Archive for February, 2006

Yemeni Officials, Mosque Leaders Complicit in Escape of Terrorists

7 February 2006: As detailed in this week’s Northeast Intelligence Network PODCAST, the 180-yard tunnel that provided the path of escape for 23 of the world’s most dangerous Islamic terrorists, including Jamal al-Badawi, the man convicted of playing a commanding role in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 that murdered 17 US sailors, emerged within a mosque.

Intelligence sources have stated that the prison escape was well planned and coordinated by Yemeni Islamic leaders, Yemeni intelligence officials, and prison officials. The terrorists escaped from their underground prison last Friday – a prison guarded by Yemenis who fought in Afghanistan in the 1980’s against the Russians and were awarded positions in security forces upon their return.

As outlined in our PODCAST, Yemen is second only to Saudi Arabia for having the most al Qaeda style terrorists in their country, including those holding positions of religious leadership and key intelligence positions. It was with the assistance of these Islamic and intelligence officials that permitted the convicts escape from the headquarters for the political security forces.

A Terrorism Supporter Who Leads The Charge At Georgetown University

Terrorism & College Campuses in the U.S.

by Lee Kaplan, Communications Director & Senior Analyst
E-mail: leekaplan@homelandsecurityus.com

6 February 2006: Just as totalitarian movements overseas use doubletalk to retain control over populations through indoctrination and false images, the International Solidarity Movement tries to deceptively portray its members as “peace activists” to anyone who will listen to their message to make unending war on Israel’s Jews through boycotts, divestment and misinformation. The deconstruction of the English language is used so suicide bombings become “legitimate resistance” and terrorism is no longer murder but acts “sanctioned by international law.” No greater example of this abuse of language can be found than with Fadi Kiblawi, a law student at George Washington University, who is one of the ISM’s main organizers of the upcoming event at Georgetown University in Washington, DC this February.

Stop the ISM has learned that Kiblawi is very upset that the Fifth Annual Student Divestment Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement has been getting some bad press lately. In a letter to the campus newspaper at Georgetown, Fadi Kiblawi expressed anger that the Conference’s organizers are accused of anti-Semitism. He wrote to the campus paper denying reports in the Hoya that at a previous national ISM conference held at the University of Michigan his group of attendees yelled “Kill the Jews!” Kiblawi cited as “proof” quotes from a U Michigan college dean named Ed Willis who claimed he never heard such threats or calls to violence. However, a closer look reveals once again Kiblawi is deconstructing language ISM-style to deny the truth.

The Palestine Solidarity Movement frequently uses nonspecific comments such as those made by Willis to debunk that anti-Semitic remarks that were actually shouted at Michigan. Quoting the dean in his letters to the editor and press release denials, Kiblawi in one article about the Michigan divestment conference quotes Willis as saying, “I also heard an extraordinary depth of understanding about international issues. I heard people debating strongly held beliefs with civility and respect. What I did not hear - nor did any of my colleagues who were in attendance at all the activities of the weekend - were any outbursts of hate speech or threats of violence.”

However, what Kiblawi also does is not quote what Willis actually said just moments before to the same Michigan campus newspaper that Kiblawi drew the quote from. Willis said first that the event “drew people with passionate beliefs about the situation in the Middle East,” and that “some of the language was sharp at times.”

Kiblawi was half right, since indeed the Dean did not hear “Kill the Jews” muttered at an event he helped sponsor and in a language he understands. What Kiblawi does not reveal to his anticipated audience at Georgetown is that Willis does not speak Arabic and such death threats were indeed muttered by the ISM crowd. A legal affidavit witnessed by two attendees at the Michigan conference also shows several such threats were actually yelled in Arabic: “Charad al yahood! (Annihilate the Jews!)” and even worse remarks in Arabic were shouted that day that can be read in the affidavit. A court case trying to get an injunction against the Michigan ISM event was brought by Front Page Magazine’s own contributor Debbie Schlussel. The case unfortunately was not allowed to proceed by the judge not because it lacked merit, but because he felt it was filed too late and some of the plaintiffs lacked standing, it being only two days before the Conference.

Fadi Kiblawi at that Michigan conference also wrote of his desire to strap on a belt and become a suicide bomber in an article titled “A Perspective on Palestine while High on Vicodin.” That article appeared in the Muslim journal Al-Risalah, University of Michigan, Spring Edition II, June 24, 2001. The ISM “peace activist” concluded in his tome about his personal desire to be a suicide bomber and “to strap a bomb to one’s chest and kill . . . . The enemy is not just overseas, the enemy is also amongst us.”

