PipeLineNews Archives: November 2010

Julian Assange Continues To Wage Cyber-War On U.S. Foreign Policy, Obama Shoots Hoops

November 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On August 19 we posted the following [see, Wikileak - Why isn't Julian Assange in Custody? Where is Team Obama's Outrage?]:

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.

Question: Why aren't extradition proceedings being brought against him?

Question: Where is Eric Holder's vaunted Justice Department?

Question: Where is CIC Obama's outrage?

Question: Where is the media's curiosity?

We concluded, responding to these rhetorical questions, that, "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."

Unfortunately nothing has changed in the interim, despite the totally unprecedented torrent of leaks, which show no sign of going away.

And team Obama's response?

Fevered calls to individuals and state players who have been harmed by this process, begging for understanding.

But understanding is not what's called for here - one wonders why any leader would accept Obama's apology given his continued dereliction of duty in this matter, allowing these leaks to develop into a chronic event as if it was the stuff of a television game show...name that spy?

Assange will continue to wreak havoc until he is stopped. At best he belongs in jail, at worst?

Use your imagination.

Fact: The NSA could fry Wiki's servers...if they got the direction from the CIC, a capability shared by probably a dozen federal agencies. This would be the least invasive and controversial procedure available that would be effective, at least short term, and one which is at least 90 days overdue.

So we again ask the question: Mr. Obama, why isn't Julian Assange in custody, when are you going to man up?

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Wikileak - Why isn't Julian Assange in Custody? Where is Team Obama's Outrage?

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.

Question: Why aren't extradition proceedings in motion against him?

Question: Where is Eric Holder's vaunted Justice Department?

Question:Where is CIC Obama's outrage?

Question:Where is the media's curiosity?

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]

Mr. Holder continues to show far more outrage over Arizona's Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio than over this extraordinarily serious breach of U.S. national security.

Considering the sheer volume of information that has been maliciously outed and the obvious danger it puts U.S. intelligence resources one might imagine that by now, Congress would be abuzz with special investigations and that fed investigators would be combing the last known whereabouts of Mr. Assange [Sweden] desperately attempting to stop further disclosure.

But it's not going to happen for the simple reason that Mr. Assange is really kith and kin to Mr. Obama, Holder and most of the significant players in this WH. They are brothers in the same ideological army and with this bunch at least, ideology trumps everything.

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Another Somali Immigrant Busted For Terror Attempt - Christmas Tree Bomb Plot

November 27, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Friday evening Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a 19 year-old naturalized American citizen of Somali descent, was arrested in Portland, Oregon by federal authorities after attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb.

The Muslim immigrant was snared in an elaborate sting operation which had been in operation for months.

According to FBI Special Agent in charge Arthur Balizan, "The threat was very real...Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale." [source, http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/11/27/us/AP-US-Portland-Car-Bomb-Plot.html?_r=1&hp]

Somali immigrants, brought to the United States under a special State Department political refugee program, have proven extraordinarily problematic since their arrival. Over a dozen are thought to have returned to Somalia to engage in jihad with one of them thought to have become the first American suicide bomber in that country.

Additionally the refugees [who have essentially been dumped on unsuspecting communities] have been involved in numerous labor actions, represented by domestic Islamist organizations, in which they demanded unreasonable accommodation for their religious beliefs [in the case of Muslim taxi drivers at Minneapolis airport, going so far as refusing to pick-up passengers who were carrying bottles of wine and other alcoholic beverages].

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Death Of European Free Speech - Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff's "Anti-Islam" Trial To Commence Tomorrow In Vienna

November 22, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Tomorrow morning, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff will stand trial in Vienna, Austria, accused of violating Europe's onerous "hate speech," thought control statutes.

Sabaditsch-Wolff has been accused of fomenting hatred against the Continent's Muslims, primarily by quoting verbatim from the Qur'an. If convicted she could face a stiff fine as well as prison time.

The trial has caused quite a stir among conservative defenders of free speech but has garnered almost no coverage from a complicit Western press.

As noted wag Pat Condell observed regarding this spectacle, "Europe today is a shining example of how to piss in your own drinking water..."

That the trial should commence in Vienna, once a city noted for its laissez faire liberalism and free thinking, is especially noteworthy and tragic, having been the scene of an epic battle marking the beginning of the end of the Muslim Ottoman Empire - the siege of Vienna in 1529 - in which the Islamists were repulsed. The battle began a nearly 200 year effort to repulse the Muslim jihad which culminated in the famous naval battle of Lepanto [1689] in which the Turks were defeated in an effort led by Pope Innocent XI and Europe's Christian princes.

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UK Muslim Schools Teaching Violent Wahhabi Curriculum

By BEILA RABINOWITZ

November 22, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As part of an investigation by the British show Panorama, an undercover student discovered that an Islamic school was teaching a Saudi Arabian curriculum supporting Shari'a's tenth century judicial code including the killing of homosexuals, amputations for theft and anti- Semitism.

According to the BBC, "As Panorama has discovered, a network of more than 40 weekend Saudi schools have been offering to teach the Saudi national curriculum to Muslim children in the UK and some of it is very extreme indeed. [including] Text books teach school children about the correct way to chop off the hands and feet of thieves...It tasks pupils to spell out the "reprehensible qualities" of Jews. It explains that the penalty for sodomy is execution - possibly by being thrown off a cliff - and that Zionists are plotting to take over the world for Jews." [source, BBC News, http://news.bbc.co.uk/panorama/hi/front_page/newsid_9216000/9216012.stm]

The Saudi schools have been in operation for 30 years and until now have escaped scrutiny because they aren't required to register with the Brit's Department of Education.

This may now change as a result of Panorama's expose. The segregation of Muslims schools in the UK and potential for radicalization of students has long been a cause for concern and the Education Secretary is in the process of reviewing the entire school inspection system.

The article also stated that Muslim parents are increasingly turning to these hard line religious schools in order to "preserve the Islamic ethos of their offspring and to shield them from western influence." [source, BBC]

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Will Pakistani Asia Bibi Be Murdered Because Of Her Christianity Regardless Of Trial Outcome?

November 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As reported on these pages [see, Will "Peaceful" Muslims In Pakistan Kill Christian Mom?, https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=asia1117101%2Ehtm] Pakistan and other Muslim majority countries routinely use Shari'a based blasphemy laws as a method of suppressing Christian minorities.

Now with the world taking note of Ms. Bibi's plight, the question remains whether "street justice," fomented by local imams, will still claim her life even if she is exonerated from the charge of blasphemy which has resulted in her imprisonment since July.

The question is by no means academic and goes to the heart of the debate, now raging in Europe and America, as to whether Islam will ever be compatible with Western values?

As related by the July 24 edition of the Pakistan Christian Post [see, http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/viewnews.php?newsid=1643] this very fate befell two Christian brothers [Rashid Emmanuel - pastor of a Christian congregation - and Sajjid Emmanuel] in Pakistan who had just been released after having been officially cleared on blasphemy charges.

"...more than three thousand Muslims came out of homes on call of Imamas from mosques surrounding Warispura Christian colony and opened fire on innocent Christians at night of July 19, 2010, when Emmanuel Brothers were gunned down at noon, same day..."

As is sometimes the case in Muslim majority countries, the leadership might, though being less doctrinaire on strictly enforcing Shari'a, still be unable or unwilling to prevent travesties such as that which took place in the case of the Emanuel brothers and now which threatens Asia Bibi

Thus the fact remains that despite claims to the contrary - suggesting the universally accommodative nature of Islam - as it is often practiced in streets around the globe, the common understanding among many Muslims is that non-conformance with the tenets of Islam must be punished by death.

If any sanity is to be injected into the ridiculous dog and pony show of non-Muslim/Muslim "interfaith" engagement, Western Muslim apologists must be forced to confront this fact as they advance the canard that only a few "pervert" what is at its core a peaceful religion.

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NATO Runs From Afghanistan

November 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - NATO's highest ranking civilian official, Mark Sedwill has expressed displeasure with a recent statement by Afghan president Karzai in which he called for a drawdown of military forces in the country terming it, "not helpful." [see, Peter Spiegel and James Blitz ,Karzai Remarks Not Helpful Says NATO, Financial Times, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f6a58a82-f403-11df-886b-00144feab49a.html#axzz15kzljuA8]

There's no doubt that such statements can harm a war effort [see, Petraeus' Disagreement Is With Obama, Not Karzai, https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=petraeus111510%2Ehtm] but blaming Karzai ignores the more fundamental problem which is that both president Obama and NATO have already gone considerably farther than Karzai, NATO declaring this week that it wanted to be out of Afghanistan by 2014 and team Obama already having stated that it wants to start the American withdrawal by next summer.

As the Rolling Stones said, "But what can a poor boy do?"

Karzai, sees that both America and NATO have already written his country off, making the Taliban and its Pakistani and Iranian backers more powerful every day. This has predictably resulted in Karzai mending fences in order to prepare for the day when he and the Afghan people are on their own, with nothing between them and the imposition of a vengeful Shari'a but promises from the guy who pulled the plug in the first place.

