PipeLineNews Archives: June 2012

State Department Stonewalls Press Inquiry Over Allowing a Member of a Terrorist Group to Meet with Senior Administration National Security Officials

11:23 - PDT - June 27, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a June 25 piece Rep. Peter King Demands Accountability Over Granting U.S. Visa to Hani Nour Eldin, a Member of the Terrorist Group Gama' a al-Islamiyya, we detailed the high level of concern within Congress regarding the provision of a visa to Hani Nour Eldin a [self-declared] member of the Egyptian group - Gama'a al Islamiyya - which the U.S. government has listed as a foreign terrorist organization.

"In a June 24 letter addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Peter King [R-NY], Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, demanded an explanation from the Secretary regarding the granting of a visa to Hani Nour Eldin, an apparently self-admitted member of Gama' a al-Islamiyya [the Islamic Group] which is based in Egypt and has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization. [source, National Counter Terrorism Center, http://www.nctc.gov/site/other/fto.html] In the letter Mr. King said that Hani Nour Eldin had reportedly [see, Eli Lake, Member of Egyptian Terror Group Goes to Washington, The Daily Beast, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/21/member-of-egyptian-terror-group-goes-to-washington.html] declared his membership in the group on his Face book page:

...According to the Beast, Eldin's purpose in visiting the U.S. where he met with senior administration officials, was to lobby for the "transfer" of Omar Abdel Rahman [aka, the Blind Sheikh, who is Gama'a al Islamiyya's spiritual leader] from the federal prison in North Carolina where he is serving a life sentence after having been convicted in 1995 [prosecution spearheaded by Andrew McCarthy] for his role in a conspiracy to bomb New York landmarks, to his native Egypt where he will supposedly receive a "fair" trial. [source, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/21/member-of-egyptian-terror-group-goes-to-washington.html ]

In a State Dept presser held on June 25 things got much more complicated when spokesman Victoria Nuland stonewalled all questions regarding the matter refusing to provide a reason why Hani Nour Eldon was granted a visa and was allowed to speak directly to high level administration officials about releasing a convicted terrorist Omar Abdel Rahman who is serving a life sentence for his crimes.

Below a direct transcript [complet briefing available here June 25, 2012 State Dept. Presser]

QUESTION: Okay. Can I go back to Egypt for just one second?

MS. NULAND: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: And - but it's not having to do with the government. It has to do with the visa for the Gama'a al-Islamiyya member. You said last week that there was a - you were looking into the circumstances of how this was issued. Has - have you determined how this - how it happened? And are you aware that Representative King has asked - formally asked Homeland Security to find out how he was in fact allowed entry, quite apart - separate from the visa issue?

MS. NULAND: On the latter, yes, I've seen the reporting. As we promised, we did look into it. Unfortunately, you're not going to be happy with me when I tell you that we are not going to get into the details of confidential visa issuance. He and the rest of that delegation who were here last week have all now returned to Egypt.

QUESTION: Do you regard it as a mistake to have issued him a visa, given that he is self-proclaimed a member of Gama'a al-Islamiyya?

MS. NULAND: Well, let's start with the fact that we have an interest in engaging a broad cross-section of Egyptians who are seeking to peacefully shape Egypt's future. The goal of this delegation, as you know, was to have consultations both with think tanks but also with government folks, with a broad spectrum representing all the colors of Egyptian politics: liberals, Islamists, Salafists, women, Bedouin Christians. We were encouraged that they were willing to travel, that they were open to meetings with us, et cetera.

But in terms of specific questions on the visa issuance, I'm not going to - I'm not at liberty to get into anything further.

QUESTION: Well, but here's the thing: I mean, I appreciate that you feel that you have an interest in consulting with the entire spectrum of Egyptian political society. But you also have U.S. laws which state that members of foreign terrorist groups are not eligible for travel to the United States, and would state, in some cases, can actually be removed from the United States if they happen to come here.

So the question - and I don't think it's an unreasonable question - it's whether it's a mistake to let somebody who is a self-proclaimed member of such a group in or not. It may be that the threshold under the law is higher and that you have to do more than just say, "Hey, I'm a member of X." You actually have to have a card or, I don't know, pay dues. I mean, maybe there are -

MS. NULAND: The T&;shirt?

QUESTION: I bet he has one. But the question is whether it - this is a mistake or not regardless of - nobody's asking you about the specific details of the issuance or - it's just "Did you make a mistake?"

MS. NULAND: Again, with regard to this case, we pledged to you that we would look into it. We did look into it. But I can't get into any further details with regard to the how, why, where of the issuance for all of the reasons that we usually state.

With regard to the broader principle of engaging a broad cross&;section of Egyptians, as I said, we think that's a good thing to do.

QUESTION: So in the future, you're going to allow in members of Foreign Terrorist Organizations to the United States Government, because that's an interest to the U.S. Government to talk to a wide range of people?

MS. NULAND: As we always do, U.S. law comes first.

QUESTION: I don't recall you saying when you said you were going to look into it, that you weren't going to tell us what the results of the investigation were. I missed that part.

MS. NULAND: That's true. You did.

QUESTION: No, I missed it because I don't think you said it. And I think there was an expectation that if someone acted inappropriately or if somehow this guy slipped through, if procedures were violated, that you would at least be able to say that. So can you say if - has there been a determination that someone missed the ball here?

MS. NULAND: Again, I can't speak to what our looking into this resulted in, except to say that the delegation has all departed the country now.

QUESTION: Well, right, but we knew that they had left on - or were in the process of leaving on Friday, so &;

MS. NULAND: They were. They were.

QUESTION: So -

MS. NULAND: I've said what I've got on this one. Arshad had more -

QUESTION: I understand, but I just - I really - I mean, if you say you're going to do an investigation and the results of the investigation are secret, that's -

MS. NULAND: I said we were going to look into it. We did look into it.

QUESTION: And that's it? It's a done deal?

MS. NULAND: Under U.S. law -

QUESTION: So the matter - no one's going to face any disciplinary action? There hasn't been -

MS. NULAND: I'm not going to -

QUESTION: I don't understand how that -

MS. NULAND: I'm not in a position -

QUESTION: I don't understand how that gets into the Privacy Act, I don't understand how that gets into visa confidentiality, and I suspect that you're going to hear a lot more about this from the Hill. Maybe you'll be more forthcoming with them than with the American people, who are supposed to be protected by these laws.

MS. NULAND: Anything else?

QUESTION: Two, yeah, related to this. To your knowledge, are there any legal or criminal inquiries into whether any U.S. laws were violated in this instance?

MS. NULAND: I do not know the answer to that question, Arshad...Please."

Nuland's unwillingness to shed any light on this serious matter, further establishes a pattern whereby Team Obama engages in indefensible and harmful actions in the arena of American national security and then refuses to even discuss the motivation of these initiatives.

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Rep. Peter King Demands Accountability Over Granting U.S. Visa to Hani Nour Eldin, a Member of the Terrorist Group Gama' a al-Islamiyya

12:38 - PDT - June 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a June 24 letter addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Peter King [R-NY], Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, demanded an explanation from the Secretary regarding the granting of a visa to Hani Nour Eldin, an apparently self-admitted member of Gama' a al-Islamiyya [the Islamic Group] which is based in Egypt and has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization. [source, National Counter Terrorism Center, http://www.nctc.gov/site/other/fto.html]In the letter Mr. King said that Hani Nour Eldin had reportedly [see, Eli Lake, Member of Egyptian Terror Group Goes to Washington, The Daily Beast, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/21/member-of-egyptian-terror-group-goes-to-washington.html] declared his membership in the group on his Face book page:

"Mr. Eldin's membership in the Islamic Group is a matter of public record, and reportedly even disclosed on his Facebook page. Nonetheless, Eldin met with senior Department of State and National Security Staff officials during the past week, and as reflected in media reports requested the transfer of the jailed leader of his terrorist group, Omar Abdel Rahman, to Egyptian custody."

According to the Beast, Eldin's purpose in visiting the U.S. where he met with senior administration officials, was to lobby for the "transfer" of Omar Abdel Rahman [aka, the Blind Sheikh, who is Gama'a al Islamiyya's spiritual leader] from the federal prison in North Carolina where he is serving a life sentence after having been convicted in 1995 [prosecution spearheaded by Andrew McCarthy] for his role in a conspiracy to bomb New York landmarks, to his native Egypt where he will supposedly receive a "fair" trial.

"In his meetings with senior Obama administration officials, Eldin says, he asked Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough about transferring Abdel-Rahman to an Egyptian prison. He said his request was declined. "When I raised this issue in the White House I was told it was not in their authority and all judicial issues relating to sentences must be discussed with the Department of Justice," he says. Transferring Abdel-Rahman, says Eldin, "would be a gift to the revolution." McDonough didn't reply to requests for comment made Thursday afternoon." [source, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/21/member-of-egyptian-terror-group-goes-to-washington.html]

In the letter King stated that,. "Accordingly, pursuant to Rule X, Clauses 2(a) and 3(g)(1), and Rule XI, Clause 1(b)(1) of the House of Representatives, I request answers to the following questions" then demanded answers to the following questions:

1. What U.S. Government department or agency sponsored Eldin's visa application, and for what reason?

2. What steps did that department or agency take to trace Eldin's background? Was it aware of his membership in the Islamic Group, or not?

3. What information, if any, did the department or agency sponsoring Eldin's visit share with the Department of Homeland Security regarding Eldin's membership in a designated terrorist organization and his pending visit to the United States?

4. What rationale did Customs and Border Protection apply to allow Eldin's admittance into the United States? And, when entering the country, did Eldin undergo secondary inspection?

5. What information, if any, was relayed to the United States Secret Service (USSS) in advance of this Islamic Group member's appointment at the White House? Did the USSS express any security concerns about the location of this meeting?

6. During his visit to the United States, did Eldin engage in any activities which might constitute material support for terrorism under 18 U.S.C. § 2339B?

7. What policies and procedures are in place regarding interagency notifications of visits of members of designated terrorist organizations to the United States?

8. What is the position of the Department of Homeland Security regarding any potential custodial transfer, or release, of Omar Abdel Rahman?"

Noting the immediacy of the concern, Rep. King requested a written response no later than, "Tuesday, July 3, 2012. If you have any questions regarding this inquiry, please contact me directly..."

This is a serious matter, worse than the already egregious case of the Secretary of State, granting a visa to the Muslim Brotherhood linked Tariq Ramadan who was barred from entering the U.S. as a security risk, that is until President Obama was elected. Upon entering the U.S. Ramadan proceeded to engage in a nationwide Islamist apologetics tour, centering primarily on college campuses.

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"On Sabbatical" Google Exec., Wael Ghonim, Reportedly Meets with Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi

17:19 - PDT - June 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As reported by Egypt's, Al-Masry Al-Youm [the Independent], Wael Ghonim [who according to his book is "currently on sabbatical" from Google1.] today met with Egypt's president elect Mohammed Morsi. Morsi leads the political arm [Freedom and Justice Party, FJP] of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and has been a long time member of the MB's Guidance Office, which named him president of its party last year.

Insiders on the ground believe that Morsi's election came as a result of the MB's behind the scenes campaign of thuggery: voter suppression, intimidation and threats of violence, buying votes and other improprieties.

What should be of particular concern to the Western democracies is the leading role which Wael "Google" Ghonim played in the Egyptian revolution which he essentially managed through a Facebook page of his design. Now, despite his public persona as a freedom activist, he appears to have instant access to Morsi, to whom he apparently expressed the absurd notion that Morsi's aborning Islamist state should maintain a stance of, "transparency with the people in all decisions made by the government..." [source, http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/activists-meet-morsy-discuss-goals-revolution]

We suggest that Google should immediately sever any relationship it might maintain with Mr. Ghonim since he has become an entirely political figure and the face of the Middle East's Islamist resurgence - the so-called Arab Spring.

This movement is inimical to Western interests, assuming Google cares, which at this point is highly problematic.

Regarding Google itself, any ties - even his being on "sabbatical" - which Google might maintain with Ghonim casts an additional pall over the 'Net Goliath's fading reputation, making its silly motto, "don't be evil," darkly ironic.

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Wide Open For Attack - Protective Cement Barriers Removed From U.S. and Brit Embassies in Cairo

14:30 - PDT - June 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Egypt's Interior Ministry today removed the cement security barricades which had been placed in front of the U.S and British Embassies in Cairo's Garden City District, the English language version of Egypt's, Al-Masry Al-Youm [the Independent] is reporting:

"The Interior Ministry on Tuesday carried out an Administrative Court ruling that was issued a year and a half ago to remove the concrete barriers in the Garden City district around the American and British embassies..." [source, Barriers in front of US and UK embassies removed, http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/barriers-front-us-and-uk-embassies-removed]

The massive structures had been considered the last line of defense against increasingly hostile Islamist demonstrators - now they are gone.

In a sign of the quickly tightening noose encircling Western interests in Egypt consequent the victory by the Muslim Brotherhood in the country's fraud-laced presidential "election," shop keepers near both embassies explicitly praised Egypt's president elect, Mohammed Morsi for taking the action, with one obviously politically astute shopkeeper quoted as saying, "Bless you Morsy."

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MoveOn In High Gear - Registering New Army of Worker Bees to Vote

14:34 PDT - June 17, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This just in from the Soros funded, neo-Marxist MoveOn leadership, intent on conducting a national voter registration drive using the organization's cadre of worker bots as foot-soldiers.

"Dear MoveOn member,

Can you call Debra? She lives in Ohio and she just moved...we need to help her register to vote at her new address. And John just turned 18—he needs a call about registering in Minnesota. And Lucía is a young woman from a community in Florida where registration rates are low.

Debra is part of the Rising American Electorate - the young people, unmarried women, and people of color who make up more than half of our nation's voting population. Except 42% of them aren't registered to vote.1 Like Debra...." [source, MoveOn Enotification, 6.17.12]

Such a mindset is wrapped around the belief that poor "Debra" or "Lucia," [assuming the highly doubtful proposition that they even exist] are either too stupid, stoned or apathetic to personally be entrusted to register to vote in the November election.

Besides, they might just be so confused that even if they did make the effort, it might not be consistent with MoveOn's strategic goal of assembling a "Rising Electorate," so these powerless young women must be supervised like three-year-olds...or "no healthcare for them!"

It's no coincidence that this effort is hitting the streets just days after Team Obama unconstitutionally granted itself the power to legislate on immigration matters.

As we noted in a June 15 piece DHS Moves To Legalize Illegal Mexican Aliens - Team Obama Schemes to Acquire Unending Supply of "Immigrant" Democrat Voters.

  • Community agitators, ACORN types, people from MoveOn, the Occupy anarchists, the La Raza and MALDEF racists and especially the Union thug's cannon fodder - brain dead worker bees - will be dispersed into the nation's barrios, which have previously been whipped into a frenzy by any number of Democrat [neo-Marxist] demagogues, including the Instigator in Chief, Mr. Obama.
  • These hopeless inner cities can then be organized according to Soviet collectivist or Nazi bünd models and mass voter registrations will commence.
  • Friendly state and local governments will help in this effort using taxpayer money to further incentivize and promote the process.
  • Those who dare resist the process will be sued by the corrupt AG, Mr. Holder, just ask Sheriff Joe.
  • Mass fundraisers will be conducted in these same locations, giving Mr. Obama the ability to say, "Look my opponent is raising his money from the 1% [fill in your choice here, the list is endless: the greedy rich, selfish monied Jews, environment despoiling corporate vultures and Rovian super pacs representing, Wall Street, gun toting angry white males, right-wing religious fanatics and haters in general]Looking then into a sea of brown and plaintiff faces, Mr. Obama can proclaim. "I am representing these folks, society's forgotten and downtrodden poor, the victims of uncaring capitalism."
  • Then the vote gathering will begin, with hundreds of thousands of unverifiable absentee ballots flooding the offices of secretaries of state. On the day of the election there will not be an available bus for hire anywhere in the nation, they all will be locked up by the Democrat get-out-the-vote machine which run these people to the polls like tag-teams and supervise them to assure that their right to illegally vote is guaranteed.
  • It would be hard to imagine MoveOn assembling a team to handle this matter that was any more competent and less corrupt than those in charge of similar efforts run by the now deservedly defunct ACORN.

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    Mr. Obama Confirms He is Functionally an Islamist - Congratulates Egypt's New President, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi

    17:10 PDT - June 25 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Upon the announcement that Egypt's new president will be Mohammed Morsi, among the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood's top leadership [an alarming development], rather than taking a cautious approach, President Obama on Sunday placed a congratulatory call to the man who once publicly helped man the organization which created Hamas and remains the intellectual font from which modern jihadist theory flows.

    "President Barack Obama on Sunday called Egypt's president-elect, Mohammed Morsi, to congratulate him on his victory...Obama 'emphasized his interest in working together with President-elect Morsi, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States,' the White House said. 'Morsi expressed appreciation for Obama's call and welcomed U.S. support for Egypt's transition...'" [source, Robert Burns, Obama congratulates Egypt's new president-elect,AP, http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Obama-congratulates-Egypt-s-new-president-elect-3659021.php]

    Since Mr. Obama could not possibly be foolish enough to believe that Mr. Morsi and his Muslim Brothers governance will in any way approximate that of the Western democracies, we see this as confirmation that the process started in 2009 by the President in his Cairo speech was intended to bring about this result, of course along with the further effect of destabilizing the Middle East and materially strengthening the Islamists hands. We posit that regardless of what his religious affiliation might be, Mr. Obama through his consistent actions on these matters has sought to ally with the most illiberal forces now operating within the Muslim world.

    Only a fellow Islamist would act in such a manner.

    As Raymond Ibrahim [of The Investigative Project on Terroris] today observes, "...That apathy reigns in the international community, when once such news would have been deemed devastating, is due to the successful efforts of subversive Muslim apologists in the West who portray the Brotherhood as "moderate Islamists" - forgetting that such a formulation is oxymoronic...At a major conference supporting Muhammad Morsi - standing on a platform with a big picture of Morsi smiling behind him and with any number of leading Brotherhood figures...a sheikh went on a harangue, quoting Koran 9:12, a favorite of all jihadis, and calling all those Egyptians who do not vote for Morsi - the other half of Egypt, the secularists and Copts who voted for Shafiq - "resisters of the Sharia of Allah," and "infidel leaders" whom true Muslims must "fight" and subjugate..." [source, Raymond Ibrahim, The Evils of the Muslim Brotherhood: Evidence Keeps Mounting, http://www.investigativeproject.org/3641/the-evils-of-the-muslim-brotherhood-evidence]

    More pointedly, as the Center for Security Policy's Frank Gaffney notes in a Washington Times' Op-Ed published today, "Egypt's newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, says he will be a "leader for all Egyptians." That sounds a lot like the sorts of lies his fellow Muslim Brothers have been telling for months, only to renege on them when they can. We ignore the true character and ambitions of the Brotherhood - in Egypt, elsewhere in the Mideast, in the wider world and here - at our extreme peril..." [source, Frank Gaffney, Jr., The Brotherhood's Bait and Switch, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p19026.xml]

    As we have maintained since before his election in 2008, while Mr. Obama is from this country, he is manifestly not of this country. With this recent action, now it appears that the President of the United States has no affinity with the Western liberal tradition either.

