Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SCOTUS Clinton says we must take action to make sure the democratic revolution isn't hijacked by extremists

Mental illness?  Swamp gas?  The lights of Venus?  What the hell is she thinking...or smoking, for that matter.  Incredulous doesn't even begin to cover my reaction, and I have seen her do some weird S*%T in her time on the Hill.  At least she will be gone soon...oh, wait, Kerry will replace her.  Why does that not make me feel better?

From FOXNews January 29

Hillary Clinton on Egypt: ‘We Must Make Sure the Revolution Isn’t Hijacked By Extremists’

Hillary Clinton went ‘On the Record’ with Greta Van Susteren in her final days as secretary of state. Regarding the escalating crisis in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, Van Susteren asked Clinton her thoughts on what’s going to unfold and if the U.S. should intervene.

Clinton said, “I think that post the Arab revolutions that took place in Egypt, and Libya, and Tunisia, […] there was always going to be a period of adjustment.”

She said the U.S. must work with the international community and the people in Egypt to ensure that the revolution isn’t hijacked by extremists. Clinton acknowledged that “it’s hard” to go from decades under one man or one party rule to democracy.

Van Susteren asked about President Mohammed Morsi’s past statements about Israel and an Egyptian senior aide recently saying that the Holocaust didn’t exist. She asked pointedly, “Is Morsi with us or against us?”

With that kind of confidence in our supposed friends, what chance does Israel have?

Clinton answered, “We were quite concerned about those statements and the Egyptian presidency repudiated them and reaffirmed a commitment to the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.”

Having spoken with Morsi, Clinton says he has “a lot of the right intentions.” She remained cautious, saying, “We have to you know, keep pushing forward and yet call it like we see it when we think something is not appropriate.”

Jihad in Kentucky; sentence is life for one, 40 years for the other

No virgins for them, only a couple of big, angry felons named Bubba and Tiny.

From France24 January 30

Two Iraqis living in US sentenced in terrorism case

AFP - A US judge sentenced two Iraqi men living in Kentucky to federal prison for their role in a plot to ship weapons to Iraqi insurgents and raise money for the Al-Qaeda terror network.

Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 25, was sentenced to life in federal prison while his accomplice Waad Ramadan Alwan, 31, was sentenced to 40 years in prison followed by supervised release, the US Justice Department said.

Both had pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges, but were not charged with plotting attacks within the United States.

The two Iraqis who were living in Bowling Green, in the southern state of Kentucky, "participated in terrorist activities overseas and attempted to continue providing material support to terrorists while they lived here in the United States," said Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

"With today's sentences, both men are being held accountable," Monaco said.

Authorities arrested Hammadi and Alwan in an FBI sting involving an undercover agent posing as part of a group sending money and weapons to insurgents in Iraq.

Alwan, whose fingerprints were found on an unexploded roadside bomb found in Iraq, pleaded guilty in December 2011 to all counts of a 23-count federal indictment that included conspiracy to kill US nationals abroad and export Stinger shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.

In August 2012 Hammadi pleaded guilty to a 12-count indictment that included similar charges.

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Why is there a difference between these ads?

Pamela Gellers Muhammad Ad Rejected By SMART System in Detroit, Atheist Anti God Ad Accepted

Pamela Gellers Muhammad Ad Rejected By SMART System in Detroit, Atheist Anti God Ad Accepted

The $64,000 question is; can you spot the one that was not approved to run on a public transit system in the US?

From The Blaze January 30 by Bill Hallowell


Religious advertisements have been known to spark intense debate. Consider the anti-God billboards that are regularly posted by non-theist groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation and American Atheists. But it isn’t only non-believers who invoke controversy with their messaging.

Pamela Geller and her American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) have also come under intense scrutiny for subway and bus ads that target Islamic extremism. Now, the AFDI is embroiled in a new battle over a proposed anti-Muhammad ad that was rejected this week by Detroit’s Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) bus system.

In an e-mail to TheBlaze on Tuesday evening, the AFDI president noted that, while SMART previously accepted an “anti-God” atheist ad from the Detroit Coalition for Reason (DCOR), the public transit company has rejected her organization’s ad. This is particularly interesting, seeing as the AFDI modeled its design almost entirely after the DCOR’s banner.
“Our ad, same ad, with one word flipped, was rejected,” Geller told TheBlaze.

The original atheist design featured clouds and the words, “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.” The organization’s web address was also present to the bottom left of the ad, sending Internet users to a web site that encourages people to “shine the light of reason” and to reject faith and religion.

As you can see below, AFDI ad looks almost entirely similar to the aforementioned description. The only difference between the designs is that the word “God” is swapped out for “Muhammad,” the holy prophet in the Islamic faith. And the web address in the latter ad encourages those viewing it to go to, a web site that wages some potentially-offensive allegations against the religious figure.

Obviously the similarities were intentional, with Geller telling TheBlaze that her quest to see the Muhammad ad get placed had everything to do with examining free speech as it applies to the Islamic faith.

“This message parallels the atheist ads — ‘Don’t Believe in God? You’re Not Alone’ — that ran previously,” she explained. “Since they were accepted, I modeled this ad after them to see if the freedom of speech applied to criticism of Islam in our cowardly and politically correct age.”

In a letter that Geller forwarded to TheBlaze, CBS Outdoor’s Howard Marcus rejected the ad, citing a past legal battle that AFDI waged against SMART over a previous rejection.

“The proposed advertisement submitted by Pamela Geller has been reviewed under SMART’s content policy. SMART, consistent with its review process, also reviewed the referred-to website:,” read Marcus’ e-mail. “Consistent with its policy, with the Sixth Circuit opinion in AFDI v SMART, and consistent with other law, SMART declines to post the advertisement.”

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Justice in Mali; French troops liberate Gao and Timbuktu, civilians hunt down and beat remaining jihadists

As is sometimes seen on those cop shows, here we have the subjugated people of Mali fighting back against their oppressors when given a fair chance.  It's good to see blood spilled that deserves it, rather than the innocent people of Mali.  Bravo to the French as well, they hit hard and sent the jihadists running.  Islam will be back, and this fight will have to happen again.  That is one of the many downsides to Islamic dogma.

From The Star January 30 by Jerome Delay and Krista Larson

Suspected Islamists hunted down and beaten in liberated Mali towns

GAO, MALI—It was payback time Tuesday in the newly liberated town of Gao in Mali, with residents hunting down and beating suspected Islamist extremists who had not fled with their brothers-in-arms as Malian and French military forces closed in and retook the town.

Malian troops bundled the men into an army truck, their hands bound behind their backs. For the better part of a year, the Al-Qaeda-linked extremists had banned music, insisted women cover themselves and began carrying out public executions and amputations in the towns of northern Mali that they controlled.

