PipeLineNews Archives: April 2011

Marinucci Gate - The MSM Falls Short Of Its Demi God's Commandments

April 30, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - First, let's review the pertinent facts:

1. Obama travels to the San Francisco Bay Area to once again hit up his special no payback ATM.

2. While there a contributor pays $75k+ for the privilege of conducting a mini-protest at a VIP Obama fundraiser, expressing opposition to the alleged mal-treatment of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning. Mr. Manning stands accused of what amounts to treason, disseminating to Wiki Leaks hundreds of thousands of classified documents. The effect of this mass exposure of sensitive diplomatic documents has seriously, possibly irreparably damaged the way in which American [and Western] foreign policy is conducted.

3. Covering the event as part of the reporting pool, a local reporter for the S.F. Chronicle [Carla Marinucci] goes native and shoots some low quality video [sheeesh Chron mgmt., can't you misers spring for decent mini-digital video cams for your troops?] on her mobile phone, recording the little protest.

4. Team Obama is outraged that any member of the MSM would break protocol, i.e., reporting anything which diminishes the lustrous image of which the media has erected around its Final Prophet.

5. Local reporter is summarily bounced from the reporting pool.

6. The WH lies, stating there was no retaliation.

That's it; another day in the life of Barack Obama, crushing dissent while rapidly transforming the United States into a collectivist paradise designed to please the ultra rich neo-Marxist powers behind his throne.

A few observations:

To be gentle, Ms. Marinucci is neither Woodward nor is she Bernstein and therefore ranks rather low in the MSM's food chain. In the world which journalism has become, reporters of her ilk function as krill for the big fish to consume when the fancy strikes them to send a message to those that matter.

This event is, in itself, insignificant. However what it says about the theology of the progressives/neo-Marxists is instructive.

Pool reporters, and in general any journalist covering political heavyweights, will find themselves subject to restrictions of various types, some of which trample the sprit of the First Amendment. Most reporters are just fine with this, as long as they can maintain access they are willing to intentionally overlook all manner of impropriety.

For those of you with short memories, please consider the 2003 "confession," of CNN's "news" chief Eason Jordan who admitted that his organization refused to report on Saddam Hussein's atrocities in order to maintain access.

Of course, he justified CNN's deliberate cover-up in the most sanctimonious MSM manner, alleging that he was really only trying to protect his overseas staff, "Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard -- awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff. [source, Eason Jordan, We Kept It To Ourselves, NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/11/opinion/the-news-we-kept-to-ourselves.html]

The bottom line here is simple, if disturbing.

Mr. Obama is heading a lawless administration which is using the vast power of the federal government to fundamentally change the face of America so that it will more closely resemble the worker's paradise utopia which is imprinted deeply within Mr. Obama's cerebral cortex.

A genuine pursuit of journalism would most likely have prevented Obama from being elected in the first place. Barring that, honest reportage after his election would have resulted in so many damning revelations about his administration that it would have sunk under its own weight by now.

The real story here is how little this incident, Marinucci Gate, will impact the future day to day coverage of Mr. Obama by the press. While this is probably being viewed as a horrendous affront to journalism by Ms. Marinucci, to the rest of her cohorts it is a non-event and the continued fawning of the MSM over the president will continue...these people are worshipers with a far different agenda; they are not reporters.

The words of George Orwell come to mind.

At the conclusion of his novel, 1984, the protagonist Winston Smith, after having been arrested, interrogated and tortured in a rat cage came upon the same revelation now on display by most of the old media, he "had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."

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Holder - Failure To Prosecute Muslim Brotherhood Front Groups Bush's Fault

April 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Again we find TeamObama's thoroughly politicized DOJ blaming the Bush administration for actions for which it is personally responsible.

In various statements, Eric Holder, confronting multiple Congressional requests for information pertaining to the decision by his DOJ not to prosecute various individuals and organizations names as unindicted co-conspirators in the landmark Hamas terror financing prosecution, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, is blaming the previous administration for his own actions.

Lest we forget, it was the George W. Bush administration which finally succeeded in busting Holy Land, a phony Muslim charity which funneled money directly to Hamas. Holy Land remains a seminal event which provided damning evidence against many self-proclaimed moderate Muslim groups, proving that they were indeed agents of the Muslim Brotherhood and attempting to subvert constitutional government by working to make America Shari'a compliant.

The decision to which Mr. Holder refers was simply a tactical one at the time, as government prosecutors in the North Dallas District wanted to lock up the key conviction before they moved against the key Muslim Brotherhood agents and front groups now operating freely in the United States.

Mr. Holder, like his boss, has so thoroughly sold out to the Islamists that his protestations at this point simply look foolish and blaming the former president for alleged actions he could easily countermand at the stroke of a pen strikes us as simply another indication of the depth of contempt this administration has for the intelligence of the American people.

In short, no on with any background in these matters believes that Holder's hands were tied in this manner by Mr. Bush.

Therefore, the decision to refrain from prosecuting the Muslim Brotherhood network in the U.S. rests squarely on the shoulders of Holder and Obama and no amount of sophistry can change the fact that government prosecutors familiar with the matter are outraged that this DOJ has taken this action, giving enemies of the United States the green light to continue their subversion with the full approval of Team Obama.

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Catholic Utopian Socialists - Fraudulent Use of Faith Now The Norm

By WILLIAM MAYER

April 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Catholic University of America is sponsoring a symposium [120th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum: Church, Labor, and the New Things of the Modern World, http://ipr.cua.edu/RN120th.cfm] dealing with Catholic social justice teaching on May 2nd and 3rd at the university's Pryzbyla Center.

Increasingly, since Vatican II, the Catholic "social justice" movement has been the refuge of politicized theologians eager to reorder the planet in a utopian manner. They do this under the guise of an invented moral authority which only gives lip service to Christian orthodoxy. [Note: A comprehensive study of the steady march to the left by the Church since Rerum Novarum, by this writer is available at, Bitter Harvest: How Marxist “Progressives" Have Infiltrated the American Catholic Church]

The keynote speaker's list is anything but eclectic, with the deck slanted heavily towards those with a hard-left/socialist perspective, starting with John Sweeney.

Sweeney, who was president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 until 2009, has a long history of activism on behalf of socialistic causes and has been tied by various sources as having been a member of the Democratic Socialists of America [DSA]. The DSA is a wing of the Socialist International [see, http://www.dsausa.org/international/index.html], a Stalinist artifact and a significant player in the world-wide communist movement.

According to a document arising from the DSA's 2010 National Meeting, we find the group still relying on the good will of both Sweeney and Bob King, the current president of the United Auto Workers.

"Joe moved that David Green, Paul Garver, Stuart Elliott and Frank Llewellyn discussgetting John Sweeney or Bob King to sign the letter asking unions to place ads inDemocratic Left. The letter is to go out early and be followed up by skilled phoning. Thiswas seconded and passed unanimously." [source, http://www.dsausa.org/minutes/NPC2010jan30.pdf, pg. 2]

The tenor of the event's panelists is demonstrated by the participation of Harold Myerson, who is the editor at large for the American Prospect Magazine. According to authoritative sources, the magazine has enjoyed financial support from George Soros and his Open Society Institute [see, Discover the Networks, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237]

John Carr, a dedicated leftist and the executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Justice Peace and Human Development effort will also be in attendance as a panelist.

Another key speaker at the conference is Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council on Peace and Justice [PCPJ], part of the Vatican's Roman Curia. He is considered a very strong rising force and a serious potential candidate for the Papacy post Benedict XVI. Hence his appearance at this event carries special significance.

One of Turkson's duties is to implement a milestone 2004 PCPJ document, entitled, Compendium of the Social Justice of the Church, with which we must assume Turkson is in full agreement.

This massive 138,000 word tome lays out in explicit detail the degree to which the "new" Church justifies socialism using an inventive mock Christian philosophy which relies extensively on subjective notions such as the "common good," a term which [using several web search devices] doesn't even appear in the King James version of the Bible [there is, however a single mention of "common good" in the New International edition of the Bible, appearing in I Corinthians, 12-7, "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good."]

For example, the Compendium contains the following, which is representative of the Church's revisionism in defense of "distributive justice."

"Everyone also has the right to enjoy the conditions of social life that are brought about by the quest for the common good. The teaching of Pope Pius XI is still relevant: “the distribution of created goods, which, as every discerning person knows, is labouring today under the gravest evils due to the huge disparity between the few exceedingly rich and the unnumbered propertyless, must be effectively called back to and brought into conformity with the norms of the common good, that is, social justice" [354]. [source, http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html]

Using such concepts, meaningless definitionally within a Christian context, the Church declares government's right to redistribute wealth, for example:

303. The economic well-being of a country is not measured exclusively by the quantity of goods it produces but also by taking into account the manner in which they are produced and the level of equity in the distribution of income, which should allow everyone access to what is necessary for their personal development and perfection. An equitable distribution of income is to be sought on the basis of criteria not merely of commutative justice but also of social justice that is, considering, beyond the objective value of the work rendered, the human dignity of the subjects who perform it. Authentic economic well-being is pursued also by means of suitable social policies for the redistribution of income which, taking general conditions into account, look at merit as well as at the need of each citizen."

