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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sharia in Rochester, New York

I keep talking about situations like these becoming more prevalent, and how they are a sure sign of the creep of sharia across America and the lack of a backbone in business when it comes to accommodations for Muslims.

Wegmans, a grocery chain in that area has decided that you, the customer must put up with longer lines, a longer wait and discrimination against you when you legally choose to purchase alcohol or buy pork products.  They hired a young Muslim cashier and have posted a sign saying "If your order contains pork or alcohol product, we respectfully ask that you choose another lane."  There are so many issues at play here that it is difficult to pick the most grievous, suffice to say the question most pertinent is; why did they hire her knowing she would not cashier pork or alcohol?  There must be other jobs available in Rochester that do not entail the handling of alcohol or pork, why didn't she pick one of those?

The regular customers should be outraged at this, they are being discriminated against and forced to use a cashier that won't be offended.  This is a travesty of the civil rights act of 1963 and an affront to those who literally put their lives on the line to guarantee equality for all, especially in the eyes of the law.  Wegmans has changed company policy to accommodate Islamic sharia law, and the spread of sharia is the goal of Islamic supremacists and has been since 632AD.

If you believe this is an isolated example, and that sharia cannot happen here, I have a bridge to sell.

From WHEC March 30 by Ray Levato

Sign at Wegmans draws attention

It’s a first for Wegmans in this area. They’ve put up a sign asking customers buying pork or alcohol not to use a particular checkout line when a Muslim teenager is on duty as the cashier.
The sign went up a week ago at their Lyell Avenue store.
Wegmans says they haven’t gotten any in store complaints and Wegmans was very upfront about the cashier. They just wouldn’t allow us in the store to talk with her or customers.
Spokeswoman Jo Natale says the cashier is a teen aged girl who wears a head covering. She told her supervisor she was uncomfortable handling those items because of religious reasons. So the store manager who had experience with this type of situation outside of Rochester decided to put up a small sign whenever the girl was at the checkout counter.
No.  When the supervisor was informed that the girl would not handle pork or alcohol she should have been shown the door and told to find another job, not given special accommodations that inconvenienced and discriminated against the regular customers
It says, “If your order contains pork or alcohol product, we respectfully ask that you choose another lane.”
No.  I would take my BBQ ribs and beer to that lane specifically.  Would the store insist I use another lane, would they kick me out of the store, would they make the girl ring me up...questions to be answered, and I hope soon.
Wegmans also says the girl has been coached what to say if customers ask why. People News10NBC spoke with outside the Lyell Avenue Wegmans store said they were okay with it and one even knows Christians who don’t like the idea of serving alcohol.
Christians do not blow up beer gardens in Nigeria or destroy beer warehouses in Turkey, either.
Bernard Thomas said, “I feel like if they’re going to hire her and she’s got to have the job, why shouldn’t we respect her. Just go to another cashier.”
Darlene Hucko said, “I would respect her beliefs and go to the next line if I had alcohol.
Levato said, “You think that’s okay.”
Hucko said, “I think it is okay.”
Dhimmis one and all.  Disgusting.
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Jihadist convicted of plotting to bomb an Australian nuclear reactor arrested during French sweep

Five years ago Willy Brigitte was convicted in a French court and served some time in prison but was soon allowed out on probation.  He was just picked up during the raids by French police in the wake of the massacre by, and then death of jihadist Mohamed Merah.

Boy, those followers of Muhammad sure get around.

From Australian News Network March 31


Militant who targeted Australian nuclear plant held in France
A man convicted five years ago of planning an attack on an Australian nuclear plant is said to be one of the suspected militants held for questioning after a series of raids across France.

A police source in Paris told Reuters news agency that Willy Brigitte, a French Muslim convert, was arrested on Friday at his home in a suburb of the French capital.

Authorities found no weapons, but seized his computer and a mobile phone.

Brigitte was deported from Australia to France in 2003 after he breached his tourist visa.

In 2007, a French court convicted him of plotting an attack against the Lucas Heights nuclear research facility in Sydney's south-west and sentenced him to nine years in jail, with six years non-parole.

It's not yet clear why he was free when arrested on Friday.

  

"... training must emphasize that religious expression, protest activity and the espousing of ideological beliefs "are constitutionally protected activities that must not be equated with terrorism..."

Even to the exclusion of those who perpetrate such crimes and say that they did it for Allah, and explain with copious quotes from the Qur'an and ahadiths.  This is nuts, but no one can accuse the Obama administration of not genuflecting to Islamic ideals and demands.

