Archive for April, 2008

Some Food For Thought on the Subject of Islam

By Randy Taylor, Independent Analyst

28 April 2008…

  • Presidential hopeful Osama Barack Obama states in his book “Audacity” that “In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans … have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging,” he laments. “I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” It’s already ugly you traitor and we know where you stand.

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Man grilled for photographing noted Brooklyn mosque

28 April 2008: Imagine standing in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NY, as the writer points out, and suddenly being grabbed by a group of goons in karate suits, dragged to the basement of the church, and grilled like you just urinated in the baptismal bowl. That is essentially what happened to three people in Brooklyn, except they were photographing the well-known Masjid At-Taqwa, a mosque with ties to radical Muslims.

Read the entire account of the apparent unlawful deprivation of civil liberties at this link.

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Fraud Scene Investigator - Insight

by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

23 April 2008: Although not strictly considered a homeland security issue, the following article about a forensic accountant provides a bit of insight into the world of a fraud scene investigator. The article is relevant to the investigators of the Northeast Intelligence Network and its parent company, Hagmann Investigative Services, Inc., in a number of ways. The Northeast Intelligence Network and our associated companies are comprised of investigative professionals, including those involved in the investigation of large-scale fraud activities.

Unlike the largely anonymous Internet “bloggers” with unverifiable or even dubious experience, credentials and backgrounds, and those who use pseudonyms to hide their identities, investigators with the Northeast Intelligence Network do not engage in such tactics. Much like our objectives and investigative activities, our identities and qualifications are available for public scrutiny. Our investigations serve to expose perpetrators engaged in activities that could be considered a threat to our security, and the safety and security of our friends, neighbors and families in this and subsequent generations.

For instance, consider the money trail of Islamic charities suspected of providing material support to terrorism, and our exclusive investigation of the Binghamton, NY charity tied to the terrorist group Jamaat ul-Fuqra. Such investigations are complex, intense, and at times, full of unexpected surprises. Where large sums of money are involved, some surprises could turn potentially deadly, as the following article indicates.

Read more HERE.

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US Muslims call on Obama for change

22 April 2008: From Al Jazeera - Muslim-American community leaders, activists and voters in the city of brotherly love, as Philadelphia is known, say Barack Obama is by far their preferred candidate.

Complete article

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UPDATE: USF Students Mohamed and Megahed Charged in New 7-Count Superseding Indictment

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

megahedmosmile19 April 2008: On Wednesday of this past week United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announced the filing of a seven count superseding indictment against University of South Florida students Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif MOHAMED and Youssef Samir MEGAHED. The Kuwait-born Egyptian MOHAMED is charged in all seven counts. Megahed is charged with counts three and four.

It would it most instructive to remind the reader that Ahmed Bedier, the executive director of the Tampa, Florida chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), offered very shortly after the arrest in Goose Creek, South Carolina of MOHAMED and MEGAHED the abortive disarming comment that both were just “really naïve kids.” Bunk Mr. Bedier, pure, unadulterated bunk. These two adult men are Islamic jihadists in the purest sense of the word. They are no different than “enemy combatants” plucked from the soil of Afghanistan, and that they were plucked from the soil of South Carolina makes them Islamic insurgents on American soil. Read more below.

Are these jihadists innocent of waging jihad on American soil until proven guilty? Yes, that is American law. However this must be considered in the context of what MOHAMED freely admitted to American authorities (as reported by FoxNews ) back in October 2007 that the video he made and distributed on the internet was a jihadi tutorial on how to turn a toy into a remote controlled detonation and ignition system in order to “assist those persons in Arabic countries to defend themselves against the infidels invading their countries.” Right, that’s why MOHAMED had the explosives and other bomb making paraphernalia in the trunk of the car and the instructional video on the laptop which was unsuccessfully hidden under the seat at the time of the arrest.

The Count Charges of Superseding Indictment and Maximum Term of Imprisonment

1 Proving material support to terrorism,
Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339A 15 years

2 Distributing information which teaches and demonstrates the making or use of explosives,
Title 18, United states Code, Section 842(p)(2)(A) 20 years

3 Transporting explosive materials in interstate commerce without the requisite federal license
Title 18, United States Code, Section 842(a)(3)(A) 10 years

4 Possession of a destructive device without the proper registration
Title 26, United States Code, Section 5861(d) 10 years

5 & 6 Illegal possession of a firearm by a non-immigrant alien, Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(5)(B) 10 years for each count

7 Carrying a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence,
Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A) Life

Consult previously published Northeast Intelligence Network reports for applicable background.

