Monday, December 6, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
'He also highlighted that the administration's approach to anti-terror legalities is riddled with absurd inconsistencies.
On the one hand, Judge Lewis Kaplan, who presided at Ghailani's trial, barred prosecutors from presenting a key witness - the man who sold Ghailani explosives - on the ground that the government discovered who the witness was when the CIA subjected Ghailani to rough questioning.
On the other hand, Kaplan expressed the view that the U.S. could legally hold Ghailani without a criminal conviction as an enemy combatant.
Even more schizoid, President Obama has properly marked for death radical Islamist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki and has ordered unmanned drones to rain down hellfire on Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in Pakistan.
They get no warning, much less an opportunity to have a lawyer challenge the evidence against them. But the administration stands ready to provide the full suite of constitutional and procedural protections to KSM, the man who orchestrated the act of war that killed 3,000 people.
It adds up to an illogical and destructive mess.
Trying terrorists in civilian courts has won the U.S. nothing. It hasn't affirmed American values, it has confused them. It hasn't put America in the world's good graces, and, even if it had, the potential prices are way too high.
This is war, and war is not waged in court. Those who attack are not criminals. They are caught not by cops who gather evidence in nice little baggies, but by military personnel or CIA operatives concerned with stopping the next attack.
They are sometimes held in CIA black sites, or at Guantanamo, where they are squeezed for intelligence. They are square pegs. It is a terrible, historic mistake to try to force them into the round holes of the civilian justice system.'
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
According to PA Economics Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh, since the start of Fayyad's campaign, the PA has confiscated $1 million worth of Israeli products including foods, cosmetics and hardware from Palestinian stores.
Fayyad's measures come on top of previously enacted PA measures like imposing the death penalty on Palestinians who sell land to Jews. Less than two months ago, the PA reaffirmed that it will continue to execute any Palestinian who commits this "crime."'
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
'suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest inside a mosque in northwestern Pakistan during midday prayers on Friday, according to government officials, a strike apparently aimed at worshipers who had denied support to the Taliban.
Officials estimated the death toll at around 50. "At least 70 people are injured," said Shahid Ullah, a district official. "Many are in a critical condition."
Pakistani news media reported that the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. '
Apparently religiously motivated Muslims have no qualms with killing people in a mosque.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
'"President Arafat instructed Hamas to carry out a number of military operations in the heart of the Jewish state after he felt that his negotiations with the Israeli government then had failed," Zahar told students and lecturers at the Islamic University in Gaza City.
Zahar did not say when and how Arafat instructed Hamas back then to launch the "military operations" – most of which were suicide bombings targeting Israeli civilians.
However, it is believed that Arafat issued the order to Hamas following the failure of the Camp David summit in 2000.
This was the first time that a senior Hamas official disclosed that some of the suicide bombings in Israel during the second intifada, which erupted 10 years ago, were ordered by Arafat.
Until now it was widely believed that Arafat had ordered his Fatah militiamen to carry out terror attacks on Israel.'
Friday, September 24, 2010
'What happens when an Australian(!) Muslim cleric calls for the beheading of a Dutch politician?
What happens when an American pastor no one ever heard of threatens to burn a Koran?
It ignites an international outcry. ''
Thursday, September 23, 2010
'Aafia Siddiqui (born March 2, 1972, in Karachi, Pakistan) is an American-educated Pakistani cognitive neuroscientist who has been convicted after a jury trial in a U.S. federal court, of assault with intent to murder her U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan. The charges carried a maximum sentence of life in prison. and on September 23, 2010, she was sentenced to 86 years in prison.
A devout Muslim who had engaged in Islamic charity work and proselytizing in the U.S., Siddiqui moved back to Pakistan in 2002. She disappeared with her three young children in March 2003, shortly after the arrest of her second husband's uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. (Mohammed is the alleged chief planner of the September 11 attacks.) Siddiqui was added to the FBI Seeking Information – War on Terrorism list in 2003, which stated that although the Bureau had no specific information connecting Siddiqui to terrorism, it wanted to locate and question her. In May 2004, however, the FBI named Siddiqui as one of seven FBI Most Wanted Terrorists. Her whereabouts remained unknown for more than five years. In July 2008, she was arrested in Afghanistan outside the compound of the governor of Ghazni Province, on suspicion of being a suicide bomber. The Afghan police said she was carrying in her handbag handwritten notes on how to make C-4 explosives, gunpowder, deadly viruses, and machines to shoot down U.S. drones. She was also said to be carrying two pounds of deadly poison, a computer thumb drive, and descriptions of New York City landmarks, including the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty.
