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By Alex Newman
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – In the wake of death threats against politicians and calls for a violent overthrow of government, German authorities are cracking down hard on Islamic extremism, most recently banning three Salafist groups seeking to impose Shariah law in Germany.
On March 13, the same day that the federal Interior Ministry unveiled the ban of the extremist organizations, police also announced that they had foiled an unrelated Islamist assassination plot against a right-wing political leader in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Four radical Salafists were arrested in connection with the attempted attack, which was allegedly aimed at murdering chief of the anti-Islamist “PRO-NRW” party Markus Beisicht.
According to authorities, two of the men were caught watching Beisicht. A gun and bomb-making materials were seized during the arrests, police said.
The intended victim
In an interview with WND, Beisicht said he was especially worried about his family, noting that his wife and two young daughters were home on the night of the assassination attempt.
“Fear is a bad counselor,” he noted. “But I take the risk very seriously and have consulted with the police and am taking vital security measures that I don’t want to mention in closer detail. Just this: From now on I will be guarded 24 hours a day, for example, by several policemen.”
Beyond his personal safety, however, Beisicht said the threat to Germany and the West in general was “very serious.”
“These terrorists are ready for anything, as I know from my conversations with police security,” he explained.
“The Islamists want to force us to speak and act only as they want,” the anti-Islamist political leader continued. “They believe Shariah should apply in Germany and Europe as it does in Saudi Arabia. And that would be the end of democracy and freedom of the Western type.”
Pushback against Islamists’ Shariah agenda also developed recently in Australia, where Sydney resident Amon Ross said, “They’ve rioted in our streets and assaulted our police officers. They’ve raped our women and said they deserve it. They laugh at and in our courts. They’re shooting up the south-west of Sydney. They’re advocating for Shariah. Every time we fly on a plane, we’re reminded of what they have done to the world.”
Unfortunately, Beisicht added, German authorities are still not doing enough to counter the threat of radical Islam.
“Especially the left-wing regional authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have downplayed the Islamist threat for years while they harassed peaceful conservative opposition such as PRO NRW with the domestic intelligence service,” Beisicht explained, singling out NRW Interior Minister Ralph Jäger.
To deal with the “the danger of Islamization and Islamic terrorism in Germany,” on which Beisicht and his party have been sounding the alarm about for years, he said German authorities needed to get serious about it – “also on behalf of our fellow Jewish citizens, whose security is close to our hearts.”
“Hatemongers without German citizenship must be reported immediately,” Beisicht told WND. “Salafist associations must be banned immediately, and the focus of the police and domestic intelligence must be placed on the Islamist scene immediately.”
There are, however, some indications that the German federal government is becoming increasingly concerned as well.
German government reacts
The same day that the assassination attempt against Beisicht was stopped, federal authorities in Germany launched a massive raid involving hundreds of officers across multiple states against the three Islamist groups banned in mid-March.
At least 20 residences were searched as part of the operation, with authorities seizing the groups’ assets and documents.
Among the targeted organizations were DawaFFM and Islamische Audios, which produced radical Islamist propaganda.
The third group, known as An-Nussrah, was apparently connected to the Millatu Ibrahim, an organization that was outlawed and dissolved last year, federal authorities told WND.
All three groups have been formally dissolved and are considered outlawed under a German law allowing authorities to ban organizations that represent a threat to the constitutional democratic order – a tactic used in the past to deal with neo-Nazi elements.
“The Salafism represented by the organizations banned today is simply incompatible with our free and democratic system,” Federal Minister of the Interior Hans-Peter Friedrich of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party said in a statement e-mailed to WND.
The three groups, he added, “are aggressively striving to replace democracy in our society with a Salafist system, to replace the rule of law with Shariah.”
“For this reason, the measures taken today also protect the overwhelming majority of Muslims, who want to live in peace,” Friedrich continued. “They must not be forced to suffer from conflicts intentionally incited by extremists.”
Salafism is a branch of radical Islam that essentially seeks to establish an Islamic so-called caliphate governed exclusively by Shariah law across the Middle East, and eventually the world.
Authorities said that taking decisive action against Salafist elements was an expression of the German government’s willingness to defend democracy.
The ministry acknowledged that banning organizations represents a “serious restriction of basic rights” and that Germany’s “Basic Law” requires “a comprehensive weighing up of legally protected interests before a ban can be enacted.”
