October 31, 2007
While filming this car commercial, the crew accidentally caught ghosts on film. You can see ghosts drifting through the lower right part of the screen after the car goes behind the trees.
Westboro Nuts Out 12 Million. Updated
Via Baltimore Sun: The brokenhearted father of a Marine killed in Iraq won a long-shot legal fight today after a federal jury in Baltimore awarded him nearly $11 million in a verdict against members of a Kansas church who hoisted anti-gay placards at his son's Westminster funeral.
The jury's announcement 24 hours after deliberations first began was met with tears and hugs from the family and supporters of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, whose March 2006 funeral was protested by members of the Westboro Baptist Church with signs including "Thank God for dead soldiers."
Snyder's father, Albert, won on every count of his complaint, as well as $2.9 million for compensatory damages and $8 million for punitive damages.
Update II: Of course Phelps has threatened and appeal. Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder's father Al has a website here. They are accepting donations to help with legal expenses from the expected appeal.
Video update by Bluto below the fold:
Video of Phelps being interviewed (voice only - dammit, I wanted to see the veins popping out in his punkin head). For a minute it almost seems like Westboro Hate Cult Founder and Chief Steaming Assnugget is going to stroke out, but no such luck. Apparently, God wants to humiliate him a little more before sending him home to Lucifer.
Thanks to Jay at Stop the ACLU.
Zionist Whores Deployed Against Palestinan Rock Brigades
Genius! Sheer Genius!
Via Israel National News: he Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida carried a story this week about IDF tactics that surpassed all previous accusations of supposed Israeli deviousness - poisoned candies, hormone-laced gum, poisoned wells, magnetized belts - in its bizarreness.Scary! It's like the Crane Kick. When done properly, is no defense.
According to an Al-Hayat Al-Jadida front page report, the IDF has turned to using armed, female strippers in its war on upstanding Palestinian boys. The newspaper reports that when the Arab rock-throwing begins, IDF soldiers run for cover. Then, the story continues, after some time of hiding, an Israeli woman stands up on top of a barricade and begins to perform an alluring strip tease. Innocent Arab teenage boys, distracted from the business of rioting, are enticed to approach, when, according to the newspaper, the woman ? an IDF soldier ? shoots them with a pistol she had hidden in her underwear.
Also see Hot Air(video).
Hat Tip: Israellycool.
(Zionist Whore is our pet name for Jawa co-blogger and Yemen expert Jane. The Yemeni government gave it (the name silly) to her and it just kind of stuck)
Fred : Drivers Licenses for Illegals are "a Recipe for Voter Fraud"
Posted at Fred File:
While Hillary Clinton was speaking out both sides of her mouth at last night’s debate over the issue of drivers licenses for illegal aliens, what went unsaid is that this is a recipe for increased voter fraud. Under the federal “Motor Voter” law (the National Voter Registration Act of 1993), states must provide applicants for drivers licenses with the opportunity to register to vote.Read the rest of Fred's commentary on the subject here.
Giving legal drivers licenses to illegal immigrants is wrong and would provide them the opportunity to register to vote in our country. People who are not citizens of the United States should not be encouraged by pandering politicians to further break our laws and risk the health of our political system.
Video: Darth Vader Imperial Theme Played for Saudi King
It's funny because it's appropriate.
Thanks to WTR who found it at The Corner.
I'll have to leave it at this today. No more posts from me. I'm going trick-or-treating with the kids.
Has al Qaeda's Internet Jihad Already Begun?
I'm hearing that Free Republic is currently under a denial of service attack of some sort. Some pages seem to be up and running but others are returning 502 proxy server messages. I predicted yesterday that they might be one of the targets of al Qaeda's internet jihad.
Has al Qaeda's cyber jihad already begun?
UPDATE: Leapofaith & jveritas say that something was going on over at Free Republic earlier, but it's over now.
Just a reminder that if The Jawa Report does go down in the coming weeks that we have a backup site here.
50 Taliban Meet Allah, 50 More Gimpy
Kill them all, let Allah sort them out. CTV:
Coalition soldiers, including Afghan and Canadian troops, have been fighting an intensive battle with Taliban fighters just north of Kandahar city.The Taliban, for their part, report no deaths and the NY Times version of the story (which is hours older than the one above) says:
The three-day battle has left 50 Taliban dead and another 50 wounded, military officials said Wednesday.
Wing Commander Antony McCord, a NATO spokesman, told reporters at a briefing in Kandahar city that the Arghandab district was "completely under our control."
Reports of casualties could not be immediately confirmed. The provincial police chief said 20 Taliban had been killed; the Taliban said they killed two foreign and three Afghan soldiers. Each side denied the other’s claims.I just love the equivocation. H/T: GM
Time: The Surge is So Succesful .... that it Will Inevitably Fail
Nuance at Time:
But the bloodshed showed how the success of the surge of U.S. forces in Baghdad and Anbar Province nine months on has perhaps gone as far as it can toward controlling Iraq's violence....Wow, just wow. H/T: Matt
The prognosis for Iraq, barring a dynamic transformation on the part of the Iraqi government very soon, is grimly apparent. As U.S. forces lessen their presence in the coming months, killings of the kind seen Monday in Diyala will persist there and most likely spread to areas calmed by the increase of U.S. forces. Rising Shi'ite militia unrest in southern Iraq will go on unchecked, leaving the fate of Iraq's richest and most populous territory uncertain. Recently subdued Anbar Province will operate as a kind of Sunni semi-independent emirate, barring any meaningful administration from a central government, much as the northern Kurdish territory already does. And Baghdad will be on edge, watching for signs that the relative calm in the city may be giving way to another wave of violence.
UPDATE: The Time piece used the widely reported story of 20 Iraqis being decapitated to illustrate the larger point that things are still not going well in Iraq. The problem? There's no evidence that the story is true.
The Zen of the Washington Post
Zen question: If the Patreaus strategy in Iraq is leading to far fewer U.S. and Iraqi civilian casualties, but nobody bothered to report it on the front page, did it actually happen?
Don Surber notices the patriots over at the Washington Post boldly declaring that casualties are down.....on page 14. Ballsy.
And just so this doesn't get lost down the memory hole, Ace notes that page 14 is exactly where the Washington Post buried the story earlier this month, justifying, rightly, the page 14 placement because there was no evidence it was a trend.
But now that there's independent confirmation that it's a trend? Still on page 14. Megaballsy.
Which isn't much better than the national print edition of the NY Times which I'm holding in my hands. It has the story--kinda sorta---on page 11. But the story actually downplays the reduction of violence and puts it in a context which makes it seem as if the surge was failing. Sure, coalition casualties are down, but:
Attacks against Iraqi forces and civilians have declined less than attacks against coalition forcesNuance.
21 Terrorists Convicted in Madrid Train Bombing
The alleged mastermind of the plot, Egyptian Rabei Osman, who bragged about thinking up the massacre, was acquitted, but 21 of the 28 defendants were convicted in the March 11, 2004 attack that left 191 people dead and more 1800 wounded. The bombing, which occurred the weekend before Spain's national elections, also convinced a majority of Spanish voters to reject the pro-American government of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and to vote in a Socialist government which withdrew Spain's troops from Iraq.
MADRID, Spain - An Egyptian who allegedly bragged that he masterminded the 2004 Madrid terror bombings that killed 191 people was acquitted of all charges along with six other lesser suspects Wednesday.
Rabei Osman, an Egyptian accused of helping orchestrate the attacks, had allegedly bragged in a wiretapped phone conversation that the massacre was his idea. But his defense attorneys argued successfully that the tapes were mistranslated.
Three other lead defendants were convicted of murder by the Spanish court, culminating a divisive trial over Europe’s worst Islamic militant attack, which also wounded more than 1,800.
Four other top suspects — Youssef Belhadj, Hassan el Haski, Abdulmajid Bouchar and Rafa Zouhier — were acquitted of murder but convicted of lesser charges including belonging to a terrorist organization. They received sentences of between 10 and 18 years.
Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez read out the verdicts into the March 11 attacks in a hushed courtroom, with heavy security, including bomb-sniffing dogs and police helicopters, outside.
The three lead suspects convicted of murder and attempted murder each received sentences ranging from 34,000 to 43,000 years in prison, although under Spanish law the most time they can spend in jail is 40 years. Spain has no death penalty or life imprisonment.
'Ally' in War on Terror Has Truce With al Qaeda
The Jawa Report's Jane Novak in the Weekly Standard's daily edition. Let me just make a quick comment about Jane Novak for those readers who aren't in the know. She is widely considered a leading expert in all things Yemen. So much so that she is widely known in Yemen, especially in dissident circles opposed to the dictatorial rule of President Saleh.
Yemen is an important and often overlooked country in the war on terror. It sits strategically between the hotbeds of al Qaeda activity in the Horn of Africa and the oil rich Gulf states. Some even speculate that Osama bin Laden, if alive, may be holed out in Southern Yemen. I don't share that view, but that's how important the country is. It would be wise to pay attention to what's going on there.
Yemen claims to be an ally in the war on terror, but as you read the article you'll quickly realize that this is lip service only. As Jane notes, all but one of the USS Cole terrorists who remain in Yemen are out of jail. The one remaining 'prisoner' served only three years and is now under 'house arrest'.
Yemeni President Saleh says openly that he has a truce with al Qaeda. However, it's more than a truce; it's a mutual support pact. That pact is long standing, mutually beneficial, and responsible for much of the carnage around the world, including the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.Oh, it gets worse. Read the rest.
