Federal officials announced charges against a Brooklyn man on Thursday, saying he traveled overseas intent on joining a terrorist group and fighting United States forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.
Authorities said the man, Betim Kaziu, 21, a former building porter who was born and raised in Brooklyn, flew from Kennedy International Airport to Cairo in February in the first leg of a journey he hoped would take him to Pakistan for militant training. Authorities said that while in Egypt he made repeated attempts to buy weapons and tried to join a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda. In addition, authorities said, Mr. Kaziu made efforts to travel to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.
In a three-page indictment, unsealed Thursday in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, authorities said Mr. Kaziu eventually made it to Kosovo, where he was arrested by Kosovar law enforcement authorities in late August and returned to the United States.
He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. If convicted, he could face life in prison....The allegations shocked Mr. Kaziu's family in Brooklyn. "This is totally unlike him," said a sister, Sihana Kaziu, who added that he was never violent and had a "big heart." Ms. Kaziu said her brother, a Muslim, did not grow up particularly religious.
One of four siblings, he played football in high school before dropping out, she said. He later got his high school equivalency diploma and around age 18 became interested in the Koran and said he wanted to dedicate his life to God, a prospect that pleased his parents, she said. He told his family that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, and kept in touch regularly by e-mail....
September 2009 Archives
September 30, 2009
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." - Albert Einstein
Deadlines are a convenient, renewable resource in foreign policy. They give the appearance that action is being taken, and they buy time before having to do something more substantial. The problem is, they buy Iran time as well.
Thursday's meeting in Geneva between Iran's chief nuclear negotiator and western governments will be the last chance to come to a settlement over the programme, diplomats said yesterday. If not, western governments would seek tough new sanctions at the United Nations.
"The ball is in the Iranians' court," said one source. "What they do in Geneva will be a fundamental test for the Iranians."
The meeting is the first of its kind for more than a year and the first with Iran at which Washington will be a full partner for three decades. It follows last week's revelation that the Iranians were developing a secret uranium enrichment facility near the city of Qom.
That disclosure may have rattled the Iranian government, but its president was in bellicose mood yesterday in setting out his terms for the meeting.
He said it was the West, not Iran, which had the opportunity to show it had changed its attitudes.
"The leaders of these countries made a historic mistake with their comments about the new plant," he said. "The negotiators can definitely adopt any policy that they want, but we will not be harmed."
The West's negotiating team, led by the European Union's foreign policy representative Javier Solana, is hoping that the hardline bluster is preparing the way politically for a more conciliatory approach face-to-face.
They say do not know whether Iran wants to cut a deal or not.
"The key thing is, by the second half of the day, is there any sense of whether they are in a frame of mind where they want to engage?" the source said. "We are offering a process of co-operation with Iran - on economic issues, energy, even things like education."
Close attention will be paid to the reaction from Russia and China, which have the power to veto any proposed sanctions.
Russia reacted critically to the disclosure of Iran's latest secret programme, but China has shown no willingness to shift from its previous opposition to more sanctions.
The West's general stance received some backing from Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The West claims that the secret construction of the new facility was in violation of Iran's commitments, but Tehran says it was not obliged to inform the IAEA until six months before it introduced nuclear material.
But Mr ElBaradei told a television interviewer: "They have been on the wrong side of the law in so far as informing the agency about the construction.
"Iran was supposed to inform us on the day it was decided to construct the facility. They have not done that."
Jihad of the wallet. "Westchester man admits sending aid to terrorist training camp in Afghanistan," by Alison Gendar for the New York Daily News, September 30 (thanks to James):
A Westchester County businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to funneling money to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.
Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari admitted in Manhattan Federal Court that he wired the $152,000 overseas, believing the money would buy night vision goggles for killers in a terror boot camp.
His defense team initially claimed Alishtari was more interested in getting paid by the undercover agent who asked him to make the transfer than in any cause or jihad.
Alishtari had hoped the agent, who passed himself off as a wealthy Middle Easterner, would invest in Flat Electronic Data Interchange, a loan investment program Alishtari was running.
Federal prosecutors have called it a fraud, and Alishtari fessed up yesterday that he also stole from its investors.
"Alishtari today admitted that he stole millions from investors and knowingly financed what he believed to be tools of terror," said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara....
Jamie Glazov continues to hold feminists' feet to the fire about their inconsistency and refusal to condemn the oppression of women under Sharia. An update on this story.
"Will Naomi Wolf Fight Female Genital Mutilation?," by Jamie Glazov at the News Real Blog, September 29:
I have a little follow-up to my run-in with Naomi Wolf over the sexiness of the burqa.
As our readers will be familiar, Wolf went on a political pilgrimage to Morocco, Jordan, and Egypt and found a thriving sexuality behind the veil.
I have been wondering ever since if Wolf was at all concerned about what state women's vaginas were in within the sexual paradises that she visited and praised, seeing that the barbaric crime of female genital mutilation is perpetrated with high frequency in the areas she visited.
But not that a fellow traveler would care about anything like that.
Who does care is Lucy Semiyan Mashua, a freedom fighter from Kenya who survived several kinds of genital mutilation, slavery, child abuse, rape and torture. Today she is leading a new global campaign against female genital mutilation. Will you help? It might just take signing a petition. Please enter the fight by reading all about the new effort to save girls from this genocide.
Will Naomi Wolf join the battle? For instance, will she denounce the Islamic theology and teachings that lead to the mutilation of Muslim girls in Islamic countries?
In FrontPage this morning I discuss the recent increase of aid to Pakistan:
Last Thursday the Senate voted to triple the amount of non-military aid to Pakistan to $1.5 billion annually. The money is supposed to go to build democracy and aid anti-terror efforts. "We should make clear to the people of Pakistan," explained Senator Richard Lugar, "that our interests are focused on democracy, pluralism, stability, and the fight against terrorism. If Pakistan is to break its debilitating cycle of instability, it will need to achieve progress on fighting corruption, delivering government services, and promoting broad based economic growth."
This all sounds great, until one looks at the post-9/11 record of dealings between the United States and Pakistan. Last September, the New York Times reported that "after the attacks of Sept. 11, President Pervez Musharraf threw his lot in with the United States. Pakistan has helped track down Al Qaeda suspects, launched a series of attacks against militants inside the tribal areas -- a new offensive got under way just weeks ago -- and given many assurances of devotion to the antiterrorist cause. For such efforts, Musharraf and the Pakistani government have been paid handsomely, receiving more than $10 billion in American money since 2001." However, "the survival of Pakistan's military and civilian leaders has depended on a double game: assuring the United States that they were vigorously repressing Islamic militants -- and in some cases actually doing so -- while simultaneously tolerating and assisting the same militants."
What has changed in Pakistan since then? Not much. Musharraf is gone, but much of the rest of the Pakistani leadership is the same, and above all, the core attitudes that led to the double game being conducted in the first place have not changed. One fundamental assumption that all too many Pakistani officials hold is that when something goes wrong with society, it is because the people have faltered in their fidelity to Islam, and only renewed religious fervor can solve the problem and restore prosperity to the nation and health to the society. This assumption militates against the idea that any amount of American aid will significantly alter the situation in Pakistan, or lessen popular support for the Islamic jihad of the Taliban and allied groups. For the Americans will always, no matter how much money they lavish upon the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, be infidels. The solution to Pakistan's problems will not be seen as lying with them, but with a renewed commitment to Islam....
I was at the much-ballyhooed event last Friday, and here is my report in Human Events today:
The organizers of the "Islam on Capitol Hill" event last Friday came only about 47,000 people short of their goal of bringing 50,000 Muslims to Washington to pray in front of the Capitol building. Although the event received a great deal of publicity, it didn't receive the backing of the leading American Muslim advocacy groups -- the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public Affairs Council - and apparently that was enough to keep it from drawing Muslims to Capitol Hill in the numbers the organizers would have liked.
Nonetheless, the event went on, peacefully, under skies that initially threatened rain but then turned brilliantly sunny. Still, it was a huge missed opportunity for American Muslims, and not just because the turnout was far smaller than expected.
Organizer Hassen Abdellah had explained before the event that it was designed "to show we are not terrorists, but that most of us Muslims here love America and abide by its laws." And it took place against a backdrop of a sharp increase in violent jihad activity in the United States. In the week leading up to the Islam on Capitol Hill prayer meeting, two Muslims, including an imam, were arrested for their alleged roles in an elaborate plot involving numerous other Muslims in New York City and Denver, who were evidently planning a major jihad attack at a sports stadium.
Another Muslim, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, was arrested after placing an inert car bomb at a 60-story office tower in downtown Dallas. Yet another Muslim, an American convert who calls himself Talib Islam, was arrested for plotting to blow up the Paul Findley Federal Building in Springfield, Illinois.
All that in one week. If the Islam on Capitol Hill event was really supposed to show that Muslims were not terrorists, wouldn't it have been a good opportunity to denounce those jihad plots and the Islamic doctrines of warfare and supremacism that inspired them in the first place? For these were not just plots to sow undifferentiated mayhem, but were specifically Islamic jihad plots developed by Muslims who believed that the violence they unleashed would advance the cause of Islam. Dallas plotter Smadi explained his intentions in fervently expressed Islamic theological terms: "I truly say it that my dream is to be among God's soldiers, first for the support of Islam and my beloved Sheik Usama [bin Laden], may God give him long life....I am ready for the Jihadi life....Victory is coming, is coming to defeat the Romans [i.e., Christians] and for the destruction of the Jews. God is Most Great. We shall attack them in their very homes. Brother, by God, we shall attack them in a manner that hurts, an attack that shakes the world." Likewise Talib Islam spoke to a man whom he did not know was an FBI informant about his desire to wage Islamic jihad and bring down the U.S. government.
But Hassen Abdellah, asked on the morning of the prayer meeting to denounce these plots, demurred, saying that the event was not meant for denunciations. Yet Brooklyn imam Abdul Malik, who preached the sermon at the gathering, found ample time to denounce the immorality of American popular culture and indulge in several oblique denunciations of Christianity. He emphatically recommended Islam as the cure for America's ills - and this was a political prescription, not solely a religious one. I spoke to several Muslims at the event; all said they'd like to see Islamic law, Sharia, come to the United States - a sentiment rife with political implications that remain a matter of indifference on the part of officials sworn to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.
Islam on Capitol Hill was supposed to show that Muslims are not terrorists. Yet not a word was said at the event about the Muslims arrested for terrorist activity that same week, or any assurances given that the assembled Muslims were working to root out this problem from the Islamic community. What's more, the Islamic terrorists' stated goal is the imposition of Sharia, with its denial of free speech and legal equality, and that seemed to be just fine with most of those who prayed Jummah prayer on Capitol Hill on Friday.
It was hardly a comforting message to give to free Americans.
One of the most dynamic speakers and passionate advocates for the defense of the West that I know, my friend and colleague Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, is speaking November 7 at a gala event hosted by the Collin County Conservative Republicans. People are coming from all over the country to be at this event, two Congressmen and a Texas State Representative are going to be there, and tickets are going fast. You can reserve tickets here, and here are more details about the event:
An Intimate evening with Pamela Geller
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Honorary Host Committee:
Congressman Sam Johnson (TX03)
Congressman Ralph Hall (TX04)
State Representative Jerry Madden (TX Dist. 67)
Collin County Judge Keith Self
"We thank our sitting elected officials who have served in the Armed Forces for serving on our honorary host committee."
Join us early in the evening (5:00-700 p.m.) for the VIP Patriot Reception. The VIP reception allows you to meet Ms. Geller and the Honorary Host Committee, enjoy hors d'oeuvres from Texas' own Eddie Dean, grab an autograph and photo, and toast a glass of champagne to the future of the GOP.
If you cannot attend the VIP Reception, please join us at 7:30 p.m. for Pamela's speaking engagement.
No wonder they think that the West is foolish and weak, and can be beaten. "Mideast: Shalit video to be 'swapped' for 20 Palestinian prisoners," from AKI, September 30 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Tel Aviv, 30 Sept. (AKI) - Israel is set to receive fresh video footage of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit proving he is alive in exchange for the release of 20 female Palestinian prisoners.
Shalit has been held in the Gaza Strip since his abduction in 2006 by Palestinian militants.
The video will be handed over after a decision by Israel's security cabinet to release 20 Palestinian women held in Israeli jails, Israeli daily Haaretz said on Wednesday.
The video will be viewed as definite proof that Shalit is still alive.
A statement by the office of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it expects the deal to be carried out on Friday.
"According to the proposal by mediators, Israel will receive updated and unequivocal proof of Shalit's condition," the statement by the prime minister's office said. It did not specify a date for the release of the female prisoners....
As everyone knows, the idea that "Islam orders a violent end for those who leave the faith" is just "bigoted nonsense." Unfortunately, somehow these Muslims in Bangladesh, like so many other Muslims all over the world, have fallen prey to this bigoted nonsense, misunderstood their tolerant faith, and actually threatened to kill this Muslim who converted to Christianity. I expect that Michael Kruse and Meredith Heagney will be on the next plane to Dhaka, ready to explain to these Muslims how they are getting Islam all wrong, wrong, wrong.
"Christian convert from Islam and family threatened with death," from AsiaNews, September 30 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Dhaka (AsiaNews) - William Gomes, a Catholic convert from Islam, is in mortal danger. For the past several days he has been the target of Muslim extremists who want to kill him because of his new faith. On 25 September he had to flee his home to escape from a group of Islamic militants who wanted to kill him and his family (wife and child), setting fire to their house. After Friday prayers at a mosque nearby, a group of fanatics had asked the leaders of their mosque to decide on the fate of the young man and the penalty to be inflicted on him.
A freelance journalist and human rights activist, married to a Catholic and father of a child, Gomes had recently received threats, but on September 25, his accusers passed from words to deeds. Led by Nazmi Mohammed Uddin Titu, a local leader of the Chatra League movement of young Muslims, a group marched on the house of the young man accused of apostasy.
The human rights activist sought police protection, but officers of the Police Commission in Jatrabri limited themselves to filing his complaint. Gomes said that the officer on duty guaranteed police intervention only after the fact happened saying he was not surprised at the anger of Muslims over his conversion....
An Israeli citizen suffered mild to moderate gunshot wounds to his hand Tuesday evening near the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel, north of Jerusalem.
According to local settlers, at approximately 8 pm unknown assailants opened fire at an Israeli vehicle travelling east of Shvut Rachel....
The shots apparently came from terrorists positioned at the side of the road.
"This is the fourth shooting in the area in the past four months," Binyamin Council Head Avi Roeh told Ynet.
"This attack is a direct result of the removal of roadblocks. It's only by some miracle that the outcome of these attacks has been no worse than injuries, but you cannot base security policies on miracles."
Salam Fayad, with his suit and his tie and his reputation for being an apolitical "technocrat," and with his American experience, is useful for the "Palestinian" Arabs as they downplay their never-ending ferocity. They do this purely for Western audiences of those whose goodwill they need, that is, those whom they most need to inveigle through personal charm and the plausible delivery of plausible lies that depend on the intended audience's ignorance both of Islam and of the nature of the war being waged (a tous azimuths) against Israel.
Salam Fayad is the perfect front man for this. He's the Very Type and Original of the Nobody-Here-But-Us-Accountants School of "Palestinian" Arab representatives. The same could be said of the henchman for many decades of Yassir Arafat, during some of his bloodiest years, Mahmoud Abbas. Didn't Obama say, anent Ahmadinejad, that Holocaust-denial was intolerable? Yet Obama just the other day met and exchanged smiles and handshakes with Abbas, whose MGU doctoral thesis was a long-winded discussion of the "exaggerations" of the Holocaust, which is merely a form of Holocaust denial. Why has his involvement in the worst acts by Arafat, why has his Holocaust-denial, why has everything that Abbas said at that recent "Palestinian" gathering in Ramallah been so willfully ignored in the calculation of American policymakers, beginning at the Islam-ignorant and naive top?
But remember: they sincerely want peace! "2 Gaza rockets hit Negev; no injuries," by Shmulik Hadad for Ynet, September 29 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Two Qassam rockets fired from northern Gaza Tuesday evening landed in open areas within the limits of the Eshkol and Ashkelon Beach regional councils. There were no reports of injury or damage.
The first rocket was launched at around 7 pm. The "Color Red" alert system sounded, and security forces locate the rocket's landing site near an Eshkol Regional Council community.
The second rocket, which was fired by Palestinian terrorists an hour-and-a-half later, hit south of Ashkelon.
The rocket attack on the Ashkelon area was the first in two months. "I am not ruling out the possibility that Hamas is testing our nerves and level of preparedness," Ashkelon Beach Regional Council head Yair Farjoun told Ynet, "Our response must be swift and powerful. We cannot allow the current situation to continue."...
Hope you are in the worst of health (almighty willing). Do you think that your lies about Islam will get the Muslims really frantic so they cause a big commotion so you and your message can be really famous? Do you really think that that Muslims & Christians will not see through your lies and fight each other?
Why don't you write that the holy prophet Muhammad may the almighty grant him peace and blessing (amen) stood up in respect when a Jewish funeral procession past by him telling his companions that
Any free minded human being knows that if you who disbelieve in the message of the prophet may the almighty grant him peace and blessing (amen) would stop interfering totally in the affairs of Muslims in every aspect thinkable to man then there would be peace amongst us. This is nothing other than a true fact.
September 29, 2009
Anyone can find himself downloading bomb-making material from the Internet by accident. Why, it's as common as the air we breathe. New York/Colorado Jihad Plot Update: "US Terror Suspect Zazi Pleads Not Guilty," from the VOA News, September 29 (thanks to James):
An Afghan-born terror suspect, Najibullah Zazi, has pleaded not guilty in a New York federal court to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
A lawyer for Zazi entered the plea on his behalf Tuesday, saying the government has yet to prove evidence of a conspiracy. Zazi was present for the brief hearing.
Prosecutors have accused Zazi of conspiring to use homemade bombs against unspecified targets in the United States. Law enforcement officials have said the plot may have involved New York City's mass transit system.
Investigators say they know the identities of at least three of Zazi's associates but have not released information about them....Prosecutors say Zazi spent more than a year plotting the attack on the United States with co-conspirators.
Which is making it into a Paradise of tolerance and peace, right? Uh, well, not quite. "Analysis: The Islamic republic of Gaza," by Jonathan Spyer in the Jerusalem Post, September 29 (thanks to Alexandre):
After all, as the Ayatollah Khomeini said, "There is no fun in Islam."
[...] A slow introduction of Islamic norms and practices into society began immediately following the Hamas victory in PLC elections in January 2006. This process was accelerated following Hamas's seizure of exclusive control of Gaza in 2007.
However, there are clear internal differences in the movement regarding the pace of change. Hamas's current leadership has tended to favor a slow encouragement of Islamic practices and rules, without straying too far from the desires of the broader public.
More hardline and Salafi elements within the movement want a stricter and more formal introduction of Islamic norms. Events over the last 18 months indicate that the latter camp is now making the running, with Hamas's leadership under pressure from extreme forces both within the movement and beyond it.
This change is being felt in the very fabric of daily life in Gaza. A transition of the status of Islamic observance from social norm to legal compulsion is under way.
The most obvious sign of this is the creation of the new "Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" security force, which operates under the command of the Ministry of the Waqf (Islamic Endowment).
This force is tasked with enforcing Islamic codes of behavior. Its members patrol beaches, parks and public areas, ensuring proper Islamic modesty.
One source describes how a man wearing shorts while sitting on his own balcony in southern Gaza was spotted and advised that this must not happen again. Rules banning men from bathing topless, and women (who may still bathe separately from men and fully covered) from laughing or smiling while bathing, are also in the process of enforcement....
There is much more. Read it all.
I hadn't planned to publish these, as I am not here to give this psychopath a platform, but several people have advised me to do so for several reasons: these are illustrative of tendencies that run throughout the Islamic world, and shedding light on the jihadist mindset is what we are all about here. Certainly they illustrate the bloodlust and hate that pass for religious fervor among all too many Muslims.
Also, some of you Internet sleuths can find out more information about the sender, which may contribute ultimately to his being brought to justice, or at least being prevented from ever entering the United States. Thus here are four new death threats I received last night and this morning from IP address 126.96.36.199, who has threatened to kill me before. He was apparently excited by the death threats I posted yesterday, and hopes that soon his offended piety will find succor in my blood. As for me, the more of these I get, the more determined I become to keep working not to allow thuggery and intimidation to triumph over justice, equality of rights, freedom of speech, and the rule of law.
"Ka'ab Binu Ashraf" was a poet who criticized Muhammad and was murdered on his order. "VAN-Goooordhd," "THEO Gogh," and "GOOGH" refer to Theo van Gogh, who was murdered by a jihadist on a street in Amsterdam a few years ago.
Received at 11:06PM Pacific Time last night:
Yes. Yes..We finally reached out him. Ka'ab Binu Ashraf has been traced. He will be soon found.
Will this be like VAN-Goooordhd. I am not sure. Allah Knows.. But Spencer you will pay the price"
You insulted us enough, you insulted our religion-faith and our Prophet (Pbuh.)
We are not Cowards and never fear from any human-beings.
Just wait to pay the price.
You took your liberty to say every negative propoganda to Islam and Islam will take its liberty to defend the FAITH.
Received 11:23PM Pacific Time last night:
You have intended to Pay the price Mr Spencer when you are committed to Fight with us. You insulted ENOUGH to our FAITH and Religion and you have insulted our Religious Teachings. you said enough to our GREAT-LAST and ALLAH-sent Messenger. So you SHOULD PAY the PRICE of the Impact.
I hope who ever you think of me we will not give in to your fabricated Propaganda only will make us TRACE our enemies. I know that a lot of Muslims are aware of you and One Day before ALLAH-Takes you down we will Catch your nose.
However the question is How will this Happen:
Will it happent like THEO Gogh in the Netherlands? or what........How and when? This is a mattter of time. (if you continue we will continue)
Dont Complain and jump to post this mesage to your site. you are the one who started. We did not know you but you introduced your self to us. You showed that you dont like us anymore and you showed that you want us to be eliminated so bear the impact of your DEEDs, You know we dont fear Humans but only ALLAH, so dont CRY now like you did before. I have already told you before YOU TOOK your Liberty to Insult and HATE us, make Propogandas To Islam which doesnot deserve to be joked "remember No Fun in Islam' So Let us Took our Liberty to Defend our FAITH.
Whether you are traced or Watched if you are a man Dont CRY means posting our Clear messages to your site. But post it. It shows your weakness.
"There is no fun in Islam" is actually a statement of the Ayatollah Khomeini.
Received 3:15 AM Pacific Time this morning:
One more Chance to Spencer is to let him abstain his deeds. Stop your Islamophomic paranoi Idea whcih you show your hatred.
Received 3:23 AM Pacific Time this morning:
Spencer has paranoi as GOOGH...I know that you have inhereted from your ZIONIST parents the HATE of Islam and its Pride. .
You have the same similarity and is one his TWIN...... Read this Story man and take proper consideration to your actions....
To that he appended a story criticizing Theo van Gogh.
More on the New York/Colorado jihad plot. "Officials: NYC Plot Operational, Not Just Aspirational," by Dina Temple-Raston for NPR, September 28 (thanks to James):
The man at the center of an alleged plot to blow up transportation targets in New York City is scheduled to appear before a Brooklyn judge for the first time Tuesday. Najibullah Zazi is accused of plotting to use weapons of mass destruction against U.S. targets in what law enforcement officials say was the most serious terrorist threat against the U.S. since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.Read it all.
While the FBI arrested Zazi just a little more than a week ago, U.S. intelligence officials had been tracking him for months. They had been listening to Zazi's phone calls, tracking his e-mails and following his associates for months in a bid to uncover exactly what he was planning and who was helping him. The investigation blew up before they got answers to either of the questions.
Officials close to the case tell NPR that more arrests could happen as soon as this week.
"We still don't know what we don't know yet," one senior intelligence official with direct knowledge of the case said. "We just know that it was going to be a very bad attack. We don't get terrorists in this country who go get al-Qaida training and come back to attack here. That's what we were expecting was going to happen in a second wave of attacks after 9/11. So in that sense, Zazi isn't just unusual -- he's scary."...Whatever his defense may be, Zazi has come to embody everything U.S. intelligence officials worry about in a suspected jihadist. He was in the U.S. legally, so he could move about the country freely. He was raised and attended school in the U.S., so he understands American culture and customs and could blend in. Most frightening of all, they say, Zazi wasn't just an aspirational jihadist, he was also an operational one. Official say he didn't just dream up a plot, he actually began to launch one -- unlike other terrorism suspects the FBI has arrested since Sept. 11, 2001....
Chutzpah. Courtroom Jihad in the UK: "Palestinians in UK seek arrest warrant for visiting Israeli Defense Minister," from Al-Bawaba, September 29 (thanks to Sr. Soph):
A criminal law suit has been filed against Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Britain, calling for his arrest over alleged war crimes. British lawyers representing several Palestinian families are seeking to obtain an international arrest warrant at the Westminster Magistrates Court against Barak who led Israel's Gaza Strip offensive earlier this year. The lawyers have argued that the defense minister committed war crimes and violated the Geneva Convention in Operation Cast Lead earlier this year that left more than 1,387 Palestinians dead.
The accusations against Barak are partially based on a United Nations report released earlier this month by former South African judge Richard Goldstone that determined that Israel had committed war crimes by deliberately attacking Palestinians civilians. "No arrest warrant has been issued, and in any event, he has immunity due to his being a minister in the in the government," the bureau said.
"Therefore, his program will continue without disturbance."...
Beginning with its title, The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran, and the cheeky "icons" on the cover, Robert Spencer's new book is guaranteed to annoy some people even before they read it (which they probably won't bother doing anyhow.)
If you have read Spencer's other books about Islam, The Complete Infidel's Guide... won't provide you with any new information.
I love Kathy Shaidle, but here I must beg to differ. Since I have written nine books on Islam and jihad, people seem to be assuming that there is nothing more to say, and that I am rehashing material from old books. This is not the case. So let's get specific, since this has come up before. In this book, and in none of my other books, I discuss how the Koran was compiled; alternate versions of the Koran; alleged miracles of the Koran; how the Koran adapts and alters Biblical stories such as those of Adam, Noah, Moses, Solomon, Mary and Jesus; the Koranic appropriation of Jewish, Christian and even pagan figures; the foundations of Islamic mysticism in the Koran; the ways in which seemingly innocuous passages of the Koran actually convey meanings quite different from what may appear to non-Muslim Westerners; how the Koran's stories of the Biblical prophets are all told in a way meant to support Muhammad's prophetic claim; why Muslims regard the Jews as their worst enemies; how and why the New Testament accounts of Christ are altered in the Koran; the Koran's moral code and what it is conspicuously lacking; and more.
This new book is best considered as a gift for any friends who are misinformed about the Muslim religion. Because of its easy-to-read format, it is also a helpful handbook for anyone who finds themselves caught up in religious and political arguments on a regular basis.
As its title suggests, the book is designed to be an easy read, with its helpful side bars and other "dummies/idiots" layout features. Sometimes, those breezy and irreverent sidebars are more jarring than informative, placed as they are amidst Spencer's alarming exegesis.
Spencer, who has studied the Koran in depth for many years, offers ready answers for apologists who insist that Islam is a "peaceful religion" that has been "misunderstood" by a "tiny minority of extremists."
Using actual quotations from the Koran itself, Spencer argues that this is simply not the case. He insists that anti-Semitism and anti-Christian feeling is rife throughout the Muslim holy book, not to mention all the verses advocating domestic violent [sic].
Spencer also compares the New Testament's famous teachings about loving your enemies with Koranic injunctions to kill them. Overall, the Koran is steeped in troubling stories of slavery, occupation and downright strangeness that will surprise readers expecting it to be a sort of "Arabian Nights" version of the Christian Gospel.
Spencer counters all the familiar protestations: that critics are "taking the Koran out of context" or that one can't really understand the Koran anyway unless they read it in Arabic (which conveniently places many ignorant Westerners at a disadvantage.)
The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran is the very best introduction around to what the Koran actually says, how political correctness has made it almost impossible to discuss the Koran and other sacred Muslim texts candidly, and how everyone from George Bush to Barack Obama have misinterpreted it - with grave implications for national security and foreign policy.
JERUSALEM, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Palestinians' Western-backed government hailed on Monday people who fought Israeli police in Jerusalem as defenders of a Muslim holy site, and accused Israelis of trying to wreck U.S.-sponsored peace talks.
A day after clashes in the Old City that injured about 30 people and had Palestinian leaders warning of a Third Intifada, or uprising, the statement from the cabinet of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad showed a degree of unity among Western-backed "moderates" and Islamist hardliners in aiming anger at Israel.
With U.S. President Barack Obama's peace envoy due to hold more talks this week to push for a resumption of negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, the fighting over the holy city at the heart of the conflict was not auspicious.
"The cabinet ... hailed our people who rushed yesterday to defend blessed al-Aqsa mosque and thwarted the attempt by extremist settlers to break into the compound," the Palestinian government said in the statement from its Ramallah headquarters....
The outcome of this appeals process will set a precedent for the future of Malaysian law. If the judiciary does not challenge this type of punishment, it will not only pave the way for more canings, but also invite pressure for even more Sharia.
An Islamic court in Malaysia has upheld a sentence of six strokes of the cane handed to a Muslim woman who was caught drinking beer in public.
The court appeals panel in Pahang state ruled the sentence on 32-year-old Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno was just.
No date was set for the caning, but if it goes ahead, Shukarno will be the first Malaysian woman to be caned.
The case has caused controversy in Malaysia, where Muslims are subject to Islamic law in personal matters.
While drinking alcohol is forbidden for Muslims, prosecutions are rare.
Analysts say the government fears that the punishment could damage Malaysia's reputation abroad.
Kartika Sari Dewa Shukarno, a mother of two, was arrested for drinking beer in a beachfront hotel in December 2007.
She previously asked that her punishment be carried out in public, triggering a debate over the use of Islamic laws in the moderate Muslim country.
eat s**t and die u pork f**ks.Yes, I added in the asterisks!
September 28, 2009
After all, look how well that Cash-For-Fighting-Terror thing worked out in Pakistan! Anyway, will our Friends and Allies the Saudis come across from Al-Qaeda in Yemen? What exactly would stop them?
"Yemen's Qaeda wing seeks donations in Saudi Arabia," from Reuters, September 27 (thanks to Maxwell):
DUBAI, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Yemeni wing is targeting Saudi individuals to ask for donations to support its fight against the U.S.-allied government of Sanaa, Al Arabiya television reported on Sunday....
Arabiya aired a video showing a Saudi member of the group it identified as Saeed al-Shehri urging fellow Saudis to donate money to support al Qaeda fighters in Yemen.
"The bearer of this message is trusted by us," the militant said after making his request. It was not immediately clear if any arrests were made or how the recording was acquired....
Twin suicide car bombings outside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa a year ago killed 16 people. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility....Four Yemenis carrying hand grenades, automatic weapons and ammunition. and guns were arrested near the U.S. embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, Yemen's Interior Ministry said earlier this month, but did not say when they were arrested....
International concern over Yemen has grown because of the risk that instability there could endanger neighbours including Saudi Arabia and complicate efforts to combat al Qaeda and piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
The United States has offered to help Yemen in its "fight against terrorism". U.S. President Barack Obama said in a letter to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh earlier this month that the United States will "stand beside Yemen, its unity, security and stability".
Sunni/Shi'ite Jihad, with a side order of Iranian meddling, in Yemen: "Yemen Shiite rebel leader vows to fight on," from AFP, September 27 (thanks to Maxwell):
SANAA -- The leader of Shiite rebels embroiled in a war with the Yemeni army accused the government on Sunday of discriminating against his group, the Zaidis, vowing to continue the fight against the state.
"(The war) is part of the official discrimination, marginalisation and separation practised against us as a social group described by the authorities as a minority," Abdul-Malek al-Huthi said in remarks published on a website that carries the rebels' news.
"As long as we are being attacked, our choice would be to defend ourselves."
"The war, the destruction and the arrests ... are being waged against our culture," he said, adding that the government detains Zaidis "on ethnic and sectarian grounds".
He said his 90-year-old father Badr Eddine, a religious figure among the Zaidi community, is on a list of 55 wanted rebels.
Hundreds have died in the latest clashes, which began when the army launched its "Scorched Earth" operation on August 11.
Dozens more were killed or wounded on Sunday as fighting raged in the Omran and Saada provinces of northern Yemen, military sources said.
The United Nations estimates that the fighting has caused tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes around the rebels' stronghold in Saada.
An offshoot of Shiite Islam, the Zaidis are a minority in the mainly Sunni Yemen but form the majority of the population in the rugged mountainous north, where they first launched a rebellion against the government in 2004.
The authorities accuse the rebels of seeking to reinstate the imamate, a form of clerical rule that ended in a republication revolution in 1962, and of being backed by Shiite Iran.
But the rebels deny both claims, charging that they are fighting to defend their community against what they say is government aggression and marginalisation.
What could possibly have turned him against the country of his birth? Hmmm...I can't imagine that the adherents of any religious ideology would want to do that, can you?
DECATUR, Ill. -- The day before he was arrested Thursday on charges of plotting to blow up the federal building in Springfield, Michael C. Finton was working as a fry cook at Seals Fish & Chicken in this old factory town deep in the Illinois cornfields.
Tall and red-haired, Mr. Finton, 29, was known among co-workers as cheerful and polite, but unwavering when it came to religion and politics. He was especially critical of what he regarded as permissive society.
"He didn't like America very much," said Mariam Fadel, 18, who works the counter at Seals. "He didn't think it was strict enough. He thought we needed more rules, so that people would behave."
She recalled him talking about a troubled childhood that included running away from foster care. He also spoke of hopes to leave the United States someday, she said, and settle in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Finton went by the nickname Talib Islam (student of Islam). The authorities say he had converted to the Islamic faith while in an Illinois prison from 2001 to 2006, serving a sentence for aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. Acquaintances say he had been living in Decatur, about 40 miles east of Springfield, for perhaps three years....Mr. Finton came to the attention of federal authorities in August 2007 when a search of his vehicle turned up a letter about his dreams of being a shahid, or martyr. Officers also discovered a document he had written about "awaiting a return letter from John Walker Lindh," the American who was captured fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. Mr. Finton traveled last year to Saudi Arabia, where he stayed about a month, and received about $1,400 from a man in that country, according to an affidavit filed by prosecutors.
With F.B.I. agents posing as low-level operatives for Al Qaeda, the surveillance culminated in a sting operation last Wednesday in which Mr. Finton drove a van he thought was loaded with explosives to the Paul Findley Federal Building in Springfield. Prosecutors say he parked and locked the vehicle, then moved a few blocks away before twice making cellphone calls he believed would trigger a blast that would kill or injure people inside the building.
According to the affidavit, Mr. Finton had expressed "his hope that the attack would cause American troops to be pulled back out of Afghanistan and Iraq."
Mr. Finton has been charged with attempted murder of federal employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He appeared in Federal District Court in Springfield on Thursday in blue jeans and a button-down shirt, shackled at the hands and ankles. Court papers identify his lawyer as Bob Scherschlight, who could not be reached for comment.
Cue the obligatory shocked neighbors:
Neighbors in the apartment building where Mr. Finton lived, a few blocks from Millikin University, described him as a mild-mannered man and expressed shock at the charges.
Brandon Jackson, 19, said he would watch soccer on television with Mr. Finton, and play chess and card games. He said Mr. Finton would take him out for pizza.
"He was like my role model," Mr. Jackson said. "He always wanted to talk about religion. He tried to keep me on track."
Vivian Laster, who lives upstairs from Mr. Finton, said she was "baffled" that the "nice young man" could be involved in such a plot....In court papers, the authorities said Mr. Finton told an acquaintance who was working as an F.B.I. informant that he wanted to go overseas and be a fighter for the jihad. According to the affidavit filed in court, Mr. Finton also told agents that bombing the federal building would be a "historic occasion" that would achieve his "biggest dream" in bringing down the United States government. Besides destroying the federal building, according to the charges, Mr. Finton had hoped to cause harm to the nearby office of Representative Aaron Schock, a first-term Republican.
Mr. Finton at times expressed suspicion that he was being "set-up" by undercover agents, according to court papers, but said he wished to continue with the plot because he would be "rewarded for his intentions."
The government affidavit claims that Mr. Finton was recorded in July saying that he "hated this country and wanted to see the American government totally fallen."
Mr. Finton sporadically attended Decatur's only mosque, the Masjid Wali Hasan Islamic Center. Mosque leaders issued a statement condemning Mr. Finton's actions. Mohammed Farooqi, an imam, said the small congregation was largely made up of immigrants from Pakistan and India who work as engineers, doctors and computer specialists.
"We talk and pray about harmony, peace and taking care of each other," Mr. Farooqi said. If the charges against Mr. Finton prove to be true, Mr. Farooqi said, "then he hasn't been learning" from the teachings.
Of course. They never do, do they?
The prime target of the alleged plot, the federal building in Springfield, a majestic gray stone and columned structure about five blocks from the Capitol, is the site of hundreds of workers. Mark Meng, the owner of Café Brio, a small restaurant in the shadow of the federal building, said he shuddered to ponder the consequences of an attack.
"It's terrifying," said Mr. Meng, who was at work at the time Mr. Finton is accused of having tried to set off the explosives nearby. "It reminds you there are evil people out there. But we cannot let them beat us."
Pamela Geller has a terrific piece in today's American Thinker, "Is This Any Way To Fight A War?" In it, she points out the irony as an actual threat that was playing out in New York City last week just as Barack Obama was at the United Nations talking about a threat, all right -- but not the same one.
Barack Hussein Obama was finally talking tough.
The President said this past week in New York City, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, that "we understand the gravity" of the threat. "We are determined to act. And we will meet our responsibility to future generations." He said that a failure to address the threat could lead to an "irreversible catastrophe." Time, he said, is "running out," but "we can reverse" the problem. "If things go business-as-usual, we will not live, we will die," he said. "Our country will not exist." He told us that it wouldn't be easy, but "I am here today to say that difficulty is no excuse for complacency. Unease is no excuse for inaction."
And there was action, though not the kind Obama was calling for. As he spoke, bomb-sniffing dogs were out in force in New York City. The city was in what historians will refer to as a low-grade state of war readiness, defensive and apologetic.
Ray Kelly, the New York City Police Commissioner, was giving a press conference on the current situation. A cell of Islamic jihadis targeting New York City were planning to attack the transit system, as well as sports stadiums and the sites used for Fashion Week. Self-storage lockers in Queens were being searched for bomb-making materials.
According to Fox News, "Federal counterterrorism officials warned local police to patrol stadiums, hotels and entertainment complexes for suspicious activity after the arrest of a Colorado man suspected of a far-reaching terror plot." The threat reached far beyond New York City: "The FBI and Department of Homeland Security also issued joint alerts to police around the country to watch storage centers and public transportation systems for any unusual behavior."
Muslim terrorist Zazi was planning to kill on the eighth anniversary of 9/11. He and his fellow jihadis bought chemicals in beauty-supply stores to make bombs like the ones that killed hundreds in London in 2005 and Madrid in 2004. Twenty-four others were allegedly involved in the plot. A New York imam -- one who worked as an informant for the FBI -- tipped off Zazi that police were asking about him. Got that? The imam demonstrated where his loyalty lied: shariah (Islamic law), not American rule of law. His allegiance was to jihad and the murder of infidels.
The city went into serious lockdown mode. While Ray Kelly was advising nervous New Yorkers about a possible Islamic attack, Barack Obama was speechifying at the UN but not talking about that very real threat at all. While the bomb-sniffing dogs and frantic actions by New York Police showed what the real threat was, Obama had a very different mortal threat to the nation in mind. He wasn't talking about the "irreversible catastrophe" that would come to New York City and the entire nation if these Muslim terrorists succeeded in their attack plots. He had nothing at all to say about the prospect of thousands of people being murdered by Islamic jihadists at a baseball or football game.