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    Breaking: Supreme Court Arizona Immigration Decision - Conservatives Win

    10:15 PDT- June 25 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Though most of the major headlines have gotten it wrong, including Fox which claims that the decision rips the heart out of Arizona's immigration statute, today's decision is a huge victory for the conservative position on this matter - that law enforcement can continue to check the immigration status of those with whom it comes in contact.

    Attesting to the above characterization, President Obama has already declared the decision to be, "misguided," enough said.

    The vote on that aspect was unanimous, with Kagan mysteriously not voting [we feel that this is merely a ploy on her part, so that her voting to affirm ObamaCare when she was clearly involved in the legislations formation, will appear to be less biased].

    Rather than adding additional commentary on this issue, we suggest reading the decision itself in order to fully comprehend today's ruling ARIZONA ET AL. v. UNITED STATES,CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT, No. 11–182. Argued April 25, 2012—Decided June 25, 2012

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    Iranian State Media Exploits Outing of West's Cyber Op Against Its Nuke Facilities

    16:17 - PDT - June 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An article published Thursday by Iran's government controlled news agency, PressTV [see, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/06/21/247267/us-uk-israel-after-cyber-attack-on-iran/] claims that the Mullocracy has taken measures to prevent what it alleges was a massive and coordinated cyber warfare operation to be conducted imminently against its nuke facilities by Western powers.

    "'Based on obtained information, the US and the Zionist regime (Israel) along with the MI6 [the British intelligence service] planned an operation to launch a massive cyber attack against Iran's facilities following the meeting between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow, Moslehi said on Thursday...'They still seek to carry out the plan, but we have taken necessary measures,' Moslehi"

    While the statement seems self-serving, suggesting that Iran is technically up to any cyber challenge which the West might pose, the context of the story was revealing.

    More than half of the article's text consisted of high level national security information which was leaked to the New York Times and the Washington Post by WH officials - intent upon creating a narrative that Mr. Obama is a foreign policy tough-guy.

    "From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran's main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America's first sustained use of cyber weapons," The New York Times quoted "participants in the program" as saying.

    In addition, a recent report by The Washington Post said the US and Israel have cooperated in creating a newly detected computer virus, dubbed Flame, to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. The malware was designed to spy on Iran's computer networks and send back intelligence used for an ongoing cyberwarfare campaign", the daily reported on Tuesday.

    US National Security Agency, CIA and the Israeli military worked together to create the Flame virus, the Post added.

    Moreover, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon on May 29 strongly hinted that Israel was involved in creating the computer virus to sabotage Iran's nuclear activities.

    Ya'alon expressed support for the creation of the virus and similar tools, claiming that it was "reasonable" for anyone who sees Iran as a threat to take such steps."

    While Mr. Obama in a recent press feigned umbrage over the mere suggestion that anyone in this WH was responsible, the lack of fervor with which he is pursuing the leakers and his failure to explicitly condemn such revelations and their subsequent publishing speaks otherwise.

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    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.

    Tunisia's Islamist Ehnnada party won the elections in October. Party leader Rachid Al-Ghannouchi presents himself as a moderate Muslim. Yet, he endorses jihad in Gaza, stating that "Gaza, like Hanoi in the 1960s and Cuba and Algeria, is the model of freedom today." He has expressed support for suicide bombings and welcomes the destruction of Israel, which he predicts could 'disappear' by 2027."

    Daniel Pipes, an American expert on the Arab world and the Middle East, writes "that given a free choice, a majority of Middle Easterners vote for Islamists. Dynamic, culturally authentic and ostensibly democratic, these forward a body of uniquely vibrant political ideas and constitute the only Muslim political movement of consequence."

    In Egypt, radical Muslims frequently attack Christians and their churches. At least 100,000 Coptic Christians have left Egypt since March 2011, the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organizations (EUHRO) reported in September. "Copts are not emigrating abroad voluntarily," said Naguib Gabriel, the director of EUHRO, "they are coerced into that by threats and intimidation of hard line Salafists, and the lack of protection they are getting from the Egyptian regime." EUHRO "warned that emigration of Christians out of Egypt will threaten its demographic makeup and national identity." Salafism is an ultraconservative and increasingly powerful movement within Islam. It originated in Saudi Arabia and most Islamic terrorists are Salafists. Not all Salafists are terrorists, though.

    "Salafist clerics, who gained political influence after the January 25 Revolution have become emboldened," said Gabriel, "calling Copts Dhimmis who have to pay the jizya (tax paid by non-Muslims to the state) because they are not first class citizens and can never enjoy full citizenship rights, or obtain sensitive posts." Thousands of Christians are also leaving Iraq and Lebanon. And what is going to happen to many Syrian Christians when the Islamists would finally succeed in defeating the abhorrent regime of president Assad? What is needed most is a real cultural revolution which will abolish not only existing dictatorships but also cultural and religious backwardness. Secular dictators in the Muslim world must not be replaced by Sharia ideologues.

    Amitai Etzioni, a professor of international relations at George Washington University, quotes from polls held in the Muslim world according to which "more than three-quarters of Egyptians and Pakistanis, a majority of Nigerians and Jordanians, and a sizable minority of Indonesians favored stoning adulterers, the death penalty for those who denounce the Islamic faith, and whipping and cutting off the hands of those who commit theft or robbery – all illiberal punishments based on a fundamentalist interpretation of Sharia." "The 2007 Pew study found that in most of the predominantly Muslim countries in Asia and the Middle East, only minorities said a woman alone should have the right to choose her own husband."

    Egyptian Muslim women who demonstrated against president Mubarak on Cairo's famous Tahrir Square, are now worried about the increasing influence of Salafists and other radicals who force these women to wear the Niqab. Even more liberal political parties do not encourage the candidacy of women, because male candidates attract more votes.

    Egypt: the cradle of radical Islam and Eichmann's remarkable visit to 'Palestine' and Egypt in 1937

    Egypt is the cradle of radical Islam or Islamism. It was back in 1928 that Hassan Al-Banna, an Egyptian teacher, founded the anti-Western Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood sided with the Nazis during World War II. One of the Brotherhood's prominent members, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, met Hitler in November 1941. Hitler told the grandmufti of Jerusalem that he endorsed the Arab call for freedom. Between 1941 and 1945 Al-Husseini made propaganda for the Nazi cause in the Arab world. From a radio studio in Berlin he called on his followers "to kill all the Jews whereever you find them." He was the Osama bin Laden of his day.

    Ibrahim Shanti, the owner of Al-Difah (or Al-Difaa, the Defense), the most prominent Palestinian newspaper in the 1930s and 1940s, spied for the Nazis – as Adolf Eichmann and his SS-colleague Herbert Hagen reported after a remarkable visit to Palestine and Egypt in October 1937. Al-Difah, a pan Arabic newspaper, was also read by many Egyptians. Eichmann and Hagen reported that the Nazi Propaganda Ministry led by Joseph Goebbels provided Al-Difah with sufficient paper to print Shanti's popular newspaper, but the Palestinian owner needed more money. In their secret report Eichmann and Hagen proposed to pay off Shanti's mortgage. Their 57-page report was also read by their SS-superior Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler's deputy in the criminal SS-organization. Heydrich was very enthousiastic about Eichmann's and Hagen's trip and their subsequent report.

    Posing as a German journalist during his visit to Palestine and Egypt, Eichmann was in fact a German intelligence officer. Shanti is still revered by many Palestinians, Jordanians and Egyptians.

    The Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood, hated Jews and Christians. He also clashed with Egyptian president Nasser who banned the Muslim Brotherhood. Qutb's books would later inspire Al-Qaeda. He was hanged in August 1966, and subsequently hailed as a martyr by his militant followers.

    One of these followers was an Egyptian doctor named Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who would later become Al-Qaeda's second-in-command. The first time I heard about Al-Zawahiri was in 1996. I mentioned him as well as Osama bin Laden in a Dutch book I published one year later. Many other radical Egyptian Muslims also joined Al-Qaeda. One of them was Mohammed Atef, a former Egyptian police officer.

    Anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial are widespread phenomena in the Muslim world, especially in Egypt. This is partly due to the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, but there are wider and deeper anti-Jewish sentiments. During anti-Mubarak demonstrations on Tahrir Square posters were displayed showing Mubarak with the Star of David. This was not coincidental.

    In July 2011, Mohammed Morsy, president of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, labeled those who wanted to postpone parliamentary elections as "Zionists" and "agents of Israel and the United States." The Association for Change (NAC) and the Egyptian National Council (ENC) issued a joint statement accusing the Justice and Freedom Party of attempting to control the parliament in order to write a constitution that serves its purposes."

    Ahmed Ezz-El-Arab, vice chairman of Egypt's secular Wafd Party, said in July 2011 that the September 11, 2001, attacks were "made in the USA," that the Holocaust was "a lie" and Anne Frank's memoir "a fake." "The girl was there, but the memoirs are a fake." He denied that the Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War II. He said he accepted that the Nazis killed "hundreds of thousands" of Jews. "But gas chambers and skinning them alive and all this? Fanciful stories."

    The Wafd Party is not a fundamentalist party nor is it linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Israeli fearsIsrael's southern border is not as well protected as its other borders. The Sinai is a lawless area largely controlled by local Bedouin tribes. Instability in Egypt, therefore, directly affects Israel's security. Egypt, Libya and Tunisia have freed hundreds of Islamists, among them also fanatical jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda. Others escaped from prison.

    In August 2011, Palestinian terrorists from Gaza launched terrorist attacks near Eilat. "Eight Israelis were killed and 30 injured in a coordinated three part attack by the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees," IPT News reported. These so-called Committees are linked to Hamas. However, "an inspection of the bodies of the terrorists proved that at least three of the terrorists were Egyptian," writes IPT News. "Notably, one of the dead terrorists had been tried in Egypt for radicalism and imprisoned. He escaped along with hundreds of other terrorists during the first days of the overthrow of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak."

    "Under Mubarak, Egypt quietly helped Israel against Hamas, much to Hamas' outrage," writes Daniel Byman in The Washington Quarterly. "Egypt mostly kept the Rafa crossing point between Egypt and Gaza closed, helping Israel restrict the flow of goods and people into and out of Gaza." "And in the last months of Mubarak's rule Egypt heeded Israel's call, building a barrier on the border that extended deep underground, making tunneling much harder."

    Things have changed now, though. Recently, something happened which would never have happened under Mubarak. An angry Egyptian mob stormed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo on September 10, 2011. Only after U.S. president Obama had made a phone call to the Egyptian authorities in Cairo did Egyptian commandos free the beleaguered Israelis. However, the influential Muslim Brotherhood justified the assault on the Embassy.

    Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Israel fears that there will be more terrorist attacks should the Muslim Brotherhood gain the elections. Early May 2011, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden, calling it a "continuation of the United States policy of destruction." He referred to Osama bin Laden as a "mujaheed" (a holy warrior) and prayed that Bin Laden's soul "rests in peace." Daniel Byman notes that Haniyeh was "the only leader of a (pseudo) state to do so." Not only was Osama bin Laden a terrorist, he was also a criminal and a mass murderer comparable to Heinrich Himmler and Pol Pot. If he would have possessed a nuclear bomb, he would probably have used it. (After the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, U.S. intelligence discovered that Al-Qaeda did make serious attempts to obtain chemical and nuclear weapons; they found specialist manuals and laboratories in Afghanistan - I saw film footage on this myself.)

    "Anti-Israel sentiment is strong in Egypt," Daniel Byman observes. "A Pew poll taken after Mubarak's fall found that Egyptians favored annulling the peace treaty with Israel by a 54 percent to 36 percent margin. Leaders who do not make good on promises to distance Egypt from Israel will face criticism and punishment at the polls, particularly if a conflict in Gaza or another crisis again dominates the headlines." It is unlikely, however, that a future Egyptian government will abrogate the peace treaty with Israel. Egypt is still very much dependent on American aid and pressure by Washington will probably prevent a diplomatic rupture between Israel and Egypt.

    Another major Israeli worry is Iran, which currently presents the most important threat to peace and security in the Middle East. (The Iranians may very well have a nuclear bomb next year.) Iran supports Hamas and Hezbollah, also militarily. (Hezbollah is armed to the teeth and its missile arsenal poses a direct security threat to Israel.) In addition, the Israelis are worried about Iran's influence in Egypt. "Egypt has already made overtures to Iran, which considers Israel its nemesis," writes Daniel Byman. "Egypt allowed an Iranian warship to transit the Suez Canal, and on March 29 acting Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Al-Arabi announced Egypt would eventually normalize relations with Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah."

    Al-Qaeda in Egypt and North Africa: The jihadists may reassert themselves

    Al-Qaeda did not initiate the Arab Spring, but its leadership soon realized that new chances were being offered. Until Bin Laden's death on May 2, 2011, Ayman Al-Zawahiri was his deputy. After Egyptian president Anwar Sadat had been assassinated by Muslim radicals in 1981, Al-Zawahiri was jailed on suspicion of involvement in the assassination. Sadat had previously made peace with Israel, something which was completely unacceptable to radicals such as Al-Zawahiri. He was released in 1984. He joined Al-Qaeda in 1996 and became Osama bin Laden's closest adviser.In March 2011, Al-Zawahiri claimed that the Islamists were responsible for the "revolution." "The beginning of the American defeat is upon us… Its agents have begun to fall. (Tunisian president Ben Ali and Egyptian president Mubarak, V.) You must join in the jihad against them and assist those who fight them," he said. In January 2011, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released an audio recording telling Tunisians: "We urge our people in Tunis to ready themselves and send their youth to us to train with weapons and gain military experience for the forthcoming battles against Jews and Christians."

    The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), an umbrella organization set up by Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), issued a statement saying that U.S. power was waning: "America today is weaker than ever and its military strength is drowned in Afghanistan and Iraq. It eyes the legion of truth (jihadist forces) in Yemen, Somalia and the Islamic Maghreb, while its body trembles under the pressure of their exhausting financial and economic crisis, ready to fall and go bankcrupt. Your activities in the heart of the global geography will only increase their blunders and hasten their fall."

    Another regional Al-Qaeda leader, Anwar Al-Awlaki, was killed in a drone attack on September 30, 2011. Shortly before his death he wrote an important article entitled The Tsunami of Change. It was published in the fifth issue of Inspire, Al-Qaeda's online magazine, believed to be produced by Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). "It is our opinion that the revolutions that are shaking the thrones of dictators are good for the Muslims, good for the mujahideen and bad for the imperialists of the West and their henchmen in the Muslim world," Awlaki commented. "Our mujahideen brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of the Muslim world wil get a chance to breathe again after three decades of suffocation."

    Jeremy Binnie, Ezzeldeen Khalil and Scott Johnson commented in Jane's Intelligence Review of April 2011: "While the jihadists currently look marginalized, protracted political instability and conflict in the region will provide opportunities for them to reassert themselves." Juan C. Zarate and David A. Gordon, two experts from the Washington based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), make a similar observation: "Paradoxically, the Arab Spring represents a strategic pivot for Al-Qaeda and its associated movements (AQAM)." "The failure of the Arab Spring could provide a profound sense of disappointment among an entire generation of Arabs. Amid this dispair, AQAM's message that armed struggle against the West is the only viable path to reform could find a fertile ground. Such a development would be a strategic opportunity for AQAM to reassert itself and regain its relevance in MENA" (Middle East and North Africa). "Zawahiri and other AQAM leaders are betting hard that the Arab Sping will implode."

    Continued mass unemployment, economic misery, lack of opportunities and corruption will provide a fertile ground for radical Islamic movements. It is unlikely that the new leaders of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt will be able to cope with these post revolutionary problems. The bulk of the populations of the Arab world and North Africa consists of dissatisfied people below the age of thirty. Too many of them want to emigrate to Europe and the United States.

    Arms from Libya's arsenals end up with Al-Qaeda and Hamas

    Vast numbers of man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS or Strela-2 as well as the more advanced Strela-2M, a kind of Russian made stinger missile) were looted from Libyan arms arsenals and ended up with Al-Qaeda, Hamas and other jihadist networks.

    "Officials from several neighboring countries claim that AQIM acquired truckloads of Libyan weapons, including MANPADS," writes Matt Schroeder, an arms specialist of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). "Chadian President Idriss Déby told the weekly French magazine Jeune Afrique that members of AQIM 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" (a region in the Sahara). "This is a very serious matter," he said. "AQIM is becoming a real army, the best equipped in the region." "Little is known about the current whereabouts of most of the MANPADS looted from Libyan arsenals," writes Schroeder. Similar statements were made by officials from Algeria, Mali and Niger. An Algerian official "told Reuters about an eight truck convoy that delivered rocket propelled grenades, machine guns, Kalashnikov series rifles, explosives and ammunition to AQIM in northern Mali in early April. Using an unofficial name for the Strela-2, the official said the group has also acquired 'the most sophisticated weapons such as SAM-7s.'"

    There can be no doubt about the fact that when regional branches of Al-Qaeda obtain sophisticated weapons it directly affects the political stability of the Middle East. But there are other dangerous terrorist movements that took advantage of the political chaos and civil war in Libya. According to a report in Haaretz higher quality anti-aircraft missiles from looted Libyan arsenals were smuggled into Gaza. On Wednesday October 26, 2011, a rocket was fired from Gaza which landed between Ashdod and Gedera. "The explosion was heard clearly all over Ashdod, which means it had a relatively large warhead," Haaretz reported. "It was not clear which Palestinian organization fired the rocket, but Israeli intelligence officials believed that in recent months Hamas had little incentive to launch such attacks and cause an escalation. It is possible a small faction fired the rocket in defiance of Hamas." But Haaretz also reported that "Hamas recently managed to smuggle relatively advanced Russian missiles, which were looted from Libyan military warehouses, into the Gaza Strip. Israel is worried about the presence of the missiles, both because they curb the air force's almost unlimited freedom of movement over Gaza today, and because of their possible use against civil aviation in Eilat." It is no longer unthinkable that Hamas or another Palestinian group would shoot down a civilian airliner over Eilat.

    The Washington Post quoted former Egyptian military officials and arms traders in the Sinai who claim that "large caches of weapons from Libya are making their way across the Egyptian border and flooding black markets in Egypt's already unstable Sinai Peninsula." "Egyptian security officials have intercepted surface-to-air-missiles, most of them shoulder-launched, on the road to Sinai and in the smuggling tunnels connecting Egypt to the Gaza Strip since Moammar Khadaffi fell from power in Libya in August, a military official in Cairo said. Arms traders said the weapons available on Sinai's clandestine market include rockets and anti-aircraft guns.

