Archive for May, 2005

Islam Is Not Compatible With Democracy

By Randy Taylor, Independent Analyst
rtaylor@homelandsecurityus.com

25 May 2005: So why are we fooling ourselves into thinking that it is? Islam is more of a cult led by dictatorship with the current dictator being any radical cleric within earshot who can justify atrocities against anyone inside or outside of their belief system. This is reminiscent of a cult following more than a legitimate religion. Almost every religion I can think of or have been exposed to gives people the choice to either worship their way or choose not to and the worst punishment would be banishment for choosing another religion or not following the guidelines set by that religion. When your “religion” shares the same characteristics as a deadly infection, then it doesn’t qualify as a religion in my humble opinion.

There are zealots in many faith based followings and religions and usually they are shunned or spoken out against openly by the elders or leaders of the religion. However, we do not find this to be true with Islam or the followers of Islam. This may be due to fear, ignorance or simply that by remaining silent they are endorsing the acts of their radical counterparts and yet are able to claim that they area against the acts because they have remained silent in the matter. Leaders of Islamic countries that speak out publicly against terrorism, yet allow financing of terrorism through their banks, allow arms to flow from their military to the terrorists and allow their borders to be the transit stations to and from regions plagued by terrorists are no more than terrorists themselves. If you examine these countries, they are not democracies but manipulated and corrupt dictatorships who secretly wish to witness the destruction of the western world.

If you examine the power structure within the country of Iran, the core of Islamic Radical teachings and the biggest supporter of terrorism, you do not see democracy anywhere within the country. The country is basically run by the judges in their Islamic based judicial system and the label of “judge” is simply a title if you were to compare to a judge bearing the same title within the United States. A judge is expected to be fair and examine all the facts and see that justice is done. This cannot be conducted under Islamic law and teachings as the teachings of Islam prevail regardless of the circumstances. Islamic Law is controlled, ruled and regulated by the Islamic teaching, period. The theocracy controls all public and private matters in every instance. Government, law and Islam, regardless of how treacherous the latter may be to mankind, are one. And to make this perverted system even worse, it has been translated to mean that you can be murdered legally for not adhering to the hatred that Islam perpetuates out against followers of other religions, even if you are a follower of Islam who may not approve of the murder and terrorism around you. I had stated in a previous article that there are good Muslims out there, but I am convinced that the number is so insignificant that it doesn’t really matter in the big picture and their insignificance is by their choice and through their own silence.

In a world where the people of Islam are trying to force sensitivity towards their Islamic teachings upon the religions and people of the west, trying to force tolerance and insisting upon it from our US law enforcement and political leaders one has to question the double standard that this cult like following is imposing upon us. We must also question why those law enforcement agencies and politicians are allowing this infection to infiltrate the very core of our society and government. There is no tolerance whatsoever with Islam, yet they want other to be tolerant towards them. Our seemingly insane efforts to maintain a politically correct posture is slowly allowing the fox into the henhouse at all levels here in the United States. I simply ask you to look closely at the DHS employee roster and need no further proof of infiltration at the highest levels of our security apparatus and living proof of the “politically correct tolerant attitude” we have towards the problem.We are flirting with certain disaster and we must realize that oil and water do not mix, the oil being Islam and the water being our democratic ways, our lives, our liberties and our freedoms as well as our ability to worship our God in our way, without threat of death from fellow worshippers.

Be safe, stay vigilant.

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U.S. Intelligence Source: We are Extremely Concerned

11 May 2005; 7:30 PM: There have been over a hundred documented cases of restricted airspace violations over Washington, DC within the last ten years, according to published FAA reports. Since September 11, 2001, there have been several significant breaches of airspace, although none to date has caused the level of reaction and near panic as we have seen today.

The Northeast Intelligence Network has received specific information from a well-placed source within the DC intelligence community, speaking on strict condition of anonymity, that current intelligence has recently been collected domestically and abroad from human and electronic sources that identify very detailed and specific threats to political, economic and strategic targets located within the continental U.S., including high value targets in Washington, DC., New York, and about two-dozen other cites across the U.S.