On private property the document declares:

"177. Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute and untouchable: “On the contrary, it has always understood this right within the broader context of the right common to all to use the goods of the whole of creation: the right to private property is subordinated to the right to common use, to the fact that goods are meant for everyone"[372]. The principle of the universal destination of goods is an affirmation both of God's full and perennial lordship over every reality and of the requirement that the goods of creation remain ever destined to the development of the whole person and of all humanity[373]. This principle is not opposed to the right to private property[374] but indicates the need to regulate it. Private property, in fact, regardless of the concrete forms of the regulations and juridical norms relative to it, is in its essence only an instrument for respecting the principle of the universal destination of goods; in the final analysis, therefore, it is not an end but a means[375].

Demonstrative of the lack of a scriptural basis for such sweeping judgments, the reader is referred to Populorum Progressio, an Encyclical authored in 1967 by Pope Paul VI, wherein the justification for a claimed ownership in common of "private" property rests on a statement by Saint Ambrose, a fourth century Bishop. The vast majority of the Catholic Church's social justice assertions have a similarly weak theological grounding.

It naturally follows then - with such little regard for private property - that the new Catholicism endorses the expropriation of private property, in turn destroying the basis upon which the concept itself rests.

"24. If certain landed estates impede the general prosperity because they are extensive, unused or poorly used, or because they bring hardship to peoples or are detrimental to the interests of the country, the common good sometimes demands their expropriation.

Vatican II affirms this emphatically. (24) At the same time it clearly teaches that income thus derived is not for man's capricious use, and that the exclusive pursuit of personal gain is prohibited. Consequently, it is not permissible for citizens who have garnered sizeable income from the resources and activities of their own nation to deposit a large portion of their income in foreign countries for the sake of their own private gain alone, taking no account of their country's interests; in doing this, they clearly wrong their country. (25)"

It is against this backdrop which the 120th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum: Church, Labor, and the New Things of the Modern World event will take place.

The tenor of the event, really an effort to propagandize appears to be out of harmony with the mission statement of the Catholic University of the U.S., "...this university has a responsibility to the Church in the United States that is special to it: It is called to be an intellectual center of highest quality, where the relation between revealed truth and human truth can be examined in depth and with authority..." [source, http://www.cua.edu/about-cua/mission-statement.cfm].

Given the selection of speakers and the very state of the Catholic social justice theory it's hard to imagine this conference resulting in a questioning or rejection of the deadly utopianism which the Church now embraces. We do note that Cardinal Turkson has expressed surprise in recent interviews [see for example, http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-official-says-churchs-justice-teachings-need-new-vocabulary-for-some-us-audiences/] that many of the terms used in describing the Church's social justice teaching might be misinterpreted because of their similarity with socialist terminology. We maintain the problem is not one of a semantic nature but one of leftist economic policies presented alongside specious theological justification and suspect that this conference will simply provide more meaningless chatter in support of these noxious doctrines.

End Note:

For an instructive counterpoint, demonstrating the deviational nature of Catholic social justice theory, please refer to Matthew 20:1-16, wherein the landowner asserts to an ungrateful vineyard worker that it is his right to pay the same wage to the laborer who worked all day as his counterpart, who had only worked a few hours, "...Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?"

The landowner makes two key points regarding equity and justice. One that the landowner's money is his personal property, to dispose of as he sees fit; and two, the passage demonstrates the fact that two workers had the right to engage in a contract to perform unequal work for the same pay.

Neither of these seemingly basic rights, fully accepted during Jesus' ministry, would pass muster under the revisionism of modern Catholic social justice concepts.

Full text of the scriptural passage:

"For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market place, and said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen..."

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Egypt's "Freedom" Revolutionaries Demand That U.S. Release Terrorist Omar Abdel Rahman, The Blind Sheikh

April 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to multiple reports [see for example, http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/04/21/general-ml-egypt-protest_8428796.html] a large mob of Islamists has gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt demanding that Omar Abdel Rahman, aka the "Blind Sheikh," be released from confinement in the United States. Rahman is serving a life sentence for his role in multiple terror plots including the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.

Those conducting the protest are not your garden variety Muslim Brotherhood riff-raff, as Associated Press is reporting, "The protest leader was Abboud el-Zomor, who was released from an Egyptian prison in March after serving multiple sentences for his role in the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat."

Sadat's 1981 assassination was carried out by a MB faction [al-Jihad] and it is believed that Abboud El-Zomor played a key role in supplying the ammunition to those who actually shot and killed Sadat.

Though officially having served his sentence, El-Zomor continued to be confined until he was released as part of a general amnesty with about 60 other "political" prisoners in mid March.

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Rep Peter King Demands That Eric Holder's DOJ Explain Its Failure To Prosecute CAIR

April 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an April 15 letter sent to AG Eric Holder, NY Rep. Peter King, Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, has demanded an explanation as to why what appears to have been an imminent series of prosecutions against U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front groups and various individuals including one of the founders of the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] were quashed.

According to a statement on King's website CAIR, "...co-founder Omar Ahmad, and other named unindicted co-conspirators in the Hamas terror finance case, United States v. Holy Land Foundation....[and] other unindicted co-conspirators include the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust..." had been targeted.

King further states, "I have been reliably informed that the decision not to seek indictments of the Council on American Islamic Relations ("CAIR") and its co-founder Omar Ahmad, the Islamic Society of North America ("ISNA"), and the North American Islamic Trust ("NAIT"), was usurped by high-ranking officials at Department of Justice headquarters over the vehement and stated objections of special agents and supervisors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Dallas, who had investigated and successfully prosecuted the Holy Land Foundation case. Their opposition to this decision raises serious doubt that the decision not to prosecute was a valid exercise of prosecutorial discretion."

The letter to Holder at DOJ is reproduced below:

April 15, 2011

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20530-0001

Re: United States v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, et al., 3:04-CR-0240-G.

Dear Attorney General Holder:

I write to inquire about your decision not to prosecute the 246 individuals and organizations, named as unindicted co-conspirators in a Hamas terror finance case, United States v. Holy Land Foundation.

I have been reliably informed that the decision not to seek indictments of the Council on American Islamic Relations ("CAIR") and its co-founder Omar Ahmad, the Islamic Society of North America ("ISNA"), and the North American Islamic Trust ("NAIT"), was usurped by high-ranking officials at Department of Justice headquarters over the vehement and stated objections of special agents and supervisors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Dallas, who had investigated and successfully prosecuted the Holy Land Foundation case. Their opposition to this decision raises serious doubt that the decision not to prosecute was a valid exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

I request that you provide answers to the following questions:

  • What are the reasons for the Department's decisions not to prosecute CAIR, ISNA, NAIT and Mr. Ahmad, who is a CAIR co-founder and former head of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States?
  • Who made the final decision not to prosecute? Who, if anyone, from the Executive Office of the President, consulted with, advised, or otherwise communicated with the Department of Justice, in electronic, oral or written form, regarding the Department's decision to not seek indictments of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT and Mr. Ahmad?
  • How does and will the Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation address the potential for CAIR, ISNA, or NAIT to engage in terrorism financing? What policies with regard to those organizations have you implemented to address that threat?
  • The answers to these questions should provide some explanation for declining a prosecution that is strongly supported by the record from the Holy Land Foundation trial. As you are aware, in a previously sealed Memorandum Opinion Order of July 1, 2009, United States District Judge Jorge A. Solis declined CAIR, ISNA and NAIT's August 14, 2007 and June 18, 2008 requests to strike their names from the United States Attorney's list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case. Judge Solis found that the "Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with [the Holy Land Foundation, "HLF"], the Islamic Association for Palestine ("IAP"), and with Hamas. "The Court found that the evidence was "sufficient to show the association of these entities with HLF, IAP, and Hamas. Thus, maintaining the names of the entities on the List is appropriate in light of the evidence proffered by the Government" (citation omitted). At minimum, FBI testimony established that Mr. Ahmad attended a meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in which participants discussed how they could support Hamas, including by raising funds for this terrorist group. NAIT was similarly unsuccessful in its subsequent request to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to have its name removed from the list of co-conspirators.

    Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the Department of State since October 9, 1997, and its status was reconfirmed by the most recent annual report of the National Counterterrorism Center, issued April 30, 2010 Hamas shamefully conducts cowardly suicide bombings against civilian targets inside Israel. Hamas also, between 2008 and 2009, conducted 2,614 indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks upon residential areas in that country, an ally of the United States. According to the State Department, Hamas finances its terrorist activities "through state sponsors of terrorism Iran and Syria, and fundraising networks in the Arabian Peninsula, Europe, the Middle East, [and] the United States" (emphasis added). It raises the most serious question for the Justice Department to decline to even attempt to prosecute individuals and organizations, accused by a US Attorney and found by a federal judge, to have a nexus with fundraising for an organization which conducts terror attacks upon civilians.

    I believe that in order to maintain the credibility of the Department, there should be full transparency into the Department's decision. Please respond to this letter by April 25, 2011. If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact Kevin Carroll at (202)226-8417.

    Sincerely,

    PETER T. KING
    Chairman

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    UC Berkeley Hosts Phony Islamophobia Conference Featuring Holy Land Foundation Prosecution Unindicted Co-Conspirator CAIR

    April 20, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] will headline a roster of speakers during the dinner break on the first of a two day public relations event being held at UC Berkeley [April 21-22] which is intended to further the fraudulent allegation that Islamophobia in the U.S. is rampant.

    Awad was one of the founding members of CAIR, an Islamist organization which has consistently failed to specifically and by name condemn Hamas as a terrorist entity. Not surprisingly given the group's history and associations, it was named as an unindicted co-conspirator/joint venturer in the largest Hamas terror funding prosecution in U.S. history, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. [source, List of Uninticted Co-Conspirators and/or Joint Venturers]

    The trial resulted in the conviction of all of the defendants on a total of 108 charges. Among those convicted was Ghassan Elashi, a co-founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR. Elashi was already serving a long sentence on a previous terrorism conviction [U.S. vs. Infocom] involving commerce with among others, Mousa Abu Marzook, a senior Hamas leader.

    In response to legal efforts by CAIR to be removed from the co-conspirator/joint venturers list the U.S. District Court, North Dallas stated in its opinion, denying CAIR's plea:

    "ISNA and NAIT, in fact, shared more with HLF than just a parent organization. They were intimately connected with the HLF and its assigned task of providing financial support to HAMAS. Shortly after HAMAS was founded in 1987, as an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood, Govt. Exh. 21-61, the International Muslim Brotherhood ordered the Muslim Brotherhood chapters throughout the world to create Palestine Committees, whose job it was to support HAMAS with “media, money and men." Govt. Exh. 3-15. The U.S.-Muslim Brotherhood created the U.S. Palestine Committee, which documents reflect was initially comprised of three organizations: the OLF (HLF), the IAP, and the UASR. CAIR was later added to these organizations. Govt. Exh. 3-78 (listing IAP, HLF, UASR and CAIR as part of the Palestine Committee, and stating that there is “[n]o doubt America is the ideal location to train the necessary resources to support the Movement worldwide . . ."). The mandate of these organizations, per the International Muslim Brotherhood, was to support HAMAS, and the HLF's particular role was to raise money to support HAMAS organizations inside the Palestinian territories. Govt. Exh. 3- 17 (objective of the Palestine Committee is to support HAMAS)." [source, ACLU, http://www.aclu.org/images/asset_upload_file142_36171.pdf]

    Because CAIR is such a discredited entity, Awad's inclusion in such an event should be little more than a bad joke. It proves that this event is all smoke and mirrors, another example of the Muslim Brotherhood's stealth jihad to undermine the West and create enmity against the United States.

    No doubt the Berkeley campus will be flooded over the next two days with fools all too anxious to believe the propaganda which will flow from this conference.

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    TeamObama's ATF In Technical Contempt Of Congress Over Withholding Of Subpoenaed Documents On Project Gunrunner

    April 20, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - While Mr. Obama and the anti-Second Amendment crowd are attempting to gin up public support for draconian firearms restrictions because of alleged gun running from the U.S to Mexico, in a little known operation this administration's ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] has - unbelievably - engaged in that very activity which may have resulted in hundreds of deaths on both sides of the border.

    According to a statement by Congressman Daryl Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, "reports have raised questions about the handling of operations involving gun trafficking into Mexico - specifically the allegation that ATF has had a policy of permitting - and even encouraging - the movement of guns into Mexico by straw purchasers. This practice may have contributed to the deaths of hundreds on both sides of the border, including federal law enforcement agents..." [source, http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=726&Itemid=28&Itemid=4 Chairman Issa Subpoenas ATF For 'Project Gunrunner' Documents]

    Mr. Obama, the acting Dir. of ATF Kenneth Melson and the DOJ are all stonewalling the oversight investigation and failed to provide the documents requested by the due date of April 13.

    Some of the documents which the ATF has been asked for and which failed to provide include:

    1. Documents and communications relating to the genesis of Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious, and any memoranda or reports involving any changes to either program at or near the time of the release of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General report about Project Gunrunner in November 2010.

    2. Documents and communications relating to individuals responsible for authorizing the decision to "walk" guns to Mexico in order to follow them and capture a "bigger fish."

    3. Documents and communications relating to any investigations conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or any other DOJ component following the fatal shooting of Agent Brian Terry, including information pertaining to two guns found at the crime scene that may have been connected to Project Gunrunner.

    4. Documents and communications relating to any weapons recovered at the crime scene or during the investigation into the death of Agent Brian Terry.

    5. Documents and communications between ATF and the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) who sold weapons to Jaime Avila, including any Report of Investigation (ROI) or other records relating to a December 17, 2009 meeting "to discuss his role as an FFL during this investigation."

    6. A copy of the presentation, approximately 200 pages long, that the Group 7 Supervisor made to officials at ATF headquarters in the spring of 2010.

    7. Documents and communications relating to Operation Fast and Furious between and among ATF headquarters and Special Agent in Charge William D. Newell, Assistant Special Agents in Charge Jim Needles and George Gillette, Group Supervisor David Voth, or any Case Agent from November 1, 2009 to the present. The response to this component of the subpoena shall include a memorandum, approximately 30 pages long, from SAC Newell to ATF headquarters following the arrest of Jaime Avila and the death of Agent Brian Terry.

    8. Documents and communications relating to complaints or objections by ATF agents about: (1) encouraging, sanctioning, or otherwise allowing FFLs to sell firearms to known or suspected straw buyers, (2) failure to maintain surveillance on known or suspected straw buyers, (3) failure to maintain operational control over weapons purchased by known or suspected straw buyers, or (4) letting known or suspected straw buyers with American guns enter Mexico.

    The pattern of stonewalling information requests by this administration is unprecedented. In addition to rebuffing Congress' Constitutionally mandated oversight responsibility, we have heard of dozens of reports that FOIA requests are similarly being ignored.

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    "Peaceful" Muslim Brotherhood Demands Appearance Before Congress

    April 20, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Not content to simply take over the governing structure of Egypt and foment revolution throughout the Muslim world, today the MB's spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Morsy [also a member of the MB's "Executive Bureau"], literally demanded that the U.S. Congress meet with the group, "Dr. Mohamed Morsy, media spokesman and member of the Executive Bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood(MB) demanded that US Congress hold a special session to hear directly from the MB about their programs..." [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28428]

    The juxtaposing of the recent claims of moderation by the Ikhwan against such an aggressive demand betrays the group's base motivation - forced submission to Shari'a via intimidation and threats.

    Given that there is no precedent for the U.S. Congress meeting with foreign political groups, let alone one which is dedicated to the overthrow of representative government, this MB stunt is proof that TeamObama's outreach to the Muslim world was and continues to be a disaster.

    It has emboldened our enemies to the point that they are now making public demands designed to force Congress to halt its long overdue oversight of Islamist groups and individuals which are national security threats.

    Furthermore it casts even more doubt on the motives and intentions of the numerous US. based MB front groups which continue to interface with this administration at various levels and on a government which would tolerate such obvious acts of intimidation.

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    Muslim Brotherhood Announces Creation Of Ikhwan Television Network

    April 19, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According the group's website [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28398] Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is on the verge of launching a television channel/network which will provide a 24x7 opportunity to propagandize and spread the Ikhwan's creed [now curiously missing from the group's English language website], "Allah is our objective, the prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

    Mohsen Radhi, a leader of the MB and alleged journalist, refused to disclose the nature of the ownership or funding of the new venture, but stated, "that it would better express the moderate views of the Brotherhood [and] display a message that would achieve renaissance, development, and culture in the Egyptian society, as well as displaying different issues in an exciting informative, and unbiased manner, that will suit all sincere Egyptian citizens and better contribute to the liberation of Egyptian media."

