant and who has refused to condemn either Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organizations.
Even the liberal Jewish group, the Anti Defamation League came out against the building of the mosque near Ground Zero saying that "some legitimate questions have been raised." about the project's funding and, raising further concerns, that those associated with the effort could have links to "groups whose ideologies stand in contradiction to our shared values."
August 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Shimon Peres, Israel's president - and a seminal figure in that country's history - shook the Brits up this weekend, indicting them for a kind of soft anti-Semitism, accusing them, sardonically, of hating the Jews only as much as is "necessary."
Peres buttressed his allegation, charging UK MPs with pandering to Muslim voters.
While - judging from Brit actions - it seems beyond conjecture that Peres' indictment regarding them is correct, though presented in a ham-fisted manner. But a greater recognition on the part of Mr. Peres is needed, as long as the air is being cleared so-to-speak, he should seriously consider rejecting Israel's suicidal Oslo "peace process," in which he, Yitzhak Rabin and PLO terrorist Yasser Arafat forged under the direction of president Clinton in September of 1993.
In the ensuing 7 years the ruinous nature of Oslo has been on display, being ridiculously used as some sort of metric whereby Israel is negatively judged, as if it's Israeli's rather than the Muslim Arabs who are responsible for the continuous state of low intensity warfare in the region.
In that sense Peres' 1994 Nobel Peace prize is a symbol of servitude, rather than achievement.
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The release further notes that the Taliban is working with the Haqqani network, a powerful al-Qaeda linked Muslim group operating in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, "The group is known for assassinations and intimidation operations against civilians and operates with the Haqqani network in attacks against international forces."
Team Obama is fully wedded to the myth that the Taliban can somehow be defanged and turned into a legitimate political entity.
Chief public spokesman for this view is Secty. State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who recently said that the U.S. will continue to stand with the Karzai government and Afghanistan while conducting talks with the Taliban about reconciliation, "Clinton has assured Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, that the US will remain committed to his country's security and reconstruction even after American troops have departed...Karzai was in the US on a visit aimed at improving ties with the administration of Barack Obama, his US counterpart. He and his delegation were attending a series of meetings on Tuesday at the US state department as they push a plan for reconciliation with Taliban fighters." [source, U.S. Committed to Afghan Security, Al-Jazeera, May, 11, 2010, http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/05/201051132016505714.html]
It is widely believed that the Karzai government, fearing abandonment by Obama, has opened channels to the Taliban in a calculated move to hedge bets if the U.S. begins its intended withdrawal next summer.
July 9, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - The DOJ has announced that a DC grand jury, "has charged Mac Aviation Group, an Irish trading company, and its officers Thomas and Sean McGuinn of Sligo, Ireland, in a superseding indictment with purchasing F-5 fighter aircraft parts, helicopter engines and other aircraft components from U.S. firms and illegally exporting them to Iran." [source, DOJ,http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/July/10-nsd-783.html]
The indictment, spanning 27 counts, including conspiracy and violating the IEEPA [International Emergency Economic Powers Act], Iranian Transactions Regulations and the Arms Export Control Act.
Defendants in the case could receive as much as 20 years each on the most serious of the charges.
According to a statement on the matter released by DOJ, "The defendants were previously charged with purchasing 17 helicopter engines from Rolls Royce Corporation in Indiana for $4.27 million dollars on behalf of an Iranian trading company, some of which were ultimately sent to HESA, and also causing U.S.-origin airplane vanes and bolts to be exported from the United States to Iran." [source, DOJ]
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
July 9, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Recently I had the opportunity to interview a local, young, Latina Community Organizer who is working within a Catholic Parish in the Oakland Diocese. The Pastor with whom she is working is so enamored of this group, CCISCO, (Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community of Organizing) that he has placed their logo on his parish letterhead stationery and provided this woman with an office and committee within the parish. Parish committees are referred to as Local Organizing Committees - LOC. The committee at this particular church is an all Latino committee ?because we can?t get anybody else to join? she said. The Chancery takes no position on the development of these groups within the parish and, therefore, within the diocese.
The young woman stated that she is working with 4 of the 5 Catholic parishes in Concord. CCISCO is also working with other Contra Costa based Denominations and local legislators as well. Outside of Contra Costa County, in Alameda County, other community organizing groups are active within churches. Community of Renewal - COR - is one of these groups.
July 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Demonstrating the necessity of sealing the United States' Southern border is news reported by the Kuwait based al-Sayassah newspaper, detailing a successful move by Mexican security officials to break up a sophisticated Hezbollah support network operating out of the troubled country.
The plot was led by Jameel Nasr, a frequent visitor to Lebanon, who was arrested at his residence in Tijuana. [source, Jack Khoury, Mexico thwarts Hezbollah bid to set up South American network, Haaretz, July 7, 1010, http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/mexico-thwarts-hezbollah-bid-to-set-up-south-american-network-1.300360]
U.S. based national security researchers have long noted the increasing presence of Iran's proxy army Hezbollah in Latin and South America, especially in Hugo Chavez' Venezuela.
In one of many articles appearing about this matter on these pages, in April we noted:
Judge of UK Shari'a Court Declares War on Terror a "War Against Islam and Muslims"
July 6, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - On the eve of the 5th anniversary of the UK's worst case of domestic terrorism - the Muslim bombings which took place on the morning of July 7, 2005, claiming 52 lives - Anjem Choudary, the hate preacher who formerly ran the terror linked Al-Muhajiroun, has warned that if Britain doesn't withdraw its "troops from Muslim countries," and "stop supporting the pirate state of Israel" that even worse attacks will ensue. [source, http://www.anjemchoudary.com]
The four responsible for the 7/7 attack were Hasib Hussain, Mohammad Sidique Khan, Germaine Lindsay and Shehzad Tanweer.
Choudary pointed to a recent study by the Center for Social Cohesion outlining the increasing radicalization of Muslim youth in the UK as evidence that the means to instigate a campaign of home grown terror is firmly in place. The study also closely linked Choudary's Muhajiroun with terrorism.
According to the Center's executive summary:
Also mentioned in the study were terrorists allegedly linked to Al-Muhajiroun including Amer Mirza, "...the first member of al-Muhajiroun (a group now proscribed in the UK) to be convicted of Islamism-related terrorism offences. He had attempted to petrol bomb a Territorial Army basein West London," and Iftikhar Ali, "the first person convicted of inciting racial hatred with an Islamic religious text. Ali was distributing al-Muhajiroun leaflets which called for a holy war against Jews."
July 6, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Andrew Cuomo, the lefty thug behind Bill Clinton's plan to destroy the domestic firearms industry1, wants to be NY governor [actually as long as he remians on the public dole, his official title is of little concern] apparently trolling for Muslim votes.
At question here is the extremely controversial proposal by Imam Abdel Rauf - who refuses to condemn either Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood - to build a skyscraper mosque next to the site of the 9/11 attack in Manhattan. [see - Why Mayor Bloomberg is Mistaken in his Support of 911 Mosque - Cordoba Initiative]
His opponent, NY State legislator Rick Lazio is on the record against the project.
In a NY Post article Cuomo uses the diversity dodge and multiculturalism to justify his approval of what many see as an affront to the victims of Muslim terrorism, "Attorney General Cuomo said he favored building the mosque, which polls show is opposed by most city residents, including many who say it would be an insult to 9/11 victims..."America is all about diversity and tolerance..." [source, Frederick U. Dicker, Andy, Rival in Mosque Split, NY Post, http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/andy_rivals_in_mosque_split_wMWJlBDZge8yF3sJlYhcRL?listcomments=true]
Lazio on the other hand, "opposes the plan to build the Cordoba mosque across from Ground Zero, and shares the concerns of many over the [proposed mosque's] imam's view that Hamas is not a terrorist organization...Rick views the questions surrounding the overseas sources of funding for this project as a potential security risk." [source, NY Post]
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Bloomberg's statement is not at all surprising because supporting Rauf's project takes the path of least political resistance, it's the easy way out...at least at the current juncture, and therefore such a response is consistent with someone who apparently has few core beliefs aside from trying to cultivate a touchy-feely multicultural image.
Primarily, he errs in treating Rauf's proposal as if it was just another mundane project, removing it from the context necessary to properly weigh the issue.
The context is as follows:
Rauf is an Islamist, he believes in political Islam, extending, through the imposition of Islamic religious law, the reach of Shari'a. He believes that Shari'a should be integrated into the American system of governance, a position which by necessity dictates a consequent diminution of the foundational principles - especially the Judeo-Christian ethic - upon which this country and by extension the West, was built.
In his 2006 book, "What's Right with Islam," he states, "for America to score even higher on the 'Islamic' or 'Shariah compliance' scale, America would need to do two things: invite the voices of all religions to join the dialogue in shaping the nation's practical life and allow religious communities more leeway to judge among themselves according to their own laws..."
For a glimpse of where this logic can take a culture, one need only look at the UK where now, because of a reliance on the same simplistic relativism Bloomberg is employing, there exists a de-facto bifurcated society, one aggressively Muslim, the other passively post Judeo-Christian with an officially recognized, two-tiered system of jurisprudence, one for Muslims another for everyone else.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
June 30, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Professor Tariq Ramadan, an Islamist and the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al-Banna, is suing the municipality of Rotterdam for 75,000 Euros in compensatory damages claiming that his contract was illegally dissolved. His legal action is also fueled by claims that his "honor and dignity" have been impugned.
Ramadan was fired from his position as an integration advisor after he began appearing on a weekly Iranian government funded television show broadcast on Press TV.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER
June 29, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Dr. Zakir Naik, a Muslim imam based in Mumbai, India who was denied entry into Canada because of his [Qur'an based] justification of violence as well as a long history of hateful statements made against non-Muslims, will nonetheless still be participating as a speaker at the July 2-4, Journey of Faith 3rd annual Islamic conference - held in Toronto - via a remote hookup.
Naik - a hard core fundamentalist - has in his speaking engagements displayed particular enmity towards the Jews, whom he has declared control the world through its financial institutions.
Naik also has condoned the killing of Muslim apostates, calling their offense "treason."
The conference [event website located at http://journeyconference.com/] is billed as North America's largest Muslim gathering, with the website suggesting their might be as many as 10,000 in attendance.
Speakers will also include radical clerics Abdur Raheem Green, who regularly urges jihad and Sheikh Hussein Yee who is known for his anti-Semitism.
The conference chairman Imam Saed Rageach, runs a mosque in Toronto which was attended by youths who are believed to have joined a Somali jihadist group. [source,http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/Banned+televangelist+slated+host+Toronto+Islamic+conference/3212770/story.html]
June 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - As noted here last week in Kagan's Tolerance of Creeping Shari'a While at Harvard Should Trouble Gays
Drawing upon a line of inquiry developed by Senator Jeff Sessions [R-Al] the Center for Security Policy's Frank Gaffney challenged the suitability of Ms. Elena Kagan - Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court - to serve in that capacity, "Her attitude towards the repressive legal code authoritative Islam calls Shariah and her enabling of efforts to insinuate it into this country." [source, Frank Gaffney, Dir. Center for Security Policy, Courting Shariah, June 21, 2010, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18432.xml]
Kagan's situational ethics were first called into question by Sessions in a floor speech delivered by him on June 16.
Bin Talal, the funder of Harvard's thinly disguised domestic jihad center - the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard [see, http://islamicstudies.harvard.edu] - is a notorious figure. His offer of $10 million to Mayor Giuliani immediately after September 11, was refused because of his support for Palestinian terrorists.
June 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - On the morning of June 23, dozens of what amounted to heavily armed government storm troopers descended upon the Israeli community of Bat Ayin and destroyed two dwellings which had been declared illegal under the Netanyahu government's policy of bowing to the dictates of team Obama's Islamist friendly administration. The large para-military presence, arriving at the crack of dawn, seemed an ominous warning of worse things to follow.
As opposed to the genteel paintball gun approach which occasioned the interdiction of the recent Hamas terror support flotilla, the citizens of Bat Ayin were met with body armor, side arms and machine guns.
Locals have been terrorized by their own government throughout the process and wonder if this raid is a portent of even more violent action to come, invoking unsettling allusions to the worst pre-Hollocaust days in Europe.
While some are blaming Defense Minister Ehud Barack - a Clinton era stooge, whose PM campaign was run out of the WH by James Carville - for the recent uptick in settlement harassment, many see PM Netanyahu as at least equally culpable and hiding behind his defense minister's skirt.
With action set to commence against Yosef Chai Yeshiva this week, the anticipation of imminent violence - Jew against Jew - is palpable.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
June 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Jews in Amsterdam have had to resort to meeting in a "hidden synagogue" after a series of anti-Semitic attacks by Moroccan youth on anyone whom they perceive to be Jewish.
According to the Dutch news source Trouw, "The number of violent incidents directed at Jews has increased lately. In the new part of the city Amsterdam-West a hidden synagogue has been started, without any clear Jewish signs. The visitors are also not recognizable as Jewish. Jews in the area are regularly threatened by Moroccan youth." [source,http://www.trouw.nl/nieuws/nederland/article3103268.ece/Asscher_vindt_inzet_van_lokjoden_een_optie.html]
June 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Four Christian missionaries in Dearborn were recently subjected to a Shari'a enforcement action, arrested by local police for the "crime" of distributing non-Islamic religious leaflets at a Muslim festival.
The Dearborn 4 are being represented by the Thomas More Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan which specializes in the preservation of religious liberty.
Arrested for breach of peace were, Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla, and David Wood.
Mayel an Afghani immigrant and convert to Christianity, had her camera seized by police even though she was over 100 feet away from the event.
The Dearborn police department is run by Ron Haddad, its first Arab American chief.
Contacted for a comment, Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, stated:
By EMERSON VERMAAT
June 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Convicted drug criminal and former military coup leader Desi Bouterse very much wants to be the next president of Suriname, a former Dutch colony. His party "The Mega Combination" (MC) won the parliamentary elections last May, winning 23 of the 51 seats in parliament. Since he failed to gain an absolute majority in parliament, he first tried allign himself with his former foe Ronnie Brunswijk, another convicted drug criminal whose "A Combination" won 7 seats. But recent excessive political demands made by Bouterse turned out to be unacceptable to Brunswijk. So it is now rather unlikely that Mr. Bouterse will be Suriname's next president. Yet, Mr. Bouterse is a man to watched closely.
As military coup leader back in the 1980s, Bouterse flirted with Nicaragua's neo-Marxist Sandinists, Grenada's Marxist prime minister Maurice Bishop and Fidel Castro's Cuba. And he is now on very good terms with Venezuela's eccentric president Hugo Chávez and probably likes Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, too.
Both Bouterse and Chávez supplied weapons to Colombia's Marxist guerrilla movement FARC. Democracy in Suriname was restored in 1987 but Bouterse has remained a powerful figure ever since. In July 1999, he was convicted in absentia in the Netherlands for drug trafficking. In March 1986, Bouterse's assistant Etienne Boerenveen, a close associate of Desi Bouterse, was arrested in Miami. Posing as Latin American drug dealers US Drug Enforcement Administration officials had set a trap for him. In exchange for ten million dollars Boerenveen told them Surinamese airports, roads and ports would be made available for drug transports.
By WILLIAM MAYER
June 23, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - For those accustomed to dealing with Islamists posing as moderates, one of the most useful techniques for determining the genuineness of their claim is posing the simple question, "Do you support Hamas?"
Since support of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood is almost emblematic among radical Muslims, few if any are willing to condemn these organizations in public - it's a bad career move, could stop funding.
With this in mind Aaron Klein, a World Net Daily reporter and host of a New York radio talk show, invited Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf - the lead proponent of an effort [the Cordoba Initiative] to construct a towering mosque within throwing distance of Ground Zero, the former World Trade Center destroyed by Muslim terrorists on September 11, 2001 - to appear on his program.
It's still unclear why Rauf decided to call his building plan the Cordoba Initiative, given Spain's unpleasant experience during its 700 odd years of Islamic subjugation.