“We are reviewing very recent and highly credible information - information that was obtained within the last few months, of plans that include a significant series of attacks that involve the use of unconventional weapons.” We are talking about a mass casualty event or series of events with the use of WMDs [weapons of mass destruction] and some rather unique delivery methods. We are also reviewing attack plans that include the use of aircraft of all types and sizes as well, even remotely controlled aircraft.” According to this source, intelligence officials are unsure whether the attack plans are intended to take place at the same time or will be a timed series of events. “We don’t have a handle on any sort of timetable, but I can tell you that we are very concerned with the short term,” stated this source.

Initial Reaction Inconsistent with Cessna Threat“Today’s events should make it obvious to anyone paying attention that we are anticipating a pretty significant event. The airborne threat was identified as a Cessna 150 -a two-seater - within seconds after it initially breached our [Washington, DC] airspace. Even fully loaded with fuel, how much damage could one expect to be caused by that aircraft,” asked the official rhetorically. “Now, look at how the security officials handled the situation on the ground at both the White House and the Capitol building. It should be obvious that we were expecting a mass casualty event, and our people were immensely concerned about what was in that plane after it failed to respond to repeated warnings from the ground and later from the air. I am talking about a weapon of mass destruction, from a biological or chemical payload to a small tactical nuclear device.” The source added: “That is what is keeping a lot of us awake at night. We are all convinced that it is merely when, not if, and also concerned that we won’t be able to completely stop what some see as the inevitable.”

Breach of Airspace: Chronology of Events (All times ET)

11:28 am: Federal Aviation Administration radar identified a two-seater, high-winged Cessna 150 aircraft after it breached the no-fly, restricted security zone over Washington, DC. DHS alerts were issued one minute later at 11:29. At that time, the aircraft was 21 miles or 17 minutes from the city. Intelligence and security officials on the ground in Washington were notified of the general threat.

11:29-11:55 am: FAA ground control attempts to communicate with the aircraft. They received no response. Concurrent with these attempts, two F-16 jet fighters were scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base, encircled the Cessna and fired four warning flares when the Cessna’s pilot did not respond to radio calls. F-16 pilots remained uncertain of the pilot’s intentions and notified military commanders.

11:55 am: Two Black Hawk helicopters were dispatched from Reagan National Airport as the Cessna’s slow speed makes it impossible for fighter jets to escort.

11:59 am: Intelligence and security officials at several DC locations, including the White House and Capitol Building, were advised to alerted to a Cessna that entered restricted Washington airspace and was 15 miles north of the White House.

12:01 pm: The plane was just 10 miles away and the pilot was not responding to attempts to communicate with him, prompting the White House threat level to be elevated to “orange.”

12:03 pm: The Cessna was within three nautical miles, prompting the threat level to raise immediately to red and force the evacuation of both the White House and the Capitol Building.

12:11 pm: The threat level was lowered two levels to “yellow” after confirmation was received that the aircraft was successfully diverted.

12:14 pm: An “all clear” was issued

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Grenade Thrown at Bush Speech

11 May 2005: TBILISI, Georgia - Georgia’s security chief said Wednesday that an inactive grenade was found near the site where President Bush (search) made a speech in Tbilisi.Gela Bezhuashvili, secretary of the National Security Council, said the Soviet-made RPG-5 grenade was found 100 feet from the tribune where Bush spoke on Tuesday.

U.S. Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry said Tuesday that his agency had been informed that a device - possibly a hand grenade - had been thrown near the stage during Bush’s speech, hit someone in the crowd and fallen to the ground.

Bezhuashvili said, however, that it was not thrown but “found.”

“The goal is clear - to frighten or to scare people and to attract the attention of the mass media,” he said. “The goal has been reached and that is why I’m talking to you now.”

“In any case there was no danger whatsoever for the presidents,” he said, referring to Bush and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Investigators are examining the grenade, which Bezhuashvili said was a “so-called engineering grenade,” found in “inactive mode.”

“I am not an expert but it was not possible to detonate it there,” he said. “Nevertheless, this is a subject of close attention and it is being studied jointly by the Georgian and American sides.”

Security was very tight at Bush’s speech in Freedom Square. Georgian police were deployed, and U.S. snipers were visible on the rooftops, scanning the crowd with binoculars. U.S. agents, together with their Georgian counterparts, manned the security gates, making even Georgian performers - who in some cases were decked out with fake ammunition as part of their costumes - remove every piece of metal before passing through the detectors.

