September 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born al-Qaeda leader living in Yemen was killed this morning in a drone attack according to numerous reports. Several of his aides were also killed.
"The source said that Awlaki that is a leader at al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed along with the US citizen of Pakistani origin Sameer Khan and two other al-Qaeda fighters in al-Jawf province in the north of Yemen. Tribal sources said that Awlaki was killed along with other fighters in an airstrike targeted two cars carrying al-Awlaki and some other al-Qaeda fighters in al-Jawf province...AL-Jawf, and Marib provinces are two strongholds of al-Qaeda in the north of Yemen while Shabwah and Abyan provinces are other two strongholds of al-Qaeda in the South of Yemen."
[source, Mohammed al-Kibsi, Al-Qaeda Leader Awlaki Killed In Airstrike In North, Yemen Observer, http://www.yobserver.com/front-page/10021471.html]
Al-Awlaki is thought to have played a key role in al-Qaeda's online outreach to jihadists and has been linked to numerous acts of terrorism including the 2009 attempted Christmas bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253, while on the ground in Detroit. Additionally Awlaki was considered to have been a major influence on Major Nidal Hasan's jihad at Ft. Hood, Texas [November 3, 2009], which resulted in the death of 13 servicemen.
It is not known what effect Awlaki's death will have on Yemen's ongoing civil strife or al-Qaeda's operations in North Africa.
Hezb'allah Cells Active Worldwide, Including in U.S.
By REZA KAHLILI
September 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The terrorist group Hezb'allah, based in Lebanon, is establishing "resistance cells" worldwide under the direction of Iran, according to Mohammad Hussein Babai, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the province of Golestan.
The cells are already infiltrating the United States with the help of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and drug cartels.
The Iranian Student News Agency, which is close to the Guards, reported last week that Babai, during a press conference, revealed that these jihadist cells began forming after the 2006 Lebanon war between Israel and Hezb'allah, and with the current Islamic Awakening, they have expanded their operations.
Their mission, Babai said, is to help create an Islam-dominated world.
This is the first time that a high-ranking Revolutionary Guard commander in the Islamic regime of Iran has revealed the presence of such jihadist cells in the world.
"Today we are a witness to our power and authority in the world," Babai said, "and because of our Islamic Revolution [of 1979], now there is an Islamic Awakening that, with the leadership of the dear supreme leader, Ayatollah [Ali] Khamenei, will become stronger and more resilient." The West refers to the Islamic Awakening as the Arab Spring.
Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi, who is a member of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution and an important theorist of the Islamic regime in Iran, said in a televised speech last Friday that "today we must get ready for a global operation, and our forces should expand their operation throughout the world."
"Our fighters are present in all five continents of the world and will fight against imperialism everywhere," Azghadi added. "We must not fear anyone, and an international jihad must take place to prepare for the Coming." The "Coming" refers to Imam Mahdi, the Shiites' 12th Imam, who, according to a Shiite hadith, will reappear and reap destruction on Israel and the West.
Azghadi said it is the duty of Iran, "the center of the religious fighters worldwide," to export revolution. "As our Imam [the founder of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini] declared, we must destroy Israel and free Jerusalem. We must take our fight into the heart of Europe, America, Africa, Asia ... and just as we helped with the Islamic movement in Lebanon and Gaza, soon there will be an Islamic Republic in Egypt."
He then reiterated that Iran must prepare itself for a global conflict.
The radicals ruling Iran, ever since the Islamic Revolution, have invested heavily to expand their field of operations in Europe and America. I witnessed their activities when, as a member of the Revolutionary Guards, I was also a CIA spy. Every Iranian embassy, Islamic cultural centers, mosques, offices of Iran Air, Iranian shipping lines, Iranian banks, and many front companies dealing with Iran are being used by the Iranian Quds Forces and intelligence agency for recruitment, transfer of arms and cash, and terrorist activities.
They have successfully placed many cells in Europe and, through ties with the Hugo Chávez government in Venezuela, have placed hundreds of Quds Force members along with Hezb'allah terrorists in front companies in Venezuela. Iran has set up an explosives lab in Venezuela for its cells with the knowledge of the Chávez government. In return, the Iranian regime has given hundreds of millions of dollars to Chávez.
These cells, through collaboration with drug cartels, have infiltrated Latin America and have even set up shop in Mexico, from where, in a coordinated effort, they are infiltrating the United States.
The radicals ruling Iran have become increasingly vocal in recent weeks that, because of the current upheaval in the Islamic world and the weakness and confusion of the leaders in America and Europe due to the global economy, the time is ripe to bring the West to its knees.
It is with this view that those radicals, despite four sets of U.N. sanctions, are pursuing ever so aggressively their nuclear bomb project.
Perhaps the jihadists in Iran are emboldened because they are close to having a nuclear bomb. Perhaps they have already armed their cells with dirty bombs. The last report by the International Atomic Energy Agency stated that Iran now has enough enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs. It certainly has the material and the knowledge, and now we must realize that it has the will to do what is unimaginable by the Western world: an all-out attack to create a new world order in which Islam will rule the world.
The hadith presaging the return of the 12th Imam says, "This is the time when the last Islamic Messiah will return to rid the world from Infidels and establish a worldwide Islamic caliphate: Chaos, famine, and havoc will engulf the Earth. Major wars with dark clouds [atomic wars] will burn the Earth. One-third of the Earth's population will be killed, and the rest will suffer hunger and lawlessness."
U.S. Citizen Rezwan Ferdaus Arrested In Capitol Bomb Plot Investigation
September 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26 year old U.S. citizen, was arrested yesterday in a plot to bomb the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon.
In addition to the planned attack, Ferdaus was charged with attempting to provide, "...material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically to al Qaeda, in order to carry out attacks on U.S. soldiers stationed overseas," said an FBI press release.
About the case U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz stated, our top priority is to protect our nation from terrorism and national security threats. The conduct alleged today shows that Mr. Ferdaus had long planned to commit violent acts against our country, including attacks on the Pentagon and our nations Capitol. Thanks to the diligence of the FBI and our many other law enforcement partners, that plan was thwarted..."
Indicative of this DOJ's extraordinary efforts to tread lightly on the tender sensibilities of the American Muslim community the FBI was quick to add what has become its standard "interfaith" disclaimer, "Mr. Ferdaus conduct...is not reflective of a particular culture, community, or religion." How Ms. Ortiz knows what ideology might have motivated Mr. Ferdaus was not made clear during the press conference.
According to the FBI statement, "The affidavit alleges the following: Ferdaus, a Northeastern University graduate with a degree in physics, began planning to commit a violent jihad against the U.S. in early 2010. He obtained mobile phones, each of which he modified to act as an electrical switch for an IED. He then supplied the phones to FBI UCs, who he believed to be members of, or recruiters for, al Qaeda. According to the affidavit, Ferdaus believed that the devices would be used to kill American soldiers overseas. During a June 2011 meeting, he appeared gratified when he was told that his first phone detonation device had killed three U.S. soldiers and injured four or five others in Iraq. Ferdaus responded, 'That was exactly what I wanted.'
September 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Last week, I attended a symposium that clarified for me exactly why Iran is the single greatest existential threat to the United States and the free world today.
The symposium panel consisted not of some off-the-wall Cassandras, but rather of some the soberest most serious thinkers in the field of national security. Among them were:
Lt. General (ret.) Thomas McInerney, Air Force; member of the Iran Policy Committee;
Brigadier General (ret.) Ken Chrosniak, U.S. Army War College, Bronze Star recipient;
Reza Kahlili, Ex-CIA spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards; author of the award-winning book A Time To Betray; Instructor at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy of the Dept. of Defense;
Lt. Col. (ret.) Tony Shaffer, U.S. Army, Bronze Star recipient and Senior Intelligence Officer in the Defense Intelligence Agency;
Clare Lopez, strategic policy and intelligence expert on national defense, Islam, Iran, and counterterrorism issues.
I put these names up front to demonstrate that this is not just me trying to stir up the pot.
The reason why the danger is so clear and imminent is because of a confluence of two facts that make up the perfect storm:
First, the nature of the version of Shiite Islam to which the government of Iran adheres and second, a natural phenomenon called EMP (electromagnetic pulse).
I will deal with them one at a time.
1.The nature of the version of Shiite Islam to which the government of Iran adheres:The mullahs in Iran practice a particularly virulent brand of Shiite Islam. They believe in the return of 'the 12th Imam,' known as the Mahdi. The Mahdi can best be understood as the Shiite messiah. They believe that when the Mahdi returns he will usher in a 1000-year age of justice, and that the Mahdi will come in response to a condition of chaos and destruction. The added fillip to this is that they believe that they themselves can cause this to happen by creating the necessary chaos and destruction (remember, I am not arguing that this should make sense to you. The point is that it makes sense to them).
2. EMP (electromagnetic pulse):
EMP is a natural phenomenon created by the fact that electrons can be "shocked" into spinning out of control, interacting with other electrons. (Please continue reading. This is very simply presented and easily followed). Therefore, a single nuclear weapon exploded at high altitude above the United States will interact with the Earth's atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetic field to produce an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) radiating down which will "short-circuit" whatever electric grid it encounters. In simple terms, if a single nuclear bomb is detonated at the appropriate altitude above the mid west, it will DESTROY the entire electric grid of the US, thus cutting off the lifeblood of the US economy. Just to be clear, if this happens, the electricity system won't be capable of being turned back on. It will be finished. Think of it, no lights, no manufacturing, no banking system, no.... nothing - all will be destroyed! There is no way that the United States can survive such an attack as a functioning society.
Now, ask yourselves if you think that those who fall under factor #1 above (Mahdist Shiite Muslims), in order to create the conditions for the return of the Mahdi, would hesitate to resort to factor #2 above (creating an EMP by detonating a nuclear weapon)? Remember, this is not me saying this. This is General McInerney, General Chrosniak, Reza Kahlili, etc. who are saying this.
The US government accepts this as fact, but they don't make a big deal about it because they don't want to create a panic. They are also concerned that the Jon Stewarts and Stephen Colberts of the world will satirize it into oblivion (remember "Star Wars").
The possibility of weaponizing EMP is a problem that will be with us for a very long time, but at a relatively nominal cost we already have the technology to "harden" the electric grid of the United States. This (national security) is a function given by the Constitution to the Federal government, as opposed to (among other things) subsidizing public broadcasting or distributing cheese. We need to act now to put this protection in place.
The immediate, existential situation of Iran can and must be addressed immediately. Fortunately, the mullahs do not have the support of the people of Iran. Furthermore, the vast majority of the Iranian people (this according to the panelists at the symposium) are not Mahdists. If we had supported the revolt in Iran two years ago, we might very well have a friendly Iranian government in power now. It is not too late. There is an incipient revolutionary underway in Iran. We must help that revolution to occur.
There is so much more to say on this subject. For more information, I encourage you to go to: EMPActAmerica.
EMPactAmerica is comprised of an extraordinary group of people. They are not asking for anything from you except your attention.
Please consider what you have just read, become aware of the seriousness of the peril in which we find ourselves, and let others know.
Broward County GOP Rejects Membership Of CAIR Stooge Nezar Hamze
September 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - By the lopsided vote of 158-11, reflecting a commendable basic distrust of CAIR's takiyya practitioners, on Monday evening the Broward County GOP rejected an application for membership in the group by Nezar Hamze, the exec. dir. of the S. Florida chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations.
As the Miami Herald characterized the meeting, "Republicans, who changed their rules to publicly vet Nezar Hamze and then vote on his application by secret ballot, said they didnt oppose him because he was a Muslim - but because he is associated with the Center [sic] for American-Islamic Relations, whose Washington-area affiliate was an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal terrorism indictment..." [source, Broward GOP blocks Muslim activist from top committee at raucous meeting, Miami Herald Blog, http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2011/09/broward-gop-blocks-muslim-activist-from-top-committee-at-raucous-meeting.html#ixzz1ZGsVfGh9]
Florida Republicans have become accustomed to Hamze's combative antics, the most recent of which found Rep. Allan West [R-FL] revealing him to be an ill-mannered Islamist propagandist during a spirited town hall meeting.
The prospect of Islamists infiltrating the GOP remains a very real concern especially after the experience of the G.W. Bush administration which allowed Abdulahman Alamoudi [the founder of the American Muslim Council] to gain high level access to administration decision makers at a time when Alamoudi was conducting terrorist activities. Alamoudi plead guilty to terror-related charges [including involvement in a plot to assassinate the then Saudi Crown Prince - now King - Abdullah] in 2004 and remains incarcerated.
Fortunately Hamze's clownish tactics defeated him, but the prospect of Islamist infiltration of political parties - a key Muslim Brotherhood goal - is something that should be of great concern both to the public as well as political institutions.
Iran Threatens To Deploy Naval Vessels Off US Atlantic Coast
September 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a sign of growing belligerence no doubt buoyed by a hapless US administration, yesterday, Iran's Naval Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that his nation intends to deploy part of its navy just off the US Atlantic coast.
According to a statement released by Iran's state controlled PressTV Sayyari said, "Just like the global hegemony that is present near our marine borders, we also plan to establish a strong presence near US marine borders." [source, Iran to deploy vessels near US waters, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/201424.html]]
So far, US administration officials have not publicly responded to the threat, but the announcement coming on the heels of Team Obama's demonstration of timidity and weakness in dealing with Friday's UN vote on the establishment of a "Palestinian" state, can't be reassuring.
With Hezbollah [Iran's proxy army] cells already established from South America north to Mexico the prospect of Iranian naval vessels - possibly equipped with EMP capabilities [please see, Reza Kahlili, EMP Attack By Iran Could Destroy America] - just miles off our Eastern Coast must be unsettling even to Obama's team of amateurish appeasers.
