Peter King: Sydney Attack Part of ‘Changing Face of Terrorism’

Peter King: Sydney Attack Part of ‘Changing Face of Terrorism’
By Wanda Carruthers

The attack in Sydney in which a gunman held numerous hostages in a 16-hour ordeal was an example of the “changing face of terrorism,” Rep. Peter King told Fox News on “America’s Newsroom.”

Man Haron Monis, the Iranian refugee identified in the attack, held an unknown number of people hostage in Lindt Chocolat Cafe in a standoff that began early Monday. The crisis ended after heavily armed police swarmed the cafe early Tuesday morning, local time.

“What we saw today, though, is the changing face of terrorism and the new threat from terrorism, and that it does not necessarily have to come from a card-carrying member or an official member of ISIS or any of the other al-Qaida-type organizations,” the New York Republican said Monday.

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King, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, said the type of person to commit a terrorism act like the one in Sydney could be a “sympathizer” or a “fanatic” of a terrorist organization, or merely someone “on the edge and have these Islamic leanings.”

“We’ve seen that in Canada. We’ve seen that in New York, where the deranged person with an ax attacked a police officer in Queens. But they were inspired by what they hear from ISIS,” he said.

The technique was new, King said, and it posed a “real challenge to police and law enforcement, because it has to be intense scrutiny, intense surveillance, and looking for any possible indicators of someone who could act like this.”

He said law enforcement could come under attack from groups critical of targeted surveillance.

“We have to be very careful. You have groups like the (American) Civil Liberties Union or The New York Times attacking the police for what they feel is too much activity,” he said.

Nevertheless, King maintained it was critical to have intelligence from communities to “try to stop it before it happens.”

“The fact is the threat is real, and we have to have sources in those communities. We have to monitor the communities,” King said. “If it does happen, then you have to make sure your police are extremely well-trained and can adapt to any possible hostage situation, every possible situation like this.”

Islamic preacher: ISIS beheads ‘to save American lives’

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Islamic preacher: ISIS beheads ‘to save American lives’

‘Supposed to be something which drives the enemy away’

American journalist James Foley before his beheading by ISIS
American journalist James Foley before his beheading by ISIS

The Islamic State’s bloody campaign of public beheadings is actually intended to save American lives, Britain’s most notorious Islamic cleric declared in a radio interview Sunday.

“One of the primary reasons why you see what you are seeing on your own television and Internet is to try to end the war quickly,” stated radical preacher Anjem Choudary when asked to justify the ISIS beheadings.

“This kind of terrorizing and horrifying the enemy is saying to them, ‘Look don’t engage with them. Stay away.’ This is supposed to be something which drives the enemy away and therefore saves many lives.”

Choudary was speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer, audio of which was obtained in advance by WND.

Choudary, founder of the banned terrorist supporting group Al Muhajiroun, attempted to use the Quran to justify the ISIS beheadings, which until now include the public executions of two American journalists as well as one American and two British aid workers.

On Friday it was reported ISIS beheaded four Christian children in Iraq for refusing to denounce Jesus and convert to Islam, according to the leader of the Anglican church in Baghdad.

Speaking to Klein, Choudary quoted chapter 8 verse 60 of the Quran, which states:

“And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know [but] whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.”

Choudary continued: “I mean, you may see in Somalia with the film ‘Black Hawk Down’ that the Americans withdrew because they could not tolerate what was taking place to their own soldiers.

“And you now however gruesome it may seem, you know, the propaganda element and the kind of terrorizing effect of this cannot be denied … it is intended to have that effect. To say, ‘Look don’t come to the area.’”

Choudary praised France, Italy and Turkey for engaging in hostage exchanges.

“And yet,” he added, “the Americans and British refused and obviously you can see the consequences of that.”

U.N. sending thousands of Muslims to America

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U.N. sending thousands of Muslims to America

Resettlement will cost billions of dollars

Syrian refugees displaced by civil war.

The federal government is preparing for another “surge” in refugees and this time they won’t be coming illegally from Central America.

The U.S. State Department announced this week that the first major contingent of Syrian refugees, 9,000 of them, have been hand-selected by the United Nations for resettlement into communities across the United States.

The announcement came Tuesday on the State Department’s website.

WND reported in September that Syrians would make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees coming to the U.S., as resettlement agencies were lobbying for the U.S. to accept at least 75,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.

Until now, the U.S. had accepted only 300 of the more than 3.2 million refugees created by the Syrian civil war in which ISIS, El Nusra and other Sunni Muslim jihadist rebels are locked in a protracted battle with the Shiite regime of Bashar al-Assad.

But the U.S. government has been the most active of all nations in accepting Islamic refugees from other war-torn countries, such as Iraq, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Now, the Syrians will be added to the mix. They are cleared for refugee status by the U.N. high commissioner on refugees (UNHCR), who assigns them to various countries. Once granted refugee status by the U.N. they are screened by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for any ties to terrorist organizations.

The State Department announcement makes it clear that the 9,000 refugees represent just the beginning of an extended program to accept more Syrians.