Getting the interview started, and after posing a number on innocuous questions to the imam, which he fielded in his usual deft manner, Klein went on the offensive, asking Rauf pointedly if Hamas was a terrorist organization as designated in 1995 by the Clinton State Department.
Rauf responded in what has now become the classic manner of the Islamist.
He adamantly refused to identify Hamas as a terrorist group, nervously dancing around the topic while claiming he was a "bridge builder," doing everything he could to avoid directly confronting the issue. [see, World Net Daily, June 20, 2010, Ground Zero' imam makes stunning terror comments, Claims to support peace but refuses to condemn violent jihad groups, http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=168797]
When asked by Klein if the Muslim Brotherhood - the Egyptian terrorist organization which created Hamas - was a terrorist organization, Rauf responded in a similar manner refusing to condemn the organization which has served as the ideological inspiration for all modern jihadism, including al-Qaeda.
June 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Accused Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American Muslim, today pleaded guilty in New York Federal District Court before judge Miriam Cedarbaum.
The most serious of the charges - attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and an act of attempted terrorism transcending national boundaries - both carry mandatory life sentences.
Shahzad appeared petulant during the proceedings, at one point glaring while stating that he considered himself a "Muslim soldier," engaged in warfare against the United States.
June 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Raising the stakes in the administration's efforts to quash Arizona's immigration law, Senator John Kyl [R-AZ] charged in a recent town hall meeting that in a private conversation with the president, Mr. Obama indicated he was holding securing of the border hostage to his larger desire to grant amnesty to America's estimated 12-15 million illegal Mexican aliens.
The WH has denied that Obama suggested such a trade-off.
June 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Drawing upon a line of inquiry developed by Senator Jeff Sessions [R-Al] the Center for Security Policy's Frank Gaffney challenged the suitability of Ms. Elena Kagan - Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court - to serve in that capacity, "Her attitude towards the repressive legal code authoritative Islam calls Shariah and her enabling of efforts to insinuate it into this country." [source, Frank Gaffney, Dir. Center for Security Policy, Courting Shariah, June 21, 2010, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18432.xml]
Kagan's situational ethics were first called into question by Sessions in a floor speech delivered by him on June 16.
An Obama State Department report concerning Saudi Arabia and the Shariah law concept noted: 'Under Shariah, as interpreted in [Saudi Arabia], sexual activity between two persons of the same gender is punishable by death or flogging.' Ms. Kagan was perfectly willing to obstruct the military, which has liberated countless Muslims from the hate and tyranny of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban, but it seems she was willing to sit on the sidelines as Harvard created a center funded by - and dedicated to - foreign leaders presiding over a legal system that would violate what would appear to be her position."
An Obama State Department report concerning Saudi Arabia and the Shariah law concept noted: 'Under Shariah, as interpreted in [Saudi Arabia], sexual activity between two persons of the same gender is punishable by death or flogging.'
Ms. Kagan was perfectly willing to obstruct the military, which has liberated countless Muslims from the hate and tyranny of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban, but it seems she was willing to sit on the sidelines as Harvard created a center funded by - and dedicated to - foreign leaders presiding over a legal system that would violate what would appear to be her position."
Bin Talal, the funder of Harvard's thinly disguised domestic jihad center - the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard [see, http://islamicstudies.harvard.edu] - is a notorious figure. His offer of $10 million to Mayor Giuliani immediately after September 11, was refused because of his support for Palestinian terrorists.
June 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Arguing in favor of continuing the electronic surveillance techniques brought into play post 9/11 by the GW Bush administration - furiously resisted by the Democrat party and this president - Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano stated before the lefty American Constitution Society for Law and Policy that, "The First Amendment protects radical opinions, but we need the legal tools to do things like monitor the recruitment of terrorists via the Internet." [source, AP via Fox News, Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism, June 18, 2010, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/18/napolitano-internet-monitoring-needed-fight-homegrown-terrorism/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fpolitics+%28Text+-+Politics%29]
Of course to this crowd any talk of actually interdicting communication between terrorists brings cries of outrage and threats of lawsuits.
Entirely missing from Napolitano's address was mention of the now officially banned terms "Islamic terrorism," or "jihadism" - wouldn't want to offend the terrorists, and that really is the question at hand.
June 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It appears that without the personal intervention of PM Netanyahu, the Yosef Chai Yeshiva/Shul will be destroyed under the ruse of an alleged 11 year old work stoppage order.
The institution - deemed vital by locals - has been at the center of controversy including a brush with the IDF on Israel's Independence Day and efforts by yeshiva supporters to resist continued Arab violence.
June 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A little over a year after the president's much ballyhooed Muslim outreach speech delivered in Cairo, Egypt, the results seem to be in.
The picture they present is not pretty; with the level of political disintegration accelerating across the Middle East; it's difficult to find a single positive development that would caution against rejecting Mr. Obama's "new tone" with Islam.
A few observations:
June 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Susan Rice indicated that the United States will not block a UN led "international investigation," of the events surrounding the Israeli interdiction of a Hamas support ship which was attempting to run the naval blockade of Gaza two weeks ago.
Pressed repeated by Chris Wallace, Rice attempted to place the Obama administration's refusal to block what many feel would become another Israel bashing, in the best light but to little effect.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
Both Congressman Keith Ellison [DFL-MN] and Andre Carson [D-IN] are scheduled to speak at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA].
ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the United States' most extensive prosecution of terror funding, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation [HLF], which proved the phony Islamic charity HLF, gave at least $12 million dollars to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
ISNA has credibly been reported as having substantial funding from Saudi Arabia, "Some of ISNA's own members have raised concerns on another issue: large donations from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia follows an extreme version of Islam known as Wahhabism, and questions continue to swirl around Saudi connections to terrorism, including the attack on 9-11. A videotape obtained by Eyewitness News shows a 1994 ISNA convention where one member questioned why the organization accepted more than $500,000 dollars in Saudi donations. "I don't think Saudi Arabia is a good model for one of the largest organizations ." [source, http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=1518794&nav=DqSHJ2nO]
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
June 9, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago recently held its annual dinner event. In attendance was Rashad Hussain - United States Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference and Deputy Associate Council to President Obama - who delivered the keynote address.
Hussain was introduced by Safaa Zazour the secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America. ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the United States' most extensive prosecution of terror funding, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, which proved the phony Islamic charity Holy Land, gave at least $12 million dollars to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
June 8, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Former UK MP George Galloway whose Viva Palestina organization is coordinating another Gaza convoy which he vowed "will leave Britain shortly after the end of Ramadan in September and travel through Europe, down through Turkey and Syria into Jordan." [source, Arutz Sheva, George Galloway: ?Break the Embargo? Via Syria and Jordan, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/137945]
He added that Viva Palestina - which has been accused of acting as a charity front for Hamas - will be sending a flotilla of boats to Gaza.
Galloway, controversial at best, has been linked to the U.N's infamous Oil for Food Scandal, about which the Heritage Foundation issued a report, partially quoted below...
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
June 8, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On June 4, Attorney General Eric Holder was the keynote speaker at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's [ADC] 30th annual convention where he received both the Excellency in Advocacy Award and Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award. He thanked them for the "tremendous honor." [source, April 1, 2010, ADC website, US Attorney General Eric Holder to Keynote Civil Rights Luncheonat ADC's 30th Anniversary National Convention, http://www.adc.org/media/press-releases/2010/april-2010/us-attorney-general-eric-holder-to-keynote-civil-rights-luncheon-at-adcs-30th-anniversary-national-convention]
The ADC is heavily funded by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, whose offer of $10 million dollars to the 9/11 victims fund was rejected by then New York mayor Rudy Giuliani after the prince implied that America had provoked the attacks, suggesting that it reexamine its policy in the Middle East. Bin Talal has also held telethons to raise money for the families of suicide bombers.
June 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The human rights group Stop Islamization of America [SIOA] sponsored an extremely well attended rally in lower Manhattan on June 6, to protest the planned construction of a large mosque overlooking Ground Zero.
SIOA has long been active in defending human rights, religious liberty as well as ensuring preservation of freedom of speech against Islamic supremacist intimidation and attempts to make the United States compliant with Shari'a [Islamic law].
The event was held at the corner of Church and Liberty Streets, near the site of the September 11, 2001 Muslim terrorist attack.
Turnout was impressive, despite the last minute cancelling of a previously issued permit. Participants came from as far away as Washington state, California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, South Carolina, Florida, and elsewhere. Many religious denominations were represented including Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, atheists and Muslims of conscience.
Police estimated the size of the crowd to be 5,000 but independent sources put the figure closer 10,000.
Supporting groups included the Freedom Defense Initiative; ACT for America (ACT Manhattan chapter); Z Street; SIOE; No Mosque at Ground Zero; Staten Island Tea Party; American Bulldogs; VAST; the Center for Security Policy; Shalom International; the Unity Coalition for Israel; 911 Families; Indian American Intellectuals Forum; Veterans Against Jihad (VAJ); and Faith Freedom International.
A large contingent of speakers addressed the group's concerns including Pamela Geller Executive Director, SIOA and Robert Spencer, Associate Director, SIOA.
Also giving voice to their concerns were C. Lee Hanson [lost his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter on 9/11], Anders Gravers [of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE)],Simon Deng [a Sudanese ex-slave and campaigner for human rights for Sudanese Christians], Richard Connerney [department oh philosophy, Pace University], James Lafferty [Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force], Nonie Darwish [ex-Muslim and author of Now They Call Me Infidel and Cruel and Usual Punishment, a book about Shari'a], Jay Townsend [GOP candidate for U.S. Senate], Nelly Braginskaya [9/11 Family Member who lost her son], Dr. Babu Suseelan [Hindu leader and human rights activist] Beverly Carlson [Founder of The Band of Mothers], Larry Savinkin [father of Vladimir Savinkin, President of September 11 Family Group, uniting 9/11 families from Russian-American community], Dan Maloney [NY Director of Gathering of Eagles and Congressional candidate, NY Dist. 4], Herbert London [Hudson Institute], Alan T. DeVona [PAPD WTC 9/11/01 Patrol Sergeant at the time of the terrorist attack]
A common theme connected the speakers - that the proposed [and murkily funded] mosque is confrontational in the extreme and represents an insult to the Americans who were murdered there, as well as it being a manifestation of a radically intolerant belief system put forward by Islamists that is incompatible with the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
The event's main organizers were SIOA executive director Pamela Geller [a popular blogger and columnist [http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com] and SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the bestselling author and director of [JihadWatch.org]. Geller is the author (with Spencer) of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton), coming July 27 from Simon & Schuster.
June 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to information carried on a semi-official Iranian website, Mehr, Iran's Red Crescent has announced that it will attempt to breach Israel's naval blockade of Gaza.
The Red Crescent is considered to be a fraudulent healthcare organization which often functions as a jihadist tool.
Iran tried a similar stunt in 2009 only to find its ships turned back by Israeli forces.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
June 4, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] and the American Arab Institute [AAI] are demanding - via an open letter to president Obama - an opportunity to meet with him in order to, "call for an end to blockade of Gaza...[and] to discuss the recent incident of violence against the humanitarian aid convoy traveling to Gaza."
ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in one of America's largest terror trials, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. The successful prosecution resulted in the conviction of all of the defendants on 108 charges and proved that the phony Muslim charity, the Holy Land Foundation, had sent at least $12 million to fund the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
The AAI is run by James Zogby a virulent critic of Israel whose organization is partially funded by the Saudis.
Stung by World Criticism, Israel Toughens Stance on Palestinian State
June 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - - Throngs gathered in Turkey today welcoming the return of the ragtag collection of Hamas supporters, as they filtered back into the country fresh from their bloody confrontation with the IDF.
"Around 1,000 people gathered at Istanbul's Ataturk airport to greet more than 500 returning activists. Thousands more celebrated and demonstrated against Israel in the heart of Istanbul. The activists were greeted like heroes, and many could not wait to tell their stories to the waiting army of journalists." [source, Voice of America, Gaza Blockade Activists Return to Turkey, http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Deported-Activists-Arrive-in-Turkey-95504044.html#comments]
Though much of world opinion predictably was critical of Israel, recent statements by PM Netanyahu indicate his government has toughened its position vis a vis the Palestinians.
In a May 30 hard-line speech delivered in Toronto even before news of the flotilla incident reached him, Mr. Netanyahu stated that any future Palestinian state must be demilitarized.
"Only in this way can we nurture the innovative work force that tomorrow's businesses and research laboratories will require" - Anne Hardy, VP Technology, SAP Laboratories.
By CAMILLE GIGLIO, Legislative Analyst
June 3, 2010 - San Francisco - PipeLineNews.org LLC - The above quote was taken from a commentary entitled "Our future depends on boosting interest in science," published in the San Jose Mercury News for 5-20-2010. Ms Hardy's words parallel the goals and mission of the latest federal Five year plan for expansion of the National Science Foundation mission and budget.
The House of Representatives has just today, May 28th, passed a major piece of work entitled the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2009 which is a bill to fund the National Science foundation. (see the official press release at the end of this article).
The National Science Foundation reauthorization lingered in the U.S. Congress's Committee on Science and Technology for the last year while 52 Amendments were fought over. The bill was authored by the chairman of the committee, Tennessee Democrat, Bart Gordon. It is a 120 page bill. The original bill number, HR 5116 was changed to HR 5325 because of the need to make several amendments. However, the just issued press release refers to it by its original number of HR 5116.
"The stated purpose of the bill is: "To invest in innovation through research and development, to improve the competitiveness of the United States, and for other purposes."
HR 5325 represents the goals and objectives of the Obama White House in establishing an energetic and urgent public policy on environmental "green" issues, workforce and education partnership issues and Al Gore's favorite, global warming. Though it is not an appropriations bill, it contains requests for billions of tax dollars to implement.
There are four California legislators on this 41 member committee: John Garamendi, (D-Contra Costa), Lynn Woolsey, (D-Santa Rosa), Brian Bilbray, (R-Solano Beach) and Dana Rohrabacher, (R-Huntington Beach).
Here is a sample of committee member, Lynn Woolsey's statement in support of the bill, as given to the Committee hearing...
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June 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As noted by Frank Gaffney [president, Center for Security Policy] in How Wars Begin, the actions taken by team Obama over the last year-and-a-half have instead of producing a breakthrough in relations with the Middle East, had the opposite effect, creating a set of conditions which have in the past immediately preceded major conflicts.
Less than halfway through his term in office, the president - on foreign policy matters - has consistently shown weakness, indecision and an unwillingness to confront the nature of the threat coming from the Muslim world, compartmentalizing it in a neat little box and labeling it al-Qaeda.
A more expansive - and correct - understanding would define the challenge to this culture as existential, emanating from a widely adhered to and politicized version of the Muslim faith - Islamism.
The modern iteration of Islamism is comprised of violent as well as stealth components, dual pathways to the same goal of establishing the supremacy of Shari'a throughout the non-Muslim world. Violent jihad is an ever-present specter [one rapidly increasing in this country] in the form of jihadist attacks such as that perpetrated by Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan at Ft. Hood last year.
The stealth jihad is the iron fist in the velvet glove and unfortunately is not widely understood. It can however, be seen in such things as the attempt by imam Rauf - and his covert funders - to build a multi-million dollar mosque on the site of radical Islam's most significant victory against the United States. Such efforts are proof positive of Islamist triumphalism, in this case the ability to survey, from the fifteenth floor of a mosque the devastation that Rauf's co-religionists wrought on September 11.
Unbelievably, this and similar schemes are offered and accepted by opinion makers - straight faced - as examples of tolerance.
Because the administration's foreign policy is based on a set of intentional misrepresentations it finds itself as a major cause of the current ME crisis. It has painted itself into a corner sending by every possible method the wrong signal to the radical Muslim world, which is now taking advantage of Obama's purposeful tipping away from Israel and towards advocacy on behalf of the radical Palestinians.
