David Yerushalmi's Strategic Analysis Of Lawfare - How To Stop The Shari'a Threat
David Yerushalmi's Strategic Analysis Of Lawfare - How To Stop The Shari'a Threat
November 30, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In the below video, David Yerushalmi, chief counsel to the Center For Security Policy [see, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.xml] discusses the process which has come to be known as "lawfare," using the courts to implement changes in behavior irrespective of input from either the executive or legislative branches of government.
As Mr. Yerushalmi notes, the first large scale practitioner of this method was the ACLU. The organization has been very effective in obtaining the results it has sought, often backward engineering the case from the ground up to assure a better chance of success.
Yerushalmi along with a small group of similarly motivated attorney's has been pursuing this concept with regard to mitigating the use of Shari'a in deciding American legal issues.[Read More]
Muslim Brotherhood Seeming Winner In Egyptian Parliamentary Elections
Muslim Brotherhood Seeming Winner In Egyptian Parliamentary Elections
November 30, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to the Egyptian newspaper Almasry Alyoum [see, http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/528736] the Muslim Brotherhood's "Freedom and Justice Party," has taken a clear lead at the end of the second day of Egypt's parliamentary elections with the Salafist party coming in second.
"Preliminary results of the first phase of parliamentary elections came in favor of its Freedom and Justice Party, followed by the Salafi Nour Party and the liberal Egyptian Bloc Coalition, the Muslim Brotherhood has announced...."
The result will likely be the formation of a coalition government, albeit one controlled by Egypt's two major Islamist political parties. This is in keeping with what we have been predicting would happen since the start of the "Arab Spring," Islamist revolution. With the government in the hands of such hardliners it will soon become apparent that despite being masked by a quasi-democratic shroud, such a process will seldom produce genuine freedom or liberty in the Islamic world.
The UK Guardian estimates that the MB might be able to control 40% of the total number of seats in the new parliament, " the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party appears on course to emerge as the biggest single winner, with some analysts estimating they will capture about 40% of seats in the new legislature" [source, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/30/egypt-election-results-muslim-brotherhood?newsfeed=true][Read More]
Members Of Iranian Volunteer Army [Basij] And Students Take Over Brit Embassy In Tehran
Members Of Iranian Volunteer Army [Basij] And Students Take Over Brit Embassy In Tehran
November 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a still unfolding development, the British embassy in Tehran was today taken over by a crowd of hundreds comprised of students and members of Iran's volunteer army, the Basij.
The ransacking of the building which included detaining an undetermined number of embassy staffers was in protest of recently announced intentions by the U.S. and the UK to increase sanctions against the country's Islamic dictatorship.
The participation in this protest of the Basij is instructive.
In a statement made today General Yahya Rahim Safavi, Ayatollah Khamenei's top military advisor advocated the creation of a "100 million strong Muslim world Basij force. Safavi appeared to be adding punctuation to a similar statement made by the Basij's commander, General Mohammad Reza Naqdi.
"A senior aid to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution underlined the importance of forming a united Basij (volunteer) Army in the Muslim world, saying that the Iranian nation's Basij force can set a role model for all those Islamic nations who want to be free and independent. "It should be believed that the generalization of the Basij model and formation and organization of the Muslim world Basijis can empower the Muslim world to conquer the world," Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei's top military advisor Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said. The remarks by the Leader's aid come days after Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi announced that Tehran is studying formation of a 100-million-strong Muslim world Basij force..." [source, Fars News Agency, Leader's Aide Renews Iran's Call for "Muslim World Basij Army", http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9007275411]
Despite the claimed inspiration of today's embassy rampage being the threat of increasing [the so far ineffective] Western sanctions against the country, it would be naive to ignore what might prove to be the key motivating factor, the suspicious explosion two weeks ago at an IRG missile facility and yesterday's massive detonation near the city of Isfahan, the location of a top Iranian nuke research facility.
The attack carried out at the missile base killed Hassan Moghaddam, an iconic figure in Iran, where he is considered to be the father of the Mullocracy's advanced weapons program.
"...the "pioneer" of the Islamic Republic's missile programme, Major General Hassan Moghaddam, was killed with 16 others in a huge explosion at a Revolutionary Guards base 25 miles outside Tehran. You go online to discover western journalists reporting that the Mossad is believed to have been behind the blast..." [source, UK Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/17/iran-want-nuclear-bomb]
The linking of these apparent acts of sabotage with the release earlier this month of an IAEA report detailing just how close Iran is to being able to produce nuclear weapons is hard to ignore.[Read More]
Team Obama's Willful Blindness To Hezbollah Threat In This Hemisphere
By WILLIAM MAYER
November 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In the space of three short years, president Obama has proven to be a one man wrecking crew when it comes to American national security issues and the exercise of foreign policy.
Some key areas of concern, many of them intertwined:
1. Cairo speech, June 4, 2009 [transcript, WH website, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-cairo-university-6-04-09]
This one disastrous speech [which could easily have been written by Ingrid Mattson, former president of the Muslim Brotherhood front group ISNA and friend of this WH] made clear to the world the operative tone of the Obama administration's strategic approach to foreign policy, one of withdrawal, appeasement and apology. It placed the world on notice [in a particularly noxious manner given its location, Al-Azhar University, the seat of Wahhabi Islam, and the administration's guests which included prominent members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood] that under his guidance America had officially ceded its leadership position in world affairs. The fallout from that speech set in motion a chain of events which should have been predictable It served to legitimize the "Arab Spring" which continues to be the motive force behind the a hard line, militant resurgence of Islamism in the Middle East.
