PipeLineNews Archives: January 2012

Muslim Brotherhood's Big Lie - "Long Record Of Commitment To Non-Violence"

January 30, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In words which should fall reassuringly upon the ears of Mr. Obama and his dysfunctional State Dept., the Muslim Brotherhood today proclaimed that it is devoted to peace, having demonstrated a, "long record of commitment to non-violence":

"Now consider the history of the political Islamist actor that probably is receiving more attention than any other these days: the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. That history is one of decades of remarkable forbearance and endurance in the face of different degrees of repression by different Egyptian regimes. The Brotherhood has a long record of commitment to nonviolence - a record that has made it the target of vehement denunciation by the likes of al-Qaeda. What is there about the Brotherhood, beyond its Islamist coloration, that should make it any more the object of suspicion than other parties, movements and groups vying for influence in a new Egypt? How else should it have behaved to make us less suspicious?" [source, Ikhwanweb, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29616]

That is a rather odd claims for a group whose motto is "Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

But it has been actions, not words which have distinguished the Muslim Brotherhood.

Since its founding in 1928, the ideology [Islamic supremacy established through jihad] developed by the MB's founder Hasan al-Banna and the group's chief theoretician Sayyid Qutb, ignited and then carefully stoked the phenomenon of modern Islamic terrorism, serving as the inspiration for al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The Brotherhood has never refrained from using violence to gain political traction, assassinating Egypt's prime minister Mahmud Fahmi Nokrashi in 1948 and splinter group members murdering president Anwar Sadat in 1981 after he signed a peace treaty with Israel.

Of no little concern, the Muslim Brotherhood also created Hamas, designated as an international terrorist organization by most of the West, including the United States. It has been estimated that the group has been responsible for roughly 7,000 killings since it was formed.

The Brotherhood has established chapters in over 100 countries and is represented in the United States by numerous front groups which have successfully conned the American media into believing they don't represent a national security threat.

So we are left with a choice, are we to believe the MB's chest thumping claims of non-violence or should we believe the historical record of its bloody actions, which casts the Ikhwan as one of the deadliest movements in the world today?

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The Majority Of The World's Oil Supply Is In The Hands Of Islamists

By REZA KAHLILI

January 30, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "Approximately 60 percent of the world's oil supplies are under the control of the soldiers of Imam Khamenei," said Major General Naghdi, the chief commander of Iran's Basij forces.

General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi, who was born in Iraq, was a member of the Iranian Quds Force involved in international terrorism before he was appointed by Ayatollah Khamenei to the post of commander of the Basij in 2009. He previously stated that Iran has no option but to destroy Israel.

Naghdi also stated today that, not only the Strait of Hormuz, but most strategic waterways are under the control of Islamic nations. He added that now that America has removed its forces from Iraq, there is no obstacle for the final march towards Jerusalem. From the east of the subcontinent of India to the territory of Palestine, the Islamic movement is ready to mobilize and the West should know that if they dare to create instability for the region, the Islamic nations are ready to respond.

The Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, recently held several meetings with Iranian top officials ordering the Revolutionary Guards to prepare the country for war and for further suppression of the Iranian people to avoid the possibility of any uprising from within.

The Iranian oil minister, Rostam Qasemi, also announced that soon Iran will cut off oil to certain European countries in response to the oil sanctions placed on Iran by the EU member states.

According to SepahOnline, sources within the Revolutionary Guards revealed that Khamenei has also ordered the Quds forces to ratchet up their terrorist activities in Bahrain to not only destabilize its Monarch but also further destabilize the region as a warning to the U.S. to leave the Islamic regime and its nuclear program alone.

The Quds forces are to further incite the majority Shiite populace against the minority Sunni Monarch and attack the British and U.S. embassies in Bahrain. Days ago, the Bahraini government arrested several who had planned to blow up the Malek Fahad Bridge, which serves as a link between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.In the previous riots in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia sent its armed forces in order to help the Bahraini Monarch gain control.

It was announced today that the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, will lead the upcoming Friday Prayers in Tehran. This signifies the importance of the current confrontation over Iran's nuclear program and the world should expect important announcement by Khamenei in response to the recent sanctions pressing the Iranian leaders for a negotiated solution.

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Iran's Plan To Terrorize The West Using Quds Forces And Hezbollah Until Nuke Weapons Are Operational

By REZA KAHLILI

January 27, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Iran is taking several steps to help Syria's beleaguered President Bashar Assad, assassinate opposition figures and attack Israeli and American interests worldwide, sources have confirmed.

After the recent assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, deputy director of the first uranium enrichment facility at Natanz, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered retaliation.

He instructed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the chief commander of the Quds Forces, to prepare the ground for terrorist attacks, first to retaliate against assassination and espionage within the Iranian nuclear program, and second, to go on the offensive to make the West understand that any military action against Iran will create much instability in the world.

The Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah will meet with Iranian Quds Forces in Iraq's Kurdistan region next week to discuss ways to export arms and explosives to Hezbollah cells and strengthen terrorist cells in the Middle East, according to SepahOnline, the media outlet close to the Revolutionary Guards.

Other sources reveal that several key figures in the Middle East are on the Shiite regime's list of assassination targets, including Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, and several other Sunni authorities within the Iraqi government.

Hezbollah cells, in coordination with the Quds Forces, are to attack U.S. and Israeli interests around the world, even within America itself, the sources said.

On Jan. 13, Kristie Kenney, U.S. ambassador to Thailand, warned of a "real and very credible" threat of a terrorist attack in Bangkok. The warning came as Thai authorities arrested two Lebanese Hezbollah suspects.

Also today, two Azerbaijani citizens were arrested in an alleged plot to assassinate the Israeli ambassador to Baku, Azerbaijan. The suspects, who had been living in the city of Irbil, Iran, have been charged with smuggling weapons and explosives into Azerbaijan.

A source within the Revolutionary Guards has also revealed that Lebanese Hezbollah terrorists have been called on by Iran to protect the Guards base in the town of Mazaya in Syria. The unidentified source told the pan-Arab media outlet Al Arabiya that Iran wants protection for its military advisers who are in Syria to help Assad suppress the uprising against him.

The source, who is close to Soleimani, said the Guard forces in Syria, in coordination with Russia and China, act only as advisers to protect the Assad regime.

He added that Russia has committed to sending an aircraft carrier task force to the area to ensure that "the West knows we will not allow any military adventurism against Syria."

The Guard commander said there is information that Israel is planning direct interference in the Syrian uprising by forming an anti-Shi'ite coalition, "Therefore we have requested Hezbollah enter into a dialog with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood to form a united front against Israel."

The leaders of the Islamic regime in Iran believe that an aggressive terrorist campaign on the world stage along with increased instability in the Strait of Hormuz will send a strong signal to the West to lay off its nuclear weapons program, giving the regime enough time to obtain the bomb and then announce nuclear capability, which they think will checkmate the world.

Mr. Kahlili is a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He now resides in the United States and writes under the pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. Currently he serves as a senior fellow with EMPact America and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense';s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy. For further background regarding Mr. Kahlili see our in-depth interview here Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili - Iran Runs "Large Network" Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic Organizations. He is the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran';s Revolutionary Guards.

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John Esposito Conflates Salafism With "Christian Right"

January 2, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an interview carried today by the Muslim Brotherhood's English website, Ikhwanweb, Dr. John Esposito [founding director of Georgetown's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which the kindly prince endowed to the tune of 20 million dollars] appears to be conflating Salafism [an extreme Sunni Islamist sect which is rapidly gaining political power in Egypt alongside the equally noxious Muslim Brotherhood] with America's "Christian right."

"The political Salafis believe that they have a true vision of Islam and that their version of religion is the one that they practise and the one that other people should practise too in their personal lives. Moreover, they are working to implement this vision in society as a whole... then there is the Christian Right in the US that is involved in politics, another kind of Christianity that tries to impose its own will on other people. In many religions, you have these kinds of ultra-conservative people..." [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29499&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter]

Given Esposito's history, such dissembling is not really surprising.

We challenge Dr. Esposito to produce evidence of an organized right-wing Christian plot - equivalent in scope to that of the revolutionary Islamists - that "tries to impose its own will on other people," via the employment of a global campaign of terror.

We won't be holding our breath waiting for a reply.

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U.S. Surrenders - Obama To Release Taliban Terrorists From GITMO

January 3, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The UK Guardian is reporting that the Obama administration has made the decision to release key members of the Taliban from detention at GITMO into the custody of representatives of the Afghan government.

"The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents' agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned...the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan. More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund..." [source, Julian Borger & Jon Boone, Taliban leaders held at Guantánamo Bay to be released in peace talks deal, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/03/taliban-leaders-guantanamo-bay-deal]

If true, this will mark a new low point in Team Obama's ignominious foreign policy.

Of note, today the Taliban announced that it has opened a diplomatic office in Qatar, the most likely purpose of which will be to finalize whatever negotiations Obama is pretending to be conducting with the enemy. [see, http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-01-03/taliban-qatar-peace/52353644/1?csp=34news]

As this news source has repeatedly pointed out, because of Mr. Obama's reckless national security policies, he holds zero leverage in these "negotiations," hence the result will be that the Taliban will dictate to the United States what our terms of surrender will be.

We are reminded of the line by NY poet/rocker Jim Carroll in "Nothing Is True."

"Things just go from bad to worse.
Starts like a kiss and ends like a curse.
...Nothing's true...everything is permitted..."

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood "Never" To Recognize Israel

By REZA KAHLILI

January 3, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says it will never recognize the state of Israel and will put Cairo-Tel Aviv Peace Treaty to the test of public opinion once a new government takes office in the North African country.

According to ParsTV, the mouthpiece of the Islamic Regime in Iran, The group's second-in-command, Rashad al-Bayoumi, said in an interview with the London-based Al-Hayat Arabic daily that no member of the Muslim Brotherhood will ever negotiate with an Israeli.

"This is not possible, no matter what the circumstances are. We do not recognize Israel at all. It is a criminal enemy occupier… I will never allow myself to sit down with a criminal," Bayoumi said, noting that Israel is illegally occupying the Palestinian land.

He said that the Muslim Brotherhood respects all international agreements signed by Egypt during the current "interim" period but it has the right to reconsider a treaty signed without the consent of the Egyptian people.

Bayoumi went on to say that once a new government is in place, the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty would be re-evaluated in a national referendum.

"We will take all the correct legal procedures regarding to the treaty. The people will have their say," he said, adding," We have the right to present it to the people and the elected parliament so that they can come to a decision about it.

Since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in early 2011, anti-Israeli sentiments have been on the rise, with many people demanding an end to the peace agreement. Power was handed to Supreme Council of the Armed Forces following Mubarak's ouster in February.

The Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, has won around 50 percent of the seats in the first two phases of Egypt's three-stage parliamentary elections.

It must be noted that the radicals ruling Iran have voiced their support for the removal of the military rule in Egypt and are engaged with the Muslim Brotherhood to achieve such goal. Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic regime in Iran has praised Egyptian protesters and has criticized the U.S. for what he called "adopting a double standard" toward the developments occurring in Egypt and other countries, adding that any popular, democratic and patriotic person who comes to power in one of those countries will definitely oppose the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel.

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

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Will U.S. Be Wise Enough To Exploit A "Serious Split" Within Iran's Revolutionary Guard?

By REZA KAHLILI

January 4, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A serious split is developing within Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, with one faction favoring the overthrow of the dictatorial regime. This presents a window of opportunity for the West to support regime change before the Islamic Republic successfully tests nuclear weapons. Once the regime has those nuclear bombs, that opening will be much narrower.

Iran has tried hard to show strength in the face of sanctions aimed at pressuring Tehran to quit its suspected nuclear-bomb and missile development programs. Iranian leaders are now flexing their military muscles in the strategic waterway, the Strait of Hormuz, threatening to shut it down and choking off a major part of the world's oil supply.

The regime has long tried to scare the West from taking any action against it, by threatening the world's security and stability. However, behind its mask of strength and unity, big cracks are beginning to show.

Ever since entering politics, the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been a vengeful politician who rarely trusts anyone. Sources reveal that after the Nov. 12 explosions at the Guard's base west of Tehran, many Guard members, including commanders and even officers at the supreme leader's office, have been arrested and are under investigation.

On that day, Mr. Khamenei, along with many other high-ranking Iranian officials, was supposed to be present at a ceremony at the explosion site. The massive blast not only rattled Tehran more than 20 miles away but shocked the regime's hierarchy, which saw it as a covert operation to take out the supreme leader and his cronies.

The regime now worries about the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2. First, there is the possibility of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's faction taking control of parliament, creating problems for Khamenei and his allies, as a growing rift has appeared between Mr. Ahmadinejad and the supreme leader. But the regime also worries about the possibility of another uprising by the people of Iran, as the majority of Iranians resent the totalitarian regime.

Just days ago, Ahmadi Moghadam, the top police commander of the regime, announced the "readiness" of security forces to confront possible unrest on election day for the ninth Majlis [parliament].

However, the mullahs' biggest worry is the Revolutionary Guard themselves, the very force that has been the regime's pillar of support ever since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. A letter written by one of its commanders to Mohammad Nourizad, a conservative journalist who himself continues to criticize Khamenei and the regime despite being jailed, beaten, and threatened, was recently published on Mr. Nourizad's blog.

The commander, whose name was withheld for security purposes, states that, "Like many millions of suffering Iranians, myself and hundreds of freedom-loving and free-thinking commanders of the Revolutionary Guard do think about the devastation" that Khamenei has forced on the country.

The commander continues, "I can positively assure you and announce to the dear people of Iran that a collective majority of the Revolutionary Guard absolutely despise the regime leadership, but they are stuck in an exceedingly cruel and bloodthirsty system. This authority does not tolerate an alternative approach by the so-called insiders, and so they orchestrate military courts in order to label members of the Revolutionary Guard as traitors and send them to the gallows."

The Revolutionary Guard are human too, the commander says, and contrary to their military facade, they also have democratic views and are waiting on more favorable conditions so that they can join the people in opposing the regime. He assures the Iranians that the majority of the Guard forces will not participate in any suppression of the people, and the brutality that the people have witnessed is due to those vicious members who fall under the jurisdiction of the Basij auxiliary and security forces.

In criticizing the supreme leader, the commander says that Khamenei is behind the terror machine of the Quds Forces with their assassination and terrorist activities outside the country and the Basij forces as a military and oppressive force inside the country.

The commander brazenly declares, "Without a shadow of a doubt and based on documentation and proof, many of which will be produced and presented in time, the assassinations of Kazem Rajavi, Shahpour Bakhtiar, Dr. [Abdul Rahman] Ghassemlou and the heinous murders of Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar and many other opposition figures inside and outside of Iran were carried out under the supervision of the Guard Corps and the Intelligence Ministry."

The commander says the nation is suffering from an epidemic of hopelessness and that the possibility of an uprising like the one of 2009 is not great. He believes that now the only possibility for regime change is an attack from outside, such as the one that toppled Saddam Hussein in Iraq, but it would be highly costly for Iran and Iranians.

In a stern warning to Iranians and the world, the commander states that if the regime is not overthrown, it will soon test its first nuclear bomb, becoming essentially untouchable. It will then suppress anyone opposing it just as Stalin did in the Soviet Union.

There are steps the West, particularly the US, can take to exploit this split in the Guard and encourage regime change. It must voice support for Iranians in their aspirations for freedom and democracy. It should condemn the Iranian leaders for crimes against humanity and move to arrest and try them in international courts. It must confront the Revolutionary Guard with its terrorist activities abroad. And the West must expand its economic sanctions to the Bank and Iranian oil immediately.

Today the West has many allies in Iran to help bring about regime change and save the world from a dark future, but it must be aware that the window is closing.

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

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State Department Creates Nonsensical Bureau Of Counterterrorism

January 5, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Yesterday, the State Department announced the creation of a Bureau of Counterterrorism [see, http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/01/180136.htm]. This bureau will supposedly help, in the words of Secty of State Clinton, "...to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation on counterterrorism. We have a broad and ambitious agenda, and to carry out this work, I am upgrading our office devoted to counterterrorism to a full-fledged bureau within the State Department..."

According to State's presser the new policy will seek to undermine the capacity of those practicing "violent extremism," "their ability to recruit."

But how does one target an amorphous body of would be terrorists without being able to define them past the fact that they conduct themselves in a generally unpleasant manner?

In traditional law enforcement, one would normally seek to discern specific traits or identifiers in groups or individuals which might prove predictive of future criminal activity.

