PipeLineNews Archives: July 2011

Media Analysis - Lefty Bias At Contra Costa Times

July 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Back in 2005, as a side project we started [2005] a blog Contra Costa Times Watch with the idea in mind of documenting the biased journalism consistently presented by the San Francisco Bay Area's Contra Costa Times.

We essentially closed the project in 2006, having proved to our satisfaction, using numerous examples, a consistent pattern of left-wing bias at the newspaper, and feel we had a hand in driving the then editor out.

However, going into an election year where clear thinking on the part of the American voter is vital, we now find it useful to resurrect the project.

This example will be brief. It involves one of the many techniques that lefty journos use to subtly [oft times not so subtly] manipulate readers.

In today's [July 29, 2011] CC Times' Morning Report section, the headline, above the fold article deals with the efforts by DC legislators to deal with the Fed's debt authority.

The story was picked up [this is usually done by the wire editor in most newspapers] from the New York Times [see http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/11/us/politics/11boehner.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=carl%20hulse&st=cse For Boehner, Lofty Goals Checked By Reality]. Written by Carl Hulse, it details the last minute negotiations still underway by the GOP to present a united front in the debt limit debate.

The piece is, as is almost always the case with the NY Times, well written and edited. Surprisingly for that organization, the article is also a reasonably fair presentation of the facts.

But a funny thing happened to this item on its way to the Contra Costa Times. Running above the piece a new headline has been substituted [generally the responsibility of the copy editor in many print publications] which screams "GOP blows chance by torpedoing own plan."

The difference should be obvious to media/political junkies as well as the general readership. While the NY Times' headline fairly characterizes the text that follows, that appearing in the CC Times is clearly inflammatory, biased and seems designed to mislead. For many people "reading" the newspaper means a quick scan of headlines and maybe a more in depth reading of particular pieces later.

The headline was designed with this casual reader in mind, who could well be influenced by its negative tone - gathering that the budgetary difficulties in DC are to be laid at the feet of the GOP.

The facts are quite different and disquieting. Democrats have failed to produce a budget in over 800 days [see, http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/just-reminder-its-been-800-days-senate-passed-budget_576441.html] have presented no legislation at all to deal with the credit extension and president's most recent proposal failed receive a single vote in the Dem controlled Senate...enough said.

Oddly, the online version of the article carries a much fairer headline, obviously the work of whomever fulfills the function of online copy editor. [see, House puts off debt vote, after conservatives balk, http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_18569096?source=rss].

Since this is a re-christening of sorts we will leave it there for now with one brief note: CC Times Staff, we are watching and we know how the game is played.

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Reps Peter King And Frank Wolf Introduce Legislation To Resurrect 9/11 Commission

July 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The two Congressmen who have been intimately involved in national security issues, maintain that action is required to enable what Wolf [R, VA] called, "...an independent and comprehensive reassessment of the steps taken to guarantee the safety and security of this nation."

About the effort, King [R, NY] stated, "In March, I convened a series of hearings to examine domestic radicalization by al'Qaeda and affiliated terrorist organizations. This is the issue that Attorney General Eric Holder has said keeps him awake at night. A comprehensive and fresh analysis from a 9/11 Review Commission of our progress and remaining challenges will be an invaluable tool for the Homeland Security Committee and the entire Congress as we continue our critical work of securing our homeland from the ever'evolving al'Qaeda and its affiliates."

Both stressed that such a reconstituted body would also be directed to further explore the threat posed by the increasing radicalization of American Muslims, an item driven home today with the arrest of a Muslim soldier, PFC Nisan Jason Abdo [see, Naser Jason Abdo - Muslim Soldier Arrested In Plot To Bomb Ft. Hood] on terror related charges.

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Naser Jason Abdo - Muslim Soldier Arrested In Plot To Bomb Ft. Hood

July 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo - a Muslim - was arrested today by the FBI, suspected to have been engaged in plot to bomb Ft. Hood, the scene of Major Nidal Hasan's bloody 2009 jihad which claimed 13 lives.

Abdo went AWOL three weeks ago over the 4th of July from his unit, the 101st Airborne located at Ft. Campbell, KY.

According to ABC News [see, http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fort-hood-plot-awol-us-serviceman-arrested/story?id=14179096> the suspect, "allegedly told law enforcement he wanted to "get even" and was targeting Ft. Hood because of the previous attack there allegedly carried out by Hasan, according to law enforcement documents obtained by ABC News. He allegedly did not plan to attack the base itself, but instead planned to plant a bomb at a nearby restaurant popular with Ft. Hood personnel."

In 2010 Abdo had claimed conscientious objector status and had been awaiting a discharge when the Army allegedly found child pornography on his computer.

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Continuing The Sham, J Street Misrepresents Own Poll - 59% Of American Jews Oppose Obama's Handling Of Middle East

July 26, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Though the J Street press release merrily announces, " AMERICAN JEWS CONTINUE TO BACK PRESIDENT OBAMA, US ENGAGEMENT TO RESOLVE THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT," the statement isn't supported by the poll which supposedly underlies the organization's overbroad conclusion. [see, J Street presser, http://jstreet.org/blog/american-jews-continue-to-back-president-obama-us-engagement-in-israeli-palestinian-conflict/]

As a matter of fact, the data actually points in the other direction, that the overwhelming majority of those who participated in the survey oppose Mr. Obama's Middle East policy, which J. Street mirrors - with less than 10% showing strong approval.

For example, from the study:

Q.10 Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Total

Strongly approve .................................................................. 9
Somewhat approve ............................................................. 35
Somewhat disapprove ........................................................ 31
Strongly disapprove ........................................................... 26

Similarly fully two-thirds of those polled view America, under this administration, as having gone off the rails.

Q 7 Generally speaking, do you think that things in this country are going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track?

Total
Right direction ............................................................................... 34
Wrong track ................................................................................... 66

The poll was commissioned by the allegedly pro-Israeli lobbying organization, J Street, and conducted by GBA Strategies, a political consulting group whose clientele tend towards leftist think tanks such as the Soros funded Center for American Progress and James Carville/ Stanley Greenberg's Democracy Corps. The firm has also consulted with the huge public employee union [1.6M members claimed] the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees [AFSCME] as well as the National Education Association, both Democrat cash-cows. [source, http://www.gbastrategies.com/clients/]

Whether or not the poll's respondents are demographically representative of the totality of American Jewry, it's clear that those who were polled are primarily secular, with two-thirds not belonging to a synagogue and nearly 80% seldom, if ever, attending religious services. It is commonly believed that secularism is highly correlated with liberalism among this demographic.

Q.47 Finally, a few questions for statistical purposes. Do you belong to a synagogue or temple?

Total
Yes ............................................................................................... 39
No ................................................................................................. 61
(ref:SYNOG)

Q.48 How often, do you attend formal religious services?

Total
Every week .................................................................................. 11
Once or twice a month ................................................................. 11
A few times a year ....................................................................... 30
Hardly ever .................................................................................. 31
Never ........................................................................................... 17

J Street is partially funded by George Soros, though it has denied it in the past.

In a June 9 item we wrote [Netanyahu To J Street - Get Lost, "Last year the Washington Times revealed that despite denials to the contrary placed on the organization's website, that George Soros was one of J Street's primary funders, "Tax forms obtained by The Washington Times reveal that Mr. Soros and his two children, Jonathan and Andrea Soros, contributed a total $245,000 to J Street from one Manhattan address in New York during the fiscal year from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009." [see, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/24/soros-funder-liberal-jewish-american-lobby/]

Soros has a long history of Israel bashing and cites it as being the impediment to settling the Arab/Israeli conflict.

Soros and J Street are kindred spirits - neither are friends of an Israel with defensible borders. Though the group denies it, it really does support "negotiations," with Abbas [Abu Mazen, PLO/PA] and a return to the 1967 borders, which is in line with Soros' viewpoint. [see J Street's NY Times ad, "Recognizing a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders is vital for Israel's existence", http://jstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/NY-Times-J-Street-Ad.pdf].

J Street has proven itself disingenuous in previous public statements, more concerned with courting the hard-leftist and slavishly shilling for the President than working towards a safe and secure Israel - as a Jewish state - which necessarily would require rejecting the 1967 borders and refusing to have anything to do with Hamas - anathema to the left.

The groups' just commissioned poll is significant, the main reason J Street strove to misrepresent it via its press release. Its own polling data clearly shows that Mr. Obama's & J Streets' tilt towards the so-called Palestinians in the Arab/Israeli conflict is out of step with the mainstream of American Jews, who also feel that under this administration the country is heading the wrong way. This can't be reassuring to either J St. or Mr. Obama

While the organization steadfastly claims it is pro-Israel, its actions prove otherwise, that it has more in common with the Jewish states' enemies.

For further reference:

J St. executive summary, http://2011poll.s3.amazonaws.com/J_STREET_NATIONAL_SURVEY_OF_AMERICAN_JEWS_JULY_2011_SURVEY_ANALYSIS.pdf

Polling data, http://2011poll.s3.amazonaws.com/J_Street_Survey_July%202011_Final_Results.pdf

GBA Strategies' client list, http://www.gbastrategies.com/clients

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Exploring The Politics Of Mandatory HPV Vaccinations - Whose Children Are These?

By CAMILLE GIGLIO

"HPV does not threaten an imminent and significant risk to the health of others. Mandating HPV would therefore constitute an expansion of the state's authority to interfere with individual and parental autonomy" - Assessing Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Who Should Call the Shots?1

July 25, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Who has the ultimate say over how your children should be raised? Is it you who conceived and bore or adopted them...or is it the government?

Many in the fields of education, medicine and politics believe that all parents must answer to society for the final product. Many spokespersons for foundations seem to believe that parents are merely the custodial caretakers and that these caretakers must be held accountable to the state for the end product.

In researching the ramifications of AB 499, "Minors: Medical Care; Consent," one comes across statements that would have been incomprehensible only a few years ago.

As an example, two Harvard researchers, Dr. David Ludwig and Lindsey Murtagh, writing for the Journal of the American Medical Association - JAMA, on the subject of childhood obesity - which they claim is a health problem of epidemic proportions, claim that "inadequate or unskilled parental supervision" is in part, to blame and that "extremely obese children should be placed, temporarily, at least, in foster care." They further add that, "state intervention may serve the best interests of many children."

I guess these two have not heard about the problems and scandals in finding adequate foster parents who are any better skilled than the parents whom they scorn.

Dr. Arthur J. Caplan, Director of a Foundation for Bioethics Research, while countering this extreme move, is quoted in BioEdge http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/9633/ as saying "the law gives a lot of authority to parents, and rightly so."

Wait, read that again. The law gives authority to parents? I thought the purpose of our Constitution was to recognize and codify rights granted to us by God, among which is the tradition that parents have authority over their children? Was there some sort of election that changed all that?

AB 499's language implies that the guidance and rearing of children is a power which naturally belongs to the state and therefore it's only through an act of bureaucratic graciousness whereby parents are granted permission to raise the government's children.

Googling the search term "Affordable care Act" + "school based clinics" brings up grants.gov which lays out the process whereby school based health centers are established and funded. The Santa Barbara Independent reported on July 18 that Congresswoman Lois Capps has obtained a $500,000 ACA grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand school-based health centers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

A bill or, actually, Resolution has just gone to the Governor, AJR10, by Julia Brownley, entitled School Based Health Centers [SBCs]. Since this is a Resolution it doesn't carry the force of law, but rather expresses support for the federal Affordable Health Care along with sufficient funding to expand the number of California's SBCs from its current 176 schools to over 300. This document declares that school based clinics are "medical homes" for children, thus establishing what is essentially a parent-free zone of control.

From the Resolution's preamble, "AJR 10, as amended, Brownley. School-based health centers. This measure would memorialize the Legislature's support for the school-based health center program authorized by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an appropriation by the United States Congress to fund this program, policies that include school-based health centers as a partner in creating a medical home for all children, and the inclusion of school-based health centers in the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act." [source, http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ajr_10_bill_20110502_amended_asm_v98.pdf]

So, basically the Democrats in the California legislature just gave Congresswoman Capps the authority to go shopping for federal tax dollars to open school based clinics which, AJR 10 says will become medical homes for your children. This is where their health care decision making will reside, not in your hands or your house.