For the first time, M1 Abrams battle tanks are on their way to Helmand province, most likely an attempt to salvage what remains of the failed summer offensive there. This is an ominous sign 9 years into this conflict. Team Obama has found that it has no idea how to run, let alone win a war, making the increased firepower probably more a function of preventing the humiliation of being driven out of Afghanistan than anything else.

Such a rout would not be attributable to any lack of bravery or military prowess on the part of our troops, it would be rather, a reflection of this president failing to pass muster as Commander in Chief. If he fails here, a very real possibility, it will irredeemably harm our ability to combat Islamic terrorism throughout the world. In a larger sense it would signify the crumbling of America as the remaining super power.

While that doesn't seem to be a big concern for Obama, the second half of his term will in large part be seen in the spotlight of this potential disaster whether he comprehends it now or not.

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Ghailani Meltdown, Curtains For Obama Policy Of Prosecuting Terrorists As Criminals?

November 18, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Yesterday Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, 36, was convicted on a single charge of conspiracy [on a 284 count indictment] to destroy property owned by the U.S. government, in this case our Kenyan embassy which was destroyed in an al-Qaeda bombing plot.

224 individuals were killed in the massive August 8, 1998 explosion, including 12 Americans. The attack took place on the same day that the U.S. embassy in Tanzania was attacked. The twin bombings injured approximately 5,000, most of them Africans.

Lewis Kaplan, a 1994 Harvard trained Clinton appointee, presided over the case. Kaplan made what many consider an ill-considered decision in which he refused to permit perhaps the key prosecution witness to testify, because his whereabouts had been obtained from Ghailani under what might have been enhanced interrogation.

The failure to convict Ghailani is being seen as a major setback for team Obama and a rejection of the administration's policy of prosecuting terrorists as criminals. The first casualty of this decision will probably be AG Holder's announced decision to try 911 ringleader and confessed terrorist Khalid Sheik Mohammed in an American courtroom. Instead, doing a 180 on his 2008 campaign pledge to close GITMO, Obama will most likely be forced to keep KSM there indefinitely because of his threat as a clear a present danger to national security.

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New Chair Of U.S. Conference Of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Timothy Dolan A Conservative? You've Got To Be Kidding

By WILLIAM MAYER

November 17, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - One must always be suspect when a leftist media source [in this case the big enchilada herself, the Gray Lady] dubs someone a conservative because that political philosophy is is anathema to everything for which the NY Times stands. As a result, such designations are at best self serving, at worst mendacious efforts to skew the terms of the policy debate.

"The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York to be its president on Tuesday in a surprise move that reaffirmed the conservative direction of the Roman Catholic Church in America." [source, Laurie Goodstein, Dolan Chosen as President of U.S. Bishops' Group, New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/us/17bishops.html]

And such is the case here; while Archbishop Dolan is probably a very nice individual and a competent cleric, his stand on immigration for example places him far to the left politically.

In an April writing [see, http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=36322] entitled, "Immigration Reform, Here We Go Again," his viewpoint is doctrinaire leftist and so anti-traditional that it alone should bar him from holding any position of responsibility within the Catholic Church.

Throughout this essay he intentionally conflates the term "illegal alien" with "legal immigrant." He does this artlessly, setting it forth as a given, an assumed fact not in evidence, "Throughout American history, whenever there is tension and turmoil in society - economic distress, political rifts, war, distrust and confusion in culture - the immigrant unfailingly becomes the scapegoat."

What follows is the boilerplate of the multiculti warrior; vapid, smug and supremely unmindful of the consequences of not recognizing borders, the core belief which drives the radical illegal immigration lobby.

What we find particularly galling when men such as the Archbishop weigh in so absurdly, is his lack of recognition that without defensible and defended borders, the very concept of a nation state is rendered meaningless.

Dolan and the lefty gang which has over the last 100 years hijacked Catholicism claim absolute authority to define who can become a Catholic. For example one can't be a Catholic without accepting the Creed, part of which is, "We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ...we believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting, Amen."

This is as it should be, Catholic prelates should properly define what a Catholic is, yet they deny to the civil authority in the U.S., the right to determine what citizenship means, who is legal who is illegal.

Under current U.S. immigration law anyone who crossed a border illegally to reside here is a criminal, they are illegal aliens and subject to deportation. The fact that no recent president has had the fortitude to enforce the law does not negate it.

Yet Archbishop Dolan wants to interpret extant U.S. law and an international legal tradition which goes back at least as far as the Treaty of Westphalia [1648] according to his own personal viewpoint.

Sorry Archbishop, just as you oppose cafeteria Catholics who decide on their own to construct a Catholicism of their own liking, tradition opposes with its every fiber what can only be described as your reckless disregard for American security as expressed by your views on immigration.

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Will "Peaceful" Muslims In Pakistan Kill Christian Mom?

November 17, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to the tenets of Shari'a, blasphemy is a serious offense, one ultimately punishable by death.

That is the apparent fate of Pakistani Asia Bibi, a 45 year old Christian mother of 5 who is charged with allegedly making derogatory comments about Mohammed, Islam's prophet, in a predominantly Islamic society.

If that weren't enough to prompt outrage in the West, Ms. Bibi's plight apparently stems from a single allegation made by a disgruntled field worker who was upset that she was allowed to touch a container of water which was then consumed by her fellow Muslim laborers, apparently a no-no. The worker then visited a local imam and there made the charge. [see, Christian Woman Sentenced To Death In Blasphemy Case, http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/12/christian-woman-sentenced-to-death-in-blasphemy-]case-2.html

The question here once again revolves around the contention that Islam and Western values are fully compatible. Many Muslims routinely make such statements. For example, Faisal Rauf [the lead person behind the 911 mosque] is most adamant in his belief that the West and Shari'a are not in conflict, though when given an opportunity to explain in detail just what he means [for example in, Faisal Rauf, The Archbishop Of Canterbury Was Right, Newsweek, http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/feisal_abdul_rauf/2008/03/archbi]shop_of_canterbury_was_r.html] he unintentionally demonstrates the subversive nature of Shari'a, "Sharia law is unequivocally clear that Muslims who live as minorities in non-Muslim majority communities are required to abide by the law of the land. That doesn't prevent British Muslims from practicing aspects of Sharia that don't conflict with British law, or from seeking changes in British law."

We would be surprised if in this case, Ms. Bibi's life isn't spared. If left to their own devices of course, undeterred by Western public opinion, Pakistani religious authorities would no doubt murder the Christian mother over her supposed breach of Shari'a. In this case, especially given the focus being placed on Pakistan because of its not-so-clandestine support for Muslim terrorism, killing this obviously blameless woman wouldn't fly in the PR sense so the odds are in her favor - at least as far as the ultimate penalty is concerned.

Throughout the Muslim world people like Ms. Bibi daily face the harsh tenth century judgment of Shari'a proponents. The killing, abridgment of rights, degradation and mutilation takes place endlessly, passing without comment in large part.

President Obama rather than helping with his outreach to the Muslim world is doing the opposite, signing off on death warrants for people such as Ms. Bibi because he and the muliculturalist left refuse to hold Islam to the standards whereby they judge the West. This is cowardice plain and simple. Islam can only be fully compatible with Western philosophy and governance when the dictates of Shari'a no longer have any effect. Democracy and its underlying Judeo/Christian ethos isn't a cafeteria philosophy as many Muslims believe, it's a system unto itself, proven over numerous centuries to offer the best combination of individual freedom, liberty and responsibility. If Muslims can't live under such a system and not try to sneak Shari'a in through the back door, they should be shown the exit, they don't belong here.

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N.Y. Rabbis Withdraw From Event With ISNA - Not Moderate Group

November 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Though they participated in the mosque/synagogue "twinning" event last year, New York rabbis Irwin Tannenbaum and Alex Lazarus-Klein opted out this time around, having upon reflection decided that one of the sponsors, the Islamic Society of North America, isn't the moderate group it claims to be.

A piece published by the Jewish Telegraph Agency noted, "What we found was that the entities behind the Buffalo interfaith effort are anything but moderate... citing concerns about the Islamic Society's links to Islamic fundamentalist groups..." [source, http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/11/15/2741742/ny-rabbis-pull-out-of-muslim-jewish-twinning-project]

As these two rabbis have discovered, events of this type are often ruses under which American Islamists are able to freely conduct da'wa, the process of Islamic conversion, under the dubious mantle of "faith sharing."

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Ex GITMO Detainees On Verge Of Receiving Windfall Payment From Brits

November 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to Britain's ITV News [see, http://www.itv.com/news/guantanamo-compensation91840/] Downing Street appears to be on the verge of paying millions of pounds to ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees in an effort to settle pending lawsuits filed against the government, "The Government has confirmed it will make payments to former detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. It comes after ITV news revealed one former detainee is in line to receive more than £1 million."

The effort is seen to have face saving, national security as well as economic implications in that a long public trial might reflect poorly on the government and reveal state secrets in a judicial proceeding in which all the cards seem stacked against the defendant.

An independent, public inquiry is anticipated to further sort out allegations that British security officials knew beforehand that the detainees would suffer harsh treatment during their incarceration because of the nature of the charges.

