Judge Tells Transit Agency to Post Anti-Jihad Message

 

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Judge tells transit agency to post anti-jihad message.

Issue was whether ‘heckler’s veto’ would be allowed to shut down ads
promoting Israel.

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A judge in Washington, D.C., ruled today that a “heckler’s veto” of pro-Israel ads that already have appeared in San Francisco and New York cannot be used to censor the message in Washington.

The judge granted a request by the American Freedom Law Center for an injunction to halt the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority censorship of a pro-Israel/anti-jihad bus advertisement.

The judge ordered the agency display the ads no later than 5 p.m. on October 8, 2012.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer granted the request after AFLC co-founder and senior counsel Robert Muise presented a compelling case in which he argued that the WMATA’s refusal to run the advertisement out of a vague and speculative fear of Muslim mob violence violates AFLC’s clients’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

Muise of the American Freedom Law Center is representing the ad sponsors, Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch who are working together under the banner of the Freedom Defense Initiative.

“Today, Judge Collyer affirmed that our fundamental right to freedom of speech cannot be suppressed by mob rule. This is not only a victory for our clients, but it is a clear victory for all freedom-loving Americans.”

It was back on Sept. 18 when the agency decided to delay running a pro-Israel/anti-jihad advertisement on its metro system until some “future date” due to alleged concerns about “the situations happening around the world,” “world events,” and the “security and safety” of its passengers.

Muise explained the WMATA’s decision was based in response to the ongoing violence in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere in an alleged protest of free speech in the United States that is critical of Islam.

AFLC challenged the censorship.

The victory follows on the heels of a New York federal judge ordering New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display the same advertisement after the MTA had initially refused to run it in September 2011, claiming that the advertisement violated the MTA’s policy against displaying “images or information that demean an individual or group of individuals on account of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.”

The ad states, “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad.”

The ad previously has raised a ruckus on the West Coast, where San Francisco transit officials accompanied it with a disclaimer.

Muise said earlier, “The WMATA does not want to display a message that it deems to be critical of Islam, critical of jihad, or supportive of Israel in light of the current ‘world events.’ However, it is precisely because of the current political situation unfolding in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere that FDI should be permitted to express its message, and any delay amounts to government censorship of speech. Because FDI’s speech is core political speech, it should be accorded the greatest protection under the First Amendment.”

The transit agency already leases space for ads that are commercial, noncommercial, public service, public-issue, political and religious. For example, it has posted the message, “End U.S. military aid to Israel.”

A court hearing was held Thursday.

AFLC co-founder David Yerushalmi said: “Under the First Amendment, speech cannot be punished or banned simply because it might offend a hostile mob. The WMATA’s speech restriction is based on the perceived negative response that FDI’s message might receive from certain viewers based on its content and viewpoint. However, a viewer’s reaction to speech is not a content-neutral basis for regulation. This is known as a ‘heckler’s veto,’ which is impermissible under the First Amendment.”

The organizations just finished a similar fight in New York, where a federal judge ruled free speech requires the transit authority to display the ads, just as it has displayed other ads.

When the ad appeared there, a pro-Islamic activist who has worked for MSNBC was arrested for vandalizing a poster with spray paint.

Mona Eltahawy was charged with criminal mischief after spray painting a defender of freedom who caught her in the act of vandalizing one of the pro-Israel ads.

Islamist Cyber Fighters Vow More Attacks Against US Targets

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Islamist Cyber Fighters Vow More Attacks Against US Targets

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 01:11 PM

By: Arnaud de Borchgrave

Arnaud de Borchgrave’s Perspective: A shadowy hacker group in the Middle East has disrupted the electronic banking operations of some of the United States’ largest financial institutions, The Seattle Times reported.

But this is hardly new. Five years ago, Goldman Sachs’ chief technology officer reported this venerable financial institution had sustained more than 1 million “intrusion attempts in a single day.”

A military cybernaut expert, speaking privately, said the Pentagon sustains up to 6 million such probes a day. How many were successful remains highly classified. But one Pentagon cyber expert said the vast building’s internal communications system was disrupted once for 48 hours. The number of hostile hacker penetrations remains top secret.

At Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp and Bank of America, the Seattle newspaper reported, a group identifying itself as Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters attacked their websites and “left customers temporarily unable to access their checking accounts, mortgages and other services.”

Electronic crime is a fast-spreading plague. In recent years, there have been massive denial-of-service attacks. Computers are flooded with communications demands that cause systems to back up, seize up and shut down.

These Islamist cyber fighters said their attacks would continue until a video that insults Prophet Muhammad and triggered riots from Indonesia to Pakistan to Egypt to Libya is removed from the Internet. The 15-minute video, the work of a rank amateur, went viral several weeks ago and can no longer be deleted.