The idea that government officials, foundations and non-profits know better than parents how to raise children is not exactly new. This idea that parents have to be accountable to the state for the rearing of their children; the food they eat, the values they hold, how many days they spend in schools, the lifestyle choices they must be free to make, etc., have been documented since at least the 1970's. Former state legislator John Vasconcellos [D-CA], wrote a book published around that time excoriating parents, religion and traditional upbringing for the [author's perceived] inability to give children the freedom they supposedly need to thrive.

However, until now, there has always been the inclusion of an opt-out exemption written into legislation acknowledging that parents may legitimately have certain ethical, medical or even religious objections to what the state is demanding.

Even in the matter of sex education and vaccinations, parents still have opt-out authority when it comes to vaccinations, even including the latest mandate for whooping cough, only neither the government, the media nor the medical profession are telling you that. Visit the website of the National Vaccine Information Center - NVIC.org to read about exemptions.

Now our California Governor, Jerry Brown, has signed an outrageous, non-opt-out bill, SB 48, by the leading legislative homosexual activist in Sacramento, Mark Leno, [D-SF]. It mandates that teachers indoctrinate their students with the fairy-tale belief that choosing the gay/lesbian lifestyle is desirable because those groups have historically made only positive and significant contributions to society. This same legislator, last term, authored a bill entitling students to seek out their own mental health counseling without parental knowledge or consent, but with taxpayer funding. Since the psychiatric community no longer believes that homosexuality is a disorder, guess what kind of mental health counseling your child will get?

The school site clinics will be in charge of your child's physical and mental health care, per SB 543, signed by former Gov. Schwarzenegger, 2010, not you. Parents' ethical, religious or moral beliefs must be left at the door.

Note: This type of legislation, in a de-facto manner, denies to the student, a traditional childhood. Instead, kids become much like test animals, cultivated to develop and grow in the specific manner that some elitist legislator or PhD. says is the currently recognized "best practice."

The Governor may be about to sign the aforementioned AB 499, "Minors: Medical Care; Consent," which was authored by lesbian Assemblywoman and former abortion clinic operator, Toni Atkins, [D-SD].

This legislation contains a bare minimum of words and states only that since it has already been declared that minors may contract for their own medical treatment for venereal diseases [Family Code Sec. 6926] and abortions [Family Code Sec. 6925 [a]. This bill mandates that children, starting at age 12, have the right to consent to being vaccinated with a product called Gardasil, without parental notification or consent.

This anti-viral product is being heavily advertised by its manufacturer, Merck and Co., as the major preventative treatment for four strains of the group of sexually transmitted diseases known as Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. Merck markets Gardasil upon the assumption/assertion that it must be administered to every girl in order to protect her from the results of sexually transmitted disease which could cause cervical cancers.

Never mind that Gardasil is, "the most expensive vaccine in the U.S," costing approximately $120 for each dose - three required over the span of six months for a total of $360 [see, Discovery Magazine, http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jun/hpv].

At best this vaccine will provide limited immunity against only 4 strains of HPV, though the Centers for Disease Control acknowledge that there are as many as 40 strains of HPV.

Never mind that:

1. There are dozens of reports from reputable government watchdog groups and medical doctors, warning of the dangers of Gardasil given, especially, to children with autism, ADHD, compromised immune systems, to pregnant women or vitamin deficient children. There is one pro-Gardasil site "Exploring Options for Treating ADHD and Aspergers," which suggests that parents should consider giving ADHD girls the Gardasil shot because these children are so impulsive and may not be able to resist sexual activity which just might cause ovarian cancer.

2. The horror stories of disabling side effects to minors coming out of several states which have already authorized this vaccine. Just Google "the Gardasil girls" and the website of S.A.N.E. Vax [http://sanevax.org] for a critique of the Merck ads entitled "One Less Girl" meaning one less to get cancer because she was injected with Gardasil.

3. That Texas parents raised such a protest when Governor Rick Perry signed an executive order mandating HPV shots for minors that the legislature had to step in and rescind the order.

4. That the Centers for Disease Control recognize that there are between 30 and 40 different strains of HPV, a viral infection which is very common and generally self limiting in about 70% of women, who normally requiring little or no drug treatment.

California's Assemblywoman Toni Atkins believes that all parents are improper providers of care for the children they are raising and therefore the government must directly intervene in the family unit, micromanaging parent's decisions to ensure that little Bobby or Sally is raised in a state-approved manner.

There are a number of websites to which you can refer for further research on the side effects [see, www.pharmalot.com, http://vaccineresistancemovement.org, Nat'l Vaccine Information Center - www.NVIC.org and http://truthaboutgardasil.org/additional-webbinar-documents/]

Even the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report carried an article that while supportive of Gardasil's ability as a preventative treatment indicated that it is improper for the government to join in a partnership with a pharmaceutical company, mandating the use of a vaccine without parental input. "There is no urgency, no provocation for this very draconian action." [see, CDC to STD Vaccine maker: 'Back Off,' World Net Daily, http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54515]

The website of S.A.N.E.vax.org http://sanevax.org [Safe, Affordable, Necessary and Effective] carries this statement about the dangers of HPV infections:

"In fact, most HPV infections in young females are temporary with little long-term significance. Seventy percent of infections are gone in 1 year and ninety percent in 2 years. However, when the infection persists - in 5% to 10% of infected women - there is high risk of developing precancerous lesions of the cervix, which can progress to invasive cervical cancer. This process usually takes 15-20 years, providing many opportunities for detection and treatment of the pre-cancerous lesion. Progression to invasive cancer can be almost always prevented when standard prevention strategies are applied, but the lesions still cause considerable burden necessitating preventive surgeries, which do in many cases involve loss of fertility..."

This site also lists a comparison of the harmful effects of the HPV disease as compared to the harmful effects of the Gardasil shot, as reported by individuals who have experienced the side-effects.

Leslie Botha, spokesperson for SANEVAX admits that some of the hundreds of side effects reported by young girls following Gardasil shots such as nausea, vomiting, tingling sensations in hands and feet, etc are common side effects to many of today's advertised and marketed drugs, but the scandal is that the young women experiencing these side effects should not be happening to normal, healthy girls aged 12 and up.

Please visit this website to see the full list of contraindications and side effects. http://www.prlog.org/11587655-mercks-marketing-department-declares-hpv-is-disease-sanevax-inc-declares-gardasil-disease.html.

The effect of these intrusive legislative mandates is to destroy health care as we know it, reducing doctors and patient to the status of pawns in a game controlled by agendized lawmakers operating far beyond their [already considerable] pay grade.

Patients are now reduced by these inept meddlers to the status of mere "consumers of health care." They thrust them into an artificially constructed marketplace where pharmaceutical companies conspire with government to bring about their unattainable utopian vision of a perfect healthy citizen.

The process of course allows "science" [often pseudo-science] to trump all other considerations, ethical or religious. Bottom line, it removes kids from parental authority and control.

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins in authoring her AB 499, is acting as a shill for Merck. So powerful has this alliance become that many are now referring to the consortium of large drug companies as Big Pharma. Ms. Atkins is not acting for the good of her constituents or anyone's child, she is involved in pure social engineering, on your dime.

REQUEST: AB 499 now sits in the California Senate Appropriations Committee to which it was returned prior to a final senate floor vote. It was finally determined that this bill, though itself carrying no authorizations for funds, will be expensive to the state.

Since Gov. Brown has already, very quickly signed SB 48, it is believed that he will very quickly sign AB 499 should it get out of the Appropriations Committee and its final senate floor vote.

The best place to stop this madness would be to kill the bill while it is still in the Appropriations Committee.

This being the time when the legislature is in summer recess presents an opportunity to contact your state Senator now and voice your opposition to AB 499. Barring citizen action, it will come to the senate floor for a final vote before heading for the Governor's desk, by August 15. Tell your legislator that this bill is much too expensive given the limited immunity the injections provide, nor is there any justification for this level of parental intimidation. Urge your Senator to vote "NO" should this bill come to the floor.

One final word on the author of this bill. Assemblywoman Toni Atkins was formerly director of a Woman Care abortion clinic in the San Diego area [source, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toni_Atkins], an odd background for someone who is now a self-declared spokesman for children's interests.

Merck Pharmaceuticals received so many complaints about its over-the-top promotion of Gardasil that it promised to withdraw from direct advertising. However, it then ingenuously took the back-door approach, giving several hundred thousand dollars to the national Women-In-Government Group, as long as it would carry water for Merck.

The website The Center for Media and Democracy, a member of Source Watch [http://en.wikipedia.org/Wiki/SourceWatch] published a report regarding Merck and Co.'s agreement with Women-In-Government regarding, "helping finance campaigns to get states to pass legislation that would make it mandatory for girls as young as 11 or 12 to receive" its human papillomavirus [HPV] vaccine. Merck has "given money to Women in Government, an advocacy group that includes female state legislators throughout the United States. Many of the state bills advocating the use of Gardasil have been introduced by members of Women in Government." [source, Ed Silverman, The Heat Is On...Gardasil Backers, www.pharmalot.com/2007/01/the_heat_is_ongardasil_backers]

Gardasil for minors was first brought to the California legislature by a Mountain View Assemblywoman, Sally Lieber, a few years ago. She was forced to withdraw her name from the bill when it was learned that her husband owned stock in Merck.

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins also has indirect ties to Merck Co. Atkins, as a member of the California state Assembly is also a member of the California List, a subgroup of the national Women-In-Government. It's not your children about whom she is concerned, it's her own re-election funding source that she's protecting.

These associated so-called health care bills have common purpose - they, in an unprecedented manner - massively expand the degree of control which CA State legislators will have over decisions which were formerly and traditionally solely in the purview of parents. These laws assert the primacy of the government's judgment over that of parents in these most personal matters.If Texas parents felt the need to rise in opposition to this growing move towards collectivization, California parents should be no less vigilant in their concerns for our children's best interests.

Parents, every time your child goes to the doctor, the clinic, the HMO, question the employee of that facility as to exactly what they are doing to your child. Ask them what the limits are of any permission which is being sought.

It's your moral duty to protect our children from this unconscionable collusion between on-the-take lefty legislators and crony capitalism.

End Notes:

1. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, pg. 384. Re-printed from the Sumer, 2008 report, "Genetics and Public Policy Center." Written by Gail Javitt, J.D. Ph.D., Deena Berkowitz,, M.D. Ph.D., Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D. I.L.D.

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Terrorist Attack In Oslo, Norway - Many Feared Dead

July 22, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A major two-pronged coordinated terrorist attack was carried out Friday in Norway. It consisted of a huge car bomb detonated in front of a downtown Oslo government building and later, a mass shooting, primarily of children, at an island retreat called Utoya.

As reports stream in it appears that 20-30 are believed dead [16 confirmed, including 7 at the site of the bombing] but that is only a rough estimate which could go much higher as Norwegian security officials continue to investigate.

A previously unknown group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami [Helpers Of The Global Jihad] has claimed responsibility. The group's motivation was supposedly, "the presence of Norwegian forces in Afghanistan and to unspecified insults to the Prophet Muhammad." [source, ELISA MALA and J. DAVID GOODMAN, NY Times, 16 Die In Shooting And Bombing, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/23/world/europe/23oslo.html?_r=2&hp]

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The Jews in the Basement

By STELLA PAUL

July 22, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The coming week marks five years since the murder of Pamela Waechter. Who? If the name doesn't ring a bell, here's a brief reminder: She was shot in the head by Naveed Afzal Haq, as she tried to crawl down a flight of stairs and escape, after Haq shot her in the chest.

Still not jogging your memory? How about this: Waechter was the 58-year-old director of the annual campaign of the Jewish Federation of Seattle. Sometime around 4 PM, on July 28, 2006, Naveed Afzal Haq grabbed a 14-year-old girl and thrust a gun in her back. He used her to gain entry to the Federation, and then rampaged through the building, shooting six women -- Layla Bush, Christina Rexroad, Cheryl Stumbo, Dayna Klein (who was five months pregnant), Carol Goldman, and, fatally, Pamela Waechter. Tammy Kaiser jumped from a second-story window to escape, and was hospitalized with injuries.What was Haq's motive? Well, here's an interesting clue: As he stormed through the halls, shooting and killing, he shouted, "I'm a Muslim-American! I'm angry at Israel!"Quite a dramatic story, no? And yet it's not a story anybody wants to tell. Grab the average leftist on the street -- or, certainly, on campus -- and ask him about Rachel Corrie, the anti-Israel activist accidentally run over by an Israeli bulldozer. I bet he knows Corrie's story by heart; after all, our cultural grandees never stop pushing it as a "teaching moment" about Israeli brutality.