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San Diego Resident Arrested, Charged With Aiding Al-Shabab Terror Group

November 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Without disclosing much in the way of clarifying information, the DOJ has charged Nima Ali Yusuf, 24 of San Diego with conspiring to provide material aid to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab was designated as a international terrorist group in 2008 by the State Department. The group has been a key participant in Somalia's ongoing civil war and controls significant portions of the impoverished African country, making the conflict now a religious war. The group is believed to be closely affiliated with al-Qaeda, with ties to Saudi nationals.

Yusuf joins a growing list of Somali immigrants who have become radicalized in their adopted country, with as many as two dozen having already left the United States to join al-Shabab's Somali jihad.

The center of this activity had been in the Minneapolis area where there is an already existing heavy concentration of Muslims, but recently San Diego has come into focus, with 3 residents having been arrested on similar charges earlier this month [see, https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=shabab11.3.10%2Ehtm].

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Mazen Asbahi, Obama's Immoderate Muslim Outreach Director, Forced To Resign

By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ

August 6, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Following quickly on the heels of an expose by these authors - Barack Obama's New Muslim Advisor Cements Campaign's Ties To Terror Friendly Organizations - Mazen Asbahi, Barack Obama's Muslim "outreach" director, was forced to resign on Monday.

The move is being greeted by the usual terror friendly suspects such as CAIR as further evidence of "Islamophobia," and Internet "persecution," as voiced by Dawud Walid, CAIR's Michigan director:

"Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Michigan chapter, said Asbahi was a victim of Internet rumors.

"This incident just shows how Islamophobic the political climate is right now," Walid said. "Baseless smears about a Muslim with a very good reputation was used to marginalize not only him but the community from the political process."

As we noted in the above linked August 1 piece:

"For example, Asbahi, a Chicago lawyer, is on the speakers list of the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] [see, http://www.isna.net/Programs/pages/Speakers-Services.aspx#17].

ISNA is widely understood to be linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, the terrorist Egyptian group that created Hamas. ISNA was named last summer as an unindicted co-conspirator in the nation's largest terror prosecution, U.S. vs Holy Land Foundation and is the largest Saudi funded da'wa enterprise in North America. [source, http://www.nysun.com/article/55778?access=284047]

Asbahi's ISNA biography reveals that he is involved in numerous Islamist organizations including the Nawawi Foundation [a da'wa organization run by a convert to Islam which presents all of history from an Islamist perspective] as well as the National Association of Muslim Lawyers [NAML] which has close ties to the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], which has been linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas as well as having been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the ongoing Holy Land prosecution.

According to his ISNA bio, Asbahi also, "serves as a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding," [ISPU].

The ISPU's Islamist roots run deep..."

Indeed, Mr. Asbahi's Islamist roots run deep, so deep in fact that the MSM was finally forced to weigh in, extending [marginally...documenting his ties to a radical Chicago mosque] the research done by the independent media, thus adding weight to the growing inertia demanding his resignation.

The critical mass of this story is not really the existence of Asbahi's ties to Islamists. It hinges more on the inability [perhaps unwillingness] of the Obama campaign to distinguish between moderate and radical Muslims, because most competent counter-terrorism researchers could well have developed the same information and come to the correct conclusion, but that again is assuming that there was sufficient will to do it - a huge assumption.

Because many [some might say most] of the institutions who claim to speak for, represent or act as agents for the American Muslim community are dominated by Islamists [the list is long, including, but by no means limited to, CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, NAIT, MPAC and the MSA] it is counterproductive to use them as a universe from which to select "moderates," whatever moderate might mean in this context.

Unfortunately, knowing that spurious charges of Islamophobia and/or racism are ready to be hurled at the drop of a CAIR email barrage or phone campaign, upon any criticism leveled at Muslims, the Obama campaign's timidity in this matter, though not excusable, follows a pattern already made nauseatingly familiar by the actions of dozens of governmental agencies, branches of the military, local police departments, interfaith church groups, and NGOs, who regularly meet with, sponsor and grant undeserved legitimacy to these bad players.

Therefore perhaps the correct answer to the question [disingenuously] posed by CAIR's Dawud Walid, "If someone like Mr. Asbahi can't be vetted to work for the Obama campaign, then who can?" might be, "The process of finding authentic "moderate" Muslims is really the responsibility of the American Muslim community, however it should be obvious by now that they will never come from organizations whose ideological ties to Islamic extremism are so clear and palpable."

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Barack Obama's New Muslim Advisor Cements Campaign's Ties To Terror Friendly Organizations

By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER

August 1, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a desperate attempt to win Muslim votes and to overcome a recent PR debacle - a June 16 Barack Obama rally in Detroit during which the campaign moved two women who were wearing hijab so they would not appear in images featuring the candidate - his campaign has announced the appointment of a "liaison" to the Arab and Muslim community, Mazen Asbahi.

Asbahi's Islamist credentials are reflected by the enthusiasm with which the news was greeted by American Islamists, including the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC] which stated:

"Mr. Asbahi will further the Obama campaigns outreach efforts and participation of the Muslim American community…MPAC is confident that Mr. Asbahi will encourage Muslim Americans to be civically engaged." [source, http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=673]

Understanding MPAC's MO, "Civically engaged" should be interpreted as a euphemism for implementing shari'a; the organization's goals having been characterized by Dr. Daniel Pipes as:

“Impeding counterterrorism efforts and forwarding an Islamist vision of America..." [source, http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2004/07/the-difference-between-cair-and-mpac.html]

In testimony delivered before the House Foreign Relations Committee just yesterday, noted terror authority Steven Emerson observed about MPAC:

"Marayati has repeatedly justified the actions of Hizbollah before the Department of State invited him as a speaker. In November 1999, on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Marayati responded to accusations that he supports Hizbollah, "If the Lebanese people are resisting Israeli intransigence on Lebanese soil, then that is the right of resistance and they have the right to target Israeli soldiers in this conflict. That is not terrorism. That is a legitimate resistance." [source, Steven Emerson Testimony, U.S. House Committe On Foreign Affairs, pg. 4]

The constellation of organizations to which Mr. Asbahi is linked should give pause for concern.

For example, Asbahi, a Chicago lawyer, is on the speakers list of the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] [see, http://www.isna.net/Programs/pages/Speakers-Services.aspx#17].

ISNA is widely understood to be linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, the terrorist Egyptian group that created Hamas. ISNA was named last summer as an unindicted co-conspirator in the nation's largest terror prosecution, U.S. vs Holy Land Foundation and is the largest Saudi funded da'wa enterprise in North America. [source, http://www.nysun.com/article/55778?access=284047]

Asbahi's ISNA biography reveals that he is involved in numerous Islamist organizations including the Nawawi Foundation [a da’wa organization run by a convert to Islam which presents all of history from an Islamist perspective] as well as the National Association of Muslim Lawyers [NAML] which has close ties to the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], which has been linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas as well as having been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the ongoing Holy Land prosecution.

According to his ISNA bio, Asbahi also, "serves as a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding," [ISPU].

The ISPU’s Islamist roots run deep.

Muktedar Khan, a prominent Islamist and fellow at ISPU, testified before Congress [see, http://www.ispu.org/policy_briefs/articledetailpb-8.html] absurdly claiming that Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group, “is struggling for independence," and that Hezbollah is only, “motivated by geopolitics," and does not share, “political goals with Al Qaeda."

The National Association of Muslim Lawyers often serves as the legal mouthpiece for terror friendly groups such as CAIR and ISNA and recently petitioned the Attorney General to remove, both CAIR and ISNA from their designation as co-conspirators in the Holy Land case.

The appointment of Mazen Asbahi to be Obama’s liason to Arab and Muslims is another indication of Obama’s worrying associations. With Islamist Asbahi at the helm of the campaign’s outreach effort to Muslims it is clear that an Obama presidency would give groups like MPAC and ISNA intimate access to key government decision makers and bring the “United States of Allah," one step closer to reality

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Petraeus' Disagreement Is With Obama, Not Karzai

November 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A recent statement by Afghan president Karzai [see, Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/13/AR2010111304001.html] "The time has come to reduce the presence of, you know, boots in Afghanistan...to reduce the intrusiveness into the daily Afghan life," has from the look of it, set off paroxysms among the Obama team with even theater commander Petraeus chiming in negatively.

The level of reaction is mystifying to anyone who has paid attention to team Obama's bumbling Afghan policy, especially his setting a date to start withdrawal and refusing to provide the number of troops which his hand chosen commander had requested as being the minimum requirement - immediately sacking his general in the wake of this unpleasantness, certainly didn't help either.

Perhaps most telling, Obama [we must assume in accord with the toothless NATO] has modified the rules of engagement [how battle will be conducted and in what manner] to place U.S. forces in a defensive posture throughout the country, rather than allow them to destroy the enemy through the aggressive use of overwhelming force. This has literally taken the rifle out of the hands of U.S. forces.

Faced with such an obvious incipient abandonment, Karzai is wisely sidling up to our opponents so that he doesn't end up [when Obama finally consummates what will assume the proportions of a rout] like former Afghan president [and Soviet collaborator] Mohammed Najibullah did when his protectors were driven out; the mujahideen merrily tortured, castrated and then hung him from piano wire at Kabul Airport.