    Libya remains unstable, even after the victory of the Libyan rebels and colonel Khadaffi's death. Even children are carrying guns. It proved virtually impossible to disarm the many militias, especially in the capital of Tripoli. There is no police to enforce order. Recently there have been violent clashes between rival militias. If this does not stop, Libya might evolve into another Somalia or Afghanistan.The new Libyan rulers announced that they will introduce Sharia law which allows men to have more than one wife. "Each law that contradicts Sharia law is void," Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the new chairman of Libya's Transitional National Council (TNC), declared on October 23, 2011. Under Khadaffi polygamy was prohibited, but now the new rulers are giving in to the demands of fundamentalist Muslims. A man like Abded Hakim Belhadj became chairman of the Tripoli Military Council. In the past Belhadj had links to Al-Qaeda. He was one of the founders of the Libyian Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) which joined Al-Qaeda. Two senior Al-Qaeda members, Abu Yahya Al-Libi and Abu Laith Al-Libi, were LIFG members. Others in the group disagreed with al-Qaeda, however. Nowadays, Belhadj claims he is not opposed to the West.

    Another major problem is illegal immigration from Africa. More and more Africans try to enter Israel. Israeli security officials fear that among the ever growing numbers of African economic refugees there are members of Islamist terror groups operating in Kenia, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Tanzania, Somalia, Eritrea or Sudan.


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

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    Congress Alarmed Over Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operation Within the Administration

    By WILLIAM MAYER

    15:54 - PDT - June 19, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On June 13, five U.S. Congressmen, Michele Bachmann [R, MN], Trent Franks [R, AZ], Louie Gohmert [R, TX], Thomas Rooney [R, FL] and Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA] sent an open letter to U.S. Deputy Inspector General, Ambassador Harold J. Geisel, expressing alarm over the administration's lack of judgment when dealing with Islamist entities, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood.1.

    The letter notes:

    "...information has recently come to light that raises serious questions about Department of State policies and activities that appear to be a result of influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Given that the U.S government has established in federal court that the Muslim Brotherhood's mission in the United States is "destroying the Western civilization from within" - a practice the Muslim Brothers call "civilization jihad"[2. - we believe that the apparent involvement of those with such ties raises serious security concerns that warrant your urgent attention." [source, Congressional Letter of Inquiry]

    As evidence of the State Department's irresponsible actions, the letter offers:

    "A personal intervention by Secretary Clinton that allowed a prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader, Tariq Ramadan, to enter the United States - overturning a policy of a previous administration that precluded him from doing so. Mr. Ramadan has reportedly used the visits thus made possible to engage in what the Brotherhood calls "civilization jihad" in the United States: proselytization, recruitment, indoctrination, fundraising, and other forms of promotion of the totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine known as shariah"

    Additionally the Obama Administration and its representatives have repeatedly met with both the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] and the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR]. Both of these organizations were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the largest prosecution of domestic terror funding in American history, U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. [source, Federal prosecution filing, List of Unindicted Co-Conspirators]

    For example, a piece in the Daily Caller quotes George Selim, the WH Director for Community Partnerships:

    "President Barack Obama's deputies are holding "hundreds" of closed-door meetings with a jihad-linked lobbying group that is widely derided by critics as a U.S. arm of the theocratic Muslim Brotherhood.

    The admission of meetings with the Council on American Islamic Relations came from George Selim, the White House's new director for community partnerships, which was formed in January to ensure cooperation by law enforcement and social service agencies with Muslim identity groups in the United States.

    "There is [sic] hundreds of examples of departments and agencies that meet with CAIR on a range of issues," he told The Daily Caller, after being asked if his office refuses to meet with any Muslim groups." [source, Neal Munro, Administration admits to 'hundreds' of meetings with jihad-linked group, the Daily Caller, June 8, 2012]

    Regarding the Islamic Society of North America, below from one of the organization's pressers:

    "On Wednesday September 29, representatives from ISNA joined interfaith leaders from the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI) at the White House and State Department. ISNA also hosted a one day strategic planning meeting for attending members of NILI at the ISNA Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances.

    Representing ISNA at the White House and State Department meetings were ISNA President Elect Imam Mohamed Magid, National Director for the Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances Dr. Sayyid Syeed and Director of Community Outreach Mohamed Elsanousi...

    The leaders presented a statement entitled, 'New Hope for the Peace of Jerusalem,' during Wednesday's meetings with National Security Advisor General James Jones and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on behalf of NILI. The statement recognized the current challenges to peace faced by both Israel and Palestine and called for a two-state solution and sustained U.S. leadership for peace." [source, ISNA Joins Interfaith Leaders to Support Peace in Jerusalem, http://www.isna.net/articles/News/ISNA-Joins-Interfaith-Leaders-to-Support-Peace-in-Jerusalem.aspx, ISNA website]

    Please note the clever decoupling of Jerusalem from Israel in the above referenced document. Though lost on some, this is of great import since Islamist theory maintains that Jerusalem [Al-Quds, "the holy place" in Arabic] belongs to the Muslim world. The importance of this distinction must surely have been recognized by the State Department, making the event even more problematic.

    Undoubtedly these official contacts between the American government and agents whose strategic goal is the overthrow of all Western democracies and eventually the establishment of a worldwide Islamic Caliphate, are a serious matter and have grave implications regarding U.S. national security.

    We therefore urge Mr. Geisel to conduct a thorough and substantive investigation of this matter and report back to the letter's signatories within the stipulated [90 day] period.

    Notes:

    1. The Muslim Brotherhood [Ikhwan in Arabic] was founded in 1928 in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna with the goal regenerating and "purifying" a then lethargic Islam into a driving force to promote, through jihad, a world-wide revolution governed by Islamic law, Shari'a. The group's motto is succinct: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

    2. The following text from a key document attesting to the Muslim Brotherhood's general plan for civilizational jihad against the West, "The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions..." For the complete document, entered into evidence [government exhibit GX-85] in U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development An Explanatory Memorandum - On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America. Main text in Arabic, English translation thereof begins on p. 17

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    Egyptian Presidential Vote - Nile Delta May Hold Key

    19:17 PDT - June 17, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The votes continue to be counted in Egypt's historic and hotly contested weekend election for president. As of this writing it is nearly three o'clock AM in Cairo and indications are that the heavily populated Nile Delta, home to over 20M might hold the key to the contest's outcome.

    According to the Al-Masry Al-Youm [Egyptian Independent:] newspaper, "Shafiq is leading in the Delta, which has nearly 20 million voters, or 40 percent of the electorate. In Monufiya, the former prime minister has 215,829 votes, more than double Morsy's 85,204. Shafiq is leading also in Gharbiya and Sharqiya. Both governorates are still in the very beginning of the counting process. Shafiq got 32,283 and 26,385 in Sharqiya and Gharbiya respectively, while Morsy got 22,507 and 15,142..." [source, http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/live-updates-cairo-vote-trickles-scales-could-tip-tight-race]

    In a related, but so far incomplete story, Egypt's real power, the military council issued a sweeping declaration on Sunday, placing itself even further in control of the country, granting the council the authority to draft the new constitution among other powers. This is being seen as a hedge against the possibility that the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, will defeat the establishment candidate Ahmed Shafiq.

    As the Voice of America notes, "State media reported that Egypt's ruling military council has issued a constitutional declaration, believed to grant them control of legislation, the budget and the panel that will draft the new constitution. More details were expected Monday." [source, http://www.voanews.com/content/egypt-polls-close-military-asserts-power/1212217.html]

    If Team Obama remains constant to its extant policy of winking kindly at Egypt's Islamists, we can expect Hillary's State Dept. to issue some sort of condemnation on Monday, mouthing absurd platitudes regarding the "democratic," process in a land where the Western model of liberal, democratic government has very little support at any level of society, except possibly among the shrinking number Egypt's persecuted religious minority, the Coptic Christians.

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    The Muslim Public Affairs Council , "Bullying" and Creeping Shari'a


    Salam Al-Marayati and Company, Swing for the Bleachers

    By WILLIAM MAYER

    June 11, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Over the past year the issue of "bullying" has become somewhat of a crusade among social activists eyeing it as another opportunity for legislative mischief. The MO here is always the same, start with, or create a perceived problem and construct around it a vague and overbroad federally dictated solution.1. Both hard left and Islamist groups are pushing this effort for all that it's worth. Each however has a different agenda in mind.

    The left, holding true to its ideological roots, seeks to expand the reach of an already too powerful central government. The Islamists also see great merit in the issue, knowing that since "bullying" is already so ill-defined legally, that they can further muddy the waters in service of a larger narrative, that America is Islamophobic. Ultimately then, they calculate that it can be a powerful tool used to force the culture to become more Shari'a compliant. Since they maintain that speaking ill of Islam, its prophet Mohammed or in many instances even being critical of actions taken by Muslims is highly offensive, hence "bullying" behavior, it can through this project, be incorporated into to the range of already recognized civil rights violations. Upon such circumstance, the DOJ's Civil Rights Division ceases its law enforcement responsibilities, instead becoming an agent of Islamic expansionism.

    The nexus between the extreme left and the Islamists on matters of mutual benefit shouldn't be surprising, despite there being little agreement on bedrock policies such as secularism. Such alliances have long been recognized and are commonly referred to under the coinage of "the unholy alliance." Consider the leftist ACLU's prominent advocacy role in pro-Islamist legal actions and the concept gains greater clarity - along the lines of, "the enemy of my enemy is my ally."

    Taking a leadership role in this movement has been the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC] which will be fully vetted later in this piece, but in order to place this matter in context, some understanding of the scholarship surrounding the modern "bullying" phenomenon, should prove helpful.

    In a January 5, 2012 piece this author explored MPAC's efforts to co-opt the issue. [see, Will The Anti -"Bullying" Movement Become A Vehicle For Shari'a Enforcement?]

    "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 Stockholm..." [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 which could potentially place unwarranted limits on personal liberties.

    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 questionable 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...'

    It appears then, that the function of this organized movement is to establish 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 protection

    And this is exactly what has happened with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, already well into a campaign wherein bullying is likened to Islamophobia. 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.

    For example, MPAC president Salam Al-Marayati states, "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]"

    But what is the Muslim Public Affairs Council and who is Salam Al-Marayati?

    MPAC is an important Muslim pressure group which is dedicated to advancing political Islam, Islamist ideology. It is headquartered in Los Angeles. Since MPAC often avoids the flamboyance of its similarly motivated brethren such as CAIR2. and ISNA. In doing so, it's maintained an ability to float at a treetop level, just below the din generated by the more in your face American Islamist organizations.

    This has been a good political strategy overall, enabling the group to largely shield itself from scrutiny. That aside the group's overall trajectory adopted by its leadership has proven to be anything but moderate.

    Mr. Marayati has served as the President of MPAC for 24 years [source, http://www.mpac.org/about/staff-board/salam-al-marayati.php]and there is much in the way of evidence which serves to indict him as a stealthy opponent.

    For example, an entry in Middle East historian Dr. Daniel Pipes' blog reads in part, "Mr. Al-Marayati, like so many other American Muslim leaders, purveys an extremist political agenda..." [source, Needed: Muslims against Terror - and Not Salam Al-Marayati].

    Similarly his bona fides as a moderate were called into question during testimony presented by Steven Emerson to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, andTrade, by terrorism expert Steven Emerson, "Marayati has repeatedly justified the actions of Hizbollah before the Department of State invited him as a speaker. In November 1999, on News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Marayati responded to accusations that he supports Hizbollah: ?If the Lebanese people are resisting Israeli intransigence on Lebanese soil, then that is the right of resistance and they have the right to target Israeli soldiers in this conflict. That is not terrorism. That is a legitimate resistance. That could be called liberation movement, that could be called anything, but it's not terrorism." [source, House of Representatives doc, Testimony: Steven Emerson]

    We, however would like to briefly highlight a side of MPAC's President which is probative not only regarding his dog-and-pony-show moderation, but more to the point, speaks to a cold-hearted lack of humanity when he feels compelled to unreservedly defend Islam.

    In an article published by the Huffington Post [see, Rifqa, the Reverend and Apostasy, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/salam-al-marayati/rifqa-and-the-reverand_b_261571.html] Marayati's barely concealed vitriol towards a desperate girl in great fear for her life is telling.

    His harsh prose concerns the conditions under which an immigrant teenager, Fathima Rifqa Bary's home life became unbearable after her father found out that she had secretly converted to Christianity. The discovery was made after snooping through her personal belongings. Faced with her father's irrational overreaction and repeated threats of violence, Rifqa felt that her only escape from this explosive situation was to immediately leave. She was 17 at the time.

    According to a court affidavit filed by her legal team, Ms. Bary painted the picture of a father who was enraged beyond the point of reason by the thought that his daughter no longer wanted to be a Muslim.

    "In a fit of anger that I had never seen before in my life, he picked up my laptop, waived it over my head as if to strike me with it and said, 'If you have this Jesus in your heart you are dead to me! You are no longer my daughter.' I continued to remain silent and then he said to me even more angry than before, "I will kill you! Tell me the truth!" [source, affidavit filed with the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial District in and for Orange County, Florida, case number DP09-580, p. 35, http://www.orlandolawyer.tv/documents/Noor%20Memo%20of%20Law.pdf]

    Ms. Bary had earlier become conscious of her father's extreme Islamic fundamentalism stating that after her family had immigrated from Sri Lanka to Ohio he had engaged in a deliberate survey of local mosques, eventually choosing The Noor Islamic Cultural Center because it supposedly taught "real Islam." This despite the fact that several other mosques were located closer to the Bary residence and thus would have been more convenient for the family to attend on a regular basis.

    The Noor Islamic Cultural Center [Dublin, Ohio] has a controversial reputation in that it is considered to be a hotbed of hard-core Muslim activism. The Center was identified by CNN News as being near the center of a federal terror investigation regarding the radicalization of young male Somali immigrants, more than a few of which are believed to have returned to their home country, to engage in Islamic jihad with the Al-Shabaab [Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen - translated as, The Mujahideen Youth Movement] terror organization [source, Bary p.3].

    Hence it appears that Noor was intentionally chosen by Mr. Bary because of its fundamentalist ideology, giving Rifqa very legitimate grounds for concern.

    Despite the context within which Rifqa was forced to flee, Marayati condescendingly attacked her publicly, without apparent reservation, making her a doubly aggrieved victim.

    He stated in the Huffington piece, after one of Rifqa's attorney alleged that Islam had severe proscriptions against apostasy - violation of which can result in the death penalty - noting language to that effect which appears in the Qur'an.

    "No it's not, sweet little Rifqa. It's not in the Quran. Whoever told you that is either ignorant or a liar. You should look it up yourself before claiming it's in the Quran."

    Perhaps Mr. Marayati should refresh his memory regarding his religion's sacred text as Surah 4 [an-Nisaa v. 88-89] of the Qur'an states: 3.

    [88] "Do you, perchance, seek to guide those whom God has let go astray - when for him whom God lets go astray thou canst never find any way? [88] They would love to see you deny the truth even as they have denied it, so that you should be like them. Do not, therefore, take them for you allies until they forsake the domain of evil for the sake of God; and if they revert to [open] enmity, seize them and slay them wherever you may find them. And do not take any of them for your ally or giver of succor"

    In other words, a person who does not "migrate from evil unto God" can no longer be considered a believer - which accounts for the explanation for the condemnation in note 124 p. 142 of Muhammad Assad's translation [with explanatory footnotes] of the Qur'an, distributed by the Council on American Islamic Relations.

    Marayati then quotes Rifqa's father, sourcing for his authority a report by the Associated Press, "We love her, we want her back, she is free to practice her religion, whatever she believes in, that's OK. What these people are trying to do is not right - I don't think any religion will teach to separate the kids from their parents."

    Upon such flimsy evidence he concludes, "Mohamed Bary allowed his daughter to become a cheerleader and says she can practice any faith she wants - clearly, he is not a fundamentalist."

    We will leave it our readers to decide who is telling the truth in this matter and where the fanaticism lies.

    [Editor's Note: Ms. Bary, has been suffering since 2010 from an aggressive and often deadly form of uterine cancer. She has survived multiple surgeries and numerous chemotherapy treatments, buoyed and strengthened by her new-found faith. Displaying a wisdom far beyond her years, she has not turned bitter and is still seeking reconciliation with her estranged family]

    Another MPAC high level official seems cast from the same stuff as Mr. Marayati. The organization's website lists Edina Lekovic as its Director of Policy and Planning, " As MPAC's Director of Policy & Programming, Edina is responsible for working with the MPAC team of staff and volunteers to ensure the highest quality execution of our programs, projects, and approach to tackling domestic and international events. Additionally, Edina acts as a spokeswoman for the American Muslim community to media outlets, government officials, interfaith leaders, academic institutions, and community groups. From 2004-2010, Edina served as MPAC's Communications Director..." [source, http://www.mpac.org/about/staff-board/edina-lekovic.php]

    Stephen Emerson the Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism [IPT], had at an early date linked Ms. Lekovic with the radical journal Al-Talib. "The Muslim Newsmagazine at UCLA" which credited her as Managing Editor [along with Mostafa Mahboob] of the publication. [see, Investigative Project photocopy of the July 1999 edition of Al-Talib, entitled, Jihad in America.

    After a joint television appearance with Emerson, Lekovic engaged him in a drawn out, public feud at first denying any association with Al-Talib, then, after the truth became apparent, abruptly changed her story, stating that the use of her name had been as a result of [multiple] printing errors. The matter was set forth in a 2007 IPT piece, http://www.investigativeproject.org/293/ms-lekovica-dozen-printing-mistakes Ms. Lekovic...A Dozen Printing Mistakes?.

    In the edition of Al-Talib under question, there appears the following text on p. 2:

    "...When we hear someone refer to the great Mujahid (someone who struggles) Osama bin Laden as a "terrorist," we should defend our brother and refer to him as a freedom fighter...We take these stances only to please Allah..."

    By that point in history, it was well recognized by national security professionals that bin-Laden was indeed a terrorist, having been linked to numerous mass casualty bombings.

    Regarding "the great Mujahid...Osama bin Laden" according to the notoriously Islamist friendly Wikipedia, "The 1998 United States embassy bombings were a series of attacks that occurred on August 7, 1998, in which hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States embassies in the East African capitals of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. The date of the bombings marked the eighth anniversary of the arrival of American forces in Saudi Arabia. The attacks were linked to local members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, brought Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to the attention of the American public for the first time, and resulted in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list..."

    The association with Al-Talib is obviously of import; are we to believe that this learned woman, so steeped in Islam could remain unaware of the connection between bin Laden and the 1998 African U.S. Embassy bombings? Or the fact that he appeared on the FBI's Most Wanted List which stated, "Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world." [source, FBI website, Most Wanted, dated June 1999, revised 2001, http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/usama-bin-laden]. One might also think that such a devout Muslim would be familiar with bin-Laden's 1996 "Declaration of War Against the Americans Who Occupy the Land of the Two Holy Mosques."

