PipeLineNews Archives: August 2011

Muslim Mini Riot At Playland Amusement Park, NY - 15 Arrested

August 31, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On the heels of two major "reports" alleging widespread religious bigotry against American Muslims [one released in June by CAIR in conjunction with U.C. Berkeley's Center for Race and Gender, the other released this week by the Center for American Progress, see, Anti-American Hate Factory - Center For American Progress - In Bed With The Jihadists] a group of Muslims took part in what appears to be a mini-riot at New York's Playland Amusement Park yesterday.

Fight Beaks Out at Rye Playland Over Muslim Headscarves: MyFoxNY.com

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Anti-American Hate Factory - Center For American Progress - In Bed With The Jihadists

August 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A bevy of cartoon character propagandists - Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matthew Duss, Lee Fang , Scott Keyes and Faiz Shakir - have just authored a "study" which neatly falls into lockstep with the efforts being exerted by Muslim Brotherhood front groups to incrementally Islamize the West.

Published by the Center for American progress [an organization led by lefty zealot John Podesta and reportedly heavily funded by George Soros - a convicted felon [see, Insider trading conviction of Soros is upheld, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/14/business/worldbusiness/14iht-soros.1974397.html] on the eve of the 10th anniversary of nation's worst Muslim terrorist attack, the document appears to be a fevered response to the significant traction being gained by the American Laws for American Courts movement which seeks to ban the influence of foreign legal concepts [including Shari'a] on American jurisprudence.

Intensive examination of current state court opinions [see, Shariah in American Courts], have revealed numerous occurrences where Shari'a has already established inroads into U.S. legal decisions - hence the need for such legislation.

So what is Shari'a?

If you disregard the tired apologetics offered in its defense either by know-it-nothing [often subsidized] talking heads or professional takiyya artists [aka Muslim liars], Shari'a [Islamic law] is a seditious ideology of world domination secured through jihad. It relies, as an enforcement mechanism on a corpus of 10th century laws [drawn from the Qur'an, its supporting documents and seminal Islamic jurisprudence - which span both Shia and Sunni Islam and all major Islamic legal schools - for its authority] codifying brutality, misogyny, homophobia, slavery, anti-Semitism and barbarities too numerous to mention.

As such, Shari'a is designed to control nearly aspect of human life, underlying it's socio-political-quasi religious nature.

CAP's ponderous document, [see, "Fear, Inc. The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America," http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/08/islamophobia.html] isn't the scholarly work that its proponents pretend. Rather, it's an unrelenting 120+ page screed attacking those who oppose Islamist expansionism in any of its forms.

Not so surprisingly, many of those cast as bogeymen in the piece are Jews - shades of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Mr. Ali, et al., continually bludgeon the reader with what they feel is the strongest card in the multicultural hand, accusing their critics of Islamophobia.

So great is the fear among many decision makers - and concurrently, so great is their cultural shame - that they may be accused of Islamophobia, they would hasten the way for Shari'a rather than being falsely branded as bigots.

This is a proven methodology, the reason why the tactic is endorsed in official Muslim Brotherhood documents, under the heading of turning the West's freedoms, values and tradition of tolerance in upon itself:

  • "The process of settlement is a 'Civilization-Jihadist Process" with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions..."
  • "Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim's destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack..."
  • [source, General Strategic Goal For The Group In North America, an official Muslim Brotherhood document uncovered in a Virginia anti terror raid and used as a key piece of evidence in the nation's largest and most successful prosecution of domestic Hamas financing, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation]

    So for all the sophistry displayed by CAP's stooge authors, the entire "Islamophobia" document should be seen for what it is, an effort to advance the Shari'a proscription against "insulting Islam." The piece is far more than an attack on the messenger, it's a functioning part of a greater - subversive - Islamist narrative.

    The essence of the "report," finds the authors conflating [in a very inelegant manner] criticism of actions taken by Muslims with religious bigotry, and of course all the usual suspects are now chiming in. In the lexicon of the Islamist enemy any criticism of their agenda is irrefutable proof of Islamophobia, a logically absurd circular argument.

    Consider the ridiculous nature of the claim itself; that of an America steeped in Islamophobia. Such allegations are demonstrably untrue, assuming facts mean anything, because the FBI has been tracking "hate crime" statistics for many years now and the actual incidence of real violence perpetrated against U.S. Muslims is so low as to be nonexistent.

    Given the level of Islamist provocation, which includes the initial attacks on American soil, the very fact that bigotry against Muslims is statistically so low speaks eloquently about the good and generous nature of this country.

    For example see the below statistics, taken from the 2008 FBI hate crime report [source, FBI statistics, http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2008, also see, CAIR Continues Big Lie Regarding "Hate Crimes" Committed Against Muslims - FBI Stats Prove That Widespread American Islamophobia Is Nonexistent]

    Religion: 1,606
    Anti-Jewish 1,055
    Anti-Catholic 75
    Anti-Protestant 60
    Anti-Islamic 123
    Anti-Other Religion 212
    Anti-Multiple Religions, Group 67
    Anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc. 14

    Of these 123 incidents, very few even rose to the level of aggravated assault...there is no there there, and there is likewise nothing to this report but more of the same pus, bile and bilge which is boilerplate for these folks.

    So is America the terribly bigoted country depicted in CAP's document?

    Of course not and most reasoning adults know that intuitively, and the facts bear them out.

    Since reality has nothing to do with CAP's effort in this regard it might be explained as a desperate move by the organization, its sugar daddies [CAP refuses to disclose its funders] the Islamists and assorted lefty lunatics, to feign religious bigotry where none exists because they see that time and circumstances might in short order turn against them, what with the results of the 2010 election and the probability that Mr. Obama [hands down the worst enabler of Islamism ever to occupy the White House] will be lucky to escape DC only adorned with tar and feathers after the November 2012 Presidential election.

    Bottom line: when exposed, these merchants of hate have zero credibility. To simply brush them aside while pressing on with the civilizational war against Islamism might be the unkindest cut of all, it's certainly what they deserve.

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    Iran: Time To Free "Holy Quds" [Jerusalem]

    By REZA KAHLILI

    August 25, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Iranian Armed Forces' Headquarters today issued a statement saying that the ongoing revolutions and popular uprisings in the region have created the ideal situation for Muslims to finally clinch a victory over the Zionist regime and to free the holy Quds (Jerusalem) from the Zionist "occupation."

    The statement urged Muslims to turn out for a massive rally to support the International Quds Day on Friday, reminding them that the rallies are intended to show that the Zionist regime of Israel is sinking in the gulf of Islamic awakening and popular anti-Zionist uprisings.

    The International Quds Day was initiated by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic regime in Iran, and is observed on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan, when Muslims all over the world hold rallies in support of the Palestinian resistance against what Khomeini commonly referred to as "the illegitimate Israeli regime occupying Palestine."

    The Iranian Armed Forces Headquarters also said that the serial collapse of the U.S.- and Zionist-backed dictatorial regimes created the potential for the formation of a comprehensive Muslim front against Zionism.

    The statement underlined that the recent developments also have provided the grounds and the opportunity for a final victory for the Palestinian people over Israel.

    Without mentioning the suppression of the Iranians and Syrians and their quest for freedom, the radicals ruling Iran go on to conclude that, since the beginning of 2011, the region has witnessed an unprecedented and overwhelming wave of change: Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution in January, which was soon followed by another revolution in Egypt in February that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Since then, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have all experienced scenes of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to brutal crackdowns on demonstrations to silence their critics.

    Also in an interview with the Revolutionary Guard-run media outlet, Fars News Agency, Habibollah Boorboor, director of the Islamic Revolution Loyalists, discussed the importance of Quds Day this year specifically:

    "Today we are witnessing the Islamic Republic of Iran's tree of life firmly planted and growing in countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen and, of course, all of these uprisings have been inspired by and modeled after our glorious revolution where all of the region's dictators are being overthrown," Boorboor said.

    Boorboor emphasized that the resistance front has been fortified and is better prepared than ever before to confront the Zionist regime.