The first al Qaeda attack was a 1992 hotel bombing in Aden, Yemen. The bombing targeted US troops heading for Somalia. The Yemeni regime's relationship with al Qaeda was already well established by that point.
Presidential half brother General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar recruited fighters for bin Laden in the 1980's and set up training camps in Yemen. After the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan, the Yemeni regime welcomed thousands of both Yemeni and non-Yemeni "Afghan Arabs" back to Yemen.
Yemeni President Saleh uses these al Qaeda operatives as a domestic paramilitary. The Afghan Arabs fought for Saleh in Yemen's 1994 civil war. The war was framed as a jihad against Southern socialist "infidels." Some of these bin Laden loyalists who fought for Saleh in 1994 are now high ranking members of the Yemeni military and security forces, governors, ambassadors and other appointed officials. Consequently, covert administrative support for al Qaeda is substantial in total, varied in nature, and appears on multiple levels.
Through the 1990's, Osama bin Laden and Aiman Zawaheri regularly visited Yemen, meeting religious leaders and other prominent persons. Bin Laden delivered sermons in Yemeni mosques and purportedly held a six hour meeting with al-Ahmar in Sana'a airport in 1996.
In 1999, bin Laden bargained for the release of al Qaeda operative Tawfiq (Khallad) bin Attash who was arrested in Yemen. The Yemeni regime released Attash and promised not to confront al Qaeda. In exchange, bin Laden pledged not to attack Yemen. These terms mirror the current agreement which led to the release of al-Badawi. American aid, pressure, military training, and other coaxing have done little to alter the fundamental relationship between Saleh and al Qaeda.
Yemeni Prisoner Slaughtered Like a Goat
This kind of anarchy results from the fact that the entire leadership structure of Yemen's security forces and military is in the hands of the president's relatives who operate with impunity, and so do their associates, and their associates' associates. And so it goes until things deteriorate to the point that a college security guard can walk into a police station, shoot a prisoner in the head, and then go dancing home to destroy the dead guy's house and threaten his kid. From the Yemen Times :
Salal al-Rawee was slaughtered like a goat at the hands of savage tribesmen at the criminal investigation office in Ibb Oct. 13. The irony is that the perpetrators are the head of the criminal investigation office at Thamar governorate, the security officer of Thamar University and a professor at the same university accompanied with a group of armed tribesmen. Exploiting their security positions, they managed to go through with their guns all security checkpoints stationed along the way from Thamar to Ibb governorate. They went into the criminal investigations office and asked for the defendant Salah al-Rawee. They camouflaged the security men at the office and when Salah was brought from his cell, they stabbed him with their Jambias or daggers and then shot him dead. Some managed to escape and go back dancing after this great victory, while others were arrested. Not only this, the tribesmen descending from al-Hadda in Thamar invaded the city of Ibb again and destroyed the small house of al-Rawee and continued threatening to kidnap his son. They also protested to demand the release of the murderers.
October 30, 2007
Video: Hot American Military Women in Iraq
I think the title says it all: hot women in the military in Iraq. Sorry IDF. Your female soldiers are hot. But American girls in uniform are hotter*. Even hotter out of uniform.
Enjoy, and be sure to send this to all your Islamist friends. It'll do them good. Like medicine. Now if we could only get some footage of our girls killing some muj. Now that would be some war porn indeed.
*So, not all these chicks are conventionally hot. I give them 5 bonus points for toting a weapon in Iraq. What can I say, chicks with automatic weapons pointed at jihadis makes me hot.
Further Adventures With Glenn Greenwald
I thought it would be nice to clear the air, and give Glenn a chance to deny any role in the creation of the alleged Boylan email:
From: The Dread Pundit Bluto To: Glenn Greenwald Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 12:52 PMGlen's response was, while definitely not unsolicited, perhaps a tad bizarre:
All fun and kidding aside (and this has been fun, at least for me), do you, for the record, categorically deny creating, causing to be created, or encouraging the creation of the alleged Boylan email?
If you do deny it, do you have any knowledge or evidence that would point to its creation by a third party, or any hitherto undisclosed direct, non-conjectural evidence that Colonel Boylan himself created the email?
Et maintenant, au revoir,
The Dread Pundit Bluto
The Jawa Report
Stop the ACLU
From: firstname.lastname@example.orgMaybe I shouldn't have used French; Glenn may be a little touchy on the subject:
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 13:56:06 -0300
I had nothing to do with writing that email, including writing, sending it, encouraging its creation or anyone else. And I have no knowledge of anyone who did, if Col. Boylan didn't.
If you don't believe me, I have a good idea - either you, or any of your genius comrades, can bet me $5,000 (or any other higher amount) that the email is on my laptop, in orginal form, sent with all of the header information that I published.
It's easy to make accusations, or cast innuendo (or cheerlead for wars) when there are no consequences to the person.
From: The Dread Pundit BlutoAnd that elicited:
To: Glenn Greenwald
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 1:23 PM
I regret that you took my inquiry as an accusation, but it seemed to me that, on this point at least, it was best to have an unequivocal denial. I haven't seen a shred of evidence or conjecture indicating that the email made a pitstop in Brazil, and don't really understand the purpose of your offered bet.
One thing should be made clear to you. I will not "cheerlead" a war for its own sake, but I will unashamedly "cheerlead" for those who put themselves in harm's way. I will also condemn those who willfully endanger our military members through leaking and publishing classified materials (I'm thinking specifically of the NYT, here, and their jihadi-friendly body armor diagrams).
If that upsets you, or seems gauche, too bad, deal with it.
The Dread Pundit Bluto
The Jawa Report
Stop the ACLU
From: Glenn Greenwald (email@example.com)I'll take Glen at his word that he doesn't know anyone like these assholes.
Sent: Tue 10/30/07 12:28 PM
To: The Dread Pundit Bluto (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All right. Fair enough. You didn't accuse me, though either you or someone at one of those blogs with which you're affiliated linked to a blogger yesterday who did.
You don't have a monopoly on supporting the troops. I know a lot of people who vigorously oppose the war in Iraq and not a single one of them direct any of their anger about the war or opposition to it at the soliders, including me. Even soliders who fight in unjust wars are typically honorable and brave.
Previous email exchange with Glenn.
NYT Finally Asks: Are Kids Getting Too Much Praise?
The "Me" generation takes a look at the monster they spent decades creating - self esteem and feeeeelings at the expense of learning and achievement.
They're only now noticing? We're all lost.
The notion that you can praise a kid too much is heresy to parents and teachers who have long believed that building self-esteem should be the cornerstone of education. If kids believe in themselves, the thinking goes, achievement will naturally follow. But confidence doesn’t always produce better students. Scholastic cites a 2006 report on education from the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center that found that countries in which families and schools emphasize self-esteem for students lag behind cultures where self-esteem isn’t a major focus.
The downside of too much praise is that kids may start to focus on the reward rather than what they are learning. Worse, failure can be devastating and confusing for a student whose confidence is based on an inflated ego, rather than his or her actual abilities, the magazine notes. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t praise our kids or that teachers shouldn’t try to engender self-confidence. But self-esteem should be the result of good grades and achievement, not false accomplishments.
KooKucinich Questions BOOSH's Mental Health
A Russian Jihadi in Afghanistan
I just picked up today's print edition of the New York Times to see this pic. Looks like Johnny Jihad's long-lost Russian cousin:
Andre Vladimirovich Bataloff, a 27-year-old Siberian, was arrested in Afghanistan in a truck carrying 1,000 pounds of explosives.
It kind of makes you wonder why the Russians are so dead set on fighting tooth and nail to let the Khomeinist Islamists get their hands on an atomic weapon?
As I've maintained over and over on these pages, Russia is a natural ally in our war against political Islam. Jihadis like Bataloff, shown above, may fight today in Afghanistan, but someday they'll be back in Russia. And their targets won't be Americans. You'd think Beslan would have taught that lesson to them?
A grand strategy of countering American power may be good domestic politics today, but it is Russia--not the U.S.--that is internally racked with Islamist extremism and surrounded by states teetering on collapse and which may wind up in the Islamist camp.
The online edition of the NY Times article is here. Here's a taste:
Mr. Bataloff, the Russian arrested in a burqa, insists he is a religious student who traveled to Pakistan last year to learn more about his new faith. In an hourlong interview in an Afghan jail in Kabul, he said his interest in Islam blossomed three years ago when he was living in Siberia.There's also a video interview with foreign jihadists.
Again, the two men profiled are from Russia and from Kazakhstan--which borders Russia. I'd say Russia's conflict with Islamist extremists runs much deeper than our own. Russia would be wise to remember that.
Horowitz: What I Said
Great piece by David Horowitz on the success of IAW.
On the "tolerance" practiced by the leftwing on our esteemed centers of "higher learning and their ridiculous tactics to shut down speech they're uncomfortalbe hearing:"
We use the term “Italian Fascism” without assuming that all Italians are fascists. Hitler did not even win a majority of the vote in Germany, yet we use the phrase “German Fascism” without implying that all people of German descent are fascists. People like Alan Colmes will throw around the term “white racism” pretty casually. Everyone in this room has either used the phrase “white racism” or read it without objection. Do you mean to call every white person a racist when you use that term? That would make Alan Colmes a racist. Yet that’s precisely what the opponents of Islamo-Fascism week seem to be claiming.