    Below from bin-Laden's declaration:

    "Muslims burn with anger at America. For its own good, America should leave [Saudi Arabia.] ... There is no more important duty than pushing the American enemy out of the holy land. ... The presence of the USA Crusader military forces on land, sea and air of the states of the Islamic Gulf is the greatest danger threatening the largest oil reserve in the world. The existence of these forces in the area will provoke the people of the country and induces aggression on their religion, feelings and prides and pushes them to take up armed struggle against the invaders occupying the land. ... Due to the imbalance of power between our armed forces and the enemy forces, a suitable means of fighting must be adopted, i.e. using fast-moving, light forces that work under complete secrecy. In other words, to initiate a guerrilla war, where the sons of the nation, and not the military forces, take part in it." [source, PBS' Frontline, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/binladen/who/edicts.html]

    Editor's Note: Al-Talib's website now carries another intriguing item, "Published with support from Campus Progress/Center for American Progress." The Center for American Progress, unabashedly a hard left group of politically plugged in activists [it has been referred to as the Obama Administration's recruiting agency] was reported by the leftist warhorse, the Washington Post, to be heavily funded by George Soros. [source, Laura Blumenfeld, Soros's Deep Pockets vs. Bush Financier Contributes $5 Million More in Effort to Oust President, November 11, 2003, Washington Post, no longer available at the Post's website, but reprinted and archived by Al Jazeera, "Soros also promised up to $3 million to Podesta's new think tank, the Center for American Progress."]

    More confirmation of the "unholy alliance."

    So this is the character of the Islamists who have hijacked the already questionable proposition suggesting the import of bullying and are now deeply engaged in fashioning it towards their own ends.

    In furtherance of MPAC's growing interest in exploiting this non-issue, a May 25, 2012 web posting claims, "MPAC Leads Growing National Consensus on Anti-Bullying Campaign [source, http://www.mpac.org/programs/government-relations/dc-news-and-views/mpac-leads-growing-national-consensus-on-anti-bullying-campaign.php].

    Possibly sensing the potential train wreck which might ensue should this issue be pushed through normal legislative channels and therefore necessitate extensive hearings, public input and most dangerous of all, scrutiny in general, MPAC has opted for a more direct approach.

    The group is running an "end-around" taking its conspiracy theories directly to the government's failed school system. In doing so their calculus seems to be based upon the assumption that these union controlled institutions can easily be rolled given their slave-like devotion to the pathology of multiculturalism. The educrats who call the shots in the public schools have historically shown little apprehension in throwing up the white flag and going dhimmi to curry favor with America's noisiest minority.

    As evidence, MPAC has produced a preamble to what must surely be in the works, a full-fledged teaching guide. This introductory document is entitled, "Harassment, Bullying and Free Expression, Guidelines for Free and Safe Public Schools."

    In this effort, MPAC has partnered with the usual gaggle of leftist religious groups and unions as well as the deservedly maligned Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] which was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the United States' largest and most successful prosecution of domestic Hamas funding [U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation]. In 2009 post prosecution court proceedings arising out of this major anti-terror case, Federal District Court Judge Jorge Solis was very clear in associating ISNA [among other Islamist groups] with Hamas, "The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in the July 1, 2009, ruling.." [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing, http://www.investigativeproject.org/2340/federal-judge-agrees-cair-tied-to-hamas].

    The language of MPAC's training document is careful not to mention Islamophobia but it bends the meaning of the First Amendment into a pretzel, absurdly suggesting in concluding paragraphs that schools have a requirement to force children to evaluate beliefs which clash with their own moral upbringing while not permitting these same students to freely express their objections, "...It is equally a necessary habit of democratic citizenship to learn to express oneself without giving unnecessary offense even if toleration of offensive speech is also required. Schools should endeavor to teach these skills as well...".

    The document's footnoted citations are amateurish and laughably inapplicable in establishing any legal basis for the kind of restrictive atmosphere MPAC's dictates would necessitate.

    MPAC's end game here is clear...to get Islamists in front of students within a formal classroom setting at an early impressionable age and to inculcate them into accepting, or at least tolerating what will undoubtedly be full blown da'wa sessions underwritten by American taxpayers.

    Upon commencing this piece we cautioned that, at least compared to its co-religionist brethren, MPAC's public relations strategy was crafted in a clever manner to suggest moderation where none exists. Perhaps that was giving them too much credit. As judged by this introductory document, a prelude to the development of an approved lesson plan incorporating MPAC's subversive subtext - then they may well be too clever by half. In all likelihood the effort to build federal legislation around the deceptive anti-bullying" movement. will quietly be dropped when it becomes apparent that it's merely the latest attempt to inject Shari'a principles into a Judeo-Christian based culture which manifestly rejects being dictated to by Islamic fanatics pushing an ideology of hate under the guise of religious freedom.


    NOTES:

    1. In practice the purview of such legislation almost always becomes expansive as it is constantly reinterpreted via case law within America's largely liberal judiciary. One needs no better example of this process than demonstrated by the historical impact of environmental legislation which now is commonly used as a sledgehammer by the left in restricting basic American freedoms such as property rights.

    2. Despite differing public manners, MPAC coordinates its activism, via the American Muslim Political Coordination Council [AMPCC] with groups such as CAIR. [see for example, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149042]

    3. It's generally inadvisable for non-Muslims to judge whether or not particular actions are "authentically," Muslim. However in egregious cases such as this - where an extremely knowledgeable Muslim leader pretends that Islam has no serious proscriptions against apostasy, it seems entirely proper to offer counter-point by quoting applicable text. In order to do this with some level of confidence and given the large and varying nature of extant English versions of Islam's most sacred book, we rely on the one prepared under the direction of Muhammad Asad because this version of the Qur'an is endorsed for English readers by what is perhaps America's most visible Islamist organization, CAIR. Over a period of years, Asad's translation, contained in an exquisite hard cover, coffee table sized volume with gilt edged pages was being mailed anywhere in the United States for free, including shipping. A program sponsored by CAIR covered the cost.

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    DHS Moves To Legalize Illegal Mexican Aliens


    Team Obama Schemes to Acquire Unending Supply of "Immigrant" Democrat Voters

    June 15, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an unprecedented move, Janet Napolitano, Secty. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security today released a sweeping regulatory declaration Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children which is intended to halt the enforcement of immigration laws against a large class of illegal Mexican aliens.

    DHS acted under the direction of President Obama. The wording of the President's exact guidance is, as of this writing, not available on the WH website. [see, http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/executive-orders]

    Curiously, today's announcement represents a complete reversal of Mr. Obama's previous position on the issue, which he stated in a March 2011 Q&A at a town hall meeting sponsored by the Mexican television conglomerate Univision, "America is a nation of laws, which means I, as the president, am obligated to enforce the law. I don't have a choice about that." [[source, http://cnsnews.com/news/article/flashback-obama-deporting-illegals-america-nation-laws-presidential-action-not?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter].

    Of course a year ago the President's chances of reelection looked considerably rosier.

    The DHS' document mandates that henceforth it will be official U.S. immigration policy to exercise what it terms, "prosecutorial discretion" in dealing with the huge number of younger illegal Mexicans already within U.S. borders, allowing them to reside here in perpetuity without fear of prosecution as well as fast tracking them to obtain work visas.

    It is estimated that initially the decision could impact 800,000-1M people who do not belong in the United States.

    The negative impact this decision will have on American society will be immense. Despite the assurances of DHS and the President, this is a de-facto legalization of illegal aliens. Ominously Mr. Obama acted absent any legislative or Constitutional authority - this is clearly a power grab by a desperate executive.

    In taking this action Team Obama has instantly created a special voting block of 1M illegal Democrat voters. Contrary to administration claims, these people will be absolutely be allowed to vote, since from the start, the president has refused to enforce extant U.S. immigration policy. Unenforcement has extended to such extremes that it sues states such as Arizona which have attempted to quell the inflow of illegals. The Administration has consistently blocked any mechanism whereby it would be assured that American voters are indeed citizens. It's now actively promoting this agenda in order to survive.

    One can imagine the following scenario, because the methodology is already well developed and tested over innumerable election cycles:

  • Community agitators, ACORN types, people from MoveOn, the Occupy anarchists, the La Raza and MALDEF racists and especially the Union thug's cannon fodder - brain dead worker bees - will be dispersed into the nation's barrios, which have previously been whipped into a frenzy by any number of Democrat [neo-Marxist] demagogues, including the Instigator in Chief, Mr. Obama.
  • These hopeless inner cities can then be organized according to Soviet collectivist or Nazi bünd models and mass voter registrations will commence.

  • Friendly state and local governments will help in this effort using taxpayer money to further incentivize and promote the process.
  • Those who dare resist the process will be sued by the corrupt AG, Mr. Holder, just ask Sheriff Joe.
  • Mass fundraisers will be conducted in these same locations, giving Mr. Obama the ability to say, "Look my opponent is raising his money from the 1% [fill in your choice here, the list is endless: the greedy rich, selfish monied Jews, environment despoiling corporate vultures and Rovian super pacs representing, Wall Street, gun toting angry white males, right-wing religious fanatics and haters in general]Looking then into a sea of brown and plaintiff faces, Mr. Obama can proclaim. "I am representing these folks, society's forgotten and downtrodden poor, the victims of uncaring capitalism."

  • Then the vote gathering will begin, with hundreds of thousands of unverifiable absentee ballots flooding the offices of secretaries of state. On the day of the election there will not be an available bus for hire anywhere in the nation, they all will be locked up by the Democrat get-out-the-vote machine which run these people to the polls like tag-teams and supervise them to assure that their right to illegally vote is guaranteed.
  • Perhaps more important, the Administration's putsch will effectively destroy the U.S. Southern border. It will not only defy logic but will fly in the face of nearly 400 years of international law which define the basic attribute of statehood as requiring established and enforceable borders. The origin of this foundational principle can be traced back at least to the Treaty of Westphalia, which codified it in 1648. Without such enforcement the United States will in short order be inundated by an untold number of people who previously had no legal right to reside here. It will become a magnet for unlimited chain migration, with no way to check the flow. In short, anyone from anywhere in the world: the destitute, malcontents, common criminals, illiterates, mental incompetents, free loaders, Arab infiltrators, Iranian moles, members of Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, Jamat-e-Islami, Hamas, Russian and Chinese agents...all will have a free pass to not only enter the U.S, but be provided with a work visa at a time when the nation's unemployment rate is above 8% and probably trending higher, despite contrary BLS statistics.

    Thus looms a disaster, a nihilistic pyre in which this country could be consumed. Indeed this is change you can not only believe in, you can take it to the bank, assuming any will open for business after the run on deposits begin...

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    Egyptian Elections - Already Signs of Muslim Brotherhood Vote Fraud

    June 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As Egyptians go to the polls today where they must choose between either the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsi or Ahmed Shafiq, representing elements of Egypt's old-guard establishment [the former Mubarak regime along with the military]. The winner will be declared president, amidst a country in chaos, with the lower house of parliament having been dissolved last week by the Egyptian high court, ruling that the parliamentary contest had been rigged. Though not specifically naming those involved in stealing the election, few doubt it was a referring to actions taken by the Ikhwan's above ground political arm, the ironically named, Freedom and Justice party.

    Though the vote is taking place this weekend, over Saturday and Sunday, already there are signs of voter fraud on the part of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    As Al-Masry Al-Youm [the Egyptian Independent] reports, "...Ali [a MB spokesman] also denied accusations that the campaign had printed read-to-cast ballots. He said that ballots printed with the Morsy box already filled out were a print error that a Morsy campaign representative discovered and reported..." [source, Morsy campaign: Already marked ballots were printing error].

    As we noted in a June 14 piece [Breaking - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Suffers Huge Defeat - Parliament Dissolved, Potential for Military to Maintain Control] - "Egypt's Supreme Court, possibly fearing what appeared to be the imminent seizure of power by the Muslim Brotherhood under a fraudulent "democratic" process, has dissolved the country's "lower house of parliament." [source, OnIslam.net, http://www.onislam.net/english/news/africa/457578-mubarak-pm-in-polls-parliament-dissolved.html].

    While Mr. Obama's team [especially his clueless Secty. of State Hillary Clinton] continues to cling to the fairytale, that "democracy," in Egypt will resemble democratic elections in the West, the facts on the ground have consistently proven otherwise.

    Under the conditions in which this contest are being held, there is no possibility that anything but a furthering of Muslim Brotherhood interests will emerge.

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    Breaking - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Suffers Huge Defeat - Parliament Dissolved, Potential for Military to Maintain Control

    June 14, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Egypt's Supreme Court, possibly fearing what appeared to be the imminent seizure of power by the Muslim Brotherhood under a fraudulent "democratic" process, has dissolved the country's "lower house of parliament." [source, OnIslam.net, http://www.onislam.net/english/news/africa/457578-mubarak-pm-in-polls-parliament-dissolved.html].

    The high court also validated the bid of Ahmed Shafiq [representing elements of Mubarak's military based old guard] to run against the MB's candidate Mohammed Morsi in the June16-17 presidential runoff election.

    The short term effect of destroying Morsi's legislative power base is considerable, leaving him, if elected, with little ability to swiftly transforming the country into a full-blown Islamic theocracy, powered by the MB's revolutionary zeal.

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    Shariah4Belgium And Shariah4UK - Small But Dangerous Islamist Fringe Groups

    By EMERSON VERMAAT

    June 12, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The incident occurred in the run-down immigrant Molenbeek district of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. A young Muslim woman named Stéphanie Djato (an African name) refused to identify herself to the police after she had been asked to do so. She was dressed in a so-called niqab, a long and gloomy black cloth which almost entirely covers the face. She was then taken to the police station where her niqab was removed. Miss Djato violently resisted these attempts and even head-butted a female police officer who subsequently broke her nose and two teeth. The niqab woman later filed a protest over so-called “police brutality."

    Violent riots broke out in Molenbeek, early June. Showing solidarity with Stéphanie Djabo, their fellow Muslim, Muslim youths and other protesters attacked the police. Molenbeek is comparable to the notorious French banlieues (suburbs). Crime is rampant and local gangs control the streets, at least in parts of Molenbeek. It is easy to obtain a Kalashnikov [AK-47 military battle rifle] and there are numerous shooting incidents. On Friday June 8, an angry Muslim extremist from Paris took the Thalys train to Brussels. In the Brussels-Molenbeek metro station “Beekkant" he suddenly attacked a male and a female police officer with a long knife, wounding both of them seriously. The Muslim terrorist from France wanted to take revenge for the way the Brussels police had forced a woman wearing a niqab to identify herself. He possessed clippings about the “niqab incident" and also about Shariah4Belgium, a notorious militant group which openly sympathizes with Al-Qaeda.

    Shariah4Belgium spokesman Fouad Belkacem (“Abu Imran") personally justified attacks on the police in a YouTube video released early June. He said, inter alia, “We do not condemn the attack on this female police officer. We celebrate this deed. God gave her the strength to head-butt one of those police officers." It was God’s will that his police officer broke her nose, Belkacem claimed.

    He also issued a call to kill others, saying, “With God’s will curse, destroy and break every non-Muslim who dares to touch our Muslim sister."

    Belkacem was subsequently arrested for hate speech and for calls justifying the use of violence against non-Muslims. Belkacem, a Belgian Moroccan living in Antwerp, is a notorious frequent offender with 18 (!) previous convictions. In 2008, a Moroccan court condemned him to eight years of imprisonment for drug trafficking and Morocco wants the Belgians to extradite him to Morocco. So far, the Belgians did not comply with this request as Mr. Belkacem also enjoys Belgian nationality. Belgium refuses to extradite its own nationals. Belgian Justice Minister Annemie Turtelboom and Antwerp prosecutor Yves Liégois now belatedly seek to deprive Shariah4Belgium spokesman Belkacem of his Belgian nationality.“

    Why did the authorities not act on an earlier occasion?" an editorial in the Gazet van Antwerpen (GvA), a leading Antwerp newspaper, asked. The GvA editor argues that the Socialist Party (PS) often turned a blind eye to the excesses of Muslim extremism in Belgium. Belkacem should have deported to Morocco long ago.

    Indeed, Belkacem is not the only Moroccan criminal in Belgium who is causing headaches for the authorities. There are about 3000 heavy criminals in Belgian prisons with an immigrant background, and Belgium is now belatedly trying to deport some of them to their home countries. At least 600 of these criminals are Moroccan immigrants. They have been handed prison terms of more than 30 years for having committed very serious crimes. Moroccan criminals are causing similar problems in Spain, France and Holland. Many of these Moroccans are on welfare. Putting them on trial and convicting them poses a tremendous financial burden on the state – apart from the substantial damage caused by the many crimes they committed. They and their expensive lawyers invariably try to exploit the justice system as much as possible.

    In Holland, for example, two young men of Moroccan origin planned to rob the Belvoir Hotel in the city of Nijmegen, but the police arrived just in time and prevented them from carrying out their plan. They fled on a scooter, crashing into 50-year old pedestrian Mario van de Geijn who would later die in hospital. The two perpetrators themselves also ended up in hospital. Assisted or encouraged by aggressive Moroccan family members, one of these perpetrators, lashed out against the police and hospital staff members. They were convicted by a lower court, but the court of appeal recently lamely ruled that it could not be proven who had been the actual driver of the scooter and was, consequently, responsible for Mr. van de Geijn’s death. During the trial both Moroccan youngsters pointed to each other, and the court of appeal subsequently acquitted them. It was by no means the first time when a Dutch court acquitted Moroccan perpetrators, ignoring the fate of their victims.

    The Dutch police are currently investigating the vast profits being made by Moroccan drug criminals in Rotterdam. Huge sums of money have been transferred to Morocco and whitewashed there. Moroccan drug dealers in Amsterdam West frequently harass older Dutch people whose complaints to the police are largely ignored.

    Al-Qaeda

    Belkacem’s mentor is the British militant Muslim Anjem Choudary. I met Choudary in 2002 in North London. He was then the asssistant of the radical Muslim cleric “sheikh" Omar Bakry Mohammed, the founder of a movement called Al-Muhajiroun (“the immigrants"). Omar Bakry Mohammed and Al-Muhajiroun publicly defended Osama bin Laden and justified the 9/11 attacks on America. Al-Qaeda’s 9/11 hijackers were referred to as the “Magnificent 19." Omar Bakry Mohammed is currently living in Lebanon. Al-Muhajiroun was banned in the United Kingdom in January 2010.

    Anjem Choudary founded a movement called Islam4UK in November 2008, and now plays a leading role in the Islamist fringe group Shariah4UK. Both groups were equally banned by the British government. The Dutch newspaper Het Parool claims that six out of nine British Muslims who planned a “Mumbai-style attack" on the London Stock Exchange, the Big Ben and other targets were in fact Choudary’s personal pupils. They were convicted earlier this year. The Daily Mail published an extensive article on the “London Stock Exchange Bomb Plot," saying, inter alia, “Police believe that the gang drew inspiration from hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza and followed Muslim fanatic and hate preacher Anjem Choudary, whose most recent group, Muslim Against Crusades (MAC) was banned last year." “At least two of the defendants were members of MAC’s predecessor, Islam4UK, a group led by Choudary which became a banned terrorist organization in January 2010." These “Al-Qaeda inspired radicals were arrested four days before they planned to plant bombs in London Stock Exchange toilets."

