Jihad Part 2 — Coming to a Theater Near You – A Terrorist Threat Assessment Update

Jihad Part 2 — Coming to a Theater Near You
A Terrorist Threat Assessment Update

Despite all the Obama administration’s chest-thumping and backslapping about al-Qa’ida’s defeat and retreat, the threat of an attack on our homeland, either with WMD or a strike on critical infrastructure, though temporarily contained during the Bush years, is re-emerging with a vengeance.

In his 2013 State of the Union address, Barack Hussein Obama claimed, “The organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of itself.”

In his 2014 SOTU, Obama claimed “we put al-Qa’ida’s core leadership on a path to defeat,” but added, “the threat has evolved as al-Qa’ida affiliates and other extremists take root in different parts of the world.”

Indeed it has. And indeed they have.

This week, Secretary of State John Kerry issued dire warnings about “another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even the world’s most fierce weapon of mass destruction.”

Oh, wait, in context he actually said, “Climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction…” and then mocked anyone with a dissenting opinion: “President Obama and I … do not have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.” (Have you noticed that Obama and company are using the catch-all term “climate change” amid the Arctic blasts hammering the nation, instead of “global warming”?)

So, with North Korea having gone nuclear, and with Iran soon to follow, and with Syria refusing to relinquish Saddam’s WMD (smuggled into Syria prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom), Kerry focuses on the weather while Obama plays golf with the rich and famous at Rancho Mirage in California.

The boundless capacity of their combined foreign policy ineptitude would be laughable if the eventual and inevitable consequences were not so dire.

So what are those consequences?

Let’s sample some of the testimony from the House and Senate annual threat-assessment hearings this past week.

In the Senate, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a retired Air Force Lt. General, was the most learned witness among many. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, asked Gen. Clapper, “How would you characterize the probability of an al-Qa’ida-sponsored or inspired attack against the U.S. homeland today, as compared to 2001?”

Clapper responded, “I can’t say the threat is any less. … Al-Qa’ida is morphing and franchising itself … The ideological center of al-Qa’ida movement I think still remains in the FATA, but the operational locus and the locus for operational planning has dispersed. There are some five different franchises at least, and in 12 countries, that this movement has morphed into. And we see sort of chapters of it, of course, in Yemen, Somalia, in North Africa, in Syria. … And what’s going on there … is very, very worrisome. Aspirationally, the al-Nusra Front, to name one, does have aspirations for attacks on the [U.S.] homeland.” 
Wasn’t Obama’s “Syrian deal” supposed to cap off that “very, very worrisome” terrorist threat – you know, after all that “red line” and “game-changer” rhetoric about WMD? And where did Syria get chemical WMD?

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Recall if you will that in 2002, ours was the first national publication to quote sources indicating that some of Saddam’s “non-existent” WMD went into Syria. A year later, Gen. Clapper, then the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and current director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, confirmed that U.S. surveillance satellites captured images of vehicle traffic dispersing WMD materiel to urban locations in Iraq and moving large quantities into Syria as well.

“Those below the senior leadership saw what was coming, and I think they went to extraordinary lengths to [dispose, destroy and disperse] the evidence,” said Gen. Clapper. “By the time that we got to a lot of these facilities … there wasn’t that much there to look at. There was clearly an effort to disperse, bury and conceal certain equipment prior to inspections.” Clapper added that there was “no question” that truck convoys moved WMD materiel into Syria.

Some folks still insist Iraq had no WMD – you remember, “Bush lied and people died”?

Over in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, CIA Director John Brennan testified that al-Qa’ida is now using camps in both Syria and Iraq to “develop capabilities” which are a direct threat to the U.S. homeland.

“We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the al-Qa’ida organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability … to use Syria as a launching pad,” said Brennan. “There are [training] camps inside both Iraq and Syria that are used by al-Qa’ida to develop capabilities that are applicable both in the theater as well as beyond.”

Asked by House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), “Do you believe [they] present a real threat to the United States of America?” Brennan replied, “I do.”

So, after so much blood and treasure have been spilled and spent in Iraq and Afghanistan to contain the jihadi threat, how is it that this peril has re-emerged and is now as great a threat to our homeland as it was back on 9/11, 2001?

Primarily because Obama and his national security neophytes don’t seem to understand that the terrorist threat isn’t limited to “core al-Qa’ida,” or its “splinter groups, affiliates and franchises.” Instead, it’s about a lethal global conflict between the competing ideologies of Liberty and tyranny – a conflict that continues unabated.

Our enemy is not limited to al-Qa’ida. Instead, it involves a global network of Islamofascist groups which combine to form what we long ago coined “Jihadistan,” a borderless nation of Islamist jihadis with global reach who have their collective sights set on the U.S.

In brief, the “Islamic World” of the Q’uran recognizes no political borders. Though the “pre-Medina” suras of the Q’uran do not support acts of terrorism or mass murder, the “post-Mecca” suras of the Q’uran and the Hadith (Mohammed’s teachings) authorize jihad, or “holy war,” against all “the enemies of God.” All orthodox Muslims are bound by the combined “pre-Medina” and “post-Mecca” Q’uran. For the record, these “enemies” or “infidels” are all those who refute any teachings of Mohammed.

While Christians, Muslims and Jews can live side by side in peace, Islamists by definition will never make peace with Christians and Jews, or adherents of any other religions. This is why Arab-Israeli “peace agreements” have been signed under every administration since the formation of Israel, and why none of them have lasted more than 48 hours.

Where to from here?

Ahead of his election in 2008, Barack Obama declared, “Let me be as clear as I can be. I intend to end this war [in Iraq and Afghanistan]. My first day in office I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in and I will give them a new mission and that is to end this war – responsibly, deliberately, but decisively.”

In his 2012 re-election campaign, Obama reiterated, “[W]e’ve been able to decimate al-Qa’ida. … Al-Qa’ida has been decimated, Osama bin Laden is dead.” (Of course, it was precisely this dishonest “al-Qa’ida is on the run” campaign theme that made it necessary for Obama’s political operatives to change the narrative talking points about the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012.)

In a high-profile speech at the National Defense University last year, Obama outlined his perception of the war against Jihadistan: “This war, like all wars, must end. Al-Qa’ida in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the path to defeat. Their remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us.”

In his latest State of the Union, Obama congratulated himself for “ending those wars.”

But the only way to end a war “responsibly, deliberately and decisively” is by way of victory. As noted by Dennis Prager, “The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not ended. Only America’s involvement has ended…” We have retreated from Iraq, and our retreat from Afghanistan will soon be complete.

How have these withdrawals worked out?

General Clapper concludes, “Looking back over my more than half a century in intelligence, I have not experienced a time when we’ve been beset by more crises and threats around the globe.”

Add to that assessment the emerging nuclear capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, unabated by the latest “deal” Obama struck in secret to lift sanctions, ostensibly in return for Iran’s agreement to cease and desist its uranium enrichment program. “With our allies and partners,” Obama claims, “we’re engaged in negotiations to see if we can peacefully achieve a goal we all share: preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton characterized that deal as “abject surrender.”

Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif seems to agree: “None of the enrichment centers will be closed and Fordow and Natanz will continue their work and the Arak heavy water program will continue in its present form and no material (enriched uranium stockpiles) will be taken out of the country and all the enriched materials will remain inside the country. The current sanctions will move towards decrease, no sanctions will be imposed and Iran’s financial resources will return.”

In other words, Iran will a year from now have enough enriched uranium to provide cores for more than a few nuclear weapons. And if just one of those weapons finds its way into the hands of jihadi surrogates and is then detonated in an East Coast urban center, the horrific “American Hiroshima” vision of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri will have become reality. 
Some analysts argue that jihadis will not attack CONUS again because they would rather seed Islamist strongholds inside the U.S. Indeed, “Islamic Centers” are spouting like weeds across our nation, as they have across Europe – mostly in urban centers where Muslim outreach to Obama’s “disenfranchised” is progressing well.

But there is a substantial ideological divide between most of the Muslim natives and converts in the U.S., and Islamofascist jihadis. The latter understand that to bring down the infidels, they can hit infrastructure such as power grids with conventional means, or land a devastating blow as they did on 9/11.

For his part, John Kerry laments, “I am perplexed by claims … that somehow America is disengaging from the world – this myth that we are pulling back or giving up or standing down.”

Of course, that’s exactly what Obama and the rest of his “Flat Earth Society” administrators have done for the last five years. Of their relentless and delusional pursuit of a “universal peace,” James Madison noted at the dawn of our nation’s Founding that it “will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.”

In his naïve quest for an unattainable peace, Obama has greatly emboldened jihadi terrorists.

As a consequence of Obama’s foreign policy folly, our next president will have a lot of cleaning up to do. Those “cleanups” will come at the high price of more blood and treasure.

(Resource: Link to The Patriot Post’s emergency preparedness page.)

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Federal Judge: Politically Correct Censorship of Anti-Terrorism Advertisement Trumps First Amendment; AFLC Files Notice of Appeal

Federal Judge: Politically Correct Censorship of Anti-Terrorism Advertisement Trumps First Amendment; AFLC Files Notice of Appeal

The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) has filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, seeking review of a lower court ruling that denied AFLC’s motion for a preliminary injunction which requested that the court order the King County transit authority to display an anti-terrorism bus advertisement that it censored.

The proposed advertisement (directly below), which was submitted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and its executive directors, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, included pictures, names, and a similar message from an earlier anti-terrorism advertisement sponsored by the U.S. State Department, which was accepted for display on King County buses.  The State Department advertisement depicted the “Faces of Global Terrorism” in an effort to “stop a terrorist” and “save lives.”  In addition, the advertisement offered an “up to $25 million reward” for helping to capture one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists.

AFDI Ad: Faces of Global Terrorism

[AFDI Advertisement]

Federal Government--Faces of Terrorism Ad

[State Department Advertisement]

Moreover, in the State Department advertisement (directly above), thirty out of the thirty-two listed terrorists had Muslim names or are wanted for terrorism related to organizations conducting terrorist acts in the name of Islam.  After complaints from a Washington State politician and two Muslim-American advocacy groups that claimed the list of wanted global terrorists appeared to include only Muslim terrorists, the federal government terminated its “Faces of Global Terrorism” advertisement campaign.

In response to the government’s decision to remove its advertisement, AFDI created its own, similar advertisement to replace it.  However, despite originally accepting the government’s advertisement, King County rejected AFDI’s ad, claiming that it was offensive to Muslims.

On January 27, 2014, David Yerushalmi, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, presented oral argument before Federal Judge Richard A. Jones, sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. [See video of oral argument here.]  Yerushalmi argued that King County’s refusal to run the advertisement was an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech and therefore the court should order the agency to display the advertisement immediately.

Understandingly, Judge Jones noted in his ruling on AFLC’s request for a preliminary injunction that “[t]he court is aware of potential constitutional problems when government officials are given unbridled discretion in regulating speech, including in limited public fora. . . . [and] [t]he court notes that this case presents a close question and the court has grave concerns about defendant’s Policy where application of the civility provisions appear to be somewhat of a moving target.”

Nevertheless, Judge Jones ruled that King County’s decision to reject the advertisement was “reasonable,” specifically noting that the term “jihadis,” which was displayed in AFDI’s advertisement, had “different meanings” and therefore the message could be offensive to Muslims.

David Yerushalmi, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, commented:

“As Judge Jones noted in his opinion, the constitutional implications in this case are significant.  Unfortunately, the power of political correctness in this day and age is too often more significant than our most precious liberty—free speech.  For the court to find that labeling an Islamic terrorist as a jihadist might be reasonably determined to be offensive demonstrates how far government restrictions on speech have veered from the Constitution.”

AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise commented:

“It is remarkable how the government is not only willing to abandon reality in the name of political correctness—the reality that sharia-adherent jihadists pose a significant threat to our national security—but that it is also willing to literally throw the First Amendment under the bus in the process.  We are confident that we will get this decision ultimately reversed on appeal.”

AFLC has represented Geller, Spencer, and AFDI successfully in federal lawsuits across the country, most notably in New York and Washington, D.C., where the courts ordered the transit authorities to run AFDI’s anti-terrorism advertisements.  In both of those cases, the transit authorities were forced to pay substantial legal fees to AFLC.  Last year, the Chicago transit authority initially refused to run an AFDI “anti-jihad” advertisement, only to capitulate after stating in a letter that while the transit authorities considered the advertisement “morally reprehensible,” they were aware of AFLC’s successful litigation in New York and Washington. In that case, Yerushalmi commented, “the CTA has capitulated grudgingly, apparently, to the First Amendment of the Constitution.”

Exclusive: Islamist Terror Enclave Discovered in Texas

Exclusive: Islamist Terror Enclave Discovered in Texas

FBI documents obtained by Clarion confirm the find and show the U.S. government’s concern about its links to terrorism.
By Ryan Mauro

Shells found in the area of the Muslims of the Americas' 'Mahmoudberg' enclave in Texas

Shells found in the area of the Muslims of the Americas’ ‘Mahmoudberg’ enclave in Texas
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A Clarion Project investigation has discovered a jihadist enclave in Texas where a deadly shooting took place in 2002. Declassified FBI documents obtained by Clarion confirm the find and show the U.S. government’s concern about its links to terrorism. The investigation was completed with help from ACT! For America Houston.

The enclave belongs to the network of Muslims of the Americas, a radical group linked to a Pakistani militant group called Jamaat ul-Fuqra. Its members are devoted followers of Sheikh

SheikhGlossary Item

A Muslim preacher with recognized religious authority.

Mubarak Ali Gilani, an extremist cleric in Pakistan.

Muslims of the Americas

The organization says it has a network of 22 “villages” around the U.S., with Islamberg as its main headquarters in New York. The Clarion Project obtained secret MOA footage showing female members receiving paramilitary training at Islamberg. It was featured on the Kelly File on FOX News Channel in October. A second MOA tape released by Clarion shows its spokesman declaring the U.S. to be a Muslim-majority country.

A 2007 FBI record states that MOA members have been involved in at least 10 murders, one disappearance, three firebombings, one attempted firebombing, two explosive bombings and one attempted bombing. It states:

“The documented propensity for violence by this organization supports the belief the leadership of the MOA extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad

JihadGlossary Item

A holy war waged against non-Muslims on behalf of Islam considered to be a religious duty; also, a personal struggle in devotion to Islam.

or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which includes the U.S. Government. Members of the MOA are encouraged to travel to Pakistan to receive religious and military/terrorist training from Sheikh Gilani.”

