Archive for December, 2007

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and the parable of the frog & scorpion

30 December 2007: Since her assassination last week, Western leaders and U.S. presidential hopefuls have been in a posturing frenzy to extol the virtues of the American educated socialite Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan forced into exile following charges of corruption in her government by equally corrupt accusers. Before her flight from power, Bhutto was an illustration of duplicity as detailed in author Steve Coll’s book, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, most recently cited in an article written by Ken Silverstein, the Washington Editor for Harper’s Magazine. In his article, Silverstein isolated passages from Coll’s book that provides an important insight into Bhutto’s policies and the Clinton administration, illustrating the unsurprising ending of someone who enters into a shell game with the devil.

In his book, Coll points out that Bhutto “had capitulated…to [Pakistani intelligence’s] persistent requests for unlimited covert aid to the Islamic militia.” The more salient portions of Coll’s work cite Bhutto’s duplicity while prime minister of Pakistan, noting that while breaking bread with the Clinton administration in 1995, for example, she was promoting the Taliban “as a pro-Pakistan force that could help stabilize Afghanistan…”

In short, Bhutto continuously and arguably, conspicuously lied to the U.S. administration and Congress about the extent of Pakistani military and financial aid she provided to the Islamic hard-lined Taliban in her capacity of Prime Minister.

Of course, you will not hear any of this in the presidential political arena, nor will it be exposed anywhere by political pundits or the media. They are too busy canonizing Bhutto while ignoring the less comfortable truths about the politics of Islam in a nuclear-armed country that has the religious, social and political stability of a bathtub full of nitroglycerine.

Yet too few still fail to fully understand that when you enter into long-term high stake games with the “house,” the “house” always wins, as does the devil. The house edge is even greater when one considers that in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden currently enjoys a whopping 46% approval rating. In the case of Pakistan, the house is al Qaeda, its operatives, facilitators and imitators, who have successfully infiltrated the highest levels of the government.

Just like the proverbial story of the scorpion and the frog that meet on the bank of a stream, where the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across the water on its back to reach the other side. The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.” The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp “Why?” The scorpion simply replies, “”What did you expect? Because I’m a scorpion and it’s my nature…”

In the West, there are those in power, those seeking power, the entrenched policymakers, and the media who facilitate them that continue to question or even doubt that al Qaeda, with the able assistance of Pakistani ISI infiltration, is responsible for the murder of Bhutto. To our own peril in the war waged against Israel and the West by Islam, they are continuing to contemplate allowing the scorpion of political Islam to hop on the back of the Western frog for a short swim.

In the run-up for our presidential election, we must hope that our next leader recognizes that a scorpion will always be a scorpion.

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Special Investigative Report: Staten Island Mystery

28 December 2007: Witnesses described the events during the afternoon of December 21, 2007 “as something from a movie” – birds dropping from the sky in mid-flight over a small area on Staten Island, most of them dying before hitting the ground. Birds that did not die in mid-flight reportedly “landed, lied on the ground, flapped and died.” The most recent estimates of dead birds currently range between 50 and 75, with the majority of the birds being Purple Martins. Most of the birds dropped from flight within the Port Regalle development near the intersection of Wiman Avenue and Tennyson Drive, on the southeastern shore of Staten Island.

According to information obtained from two separate witnesses, residents on Staten Island complained of a strong, chemical-like odor in the vicinity where the birds died. “It was a ‘heavy’ smell, so strong that I could barely stand it outside,” stated Jonathan B., a witness from the area who asked that only his first name and last initial only be used. “I called emergency services, and they said that emergency personnel were on the way. They told me to stay indoors and make sure my doors and windows were shut,” he added. “I asked what was causing the smell, and the dispatcher said she didn’t know, but they had several calls from the area. It was a strong, acidic smell, nothing like anything I’ve ever smelled before,” he added.

Press reports quote FDNY Battalion Chief John Giacella describing the situation when his department responded: “When we pulled in, most of the birds were on the ground, floundering and foaming at the mouth.” Donna Toti, speaking to the press, was quoted: “It was like Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds.’ Birds were just falling out of the sky. They would land, lie on the ground, flap and die.”

