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Thursday, March 30, 2006

FBI's Mueller: Hezbollah Busted in Mexican Smuggling Operation

From News Max:

FBI Director Robert Mueller said this week that his agency busted a smuggling ring organized by the terrorist group Hezbollah that had operatives cross the Mexican border to carry out possible terrorist attacks inside the U.S.

"This was an occasion in which Hezbollah operatives were assisting others with some association with Hezbollah in coming to the United States,” Mueller told a House Appropriations subcommittee during a Tuesday hearing on the FBI's budget.

Past articles that deal with related topics:

Part 1 - Are terrorists in Lebanon preparing for a larger war?

Part 2 - Hezbollah sets up operations in South America and the United States

Terror on way to Western Hemisphere

Alaska Pipeline Threatened

Border Patrol

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

U.S. Designates Hizballah-Controlled TV, Radio as Terror Entities

Obtained from State Department Website

U.S. Designates Hizballah-Controlled TV, Radio as Terrorist EntitiesTreasury action freezes U.S.-held assets, bars contact with U.S. entities

Washington -- The Treasury Department has designated two Hizballah-controlled broadcasting outlets as global terrorist entities.

In a March 23 announcement, Treasury named al-Manar, a satellite television operation either owned or controlled by Hizballah, as a media outlet funded by a terrorist organization and supported by the Iranian regime -- itself a state sponsor of terrorism. The Lebanese Media Group and its radio and TV subsidiaries were singled out as global terrorist entities for promoting Hizballah activities.

"Any entity maintained by a terrorist group … is as culpable as the terrorist group itself," said Stuart Levey, under secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence. According to the statement, these media outlets have facilitated Hizballah’s activities, including:

• Al-Manar has employed several Hizballah members, one of which used his employment as cover for surveillance to carry out a Hizballah operation.
• Both al-Manar and al-Nour have supported Hizballah fund-raising and recruitment efforts.
• Al-Manar also has supported other designated terrorist organizations, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the Palestinian al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

As a result of the designation, transactions between U.S. persons and the designated entities are prohibited. Further, any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction now are frozen.

The full text of the Treasury announcement is available on the department Web site.
Al Manar was added to the State Department's Terrorism Exclusion List (TEL) in December 2004. (See related article.)

For more information about U.S. policy, see Response to Terrorism.

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Battle at military base in Afghanistan kills 32 militants and two foreign troops

Battle at military base in Afghanistan kills 32 militants and two foreign troops, 3/29/2006

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Militants attacked a coalition forces base in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, sparking a fierce battle that killed 32 suspected Taliban militants and two troops - one American and one Canadian, officials said. FOr the rest of the story: Afghan

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Saudi authorities arrest 40 suspected al-Qaeda

Saudi authorities arrest 40 suspected al-Qaeda militants, 3/29/2006

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi authorities arrested 40 suspected members of al-Qaida - including some allegedly involved in last month's attempted bombing of a key oil complex - and seized a large cache of weapons and explosives, the official Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday. The agency, quoting an unidentified Interior Ministry official, said security forces carried out simultaneous operations in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and Qassim in the north and Asir in the south. For the rest of the story go to: al-Qaeda

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A Soldier's Diary

Big Dog's Web Log and an interesting post today.

A Soldier's Diary

Fox has the diary of a soldier named CPT Dan Sukman. There is an interesting story about some of the soldiers and his Iraqi allies who are working side by side. The entry Big Dog read discusses a series of numbers and what significance they have. The diary includes G. Gordon Liddy, among other things. However, I am not going to spoil Big Dog's web log article here. So, visit Big Dog's Weblog and he will let you read the rest of the story. Link: A Soldier's Diary

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Monday, March 27, 2006

The 'USA Raid'

I am quite sure if you have not heard yet that the American Soldiers went into and starting shooting at people at a mosque, you will. I say, "Bolderdash!" To be honest, I don't know exactly what that means, but I am trying to emote disgust for the way the press handles liars.

The Iraqis who are trying to bring a civil war to the area are trained to lie (do they need much training?), and they are the first people the press goes to for an interview.

It used to be that when a country was at war, the press was on the side of the country from whence they came. Nowadays, I believe they all would prefer sharia law.

How about moving them all to Saudi Arabia? I'm sure they would love their freedoms there! Better yet, how about Iran or Syria?

Getting back to the point, Omar has written a very good inquiry artice about the whole situation. Thank God for sane people!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Burning Situation of Belarus

There are articles from The Telegraph entitled "Belarus opposition leader faces prison" by Adrian Blomfield; The Indepentent Online entitled "EU demands release of Belarus protesters" by Stephen Castle in Brussels; and ABC News, International entitled "Belarus Divided, Doubtful After Clashes" by Steve Gutterman. There is also a site from Radio Free Europe which pays attention to Belarus. It is called News and Features on Belarus.

There is much chaos after the police brutaly attacked the protesters yesterday. Please pay attention to this country, like we did with the Ukrain's peaceful revolution after their rigged elections. Thank you.

Update: Here is still more information: Belarus leader jailed after protest violence by Chris Stephen who writes for the Scotsman.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Chris Wallace: Rethink Saddam-Osama Ties -
Fox News Host, Chris Wallace, says the press needs to rethink claims that there was no operational link between Iraq and al Qaeda in light of new Iraqi intelligence documents released of a detailed February 1995 meeting between bin Laden and senior agents of Saddam's Qaeda chief asked for help with "joint operations" against the U.S. Read the rest of the Story
Following the release of document also reported by, ABC News [1], one of our more left leaning media hosts at MSNBC, Chris Matthews, scoffed at the idea and acted like he had not heard about the document in question. Chris Matthews insinuated that the United States Government has not been truthful and has mislead the public in the past.
[1]Editors note from ABC news: This document is handwritten and has no official seal. Although contacts between bin Laden and the Iraqis have been reported in the 9/11 Commission report and elsewhere (e.g., the 9/11 report states "Bin Laden himself met with a senior Iraqi intelligence officer in Khartoum in late 1994 or early 1995) this document indicates the contacts were approved personally by Saddam Hussein. Iraq coverage
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Friday, March 24, 2006

Day 2 1/2: US Witness tells UK bomb trial how he joined Jihad

Found in an overseas newspaper that is following the trial in Britian, Our American terrorist. Follow the links and read if you dare. And the US Mainstream media still wants to squash NSA Wiretapping. Bull!!

al-Qaeda 'supergrass' who wanted to wage war in Britain
By Nicola Woolcock

AN AMERICAN terrorist-turned-supergrass who conspired with islamist extremists to blow up British targets was a follower of Abu Hamza alMasri, the jailed cleric, the Old Bailey was told yesterday. Muhammad Babar, who has admitted having links to al-Qaeda, was taken to court by armed police amid maximum security to give evidence against his former accomplices. He allegedly left America days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to fight in Pakistan, even though his mother, who worked in the World Trade Centre, had narrowly escaped death when the aircraft hit.