There have been many in-depth examinations of this speech [our take at the time was and remains, "Broadly defined, Obama's speech consisted almost entirely of pandering to the Middle East, presenting an inauthentic picture of the nature of the clash between the West and Islam..."] but it is still striking that barely into this much anticipated statement, Obama joined the left and their Islamist allies in a wholesale revisionist indictment of American foreign policy.
"...More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam..."
Muslim Apologist Akbar Ahmed Dissembles On Terror Suspect Muhammad Yusuf's Motivation
Muslim Apologist Akbar Ahmed Dissembles On Terror Suspect Muhammad Yusuf's Motivation
November 24, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a piece appearing yesterday in the WashPost [see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/ny-bomb-plot-what-radicalizes-some-converts-to-islam/2011/11/21/gIQAmFq3hN_blog.html] former Pakistani government official and current occupant of the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at the School of International Service at American University, Akbar Ahmed, either intentionally or ignorantly assigns blame for the increasing radicalization of American Muslims [the latest example of which involved the weekend arrest on terror charges of Muhammad Yusuf [aka, Jose Pimentel], blaming it on the same baseless allegations we have become accustomed to hearing from the Islamist lobby.
According to Ahmed what drives American Muslims to jihad include: "...they saw their religion, culture, and traditions mocked mercilessly..." "...attacks on mosques and women wearing Islamic dress..." "...widespread Islamophobia..." "...some senior American political figures are either hostile to Islam or indifferent to it...." "...unending American military entanglement in several Muslim countries stretching across Africa and Asia..."
"...they saw their religion, culture, and traditions mocked mercilessly..."
"...attacks on mosques and women wearing Islamic dress..."
"...some senior American political figures are either hostile to Islam or indifferent to it...."
"...unending American military entanglement in several Muslim countries stretching across Africa and Asia..."
Mr. Ahmed appears to be unfamiliar with the facts surrounding the arrest of Muhammad Yusuf and other jihadists. Additionally we find it revealing that he insists on referring to the perp as Pimentel rather than his chosen name upon having converted to Islam, Muhammad Yusuf.
Yusuf's motivation for his planned jihad was undeniable - Islamic ideology - his website [trueislam1.com] has a section [http://www.trueislam1.com/2011/04/verses-in-quran-that-command-us-to.html] that lists over 30 tracts from the Qur'an and other seminal Islamic texts which "command" Muslims to wage jihad. Additionally Yusuf's website has an outgoing link which contains a 9 page al-Qaeda bomb making manual, complete with a parts list and accompanying images to aid in their construction..."
What Mr. Ahmed is doing in this matter is obfuscating. Absent Shari'as "command" [Mr. Yusuf/Pimentel's wording] to commit to jihad, it is unlikely that Muhammad Yusuf would have undertaken his murderous plan.[Read More]
Muslim Convert Muhammad Yusuf [aka Jose Pimentel] Busted In Al-Qaeda Terror Plot By NYPD Intel Team - FBI Refuses Involvement
November 21, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - As a result of a year-long investigation conducted by NYPD detectives, Muslim convert Muhammad Yusuf, formerly Jose Pimentel a naturalized American citizen, was busted last weekend on terror charges. On Sunday he was arraigned on a four count indictment [source, Yusuf criminal complaint, http://www.scribd.com/doc/73309463/Jose-Pimentel-criminal-complaint].
Criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree as a crime of terrorism
Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the second degree
Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree
Conspiracy in the fourth degree
Upon his arrest Yusuf, using al-Qaeda bomb making plans, was in the final stages of constructing explosive devices, complete with timers to carry out acts of war against government institutions, police buildings and banks.
The details of Yusuf's arrest provide a chilling insight into Team Obama's national security malfeasance; unbelievably Eric Holder's FBI declined to become involved with the investigation.
"Federal authorities declined to pursue a case against an "al Qaeda sympathizer" accused of plotting to bomb police stations and post offices in the New York area because they believed he was mentally unstable and incapable of pulling it off, two law enforcement officials said Monday." [source, NY Post, Kelly calls alleged bomb plotter 'imminent threat', http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/fbi_declined_to_pursue_nyc_bomb_Zp3LBzS5QwX1ohSTqoB8iL]
Yes, you did read that correctly, the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder refused to get involved with the investigation, claiming that the defendant was too unstable despite the fact that when Yusuf was arrested he was in possession of bomb making components and was in the process of assembling them.
Yusuf's motivation for his planned jihad was undeniable - Islamic ideology - his website [trueislam1.com] has a section [http://www.trueislam1.com/2011/04/verses-in-quran-that-command-us-to.html] that lists over 30 tracts from the Qur'an and other seminal Islamic texts which "command" Muslims to wage jihad. Additionally Yusuf's website has an outgoing link which contains a 9 page al-Qaeda bomb making manual, complete with a parts list and accompanying images to aid in their construction.