    The announcement was first made on one of the Islamist's prime web portals, Islamonline, which is funded and controlled by interests in Qatar in conjunction with guidance from Yusuf al-Qaradawi, perhaps the MB's chief public exponent of terrorism, having as recently as 2009 stated, "I will shoot Allah's enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus I will seal my life with martyrdom." [source, http://www.adl.org/NR/exeres/788C5421-70E3-4E4D-BFF4-9BE14E4A2E58,DB7611A2-02CD-43AF-8147-649E26813571,frameless.htm]

    In less than 90 days, Egypt has been transformed from reliable U.S. ally to the nerve center of the revolutionary Islamist renaissance in the Arab world. With the establishment of the MB television network and its jump into electoral politics there seem few impediments to it gaining ultimate control of the nation.

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    Israel's Hard Left Sides With One Of Fogel Family's Killers

    April 18, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a report in Arutz Sheva Israeli Left's Solidarity with Itamar Killers, members of Israel's extremist left-wing, in a typically reflexive anti-Israel stunt, visited and expressed support for one of the jihadist murderers responsible for butchering the Fogel family last month in Itamar [see, Atrocity In Israel - Islamists Butcher Family, Including Babies - Gaza Rejoices [warning, article contains graphic images of extreme violence]. This was done before the Israeli government revealed the identity of two of the killers.

    "Shortly before the IDF revealed the identities of the two murderers of five members of the Fogel family, activists with the extreme Israeli left went to visit one killer's family and condemn Israel for detaining him."

    The type of self-serving, callous ignorance displayed by the Israeli left in this matter is demonstrative of the mental construct of leftists worldwide. They have elevated a totalitarian political ideology to that of a religion and as true believers, are quite impervious to any point of view which might upset their delicate psychic balancing act.

    For some reason, perhaps a deep seated pathological self hate, this mindset holds sway over a not-inconsiderable number of Westerners who find themselves at war not only with their inner selves but with their culture and traditions as well.

    Psychologists and psychiatrists who have examined this phenomenon have offered the explanation that self hate within a minority group might well result from members of the group having accepted the negative attributes which their oppressors have created to denigrate and marginalize them.

    As psychoanalyst Sander L. Gilman explains:

    "Self-hatred results from outsiders' acceptance of the mirage of themselves generated by their reference group-that group in society which they see as defining them." [source, Sander L. Gilman, Jewish Self-Hatred, Anti-Semitism and the Hidden Language of the Jews, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986, p. 2]

    The broadsides of people such as Uri Avnery, a columnist for Gush Shalom, one of the groups mentioned in the above referenced news item, display this trait. His self-destructive rage is evident in the way he employs the word "kippah" [the ceremonial Jewish head covering; a yarmulke] as if it were an invective - a signifier in and of itself of inferiority - which virtually drips with Jewish self-loathing.

    "Yoram Cohen, a kippah-wearing darling of the settlers was appointed instead...That happened last month. Just before that, The National Security Council also needed a new chief. Under pressure from the settlers, General Yaakov Amidror, formerly the highest kippah-wearing officer in the army, a man of openly ultra-ultra nationalist views, got the job...The Deputy Chief of Staff of the army is a kippah-wearing officer dear to the settlers, a former head of Central Command, which includes the West Bank..." [source, http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1302911451/]

    The underlying issue that professor Gilman was addressing in his monologue was insanity, in this case a group of people who have allowed their historical oppressors to define them as not only inferior, but deserving of the maltreatment which often goes hand in hand with such vilification.

    This is the mechanism whereby the very act of a Jew wearing a kippah becomes a repugnant and loathsome act to people like Mr. Avnery, while at the same time his ilk identifies with keffiyeh wearing Hamas thugs.

    In larger focus, this pathology seems to be elemental in the psychological makeup of the Western leftist, to turn against society as they have already internally turned against themselves. Such twisted reasoning is at its core suicidal and allowing people who display this aberrant behavior - mental illness - to determine national political policies or attain positions of responsibility is irresponsible in the extreme.

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    Peter Siebelt Exposes Bertus Hendriks As Pro-Islamist

    By BEILA RABINOWITZ

    April 18, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org LLC - In his piece Wilders Trial and Witness Bertus Hendriks, Dutch investigative journalist and author Peter Siebelt details the "path from Marx to Allah" which was taken by Hendriks over the past decades. Siebelt traces Hendriks' involvement in leftwing causes and his meetings with Arafat and pro-Palestinian and pro-Hamas support groups. Hendriks is scheduled to testify against Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders at his "hate speech," trial on April 15, accused of insulting Muslims and discrimination [view official charges lodged against Mr. Wilders, http://www.wildersontrial.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=4]

    According to Siebelt, Hendriks is an apologist for terrorism and virulently anti-Israel, "Hendriks is one of many career activists who attempts to whitewash Palestinian terror attacks with statements such as "I condemn it but you have to understand the reason behind it...." [source, http://www.hetvrijevolk.com/index.php?pagina=13119, translated from the Dutch by the author]

    Additionally, Siebelt claims Hendriks uses the time worn tactic of an agendized parsing of the language pertaining to Hamas, stating that while it is not a terror organization per se, that it does employ the tactics of national liberation movements which sometimes include terrorism.

    Given Bertus Hendriks' obvious pro-Islamist bias, including him as a witness against Wilders is irresponsible. The fact that this is the best that the Dutch government can do to possibly railroad Mr. Wilders into jail is in itself indicative of The Hague government's intellectual and moral bankruptcy.

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    Did Holder's Justice Department Block Indictments Of Holy Land Foundation Unindicted Co-Conspirators?

    April 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to an explosive story, authored by Patrick Poole and published by Pajamas Media Did Obama and Holder Scuttle Terror Finance Prosecutions? Team Obama's "Justice" Department has, at the highest levels, quashed the indictments of several organizations and individuals named as unindicted co-conspirators in the nation's largest Hamas terror financing prosecution, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation.

    Below from a confidential high level DOJ source:

    "It was always the plan to initially go after the [Holy Land Foundation] leaders first and then go after the rest of the accomplices in a second round of prosecutions. From a purely legal point of view, the case was solid. Jim Jacks [the U.S. attorney in Dallas who prosecuted the Holy Land Foundation executives] and his team were ready to go. There's a mountain of evidence against all of these groups that was never introduced during the Holy Land trial and it is damning. We've got them on wiretaps. That's exactly why many of these leaders and groups were named unindicted co-conspirators in the first round of prosecutions. But from a political perspective there was absolutely no way that they could move forward. That's why this decision came from the top down. These individuals who were going to be prosecuted are still the administration's interfaith allies.

    The Holy Land Foundation case was the seminal event in establishing once and for all the nature of the elaborate Hamas support network which has operated, with near impunity, in the U.S. for many years.

    According to evidence submitted at the trial, the Muslim Brotherhood, the revolutionary Egyptian terrorist group [which founded Hamas] over a period of decades, has created a myriad of front organizations which support the agenda of Hamas while at the same time carry out a clandestine plan to Islamize the West, with the intent of making it Shari'a compliant.

    With the revelation that DOJ chose, for purely political reasons, not to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party who intimidated white voters in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential election [see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/14/AR2010071405880.html] Poole's story probably shouldn't be that surprising, however there is a huge difference between the two matters.

    Voter intimidation, though serious and worthy of being fully investigated, doesn't present a threat to the country. However, that is not the case with the active intervention of DOJ in quashing prosecutions of organizations and individuals which clearly pose a clear and present danger to U.S. national security.

    If this story is true, and we have no evidence that it isn't, especially given Poole's reputation, there might well be high ranking individuals at DOJ who have committed criminal acts, making this a matter of extraordinary importance.

    As one of the DOJ sources further stated

    "This is a national security issue. We know that these Muslim leaders and groups are continuing to raise money for Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Ten years ago we shut down the Holy Land Foundation. It was the right thing to do. Then the money started going to KindHearts. We shut them down too. Now the money is going through groups like Islamic Relief and Viva Palestina. Until we act decisively to cut off the financial pipeline to these terrorist groups by putting more of these people in prison, they are going to continue to raise money that will go into the hands of killers. And until Congress starts grilling the people inside DOJ and the FBI who are giving these groups cover, that is not going to change. My biggest fear is that Americans are going to die and it will be the very Muslim leaders we are working with who will be directly or indirectly responsible."

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    Congressman Wolf Seeks Legislation To Create A "Team-B" Panel To Improve Counter Terror Strategies And Deal With Domestic Islamic Radicalization

    April 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Frank Wolf [R-VA] introduced legislation today to create a panel of outside experts - fresh eyes - to help develop new strategies to combat the violent Islamic jihad as well as its stealth component.

    Wolf has been well ahead of the curve on such matters; he was instrumental in creating the 1998 National Commission on Terrorism.