No, in the upside-down world of Barack Obama's America, Dear Leader was in New York City talking about what he thought was the greatest threat to Americans and to future generations. Not Islamic terror attack, not nuclear holocaust from Iran, but global warming. "We understand the gravity of the climate threat," Obama said. It was about the climate threat that he said, "we are determined to act" and that we would "meet our responsibility to future generations." Not jihad. Not the inevitable nuclear holocaust. Not about what brought New York City to lockdown. Not about what brought New York City to its present state of controlled chaos. Global warming.
After all, if successfully used, it could get in the way of some stonings in the Middle East, and some honor killings elsewhere. Members of the Egyptian parliament have called for its banning; it's that big a deal. Of course, there are two angles to play here: One is pandering to the clerics and supporters of more stringent Sharia (in a country where the vast majority of women have undergone female genital mutilation). The other concerns the fact that it's easier to harp on the alleged moral failings of an already subjugated segment of society -- one that is "deficient in religion and intellect," according to Muhammad (Bukhari 1.6.301) -- than to address corruption, unemployment, and other issues.
"Egypt anger over virginity faking," by Magdi Abdelhadi for BBCNews, September 28:
A leading Egyptian scholar has demanded that people caught importing a female virginity-faking device into the country should face the death penalty.
Abdul Mouti Bayoumi said supplying the item was akin to spreading vice in society, a crime punishable by death in Islamic Sharia law.
The device is said to release liquid imitating blood, allowing a female to feign virginity on her wedding night.
Understatement in 3... 2...
There is a stigma about pre-marital sex in some conservative Arab societies.
The contraption is seen as a cheap and simple alternative to hymen repair surgery, which is carried out in secret by some clinics in the Middle East.
It is produced in China and has already become available in other parts of the Arab world.
The device is reported to be on sale in Syria for $15.
Professor Bayoumi, a scholar at the prestigious al-Azhar University, said it undermined the moral deterrent of fornication, which he described as a crime and one of the cardinal sins in Islam.
Members of parliament in Egypt have also called for banning import of the item.
Will the Islamophobia never end?
"Jet halted at LAX; two men are removed by police," by Richard Winton for the Los Angeles Times, September 28 (thanks to Undaunted):
A plane was stopped from taking off from Los Angeles International Airport, and two men on board were taken into custody, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
LAPD Lt. John Romero said the men, who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent, were acting suspiciously.
A law enforcement source said at least one of the men ran into a restroom on the plane and appeared to hide while the New York-bound jet was taxiing on the runway, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.
The flight crew confronted the two men and made the decision to stop the plane before it took off, the source said. The men were taken into custody by heavily armed law enforcement officials.
The plane has been taken to a remote area of the airport to be searched by a bomb squad, sources said.
The LAPD's anti-terrorism unit and the FBI are on the case, but the source said it's too early to tell whether terrorism played any role in the incident....
How many chances has Iran had? How many deadlines has it ignored in the past? There's nothing to suggest this time will be different, and deadlines seem to be in plentiful supply -- certainly more so than backbones. "Iran given one last chance to talk on nuclear programme," by Richard Spencer and Alex Spillius for the Telegraph, September 28:
Western diplomats said they would listen to what the Iranians had to say before contemplating tougher sanctions.
But after a week of worsening relations, there was little hope there would be an encouraging commitment to meaningful negotiation.
Tehran continued to increase tensions on onday by carrying out long-range missile tests, which were condemned as "reprehensible" by David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary.
His officials said they were intended to distract attention from the revelation that Iran was secretly building a plant to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.
Javier Solana, foreign policy representative for the European Union and its chief negotiator for the talks, described the tests as a "concern", while a French foreign ministry statement said Iran should stop the "destabilising activities".
William Burns, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, will become the first American diplomat to talk directly to Iranians in 30 years.
Aides to President Barack Obama have made it clear that if they do not receive a clear message of co-operation, then discussions about more stringent sanctions will begin urgently.
Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, said the Iranians had to "prove" rather than simply "assert" that their nuclear programme was merely intended for peaceful purposes.
"We're exploring how you broaden and deepen sanctions. Now, sanctions are already in place, but, like many sanction regimes, they're leaky," she said.
Robert Gates, the Defence Secretary, has said that "severe sanctions" could "have some real impact" because of soaring unemployment and simmering opposition to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed June election victory.
A Western official said: "We want to see how Iran approaches the meeting - then we get into a discussion of further sanctions. We will get into that discussion after the meeting because we will have to absorb what the Iranians tell us."
The Iranians will again be offered a "freeze for a freeze" deal - a freeze on introducing more enrichment centrifuges in return for a freeze on new sanctions. Iran will also be expected to show it is prepared to negotiate directly on the nuclear issue without trying to change the subject.
The offer would be "time limited", said a diplomat, "that would allow for a limited period of talks about the serious outstanding issues"....
Marisol already wrote about this here, but I had some additional thoughts. Robina Niaz is doing good work. So why lie? "Her 'duty' is helping Muslim women heal after abuse," from CNN, September 25 (thanks to all who sent this in):
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Toward the end of her marriage, Rabia Iqbal said she feared for her life.
Iqbal was born in New York to parents who had immigrated to the United States from the tribal areas of Pakistan. She had a strict Muslim upbringing and when she was 16, her parents arranged her marriage to a 38-year-old man. She claims her husband turned violent during their 10 years of marriage.
When she finally left him, she did not know where to turn. Going home wasn't an option, she said.
"My parents ... made clear that they would disown me," Iqbal said. "My father even said ... 'You're lucky you live in America because if you lived back home, you would have been dead by now.' "...A devout Muslim, Niaz stresses that there is no evidence that domestic violence is more common among Muslim families.
"Abuse happens everywhere," said Niaz. "It cuts across barriers of race, religion, culture."
But, she said, Muslims are often reluctant to confront the issue.
"There's a lot of denial," she said. "It makes it much harder for the victims of abuse to speak out."...Niaz said she firmly believes that domestic violence goes against Islamic teachings, and considers it her religious duty to try to stop abuse from happening.
"Quran condemns abusive behavior of women," she said, noting that the prophet Mohammed was never known to have abused women. "Allah says, 'Stand up against injustice and bear witness, even if it's against your own kin. So if I see injustice being done to women and children, I have to speak up. It's my duty."...
"Quran condemns abusive behavior of women," but says it is okay to beat them.
Imagine! Where could they have gotten such an idea? Koran 4:34 tells men to beat their disobedient wives after first warning them and then sending them to sleep in separate beds? This is, of course, an extremely controversial verse, so it is worth noting how several translators render the key word here, وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ, waidriboohunna.
Pickthall: "and scourge them"
Yusuf Ali: "(And last) beat them (lightly)"
Al-Hilali/Khan: "(and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful)"
Shakir: "and beat them"
Sher Ali: "and chastise them"
Khalifa: "then you may (as a last alternative) beat them"
Arberry: "and beat them"
Rodwell: "and scourge them"
Sale: "and chastise them"
Asad: "then beat them"
Muhammad was "never known to have abused women," yet Aisha, his favorite wife, says that at one point "he struck me on the chest which caused me pain.""There's a lot of denial," says Rabia Iqbal. You can say that again.
More just in from this guy, apparently with something that masks his IP, as this time he writes from 188.8.131.52, which traces to Tampa. If anyone can provide any information on tracing, please let me know.
Robert.... that's really good of posting the threat...
It was really good I found you in a local supermarket. and I followed you.. so i know your address now..
tell you fool followers you are going to be deceased very soon... any one taking your seat and getting killed? I am sure most of your followers are cheeky cowards.
If he proves to be a chatty murderer like the guy from Djibouti, I will post the new ones, and new IPs, as updates here.
As the aggravated murder trial of accused Greater Seattle Jewish Federation shooter approaches, attorneys on both sides continue to argue about whether allegations that Naveed Haq saw himself as a jihadi should be presented to jurors.
Drawing on statements Haq made to his parents from jail in the weeks after the July 2008 shooting, prosecutors on the case assert that Haq essentially admitted that the shootings at the downtown Seattle center -- which left four people injured and federation worker Pam Waechter dead -- were religiously motivated.
In court documents, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Erin Ehlert said the prosecution will seek to offer testimony from a University of Washington expert on Islam at trial. The professor, Ehlert said, "will explain the cultural and religious tenets that make the defendant's comments clear, cogent, relevant, and not delusional."
"The state will not argue that Haq is a terrorist," Ehlert said. "The state's argument will be founded on a religious interpretation of statements and commentary."
An earlier trial, during which Haq's attorneys argued he was insane, ended in June 2008 with jurors unable to decide his guilt on most of the 15 counts against him. Prosecutors have since reduced the number of charges against him to eight, preserving five counts of attempted murder and the aggravated murder charge that would carry a mandatory life sentence, as well as unlawful imprisonment and hate-crime charges
That trial did not include claims that Haq considered himself to be a jihadi, nor were tapes of Haq's jail phone calls in which he apparently claims to be one played for jurors. Though a final ruling is expected shortly before trial begins next month, King County Superior Court Judge Paris Kallas has previously held that the calls will be admitted as evidence.
Haq's defense attorneys contend that their client, who faces a life sentence if convicted, was not of sound mind at the time the shooting occurred or in the weeks that followed. As in the earlier trial, they are expected to ask that jurors find Haq not guilty by reason of insanity.
The jail calls, Haq's attorneys contend, show Haq making "nonsense claims that he wanted to be a martyr, that he was a jihadi, and that his parents should be proud of him."
"He made all these claims when his psychotic mental illness was left unchecked because of improper medications," Haq's attorneys said in court documents. "Once stabilized, he never made any of these absurd claims."
Haq's attorneys and Ehlert declined to comment on the pretrial wrangling citing concerns that doing so might unduly influence jurors.
In a search of Haq's homes in the Tri-Cities, Seattle police recovered a prayer written by Haq four days before the shooting. In it, Haq apparently complained that supporters of Israel had hijacked American foreign policy and expressed concerns that American-made weapons were being used in the Israel-Lebanon war.
Haq did not "lapse into any virulent anti-Semitism" in the prayer, the prosecution's expert witness noted in court documents. Whether he made such a lapse while speaking to his parents following his arrest, however, remains unclear.
Writing the court, the defense warned that allegations that Haq saw himself as some kind of religious warrior could play to jurors' prejudices. They went on to request records from and contact information for FBI agents who investigated the case immediately after the shooting....
"He is a very ill man with a long, sad history that documents the ascent of his psychosis and his concomitant personal decline," Haq's attorneys told the court. "To ensure that the flames of anti-Muslim prejudice are not fanned to secure an unjust conviction, the defense needs to interview -- and potentially call as witnesses -- the federal officers who determined that Mr. Haq had no terrorist connections."...
This just in from Woodstock, Illinois, IP address 184.108.40.206:
Do me a favor Spencer and put this as a blog post like you do to all those threatening mails.
Be careful, I am very near to you. I located you and I know you have little security around you.
I am coming to slit your throat with a bland knife.. and it will pain a lot.. since you misled a lot of people and became a fitnah on earth.. it is a duty of a good muslim to kill you! go report this to FBI or CIA..
And don't worry, I won't attack you unguarded.. but i will surely kill you in the most easy manner possible because I don't like to slaughter human beings.. Die and go to hell.. for sure..
and yea I have a new name for you...
Robert 'hawknoseinhell' spencer.
Till then bye.. 'Sleep Tight'
"Great Prophet." Not that this has anything to do with Islam. "Iran Test Fires Most Advanced Missiles," by William Branigin, Walter Pincus and Karen DeYoung for the Washington Post, September 28 (thanks to Paul):
Iran reported Monday that it successfully test-fired its most advanced and powerful medium-range missiles as part of war games it said were intended to deter the country's enemies.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps tested the Shahab-3 and Sejil missiles in the third phase of a two-day exercise called The Great Prophet IV, state-run news media reported. The missiles are believed to be capable of striking Israel, U.S. military targets in the Middle East and parts of southeastern Europe.
But Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of the Revolutionary Guard Air Force said the test-firings were part of exercises to practice "preventive and defensive operations." They are "in no way a threat to neighboring countries," Iranian news media quoted him as saying. Rather, the tests send "a message for certain greedy nations that seek to create fear, to show that we are able to give a swift and suitable answer to our enemies."
"The armed forces of the Islamic Republic are now more powerful than ever and fully prepared to foil foreign threats," said Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, military adviser to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei....
Aasiya Zubair Hassan was beheaded by her "moderate Muslim" husband in the studios of his moderate Muslim TV station. And now for some damage control: time for a soothing falsehood session. "Muslim women discuss true meaning of Islam: Gathering examines misconceptions," by Deidre Williams from the Buffalo News, September 28 (thanks to James):
What is the meaning of jihad? What is shariah?
How many wives did the Muslim Prophet Muhammad have, and was he married to them simultaneously?
Such topics were discussed Sunday at a women's-only seminar sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's Buffalo chapter. About 100 women, mostly Muslim, attended the event in the Millennium Hotel in Cheektowaga.
The seminar was partly in response to the case of Aasiya Zubair Hassan, a Muslim wife and mother who was beheaded Feb. 12, allegedly by her Pakistan-born husband and business partner in their Orchard Park television studio.
"The crime was labeled as an honor killing. We want people to know there is no place for honor killing in Islam," said Tahmina Rehman, seminar organizer and president of the organization's Buffalo chapter.
Is that so? Then why did Syria recently scrap a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but "the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour 'provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.'"? Wow -- two years for murder! You can serve more time than that for serial double parking. Why did the Jordanian Parliament vote down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings? Al-Jazeera reported that "Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values."
Shanaz Butt, moderator for the event as well as acting dean for research and graduate studies and a pharmacology professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said misconceptions about Islam include the idea of jihad, which is often associated with the military, violence and bloodshed.
But lost in translation is the true meaning of the word, which is to strive or to make an effort, Butt said.
"A student trying to pass an exam is a jihadist. A mother raising her children is a jihadist. The people in the seminar are all jihadists because we are striving," she added.
Indeed. But note the careful language here. Is Butt actually saying that jihad does not involve warfare or the subjugation of non-Muslims? Not according to this report. From this report it appears that she started talking about etymology and thereby misdirected her audience, giving them the impression that jihad had no martial or military aspect, without ever coming out and saying so.
In any case, jihad does have a military aspect. One manual of Islamic law defines it as an imperative to make war against "Jews, Christians, and
Zoroastrians...until they become Muslim or
else pay the non-Muslim poll tax." ('Umdat al-Salik o9.8)
Often Islam is portrayed as a backward and barbaric, viewing women as weak and submissive to a religion that oppresses them, said the speakers.
They acknowledged that some Muslim women are not treated well, but said that should not be blamed on Islamic religious law, or shariah.
The problem is those who misinterpret the teachings to suit their own agendas.
"They use different interpretations; hence, we see acts of terrorism conducted in the name of Islam. Some use it to condone beating of wives," said Saliha Malik, a professor at Brown University, who converted to Islam in 1987.
Imagine! Where could they have gotten such an idea? Could it be from Koran 4:34, which tells men to beat their disobedient wives after first warning them and then sending them to sleep in separate beds? This is, of course, an extremely controversial verse, so it is worth noting how several translators render the key word here, وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ, waidriboohunna.
Pickthall: "and scourge them"
Yusuf Ali: "(And last) beat them (lightly)"
Al-Hilali/Khan: "(and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful)"
Shakir: "and beat them"
Sher Ali: "and chastise them"
Khalifa: "then you may (as a last alternative) beat them"
Arberry: "and beat them"
Rodwell: "and scourge them"
Sale: "and chastise them"
Asad: "then beat them"
I guess they all got it wrong!
Muhammad's relationships with his 12 wives, the speakers said, show him as a role model for treating a wife.
Even though the prophet had many spouses, he was in a monogamous marriage for 25 years with his first wife, Khadija.
He became polygamous after she died, Malik said, but not to satisfy his physical appetites.
How would Malik, or anyone, know this?
His marriages were examples of how a man should treat his wife, said Nusrat Rashid, a Philadelphia attorney and guest speaker.
In addition, she said, Muhammad united various Islamic tribes through his marriages, and he demonstrated compassion, fairness and justice to women.
His 11 other wives included elderly widows, two war widows, a non-Arab slave, a Jewish widow who converted to Islam and a widow with small children.
"Muhammad never beat his wives. He didn't yell at them. If they were angry with him, he played aloof and stayed away from them for a short while," said Malik, who referred to specific verses in the Quran to prove the points.
There is no verse in the Koran that says that Muhammad didn't beat his wives, or yell at them. I challenge anyone reading this to prove otherwise. And Muhammad "never beat his wives"? Yet Aisha, his favorite wife, says that at one point "he struck me on the chest which caused me pain."
According to the text, Malik said, wives were created for husbands to find peace of mind in them and that it is unlawful to "inherit women against their will," or to detain them wrongfully.
"There are so many inaccuracies," Rehman said. "We're trying to teach and clear up misconceptions and trying to get people to understand that Islam is about peace and love, not oppression and depression."
Telling the truth might be a good way to start.
"Lebanon has always been a bastion of religious tolerance, but now it is moving toward the model of Islamization seen in Iraq and Egypt."
BEIRUT: Christians are tempted to flee Lebanon as the country becomes increasingly "Islamized," according to the founder of the Center for Arab Christian Research and Documentation (CEDRAC). One-third of the nation's Christian population has left since the beginning of the 1975-90 Civil War, and a recent surge in emigration means Christians now make up just 34 percent of Lebanon's population, Father Samir Khalil, a Jesuit teacher at Beirut's St. Joseph University's CEDRAC department, told Vatican Radio last week.
"Christians used to make up 50 percent of the nation's population; now experts think the Christians are probably not exceeding 34 percent, which is worrying," Khalil said in the radio interview during a visit to The Holy See.
The Beirut-based researcher expressed concern that Christians in the Arab world are moving abroad to places with higher Christian populations, such as America, Europe and Australia, which is increasing the Muslim majority in countries like Lebanon.
"The same is happening [all over] the Middle East, and this is certainly a very tragic situation, and it will have great consequences in the future," Father Khalil warned last week on the Vatican Radio station, adding that Christians must stay in the Middle East to keep numbers up.
Large numbers of Lebanese Christians are leaving as they feel their traditional influence in their country is weakening, while an increasing number of crucial political positions are going to Muslims.
In reference to Islamic extremism, Khalil claimed the power of the influential Christian minority to counterbalance it was waning, saying: "Lebanon has always been a bastion of religious tolerance, but now it is moving toward the model of Islamization seen in Iraq and Egypt."...
The results of a poll released last year show that nearly half of all Maronites, the largest Christian denomination in the country - making up about 22 percent of the population - said they are considering emigrating....
In the survey conducted by Information International, an independent Beirut body, many Christians cited the growing influence of March 8 faction Hizbullah in Lebanon as a reason for their decision to leave....
Not that this has anything to do with Islam. Everyone knows that people like this are twisting and hijacking the peaceful message of Islam. Oddly enough, however, although everyone knows this, no one has ever managed to explain exactly how the jihadists pull this off, and do so virtually unchallenged by such sterling moderates as Honest Ibe Hooper, Brave Ahmed Rehab, Salam al-Marayati, Ingrid Mattson, etc.
"Latest al Qaeda message eulogizes deceased leader," from CNN, September 28 (thanks to James):
(CNN) -- A purported audio message from Al Qaeda's second-in-command appeared on radical Islamist Web sites on Sunday eulogizing Baitullah Mehsud, the former leader of the Pakistani Taliban.
"Baitullah managed to create a massive Jihadi movement that launched wars, ambushes and battles against the crusaders and their agents in Afghanistan," said the speaker, identified as Ayman al-Zawahiri. "He also managed to clearly show that the Pakistani government is not Islamic but instead an infidel treacherous government working as a servant to the crusaders."
The praise of Mehsud came nearly two months after his death in August. The militant group had previously acknowledged his death...."To the Americans I say, you killed Mehsud, but you will not kill Islam or the Jihad," the speaker said. "Islam doesn't end by the death of one man."...
"Jihad will go on until the liberation of Afghanistan and until you run away defeated from our land," the speaker warned. "The global peace and security will not be achieved unless you withdraw from the lands of the Muslims."
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"Muslim radicals have called him an apostate and several calls for 'spilling his blood' have been issued." "Muslim Convert to Christianity Prevented From Leaving Egypt," by Mary Abdelmassih for AINA, September 26 (thanks to Ibrahim):
(AINA) -- Egyptian authorities have prevented Maher El-Gowhary, a Muslim-born Christian convert, from leaving the country. He was detained at Cairo Airport. His passport confiscated and he was advised that he is barred from traveling on orders from a 'higher authority'.
Maher and his 15-year-old daughter, Dina, who also embraced Christianity, were traveling to China on 17th September 2009, on a two-week holiday.
Ibrahim Habib, chairman of United Copts GB, who spoke with El-Gowhary during his detainment at the airport, said that Maher was treated very badly by airport security, and was told of his travel ban "less than an hour before departure."...In an aired interview with Coptic News Bulletin on September 17, Maher El Gowhary said "The authorities are trying to pressure us [he and his daughter] to convert back to Islam, but this will never happen, even if we have to live on the streets. We love our Lord Jesus, and we have left Islam for good."
On August 4, 2008, after 34 years of practicing Christianity, 57-year-old Maher El-Gohary, whose Christian name is Peter Athanasius, filed the second ever lawsuit of a Muslim-born Egyptian against the Egyptian Government to officially alter his identification documents to reflect his new Christian identity. He lost the case on June 13, 2009 (6-16-2009). Although the verdict is on appeal, he said this usually takes years before being brought to the courts. However, he insists that if he does not win his case in Egypt, he will take it to international courts.
Maher and Dina have been living in hiding ever since he filed his lawsuit, Muslim radicals have called him an apostate and several calls for 'spilling his blood' have been issued. He has to change frequently where he lives, to evade being killed, and friends supply him with food. "We cannot sleep, eat or go out in the street. What have my daughter and I done? we have just filed a lawsuit to get out rights, so why are they holding us against our will?"...
But remember: this is just a nationalist struggle that has nothing to do with Islam! Kadyrov himself asserts that these jihadists have "perverted Islam," but as ever, he doesn't explain how. "Kadyrov: Representatives of 50 states helped Chechens in Jihad against Russia," from Interfax, September 28 (thanks to James):
Grozny, September 28, Interfax - All terrorists in Chechnya would be soon eliminated, the Republic's President Ramzan Kadyrov said in Grozny at his meeting with participants of the international conference.
"We will totally eliminate them (terrorists) in the nearest future. They don't want to deal with power, they go and kill innocent people. We build mosques, sport complexes, cultural centers. Terrorists declared the entire Chechen nation their enemies because Chechens build up. In the Chechen Republic, they did everything that is unacceptable in Islam. We won't have it in our Republic," Kadyrov said.
According to him, terrorists who forced Chechens to conduct war with Russia were representatives of about fifty states.
"These people were sent to destroy peace and integrity of the Russian Federation. They used Chechen people to achieve their goals and deceived people with perverted Islam. They killed alims who devoted their whole life to the Islam religion," Kadyrov said and stressed that Chechen people won a victory over this evil, but have not exterminated it yet....
This morning's Hate Mail Bag contribution comes to Jihad Watch Headquarters all the way from Doha, Qatar:
Robert get a life!! Dont waste your time and energy by criticizing muslims and their faith...it wont affect them...infact whatever ur findings abt the religion are they really make me laugh! anyways hope you get well soon and get over the stupid idea of showing muslims down! save ur world whr prostitution, human trafficking, drugs, abuses to name a few have taken its toll on humans...do something for those people instead of making money out of critizing ppl who dont really bother..
Now -- for the gazillionth time -- I will say it again: if only Muslims would stop "showing Muslims down" by engaging in jihad (in all its forms) against Infidels. Then I would indeed "get a life."
September 27, 2009
It all started with rumors of an "invasion" by Israeli settlers. "Policemen wounded in Temple Mt. riots," from the Jerusalem Post, September 27 :
Twelve policemen and 15 rioters were wounded Sunday in riots on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and later in the Old City.
Approximately 150 Muslim worshipers participated in the disturbance on the Temple Mount, which began when a group of Jewish visitors was admitted into the compound.
Rioters hurled rocks at the group and at policemen who were escorting them, lightly wounding two policemen. Police responded with stun grenades and the visitors were escorted away.
The riots died down, but the Temple Mount was subsequently closed off to visitors.
Later some rioting developed on the streets of the Old City, and additional policemen and rioters were wounded in those scuffles. Several rioters were arrested by police.
Rabah Bkirat, an official with the Muslim religious body in charge of managing the site, said some of the protesters had come because of rumors of an "invasion" by Jewish settlers. When a group of some 15 Jews entered the grounds accompanied by police, the protesters began chanting slogans and only threw stones after police used force, he said....
KUALA LUMPUR -- US hip-hop band the Black Eyed Peas played in front of a multiracial audience in Malaysia this weekend after a ban on Muslims was lifted, although frontwoman Fergie was forced to cover up.
The event, sponsored by the Guinness brewery, was initally [sic] restricted to non-Muslims, barring the 60 percent of Malaysia's population who are Muslim Malays. But after an outcry the government dropped the ban and said anyone aged over 18 could attend, although alcohol sales at Friday's concert were restricted to areas which signs said were off-limits to Muslims. Malays are not allowed to drink alcohol while the nation's Chinese and Indian minorities are not restricted....
The band's glamorous frontwoman Fergie said however that like other international stars who have come to perform in conservative Malaysia, she was required to leave her sexy outfits behind. "I have had to change my costume for tonight's show but I mean the woman's silhouette is still there, whether it's clothes or not, whether you see skin or you don't, you still know the woman's body," she said. She went on stage in a T-shirt and jeans, an outfit far more modest than that worn by many in the crowd of 5,000 who mostly adopted the event's dress code of "Black Party Chic"....
The controversy over the Black Eyed Peas is the latest in a series of cases that have raised fears Islamic law is on the rise in Malaysia, threatening its secular status....
Dinesh D'Souza, debating me at CPAC 2007 (in the video above), says this at 3:30: "For every 'Kill the infidels' passage in the Koran you can find a matching 'Slay the infidels' passage in the Old Testament."
Ever since we had that debate I have tried unsuccessfully to get Dinesh D'Souza to agree to debate me again. Evidently he doesn't like losing, and who can blame him? But in lieu of another Spencer/D'Souza match, it's almost as much fun to watch Dinesh D'Souza debate himself. Watch this segment from a 2009 D'Souza address:
"It's true: the Islamic radicals do bad things in the name of God. That's true. But there is nothing equivalent in any other religion."
I'd love to debate Dinesh D'Souza again about Islam and his ridiculous thesis in The Enemy At Home, but now I'm not sure which D'Souza would show up!
(First video thanks to Pamela; second video thanks to Hugo and Misha.)
Ever wonder why genuinely peaceful Muslims don't speak out more forthrightly against the jihadists? Here is one reason. Apparently these people were killed for not joining the jihad. (There are other reasons why peaceful Muslims don't speak up -- most notably that they know that the jihadists have the Koran and Sunnah on their side.) "Three Muslims killed in restive Thai south: police," from AFP, September 27 (thanks to Maxwell):
NARATHIWAT, Thailand -- Suspected Islamic militants have shot dead three Muslims in separate attacks in Thailand's troubled south this weekend, local police said Sunday.
A Muslim army sergeant, 33, and his wife were shot on Saturday evening by three gunmen hidden at the roadside as they travelled home by motorcycle in Narathiwat province.
The man died instantly while his wife died later in hospital, police said.
On Sunday, a Muslim defence volunteer was killed and a local district chief injured when a bomb was detonated near a mosque in Yala province.
Defence volunteers are trained and armed by the state to protect civilians against insurgents....
Pakistan is, of course, an Islamic Republic, but why is it that "there is no compulsion in religion" (2:256) seems only to be invoked by Islamic apologists in the West, and never where it could actually do some good for non-Muslims in an Islamic state? Hmmm, now why might that be?
Islamic Tolerance Alert from the Land of the Pure: "All students in Pakistan's schools required to study Islam," from AsiaNews, September 26 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Islamabad (AsiaNews) - The new guidelines for school students in Pakistan requires non-Muslims to study Islam and ignore other religious traditions in the country.
The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Church of Pakistan is critical of the National Education Policy 2009, launched September 9 by the government in Islamabad. Mgr. John Saldanha, Archbishop of Lahore and chairman of the NCJP, and Peter Jacob, secretary of the Commission are concerned about the often implicit discriminatory and coercive aspects of the new guidelines content.
In a press release issued on 25 September, the two leaders of NCJP point the finger at Chapter 4 of the document, dedicated to Islamic Education. They claim that "If government thinks public education is not possible without a compulsory subject of Islamic Studies and Arabic, then we are forced to demand religious education for Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Parsi, etc. in their respective religions".
The program drawn up by the Government contemplates that Islamiyat (Islamic studies) become compulsory until the 12th class (15 and 16 years). For students that from then on will not want to follow the lessons of Islam attendance of alternative courses of public ethics is permitted, but the Commission notes also on this front the discrimination, though latent, is clear....
Sharia Alert from modern, moderate Malaysia: Polygamy club invokes Muhammad's example to convince people that having multiple wives is just dandy.
Muhammad, of course, is "a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembereth Allah much" (33:21).
(ANSAmed) - NICOSIA, SEPTEMBER 23 - The fourth section of the European Court of Human Rights issued yesterday its decisions on 18 cases Greek Cypriots brought against Turkey, condemning Ankara of human rights violation due to the continuing occupation of Cyprus' northern part, which deprives them of their home and properties. All the cases, as CNA reports, rely in particular on Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 (protection of property) and most also on Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life). The Court decided that it is not disputed that the applicants, who were arrested and remanded in custody by the so-called Nicosia district court in the Turkish occupied areas, were deprived of their liberty or that there was an ill-treatment by the so-called Turkish Cypriot authorities...
But it will do that peacefully, I'm sure. "Iran nuclear official says IAEA can inspect new plant," from CNN, September 27 (thanks to James):
"God willing, this plant will be put into operation soon, and will blind the eyes of the enemies," Fars reported Saturday, quoting a senior Iranian official.
The senior official, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, heads the office of the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Also Saturday, the Web site of the Iran Student News Agency carried comments from an Iranian legislator who warned Western nations not to make Iran regret its cooperation with the IAEA.
"Western countries and the U.S. must not make Iran regret its cooperation with the IAEA beyond its legal obligations," said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chief of the Iran Parliament Commission for National Security and Foreign Policy.
He said Western criticism of Iran's new facility is an "illogical and unrealistic" smear campaign.
More on this story. "Pakistan discovers 'village' of white German al-Qaeda insurgents," by Dean Nelson and Allan Hall in the Telegraph, September 25 (thanks to Pamela):
Investigators have discovered a "Jihadi village" of white German al-Qaeda insurgents, including Muslim converts, in Pakistan's tribal areas close to the Afghan border.
The village, in Taliban-controlled Waziristan, is run by the notorious al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which plots raids on Nato forces in Afghanistan.
A recruitment video presents life in the village as a desirable lifestyle choice with schools, hospitals, pharmacies and day care centres, all at a safe distance from the front.
In the video, the presenter, "Abu Adam", the public face of the group in Germany, points his finger and asks: "Doesn't it appeal to you? We warmly invite you to join us!"
According to German foreign ministry officials a growing number of German families, many of North African descent, have taken up the offer and travelled to Waziristan where supporters say converts make up some of the insurgents' most dedicated fighters....Last night a foreign ministry spokesman told The Daily Telegraph they were now negotiating with Pakistani authorities for the release of six Germans, including "Adrian M", a white Muslim convert, his Eritrean wife and their four year old daughter, who were arrested as they were making their way to the "German village". They are particularly concerned about the welfare of the child.
They are being held in custody in Peshawar after their arrest in May shortly when they crossed the border from Iran. They are understood to have left Germany in March this year....Their recruitment drive has been led by "Abu Adam", a 24-year-old German believed to be of Turkish or North African descent who was raised with his, and fellow Jihadi, Abu Ibrahim, in the smart Bonn suburb of Kessenich.
Adam, whose real name is Mounir Chouka, received weapons training from the German army as part of his national service, and later spent three years training at the Federal Office of Statistics where colleagues described him as a "nice boy".
He left in 2007, telling colleagues he was joining a trading firm in Saudi Arabia, but is believed to have joined a terrorist training camp in Yemen.
In another recruitment video released earlier this year he urged supporters to: "Die the death of honour."
Khalid Khawaja, a former Pakistan intelligence officer, who describes himself as a friend of Osama bin Laden, said he was aware of a German contingent and that there were a number of Swedish converts too who had arrived in Pakistan "for Jihad".
"The Europeans are there [in Waziristan]. The most dedicated people there are from Europe. They will do anything for Islam. They are not there because their father's [sic] are Muslim, but by choice," he said.
Now Turkey has provided a particularly chilling example of another way to shut down independent voices -- a fine of $2.5 billion that appears to be designed to put a major media company out of business....The media group, Dogan Yayin, is a widely respected conglomerate of newspapers and television stations including the Turkish-language version of CNN. Dogan journalists have not shied away from stories that the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's iron-willed prime minister, does not like.
Is that the adjective that best fits? "Iron-willed"? Other adjectives come to mind: "despotic" or "cunning" or "ruthless" or "calculating," or such adjectival phrases as "sinister in his single-minded determination to free Islam from the restraints placed on it by Ataturk."
The Times continues:
Aydin Dogan, an owner of the media group's parent company, is one of Mr. Erdogan's most vocal critics. That makes it all the more suspicious that the Erdogan government levied a tax penalty on the Dogan group that is almost much as the value of the entire company.
So far so preachily on-the-side-of-the-angels good.
But then the editorial ends with this paragraph:
Turkey has made important strides in the last decade, amending its Constitution, outlawing the death penalty and bringing Turkish law more in line with European standards. Steps like this undermine that progress.
That last paragraph -- about all the "progress" Turkey has made by changing its laws over the past decade, when Erdogan and the AKP have been in power -- should be held up for inspection. For aside from ending the death penalty, most of the "reforms" that the editorial staff of the Times applauds are in fact designed not by civil libertarians who are desirous of emulating the freedoms of the West, but by Erdogan's schemers, who are using the claimed need to comply with the E.U. to put in "reforms" that, as all the threatened secularists in Turkey understand, are really designed to weaken the power of the Turkish army and the power of the Turkish judiciary to uphold the secular order and the Kemalist restraints on Islam.
Why Schock? Well, he is a conservative Republican, and although I do not believe that the resistance to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism should be an issue that falls across the liberal/conservative divide, since it is a threat that could take down our nation and Western civilization as a whole, nonetheless from a practical standpoint liberals have effectively aligned themselves with the jihad. So it might not have been difficult for Talib Islam to figure that if he took out one conservative Republican, there would be one less anti-jihad voice in Congress.
Rep. Aaron Schock's (R-Ill.) office in Illinois state capital of Springfield was one of the targets of a planned terrorist attack, his office said Friday.
Michael C. Finton, known as Talib Islam, was arrested Wednesday after trying to detonate a van he believed was stuffed with explosives near the Paul Findley Federal Building in Springfield. Finton had been collaborating on the attack with an undercover FBI agent and is being charged with attempting to murder federal officers or employees and trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction, according to the Associated Press.
"My office was notified today of the attempted terrorist attack on both the Federal Building and my Congressional Office in Springfield," Schock said in a statement. "I am incredibly grateful to the FBI for their fine work in preventing this terrorist attack."
Schock's office was a secondary target, according to an Associated Press report.
Finton, 29, converted to Islam in prison and said famed American Taliban operative John Walker Lindh was his hero. Finton also expressed a desire to fight Israelis in the Gaza Strip and received military training in Afghanistan. He was under federal supervision for months....
Then victory you shall most assuredly not have.
Of course, Obama considers himself to be an enlightened sophisticate who has moved beyond the primitive warlike tendencies of bygone cultures and civilizations. He is a twenty-first century man, and he is confident that underneath it all, Khamenei is too, and isn't any more interested in victory than Barack Obama is.Rude awakening to come.
Video thanks to Weasel Zippers.
Can we trade Obama for Harper? Not a fair deal? Okay, how about if we throw in a President To Be Named Later?Canuck anti-dhimmitude: "Cancellation of Gadhafi trip doesn't stop N.L. rumour mill," by Roman Zakaluzny for the Canwest News Service, September 26 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has cancelled a planned visit to Canada, officials said Saturday, but the speculation that surrounded the stopover by one of the world's most reclusive leaders was continuing on Canada's East Coast.
Canadian officials said Gadhafi had scrapped plans to land in Newfoundland this Tuesday, purportedly to refuel his plane and spend the night.
It was an abrupt cancellation to a visit that has been cloaked in mystery and has kept the Rock's rumour mill working overtime -including speculation the trip might still take place.
Word of the visit immediately caused a stir, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper ordering Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon to greet the leader upon his arrival to express this country's outrage over the hero's welcome Libya recently gave Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. The alleged former Libyan intelligence officer, who is terminally ill, returned home after being released from a Scottish prison....
Dreamland. Iran's "peaceful intentions"? "Serious, meaningful dialogue"? The latter phrase sounds as if he is semaphoring that significant American concessions are in the offing if Iran will drop the nuclear plans -- or pretend to do so. "Obama Says He's Still Open to 'Meaningful Dialogue' With Iran," by Edwin Chen for Bloomberg, September 26 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama said he remains open to "a serious, meaningful dialogue" with Iran after the U.S., France and Britain disclosed the Islamic Republic has been building a secret nuclear-fuel facility.
Iran first must "cooperate fully" with international arms inspectors and "take actions to demonstrate its peaceful intentions," the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address.
Obama, keeping up pressure on Tehran, said the underground nuclear facility poses "a serious challenge to the global nonproliferation regime, and continues a disturbing pattern of Iranian evasion."
The president along with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown disclosed its existence yesterday morning at the Group of 20 nations summit in Pittsburgh. They demanded Iran submit to international demands that it halt uranium enrichment and fully open its nuclear program to inspectors.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday disputed the accusation and called the site "a very ordinary facility in the beginning stages."
The disclosure precedes talks Oct. 1 in Geneva, when the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia -- the five permanent United Nations Security Council members -- and Germany will sit for negotiations with Iran to limit its nuclear program.
Those talks "now take on added urgency," Obama said.
The president said Iran "must pursue a new course or face consequences." Without specifying what sanctions Iran might encounter, Obama said the government in Tehran "will face increased pressure and isolation, and deny opportunity to their own people."
Obama stood by his past offers to negotiate.
"My offer of a serious, meaningful dialogue to resolve this issue remains open," he said....
But never fear. Obama really really wants to talk to the mullahs. "Iran stages missile war games," by Jay Deshmukh and Hiedeh Farmani for AFP, September 28 (thanks to all who sent this in):
TEHRAN -- Iran test-fired three short-range missiles on Sunday as the Islamic republic began war games two days after the UN nuclear watchdog disclosed it was building a second uranium enrichment plant.
Hossein Salami, air force commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, said that on Monday there would also be a test-firing of the long-range Shahab 3 missile which Iran says has a range of 1,300-2,000 kilometres (800-1,240 miles) and could hit arch-foe Israel.
"Tomorrow we will test the long-range Shahab-3 missile," he told state television....Salami called the manoeuvres an "indication" of Iran's "strong will to defend our values and interests."