Babar, 31, told the court that he met Omar Bakri Muhammad, the exiled leader of alMuhajiroun, a radical Islamist group, during a visit to Britain. He was later in contact with Abu Hamza and spent time in Pakistan preparing for jihad (holy war) with 15 to 20 “brothers”, mostly from Britain.

The prosecution claims that these men included six of the seven defendants standing trial for conspiring to cause an explosion in Britain. Targets that they discussed included Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, a Central London nightclub, a train or power supplies.

Babar has pleaded guilty in New York to terrorist-related offences, including what the American authorities described as the “British bomb plot”. He is the first supergrass linked to al-Qaeda to give evidence in a Western court and has been given immunity from prosecution in relation to his evidence.

Read the rest and weep at the train wreck coming. You know there are more just like this guy.

And make sure that you read this link:

Terror suspect 'was involved in al-Qaeda plot to obtain a dirty bomb'By Nicola Woolcock

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Day two: US Witness tells UK bomb trial how he joined Jihad

US witness tells UK bomb trial how he joined jihad
Thu Mar 23, 2006, By Michael Holden
LONDON (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born American, Mohammed Babar, 31 years old,
who has admitted terrorism-related offences in New York told a London court on Thursday how he had become radicalized by two of Britain's most-high profile Islamic clerics (He) said he had been inflamed by the first Gulf War and later had wanted to fight U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.....(Babar) was born in Pakistan and moved to New York as a child. He had planned to go to medical school but dropped out. For the rest of the story, go to: Another US raised terrorist
SO, here we have a 31 year old Pakistani ( Is Babar a Naturalized American????) malcontent, raised in the United States, who helped plot to kill innocent people in the name of his idealogy of peace. Folks these islmaofacists do not have a religion. They are crystalized with death, destruction, and dispair. They are some of the most bigoted racists that I have ever seen. How on earth these islamofacists get this way is beyond me.

Of course there will be some appeasers and apolgist bleeding heart liberals and social engineers who will make excuses and want this toad released.

However, there is no excuse, apology, or any type of dhimmitude rationalism that should get this guy anything but life in prison. However, I wonder what his plea bargain for testifying at the trial in Britian is going to be? We have to worry about things like that. For sure, I hope we don't let him back into the United States. He hates America and our American way of life. No room at this Inn for him.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Suspected Bombers' Trial opens in Britian, 1 susperct held in Canada

Hat tip to: CBC News

Ottawa updated Tuesday 21 Mar 2006

As the trial of seven Britons accused of plotting bomb attacks opened in London the chief prosecutor saying Canadian Mohammed Momin Khawaja played a "vital role" in the plot. It is alleged that six of the accused – as well as Khawaja – travelled to Pakistan for training in how to make explosives......Khawaja and the Britons were arrested in March 2004. The allegations centre on a plot to blow up Britain's electricity supply network, as well as trains, pubs and nightclubs. For the rest of the story: Canadian terror suspect
Exactly how safe are we in this country with alleged islamofacists in the country next door? He is not the first.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Danish moves against radial islamic group

Hat tip to CBC

Associated Press

Copenhagen — A spokesman for a radical Islamic group in Denmark has been charged with threatening the government for distributing a leaflet urging Muslims to “eliminate” rulers that prevent them from joining the Iraq insurgency, a Danish prosecutor said Monday.
The leaflets, from the Danish chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir, called on Muslims to travel to Iraq to join the insurgents fighting coalition troops. They also urged Muslims to “eliminate your rulers if they stand in your way” – a phrase that prosecutors interpret as a direct threat to the Danish government. Denmark has 530 troops stationed in southern Iraq. For the rest of the story read Danish Troops Threatened

Australia's government said two weeks ago that it was investigating the activities of the Australian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir for distributing leaflets urging Muslims to rise up against coalition troops in Iraq. Besides the Aussies and the Danes, the Brits might also want to be concerned. Here is a link the the British Chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir. These Islamofacists are all over the place.

More links of interest:

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Israel bracing for Hezbollah Attacks

Hat tip to: CBC News

Israel's military is on increased alert on its northern border with Lebanon following intelligence reports that Islamic militants with the group Hezbollah are planning attacks.

Additional link from CBC: Indepth view of the Middle East

The Israeli security services are stopping farmers on Israel's northern border from working their fields, and have also closed an industrial area in the northern town of Metullah.......Israeli security services said Iran provides the impetus and funding for Hezbollah attacks. Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called Iran "the central bank of terror." For the rest of the article please go to Braced for attacks

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

al-Qaeda vow to overthrow Saudi Royals and Warns United States

Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST

Mar. 18, 2006
The leader of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia, who was killed in a raid last month, vowed in his final testament that his group will overthrow the royal family and threatened more attacks against the kingdom and Americans in the region, according to a video released Saturday.... He warned Americans, "Get out of Muhammad's peninsula, get out of all Muslim lands, stop supporting the Jews in Palestine.... For the rest of the article, please visit Warning United States

Now he is dead.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

al-Qaeda Undercover Soldier, USA: Last Warning

Special Dispatch - Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project
March 10, 2006
No. 1112

Purported "Al-Qaeda Undercover Soldier, U.S.A": Last Warning to American People - Two Operations Will Occur; Your Homeland Security Agency Must Surrender; States Far Away From Washington, D.C. Such as Arizona Will Be Hit; We Await Orders From Our Commander Osama Bin Laden; America Will Be Brought to its Knees

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit: "Al-Qaeda Undercover Soldier, USA."

On March 10, 2006, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) posted, on the Islamic websites, a final warning to the American people, on behalf of "Rakan Ben Williams" who defines himself as "Al-Qaeda under cover soldier, USA [sic]."

It is not clear exactly who is behind this name. Moreover, according to a previous statement by GIMF public relations bureau director Saif Al-Din Al-Kinani on the GIMF Internet newscast Sout Al-Khilafa, GIMF is not affiliated with Al-Qaeda.(1)

But on November 8, 2005, the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported: "The Global Islamic Media Front has threatened [the West] on the Internet by means of its new soldier, whom it calls Rakan Ben Williams, and whom it claims is a white Englishman who converted to Islam."(2)

Also, on November 24, 2005, the GIMF posted on the Islamic websites a similar warning, under the same name, that included an explicit threat to assassinate Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and U.S. President George W. Bush, when the time comes, with a clear mention of the possibility of doing so after they complete their current terms of office. Although this communiqué was directed to these leaders, it noted that it referred to all Western leaders, and included special mention of Berlusconi. At its conclusion, the communiqué said that it had been written by "the one who thirsts for the blood of the Crusaders, the secret soldier of Al-Qaeda, Rakan Ben Williams, Italy (the Vatican)."(3)

In the following warning, Rakan Ben Williams warns that, unlike after the 9/11, Madrid, and London attacks, which are still being investigated, "[after] the coming attack there will be no one to analyze and investigate, because the mind and the heart will be unable to comprehend it... This will not be a single operation", the report added, "but two; one bigger than the other, but we will begin with the big one and postpone the bigger one, in order to see [how] diligent the American people is [in preserving] its life. If it chooses life, [it must] carry out the demands of the Muslims, and if it chooses death, then we are its best perpetrators." The warning appeared in Arabic and in English.