The bottom line on this is that under Team Obama, national security isn't that high a priority - unless it happens to aid in the president's reelection in 2012. In our opinion Mr. Holder should resign today simply because of his DOJ's malfeasance in the events which led to the arrest of Mr. Yusuf.
The actions undertaken by the NYPD in this matter are to be commended. This program relies heavily on surveillance and the development of confidential leads, all acts which had been assailed by the likes of Hamas mouthpiece CAIR and a host of associated Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
Typical of CAIR's dissembling on this matter, an October 11 press release claims, "CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick's testimony will focus on reports that the NYPD, with help from the CIA, conducted widespread monitoring and surveillance of the Muslim communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut without evidence of wrongdoing on the part of those monitored..." [see, http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2011/10/06/DC82071]
It seems that Holder's DOJ, CAIR and Mr. Obama are pretty much all on the same page here, a truly frightening development.[Read More]
2010 FBI Hate Crime Stats Once Again Prove American Islamophobia Almost Nonexistent
November 15, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - The full-court press underway by CAIR, ISNA and other Islamist pressure groups to convince the world that the United States is an Islamophobic country has run into a roadblock once again - the facts.
As detailed in the FBI's most recent  annual hate crime report, the total incidence of crimes committed against American Muslims, because of their religious affiliation remains remarkably low. Throughout the entire year a total of 63 assaults were reported. Of these 17 were aggravated assault, cases involving bodily injury and 46 instances of simple assault. Additionally, 69 acts of intimidation were committed. There were zero rapes, zero murders and a single act of arson.
The complete figures are as follows: [source, http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2010/tables/table-4-offenses-offense-type-by-bias-motivation-2010.xls]
Total - 186
Crimes against persons:
Murder/Non Negligent Manslaughter - 0
Forcible Rape - 0
Aggravated Assault - 17
Simple Assault - 46
Intimidation - 69
Other - 0
Crimes against property:
Robbery - 1
Burglary - 1
Larceny/Theft - 3
Motor Vehicle Theft - 0
Arson - 1
Vandalism - 47
Other - 1
Crimes Against Society - 0
The reasonable conclusion is that America is not a bigoted nation and certainly not anti-Islamic or Islamophobic. This information will not sit well with either the MSM or the myriad of Muslim Brotherhood front groups who are invested in maintaining the big lie of widespread Islamophobia.
Along those lines, CAIR is fond of filing volumes of civil rights complaints [2,728 in 2008] the overwhelming majority of which appear to be groundless given the huge disparity between CAIR's imaginings and the FBI statistics. Though CAIR traces this nascent "hate" to the American reaction to the jihadist attacks of 9/11, the organization has been making the same charges almost from its inception in the mid-nineties.
In 1996 for example, CAIR issued its first of these reports "The Price of Ignorance" in which the group alleged, "Anti-Muslim sentiment seemed to thrive on the American public's general ignorance of Islam and the American Muslim experience. American Muslims, as well as people of other faiths, pay a high price for this communication breakdown, especially with regard to missed opportunities for mutual understanding."
Mind you this is well before Iraq, Afghanistan, the G.W. Bush presidency, 9/11, GITMO, rendition, Abu Ghraib, Haditha and all of the other excuses and supposed provocations that Muslim religious fanatics use to create the impression of America's unquenchable bigotry.
The bottom line here is that the FBI has determined that less than 70 cases of biased based assaults were committed against Muslim Americans in 2010. In a nation of well over 300M [including approximately 2M Muslims] the genuine incidence of serious hate crimes against this group is almost nonexistent.
Consequently, if CAIR really was simply an organization devoted to protecting Muslim American's civil rights - as it claims to be - then it might as well close up shop, because when it comes to American "Islamophobia," there is no there, there and hence no legitimte reason for the organization to exist.[Read More]
The Obama/Holder War On National Security
By WILLIAM MAYER
November 14, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - While Americans continue to be preoccupied with limiting the personal effect of one of the longest recessions on record, a behind the scene internecine war led by this administration against a particularly inconvenient truth - that Islamism is the motivating ideology behind the world-wide terrorist threat - is being waged.
This battle is being carried out at the highest levels of the U.S. national security apparatus, sometimes abetted by duplicitous Muslims who have been recruited for their supposed ability to provide a vital, non-radical Islamic perspective. Though nominally hired to be ombudsmen to their co-religionists' communities [bridge building] the effect has been to provide Islamists [sometimes granted high level security clearances] direct access to key administration decision makers and closely held information.
Counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole identified the problem of infiltration in a piece entitled, 10 Failures of US Government on Domestic Islamist Threat. The article makes clear the concerted effort already well underway by Islamists to infiltrate governmental institutions. Poole's dissection of the role that Louay Safi plays in this ongoing effort is instructive as is Safi's immediate charge of Islamophobia in attempting to underplay/negate the undeniable role that Islamic ideology played in Maj. Nidal Hasan's jihad at Ft. Hood.