Talk about unfriendly skies...

As if to underline the reason why Karzai is reluctant to place his tender bits in escrow with the U.S., on the 14th "Special Envoy," to Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke held forth, doubling down on the certainty of early withdrawal, "The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, says U.S. and NATO combat forces will be phased out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and the handover to Afghan security forces will begin in the middle of next year..." [source, Voice of America, http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Holbrooke-US-Combat-Troops-to-be-Phased-Out-of-Afghanistan-by-2014-107969594.html]

It stands to reason then that Karzai is acting out of a sense of self-preservation, knowing that as far as this administration is concerned the light has already gone out in his country. One might suggest that the only surprising thing about Karzai's numerous statements along these lines is why it took him so long?

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Why Are Prominent Jewish Organizations Partnering With ISNA?

November 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It would seem an illogical set of pairings, the Jewish Theological Seminary and the World Jewish Congress, adopting as a partner, one of the most problematic of the domestic Islamist organizations, the Islamic Society of North America, yet this is the case.

"This fall, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders from North America gathered at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) to begin an unprecedented conversation. On October 25 and 26, JTS, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and Hartford Seminary convened a workshop on “Judaism and Islam in America.” [source, ISNA, http://www.isna.net/articles/News/Tending-a-Cooperative-Spirit-Reflecting-on-a-Workshop-on-Judaism-and-Islam-in-America.aspx]

"Third edition of mosque and synagogue twinning held in 22 countries, 09 November 2010, In cooperation with the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the Islamic Society of North America, the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) has held the third edition of the Weekend of Twinning of mosques and synagogues. This year's events involved more than 200 mosques, synagogues, communal and student groups in over 20 countries world-wide..." [source, WJC, http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/9682]

Such is the world of interfaith dialogue, where parties with little in common, pose for public relations' sake, intent only in creating an impression of clearing the air and establishing a path towards mutual understanding and respect.

It's a nice sentiment, would that it be genuine outreach.

Why ISNA?

Well perhaps with the public sullying of the Council on American Islamic Relations' reputation a less polarizing entity was sought by the Jewish organizations, though ISNA decidedly is not the answer here.

What is ISNA?

Though it is common knowledge throughout the counter-terror community, it seems these Jewish groups are completely oblivious to the nature and Islamist entanglements of ISNA.

Six years ago, in 2004 the Chicago Tribune published what is still a seminal piece of work regarding the organizational goals of the Muslim Brotherhood [aka the Ikwhan here in North America. [see, Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Sam Roe and Laurie Cohen, Sept 19, 2004 Chicago Tribune, A rare look at secretive Muslim Brotherhood]

"As the MSA reached its mid-teens it began preparing for an expanded role in the service of Islam. It called an historic meeting of a cross-section of Islamic workers, in Plainfield, Indiana, in early 1397/1977. This meeting set up a task force to recommend a new organizational structure to respond to the increasing challenges and responsibilities emerging in the growing North American Muslim communities. The task force concluded that the new environment would be best served by establishing a broader umbrella organization called “ISNA.” This was accomplished during Rabi’ al-Awwal 1403/January 1983." [source, http://www.currenttrends.org/docLib/20090411_Merley.USBROTHERHOOD.pdf]

The goals of the Muslim Brotherhood are as confrontational as they are global in scope.

"While separation of church and state is a bedrock principle of American democracy, the international Brotherhood preaches that religion and politics cannot be separated and that governments eventually should be Islamic. The group also champions martyrdom and jihad, or holy war, as a means of self-defense and has provided the philosophical underpinnings for Muslim militants worldwide." [source, Chicago Tribune]

MB created the Muslim American Society as a front group in the U.S. in 1963.

"In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation's major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members."[source, Chicago Tribune]

Muslim brotherhood created the Muslim Student Association as a front group

"While the U.S. Brotherhood was influential from its beginning--in 1963 it helped establish the Muslim Students Association, one of the first national Islamic groups in the U.S." [source, Chicago Tribune]

"Some of those organizations eventually would distance themselves from the Brotherhood. The Islamic Society of North America, the umbrella group for the Muslim Youth of North America and the Muslim Students Association, says Brotherhood members helped form those groups but that their overall influence has been limited." [source, Chicago Tribune]

http://www.txnd.uscourts.gov/judges/hlf2.html

http://www.currenttrends.org/docLib/20090411_Merley.USBROTHERHOOD.pdf

Hudson Inst. study

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Moroccan Youth Terrorize Dutch Town

By BEILA RABINOWITZ

November 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The latest incident of cultural terrorism in Holland [see, William Mayer & Beila Rabinowitz, Moroccan Thugs Terrorize Dutch City, PipeLineNews.org, https://www.pipelinenews.org/2010/Moroccan-Thugs-Terrorize-Dutch-City.html] took place in the district of Oosterwei in Gouda, where Moroccan children totally disrupted a block party.

Though the actual attack was non-lethal in nature, the group of ten children [aged 8 to 15 years old] were questioned by the police and three have had their dossiers sent to the municipality. The parents of the children are being made to pay 2,000 Euros in damages for cancellation of the party, broken windows and clean up costs.

This most recent attack is part of a continuing pattern of harassment, intimidation and brutality perpetrated by Moroccan Muslims principally, which has gone on for years.

According to the Dutch newspaper Trouw, "The problems with the Moroccan youth in Oosterwei are ongoing since 2008. Residents are accosted on the street, hit with stones and eggs, robbed and cursed at by youth who are mostly younger than 12 years old." [source, translated from the Dutch, http://www.trouw.nl/nieuws/nederland/article3292927.ece/Schade_reljeugd_Gouda_verhaald_op_ouders.html]

One Dutch paper carried the headline "Problems with the Youth in Gouda will Continue for Years" and reported that this was the conclusion of a specially convened meeting of the city administration..." [source, translated from the Dutch, http://www.nu.nl/algemeen/2376106/problemen-met-jongeren-gouda-duren-nog-jaren.html ]

The age of the children points to the fact that all or most are Dutch born and is further proof of the total failure of Moroccan Muslims to assimilate and integrate into Dutch society. It also attests to the complete bankruptcy of multiculturalism.

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Has California Bypassed the Tenth Amendment?

By CAMILLE GIGLIO

November 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The tenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, norprohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively,or to the people - Amendment X, 1791.

For months the media provided us with constant reminders of the legislature's failure to approve a budget for California. Then on October 8, 100 days after the budget deadline, we all cheered when the governor signed a budget that was lightened by about $1B in line-item vetoes, especially in the area of social services: day care, mental health, community clinics. Taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief.

This action created an interesting opportunity to look at the inner workings of the bureaucracy. These line item vetoes, which involved removing state funding (the word "state" is very significant here) from certain programs, have brought hitherto unknown government and quasi-government partnerships out of the shadows, stepping forward to provide the funds to run the state programs that they claim the people need and cannot do without.

One wonders, though, if it is the people who need the services or the service agencies who need the people?

One also needs to ask if the governor's presumed action to save the taxpayers' money was as altruistic as we were led to believe, or if there was an agenda to be met?

Just as the federal government claimed it couldn't step in to help with the Katrina disaster because it wasn't invited, the feds could not step in to help cash-strapped California with its social service needs until it was invited.

How does the federal government get invited into a state?

Immediately after signing the budget, Senate bill # 853, a rather harmless piece of legislation that had passed both houses, was quickly gutted, amended and retitled. The governor then signed the bill, which had been authored by the Senate Budget and Fiscal committee. The main purpose of this new 130-page health care bill was to bring California into full compliance with certain elements within the federal Obama Health Care Plan. It was, so to speak, the contract with the federal government that California would institute ObamaCare.

Instituting federal programs within a state brings not only millions of federal tax dollars, but also strong and binding federal mandates.

But before the money could be released, certain things had to take place first. When the Governor line-item vetoed the state's contribution to mental health services leaving only the federal matching amounts in the budget it kicked in the mandates of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. 1991 Title ll ADA regulation published July 26, 1991, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services, subtitle A. Civil Rights Division.

This set in motion the entry of the federal government mandates into the health care activities of California. This path was already being set during the last two years by passage of several health and child day care bills. These bills were designed to be only tweaking of state code wording, but were actually mirrors of the federal Health Care for All legislation.

On October 13, Senator Darrell Steinberg might have thrown a monkey wrench into the planned works by releasing a statement to the press that he would "wait for the new Governor and then request a reversal [of the] nearly $470 million in cuts to social services." (Sacramento Bee, 10/13/2010)

Which brings up one of many questions: If California is as broke as the pundits say it is, then from whence will come the money?

On November 1, media reports said that state Schools Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, "Releases $75 million in federal funds to help continue mental health services for students" until the end of the year. Stakeholders cheered.

Could it be that the state schools superintendent – and not the health department chief – has control of mental health funds? "Yes in certain circumstances," according to the State Department of Education's Director of Special Education Division, Fred Balcom, and the former Deputy Director of Yolo County First Five.