Thus Obama's foreign policy is seen either as weakness or as tacit agreement by the jihadists and both of these interpretations tie our hands in attempting to defuse the current crisis.
Two points of special concern regarding the Gaza flotilla...
By EMERSON VERMAAT
June 1, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org LLC - Heinrich Himmler, one of the greatest mass murderers in history, grew up in a conservative Catholic Bavarian family. But later did he evolve into a radical opponent of the Church finding new religious inspiration and consolation in Germanic paganism, eastern religions and occultism.Himmler's rather fanatical and obsessive confrontation with Christianity and the Catholic and protestant churches played a much more central role in his life and thinking than some biographers assume. Himmler and his close associate Reinhard Heydrich even clashed with the Roman Catholic bishops of Austria, even though these bishops were rather pro-Hitler at the time.
Himmler and his murderous SS-organization were responsible for the death of 6 million Jews during the Second World War. The allies were informed as early as the summer of 1942 about the fate the Jews. The British and Americans then received information from a reliable source in Germany that the Nazis planned to exterminate millions of Jews by using 'prussic acid' (Zyklon B). Himmler had visited the Auschwitz extermination camp in July 1942 and pressed for acceleration of the extermination programme. Through a peephole in the gas chamber door he personally witnessed how 499 Dutch Jews were being gassed by using Zyklon B.
Recent investigations into the number of Jews killed by the Nazis confirm that the total number is at least 6 million, possibly even higher. These recent findings specifically provide more information about the more than 2 million Jews executed in cold blood by Himmler's SS-killing commandos - the so-called "Einsatzgruppen" and the formations of the "Ordungspolizei" ("Order police") - in Nazi occupied Russia, White Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic and Poland.
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Brennan, acknowledging Mattson, thanked her "...for your leadership as an academic whose research continues the rich tradition of Islamic scholarship, and as the president of the Islamic Society of North America, where you have been a voice for the tolerance and diversity which defines Islam."
May 24, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The group - 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, (9/11 FSSA) - has announced that it adamantly rejects the plan for a mosque to be built atop a planned 15-story structure that would tower over the site where nearly 3,000 people were killed by Islamic terrorists.
According to the project's leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the mosque and "Muslim-led community center" is to be called the Cordoba House, named after the historic period when the Islamic Caliphate in Cordoba ruled much of Europe and non-Muslims lived as second-class citizens under Islamic rule.
Victims' families view the imam's expressed plan to "leverage" the mosque's proximity to Ground Zero to engage in proselytizing and to "grow the Muslim community," as shockingly insensitive to the history of the site where their loved ones were slaughtered in the worst terrorist attack by extremist Muslims in America's history; following the attack, 20,000 body parts were recovered in a nine-month operation to remove 1.8 million tons of rubble from Lower Manhattan.
"Imam Rauf is a Muslim cleric who, immediately after 9/11, blamed the attacks on U.S. treatment of Muslims, asserting that Osama Bin Ladin was 'made in the U.S.A,'" said Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 FSSA, whose brother was the pilot of the American Airlines flight which was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. "We do not accept the Cordoba organization's view that we need Imam Rauf to lecture us about religious tolerance in a city still dealing with the consequences of the attack that he claims we brought on ourselves."
Last Monday, representatives of 9/11 FSSA met with Sharif El-Gamal, owner and CEO of Soho Properties, the corporation that purchased the two buildings where the mosque will be built at 43-45 Park Place, and asked him to name the investors in the mosque project. Mr. El-Gamal refused, citing the advice of his attorneys, stating that "this is private property" and that "we can build this 'as of right.'" The property was purchased with $4.85 million in cash.
Imam Rauf is now publicly stating in a professionally-organized PR campaign that the building will be a community center, "not a mosque." However, Mr. El-Gamal showed 9/11 FSSA members architectural renderings in which a mosque, located on the top floor of the 15-story building, would have a commanding view of the entire Ground Zero neighborhood.
May 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Continuing the Pentagon's policy of micro-managing the war effort to its detriment, it has been reported by both Reuters and the Chicago Tribune that Army personnel stationed in Afghanistan are under investigation in the alleged non-combat related deaths of "possibly" three Afghan civilians.
"U.S. statement Thursday said the allegations also included illegal drug use, assault and conspiracy. No charges have been filed but one soldier has been placed in pre-trial confinement." [source, Chicago Tribune, US investigating allegations "small number" of US soldiers responsible for civilian deaths, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-as-afghan-us-probe,0,1187019.story?track=rss]
The move comes on the heels of the acquittal of three Navy SEALs, 2nd Class Matthew McCabe and Petty Officers Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe who were charged upon mere allegations made by a detained terrorist - Ahmed Hashim Abed - of criminal assault, dereliction of duty and impeding an official investigation.
The now proven unfounded "assault" consisted of an alleged slap delivered to the terrorist as he was taken into custody.
Chalk another one up for over enthusiastic JAGs.
May 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On a note of concern attending the Tuesday release by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, of the declassified summary report on the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt by Umar Farouk Abdumutallab, Congressman Frank Wolf [R VA] once more called upon the administration to consider implementing a series of recommendations - arrived at in a show of bipartisanship - designed to improve national security.
In a letter to the president, the congressman pointed out that the 14 specific "points of failure" detailed within the report might well have been prevented if a thorough outside review of the nation's counterterrorism policies had already been completed.
By WILLIAM MAYER
May 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Much has been written over the past few years categorically establishing beyond question the leftist bias of the entrenched media [see for daily coverage, the Media Research Center, especially its Special Reports section, http://www.mrc.org/specialreports/archive.aspx, or any number of books including Bernie Goldberg's, "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News"]
Understandably the media will never admit to this, regardless of how thoroughly the phenomenon is documented, another test suggesting the presence of bias and an inability to accept reality.
I have found this to be the case in dozens and dozens of off-the-record, deep background chats with journalists who simply will not admit that they are frequently nothing more than purveyors of agendized leftist propaganda.
One such conversation comes to mind in which I challenged a prominent West coast reporter - during a telephone conversation - over coverage of a speech by a key member of the G.W. Bush administration. After wrangling for several minutes over the article's almost complete failure to mention anything that this former official said during his address, this reporter finally admitted, not bias, but to the creation of a story - a controversy - where none existed because otherwise, "it wasn't news." This - translated - means it's not news unless it fits the working narrative and if it doesn't, then it will be bludgeoned into correct form.
By CAMILLE GIGLIO, Legislative Analyst
May 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - We begin to get phone calls and questions about this time in an election cycle concerning who is a pro-life candidate. Unfortunately, the last few elections have left one scratching their head wondering who or if any of the candidates is really pro life.
This upcoming primary is no different. Not only do we wonder if any of them are really pro life, but we wonder if any of the information they put forth is even accurate, let alone germane to the office for which they are running.
I will be out of the state during the election time - yes, I'm voting absentee - so here are some random thoughts on candidate positions.
By EMERSON VERMAAT
May 18, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Each year, more than 240,000 illegal African immigrants are entering Europe. Behind these huge operations of migrant trafficking are powerful criminal African and North African organizations which bribe the police, customs officials and other local officials as well as (African) government ministers. Each illegal immigant has to pay up to 3000 euros to the trafficking organizations. These mafia organizations receive some 300 million dollars (237 million euros) annually for their clandestine services (bribing of officials, document forgery, etc.), according to a United Nations report. Many of these organizations are run by Nigerians, the report says.1
Nigeria and Somalia are significant source countries of criminals and terrorists who operate on an international scale. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerian and Somali immigrants have entered Europe and North America in recent years, posing great strains on Western societies. Western intelligence and security services are monitoring radicalized African Muslim males who enthousiastically endorse jihadist ideologies linked to Al-Qaeda. An increasing number of them even wants to join the jihad against the West and die as a suicide bomber or so-called "martyr."
The origins of Al-Qaeda lie both in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Africa. After taking part in the jihad against the Soviet occupiers of Afghanistan and founding Al-Qaeda in 1988, Osama bin Laden set up base in Sudan (1992). Four years later, though, he returned to Afghanistan establishing more training camps and expanding Al-Qaeda into a truly global terror network, in close cooperation with his Egyptian friend Ayman Al-Zawahiri. The first time I heard about bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri was in 1996.
By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ
May 17, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a study done by the New York Post - published in its Sunday edition - an increasingly controversial plan to build a $100 million dollar, 13 story mosque just two blocks away from the epicenter of the Muslim terrorist attacks of September 11 is seriously short of funding and engulfed in questions regarding the motivation of its proponents.
The newspaper's story goes on to show that the organizations which are publicly leading the effort - the American Society for Muslim Advancement [ASMA] and the Cordoba Initiative - together have assets of less than $1 million.
Kuwait born imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is at the helm of this effort and runs both groups. He is listed on ASMA's website as, "Founder of ASMA and Chairman of Cordoba Initiative." [source, http://www.asmasociety.org/about/p_people.html]
This lack of funds raises additional fears that the shortfall will be made up from the deep pocket fundamentalist Wahhabis and Salafists of the Middle East who will use the erecting of a mosque at ground zero as a means of extending cultural and religious hegemony.
In his public utterances and activities Imam Feisal has demonstrated skill in building a non-threatening persona, having created a media friendly image of moderation despite a record of extremist and plainly bizarre statements.
For example, during the second segment of the CBS News show 60 minutes broadcast on September 30, 2001, Feisal Abdul Rauf - the alleged moderate - engaged host Ed Bradley in the following manner: Bradley: "Are you in any way suggesting that we in the United States deserved what happened?" Faisal: "I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened, but United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened." Bradley: "You say that we're an accessory? How?" Faisal: "Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense Osama bin-Laden is made in the U.S.A."
Bradley: "Are you in any way suggesting that we in the United States deserved what happened?"
Faisal: "I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened, but United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened."
Bradley: "You say that we're an accessory? How?"
Faisal: "Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense Osama bin-Laden is made in the U.S.A."
Feisal has also claimed that the essential elements of Shari'a - Islamic religious law - are embodied in the American Constitution which seems to be a naked attempt on his part to create a moral equivalency where none exists.
Imam Feisal has assured critics that the building of a mosque - on sacred ground, soaked in the blood of innocents - is neither insensitive nor intentionally antagonistic. However when seen clearly, it's an outrageous and blatant act of Muslim domination...a concept dredged up from the 7th century.
That the takiyya laden Feisal and his murky group of backers are so blind as to be unable or unwilling to see the offensive nature of such a move - perhaps the most singularly insensitive and indeed warlike move that any Muslim could propose - speaks with elegant testimony to the assertion that advocates of radical Islam will not stop until both their violent as well as the stealth jihad - of which Feisal could be the poster child - are defeated.
If this is what moderate Islam is all about perhaps a rethinking on our part of the religion's capacity to coexist at any level with the West is in order.
May 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The prosecution rested today in the trial of five American Muslim immigrants charged with terrorist acts.
The defendants, Ahmed Minni, Umar Farooq, Ramy Zamzam, Waqar Khan and Hassan Yemer had, according to the government, stated an intention of travelling from Pakistan to Afghanistan where they could join the mujahideen and fight against American and NATO forces.
The so-called "DC-5" emigrated from various Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Pakistan and Ethiopia to the U.S. and resided in various locations in and around the vicinity of Washington, DC.
May 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In testimony delivered yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee, AG Holder refused - during vigorous questioning by ranking member Lamar Smith - to say that the current crop of domestic terrorists might have been motivated by, "radical Islam."
He even refused to confront the religious issue in general.
However, Holder, who didn't consider himself knowledgeable enough to define "radical Islam" to the extent necessary to directly answer Mr. Smith's pointed queries nonetheless considered himself sufficiently enlightened to make the far more global claim that "radical Islam" is inconsistent with Islam in general.
Generally it is understood that a great deal of study of the Qur'an, often aided by the ability to read Arabic, is required to make such religious determinations and those who are qualified have a name, they are called imams.
This was a skill set entirely hidden from Mr. Holder's resume - until yesterday.
As noted by historian Dr. Daniel Pipes: "I ridiculed "Imam Bush" for telling Muslims about true Islam and its distortion, and now I must ridicule "Sheikh Obama" for the same. He's a politician, not a theologian. He's now a Christian, not a Muslim. He should steer completely clear from the topic of who are good or bad Muslims."
"I ridiculed "Imam Bush" for telling Muslims about true Islam and its distortion, and now I must ridicule "Sheikh Obama" for the same. He's a politician, not a theologian. He's now a Christian, not a Muslim. He should steer completely clear from the topic of who are good or bad Muslims."
In his recent Congressional appearance AG Holder continued the administration's verbal shenanigans in dealing with the terror phenomenon, engaging in the most arcane linguistic contortions to avoid speaking plainly.
For those paying attention this is dismaying in the extreme - it being impossible to win a conflict if one is unable or even unwilling to be able to identify the enemy.
May 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Hidden inside a near 100 page 2010 report by the World Health Organization's "Expert Working Group," [an arm of the United Nations] devoted to new methods of raising revenue for the WHO, is a proposal for a global tax on internet activity, levied by the United Nations.
The digital tax involves a charge on traffic over the Internet. It was first discussed in the 1990s, and various proponents have suggested different versions. Examples include a tax of 1 US cent on every 100 e-mails of 10 KB sent, a charge per number of e-mail messages (e.g. 10 cents per 1000 messages). The key element is a very lowcharge." [source, World Health Organization, Research and Development - Coordination and Financing, pg. 58, http://www.who.int/phi/documents/RDFinancingwithISBN.pdf]
One can almost visualize greedy UN bureaucrats and murderous despots rubbing their hands with glee in anticipation of such a windfall.
As noted above, the controversial proposal has been kicking around the halls of the UN - an organization legendary for its financial and sexual impropriety, gross mismanagement and generalized scandal - for 20 years and until recently has been looked upon with disfavor by Democrat as well as Republican administrations.
May 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what is rumored to be a significant change in policy, Iran has reportedly been releasing jailed members of al-Qaeda.
Al-Qaida operatives who have been detained for years in Iran have been making their way quietly in and out of the country, raising the prospect that Iran is loosening its grip on the terror group so it can replenish its ranks, former and current U.S. intelligence officials say. [source, AP, AP Exclusive: Iran eases grip on al-Qaida, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jZ-5-3Ifvv72jUDj3i7adCd8XAYgD9FLVTUG0]
In the years following 9/11, the ranks of al-Qaeda have been decimated with many of the organization's leaders either killed or driven so far underground that their ability to influence day-to-day operations have been severely hampered.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On May 11, the David Horowitz Freedom Center of Philadelphia [DHFC] hosted Wafa Sultan at the Union League in Philadelphia. Wafa Sultan is an ex-Muslim and author of the book, "A God Who Hates."
Craig Snider, the director of the DHFC in Philadelphia organized the event.
Dr. Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, introduced Dr. Sultan. In endorsing her book he wrote, "Wafa Sultan paints a scorching, unforgettable portrait of Syrian Muslim society, especially the degradation of its women, and lyrically appreciates her adopted American homeland, which she calls 'the land of dreams.' But she also worries that Middle East customs are encroaching on the West and writes with passion to awaken Americans to a menace they barely recognize, much less fear."
During introductory remarks, Dr. Pipes recounted how Sultan had first questioned Islam after she saw a professor at her medical school in Syria murdered by members of the Muslim Brotherhood who were shouting Allahu Akhbar! This prompted her to look deeper into Islam. After immigrating to America she began writing articles about Islam especially it's misogynist tendencies. Her writings "caught the eye" of producers at Al Jazeera and she was catapulted into prominence after a debate with a sheik in which she, according to Pipes, "...unapologetically said things that are just not said...in public...and even less said by a Muslim and by a woman."
As related by Pipes, during the debate with the sheik among the questions posed was if we are witnessing a clash of civilizations, to which Sultan replied, "No, we are witnessing the clash of something more fundamental, it is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the middle ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century."