The document also says that, “The MOA is now an autonomous organization which possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.”

Other FBI reports describe the MOA in similar ways, with a 2003 file stating, “Investigation of the Muslims of the Americas is based on specific and articulate facts giving justification to believe they are engaged in international terrorism…”

MOA members believe the holiest Islamic site in the country is located at their Islamville commune in South Carolina. Other MOA entities include the International Quranic Open University, United Muslim Christian Forum, Islamic Post, Muslim Veterans of America and American Muslim Medical Relief Team.

Terror Enclave: “Mahmoudberg, Texas”

The MOA compound in Texas, described by the FBI as an “enclave” and “communal living site,” is in Brazoria county along County Road 3 near Sweeny. It was discovered by the FBI due to a tip from an informant in New York.

The MOA referred to its Texas commune as “Mahmoudberg” in online instructions for a parade in New York in 2010. A posting on an Islamic message board in 2005 advertised a speaking engagement in Houston by someone from Mahmoudberg.

According to the reports, the commune is seven to 10 acres large, is in an “extremely wooded area” and two or three trailer homes moved there in December 2001. However, ACT members visited the area as part of Clarion’s investigation and interviewed one nearby local who confidently said it is closer to 25 acres in size and spoke of a presence dating back to the late 1980s.

“The area is so rural it is quite common for residents to shoot firearms for target practice or hunting on private property without interference from law enforcement,” one FBI report states.

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The FBI reported in 2007 that one commune resident used to be a leader at the MOA commune in Badger, California. The site was called “Baladullah.” In March 2001, one of the Baladullah members was arrested for transporting guns between New York and South Carolina. Another was charged with murdering a police deputy that caught him breaking and entering a home.

Interviewed residents all agreed that the MOA members are private, yet when the ACT members were spotted in the area, they were immediately and repeatedly approached. At one point, a commune resident gave them a final warning to leave, despite the fact that they were not trespassing or harassing MOA members.

“It was definitely very threatening and menacing,” an ACT member told me.

Multiple sources confirmed that one resident of the commune is a police officer. According to a nearby neighbor, one of the MOA members used to drive trucks for the U.S. Army in Kuwait.

The commune is also linked to a non-profit called the Muslim Model Community of Texas. Members travel to Houston to worship at the MOA Dawah Center that is linked to another organization called First Muslims of Texas.

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The 2002 Shooting Incident

One of the MOA members was shot and killed by another member on February 7, 2002 between 11-11:30 p.m. according to the FBI documents and a police report.

The victim was Salminma Dawood, also known as Terrance C. Davis III. His death was reportedly an accident, having been shot by another MOA member who “returned gunfire to unknown individuals who were harassing the MOA commune.”

Law enforcement reported encountering about a dozen African-American males at the scene, approximately five of whom lived at the commune. The investigators saw an estimated seven women and children who also resided there.

The police were denied access to the trailer homes and were not allowed to directly interview the women, who covered their faces in their presence. Communication with the women had to be done by passing notes through a male intermediary.

Locals told the ACT members that government investigators had visited the area a few times and the commune residents refused to talk to them. According to one local, two ambulances were denied entry earlier this year until the police intervened. A search of the Brazoria county criminal records shows that two residents of Mahmoudberg were arrested in April 2013 and charged with “interference with public duties.” The trial is pending.

More MOA Activity in Texas

The MOA presence in Texas is not limited to the Mahmoudberg commune near Sweeny. As mentioned, the MOA utilizes a dawah (outreach) center in Houston for activities. The declassified FBI documents show that the extremist group has been in Texas since the 1980s.

On October 11, 1991, a federal search warrant for three suspects was issued after a MOA/Jamaat-ul-Fuqra bomb plot in Toronto was foiled. A nearly 45-acre “compound” about 70 miles south of Dallas was raided. The location may have been near Corsicana, as another FBI document mentions that about seven MOA members purchased property in that area.

The suspects managed to flee on October 5-6 before the raid took place. Their children also suddenly disappeared from school. The feds found four mobile homes, three military, general-purpose tents and six vehicles. Loose ammunition, books on counter-terrorism techniques and weaponry and various items with “Jamaat Fuqra Land” written on them were discovered.

They also found surveillance photos of a post office building and the Greenhead Station in Los Angeles, leading authorities to suspect that attacks on these sites were planned.

MOA activities in Texas continued after the October 1991 raid. Two FBI documents from 1992 mention that MOA members in the state were using false aliases, social security numbers and birth certificates.

Why is MOA Allowed to Operate?

The FBI documents obtained by the Clarion Project clearly identify MOA as a terrorist organization. The Department of Homeland Security privately agreed in 2005, listing Jamaat ul-Fuqra (and specifically MOA) as a possible sponsor of a terrorist attack on the U.S.

So why is MOA/JUF allowed to operate in the country?

The answer is that the State Department has not designated MOA/Jamaat ul-Fuqra as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The group is thus permitted to organize in the U.S. until that happens. Yet, the State Department has also recognized the group’s terroristic agenda.

In 1998, the State Department’s Patterns of Global Terrorism report described Jamaat ul-Fuqra as an “Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence.” It said that Fuqra members engaged in assassinations and bombings in the U.S. in the 1980s and still live in “isolated rural compounds” in the country.

A State Department spokesperson was asked in January 2002 about why MOA stopped appearing in the Department’s annual terrorism reports. The answer was as follows:

“Jamaat ul-Fuqra has never been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. It was included in several recent annual terrorism reports under ‘other terrorist groups,’ i.e., groups that had carried out acts of terrorism but that were not formally designated by the Secretary of State. However, because of the group’s inactivity during 2000, it was not included in the most recent terrorism report covering that calendar year.”

It has not appeared since. Yet, here we have FBI documents from as late as 2007 discussing the terrorist threat posed by MOA.

It’s long past due that the State Department be forced to address this obvious threat. The State Department must designate Jamaat ul-Fuqra as a Foreign Terrorist Organization before it’s too late.

 

 

 

 

New terror compound found in heart of Texas

author-imageArt Moore

HOMELAND INSECURITY

New terror compound found in heart of Texas
Muslims shoot firearms ‘without interference from law enforcement’

Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani

Declassified FBI documents confirm the existence of an Islamic jihadist enclave in Texas that is part of a network in the U.S. identified by the Department of Homeland Security as a terrorist organization.

The enclave belongs to the network of Muslims of the Americas, which is linked to the Pakistani-based militant group Jamaat al-Fuqra, according to an investigation by the Clarion Project and ACT! For America Houston.

Jamaat al-Fuqra was founded in New York in 1980 by Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani, an Islamic cleric in Pakistan who at one time was in Pakistani custody in connection with the abduction of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Muslims in America says it has a network of 22 “villages” around the U.S., with headquarters at an encampment in the Catskill Mountains near Hancock, N.Y., called Holy Islamberg, as WND reported in 2006. An investigative report at the time found neighbors of Islamberg were deeply concerned about military-style training taking place there and frustrated by an apparent lack of attention from federal authorities.