National Conference On Jewish Affairs Slams Team Obama, UN, MSM Over "Palestine" Vote
September 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The National Conference on Jewish Affairs [NCJA] today denounced the moral equivalence employed by Team Obama, the majority of the UN and most of the American media in casting the Prime Minister of the State of Israel and the president of the Hamas-controlled [i.e. terrorist-controlled] Palestinian Authority as being equally dedicated to achieving a genuine and lasting peace in the Middle East.
According to Danny Danon, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, President Obama made conditional his veto of the PA's bid for U.N. recognition, forcing PM Netanyahu to agree to continued US funding of the Arabs now living in Judea & Samaria [the West Bank].
The NCJA also strongly criticized the conspicuous absence and silence of many Jewish establishment organization officials in the recent battle over the unilateral declaration of a sovereign Arab Palestinian state.
"The NCJA stands firmly with Israel and her millions of supporters in the United States," stated NCJA spokesperson Beth Gilinsky, "and will continue to be at the forefront of exposing the hypocrisy that emanates from any quarter, be it the media, the government of the United States, or fellow-travelers within the American Jewish community itself. We invite Jews and friends of Israel across America to join us."
September 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - We reported on these pages [see, Libyan Shoulder Fired Missiles Already In Jihadist's Hands?, PipeLineNews.org, https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=libya8242011101%2Ehtm] a month ago, that the threat of Libya's stockpile of 20,000 missiles [ground to air and air to air] ultimately falling into the hands of North African based jihadists was such a distinct possibility that it might have already taken place at the time of that writing.
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]
Today, multiple sources are reporting that Libya's rocket arsenal has disappeared in the tumult ensuing from Team Obama's ill-planned military adventurism. [see, Nightmare in Libya: 20,000 Surface-to-Air Missiles Missing, ABC News, http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/nightmare-libya-20000-surface-air-missiles-missing/story?id=14610199]
"U.S. officials had once thought there was little chance that terrorists could get their hands on many of the portable surface-to-air missiles that can bring down a commercial jet liner.
But now that calculation is out the window, with officials at a recent secret White House meeting reporting that thousands of them have gone missing in Libya."
One can only imagine the incompetence on display during the high level intel briefings which led this administration conclude that Libya's weaponry could be secured in the wake of the Ghadafi regime.
Noting the extraordinary efforts being taken by US based jihadis to secure just a few shoulder fired missiles, the thought of thousands of them showing up on the terror black market is a shocking prospect, giving the al-Qaeda's of the world a force multiplier of untold proportions.
10 Muslim UC Irvine Free Speech Opponents Convicted
September 26, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a case that came to be known as that of the "Irvine 11," an Orange County jury has found 10 of the 11 defendants guilty of disrupting a February 2010 speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. Their sentencing amounted to a slap-on-the-wrist at best, 56 hrs of community service and two years of a very loose form of probation.
Throttling of free speech by radical Muslim college students has become a familiar and accepted tactic on most major American campuses, which are now often serving as test beds for the type of civilizational jihad advocated by the Muslim Brotherhood and its numerous American front groups.
Understandably this stidently anti-democratic and bigoted mindset has made UC Irvine a particularly unfriendly campus for Jewish students who constantly complain of Muslim thuggery, racial and religious slurs and other forms of harassment. The campus features a yearly "anti-apartheid" week during which Israel and Jews are pilloried.
"...There, on the campus of the University of California at Irvine, Jewish students were physically and verbally harassed, threatened, shoved, stalked, and targeted by rock-throwing groups and individuals. Jewish property was defaced with swastikas, and a Holocaust memorial was vandalized. Signs were posted on campus showing a Star of David dripping with blood. Jews were chastised for arrogance by public speakers whose appearance at the institution was subsidized by the university. They were called "dirty Jew" and "fucking Jew," told to "go back to Russia" and "burn in hell," and heard other students and visitors to the campus urge one another to "slaughter the Jews." One Jewish student who wore a pin bearing the flags of the United States and Israel was told to "take off that pin or we'll beat your ass." Another was told, "Jewish students are the plague of mankind" and "Jews should be finished off in the ovens." [source, Kenneth Marcus, A Blind Eye To Campus Anti-Semitism?," Commentary Magazine, http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/a-blind-eye-to-campus-anti-semitism/]
Stoking this particular incident was UC Irvine's notorious Muslim Student Union which was suspended for a year and put on probation for a similar period because of its history of this type of bullying behavior.
"During the trial, prosecutor Dan Wagner told jurors the students infringed upon the rights of 700 people who had gone to the Irvine campus to hear Oren. He showed video footage of university officials pleading with students to stop interrupting the diplomat's speech and emails sent among members of UC Irvine's Muslim Student Union planning the disruption and calculating who was willing to get arrested."
[source, Amy Taxin, Calif. Muslim Students Found Guilty Of Disrupting Speech, Associated Press, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h7LR8AXH1-t4SuTj2exRgPaHQNNw?docId=97bad286c9d04c3882a894210c17e9f0]
Though it calls itself the Muslim Student Union, its actions seem to be in lockstep with those of the national Muslim Students Association [MSA], of which it is reportedly an affiliate. [see, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Students'_Association] The MSA is a known Muslim Brotherhood front group.
"The Muslim Students Association (MSA) of the United States and Canada was incorporated in January 1963 when members of the Muslim Brotherhood came together at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the goal of 'spreading Islam as students in North America.'"
Even with such a brief overview it becomes clear that justice in this case was assaulted rather than served, allowing UC Irvine's MSU to once again commence its psychological reign of terror upon its reestablishment on this campus.
July 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Back in 2005, as a side project we started  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.
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."
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."
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?
"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.
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]
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.
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.
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."
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..."
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]
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
"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."
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.
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."
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.
June 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Onta Williams, James Chromitie, and David Williams, who engaged in a conspiracy to bomb the Riverdale Temple in the Bronx, the Riverdale Jewish Center and to shoot down military aircraft with Stinger missiles, received what amounts to a slap on the wrist today in Manhattan Dist. Court, as judge Coleen McMahon [a Clinton appointee, 1998] imposed the minimum sentence of 25 years. Laguerre Payen, the fourth defendant, will be sentenced after a psychiatric evaluation.
Government prosecutors had demanded life sentences because of the serious nature of the case which the plotters thought involved blowing up the Jewish sites with extraordinarily powerful IEDs containing 30 lbs each of the plastic explosive C-4 and using surface to air Stinger missiles to bring down the military jets.
The three believed they were working with Jaish-e-Mohammad [the "Army of Mohammed"] a designated Foreign Terrorist Group based in Pakistan.
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, 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.
June 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - After a multi-year struggle the so-called Kahlil Gibran International Academy in New York is finally shackling its doors.
The move represents a major victory for local citizens and those concerned about national security who drew attention to the hidden agenda behind the school, that it was intended to serve as a publicly funded madrassa, a pathway to instilling a radical Islamic perspective in unsuspecting children lured into the institution upon the false promise of it being some manner of multicultural nirvana.
Perhaps now, the know-it-nothing do-gooders and Islamists, will halt the use of the children of this district as pawns in a larger political battle.
Regarding the battle, Mayor Bloomberg, the various school boards, bureaucrats and the private philanthropy attempting to underwrite this monstrosity all deserve shared blame for pushing an obviously fraudulent idea in the first place.
June 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a late night raid, Afghani terrorists attacked the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul. The location was chosen as the site for an important upcoming security conference necessitated by plans by Team Obama to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan by 2014, with major cuts coming just before the 2012 presidential election.
The attackers used automatic weapons as well as grenade launchers. Dozens are feared dead.
A report from NPR stated, "The attack occurred the day before a conference was scheduled in Kabul to discuss plans for Afghan security forces to take the lead for securing an increasing number of areas of the country between now and 2014 when international forces are expected to move out of combat roles. Afghans across the country were in the city to attend, though it's not known if any where staying at the Inter-Continental." [source, http://www.npr.org/2011/06/28/137481552/gunmen-attacks-kabul-hotel-at-least-10-dead]
June 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Following on the heels of the IRS' announcement that CAIR's tax exempt status has been revoked, Representative Frank Wolf [R-VA] today asked "the IRS to also investigate whether CAIR has illegally received or solicited funds from foreign governments or agents."
CAIR's tax exempt status was terminated because the organization [named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas funding prosecution, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation] consistently failed to file the required reporting form 990.
Wolf, along with many others wants to resolve the question of whether foreign and potentially hostile governments have funded the tainted organization. Wolf called attention and forwarded to the IRS a, "copy of a recently disclosed letter from CAIR executive director Nihad Awad to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in which he appears to solicit money for a CAIR project."
June 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Hamas prisoners being held in at least one Israeli jail have started a hunger strike, in response to the Netanyahu government's decision to remove a small number of them from the general prison population and place them in solitary confinement.
Netanyahu's move was driven by growing public outrage over the refusal of Hamas leaders to permit human rights groups from visiting Gilad Shalit and IDF soldier who was kidnapped in 2006.
Hamas has repeatedly used Shalit as a bargaining chip in order to secure the release of hundreds of Hamas prisoners.
June 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Saturday, June 18, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi started his two-day visit to Afghanistan at the invitation of Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak.
Mr. Vahidi, who served as the chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards? intelligence unit and later as the commander of the Quds Force, has been involved in worldwide terrorism against America and Israel for years. He established ties with al-Qaeda and expanded his network of terrorism, which was then fully established through the auspices of Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. These collaborations resulted in several major terrorist attacks, including the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut in 1983 and the Jewish community center bombing in Argentina in 1994, which earned him a spot on Interpol's most-wanted list.
However, Mr. Vahidi was warmly welcomed by the Afghan officials and held several meetings with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, Afghan Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili, and Afghan President Karzai. In every meeting, Mr. Vahidi blamed America for all the problems facing Afghanistan and blasted U.S. plans for the establishment of permanent military bases in Afghanistan, warning that Washington seeks to strengthen its hegemony in the region. He further stated that:
June 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a hard hitting report regarding the recently concluded Dearborn International Arab Festival, Stuart Kaufman, a regional coordinator for the anti-Islamist organization The United West found that the city has become overrun by Muslim extremists and has, in a de-facto manner, essentially seceded from the United States.
"...my reflections upon having returned...from Dearborn after this eventful weekend...was one of unease because of a palpable feeling that bad things were happening all around me. I came to the conclusion that Dearborn is a very, very bad place. It is lost. It is no longer part of America. It is a primary source of a virus that is spreading throughout this country..."
The event being referred to has been held for 16 years in a row.
In recent times, local police, who have become total dhimmis rather than enforcing American law, spent their time harassing Christians exercising their First Amendment rights. Significantly, last year the Dearborn police arrested members of a Christian group, which then sued to secure their rights - slapping the Dearborn PD down in a very unsubtle manner. To review our June 28, 2010 story, covering last year's event please take this link Dhimmi Alert - Christian Missionaries Arrested at Dearborn Islam Festival - Presence Offensive to Muslims.
At last weekend's festival one of Mr. Kaufman's colleagues was spit upon and struck by Muslim youths while filming video. The spirit and tenor of the event was expressed by a fair peddler, displaying pro-Palestinian propaganda. She, according to Kaufman stated that she would have killed Anwar Sadat [the Egyptian president who made peace with Israel] herself.
As these pages have continually noted, one of the methods whereby the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists intend to destroy the West is through a process of colonization. Often using the mechanism of chain migration, these seditious-minded individuals establish outposts in American cities and proceed to Islamize them, along the way cowing the police and elected officials, who quake at the thought of being called Islamophobic.
June 20, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a desperate effort to secure a smoke and mirrors peace in Afghanistan, the Obama Administration is seriously negotiating with elements of the Taliban, thus immeasurably increasing their stature and ultimate importance.
The end game this policy represents is a total negation of Obama's own words when he claimed in a two-part interview with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, "I can say we will defeat al Qaeda and that the Taliban will not be retaking Afghanistan..."
By "negotiating" with the Taliban, Team Obama is actually guaranteeing its survival and continued vitality. Under such a forced U.S. withdrawal either the already faltering central government will immediately fall or a more deadly civil-war will ensue. Either prospect is unthinkable against the sacrifice of blood and honor which constitutes America's 10 year presence in the country.
June 15, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - During an MSNBC interview [see, http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/15/muslim-rep-keith-ellison-to-herman-cain-review-that-pledge-of-allegiance/] Representative Keith Ellison [who took the oath of office on a Qur'an] tried to draw some equivalency between Islamic jihadists and Christian and Jewish Americans.
Regarding GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain's debate statement, that he would permit Muslims in his cabinet only if they took some form of loyalty oath, Ellison stated, "Well, you got violent Christians and good Christians...You got violent Jews and good Jews. You got people of all...what he said about Muslims is true for every community."
We would expect nothing less than this type of double-talking takiyya from Mr. Ellison. His continued support for two groups, ISNA and CAIR [both unindicted co-conspirators in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, the largest and most successful prosecution of American Hamas funders to date] mark him indelibly as an Islamist.
June 15, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Today's Congressional hearings, "Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons," helped to outline the process whereby American prisoners are converting to radical Islam.
Peter King [R, NY] Chair of the House Homeland Security in a prepared statement said, "Today we hold the second in a series of hearings on radicalization in the Muslim American community; specifically, on the important issue of the threat of Islamic radicalization in U.S. prisons. I welcome our distinguished panel of witnesses. They have first-hand insights into this problem, and we appreciate their willingness to share their experiences with the Committee. This issue of Islamic radicalization in U.S. prisons is not new. In fact, this is the third Congressional hearing on this problem in recent years. It is a hearing which is necessary because the danger remains real and present, especially because of Al Qaeda's announced intention to intensify attacks within the United States. A number of cases since 9/11 have involved terrorists who converted to Islam or were radicalized to Islamism in American prisons, then subsequently attempted to launch terror strikes here in the U.S. upon their release from custody.
Showing bipartisan concern King related the recent experience of Senator John Kerry [D, MA]who last year stated, "Three dozen U.S. citizens who converted to Islam while in prison have traveled to Yemen, possibly for Al Qaeda training."
