PipeLineNews Archives: May 2010

Israel Interdicts Hamas Aid Flotilla, Many Terror Supporters Killed - Netanyahu Cancels Meeting with Obama

May 31, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Tiring of seeing alleged humanitarian aid being delivered to the Hamas government in Gaza by a rag-tag consortium of radical supporters, Israel this morning signaled its policy of silently bowing to skewed world public opinion had ended.

Sometime this morning IDF soldiers stormed aboard the six vessel flotilla seizing control of it from what was estimated to be hundreds of pro-Hamas terror supporters. At least 10 deaths have been confirmed with the toll potentially going higher.

Previous to the vessel sailing from Cypress, the Israeli government had repeatedly warned the activists that they would not be permitted to complete their intended journey.

As quoted by the Los Angeles Times [see, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-israel-protesters-slain-20100531,0,2138270.story] Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Avalon referred to the aid effort an, "armada of hate and violence," that was engaging in a "premeditated and outrageous provocation."

During the operation IDF soldiers came under attack, taking incoming fire from the ships and being attacked by knife and club wielding protesters once aboard.

Two IDF soldiers were seriously injured as a result of the incident.

Indicating the severity of the brief confrontation, the official IDF press release tersely stated, "Navy fighters took control of six ships that tried to violate the naval blockade...During the takeover, the soldiers encountered serious physical violence by the protesters, who attacked them with live fire." [source, Haaretz, http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israeli-commandos-gaza-flotilla-crew-tried-to-lynch-us-1.293089]

Against the expected firestorm of protest from Europe [the pro-Hamas UN has called an "urgent" security session] the Israeli government held firm, indicating its full support of the operation.

Upon being notified of the action, prime minister Netanyahu, who had been meeting with government officials in Canada, cancelled a hastily scheduled press event by president Obama which had been designed to address the president's rapidly eroding support by American Jews and flew back to Israel.

In recent months team Obama has made no effort to disguise its displeasure with Netanyahu's strong anti-terror stance, forcing the prime minister after his last WH meeting to depart via the back door.

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Radical Muslim Group - Sharia4Belgium/Muslims Rise Demands Imposition of Shari'a Throughout Europe

May 26, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As reported by the Islam in Europe blog, planned demonstrations in Brussels by radical Muslims displeased by Belgium's move to ban certain Islamic head coverings - including that which is considered most extreme, the burqa - was not permitted to go forward by the country's law enforcement authorities.

The main group involved calls itself Sharia4Belgium/MuslimsRise. They advocate forcing Shari'a compliance throughout the West.

On April 22 the lower house of the Belgian parliament voted to require the ban.

Though the protests were not held in Brussels, supporters of the group protested in London. in front of the Belgian embassy.

A YouTube video posted by Sharia4Belgium/MuslimsRise carried the following message

"[sic] 22nd May 22010 Muslim's in the United Kingdom demonstrated regarding the 'Bann on the Veil" in Belgium. The Messenger Muhammad(saw) said 'this Ummah(nation) is one Ummah to the exclusion of all others: thie land is ONE, their war is ONE, thier peace is one & their Honour is One. any one of you can represent all of you'. Oh Allah(swt) creator of the heavens and earths except the efforts of the muslims in the UK. Ameen.'"

The incessant and rising push for Shari'a among Europe's Muslims is believed by many to foreshadow a similar effort in the United States, with the move by Islamists in New York to build a $100 million mosque in close proximity to the 911 ground zero site being only the most recent example.

Opponents of the plan were handed a setback on May 25 when a local community board went dhimmi, voting 29-1 in favor of the mosque. 10 abstained to vote on the controversial measure.

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John Brennan's "Al Quds" NYU Address - Providing Aid and Comfort to the Islamists

In Wake of Uproar, White House Pulls Main Brennan Video Links

By WILLIAM MAYER

May 25, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On February 13 at New York University, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, delivered a 34 minute address.

Brennan's remarks were made at an event entitled, "A Dialogue on our National Security" which was sponsored by the Islamic Center at NYU and the school's Islamic Law Student's Association. [see, White House website, Brennan Speaks at NYU]

Brennan was introduced by Dr. Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA]1, an Islamist organization named as an unindicted co-conspirator in America's largest terror funding trial, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation [HLF]. The trial, which resulted in the conviction of all of the defendants on a total of 108 charges, proved that HLF funneled over $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.2

"Prosecutors applied the label of 'unindicted co-conspirator' to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, and the North American Islamic Trust in connection with a trial planned in Texas next month for five officials of a defunct charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development." [source, New York Sun, June 4, 2007, Islamic Groups Named in Hamas Funding Case]

Brennan, acknowledging Mattson, thanked her "...for your leadership as an academic whose research continues the rich tradition of Islamic scholarship, and as the president of the Islamic Society of North America, where you have been a voice for the tolerance and diversity which defines Islam."

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911 Families Oppose Ground Zero Mosque

May 24, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The group - 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, (9/11 FSSA) - has announced that it adamantly rejects the plan for a mosque to be built atop a planned 15-story structure that would tower over the site where nearly 3,000 people were killed by Islamic terrorists.

According to the project's leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the mosque and "Muslim-led community center" is to be called the Cordoba House, named after the historic period when the Islamic Caliphate in Cordoba ruled much of Europe and non-Muslims lived as second-class citizens under Islamic rule.

Victims' families view the imam's expressed plan to "leverage" the mosque's proximity to Ground Zero to engage in proselytizing and to "grow the Muslim community," as shockingly insensitive to the history of the site where their loved ones were slaughtered in the worst terrorist attack by extremist Muslims in America's history; following the attack, 20,000 body parts were recovered in a nine-month operation to remove 1.8 million tons of rubble from Lower Manhattan.

"Imam Rauf is a Muslim cleric who, immediately after 9/11, blamed the attacks on U.S. treatment of Muslims, asserting that Osama Bin Ladin was 'made in the U.S.A,'" said Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 FSSA, whose brother was the pilot of the American Airlines flight which was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. "We do not accept the Cordoba organization's view that we need Imam Rauf to lecture us about religious tolerance in a city still dealing with the consequences of the attack that he claims we brought on ourselves."

Last Monday, representatives of 9/11 FSSA met with Sharif El-Gamal, owner and CEO of Soho Properties, the corporation that purchased the two buildings where the mosque will be built at 43-45 Park Place, and asked him to name the investors in the mosque project. Mr. El-Gamal refused, citing the advice of his attorneys, stating that "this is private property" and that "we can build this 'as of right.'" The property was purchased with $4.85 million in cash.

Imam Rauf is now publicly stating in a professionally-organized PR campaign that the building will be a community center, "not a mosque." However, Mr. El-Gamal showed 9/11 FSSA members architectural renderings in which a mosque, located on the top floor of the 15-story building, would have a commanding view of the entire Ground Zero neighborhood.

Equally troubling is the fact that, while the stated purpose of the project is to engage in interfaith dialogue and cultural egalitarianism, Imam Rauf embraces Shariah, the Arabic word for Islamic law, a sociopolitical system of jurisprudence based upon the Qur'an which supersedes man-made law and which rejects the Constitutional doctrine of the separation of church and state. Islamic countries that embrace Shariah and political Islam are known for brutal policies that discriminate against women, gays, and religious minorities. Shariah law is entirely incompatible with the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment and would violate 1st Amendment protections of speech, assembly and the free exercise of religion.

We feel that the attempt to use our loved ones' deaths and the painful legacy of 9/11 still felt by New Yorkers to engage in a campaign to reverse America's core doctrine of religious freedom - and to do so under the guise of interfaith understanding - is a gross insult to the memory of those who were killed on that terrible day.

9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America asks concerned Americans - regardless of race, color, creed, or ethnic origin - to join us in denouncing this effort to chip away at America's bedrock principle of religious freedom.

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911 Families Oppose Ground Zero Mosque

May 24, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The group - 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, (9/11 FSSA) - has announced that it adamantly rejects the plan for a mosque to be built atop a planned 15-story structure that would tower over the site where nearly 3,000 people were killed by Islamic terrorists.

According to the project's leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the mosque and "Muslim-led community center" is to be called the Cordoba House, named after the historic period when the Islamic Caliphate in Cordoba ruled much of Europe and non-Muslims lived as second-class citizens under Islamic rule.

Victims' families view the imam's expressed plan to "leverage" the mosque's proximity to Ground Zero to engage in proselytizing and to "grow the Muslim community," as shockingly insensitive to the history of the site where their loved ones were slaughtered in the worst terrorist attack by extremist Muslims in America's history; following the attack, 20,000 body parts were recovered in a nine-month operation to remove 1.8 million tons of rubble from Lower Manhattan.

"Imam Rauf is a Muslim cleric who, immediately after 9/11, blamed the attacks on U.S. treatment of Muslims, asserting that Osama Bin Ladin was 'made in the U.S.A,'" said Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 FSSA, whose brother was the pilot of the American Airlines flight which was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. "We do not accept the Cordoba organization's view that we need Imam Rauf to lecture us about religious tolerance in a city still dealing with the consequences of the attack that he claims we brought on ourselves."

Last Monday, representatives of 9/11 FSSA met with Sharif El-Gamal, owner and CEO of Soho Properties, the corporation that purchased the two buildings where the mosque will be built at 43-45 Park Place, and asked him to name the investors in the mosque project. Mr. El-Gamal refused, citing the advice of his attorneys, stating that "this is private property" and that "we can build this 'as of right.'" The property was purchased with $4.85 million in cash.

Imam Rauf is now publicly stating in a professionally-organized PR campaign that the building will be a community center, "not a mosque." However, Mr. El-Gamal showed 9/11 FSSA members architectural renderings in which a mosque, located on the top floor of the 15-story building, would have a commanding view of the entire Ground Zero neighborhood.

Equally troubling is the fact that, while the stated purpose of the project is to engage in interfaith dialogue and cultural egalitarianism, Imam Rauf embraces Shariah, the Arabic word for Islamic law, a sociopolitical system of jurisprudence based upon the Qur'an which supersedes man-made law and which rejects the Constitutional doctrine of the separation of church and state. Islamic countries that embrace Shariah and political Islam are known for brutal policies that discriminate against women, gays, and religious minorities. Shariah law is entirely incompatible with the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment and would violate 1st Amendment protections of speech, assembly and the free exercise of religion.