A second source who contacted the Northeast Intelligence Network said that she was concerned not about the birds or the odor as she neither smelled the odor nor witnessed the birds, but observed a lot of “unexplained helicopter activity” in the area and “especially over the harbor,” a reference to the Great Kills Harbor. About a week before the birds dying, “I saw helicopters flying in circle patterns over the harbor, occasionally entering inland and flying back out to the harbor,” said a female who requested her name not be used. “I’ve lived here [on Staten Island] long before 9/11, and have seen a lot of things before and since, but not to the extent I saw last week,” stated this source. “I’m not sure if the helicopters were military or police, but what I do know is that they were definitely looking for something,” she added. This source stated that she could not make out any identifying markings on the helicopters.

It is unknown if the helicopter activity is related to the dead birds, but reports of helicopter activity is not unusual, according to an article in The Gothamist. In September 2006, they reported about a secret program conducted by the Department of Energy where federal helicopters were surveying Staten Island, looking for areas registering abnormal radiation activity – the material dirty bombs are made of.

Is the notable helicopter activity over the harbor related to the unexplained odor and the death of dozens of birds? Authorities are not saying much about the dead birds, the origin of the odor, and are not commenting on the helicopter activity. Investigation by this agency verified that health department officials collected as many of the birds they could find within hours of the incident, and reportedly sent the dead birds to a lab for testing. Officials from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection as well as the Office of Emergency Management were also on the scene.

Research conducted by Northeast Intelligence Network Associate Director Sean Osborne found that the wind direction and speed at the time the odor was noticed by Staten Island residents ranged from 10 to 13 mph and originated from the northeast. Accordingly, it is reasonable that the airborne chemical odor detected by residents of the Port Regalle development in Bay Terrace originated from an undetermined location within Great Kills Harbor – a particularly disturbing finding, considering that the origin would then point to a watercraft. Such an event would raise other disturbing questions and considerations, including the possibility of an intentional release of a toxic gas as part of an operational testing of the effectiveness of both the delivery and lethality of chemical weapons by potential terrorists.

In any event, the situation involving flocks of dead birds is not an isolated event. The Northeast Intelligence Network reported about a substantial number of birds falling dead from the sky in Austin, Texas in January, and in Washington, DC in July.

The causes remain unclear, but the concern is – and should be – real.

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Benazir Bhutto assassinated in Pakistan

EXCLUSIVE: al Qaeda claims involvement in attack - with help of Pakistani ISI - under the order of al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri

27 December 2007: Former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, the first woman prime minister of Islamic Pakistan, was assassinated in an attack at an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi today. Initial reports indicate the attacker struck minutes after Bhutto addressed thousands of supporters in Rawalpindi, 8 miles south of Islamabad. She was shot in the neck and chest by the attacker, who then blew himself up, killing at least 22 others.

This event has worldwide implications - including those to the United States.

UPDATE 1: A spokesperson for the al-Qaeda terrorist network has claimed responsibility for the death on Thursday of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

“We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen,” Al-Qaeda’s commander and main spokesperson Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a phone call from an unknown location, speaking in faltering English. Al-Yazid is the main al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan.

It is believed that the decision to kill Bhutto, who is the leader of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), was made by al-Qaeda No. 2, the Egyptian doctor, Ayman al-Zawahiri in October.

Death squads were allegedly constituted for the mission and ultimately one cell comprising a defunct Lashkar-i-Jhangvi’s Punjabi volunteer succeeded in killing Bhutto.

The NEIN Blog - Additional coverage - commentary

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Islamic ruling on non-Muslim holidays

“[A Muslim wishing a Christian 'Merry Christmas'] is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on.” –Islam (online) Q & A

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

24 December 2007: I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the Christian visitors to our web site a very joyous and blessed Christmas, and to our Jewish visitors, a very happy Hanukkah. During this most holy time of year, we reflect on our beliefs, and celebrate the joys of the season with our families and friends. It is also a good time for each of us to take a few moments for reflection and an honest perspective of the events taking place in the world today, especially those within Western countries - with particular emphasis on the United States and Canada.