    Choudary paid a visit to Holland in May (2012) with a view to boosting Shariah4Holland, an offshoot of Shariah4Belgium. He was one of the speakers at a very small demonstration in front Amsterdam’s National Liberation Monument. Another speaker was Shariah4Holland spokesman Abu Qaasim. He said that Dutch anti-Islam parliamentarian Geert Wilders should learn lessons from what happened to Theo van Gogh. (Van Gogh, also an outspoken Islam critic, was killed by a Dutch Moroccan Muslim radical in November 2004.)

    The Dutch Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) believes that there is a chance that followers or sympathizers of Shariah4Holland are susceptible to the use of violence.

    It was in 2010 that Shariah4Belgium leader Fouad Belkacem wrote a letter to the Jordanian-Palestinian jihadist cleric Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. Maqdisi is believed to be a prominent Al-Qaeda ideologue. He was the mentor of Abu-Musab Al-Zarqawi, until his death in June 2006 the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. MEMRI partially translated Belkacem’s interesting letter to Al-Maqdisi as well as his response (“Radical Belgian Muslims Turn to Jihadist Cleric Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi for Guidance"), whereas the Arab text can be found on the website forums.ansaar.nl. (“Sharia4Belgium krijgt steun uit onverwachte hoek"). “We are a group of your brothers living in Belgium…" writes Abu Imran (Foud Belkacem). “We ask you, honorable sheikh, to offer us some brief advice and some directions that will be of benefit to us in calling people to Allah…"

    Magdisi replied, “And I advise you to be a support for your brothers the mujahideen in the battlefields of jihad by aiding their jihad to the best of your ability…" “A while ago I read that the Belgian newspaper Le Soir reported that more than 40,000 Belgian citizens have converted to Islam in the last few years, making Brussels (i.e. Belgium) the country on the European continent with the highest rate of conversions of its citizens to Islam. The newspaper explained that Belgium has a population of 10 million, among whom are 450,000 Muslims, meaning that the conversion rate of Belgian citizens relative to the total population is the highest in Europe." “This news is without doubt good tidings and a confirmation of Allah’s promise and the saying of the Prophet, Allah’s prayer and peace be upon him."

    Magdisi then advises Muslims in Europe “to study the sharia (Islamic law) and learn the true meaning of ‘There is no God but Allah.’" A “global war against Islam and the Muslims is being waged in our times," this “requires that all Muslims stand shoulder to shoulder." However, Muslims who “are still in a state of weakness and are incapable of concluding the conflict" should “not get entangled in beginning the conflict with the regimes too early." In other words, while Muslims must support the violent jihad elsewhere, they should not yet resort to armed conflict in Europe itself.

    That is probably the reason why movements such as Shariah4Belgium officially espouse, as far as Europe is concerned, nonviolence. In reality, however, Shariah4Belgium leader Belkacem did justify the use of violence against the police. Moreover, his mentor Anjem Choudary is believed to have inspired radical Muslims who resorted to violent jihad and terrorism, also in the United Kingdom itself.


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

    Sources

    Het Laatste Nieuws (Belgium), June 8, 2012, p. 1 (“Hij moet nu snel het land uit"); p. 2 (“Nikabmeisje moet agenten identificeren"), on Stéphanie Djato; p. 2, 3 (“Na 18 veroordelingen dan toch in de cel"), YouTube video and Fouad Belkacem’s 18 previous convictions.

    Het Belang van Limburg (Belgium), June 6, 2012 (“Moslimextremist neemt wraak op agenten Molenbeek").

    Gazet van Antwerpen (Belgium), June 8, 2012, p. 2 (“Waarom is er niet eerder opgetreden?"); a noteworthy editorial, saying, inter alia, “Waarom niet eerder? De man heeft hier talloze veroordelingen opgelopen voor allerlei misdrijven. Waren er niet genoeg argumenten om hem het land uit te zetten? Maakte Molenbeek nu echt het verschil? De plotselinge ijver van politici en justitie is aandoenlijk. Steekvlampolitiek noemen we dat."

    Belgian TV, Journaal Eén (News), May 28, 2012. (600 heavy criminals with a Moroccan background in Belgian prisions).

    Algemeen Dagblad (Netherlands), May 30, 2012, p. 1. 5 (“Liegende daders gaan toch vrijuit"); De Volkskrant (Netherlands), May 30, 2012, p. 12 (Twee scooterrijders: vrijspraak dood man"); De Telegraaf (Netherlands), May 31, 2012, p. 3 (Vrijspraken"). Harrassment of hospital staff and ambulance personnel by Moroccan immigrants is not uncommon in Holland.

    De Telegraaf, June 1, 2012 (“Onderzoek in Marokko naar drugswisten").

    Het Parool (Netherlands), May 29, 2012, p. 1 (“Britse radicaal Choudary achter Sharia4Holland")

    Mailonline, February 2, 2012 (“Big Ben bomb gang out in six years: Outrage as terror plotters plead guilty in turn for light sentences").

    De Volkskrant (Netherlands), May 29, 2012 (“Arrestatie voor bedreigen Wilders")

    Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst (AIVD), Jaarverslag 2011 (The Hague, Netherlands, AIVD, 2012), p. 15.

    MEMRI, Inquiry & Analysis, May 3, 2010 (“Radical Belgian Muslims Turn to Jihadist Cleric Abu Muahammad Al-Maqdisi for Guidance"). The quotes are from this text. For the Arab text, see: forums.ansaar.nl./en-actualiteiten/35010–sharia4belgium–krijgt–steun–uit–onverwachte–hoek.html

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    Rep. Peter King Schedules Fifth in Series of Hearings Investigating Radicalization within the American Muslim Community

    June 13, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Rep. Peter T. King [R-NY], Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced today that he has scheduled a fifth in the series of Congressional hearings regarding the rise of Islamism in the United States. [see, http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/hearing-american-muslim-response-hearings-radicalization-within-their-community]

    The scheduled date is June, 20 and will center on, "The American Muslim Response to Hearings on Radicalization within their Community."

    About the upcoming event, Mr. King noted the vilification with which previous hearings were met, especially singling out the Hamas associated Council on American Islamic Relations as being a prime mover in this effort to stifle the investigation, "When I began this series of investigative hearings in March of last year to examine radicalization within the Muslim-American community, I was vilified by the politically correct media, pandering politicians and radical groups such as CAIR - even though this issue was non-partisan and of serious concern to national security and counterterrorism officials in the Obama administration.

    King is especially mindful of the impact previous sessions have had on, "U.S. efforts to counter al-Qaeda and affiliated groups' radicalizing of Muslims in this country to carry out terrorist attacks on the homeland."

    Recounting what issues on which the Committee has previously heard testimony, Mr. King stated, "To date, we have examined radicalization of Muslim-Americans generally, focused on the problem of radicalization in U.S. prisons, investigated al-Shabaab's recruitment of more than 40 young American Muslims, and examined the threat to military communities inside the U.S following attacks at Fort Hood and in Little Rock..."

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    The Muslim Public Affairs Council , "Bullying" and Creeping Shari'a


    Salam Marayati and Company, Swing for the Bleachers

    By WILLIAM MAYER

    June 11, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Over the past year the issue of "bullying" has become somewhat of a crusade among social activists eyeing it as another opportunity for legislative mischief. The MO here is always the same, start with, or create, a perceived problem and construct around it a vague and overbroad federally dictated solution.1. Both hard left and Islamist groups are pushing this effort for all that it's worth. Each however has a different agenda in mind.

    The left, holding true to its ideological roots, seeks to expand the reach of an already too powerful central government. The Islamists also see great merit in the issue, knowing that since "bullying" is already so ill-defined legally, that they can further muddy the waters in service of a larger narrative, that America is Islamophobic. Ultimately then, they calculate that it can be a powerful tool used to force the culture to become more Shari'a compliant. Since they maintain that speaking ill of Islam, its prophet Mohammed or in many instances even being critical of actions taken by Muslims is highly offensive, hence "bullying" behavior, which can through this project, be incorporated into to the range of already recognized civil rights violations. Upon such circumstance, the DOJ's Civil Rights Division ceases its law enforcement responsibilities, instead becoming an agent of Islamic expansionism.

    The nexus between the extreme left and the Islamists on matters of mutual benefit shouldn't be surprising, despite there being little agreement on bedrock policies such as secularism. Such alliances have long been recognized and are commonly referred to under the coinage of "the unholy alliance." Consider the leftist ACLU's prominent advocacy role in pro-Islamist legal actions and the concept gains greater clarity - along the lines of, "the enemy of my enemy is my ally."

    Taking a leadership role in this movement has been the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC] which will be fully vetted later in this piece, but in order to place this matter in context, some understanding of the scholarship surrounding the modern "bullying" phenomenon, should prove helpful.

    In a January 5, 2012 piece this author explored MPAC's efforts to co-opt the issue. [see, Will The Anti -"Bullying" Movement Become A Vehicle For Shari'a Enforcement?]

    "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 Stockholm..." [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 which could potentially place unwarranted limits on personal liberties.

    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 questionable 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...'

    It appears then, that the function of this organized movement is to establish 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 protection

    And this is exactly what has happened with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, already well into a campaign wherein bullying is likened to Islamophobia. 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.

    For example, MPAC president Salam Al-Marayati states, "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]"

    But what is the Muslim Public Affairs Council and who is Salam Al-Marayati?

    MPAC is an important Muslim pressure group which is dedicated to advancing political Islam, Islamist ideology. It is headquartered in Los Angeles. Since MPAC often avoids the flamboyance of its similarly motivated brethren such as CAIR2. and ISNA. In doing so, it's maintained an ability to float at a treetop level, just below the din generated by the more in your face American Islamist organizations.

    This has been a good political strategy overall, enabling the group to largely shield itself from scrutiny. That aside the group's overall trajectory adopted by its leadership has proven to be anything but moderate.

    Mr. Marayati has served as the President of MPAC for 24 years [source, http://www.mpac.org/about/staff-board/salam-al-marayati.php]and there is much in the way of evidence which serves to indict him as a stealthy opponent.

    For example, an entry in Middle East historian Dr. Daniel Pipes' blog reads in part, "Mr. Al-Marayati, like so many other American Muslim leaders, purveys an extremist political agenda..." [source, Needed: Muslims against Terror - and Not Salam Al-Marayati].

    Similarly his bona fides as a moderate were called into question during testimony presented to the Steven EmersonBefore the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, andTrade, by terrorism expert Steven Emerson, "Marayati has repeatedly justified the actions of Hizbollah before the Department of State invited him as a speaker. In November 1999, on News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Marayati responded to accusations that he supports Hizbollah: “If the Lebanese people are resisting Israeli intransigence on Lebanese soil, then that is the right of resistance and they have the right to target Israeli soldiers in this conflict. That is not terrorism. That is a legitimate resistance. That could be called liberation movement, that could be called anything, but it's not terrorism." [source, House of Representatives doc, Testimony: Steven Emerson]

    We, however would like to briefly highlight a side of MPAC's President which is probative not only regarding his dog-and-pony-show moderation, but more to the point, speaks to a cold-hearted lack of humanity when he feels compelled to unreservedly defend Islam.

    In an article published by the Huffington Post [see, Rifqa, the Reverend and Apostasy, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/salam-al-marayati/rifqa-and-the-reverand_b_261571.html] Marayati's barely concealed vitriol towards a desperate girl in great fear for her life is telling.

    His harsh prose concerns the conditions under which an immigrant teenager, Fathima Rifqa Bary's home life became unbearable after her father found out that she had secretly converted to Christianity. The discovery was made after snooping through her personal belongings. Faced with her father's irrational overreaction and repeated threats of violence, Rifqa felt that her only escape from this explosive situation was to immediately leave. She was 17 at the time.

    According to a court affidavit filed by her legal team, Ms. Bary painted the picture of a father who was enraged beyond the point of reason by the thought that his daughter no longer wanted to be a Muslim.

    "In a fit of anger that I had never seen before in my life, he picked up my laptop, waived it over my head as if to strike me with it and said, 'If you have this Jesus in your heart you are dead to me! You are no longer my daughter.' I continued to remain silent and then he said to me even more angry than before, "I will kill you! Tell me the truth!" [source, affidavit filed with the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial District in and for Orange County, Florida, case number DP09-580, p. 35, http://www.orlandolawyer.tv/documents/Noor%20Memo%20of%20Law.pdf]

    Ms. Bary had earlier become conscious of her father's extreme Islamic fundamentalism stating that after her family had immigrated from Sri Lanka to Ohio he had engaged in a deliberate survey of local mosques, eventually choosing The Noor Islamic Cultural Center because it supposedly taught "real Islam." This despite the fact that several other mosques were located closer to the Bary residence and thus would have been more convenient for the family to attend on a regular basis.

    The Noor Islamic Cultural Center [Dublin, Ohio] has a controversial reputation in that it is considered to be a hotbed of hard-core Muslim activism. The Center was identified by CNN News as being near the center of a federal terror investigation regarding the radicalization of young male Somali immigrants, more than a few of which are believed to have returned to their home country, to engage in Islamic jihad with the Al-Shabaab [Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen - translated as, The Mujahideen Youth Movement] terror organization [source, Bary p.3].

    Hence it appears that Noor was intentionally chosen by Mr. Bary because of its fundamentalist ideology, giving Rifqa very legitimate grounds for concern.

    Despite the context within which Rifqa was forced to flee, Marayati condescendingly attacked her publicly, without apparent reservation, making her a doubly aggrieved victim.

    He stated in the Huffington piece, after one of Rifqa's attorney alleged that Islam had severe proscriptions against apostasy - violation of which can result in the death penalty - noting language to that effect which appears in the Qur'an.

    "No it's not, sweet little Rifqa. It's not in the Quran. Whoever told you that is either ignorant or a liar. You should look it up yourself before claiming it's in the Quran."

    Perhaps Mr. Marayati should refresh his memory regarding his religion's sacred text as Surah 4 [an-Nisaa v. 88-89] of the Qur'an states: 3.

    [88] "Do you, perchance, seek to guide those whom God has let go astray - when for him whom God lets go astray thou canst never find any way? [88] They would love to see you deny the truth even as they have denied it, so that you should be like them. Do not, therefore, take them for you allies until they forsake the domain of evil for the sake of God; and if they revert to [open] enmity, seize them and slay them wherever you may find them. And do not take any of them for your ally or giver of succor"

    In other words, a person who does not "migrate from evil unto God" can no longer be considered a believer - which accounts for the explanation for the condemnation in note 124 p. 142 of Muhammad Assad's translation [with explanatory footnotes] of the Qur'an, distributed by the Council on American Islamic Relations.

    Marayati then quotes Rifqa's father, sourcing for his authority a report by the Associated Press, "We love her, we want her back, she is free to practice her religion, whatever she believes in, that's OK. What these people are trying to do is not right - I don't think any religion will teach to separate the kids from their parents."

    Upon such flimsy evidence he concludes, "Mohamed Bary allowed his daughter to become a cheerleader and says she can practice any faith she wants - clearly, he is not a fundamentalist."

    We will leave it our readers to decide who is telling the truth in this matter and where the fanaticism lies.

    [Editor's Note: Ms. Bary, has been suffering since 2010 from an aggressive and often deadly form of uterine cancer. She has survived multiple surgeries and numerous chemotherapy treatments, buoyed and strengthened by her new-found faith. Displaying a wisdom far beyond her years, she has not turned bitter and is still seeking reconciliation with her estranged family]

    Another MPAC high level official seems cast from the same stuff as Mr. Marayati. The organization's website lists Edina Lekovic as its Director of Policy and Planning, " As MPAC's Director of Policy & Programming, Edina is responsible for working with the MPAC team of staff and volunteers to ensure the highest quality execution of our programs, projects, and approach to tackling domestic and international events. Additionally, Edina acts as a spokeswoman for the American Muslim community to media outlets, government officials, interfaith leaders, academic institutions, and community groups. From 2004-2010, Edina served as MPAC's Communications Director..." [source, http://www.mpac.org/about/staff-board/edina-lekovic.php]

    Stephen Emerson the Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism [IPT], had at an early date linked Ms. Lekovic with the radical journal Al-Talib. "The Muslim Newsmagazine at UCLA" which credited her as Managing Editor [along with Mostafa Mahboob] of the publication. [see, Investigative Project photocopy of the July 1999 edition of Al-Talib, entitled, Jihad in America.

    After a joint television appearance with Emerson, Lekovic engaged him in a drawn out, public feud at first denying any association with Al-Talib, then, after the truth became apparent, abruptly changed her story, stating that the use of her name had been as a result of [multiple] printing errors. The matter was set forth in a 2007 IPT piece, http://www.investigativeproject.org/293/ms-lekovica-dozen-printing-mistakes Ms. Lekovic...A Dozen Printing Mistakes?.

    In the edition of Al-Talib under question, there appears the following text on p. 2:

    "...When we hear someone refer to the great Mujahid (someone who struggles) Osama bin Laden as a "terrorist," we should defend our brother and refer to him as a freedom fighter...We take these stances only to please Allah..."

    By that point in history, it was well recognized by national security professionals that bin-Laden was indeed a terrorist, having been linked to numerous mass casualty bombings.

    Regarding "the great Mujahid...Osama bin Laden" according to the notoriously Islamist friendly Wikipedia, "The 1998 United States embassy bombings were a series of attacks that occurred on August 7, 1998, in which hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States embassies in the East African capitals of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. The date of the bombings marked the eighth anniversary of the arrival of American forces in Saudi Arabia. The attacks were linked to local members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, brought Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to the attention of the American public for the first time, and resulted in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list..."

    The association with Al-Talib is obviously of import; are we to believe that this learned woman, so steeped in Islam could remain unaware of the connection between bin Laden and the 1998 African U.S. Embassy bombings? Or the fact that he appeared on the FBI's Most Wanted List which stated, "Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world." [source, FBI website, Most Wanted, dated June 1999, revised 2001, http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/usama-bin-laden]. One might also think that such a devout Muslim would be familiar with bin-Laden's 1996 "Declaration of War Against the Americans Who Occupy the Land of the Two Holy Mosques."

    Below from bin-Laden's declaration:

    "Muslims burn with anger at America. For its own good, America should leave [Saudi Arabia.] ... There is no more important duty than pushing the American enemy out of the holy land. ... The presence of the USA Crusader military forces on land, sea and air of the states of the Islamic Gulf is the greatest danger threatening the largest oil reserve in the world. The existence of these forces in the area will provoke the people of the country and induces aggression on their religion, feelings and prides and pushes them to take up armed struggle against the invaders occupying the land. ... Due to the imbalance of power between our armed forces and the enemy forces, a suitable means of fighting must be adopted, i.e. using fast-moving, light forces that work under complete secrecy. In other words, to initiate a guerrilla war, where the sons of the nation, and not the military forces, take part in it." [source, PBS' Frontline, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/binladen/who/edicts.html]

    Editor's Note: Al-Talib's website now carries another intriguing item, "Published with support from Campus Progress/Center for American Progress." The Center for American Progress, unabashedly a hard left group of politically plugged in activists [it has been referred to as the Obama Administration's recruiting agency] was reported by the leftist warhorse, the Wahington Post, to be heavily funded by George Soros. [source, Laura Blumenfeld, Soros's Deep Pockets vs. Bush Financier Contributes $5 Million More in Effort to Oust President, November 11, 2003, Washington Post, no longer available at the Post's website, but reprinted and archived by Al Jazeera, "Soros also promised up to $3 million to Podesta's new think tank, the Center for American Progress."]