The hateful attacks on this week are, in fact quite stupid, when you think about what they are claiming. If I intended to come on a college platform and say hateful things about all Muslims, I would be hooted off the stage. No campus organization would invite me to say such things and if I did say them I would never be invited by any campus organization again. Since no one on a college campus is prepared to hear hate speech, why bother to protest it in advance. It’s self-discrediting. Yet we live in such Orwellian times that no one laughs when the left makes these preposterous claims.
So, on the one hand, the hate campaign against us is a very stupid campaign, although it is also malicious. On the other, it is quite sinister. When you are called a racist from one end of the country to another, when you are identified as somebody who is preaching hate against a religious or ethnic or racial group, someone is going to believe those charges. The effect, in other words, is to put a target on your back. Which is why there is so much security present tonight.
Furthering the Agenda, Part MMMCCLXVII
James Taranto busts two paragons of the journalistic community for their utter dishonesty.
The New York Times reports:
The Department of Defense has identified 3,825 American service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans on Tuesday:The San Francisco Chronicle reports
CAMACHO, Anamarie Sannicolas, 20, Seaman, Navy; Panama City, Fla.; Naval Support Activity.
GRESHAM, Genesia Mattril, 19, Seaman, Navy; Lithonia, Ga.; Naval Support Activity.
As of Tuesday, at least 3,836 members of the U.S. military had died in Iraq since the beginning of the war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The latest deaths reported by the military:The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle do not mention this report, from the Gulf Daily News:
Camacho, Anamarie, S., 20, Navy Seaman, Panama City, Fla.
Gresham, Genesia, M., 19, Navy Seaman, Lithonia, Ga.
Anamarie Sannicolas Camacho, 20, and her colleague Genesia Mattril Gresham, 19, were shot dead at the Naval Support Activity Base, Juffair, at around 5am on October 22.
Their alleged killer, fellow serviceman Clarence Jackson, 20, is still clinging to life after apparently shooting himself in the head immediately after the murders.
Al Qaeda Declares Internet Jihad
Al Qaeda's online community is threatening all out cyber war against counter jihadis.
Bring. It. On. Bitches. DEBKA:
In a special Internet announcement in Arabic, picked up DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources, Osama bin Laden’s followers announced Monday, Oct. 29, the launching of Electronic Jihad. On Sunday, Nov. 11, al Qaeda’s electronic experts will start attacking Western, Jewish, Israeli, Muslim apostate and Shiite Web sites. On Day One, they will test their skills against 15 targeted sites expand the operation from day to day thereafter until hundreds of thousands of Islamist hackers are in action against untold numbers of anti-Muslim sites....I got news for al Qaeda: There are no Western intelligence agencies systematically shutting your websites down. That's just not what the intelligence community does.
Our sources say the instructions come in simple language and are organized in sections according to target. They offer would-be martyrs, who for one reason or another are unable to fight in the field, to fulfill their jihad obligations on the Net. These virtual martyrs are assured of the same thrill and sense of elation as a jihadi on the “battlefield.”
In effect, say DEBKAfile’s counter-terror experts, al Qaeda is retaliating against Western intelligence agencies’ tactics, which detect new terrorist sites and zap them as soon as they appear.
Just a handful of people. With no particular set of skills. It's not so much that we are particularly good at what we do, it's just that you guys suck like there's no tomorrow. Let's face it online jihadis, you are pathetic weak pieces of shit. If you had any real balls you would go out and do actual jihad. Instead you sit in momma's basement editing films.
You are cowards. You are pathetic. You are fools. You are nothing.
If we wanted to, we would take down all your websites. We choose not to. Keep that in mind. A little bit of paranoia would do you well.
We. Are. Watching. You......BITCHES!
Coalition Forces Free Hostage from al Qaeda
BAQUBAH, Iraq – A 19 year-old man was rescued from an al Qaeda-in-Iraq prison in the village of al Hammadi, 10 miles southwest of Baqubah, by 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, during an air assault Oct. 28.
The rescued hostage was found tied to a ceiling with his arms raised behind his back, which caused injuries to both arms. The man was treated at Forward Operating Base Warhorse for dehydration, joint injuries, bruises and abrasions.
The man was kidnapped on Oct. 25 in Baqubah “at a shop by five men in a car, because of my brother who is in the Iraqi Army,” he said, “they wanted information and for my brother and me to work for al Qaeda.”
Nonetheless, the young man did not give al Qaeda in Iraq the information or his allegiance. He said he was slated to stand trial held by an al Qaeda leader for refusing to help al Qaeda, for which the punishment is death.
“They beat me with cables while holding a gun to my head, but I would not work for them because I would not betray my brother,” he stated, “these are very bad guys, they do bad things, I would never support them.”
“This is an example of al Qaeda attempting to force their own goals and agenda on the Iraqi people,” said Lt. Col. Marshall Dougherty, 2-1 Cav. Regt. commander, “They have rejected al Qaeda and all that they represent outright, even under the kind of extreme torture and certain death that this brave young man was facing.”
Sandcrawler PSA: Smoke Em if Ya Got Em
Hat Tip: Instapundit.
Two Americans Found Dead in Hong Kong Hotel
(Hong Kong) Business travelers to Hong Kong need to be aware of an infrequent but possibly deadly danger associated with the city's night life. Heh.
Two American businessmen, Richard Victor, 51, and Paul Cherry, 45, were found dead with foam at their mouths by hotel staff in a room at the luxury $600-per-day Grand Hyatt Hotel on Friday.
The English-language Sunday Morning Post cited a police source as saying the investigation was looking at the possibility the two were drugged, possibly using flunitrazepam, better-known by the brand name Rohypnol.A 20-year-old Filipino woman and alleged hooker, Michelle Balinigit Callejas (pic), was arrested as a suspect.
Yesterday, Callejas appeared in Eastern Magistrates' Court before Principal Magistrate Garry Tallentire and was charged with breaching her conditions of stay. Apparently, Callejas was only approved to stay through October 26th. She was remanded in custody until November 19th pending further police investigations.
The Filipino woman, who had overstayed her visa, was arrested eight hours after the discovery of the men's bodies after police studied closed circuit television footage from the hotel, the newspaper said.There were no obvious injuries to the men or ransacking of their room and one was found slumped partially on a chair while the other man was found dead on a bed.
It was not clear if the woman was being held in connection with the killings but the newspaper said the men returned to the hotel before their deaths with one blonde woman and one Thai or Filipino woman.
It's not uncommon for Rohypnol, prostitutes and robberies to be linked in Hong Kong. Murder is less common. However, one unsolved case from 2003 where Rohypnol was a factor is the death of a senior Finnish police officer, Kari Juhani Koivuniemi.
Meanwhile, police are searching for another young Filipino woman.
Generic Youths Riot in Netherlands
For six nights running (as I write this; it may be more by the time you read it), Moroccan youth in the Slotervaart neighborhood have burned cars, busted windows, and brought mayhem to the streets. But unless you're one of those people who follow these things closely, you may not have heard about it yet: the events haven not received much play in the media outside Holland. The chaos hasn't reached the level yet of the Paris riots in 2005; perhaps it just doesn't seem important enough for foreign press to bother with.Police and officials fear if they don't tolerate the destruction of property, murders and riots, they will be labeled intolerant. After police shot a young Muslim man after he stabbed a police officer, Muslims rioted, protesting his treatment.
But it is important, in part because it comes only days after a multicultural festival in the Hague also ended in a riot, as 200 or more Moroccan youth threw stones and other objects at policemen. Why? Because the time allotted for the Moroccan band had ended and it was another ethnic group's turn to play.
And yet, the stratification is obvious: Muslim man stabs non-Muslim police officer, who shoots him in self-defense. And the outrage that follows has nothing to do with the attack on officers of the law. It's not the Dutch who take en masse to the streets, but the Muslim "brothers" of the attacker...Even more ridiculous is some of the proposed solutions.
"We need the right to come down harder on these kids," the police declare.Cut welfare payments? Gee how about jailing the criminals or deporting the whole lot?
The mayor answers, "no."
Rather, he decides, he will speak to parents in the neighborhood, beseeching them to keep their boys at home. A motion is made to cut welfare payments to the parents of kids whom cops believe are blowing cars up in the street. The rioters themselves go free.
Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
More Terrorist Foilage
The National Security Ministry in Azerbaijan announced that it had discovered and prevented a large-scale terrorist attack that was targeting the government structures and diplomatic missions in the capital Baku. The plotters were the members of an Islamic group of which one was killed and several other were arrested outside the Azerbaijan’s capital.Heh, al-Qaeda = Failure.
The terrorists attempt to attack the government buildings determined the British Embassy in Baku to close its operation with the public until things clam down.
The United States embassy also reduced its operations after finding out about the terrorist threat and announced US citizens it had closed its consular office for an indefinite period. The embassy announcement also encouraged Americans to "maintain a high level of vigilance."
In accordance with the statement released by the National Security Ministry, the radical Islamic group was planning to use the ammunition stolen by a one of its members who’s an army lieutenant. He had stolen 20 hand grenades, a machine gun, four assault rifles and ammunition from his military unit in order to supply the group for the planned attack.
Iran to Execute Another Homosexual
The Iranians claim he raped a young teenage boy. If that's true then I wouldn't shed too many tears. But these are the Iranians. And the "witnesses to the crime" have recanted their testimony.
On top of that, it seems that Makwan Moloudzadeh--the boy facing the death sentence--was also 13 years old at the time the alleged crime took place.
