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Saturday, December 20, 2014

"...Syrians would make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees coming to the U.S., as resettlement agencies were lobbying for the U.S. to accept at least 75,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years"

It's not Mexicans anymore we need be concerned about.  How many of these 75,000 are jihadists, and is anybody asking that question.  How will the vetting process work, and if it is based on truthful answers only and no actual background check, we are in for a passel of trouble.

This is not a good thing for the US.

Thanks to "NS" for the tip.

From WND December 11 by Leo Hohmann

U.N. sending thousands of Muslims to America

The federal government is preparing for another “surge” in refugees and this time they won’t be coming illegally from Central America.

The U.S. State Department announced this week that the first major contingent of Syrian refugees, 9,000 of them, have been hand-selected by the United Nations for resettlement into communities across the United States.

The announcement came Tuesday on the State Department’s website.

WND reported in September that Syrians would make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees coming to the U.S., as resettlement agencies were lobbying for the U.S. to accept at least 75,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.

Until now, the U.S. had accepted only 300 of the more than 3.2 million refugees created by the Syrian civil war in which ISIS, El Nusra and other Sunni Muslim jihadist rebels are locked in a protracted battle with the Shiite regime of Bashar al-Assad.

But the U.S. government has been the most active of all nations in accepting Islamic refugees from other war-torn countries, such as Iraq, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Now, the Syrians will be added to the mix. They are cleared for refugee status by the U.N. high commissioner on refugees (UNHCR), who assigns them to various countries. Once granted refugee status by the U.N. they are screened by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for any ties to terrorist organizations.

The State Department announcement makes it clear that the 9,000 refugees represent just the beginning of an extended program to accept more Syrians.

“The United States accepts the majority of all UNHCR referrals from around the world. Last year, we reached our goal of resettling nearly 70,000 refugees from nearly 70 countries. And we plan to lead in resettling Syrians as well,” the statement reads. “We are reviewing some 9,000 recent UNHCR referrals from Syria. We are receiving roughly a thousand new ones each month, and we expect admissions from Syria to surge in 2015 and beyond.”

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Breaking Report: The Islamic State has kidnapped Santa Clause

Islamic State's photoshopped image of Santa held hostage



If the picture is real, it would appear the Islamic State has pulled off the biggest coup since the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.

Seriously, this is another way to mock and demean non-believers and it shows that they understand the power of social media.

Don't worry, kids, Santa will be dropping presents on Christmas eve.

From the Clarion Project December 18 by Ryan Mauro

Islamic State Mocks US With Photoshopped Santa Held Hostage

Islamic State members and supporters online are distributing a photoshopped image of Santa Claus being held hostage by the group. The dark humor and heavy sarcasm of Islamic State (ISIS) supporters define its aggressive social media campaigns that position the group as the “cool” successor to the out-of-style Al-Qaeda.

It is unconfirmed if the original source was created by an Islamic State member/supporter, though an intelligence source involved in monitoring extremist online activity believes it was. Nonetheless, Islamic State supporters have happily been posting it and using it to mock the U.S. and Christmas.

Celebrating Christmas is viewed as heresy or even blasphemy, which is punishable by death under sharia law by some Islamists. Muslims believe that Christianity contradicts the singularity of God by believing that Jesus was the Son of God, instead of limiting him to an admirable prophet.

Islamic attitudes towards Christmas celebrations greatly vary, even among Islamists.

Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawicondemns public celebrations of Christmas in Muslim countries, including the displaying of Christmas decorations with no overt religious meaning.

IslamWeb, a pro-Qaradawi website, has a fatwa against celebrating Christmas that orders Muslims to “try to get your children out of the holiday spirit by spending quality time with them, by traveling with them (if possible), and by decreasing their exposure to the holiday influence on TV and in shopping malls.”

The webpage for that fatwa also references Muzammil Siddiqi, a founder of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and current chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America. He says “Muslim families should not have Christmas trees in their homes, nor should they put up lights inside or outside their homes at this time.”

A radical California-based group named the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) has a fatwa permitting Muslims to exchange gifts on Christmas with relatives and friends as long as the non-Muslims understand that they are not celebrating the holiday. Another fatwa bans saying “Merry Christmas.”

Yet another AMJA fatwa says Muslims cannot sell Christmas decorations or play Christmas music. Any business transactions related to Christmas must have their profit donated to charity and Muslims need to try to find another job if their place of employment refuses to stop playing the music. Muslims are permitted to stay if they cannot find another job.

For more extreme and intolerant groups like the Islamic State, the mythology of Santa Claus is even offensive, even though Santa is not a reflection of Christianity but rather the more secular aspects of the holiday.

Islamists often believe that Jesus will return with the Islamic messiah, called the Mahdi, to defeat infidel forces and implementsharia around the globe. The prophecies state that Jesus will destroy a cross in order to debunk Christianity, thereby absorbing the faith into Islam.

When Al-Qaeda and other Islamist terrorists talk about "breaking the cross," it is a reference to this prophecy about Jesus. The Islamic State goes further and argues that it is fulfilling prophecy andtriggering this End Times conflict....


Friday, December 19, 2014

North Carolina High School accused of proselytizing for Islam

Watch the video by Dianne Lynn Savage and decide for yourself.  She makes a very cogent remark when she asks when the last time was that we heard a school talking about God, or Jesus, of Buddha. The answer, of course is not in the recent past, as any talk of Christianity, or Judaism, or even Buddhism, unless it is in the strictest framework of non-secularism, is not allowed.  

The point here is; do we want the schools to teach one religion over another, and in such a way as to whitewash what that religion it really is?

From WNCT December 19

New Details: Viral video alleges Pitt Co. high school promoting Islam

GREENVILLE, N.C. -Pitt County Schools has responded to a viral video that alleges a Farmville Central lesson plan is promoting Mohamad and Islam.

