PipeLineNews Archives: June 2010

Tariq Ramadan Suing Rotterdam Municipality over Firing


June 30, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Professor Tariq Ramadan, an Islamist and the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al-Banna, is suing the municipality of Rotterdam for 75,000 Euros in compensatory damages claiming that his contract was illegally dissolved. His legal action is also fueled by claims that his "honor and dignity" have been impugned.

Ramadan was fired from his position as an integration advisor after he began appearing on a weekly Iranian government funded television show broadcast on Press TV.

Holland's Erasmus University where Ramadan occupied a special chair also broke with him after an earlier reprimand for allegedly making comments which were deemed hostile to homosexuals. Though Ramadan had been banned from entering the United States due to his terrorist ties, Secretary of State Clinton quietly restored his right to enter earlier this year.

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Why Mayor Bloomberg is Mistaken in his Support of 911 Mosque - Cordoba Initiative


June 30, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Showing signs that he is feeling the heat from an increasing chorus of serious voices demanding a stop to the building of a proposed mega-mosque within throwing distance of the 911 ground zero site, Mayor Bloomberg has issued a clarifying statement regarding his support for the project.

“If somebody wants to build a religious house of worship, they should do it and we shouldn't be in the business of picking which religions can and which religions can’t. I think it’s fair to say if somebody was going to try to on that piece of property build a church or a synagogue, nobody would be yelling and screaming. And the fact of the matter is that Muslims have a right to do it too. What is great about America and particularly New York is we welcome everybody and I just- you know, if we are so afraid of something like this, what does it say about us? Democracy is stronger than this. You know, the ability to practice your religion is the- was one of the real reasons America was founded. And for us to say no is just, I think, not appropriate is a nice way to phrase it."

Bloomberg's statement is not at all surprising because supporting Rauf's project takes the path of least political resistance, it's the easy way out...at least at the current juncture, and therefore such a response is consistent with someone who apparently has few core beliefs aside from trying to cultivate a touchy-feely multicultural image.

Primarily, he errs in treating Rauf's proposal as if it was just another mundane project, removing it from the context necessary to properly weigh the issue.

The context is as follows:

Rauf is an Islamist, he believes in political Islam, extending, through the imposition of Islamic religious law, the reach of Shari'a. He believes that Shari'a should be integrated into the American system of governance, a position which by necessity dictates a consequent diminution of the foundational principles - especially the Judeo-Christian ethic - upon which this country and by extension the West, was built.

In his 2006 book, "What's Right with Islam," he states, "for America to score even higher on the 'Islamic' or 'Shariah compliance' scale, America would need to do two things: invite the voices of all religions to join the dialogue in shaping the nation's practical life and allow religious communities more leeway to judge among themselves according to their own laws..."

For a glimpse of where this logic can take a culture, one need only look at the UK where now, because of a reliance on the same simplistic relativism Bloomberg is employing, there exists a de-facto bifurcated society, one aggressively Muslim, the other passively post Judeo-Christian with an officially recognized, two-tiered system of jurisprudence, one for Muslims another for everyone else.

There is nothing of the classic melting pot here; there is not only no possibility of compromise with the Islamists who are running this effort, but the Brits are instead faced with increasing demands for even more "religious accommodation," a process whereby its adherents hope to incrementally but inexorably supplant civil law with that of Shari'a.

While those in the UK must decide whether that is acceptable in their society, the idea is entirely antithetical to the essence of this country. The U.S. Constitution was never intended to be a doomsday device, giving noisy minorities harboring concepts alien to Americanism, the right to overthrow an entire system from within - the hoped for endgame by people such as imam Rauf.

Despite his claims as a peace builder, Imam Rauf curiously can't bring himself to condemn Hamas, despite it having been declared, since 1995, by the State Department as a "foreign terrorist organization." [source, http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/45323.pdf]

Similarly, when given an opportunity to condemn the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian terror organization which created Hamas, he also deferred.

It's possible to say this because imam Rauf was pointedly asked to condemn these two organizations in a recent radio interview conducted by World Net Daily journalist, Aaron Klein. [source, http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=168797]

It's odd that Mr. Bloomberg, for all his acumen is still apparently entirely unaware of some of the most important forces and ideas at play in this matter.

Central to this is the Muslim tradition of supremacist/triumphalist demonstrations, of a concrete nature, made subsequent to its conquests.

As Frank Gaffney characterizes the hidden text behind Rauf's mosque project:

"The supremacist program authoritative Islam calls Shariah is big on symbols. Arguably, none is more effective than its practice of building mosques on its conquests' most sacred sites. In Jerusalem, triumphant Muslims built the Al-Aqsa mosque on top of the Jews' revered Temple Mount. They transformed what had been for a thousand years the largest cathedral in Christendom, Constantinople's magnificent St. Sophia basilica, into a sprawling mosque complex. And the Moorish Ummayad dynasty in Spain, made the city of Cordoba its capital, and installed an immense mosque on the site of an ancient Christian church there."

There should be no doubt, not even in the Mayor's mind, that the wreckage which resulted from the Muslim attacks on 911 is seen worldwide by jihadists in the same manner that savages might appreciate bloody scalps taken from their enemies.

Ground zero then is symbolic, an icon for those who wage religiously sanctioned warfare against us as signifying a great victory over the non-believers.

It is entirely consistent with past practices then - since it's not possible to build a mosque directly on the spot where the World Trade Center used to stand - to do the next best thing, to construct a huge, in your face Muslim house of worship not only overlooking this site...but within spitting distance of it.

Mr. Bloomberg must ask himself if it would be appropriate - though "legal" - for the German government to build a cultural center, containing pamphlets attesting to the "softer" side of Nazism, next to Buchenwald, Dachau or Treblinka?

It is the question then of appropriateness upon which this matter turns.

Judging by his recent statement, Mr. Bloomberg believes that simply because something is nominally legal [ignoring the serious administrative issues still pending, such as the landmark status of the Burlington building] that status equates to it being appropriate.

The only way Mr. Bloomberg can justify his taking the easy way out here - simply rolling over - is to completely ignore everything surrounding the controversy.

1. Rauf is an Islamist who wishes to supplant the U.S. Constitution with the alien religious body of Islamic law called Shari'a.

2. He is unwilling to condemn either Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist groups responsible for the deaths of over 5,000 Israelis, many of them women and children, killed during the second Intifada, or Hamas' patron organization the Muslim Brotherhood which serves as the intellectual/theological/ideological foundation upon which all modern Islamic terrorism is built, including that of al-Qaeda.

3. Mr. Bloomberg avoids probing the troublesome history of Islamic supremacism, especially the practice of building mosques on sacred sites in a triumphalist manner, signifying a great victory,

4. He pretends that there is no baggage attendant Islam, at least the way it is practiced by more than a few, as if this proposal was a planned orphanage presented by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York instead of one advanced by a private individual who publicly advocates Shari'a incrementalism, seems to be comfortable with terrorist organizations and has thus far refused to disclose the source of his funding for this project.

Mr. Bloomberg can only reasonably support Rauf's murky Cordoba Initiative [again Mr. Bloomberg should ask imam Rauf why he chose to so name his effort, given the symbolic nature that the Muslim conquest and subsequent subjugation of Spain for nearly 700 years, constitutes among radical Muslims] if he continues to deceive himself.

Bottom line?

Rauf's Corodoba Inititiative is a Trojan Horse, a breaching of the gates. Consequently, if the Mayor wants to ultimately go on record as defending this monstrous effort, then feigned ignorance is his only defense, a dodge certainly, but one which will not be judged terribly well in retrospect.

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Hate Imam Zakir Naik to Address Canadian Islamist Conference - Journey of Faith - via Video Link

June 29, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Dr. Zakir Naik, a Muslim imam based in Mumbai, India who was denied entry into Canada because of his [Qur'an based] justification of violence as well as a long history of hateful statements made against non-Muslims, will nonetheless still be participating as a speaker at the July 2-4, Journey of Faith 3rd annual Islamic conference - held in Toronto - via a remote hookup.

Naik - a hard core fundamentalist - has in his speaking engagements displayed particular enmity towards the Jews, whom he has declared control the world through its financial institutions.

Naik also has condoned the killing of Muslim apostates, calling their offense "treason."

The conference [event website located at http://journeyconference.com/] is billed as North America's largest Muslim gathering, with the website suggesting their might be as many as 10,000 in attendance.

Speakers will also include radical clerics Abdur Raheem Green, who regularly urges jihad and Sheikh Hussein Yee who is known for his anti-Semitism.

The conference chairman Imam Saed Rageach, runs a mosque in Toronto which was attended by youths who are believed to have joined a Somali jihadist group. [source,http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/Banned+televangelist+slated+host+Toronto+Islamic+conference/3212770/story.html].

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Bat Ayin Update - Israeli Pogrom Against Its People Continues, will Yosef Chai Yeshiva be Next?

June 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - On the morning of June 23, dozens of what amounted to heavily armed government storm troopers descended upon the Israeli community of Bat Ayin and destroyed two dwellings which had been declared illegal under the Netanyahu government's policy of bowing to the dictates of team Obama's Islamist friendly administration. The large para-military presence, arriving at the crack of dawn, seemed an ominous warning of worse things to follow.

As opposed to the genteel paintball gun approach which occasioned the interdiction of the recent Hamas terror support flotilla, the citizens of Bat Ayin were met with body armor, side arms and machine guns.

Locals have been terrorized by their own government throughout the process and wonder if this raid is a portent of even more violent action to come, invoking unsettling allusions to the worst pre-Hollocaust days in Europe.

While some are blaming Defense Minister Ehud Barack - a Clinton era stooge, whose PM campaign was run out of the WH by James Carville - for the recent uptick in settlement harassment, many see PM Netanyahu as at least equally culpable and hiding behind his defense minister's skirt.

With action set to commence against Yosef Chai Yeshiva this week, the anticipation of imminent violence - Jew against Jew - is palpable.

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Filibuster Kagan: End This Charade

June 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - As noted here last week in Kagan's Tolerance of Creeping Shari'a While at Harvard Should Trouble Gays

Drawing upon a line of inquiry developed by Senator Jeff Sessions [R-Al] the Center for Security Policy's Frank Gaffney challenged the suitability of Ms. Elena Kagan - Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court - to serve in that capacity, "Her attitude towards the repressive legal code authoritative Islam calls Shariah and her enabling of efforts to insinuate it into this country." [source, Frank Gaffney, Dir. Center for Security Policy, Courting Shariah, June 21, 2010, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18432.xml]

Kagan's situational ethics were first called into question by Sessions in a floor speech delivered by him on June 16.

"Information has come to light suggesting that Ms. Kagan may...have been less morally principled in her approach than has been portrayed. Around the same time that Dean Kagan was campaigning to exclude military recruiters - citing what she saw as the evils of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell - Harvard University accepted $20 million from a member of the Saudi Royal family to establish a center for ''Islamic Studies'' and Shariah law.

An Obama State Department report concerning Saudi Arabia and the Shariah law concept noted: 'Under Shariah, as interpreted in [Saudi Arabia], sexual activity between two persons of the same gender is punishable by death or flogging.'

Ms. Kagan was perfectly willing to obstruct the military, which has liberated countless Muslims from the hate and tyranny of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban, but it seems she was willing to sit on the sidelines as Harvard created a center funded by - and dedicated to - foreign leaders presiding over a legal system that would violate what would appear to be her position." [source, ibid]

Bin Talal, the funder of Harvard's thinly disguised domestic jihad center - the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard [see, http://islamicstudies.harvard.edu] - is a notorious figure. His offer of $10 million to Mayor Giuliani immediately after September 11, was refused because of his support for Palestinian terrorists.

As widely reported, bin Talal, used telethons held in Saudi Arabia to raise funds to support the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

For these and a host of other reasons, including preservation of the Second Amendment, we urge the GOP to filibuster Kagan's nomination, it's the right thing to do for the country and not so coincidentally, the right thing to do politically. We certainly don't need another Sonia Maria Sotomayor on the court who abjectly lied during her confirmation hearings, claiming that she believed that the Second Amendment was an individual right, then reversed herself when the opportunity presented itself in the DC gun ban case.

While lying may be a prime qualification for a Democrat nominee to ascend to the high court, we certainly hope that the GOP is capable of setting a higher standard.

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Dutch Jews Under Increasing Attack From Moroccan Muslims


June 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Jews in Amsterdam have had to resort to meeting in a "hidden synagogue" after a series of anti-Semitic attacks by Moroccan youth on anyone whom they perceive to be Jewish.

According to the Dutch news source Trouw, "The number of violent incidents directed at Jews has increased lately. In the new part of the city Amsterdam-West a hidden synagogue has been started, without any clear Jewish signs. The visitors are also not recognizable as Jewish. Jews in the area are regularly threatened by Moroccan youth." [source,http://www.trouw.nl/nieuws/nederland/article3103268.ece/Asscher_vindt_inzet_van_lokjoden_een_optie.html]

Young Dutch Jews are talking about emigration and the situation is so bad that the Simon Wiesenthal Center [An organization which combats anti Semitism] has sent an urgent appeal to the EU Foreign Minister, asking the European Union for help in stopping the attacks. [see, http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/06/15/2739618/wiesenthal-center-asks-eu-to-interveve-in-dutch-anti-semitism]

The acting Mayor of Amsterdam has even talked about the possibility of deploying "decoy Jews" to catch the perpetrators saying he will not shy away from using "unorthodox means."

Incredibly, the use of decoy Jews to stop the attacks has been criticized by the Green Left party who say that it amounts to provoking a crime which is illegal under Dutch law.

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Dhimmi Alert - Christian Missionaries Arrested at Dearborn Islam Festival - Presence Offensive to Muslims

June 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Four Christian missionaries in Dearborn were recently subjected to a Shari'a enforcement action, arrested by local police for the "crime" of distributing non-Islamic religious leaflets at a Muslim festival.

The Dearborn 4 are being represented by the Thomas More Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan which specializes in the preservation of religious liberty.

Arrested for breach of peace were, Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla, and David Wood.

Mayel an Afghani immigrant and convert to Christianity, had her camera seized by police even though she was over 100 feet away from the event.