Kiblawi also lectured at the Ohio State ISM conference over two years ago that I attended on how to take over campus newspapers across the country to check the influence of the “Zionists” (Jews). Kiblawi will also be speaking and running workshops along such lines at Georgetown again no doubt. As a law student now at nearby George Washington University, Kiblawi writes articles in the campus newspaper frequently that are monitored by pro-Israel groups on that campus who frequently have to write in to correct his false statements. And he was arrested in Israel for trying to bring down the Security Fence to keep out suicide bombers while serving as a human shield for Palestinians who throw rocks and attack Israeli soldiers.

At the last ISM conference at Duke University, Kiblawi condemned the shut down of the Global Relief Foundation and the arrest of its head manager, Rabih Haddad. The Holy Land Foundation and its director were found to be funding terrorism and involved with an organization that loves Jews as much as Kiblawi—Hamas. In fact, Kiblawi, as an executive committee member of the Ann Arbor branch of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee personally came to help Haddad and tried to get him released from jail by helping to mount demonstrations asking for the terrorist fundraiser’s release. Haddad was eventually deported to Lebanon for a visa violation, but it is widely felt in national security circles that the government deported him for supporting terrorism. Kiblawi felt it was particularly unfortunate that Mr. Haddad was arrested and the Global Relief Foundation’s assets were seized by the government. Based on his desire to strap a bomb to himself and kill Israelis and those here in America who support Israel’s right to exist, no doubt Fadi Kiblawi felt empathy for Haddad.
In the run-up to the previous Palestine Solidarity Conference at U. Michigan three years ago, Kiblawi chaired the local arrangements committee that sent out the following e-mail broadcast with Kiblawi’s signature on it to a broad public list of Michigan students, faculty and staff. It read:

For almost 55 years now, Jews in Palestine have systematically destroyed the lives of the indigenous Palestinians who had lived there for hundreds of years. It is time for us to speak out and be heard, and you can be a part of this revolution! We, as the Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, will not remain silent while the Israeli S.S. Nazis destroy the homes of Poor Palestinians who have no choice but to respond through what others call “terrorism,” but we call “justified resistance.” Help us speak out against the Israeli Apartheid! With your help, we can bring down the Zionist country, and thereby rid the world of another racist country, just as we (the Academic community) rid the world of Apartheid South Africa only 20 years ago.

Most Palestinian Arabs migrated to the Holy Land in the 1920’s and 30’s encouraged by British immigration laws and job opportunities from the Jewish-Zionist Movement that legally purchased all its land. Israel is not an apartheid state like South Africa and making comparisons of Jewish refugees in Israel with Nazis whom the Arabs supported in the
Second World War is particularly heinous. But Kiblawi would have us believe he’s not anti-Semitic.

Are we to believe this is a “peace activist” who has nothing against the Jews by equating Israel’s population that came out of the death camps with Nazis who murdered them, and declares terrorism as something other than what it is? Kiblawi beat the wrap by telling his university a “hacker” sent the messages. But the words are standard ISM pap.

Kiblawi further likes to call attention to ISM members of his group who are of Jewish ancestry as proof that he and his movement are not anti-Semitic. The ISM does indeed have a portion of its activists who are anarchists and communists who chose to ally with the Palestinian “revolution” and who use their ancestry solely as a publicity tool to
realize their utopian dreams of world anarchy to destroy “capitalist and colonialist” Israel and its benefactor, the United States. These are Jews who subscribe to the communist saw of Jews as the world’s capitalists and who gave up their Judaism for the god of radical socialism and revolution long ago. Kiblawi, in turn, as a pan-Arab nationalist, is more
than willing to exploit them., Like the rest of the ISM leadership he will embrace anyone as long as they will aid the ISM goal of destroying Israel “by any means necessary” to aid the PLO.

The most telling thing I saw of Kiblawi at the fourth annual ISM conference at Duke University in 2004 was during a seminar Kiblawi was leading that had the impressive mouthful of a title “The One State Solution and Bi-Nationalist Politics Impact on Activist Discourse,” a fancy way of deconstructing the English language yet again to call
for the destruction of Israel so it can become another Arab state with the Jews who might remain living there under Arab domination. At one point, Kiblawi forgot himself by thinking he was among friends and not realizing I was in the room disguised as a Pakistani.

A young neo-Nazi in the audience began to speak up about how the governor of New Jersey had had an illicit gay love affair with an Israeli Jew. “The Jews are in control of everything,” the young man said, “They control the government and the media and nobody ever does anything to stop them. They even tried to sink that US Navy ship the Liberty and nobody does anything about them.”

“I know,” replied Kiblawi, the man who claims he is not an anti-Semite.

“Isn’t it disgusting?” Kiblawi said.