"8. Louay Safi (2009) Louay Safi lectures deploying troops at Fort Hood weeks after deadly attack, authorized "preemptive strikes" against troops attacking Moslems, named unindicted co-conspirator in Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror support trial. A criminal investigation launched by Army Criminal Investigations Division into the Army's use of highly controversial Islamic scholar who had been lecturing troops deploying to Afghanistan for three days at Fort Hood was the culmination of a series of events prompted by the killings of thirteen service members and civilian employees by Nidal Hasan last November. According to press reports, Louay Safi was conducting training at Fort Bliss at the time of the massacre at Fort Hood. His pre-deployment seminars were sponsored under a contract by the Naval Postgraduate School. Safi appeared at Fort Hood just a few weeks later to deliver a seminar on Islam to soldiers of the 135th Expeditionary Group and deliver a $10,000 check from his employer, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), for the families of the Fort Hood massacre. Both his seminars and the ISNA donation drew heated criticism. One Army official called Safi's donation "blood money" in light of his defense of terror supporters, his promotion of extremist ideology, and long-time employment with multiple terror-tied organizations. Comments made by Safi after the Fort Hood killings appeared to shift responsibility away from the killer and blame "Islamophobia" for the massacre, saying "the extremist ideology responsible for violent outbursts is often rooted in the systematic demonization of marginalized groups...According to wiretap transcripts presented at Al-Arian's terrorism support trial...Safi was named Unindicted Co-Conspirator #4, Al-Arian blamed the designation of the terror group on a "war waged by Zionists." Safi agreed, saying that Clinton "just wants to please them." Safi was also personally named in a federal search warrant affidavit that was the basis for the March 2002 Operation Greenquest..." 1
Unfortunately in nearly every venue where counter terrorism training is being conducted, from local law enforcement to the highest levels of the federal bureaucracy and the war colleges, those conducting the instruction are increasingly being muzzled; they can no longer tell the truth. The matter has gotten so out of hand that under current guidance just about any statement linking terrorist acts undertaken by people who claim to be Muslim with an underlying Islamist ideology is verboten because that linkage has been deemed by WH's advisors and Islamist pressure groups such as CAIR and ISNA to be Islamophobic.
Under such a restrictive construction there is no justifiable basis to connect acts of terror committed by self-identified Muslims with a subversive ideology based upon the political/military aspects of Shari'a. To do otherwise opens oneself to the charge of being an anti-Muslim bigot.
In an excellent article published in National Revue, written by Nina Shea [a human rights attorney and a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute] The Administration Takes on "Islamophobia" the author demonstrates how closely Team Obama is working with the OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation, formerly the Organization of Islamic Conference, an organization comprised of 56 mostly hard-line Islamic countries] to delude the public regarding the root ideology of most of the terrorism which takes place today. This cooperative work has placed the issue of world-wide Shari'a compliance on the radar screen.
"An unprecedented collaboration between the Obama administration and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC, formerly called the Organization of the Islamic Conference) to combat "Islamophobia" may soon result in the delegitimization of freedom of expression as a human right. The administration is taking the lead in an international effort to "implement" a U.N. resolution against religious "stereotyping," specifically as applied to Islam. To be sure, it argues that the effort should not result in free-speech curbs. However, its partners in the collaboration, the 56 member states of the OIC, have no such qualms. Many of them police private speech through Islamic blasphemy laws and the OIC has long worked to see such codes applied universally. Under Muslim pressure, Western Europe now has laws against religious hate speech that serve as proxies for Islamic blasphemy codes..."
The Obama administration has moved swiftly to denude all official language of any references to Islam which don't pass the standards established by some of the most radical Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America. Regardless of how this effort is being characterized, it's effect will be to instill Shari'a compliance throughout the government, establishing a de-facto dhimmitude.2
To see how far this mindset of censorship has progressed, consider that on November 9, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on DOJ's now infamous gun running program "Fast and Furious," Senator Dick Durbin [D-IL] directed the following to AG Eric Holder, "we have found that the FBI agents who were given counter terrorism training were unfortunately subjected to many stereotypes of Islam and Muslims, for example FBI agents in training were told..."
"Islam is a highly violent radical religion."
"Mainstream American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers." "The Arabic mind is more likely to be swayed by ideas rather than facts."
Holder was apparently ready for the question because as Durbin was framing it, the AG could be seen referring to what appeared to be prepared notes on the matter. His response served to embellish Durbin's clear implication that the civil liberties of American Muslims are under siege:
"The information you just read is flat out wrong." "[it's]...inconsistent with what we have been trying to do here at the Department..." "those views do not reflect...the views of the Justice Dept, the FBI.." "...that person is not being used anymore by the FBI...and we are reviewing all of our materials, our training materials to ensure that kind of misinformation isn't being used anymore because it can undermine...the really substantial outreach efforts that we have made ...that kind of training sets back those efforts...have a process underway to make sure that mistake does not happen in the future..."[source, C-SPAN video of testimony, http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lawmakers-Question-Holder-on-Operation-Fast-and-Furious/10737425323/]
We contacted Mr. Durbin's office on multiple occasions to determine the source of the quotes he used regarding counter terrorism training. As we go to press the Senator's office has not responded, however we did find a potential source for not only Mr. Durbin's query, but his whole line of questions in that matter.
That source is Wired's "Danger Room," edited by Spencer Ackerman. In a Sept blog posting, FBI Teaches Agents: Mainstream Muslims Are Violent, Radical [see, http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/09/fbi-muslims-radical/] Mr. Ackerman writes, "The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that 'main stream' [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a cult leader"; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a funding mechanism for combat."