We feel that the attempt to use our loved ones' deaths and the painful legacy of 9/11 still felt by New Yorkers to engage in a campaign to reverse America's core doctrine of religious freedom - and to do so under the guise of interfaith understanding - is a gross insult to the memory of those who were killed on that terrible day.

9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America asks concerned Americans — regardless of race, color, creed, or ethnic origin — to join us in denouncing this effort to chip away at America's bedrock principle of religious freedom.

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Congressman Frank Wolf Again Calls For Thorough Intel Review

May 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On a note of concern attending the Tuesday release by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, of the declassified summary report on the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt by Umar Farouk Abdumutallab, Congressman Frank Wolf [R VA] once more called upon the administration to consider implementing a series of recommendations - arrived at in a show of bipartisanship - designed to improve national security.

In a letter to the president, the congressman pointed out that the 14 specific "points of failure" detailed within the report might well have been prevented if a thorough outside review of the nation's counterterrorism policies had already been completed.

Towards creation of the proposed review board - "Team B" - Mr. Wolf in January made specific recommendations which included:

1. Establishment of a 10-year term for the TSA administrator.

2. Co-locating the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group at the National Counterterrorism Center so as to foster interagency cooperation and information sharing.

3. Bringing the 9/11 Commission co-chairs, Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean back to thoroughly review intelligence performance since their original report was issued.

Wolf - a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee - stressed that the purpose of such a review was to use the benefit of hindsight towards devising a more effect counter-terror posture.

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Pentagon Investigating U.S. Soldiers in Alleged "Unwarranted" Deaths of Afghan Civilians

May 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Continuing the Pentagon's policy of micro-managing the war effort to its detriment, it has been reported by both Reuters and the Chicago Tribune that Army personnel stationed in Afghanistan are under investigation in the alleged non-combat related deaths of "possibly" three Afghan civilians.

"U.S. statement Thursday said the allegations also included illegal drug use, assault and conspiracy. No charges have been filed but one soldier has been placed in pre-trial confinement." [source, Chicago Tribune, US investigating allegations "small number" of US soldiers responsible for civilian deaths, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-as-afghan-us-probe,0,1187019.story?track=rss]

The move comes on the heels of the acquittal of three Navy SEALs, 2nd Class Matthew McCabe and Petty Officers Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe who were charged upon mere allegations made by a detained terrorist - Ahmed Hashim Abed - of criminal assault, dereliction of duty and impeding an official investigation.

The now proven unfounded "assault" consisted of an alleged slap delivered to the terrorist as he was taken into custody.

Chalk another one up for over enthusiastic JAGs.

Though these most recent charges may eventually prove entirely true, one wonders in a time of war how much micro-management our already stressed forces in Afghanistan can take and still function effectively.

Finding the balance between managing collateral damage in field operations and the need to maintain motivation is something the Pentagon had better seriously weigh if it intends the Afghan mission to be successful especially given the short time frame set for it by team Obama.

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Random Thoughts on Upcoming California Primary

By CAMILLE GIGLIO, Legislative Analyst

May 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - We begin to get phone calls and questions about this time in an election cycle concerning who is a pro-life candidate. Unfortunately, the last few elections have left one scratching their head wondering who or if any of the candidates is really pro life.

This upcoming primary is no different. Not only do we wonder if any of them are really pro life, but we wonder if any of the information they put forth is even accurate, let alone germane to the office for which they are running.

I will be out of the state during the election time - yes, I'm voting absentee - so here are some random thoughts on candidate positions.

Governor's position

Met Whitman, during one of her last televised debates, labeled Steve Poizner as a darling of the pro aborts and herself as pro life. Further, she has distributed a 46 page publication entitled "Building a New California."

In this, she positions herself as "opposing federal funding of abortion, opposing partial birth abortion and supporting parental notification."

First of all, no federal taxpayer money comes into the California state coffers to pay for abortion, so the governor has never had to be concerned about that.

It doesn't matter how she personally, or any candidate running for governor, feels about federal funding of abortion.

Federal tax money does come into the state but it goes directly to the abortion industry, therefore bypassing the state's ability to control it. If she really was interested, she should as governor demand that the federal funds be paid to the state. In that way there would be reporting requirements to meet and accountability as to where and for what the federal tax money is being spent.

Federal tax money does come into the state to reimburse, in part, for family planning.

Perhaps she should mention that.

As to Steve Poizner's 100% Planned Parenthood rating, that occurred some years ago when he was running for another office. Though he does not appear to have refuted that they never endorsed him, they probably won't because they already have the Democrats all sewed up.

Another Meg mailer features the smiling face of former Governor Pete Wilson - who put state Supreme Court Justice Ming Chinn on the state supreme court. Chinn couldn't get up from the floor fast enough after kissing Wilson's feet for the appointment, to cast a vote against hearings on parental notification, thus assuring Planned Parenthood more state funding and privileges than even Jerry Brown did as governor.

As for Steve Poizner I am concerned about his stand favoring charter schools. Charter schools are government, tax funded entities which are presumed to allow a little flexibility and local control in their overseeing. In reality they function as new pathways, seducing religious schools into becoming charter schools, thus creating more specialized academies within the charter school program, a merger between education and labor.

Regardless of who gets to be Governor, should a Democrat win the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction, this arrangement will go ahead full speed, whether there is federal funding or not.

Regarding Jerry Brown as Democrat candidate for Governor, let's remember that it was he who in 1976 or thereabouts, told the feds that California would pay for all the abortions with California tax money because the state preferred not to take up its time in compiling reports to the feds on how they were spending the abortion dollars.

It was also he who appointed Rose Byrd to the state Supreme Court whereupon she took up the case of authorizing the minor consent law. This had the effect that minors, without parental involvement, could decide the outcome of a pregnancy by themselves.

US Senate Races

Carly Fiorina claims to be "proudly proudly pro life" What does that mean? No one, apparently, has asked her to qualify that claim.

Current state Assemblyman and U.S. Senate candidate, Chuck Devore has a known pro life voting record. Regardless, the state and National Pro Life Councils have endorsed pro life unknown, former HP exec Carly Fiorina, as have Sarah Palin and other supposedly noteworthy pro life Republicans.

The Susan B. Anthony list has endorsed Carly because they apparently only endorse pro life women regardless of their ability to run a government. Running a business no matter how large, is very different from running a state government.

One also wonders if the state Republican party would even support Devore if he wins the primary.

The pro life pac groups may believe that Carly makes a better showing against Barbara Boxer, and she certainly has more funding than Devore, but it may cause the pro life voter to stay home thereby throwing the Republican nomination to Tom Campbell.

Many say they don't care who gets in to the U.S. Senate seat, just so long as it's not Boxer, but in Campbell we have a candidate just like Boxer on this issue.

The other position I worry about is that of Superintendent of Public Instruction. There are something like 15 candidates for this top education job. Tom Torlakson is the Democrat favored candidate. He has hungered after this position for some time, authoring at the state level several bills that coincide with Obama's Race To The Top Education funding agenda.

There are so far, two candidate brochures put out by various pro life groups. Aside from the California Pro Life Council's survey which endorses Fiorina, there are the Orange County Pac's recommendations which are confusing arranged, listing Poizner as pro life.

And, finally, be aware of any parcel tax bonds or measures that claim that education is being shortchanged on funding - that just isn't so.

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Souder Vs. Blumenthal, In Your Face Journalistic Malfeasance

By WILLIAM MAYER

May 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Much has been written over the past few years categorically establishing beyond question the leftist bias of the entrenched media [see for daily coverage, the Media Research Center, especially its Special Reports section, http://www.mrc.org/specialreports/archive.aspx, or any number of books including Bernie Goldberg's, "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News"]

Understandably the media will never admit to this, regardless of how thoroughly the phenomenon is documented, another test suggesting the presence of bias and an inability to accept reality.

I have found this to be the case in dozens and dozens of off-the-record, deep background chats with journalists who simply will not admit that they are frequently nothing more than purveyors of agendized leftist propaganda.

One such conversation comes to mind in which I challenged a prominent West coast reporter - during a telephone conversation - over coverage of a speech by a key member of the G.W. Bush administration. After wrangling for several minutes over the article's almost complete failure to mention anything that this former official said during his address, this reporter finally admitted, not bias, but to the creation of a story - a controversy - where none existed because otherwise, "it wasn't news." This - translated - means it's not news unless it fits the working narrative and if it doesn't, then it will be bludgeoned into correct form.

Since I had a representative at this event I was fully aware that during the Q & A, rather than queries directed at particular aspects of the book he was pushing, instead he was continually challenged by this reporter, very aggressively, to explain what was then and remains now a small so-called "scandal" within the GOP that had absolutely nothing to do with him, his book or the previous administration.

The intent of course was to present the GOP in a poor light and hew to the central core principle of leftist activism, that being, "the issue is never the issue...the issue is always the revolution."

With this in mind let's take a brief look at the New York Times' 5/19 reportage regarding Tuesday's primary elections [see, http://www.nytimes.com/pages/politics/index.html?hp&hp]. Specifically we will look at the way in which two genuine scandals were presented.

The first involves the case of Indiana Republican Congressman Mark Souder who was caught with his pants down, admitting to an affair with a staffer [presumably female] and making the decision to resign [see, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/us/politics/19souder.html?ref=politics].

The article entitled, Citing Affair, Republican Gives Up House Seat, was written by Carl Hulse. Its first sentence starts with, "Representative Mark Souder, a conservative Republican from Indiana..."

So we have Souder identified as a member of the GOP in the title as well as the intro sentence, which also nails down that Souder is a [shudder] "conservative" - though apparently not so much of a social-conservative it seems.

Eight times in this piece the word Republican is mentioned and twice the word [double shudder] conservative.

No doubt Mr. Souder is a scoundrel, though his forthrightness in admitting the affair and then promptly resigning are mitigating factors attesting to at least some aspect of correctly formed moral principle.

Next we turn to the Times' coverage [see, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/nyregion/19veterans.html?ref=politics ] of a different kind of scandal, one involving lying on the part of a Senatorial candidate from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, who misrepresented on numerous occasions his military record, suggesting that he had served in Vietnam.