The video, created by Dianne Lynn Savage, asserts that the plan is a vocabulary lesson for the eastern North Carolina high school. In it, Savage urges the audience to share the video as widely as possible and to not ‘just sit back and allow this'.Brock Letchworth, the spokesperson for Pitt County Schools, said Friday afternoon that school officials looked into the matter and released the following statement about the lesson plan, " Late last night, it was brought to our attention that there were questions about a vocabulary assignment in a senior English class at Farmville Central High School. The course is designed to accompany the world literature text, which emphasizes culture in literature.

Concerns expressed to us were related to the religious nature of sentences providing vocabulary words in context. After an investigation, we discovered that the vocabulary lesson was taken directly from a state-adopted supplemental workbook published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. This workbook includes a series of weekly vocabulary lessons, and the lessons are used to teach vocabulary in context. Lessons are divided into a trio of topics including expression, civilization, and the environment. This particular lesson was pulled from the civilization section of the workbook.Our school system understands all concerns related to proselytizing, and there is no place for it in our instruction. However, this particular lesson was one of many the students in the class have had and will have that expose them to the various religions and how they shape cultures throughout the world.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Islamic State beheads 150 women for not marrying jihadists




More terror from the religion of peace.  Our dear leaders tell us Islam is a religion of peace, and that these beheadings have nothing to do with the peaceful, inclusive and moderate Islam.  If that is so, how do these jihadists keep misunderstanding their religion?  What are they not getting?

The barbarity knows no bounds, and neither did Muhammad.

From ZeeNews December 17

ISIS beheads 150 females, including pregnant women, for refusing to marry terrorists
Baghdad: As the world along with Pakistan mourns the death of children killed in the dastardly carried out terrorist attack in an army-run school in Peshawar by Taliban, reports of more violence from another brutal terror group have emerged.

Islamic State militants have reportedly beheaded at least 150 women, some of them pregnant, for refusing to marry them.

Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights, in a statement released, said that the women in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar were attacked by the Islamic State terrorists and were later buried in mass graves in Fallujah.

"At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage," the statement said.

Last month, at least 50 men, women and children were executed by the IS members in a tribe massacre in the village of Ras al-Maa.

According to reports, the militants lined them up and shot them dead in public.

ISIS had also recently published a pamphlet guiding its members on how to capture, keep and sexually abuse female slaves.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Jihad Update: jihadist and two others killed as police rescue hostages




It is over, and three are dead.  The jihadist is a known self-proclaimed imam who has tangled with police in the past, and he was currently under probation for previous offenses.  Watch for the media spinning this as a mental problem of other excuses, and wait for the media to start talking about backlash against Muslims, making sure we see them as the victims.

From Yahoo News December 15 by Hamish MacDonald, Dan Good, Rym Momtaz and Meghan Keneally

Gunman and Two Others Dead in Sydney Hostage Crisis

A gunman holding captives in a Sydney chocolate shop and two of his hostages have been killed, Australian police confirmed.

The suspect had previously been identified as Man Monis by local news reports, and the manner in which he died still remains unclear but New South Wales police have confirmed his death. The identities of the two others killed were not immediately revealed.

Police stormed the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in the early hours of Tuesday morning, local time, and three injuries have been reported, including one policeman.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said that the decision to enter the premises came after they heard gunshots coming from inside. Scipione also confirmed that, in total, Monis had been holding 17 people hostage, though up to 12 of those individuals had been able to get out of the store before police began their assault.

Scipione and New South Wales Premier Mike Baird said that Monis was a "lone gunman" and no explosives had been found in the area surrounding the Lindt Chocolat Cafe.

"We have lost some of our own in an attack we never thought we would see here in our own city," Baird said at a news conference Tuesday morning, local time.

Explosions of what were believed to be flash bang grenades were heard when police stormed the shop and while there were many loud noises, it is not clear if or how many shots were fired by either police or Monis during the face off.

At 10:19 a.m. ET, a group of at least seven heavily armed police officers went into the Lindt cafe under the cover of loud bangs of what local news Channel 9 is calling stun grenades. Shortly after the police stormed the café, at least two hostages emerged, looking visibly shaken.

A few minutes later, a few paramedics were seen entering the café behind police officers with medical packs -- followed by at least two stretchers. The explosive police action came shortly after a new wave of hostages emerged from the shop.

Monis was believed to be a self-proclaimed Islamic "sheikh" who is known to Australian police because he was allegedly involved in dozens of counts of sexual assault, according to Australia's 9News.

He was born in Iran as Manteghi Bourjerdi and migrated to Australia in 1996, according to the station.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Breaking Report: Jihad in Australia: Islamic State takes hostages, attacks Sydney Opera House




It has been coming for a while but all in charge denied Islam was a problem.  Now we have the Islamic State attacking civilians in Australia, taking hostages and generating terror.  The story is breaking now, more details as the happen.

From CBS December 14

Hostages held in downtown Sydney; Islamic flag displayed

SYDNEY, Australia - A hostage situation was unfolding in downtown Sydney on Monday morning, as an apparent gunman entered a cafe and later a black flag with white Arabic writing could be seen in the window, according to multiple reports.

Reports from Austrialian media differed as to the number of hostages, one reported that there could be as many as 20 held by a lone gunman.

Australia has been a vocal backer of the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has raised fears of reprisal attacks everywhere. The building where the standoff is taking place reportedly holds the U.S. Consulate and offices of former Prime Minister John Howard.

Several people inside a chocolate shop could be seen through the windows with their hands held in the air.

New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the shop or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the store's windows showed several people with their arms in the air and hands pressed against the glass.

The footage showed two people inside the Lindt chocolate shop holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it. It was not immediately clear what the flag said.