If nothing else, the similarity between Durbin's question to the AG and Ackerman's post is a remarkable coincidence isn't it?
From outward appearances, Mr. Ackerman seems to be in lock-step [alongside Mr. Durbin] with the campaign undertaken since 9/11 by Islamists to attack any statement which reflects poorly on Islam as being Islamophobic. This could easily be a first step in having such declarations classified as "hate crimes," as they are in much of Europe where they are punishable by fines and potential jail time. Unfortunately these police state tactics seem not to be of much concern on the Continent.
Spencer Ackerman, for those not familiar with his bio, was part of the JournoList debacle, wherein it was revealed there existed a group of hundreds of lefty journalists who communicated via a listserv protocol [the "JournoList"] and basically conspired to advance their ideology via news manipulation.
As the Daily Caller, which broke the story, revealed, "...In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama's relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama's conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares - and call them racists.'" [source, http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/20/documents-show-media-plotting-to-kill-stories-about-rev-jeremiah-wright/#ixzz1dFXQAbL6]
So propagandizing under the guise of journalism is second nature to Ackerman.
We find it unsurprising that a Democrat Senator might read the rants of shill journos and then use them to advance the Obama agenda, that under this regime one will not speak ill of Islam or its Prophet.
These proscriptions against the denigration of Islam are elemental components of Shari'a, Islamic law, specifically its "blasphemy/apostasy" codes, as Ms. Shea heretofore noted. Therefore the "sanitization" operation that the administration has put into motion, enacting these self-blinding policies, is in a very real sense, advancing Shari'a principles in pursuit of a perverse and divisive multiculturalism.
What got Mr. Ackerman's panties in a bunch [it might be contagious, witnessing Durbin's performance at the Judiciary Committee hearing] was apparently training material assembled by William Gawthrop, a government intelligence analyst and instructor at American Military University who from the archival material we have reviewed, makes clear the distinction between Islam the religion and Islam the ideology, the doctrine commonly referred to as Islamism, political Islam.
Gawthrop's exact guidance on this is, "Understand, what we are going to be doing is looking at Islam as an ideology, not as a religion. What's the difference? Religion is man's relationship with his deity, in the United States we protect it under the First Amendment. We're going to set it aside. We are not going to discuss religion. We're going to discuss Islam as an ideology, man's relationship to other men. At the same time we are going to be discussing Mohammed...we are not going to discuss Mohammed in his capacity as a theological figure...we will discuss him...as a military, political and cultural leader as we would anybody in our academic discussions..." [source, Gawthrop training, YouTube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjLs5DR9UJo]
Pretty non-controversial, unless you have an agenda designed to intimidate and suppress free speech.
It seems that it was from this training material that Ackerman cobbled together the verbiage which Mr. Durbin apparently regurgitated and for which Mr. Holder conveniently appeared to have a prepared response during the reading of which he stated that he was aware of this trainer's identity.
While Ackerman is not important in and of himself, as a useful idiot he does deserve attention, if only to grasp the nature of what is going on just below the surface as motivated Islamists and leftists ally to undercut the same Constitution which grants them the freedom to act so irresponsibly.
From its inception - going back at least to his Cairo mea-culpa 3 delivered at Al-Azhar University - the seat of Wahhabism - president Obama has set out to curry favor with the Muslim world in a manner destructive to U.S. national security and foreign policy concerns. The ongoing campaign to cleanse official language of supposed negative references to Islam - of which last week's little exchange between Durbin and the AG is only the most recent and public example - is part of the administration's hijacking of the process that the United States has used throughout its history to remain free and secure.
How can a nation [or culture] develop a reasonable defense strategy unless it understands the enemy's threat doctrine? It can't be done under the type of constraints which have been employed across the administration which bars naming the enemy or identifying his attributes
Why Team Obama is doing this is less important than the fact that it is being instituted rapidly and shamelessly. Given the current inertia - and the possibility of "four more years" - soon writers, researchers and others who work in and around national security policy matters might well be faced with the prospect of either being forced into deluding the American people into believing that there is no link between the overwhelming majority of world terrorist acts and a Shari'a based ideology of domination or going to court for telling the truth.
1. For a further discussion of Dr. Louay Safi's bio, please refer to the "Global Muslim Brotherhood Report," EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Leader Central Figure In Newly Formed Syrian Opposition Council, http://globalmbreport.com/?p=5046
2. Dhimmitude, an attitude of submission, derived from the Arabic adjective dhimmi which denotes a non-Muslim, second class citizen in a land which has been conquered by a Muslim power. While nominally "protected," in reality these people were forced to endure severe hardships, including having to wear religious identifiers on their clothing and the paying of a "head tax" or jizya, in exchange for not having to face the edge of a sword.
3. In addition to apologizing to the Muslim world for nearly every calamity that has befallen man since America's founding, we observed at the time, and still think it important that the president has expanded the mandate of the president of the United States to include the defense of Islam, "I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear..." [source, WH website, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-cairo-university-6-04-09]. This viewpoint is unique to Mr. Obama and far outside the American experience. It's important to recognize that not only were prominent members of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization present at this speech, they were actually invited by the administration to attend. In hindsight it can be seen that this apparent certification of the MB as legitimate players helped them greatly in their now successful power grab in Egypt, allied with an Islamist military.