The title of the piece - written by Michael Barbaro and David M. Halbfinger - is far from as accusatory than the Souder piece, Colleague Says Blumenthal Claims Grew in Time.

The first sentence from the piece is as follows, "Former Representative Christopher Shays of Connecticut found it puzzling: over time, his friend Attorney General Richard Blumenthal kept revising how he talked about his military service..."

Please note that Christopher Shays left Congress under a cloud of scandal himself involving serious financial impropriety. In a May 30, 2009 piece [see, http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/Shays-scandal-may-be-worse-223998.php ] in the Connecticut Post, written by Neil Vigdor we read, Embezzlement scandal Shays Scandal May be Worse, with the lead sentence, "The embezzlement scandal that enveloped Christopher Shays' failed 2008 re-election campaign is far more extensive than has been previously reported - probably reaching back into previous Shays campaigns, the former congressman told Greenwich Time."

Perhaps the NY Times considers financial impropriety on this scale to be a resume enhancement for people it chooses to quote, at least that would justify the papers' inclusion of Shays in this piece.

Getting back to Mr. Blumenthal, who radiates all the warmth of an embalmer, the Times' coverage is mild indeed, even noting - as expiation for Blumie's actions - "There is a lot of anecdotal evidence of this phenomenon of exaggerating military service by people who feel nostalgic because they missed their war," said Brian McAllister Linn, a professor at Texas A&M University who specializes in military history."

Yes mere exaggeration, it happens all the time to non-war heroes such as Blumie.

Reading through the piece we find the only mention of Blumie's political affiliation - Democrat - hidden 9 paragraphs [and 310 words] into the piece, "At a news conference on Tuesday in West Hartford, where he was surrounded by veterans, Mr. Blumenthal, 64, a Democratic candidate for Senate, said he had never intended to mislead the public."

There is no use of the words lie or lying in the article at all, though that is clearly what happened and the way the story is constructed, Blumie's fabrication seems to be, by the Times' standards, perhaps his best qualification for high office.

So we have in these opposing presentations by the New York Times, on the same day and about similar matters of trustworthiness to serve in Congress; completely disparate and biased treatment.

There really is no new bottom line here, the old media is comprised of leftists and they unabashedly served their leftist demi-god, facts and representations be damned. Their cheerleading in print, on the air and on the 'Net is as ceaseless as it is shamelessly obvious.

The public has already tired of such ridiculous slanting of news presentations and this is reflected in falling subscriptions and viewership for the lefty press.

As the mid-term elections loom, be prepared for this to reach a crescendo which will not be abated even as the press tries to put the best face on the carnage that will be plainly on view on the morning after the voters speak. One remembers the famous Monty Python scene, "Duel in the Black Forest" where the hapless Black Knight having had three appendages chopped off by King Arthur [how do you know he is king? "he's the one who doesn't have shit all over him."] scoffs at his grievous injuries and remarks, "Let's call it a draw."

A draw indeed.

Onward...Guinevere awaits.

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Out of Africa: illegal immigrants, crime, terrorism, aids and polygamy

 

The Al-Qaeda Threat From Africa

 

By EMERSON VERMAAT

 

May 18, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Eachyear, more than 240,000 illegal African immigrants are entering Europe. Behindthese huge operations of migrant trafficking are powerful criminal African andNorth African organizations which bribe the police, customs officials and otherlocal officials as well as (African) government ministers. Each illegalimmigant has to pay up to 3000 euros to the trafficking organizations. Thesemafia organizations receive some 300 million dollars (237 million euros)annually for their clandestine services (bribing of officials, documentforgery, etc.), according to a United Nations report. Many of these organizationsare run by Nigerians, the report says.[1]

 

Nigeria and Somalia aresignificant source countries of criminals and terrorists who operate on aninternational scale. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerian and Somali immigrantshave entered Europe and North America in recent years, posing great strains onWestern societies. Western intelligence and security services are monitoringradicalized African Muslim males who enthousiastically endorse jihadistideologies linked to Al-Qaeda. An increasing number of them even wants to jointhe jihad against the West and die as a suicide bomber or so-called “martyr."

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Out of Africa: illegal immigrants, crime, terrorism, aids and polygamy

 

The Al-Qaeda Threat From Africa

 

 

By Emerson Vermaat

 

 

Each year, more than 240,000 illegal Africanimmigrants are entering Europe. Behind these huge operations of migranttrafficking are powerful criminal African and North African organizations whichbribe the police, customs officials and other local officials as well as(African) government ministers. Each illegal immigant has to pay up to 3000euros to the trafficking organizations. These mafia organizations receive some300 million dollars (237 million euros) annually for their clandestine services(bribing of officials, document forgery, etc.), according to a United Nationsreport. Many of these organizations are run by Nigerians, the report says.[1]

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The Al-Qaeda Threat From Africa

Out of Africa: illegal immigrants, crime, terrorism, aids and polygamy

By EMERSON VERMAAT


May 18, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Each year, more than 240,000 illegal African immigrants are entering Europe. Behind these huge operations of migrant trafficking are powerful criminal African and North African organizations which bribe the police, customs officials and other local officials as well as (African) government ministers. Each illegal immigant has to pay up to 3000 euros to the trafficking organizations. These mafia organizations receive some 300 million dollars (237 million euros) annually for their clandestine services (bribing of officials, document forgery, etc.), according to a United Nations report. Many of these organizations are run by Nigerians, the report says.[1]

 

Nigeria and Somalia are significant source countries of criminals and terrorists who operate on an international scale. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerian and Somali immigrants have entered Europe and North America in recent years, posing great strains on Western societies. Western intelligence and security services are monitoring radicalized African Muslim males who enthousiastically endorse jihadist ideologies linked to Al-Qaeda. An increasing number of them even wants to join the jihad against the West and die as a suicide bomber or so-called “martyr.”

 

The origins of Al-Qaeda lie both in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Africa. After taking part in the jihad against the Soviet occupiers of Afghanistan and founding Al-Qaeda in 1988, Osama bin Laden set up base in Sudan (1992). Four years later, though, he returned to Afghanistan establishing more training camps and expanding Al-Qaeda into a truly global terror network, in close cooperation with his Egyptian friend Ayman Al-Zawahiri. The first time I heard about bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri was in 1996.

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Confrontational Islamist Plan for 911 Mosque Mired in Chaos

By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ

May 17, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a study done by the New York Post - published in its Sunday edition - an increasingly controversial plan to build a $100 million dollar, 13 story mosque just two blocks away from the epicenter of the Muslim terrorist attacks of September 11 is seriously short of funding and engulfed in questions regarding the motivation of its proponents.

The newspaper's story goes on to show that the organizations which are publicly leading the effort - the American Society for Muslim Advancement [ASMA] and the Cordoba Initiative - together have assets of less than $1 million.

"The American Society for Muslim Advancement, which proposed the center, has assets of less than $1 million...[and a] sister organization, the Cordoba Initiative, listed assets of less than $20,000 in 2008. Its tax filings do not disclose at least $60,000 in private contributions, a Post analysis found, raising questions about where the money went." [source, New York Post, Short on Allah Dollars, http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/short_on_3UhQftAjXfFZq1fNURK3BM?sms_ss=email]

Kuwait born imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is at the helm of this effort and runs both groups. He is listed on ASMA's website as, "Founder of ASMA and Chairman of Cordoba Initiative." [source, http://www.asmasociety.org/about/p_people.html]

This lack of funds raises additional fears that the shortfall will be made up from the deep pocket fundamentalist Wahhabis and Salafists of the Middle East who will use the erecting of a mosque at ground zero as a means of extending cultural and religious hegemony.

In his public utterances and activities Imam Feisal has demonstrated skill in building a non-threatening persona, having created a media friendly image of moderation despite a record of extremist and plainly bizarre statements.

For example, during the second segment of the CBS News show 60 minutes broadcast on September 30, 2001, Feisal Abdul Rauf - the alleged moderate - engaged host Ed Bradley in the following manner:

Bradley: "Are you in any way suggesting that we in the United States deserved what happened?"

Faisal: "I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened, but United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened."

Bradley: "You say that we're an accessory? How?"

Faisal: "Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense Osama bin-Laden is made in the U.S.A." [source transcript available at the "Islam for Today" website - http://www.islamfortoday.com/60minutes.htm]

Feisal has also claimed that the essential elements of Shari'a - Islamic religious law - are embodied in the American Constitution which seems to be a naked attempt on his part to create a moral equivalency where none exists.

"Islamic law and American democratic principles have many things in common...The framers of the Constitution wrote that they were establishing justice, ensuring domestic tranquility, promoting the general welfare and securing the blessings of liberty. In the same way, Islamic law believes that God has ordained political justice, economic justice, help for the weak and impoverished. These are very Islamic concepts." [source, Washington Post, Obama vs. Osama in Muslim World, http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/feisal_abdul_rauf/2009/03/why_obama_should_speak_to_the_muslim_world.html]

Imam Feisal has assured critics that the building of a mosque - on sacred ground, soaked in the blood of innocents - is neither insensitive nor intentionally antagonistic. However when seen clearly, it's an outrageous and blatant act of Muslim domination...a concept dredged up from the 7th century.

That the takiyya laden Feisal and his murky group of backers are so blind as to be unable or unwilling to see the offensive nature of such a move - perhaps the most singularly insensitive and indeed warlike move that any Muslim could propose - speaks with elegant testimony to the assertion that advocates of radical Islam will not stop until both their violent as well as the stealth jihad - of which Feisal could be the poster child - are defeated.

If this is what moderate Islam is all about perhaps a rethinking on our part of the religion's capacity to coexist at any level with the West is in order.

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Five American Muslims Face Life Sentence in Pakistani Court, Charged with Making War on "Infidels"

May 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The prosecution rested today in the trial of five American Muslim immigrants charged with terrorist acts.

The defendants, Ahmed Minni, Umar Farooq, Ramy Zamzam, Waqar Khan and Hassan Yemer had, according to the government, stated an intention of travelling from Pakistan to Afghanistan where they could join the mujahideen and fight against American and NATO forces.