The Dearborn police department is run by Ron Haddad, its first Arab American chief.

Contacted for a comment, Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, stated:

"These Christian missionaries were exercising their Constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently the Constitution carries little weight in Dearborn, where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus. It's apparent that these arrests were a retaliatory action over the embarrassing video of the strong arm tactics used last year by Festival Security Guards. This time, the first thing police officers did before making the arrests was to confiscate the video cameras in order to prevent a recording of what was actually happening."

Mr. Thompson added that, "the actions taken by the police constituted an abridgment of First Amendment Rights guaranteed by the Constitution, "Contrary to the comments made by Police Chief Ron Haddad, our Constitution does not allow police to ban the right of free speech just because there are some hecklers. Not all police officers approve of the way their department treated these Christians."

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Watch Suriname's Desi Bouterse!


June 28, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Convicted drug criminal and former military coup leader Desi Bouterse very much wants to be the next president of Suriname, a former Dutch colony. His party "The Mega Combination" (MC) won the parliamentary elections last May, winning 23 of the 51 seats in parliament. Since he failed to gain an absolute majority in parliament, he first tried allign himself with his former foe Ronnie Brunswijk, another convicted drug criminal whose "A Combination" won 7 seats. But recent excessive political demands made by Bouterse turned out to be unacceptable to Brunswijk. So it is now rather unlikely that Mr. Bouterse will be Suriname's next president. Yet, Mr. Bouterse is a man to watched closely.

As military coup leader back in the 1980s, Bouterse flirted with Nicaragua's neo-Marxist Sandinists, Grenada's Marxist prime minister Maurice Bishop and Fidel Castro's Cuba. And he is now on very good terms with Venezuela's eccentric president Hugo Chávez and probably likes Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, too.

Both Bouterse and Chávez supplied weapons to Colombia's Marxist guerrilla movement FARC. Democracy in Suriname was restored in 1987 but Bouterse has remained a powerful figure ever since. In July 1999, he was convicted in absentia in the Netherlands for drug trafficking. In March 1986, Bouterse's assistant Etienne Boerenveen, a close associate of Desi Bouterse, was arrested in Miami. Posing as Latin American drug dealers US Drug Enforcement Administration officials had set a trap for him. In exchange for ten million dollars Boerenveen told them Surinamese airports, roads and ports would be made available for drug transports.

Together with Dutch camaraman Paul Ferguson and I traveled to Brazil and Colombia in March 2000 to make a TV report on Bouterse's drug connections. In the preceding year, Bouterse had appeared on Dutch TV claiming he had become a Christian. I had serious doubts over it. After all, as coup leader Bouterse was responsible for the so-called "December murders" on December 8, 1982 when 15 defenseless regime opponents were executed in cold blood in Bouterse's own "Zeelandia Fortress" in Paramaribo. If he would have converted to Christianity in the 1990s, he should immediately have sought justice and apologize to the murdered victims' families.

Incriminating Brazilian police documents on Desi Bouterse and his son Dino

Why did I travel to Brazil? It was because both the Brazilian Federal Police ("Policia Federal") and a Special Investigation Committee of the Brazilian parliament had large files on Bouterse's drug connections and the so-called "Suri Cartel." I partially gained access to these files. Brazilian police investigators even discovered that Suriname had evolved into a kind of "narco state." It was in November 1999 that the Federal Police rounded up a large drug network in the northern part of Brazil. Colombian cocaine was smuggled into Suriname by using small boats. Among those who were arrested was a Brazilian citizen named Leonardo Diaz Mendonça. His role was so vital that without Mendonça there would not even be a "Suri Cartel."

Police listed 73 names of drug criminals who participated in the Mendonça group. Desiré Delano ("Desi") Bouterse (number 18) and his son Dino (number 19) were among them. One police report describes the Mendonça grops as "posing a threat to state security and the legal order." "By bribing politicians and civil authorities, they undermine society." Desi and Dino Bouterse are described as "partners in the international cocaine trade." Police analyzed Mendonça's international calls. It turned out that he made frequent calls to suspected drug traffickers in Suriname ("Traficantes no Suriname"), Peru and Colombia. Until April 1999 Dino Bouterse was attached as "Third Secretary" to the Surinamese Embasssy in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. It is believed that Dino Bouterse passed on instructions from his father Desi to Mendonça who in turn passed them on to his subordinates. Police traced Dino's calls and discovered that the area codes corresponded to the geographical areas where Mendonça happened to be.

One of Mendonça's subordinates was Sebastiao Alves da Silva ("Saba"), also a Brazilian citizen. Saba operated from the city of Tabatinga near the Peruvian and Colombian border (three countries point). It is not far from the Colombian city of Leticia which was then used as a meeting place by Surinamese drug traffickers. So frequent were Saba's visits to Suriname that the Surinamese Ministry of Justice even issued a national identity card to him (profession "gold digger"). Colombian and Surinamese stamps filled many pages of his Brazilian passport. He made frequent phone calls to Suriname, usually to local drug traffickers.

One of the most important Surinamese drug traffickers was Melvin Linscheer, former intelligence chief under Bouterse. He is described in Brazilian police documents as "Bouterse's right hand man" ("mao dereita"), and "a leading member of the Surinamese mafia," "owner of the Golden Dragon Restaurant." Another Surinamese drug criminal was Bert Mangal, who is described "a radicalized Indian in Suriname." Bouterse, Linscheer een Mangal were the leaders of the Suri Cartel. They were involved in a guns-for-drugs trade: trading arms for cocaine with the notorious Colombian FARC rebels. Brazilian planes landed in FARC territory in Colombia where cocaine was loaded on board and these planes then flied nonstop to Suriname to drop the cocaine. Leonardo Mendonça, described in police reports as "Dino Bouterse's friend" coordinated the effort. He received weapons from Suriname and passed them on to the FARC. The FARC in turn supplied cocaine.

Mendonça and Dino Bouterse had a strong bond of friendship. "Dino was the intermediary between Leonardo Mendonça and his father Desi," a high ranking Brazialian police official told me.

Desi and Dino Bouterse were also on very close terms with Rupert Christopher who was Suriname's ambassador in Brazil at the time. As Third Secretary young Dino was his right hand man. The parliamentary investigating committee DPI ("Commissao Parlementar do Inquérito") accused Christopher in 2000 of complicity with drug trafficking between Colombia, Brazil, Suriname and Europe. Christopher refused to appear before the committee. Committee chairman Moroni Torgan told me: "This kind of behavior confirms the fact that he was an important assistant of Desi Bouterse for whom an international arrest warrant has been issued. Should Bouterse ever try to enter Brazil, he will be arrested forthwith. Christopher's refusal to appear before the committee increased our distrust." "We will ask the president of Brazil to expel him officially."

Christopher also declined to see me and my Dutch camera team. Instead, the Surinamese Embassy sent me a lame fax dated February 29, 2000, lambasting "Brazilian authorities" for "unfounded insinuations against high ranking Surinamese authorities which unnecessarily affect the friendly relations between both countries in a negative way."

That is why I concluded at the end of my TV report: "Should Bouterse ever become president of Suriname, Brasil might then consider to rupture diplomatic relations with Suriname." That, however, was back in April 2000 when my program was aired on Dutch TV. Things have changed since. Brazil's current leftist president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva does not view the Colombian FARC drug dealers and guerrillas as a real threat and even follows Hugo Chávez's example of cooperating with Iranian Islamo-fascists who deny the Holocaust. Fortunately, however, chances are now rather slim that Bouterse will indeed be the next president of Suriname.

Emerson Vermaat is an investigative reporter in the Netherlands specialized in crime and terrorism.


Emerson Vermaat, Drugs, Suriname en Brazilië, TweeVandaag (Dutch TV), April 5 and 12, 2000. "TweeVandaag" or "2Vandaag" is now "EenVandaag", a daily news program.

Emerson Vermaat, Het criminele web. Globalisering van de misdaad: drugs, mensensmokkel en prostitutie (Utrecht: De Banier publishers, 2000). Preface by Professor Dr. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, former Minister of Justice in the Netherlands.

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Imam Faisal Rauf - Leader of 911 Mosque Building Project - Refuses to Condemn Hamas


June 23, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - For those accustomed to dealing with Islamists posing as moderates, one of the most useful techniques for determining the genuineness of their claim is posing the simple question, "Do you support Hamas?"

Since support of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood is almost emblematic among radical Muslims, few if any are willing to condemn these organizations in public - it's a bad career move, could stop funding.

With this in mind Aaron Klein, a World Net Daily reporter and host of a New York radio talk show, invited Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf - the lead proponent of an effort [the Cordoba Initiative] to construct a towering mosque within throwing distance of Ground Zero, the former World Trade Center destroyed by Muslim terrorists on September 11, 2001 - to appear on his program.

It's still unclear why Rauf decided to call his building plan the Cordoba Initiative, given Spain's unpleasant experience during its 700 odd years of Islamic subjugation.

Getting the interview started, and after posing a number of innocuous questions to the imam, which he fielded in his usual deft manner, Klein went on the offensive, asking Rauf pointedly if Hamas was a terrorist organization as designated in 1995 by the Clinton State Department.

Rauf responded in what has now become the classic manner of the Islamist.

He adamantly refused to identify Hamas as a terrorist group, nervously dancing around the topic while claiming he was a "bridge builder," doing everything he could to avoid directly confronting the issue. [see, World Net Daily, June 20, 2010, Ground Zero' imam makes stunning terror comments, Claims to support peace but refuses to condemn violent jihad groups, http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=168797]

When asked by Klein if the Muslim Brotherhood - the Egyptian terrorist organization which created Hamas - was a terrorist organization, Rauf responded in a similar manner refusing to condemn the organization which has served as the ideological inspiration for all modern jihadism, including al-Qaeda.

Rauf did take the opportunity to deny that his father had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, answering a question not asked by the interviewer, but most likely prompting raised eyebrows among those listening.

It's clear from this exchange - thanks to Mr. Klein - that Rauf is unquestionably an Islamist, a believer in political Islam, and, one might add, a person who is apparently not overly concerned with telling the truth.

Operating on the premise that a witness once impeached is forever after suspect, every claim or representation the imam has made regarding the Cordoba Initiative must now be viewed in that light.

This leaves New York residents in a tough place, as they have been denied political redress for concerns that an in your face totem to religious imperialism, Rauf's now most assuredly radical mosque, will dominate the landscape where 3,000 American died at the hands of his co-religionists on September 11, 2001.

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Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad Pleads Guilty - "I Consider Myself a Mujahedeen and a Muslim Soldier"

June 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Accused Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American Muslim, today pleaded guilty in New York Federal District Court before judge Miriam Cedarbaum.

The most serious of the charges - attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and an act of attempted terrorism transcending national boundaries - both carry mandatory life sentences.

Shahzad appeared petulant during the proceedings, at one point glaring while stating that he considered himself a "Muslim soldier," engaged in warfare against the United States.

Wearing a kufi-style skullcap, Shahzad wasn't reticent in claiming religious justification for his actions., "I want to plead guilty 100 times because unless the United States pulls out of Afghanistan and Iraq, until they stop drone strikes in Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen and stop attacking Muslim lands, we will attack the United States and be out to get them." [source, CNN, Shahzad Pleads Guilty to Times Square Bombing Charges, June 21, 2010, http://edition.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/06/21/new.york.times.square.bomb/?hpt=T1]

Conjecture abounds regarding the manner in which Shahzad's assertion - that his actions were consistent with Islamic theology - will be taken by the WH considering it has resolutely denied that jihadists are driven by Islam, to the point of officially banning words that might suggest otherwise.

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Kyl Charges - Obama Won't Secure Border Without Amnesty for Illegals

June 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - Raising the stakes in the administration's efforts to quash Arizona's immigration law, Senator John Kyl [R-AZ] charged in a recent town hall meeting that in a private conversation with the president, Mr. Obama indicated he was holding securing of the border hostage to his larger desire to grant amnesty to America's estimated 12-15 million illegal Mexican aliens.

The WH has denied that Obama suggested such a trade-off.

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Kagan's Tolerance of Creeping Shari'a While at Harvard Should Trouble Gays

June 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Drawing upon a line of inquiry developed by Senator Jeff Sessions [R-Al] the Center for Security Policy's Frank Gaffney challenged the suitability of Ms. Elena Kagan - Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court - to serve in that capacity, "Her attitude towards the repressive legal code authoritative Islam calls Shariah and her enabling of efforts to insinuate it into this country." [source, Frank Gaffney, Dir. Center for Security Policy, Courting Shariah, June 21, 2010, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18432.xml]

Kagan's situational ethics were first called into question by Sessions in a floor speech delivered by him on June 16.

"Information has come to light suggesting that Ms. Kagan may...have been less morally principled in her approach than has been portrayed. Around the same time that Dean Kagan was campaigning to exclude military recruiters - citing what she saw as the evils of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell - Harvard University accepted $20 million from a member of the Saudi Royal family to establish a center for ''Islamic Studies'' and Shariah law.

An Obama State Department report concerning Saudi Arabia and the Shariah law concept noted: 'Under Shariah, as interpreted in [Saudi Arabia], sexual activity between two persons of the same gender is punishable by death or flogging.'

Ms. Kagan was perfectly willing to obstruct the military, which has liberated countless Muslims from the hate and tyranny of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban, but it seems she was willing to sit on the sidelines as Harvard created a center funded by - and dedicated to - foreign leaders presiding over a legal system that would violate what would appear to be her position." [source, ibid]

Bin Talal, the funder of Harvard's thinly disguised domestic jihad center - the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard [see, http://islamicstudies.harvard.edu] - is a notorious figure. His offer of $10 million to Mayor Giuliani immediately after September 11, was refused because of his support for Palestinian terrorists.

As widely reported, bin Talal, used telethons held in Saudi Arabia to raise funds to support the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

"Last week, Saudi Arabia raised more than $100 million for Palestinians in government-organized telethons. Billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, whose donation for victims of the Sept. 11 attack was rejected last fall by New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, donated $27 million to the Palestinian fund.