“The United States accepts the majority of all UNHCR referrals from around the world. Last year, we reached our goal of resettling nearly 70,000 refugees from nearly 70 countries. And we plan to lead in resettling Syrians as well,” the statement reads. “We are reviewing some 9,000 recent UNHCR referrals from Syria. We are receiving roughly a thousand new ones each month, and we expect admissions from Syria to surge in 2015 and beyond.”

The United States, with its commitment to accepting 70,000 displaced people a year, absorbs more refugees than all other countries combined. This number is understated, however, as once refugees get to the United States they are placed on a fast track to citizenship and are able to get their extended families to join them in the states under the government’s Refuge Family Reunification program.

The refugees have been placed in more than 100 communities across 49 states. Only Wyoming does not have a refugee resettlement program.

Despite the large numbers, the U.S. has come under criticism from aid groups for its pace in taking in refugees from the Syrian war, which is by far the largest refugee crisis of recent years, reported Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch.

U.S. officials say the resettlement program has moved slowly because the United Nations refugee agency, which they look to for referrals, didn’t begin making recommendations until late last year. And the United States takes 18 to 24 months on average to carefully vet each applicant to make sure he or she poses no security risk.

Muslim countries in the Middle East have so far not stepped up to permanently take in their Islamic brothers and sisters although the temporary refugee camps to which the Syrians have fled are in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

Syrian refugee camps like this one have popped up in Jordan and Lebanon.

The State Department announcement was careful to explain that the U.S. will take in only those Syrians who are “persecuted by their government.” Christians in Syria are being killed by ISIS and other Muslim rebels, not by “their government,” but the Sunni Muslims are being killed by the Shiite-led government.

It also would not take 18 to 24 months to “vet” Christian refugees for security purposes.

“There is no doubt the majority of Syrians to be admitted to the U.S. will be Muslims because it would be unlikely there would be a ‘security risk’ with the Christians,” according to Corcoran.

She said screening has become more rigorous since 2009, when authorities were alarmed to discover that two members of al-Qaeda had entered the country posing as Iraqi refugees. That concern has been sharpened by worries that fighters from the Islamic State militant group may try to enter the United States.

The United States has imported more than 2 million Muslim refugees since 1992, WND previously reported. The authority for the resettlement program is the Refugee Act of 1980, signed into law by President Jimmy Carter.

On Tuesday, Anne C. Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, said at a U.N. meeting in Geneva that the Obama administration was going to step up its efforts because the refugee outflow had swelled “to a mass exodus.”

At the Geneva meeting, 28 countries agreed to take in 66,000 refugees. But that was far short of the 300,000 Syrians that officials at the U.N. refugee agency believe need to be permanently resettled.

Corcoran alerted readers of her blog who live in cities already stocked with large numbers of refugees that they should contact their members of Congress if they have concerns about getting new shipments of displaced persons. The added burden that refugees put on social services has prompted several mayors in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to request that the federal government shut off the refugee spigot, as reported recently by WND. The mayor of Athens, Georgia, Nancy Denson, has requested that her city not be added to the list of cities accepting refugees until a full accounting of the costs can be tabulated.

Richard, in her announcement, said resettlement agencies and “charities” are already mobilizing to help the soon arrival of new Syrian refugees.

“Like most other refugees resettled in the United States, they will get help from the International Organization for Migration with medical exams and transportation to the United States. Once they arrive, networks of resettlement agencies, charities, churches, civic organizations and local volunteers will welcome them. These groups work in 180 communities across the country and make sure refugees have homes, furniture, clothes, English classes, job training, health care and help enrolling their children in school. They are now preparing key contacts in American communities to welcome Syrians.”

What Richard fails to mention is that most of the resettlement work done by the above network of agencies is taxpayer funded through various grants distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Refugee Resettlement Program.

The nine contractors that lobbied for more Syrian refugees are:
Church World Service (CWS)
• Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC)
• Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
• Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
• International Rescue Committee (IRC)
• U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
• Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
• U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
• World Relief Corp. (WR)

The cost of resettling 70,000 refugees comes to just over $1 billion per year to the U.S. government, according to a State Department report for fiscal 2015. This includes running the program and issuing federal grants to the nine resettlement agencies. The $1 billion figure does not include the cost of the unaccompanied alien children program, supplying food stamps, subsidized housing, interpreters, Medicaid, WIC, temporary assistance to needy families (TANF) and educating the children, much of which falls to states and localities.

Corcoran estimates that, taken in total, the cost of the U.S. refugee resettlement program could run as high as $10 billion per year.

“Those numbers are just not obtainable,” she said.

That also does not include the potential cost of security risks. WND reported in September that 22 Somali-Americans brought in through the refugee program have been documented by the FBI to have left the country to fight for Al-Shabab, a terrorist organization in Somalia, while several others have gone to fight for the Islamic State, also called ISIS, in Syria. Dozens of others have been prosecuted for sending money or other material support to terrorist organizations.

Several of the resettlement agencies, such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, have posted statements on their websites welcoming President Obama’s recent executive action granting amnesty to up to 5 million illegal aliens. The religious “charities” conduct their refugee resettlement work with government grants accounting for 90 to 98 percent of their budgets, as previously reported by WND.

Nuclear technician plotted next big terrorist attack on U.S.

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Top al-Qaida terrorist killed in Pakistan

Nuclear technician plotted next big terrorist attack on U.S.