WND also reported in 2006 that Jamaat al-Fuqra has collaborated with major terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah and al-Qaida.

See the remarkable investigative film that exposed the subversive plans of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, “Jihad in America: The Grand Deception”

The FBI describes the compound in Texas, called Mahmoudberg, as an “enclave” and “communal living site.” Located in Brazoria County along County Road 3 near Sweeny, Texas, it was discovered by the FBI through a tip from an informant in New York, according to the Clairon Project.

The Texas commune, in a heavily wooded area, is estimated by a local resident who spoke to ACT researchers to encompass about 25 acres. It dates back to the late 1980s, the resident said, which is confirmed by the FBI documents.

The FBI reported in 2007 that one commune resident formerly was a leader at the Muslims of America compound in Badger, Calif., called Baladullah.

In March 2001, a Baladullah member was arrested for transporting guns between New York and South Carolina. Another was charged with murdering a police deputy that caught him breaking and entering a home.

The declassified FBI documents show that the enclave is not the only affiliate of the organization that has operated in the state.

In 1991, after a MOA/Jamaat-ul-Fuqra bomb plot in Toronto was foiled, a federal search warrant for three suspects was issued and a nearly 45-acre “compound” about 70 miles south of Dallas was raided.

The location of the compound corresponds to a reference in an FBI document obtained by the Clarion Project that says about seven MOA members purchased property near Corsicana, Texas.

The suspects fled before the raid, and the children at the compound suddenly disappeared from school. Federal officials found four mobile homes; three military, general-purpose tents; and six vehicles. Also discovered were loose ammunition, books on counter-terrorism techniques and weaponry and various items with “Jamaat Fuqra Land” written on them.

Surveillance photos of a post office building and the Greenhead Station in Los Angeles were discovered as well.

The activities of Muslims in America continued after the October 1991 raid, however. Two 1992 FBI documents say MOA members in the state were using false aliases, Social Security numbers and birth certificates.

Murder, firebombing

Muslims of America is identified as a terrorist group in the FBI documents obtained by the Clarion Project.

A 2007 FBI record states members of the group have been involved in at least 10 murders, one disappearance, three firebombings, one attempted firebombing, two explosive bombings and one attempted bombing.

“The documented propensity for violence by this organization supports the belief the leadership of the MOA extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which includes the U.S. Government,” the document states. “Members of the MOA are encouraged to travel to Pakistan to receive religious and military/terrorist training from Sheikh Gilani.”

The document also says Muslims of America is now “an autonomous organization which possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.”

A 2003 FBI report states that investigation of the Muslims of the Americas “is based on specific and articulate facts giving justification to believe they are engaged in international terrorism.”

The Clarion Project said MOA members believe the holiest Islamic site in the country is at their Islamville commune in South Carolina. Along with Islamberg, other MOA entities include the International Quranic Open University, United Muslim Christian Forum, Islamic Post, Muslim Veterans of America and American Muslim Medical Relief Team.

An FBI report states the Sweeny, Texas, enclave is in an area “so rural it is quite common for residents to shoot firearms for target practice or hunting on private property without interference from law enforcement.”

ACT said that when its researchers were spotted in the area, they were immediately and repeatedly approached. At one point, a commune resident gave them a final warning to leave, despite the fact that they were not trespassing or harassing any members.

“It was definitely very threatening and menacing,” an ACT member said.

Multiple sources confirmed, according to the Clarion Project, that a resident of the commune is a police officer. Another, a neighbor has said, formerly drove trucks for the U.S. Army in Kuwait.

The commune is also linked to a nonprofit called the Muslim Model Community of Texas. Members, the Clarion Project said, travel to Houston to worship at the Muslims of America Dawah (Outreach) Center that is linked to another organization called First Muslims of Texas.

According to FBI documents and a police report, one of the MOA members was shot and killed by another member in 2002.

The report said the death of Salminma Dawood, also known as Terrance C. Davis III, was an accident. He reportedly was shot by another MOA member who “returned gunfire to unknown individuals who were harassing the MOA commune.”

Law enforcement reported they met about a dozen African-American males at the scene of the shooting. About five of the men lived at the commune, and there were an estimated seven women and children who also lived there.

Police said they were denied access to the trailer homes and were not allowed to directly interview the women, who covered their faces.

Local residents told researchers with ACT that they were aware of a few visits by government investigators to the commune. The locals said the MOA members refused to talk. One neighbor said two ambulances were denied entry into the compound until police intervened. The Clarion Project said Brazoria County criminal records show that two residents of Mahmoudberg were arrested in April 2013 and charged with “interference with public duties.” A trial is pending, the Clarion Project said.

Terror designation

In 2005, the Department of Homeland Security privately agreed to list Jamaat al-Fuqra and Muslims of America as a possible sponsor of a terrorist attack on the U.S.

The State Department, however, has not designated it as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and it continues to organize in the U.S.

In 1998, the State Department’s Patterns of Global Terrorism report described Jamaat al-Fuqra as an “Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence.” It said that Fuqra members engaged in assassinations and bombings in the U.S. in the 1980s and still live in “isolated rural compounds” in the country.

A State Department spokesman was asked in January 2002 why Jamaat al-Fuqra stopped appearing in the department’s annual terrorism reports.

“Jamaat al-Fuqra has never been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization,” the spokesman said. “It was included in several recent annual terrorism reports under ‘other terrorist groups,’ i.e., groups that had carried out acts of terrorism but that were not formally designated by the Secretary of State. However, because of the group’s inactivity during 2000, it was not included in the most recent terrorism report covering that calendar year.”

The Clarion Project noted that Jamaat al-Fuqra has not appeared since then in the annual report, yet the declassified FBI documents from as late as 2007 discuss the terrorist threat posed by Muslims of America.

Last year, Muslims of the Americas filed a lawsuit against the nonprofit Christian Action Network for defamation and libel after CAN’s publication of the book “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamist Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.”

The book accuses Muslims of America of  “acting as a front for the radical Islamist group Jamaat al-Fuqra.”

Much of the book is based on the investigation of a former NYPD undercover informant who spent eight years posing as a member of the group.

The authors of the book, Martin Mawyer and Patti Pierucci, told Fox News they welcome the lawsuit because it will expose the Islamic group’s activities.

Tied to Daniel Pearl abduction

The Jamaat al-Fuqra leader, Gilani, at one time was in Pakistani custody for the abduction of American journalist Daniel Pearl.

Intelligence sources determined Pearl was attempting to meet with Gilani in the days before he disappeared in Karachi in 2002 and later was beheaded. Intelligence sources also suggest a link between al-Fuqra and Richard Reid, the infamous “shoe bomber” who attempted to ignite explosives aboard a Paris-to-Miami passenger flight Dec. 22, 2001.

Beltway sniper John Muhammad also has been tied to the group, and there is circumstantial evidence that links it to Oklahoma University bomber Joel Hinrichs.

Joseph Bodansky, the former director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, has affirmed Jamaat al-Fuqra operations in the U.S. have been known to the FBI and CIA for decades.

Gilani was a close associate of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who sent convicted conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui to live with Jamaat al-Fuqra member Melvin Lattimore and attend flight school in Norman, Okla.