The big question is; who exactly did the excising and what were the exact criteria?  What was false, and by who's perspective?  Without answers we are left to ponder and assume.  Not a good place to be when trying to understand the threat against us.

From The Morning Call March 30 by Pete Yost

At FBI, 876 pages of agent training material related to Muslims found offensive or inaccurate

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI review of agent training material critical of Islam uncovered 876 offensive or inaccurate pages that had been used in 392 presentations, including a PowerPoint slide that said the bureau can sometimes bend or suspend the law.

The bureau has not released the material, but Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois described a few pages of it in a letter asking FBI Director Robert Mueller to institute five changes so that inappropriate FBI training on Islam doesn't happen again. On Friday, the FBI confirmed the number of inaccurate or offensive pages and presentations.

The bureau also said the documents that are either offensive or inaccurate have been taken out of training presentations.

Every trainer was identified and interviewed by an FBI inspection team and the team determined that the problems were performance-related — poor judgment or inadequate training — rather than intentional misconduct, said FBI spokesman Michael Kortan.

As a result, instructors were counseled and in some cases removed from training positions.

Durbin said he's disturbed that the FBI doesn't plan to produce a written report on the six-month review. He said he wants the agents who received the bad training to be retained.

It began last September after the online publication Wired.com reported that the FBI had discontinued a lecture in which the instructor told agent trainees in Virginia that the more devout a Muslim is, the more likely he is to be violent. The analyst subsequently gave a similar lecture at an FBI-sponsored public-private partnership in New York City.

Yes that is true.  Who told the FBI that is not true and got them to drop that particular training course and instructor,  CAIR?

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Afghanistan acid test

She was 12, he just 15.  They liked each other as young kids do, and they saw each other when time permitted.  After all, this is a Muslim country and unrelated males and females are not allowed to mingle, even at that young age.  So in order to keep the family honor intact these two innocent kids were murdered with caustic acid, thrown in their faces and all over their bodies.  Found in a "wasteland" by passers-by, they now lay unclaimed at the local morgue.  No family member will pick them up; they have dishonored their name and will remain forever outcasts within the Islamic world that they used to call home.

Islam; abusing women and children since 622AD

From AFP/Google March 31

 Boy, girl killed in Afghan acid attack 'over friendship' 
 GHAZNI —A 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have been killed in an acid attack in Afghanistan, an official said Saturday, with witnesses claiming it was because of their friendship in what is an ultra-conservative country.

The bodies were discovered on Friday in wasteland in the Esfandi area of Ghazni province in south central Afghanistan, provincial police chief Zorawar Zahid told AFP.

"Their bodies and faces were burnt by acid," he said.

The police chief said officers were investigating the motive for the attack, but witnesses who found the bodies told AFP the two were probably killed because of their friendship.

No one has claimed the bodies, which are still in Ghazni hospital, police said.

The attack is the latest incident to highlight the dangers still faced by many young men and women in Afghanistan 10 years after a US-led invasion ousted the Taliban, notorious for their oppressive policies against women and conservative attitude towards relationships.

On December last year, a 17-year-old Afghan girl and her family were sprayed with acid, apparently after rejecting a marriage proposal. The girl, Mumtaz, was seriously injured when several masked gunmen broke into her home in the northern city of Kunduz and sprayed acid in her face.

Malaysia: official sermon calls Jews the greatest enemy

This is the official government line.  That's right, this sermon on Friday was sanctioned and approved by the "moderate" Malaysian administration.

Now tell me again why we treat them as a friend and ally?

From The Malaysian Insider March 30 by Shannon Teoh

 