    He added: "Although the American government and other such despotic countries are willing to support and protect this depraved and corrupt Zionist regime, the Muslim people have awakened and will destroy this cancerous tumor. Muslim countries will take action."

    During a recent secret meeting with his high command, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated that the time is close at hand for the final move to destroy Israel and facilitate the glorification of Islam worldwide.

    Khamenei, Ahmadinejad, and the rest of the radicals ruling Iran believe that, as America and Europe become more distracted with their own internal problems, it is less likely that they will get involved in any further conflicts in the Middle East.

    They are convinced that they now have the best opportunity to coordinate a multi-front attack on the state of Israel. This, in turn, will trigger the promised coming of the last Islamic Messiah and will lead to Islam's conquest for a worldwide Islamic caliphate.

    Mr. Kahlili is a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He now resides in the United States and writes under the pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. For further background regarding Mr. Kahlili see our in-depth interview here Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili - Iran Runs "Large Network" Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic Organizations. He is the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

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    Libyan Shoulder Fired Missiles Already In Jihadist's Hands?

    August 24, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Now that Team Obama has gotten apparently what it wanted, the relatively finger-print free destruction of Muammar Gaddafi's brutal dictatorship, he will now have to deal with the consequences of a broken country with advanced weapons, ripe for plundering by Islamists dedicated to destruction of the West.

    In April, during Congressional testimony, General Carter F. Ham, Commander of the U.S. Africa Command stated that Libya had as many as 20,000 shoulder fired SAMs which at the time posed a major threat to NATO war planes.

    "...threats from Gadhafi's mobile surface-to-air missile systems have hampered efforts to use the AC-130 and A-10 aircraft for close air support for friendly ground forces. Ham said those conditions, which include as many as 20,000 shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, contributed to the stalemate..." [source, Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press, General says US may consider sending troops into Libya as part of any international force, http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=13318869]

    With the country now in complete turmoil and absent a significant U.S. ground presence, the possibility of corralling the shoulder fired missiles is impossible. In fact there is reason to suspect that the most advanced missiles are already in the hands of North African al-Qaeda operatives.

    "...al-Qaeda's offshoot in North Africa has snatched surface-to-air missiles from an arsenal in Libya during the civil strife there, Chad's president said in an interview to be published March 28.

    Idriss Deby Itno did not say how many were stolen, but told the African weekly Jeune Afrique that he was '100 percent sure' of his assertion.

    'The Islamists of al-Qaida took advantage of the pillaging of arsenals in the rebel zone to acquire arms, including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries in Tenere...'" [source, AFP, Al-Qaida Snatched Missiles in Libya: Chad President, Defense News, March, 25, 2011, http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=6060143]

    If Chad's President is correct and al-Qaeda has already snatched the most lethal of Libya's weapon stockpile, then the negative repercussions accruing to Team Obama's Libyan adventure will become apparent to all in short order.

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    Iran - Time Ripe For "Great Satan" To Be Removed

    By Reza Kahlili

    August 23, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The decline and fall of the American empire is unfolding and will usher in a new world order that doesn't include the United States, Iran now believes.

    With the fiasco in Congress over the debt crisis and the financial and economic turmoil plaguing America, the time is ripe for the "Great Satan" to be displaced, according to the Iranian website Gerdab.ir, which is run by the Revolutionary Guards.

    "While the U.S. is entering into a catastrophic financial and economic phase," says Brig. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri in a speech to the Guards' ground forces, "Iran can, with a serious offensive, emerge economically and financially."

    Jazayeri, the deputy head of Iran's Joint Chiefs of Staff, says that while the U.S. has employed all its might in trying to destroy the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Middle East, the region where the "global tyrants focus on the most, is going through transitions whose foundations are rooted in the discipline of the Islamic revolution; in this strategic area of the world, America is regarded all around as the most hated government and country."

    Jazayeri says the United States is facing a slew of crises that will bring it to its knees, including being thought of as the most in-debt country in the world. Racial, financial, political and social discrimination plagues American society, he says, and immorality and profound family deterioration are among the hundreds of other social challenges plaguing America.

    "Confronting all these massive problems," Jazayeri says, "has the sun setting on this empire; it will all come to a head. Then on top of it, America spends billions to spread their banalities in Iran, while from all accounts, America itself is being engulfed in a spider web of banality."

    Jazayeri warned the Guards that Iran's enemies have "many capabilities" and that their duty as soldiers is to be constantly on guard against them.

    "Today we live in a society that is the standard of purity," Jazayeri said. "Yesterday, the enemy who was fighting to destroy us is now fighting for its own survival and in doing so, they will use any tools that they can grab; like wild dogs, they will not stop at using any filthy trick in the book against the Islamic revolution. They will especially try to benefit from software methods and tools, which they have plenty of and which they throw around. … We must master the enemy's engineering of their software methods."

    When that happens, he said, "we are home free to globalize our model for the Islamic revolution."

    In a strategic analysis, the radicals ruling Iran have concluded that U.S. forces engaged both in Iraq and Afghanistan would lead to the demise of America due to financial drain it is having on the country. A recent analysis by the Guards appearing on the same website weighs in on the financial trouble in America by stating that subsequent to several wars, the United States finds itself depleted and desperate. The analysis says its total debt exceeds $14.5 trillion, which is equal to its GDP, and that it will find it hard to support its defense budget.

    The analysis concludes that America will soon retreat from the world of Islam and the Arab world so that it can refocus its energy on its internal problems and on its main foe – China.

    The Guards go so far as to indicate that America is so tired from being involved in many wars that even if Iran makes an atomic bomb, it will not attack Iran, nor will it allow Israel to take such action.

    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, repeatedly has said that this is the century in which America and Israel will cease to exist and that Islam will conquer the world. He has gone so far as to openly state that Israel is a cancer that needs to be cut out and that America is a paper tiger facing an imminent fall.

    Editor's Note: The writer is the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards. 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 "Convicts" Alleged Nuke Hit Man, Majid Jamali-Fashi

    August 23, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to various sources, including the Iranian News Service [FARS], Majid Jamali-Fashi, apparently a member of the Iranian resistance movement, has pleaded guilty to the killing of top nuke scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi during January of last year.

    Mohammedi's vehicle was bombed while on the way to his laboratory.

    Two other high level targets [Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani and Majid Shahriyari ] were attacked in a similar manner during November 2010, claiming the life of Shahriyari.

    Davani was wounded but has since recovered. He was appointed to the directorship of Iran's nuclear weapons program on February 7, 2011 and at the same time declared Iran's Vice President by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Islamic theocracy's titular head of state.

    During his "interrogation," Jamali-Fashi claimed he was part of a sophisticated assassination operation headed by Israel's spy/covert actions agency, the Mossad.

    Israel has denied the charge that it was involved in the plot.

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    Electrolux Tells CAIR To Stuff It

    August 22, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, an unindicted coconspirator in the nation's largest and most successful prosecution of domestic Hamas funding, is once again taking on the Electrolux Corp., based [stateside] in Minnesota.

    The company employs approximately 150 Muslim workers, whom CAIR has been taking advantage of in order to foment the type of civilizational/cultural jihad proposed by the Muslim Brotherhood and its numerous front groups. [see, document General Strategic Goal For The Group In North America]

    CAIR is alleging that the employer is not making reasonable accommodation for Muslims to observe Ramadan. This despite an already extant EEOC mediated settlement of a similar complaint last year. [see, CAIR Strong Arms Electrolux In Minnesota]

    Many of Electrolux' Muslim workers are "political refugees" who were permitted to immigrate to the United States from Somalia, a key al-Qaeda stronghold, under an ill-considered State Dept. program which has been roundly criticized.

    Somali immigrants have in large part not been a model of successful acculturation and have a history of precipitating labor disputes [often represented by Islamist groups such as CAIR] in businesses as diverse as Dell Computer, J.B Swift & Co and the Minneapolis airport.