"This exercise has a message of friendship for friendly countries. For greedy countries that seek to intimidate us, the message is that we are capable of a prompt and crushing response to their animosity," state television website quoted him as saying.
Dismissing Israel as a potential threat, Salami said: "That regime is not in a position that we need to comment about threats from it."
He said Iran has "increased the precision of our missiles... hopefully, these missile tests will contribute to our deterrent and defensive capabilities."...
The Department of Justice Saturday evening announced that two detainees had been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Ireland, and one had been transferred to Yemen.Read it all.
There are more than 220 detainees remaining at the prison. In the last couple months, the White House has made it increasingly clear that the President will not make his self-stated January 22, 2010 deadline to close to prison.
Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed, a native of Yemen, was captured in Pakistan in 2002 and returned to Yemen today.
Known at Gitmo as Captive 692, the government labeled Ali Ahmed an "enemy combatant," saying he "was associated with Al-Qaeda. He was present on the front lines in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was identified by a senior Al-Qaeda facilitator as having been a resident at a safehouse in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2000 (his individual also saw the detainee at a safehouse located in Faisalabad, Pakistan in February 2002 with a group of Yemenis who had fled Afghanistan). Finally, the Detainee was identified by another individual, a senior Al-Qaeda operational planner, as having resided at a safehouse located in Kandahar in 2001."...
Yesterday I received this email from yet another Hate Mailer in London, accusing me of giving you folks a bad impression of Hate Mailers:
I can only imagine the number of emails you must receive from Muslims across the world. But I don't have to imagine, as I know, that those emails will range from the most incoherent and abusive to the most intelligent emails that destroy your argument about Islam and/or uses facts and todays situation to show you that the real evil and fascist ideology is that of the "Americanist neoc-com zionist judeo-christian extremist" of people like yourself. Just wondered, why do you only post the incoherent, inarticulate emails, which resort to petty anti semitism and name calling? If your up for debate and know you are right, why do you fear posting certain types of emails, i.e. the ones that counteract and disprove the myths you spread about Islam and flip show you that the real evil is the USA and its vile and cowardly military who are legitimate targets in any nation that they invade, occupy or have a presence through bases that the locals despise.
Anyway, once again. You are a wormlike, cowardly, deceitful, insecure and insincere individual!! 9/11 was the best thing that could of happened for you and I know you are glad it did as it gave you a market of naive people and their fascist shepherds to speak and sell your vile to.
Well, of course I have never shied away from debate with any serious and thoughtful individual (sorry, Nadir, that leaves you out), and have invited many to debate who are afraid to take me up on it, so I checked back to see if I had heard previously from this intelligent, coherent, articulate fellow who, despite his personal insults, was implying that he could "counteract and disprove the myths" that I supposedly spread about Islam. And in fact, I have heard from him before. Here is one of his previous emails, demonstrating that the intelligence and incisiveness of his analysis consists of long-distance armchair psychoanalysis and imagining that he knows I must have been like:
Exploiting 9/11 to get the hot chicks, eh? Now that's intelligent analysis, my good man!
You know what really irks me about you? Its not the fact you are anti-islamic, or even hypocritically anti-islamic as in you portray yourself as a scholar speaking the truth and only opposed to certain elements of Islam while really your just a fascist Christian extremist. What irks me about you, is the slimy worm of an animal that you are. Your like a worm like rat. A man who craved to be noticed, listened to and respected, but was not. A man that wish all the hot chicks would like him, but they did not even know you existed. Then you exploited 9/11 as you found a niche. Americans that were asking why, but did not want to consider that the imperialistic policies of the USA contributed to the loss of 3000 of its own people. Now like a little snake, like the evil that all the 3 monotheistic books describe you whisper into the ears of the ignorant and blind, and you whisper falsities. But really all this is about is little Robert, the kid with low self-esteem, who tried to make jokes but no one laughed, who was gagging for the hot chicks in his school, but they were taken by the cool guys, the guys that would kick your ass. Your a sad sad sad man Robert. Finally, so what if Somalis demontrated for Sharia to be implemented? Somalia is a Muslim majority country. During the reign of the UIC robberies, rape, and extortion substantially decreased, piracy was reduced to nil. Then the real supremacist who seek to impose their will on the earth started a war, and returned Somalia into the war torn place it once was ohh yea and Piracy resumed.
Same to you
September 26, 2009
I truly say it that my dream is to be among God's soldiers, first for the support of Islam and my beloved Sheik Usama, may God give him long life. I don't know what is in me, but I love him as I love my father....
In the name of God, the Gracious and Merciful, this is my vow to you, my brother, that I am ready. And if you were a lover of Jihad as I am, then, by God, I am ready for the Jihadi life. What you will see of me will please you and your commander....
"My brother in God, God and His angels are with us. With the permission of the Almighty Lord of the Worlds, we will have victory and allies from God Almighty. He is the powerful and helpful. Victory is coming, is coming to defeat the Romans [i.e., Christians] and for the destruction of the Jews. God is Most Great. We shall attack them in their very homes. Brother, by God, we shall attack them in a manner that hurts, an attack that shakes the world. Oh Brother, let the backsliders know that the time for their destruction has come."Now, if "every Muslim -- young, old, woman -- knows this is not of Islam," as is claimed below about the Springfield attack, then how did Smadi ever get the idea that he should mount a terror attack...to defend Islam? And why don't these American Muslims who are so shocked by this terror plot bother -- ever -- to explain how it is that people like Smadi got the ideas about Islam that they got, and what they're doing to make sure there aren't more Smadis?
And why am I the only person on the planet who notices this cognitive dissonance, every time, and calls their bluff, every time, while the Michael Kruses and S. I. Rosenbaums and all the rest of them take these statements at face value, every time, despite their obvious flimsiness and manipulativeness?
"Terror Plots Shock US Muslims," from IslamOnline, September 26 (thanks to Maxwell):
CAIRO -- Shocked by a series of terror arrests, American Muslims are joining hands in condemning any attacks against their country.In fact, no.
"Everyone here unequivocally condemns this," Driss El-Akrich, a doctoral student in public administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield, told the State Journal-Register Saturday, September 26.
"For somebody to claim they are doing this in the name of Allah, they are betraying the values of the faith they are claiming to serve."
A 29-year-old Muslim revert was arrested Wednesday in Illinois on charges of plotting attack against a courthouse in the state.
Police said the young man left an explosives-laden van near the courthouse and used a mobile phone to try to detonate the vehicle.
"I had to listen to it (the news) again and again," Javed Cheema, director of Horace Mann's project management office, said.
"I couldn't believe this was happening in my hometown."
The arrest came four days after three Americans of Afghan origin were arrested on charges of preparing a 7/7-style attacks in New York.
On Thursday, police arrested a 19-year-old Jordanian on claims of trying to bomb Dallas's 60-storey Fountain Place skyscraper.
Muslim leaders denounced the attack plots as un-Islamic. "Every Muslim -- young, old, woman -- knows this is not of Islam," said Sheikh Ahmed Fauzi, imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield's mosque on Stanton Ave.
Fauzi said he was saddened by the news of the plotted attacks in the name of Islam.
"If you read the Qur'an, you do not commit crime," Fauzi said during the Friday sermon. "You do not spread crimes throughout the earth."
Muslim leaders are worried that such individual acts would have a negative impact on the Muslim community as a whole.
"I didn't know to be more angry, scared or frustrated -- that this was being done in the name of Islam," said Cheema, the director of the Horace Mann's project management office.
"It puts all of us in a bad situation. The community has been very, very welcoming to us."
American Muslims, estimated at between six to seven million, have been in the eye of storm since the 9/11 attacks.
They have become sensitized to an erosion of their civil rights, with a prevailing belief that America was targeting their faith.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that American Muslims are still discriminated against other than any religious groups in the US, eight years after the 9/11 attacks.
There is no fun in Islam, as the Ayatollah Khomeini said. Sharia Alert from our friends and allies in modern, moderate Kuwait: offenses include disco dancing, bootlegging, and (gasp!) "performing stunts" with cars. "Several held for disco parties, manufacturing liquor during Eid," from Arab Times, September 25 (thanks to Maxwell):
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 25: In an operation carried out under the directions of the Assistant Undersecretary for Public Security Mj. Gen. Thabet Al-Muhanna, 142 men and women were arrested and some local liquor manufacturing plants were shut down by officials from the Ahmadi governorate during the Eid festivities.
Brigadier Abdul-Fatah Al-Ali took charge of the officials under the supervision of Al-Muhanna. The team first raided three apartments in Abu Halifa, Mangaf and Mahboula where they arrested 51 citizens, Arab and Asian men and women for organising overnight disco parties.
The officials then arrested 13 beggars near mosques in Sabahiya, Riqqa, Abu Halifa and Fahaheel. They carried out another raid in Kabad, Dhaer and Sabahiya and arrested 43 youths for performing stunts with their cars. Some influential persons reportedly tried to intervene on behalf of the youths, but the officers carried out their duty.
The officials also arrested 16 street hawkers in Kout, Minshar and Kuwait Magic complexes and referred them to police stations at Fahaheel, Abu Halifa and Sabahiya. They went on to shut down a liquor manufacturing plant and nabbed 6 Asians in possession of 47 bottles and 79 bags of alcohol.
Will the Islamophobia never end?
"Hamas teaches kids to kill Jews," by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik for Palestinian Media Watch, September 23 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The bear puppet host, Nassur, of a Hamas children's TV program used different words for "slaughter" to describe how to rid Israel of Jews.
First the bear explains that all Jews must be "erased from our land." Later in the conversation he adds, "We want to slaughter them, Saraa, so they will be expelled from our land." He repeats, "...We'll have to [do it] by slaughter."
He first uses the Arabic expression for "slaughter," "Nidbah-hom," and later on uses the word "Shaht."
The following is the transcript from the children's program Tomorrow's Pioneers:
Nassur: "There won't be any Jews or Zionists, if Allah wills. They'll be erased."
Saraa: "Chased away."
Nassur: "And just like we will visit the Qaaba [in Mecca]... everyone will visit Jerusalem."
[Seven-year old Palestinian child on phone tells how his father, a member of the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades, "died as a Shahid (Martyr)."]
Nassur to child on phone: "What do you want to do to the Jews who shot your father?"
Child on phone: "I want to kill them."
Saraa: "We don't want to do anything to them, just expel them from our land."
Nassur: "We want to slaughter (Nidbah-hom) them, so they will be expelled from our land, right?"
Saraa: "Yes. That's right. We will expel them from our land using all means."
Nassur: "And if they don't want [to go] peacefully, by words or talking, we'll have to [do it] by slaughter." (Shaht)
[Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Sept. 22, 2009
Please would you be so kind to explain why you hate the religion of truth that tought you all you know? the west doesnt really want a war against islam so why do you warmonger? you know the muslims can never be beaten.why dont you offer the hand of peace and friendship? you know very well that muslims are never allowed to break a contract. let them establish khilafa. withdraw from their lands. you know that they cant conquer the world in this modern age. you guys are scared of nothing.then you will understand the rekigion of peace & self defence. from your non violent fellow son of adam, lover of jesus & moses Umer ibn Al Khattab.
The Muslims can't be beaten, but they can't win. Got it!
Intimidation efforts kick into high gear. "Taliban threatens Germany ahead of vote: official," from Agence France-Presse, September 25:
German authorities have uncovered a new video threatening attacks against the country over its military engagement in Afghanistan ahead of this weekend's pivotal elections, an official said Friday.
The new Internet video threats are believed to come from the Taliban, an interior ministry spokesman said, and demand that Germany withdraw its troops from the war-torn country.[...]
In the new video, a man calling himself "Ajjub" and speaking in German said: "Because of your commitment here against Islam, attacking Germany has become an attractive idea for us, the mujahideen," according to the spokesman.
The militant said it was only a matter of time "before jihad destroys German walls."
Photos of famous German sites and events then appear, including Brandenburg Gate, Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival and Cologne Cathedral.
Politicians, including Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and Defence Minister Franz-Josef Jung, are also shown, the spokesman said.
A German investigator quoted by Der Spiegel's Internet site described the threat as "the most concrete" against the country because of the places and people singled out....
And a word from the world's wealthiest cave dweller: "'Bin Laden message' to Europe appears on Internet," from CNN, September 25:
(CNN) -- A purported message from Osama bin Laden to Europeans urges them to distance themselves from the United States, noting that Americans are losing the war in Afghanistan.
The brief message in Arabic, which appeared Friday on radical Islamic Web sites, has subtitles in English and German. [...]
"It won't be long until the dust of war clears in Afghanistan, at which point you won't find a trace of any American," he adds.
"You are aware that oppression topples those who commit it and injustice has unhealthy consequences for the unjust, and that one of the greatest forms of injustice is to kill people without right, yet this is exactly what your governments and soldiers are committing under the umbrella of the NATO alliance in Afghanistan," bin Laden warns.
All of this naturally raises questions of whether an attack is imminent. Of course, one never knows until arrests are made or a bomb goes off if the sabre rattling is just that, or something more. "Bin Laden tape indicates upcoming attack: IntelCenter," from Agence France-Presse, September 25:
NICOSIA (AFP) - The latest statement by Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden contains language considered a valid indicator of an upcoming attack, the IntelCenter US monitoring group said on Friday.
In an audio message posted on jihadist Internet forums on Friday, bin Laden called on European countries to end their alliance with the United States and withdraw their forces from Afghanistan, monitoring organisations said.
"This indicator when viewed in light of the five Abu Talha videos this year, three of which have been released in the last eight days and their focus on the upcoming elections in Germany, significantly raises the threat level even further," IntelCenter said.
"There is currently a very high threat of an attack occurring in Germany or against German interests in the immediate period and extending for at least the next four weeks. A single or multiple-stage attack may occur before, during or after the elections against a German target or targets," it said....
Even Human Rights Watch noticed. But this report is suffused with denial that anything in the substance of Islamic beliefs could have a role here. Islamic jihad is almost always portrayed as a reaction to something; the assumption is that there has to be something to blame, and if it hadn't happened, maybe the jihad would not have happened. It's just a matter of not engaging in any of those objectionable practices -- above all, not self-defense.
Indeed, it is an article of faith within the mainstream media that "radical" Islam is invariably caused by anything other than Islamic texts and teachings. "Four Die in Shoot-Out as Russia Faces Jihadist Threat (Update1)," by Lucian Kim for Bloomberg, September 25:
Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Three insurgents and one policeman were killed in a gun battle in the southern Russian region of Dagestan, the latest in a wave of attacks rocking the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region.
The shoot-out took place after police stopped a car for a document check in Dagestan's capital Makhachkala last night, state television reported today. The number of violent deaths almost tripled this summer as the fight between the authorities and Islamic militants in the North Caucasus also cost the lives of civilian bystanders and human rights activists.
The explosion of violence is the result of poverty, corruption and government neglect, according to both officials and their critics. Those factors combined with a militant brand of Islam that has replaced communism as an ideology means Prime Minister Vladimir Putin faces the worst instability in the region since he sent troops to subdue a rebellion in Chechnya a decade ago.
"One of the most dramatic results of that war is a joint insurgency operating under central command," said Tanya Lokshina, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Russia office. "It's not separatism anymore, it's a jihadist insurgency."
By the middle of September, 424 people had been killed in attacks in Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan this summer, almost three times the number of violent deaths in the same period last year, according to state-run news agency RIA Novosti. Those killings include an August suicide truck bombing at an Ingush police station that killed 25 and the July murder of Chechen human rights activist Natalya Estemirova. [...]
Even as young people in most of Russia embraced western lifestyles and culture after the fall of communism, their peers in the North Caucasus gravitated toward the "active, militant" Islam of the Middle East and Persian Gulf region, Malashenko said. Protest against social ills, poverty and bad governance inevitably took on a religious character.
That raises an interesting question: why didn't the other "young people in most of Russia" embrace a comparable ideology? They also dealt with economic and social upheaval in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse. For that matter, protests against social problems have taken on a religious character for millennia: What matters is how the religion in question suggests one handle them.
"The radicalization was a gradual process. Now it's matured and become critical," said Adam Gazdiyev, the spokesman for Ingushetia's representative office in Moscow. "It's a law of physics: there was an ethical-moral vacuum, and the radicals began to fill it."...
September 25, 2009
And surpass it in mayhem. "Bomb plot suspect ordered to NY to face charge," by Robert Boczkiewicz for Reuters, September 25 (thanks to all who sent this in):
DENVER, Sept 25 (Reuters) - An immigrant from Afghanistan who was arrested in a federal anti-terrorism investigation was ordered on Friday to be moved to New York to face a charge of plotting bomb attacks in the United States.
Najibullah Zazi, 24, a shuttle bus driver at Denver's airport who has been linked by authorities to al Qaeda, is accused of receiving bomb-making instructions during a trip to Pakistan last year, then buying and preparing chemicals for use in home-made explosives like those in the 2005 London subway and bus bombings.
A grand jury in New York has charged Zazi, a legal U.S. resident born in Afghanistan, under federal anti-terrorism laws with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, an offense outlined in an indictment unsealed on Thursday. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.
Law enforcement experts have called the alleged conspiracy, if proven, one of the most significant security threats in the United States since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The investigation came to light earlier this month after Zazi drove across the country from Colorado, arriving in New York City on Sept. 10 in a rental car in which authorities say he carried a laptop computer with bomb-making notes.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Neff, arguing in court that Zazi would remain in custody, said the evidence shows "a chilling, disturbing sequence of events that indicate the defendant was intent on making a bomb and being in New York on 9/11, perhaps using such items."...
As usual, conspicuously absent from the discussion is any acknowledgment of Islam's role in encouraging and perpetuating spousal abuse. By lacking the will to face those texts and teachings forthrightly, Robina Niaz is only hobbling her own efforts to help other Muslim women. "Her 'duty' is helping Muslim women heal after abuse," from CNN, September 25:
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Toward the end of her marriage, Rabia Iqbal said she feared for her life.
Iqbal, a native New Yorker, had a strict Muslim upbringing. Her parents immigrated to the United States from the tribal areas of Pakistan and when she was 16, they arranged her marriage to a 38-year-old man. She claims her husband turned violent during their 10 years of marriage.
When she finally left him, she did not know where to turn. Going home wasn't an option, she said.
"My parents ... made clear that they would disown me," Iqbal said. "My father even said ... 'You're lucky you live in America because if you lived back home, you would have been dead by now.'"
She was hiding out in her office at work when a friend put her in touch with Robina Niaz, whose organization, Turning Point for Women and Families, helps female Muslim abuse victims.
"It was such a relief ... to speak about things that ... I thought no one would understand," said Iqbal, who has received counseling from Niaz for more than two years and calls Niaz her "savior."
"Robina understood the cultural nuances ... the religious issues," Iqbal said. Video Watch Iqbal tell her story »
A devout Muslim, Niaz stresses that there is no evidence that domestic violence is more common among Muslim families.
There is violence in every society. There is domestic violence in every society. But Muslims are able to point to chapter and verse of their own scriptures and find direct sanction for it in Qur'an 4:34. It does not matter that the verse prescribes other measures to "discipline" one's wife (not a term that comes up when marriage is partnership, rather than ownership). When all is said and done, Allah says it's okay to hit your wife.
"Abuse happens everywhere," said Niaz. "It cuts across barriers of race, religion, culture."
But, she said, Muslims are often reluctant to confront the issue.
And why might that be?
There's a lot of denial," she said. "It makes it much harder for the victims of abuse to speak out."
There sure is a lot of denial.
When Niaz launched her organization in 2004, it was the first resource of its kind in New York City. Today, her one-woman campaign has expanded into a multifaceted endeavor that is raising awareness about family violence and providing direct services to women in need.
Niaz said she firmly believes that domestic violence goes against Islamic teachings, and considers it her religious duty to try to stop abuse from happening.
"Quran condemns abusive behavior of women," she said, noting that the prophet Mohammed was never known to have abused women. "Allah says, 'Stand up against injustice and bear witness, even if it's against your own kin. So if I see injustice being done to women and children, I have to speak up. It's my duty."...
In order not to be completely disingenuous, the first sentence would have to imply the assumption that it is conceivably justifiable and possible to hit one's spouse without it being abuse. As for Muhammad, Sahih Muslim, a collection of hadith accepted as most reliable (along with Sahih Bukhari) by Sunni Muslims, records the following from his favorite wife (and child bride), Aisha:
"He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?" (Sahih Muslim, book 4, no. 2127).
A moderate Muslim from moderate Kosovo that if you don't believe is moderate, you must be a Nazi. "NY man accused of seeking to kill U.S. troops," from Reuters, September 24 (thanks to WallsOfByzant):
NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) - A New York man was indicted on Thursday for allegedly seeking training from Islamic militants to fight U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, authorities said.
The FBI said Betim Kaziu, a U.S. citizen and New York resident, sought to acquire weapons and training to fight U.S. troops abroad.
Kaziu traveled to Cairo in February, the FBI said, and later to Kosovo, where he was arrested by Kosovar authorities in August.
Along the way, Kaziu allegedly sought to join Al-Shabbab, an armed movement listed as a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department, and train in Pakistan to fight U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans, the indictment said....
A man who produced a do-it-yourself jihad book has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in Australia.
Bela Khazaal was found guilty last September of producing a 110-page book, in Arabic, entitled Provisions Of The Rules of Jihad.
This advised about terrorist acts such as exploding bombs, shooting down planes and assassinating people such as former US President George W Bush.
Khazaal had claimed his book was never intended to incite terrorist acts.
At his sentencing in Sydney, Justice Megan Latham said she found it "unsurprising" a jury had rejected his defence.
"It beggars belief that a person of average intelligence who has devoted themselves to the study of Islam over some years would fail to recognise the nature of the material," she said.
"The dissemination of extremist activity, connected or unconnected with a terrorist plot, is caught by the government's (anti-terror) scheme ... (because such material) is capable and is shown to foment terrorist activity."
Khazaal, a former Lebanon-born Qantas Airways baggage-handler, compiled the book from a range of Internet sources, his lawyer George Thomas told the court at an earlier sentencing hearing.
Its full title is Provisions Of The Rules of Jihad - Short Judicial Rulings And Organisational Instructions For Fighters And Mujahideen Against Infidels.
He is the first person to be convicted on the charge of making a document connected with assistance in a terrorist act, which carries a maximum jail term of 15 years....
"Although the CIA and National Security Agency (NSA) has been tracking construction of the plant for several years, Mr Obama decided it was time to put maximum pressure on Tehran by revealing its existence." It is likely that Obama is overestimating the impact this will have upon the mullahs. They respect strength. The threat of sanctions is not strength.
"Iran admits to secret second nuclear plant built inside mountain," by Michael Evans and Nico Hines for the Times Online, September 25 (thanks to Alexandre):
Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that it has been building a previously undeclared nuclear facility to enrich uranium, raising fears that Tehran is closer to acquiring an atomic bomb than has been predicted up until now.
The presence of a secret second site - built inside a mountain near the holy Shia city of Qum - has been known about by American and other Western intelligence agencies for some time, although nothing has been revealed until now.
Iran's formal letter to the IAEA in Vienna, sent on Monday, pre-empted an announcement to be made today by President Obama, Gordon Brown and President Sarkozy of France before the opening of the G20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, in which Tehran will be accused of building the secret facility about 100 miles southwest of the Iranian capital.
Although the CIA and National Security Agency (NSA) has been tracking construction of the plant for several years, Mr Obama decided it was time to put maximum pressure on Tehran by revealing its existence.
Reports from Washington indicate that Iran had learnt of the West's uncovering of its second plant and moved to declare it formally to the IAEA.
Iran wrote a brief, cryptic letter to the IAEA saying it now had a "pilot plant" under construction, whose existence it had not revealed. Iran's first and officially declared facility is at Natanz in southern Iran.
Marc Vidricaire, IAEA spokesman, said: "I can confirm that on September 21 Iran informed the IAEA in a letter that a new pilot fuel-enrichment plant is under construction in the country. The letter stated that the enrichment level would be up to 5 per cent."
Uranium enriched to around 5 per cent can be used as nuclear fuel, but has to be enriched to around 90 per cent to be effective in a nuclear weapon. The United States, Britain and other Western countries believe that Iran has been attempting, at its plant at Natanz, to achieve a higher enrichment of uranium, although the plant has been subject to IAEA inspections....
Here it is
The man from Djibouti who has threatened to kill me has written in again:
Mr Spencers Pure Zionist face that means No Islam comes to light by producing every-inch-news of islam hatred. He has the 200%favor of the Zionist agression against muslims while he stand behind the bars in America He still shows passion with jewsh Zionist in the palestinian landNo. I stand in front of the bars in America. Not behind them. I've never been a bartender.
September 24, 2009
"I truly say it that my dream is to be among God's soldiers, first for the support of Islam and my beloved Sheik Usama, may God give him long life. I don't know what is in me, but I love him as I love my father. I don't want to add to this.
Now, my brother, the point is that thousands of Muslims have been killed at the hand of Jews -- the dogs -- and the silent disloyal backsliders. Those are the Arab kings and, God willing, their end will be the hanging rope and hell.
Their silence and fight against the Sheik mean that they are backsiders along with the enemy in a world plan to destroy Islam, Muslims, and to seize their lands for the benefit of the Jews and for the love of infidelity.
By God who created me, there will not be a retreat at all, even if they take me to Guantanamo for the rest of my life. I will never forget Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, or any land where the call of, 'there is no God but God, Muhammad is God's Messenger' is raised.
Who will assist the brothers, the infants, the women who became widows and their orphan children? Who would return these lands before religion and blessing disappear? Who would cause these tyrants to fall?
In the name of God, the Gracious and Merciful, this is my vow to you, my brother, that I am ready. And if you were a lover of Jihad as I am, then, by God, I am ready for the Jihadi life. What you will see of me will please you and your commander.
The reign is only for the living and powerful God. I ask Him that he would be our Caliph and Ruler."
"My brother in God, God and His angels are with us. With the permission of the Almighty Lord of the Worlds, we will have victory and allies from God Almighty. He is the powerful and helpful. Victory is coming, is coming to defeat the Romans [i.e., Christians] and for the destruction of the Jews. God is Most Great. We shall attack them in their very homes. Brother, by God, we shall attack them in a manner that hurts, an attack that shakes the world. Oh Brother, let the backsliders know that the time for their destruction has come."
That and many other details are below in the U.S. Attorney Office's press release, via the Dallas Observer, September 24:
DALLAS -- James T. Jacks, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, and Robert E. Casey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge for the Dallas Office of the FBI, announced today that Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, has been arrested anad charged in a federal criminal complaint with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Smadi, who was under continuous surveillance by the FBI, was arrested today near Fountain Place, a 60-story glass office tower located at 1445 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas, after he placed an inert/inactive car bomb at the location. Smadi, a Jordanian citizen in the U.S. illegally, lived and worked in Italy, Texas, (approximately 45 miles south of Dallas). He has repeatedly espoused his desire to commit violent Jihad and has been the focus of an undercover FBI investigation.
"The highest priority of the FBI and the Department of Justice remains the prevention of another terrorist attack within the United States," said U.S. Attorney Jacks. "In that effort, it is the job of the FBI to locate and identify individuals intent upon carrying out any type of attack upon this country and its citizens/residents. Whether as part of a group or acting alone, persons contemplating such acts need to know that all components of the government are working together to ferret out their activities and to insure that such individuals face the full measure of the law. The identification and apprehension of this defendant, who was acting alone, is a sobering reminder that there are people among us who want to do us grave harm," Jacks continued.
Special Agent in Charge Casey said, "Today's arrest of Hosam Maher Husein Smadi underscores the FBI's unwavering commitment to bring to justice persons who attempt to bring harm to citizens of this country and significant danger to this community. Smadi made a decision to act to commit a significant conspicuous act of violence under his banner of "self Jihad." He will now face justice. The many agents, detectives, analysts and prosecutors who helped to bring about Thursday's arrest deserve special thanks for their efforts. This case serves as a reminder of the continuing threats of terrorism we face as a nation and the FBI's resolve to meet those threats. The arrest of Smadi is not in any way related to the ongoing terror investigation in New York and Colorado."
"The criminal complaint alleges that Hosam Smadi sought and attempted to bomb the Fountain Place office tower, but a coordinated undercover law enforcement action was able to thwart his efforts and ensure no one was harmed," said David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
Smadi will make his initial appearance tomorrow in U.S. District Court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez, at 11:00 a.m.
According to affidavits filed today with the complaint and search warrants:Smadi was discovered by the FBI espousing his desire to commit significant acts of violence. Smadi stood out because of his vehement intention to actually conduct terror attacks in the U.S.The FBI developed an investigative plan to determine Smadi's true intent while also protecting the public's safety. Smadi made clear his intention to serve as a soldier for Usama Bin Laden and al-Qa'ida, and to conduct violent Jihad. Undercover FBI agents, posing as members of an al-Qa'ida "sleeper" cell, were introduced to Smadi, who repeatedly indicated to them that he came to the U.S. for the specific purpose of committing "Jihad for the sake of God." Smadi clarified that he was interested in "self-Jihad," because it was "the best type of Jiihad." Smadi was interested in violent Jihad against those he deemed to be enemies of Islam. The investigation determined Smadi was not associated with other terrorist organizations.Throughout the investigation, undercover FBI agents repeatedly encouraged Smadi to reevaluate his interpretation of Jihad, counseling him that the obligations a Moslem has to perform Jihad can be satisfied in many ways. Every time this interaction occurred, Smadi aggressively responded that he was going to commit significant, conspicuous acts of violence as his Jihad.In June 2009, Smadi identified potential targets in the Dallas area; but in mid-July, he notified an undercover FBI agent that he had changed his mind regarding the targets. On July 21, 2009, Smadi met with an undercover FBI agent and directed the agent to drive them to a Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Dallas. Smadi and the undercover FBI agent then drove to 1445 Ross Avenue where the Fountain Place office tower is located. A Wells Fargo Bank is located in that building. Smadi went into the building where he conducted his own reconnaissance.In late August 2009, while meeting with one of the undercover FBI agents in Dallas, Smadi discussed the logistics and timing of the bombing, stating that he would have preferred to do the attack on "11 September," but decided to wait until after the month of Ramadan, which ended on September 20, 2009. At the conclusion of the meeting, Smadi decided that a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) would be placed at the foundation of the Fountain Place office tower. Unbeknownst to Smadi, the FBI ensured the VBIED contained only an inert/inactive explosive device which contained no explosive materials.
Don't Mess with Texas. Seriously.
"Man arrested in alleged attempt to bomb Dallas skyscraper," from WFAA, September 24:
DALLAS - Police arrested a man after he allegedly placed an inactive car bomb near Fountain Place at 1445 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas.
Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian citizen who has been living and working in Italy, Texas illegally, was charged with "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction," authorities said.
Authorities said Smadi had been under FBI surveillance for some time after expressing "his desire to commit violent jihad" numerous times.
Whole lotta "misunderstanding" of Islam going on.
"The highest priority of the FBI and the Department of Justice remains the prevention of another terrorist attack within the United States," said U.S. Attorney Jacks.
DALLAS - Dallas FBI agents arrested a Jordanian citizen Thursday afternoon for attempting to bomb a skyscraper in Downtown Dallas.
FBI agents are not saying which building was targeted, but they said the arrest took place near that building.
The arrest is not related to recent events in Colorado, New York or Springfield, according to FBI.
A very similar case to that which occurred earlier in the day in Illinois. Just in from WFAA, and also reported on ABC's World News Tonight. More information as it becomes available.
A Decatur man was charged today with plotting to blow up the federal courthouse in Springfield, but the charges make it clear that authorities were on to him from the start and that he was dealing with an undercover federal agent posing as an Al Qaeda operative.
Michael Finton, also known as Talib Islam, was charged with attempting to murder federal employees and to use an explosive against the Paul Findley Federal Building, according to a federal complaint.
An affidavit filed in the case states that members of an FBI-led task force began investigating Finton, a restaurant worker who converted to Islam in prison, after hearing from his parole officer. A search of his vehicle after his arrest in 2007 on a parole violation allegedly turned up letters mentioning martyrdom and purported contact with John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," who was captured in Afghanistan.
The FBI had a drug informant become friendly with Finton, according to the complaint. The informant told agents Finton had talked about wanting to get terror training and to fight in Gaza against the Israelis. Agents then worked to set up an "opportunity for action that we controlled," began recording contacts with him and put him in touch with an undercover agent who told Finton he was an al-Qaeda operative.
In a July conversation, Finton allegedly told the agent he was considering attacks on "government buildings, banks and police stations." His hope was that an attack would cause the U.S. military to withdraw from conflicts overseas.
"Finton said attacking the FBI office would be great, because he had no love for the police, so that would not bother him a bit," according to the affidavit. He allegedly proposed bombing the federal building in Springfield with a backpack bomb or an explosive in a vehicle in July.
In August, the agent allegedly told Finton the plan had been approved by his purported supervisors in al-Qaeda and had Finton make a videotaped message that supposedly was to be shown to organization leaders including Osama bin-Laden.
Finton, who made statements acknowledging he knew everyone in the Paul Findley Federal Building would be killed, allegedly met up with the agent on Wednesday, believing he would be carrying out a mass-casualty bomb attack against the building....
"Court documents say Zazi sent text messages to the others, "each communication more urgent in tone than the last - seeking to correct mixtures of ingredients to make explosives."
But hang on. Surely we'll all hear soon enough how this was "taken out of context." "The Beauty Parlor Bomb Plan; Massive Terror Plot Alleged," by Brian Ross and Richard Esposito for ABC News, September 24:
The accused al Qaeda bomb maker from Denver planned to use chemicals and hair care products he bought at beauty parlor supply stores to build a series of devastating bombs, according to a federal indictment made public today of 24-year old Najibullah Zazi.
According to court documents, Zazi "purchased unusually large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and acetone from beauty supply stores in the Denver metropolitan area."
Former FBI agent Brad Garrett, now an ABC News consultant, said the alleged plot is "probably one of the more significant cases that the bureau has investigated since 9/11."
"You're talking about subway stations, public places where potentially thousands of people could be killed," said Garrett. "And in addition to that, when you add multiple locations, you're talking about potentially a horrendous number of people dying."
The chemicals in the products matched those listed in nine pages of hand written bomb-making instructions Zazi received when he attended an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan late last year, according to officials.
The court documents filed today say other individuals traveled with Zazi to Pakistan.
"We believe any imminent threat arising from this case has been disrupted," said attorney general Eric Holder in a prepared statement. "We are investigating a wide range of leads," he added.
Liquid Developer Clairoxide, Ms. Kay's Liquid 40 Volume and Ion Sensitive Scalp Developer were among the products the government said Zazi and other un-named coconspirators purchased this summer.
An employee at one beauty product supply store told ABCNews.com that FBI agents had shown a photo spread of three men with beards and two young, blond-haired women. One of the men was recognized as Zazi, said the employee who asked that her name not be used.
Authorities say Zazi and the other alleged terrorists actually tried to mix the chemicals at a hotel suite Zazi rented in the Denver suburb of Aurora on Sept. 6 and 7.
Court documents say Zazi sent text messages to the others, "each communication more urgent in tone than the last - seeking to correct mixtures of ingredients to make explosives."
Officials told ABCNews.com that one of Zazi's text messages included the phrase, "the wedding cake is ready," which authorities believe was a code indicating the plot was nearing the attack phase....
Nonie says that she hopes that the Left as well as the Right will take up the cause of the apostates.
Ibn Warraq says that the Left tends to side with the Islamists. Liberals tend to be more politically correct, but many on the Right, religious conservatives, tend to be wary of criticizing somebody else's religion. So both sides downplay the danger of creeping Sharia and the Islamization of the West. We need to educate the political class on both sides.
Nonie says that she believes that there is a huge number of Muslims who don't practice Islam anymore. Ibn Warraq cites an article by Anthony Browne in the Times of London (2005), saying that 200,000 Muslims have left Islam in England alone, and face persecution and death threats. In France the churches keep figures of the number of people who convert from Islam to Christianity, about 200 a year. In Indonesia, many Hindus -- several hundred thousand -- who had converted to Islam were converting back.
Nonie says there are TV shows beaming into the Arab world promoting Christianity. People call in from places like Saudi Arabia saying they left Islam. But if you're in Saudi Arabia, what can you do? You can't go to church, you can't have a Bible, you can't hand on your Christian faith to your children, so what can you do?
Mr. Ali from Saudi Arabia has agreed to sign the pledge calling for an end to the death penalty for apostasy, the pledge being circulated by Former Muslims United. Ibn Warraq says that they're going to post two videos on YouTube -- an atheist filming in Mecca and an imam saying that atheism is growing in Saudi Arabia. At least ten people in Riyadh have proclaimed their atheism.
Nonie says that Islam is very threatened by other religions. In mosques she grew up hearing prayers, "May God destroy the Jews and the infidels." This is how we used to end our religious service. When you grow up with this, it can even sound normal, and good and holy.
We are trying to alert the government to our plight. I received many hate emails, and threatening emails, and I called the FBI. They were very understanding, and took copies, but that was it. So we are living in America, with books being sold and read in mosques encouraging people to kill us. It is not solely taught in the Middle East. It is taught in every religious institution. This is serious. We are in fear for our lives. We are asking the government for help. We are very vulnerable. We are asking for some kind of legislation that will help protect us. It is a very unique thing. There isn't any other religion on earth that demands the murder of those who leave it except the Mafia. But at least you enter the Mafia willingly and voluntarily. In Islam, you're born into it. The threat crosses borderlines. Salman Rushdie is not Iranian. He was not born in Iran. The threat is an international network of tyranny against us, and it's coming to a neighborhood near you.
I don't understand how anyone can not believe Rifqa Bary. She is 17 years old. She is obviously a very sweet young girl. Her fear is in my opinion 100% true. The Islamic legal system is against her. Even if her father and mother are the nicest people, they are under pressure from the Islamic community to do something about their child. She has crossed the line. They will never allow her to live as a Christian. It's impossible! It's not allowed under Islam! I wonder: if this girl was a Mormon, or a Jewish girl running for her life, I wonder if the government would be siding against her. We must not be afraid of Islam.
Islam is a very political religion. Islam is a state. That is why they are always counting the number of Muslim congressmen, and trying to increase the number of Muslim representatives. Islam is political, and is determined to conquer. Fast during Ramadan, pray five times a day, go to Hajj, and listen to us and do what we say. There is an underground Muslim organization in every Muslim state threatening the Muslim ruler with death if he does not adhere to Sharia. Reformers, those who try to bring democracy, are automatically apostate. If you're a good Muslim and you follow Sharia, you have to follow all of it. You can't pick and choose.
Jamal Jivanjee, a friend of Rifqa Bary, says he is frustrated that the media won't tell the stories of apostates. Rifqa is 17. She could speak for herself. Why won't the mainstream media let apostates tell their stories? Nonie answers that people think we're exaggerating, when we tell them that Islam teaches that apostates must be killed. Many people think Rifqa is exaggerating and that she just ran away because she wanted to be free or something. Americans don't know so much about Islam and the Middle East conflict. They think terrorism against Israel started with the "occupation." I saw terrorism against Israel as a child in Gaza, long before the apostates. When I was growing up, I thought it was all normal. I thought that apostates were justly killed. I thought it was normal that a woman who was no longer a virgin would be killed in an honor killing. I changed because I saw a better way of living. I learned. I became an American. I used to think that apostates deserved to be killed. It's Allah's law. Now I think back and wonder, how could I have ever believed these things? I was indoctrinated. I went to school and was taught to hate the Jews, and that Jews must be killed, and I believed it. And now I see these things coming to America. Apostate killing is here. Honor killing is here. Antisemitism is here.