Many people want to believe that the tenets of Islam are compatible with both democracy and Judeo-Christian principles. Here are two examples - both relevant to this most joyous of seasons - that illustrate otherwise. Both are cited by Islamic scholars at Islam Q & A:

Question:

What is the ruling on eating the food (rice, meat, chicken or cake) that is given to us by a Christian friend that he made for his birthday or for Christmas or the Christian New Year? What is your opinion on congratulating him by saying, “Insha Allaah you will continue to do well this year” so as to avoid saying Kull ‘aam wa antum bi khayr (approx. “season’s greetings”) or “Happy New Year” etc?

Answer:

Praise be to Allah.

It is not permissible for a Muslim to eat things that the Jews and Christians make on their festivals, or what they give him as a gift on their festivals, because that is cooperating with them and joining in with them in this evil.

It is not permissible for him to congratulate them on their festivals in any way whatsoever, because that implies approval of their festival and not denouncing them, and helping them to manifest their symbols and propagate their innovation, and sharing their happiness during their festivals, which are innovated festivals that are connected to false beliefs that are not approved of in Islam.

And Allah knows best.

Question:

At work - I am a cashier, and there are Christmas cards with
shirk on them “Jesus is God - and Loves You” etc… If a customer
brings these to me, and I ring him up and put the money in the register - am I a kaafir? I hate the shirk, ……., ……, am I a
kaafir?

Answer:

Al-Hamdu Lillaah

As long as you are a true believer, who believes in the oneness of Allah, the Most Gracious, and who has not committed any act that would expel you from the religion of Islam, and as long as you hate ! shirk and (the blasphemy of) Christianity, then you are a Muslim and not a kaafir. However, you must realize that it is unacceptable for a Muslim to aid or abet the kuffaar (non-believers) by any means or medium relating to the celebration of their holiday occasions. This would encompass selling items that are used in their celebrations. Sheikh ul-Islam Ahmad ibn Abdul-Haleem ibn Taymiya (may Allaah have mercy upon him) in his classic and monumental book entitled Iqtidaa’ Al-Siraat Al-Mustaqeem Mukhalafat As-haab Al-Jaheem (In Pursuit of the Straight Path by Contradicting the People of the Hellfire) said:

“As for a Muslim selling to them (the non-believers) items that they use to celebrate their holiday occasions, such as food, clothes, perfumes, etc., or offering such items as gifts, is a way of helping them celebrate their “unlawful” holidays. This idea is based on the fundamental principle that states that it is unacceptable (for a Muslim) to sell the kuffaar grapes or juice which they will use to produce wine or alcoholic beverages. By the same token it is also unacceptable (for a Muslim) to sell them weapons that will be used to fight Muslims.

He then presented an argument presented by Abdul-Malik bin Habeeb (among the scholars of Al Malakiyya madh-hab) in which he said “Don’t you see that it is forbidden for a Muslim to sell Christians any item that benefits or concerns their holidays? Not meat, nor food (eaten with bread), nor clothes, nor should they even be lent an animal (to ride on). They should not be helped in any way that relates to their holidays because this would be considered a form of glorifying their shirk (blasphemy) and supporting them in their apostasy and disbelief….” Al-Iqtidaa’ p. 229, 23, Dar Al-Ma’rifah printing, tahqeeq (verified and edited by) Al-Faqiy.

We ask Allaah to help you be firmly established on the truth, and to ward you away from wrong and falsehood, and to provide you with good and righteous means of living.

May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad

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Saturday: Doug Hagmann guest on “In Great Company”

22 December 2007: Douglas J. Hagmann, founder & director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, will be a guest on today’s “In Great Company” radio program with Pete & Nancy Manno starting at 11:15 am. Listen on-line here.

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Mysterious Crop-Duster Crashes in Philippines

“That five crop-duster planes have crashed in a region plagued with terrorism - and in such a short period of time - should send up red flags with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).”–Annie Jacobsen

21 December 2007: There is substantial evidence of terrorists’ interest in crop dusters - both before and after the attacks of 9/11. Significant evidence of terrorists’ interest in chemical and biological weapons, as well as vulnerabilities within our food and water supplies also exists, if only acknowledged in bulletins and memos marked “law enforcement sensitive” having limited dissemination. Therefore, it is important that incidents involving crop dusters, terrorists, chemical and biological weapons and our food supply are identified - before we are attacked again.