Now the Islamists' control of the cities has slipped, with the provincial capitals of Gao and Timbuktu coming back under government authority in quick succession with the arrival of French and Malian troops. They also may have lost control of a third key city, Kidal.
France, the former colonial ruler, began sending in troops, helicopters and warplanes on Jan. 11 to turn the tide after the armed Islamists began encroaching on the south, toward the capital. French and Malian troops seized Gao during the weekend, welcomed by joyous crowds. They took Timbuktu on Monday. The Islamists gave up both cities and retreated into the desert.
But not all of them left.
Members of a youth militia, the Gao Patrolmen, went house-to-house hunting down suspected Islamic extremists in Gao. Abdul Karim Samba, spokesman for the group, said men were scouring the town for remnants of the extremist Islamist group known as the Movement for Unity and Oneness of the Jihad, or MUJAO.
“They are the Islamists who have gone into their homes to hide, so we've been rounding them up to hand them to the military...

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Fordom nuclear plant in Iran suffered a "mega-explosion" says Israeli intelligence

No report on whether the explosion was deliberate or an accident.  If true it would set Iran's nuclear program back at least 12-18 months, probably more.  Good news as far a a little breathing room goes, but we will soon be back where we are today, and may have to take even more drastic action.

Watch the MSM to see if they report on this.  I bet no coverage from the big boys.

From Arutz Sheva January 28 by Chana Ya'ar

Israeli Source Confirms Iran’s Fordow Nuclear Plant Exploded

An Israeli intelligence source has confirmed Iran’s Fordow underground nuclear uranium enrichment facility sustained major damage in a “mega explosion” that occurred last week.

Fordow, which contains at least 2,700 centrifuges for uranium enrichment, is located deep beneath a mountain near the Iranian city of Qom.

Some 200 workers were trapped inside the facility at the time, according to a report published Monday by The Times, a UK-based newspaper.

The report quoted an Israeli official as saying “We’re still in the early stages of trying to comprehend what happened and the extend of its significance.” The source added that it was not yet known whether the explosion was “an act of sabotage or incidental.”

The official declined to reveal whether Israeli aircraft had been in the vicinity at the time of the explosion.

Iran has denied that any explosion occurred at the facility, claiming in a statement to the official IRNA news agency that reports of the blast were nothing more than “Western propaganda.”

News of the explosion was reported Friday by the U.S.-based WND website.

Nigerian Update; Eight more dead and we can blame Islam

I know, it couldn't have anything to do with Islam, right?

From AGI January 28

Gunmen kill eight in northeastern Nigeria
(AGI) - Abuja, Jan 28 - Gunmen killed eight people in the northeastern part of Nigeria, the main stronghold of Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalists. The bodies were found in the state of Borno on Sunday. A local police officer said the reason for the killings is unclear, and that Boko Haram is the main suspect.

The Islamist group, also called the African Taliban, is responsible for the death of at least 3,000 people in the past three years. . .

Cocaine use in Europe fuels Al-Qaeda jihad in Africa

It is a cycle all too familiar to law enforcement, yet this time the money is buying arms for the global jihad and not the local gang members.  The MSM has not reported on this...why?  When you hear libertarians and leftists call for the legalization of ALL drugs and not just marijuana, remember this article and ask them why they would support Al-Qaeda by telling people it is OK to use cocaine.

From the Telegraph January 26 by Colin Freeman

Revealed: how Saharan caravans of cocaine help to fund al-Qaeda in terrorists' North African domain

Like everywhere else that has fallen under Islamist rule in northern Mali, the city of Gao on the edge of the Sahara is not a place where vice is tolerated. Drinking and dancing are banned, the city's two nightclubs have been burned down, and the only thing that passes for street entertainment is watching citizens being flogged in public for smoking.
Such all-encompassing piety, though, comes to a halt outside the high walls of the gaudy new villas on Gao's outskirts, which stand out amid the shanty towns overlooking the sand dunes.
Nicknamed "Cocainebougou" - which translates as "cocaine town" - the strip of mansions is home to the elite of the city's ancient smuggling community, which has trafficked goods across the Sahara since the 11 century, when Gao was better known than nearby Timbuktu.
Unlike their ancestors' cargoes of spices, salts and silks, the contraband that Gao's smugglers bring in today from Colombia is deemed strictly "haram", or forbidden, by Islam.
Yet the city's ever-zealous Islamist morality police have a good reason for turning a blind eye. For it is thanks to the trans-Saharan cocaine trade that Islamist groups like al-Qaeda have become a power in the region, building up formidable war chests to buy both arms and recruits.

"Cocainebougou is full of very rich traffickers, all with gleaming new SUVs," said one former resident of Gao, who asked not to be named. "But they and the Islamists have a very close relationship."
The cocaine trade first exploded in this region five years ago, as Latino cartels, faced with a saturated market in the US, sought new routes to get their product to Europe's borders. First the drug is shipped or flown across the Atlantic to lawless, corrupt coastal states like Guinea Bissau, then it is moved thousands of miles across the Sahara to Algeria, Morocco and Libya.

Already, the influx of drug cash into such a poor region has had a disastrously corrosive effect. In Guinea Bissau, for example, the cartels' limitless funds have bought up so many police, politicians and soldiers that it has been dubbed Africa's first "narco-state", with a military coup last April blamed on in-fighting over drug trade proceeds.

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Sharia in Iran; convicted robber has finger cut off with saw

Tools of the Sharia

Not that a knife or scalpel wouldn't have worked just as well, but as the article points out, the released photos of the amputation is similar to the old practice of heads on pikes at the entrance to villages, "Publishing these photos is a way to instill fear in the population so as to avoid any protests"

Nothing says tolerance and human rights than removing a finger with a machine tool.

This is Islam.

From France24 January 25

Iran unveils machine for amputating thieves’ fingers
One of Iran’s official press agencies published photos showing the public amputation of a thief's fingers on Wednesday. These show a man getting his finger chopped off with a machine resembling a rotary saw.

We contacted many of our Observers in Iran to ask them about this machine. Some of them had heard about it before, but many discovered its existence through these morbid photographs, which were reportedly taken on Thursday. According to the INSA press agency, the man shown getting his finger cut off was charged with robbery and adultery by a court in the southwestern city of Shiraz. He was also accused of being at the head of a criminal organisation. On top of losing one of his fingers, he was sentenced to three years in prison and 99 whip lashes.