Mr. Balcom stated that, though this had never before happened, under the Americans with Disabilities Act – when and if state funds become unavailable to the Department of Health's Mental Health Services program, or that department refuses to administer the services, as it did upon hearing that its funding was cut – the state Department of Education would be responsible for administering federal dollars (already figured into the state budget) for mental health services.

How is the Department of Education going to do that when, according to Mr. Balcom, the DOE does not have the doctors and psychiatrists who are already present in the department of health?

Consider that the Department of Education and the Department of Health Care already have a partnership to establish health clinics in schools. And with the passage of Sen. Mark Leno's SB 543, mental health counseling for all, it is very likely that school clinics will soon have mental health components.

I have previously reported on the implications of SB 543 [see, Camille Giglio, We Have Come For Your Kids, PipeLineNews.org, https://www.pipelinenews.org/2010/We-Have-Come-for-Your-Kids-CA-State-Legislature-Using.html] Oct 13, 2010, Action Alert - Veto of Ca. Health Bill (SB853) Urged.

Mark Leno's bill, SB 543, authorizes teens to accept mental health counseling without parental consent. The implications of this bill indicate that combined with giving the school system authority to manage and develop mental health programs, these services will be provided to students at school health centers under the authority of a newly formed California Mental Health Services Authority - CALMHSA.

The following article appeared in an online publication titled KansasCity.com:

"Collaboratively developed, CalMHSA's PEI Implementation Work Plan is posted on CalMHSA's website (www.calmhsa.org) and has been sent to CalMHSA's many members, partners and stakeholders for review. The Work Plan describes how $129 million dollars of Mental Health Service Act funds will be available for the purposes of implementing California's Statewide Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Plan to Prevent Suicides, Reduce Stigma and Discrimination, and Improve Student Mental Health Services on University and School Campuses.

Two days prior to O'Connell's action, October 29, the media reported that First 5, L. A. had come forward to donate $15 million toward temporarily restoring the budget cut for child day care. The news also carried a side line about First 5, L.A. donating $41 million the previous year. First 5 is an initiative-created agency using increased tobacco taxes to fund its programs to prepare infants and toddlers, ages 1-5 and mostly from poor and low-income families, for kindergarten. County First Five commissions have now contributed about $34 million toward replacing the vetoed state funds. The state Assembly has also kicked in $6 million of its budgeted funding.

"First 5's money -- about $480 million a year -- comes from a tax on tobacco approved by voters in 1998. Under state law, First 5 money may only be used in programs for children ages five and younger." Read more: http://www.californiahealthline.org/features/2010/children-s-advocates-welcome-help-hope-for-solutions.aspx#ixzz14o9zT0u9

In the last few years several county civil grand juries have investigated questionable financial activities of county-wide First 5 Programs for not being accountable to whom it grants its funds.

On November 3, the Sacramento Bee reported that the Obama administration "Approves California's $10 Billion MediCal waiver with stipulations that the funds be used to "pursue innovative and cost-effective strategies for delivering care to Medicaid (in California the program is called MediCal) recipients and expanding that care to more seniors and low-income residents. The official news release states that "Some of this (tax) money will be returned directly to the state in the form of incentive payments" (read: "bribes insuring compliance"). Both of these stipulations, along with others are contained in SB 853.

On November 5, the Sacramento Bee reports that an Alameda County Superior Court judge blocked the elimination of funds for welfare-to-work child care programs (CalWorks, valued at $256 million). The judge's authority to issue this ban results from a technicality, a failure on the part of the state, following elimination of some child care funds, supposedly, to notify parents they can be screened for eligibility for other programs. The amount of the funding to be restored comes to $74 million; $40m advanced from the State Assembly's operating budget to round out the year (when the new governor arrives).

In a commentary published by the Washington Times, Robert Holland states that "When the Obama administration dangled $4.35 billion in Race to the Top (RTTT) funds before money-hungry public school systems around the country, educators and politicians in most states reacted as if it were free money for simply singing the school-change tunes the feds wanted to hear."

Of course, the money isn't free at all. What Mr. Holland (Washington Times, 11/4/2010) and other government watchers don't seem to understand is that the money is just the bait. The real goal is the breakdown of the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This bill, SB 853, is just one example of several bills that make minor changes to education, health care, welfare, and employment codes, ultimately reforming and creating new levels of state and local bureaucracies directly beholden to the federal government.

This strategy for supplanting states' rights with federal oversight is not new. It has been tweaked, tested, improved and experimented on for decades. We now seem to have reached what some government watchers are calling the perfect storm of planned crises.

According to an article published by the Associated Press, "Schwarzenegger acts on health care, foster care," Don Thompson, (9/30/2010), "[T]he laws all tie the nation's most populous state into federal reforms set to take effect in 2014."

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/sep/30/schwarzenegger-acts-on-health-care-foster-care

Here are some of the bills passed this term in Sacramento.

A. Foster care bill extending community services to youth until they turn 21. This increases the costs to the taxpayer.

B. Children are allowed to stay on parental health insurance until age 26. This does away with family and kin-gap funding programs in order to keep youth on a continuing program of social services.

C. SB 1381 changes the age at which children may start kindergarten, thereby creating government run pre-school programs along with added costs of those programs. Believe it or not, this ties in with school-to-work programs.

D. SB1317 dealing with school truancy allows parents to be slapped with a misdemeanor charge for failure to get their kids to school. An alternative program requires parents to take parenting classes.

E. AB 2084 restricts the beverages that can be given children in state daycare centers to bring them into compliance with federal nutrition standards set by the federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans promoted by the federal departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. One of the goals of this and the National School Lunch Program is to change children's eating habits to turn away from "unhealthy taste preferences."

This last bill was co-sponsored by the California Center for Public Health Advancement and the Food Policy Program, both nonprofits endorsed by First 5 LA. The CCPHA and the FAPE consider themselves to be partners with the government while First 5 is a government-created entity. Perhaps you read about federal funds given to Contra Costa County's First 5 Centers requiring preschoolers to wear knit vests with an electronic chip sewn in a pocket to monitor their eating, drinking and general activities while at day care. All data collected will be sent to the feds for evaluation. This is referred to as taking policy out into the community and enforcing it.

Sen. Mark Leno's SB 1413 (Schools: Pupil Nutrition) mandates the availability of tap water in food service areas be required in schools and served with lunches. The Feds will provide funding for complying. This apparently fulfills federal demands for proper nutrition and hydration. Children don't drink enough water, they claim.

SB1357 (Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, or CALPADS) by Sen. Darrell Steinberg, (D) - signed by the governor on 9/30/2010. Required to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. This bill requires the State Department of Education, contingent upon federal funding, to prepare the state Longitudinal Pupil Assessment Data System to include data on the quarterly rate of pupil attendance. It requires that the system be capable of issuing to local education agencies periodic reports on district, school, class, and individual pupil rates of absence and chronic absentees. And it requires a specified report on absences by the Superintendent of Public Instruction to include chronic absentee rates. (See SB 1317)

In 1975, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act became law. In 1990, the title was changed, swapping out the word "handicapped" for the more generalized "disabled". The new name is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - IDEA - P.L. 94-142. It opened up wide avenues of acceptance for bringing the handicapped into the regular class setting and, by using the definition of disability, enabled an expanded program of social services to be given to a greater number of children with what some would say are more disciplinary, social, religious and lifestyle differences than actual physical or mental limitations.

In 2002, through Executive Order, President Bush signed the "President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health." It established a commission which bound the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Labor together in a common quest for "the desired outcomes of mental health care, which are to attain each individual's maximum level of employment, self-care, interpersonal relationships, and community participation."19 See Legalizing Mind Control

This has encouraged a whole new approach to thinking about what behaviors and attitudes are considered disabling. It further authorizes the state to set up programs designed to protect children from disabling influences including religious, familial, social, lifestyle or income related.

In a release entitled the Future of California's SCHIP Program, Peter Harbage, a health care expert who runs Harbage Consulting, showed his relief at the turn of events with these words: "The state really pulled it off." He continued with "It has been a daunting task, along with the short time frame of two years to put many different elements of health care reform into place."

In the recent election, though the Democrats managed to maintain control of the Senate, it was the states Governship programs that saw a significant turnover to the Republicans. About 23 states have now come forward signaling their participation in lawsuits to overturn the invasive nature of ObamaCare. In other words, defending the Tenth Amendment to the

Constitution from federal demands that the states adhere to federal mandates in what has always been considered states rights issues.

Should it happen that these states succeed as is being predicted by many media outlets the question now to be asked is: does this mean that California will be out of step with the rest of the country? Will California be known in the future as a fresh and innovative leader or as the state that broke the Tenth Amendment?Stay tuned.

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"Jordan Is Palestine" Conference Planned In Israel

By BEILA RABINOWITZ

November 10, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Israel's National Union Party is planning a "Jordan Is Palestine" conference, designed to stimulate discussion about and alternatives to the much-vaunted "two state" solution, the backbone of the so-called Palestinian peace process.

Geert Wilders, leader of Holland's, Freedom Party is slated to be the keynote speaker. Wilders, is a vocal supporter of the Jewish state, having said that "If Israel falls, the West will fall too."