Almost Nothing Left of al-Qaeda's al-Furqan Media Arm
Great news confirming that al-Qaeda in Iraq's media wing wings have been clipped!
Via Defense Link: WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2007 – Coalition and Iraqi security forces continue to make progress against al Qaeda and other criminal elements, thanks in large part to the efforts of concerned citizens throughout the country, a senior military official in Baghdad said during a briefing today. (Video)The pressure against al-furqan has been mounting since spring. The last post on their main blog by the user called Murasel is dated April 26th 2007. Since then the number and quality of the released has declined steadily.
In his first briefing since taking over as chief of Multinational Force Iraq’s communications division, Navy Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith said the recent detention of several key leaders in al Qaeda propaganda cells has proven that coalition forces are making an impact against al Qaeda in Iraq.
Smith said four senior media cell members have been detained in the last month, including the media emir of Mosul, the former head of Mosul’s media cell who had established the al Qaeda communications hub in Baghdad, a foreign terrorist from Saudi Arabia who is proficient in video editing and special effects, and a computer graphics specialist.
“Since the surge began, we’ve uncovered eight separate al Qaeda media offices and cells, have captured or killed 24 al Qaeda propaganda cell members and have discovered 23 terabytes of information,” Smith said.
The admiral said forces have learned a great deal from the detainees. “(They) have indicated that al Qaeda propaganda efforts have been degraded in recent months,” he said.
He quoted one of the detainees as saying, “There is almost nothing left of (al Qaeda in Iraq).”
It is these victories that al-Qaeda sympathizers like Inshallahshaheed and GIMF attempted to undo with their media campaign over the summer.
The last video I have from al-Furqan is dated October 8th. It appears old to me. A large truck bomb attack against ING (Iraqi National Guard) It is typical of the short low quality releases that al-Furqan has been releasing. The last high quality release from al-Furqan waws a video titled "The Missing" which claimed to show the corpse of Troy Gilbert released in September of 2007.
While our efforts to remove enemy websites have been very fruitful, obviously the killing and capture of al-Qaeda's media operatives have made a tremendous impact in the amount propaganda available to distribute. There is much more work to be done, but finally we've begun to be effective in the counter cyber-jihad.
In case you wonder what al-Furqan scumbags look like, here's two of them. I like to think the one on the right is Murasel. The name Murasel roughly translates to office boy.
UPDATE by Rusty: If you're interested in the propaganda war you simply MUST READ ROGGIO's POST!!
Al-Badawi was in Jail on Monday: US
Spiffy. But now its Tuesday. Al-Badawi surrendered, was freed, went back to jail for at least a day and now what?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it had confirmed that a man convicted over the al Qaeda bombing of the U.S. Navy ship Cole in 2000 was still in prison in Yemen despite reports of his release...."We were able to physically confirm today the presence of Jamal Badawi at a prison in Aden," said U.S. State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos. Earlier, the State Department said it did not know where Badawi was.
When the 23 al-Qaeda operatives escaped jail in February 2006, President Saleh said at the time that he personally was in phone contact with all of them. Saleh negotiated several surrenders whereby the escapees were then freed based on a security guarantee. Yemen defends this practice as a pragmatic way to deal with terrorists.
Al-Badawi surrendered on October 10. The AP reported that a Yemeni official said al-Badawi was granted his freedom after pledging loyalty to President Saleh. The official said police were told by the government to "stop all previous orders concerning measures adopted against al-Badawi." Witnesses told the AP that al-Badawi was receiving well-wishers at his home. The Interior Ministry said later that al-Badawi “is now detained by security authorities and being interrogated in accordance to the law". So the US laid eyes on him in jail. That's good, but its not the end of the problem, folks. Not by a long shot.
Update from CNN The newest spin (I think we are up to number five) is he wanted to visit him family before going back to jail. Oh. I get it now, he was just freed for a widdle while...
A Yemeni Interior Ministry official said al-Badawi was in prison Monday, and a report from the state-run news agency, SABA, quoted a security source as saying the alleged bomber remained in custody.
Additionally, an official from the U.S. Embassy in Yemen reported seeing al-Badawi in his jail cell Monday, another official with the State Department told CNN.
The Interior Ministry official said that when Al-Badawi surrendered earlier this month, he asked to meet with his family before going back to prison.
10/12/2007 The USS Cole Bombing: What We Know Today
10/16/2007 Jamal Al-Badawi Freed
10/26/2007 Money Quote of the Day
10/28/2007 Other Scary Terrorists Yemen Freed
10/28/2007 Yemen Sez al-Badawi Never Freed
10/28/2007 Yemen Spins Al-Badawi's Release
10/29/2007 Al-Badawi Never "Re-Arrested"
Related, 2/16/2006 World Press Escape in Yemen: Facts, Theories and Rumors
Cleveland Imam Throws in Towel
(Cleveland, Ohio) To replace Fawaz Damra, the former and now-deported imam of the Cleveland Islamic Center, 38-year-old Ahmed Alzaree, the former spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of Omaha, was selected and hired. But that's old news.
Fresh news is that Alzaree has resigned his new position a mere three days before he was scheduled to start.
But no sooner did the mosque announce his hiring than bloggers posted part of a 2003 "end times" sermon in which Alzaree quoted the Prophet Muhammad saying one sign of the approach of the Day of Judgment is that "the Muslims will kill the Jews." Bloggers also reported that Wagdy Ghoneim, a controversial cleric, spoke at the Omaha mosque.Therefore, the bloggers did the actual research to determine Alzaree's spiritual underpinnings and he says as much. Note that it wasn't the Cleveland mainstream media who checked out Alzaree. Nor was it the Islamic Center of Cleveland, represented by General Secretary Zahid Siddiqi and President Zuhair Hasan. On the other hand, maybe they're not irritated by "monkeys, pigs and kill the Jews" sermons.
Alzaree said last week that the sermon gave many examples of Islamic teaching on the Day of Judgment and that it was clear that Muslims in the present were required to "strive and struggle in the world doing the good." He also said the administration of the Omaha mosque invited Ghoneim to speak.
As of Thursday afternoon, Alzaree had been planning to come to Cleveland, vowing to make an extra effort to reach out to Jewish and Christian leaders.
But as Web sites such as Central Ohioans Against Terrorism and Jihad Watch continued to probe, using such terms as "two-faced jihadist," Alzaree said he and his wife concluded they could never have a good beginning in Northeast Ohio.
"I leave the field" to the bloggers, he said Monday. "I have peace now."
Interestingly, Alzaree was reportedly hired because of his reputed interfaith accomplishments. I guess, in some type of compartmentalized thinking, "kill the Jews" and interfaith peace and tolerance can occur without schizophrenia. But, I'm just guessing. Alternatively, I'd suspect mendacity.
By the way, Alzaree says he's weighing a number of other opportunities. Let's hope his new neighbors do an Internet search on his name.
Companion post at Interested-Participant.
Video : Maybe Not the Best Place to Stand...
If you've ever seen what the football players do to the big paper banner, you pretty much know where this is going from the get-go...
October 29, 2007
Daily Kos: BOOSH Ruined My Marriage!
So where does the real hate emanate from in American politics?
An entire Psych 101 class could be written about these people and the damage that they've inflicted upon themselves with BDS, but you really have to read some of these moonbat testimonials to believe them. Here's a taste:
meldroc:Get help, friend. You're one screwed up little puppy. And no - the possibility that this is just an excellent parody posted by an infiltrator hasn't escaped me.
Bush has also damaged my mental health.
After I actually took the trouble to inform myself about politics a couple years ago, and learned the true extent of the damage Bush has done to this country, I have a constant boiling rage inside me. Absolutely constant. Never ceases, though sometimes I can get it down to a simmer so I can go out in public and hang out with friends without doing something stupid. On top of the anger is a generous dose of fear and anxiety, coming directly from the Bush administration's march to fascism.
Frequently, I'm so intensely angry that I hit things. I just broke my bookshelf today because I hit it. My knuckles have decent callouses on them from hitting things, and various pieces of my property show signs of my rage. Thankfully, I've never turned violent against people since I was in high school, though I was sorely tempted to deviate the septum of a wingnut who called me a traitor and faggot to my face at the anti-war march last Saturday.
Of course, it's unhealthy to harbor this much anger, especially if I'm stuffing it down all the time so people around me don't see me acting borderline psychotic. These emotions leak out, turn into other emotions, like depression, which I've fought with since college. I've also developed a venomous hatred of Bush and his cronies and the 23-percenters that support him. Hatred's never a good emotion to hold, but there it is. I literally hate those motherf*ckers who are destroying our country.
By all rights, I should be getting help, but I'm not going to. I was soured on the psychiatry business by my experience with anti-depressants - I ended up nearly emotionless, apathetic, and lost my motivation and creative drive, and as a result, I was unemployed for three years and had to move back in with my parents. I was your classic anti-depressant zombie. They didn't like the changes to my personality either, and stopped paying for the meds. After I tapered off the anti-depressants, I got my drive back, I was able to find work as a software engineer again, move into my own apartment, and now I'm supporting myself again. On top of that, if I told a counselor about my feelings, or that I'm so afraid of my government that I literally spent several hundred dollars on a shotgun, a deadly weapon, to defend myself against my government, I'm afraid I could get thrown into the psych ward. And I value my freedom enough that I will not allow that to happen under any circumstances. So, no shrinks.