Likewise, gay activists turned the murder of Matthew Shepard into a universal "teaching moment" about America's homophobia and crimes against gays, and the urgent need for sensitivity training in schools.

But American Jews have found no "teaching moment" in the murder of Pamela Waechter, and the shooting of six women at work, performing the administrative tasks of the Jewish community.

The tragedy of Waechter, a Lutheran who converted upon marriage and devoted her life to Judaism, remains a private heartbreak for those who loved her.

And yet, the images of the Seattle women under attack are so unbearable that the question must be shrieked from the rooftops: Where are the men?

Where are the Jewish men, who ought to be rushing to protect their wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters? Where are the Jewish men who lead the community, as Jewish women come under increasing assault, right here in America, from Islamic fanatics?

Where are the Jewish men who will stand up for the memory of Victoria Hen, a stunningly beautiful 25-year-old ticket agent, murdered at the El Al counter in Los Angeles airport on July 4, 2002? Her killer, Egyptian national Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, shot her, then opened fire on 90 people waiting in line for a Tel Aviv flight, fatally wounding Yaakov Aminov. When police searched Mohamed Hadayet's apartment after the attack, they found a sign taped to his door saying, "Read the Koran." Victoria's parents had planned a surprise party for the next day, at which her boyfriend would have formally asked for her hand in marriage.

Of course, you've probably never heard the name "Victoria Hen." Like Pamela Waechter, she's invisible in the Jewish community and everywhere else, an embarrassing victim whose death, if truly examined, would demand a courageous response.

And the Jewish men are very busy, you see, cowering in the basement. In 1903, the great poet, Chaim Nachman Bialik, was sent to report on the Kishinev massacre of Jews in Russia. Bialik was shocked by what he learned of the men's passivity, as their women were raped and murdered before their eyes. He wrote a searing poem, The City of Slaughter, excoriating the men hiding in the cellar, who silently watched their loved ones' destruction:

In that dark corner, and behind that cask
Crouched husbands, bridegrooms, brothers, peering from the cracks,
Watching the sacred bodies struggling underneath
The bestial breath,
Stifled in filth, and swallowing their blood!

Given the nature of our times, David Solway and Daniel Gordis have both written important essays on the relevance of Bialik's poem, which I urge you to read. For once again, here in America, too many Jewish men are crouching "in that dark corner," while Jewish women are attacked.

But oh, how their minds are busy! Political fantasies are spinning wildly in their heads. They're dreaming about "constructive engagement" and "dialogue with The Other" and "reframing the narrative." And should you rush in to defend Jewish women, they will finally leap into the fray -- to attack you!

You don't care about the peace process! You don't respect The Other! You want to impose your values on different cultures! You don't understand why they, trembling behind the casks, are so morally superior to hate-filled, brutish you!

Thus, in that corner, we find Rabbi Richard Jacobs, the new leader of the Reform Movement, beckoning his followers to crouch behind him. He gives the signal and millions of eyes look away, as a three-month-old baby girl, Hadas Fogel, is butchered in her crib, while her mother, Ruth, her father, Udi, and her young brothers, Yoav and Elad, bleed to death in the next rooms.

Rabbi Jacobs sighs, and writes another check to J Street, which lobbies Congress to not protest the Fogel murders.

In that corner, wave hello to Rabbi Marc Schneier, flush with money from Hollywood and the Hamptons. He's busy pushing his "interfaith dialogue" racket, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. Rabbi Schneier consults the caterer for his next gala affair, as Berkeley student Jessica Felber cries out under violent assault by the leader of Students for Justice in Palestine, and Hampshire College student Lihi Benisty suffers physical blows, death threats, and daily catcalls of "Zionist pig."

Rabbi Schneier decides on the apricot roasted chicken, then turns to the camera to sternly lecture us on why Jews must fight "Islamophobia."

And in that corner over there, why it's the grand old man of the Jewish establishment, Abe Foxman of the ADL! In Malmo, Sweden, 86-year-old Judith Popinski, an Auschwitz survivor, shudders and says, "I never thought I would see this hate again in my lifetime, not in Sweden anyway," as Jews flee violence from Muslim immigrants. Foxman puffs himself up behind the cask, and demands that Jews give money to help Muslims build mosques in America.

Ten years after 9/11, five years after the murder of Pamela Waechter, it's past time for Jewish men to get out of the basement. The first step: start telling the truth.

Contact Stella Paul at Stellapundit@aol.com.

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Iran - America Too Weak To Stop Us!

By Reza Kahlili

July 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Obama administration has criticized the Iranian regime and its policies while the United States and other countries have put tough sanctions on Iran. The question remains, however, how the Iranian rulers perceive the situation. In their speeches and writings, they argue that America is weak and crumbling. This is, in part, propaganda, but to a considerable degree it is also clear that they believe this to be true. An example of this is an article that has just appeared on Gerdab, a website run by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which concludes that America is so tired from being involved in so many wars that even if Iran makes an atomic bomb it will not attack Iran, nor will it allow Israel to take such action.

The Guards in their analysis quote British Middle East analyst Patrick Seale, who in recent comments pointed to the depletion of American stamina. Seale maintained that the U.S. has begun a quiet and deliberate withdrawal from the Middle East and that it is incapable of confronting Iran even if it is verified that the Iranians are on the verge of developing nuclear weapons.

The article states that it is a rare instance where Arab leaders, activists, intellectuals, and allies simultaneously face the same challenge they are all dealing with this summer. All equations inside and outside the Arab world are shifting.

According to the article quoting Seale, there are two main issues whose resolution will have major influence on the future of the Arab world. The first is clearer and that is regarding the revolutionary wave radiating throughout the region:

The main question therefore is, how can it be assured that the big burst of energy that produced the populistic force can have a positive effect; meaning that can this power that the Arab Spring created remain just, stable, and burgeoning, while making sure that it does not turn violent and chaotic?

The article continues that without a doubt the United States and its Western allies "will slowly but surely extricate their forces from the Middle East and Central Asia. Also, the security umbrella is from yesteryears (prior to the Second World War), which is conventional to the region, and will be effectively eliminated as well. This process has already begun in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan and though there are the exceptional American bases in the Persian Gulf, they will not last very long either."

The analysis weighs in on the financial trouble in America: "It appears that subsequent to several wars, the United States finds itself depleted and desperate. Their total debt exceeds $14.5 trillion which is equal to America's GDP. Seemingly this year's $900 billion will not stretch to cover the defense and military budget of the years to come. The United States will retreat from the world of Islam and the Arab world so that it can refocus its energy on China, which, in the American view, is its global rival."

Recently, Iranian officials have increased their call for the U.S. forces to leave the region. This is while they continue to help Shiite militias in Iraq and Taliban fighters and al-Qaeda elements in Afghanistan to attack our forces.

The Iranians are also exerting pressure on the U.S. and its allies in the region by helping to incite unrest in Yemen, Bahrain, and elsewhere while calling for the unification of Muslims against Israel and America.

The strategy of the radicals ruling Iran is to keep the U.S. fixed in these theaters knowing full well the cost of the wars. They know that in order to achieve their goal of seeing the demise of America, they need to create circumstances where the U.S. can no longer afford the financial burden of protecting its interests in the region and therefore will be forced to withdraw its forces, allowing Iran to expand and exert power.

To that effect, the Iranian officials have boasted that this is the century of the Islamic awakening and that Islamic nations will soon be able to control the world's economy through the control of oil and the world's strategic passages.

The Iranian leaders also believe that as long as the U.S. is financially weak, as long as oil prices remain high, and as long as it is involved on too many fronts it will not dare confront Iran. That is why they have made a decision to continue on with their nuclear program in spite of four sets of UN sanctions. They've even gone so far as to mock the U.S. for the ineffectiveness of those sanctions.

One thing is for sure: the jihadists in Tehran feel invincible because, despite the continuous killing of our soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan and despite their pursuit of the nuclear bomb, America and the West have shown little stomach for confronting the Islamic regime in Iran.

Weakness is being observed. The belief in Islam is for one to deceive the enemy until they are strong enough to take them out. Radicals ruling Iran think that is only a matter of time!

Note: The author 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

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Pete King - Third Round Of Muslim Radicalization Hearings Scheduled July 27

July 19, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Peter King [R-NY] has announced a third in a series of Congressional hearings into the process whereby domestic Muslims become radicalized. It has been scheduled to commence at 9:30 a.m. on July 27.

This session intends to probe the Somali, al-Qaeda linked terror group al-Shabaab's already successful efforts to recruit American Muslims to wage jihad in the war-torn country.

In explaining the need for such a hearing Mr. King stated, "In Minnesota, Ohio, and other states, dozens of young Muslim males have been recruited, radicalized, and then taken from their communities for overseas terrorist training by al-Shabaab. In a number of cases, the men – including both Somali-Americans and other converts - have ended up carrying out suicide bombings or have otherwise been killed, often without their families even knowing where their sons have gone. There has not been sufficient cooperation from mosque leaders. In at least one instance, a Minnesota imam told the desperate family of a missing young man not to cooperate with the FBI."

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Olsen Unfit To Run National Counterterrorism Center

July 19, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Matthew Olsen's nomination as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center [NCTC] is running into a buzz saw of opposition in Congress

Leading the charge is Frank Wolf [R-VA] who has authored an open letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] - Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence which must approve Mr. Olsen's appointment - slamming candidate Olsen.

Wolf named three main points of opposition:

1. Mr. Olsen's decisions as Director of the Obama Administration's GITMO Review Task Force have proven faulty in that, according to Mr. Wolf, "high risk terrorist detainees recommended for release by the task force led by Mr. Olsen were released abroad to dangerously unstable countries, including Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan."

2. It appears that some detainee assessments were manipulated due to political pressure, "it has become clear that Mr. Olsen's task force may have altered some detainee assessments - overturning Department of Defense assessments -- in order to clear and expedite the release of a large number of detainees."

3. Mr. Olsen's veracity in dealing with Congress remains a question, "I have recently learned that Mr. Olsen was not forthright me and my staff about the effort to release a number of Uighur detainees to northern Virginia in 2009. Attached is a white paper that addresses these concerns in greater detail..."

The NCTC was established in 2004 by President George W. Bush with the idea of it "breaking the older mold of national government organizations." [source, NCTC website http://www.nctc.gov/about_us/about_nctc.html]

Given NCTC's responsibility to protect the public from terrorism its director must be above reproach. That individual must above all be truthful, have excellent judgment and have a record of being able to resist efforts to politicize what should be fact-based decisions.

According to the mounting evidence Mr. Olsen fails on all counts, making him unfit to manage this key national security agency.

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Poll - Most Palestinians Seek Destruction Of Israel

July 18, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what may come as a shock to some, a just released opinion poll shows that the overwhelming majority of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza believe in genocide of the Jewish people.

The in-depth survey was conducted in Arabic by the Clinton administration's favorite pollster Stanley Greenberg, in conjunction with the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion. Over 1,100 people were interviewed in the process. The poll's margin of error is 3.1%.

An abstract of the study was published in the Jerusalem Post today, with the following probably being the most disturbing finding:

"When given a quote from the Hamas Charter about the need for battalions from the Arab and Islamic world to defeat the Jews, 80% agreed. Seventy-three percent agreed with a quote from the charter (and a hadith, or tradition ascribed to the prophet Muhammad) about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones and trees..." [see, Gill Hoffman, 6 in ten Palestinians reject two state solution, Jerusalem Post, http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=229493]

Only a third of those polled believed in some version of Washington's much vaunted "two state" solution and only 1% agreed that Jerusalem should remain the capital of Israel in any future agreement.

Some two thirds of those interviewed believe that a two state solution would only be a starting point, with the end game being the destruction of Israel, subsumed into the Palestinian entity.

The poll adds fuel to the assertion that Jew hatred is such an integral part of the Muslim world that mere diplomacy is incapable of dealing with its repercussions, thus making pursuit of the current administration's "roadmap to peace" a futile exercise in self-delusion.

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Who Is Abdurahman Alamoudi And Why Is Obama Trying To Set Him Free?