Mr. King added, "Dozens of ex-cons who became radicalized Muslims inside U.S. prisons have gone to Yemen to join an Al Qaeda group run by a fellow American, Anwar al-Awlaki, whose terrorists have attacked the U.S. Homeland several times since 2008 and generally acknowledged to be Al Qaeda's most dangerous affiliate."
June 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Ever since the Islamic revolution of 1979 in Iran and the rule of the clerics, rape, torture and execution has been a common practice by the Iranian rulers.
The clerics even honored those who killed the most. Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi Gilani, as the chief judge of the Revolutionary Courts, had ordered demonstrators killed and virgin girls raped prior to execution so they could not go to heaven. He called the torture and killing of male and female opponents of the regime fair and just. All for no other reason than they violated the Islamic law as viewed by the mullahs. He was awarded the highest judicial honor for his 30 years of service to the Islamic Republic.
Recently Mohammad-Javad Larijani - head of the human rights council in Iran's judiciary called Execution, Eye Gouging, Cutting off Hands and Feet and stoning 'Beautiful and Necessary' under Islam.
Ayatollah Haeri Shirazi, a member of the Assembly of Experts (The body that chooses the Supreme Leader) in a meeting with the Iranian officials asked to implement the cutting off hands with the same persistence of wanting to wipe Israel off the map!
June 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - On June 15 Representative Peter King [R, NY] will call to order the next in his series of national security hearings dealing with the alarming rise of radicalized American Muslims.
According to Mr. King, "The hearing, entitled "The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons," will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15th, in 311 Cannon House Office Building."
June 9, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Israeli PM Netanyahu has refused to meet with a group of anti-Israel U.S. legislators in the Hamas hotbed of Ramallah. The delegation consisted of some of the most strident leftists in the House including Sam Farr (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN], Lynn Woolsey (D-CA], John Yarmuth (D-KY] and Steve Cohen (D-TN]. [see, YnetNews, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4078936,00.html]. The George Soros funded agitprop organization, J Street organized the event.
J Street operates as a hard-left pressure group whose advocacy of accepting Israel's indefensible 1967 borders would result in the destruction of the Jewish state. It also favors negotiations with the Muslim Brotherhood created Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, "we would not oppose a decision by the Israeli government, the United States, or other countries to find unofficial, indirect ways to engage Hamas..." [source, J Street website, http://jstreet.org/the-us-and-palestinian-statehood/]
The organization is run by a lifelong Democrat operative, Jeremy Ben-Ami, who held a position in the Clinton administration and later signed on to the ill-fated Dean campaign.
June 8, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Reza Kahlili [a pseudonym] is the author of a revealing new book A Time To Betray - The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran which details his journey from member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard to CIA informant. The book has been widely noted as an important work, awarded the 2011 International Book Awards in two categories, "Autobiography/Memoirs" and "Best New Non-Fiction." The book also was named, by the National Best Book Awards as the best non-fiction narrative in 2010.
On June 7 we interviewed Mr. Kahlili and are pleased to present excerpts from that interview here.
As an idealistic student studying in the U.S. back during the tumultuous 70s, Reza Kahlili returned to his native country and became active in Iranian politics, inspired by the revolution that swept Ayatollah Khomeini into power, believing - as did many - that Khomeini would usher in a watershed period in the wake of Shah Reza Pahlavi, who was forced to leave office.
Kahlili became involved with the IRG, Iran's Revolutionary Guard at an early point when it was comprised mainly of "common kids from the neighborhood," thinking its intent was solely to "support and protect the country." At the time Khomeini mouthed platitudes such as, "a nation that does not have freedom does not have civilization."
Q. Was it your opinion at the time you started getting involved with these folks that Islam was compatible with a Western conception of freedom, civil liberties, freedom of expression and equal rights for women?
A. "Just a few months down the road I was shocked by what was taking place...the clerics started interfering in the government...they started to construct their power...then they started to form a revolutionary court and prosecute old military officers under the Shah executing thousands...then the trial of 50,000...then the takeover of the U.S. embassy which was a big slap in my face...[it became clear that]...the clerics were going to enforce Islamic law...it was then that I realized that the country was moving towards Islamization and a hard core radical was taking hold of power...universities where shut down...political parties were banned...that was when I thought that I needed to take whatever action I could to confront the regime...it happened very fast...it became the country of the jihadists...that's when I decided to come back to the U.S..."
June 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan represents the triumphant Janus-faced approach to the fundamentalist global "Islamic revival." He and his pious forbears have now completed dismantling Turkey's secular experiment, and achieved the full-throated re-Islamization of Turkish society, an insidious process begun already within the decade after Ataturk's death, in 1938. When currying favor with gullible Western audiences, Erdogan burbles disingenuous ecumenical platitudes about the "Alliance of Civilizations." But in reality, this is an Islamization campaign promoted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, notably Saudi Arabia, which rewarded Erdogan, for his role in the Alliance, specifically, as "services to Islam," with the "King Faisal International Prize," considered the "Nobel prize" of the Arab world. Regardless, Erdogan has always aroused his Muslim constituencies by brazenly appealing to their deep-seated jihadist sentiments as he did while mayor of Istanbul, in 1997, delivering a fiery speech that reminded the masses of these words from the poem "The Soldier's Prayer," written (in 1912) by Turkish nationalist poet Ziya Gokalp:
The minarets are our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our army.
Cited appropriately by successful opponents of minaret construction in Switzerland, such rhetoric should now resonate uncomfortably in America with the online release Monday June 6, 2011 of alarming survey data from a representative national sample of US mosques.
May 31, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - In a breaking announcement available at the DOJ website [see, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/May/11-nsd-701.html] two Iraqi nationals residing in Bowling Green, Kentucky have been indicted on federal terror charges.
"Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, both former residents of Iraq who currently reside in Bowling Green, were charged in a 23-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green on May 26, 2011. Alwan is charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals abroad; conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) against U.S. nationals abroad; distributing information on the manufacture and use of IEDs; attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to al-Qaeda in Iraq; as well as conspiracy to transfer, possess and export Stinger missiles. Hammadi is charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to al-Qaeda in Iraq, as well as conspiracy to transfer, possess and export Stinger missiles."
May 31, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - According to Reza Kahlili [pseudonym, a CIA operative and former member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, now living in the U.S.] a consortium consisting of Iran, Pakistan, China and the Ukraine has very likely made it possible for, "two missile warheads with nuclear capability [to] have been delivered to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)." [see, http://atimetobetray.com/blog/does-iran-now-have-nuclear-capable-warheads/]
One of the sources used in making this determination is a Farsi language website, The Green Experts [see, http://www.greencorrespondents.com/2011/05/2_27.html] which has broken several stories regarding internal machinations within the Islamic Republic of Iran and seems to have unusually in-depth information regarding the country's expanding military capabilities.
May 30 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a recently online published book entitled: This-Thing-Called-Hospice author Ron Panzer presents compelling arguments that Hospice may be at least one of the vehicles being prepared to actively promote acceptance of assisted suicide.
Currently only Oregon and Washington state have assisted suicide laws on the books. California is amongst 34 states that have, so far, established laws against assisted suicide.
Several states currently have legislation before them that would legalize assisted suicide. Several of these bills have been defeated due, mainly, to their overt pro assisted suicide language in the bills.
May 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - In a shockingly bizarre display of multiculturalism, three Jewish groups, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and the Union of Reform Judaism are all apparently partnering with CAIR [the Council on American Islamic Relations, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the nation's largest and most successful Hamas terror financing prosecution and widely believed to be a Muslim Brotherhood front group] in opposing an Oklahoma statute which has the intent of stopping the slow encroachment of Shari'a into the public sphere. [see, http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/49526/jewish-groups-us-backing-sharia-law]
The damage these groups are causing is going to be hard to remedy.
1. CAIR is such a discredited organization - due mainly to evidence produced during U.S. vs. Holy Land - that the FBI refuses to have anything to do with them and therefore one of the effects of this partnering is to bestow a mantle of undeserved legitimacy on this group of radical Islamists at precisely the point when knowledge of their true nature is coming into public consciousness.
2. In opposing the Oklahoma bill, these Jewish groups are sending the unmistakable message that Shari'a, which is manifestly hostile to the non-Muslim world, has a rightful place in Western law and culture. This despite the fact that Shari'a has been the most onerous tool which has been used historically to suppress Judaism, Christianity and all other faiths aside from Islam.
3. Those who contend that Shari'a doesn't represent a threat to America are simply ignorant of the impact which Shari'a incursion has already had on U.S. law. In a ground breaking study just released by the Center For Security Policy called Shariah Law and American State Courts the degree to which Shari'a is already being accepted at bar, with 15 trial and 12 appellate court cases cited as evidence of the increasing phenomenon.
May 25, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - In going through the online program [see, http://www.isna.net/Conferences/pages/Main-Session-Topics-and-Invited-Speakers.aspx] for the 48th national convention of the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA, unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land and widely believed to be a front organization for the Muslim Brotherhood] we note that many of the speakers have a history of working to advance an Islamist agenda, specifically, to Islamize America and the West.
For example, leading the discussion workshop "Islam, Pluralism and Social Harmony," we find Siraj Wahhaj [a constant speaker on the rubber chicken jihad circuit and listed as a potential unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 plot to bomb New York landmarks] Tariq Ramadan [whose grandfather, Hassan Al Bana founded Egypt's terrorist Muslim Brotherhood] and Feisal Abdul Rauf [the main proponent for building a mega-mosque on the hallowed soil of Ground Zero in Manhattan].
In an article entitled "Tariq Ramadan and the Muslim Brotherhood," [see reprint at, http://www.facebook.com/notes/tarek-fatah/tariq-ramadan-unveiling-his-muslim-brotherhood-niqab/386474422507] written for the Montreal Gazette by author Tarek Fatah [a Muslim of Pakistani descent] he quoted French journalist Mohammed Sifaoui [also a Muslim] to clarify his opposition to Ramadan's ideology, "Tariq Ramadan is an Islamist. He is among those who want political Islam, the European version of the Muslim Brotherhood, to infiltrate institutions, society, associations, parties, the media and so on, in order to pressure these same societies, to 'reform' them from inside, to Islamize them or re-Islamize them, the better to pervert them, to progressively bring them to accept a medieval vision of the Muslim religion."
Another prominent Islamist working the ISNA gig this year is Yasir Qadhi who is leading the forum, "Empowerment Through Engagement: Creating A Wholeness Society."
May 23, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - In what is being referred to as, "...perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our Nation's history..." today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision required the State of California to release nearly 50,000 felons from prison, alleging that their further incarceration violates the Constitutional prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment," and, unbelievably agreeing with the lower court, argues that such a wholesale release, "would have little or no impact on public safety..."
The dissent by Justice Thomas and Scalia was immediate and stinging, "Today the Court affirms what is perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our Nation's history: an order requiring California to release the staggering number of 46,000 convicted criminals. There comes before us, now and then, a case whose proper outcome is so clearly indicated by tradition and common sense, that its decision ought to shape the law, rather than vice versa. One would think that, before allowing the decree of a federal district court to release 46,000 convicted felons, this Court would bend every effort to read the law in such a way as to avoid that outrageous result. Today, quite to the contrary, the Court disregards stringently drawn provisions of the governing statute, and traditional constitutional limitations upon the power of a federal judge, in order to uphold the absurd."
The importance of the Shari'a component in this move can't be underestimated. As Dr. Bernard Lewis stated in his 2007 [interestingly archived at the MB website] AEI sponsored Irving Kristol lecture.
May 17, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Still apparently smarting from having bin-Laden snatched while under their protection, early this morning Pakistani army units opened fire on a U.S. helicopter while it was carrying out a mission in the Datta Khel region of Waziristan. [source, LA Times, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fgw-pakistan-helicopters-20110518,0,6504243.story]
Several Pak soldiers were injured during the engagement and received medical attention in a nearby town.
To say that tensions between Pakistan and the U.S. are at a high level vastly understates the fallout coming from the takedown of al-Qaeda's secretive leader, bin-Laden two weeks ago.
May 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - According to a DOJ announcement [see, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/May/11-nsd-621.html] six individuals, including residents of Florida, but all hailing originally from Pakistan, have been charged with providing financing and other material support to the Pakistani Taliban, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
"The four-count indictment charges Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan (hereafter "Khan"), 76, a U.S. citizen and resident of Miami; his son Irfan Khan, 37, a U.S. citizen and resident of Miami; and one of his other sons, Izhar Khan, 24, a U.S. citizen and resident of North Lauderdale, Fla. Three other individuals residing in Pakistan, Ali Rehman, aka "Faisal Ali Rehman;" Alam Zeb; and Amina Khan, aka "Amina Bibi," are also charged in the indictment. Amina Khan is the daughter of Khan and her son, Alam Zeb, is Khan's grandson."
Of particular note, two of those charged are local imams, "Hafiz Khan is the Imam at the Miami Mosque, also known as the Flagler Mosque, in Miami. His son, Izhar Khan, is an Imam at the Jamaat Al-Mu'mineen Mosque in Margate, Fla."
May 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - According to an announcement on the Muslim Brotherhood's English website, Egypt's "freedom" revolution will, not surprisingly, perpetuate a policy of widespread Muslim bigotry, disallowing either non-Muslims [primarily directed at the already much persecuted Christian Copts] or women from being candidates in the country's upcoming presidential election, scheduled to be held at the end of this year.
"Senior MB leader Mohsen Rady confirmed that 15 percent of the party's founders are not affiliated with the group, adding that in fact a number of Copts including Coptic intellectual Rafiq Habib have signed up. Citing former statements by the elected party leader Dr. Mohamed Morsy the MB has confirmed that there will be no discrimination between Muslim and Christian party members; he added in fact it will accept a Copt as deputy for the party if elected. He maintained that the Freedom and Justice Party will not differentiate between males and females however it rejects the candidacy of women or Copts for Egypt's presidency
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.