I was an antisemite. I was taught to hate Jews even though we never saw them. America changed me. Once I said to the sheikh that I felt compassion for the many poor people I saw in Egypt, but he told me that they were poor because Allah wanted them to be poor. I see so much cruelty and dysfunction in Islamic society. Muslims don't worship only God; they worship their leaders. The system promotes dictatorships and tyranny.
I came to America and I was surprised that the churches didn't end their prayers with curses of the non-Christians. I was surprised that the priest prayed for everyone, even the nonbelievers. But it took me a long time to figure it out. Too long. Rifqa Bary -- this girl figured it out at seventeen. I figured it out at 47.
I asked Nonie just now about the claim, just posted by our friend Abdullah Mikhail, from Dr. Jamal Badawi that "there are scholars who distinguish between apostasy on a personal level, which is not punishable by death, and apostasy that is accompanied by what we call today high treason, in which case the punishment is for high treason, not for apostasy." She read a fatwa from Al-Azhar saying that an ex-Muslim living in Germany had to be killed -- this fatwa contradicted Badawi's claim, as the ex-Muslim in Germany was in no way committing treason against any state. Apostasy is punishable by death in Islamic law, and not just for treason.
Nonie says that it is very dangerous to believe anyone who claims to be an apostate, because terrorists will come in to the organization and infiltrate it. Nonie also, in response to a question, explains that Reliance of the Traveller -- Umdat al-Salik -- contains detailed directives regarding the killing of apostates. It is certified by Al-Azhar as a reliable guide to Sharia. Meanwhile, it is all one-sided. Muslims have total access to the West, and can preach and spread Islam, but we cannot build churches, etc., in Muslim lands. We are going to see majority-Muslim areas in Europe and there will be violence there as there is now in Chechnya and Israel.
I was shocked when Salman Rushdie had the death fatwa put on his head, and intellectuals such as Germaine Greer attacked him. They were more concerned about the delicate sensibilities of Muslims. Then in 1995 I wrote Why I Am Not A Muslim, and then in 2003 a book called Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out.
Arthur Koestler: We ex-communists are the only ones on your side who know what it is all about. Groucho Marx (inspired): I refuse to belong to a religion that will not not have me as a member.
Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 guarantees freedom to change one's religion or belief. The clause about freedom of religion was added at the urging of the delegate from Lebanon, Charles Malik. Lebanon especially objected to the Islamic law regarding apostasy, but many Islamic countries objected to the freedom of religion clause. It warned about missionary efforts devoted to converting the populations of the East.
If you deny any of the tenets of Islam, you're an apostate. The Ahmadiyyas deny that Muhammad was the last prophet. Zia al-Haq declared they were not Muslims, and ever since then they have been persecuted in Pakistan.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt tried in the 1960s to suppress the clause of the Universal Declaration guaranteeing freedom of religion. They agreed to a compromise wording suggested by Brazil. In 1981 Muslim states reiterated the death penalty for apostasy. The Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights is understandably vague about the freedom of religion. Islamic human rights schemes are not universal, since they introduce a specific religious perspective into the human rights sphere. They restrict the rights of women, non-Muslims, and apostates.
Human rights organizations should protect the rights of those whose opinions are unorthodox and those who have left a religion.
"The worst kind of tyranny is of victims who are scared to speak." She explains that this is the situation of those who have left Islam. Being a Muslim, she says, does not involve a personal relationship with God. When it comes to Islam, however, one doesn't choose his religion, your birth certificate is stamped Muslim, and you have a relationship with the Islamic state.
The Muslim scriptures are inundated with commandments against those who leave the religion. It is being preached in mosques in America that one should kill the apostates wherever you find them. It is the law of Islam -- Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi'i and Maliki schools of law all agree that the person who leaves Islam must be killed. What's worse than the law, however, is when the religious and legal system tells Muslims that they can kill apostates and not be punished. Islamic law gives the right to the Muslim on the street to kill the apostate. Under Islamic law, such a murderer will not go to jail. This happened in Egypt -- Faraj Foda was killed in front of his house and the killer is not prosecuted. This is the source of the apostates' fear -- any Muslim on the street may kill them, and have no fear of prosecution.
This is the most severe aspect of Islamic law -- turning father against children, turning brother against brother. I have been disinherited by my family already. Marriage of an apostate is immediately annulled. There was a case in Egypt in which a man was denounced as an apostate and was subjected to a third-party divorce. This is perfectly in keeping with the laws of Sharia. And we have people right here in America who believe in these laws. We are living in constant fear of our lives because we have left Islam. There is not a day that goes by in which I do not think of that threat. Radical Muslims call me "Jew-lover," right here on college campuses in the U.S. Why did Wafa Sultan have to leave her beautiful home to live in an apartment? Why did I recently write an article about an Egyptian journalist who denied he was an apostate but merely criticized some aspects of Sharia law, and was accused of an apostate? 5,000 mosques declared he was an apostate and a heretic. Hosni Mubarak also was denounced as an apostate for giving this man an award. We don't have to declare that we are apostates. We just have to act at variance with Sharia -- like the girl in Canada who acted like an apostate by refusing to wear the hijab and was killed by her father.
There is very little hope for reform in Islam. Nobody knows why Sadat was killed. I was a young woman living in Egypt. The radicals condemned Sadat as an apostate for making peace with Israel. Sadat told many of his confidants that he knew that by agreeing to peace with Israel he was signing his death warrant.
Why did I form this group, Former Muslims United? I felt extremely saddened when I saw children fleeing their homes in fear for their lives because they are apostates. We are going to have many more Rifqa Barys. I know kids in Los Angeles who are not attending mosques, and their parents are threatening them. We have not been speaking up. We have been in hiding. But now I have formed this group with Ibn Warraq, Wafa Sultan, Muhammad Asghar, Amil Imani. We are also calling upon Muslim leaders to sign our pledge. It is on our website. We hope that all the good and peace-loving Muslim groups will sign our pledge to show that they reject tyranny and fear. The worst kind of tyranny is when the person who is tyrannized is afraid to speak. We are also trying to reach the Federal Government. We have written to Attorney General Holder. We hope we can all work together to never allow this kind of tyranny to survive in America. The West is doing Muslims no favor with political correctness. By being politically correct, we are empowering those who want to kill us. The religion must pass the litmus test of human rights. By tolerating intolerance, we are telling the victims of Sharia, go fend for yourselves. We cannot help you.
Seven years of bad luck are over. "Complaints against Alberta newspapers dismissed by human-rights commission," by Karen Kleiss for the Edmonton Journal, September 23 (thanks to Sounder):
EDMONTON -- Alberta's Human Rights and Citizenship Commission has dismissed nine complaints filed against the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald in connection with a controversial editorial published seven years ago.
The complaints were lodged by Muslim and Palestinian organizations and their supporters, who argued the editorial was likely to incite hatred or contempt toward Palestinian Arabs and Muslims, contrary to Alberta's Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act.
In a seven-page decision dated Sept. 21, commission director Marie Riddle dismissed all the complaints.
"Although in my opinion statements made in the editorial . . . were offensive, based on the recent case law, I can find no basis to forward the complaint for a human-rights panel, and I hereby dismiss the complaint," Riddle wrote.
Journal lawyer Fred Kozak said the editorial expressed the opinion that delegates attending a meeting in Malaysia should condemn the use of suicide bombers as an inappropriate way of bringing about political change.
"Free expression must always include the right to criticize people, organizations and governments," Kozak said. "It should also include the right to publish a wide variety of views and opinions and perspectives, especially concerning political events in the international community.
"(This decision) recognizes that language is, and will always be, an imperfect way of communicating, and that the expression of opinion will always provoke other expressions of opinion -- but that is highly valued in a democracy."...
At least for now.
Qur'an 4:34: "Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them."
Allah says you can hit your wife. These are the consequences. "Afghan women hiding for their lives," by Atia Abawl for CNN, September 24:
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Shameen's brown eyes seem lost as she thinks about the one day she wants to forget, but it is all she can think about.
Still traumatized, she recounts the events that led her to a safe house in Kabul.
She was raped and nearly stabbed to death by her husband just seven days before we met her.
Her lips are quivering and her eyes full of fear.
"He forced himself on me," she said. "All I could do was scream."
She was married off 15 years ago when she was a teenager.
Throughout those years she was tortured and abused, suffering daily beatings with an electrical wire or the metal end of a hammer.
This was her normal life.
"He chased after me with a hammer. He said if I made any noise he would put holes through me," Shameen said.
Shameen and her husband could not conceive a child. And in Afghan society, it seems, the blame always falls on the woman.
After one severe beating, she ran from her home and to the police station. Her husband promised the police he would not attack her anymore, so she gave in and agreed to go back home with him.
Days later, Shameen's husband took her on a trip to visit her sister's grave -- a 15-year-old sister who was burned to death for displeasing her husband.
Shameen says her younger sister was 11 years old when she was forced to marry an older man. He would beat and abuse her until one day he killed her.
As Shameen walked along the graveyard with her husband he took her near a shrine where he forced her to the ground, lifted her burqa and raped her. He then threatened her with a knife and asked her who was going to help her now. She was screaming as he slashed her throat and body.
A passerby saved her.
Now, she has no one to turn to -- not even her own parents. In their eyes, she has brought them shame, an offense punishable by death. [...]
Afghanistan is a country where for centuries women have been considered property -- not equals, like the constitution states. They are often beaten, raped and even sold to the highest bidder. There are very few places women can turn to.
Nearly 90 percent of Afghan women suffer from domestic abuse, according to the United Nations Development Fund for Women.
Despite that, there are less than a dozen shelters like this one in Afghanistan, usually run by non-governmental organizations.
Abusers are rarely prosecuted or convicted, and most women are afraid to say anything.
"Their mothers are beaten by their fathers. They're beaten by their fathers, by their brothers. It's a way of life," said Manizha Naderi, director of WAW.
Naderi is an Afghan-American who grew up in New York and has returned to Afghanistan to work with other women in hopes of bringing a change, although she said it will take generations.
"They see their mothers being beaten, they see their sisters their aunts, everybody," Naderi said. "So that's what they expect."...
Thus spake the jihadist who admitted to planning attacks in Canada. He also said non-Muslims "don't have Islam. They're the most filthiest people." Where would he get an idea like that? Why, the Qur'an:
Lo! those who disbelieve, among the People of the Scripture and the idolaters, will abide in fire of hell. They are the worst of created beings. (98:6)
BRAMPTON, Ont. -- A Toronto man who admitted Wednesday he was a member of a terrorist group that planned attacks in Canada was caught on police wiretaps saying he hated non-Muslims.
Ali Mohamed Dirie, a Canadian born in Somalia, called white people the "number 1 filthiest people on the face of the planet. They don't have Islam. They're the most filthiest people."
He added that: "In Islam there is no racism, we only hate kufar (non-Muslims)."
The 26-year-old was one of 18 Toronto-area men charged in 2006 in connection with a plot to attack targets in southern Ontario in order to terrorize Canadians into withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.
On Wednesday, in a Brampton courtroom, Dirie acknowledged he had obtained handguns and ammunition in the United States, knowing they were for the terrorist group's ringleader, who followed "an extremist interpretation of Islam."
For almost two hours, the Crown read a 28-page statement of facts before Justice Bruce Durno. When he had finished, Dirie, dressed in a grey hoody, baggy jeans and a blue skullcap, was asked if he thought it was accurate.
"Yes, I do," he said.
Dirie has pleaded guilty to participating in the activities of a terrorist group. A second charge of committing an offence for a terrorist group was stayed.
The Crown and defence have agreed on a seven-year sentence, but disagree over how much credit he deserves for the time has already spent behind bars.
Crown prosecutor Clyde Bond wants him to serve two more years, while the defence wants him to be released at his sentencing next Friday....
A piece I wrote for Human Events today:
The still-unfolding New York/Colorado jihad terror plot -- including an Islamic imam and of a Muslim who says he downloaded bomb-making materials by mistake while downloading a "religious text" -- focuses our attention again on the role of Islam and the Koran in inciting Muslims to commit acts of violence and terror.
Since September 11, 2001, this is the single aspect of the terror threat that government and law enforcement analysts, as well as the mainstream media, have consistently ignored, downplayed, denied outright and misunderstood. And this lack of understanding of the motives and goals of those who would destroy us remains our chief handicap in formulating a truly effective response to the global jihad threat.
Ask an Islamic jihadist why he is doing what he is doing, and he invariably makes reference to Koranic imperatives. Muslims who believe the Koran commands them to make war against and subjugate Infidels comprise a global movement, active from Indonesia to Nigeria and extending into Europe and North America.
In March 2009, five Muslims accused of helping plot the September 11 attacks, including the notorious Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, wrote an "Islamic Response to the Government's Nine Accusations." In it they quote the Koran to justify their jihad war against the American Infidels. "In God's book," asserts the letter, "he ordered us to fight you everywhere we find you, even if you were inside the holiest of all holy cities, The Mosque in Mecca, and the holy city of Mecca, and even during sacred months. In God's book, verse 9 [actually verse 5], Al-Tawbah [the Koran's 9th chapter]: Then fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, and besiege them and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush."
Osama bin Laden's communiqués have also quoted the Koran copiously. In his "Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places," he quotes seven Koran verses: 3:145; 47:4-6; 2:154; 9:14; 47:19; 8:72; and the notorious "Verse of the Sword," 9:5. In a sermon broadcast in 2003, bin Laden rejoiced in a Koranic exhortation to violence as being a means to establish the truth: "Praise be to Allah who revealed the verse of the Sword to his servant and messenger [the Islamic Prophet Muhammad], in order to establish truth and abolish falsehood." The "Verse of the Sword" is Koran 9:5, the one quoted above about slaying the pagans.
It is extremely rare -- if not impossible -- to find a jihadist who does not cite the Koran to justify his actions. One pro-Osama website put it this way: "The truth is that a Muslim who reads the Koran with devotion is determined to reach the battlefield in order to attain the reality of Jihad. It is solely for this reason that the Kufaar [unbelievers] conspire to keep the Muslims far away from understanding the Koran, knowing that Muslims who understand the Koran will not distance themselves from Jihad."
Yet a huge number of policy decisions are predicated upon the assumption that the Koran teaches peace. These include U.S. government postures toward Pakistan and Egypt; immigration matters; airport security procedures; military strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan; domestic anti-terror policies; and our acquiescence to Saudi Arabia's Islamic proselytizing campaign in America and many other countries.
Most government and media analysts dare not even question the assumption that the Koran is peaceful, for they believe that any insinuation to the contrary is racist, bigoted, and effectively brands all Muslims as terrorists. They simply assume the Koran teaches peace without bothering to study the text, an act which might raise some uncomfortable questions.
But those whom the Koran asserts are Infidels need to know what the Koran is saying about them and what must be done about them, because Muslims around the world today are acting upon these teachings. It's a simple matter of knowing who those who have vowed to destroy us think they are, and what they think they're doing, and what they hope to accomplish. They themselves tell us the answers to these questions are found in the Koran.
That's why The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran is needed.
It's a question of self-protection.
Eurabia Alert. How did the European contingent get there? How many masqueraded as asylum seekers, and how many are on public assistance, a la Malika El-Aroud (speaking of Belgium and Morocco)? European authorities should be curious. "Morocco arrests 24 in 'terrorist network' crackdown: interior ministry," from Agence France-Presse, September 23:
The security services in Morocco have arrested 24 members of a "terrorist network" linked to Al-Qaeda that recruited volunteers for suicide bombings in Iraq, the interior ministry said Wednesday.
In a statement carried by the official MAP news agency, it said the network -- coordinating "with terrorists in Sweden, Belgium and the Syria-Iraq zone" -- also sought recruits for Al-Qaeda to fight in Afghanistan and Somalia.
The suspects -- now being questioned by police -- were arrested in several cities in Morocco, said the ministry, which did not specify the date when they were apprehended.
What do you think? Will Honest Ibe Hooper and Brave Ahmed Rehab of CAIR rush to sign up? Why not? CAIR has denied that Islam mandates death for apostates. So has M. Cherif Bassiouni, distinguished professor emeritus etc. etc. Will they sign? Will Salam al-Marayati of MPAC? Will any Muslim leader in the US? This will be very interesting to watch. A press release from Former Muslims United:
Former Muslims send "Freedom Pledge" Nationwide to Muslim Leaders for 220th Anniversary of Bill of Rights
"Muslim Pledge for Religious Freedom and Safety from Harm
for Former Muslims"
Call on DOJ, US Commission On Civil Rights to Investigate Hate Crimes and Discrimination Against Apostates from Islam
WASHINGTON, DC (September 23, 2009) - Prominent former Muslims-- apostates from Islam-- have mailed a groundbreaking Freedom Pledge to over 50 Muslim leaders asking them to repudiate the Islamic law that requires the execution of apostates who have left Islam. The pledge and cover letter have just been released to the public at the website of the new civil rights organization - Former Muslims United - www.formermuslimsunited.org.
Former Muslims United will be formally launched at a press conference Thursday, September 24, to announce the start of their national campaign to educate the American public and policymakers about the threat from authoritative Shariah-- Islamic law-- to the religious freedom and safety of former Muslims. The names and organizational affiliations of the Muslim leaders sent the Freedom Pledge will be released at the press conference and posted online at www.formermuslimsunited.org. Additional Muslim leaders will be sent the pledge in the next months as the national campaign gets underway.
Former Muslims United founders, authors Nonie Darwish and Ibn Warraq, will also release the text of letters which were hand-delivered Wednesday, September 23, 2009 to Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice, and Gerald A. Reynolds, Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The letters call on Holder and Reynolds to investigate possible hate crimes and civil rights violations against apostates from Islam, including the circumstances of the current Florida case of 17-year old Rifqa Bary, a former Muslim. The letters were signed by Former Muslims United founders Nonie Darwish, Mohammad Asghar, Amil Imani, Wafa Sultan and Ibn Warraq.
In the cover letter to the Freedom Pledge, the five founders speak directly to Muslim leaders : "We are all aware of incidents of intimidation, threats of violence and actual assaults against former Muslims. We reach out to you with a sincere hope that you and your organization will join with us in ensuring peace and justice, safety and freedom for Muslims and former Muslims alike...."
The "Muslim Pledge for Religious Freedom and Safety from Harm for Former Muslims" includes numerous citations for Shariah legal opinions on death for apostates. The full pledge can be read and downloaded at www.formermuslimsunited.org .
Security at the press conference will be tightly maintained, and photo identification will be required of all attendees.
EVENT: Launch of Former Muslims United
PLACE: Longworth House Office Building, Hearing Room 1334
DATE: Thursday, September 24, 2009
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
All Former Muslims United founders are available for interviews.
For more information, contact Former Muslims United director Nonie Darwish at 818-314-3972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Another Hate Mail from London (from a different Hate Mailer from the other London Hate Mail Bag entries) provides a thoughtful and incisive analysis:
dear sir i now know your problems. you have a tiny d**k, you are a wimp, you are a coward, you are a midget, you have an ugly wife,
Well, it's true I am not very tall, but...
September 23, 2009
It's daffy, all right, but in reality Gaddafi is reflecting the conventional wisdom here. What's the difference between an Islamic state and a Christian state? Why, maybe the cut of one's beard or the style of one's hat. That's it. Stonings? Amputations? Denial of free speech? Denial of legal equality? What are you, some kind of Islamophobe?
"Gaddafi defends Taliban," from Agence France-Presse, September 24 (thanks to Maxwell):
LIBYAN President Muammar Gaddafi launched a spirited defence of Afghanistan's hardline Taliban overnight in a rambling address to the UN General Assembly.
"Why are we against the Taliban? Why are we against Afghanistan?" he asked leaders of more than 120 nations attending the annual General Assembly debate.
"If the Taliban wants to make a religious state, okay, like the Vatican. Does the Vatican constitute a danger against us? No," said the Libyan leader, addressing the 192-member body for the first time in his 40 years in power.
"If the Taliban wants to create an Islamic emirate, who said they are the enemy?" he said....
Sharia Alert: Yes, even this is a police matter. "Iran police 'target mannequins'," from BBC News, September 22:
Iranian police have warned shopkeepers not to display female mannequins without a hijab, or showing bodily curves, Irna news agency reports.
Display of bow ties and neckties, and the sale of women's underwear by men are also banned, the police said.
The move is part of a crackdown on Western influences and enforcement of dress codes in recent years.
"Un-Islamic behaviour" has been targeted since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's first election in 2005.
"Using unusual mannequins exposing body curves and with heads without hijabs [Muslim veils] are prohibited to be used in the shops," police said in a statement carried by Irna.
Correspondents say that in the past such campaigns usually only lasted throughout the summer, but last year's crackdown, including on tight trousers for women, was still continuing in the winter.
Iranians who violate dress codes for the first time are generally cautioned, but repeat offenders can face court action and "guidance classes".
NEW YORK -- Police in New York City stepped up their patrols and increased their random searches on subways and buses Wednesday following reports that as many as 24 more people are under observation in a suspected cross-country terror plot.
Amid media reports that some public storage centers in the region were being raided, the FBI told FOX News that there may be "consensual searches" under way but they were not "raids."
No new search warrants have been filed in recent days, the FBI told FOX.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued bulletins earlier this week warning law enforcement officials around the country to watch mass transit, stadiums, warehouses with rentable storage units and hotels for any unusual activity.
The feds circulated the internal alerts in the midst of the investigation into a suspected New York City-Colorado terror plot in which three people -- an airport shuttle driver, his father and an imam -- are in custody for allegedly lying to the government.
The three are due in court Thursday to face the charges.
The possible Al Qaeda-linked scheme may have included plans to detonate bombs stuffed into backpacks, much like the subway attacks carried out in Madrid and London, authorities say....
Hosni's victimhood whining here reaches Ibrahim-Hooperesque proportions -- and he has recourse to that last refuge of scoundrels, the "out-of-context" defense. "Defeated Egypt candidate accuses UNESCO," by Ines Bel Aiba for AFP, September 23 (thanks to James):
CAIRO -- Egyptian Culture Minister Faruq Hosni lashed out at the United Nations for being "politicised" on Wednesday after losing out in his bid to head UNESCO, as his country's press charged the vote was proof of a "clash of civilisations."
"The organisation has become politicised," Hosni told reporters at Cairo airport, a day after he lost to Bulgarian Irina Bokova.
"Two votes were taken away. Two votes that were considered... a betrayal," Hosni said after dropping from 29 votes in the fourth round of the election to 27 in the final one.
Many capitals had wanted to support him as a gesture of reconciliation with the Arab world and Islam. France at first supported Hosni but switched in the final round.
"The reality is that we waged a fantastic battle. The Egyptian candidate had the newspapers and Zionist pressures against him every day," he said.
The minister described the race as a battle between north and south.
"The north always has to control the south," said Hosni, adding that "the American ambassador did everything he could" to stop his election....The Egyptian press slammed Hosni's defeat as proof of a 'clash of civilisations'.
"A clash of civilisations determines the UNESCO fight," trumpeted the headline in the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.
"America, Europe and the Jewish lobby brought down Faruq Hosni after an honourable competition by the Egyptian delegation."...Cairo had expressed hope that Hosni's election as the first Arab to head the agency would send a positive signal from the West to the Muslim world.
But the campaign met strong opposition from US and French commentators as well as from Auschwitz survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, who said appointing Hosni would "shame" the global community.
"The Egyptian and Arabic candidate for the post was subjected to a ferocious campaign against him by the American administration, under Jewish pressure," said the opposition weekly Al-Ahrar on its front page.
"Faruq Hosni's campaign was met with an uncivilised attack by Jewish intellectuals in France," state-owned Al-Ahram Al-Messai wrote in its leader column.
Other papers said the result was a symptom of anti-Islamic sentiment.
The election showed that "the West stands against the others on the basis of religion in critical moments," the daily Rose al-Youssef wrote.
It described the election and the US pressure on countries to vote against Hosni as "voting at knifepoint".
In his lengthy political career, Hosni has often been accused of promoting anti-Semitism, in particular in 2008 when he told the Egyptian parliament: "I'd burn Israeli books myself if I found any in libraries in Egypt."
Hosni, who has been Egypt's culture minister for 22 years, insists his comment was made during an angry exchange with hardliners from the Muslim Brotherhood and had been taken out of context....
Of course! He really meant he would put all the Israeli books on his Recommended Reading List! You just have to know the context!
After a quiet Month of Jihad, the jihad actually resumes. "Terrorism: Algeria, Several Attacks In Kabylie, Fatalities," from ANSAmed, September 22 (thanks to Insubria):
ALGIERS, SEPTEMBER 22 - After a month of Ramadan that was marked by a significant decline in terrorism, several attacks have hit the Algerian region of Kabylie over recent days, killing a soldier and a patriot (civilian self-defence groups) and injuring at least 7 policemen. According to the Algerian press, five soldiers were injured on Sunday (the first day of Aid El Fitr, the holiday which marks the end of Ramadan) in the explosion of a remotely-activated bomb in Takhoukht, 30km south of Tizi Ouzou, capital city of the Kabylie region. On Saturday, another soldier was injured by a second bomb in the same area, whilst just a few kilometres away in Souk El Thenine, a group of armed men opened fire on a car in which a police officer was travelling. A soldier, writes El Watan, was killed in an explosion of a fourth bomb on Friday near Boumerdes, 50km east of Algiers. In Bouira, in Kabylie, a patriot was shot dead on the same day. (ANSAmed).
Bruce Bawer is entirely right about this. "Author warns of the 'silent Jihad,'" by Dan Delmar for The Suburban, September 23 (thanks to James):
Bruce Bawer left his native New York City in favour of Amsterdam because he wanted to escape rampant homophobia in the U.S. Instead, he says he found a different kind of discrimination in Europe.
The author of a number of books on religious fanaticism, his most recent work is Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom. Bawer argues that Europe is currently falling victim to a "silent Jihad," a hidden holy war perpetrated by radical Islamists on Western, social-democratic values. Speaking at a conference last week organized by Islamist watchdog group Point de Bascule, Bawer warned Canadians to not be as complacent as their counterparts across the pond.
Radical Islam "is a subject that a few years ago, wasn't on my radar. My goal was to write a book celebrating The Netherlands and Amsterdam," Bawer told the audience. What he saw in major European cities were enclaved communities, ghettos, where residents were "subject to seventh century Islamic law. They could barely speak the language of the country they were born in, thanks to the generosity of the European welfare state."
In Bawer's works, he documents cases of European mullahs preaching hate for the values of their home countries, even advocating violence. He pointed to the uproar caused by the publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed and cases of judges giving lighter sentences to murderers who commit "honour killings," because the killer was acting within a different cultural prism....Bawer said that Europeans, and Canadians, who preach a "live and let live" philosophy are not being true to their liberal roots.
"People going after Islam most often are associated with the right (wing)," he said. "The left doesn't seem to know what liberal values are anymore and don't recognize a threat to liberal values when it's staring them in the face."
"For such efforts, Musharraf and the Pakistani government have been paid handsomely, receiving more than $10 billion in American money since 2001....For years, the survival of Pakistan's military and civilian leaders has depended on a double game: assuring the United States that they were vigorously repressing Islamic militants -- and in some cases actually doing so -- while simultaneously tolerating and assisting the same militants." -- New York Times, September 7, 2008
Monumental Chutzpah Alert: the U.S. paid Pakistan to fight against the jihadis, Pakistan funneled much of the money to the same jihadis, and now Pakistan wants to get reimbursed. How long are we going to let Pakistan drain us before we realize they are not on our side?
"Pakistan: President urges US to reimburse $1.6 bn for terror war," from AKI, September 23 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Islamabad, 23 Sept. (AKI/DAWN) - Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari has urged the United States government to reimburse the 1.6 billion dollars that Pakistan spent on fighting extremism in the tribal areas earlier this year.
The United States pays Pakistan for the anti-extremist operations from a special account called the Coalition Support Fund. Pakistan has not been paid for more than a year, Pakistani daily Dawn said.
President Zardari made this demand in two separate meetings with US officials including special envoy Richard Holbrooke.
President Zardari also called for an early realisation of about six billion dollars pledged to Pakistan in the Tokyo conference earlier this year where international donors promised to help Pakistan overcome its economic crisis.
The President also sought an early adoption of the Kerry-Lugar Bill that may bring in another 1.5 billion dollars of annual US assistance over a period of five years....
Hezb al-Islam, the Party of Islam, kills African peacekeepers. Will the Islamophobia never end? "Eight civilians killed in Mogadishu clashes," from AFP, September 23 (thanks to James):
MOGADISHU -- At least eight civilians were killed in Mogadishu when Islamist insurgents attacked African peacekeepers prompting an exchange of gun and artillery fire that hit civilian targets, officials and witnesses said on Wednesday.
The fighting erupted on Tuesday in southern Mogadishu's Maka Al-Mukarama road where the African peacekeepers from Uganda are stationed but it later spilled over into other areas.
"The terrorists who never tire of violence attacked the peacekeepers with rocket propelled grenades and mortars but they were pushed back to their positions," Colonel Mohamed Abdi Alin, a Somali government security officer, said on Wednesday.
"We got information indicating there were civilian casualties; some people died in the crossfire -- more than five," he added.
Witnesses also confirmed the civilian fatalities in southern Mogadishu neighbourhoods.
"Five people died in Holwadag and seven others were injured when a mortar shell struck their houses," one witness, Ibrahim Ahmed, said.
"Three out of the five died in one place, their burned bodies were found under the debris of their house," another witness, Nurto Moalim Ali, told AFP. Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu's ambulance service, told AFP his team collected 13 injured people, three of whom subsequently died, bringing to eight the number of civilian casualties in Tuesday's clashes.
Hezb al-Islam, a rebel group allied to the Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab in the fight against the government, claimed the attack which was the heaviest in weeks.
"We attacked the enemy positions and killed several of them during heavy clashes. They started shelling Bakara market and other civilian populated areas killing many civilians," Hezb al-Islam commander Sheik Mohamed Osman said....
"God willing, your end will be at the hands of the Muslim nation, so that the world and history will be free of your crimes and lies."
"Terrorism: Muslims will defeat Obama vows Al-Qaeda no. 2," from AKI, September 23 (thanks to James):
Rome, 23 Sept. (AKI) - Al-Qaeda's second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri has issued a new video threat to US president Barack Obama. "Your end will be at the hands of the Muslim nation," al-Zawahiri said in the video, which was posted on militant websites.
"After Bush, thanks to Allah, after all these years that America failed, it has presented a new, hypocritical face. Smiling at us, but stabbing us with the same dagger that Bush used," said al-Zawahiri, referring to former US president George W. Bush
"God willing, your end will be at the hands of the Muslim nation, so that the world and history will be free of your crimes and lies."
Al-Zawahiri renewed Al-Qaeda's earlier calls for Muslims to join a 'holy war' or Jihad, urging them not to wait for their 'traitor' governments or spiritual leaders to take action.
"Who has not waged Jihad as a youngster will certainly not do so when they are old," he said....
In Human Events today I discuss the unfolding jihad plot in New York and Denver:
Read it all.
Details are still emerging, but it seems clear at this point that the extensive jihad terror plot that has been exposed in New York City and Denver this week involved plans to target baseball and football stadiums and New York's Fashion Week with explosives carried in knapsacks to the detonation point and then detonated remotely -- as in Madrid on March 11, 2004, when jihadist bombings killed 191 people and wounded 1,800.
Central to the plot is a young man named Najibullah Zazi, who was initially cooperative with Federal agents until it began to emerge that he had ties to Al-Qaeda. Zazi is in even more hot water after the discovery of bomb-making instructions in his own handwriting.
Zazi offered the improbable explanation that he accidentally downloaded the bomb-making material while downloading what news reports primly referred to as a "religious text." In keeping with prevailing politically correct sensibilities, no report specified what kind of "religious text" might come with downloadable bomb-making instructions, or said anything about which religion was involved. Reporters were mum about what the adherents of this unnamed religion might be doing to encourage bomb-making, or how they might find justification for such actions in the texts and teachings of that religion.
Just in case anyone on the planet still might not know which religion could be involved in such things, a clue came with the arrest of Ahmad Afzali, an imam who, according to the New York Daily News, "became religious in high school, and preached at the Masjid Hazrat Abu Bakr Islamic Center, New York's largest Afghan mosque, until 2007, when he opened a funeral business." (Yes, a funeral business.) Before this case broke, the FBI apparently consulted Afzali more than once. Last week he said, "They come for information, and I always help. I have helped them many times."
However, Afzali was apparently playing a double game. He called Zazi on September 11, after learning that the young man and his friends were suspected of terrorist activity. "They asked me about you guys," Afzali told Zazi. "They came to ask me about your characters." Afzali disclaimed any knowledge of whatever Zazi was doing: "I'm not sure what happened. And I don't want to know." Nonetheless, he protected his friend in front of the Feds: "I told them that 'they are innocent, law abiding.'"...
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Not that anyone is likely to draw any lessons from this -- not lessons about the NYPD cooperating with the FBI, which is what this article is about, but about making false and unwarranted assumptions about the loyalties of Muslims who appear to be "moderate." The fact that there is no moderate Koran, or moderate Islam, ought to give officials a certain sense of reserve when recruiting these "moderates" and asking for their help. It ought to make them at very least ask potential "helpers" some pointed questions, questions that are crafted to show what the aide really thinks about Infidels, Sharia, non-establishment of religion, American society, and related matters, all pertinent. But such questioning is not even on the radar screen. It would be "Islamophobic." It would not build bridges. So instead, we get this.
A decision to enlist a Queens imam in an effort to develop information about the man at the center of a long-running cross-country terrorism investigation backfired earlier this month.Read it all.
In fact, federal prosecutors have now charged the imam, a onetime source of information for the New York Police Department, contending that he betrayed the police by warning the suspect and then lied about it, and maybe even coached him on what to say if he was questioned.
Several law enforcement officials have said the imam's disclosures went a long way toward forcing their hand in an extremely sensitive investigation of a possible Qaeda plot. The situation left them scrambling to conduct raids and arrest the suspect sooner than they might have otherwise, a development that they said could make it harder to identify others involved and develop evidence against them.
Several officials -- all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because much of the investigation is classified -- have said that the inquiry, which had been under way for months, could well have continued, tracking the communications, meetings, plans and associates of the suspect, Najibullah Zazi, 24....Current and former police and federal officials said the approach to the imam, and the resulting disruption, added to a long history of tensions and rivalry between the New York New YorkPolice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which in recent years have developed a new dimension: a clash of sorts within the Police Department, between its two primary antiterrorism units....
Current and former police and federal officials said that the effort on Sept. 10 to enlist the imam, Ahmad Wais Afzali, was undertaken by detectives from the Intelligence Division. They showed him pictures of the central suspect and three other men, some of the officials said.
In the subsequent hours, Mr. Afzali spoke both with the suspect, Mr. Zazi, a Denver airport shuttle bus driver, and his father. Court papers say he told the younger Mr. Zazi, who had driven from Colorado to Queens on Sept. 9 and 10, that the authorities had been looking for him....
Today's Hate Mail Bag entry comes from beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. It contains the usual projection: I know nothing, and "hate" and "oppress" Muslims by reporting on jihad activity and on how jihadists use the Qur'an to teach violence against unbelievers. It is virtually certain that this Hate Mailer never directed any similar indignation at the jihadist "crazies" who are supposedly misunderstanding her religion of "forget and forgive" (and where exactly does the Qur'an say that)?
What i hear and read from this website sounds like it comes from uneducated people of hate.. how can one talk about a subject, create a website, and know absolutley nothing about the topic. I have heard things and read things that can only come form one who is purposely lying and creating a false hateful image of people only to get others to follow or believe what they hear and see. why not get educated first then work on this. I have never read or heard anything about Islam preaching to kill everyone who is a non-believer, when it clearly says in the quran forget and forgive and continues to say that He(God) is the one that will bring justice to the oppressed. And by oppressed i mean the opression all muslims, and non-muslims feel because of people like you. This is all because of the jelousy, that real practicing muslims, and not the crazies that think its ok to kill everyone, real muslims treat their parents with respect, they respect themselves and everyone else, the girls dont walk around exposed on the streets, they dont have babies when they are 13.. all these reasons plus more are why you and people like you hate muslims... How about you learn the real Islam, and not blindly follow what you are fed. Knowledge is the key to understanding and acceptance. We are all humans and why can people not see that. We do not all need be the same religion we only need to respect each others decision to the religion they choose. Islam is justice it is peace it is acceptance.. Learn something..
September 22, 2009
New York Jihad Plot Update: "Cops, feds ransack Queens storage sites for Qaeda bomb-making materials," by Alison Gendar, James Gordon Meek, John Marzulli, Rocco Parascandola and Corky Siemaszko for the New York Daily News, September 22 :
Detectives were combing Queens storage facilities on Monday for stockpiled explosive chemicals that Al Qaeda terror thugs planned to use to bomb New York, sources said.
At the same time, the Daily News has learned that prime terror suspect Najibullah Zazi has confessed he was a jihadist hell-bent on murderous mayhem, the sources said.
NYPD investigators, in coordination with the FBI, hit chemical and fertilizer companies looking for customers who bought bulk and paid cash - and they were also showing up at storage centers in Long Island City.
Investigators believe they were going to use the units to mix chemicals for explosives.
"They're full on, and still going full bore," a counterterror official said of the bomb hunt.
The Department of Homeland Security at the same time has issued a nationwide bulletin asking cops to look at storage facilities.
"Operation Nexus" took on an extra urgency after raids on Queens apartments Zazi visited turned up knapsacks and cell phones. The exact targets are not known, but the find raised the specter of simultaneous blasts like the 2004 attack that killed 191 commuters in Spain.
ABC News reported that investigators believe that there were three teams of four terrorists involved in the planning.
A senior counterterror official told The News, however, that nobody knows for sure who else is out there - or whether the plot is disrupted....
The FBI said Zazi, arrested in Colorado on Saturday, has admitted being trained in "weapons and explosives" last year at an Al Qaeda camp in Pakistan.
And sources told The News for the first time that he admits he was out to kill....
At this point virtually everyone in the blogosphere, except CAIR tool Charles Johnson's new Leftist and jihadist allies, knows what I have been pointing out ever since he began attacking me: that Charles Johnson is a smear merchant who traffics in half-truths, distortions, and outright lies, and whose testimony on any particular point is not to be trusted. That is all to the good, but like any war, even a blogwar leaves devastation in its wake: friendships have been broken, alliances have been sundered, unjust suspicions have been raised about decent people, and rifts have developed among people who were and are working for a common cause. (Also, some cowards, collaborators, and self-serving slitherers have been duly exposed.) The lies and half-truths Johnson and his accomplices have spread and are spreading continue to do damage -- after all, he is now a primary source of talking points for Hamas-linked CAIR.
This is all on Johnson's head, and always will be. He can never undo the damage he has done. Nonetheless, the war is over. McCain has finished him utterly, and he will never wield the influence he once had. One may only hope that those who began to catch on to him when he went after Beck, or Limbaugh, or Coulter, or Christians, will now recognize that Johnson started on his journey of betrayal and lies not at those points, but when he turned on those who attended the Counterjihad Summit in Brussels in the Fall of 2007. Those who may still believe the lie that that was a "neo-Nazi" gathering should realize that they allowed Johnson to take them in, go back and reexamine the evidence, and adjust their views of the conference and the people involved in it. It would be an act of simple justice to do so.
In the meantime, enjoy Stacy McCain's posts. The Field Marshal is an extraordinary writer, and he richly deserves his victory march.
Arabs in Samaria have complained that attack snakes are being sent into the area from the Israeli city of Ariel, one woman has been bitten by one such snake. The local Palestinians base this accusation on the fact that a woman nearby to Ariel was bitten by a snake which witnesses say then fled back towards the city. The Palestinians interpreted the snake's heading as a clear indication that the reptile was a trained assassin working for Mossad.