July 18, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a previous article Muslim Outreach? Team Obama Moves To Release Convicted Al-Qaeda Financier Aldurahman M. Alamoudi From Prison we highlighted the Obama Administration's effort to free [or seriously reduce the long prison sentence of] this terrorist Muslim Brotherhood operative. [Note his first name has been variously spelled in official documents as, Abdur Rahman, Abdurahman, Abdulrahman and Aldurahman. We have settled on the convention of using Abdurahman, the phonetic spelling used on Alamoudi's checks during this period of time - see below.]

Alamoudi is a convicted al-Qaeda linked terrorist, who raised nearly $1 million in a plot to assassinate the then Crown Prince Abdullah, now King of Saudi Arabia.

Identified in government documents as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood [see, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, List of Unindicted Co-conspirators and/or Joint Venturers, Attachment A, page 8 heading, "The following are individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood] Alamoudi led what has been termed "...one of the most successful Brotherhood influence operations...in America in the 1990s..." [source, Shariah, The Threat To America, pg. 138]

The details of Alamoudi's influence peddling provide a glimpse into exactly what comprises the Muslim Brotherhood's cultural jihad against the West.1.

1. Alamoudi worked with both Democrat and Republican administrations [Clinton and George W. Bush] as well as power brokers associated with both administrations.

2. According to the bio appearing on the Charlie Rose Show website "...he was involved with the selection of Muslim chaplains for the U.S. military (through the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council, which he co-founded in 1991), and acted as a consultant to The Pentagon for over a decade...."

About that role, NBC News reported on 10/22/03, ABDURAHMAN ALAMOUDI is a prominent American Muslim leader, welcomed by presidents and founder of the Muslim chaplain program for the U.S. military. Now he's in jail, caught heading to Syria with $340,000 in cash, money prosecutors believe came from Libya." [see, Head of Muslim Chaplain Program headed to Syria with cash, posted at, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1006629/posts]

3. Yet while "making nice" with American political forces, and gaining direct access to the WH, Alamoudi was blatant in his support of the terrorist group Hamas and Iran's proxy army, Hezbollah.

"At a rally in front of the White House on Oct. 28, 2000, Alamoudi told the audience that reports he was a supporter of Hamas were accurate. "Anybody support this Hamas here? Anybody's [sic] is a supporter of Hamas here? Anybody's [sic] is a supporter of Hamas here? Hear that Bill Clinton? We are all supporters of Hamas! Allah akbar [God is great]! I wish to add here I am also a supporter of Hezbollah!" [source, Kenneth Timmerman, Islamists' Front Man, Front Page Magazine, http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=14050]

YouTube of the rally:

4. Alamoudi established a special relationship with GOP heavyweight Grover Norquist. He donated $20,000 to establish the Islamic Free Market Institute [with Norquist named its Chairman of the Board] which was used as another arrow in the Islamists' quiver, allowing even greater access to decision makers.

Image of checks below, sourced at, Paul Sperry archives, http://sperryfiles.com/images/8-1a.jpg

Norquist still seems to be agitating on behalf of Islamist interests, as the Center for Security Policy's Frank Gaffney observes regarding his opposition to an initiative called Shariah Law And American State Courts [ALAC], which seeks to legislatively block the use of foreign legal concepts [primarily Islamic law, Shari'a] from being folded into the corpus of American legal jurisprudence.

"Last Wednesday, Norquist arranged for three speakers – self-described Jews or Christians - to promote the Muslim Brotherhood line that free practice of religion, including that of non-Muslims, would be denied were ALAC to be adopted. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as the legislation itself makes clear [see, www.publicpolicyalliance.com] But it is instructive that the GOP influence operation Alamoudi spawned continues to serve his intended purpose: dividing and suborning conservatives in the best tradition of the stealth jihad at which he and his Brothers have long excelled." [see, Frank Gaffney Jr., Freeing Al-Qaeda, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p18769.xml]

So with this kind of record what could possibly motivate Holder's DOJ to have Alamoudi released?

In his plea agreement, Alamoudi was bound to cooperate with "any and all investigations..." but at the same time the deal contained language stipulating a potential shortening of his sentence for providing important new information regarding terrorism.

As [former Federal Prosecutor] Andy McCarthy presciently observed in 2004, "Whether Alamoudi will actually serve the 23 years is questionable. His plea agreement contemplates cooperation with the government. If he provides truthful information or testimony that helps the government further investigations - particularly terrorism cases - he could become eligible for a significant reduction. Time will tell..." [see, Andy McCarthy, Alamoudi, National Review, http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/87680/alamoudi-andrew-c-mccarthy]

We have reason to believe that there was no cooperation by Alamoudi with the Feds through the late 2000s, so the question remains as to what key information such a dedicated Islamic terrorist would possibly provide at this late date, that would force his release from prison and thus [since he remains an American citizen] place him right back on the front lines of the Muslim Brotherhood's stealth jihad?

What do we have here?

Alamoudi undergoing an unbelievably radical change of heart? Are we going to be asked to believe that he no longer supports Hamas, or Hezbollah; that he's turned against the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and the myriad of groups totally committed to Islamic supremacy and the establishment of a world-wide caliphate by any means?

That seems doubtful, much more believably, this is pure political groveling by Team Obama. Given the administration's now public courting of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood what would serve that cause better than the release of one of its previous go-to guys in America?

So what if the blowback means releasing an admitted terrorist upon an unsuspecting public?

End notes:

1. Please take the following link to view the Muslim Brotherhood's General Strategic Plan For The Group In North America entered into evidence at U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. This document, half in Arabic, half in English, details the group's methodology and thinking regarding what it calls cultural jihad, a process whereby the MB hopes to take advantage of the freedoms and rights inherent in Western democracies to subvert, overthrow and eventually Islamize them.

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Muslim Outreach? Team Obama Moves To Release Convicted Al-Qaeda Financier Aldurahman M. Alamoudi From Prison

July 15, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an unbelievably short sighted move which will have major negative repercussions in the what remains of the war on Islamic terrorism, the Obama administration has asked a U.S. District Court to potentially release Aldurahman [aka Abdulrahman] M. Alamoudi, an admitted al-Qaeda financier, from prison after having served only 7 of his 23 year sentence.

"The government's request for a reduced sentence must be approved by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton. A hearing on the issue had been scheduled for Friday but Hilton canceled the hearing and said he will issue a written ruling based on the papers that have been submitted to him." [source, Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/07/08/general-us-libya-muslim-activist_8556135.html]

Alamoudi was convicted of raising nearly $1 million from Libya to be used in a plot to destabilize Saudi Arabia by assassinating the country's then Crown Prince Abdullah [now King Abdullah]. At the time of his arrest in the UK, Alamoudi had $340,000 of Libyan cash in his personal possession.

From a January 31, 2005 Dept. of Justice press release, http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/168.pdf

"Aldurahman M. Alamoudi, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Eritrea, was sentenced to 276 months in jail by District Judge Claude M. Hilton in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, this morning. On July 30, 2004, Alamoudi pleaded guilty to three federal offenses: one count of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which imposes terrorism-related sanctions prohibiting unlicensed travel to and commerce with Libya; one count of false statements made in his application for naturalization; and a tax offense involving a long-term scheme to conceal from the IRS his financial transactions with Libya and his foreign bank accounts and to omit material information from the tax returns filed by his charities."

"...As part of a plea agreement, Alamoudi agreed to cooperate fully and truthfully in any and all investigations, including an ongoing investigation into a plot to assassinate an ally in the war against terrorism. Under the terms of that plea agreement, Alamoudi also agreed that he should be sentenced under the terrorism provision of the federal sentencing guidelines, and he agreed to forfeit all proceeds from his illegal dealings with Libya, which total at least $910,000, including $340,000 seized from him in the United Kingdom."

"...Initially, during a meeting on March 13, 2003, Alamoudi and Libyan government officials discussed creating "headaches" and disruptions in Saudi Arabia. As the scheme continued, however, Alamoudi learned that the actual objective was the assassination of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. Alamoudi participated in recruiting participants for this plot by introducing the Libyans to two Saudi dissidents inLondon and facilitating the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash from the Libyans to those dissidents to finance the plot.

"This is a clear victory in the war against terrorism," said U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty of the Eastern District of Virginia. "Terrorists need money to operate, and the defendant was caught in the act of financing their deadly schemes."

From a July 14, 2005 Dept. of Treasury press release, http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/js2632.aspx

"...In 2003, MIRA and Faqih [two designated international terrorist organizations] received approximately $1 million in funding through Abdulrahman Alamoudi. According to information available to the U.S. Government, the September 2003 arrest of Alamoudi was a severe blow to al Qaida, as Alamoudi had a close relationship with al Qaida and had raised money for al Qaida in the United States. In a 2004 plea agreement, Alamoudi admitted to his role in an assassination plot targeting the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and is currently serving a 23 year sentence."

That such an irresponsible effort by DOJ took place on a Friday - the journalistic equivalent of a black hole for news - is a sure indication that Team Obama knows how harmful its effort which might well free Alamoudi - a convicted al-Qaeda financier - will be both to national security and to the administration's already well deserved reputation of coddling Islamic terrorists.

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Europeans Meet With Muslim Brotherhood Reps In Egypt

July 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A European delegation consisting of diplomats from Germany and Italy met on Tuesday with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party, the FJP, at the organization's headquarters in Cairo.

Greeting the Europeans was, the FJP's chairman Mohamed Morsi who also sits on the Muslim Brotherhood's Executive Bureau and serves as one of the MB's official spokesmen.

According to the MB's English website, "In his meeting with European officials Tuesday at the party's headquarters in Cairo, Mohamed Morsi, chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), stressed the importance of partnership with Europe in the areas of science and technology, as well as the need to increase investments in Egypt and increasing the volume of trade."

The MB sees its budding relationship with the Continent as being "crucial" to the organization's long term plans one of which might presumably include obfuscation of the group's history of radical Islamism and its support for jihad.

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Iranian Officials: This Is The Century of a Worldwide Islamic Awakening

By REZA KAHLILI

July 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, addressing participants in Tehran's 28th International Holy Quran Contests, said on Tuesday that the revolutions and popular uprisings sweeping the Middle East and North Africa show that God definitely fulfills His promises. He further emphasized that the regional nations' uprisings are a "clear indication of the fact that Allah's promises mentioned in the Holy Quran are definitely materialized."

Khamenei then declared the Holy Quran as "the most important means and factor of unity, honor and dignity, and power for the Islamic Ummah (community), adding that lack of belief in Quranic concepts and divine promises "has practically prevented unity, honor and dignity, power and mightiness of the Islamic Ummah."

Then on Wednesday, July 6th, the Iranian Supreme Leader's Advisor for Military Affairs, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the ex-chief commander of the Guards, stated that the Muslim states' main share in control over the world's vital energy corridors has provided Islamic nations with an excellent chance to control the world economy. He reminded the Islamic nations that their rich energy resources are their source of power, giving Muslims the capability to control the world economy.

Safavi further elaborated that "[a]bout 80 percent of the world trade is done through sea voyage and cargo fleets and these fleets of cargo ships will pass through the world's strategic straits. Meantime, Islamic countries are located on both sides of these strategic bottlenecks, which we call 'compulsory passages.' Thus it can be said that Muslim states can come into control of the world economy." He added that the same case is true even with military issues such as in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, when the U.S. dispatched over 200,000 troops through the very same vital and strategic waterways.

Safavi went on to say that the U.S. claims to have the world's number-one army, while the main part of its forces, military strategy, and power lies with its Navy; and because of that, it is vulnerable to Muslim nations, given the Islamic states' control over strategic waterways. He then pointed to the recent popular uprisings in the region, and stressed that the 21st century will witness the emergence of a new power under the name of the "Muslim World."

"God willing, we should name the current century as the century of Islamic Awakening," Safavi underscored, adding that not only Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain, but also a number of other nations in the Middle East and North Africa will eventually succeed in regaining power and controlling their fate in the next few years.

The Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, in demanding the removal of U.S. forces from the region, said: "In one way or another they should be removed." Then he added that "[t]he regional nations showed that they want Islamic populism and seek the rule of the Holy Quran. Therefore, there has remained no more room or option left for the U.S., Britain and Zionists in the Islamic region."