    More ominously at least 3 Somali Americans have travelled back to their native land to become suicide bombers for the al-Qaeda linked group, al-Shabaab. [see, http://www.investigativeproject.org/2934/somali-american-becomes-suicide-bomber Somali American Becomes Suicide Bomber]

    To many, the prospect of a pressure group advocating on behalf of its constituency is unremarkable however the above outlined type of dispute reflects something far more insidious. It's a clear demonstration of the ability of Shari'a proponents to employ the West's numerous freedoms and rights against itself - a seditious stealth weapon - designed to weaken and eventually overturn constitutional government.

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    NY Times' Hit Gal, Andrea Elliott, Carries Water For Muslim Brotherhood

    August 1, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a July 30 NY Times article [The Man Behind the Anti-Shariah Movement] Andrea Elliott devotes some 3,000 words to attacking the growing number of national security experts [including the former Director of the CIA, James Woolsey] who believe that Shari'a - Islamic religious law - represents a clear and present danger to American Constitutional government.

    Elliott received a 2007 Pulitzer [feature writing] for her NY Times' series [March 5, 6 and 7, 2006] whitewashing an Islamist Brooklyn imam, Sheik Reda Shata. The sole intent of that endeavor seems to have been calculated to make Shata appear moderate, something very important to the multicultural thought police - after all, we can't have the actions and beliefs of domestic Muslims judged under the harsh light of traditional American or Western standards can we?

    In the July 30 hit-piece, Elliott breathlessly lays out a supposed right-wing conspiracy theory, the purpose of which it seems is to make Muslim Americans second class citizens by denying them the right to practice their religion.

    Rather than devoting additional ink to countering the impression Ms. Elliott sought to create, we will let David Yerushalmi, a leader in the American Laws for American Courts movement, speak to the need for banning Shari'a, and other foreign legal systems from having any impact on American jurisprudence.

    Notes:

    To further counter Ms. Elliott's fanciful imaginings - please see the recent 635 page study of the degree to which Shari'a is already having a legal impact in the United States Shariah Law and American Courts: An Assessment of State Appellate Court Cases

    For an analysis of the seditious nature of Shari'a please see, Shariah, The Threat To America

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    CA Parental Rights Victorious - Temporarily - CA AB 499 In Suspense File

    By CAMILLE GIGLIO

    August 22, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On August 15, the California State Senate Appropriations Committee, reacting to the huge outpouring of opposition by parents, quietly placed AB 499, the Gardasil mandate, on its suspense file. The official Committee analysis claimed excessive costs to the state of anywhere from $350-$500 per 3 shot series, to approximately 923,000 students.

    This is not the end of this bill. It, like dozens of others, costly to the taxpayer, was placed on suspense that day in order to give the committee time to reconsider how to make the costs more palatable to the taxpayer.

    All the Suspense File bills will be heard on August 25. This hearing, according to the Appropriations Committee spokesperson, is closed to testimony or witnesses. Should AB 499 be approved at this hearing it will, most likely, move quickly to the full senate where it needs only a majority vote, then be sent to Governor Brown for his signature.

    All citizens should be put on alert to prevent this from happening.

    The outpouring of protest on this bill is a testament to the realization that California parents, be they liberal or conservative in their politics, do not want the state to step in as uber-parent, directing the lives of all children.

    An 18 year old, Northern California Teenager, traveled to the Capitol to present testimony on her experience with Gardasil at age 15.

    According to her testimony, Courtney and her mother visited their local Kaiser hospital for her check-up. During that visit the girl’s mother consented to allow the doctor to speak to the girl alone. The doctor proceeded to attempt to persuade her to consent to the Gardasil shot declaring that, if the girl really wanted the shot, she, the doctor, would not tell her mother. Courtney said no, she did not want the shot. Upon returning the girl to the mother, the doctor declared that if Courtney did not receive the shot, she could, if ever raped, contact cancer and die.

    Situations like this, with a doctor concealing a vaccination from the parents could place children in a potentially life threatening situation. Should a child begin to experience health related problems she may be fearful of admitting to her parents that she received these shots without her parents knowing.

    Courtney is not alone in experiencing pressure from members of the medical industry to accept drugs.

    As it stands, according to an Associated Press report of January 4, 2008, and published in Journal Watch for August 19, 2011, http://firstwatch.jwatch.org/cgi/content/full/2008/107/2, Gardasill is the “most Painful Childhood vaccination." The AP article cited 50 Center for Disease Control reports of vaccine-associated fainting in girls from 2002-2004 and 230 faintings from 2005-until July 2008. Many of these spells resulted in serious injury.

    According to the website, 24-7 News, for August 19, 2011, there is, as of 2009, only one state plus the District of Columbia that has set up “loose" requirements for Gardasil injections and school attendance. Two-dozen states so far have rejected the mandate. http://www.24-7-news.com/archives/4021.

    The on-line Eyewitness News ABC-7 for Monday, July 07, 2008, report entitled “Gardasil under fire for health issues" reported that “Gardasil has been the subject of 7,802 ‘adverse events’ reports from the time the FDA approved its use two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control - [CDC]"

    Merck is already under scrutiny for its Vioxx drug including product liability lawsuits amounting to about $4 million, regarding a practice known as off-labeling - distributing a drug for health problems unconnected with the drug, as well as life-threatening side effects from the drug.

    Following all these reported adverse events, Merck and Co. declared that it would cease its advertising campaign on this product. It then proceeded to make generous donations to the organization Women-In-Government, a 501-C3 nonprofit, comprised of female elected officials. WIG then came under scrutiny for supporting a lobbying campaign by Merck and Co. using their legislative positions to mandate Gardasil vaccinations. www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=women_in_Government

    The vaccine watchdog group Pharmalot published a statement, 7/1/11 by AB 499 author, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins of San Diego, stating that the bill: “is closing the gap between the past and increasing technologies that allow minors access to prevention, diagnosis and treatment...I’m not surprised they’re [Catholics and conservatives] critical, though. Their position on reproductive health issues, as they relate to women and minors, has always been one of opposition...they were opposed to abortion rights for women in California. My hope is to follow the science and the recommendations of the CDC." [see, www.pharmalot.com/2011/07/california-catholics-parental-rights-and-gardasil]

    It seems that what Assemblywoman Atkins is saying is that she prefers to follow the advice of third parties and their bottom lines rather than exercise her sworn duty to protect the Constitutional rights of parents in regard to their children.

    No one can predict what Governor Jerry Brown will do regarding this bill. He seems to be positioning himself as the innovative Governor which could spell trouble for parental authority.

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    Rep Allen West To CAIR Operative Hamze, "NUTS"

    August 16, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As part of its continuing campaign of cultural jihad, CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations - a discredited organization named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, the U.S.' most successful prosectution of domestic funding of Hamas - has been dogging Florida Congressmen Allen West since at least February of this year when Florida CAIR operative Nezar Hamze was told by West at a town hall meeting "Don't try to blow sunshine up my butt..." after West recounted a string of atrocities perpetrated by Mohammed.

    The exchange took place at a town hall meeting during which Hamze attempted to propagandize and cast West as an Islamophobe.

    The latest chapter in this saga of confrontation took place recently upon the revelation [see, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT58uasgyok] that in response to a pestering letter from Hamze, West replied in writing, with the simple statement, "NUTS."

    Though the reference was apparently unfamiliar to Hamze, most students of World War II history knows that it was the defiant response made by Gen. Anthony Clement McAuliffe [101st Airborne] when his surrender was demanded by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge.

    The battle, the bloodiest in the war in terms of American casualties, turned out to be pivotal, leading to the demise of the German army and the ultimate defeat of the Third Reich.

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    Was Anwar Al-Awlaki A Member Of The 9/11 Conspiracy?

    August 16, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Troubling new evidence possibly linking Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American citizen believed to be living in Yemen, with the September 11 terror attacks, is under scrutiny by the House Homeland Security Committee.