The many decades during which the systematic attempt, through legislation, by Ataturk to remove Islam in Turkey from the political sphere and to limit its power to fashion society, over time managed to allow the formation of a class of Turks who, in their mental outlook are not as distant as from Western man as are, say, Arabs or Pakistanis.
They do, unsurprisingly, continue to identify themselves as Muslims, sometimes out of civilisational defensiveness or filial piety. To abandon Islam might seem like abandoning a pious grandmother, or viewing the islamization of the former Byzantine Empire as a historic mistake, and many cannot bring themselves to do that. This secular class consists, in the main, of businessmen who have dealings with the West (the Sabanci family comes to mind), writers (Orhan Pamuk, about to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard), journalists, professors, rectors of universities, art gallery owners, musicians who play Western music.
Dhimmitude and ignorance from a Pennsylvania public school district. At the slightest hint of pressure, most individuals and groups who find themselves in this position cave in faster than you can say "Islamophobia" -- and most of the time, as in this case, they don't make the slightest effort to verify whether or not the pressure group's claims are true. "CAIR: Penn. High School Drops Anti-Islam 'Obsession' Video," a CAIR press release, September 22 (thanks to James):
Civil rights group calls film 'vehicle for promoting anti-Muslim bigotry'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA) announced today that a high school in that state has dropped an anti-Islam video listed for use in one of its classes.
Earlier this month, CAIR-PA sent a letter to the superintendent of the Council Rock School District expressing concerns about a hate-filled video, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West," listed in the syllabus of a course at Council Rock High School in Newtown, Penn.
In her letter, CAIR-PA Director of Civil Rights Marwa El-Turky wrote in part:
"'Obsession' is a vehicle for promoting anti-Muslim bigotry that seeks to blur the distinction between violent extremism and mainstream Islam. The use of such an inaccurate and inflammatory film in a world history class would inevitably result in both the promotion of stereotypes and the creation of a hostile learning environment for Muslim students.
"The hate-filled agenda promoted by the film has been repudiated by the Hate Hurts America Multifaith Community Coalition (HHA), a group of religious and civic organizations seeking to challenge hate speech in our society... Those interviewed in Obsession constitute a veritable who's who of Muslim-bashers. SEE: http://www.obsessionwithhate.com/
". . .this film is obviously not suitable teaching material for a captive audience of impressionable youth. We therefore respectfully ask that 'Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West' be dropped from the curriculum and that representatives of the local Muslim community be invited to offer balanced and accurate information about Islam and the American Muslim experience."
These are all highly debatable claims. Did Superintendent of Schools Mark J. Klein seek to verify CAIR's (false) claim that Obsession "seeks to blur the distinction between violent extremism and mainstream Islam"? In fact, the movie bends over backwards not to blur that distinction -- so much so that some say it errs too much on the other side, giving viewers the impression that the Islamic jihad globally is just the property of a few nuts, and is condemned and actively opposed by the vast majority of Muslims. Did Klein receive this claim from CAIR and investigate it? Or did he receive it and immediately move to accommodate these thugs and bullies, without giving it a moment's thought?
"Balanced." Does Mark J. Klein really want CAIR to decide what is a balanced curriculum? Does Mark J. Klein know or care that CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case -- so named by the Justice Department? Does he know or care that CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups? Does he know or care that several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror? Does he know or care that CAIR's cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Honest Ibe Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements?
In his response to CAIR-PA's concerns, Superintendent of Schools Mark J. Klein noted that the course was eliminated from the curriculum for the 2008-2009 school year and that, "Along with the elimination of this course, we will represent to you that this film will not be used in any other course in Council Rock."
"We appreciate the school district's prompt and appropriate response and hope that any future courses touching on Islam will use accurate and balanced educational materials," said El-Turky....
"The bulletin on stadiums notes that an Al Qaeda training manual specifically lists 'blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality, and sin... and attacking vital economic centers...'"
Federal counterterrorism officials warned local police to patrol stadiums, hotels and entertainment complexes for suspicious activity after the arrest of a Colorado man suspected of a far-reaching terror plot.
Officials said the FBI/Homeland Security bulletins weren't tied to known threats and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly downplayed terror fears there, saying there was no specific threat and he wasn't stepping up his forces as a result.
"There is no security information on entertainment, sports, transit, no specific information ... other than the fact that in a post-9/11 world, we are concerned about a lot of things," Kelly told reporters at a Tuesday morning briefing in Manhattan.
Kelly said New York City already devotes "1,000 or over 1,000" police officers daily to counterterrorism efforts.
"We have not engaged in any different practices or increased our security," he said. "We are, every day, up to a level that exceeds any other city that I'm aware of."
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security also issued joint alerts to police around the country to watch storage centers for any unusual behavior.
Two bulletins were sent Monday to local authorities nationwide, with federal officials saying they know of no specific plots against such sites. The warnings -- the latest in a flurry circulated as authorities investigate a possible bomb plot in Denver and New York City -- say those sites remain attractive targets to groups like Al Qaeda.
The directives came after a similar bulletin about the vulnerabilities of mass transit systems was sent out Friday.
The bulletin on stadiums notes that an Al Qaeda training manual specifically lists "blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality, and sin... and attacking vital economic centers" as desired targets of the global terror network.
A joint statement from DHS and FBI said while the agencies "have no information regarding the timing, location or target of any planned attack, we believe it is prudent to raise the security awareness of our local law enforcement partners regarding the targets and tactics of previous terrorist activity."...
Rifqa Bary is in serious danger. Here is Pamela's report on the hearing in Orlando yesterday. And "Fathima's Fears," an Investor's Business Daily editorial from September 21 (thanks to all who sent this in) explains what's at stake:
Islamism: A Muslim teen who fled from Ohio to Florida after becoming Christian swears her father will kill her if she goes back home. Florida authorities appear willing to take that chance.
The state believes her fears are unfounded after talking to the devout Muslim father and his lawyers, who work for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. And it's expected to return her to his care....
In their report, Florida authorities found: "Ms. Bary's concern that she may be killed because of her conversion from Islam to Christianity remains a subjective and speculative concern."
Based on the facts of the case -- along with prior Muslim father-daughter "honor killings" inside America -- we would argue that the concern is, on the contrary, very real. Consider that:
• Bary swore in a court filing that her father confronted her in her bedroom and said: "If you have this Jesus in your heart, you are dead to me!" And then, picking up a laptop as if to hit her, he allegedly added: "I will kill you!" A friend reported the incident to local police.
(The father, Mohamed Bary, admits grabbing the computer but says he meant only to throw it. He denies threatening her life.)
• The daughter also swore that her father punched her in the face on the way to mosque one day because she complained about wearing a hijab. (The father denies striking her.)
• Bary also testified her family's radical mosque told her father to "deal with the situation" of her Christian conversion, a thinly veiled reference, she says, to honor killing.
The CAIR lawyers assured Florida investigators that there's no such thing as honor killings in Islam. In fact, there is a requirement in Shariah, or Islamic, law for killing publicly declared apostates, and Bary announced leaving Islam on her Facebook page.
CNN and others in the mainstream media have made an issue of Bary's truthfulness, and some details of her story don't hold up. Notably, she said she hid her cheerleading because she feared her father's disapproval.
But investigators say they saw photos of the girl in her cheerleading uniform prominently displayed in the family room of their Ohio home. (It's not clear when the photos were put up, however, and investigators confirmed that at least the mother had denied her permission to join the squad.)
Bary's mother told authorities that her husband believes that if their daughter returns home, she should practice Islam as long as she's underage and living under their roof. What if she doesn't? What then?
Yet another setback for the "all religions are equally likely to inspire violence" crowd. Note the official indifference and complicity. "Muslim Man Beheads Christian in Egypt," by Mary Abdelmassih for AINA, September 21:
Egypt (AINA) -- Osama Araban, a Muslim man riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, went on a rampage last week in Egypt, killing 63-year old Coptic Christian Abdo George Younan, in the village of Bagour, before traveling onwards and stabbing with intention to kill two other Copts in two different villages, at least 10 km apart (AINA 9-18-2009).
In the village of Behnay he repeatedly stabbed Coptic shoemaker Adib Boulos before being stopped by eyewitness Behman Saeed, after whom Osama Araban ran, leaving the victim behind. Adib suffered a broken scull and lung hemorrhage, and is still fighting for his life in intensive care unit at Shebin el-Kom Hospital.
Osama Araban then traveled to the village of Mit Afif and stabbed his third victim, Sobhy Barsum, a blacksmith. He also stabbed his brother Hani Barsum in the neck -- only to be saved by a co-worker. Hani was also hospitalized.
Osama Araban was arrested the following day.
The funeral procession of Abdo Younan was attended by thousands of Copts, led by Metropolitan Archbishop Benjamin of Menoufia Diocese and seventeen clergymen. Hundreds of banners were held, showing the amount of anger and injustice felt by Copts. Anti State Security chants were heard during the procession, besides calling on President Mubarak and the government to save the Copts from the hands of the fundamentalist[s] who are killing them.
This incident which took place on September 16, 2009, has left Copts in Egypt shocked and angered, not only because attacks against Copts have been escalating, but because of the way the murder was committed.
The details of the attacks, not told by the media, but exposed by Coptic lawyers and activists, reveal that 35-year old car painter Osama Araban not only stabbed Abdo nine times but also severed his head from his body -- an Islamic ritual beheading. He then meticulously washed his bayonet with the water hose the victim was using, before setting off on his motorcycle to the next two villages, looking for more Coptic victims....No Muslim has ever been sentenced justly for killing a Copt. Consequently, the Egyptian Government's manipulation of facts is not to save the Copt's murderer from a just punishment, but more to save its face in front of the Western world for being blatantly unjust towards the Coptic victim, given that Egypt is a member of the UN Human Rights Council which is responsible for the protection of human rights around the globe.
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After overnight arrests this weekend in the alleged New York terror plot, FBI agents believe an active terror cell directed by al Qaeda was preparing an attack on New York City, and authorities say they have yet to identify everyone involved.
Officials tell ABC News they know of three distinct teams of four men each, but there may be others linked to the plot that remain unidentified.
Law enforcement agents say they're watching a number of people on round-the-clock surveillance who they suspect might have been part of the alleged terror cell. [...]
Court records show [Najibullah] Zazi ran up more than $50,000 in debt on 20 credit cards, leading to concerns he was preparing for a suicide mission. He declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Mar. 2009, and while he told investigators he had been traveling to Pakistan see his wife, he checked the "not married" box on his application form....
At least this Hate Mailer from London admits that there are war verses in the Koran. Memo to Honest Ibe Hooper and Brave Ahmed Rehab of CAIR: feel free to email me and I will give you this guy's contact info, so that you can explain to him how he is getting the Religion of Peace all wrong, wrong, wrong.
Anyway, note the familiar tu quoque argument, as if Islamic supremacism were excusable because other people have committed wrongdoing:
I know all the war verses in the Quran. And i feel so proud and honoured that Allah revealed these verses as without it the Ummah, today, would just surrender to American terrorism.
Why do you not look at the history of your own race and people before judging others?
Since the end of world war 2 who has killed the most civilians, destroyed the most homes and lives?
Finally Mr Spencer the youth of the Ummah and i thank you. We thank you for opening our eyes and showing us that 99% of a war is fought through media, both traditional and new. USA soliders can rape and kill without any outrage or tarnishing the USA's image because of words, imagery and sound. So thank you for showing us that fighting with sticks against f16s solves nothing. But fighting mind vs mind gives both parties an equal playing field. PS, 9/11 was a consequence of US terrorism abroad.
For to long the cowardly west have been massacring the weak abroad without fear of any reprisals back home, this has changed.
You are like a little snake and Inshallah you will be disgraced very soon.
September 21, 2009
Eurabia is already proving to be a fruitful recruiting ground for the jihadists. "A German Jihad Colony: Islamists in Pakistan Recruit Entire Families from Europe," by Yassin Musharbash and Holger Stark for Spiegel, September 21 (thanks to Davida):
What a surprise!
The German government is trying to secure the release of a group of suspected German Islamists who were arrested by Pakistani authorities while making their way to a jihadist colony in the Waziristan region along the Afghan-Pakistani border. Entire families from Germany are moving to the region to join the jihad.
The young speaker, who calls himself "Abu Adam," praises the stay in the mountains -- almost as if he were shooting an ad for a family holiday camp. "Doesn't it appeal to you? We warmly invite you to join us!" Abu Adam says, raising his index finger. He lists all the things this earthly paradise has to offer: hospitals, doctors, pharmacies as well as a daycare center and school -- all, of course, "a long way from the front." After all, they don't want the children to be woken up by the roar of guns.
The latest recruitment video from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is a half-hour in length and is addressed to our "beloved" brothers and sisters back in Germany. The video is presented by, among others, Mounir Chouka, alias "Abu Adam," who grew up in the western German city of Bonn.
The video shows shacks erected against a backdrop of lush greenery and craggy rock formations. Women wearing blue burqas are seen surrounded by their children. One small girl is holding an artillery gun.
Welcome to the wild world of Waziristan, the region along the Afghan-Pakistani border controlled by Pashtun tribes, al-Qaida and other splinter groups which has become a regular target of US drones and their remote-controlled missiles.
Islamists Recruiting Entire Families
The ad for Waziristan appears to be finding fertile ground in Germany. Security officials here believe the IMU is currently the largest and most active Islamic group recruiting in the country. But there's an unusual development here, too -- militants don't normally recruit women and children as the IMU appears to be doing. The families move to mujahedeen villages in the rough terrain which are used as bases for supporting the battle against the US troops and the Afghan army.
The German government in Berlin is also examining the propaganda offensive. For several weeks, diplomats in the German Foreign Ministry have been negotiating with Islamabad over the fate of a group of suspected Islamists from Germany's Rhineland region who have been held in custody in Pakistan for several months now. The group includes a young Tunisian and six Germans, including Andreas M. of Bonn, a Muslim convert, and his Eritrean wife Kerya....The Pakistani government has signalled that it might not prosecute the group for entering the country illegally or for supporting a terrorist organization and instead put the Germans on a plane back to Frankfurt....
How could an imam get mixed up in a jihad plot? Can even an imam become a Misunderstander of Islam? How did he miss the Koran's true, peaceful teachings? New York/Colorado bomb plot update: "FBI says imam Ahmad Afzali worked both sides and tipped off suspects," by Elizabeth Hays and Helen Kennedy for the New York Daily News, September 21:
The Queens imam arrested in the Denver terrorism probe is an FBI informant the feds say became a double agent - tipping suspects that they were in the government's crosshairs.
Ahmad Afzali, 37, insisted he's been loyally helping the government root out extremists since 9/11.
His lawyer, Ron Kuby, calls him a fall guy.
"I think the FBI is angry that they blew this case, and they want to blame poor Imam Afzali for blowing the investigation," Kuby said.
Afzali told the News just hours before he was arrested Saturday night for lying to the feds that "someone is trying to set me up."
His parents immigrated to Fresh Meadows from Afghanistan when he was 7. They owned pizzerias and were wealthy enough to give their son every new gadget, schoolmates said.
He became religious in high school, and preached at the Masjid Hazrat Abu Bakr Islamic Center, New York's largest Afghan mosque, until 2007, when he opened a funeral business....In interviews last week, he told The News he was always happy to help the FBI.
"They come for information, and I always help," he said. "I have helped them many times."
According to the government, agents approached Afzali Sept. 10 and showed him a photo of Najibullah Zazi, 24, a fellow Afghan immigrant who moved from Queens to Denver.
The next day, Sept. 11, FBI wiretaps caught Zazi's father telling his son he'd gotten a call from Afzali warning him the FBI was showing his photo.
The father was urging his son to call Afzali when call-waiting beeped: Afzali was on Zazi's other line.
"They asked me about you guys," the imam told the suspected terrorist, according to a transcript. "They came to ask me about your characters."
He continued, "I'm not sure what happened. And I don't want to know ...I told them that 'they are innocent, law abiding.'"
Afzali told Zazi to take comfort that the FBI was just asking around about them.
"Trust me, that is a good sign," he said. "The bad sign is for them coming to you guys and picking you up automatically."
Afzali told Zazi: "Listen, our phone call is being monitored."
Hours later, Zazi called the imam to say his rental car had vanished. Afzali allegedly asked if there was any "evidence" in the car and Zazi said no.
The car contained bomb making notes, the FBI says.
According to the government, when questioned April 17, Afzali said it was Zazi who called him, not the other way around.
He allegedly denied tipping Zazi to the probe or asking about evidence in the car - and even denied saying the call was being taped.
Kuby said that charge made no sense. "Why on earth would he lie about the contents of a conversation that he knows is being recorded?" he said. "It would be insane for him to lie about that!"
Kuby said his client might have been confused about who called whom, but was trying to help. "The government asked him to make contact with (Zazi) and find out what he was up to," Kuby said. "So he left out a bunch of things. He's not a trained stenographer. He is doing everything they want him to do."
Prosecutors are skeptical. "Why would he ask Zazi about 'evidence' in his car?" said one official close to the case.
Cousin John Afzali, 42, manager of the family-owned pizzeria Valentino's, called the charges "bogus."
"He's a good guy. He's not extreme. I don't think they got the right person," he said....
Friend and Ally Update: A. Q. Khan says the Pakistani government was behind his nuclear proliferation activities. The Pakistani double game just keeps getting more interesting: the U.S. gave billions to Musharraf, and this is what he was doing. "AQ Khan nails Pakistan's nuke lies," by Chidanand Rajghatta for the Times of India, September 21 (thanks to A. M.):
WASHINGTON: An angry, humiliated, and wounded A.Q.Khan has finally made public and official what has long been suspected: his nuclear proliferation activities that included exchanging and passing blue-prints and equipment to China, Iran, North Korea, and Libya was done at the behest of the Pakistani government and military, and he was forced to take the rap for it. ( Watch Video )
''The bastards first used us and are now playing dirty games with us,'' Khan writes about the Pakistani leadership in a December 2003 letter to his wife Henny that has finally been made public by an interlocutor. ''Darling, if the government plays any mischief with me take a tough stand,'' he tells his wife, adding, ''They might try to get rid of me to cover up all the things they got done by me.''
But Henny was unable to play hardball because Khan had also sent copies of that letter to his daughter Dina in London, and to his niece Kausar Khan in Amsterdam through his brother, a Pakistan Airlines executive. Pakistani intelligence agencies got wind of it and threatened the well-being of the family, forcing him to recant and publicly take the blame for the proliferation activities in a humiliating television spectacle engineered by then military ruler Pervez Musharraf....
What could go wrong? Let's see. "U.S., Afghan Lives Increasingly Lost To Roadside Bombs," by Tom Bowman for NPR, August 2, 2009:
About 1,050 metric tons of fertilizer will also be distributed in conjunction with the seed, giving the farmers a better opportunity for success, said Purves, who works closely with the Marines of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. The Marines established security in the area and will continue to have a presence while the local government solidifies, but this distribution effort is spear-headed by the Afghan government.
But fertilizer given to the Afghan government won't make its way to the Taliban, right? Wrong: "In the villages of Afghanistan, many young men are working for the government during the week, but fighting for the Taliban at weekends."
U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and local civilians now share a grim common enemy: death by roadside bomb.
July was the deadliest month for American troops since the war began in the fall of 2001. At least 43 U.S. servicemen lost their lives, with about two-thirds being killed by roadside bombs....Most of the bombs are crudely made, sometimes including fertilizer and diesel fuel packed into plastic jugs. They have little metal, so they're difficult to find with metal detectors and other sophisticated equipment. So U.S. Marines are bringing in dogs to help sniff out the components....
Those roadside bombs are becoming the favorite tool of the Taliban, according to a U.N. report released this week.
The report says Taliban forces are now changing their tactics, shifting away from ambushes or frontal assaults. U.S. officers report finding more and more caches of fertilizer and bomb-making materials.
Not that that will stop Obama, or anyone, from pushing for its creation. "Palestinian Prime Minister Belies Moderate Image With Working Policy Paper About Future Palestinian State," by David Bedein for Israel Resource Review, September 17 (thanks to Looney Tunes):
Throughout the month of August, 2009, Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayad met with more than fifty members of the US Senate and US House of Representatives.
In press conferences held by almost all American elected officials after meeting the American educated Fayad, the consistent impression that they conveyed was that Mr. Fayad represented a "moderate voice of leadership" for a future Palestinian state that could live alongside the state of Israel.
However, a group of Israeli peace groups received and distributed an English version of a position paper for a future Palestinian state that Mr. Fayad submitted at the end of August to the Middle Quartet Negotiations Task Force, which includes The UN, The EU, The American government and the Russian government
Fayad's paper "Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State:Program of the Thirteenth Government - August 2009"The preface to Fayad's paper introduces a Palestinian state that will strive for "peace, security and stability in our region on the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital".
However, Fayad's 38 page position paper reads like a declaration of war, not of peace.
Fayad asserts that "Jerusalem" will be the Palestinian capital of the Palestinian state - not East Jerusalem.
In case anyone was wondering if Fayad had made a typographical error by not mentioning "east" Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, Fayad repeats - ten times - that he means Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem. Fayad leaves nothing to the imagination, and writes that the Palstininian stat will " Protect Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Palestinian state", because Fayad asserts that "Jerusalem is our people's religious, cultural, economic and political center. It is the Flower of Cities and Capital of Capitals. It cannot be anything but the eternal capital of the future Palestinian state. Jerusalem"...Fayad declares that the Palestinian State will be an Islamic state and "Promote awareness and understanding of the Islamic religion and culture and disseminate the concept of tolerance in the religion through developing and implementing programs of Shari'a education as derived from the science of the Holy Qur'an and Prophet's heritage".
In sum, Fayad concludes with a demand for a Palestinian state in the next two years, along the parameters that he has outlined, with an Palestinian state that will have all of Jerusalem as its capital, in an Islamic Sharia state that will campaign for all convicts to be freed, for all refugees to return to the homes and villages that they left in 1948.
A voice of moderation?
It would be interesting to know if the peace groups that distributed Fayad's working paper ever bothered to read it.
Eid mubarak! The Zionists are duly denounced, Karzai appeals to the Taliban, and peace is breaking out all over! "Leaders mark Eid al Fitr with calls for peace - and warnings," by Jonathan Adams for the Christian Science Monitor, September 21 (thanks to James):
Muslims the world over continued celebrations of Eid Al-Fitr Monday, marking the end of the Ramadan period of fasting and abstinence. The faithful began the holiday on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, depending on their sect....Some national leaders used the holiday to issue political messages, with some calling for peace and others denouncing opponents. In some communities this year's festivities were marred by fears of swine flu or political unrest or violence....
In Iran, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei used his Eid al-Fitr sermon to blast Israel, Western powers, and the foreign media, the Times of London reported. Mr. Khamanei said Zionism was "gnawing into the lives of the Islamic nations" and "spreading through the invading hands of the occupiers and arrogant powers."
In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai used his Eid speech to extend an olive branch to Taliban militants, according to Pakistan's Daily Times....
If we don't know the Koran, we can't defeat the jihadists: Osama bin Laden, the masterminds of 9/11 and those who have perpetrated the over 13,000 jihad attacks worldwide since 9/11 repeatedly point to it as their inspiration and authority, explaining that they're committing acts of terrorism and hate because of it. Yet the Koran is not an easy read -- it has been called "wrist-slittingly boring," as well as confusing, contradictory, and muddled. But Robert Spencer reads the Koran so that you don't have to! Now, in The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran, Spencer, the bestselling author and Islam expert, shows exactly what's in the Koran, and why every military and intelligence official -- and every American -- should be concerned about this revered and reviled holy book. This witty and breezily written guide to the Koran explains who those who have vowed to destroy us think they are, what they think they're doing, and what they hope to accomplish.
Spencer explains what the Koran says about who Infidels are and what must be done about them; its appallingly harsh teachings on women; what it really says about warfare against Infidels; its strange teachings on Christians and Christianity; and its relentless demonization of the people whom the Koran identifies as the chief enemies of the Muslims: the Jews. He shows how the Koran developed, why central Muslim claims about it are false, and even provides a revealing and disquieting glimpse into the Hadith, the traditions of Muhammad that for Muslims worldwide are second in authority only to the Koran itself.
A huge number of policy decisions are predicated upon the assumption that the Koran teaches peace, and that those who brandish Korans and commit violence are misunderstanding their own religion and perverting the teachings of their own holy book. These include U.S. government postures toward Pakistan and Egypt; immigration matters; airport security procedures; military strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan; domestic anti-terror policies; and our acquiescence to Saudi Arabia's Islamic proselytizing campaign in America and many other countries. That's why The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran is so urgently needed: it shows how and why U.S. policies in these areas are not only wrong but dangerous to our national security -- and sounds a clarion call for a restoration of sanity on these issues in our national security establishment.
Proof: the Koran is just about the opposite of a "book of peace":
* Why most government and media analysts dare not even question the assumption that the Koran is peaceful
* How sacred texts are not entirely determined by what the faithful wish to see in them
* Infidels: why Allah hates them, and what he has in store for them -- straight from the Koran
* The strange story of how the Koran was compiled -- and the explosive significance of the existence of alternate versions
* The worst sin of all for Muslims: it's worse than murder, worse than rape, worse than genocide, and you're probably committing it
* The Muslim claim that the Koranic text was never altered -- why it's false, and why this matters
* Why it is so easy for non-Muslim readers reading English translations of the Koran to miss some of its most violent and worrisome passages
* The passages of the Koran that mandate warfare against unbelievers: why in traditional Islam they take precedence over more peaceful passages
* The little-noted and violent corollary to the Koran's famous passages forbidding the killing of innocent people
* But doesn't the Koran promise salvation to Jews and Christians? The truth about this celebrated passage
* How the Koran retells stories of the Biblical prophets but alters them to support Muhammad's claim to be a prophet
* Moses: the Koran's frequent retellings of the Exodus story -- and the all-important element of that story that the Muslim book leaves out every time
* The Islamic prophet Muhammad: why the Koran is essentially all about him
* Telling signs that the Koran was not delivered from heaven in pristine form, but was compiled from earlier Jewish, Christian, and pagan sources
* Koranic Jew-hatred: proof that Islamic anti-Semitism is not an import from Christianity, as many have claimed
* Are the Koran's violent commandments are largely meaningless, since similar ones are found in the Bible?
* The surprising and disquieting truth behind Islam's professed respect for other religions and reverence for their central figures
* The extraordinary implications of the Koran's preposterous teachings about Abraham, Moses and Jesus
* The alarming teachings of the Koran on women: how it reduces women to the status of commodities, and even teaches that women are deficient intellectually
* The Koran: does it really contain miraculous prophecies and other evidence of divine origin?
* The strange Islamic phenomena of "temporary wives" and "temporary husbands" -- and how justification for both comes from the Koran
* Love your enemies -- and other things the Koran doesn't say
* Barack Obama's June 2009 speech to the Islamic world: an object lesson in the hazards of not understanding the Koran
* How mistakes and false assumptions about Islam and the Koran is today leading the U.S. to make serious foreign policy errors
* What Infidels can and must do to defend free societies against those who take the Koran's message of violence and supremacism to heart
"Meticulous, comprehensive, indispensable. 'I read the Koran so you don't have to,' Spencer writes, but even for those of us who have read the Koran, this is a richly illuminating work." -- Bruce Bawer, author of Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom and While Europe Slept.
"Governing officials and media spokesmen may ignore Spencer's warnings, but they do so at their own risk, because Islamic jihadists are not ignoring what's in the Koran, and are working to destroy our freedoms in obedience to Koranic dictates. In illuminating for Westerners exactly what the Koran teaches, Spencer has performed a valuable service in the defense of Western civilization against the Islamic jihad." -- Geert Wilders, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Party for Freedom (PVV), the Netherlands
"Unlike most of today's self-styled experts, Robert Spencer won't tell you that 'slay the idolaters wherever you find them' really means 'love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.' In The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran, Spencer shows once again that he is America's most informed, fearless, and compelling voice on modern jihadism, insisting that we come to grips with the words behind the ideology that fuels international terror." -- Andrew C. McCarthy, senior fellow at the National Review Institute and author of Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad.
"Robert Spencer incarnates intellectual courage when, all over the world, governments, intellectuals, churches, universities and media crawl under a hegemonic Universal Caliphate's New Order. His achievement in the battle for the survival of free speech and dignity of man will remain as a fundamental monument to the love of, and the self-sacrifice for, liberty. In our epoch of intellectual jihadism, this honest book is essential to understand the challenges of the twenty-first century." -- Bat Ye'or, author of Eurabia; The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam and Islam and Dhimmitude
"Tony Blair calls the Koran 'progressive [and] humanitarian' but Robert Spencer has actually read the scripture and begs to differ. In an informed, sardonic antidote to the usual soft-peddling of the Koran, he concludes that its actual contents should alarm infidels and prompt them to defend their 'freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the legal equality of all people.' " -- Daniel Pipes, director, Middle East Forum
"For 1,400 years Muslim leadership spread misinformation and covered up what is in the Koran, even criminalizing exposing the truth or asking questions. The truth is too scary for many, both Muslims and non-Muslims. I thank Robert Spencer for bringing the truth of what is in the Koran to non-Muslims." -- Nonie Darwish, ex-Muslim and author of Now They Call Me Infidel
"This book is an incisive analysis of how Islamic jihadists read the Koran and understand it to be commanding them to wage war against non-Muslims. Military and intelligence analysts, as well as all Americans interested in protecting our freedoms, will find The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran to be a valuable guide to the thought processes and core beliefs of Muslim terrorists." -- Steven Emerson, author of American Jihad
And the notes were in his handwriting! So he just accidentally downloaded bomb-making instructions while downloading a "religious text." Then he accidentally copied out these bomb-making instructions in his own handwriting -- in a peaceful way, of course, and without any idea of what he was doing!
And NPR doesn't tell us what "religious text" comes with downloadable bomb-making instructions. I am sure that John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion or St. Basil the Great's On the Holy Spirit often come complete with a full bomb-making manual. But of course to report on what religious text it really was, and from what religion, and what adherents of that religion might be doing to encourage bomb-making, and how they might find justification for such actions in the texts and teachings of that religion -- all that would be beyond NPR's scope!
The three men the FBI arrested over the weekend in connection with an alleged plot to attack sites in New York and other U.S. cities will appear in federal court later Monday.
The man law enforcement officials say is at the center of it all is an Afghan national named Najibullah Zazi, 24, who drives an airport shuttle bus in the Denver area. Zazi says that this is all some mistake. Also arrested were his father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, 53, and the imam of a Queens mosque.
Zazi and his father are expected to appear in a federal court in Denver. The imam Ahamd [sic] Wais Afzali, 37, is scheduled to appear in a New York court. All three men have been charged with lying to federal authorities. That offense carries an eight-year sentence.
It is clear that the younger Zazi is the one the FBI is really interested in. Officials close to the case told NPR that there are more charges coming. His arresting papers suggest as much. They were released on Sunday by the Justice Department and, among other things, they say that Najibullah Zazi admitted he trained in explosives at an al-Qaida camp....
What Najibullah Zazi was actually admitting to is unclear. Law enforcement officials told NPR on Friday that Zazi was willing to admit that he'd trained in explosives in an al-Qaida camp, but the stumbling block was Zazi admitting to his role in any attack or plot. The government also wanted his full cooperation. By Saturday whatever they might have been discussing was off the table. Zazi decided not to show up as scheduled for a fourth day of interviews. He was arrested a short time later.
While it might seem far-fetched for authorities to allow Zazi to come and go from FBI headquarters after admitting to a link to al-Qaida, law enforcement officials said they were hoping to draw more suspects out. Having Zazi roaming free provided more opportunity for others involved to make a mistake and, for example, call Zazi.
There have been some other arrests below the radar. Officials tell NPR that six or seven Afghan friends of Zazi's from Queens, N.Y. were arrested last week. It is unclear what they were charged with, but apparently it is in connection with their attempts to rent of a U-Haul truck a couple of weeks ago.
Some of the men went to a U-Haul rental place in Jamaica Queens and asked to rent their biggest truck. But they didn't have a valid credit card. They said they wanted to pay cash. U-Haul said it would need their IDs and the men apparently balked.
It isn't illegal to rent a U-Haul for cash, but when the FBI asked the men about it, allegedly they denied ever having been there. So these men might be in jail for lying to authorities as well. The manager of the U-Haul company allegedly identified the men involved from photographs the FBI showed him.
Some of the evidence collected against Zazi was laid out in arresting documents. Officials say that they had Zazi on a wire tap and other electronic surveillance for some time. They said they have a taped conversation of Zazi speaking with a known al-Qaida operative in Afghanistan.
They found images of handwritten notes on his computer that laid out how to make a bomb and in particular how to put together fuses. Zazi said he downloaded that information by accident when he pulled a religious text off the internet. But law enforcement officials say the notes are in his handwriting....
Today is the official publication date for my new book, The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran, and I'll be on the radio now and again -- starting in a few minutes, at 3:30AM Pacific Time, when I'll be on America's Morning News, the Washington Times' nationally syndicated radio show.
Then later on:
6:40 AM Pacific Time: KZIM Morning Meeting
7:00 AM Pacific Time: KHOW Peter Boyles Show
2:30 PM Pacific Time: WOR Steve Malzberg Show
3:00 PM Pacific Time: KFUO Afternoon Show
But remember, to believe this conflict has anything to do with Islamic teachings on jihadist warfare or the ideology that drives it would just be downright Islamophobic. "Radical Somali leader defends peacekeepers' killings," from CNN, September 20:
(CNN) -- A radical Islamist leader in Somalia said Sunday that a suicide attack that killed 21 African Union peacekeepers was the right thing to do.
Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said Thursday's attack was meant to defend Islam.
"The Islamic religion permits such kinds of attacks if they are against known enemies and in the defense of the religion, but there are people who distort that explanation," Aweys said, addressing hundreds of people during a religious sermon at Elashabiyaha, a suburb of Mogadishu.
He beat the apologists to the punch on that one.
Suicide bombers, disguised in two U.N.-marked vehicles, rammed through the security gate of the mission's headquarters, which is attached to Mogadishu's airport.
They detonated explosives just as Somalia's transitional government and mission representatives concluded a high-level meeting inside the compound, said Nicolas Bwakira, the African Union's special representative for Somalia.
The attack killed four Somali civilians and 17 Ugandan and Burundian soldiers, including the mission's second-in-command, Burundian Maj. Gen. Juvenal Niyonguruza, he said.
The force commander, Ugandan Maj. Gen. Nathan Mugisha, was among the 40 wounded. He assumed command of the African Union Mission in Somalia -- known as AMISOM -- last month.
Al-Shabaab, the Islamist militia with ties to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the African Union.
The strike happened days after U.S. special forces targeted and killed a senior al Qaeda operative in southern Somalia.
Analysts hailed the death of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan as a major blow to al Qaeda's efforts to work with Al-Shabaab to try to gain a foothold in the lawless country.
Aweys condemned the killing of Nebhan.
"The U.S. government is responsible for all problems on the Muslin [sic] nation particularly on the Somalis," he said....
And the alleged persecution of Muslin nations is a vast Nylon-ist conspiracy (28% Spandex).
The only Muslim in Congress defied criticism from Arizona's congressional delegation and spoke Friday at a fundraiser for the local chapter of a national organization with suspected links to Hamas.
U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and U.S. Reps. Trent Franks and John Shadegg, both Arizona Republicans, wrote a letter urging Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., to shun the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"We are deeply concerned that any official support of this organization would undermine the legitimate concerns of federal investigators about CAIR's relationship to foreign terrorist organizations," the letter said.
But Ellison, a Muslim convert, came anyway and was applauded by about 300 people who attended a dinner at the Hilton Phoenix East/ Mesa. Ellison spoke about the fresh start in relations with Islamic countries under President Barack Obama's administration.
"I would never associate myself with anyone even soft on terrorism," he said before the speech. "We all want to fight terror. We all want to live in a safe community."
The fears Kyl, Franks and Shadegg expressed in the letter are "ridiculous," he said.
If there is any truth to the allegations that CAIR supports the Palestinian terrorist organization, Ellison said, there should be arrests and prosecutions....Jasser and others say CAIR was labeled as a front group for Hamas by an FBI agent during last year's trial and conviction of five former organizers of the Holy Land Foundation, who were found guilty of funneling $12 million to Hamas.
CAIR also was named an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the Holy Land trial.
But Ahmad Daniels, executive director of CAIR's Arizona chapter, denied ties to Hamas or other terrorists.
"In no way, shape or form is CAIR Arizona associated with Hamas," Daniels said. "We're not terrorists. We're freedom-loving Americans like everyone else."
Note that he spoke only about CAIR Arizona. Not CAIR national.
Daniels said CAIR's mission in Arizona is social justice. He also said he is involved in reaching out to other religions through interfaith organizations.
He called CAIR's supposed links to Hamas "an old rumor" and said opponents should either produce evidence or drop it....
The Justice Department named CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case in 2007. That ain't an "old rumor."
Today's Hate Mail Bag entry comes to us from Palm Beach, north of Sydney, Australia, with the subject line "YOU R THE TERRORISTS":
I am Roy, in Sydney, Aussie. Your blame about Islam teaching terrorism is extremely misguidence. How those white people came to America (Indian land)? The killing of thoese Indians is not terrorism? How other European countries or even Britain came to the countries called commonwealth countries? You think that did not involve killing? U r very smart so u can set tup this website, unfortunately u can not use your intelligent brain to think critically. Mate..come on, grow up.
You almost pulled off that native Aussie act there, mate, but the "extremely misguidence" tipped off this terrorist.
September 20, 2009
A Christian couple have been charged with a criminal offence after taking part in what they regarded as a reasonable discussion about religion with guests at their hotel.
Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang were arrested after a Muslim woman complained to police that she had been offended by their comments.
They have been charged under public order laws with using 'threatening, abusive or insulting words' that were 'religiously aggravated'.
The couple, whose trial has been set for December, face a fine of up to £5,000 and a criminal record if they are convicted.
Although the facts are disputed, it is thought that during the conversation the couple were challenged over their Christian beliefs.It is understood that they suggested that Mohammed, the founder of Islam, was a warlord and that traditional Muslim dress for women was a form of bondage.
The contention about traditional Muslim dress for women is a matter of opinion, but anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim, who denies that Muhammad was a warlord is simply ignorant or deceptive.
At least for now, even in Absurd Britannia.
They deny, however, that their comments were threatening and argue that they had every right to defend and explain their beliefs.
Mrs Vogelenzang, 54, who has run the Bounty House Hotel near Aintree racecourse in Liverpool with her husband Ben, 53, for six years, said: 'Nothing like this has happened to us before. We are completely shocked.'
She added that the episode had damaged their business and they had been forced to lay off staff and run the nine-bedroom hotel by themselves, leaving them exhausted.
Sources said that a number of guests staying at the hotel, which charges £92 a night for a double room, were having breakfast in its restaurant on March 20 when comments were made about religion.
One of those involved was the Muslim woman, who was staying at the hotel while she received treatment at a hospital nearby.
The couple, who are members of the Bootle Christian Fellowship, and their solicitor, David Whiting, said they could not discuss the content of the conversation for legal reasons. But the independent lobby group, the Christian Institute, which has seen both the prosecution and defence legal papers, is supporting their defence.
Mr Whiting, who last year successfully defended street preacher Anthony Rollins in Birmingham, said: 'There is a dispute as to the facts of the allegations, but Ben and Sharon do not accept they were threatening, abusive or insulting.
'They are committed Christians and it is the defence's contention that they have every right to defend their religious beliefs and explain those beliefs to others who do not hold similar views.'...