In Friday sermon, JAWI tells Muslims Jews are No. 1 enemy

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — The Federal Territories’ official sermon today told Muslims Jews are their main enemy as proven by their ego and murderous acts.
The Friday sermon, delivered at lunchtime in mosques across the capital city, said Muslims must “free your brethren in Palestine from the grasp of Zionist rule and economic siege by donating money, food, medicine and whatever is suitable.”
“Firstly, Muslims must understand Jews are the main enemy to Muslims as proven by their egotistical behaviour and murders performed by them,” said the sermon prepared by the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department (JAWI).
It called on “community leaders and NGOs to intensify activities that increase awareness and understanding to the public about the importance of al-Quds (Jerusalem),” referring to the city that is sacred to Jews, Muslims and also Christians.
The honour of al-Quds and the al-Aqsa mosque must be defended by all Muslims as it is holy land that is blessed,” the sermon added.
For Muslims it is the third holiest place but for Jews it is the first holiest site.  It needs to defended against Islam, not against Jews.
Malaysia’s relations with Israel hit the headlines after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was quoted by the Wall Street Journal in January as saying that he supported “all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel.”
His statement drew immediate fire from Umno and its media, forcing the opposition leader to clarify that he was referring to a “two-state solution”, and that his support was also contingent on Israel respecting the aspirations of Palestinians.
Following the report, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad accused the PKR de facto leader of being a Jewish sympathiser and a leader who disregarded the plight of the Palestinians.
The former prime minister also alleged that the US and Israel were conspiring to cause a regime change in Malaysia through a “puppet government” to be led by his former deputy.
But Anwar shot back, saying that unlike Dr Mahathir he had never met any Israeli leaders.
Muslim-majority Malaysia is a staunch supporter of Palestine and has no diplomatic ties with Israel.
And that means they are supporters of the genocidal Hamas.  Birds of a feather...
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Thailand: 9 dead in jihad blasts

The steady creep of Islam manages to kill another 9 innocents.  Thailand is plagued by jihadist attacks with over 4,000 murdered and the end is nowhere in sight.

From the BBC March 31


Three deadly explosions hit Yala in southern Thailand, officials say
Yala Governor Dejrat Simsiri said the blasts occurred over 10 minutes at around midday (06:00 BST) in the commercial district of Yala city.
He said two of the bombs were hidden in motorcycles and the third in a car.
Thailand's three southern-most provinces have been plagued by bomb attacks and shootings since 2004, when a separatist campaign reignited.
"We are not sure which group of suspected Muslim insurgents were behind this but we are looking," Mr Dejrat said.
The Associated Press and Reuters news agencies put the death toll from Saturday's bombings at eight, with around 70 wounded. AFP quoted a nurse in the emergency unit of Yala provincial hospital as saying nine people had died.
"There are nine dead now and 112 injured people sent to our hospital," the hospital worker told AFP.
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Never Again

Here is a email out of France, forwarded to me by a friend.  It is an eye-opener as it tells news which the media refuses to speak.  We know little of what is happening in France, thanks to "JL" for keeping us up to speed.

March 31, 2012
I received this post from a friend in NY. One of his friends is living in France and posted this to him with the request that he distribute it to his American friends. PLEASE read to the very end.

 He prefaces with: Once again, the real news in France is conveniently not being reported as it should. To give you an idea of what is going on in France where there are now between 5 and 6 million Muslims and about 600,000 Jews, here is an email that came from a Jew living in France. Will the world say nothing? Again as it did in Hitler's time?

 He writes: “I am a Jew and I am forwarding this to everyone on all my e-mail lists. I will not sit back and do nothing. Nowhere have the flames of anti-Semitism burned more furiously than in France: 

In Lyon, a car was rammed into a synagogue and set on fire. In Montpellier, the Jewish religious center was firebombed; so were synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles; so was a Jewish school in Creteil? All recently. A Jewish sports club in Toulouse was attacked with Molotov cocktails, and on the statue of Alfred Dreyfus in Paris, the words Dirty Jew were painted. In Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a Jewish football team with sticks and metal bars. The bus that takes Jewish children to school in Aubervilliers has been attacked three times in the last 14 months. 

According to the Police, metropolitan Paris has seen 10 to 12 anti-Jewish incidents PER DAY in the past 30 days. Walls in Jewish neighborhoods have been defaced with slogans proclaiming Jews to the gas chambers and Death to the Jews. A gunman opened fire on a kosher butcher shop (and, of course, the butcher) in Tulouse, France; a Jewish couple in their 20’s were beaten up by five men in Villeurbanne, France. The woman was pregnant; a Jewish school was broken into and vandalized in Sarcelles, France. 

This was just in the past week. So I call on you, whether you are a fellow Jew, a friend, or merely a person with the capacity and desire to distinguish decency from depravity, to do, at least, these three simple things: First, care enough to stay informed. Do not ever let yourself become deluded into thinking that this is not your fight. I remind you of what Pastor Neimoller said in World War II: First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me. 

Second, boycott France and French products. Only the Arab countries are more toxically anti-Semitic and, unlike them, France exports more than just oil and hatred. So boycott their wines and their perfumes. Boycott their clothes and their foodstuffs. Boycott their movies. Definitely boycott their shores. If we are resolved we can exert amazing pressure and, whatever else we may know about the French, we most know that they are like a cobweb in a hurricane in the face of well-directed pressure. 