Back in March, I reported on the statements of the commander of the Basij organization, Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi, in which he claimed that all Middle East gas and oil will soon be cut off to infidels, elaborating that "[s]eventy percent of the world's fossil fuel reserve is under the feet of the soldiers of the Supreme Leadership and soon oil and gas fields belonging to Muslims, which is now in the hands of America, will fall into the hands of the people. That will be the time when all those overlords will have sanctions put on them." He added: "The enemy is heavily dependent on this energy and the events in the region have them quite agitated. This, of course, provides us with a hopeful future."

It is clear that the Iranian leaders are looking at the recent events in the Middle East with an eye to controlling the outcome to be one of anti-West sentiment, and that it will be played out to unite Muslims against Americans and Israelis.

With the radicals ruling Iran engaging us on several fronts: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya and others; with Iran continuing to incite the populace in the region to overthrow U.S.-backed governments; with their progress on the missile delivery front; and with their pursuit of the nuclear bomb; it is time for President Obama and his administration to realize that the Iranian leaders are a grave danger to our national security and also to global stability. A nuclear-armed Iran must not be allowed! Nuclear bombs in the hands of jihadists should be a red line for the free world.

We must realize that unless and until we understand the ideology of the radicals ruling Iran, we will continue to miscalculate our approach, but this time, humanity will pay dearly if we fail to understand the threat.

Note:

Note: The author 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

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Iran's Plan For Nuke Weapon Center Impervious To Attack Near Completion

July 13, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to an item appearing in Reuters, "Iran is preparing to install centrifuges for higher-grade uranium enrichment in an underground bunker...tucked deep inside a mountain to protect it against any attacks...'Enrichment from natural uranium to 20 percent is the most time-consuming and resource-intensive step when enough 20 percent enriched uranium is accumulated at the underground facility at Qom, it would take only two or three months of additional work to convert this into weapons grade material.'" [see, Reuters, Iran prepares for nuclear work in bunker, http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/13/us-nuclear-iran-enrichment-idUSTRE76C1A520110713]

While this clear move by Iran to indemnify its military nuclear program by placing it inside a mountain, the West continues to dither, pretending that the IAEA [Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed ElBaradei's former play-toy] and the international diplomatic community can prevent the country's eventual development [perhaps in short order] of nuclear weapons, "Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency appear to remain deadlocked in a dispute over the Iranian nuclear program following talks between Iran's foreign minister and the agency's chief in Vienna." [see, VOA, Iran, UN Watchdog Appear Deadlocked on Nuclear Dispute, http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/iran/Iran-Ready-For-Closer-IAEA-Relationship-125406088.html]

VOA also is reporting that Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, is "concerned" about Iran providing weapons to Afghan and Iraqi terrorists.

Concern?

If that is the strongest message that this administration can craft regarding Iran expanding its proxy war of terror against the U.S., then Team Obama might as well close down the Dept. of State's Iran desk and replace it with a potted plant, because this is appeasement plain and simple...worse than useless, it's provocative.

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Obama's Failed Middle East Strategy - Poll: Muslim World Hates U.S. More Now Than During Bush Years

July 13, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As if the quickening process of Islamizing the Middle East [led by the Muslim Brotherhood and other revolutionary jihadist entities] were not enough to give this administration pause for concern that its Muslim outreach has been a failure, a new poll by James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, certainly should.

The bad news is available at [http://www.aaiusa.org/reports/arab-attitutes-2011].

"After improving with the election of Barack Obama in 2008, U.S. favorable ratings across the Arab world have plummeted. In most countries they are lower than at the end of the Bush Administration, and lower than Iran's favorable ratings...Today, President Obama's favorable ratings across the Arab world are 10% or less. Obama's performance ratings are lowest on the two issues to which he has devoted the most energy: Palestine and engagement with the Muslim world..."

This dramatic turnabout in such short order suggests that rather than viewing Team Obama's initiative to the Ummah [the Muslim worldwide community] as a sign of accommodation, it has already rendered an opposing verdict.

We believe this is largely a matter of personal perceptions, in short many Muslims don't respect Obama. They view him as a weak appeaser who is disingenuous, abandons friends, coddles enemies and is unwilling to vigorously project American force to defend its interests.

Though it remains the stuff of conjecture whether Islamism can ever be reasonably engaged solely by diplomacy, it's clearly beyond the capability of this president.

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Operation Fast and Furious: We The People Are Furious So Let’s Get Eric Holder Out Of Office Fast

By Joseph F. Connor

July 13, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Political stooge Eric Holder's latest poke in our collective eyes comes from his role in Operation Fast and Furious.

Representative Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley have accused Holder of blocking their investigation of the scandalous operation that resulted in the deaths of two US agents and many Mexican civilians.

Please see Michael Walsh's NY Post piece Fast And Furious Gets Hotter For Holder

Fast and Furious was designed as an ATF sting and involved the "transfer" of thousands of weapons from gun shops in Arizona to Mexican drug cartels in an effort to track those guns back across the border. Predictably those weapons were used by the Mexican drug lords in scores of killings.

As Walsh points out, many lawful gun owners believe this ill conceived plan was hatched and implemented by Holder's ATF to "prove" the Obama Administration's contention that 90% of the guns Mexican Cartels use originate in the United States. This "proof" would provide the administration with the political cover it would need to further control guns by executive order.

If this scenario involving Holder providing political cover sounds familiar, it should. Once again Holder is a willing stooge to his political masters.

Holder provided Bill Clinton with the political cover he needed to offer clemency in 1999 to 16 unrepentant FALN and Macheteros terrorists. When Pardon Attorney, Roger Adams refused to reverse his predecessor Margaret Love's recommendation against the clemency offers in 1998, Holder concocted an "options report" for Adams to deliver to Holder in which Adams would not be required to provide any recommendation for or against clemency.

The existence of that new report allowed Clinton the wiggle room to justify his clemency to terrorists who had not even requested clemency, who did not show remorse but whose supporters met with Holder and his team at least 9 times. Holder and his team ignored the families of those killed while pandering to the terrorists and their supporters.

Like he did in 1999 by pushing the release of those terrorists, Holder is once again playing Russian roulette with the American People; this time by furnishing guns to gangsters in a reckless attempt to provide political cover to his superior(s).

Like he did in 1999, Holder now refuses to answer questions regarding his or his boss's involvement in the scandal and is even holding up a congressional investigation.

In testifying against Holder at his Senate confirmation hearing in 2009 I got it right in writing. "Holder lacks the judgment, character, and honesty and belief system necessary for such a vital position in today's world." He should never have been nominated much less confirmed as Attorney General. [see, http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/GeneralNominationHea&showFullAbstract=1 and, http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/testimony.cfm?id=e655f9e2809e5476862f735da142aa4b&wit_id=e655f9e2809e5476862f735da142aa4b-1-5]

It did not take Nostradamus to predict what Holder would do as Attorney General. A simple reading of his history would provide insight into his future.

Just last week I participated in a conference sponsored by America's Survival (http://www.usasurvival.org/ck07.02.2011.html) focusing on Holder and his malfeasance. [link to Jim Simpson's portion of the presentation, http://bigpeace.com/jmsimpson/2011/07/06/kincaid-conference-traitors-spies-and-terrorists-eric-holder-resign-now/]

Aside from Fast and Furious, since becoming AG, Holder's other recent travesties of justice are well documented and include his:

1. failure to prosecute the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation

2. desire to prosecute members of the intelligence community over terror interrogations

3. goals of closing the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention center and trying foreign terrorists in civilian courts

Holder's previous misdeeds are so numerous and insidious that they are difficult to identify and summarize. Investigative Reporter Ron Kolb, for the America's Survival conference last week, provided the best brief I have ever seen on Mr. Holder. Please see Holder's bullets below.

Look, Holder must go. I don't know how much more evidence we need; how many more misdeeds Holder has to perpetrate, how many more Americans have to be put at risk, how many more Fast and Furious scandals we have to endure.

The American people are Furious so Holder has to go Fast.

For the record, Holder's bullets.

On the Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN:

• After Holder became Deputy Attorney General in 1997, he fired then current Pardon Attorney Margaret Colgate Love, who had issued a report in 1996 recommending against clemency for the FALN and Macheteros.

• Holder installed Roger Adams (who had been a former assistant to Holder at the US Attorney's office) as the new Pardon Attorney. During 1997 and 1998 Holder met at least nine times with advocates for clemency–never meeting with victims of the FALN's actions.

• In a meeting on November 5, 1997 Holder came up with the idea that the terrorists should express "remorse" for their actions, in an apparent attempt to make clemency seem more palatable to the public (this alternative was later rejected by the terrorists in 1999).

• Holder continued to pressure Roger Adams to issue a report recommending clemency. Adams refused to do so because: the prosecutors and the FBI would object; it would hamper investigations into co-conspirators who were still at large; victims of the FALN had not been notified; and the issuance of clemency could cause a public uproar.

• A compromise was reached, where an "options report" was issued by Adams that made no specific recommendation. This accomplished the following: the new report did not technically override the Love report from 1996; Roger Adams would not be required to recommend clemency; and the existence of the new report would pave the way for President Clinton to issue clemency.

• In early 1999, after Hillary Clinton expressed interest in seeking the U.S. Senate seat from the state of New York (where 1.3 million Puerto Rican voters reside), White House staff began movement on the pardons.

• Holder and Adams forwarded the "options report" to the White House on July 8, 1999. On August 9, Mrs. Clinton met with advocates for clemency. Jose Rivera, a New York City councilman gave Mrs. Clinton documents relating to clemency, and asked that they be given to her husband.

• On August 11, Mr. Clinton offered clemency to 16 members of the FALN and Macheteros.

• Despite clemency being an individual grant, Holder and the DOJ allowed the terrorists conference calls between prisons to decide whether to accept the clemencies. It took the terrorists 30 days to accept the offers; after which 14 of the 16 FALN were released from various Federal prisons on September 10, 1999.

• During subsequent Senate testimony, Holder refused to answer most questions, claiming executive privilege. He refused to discuss the Love report from 1996, and also stated that a September 1999 report from Janet Reno recommending against the "impending release" of Puerto Rican terrorists was not referring to the 16 who were offered clemency.

• During Holder's Senate testimony in 2009, he admitted that he had recommended clemency for the FALN to Mr. Clinton. He also claimed to not know that many of the group's members had threatened their trial judge just prior to sentencing, and was unaware that two FALN members were caught on tape making bombs. He also claimed that he knew enough about the group to recommend clemency.

On the Weather Underground:

• In Holder's written answers to Senator Sessions, Holder said that the DOJ had recommended against clemency for both Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans.

• Holder added that he forwarded the negative finding on Rosenberg to the White House without his signature.

• He then added that he forwarded the negative finding on Linda Evans to the White House, this time with his signature.

• In his written answers to Senator Specter though, he said that he may have forwarded both findings to the White House without his signature.

• By not taking an active stance in supporting the negative findings for both Rosenberg and Evans by the DOJ, Holder was effectively allowing pardons to be issued to both women.

On Marc Rich:

• Holder was first approached by Jack Quinn (Marc Rich's attorney) in October 1999 and had several contacts with Quinn about the case until January of 2001–a period of 15 months. Holder would later state at least three times before Congress that he had only a passing familiarity with the case.

• During the period of October of 1999 to March 2000, Holder tried to broker a deal with Federal prosecutors that would cause the charges against Mr. Rich to be dropped. Holder also received a memo on February 28 from Quinn on why the charges against Rich should be dismissed. The prosecutors issued a total rejection of any deal.

• In November of 2000, Holder was approached again by Quinn, this time in an attempt to obtain a pardon. Holder advised Quinn to contact the White House, and that they should contact him (Holder). This was against the normal procedure, and bypassed the prosecutors (who had previously rejected any deal) and also bypassed the Pardon Attorney's office.

• On January 19, 2001, Holder told the White House that he was "neutral, leaning favorable" toward a pardon for Rich, even after later admitting that he knew that Rich was a fugitive–and had assumed that a pardon would be rejected. He said he based his recommendation on a statement of support from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak–after hearing of it third-hand from Quinn only moments before.

• Later that evening, Roger Adams learned that both Rich and his business partner Pincus Green were fugitives, and early on the morning of January 20 tracked down Holder at his home to "alert" him of the impending pardons. Holder informed Adams that he was aware of that fact and the conversation quickly ended.