Annie Jacobsen, author of Terror in the Skies, Why 9/11 Could Happen Again, is reporting incidents in

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Suicide bomb DVD targets children

19 December 2007 - From the UK A children’s DVD which appears to glorify suicide bombing was being investigated by police today after being found on sale.

The disc, filled with haunting images and dramatic music, features a young girl proclaiming that she will follow in the footsteps of her suicide bomber mother. The DVD, which was purchased in Bradford, West Yorkshire, is set to music sung by children in Arabic with English subtitles.

West Yorkshire was home to three of the suicide bombers responsible for the July 7 London bombings - Mohammad Sidique Khan, from Dewsbury, and Hasib Mir Hussain and Shehzad Tanweer, both from Beeston in Leeds.

The first video shows an Arab woman playing with her two children before leaving her home with dynamite tucked into her dress.

She is approached by uniformed soldiers and the camera pauses on her thoughtful expression before a large explosion blazes across the screen.

After finding out about the suicide on television, her small daughter finds a stick of dynamite in her mother’s wardrobe and turns to the camera with the subtitles: “My love will not be by words. I will follow my mother’s steps.”

The head of Leeds counter terrorism unit (CTU), Detective Chief Superintendent John Parkinson, said: “We can confirm a DVD has been passed to the CTU for further investigation.

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Report: Toronto drug trade & terror funding

“The RCMP’s annual drug report, released yesterday, said 14 tons of Khat were seized in Canada last year, two-thirds of it at Toronto Pearson International Airport.”

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

18 December 2007: It was over a year and a half ago, in May 2006, that the Northeast Intelligence Network published our investigative findings pertaining to the drug Khat (pronounced “cot”) and its role in funding Islamic terrorism. The sale of Khat funds terrorism, according to our investigative findings. Additionally, anecdotal findings from our investigative research suggested that the drug has been used by some terrorists before their operations, deriving benefit from its stimulant properties. At that time, however, a significant majority within the law enforcement community failed to recognize Khat for what it is, a controlled substance that produces a euphoric feeling and is scheduled as an illicit drug.

Due in part to law enforcement’s inability to identify Khat and its status as contraband, I wrote at that time that I could walk into nearly any Arabic or Muslim owned corner deli type store in cities in western New York and southern Ontario and find Khat available for sale. Today, an article appears in Canada’s National Post - 19 months after our published report - that announced the seizure of 14 tons of Khat, the majority seized at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, and the drug’s “possible connections” to funding terrorism.

The al Qaeda linked Somali terrorist group Al Ittihad Al-Islam is active in the the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and has been operational in Ontario since the late 1990’s. Al Ittihad Al-Islam has been implicated smuggling Khat into Canada and the United States, using proceeds to fund terror operations in Somolia and elsewhere.

Related articles

18 December 2007: Link to RCMP Drug Situation Report — 2006

3 May 2006: Drug Possession Charge: 52 Pounds of KHAT Seized

9 March 2007: Drug arrests net 75 pounds of Khat

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Musarraf’s Jihadi Striptease

(December, 16, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian): Even as President Pervez Musharraf was telling his people over a televised address on December 15, 2007, that he had imposed an Emergency on November 3,2007, in order to deal with a serious terrorism situation and that he had removed it on the afternoon of December 15,2007, since the situation had improved, Pakistani Police were telling journalists that Rashid Rauf, a British resident of Mirpuri origin, whom they had been projecting as the mastermind, who was orchestrating the plot discovered by the British Police in August, 2006, to simultaneously blow up 10 US-bound planes, has escaped from custody.

A very interesting read…

Sri Lanka Guardian

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Islam: Not Just Another Religion

16 December 2007: The Bush Administration and the media have focused on Islam as a “religion of peace” and have done little to educate the public about the presence of Islamist groups on American soil, the level of their infiltration and their ultimate objectives.

If you read nothing else for the rest of this year, this is A MUST READ. Nicely summarized.

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