Stripped of the pejorative narrative now attached to the word, "profiling," it remains a primary tool in law enforcement, as reflected in standard criminology texts, "In its role as yet another forensic tool to compliment thorough investigation by competent and educated law enforcement professionals...it can be very useful." [source, Ronald & Stephen Holmes, Profiling Violent Crimes, An Investigative Tool, pg. ix, http://books.google.com/books?id=dzAy2Uf5b30C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false]

Traditionally, terrorists have generally been treated as stateless combatants carrying out warlike actions against targets identified within the parameters of a specific ideology. Because these forces are irregular by choice, rejecting uniforms, employing atrocity for effect and all of the other qualities which help define state-based soldiers, terrorists until very recently have not been covered by agreed upon covenants of war. These players are defined by their belief system, their ideology.

However, the State Department seeks to suppress, not an ideology at all, but an action "violent extremism" which has a myriad of motivations.

Such a strategy is doomed to failure because under State's restrictions, the enemy can only be an individual or group of would be practitioners-in-waiting. This opponent has no substance or form. If the intention is to explode a car bomb or commit other acts of war then that party is a terrorist by definition, but only post hoc. So in effect the State Department is creating an army of blind men to help them identify the color of terror.

It's a hollow policy to essentially assert that, "we will stop the terrorists, by stopping their terrorism." It's a circular and illogical argument designed to be incapable of defining the threat in advance. Thus, those charged with maintaining national security are given no road map, methodology or guidance whereby the United States can act pro-actively in an offensive manner [rather than simply picking up the pieces, washing away the gore and declaring that the act was one of violent extremism] engage it before it happens.

By this definition, the universe from which this new State Department agency will winnow out the violent extremists, is the entire population of the world, rather than a specific and far smaller subset of players who are clear and very vocal about their motivation, an ideology requiring physical violence to achieve well defined political ends.

If this isn't madness it's pure idiocy, something in which State seems to revel. If Mrs. Clinton actually thinks the new Bureau of Counterterrorism will hamper terrorist activities she must also hold that there is no relationship between cause and effect.

The clarifying phrase missing here would of course be "Islamic terrorism" and since this administration has made itself Shari'a compliant by refusing to link religious/political ideology with acts of terror, State's newly announced policy is merely window dressing served up for consumption by the gullible and those irretrievably in the grasp of a pathological multiculturalism.

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Will The Anti -"Bullying" Movement Become A Vehicle For Shari'a Enforcement?

By WILLIAM MAYER

January 5, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In U.S. educational circles, the prevention of "bullying" has become somewhat of a cause célèbre recently, despite its historical omnipresence in scholastic institutions.

The trajectory of this trend, which is not what it appears on its face, is fraught with the potential of having a substantial corrosive effect on the First Amendment.

First, what is bullying?

Of course all of us understand what has been the standard definition of a bully, one who by their aggressive action, seeks to impose their will upon others. The Miriam Webster dictionary notes that bullying consists of "blustering" and "browbeating" done by a person who is "habitually cruel to others who are weaker."

A classic example of this would be schoolyard tough guy who extorts lunch money from those physically weaker than himself. That efforts should be taken to prevent such behavior would seem to be obligatory to the point of being obvious.

Scholarship on the bullying phenomenon is relatively new to social scientists. As David Farrington observes in a 1993 study, Understanding and Preventing Bullying, "Modern research on bullying in the English-speaking world began with the publication of Aggression in the Schools by Olweus (1978) describing studies of bullies and victims of bullying carried out in schools in Stokholm..." [source, http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/cjrr17&div=11&id=&page=]. As one can see the emphasis was clearly on examining this type of behavior in academic environments.

However over the last decade or so there has emerged a different definition of bullying, one so over broad, vague and politicized as to have the potential for the serious abuse of personal liberty and rights enshrined in America's foundational documents, especially the First Amendment.

Wikipedia has the following take on the term, incorporating some of the claptrap we have come to associate with leftist attempts at language manipulation and hijacking.

"Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior manifested by the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when the behavior is habitual and involves an imbalance of power. It can include verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability.[ The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power...It typically involves subtle methods of coercion such as intimidation. Bullying can be defined in many different ways. The UK currently has no legal definition of bullying, while some U.S. states have laws against it." [source, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullying#History]

The Wiki posting includes the preposterous linkage of the aforementioned "power imbalance," as having been one of the important factors in precipitating both world wars, "In fact, on an international scale, perceived or real imbalances of power between nations, in both economic systems and in treaty systems, are often cited as some of the primary causes of both World War I and World War II..."

One must note the expanded range of actions which now seemingly fall under this modernized definition. We believe that is the intended result, establishing it as a precursor for future restrictive legislation which might well cover an extraordinarily wide range of actions hitherto not commonly associated with the physically threatening actions of the traditional bully.

In the context of the relatively recent [generally since 9/11] push by Islamists to brand their critics as Islamophobes - religious bigots - bullying would seem tailor made as another avenue to achieve the revolutionary goal of forcing Shari'a compliance on the West while sidestepping important American Constitutional protections.

And this is exactly what has happened with the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC] already well into a campaign wherein bullying will be akin to Islamophobia.

At a recent MPAC training session Aziza Hasan, MPAC's Southern California Government Relations Director, took to the podium. During her presentation which dealt with the Islamist equivalent of community organizing, she stressed three methodologies which the organization will employ going forward, one of which was urging others to campaign with MPAC emphasizing the linkage between "Islamophobia" and bullying. Hasan urged attendees is to pressure legislators to adopt positions against bullying, preferably in video format which MPAC will then apparently put to further use.

The MPAC website [see, http://www.mpac.org/issues/islamophobia/register-for-mpacs-aug.-18-anti-bullying-forum.php] now prominently features anti-bullying content and providing additional opportunities for training in this emerging Islamist tactic.

In this effort MPAC is partnering with the Islamic Networks Group [ING, a Northern California based Islamist speakers bureau] whose website contains numerous references to its bullying [see, http://www.ing.org/index.php/component/search/?searchword=bullying&searchphrase=all&Itemid=705] and the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the U.S.' largest prosecution of domestic Hamas terror financing, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation] to equate bullying with Islamophobia.

For example this is MPAC president Salam Al-Marayati's take on the matter, "It is important to equip our youth with the tools in combating Islamophobia and any bullying..." [source, http://www.mpac.org/issues/islamophobia/register-for-mpacs-aug.-18-anti-bullying-forum.php]

According to the same MPAC web page, ING has taken a leadership role in these trainings, "ING piloted these trainings at two Muslim Youth of North America retreats earlier this year, as well as at the annual ISNA convention in July. The trainings are designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to answer frequently asked questions about Islam and Muslims, as well as how to respond to harassment and bullying at school. Take advantage of these trainings before the new school year begins..."

It's clear, that the Islamists have studied well at the feet of the hard left, adopting and in some cases perfecting their tactical use of politicizing language. In this case they are in a very public manner, attempted to hijack the bullying issue and turn it towards their advantage, conflating it with the increasingly threadbare term Islamophobia.

Stripped of its smokescreen, the bullying issue is in fact an attempted end run around the First Amendment. The term is intentionally not defined objectively, instead it is being redefined according to its supposed effect, whether "your heart hurts." Since bullying is not conclusively defined, it is whatever the complainant says it is, thus opening a Constitutional mine field - even if the "victim" will not identify his bully, the police may still step in. The accused not only is deprived of a chance to confront his accuser, he technically does not have an accuser.

If we allow this to happen, and the left appears to fully on board with this approach, the bullying issue might well serve as a particularly dangerous weapon in the Islamist arsenal, having significant potential to hamper the full exercise of the First Amendment, a primary goal among those bent upon incrementally forcing Shari'a on the West.

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Iran Plans To Revisit War Games In Straits Of Hormuz During February

January 6, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to Iran's official Fars News Agency, the country plans to commence new war games in the Straits of Hormuz next month.

The announcement was made by Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy.

Iran ended a 10 day period of well-publicized war games last Monday, but Fadavi suggested that the upcoming exercises, "...would be "different" from previous ones. He did not elaborate..." [source, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9007270592]

Nearly half of the world oil travels through this historically significant squeeze point and Iran's recent blustering activity there, if nothing else, demonstrates how dependent the West is on oil coming from Islamist regimes.

The news accompanied a related announcement in which Ahmad Qalebani, who leads Iran's national oil company, stated ambitious plans to quadruple the country's offshore oil drilling capacity, claiming that "...Iran plans to increase the number of its drilling rigs operating in onshore and offshore oilfields by 36 units to reach 134 units by March 2014." At the same time Qalabani bragged that Iran's oil technology has become so sophisticated that the country will engage in a major operation to market its newly developed expertise to the world's oil producers. [source, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9007270584

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Iran Threatens - Will Close Straits Of Hormuz If Further Sanctions Applied

By REZA KAHLILI

January 9, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The war of words between Iran and the United States escalated dangerously Sunday over the Islamic regime's determination to develop nuclear weapons.

The Iranian leadership officially ordered its military commanders to close the Strait of Hormuz should Western sanctions be implemented on Iranian oil. Iran also announced it would be conducting ground war games, which would complement their recent naval war games intended to show they have the capacity to shut down the Strait.

About 35 percent of the world's seaborne oil supply moves through the Strait of Hormuz - closing the strait would damage economies worldwide and cause gasoline prices to soar.

The United States responded that it will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stated that such a development was a "red line" for the United States. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned that the United States has the ability to reopen the strait should Iran close it:

"We made very clear that the United States will not tolerate the blocking of the Straits of Hormuz...That's another red line for us and that we will respond to them." [source, http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/panetta-iran-nuclear-hormuz/2012/01/08/id/423421]

Britain has chosen to send its most sophisticated warship, the HMS Daring, to the Persian Gulf. The destroyer is fitted with new technology that gives it the ability to shoot down any missile in the Iranian armory.

Hadi Mohammadi, political deputy of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, made the announcement regarding the escalation. He told the Iranian newspaper Khorasan, that the Guards have received orders from the highest authority in the Islamic regime to close the Strait of Hormuz:

"Iran cannot remain indifferent to the actions by the West and their threats in implementing sanctions on Iran's oil. … The Strait of Hormuz is within the strategic space of the Islamic Republic, and the leadership is determined to not allow a drop of oil to pass through if our oil exports are affected." [source, http://www.khorasannews.com/News.aspx?type=1&year=1390&month=10&day=18&id=1349113

In reference to the recent naval war games held by the Iranian navy in the strait and the Persian Gulf, and the upcoming war games to be held in the same waterways by the Revolutionary Guards, Mohammadi emphasized:

"[Iran has] shown and will show the enemy that without a doubt, our forces are capable of closing this strategic waterway to the world."

Mohammadi added that this new doctrine is based on the orders of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to Iran's armed forces. He continued:

"We will respond to threats with threats but also that we will not always wait for the threats by the enemy to respond."

He also claimed that more foreign spy drones have been captured by the Iranian armed forces, but he refused to give details. He claimed details would be provided by the appropriate officials at the military's General Headquarters.

Also on Sunday, Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan announced that the Iranian army will soon stage a major drill to display its might and capabilities. He added that the latest achievements of the army will also be unveiled.

Ayatollah Khamenei, who months ago ordered the Revolutionary Guards to begin preparations to arm their missiles with nuclear warheads, has recently ordered the Guards and the Iranian army to prepare for war. Khamenei has asked that the nuclear enrichment process be expedited.

Kayhan newspaper, the mouthpiece of the supreme leader, published an editorial Sunday declaring that the enrichment process at the underground facility of Fordow near the city of Qom will begin shortly, and that the centrifuges have been assembled and tests completed. Kayhan claimed victory in announcing that Iran is now enriching uranium at two sites, Natanz and Fordow, and claimed that this is Iran's response to its enemy, the West.

Western intelligence learned about the secret Fordow enrichment facility, which is deep underground, in September 2009. Fordow is under Guards' supervision and contains more advanced centrifuges. The officials of the Islamic regime believe that the site cannot be attacked and destroyed easily, and have decided to transfer much of the 20 percent enriched uranium stockpile to this site, where the enrichment process will continue.

By the time uranium is enriched to 20 percent, nine-tenths of the effort to reach weapons-grade enrichment has been achieved.

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

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Will Team Obama Remove Hamas From State Dept's Terror List?

January 9, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - Though the Brotherhood's English website has the reputation of having been designed to make the Ikhwan appear more moderate, we find one of the lead articles listed under, "About the Muslim Brotherhood," a glorification of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, who under the direction of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded Hamas. As one can see, the MB quite readily admits that it created the terrorist organization.

"Working as a preacher in Gaza allowed him to spread the MB ideas and to gather hundreds of supporters who later came to form the nucleus of Hamas. The message he spread was that the loss of Palestine in 1948 was merely a symptom of the stagnation of the Islamic Ummah. The solution he demanded lay in the reinstatement of Islam as a unifying political force by overthrowing all existing Arab secular regimes which he described as un-Islamic or anti-Islamic.< [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=23862]

The question occurs [given that Obama is now actively working with the MB as the Islamist organization prepares the way for implementing full Shari'a compliance in Egypt] whether the president will take steps to have Hamas removed from the State Department's list of international terrorist organizations, given its undeniable linkage to the administration's new Middle East partner?

If not, then why is Team Obama continuing to work with one of the world's most effective and unapologetic sponsors of terrorism, the Muslim Brotherhood?

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Obama Buds - Muslim Brotherhood - Call For Death Of Mubarak

January 9, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - In an interview published today on the Muslim Brotherhood's English website, Mohamed Tosson, the Brotherhood's chief attorney and Secty General of Egypt's Bar Association, stated that the country's toppled president, Hosni Mubarak was guilty of multiple offenses which required imposing the death penalty.

"Mohammad Tosson...affirmed that all the evidence confirms beyond any doubt that the accused Hosni Mubarak did act jointly with former Interior Minister Habib El-Adli in the killing of peaceful demonstrators, and that these crimes were coupled with other offenses... to which the text of Article 234 of the Penal Code applies, under which the death penalty is appropriate in this case." [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29530]

During judicial proceedings conducted today in Alexandria, Tosson also suggested that Mubarak's chief aides should likewise suffer the ultimate punishment.

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Iran's Chief Military Advisor, Safavi, States That Islam Is An Ideology Of Domination

January 10, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - In what was either a stunning admission or simply a case of expressing in public what is necessarily kept private, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the Supreme Leader's Advisor For Military Affairs is claiming confidence that Islamic ideology will triumph worldwide over competing systems.

"We witnessed the jolt of the Communist economy and today we will definitely witness the shaking of the capitalist economy as well...We are confident that Islamic ideology will rule over the man in future..." [source, Leader's Aide Confident about Dominance of Islamic Ideology, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9010170611]

Safavi's remarks clearly represent the thinking of Iran's Mullocracy, having been published today by the country's official news agency, Fars.

Critical observers of Islamism have continually asserted that the Islamic religion is far more than a simple belief system defining man's relationship with his Deity, but rather it constitutes a political/economic/military ideology which represents an existential threat to Western modes of governance and the non-Muslim world in general. Safavi's comments today are an admission that such is the case.

In another development, according to the same source, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader recently expressed hope that the Occupy Wall Street movement would topple U.S. capitalism.

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Noose Tightening - Another Top Iranian Nuke Scientist Assassinated In Tehran

January 10, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - Iran's Fars News Agency is reporting that Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, who served as the director of the Natanz nuclear facility was assassinated today, "An Iranian university professor and deputy director at Natanz enrichment facility was killed in a terrorist bomb blast in a Northern Tehran neighborhood on Wednesday morning..." [source, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9010170677]

The method of the attack mirrored that of previous selective hits on Iran's top directorate of nuke engineers - Massoud Ali Mohammadi, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani and Majid Shahriyari [Davani was seriously wounded but has recovered] - in that a magnetic bomb was used.

"Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility..." [source, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45953703/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/]

In addition to killing another key player in Iran's plan to build a deliverable fission weapon, today's assassination seems to be sending a message to Iran's leadership, that despite its recent blustering display of naval prowess in the Straits of Hormuz, outside forces maintain the ability to eliminate targets of opportunity, apparently at will inside the country.

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Iran's Supreme Leader: CIA and Mossad Behind Scientist's Assassination

By REZA KAHLILI

January 13, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic regime in Iran, went public late Thursday calling the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, the work of CIA and Mossad.

According to the Fars News Agency, Khamenei stated that Iran's nuclear program is not dependent on any individual and that the nuclear work will continue. He pledged that those who committed this crime will be brought to justice.