I haven't talked to my best friend and ex-roommate in weeks because of a few personal issues between us, including politics - he's Republican, and though he's no fan of Bush, he constantly mocks and belittles my politics when I talk to him. So I don't."
But given Occam's Razor, here, this kind of stuff is simply beyond parody.
Is the Glenn Rick Ellensberg Greenwald Email a Hack?
Bits Blog, who has some know-how, has some posts exploring the possibility that Greenwald and some of his most trusted confidants may be trying to send hack emails to GG for him to get all OUTRAGED over, while trying to pin it on the US Military as "the Generals attacking Glenn Greenwald."
Jules Crittenden notes Greenwald's UPDATE MCMLXVII, noting Glenn Rick Ellensburg Greenwald is full wingnut spin cycle and advanced tizzy.
So now, we're dealing with the possibilities that (strap on your tinfoil): A) Greenwald has been hoisted by a few pranksters in the military into thinking he was really getting flak from a spokesman for Gen Petraeus when he was really getting pwned by some hucksters in the military or elsewhere, B) Greenwald and perhaps a few of his closest confidants/himself sent some hacked emails to him, dressed up as military emails, so that he could play the poor widdle victim of the rightwing military hate machine (a Greenwaldian rope-a-dope-sockpuppet-passion-play), or C) some other innocuous derring-do involving hacked email headers and addys designed to make Gleeeen look like either a jackass or a victim of some totalitarian attack.
All this because he was shown to be a preening fool on the Beauchamp affair, accusing the military of covering up information, silencing Beauchamp, accusing them of leaking documents "in collusion" with teh REICHWINGBLOGCONSPIRACY, which when shown to be pattently false, damaged his oh-so-untarnished 'credibility.'
Stay tuned for the thrilling concluzzzzzzzz....zzzzzz.....zzzzz.....
So I have a thought. "Bob" in the comments, a seemingly agreeable yet disagreeable fellow, is rather passionate about defending Greenwald - "a good investigative blogger" - in this instance, to the point of posting windy, Greenwald-esque rejoinders. Read and decide if the sockpuppet king returneth:
We all have our political persuasions, Good Lt., but the point is that it’s simply improper for the top spokesman of the top General in Iraq to be playing politics like this. Whether you or Petraeus or Boylan agree with Greenwald or not, Greenwald is a responsible citizen and a good investigative blogger who was asking fair questions of Gen. Petraeus’ office about why they seemed to be showing favoritism towards conservative bloggers and reporters.And:
It’s not Greenwald himself that’s the issue. Greenwald is unlikely to have been seriously miffed by Boylan’s insults. In fact, Boylan handed Greenwald a huge gift on a silver platter by giving him this story and essentially nailing his own ass to the floor with his IP address, then looking stupid trying to deny what he had so obviously done. Even his inept denials essentially proved that he wrote the original email. Boylan totally made Greenwald’s day and proved Greenwald’s main thesis, all in one swell foop, as they say.
Aside from the insults and invective, do you mean to suggest that it’s a good thing for our military to start identifying with one particular political party, and taking sides with only those politicians/reporters/bloggers who give them good press? Is it a proper demonstration of professionalism and respect for our democratic society for high-level military officers acting in their official duties to fire off abusive messages to citizen reporters who ask them tough questions?
Our military is not the army of some backwater banana republic. If the official spokesman of our commanding General in Iraq can’t handle himself with more dignity and self-discipline than this, he should be reassigned to duties more in line with his abilities.
What all of you seem to be missing is that Greenwald's entire point was that the military command is playing politics. Boylan's disrespectful and unprofessional email to Greenwald came out of the blue, and only after earlier attempts by Greenwald to interview Gen. Petraeus that were carried out seriously and professionally on his part. Greenwald was never abusive towards Boylan.
After Boylan's email, in subsequent email exchanges, Boylan then refused to confirm if he was the real author of the disrespectful email, making bizarre claims about identity theft in Vermont. Was that a "yes" or a "no?" Boylan has still not given Greenwald or his readers a straight answer.
Whether you agree with Greenwald or not, doesn't it seem like Boylan's email was highly unprofessional and reflected badly on his boss, Gen. Petraeus? And does't it seem dishonorable for him to write an abusive email and refuse to fess up about it later?
A Plea for South African Hostages in Iraq
The families of four South Africans held hostage in Iraq are seeking help in getting the victims released. The four men were abducted at a Baghdad roadblock in December 2006. The men were in the country with a private security firm.
The victims are Andre Durant, Callie Scheepers, Johann Enslin and Hardus Greeff.
On December 21, Lourikas Durant spoke to her husband Adre. He said he was okay and that they would soon be released.
"Don't stop praying for us," he told her.
Lourika asked where he was, but the phone was dead.
Since then no one has heard anything. The kidnappers have still not made contact.
Authorities suggested that the families keep quiet about the incident, fearing that if was discussed publicly that the hostage takers would demand a higher ransom.
But while that strategy might apply to places like Peru or Nigeria, it's not the proper one for Iraq.
Public pressure can be very helpful in helping to get hostages released from Iraq. Especially when that pressure is directed towards religious leaders who hold a great deal of sway.
This is big news in South Africa now that the families are talking publicly. Unfortunately, the four weren't peace activists so the rest of the world seems to be ignoring them. The hostages, there, are called "The Baghdad Four."
We pray that they are still alive and unharmed; and demand their unconditional and immediate release.
Fred on the UN's Gun Control Agenda
Posted at The Gun Nut:
So now the UN wants to disarm civilians? Where was the UN when the massacres in Rwanda occurred? What did the UN do to protect the victims of ethnic massacres in Bosnia? Disarming civilians under the guise of international human rights law will only lead to more such genocides by ensuring that civilians can never defend themselves! It would be funny if it weren’t so perverse.Cross-posted at FredHeadsUSA.org
Bill Smacks Down Truther
Although I never voted for Bill, I kind of like him as a person. Met him once I'd even have a beer with him.
A watching that, heck, I'll even buy the first beer. After that he has to pay, because the rich have a certain responsibility to the rest of us poor drunkards.
Ali Al-Timimi, al-Qaeda and Anthrax
Ali al-Timimi will be serving life for sedition. Specifically he was recruiting for al-Qaeda from the US. Scary enough, but read the whole article. It appears al-Qaeda had infiltrated US biodefense and has supporters/agents with access to the Ames strain of anthrax and the know how to make dried concentrated forms of the spores.
Via Bloggernews.net:A colleague of famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head Charles Bailey, a prolific Ames strain researcher, has been convicted of sedition and sentenced to life in prison. He worked in a program co-sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection and had access to ATCC facilities, as well as facilities of the George Mason University Center for Biodefense. The Center for Biodefense was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Center was run by Dr. Alibek and Dr. Bailey. The bionformatics grad student once had a high security clearance for mathematical support work for the Navy. In the 1990s, Ayman Zawahiri had Ali Mohammed infiltrate the CIA and US Army, and dupe the FBI. He did it all over again with Ali Al-Timimi. If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.So the reports that the Antrax attacks were an inside job may not entirely false. The fact no one wants to admit is that al-Qaeda had managed to get inside.
I just happened across this this morning. The article is long but a couple of points that struck me were that al-Timimi had access to the area and there were complaints of lax security in the area where virulent strains were kept for patent reference purposes. Please read the entire thing carefully.
WTF? AFP Uses Military Photo for Gun Article
Check out this photo used in a story about some states stopping lawsuits from burglars against the homeowners who shot them. The image shows a guy in the military with his .50 cal M2 machine gun.
A US airman with a machine gun in Indian Springs. Burglars in the United States could once sue homeowners if they were shot, but now a growing number of states have made it legal to shoot to kill when somebody breaks into a house(AFP/Getty Images/File/Ethan Millar)
The story the photo was supposed to illustrate.
Just your ordinary average homeowner with his typical firearm.
Project Valour-IT 2007
Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, helps provide voice-controlled and adaptive laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries at major military medical centers. Operating laptops by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, our wounded heroes are able to send and receive messages from friends and loved ones, surf the 'Net, and communicate with buddies still in the field. The experience of MAJ Charles “Chuck” Ziegenfuss, a partner in the project who suffered serious hand wounds while serving in Iraq, illustrates how important these laptops can be to a wounded service member's recovery.
Every penny helps those who need it. Give what you can to this noble cause.
Good Samaritans Stop Fat Bastard Raping Woman
SALEM, Ore. -- Five Good Samaritans stopped a rape in progress in a south Salem neighborhood, according to police.The passers by also closed the fat bastard's eyes for him This will help him resist the temptation to rape girls on crutches. Good idea.
Officers said a 22-year-old woman on crutches was walking near the intersection of Liberty and Boone streets southeast just before 1 a.m. Saturday when she was attacked and assaulted by 37-year-old Paul Landingham.
According to authorities, a car with five people was driving by, saw what was happening and came to the woman's rescue.
Three men pulled Landingham off the woman and held him until police arrived at the scene.
Al-Badawi Never "Re-arrested"
Many news sources out their have al Badawi being “rearrested.” This is wrong on two accounts - first, and most egregiously, the statements from the Yemeni government never indicated that he was rearrested…they simply sought to redefine his current state of custody. Secondly, those sources obviously relied upon the Yemeni government’s English translation of their statement which says that al Badawi is “under arrest.” Technically, if you look at the Arabic versions of the article they all use the word ”محتجز” which is more accurately translated as “detained” (but can also mean anything from secluded to sequestered to isolated). the meaning of “Mohtajz” CAN INCLUDE HOUSE ARREST. If they wanted to say ”arrested” as in being in prison they would have used “عتقل” which cannot be used for house arrest, and is much more clear.All they do is play games.