    The "Team B" approach, has proven successful in the past. The process refers to a group of outside experts commissioned by George Herbert Walker Bush when he was Director of the CIA in the 1970s which eventually resulted in policies being established which eventually resulted in the defeat of the Soviet Union.

    About the proposal Mr. Wolf states, "Today, our intelligence community and federal law enforcement are so inundated with reports and investigations that they do not have the time or capacity to step back and strategically reevaluate the threat before us...The Team B concept has been successful...and I believe the time has come to employ that strategy again."

    Lead sponsors of the bill include Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.

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    Islamists Attack Stephen Schwartz - A Sufi Muslim - As An Islamophobe

    April 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an April 10 posting on "The American Muslim" [see, http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/stephen_schwartz_center_on_islamic_pluralism/0018441] writer Sheila Musaji charges Stephen Schwartz with involving, "himself in just about every Islamophobic cause over the years."

    In the following sentence Musaji states that Schwartz "claims," to be a Muslim, "and we have to take him at his word," his word apparently being worth, given the tenor of Musaji's hysterical rant, nothing and therefore we are faced with the odd prospect of calling an admitted Sufi Muslim an Islamophobe.

    The process at work here is illustrative of the manner in which the Islamist enemy works the stealth jihad in hope of incrementally making the U.S. and the West Shari'a compliant.

    On its very face, calling a fellow Muslim an Islamophobe is a totally absurd proposition, but that is not the principle in play here.

    This type of mindset allows no dissent from a rigid ideology - the radical Muslim hard line - embodied by the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian revolutionary terrorist group. True believers therefore conflate their ideology with the dictates of Islam, the two becoming interchangeable.

    Within this logic if you do not follow the religious party line, one is by definition either no longer a Muslim [a serious matter in Islam, a declaration of takfir] or one is an Islamophobe for having blasphemed against the religion [defined of course in the narrow sense of the Islamist].

    Both of these accusations carry potentially lethal sanctions within the Shari'a.

    What we see on display in Musaji's lunatic conspiracies [in this case a secret cabal between Middle East historian Daniel Pipes and the "neocons," a term which had fallen into relative disuse with the ascendancy of Barack Obama, the neocons here being Jewish foreign policy experts such as Paul Wolfowitz and their associates] is an effort to equate any criticism directed at Muslims or things Islamic with insulting and defaming the Islamic religion itself. The game plan here is one of raising such criticism to the level of a hate crime, as has been done with great success in Europe, where such offenses are justiciable in secular courts of law.

    While the stealth jihad works in numerous ways to further the end game of a Islamized West, the aforementioned process is often the leading edge of the overall effort to eventually install Shari'a.

    If at some point it becomes possible to prosecute an American citizen simply because he expresses an opinion deemed offensive to Islam, then the proponents of Shari'a will have attained a decisive victory, one which will be exceedingly difficult to roll back after the fact.

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    Goldstone Report A Fraud, Author Blames "Israel's lack of cooperation"

    April 4, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Near the end of September 2009, during its 12th session, the U.N's inappropriately named, "Human Rights Council," issued a study which came to be known as the Goldstone Report, authored by the former South African judge Richard Goldstone. [see, HUMAN RIGHTS IN PALESTINE AND OTHEROCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIESReport of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/9/docs/UNFFMGC_Report.PDF]

    The politicized document, as intended, achieved its goal, demonizing the state of Israel for defending itself against the Palestinian Islamic jihad, concluding, "From the facts available to it, the Mission is of the view that some of the actions of the Government of Israel might justify a competent court finding that crimes against humanity have been committed...." [source, Report pg. 25]

    When the U.N. voted to accept the Goldstone conclusions Team Obama weakly demurred, "Douglas M. Griffiths, the U.S. representative to the council, merely registered "disappointment at the outcome of this resolution." [see, Jonathan Schanzer, Goldstone Report Marks Another Obama Failure, Jewish Policy Center, http://www.jewishpolicycenter.org/1473/goldstone-report-marks-another-obama-failure]

    Regardless of Obama's silly posturing, the damage was done, Israel's reputation became further sullied, driven by anti-Semitic vitriol coming from not only the Arab world, where there's a religious basis, and also from Europe, where Jew hatred is all-too-often just below the surface, papered over by a pastiche of diplomatic niceties.

    But over this last weekend - a revelation - we find that Richard Goldstone has now repudiated his report, declaring what any reasonable party would have immediately surmised, "that civilians were not intentionally targeted" [by Israel] "as a matter of policy."

    Despite this pathetic attempt at a mea-culpa, Goldstone and his band of "human rights" fabricators have not done sufficient penance to mitigate the now two year established fallacious impression created by their findings, that Israel is simply a Jewish version of the Third Reich, whose bloodthirsty IDF intentionally killed defenseless Palestinian women and children during Operation Cast Lead.

    Apology not accepted, no dice, this document's [and the U.N.'s] anti-Semitism continues to be on display. Nothing can reasonably be done which will ever undo the harm which this agendized, doctored report caused. Unbelievably, even in Goldstone recantation we are again confronted by the animus from which anti-Semitism flows with the now disgraced jurist continuing to pillory Israel as the causative factor for his bogus conclusion, citing it was only Israel's lack of forthcomingnes during his star chamber proceeding which led him astray.

    We suggest that Mr. Goldstone peddle this tripe elsewhere; defenders of Israel - as a Jewish state - aren't in a buying mood.

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    Muslim Brotherhood Pulls Mogahed Story On Obama's Receptivity To Muslim Brotherhood, Claiming "Inaccuracies"

    April 11, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Apparently in response to a PipeLineNews.org piece published on April 7 Team Obama's Islamist Advisor - Dalia Mogahed - Proclaims WH "Has No Worries Concerning...Muslim Brotherhood" the English website of the Egyptian terrorist organization pulled a story in which Dalia Mogahed, Team Obama's Muslim advisor, was quoted saying that the administration has "no worries or concerns," regarding the MB.

    From our piece:

    "...With this MO, Mogahed defending the Ikhwan - the Muslim Brotherhood - should not be surprising, but the following citation published by the Muslim Brotherhood on its official English language website is demonstrative of just how thoroughly Islamized Team Obama has become, "During her interview on the satellite channel 'Mehwar' Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Centre for Muslim Studies and an advisor to the Obama administration stated that Washington has no worries concerning the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt... She revealed that in fact the Obama administration does not consider making an enemy of the group and in fact respects them describing them as highly organized..." [source, US advisor: Obama's Administration is not Worried About the MB, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28349]

    This is historical revisionism by the Ikhwan. No one believes Ms. Mogahed was misquoted as to the administration's friendliness to the idea of working with the Brotherhood and to pull the story now simply proves the level of duplicity this group displays.

    The operative fact in this matter is that Obama is largely responsible for the current level of unrest in the Middle East. He started the process in motion by tossing a Molotov cocktail, his dhimmi Cairo speech delivered at Al-Azhar University - an institution dominated by MB ideology. He made matters worse by seeing to it that prominent members of the MB were in attendance. To the Islamist mind this was akin to Mr. Obama putting the group on notice that the administration would look the other way while the MB undertook its now above ground revolutionary effort to restore a Shari'a based caliphate with hopes of creating a united Ummah.

    We fully expect that with this type of revelation/coverup, this already secretive administration will further tighten its lips regarding the disastrous policy it is pursuing in the Muslim world. Towards that end, we wouldn't be surprised if Ms. Mogahed was phased out of her public role as a member of Team Obama.

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    Team Obama's Islamist Advisor - Dalia Mogahed - Proclaims WH "Has No Worries Concerning...Muslim Brotherhood"

    April 7, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Dalia Mogahed is closely aligned with institutions representing the vanguard of Islamism here in the U.S.

    Nominally the Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, she has spent considerable time networking with some of the most notorious Muslim groups in America including the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA], a known Muslim Brotherhood front group, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, the nation's largest Hamas terror funding prosecution.

    She is the force behind MuslimServe.org, a da'wa organization devoted to aggressively courting political power and gaining access for those of her ilk to important American cultural institutions.

    In a report issued by MuslimServe.org, Mogahed was glowing in her praise of ISNA.

    "...If MPAC helped give the campaign its virtual reach, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) helped give it its personal reach. We are immensely grateful for ISNA's vigorous promotion of United We Serve at its July 4, 2009, conference, attended by 20,000 people, as well as their ongoing support and mobilization of the Muslim American community toward service..." [source, pg. 2 http://muslimamericanserve.org/admin/story/1263867165_2.pdf]

    Preceding this statement, Mogahed similarly gushed over the contributions made to her effort by the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], another Islamist group also named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land, "Our deepest gratitude goes to the many local and national leaders who brought people of all faiths together to help others. These include the Council on American Islamic Relations..."