Third, send this along to your family, your friends, and your co-workers. Think of all of the people of good conscience that you know and let them know that you and the people that you care about need their help. The number one best selling book in France is? September 11th The Frightening Fraud, which argues that no plane ever hit the Pentagon. Please pass this on. Let us not let history repeat itself; thank-you for your time and consideration! Shalom Chavurah without Walls

The video the refugees do not want you to see

From reader "JL" comes this moving video about the Temple Mount.  Watch it with someone you love and pass it on.

The Temple Mount is the first holy sight for Jews but the third holy sight for Islam.  Muslims control it and only allow Jews and Christians to pray there on a limited basis.  A sad state of affairs, to be sure.

Afghanistan: "Taliban" police officer murders 9 fellow officers

The incidents are increasing where one of the "good guys" turns out to be one of the bad guys, yet there is still no program in place to ferret out those with a propensity for jihad.  And as long as there is no real vetting, more will die, including American soldiers.

It is long past time we left Afghanistan.

From CNN March 30

Afghan police officer kills 9 comrades


Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- An Afghan police officer shot and killed nine other officers in southeast Afghanistan on Thursday night, authorities said.

The incident occurred in Paktika province, a spokesman for the provincial governor said. Two police officers were arrested, and another, believed to be part of the attack, fled, the spokesman said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said in a statement that the officer who fired the shots was actually a Taliban fighter.

The shooter was a member of the Afghan Local Police force, International Security Assistance Force spokesman Maj. Joe Buccino said in a statement.

Buccino described the officer as a "rogue" and said the attack was not preceded by any signs of trouble.
ISAF officials are working with provincial and local authorities to investigate the attack, which is the latest by a member of Afghan security forces.

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First they came for the Christians...uh the Jews....wait, the Sunni's?

It is illegal in Iran to have a church service in Farsi, the predominate language within the country.  The government is in process of closing churches that hold services in Farsi, with two now shuttered.  This latest threat includes the promise of a bombing if they do not stop, saying "...as happens in Iraq every day."

Will the Islamophobia never end in Iran?

From Worthy News March 30 by Joseph DeCaro

Iran Threatens Church with Bombing

TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– Another church in Tehran was ordered to cease holding services in Farsi, the Iranian national language, otherwise it could be "bombed".

According to Barnabas Aid, ministers from an Iranian interior department dealing with interfaith matters served notice to the Armenian Anglican Church, unofficially threatening that if the order is ignored, the church will be bombed “as happens in Iraq every day”.

This latest threat comes after both Emmanuel Protestant and St. Peter Evangelical churches were ordered to stop holding services in Farsi on Fridays, which falls on the weekend in Iran where Sunday is just another work day.

"It now seems likely that the Islamic authorities have imagined that with this new restriction they will somehow hold back the rapid, and evidently extremely worrying, spread of Christianity amongst the people under their yoke," according to a report by the Farsi Christian News Network.

Iranian security agents have been arresting Christians in a country-wide crackdown since Christmas.

Israel and Azerbaijan agree on use of Azerbaijan airbases, US not happy

So the US is unhappy that Israel is doing whatever it can to protect itself from the genocidal threats coming out of Iran.  Coming to an agreement to use four abandoned Russian air bases on the border with Iran saves Israel valuable time and resources if and when they feel the need to stop Iran's nuclear program.  As Netanyahu says, Israel will do whatever it takes to protect it's land and people.

Whatever it takes.

From IsraelHayom March 29

 'Azerbaijan allows Israel to use its air bases near Iran border'

Up close and personal; Iran nuke sites                    Photo: Google earth


Senior American diplomats and military intelligence officers have told Foreign Policy magazine that the United States now believes that Israel has been granted access to air bases in Azerbaijan, which shares a border with Iran. “The Israelis have bought an airfield,” a senior official told Foreign Policy in early February, “and the airfield is called Azerbaijan.”

According to the Foreign Policy report, Israel’s embassy in Washington, the Israel Defense Forces and the Mossad spy agency were all contacted for comment but did not respond.

The Azeri Embassy in the U.S. also withheld a response, but a U.S. military intelligence officer has noted, according to Foreign Policy, that when posed with the question in the past, Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister Safar Abiyev had not explicitly said his country would bar Israeli bombers from landing there after an attack on Iran. Nor did he rule out granting Israel permission to station search-and-rescue units in the country, according to the report.