Previous al-Badawi blogging below the fold:
10/12/2007 The USS Cole Bombing: What We Know Today
10/16/2007 Jamal Al-Badawi Freed
10/26/2007 Money Quote of the Day
10/28/2007 Other Scary Terrorists Yemen Freed
10/28/2007 Yemen Sez al-Badawi Never Freed
10/28/2007 Yemen Spins Al-Badawi's Release
Related, 2/16/2006 World Press Escape in Yemen: Facts, Theories and Rumors
Full Text of Boylan Email to Greenwald Reveals Mischaracterizations UPDATE: Greenwald e-mails!
Yesterday, Glenn Greenwald posted excerpts from what he called a "bizarre, unsolicited email" he received from Colonel Steve Boylan, PAO to General Petraeus. Boylan hasn't confirmed that he is the author, but if he is, he chewed Greenwald a new one.
As he had promised in the Salon post, Greenwald has forwarded the Dread Pundit Bluto the full text of the email. It seems that Glenn, who has been credibly accused of sock puppetry in the past, edited the email to his best advantage. The full text here with the portions Greenwald left out in boldface.
UPDATE: I get mail from Greenwald!
I'm asking this in all sincerity - do you know how to read? The VERY FIRST TWO LINES of my post say:I received this morning an unsolicited email from Col. Steven A. Boylan, the Public Affairs Officer and personal spokesman for Gen. David G. Petraeus (see UPDATE III below). The subject line of the email -- which I am publishing in full, unedited form here --
The link to "full, unedited form" goes here, where the email, in its unedited ENTIRETY, is published [HERE]
The parts I published in the original post were mere exceprts, I made explicitly clear:In terms of whether the U.S. Army under Petraeus and Boylan is, in fact, becoming a political actor, I'll let multiple passages from Boylan's email to me this morning speak for itself:
Can you comprehend this? Squint your eyes really hard and concentrate for a minute or so and I bet it comes to you.
In answer to Glenn's multiple questions:
a) No, I cannot read. In fact "Rick Ellensburg" had to read your letter to me, and is, in fact, typing this right now.
To be honest, I never read your original post. This might shock you Glenn, but I don't read anything you write. Ever.
So any knowledge about what you wrote came second-hand, through my buddy "Rick". If any one is to blame for me mischaracterizing---which it's obvious that I did-- your initial post is "Rick's fault".
b) No, apparently I didn't comprehend your post. But, again, it's "Rick's" fault.
Likewise, all typos belong to Rick as well as all references to your sexuality. "Rick" is a raging homophobe.
I'd send my apologies, but "Rick" is the one to blame here, not me. So, I'll give a non-apology apology. I'm sorry if the Jawa Report hurt your feelings. And, to make amends, I promise to fire Rick Ellensburg ASAP.
Iraqis Sending Money to San Diego Fire Victims
Monday morning proud to be an American. Thanks to Mitch.
More Iranian Rockets Used to Attack U.S.
More Iranian rockets used to attack U.S. forces. The rockets pictured right would be the same type of Iranian 107s used in the attack cited below. The picture is a screen grab from a video produced by insurgents and later found by Coalition troops after said insurgents were annihilated.
The rocket attack killed no troops ( these guys are total 'tards when it comes to aiming their weapons ) but one did fall on a vehicle damaging it. Fox News:
According to the military, the 107mm rocket was made in Iran sometime in March. Troops investigating the launch site seized six rocket rails – used to aim and launch the rockets, an unfired rocket and a timing device.Thanks to Ernesto.
The seized rocket is the 40th Iranian manufactured rocket that soldiers have captured in the last four months, the military said.
G.I. Joe No Longer American
Wanna get steamed? I am.
In the world of political correctness and anti-Americanism, G.I. Joe gets a new identity.
The show biz newspaper Variety reports: "G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil organization headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer."Kinda "trips off the tongue" says the Cracker Barrel Philosopher.
Finding Common Ground With Terrorists
Monday morning funnies. Thanks to Saul.
A U.S. Marine squad was marching north of Fallujah when they came upon an Iraqi terrorist, badly injured and unconscious. On the opposite side of the road was an American Marine in a similar but less serious state. The Marine was conscious and alert and as first aid was given to both men, the squad leader asked the injured Marine what had happened.
The Marine reported, "I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway here, and coming south was a heavily armed insurgent. We saw each other and both took cover in the ditches along the road. I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein was a miserable, lowlife scumbag who got what he deserved, and he yelled back that Ted Kennedy is a fat, good-for-nothing, left wing liberal drunk who doesn't know how to drive. So I said that Osama Bin Ladin dresses and acts like a frigid, mean-spirited lesbian! He retaliated by yelling, "Oh yeah? Well, so does Hillary Clinton!"
"And, there we were, in the middle of the road, shaking hands, when
a truck hit us."
Pot to Kettle: Saudis Say Brits Not Taking War on Terror Seriously
Wow, coming from the world's #1 financiers of terror, this is just a little hard to swallow. No one ever accused King Abdullah of not having chutzpah, though. BBC:
Speaking through an interpreter, the Saudi monarch said he believed most countries were not taking the issue seriously, "including, unfortunately, Great Britain".The Brits, for their part, maintain that no information was passed their way.
"We have sent information to Great Britain before the terrorist attacks in Britain but unfortunately no action was taken. And it may have been able to maybe avert the tragedy."
The Saudi leadership maintains that it passed the UK information that might have averted the London bombings of 2005 if it had been acted on.
Japanese Schoolgirls Selling Unmentionables
Sen. Larry Craig's alleged restroom malfunction focused attention on public bathroom etiquette. Reportedly, particular stances and toe-tapping are lead-ins to illegal public sex. And, you may recall that singer George Michael also had a restroom malfunction a few years ago.
Safety and easy accessibility is increasingly transforming toilets for the disabled at Tokyo's railway stations into marketplaces for schoolgirls' panties, according to Spa! (10/23).Maki also says it's safer to sell her panties in a public restroom since she can call for help if a scary weirdo shows up.
Large numbers of high school girls are often seen going into the roomier johns and those in the know say the kind of business they're getting up to is not what normally goes on in public conveniences.
"They're actually engaged in burusera trading inside there," a writer specializing on the adult entertainment world tells Spa! Burusera, of course, is the name given to the panty trade, with the term derived from the manufactured English phrase "bloomer seller."
"Recently," the writer continues, "many of the contact points specified for meetings on burusera sites have been the disabled toilets at railway stations. Girls selling their panties prefer it this way because they don't have to go through burusera shops and can therefore increase their margins."
That's been precisely the case for 17-year-old Maki, a schoolgirl who has been using a disabled toilet at a suburban Tokyo railway station for the past two years as the place to sell her soiled underwear.
"Customers prefer it this way, too, because you never know for sure if the panties you buy at a burusera shop are the real thing. There's always that doubt. And on top of that, buyers pay extra if they see you take off your panties in front of them. We can barter together and I can get somewhere from 5,000 yen to 7,000 yen if I strip off my panties in front of the buyer," Maki tells Spa!
Frankly, I'd say that all of her customers are weirdos. Nonetheless, you've got to applaud the Japanese schoolgirls, apparently as young as 15 years old, for their entrepreneurship. Buy panties for a couple dollars and sell them for 50 dollars or more is one helluva business.
October 28, 2007
Mark Levin @ Values Voters Gathering
A fabulous, undeniably clear stemwinder by The Great One. Listen to or download the mp3 here.
Petraeus Spokesman Slams Glenn Rick Ellensberg Greenwald
I invite you to come see for yourself and go anywhere in Iraq you want, go see what our forces are doing, go see what the other coalition forces are doing, go hang out with the reporters outside the International Zone since that is where they live and work and see for yourself what ground truth is so that you can be better informed. But that would take something you probably don't have.Ouch.
Read the whole thing. And we eagerly anticipate the Sock Puppet King's reasoned and community-based-reality response to the facts on the ground.
UPDATE by Rusty: Rick Ellensburg, Private Dick (by "Dick" I mean "Private Investigator" of course).
Other Scary Terrorists Yemen Freed
Abdullah Ahmad Salih al-Raymi (b. 1977): Al-Raymi is originally from the city of Taiz. He spent time fighting in Afghanistan, before returning to Qatar where he was arrested. Qatar later extradited him to Yemen in May 2005. Yemeni authorities charged him with forging documents for travel to Afghanistan. He was sentenced to four years in prison. Following his escape from prison, al-Raymi was re-captured in a joint raid by Yemeni security forces and a local counter-terrorism unit in the governorate of Marib on May 5, 2006 (News Yemen, May 11, 2006). He was later released.
More below the fold:
Zakariya Nasir Awadh al-Bayhani (b. circa 1977): Like his brother Mansur, Zakariya was born in the northern Saudi city of Tabuk to Yemeni parents. Both his older and younger brothers, Tawfiq and Ghalib, are currently in U.S. custody in Guantanamo. Following his return to Saudi Arabia from Afghanistan, he was arrested and subsequently extradited to Yemen. In Yemen, he remained in prison although no charges were ever brought against him. Along with his brother Mansur, he turned himself in to Yemeni authorities in late 2006. Both were later released in accordance with a security guarantee.