The following are excerpts from the original English version:(4)

The Last Warning to the American People (Rakan Ben Williams)

"I discern your wonder about this warning in which you do not quite recognize what to make of it. You are probably asking: Why would Al-Qaeda Organization announce its upcoming operations inside the mainland? Why the repeated warnings? Originally by the commander in Chief of Al-Qaeda (the victorious, by the grace of Allah), followed by the same warning through his trusted deputy, and now by Rakan Williams (Al-Qaeda's under cover soldier in the west).

"What could be the theme?

"What exactly is being planned?

"Could it be another one of Al-Qaeda's tricks?

"How would anyone in a right mind, while in the preparation stages, discloses the objectives? Let alone before completing the arrangements!
Military experts would fully agree that such a disclosure would only come out from an insane.

"However, coming from Al-Qaeda, a disclosure like this reflects one thing and one thing alone: full faith and trust in Allah. Ultimate faith in Allah and His infinite power, He (Allah) is the only true protector and helper. The conviction in our men and their unexpected abilities to prepare and carry out such missions comes second to next in our trust in Allah.

"You ought not to be intolerably upset; for whoever survives this upcoming blow will have a probability to learn an amazing lesson in the art of conducting 'expeditions.'

There Will Be Two Operations in the U.S.

"Despite the fact that the New York, Washington, Madrid, and London expeditions have been carried out a few years back. The search for clues on how they were conducted in such a successful manner is still going on and reports upon reports are still being written about them. However, the next expedition might not find someone who can provide analysis for. The top intellects, strategists, and analysts, will be totally clueless as to how to explain what occurred. Let me also inform you that we are talking about two operations, not one. The scale of one of them is larger than the other but both are large and significant. However, we will start with the smaller, and temporarily put the larger on hold to see how serious the Americans are about their lives. Should you value your own life and security, accept Muslims' demands, but if you shall prefer death (over giving in to Muslims' demands). Then, we, by the grace of Allah, are the best in bringing it (death) to your door steps.

Bush and His Clan are Incapable of Protecting You

"Do not put your hopes on Bush and his clan, they are incapable of protecting you, and if they think they are, let them foil or stop the two upcoming operations, and punish those who are responsible for them. But if they could not identify and foil the devastating events coming your way, you must ask yourselves: How long will we continue allowing ourselves to be slaughtered with full advance knowledge of our fate?

"Let me now inform you why we opted to inform you about the two operations and your inability to stop them before they are carried out. The reason is simple; you cannot uncover or stop them except by letting them be carried out. Furthermore, the best you could do would be to accelerate the day of carrying out the operations. In other words, if we schedule the operation to take place tomorrow, the best you could do is to make it happen today.

Your Homeland Security Agency Must Surrender

"This indeed is a sweet situation to be in. It is a win-win all the way for us. It is the ultimate control and the most stunning way to stop an operation (accelerating it with the same impact). What we are saying is this: You will have a choice of either let us carry it out on our own schedule and with our own hands or allow your own intelligence apparatus to cause it to happen. This second choice will cause a level of dissatisfaction (with your decision makers) to reach its highest level. Therefore, your Homeland Security Agencies would have no choice but to surrender and wait for the inevitable to happen.

"I will not give any more clues; this is enough as a wake up call. Perhaps the American people will start thinking about the magnitude of the danger that is coming their way.

American States Far Away From Washington, D.C. are Helpless

"O' you helpless Americans, especially those living in States far away from Washington, D.C.! Your country is comprised of many States that should not have anything to do with Muslims. Take the State of Arizona for example; what does this State have to do with killing Muslims in Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq? What interest of theirs serving, helping, and siding with the Jews and Israel?

"If some members of your Congress and Senate are being used as Jewish tools manipulated by Israel, why do you bear the consequences?

"Why do you bring death and destruction to your homes and lives in an apparent sacrifice for a handful of dishonest men and women?

"They took advantage of your state of unawareness to advance their own agenda. They have built and strengthened the State of Israel while bringing adversity and destruction to you in the process. Therefore, the net result for you is death, losses and insecurity. But for them is wealth, fine and secure life. You have sent your loved ones to die in the Hell of Iraq not to bring you security but to bring security to the State of Israel. But the sad thing is that the pain will not stop at the loss of your loved ones in Iraq or Afghanistan, but the pain will even be greater when death and destruction comes once more to you in your own homes, by the grace of Allah.

We are Awaiting Orders from Our Commander Osama Ben Laden

"The operations are ready to go, we are just waiting for orders from the commander in chief, Osama Ben Laden (may Allah preserve him). He will decide whether to strike or to hold. We swear by Allah that there are so many tricks and tactical maneuvers that will make your heads spin, by the grace of Allah. You will be brought to your knees, but not until you lose more loved ones and experience significant destruction.

"Now is the time to wake up and dust off this state of complacency and ineffectiveness to save yourselves and your loved ones from catastrophes sure to come your way. Remove war mongers from positions of power and throw them in prisons, where they belong. Rid yourselves of 'the Jewish pests' that brought nothing to you but adversity and loss of lives and wealth. They have deceived you for many years, it is time now you turn the table on them and make an example out of them.

"Rid yourselves of media crafters who deliberately kept you in the dark for so long and made a mockery of you before the rest of the world. Boycott NBC news and dismiss its Jewish CEO, Fred Silverman. Do the same to INC news and fire its Jewish owner, Leonard Goldstein, the same is true for CBS and its owner William Bailey. Find credible media outlets that bring nothing to you but facts. Unfortunately you won't find any in your country. Do you know why? Because your rogue State fights any media dedicated to the truth, no matter how small it is.

Watch Al-Jazeera and Visit Mujahideen Websites to Get Educated

"Visit Mujahideen web sites to get to know who they are. You will see for yourselves that they are not what your media outlets made you believe they are. If you cannot do that, the least you could do is to watch Al-Jazeera Channel; there you might get 20% or less of the truth about the war zones. Resent the corrupted politicians in Washington, D.C. and demand justice, if they do not give in to your demands, you must declare autonomy so you may live in peace and security.

"This is the last warning you will receive from us. Consequently, if you ignore it, we regret to inform you that we will carry out devastating operations against the States of America and we will not show mercy whatsoever, you would have brought destruction to yourselves. Do not ever forget, you have rejected the truce which was offered to you by Muslims; you have supported the thieves of the white house and blessed their adventures. Therefore, you get nothing from us short of similar treatment; for only blood for blood.

"May Allah facilitate a way for us to spill the blood of the occupiers and cut off the heads of the aggressors. Allah has full power and control over all of His affairs, but most mankind knows not.