According to MK Aryeh Eldad of the National Union Party, "The purpose of the conference is to present an alternative plan to the two-state solution…. We are saying that there already is a Palestinian state, Jordan, 70% of whose residents are Palestinians. …"It already takes up three quarters of the territory of the British Mandate, so that the partition has already been carried out. We demand that Jordan be recognized as [the Palestinian state] formally, and not just de facto." [source, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/140567]

A debate on this idea had been scheduled to be taken up by the Knesset last year but was dropped for fear it would "upset the Jordanians." The conference organizers hope that a high profile event on this hitherto suppressed subject will open the topic up for public discourse worldwide.

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"Change" Promise Unfulfilled In The Eyes Of Many Muslims

November 10, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - While happy-talk images continue to dominate the MSM's coverage of president Obama's current [and characteristically ostentatious] trek across Asia, much trouble is brewing in exactly the circles he hoped would respond to his call for accommodation with the Muslim world.

This negative judgment is carried today in a Reuters' piece [see, Muslims say Obama Failing to Keep Cairo Promises, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A92NI20101110] which claims, "President Barack Obama's pledge on Wednesday to strive for better relations with the Muslim world drew skepticism in Cairo, where last year he called for a new beginning in the Middle East after years of mistrust...Obama acknowledged more needed to be done to repair ties with the Muslim world."

While many argue convincingly that Obama's efforts along these lines were doomed to fail from the start, the stark reality of what would constitute change to skeptical Muslims is contained within the Reuters article, in the prattle of a Cairo retiree, Mohamed Abdel, "It's all speeches - in the end the same American politics, and Jewish politics, continues..."

Though Mr. Obama and his State Department have adequately telegraphed a willingness to trash the United States' strong traditional support for Israel - a tectonic shift in U.S. foreign policy - while at the same time engaging in two years of self-flagellation over the supposed past wrongs of America, the result has been, if anything, heightened discontent among team Obama's targeted audience - Muslims. This is borne out in the alarming increase in domestic Muslim terror attempts as well as the continued findings in polls that anti-Americanism is the overwhelmingly dominant theme in Muslim countries.

Though it is impossible to determine to what degree the president continues to believe that his dog and pony act will work eventually, facts are difficult things and they all point against the logic of his brand of outreach.

Despite team Obama's considerable flailing around, the Muslim world remains rabidly anti-Semitic, jealous of America's numerous successes and global dominance, and nearly phobic over the influence which Judeo-Christian principles have on Western policy initiatives.

In many ways this is reflected in the belief by many Muslims in a dichotomous world, "Dar al-Islam," the house of Islam and "Dar al-harb," the house of war - also variously referred to as Dar al-Garb, house of the West, between which there must be eternal enmity.

The breach then between the two cultures/civilizations is not merely a fissure, but a chasm which only the most naive would think might be responsive to talk.

The reality is that the Muslim world remains adamantly antagonistic to Western ends and means and isn't likely to respond to calls for change, no matter who the messenger is. Unless total capitulation is lurking in team Obama's bag of tricks, his efforts have already failed. That he has not abandoned this path is evidence that all this sleight of hand was always more designed around Western [leftist] media consumption than any real belief that it would actually succeed.

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Al-Qaeda Terror Suspect Farooque Ahmad Pleads Not Guilty in U.S. District Court

November 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Farooque Ahmed, who was arrested on October 27 for conspiring to aid al-Qaeda by gathering intelligence information, including photographs, of DC area public transportation hubs [see, https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=farooque10.27.10%2Ehtm] today pleaded not guilty [see, CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/11/09/virginia.bomb.plot/index] in a U.S. District Court proceeding.

The suspect is a naturalized American citizen who was born in Pakistan, his trial is scheduled to commence on April 11.

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"Africanization" Of Israel Seen As Growing Threat

November 8, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Facing numerous challenges, some of them existential threats to its survival, Israel is now realizing - as have numerous Western European countries - that the constant influx of foreign born guest workers into the Jewish state threatens to radically change its demographics.

On Monday, National Union chairman Yaakov Katz made an impassioned presentation to a committee of the Knesset outlining the destabilizing influence of as many as 100,000 Africans taking up residence in Tel Aviv, "...Their movement to Tel Aviv will make Tel Aviv look like an African city, MK Katz told the committee. He added that the city's Jews, many of whom consider themselves tolerant pacifists but oppose a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, ironically will flee to the hills of Samaria to "escape the flood..." [source, Israel News, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/140514]

Katz' sentiments seem to play into growing public opposition to unrestricted immigration despite Israel's traditional respect for ethnic diversity.

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One World 2011 Partners With Hardcore Islamist Groups

By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER

November 4, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An ambitious new-age liberal interfaith initiative - One World 2011 - started by motivational speaker Bob Walsh will conduct several events next year. The website for the new effort/organization [see, http://www.oneworld2011.org/] lists the Islamic Society of North America's president imam Mohamed Magid as being on its board and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) as one of its donors/event partners [see, http://www.oneworld2011.org/supporters.html].

The website mentions that Magid is, "President Islamic Society of North America. Imam and Executive Director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center Washington, D.C./Sterling, VA" [source, http://www.oneworld2011.org/directors.html].

As related by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Walsh is, "Known for staging the Goodwill Games sports meet as an answer to Cold War tensions, Walsh says he has raised $1 million toward a new project called One World 2011 that would bring thousands of young Muslims from around the world to Seattle next year for four months of culture-bridging events…. backers of the new project, which is timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has kicked in $200,000." [source,http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2010/01/18/story7.html]

Both the Islamic Society of North America and the Muslim Public Affairs Council are hard line American Islamist organizations with troubling backgrounds.

ISNA is the largest Muslim organization in North America whose mission is to spread Islam through da'wa (proselytizing). According to many sources it receives Saudi funding, a sure signifier of its devotion to Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia's revolutionary brand of Islam.

According to Discover the Networks, "Through its affiliate, the North American Islamic Trust - a Saudi government-backed organization created to fund Islamist enterprises in North America - the Saudi-subsidized ISNA reportedly holds the mortgages on 50 to 80 percent of all mosques in the U.S. and Canada. Thus the organization can freely exercise ultimate authority over these houses of worship and their teachings..." [see, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6178]

After the 9/11 attacks the head of MPAC, Salam Al- Marayati reflexively blamed Israel, the go to whipping-boy for Islamists. As quoted by the New York Times, ''If we're going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what's happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.'' [source, David Firestone, A Nation Challenged: Religion; For Some Jewish Leaders, Partnership With Muslim Is a Casualty of Sept. 11 Attacks, New York Times, October 22, 2001, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE6D91F3EF931A15753C1A9679C8B63&n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/People/F/Firestone,%20David]

MPAC founder and Senior Advisor Maher Hathout had this to say about Hezbollah as quoted by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, "The whole country keeps condemning Hezbollah," he said at Washington's National Press Club in 1998."I disagree with them on other issues, but on the issue of fighting to liberate their land and attacking only armed forces, this is legitimate, that is an American value -- freedom and liberty." [source,Investigative Project]

Additionally, as we find in the executive summary of an 81 page IPT expose on MPAC, "...[the] Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) hails itself as a 'public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives.' Despite this magnanimous mission statement, since its inception, an analysis of the group's membership, statements, and publications reveals a far more menacing organization. In reality, MPAC routinely speaks in defense of designated terrorist organizations, as well as individuals and charities that are supporters of terrorism; opposes U.S. counterterrorism measures as part of a consistent knee-jerk reaction claiming bias and discrimination behind law enforcement efforts; and reflects a blatant and conspiratorial anti-Semitism..." [source, Behind the Facade, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/358.pdf]

The One World 2011 initiative is far reaching, involving public schools and international corporations, "The One World 2011 staff is working with the University of Washington, the American College in Cairo, and area public school districts to host a series of workshops and conferences. Participants from high schools and colleges in the Muslim world will be brought to the U.S. at no cost to them or their families…. The program will include visits to the headquarters of Microsoft, Starbucks, the Boeing plant, and other major international corporations." [source,http://www.oneworld2011.org/Youth-Exchange-Education.html]

As recent terrorism arrests have unfortunately shown, naturalized, as well as American born Muslims, are by no means immune to the call of violent jihad, casting considerable doubt on the proposition that simple exposure to American life decreases the potential for radicalization. Events such as One World 2011 are not only unhelpful in bridging the gap between Islam and the West, they are actually counterproductive, providing unwarranted legitimacy to Islamist groups whose goal is the implementation of Shari'a.

Perhaps Mr. Walsh should consider taking this one back to the drawing board and jettisoning the conference's Islamist baggage.

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3 Charged With Aiding Somali Muslim Terror Group Al-Shabab

November 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a breaking development [see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/03/AR2010110305153.html] a federal indictment unsealed in late October charged, Mohamud Abdi Yusuf, Abdi Mahdi Hussein and Duane Mohamed Diriye of aiding the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab.

Mr. Yusuf and Hussein both made a brief court appearances on November 2, Dirive, presumed to be on the run in Somalia or Kenya, was charged in absentia.