Khamenei went on to say, "This cowardly act of terror, whose perpetrators and plotters will never dare to confess to their dirty and hideous crime or accept responsibility for it, has been carried out with the planning or support of the CIA and Mossad intelligence services, like all other crimes of the network of international state terrorism."vThe Ayatollah added that the assassination attempt verifies that "the global arrogance, spearheaded by the U.S. and Zionism, has reached a deadlock in the confrontation with the determined, devout, and progressive nation of Islamic Iran."

On January 11, an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to the scientist's car near a college building of Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. Ahmadi Roshan, the deputy director of marketing at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility, was killed instantly and his driver died a few hours later in hospital from his injuries.

This was the fourth Iranian nuclear scientist killed in a similar fashion in the past two years. On November 29, 2010, Majid Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi were targeted by terrorist attacks; Shahriari was killed immediately and Abbasi, the current director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, sustained injuries.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards also issued a statement strongly condemning the assassination, declaring that no amount of terror will stop Iran's holy nuclear program.

The Iranian state media close to former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Aftab News, put out a report indicating that there is an unprecedented readiness for retaliation against Israel and the West. The report continues that, based on an analysis Iranian intelligence community, "there is no doubt that Israel, America, and England were behind this assassination." It then quotes a source within Iranian intelligence stating that Iran's response "will know no borders and it will reach beyond our region making sure those involved in these acts will not feel secure at any time!" The source added that Iran will enter a new phase of intelligence operation against its enemies, in which, he indicated, "Iran has great expertise."

Sources within Iran reported that the purpose for President Ahmadinejad's trip to Latin America was to press forward with plans of terrorist activities against Israel and America's interest using the Quds forces stationed in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.

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

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The New And Growing Islamist Threat From Latin America

By EMERSON VERMAAT

January 15, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Iran is making a lot of trouble nowadays. Not only is Iran actively working on a nuclear weapons program, but also is this country threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit route of oil. Moreover, Iran is rapidly seeking to expand its influence in Latin America, at the expense of the United States. A recent visit by Iranian president and Holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to his friend and ally Hugo Chávez , the Marxist president of Venezuela, as well as to Cuba, Nicaragua and Ecuador, is indicative of this. Ahmadinejad's visit to Ecuador was the last stop on a five-day tour aimed at shoring up support in the region. "Here I want to declare very clearly from now on, Latin America will no longer be the backyard of the United States, the Iranian human rights violator was quoted by CNN.

It wasn't Ahmadinejad's first trip to Latin America and Hugo Chávez, in turn, also paid several visits to Tehran. Both countries concluded "a strategic alliance to end U.S. imperialism." "Imperialism" is an outdated Marxist ideological term used by the Marxists and their Iranian allies to accuse others of the very sins they are committing themselves. Meanwhile, crime is soaring in Venezuela and the Venezuelan government is providing a safe haven to known Latin American drug lords and Colombian Marxist FARC rebels as well as to Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists.

"Iran, Russia and China have all significantly increased their economic and political footprints in the region," writes Russell Crandell in Foreign Affairs. But it is the Iranian footprints that we should be worried about most. U.S. officials and Iran experts were quoted by the Washington Post as saying: "Iran has also dramatically expanded its diplomatic missions throughout the hemisphere and dispatched members of its elite Quds Force to serve in its embassies." Al Quds members are believed to have been involved in a foiled assassination plot in Washington. Mansour Arbabsiar, an Iranian immigrant in Texas, was arrested in October 2011 in connexion with an Iranian plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington.

The so-called "Iranian footprints" in Latin America do have implications for U.S. border security, as Iranian and other Muslim extremists are seeking to enter the U.S. via Mexico. Some Muslim immigrants in Mexico, especially those with ties to Lebanon, pose a serious security risk. "Hizballah is setting up shop along the American border with Mexico," the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah was quoted by Steven Emerson's IPT News. "In an exclusive story, the Kuwaiti daily revealed that Mexican officials have arrested a Mexican national with ties to the Shiite terrorist group. The militant, Jameel Nasr, was reportedly under police surveillance for a while with authorities explaining he had traveled from Lebanon to countries thoughout South and Central America, eventually gaining citizenship and a job as a graphic engineer in Mexico. While in Mexico, Nasr reportedly traveled frequently to Lebanon to receive information and instructions from Hizballah commanders." The Kuwaiti newspaper "cited Mexican authorities as saying that Nasr had been 'entrusted with forming a base in South America and the United States to carry out operations against Israeli and Western targets.'"

Nasr paid a long visit to Venezuela in 2008 where he stayed two months, the Mexican police claims. In February 2010, a U.S, court in Miami indicted three men for raising funds for Hizballah. U.S. authorities told Fox News that "a book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.-Mexican border. The book, "In memory of Our Martyrs," was published in Iran. "It consists of short biographies of Islamic militants who died carrying out attacks."

U.S. authorities warned that in recent years illegal immigrants have crossed the U.S.-Mexican border at alarming rates. FBI director Robert Mueller told the House Appropriations Committee in March 2005 that "there are individuals from countries with known Al-Qaeda connections who are changing their Islamic surnames to Hispanic sounding names and obtaining false Hispanic identities, learning to speak Spanish and pretending to be Hispanic." (Fox News). In 2010, "The Department of Homeland Security had in custody thousands of detainees from Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen."

"Border patrol agents have also recovered military-style patches on clothing near the border," ABC15 reported. "One patch contains the word 'martyr' in Arabic. Another depicts a plane appearing to fly into sky scrapers." "Officials also note the nightmarish scenario involved with returning detainees to their home countries. The Mexican government won't accept a border crosser if they aren't from Mexico, and many countries lack any diplomatic mechanism for repatriating a detainee." "There's is a procedure which takes place, where in effect, if we can't send them back, they're let go," (Arizona) Senator Jon Kyl said. "Obviously that creates an illegal immigration problem, but it could… create a problem of terrorism as well."

The extremists among the illegal immigrants are quite aware of this. They know that they will not be sent back to their home countries and ever more of them manage to stay and survive on U.S. territory. Most of them visit a local mosque where they will make new friends or train new recruits.

Just like the Muslim fundamentalist Taliban in Afghanistan, Hizballah (also frequently spelled as Hizbollah or Hezbollah), an Iranian sponsored Lebanese terror network, is heavily involved in the international drug trade, with a view to generating money. IPT News reported in December 2011 that "prosecutors in Virginia unsealed an indictment charging a Lebanese man, Ayman Joumaa, with smuggling more than 100 tons of Colombian cocaine with the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel. Hizballah, an Iranian proxy in Lebanon, 'derived financial support from the criminal activities of Joumaa's network,' the U.S. Treasury Department claimed earlier this year."

Similarly, Michael Braun, former Chief of Operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) writes: "Hizballah relies on the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartel… They work together; they rely on the same shadow facilitators. One way or another they are all connected." Braun claims that Hizballah "is rubbing shoulders with drug cartels around the globe." "As one contact told me, 'Mexico knows the seriousness of a cartel connection with Hizboallah and the threat to their national security.'"

Congressman Connie Mack, who chairs the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, was quoted by Fox News as follows: "I think the question that we all have to ask is, when the terrorists come into Latin America, when they move into Mexico, how many have come into the United States? Our government doesn't know the answer to that question. That should make all of us very fearful." "What are we going to do to secure our border step one and step two what are we going to do to confront the drug cartels in Hezbollah from continuing to create a force inside Mexico that will destabilize the United States?"

A former U.S. intelligence agent "who has spent years deep undercover in Mexico, said Hezbollah is partnering with drug organizations," 10News (San Diego News) reported on May 4, 2011. 'The group receives cartel cash and protection in exchange for Hezbollah expertise." "From money laundering to firearms training and explosives training." the agent said. "He tracked, along with Mexican intelligence, two Hezbollah operatives in safe houses in Tijuana and Durango. 'I confirmed the participation of cartel members as well as other Hezbollah individuals living and operating out of there,' he said." "Tunnels the cartels have built that cross from Mexico into the U.S. have grown increasingly sophisticated. It is a learned skill, the agent said (and) points to Hezbollah involvement." "The agent said the real concern is the group's long-term goal of radicalizing Muslim communities. 'They are focussing on developing… infiltrating communities within North America,' the agent told 10News."

Last December, Anna Mahjar-Barducci quoted the Spanish "Univision" TV documentary "La Amenaza Iran" ("The Iranian Threat") according to which Iran is preparing a serious cyber attack against the U.S. from Mexico. Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri, a former ambassador of Iran to Mexico, "is shown in the documentary as accepting a plan to launch from Mexico a cyber war on the U.S." He also wants to open an Iranian consulate in Tijuana, the Mexican border town that has a notorious reputation for its high crime rate (drug smuggling, migrant trafficking, gang violence, etc.).

A secret summit of Islamist terrorist leaders in Venezuela

Roger Noriega, former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, published a highly interesting article in the Washington Post in March 2011. The heading is posed as a question: "Is there a Chávez terror network on America's doorstep?" He believes there is.

"On August 22, 2010, at Iran's suggestion, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez hosted senior leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in a secret summit at military intelligence headquarters at the Fuerte Tiuna compound in southern Caracas. Among those present were Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah, who is on the FBI's list of most-wanted terrorists; Hamas's 'supreme leader,' Khaled Meshal; and Hezbollah's 'chief of operations,' whose identity is a closely guarded secret."

"The idea for this summit sprang from a meeting between Iran's ambassador to Syria, Ahmad Mousavi, and his Venezuelan counterpart, Imad Saab Saab, at the Venezuelan Embassy in Damascus on May 10, 2010. According to the report received by Venezuela's foreign minister, the two envoys were discussing a meeting between their presidents and Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, when the Iranian suggested that the three meet Chávez in Caracas. That these infamous criminals left their traditional havens demonstrates their confidance in Chávez and their determination to cultivate a terror network on America's doorstep."

Roger Noriega writes that "arrangements for the August conclave were made by Chávez's No. 2 diplomat in Syria, Ghazi Nassereddine Atef Salame. Nassereddine is a naturalized Venezuelan of Lebanese origin who runs Hezbollah's growing network in South America." There are indications "that Nassereddine does business with four companies operated by Walid Makled, a cocaine smuggler indicted in the United Stated and detained in Colombia." (Unfortunately, Colombia decided last year to extradite the Lebanese born Makled to Venezuela rather than to the U.S., although he is believed to have shipped about 10 tons of cocaine into the U.S. each month.)

In another article, "The Mounting Hezbollah Threat in Latin America," Roger Noriega provides more information on Nassereddine. He is "the most prominent Hezbollah supporter in Venezuela, because of his diplomatic role and his close relationship with Chávez confidante Tarek El Aissami. Along with at least two of his brothers, Nassereddine manages a network to expand Hezbollah's influence in Venezuela and throughout Latin America. Using his diplomatic status, Nassereddine has built and consolidated relationships with Hezbollah officials, first in Lebanon and now in Syria."

"The immediate U.S. national security concern related to Hezbollah activity in Latin America is Mexico, where the terrorist group has ready access to the U.S. border. Nassereddine's brother Abdallah, a former member of the Venezuelan legislature, uses his position as the former vice president of the Federation of Arab and American Entities in Latin America and the president of its local chapter in Venezuela to maintain ties with Islamic communities throughout the region. He currently resides on Margarita Island, where he runs various money-laundering operations and manages much of the business dealings of Hezbollah in Latin America." Margarita Island now is "the principal safe haven and center of Hezbollah operations in the Americas."

And in his Washington Post article Roger Noriega writes: "A Venezuelan government source has told me that two Iranian terrorist trainers are on Venezuela's Margarita Island instructing operatives who have assembled from around the region." This shows how under Chávez a paradise for tourists can be transformed into an operational base for hardline Iranian terrorists.

Tarek Zaidan El Aissami is of Syrian descent. He is Venezuela's current Interior Minister and Justice Minister (as of 2009). "His father," Roger Noriega writes in The Washington Post, "is known for having publicly praised Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden; and his brother, Firaz, is an associate of cocaine smuggler Makled." Acccording to Roger Noriega, El Aissama is "one of the officials accused of issuing Venezuelan identity documents to suspicious foreigners."

It is not just Iran and Hezbollah that pose a serious security threat to U.S. interests in Latin America. Al-Qaeda seeks to gain foothold, too. Roger Noriega: "Last May (2010), Muhammed Saif-ur-Rehm Khan, a Pakistani applying for a U.S. visa at the American Embassy in Santiago, Chile, was detained after guards detected traces of bomb-making materials in his hands. U.S. officials discovered Khan's link to the Islamist group Jamaat Al-Tabligh… A high ranking Chilean source informed me that, before his arrest, Khan lived and associated with persons of Egyptian, Saudi and Lebanese background – many of whom carried Venezuelan passports." Khan was released in January 2011.

The Spanish newspaper El Pais reported in September 2005 that the Spanish intelligence services "warned Argentina against the arrival of Al-Qaeda radicals." These radicals also belonged to Jamaat Al-Tabligh, a Pakistani group linked to Al-Qaeda. After the Spanish warning at least 26 persons belonging to Jamaat Al-Tabligh were arrested in Argentina. They were possibly planning to recruit terrorists to commit terrorist attacks abroad.

Members of this group were also under investigation after the terrorist attacks in Madrid on March 11, 2004, El Pais claims. Talking to the "March 11" investigation committee Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero specifically warned against the dangers posed by Jamaat Al-Tabligh. He called it "a fundamentalist and integrist movement" which deserves to be monitored closely.

Concluding comments: the alliance of evildoers

What has been shown above is only the tip of the iceberg. Muslim extremists operating in Latin America and Mexico do pose a serious threat to U.S. security. All too often they are immigrants from Iran, Syria, Lebanon or Pakistan. Not so few of them received Venezuelan passports. Under Hugo Chávez, Venezuela has evolved into state sponsoring and facilitating narcotrafficking and terrorism. What we see here an alliance between evil people. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," is the dictum of these evildoers. No longer is Tom Clancy's 2003 novel "The Teeth of the Tiger" based on fiction, it is, most unfortunately, an accurate description of today's reality. Tom Clancy decribes a Muslim terrorist named Mohammed who "has a strong network of agents and sympathizers throughout Europe and the Middle East," and his Colombian friend who "has an equally strong drug network throughout America." They "form an alliance, to combine all their assets and connections." It is the alliance of evildoers…


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

Sources:

CNN, January 12, 2012 ("Iran defends nuclear program on last leg of Latin America trip").

Russell Crandall, The Post-American Hemisphere, in: Foreign Affairs, May/June 2011, p. 92.

The Washington Post, Januari 1, 2012 ("Iran seeking to expand influence in Latin America").

IPT News, December 27, 2011 ("Hizballah Fundraising and Operations in the U.S. and Latin America").

IPT News July 7, 2010 ("Mexican Arrest Indicates Hizballah Seeking Foothold"). Also quote from Michael Braun.Haaretz, July 6, 2010 ("Mexico thwarts Hezbollah bid to set up South American network"). Nasr's previous stay in Venezuela.

Fox News, January 27, 2011 ("Iranian Book Celebrating Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert"). Also quotes from Arziona Senator Jon Kyl.

ABC15, June 21, 2010 ("Terrorists crossing AZ border into U.S.?").

Fox News, February 21, 2011 ("Hezbollah Working with Cartels"). Quote from Mike Braun: "Hezbollah rubbing shoulders with drug cartels." Quote from Congressman Connie Mack.

10News.com/San Diego News, May 4, 2011 ("Terrorist Group Setting Up Operations Near Border").

Anna Mahjar-Barducci, Iran Preparing Cyber Attack Against the U.S. from Latin America, www.hudson-ny-org/2662/iran–cyber–attack–against–us.

Roger Noriega, Is there a Chavez terror network on America's doorstep? in: The Washington Post, March 21, 2011.

Walid Makled extradited to Venezuela, in: PJMedia, May 10, 2011.Roger F. Noriega and José R. Cárdenas, The Mounting Hezbollah Threat in Latin America, www.aei.org/outlook/101082.

El País (Madrid), September 3, 2005, p. 21 ("España alertó a Argentina de la llegada de radicales de Al Qaeda").

Tom Clancy, The Teeth of the Tiger. A Novel (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003).

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U.S. Cancels War Games With Israel?

January 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - Iran's Long planned war games involving the U.S. and Israel, emphasizing missile defense, were suddenly "postponed" apparently by a skitterish Obama administration, fearful of antagonizing Iran.

The defense exercise, entitled Austere Challenge 12, was to commence in April and would have been the largest such joint operation ever conducted between the two countries.