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Radical Muslims Posing Newborns with Grenades

Radical Muslims Posing Newborns with Grenades

Children, including 10-year-old who ‘digs his own grave,’ paying costs of jihad.

By  Bob Unruh  WND.COM

Parents who “embrace radical Islam” are promoting “martyrdom” for teens and even newborn infants by posing  them with grenades, pistols, ammunition and automatic weapons in images on social media, according to a startling new report from the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“Children’s deaths in fighting are being glorified in videos and photos circulated online and in social media,” MEMRI said. “In a November 2012 video, a Syrian boy, who appears to be about 10, digs his own grave and expresses his wish for ‘martyrdom.’”

The report was compiled by Steven Stalinsky, MEMRI executive director, and R. Sosnow, head editor at MEMRI.

The Muslims are taking “pride in the ‘next generation’s of al-Qaida that they are raising,” the report said. “Children are filmed praising Osama bin Laden, saying that they want to ‘conquer Rome’ and to ‘slaughter infidels.’

“Tariq ‘Abdu, the organizer of a Syrian campaign to stop al-Qaida’s recruitment and exploitation of children, says that children carrying weapons has become ‘a familiar sight,’ not only in the areas controlled by the opposition, but also in the refugee camps for Syrians in Jordan and Turkey,” MEMRI reported.

The report featured photos of very young children dressed like soldiers, children training in al-Qaida camps and schoolchildren, particularly in Syria, being taught jihad.

One image shows a baby only months old lying on his back. Two grenades are at his head and a gun is by his hand, even though he never could hope to pick it up. Another grenade is beyond the gun, and the caption is: “Breastfed pride! One of the lion cubs of #Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen”

See the full report. (Warning: Some images are disturbing)

Another shows what appears to be a young girl, maybe 2 years old, wearing a hijab and standing between camo- and black-clad adults. She is resting her hand on a gun outfitted with a shoulder stock.

The caption is; “#Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – A nice picture”

Another bears the caption: “The challenging look in the eyes of this lion cub is enough!” It shows a young child holding what appears to be an automatic rifle.

Attached to an image of a 3-year-old boy carrying a rifle is: “The cubs of #ISIL are coming to slaughter you.”

Then the images turn gruesome, with side-by-side images of “Abu Anas Al-Ansari,” who is described as “14 years old and one of the youngest mujahideen martyred.” The images are of the child alive and then dead.

MEMRI explained that it has published several reports on how Twitter is being used by al-Qaida and other jihadis for releasing news, disseminating speeches and other communiqués. But the new trend shows the high cost to children.

“Al-Qaida sheikhs are reaching out directly to Muslim youth. For example. last year, in an audio lecture released by the al-Qaida media arm Al-Sahab, emerging al-Qaida leader Sheikh Maulana Asim Umar urged even the youngest Muslims to ‘not stay with [their] parents’ and to leave the ‘luxury’ of home and ‘city life’ to wage jihad, like the Prophet Muhammad before them.”

MEMRI continued: “In fiery terms, he exhorted them: ‘A youth whose heart is filled with desire, spirit, and love for jihad does not rest in his home; do not stay with your parents and do not enjoy the luxury of home…’”

Parents, according to the instances of social media monitored, are “celebrating their teenage children’s departure to join the jihad in Syria.”

“For example, on Sept. 25, 2013, Rema Al-Jraish, the wife of Muhammad Al-Hamily, who has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since 2004 on terrorism-related charges, tweeted … that her son Muadh, 16, had arrived in Syria to fight with jihadi groups, and posted photos of him.

“One photo shows Muadh with an AK-47, and another shows him in front of the black flag of jihad associated with al-Qaida and its offshoots, including the Islamic State of in Iraq and Syria.”

The report said: “Online jihadis praised her and used her son’s story to encourage Muslim youths to do the same thing. In addition to huge online support for her, friends of hers threw a local celebration featuring sweets and other delicacies, marking Muadh’s arrival in Syria.”

Shortly later, according to the report, his Instagram page was covered with images of soldiers, food and several dead compatriots with their eyes still open.

Training camps and training centers – even for pre-teens – have been established “since the current situation in Syria offers a unique opportunity for extending their reach and deepening their influence.”

The effort also is within families.

“In Dec. 2013, a French two-year-old was abducted from her mother by her father and taken with him to Turkey, en route to Syria where he intended to join the al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra,” the report said. “According to Mazen Zaki, of the Ibn al-Waleed Studies and Field Research Center in Egypt, this so-called ‘family jihad’ could pose a serious threat in the future.”

The report dates such “training” of children in jihad back to 2000 and cites reports over the years that have confirmed some activities.

One such instance is a little boy posing with a gun, who says: “My dear Islamic nation, what I have to say to you is no light matter. Allah the Exalted said: in the revelation [Quran 33:23]: ‘Among the believers are men who upheld the covenant they made with Allah. Some of them have fulfilled their vow through death [in battle], and some are still waiting; but they have never altered in the least.’”

One of the training videos from December includes this exchange:

Al-Qaida operative: “Allah said: ‘Those who say that Jesus son of Mary is God have disbelieved. …’ Imagine we had here with us an Alawite, from al-Assad’s family or religion … What would you do to him?”

Schoolchildren: Slaughter him.”

Al-Qaida: Slaughter him. Right. Because he is an infidel … Anyone who does not believe in Islam is an infidel. Is Obama a Muslim or an infidel?”

“Schoolchildren: “An infidel.”

WND has reported on Palestinian children being taught to hate Israel and a Hamas leader affirming that mothers must train their children for martyrdom.

It’s also been reported that children attending kindergarten in Gaza celebrated their graduation by dressing up in army wear and chanting anti-Israel slogans.

Further, WND has reported extensively on Al-Aqsa Television indoctrination for children in which a Mickey Mouse look-alike character who promoted jihad was beaten to death for calling another character an Israeli terrorist. A 3-year-old promptly blamed the Jews for the death.

The mouse soon was replaced by a new bee character, Nahool, who also promotes jihad for children.

Failed Somali pirate prosecution fuels terror trial fears

Failed Somali pirate prosecution fuels terror trial fears
By: Josh Gerstein
February 10, 2014 01:25 PM EST

This image provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows government exhibit #20, a photo of the crew of the M/V CEC Future, which had been held by pirates for more than two months. | US Attorney’s Office via AP

The failed prosecution of an alleged Somali pirate — and the fact that that failure could leave him living freely, and permanently, inside U.S. borders — is highlighting anew the risks of trying terror suspects in American courts.

Just a few weeks ago, Ali Mohamed Ali was facing the possibility of a mandatory life sentence in a 2008 shipjacking off the coast of Yemen — an incident much like the one dramatized in the film “Captain Phillips.” Now, the Somali native is in immigration detention in Virginia and seeking permanent asylum in the United States.

Ali, who was accused of piracy for acting as a translator and negotiator for a crew of pirates, was partially acquitted by a jury in November after a trial in Washington. Prosecutors initially vowed a retrial but decided last month to drop the rest of the case against him.

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That’s just the kind of situation that opponents of U.S. criminal trials for Al Qaeda suspects caught abroad have long feared: The government falls short at trial — and the courts eventually order an accused terror figure freed to live legally among Americans.