The cafe is located in Martin Place, a plaza in the heart of the city's financial and shopping district that is packed with holiday shoppers this time of year. It is home to the state premier's office, the Reserve Bank of Australia, and the headquarters of two of the nation's largest banks. The state parliament house is a few blocks away.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ted Cruz: "You cannot win a war on radical Islamic terrorism with an administration unwilling to utter the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism'"

Thank you Sen. Cruz.  If only more politicians would speak the truth we would have an easier time dealing with the expansion of Islam in the West.  It is also about time someone in Washington called out the President and his policy of refusing to speak about Islam in less than glowing terms.

From the Washington Free Beacon December 2

BEASTMODE Cruz: You Can’t Defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism if Admin Can’t Utter Those Words

Straight-shooter Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) went BEASTMODE on Obama Tuesday when he called the president out for not calling terrorism what it really is: terrorism.

OK, he should have said jihad, but it's a start.

Cruz noted the Obama administrations reluctance to call the Ft. Hood shootings by Nadal Hassan a terrorist act, even when it has been established that Hassan was in communication with radical Islamists. The administration simply referred to the shootings as “workplace violence,” Cruz said.

“That is Orwellian doublespeak,” Cruz said. “You cannot win a war on radical Islamic terrorism with an administration unwilling to utter the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’”

Jihad plot against Oprah in 2009 revealed




Well, this doesn't surprise me, as Oprah is a well known celebrity worldwide, so her death at the hands of Islam would certainly be a coup.  It is interesting that it just being revealed now.

From Judicial Watch December 1

Oprah Targeted in Foiled Terror Bomb Plot

The Chicago studios of talk-show superstar Oprah Winfrey and the iconic “Sears Tower” (renamed Willis Tower) were the targets of a terrorist truck-bomb plot in 2009. But initially unbeknownst to federal authorities, two of the conspirators recently were arrested for unrelated state crimes in different parts of the country. The alleged bombers targeted Ms. Winfrey’s Harpo Studios because they resented her popularity and power, while the tower was selected because of its obvious landmark status. The bomb plot itself, planned in 2009, was inspired by militant Islamist hatred of American military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to law enforcement and other sources interviewed by Judicial Watch.

Sources requested anonymity for fear of reprisal by terrorist bomb-plotter associates, as well as retaliation from embarrassed federal law enforcement agents who apparently mismanaged the subsequent counterterrorism case.

The alleged bomb plotters were based in El Paso, Texas and included two longtime friends and associates currently jailed for recent state crimes. They are:
Emad Karakrah, currently held in Cook County, Illinois Jail on charges of making a false car bomb threat after leading police on a high-speed chase through Chicago with an ISIS flag waving from his car on August 28, 2014. Karakrah sought a plea bargain conference with Judge Evelyn Clay during his last court appearance on November 17, 2014. Karakrah’s public defender stated that she was waiting on additional discovery documents and an assistant state’s attorney disclosed that she was “looking for an FBI report.” Karakrah’s case was continued until December 3, 2014. It is not clear why Karakrah is not in federal custody pending terrorism charges.
Hector Pedroza Huerta is an illegal alien currently held in the El Paso County Jail. On August 13, Huerta was arrested in El Paso for driving intoxicated, a crime he has been twice convicted of (in 2009 and 2011). The feds quickly took over, charging him for the third time in five years with “reentry of a deported alien,” court records show. A federal magistrate judge granted the government’s order to hold Huerta without bond on August 19 and a few weeks later Huerta pleaded not guilty to the immigration charges, according to court records obtained by JW. But on October 7 Huerta was granted a “rearraignment” that ended up getting reset to October 9. At that “rearraignment” the illegal alien changed his plea to guilty, court records show. He is scheduled for sentencing on December 16 at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 422 at the U.S. District Courthouse in El Paso. Like his friend, Karakrah, it is unclear why Huerta is not facing federal conspiracy charges associated with the Chicago bomb plot. U.S. District Court Judge Frank Montalvo, handling Huerta’s sentencing, had previously presided over one of Huerta’s prior immigration cases (in 2009);

Judicial Watch sources detail that the other conspirators in the 2009 Chicago truck bomb plot are:
“Omar,” a male in his late-50s to early-60s, of Arabic ethnicity, who drove a taxi and had an ownership interest in a used car dealership and a gas station in suburban El Paso;
Two of the FBI’s “most wanted” terrorists: Jaber A. Elbaneh and Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah (a/k/a: “Javier Robles”); and, Other, unidentified conspirators.

The plot called for the use of a U-Haul-style trailer, as well as a delivery-style “step van,” that was purchased at auction in El Paso, Texas. Sources say the bombs were constructed with the plastic explosive C-4 and Tannerite, a binary explosive of ammonium nitrate and aluminum designed for detonation by means of a high-velocity firearms cartridge. Officials believe the C-4 explosives were obtained from Fort Bliss, the sprawling US Army base in El Paso, and the Tannerite was brought into the United States from Mexico.Federal law enforcement officials and Illinois police reportedly interdicted the bombers before they arrived in Chicago, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. It is not clear if federal law enforcement officials were entirely successful in exploiting intelligence opportunities presented by the foiled bomb plot.

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Boo Freakin Hoo: Jihadists in the Islamic State want to come home, their IPod is broken

I guess they have found out that war is hell, even for the righteous.

From The Telegraph December 2 by Harriet Alexander

Jihadists in Syria write home to France: 'My iPod is broken. I want to come back'

Letters from French jihadists home to their parents have revealed the misery, boredom and fear suffered by Islamist recruits as the gloss fades from their big adventure.

In a series of letters seen by Le Figaro newspaper, some of the 376 French currently fighting in Syria have begged for advice on how to return. Others have complained that, rather than participating in a noble battle, they have been acting as jihadi dogsbodies.