May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Rumors regarding the possible capture of the Afghan Taliban's founder, Mullah Omar are sweeping through DC.
First broken on Breitbart by Brad Thor, a national security expert with reputed excellent sources, the story has neither been confirmed nor denied officially by anyone in the Obama administration.
Omar created the Afghan Taliban in 1994 and is currently on the United States most wanted list for, as the Dept. of State's Rewards for Justice website makes clear, "Mullah Omar's Taliban regime in Afghanistan sheltered Osama bin-Laden and his al-Qai'da network in the years prior to the September 11 attacks."
May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - With all the deliberate speed that a hidebound bureaucracy can muster, the U.S. State Dept. is considering the possibility of placing Pakistan's Taliban on its official Foreign Terrorist Organization [FTO] registry. [see, http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm]
The recent revelation that the Pak Taliban was involved with Faisal Shahzad's botched Times Square bombing plot has led to considerable pressure towards such a finding.
"It is something we are considering in light of what happened, and obviously the investigation will yield information that might give us greater clarity," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters. Crowley said there was a lengthy legal process before a group could be designated a "foreign terrorist organization" and he did not know when a decision would be made." [source, Reuters, U.S. mulls putting Pakistan Taliban on terrorism list, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64A4YF20100511?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews]
What State has so far remained unclear about is whether such a move would signal the abandonment of its previous stance, that "moderates" within the Taliban might be worked with.
Contacted for comment on this development was Clair Lopez, Sr. Fellow at the Center for Security Policy [see, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.xml].
By CAMILLE GIGLIO, Legislative Analyst
May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Today's public school student is failing to receive a good, solid, academic education. Charter schools and home schooling have increased commensurately. Many students have left public school to attend the more expensive private schools; others bored with education, have just dropped out.
Is the formerly cherished California educational system cheating the students as parents and critics complain or is it right on target according to the educators and think tanks?
Well, it's a little of both.
California education underwent a major sea change beginning in 1960 with passage of the first Master Plan for Education also referred to as the Donahoe Education Act. Clark Kerr, later to become Chancellor of Cal Berkeley, takes credit as does former legislator, Santa Clara University graduate, Jesuit trained, John Vasconcellos, for creating and furthering this Master Plan.
Kerr addresses his goals with a more intellectual approach, couching his ideas in lofty, aesthetic terms. Vasconcellos uses the patois of the hippy era, blaming mainly parents, and church for a failure to prepare and nurture their children for the hard realities and the pleasures of life.
A report on Vasconcellos' plans for our children is contained in an article written by Jeff Fishel, Department of Government School of public Affairs, America University, Washington, D.C. entitled "Leadership for Social Change and the Promise of Humanistic Psychology."
The original Master Plan was that period's California Dream Act, long on ideals, short on ways to attain those ideals and lacking in funds. The main premise, however, was that schools must become accountable for the children that [it was asserted] parents and society were failing.
By WILLIAM MAYER
May 10, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Sunday talk shows have proved themselves relevant for once, yesterday carrying the bombshell twin admissions by AG Holder and WH terror advisor John Brennan that the Pakistani Taliban was involved with Faisal Shahzad's abortive Times Square bombing plot.
Yet it is a safe bet that even visible proof that an al-Qaeda centric terror worldview is counterproductive to a reasonable war fighting strategy will not remove the blinders from team Obama.
From the outset, the president's policy in that regard has been defined by a number of attributes - all of them unsound.
1. A denial that many of the world's Muslims ascribe to a jihadist ideology, allowing the foreign policy team to put forth the politically expedient assertion that al-Qaeda is the sole enemy.
The disclosure by the top WH terror officials that the supposedly malleable Taliban would take such a bold step as to instigate a domestic attack on the United States should in the best-of-all-possible worlds initiate a full rethinking of Obama's [and the Democrat leadership's] anti-terror policy which would in good order be accompanied by a quick and unequivocal rejection of the above noted half-dozen points.
But that is not and will not be the case because the decision making process has been hijacked by leftist ideologues to whom literal reality holds little appeal. One should note the additional complication that the power players in this administration in large part ascribe to the Islamist's critique of this society, especially as it pertains to the supposed sins of Western colonialism.
Refuting the administration's sleight-of-hand manner of dealing with Islamic terrorism only requires an examination of the failure of these foundational principles.
May 10, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Delivering an unbelievably lenient sentence of only 8 years to the plot's leader, a Moroccan immigrant - Malika El Aroud - was today found guilty, along with 7 accomplices of planning a series of suicide attacks in Belgium. [see, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8673229.stm]
The al-Qaeda linked terror cell first came to public notice when 9 of its members were arrested in 2009.
Ms. El Aroud is something of a celebrity within terror circles, her first husband having allegedly killed Ahmed Shah Massoud, an opponent of the Taliban and the leader of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance.
Aroud's second husband, Moez Garsallaoui was among those found guilty today.
May 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In previous coverage we have noted the Obama administration's long-term goal of controlling the Internet under the guise of protecting consumers.
And it is that audacity which was on full display in his first official news conference where he seemed to intentionally avoid taking question from Fox, shunning the favorite media target of the far left. Obama's performance at the press gaggle, to this reporter at least was given an added dimension - call it the creep factor - produced by the president elect's other worldly, detached and vaguely android-like demeanor, as if the stage upon which he stood wasn't big enough to contain his celestial regality. Filtering into that creep factor, a more pressing concern. This one regarding the news of His Celestialness' strategy on media legislation and technology initiatives, specifically his intention to create a Federal Office Of Technology, an idea which gained much more traction when IAC executive Julius Genachowski was named to the transition team. Lest one get the impression that this is merely a case of adding 1 + 1 and getting 3, Genachowski headed the study group which originally advanced the idea of a cabinet level technology czar. [see, Barack Obama: Connecting and Empowering all Americans Through Technology and Innovation] Let's place Mr G politically, is he an activist or something else? According to FEC filings he has traditionally been a big Dem funder, giving nearly 35k to various Dem candidates over the last 4 years. [see, Genachowski FEC]. By trade, Genachowski is a communication's attorney, most notably having served as chief counsel to Barry Diller's InteraActiveCorp [IAC] which has spawned a host of 'Net based companys including but not limited to: Ticketmaster, Expedia, Hotels.com and LendingTree. Philosophically, judging from his associations he appears to be a very bright leftist with an already established power base throughout DC, see below: "Before joining IAC, Mr. Genachowski was Chief Counsel to Chairman Reed Hundt of the Federal Communications Commission. He has served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and, before that, to retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Mr. Genachowski worked in Congress on the staff of the Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair and also for then-U.S. Representative, now Senator, Charles E. Schumer. " [source, http://www.netcaucus.org/biography/julius-genachowski.shtml] Though he could easily serve as Obama's Fairness Doctrine Grim Reaper, sharpening his scythe in preparation for the anticipated harvesting of Rush - given his first-hand familiarity with the FCC - that position seems to have already have been promised to Democrat Henry Rivera, whose departure from Reagan's FCC made clear the way to abolish the doctrine in the first place, during the mid 1980s." 1
And it is that audacity which was on full display in his first official news conference where he seemed to intentionally avoid taking question from Fox, shunning the favorite media target of the far left.
Obama's performance at the press gaggle, to this reporter at least was given an added dimension - call it the creep factor - produced by the president elect's other worldly, detached and vaguely android-like demeanor, as if the stage upon which he stood wasn't big enough to contain his celestial regality.
Filtering into that creep factor, a more pressing concern. This one regarding the news of His Celestialness' strategy on media legislation and technology initiatives, specifically his intention to create a Federal Office Of Technology, an idea which gained much more traction when IAC executive Julius Genachowski was named to the transition team.
Lest one get the impression that this is merely a case of adding 1 + 1 and getting 3, Genachowski headed the study group which originally advanced the idea of a cabinet level technology czar. [see, Barack Obama: Connecting and Empowering all Americans Through Technology and Innovation]
Let's place Mr G politically, is he an activist or something else? According to FEC filings he has traditionally been a big Dem funder, giving nearly 35k to various Dem candidates over the last 4 years. [see, Genachowski FEC].
By trade, Genachowski is a communication's attorney, most notably having served as chief counsel to Barry Diller's InteraActiveCorp [IAC] which has spawned a host of 'Net based companys including but not limited to: Ticketmaster, Expedia, Hotels.com and LendingTree.
Philosophically, judging from his associations he appears to be a very bright leftist with an already established power base throughout DC, see below:
"Before joining IAC, Mr. Genachowski was Chief Counsel to Chairman Reed Hundt of the Federal Communications Commission. He has served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and, before that, to retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Mr. Genachowski worked in Congress on the staff of the Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair and also for then-U.S. Representative, now Senator,
Charles E. Schumer. " [source, http://www.netcaucus.org/biography/julius-genachowski.shtml]
Though he could easily serve as Obama's Fairness Doctrine Grim Reaper, sharpening his scythe in preparation for the anticipated harvesting of Rush - given his first-hand familiarity with the FCC - that position seems to have already have been promised to Democrat Henry Rivera, whose departure from Reagan's FCC made clear the way to abolish the doctrine in the first place, during the mid 1980s." 1
Mr. Genachowski's machinations at FCC to place the 'Net directly under control of team Obama fortunately ran into a roadblock in early April when a three judge DC judicial panel in a unanimous decision ruled that the FCC has no statuary authority to regulate network management decisions made by Internet provider's.
May 6, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an August 24, 2009 announcement [see, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/August/09-ag-835.html] the DOJ's Special Task Force on Interrogations and Transfer Policies issued a set of recommendations to the president.
In the section of the press release covering interrogations, the task force advised the following:
Given the lack of focus that team Obama has brought to matters pertaining to terrorism it was not surprising to find out that the HIG still had not been created when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the "Christmas Bomber," was apprehended on Christmas day.
Now with the attempted Times Square bombing again forcing the administration to publicly deal with the increasing terror threat we find it still unwilling to state categorically that the HIG is an active force.
By WILLIAM MAYER
May 5, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an interview prominently displayed on the CNN website [see, http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/05/05/zakaria.pakistan.terror/index.html?hpt=T1] Fareed Zakaria, who has become an oracle - mainly on the left - regarding American policy vis-à-vis the Muslim world, states what has now become boilerplate among inside the beltway commentators, the assertion that Pakistan is the center of Islamic radicalism.
Determining where Mr. Zakaria's shifting political affectations might be at any one moment is difficult, with his having given lukewarm support for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, but then infamously opposing the now obviously successful 2007 surge, a complete reversal of mind on a key issue in a relatively short period time.
Zakaria's October 2009 statement indicative of a laissez-faire attitude towards an Iranian nuke, "The country does not yet have even one nuclear weapon, and if and when it gets one - something that is far from certain - the world will not end," does nothing to bestow confidence in his ability to provide meaningful guidance on such subjects. [source, http://www.newsweek.com/id/216702/page/1]
Introductory to that alarmingly accommodative pronouncement was the baffling contention that, "When Iran has made gestures, such as suspending nuclear enrichment for two years, Washington has not reciprocated. American support for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War remains a source of justifiable bitterness among Iran's leaders, many of whom fought in that conflict," which suggests a belief that Iran's belligerence is at least partially founded in the sins of the West. [source, ibid]
May 4, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan has been arrested at JFK Airport in New York. Shahzad was removed from a flight bound for Dubai.
Shahzad is believed to be the party responsible for a plot whereby an explosive laden vehicle would have been detonated in Times Square.
According to CBS News, "Shahzad became a naturalized United States citizen on April 17, 2009, but spent much of the past year out of the country. Database information indicated that Shahzad last entered the United States on Feb. 3, 2010 aboard Emirates Flight 201. Shahzad previously departed the United States on June 2, 2009 aboard Emirates Flight 204 for Dubai." [source, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/04/national/main6457989.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody]
The improvised explosive device in Shahzad's car consisted of fertilizer, large propane bottles and containers full of gasoline. The timing device is thought to have been a common alarm clock, wired to trigger the explosion.
Members of Pakistan's terrorist Taliban have taken credit for the failed plot, but so far no concrete evidence has been presented by the government.
It is unclear at this point if the FBI Mirandized Shahzad, a move that would be certain to trigger additional concerns regarding the ability of president Obama to guard against threats to U.S. national security.
By EMERSON VERMAAT
May 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Guess who arrived in Zimbabwe on Thursday 22 April to be welcomed heartily by African dictator Robert Mugabe? It was the equally controversial Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Two notorious dictators who follow Hitler's example for the German Nazi leader said back in 1933: 'We are in power and we plan to remain in power no matter what happens.'
Not only did Ahmadinejad invite neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers to a Holocaust deniers conference in Tehran in December 2005, also is he on very close terms with Latin American Marxists and Castro admirers such as Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. And Mugabe, by the way, happens to be a Marxist, too. He led a Marxist-inspired guerrilla war in the 1970s and is still cooperating closely with North Korean communist hard-liners.
When Robert Mugabe was still a guerrilla leader in the 1970s he quickly became the darling of liberal theologians and clergymen from the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the National Council of Churches in the United States (NCC). The WCC's US $ 85,000 grant to the so-called 'Patriotic Front' in 1978 caused a major row. The 'Patriotic Front' was a temporary coalition of two Marxist-inspired parties: the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU), led by Joshua Nkomo and the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) led by Robert Mugabe. In fact, both Mugabe and Nkomo were rivals for power.
Participants in Canadian Jihad Fest - Ottawa's Just and Sustainable Peace Conference - Stoked With Hard Line Islamists
Participants in Canadian Jihad Fest - Ottawa's Just and Sustainable Peace Conference - Stoked With Hard Line Islamists
October 29, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As noted by the Investigative Project on Terrorism RCMP Ordered Away from Radical Conference, IPT a "Just and Sustainable Peace," conference which took place yesterday in Ottawa, Canada appears to have been devoted to propagandizing on behalf of Iran's Islamic dictatorship, given the panel's makeup.
So great is the level of concern in the country that according to IPT, "Canada's public safety minister has ordered members of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) community outreach unit not to attend a conference in Ottawa today featuring Iranian professors closely tied to the Islamic Republic's regime." [source, IPT]
The event was sponsored by the Green Party of Ottawa [see, http://cmmgreens.ca/node/126, the link to the Green Party announcement is no longer active, though it is available in Google's web archives however].
In examining the conference's participants, the degree to which they reflect the Iranian line is remarkable.
One of them is Dr. Davood Ameri, Director General, Islamic World Peace Forum. [IWPF].
In researching Dr. Ameri we find that the IWPF website is registered giving a Tehran, Iran contact number. The site's administrative contact is also in Tehran, as are its technical and billing contacts. [source, betterwhois.com, http://www.betterwhois.com/bwhois.cgi?verification=1991&domain=iwpeace.com]
The IWPF website's lead article as of this writing is, "US, Zionists main conspirators of sacrilege: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday expressed abhorrence at desecration of Holy Quran in the U.S. and said that the US government must punish those responsible for the great crime to prove its innocence." [source, http://en.iwpeace.com/index.aspx?siteid=2&pageid=171]
Another participant is Dr Saeid Ameli who is closely associated with the Islamic Human Rights Commission [IHRC].
According to the IHRC website [http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=3717] Ameli, "is Professor and Director of the Institute for North American & European Studies at Tehran University." Ameli has written extensively for IHRC arguing that Islamophobia is endemic in Western culture.
Apparently typical of IHRC's view of peace and justice is its claim that, among others, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman [source, http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=4255] and imam Jamil Al-Amin are "prisoners of faith" [http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=3063].
Omar Abdel Rahman is probably better known as the "Blind Sheikh," now serving a life sentence for his part in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. IHRC's pitch for Rahman reads in part, "Prisoner of Faith: Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, USA, 13 September 2007 Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman is the elderly Egyptian sheikh, imprisoned in the US in 1995 under sedition laws last used during American civil war. He is now 69 years of age and his health has deteriorated significantly." [source, http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=3717, http://www.ihrc.org.uk/file/report-2007.pdf]
In a IHRC "Campaign Pack" [http://www.ihrc.org.uk/attachments/5355_PFOmarAbdelRahmanFinal.pdf] Rahman is quoted, " 'I am being tried because of my beliefs in Islam I am honoured to join those in jail for a just cause."