    With this MO, Mogahed defending the Ikhwan - the Muslim Brotherhood - should not be surprising, but the following citation published by the Muslim Brotherhood on its official English language website is demonstrative of just how thoroughly Islamized Team Obama has become, "During her interview on the satellite channel 'Mehwar' Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Centre for Muslim Studies and an advisor to the Obama administration stated that Washington has no worries concerning the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt... She revealed that in fact the Obama administration does not consider making an enemy of the group and in fact respects them describing them as highly organized..." [source, US advisor: Obama's Administration is not Worried About the MB, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28349]

    The level of support which the WH has given Mogahed is thoroughly in line with the administration's efforts to build a new relationship with the Muslim world, apportioning for the U.S. the role of fearful dhimmi.

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    Parolees: Patients Or Pawns?

    By CAMILLE GIGLIO

    April 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to information contained in a kaiserhealthnews.org release, "The East Bay is home to some of the highest concentrations of ex-offenders in the state. About 6,500 people, or 5 percent of the 130,000 released every year from state prisons, are paroled to Alameda County." [source, Rick Schmitt, "Health Care Expands For Ex-Offenders in California," "Health Care Expands For Ex-Offenders in California," Kaiser Health News, http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2011/march/28/schmitt-ex-offenders-health-care-program-expansions.aspx?referrer=search]

    On top of this, due to a Federal judge's ruling [ 2/09/09] that state prisons were overcrowded causing a "violation of prisoners' rights," it has been estimated that up to 58,000 prisoners in general would be receiving early release "causing a threat to public safety," declared Matthew Cate, California's corrections and rehabilitation secretary. [source, CNN, http://articles.cnn.com/2009-02-10/justice/california.prisons_1_prison-system-early-release-don-specter?_s=PM:CRIME]

    The aforementioned article did not indicate whether those chosen will be the older, perhaps more rehabilitated criminals or the younger variety, recent unrepentant additions to our supposedly overflowing prison system. It did however reflect the concerns of several unnamed authorities, strongly suggested that these early release prisoners will evidence problems of "serious disease...bringing high rates of communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and serious mental illnesses." These early parolees will also be in need of just about every community service available - housing, jobs training, drug addiction counseling, food assistance, etc. Of note, many of these programs will be temporarily swelled with an infusion of federal dollars which are sure to then quickly go away as the national budget difficulties come into clearer focus across party lines.

    One big question is whether the new services provided for parolees will be made available inside institutions totally unsuited to dealing with the attendant risks, local schools, churches or fire departments near you.

    When Governor Brown rages against the legislators who have withstood demands to pass an inflated budget and declares that schools and public safety services will be in dire straits if the budget isn't passed, he isn't referring to fireman not being there to put out your house fire, or a policeman to chase down a burglar. He's talking about being deprived of the money to fund this expansion of health care services which of course includes training the workers to provide these new welfare benefits.

    Several recently approved programs dealing with healthcare, "work force development" [cradle to grave social engineering] and child care are converging upon unsuspecting communities. These programs carry huge price tags which for the time being will be funded with federal and state tax money. But people should not expect this situation to last. This is the reason behind the big push for cities and counties to form public/private partnerships because cities, counties and local residents will find themselves paying for the upkeep of government handout-dependent residents when the government runs out of money. At that point, local communities will either have to raise taxes on local citizens, go begging to private foundations and other government entities for funds or simply halt provision of the new services. Perhaps they will have to do a combination of all three. But, be assured that all of this new funding will come with, as yet unknown, strings attached.

    Regarding these early release offenders, cities are financially motivated to look forward to being able to spend other people's money, thereby expanding their political role and importance. Additionally, with the prospect of employing more local residents, city revenues are bound to rise. As this is written, lawyers are working full-time to get their clients released and community non-profits are gleefully scurrying around hiring and expanding facilities to handle the expected large influx of needy people. All these groups are trooping up to Sacramento, lobbying legislators to include them and their interests in the budget.

    Last, but not least are the churches whose clergy members are busy writing homilies exhorting parishioners to be compassionate toward their less fortunate, but oh so deserving, brothers and sisters. We are supposed to be unmindful that many of these "newly deserving" have long histories of violent crime.

    Those who counsel such behavior subscribe to a concept called "Reparative Justice" blaming the criminal's activity on a community which failed these people in the first place.

    Taking the opposite tack, law enforcement groups are screaming bloody murder over the possibility of losing jobs, salaries and pensions. Never mind that they seem not to have provided adequate attention to the prisoners while in their charge.

    Don't for one minute think that any of this has to do with compassion for people with needs. Providing services to prisoners both inside and outside of prison has become a lucrative business. To the bureaucrats it's just another avenue to an engineered "full employment," even if it means creating needy people who will be taught to depend upon the state.

    This is another aspect of the sustainable government planned with an eye on a balanced needs projection.

    This release of prisoners became a done deal back in 2005 when Carter appointed activist judge, Thelton Henderson [the embodiment of quota advancement] issued a legal opinion declaring that California's prisons were overcrowded and he was going to, via judicial fiat, force earthshaking changes in CA's penal institutions, including early release of prisoners.

    It has taken all these intervening years for further appeals to be heard, plans to be laid down, legislation to be written, funding to be put into place and communities to become prepared for this influx of returning sociopaths.

    It is incumbent upon concerned voters to halt this process politically, lest the process end in a redux of the burdens this society is already facing because of the never-ending [and apparently legally unstoppable] wave of illegal immigrants which have descended upon the state.

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    Al-Qaeda Lauds the Upheaval in the Arab World and North Africa

    By EMERSON VERMAAT

    April 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "Al-Qaeda is not against regime change through protests but is against the idea that the change should be only through peaceful means to the exclusion of the use of force." "It is our opinion that the revolutions that are shaking the thrones of dictators are good for Muslims, good for the mujahidin and bad for the imperialists of the West and their henchmen in the Muslim world."

    This interesting quote is from Yahya Ibrahim, editor of the latest issue of "Inspire," Al-Qaeda's provocative online magazine. The entire issue is devoted to the so-called "Tsunami of Change," that is currently sweeping the Arab world. '"The unfolding revolution has brought with it a great wave of changes," sheikh Anwar explains,' the frontpage says. Sheikh Anwar is American born Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki who is of Yemeni descent. He is currently in Yemen where he playing an leading role in a terrorist network called "Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula" (AQAP). He was given the rank of regional commander of Al-Qaeda in late 2009 and has been described as the "bin Laden of the Internet." He is an extremely dangerous man who would probably not hesitate to throw an atomic bomb on America, if he were able to do so. "I pray that Allah destroys America,'" he once said. (In the past both Al-Qaeda and Libya's Muammar Khadaffi actively sought to obtain nuclear weapons.)

    Commenting on the current upheaval in the Arab world Anwar Al-Awlaki writes: "We do not know yet what the outcome would be, and we do not have to… Ragardless of the outcome, whether it is an Islamic government of the likes of Al-Baradai, Amr Mousa or another military figure; whatever this outcome is, our mujahidin brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of the Muslim world will get a chance to breathe again after three decades of suffocation." "The first and probably most important change that this monumental event brought is a mental one. It brought a change to the collective mind of the ummah (world wide Muslim community, V.). The revolution broke the barriers of fear in the hearts and minds that the tyrants couldn't be removed."

    Halim El Madkouri, who studied Al-Qaeda websites, claims that Al-Qaeda was relatively silent on the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, but gave high priority to paying attention to "the jihad in Libya." Khadaffi released a lot of Libyan jihadists from jail, El Madkouri writes. Shortly after the revolt began in Libya, an Islamic group called the (Egyptian) "Front of Al-Azhar Scholars" issued a fatwa (religious decree, V.) for the jihad struggle in Libya.

    A so-called "Interim National Council" was formed by the Libyan opposition on March 5, 2011, as kind of transitional government. What is good is that none of the members of the National Council belongs to a known Islamist group. But Al-Qaeda and the Islamists do try to infiltrate or co-opt the rebel groups. Admiral James Stavridis, Nato's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said on March 29, that while the opposition's leadership appeared to be "responsible men and women", American intelligence had picked up "flickers" of terrorist activity among the rebel groups. "Senior British government figures described the comment as 'very alarming,'" the London Telegraph reported. A former Guantánamo detainee named Sufyan bin Qumu is now training rebel recruits in the eastern port city of Derna (Darnah), the same newspaper reported. "Mr. Qumu, 51, a Libyan army veteran, was accused by the US government of working as a truck driver for a company owned by Osama bin Laden, and as an accountant for a charity accused of terrorist links." It was from Darnah that many Libyan jihadists traveled to Iraq to stage suicide attacks.