"I've basically done nothing except hand out clothes and food," wrote one, who wants to return from Aleppo. "I also help clean weapons and transport dead bodies from the front. Winter's arrived here. It's begun to get really hard."

Another writes: "I'm fed up. They make me do the washing up."

One Frenchman whinged that he wanted to come home because he was missing the comforts of life in France.

"I'm fed up. My iPod doesn't work any more here. I have to come back."

A third wrote fearfully: "They want to send me to the front, but I don't know how to fight."

Others were concerned, more prosaically, about the nationality of their baby, which was born in Syria and so not recognised by the French state.

And Le Figaro said that, among Islamist commanders, it had been noticed that some of the French were beginning to want to leave. One Frenchman was rumoured to have been beheaded when he explained to the emir that he wanted to follow his friend who had already left.

"Everyone knows that, the longer these people stay there, the worse it will be because having watched or committed attrocities, they become ticking time bombs," said one lawyer, quoted in Le Figaro.

"But, when it comes to having a discussion about whether France is ready to accept repentants, no politician is willing to take the risk. Imagine if one of these ex-jihadis is involved subsequently in an attack?"

Yes, imagine indeed.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

rWhite House refuses to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

After a year, the administration will not identify the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.  Obama may not be a Muslim but he sure acts like one.

"... 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"

From the Muslim Brotherhood "An Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group In North America 5/22/1991"

From The Blaze December 1 by Fred Lucas

After More Than a Year, This Is the White House’s Response to a Petition to Declare the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group

After more than a year, the White House finally responded to an online petition asking that the Muslim Brotherhood be declared a terrorist organization, and the answer is no.

“We have not seen credible evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood has renounced its decades-long commitment to non-violence,” the White House said in response to a “We the People” petition that garnered 213,146 signatures — more than twice the 100,000-signature threshold to trigger a response.

The petition, which called for declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, was first posted July 7, 2013 and reached 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

The administration’s response, in line with current U.S. policy on the Muslim Brotherhood, is now listed as the top item under “Recent Responses” on the White House petitions page.

“The United States does not condone political violence of any kind and we continue to press actors of all viewpoints to peacefully engage in the political process,” the response said. “The United States is committed to thwarting terrorist groups that pose a threat to U.S. interests and those of our partners.”

Earlier this year, several Republican members of Congress co-sponsored legislation for the Muslim The original petition stated that the Brotherhood “has a long history of violent killings & terrorizing opponents. Also MB has direct ties with most terrorist groups like Hamas.”

Referring to the time in July 2013 when Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohammed Morsi was removed from power, it said: “The Muslim Brotherhood has shown in the past few days that it is willing to engage in violence and killing of innocent civilians in order to invoke fear in the hearts of its opponents. This is terrorism.”

“We ask the US government to declare MB as a terrorist group for a safer future for all of us,” the petition said.Brotherhood to be declared a terrorist organization.

FBI warning to US military: keep a low profile to avoid jihad attack

The FBI has issued a bulletin warning US military personnel that they are at risk from attacks bu the Islamic State, and thus should shut down their social media accounts and maintain a low profile.  Instead of having the military stand ready, resolute and defiant our dear leaders have them cower and hide.  It makes sense in that the administration refuses to identify the enemy, yet this same enemy is responsible for our decision to not provoke them by telling our soldiers to lay low.

I am ashamed at our dear leader for allowing this, but what can you expect from a president who acts like a Muslim, both in word and deed.

From The Free Beacon December 1 by Sam Taylor

FBI Bulletin Warns of Islamic State Terrorist Attacks Targeting Homeland Military Community

The FBI issued a strong warning to U.S. military personnel Sunday, urging current and former members of the military to review their social media accounts and exercise “operational security” online to avoid tracking by the Islamic State.

ABC reported that the intelligence bulletin, issued by the FBI and DHS overnight, recommended “current and former members of the military review their online social media accounts for any information that might serve to attract the attention of ISIL and its supporters.”

ABC’s Brian Ross said that some members of the U.S. Special Forces “already have deactivated Facebook and other social media accounts” in light of the increased threat.

FBI and DHS officials said they fear “copycat” attacks similar to the terror attack on the Canadian Parliament in October, which was inspired by IS social media propaganda.

Military members are not alone in facing threats from the Islamic State....

Monday, November 24, 2014

State Department diplomat investigated for passing secrets to Pakistan




Another in a long line of scandals in the Obama WH.  The FBI is in process of investigating Robin L. Raphel, retired State Dept diplomat, she is "...considered one of the leading American experts on Pakistan, (and) was stripped of her security clearances last month and no longer has access to the State Department building".

What was her motive, if indeed she passed state secrets to Pakistan?  What was found at her home and what did she say to the Pakistani official so far unidentified?  This kind of sedition will become more dangerous, as there are many other Islamic sympathizers in the highest corridors of the administration who's allegiance is first to Allah and second to the US.  It appears Ms. Raphel has her loyalties pointed towards the Star and Crescent.

From The New York Times November 20 by Matt Apuzzo, Michael S. Schmidt and Mark Mazzetti 

Eavesdropping on Pakistani Official Led to Inquiry Into Former U.S. Diplomat

WASHINGTON — American investigators intercepted a conversation this year in which a Pakistani official suggested that his government was receiving American secrets from a prominent former State Department diplomat, officials said, setting off an espionage investigation that has stunned diplomatic circles here.

That conversation led to months of secret surveillance on the former diplomat, Robin L. Raphel, and an F.B.I. raid last month at her home, where agents discovered classified information, the officials said.

The investigation is an unexpected turn in a distinguished career that has spanned four decades. Ms. Raphel (pronounced RAY-full) rose to become one of the highest-ranking female diplomats and a fixture in foreign policy circles, serving as ambassador to Tunisia and as assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs in the Clinton administration.
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Ms. Raphel, 67, considered one of the leading American experts on Pakistan, was stripped of her security clearances last month and no longer has access to the State Department building.