“It’s a trial, not a play. You don’t know how it’s going to end,” said Cully Stimson, a former military prosecutor and defense official now at The Heritage Foundation. “Justice has all sorts of twists and turns. … It really has to be thought through at the highest level of government before we take action to bring someone here.”

One current federal terrorism prosecutor said the Ali case and the potential for his eventual release is another reason why foreign Al Qaeda suspects picked up overseas should not be brought to the United States but should instead be detained at Guantánamo or some other facility.

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“It’s a significant risk … to say, ‘Oh well, we’ll just turn him over to the immigration service’” if a criminal case falls apart, said the prosecutor, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly. “You can’t count on the justice system working out just the way you want it to.”

Even some proponents of closing Guantánamo and relying on American civilian courts to prosecute alleged terrorists agree that the collapse of the Ali case highlights the potential downside of bringing suspected terrorists to the United States for trial.

“It really is where the rubber meets the road,” said Fordham University’s Karen Greenberg. “This is the kind of case that someone can look at and say, ‘Look how scary this is. …’ You can’t say we’re going to use [the Department of Justice] and then not be able to handle an acquittal.”

As a civilian criminal trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks was under active discussion in 2009 and 2010, Obama administration officials gave nearly ironclad assurances that the suspects would be convicted. Officials responded dismissively to congressional critics and journalists who raised questions about a backup plan if the trial didn’t go as the government expected.

“Once the administration brings detainees into the United States, it is no longer simply about what the administration will or will not do with them. It’s also about what a federal judge will or will not do,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wrote in the National Law Journal in 2009.

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When Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to try the Sept. 11 suspects in New York — a plan later halted and reversed by the White House — he dodged questions about a possible acquittal or dismissal. “I would not have authorized the prosecution of these cases unless I was confident that our outcome would be a successful one,” he said.

Pressed by reporters to outline the government’s “Plan B,” officials then said the public could be assured that the suspects would never be released in the United States — because American immigration laws would prohibit it, because Congress has barred expenditure of funds for such a release and because the men could be returned to military custody as law-of-war detainees.

“We are confident that we have the authority to detain someone who constitutes a combatant and a threat to national security,” a senior Defense Department official said in 2009.

But now, the wind-down of the war in Afghanistan may be cutting away one of the legs of that stool.

The authority to detain individuals under the law of war is linked to the existence of ongoing armed conflict. In court, U.S. officials have repeatedly cited the Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed days after the Sept. 11 attacks as legal justification for holding prisoners at Guantánamo and elsewhere.

But President Barack Obama has vowed to end armed conflict by extricating U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of this year. There are serious questions about how the AUMF — which is aimed at the individuals and groups responsible for Sept. 11 — can reach the new diaspora of Al Qaeda spinoffs and Al Qaeda-inspired groups.

And in a speech last May, Obama called for revoking the 2001 war resolution entirely.

“I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end,” the president said.

It’s a legal land mine that the administration doesn’t seem all that concerned about dodging. What many observers view as the eroding legitimacy of the AUMF is now part of the Obama administration’s campaign to close the Guantánamo Bay prison. But allowing that authority to disappear, 0r even acknowledging that’s what’s happening, would undercut the possibility of the military detention long cited as a kind of safety net if a criminal prosecution unexpectedly goes south.

“In some ways, that is kind of the elephant in the room with the AUMF and closing Guantánamo at the same time,” said American University law professor Jennifer Daskal, who served in the Justice Department’s national security division from 2009 to 2011. “If you close Guantánamo and also repeal or deem the AUMF to have expired, the question is: How do you hold these guys?”

Daskal and others say the most obvious answer to that question lies in a case the Supreme Court decided in June 2001, just months before the Sept. 11 attacks. In Zadvydas v. Davis, the justices ruled that detaining an immigrant for more than six months was usually unconstitutional unless deportation was imminent. But the majority opinion in the 5-4 case specifically left for another day the question of whether cases involving “terrorism or other special circumstances” might justify holding a foreigner in “preventive detention.”

In the event of an acquittal, authorities would “put someone in deportation proceedings and hold them pending deportation, under the assumption there will be a national security exception like the one the court alluded to in the Zadvydas opinion,” Daskal said.

Daskal acknowledged that the justices have never said outright that a suspected Al Qaeda operative could be held for a lengthy period under U.S. immigration law — but she thinks such action would be upheld.

“I’m fairly convinced that a court would find some way to determine that someone who’s an actual an ongoing threat would be held,” she said.

Human rights advocates say holding terror suspects indefinitely under immigration authority is no more tolerable than using so-called law-of-war detention that essentially treats them as prisoners of war.

“Keeping someone in indefinite detention — whether it’s immigration detention or Gitmo — is not an acceptable resolution,” Greenberg said. “We do not have a system of indefinite detention on the books — yet.”

The Ali case went off the rails for the government in the face of his claims that he was solely trying to resolve the hijacking of the M/V CEC Future — an event in which 13 crew members were held hostage for 71 days. While prosecutors contended Ali was “every bit as responsible” as those who carried weapons, the middle-aged English speaker, who had spent more than two decades in the United States, may not have seemed like an eye-patch-wearing or AK-47-toting type.

By the time of his arrest in 2011, Ali was serving as education minister for an autonomous area in Somalia. Officials lured him back to the United States by inviting him to attend an education conference. He was arrested when he landed at Dulles International Airport.

During a pretrial hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle said the case was an instance of “government overreaching” and said Ali did “not merit” a mandatory life sentence.

Ali’s defense attorney, Matthew Peed, said his client is seeking asylum in the United States because he faces danger at home as a result of defense disclosures at trial about work he did to go after pirates. “If he goes back with that having been put out there, his life will be at risk. … He really should just be let go” to live in the U.S., the lawyer said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said Ali “will remain in ICE custody until a determination has been made on his case.”

“ICE will continue to prioritize removing aliens who pose a threat to public safety or national security,” she said.

For now, the problem of what to do with a foreigner in a failed terrorism case remains theoretical, since the Justice Department has an impressive record of convictions and lengthy sentences in terrorism cases. But there has been at least one very close call.

In 2009, Obama ordered Ahmed Ghailani — a suspected plotter in the deadly attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 — flown from Guantánamo Bay to New York to stand trial in federal court. In November 2010, a jury there convicted him on a single charge of conspiracy to destroy U.S. property and buildings, while acquitting him of the 284 other charges he faced. He ultimately received a life sentence.

Had Ghailani been acquitted on all charges, the Obama administration would have been forced to confront the question it said it never expected to arise: what to do with him. He likely could have been detained as a military prisoner for a time, but that option is looking shakier today.

While Daskal doubts a judge would ever release someone like Ghailani onto American streets, others think the odds are higher. In recent months, some judges have grown more assertive in national security-related cases, challenging the executive branch over issues like surveillance and even procedures for searching prisoners at Guantánamo. There are also questions of whether a judge would feel comfortable bucking a jury’s verdict that the government’s evidence was too weak.

“I don’t put a lot of weight into the false hope that Zadvydas will be the glue to keep a guy’s feet stuck to the ground. I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Stimson said. “The litigation milieu has changed. … We’re in a much different place. I can envision someone brought to the U.S. to stand trial being acquitted and then being granted asylum.”