According to the Arab media, the telethons, broadcast live, were an attempt by the Saudi government to show support for the Palestinians. The purpose of the event was to benefit families of "martyrs," a word that has been used by the Palestinians to refer to suicide bombers, and actually to anyone else claiming to be a victim of alleged Israeli perfidy." [source, Col. Stanislav Lunev, Saudi Policies at Cross-Purposes With Middle East Peace, NewsMax April 19, 2002, http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/4/19/02251.shtml]

Given Kagan's almost nonexistent paper trail on legal matters, Session's inquiry threatens to out her as willing to bend the law in whatever direction might be supportive of her personal political agenda, seemingly a disqualifier for court membership.

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Will PM Netanyahu Allow the Pogrom-like Destruction of Yosef Chai Yeshiva?

June 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It appears that without the personal intervention of PM Netanyahu, the Yosef Chai Yeshiva/Shul will be destroyed under the ruse of an alleged 11 year old work stoppage order.

The institution - deemed vital by locals - has been at the center of controversy including a brush with the IDF on Israel's Independence Day and efforts by yeshiva supporters to resist continued Arab violence.

"I met with the Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Yitzchok Shapira and the yeshiva director, Itamar Pozen. They shared with me the tzav harisa, the destruction order, and a package of documents proving their legal status (attached), and the fact that numerous departments in the Israeli government participated in the building of the yeshiva. How can we be illegal, they asked, if the government put in the infrastructure, if the government authorized the mortgage, etc." [source, Rabbi Pesach Lerner, We Cannot Let a Yeshiva/Shul in Israel be Destroyed, Arutz Sheva, June 15, 2010, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/blogs/blog.aspx/9]

Lerner is outraged over the idea of the building being destroyed stating, "The idea that Jews would destroy yeshiva/shul buildings under any circumstances is reprehensible. If a European country threatened to destroy a shul under the pretext of a building code violation, Jews from all walks of life – Orthodox and non-Orthodox – would demand that the order be cancelled." [source, ibid]

Barring extraordinary intervention on the part of the Netanyahu government, the yeshiva will be leveled - in a move befitting a pogrom - probably before the end of this month.

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Napolitano Continues Perfidy at Dept of Homeland Security

June 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Arguing in favor of continuing the electronic surveillance techniques brought into play post 9/11 by the GW Bush administration - furiously resisted by the Democrat party and this president - Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano stated before the lefty American Constitution Society for Law and Policy that, "The First Amendment protects radical opinions, but we need the legal tools to do things like monitor the recruitment of terrorists via the Internet." [source, AP via Fox News, Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism, June 18, 2010, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/18/napolitano-internet-monitoring-needed-fight-homegrown-terrorism/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fpolitics+%28Text+-+Politics%29]

Of course to this crowd any talk of actually interdicting communication between terrorists brings cries of outrage and threats of lawsuits.

Entirely missing from Napolitano's address was mention of the now officially banned terms "Islamic terrorism," or "jihadism" - wouldn't want to offend the terrorists, and that really is the question at hand.

Throughout the this administration's short term in office it has sought - under Obama's failed policy of rapproachement with an intransigent Muslim world - to underplay the blatantly obvious linkage between terrorism and Islam. This has been done for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the president's curious inability to criticize a religion he claims to have long ago rejected.

It has been correctly observed in many venues - including this publication - that it is impossible to defeat an enemy which we are unwilling to identify and Napolitano's entire approach on the matter [obviously dictated by her boss] has been a disaster, with terrorist attacks markedly spiking under her tremulous stewardship.

All of this amounts to half measures at best, keeping the window dressing of Bush's security measures but failing to make them part of an internally consistent and effective whole because of crass ideological and political considerations.

With her every public utterance, this woman indicts - in a backhanded manner - the foolish policies of Mr. Obama and his bevy of clueless advisors. One might think that replacing her with a more circumspect individual would be a top priority for an administration already fully off-the-rails, that it has not yet happened is testament to the rapidly disintegrating team Obama.

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Obama Cairo Speech Blowback Leaves Middle East in Shambles

June 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A little over a year after the president's much ballyhooed Muslim outreach speech delivered in Cairo, Egypt, the results seem to be in.

The picture they present is not pretty; with the level of political disintegration accelerating across the Middle East; it's difficult to find a single positive development that would caution against rejecting Mr. Obama's "new tone" with Islam.

A few observations:

1. Gaza flotilla - this event should be considered the poster child for the failed Obama foreign policy. The reflexive condemnation of Israel by the majority of world opinion - and the nonexistent level of support for the Jewish state coming out of official DC - has done nothing but embolden the enemy.

2. Turkey appears to be lost for the foreseeable future - at least to this government. Erdogan, feeling the pressure from Turkeys resurgent Islamists, especially the Republican Peoples Party [CHP] has removed constraints on those similarly aligned. By playing up Turkey's leadership role in the Gaza flotilla, Erdogan had ridden a wave of popular approval evident in huge pro-Hamas street demonstrations. Unless things change substantially and very quickly, you can assign the loss of Turkey to the amateurs in the WH.

3. Hamid Karzai - Fearful of being abandoned by the administration, the Afghan president is wisely hedging bets with the Taliban in anticipation of what might result from a hasty U.S. withdrawal. In his latest statements Karzai is claiming that the U.S. can't defeat Taliban which plays into the narrative that U.S. Commander Gen. William McChrystal is being hindered by Kabul's reluctance to assist in the much anticipated push against enemy strongholds in Helmand and other key provinces. Additionally, it appears that most of team Obama's on the ground Afghan advisors, especially the estimable Clinton retread Richard Holbrook [U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan] can't seem to get along with the government which team Obama is professing to aid. The animosity is particularly evident between Karzai and Holbrooke, who was MIA during Obama's March visit to the area, posing the question who is running day to day operations?

4. Egypt - The removal of the country's land component of its blockade of Gaza seriously weakens efforts to keep arms out of the hands of the Hamas government. As the only Arab country which has officially ceased hostilities against Israel, this is a major and negative development.

5. Arab League - Amr Moussa, the organization's secretary general toured Gaza on Sunday sending a clear message of solidarity with Hamas. Something that was heretofore not publicly evident.

6. Iran - nothing in the way of good news is coming out of Ahmadinejad's lunatic theocracy. The Gaza situation strengthens the country's hand as a destabilizing force and the administration's inexplicable unwillingness to do what needs to be done to forestall an Iranian nuke makes the recent announcement of additional "sanctions" against the country seem childish.

7. Pakistan - its recent partnership with Iran on a $7.6 billion gas pipeline deal is not a helpful sign seen in the context of the aforementioned. Scheduled for completion in 2014 sale of the gas to Pakistan will provide much needed hard dollars to the Iranian regime. Of additional note, India was entirely cut out of the deal, not surprising given Pakistan's antipathy towards that nation.

These and related developments prompt two questions:

1. What possible metric is team Obama using that would lead it to believe that its Muslim outreach has done anything but destabilized the Middle East?

2. Who are the moderates in the Middle East right now?

In answering the first, examples of the administration's success in the Middle East are nonexistent, regarding the second it's easy to sort out the moderates, they are the ones who are silent, cowed and frozen into skepticism that America will be willing to provide the leadership necessary to stem the rise of Islamism and protect them from repercussions to opposing the hard-liners.

Team Obama's year-long effort has yielded one concrete achievement - its actions have emboldened the jihadists to a degree that would have been unimaginable even two years ago.

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U.S. Ambassador to UN, Susan Rice - U.S. Won't Block UN Investigation of Gaza Flotilla Incident

June 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Susan Rice indicated that the United States will not block a UN led "international investigation," of the events surrounding the Israeli interdiction of a Hamas support ship which was attempting to run the naval blockade of Gaza two weeks ago.

Pressed repeated by Chris Wallace, Rice attempted to place the Obama administration's refusal to block what many feel would become another Israel bashing, in the best light but to little effect.

"We think that an international component would strengthen the investigation and certainly buttress its credibility in the eyes of the international community, and we've had discussions with Israel as to how and whether they might go about doing that..." [source, Fox News, Rice Supports International Probe of Israel Flotilla Incident, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/13/rice-calls-international-probe-israel-flotilla-incident]

Though team Obama sidestepped a direct bashing of Israel, it did, through Ambassador Rice, join the UN in criticizing Israel by extension, condemning the deaths caused by the Israeli actions on June 1.

On June 9 Obama went farther down the road, claiming that the circumstances surrounding the blockade were "unsustainable."

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Organize Now For November 2, 2010 Congressional Election!

Click for - Christians United for Israel

April 30, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A nineteen year old man, Nicky Davison, was quickly convicted in Newcastle Crown Court today on three counts of a terror related nature.

Calling Jews, "the scum of the earth," Davison had sworn to overthrow the government. [source, http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/breaking-news/2010/04/30/north-teen-guilty-of-terrorism-72703-26351629/]

In a raid conducted on the home of Davison's mother, with whom he lived, material was found which provided instructions on how to assemble explosive devices.

Parish Nurse or Government Welfare Worker?


"What some have even called a 'preferential option" for the poor, does not free us from the needto prudently and wisely consider the most appropriate ways in which this obligation is to becarried out. we do well to reject the confusion that equates a preferential option for the poor witha preferential option for the state.? - Rev. Robt, Sirico, Detroit News, 12-20-1992. The Church: Lobbyist for the welfare State.

"For the first time churches have become aware that they actually have the potential to be communities of health," says Granger Westberg of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center - Last Acts Campaign to Improve End-of-Life Care, 1998.

April 30, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Parish Nurse Program was the brain-child of Chicago based Lutheran Minister, GrangerWestberg. Early in his ministry which began in the mid 1950's, he accepted assignment as ahospital chaplain and began to perceive a need for both hospitals and church ministries to form asort of wholistic healing partnership ministering to the whole person - mind, body and spirit.During his hospital chaplaincy and later while on fact-finding tours in third world countries, heobserved that patient/doctor relationships were missing an important element of communication.This brought him to the conclusion that churches, along with ministering to the soul shoulddevelop an expanded ministry to the physical and mental needs of parishioners. In other words,creating health clinics within the parish context which would act as a type of preventive healthcare service.

CA Senate Bill 810, More Health Related Socialism


April 30, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Senator Mark Leno ,(D-San Francisco), has draped himself in the health care mantleworn previously by LGBT caucus member Sheila Kuehl. For years Kuehl authored a single payer version of health care coverage. She took it over from former state legislator now Congressman Pete Stark,(D-Fremont).

The current Leno bill is SB 810 Single Payer Health Care. This 61 page bill, according to the state legislative analyst's office carries a $200 millionprice tag and is filled with approximately 12 layers of state and regional advisoryoversight committees along with an appointed Health Czar and all the stakeholder special interest groups it can think of.

The bill has passed the California Senate and is awaiting assignment to an Assembly Committee for hearing. Democrats support it, Republicans do not. One Democrat aide, in an attempt to deflect concern stated that, "Oh, it'll pass both houses, but the governor will veto it."

Attempted NY Subway Bomber Zarin Ahmedzay Pleads Guilty

April 23, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Zarin Ahmedzay today pleaded guilty in a 2009 plot to bomb New York subway trains.

According to federal prosecutors Ahmedzay, an American citizen, entered into a conspiracy with Najibullah Zazi and another accomplice to attack the transit systems two busiest stations, Times Square and Grand Central Station.

Much of the evidence used against Ahmedzay was obtained from Zazi, who is awaiting sentencing early this summer. Zazi was apprehended in Colorado last September in Colorado.

CAIR's Attempted Censorship of Florida Bus Advertisements Defeated

April 22, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a victory for freedom of expression as well as a push-back against expanding efforts to impose Shari'a compliance in the United States, the Miami Dade Transit Authority has reversed a previous decision, thus clearing the way for the return of a series of ads on Florida busses which offer advice to those who might be considering leaving Islam but are fearful of Muslim proscriptions against apostasy, the penalty for which some noted Muslim scholars say is death.

The original ad campaign - part of a larger effort by Stop the Islamization of America [SIOA] and the Freedom Defense Initiative - was sponsored by Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch and activist Pam Geller but had been pulled under pressure from Islamist groups including CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations which was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in America's largest and most successful prosecution of Hamas terror funding, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation.

Giving CAIR's position was Muhammed Malik, the organization's Florida director who stated, "The advertisement's use of the hot-button issue of apostasy is merely a smoke-screen to promote anti-Islam bigotry and attempt to marginalize American Muslims." [source, CAIR Florida website, cached by Google at,]

When notified by the transit authority that the ads had been pulled, Mr. Spencer and Ms. Geller retained attorney David Yerushalmi and the Thomas More Law Center.

A teleconference was arranged first with the Miami-Dade County Attorney's office, which took place Monday afternoon. After listening to Mr. Yerushalmi's brief, the county attorneys conceded the ads should not have been pulled. By Tuesday, Mr. Yerushalmi had negotiated a full and complete retraction of the contract termination with a NY-based attorney for CBS Outdoor. Not only would the original 10 king-sized ads go back up on the Transit Authority buses, but CBS would run an additional 20 king-sized bus ads for no additional charge.

Kurt Westergaard, Subjected to Death Threats by Islamists, Put on "Indefinite Leave"


April 22, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what appears to be a capitulation to Islamic extremists, the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who received numerous death threats by outraged Muslims for depicting Mohammad with a bomb in his turban, was placed on "indefinite leave" by his newspaper "for security reasons."

In January Westergaard was attacked in his Aarhus home by an ax-wielding Somali Muslim. He only escaped harm by hiding in a panic room.

About his forced retirement Westergaard commented, "It's a pity. I have become a too heavy burden and a very big security risk," he said, adding that he had not actually worked for the paper since last November. [source, AFP, Danish cartoonist at centre of Muhammad controversy on leave 'for security reasons', http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=2938023]

According to the Dutch newspaper, Volkskrant, Westergaard plans to continue drawing:

"I know that there are colleagues who are worried about security. I understand their concerns too but I don't want to give way to threats.I was sent on vacation but I cannot stay on vacation forever. Above all, I want to determine the moment when I stop working myself. The chief editors from the Jyllands-Posten have also said that the decision should be mine" [source, translated from the Dutch by Beila Rabinowitz, http://www.volkskrant.nl/buitenland/article1372101.ece/Bedreigde_cartoonist_Westergaard_tekent_gewoon_door]

Pentagon Study Sounds Alarm - Iranian Al-Quds Force Presence in Venezuela Increasing

April 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a just released DOD report made available to Congress, the al-Quds force, the elite core of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, has markedly strengthened its position in the Venezuelan stronghold of dictator Hugo Chavez.