"Pakistani authorities have described the men as intent on waging holy war against 'infidels for the atrocities committed by them against Muslims around the world.'" [source, CNN, 'D.C. Five' appear in court in Pakistan, http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/05/15/pakistan.terror.trial/]

The so-called "DC-5" emigrated from various Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Pakistan and Ethiopia to the U.S. and resided in various locations in and around the vicinity of Washington, DC.

The group stands charged on two major counts: conspiracy to commit terrorism and waging war on Pakistan and allies including the United States.

Facing life sentences, their defense so-far has been that evidence presented by Pak prosecutors was forged and that they had been tortured to confess.

The suspects were arrested last December and face a very harsh future if found guilty.

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Imam Eric Holder

May 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In testimony delivered yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee, AG Holder refused - during vigorous questioning by ranking member Lamar Smith - to say that the current crop of domestic terrorists might have been motivated by, "radical Islam."

Holder: "...there are a variety of reasons why these people have taken these actions...you have to look at each individual case..."

He even refused to confront the religious issue in general.

Holder: "...I don't want to say anything negative about a religion..."

However, Holder, who didn't consider himself knowledgeable enough to define "radical Islam" to the extent necessary to directly answer Mr. Smith's pointed queries nonetheless considered himself sufficiently enlightened to make the far more global claim that "radical Islam" is inconsistent with Islam in general.


Holder: "...potentially incited by an Islam that is inconsistent with its history...like Anwar Awlaki for instance, who has a version of Islam that is not consistent with the teachings of it..."

Generally it is understood that a great deal of study of the Qur'an, often aided by the ability to read Arabic, is required to make such religious determinations and those who are qualified have a name, they are called imams.

This was a skill set entirely hidden from Mr. Holder's resume - until yesterday.

As noted by historian Dr. Daniel Pipes:

"I ridiculed "Imam Bush" for telling Muslims about true Islam and its distortion, and now I must ridicule "Sheikh Obama" for the same. He's a politician, not a theologian. He's now a Christian, not a Muslim. He should steer completely clear from the topic of who are good or bad Muslims." [source, National Review, Sheikh Obama and His Two Wars, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YmQ2NjYyYmU3MzcxYmI0NDhlNThhNDIyZjlmYmZlMjc=]

In his recent Congressional appearance AG Holder continued the administration's verbal shenanigans in dealing with the terror phenomenon, engaging in the most arcane linguistic contortions to avoid speaking plainly.

For those paying attention this is dismaying in the extreme - it being impossible to win a conflict if one is unable or even unwilling to be able to identify the enemy.

NOTE: A video of Mr. Holder's entire testimony is available here - http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2010/05/13/HP/A/32846/House+Judiciary+Cmte+with+Atty+Gen+Eric+Holder+on+Times+Square.aspx

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Wafa Sultan Speaks at Philadelphia Event

By BEILA RABINOWITZ

May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On May 11, the David Horowitz Freedom Center of Philadelphia [DHFC] hosted Wafa Sultan at the Union League in Philadelphia. Wafa Sultan is an ex-Muslim and author of the book, "A God Who Hates."

Craig Snider, the director of the DHFC in Philadelphia organized the event.

Dr. Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, introduced Dr. Sultan. In endorsing her book he wrote, "Wafa Sultan paints a scorching, unforgettable portrait of Syrian Muslim society, especially the degradation of its women, and lyrically appreciates her adopted American homeland, which she calls 'the land of dreams.' But she also worries that Middle East customs are encroaching on the West and writes with passion to awaken Americans to a menace they barely recognize, much less fear."

During introductory remarks, Dr. Pipes recounted how Sultan had first questioned Islam after she saw a professor at her medical school in Syria murdered by members of the Muslim Brotherhood who were shouting Allahu Akhbar! This prompted her to look deeper into Islam. After immigrating to America she began writing articles about Islam especially it's misogynist tendencies. Her writings "caught the eye" of producers at Al Jazeera and she was catapulted into prominence after a debate with a sheik in which she, according to Pipes, "...unapologetically said things that are just not said...in public...and even less said by a Muslim and by a woman."

As related by Pipes, during the debate with the sheik among the questions posed was if we are witnessing a clash of civilizations, to which Sultan replied, "No, we are witnessing the clash of something more fundamental, it is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the middle ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century."

Dr. Sultan who lives under constant death threats, stated that "world and current events support what I say...Since my arrival in the United States I have held the conviction that I can finally speak freely about Islam and about Muslims." She went on to warn that Muslims plan to implement Shari'a either by violent jihad or stealth jihad.

She also spoke about the mosque being built two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center and about the head of the mosque Feisal Abdul Rauf. Sultan explained how the establishment of a mosque was a victory for Shari'a , quoting Rauf as, "Seven centuries before the Declaration of Independence was written Shari'a law was intended to protect life, religion, property, family and mental well-being, this is why I am sure that America is in fact a Shari'a compliant state."

Sultan also noted that Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber wannabe and Feisal Rauf, "were two sides of the same coin," and that Muslims have "declared war on non-Muslims."

Citing the "brutal treatment" of women under Islam, she related that her book was dedicated to "her beloved niece" who had committed suicide by setting herself on fire to avoid an arranged marriage.

Sultan also declared that most Muslims who adhere to Shari'a cannot be loyal to the Constitution and that, "is crucial to study the political ideology of Islam." She concluded, saying "we must have the courage and commitment to act...if freedom is to survive."

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No Pushback from Team Obama on Massive Proposed U.N / World Health Organization Global Internet Tax

May 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Hidden inside a near 100 page 2010 report by the World Health Organization's "Expert Working Group," [an arm of the United Nations] devoted to new methods of raising revenue for the WHO, is a proposal for a global tax on internet activity, levied by the United Nations.

The digital tax involves a charge on traffic over the Internet. It was first discussed in the 1990s, and various proponents have suggested different versions. Examples include a tax of 1 US cent on every 100 e-mails of 10 KB sent, a charge per number of e-mail messages (e.g. 10 cents per 1000 messages). The key element is a very lowcharge." [source, World Health Organization, Research and Development - Coordination and Financing, pg. 58, http://www.who.int/phi/documents/RDFinancingwithISBN.pdf]

One can almost visualize greedy UN bureaucrats and murderous despots rubbing their hands with glee in anticipation of such a windfall.

"[A] Digital tax or "bit" tax: Internet traffic is huge and likely to increase rapidly; this tax could yield tens of billion US dollars from a broad base of users...This could be estimated conservatively to raise about US$ 3 billion per annum... An indirecttax like a digital tax might be appealing to politicians and consumers, who will accept a low tax across a broad base with an altruistic purpose." [source, ibid, pg. 58]

As noted above, the controversial proposal has been kicking around the halls of the UN - an organization legendary for its financial and sexual impropriety, gross mismanagement and generalized scandal - for 20 years and until recently has been looked upon with disfavor by Democrat as well as Republican administrations.

However with the arrival of team Obama in DC, all bets in that regard appear to be off, with the administration apparently amenable to yielding considerable U.S. sovereignty to U.N. schemes.

Indicative of the degree to which this administration seems to be in lockstep with even the most egregious UN actions is the recent silence of the U.S. in the face of the organization's more than questionable moves.

"...the United Nations General Assembly has just elected Libya's dictatorship to...the U.N. Human Rights Council. Where...was...U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice?...where was Rice when the misogynist rulers of Iran, murderers last year of peaceful protester Neda Soltan, won a seat last month - by acclamation, no less - on the U.N.'s commission for women's rights? Where was Rice when Libya's candidate won the presidency last year of the current General Assembly?...For America to swim along with this is not smart diplomacy. It is at best naïve. It emboldens the worst violators of civilized norms, and further compounds the already alarming failings of the U.N., a sprawling and opaque collective which lends itself to exploitation by the most ruthless and corrupt of its 192 member states..." [source, Forbes, Paging Ambassador Susan Rice, http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/13/united-nations-libya-human-rights-opinions-columnists-claudia-rosett.html]

Against the backdrop of increasing threats to U.S. security, that team Obama would be such a lackadaisical steward of American sovereignty in this matter - possibly ceding taxing authority to the UN's den of thieves - that it would not kill such a proposal outright sends perhaps the worst message imaginable to a world starved for true American leadership.

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Is Iran Aiding al-Qaeda?

May 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what is rumored to be a significant change in policy, Iran has reportedly been releasing jailed members of al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaida operatives who have been detained for years in Iran have been making their way quietly in and out of the country, raising the prospect that Iran is loosening its grip on the terror group so it can replenish its ranks, former and current U.S. intelligence officials say. [source, AP, AP Exclusive: Iran eases grip on al-Qaida, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jZ-5-3Ifvv72jUDj3i7adCd8XAYgD9FLVTUG0]

In the years following 9/11, the ranks of al-Qaeda have been decimated with many of the organization's leaders either killed or driven so far underground that their ability to influence day-to-day operations have been severely hampered.

Because of an international effort led by the U.S. Treasury Dept. the terrorist group has also been deprived of its traditional sources of revenue.

Speculation abounds regarding Iran's possible motives for its change in policy, with some believing that the outlaw Islamic theocracy is responding to efforts by the West to curtail its nuclear program which is now almost universally understood as being a mask for the development of nuclear weapons.

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Mullah Omar Captured?

May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Rumors regarding the possible capture of the Afghan Taliban's founder, Mullah Omar are sweeping through DC.

First broken on Breitbart by Brad Thor, a national security expert with reputed excellent sources, the story has neither been confirmed nor denied officially by anyone in the Obama administration.

''At the end of March, US Military Intelligence was informed by US operatives working in the Af/Pak theater on behalf of the D.O.D. that Omar had been detained by Pakistani authorities. One would assume that this would be passed up the chain and that the Secretary of Defense would have been alerted immediately. From what I am hearing, that may not have been the case,'' the analyst, Brad Thor, said. [source, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Reports-of-Mullah-Omar-capture-sweep-US/articleshow/5918087.cms]

Omar created the Afghan Taliban in 1994 and is currently on the United States most wanted list for, as the Dept. of State's Rewards for Justice website makes clear, "Mullah Omar's Taliban regime in Afghanistan sheltered Osama bin-Laden and his al-Qai'da network in the years prior to the September 11 attacks."

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Will the State Department Add the Pakistani Taliban to the Foreign Terrorist Organization Registry?