    More confirmation of the "unholy alliance."

    So this is the character of the Islamists who have hijacked the already questionable proposition suggesting the import of bullying and are now deeply engaged in fashioning it towards their own ends.

    In furtherance of MPAC's growing interest in exploiting this non-issue, a May 25, 2012 web posting claims, "MPAC Leads Growing National Consensus on Anti-Bullying Campaign [source, http://www.mpac.org/programs/government-relations/dc-news-and-views/mpac-leads-growing-national-consensus-on-anti-bullying-campaign.php].

    Possibly sensing the potential train wreck which might ensue should this issue be pushed through normal legislative channels and therefore necessitate extensive hearings, public input and most dangerous of all, scrutiny in general, MPAC has opted for a more direct approach.

    The group is running an "end-around" taking its conspiracy theories directly to the government's failed school system. In doing so their calculus seems to be based upon the assumption that these union controlled institutions can easily be rolled given their slave-like devotion to the pathology of multiculturalism. The educrats who call the shots in the public schools have historically shown little apprehension in throwing up the white flag and going dhimmi to curry favor with America's noisiest minority.

    As evidence, MPAC has produced a preamble to what must surely be in the works, a full-fledged teaching guide. This introductory document is entitled, "Harassment, Bullying and Free Expression, Guidelines for Free and Safe Public Schools."

    In this effort, MPAC has partnered with the usual gaggle of leftist religious groups and unions as well as the deservedly maligned Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] which was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the United States' largest and most successful prosecution of domestic Hamas funding [U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation]. In 2009 post prosecution court proceedings arising out of this major anti-terror case, Federal District Court Judge Jorge Solis was very clear in associating ISNA [among other Islamist groups] with Hamas, "The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in the July 1, 2009, ruling.." [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing, http://www.investigativeproject.org/2340/federal-judge-agrees-cair-tied-to-hamas].

    The language of MPAC's training document is careful not to mention Islamophobia but it bends the meaning of the First Amendment into a pretzel, absurdly suggesting in concluding paragraphs that schools have a requirement to force children to evaluate beliefs which clash with their own moral upbringing while not permitting these same students to freely express their objections, "...It is equally a necessary habit of democratic citizenship to learn to express oneself without giving unnecessary offense even if toleration of offensive speech is also required. Schools should endeavor to teach these skills as well...".

    The document's footnoted citations are amateurish and laughably inapplicable in establishing any legal basis for the kind of restrictive atmosphere MPAC's dictates would necessitate.

    MPAC's end game here is clear...to get Islamists in front of students within a formal classroom setting at an early impressionable age and to inculcate them into accepting, or at least tolerating what will undoubtedly be full blown da'wa sessions underwritten by American taxpayers.

    Upon commencinh this piece we cautioned that, at least compared to its co-religionist brethren, MPAC's persona was crafted to suggest moderation. Perhaps that was giving them too much credit because as judged by this introductory document to what they must hope will follow, an approved lesson plan incorporating the organization's subversive subtext, then they are too clever by half and this effort will quietly be dropped when it becomes apparent that it's merely the latest attempt to slowly inject Shari'a principles into a Judeo-Christian based culture - taking advantage of its most vulnerable members, impressionable school age children - which manifestly rejects being dictated to by Islamic fanatics pushing an ideology of hate under the guise of religious freedom.


    NOTES:

    1. In practice the purview of such legislation almost always becomes expansive as it is constantly reinterpreted via case law within America's largely liberal judiciary. One needs no better example of this process than demonstrated by the historical impact of environmental legislation which now is commonly used as a sledgehammer by the left in restricting basic American freedoms such as property rights.

    2. Despite differing public manners, MPAC coordinates its activism, via the American Muslim Political Coordination Council [AMPCC] with groups such as CAIR. [see for example, http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149042]

    3. It's generally inadvisable for non-Muslims to judge whether or not particular actions are "authentically," Muslim. In egregious cases such as this - where an extremely knowledgeable Muslim leader pretends that Islam has no serious proscriptions against apostasy, it seems entirely proper to offer counter-point by quoting applicable text. In order to do this with some level of confidence and given the large and varying nature of extant English versions of Islam's most sacred book, we rely on the one prepared under the direction of Muhammad Asad because this version of the Qur'an is endorsed for English readers by what is perhaps America's most visible Islamist organization, CAIR.

    Over a period of years, Asad's translation, contained in an exquisite hard cover, coffee table sized volume with gilt edged pages was being mailed anywhere in the United States for free, including shipping.

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    Taliban Kills Dozens In Double Suicide Bombing

    June 6, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Team Obama's negotiating partners, the Taliban, today killed at least 22 and wounded more than 50 in a double suicide coordinated bombing attack in a staging area outside Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan.

    The first explosive device, carried by a motorcyclist was detonated, "in an area where truckers gather," followed by another set off by a person on foot as a crowd gathered, attempting to help the victims of the first blast. This is a standard jihadist tactic, calculated to maximize casualties. [source, Tom A. Peter, Suicide bombings in Afghanistan highlight difficult task ahead for US, NATO Christian Science Monitor, http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2012/0606/Suicide-bombings-in-Afghanistan-highlight-difficult-task-ahead-for-US-NATO-video]

    According to multiple reports including a posting on an al-Qaeda propaganda website, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the violence.

    Though the incidence of such attacks have ebbed slightly this year, today's bombing may signal the onset of a new Taliban offensive, timed to coincide with administration plans to start a hasty retreat of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, scheduled to commence in a few months.

    A statement from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul went through the normal and pointless diplomatic exercise, condemning the event - as if the Taliban will be dissuaded in the future from similar terror exercises by mere harsh words.

    As we go to press we are unaware of any counter measures or military actions which are being taken to prevent this from being a continuously recurring theme.

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    Glenn Beck at Philadelphia Freedom Center Event

    By BEILA RABINOWITZ

    June 5, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Thursday May 31st the Philadelphia chapter of David Horowitz' Freedom Center presented television and radio personality Glenn Beck with the prestigious Patrick Henry Award [see, http://www.phillyfreedom.org/about/our-mission/].

    The opening remarks were made by Craig Snider, the head of the Freedom Center's local chapter and David Horowitz, director and founder of the Center which is headquartered in California. Mr. Horowitz had flown in specifically to be present at the event [see, http://www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org/about].

    Mr. Beck also received the Union League Bowl which is given out by the Union League of Philadelphia where the luncheon was held.

    Proceeds from the event were donated to the Bereaved Military Families of America, a charity founded by Deborah Tarnish, whose son was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

    Beck began his remarks by praising David Horowitz saying that he had taken "the hard road" and that he was "proud to be his compatriot." He also lauded Abraham Lincoln, whose portrait was hanging behind the podium.

    Becoming emotional, Beck related a story about how he had taken his children to see Ground Zero on Memorial Day saying that he had not allowed them to watch the news during the time following the attacks.

    He urged those in the audience to "find common ground [with like minded individuals] because freedom is bigger than all of us...that is what is at stake. We are at a point where no country has ever been that has turned around [instead of] committing suicide" he stated, adding that he believed that the United States could still be saved. He then declared, "I contend that our leaders are not representative of us anymore," a statement which elicited applause from the over 200 attendees.

    Contrasting the French Revolution to the American Revolution, Beck explained that "Our revolution worked because it didn't involve revenge or killing the rich." He cited several examples of how American values were regarded as worthy of emulation in various countries.

    Beck then read a poem by Rudyard Kipling entitled "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" a work which he explained, mocked the bankruptcy of progressivism trumping common sense.

    He concluded by saying that "We must stand together on the things that we have in common and not go over a cliff with the rest of humanity" and fittingly ended with Patrick Henry's iconic declaration of freedom, "Give me liberty or give me death."

    During the Q and A Beck was asked, "What do you think Romney must do to defeat Obama?" to which he answered "Be real…don't give standard answers."

    When asked if he thought Jewish voters would continue to vote for Obama he responded by saying "The Jews aren't leaving the Democratic party, the Democratic party left them."

    Regarding the question of how much damage Obama had done to the United States, Beck opined, "I think that Obama has undermined every institution…Damage has been done to such a staggering degree that I can testify that if America wakes up she survives but if we do not wake up it is the Titanic and we are going down."

    Beck's exhortations to "wake up" and not be complacent in the face of the dire circumstances which America now finds herself, were inspiring and galvanizing and his message received a standing ovation from all those present.

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    The 80 Billion Dollar Sellout - Emails Detail Secret Backroom Deals With Pharmaceutical Companies To Pass Obamacare

    By WILLIAM MAYER

    June 1, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to a major report released on May 31 by the House Leadership, the Obama Administration engaged with the pharmaceutical industry in a secret and fevered process of negotiations involving veiled threats and outright intimidation by the WH in order to secure the pharmaceutical industry's public participation in the campaign to support the president's healthcare proposal.

    The report is based upon confidential emails which came into possession of the GOP revealing the intense nature of this undertaking.

    These secret back room sessions were conducted primarily with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) [the pharmaceutical industry's trade association] and Pfizer during the period of mid June 2009 through early 2010, "during which special breaks for Big Pharma in the health care legislation, were mentioned in exchange for the companies' public support of the bill." [source, Closed Door Obamacare Negotiations, p.1, view House document here House Leadership Report, Obamacare/Big Pharma Collusion

    The House investigation additionally determined:

    "Documents obtained through the Committee's investigation show that throughout 2009 and in the early months of 2010, the White House engaged in a series of closed-door negotiations with various outside interest groups prior to PPACA becoming law on March 23, 2010. The majority of these negotiations took place between May and August of 2009, although the Administration's dialogue with special interest groups continued behind the scenes right up to passage of the law.

    Of these negotiations, the dealings with PhRMA and Pfizer appeared to be of utmost concern and hence the most carefully managed, with extensive communications exchanged between the parties. In fact, Team Obama made clear that PhRMA needed to have a direct line of communication with its team, "Rahm's calling Nancy Ann and knows Billy [Tauzin, PhRMA's President] is going to talk to Nancy Ann tonight. Rahm will make it clear that PhRMA needs a direct line of communication, separate and apart from any other coalition." [source, p. 2]

    One aspect of this deal apparently included a promise on behalf of the president to halt the re-importation of drugs into the U.S. market so as to boost Big Pharma's bottom line through avoidance of potential stiff price competition - often from its own products flowing back across the Canada border.

    "PhRMA's chief lobbyist for the deal negotiations quickly relayed this news:

    From: Bryant Hall

    Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 11:30 AM
    To: Nicoli, David P; Davis, Chip; Buckley, Richard E.

    Subject: Re: Revenue Raisers

    Nancy-Ann DeParle just called to say that the WH is opposing import on this bill, specifically linking to our willingness to be cooperative on HCR" [source, reproduced email, p. 9]

    In instances when the "good cop" routine foundered, "The White House was not above threatening PhRMA to get its way. According to PhRMA's chief lobbyist, the White House was going to have President Obama call for rebating all of Medicare Part D, a policy PhRMA staunchly opposed, in his Weekly Radio Address unless PhRMA cut a deal with the White House to support health reform." [source, p. 9]

    In order to turn up the heat in this high level game of chicken, "The White House had threatened to use the President's weekly radio address to call for rebates in Part D unless the pharmaceutical industry agreed to a deal..." [source, p. 7]

    The study reveals the high dollar value of the stakes involved in a potential agreement, "According to an internal summary of the deal, PhRMA agreed to contribute $80 billion toward the cost of the health care law through various policies that would reduce industry earnings and increase costs."

    There was the realization by all parties involved that the negotiations had to remain very hush-hush so as to keep the American public in the dark regarding the level of subterfuge, "Confidential: WH is working on some very explicit language on importation to kill it in health care reform. This has to stay quiet." [p. 10]

    There is much more revealed in the report, but already some aspects of the seriousness nature of this matter are clear. Three are mentioned below.

    1. The administration, behind the back of the American public, whose "best interests" were speciously offered as the raison d'être for the entire healthcare makeover, secretly in direct contravention of Mr. Obama's multiple promises of complete transparency, engaged in the type of arm breaking, smoke-filled-back-room dealing so common in Daley's dynastic version of Chicago politics.

    2. It makes clear what some have long known [and many suspected] about Mr. Obama's true political ideology. It seems an inescapable conclusion that he is a corporate socialist, the central economic component of Fascism, as represented by the original Italian system under Benito Mussolini and later it's German Nazi iteration.

    The massive reordering of government which the president and his administration have so feverishly sought will have the effect of empowering the White House to eventually dominate every important sector of the economy. At that point this bunch [already provably lacking in any manner of business acumen] will have the power to ultimately pick winners and losers ala Solyndra. Such decisions will not be based upon any real expectation that such an arrangement will result in prosperity, but rather it will be "justified" under Mr. Obama's twisted conception of "economic justice."

    We hope that the already aggrieved Catholic leadership, especially the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB], is taking notes as to the ramifications of its current ideological trajectory.

    On the way to bringing about a "modern" collectivist state, long cherished concepts such as liberty, equality before the law and federalism will be extinguished or so seriously compromised they will cease to have relevance - notwithstanding the fact that utopian socialism has abjectly failed in every country in which it has been tried - often with only piles of bodies to show for the effort. Perhaps of more concern, the level of intimidation - brute governmental force - required to maintain such a plan will be prodigious and an absolute threat to civil liberty as we know it.

    3. The behind the scenes glimpse at what was secretly done to ram Obamacare down the throats of the American people provided by this report, unfortunately reveals that many of America's most heretofore prestigious business are - more than willing - eager to throw the populace under the bus so as to retain - even in a diminished capacity - control over a small piece of an economy which was once the envy of the world.

    In the minds of many, this writer included, corporate leaders once represented the last best line of defense against such an oligarchical seizure of power. Since Mr. Obama's election, it seemed inexplicable why there was little pushback from America's existing and powerful corporate structure when this administration set about to quickly consolidate its power. Some wondered why they almost immediately ran up the white flag of surrender without [figuratively] firing a shot, now we know why, we know the ugly truth.

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    Copts Flee Egyptian Puppet Assembly

    March 29, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to The Egyptian Independent [source, http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/741466] Egypt's Christian Copts have fully withdrawn their support of the country's radical Muslim Brotherhood led assembly.

    "State-run MENA news service reported on Thursday that the Coptic Orthodox Church withdrew its representatives from the constituent assembly that is meant to draft the new constitution. The Islamist-dominated assembly is currently facing fierce criticism..."

    The legislative body is led by the MB's Saad al-Katatni.

    Dissidents Warn Iran's Supreme Leader

    By REZA KAHLILI

    March 27, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Ever since the fraudulent Iranian elections of 2009 - in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader ? cracks within the Islamic establishment have widened to unprecedented levels.

    Many within the Revolutionary Guards, the very force that has protected the clerical regime since its inception in 1979, have become disgruntled. Former high commanders have publicly criticized Khamenei, something that courts execution, as the regime's clerics have stated that obeying the supreme leader is like obeying Allah; those disobeying him will be considered a "Mohareb," an enemy of God, and therefore killed as justified under Islam.

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

    Last month, Iranian state-owned media announced the death of Ahmad Sodagar, a high-ranking Guard commander. The cause of death was listed as heart attack. Interestingly, he was the fifth Guard commander to have "died of a heart attack" last month. Reports from within Iran revealed that he had stated in his will that if he died soon, it would be because of his belief in justice.

    Sodagar, a major general, had served as the head of security and intelligence of the Guards' Khatam-al-Anbia Base and was the chief commander of the Guards' Prophet Mohammad Division. He had served in the Iran-Iraq War and, at the time of his death, was the head of the program "Defaeh Moghadas," or Holy Defense.

    AP Misrepresenting "Liberal" Targets Of NYPD Surveillance

    By WILLIAM MAYER

    March 26, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an Associated Press video published last week by the Washington Post, AP continued its baseless attack on the NYPD's terror surveillance program, charging that coincident with NY's demonstrations [upwards of 1,800 arrested] against the 2004 Republican Convention, "...undercover cops monitored certain groups, anti war organizations, environmental advocates, even church groups...but a new document uncovered by the Associated Press showed that those tactics went on for years after the convention. NYPD officers spied on liberal organizations, even kept files on particular people based on their political leanings..." [source, AP Video. supporting article New Orleans 'summit' among liberal gatherings infiltrated by New York police]

    The video features a number of those "targeted" by the NYPD program including Jordan Flaherty1, identified on screen simply as a "demonstrator." [Note: Although Mr. Flaherty's politics will, in part, be dealt with in this piece, Eugene Puryear 2 was similarly highlighted in the AP video and also tagged as a demonstrator. Like Mr.Flaherty, Mr. Puryear was passed off as a liberal].

    The purpose then of this essay is to briefly deconstruct AP's use of the term liberal in this matter.

    Upon investigation, Mr. Flaherty is a bit more threatening than AP's labeling might suggest.

    For example he edits the Marxist publication, "Left Turn, Notes From the Global Intifada" [see, http://www.leftturn.org/]. The publication [February was its last print edition, according to the website] defines itself as, "a national network of activists engaged in exposing and fighting the consequences of global capitalism and imperialism. Rooted in a variety of social movements, we are anti-capitalists, radical feminists, anti-racists, queer and trans- liberationists, and anti-imperialists working to build resistance and alternatives to corporate power and empire."

    In short form then Mr. Flaherty is a hard-left revolutionary, not a liberal.

    So Sad - MSM Gets It Wrong Again, Toulouse Shooter Was Muslim

    March 22, 2012 - Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - For the better part of two days the MSM did everything it could to suggest that the gangland style murder of French Jews living in Toulouse, was committed by favorite whipping boy, the "right wing."

    Unfortunately for them, now we now know the truth; the shooter was a Muslim fanatic, Mohamed Merah, who has now assumed room temperature due to the [overdue] actions of French authorities after a long standoff which resulted in additional law enforcement casualties.

    The text of the post-massacre manifesto produced by the organization's on whose behalf Merah allegedly acted - the Tariq bin Ziad Brigade and Jund al-Khilafa Brigades - is reproduced below.

    In the name of Allah the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate"

    "Praise Allah only and prayer and peace upon the most honorable of messengers [Verse]"

    "On Tuesday, March 19, one of the Islamic knights, brother 'Yousef al-Faransi' ? we ask Allah to accept him ? took off in an operation that shook the pillars of the Zionist-Crusade in the entire world and filled the hearts of Allah's enemies with terror."