MPAC plays the victim card while denouncing this document below, but nonetheless the organization has a point: this is the kind of walking on eggshells around Muslims that only creates resentment among non-Muslims in a land where there ought to be equality of treatment of all people, regardless of creed. Now if MPAC could come out across the board against special preferences and special treatment for Muslims, and work against all accommodation of Sharia provisions in Britain, we might be getting somewhere.Absurd Britannia Update: "Don't eat near Ramadan fasters, Home Office staff told," by Jason Lewis in the Daily Mail, September 19 (thanks to James):
Home Office staff were officially warned not to eat in front of their fasting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan - in case it made them feel hungry.
The advice came in a taxpayer-funded internal document listing do's and don'ts during the Muslim holy month, which ends this weekend.
But the guide is now at the centre of a row with Islamic groups who said it was more likely to incite hatred of Muslims than promote understanding....The Muslim Public Affairs Committee, which claims to be fighting a 'political jihad against Islamophobia', attacked the document.
It said: 'It is designed to create more hatred in the hearts of non-Muslims.
'We don't care how much non-Muslims eat in front of us.
'It's never been an issue and never will be and we have never asked for any special treatment or sensitivity from non-Muslims whilst fasting.'
AURORA, Colorado (CNN) -- Federal agents have charged a 24-year-old Colorado resident, his father and another man with making false statements during an extensive terror investigation that stretches to Pakistan.
The Justice Department said Sunday it is investigating several other people in connection with the plot to detonate bombs in the United States.
Najibullah Zazi and his father, Mohammed Wali Zazi -- both originally from Afghanistan -- were arrested Saturday night. They were handcuffed without incident after authorities raided Zazi's home in the Denver suburb of Aurora.
An acquaintance of the two men, Ahmad Wais Afzali, of Queens, New York, was also arrested. Afzali is a legal permanent resident from Afghanistan, as is Najibullah Zazi. Mohammed Wali Zazi is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
"Each of the defendants has been charged by criminal complaint with knowingly and willfully making false statements to the FBI in a matter involving international and domestic terrorism," the Justice Department said in a statement....
Michael Kruse is yet another mainstream media pseudo-journalist who relentlessly pursues a politically correct multiculturalist agenda, and the facts be damned. You can see previous discussion of this "reporter's" casual acquaintance with the truth here.Yesterday in the St. Petersburg Times he continued his campaign to discredit Rifqa Bary, the girl who says her father threatened to kill her for converting from Islam to Christianity, and her defenders. A girl's life is a stake, but who cares? The gods of political correctness must be appeased.
"How real are runaway's fears?," by Michael Kruse for the St. Petersburg Times, September 19 (thanks to Kinana):
Will religious runaway Rifqa Bary be killed if she's sent home to Ohio?
Bary is the 17-year-old girl who fled to Florida in July because she's terrified that her Muslim family has to murder her due to her conversion to Christianity.
Authorities in both states say there's no "credible" threat against her. Investigators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say her fear is "subjective and speculative." Her parents say they don't want to hurt her and just want her back.
On the FDLE report, see this analysis of its many flaws by a veteran FBI agent. As for what her parents say, what does anyone realistically expect them to say? Even if everything Rifqa Bary has said that they said to her is true, does Michael Kruse, or the FDLE, or the Governor of Ohio, or anyone else actually think that they're going to say, "Yes, of course we want to kill her, now send her back to us so that we can slit her throat!"? Also, other fathers who have threatened to kill their daughters have lured them back home with assurances that all is forgiven -- only to murder them when they return. These include Yaser Said, the father of Amina and Sarah Said, who were murdered in Texas on New Year's Day 2008, and Mohammed Parvez, father of Aqsa Parvez, who was murdered in Canada in 2007. Do we really want to take that kind of a chance with Rifqa Bary's life?
She's living with a foster family as a court in Orlando tries to decide what to do with her. The next hearing is Monday afternoon. Attorneys for her parents are expected to argue that the case should be shifted to Ohio.
This is a good time to pause for a bit and take another look at her Aug. 10 interview with local TV. It remains this ongoing story's primary source.
"I'm fighting for my life!" she said in her nearly seven-minute interview with Orlando's WFTV. "You guys don't understand!"
Let's understand then.
• • •
"Imagine the honor in killing me," she said. "It's in the Koran."
It's not. Here's what is.
Note that this supposedly "objective" journalist does not simply report -- as would a genuinely objective journalist -- that some people say that the Koran mandates the killing of apostates and that some people say it doesn't. Instead, he sets himself up as judge in the case and decides it all for you. To be sure, he trots out witnesses in his show trial, including me, but he has already delivered his verdict: Is the death penalty for apostates in the Koran? "It's not."
One verse: "If any of you turn back from their faith and die in unbelief, their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they will be companions of the Fire and will abide therein."
Another verse: "If they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them."
Those are parts of the two verses Robert Spencer cites to support his belief that Bary will be killed because Islam says she must be killed.
I don't think Rifqa Bary "will be killed because Islam says she must be killed." That would be asinine, and I expect Kruse knows that. I think Rifqa Bary might be killed because she says that her father said he would kill her, and because there is abundant support in Islam for the idea that apostates should be killed. Michael Kruse wants to gamble with her life. I don't.
Spencer blogs at JihadWatch.org. He's written nine books, with titles like Stealth Jihad, The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Two of them have been New York Times bestsellers. In Stealth Jihad, published last year, he writes of the coming "Islamic conquest of North America" and urges this country's schools to stop "the empty rhetoric of inclusion and multiculturalism."
Note that Kruse once again attributes to me the idea of an "Islamic conquest of North America," as if it were a crazy idea I originated out of paranoia and bigotry. He did this before, when he reported my quoting of CAIR's Omar Ahmad's statement about the Koran being the only law in America as if it were solely my assertion -- see here, here, and here. And now he ignores the centerpiece of the book Stealth Jihad: the "Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America," by Mohamed Akram, May 19, 1991, which detailed the Muslim Brotherhood's goal in the U.S. It said that the Muslim Brothers "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." Also in the book I gave abundant evidence that the Brotherhood is acting upon this directive. But Kruse, of course, mentions none of this.
In the same vein, Kruse gives his readers the impression that it is only I, in my incorrigible bigotry, who interpret Koran 2:217 and 4:89, the two verses he quotes above, as having anything to do with apostasy. In reality, I didn't originate this interpretation; it comes from mainstream and authoritative Islamic sources.
What does it mean that the works of those who "turn back from their faith and die in unbelief" will "bear no fruit in this life" as well as in the next, as 2:217 says? Let's go for an answer to the Tafsir al-Qurtubi, a classic and thoroughly mainstream exegesis of the Qur'an. About 2:217, Qurtubi says this:
Scholars disagree about whether or not apostates are asked to repent. One group say that they are asked to repent and, if they do not, they are killed. Some say they are given an hour and others a month. Others say that they are asked to repent three times, and that is the view of Malik. Al-Hasan said they are asked a hundred times. It is also said that they are killed without being asked to repent.
Did you notice one option that Qurtubi never mentions? That's right: he never says anything like "some say the apostate should not be killed." The only point of contention seems to be how long the Muslim must wait before he kills the apostate.
Meanwhile, 4:89 says that "if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them." The Tafsir al-Jalalayn, another venerable and respected commentary on the Qur'an, explains that a Muslim should not trust these people "until they emigrate in the way of God, a proper emigration that would confirm their belief" -- that is, if they leave their homes to join up with the Muslims. "Then, if they turn away, and remain upon their ways, take them, as captives, and slay them wherever you find them." Here again, no attempt is made, in this Qur'an commentary or any of those that Muslims revere as trustworthy, to explain that this does not actually mean that one should kill the "renegade."
Back to Kruse:
Here are some other things the Koran says.
One verse: "Let there be no compulsion in religion."
Another verse: "Show kindness to parents, and to family."
The Koran, like many other holy texts, is long, complicated and at times contradictory, and over centuries different people have had and continue to have different interpretations.
Kruse does not mention, of course, that Islamic authorities are unanimous about the death penalty for apostasy. Don't take my word for it. Take it from Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi (look him up, Michael, he is an internationally renowned and influential Islamic scholar, and even John Esposito likes him, so he must be good, right?). Qaradawi says: "That is why the Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-`ashriyyah, Al-Ja`fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed."
Bary has committed apostasy. That means she was a Muslim and now she's not.
"The Koran condemns apostasy," said Jonathan Berkey, a professor of Islamic studies at Davidson College in North Carolina, "but the verses about seizing and slaying 'renegades' concerned enemies of the prophet Muhammad's state, people who posed a political or even military threat.
"For others," he said, "the Koran implies that apostasy is something that God will punish."
Not people. Not in this life.
Note that Berkey cites no authorities for his view. I did for mine. In reality, some hold to his opinion that the Koran says nothing about apostasy. But then there is the Hadith, in which Muhammad says, "Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him." Is that statement (and others like it in the Hadith) authoritative for Muslims? Kruse should ask Berkey. I'd like to see what he says.
Kruse doesn't mention this statement or discuss its authority, but he does go on to assert erroneously that there is no consensus (ijma) about the death penalty for apostates:
• • •
"They have to kill me," she said.
Let's acknowledge this right here: There's no way to know for sure if her parents, or anyone else for that matter, will kill her.
But this can be said with certainty: They don't have to.
This idea, though, comes from sharia, or Islamic law. There is one Koran but there is no single sharia. It comes from many sources, including the Koran, and is "more like a discussion by Muslim scholars concerning the duties a Muslim should perform," said Valerie Hoffman, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Illinois.
Highly misleading. Kruse should ask Hoffman: is Sharia really just some kind of discussion group, or are rulings on which there is a consensus (ijma) considered authoritative for Muslims by almost all recognized Islamic authorities?
Most Muslim jurists say apostasy is punishable by death -- but not all of them. It is "the heart of a burning debate among modern Muslims," said Sherman Jackson, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Michigan.
"There are lots of liberal Muslims today who feel that there should never be any execution of people who convert from Islam to another religion," Hoffman said. "You can't say Islam says this or Islam says that."
Note that Jackson refers to "modern Muslims" and Hoffman to "liberal Muslims." Rifqa Bary referred to her parents as "radical, radical Muslims." As Kruse might have known if he had done any genuine research instead of simply looking for support for his propaganda points, "radical Muslims" are radical traditionalists, who advocate for traditional Islamic rulings and ascribe all of society's ills to the straying from those traditional norms. Even if Rifqa Bary is lying and her parents are actually as liberal and modern as the day is long, this point might have borne some investigation, no?
Also important is the fact that sharia is law only to the extent that specific governments choose to enforce it as such. Some governments in the Muslim world do. Most don't. Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority country in the world. Its government does not.
"Sharia is just not applied very often, particularly in the modern world," Berkey said. "There are few places in the Muslim world where much at all of sharia is applied with the force of law."
This is completely irrelevant. Sharia adherents are found in all Muslim countries. The fact that most majority-Muslim countries don't enforce Sharia today doesn't mean that there aren't people in each of them who believe that Sharia should be enforced. Did the Jamaat al-Fuqra group refrain from killing Rashad Khalifa, whom they considered to be an apostate, in Arizona because the U.S. is not a Sharia state?
Apostasy executions are rare.
An official at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom told the New York Times in 2006 that he knew of four: one in Sudan, in 1985; two in Iran, in 1989 and 1998; and one in Saudi Arabia, in 1992.
In the case of Bary, which government would order her execution for apostasy -- Ohio, Florida, the United States?
Kruse's inept attempt at a reductio ad absurdum is obscene. He ignores, of course, the many Sharia freelancers who have not hesitated to take the death penalty for apostasy into their own hands, and to murder or threaten to murder apostates. He says nothing whatsoever about the many killings of apostates and threats to their lives that take place frequently in the Islamic world. Click on every word, Michael -- each one is a story about an apostate being murdered or threatened with death. Now, isn't that odd? Why didn't any of these murderers and threateners wait for their respective governments to take action? Didn't any of them realize that the Koran says nothing about the death penalty for apostasy, and that Sharia is just a "discussion" in which liberal Muslims say the apostates should not be killed? Why, Michael, are so many Muslims misunderstanding Islam in just the same way, and how can you be sure that Mohamed Bary is not yet another Misunderstander of Islam regarding apostasy?
"The allegation that Muslim parents would be required to kill an apostate daughter is absurd," said Carl Ernst, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina, "particularly if there is no evidence to back this up besides the daughter's statement."
The key word here is "required." Even if one grants that they are not "required" to do so, that the death penalty for apostates is a general obligation on the community and not a specific obligation on the parents, does that establish that Rifqa Bary is out of danger? Unfortunately, it does not. But Ernst seems as willing to gamble with her life as is his fellow propagandist Kruse. Ernst's Iranian masters will be pleased.
• • •
"I don't know if you know about honor killings," she said.
Honor killings are real. The United Nations Population Fund says there could be as many as 5,000 a year worldwide.
Honor killings are usually when a man in a family kills a woman in that family because of some shame the man believes she brought on the family. It typically involves some sort of perceived sexual impropriety, anything from promiscuity to adultery to dating the wrong guy or dressing too "Western." Sometimes, women are killed after they're raped.
Honor killings happen mostly in the Muslim world. In the last couple of years, though, there was a double murder some called an honor killing in Texas, there was one in Georgia, there was another in upstate New York.
And all were perpetrated by Muslims, although Kruse doesn't tell you that -- it wouldn't fit his paradigm. He just led his readers to believe that Muslims follow Sharia only in Sharia states, and is not willing to contradict himself so openly. But the contradiction is there nevertheless.
But honor killings and apostasy executions are not the same thing.
"This is a basic mistake of conflating two things," said Brett Wilson, a professor of Islamic studies at Macalester College in Minnesota.
Ernst, the professor from UNC, called honor killings "a local or tribal custom," having far more to do with culture than religion -- "more or less equivalent," he wrote in an e-mail, "to the so-called 'unwritten law,' honored by judges in Texas at least through the 1950s, which considered it legitimate for a husband to kill his wife and her lover if he discovered them in a compromising situation."
See, we're all the same here. Yaser Said, murdering his daughters for having non-Muslim boyfriends, he's just like those good old boys in Texas who murdered their adulterous wives, you hear? But here again, one wonders at the point of Ernst's tu quoque here. Even if Islamic honor killing were equivalent to men in Texas allegedly honoring some "unwritten law," how does that establish that Rifqa Bary is safe in her parents' home? Honor killing is real, and the death penalty for apostasy is real, and they are not the same thing, but the fact that they are not the same thing doesn't do a single thing to establish that Rifqa Bary is not threatened by both.
• • •
To believe absolutely that the girl from Ohio will be killed if she's sent home, you have to believe that there's no variation in the interpretation of Islam -- no Sunni, no Shia, no Sufism -- among the approximately billion and a half Muslims worldwide, stretching from Southeast Asia to Africa to the Middle East to Europe to Florida and Ohio. Saying all Muslims have exactly the same rigid and literal beliefs and act on those beliefs in exactly the same ways is like saying the same thing about Christians.
Note the sleight of hand here. "To believe absolutely." Kruse wants you to believe that Rifqa's defenders are saying that she will be killed if she is sent back to her parents. No one has actually said that. Might she be killed, or sent out of the country and institutionalized, if she is sent back? Certainly -- and that fact has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that there is "variation in the interpretation of Islam." Even if just one tiny group of Muslims believed that apostates should be killed, if Rifqa's parents were among that group, and threatened her, there would be reason to believe she was in danger. And in fact, she says her father threatened her. Her father is from Sri Lanka, where the Shafi'i school of Islamic jurisprudence prevails, and the Shafi'i school teaches that apostates should be killed.
But Michael Kruse would have you ignore all that. His pitiless politically correct multiculturalism makes it a cardinal sin of bigotry to believe that Muslims actually act upon Islamic teachings, or even that Islamic teachings involve a death penalty for apostates. And Michael Kruse is willing to bet a girl's life on that.
(CNN) -- FBI agents late Saturday arrested Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Colorado resident and Afghan national questioned in an alleged terrorist plot in the United States.
Zazi and his father, Muhammad Zazi, were handcuffed without incident as authorities raided Zazi's home in the Denver suburb of Aurora, CNN's Jim Spellman reported from the scene. There is no word on what charges both men face.
Two more arrests are expected in New York City, a source close to the investigation told CNN.
One of the individuals interviewed several times by authorities is cooperating, the source said.
Zazi's arrest comes after three days of questioning by the FBI. Zazi declined to attend a fourth day of interviews, his attorney's publicist said.
Zazi has admitted to having ties to al Qaeda, an administration official familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday.
Then he abruptly changed his mind and stopped cooperating.
The alleged terrorist plot, which came to light this week after raids in New York, may have been targeting a major transportation center, like a large railroad or subway station, sources close to the investigation told CNN on Thursday.
There were plans for an attack, presumably in the New York area, where crowds are large and security screening for nonairport travelers is lax, the sources said....
Friend and Ally Update: Of course they're not paying the attention they should be to their western border; they're busy waging their own jihad against India. "U.S., Pakistan at odds over extremists who target U.S. troops," by Saeed Shah for McClatchy Newspapers, September 18:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Despite growing U.S. military losses in Afghanistan , Pakistan still refuses to target the extremist groups on its soil that are the biggest threat to the American-led mission there, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan told McClatchy .
Eight years after Washington and Islamabad agreed to fight the Taliban and al Qaida , Pakistan has "different priorities" from the U.S., Anne Patterson said in a recent interview. Pakistan is "certainly reluctant to take action" against the leadership of the Afghan insurgency.
As the war in Afghanistan becomes more brutal -- and political and popular support for it wanes in the U.S. -- Pakistan's refusal to act in support of American goals is undermining the U.S. effort to deny al Qaida and other extremist groups a sanctuary in Afghanistan .
The most effective Taliban fighters, the Haqqani network of veteran Afghan jihadist Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin, operate out of the North Waziristan region of Pakistan's tribal territory. Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar is widely thought to be based in the western Pakistani city of Quetta, from which he directs the insurgency through the so-called "Quetta Shura," or leadership council.
Experts on the Afghanistan war think that military progress and political stability won't be possible there unless the government roots out the havens the insurgents have established in western Pakistan . The International Institute for Strategic Studies , a London -based research center, concluded in its annual review this week that "Pakistan remained the biggest source of instability for Afghanistan ."
Pakistani officials, however, say that their country's priority should be to tackle Islamic militants who threaten Pakistan . They charge that the U.S. is blind to Pakistan's concerns over traditional foe India as it presses Pakistan to redeploy forces from its eastern border with India to the western border with Afghanistan .
The disagreement between Washington and Islamabad was illustrated starkly this week when former President Pervez Musharraf acknowledged in a television interview that he'd diverted American military equipment that was meant to fight the Taliban in western Pakistan for use against India . "One doesn't care who one crosses," Musharraf told Pakistan's Express News .
In testimony Tuesday before Congress , the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen , said: "The Pakistani military ... consider their principal threat -- their existential threat -- to be Indian, not these extremists."....
This morning's Hate Mail Bag entry comes to us from Brisbane, Australia:
WELL I have to say this is one beastie site you got going here... I love what you've done with the place the racism... oh the racism... it's fantastic! Wow! Just Wow! Good work just what the internet needed another site to spread racism and hate... one step away from the KKK (hey that rhymed)
It is, of course, virtually certain that this person has never similarly complained about the passivity and silence of the vast majority of Muslims in the face of the global jihad and Islamic supremacism. And "the racism" -- what race is Islam again? When it is "racist" to defend freedom of speech, the equality of rights of all people before the law, and the non-establishment of religion against a violent movement that would extinguish all three and more, you know that the propaganda campaign has been extraordinarily successful.
September 19, 2009
Contradicting reports from yesterday. "Zazi breaks off talks with FBI, calls reports of terror ties 'nonsense,'" by Kirk Mitchell, Bruce Finley and Felisa Cardona for The Denver Post, September 19 (thanks to George):
The Aurora man targeted in an anti-terrorism investigation and his attorney abruptly broke off a planned meeting with FBI agents this morning.One would hope not, but you never know these days.
"Mr. (Najibullah) Zazi and (attorney) Mr. (Art) Folsom will not be meeting with the FBI today," Folsom's spokeswoman Wendy Aiello told The Denver Post Saturday morning. "No future meetings are planned at this time."
She said they've decided that it is in Zazi's best interest given the progress of negotiations so far, Aiello said.
"Certainly there are inaccuracies in the reporting over the last 24 hours," she said.
In a phone interview with the Denver Post this morning, Zazi, 24, said during lengthy interviews with the FBI over the last three days he has not admitted any link to the terrorist group, to participation in insurgency training in Pakistan or to involvement in a terrorist plot.
"It's not true," Zazi said. "I have nothing to hide. It's all media publications reporting whatever they want. They have been reporting all this nonsense."...Meantime, the New York Post cited law enforcement sources in reporting this morning that in the second sweep of the week, FBI agents took seven associates of Zazi's into custody yesterday.
The seven Queens residents had been under 24-hour surveillance since the earlier raids, and some of them already had their homes searched, the newspaper reported. There were no criminal charges as of late last night, the New York Post reported.
The New York Daily News also cited anonymous sources in a report that the FBI is investigating whether seven Afghan men tried to rent a 26-foot moving truck, the biggest truck at a Queens U-Haul on Sept. 9.
Multiple media outlets quoted anonymous sources Friday in reporting that Zazi admitted to some level of contact with al-Qaeda and that he and his attorney were negotiating a plea deal in connection with an admission that he had deeper ties to the group.
The Denver Post has been unable to confirm those reports. However, in an interview with 9News, Folsom denied he was negotiating a plea deal.
The Associated Press, citing a senior U.S. intelligence official, reported Friday that Zazi has indicated he is associated with al-Qaeda and played a key role in a planned terrorist attack.
Zazi said the reports aren't even logical.
"If it was true, they wouldn't allow me to leave," Zazi said. "I don't think the FBI or the police would allow anyone who admits being a terrorist to go free for one minute."...
Imagine the havoc if Najibullah Zazi had succeeded in exploding a bomb at a baseball or football game. Yet this story is getting little or no attention, either from the mainstream media or the large "conservative" blogs. Everyone knows there is no terror threat, eh? Michael Moore was right all along.
An update on this story. "Suspect's Computer Said to Show Sports Stadiums, Fashion Sites: Officials Report Denver Man Sent Texts Suggesting Attack Coming; 'Wedding Cake' Is Ready," by Richard Esposito, Brian Ross and Clayton Sandell for ABC News, September 19:
A computer belonging to alleged al Qaeda suspect Najibullah Zazi showed he had researched baseball and football stadiums and sites used in the recent Fashion Week event in New York City, law enforcement officials tell ABCNews.com.
Zazi, 24, was scheduled to be questioned for a fourth straight day today by FBI agents, but failed to show up this morning. Asked if his client had been taken into custody overnight, Zazi's lawyer Arthur Folsom said, "Read between the lines."
While officials say they do not know the targets of the alleged plot, the contents of Zazi's computer are considered a valuable insight into what he might have been planning.
After first denying any ties to al Qaeda, Zazi has now admitted certain ties developed during trips to Pakistan, law enforcement officials told ABCNews.com.
The officials said text messages sent by Zazi suggest the plot was nearing the attack phase. One message said the "wedding cake is ready," which authorities say may have been code to indicate the attack was ready. Al Qaeda operatives have frequently used references to weddings to disguise planned terror attacks....
A recipe for homemade explosives found on Zazi's computer would have produced a bomb of the same size and type used in London, authorities said.
The suicide bombers in London used backpacks and plastic containers to carry the explosive mixtures.
Raids in New York led to the discovery of 14 new backpacks....
At one level, is this amusing? Absolutely. At another level, is this a double standard with less than amusing implications obscured by its amusing element? You bet.
"Tesco discriminate against Jedi," by Edgar Allan McAbe at The Morning Starr, September 18:
A Tesco supermarket in Bangor, North Wales has been accused of religious discrimination after they ejected a Jedi from their store because he wouldn't remove his hood.And that's the point. If the "veil" in question was a headscarf, Hehol's hood is arguably a permissible equivalent. If the "veil" in question was a burqa, Hehol's hood is less likely to conceal stolen goods or weapons, light sabers notwithstanding.
23 year old Daniel Jones, also known as Morda Hehol, founded the Church of Jediism in January 2008. The Jediism Handbook clearly states that all Jedi "must wear a hood up in any public place of a large audience; this shows symbolism of your faith".
Morda Hehol...was accosted by three members of Tesco staff who ordered him to remove his head covering or leave the shop. Even when the Jedi explained that his religion commanded that he must wear a hood in public the three staff members simply sniggered and then ejected him from the building.
In a statement given to the press, Tesco were unrepentant:
"Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Luke Skywalker all appeared hoodless without ever going over to the Dark Side and we are only aware of the Emperor as one who never removed his hood. If Jedi walk around our stores with their hoods on, they'll miss lots of special offers."
Besides completely missing the point, Tesco don't have this policy for other religious groups. Whilst in the supermarket Morda Hehol witnessed at least one Muslim woman wearing a veil, she was not asked to remove it.
Barring reasonable suspicion of threat, if the veil is acceptable, so is the hood. This applies whether the hood is donned for religious or for other reasons. If the hood or the hood wearer must be removed, the same should apply for equivalent headscarves and headscarf wearers, to say nothing of full-fledged burqas, which have a demonstrable history of dangerous and unsavory uses.
Suggesting they wanted to "pack it with explosives." An update on this story. "Feds probe alleged terrorists who tried to rent giant truck in suspected Al Qaeda bomb plot," by James Gordon Meek, Judith Crosson, Kate Nocera, Rocco Parascandola and Larry Mcshane for the New York Daily News, September 19 :
Investigators probed a failed Queens truck rental for ties to a possible Al Qaeda bomb plot yesterday as a chief terror suspect tried making a deal to save his skin.
The New York end of the expanding federal probe centered on seven Afghan men who tried to rent the biggest truck at a Queens U-Haul on Sept. 9, sources told the Daily News.
The size of the vehicle involved - a 26-foot-long truck - suggested the conspirators wanted to pack it with explosives, sources said.
A police source acknowledged there was "quite a bit that we weren't completely sure of" about the plot or the role of Najibullah Zazi, the bearded public face of the terrorism investigation.
"We knew this guy [Zazi] wasn't innocent," the source said.
Zazi, after three days of FBI questioning, was considering a plea deal to turn informant, sources told The News.
He also admitted to feds that he may have come across Al Qaeda militants while in Pakistan, sources said.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the probe had spread beyond Denver, home to the alleged terror cell, and New York City.
"The FBI is working this case around the clock in both cities and in other parts of the country," he said.
The truck rental bid failed when none of the men could produce a valid credit card. All refused to surrender the identification needed to pay cash, the manager of the Flushing U-Haul said.
A team of FBI agents spent 10 hours Thursday combing through the Queens truck rental business.
"We all feel very lucky right now," U-Haul manager Robert Larson told The News.
When the FBI arrived, Larson said, "I was wondering, 'Where is Ashton Kutcher to tell me I've been punked?'"
By the time the agents left, "I realized this is crazy, this is real, it's not a joke," Larson said....
But remember: Pat Robertson is the real threat. Islamic Tolerance Alert: "Wave of Homophobia Sweeps the Muslim World," by Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Daniel Steinvorth for Spiegel, September 17 (thanks to all who sent this in):
In most Islamic countries, gay men and women are ostracized, persecuted and in some cases even murdered. Repressive regimes are often fanning the flames of hatred in a bid to outdo Islamists when it comes to spreading "moral panic."
Bearded men kidnapped him in the center of Baghdad, threw him into a dark hole, chained him down, urinated on him, and beat him with an iron pipe. But the worst moment for Hisham, 40, came on the fourth day of his ordeal when the kidnappers called his family. He was terrified they would tell his mother that he is gay and that this was the reason they had kidnapped him. If they did he would never be able to see his family again. The shame would be unbearable for them.
"Do what you want to me, but don't tell them," he screamed.
Instead of humiliating him in the eyes of his family, the kidnappers demanded a ransom of $50,000 (€33,000), a huge sum for the average Iraqi family. His parents had to go into debt and sell off all of their son's possessions in order to raise the money required to secure his freedom. Shortly after they received the ransom the kidnappers threw Hisham out of their car somewhere in the northern part of Baghdad. They decided not to shoot him and let him go. But they sent him on his way with a warning: "This is your last chance. If we ever see you again, we'll kill you."
That was four months ago. Hisham has since moved to Lebanon. He told his family that he had decided to flee the violence and terror in Baghdad and that he had found work in Beirut. Needless to say he didn't disclose the fact that he is unable to live in Iraq because of the death squads who are out hunting for "effeminate-looking" men.
In Baghdad a new series of murders began early this year, perpetrated against men suspected of being gay. Often they are raped, their genitals cut off, and their anuses sealed with glue. Their bodies are left at landfills or dumped in the streets. The non-profit organization Human Rights Watch, which has documented many of these crimes, has spoken of a systematic campaign of violence involving hundreds of murders.
Restoring 'Religious Morals'
A video clip showing men dancing with each other at a party in Baghdad in the summer of 2008 is thought to have triggered this string of kidnappings, rapes, and murders. Thousands of people have seen it on the Internet and on their cell phones. Islamic religious leaders began ranting about the growing presence of a "third sex" which American soldiers were said to have brought in with them. The followers of radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, in particular, felt the need to take action aimed at restoring "religious morals."...
Somalia is the next challenge in efforts to stem Islamic terrorism, a report said Sunday." -- from a news article at Agence-France Presse here.
Let's see. For many years, until just the day before yesterday, Iraq was "the central front" in the "war on terror."
But now the theatre of war has mysteriously moved more than a thousand miles eastward, and the theatregoers -- chiefly American soldiers and civilians -- have packed up and moved over to Afghanistan, which with neighboring Pakistan, constitutes Af-Pak. And it is Af-Pak that is now "the central front" in the "war on terror."
But for how long? If the Shi'a Zaidis in northern Yemen defeat the government forces, and that would worry the Saudi government, won't the Saudis then tell the Americans that they have to take care of Yemen too (otherwise "we, your good friends, will be in trouble, and you wouldn't want that")? Then Yemen may very well then come to constitute, after Af-Pak, or perhaps quickly being substituted for it, the "central front" in the "war on terror."
And Libya, don't forget Libya, which thanks to the whims of Muammar Qaddafi can always become at a moment's notice a good candidate for being the "central front" of the "war on terror." For Qaddafy has for decades supplied money to all sorts of terrorist groups, and he could take it into his head to do so again.
And what about the Islamic Republic of Iran? Remember that Iran has been involved in all sorts of attacks abroad, including the blowing up of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. And of course all over the Iranian diaspora, but especially in Paris, the Islamic Republic has been attempting to terrorize its exiled opponents by killing them, as they did to the noble Shahpour Bakhtiar, and others who, whether or not they were associated with the late Shah, were determined to resist the Islamic Republic of Iran. And Iran has supported Hizballah with money and weaponry so that it, in turn, can terrorize the Christians, the Druse, even the Sunnis of Lebanon. As a consequence, Lebanon appears now to be in a state of permanent political paralysis.
Would Iran, especially if it acquires nuclear weapons, not become, not almost certainly come to be recognized as, "the new center" in the "war on terror"?
"This regime (Israel) will not last long. Do not tie your fate to it ... This regime has no future. Its life has come to an end." Yet this genocidal thug is coming to speak to the UN.
That much is true.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad raised the stakes against Israel on Friday and called the Holocaust a lie, just as world powers try to decide how to deal with the nuclear ambitions of an Iran in political turmoil.
"The pretext (Holocaust) for the creation of the Zionist regime (Israel) is false ... It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim," he told worshippers at Tehran University at the end of an annual anti-Israel "Qods (Jerusalem) Day" rally.
"Confronting the Zionist regime is a national and religious duty."..."This regime (Israel) will not last long. Do not tie your fate to it ... This regime has no future. Its life has come to an end," he said in a speech broadcast live on state radio....
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah which fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006, defended Ahmadinejad and said he was criticised for supporting "the 'resistance', the people of the region and Palestine."
"Our belief and creed ... remain that Israel is an illegal entity, a cancerous tumour, that must cease to exist," he said in a televised address....Ahmadinejad repeated on Thursday that Iran would "never" abandon its disputed nuclear programme to appease critics.
In an NBC-TV interview, he also offered no direct response when asked whether there were any conditions under which Iran would develop a nuclear weapon.
"We don't need nuclear weapons," Ahmadinejad said, speaking through an interpreter. "We do not see any need for such weapons. And the conditions around the world are moving to favour our ideas," he added....
"But, fair is fair; there is also a lot being achieved by this government. For instance, integration goes very well... At least, the integration of the Netherlands into Dar-al-Islam, the Islamic world. This government is enthusiastically co-operating with the Islamization of the Netherlands."
From EuropeNews, September 18:
It is over. This government has run aground, like an old car that got stuck in loose sand. It still squeaks a little, it cracks. Anyone can see that the little creature will never move one meter again. The battery is dead. It's all over. Madam Chairman, it would be laughable if it were not for the future of the Netherlands. Then you could make fun of that little club of helpless people who stare out through the misty windscreen, hoping there is someone who can tell them which way to go. They know themselves that if you look closely, it is way past saving. That they only made the wrong decisions and did not take note of the little sign: "swamp to the left".
Then they did turn left. Because their ideological GPS is programmed to only turn "left" ever since the sixties. They cannot do anything else. Wouter [Bos, Vice PM, Finance Minister PvdA, Socialist] behind the wheel, Andre [Rouwvoet, Youth and Family Minister CU, Christian Union] in the baby seat, and to Jan Peter [Balkenende, PM CDA, Christian Democrat] anything is okay as long as his party gets to stay in the front seat. [V1]
They tried to throw some ballast overboard. Mrs. Vogelaar [former Integration Minister PvdA, Socialist] was tied to a tree.
Aboutaleb [Moroccan-Dutch mayor of Rotterdam PvdA, Socialist] got out in Rotterdam with all his passports. Van Geel [fraction leader CDA] would have preferred to take the turn to Brabant to become the Queen's Governor there. Jan Peter [Balkenende] cries out all the time: "I want to go to Brussels!", and the Al Gore parrot, Miss Cramer [Environment and Housing Minister PvdA, Socialist] trumpets from the back seat: "Not too fast, that is bad for the polar bears!" The only route the PvdA is proposing is to do a few turns around the [Amsterdam] canals.
Prime Minister, please just stop with this. Send that rusty piece of junk to the junkyard. Collect the scrap fee. It makes no sense anymore. There is only one reason why the government ["Cabinet", coalition government] continues stumbling: that is out of fear of elections.
I do understand that. I get it. For when the Netherlands gets to vote, it will show that the crisis mainly is happening in one specific place... and that is in the government. The Balkenende/Bos people, who are most of all good at throwing billions towards the chalk lines, to the big banks. If the Netherlands is allowed to choose, it will choose against the snatching habits, the big fat bonuses and bungling with side jobs. How dare the government go after ordinary citizens while they simultaneously spend billions on banks and leftist hobbies, and hundreds of millions for the 19,000 asylum seekers that await us next year, about double the number of last year!
If the Dutch get to say what they think about the budget cuts, well then, I can predict what it will be: care, the police, and education will be spared. According to the Dutch there should not be any pinching and scraping on that. But the borders will be closed immediately to more fortune-seekers. Then the development aid spigot will be turned off tight, and there will no more be billions flowing to that bureaucratic Moloch, the European Union. Then the left-wing public TV will have to do with far less money, and there will be no expensive JSF [F-35 Joint Strike Fighter].
If the voters have their way, the fraction of the PvdA will fit in a Mini Cooper. Looking away just won't help anymore. The coalition that has run aground may stick its head deep under the dashboard; the voters are on the verge of losing all patience, they are counting the days until the next election, which at the latest will be on May 11, 2011. The voters want a new parliament and a new government instead of this helpless bunch in that run-aground little car.
But, fair is fair; there is also a lot being achieved by this government. For instance, integration goes very well... At least, the integration of the Netherlands into Dar-al-Islam, the Islamic world. This government is enthusiastically co-operating with the Islamization of the Netherlands. In all of Europe the elite opens the floodgates wide. In only a little while, one in five people in the European Union will be Muslim. Good news for this multiculti-government that views bowing to the horrors of Allah as its most important task. Good news for the CDA [Christian Democratic Appeal, the party of the PM]: C-D-A, in the meanwhile stands for Christians Serve Allah [Christenen Dienen Allah].
Barack Obama's decision to scrap Bush-era plans for a missile defence shield on Thursday triggered dismay in central Europe and among Republicans on Capitol Hill, amid claims that it amounted to a major security concession to Russia.
Unveiling one of the biggest reversals on national security since coming to office, the US president said that he would abandon predecessor George W. Bush's plans for ground-based interceptors in Poland and a related radar site in the Czech Republic, deploying instead a new system that could hit shorter-range Iranian missiles....But US officials deny the move is a quid pro quo for Russian support for tougher UN sanctions on Iran - an idea previously floated by Mr Obama's advisers.
Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday denied that there was any private deal behind the US decision....US Republicans, who identify missile defence as a key part of US national security, were also critical. John McCain, the presidential candidate who lost to Mr Obama, criticised the move as "seriously misguided". John Bolton, former US ambassador to the United Nations, a leading Bush-era hawk, was scathing.
"I think this is a near catastrophe for American relations with Eastern European countries and many in NATO," he said. "It was the kind of unilateral decision that the Bush administration was always criticised for and I think the clear winners are in Russia and Iran."...
"There is no compulsion in religion," (Qur'an 2:256) except when there is. And that time comes when the implementation of Sharia is strong enough to impose criminal punishments for the neglect of religious observances: i.e., when the time for the soft sell is over.
"Threats for breaking Morocco fast," from BBC News, September 18:
A Moroccan man campaigning to change the law banning eating in public during the Muslim Ramadan fast says he has received 100 death threats this week.
Radi Omar denied that his group was anti-Islam. "We are in favour of individual freedom," he told the BBC.
Six of his colleagues are in custody after planning to eat in public last Sunday and he demanded their release.
Mr Omar said they were being well treated but he assumed they were not being fed during the fasting hours.
The group, known as the Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms (Mali), has more than 1,200 members on its Facebook site.
They planned a public defiance of the law at the train station in Mohammedia near Casablanca last Sunday but were dispersed by the police.
The protesters were prevented from eating and so should not have been detained, Mr Omar said, adding that they have not been charged.
Under Moroccan law, eating in public during the hours of daylight, when Muslims are supposed to observe a fast, can lead to a fine and up to six months in prison.
I read your "The Truth about Muhammad". Let me tell you this my friend, your crusade against Islam and the Prophet is instigated by personal hatred. Read "Mumammad in the eyes of Western Thinkers" lo learn about the real Muhammad, messenger of Allah. Good luck.Thanks! I didn't realize that one could not learn anything about the "real Muhammad" by reading the works of his early biographers Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Sa'd, the canonical hadith collections of Bukhari and Muslim, and other early Muslim works that I relied upon when writing the book. I stand corrected!
September 18, 2009
And forget about popping open a beer while canoodling in that car! Sharia Alert from modern, moderate Malaysia: "Malaysian Muslim Couple Sentenced to Caning For 'Trying To Have' Premarital Sex," from AFP, September 18 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A Malaysian Islamic court has sentenced a young unmarried Muslim couple to six strokes each of the cane after they were caught trying to have sex in a car, a report said Friday.
The Sharia High Court in central Selangor state also fined Mohamad Shahrin Abdul Majid, 29, and his girlfriend Nadiah Najat Hussin, 24, 5,000 ringgit ($1,400) each, the New Straits Times reported.
The amorous couple, who pleaded guilty, were clad only in undergarments when they were caught in a carpark, the report said.
Premarital sex is banned under Islamic law....