Ron Paul Ignores Iran's Treachery
By REZA KAHLILI
November 11, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is demonstrating an appalling ignorance on the Iranian nuclear issue and the threat it poses to world security. In fact, several times during the recent GOP debates he blamed the animosity against the U.S. in the Middle East on America's foreign policy.
Paul recently argued on "Fox News Sunday" that sanctions should be removed altogether to get Iran to act differently and that the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear pursuit was an "overreaction." He added that Iran does not pose a threat to either the U.S. or the region.
The congressman from Texas insists that a better art of persuasion would be to offer friendship, the way the U.S. approached the Soviets and Chinese in the 1970s and 1980s.
So Paul not only has shown that he has no understanding of the murderous radicals who rule Iran but has a dangerous lapse of memory. President Obama at first tried to do exactly what Paul argues now should be done -- and failed miserably.
When Obama took office in 2009, he immediately changed the U.S. approach toward Iran, believing that the mullahs would only change behavior if a kinder, gentler approach were implemented. His appeasement of the mullahs started when he sent his video message on the occasion of the Iranian New Year in 2009, stating his desire for friendship with the Iranian leaders. That was followed by a letter to the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he reiterated that America did not intend to interfere in Iran's internal matters and that it respected the sovereignty of the Islamic state and that he desired better relations between the two countries.
Obama not only legitimized the brutal regime in Iran but he also then turned his back on the Iranian people, who had taken to the streets by the millions after the fraudulent elections of 2009, demanding an end to the thugocracy. Obama was promised by the Iranian leaders that they were ready to negotiate over the nuclear issue, and so the Iranian people's desire for regime change did not become of interest to Obama. After all, he believed he was close to a historical point in reaching an agreement with the Islamic regime of Iran.
The leaders of Iran, as they have done for over three decades, fooled the Obama administration, extending negotiations until they had brutally suppressed the uprising in Iran, during which thousands were imprisoned, tortured, raped and even executed. Then they announced that the U.S. proposal on the table that they had indicated was acceptable was now unacceptable.
The radicals went further by stating that "America can't do a damn thing" and announced that they had now enriched uranium to 20 percent, a significant milestone toward weaponization.
However, it is not only the Obama administration that has been fooled by the mullahs. President Carter and his national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, began America's misguided policy toward radical Islam, Carter by calling Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini "a man of God" and Brzezinski with his plan to help Islamic militants confront the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, that policy of negotiation and hope for a moderate leader in Iran who would open the doors to the West continued under President Reagan.
Many in the Reagan administration were jubilant by the prospect of better relations with Iran. U.S. officials began holding clandestine meetings with the Iranians. Requests from the Iranian side were fulfilled, with many shipments of arms sent to Iran, but in the end U.S. officials realized that they had been duped.
This shortsightedness continued with President George H.W. Bush, who ignored the Iranian terrorist activities in his secret negotiations with Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Iranian president at the time, who had promised better relations. That effort also failed, just as President Clinton (who looked the other way at Iran's involvement in the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia) failed in negotiating with Mohammad Khatami, the next Iranian president, with another promise of cooperation, all the while secretly buying parts for Iran's nuclear project.
During this misguided era, the radicals in Iran not only committed the most heinous crimes against their own people, violating every principle of human rights, but also engaged America on several fronts, accurately concluding that their actions would diminish the U.S. presence in the region and strengthen theirs.
As Iran closes in on getting the bomb, it is of utmost importance to once and for all realize the very ideology that drives their actions. We must acknowledge their progress with their missile program and the threat they pose not only to the region but to the world.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have been publicly cheering Ron Paul's statements, for they know that this complicity is needed for them to push on with the conquest of Islam worldwide. Mr. Kahlili is a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He now resides in the United States and writes under the pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. For further background regarding Mr. Kahlili see our in-depth interview here Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili - Iran Runs "Large Network" Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic Organizations. He is the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
Mr. Kahlili is a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He now resides in the United States and writes under the pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. For further background regarding Mr. Kahlili see our in-depth interview here Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili - Iran Runs "Large Network" Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic Organizations. He is the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
Sanctions Won't Stop Iran's Nuclear Bomb Program
By REZA KAHLILI
November 8, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - The International Atomic Energy Agency has now provided credible evidence that Iran is clandestinely developing nuclear weapons, adding its considerable weight to warnings that the Islamic state is on the threshold of nuclear capability.
The IAEA's latest report details the military aspects of the program for the first time since the start of its inspections of Iranian nuclear sites nearly two decades ago. Previous IAEA reports had indicated grave concern about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear-related activities involving military-related organizations, and that "new information" received by the IAEA "related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile."
Iran is under four sets of U.N. sanctions for its illicit nuclear activities. Security Council Resolution 1737, passed on December 2006, banned the supply of nuclear-related materials and technology and froze the assets of key individuals and companies related to the program. Because Iranian leaders refused to halt their uranium enrichment program, another set of U.N. sanctions, in March 2007, imposed an arms embargo and expanded the freeze on Iranian assets.