May 9, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Persecutions of Christians, primarily Copts, has seen a dramatic rise since the onset of Team Obama's beloved "freedom" revolution began in Egypt.
On Saturday two Christian churches were burned, one of them the Church of the Virgin Mary. Additionally private homes and/or buildings associated with Christian ownership received similar treatment.
So far nearly 200 have been arrested in the series of incidents which has resulted in over 17 deaths so far.
These particular outrages are being blamed on Salafis, another of the many brands of Islamic radicalism operative in the Arab world. Though there are doctrinal differences, Salafism and Wahhabism have the same ideological/theological roots and hence are differing brands of the same radical view which sees Islam as in ascendancy, inherently superior to all other religions and destined to dominate them through the institution of Shari'a.
May 9, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - If you do not believe that the German Nazis killed six million Jews during the Second World War you are well advised to pay a visit to the former Nazi capital of Berlin, today's capital of a free and democratic Germany. Berlin is also an interesting destination for tourists interested in history. The city is certainly not as expensive as other European capitals, public transport is cheap and very good.
Holocaust denial is a dangerous international and anti-Semitic movement. Most of those who deny the Holocaust (or Shoa) live in the Middle East, Iran (in Iran Holocaust denial is even government policy) and North Africa. Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian media outlets controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA) also espouse this strange idea. But you will also find Holocaust deniers in France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Britain, Russia, Australia and North America ? most of them being Muslim immigrants or neo-Nazis. Fortunately, there are a limited number of Muslim immigrants who initially believed the Holocaust was "a Zionist myth," but who changed their minds after having visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial in Poland. Other Muslim visitors were equally deeply impressed. One of them was Mohamed Magid, imam and executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. After having visited Auschwitz and the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in 2010, he commented: "No Muslim in his right mind, female or male, should deny the Holocaust. When you walk the walk of the people who have been taken to be gassed, to be killed, how can a person deny physical evidence, something that's beyond doubt." A number of Dutch-Moroccans and imams also visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2005; some 40,000 Dutch Jews have been gassed at Auschwitz.
May 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to Al Hayat Daily, Hamas and Fatah terror leaders, Khaled Mashaal and Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] recently concluded an acrimonious meeting at Cairo's Egyptian intelligence headquarters and there signed a "reconciliation" agreement.
The paper also suggests that Hamas' headquarters in Syria will be closed and that both Qatar and Egypt had agreed to host the terror organization, however with Qatar stipulating that is would only accept Hamas' "non military" political wing.
In an article on the Muslim Brotherhood's English website [http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28498] it is claimed that, "Khalid Mashaal, head of the group's politburo, will move to Qatar while his deputy, Musa Abu Marzouk, will go to Egypt, according to the report..."
The "report," mentioned in the MB web quote also refers to Al Hayat as the original source.
May 4, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - Indiana's sometimes GOP Senator, Richard Lugar [ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry Chairman] seems to have his eyes set on working with the Dems to defund the war in Afghanistan.
In a strongly worded statement made yesterday, Lugar's assessment of the planned $100B expenditure [FY 2012] to be made for that campaign was harsh, "...it is exceedingly difficult to conclude that our vast expenditures in Afghanistan represent a rational allocation of our military and financial assets." [source, Senator Lugar's website, http://lugar.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=332665&]
Lugar suggested that the "mission" must be clarified as to "core objectives," but offered nothing clear in the way of guidance.
Taking an entirely contrary position, as recently as January 18, Lugar indicated that a withdrawal from Afghanistan would produce "disappointing," effects as far as American interests were concerned. [source, Editorial board meeting with Christian Science Monitor, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfyls8tn0Dg]
May 3, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - There isn't much to add to the commentary regarding the shameless manner in which Mr. Obama has taken single-handed credit for the killing of Osama bin-Laden.
Below from the president's self-serving, delusional Sunday announcement:
"...And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda...I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team...I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice....Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan..."
The truth is that at best Obama can take credit for essentially being able to paint by the numbers, using the myriad of tools and techniques provided him by the G.W. Bush administration, almost all of which were vehemently opposed by Senator and then candidate Obama, who promised to close Gitmo and attempted to do as president, via Executive Order on January 22, 2009, two days after his inauguration.
"...Sec. 3. Closure of Detention Facilities at Guantánamo. The detention facilities at Guantánamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order. If any individuals covered by this order remain in detention at Guantánamo at the time of closure of those detention facilities, they shall be returned to their home country, released, transferred to a third country, or transferred to another United States detention facility in a manner consistent with law and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States..."
[source, WH transcript, Executive Order http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/ClosureOfGuantanamoDetentionFacilities]
Among the many things Mr. Obama failed to say during his bin-Laden announcement is that without the detention facility at Guantanamo, Binny would still be breathing Pakistan's foul air.
May 2, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - California state Senator Ed Hernandez,(D-W. Covina) has a bill, SB 135, entitled Hospice Facilities. The overt purpose of this bill is to amend the building and licensing codes to permit Hospice organizations in California to compete with other states in creating new facilities for terminally ill patients called Congregate Living Health Facilities - CLHF.
The bill is endorsed by the Ca. Hospice and Palliative Care Association and opposed by the California Nurses Association. The CNA is opposed due mainly to the more prominent position in CLHFs of nursing assistants rather than licensed nurses. The CNA objects to the staffing ratio of RNs to residents.
This type of facility would provide care for those who are: "Mentally alert, persons with physical disabilities who may be ventilator dependent." Or, persons diagnosed with a terminal illness or with a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness or both. Life-threatening illness carries a life expectancy of five (5) years of less. This latter definition is a departure for Hospice.
April 30, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - First, let's review the pertinent facts:
1. Obama travels to the San Francisco Bay Area to once again hit up his special no payback ATM.
2. While there a contributor pays $75k+ for the privilege of conducting a mini-protest at a VIP Obama fundraiser, expressing opposition to the alleged mal-treatment of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning. Mr. Manning stands accused of what amounts to treason, disseminating to Wiki Leaks hundreds of thousands of classified documents. The effect of this mass exposure of sensitive diplomatic documents has seriously, possibly irreparably damaged the way in which American [and Western] foreign policy is conducted.
3. Covering the event as part of the reporting pool, a local reporter for the S.F. Chronicle [Carla Marinucci] goes native and shoots some low quality video [sheeesh Chron mgmt., can't you misers spring for decent mini-digital video cams for your troops?] on her mobile phone, recording the little protest.
April 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Again we find TeamObama's thoroughly politicized DOJ blaming the Bush administration for actions for which it is personally responsible.
In various statements, Eric Holder, confronting multiple Congressional requests for information pertaining to the decision by his DOJ not to prosecute various individuals and organizations names as unindicted co-conspirators in the landmark Hamas terror financing prosecution, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, is blaming the previous administration for his own actions.
Lest we forget, it was the George W. Bush administration which finally succeeded in busting Holy Land, a phony Muslim charity which funneled money directly to Hamas. Holy Land remains a seminal event which provided damning evidence against many self-proclaimed moderate Muslim groups, proving that they were indeed agents of the Muslim Brotherhood and attempting to subvert constitutional government by working to make America Shari'a compliant.
The decision to which Mr. Holder refers was simply a tactical one at the time, as government prosecutors in the North Dallas District wanted to lock up the key conviction before they moved against the key Muslim Brotherhood agents and front groups now operating freely in the United States.
Mr. Holder, like his boss, has so thoroughly sold out to the Islamists that his protestations at this point simply look foolish and blaming the former president for alleged actions he could easily countermand at the stroke of a pen strikes us as simply another indication of the depth of contempt this administration has for the intelligence of the American people.
April 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Catholic University of America is sponsoring a symposium [120th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum: Church, Labor, and the New Things of the Modern World, http://ipr.cua.edu/RN120th.cfm] dealing with Catholic social justice teaching on May 2nd and 3rd at the university's Pryzbyla Center.
Increasingly, since Vatican II, the Catholic "social justice" movement has been the refuge of politicized theologians eager to reorder the planet in a utopian manner. They do this under the guise of an invented moral authority which only gives lip service to Christian orthodoxy. [Note: A comprehensive study of the steady march to the left by the Church since Rerum Novarum, by this writer is available at, Bitter Harvest: How Marxist ?Progressives" Have Infiltrated the American Catholic Church]
The keynote speaker's list is anything but eclectic, with the deck slanted heavily towards those with a hard-left/socialist perspective, starting with John Sweeney.
Sweeney, who was president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 until 2009, has a long history of activism on behalf of socialistic causes and has been tied by various sources as having been a member of the Democratic Socialists of America [DSA]. The DSA is a wing of the Socialist International [see, http://www.dsausa.org/international/index.html], a Stalinist artifact and a significant player in the world-wide communist movement.
April 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to multiple reports [see for example, http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/04/21/general-ml-egypt-protest_8428796.html] a large mob of Islamists has gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt demanding that Omar Abdel Rahman, aka the "Blind Sheikh," be released from confinement in the United States. Rahman is serving a life sentence for his role in multiple terror plots including the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.
Those conducting the protest are not your garden variety Muslim Brotherhood riff-raff, as Associated Press is reporting, "The protest leader was Abboud el-Zomor, who was released from an Egyptian prison in March after serving multiple sentences for his role in the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat."
Sadat's 1981 assassination was carried out by a MB faction [al-Jihad] and it is believed that Abboud El-Zomor played a key role in supplying the ammunition to those who actually shot and killed Sadat.
April 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an April 15 letter sent to AG Eric Holder, NY Rep. Peter King, Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, has demanded an explanation as to why what appears to have been an imminent series of prosecutions against U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front groups and various individuals including one of the founders of the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] were quashed.
According to a statement on King's website CAIR, "...co-founder Omar Ahmad, and other named unindicted co-conspirators in the Hamas terror finance case, United States v. Holy Land Foundation....[and] other unindicted co-conspirators include the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust..." had been targeted.
King further states, "I have been reliably informed that the decision not to seek indictments of the Council on American Islamic Relations ("CAIR") and its co-founder Omar Ahmad, the Islamic Society of North America ("ISNA"), and the North American Islamic Trust ("NAIT"), was usurped by high-ranking officials at Department of Justice headquarters over the vehement and stated objections of special agents and supervisors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Dallas, who had investigated and successfully prosecuted the Holy Land Foundation case. Their opposition to this decision raises serious doubt that the decision not to prosecute was a valid exercise of prosecutorial discretion."
April 20, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] will headline a roster of speakers during the dinner break on the first of a two day public relations event being held at UC Berkeley [April 21-22] which is intended to further the fraudulent allegation that Islamophobia in the U.S. is rampant.
Awad was one of the founding members of CAIR, an Islamist organization which has consistently failed to specifically and by name condemn Hamas as a terrorist entity. Not surprisingly given the group's history and associations, it was named as an unindicted co-conspirator/joint venturer in the largest Hamas terror funding prosecution in U.S. history, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. [source, List of Uninticted Co-Conspirators and/or Joint Venturers]
The trial resulted in the conviction of all of the defendants on a total of 108 charges. Among those convicted was Ghassan Elashi, a co-founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR. Elashi was already serving a long sentence on a previous terrorism conviction [U.S. vs. Infocom] involving commerce with among others, Mousa Abu Marzook, a senior Hamas leader.
April 20, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - While Mr. Obama and the anti-Second Amendment crowd are attempting to gin up public support for draconian firearms restrictions because of alleged gun running from the U.S to Mexico, in a little known operation this administration's ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] has - unbelievably - engaged in that very activity which may have resulted in hundreds of deaths on both sides of the border.
According to a statement by Congressman Daryl Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, "reports have raised questions about the handling of operations involving gun trafficking into Mexico - specifically the allegation that ATF has had a policy of permitting - and even encouraging - the movement of guns into Mexico by straw purchasers. This practice may have contributed to the deaths of hundreds on both sides of the border, including federal law enforcement agents..." [source, http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=726&Itemid=28&Itemid=4 Chairman Issa Subpoenas ATF For 'Project Gunrunner' Documents]
Mr. Obama, the acting Dir. of ATF Kenneth Melson and the DOJ are all stonewalling the oversight investigation and failed to provide the documents requested by the due date of April 13.
Some of the documents which the ATF has been asked for and which failed to provide include:
April 20, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Not content to simply take over the governing structure of Egypt and foment revolution throughout the Muslim world, today the MB's spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Morsy [also a member of the MB's "Executive Bureau"], literally demanded that the U.S. Congress meet with the group, "Dr. Mohamed Morsy, media spokesman and member of the Executive Bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood(MB) demanded that US Congress hold a special session to hear directly from the MB about their programs..." [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28428]
The juxtaposing of the recent claims of moderation by the Ikhwan against such an aggressive demand betrays the group's base motivation - forced submission to Shari'a via intimidation and threats.
April 19, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According the group's website [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28398] Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is on the verge of launching a television channel/network which will provide a 24x7 opportunity to propagandize and spread the Ikhwan's creed [now curiously missing from the group's English language website], "Allah is our objective, the prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."
Mohsen Radhi, a leader of the MB and alleged journalist, refused to disclose the nature of the ownership or funding of the new venture, but stated, "that it would better express the moderate views of the Brotherhood [and] display a message that would achieve renaissance, development, and culture in the Egyptian society, as well as displaying different issues in an exciting informative, and unbiased manner, that will suit all sincere Egyptian citizens and better contribute to the liberation of Egyptian media."
"Shortly before the IDF revealed the identities of the two murderers of five members of the Fogel family, activists with the extreme Israeli left went to visit one killer's family and condemn Israel for detaining him."
The type of self-serving, callous ignorance displayed by the Israeli left in this matter is demonstrative of the mental construct of leftists worldwide. They have elevated a totalitarian political ideology to that of a religion and as true believers, are quite impervious to any point of view which might upset their delicate psychic balancing act.