Al-Quds has been deeply involved in Islamic terrorism for decades including the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut and the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which was home to many American defense workers in the region.

The declassified report is available through the Washington Times [see, http://media.washingtontimes.com/media/docs/2010/Apr/20/Iran_Military_Report.pdf] which details that, "it [al-Quds] is well established in the Middle East and North Africa, and recent years have witnessed an increased presence in Latin America, particularly Venezuela."

It is believed that as American involvement in the region increases, so will "contact" with al-Quds.

Unbelievably, despite ample public record of the increasing threat posed by Venezuela [see for example, PipeLineNews, GAO Study Suggests Obama Buddy Hugo Chavez is the King of Cocaine, https://www.pipelinenews.org/2009/GAO-Study-Suggests-Obama-Buddy-Hugo-Chavez-Is-The-King.html, New York Times, Venezuela Buys Missiles With Russian Loan, http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/09/14/world/international-uk-venzuela-chavez.html and PipeLineNews, Hugo Chavez: Friend of Holocaust Deniers and Drug Dealers, https://www.pipelinenews.org/2007/Hugo-Chavez-Fascist-Friend-Of-Holocaust-Deniers-Drug.html] especially as aided by Iran, Secty. Defense Gates downplayed its importance, saying that the information in the report regarding the rogue South American dictatorship was not a threat, "I certainly don't see Venezuela at this point as a military challenge or threat." [source, Washington Times, Iran Boosts Shock Troops in Venezuela, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/21/iran-boosts-qods-shock-troops-in-venezuela/]

South Park Controversy - New York Islamist Group "Revolution Muslim" Incites Murder of Cartoon's Creators


April 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Leading an effort it calls "The Defense of the Prophet Campaign," an extremist New York Muslim group, Revolution Muslim, has created a YouTube video decrying the popular and cheeky cartoon series, South Park.

At issue here is an episode aired last week in which the world's religions were parodied including a representation of Mohammed as a bear. That depiction is perceived by some to be anti-Muslim, the motivation behind the video's thinly veiled incitement to murder Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the series creators.

Revolution Muslim's 7 minute video is titled, "Help us Remove this Filth," uses a retelling of an alleged historical incident involving Mohammed in Medina which demonstrates how Islam's prophet proclaimed that religious dissent should be dealt with as apparent justification for taking action against the cartoonists.

The following from the video:

"...he spoke against us, he spoke against me [Mohammed] and he defamed me with his poetry...if any one of you try to defame me through your words this will be the way we deal with you there is nothing between us and you except the sword ...there will be no dialogue...no forgiveness...no building of bridges...there will only be the sword between me and you..."

Ominously, the video shows pictures of the lifeless body of Dutch film maker, Theo van Gogh, prostrate on the pavement, knife sticking out of his chest after having been murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri, an Islamist fanatic, in November 2004.

Over van Gogh's body is the caption "Theo van Gogh, after he was sent to Hell."

Also highlighted are author Salmon Rushdie, victim of numerous death threats over his book, "The Satanic Verses," Geert Wilders a Dutch politician highly critical of radical Islam and Kurt Westergaard, a cartoonist who has also come under fire over his depiction of Mohammed.

As the New York Times views the matter:

"The post, written by Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, said that the episode "outright insulted" the Prophet, adding:

'We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.'"

Below the controversial video.

DOJ Spin Regarding FBI Counter Terror Efforts Not Justified its Own Report

April 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a much touted report [see, Washington Post, FBI had Doubled Counter Terrorism Forces, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2010/04/report_fbi_has_doubled_counter.html release] today, the Department of Justice claimed that it had doubled the number of assigned agents to counter terrorism related investigations since 2001.

The accompanying full report [see, http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/FBI/a1024.pdf] prepared by the DOJ Inspector General's office, however demonstrates that while that claim might well be accurate, it's hard to substantiate using the declassified report's data given the large number of redactions it contains, for example refer to exhibits I-3, 1-2 and 1-3 dealing with resource allocations, all of which are entirely blacked-out. Similarly 1-5,6, 8 and others have been redacted.

Assuming the data does exist in the classified study, today's press release still fails to present the matter fairly, in that if hides the fact that while significant caseload continues to be weighted in the direction of counter terror, it has systematically been decreasing since 2005, with 2009 featuring nearly 20% fewer active cases than 2005, not at all impressive given the large increase in domestic terror events during the last 18 months.

Below from the report, exhibit 1-7, pg. 39.

2005 - 3,339
2006 - 3,015
2007 - 3,083
2008 - 2,978
2009 - 2,855

Cooperation with America Cited as Motivation in Recent Pakistani Suicide Attacks

April 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Yesterday a suicide bomb attack in the city of Peshawar claimed at least 23 lives. That attack was preceded by a similar one directed against a school which had ties to local law enforcement. Several injuries and one death are attributed to that action.

A Taliban propaganda video was aired on area television stations just prior to the Peshawar bombing which displayed a number of hostages, featuring Taliban demands for release of some of its fighters in return for the hostages.

Indonesian High Court Lets Blasphemy Law Stand

April 20, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a lopsided 8-1 vote, Indonesia's constitutional court upheld the legality of a disputed 1965 statute [refusing to accept the case for review] making it a crime to malign any one of six officially protected religions [Islam, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestantism and Confucianism].

The law additionally allows prosecution for interpreting any of these belief systems in any but "standard" manner, a measure intended primarily to preserve religious orthodoxy primarily among the country's 200 million plus Sunni Muslims. The law involved, Article 156(a) specifically prohibits not only blasphemy, but heresy and "deviance" and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Indonesia is home to the world's largest concentration of Muslims.

Attempting to Delineate "Homespun" from Foreign Islamic Terror Counterproductive in Long Run

April 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a preachy Reuters article published today [see, Special Report: U.S. shifts gears to tackle homespun terrorism, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63F2HZ20100416] the point is repeatedly made that segregating terror threats as being either of domestic or foreign origin would be helpful from a national security perspective.

Aside from the obvious, that threats must be dealt with in whatever setting they are found, this effort to categorize then bifurcate the various manifestations of religiously motivated warfare, as if they were in any way dissimilar, is not only pointless but counterproductive.

The root cause of the terror phenomenon we face lies in the ideology of Islamism, something this administration adamantly assures us does not exist.

Islamism is a political creed that mandates the immediate imposition of Shari'a [through a process of destabilization] in compliant societies and for more assured societies such as our own, posits a slow, stealth jihadist process of cultural subversion and eventual, incremental but forced, Shari'a compliance.

ICNA Materials Promote Jihad at Philly Library Festival


April 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a previous article entitled "Will ICNA be Allowed to Practice Stealth Jihad at Philadelphia Free Library Festival?" this author wrote, "...the Islamic Circle of North America has no place at the Philadelphia Free Library Festival and the organizers should prevent representatives of the group from plying their trade at the event.[source, https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=icna4.16.10.htm].

The organizers of the festival which took place on April 17th and 18th had been given information on ICNA's questionable associations and were urged not to allow the Islamic Circle of North America to set up a "Da'wah Booth" at the event. Unfortunately, ICNA was permitted to proceed with its plans and one of the publications which was highlighted, printed in English and Spanish, called for jihad.

The book "Towards Understanding Islam" was by Abul A'la Mawdudi a radical Muslim theorist and the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami a radical Islamist group which has ties to al-Qaeda.

Under the heading "Jihad" Mawdudi wrote the following:

"Jihad is a part of this overall defense of Islam...in the language of the Divine Law, this word is used specifically for the war that is waged solely in the name of God against those who perpetrate oppression as enemies of Islam. This supreme sacrifice is the responsibility of all Muslims...jihad is as much a primary duty as are daily prayers or fasting. One who avoids it is a sinner. His every claim to being a Muslim is doubtful. He is plainly a hypocrite who fails in the tests of sincerity and his acts of worship are a sham, a worthless hollow show of devotion..." [source, Abul A'la Mawdudi, "Towards Understanding Islam," pg. 124-125]

Will ICNA be Allowed to Practice Stealth Jihad at Philadelphia Free Library Festival?


April 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Islamic Circle of North America [ICNA] has announced that it will have a "Dawah Booth" at the Philadelphia Free Library Festival scheduled to take place on April 17th and 18th.

This is troubling news, considering that ICNA is an major American Islamist organization with reported ties to at least one of the most extreme jihadist groups in the world. According to, "Yehudit Barsky, a terrorism expert at the American Jewish Committee...ICNA "is composed of members of Jamaat e-Islami, a Pakistani Islamic radical organization similar to the Muslim Brotherhood that helped to establish the Taliban." [source, Discover the Networks, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6380]

ICNA aggressively seeks converts via its "Why Islam" da'wah [Muslim conversion] project as part of the stealth jihad.

The ICNA website plainly states the groups intention to promote Shari'a in the U.S.

"About ICNA - Islamic Circle of North America is a leading grass roots organization which seeks to obtain the pleasure of Allah (SWT) through working for the establishment of Islam in all spheres of life. ICNA has many projects, programs, and activities which are designed to help in the process of molding the individual and reforming society at large. Goal The goal of ICNA shall be to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT) through the struggle of Iqamat-ud-Deen (establishment of the Islamic system of life) as spelled out in the Qur?an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)." [source, http://www.icna.org/about-icna]

With this kind of record, the Islamic Circle of North America has no place at the Philadelphia Free Library Festival and the organizers should prevent representatives of the group from plying their trade at the event.

Hit the Streets with the Tea Party Today

California Legislative Alert - Analysis


April 15, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This report details two especially problematic pieces of California legislation.

AB 2478, Anthony Mendoza, (D-Norwalk) School Safety: Disruption: Pupil's Safety.


Bill's intent: Amends existing law which provides that a person who comes into any school building or school ground, or adjacent street, sidewalk, or public way, whose presence or acts interfere with or disrupt a school activity, without lawful business, or who remains after having been asked to leave, is guilty of a public offense. Applies to any person [who] willingly creates a disruption with the intent to threaten the immediate physical safety of any pupil arriving at, attending, or leaving any preschool or school.

The author seeks to amend this law to include sending "threatening messages" so-called, to students, k-8, that might result in physical harm to these students.

There are severe penalties of $500.00 for a first offense and possibly jail time and a fine for subsequent offenses

Philly Mayor Nutter Enthusiastically Shills for CAIR, Unindicted Co-Conspirator in Largest U.S. Hamas Terror Funding Prosecution


April 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On April 3, 2010 the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] held their 4th annual banquet in Philadelphia. CAIR is a discredited organization, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation et al., the nation's most important and successful Hamas funding prosecution. On November 24, 2008, all defendants were found guilty on a total of 108 charges which included conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, providing material support to a foreign terrorist, and conspiring to commit money laundering. Further complicating the picture for CAIR, one of those convicted in the trial was Ghassan Elashi, the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR, who was already serving a long prison sentence on another terror conviction. Of additional note, apparently based upon evidence presented at this trial, the FBI made the determination that CAIR was so problematic, that it halted all contact with the group [see, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/30/fbi-cuts-ties-cair-following-terror-financing-trial/].

Despite the above being public knowledge, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter nonetheless addressed the gathering. One of the other speakers at the event was Johari Abdul-Malik the director of community outreach for the radical Dar Al Hijrah mosque. Dar Al Hijrah was in the news recently, as one of its former imams - the al-Qaeda linked cleric Anwar Al- Awlaki - praised Ft. Hood shooter Malik Hasan's murderous jihad. [see, http://www.investigativeproject.org/1521/dar-al-hijrah-officials-deception-on-awlaki]

Al-Awlaki is also thought to have ministered to two of the 9/11 hijackers.

Formerly Banned Islamic Radical Tariq Ramadan Tours US, Speaks at CAIR Event and Congress

April 12, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of Egypt's terrorist Muslim Brotherhood [which created the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas] is now near the end of a speaking tour of American cities.

Ramadan who had previously been banned from U.S. entry by the Bush administration because of terror concerns, was quietly cleared for entry in a little discussed State Department action signed off on by Secty State Hillary Clinton in January. [see, Once barred from U.S., Muslim scholar speaks in Chicago area, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-muslim-scholar-ramadan-20100409,0,4511759.story]

See also Dr. Daniel Pipes' running commentary [Tariq Ramadan Give Up then Tries Again, http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2004/12/tariq-ramadan-gives-up-then-tries-again] which quotes the State Department's thinking on the subject [excerpted below from the original Washington Post article, no longer archived at the newspaper's website.

"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed orders enabling the re-entry of professors Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University in England and Adam Habib of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa once they obtain required admittance documents, department spokesman Darby Holladay said. Clinton "has chosen to exercise her exemption authority for the benefit of Tariq Ramadan and Adam Habib," Holladay said. "We'll let that action speak for itself." In a prepared statement, Holladay noted the change in U.S. posture since both professors, who are frequently invited to the United States to lecture, were denied admittance after making statements counter to U.S. foreign policy. Both the president and the secretary of state have made it clear that the U.S. government is pursuing a new relationship with Muslim communities based on mutual interest and mutual respect."

Investigative Journalist Cliff Kincaid - "FBI Destroyed File on Obama's Grandfather"

April 12, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "The FBI destroyed a file on Barack Obama's grandfather, the man who selected Communist Frank Marshall Davis to be the future president's mentor during his growing-up years in Hawaii," discloses long-time reporter Cliff Kincaid, president of USA Survival and editor of the AIM report.

Continuing, Kincaid states, "The FBI confirms that a file was maintained on Obama's grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham...This is a troubling development in the effort to understand the Marxism that drives Obama's policies as president today."

In correspondence FBI communication archived at USA Survival, the FBI says the file was destroyed in 1997. The FBI made the admission after Kincaid complied with a request to verify the identity of Dunham and the fact that he was deceased.