When Adnan el Shukrijumah was killed in a raid in Pakistan today, he was not just another senior al-Qaida militant accused of planning to bomb trains in New York and London.

He was also a nuclear technician – one the FBI described as al-Qaida’s global operations chief, a position previously held by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the 9-11 attacks.

Shukrijumah was born in Saudi Arabia and lived for several years in the U.S. He was named in a U.S. federal indictment as a conspirator in the case against three men accused of plotting suicide-bomb attacks on New York’s subway system in 2009. He is also suspected of having played a role in plotting al-Qaida attacks in Panama, Norway and the U.K.

His death is the first major terrorist casualty since June, when the Pakistani military launched a major operation to clean up the largest militant sanctuary on the country’s soil.

It comes days after Pakistani army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif returned from a week-long visit of the U.S., the first by an army chief in four years. On Thursday, the U.S. Congress extended $1 billion in operational support to the Pakistani army despite recent tensions and mistrust.

The killing also puts the spotlight back on the Western half of South Waziristan, the first militant sanctuary in Pakistan where al-Qaida and Taliban groups fleeing American bombing in October 2001 took shelter. Shukrijumah’s killing in an army raid in this region shows that it is now being used as a hideout by militants fleeing the military offensive in North Waziristan.

Shukrijumah was a trained nuclear technician and accomplished pilot who was singled out by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to serve as the field commander for the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

He had been identified as a key figure in what has been called the “American Hiroshima” plot – an al-Qaida plan to detonate one or more nuclear weapons in the U.S.

Shukrijumah was born in Guyana, Aug. 4, 1975 – the firstborn of Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, a 44-year-old radical Muslim cleric, and his 16-year-old wife. In 1985, Gulshair migrated to the United States, where he assumed duties as the imam of the Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn.

The mosque, located at 554 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, has served as a hive for terrorist activities. It has raised millions for the jihad and has served as a recruiting station for al-Qaida. Many of the planners of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, including blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, were prominent members of this notorious “house of worship.”

In 1995, the Shukrijumah family relocated to Miramar, Fla., where Gulshair became the spiritual leader of the radical Masjid al-Hijah Mosque, and where Adnan became friends with Jose Padilla, who planned to detonate a radiological bomb in midtown Manhattan; Mandhai Jokhan, who was convicted of attempting to blow up nuclear power plants in southern Florida; and a group of other home-grown terrorists.

Adnan Shukrijumah attended flight schools in Florida and Norman, Oklahoma, along with Mohammad Atta and the other 9/11 operatives, and he became a highly skilled commercial jet pilot, although he, like Atta and the other terrorists, never applied for a license with the Federal Aviation Administration.

In April 2001, Shukrijumah spent 10 days in Panama, where he reportedly met with al-Qaida officials to assist in the planning of 9/11. He also traveled to Trinidad and Guyana, where virulent al-Qaida cells have been established. The following month, he obtained an associate’s degree in computer engineering from Broward Community College.

During this time, he managed to get passports from Guyana, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, Canada and the United States. He also began to adopt a number of aliases, including Abu Arifi, Jafar al-Tayyar, Jaafar At Yayyar, Ja’far al-Tayar, and Mohammed Sher Mohammed Khan (the name that appeared on his official FBI file). He traveled to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where he met with Ramzi Binalshibh, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and other members of the al-Qaida high command. He also spent considerable time within al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan, where he received training in explosives and special operations.

Following 9/11, el-Shukrijumah was reportedly singled out by bin Laden and al-Zawahiri to spearhead the next great attack on America. One plan was for a nuclear attack that would take place simultaneously in seven U.S. cities, leaving millions dead and the richest and most powerful nation on earth in ashes.

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Seattle Muslim arrested for threats against Ferguson officer

Seattle Muslim arrested for threats against Ferguson officer

Jaleel_Tariq_Abdul_JabbarFederal prosecutors have charged a Kirkland man with making interstate threats against the life of the former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and his family.

Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, is accused to trying to purchase a firearm over Facebook, telling the seller that he was “going to Ferguson. Can you just sit back and do nothing. White motha (expletive) killing us like our lives ain’t (expletive).”

Abdul-Jabbaar, identified as a felon with drug and firearms-related convictions, was arrested Tuesday morning at his home, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

Later Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida in Seattle ordered Abdul-Jabbaar held pending a detention hearing Friday. He set a preliminary hearing on the felony charges for Dec. 23, which will be canceled if prosecutors obtain a grand-jury indictment.

Issuing interstate threats carries a penalty of up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Abdul-Jabbaar is alleged to have posted the following on his Facebook page on Nov. 11, after a series of escalating declarations of outrage and threats over the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson:

“Are there any REAL BLACK MEN that would love to go down to Ferguson Missouri to give back those bullets that Police Officer [D.W.] fired into the body of Mike Brown. If we’re unable to locate Officer [D.W.] then we’ll return them to his wife and if not her then his children.”

Wilson, who last week resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, is identified in the eight-page complaint only by initials, in keeping with Department of Justice policy not to identify alleged victims of crimes by name.