No independent witnesses were able to recount the circumstances under which this amputation took place. Four photos of the scene published by the press agency were widely relayed on social media networks. Strangely enough, the man’s face did not betray any signs of suffering in the photos, though it is possible that he might have been drugged.
Contacted by FRANCE 24, the spokesperson for Iran Human Rights, Mahmoud Amiry-Moghaddam, who is based in Norway, explains: “What is surprising about this is that not only was this a public amputation, but that photos of it were distributed by official press agencies, and that they showed a machine that we had until yet never seen images of. We have noticed that the authorities have recently being making more and more publicity surrounding cases of corporal punishment. Every time we get closer to an election, the number of these incidents increases. And we’re getting quite close to the presidential election...

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Jizya lawsuit against McDonalds nets 700K for plaintiffs but some complain they are not getting their share

The money was to be spread across a few Muslim social groups, but a local attorney believes all who ate the non-halal chicken should get the money.  There is no way to identify who ate which chicken, so this challenge to the decision is nothing more than another demand to make the kuffir dance.

From the Press and Guide January 24 by Joe Slezak

DEARBORN: Group wants share of settlement money over McDonald’s non-halal chicken
DEARBORN — An attorney in the city is upset that those who ate chicken that was labeled as halal, but really wasn’t, won’t be sharing in the $700,000 awarded in a lawsuit.

McDonald’s and Finley’s Management Co. agreed Jan. 18 to pay the money over the non-halal chicken, which was served at the McDonald’s at 13158 Ford Road.

Ahmed Ahmed of Dearborn Heights filed the lawsuit in September 2011 after finding that the chicken wasn’t halal, which means that it didn’t meet Islamic requirements for preparing food.

Ahmed is expected to get $20,000, the Huda Clinic in Detroit is expected to get about $275,000, about $150,000 is expected to go to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and about $230,000 is expected to go to attorneys. The exact amounts will be determined at a hearing.

Attorney Majed Moughni, who runs the Facebook site Dearborn Area Community Members, has started a campaign to have the money paid to those who ate the “haram” chicken, not those he said were not “injured.” He’s asking those who did to “like” the entry and leave contact information for themselves and others who ate the meat.

As of late Thursday afternoon, the campaign had nearly 700 “likes,” nearly 600 comments and 60 “shares.”

Moughni said in an email that the community is “showing its outrage over the sale of false halal chicken sandwiches.”

So many other social problems of greater import, yet Muslims see only personal and religious insults as to be taken seriously.  Chicken sandwiches, indeed. 
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Despite remarks by Morsi about Jews being apes and pigs, soon-to-be SCOTUS John Kerry stands by sending F-16 fighters to Egypt

"Egypt has thus far supported, lived by peace agreements with Israel and has taken steps to deal with the problem of security in the Sinai. Those are vital to us, our security interests and the security interests of Israel..."

For how much longer is debatable and by staying the course regarding our agreements will just result in Egypt having more modern weapons with which to invade Israel.

From The Blaze January 24 by Madeleine Morganstern


Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s gift of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi’s newly-surfaced commentsreferring to Israelis as “descendents of apes and pigs.”

Kerry, during his confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of state, told Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) the foreign aid package was worked out in 2010 when Hosni Mubarak still ruled Egypt.

The fact that sometimes other countries elect someone you don’t agree with doesn’t give us permission to walk away,” Kerry said.

Oh, I don't know.  We pulled contracts and agreements after Hitler was "elected" chancellor in 1933.

He called Morsi’s comments “reprehensible” and “unacceptable by anyone’s standard.”

“Those comments set back possibilities of working towards mutual issues of mutual interest,” he said. “They are degrading comments, they’re unacceptable by anyone’s standard and I think they have to be apologized for.”

But he said despite Morsi’s words, Kerry said the U.S. has a “critical interest” in Egypt — hence following through on the aid package.

“Not everything lends itself to a simple classification, black or white,” Kerry said. “We have critical interests with Egypt, critical interests. Egypt has thus far supported, lived by peace agreements with Israel and has taken steps to deal with the problem of security in the Sinai. Those are vital to us, our security interests and the security interests of Israel.”

The Usual Excuses: Morsi says remarks about Jews being "apes and pigs" taken out of context


Not one of the American politicians dared to ask about the Qur'anic justification for Morsi's remarks, that would be Islamophobic.  Morsi said exactly what his Qur'an said, so there really is nothing that can be retold that would make his original statements "out of context.  We all know the Jews did it, and Morsi was just repeating that oft made claim but wrapped in 1400 years of Islamic dogma.

"And (remember, O Children of Israel) when We made a covenant with you...and ye know of those of you who broke the Sabbath, how We said unto them: Be ye apes, despised and hated!" (2-63/65)
"Say: O People of the Scripture!...Shall I tell thee of a worse (case) than theirs for retribution with Allah? (Worse is the case of him) whom Allah hath cursed, him on whom His wrath hath fallen and of whose sort Allah hath turned some to apes and swine..." (5-59/60)

"And when they forgot that whereof they had been reminded...when they took pride in that which they had been forbidden, We said unto them: Be ye apes despised and loathed!" (7-164/166)

From The Times of Israel January 24 by Raphael Ahren

Morsi: Jewish-controlled media distorted my ‘apes and pigs’ remark

In a conversation with senior US lawmakers, Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi reportedly implied that the Jews control the US media and have distorted comments he made in the past about Zionists being “bloodsuckers” and “descendants of apes and pigs.”

The meeting earlier this month between Morsi and seven US senators deteriorated sharply and nearly derailed after he made the remarks, Foreign Policy magazine reported Wednesday.

Morsi, a member of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, came under fire recently after video surfaced of him calling Jews and Zionists “bloodsuckers” and “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

The senators’ meeting with Morsi was partially intended to receive clarification on his earlier comments.

At first, the Egyptian president defended himself by saying he did not harbor negative feelings about Judaism or Jewish people.

He then launched a diatribe about Israeli policies against the Palestinians, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) told Foreign Policy. “He was attempting to explain himself … then he said, ‘Well, I think we all know that the media in the United States has made a big deal of this and we know the media of the United States is controlled by certain forces and they don’t view me favorably,’” Coons told the magazine’s The Cable blog.

Asked if Morsi specifically named the Jews as the forces that control the American media, Coons replied that all the senators believed the implication was obvious. “He did not say [the Jews], but I watched as the other senators physically recoiled, as did I,” Coons said. “I thought it was impossible to draw any other conclusion.”

Here is the video of Morsi from 2010. You decide.

Ft Hood jihadist wants the death penalty taken off the table, claims beard discrimination

 Fort Hood shooting: This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. The new judge in the shooting case will decide next week whether to spare Hasan the death penalty and let him plead guilty. IMAGE
The beard of Jihad

Because his civil rights were denied by not allowing him to sport a beard, Nidal Hasan wants to be exempt from the death penalty.  Mom would call this chutzpah, I call is Islamic supremacy on display.  He murdered many while shouting Allahu Akbar, his business card said SoA which means soldier of Allah and he gave away all his Qur'ans the day before the massacre.