"Rakan Ben Williams

"Al-Qaeda under cover soldier


(1)MEMRI Special Dispatch 1038, "Islamist Website Design Contest: Winner Fires Missiles at U.S. Army Base in Iraq,"
December 1, 2005.
(2) Asharq Alaswat (English) Asharq Alaswat (Arabic), November 8, 2005.
(3)At the bottom was the GIMF symbol. See: Show thread ,November 24, 2005.
(4) And, this article, November 8, 2005.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

North Korea Threatens Pre-emptive Attack

Just in from Reuters, via Yahoo

North Korea army threatens pre-emptive attack
By Jon Herskovitz Tue Mar 14, 6:10 AM ET

SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korea indicated that it has the right to launch a pre-emptive attack against U.S.-backed South Korean forces because the two Koreas are technically still at war, the communist state's official media said on Tuesday.

The comments came as North Korea shows its displeasure with annual joint South Korean-U.S. military exercises, which Pyongyang has said are a preparation for an invasion of its territory.

A spokesman for the North's Korea People's Army (KPA) said distrust is high between the United States and North Korea, and Pyongyang "will never remain a passive onlooker to the U.S. pre-emptive attack on the DPRK," its official news agency reported.

For the rest of the story: Pre-Emptive Attack

Bosun's analysis: For years North Korea has protested the Team Spirit training exercises between the United States and South Korea. Imagine North Korea telling NATO to cancel it's exercises, too. No way.

President Clinton's administration caved to the North Korea protests and cancelled Team Spirit training exercises in mid - late 1990s. Another fine example of the Clinton era of non-military decision making. The Clinton era gave our Little Benevolent Dictator "Bad Hairdo" Kim Jong Il and his whacked out officials encouragement to keep beating their chests like a bunch of Bozo Baboons.

Eventually North Korea is going to have to come into the 21 first century or go away.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

Interview with Umm Nidal: Palestinian Authority/Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project

The following is a special dispatch email that I receive from WWW.MEMRITV.ORG in a regular weekly basis.  I have found this one to be extremely interesting because it explores the rational behind suicide bombing.  Umm Nidal is a mother of a suicide bomber and now a Palestinian politician when Hamas won the election.  If you have not read about her or heard her before now, you are in for some real insight.

Special Dispatch - Palestinian Authority/ Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project March 10, 2006 No. 1111

Palestinian Legislative Council Member "Umm Nidal" on Saudi Iqra TV: A Muslim Mother Should Raise Her Children for Jihad; Interviewer Iqra TV Director-General Critical of Arab TV Channels That Don't Support Martyrdom Operations

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit: .

The following are excerpts from an interview with Palestinian Legislative Council member "Umm Nidal" Farhat, aired on Saudi Iqra TV, on February 19, 2006.


Iqra TV Director-General Nabil Hammad: "Yesterday I saw on some TV channels - Arab TV channels, I'm sad to say - translated programs that portray the Palestinian mujahideen as seeking the black-eyed virgins in operations for killing Israelis - as if they enjoy killing those poor Israeli Jews. They turned the picture completely upside-down. One people oppresses another people. A nation in its entirety is suffering, its homes are occupied, and all its capabilities are destroyed. Yet this nation faces demands not to fight. We are talking about resistance to the occupier.

"Go ahead."

Umm Nidal: "This is resistance, and nobody can say otherwise, no matter what methods are used. All methods are legitimate in resistance against the occupier."

Nabil Hammad: "As you know, there are plans to strip the resistance of its meaning, and say it is terrorism. Even the resistance is now called 'terrorism.' You learn something new every day..."


Umm Nidal: "Ever since [my son] Muhammad was a little boy, he carried and used a weapon. This was natural for him. It is not that he all of a sudden took up a weapon, carried out operations, and so on. This was a gradual process for him, ever since he was little.

"There was an operation that was about to take place - the same operation that he eventually carried out. [My eldest son] Nidal, may he rest in peace, said to me: 'I want to give this operation to my brother Muhammad.' He insisted on this because he loved Muhammad very much. He chose him. He chose him for the operation over the rest of the guys. Some of the guys were even a little mad at him for not considering them for this operation, but he said: 'By Allah, this operation leads to Paradise, and I will choose nobody but my brother.'"


"Allah be praised, we have thousands of young men. They all yearn for martyrdom for the sake of Allah. Some of them even cry when they do not get the chance to commit martyrdom. As long as we have such determination, we will prevail, Allah willing."

Nabil Hammad: "Umm Nidal, we always hear Palestinian mothers who say: 'We give birth to martyrs.' Could you explain this?"

Umm Nidal: "Obviously, our reality imposes this on us. We believe in the faith charted for us by Allah, and believe that if someone is destined to die, he will die, even if he hides in a crate - but why shouldn't we take the initiative and die as martyrs? There is a great chasm between one form of dying and the other. So why shouldn't we choose martyrdom? Allah has chosen us, from among all people, and has bestowed upon us the honor of Jihad in the front line of Palestine. So it is all the more fitting for us to initiate martyrdom, before death reaches us while we sit at home."

Nabil Hammad: "You have a beautiful saying that goes: 'What is life worth when one accepts humiliation?'"

Umm Nidal: "True."


Nabil Hammad: "What is your message to all the Muslim mothers, who want to raise their sons, and hope they will attain worldly things, university degrees, luxurious palaces, and fancy cars?"


Umm Nidal: "A Muslim mother should raise her children on prayer, good deeds, and, of course, on Jihad, which is one of the duties on which we should raise our children."


"Jihad in Islam is a duty that one cannot forego. It is like any other religious duty. If we understand the true meaning of Islam, the notion of Jihad will be included among the Islamic duties, and in Palestine - an individual duty. If we are remiss in this duty, we sin."

For More on "Umm Nidal"

*Palestinian Legislative Council Candidate and Bereaved Mother of Three Hamas Terrorists Umm Nidal Farhat: Israelis are Not Civilians and There are No Prohibitions on Killing Them. I am Willing to Sacrifice all My Sons,

MEMRI TV Clip No. 980, Dream 2 TV (Egypt), December 21, 2005: .

*Umm Nidal: 'The Mother of the Shahids,'
MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 673, March 4, 2004: .

*An Interview With the Mother of a Suicide Bomber,
MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 391, June 19, 2002: .

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

French Civil War Under Reported

French military resources were committed to the West by joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). France sent thousands of soldiers to Indochina in an attempt to defeat the nationalist-Communist movement led by the Vietnamese Ho Chi Minh. The effort collapsed with the French defeat at Dienbienphu (May, 1954). Pierre Mendès-France came to power, determined to end French involvement. French withdrawal from Indochina was agreed upon at the Geneva Conference. Subsequently Morocco and Tunisia also achieved independence. But the war for independence in Algeria destroyed the Fourth Republic. When a right-wing French military coup in Algeria (1958) threatened to spread to metropolitan France, de Gaulle was invited back to power.
Why the history lesson on the relationship between France and Algeria? This can be explained by Olivier Guitta at The Counter Terrorism Blog. I will say that while we are fighting terrorists, France is set on setting them free. Ally? I think not!