And evidently that means that the U.S. doesn't have to defend its allies. "U.S. scraps missile defense shield plans," from CNN, September 17 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Party on, Joe!
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Obama administration will scrap the controversial missile defense shield program in Eastern Europe, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN Thursday.
The comment followed similar statements from officials in Poland and the Czech Republic -- where key elements of the system were to be located -- but was the first confirmation from an American official.
Vice President Joe Biden earlier refused to confirm to CNN that the George W. Bush-era plan was being shelved.
But he did explain the logic of doing so, saying Iran -- a key concern for the United States -- was not a threat.
"I think we are fully capable and secure dealing with any present or future potential Iranian threat," he told CNN's Chris Lawrence in Baghdad, where he is on a brief trip.
"The whole purpose of this exercise we are undertaking is to diminish the prospect of the Iranians destabilizing that region in the world. I am less concerned -- much less concerned -- about the Iranian potential. They have no potential at this moment, they have no capacity to launch a missile at the United States of America," he said....
When it comes to ties, I prefer Stefano Ricci.
An update on this story. "Official: Plot Suspect Admits al Qaeda Ties, May Plead Guilty: Three-Day FBI Interrogation Reveals Denver Man Had Received Explosives Training," by Richard Esposito, Clayton Sandell and Brian Ross for ABC News, September 18 (thanks to Benedict):
The Denver man at the center of an alleged New York bomb plot, Najibullah Zazi, has admitted he has ties to al Qaeda and is in negotiations to plead guilty to a terror charge, a senior law enforcement official told ABC News.
The official said Zazi had received explosives training and his possible guilty plea would be part of a deal to cooperate with the government.
The 24-year old Zazi had insisted he had "no ties, no connection to al Qaeda" in interviews with reporters earlier this week after his name surfaced in connection with the investigation.
But after two eight-hour interrogations at the FBI offices in Denver on Wednesday and Thursday, Zazi told a different story this morning, the law enforcement official said.
The plea negotiations were first reported by the New York Daily News.
A lawyer for Zazi, Arthur Folsom, called the reports "completely unfounded."
Zazi has been under investigation for almost a year, according to law enforcement and intelligence officials. The CIA reportedly first learned of his alleged al Qaeda ties when Zazi visited Pakistan and official said they later learned of "deeply troubling" conversations that were picked up on government intercepts.
Zazi and his lawyer, Arthur Folsom, had maintained his trips to Pakistan were only to visit his wife....
Nine law enforcement officers were injured Thursday night in Molenbeek, a suburb of Brussels, when they clashed with Islamic Moroccan youth after trying to detain a youth who had provoked police surveilling the community during Ramadan.
After several days of intentional provocation by the 14-year old youth, authorities went to his residence to detain him where they were met with loud protests by the boy's family. As they tried to remove the boy a mob of approximately twenty people circled the law enforcement officers and started to throw stones and other projectiles. Law enforcement officers had to employ pepper-spray in order to hold off the crowd as they took the boy into custody.
The family of the boy soon arrived at the police station with as many as sixty people in tow. In short order, the mob became unruly and began to throw stones, smash windows and damage police cars.
Police spokesman Johan Berckmans said the police had identified the 14-year old youth as the individual who harassed and threatened law enforcement officers during their routine patrols of Muslim neighborhoods during the annual Ramadan observance.
During the incident at the police station local law enforcement had requested reinforcements from the Brussels capitol. After the rioters were dispersed, Muslim rioters moved the anarchy to nearby locations...
The national police union has asked for urgent action by the national government regarding the continued unrest emanating from the Muslim community there. NSPV spokesman Philip Van Hamme said more law enforcement and security personnel should be immediately added to the permanent and preventive services and that preventive patrols should be significantly expanded.
"Teen at center of rights suit," by Ginnie Graham for the Tulsa World, September 18 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A popular national chain of clothing stores is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly not hiring a Muslim Tulsa teenager because she wears a hijab, a religiously mandated head scarf.
The EEOC filed the lawsuit Wednesday against Abercrombie & Fitch in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, citing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, modified in 1991, as the basis for the action.
The suit says that Samantha Elauf, 17, applied in June 2008 for a sales job at the Abercrombie Kids store in Woodland Hills Mall.
A district manager allegedly told her that the hijab, which Elauf wears in observance of her religious beliefs, did not fit the store's image.
"Defendant refused to hire Ms. Elauf because she wears a hijab, claiming that the wearing of headgear was prohibited by its Look Policy, and, further, failed to accommodate her religious beliefs by making an exception to the Look Policy," the lawsuit states.
Elauf went to the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma, which helped her file a complaint with the EEOC in Oklahoma City.
No mention here, of course, of the fact that CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case -- so named by the Justice Department. CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR's cofounder and longtime Board chairman, as well as its chief spokesman, have made Islamic supremacist statements.
And completely destroying the store's image is evidently not an "undue hardship."
The Civil Rights Act protects people from discrimination based upon religion in hiring and in the terms of their employment, an EEOC press release says.
The law requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee unless doing so would create an "undue hardship" for the employer.
Common sense and simple justice. But of course, not Sharia. "Governor of Punjab; the law on blasphemy should be abolished," by Fareed Khan for AsiaNews, September 18 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Lahore (AsiaNews) - Abolishing the blasphemy law to protect minorities. This is what has been "suggested" by Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab, who is urging the central government "to consider the repeal" of a law - a plea that has been repeated on several occasions by the Christian community in Pakistan - a law that is used by Islamic fundamentalists to commit crimes and violence. Christian leaders have reacted positively, but now expect concrete steps from the central government.
"The blasphemy law - said Salman Taseer - should be repealed to protect minorities, particularly the growing violence and persecution against Christians by extremists." Speaking to reporters during a dinner in Lahore, the Punjab Governor adds that "there was an abuse of the blasphemy law. This is what I think. This law should be erased.
Commenting on the statements of Governor of Punjab, Peter Jacob - Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Catholic Church - said that "it is an important statement" and "a welcome one". "But what counts most - added the activist Catholic - is that the Prime Minister of Pakistan ought to speak of the matter and explain to the people" what's happening in the country.
In recent months Punjab has experienced an escalation in attacks against Christians and their places of worship, committed in the name of "the alleged desecration of the Quran" On 22 April 2009, a band of extremists attacked a group of Christians in Tias, a suburb of Karachi, burning houses and seriously injuring three people. One of these was Irfan Masih, who died three days later....
Many more examples follow. Read it all.
Since it purportedly works so well in other contexts, why not line the coffers of the Taliban too? Isn't it poverty that motivates them, anyway?
"The Way Out of Afghanistan: We need to buy off our enemies" -- Jizya madness at Newsweek by Fareed Zakaria, September 12:
It's time to get real about Afghanistan. Withdrawal is not a serious option. The United States, NATO, the European Union, and other nations have invested massively in stabilizing the country over the past eight years, and they will not--and should not--abandon it because the Taliban is proving a tougher foe than anticipated. But it's also time for the Obama administration to get real about the country...
... The focus must shift from nation building to dealmaking. The central problem in Afghanistan is that the Pashtuns, who make up 45 percent of the country and almost 100 percent of the Taliban, do not feel empowered. We need to start talking to them, whether they are nominally Taliban or not. Buying, renting, or bribing Pashtun tribes should become the centerpiece of America's stabilization strategy, as it was Britain's when it ruled Afghanistan.Efforts to reach out to the Taliban so far have been limited and halfhearted...
Aww, why can't we all just give jizya a chance?
...A few years from now, we can be sure that Afghanistan will still be poor, corrupt, and dysfunctional. But if we make the right deals, it will be ruled by leaders who keep the country inhospitable to Al Qaeda and terrorist groups like it. That's my definition of success.
And sending money to the Taliban does this...how?
Relaxing Jean-jihad. Sharia Alert from Egypt: "Egypt's Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa: Women Can Wear Trousers, But Stretch Pants Are 'Unacceptable'" from the Huffington Post, September 16:
CAIRO -- Egypt's top Islamic authority defended women's rights to wear trousers in public following a high profile court case in neighboring Sudan were women were flogged for dressing in pants, the local press reported Wednesday.
Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa said in response to a question during a public lecture that trousers covering women's bodies are permitted, though they should be loose and not see through. He specified that "stretch" pants were in particular unacceptable.
If Mufti Gomaa went to the gym, he might "see through" this gender-specific folly and realize that stretch pants can be "unacceptable" for men as well, butt weight...
Gomaa described the question as "strange and weird"
Who is responsible for the question? Did the reporter just come up with it out of thin air?
... and smiled as he responded.
A new report from Walid Phares, co-secretary general of the Trans Atlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism:
Next week, an important summit will be held by a number of legislators from Congress, the European Parliament, and the Canadian Parliament to discuss "al-Qaida's and other jihadi forces' campaigns worldwide against democracies."
The closed meeting, to take place in the United States, is sponsored by the newly formed "Trans-Atlantic Group on Counterterrorism (TAG)," launched in Washington and Brussels last year. TAG was launched in the winter of 2008 by Members of the European Parliament, led by MEP Jaime Mayor Oreja, vice chairman for policy of the EPP Group at the European Parliament (present majority Party), and members from both parties of Congress, led by Rep. Sue Myrick, co-chair of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the House. The goal of TAG is to create a working relationship between legislators from Europe and the United States (North America) to address terrorism and the threat it poses to democracies.
This will be the second TAG summit. The first was held April 30, 2008, in Washington, D.C., where participants signed a joint declaration of principles. The third will take place in Brussels.
The founders in 2008: US Reps and MEPs Working sessions Discussions
These meetings are important steps in forming a strong counterterrorism trans-Atlantic partnership. It will allow legislators to share insights and best practices, and discuss how democracies can address terror threats, not only as individual countries, but as an international community.
The European delegation will include MEPs from France, Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The North American delegation will include a Canadian MP and members of Congress.
The subjects to be addressed, are divided in three categories:
Terrorism and International relations: ideological radicalization, the so-called "Islamophobia," and the role of international organizations in mitigating extremism.
International jihadist threats: Discussion of terror strategies and counterstrategies in areas such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Somalia. European and North American legislators will address and analyze these various issues in their respective realms.
3) Trans-Atlantic threats: Discussion on new strategies being employed by terrorists and radical Islamists, and the counterterror strategies to combat them inside Europe, Canada, and the United States. European, Candian and American legislators will address and analyze these various issues in their respective realms.
A press conference will take place on Capitol Hill to issue the resolutions. For more information contact: email@example.com
Updates and material will be posted after the meeting.
A little delayed due to gearing up the new website, but still worthy of attention:
Depending on the context and the way the content is presented, this might be a smart way to educate the public about the 9/11 attackers' motives and discourage aspiring emulators.
"9/11 Museum to display hijacker perspective" from Reuters, September 11:
NEW YORK - A museum dedicated to the September 11 attacks will display written quotations drawn from "martyrdom" videos made by the hijackers, along with witness testimonials that will be screened to prevent sympathizers from praising the perpetrators, museum officials said.
They will be screened? Good. Using what criteria?
Previous attempts to put into context the motivation of the men who used hijacked passenger planes to attack the United States on September 11, 2001, have been met with emotional public opposition, with politicians canceling plans for an "International Freedom Center" in 2005.
But the president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum said photographs of the 19 hijackers would be displayed along with the quotes as part of the "witness testimony" in the museum.
The memorial and museum are planned for the World Trade Center site undergoing reconstruction in lower Manhattan. The underground museum should open by 2013...
...Museum president Joe Daniels told reporters the exhibit would present the facts, focusing on "what happened on that day, why it happened, what does it mean to live in a 9/11 world.""Let the perpetrators speak for themselves," Daniels said.
An excellent idea for raising awareness and analyzing strategies, motives, and rhetoric fueling violent jihad. There ought to be a website for that sort of thing! Oh wait, there is.
The museum has possession of videotapes the hijackers made in preparation for the suicide attacks and Reuters previously reported that visitors could play back the tapes, citing Daniels.
"That's a powerful and important thing that visitors to this museum need to hear -- bearing witness to the actual testimonials of those who committed the atrocities," Daniels told a news conference Thursday.However, Daniels later told Reuters by telephone that the exhibit would be limited to photos and written text from the martyrdom tapes.
OK, but why?
The museum is inviting people around the world to send in pictures and recorded recollections about the attacks that will be displayed on its Web site after being screened for sentiments lionizing the hijackers....
Again, good. How carefully will the screening for lionizing sentiments be enforced? And who will do the screening?
DENVER, Colorado (CNN) -- A Colorado resident at the center of a federal terrorism probe met with FBI agents for a second day Thursday as his lawyer disputed a report that bomb-making plans were found on the man's computer.
Federal agents searched Najibullah Zazi's apartment and another home in the same Denver suburb on Wednesday in connection with the terrorism probe, which emerged Monday with a series of raids in the New York borough of Queens. A law enforcement official told CNN that diagrams showing how to make bombs were found on the computer Zazi had with him when he was stopped in New York during a recent visit, but his lawyer, Arthur Folsom, dismissed that allegation.
"There's no diagram of a bomb. There's no information like that," Folsom told reporters as he walked his client to his second meeting with federal agents. If something like that had turned up on Zazi's computer, he said, "Do you really think the FBI would have allowed us to walk out of here last night?"
Zazi, an Afghan national, gave writing, fingerprint and DNA samples to FBI agents Wednesday during a "very friendly, very cordial" interview, Folsom said. He said Zazi has no ties to terrorism, and he believes his client drew investigators' attention "because he stayed at a house owned by an old friend of his who was under observation from the FBI."
But according to law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation, the Colorado searches were part of a probe that began with Zazi and led to New York.
A former counterterrorism official briefed on the investigation also said bomb instructions were found, but could not say where. The former official said backpacks, computers and maps were found during the searches in New York, and field tests turned up positive for explosives. But initial tests often yield false positives, and the former official was unaware whether more definitive tests had been concluded....
The mullahcracy is portraying any protesters as people "who want to help the Zionist regime," which in its eyes is the worst kind of demonization possible. And Gholam Reza Safaie, a top Khamenei aide, says confidently: "I am sure millions of people who love Islam and the Koran will shout Death to Israel."
How could he have gotten such an idea? Doesn't he know that anyone who loves Islam and the Koran reveres the Jews as "People of the Book" and wouldn't dream of shouting such a divisive, non-multicultural phrase as "Death to Israel"? How is it that so many Misunderstanders of Islam can be found in Iran? Where are the voices of those who understand the Religion of Peace™ correctly? Will Honest Ibe Hooper or Brave Ahmed Rehab of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issue a statement explaining that those who really love Islam and the Koran will reach out and try to build bridges with Jews and Israel?
I won't be holding my breath.
"Iran on alert for new opposition protests," by Farhad Pouladi for AFP, September 17 (thanks to James):
TEHRAN -- Hundreds of thousands of Iranians were set to march across Tehran on Friday in an annual display of solidarity with the Palestinians but this year it could turn into a flashpoint between regime hardliners and the opposition.
The security forces were expected to be out in force at the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally to quell any attempt by opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to turn the gathering into a protest against his hotly contested re-election in June.
The elite Revolutionary Guards Corps issued a warning on Thursday that it would deal "decisively" with any attempt to mount what would be the first opposition protest since a July 19 demonstration held to mark the anniversary of student unrest in 1999.
"We are warning people and the movements who want to help the Zionist regime that if you seek any disruption or disorder during the glorious Quds Day rally, you will be decisively confronted by the courageous children of Iran," the Guards said....
Gholam Reza Safaie, a senior official in supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's office, said that any attempt by protesters would be drowned in the overall massive pro-Palestinian march.
"I am sure millions of people who love Islam and the Koran will shout Death to Israel... so if some people shout other slogans, they would be drowned," Safaie was quoted as saying on ILNA news agency.
"But it is sad that some people are acting like this even as US and Israel have failed to quell the importance of the Quds Day rally."...
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) found no evidence that Rifqa Bary, the teenage girl who fled for her life after converting from Islam to Christianity, was in danger. Their deeply flawed report is debunked here. And now they have inspired even more confidence by releasing this illiterate statement in defense of their report. It's at the end of a story about Blake and Beverly Lorenz, the couple who took Rifqa in after she fled, that finally allows this much-vilified couple to speak in their own defense.
"Couple who sheltered Rifqa Bary speak," by Tracy Jacim for Fox 35 News, September 18 (thanks to Pamela). All the spelling is as it is in the article, which apparently reproduces this statement as it was received from the FDLE:
"FLDE conducted a thorough investigation of this situation, and has not developed any information to support any allegations of crimnal activity in Florida, where our jurisdiction resides. We have conbsulted with other relevant law enforcment entitities that have different jurisditinal parameters so that they may act or investigate as they deem appropriate. FDLE does not have the final authority to have Rifqa Bary remain in Florida or be relocated to another state. That authority is with the court of jurisdiction, Our findings have been presented to the court which will consider the facts of the situastions and ultimately make a determination regarding Ms. Bary's status. FDLE's invsigative findings serve as one of m any factors xconsidered by the court in making a determination. If at any time, additonal information is provided which would indicate Ms. Bary is in pysical danger, FDLE will review and investigate further."
Thanks. Through your actions, deceit, spin etc you prove the Quran right.Once again, for the umpteenth time, empty claims of "deceit," no specifics, and equally empty boasts.
September 17, 2009
The jihadist propaganda offensive so relentlessly pursued by the Palestinians bears bitter fruit today. Human shields? Pah! It's all Israel's fault! "British trade unions approve Israel boycott," from the Jewish Telegraph Agency, September 17 (thanks to News4U):
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- British trade unions approved a boycott against importing goods produced in some Israeli settlements.
The boycott was approved Thursday by the Trade Union Congress at its annual conference. The congress also called for an end to arms trading with Israel and for disinvestment from some Israeli companies.
According to the London Times online, the unions had considered a comprehensive boycott of consumer goods produced in Israel but reconsidered following "frantic behind-the-scenes negotiations."
The statement approved by the delegates read: "To increase the pressure for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories and the removal of the separation wall and illegal settlements, we will support a boycott of those goods and agricultural products that originate in illegal settlements through developing an effective, targeted consumer-led boycott campaign."
The boycott reportedly was proposed in response to Operation Cast Lead, Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip last winter....
Hugh, Marisol, Benjamin and I wish all our Jewish Jihad Watch readers Shana Tovah u'Metukah! Gemar Chatimah Tovah!
Any potential ruling would set a far-reaching precedent for Indonesia's handling of encroaching Sharia law. For that matter, any inaction by the court system and by the broader government also sends a message: that the non-Islamic government will take the path of least resistance and turn a blind eye to subversion of the national constitution.
Jakarta, 17 Sept. (AKI/Jakarta Post) - Indonesia's home affairs minister Mardiyanto says the government will ask the Supreme Court to review a new Islamic law which condemns adulterers to death by stoning in the province of Aceh. Mardiyanto told reporters on Wednesday that he was coordinating with the justice minister Andi Mattalatta, who is scrutinising contentious articles in the bylaw endorsed by the Aceh legislative council on Monday.
"The government and the public can voice their objections to the qanun [Sharia bylaw]; they can demand the Supreme Court review the bylaw if they consider it wrong or improper. The government will no doubt do that," Mardiyanto said.
"Aceh is part of Indonesia, so it must respect the Constitution and the laws of the country. And remember, Aceh should not be issuing bylaws that are detrimental to its people."
Indonesian rights activists have condemned the new law as "cruel and degrading".
The law, which also allows punishments of up to 400 lashes for child rape, 100 lashes for homosexual acts and 60 lashes for gambling, was passed unanimously on Monday by lawmakers in the region at the northern tip of Sumatra island.
Mardiyanto said the law could deter trade and investment in the region.
"Investors will refuse to come, people will be afraid to visit Aceh... They have to take those things into account."
The bylaw, which is applicable to Muslims and non-Muslims, punishes all parties proved to have "facilitated" such acts including hotels and entertainment venues.
In Banda Aceh, deputy governor Muhammad Nazar said the provincial administration and legislative council were likely to review the new regulation.
As usual, and as also in Pakistan, the police are on the side of the Islamic supremacists. Islamic Tolerance Alert: "Church Firebombed in Egypt After Opposition From Muslim Neighbors," by Mary Abdelmassih for the Assyrian International News Agency, September 12 (thanks to Hal):
Cairo (AINA) -- The Coptic Church of Saint Paul and Saint Peter in the town of Shebin el Kom, 60 kilometers northwest of Cairo, was burnt on 9/8/2009, No casualties were reported. There were conflicting reports as to the cause of the fire, the Egyptian police told the media that it was caused by a "short circuit" even before carrying out an arson investigation, while others believe it was arson.
Church authorities are keeping tight-lipped over the fire and refusing to comment before the results of the investigation are out. According to Free Copts, the priest and witnesses dismissed the possibility of an electric short circuit or a candle as the cause of the fire....
Several sources close to the church were interviewed, who asked to remain anonymous, believed that the fire was arson, caused by Muslim neighbors who were against having the church in their vicinity. They said that they have received numerous threats to have the Church firebombed. "We were enraged when they told us that the police report would be issued, as usual, blaming a short circuit for causing the fire, or in the worst scenario the arsonists would get off scot-free through the State Security's unofficial reconciliation meetings, in which Copts are forced to give up their rights for criminal charges," said one church member.
"The police decided before any forensics were carried out that the cause of the fire was caused by a short-circuit," said an unofficial Church source. "This cannot be true, as the electricity was shut off as usual before locking the Church and the panel boards are intact as the photos show."
Sherif Ramzy of Free Copts said that Coptic witnesses told him that while the fire was burning, Muslim neighbors were elated. To portray their happiness, Muslim women were letting out the traditional celebration sound "zaghroota."
Copts United were told "The reasons behind the church fire are the problems between the Church and the Muslim neighbors who are unhappy with the presence of the Church in their vicinity. The congregation was harassed, the priests insulted and threatened, and Koran chanting was played over the loud speakers during the Church services."
Coptic News Bulletin aired an audio with members of the Church who said that two Muslim men were always hovering near the Church since its inauguration a year ago, threatening and intimidating the congregation. "Everytime the Church priest reported them to the State Security, they disappeared for a while before coming back with more threats," said a Church member.
The Saint Paul and Saint Peter Church was originally an old Roman Catholic church, but due to the dwindling number of Catholics in Shebin el Kom, it was purchased by the Coptic church three years ago, and the interior was partly converted to Coptic Orthodox liturgical use. Coptic Church services started under last year. "The Catholic church was closed for a long time, so when the Coptic church started its services, the Muslims in the neighborhood became very angry," said one of the parishioners to Coptic News. "The neighbors were throwing dirty water from their balconies over us as we walked. The Muslims also complained that when weddings were held at Church, the number of invited guests with cars, led to traffic congestion."
ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson rejected on Wednesday the impression that the US would not provide direct funding to Pakistani for lack of trust in the government.
Of course the US would not do such a thing. We are much too foolish to do something like that.
"The US government will continue to deliver assistance to Pakistan through a variety of long-standing vectors as required by American law, to ensure transparency and accountability ... [the US] is not depriving the Pakistani government of any degree of direct funding as a result of a lack of confidence or trust," said Patterson while commenting on a September 13 news report headlined 'US says no direct money to PPP government'.
"All over the world, the US delivers aid through a variety of mechanisms, which can include a degree of budgetary support. In Pakistan's case, this direct support will be included as part of the package through various delivery vehicles. We have provided more than $3 billion in combined security, economic and development assistance since President [Asif Ali] Zardari's election," said Patterson...
'Umdat al-Salik, a manual of Islamic jurisprudence certified by Al-Azhar University in Cairo (the most respected authority in Sunni Islam) as conforming "to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community," lays out four options for hostages: "When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph considers the interests ... (of Islam and the Muslims) and decides between the prisoner's death, slavery, release without paying anything, or ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim captive held by the enemy" (o9.14).
"Al Qaeda calls for foreign kidnappings in Afghanistan," from Reuters, September 17 (thanks to Block Ness):
SYDNEY: A senior Al Qaeda official has called on the Taliban to kidnap foreign civilians in Afghanistan to force US-led forces to negotiate prisoner exchanges, a former Australian police counterterrorism analyst said.
The directive has been issued by veteran Al Qaeda adviser Mustafa Hamid, also known as Abu Walid al Masri, and stems from the US detentions in Guantanamo Bay, Leah Farrall told Reuters on Wednesday....
Note, toward the end of this excerpt, the clear implication from the Daily News that authorities are overreacting. An update on this story. "FBI unit set for more anti-terror raids in Queens; Colorado home raided," by James Gordon Meek, Judith Crosson, Rocco Parascandola, Alison Gendar and Larry Mcshane for the New York Daily News, September 17 (thanks to Benedict):
The elite FBI Hostage Rescue Team is poised to make more anti-terror raids in Queens, sources told the Daily News.
The discovery of cell phones and back packs raised fears that terrorists were planning a Madrid-style subway bombing plot, sources said.
FBI agents with bomb-sniffing dogs Wednesday raided the Colorado apartment of an Afghan national linked to Al Qaeda and a plot to attack the New York City subway system.
Simultaneously, authorities swarmed over a nearby home believed to belong to a relative of Najibullah Zazi, hauling out boxes of evidence.
And Zazi, 25, met with investigators at FBI headquarters in Denver and provided a DNA sample, a fingerprint and writing samples, his lawyer said.
"My client is not involved in any terror plot," lawyer Arthur Folsom said. "He answered every question they had."
The searches in Aurora, Colo., came as the NYPD and an elite FBI team poised for additional raids in Queens in a hunt for bomb-making materials, sources told the Daily News.
Earlier Queens raids turned up nine knapsacks and cell phones, raising concerns about bombers detonating simultaneous blasts as they did in the 2004 attack that killed 191 commuters in Spain.
Bombers in the 2005 London subway attack that killed 56 people also used knapsacks. An FBI counterterrorism bulletin issued Monday cited the British terrorist attack.
Two men who lived in one of the Queens apartments raided Sunday night said a tenuous connection to Zazi had become a nightmare.
"They [the NYPD] keep coming back," Naiz Khan said last night. "They don't tell us why they're here. They took my cell phone and a knapsack that was to be a gift to a child and left."
His roommate Akbari Amanullah, 30, a cabbie, added: "We just wish it would stop."...
Lahore (AsiaNews) - The Joint Action Committee for People's Rights (JAC), a group of Pakistan-based non-governmental organisations operating in the human rights field, has expressed concern over "increasing incidents of violence" that have taken in recent months against religious minorities, especially Christians. Their concern also includes the apparent "collusion" of some officials in the police and the prison system with "fanatics and extremists" in perpetrating crimes against members of religious minorities.
According to JAC activists, anti-Christian violence in Gojra in early August and the murder of a young Christian man in prison in Sialkot show that the "government's record of protecting religious minorities [. . .] is disappointing to say the least."
The death in the Sialkot District Jail of Robert Fanish Masih has raised strong suspicions that jail officials were involved in the crime.
Witnesses say they saw torture marks on the body of the 20-year-old man, something that if proven true would contradict jail officials' claim that he committed suicide.
In the meantime, Fanish's father (funerals pictured) filed a first information report against prison management, but police has yet to register it.
In any event, the killing of Fanish Masih in Sialkot Jail was not an isolated incident. Similar episodes have been recorded in the recent past. Other defendants facing blasphemy charges have allegedly committed suicide whilst in judicial custody even when circumstantial evidence suggested they were murdered by fanatics in collusion with jail officials.
For JAC the government is to blame for failing to carry out "fair, transparent and thorough investigations into earlier cases of deaths in judicial custody." Had it done so "it would have worked as a deterrent for the future."...
Cairo - A large crowd of angry Coptic Christians gathered in front of a church Wednesday in the Egyptian town of Bagur, following the murder of a Christian shopkeeper and the stabbings of two others, police said....
"There is anger among the Christians because they feel their blood has been made cheap," Archbishop Stefanos, head of the Mar Girgis (St George) Coptic Church in al-Bagur, told dpa.
He said that a man repeatedly stabbed local shopkeeper George Abdu, 63, in the abdomen and the neck, killing him, then fled on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The archbishop said that the killer drove 4 kilometres to the village of Bamahai and repeatedly stabbed a cobbler, who suffered wounds to the head and lung.
The suspect then drove to another nearby village, Mit Afifi, and stabbed a third Christian man, Hani Barsum, in the neck. Barsum and the cobbler were hospitalized, Stefanos said....
Wednesday's attacks resembled a string of attacks in April 2006 in Alexandria that led to bloody street clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Mediterranean city.
In that incident, according to police accounts, a sole, "mentally deranged," Muslim man stabbed three parishioners in a church, then attacked worshippers at two other churches. One 78-year-old man died from his wounds....
"Mentally deranged" -- of course! We always hear this in connection with incidents like these. And certainly stabbing and attacking random people in churches is not what anyone would term "normal" behavior. But the possibility that such a man might be acting from a sense of outrage caused by Islamic teachings -- specifically the idea that these Christians are not submissive and hence have forfeited their right to live in rebelling against the rule of the Muslims -- is not even considered.
You find out when you've reached the Top, you're on the bottom.
"Terrorist Noordin Top confirmed dead," from The Sydney Morning Herald, September 18 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Jakarta: Terrorist mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top was killed in a police raid on a militant hideout in Central Java on Thursday, Indonesian police have officially confirmed.
The 41-year-old Malaysian-born extremist was one of four militants killed in the raid near Solo, national police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri told reporters....
Noordin led a hardline splinter group of terror organisation Jemaah Islamiah.
He was the suspected mastermind of July's attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta that killed seven, including three Australians.
Authorities believe he also masterminded a 2003 attack on the Marriott, a 2004 attack on Australia's embassy in Jakarta and the 2005 Bali bombings that killed four Australians.
It's believed he also helped plan the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians....
Noordin's death will be a major setback for Islamic extremists throughout Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
Dawah is Islamic proselytizing, and Jihad Watch is its mechanism! Keeping up the dawah and the psychological warfare, this Hate Mailer from Brooklyn, New York, claims that this site was instrumental to her conversion to Islam:
This website made me very curious about Islam and led me to conduct my own research. I have found a lot of your claims to be outright false about the religion, but I must thank you because if it hadn't been for your site, I would never have been led to the beautiful and peaceful religion of Islam. Now five of my friends, including my dear husband, have converted to Islam and will spread the message of peace.Which claims were false? Why, surprisingly enough, none of my allegedly false claims are specified. This is only about the gazillionth email I have received accusing me of speaking falsely about Islam and yet never quite getting around to explaining exactly what I said that was false. Are you beginning to notice a pattern?
All Praise is to Allah.
September 16, 2009
The Queens Jihad is not over. An update on this story. "FBI unit set for more anti-terror raids in Queens; Colorado home raided," by James Gordon Meek, Judith Crosson, Rocco Parascandola, Alison Gendar and Larry Mcshane for the New York Daily News, September 16 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
The elite FBI Hostage Rescue Team is poised to make more anti-terror raids in Queens, sources told the Daily News.
The search Wednesday in Aurora, Colo., came as the NYPD and an elite FBI team poised for additional raids in Queens in a hunt for bomb-making materials, sources told the Daily News.
An earlier Queens raid turned up nine knapsacks and cell phones, raising concerns about bombers detonating simultaneous blasts like the 2004 attack that killed 191 commuters in Spain.
Bombers in the 2005 London subway attack that killed 56 people also used knapsacks. An FBI counterterrorism bulletin issued Monday cited the British terrorist attack.
FBI agents with a search warrant arrived Wednesday at the home of Najibullah Zazi, 25, who one day earlier had protested his innocence in the apartment's front doorway.
His bold denials amazed some counterterrorism sources, who described the bushy-beared Zazi as a figure well-known to investigators.
"Zazi has certainly had some bad connections to people overseas," said a source familiar with the ongoing case.
Zazi had traveled to Pakistan, refuge for many Al Qaeda leaders, before his New York trip last week. There was a "strong suspicion" he attended a terrorist training camp there, WCBS-TV reported....
In New York, police sources said they had e-mails, wiretaps and a confidential informant tying Zazi to the plot. The suspect was spotted in a Queens mosque last week and also was seen in lower Manhattan, the sources said.
In a mosque? But didn't the Vast Majority of Peaceful Muslims rise up in righteous indignation at his activities?
Zazi managed to lose his FBI tail after he was warned about the federal attention, the sources said....
Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs is almost completely irrelevant now, as his influence has melted away under the weight of his lies, distortions, half-truths, and relentless character assassination campaigns. Now, in his frenzied hatred, can't see anything that opponents of jihad are defending as good. Thus he has adopted the narrative of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), saying that the only people who think Rifqa Bary, the girl who converted from Islam to Christianity and says her father threatened to kill her, is in danger are "bigots."
Sure, Charles. And if you're wrong? The girl is dead.
Is there really a credible threat to Rifqa Bary's life? See former FBI agent John Guandolo's assessment here.
Of course, it is not the first time Johnson has served as a tool for the CAIR thugs. Pamela called him out on that way before anyone else had caught on to him; see also here, here, and here.
He is being exposed everywhere -- for the best examples see Pamela, Rusty, Right Wing News, and Robert Stacy McCain -- and now even people who up to now had cowered in fear before his supposed might are jumping on. It is good to see that people are finally catching on to just how deeply dishonest and thoroughly compromised this man is.
UPDATE: Good piece from JoshuaPundit.
"Florida Department of Law Enforcement earns an F," by John D. Guandolo for the Center for Security Policy, September 16:
[Note: John D. Guandolo is a 12 ½ year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the request of the Center for Security Policy, he prepared an assessment of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) investigation of the Ohio-based parents of former Muslim Rifqa Bary, the 17-year old apostate from Islam who has sought refuge in the state of Florida. The FDLE report is provided here, and is available as searchable text for the first time, below his analysis. The significant errors and omissions that Mr. Guandolo and other experts have found in this FDLE investigation show a failure in FDLE's professional responsibility in handling the Rifqa Bary case. Governor Crist and FDLE management need to get new investigators on the job, start over, and this time do it right. A life may be at stake due to FDLE negligence-- and willful blindness-- in conducting this investigation.]
John D. Guandolo:
Response to FDLE Investigative Report on Rifqa Bary Matter
Upon my review of the report filed by the FDLE regarding the Rifqa Bary Matter in Florida, I offer my professional opinion.
1. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Investigative Summary OR-73-1741 encapsulates the investigation into allegations made by Fathima Rifqa Bary (hereafter referred to as "Rifqa Bary") that she is or may be in physical danger from her father, Mohamed Bary, or others. Point 4 on page 2 of the report states Rifqa Bary believes her life to be in danger from an "honor killing" by her family or others, which she states is in accordance with Islamic Law. The report finds: "Ms. Bary's concern that she may be killed because of her conversion from Islam to Christianity remains a subjective and speculative concern..." and concludes there is no conspiracy to commit violence against her. The investigators in this matter offer this opinion void of any knowable facts. In fact, a due diligence review would reveal the existence of authoritative Islamic Law texts officially translated into English. This review would further reveal Islamic Law - which is real law - has requirements and rules as to how to deal with those who leave Islam [eg The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, "Umdat al-Salik" also known as "Reliance of the Traveller" - publicly available]. If it can be shown (1) there is a requirement in Islamic Law for killing Ms. Bary as a publicly declared apostate from Islam, (2) that her parents adhere to Islamic Law, and (3) that she did, in fact, leave Islam and convert to Christianity, then the FDLE has a professional responsibility to include these facts in this report, and investigate this matter fully. There is nothing subjective about this - these are all ascertainable facts. I would hope the Florida State's Attorney's Office has done their due diligence on this matter and is aware of this
2. Mr. Bary's comments to the Investigators claiming there is "absolutely not" any concept of Honor Killings under Islamic Law can also be comparatively and factually reviewed against Islamic Law. There are, in fact, rules and requirements as to how apostates should be handled within the context of Islamic Law, and these facts must be reviewed by FDLE if a professional and factual report is to be completed.
3. It was noted that the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) -Columbus (Ohio) and the Staff Attorney for CAIR were present during the interview of Mr. Bary by FDLE Investigators. Absent from the FDLE report was any mention that CAIR is a known Muslim Brotherhood entity and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial - the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history - revealing HLF as a Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood front in the United States. All defendants in this case were found guilty in November 2008 and are serving long prison terms. These facts about CAIR were testified to at trial, and accepted as legally true. They are irrefutable - the documents demonstrating these facts were stipulated to by the defense. The Muslim Brotherhood's (MB) creed is "Allah is our goal; the Messenger is our guide: the Koran is our constitution; Jihad is our means; and martyrdom in the way of Allah is our inspiration," and their stated objective in America is a "Civilization-Jihad" to destroy the United States from within, and the MB exists to implement Islamic Law here in the United States. All of these facts are relevant for two critical reasons. First, these material facts should be made known to the State Attorney's Office and any Judges involved in this case as a matter of course. Secondly, when representatives from an organization that is objectively known to be hostile towards to the United States and unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history, are allowed to be present during a law enforcement interview of someone, it raises questions as to why they were allowed to be present at the interview at all. These facts further demand an objective look to determine if the Muslim Brotherhood itself has a position on Islamic Law and Apostasy. One of the MB's two stated objectives is to implement Islamic Law in North America (and across the globe), and it is known they call for adherence to Islamic Law wherever Muslim communities exist. The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law: Reliance of the Traveller is approved as valid Islamic Law by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a known Muslim Brotherhood entity, as proven in the HLF trial. In Reliance of the Traveller, Investigators will find specific legal doctrine on how apostates are to be treated under Islamic Law. Furthermore, the Muslim Brotherhood has a history of officially addressing the issue of Apostasy. In 1984, Ismail R. Al-Faruki , the Founder of IIIT, stated: "That is why Islamic Law has treated people who have converted out of Islam as political traitors...[Islam] must deal with the traitors when convicted after due process of law either with banishment, life imprisonment, or capital punishment...but once their conversion is proclaimed, they must be dealt with as traitors to the state." Apostasy is also specifically addressed in Peace and the Limits of War, published by IIIT and written by Louay Safi, the former Executive Director of IIIT, Malaysia, the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (a proven Muslim Brotherhood entity), and the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of North America's (ISNA) Leadership Development Council. ISNA was proven to be a Muslim Brotherhood entity and is also an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history - HLF. The book is also approved by the Secretary General of ISNA. In it, Mr. Safi notes that individual apostates cannot be killed for a "quiet desertion of personal Islamic duties," but can be put to death as "just punishment" when the apostate deserts Islam publicly (p. 31).
4. This is a statement of facts regarding this matter:
* There are requirements in Islamic Law regarding someone who deserts Islam
* The Muslim Brotherhood's objective is the implementation of Islamic Law in the United States
* Rifqa Bary has left Islam and become a Christian
* Rifqa Bary has made statements to FDLE officials and others that her parents have threatened to kill her because she has left Islam
* The Bary's appear to be adherent to Islamic Law
* The Bary's appear at an interview with two Muslim Brotherhood representatives doing business as CAIR, a group known to be hostile towards the United States which is also an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history
* The Muslim Brotherhood supports the killing of Muslims who publicly leave Islam
5. It is my professional opinion that sufficient Probable Cause exists to believe that Ms Bary's concerns for her personal safety are based in a realistic and factual understanding of her situation, and, therefore, a further criminal investigation is warranted.
John D. Guandolo is a 12 ½ year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Rifqa Bary, long before she was supposedly "brainwashed" by a fiendish Christian fundamentalist pastor, says:
I am sixteen and I love Jesus, I'm crazy how I found the Lord but, people were blown away but, my parents are Muslims, radical, radical Muslims. You guys don't know the history of Islam, it's really hostile towards Christianity and the mere word of Christian can bring such a hatred in them right. I'm a secret Christian, I've been hiding for a long time, three of four years. They can't know of my faith, because if they do know, the consequences are really harsh. Just the culture and background they come from like, is so hostile towards Christianity ....the consequences are great.