    Questions may also be raised as to the Interim Council's ability to eventually establish an effective and non-corrupt government in control of the whole of Libyan territory. Should this relatively moderate and pro-Western body fail to do so, the situation will evolve into a full-scale civil war – indeed, it already has. Libya could easily break into tribal fractions and become another Somalia. This is just what Al-Qaeda and the Islamists are waiting and praying for. Al-Qaeda's local branch, the "Libyan Islamic Fighting Group" (LIFG), still has a relatively weak base of support inside Libya, but this could quickly change if the country would further plunge into chaos. LIFG leaders abroad founded a new movement with a view to playing a leading role in the current revolt, Halim El Madkouri writes.

    Many Libyan jihadists died as suicide bombers in Iraq

    Jihadists from Libya played a prominent role in staging suicide attacks in Iraq. Some 50 percent of the Libyan extremists were recruited for suicide attacks in Iraq. British terrorism expert Michael Knights provides more details in an illuminating article in "Jane's Intelligence Review." He writes: "On 19 December 2007, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point published nearly 700 records of foreign nationals who entered Iraq between August 2006 and August 2007. The documents were discovered at a safehouse in Sinjar, northern Iraq in September 2007.""The Sinjar records represent a year of infiltration along one of the three main routes used by the jihadists entering Iraq and shed valuable light on the experience of Libyan jihadists in Iraq. The 137 Libyans included in the Sinjar files comprised 18.8 percent of the total, a far higher percentage than the four percent or less previously ascribed to Libyans and the second highest number after Saudi Arabians.""Darnah is the highest ranking city of origin for foreign fighters from the Sinjar records, higher even than Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Benghazi is the fourth highest after third-placed Mecca."

    "A final notable feature of Libyan jihadists is their commitment to suicide operations. The Sinjar records show 80.2 percent of recruits identifying themselves as istishhadi (martyrdom seekers). Against an average of 56 percent of respondents in the Sinjar records, only Moroccans (with 91.7 percent) rated higher than Libyans as would-be suicide attackers."

    Many Libyan jihadists joined Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi's so-called "Martyrs Brigade." (Zarqawi, a Jordanian national, was founder and leader of a terrorist network called "Al Qaeda in the Land of the Two Rivers," currently known as "Al-Qaeda in Iraq" (AQI).

    The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG, or "Jamaa Al-Islamiyya Al-Muqatila fi Al-Libya") was founded in 1995 by Libyan veterans of the Afghan war who wanted to establish an Islamic State in Libya. In November 2007, LIFG "emir" (leader) Abu Laith Al-Libi announced his group would join Al-Qaeda. He was killed in a US drone attack in January 2008. He was a senior Al-Qaeda commander and a personal friend of Osma bin Laden's. The LIPG reportedly left Al-Qaeda in July 2009, but I am not sure whether this really happened. Another high ranking Libyan Al-Qaeda leader was Abu Faraj Al-Libi who is currently in Guantánamo Bay. A third senior Libyan Al-Qaeda member, Abu Yahya Al-Libi, frequenly appears on Al-Qaeda propaganda videos. The US State Department, noted that by the late 1990s, the LIPG began to display a "close association with Al-Qaeda. Some senior members of LIPG are believed to be or have belonged to Al-Qaeda's senior command structure." "Captured 9/11 mastermind and former Al-Qaeda operations chief Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has told interrogators that he provided assistance to the LIFG on 'computer and media projects' between 1997 and 1998," says a NEFA Foundation report on the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. So, Al-Qaeda and the LIFP also cooperated closely even before the 9/11 attacks. There were at least two LIFG training camps in Afghanistan.Due to Colonel Khadaffi's policy of repression of Islamic radicalism, a lot of Libyan militants fled to Europe.

    Tunisia: illegal immigration and the jihadist threat to Europe

    Although the current Tunisian government is rather moderate and pro-Western, they fail to cooperate with Italy and France to curb the staggering flow of Tunisian and other North African immigrants to Europe. Between January and early April 2011, some 23,000 Tunisians and other North Africans have entered the small Italian island of Lampedusa from where they are transfered to the Italian mainland. The number of economic refugees is even likely to increase. Many of them speak French and want to go to France, especially to Paris where they hope to become rich within a few years. This is an illusion, of course – unless they will make a career in crime which is what often happens with illegal immigrants from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. There are just too many desillusioned and angry non-Western immigrants in Europe already.

    European intelligence and security services are worried that thousands of new Muslim militants are also entering Europe right now. Tunisian immigrants in Italy, Germany and Belgium were involved in planning Al-Qaeda sponsored terrorist attacks. The so-called "Tunisian Islamic Combatant Group" (TICG) was founded by Tarek Ben Habib Maroufi, a Tunisian immigrant in Belgium, and another Tunisian named Safaillah Ben Hassine. Both of them were connected to Al-Qaeda. Maroufi provided forged Belgian passports to two Tunisian Al-Qaeda operatives who subsequently traveled to Afghanistan with a view to murdering anti-Taliban resistance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud. Posing as a TV crew, they managed to obtain his permission for a TV interview. The so-called TV camera turned out to be a bomb – and Massoud was killed instantly. This terrorist attack occured just two days before Al-Qaeda's 9/11 terror strike in America. Killing the Taliban's arch enemy Massoud was a top priority for Osama bin Laden. Those who killed Massoud happened to be illegal immigrants in Belgium. Another Tunisian Al-Qaeda operative in Belgium was former soccer player Nizar Trabelsi. Trabelsi visited Afghanistan several times where he met Osama bin Laden himself and was deeply impressed by him. He was, among other things, involved in an Al-Qaeda plot to blow up the United States Embassy in Paris.

    Tarek Maroufi cooperated closely with the leader of a terrorist network in northern Italy. This very dangerous terror cell – the so-called "Varese network" – was led by a Tunisian immigrant named Essid Sami Ben Khemais ("Saber"). His apartment had been bugged by the Italian anti-terrorist police DIGOS ("Divisione Investigazioni Generali e Operazioni Speciali").

    The "Varese network" tried to stage a several terrorist attacks, DIGOS discovered. They planned, among other things, a pre-9/11 terrorist attack in Strasbourg, France. They made serious attempts to obtain poison gas, with a view "to causing human beings to suffocate effectively."

    In April 2002, Al-Qaeda targeted the ancient and famous "La Ghriba" Synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba, a tourist resort as well. A Tunisian suicide bomber named Nizar Nawar arrived in a truck filled with explosives and blew up the synagogue. Al-Qaeda's 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed ("KSM") had been behind this attack, too. (KSM would be arrested in Pakistan on March 1, 2003, and is currently in Guantánamo Bay.)

    Tunisian jihadist veterans from the wars in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq formed terrorist networks that are still operating both inside and outside Tunisia. "Salafism (ultra-orthodox Islam) is now spreading throughout Tunisia and especially appeals to the many unemployed young. Salafism "clearly has rejectionist tendencies that at their most extreme can evolve into support for violence," writes Alison Pargeter in "Jane's Intelligence Review."

    Fouazia Farida Charfi, a fully westernized intellectual, recently left Tunisia's interim government. She now complains that Islamists are gaining ground. More and more women are wearing headscarves. At universities, these people do not allow men and women to study together in the same computer room. This never happened before, she says.

    Yemen: former "Gitmo" detainees rejoined Al-Qaeda

    Just like Libya, Yemen, too, has the potential of becoming another Somalia. It is a deeply divided tribal society and the country is at the brink of civil war. Just like Lybia's leader Khadaffi, Yemen's 32-year long ruling president Ali Abdullah Saleh (Salih) holds on to power, come what may. Just like Khadaffi, Saleh is an opponent of Al-Qaeda which has a very strong base in Yemen. (Osama bin Laden's own father was from Yemen's ultra-conservative Hadramawt region, he later emigrated to Saudi Arabia where he became rich.)

    But even though Al-Qaeda is very strong in Yemen, "post trial treatment of detainees has been extremely lenient by Western standards," Michael Knights writes in another article in "Jane's Intelligence Review." "Many criminal cases have collapsed or seen suspects charged only with forgery and other forms of facilitation. Under a façade of an enlightened terrorist disengagement program run by Minister for Endowments and Religious Guidance Judge Hamud Abd Al-Hamid Al-Hitar, the Yemeni government quietly downgraded the sentences of many militants and released many others under a form of open arrest where their behavior was guaranteed by relatives and bail money."