Zakariya 'Ubadi Qasim al-Yafa'i (b. 1973): Al-Yafa'i was born in Saudi Arabia, and his family is from the village of Yaf'a in the southern Yemeni government of Lahj. Saudi Arabia extradited him to Yemen along with two other men in 2003. He was never charged with any crime, although he was kept in prison until he escaped in February 2006. He was re-captured by security forces in a raid on a house in the Shumayla neighborhood of Sanaa on April 17, 2006 (al-Wasat, April 19, 2006). According to reports, he did not resist arrest. Al-Yafa'i was later released on a security guarantee. Following his release from prison, he was involved in the death of Faris al-Raymi, the younger brother of Qasim al-Raymi, who is still at large. According to a report in the Yemeni newspaper al-Ghad, Zakariya agreed to take Faris to see his brother in early June 2007. The two left al-Raymi's house in Sanaa at 7:30 in the morning. Four hours later, Faris' father, Nasir, received a call from a surgical team at the German hospital in Sanaa saying they had removed seven bullets from Faris' head, chest and hands. Faris remained alive for another week, but never regained consciousness. The reason for his killing remains a mystery.
Jabir Ahmad Salih al-Banna (b. 1966): Al-Banna, who holds dual U.S.-Yemeni citizenship, is also known as Abu Ahmad. His family is from the village of Yahir in the governorate of Dhall'a. Al-Banna was linked to the Lackawana Six, and is still wanted by the United States, which has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. According to the United States, al-Banna was an admirer of Kamal Darwish, a veteran fighter who was killed along with Abu Ali al-Harithi in missile attack by a CIA-operated drone in November 2002. Al-Banna traveled to Afghanistan on May 14, 2001 to participate in an al-Qaeda training camp along with Mukhtar al-Bakri, Sahim Alwan, and Yahya Goba. Before crossing the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan, al-Banna took up residence for a short time at a guesthouse in Kandahar, which was visited by Osama bin Laden. Later, along with his friends, he received military training at an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan. Unlike the others, al-Banna never returned to the United States. One of his former companions, Sahim Alwan, described him as very eager to fight the Northern Alliance and as someone who was actively seeking to become a martyr (PBS, July 24, 2003). He eventually made his way to Yemen, and surrendered himself in Taiz in late 2003, following a lengthy mediation effort headed by a "high-ranking member" of the ruling GPC party (al-Ghad, June 25). Among the guarantees that al-Banna was given was a promise that he would not be extradited to the United States. Al-Banna received a similar pledge from the Yemeni government in May 2007 when he once again turned himself into Yemeni forces along with Abd al-Rahman al-Basurah. He is currently under loose house arrest.
Hizam Salih Ali Mujali (b. 1980): Hizam is the older brother of Arif Mujali. He is from the governorate of Sanaa. Yemeni forces arrested him along with Fawaz al-Rabay'i in late 2003. The two resisted arrested, and fired at the security forces, killing one soldier, Hamid Khasruf. Hizam, like his younger brother, Arif, was part of the 15-man cell that went on trial in 2004. Hizam was charged with attacking a Hunt Oil helicopter and for participating in the attack on the Limburg. On August 30, 2004, he was sentenced to death for killing Khasruf. This sentence was upheld by a higher court in February 2005. Both Hizam and Arif turned themselves into the government in August 2006 (al-Wasat, August 30, 2006). Their surrender was orchestrated by Sheikh Hadi Dalqim, a tribal leader from Marib, who served as a mediator between the government and the brothers. It is unclear whether Mujali's sentence was commuted as a result of the negotiations.
Arif Salih Ali Mujali (b. 1984): Arif is the younger brother of Hizam Mujali, and is also known by the kunya Abu al-Layth al-San'ani. As his kunya indicates, he is from Sanaa. Another brother, Yahya, is also active in jihadi circles, and had agreed to marry his daughter to Fawaz al-Rabay'i. He was part of the 15-man cell and was charged with involvement in the November 2002 attack on the Hunt Oil helicopter, planning to attack five embassies, and for planning to assassinate then U.S. Ambassador Edmund Hull. He suffered from an injured leg, which he claimed was the result of torture, during his 2004 trial (Yemen Times, August 19-22, 2004). In the weeks following his escape from prison in February 2006, security forces managed to corner Arif and three companions in a building in the Musayk neighborhood of Sanaa, which has become known over the past few years as a haven for Islamic militants. The four men were able to escape, and eventually made their way to Marib. Sheikh Dalqim eventually persuaded both Arif and Hizam to surrender themselves to the government in August 2006 (al-Wasat, August 30, 2006). Arif is free as part of this arrangement.
Abd al-Rahman Ahmad Hasan Basurah (b. 1981): Like his companion al-Batati, al-Basurah was also born in Saudi Arabia to a Sanaani family. Basurah, who is also known by the kunya, Abu Ghrayb, was also extradited to Yemen from Saudi Arabia and was also charged with being part of the cell formed by Anwar Jaylani in 2005. Basurah's role was apparently collecting information on the French Cultural Center, which was one of the targets in the plot (Yemen Times, March 31-April 3, 2005). He also confessed to making a sketch of the British Embassy (Yemen Times, June 9-12, 2005). During the trial, Basurah admitted that one of the military uniforms seized by security forces was his, but that he had bought it in order to impersonate Saddam Hussein in a student play (Yemen Times, June 2-5, 2005). Later during the trial, Basurah claimed he had been duped by al-Jaylani, and that the leader had exploited his feelings and absconded with his money (Yemen Times, June 9-12, 2005). He was sentenced to three years and four months in prison. He later turned himself in alongside Jamal al-Badawi on May 15, 2007. He is currently free on a security guarantee.
CY Fisks LA Times Pathetic Beauchamp Article
This is truly sad - the LA Times launches one thousand failboats on the TNR/Beauchamp story, and 'jourlanist' Tim Rutten simply embarrasses himself and the paper.
Bob Owens: 1,477
LA Times: -67
Yemen Sez Al-Badawi Was Never Freed
The Yemen Observer is owned by President Saleh's press secretary, Faris Sanabani. This latest official version of the ever evolving story does not take into account that al-Badawi's relatives said they visited him at home and, according to AFP, other witnesses saw him in Aden.
The Yemen Observer: ADEN - UPDATED: More that one security official at Aden Central Prison confirmed to the Yemen Observer that Jamal al-Badawi is in prison. The Yemen Observer's Aden correspondent is on the ground attempting to gain access to the imprisoned al-Badawi for a brief statement. More updates will follow.Billy sez: Well, it is getting close to Halloween, I wonder if he spotted some spooks. Sounds more like protective custody to me.
Jamal al-Badawi, a high-profile Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen, is in police custody, contrary to widespread media reports. Al-Badawi surrendered himself to authorities two weeks ago, according to a senior security official at the Yemeni Ministry of Interior.
The rumor that al-Badawi had been released and was being kept under effective house arrest after pledging allegiance to the authorities was denied by security officials in Yemen. A senior security official at the Ministry of Interior told Yemen Observer that al-Badawi had not been set free, nor was the sentence against him dropped as has been reported by US media.
Faris Sanabanin was introduced as President Saleh's spokesman when I was on al-Jazeera in 2005, and then he started screaming (screaming) that I work all night and other things that really didn't make sense. The Al-Jazeera host yanked him after two warnings not to engage in personal attacks. They just unplugged him mid-sentence.
From the they still don't get it department,
IHT: "Al-Badawi and 22 others, mostly al-Qaida fighters, escaped from prison in 2004 (ed- It was 2006.) Only four are still at large while the others were either killed or re-arrested. He with nine other suspects of the Cole attack had escaped prison in April 2003, but was re-arrested."
Hasn't the MSM figured out that "re-arrested" means "released" in Yemen? None of them are in jail. After the 2006 escape, many of the other al-Qaeda escapees surrendered, yes, and walked.
WaPo Fact Check : Rudy's More Like Hillary Than He Wants to Admit
The Washington Post fact-checks Rudy on his similarity to Hillary:
Despite some recent shifts in his position, Giuliani still remains fairly close to Hillary Clinton on social issues, such as gun control, abortion, and gay rights. While there are differences in the details of their proposed policies, the former mayor and the senator for New York have more in common than shared enthusiasm for the Yankees.
Yemen Spins Al-Badawi Release
For years I have called Yemeni President Saleh, "The King of Spin." This, my dears, is what I mean:
The Yemeni Defense Ministry:26 Septemper (sic) "Jamal al-Badawi, the second man who is in charge of attacking USS Cole in 2000, and a high-profile Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen, is in police custody" ,security official said to "26sep.net". Al- Badawi gave himself up to security apparatuses on Oct 16 2007, a an interior ministry official said.Policy custody in the case of Gaber Elbaneh (Lackawanna #7) consists of loose house arrest, The Interior Minister says Al-Badawi under interrogation, something close to, "So Jamal, how do you like your chicken cooked?"
A convicted mastermind of the 2000 bombing of a US Navy destroyer in a Yemeni port was rearrested in Yemen days after he was set free, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday. The ministry said in a statement that Jamal Mohammed al-Badawi, who was initially released from police custody a few days ago, "is now detained by security authorities and being interrogated in accordance to the law."Our Yemeni analyst says, "It is another maneuver out of a big basket of moves the regime has been accustomed to use to fool the public, and also the international community at large. I bet Saleh is laughing behind closed doors at the fools in Washington expressing relief that his release was a rumor and that they value his good intentions in his anti-terrorism war. What a sham! Saleh must be the most ingenious person in the world to fool as many people for such a long time. I wonder what is next!?!"