April 18, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org LLC - In his piece Wilders Trial and Witness Bertus Hendriks, Dutch investigative journalist and author Peter Siebelt details the "path from Marx to Allah" which was taken by Hendriks over the past decades. Siebelt traces Hendriks' involvement in leftwing causes and his meetings with Arafat and pro-Palestinian and pro-Hamas support groups. Hendriks is scheduled to testify against Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders at his "hate speech," trial on April 15, accused of insulting Muslims and discrimination [view official charges lodged against Mr. Wilders, http://www.wildersontrial.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=4]
According to Siebelt, Hendriks is an apologist for terrorism and virulently anti-Israel, "Hendriks is one of many career activists who attempts to whitewash Palestinian terror attacks with statements such as "I condemn it but you have to understand the reason behind it...." [source, http://www.hetvrijevolk.com/index.php?pagina=13119, translated from the Dutch by the author]
April 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to an explosive story, authored by Patrick Poole and published by Pajamas Media Did Obama and Holder Scuttle Terror Finance Prosecutions? Team Obama's "Justice" Department has, at the highest levels, quashed the indictments of several organizations and individuals named as unindicted co-conspirators in the nation's largest Hamas terror financing prosecution, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation.
Below from a confidential high level DOJ source:
"It was always the plan to initially go after the [Holy Land Foundation] leaders first and then go after the rest of the accomplices in a second round of prosecutions. From a purely legal point of view, the case was solid. Jim Jacks [the U.S. attorney in Dallas who prosecuted the Holy Land Foundation executives] and his team were ready to go. There's a mountain of evidence against all of these groups that was never introduced during the Holy Land trial and it is damning. We've got them on wiretaps. That's exactly why many of these leaders and groups were named unindicted co-conspirators in the first round of prosecutions. But from a political perspective there was absolutely no way that they could move forward. That's why this decision came from the top down. These individuals who were going to be prosecuted are still the administration's interfaith allies.
The Holy Land Foundation case was the seminal event in establishing once and for all the nature of the elaborate Hamas support network which has operated, with near impunity, in the U.S. for many years.
April 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Frank Wolf [R-VA] introduced legislation today to create a panel of outside experts - fresh eyes - to help develop new strategies to combat the violent Islamic jihad as well as its stealth component.
Wolf has been well ahead of the curve on such matters; he was instrumental in creating the 1998 National Commission on Terrorism.
The "Team B" approach, has proven successful in the past. The process refers to a group of outside experts commissioned by George Herbert Walker Bush when he was Director of the CIA in the 1970s which eventually resulted in policies being established which eventually resulted in the defeat of the Soviet Union.
April 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an April 10 posting on "The American Muslim" [see, http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/stephen_schwartz_center_on_islamic_pluralism/0018441] writer Sheila Musaji charges Stephen Schwartz with involving, "himself in just about every Islamophobic cause over the years."
In the following sentence Musaji states that Schwartz "claims," to be a Muslim, "and we have to take him at his word," his word apparently being worth, given the tenor of Musaji's hysterical rant, nothing and therefore we are faced with the odd prospect of calling an admitted Sufi Muslim an Islamophobe.
The process at work here is illustrative of the manner in which the Islamist enemy works the stealth jihad in hope of incrementally making the U.S. and the West Shari'a compliant.
"...With this MO, Mogahed defending the Ikhwan - the Muslim Brotherhood - should not be surprising, but the following citation published by the Muslim Brotherhood on its official English language website is demonstrative of just how thoroughly Islamized Team Obama has become, "During her interview on the satellite channel 'Mehwar' Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Centre for Muslim Studies and an advisor to the Obama administration stated that Washington has no worries concerning the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt... She revealed that in fact the Obama administration does not consider making an enemy of the group and in fact respects them describing them as highly organized..."
[source, US advisor: Obama's Administration is not Worried About the MB, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=28349]
This is historical revisionism by the Ikhwan. No one believes Ms. Mogahed was misquoted as to the administration's friendliness to the idea of working with the Brotherhood and to pull the story now simply proves the level of duplicity this group displays.
April 7, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Dalia Mogahed is closely aligned with institutions representing the vanguard of Islamism here in the U.S.
Nominally the Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, she has spent considerable time networking with some of the most notorious Muslim groups in America including the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA], a known Muslim Brotherhood front group, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, the nation's largest Hamas terror funding prosecution.
She is the force behind MuslimServe.org, a da'wa organization devoted to aggressively courting political power and gaining access for those of her ilk to important American cultural institutions.
April 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "Al-Qaeda is not against regime change through protests but is against the idea that the change should be only through peaceful means to the exclusion of the use of force." "It is our opinion that the revolutions that are shaking the thrones of dictators are good for Muslims, good for the mujahidin and bad for the imperialists of the West and their henchmen in the Muslim world."
This interesting quote is from Yahya Ibrahim, editor of the latest issue of "Inspire," Al-Qaeda's provocative online magazine. The entire issue is devoted to the so-called "Tsunami of Change," that is currently sweeping the Arab world. '"The unfolding revolution has brought with it a great wave of changes," sheikh Anwar explains,' the frontpage says. Sheikh Anwar is American born Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki who is of Yemeni descent. He is currently in Yemen where he playing an leading role in a terrorist network called "Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula" (AQAP). He was given the rank of regional commander of Al-Qaeda in late 2009 and has been described as the "bin Laden of the Internet." He is an extremely dangerous man who would probably not hesitate to throw an atomic bomb on America, if he were able to do so. "I pray that Allah destroys America,'" he once said. (In the past both Al-Qaeda and Libya's Muammar Khadaffi actively sought to obtain nuclear weapons.)
Commenting on the current upheaval in the Arab world Anwar Al-Awlaki writes: "We do not know yet what the outcome would be, and we do not have to? Ragardless of the outcome, whether it is an Islamic government of the likes of Al-Baradai, Amr Mousa or another military figure; whatever this outcome is, our mujahidin brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of the Muslim world will get a chance to breathe again after three decades of suffocation." "The first and probably most important change that this monumental event brought is a mental one. It brought a change to the collective mind of the ummah (world wide Muslim community, V.). The revolution broke the barriers of fear in the hearts and minds that the tyrants couldn't be removed."
April 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to information contained in a kaiserhealthnews.org release, "The East Bay is home to some of the highest concentrations of ex-offenders in the state. About 6,500 people, or 5 percent of the 130,000 released every year from state prisons, are paroled to Alameda County." [source, Rick Schmitt, "Health Care Expands For Ex-Offenders in California," "Health Care Expands For Ex-Offenders in California," Kaiser Health News, http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2011/march/28/schmitt-ex-offenders-health-care-program-expansions.aspx?referrer=search]
On top of this, due to a Federal judge's ruling [ 2/09/09] that state prisons were overcrowded causing a "violation of prisoners' rights," it has been estimated that up to 58,000 prisoners in general would be receiving early release "causing a threat to public safety," declared Matthew Cate, California's corrections and rehabilitation secretary. [source, CNN, http://articles.cnn.com/2009-02-10/justice/california.prisons_1_prison-system-early-release-don-specter?_s=PM:CRIME]
The aforementioned article did not indicate whether those chosen will be the older, perhaps more rehabilitated criminals or the younger variety, recent unrepentant additions to our supposedly overflowing prison system. It did however reflect the concerns of several unnamed authorities, strongly suggested that these early release prisoners will evidence problems of "serious disease...bringing high rates of communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and serious mental illnesses." These early parolees will also be in need of just about every community service available - housing, jobs training, drug addiction counseling, food assistance, etc. Of note, many of these programs will be temporarily swelled with an infusion of federal dollars which are sure to then quickly go away as the national budget difficulties come into clearer focus across party lines.
April 4, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Bowing to intense public pressure, Team Obama has once again reversed course, now apparently in total agreement with the George W. Bush administration's claim that the perps of 9/11 deserved and were destined for trial by military tribunal.
In doing so, the DOJ and the WH are now admitting that 9/11 and its aftermath were not simple criminal matters but acts of war.
April 4, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Near the end of September 2009, during its 12th session, the U.N's inappropriately named, "Human Rights Council," issued a study which came to be known as the Goldstone Report, authored by the former South African judge Richard Goldstone. [see, HUMAN RIGHTS IN PALESTINE AND OTHEROCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIESReport of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/9/docs/UNFFMGC_Report.PDF]
The politicized document, as intended, achieved its goal, demonizing the state of Israel for defending itself against the Palestinian Islamic jihad, concluding, "From the facts available to it, the Mission is of the view that some of the actions of the Government of Israel might justify a competent court finding that crimes against humanity have been committed...." [source, Report pg. 25]
When the U.N. voted to accept the Goldstone conclusions Team Obama weakly demurred, "Douglas M. Griffiths, the U.S. representative to the council, merely registered "disappointment at the outcome of this resolution." [see, Jonathan Schanzer, Goldstone Report Marks Another Obama Failure, Jewish Policy Center, http://www.jewishpolicycenter.org/1473/goldstone-report-marks-another-obama-failure]
A Newt Gingrich Administration Would "Absolutely" Investigate U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Front Groups
September 16, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a clear departure from the pablum most of the GOP presidential hopefuls are serving up, Newt Gingrich - during an exclusive interview conducted by members of The United West - states that under a Gingrich administration his Dept. of Justice would fully and vigorously investigate American Muslim Brotherhood front groups.
Although active in the United States since the 1950s and despite the fact that the organization proudly advocates violent jihad - "Allah is our objective, The Prophet is our leader, Qur'an is our law, Jihad is our way, Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope" - the Muslim Brotherhood has escaped major legal scrutiny in this country primarily due to the perverse multiculturalism which has infected DC and stayed the hand of justice.
Gingrich's departure from the norm in this matter is to be commended. He has set a very high standard for his opponents, many of whom agree with his assessment of the threat posed by Islamic jihadism, but are unwilling to speak about it publicly.
Israel On Verge Of UN Vote On "Palestine" - Hopelessly Outgunned By Islamist PR Blitz
September 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - With the UN vote on the question of "Palestinian" statehood drawing ever closer, Israel finds itself at a distinct disadvantage in the public relations war of ideas over the matter.
As related by Ronn Torrosian, CEO of one of America's largest PR firms [5WPR] in a September 5 Op Ed, the Jewish state has so far refused to retain a single American public relations firm to help manage its message as the time for decision in the UN nears, "...not a single major American Jewish Organization nor the Israeli government has a US PR Agency..." [source, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/10582]
In marked contrast, the Islamists who are leading the UN effort have followed the same pattern for success that brought them international support in their effort to create an Islamic state within the confines of the former Yugoslavia in the late 1990s, when the Croats went pro, allegedly hiring [see, Source Watch, http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Ruder_Finn's_work_for_Croatia] the Ruder Finn Global Public Affairs firm based in DC to manage their message.
Thus was created the myth that Serbia was carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Muslims upon which quickly followed a US led [Gen. Wesley Clarke] military intervention under the auspices of NATO which included indiscriminate bombings.
Proof of the existence of the "mass graves" attesting to ethnic cleansing has yet to be found...easily explained...it don't exist, the allegation was a hoax.
So great was the Croatian/Muslim PR effort that it enrolled people such as former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole and other high level politicos to exert their considerable legislative influence.
In hopes of producing similar results, "The PLO Mission in the U.S. in advance of the upcoming September vote has hired Bell Pottinger, a leading International PR agency to provide "advice on strategic communications, public relations, media relations and congressional affairs." Fenton Communications, a US public relations firm works for "Al Fakhoora", a Qatar based pro-Palestinian initiative that has "launched an advocacy campaign to file legal charges against Israel and change the public perception in the West about its actions." They have been paid at least $240,000 for communications services..." [source, Ronn Torrosian, Israel News]
As we have seen in the Islamists' post 9/11 "Islamophobia" campaign in the U.S., the enemy eagerly uses the media resources available within Western constitutional democracies as a potent weapon against them, a plan clearly laid out in seminal Muslim Brotherhood documents.
If Israel and American Jewry allows themselves to be steamrolled by Muslim majority countries - among the world's most violent human rights offenders - it has only itself to blame - bringing the proverbial knife to a gunfight.
Also figuring large in the irreparable damage which will accrue should Judea and Samaria be declared the state of Palestine by the UN are the myriad of U.S. based organizations claiming to represent Jewish interests. The problem here is clear, most of these lofty sounding organizations are manned by deracinated Jews whose self-loathing defeatism seems to be all-encompassing.
Pete King To Testify Before Parliamentary Inquiry Into Islamic Radicalization
September 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - U.S. Congressman Pete King [R-NY] whose Homeland Security Committee has investigating the forces which are believed to be associated with increasing radicalism among U.S. Muslims, will testify tomorrow [9/13/11] before the British House of Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs.
The Brit Home Affairs Committee is chaired by Keith Vaz MP. Its inquiry is entitled "Roots of Violent Radicalisation."
Regarding this historic appearance [Mr. King is the first American legislator to so testify] the Congressman said:
"While I have consistently stated the overwhelming majority of Muslim-Americans are outstanding people, the reality is that radicalization within the Muslim-American community by al-Qaeda and its affiliates is a real threat to the security of our homeland. Fortunately, the Obama Administration recognizes this. The President's deputy national security advisor has warned that 'al-Qaeda and its adherents have increasingly turned to attempting to recruit and radicalize people to terrorism here in the United States for the express purpose of trying to convince Muslim Americans to reject their country and attack their fellow Americans.' Attorney General Eric Holder said this is what keeps him awake at night. Clearly it is an issue that absolutely must be addressed, as I have begun to do with these hearings. I am honored to have been invited by Chairman Vaz to testify before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee as our vital ally, the United Kingdom, struggles with this same threat within its own borders. I look forward to sharing a number of our preliminary findings with Chairman Vaz and the Committee."