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Islamization of America

Islamization of America

Written by: Steve Huston

Planting the seeds of Islam into any country is arguably the best way to destroy the roots of that   country. Erick Stakelbeck, a terrorism expert and author of the book “The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy,” states, “The Muslim Brotherhood in America and really around the world are like termites. They burrow into a host society. They eat away at it until the day comes where they are ready to make their move.”   That is the idea of “civilization jihad.” There is the violent jihad that takes place from time to time but what we are obliviously experiencing on a daily basis, in America, is “civilization jihad.”
While many may feel that it’s just a matter of religions, one must remember that Islam is not just a religion. Islam is a complete system that hides under a guise of religion. Islam is a legal system, an educational system, a social system, a dietary system; it’s a comprehensive system that encroaches upon every area of life. It’s a complete system that runs completely contrary to the Constitution. We’ve seen how the roots of this “religion” have grown its tendrils into virtually every area of American society today.
Islamists have pressed for Shariah Law to be implemented into American courts; and some Muslims have been able to get away with atrocious crimes because of it. Some politicians have attempted to bring legislation which opposes Shariah law; after all, this is America with its own courts and its own laws. Islamic Shariah law is being imposed upon American companies, law enforcement, and the public in general, giving special rights to Muslims that neither Christians nor non-Christian Americans could get away with. Most recently we’ve seen it infiltrate our military allowing beards and turbans for adherents of Islam while crosses or other Christian religious symbols are denied to the adherents of Christianity.
Indoctrination to Islam is being pushed in our public schools as children have been forced to memorize and act out portions of the Koran, been assigned roles, as “Muslims”, to be lived out for a week, and been made to wear burqas. Some public schools are teaching that Muhammad is God’s messenger and other children are made to draw the five pillars of Islam. There were even Muslims which came into the public schools to hand out Islamic proselytizing literature; and yet in another school, Muslim high school students demanded prayer accommodations. When have Christians recently been able to do these things without difficulty or retaliation? Even football practices have been re-scheduled to accommodate Ramadan, and all these things are done regardless of other students’ religious beliefs.
Shariah particularly presses into politics as President Obama declared at an UN General Assembly, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” With statements like this and while our president has ignored the leader of Israel (perhaps our greatest ally) but shows greater respect for a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, we may have reason for concern. When our president appears to have an ideology tied more to Islam than traditional America, how are we to stay safe in an age of terrorism? When he surrounds himself with Muslims, a people who have promised to destroy this country, what are we to do? He makes policies that are dangerous for America but friendly to our enemies.
It seems that whenever one would speak a word of warning about the undermining and erosion of our culture where these things are concerned we hear the rebuttal of “Islamophobia!” Point out that this is a religion not an ethnic group; the response is, “Islamophobia! Discrimination!” State that it’s a religion based on violence and hatred for those who are not in agreement with them and hear the cry “Intolerant! Islamophobia!”
Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs reports that the word “Islamophobia” was a term invented in a Muslim think tank; “It is a device, a thought crushing device to stifle and to stop all criticism of Islam.”
It seems to be working too. Take the Fort Hood shooting for example. The shooter was handing out the Koran that morning, his business card said, “Soldier of Allah,” and as he shot patriotic Americans he shouted, “Allahu Akbar” (a jihadist war cry). Even after all this it was labeled workplace violence instead of a jihad terror event.
As this administration enables a nuclear Iran, emboldens and finances the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, supports Al Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, as he puts Muslims in key positions and scrubs all counter-terrorism materials of Islam and jihad, we should be greatly concerned. As this administration jokes about Christian persecution while removing the section of the state report which deals with the status of religious minorities around the world, we should take notice. As we see a decrease in border security, a decrease in common sense issues and a decrease in upholding our Constitution we should be alarmed.
As Pamela Geller succinctly states, “By emboldening our enemy, by arming our enemy, by enriching our enemy, we are literally sharpening the blade of our own executioners.”
So with all this that’s going on, what should we do?
Today, much of the media is a propaganda press; so, go to trusted news sources to keep abreast of what’s going on. Instead of being misdirected by a political sleight of hand we must keep our focus on the real issues. We need to keep them in mind, looking on the horizon with diligence. If not, when the dust has settled, the very thing we should have been concerned about will lay unnoticed under the rubble of whatever we were misdirected to.
Be diligent in checking out names of appointees to know who they are and the agendas they may bring. Don’t get so caught up in a big media event that you neglect to see other problems that are before your eyes or out on the horizon. Pay attention and be on guard!
Know the Constitution; make sure your Congressmen know it, abide by it and defend it.
Pray for your nation, the president and the media. Inform others and pray for those who hate you.
 
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Cries of ‘Death to America’ as Iranians Celebrate 35th Anniversary of Revolution

Cries of ‘Death to America’ as Iranians Celebrate 35th Anniversary of Revolution

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A woman with an Iranian flag in Tehran on Tuesday during a celebration of the  35th anniversary of the nation’s revolution. Morteza Nikoubazl for The New York Times.
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TEHRAN — Mixing exhortations of death to America with admonishments to children about healthy teeth and gums, Iran celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Tuesday, and the state news media said millions had exuberantly participated.

At the largest rallies, here in the capital, the talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear program with world powers, including the United States, dominated the event, traditionally organized by hard-line factions that have shown strong skepticism about the negotiations.

Posters and placards were distributed bearing slogans that referred to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks that despite the discussions, the military option remained on the table for resolving the dispute over the nuclear program. Iran contends it is pursuing atomic power for peaceful purposes, but many other countries, notably the United States and Israel, suspect its nuclear program is intended to camouflage the production of nuclear weapons.

“We are eager for all options on the table,” many of the placards read, cheerfully hoisted by Iranian parents pushing baby strollers while shouting, “Death to America!” Other posters read, “We are ready for the great battle.”

Wendy R. Sherman, the lead American negotiator in the nuclear talks, was singled out for particular denunciation, with many rally participants shouting, “Death to Sherman,” the semiofficial Iranian Students’ News Agency reported. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a week ago, Ms. Sherman said the Iranian government had started distributing free food, after the United States released $500 million to Iran as part of a temporary agreement over the country’s nuclear program that took effect on Jan. 20.

Iranian hard-liners reacted angrily, accusing the Americans of distortion. The money — which came from Iranian accounts frozen under sanctions — had paid for the food long ago, they said, before the United States seized the cash.

Some protesters also shouted, “Death to Obama!” and “Death to Kerry!”

The rallies celebrated Feb. 11, 1979, when Iranian revolutionaries declared victory over the American-backed government of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and brought to power a government overseen by Shiite Muslim clerics.

President Hassan Rouhani, a cleric who was elected in June, criticized what he called American threats against Iran but said that if world powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program respected Tehran’s “rights,” they would receive “a positive and appropriate answer” from Iran. The next round of negotiations is scheduled to take place in Vienna on Tuesday.

“Iran is determined to hold fair and constructive talks based on international law,” Mr. Rouhani said on state radio. “We hope that we will see the same kind of will from the opposite side during the talks that will begin within days.”

But like his immediate predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mr. Rouhani warned that threats would cost Iran’s counterparts in the talks. “If they want to repeat the unpleasant and incorrect methods of the past, they should know that they will act to the detriment of their own nation, region and global welfare and stability,” he said.