Dubbed "Gramps" by Obama, Dunham has been depicted in news reports as a patriot who served in the U.S. Army in World War II, however the facts paint a far more sinister picture in that "Gramps" had a close relationship with Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member Frank Marshall Davis in Hawaii, who reportedly drank and smoke pot with Dunham.

Davis was not only a communist but a pornographer who wrote a semi-biographical novel about having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He mentored Obama for as many as nine years of his young life in Hawaii.

Dunham, who was white, had picked Davis as a mentor for Obama because he thought the youngster, whose father had abandoned the family, needed a black role model. Davis, who was black, fit the bill. "It was a terrible decision," Kincaid commented, adding, "he turned over the young Obama to a communist sex pervert for moral guidance."

While the exact nature of the Dunham file will be a topic for speculation, Kincaid said that is likely that some of the information was related to Dunham's relationship with Davis. Kincaid's ASI had previously obtained the 600-page FBI file on Davis and posted at USA Survival [go here, http://www.usasurvival.org/marshall.fbi.files.html]. It shows that Davis was a key high-level operative in a Soviet-sponsored network in Hawaii.

Obama had referred to Davis in his memoir as merely "Frank," a poet filled with knowledge and advice. The real identity as that of Frank Marshall Davis was disclosed by a writer for a CPUSA publication, who said it would prove to be historically significant, and then publicized by anti-communist New Zealand blogger Trevor Loudon. Kincaid confirmed the identity of "Frank" with a source in Hawaii and then obtained and posted the Davis FBI file.

The traditional media, anxious to see Obama elected president, identified Davis as a "civil rights activist," ignoring his communist affiliations and scandalous lifestyle.

Holder Stonewall Continues - Effort to Shield Lefty Al-Qaeda Defense Bar

Administration's anti-American Streak Runs Deep

April 12, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Front and center in this simmering controversy is the disingenuously named John Adams Project, an arm of the leftist ACLU.

Through the efforts of attorneys from this group, CIA personnel have been outed with, unbelievably, their identities having been revealed to GITMO terrorists. In response to this effort we find the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, doing everything in his official capacity to prevent additional disclosure of this serious breach of national security protocols - a classic stonewall.

As terror authority Andy McCarthy [the former federal prosecutor who busted the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman, implicated in a plot connected with the first bombing of the World Trade Center] characterizes it:

"...we now know a good deal about several of these volunteer lawyers. To take just a few examples, they provided al Qaeda detainees with a brochure that instructed them on how to claim falsely that they had been tortured; fomented a detainee hunger strike that disrupted security and precipitated fabricated reports that prisoners had been tortured and force-fed; provided the detainees with other virulently anti-American propaganda (for example, informing them about the Abu Ghraib scandal, comparing U.S. military physicians to Josef Mengele, and labeling DOJ lawyers "desk torturers"); gave the enemy-combatant terrorists a hand-drawn map of Gitmo's layout, including guard towers; helped the enemy combatants communicate messages to the outside world; informed the detainees of the identities of other detainees in U.S. custody; and posted photos of Guantanamo security badges on the Internet in a transparent effort to identify U.S. security personnel." [source, Representing al-Qaeda, http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.5858/pub_detail.asp]

Why would Holder apparently countenance such reprehensible actions?

Easy, he is in full ideological agreement with these attorneys who have as a group become known as the "al-Qaeda defense bar." Witness a speech he made during the summer of 2008 when he was a top advisor to then candidate Obama:

"Our government authorized the use of torture, approved of secret electronic surveillance against American citizens, secretly detained American citizens without due process of law, denied the writ of habeas corpus to hundreds of accused enemy combatants and authorized the use of procedures that violate both international law and the United States Constitution." [source, Nadler Again Calls on Holder to Appoint a Special Counsel to Probe Torture, http://pubrecord.org/torture/3247/nadler-again-calls-holder-appoint/]

It is no longer a secret that members of the al-Qaeda bar are now working in top positions at the Obama/Holder DOJ. Mr. Holder is their boss...

Modification of U.S. Nuke Retaliation Policy - Perhaps the Worst National Security Decision in American History


April 8, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Attendant to the release this week of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review [http://www.defense.gov/npr/docs/NPR%20FACT%20SHEET%20April%202010.pdf Declassified fact sheet available here] the president's breathless announcement that he is seeking "a world without nuclear weapons," is just the latest indication that his administration is the least competent manager of U.S. national security in this country's long history.

Of supreme concern however is the intentionally leaked disclosure that the president has severely limited the circumstances under which the United States will mount a nuclear response to an attack.

Regarding that aspect of the policy the New York Times states, "Mr. Obama's new strategy makes just about every nonnuclear state immune from any threat of nuclear retaliation by the United States..." [source, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/world/07arms.html]

We see no evidence that would allow us to conclude otherwise.

What do outside experts with an intimate knowledge of national security matters think about this? Few commentators are more well versed to speak to this issue than John Bolton, who writes:

"The Nuclear Posture Review is deeply troubling in many respects, starting at the conceptual level with its unfounded assertion that the need for American nuclear deterrence has declined. By further unilaterally limiting the circumstances in which the U.S. would use nuclear weapons to protect itself and its allies, the Obama administration is in fact increasing international instability and the risks of future conflicts. By abandoning the reliable replacement warhead project, and drastically limiting programs to ensure the safety and reliability of our existing nuclear stockpile, the president is risking our security and obtaining nothing in return. Nuclear proliferators, as well as countries with chemical and biological weapons programs, can only welcome these further unforced American errors on the road to nuclear impotence." [source, http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MGNkODM1OTYyZTNkM2Q3Zjg5MzkyMGFlNjY2NGE5OTI=]

Apparently the possibility of a sophisticated biological attack against the United States was a missing component in team Obama's deliberations. We must come to this decision because a bio attack might very well be the most cataclysmic type of weapon that could be used against us, and the possibility of deterring the use of such weapons through the understood inevitability of a massive American nuclear response would seem to be the only reasonable posture for defense planners to take - yet such a policy is not supported by the new Nuclear Posture Review.

This is a massive hole in Obama's national security logic and it places every American citizen at risk.

FCC Genachowski Bombshell - DC Court Crushes Dem Attempt to Control Internet

April 6, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a unanimous ruling, FCC Chair Julius Genachoswki's plan to control the Internet - Democrats absurdly calling it "'Net neutrality" - was stopped cold by a three judge DC panel.

In the unanimous decision the court ruled that the FCC has no statuary authority to regulate network management decisions made by Internet provider's.

The immediate effect of the 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.

Undeterred it seems, supporters of the FCC's move are now suggesting that the agency instead move to regulate 'Net providers under regulatory authority which heretofore had been reserved for common carriers such as land based telephone systems.

Whether this will fly in light of today's court ruling is problematic, however we have observed that this administration has not easily been deterred in its efforts to further control American commerce and we would be surprised if an end-run around this decision had not already been planned.

Obama Regime Well on Way to Losing Iraq and Afghanistan

April 5, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As the Center for Security Policy's director, Frank Gaffney points out in his most recent piece [see, Who Lost Iraq?] that Iraq, which only 18 months ago seemed a very bright spot in a Middle East were the specter of Islamic violence is omnipresent, is, through the misguided policies of the Obama regime, quickly descending into anarchy.

"Sadly...There is an unmistakable vacuum of power being created by President Obama's determination to withdraw U.S. "combat" forces no matter what, starting with the cities a few months ago and in short order from the rest of the country.

Increasingly, that vacuum is being filled by Iran and its proxies on the one hand and, on the other, insurgent Sunni forces, both those aligned with al Qaeda and those that have, at least until recently, been suppressing the AQI. On what might be called the third hand, Iraqi Kurds are experiencing their own internal problems as well as an increasingly ill-concealed inclination to assert their independence from the rest of the country.

The signal of American abandonment was made the more palpable by Team Obama's decision to dispatch Christopher Hill as its ambassador to Iraq. Hill is the diplomat best known for his determination during the Bush 43 years to appease, rather than thwart, the despot most closely enabling the realization of Iran's nuclear ambitions: North Korea's Kim Jong Il. The unreliability of the United States as an ally - a hallmark of the Obama presidency more generally - is reinforcing the sense that it is every man for himself in Iraq."

Gaffney's point is one held by many serious observers of national security matters, at least those not aligned with the current administration, that Obama's stated goal of complete and rapid withdrawal from Iraq and a consequent redeployment of these forces into Afghanistan is corroding the few weak binds which hold Iraq together.

Muslim Public Service Internships and the Stealth Jihad

April 5, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A group calling itself the Muslim Public Service Network [the website - http://www.muslimpublicservice.org/ - is registered to Shahed Amanullah in Oakland, CA. Amanullah is also the registrant behind altmuslim.org and HalalFire.com] is part of an effort by Muslims to influence the policies of government via selective placement of agendized personnel in positions of power.

Though on its face this effort might seem as American as apple pie, closer scrutiny indicates otherwise.

Since we have written extensively about the phenomenon variously described as lawful Islamism or stealth jihad [for example [UK Defeated By Muslim Stealth Jihad, Capitulates To Shari'a] we find no need to recapitulate the theme here again in extended form.

In outline however, the stealth jihad has a number of aspects, but one key fundamental.

The strategy stems from a realization by the Islamists [which include, in addition to the violent jihadis, Muslims who advocate for incremental Islamization of their societies, and incorporation of Shari'a derived components within them, through the exercise of political power] that direct confrontation can only succeed in a time and place where there is at least rough parity between Muslims and non-Muslims. From this logic stems a counter strategy in which instead of adopting a policy of head-on confrontation, those who seek to at some point in the future bring about a Caliphate, opt for gradual change as a precursor of that future utopian Islamic state.

A seminal document - a concrete embodiment of this idea - was discovered during a Virginia terror raid made 15 years ago - written by the Muslim Brotherhood [and approved by the Shura Council] the Egyptian terrorist organization which serves as the intellectual ancestor for all modern day Islamic terrorism, including Hamas and al-Qaeda.

This rare find outlined an audacious plan Islamize America. Being of such importance, it was tagged government document number GX3-85 and submitted into the court record in the largest successful Hamas terror funding prosecution U.S. history - U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, et. al.

It reads in part:

"The process of settlement is a "Civilizational Jihadist Process," with all that the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house from within..." [The General Strategic Plan for the Group in North America, pg. 21, item 4]

So this Muslim Brotherhood plan assumes a two pronged attack, one violent when conditions permit, the other nominally legal, working within institutions to modify the culture into greater recognition of Shari'a towards its [assumed] eventual acceptance of full compliance.

Increasing Obama National Security Malfeasance - Plans to Drop Profiling of Middle East Air Travelers

April 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Despite the fact that all significant terrorism since at least 9/11 has occurred at the hands of Muslims hailing from a limited number of countries, the administration has apparently dropped its hastily employed, recent policy of providing additional security screening to this targeted demographic at American airports.

According to a report carried in the Washington Post [see, U.S. Changing the Way Air Travelers are Screened, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/02/AR2010040204131_pf.html] the decision was made ostensibly by DHS chief Napolitano [a clueless amateur, who also feels that conservative American Christians pose a significant domestic terror threat] to drop the newly established heightened screening rules.

"The Obama administration is abandoning its policy of using nationality alone to determine which U.S.-bound international air travelers should be subject to additional screening..."

The new policy is of such a sensitive nature that officials were unwilling to go on the record - always a telltale sign.

A curious aspect attending the breaking of this story is its publication on Friday, the day traditionally thought of as "black hole day" in which even important items simply fall off the radar in the blur of weekend developments and decreased reader attention.

One might ask the question why would a major news organization broach such a major piece on a day when it was guaranteed to receive the least attention unless the information was placed - an official leak - designed to get the news out there in the least damaging way, courtesy of fellow travelers.

Chicago Taxi Driver - Raja Lahrasib Khan - Indicted on Federal Terrorism Charges

April 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Fox News is reporting an AP story [see, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/04/01/chicago-cab-driver-indicted-terror-charges/] that a Chicago taxi driver - Raja Lahrasib Khan - has been indicted on terror charges.

Khan, a Pakistani-American, is alleged to have transferred funds to a radical Pakistani leader whom he believed had ties to al-Qaeda.

A similar criminal complaint had been filed against Khan last week and the defendant's counsel had apparently made the decision to challenge it in court. Today's action by the government precludes that possibility.

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Muslim Congressmen to Speak at Islamist Conference


June 6, 2010 - Philadelphia, PA - PipeLineNews.org - Both Congressman Keith Ellison [DFL-MN] and Andre Carson [D-IN] are scheduled to speak at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA].

ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the United States' most extensive prosecution of terror funding, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation [HLF], which proved the phony Islamic charity HLF, gave at least $12 million dollars to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

ISNA has credibly been reported as having substantial funding from Saudi Arabia:

"Some of ISNA's own members have raised concerns on another issue: large donations from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia follows an extreme version of Islam known as Wahhabism, and questions continue to swirl around Saudi connections to terrorism, including the attack on 9-11. A videotape obtained by Eyewitness News shows a 1994 ISNA convention where one member questioned why the organization accepted more than $500,000 dollars in Saudi donations. "I don't think Saudi Arabia is a good model for one of the largest organizations ." [source, ISNA's Ties to Terror, Investigative Project on Terrorism]

This is significant because Saudi Arabia is the chief exporter of the most radical form of Islam, Wahhabism. Additionally the Saudis assert tremendous influence all over the world spreading this form of Islam through the building of radical mosques.

According to Discover The Networks, “ISNA was created by MSA [Muslim Student Association] with the help of one of Palestinian Islamic Jihad's founding students, Sami Al-Arian...ISNA's annual conventions draw more attendees - usually over 30,000 - than any other Muslim gathering in the Western Hemisphere." [source, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6178]

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Obama Rep Rashid Hussain Keynotes at Islamist Conference


June 9, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago recently held its annual dinner event. In attendance was Rashad Hussain - United States Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference and Deputy Associate Council to President Obama - who delivered the keynote address.