May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - With all the deliberate speed that a hidebound bureaucracy can muster, the U.S. State Dept. is considering the possibility of placing Pakistan's Taliban on its official Foreign Terrorist Organization [FTO] registry. [see, http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm]

The recent revelation that the Pak Taliban was involved with Faisal Shahzad's botched Times Square bombing plot has led to considerable pressure towards such a finding.

"It is something we are considering in light of what happened, and obviously the investigation will yield information that might give us greater clarity," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters. Crowley said there was a lengthy legal process before a group could be designated a "foreign terrorist organization" and he did not know when a decision would be made." [source, Reuters, U.S. mulls putting Pakistan Taliban on terrorism list, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64A4YF20100511?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews]

What State has so far remained unclear about is whether such a move would signal the abandonment of its previous stance, that "moderates" within the Taliban might be worked with.

Contacted for comment on this development was Clair Lopez, Sr. Fellow at the Center for Security Policy [see, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.xml].

She outlined the three prerequisites that are necessary to initiate the process of being added to the FTO by the Dept. of State:

1. That the group be foreign.

2. That over the last two years the group either has committed or retains the ability or intent to commit terrorist actions against the United States.

3. That the group poses a national security threat to United States citizens or facilities.

Regardless of whatever inner machinations may or may not be going on at the State Dept., the most direct method of declaring the Taliban a terrorist entity would be through an executive order, the manner in which President Clinton so designated the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in January of 1995.

Such an action could almost immediately clear the way for sanctions to be applied against the group, which might include a freeze on whatever banking assets that might fall within U.S. jurisdiction.

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Putting it all Together - the California Merger Between the Educrats and Big Labor

By CAMILLE GIGLIO, Legislative Analyst

May 11, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Today's public school student is failing to receive a good, solid, academic education. Charter schools and home schooling have increased commensurately. Many students have left public school to attend the more expensive private schools; others bored with education, have just dropped out.

Is the formerly cherished California educational system cheating the students as parents and critics complain or is it right on target according to the educators and think tanks?

Well, it's a little of both.

California education underwent a major sea change beginning in 1960 with passage of the first Master Plan for Education also referred to as the Donahoe Education Act. Clark Kerr, later to become Chancellor of Cal Berkeley, takes credit as does former legislator, Santa Clara University graduate, Jesuit trained, John Vasconcellos, for creating and furthering this Master Plan.

Kerr addresses his goals with a more intellectual approach, couching his ideas in lofty, aesthetic terms. Vasconcellos uses the patois of the hippy era, blaming mainly parents, and church for a failure to prepare and nurture their children for the hard realities and the pleasures of life.

A report on Vasconcellos' plans for our children is contained in an article written by Jeff Fishel, Department of Government School of public Affairs, America University, Washington, D.C. entitled "Leadership for Social Change and the Promise of Humanistic Psychology."

The original Master Plan was that period's California Dream Act, long on ideals, short on ways to attain those ideals and lacking in funds. The main premise, however, was that schools must become accountable for the children that [it was asserted] parents and society were failing.

What was missing in this plan was a pathway to attaining those goals. The legislators and educators knew that The Donahoe Act was only a beginning. Over the years legislation has been submitted that has tweaked and amended this act until the CA Education Code is now several hundred pages long and containing 101,060 numbered sections.

In 1993 Clark Kerr addressed the California Postsecondary Education Commission created by the 1960 Act. The title of his talk was, "Who will take responsibility for the future of California Higher Education?"

This time Kerr urged creation of a new Master Plan referred to as a Resource Master Plan for Education. This time it was concern over the children and grandchildren of the sexual revolution baby boomers. But in reality it focused on how were they going to fill up the colleges and universities.

During every session, dozens of education related bills are submitted to the legislature. Some of these bills are developed by legislators. The majority of them however are created by special interests such as unions, community and non-profit organizations, business community and think tanks. This has created partnerships between education and business and community interests, all, now called "stakeholders." Everybody has been invited to jump in and contribute to the preparation of the student for his/her chosen place in the life of the global community. All, that is, except the parents.

Education has become the new market place for competition and experimentation in who or what will be able to fulfill the goals of these acts. The prize for the competitors is the prestige of being chosen, as well as financial gain and guaranteed employment.

The students?

Well, if it doesn't work there is always lifelong learning or re-training for the latest new skills needed in the market place.

The conversation about the future of education usually quickly turns to the realization that not all students will succeed in college. Not all students are academically minded. Most will graduate high school and go into trades or office work. The educators and legislators say on the other hand, "Oh, no, all students have the right to a college education. We must help them attain that. They must at least get two years of community college."

On top of that students have to be healthy, physically fit, mentally sound and willing to acknowledge their responsibility to their community, prepared to fulfill the employment needs of that community. All this of course, provided by the chosen special interest groups. You've heard the old phrase - our children are our future? Did you ever think it meant a planned future prepared by the school system - not you - and that your job is to be a partner with the school and enforce the school's plan inside the home?

California recently lost its bid for Race To The Top federal education legislation, but is trying again. The money to be realized would provide the fuel to set the whole humanistic education program well on its way. Also the Education Master Plan is due for re-authorizing later this year.

The irony here is that California considers itself to have been the leader in creating these new goals for education.

Visit the online California Postsecondary Education site and click on a section entitled Accountability; March 22, 2010. Look for their Legislative Update with contains information on 50 education bills that they are tracking.

Also look for their report called STEP - School to Employment Pathways System.

All these education bills are filled with mandates to firmly establish partnerships with Workforce Development legislation mandates, health clinic services and corresponding nutrition and gardening programs, humanistic character education programs, after school programs, targeted work preparation programs led by unions offering job shadowing in union shops and community organizations, beginning in junior high school. Eighth graders are being urged to determine their career paths and being assisted in that by promotional programs from community groups.

Academics such as history and English composition and languages is being re-focused to be merely support for the chosen career path. One must know how to read the manual or research the computer for one's chosen field of endeavor or prepare reports to one's supervisor. One must also understand that though their future employment might well be within "their community," that community may be global.

Also, the classroom and its instructor will change. It's called distance learning or individualized learning and it means learning via computer. Your student may be sitting in a room full of students but each may be getting a different version of an education through the computer from a classroom half way across the country.

Most of the current crop of bills are sitting in suspense files in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees awaiting the fate of the next budget fights. These bills come with high demands for new taxes in the form of bonds for which there need be only a majority vote in either the legislature or the ballot box.

Beware of politicians calling for education reform and more jobs, because they may very well be planning something far different than what you might be imagining.

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Sherlock Holmes - The PipeLineNews Review

By - WILLIAM MAYER

January 5, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It was with a certain amount of negative prejudgment that I recently screened Guy Ritchie's new work, Sherlock Holmes, with our Cultural Editor having warned me that the movie, was good but could have gone straight to DVD.

With that in mind, it was surprising then to see the story rendered so flawlessly, updated rather tastefully for a modern audience not accustomed to the dour, turgid presence of Basil Rathbone and comical antics of Nigel Bruce as Watson, circa the 1930s.

The plot, though perhaps overreaching [arch villain Lord Blackwood seeks to dominate the world through feigned magical powers] serves to showcase the characters and provide motivation for the substantial departure the writers [Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg] have taken from the original.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., as Sherlock Holmes, Jude Law as Dr. John Watson, Rachel McAdams as the femme fatale Irene Adler and Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood the roles are perfectly cast for the quirky moodiness of the work, which sees Holmes a troubled but brilliant savant on a mission to save the world and Watson his steady companion and foil, albeit one over fond of gambling and skilled in the art of avoiding marriage.

In supporting roles, Downey's antagonist/love interest believably gravitates between sexy and vulnerable seasoned with a considerable dose of steel. The scene where she menacingly cracks walnuts in one hand being one of many deft touches to her character and the film in general. Strong is well cast as thin-shouldered, vaguely vampire-ish Lord Blackwood and he proves himself at ease in evoking the sense of cruel coldness appropriate for a wannabe master of the world.

The cinematography is superlative, verging on stunning in some instances and far better than one might expect in what has been variously and incorrectly characterized as a formulaic set-piece. The blocking of scenes is flawless and camera angles were well chosen, leaving the action framed in such a manner as to subtly enhance the story.

The colors, tones and the use of light and darkness are also a cut above. London of the 1870s is beautifully [if almost mournfully] rendered; all the hustle characterizing the grandeur, the peak if you will of the British empire set against dank brownstones lit by an omnipresent and oppressive sepia tinged sky. The interiors are fittingly moody and appropriately lit, with a hint of foreboding and doom.

Additionally Zimmer's score finely meshes with the script. As one might now expect with his substantial credits, it never seems show-offy or gets in the way.

Though one, schooled with the subdued malevolence of let's say The Hounds of the Baskervilles, might not expect such a virile, not to mention overtly pugilistic, Holmes, Downey's innate quirkiness makes it work. Holmes cerebral dissection of a loutish bare knuckle opponent before he crushes him according to plan is not only sweet but really in keeping with the original character's calculating sense of coldness. Downey undoubtedly spend a lot of gym time, sculpting his thin form into a taught and muscular, ring-friendly physique.

Deductions?

You got 'em, springing out everywhere and with enough variety to hew to Doyle's original and cerebral Holmes. Nothing earthshaking in this regard, de rigueur but certainly adequate in context, again more than one might expect in a general release flick, especially in this genre.

Now some critics have attempted [not successfully in my opinion] to pass the new Sherlock Holmes off as a shallow action hero romp, the overuse of special effects is really little in evidence, with pyrotechnics being largely reserved to applications where they are appropriate and not at all gratuitous. The plot is consistent with vintage Holmes and Watson, simply updated in the mold of Daniel Craig's Bond.

Along these lines I tire greatly of "purer than thou" type reviews in general - sorry Mr. Ebert, Sherlock Holmes is no Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens, but what is? Such scribblers often have well-formed attitudes going in the movie house [whoops, screening room, Roger] often writing from a perspective quite remote from the matter at hand. In general, many of these types couldn't care less about the movie and have no appreciation for the incredible technical/storytelling/editing/scoring expertise necessary to even crank out competent boiler plate.

Off rant...

Likewise some commentators have bitched about the run time [128 minutes] but to this reviewer the length was appropriate to the telling of the story, which of course was constructed to warrant a sequel - who could blame them?