The investigation is a rare example of an F.B.I. espionage case breaking into public view. Counterintelligence — the art of spotting and thwarting spies — is the F.B.I.’s second-highest priority, after fighting terrorism, but the operations are conducted almost entirely in secret. On any given day, Washington’s streets crawl with F.B.I. surveillance teams following diplomats and spies, adding to files that are unlikely ever to become public.

The senior American officials briefed on the case spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a continuing investigation. Spokesmen for the F.B.I. and Department of Justice declined to comment.

Ms. Raphel has not been charged with a crime. The scope of the investigation is not known, and it is unclear exactly what the Pakistani official said in the intercepted conversation that led to suspicion about Ms. Raphel. It is also not clear whether the conversation was by telephone, email or some other form of communication.

Still, the new details shed some light on the evidence that Justice Department prosecutors are weighing as they decide whether to bring charges. And they help explain why the F.B.I. viewed the matter seriously enough to search her home and State Department office, steps that would bring the investigation into the open.

Ms. Raphel is among a generation of diplomats who rose through the ranks of the State Department at a time when Pakistan was among America’s closest allies and a reliable bulwark against the Soviet Union. After retiring from the government in 2005, she lobbied on behalf of the Pakistani government before accepting a contract to work as a State Department adviser.

While the F.B.I. secretly watched Ms. Raphel in recent months, agents suspected that she was improperly taking classified information home from the State Department, the officials said. Armed with a warrant, the agents searched her home in a prosperous neighborhood near the Maryland border with Washington, and found classified information, the officials said.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Somali Islamic scholar says Islam does not require death for apostasy, Muslims get angry and make threats

Why would Muslims get mad when an Islamic scholar, educated in Saudi Arabia makes the claim that apostasy does not demand death?  Because he is going against 1400 years of Islamic theology and the word of Muhammad, that's why.

Abdisaid Abdi Ismail gives a valiant effort, but in the end he cannot make the case because he cannot show doctrinal evidence that disputes the hadith which says in no uncertain terms "Narrated Ikrima, "Some atheists were brought to Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn Abbas who said, "If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah's messenger forbade it, saying, "Do not punish anybody with Allah's punishment (fire)." I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah's Messenger, "Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him."  Bukhari, volume 9, #57

Ismail and others like him should not be supported in their effort, if there is to be any conversation on the problems with Islam, it needs to be exposed to the light of discussion and debate in order to make the needed reforms that would turn Islam into that vaunted "Religion of Peace" so ardently claimed by Obama and other Western leaders.

From Sabahi October 27 by Bosire Boniface

Death penalty for apostasy not justifiable in Islam: Somali scholar
Somali author Abdisaid Abdi Ismail has come under intense scrutiny after publishing a Somali language book titled "The Rule of Apostasy in Islam: Is it True?" in which he argues that there is no religious justification for killing people for apostasy.

The book sparked mixed reactions among the Somali community in Kenya and Somalia following its launch in Nairobi on September 14th.

After some clerics called for the book to be banned and burned, most Somali bookstores in Eastleigh stopped selling it, and it is now being sold "discreetly" in a few bookstores in Garissa and Nairobi as well as online, Ismail said.

Ismail, a 50-year-old Galkayo native, received a scholarship from Umm al-Qura University in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where he studied sharia law and advocacy, graduating in 2002 with a master's degree in Islamic economics. Since then, Ismail has written two books in Arabic, "Muslim Countries' Expanding Debt Dilemma" and "Globalisation in the Muslim World: Facts and Figures", and two other books in Somali, "How to Eradicate Poverty" and "Introduction to Islamic Economics".

Ismail, a father of three, has taught economics at East Africa University in Bosaso since 2009, but says he cannot go back to Somalia now due to death threats he has received since publishing his latest book in Nairobi.

In an exclusive interview with Sabahi, Ismail talks about why it is important to discuss the subject of apostasy in Islam, his research on the topic, and the need to promote and tolerate a healthy debate on diverse ideas among Somalis.

Sabahi: Tell us more about your book and why you wrote it.

Abdisaid Abdi Ismail: The main thesis of this book is about apostasy in Islam, but I also talked about several other issues such as state and religion, gender equality in terms of blood money, death by stoning of adulterers and adulteresses, et cetera.

I wrote this book for the Somali community to let them know some of the big issues in their religion that involve their life in this world and hereafter, which some Somali clerics continuously explain in a way that does not match the real meaning of the Islamic teachings.

I hope that the people who read this book will realise what Islam says about the issues covered by the book, but the core message is that Islam is the religion of humanity and mercy, and it values above all the life of human beings.

Sabahi: You made the issue of apostasy your main focus. Why do you think it is so relevant now and important for Somalis to understand?

Ismail: It is a very important issue in [Muslim] society today because extremist groups are using the apostasy issue as a tool to justify their heinous and brutal killing against those who oppose their erroneous interpretation of Islam or even their political agenda.

This issue is very important for the Muslim community in general, but especially for the Somali community, because their blood is being shed on a daily basis using apostasy as a tool to justify it.

I believe the topic deserves to be discussed in a broader way in the current situation of the Muslim world. I would have liked if someone else could have written about it, but unfortunately no one has written about it and that has forced me to do it now, and I chose the Somali language so as to be able to reach Somali speaking peoples in East Africa and throughout the world at large.

Sabahi: Is death an adequate punishment for apostasy and in line with Islamic teachings?

Ismail: I have been researching the issue of apostasy for a while, comparing the various perspectives and the evidences that each extremist group is using and what the Qur'an and the teachings of the prophet said about it.