Pamela has the video and much important background (go!), including an important warning from Bruce Bawer that goes as much for America as it does for Europe, especially as authorities rush to dismiss the evidence that Rifqa is under threat:
And in many cases they shamefully close their eyes to honor killings. The murders by parents and siblings, of girls and women who in some cases doing no more than looking at a boy the wrong way, have according to Islamic beliefs, soiled family honor. European authorities are so much a prisoner of multiculturalism that they´could actually believe that their obligation in such matters is not to protect innocent children from brutality, but to display sensitivity to cultural difference.
More evidence of the patent bias of the Goldstone Report. "Palestinian witnesses: Hamas used civilians as human shields in Gaza war," by Itamar Marcus, Barbara Crook and Nan Jacques Zilberdik for Palestinian Media Watch, September 16:
The following is a review of PMW special reports released during the Gaza War on Hamas's use of human shields and Hamas's killing of Palestinian civilians
"The [UN] Mission is unable to form an opinion on the exact nature or the intensity of their [Hamas's] combat activities in urban residential areas that would have placed the civilian population and civilian objects at risk of attack. While reports reviewed by the Mission credibly indicate that members of Palestinian armed groups were not always dressed in a way that distinguished them from civilians, the Mission found no evidence that Palestinian combatants mingled with the civilian population with the intention of shielding themselves from attack."
[Goldstone Commission Report on the Gaza War, Sept. 15, 2009]
The UN's Goldstone Commission Report claimed it could find "no evidence" that Hamas intentionally used civilians as human shields during the Gaza War. But PMW's special reports during the war documented this practice, and revealed testimony from children describing how they were being used by Hamas in combat support roles
Hamas had already announced publicly before the war that using "women, children and the elderly" as "human shields" was indeed Hamas policy -- and that Hamas was proud of it. Hamas Member of Parliament, Fathi Hamad, pronounced with enthusiasm on Hamas TV that Hamas had made "death an industry," and that its message to Israel ("the Zionist enemy") about its use of civilians as shields was, "We desire death as you desire life."
There was also Palestinian testimony about Hamas murdering Palestinian civilians during the war.
PMW is re-releasing some of the PMW Special News Reports published during the Gaza War, documenting Hamas's use of civilians as human shields, its murder of Palestinian civilians, and Mahmoud Abbas's blaming the war on Hamas.
Following is the collection of PMW Special News Reports relating specifically to human shields, Hamas murdering Palestinians and Abbas blaming Hamas for the war:
Palestinian victims describe being used as shields by Hamas
Members of a Gaza family whose farm was turned into a "fortress" by Hamas fighters have reported that they were helpless to stop Hamas from using them as human shields. They described how for years Hamas has used their property and homes as shields for military installations from which to launch rockets into Israel, dig tunnels and store arms. According to the victims, those who tried to object were shot in the legs by Hamas.
The following is the description in the official Palestinian Authority daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
"The Abd Rabbo family kept quiet while Hamas fighters turned their farm in the Gaza strip into a fortress. Right now they are waiting for the aid promised by the [Hamas] movement after Israel bombed the farm and turned it into ruins...
The hill on which the Abd Rabbo family lives overlooks the Israeli town of Sderot which turned it into an ideal military position for the Palestinian fighters, from which they have launched hundreds of rockets into southern Israel during the last few years. Several of the Abd Rabbo family members described how the fighters dug tunnels under their houses, stored arms in the fields and launched rockets from the yard of their farm during the nights.
The Abd Rabbo family members emphasize that they are not [Hamas] activists and that they are still loyal to the Fatah movement, but that they were unable to prevent the armed squads from entering their neighborhood at night. One family member, Hadi (age 22) said: 'You can't say anything to the resistance [Hamas], or they will accuse you of collaborating [with Israel] and shoot you in the legs.'"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 27, 2009]
There is much more. Read it all.
Good thing the repressive, short-sighted and bloodthirsty Russian regime is aiding the jihad in Iran, eh? This shows how many Muslim hearts and minds that policy is winning for them. Ramadan Mubarak from Chechnya: "Female suicide bomber strikes Chechen capital," by Vitor Vilaskas for AFP, September 16 (thanks to James):
GROZNY, Russia -- Several people were injured on Wednesday when a female suicide bomber blew herself up on the busy central street of Chechnya's capital, undercutting Russia's claims to have restored stability.
Two police and up to six civilians were hurt in the attack on Grozny's newly-restored Putin Street, renamed last year after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and a symbol of the city's reconstruction after war.
Putin Street. Oh, the irony.
"Two policeman from the Chechen interior ministry forces were injured. There are also casualties among civilians," a spokeswoman for the local investigative committee, Mariam Nalayeva, told AFP.
The Interfax news agency said that up to six civilians had been injured but the authorities denied initial reports of fatalities.
The early morning blast was caused by a "middle-aged, female suicide bomber" who approached a police car, she said. Russian news agencies said the bomber's head and other body parts were found at the blast scene....
But Chechnya's strongman president Ramzan Kadyrov denied the region was facing a new security crisis....
"We should not focus only on the North Caucasus. Wahhabism is everyone's problem," he said, referring to the strain of Islam dominant in Saudi Arabia but commonly equated with militant Islam by Russian officials.
"In London people arebblowing [sic] themselves up, and in America -- everywhere they are blowing themselves up," said the leader, known for his outspoken comments....
Sure. Might as well aid the jihad some more, eh? After all, the Western governments are aiding the Palestinians. What could go wrong?
"The man, whose name was withheld, had allegedly notified an imam that the FBI was looking for their Denver pal, and the Muslim leader, in turn, contacted the suspect's family to have them warn him." Was the imam arrested? If not, why not?
Armed anti-terror agents yesterday stormed three Queens homes hunting for bomb-making materials allegedly sought by a suspected "al Qaeda associate" -- a dragnet sparked by President Obama's visit, law-enforcement sources said.
The suspect -- described as a Queens-born man in his late 20s who has an Afghani father -- had been under surveillance by the FBI in Denver, where he lives. But the investigation quickly turned to New York as intelligence indicated he was heading here to obtain bomb-making materials, sources said.
Hiking concerns was the suspected terrorist sympathizer's sudden, suspicious drive in a rental car from Denver to Flushing to visit local contacts as Obama hit town, the sources said....
One New York man was arrested as the emergency search warrants were executed.
The man, whose name was withheld, had allegedly notified an imam that the FBI was looking for their Denver pal, and the Muslim leader, in turn, contacted the suspect's family to have them warn him.
Authorities believe the people whom the "al Qaeda associate" met with locally share Osama bin Laden's hard-core anti-American and radical Islamist ideology, sources said....
Words to live by.
(AGI) - Rome, 16 Sep. "A horrible crime, inhuman, unthinkable, the result of an absurd war of religion that has got inside our home. For this reason I will ask the state prosecutor to allow us to sue for damages, as soon as it begins." This is how the Equal Opportunities minister, Mara Carfagna, has commented on the murder of Sanaa, the 18-year-old Moroccan girl from Pordenone who wanted to live with her Christian boyfriend. "Terrible cases such as this one encourage us to take the path of the 'Italian model' in integrating immigrants. Everyone in Italy must have the right to practice their own faith, but this country can only accept this if it respects human rights, including women's rights, and the laws of the state."
Because the chant is "insulting to Jews." No kidding, really? Even the fact that this had to be discussed is bad enough. Europe is veering close once again to tolerating the intolerable.
"Anti-Jewish football chants are illegal," from Dutch News, September 16 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Yeah, sure, that's it.
The Dutch High Court ruled on Tuesday that the chant 'Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas' is punishable by law because it is insulting to Jews, reports broadcaster Nos.
The case was brought before the High Court by a football supporter who had been sentenced to 80 hours community service and probation of two years by the lower court.
The man refused to accept the judgement saying the chant forms part of the culture surrounding football. 'It is not used with the intention of insulting Jews but to provoke other supporters,' he said in his defence...
Lahore (AsiaNews) - Police used tear gas and charged mourners who had gathered for the funeral of Fanish Masih, the 20-year-old Christian man who was killed in prison during the night of 14 and 15 September. Police justified their action by saying that they wanted to prevent further disturbances during the burial of the young man who died in jail from injuries caused by his jailers.
Nadeem Anthony, a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), told AsiaNews that Fanish was buried today in a Catholic cemetery in Sialkot. Hundreds of mourners took part in the ceremony.Yes, indeed.
Using tear gas, police attacked people present and arrested a number of Christians, the activist said. Many were injured and that the situation went from bad to worse. After news channels began reporting what was happening, several civil society groups staged protests in Lahore.
Tensions remained high throughout yesterday. The young man's family protested; they placed his body in a central street of the town, and demanded that the police officers responsible for his death be arrested.
Local sources report that 13 stores and a number of cars were damaged during the protest, which ended only when senior police officers assured the demonstrators that justice would be done.
The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Catholic Church of Pakistan has firmly condemned the "killing of Fanish in custody."
In a tough statement, Mgr Lawrence John Saldanha and Peter Jacob, respectively chairman and executive secretary of the NCJP, said they "refuse to accept the version of local authorities that he committed suicide spontaneously after he was shifted to jail from police lock up."
Sialkot's District Police Officer Waqar Ahmad Chohan had earlier stated that the deceased, who had been accused of insulting the Qur'an, had committed suicide in jail.
In reality, local Muslims did not like the idea that the young man could have a relationship with Hina Asghar, a young Muslim woman, whose mother is said to have witnessed the act of blasphemy....Yesterday, the Punjab Minority Affairs Minister Kamran Michael said that the police did not handle the case properly. "I have seen the body and there were torture marks on it," he said....
In their statement, Catholic leaders have called on all sections of Pakistani society to realise how dangerous the blasphemy laws are. "For religious minorities these laws have proven to be a catastrophe which can surface anytime, anywhere," Mgr Saldanha and Peter Jacob noted....
"There is no such thing as honor killing" -- Mohamed Bary, Rifqa Bary's father
Tell it to Sanaa Dafani, Mr. Bary. Oh, but you can't, can you?
"Italy: Moroccan man accused of 'honour killing,'" from AKI, September 16 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Rome, 16 Sept. (AKI) - A Moroccan man is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing his 18-year-old daughter to death for falling in love with an older man in a small northern Italian town. Sanaa Dafani was stabbed in the throat while she was sitting in a car with her 31-year-old boyfriend in Montereale Valcellina, northwest of Trieste, late Tuesday.
Her father, El Ketawi Dafani was later detained by police and interrogated overnight. Some Italian news reports said he had made some admissions about being present at the scene of the alleged crime but had also contradicted himself in relation to the evidence.
There is also widespread speculation that El Ketawi Dafani, believed to be a Muslim, objected to religious differences between his daughter and her boyfriend and their plans to live together.
According to media reports, the victim's father blocked the car and threatened his daughter. Her boyfriend Massimo De Biasio tried to protect her from the attack and was injured in an alleged assault from the father....
The case has already drawn comparisons with the controversial murder of a young Pakistani girl, Hina Saleem, who was killed by male relatives in August 2006.
Hina's father Mohammed, confessed to slitting 20-year-old Hina's throat for 'dishonouring the family' because she lived with an Italian man, wore jeans and worked in a pizzeria....
Next Monday, September 21, my ninth and latest book, The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran, will be available from Regnery Publishing.
Those who have seen advance copies love the book:
"This book is an incisive analysis of how Islamic jihadists read the Koran and understand it to be commanding them to wage war against non-Muslims. Military and intelligence analysts, as well as all Americans interested in protecting our freedoms, will find The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran to be a valuable guide to the thought processes and core beliefs of Muslim terrorists." -- Steven Emerson, author of American Jihad
"Governing officials and media spokesmen may ignore Spencer's warnings, but they do so at their own risk, because Islamic jihadists are not ignoring what's in the Koran, and are working to destroy our freedoms in obedience to Koranic dictates. In illuminating for Westerners exactly what the Koran teaches, Spencer has performed a valuable service in the defense of Western civilization against the Islamic jihad." -- Geert Wilders, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Party for Freedom (PVV), the Netherlands
"For 1,400 years Muslim leadership spread misinformation and covered up what is in the Koran, even criminalizing exposing the truth or asking questions. The truth is too scary for many, both Muslims and non-Muslims. I thank Robert Spencer for bringing the truth of what is in the Koran to non-Muslims." -- Nonie Darwish, ex-Muslim and author of Now They Call Me Infidel
"Tony Blair calls the Koran 'progressive [and] humanitarian' but Robert Spencer has actually read the scripture and begs to differ. In an informed, sardonic antidote to the usual soft-peddling of the Koran, he concludes that its actual contents should alarm infidels and prompt them to defend their 'freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the legal equality of all people.'" -- Daniel Pipes, director, Middle East Forum
"Robert Spencer incarnates intellectual courage when, all over the world, governments, intellectuals, churches, universities and media crawl under a hegemonic Universal Caliphate's New Order. His achievement in the battle for the survival of free speech and dignity of man will remain as a fundamental monument to the love of, and the self-sacrifice for, liberty. In our epoch of intellectual jihadism, this honest book is essential to understand the challenges of the twenty-first century." -- Bat Ye'or, author of Eurabia; The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam; and Islam and Dhimmitude
"Unlike most of today's self-styled experts, Robert Spencer won't tell you that 'slay the idolaters wherever you find them' really means 'love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.' In The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran, Spencer shows once again that he is America's most informed, fearless, and compelling voice on modern jihadism, insisting that we come to grips with the words behind the ideology that fuels international terror." -- Andrew C. McCarthy, senior fellow at the National Review Institute and author of Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad.
"Meticulous, comprehensive, indispensable. 'I read the Koran so you don't have to,' Spencer writes--but even for those of us who have read the Koran, this is a richly illuminating work." -- Bruce Bawer, author of Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom and While Europe Slept.
In the West, the "right" of Muslim women to cover their faces is uniformly presented as a civil rights and religious freedom issue. In reality, as this story from the good side of Pakistan's double game shows, it is a security issue. "Pakistani Police Thwart Attack," by Zahid Hussain in the Wall Street Journal, September 16 (thanks to Rosanne):
ISLAMABAD -- Islamic militants clad head-to-toe in women's burqas attempted to attack an oil-storage facility in Karachi, raising fears that insurgents are fleeing northwestern Pakistan and infiltrating the nation's main business hub.
Three gunmen disguised as women tried to enter the high-security terminal used by oil companies late Monday night, Waseem Ahmed, the city police chief, told Pakistani television on Tuesday. Police say they suspect the assailants disguised themselves as women to try to slip past security checkpoints.
Pakistani police officers examined weapons and ammunition left behind by attackers in Karachi, Pakistan, on Tuesday.
When stopped by security guards, the militants opened fire, killing one guard. The assailants fled during a gun battle, leaving behind the burqas, purses and hand grenades.
"We suspect they wanted to carry out a big terrorist attack which our prompt police action thwarted," said Mr. Ahmed in an interview with Geo TV Pakistan....
"Why is it in the penultimate sentence [of this article]: a 'tragedy' that the beneficiaries of Kemalism 'allowed' the army to do what in the ultimate sentence is described as something those same beneficiaries 'ought to have continued'? Something still seems to be missing." -- from a commenter's query here.
It is a "tragedy" -- I am using the word in its current, lazily loose sense -- to have handed over to the upper officer corps of the army the sole responsibility for being the upholder of Kemalism. For when the army is given such a task, the army can easily become the object of widespread resentment on the part of civilians, and can more easily be painted as an oppressive force. And mere force -- while sometimes useful -- cannot in the end enlarge the numbers of those Turks who have the mental freedom to move away, in general attitudes, from the constraints of Islam, even if many of them still call themselves "cultural Muslims," and even if they secretly or openly thank god every day for Ataturk. In the last few decades there have been several -- four? -- military coups by the Turkish army.
After all, the very phrase "military coup" is in bad odor in the West, and generally, that reaction is deserved. Think of all the ambitious colonels, the would-be caudillos of Latin America. For example, there was the unpleasant bully-boy Noriega. There was the unpleasant Pinochet. There have been coups in Guatemala, and Brazil, in Bolivia and Peru. In Honduras, the other day, there was a "military coup" which instantly, knee-jerkishly, was opposed by the O.A.C. and a rushing-to-judgment Obama Administration. In fact, the Honduras coup was one prompted by fears that Zelaya was another potential Chavez -- Morales in Bolivia was a warning -- and Micheletti, his replacement, was a civilian. But the fact of a "military coup" was enough to get things off to a bad start. Then there are all those "military coups" in Africa. Think of Qaddafy, who seized power in 1969, when King Idris went off for medical treatment in the West. And Qaddafy is now celebrating forty years of his daffy Qaddafy-ism. Think of Charles Taylor in Liberia, or Omar Bongo, or Jean-Bedel Bokassa with his peculiar cuisine, or the most infamous of them all, Idi Amin Dada (see "The King of Scotland"), who grew a little tired of rising through the ranks and simply seized murderous control, and as the dictator of Uganda killed hundreds of thousands before retiring to Saudi Arabia where, as a Muslim, he knew he would not be touched. But just think of how the Saudis would have dealt with him if, say, he had converted back to Christianity and, born-again, tearfully confessed his many sins.
"Sarkozy: France certain Iran working on nuclear arms," from AFP, September 16 (thanks to all who sent this in):
French intelligence agencies are certain that Iran is hiding a nuclear weapons program, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday.
"We cannot let Iran acquire nuclear" weapons because it would also be a threat to Israel, Sarkozy said during a meeting at the Elysee presidential palace with lawmakers from his conservative UMP party.
"It is a certainty to all of our secret services. Iran is working today on a nuclear (weapons) program," he said.
The French leader also said he would not "shake the hand of someone who wants to wipe Israel off the map", referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Also Tuesday, US President Barack Obama discussed with Sarkozy ways to bring Iran "into compliance" with UN resolutions on its nuclear program ahead of diplomatic talks, the White House said.
"The two leaders discussed the status of diplomatic efforts to bring Iran into compliance with its international obligations on its nuclear program," a statement said after Obama spoke by telephone Tuesday with Sarkozy....
Good luck with that. Really. You're going to need it.
"Death Sentence for a Muslim Girl," by Jamie Glazov in FrontPageMagazine.com, September 16 (thanks to Looney Tunes):
Gaubatz: [...] I have visited over 200 Islamic Centers throughout America. The vast majority teach the worshippers 'Apostates should be killed' because it is a major sign of disrespect to Allah, the family of the Apostate is dishonored, and it may lead others to leave Islam.
FP: Tell us about some evidence you have of Islamic leaders in America advocating killing Muslims who leave Islam?
Gaubatz: I have never written or verbally stated anything pertaining to Islam that I do not have first-hand evidence to substantiate. This is why I always challenge any Islamic leader to come forward and not simply 'spout' off that Dave Gaubatz is wrong, but instead to indicate the issue I discussed in a sworn affidavit and say what I have said is inaccurate and they would be willing to again swear under oath in a U.S. court of law my statements are incorrect.
Specifically in regards to Apostasy, I request any Islamic scholar or Imam in America to provide a sworn statement under risk of perjury that Rifqa Bary has not committed a major sin and is subject to the death penalty. The scholar should also include in the sworn statement that Rifqa should not have any concerns about other relatives or friends of her father who will seek justice for the father because his daughter dishonored Allah and him. Lastly, I ask any Islamic leader to include in a sworn statement (again under oath and with the penalty of perjury) that they are not aware of any materials used in any U.S. mosques that call for the death of any Muslims who leave Islam.
Jamie, there will be no Islamic leader who will take me up on this offer. Why? Because they would be lying. Not that lying and deception is not conducted on a regular basis by CAIR and ISNA executives, but they will hesitate to do so under the risk of perjury and imprisonment. I will be preparing a sworn affidavit with several references I have obtained from numerous mosques across America (to include Ohio) that clearly state Rifqa and any Muslim who leaves Islam is subject to death.
FP: What about social workers, law enforcement judicial persons, or elected officials who publically state there is no evidence suggesting Rifqa Bary is at risk?
Gaubatz: I will be the first to say the person/persons who state this are very incompetent and do not need to be in a position of authority in regards to protecting the interests of children in America. The person should resign, be fired, and/or be held legally accountable for their clear incompetence that puts a child at risk.
FP: Does CAIR or ISNA support the same ideology that advocates killing anyone who leaves, oppresses, or dishonors Islam? Again, do you have evidence supporting this?
Gaubatz: Not only do CAIR and ISNA executives condone and support this type action, but leaders from MANA (Siraj Wahhaj), and MSA do as well. Yes, there is an enormous amount of evidence to show these leaders who are supposed to be representative of Islam, do advocate killing Muslim like Rifqa Bary who have ultimately dishonored Islam. Possibly FP readers could respectfully and professionally ask CAIR's Executive Director Nihad Awad if he is aware of any material distributed/used by CAIR or any U.S. Islamic Center that condones killing Rifqa Bary and people like her for their actions. Again he should do so in a sworn affidavit to law enforcement and the public as I will.
Jamie, what readers should focus on right now is that there are several Muslim U.S. politicians who are very much aware that Rifqa Bary and numerous other children are also at risk. One should be asking why they are not standing up for this child. Again the reason is because nothing or no one comes before Islam, not even an innocent child if they dishonor the religion.
For several years I have informed the public there are Islamic leaders throughout America who advocate the death penalty for Apostates. The Islamic leaders will not stand at the podium during Friday Jummah (prayers/talk) and verbally tell their worshippers to kill their daughters if they leave Islam and convert to Christianity, but they will fill their libraries and bookstores with exactly this insutrction [sic].
FP: You mentioned you will be providing on your website, daveg.us, several references from materials you have been provided and recommended to study by Islamic leaders from several U.S. mosques in regards to apostasy, but can you provide the readers one such reference now, and where you obtained it?
Gaubatz: Over the last three years I have conducted extensive research at Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va. Islamic leaders and some of their worshippers provided me materials to understand 'Pure Islam'. One such manual is "The Hudud" (Mandatory Punishments for specific crimes). The Arabic word for Apostasy is 'Riddah'. Below are a few quotes from the manual recommended to me to study Islam and how to be a good and pure Muslim. Note: In 2007, I went through a 'pseudo' conversion (revert) to Islam at Dar Al Hijrah in order to obtain more in depth first-hand intelligence. A popular Islamic leader Yusef Estes was visiting Dar Al Hijrah and was my witness to the conversion. My complete discussion with Estes will be made available on my site as well.
From the Hudud:
 "Death for hudd punishment for riddah (apostasy).
 "Whoever renounces his religion, kill him."
 "The Muslim who converts his religion, kill him."
Nowhere in the manual obtained in Virginia does it inform a Muslim father to not kill their daughter in America if she were to leave Islam (as Rifqa Bary did). No where does it inform the Muslim reader to not seek death for the Islamic sin of apostasy. Contrary, the manual does state there is no "obedience due to" any state or ruler who contradicts the laws of Allah....
Pakistan's double game admitted. And the solution to this in Washington will no doubt be...give them more money!
"Musharraf admits US aid diverted," from the BBC, September 14 (thanks to Slothy):
Former president Pervez Musharraf says the US military aid given to Pakistan during his tenure was used to strengthen defences against India.
The money was used to arm the troops who moved with their equipment from the western border to the east based on the perceived threats, he said.
The US gave $10bn dollars to Pakistan to fight the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
In 2007, Pakistan rejected a report which said it had used $5bn on weapons systems designed to fight India.
Pakistan's military had described the New York Times report as "nonsense".
"Wherever there is a threat to Pakistan, we will use it [equipment provided by the US] there. If the threat comes from al-Qaeda or Taliban, it will be used there. If the threat comes from India, we will most surely use it there," Mr Musharraf told Pakistan's Express News television channel.
"There is nothing like this equipment has come from the US and must only be used against Taliban, or that equipment has come from China and must be used against this or that," he added....
Yet he grants that the U.S. might be angry -- a strange admission in light of his claim that the money was not earmarked for any particular purpose:
Mr Musharraf said he did not care if this diversion of aid angered the US.
"Whoever wishes to be angry, let them be angry, why should we bother? We have to maintain our security, and the Americans should know, and the whole world should know that we won't compromise our security, and will use the equipment everywhere."...
This is the first time Pakistan has admitted to diverting the US aid to strengthen its defences against India.
In the past, Pakistan's army has dismissed claims that aid from the US had been misappropriated.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case -- so named by the Justice Department. CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR's cofounder and longtime Board chairman, as well as its chief spokesman, have made Islamic supremacist statements.
Florida law enforcement officials should have shunned this unsavory group. Instead, they let them supervise their investigation. Is it any surprise, then, that the FDLE found no evidence of abuse?
"Terror front CAIR supervised police interview of Rifqa Bary's parents on abuse allegations," from the Jawa Report, September 14:
A report by the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement (FDLE) that has been sealed by the court investigating the Rifqa Bary abuse and honor killing allegations is set to be released today. While the report is still sealed, we can report based on law enforcement sources who have read the report that the FDLE interview of Rifqa's parents was supervised by Hamas front organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to my sources, this is what the report says:
"FDLE/DCF Investigators were accompanied to the Bary residence by Sgt. John Hurst of the Columbus P.D. Child Abuse Squad. The residence is located in an apartment complex. Mr. Babak Darvish, Executive Director of the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Columbus and Mr. Romin Iqbal, Staff Attorney for CAIR OHIO were present. Investigators interviewed Mr. Bary in a non-custodial setting."
What makes this decision by FDLE and the FL Dept of Children and Families to allow CAIR - who is not a party to the legal dispute and has not notified the court that they are representing the Barys in any legal capacity - is that FDLE/DCF conducted a three and a half hour interrogation of Rifqa, the victim in this case, without her attorney and guardian ad litem being present. We reported on that revelation 10 days ago....CAIR's bloody fingerprints have been all over this case while they have remained behind the scenes. As we noted on August 21st, a source who attended a CAIR strategy session on the Rifqa case had stated that CAIR intended to push the story that Rifqa had been abducted and brainwashed by a Christian cult.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist ought to be ashamed to allow his FDLE and DCF goons behave in such an unprofessional and grossly political manner. Crist has clearly endorsed FDLE/DCF's conduct all in order to whitewash this investigation and send Rifqa back to her family and place her back in harm's way to placate the gods of political correctness and to avoid jeopardizing his US Senate race next year. Here's the contact information for Crist and DCF if you would like to tell them what you think about their handling of this case:
Governor Charlie Crist's office: Phone: (850) 488-4441, (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801
Florida Department of Children and Family:
George H. Sheldon, Secretary
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Building 1, Room 202
Phone: (850) 487-1111
Fax: (850) 922-2993
This Hate Mailer, like so many others, assumes that I am Jewish (in reality, I do not have that honor). This is because his Koran tells him that the Jews will be the worst enemies of the believers (5:82), and he believes that by telling the truth about jihad and Islamic supremacism, I have become an enemy to the Muslims.
Note also that there are several veiled threats in this one. He refers to Ka'b bin Ashraf, who was murdered by Muhammad's men -- on the Muslim prophet's order -- for writing derogatory verse about Muhammad and the Muslims. At the oasis Khaybar, Muhammad led a massacre of the Jewish farmers whom he had previously exiled to that place, apparently to provide booty to his men after he had disappointed them by agreeing to unfavorable terms in the Treaty of Hudaibiyya. Muhammad massacred between 600 and 900 men of the Banu Qurayzah, a Jewish tribe of Medina, after he came to believe that they had betrayed him.
Hope you are good.
I have read your stuff on jihadwatch a few times this month but it has raised a few questions that i hope you could answer.
since you are an israeli-american (i presume from your looks in your photo) why are you guys (israeli americans) always resisting the truthful movements throughout history.
You opposed Jesus, moses and all the truthful men of history. And Now you are opposing Muhammad (may God's peace be upon him) You are well aware of how your brethrens in Medina gave the prophet a hard time organising the ignorant and clueless arabs against the messenger of God (remember ka'ab ashraf and his fate?) But you were defeated, of course? rememeber khaibar and tribe of quraidha?
Are you guys agents of satan? Are you guys intrinsically evil (i mean i can understand if you tell me that you cant help it being hateful of truth) are you just doing your job? i am beginning to suspect (i may be wrong of course) that the divine purpose of ethnic israelis is to propagate evil. You know in this world there is an eternal battle between good and evil and you guys are just doing your job, taking orders from Mr. satan?
now i got it. i understand where you are coming and the rest of us better be doing our job too (jihad against people like you)
September 15, 2009
Thereby giving the global jihad a tremendous moral boost. More reckless dhimmitude and antisemitism from the UN: "Goldstone Report Empowers Terrorists," by Judith Apter Klinghoffer for History News Network, September 15:
There is evidence that both the Israeli army and Palestinian militants committed war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity, during the recent conflict over the Gaza Strip, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
International terror just received an amazing shot in the arm. A UN appointed committee has placed Israel and Hamas on the same moral/legal plane. By so doing, it has further increased the effectiveness of the terrorist strategy of using human shields.
What can be more beneficial to a Hamas, Taliban or Al Qaeda terrorist than surrounding himself/herself with captive, innocent civilians, especially women and children? Hence, the best location for a terrorist hideout is a hospital or, at least, a school. On the unlikely event that such a placement would fail to prevent a targeted killing, it would, at the very least, further his cause by undermining the moral, legal and, perhaps, even economic well being of the state seeking to defend its citizens. For such collateral damage is bound to bring down on such state (Israel, US, NATO members, etc.,) the wrath of the so called international human rights community.
In other words, Goldstone and company are insuring that terrorist organization such as Hamas no longer have a strategic interest in harming only as many Israelis as they can but also as many Palestinians as they are able....
Noise ordinances and common sense win out this time. But it might not be too long before non-Muslims will simply have to get used to being awakened before dawn during Ramadan. To complain about the noise would be "Islamophobic." After all, remember that when the local authorities in Hamtramck, Michigan, voted to amend the noise ordinances to allow for the Islamic call to prayer over loudspeakers, Masud Khan, a local mosque official, said that the Muslims were going to broadcast the call to prayer over loudspeakers anyway, regardless of the outcome of the vote. No non-Muslim observers or analysts seemed interested in the implications of that.
"Giving Ramadan a Drumroll in Brooklyn at 4 A.M.," by Kirk Semple for the New York Times, September 13 (thanks to Denise):
A few hours before dawn, when most New Yorkers are fast asleep, a middle-aged man rolls out of bed in Brooklyn, dons a billowy red outfit and matching turban, climbs into his Lincoln Town Car, drives 15 minutes, pulls out a big drum and -- there on the sidewalk of a residential neighborhood -- starts to play.
The man, Mohammad Boota, is a Ramadan drummer. Every morning during the holy month, which ends on Sept. 21, drummers stroll the streets of Muslim communities around the world, waking worshipers so they can eat a meal before the day's fasting begins.
But New York City, renowned for welcoming all manner of cultural traditions, has limits to its hospitality. And so Mr. Boota, a Pakistani immigrant, has spent the past several years learning uncomfortable lessons about noise-complaint hot lines, American profanity and the particular crankiness of non-Muslims rousted from sleep at 3:30 a.m.
"Everywhere they complain," he said. "People go, like, 'What the hell? What you doing, man?' They never know it's Ramadan."...
They never know it's Ramadan? Well, they better get with it!
An update on this story. "Queens terror raids part of FBI probe into Denver-based cell plotting attack on 9/11 scale," by James Gordon Meek, Simone Weichselbaum, Rocco Parascandola and Larry Mcshane for the New York Daily News, September 15 :
A suspected Al Qaeda cell - the first uncovered in the U.S. since 9/11 - drew round-the-clock FBI surveillance Tuesday as authorities said they thwarted its plans for a major terror attack.
Scores of FBI agents inundated Denver as they closed the noose on the five-man cabal with ties to World Trade Center mastermind Osama Bin Laden's terrorist group, sources told the Daily News.
One of the suspects visited New York last week toting bomb-making plans after a trip to Pakistan - home to most of Al Qaeda's leadership, sources said.
The massive federal response was "an indication of just how serious a threat they see this as," said Frances Townsend, former counterterrorism adviser to ex-President George W. Bush.
Multiple sources told The News the FBI believes it has uncovered an Al Qaeda cell for the first time since 9/11, prompting the huge response.
"The FBI is seriously spooked about these guys," a former senior counterterrorism official told The News. "This is not some ... FBI informant-driven case. This is the real thing."
Najibullah Zazi, seen last week praying and chatting with other worshipers at the Masjid Hazrat-I-Abu Bakr Islamic Center in Queens, was one of the quintet under intense scrutiny, sources said.
He recently traveled to Pakistan, where Al Qaeda's major leaders - including Bin Laden - remain hunkered down.
Zazi - known around the mosque as "Naji" - ran a coffee and doughnut cart in Manhattan before moving to suburban Denver this year, other members of the center said Tuesday.
He was described as a religious man, sporting a long, bushy beard, who hailed from eastern Afghanistan.
A religious man? You mean...yet another Misunderstander of Islam?
Interviewed outside Denver, Zazi said he knows he is under investigation but is innocent.
Zazi apparently lived recently in the same Flushing neighborhood where FBI agents swarmed into three apartments this week, bashing down doors and carrying search warrants seeking bomb-making materials.
"I didn't know what he was up to," said mosque President Abdulrahman Jalili, 58, after he was contacted by the FBI about Zazi. "Islam is against terrorism. It is a religion of peace."
What did they expect him to say -- "Yes, I taught Zazi everything he knows about jihad"?
A curious story. I mean, what did they expect? "Taleban, Qaeda exploit youths going to Afghanistan for 'Jihad,'" from Arab Times, September 14 (thanks to James):
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 14: The Public Prosecution has completed investigations into the so-called Kuwaiti Jihadists in Afghanistan who go to fight the foreign troops, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting knowledgeable sources.
The sources added Kuwaiti youths who are being lured into fighting the US and coalition troops in Afghanistan in the name of jihad get shocked when they find themselves serving the Taleban or al-Qaeda network members and acting as human shields for them.
The report added these youths are placed on the frontlines which simply mean members of al-Qaeda and Taleban do not really believe in jihad because they fear death....
A sound Koranic principle. "Say (O Muhammad): O ye who are Jews! If ye claim that ye are favoured of Allah apart from (all) mankind, then long for death if ye are truthful" -- Qur'an 62:6.
Jakarta - Some Indonesians expressed dismay Tuesday after the parliament in the staunchly Muslim province of Aceh approved an Islamic crime bill that allows stoning-to-death for adulterers.
The provincial legislative council on Monday adopted the bill by acclamation despite criticism by human rights groups opposed to some of its harsh provisions.
Under the new law, a married person convicted of committing adultery could be stoned to death, while an unmarried person would face up to 100 lashes, according to media reports.
Homosexual acts are punishable by 100 lashes or a maximum eight years in jail....
But surely Pat Robertson poses a far greater threat, eh wot?
Experts said the provision on adultery would be difficult to implement. Under Islam, it requires four witnesses who saw the alleged offender in the act to prove adultery has taken place.
'I guarantee the by-law respects the rights of suspected offenders since one cannot just accuse others of committing adultery, as one who levels a false accusation is to be lashed 80 times,' Bachrom Rasyid, who chaired a committee deliberating the bill, was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Globe daily....'This law will make people afraid to visit Aceh. It's medieval and stupid,' said Indah Sari, a Jakarta resident who said she was a devout Muslim.
Perhaps making people afraid to visit Aceh was part of the point.
The Aceh government, led by former separatist rebel Irwandi Yusuf, said it would not implement the law.
'It's final that the Aceh administration would not enforce stoning for Islamic sharia violators,' Aceh deputy governor Muhammad Nazar was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post daily.
'In Islam, the law must protect its citizens' human rights,' he reportedly said.
That's a start.
The first caning for alcohol was of a Malaysian model. And now, a year in jail and six strokes of the cane for a little samsu. What fun these Islamic court judges will have when they're let loose in Europe. Sharia Alert: "Jail, caning for drinking," by Elizabeth Looi for the Straits Times, September 16 (thanks to Block Ness):
KUALA LUMPUR - AN INDONESIAN Muslim man has become the first foreigner in Malaysia to be sentenced by a syariah court to be caned and jailed for drinking alcohol.
The sentence was handed down by the same Islamic court judge who caused a national furore recently after he sentenced a Malaysian Muslim woman to be caned when she was caught drinking.
In this case, Indonesian national Nazarudin Kamaruddin, 46, was ordered on Monday by the Pahang Syariah High Court to spend a year in jail and receive six strokes of the rotan.
The odd-job worker is a Malaysian permanent resident. He was caught drinking samsu, a locally distilled alcoholic beverage, on Aug 27.
The judge, Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohd Yunos, sparked a bitter debate in Malaysia after he sentenced Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, a 32-year-old mother of two, to be caned for drinking beer.
The New Straits Times newspaper on Tuesday quoted the judge as saying after sentencing Nazarudin: 'The sentence meted out to him is not meant as punishment but to serve as a lesson.'...But the Indonesian Embassy, when contacted, believes the case would not further anger Indonesians.
'No, Indonesians will not be angry because we also have whipping punishment back home in the Aceh province for adultery, drinking alcohol and robbery,' said head of chancery and consular affairs Suryana Sastradiredja.
He said that Malaysia's syariah law applied to 'locals' - citizens and permanent residents - and not to tourists.
Then why is Nazarudin being caned?
This would be a superb strategy, since Wilders doesn't say anything about Islam that hardline imams don't say. Geert Wilders Trial Update. "Wilders' discrimination case in January," from Dutch News, September 14 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The trial of MP Geert Wilders, who is accused of discrimination and inciting hatred, will begin in January in Amsterdam, two months before the local elections.
Wilders has denied the charges and said at the weekend he wanted to put Islam on trial. 'That is why I am considering calling on radical imams and other idiots as witnesses,' he told the Telegraaf.
This January, the public prosecution department said Wilders should face charges, a decision which was upheld by the high court in May.
Meanwhile, Wilders has accused US president Barack Obama of 'closing his eyes to the great dangers of Islamisation'.
In an interview with website nu.nl, Wilders likened Obama to the British prime minister Neville Chamberlain who signed the Munich agreement with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in 1938. That agreement permitted the German annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
'It is a tough comparison, but he is pursuing a dangerous, naive and irresponsible policy,' Wilders said.
Winning hearts and minds. The French are hoping, of course, that this kind of treatment will blunt the force of the jihad against France. But this manifests -- yet again -- ignorance of the jihad doctrine. The Qur'an and Sunnah mandate that Muslims must wage war against unbelievers simply because they are unbelievers. It makes no exception for unbelievers who are kind to Muslims. "France Army Organizes Hajj Trips," from IslamOnline.net (thanks to Creeping Sharia):
CAIRO -- For Mohamed-Ali Bouharb, the soul-searching journey of hajj he plans to embark on this year will be exceptional, since the Muslim soldier will be traveling all the way to the holy sites on a special trip provided by the army of the secular European country.
"The army is always in advance of society," a jubilant Captain Bouharb told the Globe & Mail on Tuesday, September 15.
For this year's hajj, Muslims in the French army who will go on the journey to Saudi Arabia will not have to travel on private commercial flights with ordinary civilians.
In a break from tradition, the Defense Ministry will provide its Muslim soldiers a plane to fly them and organize their stay.
The new hajj journey is the first to be sponsored by the army for Muslim personnel.
Longtime before, the army has sponsored annual trips for its soldiers to Catholic shrines in Lourdes with its long history of bonds with the Catholic Church.
Soldiers and officers willing to embark on the hajj journey next November would pay about €3,000, an amount less than most private travel agenci