The charges were brought by FBI Special Agent Brett Glover of the bureau’s Seattle office. Glover is a member of the office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The complaint alleges that five days after Brown was killed, Abdul-Jabbaar allegedly complained on his Facebook page that officials had not yet identified the officer involved. When they do, he wrote, “Then we can find where the cop’s child goes to school … “

On Aug. 30, after surveillance video of the shooting was released publicly, he allegedly wrote, “We really need to start killing the police … OOoooppps I mean our oppressors.”

On Sept. 15, Abdul-Jabbaar posted Wilson’s photograph after a hacker put it on the Internet. “This dude needs his house sprayed,” he allegedly wrote. A few weeks later, he wrote, “We the oppressed people need to kill this white cop.”

In late October, Abdul-Jabbaar is reported to have connected with a friend on Facebook looking to buy a .40-caliber or 9 mm handgun, according to the charges.

On Nov. 16, the complaint says Abdul-Jabbaar wrote a lengthy missive on his Facebook page, anticipating the grand jury’s decision not to charge Wilson. “How many are preparing, are prepared for Ferguson? Whatever pocket change I got I’m ready to roll to lay down my life so who is ready to roll with me.”

When the Ferguson grand jury returned its decision last week, Abdul-Jabbaar reportedly posted, “Ready to go and kill some cops.”

The charges come as the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing where to draw the line between free speech and illegal threats in the digital age.

“We are fortunate to live in a country where the right to speak out about current events and disagree with our government is protected by the highest law of the land. Our freedom of speech does not, however, extend to making threats to kill or injure law enforcement officers,” Acting U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes wrote in a news release.


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FBI Warns U.S. Soldiers: ISIS Could Target You Using Social Media

The FBI and DHS are warning members of the United States military to scrub their social media accounts due to a growing threat from ISIS terrorists.

Catherine Herridge reported on “Happening Now” today on the joint bulletin that went out over the weekend.

The bulletin said the FBI has information suggesting “individuals overseas are spotting and assessing like-minded individuals who are willing and capable of conducting attacks against current and former U.S.-based members of the United States military.”

Officials want current service members and veterans to review their social media posts and remove information that could “attract the attention of ISIS and its supporters.”

Herridge was first to report in October that an Air Force father and his teenage son were singled out by ISIS sympathizers on Facebook, with both receiving a swarm of offensive messages.

At that time, an Army intelligence bulletin warned that Islamic State militants were calling on supporters to scour social media for the addresses of U.S. military family members and “show up [at their homes] and slaughter them.”

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told Fox News that there are new measures in place to stop ISIS sympathizers from entering the U.S.

Earlier this morning, Martha MacCallum sat down with Fox News national security analyst K.T. McFarland to discuss the threat.

McFarland revealed that she was told recently by the president of Iraq that cell phones and social media played a major role in the Iraqi military surrendering to ISIS fighters over the summer.

“He said, do you want to know why that 30,000-person Iraqi army fled from ISIS in the city of Mosul in June? He said, everybody had a cell phone. All the generals took the cell phone to battle and they got text messages from ISIS, saying ‘if you don’t lay down your arms and run away right now, we’re going to slaughter your families.’ They put their cell phones down, they took their uniforms off, dropped their weapons and ran away. The soldiers saw the generals were leaving and [said] we’re outta here too. That’s how it happened,” she explained.

McFarland said many U.S. military members who are deployed overseas are heavily dependent on social media to keep in touch with family and friends.

“Anybody wants to do harm to our military, they just go online, they look at that. They see he’s deployed, his family is home alone, now we have a target,” she said, adding it is easy and cheap for ISIS to use social media to glean information about potential targets.

Service members and veterans are also being advised to make sure their social media profiles are set to “private.”



Counter-terrorism expert, Ryan Mauro details his debate with Nezar Hamze, an official with the Council on American Islamic Relations.
So, the big news is that the terrorist elephant in the room (CAIR) has been exposed by a Muslim country (UAE). Well, for those of us who do this type of work we believe this is the beginning of several countries who will follow and designate CAIR as a terrorist organization in some significant manner. This is critically important because CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood organization is dedicated to a civilization or cultural jihad to assist in overthrowing America by using its laws against her. The immediate need is to expose CAIR for what we now know it to be – a Jew-hating, terrorist organization and demand that all US political, military and law enforcement entities completely terminate any and all relations from this anti-American group of jihadis. To contact Ryan Mauro –






State Department promotes pro-jihad handbook!

State Department promotes pro-jihad handbook!

Posted By Garth Kant On 10/08/2014 @ 8:25 pm In Front Page,Politics,U.S.,World |

Jihadyes WASHINGTON – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police disavowed its own anti-terrorism handbook, but the U.S. State Department is apparently endorsing it.

The guide instructs, “Do not refer to terrorists as ‘jihadis’” and speaks glowingly of the concept of jihad as “peaceful” and “noble.”

The Mounties cited the handbook’s “adversarial tone” in ordering its officers to disregard it on Tuesday.

The Washington Free Beacon reported, the very next day, the State Department posted a tweet promoting the handbook on its anti-terrorism Twitter feed called, “Think Again Turn Away.”

The tweet read: “Canada: handbook to help parents understand extremists, combat recruitment.”

The State Department claimed the tweet was not an endorsement.

Spokeswoman Carolyn Glassman told the paper, “CSCC (Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications) was simply sharing information about a new product related to counterterrorism. Our reposting does not connote an endorsement.”