Al-Shabab, based in Somalia, was designated as a international terrorist group in 2008 by the State Department. The group has been a key participant in Somalia's ongoing civil war and controls significant portions of the impoverished African country, making the conflict now a religious war. The group is believed to be closely affiliated with al-Qaeda, with ties to Saudi nationals.

The group has ambitions of extending its influence into neighboring countries such as Yemen and eventually hopes to topple the Saudi kingdom. "...Bruno Schiemsky...a security consultant based in Nairobi, says al-Shabab's goal has been for some time to expand its influence from Somalia. "In 2004, I obtained strategy documents from within the Shabab which indicated their transnational agenda..." [source, Massimo Calabresi, Somalia's al-Shabab Wants to Join Terror's Big League, Time magazine, http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2003837,00.html#ixzz14Fx2fD25]

Recently al-Shabab, which governs its conquered territory [including most of Mogadishu] according to the brutal doctrine of Shari'a, has been resisted for the first time by fighters representing the Sufi majority.

Al-Shabab is especially troubling to U.S. national security planners because it has successfully recruited young Somali refugees living in the United States, especially in the Minneapolis area. In an ongoing investigation, the FBI has charged over a dozen of these young men with joining al-Shabab's jihad and one of these recruits is believed to have become the first American suicide bomber.

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Murder of Theo van Gogh Six Years Ago Today, Euro-Islamists Remain Unchecked

By BEILA RABINOWITZ

November 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The murder of Theo van Gogh by Muslim fanatic and Hofstad Group leader Mohammed Bouyeri took place six years ago today. He was shot, stabbed and almost decapitated by Bouyeri who believed that the film maker's film "Submission" about abuse of Muslim women, "insulted Islam," a grave offense against Shari'a, Islamic law.

In a gruesome coup de grace, Bouyeri ended his attack by sticking a knife into Van Gogh's chest with a message threatening other Dutch politicians. He is presently serving a life sentence and has expressed no remorse for his act and told the court he would do it again if he could.

The brutal murder of Van Gogh shocked Holland, sowed fear among critics of Islam who rightly saw the act as an assault on freedom of expression. Since the film maker's murder, Dutch politician Geert Wilders and numerous other outspoken critics of Islam have been threatened with death by the still enraged Islamists. In the case of Wilders, he has been forced to have 24 hour security and is constantly looking over his shoulder as a result.

In a stark testimony to Europe's civilizational crisis, Wilders is currently on trial for "insulting Islam" after Muslims browbeat the government into prosecuting him. The trial is a reminder of how freedom of expression is being curtailed in Holland and elsewhere by Islamists six years after the Van Gogh murder.

Today a small group of people gathered at the place where Theo van Gogh was murdered and held a minute of silence while laying flowers at the site.

The memorial was organized by the Foundation Pim Fortuyn, the Dutch politician who was murdered by an animal rights activist who objected to his criticism of Islam..

Another memorial will be held later in the day at the sculpture "The Scream" [motivated by Edvard Munch's 1893 famous painting of the same name] which was erected to commemorate Van Gogh in the park next to where he was murdered.

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Character Assassination Of Islam's Critics Hits Fever Pitch In Europe

November 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a piece published by the online Islamist mouthpiece quantara.de [Hate International, http://www.qantara.de/webcom/show_article.php/_c-476/_nr-1408/i.html] Thomas Kirchner engages in propagating the lunatic assertion that those who are concerned about the rapid rise of Islamofascism in the West [manifested most recently in efforts to prosecute criticism of Islam in a manner consistent with Sharia's strictures against blasphemy] are waging war on Islam.

Moreover he propagates the myth that this movement is under the "control" of Anders Gravers, the founder of "Stop Islamisation of Europe."

"...Geller und Spencer [writers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer] are also teaming up with like-minded people in Europe. Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, who recently faced sedition charges in Austria, appeared at one of their meetings in Washington in February...According to a report in the Dutch newspaper NRC, the Dane Anders Gravers is a central figure in Islamophobe circles...Geller and Spencer are even controlled by Gravers..."

If absurd allegations such as this were not being taken so seriously by European officials they might instead be laughed off as evidence of advanced mental illness. Unfortunately, for a myriad of reasons, decision makers in Europe seem to be welcoming the prospect of being overrun by the Continent's highly aggressive militant Muslims, a trend we also see playing out in the United States, now greased by team Obama's doctrinaire Islamophilia and reflexive anti-Americanism.

Typical of the absolute venom with which the Islamist/leftist alliance wages its subversion, scurrilous allegations are being floated through friendly internet portals with the sole intent of utterly destroying critics of revolutionary/political Islam rather than simply providing intellectual counterpoint.

In more normal times, this would be a sure sign of moral bankruptcy, sufficient to warn away all but those most over-the-edge; the fact that they are given currency anywhere in the West is indicative of a profound moral confusion and self-loathing that seems to go to the heart of this embattled culture.

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Dutch Hofstad Group Member Jason Walters Renounces Terrorism, Violence and Salafism

By EMERSON VERMAAT

November 1, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "I hope to warn young people who are deceived by Islamism. No longer do I believe in the feasibility of Islamism. It failed utterly. It promised Muslims the moon, yet in Iraq and Pakistan did it result in sectarian violence. It has totally degenerated into nihilism. If they (the Islamists) manage to come to power somewhere, they'll create a state that is totally isolated from the rest of the world. I'm opposed to attacking civilians, I am also opposed to sectarian violence. Violence should only be permitted against the military. Look at Iraq: all those (terror) attacks and mass murders - it has totally degenerated. Islamism's purpose is disastrous, it's madness."

It was on October 27, 2010, that Jason Walters, a prominent member of the Dutch terror network the "Hofstad Group," made this remarkable confession. Walters (American father, Dutch mother) is on trial once again, but now in Amsterdam. The High Court or "Hoge Raad" ruled on February 2, 2010, that the Hofstad terrorist case must be tried again. The High Court ruled the definitions for the "existence and structure of a criminal or terrorist organization" used by the Appeals Court were "too strict" and has ordered the case to be retried.

Who is Jason Walters? He was the only member of the Hofstad Group who was a convert to Islam. The Hofstad Group was largely rounded up in November 2004 after Hofstad Group leader Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan, killed Dutch columnist and filmmaker Theo van Gogh. In the courtroom Hofstad Group members and their lawyers invariably claimed that the group was just a group of friends, not a terrorist network or organization. Yet, key members of the group admired Al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri and frequent meetings were held at Bouyeri's home in Amsterdam West. (They were never part of Al-Qaeda, though.)

"Madrassas" in Pakistan: jihadist hotbeds

Walters traveled to Pakistan in the summer of 2003. In court he later claimed that the only thing he had done there was visiting "madrassas" or "Koranic schools." He did not say, though, that the same kind of "Koranic schools" play an important role in recruitment and support of terrorists. It was in Pakistan's madrassas that the Taliban movement made its successful start in the 1990s. Indeed, many Pakistani madrassas can still be described as jihadist hotbeds. It is not just a matter of theological education.

After his return to Holland in September 2003, Walters chatted on the Internet with friends and admirers. He proudly mentioned his "basic training" in Pakistan. There, so he claimed at least, they instructed him how to handle Kalashnikovs, Seminovs, Zakayevs, TT pistols and Makarovs and how to throw a hand grenade. (Few nineteen year old boys in Holland - Walters' age at the time – are aware of the existence of these kinds of weapons.) "I even can do a summersault having a pistol in my hand and then shoot." He claims to have met people who belonged to the Taliban. He had nothing but praise for these people: "Their character is just perfect." He specifically mentioned Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of the Pakistani terrorist organization "Jaish-e-Mohammed" (JEM), author of the book "Virgins of Jihad." Walters referred to him as "a great scholar." "I failed to meet him, though. Maybe I'll succeed next time." Although he played it down in the courtroom, Walters and some other Hofstad Group members also tried to recruit people for the jihad.

When he reappeared in court on October 27, 2010, Walters repeated previous implausible claims that he had just been boasting and exaggerating back in 2003 to make a favorable impression on radical fellow Muslims. He denied he had ever been trained in a (terrorist) training camp, no, he had only visited a number of Pakistani madrassas near Lahore and Islamabad none of which were identified by him. He did admit, however, that "many madrassas in Pakistan do sympathize with the jihad" (=holy war). "But they don't provide military training," he added. Yet, he admitted he had seen weapons there. Not Kalashnikovs, but guns and rifles. "Everybody has a rifle there." This claim, too, is not very credible. AK-47's or Kalashnikovs are ubiquitous in Pakistan, especially in centers where militants are being trained.

And quite a number of Pakistani madrassas do provide military (jihadist) training. They are mentioned in the well documented book "A to Z of Jehadi Organizations in Pakistan," published in Lahore in 2005 and written by Muhammad Amir Rana. "There is a very long list of madrassas that send their students for jehadi (=jihadi) training," Rana claims. He describes in detail the "military activities" of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM), the largest military training center being "Madrassa Syed Shaheed" in Balakot. "It comes directly under the supervision of Maulana Masood Azhar," the JEM leader, Rana writes. So, many madrassas in Pakistan are not as innocent as Jason Walters claims. And why did he heap praise on JEM leader Malauna Masood Azhar? It is quite likely he met JEM militants in Pakistan .

