Archive for April, 2007

Al-Sahab Reportedly To Release New Bin Laden Video Message

5 April 2007: U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) reports that a web site commonly used to disseminate al Qaeda messages carried the following posting:

“After a long absence by the shaykh of mujahidin, whom we have missed as well as his speeches, some news is being leaked indicating that Shaykh Usama Bin Ladin, God protect and preserve him and make him a thorn in the throat of the enemies, will make an appearance. The news indicates that Al-Sahab Media Establishment, which specializes in publishing Al-Qa’ida leaders’ speeches, has recently finished producing a video featuring Bin Ladin’s speech to the entire Islamic nation.”

Furthermore, the poster of this note maintains that the speech includes several messages to the “mujahidin” in Iraq, the Palestinian People on ” the capitulation choice which HAMAS gave in to,” the Riyadh Arab summit, the “fears” of America and its allies of the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate state in Iraq, and the “good tidings of victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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Islamic terrorism in America: NYC man pleads guilty of allegiance to al Qaeda

5 April 2007: New York City martial arts instructor and self-employed musician pleaded guilty yesterday to pledging allegiance to al Qaeda, and offering to train would-be terrorists in urban and hand-to-hand combat in court yesterday. Tariq Ibn Osman SHAH, 44 (a/k/a Tarik SHAH, Tarik JENKINS, Abu MUSAB) could receive up to 15 years in prison when sentenced on July 10. SHAH is one of four-(4) Islamic men - all U.S. residents - charged with conspiring to provide material support to Islamic terrorist organizations. Two other defendants, Farhane ABDULRAHMAN, the owner of a Muslim bookstore in Brooklyn, and Mahmud Faruq BRENT, a Maryland taxi driver, have already pleaded guilty in the case.

On Monday, BRENT pleaded guilty to attending a training camp in Pakistan facilitated by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a terrorist organization fighting Indian rule in the disputed Kashmir region. ABDULRAHMAN pled in November; the specifics of his plea and statements have not been released.

The trial for the fourth defendant, Rafiq SABIR, (a/k/a “the doctor”) a doctor from Boca Raton, Florida who studied martial arts under Shah, is scheduled to begin later this month. He is charged with agreeing to treat wounded terrorists in Saudi Arabia.

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Pelosi’s proposal for Iraq fix: midnight basketball

“Instead of Sunnis and Shia, let it be shirts or skins.” -Nancy Pelosi

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

4 April 2007: The idea originated by George H.W. Bush as one of his “Thousand Points of Light,” but the funding came via the push by Democratic Clinton administration’s 1994 Anti-crime bill calling for 100,000 more police officers and a number of social programs intending to “deter crime where it starts.” One of those programs was the community activity of midnight basketball an idea, according to current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who’s “time has come.” Stated Pelosi to Syrian President Bashar Assad:

“Instead of Sunnis and Shia, it will be ’shirts or skins.’” Urging Assad to be part of the solution, Pelosi also urged him to help broker a trade program throughout the Middle East and Iraq. Stop the Syrian influx of fighters into Iraq by offering a trade - “one basketball for every IED (improvised explosive device) turned in, no questions asked.”

Think about it, urged Pelosi. “If each basketball that replaces an IED could save ten lives, you’d have enough players for a game.”

A spokesperson for Pelosi added that the possibilities are endless. “In Iran, we could offer a bushel of basketballs for a barrel of oil, while curbing sectarian violence at the same time. In Iraq, “Baghdad Basketball” shows promise as a viable alternative to the inner-city bombing plaguing the city, providing the urban youth with an alternative to their frustrations.” Trading Semtex for Spauldings is an idea that is long overdue.

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Former MSA official appointed as newest NYPD Muslim chaplain

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

4 April 2007: Imam Khalid LATIF, 24, is a Sunni Muslim who hopes he can use his new position as NYPD Chaplain to “educate not only the members of the New York City Police about truly what Islam stands for, but also the New York City community as a whole.” Since his appointment to NYPD chaplain on Monday, he might just be able to do just that. According to New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly, LATIF “has an impressive list of accomplishments.” Indeed, Mr. LATIF has an interesting history.

Investigation conducted by the Northeast Intelligence Network confirms that LATIF, a resident of Edison, New Jersey, served as a chaplain and adviser at Princeton University and New York University. Equally important, however, is his role in the Muslim Student Association – the MSA. Not only was LATIF a member of the MSA, he served as the former Muslim Accommodations Task Force Chair of MSA National.

Following 9/11, the Senate Finance Committee identified the MSA as one of a number of groups recommended for investigation by the IRS.

According to correspondence to the IRS by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Max Baucus, “Many of these groups not only enjoy tax-exempt status, but their reputations as charities and foundations often allow them to escape scrutiny, making it easier to hide and move their funds to other groups and individuals who threaten our national security.” They added: “Often these groups are nothing more than shell companies for the same small group of people, moving funds from one charity to the next charity to hide the trail,” the senators write. “These groups also receive donations from foreign sources, including countries the government has identified as having a significant problem with terrorism.”