Update: Upon further review, France is not involved in this. I do not know how I got that stuck in my head, but please accept my apologies. Thank you.

Kenneth Rijock Op-ed: Will Chavez Embroil Venezuela in War?


By: Kenneth Rijock, Investigative Reporter, La Nueva Cuba (November 2005)

Last week’s saber rattling by Hugo Chavez, a blunt threat to remove the Dutch from the Netherlands Antilles islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, clearly demonstrates the existence of a misguided national policy that can only result in an armed conflict in the Caribbean. The fabricated territorial and maritime claims against the Netherlands by the current Venezuelan government are certainly a recipe for disaster. But by also seeking to expel what he refers to as the other “colonial powers” of France, the United Kingdom and the United States from their possessions in the Western Hemisphere, he risks armed confrontation with the NATO countries.

We should not be surprised, as Chavez has always viewed the NATO military installations as threats to Venezuela. While he knows he could no more win a conventional war against any European country than Argentina could prevail over the UK in the Falklands (Malvinas), offensive weapons, such as missiles obtained from North Korea and Iran, when coupled with small, albeit effective, tactical nuclear devices could result in permanent ecological damages to the Caribbean. There would be no winner of such a conflict.

When documentary and photographic evidence of the presence of ballistic missiles inside Venezuela, and of Chavez’ serious efforts to develop or buy nuclear weapons, emerges, those who doubt the validity of such serious allegations will ruefully have to admit to the existence of a clear and present danger to peace. Those who scoff at the truth of this information, and seek to draw a parallel to the bogus claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq by President Bush, miss the point. Chavez must divert attention from Venezuela’s failing economy, and its corrupt Bolivarian elite, who are stealing the country blind. He must so something, or fall from power, either through the electoral process, or a popular uprising.

Dictators in political trouble frequently have enmeshed their nations in foreign military adventures to distract the people from domestic problems. The worry is that Chavez and Castro will amass sufficient weaponry to actually initiate military action in 2006. This is not idle speculation; both regimes have been actively acquiring military technology of late. One also must bear in mind the alliance of the Chavez regime with radical, fanatical terrorist organizations that could assist in this madness.

Factor in the recent rantings of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro Ruz, and the consensus of veteran Cuban watchers that Castro wants to leave his mark on the region for posterity, and we have the potential for an unthinkable war, Cuba and Venezuela, with covert logistical support from Iran, North Korea and possibly Syria, against one or more of the “imperialist powers.”

With Chavez losing his grip on Venezuela, he may follow his patron, Fidel, down the road to ruin for his country. We cannot let that happen; the truth about offensive weapons inside Venezuela must be told in a clear and convincing manner. Only then can the folly of military misadventure be avoided.

More than a hundred years ago, Chile, Peru and Bolivia fought the War of the Pacific, and bruised feelings from the war still remain in those countries. Do we really want to see a catastrophic conflict brought solely for the purposes of keeping the Chavez regime in power? The outcome would be a nightmare.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Daily Briefing on Iran 3/08/2006

Wed. Feb 28, 2006
  • Ken Timmerman, NewsMax published details of a 30-page contingency plan, reportedly from the Strategic Studies Center of the Iranian Navy which outlines the order of battle for shutting down the Strait of Hormuz.
  • Iran Press News reported that imprisoned journalist; Mostafa Jowkar was released from prison. [Thank You, God!]

  • Thu, March 1, 2006
  • Iran Focus reported that the deputy governor of the Iraqi province of Saladin, where the holy city of Samarra is situated, said preliminary investigation was pointing to Iran’s role in the bombing of the city’s revered Shiite shrine last week.
  • Middle East Newsline reported that Iran launched a Shihab-4 missile, designed to have a range of 4,000 kilometers. Watch out Europe.

  • Fri, March 2, 2006
  • Ken Timmerman, The Foundation for Democracy in Iran reported that the State Department has created, a long over due, special office to promote democracy-promotion in Iran.
  • Senator Santorum's Office released the text of the statement of Senator Rick Santorum to Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the need to support the Iran Freedom & Support Act.

  • Sat, March 3, 2006
  • Dr. Iman Foroutan & Rahkshan Foroutan, Ishan "Them" released a music video whose theme is "political prisoners must be freed," with important footage of Iranian protests.
  • Telegraph reported that Iran's former nuclear negotiator, Hassan Rohani has revealed how Teheran played for time and tried to dupe the West.

  • Sun, March 5, 2006
  • Channel 4 News reported that Iran has granted unprecedented access Channel 4 News and a team of a dozen journalists, cameramen and technicians, to produce a series of live program from Iran beginning on Monday 6 March. Watch the videos.

  • Mon, March 6, 2006
  • More threats back and forth, more imprisonments, hangings, beatens, etc.

  • Tue, March 7, 2006
  • Rooz Online reported that Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji's Attorney was finally released from prison on a $1 million bail.
  • Amir Taheri, Arab News explained why Iraq is not on the verge of a civil war.
  • SOSIran in a press statement on the Festival of Light Celebrations in Iran - March 14th, said they expect the regime to attempt to suppress the celebration and asked us in the west to let the world know what happens that night. Photo.

  • Please remember there are many articles in each summary. Just click on the 'day of the week' of each article to view each page. Thank you.

    CNN Alert: Sudan warns against UN takeover of Darfur

    Sudan warns against U.N. takeover in Darfur
    Official says violence will spread if African Union force replaced.
    03/08/06 09:17 AM, EST
    Violence in Sudan's troubled Darfur region will spread if a U.N. peacekeeping mission replaces a beleaguered African Union force, a senior Sudanese government official warned Wednesday. FULL STORY

    Tuesday, March 07, 2006

    Terror could be coming to the Western Hemisphere, part 2

    From BBC: Venezuela trains for guerrilla war Greg Morsbach, BBC News
    Venezuela - Under the blazing midday sun, at an army base outside Caracas, middle-aged Venezuelan military commanders were being told how to teach the civilian population in guerrilla warfare.....Hundreds of officers in olive combat dress were shown practical displays of Venezuela's new military thinking: The use of civilians to fight a war of resistance in the event of an invasion......The concept of a civilian militia is nothing new in Venezuela. Almost half a year ago, small neighborhood groups of Chavez supporters began holding informal gatherings on a weekly basis. The meetings were limited to military drill.......At an office inside the headquarters of Venezuela state owned oil company, PDVSA, Alfredo Carquez reflects on his experiences as a new recruit for the territorial guard.....However, former military officers close to the opposition warn that the territorial guard could be used to quash popular dissent against President Chavez....Retired Vice Admiral Mario Ivan Carratu Molina said: "Remember that the territorial guard is directly answerable to the president. So he could use it as an instrument of repression against a popular uprising, for example." Story from BBC NEWS: Published: 2006/03/06 10:57:56 GMT
    Bos'uns analysis: Unfortunately it is going to get worse, before it gets better. Daniel Ortega may be making a comeback in Nicaragua. We have Hezbollah presence in South America that is getting stronger by the year. North Korea and Iran have entered trading packs with Chavez (the imports are questionable and ships could be used to get Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) into the Americas.)