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Doug Hagmann on TruNews

17 April 2008: Douglas J. Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, discusses the current Islamic terrorism threat inside the U.S. on this edition of TruNews radio.

Listen at this link.

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Jimmy Carter: Emissary of Evil

16 April 2008: Jimmy Carter is an evil man. It is painful to label a past president of the United States as a force for darkness. But it is dangerous to let a man like Jimmy Carter stalk around the globe cloaked in the garb of American royalty, planting the seeds of Western civilization’s destruction.

On Tuesday, former President Carter met with leaders of the terrorist group Hamas. He embraced Nasser al-Shaer, the man who has run the Palestinian education system, brainwashing children into believing Jews are the descendants of pigs and dogs. He laid a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat, the most notorious terrorist thug of the 20th century. Then, he had the audacity to offer to act as a conduit between the Palestinian Arabs and the Israeli and U.S. governments.

Complete article by Ben Shapiro

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Brigitte Bardot on trial for Muslim slur (Coming soon to the U.S.)

Those who slur Christianity should be thankful that the same laws obviously do not apply to them. A glimpse of what to expect in the U.S. in the not-too-distant future… –Doug Hagmann

15 April 2008: French former film star Brigitte Bardot went on trial on Tuesday for insulting Muslims, the fifth time she has faced the charge of “inciting racial hatred” over her controversial remarks about Islam and its followers. Article HERE

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Syria: A Strategic Assessment

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs
and Aharon Etengoff of WeaponSurvey.com

14 April 2008: An observer of recent articles emanating from or about the strategic situation in the Middle East might come away with the impression that the Islamic Republic of Iran poses the most immediate and formidable regional threat to peace, or that HAMAS in Gaza and the West Bank and Hezbollah in Lebanon, acting as proxy forces of Iranian designs, might constitute another facet of this same threat. That impression is correct to a certain degree. However, the current center of gravity for the prospect of an imminent eruption of regional warfare lies in Syria.

A brief of Syrian strategic WMD programs, weapons and delivery systems follows to illustrate the immediate threat, as well as in support of the conclusion of this assessment.

Nuclear:

Syria maintains a small 30kW neutron research reactor at Dayr Al Hajar, (under IAEA safeguards), and operates a uranium recovery micro-pilot plant at Homs. Syria has also begun construction of a radioactive waste processing facility to manage waste resulting from the production and application of radioisotopes.

In July 1998, Syria and Russia signed a memorandum regarding the construction of a 25-MW light water nuclear research center. In January 2000, Moscow approved a draft program with Damascus that included cooperation on civil nuclear power. In May 2001, Russian and Syrian officials discussed construction of a $500 million tri-superphosphate factory near the city of Palmyra – which would be part of an overall agreement to develop a nitric fertilizer production facility in Deyr ez-Zor and a phosphate fertilizer plant in Homs. In January 2003, Russia and Syria reportedly began negotiations over the construction of a $2 billion nuclear facility that would include a nuclear power plant as well as a nuclear desalination plant. However, the Russian Foreign Ministry denied that such discussions had occurred.

Phosphatic Rock & Uranium:

Syria has an abundance of phosphatic deposits and produces approximately one-fifth of the phosphate rock mined throughout the entire Middle East. Indeed, the Homs uranium recovery plant was designed as a precursor to a pilot and industrial scale plant. Potential operations included refining, conversion, enrichment, and fuel fabrication. However, industrial-scale uranium extraction was deemed financially unfeasible. Nevertheless, Damascus signed a tripartite contract with the IAEA and an unknown entity in 1996 to ameliorate the recovery of uranium from triple superphosphate .

In January 2005, Israeli Mossad Chief Meir Dagan noted that “there must always be an intelligence effort to check the recent information on the start of nuclear programs in Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.”