Jamil Al-Amin, was born Hubert Gerold Brown - aka H. Rap Brown - and is the notorious 60s era proponent of revolutionary race war against the white majority. In 2002 he was convicted of murdering Alabama policeman Ricky Kinchen and wounding a fellow officer. Al-Amin is serving a life sentence. As IHRC sees it though, ..."Imam Jamil is yet another prisoner of faith who has been imprisoned for the past seven years merely because he spoke out against many injustices prevalent in his society..." [source, September, 2007 IHRC newsletter, pg. 4, archived at, http://www.scribd.com/doc/12393502/Islamic-Human-Rights-Commission].
IHRC also champions Dr. Sami Al-Arian, now a confessed terrorist.
Dr. Ameli is a professed expert on Islamophobia, defined in much of his writing as just about anything which might reflect poorly on or be seen as being critical of Islam.
Editor's Note: Extreme penalties accruing to criticizing, insulting or besmirching of Islam is a fundamental element of Shari'a, Islamic law. The offense is usually covered under Shari'a's proscription against blasphemy, the penalty for which is death.
It is a standard Islamist practice to define Islamophobia so as to conform to the dictates of Shari'a. The imposition of Shari'a in Western and non-Muslim societies is the ultimate goal of both the violent and the stealth jihadists. Moreover it is the intent [so far partially successful in Europe] to have speech critical of Islam classified as a hate crime, punishable by stiff fines as well as jail time.
The strategy here is to criminalize the West's methods of self defense, equating resistance to the dictates of Shari'a to Islamophobia. Examples of this are not hard to come by, witness the relentless legal persecution of now deceased Italian journalist Oriana Falacci and Holland's Geert Wilders who has been targeted by the Dutch government, despite the reluctance of its prosecutors to go forward with the case.
An egregious example involves Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff who will be tried in an Austrian court next month for "hate speech" for her comments about Islam, which often consisted of her simply reading from the Qur'an [see, Elisabeth's Voice, In Defense of Free Speech].
In a 2003 PowerPoint presentation laden with Marxist jargon, Dr. Ameli argues that the United States is a corrupt power which has a foreign policy based upon domination that is all encompassing. He stipulates that America by its very nature, economically, politically, culturally and in a religious sense can never be anything but an enemy of Islam.
"Why is it that America or Western governments are continually insulting Muslims for not having democracy in Muslim lands? Why always are they encouraging us to establish liberal democracy in our lands because to do otherwise would mean that we are an uncivilised people with a barbaric culture. I feel that there is a connection between the democracy they want us to practice and the imprisonment of faith i.e. the terms of democracy that they put forward for us to follow and the isolation of faith, of religion from society. Islamophobia Policy is also part marginalization of faith..." [source downloadable from, IHRC website, http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=795]
Another participant in the "Just and Sustainable" conference is Dr. Elham Aminzadeh, Associate Dean, Faculty of Law, Tehran University.
In a 2009 speech on women's rights in Iran [see, http://www.women.gov.ir/en/pages/?cid=371] reprinted on an Iranian government website she stated:
"Iranian women have become a focal point since 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran is the active participation of women and their pioneering role in the achievement of victory. The Islamic republic of Iran emphasizes the necessity of women's efficient participation in national policymaking. Through the eight-year Iran war, which ended in 1988 Iranian women played a determining role...The advancement of women's role in development of the country and strengthening the family institution are paid special attention to on the twenty year outlook of Iran. The Islamic government of Iran emphasizes its commitment to Implement the legal rules regarding women's rights by encouraging respect and dignity for women at different levels in the family and society during the second decade of the Islamic revolution and period of reconstruction a new institutions such as the women and families' bureau, affiliated to the office of the president was a stepping stone in assessment and implementation of plans on women's issues...
Aminzadeh's claims regarding the place of women in a fundamentalist Islamic society, suggesting that they somehow are in accord with anything approaching a modern definition of women's rights [i.e. full equality] is beyond the pale.
The presence of speakers of this ilk at this faux peace conference demonstrates that outside the confines within which the American media is willing to examine Islam's proponents, lurks a threat which is existential in nature and not likely to respond positively to the type of genteel discourse so often recommended when looking across the chasm between Islam and the West. In such protected venues as the Ottawa Green Party's Sustainable Peace event, claimed moderate Muslims openly display a devotion to a political Islam with its attendant push to make the West Shari'a compliant. This should be of concern to all.[Read More]
CA Insurance Commissioner Jones Commits To Planned Parenthood Scheme - Government Funded Abortion On Demand
CA Insurance Commissioner Jones Commits To Planned Parenthood Scheme - Government Funded Abortion On Demand
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
October 29, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "Somebody who lives by the Principles of Planned Parenthood," proclaimed Mary K. Shallenberger, member of the California Coastal Commission, as she proudly introduced Insurance Commissioner Candidate and current Assembly member Dave Jones, (Dist.9-Sacramento) to an audience of California Affiliates of Planned Parenthood supporters during a Cinco de Mayo demonstration in support of abortion funding held at the state Capitol this year.
Following that introduction Dave Jones stood before his adoring audience and proclaimed that he would do everything possible to put the office of Insurance Commissioner at the disposal of Planned Parenthood.
This is not an idle promise. He has received endorsements from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, PPAC and the National Organization for Women - NOW.
Dave Jones has a long history of association with abortion .His list of endorsements should be troubling to traditional Californians. To see the organizations which support him follow this link, http://davejones2010.com/endorsements.php, a similar manifest of candidates endorsements by Planned Parenthood can be found here, http://www.ppactionca.org/voter-information/voter-guides.
If Jones is elected, regardless of any defined rules of conducting the business of Insurance Commissioner, he would be free to use his influence in any way he wants, especially with a simpatico Governor and a majority Democrat legislature. Just imagine a Kathleen Sebelius clone tweaking the mandates forced on Insurance Companies to include contraceptive and abortion coverage sold within California. Imagine the waivers filed with the feds to release service provider "friends" from following the rules while getting state reimbursements for "services."
Jones has already used his tenure in office as Chairman of the budget Sub Committee to carry the water for Planned Parenthood's legislative agenda, there is no reason to believe he would do otherwise as Insurance Commissioner.
For instance, in the 2005-6 term he carried AB 2141, Family Planning: Parent-Child Communication Assistance, co-sponsored by the National Center on Youth Law and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. The core of this bill, while acknowledging that parents were most effective in instructing their teens on early sexual activity, established that it was only possible due to the scientifically accurate information and services provided through Family PACT, (Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment) a program within the state's Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health - MCAH - Department of the then named (since changed to State Department of Health Care) State Department of Health Services.
We also reference a 2010 bill, AB 2073 which Jones co-authored entitled, MediCal: Adult Day Health Care Services. The purpose of this bill was to create a waiver program allowing insertion of the "comprehensive, clinical" Family PACT agenda into Adult Day Health Care and hence to everybody, by amending the wording regarding who was eligible, thereby expanding the cohort accessible for family planning indoctrination. It also raised the financial eligibility for participation in these state tax paid services to a client who is at or below 200% of federal poverty level - FPL.
Furthermore, the above referenced Family PACT is not only the title of a service within the state Health Department, but it is also a consortium of private and public sector service provider organizations authorized to receive MediCal reimbursements. It can easily be Googled to see the full scope of participants. Expanding the client eligibility and raising the federal poverty level under which a person would become eligible to receive tax funded services aids organizations that, for the most part, promote, provide and participate in distributing contraceptives to teens along with abortions.
And, then, there was Assembly Bill 1613, authored by the Assembly Budget Committee and heavily lobbied for by Jones who is a member of this committee. Even tagging AB 1613 with an urgency status failed to get it passed, but its identically worded Senate companion, SB 853, did pass when amended and presented as a Health trailer bill to the budget also with an urgency status, meaning that it is implemented immediately upon the Governor's signature which he provided on Oct 25th.
This 130 page bill, endorsed by Planned Parenthood and aligning our state with the federal ObamaCare mandates, raises the Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment segment of MediCal to a full blown and front line program within MediCal which will, most likely be administered through that office's Healthy Families Program, often referred to as the population control arm of the state government.
Civil Code Section 56.30 regarding the collecting of personal data and records will be amended to add 12 paragraphs - a to l - of which paragraph (k) allows the Insurance Commissioner, among other department heads, access to Medical information and records which will become a part of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 - CHIPRA - replacing the older Children's Health Insurance Program or CHIP.
Make no mistake about Dave Jones' intentions should he win the office of state Insurance Commissioner. There will be nothing to hold him back from using his position to provide for his friends at the expense of your children and family members.[Read More]
David Horowitz Freedom Center Hosts Richard Perle, Iranian Student Dissident Fakhravar
David Horowitz Freedom Center Hosts Richard Perle, Iranian Student Dissident Fakhravar
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
October 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Yesterday, the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Philadelphia hosted former Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle and Iranian dissident Amir Fakhravar, the Secretary General and founder of the Confederation of Iranian Students for a presentation entitled, "The Fight For Human Rights In Iran And Its Implications For U.S. National Security."
The event began with a sober introduction by Craig Snider, the director of the Freedom Center who characterized the current situtation in Iran as, "probably one of the most urgent matters on the planet." Snider told the audience that, "the private sector has an opportunity to assist the Green Movement (government opposition) outside of the traditional channels of government support whether it be overt or covert."
Mr. Fakhravar said that he was part of a group of lawyers who had put together a second draft of a new Constitution for Iran which was posted online in Farsi and now is being translated for wider dissemination
Before his general remarks, he showed a video clip highlighting the importance of Iranian bloggers and by extension the digital age in propelling the revolution in Iran. He asked people to separate the people of Iran from the government of Iran saying that the new generation, "means that more than 70% of the Iranian population is under 35 and that they love America and they love Israel."
When challenged for proof of this during the Q and A he showed a video clip in which protesters held up government distributed signs with Death to Israel crossed out and Russia and China substituted.
Fakhravar said that the first thing needed for the revolution was to cut Iran's oil revenues . Secondly he noted the importance of involving the media. He singled out the Voice of America saying that the taxpayer funded broadcasts, while greatly needed, were counter-productive to the cause as they are presently constituted. He cited as an example the fact that they were displaying the Islamic Republic of Iran's flag on their website saying that "I don't think the United States has any diplomatic relationship with the Islamic Republic." U.S. government officials had been contacted and a change in VOA policy was anticipated soon.
Fakhravar concluded, saying "We need help."
Dr. Perle [a leading voice in the Reagan administration, advocating a hard line stance against the Soviet Union] spoke of the need for the American government to support the Iranian opposition movement, stating, "The regime in Iran is both monstrous and unpopular which is a very promising combination for change."
He went on to say that if the regime continues in power Iran will become a nuclear state and will feel free to conduct its foreign relations with impunity. Perle worried that they could then share their nuclear capability with terrorist organizations and said that "it is unimaginable where that could take us" adding that "stopping that development was of paramount importance."
He predicted that the regime would "collapse" and that "there would be change." Concern about who would take over when this happened "should motivate the United States government to do a great deal more than it is now doing."[Read More]
Naturalized Pakistani Charged In VA Terror Case
Naturalized Pakistani Charged In VA Terror Case
October 27, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Farooque Ahmed, 34, a naturalized American citizen of Pakistani origin was arrested today in Virginian on charges that he sought to aid al-Qaeda in attacking DC area metro passengers. He was the subject of a Federal Grand Jury three count indictment.
Farooque thought he was dealing with an al-Qaeda contact instead on an FBI undercover agent when he delivered intelligence [surveillance and photographic] on activity at VA metro stations.
The bust was carried out by the Washington Field Office of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The case will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg as well as Trial Attorneys Joseph Moreno and Paul Casey.
About the case U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride stated, "Its chilling that a man from Ashburn is accused of casing rail stations with the goal of killing as many Metro riders as possible through simultaneous bomb attacks...Todays arrest highlights the terrorism threat that exists in Northern Virginia and our ability to find those seeking to harm U.S. citizens and neutralize them before they can act. We are grateful for the outstanding work of the FBI in detecting and disrupting this plot." [source, Virginia Man Arrested for Plotting Attacks on D.C.-area , FBI, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/October/10-nsd-1213.html]
Today's terror arrest follows by 24 hours another terror arrest in Hawaii where Abdel Hameed Shehadeh was charged with lying to the FBI about his intent to travel to Pakistan to join the Taliban.[Read More]
Left Put On Notice - Move On Agent Provocateur Receives Prairie Justice At Rand Paul Rally
Right Parties on Move On's Grave
October 26, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Move On's jack-booted Soros thugs had better take note that the right is apparently no longer going to idly sit by while this country is subverted by a bunch of unwashed closet commies, if last night's festivities outside a Kentucky Rand Paul debate are a fair measure.
According to press accounts, a Move Oner, having donned a bad disguise [a blonde fright wig] and infiltrated the Rand Paul support crowd with undetermined intent, was outed by the Paulers and manhandled a bit. [see, MSNBC, http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/10/26/5352968-yesterdays-debates-contempt-and-craziness]
Competing supporters had gathered in Lexington, KY, outside last night's contentious Paul/Conway debate - with Conway's support group apparently swelled by the typically snotty Soros hand-puppets, headquartered in Berkeley, CA.
Stunned by such unexpected treatment, the leftist media machine is in full overdrive today, crying foul over use of the same tactics that it has employed with great success prior to this year.
This kerfuffle says more about America's political mood than a roomful of typical political spinners could ever hope to express. Moreover, the lesson to draw from this event is that the traditionalists have made a statement of resistance indicating that the left has a genuine right to be fearful as Nov 2 approaches.[Read More]
Jewish Theological Seminary Forum on Judaism and Islam Troubling
October 25, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to the Jewish Theological Seminary website, "in partnership with the Islamic Society of North America and Hartford Seminary, will host an innovative roundtable discussion, "Judaism and Islam in America Today: Assimilation and Authenticity." [source, http://www.jtsa.edu/x14935.xml]
The event is scheduled to commence on the evening of October 25. Participants include, among others: Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in New York and Professor Sherman Jackson an Islamic scholar at the University of Michigan, who has worked closely with American Islamist groups and written extensively on Shari'a, Islamic law.
The panel will be chaired by Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America, a problematic Islamist pressure group.
A few particulars regarding the participants in this apparent Jewish-Muslim love fest.
On July 19, Ms. Jones posted an article to the HuffPost stating that she had sent Bibles to Fox talker Glenn Beck, suggesting that he was theologically ignorant after one of his segments decried the New Age Christian social justice movement.
"..our students are collecting Bibles from across the nation, packing them in boxes, and sending them to your offices... we've marked a few of the social justice passages, just in case you can't find them." [source, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/serene-jones/an-open-letter-to-glenn-b_b_650604.html]
She also seemed quite proud that the Theological Seminary was the home of black liberation theology, notorious for its close association with Obama's former spiritual advisor Rev. [Goddamn America] Wright.
"Serene Jones here. I'm President of Union Theological Seminary in New York, home of James Cone, the scholar featured on your liberation theology program this week...Your show has clearly stirred renewed interest in liberation theology and in the work of our esteemed faculty." [source, HuffPost]
Judged by this commentary Ms. Jones' interpretation of Christian theology seems out of step with Christian orthodoxy unless one is willing to accept upon declaration that Jesus was a closet socialist. By her inclusion, JTS program participants will be denied an authentic Christian perspective.