    Most people are yawning and saying Chavez is nuts. We can all agree on that. But, there are a lot of nuts who want to unseat the United States at whatever the cost. We have something to be concerned about. Hope that we do not get caught napping like we did so many times before.

    I am going to transgress to another time several years ago to illustrate a point that complacency kills. Nine months before Khobar Towers, I had a discussion with someone in the community. He told me that I was over exaggerating and that there were no threats in the world that would challenge the United States. Well, we all know what happened a Khobar Towers. He and a lot of others in the community were complacent along with the General in charge. Notice that the Security Officer did not get hammered. (Fortunately he kept good notes on who he talked with and what he talked about.) I called the complacent "kumby ya" whom I had my discussion with and reminded him of what he told me, and used some harsh language in the process.

    Back to the present. I hope any pray that I am wrong. But, I operate on the premonition that if something can go wrong, it will. Remember, we have to be right every time, they (socialists, evil doers, Islamofacists and their perverted views of their own world orders) have to be right only once.

    Theoretically, a weaker party should relent to the will of the stronger and the world would settle into a hierarchy with a clearly delineated pecking order. Unfortunately to the chagrin of many an economist, man is not a rational creature and fights even when he cannot possibly hope to win. This sets the stage for desperate polities and non-state actors to take enormous gambles and recreate themselves to effectively wage asymmetric warfare. History teaches us that the weaker party generally adopts the most radical transformations as opposed to the conservative strategy of the stronger power. Stronger powers utilize asymmetric warfare to a lesser degree; they have no need to take risks on technological revolutions as opposed to technological evolutions, as guarantors of the world system they are less likely to attack the infrastructure of the world system or undermine the nation-state model for fear of creating safe havens for non-state actors like Al-Qaeda (1) (and other enemies of the United States.)

    We have not heard the worst or the last of this piss-ants, Chavez, and those he is aligning himself with. Even his retired Generals are getting concerned about him. Chavez just won an election and perhaps the former military personnel are weak and going by the wayside as the Cubans did before and shortly after Castro and Che took the country of Cuba.

    It was over in a complacent flash.....

    There are a lot of factors in the Americas equation.

    (1) Asymmetric warfare From Wikipedia

    Be ever vigilant.


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    Monday, March 06, 2006

    Able Danger Update: Sac Bee

    Hattip to Able Danger Blog

    New article by James Rosen along with Jacob Goodwin and Keith Phucas, are about the only journalists still interested in getting to the bottom of the Able Danger story.

    Here is his latest article (This is a Sacramento Bee article and to read it in its entirety, you need to register): History will repeat itself unless we get to the bottom of this scandalous story. I do not want another 9-11 to give us a wakeup call. Here is an excerpt from the Sac Bee article:

    Two operatives at the center of the Able Danger controversy have sued the Defense Department for denying them contact with their lawyers during closed congressional hearings and other probes of the covert intelligence program.

    Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and J.D. Smith were among a dozen intelligence officers and contractors who worked on the clandestine program set up long before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to track al-Qaida. They are accusing the Pentagon and two of its largest components - the Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency - of violating their First Amendment rights by blocking their access to legal counsel during the closed sessions.

    The lawsuit, filed Monday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, marks the first time that the incendiary claims at the center of the Able Danger saga have been made in court....

    The House International Relations subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Dana Rohrabacher, is considering holding hearings on Able Danger where Louis Freeh or Curt Weldon might be called to testify regarding how the information Able Danger had could have prevented 9-11, but why this information was never passed on or utilized. If you live in one of their districts you can contact the subcommittee members and ask them to go forward with hearings on this important subject.
    1. (202) 225-2415 Dana Rohrabacher, CA
    2. (202) 225-2411 Edward R. Royce, CA
    3. (202) 225-3111 William D. Delahunt, MA
    4. (202) 225-2635 Jeff Flake, AZ
    5. (202) 225-4695 Howard L. Berman, CA
    6. (202) 225-5665 Mark Green, WI
    7. (202) 225-6631 Betty McCollum, MN
    8. (202) 225-3021 Mike Pence, IN
    9. (202) 225-4176 Adam B. Schiff, CA
    10. (202) 225-2452 Joe Wilson, SC

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    Terror could be coming to the Western Hemisphere

    On the heels of Rosemary's post below, Should the Axis of Evil Extend to Chavez, I found it interesting what Kenneth Rijock, Investigative Report, La Nueva Cuba said about a possible Hezbollah, North Korea, Iran, and Chavez government connection. Hezbollah has had a history with the Western Hemisphere. Several months ago I researched a story about the Hamadi brothers and have included some of my investigative reporting here.

    We should also keep in mind, Imad Fayez Mugniyah (Hezbollah security organization), has apparently has been active on the terrorism circuit for the past 20 years. He pulled off several operations outside of the Middle East, two of the South American operations are briefly discussed below.

    A little more history on Mugniyah

    Mugniyah is closely connected with Mohammad Ali Hamadi. Hamadi was Hezbollah member originally jailed for life for the murder of a US Navy diver in 1985. Hamadi was released from his life sentence by the German Government in November 2005. The United States is actively attempting to get Hamadi from Lebanon. I found it interesting that Mugniyah is also closely associated with Hamadi's brother, Abbas, was arrested in Germany in 1987 and charged with helping to kidnap two German businessmen in a bid to use them as bargaining chips for Mohammed Hamadi's freedom. Abbas Hamadi was released by Germany in 1993 after serving half of his sentence. But, that is another story.

    Back to Hezbollah in the Western Hemisphere

    According to Laura Mansfield's Notebook, America's Truth Forum, Mugniyah terror activities allegedly has been tied to kidnappings and bombings throughout the world over the past two decades, including the following:

    ▪ April 18, 1983 bombing of the United States embassy in Beirut, which killed 63
    people including 17 Americans
    ▪ October 23, 1983 simultaneous truck bombings against the French paratroopers \and US Marine killing 58 French soldiers and 241 Marines.
    ▪ September 20, 1984, he attacked the US embassy annex building.
    ▪ Linked to the numerous kidnappings of Westerners in Beirut through the 1980s – some were killed, some by beheading, and a few were eventually released
    ▪ March 17, 1992 bombings of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires Argentina, which killed 29
    ▪ July 1994 bombing of the AMIA cultural building in in Buenos Aires Argentina, killing 86 people
    ▪ Orchestrated the 2000 abductions of three Israeli soldiers in the southern part of Lebanon
    ▪ Abduction of Israeli Colonel Elchanan Tenenbaum. Source: Laura Mansfield

    It is quite feasible that the Hezbollah terror organization could combine forces with Iranian intelligence and North Koreans to become a much larger crime and terror syndicate and head our way. Hezbollah has been increasingly busy in our Western Hemisphere and has pulled off operations in South America. Chavez the president of Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran would love to unseat us in the Americas. Chavez has directed some serious threats to the United States.