Though technically the games haven't been cancelled entirely, it's hard to imagine them being conducted six months from now during the heat of the American presidential contest during which Iran will necessarily be a major topic of concern.

Both sides have maintained silence over the reason for the sudden move. According to AP, unnamed defense officials cited Iran as the key consideration in halting the exercises, "The defense officials who linked the deferral to Iran spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the decision-making process. They offered no other reasons for the delay..." [source, http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-us-war-games-postponed-15369509]

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Obama's Taliban "Partners" Continue Attacks Throughout Afghanistan

January 17, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - Iran's Despite the Obama administration's insistence that the Taliban is a serious negotiating partner, thus establishing a basis for the group's embassy type arrangement with Qatar, the terrorist group is apparently is stepping up attacks against U.S. interests in Afghanistan.

According to Iran's Press TV, today an attack took place at a U.S. military base located in Jalalabad, where a car bomb claimed the life of at least one individual. [see, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/221519.html].

Additionally, the Washington Post is reporting that an anti-Taliban cleric was gunned down today while he prayed in a Khandahar mosque, "insurgents entered the mosque Tuesday morning and shot Mohammad Nahim Agha Mama as he worshipped, the Kandahar provincial governor's office said in a statement. A Pashtun tribal leader and local council member of the province's Dand district, Nahim was well known in the province for urging his followers not to join the Taliban." [source, http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/avalanches-kill-14-in-afghanistan-karzai-urges-taliban-to-allow-polio-vaccine-teams/2012/01/17/gIQA3eet4P_story.html]

A week ago Taliban fighters attacked a government building in Sharan, Eastern Afghanistan killing many in the ensuing firefight. [see, http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Suicide-attack-at-government-building-in-2459425.php]

The above events all cast doubt as to the wisdom of Team Obama's plan to use "negotiations" with an apparently recalcitrant Taliban to extricate itself from Afghanistan on any sort of a favorable basis as the 2012 campaign proceeds.

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Taliban Declares Victory In Afghanistan

January 17, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - On Saturday, appearing on a prominent jihadist website, the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" proclaimed victory over American led forces in the now 10 year old war.

"In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan showed it openly to the world that it is a well-organized political power besides being a military power. It has ruled the country successfully and preserves the right and might of each and every decision of the country. It can neither accept external orders nor can it come under any one's pressure. It is proved to the world that the Islamic Emirate is deeply rooted internally in the Afghan nation and externally in the whole Islamic Ummah. Militarily successful resistance against a gigantic international alliance, full presence on the whole soil and overall perseverance are the signs and secrets of the Islamic Emirate...The contractors of the international invasion can no more deceive the nation by their baseless talks. They used the word 'peace' as a propaganda fragment to deceive the people. But today as their guardians and supporters are fed up militarily and logistically with this war and are planning for retreat, they are giving contradictory statements which show their complete confusion and embarrassment. Sometime they say that the office of the Islamic Emirate should be opened in some other country. Another time they say they have no part in this. The choice of Qatar for the inauguration of formal office shows the political deliberation of the Islamic Emirate." [source, http://theunjustmedia.com/Afghanistan/Statements/Jan12/Formal%20proclamation%20of%20Islamic%20Emirate's%20victory.htm]

Needless to say this item seems to have escaped notice by the Western legacy media.

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Khamenei And Ahmadinejad At Loggerheads

By REZA KAHLILI

January 17, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to sources within Iran, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called an urgent meeting to address the situation in the Persian Gulf, specifically the Strait of Hormuz.

SepahOnline, a website for Iranian military insiders, reports that a secret memo, from the Revolutionary Guards' commanders stationed in the Persian Gulf to the supreme leader's office, suggests that the Ahmadinejad government's meddling in the Guards' activities in the Persian Gulf is sabotaging their efforts of preparing for war.

The report further indicates that Khamenei has assigned his son, Mojtaba, the task of monitoring the Guards' preparation for a possible conflict with America and has ordered Ahmadinejad's government to cooperate with him.

Ahmadinejad and Mojtaba have long been at odds in their respective pursuits for greater control of the Revolutionary Guards and to further their influence in an effort to control Iranian commerce. Days ago, Ahmadinejad accused Khamenei's son of embezzling state funds.

The revelation that billions of dollars have been embezzled by various Iranian officials has caused the regime considerable embarrassment. This remains an ongoing and heated issue with just two months to go before the Parliamentary elections.

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Paks Tell Obama Envoy Grossman To Take A Hike

January 18, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Pakistan, proving itself to be less and less an ally, officially rejected administration special envoy Marc Grossman's planned trip to the troubled country.

"US special envoy Marc Grossman's visit to Pakistan for consultation on exploratory talks with Taliban has been put off as Islamabad rejected the move, a State Department official said..." [source, The Times of India, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-cancels-US-special-envoy-Marc-Grossmans-visit/articleshow/11538124.cms]

The relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan has been extraordinarily strained since the kill operation mounted against al-Qaeda leader bin-Laden revealed him to be living in what was essentially plain sight in the military town of Abbottabad. Matters have been additionally compounded by a series of recent and controversial Predator drone attacks which have resulted in numerous Pakistani Army casualties [allegedly 24 in the month of November] and a month long suspension of attacks.

Grossman's itinerary was to include discussing Team Obama's ongoing negotiations with the Afghan Taliban as the administration prepares to extricate itself from the country as soon as Mr. Obama deems it politically tenable.

The Pakistani parliament is currently engaged in a wholesale review of the relationship between the two countries.

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Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Badi To Ambassador Patterson, "Shari'a Safeguards Freedom Of Religion"

January 20, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Wednesday, U.S. ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson attended a meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood's chairman, Mohamed Badi. Also in attendance was the MB's secretary general, Mahmoud Hussein as well as U.S. embassy official Donald Bloom.

During the meeting Badi made the declaration that the unpopularity of the United States in the Muslim world was due to, "...successive U.S. administrations supported dictators and helped them control their peoples, thus diminishing the popularity of the United States...we want to see actions, not words, for the U.S. to recover its credibility with the Arab and Muslim peoples, in particular with regard to Palestine - the top issue for Arabs and Muslims..." [source, Ikhwanweb, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29568].

According to the MB's coverage of the event, ambassador Patterson seemed to agree that previous administrations, "did make some mistakes," but was seeking to "learn" from them.

Apparently unchallenged by Patterson was Badi's contention that Shari'a - Islamic law - would continue to be the primary source of legislative activity in Egypt.

"The MB Chairman mentioned that the objectives of Sharia are collectively the main source of legislation, and that 'this is the best guarantee of public and private freedoms; because Sharia safeguards freedom of religion, as well as personal freedoms, to all citizens alike.'"

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Iran's Press TV Banned In Britain

January 20, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Press TV, a venture fully under the control of Iran's central government, today lost its license to broadcast in the UK.

Before taking the action, the country's media regulator, Ofcom, had levied a sizable fine [$155k] against the enterprise after it aired an interview with a Newsweek reporter who was jailed in 2009 by the Mullocracy.

"...Yet it is not entirely out of the blue: the controversial broadcaster was threatened with a ban last year, after it emerged that it had aired an interview with Maziar Bahari, a Newsweek journalist, while he was imprisoned in Iran in 2009..." [source, New Statesman, http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2012/01/channel-press-iran-ofcom-air]

There seemed to be general consensus within Ofcam that since Tehran retains editorial control of the broadcaster's content and given its refusal to pay the fine, the regulator had little choice but to boot Press TV from the airwaves.

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Breaking - Senator Rand Paul Detained By TSA At Nashville Airport

January 23, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a 7 a.m. PST posting, an aide for Senator Rand Paul tweeted, "Just got a call from @senrandpaul. He's currently being detained by TSA in Nashville" [source, http://twitter.com/#!/moirabagley/status/161463071724945408]

Paul has been a particularly vociferous critic of the Transportation Safety Administration's airport security policies, hence the fear expressed by some that this might be some form of retaliation by Janet Napolitano's incompetent bureaucracy.

According to a posting on the ABC news website [see, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71818.html] and others, there was an apparent malfunction in the scanner through which the Senator was being processed thus prompting a call for a full body pat down.

The matter is apparently unresolved as we go to press and the standoff continues to the best of our knowledge.

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Obama: Iran Has Nuclear Rights

By REZA KAHLILI

January 23, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The threat by the Islamic regime in Iran to close down the Strait of Hormuz and of Revolutionary Guards Navy boats harassing U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf has caused President Obama to send secret messages to the regime stating his concerns over the closure of the strait and the possibility of an accidental war.

Since then, Iranian officials have been revealing the contents of President Obama's letter to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which indicates a deep desire by the U.S. president for a dialogue with the radical leaders of Iran. However, on Saturday, Iranian officials also claimed that an oral message by Obama delivered through the Swiss ambassador in Tehran is even more revealing than the letter delivered to the Iranian supreme leader.

According to Fars News Agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Ebrahimi, the vice chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, alleged that on Saturday in a meeting between Swiss Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti and Iranian Foreign Ministry officials, Agosti informed the Iranian officials that Obama recognizes Iran's right of access to and use of nuclear technology.

Ebarhimi also disclosed another important point that the Swiss diplomat delivered: Obama said that "I didn't want to impose sanctions on your central bank, but I had no options but to approve it since a Congress majority had approved the decision."

Last month, the Obama administration pressed key Democrats on the defense bill conference committee to get their colleagues to water down the strong sanctions language against Iran, which passed the Senate by a 100-0 vote as part of the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill. The administration, threatening a veto, managed to delay the implementation of sanctions and penalties from 60 to 180 days in the final draft, also allowing the president to waive those penalties for national security reasons or if it would harm the global economy.

President Obama boasted on Thursday that U.S.-led sanctions had reduced Iran's economy to a "shambles," defending his policy towards Iran following sharp Republican attacks.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast also disclosed on Saturday that Iran had received Obama's message through three different channels: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice handed a letter to her Iranian counterpart, the Swiss ambassador conveyed the same message in Tehran, while Iraqi President Jalal Talabani delivered the same message to Iranian officials in Baghdad.

Last Wednesday, Ebrahimi for the first time disclosed the contents of Obama's letter in which the U.S. president had mentioned that cooperation and negotiation are based on the mutual interests of the two countries, and assured Iran that America will not take any action against the Islamic regime.

This is not the first letter sent to the leaders of Iran by Obama, Ebrahimi said. "He has repeatedly spoken in a soft tone about the Islamic Republic of Iran, but in practice, he has not acted accordingly."

In response to Obama's message to the leaders of the Islamic regime and his request for negotiations, Iranian officials have decided to reveal his message in order to further embarrass him on the international scene, claiming that Obama's approach shows the world the true power of the Islamic regime.

Mr. Kahlili is a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He now resides in the United States and writes under the pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. Currently he serves as a senior fellow with EMPact America and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense's Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy. For further background regarding Mr. Kahlili see our in-depth interview here Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili - Iran Runs "Large Network" Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic Organizations. He is the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

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Hamas Chief Meshaal Congratulates Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi On Huge Islamist Win In Egypt

January 25, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Saturday, Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood kingpin and chair of its inappropriately named "Freedom and Justice Party," accepted congratulations from Hamas' terrorist in chief, Khaled Meshaal on the party's overwhelming victory in Egypt's questionably run parliamentary elections.

In thanking Meshaal, Morsi stressed that, "the Palestinian issue was, is and will remain in the hearts of the Egyptian people, particularly the FJP, especially since it was one of the key drivers of the Revolution of the Egyptian people who rejected the actions and stances of the former regime towards the Palestinian cause, especially the brave resistance against the occupation..." [source, Ikhwanweb, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29593]

Several other members of the MB leadership were also in attendance as was Mohamed Nasr, a key advisor to Meshaal and part of Hamas' political bureau.

Meshaal - now hiding from the MOSSAD in Damascus - recently announced that he will step down as the leader of Hamas, but intended to remain active in the terrorist organization, albeit in an unspecified capacity.

Waiting in the wings as Meshall's successor might be Mousa Abu Marzook - also in hiding - who figured prominently in the U.S. prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, having had a hand in the terror funder's creation.

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, "...Marzook left a significant legacy in the United States. During his tenure in the US, he created an extensive network to support HAMAS' terrorist activities. In addition to serving on the board of directors of the Islamic Association for Palestine, which courts have found "desired to help HAMAS activities succeed" and acted on that desire, he also founded a think-tank called the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR). Marzook also provided the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), with $210,000 in initial funding; and channeled $250,000 in investment capital to Infocom, a Texas-computer business run by relatives of Marzook's wife..." [source, IPT, http://www.investigativeproject.org/profile/106]

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Iran's Miscalculation Over Possible War With U.S.

By REZA KAHLILI

January 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Iran's religious and military leaders are making a major miscalculation in their confrontation with the United States that could destroy Iran and the current regime.

By refusing to address the concerns of the international community over its nuclear program, and by threatening to close the critical maritime Strait of Hormuz, Tehran is playing with fire.

In his State of the Union address, President Obamaagain said that he will "take no options off the table" in stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, while Israeli officials have stated the same, meaning a military strike is possible.

The American media are full of commentary warning against a military conflict – provoked by Iran blocking the strait or by crossing a nuclear red line. Now significant figures in Iran are sounding the same alarm, worried that the leaders of the Islamic regime do not understand the realities of such conflict.

If only Tehran would take these warnings seriously.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader who recently ordered the armed forces of the regime to prepare for war, is adamant about obtaining nuclear weapons – although Iran claims its nuclear program is for peaceful energy use only.

Khamenei and the clerical establishment believe nuclear weapons are part of their mission to glorify Islam. This horrifies some within the Iranian military who fear doom as tension grows between the West and Iran over its suspected nuclear-bomb program.

Sources within Iran indicate that the Iranian people, fearing a destructive war, are stocking up on necessities while voicing their concerns. Shockingly, some senior Revolutionary Guard commanders who fought during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s are now speaking out against the direction of the current leadership. They risk their lives in doing so.

Former senior Revolutionary Guard commander Hossein Alaei, in a recent op-ed in a state-owned newspaper, openly criticized the Islamic leadership for suppressing the people and not allowing criticism of the supreme leader. He came immediately under attack by Mr. Khamenei's supporters, the piece was pulled from the paper's website, and radicals attacked his home.

Another long-time ally of the regime, Asadollah Asgar-Oladi, a wealthy businessman, recently warned the country's leadership in a state-owned newspaper that if international sanctions are not removed, Iran could face serious inflation and shortages in six months.

Most revealing, though, is the warning of one Revolutionary Guard commander, in an anonymous letter to the opposition group Green Experts of Iran. The letter, posted on the group's web site, says that the current commanders of the various armed forces appointed by Khamenei are delusional about their capabilities and have no clue as to the consequences of a war with America.

The dissident commander cites a disastrous miscalculation made by religious and military leaders leading to the Iran-Iraq War. Revealing the cause of the war, the commander says that Iraq's Saddam Hussein repeatedly demanded of the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad that Iran recognize Iraq's sovereignty and cease encouraging the Iraqi Army to revolt against Iraqi leadership.

Iranian leaders dismissed these warnings as mere psychological warfare and continued to openly berate the Mr. Hussein despite reports from Iranian intelligence and friendly countries that Iran was miscalculating Hussein's power. The denial of the possibility of a real war led the leaders to mislead their own people.

At the time, I was serving in the Revolutionary Guard but as a CIA spy. I saw firsthand how the faithful were incited to believe that victory over Iraq was a given and that the destruction of Israel would be next. I saw up close how children as young as 10 to 12 years old were given machine guns and sent to the front.

Like the founder of the regime, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, today's Ayatollah Khamenei believes that Allah is on his side and final victory over the nonbelievers is just a matter of time.

More than half a million Iranians lost their lives in the Iran-Iraq War, millions had to leave their homes, and the cost of the destruction was in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Many within Iran now believe that a conflict with America would have a much more devastating effect.

"Now, as a full-fledged commander with several honors during the [Iran-Iraq] war, which for security reasons I cannot divulge," the dissident commander tells Green Experts, "I perceive the comments made by the high-ranking commanders of the Iranian military, especially regarding the issues surrounding the threat of blocking the Hormuz Strait and prohibiting American and NATO fleets from entering, [as] exactly the same stupidity that lingers from the period just before the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War. I envision the US invasion of Iraq, and it makes me shudder."