    "We hereby claim responsibility for these blessed operations, and we say that what Israel is committing of crimes against our people on the blessed land of Palestine, and in Gaza specifically, will not pass without punishment. The Mujahideen everywhere intend on avenging every drop of blood that was unjustly and aggressively shed in Palestine, Afghanistan and other Muslim homelands."

    Why Iran Thinks America Won't Attack

    By REZA KAHLILI

    March 22, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Iranian agents have successfully infiltrated American think-tanks, universities, and our political system as part of a plot to keep the United States from attacking the Islamic regime as it continues to expand terrorism worldwide and pursue its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

    The infiltration goal is to mold American opinion and create doubt about the advisability of attacking Iran's nuclear facilities ? all part of a longstanding strategy to pull the strings of America and the West.

    Iranian leaders first successfully engaged U.S. forces in Iraq at a time when President Bush was in an offensive policy of confronting Islamists after 9/11. The Iranians correctly believed that if America got bogged down in Iraq, it would not want to open another front with Iran before stabilizing Iraq, buying Iran time for nuclear development.

    Iran had already infiltrated the Shiite majority in Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War. At that time, I was working as a CIA spy in the Revolutionary Guards and was reporting their activities to America. When the U.S. went to war against Saddam, the Iranians began a campaign of terror in Iraq that not only crippled America financially by stringing out an unfunded war, but killed many U.S. soldiers.

    The same infiltration policy was enforced in Afghanistan with the training and arming of Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters against NATO forces.

    That strategy kept Iran's rulers out of harm's way, allowed them to pursue their nuclear and missile programs with impunity, and forced America to rethink its involvement in the region. They called their strategy a great victory over the "Great Satan."

    Why Is WA State U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan Working With CAIR?

    By WILLIAM MAYER

    March 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Since the DOJ's U.S. Attorneys are the chief federal law enforcement officers in their various districts, we were more than a bit surprised to find that Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington State, had developed an ongoing relationship with the tainted Islamist pressure group, the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR].

    According to its website "CAIR-Washington is working with Ms. Durkan's staff to provide feedback and direction for the anti-bullying initiative, as well as requesting assistance on bullying cases reported to the CAIR-WA office..." [source, U.S. Attorney meets with Muslim community organizations and activists]. In a previous piece Will The Anti -"Bullying" Movement Become A Vehicle For Shari'a Enforcement? we explored the complications inherent in developing "anti-bullying" legislation and make it clear that this area of activism is being fully exploited by Islamists in a stealth move to enforce Shari'a.

    CAIR, for those not thoroughly conversant with the group's history, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest domestic Hamas terror funding prosecution in U.S. history [U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation]. The conclusion of the trial found all defendants [including a prominent member of the Texas chapter of CAIR, Ghassan Elashi] convicted on a combined total of over 100 charges.1

    At the time of his conviction Mr. Elashi was already serving a lengthy sentence due to his conviction on another terror related matter [see, U.S. vs. Infocom, superseding indictment located at, http://fl1.findlaw.com/news.findlaw.com/wp/docs/infocom/uselashi121702sind.pdf]]

    CAIR has been named in federal court documents as being closely aligned with Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group created by the Muslim Brotherhood, "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 Judge Agrees: CAIR Tied to Hamas.

    Based upon the treasure trove of information regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and its front-groups' strategy to slowly Islamize North America which was presented into evidence at the Holy Land prosecution, the FBI discontinued its relationship with the now undeniably terror-linked group. In order to emphasize the point the agency's Director, Robert Mueller, declared in a House Judiciary Committee proceeding, "We have no formal relationship with CAIR because of concerns with regards to national leadership..." [source, News 9 Oklahoma City, http://www.news9.com/Global/story.asp?S=14328429]

    Similarly, the FBI's 56 field offices were instructed to break whatever relationships they had involving CAIR, "We were instructed, we being the 56 FBI field offices, to sever formal relations with CAIR," said James Finch, FBI Special Agent in Charge for Oklahoma City."

    Iranian Military Commander - Destroy America And Zionists

    By REZA KAHLILI

    March 15, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The head of Iran's Basij paramilitary force says his country has no choice but to destroy America in order to build an ideal society.

    In a video broadcast to Basij members on Feb. 26, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi said the Islamic regime's "independence and unhindered advance toward perfection is subject to removing the despotic powers and the Zionists," referring to America and Israel.

    "In every field in which the Islamic Republic of Iran tries to advance," Naqdi said, "America is there to create obstacles for us...When we want progress in science, they enforce sanctions and kill our scientists."

    The Basij force is a militia unit, established in 1979 by revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini, best known as a security force responsible for reacting to protests and other assemblies of dissident groups. It is a subset of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

    Naqdi, who was born in Iraq, was a member of the Iranian Quds Force - another Guards subgroup - and involved in international terrorism before Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed him to command the Basij in 2009. He has previously threatened to assassinate American generals in retaliation for the killings of Iranian nuclear scientists.

    Muslim Brotherhood Threatens Proxy War With Israel

    March 14, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An incendiary, near declaration of war against Israel has been issued by an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood entity, the "Freedom and Justice Party" and published Monday on the Ikhwan's website [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29775].

    The statement reads in part:

    "Israel must fully realize that Egypt, whose people have bravely erupted against and toppled the tyrannical corrupt regime which provided it with constant and direct support, will not under any circumstances accept such Israeli actions and deliberate violent escalation, which put the entire region at risk and threaten international relations, stability and security. The FJP stresses that the security of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian people inevitably impacts the national security of Egypt...post-revolution Egypt will stand solidly by her besieged brothers in Gaza. The party also asserts that the siege Israel has been imposing on Gaza is no longer acceptable under any justification, which requires full and permanent opening of the Rafah border crossing, just like all other border crossings linking Egypt with its neighboring Arab countries..."

    Further along in the political screed, the Brotherhood declares that it will render whatever assistance - apparently including arms - it might deem necessary to support Gaza's terrorist Hamas regime, "Further, the FJP vows full support for the people of Gaza...which entails providing them with all they need to ensure that they obtain their internationally and legally recognized rights..."

    The MB logic for war seems clear - it has declared that Egypt's sphere of political dominion extends beyond its borders and into Gaza and that for all practical purposes any military action taken by Israel against Gaza constitutes a direct and unacceptable threat to Egypt.

    Egyptian Parliament Votes To Expel Israeli Ambassador, Halt Natural Gas Exports

    March 13, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a move certain to heighten tensions between the West and the Muslim world, according to numerous reports including the English version of the Aram website [http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/36666/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-parliament-urges-Israel-envoy-expulsion.aspx] Egypt's Parliament has voted to expel the Israeli ambassador while demanding that Egypt's representative to Israel be recalled.

    The legislative body also called for an end to natural gas exports to the Jewish state.

    The measure which declared, "Egypt will never be the friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity which we consider as the first enemy of Egypt and the Arab nation," was adopted without a dissenting vote.

    All of this is a part of a comprehensive move by the Muslim Brotherhood to force the ruling military authority, "to revise all its relations and agreements with that enemy."

    Iran's PressTV is carrying much of the same information [see, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/231529.html] with an additional twist, suggested during an interview with Mark Glenn one of the founders of the Islamist front group Crescent & Cross Solidarity Movement, that Egypt might find Russia an eager partner after the Americans have been driven from the country.

    More Appeasement And Stupidity From Jimmy Carter

    March 13, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an interview recently aired on the Talk Radio Network [TRN], Jimmy Carter, arguably the man most responsible for the Iranian terrorist state, said that in his judgment, Iran will be dissuaded from developing nuclear weapons by the West's economic "sanctions" against it.

    Carter claimed - apparently even after the American diplomatic staff in Tehran was taken hostage for 444 days under his watch, the event which assuredly brought his regime down - that had we maintained "contacts" with the revolutionary state, "circumstances would have probably been better now." [source, http://www.trn1.com/jimmy-carter-unchanging-principles-can-guide-our-nation-during-uncertain-ti]

    He also implied that there is no need for war that, "the top leaders of Iran, who are the clergy, have said they will not do so [develop nuclear weapons]...[and] I think the economic sanctions will be adequate..."

    Mr. Carter appears not to be concerned at all with the prospect of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood coming to power. In doing so he contradicted numerous reports that the MB will quickly jettison the Israeli/Egyptian peace accord, saying that he "trusts" them [the MB] to "do the right thing."

    "I've met with the top leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood...and they assured me personally...that they will honor the peace treaty which I helped negotiate..."

    So according to the 39th president of the United States, we have nothing to fear, all is well in the Muslim world, after all, they assured Mr. Carter it was so.

    Power Grab - Muslim Brotherhood Announces Plan To Topple Egyptian Government

    March 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Emboldened by impressive electoral successes, Egypt's terrorist Muslim Brotherhood announced today that it will seek a "no-confidence," vote shortly to oust the government headed by PM Kamal al-Ganzouri.

    According to the Egyptian Independent website, "Senior Muslim Brotherhood MP Essam al-Erian indicated Parliament would reject a policy statement presented by Ganzouri to the chamber in the near future. "There is a move towards rejecting the government statement," Erian said in a brief phone interview..." [source, http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/702201]

    The Brotherhood expressed its intention to then grab complete control of Egypt's government, "The military should appoint a new government and should appoint the government which obtained the majority..."

    That entity would of course be the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Such a development would represent an opportunity, most likely previously unimaginable, because in addition to gaining control of the reins of government - a long held Brotherhood goal - the move would additionally solidity its already considerable sway within the military.

    The Hypocrisy Of The Catholic Church On Healthcare Mandate Catches Up With It

    By WILLIAM MAYER

    March 6, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It should go without saying that the American Catholic Church is now engaged in an intense struggle with the Obama administration regarding its decision to force Catholic institutions to provide a full range of "birth control/family planning" services to its employees.

    The administration maintains that such an edict [the final language was just published in the Federal Register] doesn't rise to the threshold of abridging the Church's First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

    Less prominent in the give and take on this issue is the understanding that for the most part the U.S Catholic Church, primarily through its governing board, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as its lobbyists cooperated very closely with the president on the Affordable Health Care for America Act, now commonly referred to as Obama Care.

    So complete was its devotion to the principle of government funded universal health care that at one point, feeling the extent of the coverage being offered was insufficient, Church representatives suggested that it be expanded to cover the approximately 12M [primarily Mexican] illegal aliens as a matter of Christian equity.

    We are expected to ignore the fact that the overwhelming majority of these illegals are at least nominally Roman Catholic.

    Dutch Holocaust Survivor - "I Saw How The Mufti Of Jerusalem Paid A Visit To Auschwitz-Monowitz"

    By EMERSON VERMAAT

    March 5, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "It was a very hot day in June or July 1944 when I was at work in Monowitz, also known as Auschwitz III. And then I suddenly noticed a group of people who looked like actors. They were wearing long robes and strange headgear. Occasionally, internees did perform a play in the camp. I wanted to find out myself and as I walked towards that group I was stopped by a high ranking SS-officer whom I didn't know. He was from the main camp (Auschwitz I) or Birkenau (Auschwitz II). The officer asked me, 'What do you want?' 'I just wanted to know whether these people are actors or not. Is there going to be a stage performance tonight?' 'These people aren't actors,' the SS-officer told me. 'They are the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and his retinue.' I then asked him, 'What is he doing here?' 'He is paying a visit to the camp,' the SS-officer said. 'He lives in Berlin where he enjoys Hitler's personal protection. He is now paying a visit to Monowitz to see how the Jews are working themselves to death in factories. He is also in Auschwitz to see the gas chambers. When we have won the war he will return to Palestine to build gas chambers and kill the Jews who are living over there.'"

    Ernst Verduin, a Dutch Jew from Amsterdam born in 1927, was deported to Auschwitz in September 1943. Upon arrival in Auschwitz-Birkenau he was first selected for the gas chamber but then somehow managed to leave the "gas chamber group" and join the group selected for slave labor. "An SS-officer protested loudly, but I didn't care," Verduin told me at the end of February. 'He didn't use his machine gun and kill me, although he could have done so quite easily. I later learned that the SS wanted to avoid panic at all costs and that I wasn't the only one who switched from one group to another. I already knew about the gas chambers of Auschwitz when I was still in Holland. An SS-officer named Ettlinger who was stationed at the concentration camp of Vught, told me about it. Ettlinger had previously been stationed at Auschwitz, so he knew exactly what was going on there."

    "The worst thing I saw after my arrival at Auschwitz was a group of prisoners who entered the gas chambers. These people were about to die. I later tried not to remember this terrible spectacle." Verduin only spent a few hours in Auschwitz I and II and was then transferred to Monowitz where he stayed between September 1943 and mid-January 1945.

    Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, was an important Palestinian leader who sided with the Nazis during the Second World War. Not only did this hate cleric and jihadist meet Hitler in November 1941, also did he cultivate the personal friendship of Adolf Eichmann, the very man who was in charge of organizing the Holocaust. Eichmann told his friend Willem Sassen after the war that he was proud of having killed at least 5 million "enemies of the German Reich." The Holocaust was codenamed "The Final Solution of the Jewish Problem" ("Die Endloesung der Judenfrage"). The Mufti used a similar term on at least one occasion.

    California's Proposed Backyard Abortion Bill

    By CAMILLE GIGLIO

    March 5, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - San Diego Senator Christine Kehoe, (D), has submitted a bill to the California legislature, SB 1501, Abortion, which is making waves throughout the national media.

    This bill would recognize an expanded list of non-physicians?mainly nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives?who are licensed and authorized to commit abortions, especially first trimester suction abortions and chemical abortions.

    On Tuesday, February 27th, Kehoe has stated that, "We believe it will give many California women access to earlier, safer procedures in the first trimester of their pregnancy," She said, further, that she was introducing the bill because "half of California's counties do not have an abortion provider."

    She is also motivated by a long lingering fear within the radical feminist/abortion camp that men will somehow regain control over women's bodies and prohibit abortions forcing women into a pregnancy bondage. They display photos of Congressional hearings depicting men only giving testimony regarding abortion as their proof.

    Saudi Awamiyah Oil Pipeline Under Attack?

    March 1, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Iran's semi-official news agency, Press TV, is reporting that there has possibly been an explosion damaging a major Saudi oil pipeline, "An explosion has hit oil pipelines in the flashpoint Saudi Arabian city of Awamiyah in the kingdom's oil-rich Eastern Province." [source, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/229494.html]

    This is all the information that appears to be available at the present and we have not obtained independent confirmation of the facts surrounding the matter.

    Speculation is rife regarding both the veracity of the report as well as the cause should it prove to be accurate.

    In response to the alleged incident, oil futures have leapt above $110/bbl after the market's close [see, WSJ, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203986604577255162876617488.html?mod=googlenews_wsj] making this very bad news for Team Obama, whose energy secretary Stephen Chu just yesterday testified as to the administration''s lack of interest in keeping the price of oil down.

    Chu has a history of favoring rising oil prices as a method of discouraging the use of fossil fuel.

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    Free Qur'ans For Any Purpose - The Utter Hypocrisy Of Muslim Rage

    By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER

    February 27, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As murder and mayhem further engulfs Afghanistan following the inadvertent burning of a few Qur'ans by soldiers at Bagram Air Force Base, two facts appear to have eluded the media and thereby, the public. Namely that Qur'ans are freely distributed by all the major Muslim organizations to non Muslims as part of their da'wa [Islamic proselytizing] efforts and that Muslims themselves often show scant respect for the their sacred text.

    Some of the Qur'ans which were burned had been used to transmit radical messages by inmates at the jails where the texts had been disseminated. These detainees had absolutely no problem desecrating them, for a "higher" purpose. Additionally, Muslim bombers have no qualms about attacking mosques and incinerating both the worshippers and their "Holy Qur'ans."

    One example of how the book is distributed without caring about how it will be treated is demonstrated by the Muslim Student Association, a Muslim Brotherhood linked group, which routinely rolls out "da'wa tables" at universities offering free Qur'ans for the taking. Similarly, mosques distribute "the revealed word of God," to anyone who requests a copy - no questions asked.

    Iran - "Earth Belongs To Muslims, End Is Near"

    By REZA KAHLILI

    February 23, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Iran's economy is struggling because of crippling new restrictions on the country's financial system, but no amount of sanctions will keep the mullahs from their headlong pursuit of nuclear weapons, which they hope will help usher in Islamic dominance of the world. The religious leaders believe it is their responsibility, as foreshadowed by the Quran, to bring about nuclear war to facilitate the coming of the last Islamic Messiah.

    Two Iranian grand ayatollahs are now saying that the Earth will soon be under the feet of Muslims, as promised by the Quran.

    The clerical establishment in Iran has long believed that the Islamic Revolution of 1979 was a sign by Allah that the end of times is near and that the duty and responsibility of the believers is to become ready for such an event.

    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, indicated to his close associates that he saw a mandate for the final glorification of Allah to overthrow the Shah, establish an Islamic state and then pass the flag of Islam to the last Islamic Messiah. When asked if he would be the one to pass the flag, he responded that "the one after me will be the one" who will create the circumstances for the reappearance of Imam Mahdi, the Shiites' 12th Imam.

    Rand Perspective On Iranian/Israeli Conflict Deeply Flawed

    February 22, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Iran's press TV [see, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/228042.html] today is touting a piece 'Long-term consequence of Iran war disastrous for Israel' which is based on the foreign policy perspective of RAND Corporation's Dalia Dassa Kaye who is identified on the organization's website as a senior political scientist.

    The Press TV piece uses as its centerpiece an op-ed penned by Kaye for the LA Times, entitled "Israel's risky option on Iran" [see, http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/21/opinion/la-oe-0221-kaye-israel-20120221].

    In that article Ms. Kaye claims, "While proponents may believe that Israel can endure the short-term military and diplomatic fallout of such action, the long-term consequences are likely to be disastrous for Israel's security..." Therefore she concludes that the downside of an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities make it, "too uncertain and potentially too costly to justify a strike," adding that, "the consensus among Western analysts is that a military attack against Iran would at best delay Iran's nuclear development, not stop it."

    If Ms. Kaye really believes that her analysis reflects "the consensus among Western analysts," she should get out more often and stay away from the Obama's State Department's Middle East Desk and its "experts" who have led us to the current insane policy of throttling Israel in an attempt to draw Iran into a serious dialogue regarding its nuclear war making capacity.

    On that point James Woolsey, former Dir. of Central Intelligence [whom we must assume had a higher security clearance than does Ms. Kaye] is in serious disagreement with Ms. Kaye and her imagined consensus of the "oh-so-bright." He believes that if negotiations and "sanctions," don't work that Iran must be prevented - militarily - from becoming a member of the nuke club.