However, the State Department tweet also included a link to an article extolling the virtues of the handbook.

The “United Against Terrorism” handbook was published by the Canadian Muslim community with input from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or RCMP.

But just one day after the handbook was officially released, the Mounties announced they would not distribute it to officers and issued a statement reading, “After a final review of the handbook, the RCMP could not support the adversarial tone set by elements of the booklet and therefore directed RCMP Manitoba not to proceed with this initiative.”

The guide advises Muslims they do not have to cooperate with authorities investigating terrorism and, if they do, they should have a lawyer present.

When asked why the State Department would promote a handbook that claims jihadis are not at war with the United States, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, told WND, “This is just another example of the Obama administration not taking seriously a potential threat to the United States.”

“It makes you wonder if anyone’s in charge at the White House,” he added.

The handbook doesn’t just recommend against calling jihadis terrorists, it speaks glowingly of the concept of jihad.

Under the caption, “Is jihad the same as terrorism? Absolutely Not!,” the guide states, “Jihad is an Arabic term meaning striving, struggling and exertion in the path of good.”

But by way of explanation, the handbook then somewhat confusingly recognizes the Prophet Muhammad referred to both one’s inner struggle and warfare as types of jihad, by quoting him as saying: “We are returning from the lesser jihad [the battle] to the greater jihad,” what the guide called, “the far more vital and crucial task of extinguishing transgression from one’s own society and one’s own heart.”

The handbook further claimed, “Jihad is not holy war either. Islam allows for jihad in the form of a military action in self-defense only.”

However, Osama bin Laden himself claimed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were waged in self-defense, and Islamic terrorists themselves readily and uniformly acknowledge they are engaging in jihad.

Nonetheless, the handbook instructs, “By equating terrorism with jihad and by calling terrorist ‘jihadis,’ the media, law enforcement, intelligence agencies and politicians have confused the discourse, and this has been counterproductive in challenging the extremist narrative in the minds of the young and vulnerable.”

The handbook appears to strive to separate all terrorists from any association with Islam, and any religious motivation, stating, “Jihad is not terrorism; terrorists are criminals, not martyrs.”

In fact, the handbook instructs law enforcement officers to refrain from “questioning individuals’ religiosity.”

Not only does the guide instruct intelligence and law enforcement officials to “avoid terms such as ‘Islamist terrorism,’ ‘Islamicism,’ and ‘Islamic extremism,’” it recommends such terms as “al Qaida inspired extremist.”

Mideast expert Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy agreed with some of that, but for different reasons.

She told WND, “I avoid terms like ‘Islamism’ or ‘Islamist’ because I’ve never seen any authoritative source, Muslim or otherwise, that can coherently describe the difference between doctrinal Islam and ‘Islamism,’ or a devout, faithful Muslim and an ‘Islamist.’

Lopez said her “more accurate terms” would be Islam, Muslim and jihadi, “[W]ith the latter being those Muslims whose devotion extends to active involvement in any aspect of jihad – defined in Islamic law as ‘warfare against non-Muslims’ – be it violent, pre-violent or non-violent … or noble, which of course, is exactly how a devout Muslim would view jihad.”

The battle over semantics has been a growing front in the war on terror in recent years, one that has experts such as Lopez questioning which side the administration favors.

She told WND in August it was the Obama administration “that actively purged truthful curriculum about the inspirational relationship between Islamic doctrine, law, and scripture and Islamic terrorism.”

In fact, she said, they were told what to purge by groups affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and even allowed some of those same groups to supervise the purge. All of that, she observed, “would seem to indicate certain knowledge about the Islamic threat, and a determined effort to ignore that threat.”

By 2014, she maintained, U.S. leadership had purged all its training curriculum and official discourse of any terminology that would accurately identify the Islamic enemy, “and the time was right. Al-Qaida receded and [ISIS] arose. The U.S. couldn’t tell the difference between jihadist militias to save its life anyway, quite literally.”

Complicating matters for those trying to figure what the administration’s true position is on jihadis, Obama had declared there no longer was a global war on terror. And that was where he and Lopez, a former CIA officer, veered in entirely different directions.

Speaking to WND in August, she named the enemy as jihadis and stated the goal should be their destruction.

“Above all, we must acknowledge that the enemy is supremacist forces of Islamic jihad,” Lopez told WND. “We must name, acknowledge, confront the enemy as he is – not as we wish him to be.”

She scoffed at the notion that what others call radical Islam was a “defeated ideology.”

“Oh? What ideology is that?” she asked. “The 1,400-year-old one that’s already made mincemeat out of six or seven major world empires? That one?”

Lopez explained what she thought was Obama’s real goal: Far from seeking the defeat of jihadism in the Mideast or globally, Obama preferred to let Sunni and Shiite jihadists each have their own spheres of influence in the Muslim world and America should withdraw its troops and influence from the region.

Lopez said the ISIS crisis had forced a reluctant Obama to call for airstrikes.

On Wednesday, she added this parting observation: “The definition of ‘terrorism’ in Islamic law, by the way, is the killing of a Muslim without right.”