Professor Jackson's inclusion on the panel is instructive, in that he is clearly an apologist for Shari'a, having stated in a HuffPost item:
"Most Americans share the perspective of Pope Benedict XVI. While some of this is based on simple prejudice and the massive amount of disinformation being spread about sharî'ah, I suspect that most of it is based on the simple fact that people simply view sharî'ah through the prism of their own experience as citizens of a modern state. Just as the modern state applies a single régime of rules equally across the board to all citizens, so too, they assume, must sharî'ah. This, by the way, is not only the assumption of Pope Benedict and most non-Muslim Americans; many Muslims have also imbibed this understanding. But as Pope Shanoudah's and the Coptic Church's tactic demonstrates, this is more indebted to Western success at universalizing its narrative than it is to the intrinsic nature of sharî'ah itself. Bottom line? Sharî'ah accommodated the existence and lifestyles of Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Zoroastrians and countless others. It can live with a few bars and miniskirts and lots of Jacobs in modern America -- multiracial, multicultural, multireligious modern America." [source, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sherman-a-jackson/sharah-between-two-popes_b_698206.html]
To make this type of claim, Professor Jackson is required to ignore the body of evidence that proves the incompatibility of Shari'a with the concept of Western republican democracy. If one looks to the real world for examples in which a fully comprehensive form of Shari'a freely accommodates Judaism and Christianity, it will be a very long and unproductive search.
In a piece, Muslims, Islamic Law and Public Policy in the United States, Mr. Jackson essentially states that Islam and Western democracies are incompatible and that it is the job of observant Muslims to push this society in the direction of Shari'a, to the degree where it seems he wishes to see Islam's harsh judicial punishments recognized and instituted at some point, that opposition to such tenth century practices such as cutting off limbs is a symbol of repressive Western relativism:
"...The second thing to keep in mind is that notions of what is cruel and unusual, of what is barbaric, of what is barbaric, of what is draconian (which is the real basis upon which America rejects these punishments) are a function of culture, not law. It is only through changes in American culture that American attitudes towards such things are likely to change. Thus, in the end, as in the beginning, we are brought face to face with the inextricable connection between American culture and Muslim self-determination. May God grant us the courage and the vision to rise to the task before us..." [source, http://www.ispi-usa.org/policy/policy4.html]
That he does this invoking the spirit of Italian communist theorist Antonio Gramsci, merely sharpens the perception as to the professor's confrontational perspective:
"...Gramsci's theory goes a long way in establishing the fact that he attitudes and assumptions, the stereotypes and habits of deferential or contemptuous treatment, which form the basis of how people see themselves and interact with others in society are far more the product of how effectively ideas and images are manipulated through cultural and educational institutions then they are the product of pure politics or economics..."
A May 22 Campus Watch posting [see, http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/9339] regarding Sherman reads, "...In the chapter, "Muslims, Islamic Law and Public Policy in the United States," Jackson cites the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci's influential theories about altering societies not through politics, but through cultural and educational institutions. Jackson proposes that American Muslims approach the "difficult task of penetrating, appropriating and redirecting American culture" in order to "influence the legal order in America." As he puts it:
it should be understood that once this is done, there are no Constitutional impediments to having these laws applied in the public domain. Muslims must be vocal and confident in articulating the public utility underlying the rules on things like riba [usury], adultery, theft, drinking, contracts, pre-marital sex, child-custody and even polygyny [sic]. This should all be done, however, in the context of an open acceptance of American custom (urf) as a legally valid source in areas where the shari'ah admits the reliance upon custom."
The bottom line here is that the students at the Jewish Theological Seminary are being done a tremendous disservice by being subjected to a panel discussion of this ilk. This is not a conversation, nor is it educative in the traditional sense. It's simply a venue in which to spread the radical propagandistic views of the participants; the presence of Ms. Mattson merely providing punctuation for drawing such a conclusion.
It is difficult to see how this manner of convocation can serve anything except continued misunderstanding, social strife and dhimmitude.[Read More]
Fifth Circuit Court Panel Finds Designation of Muslim Groups During Holy Land Foundation Trial as Unindicted Co-Conspirators In Error
October 24, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a still developing story a Fifth Circuit panel has determined that the government acted improperly in publicly naming the North American Islamic Trust, and apparently many other American Muslim organizations as unindicted co-conspirators during the hard fought Holy Land Foundation prosecution.
"According to the appeals ruling, the government acknowledged that not sealing the list was an oversight, and further said that by titling the list with the double designation "co-conspirator/joint venturer" it was not necessarily ascribing involvement in criminal activity to the listed groups." [source, http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/10/22/2741407/court-removes-coconspirator-tag-from-muslim-groups]
Politico quoting the decision:
"The [district] court held that NAIT's motion was properly filed and its Fifth Amendment right had been violated by its public naming," Appeals Court Judge Emilio Garza wrote for a unanimous panel including Judges Fortunato Benavides and Marcia Crone. "The Court held that the Government did not argue or establish any legitimate government interest that warranted publicly identifying NAIT and 245 other individuals and entities as unindicted coconspirators or joint venturers, and that the Government had less injurious means than those employed, such as anonymously designating the unindicted co-conspirators as 'other persons,' asking the court to file the document under seal, or disclosing the information to the defendants pursuant to a protective order." [source, Josh Gerstein, Judge: Feds violated U.S. Islamic group's rights, Politico, http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/1010/Judge_Feds_violated_Islamic_groups_rights.html]
It appears that none of the formerly listed groups were party to this lawsuit, though they could be positively affected by the ruling as this process goes forward.
Chief prosecutor in HLF - James Jacks - was not available for possible comment when contacted by Politico who broke the story.
It has been reported that the feds are mulling over their options regarding a possible appeal. The full implications of this decision are as yet undetermined, though it may well serve to cloud the taint that the former federal designation had on many prominent American Muslim groups.
The possibility that this decision will serve to rehabilitate the reputations of those named in the HLF attachment "A" is complicated by the following passage in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision, which clearly shows that the government erred not in characterizing the groups in the manner outlined in attachment "A", but that said document should not have been made public, rather than being sealed.
Moreover the ruling states that the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas had not violated NAIT's rights by failing to expunge its name from this attachment.
"Just as the context of a party's naming as a possible coconspirator is relevant to whether the naming was wrongful and whether it should be sealed, context is relevant to whether the naming of a party should be expunged. The allegations against NAIT were not raised in an indictment or in a factual resume offered during a plea proceeding, but rather in a Government brief in a fully contested case. Although NAIT appears to have been mentioned in anticipation of a possible Rule 801(d)(2)(E) dispute, no actual Rule 801(d)(2)(E) determination involving NAIT was ever made. It should be clear, therefore, that NAIT's inclusion in the brief was simply an untested allegation of the Government, made in anticipation of a possible evidentiary dispute that never came to pass. The allegation did not improperly enjoy the imprimatur of grand jury approval, nor was it erroneously conceded, implicitly or explicitly, as part of any plea. The allegation was offered in furtherance of a legitimate purpose, albeit a purpose that could have been equally well-served by filing Attachment A under seal. See United States v. Anderson , 55 F. Supp. 2d 1163, 1169 (D. Kan. 1999) ("The government clearly had a substantial interest in identifying these coconspirators for 801(d)(2)(E) purposes."). It is clear that the Government's procedural error, therefore, was its failure to file Attachment A under seal, not its decision to try to characterize the scope of the charged conspiracy or to lay the groundwork for relying on Rule 801(d)(2)(E). In light thereof, the district court did not abuse its discretion in declining to expunge the mention of NAIT in the newly sealed attachment...." [source, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Case No. 09-10875, http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov:8081/isysquery/irlad93/1/doc
German Chancellor Merkel - Multicultural Experiment Failed, Utterly
October 18, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Addressing a youth group representing Germany's Christian Democratic Union [CDU] in Potsdam, Germany [site of a disastrous 1945 post-war agreement between the United States, the UK and the Soviet Union, essentially granting the communist nation the right to occupy Eastern Europe in perpetuity] the German Chancellor became the first European leader to reject outright, the divisive ideology of multiculturalism.
Stating, "And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other... has failed, utterly failed," she listed the failures of the policy including a refusal to acculturate, a tendency for foreign immigrants, especially Muslims, to disproportionately take advantage of social welfare programs as well as becoming involved with criminal activity. [source, BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11559451 Merkel says German multicultural society has failed]
While proponents of multiculturalism were quick to deny the thrust of Merkel's speech, suggesting it reeked of xenophobia and that it has been exacerbated by the world-wide economic slowdown, the fact remains that the overwhelming majority of immigrants who obtained entrance to Germany as "guest workers," refuse to learn the language and embrace the nation's culture.
Horst Seehofer, who leads the CDU equivalent in Bavaria similarly has proclaimed "Multi-kulti dead." [source, BBC]
Going forward Merkel stated that as a basic principle, if an immigrant is not interested in learning the language and becoming German, then they are not wanted.[Read More]
Geert Wilders Exonerated, Prosecutors Say Not Guilty Of Anti-Muslim Discrimination
October 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an update on what has become a cause célèbre among defenders of freedom of expression in the West - Geert Wilders' prosecution by the Dutch government over his alleged discriminatory statements against Muslims, the online DutchNews.nl Wilders not guilty on all counts - Update states, "The public prosecution department on Friday afternoon stated that Geert Wilders is not guilty of discriminating against Muslims. Earlier on Friday it announced he should also be found not guilty of inciting hatred."
Wilders, leader of Netherlands' Freedom Party [Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV] has been threatened with death by Dutch Islamists, who claim that his many statements in opposition to Islam and the Qur'an, constitute hate speech which under certain constructions is a criminal offense in the country.
The trial has been closely followed stateside by many concerned about national security and the prospect of a European politician being jailed and/or fined for what amounts to "insulting Islam," a grave offense against Shari'a, Islamic law.
If Wilders had been found guilty, he could have faced a large fine and imprisonment for up to a year. This would have set a troubling precedent in a country which has almost literally been under siege by its rapidly growing Muslim population, most of whom originated in North Africa [primarily Morocco]. There is hardly a day when there aren't incidents of Muslims intimidating, mugging or committing other serious crimes against non-Muslim Dutch citizens and parts of Holland's major cities have been deemed "no-go" zones by the police, areas which have largely been ceded to the Islamists for fear of violent retaliation.
The decision to free Wilders was certainly political in that regardless of the prosecutors' statements, the firebrand politician does indeed seem to have violated the spirit of the law under which charges were brought.
This undoubtedly could cause futures problem for the besieged nation, arguably the most liberal in Europe, as the next "offender," to run afoul of what some have termed an Inquisition, may not be as prominent as Wilders and hence may not be able to command similar public support.
The implications of the trial are substantial throughout the West, including the United States where Shari'a proponents are constantly equating simple criticism of Muslims or Islam itself as constituting a hate crime.
Recently, domestic Islamist organizations including the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the landmark terror financing prosecution U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation] have been particularly active in alleging widespread American Islamophobia, in hopes of forcing U.S. legislation to be more in-line with Europe's widespread and onerous hate crime laws.
As has been noted on the pages numerous times, allegations of Islamophobia in the U.S. are a myth, as measured by FBI crime statistics which found only 123 incidents of "hate crimes" based upon religious discrimination against Muslims in its most recent reporting year. In the 2008 DOJ study, Jewish Americans were about 10 times as likely as Muslims to suffer similar incidents of religious discrimination. Even Christians suffered a greater incidence of such offenses. [see, CAIR Continues Big Lie Regarding "Hate Crimes" Committed Against Muslims - FBI Stats Prove That Widespread American Islamophobia Is Nonexistent][Read More]
CAIR Continues Big Lie Regarding "Hate Crimes" Committed Against Muslims
FBI Stats Prove That Widespread American Islamophobia Is Nonexistent
October 12, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Yesterday's CAIR email alert screams, "CAIR Launches Islamophobia Dept. at Sold-Out Banquet New Department to address 'alarming' rise in anti-Islam sentiment...A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization has announced the launch of a department devoted to addressing the alarming rise of Islamophobic sentiment in American society." [source, PRNewswire, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cair-launches-islamophobia-dept-at-sold-out-banquet-104707559.html]
This "prominent" group is none other than the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in America's key terror fundraising prosecution, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, et al. [see, Investigative Project on Terrorism, DOJ: CAIR's Unindicted Co-Conspirator Status Legit, http://www.investigativeproject.org/1854/doj-cairs-unindicted-co-conspirator-status-legit]
In U.S. vs. Holy Land, the defendants were found guilty on all of 108 charges. Among those convicted was Ghassan Elashi, the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR. He was already serving an 80 month sentence for a previous terror conviction.
Apparently content to further soil its already sordid reputation, once again CAIR is simply making it up as it goes along regarding Islamophobia and recent FBI crime stats prove it.
Below from the 2008 FBI hate crime report [source, FBI statistics, http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2008]
Anti-Other Religion 212
Anti-Multiple Religions, Group 67
Of the 123 crimes committed against Muslims because of their religion only 5 were aggravated - serious - assaults.
If we are to believe CAIR's allegations, the United States is awash in Islamophobia, to such an extent that everyday Muslim American's cower in their homes, fearful of their fellow non-Muslim fellow citizens.
That characterization is fabricated, because the FBI statistics prove one thing, that Islamophobia doesn't exist in America.
Looking at this another way.
The odds of being struck by lightning are approximately 1:750,000 [source, http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/medical.htm] making it about 4 times more likely in a typical year for an average U.S. citizen to be struck by bolt of electricity from the sky, than a Muslim has of becoming a crime victim because he or she is of the Islamic faith.
It is clear from the FBI figures that American Jews suffer nearly ten times the incidence of hate crimes as do Muslims, yet no responsible Jewish organization is claiming that the United States is an anti-Semitic country.
CAIR's act has worn exceedingly thin, at this point it is only propped up by elements of the leftist media and government agencies too cowardly to just say no to the organization's entreaties.
CAIR's perfidy in this matter in emblematic of actions it has taken since the group's inception, one must keep in mind that CAIR's DC national office was in part funded by the Holy Land Foundation, now recognized as a primary American funder of HAMAS.
That one image [sourced at The Investigative Project on Terrorism] says all one really needs to know about assessing the trustworthiness of the outlandish claims coming from CAIR's PR machine.[Read More]
Is WH On Brink Of Giving GITMO Terrorist Omar Khadr A Legal Break?
October 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to the Toronto Star [Behind-the-scenes negotiations in Khadr case] Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, charged with killing Sgt. Christopher Speer and injuring several of his comrades with a grenade in a 2002 fire fight in Afghanistan, might well be freed early in a pleas bargain which would demand that he serve 8 additional years.
At the time of the attack, Khadr was 15 years old.
Though his defense team stresses that he was impressed into service, Khadr [a Canadian citizen] has close familial ties to senior al-Qaeda leaders, his father Ahmed Said Khadr [killed in 2003] is reported to have been an al-Qaeda financier.
The White House - always reluctant to prosecute GITMO terror detainees - is believed to be under pressure from Canada and the UN, to deal with Khadr as if he was indeed a child soldier, forced at gun point into fighting against American forces in Afghanistan.
The New York Times - usually a reliable pro-defense bar voice in such matters - chimed in on the matter melodramatically, "After working for a year to redeem the international reputation of military commissions, Obama administration officials are alarmed by the first case to go to trial under revamped rules: the prosecution of a former child soldier whom an American interrogator implicitly threatened with gang rape." [source, U.S. Wary of Example Set by Tribunal Case]
Apparently in the eyes of the Times, the possibility of prison gang rape, overrides actions taken by Khadr on the field of battle. If accepted this would be a universal defense which would apply in any case where a defendant is facing a prison sentence.
The Canadian government has been rumored to also applying leverage to team Obama, though no one is yet willing to go on the record to that effect. [source, Toronto Star][Read More]
New Website - Defend Ground Zero - Highlights Candidates in Opposition to 911 Mosque
October 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Just recently launched [Defend Ground Zero] is hoped to function as the central information source whereby citizens can see where their elected officials and candidates for office stand on the controversial issue of imam Abdul Faisal Rauf's proposed building of a 13 story mega-mosque at Ground Zero.