September 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The first thing they will notice is there is no power. Another damn power outage, they will grumble - but then again, there has been no storm. Confused, some will try to call for information, but the phones will be down. The TV, the radio - nothing, no reception.
The panic will come when cars wont start.
The traffic lights will be out, too. It will get much worse. Most will not survive to see life get back to normal in America.
Thousands will be stranded on subways, and over a million passengers who fly daily across the continent will be stuck at airports with flights canceled. Those already in the air will meet a deadly fate as planes plunge from the sky, their electronics fried.
Within the next few days, water supplies will run out: water-pumping stations will grind to a halt and electric pumps for water purification will also stop. Remaining water supplies will soon become contaminated.
Next is the food supply. Without power, food plants can no longer operate, and without transportation, food inventories in warehouses rot. Many cities will run out of food in just three days, others in just a bit longer.
This will be the result of an electromagnetic pulse attack over the atmosphere of the United States. In less than a billionth of a second, the electrical intensity on Earth becomes so hot that microchips fry, power lines overload, and the electrical grid collapses. Everything with microelectronics in it fails.
Within days, tens of millions of Americans will need to leave their homes looking for water and food. Within five to 10 days, due to water pollution and sanitation issues, many will fall ill - people across America will face starvation, disease, and death. In just one year after the attack, up to two-thirds of the American population will cease to exist.
Our enemies know this. The radicals ruling Iran have openly talked about it as they have called for the destruction of America and a new world order that excludes America. While pursuing their nuclear bomb project, the Revolutionary Guards of Iran have successfully test-launched a ballistic missile from a ship in the Caspian Sea. Recently, they also announced that all their vessels now have been armed with long-range ballistic missiles, and that soon they will start a mission in the Atlantic Ocean that extends into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Guards have also progressed with their missile program under the guise of a space project. Soon they will launch another rocket into space, this time carrying a 330-kilogram payload, a sign that they can now deliver a nuclear warhead to any point on Earth. The Guards have openly stated that the rocket used to launch the satellite can be shot parallel to the Earths orbit, which would transform it into an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The Islamic leaders of Iran see it as their duty to create the environment called for in a centuries-old hadith for the reappearance of the last Islamic messiah for the glorification of Allah:
In the last days chaos, famine and havoc will engulf the Earth. Major wars with dark clouds (atomic wars) will burn the Earth. One-third of the Earths population will be killed and the rest will suffer hunger and lawlessness.
Though an EMP attack on America by the jihadists in Tehran must not be ruled out, our modern society in America could also be endangered by a natural phenomenon. Solar explosions from the sun have hit the Earth before and will do so again. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that a major solar storm could hit in May of 2013. A similar storm in 1859, known as the Carrington event, hit telegraph offices worldwide, causing failure in the telegraph system. Today such an event could be catastrophic due to the role microchips play in our infrastructure.
We can avoid such catastrophes if we, as responsible citizens of the United States, take action. The SHIELD Act (H.R. 668), currently before the U.S. House, needs to be passed this year. If it isnt, it could very well be too late to protect the national electric grid.
The SHIELD 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. 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 20 cents to the annual bill of the average rate-payer for a period of three years.
It is critical that we call on our political leaders to take action and protect America. If we fail, we have only ourselves to blame.
The next attack on America could very well be the end of America.
9/11 Conspiracy Theories, Anti-Semitism and Anti-Americanism
By EMERSON VERMAAT
September 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Conspiracy theories are very old and persistent. It was back in 1797 that John Robison, a Scottish philosopher and physicist, published his book "Proofs of a Conspiracy Against all the Religions and governments in Europe, carried on in the Secret Meetings of Freemasons, Illuminati and Reading Societies." Robison claimed that a Baviarian secret society called "the Order of the Illuminati" contributed greatly to the progress and success of the French Revolution of 1789. The real aim of the order, Robison believed, was to "rule the world" and replace existing governments by its own totalitarian "world government."
Robisons's sensational book was reprinted in 1967 by the American publisher "Western Islands," the publishing arm of far-right John Birch Society. A Dutch sympathizer of the John Birch Society once gave me a book on "Secret Societies and Subversive Movements." It was written by Nesta Helen Webster, a controversial British historian and also an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist. Chapter 15 of her book deals with "The Real Jewish Peril." Just like Hitler and his German Nazi Party, Mrs. Webster claims "that a concerted attempt is being made by Jewry to achieve world-domination." "The deification of humanity by the Freemasons of the Grand Orient finds its counterpart in the deification of Israel by the modern Jew."
She then writes: "Antipathy to the Jew began long before the Christian era; in Egypt, Persia, and Rome he became, whether just or not, the object of suspicion to rulers. The reason given by Pharaoh for oppressing the Israelites was that they were allowed to grow too powerful they might join themselves to the enemy in time of war; the Emperors of Rome regarded them as a turbulant element; Mohammed declared: 'Their aim will be to abet disorder on the earth but God loveth not the abettors of disorder.'"
It is interesting to note that back in the 1920s a British believer in conspiracy theories quoted the Muslim prophet Mohammed who was indeed not a friend of the Jews. "Kill any Jew who falls into your power," Mohammed was quoted as saying by his biographer Ibn Ishaq.
Anti-American and Anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theories
Today, anti-Semitism is rather widespread in the Muslim world. Many Muslims believe that "Jews and Zionists" want to conquer the world. This, too, is nothing new. During World War II Nazi propaganda claimed that Churchill and Roosevelt abetted with Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann in creating a new "Zionist Kingdom" encompassing not only Palestine but also Transjordan, Syria and parts of Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Ten years have passed now since Al-Qaeda attacked America on "9/11". But anti-American and anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theories still abound, not just in the Muslim world but also in the West. Ahmad Yousef, Editor-in-Chief of the Washington based Middle East Magazine, said on Al Manar TV, in December 2004: "Israel is capable of penetrating certain Islamic circles, of directing and running them behind the scenes, so that they conduct operations from which Israel benefits. Anyone who considers the events of 9/11 cannot say that the Muslims gained anything." (Al Manar TV is a Hezbollah outlet.)
Lebanese researcher Hisham Jaber said on Al Manar TV on July 11, 2005: "A force greater than Al-Qaeda was behind these events." Mustafa Shaka, former dean of Humanities at Cairo's Ein Shams University, said on Iqra TV on June 16, 2004: "The operation was 100% American, and this is not the place to elaborate, but what proves the operation was a Jewish one is that five Jews climbed up a high building and filmed the first attack of the first plane."
That 9/11 was orchestrated by the Jews and/or the Mossad is also believed by many Iranians. Thus, the Iranian channel Jaam-e Jam TV 1 claimed on June 1, 2004: "A while afterwards, a source in American military intelligence raised details pertaining to an intelligence memo regarding Israel's espionage organization, the Mossad, and its role in the events of September 11. In fact, the claim that Israel was involved in the blast of September 11, and used it as a basis of America's new strategy for fighting the world of Islam, disappeared in the media coverage but world public opinion still believes this possibility."
Dr. Andreas von Bülow: blaiming the CIA and the Mossad
Former German Federal Minister Dr. Andreas von Bülow published a controversial book alleging the CIA played an important role in the 9/11 attacks and then, on page 214, raises the question of possible Mossad involvement. "What does the Israeli secret service know?" Von Bülow claimed that the Israeli firm Odigo supposedly warned its employees two hours before the attacks to leave the area near the WTC. A few weeks before the attacks an Israeli shipping company decided to move to another office (in Virginia). Transport companies are often linked to secret services, von Bülow maintains. He lamely explained in a Belgian TV interview that he could not prove these things. Then there were those five mysterious Israelis who had some kind of observation post on the roof of a warehouse. A woman who saw them claimed they were happy.
Rumors, premature and hastily drawn conclusions, wild accusations, half-truths, speculations based on press clippings or the internet, that is what von Bülow's book basically is about. In the German TV program "Frontal 21" the former Research and Techology Minister was asked: "Why do you raise the question of possible Mossad involvement when you don't have any proof?" Von Bülow: "I don't know. But it is possible that an electrical firm which is active in America, a firm dealing with telephone traffic bills, and the bugging techniques " The reporter interrupted von Bülow and asked: "Do you have evidence of the Mossad being involved?" Von Bülow: "No, but it's very probable that the Mossad is clever enough to take advantage of such things."
A German academic study on anti-Semitism in Germany finds that von Bülow is an author who is very much favored by both the radical left and the radical right (neo-Nazis). The same study quotes from a 2003 poll according to which one-third of the Germans under the age of 30 believe that the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks. The same poll showed that twenty percent of all the Germans hold this view.
Von Bülow's book was recently updated ("Neue Erkenntnisse 10 Jahre danach," new findings 10 years later), but the author failed to make any substantial corrections. So, the new edition of his book, too, contains a lot of factual errors. He still incorrectly assumes that many of the "so-called 9/11 suicide hijackers" could be alive today. The German Magazine Der Spiegel refers to them as "The Zombie Terrorists."
For example, one of the five hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11 was Waleed (Walid) Al-Sheri (Alsheri). Von Bülow quotes from information provided by Royal Air Moroc according to which Alsheri "lives in Casablanca and works as a pilot." Der Spiegel: "If Bülow had inquired with the Airline, he would have discovered that the name of the pilot who lives in Casablanca is Walid Al-Shri and not, like that of the assasin, Walid Al-Shari (Sheri, V.). This minor detail makes a big difference, namely the difference between a dead terrorist and a living innocent man.""Whatever doesn't fit is made to fit," Der Spiegel writes. "And whatever fits is included without scrutiny." The Der Spiegel authors then quote U.S. Islam expert Dr. Daniel Pipes who wrote: "The conspiracy theorist starts with the conclusion and then looks for reasons to rule everything out that does not fit."
Von Bülow still does not believe that 9/11 was an Al-Qaeda operation personally sanctioned by Osama bin Laden. Yet, the same Osama bin Laden did claim responsibility for the attacks on more than one occasion. For example, on October 29, 2004, the Al-Qaeda leader said: "For your information, we agreed with the general commander Mohammed Atta (the pilot of the first plane that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11, and was the leader of the attacks, V.), may God bless his soul, to carry out all operations within twenty minutes, before Bush and his administration could be aware of them." And on another occasion bin Laden said: "We have reacted in kind."
Bestseller author and TV journalist Gerhard Wisnewski, author of the German book "Operation 9/11" (2003, updated in 2011) also does not believe that Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden had anything to do with 9/11 they are, in his view, just "phantoms." In the recently updated version of his book he even claims that "the alleged killing of bin Laden" was "a clumsy propaganda act." Just like the other 9/11 conspiration theorists, Wisnewski, a notorious leftist fanatic, claims that the U.S. government (Bush and others) were behind the 9/11 attacks. They wanted to find a justification for "the war against Islam." It is not the first time Wisnewski lays the blame on the U.S. "Go to Wisnewki's website," writes Der Spiegel, "and you'll find reports titled 'Poison Gas Used Against Kurds was Iran-CIA operation' or 'Moscow Hostage Crises: Is the USA Behind it?'" "The formula is obvious: the Americans are always the murderers." Another German 9/11 conspiration theorist with a clear anti-American agenda is Mathias Bröckers, together with Andreas Hauss the author of the book "Fakten, Fälschungen and the unterdrückten Beweise des 11.9" ("Facts, Forgeries and the suppressed evidence on 9/11"). Bröckers and Hauss believe that the official version of the 9/11 event is just "a fairy tale of Osama (bin Laden) and the 19 robbers." They claim that "some of the so-called 9/11 hijackers" are still alive.
French bestseller author Thierry Meyssan: "Osama bin Laden is a CIA fabrication"
The first to launch a sensationalist 9/11 conspiracy theory was French author Thierry Meyssan, the national secretary of the "Radical Leftist Party" (Party Radical de Gauche). His 2002 book "L'Effroyable Imposture" ("The Big Lie") immediately became a national bestseller. (In the U.S.A., Meyssans's book "The Big Lie" was published in January 2003.) Meyssan's book also inspired people like Andreas von Bülow and Gerhard Wisnewski. (It was translated into German in 2003.)Meyssan claims that the Twin Towers and part of the Pentagon were not destroyed by "foreign kamikazes," no, it was a coup by some key people in the American government, a conspiracy to change public opinion in favor of waging wars. The "war on terrorism" is nothing but president Bush's crusade against Islam" which is directly related to the "clash of civilizations." Osama bin Laden is a CIA fabrication. Indeed, "he never ceased to work for the American secret services." The Twin Towers were brought down by explosives, it was "a controlled demolition." And the Pentagon was hit by a cruise missile, not by a Boeing 757.
It was, by the way, not an American missile that hit the Pentagon. In two "National Geographic Channel" documentaries witnesses were interviewed who saw a Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon. Some of those who were inside noticed a strong smell of kerosine.
There is a witness named Penny Elgas, a civilian. She was in her car when she saw how a huge plane glided straight into the Pentagon. Later, as she came home, she noticed that a small fragment of the plane had entered her car through the open car roof. Moreover, "the DNA of those on board was recovered in the Pentagon," according to an authoritative investigation by "Popular Mechanics." "All but five of the 189 people who died on the aircraft and in the Pentagon were later identified through DNA testing. (The five hijackers were positively identified.)"
It is not surprising that Meyssan's sensationalist conspiration theories were and still are very well received in the Muslim world. By September 2006, some 250,000 copies of the Arab translation of his book had been sold in the Middle East. The leftist Frechman is a frequent guest in Arab and Iranian TV shows and discussion programs. "It is a consolation to people in the Muslim world when I tell them that Arabs did not cause 9/11," Meyssan said in a documentary on Belgian TV.
On August 30, 2005, the Iranian TV Channel "Jaam-e Jam 2" aired a very lengthy interview with Meyssan. Once again, Meyssan asserted that a missile, not a plane hit the Pentagon. "This was a missile fired by American soldiers in order to kill another group of American soldiers. This points to an internal problem with the American system." (Who told him this rubbish, by the way?) "I don't think any of the assassination attempts were carried out by Islamists, as the official American version goes. That is an embellishment, a total lie, and an attempt to cover up internal disputes in America." He also claimed Mohammed Atta's father in Egypt "is certain that his son is alive, and that he called him the day after 9/11." "Whom should we believe the FBI or Mohammed Atta's father?"