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Bloody Christmas: ‘Spectacular attack’ alert

‘They’ve been waiting for the big one’911-world-trade-center

Another coordinated terror attack using jetliners, reminiscent of 9/11, could be in the works, according to an airport-security source cited by a London paper.

“We’ve been told that five planes are being targeted in a high-profile hit before Christmas,” the source said, according to the Express newspaper of London.

“They’ve been waiting for the big one.”

Many of the security precautions facing airline passengers worldwide were implemented after four jetliners were hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people in the U.S.

The new threat was reported in an Express story about whether those who leave Britain to fight with jihadists abroad should be allowed to return.

Moderator Ian Collins talked about the issue with Douglas Murray of the Henry Jackson Society and radical British Muslims cleric Anjem Choudary.

Murray said the home-grown jihadists should be dealt with in the nation’s justice system. Choudary insisted they haven’t committed any crimes, and charging them would be “the cause of further radicalization in this country … pushing people into the arms of the Islamic State.”

The Express report said concern has risen so high over threats against U.K. assets that officials have considered an outright ban on all hand luggage.

The security sources were not identified by the newspaper.

The report said mobile phones and electronics on flights still could be banned as British officials conclude a terror strike is “almost inevitable.”

The unidentified airport security official said: “We have many scares but this one nearly got hand baggage pulled from all airlines. The threat is still alive and real.”

The Express said authorities have been aware of the plot for several weeks. It is believed to involve Islamic jihadists smuggling bombs on to planes bound for major European destinations before Christmas.

There’s no quick solution, the report said.

“There is paralysis because of the difficulty of banning hand luggage which is one of the strongest weapons we have against the new threats,” the report said, “All electronics may be banned from hand luggage and placed in the hold, that has been considered; and there has been behavior analysis training at airports but while it’s effective, it’s difficult to roll out quickly and is not a sufficient safety net.”

The report said the bull’s-eye apparently is on Europe, because the U.S. has improved its security over the summer while the U.K. has not.

All types of perpetrators are being considered, the source said, from insiders – Westerners who have converted and now are pursuing a terror agenda – to sleeper cells of al-Qaida adherents secretly embedded in Western societies.

The report said evidence indicates the threat is growing.

For example, it said David Drugeon, 24, a trusted al-Qaida bombmaker, recently was killed in Syria.

He was part of the Khorasan group, an offshoot of al-Qaida, and was said to be targeting U.S. and U.K. airlines with non-metallic explosive devices, which could be concealed in mobile phones, computers and printer cartridges.

Sally Leivesley, a terrorism expert, told the Express there appear to have been “dry runs” already in which terrorists have tested security procedures.

The onetime British Home Office risk adviser also warned “terrorists are now more likely to be ‘white, blond and blue eyed’ who are radicalized in as little as five weeks.”

Operation Bojinka

The idea of using jetliners not only recalls the Sept. 11 attack but the Bojinka plot in 1995 to blow up a dozen American airliners over the Pacific.

Operation Bojinka allegedly was organized by Ramzi Yousef, Abdul Hakim Murad and Wali Khan Amin Shah Shah. It was in January of 1995 when Yousef’s Manila apartment caught fire, weeks before the plan was to be implemented.

The Bojinka trial ran from May 29 to Sept. 5, 1996, the period Clinton adviser Dick Morris has aptly called “the terror summer of 1996.”

A fellow prisoner seeking a reduced sentence, told authorities Yousef disclosed the plot to him.

On July 2, a week after the truck bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia killed 19 American Air Force personnel, Yousef assigned responsibility to al-Qaida’s Osama bin Laden, with whom he was then collaborating, the source said.

The source said Yousef was originally sent on the mission to check out security measures.

As July 17 approached, Yousef was warning friends not to fly on TWA or American Airlines on the morning of July 18, the source said.

WND columnist Jack Cashill has written extensively about the case. He reported after the TWA Flight 800 disaster, July 17, 1996, “Yousef called 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed that night, saying, ‘What had to be done has been done, TWA 800′ (last two words unintelligible).”

Cashill said he had two separate sources within the NSA confirm that Yousef made the call in his native Baluchi language.

Malzberg | Brigitte Gabriel to discuss the feared spread of radical Jihad in the U.S.

Malzberg | Brigitte Gabriel to discuss the feared spread of radical Jihad in the U.S.

President of ACT for America and author of “They Must be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It” joins Dennis to discuss the feared spread of radical Jihad in the U.S. as well as yesterday’s call by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for terrorists to “erupt volcanoes of Jihad”
The Truth About Islam: An Interview With Brigitte Gabriel

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This lady addresses possibly more governmental leaders and heads of state regarding this problem of Islam than anyone else. This two-hour interview with Brigitte, which every American needs to hear and see, is a must for every Believer. You need to know and understand the threat to the nation – possibly the greatest the nation has ever faced.

McCain: Obama repeating Vietnam mistakes ‘Why he hasn’t learned from Iraq … confounds me.’



McCain: Obama repeating Vietnam mistakes

‘Why he hasn’t learned from Iraq … confounds me.’


Navy Lt. Cdr. John McCain

Navy Lt. Cdr. John McCain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As WND spoke with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., about his new book, it became clear that American military history – from astonishing battlefield valor by soldiers to stunning incompetence and betrayal by government leaders – is repeating itself.