However, in these cases, officials said that the groups in question were involved in constant and aggressive efforts to radicalize and indoctrinate others, potentially leading to terrorist attacks – something that the ministry said could not be tolerated any longer.
“Recent history shows where unfettered Salafist radicalization can lead,” Minister Friedrich said. “I am thinking of the first jihadist attack completed on German soil, the attack on U.S. troops at Frankfurt Airport in March 2011.”
“This kind of threat demands a decisive preventive response as well as prosecution in the individual case,” he added.
The crackdown effort comes two years after a young Islamist from Kosovo shot and killed two U.S. soldiers on their way to Afghanistan from the Frankfurt airport in Germany.
The killer, 21-year-old Arid Uka, was allegedly encouraged to assassinate the American troops by Salafist propaganda found on the Internet, according to German prosecutors.
Interior Ministry explains
In a phone interview with WND, German Interior Ministry press office chief Jens Teschke said the bans announced on March 13 were based on findings from an investigation launched last year.
“There was a time coincidence but no actual relation between the three associations that we banned and the four Salafists that were arrested,” he explained. “The federal ministry didn’t have anything to do with the arrests – that was the local government of North Rhine-Westphalia.”
The prosecution of the alleged plotters, however, is now in the federal Justice Ministry’s realm, Teschke added.
Speaking about outlawing the three groups, the spokesman said no arrests were made but that propaganda materials, computers, and funds were confiscated. No criminal charges have been filed.
So far, Teschke said, authorities have not found evidence that the groups were actually planning to carry out violent attacks.
“In order to ban a movement or an association, we need to have findings and proof that they want to overthrow the democratic basic order in Germany,” Teschke explained, adding that, like several neo-Nazi groups banned under the same law, the three Islamist groups fit the criteria.
“We can pin-point in their messages that they reject democracy as a governmental form, they want to introduce Shariah, they want to have a religious government, and they make calls to overcome the public order by violence,” he said.
The groups, Teschke continued, have produced jihadist propaganda videos and sermons “declaring a holy war on Germany and encouraging young people to use violence as a political means.”
“So that’s why we said we can no longer just tolerate the messages, we have to ban them,” he said.
When asked what would prevent the individuals involved from simply forming more organizations to do the same thing, Teschke suggested that authorities would be following up.
“Of course these people could form a new association, and we have to look very carefully and very closely at what those people are doing,” he said.
“Our experience shows some of them stopped activities entirely, some of them go to Egypt or closer African regions, and of course some of them are still under observation, so we can see what we will do next,” he added.
According to the Interior Ministry’s findings, about 70 percent of the Islamists involved in the banned organizations hold German citizenship. Many also hold dual citizenship with other countries.
“I have no knowledge if they are German born or if they are just naturalized Germans,” Teschke said.
While their ranks may be small – official estimates suggest there are currently about 4,500 Salafists operating in Germany, up from 3,800 last year, according to authorities – the threat is real and the figures are growing fast.
“We see this with a growing concern,” Teschke explained. “Our numbers show that the Salafists are the strongest growing religious movement in Germany.”
“We usually point out that not all Salafists are terrorists, but all terrorist groups on these Islamic issues have been, at one point or another, with the Salafists,” he added.
Of the estimated 4,500, Teschke said the Interior Ministry considers about 1,000 to be “of greater danger – of high potential to commit acts of violence.”
“Within these 1,000 we have 130 so-called people who are dangerous,” he continued, using the German word. “They are actual people that we assume are able and willing to commit serious crimes and serious acts of violence, so these 130 are under strict surveillance.”
The Interior Ministry also has evidence that there is a great deal of travel among some Islamists between Germany and various Middle Eastern nations.
“Egypt has been a turning point where they go, and some of them try to go to Mali to fight jihad there, or they go to Syria, as well as to Somalia and Yemen,” Teschke said, adding that there is no law to prevent them from traveling and that they obviously do not publicly declare their intention to go wage jihad abroad.
That does not mean nobody is paying attention, though.
“We are aware of the danger and we try to keep track of those people, we are on alert and we try to prevent them from re-entering the country,” he explained.
While the government appears to be concerned about the threat, prominent activists and leaders worry that authorities are not doing nearly enough.
More should be done, say analysts
Stefan Herre, founder of Politically Incorrect, Germany’s biggest blog with almost 100,000 daily hits, said the recent crackdown on the Salafist groups was not nearly enough.
“We don’t want to ‘ban’ a group, that’s for sure – not even the Salafists,” he told WND when asked whether outlawing organizations was appropriate. “But we want each person in our country to obey the Constitution and all other laws too; Salafists must also be included.”