Jason Walters' recent criticism of militant Islam sounds credible

Walters was not convicted by previous courts for traveling to Pakistan in the summer of 2003 or for attempting to recruit other young Dutch males for the jihad. Traveling to a Pakistani training camp and recruiting others for the jihad was not punishable under Dutch penal law at the time. (It now is.) Walters was later convicted by both the court and the Appeals Court for throwing a grenade at the police's arrest team (AT) on November 9, 2004. The specially trained AT tried to enter his apartment in Antheunis Street Number 92 in The Hague. A few policemen were seriously wounded, but no one was killed. A policeman heard Walters say: "You may call me Black Death!" Walters somehow knew how to properly throw a grenade, this had probably been part of his jihadist training in Pakistan.

Now Walters is on trial again. But different from what happened at previous trials, he now openly denounces terrorism, violence and "Salafism" (ultra- conservative Islam). Shortly before the new trial began, Walters sent an open letter to the Amsterdam based daily "De Volkskrant," distancing himself from "the ideals I once cherished." They "are morally bankrupt." "I am appalled when I see how a once lofty (noble) 'liberation struggle' which should have been the starting point for a new, just world – especially in Iraq – has degenerated into a bloody escalation of violence, sectarianism and religious mania. This has been accompanied by unprecedented atrocities." No longer does Walters blame the Americans alone for the violence in Iraq, he now also blames Al-Qaeda and the Islamists. "People who have been liberated from dictatorships such as the one in Iraq by, among others, the Islamists have rejected massively the ideology in the name of which they should have been 'liberated' after they discovered what it practically means to live under it (i.e. this ideology, V.). They concluded that it does not offer any perspectives for the future. This forced me to a critical review of my viewpoints which made me realize that they are indefensible."

He writes that he hopes "to issue a warning to young people not to be misled by false promises and ideals." "The attempt to realize an Islamic state has resulted in total failure." He does not hesitate to criticize Islam and the "underlying premise under which the world is divided between believers and infidels, and that the latter's only intention is to destroy the former." The Islamists' belong to another world, they "have no links to the societies on behalf of which they claim to wage a struggle." The struggles of society "have been hijacked by Salafists whose agenda is totally different." Traditional and rural sharia law is based on outmoded views, it is "an anachronism in the modern world." Muslims, especially, Salafists must rethink their position. "We must accept the modern world and all its achievements, the democratic rule of law among them. This should be our point of orientation for our place in society." Very courageous words indeed.

Walters' remarkable praise for Kemal Atatürk, secular society and modern science

In the court session on Wednesday October 27, 2010, Walters criticized the former Ottoman empire and backward Islamic traditions. "It is strange that even after the fall of the Ottoman empire (in 1922/23, V.) people still embrace political Islam. The conservative religious establishment failed, therefore the (Ottoman) Empire collapsed after the First World War." He praised "Kemal Atatürk's land reforms as a result of which Turkey was connected to the rest of the world whereas the rest of the Arab world remained poor and backward." "The authority of the Koran is a dogma for Muslims. It's a fallacy and conflicts with the findings of modern science." "If the Koran contains only one error – and science has proven that this is the case – , that would be sufficient to refute Islam." He blamed Islam for its tendency "to invariably look inwardly." ("Islam kijkt constant naar zichzelf.") "I do not accept the authority if the Scriptures any longer, but I accept the authority of reason and science." "Islam is a religion which asserts absolute authority over its followers. It is the highest form of truth and knowledge," Walters continued in the courtroom. He said he read a lot of books in the past two years. (He has been in prison since November 2004, but initially he wasn't interested in history and philosophy.) He feels particularly attracted to Plato's "Dialogues," Descartes, Hegel, Popper, Kant and other philosophers. Hegel's 19th century lectures on "The Philosophy of History" is not an easy read and I don't know if Jason Walters ever read this book. In the introduction Hegel makes the following interesting statement: "What experience and history teaches us is that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or act on principles deduced from it."

Walters says he regrets that he once applauded the killing of Theo van Gogh on November 2, 2004. "I was really happy about it then. We saw Theo van Gogh as the devil's accomplice, the evil one who insults Islam." "That was an outrageous remark. I feel ashamed of it." "When I look back at myself, I cannot imagine how it was possible that I believed all this nonsense. It was a period of obscurantism. Superstition and factual errors abounded." When the prosecutor asked Jason whether he now condemned his past behavior, he replied: "Yes I do, absolutely." "It's difficult for me to understand my own behavior. I have changed my mind."

This is highly important. Not only does Jason regret the way he voiced his past opinions but also does he regret his past behavior. He would be more credible, however, if he would now publicly apologize to those policemen who were wounded after he attacked them with a deadly grenade.

Jason said he hoped he could do something for society, once he would be free again. "There are still young people who are being seduced by Islamism. I hope I'll be able to warn them against traveling abroad and against radicalization. I know how the Salafists operate. They are people with extreme religious views." He also said he did not criticize what he referred to as "normal Islam" – "that's 95 percent of the Muslims." "I only have a problem with the Salafists, the extremists." "I don't criticize Islam, only the Salafists. Normal Islam is not political, it is prayer, fasting, etc. I do not want to give the impression that I criticize them."

Concluding comments

I believe Jason Walters is sincere in his criticism of militant Islam or Islamism. I closely followed nearly all court sessions dealing with the Hofstad Group and the Jason Walters case. The first court session began on December 5, 2004. But now, six years later, Walters says he does not believe in Salafism and Islamism any longer. He now wants to warn others that the path of Salafism and Islamist terrorism leads to death and destruction. As it did (and still does) in Iraq and Pakistan. This is really very good. He emphatically denied he had been brainwashed by anyone in the past few years. He told the court last week that he had been supported throughout by his mother, his two sisters, an uncle and an aunt. "I am very grateful to them," he said. Both Jason's mother and father strongly oppose militant Islam and terrorism, so do his two sisters. His parents are divorced, though. His mother's positive influence on him seems to be rather strong. We may now refer to Jason Walters as a former terrorist and Salafist who openly renounces his past views. He would be well advised, however, to apologize publicly to the policemen who were injured as he attacked them with a deadly grenade in November 2004. It was a deeply traumatic event which disrupted their lives and the lives of their families.

Emerson Vermaat, a law graduate, is an investigative reporter specialized in terrorism, crime and European history. Website: emersonvermaat.com

Sources:

Author's notes at the Hofstad Group Trial, Appeals Court, Amsterdam-Osdorp, October 27, 2010. All the quotes from Walters at this trial. So far, few journalists have followed this important trial. The verdict will be in December.

Emerson Vermaat, Jason Walters – From Muslim convert to Jihadist, in: Militant Islam Monitor, December 20, 2005.

Emerson Vermaat, Nederlandse Jihad. Het proces tegen de Hofstadgroep (Soesterberg, The Netherlands: Uitgeverij Aspekt, 2006). A detailed account of the spectacular first Hofstad Group Trial in 2005 and 2006.

Muhammad Amir Rana, A to Z of Jehadi Organizations in Pakistan (Lahore: Mashall Books, 2005), p. 232 ("A long list of madrassas that send their students for jehadi training…"; 24 Jaish-e-Mohammed madrassas which "are directly involved in jihadi activities"), p. 224-227 ("Madrassa Syed Ahmed Shaheed, Balakot, is the largest military traning center of Jaish-e- Mohammed…"), p. 233, 234 ("Jaish-e-Mohammad's military activities").

Emerson Vermaat, Hofstad Group – Wrong decision by Dutch Appeals Court, in: Militant Islam Monitor, January 31, 2008.

De Volkskrant (Amsterdam), October 16, 2010, p. 6, 7 (Saturday "Ten Eerste"). Jason Walters' open letter to De Volkskrant: "De idealen die ik eens huldigde zijn teloor gegaan en ik ben tot het besef gekomen dat ze moreel bankroet zijn. Met afgrijzen heb ik toegezien hoe een ooit hooggestemde 'vrijheidsstrijd', die het startsein zou moeten zijn voor een nieuwe, rechtvaardige wereld – met name in Irak – is verworden tot een bloedige escalatie van geweld, sektarisme en godsdienstwaanzin. Daarbij zijn ongehoorde wreedheden en misdaden begaan. Mensen in landen die (mede) door Islamisten zijn bevrijd van dictaturen zoals Irak, hebben massaal de ideologie verworpen in welke naam ze 'bevrijd' zouden zijn nadat ze er in de praktijk onder hebben moeten leven. Ze concludeerden dat deze geen enkel toekomstperpectief biedt. Dit heeft mij ertoe gedwongen mijn standpunten kritisch te herzien, wat heeft geleid tot het besef van de onhoudbaarheid ervan."

G.W.F. Hegel, Philosphie der Geschichte (Stuttgart: Philipp Reclam Jun., 1975), 45. "Was die Erfahrung aber und die Geschichte lehren, ist dieses, dass Völker und Regierungen niemals etwas aus der Geschichte gelernt und nach Lehren, die aus derselben zu ziehen gewesen wären, gehandelt haben."

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