But there is no evidence at all that Atta ever called his father on the day after 9/11. All the available evidence points in another direction: Mohammed Atta was indeed on the plane that hit the first tower of the WTC. (Nevertheless, von Bülow is also inclined to believe Atta's father.) Since his son never showed up in Cairo, Atta's father now claims the CIA killed him.
Needless to say that silly assertions like these go very well in a country such as Iran where the ruling elite consists of anti-Semitic Holocaust deniers.Thierry Meyssan's dubious flirtations with the Iranian Muslim fundamentalists is just another example of the remarkable alliances existing between the extreme left and the totalitarian Islamofascists. Other examples are given by Dr. Daniel Pipes in his article "The Leftist-Islamist Alliance in Pictures." The common enemy is America and Israel.
One of those who assisted Meyssan in his research was Pierre-Henri Bunel a former French major who in December 2001 was found guilty of treason for tipping off the Serbs about NATO military plans. Bunel also published articles in "Jeune Résistance," an extreme rightist review. Fabrice Robert, the editor of Jeune Résistance, is a convicted Holocaust denier. The review is linked to the extreme rightist group "Unité Radicale" (Radical Union) which expressed support for Hamas and the notorious German neo-Nazi Horst Mahler, a former marxist as well as a Holocaust denier.
Liberal theologian Ray Griffin: "The demonic American empire"
Thierry Meyssan's book inspired many American 9/11 conspiration theorists, including a number of liberal theologians. One of them is David Ray Griffin whose book "The New Pearl Harbor" (2004) claims it poses "Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11." Griffin is a founding member of the "9/11 Scholars for Truth" movement in the United States. Griffin writes that he "learned of the work of the French researcher Thierry Meyssan, in particular his hypothesis that the aircraft that hit the Pentagon could not have been a Boeing 757, which is what Flight 77 was, but must have been a guided missile." The fact that the black boxes from AA Flight 77 were found is later in a subsequent book explained away by Griffin when he suggests that these boxes "had been planted." Once again, fantasy knows no bounds.
Griffin fully endorses "the revisionist thesis that the attacks on 9/11, which President Bush has rightly called evil, were carried out with the complicity of some officials of the Bush administration itself."
What is quite remarkable here is the fact that Griffin calls the new theories on 9/11 "revisionist." Mind you, Holocaust deniers also refer to their outlandish theories on the Holocaust as "revisionist." Griffin is not a Holocaust denier himself, yet there is a clear analogy. Holocaust deniers, Islamists, neo-Nazis and 9/11 conspiration theorists share the same enemies: the United States, Israel and the "Zionists."
Laying the blame on the CIA for 9/11 is also one of Griffin's favorate themes. Mohammed Atta? Paid by the CIA! Ahmed Shah Massoud? Killed by the CIA and the ISI (Pakistani Intelligence Service)! In fact, however, Massoud, an anti-Taliban resistance leader, was killed by two Al-Qaeda operatives from Belgium just two days before 9/11, that is. Osama bin Laden? Was in touch with the CIA and Saudi intelligence, so Griffin claims.
Griffin further asserts that United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania, was in fact shot down. He quotes "independent researcher" Paul Thompson (another 9/11 conspiracy freak) who "believes that the government decided that it was necessary but not because the hijackers' mission was going to succeed. Thompson asks why fighter pilots were given authorization to shoot down hijacked airplanes only after Flight 93 was the only one left in the sky." "His implicit answer given the evidence that the passengers were successfully wrestling control of the plane away from the hijackers, is that this was the one plane that was likely to be landed safely which would, among other things, mean there might be live hijackers to be interrogated." "The evidence suggests that when the authorities wanted a flight shot down, they were not hindered by lack of either competence or coordination." (What evidence?) "The evidence from this flight suggests, like the previous ones, active involvement of U.S. military leaders in planning the attacks. In this case, they apparently also had to take remedial action because of unexected development."
I just wonder, why don't we read anyting about these wild assertions in Wikileaks? The U.S. government itself is, so it seems to me at least, one great leak it is virtually impossible to protect American state secrets, let alone grand conspiracies like the ones described above! The reason why there is no U.S. government leak here, is that all, I repeat all, 9/11 conspiracy theories are sheer nonsense, political rubbish.
Just like von Bülow Griffin asserts that five of the 19 hijackers are still alive. He, too, claims that Waleed Al-Sheri is working for a (Moroccan) airline company. Griffin repeats this assertion in a 2007 book called "Debunking 9/11 Debunking." Al-Sheri worked in Morocco as a pilot and was still alive, he writes. We already quoted from the thorough investigation conducted by the German magazine Der Spiegel. They found out that the name of the pilot in Morocco is not Al-Sheri, like that of the 9/11 hijacker, but Walid (Waleed) Al-Shri.
Liberal theologian William Sloane Coffin: a friend of communists and Iraninian Islamists
It was in 2006 that Griffin published the book "Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11." This book was meant to convince the American Christian community about "the truth behind 9/11." Griffin now links "the American empire" to "demonic evil." The 9/11 attacks were "a false flag operation orchestrated within the U.S. government," it was "a manifestation of demonic evil," and "orchestrated by our own government." (This sounds like the ideology of the conspiracy freaks of the John Birch Society, does it not?)
Griffin's book was recommended by the late Rev. William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006) from Riverside Church, New York City. Coffin was a very vocal advocate of leftist causes and a personal friend of Griffin's. "Professor David Ray Griffin has a well-deserved reputation for thoroughness of his research," Coffin wrote on the back cover of Griffin's book. "All Americans who love their country enough to dig into the facts of these critical times will be well rewarded by examining his books. 9/11 truth is a very important issue one with the power to bring lasting change to our country."
The first time I heard about William Sloane Coffin was in the early 1980s. I met a concerned member of his Riverside Church at press conferences of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in various parts of the world. This man was the Czech refugee Blahoslav Hrúbi (1911-1990). Blahoslav and his wife Olga were living in New York they had U.S. citizenship. As a member of the ecumenical press corps, Hrúbi occasionally attended Central Committee meetings of the World Council of Churches. It was there that I first met this elderly sympathetic and quiet man. He was one of the very few reporters who at press conferences dared to pose critical and unwelcome questions to WCC dignitaries about human rights violations in the Eastern (communist) Bloc. (He spoke and read Russian and knew quite well what was going on there.) I fully shared Hrúbi's passion about religious freedom and the need to denounce human rights violations by communist dictators and asked similar questions.
It was back in August 1976 that I asked Dr. Philip Potter, the WCC's General Secretary at the time, about reports in the French newspaper "Le Monde" (February 17 and 18, 1976) about mass killings perpetrated by the communist Khmer Rouge rulers in Cambodia. Dr. Potter, a politically naive pastor from Jamaica who favored "dialogue and cooperation" with communist regimes, was suddenly upset, saying that we must not forget our own sins. After all, "we are all sinners." Churches in the West should not be "self-righteous," he declared lamely.
During visits to New York Blahoslav Hrúbi told me about William Sloane Coffin, his pastor in New York. Like Hrúbi Coffin also spoke Russian. Hrúbi told me that Coffin and his assistant Cora Rubin Weiss had frequent meetings with Soviet diplomats. (Weiss' wealthy father Samuel Rubin, an American communist in the 1930s, happened to be an emigré from Russia.) Hrúbi suspected that these diplomats were working under cover for the Russian intelligence service KGB. The diplomats were either linked to the Russian Embassy in Washington or the Russian diplomatic mission at the UN in New York. (I knew who they were.) Coffin was an outspoken admirer of Soviet Russia and hated U.S. policies.Coffin also played an interesting role during the Iranian hostage crisis at the end of 1979. So-called Iranian students had occupied the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and all American diplomats, American staff members and marines were taken hostage by them. However, at Christmas 1979, the Iranian hostage takers suddenly allowed Coffin (and two other American clergymen) to travel to Tehran and meet the American hostages.
One of the American hostages, consular officer Robert Ode, later said: "The whole thing was a farce as far as I was concerned. It was pure propaganda. I remember Sloane Coffin, in attempting to give us some comfort, wasn't very comforting, because his whole attitude seemed to be more sympathetic to the terrorists than to any of the hostages." Another hostage, marine security guard sgt. Paul Lewis, later said: "I was a little upset with Reverend Coffin. As a sign of brotherhood, he wanted us to sing Christmas carols and hold hands with the Iranians sitting beside us. I refused to have anything to do with that. I wasn't about to hold hands with those guys, and I wouldn't sing. I just sat there. Before we left, Sloane Coffin hugged each of us, and I told him, 'This is all bullshit. Total bullshit.' In those words."Sgt. Rocky Sickmann, another marine security guard, later said: "Cookies and candy and pastries were all spread out for the TV cameras, like we were having a great time." And warrant officer Joe Hall later said: "I went in thinking that we were going to have a quiet service, but then I saw cameras and I realized that it was just a media event. I was doing pretty well until that charade."
Mark Bowden, in his excellent book "Guests of the Ayatollah," also describes how some U.S. hostages felt uncomfortable in the presence of Coffin. Victor Tomseth "was suspicious of Coffin, who had the air of a grandstander about him. It seemed to the veteran diplomat that the famous leftist preacher was playing to his home audience." Robert Ode told Coffin: "If you are under the impression that the students (i.e. the Iranian hostage takers, V.) are being kind to us, then you are mistaken." "In a brief conversation with Bill Keough, Coffin remarked, jokingly, that he had often longed for an extended period of quiet where he could read and think to contemplate. Keough smiled grimly. It was the remark of a man who had never been taken hostage in a foreign country and threatened daily with trial and execution."
Many hostages were suspicious of Coffin, and for good reason. He had, Bowden writes, "defended the hostage takers in public statements in the United States, saying, 'We scream about the hostages, but few Americans heard the screams of tortured Iranians.'"
Emerson Vermaat is an investigative reporter in the Netherlands and author of "The World Council of Churches and Politics" (New York: Freedom House, 1989). Website: emersonvermaat.com
Debunking 9/11 Myths (Popular Mechanics/Hearst Books, New York, 2006)Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower. Al-Qaeda's Road to 9/11 (Allen Lane, New York/London, 2006)Raymond Ibrahim (Ed.), The Al Qaeda Reader (Broadway Books, New York, 2007)
Peter L. Bergen, The Osama bin Laden I Know (Free Press, New York/London, 2006), notably chapter 9 ("The 9/11 Plot")
Emerson Vermaat, Nazi's, Communisten en Islamisten: Opmerkelijke Allianties tussen Extremisten (Nazis, Communists and Islamists. Remarkable Alliances between Extremists) (Aspekt Publishers, Soesterberg, the Netherlands, 2008), chapter 10 ("Paranoïde Samenzweringstheorieën inzake 9/11")
Daniel Pipes, The Islamist-Leftist Allied Menace (danielpipes.org, July 14, 2008)
Daniel Pipes, Bibliography My writings on Conspiracy Theories (danielpipes.org, July 22, 2006).
John Robison, Proofs of a Conspiracy (Boston/Los Angeles: Western Islands, 1967; first published in 1797/98), p. 123, 236.
Nesta H. Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements (London: Britons Publishing Company, 1924), p. 370, 375, 379.
John Bagot Glubb, The Life and Times of Muhammad (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1970), p. 199. ("The following paragraph is taken verbatim from Ibn Ishaq. The Apostle (=Mohammed) said: 'Kill any Jew who falls into your power.'")
Klaus-Michael Mallmann and Martin Cüppers, Halbmond und Hakenkreuz. Das Dritte Reich, die Araber und Palestina (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2011), p. 129, 130. (Nazi propaganda during World War II.)
MEMRI Special Report, No. 38, September 9, 2005 ("9/11 Conspiracy Theories on Arab and Iranian TV Channels 2004-2005").
Andreas von Bülow, Die CIA und der 11. September. Internationale Terror und die Rolle der Geheimdienste (Munich: Piper, 2011, first published in 2004), p. 95 (Walid Alsheri) p. 217, 220, 221.
Terzake Zomer (Belgian TV), August 22, 2006.
Spiegelonline, September 9, 2003 ("Panoply of the Absurd"); Der Spiegel (German edition), September 9, 2003 ("Panoptikum des Absurden), p. 60, 61, 76 (witness Penny Elgas).
Matthias Brosch, Michael Elm, Norman Geissler, Brigitta Elisa Simbürger and Oliver von Wrochem (Eds.), Exklusive Solidarität. Linker Antisemitismus in Deutschland (Berlin: Metropol Verlag, 2007), p. 257 (2003 poll on 9/11), p. 320 (von Bülow).
Bruce Lawrence (Ed.), Messages to the World. The Statements of Osama bin Laden (London/New York: Verso, 2005), p. 234 ("We have reacted in kind "), p. 242 ("We agreed with the general commander Muhammad Atta "); Raymond Ibrahim (Ed.), The Al-Qaeda Reader (New York: Broadway Books, 2007), p. 218.
Gerhard Wisnewski, Operation 9/11. Die Wahrheit auf der Spur (Munich: Knauer Taschenbuch Verlag, 2011, first published in 2003), p. 241-243.
www.literaturkritiken.de/buch/seiten/002/fakten_faelschungen.php (on the German book "Fakten, Fälschungen und die unterdrückten Beweise des 11.9").
One of the National Geographic Channel documentaries, "Inside the Pentagon," was shown on August 26, 2006 (the Netherlands).
David Dunbar and Brad Reagan (Eds.), Debunking 9/11 Myths. Why Conspiracy Theories can't stand up to the facts (New York: Hearst Books/Popular Mechanics, 2006), p. 63 ("DNA of those on board recovered in the Pentagon").