Demonstrating strong bipartisan opposition to the project are figures as diverse as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, his hard-charging GOP opponent, Sharon Angle and House Minority Leader John Boehner, as well as notable private individuals such as former Federal Prosecutor Andy McCarthy and Frank Gaffney, Director of the Center for Security Policy.
The statement which the signatories have agreed to is one of principled opposition to the building of any mosque at the New York site of the September 11 Muslim terrorist attack.
"As a candidate for Congress, I join the majority of the American people in opposition to the proposed Ground Zero Mosque. It would be an affront, especially in this location, to those who perished in the worst attack ever launched against the homeland of the United States. All Americans have a right and an obligation to defend Ground Zero.
As November 2 approaches knowing where candidates for office stand on this serious national security issue is of importance to many and this new web resource should help the public become more aware of the threat posed by Islamism and its stealth jihad component, forced Shari'a compliance.[Read More]
Multicultural Attack on Truth - Soldier Ordered to Delete Ft. Hood Video
October 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a just breaking report by AP, under cross examination today, Pfc. Lance Aviles, acting on a direct order from his NCO, deleted two videos he had recorded during Maj. Nidal Hasan's murderous jihad at Ft. Hood on November 5, 2010. [source, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/oct/15/soldier-says-he-was-ordered-delete-fort-hood-video/]
The testimony is completely line with the military's ongoing effort to strip any connection between Islam and Hasan's [or any perp's] actions.
For example the official investigation was chaired by two retired Clinton appointees whose dedication to enforcing extreme multicultural policies and hiring quotas suggested a fix from the get go.
Those suspicions were borne out when the 86 page report [access full DOD report here, http://www.defense.gov/pubs/pdfs/DOD-ProtectingTheForce-Web_Security_HR_13Jan10.pdf] failed to mention any of the key words [Muslim, Islam, jihad. etc.] one might associate with an act perpetrated by an individual who apparently had business cards reading "soldier of Allah," printed on them.
This rush [pushed with startling abandon by team Obama, from the CIC to the DOD and DHS on down the line] to remove from our enemy's actions any suggestion of a possible Islamic religious motive, reflects this administration's unwillingness to name our Islamist adversaries. This is a critically serious threat to national security in that it places blinders on a defense establishment whose job it is to prevent further terrorist attacks.
The fact that such a harmful censoring of the truth as revealed in today's Section 32 hearing on Hasan, seems to now have assumed the status of a systemic and unapologetic practice should cause great pause when answering the question, "Is America secure?"[Read More]
Possible "Bacon Attack" on South Carolina Mosque - CAIR In High Dudgeon
October 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The 10/12 edition of the Council on American Islamic Relations email newsletter reports that a mosque in Florence, SC has allegedly been attacked by an unidentified party who used bacon as his weapon of choice, "...a prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for the defacement of a South Carolina mosque with bacon, a food prohibited to Muslims." [source, PR Newswire, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cair-south-carolina-mosque-defaced-with-bacon-104811934.html]
Though initially most people might simply dismiss the matter as another case of people having too much time on their hands, upon further investigation the back story here is quite serious.
The issue which the outrageous nature this Looney-Tune non-event masks, neatly encapsulates what many now understand to be among the most critical threats facing the United States - efforts by Islamists to make Western societies Shari'a compliant. In this case, equating even the most sophomoric supposed slights against Muslims with a serious violation of Shari'a, insulting Islam or its prophet.
It is this very thought process, that simply speaking ill of Islam is tantamount to insulting it, that has led to the invidious concept of thought or hate crime statutes.
While this process has played out most expansively in Europe, with numerous individuals facing both criminal as well as civil prosecution, this society is increasingly allowing itself to fall victim to that model.
The goal of the stealth jihadist [non violent devotees of political Islam] domestically is clear, to equate anything even vaguely critical of Islam as an act of Islamophobic hate, and criminalize such an offense. This does two things, it gives our adversaries the power to determine what constitutes an offense and it incorporates the enforcement of Islamic law into the woof and weave of this culture.
It is a measure of the extremist nature of the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, that the organization would allege that leaving a few strips of bacon on the sidewalk adjacent a mosque would rise to the level where local police would become involved. Yet this appears to be the case, calls to the Florence, SC police department have so far been unreturned.
To suggest that such an incident, assuming it did happen in the first place, should command the attention of the FBI is absurd but is fully in keeping with a key directive which Islamist organizations follow, that they incessantly beat the bushes in hopes of ginning up sympathy which might be used to override the genuine [but under the radar] threat posed by proponents of making the U.S. Shari'a compliant.
What local law enforcement [not to mention the FBI] must apparently be reminded of when dealing with this and similar kerfluffles is that this is the West, not some Middle Eastern theocratic dictatorship which broaches no dissent. If Christians are expected to endure crucifixes submersed in jars of urine being represented as art, then Muslim Americans had better develop an appreciation for the attributes of the society in which they live and don thicker skins.
Protest and vociferous political debate are vital components of a free and pluralistic democratic society. Those not comfortable with robust discussion and even heated disagreement demonstrate a lack of dedication to the basic mechanism that preserves liberty.
There are a myriad of societies outside the West where these norms are not respected and if enduring "bacon attacks" is somehow unacceptable to the likes of CAIR, there are regular one way flights out of this country to the hell holes of the world which can be taken advantage of for a nominal expenditure.[Read More]
Action Alert - Veto Of CA Health Bill [SB 853] Urged
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
October 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - SB 853, authored by the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, started out as a spot [meaning it was nothing] bill and when the budget got passed was quickly gutted and amended into a much more invasive bill setting up the funding for the state Health Department for next year. There has been no debate, no public hearing, no input into this bill which supports the burden of carrying out the Obama Care mandates within the state.
Though the Health Department budget would end up with $216 million in reductions, which should make any conservative happy, there are several agencies and activities within the state Health Department stable of agencies being funded with which we disagree. There are less than 15 days in which to write the Governor and urge him to veto the entire bill, which is our best course of action.
Here are some of the aspects of this bill with which we disagree:
1. It establishes a new crime of perjury [essentially undefined] within some state-mandated local programs. This means the courts could be even further clogged with cases and local expenditures.
2. Imposes new yearly fees and quality assurance programs on skilled nursing facilities and authorizes new federal funding and mandated standards of federally imposes care and procedures. These fees would go into a special fund which would be used to reward or punish those facilities for either compliance with federal mandates for quality assurance goals or punish those which do not meet standards through denial of bonuses and or referrals of patients.
a) It's the standards and outcomes of care that concern us because it could be here that the approval or denial of treatment could fall based on cost controls or worthiness of the patient for continued active medical attention.
3.The introduction of more federal money authorizing the feds to set controls, rewards and punishments for failure to comply with federal imposed standards.
A. While we would all like to be assured that patients receive quality care from competent care givers, we should be concerned about a further intrusion of federal control over state and local issues without any community input.
1. Page 159 of this 192 page bill (as of 10/08/10 amending), establishes the Family PACT program (Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment). This would enable the Family Planning section of the Health Department to run under the guidelines of the federal ObamaCare program through a series of waivers.
2. Family PACT is a conglomeration of community organizations distributing contraceptives to teens and adults and providing the referrals for abortion and education - so-called - programs on HIV.
3. Immunizations. It is the Dept. of Public Health communicable diseases program that is urging injections of Gardasil and Cervarix for students ages 9-16.
This is a very long and complicated bill. It makes almost 50 changes or amendments to the state codes governing Health and Safety Codes, Revenue and taxation, Insurance, Government, Civil, etc, and also amends in about 28 new sections to these codes. Ive probably only touched the surface.
All of these code changes would seem to be required in order to align California with the federal mandates contained in the ARRA Stimulus Funding and Obama Care demands, further setting the federal government as the determining factor in running this states health care programs.
This may be one of the greatest factors in assuring that Jerry Brown does not get the Governorship.[Read More]
Series of Polls Show Wide Public Support for GOP Pledge
October 12, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a just released Bloomberg poll, the trend of strong support for the GOP's "Pledge to America," seems to be rising.
The data presented by Bloomberg, is buttressed by other recent polls [Fox/Opinion Dynamics, McClatchy for example] which present similar findings of wide public support for the new GOP pledge.
"Three weeks before the midterm elections, Republicans maintain a position of strength due to the commitment of their supporters and the likelihood they will vote. The general Republican message of less spending, lower taxes and repeal of the health-care overhaul is connecting. Pluralities of those polled support overturning the health-care measure -- Obama's signature legislative accomplishment -- and back the "Pledge to America" that offers a road map for how Republicans would govern if they win congressional majorities..." [source, Bloomberg, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-12/republicans-proving-unpopular-with-voters-prepared-to-oppose-obama-in-poll.html]
If the sentiment expressed by these surveys is indicative of what appears to be a general dissatisfaction by voters with team Obama's policies [his personal popularity remains relatively high] then the predicted GOP electoral sweep will become a reality on November 2.[Read More]
Why Is DHS Working With The Discredited Council on American Islamic Relations?
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
October 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] in Pennsylvania is working together with the Department of Homeland Security to "help" them facilitate Hajj travel, especially regarding Muslims returning to the United States.
Hajj is the journey observant Muslims make to Mecca, the birthplace of Mohammed.
According to the Philadelphia CAIR website:
"This week, CAIR-PA staff met with Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection officers The homeland security officers have asked CAIR-PA to disseminate information to hajj travelers on how to make the process easier for everyone. In a couple of weeks, CAIR-PA will release a hajj travel guide focusing on returning to the U.S. without hassle CAIR-PA is pleased to have this partnership with the Department of Homeland Security as it enables positive representation for the Muslim community with airport security officials." [source, http://pa.cair.com/civil-rights/hs-hajj-travel/]
CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, the nation's largest terror funding trail. As a result of that prosecution the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR, Ghassan Elashi, was convicted and sentenced to 65 years in prison for being an accomplice to the sending of at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group HAMAS. Elashi was at the time of sentencing already serving an 80 month sentence on a previous terror conviction.
Note: In attempting to get the DHS take on this controversy we contacted its press office and were greeted by, "...you cannot leave a message because this mailbox is full..."
Yes today is Columbus Day, a minor holiday, but this is the DHS, the cabinet level agency which is principally charged with preventing domestic terrorism. This prompts the question, has Janet Napolitano's DHS worked out an agreement with our adversaries that they will observe our holidays, or is this simply another example of dysfunction at DHS?[Read More]
North African Al-Qaeda Affiliate Demands Reversal of French Burqa Ban
North African Al-Qaeda Affiliate Demands Reversal of French Burqa Ban
October 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Demonstrative of a desire to advance Shari'a [Islamic law] compliance in the West, the North African terrorist group al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, AQIM has demanded that France's newly established ban on extreme Islamic dress for women [the burqa, a full body covering] be immediately reversed as a precondition for releasing 5 Frenchmen and 2 Africans captured by the group last month.
Additionally AQIM has demanded the freeing of various Islamist prisoners being held by the country.
While the issue of resisting Shari'a compliance should be a key aspect of the war on terror, unfortunately Western governments are entirely too much in the thrall of the multiculturalists to be move against these supposed "peaceful" actions by domestic Islamist groups.
Chief practitioners of these effort are the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] and the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] in the United States and in the UK, the Muslim Council of Britain which are engaged in a well funded and highly aggressive stealth jihad aimed at forcing Western governance into accepting the harsh elements of Islamic justice, knowing that is a back door method of legal subversion.
France has distinguished itself among European democracies as arguably having the best understanding of the threat that encroaching Shari'a represents and the new law reflects this sensibility.
On the other side, Britain has gone to great lengths to assuage its restive Muslim population with such accommodations as establishing over 50 Shari'a courts in the country which have been given full authority to adjudicate family law matters for British Muslims.
Rather than making England more secure however, these efforts to assuage the Islamists has only emboldened them, with recent anti-terror arrests and increasing threats in the country being indicative of the policy's failure.[Read More]
Border Closures, Sure Sign Pakistan Is Not an Ally in War on Terror
Border Closures, Sure Sign Pakistan Is Not an Ally in War on Terror
October 5, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The recent closing of key roads in Pakistan which are lifelines really, used to transport supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan is merely the latest sign that the Islamist nation is more foe than friend.
As we noted in Stratfor Afghan Study - Pakistan and the U.S. Exit From Afghanistan - Deeply Flawed "Hearing the juxtaposing of the phrase American ally and Pakistan in the same sentence should provoke serious concern among those interested in seeing this war concluded on grounds favorable to U.S. interests rather than to our Islamist adversaries."
Nothing proves this more than the Pak government's unwillingness/inability to stop the series of attacks being mounted against NATO supply lines. These developments seem to play into the narrative being given greater exposure by the new Bob Woodward book, Obama's Wars, which details the relationship between Pakistan's ISA and the country's jihadists, especially the Haqqani network.
That this might come as news to many DC types but is old fodder for those who have closely followed the rise and nurturing of the Haqqani network.[Read More]
Influential Anti-Islam Politician Geert Wilders Causes Taliban Leader to Threaten Holland
By EMERSON VERMAAT
October 4, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Wali ur-Rehman, a senior Taliban commander in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas, recently issued a direct threat against the Netherlands and the Dutch people. "The Dutch government is on a dangerous course," he was quoted on Friday, October 1, in the Dutch TV program RTL4 News. "Therefore, we will teach them a lesson and they will pay a price because of recent anti-Islam laws." A direct threat to stage terrorist attacks in Holland. Obviously, Taliban terrorist leaders are following closely what is happening both in Europe and Holland.
In February, the ruling Dutch Labor Party caused a cabinet crisis over Dutch military presence in Afghanistan. Their Christian Democatic coalition partners wanted the Dutch army to stay there. However, the Labor Party, a member of the Socialist International, insisted on withdrawal of all the troops, and consequently, the coalition government of Christian Democrats, Labor and the leftist Christian Union Party (CU), which sided with the Christian Democrats, fell. The Taliban publicly congratulated Dutch Labor Party politicians for their decision. The Dutch were the first to withdraw unilaterally from Afghanistan. It was a victory for Al-Qaeda and the Taliban who hoped that others would soon follow the Dutch example.
Why did Wali ur-Rehman recently threaten a small country like the Netherlands? Last June, there were parliamentary elections in Holland. There were two victors, the conservative Liberal Party VVD led by Mark Rutte and the anti-Islam Freedom Party PVV led by Geert Wilders. The Christian Democratic Party CDA led by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende lost the elections. The Christian Democrats then selected a new party leader: Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen, a fairly conservative politician. Several attempts to form a new coalition government failed, partly because neither Rutte nor Verhagen really wanted the Labor Party to return to power. The Labor Party leader's conditions were unacceptable to them.
It was in January and February that Verhagen seriously clashed with the intransigent Labor Party over the Dutch military mission in Afghanistan. Verhagen, NATO and the Obama administration were strong proponents of extending that successful yet unpopular mission. However, Labor Party leader and Finance Minister Wouter Bos flatly opposed it for silly electoral reasons. There would be municipal elections early March and the social democrats weren't doing well in the polls.
After the parliamentary elections in June, the only way out seemed to be an attempt to form a minority government consisting of VVD and CDA, having tolerance support of Wilders' Freedom Party PVV. On September 30, Rutte, Verhagen and Wilders finally presented a "Coalition Agreement" between VVD and CDA, Wilders pledged to tolerate the new government in a separate "Tolerance Agreement." Wilders emphasized that the future coalition government would take mauses to curb immigration and "Islamization." "We want the Islamization to be stopped," he said. These remarks were well noted by a leading Taliban commander named Wali ur-Rehman operating in far away Waziristan. He immediately threatened the Dutch with retaliation (terrorrist attacks, and the like). What he said was taken seriously by the National Coordinator for Terrorism in The Hague.
Rutte and Verhagen do not endorse Wilders' view of Islam ("a totalitarian ideology, not a religion"), but both of them are in favor of curbing mass immigration from non-Western countries.