Hussain was introduced by Safaa Zazour the secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America. ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the United States' most extensive prosecution of terror funding, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, which proved the phony Islamic charity Holy Land, gave at least $12 million dollars to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

Before going to ISNA, Zazour served as the chairman of the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] Chicago and also sat on the organizations board [source, CAIR Chicago website, http://www.cairchicago.org/our-board/safaa-zarzour/#]

CAIR also was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. At the trial all the defendants, including the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR - Ghassan Elashi - were found guilty on a total of 108 charges.

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Disgraced ex-MP George Galloway Urges Breaking Gaza Blockade Via Syria and Jordan


June 8, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Former UK MP George Galloway whose Viva Palestina organization is coordinating another Gaza convoy which he vowed "will leave Britain shortly after the end of Ramadan in September and travel through Europe, down through Turkey and Syria into Jordan." [source, Arutz Sheva, George Galloway: ‘Break the Embargo’ Via Syria and Jordan, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/137945]

He added that Viva Palestina - which has been accused of acting as a charity front for Hamas - will be sending a flotilla of boats to Gaza.

Galloway, controversial at best, has been linked to the U.N's infamous Oil for Food Scandal, about which the Heritage Foundation issued a report, partially quoted below:

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) today unveiled new evidence on British Member of Parliament George Galloway's involvement in the Iraqi Oil-for-Food scandal. This latest report is a direct response to Mr. Galloway's testimony before the subcommittee on May 17, 2005. Galloway then firmly denied soliciting or receiving allocations of Iraqi crude oil from Saddam Hussein's regime, but the new evidence indicates otherwise. The Senate report lays the groundwork for criminal investigation, and perhaps prosecution, in both the U.S. and the UK. [source, Heritage Foundation, George Galloway and the Oil-for-Food Scandal: Time for U.S. and British Inquiries, http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2005/10/George-Galloway-and-the-Oil-for-Food-Scandal-Time-for-US-and-British-Inquiries]

Apparently in appreciation for services rendered, Galloway was awarded honorary Palestinian citizenship in 2009 by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh who gave him a VIP passport. [see, Iran's Press TV, Galloway granted honorary Palestinian citizenship, http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=88256§ionid=351020202]

On June 4 Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called for groups of all nationalities to form a "Freedom Flotilla II" promising that any Lebanese on board “will come home safe and sound."

Galloway's speech in front of the Israeli consulate on June 5 was punctuated by supporters shouts of Allahu Akhbar [God is great], a traditional Muslim war chant. [source, ibid

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has offered to escort a flotilla to Gaza.

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AG Holder Honored by Saudi Funded Group - American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - Delivers Keynote Address


June 8, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On June 4, Attorney General Eric Holder was the keynote speaker at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's [ADC] 30th annual convention where he received both the Excellency in Advocacy Award and Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award. He thanked them for the "tremendous honor." [source, April 1, 2010, ADC website, US Attorney General Eric Holder to Keynote Civil Rights Luncheonat ADC?s 30th Anniversary National Convention, http://www.adc.org/media/press-releases/2010/april-2010/us-attorney-general-eric-holder-to-keynote-civil-rights-luncheon-at-adcs-30th-anniversary-national-convention]

The ADC is heavily funded by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, whose offer of $10 million dollars to the 9/11 victims fund was rejected by then New York mayor Rudy Giuliani after the prince implied that America had provoked the attacks, suggesting that it reexamine its policy in the Middle East. Bin Talal has also held telethons to raise money for the families of suicide bombers.

"Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced he was donating $6 million to help the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) to buy its own office building, Arab News reported today. The announcement was made at the ADC's gala dinner Sunday, which was attended by nearly 2,000 Arab-Americans from throughout the United States." [source, June 1, 2005, Saudiinf.com, Prince Alwaleed Donates $6m to ADC on Its Anniversary, http://www.saudinf.com/main/y8222.htm]

Rather than partnering with law enforcement as Holder asserted in his speech, the ADC has sued the DHS and other governmental agencies which are engaged in prosecuting the war on terror.

"Today, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit, which ADC filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeks information that would either validate or dispel the widespread perception that DHS and ICE have been misusing information from the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) to impermissibly target, or "profile," Arab-Americans and Muslims for general law enforcement purposes." [source, ADC website, October 17, 2006, ADC Files Lawsuit Against DHS and ICE Concerning the "October Plan", http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=2982]

In his speech Holder emphasized the fact that the convention was being held on the one year anniversary of Obama's deservedly maligned dhimmi Cairo speech.

"It's a special honor to be part of this anniversary and to continue one of our nation's most important conversations – the crucial, ongoing dialogue between law enforcement and members of the Arab-American community...I would have been happy to speak to you any day of the year, but I admit that I'm especially pleased to have been scheduled today – June 4th. Exactly one year ago, in Cairo, Egypt, President Obama addressed the Arab and Muslim world in a landmark speech that, in elegant and heartfelt terms, captured the importance of our discussion today.…we have restored the department's Civil Rights Division to its rightful place as the conscience of the nation and our country's preeminent civil rights law enforcement agency..." [source, ibid]

Holder also promised to make the prosecution of hate crimes a top priority.

In reality as reflected by the Justice Department's own data, the incidence of hate crimes against Muslims has been decreasing, yet the ADC persists in using alleged Muslim and Arab victimhood as justification for its legal strategy, based upon the questionable proposition that Arab American and Muslim citizens have much to fear from their government, which is according to the organization's interpretation, constantly acting in a discriminatory and harmful manner.

Holder - never one to let facts get in the way - went on to assert that "it was a Muslim-American man who first alerted the New York police to a smoking car in Times Square,"despite evidence to the contrary, more proof - as if it was needed - that this administration will twist the truth to fit its political agenda.

Holder's speech to the ADC is another example of the administration's pandering to the Muslim and Arab community, a policy which if allowed to continue, threatens to seriously damage American national security.

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Iran's Make Believe Relief Organization - Red Crescent - Threatens Further Flotilla Provocation


redcrescent.jpg June 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to information carried on a semi-official Iranian website, Mehr, Iran's Red Crescent has announced that it will attempt to breach Israel's naval blockade of Gaza.

"Iran's Red Crescent Society (RCS) will send humanitarian aids including food and medical supplies to Gaza in the coming days...The aid group is also preparing to send two relief ships to the coast of Gaza..." [source, [http://www.mehrnews.com/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=1096712]

The Red Crescent is considered to be a fraudulent healthcare organization which often functions as a jihadist tool.

"The use by terrorist organizations of medical resources, particularly ambulances, in order to bypass the searches and security checks in IDF checkpoints emphasizes the need for a security check of medical vehicles," an IDF statement announced. "Such searches are conducted in order to ensure that ambulances are not used by terrorists in an attempt to transport terrorists, weaponry and explosive devices." One of the most prominent incidents highlighted by Israeli security agencies is the suicide bombing attack on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem on January 27, 2002, in which an Israeli civilian was killed and over 100 were injured. The suicide bombing was carried out by Waffa Idris, a resident of the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. Idris acted as a medical secretary in the Palestinian Red Crescent. Following an investigation by Israeli security forces, it appears that the Palestinian suicide bombers were dispatched to carry out the attack by Muhamad Hababa, a resident of the village of Beit Iksa near Ramallah, a Tanzim operative and an ambulance driver of the Palestinian Red Crescent. An additional associate to the terror attack was Munzar Nur, a resident of Anabta, near Tulkarm, which worked for the Palestinian Red Crescent as well." [http://www.israelnewsagency.com/palestinianambulancesterrorism1009.html]

Iran tried a similar stunt in 2009 only to find its ships turned back by Israeli forces.

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Thousands Attend NY Protest Against Ground Zero Mosque

June 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The human rights group Stop Islamization of America [SIOA] sponsored an extremely well attended rally in lower Manhattan on June 6, to protest the planned construction of a large mosque overlooking Ground Zero.

SIOA has long been active in defending human rights, religious liberty as well as ensuring preservation of freedom of speech against Islamic supremacist intimidation and attempts to make the United States compliant with Shari'a [Islamic law].

The event was held at the corner of Church and Liberty Streets, near the site of the September 11, 2001 Muslim terrorist attack.

Turnout was impressive, despite the last minute cancelling of a previously issued permit. Participants came from as far away as Washington state, California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, South Carolina, Florida, and elsewhere. Many religious denominations were represented including Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, atheists and Muslims of conscience.

Police estimated the size of the crowd to be 5,000 but independent sources put the figure closer 10,000.

Supporting groups included the Freedom Defense Initiative; ACT for America (ACT Manhattan chapter); Z Street; SIOE; No Mosque at Ground Zero; Staten Island Tea Party; American Bulldogs; VAST; the Center for Security Policy; Shalom International; the Unity Coalition for Israel; 911 Families; Indian American Intellectuals Forum; Veterans Against Jihad (VAJ); and Faith Freedom International.

A large contingent of speakers addressed the group's concerns including Pamela Geller Executive Director, SIOA and Robert Spencer, Associate Director, SIOA.

Also giving voice to their concerns were C. Lee Hanson [lost his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter on 9/11], Anders Gravers [of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE)],Simon Deng [a Sudanese ex-slave and campaigner for human rights for Sudanese Christians], Richard Connerney [department oh philosophy, Pace University], James Lafferty [Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force], Nonie Darwish [ex-Muslim and author of Now They Call Me Infidel and Cruel and Usual Punishment, a book about Shari'a], Jay Townsend [GOP candidate for U.S. Senate], Nelly Braginskaya [9/11 Family Member who lost her son], Dr. Babu Suseelan [Hindu leader and human rights activist] Beverly Carlson [Founder of The Band of Mothers], Larry Savinkin [father of Vladimir Savinkin, President of September 11 Family Group, uniting 9/11 families from Russian-American community], Dan Maloney [NY Director of Gathering of Eagles and Congressional candidate, NY Dist. 4], Herbert London [Hudson Institute], Alan T. DeVona [PAPD WTC 9/11/01 Patrol Sergeant at the time of the terrorist attack]

A common theme connected the speakers - that the proposed [and murkily funded] mosque is confrontational in the extreme and represents an insult to the Americans who were murdered there, as well as it being a manifestation of a radically intolerant belief system put forward by Islamists that is incompatible with the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The event's main organizers were SIOA executive director Pamela Geller [a popular blogger and columnist [http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com] and SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the bestselling author and director of [JihadWatch.org]. Geller is the author (with Spencer) of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton), coming July 27 from Simon & Schuster.

Geller and Spencer announced that they would be hosting another rally against the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque in September, and again if construction begins on the project. They also announced today that they would be filing a lawsuit, petitioning that the Burlington Coat Factory, site of the proposed mega-mosque, be designated a war memorial in the spirit of Pearl Harbor and Gettysburg

For further information, SIOA's Face book page is located here - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=110841015612178

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U.S. Muslim Groups Demand Meeting with Obama, Urge End of Gaza Blockade


June 4, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] and the American Arab Institute [AAI] are demanding - via an open letter to president Obama - an opportunity to meet with him in order to, "call for an end to blockade of Gaza...[and] to discuss the recent incident of violence against the humanitarian aid convoy traveling to Gaza."

ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in one of America's largest terror trials, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. The successful prosecution resulted in the conviction of all of the defendants on 108 charges and proved that the phony Muslim charity, the Holy Land Foundation, had sent at least $12 million to fund the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

The AAI is run by James Zogby, a virulent critic of Israel whose organization is partially funded by the Saudis.

"Prince Alwaleed...donated $300,000 to the Arab-American Institute headed by James Zogby." [source, Arab News, http://archive.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=21413&d=25&m=12&y=2002&pix=kingdom.jpg&category=Kingdom]

In the letter, ISNA president Ingrid Mattson stated, "One year after Obama's Cairo speech, this tragic incident threatens to undermine both the president's efforts to broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians and the confidence he sought to inspire in his address to the Muslim world." [source, ISNA website, http://www.isna.net/articles/News/National-Muslim-and-Arab-American-Organizations-Urge-President-Obama-to-Uphold-Goals.aspx]

The communication further demanded that Obama should, "demand an independent investigation into this violent attack and to ensure protections and rights for U.S. citizens who were a part of this humanitarian effort ... [and] to address this crisis in a manner consistent with the vision you advanced in Cairo and to exercise American leadership by calling for an end to the blockade of Gaza." [Source.http://www.isna.net/articles/News/National-Muslim-and-Arab-American-Organizations-Urge-President-Obama-to-Uphold-Goals.aspx]

The group plans to ask Mr. Obama to, "uphold the goals of his Cairo speech."

Once again the Obama administration's pandering to Islamists has provided them with easier access to White House policy makers and emboldened them into pressuring the US government into taking measures which would be of detriment to Israel and consquently weaken American national security.

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Hamas Flotilla Jihadists Receive Hero's Welcome in Turkey

Stung by World Criticism, Israel Toughens Stance on Palestinian State

June 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - - Throngs gathered in Turkey today welcoming the return of the ragtag collection of Hamas supporters, as they filtered back into the country fresh from their bloody confrontation with the IDF.

"Around 1,000 people gathered at Istanbul's Ataturk airport to greet more than 500 returning activists. Thousands more celebrated and demonstrated against Israel in the heart of Istanbul. The activists were greeted like heroes, and many could not wait to tell their stories to the waiting army of journalists." [source, Voice of America, Gaza Blockade Activists Return to Turkey, http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Deported-Activists-Arrive-in-Turkey-95504044.html#comments]

Though much of world opinion predictably was critical of Israel, recent statements by PM Netanyahu indicate his government has toughened its position vis a vis the Palestinians.

In a May 30 hard-line speech delivered in Toronto even before news of the flotilla incident reached him, Mr. Netanyahu stated that any future Palestinian state must be demilitarized.

"We must ensure that we achieve a peace that is anchored in security, the only peace that will endure is a peace we can defend," Mr. Netanyahu said, speaking to some 7,000 members of Toronto's Jewish community at a pro-Israel rally. "A future Palestinian state must be effectively demilitarized." [source, National Post, Future Palestinian State Must be Demilitarized, http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/05/30/future-palestinian-state-must-be-demilitarized-netanyahu-at-toronto-speech]

Today in a televised address to the nation, the prime minister vigorously defended the actions taken against the jihadist flotilla.