What my findings led me to conclude is that the death penalty for apostasy does not have any valid argument in Islam... my view regarding apostasy is that there is no punishment for apostasy in this world.

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Australian jihadists rejected because they were too fat to fight

Oh the irony!  Who knew the Islamic State had physical restrictions on jihad?

"They’re definitely not fit to fight, they don’t have any knowledge of how to fight". He said they were too "unfit to run in a field"

I just cannot stop chuckling.

From Breitbart November 17 by Andre Walker

AUSTRALIAN JIHADIS 'TOO FAT FOR ISIS'
Two Australian jihadis are reported to have been told they were too fat to join the ranks of ISIS terrorists. The 22-stone brothers are said to have gone to Syria whilst claiming to their parents they were heading for a holiday in Thailand.

They travelled from Western Sydney with two less rotund friends, according to the Australian Muslim leader Dr Jamal Rifi. The brothers are believed to have appeared in a video in which they literally attempt to jump through hoops to improve their fitness.

Dr Rifi described the pair as "obese" and "unfit". He told the Metro: "They’re definitely not fit to fight, they don’t have any knowledge of how to fight". He said they were too "unfit to run in a field".

"They didn’t show any signs of radicalisation. They were good boys, which is why their mother is so shocked."

Despite the amusing problem faced by the brothers, they do form part of a growing group of Westerners committed to the violent struggle. A number of European Union nationals are believed to have appeared in the video of the murder of Peter Kessig, which appeared over the weekend.

The group were led by 'Jihad John' who never appears without covering his face, but his accent has led most observers to conclude he is from London.

The Islamic State now in Libya

The longer the Islamic State stays around, the more recruits will join.  The more recruits that join, the larger and more powerful the Islamic State becomes.  The larger the Islamic State becomes, the more recruits will show up.....

Rinse and repeat, and soon the Islamic State becomes what it claims to be; the new caliphate with a recognized caliph.  At that point there will be no chance to stop it without mass bloodshed and a reorganizing of the world order.  Samuel Huntington called it a "Clash of Civilizations" and it appears his prediction is coming true.

With the Islamic State now in Libya, they are but 200 miles from the coast of Europe.  This is not a good thing, to be ignored and brushed aside as nothing important.  It is another chapter in the continuing Islamic conquest and one where our ignorance of the matter will get us either enslaved or killed.

From CNN November 18 by Paul Cruickshank, Nic Robertson, Tim Lister and Jomana Karadsheh

ISIS comes to Libya

(CNN) -- The black flag of ISIS flies over government buildings. Police cars carry the group's insignia. The local football stadium is used for public executions. A town in Syria or Iraq? No. A city on the coast of the Mediterranean, in Libya.

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are now in complete control of the city of Derna, population of about 100,000, not far from the Egyptian border and just about 200 miles from the southern shores of the European Union.

The fighters are taking advantage of political chaos to rapidly expand their presence westwards along the coast, Libyan sources tell CNN.

The sources say the Derna branch of ISIS counts 800 fighters and operates half a dozen camps on the outskirts of the town, as well as larger facilities in the nearby Green Mountains, where fighters from across North Africa are being trained.

It has been bolstered by the return to Libya from Syria and Iraq of up to 300 Libyan jihadists who were part of ISIS' al Battar Brigade -- deployed at first in Deir Ezzor in Syria and then Mosul in Iraq. These fighters supported the Shura Council for the Youth of Islam in Derna, a pro-ISIS faction.

The council had been competing for superiority with another militant group, the Abu Salem Brigade, some of whose fighters' loyalties lay with al Qaeda, according to Noman Benotman, a former Libyan jihadist now involved in counter-terrorism for the Quilliam Foundation.

Al Qaeda's top envoy in Libya, Abdulbasit Azuz, left Derna after U.S. Special Forces captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, an alleged ringleader of the Benghazi attacks in June. Azuz is now believed to be in Syria, Benotman told CNN.

Amateur video from the end of October showed a large crowd of militants affiliated with the Shura Council for the Youth of Islam chanting their allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The new ISIS wing in Derna calls itself the "Barqa" provincial division of the Islamic State, the name given to the eastern region of Libya when Islamic rule replaced the Roman Empire.

The Libyan branch of ISIS now has a tight grip on the city, controlling the courts, all aspects of administration, education, and the local radio....

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"The report also found that “religion” as a driving ideology for terrorism has jumped significantly in the last five years, and accounts for most of the terror activity in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa"

But don't you dare say violence in these countries has anything to do with Islam, you Islamophobe!

From CNS November 19 by Patrick Goodenough

4 Sunni Muslim Groups Responsible for 66% of All 17,958 Terror Killings in 2013
(CNSNews.com) – The number of people killed by terrorists worldwide in 2013 rose by 60 percent compared to the previous year – from 11,133 to 17,958 – with four Sunni Muslim extremist groups responsible for two-thirds of all fatalities, according to a comprehensive annual study.

Eighty-two percent of fatalities occurred in just five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria, although the number of countries that experienced more than 50 terror-related deaths also rose – to 24, compared with 15 the previous year.

Among the many findings in the new Global Terrorism Index, a project of the nonprofit Institute for Economics and Peace, is one that calls into question claims that poverty is a key driver of terrorism.

“One of the most important findings in this report is that there is not a strong statistical link between poverty and terrorism,” it says. “Many people who join terrorist groups in wealthy countries are well educated and come from middle class families.”

“Other measures which didn’t correlate include life expectancy, mean years of schooling and economic factors such as GDP growth.”

Socio-economic, governance and attitudinal variables that showed the most significant correlation with terrorism were political stability, intergroup cohesion and legitimacy of the state.