Israel’s ties with Azerbaijan, a Muslim country that became independent with the disintegration of the Soviet Union, have grown as its once-strong strategic relationship with another Iranian neighbor, Turkey, has deteriorated. For Israeli intelligence, there is also a possible added benefit from Azerbaijan: its significant cross-border contacts and trade with Iran’s large ethnic Azeri community.

Speaking to Foreign Policy, one of the U.S. sources said, “We’re watching what Iran does closely. But we’re now watching what Israel is doing in Azerbaijan. And we’re not happy about it.”

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Nigerian update March 30

It's been some time, but you knew they would be back.  It's Boko Haram again, and this time they managed to blow up a police station, no reports of casualties.

From IOL March 29 by SAPA


Suspected Islamists bomb Nigerian police station

Kano - Suspected members of Islamist group Boko Haram bombed a police station in northeastern Nigeria late on Wednesday, setting it ablaze in the latest of scores of such attacks, police said.
Gunmen stormed the station in the town of Damagun in Yobe state, though it was unclear if there were casualties.
“A group of suspected members of Boko Haram attacked the Damagun police station, where they detonated explosives that set the station on fire,” Yobe police spokesman Gbagesin Toyin told AFP.
“We are yet to ascertain if there were any casualties,” he added.
One resident said what appeared to be a large crowd of attackers were shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they stormed the building.
Another resident said the gunmen engaged the police in a shootout before hurling explosives into the station.
“They have burnt down the police station and shut down the highway... Everybody is indoors,” the resident said.
Jihad begets poverty.
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France: jihadist round-up nets 19 and cache of weapons

19 misunderstanders of the religion of peace.  Is there no Islamic cleric or scholar that can explain to these 19 how they are not getting Islam?

Ibrahim Hooper?  Reza Aslan?  John Esposito?  Karen Armstrong?  Anybody?

From the Ottawa Citizen March 30 by Charles Sicurani and Nicolas Gaudichet


French police arrests 19 people in a bid to crackdown suspected Islamists

PARIS — French police swooped down on suspected Islamist networks Friday, arresting 19 people as President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed a crackdown would continue after an extremist gunman's killing spree.

The arrests took place in several cities including Toulouse, where Mohamed Merah was shot dead by police last week after a series of cold-blooded shootings in southwestern France that left seven dead.

Sarkozy said the arrests targeted "radical Islam" and that the trauma in France after the shootings in Toulouse and Montauban was somewhat like that felt in the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"What must be understood is that the trauma of Montauban and Toulouse is profound for our country, a little — I don't want to compare the horrors — a little like the trauma that followed in the United States and in New York after the September 11, 2001 attacks," he told Europe 1 radio.

Agents from France's DCRI domestic intelligence agency working with anti-terror and elite police units carried out the dawn raids in Toulouse, Nantes, Marseille, Lyon, Nice, Paris and other areas.

The operation "is not linked only to Toulouse, it's on all of French territory, is linked with a form of radical Islam and is in full accordance with the law," Sarkozy said.

He said Friday's operation was only the start.

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Threat of Christianity in Malaysia has government scared

Seriously, instead of worrying about jihadists and Muslims killing Muslims, the government is trying to demonize and ostracize Christians because they talk about Christ with Muslims.  Talk about misplaced priorities.

The seminar was originally titled "Strengthening the faith, the dangers of liberalism and pluralism and the threat of Christianity towards Muslims" but uproar caused the "threat of Christianity" part to be dropped.  The seminar will still demonize Christians, but now no one will know.


Bravo for free speech and the upholding of basic human rights in Malaysia....not!


From AFP/Google March 30


Malaysia in religious row over 'threat of Christianity' 

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian state religious and education officials have changed the title of a seminar on "the threat of Christianity" following outrage from non-Muslims in the multiethnic country.
Southern Johor state education officials faced criticism over the school teachers' seminar to be held Saturday that was titled: "Strengthening the faith, the dangers of liberalism and pluralism and the threat of Christianity towards Muslims."
The furore over the title follows allegations of Christian proselytisation in the Muslim-majority country after religious police raided a Methodist church event last August fearing Muslims were being converted.
State lawmaker Maulizan Bujang told the Bernama news agency the reference to Christianity would be removed from the title, saying: "The seminar aims to strengthen the faith of Muslims and it does not need to be politicised by any party that claims it (the seminar) is a threat to other religions."
But co-organisers from the state religious department said the seminar's content would remain the same.
"The seminar is part of the right of Muslims to defend the faith of its practitioners from any action which may lead to apostasy. It is our responsibility," an official told Bernama.
It is a weak religion that must defend itself from any outside influences that may cause a Muslim to leave Islam.
Opposition leaders say the ruling coalition, which is expected to announce national polls this year, is trying to woo back Malay support by using fear of other religions, after a swing vote saw the government lose control of a third of parliamentary seats and four states in 2008 polls.
Reverend Hermen Shastri, general secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia, said the government had to take a stand against the seminar.
"Of course we are disappointed, it derails the whole idea of harmony and mutual respect and understanding each other," he told AFP.
Ya think?
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Iran: secret terror squad ready to attack Western and Jewish interests in Turkey