Just execute him already.

From MSN January 24 by Angela K. Brown
Fort Hood shooting suspect wants death penalty out

FORT WORTH, Texas — The new judge in the Fort Hood shooting rampage case faces a controversial decision next week: whether to spare Maj. Nidal Hasan a possible death sentence and let him plead guilty in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation.

Defense attorneys said Hasan wants to plead guilty to 13 counts of premeditated murder, but Army rules prohibit a judge from accepting a guilty plea in a death penalty case. If the death sentence is removed, Hasan's punishment would be life without parole — which he already faces if convicted of the 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the 2009 attack on the Texas Army post.

The date for his long-delayed trial has not been set, but pretrial hearings are scheduled Wednesday through Friday so the new military judge, Col. Tara Osborn, can reconsider several defense requests previously rejected by the former judge. That judge was removed after the military's highest court said he appeared to show bias, a ruling that ended appeals that had delayed the case more than three months.

Defense attorneys argue that Hasan should be spared a possible death sentence because his rights have been violated — including by the former judge who ordered that Hasan's beard be forcibly shaved(but it never was-ed.) Hasan first showed up in court in June with a beard, later saying it was required by his Muslim faith, but facial hair violates Army rules.

Defense attorneys also claim Fort Hood's commanding general was not impartial when he decided in July 2011 that Hasan would face the death penalty, and had been influenced by high-ranking government officials. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, has not yet entered a plea.

Osborn has full authority to decide on the death penalty issue because she is ruling on legal matters raised by the defense, said Jeff Addicott, director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio.

"I think the case will go forward as a death penalty case, because it's dragged on for years, and if ever there was a case fitting of the death penalty, this is it," said Addicott, who is not involved in the Hasan case, adding that he believed Hasan is "a radical extremist ... and he has no remorse."

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Egyptian jihadist Morsi to get American tanks and F-16s

This will solve everything.  Give more weapons to the enemy of Israel and tell them they are part of the "regional security interests" that is vital for the protection of democracy in the Middle East.  The rabbit hole has opened up again, and down we go...

From The Washington Free Beacon January 22 by Adam Kredo
Egypt to Receive F-16s

The State Department has refused to cancel or delay the delivery of several American-made F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, claiming that the arms deal serves America’s “regional security interests,” according to an official State Department document obtained by the Free Beacon.

The news that the Obama administration would uphold an aid package to Egypt that included the military hardware prompted concern on Capitol Hill from lawmakers who said the deal was not prudent given the political situation in Egypt, where Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi has clashed with democratic protestors.

“Sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks are to be given to the Egyptian government before the end of the year under a foreign aid deal signed in 2010 with then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak,” Fox News reported Tuesday.

“President Morsi has failed to promote promised democracy in his country and neglected to continue Egypt’s legacy of maintaining peace in the region,” said Senator James Inhofe (R., Okla.). “I am alarmed and disappointed in the Obama Administration’s decision to decline my request to delay delivery of F-16s for further consideration.”

The State Department maintained in a January 8 letter to Inhofe that the arming of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood serves the U.S.’s “regional security interests.”

“Delaying or cancelling deliveries of the F-16 aircraft would undermine our efforts to address our regional security interests through a more capable Egyptian military and send a damaging and lasting signal to Egypt’s civilian and military leadership as we work toward a democratic transition in the key Middle Eastern State,” the State Department said.

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Hillary Clinton lies under oath, says she never said the Muhammad video was the cause of Benghazi

My Dad, if he were still alive today would call this "20 pounds of crap in a 10 pound bag."  For the SCOTUS to deliberately lie under oath to a congressional hearing is nothing less than traitorous.  She deserves scorn, ridicule and she should be denied the chance to run for POTUS.  I am disgusted at the way she presents herself and would like to see her run out of DC in disgrace.

I love my country but fear my government, and she is one reason why.

From FOXNews January 23

Hillary Clinton: ‘I Did Not Say That It Was About the Video for Libya’

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, answering questions on the attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) pressed her on the anti-Islamic video that was originally blamed for the attack. “When you briefed us, you said unequivocally this was a result of a video and I remember in fact you got pretty upset about it when somebody suggested this was a terrorist attack.”

Clinton said, “I did not say … that it was about the video for Libya, it certainly was for many of the other places where we were watching these disturbances.”

Oh, but you did, Hillary...

Monday, January 21, 2013

Canadian, French and British identified as some of the jihadists in Algeria gas plant attack

The roster is beginning to look like a United Colors of Benneton catalogue.  How many others will be found to have their roots in a non-Muslim country?  The final body count should tell us.

From the Daily Mail January 20 by Peter Allen and Nabila Ramdani

Who was the white jihadi? Algerian forces find 'two Canadians and at least one Frenchman' among bodies of gas plant gunmen

The storming of the BP gas plant in Algeria and murder of dozens of hostages was orchestrated by a Canadian, it emerged yesterday.

Documents found on the bodies of two terrorists – one a ringleader – identified them as Canadians and Western intelligence agencies were checking last night whether either was ‘known’ to them.

Survivors have told how at least one of the kidnappers spoke perfect English in giving them orders.
Both Canadians entered Algeria from Libya with members of the ‘Blood Battalion’ led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

Their cars were painted in the colours of the Algerian state energy firm, Sonatrach.

Only part of one of the men’s names – ‘Chedad,’ which is Moroccan – was released yesterday but British investigators were seeking to establish whether either Canadian had spent time in Britain or had UK links.

The development raises fears that the Arab Spring has been a rallying call for extremists. Hundreds of Britons and Westerners joined the fighting in the Middle East and North Africa and some may have subsequently joined violent groups abroad or terror gangs back home.
Significantly, a Briton who is believed to be an Islamic convert in his late 20s with blond hair and blue eyes is said to have joined one-eyed Belmokhtar’s group last year. He is reported to have visited wounded jihadists at a hospital in south-east Mali.And a second British jihadist linked to the terror leader is said to be a Londoner, who was captured by the Mauritanian authorities last month trying to cross into Mali.
Investigators say the men are part of a ‘small but increasing and significant’ number of Britons or foreign nationals living in the UK and travelling to join extremist groups with loose associations to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

It is thought Britons and other Europeans may have attended terror camps in the Sahel region to the south of the Sahara.

The Canadian link has long been feared, according to David Harris of the terrorist intelligence programme at Insignis Strategic Research in Ottawa.

He said the country’s open borders and dual language made it attractive to French-speaking immigrants from North Africa. French anti-terrorism magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguière has called Montreal a hub of North African terrorism.