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Man Arrested for Possession of Rocket Launcher Friday, February 3rd, 2006

3 February 2006: Since yesterday afternoon, the Northeast Intelligence Network has been actively investigating the strange circumstances involving Robert F. KANE of Anchorage, Alaska. KANE is reportedly associated with Security Aviation, Inc., and was arrested yesterday by federal authorities for “failing to register an explosive device” which he possessed – specifically, a rocket pod launcher. Federal search warrants were executed at three locations in Alaska: the aviation hanger occupied by Security Aviation, Inc. at Anchorage, their Palmer hanger and the law offices of Mark AVERY, who is listed as the sole proprietor of Security Aviation, Inc. AVERY is also a former state prosecutor.

Agents from a number of federal and state agencies were involved in the execution of the search warrants, including the FBI, the U.S. Marshal Service, the IRS, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Alaska State Troopers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the United States Air Force.

Maryland School, Day Care Center & Church Evacuated: Suspicious Package

3 February 2006; 3:40 p.m: Montgomery County police evacuated an elementary school, day care center and church in Gaithersburg, Maryland at about 12:30 p.m. this afternoon as bomb squad officers use a robot to investigate a suspicious device found across the street from the school. According to reports from the scene, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says they believe the package is an improvised explosive device. The suspicious package was discovered in a park in the middle of Kent Island Circle, across from the Rachel Carson Elementary School. Students from the school have been taken to the nearby Quince Orchard High School as a precaution, according to officials at the scene. (Developing).

IEDs & Bomb Materials Seized in Texas Raids

3 February 2006: Three separate raids were conducted on three residences in Laredo, Texas were conducted on January 12, 27 and February 2, 2006, netting two-(2) ready-made improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and enough materials to make an estimated 43 more. To date, six people have been arrested, although their identities have not been publicly released pending additional and related investigations.

Julie Myers, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, described the stacks of weapons seized in the three raids as “very impressive,” including six kits to assemble machine guns, at least twenty assembled firearms, magazines, silencers, thousands of rounds of ammunition, as well as quantities of cocaine, marijuana, and the fast growing drug methamphetamine.

According to Myers, there is no connection between the devices and weapons found and Middle Eastern terrorists. According to Myers, the advanced weapons appear to be related to two Mexican gangs fighting for control of what’s called ‘The Plaza,’ the lucrative drug and immigrant smuggling routes into the southwestern United States.

The Northeast Intelligence Network is continuing to follow this investigation closely.

U.S. agencies find no proof of looming al Qaeda attack

By Bill Gertz
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

February 2, 2006: Despite statements by senior al Qaeda leaders, U.S. intelligence agencies do not have information indicating the group is ready to conduct a major attack, U.S. counterterrorism officials said.

The audio and video statements appear to be part of a propaganda campaign by the terrorist group to bolster morale in its ranks, the officials said.

Washington Times Article

The Global Islamic Jihad Spawned by al Qaeda

Al-Qaeda has morphed from a group into a movement

2 February 2006: It was a conclusion reached by analysts of the Northeast Intelligence Network in 2003 and is now being echoed by a renowned expert in terrorism – “Al-Qaeda has morphed from a group into a movement.” In place of and in addition to al Qaeda, numerous terror groups have united under the umbrella of a global Islamic jihad and are intent on the destruction of the United States. Most importantly, the threat of terrorism attacks inside the U.S. and against its allies everywhere has increased significantly since September 11, 2001.

This is the analysis reached by the Northeast Intelligence Network nearly three years ago. It is now being echoed by Rohan Gunaratna, the head of terrorist research at the Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore and a senior fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A native of Sri Lanka, he has studied terrorism for two decades and is the author of the best-selling book, Inside al-Qaida: Global Network of Terror. He recently spoke to Middle East specialists and journalists in Washington.

According to Gunaratna, there are now up to 40 groups around the world trying to imitate al-Qaeda and nearly every one is intent on attacking the United States and its allies.

“Al-Qaeda has morphed from a group into a movement,” he said during his presentation. “Today, in place of al-Qaeda, we have 30 to 40 different groups from Asia, Africa and the Middle East seeking to emulate al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda has influenced these groups operationally and ideologically.” According to Gunaratna, most al Qaeda members fled to Pakistan and Iran following the invasion of Afghanistan.

Added Gunaratna: “We have seen many of these local jihad groups that traditionally believed in local jihads, are now believing in the global jihad. Today, they are not only fighting their local governments and non-Muslim populations, but also the United States, its allies and its friends. This is the single biggest development we have seen in the international terrorism landscape in the past four years.” He added that terrorist groups, once operating individually, have united under a common cause and are cooperating with each other.

“Today we are seeing a greater exchange of personnel, a greater exchange of technologies and ideas across these groups,” stated Gunaratna. “Today it really does not matter whether you are al-Qaeda, or whether you belong to any other organization. The main interest is that you believe in the global jihad and this is largely a post-Iraq invasion development.”

The objective of al Qaeda and all Islamic terrorist organizations is the same: create Islamic states wherever Muslims live throughout the world – including the U.S.