All in all Sherlock Holmes rises above the mundane nature of so many big budget Hollywood films. Look out, it's a possible sleeper which should - devoid of the industry's pervasive internal politics - find some degree of favor with the judges as the Academy Awards approach in early March.

Will this happen?

No.

Should it?

Absolutely.

We say check it out...no gratuitous sex or violence, everything in its place, consistently engaging - a family movie with a soul, 4 1/2 stars.

Movie: Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros.

Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., as Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law as Dr. John Watson
Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler
Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood
Rating: PG-13 [Violence]
Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg - screenplay
Lionel Wigram, Michael Robert Johnson - story
Score - Hans Zimmer
Run time - 128 minutes

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Pak Link with Shahzad Another Indication that Obama Terror Strategy is Bankrupt

By WILLIAM MAYER

May 10, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Sunday talk shows have proved themselves relevant for once, yesterday carrying the bombshell twin admissions by AG Holder and WH terror advisor John Brennan that the Pakistani Taliban was involved with Faisal Shahzad's abortive Times Square bombing plot.

Yet it is a safe bet that even visible proof that an al-Qaeda centric terror worldview is counterproductive to a reasonable war fighting strategy will not remove the blinders from team Obama.

From the outset, the president's policy in that regard has been defined by a number of attributes - all of them unsound.

1. A denial that many of the world's Muslims ascribe to a jihadist ideology, allowing the foreign policy team to put forth the politically expedient assertion that al-Qaeda is the sole enemy.

2. A belief that kind words and breast beating will convince the Muslim world that the West and America particularly - because of "colonialism" - take a large measure of responsibility [and apologize for] the hellish conditions faced by nearly every Muslim nation.

3. An assumption that simple mea-culpas are capable of repairing the rift between civilizations in conflict.

4. Faith that attacks by drone aircraft in the most radicalized areas of Pakistan [Waziristan & the tribal areas] will be of consequence in the final outcome of this conflict.

5. A belief that Pakistan - or any Muslim nation - can be more than a reluctant ally of the United States, given the ideological constraints that a radical interpretation of Islam demands.

6. Repeated assertions that "good" elements within the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban and other jihadist entities can be reasoned with and are thus amenable to working with the West.

The disclosure by the top WH terror officials that the supposedly malleable Taliban would take such a bold step as to instigate a domestic attack on the United States should in the best-of-all-possible worlds initiate a full rethinking of Obama's [and the Democrat leadership's] anti-terror policy which would in good order be accompanied by a quick and unequivocal rejection of the above noted half-dozen points.

But that is not and will not be the case because the decision making process has been hijacked by leftist ideologues to whom literal reality holds little appeal. One should note the additional complication that the power players in this administration in large part ascribe to the Islamist's critique of this society, especially as it pertains to the supposed sins of Western colonialism.

Refuting the administration's sleight-of-hand manner of dealing with Islamic terrorism only requires an examination of the failure of these foundational principles.

1. The administration-wide banning of the use of terms such as Islamism, jihadist and Muslim terrorism has resulted in a complete inability to define who the enemy is, perhaps the most elemental necessity when going to war, or whatever team Obama wants to call this conflict, leaving these bumblers looking foolish while hiding behind the skirts of al-Qaeda.

Observation[s]:

I. A country which is considerate of the feelings of violent religious fanatics has lost the war before the first shot was fired.

II. The administration has shown far more will in making war on the lexicon of Islamism than of carrying the fight to a now intentionally nameless and ill-defined opponent.

2. Nearly a year-and-a-half of prostration to the Muslim world seems to have hardened its intransigence against policing itself. Why stop your opponent when he is tearing at himself?

3. Learning nothing from the Clinton administration's failed policy of confronting jihadism with the equivalent of cruise missile diplomacy, Obama happily adopted it for the very reason that motivated Clinton - any chance kills by this method looks flashy on the evening news, make it appear that something is being done and most of all place no American servicemen in harm's way. This is ordinarily a good thing if done for the right reason, however in this instance it speaks almost exclusively to a desire to avoid nettlesome PR consequences that would be caused by a serious effort to combat the problem. Getting down-and-dirty with this enemy requires...well...getting down and dirty, something which will always entail the introduction of elements which are by their nature difficult to fit within a slick public relations scheme.

Observation:

III. The left is fully aware of and ever mindful of the way in which it and its media allies used the constant drip of negative news to deconstruct the George Walker Bush administration.

4. One of the most intractable problems when dealing with Pakistani based Islamic violence is in recognizing that a significant percentage of it is state sponsored, either via rogue elements of the Pak military or even more gravely, through the involvement of Pakistan's radicalized intelligence agency, the ISI, which after all was responsible for the creation of the Afghan Taliban in the first place.[see, New York Times, Pakistanis aided attack in Kabul, "U.S. officials say, American intelligence agencies have concluded that members of Pakistan's powerful spy service helped plan the deadly July 7 bombing of India's embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to United States government officials," http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/01/world/asia/01iht-01pstan.14929392.html?_r=1]

5. Popular opinion in Pakistan and throughout the Muslim world is almost savagely antagonistic to the West and even more so to Israel. The figures from polling done by Pew Research are dismaying.

Percentage of population with attitudes favorable to the U.S. - Pakistan 16%, Turkey 14%, Jordan 25%, Palestinian territories 15%, Egypt 25% [source 2009 Pew Research poll, http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1512/restoring-americas-reputation-globally-gains-may-be-fragile] and Saudi Arabia 8% [source, 2004 poll by Zogby quoted in the Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7080-2004Jul22.html]

6. Belief in the perfectibility of Islamist organizations runs deep in this administration, with Obama through Mrs. Clinton, both complete foreign policy novices, offering "olive branches" to groups whose existence is based upon eternal enmity against the West [see for example, "Clinton offers olive branch to Taliban...members...who abandoned extremism must be granted an "honorable form of reconciliation," http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE52U2EC20090331] yet it was this very group, the Taliban which aided Shahzad in a bold but fortunately bungled attempt.

The same holds with the Muslim Brotherhood [the intellectual ancestor of all modern jihadism and the creator of Hamas] elements of which were quietly invited by the administration to observe Obama's whimpering dissertation in Cairo.

The administration thus sets for itself an impossible goal in arguing that its rapprochement [and over all policy] with the Muslim world is working, with foreign based or linked attempted domestic jihadist attacks accelerating at an alarming rate.

Will the events of the last week result in meaningful change bringing about a more effective and realistic policy of dealing with jihadism? If we have learned anything from these political operators it's that when faced by obviously failing strategies, their tendency is always to double down on failure, the trap of ideologues from time immemorial. While such a strategy did work in the case of the Bush administration's destruction - starting with the faux allegation that the election of 2000 had been stolen - this is an entirely different matter, determined by objective reality rather than media borne squishy public opinion.

This inevitably leads to the conclusion that the only thing that will force reality upon those who unfortunately were elected to lead this country is a cataclysmic terrorist attack on the homeland that will so test public forbearance that resistance to the use of extreme, but necessary measures, will evaporate overnight.

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Eight Convicted in Belgium al-Qaeda Terror Cell

May 10, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Delivering an unbelievably lenient sentence of only 8 years to the plot's leader, a Moroccan immigrant - Malika El Aroud - was today found guilty, along with 7 accomplices of planning a series of suicide attacks in Belgium. [see, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8673229.stm]

The al-Qaeda linked terror cell first came to public notice when 9 of its members were arrested in 2009.

Ms. El Aroud is something of a celebrity within terror circles, her first husband having allegedly killed Ahmed Shah Massoud, an opponent of the Taliban and the leader of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance.

Aroud's second husband, Moez Garsallaoui was among those found guilty today.

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FCC's Genachowski - Court Decisions be Damned, Full-Speed Ahead on 'Net Censorship

May 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In previous coverage we have noted the Obama administration's long-term goal of controlling the Internet under the guise of protecting consumers.

"One thing Obama's critics can't say about him is that he lacks ambition and audacity.

And it is that audacity which was on full display in his first official news conference where he seemed to intentionally avoid taking question from Fox, shunning the favorite media target of the far left.

Obama's performance at the press gaggle, to this reporter at least was given an added dimension - call it the creep factor - produced by the president elect's other worldly, detached and vaguely android-like demeanor, as if the stage upon which he stood wasn't big enough to contain his celestial regality.

Filtering into that creep factor, a more pressing concern. This one regarding the news of His Celestialness' strategy on media legislation and technology initiatives, specifically his intention to create a Federal Office Of Technology, an idea which gained much more traction when IAC executive Julius Genachowski was named to the transition team.

Lest one get the impression that this is merely a case of adding 1 + 1 and getting 3, Genachowski headed the study group which originally advanced the idea of a cabinet level technology czar. [see, Barack Obama: Connecting and Empowering all Americans Through Technology and Innovation]

Let's place Mr G politically, is he an activist or something else? According to FEC filings he has traditionally been a big Dem funder, giving nearly 35k to various Dem candidates over the last 4 years. [see, Genachowski FEC].

By trade, Genachowski is a communication's attorney, most notably having served as chief counsel to Barry Diller's InteraActiveCorp [IAC] which has spawned a host of 'Net based companys including but not limited to: Ticketmaster, Expedia, Hotels.com and LendingTree.

Philosophically, judging from his associations he appears to be a very bright leftist with an already established power base throughout DC, see below:

"Before joining IAC, Mr. Genachowski was Chief Counsel to Chairman Reed Hundt of the Federal Communications Commission. He has served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and, before that, to retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Mr. Genachowski worked in Congress on the staff of the Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair and also for then-U.S. Representative, now Senator,

Charles E. Schumer. " [source, http://www.netcaucus.org/biography/julius-genachowski.shtml]

Though he could easily serve as Obama's Fairness Doctrine Grim Reaper, sharpening his scythe in preparation for the anticipated harvesting of Rush - given his first-hand familiarity with the FCC - that position seems to have already have been promised to Democrat Henry Rivera, whose departure from Reagan's FCC made clear the way to abolish the doctrine in the first place, during the mid 1980s." 1

Mr. Genachowski's machinations at FCC to place the 'Net directly under control of team Obama fortunately ran into a roadblock in early April when a three judge DC judicial panel in a unanimous decision ruled that the FCC has no statuary authority to regulate network management decisions made by Internet provider's.