• After the pardons were issued by Mr. Clinton, Quinn contacted then acting Attorney General Holder on the 22nd. After complimenting Quinn on being able to obtain the pardons, Holder advised Quinn on how deal with the media over the issue, and ran down a laundry list for making life easier for Mr. Rich. This included taking actions to have the Interpol Red Alert lifted and contacting the court in Manhattan to have the charges removed.

• Holder then asked Quinn if he could fax resumes for two of his deputies to Quinn's law office (which he subsequently did). He later admitted to Congress that he had earlier spoken to Quinn about becoming Attorney General in a potential Gore administration. Holder had also told the Washington Post that he hoped Quinn might help him in that effort.

• During his Senate testimony in 2009, his memory often failed him. Holder would also make statements about his involvement that are contradicted by the known record. He still claimed that he had been unfamiliar with Rich and Rich's case even after being petitioned repeatedly by Jack Quinn between 1999 and 2001. and maintained that claim even after the Clarendon settlement with Rich in 1995 had been revealed.

On the Clarendon limited settlement:

• The Clarendon settlement involved an agreement between that company and the U.S. government to pay 1.2 million dollars in fines for 22 contracts they had received totaling 45 million dollars between 1988 and 1991. Clarendon had been contracted by the Treasury to supply coinage metals to the U.S. Mint, and they had neglected to mention that Marc Rich owned half the company.

• Mr. Rich was a federal fugitive at the time, and was barred from receiving federal contracts. The government threatened to prosecute the company and Holder's office negotiated the settlement. The Wall Street Journal quoted then DC U.S. Attorney Holder announcing the agreement in an article on April 13, 1995.

• The agreement had been announced on April 12, and the settlement included Holder's signature in three different places, and also included an affidavit from Marc Rich that he had signed in St. Moritz on April 6. The affidavit included a raised notary stamp, and in addition, the settlement also described Rich's indictment in 1983 and noted that he was then currently a fugitive.

• The Assistant U.S. Attorney, Barbara Van Gelder also signed the document. She would eventually say that she signed the document for Holder, had spoken to others about the case in Holder's office, but could not "recall" speaking with Holder.

• However, it appears that there are no similarities between the two signatures. It should also be noted that this case was a significant one, and had been ongoing since the government discovered the fraudulent contracts in 1990, and that the case involved 45 million in fraud charges and a settlement of over a million dollars.

• It should further be noted that Van Gelder is a political ally of Holder; both have donated to many of the same politicians and causes, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. She also contacted the AP last November to endorse Holder the same day that his name had first leaked.

• It should also be noted that during Holder's 2009 Senate testimony, he said of Rich that, "I did not acquaint myself with his record. I knew that the matter involved–it was a tax fraud case–it was a substantial tax fraud case, and I knew he was a fugitive." Holder's statement shows that he was fully aware of the Clarendon case.

• Holder stated at least six times before Congress in 2001 that he was unfamiliar with Mr. Rich when he was first approached by Jack Quinn. It should be noted that if Mr. Holder was unfamiliar with Rich in 1999, he certainly knew the details of Rich's 1983 indictment after repeated discussions over a 15-month period with Quinn–and he denied being familiar with the case in both his 2001 and 2009 Congressional testimony.

On the Chiquita Brands scandal:

• Holder, as a member of the Covington and Burling law firm, obtained a plea deal in 2007 for Chiquita Brands International–and helped ten executives and employees escape prosecution for paying "protection" money to the Colombian paramilitary group AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia).

• The AUC is also known as Colombia's "death squad" and Chiquita's payments totaled 1.7 million between 1997 and 2004. During those years, the AUC killed 4000 people, and there are no confirmed reports that any Chiquita employees had been directly targeted, as Chiquita implied.

• By choosing to take that case, Holder helped ten people who had aided and abetted a terrorist group that had killed thousands avoid prosecution. The company pleaded guilty and received a 25 million dollar fine.

• Holder would later argue in a civil settlement that there's no law against material support of terrorism, and effectively, in the definition of terrorism

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Pak's Toothless Threat In Row Over 4 Billion U.S. Aid Package

July 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Things have moved with remarkable speed in the United States' erstwhile ally, Pakistan, post the demise of Osama bin-Laden who was killed by Seal Team 6 in a May 2 raid on his compound in Abbottabad.

Since then the country's ISI has displayed little curiosity in attempting to determining why bin-Laden was living in plain view near the center of what amounts to its "West Point," instead busily arresting those it believes to have been complicit in the plan to kill the al-Qaeda king-pin including a medical doctor [Shakil Afridi] who allegedly collaborated with U.S. intelligence operatives in an attempt to secure some of bin-Laden's DNA.

Pakistan's ISI remains infuriated and embarrassed that it was cut out of the information loop on the bin-Laden hit. However in the past, providing the tainted intelligence service with such high level information has historically resulted in key terror leaders being tipped off and thus escaping capture or death.

Though over the last 24 hrs. Islamabad has threatened to pull its troops off the Afghan/Pakistan border if its $4 billion foreign aid package is reduced or eliminated, it is believed that such an action would have little real effect given the Pak army's ineffectual and cowardly performance since the inception of the war on terror, including numerous truces with the Islamist fighters.

Despite claims being made - by State Dept. types - that Pakistan is an essential ally, the United States has already proven on numerous occasions that it can carry out national security operations unopposed and sans permission, so the country's acquiescence in such matters is of little real effect.

What passes for political leadership in the country must be aware that its touted "hole card," its nuke stockpile, could be neutralized as was Binny, if push comes to shove and the current war of diplomatic words gets out of control. With this a given, there is really no level of threat that it can employ to force Washington into continued funding. Of note during the last 24 hrs Predator attacks in Pakistan's Waziristan province have killed 20 "militants." [see, Long War Journal, http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/07/predators_kill_8_in.php and http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/07/us_predators_kill_12.php]

Not to fear though, the thought of any aid program administered by the Dept. of State ever going away is about as likely as Pakistan becoming a true ally. The funds will flow, with a few chiding words thrown in for effect. These charades will continue until Foggy Bottom is purged of its fifth column [including the first Clinton administration's holdovers] which is largely responsible for the department's poor judgment and rogue behavior [the latter especially during Republican administrations].

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Muslim Brotherhood Joins Calls For Purge And Show Trials For Mubarak Administration

July 9, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Demonstrating a continuously escalating radicalism, Egypt's MB joined what have now become the commonplace Friday demonstrations in Tahrir Square yesterday.

Spokesmen explained that their presence was, "to protest the slow-paced trials and join the push for faster changes, including trials of former regime officials....Egypt's progress and prosperity...would see the light once a speedy trial for Mubarak and his aides was underway and the removal of any and all former remnants of the former regime." [see, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28794]

Can anyone doubt that the MB's end game in this charade is Mubarak's corpse swinging from a rope in Tahrir Square?

With some polls showing nearly half of Egyptians favoring the MB's Islamist, Orwellian named "Freedom and Justice Party," the revolutionary, trans-national Muslim Brothers seem well poised to gain total control of the country when the presidential election is held.

That development would most likely please Team Obama, since they could then openly endorse and work with the MB whose mission statement is, "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. [The] Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

Such an unforgiving devotion undoubtedly has a positive resonance among Obama's team of Bolsheviks, collectivists, appeasers and whack-job enviro-Nazis.

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Retired General Jack Keane Charges Pak ISI And Army Actively Working To Kill U.S. Forces

July 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a strongly worded statement, U.S. General [Ret.] Jack Keane is claiming that both Pakistan's army as well as its notorious intelligence service, the ISI, are aiding the country's Islamists, working with them to plan and carry out lethal attacks against U.S. servicemen stationed in Afghanistan.

"The truth is, the ISI aids and abets the sanctuaries in Pakistan that the Afghan operate out of. They provide training for them, they provide resources for them and they provide intelligence for them. From those sanctuaries, every single day Afghan fighters come into Afghanistan and kill and maim us...There's a direct relationship of ISI's complicity and the deaths of American soldiers and the catastrophic wounding of those soldiers. The chief of staff of the Pakistani military is complicit. He used to be the director of ISI. He put the guy in there who is in charge now and he has full knowledge of what I'm just describing," [see Times of India, ISI aids and abets terrorist sanctuaries in Pak: Ex-US general, http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07 01/pakistan/29725816_1_pakistan-spy-agency-pakistan-army-nuclear-arsenal]

In recent days the ISI has come under a withering attack from Western media over the murder of 40 year old Pakistani journalist Saleem Shazhad under the belief that the killing was a hit ordered by the ISI.

That speculation was strengthened by a NY Times piece [see, Pakistan's Spies Tied to Slaying of a Journalist http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/world/asia/05pakistan.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=brutal%20death%20of%20journalist%20Saleem%20Shahzad&st=cse] which relied upon off the record statements by two U.S. officials that there is near incontrovertible proof of the connection between Pakistan's besieged intelligence service and the reporter's brutal killing - over a dozen blunt trauma injuries, a ruptured liver and broken ribs.

Among those wading in on the issue was Senator John McCain [R-AZ] who charged that the ISI is working with the terrorist Haqqani Network, "We are going to have a realistic assessment of the true assessment in Pakistan, because there's no doubt that there is connections between ISI and the Haqqani Network who are responsible not only for the hotel tragedy there, but also for the attacks on Americans and our allies." [see, Economic Times of India, There is connection between ISI and Haqqani network: McCainhttp://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-07-04/news/29736080_1_haqqani-network-pakistan-s-isi-connections]

A year ago, the Haqqani Network was added to the U.S.' designated foreign terrorist organization list. It closely works with both the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban and is believed to be headquartered in Waziristan, an historically ungovernable Pakistani territory located in the North-West sector of the country.

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Obama's New Middle East Partner - The Muslim Brotherhood - Funded By Iran?

July 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to an AP story carried by Fox News [see, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/07/05/israels-military-intelligence-chief-iran-deepening-regional-influence/] Israel's intelligence chief, General Aviv Kochavi, briefed Israeli legislators today, indicating that as part of an Iranian push to increase its influence in the rapidly destabilizing Middle East, it is helping to fund Egypt's terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.

"The general said Iran is specifically trying to strengthen its relations with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood ahead of planned September elections there and has begun funding the organization as well..."

In a March 16 piece [see, The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Iran And Re-establishing The Caliphate] we noted that the Brotherhood had at that time already indicated that it's seeking deeper ties with Iran, so the report out of Israel today regarding funding the MB seems entirely plausible.

"The Muslim Brotherhood seeks unity between Muslims calling for justice, civil society and a free and fair political arena. As part of its strategy it engages with nations "like Iran" and groups - like Hamas - that would otherwise perhaps be ostracized, a move that would only isolate and inflate division and conflict...In this context, the Muslim Brotherhood has maintained informal ties with Iran for many years. Under the influence of the tolerant Brotherhood, Egyptians are more comfortable with Shiite Islam than other Sunnis in other Arab countries." [source, MB website, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28217]

Whether this information will make Team Obama any less reckless in its rapprochement with Egypt's revolutionary Islamists remains to be seen.

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Obama's New Middle East Partner - The Muslim Brotherhood - Funded By Iran?

July 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to an AP story carried by Fox News [see, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/07/05/israels-military-intelligence-chief-iran-deepening-regional-influence/] Israel's intelligence chief, General Aviv Kochavi, briefed Israeli legislators today, indicating that as part of an Iranian push to increase its influence in the rapidly destabilizing Middle East, it is helping to fund Egypt's terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.

"The general said Iran is specifically trying to strengthen its relations with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood ahead of planned September elections there and has begun funding the organization as well..."

In a March 16 piece [see, The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Iran And Re-establishing The Caliphate] we noted that the Brotherhood had at that time already indicated that it's seeking deeper ties with Iran, so the report out of Israel today regarding funding the MB seems entirely plausible.

"The Muslim Brotherhood seeks unity between Muslims calling for justice, civil society and a free and fair political arena. As part of its strategy it engages with nations –like Iran – and groups – like Hamas - that would otherwise perhaps be ostracized, a move that would only isolate and inflate division and conflict...In this context, the Muslim Brotherhood has maintained informal ties with Iran for many years. Under the influence of the tolerant Brotherhood, Egyptians are more comfortable with Shiite Islam than other Sunnis in other Arab countries." [source, MB website, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28217]

Whether this information will make Team Obama any less reckless in its rapprochement with Egypt's revolutionary Islamists remains to be seen.