    In 2002, Jeffrey Goldberg, reporter-at-large for The New Yorker magazine did an interesting 2- part article, "IN THE PARTY OF GOD" about Hezbollah operations in South America and the United States:

    This two part article has excellent open source information developed from an outstanding investigative journalist who went into the bush where the bad guys live.

    "Roughly two hundred thousand people live in the Ciudad del Este region, including a substantial minority of Arab Muslims; in the Triple Frontier zone, there may be as many as thirty thousand. According to intelligence officials in the region and in Washington, this Muslim community has in its midst a hard core of terrorists, many of them associated with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group backed by the Iranian government; some with Hamas, the Palestinian fundamentalist group; and some with Al Qaeda. It is, over all, a community under the influence of extreme Islamic beliefs; intelligence officials told me that some of the Triple Frontier Arabs held celebrations on September 11th of last year and also on the anniversary this year. These officials said that Hezbollah runs weekend training camps on farms cut out of the rain forest of the Triple Frontier. In at least one of these camps, in the remote jungle terrain near Foz do Iguaçu, young adults get weapons training and children are indoctrinated in Hezbollah ideology — a mixture of anti-American and anti-Jewish views inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini.

    In the Triple Frontier, Hezbollah raises money from legitimate businesses but, more frequently, from illicit activities, ranging from drug smuggling to the pirating of compact disks. Unlike the other radical Islamic groups in the Triple Frontier, Hezbollah, it is said, has the capability to commit acts of terror."

    Keep in mind that Part 2 of the series really does take place in South America, not the Middle East. I certainly hope that someone is connecting dots in our intelligence agencies and not carrying on the same performance as they did with Able Danger.

    Be ever vigilant.


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    Sunday, March 05, 2006

    Should the Axis of Evil Extend to Chavez?

    Chavez has been going to NK and has a 'Friendship and Cultural Association' pact with NK, Iran, and Hizbollah. He has ambitions for nuclear proliferations, and I hope he is stopped before it is too late.

    Iran already has plans to ship missles to Chavez in oil tankers so as not to be suspected. If Iran is going to do this, wouldn't that mean they have them to ship? Hmm.

    This information can be found in an article written by Kenneth Rijock, Investigative Report, La Nueva Cuba, March 6, 2006

    Friday, March 03, 2006

    Able Danger Update

    The mainstream media continues to ignore Able Danger, for reasons beyond me. Perhaps the comedy of errors run deep and those who may be responsible are trying to protect themselves. However, the cast of characters are still there, perhaps. And, one would think that history will repeat itself again.

    Legal debate hobbled Able Danger, By: KEITH PHUCAS, Times Herald Staff, 02/28/2006

    NORRISTOWN - Just as "Able Danger" was uncovering startling links to al-Qaida in the United States and abroad in 2000, the data mining effort was suddenly ordered to cease operating that April. According to testimony from data analysts who worked on the program, Pentagon lawyers threw up red flags after learning that the data mining team was downloading information from Internet Web sites run by Islamic groups.

    Their Internet access was sharply curtailed after attorneys raised concerns about the group's practice of collecting personal information on "U.S. persons......" Follow the link to get additional information on this story Legal Debate Hobbled Able Danger.

    Another recent story run in the Times Herald may also be of interest:

    Program mysteries unresolved By: KEITH PHUCAS, Times Herald Staff, 02/17/2006

    WASHINGTON - When all the facts about "Able Danger" are revealed, the history of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be rewritten, according to Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who accused the Pentagon at a Congressional hearing Wednesday of trying to hide the former data mining effort that claims it identified hijacker Mohamed Atta more than a year before the terrorist attacks.

    Here is a current AP news story:

    Weldon: 'Able Danger' ID'd 9/ll Ringleader Feb 14 5:33, By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON Pre-Sept. 11 intelligence conducted by a secret military unit identified terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta 13 different times, a congressman said Tuesday. During a Capitol Hill news conference, Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said the unit _ code-named "Able Danger" _ also identified "a problem" in Yemen two weeks before the attack on the USS Cole. It knew the problem was tied into the port of Aden and involved a U.S. platform, but the ship commander was not made aware of it, Weldon said. (The suicide bombing of the Cole killed 17 sailors on Oct. 12, 2000.)

    A running cronology of Able Danger with some great links can be found at Summer Of Truth . Org:

    Able Danger ... cell of Al Qaeda operating in the United ... Other News Reports
    ... WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The Sept. 11 commission will investigate a claim that
    U.S. defense intelligence officials identified ...
    This may keep you busy getting caught up on some interesting tidbits of information. Enjoy.


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    Thursday, March 02, 2006

    New Al Qaeda Leader planning Attack Against U.S.

    New Al Qaeda Leader planning Attack Against U.S.

    Hattip to: National Terrorism Resource and Information Center

    5:47 pm National Terrorism RIC - Pakistani officials have told ABC News that they believe they have indications that a new terror attack is being planned there against the United States. They tell ABC News that while their intelligence does not give any specific details as to a target or time, it does indicate that the plans are being made by an emerging top al Qaeda figure.
    Pakistani military officials say Matiur Rehman, 29, a Pakistani militant, is behind the new plans for an attack against the United States. Pakistan has posted a 10-million rupee (about $166,000) award for his capture.

    “He is probably Pakistan’s most wanted right now,” says Alexis Debat, a former adviser in the French defense ministry and now an ABC News consultant. Read Article

    Editor of U.S. Arabic Newpaper speaks: Religious Extremism is Spreading Among Muslim Youth in the U.S.


    Special Dispatch - Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project
    March 3, 2006
    No. 1105

    Editor of U.S. Arabic Newspaper: Religious Extremism is Spreading Among Muslim Youth in the U.S.

    To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit: Special Dispatch: Religious Extremism.

    In an article published in the London Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Dr. Muhriz Al-Husseini, director of the Center for Dialogue and Research and editor of the U.S.-published newspaper Al-Minassa Al-'Arabiya, warns that religious extremism and ignorance are spreading among the young generation of Muslims in the U.S.

    The following are excerpts from the article:(1)

    Some Imams Brainwash Muslim Adolescents and Plant Bogus Ideas About Islam in Their Minds

    "At a time when Arab and Islamic leaders and organizations are investing great efforts and large amounts of money and time in order to improve the image of Islam and of the Muslims, some imams are working in an organized manner to brainwash adolescents in the Muslim community and to plant bogus ideas in their minds concerning Islam, jihad, takfir [accusing other Muslims of apostasy], heresy and the way [Muslim] society has strayed from the right path. They give them interpretations of Koranic verses that have been [deliberately] chosen so as to lead them to rebel against their parents, their families, and even against the society in which they live.