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Algerian jihadists were employed at site, one insider probably French

International jihad comes to fruition.  We will see more of this as pure Islam spreads.

From the Telegraph January 20 by Abdelatif Belkayem and Henry Samuel

Algeria hostage crisis: al Qaeda had help from inside claim security sources

One of those involved in the "inside job" was of French nationality, the sources told the Daily Telegraph, in what appears to be a blow to those in charge of safety at the highly strategic In Amenas plant, which accounts for 12 per cent of Algeria's gas production.
The unnamed French accomplice is said to have changed sides once his comrades in arms had broken into the desert site in southeastern Algeria after attacking bus at a false checkpoint. He then took part in the kidnapping operation before being killed during the Algerian army assault on the site.
Some terrorists are reported to have known internal procedures at the plant as well as the room numbers of expatriates.
Gendarmes are understood to have opened an investigation into four other workers who survived the attack on suspicion of helping the kidnappers enter the tightly-guarded facility, the sources said, without providing further details.
In a further development, up to five of the hostage takers are believed to have been captured alive, separate sources said. The Algerian government earlier said that all 32 kidnappers had been "neutralised", leaving open the possibility that not all were dead.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

It's not Islam, it's the far right!

The turn towards the dark side is complete.  A West Point think tank just released a report citing the rise of far right groups, noting that actions be taken to monitor groups who advocate for "...civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government."  Who knew the practice of those rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights by our founders would be looked upon as something to be feared and monitored.  We live in perilous times and our liberties are in imminent danger.  Be aware, be careful and be prepared.

From The Washington Times January 17 by Rowan Scarborough

West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S.

A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”

The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.”

The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”

The West Point center typically focuses reports on al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists attempting to gain power in Asia, the Middle East and Africa through violence.

But its latest study turns inward and paints a broad brush of people it considers “far right.”

It says anti-federalists “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.”

The report also draws a link between the mainstream conservative movement and the violent “far right,” and describes liberals as “future oriented” and conservatives as living in the past.

“While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive -oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo.” the report says. “The far right represents a more extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community.”

The report adds: “While far-right groups’ ideology is designed to exclude minorities and foreigners, the liberal-democratic system is designed to emphasize civil rights, minority rights and the balance of power.”

The report says there were 350 “attacks initiated by far-right groups/individuals” in 2011.

Details about what makes an attack a “far right” action are not clear in the report, which was written by Arie Perliger, who directs the center’s terrorism studies and teaches social sciences at West Point.

A Republican congressional staffer who served in the military told The Washington Times: “If [the Defense Department] is looking for places to cut spending, this junk study is ground zero.

“Shouldn’t the Combating Terrorism Center be combating radical Islam around the globe instead of perpetuating the left’s myth that right-wingers are terrorists?” the staffer said. “The $64,000 dollar question is when will the Combating Terrorism Center publish their study on real left-wing terrorists like the Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and the Weather Underground?”

Algeria: hostage jihad over, all remaining jihadists and hostages killed

It was inevitable that this would end badly.  The Algerian Army is not Special Forces or Green Beret, they are more like the "A" Team.  Now the clean-up and blame game begins, and families start to ask the hard questions.

From AP January 19 by Paul Schemm and Karim Kebir

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 23 hostages dead and killed all 32 militants involved, the Algerian government said.
With few details emerging from the remote site in eastern Algeria, it was unclear whether anyone was rescued in the final operation, but the number of hostages killed on Saturday - seven - was how many the militants had said that morning they still had. The government described the toll as provisional and some foreigners remained unaccounted for.

The siege at Ain Amenas transfixed the world after radical Islamists linked to al-Qaida stormed the complex, which contained hundreds of plant workers from all over the world, then held them hostage surrounded by the Algerian military and its attack helicopters for four tense days that were punctuated with gun battles and dramatic tales of escape.

Algeria's response to the crisis was typical of its history in confronting terrorists, favoring military action over negotiation, which caused an international outcry from countries worried about their citizens. Algerian military forces twice assaulted the two areas where the hostages were being held with minimal apparent mediation - first on Thursday, then on Saturday.

"To avoid a bloody turn of events in response to the extreme danger of the situation, the army's special forces launched an intervention with efficiency and professionalism to neutralize the terrorist groups that were first trying to flee with the hostages and then blow up the gas facilities," Algeria's Interior Ministry said in a statement about the standoff.
Immediately after the assault, French President Francois Hollande gave his backing to Algeria's tough tactics, saying they were "the most adapted response to the crisis."

"There could be no negotiations" with terrorists, the French media quoted him as saying...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Brief moment of clarity report: State Department refuses offer to trade "prisoners" with Malian jihadists

Scene: The plant is located in In Amenas, around 60 miles from the Libyan border and 800 miles from the capital in Algeria's vast desert south

"Terrorists should be on notice that they will find no sanctuary or refuge; not in Algeria, not in North Africa, not anywhere. Those who will want only to attack will have no place to hide" said Leon Panetta yesterday.  He also said that the offer of a trade; two Americans for two jihadists; one who is serving time for plotting the 1993 WTC bombing (the Bilnd Sheik) and Aafia Siddiqui, convicted of attempted murder against American soldiers and FBI while in Afghanistan. I am glad to see my leaders taking a strong stance, we will judge their success by how many innocents are alive after it is all over.

From the Daily Mail January 17 by Tim Shipman, David Williams, Beth Stebner and Helen Pow.

'We don't do deals with terrorists': State Department REJECTS 'Battalion of Blood' gang offer to swap two U.S. hostages seized in Algeria for jailed extremists

The Obama administration has rejected an offer from militants to release convicted terrorists in exchange for US hostages being held in Algeria, as it is revealed Texas resident Frederick Buttaccio was killed in yesterday's bloody raid.

The Associated Press reported this afternoon that Buttaccio died in the hostage standoff as survivors said militants strapped plastic explosives around their necks and described how foreign workers secretly invented disguises to escape their captors.

The Al Qaeda-linked kidnappers offered to outrageous swap deal this morning through a Mauritanian news agency but US officials were quick to shut it down, insisting the administration rejects any such trade of hostages for convicted terrorists.

Unnamed US officials said Buttaccio's remains had been recovered and his family had been notified but said it was unclear as yet how he died.

The State Department has also confirmed that American hostages were still being held at the natural gas plant in the Sahara, though they would not reveal how many.
At least 12 hostages, including Buttaccio, have been killed since the start of the operation to free workers kidnapped by Islamic militants, according to Algeria's state news service, however it noted that its figures were 'provisional' and could increase.

The service reported at around 11 a.m. EST that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped had now been freed. More than 30 foreign energy workers still appear to be unaccounted for.