The immediate effect of that ruling is to remove an FCC admonishment, a "cease and desist" order, against Comcast which had taken steps to limit bandwidth use for certain types of downloads.

Comcast and other 'Net providers claim that peer to peer data transfer mechanisms such as BitTorrent are such bandwidth hogs that the providers have a right to either limit downloads or to charge heavy "power-users" at a higher rate.

But in what has become the hallmark of this administration - establishment of a radical leftist agenda via imposition - the FCC remains undeterred, with that the agency instead signaling that it intends to continue to pursue 'Net regulation, but now under regulatory authority which heretofore had been reserved for common carriers such as land based telephone systems.

Regardless of its deceptive wording, in a May 6 statement Genachowski betrayed the tip of the political agenda that team Obama has for the 'Net, showing the FCC's intention to force the umbilical cord of the new technology to conform to his grand social engineering design, "and safeguard the Internet’s boundless promise as a platform for innovation and communication to improve our education and health care, and help deliver a clean energy future." [source, http://www.broadband.gov/the-third-way-narrowly-tailored-broadband-framework-chairman-julius-genachowski.html]

Just take a moment and imagine Mr. Obama's viewpoint on healthcare, clean energy and education etc., being constantly forced down your throat and you understand the massive power grab such a move represents

That such an agenda exists is beyond question, consider the following from a cuddly sounding group calling itself Free Press, which was founded by Robert McChesney, a hard-line socialist and typical of the demographic which is pushing the Obama regime's agenda.

Below from an interview with Mr. McChesney conducted for the Socialist Project's Bullet by Tanner Mirrlees.

"TM: Why do you think it is important for progressives to understand the media and participate in media democracy struggles?

RM: The media is one of the key areas in society where power is exercised, reinforced and contested. It is hard to imagine a successful left political project that does not have a media platform. The media was not a major political issue for earlier generations of the Left. In the 19th century, a very different media system was in place. 19th century socialists wouldn't be talking much about the need to criticize the New York Herald Tribune because they weren't organizing people who read the New York Herald Tribune. It was much easier and more common for the Left to have its own media. The workers had worker papers. They weren't consuming mass produced commercial media products. But this started changing in the first half of the 20th century. Capital accumulation colonized much more of popular culture and communications. Capitalism became the dominant mode of producing and distributing information in society. The media has since become central to politics; it is a central concern for anyone that wants to understand politics and intervene politically. The challenge for us is to understand, use and struggle to change the existing media." [source, http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/246.php]

As this battle goes forward it is important to realize what is at stake in this controvery. Despite the blow to team Obama's 'Net regulation scheme provided by the DC court, the FCC will continue to huddle behind closed doors with Dem dirtbags such as Henry Waxmanto bring about this totalitarian grand vision with the Constitution, extant law and popular will be damned.


Notes:

1. Obama Moves Towards Total Control Via Internet Leviathan - https://www.pipelinenews.org/2008/Obama-Moves-Towards-Total-Control-Via-Internet-Leviathan.html, Julius Genachowski Nominated To Chair FCC - Will He Be Obama's Communications Thug? - https://www.pipelinenews.org/2009/Julius-Genachowski-Nominated-To-Chair-FCC-Will-He-Be.html, FCC Genachowski Bombshell - DC Court Crushes Dem Attempt to Control Internet - https://www.pipelinenews.org/2010/FCC-Genachowski-Bombshell-DC-Court-Crushes-Dem-Attempt.html

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Is Obama's Long Promised High Value Detainee Interrogation Group Operational?

May 6, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an August 24, 2009 announcement [see, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/August/09-ag-835.html] the DOJ's Special Task Force on Interrogations and Transfer Policies issued a set of recommendations to the president.

In the section of the press release covering interrogations, the task force advised the following:

"...the United States could improve its ability to interrogate the most dangerous terrorists by forming a specialized interrogation group, or High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), that would bring together the most effective and experienced interrogators and support personnel from across the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense and law enforcement. The creation of the HIG would build upon a proposal developed by the Intelligence Science Board. To accomplish that goal, the Task Force recommended that the HIG should coordinate the deployment of mobile teams of experienced interrogators, analysts, subject matter experts and linguists to conduct interrogations of high-value terrorists if the United States obtains the ability to interrogate them. The primary goal of this elite interrogation group would be gathering intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks and otherwise to protect national security. Advance planning and interagency coordination prior to interrogations would also allow the United States, where appropriate, to preserve the option of gathering information to be used in potential criminal investigations and prosecutions."

Given the lack of focus that team Obama has brought to matters pertaining to terrorism it was not surprising to find out that the HIG still had not been created when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the "Christmas Bomber," was apprehended on Christmas day.

Now with the attempted Times Square bombing again forcing the administration to publicly deal with the increasing terror threat we find it still unwilling to state categorically that the HIG is an active force.

The following from the May 4 WH press gaggle:

Q Was the high-value detainee interrogation group -- was that deployed for this?

MR. GIBBS: The questioning draws on the expertise and the resources of the HIG.

Q But, wait, it draws on the --

MR. GIBBS: Expertise and the resources. I am not going to get --

Q So it wasn't actually deployed?

MR. GIBBS: I'm not going to get into the identities of who's exactly in the room, but, again, it draws on the resources of the HIG, yes.

The most obvious excuse for such parsing - with Gibbs spinning madly to obfuscate the matter - is that if HIG even exists it is still not yet fully functional.

Such a conclusion does not seem to be in conflict with a breaking piece by ABC's Jake Tapper [see, http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/05/sources-highvalue-interrogation-group-involved-in-interrogation-of-shahzad.html] in which the reporter makes seemingly discordant claims regarding HIG in the same short piece. Below from the lead:

"ABC News has learned that the High-Value Interrogation Group, or HIG, is involved in the interrogation of Faisal Shahzad, the man arrested last night in the investigation into the failed Times Square bombing," which makes it appears that indeed HIG is operational.

The concluding sentence however fails to support the initial claim, essentially doubling down on Gibbs' verbal gymnastics of May 4, "...sources tell ABC News that HIG expertise and resources are being used with Faisal Shahzad."

In light of Obama's inability to inspire confidence in the government's efforts to battle Islamic terrorism, a straight declaration that HIG not only exists but is fully operational would be of benefit.

That team Obama has so far refused to do this speaks volumes.

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Fareed Zakaria and Others Wrong, Pakistan is Not the "Epicenter of Islamic Radicalism"

By WILLIAM MAYER

May 5, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an interview prominently displayed on the CNN website [see, http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/05/05/zakaria.pakistan.terror/index.html?hpt=T1] Fareed Zakaria, who has become an oracle - mainly on the left - regarding American policy vis-à-vis the Muslim world, states what has now become boilerplate among inside the beltway commentators, the assertion that Pakistan is the center of Islamic radicalism.

Determining where Mr. Zakaria's shifting political affectations might be at any one moment is difficult, with his having given lukewarm support for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, but then infamously opposing the now obviously successful 2007 surge, a complete reversal of mind on a key issue in a relatively short period time.

Zakaria's October 2009 statement indicative of a laissez-faire attitude towards an Iranian nuke, "The country does not yet have even one nuclear weapon, and if and when it gets one - something that is far from certain - the world will not end," does nothing to bestow confidence in his ability to provide meaningful guidance on such subjects. [source, http://www.newsweek.com/id/216702/page/1]

Introductory to that alarmingly accommodative pronouncement was the baffling contention that, "When Iran has made gestures, such as suspending nuclear enrichment for two years, Washington has not reciprocated. American support for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War remains a source of justifiable bitterness among Iran's leaders, many of whom fought in that conflict," which suggests a belief that Iran's belligerence is at least partially founded in the sins of the West. [source, ibid]

All of the foregoing is an indication that Zakaria is in ideological alignment on this point with mainstream leftist orthodoxy which ignores what truly is the epicenter of Islamic radicalism, not a particular place per se but a virulent strain of Islam, an ideology which is as Dr. Daniel Pipes observes, "...misanthropic, misogynist, triumphalist, millenarian, anti-modern, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, terroristic, jihadistic and suicidal..." [see, http://www.danielpipes.org/106/aim-the-war-on-terror-at-militant-islam, Aim the War on Terror at Militant Islam]

If one must assign a geographic location - the locus - of this profoundly disturbing cultural tremor, Egypt and Saudi Arabia must take center stage.

While developments along these lines in both of these countries took a markedly different form, they are nonetheless complimentary.

Egypt, especially as understood in the light of two important books, Matthias Kuntzel's "Jihad and Jew Hatred" and Jeffrey Herf's "Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World," must be seen as the fatherland of modern Islamic terrorism, it having served as the point of origination in 1928 of Hassan al-Banna's and Sayyid Qutb's Muslim Brotherhood.

Only the least discursive reading of the history of the current jihad would allow one to ignore the significance of the Muslim Brotherhood [MB] in these matters.

In parallel form, Saudi Arabia commands similar prominence due to policies established by its government through which the Salafist strain in Islam - that popularized by the MB - has been physically imposed throughout the Muslim and non-Muslim world through actions taken by the Saudi bureaucracy including its Ministry for Islamic Affairs.

The confluence of the spreading of a genuinely revolutionary modern interpretation of Islam by the Muslim Brotherhood coincident with the establishment of an ancillary support structure comprised of radical - Saudi influenced - mosques is the swamp from which Islamic radicalism emanates.

Pakistan is only the current obvious flashpoint, a prominent acolyte yet one without which the threat would still exist.

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Pakistani Arrested in NY Car-Bomb Plot

May 4, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan has been arrested at JFK Airport in New York. Shahzad was removed from a flight bound for Dubai.

Shahzad is believed to be the party responsible for a plot whereby an explosive laden vehicle would have been detonated in Times Square.

According to CBS News, "Shahzad became a naturalized United States citizen on April 17, 2009, but spent much of the past year out of the country. Database information indicated that Shahzad last entered the United States on Feb. 3, 2010 aboard Emirates Flight 201. Shahzad previously departed the United States on June 2, 2009 aboard Emirates Flight 204 for Dubai." [source, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/04/national/main6457989.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody]

The improvised explosive device in Shahzad's car consisted of fertilizer, large propane bottles and containers full of gasoline. The timing device is thought to have been a common alarm clock, wired to trigger the explosion.