    Detailing these new concerns, a letter sent [May 26, 2011] to AG Holder by the Committee's Chairman, Peter King [R-NY] states in part:

    "With the years of hindsight into al-Awlaki's growing status within al Qaeda, including his involvement in the Christmas Day 2009 attack, there exists the critical need to reexamine the facts surrounding al-Awlaki and the 9/11 attacks. For instance, The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States...suspected that al-Awlaki tasked Jordanian national Eyad al-Rababah in May 2001 to assist two 9/11 hijackers in finding an apartment. Al-Rababah eventually transported four of the hijackers from Northern Virginia to Connecticut and then Paterson, New Jersey, where they met four others. That group formed the core of the conspiracy to prepare and collaborate for the 9/11 attacks..."

    The Committee is requesting documents relating to this aspect of its ongoing probe of the extent to which American Muslims are being radicalized, as well as asking for access to various JTTF personnel who may have knowledge of the dealing of al-Awlaki, vis a vis 9/11.

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    Shielding America From A Devastating EMP Attack

    By REZA KAHLILI

    August 15, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Terrorists, rogue states, China or Russia could launch an electro-magnetic pulse attack that would collapse critical civilian infrastructures in the United States, warn two congressional commissions, the EMP Commission and the Strategic Posture Commission.

    A single crude nuclear weapon delivered by an unsophisticated missile could destroy electric power, telecommunications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water across the continental United States.

    Without these systems, our modern society would be thrown back into the 18th century.

    Think of it. No cell phones, IPads, computers, IPods – virtually every device that powers life as we know it – would be destroyed. Planes, trains, vehicles of all stripes – all would cease to function, their electrical systems fried.

    Your help is needed to prevent such a catastrophe.

    President Reagan's science adviser and EMP Commission chairman, Dr. William R. Graham, has warned that a natural or nuclear EMP event could cause Fukushima-type meltdowns at all 108 nuclear reactors and widespread radioactive contamination across the United States.

    The SHIELD Act (H.R. 668), currently before the House, needs to be passed this year. If it isn't, it may well be too late to protect the national electric grid, upon which the U.S. economy and the lives of 310 million Americans depend.

    The SHEILD Act would empower the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to work with industry and other government departments and agencies to protect the national electric grid from EMP threats, said Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, president of EMPact America, who served on the congressional EMP Commission. The act would ensure that the United States has enough Extra High Voltage transformers to survive and recover from an EMP event. The act also would provide a financial mechanism to pay for the protection of the grid. The FERC estimates that the cost for protecting the electric grid would add only 60 cents to the annual bill of the average rate-payer for a period of three years.

    "Other credible estimates are that the 300 most important EHV transformers that service the major cities could be protected for as little as $100 million to $200 million, or about one dollar for each of the 200 million American lives that could be saved by protecting the electrical grid," said Pry.

    Passage of the SHIELD Act this year would give government and industry just enough time to undertake aggressive measures to protect the most vital grid components, especially the transformers servicing major cities, before the advent of the solar maximum or a nuclear-armed Iran, which is fast becoming the biggest threat to U.S. security.

    The solar maximum commences in December 2012 and lasts through 2013, during which time solar flares and coronal mass ejections will increase. NASA and the scientific community predict that a great geomagnetic storm, like the once-in-a-century Carrington Event of 1859, may occur, with catastrophic consequences for the grid.

    In the other threat, the radicals ruling Iran truly believe that the time is near for the destruction of Israel and the demise of America. They see it as their duty to create the circumstances for such outcomes, believing it will trigger the coming of the last Islamic Messiah who would conquer the world under the flag of Islam in the final glorification of Allah.

    As I have reported recently, the Revolutionary Guards have now armed all their naval vessels with surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and have announced that soon these vessels will start missions in the Atlantic Ocean. The Guards have also announced the ability to transfer technology under their space project to solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach any target on the planet.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, has also ordered the Guards to start the process of arming these ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads within the current Iranian calendar, which ends March 2012.

    President Obama's approach of negotiations and sanctions has failed to stop the jihadists in Tehran from pursuing their nuclear bomb project. Furthermore, the Mutual Assured Destruction policy will not deter people who believe that martyrdom is the ultimate prize to glorify Allah.

    We can no longer vacillate. The existence of this great nation – and the world – is threatened.

    Every American must call their representatives and senators to demand immediate passage of the SHIELD Act and to focus their attention on the Iranian nuclear program.

    EMPactAmerica, a bipartisan organization for citizens concerned about protecting the American people from a nuclear or natural EMP catastrophe, has been at the forefront of raising awareness and educating our public officials of the need to pass the SHIELD Act. However, more is needed to alert our political leaders to take immediate action.

    We must act before it is too late. We can make a difference if we, as the people of this great land, raise our voices and insist on action.

    Now!

    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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    The Trouble with Turkey

    By EMERSON VERMAAT

    August 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Thomas Bruning, the general secretrary of the Netherlands Union of Journalists (NVJ), is rather pessimististic about press freedom in Turkey. In March alone, eight journalists were arrested in Turkey. Two prominent investigative journalists, namely Ahmed Sik and Nedim Sener, were among them. Some 60 Turkish journalists are in prison now, just because of what they wrote or on fake charges. "In view of the persecution and intimidation of journalists and the lack of transparency questions can be raised about the state of Turkish democracy," Bruning wrote in April (2011). "In a country that calls itself democratic and wants to join the European Union, free reporting is essential. Press freedom is democracy's greatest good."

    Since Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan came to power in 2002 Turkey gradually moved away from its traditional secularism. Turkey's new rulers belong to the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which initially presented itself as a moderate and pro-Western Muslim party – even though it was unprecedented for prime minister of Turkey to have a veiled wife. Emine Erdogan is a woman who proudly wears the Islamic headscarf calling on other women to follow her example. The AKP no longer is as moderate as it initially claimed to be. It was under Erdogan that Turkey opened a new page with Iran and its Muslim fundamentalist dictators who deny the Holocaust. Nationals from neighboring Muslim countries (notably Iran, Iraq and Syria) no longer need a visa to enter Turkey. Erdogan's new enemy now is Israel, pro-Iranian Hamas and Hezbollah, though, are seen as new allies. As the "Jerusalem Post" noted recently, "Erdogan's anti-Israel rhetoric cannot be seen in isolation from his oppressive policies at home and his pursuit of Islamist allies."

    Erdogan's "Ottoman nostalgia" versus the Turkish army and Kemal Atatürk

    Erdogan's highly successful economic policies and his remarkable election victories in 2002, 2007 and 2011, made Turkey's Muslim rulers even more arrogant and oblivious to criticism. In August 2007, Erdogan's ally Abdullah Gül was elected president, although the secularists and the army opposed his nomination and subsequent election. The swearing in was not attended by the Chief of the Turkish General Staff and the secularist Republican People's Party. Gül's wife is also wearing the Islamic headscarf, a clear offense to the kind of secularism (separation of religion and politics) which the Turkish nation state has embraced since the days of the pro-Western Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938). Atatürk's policy was to westernize and modernize Turkey and abolish the Islamic headscarf for women. He was strongly in favor of the emancipation of women. But he failed to make a real impact on the conservative countryside. Gül succeeded Ahmed Necdet Sezer, a lawyer devoted to secularist and Kemalist ideals. Sezer believed that Islam does not require women to wear the headscarf and was worried about the gradual "Islamization" of Turkish society. So was (and is) the Turkish army.

    Having strengthened their position in 2007, the leaders of the AKP began to undermine the position of the army, which had historically been the most important and powerful guarantor of Turkish secularism and Kemalism.

    On July 29, Turkey's top military leaders resigned. The chief of staff general Isik Kosaner as well as the commanders of the navy and air force handed in resignation letters. General Kosaner was not a military hardliner. He refrained from interference in political affairs. Yet, his recent resignation showed that he was deeply worried about the high number of officers who have been arrested in recent years. Seventeen generals and admirals along with 200 other officers are in jail now on allegations of being involved in plotting a coup. There had been previous army coups in 1960 and 1980.

    The army and judiciary are known defenders of the secularist (Kemalist) status quo and pro-Western policies. Erdogan and his AKP want to prevent another coup but they are now over-reacting. "They tried to create the impression that the Turkish Armed Forces was a criminal organization," general Kosaner wrote in his farewell message "to my esteemed comrades in arms." "The biased media encouraged this with all kinds of false stories, smears and allegations." Gareth Jenkins, an authoritative British expert on Turkey, was quoted in the Amsterdam newspaper "De Volkskrant" as saying: "In recent months more and more officers were arrested on ever more absurd grounds. In many cases the evidence was clearly fabricated."