At a press conference today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that during meetings with Algerian Prime Minister Abdul-Malik Salal she underscored that 'the utmost care must be taken to preserve innocent life' in the continuing hostage crisis.

Foreign leaders expressed concern over the heavy-handed tactics used by the Algerian military in yesterday's raid, which was carried out without the prior knowledge of the US government.

The assault was meant to wipe out the al-Qaeda-linked militants and free the dozens of foreigners from at least 10 countries who were being held, but instead left scores of people dead, injured or missing.

'The U.S. extends our condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones in this brutal assault,' she said. 'We remain deeply concerned about those who remain in danger.

'I spoke with the Algerian prime minister again this morning to get an update on this very difficult situation, and to underscore, again, that the utmost care must be taken to preserve innocent life.'

(.)A source said yesterday that 30 hostages were killed, of whom the nationalities of 15 had been established. Of these, eight were Algerian and seven were foreigners, including two British, two Japanese and a French national. One Briton was killed when the terrorists seized the gas compound on Wednesday. The number of foreigners unaccounted for and feared dead is now at 60.

An Irish engineer who survived said he saw four jeeps full of hostages blown up by Algerian troops whose commanders said they moved in about 30 hours after the siege began because the gunmen had demanded to be allowed to take their captives abroad.

A French hostage employed by a French catering company said Algerian military forces had found some British hostages hiding in a roof space and were combing the sprawling In Amenas site for others when he was escorted away by the military.

'I hid in my room for nearly 40 hours, under the bed. I put boards up pretty much all round,' Alexandre Berceaux told Europe 1. 'I didn't know how long I was going to stay there ... I was afraid. I could see myself already ending up in a pine box.'

The Japanese government said on Friday that three of its citizens escaped but 14 were still unaccounted for and their fate was unclear.
BP said there was a 'small number of BP employees' at the facility 'whose current location and situation remain uncertain.' It added that 11 employees and hundreds of staff at other oil companies were flown out of the area yesterday and also described the situation as 'ongoing.'

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Possible dry run for jihad bombing in Lyon closes subway

Possible target of Islamic wrath?

The French are bombing Mali, and the jihadists there have threatened France with attacks against them world-wide.  This could very well be a test to see how emergency personnel respond.  Unfortunately, time will tell whether a bullet has been dodged.

From Reuters January 18 by Catherine Lagrange

French city Lyon briefly evacuates metro on bomb alert
(Reuters) - The southeastern French city of Lyon temporarily shut and evacuated its underground railway system due to a bomb alert, local officials and the city's transport operator said.

The metro was later reopened and traffic returned to normal after security experts carried out checks, the operator said.

France is on high alert and has stepped up army patrols of public buildings and transport networks as Islamist militant groups have threatened revenge attacks for France's military campaign against al Qaeda-linked rebels in Mali.

Coming to an American city near you...sooner than you think

In London, there are areas such as Tower Gate in East London that are "sharia controlled zones" where gangs of Muslims roam the streets, enforcing bans on alcohol, immodest dress, gambling, smoking and a host of other behaviors deemed haram by the sharia law.  This has been slowly developing over the decades, and it is something that is at the beginning stages here in the US.  Think it can't happen here because of our laws and rights?  Think again.  Britain did this to themselves by enshrining virtually unlimited immigration, and turning the other way with illegal immigration, all for the sake of a cheap labor pool.  We have done the same thing, now we are just waiting for the hammer to drop.

From The Commentator January 16

'Muslim Patrol' vigilantes attempt to control London streets

The Commentator has found evidence of self-styled 'vigilantes' patrolling streets of London, accosting women and vandalising public property. The group, which is attempting to cordon off 'Muslim areas', has dubbed itself 'Muslim Patrol'.

So far, the group has posted two videos to its new YouTube account which was set up in December 2012. The first video shows the destruction of advertising and vandalising of bus shelters, both displaying images of H&M push-up bras. The second video sees the 'vigilantes' approaching and harrassing members of the public for either consuming alcohol, dressing 'inappropriately', or being inebriated near a mosque.

Several of the videos uploaded to the account have already been removed as they violated YouTube's terms and conditions. One specifically states that YouTube deemed it intentionally "designed to bully, harrass and threaten".

The footage is likely to have come from East London, where 'Shariah zones' were set up last year. The new tactic of intimidation is said to appall local residents, who will likely find the 'patrols' disconcerting.

In the videos, the 'Muslim Patrol' is heard to say, "Alcohol banned. This is a Muslim area. Muslims patrol the area."

One young woman, when confronted by the patrol, states, "I am appalled, this is Great Britain", to which the authors of the video are heard to remark, "We don't care. It's not so Great Britain".

Those involved are thought to be a part of an extremist network in East London and not linked to the wider Muslim community in the local area.

Fine, but what are the locals doing to root out jihadists in their midst, and what programs are they implementing to make sure none of their youth fall prey to jihadist propaganda?   

Florida jihad case update; son freed, prosecution against Father continues

There was not enough evidence to hold the son, but dear old Dad will stand trial, accused of providing material support to the Taliban in Pakistan.

From The Miami Herald January 17 by Jay Weaver

Federal judge throws out Taliban terror case against Margate imam

When Izhar Khan was arrested in May 2011 on terrorism charges, the young imam was beloved by the members of his Margate mosque and was engaged to a woman from Pakistan.

He spent the next 20 months in the Miami Federal Detention Center, mostly in solitary confinement, awaiting the start of his trial earlier this month.

On Thursday, a federal judge threw out the U.S. government’s case charging that Khan aided the Pakistani Taliban terrorist organization in a plot with his father, Miami imam Hafiz Khan. But Izhar Khan, 26, says he’s not angry about his ordeal — even though he lost his home, his savings and his very freedom.

“I don’t have words to describe my joy,” Khan said at his defense attorney’s law office in Coconut Grove, hours after he was released from custody. “I just want to let everyone know that I have no bitter feelings against the government.

“They had to do what they had to do for the safety of our community,” he said, but added that he felt the FBI investigation was “sloppy” even if “justice was served” in the end.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola issued a judgment of acquittal for the Muslim scholar, citing a lack of evidence in the prosecution’s material-support case against him and his father. The case, which drew national media attention, has experienced problems since the indictment was first filed, though it will continue against Khan’s father, the lead defendant on trial.

The judge found that the prosecution, which rested its case Wednesday, failed to prove any wrongdoing by Izhar Khan, imam of Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen Mosque off Sample Road. Scola concluded that the government’s allegations were unfounded that Khan knew that two suspicious fund transfers of $300 and $900 were intended for the Pakistani Taliban, a U.S.-designated terrorist group.