    "[The youths] neglect their studies and spend their time watching videotapes and listening to audio tapes - most of which are given to them for free - on ways to train Muslim youth in military and ideological jihad, along with reports on the suffering of Muslims in some Muslim countries, as well as Koranic verses and sermons that encourage jihad, martyrdom, self-sacrifice, and the striking of terror into the hearts of the enemy."

    "Many Muslims Families are at Risk of Falling Apart"

    "The natural consequence of these misleading actions is that many Muslim families are at risk of falling apart because of the wrong turn that their children's religious thinking has taken. Some of these youths - victims [of religious brainwashing] - are awaiting trial, and some are serving time in juvenile prisons or are under close and continuous security surveillance, since they relate to others with aggression and are trying to spread [Islam] through violence and calls to jihad...

    "There are agents of various nationalities - both Arab and non-Arab - who mingle with these adolescents and choose from among them individuals with specific traits that make them susceptible to brainwashing - young people who have a natural tendency for misbehavior and who accept violence as a means of imposing their views and their way."

    "The Most Important Criteria for Choosing These Youths are: Propensity for Rebellion, Lack of Fluency in Arabic, and Feelings of Alienation"

    "[These agents] then pass them on to religious propagandists, who live in a number of American cities. The most important criteria for choosing these youths are their natural propensity for rebellion, their lack of fluency in Arabic... [and] their feelings of alienation and suffering due to their indeterminate identity - that is, [their] identity that is neither Eastern nor Western, but split...

    "Under the influence of bogus religious ideas, [these youth] are struck with a feeling of rejection of their surroundings - rejection of their families and society. At a later [stage], their relations with their parents and their friends go bad; they shatter the sculptures in their homes, rip the paintings off the walls, and destroy the television sets - since, in their opinion, these are satanic tools that inculcate heresy, polytheism, and deviation from religion and the shari'a. They demand that their fathers... wear special pants and robes, let their beards grow long, and comb their hair in accordance with the sunna. They insist that their mothers wear a headscarf, or even a full veil, and that they refrain from leaving the house. All of this occurs not in their Arab countries of origin, but in some families [that live] in the U.S.!"

    Such Youth are Not Familiar With Even the Basic Principles of Islam

    "In order to uncover the causes of this phenomenon, that has been presented to the reader without any exaggeration... I met with a young man whose thought and behavior exemplify this phenomenon, in order to hear his views, the justifications for his behavior, and his understanding of the basic principles of the religion... I discovered that he was not familiar with even the basic principles of Islam... and that in matters of Islamic thought and teachings he knows by heart only a few verses from the 'Al-Anfal' and 'Al-Tawbah' chapters [of the Koran] - in particular, the verses concerning jihad, takfir, infidels, striking terror into the hearts of the enemy, and the establishment of a [Muslim military] force.

    "He insisted that the fundamental obligation of every Muslim in his life is to fight against the infidels - both Muslim and non-Muslim. When I asked him how he defines an infidel, he answered without hesitation: whoever fails to fulfill the obligation of jihad. When I asked him against whom the jihad should be directed, he answered, again without hesitation: the jihad should be directed against the infidels. When I tried to understand who, in his opinion, are infidels, he said: Everyone who does not believe in the truth that I believe in.

    "When I heard these things, I realized the horrible disaster that might befall Islam and the Muslims in America and in other countries with [Muslim] immigration, if the young generation of Muslim youth were to embrace these ideas...

    "The painful truth is that such a young man - only 16 years old - who doesn't have any life experience, any true knowledge in matters of religion, or any solid criteria for understanding the fundamentals of religious law and shari'a - is a victim of circumstances that he did not create. He is a young man who has tried to find an identity for himself in religion, and was given incorrect interpretations of the monotheistic revelations. He received his knowledge from people whom he considers authorities in religion and religious law... and at the same time, he does not find anyone who can correct his views and his understanding. Therefore, he is convinced that the way to eternal life and Paradise is through jihad [alone]...

    "Who is responsible for this tragedy? Who gives material support to these religious propagandists and agents? Why do they spend all this money? Does this approach serve the interests of Islam and the Muslims, or does it serve the interests of others?..."

    The Muslim Community Blames the U.S. Security Services - Both if They Intervene and if They Stay Away From the Mosques

    "It is worth mentioning the dilemma of the American security services that face this dangerous phenomenon... If the security services stay away from the mosques and do not meddle in their affairs, the Muslim community will complain that the security services take no interest in the fate of their children and that they are intentionally allowing religious propagandists to lead the youth astray, confuse their thinking, and ruin their futures... On the other hand, if the security services interfere, the Muslim community will again complain, and will express its opposition to the interference of the American security services in the mosques' affairs, in the work of the propagandists, and in the spreading of Islam, and will condemn the harming of freedom of religion and worship..."

    One of the Causes Preventing Effective Treatment is the School of Thought That Believes in Conspiracy Theories

    "Without a doubt, there are many interrelated causes that prevent this phenomenon from being dealt with realistically and effectively... One of the most important causes is the existence of a school of thought that believes in conspiracy theories. It [claims] that there are hidden forces that abhor and fear the development of Islam and of the Muslims in America. These forces are trying to distort the image of the Muslims before they grow strong, and before their influence in society grows. Some go even further, and say that these forces are trying to turn the idea of the clash between Western and Eastern civilizations into reality, by nurturing the causes and justifications for this clash, and by creating a new generation of Muslims that act in an extremist and violent manner... The natural outcome of this [conspiratorial] way of thinking is that the Muslim community mobilizes its efforts and its thinking towards a struggle against some vague external enemy...

    "There is no doubt that this phenomenon, which is spreading in the Muslim community in America, places an enormous responsibility upon the members of the community itself, and especially upon the parents and those in positions of authority, who allow their children's thinking and behavior to become easy prey for others...

    "This responsibility requires parents to not allow their young children to participate unaccompanied in religious gatherings. Instead, they should go with them to hear what they are told in the mosques. They should thoroughly investigate the biographies and views of religious preachers in the mosques, and should demand... the removal of anyone who distorts religion, distorts the interpretation [of religion], and leads the youth astray."

    Parents, Not Security Services or Educational and Religious Institutions, are Responsible for Cultivating a Mature, Realistic and Reasonable Generation

    "This responsibility requires the building of a bridge of dialogue with the youth, and requires giving them a [positive] example, both in thought and in behavior. The crisis of identity should be discussed objectively, rationally, and in a language that the youth can understand, and they should be guided in how best to deal with life in America and its demands... Parents need to get to know their children's friends and everyone they mingle with, at school and in their free time... They need to monitor everything that their children see on the computer...

    "[Responsibility for] the education and cultivation of a new generation that will be [mature], realistic and reasonable, in countries with [Muslim] immigration, lies on the shoulders of the parents and the family - more than on any security service or religious or educational institution..."

    (1) Al-Quds Al-'Arabi (London), January 30, 2006.

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