“13 Soldiers, A Personal History of Americans at War,” co-authored by the former presidential candidate and celebrated POW, and his aide of 18 years, Mark Salter, proved to be riveting, extremely well-written and instructive for anyone from history buff to commander in chief.

The book profiles 13 individuals who served in American’s major conflicts and provides numerous lessons for posterity that are relevant today, especially in the Mideast, as U.S.military strategists have often vowed “no more Vietnams,” yet seem to repeat history.

Not merely a collection of biographies, “13 Soldiers” uses a technique that is both instructive and engrossing by placing the stories of the warriors within the context of their battles and wars, bringing history lessons to life with page-turning tales of heroism, hardship and self-sacrifice.

McCain told WND he and Salter tried to depict what war was all about but also what heroes were all about, because sometimes war histories don’t appreciate the human aspect.

“We tried to give a cross-section of people ranging from outright genuine heroes (such as the late Petty Officer) Mike “Mickey” Monsoor, the Navy SEAL (awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars for repeatedly saving the lives of comrades in ‘the most dangerous city on Earth, Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province’ in 2006, including falling on a grenade) a man of incredible heroism and sacrifice, to people like (Civil War and Mexican-American War veteran) Samuel Chamberlain, who was a bit of a rogue who enjoyed writing about his romantic conquests,” the senator told WND.

He also enjoyed telling the tales of “someone like Charles Black, an African-American in the days of slavery on ships at sea where every individual was vital to the survival of the ship,” who still suffered discrimination during his service in the War of 1812, although it was lessened by the sailors’ mutual dependence.

The authors also profiled one of McCain’s favorites, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who fought in the Civil War, a war which, McCain noted, was America’s bloodiest.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“We watched him change as he went through the war. Finally, at the end, you see he was forever shaped by his experience by war. We point out how he would use an ammunition box as a lunch box as he went to court,” the senator told WND.

Sometimes the warriors’ heroic sacrifices were imposed by the American government, as was the case of the obscure and unsung hero of the Revolutionary War, the poorly clothed, ill-equipped, always-starving, rarely shoed and even more rarely paid Joseph Plumb Martin, who became a soldier at age 15.

The authors recount how Martin escaped the worst of the brutal winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, after a fortuitous assignment to a foraging party, only to endure the full force of the even harsher winter the following year at Morristown, New Jersey, where he was reduced to eating tree bark.

In his autobiography, Martin recalled envying a squirrel he watched die of starvation.

“He got rid of his misery soon. He did not live to starve piecemeal six or seven years,” the soldier wrote.

Despite Martin’s bitter complaint of “starving for an ungrateful people,” and his resentment toward a Congress described by McCain and Salter as “insensible to the situation,” the authors depict the soldiers having a “patriotism supported by the rarest of resolves: they would not betray their country’s cause even when they believed their country had betrayed them.”

martinjosephplu2WND asked McCain if he saw a parallel to morale in America’s armed forces today, with recent downsizing and defunding.

In hushed tones, the senator replied: “That’s a valid point because it’s clear these people (revolutionary soldiers) were literally starved, thousands of them starved to death. Today, we have the ability to feed, to arm, to equip, train a professional military that’s probably the most capable on earth. Yet, we see, in my view, almost a betrayal of them, because the sequester is now harming not only their ability, but their morale.”

Drawing upon the lessons of history, he added: “You know, right now, captains and majors in the U.S. army serving in Afghanistan are receiving (pink slips) and being involuntarily separated from the U.S. Army. It’s a very, very bad thing. We saw this happen in the Vietnam war. It took a real reinvigoration by Ronald Reagan to restore our capabilities. And I am afraid we are seeing that, to some degree, again.”

McCain described how the current situation in Iraq was also hurting morale.

“Just a few days ago, I was campaigning in Louisiana with a candidate there and a young man came up to me and said, ‘Senator McCain, I was a Marine in the second battle of Fallujah.’ That was during the surge under Gen. Petraeus; it was the bloodiest fight of the whole Iraq conflict. We lost 86 Marines and soldiers, and 400 were wounded. He said to me, ‘Four of the guys in my platoon were killed. Tell me, Senator McCain, the black flag of ISIS is flying over Fallujah. What do I tell my friends’ mothers?’ That’s pretty tough to respond to.”

WND observed the conversation must have hit McCain personally in a number of ways, especially as was he was such a strong proponent of the surge that eventually sealed the victory in Iraq, asking if he thought the U.S. was seeing that country and Afghanistan go the way of Vietnam.

“I am afraid, in some respects, we are,” he said. “And I am concerned that if we pull everybody out of Afghanistan without leaving a stabilizing force, we’ll see the same movie we’re now seeing in Iraq. Why the president hasn’t learned from the experience of the complete withdrawal from Iraq and how it applies to Afghanistan confounds me.”

McCain also suggested President Obama was repeating mistakes made in Vietnam during the current air campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria by employing constraining rules of engagement.

ISIS massacre in Iraq

ISIS massacre in Iraq

In his book, the former pilot recounted how the rules of engagement in Vietnam “seemed perversely designed to lower the risk of enemy casualties by increasing the risk to American pilots.”