Siddiqui was shot and severely wounded at the police compound the day after her arrest after she allegedly grabbed the unattended rifle of one of her American interrogators and began shooting at them.['
'In his speech to the annual General Assembly, Ahmadinejad said it was mostly U.S. government officials who believed a terrorist group was behind the suicide hijacking attacks that brought down New York's World Trade Center and hit the Pentagon.
Another theory, he said, was "that some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy, and its grips on the Middle East, in order to save the Zionist regime."
"The majority of the American people as well as most nations and politicians around the world agree with this view," Ahmadinejad told the 192-nation assembly.
The U.S. and several European delegations left shortly after Ahmadinejad made the remarks.'
Friday, September 17, 2010
Date: September 16, 2010 12:41:22 PM MDT
Subject: Cartoonist in hiding
'An American cartoonist whose satirical work inspired the controversial "Everybody Draw Mohammed Page" on Facebook has gone into hiding, the newspaper which published her comics said Wednesday.
Molly Norris, of Seattle, Washington, has moved and changed her name following a call for her assassination by US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, The Seattle Weekly said.
"You may have noticed that Molly Norris' comic is not in the paper this week," the newspaper said. "That's because there is no more Molly."
"The gifted artist is alive and well, thankfully. But on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, 'going ghost': moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity.
"She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program -- except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab," the newspaper said.
Norris drew a cartoon in April to protest the decision by the US television channel Comedy Central to cancel an episode of the popular show "South Park" over its depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in a bear suit
In her cartoon, Norris satirically proposed May 20 as an "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."…
In July, an English-language Al-Qaeda magazine, "Inspire," in an article attributed to Awlaki, the radical Yemeni cleric, said Norris "should be taken as a prime target of assassination."'
Instead of just putting her in hiding, they should have found a look-alike and setup a sting to catch anyone threatening her life.
Au Contraire... The perception of the West is that Islam is not a legitimate religion. Religion is a part of Islam, but the perception is that Islam is a violent political movement hiding under the guise of religion. In this regard it is equivalent to Nazism, including its desire to kill all the Jews. Most people in the west see Islam as a dysfunctional religion because it advocates violence as a means of achieving a political end instead of learning to live in peace. The violent history of Islam supports this perception very well.
Muslims have done nothing to change this perception. There was no widespread condemnation of the mass murder that happened on 9-11. Instead Muslims around the world were cheering and dancing in the streets. We don't see Islamic leaders calling for peace and tolerance and disavowing violence. Instead we see them offering support and sympathy for terrorist organizations.
If the Muslims got their heartfelt wish, and converted the entire world to Islam, then the various factions of the "religion of peace" would still be at war with each other. I could be wrong, but it seems to be in the nature of Islam to take up arms against people they disagree with.
"Are there Muslims who cite verse 9:5 and others similar to it as justification of their acts of murder and terror? Are there Muslims who think killing innocent Westerners is "self-defense" and therefore sanctioned by Islam? Yes, yes, and yes. Does that mean that what they do is Islamic? NO! NO! NO! NO!
These Muslims defame Islam, defy both the letter and spirit of its law, and are an ugly aberration of the true way of the faith. Their sins - and horrific sins they are - can never be confused for the doctrines of Islam. Islam does not call for the murder of "infidels."
Now, I am frequently confronted by people who tell me, "But, Imam so-and-so says all non-Muslims are to be killed..." or "Shaykh such-and-such says that you must hate all non-Muslims..." or "Maulana whatchamacallhim said that jihad is 'holy war' against the infidel..."
Frankly, I could care less about what Imam so-and-so, or Shaykh such-and-such, or Maulana whatchamacallhim says. Their words are meaningless to me. I know what God says: I am not supposed to "kill all the infidels." It just can not be any clearer than that"
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Subject: Hezbollah in Mexico
This would be very bad…