    A substantial number of Guantánamo Bay ("Gitmo") detainees are jihadists from Yemen. Some of them have been released and sent back to Yemen or Saudi Arabia. While making solemn promises that they would not resume terrorist activities, a few of them actually did rejoin the ranks of Al-Qaeda and are now among the most dangerous opponents of the United States and the West. In her book "Yemen: Dancing on the Head of Snakes" British journalist Victoria Clark refers to the case of former Gitmo detainee Said Ali Al-Shihri, a Saudi citizen of Yemeni tribal origin who had graduated from a Saudi re-education center after six years at Guantánamo. Much to the embarassment of the Saudis, Al-Shihri was appointed deputy leader of the newly formed "Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" (AQAP) – one of the most dangerous regional branches of Al-Qaeda. (Not only did they in November 2010 plant bombs on board UPS and Fedex planes bound for the United States, but also were they directly involved in the failed Christmas Day plot to bomb North West Airlines flight 253 bound for Detroit – the latter occurred at the end of 2009.)

    Anwar Al-Awlaki, the above mentioned American born Yemeni AQAP terrorist, was involved in or inspired quite a number of terror plots in Britain and United States. "Times Square bomber" Faisal Shahzad, for example, told interrogators he was "inspired" by Anwar Al-Awlaki. (His bomb failed to go off, though). Al-Awlaki also inspired the Ford Hood Shooter and the Christmas Day bomber, a Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. (Highly corrupt Nigeria is a safehaven for dangerous criminals and Al-Qaeda sympathizers.) Al-Awlaki is a kind of Internet guru. He was the man who launched Al-Qaeda's successful Internet magazine "Inspire" last year.

    Early March, experts told a House Subcommittee Hearing in Washington that "unrest in Yemen threatens to create a powervacuum that can be exploited by Al-Qaeda's franchise." "With the regime increasingly focused on its survival, it is likely to shift resources away from targeting AQAP, freeing this organization to plot attacks," said Barak Barti of the New America Foundation. In other words, "Yemen's instability is Al-Qaeda's gain." Al-Qaeda militants seized several towns and the southern province of Abyan is now referred to as the "Islamic Emirate of Abyan." A lot of Yemeni jihadists died as suicide bombers in Iraq – another remarkable analogy with Libya, by the way. Once again, Michael Knight's observations are highly interesting: "Until at least 2006, Yemeni fighters bound for Iraq were able to openly declare their intentions when flying to Syria. Yemeni volunteers began entering Iraq after the US-led invasion in March 2003 and have since made up a significant minority of foreign fighters. The jihadist personnel records captured in a safehouse in Sinjar, northern Iraq in September 2007 show that of 595 fighters to declare their nationality upon entry in Iraq, eight percent were Yemenis (around 50 individuals over the course of a year)." "A steady stream of Iraq returnees – both Yemenis and non-Yemenis – appear to have used Yemen as a resting place after and between tours of Iraq."

    Concluding comments

    There is no doubt that Al-Qaeda seeks to exploit the current instability in the Middle East and North Africa. Dictatorships are a bad thing and undesirable, of course. Khadaffi and Saleh will have to leave sooner or later, but they must replaced by pro-Western governments who are in effective control and are willing to cooperate with Britain, France, Italy and the United States in a common struggle against Muslim extremists, especially against Al-Qaeda. (Weapons from Libya have recentely been smuggled to jihadists from "Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb" who are operating in Mali.) Dangerous Islamist terrorists who have been released must be put in prison again. The same applies to former Gitmo detainees who rejoined the ranks of Al-Qaeda or the Taliban.

    Finally, the destabilizing flow of illegal immigrants from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa to Europe must be stopped. This should really be a matter of top priority. Europe just cannot cope with ever more illegal immigrants. Unless we want Europe to evolve into a huge Parisian "banlieue" where Muslim militancy, polygamy, wife beating, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and crime abound.

    Emerson Vermaat, a law graduate, is an investigative reporter in the Netherlands specialized in terrorism, crime and European history (especially World War II) . Website: emersonvermaat.com.

    Sources:

    Inspire (Al-Qaeda), Spring 2011, issue 5 ("The Tsunami of Change"); IPT News, March 30, 2011 ("New Al-Qaida Magazine Lauds Arab Revolutions").

    Denis MacEoin, Anwar Al-Awlaki: "I Pray that Allah Destroys America," in: Middle East Quaterly, Spring 2010. Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz, Fallout. The True Story of the CIA's Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking (New York: Free Press, 2011), p. 68 ("The agency – CIA – was concerned about where it could force Colonel Khadaffi to abandon his dream of possessing nuclear weapons. He has already spent tens of millions of dollars…"); Peter L. Bergen, The Osama bin Laden I Know (New York: Free Press, 2006), p. 339 ("…members of Al-Qaeda made efforts to procure enriched uranium for the purpose of developing nuclear weapons."), p. 345 ("Abu Khabab, Al-Qaeda's WMD chief, in a leter recovered in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, spelled out the possible uses of radioactive materials by Al-Qaeda.")

    Halim El Madkouri, Al Qaida ziet Libië als nieuwe thuishaven, in: De Volkskrant (Amsterdam), February 25, 2011, p. 20. "Het meest opvallende en verontrustende is echter de intensieve bemoeienissen van Al Qaida met de Libische opstand. Waren ze tijdens de opstanden in Tunesië en Egypte nauwelijks te horen, dit keer reserveren de aan Al Qaida gelieerde sites alle tijd en ruimte voor de jihad die nu plaatsvindt in Libië."

    The Telegraph (London), March 29, 2011 ("Libya: Al-Qaeda among Lybia rebels, Nato chief fears") ("Intelligence on Libyan opposition shows 'flickers' of Al-Qaeda, says top Nato commander").

    The Telegraph, April 3, 2011 ("Libya: Former Guantánamo detainee is training rebels").

    Michael Knights, Baby boomers. A new generation of Libyan jihadists, in: Jane's Intelligence Review, March 2008, p. 23, 24.

    The Telegraph, July 9, 2009 ("Extremist group announces split from Al-Qaeda").

    Evan F. Kohlmann and Josh Lefkowitz, Dossier: Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) (The NEFA Foundation, October 2007), p. 11, 12; State Department Annoucces Steps to Reduce Terrorist Threat (US State Department, December 28, 2004); The 9/11 Commission Report (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2004), p. 489, footnote 15 (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed).

    www.ntcb.nl, Groupe Islamique Combattant Tunesien (GICT) (not dated).

    De Morgen (Belgium), December 20, 2001, p. 7 ("Belgische 'Taliban-preker' in de boeien"). On Tarek Maroufi.

    Vaste Comité van Toezicht op de Inlichtingendiensten (Belgian Intelligence Oversight Committee report), Activiteitenverslag 2001, p. 133, 134 (on Tareq Maroufi and Nizar Trabelsi). "Ma(a)roufi zou degene zijn geweest die Abdessattar Dahmane (one of Massoud's killers, and also an illegal Tunisian immigrant in Belgium, V.) heeft geronseld toen deze laatste in België verbleef en die ervoor zorgde dat hij naar de kampen van de Taliban in Afghanistan ging." Also author's research in Belgium (2002).

    Emerson Vermaat, De dodelijke planning van Al-Qaida (Soesterberg: Aspekt Publishers, 2005), p. 201-213. ("Tunisian terror networks in Italy, Germany and Belgium"). Also discussing the role of the "Varese network" which tried to obtain poison gas to stage a terrorist attack. Author's research and interviews in Germany and Italy (2002). Tribunale civile e penale di Milano. Ufficio des Giudice per le indagini preliminari, Ordinanza di appliczione di misure cautelari, N. 13016/99 RGNS; N. 6652/99 RGGIP, p. 30 ("…bomba gas… hai capito?"), p. 44 ("...liquido estamente efficace perché soffoca le persone…"), p. 45 ("Dove? In Francia?"). Conversations monitored by Italian anti-terrorist police DIGOS: author's file on Varese network.

    Alison Pargeter, The Suleiman affair: Radicalism and Jihad in Tunisia, in: Jane's Intelligence Review, January 2011, p. 23.

    Elsevier (Amsterdam), April 2, 2011, p. 42 ("De islamisten roeren zich"). Faouzia Farida Charfi.

    Michael Knights, Jihadist paradise. Yemen's terrorist threat re-emerges, in: Jane's Intelligence Review. June 2008, p. 21, 22 ("Post trial treatment of detainees has been extremely lenient…" "…Yemeni fighters bound for Iraq…")

    Victoria Clark, Yemen. Dancing on the Head of Snakes (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010), p. 232.

    IPT News, March 2, 2011 ("Hearing: Yemen's Instability is Al-Qaeda's Gain").

    USA Today, April 1, 2011 ("Amid region's unrest Al-Qaeda makes inroads in Yemen"). "The Islamic Emirate of Abyan."

    NRC Handelsblad, April 5, 2011, p. 5 ("Wapens uit Libië naar Al-Qaeda gesmokkeld"). "Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb."

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