The commander cites another appalling miscalculation of the Iran-Iraq War: the decision to send two Iranian gunboats against US warships in the Persian Gulf that were there to keep oil flowing. The Iranian speedboats fired on a helicopter from the USS Vincennes, putting the ship's captain on heightened alert. When an Iran Air civilian plane later took off for Dubai, the Vincennes mistook it for an Iranian warplane and shot it down, killing all 290 aboard.

The commander warns the Iranian leadership that a war with the United States is not like a war with an Arab nation - Iraq: "You will not survive…"

Osama bin Laden in his miscalculation caused the death of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans and foreigners on 9/11, believing Islam was calling on him to glorify Allah. What transpired afterward changed the world, causing more death and destruction.

Similarly, Khamenei is misjudging. If he stubbornly plows ahead with the development of nuclear weapons, Iran will suffer severe consequences, and millions of lives could well be lost.

Mr. Kahlili is a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He now resides in the United States and writes under the pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. Currently he serves as a senior fellow with EMPact America and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense's Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy. For further background regarding Mr. Kahlili see our in-depth interview here Iranian Defector Reza Kahlili - Iran Runs "Large Network" Through U.S. Mosques And Islamic Organizations. He is the author of A Time to Betray, a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

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Obama's Insane Gambit -Turn To Jihadist Supreme Yusuf Al-Qaradawi To Broker "Peace Treaty" With Taliban

By WILLIAM MAYER

December 31, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Hindu [see, http://www.thehindu.com/news/article2755817.ece] online website is reporting that Team Obama's criminally incompetent foreign policy team has unbelievably, asked Yusuf al-Qaradawi to help mediate its on-again-off-again "negotiations" with Afghanistan's key jihadists, the Taliban.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Doha-based Islamist scholar who once called on his followers to back jihadist groups in Jammu and Kashmir, has emerged as a key mediator in secret talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, government sources have told The Hindu."

Al-Qaradawi is the tip of the spear of Sunni Islamist revolutionary theology and the unchallenged intellectual leader of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood. He is also a virulent anti-Semite and a supporter of Hamas.

To say that Qaradawi is a jihadist, doesn't do him justice - he is the face of the global Islamic jihad.

If there is any upper limit as to how much this administration is willing to give the Taliban in order for Obama to be able to wave around an Afghani "peace treaty," as he campaigns for a second term, it's certainly not apparent given that this foolish bunch of amateurs has apparently already offered to transfer some of GITMO's most hardened Taliban terrorists to Afghanistan, whereupon they will of course be free and clear to resume their jihad against the West.

Iran's Navy Set To Test Fire Missiles And Torpedoes During Hormuz War Games

By REZA KAHLILI

December 31, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to MehrNews, the mouthpiece of the Islamic regime in Iran, an Iranian naval commander announced that the Navy will test fire its advanced missiles and torpedoes during the 10-day naval war games, entitled Velayat-90, which started on Saturday.

"During the next days of the war games, Navy's advanced long-range, medium-range, and short-range missiles and smart torpedoes will be test-fired," Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari told the Fars News Agency on Wednesday.

The preliminary stage of the war games ended on Monday, and Iranian warships, submarines, and other naval vessels spread out across the theaters of operations, which cover a wide area from the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Aden. During the tactical stage of the war games, which started on Tuesday, naval forces are supposed to practice various military tactics.

The war games are said to differ from previous ones in terms of the vastness of the area of action and the military equipment and tactics that are being employed.

Muslims Around The World Must Condemn Attacks On Christians

By M. ZUHDI JASSER

December 31, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The radical Islamist organization Boko Haram, which murdered and maimed innocent Nigerian Christians on Christmas Day, does not represent the majority of Muslims around the world. Boko Haram is a radical Islamist group ("boko haram" means "Western Education is Sinful") that attacked churches last year as well and has vowed similar attacks in the future. Their actions should be condemned by all Muslims, especially by Muslim leaders.

Islamist groups like Boko Haram want to create an Islamic state based on their interpretations of shariah (Islamic jurisprudence). The Christian presence in Nigeria is perceived as a great impediment to this mission (48 % of the Nigerian population is Christian). The choice Christmas Day to perpetrate their wanton violence illustrates the hateful fascistic sectarian state Boko Haram seeks to impose upon the Nigerian people.

Reaping The Fruits Of Obama's Abandonment Of Iraq - Country Set To Implode, Civil War Appears Imminent

December 27, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Last week in a low key manner, the remnants of U.S. combat forces departed Iraq. The abrupt manner in which this policy was enacted, against almost unanimous opposition by the U.S. military command apparatus, is yielding a quick and bitter harvest.

Just a few days after the Obama pullout, a massive car-bomb was detonated in Baghdad killing at least 70 and today the Interior Ministry was attacked with at least 6 reported killed in another suicide bomb explosion.

Over this last weekend an arrest warrant was issued for Iraq's vice president Tariq al-Hashimi, a Sunni, because of his alleged involvement with death squads.

As the Washington Examiner reports, "[it] was a clear signal that the nation remains irreconcilably split along religious lines. Neighboring countries have been quick to exploit that divide." [source, http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/world/2011/12/withdrawal-us-troops-could-cause-civil-war/2036346#ixzz1hlMIBjSx].

The speculation is that absent a continuing U.S. presence, Iraq's Shia majority will quickly and forcefully move against their minority Sunni rivals and that a civil war might well quickly ensue. If this does happen, and there is nothing in Iraq's short experiment with democracy to prove otherwise, president Maliki's Shia government will increasingly seek cooperation from its neighbor Iran, with all of the complications such a relationship will pose for the U.S., Iraq and the region.

MPAC's 2012 Agenda - Using "Islamophobia" As A Bludgeon

By THE PROWLER

December 26, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC, an Islamist pressure group] convened its 11th annual convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

During the event's second session a presentation was made entitled, "The Industry of Hate in the Public Square," with Edina Lekovic [MPAC director of policy and programming] serving as moderator. Panelists included Wajahat Ali [playwright, author of "Domestic Crusaders"] Aziza Hasan [MPAC So. Cal government relations director] and Steve Rohde [past president ACLU]. Rohde was a last minute replacement for Mark Potok whose name appeared in the program book.

MPAC's president Salam Al-Marayati lead things off, taking to the podium and asserting that: "Islamophobia is a social disease." He then turned things over to the moderator, Edina Lekovic.

Ms. Lekovic said that this is a time when there is a whirlwind of activity, both foreign and domestic, and that MPAC was focusing on the TLC show All American Muslim and Lowe's withdrawal of its sponsorship. The nature of Islamophobia, she said, is changing. Lekovic stressed that the organization needed people on the ground to work the neighborhoods. To that end index cards were passed around upon which respondents were asked to share their experiences and challenges along these lines.

Obama's Muslim Soldiers - Women Jr. ROTC's Allowed To Wear Hijab

December 23, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - If the report appearing in the Tennessean is correct, the Army's Junior ROTC program will now allow Muslims to don religious attire while in their military uniforms, including hijab.

"The Army will develop a policy allowing Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets to ask for permission to wear religious headdresses with their uniforms. The decision came in a letter dated Monday, the response to an October complaint filed by the Council of American-Islamic Relations on behalf of a Williamson County student." [source, http://www.tennessean.com/article/20111223/NEWS04/312230054/Army-to-adjust-policy-on-religious-headdresses-in-JROTC]

The decision came as a result of agitation by CAIR, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the landmark terror financing prosecution, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation [HLF]. As a result of this prosecution, CAIR has been linked in official documents to Hamas the Palestinian terrorist group which was the beneficiary of at least $12 million in contributions from the now defunct HLF.

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

This stealthy, below the radar screen move by the Army is in keeping with Team Obama's efforts to "fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear..." [source, Barack Obama, June 4, 2009 Cairo speech, WH website, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-cairo-university-6-04-09] which include purging government documents of any references linking Islamic ideology with terrorism as well as gagging military trainers who might have the temerity to speak the truth.

Hamas Calls For An Arab Army To "Liberate" Jerusalem

By REZA KAHLILI

December 22, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to the Islamic regime's Keyhan newspaper, the mouthpiece of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Hamas leadership has called on Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to form the first ever Arab army to liberate the holy city of Jerusalem.

The Quds News Agency reported that Hamas also called on Arab countries to champion this cause and take preliminary steps toward the establishment of an Arab military coalition. Hamas's statement reads: "The first step is to form Quds Brigades in each Arab country in order to invite the abandoned Palestinians to join, as well as establish, a central Arab military command."

Hamas reiterated in its statement: "The battle for the liberation of Jerusalem is closer than ever and, God willing, we will win."

The Egyptian presidential candidate has also confirmed that the new Egyptian administration will put an end to walling off Gaza.

Report Documenting Pro-Islamist Content In American Textbooks Sent To 500 School Superintendents

December 21, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a move sure to rattle the oppressive governmental superstructure which has a stranglehold on K-12 education, the Christian Action Network has sent an in-depth study of the pro-Islamist content present in many of today's major schoolbooks to 500 school administrators nationwide.

The study itself is damning, revealing an almost universal historical revisionism present in this key educational material, the purpose of which is clearly to demean Judaism and Christianity while whitewashing Islam. Though the study keyed on Florida textbooks, the problem [as determined by other studies] is nearly universal across all American school districts.

Examples of this bias include:

Study - "As early as 2002 another high-profile textbook, World History:Patterns of Interaction, a high school world history textbookpublished by Houghton Mifflin under the McDougal Littell imprint,did not mention jihad. Houghton Mifflin's multigrade series thendropped jihad from textbooks; by 2005 Houghton Mifflin hadapparently removed jihad from its entire series of social studiestextbooks."

The difficulty here is that jihad is incumbent upon observant Muslims as stated in the Qur'an, so much so that the duty to perform jihad has been called the "sixth pillar of Islam" [the five traditional pillars being; declaration of faith - the shahada; prayer, salat; almsgiving, zakat; fasting; journey to Mecca, the hajj].

"And Fight those who have not faith in God, nor in the Hereafter, and (who) forbid not what God and His Prophet have forbidden and (who ) are not committed to the religion of truth, of those who have been brought the Book, until they pay tribute by hand, and they are the low." [9:29]

Democrat Congressmen Pander To Muslim Brotherhood Front Groups, Attacking Lowe's For Pulling Ads On Unpopular Cable Show All American Muslim

December 19, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An open letter signed by 32 lefty Congressional Democrats [is that redundant?] as well as Abe Foxman [Director of the Anti-Defamation League] was recently addressed to Robert Niblock, CEO of Lowe's Companies protesting the decision to pull its advertising from a reality/propaganda show appearing on The Learning Channel called, All American Muslim.

The controversial show seems to have been created in an effort to pander to the American Islamist lobby, including Muslim Brotherhood front groups.

This tiny but noisy constituency has been quite vocal since 9/11 accusing - without basis - the United States of being an Islamophobic country, when in reality FBI hate crime statistics consistently prove otherwise, that American Muslims suffer little in the way of religious discrimination.

What really is at stake here is the freedom of speech including the right of American business to choose where it wishes to advertise, rather than being forced into wasting ad dollars in venues pleasing to Congress so that their sacred-cow constituencies might be assuaged.

Clinton Meeting With OIC Chief Ihsanoglu Hastening Shari'a Compliance In U.S.

December 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A problematic international conference concludes today in Washington DC. Its stated purpose is building "muscles of respect and empathy and tolerance" between Muslim-majority states and the West with regard to free speech and discussions of Islam.

About the event, Brooke Goldstein, Director of the Lawfare Project states, "...Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), after meetings the two held earlier this year to discuss the March 2011 passage of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on "Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping . . . against, persons based on religion or belief," a Resolution the United States co-sponsored with Egypt. The OIC is a 57-member voting block of Muslim-majority nations at the United Nations, which purports to represent Muslim interests globally and is a major proponent of lawfare against free speech. Over the past 10 years, the OIC has repeatedly lobbied for "anti-blasphemy" or "defamation against Islam" (later changed to "religion") resolutions to censor what it deems offensive speech against Islam."

Regarding some of the many problems such religiously based legislation would create, Ms. Goldstein asserts:

"The Resolution itself is troubling for a variety of reasons: not only does it directly challenge basic tenets of liberal democracy and contradict the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, it also counters the U.S. position on free speech, as stated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself on December 8, 2011 at The Hague's conference on Internet Freedom. There, as keynote speaker, Clinton said the U.S. ardently supports unfettered free speech without government censorship on the Internet. Resolution 16/18, conversely, encourages governments to decide what constitutes permissible and impermissible speech where religion is concerned. A central tenet of liberal democracy is the right to speak publicly and critically about government and religion, and any government-imposed censorship of the latter should be of the utmost concern. The resolution also comes at a time when free speech about the threat of militant Islam, terrorism and their sources of financing are under attack by lawfare lawsuits designed to punish and silence anyone brave enough to speak on such matters, as detailed in the new book Lawfare: The War Against Free Speech."

What Really Happened At The "Occupy" UC Davis Confrontation

By ADAM CASTLE, Davis College Republicans

December 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Friday, November 18, 2011 UC Davis [UCD] Police were called on campus to remove tents from the UC Davis Quad, where members of Occupy UC Davis had set up their tents in protest of tuition increases. These encampments violate UC Davis' university policies, even in the context of a peaceful protest.

The police, there at Chancellor Katehi's request, issued a warning to the protesters saying that if they did not take down their tents they would be arrested and face legal repercussions. Some of the protesters took the hint, broke down their camps and didn#39;t have to deal with the police any further. Others however decided to defy the police request. The police had no other choice but to arrest them and break down their tents.

With the tents being torn down and with the protesters who had failed to comply with the police's requests detained, that should have been the end but, it wasn't.

Three Jewish Heroes Of 2011

By STELLA PAUL

December 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - All is not lost. We live in an age of terrifying anti-Semitism, and so far, the Jewish establishment's only real response has been a competition over who can surrender fastest. But Jewish self-respect is not dead.

A few courageous men and women - barely more than a minyan - jump out of bed each morning, determined to defend Israel and the Jewish people, combat Islamic outrages, and expose the Jews in the Basement - the craven, self-appointed Jewish grandees.

True, this handful of heroes are sometimes reviled in their own communities and threatened with lawsuits and jail. They're loudly ignored, defamed, and detested by the establishment. It doesn't matter. Each one is blessed with holy chutzpah - an invigorating spiritual cocktail of brazen effrontery, steely stubbornness, and passion for justice.

Here are three Jewish heroes of 2011:

Tell Congress Not to Drop Iran Sanctions from Defense Bill

By REZA KAHLILI

December 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Sanctioning the Central Bank of Iran is essential to confronting the Islamic regime and its activities of pursuing the nuclear bomb, expanding its missile program, and its collaboration with terrorist entities worldwide.

It is time to show the radicals ruling Iran that America is serious about preventing the Jihadists in Tehran from obtaining the bomb and that it will support the aspirations of the Iranian people for freedom and democracy.

Sanctioning the regime's Central Bank will weaken the hardliners and their surrogates who depend on the oil dollars and can become an effective tool for positive change in Iran.

ABC's Barbara Walters' Interview Of Assad: Indefensible

Dr. M ZUHDI JASSER

December 8, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Barbara Walters' irresponsible and disgusting interview of President Bashar al-Assad was a direct betrayal of the people of Syria who have sacrificed everything in hopes of attaining their freedom. ABC's decision to send Walters' to Damascus and continue their tour of the Middle East's leading despots demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of just who these assassins are and what they have done to their own people.

Walters' post interview analysis goes as far as giving Assad the perception of being disconnected from what is happening at the hands of his military. Instead of seeing the broad abuse that is taking place hourly in Syria, ABC viewers were subjected to a litany of insane denials. It was as if Assad was laying the groundwork for the day he will face a tribunal in The Hague by separating himself from his actions.

As if Walter's interview was not enough, the U.S. State Department has the unmitigated gall to offensively chime in with Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner stating 'just from what happened or what took place in the interview, he appeared utterly disconnected with the reality that's going on in his country and the brutal repression that's being carried out against the Syrian people.'

Obama's Dream for Iran Becoming a Nuclear Nightmare

By REZA KAHLILI

December 8, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - What to do about Iran? That's the Obama administration's biggest dilemma in the wake of the recent report by the IAEA, the international nuclear watchdog, which all but confirms Iran's insane ambition to develop nuclear weapons.

President Obama, who shaped his policy on Iran believing that a kinder approach would bring about changed behavior in Iran's tyrannical leaders, now must know bitterly that the mullahs and their henchmen have no intention of changing.