“A Muslim group whose members say that their law, the Shariah, is higher than our laws, is simply not compatible with us,” Herre said, citing violent actions by Salafists in Germany and around the world.
When a pattern of violence emerges, he added, authorities must act.
“We should protect ourselves and say that in our country, everybody is welcome who obeys our laws,” he said.
The threat from radical Islamists to Germany and Europe more broadly is “very serious, as we know from other countries,” Herre argued, pointing to numerous successful and attempted terror attacks.
Authorities, meanwhile, are “definitely not” doing enough to deal with the issue, he continued, saying the government was ignoring the signs and acting only after something happens.
“In fact, German governments – federal and state – even act against German democratic groups which try to expose the spirit of those Salafists,” he added.
Herre said authorities in Israel were doing “a much better job” and that most European governments were not taking the dangers seriously enough.
“There is a hope to see in other countries like the Netherlands,” he added, pointing to Party of Freedom founder Geert Wilders and his high-profile efforts to stop radical Islamism.
Even in countries like Switzerland, Austria and Sweden there are some encouraging signs as anti-Islamist politicians gain increasing prominence, according to Herre.
Still, he added, “many people don’t know what’s going on.”
Muslims urge caution
Abdirazak Waberi, vice president and head of public relations for the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE), however, urged caution in dealing with the issue.
“On a basic level, I think Muslims, as citizens of Germany, have the same rights and obligations, and should be able to work in the public arena exactly as any other German citizen,” he told WND.
However, Waberi, also a Moderate Party member of the Swedish Parliament, noted that he could not comment on the specific cases in Germany because he was not aware of them or what evidence may have been used to justify the Interior Ministry’s decisions.
“As far as these groups are concerned… on principle alone, I think these matters should be handled very carefully because it might sometimes lead to more Islamophobic actions against Muslims and increase the tensions between citizens in Europe,” he explained.
“Muslims, exactly like all citizens, should abide by the rule of law, the law that governs all citizens of the countries, and they should abide by these laws exactly like all citizens,” Waberi concluded.
Responding through politics
In Germany, though, prominent activists on the front lines insist that some radical Islamists refuse to abide by the laws.
“They want to install an Islamic state with Shariah law in Germany,” said Michael Stürzenberger, a veteran journalist and vice chairman of the pro-Western political party “The Freedom,” or Die Freiheit in German.
Stürzenberger told WND that the actions by Germany’s Interior Ministry were “very important measures.”
“The Salafist groups are dangerous,” he added, saying that the attempted assassination of Beisicht was really an attack against everybody who criticizes Islam.
“The danger is growing rapidly, because the Salafists are very active,” Stürzenberger continued. “They want to spread 30 million Quran books in Germany, they talk to young men in the streets, promise them nice Muslim girls from North African countries like Tunisia, so many people are converting.”
“The whole Western world is in a very big danger of becoming Islamized,” he said, insisting that focusing just on Salafists and so-called “extremists” was not enough.
According to Stürzenberger, a strong critic of Islam, the root of the problem is actually Islam itself.
“We have to learn this is not only a religion, but a totalitarian political ideology with its own system of law,” he argued. “The mainstream parties in Europe are not able to deal with the problem.”
Christianity touted as the answer
Beyond politics, many opponents of radical Islamism see Christianity as the real solution.
Fouad Adel, an evangelical pastor originally from the Sudan who has lived in Germany for 20 years, possesses a deep understanding of Islam, the Quran and Shariah – indeed, his mother tongue is Arabic and he has studied the issues for decades.
“The first step which we should take is to inform our society about the real face of Islam,” he told WND.
As a lecturer and theologian with the Christian Information Service, a small organization dedicated to preaching the Gospel among German-speaking nations and winning souls for Christ, Adel is already hard at work exposing what he sees as the true nature of Islam.
“The second step, we will try to enlighten the hearts of Muslims with the light of the Gospel,” he explained. “Without the light of our Gospel, they will stay in their darkness, so one of our duties to withdraw this radicalism from their hearts can only be done through the light of our Lord Jesus Christ – the light of the Gospel.”
WND attempts to reach the German Salafist groups in question were unsuccessful.
Multiple Islamic organizations in Europe did not respond to requests for comment.
It’s become mandatory for public school teachers to discuss bullying with students, but when Mary Janda offered a couple of examples of world-class bullies, she drew the ire of a national organization that is now calling for a federal investigation.