    There are concerns that Erdogan's real agenda is the establishment of an Islamic state, the same agenda that the Muslim Brottherhood pursues. (Erdogan supports the IHH, the Turkish "Humanitarian Relief Foundation," which is linked to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.) The current Turkish AKP rulers are gradually breaking down the barriers to the Islamization of state and society. The times of military coups are clearly over, but what do we get in return for military non-intervention?

    Nowadays, Erdogan and the AKP are only paying lipservice to Kemal Atatürk, in reality they want to abolish the very Turkey that he created back in 1923. Gareth Jenkins decribes in "Jane's Intelligence Review" how "the AKP shifts Turkey's political compass." He notes that Atatürk abolished the sultanate and established the modern Turkish republic in 1923. "Atatürk banished the Ottoman royal family from Turkey. The female members were not allowed to return until 1952, the males until 1974."

    However, Turkish prime minister Erdogan attended funeral prayers for Osman Nami Osmanoglu, the last prince of the Ottoman dynasty, in Istanbul on July 17, 2010. This was not coincidental. Jenkins comments: "No Turk who watched the ceremony would have been left in any doubt that when he lifted the coffin onto his shoulder, in itself an extraordinary act for a serving Turkish prime minister, Erdogan was demonstrating that he was not only carrying the physical remains of one of the Ottomans but identifying the AKP as the bearer of their political legacy, both domestically and in foreign policy." "The AKP is exchanging the country's traditional pro-Western orientation for a closer allignment with the Islamic world." "More critically, the AKP's ultimate aim is not simply to swap membership of one bloc for another but to establish Turkey as a power in its own right. In this context, Erdogan's Ottoman nostalgia is not for Turkish suzerainty over the empire's former provinces but for its international pre-eminence as the recognized leader of the Muslim world." "The AKP has never sought merely to be part of the Muslim world; it wants to be the leader. Indeed, the strong sense of Ottoman nostalgia means many members of the AKP regard Turkish leadership of the Muslim world almost as a natural right."

    Turkey's current foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu published a book in 1994 entitled "Civilizational Transformation and the Muslim World." He argued, writes Gareth, "that the world was divided according to value systems and, even though they might have fallen behind the West economically and technologically, Muslims remained morally superior and would eventually become the 'determinant civilization' in the world as soon as they were able to 'operationalise their value structure as a social and economic form.'" He believes in the revitalization of the universal Muslim Brotherhood or "Ummah," "Dar-al-Islam, as a world order and the caliphate as the political institutionalization of this world order." Before he became foreign minister in May 2009, Davutoglu was Erdogan's most important foreign policy advisor. He is on very close terms with the Iranians.

    Turkey's Christians under siege

    During a visit to Turkey in October 2010, German president Christian Wulff pleaded for more religious freedom. "Just as Muslims in Germany can practice their religion in a dignified manner, Christians living in Muslim countries should have the same rights to practice their religion openly," he said. "Christianity has a long tradition in Turkey and there is a call to open more churches." Just like Muslims in Germany are allowed to build a growing number of mosques, so should Christians be allowed to open new churches. So far, however, Christans are allowed to open very few new churches. Christian leaders and priests have even been killed by militant Muslims.

    John Eibner, an American specialist on religious freedom, claims that Turkey's Christians are under siege. "The brutal murder of the head of Turkey's Catholic Church, Bishop Luigi Padovese, on June 3, 2010, has rattled the country's small, diverse, and hard pressed Christian community," he writes. "The 62-year-old bishop, who spearheaded the Vatican's effort to improve Muslim-Christian relations in Turkey, was stabbed repeatedly at his Iskenderun home by his driver and bodyguard Murat Altun, who concluded the slaughter by decapitating Padovese and shouting, 'I killed the Great Satan. Allahu Akhbar!' He then told the police that he had acted in obedience to 'a command from God.'"

    Remarkble, though, was the fact that both prime minister Erdogan and president Gül remained silent on the matter. Erdogan is much more outspoken if something happens to the Palestinians in the Hamas controlled Gaza strip or so-called Gaza Flotillas who seek to break the Israeli naval blockade. Indeed, last May Erdogan claimed Hamas was not a terrorist organization. "Hamas is a political party," he said. "It is a resistance movement trying to protect its country under occupation." Gareth Jenkins notes in Jane's Intelligence Reivew that "AKP officials have consistently supported Hamas not just against the Israelis, but also against the more secular Fatah."

    Bishop Padovese was not the first Christian to be killed in recent years. In April 2006, three evangelical Christian book publishers were killed in the town of Malatya. Just two months earlier a Catholic priest named Andrea Santoro was shot in his church. "Witnesses report that the convicted killer, a 16-year old, shouted 'Allahu Akhbar' before he fired his pistol," Eibner writes. In January 2007, the Armenian Christian journalist Hrant Dink was murdered. "A vigorous and well-known campaigner against Turkey's denials of the Armenian genocide," Eibner writes. "Dink had been convicted of having violated article 302 of the penal code banning 'insults to Turkishness.'"

    Another interesting quote from Eibner: "At the end of 2009, Bartholomew I, the normally subservient Ecumenical Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, appeared on CBS's 60 Minutes and shocked Turkey's political establishment. Speaking to Bob Simon, the patriarch reported no significant improvement in conditions for the church. Instead, he argued that Turkey's Christians were second class citizens and that he personally felt 'crucified' by a state that wanted to see his church die out. Asked whether Erdogan has responded to the petitions submitted to him in the course of many meetings, Batholomew answered, 'Never.'"

    Eibner also discusses the 2006 blockbuster "Valley of the Wolves," "an action-packed adventure film set in post-Saddam Iraq." "Reviewing the movie in 'Spiegel,' Cem Özdemir – a member of the European Parliament of Turkish descent – decried its pandering to 'racist sentiments' and making 'Christians and Jews appear as repugnant conspirational holy warriors hoping to use blood-drenched swords to expand or reclaim the empire of their God.'" "Turkey's president Gul refused to condemn it, and Erdogan's wife is reportedly a fan of the racist film."

    Turkey, Iran and Syria

    In September 2010, the London "Daily Telegraph" reported that Iran donated $ 25 million to Turkey's ruling party. "Western diplomats say they are alarmed by reports that Mr. Erdogan has negotiated a deal with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Tehran to make a substantial contribution to the campaign funds of Turkey's leading Islamic party." Turkey later denied this claim.

    In August 2010, European intelligence sources asserted that Erdogan's Turkish government "has quietly agreed to an Iranian proposal meant to help Hezbollah. The sources said Turkey has agreed not to block Iranian weapons shipments to Lebanon and Syria destined for Hezbollah," "Geostrategy-direct" reported. "The sources said Erdogan, despite pressure by the European Union and the United States, has directed at least one close aide to coordinate with the Tehran regime regarding assistance to Hizbollah and Syria. They said Iran, which has offered energy and investment incentives to Ankara, has sought Turkish guarantees that it would not interfere with weapons convoys to Syria." "On August 11, 2010, Italy's Corriere Della Sera newspaper reported that Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan discussed Hizbollah coordination with Iran. The Rome based daily asserted that Fidan met his Iranian counterpart, Hussein Taeb, to explore options for the flow of heavy weapons to Hizbollah and Syria."

    However, the German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" and "YNetnews/AFP" reported on August 4, that Turkey foiled an Iranian arms shipment to Syria. "The weapons were meant for Hezbollah." "In March Ankara informed the UN Security Council that it had seized an Iranian cargo plane headed to Syria with a cache of weapons in its belly."In recent months relations between Turkey and Syria have deteriorated due to president Assad's violent crackdown on massive demonstrations and protests. A wave of Syrian refugees entered Turkey, forcing Erdogan to distance himself from his former ally Assad. Politics in the Middle East often shows a pattern of shifting alliances.