Terzake Zomer (Belgian TV), August 22, 2006 (part two).
Daniel Pipes, The Leftist-Islamist Alliance in Pictures, Danielpipes.org, March 18, 2009.
This Week in Bosnia-Hercegovina, March 14, 2002 (on Bunel); Stephen Roth Institute Tel Aviv University, Antisemitsm and Racism: France (on Bunel); Terzake Zomer (Belgian TV), August 23, 2006 (Unité Radicale).
David Ray Griffin, The New Pearl Harbor. Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 (Northhampton, Massachusetts: Olive Branch Press, 2004), p. xix, xx (Introduction), p. 76, 77 (bin Laden and the CIA), p. 110 (Ahmed Shah Massoud), p. 169, 170 (Waleed Al-Sheri).
David Ray Griffin, Debunking 9/11 Debunking. An Answer to the Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory (Gloucestershire: Arris Books, 2007), p. 33 (Waleed Al-Sheri), p. 169, 277 (black boxes from Flight 77).
David Ray Griffin, Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11 (Lousiville/London: 2006), p. 180, 181 ("demonic evil").
Personal notes by the author, World Council of Churches Central Committee meeting in Geneva, August 9, 1976; on Dr. Potter's view of communist states (former Soviet Union, etc.), see, for example, an interview with him in The Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate (Moscow), 1973, No. 4, p. 43, 44: "...churches that are living in the socialist states and are trying to witness to the Gospel in cooperation with the best purposes of the state." Note the word "cooperation" all too often this meant collaboration with communist intelligence services (KGB, Stasi, etc.).
Tim Wells, 444 Days. The Hostages Remember (San Diego/New York/London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers, 1985), p. 208, 209.
Mark Bowden, Guests of the Ayatollah. The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America with Militant Islam (New York: Grove Press, 2006), p. 276-279.
September 9, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a report just released by the Fars News Agency (the mouthpiece of the Revolutionary Guards of Iran), Alzaman newspaper (an Arabic paper out of London) has just revealed that Bashar Assad recently made a secret trip to Iran and consulted with Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader and the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Fars News Agency goes on to defend Assad and what's happening in Syria by referring to the uprising of the Syrian people as an act inspired by the Zionist regime in Israel and enemies of the Center of Resistance (referring to Iran, Hezbollah and Syria).
Through its sources inside Iran, Alzaman reports that during the meeting between Assad and the Iranian officials, Assad provided the latest assessment on the situation in Syria and was advised by the Iranian supreme leader to show flexibility toward the Arab leaders' offers in resolving the issues so that the current situation could be defused.
In the meantime, the situation in Syria continues to worsen. The use of extreme force by the Assad government has failed to subdue the resistance. The people of Syria are now openly calling for the downfall of Assad.
The Iranian supreme leader had earlier ordered the Guards, Hezbollah and other factions to help the Syrian regime with the confrontation of its people. The EU has sanctioned the Quds forces, the special unit of the Revolutionary Guards in charge of extraterritorial activities, for their involvement in the killing of the Syrian protesters.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March and since then over two thousand people have been killed by Assad's security forces.
Today's search came as a result of a joint investigation by DOJ and the Dept. of Energy.
Solyndra, after much lobbying, obtained a $535,000,000 "loan" from Obama [to manufacture solar panels] who visited the plant on numerous occasions to tout it as a supposedly successful example his Fed/private partnership to produce "green energy."
Congress has been conducting its own investigation regarding the Fed loan over the last few months and subpoenas have been issued for documents relating to the matter.
Victory - Ground Zero Mosque Denied Lower Manhattan Development Funds
September 8, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Briefly interviewed this afternoon, an obviously upset LMDC spokesman, John DeLibero, tersely stated that none of the organization's $17 million in "cultural" grants would be awarded to the Ground Zero mosque, now rebranded - as if it were a nightclub - Park 51.
According to DeLibero, these were the last of such funds, making the rejection of mosque's application final.
Rumors abound regarding the Byzantine workings of LMDC and its decision making process regarding this matter with some claiming that the reason Park 51's application had been denied was because it had not yet attained a 501(c)3 designation from the IRS.
We beg to differ, this decision was forced upon LMDC by the heroic community activism of Joe Connor, Joan Romanelli, Tim Brown, Beth Gilinsky and others who comprise the United Liberty Alliance which kept up relentless pressure on the organization and followed it to a successful conclusion.
Also writ large in this successful effort to block the Islamist plan to erect a mega-mosque on the hallowed ground of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, was Dick Morris who lent his services to the effort, mainly in the form of petitions and media statements.
All of those involved are to be congratulated as patriots, resisting against the combined might of Mayor Bloomberg's leftist bureaucrats, the effort to fund what would have amounted to an icon symbolizing Islamic supremacism on the hallowed site of Ground Zero.
That effort, the release of a supposedly factual report [see, "Fear, Inc. The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America," http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/08/islamophobia.html] was underwritten by John Podesta's Center For American Progress [CAP]. This very public move is part of a much larger intellectual battle by radical Muslim activists to establish a cultural beachhead promoting the foundational Shari'a proscription against "insulting" Islam.
As we wrote in the aforementioned article:
"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, https://www.pipelinenews.org/?page=cairhate10.12.10.htm, CAIR Continues Big Lie Regarding "Hate Crimes" Committed Against Muslims - FBI Stats Prove That Widespread American Islamophobia Is Nonexistent]
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..."
Perhaps CAP's key assertion is that a small group of - often Jewish - Muslim haters have been heavily funded by shadowy organizations with an Islamophobic perspective, intending to fan the fires of religious hate.
But what is CAP?
Though often innocuously referenced by the MSM as a simple think tank, Podesta himself makes it clear that CAP was designed from its inception to be the Progressives' "head of the spear"," calling it a think tank on steroids.
CAP was arguably the key force guiding Barack Obama's meteoric rise to the Presidency and the enactment of his divisive policy initiatives. The organization had tremendous input into managing his campaign. It had a virtual strangle hold on the administration's major personnel appointments and the development of many of its policy positions.
"...Just as candidate Obama depended on CAP during the campaign for opposition research and talking points, President-elect Obama has effectively contracted out the management of his own government's formation to Podesta. "The Podesta group was formed to bring Democrats back into the presidency, that was its purpose of being," says Stephen Hess, an expert on presidential transitions at the Brookings Institution, a much more traditional think tank..."
[source, http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1861305,00.html, Michael Scherer, Inside Obama's Idea Factory in Washington, Time Magazine November, 21, 2008]
So great is CAP's clout that Podesta served as co-chair of the Obama transition team - actually a small army of over 1,000 individuals committed to advancing a utopian agenda via a more powerful, less accountable and greatly expanded federal bureaucracy.
"At the same time, and largely under the radar, CAP worked furiously during the elections to deliver talking points to overworked journalists...The hosts and guests of the Sunday news shows received routine briefings by CAP researchers. Liberal talk radio hosts and Democratic surrogates also receive daily talking points from the group. Meanwhile, liberal blogs have long become an echo chamber for CAP's own Internet outreach program..."
[source, Time Magazine]Consider John Podesta's Congressional testimony regarding CAP's influence:
"...In total, President Obama's transition team consisted of over 1000 people. It was governed by a transition board, which I co-chaired along with Valerie Jarrett and Pete Rouse, both of whom now serve in senior positions in the White House. There were 517 people working on agency review teams [and] 134 people in policy working groups...We endeavored to create a highly disciplined process...Ten teams of various sizes were organized around issues and agencies to provide the president-elect and his advisors with the information necessary to make policy, budgetary, and personnel decisions in advance of the inauguration...Within the administrations first 10 days, the president signed nine executive orders and nine presidential memoranda the policy working groups had helped to prepare..." [source, http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2010/04/challenges_lessons.html]
A few examples of CAP and Team Obama's revolving door policy:
1. Van Jones, a neo-Marxist and currently Senior Fellow with CAP, resigned under fire as Team Obama's Green Energy Czar.
2. Melody Barnes, Chief of the WH Domestic Policy Council, former CAP Exec. Vice President and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's chief counsel.
3. Carol Browner, EPA chief, member of CAP's Board of Directors.
4. Neera Tanden, Obama campaign director for domestic policy [including ObamaCare], formerly worked under Kathleen Sebelius at HHS, resigned to become CAP's Chief Operating Officer.
5. Sonal Shah, former Associate Dir. Economic and National Security Policy at CAP, Obama/Biden transition team member, currently managing Google's Global Initiative efforts.
Even from such a brief overview it becomes a difficult to sort out where CAP ends and where Team Obama begins, they have to a large degree become synonymous.
From what source does CAP derive such clout?
Certainly Mr. Podesta's stature as Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff enhances the organization's bona fides, however as the late California legislative leader Jesse Unruh was quoted, "money is the mother's milk of politics," and that certainly seems to be the case here.
According to CAP's 2009 990 the group's revenue [gifts, grants, contributions and membership fees] from 2005-2009 was $134,518,524, an astounding amount for an organization which has yet to see its tenth birthday. In a very real manner, CAP is the shadow component of the Obama regime and it's drowning in cash.
The organization's financial health and joined-at-the-hip realtionship with Team Obama renders ridiculous the charge that the voice of hate which CAP now helps to project can't be heard because it has been silenced by financial clout of "Fear Inc's" targets [those always at the top of the Islamists hit list, Steven Emerson, Robert Spencer, etc.] all of whom are poverty stricken compared to their fat-cat accusor.
By its funding of "Fear, Inc..." CAP has made himself the hands-down poster child for the unholy alliance between the left and the Islamists, a relationship that links - tactically - seemingly disparate groups against a common enemy, in this case Western culture. By its actions in this matter, CAP has made itself part of the mechanism whereby Shari'a principles might be advanced by an Islamist enemy which is committed to jihad until in their minds, "God's religion is made supreme."
Obama Funded Solyndra Goes Belly Up, Along With His Economic Plan
September 1, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Wednesday Solyndra, once the heavily subsidized green crown jewel in the Obama Administrations' economic plan to "remake" the energy industry, announced that it will be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, along the way adding another 1,100 workers to California's unemployment rolls.
In a 2010 visit touting the plant, President Obama referred to the company as, "...a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism and the fact that we continue to have the best universities in the world, the best technology in the world, and most importantly the best workers in the world...."
In the real world however, it was simply the most recent example of Team Obama's massively expensive, now demonstrably failed experiment to establish complete control over the economy via government by decree, lubricated with crony capitalism.
The bankruptcy leaves the public holding the bag to the tune of a $535 million federal grant [using borrowed money of course] which was then used as earnest money to secure venture capital funding.
Solyndra's product, solar panels, were so expensive to manufacture that any possibility of competing with other established companies in the field was never really feasible - though cheaper manufacturing techniques are readily available [consider China's growing solar industry] they tend to run afoul of the myriad of federal regulations which burden American corporations and drive them offshore. The company reportedly [see, http://optics.org/news/2/8/35 ] lost money on every unit sold - a fitting epitaph to governmental intrusion into the marketplace and a telling indictment of Team Obama's collectivist mindset as his plan to create a top-down, command economy which is now a pile of [very expensive] rubble.
According to Hoovers [a Dunn & Bradstreet company specializing in corporate data, see http://www.hoovers.com/company/Solyndra_Inc/rjfjcif-1-1njea1.html] Solyndra's Chairman [and founder] Christian Gronet and EVP Benjamin Bierman's compensation packages were substantially over 200k including bonuses, seemingly making them members of the "evil rich," one of the President's favorite whipping boys.
Peering under Solyndra's wreckage, one finds the fingerprints of Democrat bundler supreme George Kaiser who held a substantial interest in the company, "Solyndra LLC, a Fremont, Calif.-based solar panel maker, was partially funded by Tulsan George Kaiser. It had long been an administration favorite. Over the past two years, President Barack Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu each had made congratulatory visits to the company's headquarters..." [source, http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/article.aspx?subjectid=49&articleid=20110901_222_E1_CUTLIN589741]
The deserved [and predictable] death of this company also highlights the facade which has been erected around the "green energy industry," a hollow entity essentially created by the fed to appease the radical greens. Under the best of conditions, solar panels waste 2/3rds of the total available energy, wind generated power is only slightly more efficient.
"...In this case, "efficiency" means how much of the energy source (be it wind or coal or solar) can actually be converted to electricity. For wind power, the theoretical maximum efficiency is 59 percent, but most windmills achieve about 50 percent efficiency with very good land and wind conditions. The efficiency of solar energy - how much heat can be converted to electricity - is approximately 35 percent. One reason wind and solar energy are so inefficient is because they require vast amounts of land. Wind power requires about 11 square feet of land to generate 4 watts of electricity - the amount needed to turn on a light bulb. To generate that same 4 watts of electricity, a natural gas plant requires 30 to 200 times less space..."
[source, Don't Get Burned by Solar Power http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2003/01/01/don't-get-burned-solar-power
With no real ability - at the current state of technology - to store meaningful amounts of electricity [and none really on the scientific horizon] neither wind nor solar represent anything close to a cost-effective, reliable alternative to conventional methods of energy generation, but mere technical impossibility isn't enough to deter the bureaucratic planning mentality of Obama's collectivists.
One would hope that the crash and burn of this company would send a jolt of reality sizzling through this administration, however we suspect it will have little effect on the disastrous energy policy Team Obama has chosen. Of note WH spokesman Eric Schultz was quoted today by Bloomberg as gleefuly willing to double down on failure, "While we are disappointed by this particular outcome, we continue to believe the clean-energy jobs race is one that America can, must and will win..." [source, Obama Stands by Renewable Energy Aid After Solyndra's Failure, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-01/obama-stands-by-renewable-energy-aid-after-solyndra-s-failure.html]
We justifiably fear that the President's hastily scheduled jobs address next week will provide nothing but additional proof that nothing will change along these lines until he is sent packing.