Is Geert Wilders a Fascist?
In the past few weeks many prominent CDA members as well as three former CDA prime ministers (Dries van Agt, Ruud Lubbers and Piet de Jong) have voiced their opposition to the talks with PVV leader Wilders, and his prominent role in the Tolerance Agreement. (For some reason, van Agt now fanatically embraces Palestinan causes, whereas Foreign Minister Verhagen tends to side with Israel.) Two members of the CDA parliamentary party, Kathleen Ferrier (originally from Surinam) and Ad Koppejan, also frequently voiced their opposition to Wilders' role. VVD, PVV and CDA have 76 of the 150 parliamentary seats, so any CDA parliamentarian who chooses to distance himself or herself from the future government, is in a position to topple it, unless other small parties would vote against such a dramatic step. The two representatives from the conservative Christian SGP have already announced they would not join the opposition if that were to happen. Just like Wilders, they, too, take tough positions on immigration and "Islamization."
There was a major CDA party conference on Saturday, October 2. Nearly two-thirds (68 %) of the CDA members present endorsed party leader Verhagen's agreements with the VVD and the PVV, 32 % opposed them. Among those who voiced their opposition was the pro-Palestinian Dries van Agt, a former prime minister and justice minister.
Some of Wilders' opponents claim he is a Fascist. They compared him to former Dutch Nazi collaborator Anton Mussert and his "NSB party" (Rick Daudi), others called him "mad Geert" (Maarten van Rossem) or "Mussolini."
Until he was murdered in May 2002, Dutch writer and politician Pim Fortuyn was equally demonized as "Mussolini" by Jan Blokker, another Dutch columnist. "Another ten polls, and Pim Fortuyn is definitely the Mussolini of the 21st century." Anti-immigration politician Fortuyn was about to win the parliamentary elections in May 2002. Fortuyn wrote a bestseller against the "Islamization of our culture." Like Mussolini he was bald-headed, but he was not a Fascist at all. Fortuyn hated Hitler, Mussolini and the Fascists and loved Israel and the Jews.
Eight years later, Blokker wrote a column, quoting Sebastian Haffner's book "Von Bismarck zu Hitler": "In 1932, National-Socialists presented themselves as populist leftists." Does this refer to Geert Wilders who not only pursues an anti-immigration and anti-Islam agenda but also embraced (and still embraces) some typical leftist social-economic issues?
Jan Blokker, who died one day after the above mentioned column had been published, was a rather authoritarian and disagreeable person himself. During the Cold War, he did not seem to like East European dissidents who courageously opposed communist regimes. Instead, Blokker and his ilk flirted with the Palestinian "El-Fatah" movement. A Jewish man named van Praag complained about a biased TV report on Israel in January 1968. Dutch journalist Dick Verkijk heard how Blokker then made the following anti-Semitic remark: "Yes, van Praag, what do you expect? The name says it all."
Dutch columnist Renate Rubinstein once criticized Blokker for joking about Cambodian mass murderer Pol Pot who in Blokker's view "sent townpeople to the countryside to recreate." Just to recreate? It was plain genocide in the infamous "killing fields." Pol Pot, a pro-Chinese communist, was Cambodia's Heinrich Himmler.Back in the 1970s Western liberals and politically naive liberal religious leaders could not imagine that Asian communists could be turned into mass murderers. Some of these liberals even flirted with Maoism and praised Mao's bloody "Cultural Revolution." I still remember a press conference in the headquarters of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva where I posed an important question to Dr. Philip Potter, a Jamaican pastor who was then the WCC's General Secretary. I asked him if he could comment on recent reports in the French press about mass killings in Cambodia. Potter refused to condemn the Cambodian "Khmer Rouge" atrocities, emphasizing that it is the West that is to be blamed first.
Another vocal leftist in Holland is sociologist Geert Mak. He is author of the historical study "In Europe" and does not hesitate to link Wilders to "National Socialism." Between 1970 and 1972 Mak was active in the fiercely anti-American "Pacifist-Socialist Party" (PSP). The party's 1971 election poster showed a nude woman, obviously an attempt to attract dirty minded male voters.
Geke van Velzen, an Amsterdam city council member for the Labor Party, called the future CDA-VVD coalition cabinet tolerated by Wilders' PVV "a brown coalition." "Brown," of course, refers to the notorious Nazi "brown shirts" in the 1920s and 1930s. It is rather strange that those who blame Geert Wilders for insulting others and are advocates of suing him in court for hate speech, do not hesitate themselves to insult Wilders and the more than one million PVV voters. Even some of those CDA members who are vehemently opposed to Wilders, claim he is a Nazi or a Fascist. At a major CDA party conference in Arnhem, the Netherlands, on October 2, a rather hysterical man shouted into the microphone: "The color of this coalition agreement is brown and brown stinks! We will never surrender! I am against it, against it, against it!"
Twittering on the internet Gerda Dijksman, a female police chief in Holland, called Wilders' party the "Fascist PVV." Dijksman is a former member of parliament for the Labor Party. Police chiefs should stay out of politics, should they not? Let them focus on crime instead.
All these allegations, of course, are outrageous. Wilders is neither a Nazi nor a Fascist and the PVV voters and MP's are not Nazi "brown shirts" either. Wilders and the PVV claim that the Judeo-Christian-humanistic tradition is vital to the survival of the West. Therefore, he is not an anti-Semite. But Hitler and the Nazis did hate the Jews and advocated a policy of genocide. Although they did not always say it publicly, many Nazis also hated the Christian tradition. Instead, they glorified Germany's pagan past ("Heidentum") when the Germans defeated the Roman armies. The Nazis claimed that the so-called "Aryan race" was superior.
Yet, leading Nazis (Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels and Eichmann among them) formed alliances with radical "non-Aryan" Muslims who also pursued a genocidal anti-Semitic agenda. I wrote two books on this subject (in 2008 and 2010). My books were quoted by Martin Bosma, an influential PVV member of parliament, whose book "De schijn-élite van de valse munters" was published at the end of September. In a chapter on "The New Nazis" Bosma correctly points out that "Islamic anti-Semitism" is posing a serious threat today. He mentions the case of a Dutch Jew named Eli Bouscher who addressed a meeting in a Dutch school. The hall was filled with young Dutch Muslims. One of them asked how many Jews there are in the world. "About 15 million," somebody replied. " "That's 15 million too many," somebody else said. Many of those who were present in that hall applauded this anti-Semitic statement. And for some reason nobody protested.
The Nazis and the Fascists enjoyed and employed violence and intimidated political opponents by mobilizing paramilitary formations. Indeed, after they came to power they formed a new and efficient oppression apparatus (secret police, etc.). Wilders and the PVV can in no way be compared with German Nazism or Italian Fascism and inherent practices of brutal intimidation and oppression. We may not agree with everything Wilders says, but he never ever advocated violence as a method to achieve his political objectives. On the contrary, radical Muslims want to kill him just as they killed that other Dutch critic of Islam Theo van Gogh on November 2, 2004.
These radical Muslims, and not Wilders or the PVV, are today's real Fascists. People like Taliban commander Wali ur-Rehman, Al-Qaeda's Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and, last but not least, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Bin Laden once publicly said that the Jews must be killed. Ahmadinejad invited neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers to a Holocaust deniers conference in Tehran in December 2005. A former marxist "Red Army Faction" terrorist named Horst Mahler who later converted to the neo-Nazi cause, was also invited by Ahmadinejad, but the German government temporarily and wisely withdrew his passport to block him from traveling to Tehran. Mahler commented: "The Holocaust is the biggest lie in history."
Wilders on Trial in Amsterdam
Wilders' opponents want the Amsterdam court to convict the PVV leader for "hate crimes" and "insulting Muslims." Wilders advocates prohibition of the Koran by a comparison with Hitler's anti-Semitic book "Mein Kampf." He says Islam is a totalitarian ideology just like Nazism and Communism once was. However, Wilders also repeatedly emphasized that he is not against those Muslims who fully integrate into Dutch society.
The Wilders Trial in Amsterdam took a dramatic turn on Monday morning (October 4), the first day of the trial, after Wilders had invoked his right to silence. On the basis of unspecified media reports presiding judge J.W. Moors suggested that Wilders is good in putting forward a position, yet it is being said that he subsequently avoids discussion. "It looks as if you are doing the same right now," Moors said. Wilders' defense lawyer Bram Moszkowicz then challenged the judges' impartiality. "The right of silence is a fundamental right," Moszkowicz said. "Wilders does not avoid discussions in parliament," Moszkowicz said in court. "After the 'Fitna' film he sent many invitations to debate the film with him." By suggesting that Wilders avoids any debate even right now in the court room, the judges give the impression of not being impartial, it is their (biased) interpretation of media reports, Moszkowicz claimed.
Before the trial began, Wilders and Moszkowicz emphasized that what is really at stake here is the fundamental right of freedom of expression. Wilders is a prominent politician and politicians should be allowed to freely voice their opinion on a variety of political issues, Moszkowicz claims. Moszkowicz and Geert-Jan Knoops, a Dutch expert on penal law, further point out that previous European Court of Human Rights' rulings make it unlikely that Wilders will be convicted. The rulings of the European Court supersede verdicts passed by domestic Dutch courts.
Another Dutch legal expert, Guido Breedveldt Boer, wrote that is not proper to silence a parliamentarian by prosecuting him. "That would totally conflict with the idea of the separation of powers." It is also essential to take into account that Wilders' statements could be interpreted by the court as "contributions to the public debate." As long as no one is being insulted personally on the basis of religion, we should not resort to the means of prosecuting people, Breedveldt Boer, argues.
Emerson Vermaat, a law graduate, is an investigative reporter in the Netherlands. He is author of the 400 page study "Heinrich Himmler en de cultus van de dood" ("Heinrich Himmler and the cult of death"), Aspekt Publishers, the Netherlands, 2010.
RTL4 Nieuws (Dutch TV), October 1, 2010 (7:30 p.m. ). ("Talibanleider bedreigt Nederland"). Video on internet.
www.vk.tv, October 3, 2010 ("Gekke Geert", "Vervang 'Wilders' door 'Mussert' en 'PVV' door 'NSB' ")
Hoeiboei.blogspot.com, September 29, 2010 ("Over Ybo Burema contra Geert Wilders").
René Marres, De aanvallen op Pim Fortuyn en Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Soesterberg: Uitgeverij Aspekt, 2006), p. 17 (Jan Blokker: "Nog tien (peilingen), en Pim Fortuyn is definitief de Mussolini van de 21ste eeuw geworden.")
NRC Next, July 5, 2010, p. 18 (Jan Blokker: Joseph Goebbels en Walter Ulbricht). Quote from Haffner on the Nazis: "In 1932 lieten zij zich vooral van hun 'linkse' populistische kant zien."
NRC Handelsblad (Amsterdam/Rotterdam), June 13, 2009 ("PVV schuift naar links over economie"); NRC Handelsblad, October 2, 2010, p. 18 ("In sociaal opzicht is dit een erg links kabinet").
Dick Verkijk, Van pantservuist tot pantservest. Zestig jaar (on)journalistieke ervaringen (Nieuwegein/Soesterberg: Aspekt Publishers, 1997), p. 113 ("De modieuze linksigheid was toen bij de VPRO al uitgebroken onder het regime-Jan Blokker. Daar paste het gedoe met Oost-Europese intellectuelen niet in."), p. 281 (El Fatah; van Praag), 282-285 (Jan Blokkker against dissidents in Eastern Europe).
Piet Hagen, Villamedia Magazine (Amsterdam), July 30, 2010, p. 29. "Renate Rubinstein hekelde ooit in Vrij Nederland de grappen van bourgeois satisfait Blokker over de Cambodjaanse dictator Pol Pot, die de mensen de stad uitstuurde om te recreëren op het platteland dat ging wel over de killing fields."
Historisch Nieuwsblad, juli/augustus 2010, p. 21. Geert Mak: "Wilders vindt het nationale socialisme opnieuw uit."
De Telegraaf (Amsterdam), September 19, 2010, p. 1, 3 ("'Bruin 1' wekt woede bij VVD'ers").
Dutch TV, October 2, 2010. The party conference was broadcast live on Dutch TV. "De kleur van deze coalitie is bruin en bruin stinkt! We will never surrender. Tegen! Tegen! Tegen!"
De Telegraaf, September 2, 2010, p. 3 ("Dijksman twittert door over Wilders").
Emerson Vermaat, Heinrich Himmler en de cultus van de dood (Soesterberg: Aspekt Publishers, 2010), p. 131-177. Himmler on Islam: "A practical sympathetic and religion for soldiers." Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels agreed.
Martin Bosma, De schijn-élite van de valse munters (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, 2010), p. 270. I met Mr. Bosma several times and know him as a fierce opponent of Nazism and Fascism. He presented his book to Mickel Aziz, a former Iraqi asylum-seeker and a Christian. Aziz's current employer, the Amsterdam municipal transport company GVB, forbade him as a streetcar conductor, to visibly wear the Christian cross. "Yet, the same company provides headscarves also clearly a religious symbol to Muslim female streetcar conductors," Mr. Aziz told me when I met him on September 29, 2010. He and other Christian Arabs are quite worried about what they perceive as the gradual "Islamization" of Holland.
De Telegraaf, October 2, 2010, p. TA1 ("Het gaat om veel meer dan Geert"). Bram Moszkowicz, Wilders' defense lawyer. Als quotes form Geert-Jan Knoops.
Guido Breedtveld Boer, Wilders hoort niet voor de rechter, in: NRC Handelsblad, October 2, 2010, p. 5 ("Opinie en Debat").[Read More]
Tariq Ramadan, Grandson of Muslim Brotherhood Founder, Keynotes - Unindicted Co-Conspirator CAIR - Banquet
Tariq Ramadan, Grandson of Muslim Brotherhood Founder, Keynotes - Unindicted Co-Conspirator CAIR - Banquet
October 1, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Tariq Ramadan, the son of [now deceased] Said Ramadan, former Secty. General of the World Islamic Council [source, http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05193/536684.stm] and grandson of Hassan Al Banna [see, Wiki bio, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariq_Ramadan] the 1928 founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, is headlining the 16th Annual CAIR Banquet on October 9.
According to the Weekly Standard, it was Said Ramadan who was the likely author of the Muslim Brotherhood's ambitious plan to topple Western democracies, variously called, "the Plan" or "the Project." [Link to doc here An Explanatory MemorandumOn the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America. The document was entered into evidence in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, America's most important terror funding prosecution.
"Said Ramadan was one of the most important Islamist thinkers of the 20th century. He is probably the author of "The Project," a 14-page document dated 1982 found by the Swiss secret service in 2001. "The Project" is a roadmap for installing Islamic regimes in the West by propaganda, preaching, and if necessary war." [source, http://www.weeklystandard.com/content/public/articles/000/000/012/800naxnt.asp]
CAIR is a notorious Islamist organization which practices stealth jihad while claiming moderation. It was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the above noted U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation prosecution which resulted in all defendants being found guilty on 108 charges.
"Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich sent the letter last month to four members of Congress who asked for details last fall on how CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror-finance trial against the Holy Land Foundation and its former officials." [source, Investigative Project,http://www.investigativeproject.org/1854/doj-cairs-unindicted-co-conspirator-status-legit]
As if associating CAIR with a HAMAS funding trial wasn't enough, one of those convicted in Holy Land was Ghassan Elashi, the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR, he was already serving a long sentence for a previous terror conviction.
Among those to be honored [appropriately] at the CAIR event, "a lifetime achievement award will be presented to noted journalist Helen Thomas..." [source, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tariq-ramadan-to-keynote-cair-annual-banquet-on-oct-9-102360519.html]
CAIR's 2008 Banquet featured some unexpected entertainment, attorney "David Yerushalmi arranged for them publicly to be served with legal notice of the claim alleging a staff member improperly represented himself as a lawyer." [source WND, http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=82025].[Read More]