    The Detoxification Of Islam

    By AMIL IMANI

    February 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Detoxification is the physiological or psychological removal of toxic substances from a living organism. "Toxic Islam" is a type of dependence inducing "potion." In the same way that, let us say, alcohol is. Millions and perhaps billions of people imbibe alcohol. A great majority of these consumers qualify as moderate and social drinkers. Drinking alcohol may do them some psychological good but may also inflict some health problems and a monetary price. Yet, a vast number of human beings find enough "comfort" to put up with the monetary, health, relationships, and other costs of their drinking.

    A certain number of these people are the heavy drinkers who are severely dependent and reliant on the drug. And there are those who are infrequent drinkers. They may have some wine at Christmas or on their birthday. And finally, there are those who are teetotalers. They never touch the stuff. So, you have what statisticians call a "bell curve" -- people distribute themselves along the drinking dimension as a bell-shaped function. Some are on one extreme, some on the other, with the great majority between the two extremes.

    The same bell curve applies to Muslims. Islam is habit-forming. Just like alcohol. How strongly habit forming? It depends on the person and his circumstances. Is Islam "beneficial" to the person? For some it is. For others, toxic Islam is life itself, just like booze for the skid-row alcoholic.

    Mind Invasion

    Islam, from its inception, discovered the crucial secret of getting to the young mind early by adhering to the dictum: Instruction in early childhood is akin to carving in a rock. In the same vein goes the Jesuit saying, "Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man." The immense importance of getting to the young mind is also emphasized by non-religious doctrines as diverse as the Freudian psychoanalytic theory and Watsonian behaviorist psychology.

    New Video - Anatomy Of A Smear - Charges CAIR And NY Times With "Cultural Jihad"

    February 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In response to a campaign of disinformation regarding the critically acclaimed film, The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America, the film's producers have released a video exposing the smear.

    Most everyone interested in national security matters is by now aware that, The Third Jihad, has been subjected to intense vilification, led by the MSM [notably the New York Times] which now seems to be operating as a mouthpiece for the Council on American Islamic Relations.

    Editor's note: Regarding CAIR's bona fides, the public record is clear. In post prosecution court proceedings, following the landmark conviction of all defendants in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, 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]

    In the video, the film's producers charge, "...blatant inaccuracies, misquotes, omissions and innuendos of New York Times articles and editorials aimed at discrediting The Third Jihad as "hateful" and Islamophobic...Claims that The Third Jihad is an anti-Islam film are ignorant and misinformed...Those that have blasted the film are attempting to stifle an important debate about the internal state of the Muslim community in America, and whether politicized Islam and indoctrination pose tangible security threats..."

    Iran Warns - Suicide Bombers Poised To Strike U.S.

    By REZA KAHLILI

    February 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Iran has sleeper cells throughout the United States and the West that will unleash suicide bombings should Iranian nuclear facilities be attacked.

    The leaders of the Islamic regime have long prepared for a confrontation with the United States. Now, with tensions over Iran's nuclear program, U.S. Navy assets taking position in the Persian Gulf, Israel threatening strikes against Iranian nuclear sites and the decision by the regime in Tehran to pursue its goal of obtaining nuclear weapons, the Iranians are making it clear to America that U.S. military bases around the world and sites inside the U.S. will be attacked if Iranian nuclear facilities are attacked.

    In a recent Friday prayers sermon in Tehran, the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised that if America attacked Iran, Iran would respond by causing 10 times as much destruction to America as it had caused to Iran. Others in the regime have been more specific.

    Will Obama Remove The $10 Million Bounty For Mullah Omar And Other Taliban Terrorists?

    February 20, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Though the talks between the U.S. and Afghanistan's Taliban are being conducted under tight security in Qatar, the few details which have leaked are enough to make national security professionals awaken in a cold sweat.

    Aside from the ugly spectacle of an American government bargaining with the Taliban's barbarians while the organization continues to kill Americans in Afghanistan, the Obama administration is seriously considering releasing 5 of the most dangerous Taliban jihadists currently being held at GITMO in order to further curry favor with Taliban negotiators.

    Those five have been described as the worst of the worst by those who should know.

    As Congressman Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA] states about the process:

    "The Taliban is a terrorist organization responsible for the death and maiming of hundreds of Americans in Afghanistan, and were in league with al-Qaida when 3,000 people were murdered in the U.S. on 9/11...While President Obama refuses to talk to America's natural allies in Afghanistan, the Northern Front, he is in the processes of making one-sided concessions to the Taliban that will put some of its worst killers back in action...President Obama is negotiating with the Taliban from a position of provocative weakness, accepting their preconditions to release some of the Taliban's top terrorist plotters to resume their work without anything in return."

    Obama's unilateral decision to withdraw from Afghanistan by a date certain gives the Taliban the upper hand in any conceivable negotiations. Thus, this process is more akin to the Taliban dictating the terms of a U.S. surrender in Afghanistan. Left unsaid in Mr. Obama's increasingly reckless approach to this matter is an important question. Should the U.S. emerge from the Qatar talks with a "peace agreement" between it, the Afghan government and the Taliban, will those who currently represent a mortal danger to U.S. interests, including the safety of the American public, be removed from the State Department's Most Wanted list? [see, Rewards for Justice, http://www.rewardsforjustice.net/index.cfm?page=wanted_terrorist&language=english]

    British Hate Cleric Haitham Al-Haddad Visits Holland Despite Strong Opposition

    By EMERSON VERMAAT

    February 20, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Recently, the Dutch parliament unsuccessfully tried to prevent Sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad, a controversial Islamic "hate cleric," from entering the country. Sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad is a Wahhabist cleric from Saudi Arabia who studied in Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Britain. He has lived in Britain for many years. He had been invited to participate in a symposium at Amsterdam's Free University. But members of parliament claim that this cleric from Britain espouses anti-Semitic views calling Jews "descendents of apes and pigs" and defending the stoning of women. A majority of the parliament's Second Chamber asked the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security to prevent the cleric from entering the country. The minister, however, did not comply with this request, although the Free University had already cancelled the symposium. Instead, the cleric participated in a debate in the Amsterdam debate center "De Balie" on Friday, February 17.

    One day before, the Dutch news program "Nieuwsuur" conducted a live interview with the controversial cleric who had refused to come to the TV studio in Hilversum as the person who was to interview him there was a woman named Mariëlle Tweebeeke. Al-Haddad did not object a to satellite interview, though. He immediately denied all allegations.

    Tweebeeke: In 2001 you said, and I quote: "I will explain to you the essence of the struggle between us and the Jews. They are the enemies of Allah, they descend from apes and pigs." This sounds very radical to me.

    Will Egypt Demand Release Of World Trade Bomber, The "Blind" Sheikh, For 19 American Hostages?

    February 18, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Omar Abdel Rahman [aka, the "blind" sheikh] is currently serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

    Plucked from this relative obscurity, he has once again been injected into the news cycle, this time as part of gambit by Egyptian Islamists [including presidential candidate Hazem Abu Ismail] to secure Rahman's release in exchange for 19 Americans [most employed by NGOs] who are being held hostage in the country, accused of fomenting civil unrest.

    According to Iran's semi-official Press TV news agency [see, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/227393.html] Ismail, "...an Islamic thinker, and a presidential hopeful said the parliament ...must play a pivotal role in pressuring the government to hold serious talks with the US over the release of [the] al-Azhar cleric...an Egyptian lawyer told Press TV that the Parliament along with the government should take the initiative to propose the release of the detained Islamic leader in exchange for 19 Americans who will be tried later this month on charges of receiving funds to instigate violence in the country..."

    Ismail has long been recognized as an influential Muslim Brotherhood intellectual but officially broke ties with the party [wink-wink-nod-nod] upon his announcement as a candidate for the Egyptian presidency.

    An important aspect of his candidacy rests upon the assertion that Egypt should abrogate its peace treaty with Israel [see, http://bikyamasr.com/47045/egypt-candidate-abu-ismail-no-gambling-no-bikinis-no-alcohol-islamic-dress/]

    Countdown! Iran's Finger On Nuclear Trigger

    By REZA KAHLILI

    February 17, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Pry notes that reports that Iran is working on an atomic trigger ? a device that helps initiate the fission reaction that results in a nuclear explosion ? indicates that Iran's nuclear weaponization is advanced, since this is one of the last steps toward building an atomic warhead. Centrifuge technology has enabled Pakistan, North Korea and now Iran to enrich uranium to weapons grade without requiring enormous, and impossible to disguise, gaseous diffusion plants, thus enabling those countries to build nuclear weapons clandestinely.

    "The U.S. Manhattan Project produced two atomic bombs of radically different designs in just three years," Pry says, "yet Iran has supposedly been struggling to build a nuclear weapon for two decades. Some of us believe Iran may already have nuclear weapons but has concealed this from the West in order to avoid a preemptive strike until such time as Iran's nuclear status will become irreversible, as with North Korea."

    Pry warns that Iran does not have to develop an ICBM in order to pose a nuclear threat to the United States. "Iran has already demonstrated the capability to launch a missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon from a freighter at sea."

    Barring Use Of Nukes, U.S. Incapable Of Destroying Iran's Fordow Weapons Lab

    February 13, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a January 28 WSJ [see Pentagon Seeks Mightier Bomb vs. Iran] piece that received little attention, Pentagon insiders state that our largest currently produced conventional munition, the Massive Ordnance Penetrator [MOP], is incapable of breaching Iran's newly operational Fordow plant which is located inside a mountain in Iran's Fordow range.

    The site is situated within the confines of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard base [see BREAKING! - Iran's Fordow Nuclear Weapons Lab Made Operational].

    "The Pentagon was particularly concerned about its ability to destroy bunkers built under mountains, such as Iran's Fordow site near the Shiite Muslim holy city of Qom, according to a former senior U.S. official who is an expert on Iran.

    The official said some Pentagon war planners believe conventional bombs won't be effective against Fordow and that a tactical nuclear weapon may be the only military option if the goal is to destroy the facility. 'Once things go into the mountain, then really you have to have something that takes the mountain off,' the official said."

    BREAKING! - Iran's Fordow Nuclear Weapons Lab Made Operational

    By REZA KAHLILI

    February 13, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to Mehr News Agency, sources within Iran revealed that there will be an announcement in a few days that the previously secret nuclear site, the Fordow nuclear enrichment facility, is now fully operational and enriching uranium at a 20% level.

    The world learned about the existence of this site in 2009 when the Iranians disclosed it to the IAEA right before President Obama, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom, and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France made statements at the G-20 summit in Pittsburg that referenced the secret Iranian site.

    The site is built deep into a mountain on a Revolutionary Guards' base near the city of Qom.

    The Iranian leaders had intended to transfer much of their low-enriched uranium stock from Natanz to Fordow and to start the process of enrichment at a much higher level with protection against any attack.

    It is reported that the site cannot be destroyed even with the current bunker-buster bombs kept in the U.S. military's arsenal.

    It should be noted that the Fordow facility can only house 3,000 centrifuges, and is therefore useless for providing fuel for a nuclear power plant. The only purpose is for clandestine use or for making a nuclear bomb. It is also important to note that enriching uranium to the 20% level is 9/10 of the way to weaponization.

    Iran currently has enough enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs and continues its illicit nuclear activities despite four different sets of UN sanctions already in place.

    Hamas' Prime Minister Of Gaza, Ismail Haniya, Greeted In Iran For High Level Talks

    February 10, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to PressTV and the Fars News Agency [both semi-official instruments of the Iranian government] Hamas' Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, arrived in Tehran today for a three day flurry of meetings with the country's leadership.

    As PressTV [see, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/226022.html] reports the matter, Haniya will meet all of Iran's top level officials:

    "During his stay in Iran, Haniyeh will meet and confer with the high-ranking Iranian officials, including the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili."

    According to the Khaleej Times Haniya is scheduled to speak, along with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at an event celebrating the Mullocracy's 33rd anniversary [see, http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?col=§ion=middleeast&xfile=data/middleeast/2012/February/middleeast_February315.xml].

    Iran's Quds Forces Storm Into Syria, Takes Central Role In Assad's Bloody Crackdown

    By REZA KAHLILI

    February 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a recent order, Ayatollah Khamenei has given the duty of stabilizing the Assad regime in Syria to Iran's Quds forces.

    According to the Turkish newspaper, Sabah, the commander of the Quds forces, Qassem Soleimani and 15,000 of his fighters have entered Syria with the mission of assisting in the suppression of the Syrian protestors. The Quds forces will act as a firewall for the Assad regime as the Syrian army is finding itself in a difficult situation where many officers are joining the opposition because they do not approve of the mass killings of the civilians, which so far has taken the lives of more than 5,000 people.

    Other sources have indicated that Qassem Soleimani has a permanent presence in Syria's war room overseeing and managing the attacks on the opposition.

    Will "Justice" For Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth Result In Justice Denied For Murdered SFPD Sgt. John Young?

    By WILLIAM MAYER

    February 7, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On November 5, 1968 Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth, attempted to make a credit card purchase at the now defunct retailer, White Front, located in South San Francisco [San Mateo County].

    Local law enforcement was alerted when it became apparent that the card had been stolen.

    Responding to the call, officers were confronted with a hand gun wielding Bridgeforth who "escorted" them and a store employee to the front curb where a getaway car sat, idling. In the car were Ray Boudreaux and Henry Jones.

    As Bridgeforth entered the vehicle another officer, providing backup, pulled his squad car in front of Bridgeforth's, blocking it. A gunfight ensued during which Bridgeforth fired at the officers. The escape attempt quickly ended in a car crash whereupon Bridgeforth and his two cohorts were taken into custody. Bridgeforth sustained a gunshot wound to the foot.1

    The following year Bridgeforth pleaded guilty to the charge of assault with a deadly weapon, but jumped bail before sentencing.

    Bridgeforth covered his tracks well, he simply disappeared.

    Last week Bridgeforth, attorney at hand, surfaced in a San Mateo court room after 40 years on the run, vowing to plead guilty to the now ancient charges and stating, "I guess I've come back to face the consequences of my actions...in the end, it's always about family..." [see, Fugitive In '68 South San Francisco Police Shooting Surrenders, http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/11/10/fugitive-in-68-south-san-francisco-police-shooting-surrenders/].

    Paks Push Further Alliance With Iran - "We Should Strengthen Our Trade And Economic Ties"

    February 6, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a development highlighted by Iran's Fars News Agency [see, Pakistan Eager To Further Increase Energy Cooperation With Iran, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9010173838], the increasingly rogue Pak government recently declared its intentions to solidify its "relationship" with Iran's Islamic dictatorship as the West seemingly heads in the opposite direction, preparing for military conflict.

    "During the meeting on Monday, the minister suggested that Iran and Pakistan should strengthen their trade and economic ties...Iran and Pakistan enjoy strong brotherly relations and their historic relationship provide basis for strong economic ties. 'We are close religiously, geographically and culturally, we should strengthen our trade and economic ties,' added the minister."

    The planned cooperation would include assistance in constructing a gas pipeline which would help deal with Pakistan's chronic energy shortage as well as generating much needed cash for Iran's outlaw regime.

    Iran Nuke Negotiations Will Fail - Islamic Fanatics Won't Deal

    By REZA KAHLILI

    February 6, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that he will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and that all options to prevent that are on the table.

    More importantly, Obama said the Islamic regime, which fuels terrorism worldwide and oppresses its own people at home, could still rejoin the international community "if it changes course and meets its obligations." That is not going to happen ? despite glimmers of hope after a trip of UN nuclear inspectors to Iran this week.

    As a former CIA spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, I wrote a cautionary, open letter to President Obama when he took office three years ago. I said I was worried that he failed to see the realities of the regime's fanaticism.

    In offering to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program, Mr. Obama must have believed that the aggressive policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush, were to blame for the lack of progress. But I reminded the new president of the long history of attempted rapprochement by every US administration, each attempt ending in failure.

    The American Left's Reckless Disregard For The Truth Concerning The Muslim Brotherhood

    February 1, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An article authored by Brian Katulis, a Sr. Fellow at the Center for American Progress - the Soros funded, John Podesta guided, hiring center for Team Obama - entitled, Support Pluralism in Egypt's Transition, was today republished by Ikhwanweb, the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood's English website [see, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29613].

    That is never a good sign.

    Katulis was previously employed by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs [NDI, see http://www.americanprogress.org/aboutus/staff/KatulisBrian.html] - a backwater of the most extremist wing of the Democrat party. For example the operation is run by Madeleine Albright, Clinton's dull-witted Secretary of State. The organization's luminaries include a roster of failed Dem politicians, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Tom Daschle, Howard Dean, Donna Brazile and the like [see, http://www.ndi.org/board_of_directors].

    Regardless of Mr. Katulis' ideological lineage, one might hope for a bit more candor from someone who has spent a considerable amount of time in the Middle East [including Gaza and Egypt].

    Rather than bearing witness to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis' power grab in Egypt [which is so obvious that even the New York Times admits as much, see, Islamists Win 70% of Seats in the Egyptian Parliament, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/world/middleeast/muslim-brotherhood-wins-47-of-egypt-assembly-seats.html] Katulis writes glowingly, "...Despite the small wave of gloomy and pessimistic articles in the United States about the risks posed by the rise of Islamist political parties in Egypt...What I observed is hope about the historic opportunity tempered with the realism of the challenges of advancing a more pluralistic society that respects the wide range of views and building a new governing system that can deal with the growing economic and social problems..."

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    "Miles of Smiles" - Islamist Agitators Prepare To Enter Gaza Through Egypt's Rafah Border Crossing


    May 31, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As reported by The Egyptian Independent, an English version of the Arabic language publication, Al-Masry Al-Youm, "Dozens of international activists...landed in Cairo International Airport on Thursday in order to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing." [source, http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/activists-arrive-cairo-enter-gaza-through-rafah-crossing]

    The small contingent of Islamists and their supporters have been drawn from countries hostile to the existence of the State of Israel, coming from "Palestine," Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia, among others. Some Europeans are apparently also involved.

    These activists, are operating under a fraudulent cover operation entitled, "Miles of Smiles," an attempt to put a smiley face on Islamic jihad.

    The Islamist "Occupied Palestine" blog, states that "former Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Al-Hoss, "is leading the operation." [source, http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/miles-for-smiles-3-convoy-geared-to-bring-aid-to-gaza/]. "Occupied Palestine," features Muslim extremist rhetoric, such as "We can make peace with Israel, if you can make peace with cancer " [source, http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/we-can-make-peace-with-israel-if-you-can-make-peace-with-cancer-by-khalid-amayreh/]

    Al-Hoss is, as one might expect, a jihadi whose dictatorial rule during the peak of Lebanon's genocidal civil war is a matter of public record.

    Not surprisingly, Al-Hoss supports both Iran's expansionist foreign policy as well as its nuclear program. [on the later please refer to the following which appeared on an Iranian state controlled new site, Press TV which is banned in most of Europe for obvious reasons. [see, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/238131.html]

    With people of this ilk running "Miles of Smiles," we know in advance that the small group's intent is to further threaten Western interests in the Middle East as well as stoking the fires of the international movement to destroy the Jewish state.

    We opine that this event has the full blessing of Egypt's terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, which now effectively controls the country.

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