The MSA evolved and became particularly active on US college campuses in the 1990’s, significantly increasing their presence across the U.S. campuses in the last few years. Notable leaders of MSA campus chapters include Sami Omar al-Hussayen, a computer science major from the University of Idaho at Moscow, as reported by The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In February 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice issued an indictment against Hussayen, charginig him with visa fraud and large cash transfers from Iraq to the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA).

Events sponsored by MSA - the same organization that the new NYPD Muslim chaplain LATIF held the position of Muslim Accommodations Task Force Chair - often include speakers from the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), and organization founded by the brother of Osama bin Laden. Steve Emerson, an expert on Islamic terrorism, testified before a congressional committee that “WAMY’s U.S. office was incorporated in Falls Church, Virginia in 1992 by Osama bin Laden’s brother, Abdullah bin Laden.”

In addition to being the focus of investigation by the IRS, the MSA is credited with the creation of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an advocate of the radical Sunni Wahabbi doctrine and the center of controversy for their reportedly tangential connections to Islamic terrorism. LATIF is currently pursuing his education under the advisement of Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Professor of Islamic Law and the current President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). The ISNA has been described as “a radical group hiding under a false veneer of moderation,” noting that it “convenes annual conferences where Islamist militants have been given a platform to incite violence and promote hatred.”

The extent that Khalid LATIF intends to “educate not only the members of the New York City Police about truly what Islam stands for, but also the New York City community as a whole” remains to be seen.

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Iran: Another Distraction To Further Evil Intentions

By Randy Taylor- Independent Analyst

4 April 2007: Iran does it again. After a week of carefully orchestrated distractions through kidnapping fifteen UK sailors to draw attention away from their non-compliance with UN requests, the Islamic snake state of Iran tries to garner the approval of the world by releasing the hostages. They were released as a “gift to the English population“. Read between the lines.

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“Flash-bang” grenades found at Reagan National Airport

3 April 2007: Two “flash-bang” grenades - the type that create a bright flash, loud noise and smoke, were found in a waste container by a cleaning crew last Friday morning in a men’s rest room at Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. Officials reported that a cleaning crew was emptying the container in the men’s rest room located in the “C” concourse at the north end of the terminal shortly after 10:00 a.m. when they noticed the two grenades, and immediately alerted airport police who then contacted an explosive ordnance disposal unit.

According to inquiries made this morning by the Northeast Intelligence Network, federal officials are continuing their investigation of the incident. The men’s room where the flash-bang grenades were found is situated near the ticketing concourse outside of airport security.

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The Iranian Ganglion: A Current Assessment

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

2 April 2007: Never has the threat of a wider regional war been greater than it is this morning in the Middle East, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is the ganglion of this threat. In fact, such a war has long been the devout interest of the Islamofascist regime of Tehran since its consolidation of supreme power over 27 years ago.

Engaging the “Wayback” Machine

Any assessment of the current situation with respect to the Islamic Republic requires an unfiltered historical review. To that end the “wayback” machine has been engaged. The list of the Islamic Republic’s acts of war against the United States of America is as follows:

November 4, 1979: Seizure and Occupation of the US Embassy in Tehran.

November 4, 1979: Detention and Hostage Holding of Embassy Staff, US Military Personnel and other US citizens for 444 days.

April 18, 1983: Bombing of the US Embassy, Beirut, Lebanon, 17 dead including 8 CIA employees, several US military servicemen and an American journalist.

September 20, 1984: Bombing of the US Embassy, Beirut, Lebanon, killing 24 including two US soldiers.

October 23, 1983: Destruction of US Marine Barracks, Beirut. Murder of 241 US Marines, Sailors and Army personnel.

June 3, 1985: Capture, torture and murder of Beirut CIA Chief of Station, William Francis Buckley, a/k/a US Army (Ret.) LTC William Francis Buckley former Green Beret.

June 15, 1985: The beating, torture and cold-blooded murder of US Navy diver, Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Stetham during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847.

What is also not widely known is that in addition to these acts of war there were Iranian intelligence defectors who reported seeing models of Manhattan and the WTC in the basement of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence & Security prior to September 11, 2001. Members of the US intelligence community also know that Iran supplied the explosives and planned the destruction of Pan American Flight 103, killing all 259 onboard and 11 residents of Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. Our intelligence community also knows certain details about the Iranian involvement in the attack on the Khobar Towers military barracks in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 US Air Force personnel, 1 Saudi national.