The report also found that “religion” as a driving ideology for terrorism has jumped significantly in the last five years, and accounts for most of the terror activity in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

As a driver for terrorist groups, religion far outstrips “politics,” which tends to dominate attacks in the Western Hemisphere and is responsible for about half of them in Europe; and “national separatist” ideology, which accounts for the vast majority of attacks in Russia and former Soviet Union areas, and about half of attacks in Europe and about one-third in the Asia-Pacific.

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Jihad in Jerusalem synagogue

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Four are murdered and others wounded and the world blames Israel.  Two jihadists stormed a synagogue, shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greater) while spraying bullet and slashing with cleavers.  Remember, this has nothing to do with Islam and to make that connection is "Islamophobic".  So says Obama other world leaders.

From NBC November 19 by Paul Goldman and Lawahez Jabari

Three Americans Among Four Rabbis 'Slaughtered' in Jerusalem Synagogue

JERUSALEM — Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue, opening fire and using knives and axes to attack Jews praying inside, officials said Tuesday. Four rabbis were killed — including three dual U.S.-Israeli nationals — along with an Israeli policeman, and five other people wounded.

The attackers were later killed in a shootout with police. "Everybody was praying peacefully without any disruptions whatsoever and then all of a sudden the terrorists go into a place of worship and peace and turn it into a killing nightmare," Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told BBC Radio 4.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Human beasts committed a massacre, and they came charged with hatred against the Jewish people and their state.”

Israeli police told NBC News that three of the dead were dual U.S.-Israeli citizens. Britain's Foreign Office confirmed the death of a dual U.K.-Israeli national. Police said the slain included Rabbi Moshe Twersky, the son of Boston-born Isadore Twersky who founded Harvard University's Center for Jewish Studies. Rabbi Cary Levine, Rabbi Avraham Goldberg and Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky were also killed, according to an announcement made by the synagogue.

The slain policeman was identified as Zidan Saif, 30. He died later in the evening in a hospital from critical wounds sustained, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

Netanyahu vowed to "respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers." He later ordered the demolition of the attackers' homes although he did not confirm the names of the perpetrators.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, the first time he has done so since a recent spike in deadly violence against Israelis. He also called for an end to Israeli "provocations" surrounding a contested holy site. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised it and called for more bloodshed.

Netanyahu blamed the violence on incitement by Hamas and Abbas.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

UC Berkeley students find Israel more offensive than ISIS

The propagandizing of young minds on college campuses today is complete: Israel is the enemy and the Islamic State is benign and not to be paid attention to.  How did we get to the point where those who behead in the name of their religion are given a back seat to the only democracy in the Middle East?

Muslims are the new "Negro" and Israel is the new "Master" and that must be the new norm.  It is not a political leaning thing, nor is it a mismatch of relativism and cultural identity, it is the renewed age-old hatred of Jews, spurred on by a campaign to make a common historical lie (Jews are evil) the main narrative.

Telling is how virulent the attacks against Israel are.  Not merely an angry critique of Israeli policy, the common meme was one of suggesting Israel and Jews fornicate themselves.  The hatred was palatable, and very uncomfortable.  One could almost imagine a physical attack by someone who's emotional attachment to hatred got the best of them.

This behavior is endemic on colleges across the US today, taught by ideologues to students ready and willing to be indoctrinated in whatever the professor spouts.

From JihadWatch November 19 by Robert Spencer`

Video: Which is more offensive at UC-Berkeley — the flag of the Islamic State or the flag of Israel?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Breaking Report: 10 year plan to create the caliphate revealed




Whether Obama knew or not, the plan as laid out 10 years ago in "...an article published by Spiegel Online titled “The Future of Terrorism: What al-Qaeda Really Wants.” Written by Yassin Musharbash, the article was essentially a review of a book written by Fouad Hussein, a Jordanian journalist with close access to al-Qaeda and its affiliates...".  It could be safely assumed that Obama did know of the book and research but did not see it as any kind of threat.  Did BushII know of the book?  We will probably never know but it is likely, as with Obama that BushII was made aware of the situational aspects of it, and like Obama did not see it as a threat.

A good portion of this plan has already come to fruition, will anyone take seriously the remainder and change tactics accordingly to address the threat?  Most likely not, as it is still verboten to utter anything about Islam that does not comport with mainstream narrative.  To do so would, of course be Islamophobic.

From JihadWatch November 7 by Raymond Ibrahim

Raymond Ibrahim: Exposed: Decade-Old Plan to Create Islamic State—and Obama Helped

Although the birth of the Islamic state and the herald of the caliphate are often regarded as some of 2014’s “big shockers,” they were foretold in striking detail and with an accurate timeline by an al-Qaeda insider nearly one decade ago.

On August 12, 2005, Spiegel Online International published an article titled “The Future of Terrorism: What al-Qaeda Really Wants.” Written by Yassin Musharbash, the article was essentially a review of a book written by Fouad Hussein, a Jordanian journalist with close access to al-Qaeda and its affiliates, including the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who pioneered the videotaping of beheadings “to strike terror into the hearts” of infidels (Koran 3:151).

As Hussein explained in the introduction of his book Al Zarqawi: Al Qaeda’s Second Generation: “I interviewed a whole range of al-Qaeda members with different ideologies to get an idea of how the war between the terrorists and Washington would develop in the future.”

And in fact the book details the master plan of al-Qaeda—in its “second generation” manifestation known as the “Islamic State” which follows much of Zarqawi’s modus operandi—to resurrect a caliphate. This plan is sufficiently outlandish that Yassin Musharbash, the author of the Spiegel article reviewing Hussein’s book, repeatedly casts doubt on its feasibility. Thus al-Qaeda’s plan is “proof both of the terrorists’ blindness as well as their brutal single-mindedness”; there is “no way” al-Qaeda can follow the plan “step by step”; “the idea that al-Qaeda could set up a caliphate in the entire Islamic world is absurd”; and the following “scenario should be judged skeptically.”