With presidential elections only a year away, Obama is on the horns of a dilemma. Continuing his sanctions policy, at least as it is right now, won't work. That leaves him with either a military confrontation with the Islamic state or accepting Iran as a nuclear power.

Obama and many administration officials have openly talked about the difficulties of military action, however, as such action could further destabilize the global economy. Such action would be a devastating shock to the teetering European economy and drag down the United States.

Obama Tells Campaign Funders Multiple Whoppers About His Administration's Relationship With Israel

December 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - At a Friday evening, private fundraiser in the posh digs of a member of New York's one-percenters, president Obama told a series of whoppers to a group of primarily Jewish voters which under different circumstances [let's say a Saturday Night skit] would have been hilarious.

Midway through his pitch, Obama must have taken a quick excursion into the Twilight Zone stating, "I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration. And that's not just our opinion, that's the opinion of the Israeli government. .." [source, WH transcript, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/30/remarks-president-campaign-event]

Misrepresentation one; this president should have been born with a third hand specifically adapted for patting himself on the back, he does it so much.

Misrepresentation two; this administration has weakened nearly every traditional alliance it was handed three years ago, especially our very special relationship with the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel.

Misrepresentation three; we would suggest that the hosts of this fundraising soirée ask PM Netanyahu regarding his opinion of Mr. Obama's administration, especially in the wake of Obama's comments [captured via a live mic which he thought wasn't on] agreeing with Sarkozy at the G-20 that Netanyahu was a liar and generally a pain-in-the-ass.

We sincerely hope that the president knew he was fibbing while making this outrageous statement rather than believing his own PR, but we fear that he feels he has become the equivalent to the Pope of what remains of the free world, speaking Ex Cathedra when the opportunity presents itself.

Clapper Steps In It Again, Refuses To Accept Terrorism As An Act Of War

December 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - James Clapper, Team Obama's Director of National Intelligence and infamous over his assertion that the Muslim Brotherhood is primarily a secular organization, has sent a letter [see, http://www.politico.com/static/PPM229_111123_dniletter.html] to Senator Diane Feinstein [D-CA] the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, objecting to language [the McCain-Levin amendment] included in the National Defense Authorization Act which reiterates the principle that those making war on the United States [i.e., Muslim terrorists] are military combatants and as such, can rightly upon capture be detained by the military.

In the letter Clapper maintains that, "...the provision that mandates military custody for a certain class of terrorism suspects could restrict the ability of our nation's intelligence professionals to acquire valuable intelligence and prevent future terrorist attack...these limitations could deny our nation the ability to respond flexibly and appropriately to unfolding events..."

What Mr. Clapper seems to really want is for terror suspects to be processed entirely within the U.S. civil court system rather than treating them as enemy combatants and thus allowing for military detention in appropriate cases.

The Iranian Threat to International Peace and Security

By EMERSON VERMAAT

December 5, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "In the midst of all the diplomatic commotion, Iran continued to build its uranium enrichment capability. When our inspectors visited Natanz on March 20 (2007), they saw that Iran had installed a total of one thousand centrifuges. It was both ironic and distressing to recall that just one year earlier the buildup of Iran's enrichment program could have been halted at thirty to forty centrifuges."

This is a quote from Mohamed ElBaradei's book "The Age of Deception." Between 1997 and 2009 ElBaradei was Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Nuclear "centrifuge technology" was also used in Pakistan and North Korea when these two countries built a nuclear bomb. This technology originated in the Netherlands where a Pakistani atomic spy named Abdul Qadir Khan stole it in the 1970s. He returned to his home country to become "the father of the Pakistani atom bomb."

Although all his inspectors were increasingly alarmed by Iran's nuclear program and frequent attempts to cover it up, ElBaradei, an Egyptian Muslim, naively assumed "that Iran's goal is not to become another North Korea ? a nuclear weapons possessor but a pariah in the international community ? but rather Brazil or Japan, a technological powerhouse with the capacity to develop nuclear weapons if the political winds were to shift, while remaining a non-nuclear weapon state under the NPT."

Hillary Clinton Dares Criticize Israeli Internal Affairs While Her State Department And Team Obama Whitewash Islam

December 4, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Bumbling Secretary of State Clinton is meddling in Israeli domestic politics again, this time attacking proposed legislation that in her opinion is anti-democratic.

At issue is the separation of the genders in certain instances practiced by Hareidi Jews, which they believe is a matter of modesty. Additionally there is legislation afoot which would ban continued government funding of NGOs and journalistic groups whose criticism of Israel has reached fever pitch.

Clinton's comments understandably evoked a blizzard of criticism from Israeli politicians who essentially told her to mind her own business and shut up.

"National Union MK Uri Ariel commented Sunday that Clinton "would do well not to interfere with Israel's internal affairs...Her unwanted interference is an additional proof that Israel needs laws that will preserve its character and protect it from interference by foreign governments who try to minimize Israel's Jewish character..." Yuval Steinitz Israel's Finance Minister stated, "Israel is a living and liberal democracy, I do not know of many other democracies that are any better..." [source, Israel National News, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150363]

Unemployment Rate Reduction, Meaningless "Statistical Chatter"

December 2, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Lest you be swayed into believing the spin coming out of DC and the WH stenographers corps [the legacy media] today's comparatively sunny unemployment report might well be the result of what economists call statistical chatter, meaningless data essentially unconnected to economic reality.

The go to Bureau of Labor Statistics stat has historically been U3, represented by today's 8.6% number. However this figure masks underlying conditions which should be frightening to anyone interested in this country's long term economic viability.

Please hold the conspiracy theories about "cooked" data coming out of BLS, its methodology has remained constant since the last major revision in 1994.

This is the bad news, U6 which measures those unemployed as well as those who wish to work but have simply given up looking at this time is 15.6%, a far cry from today's ballyhooed stat. Even worse, the rate of labor participation, a measure of how much of America works is at a 30 year low, 64%. You would have to go back to the early 80's and the Carter induced recession to find any parallel.

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David Yerushalmi's Strategic Analysis Of Lawfare - How To Stop The Shari'a Threat

November 30, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In the below video, David Yerushalmi, chief counsel to the Center For Security Policy [see, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.xml] discusses the process which has come to be known as "lawfare," using the courts to implement changes in behavior irrespective of input from either the executive or legislative branches of government.

As Mr. Yerushalmi notes, the first large scale practitioner of this method was the ACLU. The organization has been very effective in obtaining the results it has sought, often backward engineering the case from the ground up to assure a better chance of success.

Yerushalmi along with a small group of similarly motivated attorney's has been pursuing this concept with regard to mitigating the use of Shari'a in deciding American legal issues.

Muslim Brotherhood Seeming Winner In Egyptian Parliamentary Elections

November 30, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to the Egyptian newspaper Almasry Alyoum [see, http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/528736] the Muslim Brotherhood's "Freedom and Justice Party," has taken a clear lead at the end of the second day of Egypt's parliamentary elections with the Salafist party coming in second.

"Preliminary results of the first phase of parliamentary elections came in favor of its Freedom and Justice Party, followed by the Salafi Nour Party and the liberal Egyptian Bloc Coalition, the Muslim Brotherhood has announced...."

The result will likely be the formation of a coalition government, albeit one controlled by Egypt's two major Islamist political parties. This is in keeping with what we have been predicting would happen since the start of the "Arab Spring," Islamist revolution. With the government in the hands of such hardliners it will soon become apparent that despite being masked by a quasi-democratic shroud, such a process will seldom produce genuine freedom or liberty in the Islamic world.

Members Of Iranian Volunteer Army [Basij] And Students Take Over Brit Embassy In Tehran

November 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a still unfolding development, the British embassy in Tehran was today taken over by a crowd of hundreds comprised of students and members of Iran's volunteer army, the Basij.

The ransacking of the building which included detaining an undetermined number of embassy staffers was in protest of recently announced intentions by the U.S. and the UK to increase sanctions against the country's Islamic dictatorship.

The participation in this protest of the Basij is instructive.

In a statement made today General Yahya Rahim Safavi, Ayatollah Khamenei's top military advisor advocated the creation of a "100 million strong Muslim world Basij force. Safavi appeared to be adding punctuation to a similar statement made by the Basij's commander, General Mohammad Reza Naqdi.

Team Obama's Methodical Demolition Of American Interests Abroad

By WILLIAM MAYER

November 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In the space of three short years, president Obama has proved to be a one man wrecking crew when it comes to American national security issues and the exercise of foreign policy.

Some key areas of concern, many of them intertwined:

1. Cairo speech, June 4, 2009 [transcript, WH website, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-cairo-university-6-04-09]

This one disastrous speech [which could easily have been written by Ingrid Mattson, former president of the Muslim Brotherhood front group ISNA and friend of this WH] made clear to the world the operative tone of the Obama administration's strategic approach to foreign policy, one of withdrawal, appeasement and apology. It placed the world on notice [in a particularly noxious manner given its location, Al-Azhar University, the seat of Wahhabi Islam, and the administration's guests which included prominent members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood] that under his guidance America had officially ceded its leadership position in world affairs. The fallout from that speech set in motion a chain of events which should have been predictable It served to legitimize the "Arab Spring" which continues to be the motive force behind the a hard line, militant resurgence of Islamism in the Middle East.

There have been many in-depth examinations of this speech [our take at the time was and remains, "Broadly defined, Obama's speech consisted almost entirely of pandering to the Middle East, presenting an inauthentic picture of the nature of the clash between the West and Islam..."] but it is still striking that barely into this much anticipated statement, Obama joined the left and their Islamist allies in a wholesale revisionist indictment of American foreign policy.

"...More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam..."

In this same speech Mr. Obama broadened his personal mandate to include the defense of Islam, "I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear..."

The very idea that an American president would, post 9/11, feel the need to enforce a thoroughly inaccurate and agendized picture of Islam still causes jaws to drop.

Muslim Apologist Akbar Ahmed Dissembles On Terror Suspect Muhammad Yusuf's Motivation

November 24, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a piece appearing yesterday in the WashPost [see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/ny-bomb-plot-what-radicalizes-some-converts-to-islam/2011/11/21/gIQAmFq3hN_blog.html] former Pakistani government official and current occupant of the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at the School of International Service at American University, Akbar Ahmed, either intentionally or ignorantly assigns blame for the increasing radicalization of American Muslims [the latest example of which involved the weekend arrest on terror charges of Muhammad Yusuf [aka, Jose Pimentel], blaming it on the same baseless allegations we have become accustomed to hearing from the Islamist lobby.

According to Ahmed what drives American Muslims to jihad include:

"...they saw their religion, culture, and traditions mocked mercilessly..."

"...attacks on mosques and women wearing Islamic dress..."

"...widespread Islamophobia..."

"...some senior American political figures are either hostile to Islam or indifferent to it...."

"...unending American military entanglement in several Muslim countries stretching across Africa and Asia..."

Mr. Ahmed appears to be unfamiliar with the facts surrounding the arrest of Muhammad Yusuf and other jihadists. Additionally we find it revealing that he insists on referring to the perp as Pimentel rather than his chosen name upon having converted to Islam, Muhammad Yusuf.

As we detailed in Muslim Convert Muhammad Yusuf [aka Jose Pimentel] Busted In Al-Qaeda Terror Plot By NYPD Intel Team - FBI Refuses Involvement

Yusuf's motivation for his planned jihad was undeniable - Islamic ideology - his website [trueislam1.com] has a section [http://www.trueislam1.com/2011/04/verses-in-quran-that-command-us-to.html] that lists over 30 tracts from the Qur'an and other seminal Islamic texts which "command" Muslims to wage jihad. Additionally Yusuf's website has an outgoing link which contains a 9 page al-Qaeda bomb making manual, complete with a parts list and accompanying images to aid in their construction..."

What Mr. Ahmed is doing in this matter is obfuscating. Absent Shari'as "command" [Mr. Yusuf/Pimentel's wording] to commit to jihad, it is unlikely that Muhammad Yusuf would have undertaken his murderous plan.

Muslim Convert Muhammad Yusuf [aka Jose Pimentel] Busted In Al-Qaeda Terror Plot By NYPD Intel Team - FBI Refuses Involvement

November 21, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - As a result of a year-long investigation conducted by NYPD detectives, Muslim convert Muhammad Yusuf, formerly Jose Pimentel a naturalized American citizen, was busted last weekend on terror charges. On Sunday he was arraigned on a four count indictment [source, Yusuf criminal complaint, http://www.scribd.com/doc/73309463/Jose-Pimentel-criminal-complaint].

Criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree as a crime of terrorism

Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the second degree

Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree

Conspiracy in the fourth degree

Upon his arrest Yusuf, using al-Qaeda bomb making plans, was in the final stages of constructing explosive devices, complete with timers to carry out acts of war against government institutions, police buildings and banks.

The details of Yusuf's arrest provide a chilling insight into Team Obama's national security malfeasance; unbelievably Eric Holder's FBI declined to become involved with the investigation.

"Federal authorities declined to pursue a case against an "al Qaeda sympathizer" accused of plotting to bomb police stations and post offices in the New York area because they believed he was mentally unstable and incapable of pulling it off, two law enforcement officials said Monday." [source, NY Post, Kelly calls alleged bomb plotter 'imminent threat', http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/fbi_declined_to_pursue_nyc_bomb_Zp3LBzS5QwX1ohSTqoB8iL]

Yes, you did read that correctly, the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder refused to get involved with the investigation, claiming that the defendant was too unstable despite the fact that when Yusuf was arrested he was in possession of bomb making components and was in the process of assembling them.

Yusuf's motivation for his planned jihad was undeniable - Islamic ideology - his website [trueislam1.com] has a section [http://www.trueislam1.com/2011/04/verses-in-quran-that-command-us-to.html] that lists over 30 tracts from the Qur'an and other seminal Islamic texts which "command" Muslims to wage jihad. Additionally Yusuf's website has an outgoing link which contains a 9 page al-Qaeda bomb making manual, complete with a parts list and accompanying images to aid in their construction.

2010 FBI Hate Crime Stats Once Again Prove American Islamophobia Almost Nonexistent

November 15, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - The full-court press underway by CAIR, ISNA and other Islamist pressure groups to convince the world that the United States is an Islamophobic country has run into a roadblock once again - the facts.

As detailed in the FBI's most recent [2010] annual hate crime report, the total incidence of crimes committed against American Muslims, because of their religious affiliation remains remarkably low. Throughout the entire year a total of 63 assaults were reported. Of these 17 were aggravated assault, cases involving bodily injury and 46 instances of simple assault. Additionally, 69 acts of intimidation were committed. There were zero rapes, zero murders and a single act of arson.

The complete figures are as follows: [source, http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2010/tables/table-4-offenses-offense-type-by-bias-motivation-2010.xls]

Total - 186

Crimes against persons:


Murder/Non Negligent Manslaughter - 0
Forcible Rape - 0
Aggravated Assault - 17
Simple Assault - 46
Intimidation - 69
Other - 0

Crimes against property:


Robbery - 1
Burglary - 1
Larceny/Theft - 3
Motor Vehicle Theft - 0
Arson - 1
Vandalism - 47
Other - 1
Crimes Against Society - 0

The reasonable conclusion is that America is not a bigoted nation and certainly not anti-Islamic or Islamophobic. This information will not sit well with either the MSM or the myriad of Muslim Brotherhood front groups who are invested in maintaining the big lie of widespread Islamophobia.

The Obama/Holder War On National Security

By WILLIAM MAYER

November 14, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - While Americans continue to be preoccupied with limiting the personal effect of one of the longest recessions on record, a behind the scene internecine war led by this administration against a particularly inconvenient truth - that Islamism is the motivating ideology behind the world-wide terrorist threat - is being waged.

This battle is being carried out at the highest levels of the U.S. national security apparatus, sometimes abetted by duplicitous Muslims who have been recruited for their supposed ability to provide a vital, non-radical Islamic perspective. Though nominally hired to be ombudsmen to their co-religionists' communities [bridge building] the effect has been to provide Islamists [sometimes granted high level security clearances] direct access to key administration decision makers and closely held information.

Counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole identified the problem of infiltration in a piece entitled, 10 Failures of US Government on Domestic Islamist Threat. The article makes clear the concerted effort already well underway by Islamists to infiltrate governmental institutions. Poole's dissection of the role that Louay Safi plays in this ongoing effort is instructive as is Safi's immediate charge of Islamophobia in attempting to underplay/negate the undeniable role that Islamic ideology played in Maj. Nidal Hasan's jihad at Ft. Hood.