Cyber terrorists have been lurking the ‘Net a lot longer than the offending video. And critical electronic infrastructure — from valves that regulate water flows from dams to air traffic control and transnational banking systems — is vulnerable everywhere.

Israel and the United States have been waging electronic warfare against Iran’s secret underground uranium enrichment activities. Clearly, Iran is retaliating by using electronic terrorist groups, both homegrown and Middle Eastern.

In mid-September, the FBI warned of “a new trend in which cyber criminal actors are using spam and phishing emails” as weapons to attack the global networks of financial institutions.”

This week, speaking at a Woodrow Wilson International Center meeting devoted to the growing cyber threat, U.S. Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, chief of the U.S. Cyber Command (also head of the National Security Agency), since it was launched two years ago, said the cyber threat has grown in 10 years “from exploitation to disruption to destruction of computer networks.”

Russia understood this when the Soviet Union collapsed. The old Soviet Federal Agency for Government Communications and Information quickly became a cyber command as the new Russian leaders gave priority to one area where they could perhaps compensate for U.S. military and economic superiority.

This gave the Kremlin a two-decade lead over the United States. USCYBERCOM under Alexander wasn’t activated until September 2010. China activated a cyber command in the mid-1990s.

This week, Alexander said cyber attacks that would crash stock exchanges and markets “are all possible today.” He also said “education is the key to understand what’s already happening.”

At the same event, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, ranking member and former chairwoman of the Homeland Security Committee, said “over 200 cyber attacks against our national assets, such as critical water treatment and transportation networks are just the tip of the iceberg.”

Collins said she was most concerned about an attack on the nation’s electric power grid. The electronic stealing of intellectual property is critical and already with us round the clock.

“Imagine,” she said, “if someone had stolen iPhone5 information and got to market first.”

Some company intrusions simply plant an electronic spy to monitor — and steal — proprietary secrets.

Massive electronic threats follow on the heels of massive physical infrastructure threats — the vast system of highways, bridges, airports, railroads, pipelines, power lines, dams, waterways, water treatment plants, schools and other publicly owned and publicly regulated facilities, all dangerously neglected as hundreds of billions were spent on two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq was a pure waste of $1 trillion with the net result that Iran now has more influence in Baghdad than Washington. Al-Qaida, terminated by the late Saddam Hussein, is also operating and recruiting in Iraq.

And the Afghan War, now opposed by 70 percent of Americans, where Afghans trained by the United States are killing their U.S. advisers and where the tab has reached $600 billion, appears to be headed for a costly and controversial finish.

If the United States under President Obama or President Romney decides to see the Afghan war through the end of 2014, the total tab will be another $1 trillion. And the U.S. deficit, now at $16 trillion, will continue to grow correspondingly.

2015, and hopefully sooner, should see the beginning of a massive home front surge to restore the United States to its once global grandeur.

Infrastructure needs alone are estimated at $3 trillion over five years. Global vision is blurred today. But the United States’ needs in Afghanistan aren’t. They are to disengage ASAP.

Noted editor and journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave is an editor at large for United Press International. He is a founding board member of Newsmax.com who now serves on Newsmax’s Advisory Board. Read more reports from Arnaud de Borchgrave — Click Here Now.

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Muslims in Michigan rally against free speech, for sharia

Muslims in Michigan rally against free speech, for sharia

Posted on September 30, 2012 by creeping

via The Weekly Standard.

Muslim Americans in Michigan, including a local newspaper editor, will be rallying Friday in Dearborn to protest the YouTube film, “Innocence of Muslims” and advocate for blasphemy laws. Here’s an image of a poster advertising the rally:

That’s courtesy of the Detroit News, which writes:

Nearly a decade after Dearborn’s streets celebrated America for bringing down Saddam Hussein and opening a door to democracy in the Mideast, the same city will be the epicenter today of calls to squelch free speech. Protesting the film, “Innocence of Muslims,” that has sparked protests in the Mideast, rally organizer Tarek Baydoun says that so-called blasphemy laws are necessary to prevent speech that hurts the “the religious feelings of Muslims.”

This assault on the First Amendment in the name of the prophet Mohammed is a sad day in America – and confirms fears that Muslim-American activists do not understand the fundamental separation of church and state in the American Constitution.

“There is a need for deterrent legal measures against those individuals or groups that want to damage relations between people, spread hate and incite violence,” said Arab-American News publisher Osama Siblani, a self-proclaimed “moderate” who is apparently oblivious to how gutting the First Amendment would affect his own business.

If you think the Islamization is ramping up fast now, with only 1% of the U.S. population being Muslim, wait until blogs like Creeping Sharia, Jihad Watch, Atlas Shrugs and others are no longer permitted to tell you what is going on, and the population of sharia-demanding Muslims nears 10% – 20% as it will soon.