Eichman's Trip To The Middle East In 1937 And Nazi Plans To Occupy "Palestine"

By EMERSON VERMAAT

July 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It was at the end of September 1937 that Adolf Eichmann and Herbert Hagen, two Nazi SS-officers from Berlin, boarded a Rumanian steamship in the Rumanian port of Constanza. It was the beginning of a remarkable trip to the Middle East. And it was also just two years before the outbreak of the Second World War during which the same Adolf Eichmann would play a key role in the so-called "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" – a Nazi term for killing six million European Jews, also known as the Shoah or the Holocaust.

On November 4, 1939, SS-Hauptscharfuehrer (master sergeant) Eichmann and his boss SS-Oberscharfuehrer Hagen reported to their superiors in Berlin. Their nearly 60-page report is very interesting. It showed that both SS-officers espoused the Palestinian Arab cause. By that time "Palestine" was a British mandate. Militant Palestinian Arabs revolted against British rule and growing Jewish immigration. Their leader was a notorious Jew-hater named Haj Mohammed Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Al-Husseini strongly admired Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

Eichmann and Hagen arrived in the port of Haifa on October 2, 1937. But the British restricted their stay to 48 hours, despite their tourist visas. Two days later, their Rumanian steamship arrived in Alexandria, Egypt. They took the train to Cairo where they failed to obtain a visa for Palestine. The British obviously did not trust the two Nazis from Berlin. Eichmann and Hagen initially intended to meet Grand Mufti Al-Husseini, but met one of Mufti's representatives instead. He was a journalist from Jerusalem who traveled to Cairo. Fearing arrest by the British, the Mufti would soon flee to Lebanon. Eichmann and Hagen, however, reported early November 1937 that the Mufti had fled to Syria.

Syria is now the center of the Pan Arab movement, Eichmann and Hagen reported. It is via Syria that Arab leaders now transfer money and weapons to Palestine to enable the victory of the Palestinian Arabs over the Jews and the British, they write. The (Palestinian) revolt is now being led from Syria. It is in Syria that German propaganda among the Arabs can achieve results, they claimed.

Eichmann and Hagen discovered that Arabs and Egyptians did not like the Jews, but they were not yet ready for the "National-Socialist" view of the Jewish question. When "ordinary Arabs" hear the name of Hitler they are elated, Eichmann and Hagen reported, they honor and repect him but National-Socialism is not a political or ideological concept for them.

Hitler's plan to conquer the Middle East and "Palestine"

It is not widely known, but Hitler, the so-called Nazi "Fuehrer" (=leader), did actually plan to conquer "Palestine", defeat the British forces in the Middle East and kill all the Jews in the region. The Mufti would be proclaimed as the future Arab leader in the Middle East, subordinate, though, to Hitler only.On June 22, 1941, Hitler's armies invaded the Soviet Union ("Operation Barbarossa"). Arab nationalists – except those who were Communists or leftists – welcomed the German invasion and condemned the British for now alligning themselves with the "Godless Soviets". By the end of 1941, the Nazi forces were not very far from the Caucasus. That same year Haj Amin Al-Husseini fled to Nazi Germany. He was received by Hitler and his Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop on November 28, 1941.

Hitler told the Mufti that "Germany stood for uncompromising war against the Jews. That naturally included active opposition to the Jewish national home in Palestine, which was nothing other than a center, in the form of a state, for the exercise of destructive influence by Jewish interests."

"Germany was now engaged in very severe battles to force the gateway to the northern Caucasus region," Hitler said. "At some moment which was impossible to set exactly today but which in any event was not distant, the German armies would in the course of this struggle reach the sourthern exit of Caucasia. As soon as this had happened, the Fuehrer would on his own give the Arab world the assurance that its hour of liberation had arrived. Germany's objective would then solely be the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere under the protection of British power. In that hour the Mufti would be the most authoritative spokesman for the Arab world. It would then be his task to set off the Arab operations which he had secretly prepared." "The moment that Germany's tank divisions and air squadrons had made their appearance south of the Caucasus, the public appeal requested by the Grand Mufti could go out to the Arab world."

According the Mufti's own account, Hitler had said: "The road from Rostov (southern Russia, V.) to Iran and Iraq is shorter than the distance from Berlin and Rostov." "When we shall have arrived in the Southern Caucasus, then the time of the liberation of the Arabs will have arrived. And you can rely on my word."

In other words, once the German armies had conquered the southern Caucasus and reached Iran and Iraq, British rule in the Middle East would soon be over. The Arabs would then welcome the Nazis as their liberators from British "colonial rule" and Hitler would proclaim Haj Amin Al-Husseini as the new Arab leader. "Palestine," would be liberated, too, of course, not only by armies approaching from the north or east, though.

In the Autumn of 1941, there were three options considered by Hitler and his generals. According to the first option, the Germans would "liberate" the Near (Middle) East by Nazi forces approaching from the Caucasus. The second option under consideration entailed that German forces would reach "Palestine" via Turkey and Syria. If need be, Turkey could be forced into allowing German troops to pass through Turkish territory. It was assumed that the French "Vichy" rulers who controlled Syria would also cooperate. The third option was a military advance through British occupied Egypt towards the Suez Canal by the so-called "Africa Corps" (Afrikakorps) in Libya. The Africa Corps was commanded by general Erwin Rommel, a brilliant strategist. All these military operations could, Hitler and his generals hoped, more or less be carried out simultaneously. If successfull, the British forces in the Middle East would then be caught in a gigantic pincer movement and Hitler would be able to occupy Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Trans-Jordan, Egypt, etc.

This diabolical scheme to occupy the Middle East almost succeeded. But thanks to the British, the Russians and fatal mistakes by Hitler himself, the Nazis failed to achieve their military objectives.

First, the Russians halted the Nazi advance just in time and drove the Nazi armies back – all the way back to Berlin. Second, the Germans just did not have sufficient manpower to launch a major offensive via Turkey and Syria. Second, British general Bernard Montgomery finally managed to stop general Rommel and his Africa Corps at El Alamein in October and November 1942. Sir Winston Churchill wrote that the battle of (El) Alamein "marked in fact the turning point of 'the Hinge of Fate'. It may almost be said, 'Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.'" The British lost more than 13,500 men at El Alamein in just twelve days.

In June and July 1942, though, prospects for a British victory still looked very gloomy indeed. Klaus-Michael Mallmann and Martin Cüppers, two German historians, made the following observation: "On June 29, the (German) Panzer Army Africa also conquered the fortress of Marsa Matruh, located some 350 km. to the east, on Egyptian soil. In the following days German and Italian forces drove the British units, believed to be defeated, onward to the east as they rolled on, and in early July, stood at the gates of their presumably final defensive position near El Alamein, just over 100 km. from Alexandria. The conquest of Cairo, crossing the Nile, and reaching the Suez Canal now loomed as a possibility on the desert horizon. The path to Palestine was now a relatively short matter: it was the same distance that the German and Italian forces had covered in the span of ten days after taking Tobruk and advancing on El Alamein."

Haj Amin Al-Husseini remarkably well informed about British military planning and the Holocaust

What the British did not know at the time, was the fact the Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, was remarkably well informed about British and American military planning. Nearly twenty years after the war, Oscar Reile, a former Nazi intelligence officer close to military intelligence chief Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, made the following staggering revelation. "Already in October 1942 Haj Amin Al-Husseini told Abwehr (=German military intelligence) officer Oberstleutnant Franz Seubert that between November 5 and 10, the following month, that is, nine American and four British divisions would attempt to land at Casablanca, Port-Lyantey, Oran and Algiers. The informant of the Grand Mufti, who had been in touch with the Abwehr for many years, was none other than Mohammed V, the Sultan of Morocco." However, no one really paid attention to Reile's book when it was published back in 1973. He had inside information on the matter.

It is also not very wellknown that Haj Amin Al-Husseini knew exacly what was going on in Nazi extermination camps such as Auschwitz, Sobibor, Treblinka and Majdanek (Lublin). In his thorough study "The Third Reich and the Arab East" Lukasz Hirszowicz reveals that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem "wrote letters to the governments of Bulgaria (May 6, 1943), Italy (June 10, 1943), Rumania (June 28, 1943) and Hungary (of the same date) demanding that they rescind permission for Jewish emigration. He urged that the Jews should be sent to Poland instead, 'where they are under active supervision'." "Active supervision" in Nazi occupied Poland meant death. It was what the Nazis referred to as "Special Treatment" or "Sonderbehandlung" – another misleading term for the gas chambers. All the major death camps were located in Poland.

The Mufti also cooperated closely with Adolf Eichmann and Heinrich Himmler. Eichmann's right hand man Dieter Wisliceny wrote in the summer of 1946 that "Eichmann, with the approval of Himmler, gave an order to bring about ten thousand Jewish children from Poland to Theresienstadt. It was planned to exchange these children for German civilian prisoners, through the services of the International Red Cross." But the Mufti suddenly intervened. Wisliceny was then "summoned to Berlin by Eichmann." "And he disclosed to me," Wisliceny wrote, "that the idea of the planned operation had become known to the Grand Mufti, by means of his intelligence service in Palestine. As a result he (the Mufti, V.) protested vigorously to Himmler, using the argument that these Jewish children would, within a few years be permitted to emigrate to Palestine. Following this, Himmler (as he told me) forbade the whole operation."

Thus, even men like Himmler and Eichmann were obviously impressed by the Mufti's efficient intelligence network.

Eichmann, Himmler and the Mufti planned another Holocaust - in "Palestine"

As referenced above, Himmler and Eichmann knew the Mufti quite well. (At his trial in Jerusalem Eichmann later claimed that he had met the Mufti only once, but this assertion is not very credible.)

Eichmann told Wisliceny that the Mufti had visited him at his own SS-office (Department IVB4, "Jewish Affairs") at 166 Kurfürstenstrasse, Berlin. Eichmann "told me in detail about this visit," Wisliceny wrote. "Eichmann lectured the Grand Mufti in his map room, where he had collected statistical accounts of the Jewish population of various European countries – he lectured in detail about the solution of the Jewish Question in Europe. The Grand Mufti, according to him, was most impressed and said to Eichmann that he had already asked Himmler's consent on this point, that a representative of Eichmann should come to Jerusalem as his personal advisor when, he, the Grand Mufti, would go back after the victory of the Axis Powers. In that conversation Eichmann asked me whether I was willing to accept the post. But I rejected in principle to such oriental adventures."Gideon Hausner, the Public Prosecutor at the Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem, later wrote: "The ex-Mufti's ties with Eichmann were long standing. At the beginning of 1942 Eichmann received him and his retenue at the department's headquarters and lectured to them on the Final Solution in Europe. The ex-Mufti was so strongly impressed that he immediately requested Himmler to designate someone on Eichmann's team to be his 'personal advisor' on 'finally solving' the Jewish problem also in Palestine, once the ex-Mufti was reinstated in his office by the victorious allies. Eichmann welcomed the offer. 'A priceless Jewell… The biggest friend of the Arabs,' recorded the ex-Mufti on Eichmann in his personal diary."

In one of court sessions Hausner said: "After the victory, which was coming, as they hoped, these people were planning the same bloody work in the whole world, which would fall at their feet. And the Mufti, who had spilled the blood of the Jews in Hebron, in Jaffa and in Jerusalem, in the riots of 1921, 1936 and 1939, was looking for a man like himself who would help him finish the job. He saw that they did it better there."

In other words, Himmler, Eichmann and the Mufti planned another Holocaust - in Palestine, that is. By no means should a Jewish National Home be established there. They only had to wait for Rommel's Panzer Army Africa to conquer Egypt and neighboring Palestine subsequently.

A special mobile death squadron, the "Einsatzkommando Egypt", was on standby in Athens. It was part of Rommel's Panzer Army Africa. "The planned central purpose of operations for the unit was the implementation of the 'Final Solution' in mandatory Palestine," Klaus-Michael Mallmann and Martin Cüppers write. At that time (the summer and autumn of 1942) the notorious "SS-Einsatzgruppen" and "SS-Einsatzkommandos" had already killed hundreds of thousands of Jews in Nazi occupied Russia, the Baltic, Byelorussia and the Ukraine. (The total number of Jews to be shot to death by these death squadrons would be more than one million bete.) The "Einsatzkommando Egypt" was led by SS Obersturmbannführer Walther Rauff. Hitler said on October 25, 1941, in the presence of Heydrich (Eichmann's chief) and Himmler: "The attempt to establish a Jewish national state will end in failure." (One month later he would meet Haj Aim Al-Husseini.)