The Iranian leaders called the U.N. resolutions worthless pieces of paper and continued with their nuclear ambitions, which caused the Bush administration to push for yet another set of sanctions, passed in March 2008. These extended the asset freezes and called upon member-nations to monitor the activities of Iranian banks, inspect Iranian ships and aircraft, and monitor the movement of individuals involved with the program through their territories.
When President Obama took office in 2009, he immediately changed the U.S. approach toward Iran, believing that the mullahs would change behavior only if a kinder, gentler approach were implemented. His appeasement of the mullahs started when he sent his video message on the occasion of the Iranian New Year in 2009, stating his desire for friendship with the Iranian leaders. That was followed by a letter to the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he reiterated his desire for better relations between the two countries.
Obama then turned his back on the Iranian people, who had taken to the streets by the millions after the fraudulent elections of 2009, demanding an end to the thugocracy in Iran. Obama believed that the Iranian leaders were ready to negotiate over their nuclear program and that the Iranian people's desire for regime change was not of interest to the U.S.
Months later Obama realized that the radicals had no intention of negotiating over their nuclear program and that they were only buying time. Obama started his second approach, a continuation of the Bush policy that promised harsh sanctions on Iran.
A fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Iran, passed in June 2010, banned Iran from participating in any activities related to ballistic missiles, tightened the arms embargo, froze the funds and assets of the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian shipping lines, and much more. In the following year, many other sanctions were imposed by the United States and the European Union aside from those of the U.N.
Years of negotiations and sanctions have failed to stop Iran from its pursuit of a nuclear bomb and its missile program, nor have they convinced the jihadists in Tehran to change behavior. Today Iran holds enough enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs, has over 1,000 ballistic missiles, and is tripling its production of highly enriched uranium.
Iran's strategy has been effective: First, buy time with promises of holding talks and denying any illicit nuclear activity. Second, engage the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan through proxies, believing that it would make it difficult and costly for the U.S. to continue those operations and be forced to withdraw from the region. Last, incite uprisings within Islamic nations such as Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and others with the hope of overthrowing U.S.-backed governments while strengthening Iran's own position through its proxies in the region.
The Iranian leaders have concluded that due to the current events in the Middle East and the global economic crisis, the U.S. and the West have no option but to tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran and that any talk of military action is an empty bluff. A recent analysis in the Iranian Keyhan newspaper, under direct supervision of Khamenei's office, best describes their view: the U.S. has been defeated and soon will be buried.
Any talk of further sanctions will only verify that the West fears war and further instability in the region and must accept a nuclear-armed Iran.
The radicals in Iran are, at best, only months away from arming their missiles with nuclear warheads. Mutually assured destruction will not deter those who call themselves the soldiers of the Hidden Imam, Imam Mahdi, the last Islamic Messiah who they believe will bring chaos on the world.
Hundreds of millions of lives are at stake. We have to move beyond what's politically expedient, for there's only a small window of opportunity to avert great destruction to humanity. We have the ability to help Iranians rid themselves from this jihadist regime, but if we fail to do so, you can be assured that there will be war -- and it won't be on our terms. Mr. Kahlili is a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He now resides in the United States and writes under the pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. For further background regarding Mr. Kahlili see our in-depth interview here Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili - Iran Runs "Large Network" Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic Organizations. He is the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
Obama's Withdrawal From Iraq Destabilizing Fragile Maliki Government
November 7, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - As related in a recent NY Times piece [see, Andrew Kramer, Iraq Arrests More in Wake of Tip About Coup, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/world/middleeast/iraq-arrests-more-in-wake-of-libyan-tip-about-coup.html] Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki appears to be engaged a massive campaign to suppress the country's Sunni minority, using as justification a "tip" from Libya's new Islamist leadership that a coup was being planned against his government.
Hundreds of Sunnis have been arrested and many already employed by the regime have been summarily fired or forced into involuntary retirement.
"When the government revealed last week that it had received the information in October, gleaned from the ruined headquarters of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's intelligence headquarters in Tripoli, the authorities detained more than 200 people. By Saturday, the number of arrests...had more than tripled to 615, according to government figures... Last month, the government fired 145 employees of Salahudin University in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, for being former Baathists..."
Moving quickly to secure his power base before the last American forces depart the country, Mr. Maliki is engaged in a feverish hedging strategy that may well result in a resumption of the religious mayhem which the American surge had largely suppressed.
These moves have sent a seismic wave through Iraq's already brittle security force, threatening to fracture it along sectarian lines at a time when unity is most urgently required. As the Wall Street Journal notes, "With the U.S. departure imminent, any new fissures in the security services will make it harder for Iraq's army and police to keep the peace and defend the country's borders." [source, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/11/07/iraq-factions-spar-over-security-forces-just-weeks-before-last-us-troops-depart/#ixzz1d42TyFri]
While Mr. Obama will likely try to twist the photo-op provided by the last U.S. soldier leaving Iraq as signifying a foreign policy success, the truth is that this president was handed a relatively stable Iraq by the outgoing Bush administration and in less than three years appears to be on the verge of totally deconstructing a victory secured at the cost of nearly 4,500 American deaths.