"8. Louay Safi (2009) Louay Safi lectures deploying troops at Fort Hood weeks after deadly attack, authorized "preemptive strikes" against troops attacking Moslems, named unindicted co-conspirator in Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror support trial. A criminal investigation launched by Army Criminal Investigations Division into the Army's use of highly controversial Islamic scholar who had been lecturing troops deploying to Afghanistan for three days at Fort Hood was the culmination of a series of events prompted by the killings of thirteen service members and civilian employees by Nidal Hasan last November. According to press reports, Louay Safi was conducting training at Fort Bliss at the time of the massacre at Fort Hood. His pre-deployment seminars were sponsored under a contract by the Naval Postgraduate School. Safi appeared at Fort Hood just a few weeks later to deliver a seminar on Islam to soldiers of the 135th Expeditionary Group and deliver a $10,000 check from his employer, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), for the families of the Fort Hood massacre. Both his seminars and the ISNA donation drew heated criticism. One Army official called Safi's donation "blood money" in light of his defense of terror supporters, his promotion of extremist ideology, and long-time employment with multiple terror-tied organizations. Comments made by Safi after the Fort Hood killings appeared to shift responsibility away from the killer and blame "Islamophobia" for the massacre, saying "the extremist ideology responsible for violent outbursts is often rooted in the systematic demonization of marginalized groups...According to wiretap transcripts presented at Al-Arian's terrorism support trial...Safi was named Unindicted Co-Conspirator #4, Al-Arian blamed the designation of the terror group on a "war waged by Zionists." Safi agreed, saying that Clinton "just wants to please them." Safi was also personally named in a federal search warrant affidavit that was the basis for the March 2002 Operation Greenquest..." 1

Unfortunately in nearly every venue where counter terrorism training is being conducted, from local law enforcement to the highest levels of the federal bureaucracy and the war colleges, those conducting the instruction are increasingly being muzzled; they can no longer tell the truth. The matter has gotten so out of hand that under current guidance just about any statement linking terrorist acts undertaken by people who claim to be Muslim with an underlying Islamist ideology is verboten because that linkage has been deemed by WH's advisors and Islamist pressure groups such as CAIR and ISNA to be Islamophobic.

Under such a restrictive construction there is no justifiable basis to connect acts of terror committed by self-identified Muslims with a subversive ideology based upon the political/military aspects of Shari'a. To do otherwise opens oneself to the charge of being an anti-Muslim bigot.

The Arab Spring as a Security Threat to Israel

By EMERSON VERMAAT

November 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org -The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported early November 2011 that the black Al-Qaeda flag was waving on top of the Benghazi court house. Some rebels reportedly also displayed this flag as they drove in their vehicles and cried: "Islam, Islam! Neither East nor West!" This referred to the traditional rivalry between Eastern and Western Libya. If true, such things show that Muslim extremists in Libya want to create an Islamic state ruled by Islamic law or Sharia, replacing the previous dictatorship with another one. This is just what happened in Iran back in 1979.

Dictatorships and corruption are intrinsically evil. It was George Orwell who wrote: "A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes fragrantly artificial: that is, when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud." So toppling a brutal dictator is not a bad thing, but that is not enough. What really matters is what kind of political forces will replace that dictatorship. Look at Russia in 1917, look at Cambodia in 1975, look at Iran in 1979, look at Afghanistan in 1995/96. Although Al-Qaeda was not the driving force behind the Arab Spring, Al-Qaeda leaders did applaud it. They have a vested interest in creating chaos in the Middle East, and they want Egypt and Jordan to renounce the peace treaty with Israel.

In Tunisia, radical Muslims organized a demonstration in October 2011 crying: "We must kill all the Jews. We want an Islamic state." They threatened to kill a university dean who had previously refused to allow two female students because they were wearing Niqabs. Since January, radical Islamists reportedly seized control of 150 to 200 Tunisian mosques and prayer halls.

Ron Paul Ignores Iran's Treachery

By REZA KAHLILI

November 11, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is demonstrating an appalling ignorance on the Iranian nuclear issue and the threat it poses to world security. In fact, several times during the recent GOP debates he blamed the animosity against the U.S. in the Middle East on America's foreign policy.

Paul recently argued on "Fox News Sunday" that sanctions should be removed altogether to get Iran to act differently and that the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear pursuit was an "overreaction." He added that Iran does not pose a threat to either the U.S. or the region.

The congressman from Texas insists that a better art of persuasion would be to offer friendship, the way the U.S. approached the Soviets and Chinese in the 1970s and 1980s.

So Paul not only has shown that he has no understanding of the murderous radicals who rule Iran but has a dangerous lapse of memory. President Obama at first tried to do exactly what Paul argues now should be done -- and failed miserably.

Sanctions Won't Stop Iran's Nuclear Bomb Program

By REZA KAHLILI

November 8, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - The International Atomic Energy Agency has now provided credible evidence that Iran is clandestinely developing nuclear weapons, adding its considerable weight to warnings that the Islamic state is on the threshold of nuclear capability.

The IAEA's latest report details the military aspects of the program for the first time since the start of its inspections of Iranian nuclear sites nearly two decades ago. Previous IAEA reports had indicated grave concern about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear-related activities involving military-related organizations, and that "new information" received by the IAEA "related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile."

Iran is under four sets of U.N. sanctions for its illicit nuclear activities. Security Council Resolution 1737, passed on December 2006, banned the supply of nuclear-related materials and technology and froze the assets of key individuals and companies related to the program. Because Iranian leaders refused to halt their uranium enrichment program, another set of U.N. sanctions, in March 2007, imposed an arms embargo and expanded the freeze on Iranian assets.

The Iranian leaders called the U.N. resolutions worthless pieces of paper and continued with their nuclear ambitions, which caused the Bush administration to push for yet another set of sanctions, passed in March 2008. These extended the asset freezes and called upon member-nations to monitor the activities of Iranian banks, inspect Iranian ships and aircraft, and monitor the movement of individuals involved with the program through their territories.

When President Obama took office in 2009, he immediately changed the U.S. approach toward Iran, believing that the mullahs would change behavior only if a kinder, gentler approach were implemented. His appeasement of the mullahs started when he sent his video message on the occasion of the Iranian New Year in 2009, stating his desire for friendship with the Iranian leaders. That was followed by a letter to the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he reiterated his desire for better relations between the two countries.

Obama's Withdrawal From Iraq Destabilizing Fragile Maliki Government

November 7, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - As related in a recent NY Times piece [see, Andrew Kramer, Iraq Arrests More in Wake of Tip About Coup, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/world/middleeast/iraq-arrests-more-in-wake-of-libyan-tip-about-coup.html] Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki appears to be engaged a massive campaign to suppress the country's Sunni minority, using as justification a "tip" from Libya's new Islamist leadership that a coup was being planned against his government.

Hundreds of Sunnis have been arrested and many already employed by the regime have been summarily fired or forced into involuntary retirement.

"When the government revealed last week that it had received the information in October, gleaned from the ruined headquarters of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's intelligence headquarters in Tripoli, the authorities detained more than 200 people. By Saturday, the number of arrests...had more than tripled to 615, according to government figures... Last month, the government fired 145 employees of Salahudin University in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, for being former Baathists..."

Moving quickly to secure his power base before the last American forces depart the country, Mr. Maliki is engaged in a feverish hedging strategy that may well result in a resumption of the religious mayhem which the American surge had largely suppressed.

Azizah al-Hibri, Obama Appoints Anti-Capitalist Islamic Radical To U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

November 1, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what appears to be a classic "twofer," president Obama has just appointed professor Azizah al-Hibri - an anti-capitalist Islamist - to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. This move is reflective of Obama's ideological indictment of America, that it is a corrupt nation because of capitalism/colonialism and that it is inherently Islamophobic.

Al-Hibri's Islamism is no secret, she has appeared at innumerable forums as an apologist, spinning fairy-tale versions of Islamic history and the Qur'an. Take for example her claim, "there was no reason at all to think that Quaran [sic] gives women a subordinate place in society..." which was made during an interview with Bill Moyers [see, http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_alhibri.html] a statement which flies in the face of Islamic jurisprudence.

She has a practice of quoting [Meccan] passages from the Qur'an which play into the narrative that Islam is a peaceful religion while never explaining that the Qur'an's later combative Suras [chapters] and ayat [verses] "revealed" after Mohammed's Hijra to Medina take theological precedence through the universally recognized Islamic principle of abrogation. As a result, her stock in trade appears to be propagandizing to unsophisticated Western audiences who thrive on multiculturalism and know little about Islam.

Al-Hibri expressed support for a fundamentalist approach to reclaiming Islam, a mainstay tenet in modern extreme Islamic literature perhaps best summarized by Sayyid Qutb in his revolutionary Islamist tract, Milestones - required reading by al-Qaeda types. In a 2001 New York Times piece she said, "....For this reason, many of them are ill-equipped for the challenge of interpreting an ancient religion for a modern society. ''When you change cultures and technological eras,'' Professor al-Hibri said, ''you're going to need to go back to the fundamentals. And if you don't have the tools to go back to the fundamentals, you're in trouble.'' [source, William Glabersom, Interpreting Islamic Law for American Muslims http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/21/us/interpreting-islamic-law-for-american-muslims.html?pagewanted=2&src=pm

Al Hibri clearly believes in Islamic supremacy and superiority. In a 2007 article published in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia's, Arab News [see, Maha Akeel, Raising Awareness of Islamic Fiqh in the US, Arab News, 25 May 2007, http://archive.arabnews.com/?page=9§ion=0&article=96600&d=25&m=5&y=2007] she stated, "...I think that Islamic fiqh is deeper and better than Western codes of law..."

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Taliban Suicide Bomber Claims 12 American Lives In Kabul

October 29, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - A NATO bus was attacked by a Taliban suicide bomber driving an explosive laden truck in Kabul on Saturday killing 12 American servicemen and 5 others.

The incident comes as Team Obama is attempting to forge some kind of pretend alliance with so-called "safe" Taliban, a move wholeheartedly supported by Hillary Clinton's masquerade State Dept.

Afghan president Karzai has been forced into hedging his bets and negotiating with the Taliban because he knows American troops will soon leave the country, leaving it defenseless against jihadist influence.

Contra Costa Times' Obsession With Occupy Wall Street/Oakland

October 28, 2011 - San Francisco CA - PipeLineNews.org - Heavy coverage of the Occupy Oakland movement, featured prominently in the last two editions of the Contra Costa Times, reveals the paper's heavy handed, concerted push to support this revolutionary, neo-communist uprising.

So brazenly biased is the newspaper's coverage, one must assume that its ongoing narrative had to have been approved at the highest editorial levels [such as they are] at this San Francisco Bay Area daily newspaper.

The facts are as follows - over this 24 hour period, the CC Times devoted well over 300 column inches [computation based on number of columns in this 6 column format newspaper multiplied by the length of each column in inches] to this effort. This amount of coverage on a single [non-disaster] issue is pretty much unprecedented, especially given this newspaper's plummeting page count.

Above the fold, large font headlines supporting this hack journo include:

"Iraq veteran injured in clash"

"Protesters come out in force, peacefully" - oddly adjacent an image of the "peaceful" protesters violently tearing down cyclone fencing sections].

"All eyes are on Oakland"

"In wake of injury, a call for healing"

PipeLineNews.org's investigation into the motivating ideology behind Occupy Oakland and by extension, its parent, Occupy Wall Street, revealed it to be of neo-communist origin with a latent capacity for extreme violence [see, Occupy Oakland October 19, 2011, Taste The Madness].

General Jack Keane - Obama's Turn-Tail Retreat From Iraq "Disastrous"

October 25, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - General Jack Keane [Ret.] widely regarded as the architect behind the Bush administration's successful Iraqi "surge" has slammed president Obama's precipitous and unilateral decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq, a move which reportedly was resisted at the highest levels by American military leaders.

In a statement made on Fox News Gen. Keane said, "...the Bush admin in 2009 turned over to the Obama administration a relatively stable and secure Iraq. Violence was down 90% and what the Iraqi's wanted more than anything to go forward was a strategic partnership with the United States, a normal allied relationship with us. We started a pushback on that through ambassador Christopher Hill in 2010 and the Iraqi's got shaky as a result of it and started to put in play hedging strategies and of course that welcomed in the Iranians...and now we are walking away..."

CAIR Makes Common Cause With Occupy Wall Street Marxists

October 24, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - We find it entirely unsurprising that the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, would become a vocal supporter of the Occupy Wall Street Movement since it and other American Islamist organizations have long partnered with the hard left.

One of those seen fanning the seditionary flames of the OWS mob depicted in the above video was Aiyub Abdul Baki of the Islamic Leadership Council of New York who preached about "social justice" based upon Mohammed's "last sermon" while excoriating "usury," we must assume a negative reference to Western banking practices.

Also in attendance at this Islamist endorsed gathering was a contingent from the World Workers Party, a revolutionary artifact from the Stalinist era [see for example, Workers World, a publication of the World Workers Party, http://www.workers.org/pdf/current.pdf].

A brief CAIR bio:

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

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

In post prosecution court proceedings CAIR was specifically linked to Hamas by Federal judge Jorge Solis.

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

Occupy Oakland October 19, 2011, Taste The Madness

October 20, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Often missing from the discussion regarding the nascent "Occupy Wall Street" [OWS] movement is its core ideology.

This happens far more in the legacy media than in the alternative press because the former is dominated by the left and the latter tends to be more egalitarian and diverse. This media slant towards progressivism [a more polite term for collectivism] is a proven fact, backed by statistical studies - thanks in large part to the excellent work done by Brent Bozell and the Media Research Center [see for example, http://www.mrc.org/newsdivision/nad.aspx].

When the MSM wants to make the appearance that it's pursuing the ideological questions surrounding OWS, it does so in such a manner as to disguise its real nature, often flailing around journalistically to show the protesters are a varied lot whose motivation spans the political gamut from right to left.

However this chimera evaporates when boots hit the ground and these demonstrations are more clinically examined, as we did yesterday in exploring the week old Occupy Oakland encampment at the city's Frank Ogawa plaza.

Upon a brief glance the motivating spirit of this assemblage of approximately 80-100 small tents and maybe 200 or so individuals seems to be taken from a time capsule circa 1969, peace , love, understanding and lots of dope - nothing especially threatening; generally civil, predominantly college age people enjoying what appears on the surface a non-stop party.

Questioning these folks regarding the reason for their participation will get varying specifics, linked by a common theme.

That theme really centers on the declaration that capitalism has failed, resulting in an "unfair" gap between the top and bottom economic rungs of society. In essence these people are claiming common cause with the poor who have been "victimized" by a system which is inherently unfair.

This is grammar school Marxism despite it often being expressed in a fuzzy, ill-defined manner. It would seem that most reasonably honest reporters [no not going there, it's too easy] would come away with this same impression and that it would be reflected in their journalistic output.

But alas this is not the case, the MSM chose sides a long time ago, at least as far back as the New York Times' Moscow bureau chief Walter Durranty's Pulitzer prize winning cover-up of the horrors of Stalinism.

While one can weave an interesting narrative based upon the seeming vagueness of the protester's motivation, probing a little deeper reveals what we have found over more than 10 years of covering West Coast protests from relatively small ones such as Occupy Oakland to the massive, multi-hundred thousand spectacles which dominated much of the presidency of GW Bush.

All of these public attestations of rage against "the system" have roots which were and are in a more ordered manner, hawked in booths or individually, some free, some for sale.

All of the printed material which was on display at the Occupy Oakland site falls under the heading of Marxist propaganda.

Yes folks, it's right there, undisguised in plain sight, much of it free for the taking. To "serious" reporters however, it might as well be invisible.

The most omnipresent printed material at such gatherings is almost always "Revolution," the official newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist Party of America. This is the real deal, as unvarnished and in your face as a hob-nailed boot and emblazoned with headlines such as "Revolution Is NOT A Tea Party," something entirely lost by the MSM as it attempts to conflate OWS with the staid Tea Party.

It's either odd, tragic or some combination thereof for Bob Avakian [chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA] to know the difference while the chattering class feigns befuddlement.

With that said we think the below images should suffice to prove our thesis as the evidence is impossible to ignore.

To view all the Occupy Oakland images, please take the headline link.

National Conference on Jewish Affairs Decries Anti-Semitism Of Occupy Wall Street Movement

October 18, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The National Conference on Jewish Affairs today condemned the blatant and increasingly anti-Semitic nature of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Speaking for the group, rabbi Aryeh Spero stated, "In light of the accelerated and vociferous anti-Semitic and anti-Israel pronouncements emanating from the Occupied Wall Street groups - at times urging the expulsion of Zionists and Jews from the United States - we urge President Obama to publicly denounce these remarks."