"Hamas is smuggling thousands of Iranian rockets, missiles and other weaponry, smuggling it into Gaza in order to fire on Israel's cities...These missiles can reach Ashdod, Beersheba, these are major Israeli cities. And I regret to say that some of them can reach now Tel Aviv and very soon the outskirts of Jerusalem...This is not a theoretical challenge or a theoretical threat. We've already interdicted vessels bound for Hezbollah and for Hamas from Iran containing hundreds of tons of weapons...Israel simply cannot permit the free flow of weapons and war materials to Hamas from the sea." [source, Reuters, Excerpts from Israel PM Netanyahu's televised remarks, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6515T820100602]

If the intent of the flotilla jihadists was to force Israel to back down, the effect has been exactly the opposite, with public opinion in the Jewish state overwhelmingly having turned towards support of the Netanyahu government in this matter.

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National Science Foundation Reauthorization: Welcome back, Dr. Strangelove

By CAMILLE GIGLIO, Legislative Analyst

"Only in this way can we nurture the innovative work force that tomorrow's businesses and research laboratories will require" - Anne Hardy, VP Technology, SAP Laboratories.

June 3, 2010 - San Francisco - PipeLineNews.org LLC - The above quote was taken from a commentary entitled "Our future depends on boosting interest in science," published in the San Jose Mercury News for 5-20-2010. Ms Hardy's words parallel the goals and mission of the latest federal Five year plan for expansion of the National Science Foundation mission and budget.

The House of Representatives has just today, May 28th, passed a major piece of work entitled the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2009 which is a bill to fund the National Science foundation. (see the official press release at the end of this article).

The National Science Foundation reauthorization lingered in the U.S. Congress's Committee on Science and Technology for the last year while 52 Amendments were fought over. The bill was authored by the chairman of the committee, Tennessee Democrat, Bart Gordon. It is a 120 page bill. The original bill number, HR 5116 was changed to HR 5325 because of the need to make several amendments. However, the just issued press release refers to it by its original number of HR 5116.

"The stated purpose of the bill is: "To invest in innovation through research and development, to improve the competitiveness of the United States, and for other purposes."

HR 5325 represents the goals and objectives of the Obama White House in establishing an energetic and urgent public policy on environmental "green" issues, workforce and education partnership issues and Al Gore's favorite, global warming. Though it is not an appropriations bill, it contains requests for billions of tax dollars to implement.

There are four California legislators on this 41 member committee: John Garamendi, (D-Contra Costa), Lynn Woolsey, (D-Santa Rosa), Brian Bilbray, (R-Solano Beach) and Dana Rohrabacher, (R-Huntington Beach).

Here is a sample of committee member, Lynn Woolsey's statement in support of the bill, as given to the Committee hearing:

"I believe in science -- and that with enough support -- our scientists can solve almost any problem put in front of them. But at the end of the day, this bill is about jobs. Investments in basic and applied research, green manufacturing jobs, and high risk, high reward technologies will help lay the groundwork for a clean energy economy and create thousands of new green jobs in our country."

Should the bill succeed in being signed by the President (it has two other House Committees in which to be heard - Education and Labor and Energy) it will be put before a finance committee to work out the financing. This financing of specialized activities within various branches and departments within the federal government, is in addition to the main mission and budgeting of these departments. So, the several billion dollars being sought through this Actcould be added to the costs of the various departments which will be affected.

Any funds appropriated for these activities will not be funneled through the various departments but will go directly from the White House in the form of grants, mostly, to universities, non-profit foundations, local and state federal workforce development agencies that have been planted in each state.

As a side note, California Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Poizner lists as one of his White House Fellowship interests, the subject of science and technology as an important focus for public policy.

The bill either creates new workloads on government agencies or amends and expands current Acts pertaining to science and technology in seven, different areas of governmental agencies. It establishes oversight and partnerships (also referred to as contracts) between government and the private sector in industry, educational curriculum and workforce development. It, therefore impinges on the mission and duties of several branches of Government such as Dept. of Energy, Dept of Education, NASA, NOAA.

When speaking with members of either the Science and Technology Committee or with a representative of the National Oceanographic and aeronautics Committee, they quickly assure me that neither NOAA or NASA are involved in this. However, when I remind them that the bill says that these agencies will be represented on Advisory Committees, they say, "oh, well, yes."

Regarding the Department of Education, this Act seeks to establish greater federal involvement in the development and direction of pre-K-16 classroom studies in workforce preparation, Charter schools and STEM Education - science, technology, engineering and math.This ambitious federal education/workforce development program is reflected in numerous state bills in California and, especially in creating scholarship opportunities for high school students to specialize in certain areas and, those who declare an interest in attending colleges with engineering programs.

A third way, as stated in the bill is for those students who achieve post secondary degrees in STEM subjects, but do not find jobs in those industries, to return to college for teaching degrees to become STEM teachers in the classroom.

HR5325 also attracted 52 amendments including one that prohibited any person found guilty of housing pornography on his/her computer from obtaining funding under this bill.

It was further amended to reduce the intended 5 year plans for implementation to only 3 years since it was determined that 5 years of budgeting for these programs was too expensive.

This bill is on a par with the national health care legislation in so far as it adds further federal authority and direct Presidential oversight over controlling major areas of human health, social, academic and work life.

Both the bill and the Science and Technology Committee have very interesting histories.

In the 1950's when the National Science Foundation was first created, the expressed reason was fear of other countries obtaining the Atom Bomb. The U.S. came up with the idea of a program of mutually assured destruction - MAD. This, we were told, would protect us from ever having to face the threat of nuclear attack from a foreign and hostile government, by meeting any such force with a similar or greater force. Today the government would have you believe that as we approach global unity we are in a similar situation of hostility from not only outer space, but inner space.

We must conquer the inner space mysteries of nanotechnology, global warming, environmental threats, a seeming dearth of adults competent in all areas of science, technology, engineering and math. And, we must do it before other countries get to the top of this latest race for dominance on the global playing field.

In fact this is the most ambitious plan to be offered so far. Congress is attempting to initiative a massive outcome based educational program that requires scouring the classrooms pre-K-16 to find certain types of students who will fit the government's needs, train those children from Kindergarten to graduate school and place them in preconceived positions to give the United States supremacy through science and technology to capture global leadership in physical, economic, environmental and sustainable population development. This could well be the new meaning behind the old saying "our children are our future," or everybody working for the good of society.

Already state legislatures, especially California, are loaded with education bills calling for totally remodeling the system of education in order to place California as the state most capable of racing to the top; mandating various types of technology class requirements for high school graduation. Those children who do not quite qualify for the post secondary education in science, technology, engineering or math will get those green jobs designed as "shovel ready." And, if the student does make it to a master's degree in STEM but can't get a job they will be offered an opportunity to return to school, get a teaching credential and teach STEM education to other students.

This is all contained in a section entitled STEM Education and Workforce Training or Integrative Graduate Education and Research Trainee (IGERT) Program. This will be funded through a National Science Foundation - NSF - Robert Noyce Scholarship Grant Program which will favor students completing International Baccalaureate Programs in high school. There are now about 300 or more public, Charter and Academy type schools in California featuring International Baccalaureate programs or variations thereof.

One section of The Act contains the requisite demand for gender equity and data collection for keeping track of the workforce by race and gender.

The bill further calls for using every idea available from the simplest to most wild-eyed plan imaginable through harnessing nanotechnology. In future the NSF will not just research and create programs but will form partnerships in the private sector to move their ideas out of the lab into the community for development and implementation. Title 1, sec. c-1, Nanotech Partnerships: recruit and help prepare secondary school students to pursue postsecondary level courses of instruction. This is referred to as the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and development Act, S 189 by Sen. Ron Wyden. This, like the 6 other titles, is all contained within the NSF re-authorization Act each with its own budget in the millions or billions of dollars.

The final, total budget for this re-authorization is nearing nine billions.

Today, the very same people, scientists and educators, who in the 1950's called for a national, tax funded all out effort to gain supremacy in conquering the mysteries of the atom and outer space are once again behind this effort to not just be equal with the rest of the world in science and technology, but now, through conquering inner space to Race to the Top of the global world competition and cut it off.

I suggest that this is the true goal behind all the calls for increased educational funding and reform efforts. The No Child Left Behind education Act promoted by Clinton and Bush has been declared a failure. The NCLB has been renamed Race-To-The-Top funded in part by ARRA money, to claim today's student as tomorrow's mad scientist.

One segment of The Act is devoted to development of environmentally sound green technology development. Senate and House leaders are talking about "green" jobs, the California state legislature has numerous Workforce Development green jobs creation bills. In the last two years California has created a massive bureaucracy with state and local Workforce Development Centers which is setting priorities for jobs and partnering with schools to begin training students through job shadowing and summer placements, and strong emphasis on STEM classes.

This section is all part of Al Gore's global warming push. Title 1, Subtitle B creates the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act which amends the original 1991 High Performance Computing Act which Al Gore dubbed the Information Superhighway.

The health care bill was fought over for months, this bill just sails right through because the American citizen's attention is being diverted. Americans are now so hungry and anxious for jobs and income that we are not listening to what those jobs and educations are intended to do.

This bill, HR 5116, submitted to both the house Committee on Science and Technology and to the House Committee on Education and Labor, on 4/22/2010 has, astonishingly, passed the House in a month's time with almost no debate, no public hearings. The Health Care bill was fought over for months. This bill is every bit as important, but no one seems to know about it. In fact a House Resolution, HRES 1344 by Ed Perlmutter (D-Co) was submitted and passed in one day calling upon all the legislators to hurry up and pass the National Science Foundation Reauthorization Act.

The original idea for a National Science Foundation Act, HR 4846, was begun under President Roosevelt and was passed and signed by President Harry Truman on May 10, 1950, following almost five years of debate and planning.

The idea for a national, government directed, science foundation was attributed to the thoughts and reports of Dr. Vannevar Bush (involved in the Manhattan Project) then Director of the Wartime Office of Scientific Research and Development.

One website describes the NSF mission as "devot[ing] its funds and talents to research and education in non-medical science and engineering - the National Institute of health is its counterpart."

Another segment of the bill, Title lV, is a total reorganization within the Department of Commerce. This section, originally called the Office of Standards and Technology, is referred to as the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act of 2010. It addresses the issue of ownership of any patent rights to discoveries. Whether it is a university or private research firm, if it is funded with tax dollars the patent rights belong to the federal government. This is under the Commerce section of the bill and refers to Intellectual Property Rights which are defined as "management of scientific collections of physical specimens, living or inanimate for the purpose of supporting science." It also refers to the development of international data bases, conformity standards and security systems and includes bio manufacturing, environment, bioscience (DNA) and human identification. It is, in a sense, putting sensors on the information highway, or setting speed traps for unsuspecting trespassers. The budget for this segment for 2011 is set at $991,100,000.00 ending in 2015 with a budget of $1,191,955,000.00.

Title lll STEM Education is subtitled the STEM Ed Coordination Act of 2010. It creates a Commission to coordinate federal programs and activities setting up Science, Technology Engineering and Math - STEM - education. It draws members from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA, National Oceanography and Aeronautics Agency, Department of Education and includes private sector and non-profit groups.

Title V is entitled Stevenson-Wydler Innovation Act, 1980, (S.1250 signed 10-21-1980 by Jimmy Carter).This Act is amended, re-titled and placed under the Department of Commerce to be referred to as the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Members of this committee will be appointed from the Departments of NSF, Department of Energy.

Title Vl, Department of Energy is subtitled: Office of Science; Department of Energy, Office of Science Authorization Act of 2010. This segment sets a budget for 2011 as $5,247,000,000.00. This Act declares, in part that its mission and goal is:

(a) MISSION The mission of the Office of Science shall be the delivery of scientific discoveries, capabilities, and major scientific tools to transform the understanding of nature and to advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States.

(1) Science for Discovery to unravel nature's mysteries through the study of subatomic particles, atoms, and molecules that make up the materials of our everyday world to DNA, proteins, cells, and entire biological systems;

(2) Science for National Need by --

(A) advancing a clean energy agenda through research on energy production, storage, transmission, efficiency, and use; and

A. advancing our understanding of the Earth's climate through research in atmospheric and environmental sciences and climate change.

This segment restricts any experimentation on human biology.

Sunday, May 23, CBS' 60 Minutes program did a segment called "Waiting for Superman." It was an infomercial type program on a new prototype of schools called "Seed" Schools. There are two, one in Washington, D.C. and one in Maryland with many more in the works. President Obama has visited the school and proclaimed its great potential. Oprah Winfrey is even promoting it. Information about Seed schools can be found at www.seedfoundation.com.

There are other seed type schools which are advertised on San Francisco Bay Area television and on signs on the highway; DeVry University which is made up of five colleges of STEM type programs and The Phoenix school. All of these are designed to begin early in a child's life to search for and nurture the scientifically oriented student.

Public school classes on STEM Ed are being developed. Teachers are being sought who will consent to being retrained to teach specific STEM classes and Charter Schools and/or Academies are developing to prepare students to work in the new, global economy of government centered, scientifically based environmentally sound future jobs.

Understanding what is contained in the federal health care bill and placing it side by side with the Science Foundation Re-authorization Act one is able to gain a better understanding of the immense all consuming and overreaching designs planned for citizens by federal government and private industry leaders.

The bill will now go to the Senate which will present its version of reauthorization.

Here is today's official press release:

Innovation Legislation Clears the House With Bipartisan Support

(Washington, DC) – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5116, America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 by a vote of 262 to 150. The bill, which has over 100 cosponsors and more than endorsers, makes investments in science, innovation, and education to support employers today while strengthening the U.S. scientific and economic leadership to grow new industries of tomorrow, and the jobs that come with them.

"If we are to reverse the trend of the last twenty years, where our country's technology edge in the world has diminished, we must make the investments necessary today," said Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN). "The path is simple. Research and education lead to innovation. Innovation leads to economic development and good paying jobs and the revenue to pay for more research. And as private firms under-invest in research and development because the returns are too far off in the future, there is a clear and necessary role of government to help our nation keep pace with the rest of the world."

Over 750 organizations have endorsed the legislation including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Business Roundtable, the Council on Competitiveness, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the National Venture Capital Association, TechAmerica, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the American Chemical Society, and others, including nearly 100 universities and colleges.