“I do not believe in good conscience that I can allow the case to go forward against Izhar Khan,” Scola ruled from the bench, noting in a written ruling that “this court will not allow the sins of the father to be visited upon the son.” The judge also said from the bench that prosecutors nonetheless “proceeded in this case against Izhar Khan in good faith.”

Scola already denied the father’s bid for an acquittal verdict halfway through the trial, on Wednesday. Scola noted Thursday that the government’s case against the 77-year-old imam of the Flagler Mosque is “overwhelming,” so his lawyer will be putting on a defense. The trial is set to resume Tuesday.

After the judge’s acquittal verdict for Izhar Khan, the defendant hugged defense lawyer Joseph Rosenbaum and members of Khan’s mosque shook each other’s hands, quietly celebrating.

Rosenbaum said the acquittal was a victory not only for his client, but also for the entire Muslim community in South Florida. “I think we went a long way with this acquittal to strengthen their feeling that they are part of this community and they should not live in fear,” he said.

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Jews taking over Mali...wait, what?

The unreality of religious anti-semitism

It appears the IZCTTOTW* has reached the deepest Africa, doing its dirty work under the cover of French aggression.  Who new the Jews wanted Mali.  Wait, I know; it is to be their new country, so they can leave the Middle East and give their land to the refugees, thus ushering a new millennium of peace.


From Voice of the Copts January 17

Moroccan Salafis condemn French war in Mali as ‘Zionist crusade’

Salafist leaders in Morocco have condemned the French military intervention in Mali, calling it a “Zionist crusade” and labelling all Muslims who participate in it “ungodly.”

“No Islamic state should provide facilities, such as the use of airspace, to non-Muslims against a Muslim state. It is forbidden by Islam,” wrote Omar Haddouchi, a well-known Salafist, on his Facebook page late on Wednesday.

“Whoever has given support to non-Muslims (in the conflict) is considered ungodly,” Haddouchi added.

Another radical Islamist, Abderrazak Ajah, said Moroccans must “choose between supporting the Islamist fighters as best we can or the Zionist crusade and its agents,” also posting his comments on social media.

Morocco and Algeria have authorised overflights by French fighter planes, which began air strikes in northern Mali last Friday as part of efforts to help Malian troops contain hardline armed Islamists who have occupied the region.

Rabat has also expressed solidarity with Mali in dealing with the militants.

Sheikh Mohamed Rafiki, another Moroccan Salafist, wrote on his Facebook page that there was “no case for supporting the occupying forces in their aggression against Muslim countries.”

“No foreigner has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of a Muslim state, whatever the reason,” added prominent Salafist leader Hassan Kettani.

The four hardline Moroccan Islamists were sentenced to 10 between to 30 years in jail for inciting violence linked to the Casablanca bombings in May 2003, in which 45 people were killed, including the 12 suicide bombers.

All four were later pardoned.

Chicago businessman goes to prison for supporting Mumbai attacks in 2008

Tahawwur Rana is a kind and gentle man, according to his family and friends, yet somehow he managed to misunderstand his religion, believing the words of Muhammad to mean kill the infidels.  

So many times this misunderstanding is happening...

From WTHR January 17 by Tammy Webber and Jason Keyser

Chicago man who backed terror group gets 14 years

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago businessman was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday for providing material support to overseas terrorism, including a Pakistani group whose 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, left more than 160 people dead.

Tahawwur Rana did not address the court before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber imposed the sentence and did not react afterward. But his defense attorneys said the judge was right to reject prosecutors' arguments that Rana deserved a stiffer sentence because the charges were related to terrorism.

Jurors in 2011 convicted Rana of providing support for the Pakistani group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and for supporting a never-carried-out plot to attack a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005. The cartoons angered many Muslims because pictures of the prophet are prohibited in Islam.

But jurors cleared Rana of the third and most serious charge of involvement in the three-day rampage in Mumbai, India's largest city, which has often been called India's 9/11.

"We think the judge made the right ruling," defense attorney Patrick Blegen said, adding that he intends to appeal Rana's conviction because the judge refused to separate the Denmark and Mumbai charges. "I had always been our belief that it would be very difficult to get a fair trial if he had to face charges for two separate plots at once."

Prosecutors, who had sought a sentence of up to 30 years, issued a written statement in which Acting U.S. Attorney Gary S. Shapiro called the 14-year term a "serious" sentence "that should go a long way towards convincing would-be terrorists that they can't hide behind the scenes, lend support to the violent aims of terrorist organizations and escape detection and punishment."

The government's star witness at Rana's trial was admitted terrorist David Coleman Headley, who had pleaded guilty to laying the groundwork for the Mumbai attacks. The American Pakistani testified against his school friend Rana to avoid the death penalty and extradition and spent five days on the witness stand detailing how he allegedly worked for both the Pakistani intelligence agency known as the ISI and Lashkar.

Rana was accused of allowing Headley to open a branch of his Chicago-based immigration law business in Mumbai as a cover story and travel as a representative of the company in Denmark. During trial, a travel agent showed how Rana booked travel for Headley and prosecutors presented Rana's videotaped arrest statement to the FBI, during which he said he knew Headley had trained with Lashkar. They also played a September 2009 recorded phone conversation between the men.

Defense attorneys portrayed Headley as a manipulator and habitual liar who duped his friend. Jurors' decision not to convict Rana on all counts could suggest they weren't fully convinced by Headley, who is scheduled to be sentenced in Chicago next week.

Prosecutor Daniel Collins on Thursday argued for a tough punishment for Rana that would deter others who would take part in similar plots and reflect the seriousness of the offense.

"There's not much worse than mass murder of this scale," he said of the plot, which was not ultimately carried out.

The judge responded that he doubted any sentence he imposed would deter anyone bent on committing a terrorist attack.

"Seems to me that people determined to carry out terrorism really don't care what happens to them," Leinenweber said. He added, however, that a long sentence would help prevent Rana from taking part in any future terrorist activity.

The judge also rejected the government's argument that the plot against the Danish newspaper was meant as a broader attack against the Danish government, amounting to an act of terrorism that should mean a harsher sentence. Leinenweber said it seemed clear the plot was solely targeting an independent newspaper on private property, and was likely intended to intimidate other media outlets that might defame Islam or its prophet.

The defense attorney, Blegen, also noted that there was no shortage of government targets in Copenhagen if they had wanted to strike at Denmark's leaders.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Turkish Hitler

Just when you thought it was safe to think of Turkey as still secular and not in danger of tilting towards Islamism, we have this.

I almost didn't believe it until I saw it.

From The Jewish Press January 15 by Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Hitler Honored in Upscale Istanbul Mall

People who have been paying attention know that relations between Israel and Turkey have been eroding, but not many realize that Turkey is now not only openly hostile to the Jewish State, but also to the Jewish people.