Noting the support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters by prominent Jewish leaders and president Obama Spero added, "Furthermore, we ask David Axelrod and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, and other fellow Jews enthusiastically tied to the protests, to remember that the scape-goating that results from class warfare rhetoric has historically made Jews a target and endangered our community. There has always been anti-Semitism, but in our lifetime we have never heard in this country, as we are hearing now, such open and brazen calls against Jews. We ask them to reconsider their support for these protests given that many are using it as a platform to spew the most vile anti-Israel language."

Bay Area News Group's Journalistic Malfeasance Over Occupy Wall Street Coverage

October 17, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Considering its coverage of the Occupy Wall Street freak show, which included the declaration 'THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE..."Protest Has Legs..." writers with the Bay Area News Group - a pretend journalistic enterprise which can be observed slowly sinking in the West - have apparently refused to undertake even the most cursory search of primary source documents to determine the protesters' goals.

While we don't expect much better from this "newsgroup's" assemblage of journo hacks and stenographers for the left, the sheer boldness of the combined newspapers' agendized efforts to conflate what is clearly a violent revolutionary movement [well over 1,000 arrested so far] with the peaceful, polite and politically effectiveTea Party would be ludicrous if it weren't such an obvious abuse of journalistic protocols - concepts with which these writers seem to be unfamiliar.

Ground Zero Mosque's Head On Chopping Block - Faces Immediate Eviction, Owes $1.7M In Rent

October 17, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Since its inception the idea of Islamists building a $100M icon to jihad - the Hamosque - on the hallowed site of ground zero was preposterous, an in your face taunting of the West prompted by a seditious and supremist ideology and enabled by the usual suspects.

With the support of the bogus interfaith crowd and meddling by heavy-weight albeit dhimmi Jews such as Mayor Bloomberg, the project was forced through all of the bureaucratic roadblocks which would normally encountered by the proponents of such an ambitious and controversial project.

Opponents had presented in addition to the myriad of zoning and land use issues, clear evidence that the building of such a structure might well result in a radical Islamist hornet's nest of religious hatred and divisiveness in a space which should forever be remembered as the place where the radical Muslim ground war against the West struck the American homeland without provocation.

Now it appears that the plans set in motion by imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his shady developer/stooge Sharif El-Gamal have run into a nearly impenetrable road-block, they owe Con-Ed nearly $2M in back rent and apparently are unable to pay.

"Park51, which leases the substation from Con Ed, wants the two buildings so it can knock both down and build a $100 million, 15-story community center. But the plan hit a major obstacle in August when Con Ed raised the rent from $2,750 a month, a rate set in 1972, to $47,437 a month, retroactive to July 31, 2008, The Post has learned. When the mosque failed to fork over the $1.7 million, the utility fired off a letter demanding the money by Oct. 4 and threatening to evict..." [source, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/16/utilities-company-seeks-to-evict-ground-zero-mosque-unless-developer-pays-up/?test=latestnews#ixzz1b3FEydDz]

Legal action by the developer has resulted in the final decision being postponed until a November 17 hearing has been concluded.

Team Obama Ignores Iranian Act Of War - Targeting Saudi Official In U.S.

October 14, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Team Obama's methodical denial of Iran's deadly intentions towards the West and hence his refusal to act against the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism, in the parlance of the times, "came home to roost," this week with the revelation of the Mullocracy's attempted terrorist hit on Saudi ambassador Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir while on U.S. soil - an act of war.

Those charged in the plot, Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, importantly, a member of Iran's elite shock troops the Quds Force, had made arrangements with supposed elements within the Mexican drug cartels to explode a massive car bomb outside DC's Watergate hotel restaurant while the Saudi ambassador was dining. Additional targets included the Israeli embassies in Washington and Buenos Aires.

Such an attack would have been a far from surgical operation with limited "collateral damage." It would have resulted in massive civilian casualties as well as property damage. In all likelihood it would have been the most deadly terror attack on American soil since 9/11.

It is a well known, though little reported fact that Iran maintains Revolutionary Guard [IRG] and Quds cells throughout the Western hemisphere with concentrations in Argentina, Latin America and Mexico.

Get Off Your Knees, Iran Warns Palestinian Leader

By REZA KAHLILI

October 13, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Iran is stepping up its condemnation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas after his recent speech to the United Nations General Assembly seeking statehood for the Palestinian people.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last week denounced a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, saying Abbas' appeal for statehood is doomed.

The Palestinians should not limit themselves to seeking a country based on the pre-1967 borders because "all land belongs to the Palestinians," Khamenei said in an address to the 5th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada, being held in Tehran.

"We neither propose dumping the migrant Jews in the sea nor the U.N. arbitration. Rather, our proposal includes a referendum to be participated in by all Palestinians," Iran's semi-official FARS news agency reported Khamenei as saying.

"Today the West is standing on a crossroads, and it should either leave its age-old bullying and recognize the rights of the Palestinians or wait for harder blows in the near future," Khamenei warned.

Iranian leaders have always seen Abbas as an appeaser of the West and a barrier to the Iranian regime's influence in the Palestinian territories. In order to challenge his authority, the Iranian leaders have continuously provided funding and arms to its terrorist proxies in the region such as the Islamic Jihad, the al-Aqsa Brigades, and Hamas.

State Department Report - No Christian Churches Left In Afghanistan, Conversion Contravenes, "The Tenets of Islam"

October 11, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Despite repeated and furious claims to the contrary those in the Islamist community who are insisting that Western ideals and values are compatible with Islamic law, Shari'a are either fools or liars.

We believe the overwhelming majority of these apologists fall into the latter category.

Case in point - today the U.S. State Dept. released its 2010 Human Rights report [see, http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2010_5/168240.htm] which offers the following cautionary language:

"The government's level of respect for religious freedom in law and in practice declined during the reporting period, particularly for Christian groups and individuals...In May 2010 video footage of Christian converts being baptized aired on an Afghan television station and was re-aired every night for a week due to its popularity with the public. The station did a series of follow up segments as well. In response, inflammatory public statements were made against Christian converts by two members of parliament....The lack of government responsiveness and protection for these groups and individuals contributed to the deterioration of religious freedom...The country's population is almost entirely Muslim. Non-Muslim minority groups, particularly Christian, Hindu, and Sikh groups, were targets of discrimination and persecution. Conversion from Islam was understood by Shia and Sunni Islamic clergy, as well as many citizens, to contravene the tenets of Islam..."

This same sad record of religious repression has played out in every Muslim majority country. The reason should be obvious, especially now that the Dept. of State has as much as admitted it - when Islam becomes the dominant religious ethic in a society it will always be incompatible and at war with the West.

Muslim Burning Of Egypt's Christian Churches Continues Unabated And Unpunished - Security Forces Kill Scores Of Copts

October 10, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - If this weekend's bloody repression of a Copt demonstration in Cairo is any measure, it appears that the Islamist campaign of violence and intimidation against the country's Christians has hit full stride, with Egyptian "security" forces attacking the non-violent protesters on Sunday, killing at least 25 and injuring nearly 400. There are numerous confirmed reports that demonstrators were actually driven over by military vehicles.

The Muslim Brotherhood, in typical form, underplayed the mayhem, calling it a "small incident." [see http://www.ikhwanweb.com/iweb/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=32514:an-appeal-by-the-muslim-brotherhood-to-all-egyptians&catid=10396:mb-statements&Itemid=583] One American newspaper [the LA Times] actually had the temerity to suggest in a headline that the Copts were "lashing out" at the military. [see, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/10/egypt-coptic-church-clashes.html]

Sunday's incident had its roots in an October 1 burning of the hundred year old St. George Coptic Christian church in Aswan province by "several thousand Muslims...[who]...demolished the dome, walls and columns, then went to the church depot where the lumber to be used for construction was stored and torched it." [source, http://www.aina.org/news/20110930204413.htm] After the church burning, various Coptic business and homes were burned to the ground by the same crowd chanting "Allahu Akhbar."

Occupy Wall Street Movement Driven By Neo-Marxist Rage

October 7, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Despite the best efforts of the MSM - and disappointingly many "conservative" pundits - to portray the "Occupy Wall Street" movement as a grassroots, populist response to supposed excesses by the securities and financial services industry, this backwater of human debris is in fact driven by a neo-Marxist rage that should be impossible to ignore - yet that is exactly what is happening.

One only has to briefly page through their official documents, the so called "Occupied Wall Street Journal" [see, http://www.breakingcopy.com/occupied-wall-street-journal-pdf] and the occupiers non-negotiable "13 demands," [see, http://occupywallst.org/forum/proposed-list-of-demands-for-occupy-wall-st-moveme/] to determine the ideology of its participants.

Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending "Freetrade" by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.

Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.

Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

Demand four: Free college education.

Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.

Department Of Education Carrying On Team Obama's Witch Hunt Via Its Office Of Civil Rights

October 6, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It appears that under the tutelage of Russlynn Ali, the Asst. Secty. U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Civil Rights [OCR], federal educrats are engaged in a campaign of intimidation designed to implement Team Obama's odd take on what constitutes discrimination on American campuses.

Ali's current tactic is to use a skewed construction of Title 6 of the U.S. Civil Rights Acts of 1964 which prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities which receive federal financial assistance, as an ideological hammer, allegedly coming to the aid of protected groups [Blacks and Muslims for example] to the detriment of enforcing the law in a color blind manner. In plain English this means, "the Jews can fend for themselves." This aspect of the new enforcement effort is of great concern for Jewish college students who daily have to face an anti-Semitic, hostile environment on campuses such as UC Berkeley and UC Irvine where Islamist groups such as the Muslim Students Association and the Muslim Student Union have been allowed to run wild. [see, Pro Israel Student's Target U.C. Berkeley, Investigative Project on Terrorism, http://www.investigativeproject.org/2656/pro-israel-student-suit-targets-uc-berkeley and, U.C. Irvine "Awards" MSU, Investigative Project on Terrorism, http://www.investigativeproject.org/2939/uc-irvine-awards-msu-legitimacy]

"In addition, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education has refused to afford Jewish students the same protections against harassment and intimidation as it grants to every African-American, Latino, and Arab student. This policy is an above-board feature of Obama administration policy, said Kenneth Marcus, former director of the OCR, who quoted Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali as indicating that the Obama administration would not pursue cases of harassment against Jewish students." [source, Hillel Fendel, Caution: Growing Threat To Jews On California Campuses, Israel National News, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/news.aspx/137239]

"Arab Spring" Part of Iranian Plot to Dominate

By REZA KAHLILI

October 4, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - For the first time, an official entity of Iran's Islamic government has detailed the horrific goal of the regime: destroy America and Israel as part of the Muslim "awakening" sweeping Africa and the Middle East.

That "awakening," which the West has labeled the "Arab Spring," is all part of Iran's messianic complex in which it sees itself as the spearhead of a worldwide revolution in which the Shiite version of Islam will dominate humanity.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards' auxiliary, the feared and infamous Basij militia, issued a statement last week in which it said Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been divinely chosen to impose Islam on all parts of the world. The statement was responding to last Friday's invasion of the Israeli embassy in Cairo, which it called a "nest of spies." The Basij, under the direct supervision of Khamenei, called the embassy invaders "justice-seeking Muslims who have battled Egyptian tyranny."

Islamic (Sharia) Law in Germany, Holland and Britain

By EMERSON VERMAAT

October 3, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "Their courtrooms are mosques, their law is the Sharia: Islamic peace judges undermine the rule of law," the influential German weekly Der Spiegel reported last August. "The legal authorities do not know how to defend themselves against it." European crime statistics show a proportionally higher crime rate amongst populations of non-Western origin. (Drug smuggling, migrant trafficking, document forgery, violent robberies, rape, prostitution, honor crimes, etc.)

So-called Islamic "peace judges" or arbiters are settling criminal cases, not just in Germany but in other European countries as well. Muslim immigrants prefer their own judges and do not trust secular Western legal systems. Thus, Islamic shadow justice systems are making inroads into Western societies. "Under Sharia law to settle disputes can be innocent, but it can also undermine Western ideas of fairness," Der Spiegel reports. Journalist Joachim Wagner, author of a new German study on parallel justice, says that the world of the Islamic shadow justice system is "very foreign, and for a German lawyer completely incomprehensible. It follows its own rules. The Islamic arbitrators aren't interested in evidence when they deliver a judgment, and unlike in German criminal law, the question of who is at fault doesn't play much of a role." The arbitrators "talk with the perpetrator's family who are generally the ones who have called the arbitrator, and with the victim's family," Wagner says. "They ask: Why did this happen? How bad is the damage? How serious is the injury? But for them, a solution of the conflict, a compromise, is the most important thing."

"The problem starts when the arbitrators force the justice system out of the picture, especially in the case of criminal offenses," Wagner says. "At that point they undermime the state monopoly on violence. Islamic conflict resolution in particular, as I've experienced it, is often achieved through violence and threats. It's often a dictate of power on the part of the stronger family." "These arbitrators try to resorve conflicts according to Islamic law and to sideline German criminal law. We see witness testimony withdrawn (from German courts) and accusations trivialized to the point where an entire case runs aground. The justice system is 'powerless,' partly because it hasn't tackled the problem vigorously enough." Judges and prosecutors "are overwhelmed, because they don't know how to react," Wagner claims "They are in the middle of a legal case, and suddenly there's no evidence. Eighty-seven percent of the cases I researched either were dismissed or ended with an acquittal when Islamic arbitrators are involved." "Decisions by Islamic arbitrators, so I noticed, are often implemented by force and making threats."

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Anwar al-Awlaki Killed In Yemen Drone Attack

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.

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 nation?s Capitol. Thanks to the diligence of the FBI and our many other law enforcement partners, that plan was thwarted..."

EMP Attack: The Existential Threat From Iran

By STUART KAUFMAN

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.

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 didn?t 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

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.

20,000 Libyan Missiles Go Missing

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]

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/]

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.

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.

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."

EMP Attack By Iran Could Destroy America

By REZA KAHLILI

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 won?t 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.

Bashar Assad's Secret Trip to Iran

By REZA KAHLILI

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.

Solyndra - Obama's Green Nightmare - Raided By Feds

September 8, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This morning the FBI executed a search warrant at Solyndra LLC's Fremont, CA headquarters.

Solyndra [see, Obama Funded Solyndra Goes Belly Up, Along With His Economic Plan] once one of Team Obama's crown green energy jewels abruptly filed for bankruptcy a week ago, adding another 1,100 workers to the long list of California's unemployed.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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Genocide Of Egypt's Christians Continues - State Department Ignores It

January 2, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Egypt's Christians continue to be targeted by Islamists, this time in the village of Baheeg in Upper Egypt where three buildings belonging to Copts were burned to the ground over an alleged religious slight. [see, http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/575331]

According to the Al Masry Alyoum online news site, the incident took place last Thursday when a Coptic student was accused of defaming the Prophet by allegedly posting pictures of Mohammed on his Facebook account.

Infuriated by the supposed act of "defamation," the student's classmates then proceeded to torch the structures.

The Coptic student's family has since departed the village while he remains incarcerated for 15 days during which authorities will determine if there will be further measures taken against him. {see, http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/579946]

Normally one might surmise that the omnipresence of anti-Christian persecution in Muslim countries - especially with it being on constant public display in countries like Egypt - would demand that Christians be given priority refugee status by the U.S. State Dept. But this doesn't appear to be the case, as the overwhelming majority of those allowed in are from Muslim majority countries:

Near East & South Asia - 27,168; East Asia - 17,367; Africa - 7,685; Latin America & Caribbean - 2,976; Europe - 1,228. [source, [http://www.cal.org/co/refugee/statistics/index.html]

Particularly affected are Iraqi Christians who face incipient extermination barring intervention, but now face very long delays in being processed as refugees because of serious security lapses by the State Department which thoroughly failed to properly vet the many Muslims from that country already admitted to the United States, allowing unknown numbers of jihadists to gain entry.

Demonstrative of the State Department's no-one-in-control refugee program, the most current figures [through Sept 30, 2011] show that only 6 refugees were allowed entry from Egypt into the U.S., while nearly 15,000 - primarily Hindu - refugees were inexplicably allowed to migrate to the U.S. from Bhutan.

The indiscriminate murder of Egypt's Christians by Muslims has become so commonplace that it hardly registers a ripple in the American and international press with 2011 being particularly bad year, starting on New Years Day with the suicide bombing of a Coptic church in Alexandria, killing upwards of 20 and wounded over 70.

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