The rally was a blend of nationalist zeal and family fun. Clowns explained to children the importance of brushing their teeth. Actors re-enacted scenes from the war between Iran and Iraq. Parachutists dropped candy into the crowds.

At one stage, hundreds of people watched Pangool, a famous Iranian children’s television puppet, explain that the children’s presence neutralized American threats. “They say all options are on the table,” the puppet said, “but it is your active presence here in the rally that is our answer to them!” Some children looked puzzled, but just the sight of Pangool was an attraction, one parent said.

In the distance, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps band played songs from the 1979 revolution, as one cleric, Mohammad Moshabarati, 28, marched by, holding a long pole bearing an Islamic flag. “Everything you see here is the achievement of our supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,” he said. “Our slogan is, ‘Death to U.S.,’ and it will be so forever, no matter what President Rouhani agrees with the Americans.”

There were reports that activists belonging to the silenced opposition movement had planned to join the rallies, and plainclothes police officers could be seen among the crowd. Social media reported the arrests of six people, but this could not be independently verified.

The Iranian government also hosted a lavish 35th-anniversary dinner buffet at the United Nations on Monday night, where hundreds of diplomats and other guests, including Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, mingled.

Iran’s military has been using the anniversary to show defiance of the United States, test firing new missiles and engaging in other acts of bravado. On Tuesday, the Fars News Agency, which is closely aligned with the Revolutionary Guards, featured interviews with senior commanders boasting about an Iranian naval flotilla’s planned voyage to the Atlantic with the intent of patrolling the United States maritime borders — the counterpoint to what the United States Fifth Fleet does in the Persian Gulf.

“All countries, including Iran, are entitled to the right to be present in the free waters, and we don’t seek to violate any country’s territorial waters,” Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari was quoted by Fars as saying while he participated in the annual rallies. Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman,said Monday that the United States was not concerned.

Rick Gladstone contributed reporting from New York.

A version of this article appears in print on February 12, 2014, on page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Iranians Assail U.S. on Anniversary of Islamic Revolution. Order Reprints|Today’s Paper|Subscribe

Obama Easing Immigration Rule for Terrorist Supporters

Obama Easing Immigration Rule for Terrorist Supporters

Sunday, 09 Feb 2014 12:36 PM

By Newsmax Wires

The Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to the United States or stay here and who gave “limited” support to terrorists or terrorist groups.

The change is one of President Barack Obama’s first actions on immigration since he pledged during his State of the Union address last month to use more executive directives.

The move was immediately greeted Sunday with an angry Republican backlash. Republican leaders like House Speaker John Boehner said last week that the GOP felt the president could not be trusted on immigration, and that was what was hindering immigration reform. This unilateral move on a very controversial immigration regulation was precisely his point, he added.

“President Obama should be protecting U.S. citizens rather than taking a chance on those who are aiding and abetting terrorist activity and putting Americans at greater risk,” says Virginia GOP Rep. Robert Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and part of the GOP House leadership team working on immigration reform.

He and other Republican lawmakers argued that the administration is relaxing rules designed by Congress to protect the country from terrorists.

Others were scratching their heads over why Obama would choose this issue as one of his first unilateral moves after the State of the Union speech.

And Missouri GOP Sen. Roy Blunt on “Fox News Sunday” repeated the concerns of fellow Republicans and others about Obama repeatedly saying that “he can use his pen and his telephone” to work around Congress.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte said there’s a significant “trust deficit” between Obama and Republicans that has derailed immigration reform.

“There is a real trust deficit right now that I think the speaker is facing,” she said when asked on CBS’s “Face the Nation” by host Bob Schieffer about Boehner’s recently expressed doubts that immigration reform wouldn’t get done this year. Ayotte specifically mentioned the president’s executive actions as the main reason for the GOP’s apprehension.

The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department now say that people considered to have provided “limited material support” to terrorists or terrorist groups are no longer automatically barred from the United States.

A post-Sept. 11 provision in immigrant law, known as terrorism related inadmissibility grounds, had affected anyone considered to have given support. With little exception, the provision has been applied rigidly to those trying to enter the U.S. and those already here but wanting to change their immigration status.

As word spread about the Obama administration’s unilateral move late last week, Republicans began issuing denunciations.

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions offered a scathing rebuke of the very ideal of “limited material support” to terrorists.

“Not only is this a national security issue, but a financial issue: those granted admission gain access to federal welfare programs funded by U.S. taxpayers,” Sessions said in a statement. “It seems the Obama Administration has forgotten that our immigration laws are meant to protect the interests of Americans.”

Sessions specifically cited a recently-released audit of immigration systems that revealed that 70 percent of applications for asylum contained warning signs for fraud. He quoted warnings from USCIS union head Kenneth Palinkas’ that the immigration processing system has become a “visa clearing house for the world.”

“In light of these and other facts, it is thus deeply alarming that the Obama Administration would move unilaterally to relax admissions standards for asylum-seekers and potentially numerous other applicants for admission who have possible connections to insurgent or terrorist groups,” Sessions, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, continued in the letter.

“This includes terror groups not yet designated: Al Qaeda was not designated by the Department of State as a foreign terrorist organization until 1999 — long after the first attack on the World Trade Center.”

For Morteza Assadi, a 49-year-old real estate agent in northern Virginia, the law has left him in a sort of immigration purgatory while his green card application has been on hold for more than a decade.

As a teenager in Tehran, Iran, in the early 1980s, Assadi distributed fliers for a mujahedeen group that opposed the government of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and was at one time considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. Assadi said he told the U.S. government about his activities when he and his wife applied for asylum in the late 1990s. Those requests were later granted and his wife has since become a U.S. citizen. But Assadi’s case has remained stalled.

“When we are teenagers, we have different mindsets,” Assadi said. “I thought, I’m doing my country a favor.”

Assadi said he only briefly associated with the group, which was removed from Washington’s list of terrorist organizations in 2012, and that he was never an active member or contributor to its activities. Now he’s hopeful that the U.S. government will look at his teenage activities as “limited.”

His lawyer, Parastoo Zahedi, said she has filed case in federal court to force U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to process Assadi’s green card application, but now hopes the government will act on its own.

“In the past, the minute your name was associated with a (terrorist) organization you were being punished,” Zahedi said. “Not every act is a terrorist act and you can’t just lump everyone together.”

The Homeland Security Department said in a statement that the rule change, which was announced last week and not made in concert with Congress, gives the government more discretion, but won’t open the country to terrorists or their sympathizers. People seeking refugee status, asylum and visas, including those already in the United States, still will be checked to make sure they don’t pose a threat to national security or public safety, the department said.

In the past, the provision has been criticized for allowing few exemptions beyond providing medical care or acting under duress. The change now allows officials to consider whether the support was not only limited but potentially part of “routine commercial transactions or routine social transactions.”

The change does not specifically address “freedom fighters” who may have fought against an established government, including members of rebel groups who have led revolts in Arab Spring uprisings.

In late 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Services said about 4,400 affected cases were on hold as the government reviewed possible exemptions to the rule. It’s unclear how many of those cases are still pending.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the rule change will help people he described as deserving refugees and asylum-seekers.

“The existing interpretation was so broad as to be unworkable,” Leahy, D-Vt., said in a statement. He said the previous rule barred applicants for reasons “that no rational person would consider.”

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