Yet it is all the more remarkable that much of this plan—especially those phases dismissed as infeasible by Musharbash (four and five)—have come to pass.

In what follows, I reproduce the seven phases of al-Qaeda’s master plan as presented in Musharbash’s nearly ten-year-old article (in bullet points and italics, bold for emphasis), with my commentary interspersed for context. Phases four and five are of particular importance as they describe the goals for recent times, much of which have come to fruition according to plan.

An Islamic Caliphate in Seven Easy Steps
The First Phase Known as “the awakening”—this has already been carried out and was supposed to have lasted from 2000 to 2003, or more precisely from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington to the fall of Baghdad in 2003. The aim of the attacks of 9/11 was to provoke the US into declaring war on the Islamic world and thereby“awakening” Muslims. “The first phase was judged by the strategists and masterminds behind al-Qaeda as very successful,” writes Hussein. “The battle field was opened up and the Americans and their allies became a closer and easier target.” The terrorist network is also reported as being satisfied that its message can now be heard “everywhere.”

Much of this is accurate and makes sense. Sadly, if any eyes were opened after the 9/11 attacks on American soil, they weren’t Western eyes—certainly not the eyes of Western leadership, mainstream media, and academia. But to many Muslims, the strikes of 9/11 were inspiring and motivating, giving credence to Osama bin Laden’s characterization of America as a “paper tiger.” A few years after the Islamic strikes of 9/11, Americans responded by electing a man with a Muslim name and heritage for president, even as he continuously empowers in a myriad of ways—including banning knowledge of Islam—the same ideology behind the strikes of 9/11. Meanwhile, the average Muslim relearned the truths of their religion, namely that the “infidel” is an existential enemy and jihad against him is a duty, as al-Qaeda and others had successfully shown.
The Second Phase “Opening Eyes” is, according to Hussein’s definition, the period we are now in [writing in 2005] and should last until 2006. Hussein says the terrorists hope to make the western conspiracy aware of the “Islamic community.” Hussein believes this is a phase in which al-Qaeda wants an organization to develop into a movement. The network is banking on recruiting young men during this period. Iraq should become the center for all global operations, with an “army” set up there and bases established in other Arabic states.

This too is accurate. Among other things, the “Islamic community,” the umma, began to be more visible and vocal during this time frame, including through a rash of attacks and riots following any perceived “insult” to Islam, growing demands for appeasement, and accusations of “Islamophobia” against all and sundry. If there weren’t any spectacular terror attacks on the level of 9/11, young Muslim men were quietly enlisting and training in the jihad—or in western parlance, “radicalizing.” Al-Qaeda went from being an “organization” to a “movement”—international “radicalization.” Most importantly, Iraq, as the world now knows, certainly did become the “center for all global operations” with an “army” of jihadis set up there.
The Third Phase This is described as “Arising and Standing Up” and should last from 2007 to 2010.“There will be a focus on Syria,” prophesies Hussein, based on what his sources told him. The fighting cadres are supposedly already prepared and some are in Iraq. Attacks on Turkey and—even more explosive— in Israel are predicted. Al-Qaeda’s masterminds hope that attacks on Israel will help the terrorist group become a recognized organization. The author also believes that countries neighboring Iraq, such as Jordan, are also in danger.

Much of this third phase as described and transpired seems to have been an extension of phase two. In retrospect, there certainly appears to have been a focus on Syria, even if the jihad started there one year behind schedule (2011). And many of the jihadis were “already prepared” and “some are in Iraq.” None of this was a surprise, of course, as U.S. intelligence always indicated that if American forces withdrew from Iraq, the jihadis would take over.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

British jihadist preacher Anjem Choudary wants to leave England and live under sharia with the Islamic State caliphate H

The British Home Office has confiscated his passport so he cannot leave.  One would think that it would be better for England to send him packing, why are they keeping him?  Let him go and then prohibit his return.  Maybe he would end up a victim of Western airstrikes.  That would be a good thing.

From Breitbart November 7 by Donna Rachel Edmunds

EXTREMIST CLERIC: GIVE ME MY PASSPORT AND LET ME JOIN ISIS
The extremist Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary has said that the British government should return his passport and grant him safe passage to Syria, so that he can see what life is like under Sharia law, The Times has reported. He confirmed that he would also consider renouncing his British citizenship if allowed to travel abroad.

London-born Choudary has gained a name for himself through his controversial media appearances in which he has espoused his support for public executions of those who insult the Prophet Mohammed, cutting the hands off convicted thieves, and the implementation of Sharia law in the UK.

In September Choudary, who has founded ten groups which have been banned under anti-terrorism laws, was arrested on suspicion of belonging to a proscribed group. He was released on bail under strict conditions, which included forfeiting his passport to the authorities.

He continues to deny any wrongdoing, and has now told the Times that he should have his passport handed back. "I believe the world belongs to God and that one day, hopefully, the UK will be part of an Islamic State. Why shouldn’t I be free to travel to the khilafah [caliphate] and see what life is like under the Sharia?" he said.

"The passport . . . is a basic human right and I don’t see why I should have to give it up or have my movement restricted. I want to know from the Home Office and the crown prosecution service if it is illegal for me to travel to live in the Islamic State if I have no intention of carrying out acts of terrorism."

He also maintains that the timing of his arrest, and that of seven others, was politically motivated and intended to silence them, coming as it did the night before a Parliamentary vote on military intervention in Iraq.

Choudary has denied being in contact with anyone within the so-called Islamic State, but has called upon the Crown Prosecution Service to “make themselves clear” as to whether people who travel to Iraq and Syria leave themselves open to prosecution, claiming the right to safe passage.

It is not a view supported by the Commons home affairs select committee chairman Keith Vaz, who said: “If he wants to go, he should be allowed to go. I think that would be a much better scenario than having him stay.

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