On Friday, January 11, a Turkish citizen took a picture to show exactly how belligerent Turkey has become. The picture is of a huge poster with the words, “Who Would You Like to Meet if You Could?” and the last name, and only photograph, is of Adolf Hitler. The other choices include Suleiman I, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Napolean Bonaparte, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Vladimir Lenin, Boris Yeltsin, Leonardo Da Vinci, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Jackson. But only Hitler warranted a picture, a huge one at that.

According to Ege Berk Korkut, an active Turkish writer and blogger, the sign was placed in the Sapphire Mall by the owners, a group of Turkish businessmen who are devoted to Erdogan. Korkut explained to The Jewish Press that the Sapphire is an ultra-upscale mall in Levent, the wealthiest neighborhood in Istanbul. The Sapphire building is one of the tallest buildings in Europe.

Korkut said that while a few people have complained about the banner – and the management has refused to remove it – most shoppers just glance at it and continue shopping. Ho-hum, nothing startling or even mildly interesting about a huge photograph of Adolf Hitler hanging in the Turkish equivalent of Via Bellagio in Las Vegas or The Shops at Columbus Circle in New York City.

And it is not only Israel and the Jews towards which Turkey has turned its back.

The Iranian Ambassador to Turkey, Bahman Hussein Pour, discussed the close and ever-increasing Iranian-Turkish relations...

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Harris Zafar breaks it all down for the gullible kuffir

An amazing illusion which the ever-gullible Western media, politicians, pundits and Islamic sycophants will gobble up like chocolate cake at a Weight Watchers convention.  Harris Zafar is the perfectly smooth and deceptive Islamist, using Orwellian phrases and dissonant connections in order to gin up the "peaceful and tolerant" Islam.  He is a master of ignoring what the recognized leaders of Islam say, and hopes you will, too.

From The Washington Post January 14 by Harris Zafar

Making Islamic sense of free speech

While many celebrated the winter holidays, news broke of the arrest in Saudi Arabia of liberal writer Turki Al Hamad for allegedly insulting Islam on Twitter. We also heard of another Saudi activist, Raif Badawi, who was arrested in June and will now continue with his trial, accused of apostasy for ridiculing Saudi Arabia’s religious police and making other comments that officials found insulting. These incidents have re-ignited the age old debate about the use of freedom of speech, especially with regards to Islam.

The sharia does not allow for free speech about Islam from non-Muslims.  "According to a manual of Islamic law certified as reliable by al-Azhar, the foremost institution in Sunni Islam, Islam mandates death for non-Muslim subjects of the Islamic state who mention "something impermissible about Allah, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), or Islam" ('Umdat al-Salik, o11.10)." (Thanks to Robert Spencer)

The difference between Islam’s view on free speech and the view promoted by free speech advocates these days is the intention and ultimate goal each seeks to promote. Whereas many secularists champion individual privileges, Islam promotes the principle of uniting mankind and cultivating love and understanding among people. Both endorse freedom for people to express themselves, but Islam promotes unity, whereas modern-day free speech advocates promote individualism.

Islam means submission in Arabic.  You have the choice to submit...or not.  The individualism comes from being the same in Allah's eye.

Let me explain.

The ultimate goal of Islam is to unite mankind under a single banner of peace. The Koran– Islam’s holy scripture – says God created everyone in unity, but our own man-made differences has compromised our unity (2:214). In order to unite mankind, Islam instructs to only use speech to be truthful, do good to others, and be fair and respectful. It attempts to pre-empt frictions by prescribing rules of conduct which guarantee for all people not only freedom of speech but also fairness, absolute justice, and the right of disagreement.

The Koran instructs people to speak the truth (33:71), to speak in a manner that is best (17:54), to speak to others kindly (2:84) and to refrain from inappropriate speech (4:149). With Islam’s guidance to purify our intentions, it promotes free speech when our intention is to serve a good purpose, promote peace, bring people closer to God and unite mankind. If, however, our intentions are to insult others or promote disorder or division, we should refrain.

Zafar conveniently forgets to tell you about the other suras and verses which abrogate his mentions.  There is the sword verse (9-29), 5-51 tells Muslims not to take non-Muslims as friends, 8-39 extolls Muslims to fight until religion is for Allah only, 2-216 tells Muslims that fighting is "good for you" and 47-4 tells Muslims to "smite the necks" of the Jews and Christians.  

The most vocal proponents of freedom of speech, however, call us towards a different path, where people can say anything and everything on their mind. With no restraint on speech at all, every form of provocation would exist, thereby cultivating confrontation and antagonism. They insist this freedom entitles them the legal privilege to insult others. This is neither democracy nor freedom of speech. It fosters animosity, resentment and disorder.

The call for censorship in order to coddle Muslims is obvious here.  The only animosity, resentment and disorder is Zafar's call for restrictions on the very speech rights he is exercising in his article.

Rather than focusing on privileges, Islam focuses on the principle to avoid speech that causes separation and conflict. Our words should have a positive impact on people’s lives, promote truth and promote justice. We agree with former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, who once said: “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” Treating speech as supreme at the expense of world peace and harmony is an incredibly flawed concept. No matter how important the cause of free speech, it still pales in comparison to the cause of world peace and unity.

In other words, shut up for peace....or else.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jihad tunnel found inside Israel after rainstorm

There are hundreds, if not thousands of these tunnels all across the border.  They are used to smuggle everything, as well as a quick exit route after kidnapping Israeli soldiers.  This one was hundreds of meters long and ended well inside Israel.  The enemies of Israel will never stop trying to destroy them and we will continue to see evidence of that in tunnels like this.

From The Jewish Express January 15

Rain Uncovers Gaza Terror Tunnel Inside Israel

The IDF discovered a terror tunnel inside Israel that originated from within the Gaza strip. The tunnel’s reached 100 meters inside Israel, and ended between Kibbutz Nir Oz and the Gaza security fence.

The IDF troops were on operational duty at the time near the southern Gaza border when they saw a section of ground that collapsed. Upon closer investigation it was discovered that a section of the ground over the tunnel had collapsed inward, apparently because of the rain.

The IDF is trying to determine when the tunnel was dug, and is looking at this as a very serious event, and very specifically as an attempt to commit a terror attack against Israeli civilians and the IDF.

The IDF tweeted that the large tunnel was similar to the tunnel used to kidnap Gilad Shalit in 2006.

There is also concern that there might be additional tunnels in the area that weren’t discovered.

On Monday, Abu Muhmad, spokesman for Islamic Jihad said that, “Kidnapping soldiers is the only way to free Palestinian prisoners from jail.”