 Called "Unit 400"  and controlled by the Ayatollah Khamenei they are exclusively for attacking Jews and American interests.

But Iran is not a threat and have not attacked anyone for 350 years.

Uh huh.

From SKY News March 30 by Sam Kiley

Exclusive: Secret Iran 'Terror' Squad Unmasked

Intelligence agencies are searching for members of a secret Iranian network of assassins under orders to attack Jewish, Israeli and Western targets in Turkey.

According to intelligence sources, the organisation behind the attack is known as Unit 400, a secret part of the al Quds Brigade, which falls under the direct command of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader.

"Unit 400 of the Qods Force has been developing in the last few months a standing operating procedure for carrying out an attack in Turkey against western targets as well as Israeli and Jewish. It is our firm assessment that these procedures are in a very advanced stage, and that the intention is to act on the plans very soon," an intelligence source told Sky News.

There is also evidence that Unit 400 has been given instructions to carry out more frequent and more daring 'terror' attacks around the world as a demonstration of 'Iran's asymmetric power' - in the face of the growing threat of Israeli or American air strikes on its alleged nuclear weapons programme, the sources said.

The sources named a senior officer in Unit 400 as being a key Iranian agent who "has been working up plans for potential attacks in European countries".

Israel and the United States have repeatedly said that Iran would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. Israel's Prime Minister,Binyamin Netanyahu, has also warned that the window for launching military strikes to destroy it is closing fast.

Intelligence services in the West and Middle East, where Iran is treated with deep suspicion for its support of Syria, may have an interest in painting Iran in a poor light and associating it with international terrorism as a means of building the case for military intervention against its alleged weapons programme.

But it is equally likely that intelligence organisations want to warn their political masters of the dangers of backing an attack against Tehran, which has made no secret of its plans to carry out revenge operations.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Texas: nightclub owners arrested for supporting jihad

They were just doing it for Allah, doncha know.

From the Statesman March 28 by Gary Dinges and Patrick George


Investigators link nightclub owner, associates to drug deals, militant Islamic group, homicide case

Drug deals. Weapons purchases. Ties to a prison gang and a militant Islamic group and even a potential link to an unsolved homicide.

That was the list of allegations federal officials laid out against an Austin nightclub owner and nine of his associates in a dramatic hearing Tuesday.

Arrested last week on money laundering and drug charges, Yassine Enterprises owner Hussein Ali "Mike" Yassine, his brother, Mohammed Ali "Steve" Yassine, and eight others appeared in federal court and heard more details about the cases against them.

Mike Yassine, who owns eight Austin nightclubs, and the other suspects in the case face a variety of charges. Some are accused of cocaine distribution, purchases of guns to be used during drug deals and money laundering dating back to 2007.

Officials linked one suspect to the Texas Syndicate prison gang. They also said thousands of dollars were transferred to a Yassine relative in Lebanon who is reportedly connected to the militant group Hezbollah, considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

Prosecutors for the first time also revealed that Mike Yassine is a "person of interest" in a case being investigated by the Austin Police Department's homicide cold case unit. Austin police declined to provide additional details Tuesday, including the name of the alleged victim.

Mike Yassine might have also threatened witnesses, officials said, and is being investigated as part of a sexual assault case.

Judge Dennis Green denied bail for Mike Yassine and Steve Yassine. Bail for four others — including a third Yassine brother, Hadi Ali Yassine — ranged from $10,000 to $25,000. Bail rulings for the other suspects will be made at a later date, officials said.

Outside the courtroom on Tuesday, their father, Ali Yassine, said his sons are not guilty of the charges against them. "My boys ... everybody's innocent," he said. "They're very good boys."