    Erdogan's recent stance on Syria also led to frictions between Turkey and Iran, a close ally of Syria. According to Reza Kahlili, a former CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards and author of the book "A Time to Betray," Iran warned Turkey "to butt out of Syria." "A recent article published in the weekly magazine Sobh'eh Sadegh, one of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's media outlets, sternly warned Turkey against its stance on Syria, emphasizing that Iran stands squarly with the Assad regime."

    "The article, entitled 'Iran's Serious Stance in the Face of Syrian Events,' warned that 'should Turkish officials insist on their contradictory behavior and if they continue on their present path, serious issues are sure to follow. We will be put in a position of having to choose between Turkey and Syria. Syria's justification in defending herself along with mirroring ideological perceptions would sway Iran toward choosing Syria.'"

    Ali Alfoneh, resident Fellow at American Enterprise Institute, wrote an interesting article on "Mixed Response in Iran" in the Middle East Quaterly. He made the following observation on Syrian-Iranian relations: "As for Damascus, it was completely exempted from the regime's rhetorical support for people power as there were no commentaries and very little press coverage of the Syrian protests. Instead of supporting the protesters, Larijani (a prominent Iranian, V.) met Syrian prime minister Muhammad Naji Otri on March 10 to discuss the regional developments."

    Turkish immigrant communities in Europe: Crime, drugs, prostitution migrant trafficking, polygamy, honor crimes

    Turkey's Islamist rulers in Ankara are unable to tackle the huge problem of crime. Not only do Turkish and Turkish-Kurdish mafia networks and gangs pose a direct threat to Turkey itself, they also successfully penetrated Turkish immigrant communities in Europe (notably in Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain). The Turkish newspaper "Hürriyet" reported recently that Turkish criminals have an annual turnover of 3.3 billion euros. The Turkish networks are specialized in drugs, migrant trafficking, prostitution, racketeering and the production and sale of counterfeit goods. The London Times reported in October 2009 that recent "gun murders in North London" were "linked to Turkish gangs in heroin war." "Senior police officers said that they were increasingly concerned at the readiness of the rival gunmen to use extreme violence and their total disregard for innocent passers-by."

    Saban Baran was a notorious Turkish pimp in Holland. As he frequently used to beat his female victims, he was also referred to as "the brutal beast." While in jail he married one of his prostitutes, a native Dutch woman, and quickly made her pregnant. When the child was born he got permission to visit his wife and newly born child outside the prison. He subsequently escaped to Turkey. Many of his victims in Holland were terrified. They were afraid that Saban Baran would try to kill them because they had previously dared to testify about his numerous crimes. Fortunately, not too long after his arrival in Turkey, Baran was arrested on suspicion of laundering 20 million euros in Holland. Because of his Turkish citizenship, however, Turkish authorities will not expel him to the Netherlands.

    According to official German police statistics – the so-called "Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik" – Turkish immigrants play a signifant part in immigrant crime. There is the additional problem of the many so-called honor crimes when Turkish women are killed by one of their relatives if they are deemed to have violated the honor of the family.

    Although officially prohibited both in Turkey and Germany, not so few Turkish men practice polygamy, having more than one wife. It is often sanctioned by the local mosque in the form of "an Islamic marriage." An important advisor to prime minister Erdogan is reportedly married to three wives.

    A German journalist named Isabella Kroth recently published a shocking study on Turkish immigrants in Berlin many of whom are poorly integrated into society. She describes Turkish "parallel societies," domestic abuse, honor crimes, the problem of "import brides" and "import bridegrooms," forced mariages and Turkish-German males who ignore the official ban on polygamy. One of them, a typical macho and a brute, is married to three women. One of his wives comes from Hungary. She was nearly killed by him after allegations of having violated his honor.

    Turkey should never be allowed to join the European Union. Not just because crime is still rampant there or because of often poorly integrated Turkish immigrant communities in Europe, but also because Turkey is bordering instable countries such as Iran, Iraq and Syria. Moreover, the current Islamist leaders of Turkey cannot be trusted. Their real agenda, so it seems at least, is the restoration of Ottoman power. They want to abolish the achievements of Kemal Atatürk.

    Emerson Vermaat is an investigative journalist in the Netherlands. Website: emersonvermaat.com.

    Sources

    Thomas Bruning, Persvrijheid in Turkije, in: NVJ Nu (the Netherlands) April 22, 2011.

    Jerusalem Post (Editorial), June 13, 2011 ("Turkey on the Edge of Autocracy").Hürriyet (Turkey), July 31, 2011 (website), quoted in: De Volkskrant (the Netherlands), August 1, 2011, p. 14 ("Criminelen zettel elk jaar 3,3 miljard om").

    Daren Butler, Analysis: Turkish Government Strengthens Control on Military, Reuters, July 30, 2011.

    De Volkskrant, August 1, 2011, p. 14 ("Macht Turkse generaals tanende"). Quote from Gareth Jenkins; NRC Handelsblad (the Netherlands), August 1, 2011, p. 9 ("Oude kliek verliest van nieuwe politiek"). "De chef-staf die vrijdag aftrad, Isik Kosaner, hield zich verre van samenzweringen en politieke bemoeienis."

    Gareth Jenkins, One the Edge. The AKP Shifts Turkey's Political Compass, in: Jane's Intelligence Review, September 2010, pp. 8-11.

    Nederlands Dagblad, October 20, 2010, p. 5 ("Wulff pleit voor christenen Turkije").

    John Eibner, Turkey's Christians under Siege, in: Middle East Quaterly, Spring 2011, pp. 41-52.

    IPT News, May 12, 2011 ("Turkey's Prime Minister Declares Support for Hamas").

    The Daily Telegraph (London), September 14, 2010 ("Iran donates $ 25 million to Turkey's ruling party"); Hürriyet Daily News, September 15, 2010: "Turkey denies Daily Telegraph claim of Iran donation to AKP."

    Geostrategy-direct/East West Services, August 27, 2010 ("Turkey enabling Iran shipments to Hizbullah").

    YNetnews.com, August 4, 2011 ("Report: Turkey foils Iranian arms shipment to Syria").

    Reza Kahlili, Iran Warns Turkey to Butt out of Syria, Fox News, July 25, 2011.

    Ali Alfoneh, Mixed Reponse in Iran. Middle Eastern Upheavals, in: Middle East Quaterly, Summer 2011, pp. 35-39.

    The Times, October 10, 2009 ("Gun murders in North London linked to Turkish gangs in heroin war").

    De Telegraaf (the Netherlands), February 22, 2010 ("Saban Baran opgepakt in Turkije").

    RTL4 Nieuws (Dutch TV news), August 2010. "Ook een belangrijke adviseur van de Turkse premier Erdogan is met drie vrouwen getrouwd." (On polygamy in Turkey.)

    Isabella Kroth, Halbmondwahrheiten. Türkische Männer in Deutschland. Innenansichten einer geschlossenen Gesellschaft (Munich: Diederichs Verlag/Verlagsgruppe Random House, 2011), pp. 8, 9, 29-33, 140-165 (polygamy).

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    Revolutionary Guard Official - We Not Only Have Ballistic Missile Technology, We Are Exporting It

    By REZA KAHLILI

    August 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Iran has the technological ability to target any point on the planet with an intercontinental ballistic missile should it choose to, according to Brig. Gen. Seyyed Mehdi Farahi of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, who is the director of the Iranian air and space industries.

    A recent editorial in the Iranian Keyhan newspaper, the mouthpiece of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reports on Iran's ballistic missile technology with a headline "Iran Now Exports Ballistic Missiles." [source, Kayhan News, http://www.kayhannews.ir/900511/2.htm#other202]

    In the report the general brags about Iran's military might and its ability to simultaneously launch 14 or more rockets with extreme precision. He says that the export of ballistic missiles and the progress in Iran's space program are signs that Iran has achieved the highest levels of military and technological excellence.

    Despite international sanctions, the general boasts, "Today, I proudly announce that an Islamic Iran is not only capable of exporting industrial and defense products but also technology and defense technology as well."