Influential Hamas cleric: "The Holocaust is still to come upon the Jews"

Haj Amin Al-Husseini was, as Mallmann and Cüppers write, "a National Socialist and Islamic fundamentalist at one and the same time." He is the spiritual father of both modern jihadism and Palestinian resistance to Jewish statehood. "Kill the Jews whereever you find them," he said in one of his many radio broadcasts from Berlin, the capital of Nazi Germany. "This pleases God, history and religion." This is also the agenda of today's Al-Qaeda. They declared war on the Jews and so-called (American) "Crusaders". And although Hamas and Al-Qaeda are not the same, the official Hamas Charter does quote the Muslim prophet Mohammed, who, according to the Islamic tradition, is believed to have said: "The Final Hour will not come until Muslims fight against the Jews and the Muslims kill them, and until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, and a stone or tree would say: 'O Muslim, servant of God, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him.'" In other words: "Kill the Jews whereever you find them," is also an integral part of the Hamas creed.

It is, therefore, not just Israel and the Israelis who are targeted by Hamas. It is the Jews themselves. Hamas clerics frequently lash out against the Jews, as I personally witnessed myself during a visit to Gaza in 2002. For example, in March 2008, Sheik Yunus Al-Astal, a Hamas legislator and imam, discussed the Koranic verse suggesting that "suffering by fire is the Jews' destiny in this world and the next." "But the urgent question is," Sheik Al-Astal said, "is it possible that they will have the punishment of burning in this world, before the great punishment" (of hell)? Many religious leaders believe so, he said, adding: "Therefore we are sure that the Holocaust is still to come upon the Jews."

Another Hamas cleric, Imam Yousif Al-Zahar, told his followers: "Jews are people who cannot be trusted. They have been traitors to all agreements. Go back to history. Their fate is their vanishing."

There are no Jews in the Hamas controlled Gaza strip, let alone synagogues. If Hamas would militarily prevail over Israel and conquer its territory, the fate of the Jews would be none other than their total eradication. But only if Hamas and other mortal enemies of the Jews and Israel (Hezbollah, Iran, Al-Qaeda) would have their way. This is not going to happen. But the Jews and Israelis should be alerted when their enemies say that the Holocaust is still to come upon them.


Emerson Vermaat is author of a Dutch study on "Heinrich Himmler en de Cultus van de Dood" (Heinrich Himmler and the Cult of Death), Aspekt Publishers, the Netherlands, 2010. Website: emersonvermaat.com.

Sources:

Bericht über die Palestina-Ägyptenreise von SS-Hauptscharführer Eichmann und SS-Oberscharführer Hagen, November 4, 1937, p. 19 ("Kein Araber oder nationalbewusster Ägypter schätzt die Juden…"), p. 27-32 (Mufti), Bundesarchiv (Federal German Archives), BArch Berlin R58/954.

Lukasz Hirszowicz, The Third Reach and the Arab East (London:Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1966), p. 195 ("Godless Soviets"), p. 313 ("…where they are under active supervision."); Gerhard Höpp (Ed.), Mufti-Papiere. Briefe, Memoranden, Reden und Aufrufe Amin al-Husainis aus dem Exil, 1940-1945 (Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2004), p. 179, 180. (Letters in French, the diplomatic language at the time: "…où ils se trouveraient sous une surveillance active comme en Pologne…") David G. Dalin and John F. Rothmann, Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam (New Brunswick and London: Transaction Books, 2009, p. 54 ("Kill the Jews whereever you find them…"), p. 158-162 (Full text of the "Record of the conversation between the Fuehrer and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem on 28 November 1941"), p. 164 ('The road from Rostov to Iran and Iraq is shorter than the distance from Berlin to Rostov.")

Andreas Hillgruber, Hitlers Strategie. Politik und Kriegführung 1940-1941 (Munich: Bernard & Graefe Verlag, 1982), p. 381, 382. ("…weiterverfolgten Absicht Hitlers, eine weiträumige zangenartige Landoperation (pincer movement) gegen die britische Nahoststellung führen zu lassen, und zwar von Westen her durch einen Angriff aus Libyen mit Stossrichtung nach Ägypten und zum Suez-Kanal, von Nordwesten her durch eine – im November bekanntlich zurückgestellte – Offensive von Bulgarien aus durch die Türkei nach Syrien – Palästina und schliesslich als Ergänzung durch eine dritte Operation von Norden aus Transkaukasien heraus durch Iran nach den Ölquellen des Irak und weiter bis nach Basra. Die Türkei sollte dabei 'politisch gefügig' gemacht, anderenfalls ihr Widerstand mit Waffengewalt gebrochen werden.") See also footnotes 25, 27, and 28.

Winston S. Churchill, The Second World War, Volume Four, The Hinge of Fate (London: The Reprint Society, 1953), p. 486 ("We lost more than 13,500 men at Alamein…"), p. 487.

Klaus Michael Mallmann and Martin Cüppers, "Elimination of the Jewish National Home in Palestine": The Einsatzkommando of the Panzer Army Africa, 1942, in: Yad Vashem Studies, 35 (1) (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2007), p. 122, 123 ("The path to Palestine was now a relatively short matter..."), p. 113-122 ("Einsatzkommando Egypt"), p. 124 (quote from Hitler), 130 ("The Grand Mufti was a National Socialist and Islamic fundamentalist at one and the same time.")

Oscar Reile, Treff Lutetia Paris. Der Kampf der Geheimdienste im westlichen Operationsgebiet, in England und Nordafrika, 1939-1945 (Munich: Verlag Welsermühl, 1973), p. 231, 232. "Unter anderen hat der Gross-Mufti von Jerusalem, Hadi Amine Al Husseini, bereits im Oktober 1942 dem Abwehroffizier Oberstleutnant Franz Seubert gemeldet, dass im kommenden November zwischen 5. und 10. des Monats, neun amerikanische und vier britische Divisionen in Casablanca, Port-Litantey, Oran und Algier einen Landungsversuch unternehmen würden. Der Gewährsmann des Gross-Mufti, der (the Mufti, that is, V.) bereits seit Jahren mit der Abwehr in Verbindung stand, war kein Geringerer als Mohamed V, der Sultan von Morocco." The author wishes to thank Dutch historian Dr. Perry Pierik for showing this study to him.

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Record of the Proceedings in the District Court of Jerusalem, Volume I (Jerusalem: State of Israel/Ministry of Justice, 1992), p. 243, 244 (Eichmann and Grand Mufti Al-Husseini), Volume V (Jerusalem: 1994), p. 2028 ("…these people were planning the same bloody work…").

Khaled Hroub, Hamas. Political Thought and Practice (Washington, DC: Institute for Palestine Studies, 2000), p. 272 (Hamas Charter, Article 7).International Herald Tribune, April 1, 2008, p. 1, 8 ("Hamas ratches up anti-Jewish rhetoric"). Anti-Semitic quotes from prominent Hamas clerics.

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Congressmen Pete King And Frank Wolf Demand Removal Of Inflammatory Islamist Media From U.S. Prison System

July 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a joint statement Peter King [R-NY] and Frank Wolf [R-VA] have asked the Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons, Thomas Kane, to remove radical Islamist materials, including those produced by the Nation of Islam and its leader Louis Farrakhan which is intended to sow racial and religious hatred.

The move comes on the heels of a recently concluded hearing by King's Homeland Security Committee which point to increasing use of the nation's prisons to Islamize inmates.

One of the video's in question reportedly contains a statement by Farrakhan who claims, "I hasten to tell you that the precious lives that were lost in the World Trade Center was a cover, a cover for a war that had been planned to bring a pipeline through Afghanistan to bring oil from that region, oil owned by Unocal, of which Dick Cheney is a stock holder."

In an effort to demonstrate the relevance of their request, Wolf and King also highlighted an incident that occurred last month in which two radicalized converts were arrested for attempting a "Fort Hood-style assault" on a military facility in Seattle, Washington. According to ABC News, "both suspects were believed to have met in prison and to have converted to Islam in prison."

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Iran Delivers Threatening Letter to President Obama

By Reza Kahlili

July 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Arab-language newspaper Al-Ahram reports that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei recently sent a letter filled with threats to American officials. The letter, which is said to have been delivered by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, accuses the U.S. of meddling in Syrian affairs. According to Al-Ahram, Khamenei has ordered the U.S. to cease and desist pressuring the Syrian regime leadership, cautioning that Iran will retaliate against American troops stationed in Iraq should Obama refuse to take the warning seriously.

Jalal Talabani, who recently participated in the “International Conference for the Global Fight against Terrorism” in Tehran, promised Khamenei that he would deliver the letter and the message to American officials.

Ayatollah Khamenei, in a meeting with Iranian officials on June 30, warned that the U.S. — in a complicated plot — tries to create problems for Syria, and that the nature of the regional awakening was anti-U.S. and anti-Zionist.

Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, which is a media branch of Hezbollah , quoted several of its Tehran-based sources as saying that the Iranian leadership also warned Turkey against taking any military action against Syria. The report adds that any militaristic meddling in Syria by the Turks would be considered “crossing a red line” and will not be tolerated by the Iranian regime.

The Iranian regime has denied delivering an ultimatum to Turkey, calling the reports propaganda by the West. But according to these sources, Tehran is of the belief that pressures directed at Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian leadership in general are a pretext for the main target, which is Hassan Nasrallah and ultimately the disempowerment of Iran. Therefore, as far as the Iranian leadership is concerned, defending Damascus is a part of the defense of Tehran and Beirut.

The Iranian threat against Turkey and the U.S. is due to the fact that several Arab-language and Turkish media outlets have suggested that an area on the Syrian border should be turned into a free zone in order to protect Syrians taking refuge in Turkey. The Turkish government has not made any official comments to that effect. Purportedly, Turkish authorities have assured the Iranian regime that they would not take any such action and that they would not go along with U.S. plans against Syria. On the other hand, a large majority of the Turkish media actively mentions this as a viable option.

An analysis written by Mehmet-Ali Birand in the Turkish daily Milliyet puts forth the scenario of the occupation of a piece of Syria’s land as a possible solution. However, Birand believes that this undertaking is filled with risks that at present Turkey cannot withstand or enforce. Birand concludes that the creation of a free zone will not only not resolve the Syrian refugees’ problem, but that the Turkish army will not be able to protect more than fifty thousand refugees. This will lead the UN and foreign forces into taking action, further complicating the issue.

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Insidious Pork Attacks Continue On Mosques - CAIR In A Lather Over Louisiana Incident

May 10, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - According to various reports [see, http://al-amana.net/home/2011/05/10/louisiana-mosque-vandalized-with-pork/#more-4909] the door handle of a Louisiana mosque was allegedly smeared with pork in what Islamist groups are now calling a hate crime, "Muslims in Bossier City, La., reported to police that a white male in a pick-up truck tampered with the doors of the Mosque and left pork on the door handles..."

Ibrahim [aka Douglas] Hooper, CAIR spokesman, suggested that the event is demonstrable proof that Islamophobia in the United States is out of control, "These types of incidents will continue to occur as long as our nation's leaders fail to speak out forcefully against the growing anti-Islam sentiment in American society," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper..."

As noted in an October 13, 2010 PipeLineNews.org piece Possible "Bacon Attack" on South Carolina Mosque - CAIR In High Dudgeon, about a similar incident, the motivation behind the faux outrage of the Muslim Brotherhood front groups in such situations is clearly intended to define the nature of "hate" crimes down to a level where it has the potential to thoroughly trample the Constitution, of course thus clearing the path towards Shari'a compliance:

"The issue which the outrageous nature this Looney-Tune non-event masks, neatly encapsulates what many now understand to be among the most critical threats facing the United States - efforts by Islamists to make Western societies Shari'a compliant. In this case, equating even the most sophomoric supposed slights against Muslims with a serious violation of Shari'a, insulting Islam or its prophet..."

CAIR [yes, one of the unindicted co-conspirators in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation] has advised American mosques to take advantage of its special "Muslim Safety Kits" [which presumably contain rubber gloves and handy-wipes] to protect these institutions in the future.

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