Fast Forward to the Present

On September 7, 2006 a joint US-Iraqi patrol along the Iranian border was engaged by a “platoon-sized” force of Iranian soldiers firing automatic weapons and RPG’s after the US-Iraqi force detected the presence of Iranian soldiers on Iraqi territory. A brief firefight ensued. This engagement was confirmed by a “Request to Query” issued by the U.S. 101st Airborne Division. Seeing that the Iranian force was maneuvering to surround them the American troops realized that the Iranians had set up an ambush with the probable intent to capture as many of the joint US-Iraqi patrol as possible.

American requests for the Iraqi contingent to disengage were not heeded and the American’s withdrew from the engagement. Upon returning in force to the site of the clash no sign of the Iraqi force was evident. The results of an investigation into this firefight and attempted capture of US forces have not yet been released to my knowledge. This firefight is also detailed in a TIME report: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1605487,00.html

On January 20, 2007 an elite force of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps known as the Qods (Jerusalem) Force launched an audacious raid in Karbala, Iraq. The raiders had US uniforms, equipment, and documentation and appeared to all who encountered them to be genuine US troops driving US-made SUVs. The capture of four US soldiers and the subsequent escape/evasion apparently ran into some unknown problems and the US troops were executed by gunfire. Their bodies and all equipment used in this unprecedented assault were discovered not far away soon thereafter.

This brings us to the illegal capture of 15 British sailors and marines in Iraqi territorial waters 10 days ago. A lot of talk and posturing and rhetoric have continued to this minute. Given the facts I have just detailed I must ask the question: why? Why is there any new discussion to yet another act of war executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran? Is there any doubt that Iran has been seeking a regional war of apocalyptic proportions since its creation? The honest answer is, at least to most observers who track historical developments, that is there is no doubt about this, it is a fact that Iranian mullahs seek an apocalyptic war and will do nearly anything to precipitate it.

So what are we waiting for?

The Present Assessment

Just yesterday a report from the Jerusalem Post and Associated Press was released. It cited Russian intelligence (i.e.: Russian government) sources as reported in the Russian (i.e.: government controlled media) - which are the same sources/same regime that has been outrageously assassinating anyone and everyone investigating its own covert activities - announcing a US attack to occur within a 12-hour period this coming Friday (Good Friday) on targets within Iran. Then the Russian Defense Ministry denounces these reports as “myths.”

What have we here, the Russian government playing good cop-bad cop with respect to the decades long provocation coming from Iran?

The JP/AP report followed immediately on the heels of media reports that Russia was suspending HEU fuel shipments to Iran due to non-payments on the nuclear proliferation contract between them. There are lies and then there are damned lies. This is the latter. It could also be cited as an operational deception or a gambit designed to mask the Russian role in what I have long assessed as being a coming Middle East power-play by the Iranian-Syrian-Russian axis.

The JP/AP report is not new news. It has been circulating for some time now. I believe this Russian-sourced report to be disinformation - even though in recent days the signs supporting the possibility of a US strike next month (May) have become stronger with the deployment of two more US Navy aviation and amphibious strike groups this week. This constitutes a US strike that Iran has earned with compound interest over the past 27 years.

What is new is that the JP/AP report associates it with the Iranian deception of an Israeli preemptive strike against it neighbors. This is looking more and more like a massive chess match which will ultimately determine whether the West or the Russo-Islamofascist alliance becomes the power broker in the Middle East. The US has been forced to seek an ally in the nations of Sunni Islam - nations whose own citizenry are at war with the US via the Islamic religion and clergy.

However, retuning to the Iranian deception, it is very thinly disguised. It is designed to mask a long-planned Iranian-Syrian-Hezbollah strike against Israel and make it appear that the Iranians are leading a legitimate pre-emptive strike on Israel. This plan has been abundantly clear for the past eight months and longer. The Israeli response to the provocations initiated by Iran via their Hezbollah proxy last summer initially caught these enemies by surprise, and yet ultimately set the course for what is coming - a much larger regional war against Israel and the Western allies.

Given the dates in the Russian and Iranian deceptions - I assess that their planned strike could occur within the next 30 days, perhaps even as early as this evening or tomorrow as Israel enters Pesach/Passover observations.

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OUTRAGE: UK Teachers drop the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslims

2 April 2007: British media is reporting that a government-backed study confirmed that primary and secondary schools are dropping history lessons about the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslim pupils. According to a study funded by the Department for Education and Skills, some teachers are dropping courses covering the Holocaust at the earliest opportunity over fears Muslim pupils might express anti-Semitic and anti-Israel reactions in class.

Researchers for this study provided one example of a secondary school in an unnamed northern city that dropped the Holocaust as a subject for GCSE coursework, noting that some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial. The report stated that teachers feared confronting “anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils.”

The study also found there is a resistance to covering the 11th century Crusades - where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem - because historical accounts often contradict the teachings in local mosques.

The report concluded: “In particular settings, teachers of history are unwilling to challenge highly contentious or charged versions of history in which pupils are steeped at home, in their community or in a place of worship.”

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