Also charged in the case are Marisse Marthe "Madi" Ruales, Karim Faiq, Alejandro "Cueta" Melendrez, Edgar Orsini, Nizar "Nino" Hakiki, Amar Thabet Araf and Sami Derder, all Central Texas residents who authorities say have various levels of involvement with the purported crimes.
During raids on the suspects' homes and businesses last week, investigators said they seized more than 400 boxes of evidence.

They also report finding $200,000 in cash in a safe at the Yassine Enterprises offices on West Fourth Street, as well as cashier's checks totaling $45,000 made out to a member of the Yassine family in Lebanon. That man is associated with Hezbollah, IRS agent James Neff testified.

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France: CERN nuclear scientist arrested, Al-Qaeda materials found at his home

They just pop up in the strangest places, don't they?  As a thinking man, how could he misunderstand Islam so completely?  Doesn't he know Islam is a religion of peace?

I'll send the memo...

From Big Pond News March 28


French scientist in terror trial


A Franco-Algerian nuclear scientist goes on trial on Thursday for allegedly plotting terror attacks in France, where an Islamist's killing spree has already overshadowed the presidential campaign.
A week after police shot dead Franco-Algerian Mohamed Merah for killing seven people in and around Toulouse, Adlene Hicheur goes on trial charged with criminal association as part of a terrorist enterprise.
French police arrested Hicheur, a researcher studying the universe's birth - the Big Bang - at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), in October 2009 after intercepting emails he wrote.
Following his arrest at his parents' home near CERN, which lies on the Franco-Swiss border northwest of Geneva, police discovered a trove of al-Qaeda and Islamic militant literature.
France's DCRI domestic intelligence agency's suspicions were raised following a statement from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that was sent to President Nicolas Sarkozy's Elysee Palace in early 2008.
Police carried out surveillance on several email accounts including Hicheur's and his exchanges with Mustapha Debchi, an alleged AQIM representative living in Algeria.
On March 1, 2009, Hicheur wrote an email to Debchi saying he would 'propose ... possible objectives in Europe and particularly in France'.
On March 10, he continued: 'Concerning the matter of objectives, they differ depending on the different results sought after the hits. For example: if it's about punishing the state because of its military activities in Muslim countries - Afghanistan - then it should be a purely military objective. For example: the air base at Karan Jefrier near Annecy in France. This base trains troops and sends them to Afghanistan.'
Hicheur was referring to a French military base at Cran-Gevrier, close to CERN.
In June 2009, Debchi asked Hicheur: 'Don't beat around the bush: are you prepared to work in a unit becoming active in France?'
Hicheur replied on June 6: 'Concerning your proposal, the answer is of course YES but there are a few observations: ... if your proposal relates to a precise strategy - such as working in the heart of the main enemy's house and emptying its blood of strength - then I should revise the plan that I've prepared.'
Magistrates investigating the case said the exchanges 'crossed the line of simple debate of political or religious ideas to enter the sphere of terrorist violence'.
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Father of French jihadist wants to sue France for his sons death

Hubris doesn't even come close to describing this fathers actions.  I hope the victims families sue him for his fathering of a monster.

From France24 March 28 by Tony Todd


Toulouse gunman’s father threatens to sue France

The father of Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah on Tuesday said he planned to take the French state to court – for killing his son and failing to take him alive.

Benanel Merah told FRANCE 24 that police besieging his son’s Toulouse flat “could have used sleep-inducing gas and taken him like a baby.”

“Why were they so hasty?” he asked. “Why did they kill him? He could have been sentenced to many years in prison or even a life sentence. There is no death penalty in France.”


Earlier, Merah told reporters that he would “hire the biggest named lawyers and work for the rest of my life to pay their costs - I will sue France for having killed my son.”


No mention of his sadness over the deaths his son caused, however.


Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old French man of Algerian origin, embarked on a 10-day killing spree that claimed the lives of three serving French soldiers – all of North African descent – and a rabbi, his two young children and another child outside a Jewish school in Toulouse.


After a two-day standoff with police besieging his house, he was shot dead on March 22 in an operation in which three officers were injured, one seriously.


Benalel Merah left his family when his son Mohamed was six years old. His other son Abdelkader is currently under investigation, suspected of aiding and abetting his brother’s crimes.


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Germany: blogger convicted of insulting Islam, fine of 2,500 euros levied

Michael Mannheimer said that Islam was trying to take over Europe and that sharia and Islam were not compatible with the German constitution.  For this he is taken to task and fined.