Janda, who has taught for 21 years at Concrete Middle School in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Western Washington state, pointed to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the Taliban as organizations that use violence to “bully people.”
A student whose father is a Muslim was offended by her illustration, and now the notorious Council on American-Islamic Relations has intervened.
Ironically, although CAIR often is called upon as a defender of civil rights, the Justice Department says the organization was formed by members of Hamas in 1993 to put a friendly face on the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. In 2007, federal prosecutors named CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund Hamas.
The Oct. 29 classroom incident in Concrete, Wash., came to light a month later when the district received a letter from CAIR. The district said the student and her parents never filed a complaint directly with school officials.
Last month, CAIR’s Washington state branch called for a federal investigation, alleging Janda made “racist” remarks about Muslims, KOMO-TV in Seattle reported.
CAIR called on the Department of Justice to step in, KOMO said, charging the Concrete School District didn’t do enough to investigate the comments.
CAIR-Washington announced March 6 that it was going ahead with its own investigation to see if Janda’s alleged offense was “part of a larger pattern of biased education.”
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CAIR submitted a public records request to the Concrete School District for information “regarding curriculum, approved texts and materials, internal correspondence, and past complaints against the district.”
“Often one complaint is indicative of a larger pattern of biased education,” said CAIR-Washington’s civil rights coordinator, Jennifer Gist, in a statement. “We are requesting public records from the district to review their materials and past complaints, in an effort to analyze the quality of equal education it affords its students.”
‘We’re not a bunch of racists’
The school district stands behind Janda, calling CAIR’s charge “false information” that was taken out of context. Janda issued a statement explaining that in her Oct. 29 presentation, she was “not talking about Muslims and Arabs in general.”
Janda said she was surprised CAIR filed a complaint without contacting her to get her account of the class discussion.
She said the discussion led to a reference to “some members of groups who employ extreme acts such as Hamas and the Taliban.” Her point, she said, was that people “who intend on imposing their will on others are bullies, whether they be Nazis or others.”
“I was not talking about Muslim believers or Arabs in general but people that were trained to kill.” she said.
“This discussion is not about religious beliefs,” Janda explained. “It is related to a state mandate that public schools teach students about bullying and not allow it.”
Gabriel, a Lebanon-born activist who suffered injury as victim of an Islamic militant attack as a child, said CAIR saw Janda’s remarks “as an opportunity to further its faulty, cynical narrative that Muslims across America are regular victims of discrimination and civil rights abuses.”
She said “a veteran teacher with an exemplary record, who stated something that is factual and provable, is under attack – her good name smeared so that CAIR-Washington can advance its political agenda.”
KOMO interviewed a resident of the town of 700 who defended Janda.
“The kids that I know who’ve gone to the teacher have had no problems,” said Tabithia Hicks. “The teacher was well-liked, well-respected, and to hear this from this, I’m like, wait, this isn’t what we need here in Concrete. We’re not a bunch of racists.”
‘Media twinkle’ on jihad
The Justice Department tied CAIR to its terror-finance case against the Richardson, Texas-based Holy Land Foundation, which was convicted of funneling more than $12 million to Hamas.
FBI wiretap evidence from the Holy Land case showed CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad was at an October 1993 meeting of Hamas leaders and activists in Philadelphia. CAIR, according to the evidence, was born out of a need to give a “media twinkle” to the Muslim leaders’ agenda of supporting violent jihad abroad while slowly institutionalizing Islamic law in the U.S.
As WND reported in 2010, a federal judge later determined that the Justice Department provided “ample evidence” to designate CAIR as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator, affirming the Muslim group has been involved in “a conspiracy to support Hamas.”
The judge did not dispute “press accounts and blog entries” that “CAIR is a criminal organization that supports terrorism,” according to the ruling.
More than a dozen CAIR leaders have been charged or convicted of terrorism-related crimes.
A mouthpiece for the rogue nation of Iran said today that the United States was founded by a “bunch of hooligans and thugs” and that international sanctions over Iran’s illicit nuclear program have actually benefited the Islamic regime.
Mohammad Reza Rahimi, the first deputy of the Islamic regime’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, blamed the West’s sanctions on its fear of Iranian progress in science.
At a ceremony unveiling two cancer medications, Rahimi praised the progress of science in the Islamic Republic and said the sanctions are ineffective.