    Military experts and analysts who cover Iranian military and defense issues have acknowledged that Iran does in fact have the strongest ballistic missile program in the Middle East and that the low costs of the missiles has in fact taken the ballistic missile market out of the West's hands, the editorial says.

    The newspaper cites recent testimony before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee by the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess. "Iran's progress in building ballistic missiles is noticeable, and with the launch of satellites to space it became clear that Iran has succeeded in building intercontinental ballistic missiles," the general testified, according to the paper. The successful launch of the Rasad satellite to space drew the attention of observers and foreign counterparts, the general reportedly testified.

    The Safir missile is capable of transporting a satellite into space and indeed a ballistic missile that can reach beyond the earth's gravity into orbit. The missile has twice been vertically shot over the earth's atmosphere, the editorial says, "but if one day Iran decides that this missile should be shot parallel to the earth's orbit, the missile will actually be transformed into an intercontinental ballistic missile (that) has the capability to destroy targets in other continents."

    "In other words," the editorial concludes, "the fact that Iran currently possesses technology that can put satellites into orbit means that Iran has also obtained intercontinental ballistic missiles with solid fuel capabilities and that at any moment, this technology can be put to military use."

    Iranian officials recently announced that they have successfully developed the necessary technology to build and launch satellites designed to travel in an orbit 21,750 miles above the earth's equator -- and that, in the next few months, they will launch another rocket into space, this time carrying a monkey with a payload of 330 kilograms..

    According to Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a nuclear weapons expert who has served in the CIA, "Historically, if a nation could put a large payload (hundreds of kilograms) into orbit, that has been treated as a milestone signifying that they have a military ICBM capability. We appear to have changed this rule for Iran's space program. If Western analysts today applied the same standards to Iran that we have applied to the USSR and China in the past, we would conclude that Iran already has an ICBM capability.

    "It seems that the Obama administration is unwilling to acknowledge this, perhaps not seeing it in its best interest, alluding that it still has time to negotiate," says Pry, who has also served with the EMP Commission and is now president of impactamerica.org.

    The radicals ruling Iran have now passed a major threshold in both their nuclear and missile programs. Barring any military action, which seems unlikely, there is no stopping them.

    We only have ourselves to blame as it is now certain that the Jihadists in Tehran will have nuclear bombs with the delivery system to target any country on the planet. Though the West relies on the policy of Mutual Assured Destruction, it will find how wrong this policy is with Iran.

    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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    Insane Dutch Policy - Provide Free Martial Arts Training To Muslim Thugs

    August 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The city of Gouda seems to be intentionally enabling the cultural insanity that is rapidly descending across central Europe, as Dutch authorities in this city of about 70,000 are rewarding Muslim street thugs, mostly of Moroccan immigrant stock, with free martial arts training.

    The "theory," such as it is, relies upon the belief that this type of formalized instruction will instill a sense of responsibility among a group of people who have so far generationally refused to assimilate into the larger Dutch society.

    Holland's growing Muslim population is far more likely to be involved in criminal activity that are non-Muslims and are seen as the primary cause for increased anti-Semitism in this traditionally "free thinking" country.

    Many of these Muslim immigrants are employing a policy of cultural imperialism, which has led to "no-go" areas in Moroccan neighborhoods, where police are forbidden to patrol because of the danger involved.

    Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is under constant protection because of death threats by radical Muslims, attacked the idea, calling it "total craziness." Wilders has called upon Holland's Minister of Internal Affairs, Piet Hein Donner, to get involved in Gouda's decision to in essence train the Moroccan thugs to be even more lethal.

    "According to Wilders, what is really taking place is a reward for the aggressive and disturbance causing behavior by the 'Moroccan street thugs.' Gouda has completely lost its way, he concluded. He is demanding in written questions that Donner stops the project...Aggressive and disturbance causing thugs must be severely punished, finds Wilders. [He suggests] where possible the disturbance causing thugs must be stripped of the Dutch nationality and deported from the country..." [source, http://binnenland.nieuws.nl/654129/wilders__totale_gekte_in_gouda, as translated from the Dutch by Beila Rabinowitz]

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    Muslim Brotherhood Justice - Mubarak Tried In A Steel Cage

    August 3, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The sight of ex-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak being brought to trial in a screened steel enclosure must warm the hearts of Muslim Brotherhood officials, but to the world it should serve to demonstrate the country's quick slide towards a dangerous Islamism that threatens to thoroughly destabilize the Middle East.

    Charged with general accusations of corruption [in Egypt? We are shocked!] and having ordered the killing of protesters, Mubarak's trial is really a showpiece, a bit of real-life theater in which the nation's Islamist infrastructure is flexing its muscles to test world opinion, which is sadly lacking.

    Condemnation of this brutal little side-show seems nonexistent, curiously, especially from the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave whose conception of justice encompasses the demand that foreign born terrorists deserve the full legal protection and freedoms guaranteed to citizens of the United States. Possibly Team Obama is waiting for Amnesty International to take up Mubarak's cause and from there, lead from behind as is its style.

    But seriously, doesn't a long-time ally of America at least deserve some semblance of justice or what passes for it in the Middle East before being thrown under the treads of a Soviet era tank?

    Of course it's a given that Mr. Mubarak is corrupt, though his alleged sins pale to soft glow proportions in comparison to what is currently taking place under the current leadership in Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Libya to name but a few.

    Perhaps even with this perspective, Mubarak needs to pay for his crimes in some ultimate fashion - though it is a poor bet that he will reach the hangman's noose before stomach cancer claims him - but the prejudicial sight of him being wheeled into a Cairo courthouse like he was some Arabic Jeffrey Dahmer, liable to slice and dice at the first opportunity, is sending a powerfully disturbing message of the trajectory which Egypt is taking and where the so-called Arab Spring will ultimately end.

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    Gallup Poll Shows Little Muslim Support For Islamist Pressure Groups - Yet Seems To Support Their Radical Agenda

    August 3, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A recently released Gallup poll of Muslims must be sending shockwaves throughout the entrenched, self-appointed spokesmen for the American Islamic community.

    The in-depth survey done by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center [see, http://www.abudhabigallupcenter.com/148778/REPORT-BILINGUAL-Muslim-Americans-Faith-Freedom-Future.aspx] shows that only 12% of men and 11% of women support CAIR, the disgraced Council on American Islamic Relations and that ISNA [the Islamic Society of North America] has less than half that low level of identification.

    Both of these organizations were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the largest U.S. prosecution of Hamas funding ever undertaken, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. Both groups have been named in federal courts actions and linked to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, "The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in the July 1, 2009, ruling" [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing, http://www.investigativeproject.org/2340/federal-judge-agrees-cair-tied-to-hamas]

    Despite such findings, we doubt that CAIR, ISNA and the rest of the alphabet soup Muslim Brotherhood front groups will lose their choice status with the MSM, since leftist journos are propaganda driven and few deliver the goods as reliably as do the organizations representing the Islamist thought police.

    Another finding of the survey is that American Muslims [as compared with other major religious groups] consistently have far lower levels support for American institutions designed to ensure national security such as the FBI and the U.S. military and hold the U.S. responsible for alleged anti-Muslim sentiment.

    Few Muslims [28%] feel that they need to speak out more strongly against terrorism while other religious groups are generally more than twice as likely to believe that Muslims aren't doing enough of this.

    According to the Gallup findings, Muslims are about 300% less likely to support developing and acting upon a terrorist profile than non-Muslims, 15% vs. approximately 50%.

    This might be explained in that nearly half [48%] of Muslims imagine themselves victims of prejudice, more than twice the average of other religious groups.

    Generally, many Muslims display a set of beliefs which are incompatible with what Gallup calls the capacity to "thrive."

    However what follows Gallup's data set perhaps betrays the purpose behind the polling effort, as the findings are then used [and abused] to suggest implementation of a set of recommendations which are at odds with true assimilation and integration in non-Muslim majority nations. In some instances the suggestions are clearly anti-democratic.