Missiles:

Arsenal

The current Syrian missile arsenal includes hundreds of liquid-fueled Scud-type missiles, as well as solid-fueled SS-21 and FROG missiles. Syria has also begun indigenous production of Scud-type missiles, but is still dependent on foreign assistance for the production of solid-propellant and liquid-propellant rocket motors.

Missile Development

Syria continues to work toward achieving a solid-propellant rocket motor development and production capability. Syria is also developing a liquid-propellant missile program with Russian and North Korean aid. In addition, Syria has attempted to assemble liquid-fueled Scud C missiles, and is developing longer-range missile programs such as the Scud D as well as other variants, also with assistance from Moscow and Pyongyang. Media reports indicate that Syria has discussed procurement of the No-Dong intermediate-range missile with North Korea.

SSRC & Procurement

Damascus has established an intricate network of agencies, headed by the Ministry of National Defense and coordinated via its Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), to advance its missile program. In addition, the Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology (HIAST) has been linked by Japan and the UK to Syrian missile, chemical and biological weapons programs. It should be noted that HISAT participates in scientific cooperation and exchanges with the European Community, United Nations organizations, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as British, Canadian, and German universities.

Iskander-E missile

In January 2005, media reports indicated that Syria was attempting to negotiate the purchase of Russia’s Iskander-E missile (range of 280 km and a 480 kg-payload). Negotiations were ultimately unsuccessful; however, the Iskander-E would have provided Syria with an accurate projectile.

Syrian Scud Test Flight

In May 2005, Israeli officials reported a Syrian test launch of one Scud-B and two Scud-D missiles, the latter capable of a 435 mile range. One of the missiles apparently disintegrated over Turkish territory. According to Israeli officials, the missiles utilized North Korean technology and were designed to deliver air-burst chemical weapons.

Other Methods of Delivery

Syria maintains 10 squadrons of fighter-ground attack aircraft (Su-24, Su-22 and MiG-23 BN), 16 squadrons of fighter aircraft (MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-25 and MiG-29A, and Su-27).

Chemical & Biological Weapons:

Syria currently possesses a stockpile of 100- 200 Scud missiles fitted with sarin warheads. A number of these missiles may be fitted with V-agent warheads. In addition, Syria is believed to have stockpiled several hundred tons of sarin and mustard agents loaded onto artillery shells and air-dropped munitions.

In December 2001, the U.S. National Intelligence Council reported that Syria “has developed CW warheads for its Scuds and has an offensive BW program.” During an interview published in 2004, Syrian President Bashar Assad admitted that Damascus had developed chemical and biological weapons as a last resort defense against Israel.

Conclusion:

The regime of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus lies between Iraq and a very hard place – nuclear-armed Israel. From the recent renewed forward deployment of Russian naval power once again being based at the Syrian port of Tartus, to multiple political assassinations in Lebanon linked to Syria, to the July 2007 explosion of a VX chemical warhead mounted on a ballistic missile at a secret weapons plant near Aleppo, to the highly secretive September 2007 Israeli ground/air assault on what was identified as an under-construction North Korean nuclear weapons facility in northern Syria, to the intermittent threats of war over the Golan Heights, to the assassination of master terrorist Imad Fayez Mughniyeh in Damascus (directly under the noses of Syrian al-Mukhabarat) last February, and the promised retaliatory strike, to the most recent reports concerning the status of Syrian military intelligence chief Assef Shawqat all serve to underscore that the regime in Damascus has many forces tearing at it from multiple axes.

The potential threat of the Syrian regime to lash out against Israel, in concert with the aforementioned terrorist proxies and consistent with the agenda of its Iranian ally, cannot be understated nor underestimated. A massive Syrian preemptive missile-borne chemical warfare assault against Israel is the most significant near-term impetus for a regional war. This would clearly be a war of unimaginable consequences. Such a scenario was the apparent driving force behind the probability versus risk assessment which subsequently determined the urgency for the Israeli government to complete the recent “Turning Point 2” exercise.

Link to this assessment in .pdf

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America: For Sale to The Highest Bidder…Islam

By Randy Taylor, Independent Analyst

12 April 2008: It’s all around us yet we fail to see it and those of us that do see it don’t really know what to do about it. I know hundreds of people that see it for what it is, know the evil behind it yet don’t know how to go about fighting this demonic plague thrust upon us.

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