“Why are there sanctions against us? It’s not because of our science in the nuclear field,” he said, quoted by Khabaronline, a media outlet of the Islamic regime. “The nuclear energy is not an important thing. Specially that the Islamic Republic has announced that it’s not after the nuclear bomb.”
Rahimi said the United States and Russia have the ability to destroy the earth 15 to 16 times over.
“Let us assume that we make the nuclear bomb? Will we overpass you? Which we can’t. They know it themselves. So the sanctions are because of our scientists and the progress in science. They enforced sanctions so we won’t reach the current (scientific) level, but that sped up our progress. Our enemy was the cause for our benefit.”
In displaying an ignorance of how the American colonies were formed, Rahimi said that “America was built by 13 exiled British. A bunch of hooligans and thugs. However, a sane person went there and gathered all the brains and it became America.”
“The power of America is not its F-14 and F-16 and its arms. Its science has made it superior, where 50 countries gathered and made up a bigger country. A few years ago, a U.S. official sent a letter to an Iranian official stating that there are two powers … he said it is you and us.”
A recent analysis in Keyhan, the newspaper mouthpiece of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, refers to the West’s demands over the past decade as not allowing Iran to have a handful of centrifuges for research, to the current situation in which the West “has knelt” in front of Iran as more than 10,000 centrifuges now enrich uranium.
“During the last decade, the resistance front and Islamic Awakening (Arab Spring) led by the Islamic Republic of Iran have managed to defeat the power of Zionist Christians in four corners of the Middle East and have forced America to beg for negotiations,” the analysis said, adding that the future is bright for Iran and that America is hopeless.
In a similar comment, Gen. Hassan Firoozabadi, head of the Army’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the National Defense University that, “All that takes shape in the country must be within a path of attack on the worldwide oppressors because the oppressors are attacking the foundation of the Islamic Revolution and we must recognize the enemy and actively participate in the attack against the enemy.”
In his wide-ranging speech, Firoozabadi also said that:
- “One billion Muslims are supporters of true Islam, and we see this in the Islamic Awakening. All-around defense means the defense of true Islam by all Muslims wherever they are.”
- Iran will defend Syria “with all its power.” He said the Syrian opposition has no roots and is fighting for the goals of “Zionism and America.”
- Iran will not negotiate with the United States. “As long as (America) is considered as the global arrogance, we will not hold talks with it.”
Gen. Gholamali Rashid, the deputy of the Army’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, also told the National Defense University that any new war will be different from those before.
“We have to prepare for war while in peace … where if by miscalculation the enemy takes any action … with an effective confrontation we can defeat the enemy and win the war.”
Dr. Bostom: Muslim Leaders Seek Sharia in the US
Dr. Andrew Bostom, a medical doctor and expert on radical Islam, is worried that Sharia – extremist Islamic law – could make its way into the U.S. Muslim community.
“My concern is to look at institutional Islam: we see the example of the Middle East, where clearly Sharia is being sanctioned by the major religious teaching institutions,” he tells Newsmax TV’s John Bachman.
Watch the exclusive interview here.
“The problem is that since so many of these [U.S.] imams are trained in the Middle East, we’re seeing institutional Islam in the United States wanting to have the same Sharia-guided principles govern the Muslim community in the United States.”
The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America is a mainstream group that provides training to imams in the U.S. and Canada. It provides online opinions — fatwas — on all kinds of religious and political issues for Muslims.
It’s not just about “piety of practice but also issues like what do you do with a blasphemer, someone who criticizes the religion or criticizes Mohammed?” says Bostom.
“What if a Muslim in North America wants to leave Islam and become an agnostic or convert to Christianity or some other religion? There’s the issue of female genital mutilation, which in certain schools of Islamic law, particularly the Shafi’i School, is something that is sanctioned.”
The answers provided for North American Muslims are the same as would be offered by imams in Saudi Arabia or Iran might answer them for North American Muslims, says Bostom, author of the new book “Sharia Versus Freedom: The Legacy of Islamist Totalitarianism.”.
So how can we stop the infiltration of Sharia?
“It’s just affirming our own principles,” he says. A recent survey of 600 high-achieving Muslim Americans showed that 60 percent favor the use of blasphemy law, Bostom says. That would mean people who criticize Islam or Mohammed would be punished.
“These are American Muslims who are actually quite successful,” he says. “So something’s wrong in the way that we are inculcating our own constitutional values. I don’t blame the Muslims. This is part of their tradition, and we’re not succeeding in making clear what our own principles are.”