Members of Pakistan's terrorist Taliban have taken credit for the failed plot, but so far no concrete evidence has been presented by the government.

It is unclear at this point if the FBI Mirandized Shahzad, a move that would be certain to trigger additional concerns regarding the ability of president Obama to guard against threats to U.S. national security.

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Ahmadinejad's new friend: African dictator Robert Mugabe

By EMERSON VERMAAT

May 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Guess who arrived in Zimbabwe on Thursday 22 April to be welcomed heartily by African dictator Robert Mugabe? It was the equally controversial Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Two notorious dictators who follow Hitler's example for the German Nazi leader said back in 1933: 'We are in power and we plan to remain in power no matter what happens.'

Not only did Ahmadinejad invite neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers to a Holocaust deniers conference in Tehran in December 2005, also is he on very close terms with Latin American Marxists and Castro admirers such as Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. And Mugabe, by the way, happens to be a Marxist, too. He led a Marxist-inspired guerrilla war in the 1970s and is still cooperating closely with North Korean communist hard-liners.

When Robert Mugabe was still a guerrilla leader in the 1970s he quickly became the darling of liberal theologians and clergymen from the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the National Council of Churches in the United States (NCC). The WCC's US $ 85,000 grant to the so-called 'Patriotic Front' in 1978 caused a major row. The 'Patriotic Front' was a temporary coalition of two Marxist-inspired parties: the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU), led by Joshua Nkomo and the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) led by Robert Mugabe. In fact, both Mugabe and Nkomo were rivals for power.

After he became prime minister of Zimbabwe in 1980, Mugabe managed to get rid of his former ally Nkomo by removing him from the Cabinet two years later. Assisted by the North Korean trained 'Fifth Brigade' Mugabe began a campaign of ethnic cleansing in Nkomo's home province of Matabeleland where any opposition to Mugabe's rule was brutally crushed. Nkomo fled the country. The ruthless Fifth Brigade was created in October 1980, six months after independence when Mugabe signed an agreement with North Korea. Hundreds of North Korean military advisors arrived. The Fifth Brigade was responsible for 20,000 deaths. Mugabe did not hesitate to halt all food deliveries to the more than 400,000 strong Matabeleland population.

In his excellent study on 'The State of Africa', Martin Meredith quotes an officer from Mugabe's 'Fifth Brigade' who explained the 'food policy' at a meeting of local Ndebele (a local tribe) in 1984: 'First, you will eat your chickens, then your goats, then your cattle, then your donkeys. Then you will eat your children and finally you will eat the dissidents.' 'Many villagers were reduced to eating insects and grass seeds trying to stay alive,' Martin Meredith writes. 'Untold numbers died.' When local clerygymen protested, Mugabe simply said: 'Priests should stay out of politics.'

Liberal theologians' support for Mugabe

How did the liberal theologians and clergymen from the WCC and the NCC respond to the crisis in Zimbabwe? They did not say a thing. They still seemed to regard Mugabe as their friend, a man whose 'pragmatism' they even praised.

I know this from my own obervations during all WCC Central Committee and General Assembly meetings between 1982 and 1987. (See my 1989 Freedom House study on 'The World Council of Churches and Politics.') Not even one statement was issued by the WCC criticizing Mugabe for blatant human rights violations. It had not yet dawned upon the enlightened WCC 'liberation theologians' that African leaders themselves can also easily resort to outright hate, racism and violence, persecuting not only whites but also members of black minority tribes or even whole peoples.

Internalized racism among black Africans would lead to genocide in Rwanda – with the WCC and other liberal Christian bodies being silent once again. In the second half of the 1970s, the WCC never ever condemned the Cambodian genocide with WCC general Secretary Dr. Philip Potter, a politically naive Jamaican Methodist minister, refusing to blame the communist Khmer Rouge. With their 'elitist radicalism' many so-called 'liberation theologians' espoused Marxist totalitarianism, refusing to criticize blatant human rights violations in countries ruled by communists and focussing on Western 'capitalism,' 'neo-colonialism' and 'imperialism' and other Western evils instead. It is what Oxford historian Dr. Edward Norman once correctly referred to as 'the imperialism of political religion.' And they are the kind of people who allied with Mugabe and his ilk.

In December 1987, Nkomo and Mugabe signed a unity accord. It was Nkomo who basically capitulated to Mugabe's wishes, consenting to the absortion of his ZAPU-party into Mugabe's ZANU-party. From now on Zimbabwe was a one-party state with Mugabe as president and Nkomo (until his death in 1999) as a weak and powerless vice-president. One-party rule is what a Marxist like Mugabe favored from the very beginning.

Mugabe's totalitarian and racist 'resettlement program'

By then, however, Mugabe had not yet ruined Zimbabwe. When the country became independent in 1980, the state of the economy did indeed matter to him. The country was a fairly prosperous one, Zimbabwe was even exporting food. Two decades later, however, Mugabe introduced a resettlement program listing thousands of farms for expropriation. Most of these farms were run by white farmers who were the best agricultural experts in the whole of Africa. In a speech laden with crude, racist rhetoric, Mugabe denounced white landowners as 'white devils,' vowing to take all they owned. These 'white devils' were then forced to abandon their farms which were subsequently occupied by so-called 'veterans', party officials and other Mugabe cronies. These people weren't familiar at all with agriculture or cultivating land.

It was not surprising that Mugabe's silly 'Africanization' policies resulted in mass starvation, hyper inflation and economic ruin. By mid-2007 inflation was over 15,000 percent, the Reserve Bank needed to double the amount of money in circulation every month, unemployment was 80 percent and average life expectancy for women was 34 and for men it was 37. One in five adults was HIV positive. Meanwhile, Mugabe and his cronies are indulging in luxury. (The money spent on the president's extravagant birth day parties alone would be sufficient to feed fifty thousand poor people.) Living conditions for the bulk of the population have steadily deteriorated since July 2007.

Life for Zimbabweans nowadays is so bad, that most people were better off during Ian Smith's white minority rule. Indeed, many of the unpopular practices of the Smith regime, including 'emergency powers' and the detention of political opponents continued after independence.

Mugabe: an ally of communist North Korea and the Islamo-Fascist Iranian regime

Ties between Zimbabwe and the equally repressive North Korean regime have strengthened in recent years. In May 2009, North Korea's No. 2 leader, Kim Yong-nam, visited Zimbabwe's capital of Harare. This visit followed the discovery of uranium in northern Zimbabwe.Other African leaders never raised their voice in protest of Mugabe's policies, many of them also being corrrupt and incapable of properly running a state. African tribalism, cronyism, witchcraft and crime abound instead.

In 2008, the battered oppositional 'Movement for Democratic Change' (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai agreed to share power with Mugabe. Early 2009, Tsvangirai became a powerless prime minister, Mugabe continues to be Zimbabwe's president.

Tsvangirai and his party severely criticized Mugabe for welcoming Ahmadinejad to Harare. Tsvangirai's MDC condemned the visit as 'a colossal political scandal' and 'an insult to the peace-loving people of Zimbabwe and Iran.' Inviting Ahmadinejad to an investment forum is 'like inviting a mosquito to cure malaria.'

During a state dinner, Mugabe addressed the Iranian Islamo-Fascist dictator Ahmadinejad as 'comrade president.' (The term 'comrade' is a Marxist term used by communists to refer to a fellow-communist, Stalin, for example, often used it.) Mugabe then told his Iranian 'comrade': 'Be also assured of Zimbabwe's continuous support of Iran's just cause on the nuclear issue.' (Mugabe wants Iranian oil in exchange for recently discovered uranium deposits in northern Zimbabwe.) Ahmadinejad in turn condemned 'all satanic pressures on the government and people of Zimbabwe.' He did not realize it, of course, but in doing so he simply echoed Nazi Party ideologist Alfred Rosenberg who once rebuked the Jews for their 'satanic' influence.

'We believe victory is ours,' Ahmadinejad assured his new Marxist friend Mugabe. 'Our enemies will be humiliated and defeated.' After Ahmadinejad's visit Mugabe hosted North Korea's soccer team in the run-up to the World Cup.

After a visit to North Korea in the early 1980s Mugabe decided to copy the North Korean model as much possible. He was also a strong admirer of the Cambodian 'Khmer Rouge' communist mass murderer Pol Pot and the Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. He deeply deplored Ceausescu's execution by firing squad in December 1989.

History teaches us many things. One of the lessons of history is that all too often evil minds do find common cause.

Emerson Vermaat is an investigative reporter in the Netherlands. He is the author of 'The World Council of Churches and Politics' (New York: Freedom House 1989). Website: emersonvermaat.com.

Sources:

Adolf Hitler, TDM/IMG Media Company Eraf Documentary, 2008 (DVD). ('We will remain in power...')

Martin Meredith, The State of Africa. A History of Fifty Years of Independence (New York/London: Free Press, 2006), p. 620-625 ('Fifth Brigade'), p. 641 ('white devils').

Edward Norman, Christianity and the World Order (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979), p. 16 ('The élitist radicalism of the World Council of Churches'), p. 43-56 ('The imperialism of political religion').

The Sunday Times, July 1, 2007, p. 24, 25 ('Teachers sell sex to buy food as Mugabe cronies get richer').

The Europa World Year Book 1990, Vol. II (London: Europa Publications Limited, 1990), p. 3017 ('Many of the unpopular practices of the Smith regime, including "emergency powers" and the detention of political prisoners, continued after independence.')

Yahoo!news, April 25, 2010 ('After Ahmadinejad visit, Zimbabwe now set to host North Korea World Cup team').

The Guardian (London), April 22, 2010 ('Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in Zimbabwe to meet new friend Robert Mugabe').

The Guardian/The Observer (London), April 25, 2010 ('Zimbabwe: Splits over Ahmadinejad visit show difficulties of power sharing').

Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW), April 23, 2010 ('Ahmadinejad condemns "satanic pressures" on Iran and Zimbabwe').

Claus-Ekkehard Bärsch, Die politische Religion des Nationalsozialismus (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1998), p. 267 (Alfred Rosenberg: 'Die jüdische Einstellung zur Welt ist satanisch.')

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