    Though Gallup has identified that the strong Islamist hard-line put forth by the CAIRs and ISNAs of the world is counterproductive to Muslim cultural success, it seems to be advocating that same line in the recommendation's section of the 132 page [half in English, half in Arabic] report.

    In that section Gallup argues against its own data in devising a supposed remedy. Here it recommends strengthening and integrating American mosques - known breeding grounds for terrorism throughout the Ummah - and tracking and combating at all levels of law enforcement, what the FBI has already conclusively and consistently proven to be an almost nonexistent phenomenon in the U.S., Islamophobia.

    Gallup's use of and linking of the terms "mobilization" with "mosques" is troubling. It creates the impression that the organization's intention in conducting the survey was political and designed to create a set of factoids supportive of the Islamist position.

    Additionally, it seems to counsel less, not-further integration in non-Muslim countries, something that is already rapidly taking place in the U.S. [and other Western countries] wherever significant numbers of Muslims reside, take Dearborn [aka Dearbornistan] for example, parts of which are already essentially no-go areas for law enforcement and subject to escalating reliance upon Shari'a, which depending upon its degree of application can become a seditious doctrine, incompatible with Constitutional governance and liberal [small "L"] Western ideals and ethics.

    The manner in which Gallup uses its data [regardless of its accuracy or lack thereof] is driven home by the report's final bullet points through which [we must assume] Western societies will be "encouraged" to:

  • Increase grants for journalists and educators taking universityeducational programs on Islam and Muslim societies.

  • Monitor media coverage of Islam and Muslims, evaluatingthe volume of news, how that news is framed, and the sourcesreporters use.
  • Increase multi-religious service opportunities focused on theneeds or challenges of the larger local community. This approachcan help build shared experiences based on shared interestsand, therefore, trust between communities and individuals.
  • Treat Muslim religious identity and Muslim-American identity as mutually reinforcing, not competing, concepts.
  • [see, report, pg. 56]

    This is strong evidence that the original purpose of this entire undertaking was intensely political, constructed in such a manner as to make it look like drastic actions must be taken, some of which appear on their face to be incompatible with either the Constitution or a free society. The idea of some official body "monitoring" news coverage and identifying reporters who may stray from an official party line is so chilling as to be rejected outright, as is increasing grants to journalists and academics with an Islamized agenda attached.

    In fact these same 4 points are entirely compatible with much of the Muslim Brotherhood's core plan for Islamizing the West. That Gallup gives them its imprimatur should raise serious questions about the organization's intent.

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    Why Is The Sacramento Bee Carrying CAIR Press Releases?

    June 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - After a brief lapse, the Sacramento Bee has again resumed carrying press releases from the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR]. For example please refer to - New CAIR, UC Berkeley Report Documents Growing Islamophobia in U.S., http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/23/3722767/new-cair-uc-berkeley-report-documents.html and CAIR Video Highlights Bias in Rep. King's Anti-Muslim Hearings, http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/17/3708611/cair-video-highlights-bias-in.html.

    Excerpt from, CAIR Video Highlights Bias in Rep. King's Anti-Muslim Hearings, "The video, "The Good, the Bad, and the King," highlights the Congressman's false allegations against American Muslims and the manufacturing of the "sharia threat" by some to stoke fear of Muslims and their faith."

    The above is a clear attempt to sow the seeds of disinformation, the allegation that the U.S. is an Islamophobic country. The untruth of this is not only obvious to the many Americans who interface with Muslims on a daily basis, but it is borne out in FBI hate crime statistics which conclusively show that crimes committed against Muslim Americans, simply because of their religion, are almost nonexistent.

    What is CAIR?

    CAIR is a highly controversial radical Muslim pressure group whose associations are so noxious that it was named as an unindicted co-conspirator [see, U.S. Dist. Court Document U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation For Relief and Development [see doc at, https://www.pipelinenews.org/images/2007-05-29-US%20v%20HLF-ListCoConspirators.pdf] in the nation's most extensive prosecution of domestic funding of the terrorist group Hamas, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. In that proceeding, all of the defendants were found guilty on a total of 108 charges.

    Among those convicted was Ghassan Elashi, one of the co-founders of the Texas chapter of CAIR. Elashi was already serving a long sentence due to his conviction in U.S. vs. InfoCom, also a terror related case.

    In post prosecution court proceedings CAIR was specifically linked to Hamas.

    "The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in the July 1, 2009, ruling" [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing, http://www.investigativeproject.org/2340/federal-judge-agrees-cair-tied-to-hamas]

    This month both CAIR as well as its CAIR Foundation lost their tax exempt status for reasons among which were repeated failure to file IRS form 990, a requirement of all tax exempt entities. [see, IRS document located at, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/dc.pdf]

    In another damning revelation [a story broken by the Investigative Project, see, http://www.investigativeproject.org/2709/cair-officials-sought-gaddafi-money] regarding the nature of CAIR, Fox News reported that the group's Executive Director, Nihad Awad, had solicited funding from Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi, against whom the U.S. is currently militarily engaged.

    "A letter from the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and president of an offshoot group, Muslim Peace Foundation to Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has added fuel to criticisms of the controversial group and what its critics say are some dubious fundraising tactics. In the letter, obtained by Fox News and dated Sept. 23, 2009, CAIR executive director Nihad Awad asks Qaddafi for funding for his new project called the Muslim Peace Foundation. Qaddafi was in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly." [source, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/04/06/lawmaker-criticizes-controversial-muslim-group-200-fundraising-letter-qaddafi/#ixzz1QbUvycFA]

    PipeLineNews contacted SacBee management in late March to ask for an explanation as to why it was carrying CAIR's propaganda, which was never really forthcoming despite repeated attempts at clarification. Management's bottom line was that the paper's website carried the entire news feed from PR Newswire - a legitimate company which distributes, for a fee, press releases of all types - and that CAIR's releases were part of that feed.

    Despite the fact that there had been no admission by management that anything was amiss, the practice seemed to cease on or about March 27, which neatly coincided with our bringing this matter to the Bee's attention.

    However in mid June, the Bee once again started carrying the CAIR portion of the PR Newswire feed.

    On June 27 we contacted the Bee's Managing Editor Tom Negrete to find out why this practice has resumed and he reverted to the papers's previous defense, that it was simply part of a news feed which they could not selectively edit and hence, no big deal.

    Asked for a statement, Negrete said in part, "the Sacramento Bee has a relationship with PR Newswire...and we take a look at what they do...it's meant to be a service for companies in this region...are there some press releases in there that I disagree with? Sure...I'm not in the position right now to say what we are going to take out of this...if we take out one, why not take all of them out. I haven't decided that...we don't have the ability to stop individual press releases..."

    Upon further discussion Mr. Negrete seemed to grasp the possible gravity of having the Bee carry water for a Hamas linked organization and gave me his personal telephone number, instructing this writer to contact him on 6/28. Unfortunately Mr. Negrete was not available for comment on that day and did not return our repeated calls.

    So what do we have here; is this another simple oversight?

    We will leave that to the judgment of our readers. It seems that the Sac Bee's publishing of CAIR press releases demonstrates negligence at best, since the practice had already been called to their attention which led to the stoppage [however brief] of the CAIR component of the PR Newswire feed.

    Allowing unfettered access of an unedited press feed into the information stream of a major newspaper has the look of journalistic malfeasance and the explanation we have so far received borders on the childish. Can one imagine frequenting a restaurant upon the assurance of its chef who claims that his food is rotten only part of the time?

    Left wholly unaddressed is the issue of how CAIR might use the [extensive] presence of its press releases in a newspaper. Given the group's track record it would be logical to assume that it would use it to feign a legitimacy which is thoroughly undeserved, "See, the Sacramento Bee prints our opinions...we must be legit..." This is the same MO that it once employed, using its partnership with the FBI as a calling card, that is before the FBI cut the group loose because of the damning information produced during the Holy Land Foundation prosecution.

    The Bee must understand that this is a serious matter, that there is a vast difference between carrying a press release announcing a new product by XYZ Inc., and doing the same for a group as tainted as CAIR. We call on the Sac Bee to immediately cease this practice and get back to the type of journalism upon which it made its reputation.

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