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Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around the U.S. (35 Minute Version – Video)
Scattered across the United States, unknown to all but a handful of citizens, are 35 Islamic terrorist training compounds known as “Muslims of America.” Under the leadership of a radical Pakistani cleric, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, Muslims of America has thousands of devoted followers who are being groomed for “Homegrown Jihad.”.
In never-before-seen video footage, the Christian Action Network exposes these dangerous terrorist compounds and reveals for the first time a secret training tape in which American Muslims are recruited to “join one of the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare” … right here in America!
They are called “Soldiers of Allah” and they are trained in explosives, kidnapping, murder, firing weapons and guerilla warfare. They are told, “Act like you are a friend, then kill him just like from the book.”
MIAMI – An elderly Muslim cleric was convicted Monday of funneling thousands of dollars to support the Pakistani Taliban terror organization, which is blamed for suicide bombings and other attacks that have killed both Americans and Pakistanis.
The jury returned its verdict on its fifth day of deliberations after the two-month trial of Hafiz Khan, the 77-year-old imam at a downtown Miami mosque. Khan was found guilty of two conspiracy counts and two counts of providing material support to terrorists.
Each charge carries a potential 15-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors built their case largely around hundreds of FBI recordings of conversations in which Khan expressed support for Taliban attacks and discussed sending about $50,000 to Pakistan. There were also recordings in which Khan appeared to back the overthrow of Pakistan’s government in favor of strict Islamic law, praised the killing of American military personnel and lauded the failed 2010 attempt to detonate a bomb in New York’s Times Square.
“He said these things. He admitted these things. He did all of these things,” Assistant U.S. Attorney John Shipley said during closing arguments.
Khan, who testified over four combative days in his own defense, insisted the money he sent overseas was for family, charity and business reasons — above all, his religious school, known as a madrassa, in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Khan also said he repeatedly lied about harboring extremist views to obtain $1 million from a man who turned out to be an FBI informant wearing a wire to record their talk.
“That is not supporting terrorism,” said Khan attorney Khurrum Wahid in a closing argument. “That is an old guy running a scam, who got scammed.”
Prosecutors, however, said the purported $1 million offer is never heard on any tapes and no other witnesses testified about its existence. The informant, identified in court papers as Mahmood Siddiqui, did not testify.
“That is an absurd story,” Shipley said. “This whole defense is a lie.”
The case began with six defendants indicted in May 2011 but ended with only Khan on trial. Two of Khan’s sons, Izhar and Irfan, were cleared of all charges and three more defendants have remained free in Pakistan, which does not extradite its citizens to face U.S. criminal charges.
One of those in Pakistan, Ali Rehman, testified via video link that he was not a Taliban fighter as U.S. prosecutors claim. Rehman said he owned a women’s cosmetics store that the Taliban disliked because products showed photos of women. He said he handled more than $30,000 in financial transactions for Khan, mainly to invest in a potato chip factory run by Khan’s son-in-law.
After Rehman’s testimony, Pakistani authorities shut down the video link from an Islamabad hotel to the Miami courtroom, leaving Khan without the testimony of 10 witnesses on his behalf.
Report tells radicals how to burn America
‘There are more houses built in the countryside than in the cities’
A new report from CBN reveals that an al-Qaida publication is advising would-be terrorists how best to start forest fires to burn America.
The English-language magazine, called Inspire, is published by al-Qaida in Yemen and a recent edition offered an article called “Open Source Jihad.”
It includes pictures, diagrams, explanations on how to start fires to obtain the most damage.
CBN analyst Erick Stakelbeck said the extreme detail provides reason for concern. The information, he said, is “all designed to cause the maximum amount of carnage and death.”
The article said, “In America there are more houses built in the countryside than in the cities. It is difficult to choose a better place than in the valleys of Montana where the population increases rapidly.”
The report noted fire Battalion Chief Jane Hutchinson said the ideas were not farfetched.
The article also provides information on how to use guns.
Wrote Stakelbeck, “Al-Qaida loves publicity of any kind, and the fact that Inspire is in the news and making headlines surely galvanizes them and makes them think they are having an impact. In a perfect world, I and others would just ignore Inspire,” he wrote.
“But as things stand, I don’t think that would be a wise move. We need to know our enemy and its strategy, and the AQ mag lays it out in chilling detail. As you’ll see, it is extremely slick and well produced – the perfect diabolical recruiting tool to attract disaffected, young American Muslims.”