To maintain a pipeline of ideas, the bill puts basic research programs on a path to doubling authorized funding levels over ten years at: the Department of Energy Office of Science, the single largest supporter of research in the physical sciences in the U.S.; the National Science Foundation, which supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering; and the National Institute of Standards and Technology labs, which conduct research to advance the nation's technology infrastructure and support industry.

The bill will help foster innovation in new energy technologies by: reauthorizing the Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is pursing high-risk, high-reward energy technology development; and authorizing Energy Innovation Hubs, which are multidisciplinary collaborations with a single technological focus that currently presents a critical barrier to achieving our national energy innovation goals.

The bill will also help ensure U.S. leadership in emerging and growing fields, including nanotechnology and IT.

The bill supports local efforts to form Regional Innovation Clusters, which will strengthen regional economies and advance the work done in a given field by leveraging collaboration and communication between businesses and other entities.

The bill addresses immediate needs by creating Innovative Technology Federal Loan Guarantees to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers access capital to make necessary updates to become more efficient and stay competitive.

The bill will also assist industry by ensuring that the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) better reflects the needs and challenges facing manufacturers today. In addition, the bill reorganizes NIST labs to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of technology and better meet the needs of industry in the 21st century.

The bill also will help improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by reauthorizing the Noyce scholarships, which help give K-12 teachers a strong grounding in their fields, so they can more fully engage students. The bill also addresses coordination of STEM activities across the federal government, and improves STEM education at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral levels.

"Throughout the Committee process, there was a lot of legitimate discussion about federal deficits. I agree that we must address the challenges presented by our deficits, but we must also invest in our country's future. I remember Newt Gingrich saying one of his greatest regrets was not doubling the funding for NSF when he put NIH on the doubling path," said Gordon. "During committee consideration of this bill, we made some significant changes to the bill's authorization levels—cutting them by over 10 percent. Though we will maintain a doubling path for our research accounts, we do so on a slightly less aggressive trajectory."

After a few minor setbacks over the past two weeks, the House proceeded today with further consideration of H.R. 5116. When consideration resumed, Chairman Gordon moved a division of the question on the amendment included in the Republican Motion to Recommit passed by the House on May 13. This effort allowed the House to consider and vote separately on several parts of the Motion to Recommit.

"As I've said before, this bill is too important to let fall by the wayside. Today, we took the action necessary to see consideration of this bill completed. And we allowed the Members of the House to be on record voting on provisions gutting funding for our science agencies, voting on whether we should eliminate programs that will help create jobs, voting on whether to eliminate programs that will make us more energy independent, voting in opposition to federal employees watching pornography, and voting on whether universities that ban military recruiters should receive federal research dollars. We have provided all Members, in a reasonable manner, with the ability to vote on each of these items separately instead of all together," said Chairman Gordon.

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Obama Administration at Major Fault in Gaza Flotilla Fiasco

Western Anti-Semitism Front and Center

June 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As noted by Frank Gaffney [president, Center for Security Policy] in How Wars Begin, the actions taken by team Obama over the last year-and-a-half have instead of producing a breakthrough in relations with the Middle East, had the opposite effect, creating a set of conditions which have in the past immediately preceded major conflicts.

Less than halfway through his term in office, the president - on foreign policy matters - has consistently shown weakness, indecision and an unwillingness to confront the nature of the threat coming from the Muslim world, compartmentalizing it in a neat little box and labeling it al-Qaeda.

A more expansive - and correct - understanding would define the challenge to this culture as existential, emanating from a widely adhered to and politicized version of the Muslim faith - Islamism.

The modern iteration of Islamism is comprised of violent as well as stealth components, dual pathways to the same goal of establishing the supremacy of Shari'a throughout the non-Muslim world. Violent jihad is an ever-present specter [one rapidly increasing in this country] in the form of jihadist attacks such as that perpetrated by Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan at Ft. Hood last year.

The stealth jihad is the iron fist in the velvet glove and unfortunately is not widely understood. It can however, be seen in such things as the attempt by imam Rauf - and his covert funders - to build a multi-million dollar mosque on the site of radical Islam's most significant victory against the United States. Such efforts are proof positive of Islamist triumphalism, in this case the ability to survey, from the fifteenth floor of a mosque the devastation that Rauf's co-religionists wrought on September 11.

Unbelievably, this and similar schemes are offered and accepted by opinion makers - straight faced - as examples of tolerance.

Because the administration's foreign policy is based on a set of intentional misrepresentations it finds itself as a major cause of the current ME crisis. It has painted itself into a corner sending by every possible method the wrong signal to the radical Muslim world, which is now taking advantage of Obama's purposeful tipping away from Israel and towards advocacy on behalf of the radical Palestinians.

Thus Obama's foreign policy is seen either as weakness or as tacit agreement by the jihadists and both of these interpretations tie our hands in attempting to defuse the current crisis.

Two points of special concern regarding the Gaza flotilla.

1. The presence of so many women and children among the 700 occupants on the Hamas supply ships is elemental in further understanding our opponent, because it shows the depravity which the Islamist mentality will gladly plumb even to the extent of using women and children as human shields - as a defensive weapon when civilized societies refuse to harm innocents and - as in this case - an offensive weapon when in the course of these things those who are not culpable are injured.

Emboldened by previous successes along these lines, the Islamists know that this will be seized upon by Israel bashers as further demonstration of the nation's alleged barbarity.

This tactic was last offered for public consumption during Israel's 2008-09 operation "Cast Lead" - a move to stop Hamas' constant rocket attacks - launched from Gaza - against Israeli cities.[for an excellent bullet-point synopsis of the developments in Gaza since Israel's pullout, see Gaza Timeline]

2. Perhaps most significantly, the almost wholesale condemnation of the Jewish state by the West and the United Nations is instructive, for it couldn't exist in the absence of anti-Semitism. It seems that many among us have learned nothing from World War II and the Shoah [Holocaust]. This is a bitter turn of events, one that defies both rational understanding as well as a critical reading of history.

One of the key elements in this lingering ethno-racism lies in the post-modernist rejection of rationalism. Through it, leftist intellectuals have been allowed to couch Jew hatred in friendlier more reasonable sounding terms, primarily through the assertion by the left that its anti-Zionist stance does not conflate to anti-Semitism - despite Zionism being an elemental and traditional bedrock component of the Jewish faith. The left's argument breaks down when placed in context, realizing that it is akin to professing love and respect for Catholics, but a hatred towards Papists.

That this sleight of hand isn't more immediately apparent bespeaks the tenacity with which anti-Semitism is still held in the West.

Where one would expect at least the United States to refuse to bow to such malignant thinking there is at best silence...and at worst a sickening acquiescence.

In the same spirit with which president Kennedy stood with Berliners in the face of the Soviet aggression, this controversy demands a similar commitment. We must stand with the besieged Jewish people - their cause is both just and on the right side of history.

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Heinrich Himmler, the Holocaust, Today's Suicide Bombers and Militant Islam


June 1, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org LLC - Heinrich Himmler, one of the greatest mass murderers in history, grew up in a conservative Catholic Bavarian family. But later did he evolve into a radical opponent of the Church finding new religious inspiration and consolation in Germanic paganism, eastern religions and occultism.Himmler's rather fanatical and obsessive confrontation with Christianity and the Catholic and protestant churches played a much more central role in his life and thinking than some biographers assume. Himmler and his close associate Reinhard Heydrich even clashed with the Roman Catholic bishops of Austria, even though these bishops were rather pro-Hitler at the time.

Himmler and his murderous SS-organization were responsible for the death of 6 million Jews during the Second World War. The allies were informed as early as the summer of 1942 about the fate the Jews. The British and Americans then received information from a reliable source in Germany that the Nazis planned to exterminate millions of Jews by using 'prussic acid' (Zyklon B). Himmler had visited the Auschwitz extermination camp in July 1942 and pressed for acceleration of the extermination programme. Through a peephole in the gas chamber door he personally witnessed how 499 Dutch Jews were being gassed by using Zyklon B.

Recent investigations into the number of Jews killed by the Nazis confirm that the total number is at least 6 million, possibly even higher. These recent findings specifically provide more information about the more than 2 million Jews executed in cold blood by Himmler's SS-killing commandos – the so-called "Einsatzgruppen" and the formations of the "Ordungspolizei" ("Order police") – in Nazi occupied Russia, White Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic and Poland.

An additional four million Jews were killed in death camps like Auschwitz, Sobibor, Treblinka and Belzec. About 150,000 died in death marches.

It was on March 31, 1943 that Himmler's own SS-Inspector for Statistics, Dr. Richard Korherr, reported to his boss, the "Reichsführer-SS" (=leader or head), that 'from 1937 to the beginning of 1943 the number of Jews in Europe should have diminished by an estimated 4 million.' Even this was a low estimate, as Korherr added the following dramatic line: "It must not be overlooked in this respect that of the death of Soviet Russian Jews in the occupied Eastern territories only a part was recorded."

After March 1943, an additional two million Jews would die in gas chambers, or be excuted or starve to death or perish during death marches organized by Himmler's SS in the cold winter of 1944/45.

Himmler and the murderous SS-organization led and inspired by him were devoted to the cult of death, a pseudo-religious and primitive urge to kill millions of innocent and defenseless people – not just Jews, but also gypsies and other "inferior non-Aryans." It is no coincidence that the "death's head" or "Totenkopf" – skull and cross bones – was the official symbol of the SS. (Every SS-officer also wore his own death's head ring.) It is precisely the same primitive urge that drives many of today's so-called Islamist "suicide bombers" some of whom justify their evil deeds as follows: "You love life and we love death."Becoming an efficient and unstoppable killing machine – that was the core business of Himmler's SS. Not only did all these killings have the full backing of Germany's "Fuehrer and Reich Chancellor" Adolf Hitler, also did this maniacal psychopath personally order genocide and mass murder. On at least seven occasions did he say that the "Jewish race" would have to be eliminated.

Himmler took a keen interest in what was happening in occupied Holland and Belgium. He visited the Netherlands at least five times and was on rather close terms with Dr. Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Hitler's "Reichskommissar for the occupied Netherlands," although they occasionally did have differences of opinion. Hanns Albin Rauter, the brutal 'Higher SS and Police Leader' (HSSPF) was a typical Himmler appointee.

There was no 'Higher SS and Police Leader' in Belgium until the summer of 1944. Instead, Hitler opted for military rule there. Although there were differences of opinion between the military administration and the SS, the military usually fully cooperated with the SS with regard to the persecution of Jews. Fortunately, the Belgian Catholic church saved a significant number of Jews – especially Jewish children – by hiding them.

Himmler often clashed with the local Dutch Nazi leader Anton Mussert as well as with a number of Flemish Nazi collaborators. They opposed Himmler's view that Holland and Flanders would have to be incorporated into the German Reich – just like Austria was. Mussert and the Flemish collaborators, however, preferred some kind of autonomy for Holland and Flanders, something Himmler, the SS and Hitler were unwilling to accede to. In the end, Mussert usually gave in to Himmler's and Hitler's wishes. He had even sworn an oath of loyalty to the Nazi Fuehrer.

Belgian King Leopold III visited Hitler in November 1941. He raised the question of Belgian prisoners of war, food scarcity and Belgian "independence." Afterwards, Hitler complained about "this damned king in Belgium." "If only he'd cleared out like the others," Hitler said in one of his table talks. "It was a mistake not to have made King Leopold a prisoner." "In Holland, thank goodness, things are much easier," he said on another occasion. (See H.R. Trevor-Roper, Hitler's Table talk.) Dutch Queen Wihelmina fled to England, so her wishes and "disturbing presence" did not have to be taken into account, Hitler said. (Hitler's "Tischgespräche," edited by Henry Picker, March 23, 1942). Himmler, no doubt, agreed.

Himmler's remarkable fascination for eastern religions (Buddhism, Hinduism), "Tibet" and Islam cannot be ignored. He took an equal interest in the occult and astrology. The latter interest was not widely accepted in Nazi Germany nor was it a common feature of Himmler's own SS. Security and Intelligence Chief Reinhard Heydrich, for example, did not hesitate to have occultists an astrologers arrested with a view to sending them to jail or a concentration camp. And Hitler once lashed out publicly against those who wanted to turn Nazism into a "mystical cult." It would be wrong, therefore, to portray Hitler's 'Third Reich' as a huge occult conspiracy.

What made Himmler admire Islam and the Muslims? It was the Muslim way of facing the enemy with total contempt of death and die as "martyrs." Himmler, therefore, called Islam 'a practical and sympathetic religion for soldiers.' His best friend was Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the grandmufti of Jerusalem and a notorious hate cleric and Jew hater. Like Hitler and Himmler the grandmufti called on all Muslims to kill all the Jews and to wage a holy war (jihad) against them. He was the first to introduce the method of suicide bombing in what was then known as Palestine.

Himmler was totally opposed to allowing protestant or Roman Catholic chaplains to serve in the ranks of the SS. Those SS-officers who were still Catholic or protestant were encouraged to leave the church. But Muslims in the SS-ranks were fully entitled to have their own Imams. Himmler didn't want "moderate" imams, rather did he prefer fanatical hate clerics who called on their followers to die for Allah and so deserve heaven or paradise.

At the end of the war Himmler somehow tried to ingratiate himself with the Western Allies in a futile attempt to conclude a separate peace with the Americans and British. General Eisenhouwer was not interested in dealing with a man who was now considered a war criminal.Shortly before the end of the war, Himmler even met a representative of the Jewish World Congress.

Just before he committed suicide in May 1945, he said: "Am I responsible for the crimes of my subordinates?"

It was in October 1943 that Himmler said that he would never speak about the extermination of the Jews in public. It was a state secret. He told high ranking SS officers to "take this secret with us to our graves." Not only was Himmler the architect of the Holocaust, also was he the very first Holocaust denier.

Emerson Vermaat is an investigative reporter in the Netherlands. This article is based on his new 410 page Dutch study “Himmler en de Cultus van de Dood (“Himmler and the Cult of Death”), Aspekt Publishers, Soesterberg, Netherlands.Author's website: Emerson Vermaat

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