“With so many more valuable targets off limits, pilots were asked to hit the same things over and over again,” he would wrote.

The former Navy pilot described being given a target in June of 1967 that “had already been hit 27 times.”

“Hardly any structures were still standing; it was basically a rubble heap.”

McCain drew a comparison to the current airstrikes.

“A lot of those buildings you saw on television blowing up, they were empty buildings. Why not? (laughs) If you were ISIS would you stay there? Or melt into the populated areas where you know the enemy is not going to strike you.”

McCain ridiculed “the so-called air war against ISIS.”

“We warned ISIS a week ahead of time that we’re going to strike. I’m told, I’ll find out when I get back to Washington, that the process of approval of a target strike is very similar to that of the Vietnam war, where the targets were decided in the White House in the situation room. I think in some ways we are seeing a replay of that war.”

Did he think the airstrikes were just for show?

“Not so much just for show. Kind of a misguided and, really, abysmally ignorant perspective on the fundamentals of warfare. You go in and you hit the enemy hard, fast and strong and then you do what’s necessary to prevail.”

How did the former POW rate Obama as a commander in chief?

“He’s got the same kind of team around him that Lyndon Johnson had around him. There’s just no doubt about it. This latest thing, trying to work with the Iranians against ISIS – the same people that are arming (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad, the same people who brought in Hezbollah to change the equation on the battlefield. And providing Assad with the weapons and barrel bombs to slaughter the Free Syrian Army.”

Expressing incredulity, the senator summed-up: “And they’re telling young Syrians we’re going to train them in Saudi Arabia and send them into that? That’s a degree of immorality that is stunning.”

WND asked McCain is he thought it was too late to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and what would likely come from negotiations led by the Obama administration.

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard celebrate long-range missile launch

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard celebrate long-range missile launch

“I am afraid they’re giving away the store,” he said. “They are delusional, thinking somehow the Iranians would work with us toward any common goal like that. This is a nation that has orchestrated acts of terror throughout the Middle East and the world. Assad was on his way out when they came in and brought in 5,000 Hezbollah from Lebanon and began training their troops, sending in the Revolutionary Guard, flying in plane load after plane load of weapons. And now, we’re supposed to assume that they will help us? And that we have a common goal? They may want to get rid of ISIS, but their ultimate objective is to keep Assad in power and keep slaughtering the FSA (Free Syrian Army).”

McCain took it a step further, bemoaning what an agreement with the Iranians would mean to the fighters the U.S. wants to battle ISIS.

“Weapons flown in from, and people trained by, the Iranians are going to be trying to kill you. I don’t understand how we could morally justify such a thing. And while we’re trying to get them to fight ISIS, meanwhile, Assad has intensified his air attacks against the FSA. That’s just not morally defensible.”

If the U.S will not use ground troops to fight jihadis, what did McCain think of using them to fight Ebola in West Africa?

In measured tones, he offered: “I think that if we are there to construct facilities, I think that’s OK. Whenever you send people into that kind of environment, you’d better be damn sure that they’re safe. I hope that’s the case. I’m looking right now at the New York Times, which says was there was a greater exposure in the Iraq war to chemical weapons than was known – 600 U.S. troops exposed to such weapons – and that was what, 10 years ago? So, I worry about that.”

It was such concern and admiration for the American troops that compelled McCain and Salter to write “13 Soldiers.”

Monica Lin Brown

Monica Lin Brown

“I hope that people learn from it that it’s not just conflicts that should have our attention, but also the people who fought in it who were responsible for the winning or losing, and the various effects it had on them and their lives. The common thread, I think throughout it all, whether a scoundrel like Samuel Chamberlain or a medic like Monica Lin Brown (a front-line medic in Afghanistan who risked her life to save others in an ambush), who is a genuine American hero, is they all had something in common and that is they were wiling to serve and sacrifice for a cause greater than themselves.”

WND asked McCain how people who are captured and survive horrendous experiences come back from war resembling something whole.

“Well, I think it all depends, to some degree, on the nature of the experience,” he said. “I was blessed with strong leadership. We were able, through tapping on the walls, to maintain our chain of command. Our senior ranking officers, people like (Air Force Col.) Bud Day and (Army Brig. Gen.) Robinson Risner, (Rear Adm.) Jerry Denton and others who inspired us and kept us together, even though the Vietnamese knew very well that if they could isolate us, which they tried for years, our resistance would be much lessened. They wanted us to provide a propaganda vehicle like condemning the U.S. for war crimes, confessions, you know, all that kind of stuff.

“We resisted and, frankly, I think many of my friends, and I, came out stronger – much stronger than when we went in. Much better. We emerged, I think, as far better citizens and far stronger individuals. That wasn’t the case with all, clearly. Obviously there are some who suffered mental problems. But the vast majority of my friends I was with came out with a greater appreciation for what it’s like to be an American. The freedom that many of take for granted – that many of us, before we became prisoners, took for granted. I think in some ways it’s a trial by fire. You are brought down to the basics, and you (learn you can) not only survive an experience like that but come out a much stronger and better person. And I am grateful for every single day.”

“13 Soldiers, A Personal History of Americans at War,” 384 pages, was published by Simon and Schuster Nov. 11 and is already an Amazon bestseller.

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