Mr. Obama's arrogant refusal to accept the guidance of his generals and on the ground field commanders and his bumbling attempts at diplomacy [especially those of his former ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill] could well result in foreign policy disasters unfolding in both Iraq and Afghanistan during the 2012 election, exactly the opposite effect he had intended.
Rather than being able to slink away in the dead of night as did the Dem majority in Congress when they pulled the plug on the South Vietnamese government by cutting off assistance funding in 1974, the carnage that may ensue upon our withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan will bloodily splash across the new media with such force as to make culpability inescapable for Team Obama.[Read More]
Azizah al-Hibri, Obama Appoints Anti-Capitalist Islamic Radical To U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
November 1, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what appears to be a classic "twofer," president Obama has just appointed professor Azizah al-Hibri - an anti-capitalist Islamist - to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. This move is reflective of Obama's ideological indictment of America, that it is a corrupt nation because of capitalism/colonialism and that it is inherently Islamophobic.
Al-Hibri's Islamism is no secret, she has appeared at innumerable forums as an apologist, spinning fairy-tale versions of Islamic history and the Qur'an. Take for example her claim, "there was no reason at all to think that Quaran [sic] gives women a subordinate place in society..." which was made during an interview with Bill Moyers [see, http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_alhibri.html] a statement which flies in the face of Islamic jurisprudence.
She has a practice of quoting [Meccan] passages from the Qur'an which play into the narrative that Islam is a peaceful religion while never explaining that the Qur'an's later combative Suras [chapters] and ayat [verses] "revealed" after Mohammed's Hijra to Medina take theological precedence through the universally recognized Islamic principle of abrogation. As a result, her stock in trade appears to be propagandizing to unsophisticated Western audiences who thrive on multiculturalism and know little about Islam.
Al-Hibri expressed support for a fundamentalist approach to reclaiming Islam, a mainstay tenet in modern extreme Islamic literature perhaps best summarized by Sayyid Qutb in his revolutionary Islamist tract, Milestones - required reading by al-Qaeda types. In a 2001 New York Times piece she said, "....For this reason, many of them are ill-equipped for the challenge of interpreting an ancient religion for a modern society. ''When you change cultures and technological eras,'' Professor al-Hibri said, ''you're going to need to go back to the fundamentals. And if you don't have the tools to go back to the fundamentals, you're in trouble.'' [source, William Glabersom, Interpreting Islamic Law for American Muslims http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/21/us/interpreting-islamic-law-for-american-muslims.html?pagewanted=2&src=pm
Al Hibri clearly believes in Islamic supremacy and superiority. In a 2007 article published in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia's, Arab News [see, Maha Akeel, Raising Awareness of Islamic Fiqh in the US, Arab News, 25 May 2007, http://archive.arabnews.com/?page=9§ion=0&article=96600&d=25&m=5&y=2007] she stated, "...I think that Islamic fiqh is deeper and better than Western codes of law..."
Her strong support of Shari'ah, especially its seminal prohibition against insulting Islam and/or its Prophet is clear, as is her intolerance, "It was inexcusable even in the 17th century to have someone like Humphrey Prideaux speak disrespectfully of the Prophet; it is even less excusable that Americans today who have lived all their lives with our constitutional liberties condemn the religious beliefs of their co-citizens in similarly offensive terms..." [see, Azizah al-Hibri, Rev. Franklin Graham: Of Condemnation and Divinity, The American Muslim, http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/rev_franklin_graham_of_condemnation_and_divinity]
Al-Hibri also has displayed a rather conspiratorial view of the source of Islamophobia; that it is based upon colonialism [which, so goes the theory, is a fruit of capitalism] "A lot of Muslims in the United States have come from a very rich diversity of culture and civilizations. Unfortunately, because of a long and complicated history, which includes the actions of colonialist powers that banned the language of the Quran from schools and closed down Islamic schools, a lot of these people dont even know their own religion, said al-Hibri...." [source, Azizah Al-hibri explores What it means to be an American Muslim?, American Muslim Perspective, http://www.ghazali.net/archives2005/html/aziza_al_hibri.html]
It's difficult to parse the implication of what al-Hibri means by "inexcusable," but given the totality of her devotion to fundamentalism, its use is troubling.
Ms. al-Hibri makes no qualms about being a dogmatic anti-capitalist, of a rather revolutionary bent. Below, from a collection of essays entitled, Women and Revolution [1981, South End Press, ed. Lydia Sargent] Ms. al-Hibri states in "Capitalism Is An Advanced Stage Of Patriarchy: But Marxism Is Not Feminism."
"In my essay I shall aim at the root of the relationship between patriarch ad capitalism and show that conceptually, capitalism is an advanced stage of patriarchy...An impressive amount of evidence is available in support of this claim: capitalism is an advanced stage of patriarchy...Strategically, then, the struggle against capitalism, racism, imperialism and other products of man's basic attempt at domination of the Other must be based on an understanding of their basic patriarchal nature, and must therefore be regarded as part and parcel of the feminist struggle. This understanding provides a firm and clear basis for supporting socialist, nationalist and other liberation movements around the world despite their frequent antifeminist practices..." [source, Women and Revolution, pg. 161-195]
Unfortunately, this is the type of duplicity we have come to expect from this administration, using every opportunity to advance Obama's world view, with the appointment of Ms. al-Hibri being only the most recent example.[Read More]