Ironic, isn't it that he gets arrested and convicted for saying the exact same things Islamic leaders say.

From Mustafa Mashhur, dear leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt from 1996 until his death in 2002;


 "It should be known that Jihad and preparation towards Jihad...are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of establishing an Islamic state and strengthening the religion and spreading it around the world..."


...and the band plays on...


From Politically Incorrect March 28


Penalty Fine Against Michael Mannheimer
On February 14, 2012, Michael Mannheimer received a penalty fine from the Heilbronn district court in the degree of 50 days at 50 euros per day (2,500 euros). The basis for the fine was Mannheimer’s criticism of Islam, especially his claim that Islam is working on taking over and islamizing Europe. In addition to this, his evidence that Islam is striving for world power and his conclusion that Qur’an and Sharia are irreconcilable with the Constitution. Mannheimer’s publicized call for public resistance from April 8th of last year where he invoked Article 20 Section 4 of the Constitution.
With this, state attacks against exposed critics of Islam now on the advance. There were Geert Wilders and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, and now this affects one of the most well-known and aggressive critics of Islam in Germany. The charge was made by a Baden-W├╝rttemberg court. One would be a rascal to think that this might possibly have a connection with the Red-Green victory and the current Kretschmann administration. Political processes – and this is one – is fundamentally being eyed by the current regional minister of justice. And this person, with his discretionary position, could decide whether a trial could arise from a charge. Therefore, the ministry of justice is authorized to issue directives to the district attorney. And for the first time since 1945, Turkish regional ministers sit in the Baden-W├╝rttemberg cabinet – and we don’t need to say a thing here about the Turkish clientele in the SPD and among the Greens.
The charge states:
“Said individual is charged with having distributed a storage of data equivalent to a document where hostility against a religious group is incited, calls for violence or capricious measures against them and whereby their dignity is attacked, that they are insulted, maliciously made contemptible and are slandered.

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Egypt: Islamists walk out of constitutional panel claiming secularists have too much power...wait, what?

Said liberals and "moderate" Muslims, "With the current (panel) make-up...the constitution will be drafted by political Islam..."


The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis (Al-Nour Party) own the majority of seats in the parliament and also hold the majority on the constitution panel.  There is no reason for the new constitution to be like our own, or anything close.  Article one is that sharia is the law of the land, and article two says Islam is the official religion of the state.  This is the current constitution and will not be changed.  


Separation of mosque and state does not exist in Islam.  


From Google News March 27


Egypt secularists pull out of constituent assembly


CAIRO — Liberal and leftist parties have pulled out of a panel drafting Egypt's new constitution, they announced on Tuesday, accusing Islamists of monopolising the process to deliver its post-revolution charter.
The withdrawals from the panel will call its legitimacy into question, pushing the struggle between Islamists and secularists over the issue to crisis point.
"We announce our rejection of the way the constituent assembly was formed," Ahmed Said, the head of the liberal Free Egyptians party, told reporters.
Last week, the Islamist-dominated parliament voted for the panel to be made up of 50 lawmakers from the upper and lower houses of parliament, and 50 public figures.
But liberals argued that such a high proportion of legislators gave Islamists -- who control nearly three quarters of parliament-- too much control of the constitution.
Yep.
They also say that having 50 members of the panel outside parliament gives a false guarantee of balance, as voters are free to chose Islamists outside the legislative body.
"We are talking about the constitution of Egypt, not one for a majority group," Said said during a news conference of key liberal and leftist parties.
With the current make-up, "the constitution will be drafted by political Islam... We refuse to betray the trust of the people," he said.
The popular uprising which toppled president Hosni Mubarak last year paved the way for the formation of dozens of political groups and movements of all political stripes, but it is the Islamists -- the most organised and with a wide network of supporters -- who have gained the most since the revolt.
The Muslim Brotherhood and the ultra-conservative Salafist Al-Nur party together went on to dominate both houses of parliament in recent parliamentary elections, sparking fears among secularists and the Coptic minority of restrictions on freedoms.
Ziad Bahaa Eldin, an MP with the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, said members of his party had also withdrawn from the panel, joining several other high-profile liberals and leftists.
"This is not a partisan issue. This is about the future of the country and it is the right of all Egyptians to write their constitution... away from any partisan bias," he told reporters.
Islam is partisan bias; non-Muslims are to be tolerated(occasionally), not integrated.  Just look at some of the current church burnings, the murders of Christians and the deliberate attempts to drive non-Muslims out of cities such as Homs.
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