Many in the crowd were carrying plastic soda bottles, which they used to squirt water on each other to stave off the heat after hours of standing without shelter under a bright sun. There were many young people horsing around during the speeches - especially when the translation was muffled and the speech unintelligible - and some threw plastic bottles at one another for entertainment.

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Terror Threats From Within – Lessons Unlearned

The arrest of Sami Ibrahim Isa Ardel Hadi

by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

10 May 2005: It has been well publicized that on May 3, 2005, 39-year-old Sami Ibrahim Isa Ardel Hadi was arrested by Bergen County, NJ police during a traffic stop on Route 46 near Ridgefield Park for tailgating. When the officer called-in the North Carolina plates of Hadi’s car, the Bergen County Police report indicates the officer was told HADI was listed on several federal agency terror watch lists, and there was a “stop and hold order” on him – part of a recently implemented, standardized coded system supposedly being used by law enforcement agencies across the U.S. Taken into custody, it was determined after much initial confusion that HADI is indeed on the terror watch lists because (1) his visa had expired, and (2) authorities allegedly could not locate him.

This investigator watched the varied reactions of his arrest by media pundits, civil rights groups and even some members of the law enforcement community with interest. Many appeared to “yawn in unison,” downplaying the significance of the arrest. That collective reactionary trend continued even though it was verified that HADI, despite being in this country illegally, possessed a valid temporary I.D. to work as a painter on the George Washington Bridge – a known target of Islamic terrorists. Investigation verified that HADI is an employee of L & L Painting Company, Inc., on South Oyster Bay Road in Hicksville, New York.

The Real Problem is Misidentified or Overlooked

The fact that HADI was arrested on an immigration violation is not necessarily the real news story here, and the apparent inability of otherwise rational thinking Americans to recognize the real significance of this story is disconcerting but not surprising. As I perused through a number of Internet forums in search of various reactions regarding this incident, I found what I would consider a perfect example of terrorism-related myopia in the posting of a member of the popular Internet forum Free Republic. This poster wrote:

“How ridiculous. Now we are going to call someone a terrorist who overstayed his visa. Get a grip. He should be deported but lets not get carried away with the terrorist stuff.”

Correct only in the sense that a visa violation does not make one a terrorist, this poster – and others who adhere to this line of thinking – are missing the much larger issue that should concern all of us. The salient issue is the non-existence of background checks on an alarming number of individuals working on various parts of our infrastructure, despite warnings that our infrastructure is a terrorist target.

Quoting one PBA union official for Port Authority Police:

“What scares us is that workers on the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels have no security background checks.”

According to published reports, the failure of administering appropriate background checks for those working at key areas of our infrastructure, including bridges and tunnels that have been named as targets by terrorists has been a contentious issue since the attacks of 9/11. Think about THAT the next time you are crossing the GWB or traveling through the Holland Tunnel, coincidentally, the same landmarks photographed by terrorist Tariq Javid who again coincidentally, was arrested on an immigration violation for allegedly lying on his immigration papers about his terror links.

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U.K. & U.S. AIRPORT ALERT: Women Homicide Bombers

5 May 2005: Airports in the U.S. and the U.K. have been placed on a heightened state of alert based on intelligence received about potential female homicide bombers. Intelligence has been obtained that Islamic radical females are being recruited to fill their undergarments – specifically their bras, with plastic explosives and detonation devices. The device is primed to detonate at the airport security checkpoint to kill and injure as many security officials and bystanders as possible.

Historical Precedent

At a Jerusalem airport in 2002, 15 year-old  Ayat al-Akhrass, padded her bra with Semtex and detonated the bomb in a supermarket in Jerusalem, killing herself and two shoppers. Intelligence officials have received information that female Islamic women and young girls are currently being recruited for just that purpose, although their targets were identified (primarily, although not exclusively) as airports.

According to the London Telegraph, Scotland Yard has sent official memos to all the major airports throughout the U.K. According to one U.S. insider TSA official, airports throughout the U.S. are equally concerned about the threat. “The terrorists have no regard for human life, and parents encourage their young daughters to .martyr themselves’ for the cause of jihad.” The women terrorists are also taught to make security officials feel uneasy about checking such private areas, hoping that one or more female bombers, especially young girls, will successfully be permitted to pass through the screening process. They are told to act afraid, embarrassed, and even cite their religious customs in order to dissuade screeners from checking too closely. If that plan fails, however, they will detonate the bomb at the checkpoint.

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