His recapture was announced after several US officials and members of Congress protested in press remarks the Yemeni government's move to set him free. A source close to al-Badawi told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that al-Badawi was transferred by security agents from the southern port city of Aden to the capital Sana'a on Saturday.
Saleh has been laughing for a long time. Previous al-Badawi blogging below the fold:
10/12/2007 The USS Cole Bombing: What We Know Today
10/16/2007 Jamal Al-Badawi Freed
10/26/2007 Money Quote of the Day
Related, 2/16/2006 World Press Escape in Yemen: Facts, Theories and Rumors
Cindy Sheehan's Feet = News?
Exhibit 14,332 of Why America Hates the Media.
ht: Hot Air
How 9-11 Trooferism Hurts People In Real Life
Interesting new page at Debunking 9-11, full of reader emails. Some of the emails are a shame:
My husband started with the 9/11 Truth bandwagon. I will try to spare you the details, because we our situation is probably pretty typical. He is a 9/11 conspiracy nut, I am not. I found your site some months ago and tried to show him the real truth, but nothing will convince him. We are in marital counseling now. This is not our only problem, but it is a big part of it. I write to you to ask if you have any advice on how to bring somebody back once they have obviously flipped like he has. Our counselor, a Psychologist (PhD), has told me that we are better off not trying that route because it is very difficult. I am hoping that with your extensive knowledge and experience with these people, you might have some advice. Please, my situation is real and I am pretty desperate for help.Your husband has contracted a serious mental disorder, and it will literally take years and years to undo the damage he has done to himself. You want to send him a message? Give him an ultimatum - either the self-inflicted stupidity goes, or I do.
Thank you for your website! My dad has gone crazy and I have to hear everything new the conspiracy theorists come up with. Sites like yours help keep me sane so I can keep up with the propaganda thrown at me in my own house.My advice to you, young sir, is to just point and laugh when the woo starts flying.
October 27, 2007
Ron Paul Supporters Invite White Supremecist to Speak
The YAF (Young Americans for Freedom, no relation to Young America's Foundation) have invited a well-known white-supremacist, Holocaust denier to speak at MSU.
And one of their presidential candidates of choice? None other than the only man who can save the Universe, RON PAUL.
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Bad move.
And I got news for you, guys. Tom "Nuke Mecca" Tancredo has as much chance of winning the nomination or general election as I do.
ht: LGF, Hot Air
Democrats Plan Shorter Workweek...
Violating yet another campaign "promise" (translation: lie to get elected) to be "hard-working."
How's that going for ya, DemCong? Sitting around navel-gazing and bloviating five days a week too hard for ya? We wouldn't wanna make you work for those six-figure salaries and medical bennies, would we?
Pathetic, dishonest, hilariously ironic garbage from the hardest-working, most honest, most ethical Democrat-controlled Congress in the history of the Universe.
Why Is the MSM Ignoring Joe Biden's (D) Racist Remarks?
Norm Finkelstein wonders (and knows the answer). From Biden's big mouth into the public record:
There's less than one percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than four of five percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with.Hmmm.
Now, after you play "Why Is the MSM Ignoring This Maccaca-esque Gaffe," you can play the fun little game "What If A Republican Had Said It?"
I think we all know the answer to that question.
Yemen to Use al-Badawi, al-Qaeda Against Southern Protesters
My thinking exactly but lets let an anonymous Yemeni analyst comment:
There are credible reports coming out from Yemen saying that Saleh decided unilaterally to temporarily abandon his interests with the US in the war on terror for the sake of crushing a possible revolution in the south using Al-Qaeda as recruits. This is no joke as it was successful in Saadah. It is the same scenario used in 1994 before Al-Qaeda was much of a concern. I wonder how this would play in the hands of the US and others. This also explains the massive growing anti-separatist religious sermons and even fatwas popping up in northern states (such as the one said on the Eid by Al-Shaibani, who literally encouraged the slaughter of those who seek to disobey the leader and secession the country).
What Saleh has done, IMO, is calculate his risk/reward ratio and realized that trouble to his throne at home is much more of a credible threats than a few blasting comments from the US, which he feels is still in need for him in the long run.
We have been watching the protests growing in the South since May. And we all recall the northern war in Sa'ada against the Shiite rebels, during which the regime used terrorists to train and indoctrinate Salafia tribesmen, as well as to fight the rebels. The tactics used by the Afghan Arabs in the 1994 civil war included a lot of assassinations. However, it wouldn't surprise me at all if al-Badawi directed one of these nineteen year old suicide bombers to blow himself up in the middle of a crowd of protesters. And then Saleh would cry that he needs more money from the US to fight terror.
Meanwhile, my good friend, the quite heroic and courageous editor Abdualkarim al-Khaiwani is on trial this week on entirely bogus terrorism charges.
Democracy advocate on trial for terrorism; terrorist home receiving well wishers: this is Yemen in a nutshell.
MNF: US Fighters Pwn 84 Taliban
Moojis ambush Green Berets? Moojis get uber-pwn3d.
A major battle has been fought today in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, a mountainous region in the south that is sick with Taliban fighters and is often the scene of frequent fighting. Most extraordinary is that the U.S. military is claiming to have slaughtered at least 84 Taliban who ambushed a patrol of "coalition forces" - typically code for a Green Beret unit - and Afghan National Security Forces. ANSF are essentially Pashtun tribal militiamen who operate almost exclusively with U.S. Army Special Forces.More here.
The Taliban ambushed a patrol from positions inside trenches, which required the U.S. to hit them with airstrikes using four GPS-guided JDAM bombs during the unusual six-hour fight.
While it's not at all unheard of for the U.S.-led coalition to wipe out large numbers of Taliban, it hasn't happened since last summer - and it's particularly rare during this time of the year, given the already cold weather.
Friends of Boy Scouts Crash Philly Email System in Protest
What happens when the Philadelphia city council votes to cornhole their local Boy Scouts? Outrage crashes their email system:
Outraged citizens crashed the e-mail system of the Philadelphia mayor's office after the city accused the local Boy Scouts chapter of discriminating against homosexuals and forced the organization to pay $200,000 rent for its city-owned headquarters.Thanks to Jay at Stop the ACLU.
Pakistani Police Officers Kidnapped, Beheaded
A group of Pakistani police officers and paramilitary troops kidnapped Friday in retaliation for a raid on a terrorist hideout have been publicly beheaded (via AFP):
Militants seized and beheaded 13 civilians and security officers in north-west Pakistan after government troops launched an assault on a radical cleric's hideout, officials say.
The beheadings took place late on Friday (local time) in the scenic Swat valley in North West Frontier Province, where soldiers clashed with fighters loyal to the cleric, who has been driving a fierce campaign to introduce pro-Taliban laws.
Earlier this week, the military deployed more than 2,000 troops to the region to bolster efforts to crack down on attacks launched against government leaders and security forces.
Provincial home secretary Badshah Gul Wazir says the militants seized three police and three paramilitary officers shopping at a bazaar in Matta on the outskirts of Swat and later beheaded all of them.
The bodies and severed heads were then paraded in front of local residents to scare them, he said.
Provincial police chief Sharif Virk says seven civilians were also seized from a van nearby by militants who then executed them, also on Friday.
"They were also slaughtered by terrorists who accused them of collaborating with the government forces," he said.
More details from Dawn News Pakistan:
“It was gruesome,” was how a resident of Shakkardarra described the scene of beheading of the law-enforcement personnel. Requesting anonymity, he told Dawn on phone that masked militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles brought the four men to the village at around 5pm, fired a few shots in the air and then beheaded them.
The men, said to be in their mid-20s, had their hands tied together. They were pushed to the ground on the main Matta-Mingora road and had their heads chopped off.
“Let this serves as a warning to all those who spy for the government or help the government. All sons of Bush will meet similar fate,” the resident quoted one of the militants announcing shortly before the execution.
“We watched the gory scene in shock and horror. We felt so helpless. There was fear and gloom in the village,” he said.
The murders were carried out by followers of cleric Maulana Fazlullah, who is fighting to impose Taliban-style Islamic law on Pakistan. His spokesman blamed the government for provoking the attack (via ABC News Australia):
"We are fighting because the government forces have attacked us," he said.
"We are only demanding enforcement of Sharia [Islamic laws] in the district and withdrawal of the army and paramilitary from the region."
Prayers for the comfort of the families of the murdered men, and for the continued strength and courage of those soldiers and police fighting a vicious enemy.
Liberals Outnumber Conservatives 11 to 1 at 'Impartial' BBC
Not only do the liberals vastly outnumber the conservatives at this "journalistic" enterprise, they're stupid enough to admit it on Facebook.
From the Daily Mail:
Research by the conservativehome. com website showed that 1,340 staff put themselves in the "liberal" or "very liberal" category, compared with just 120 who were "conservative" or "very conservative". Some 340 regard themselves as "moderate".But, don't worry Brits. BBC management has a
BBC employees went Facebook mad earlier this year, with thousands signing up to log their profiles.
Last night the BBC refused to comment on the research, insisting it was a "private matter".Unlike "journalists" in the US, the British government funds the BBC's propaganda initiatives.
But a well-placed insider said that staff who were Facebook members were likely to be warned to remove their political views from their profiles in the wake of the row.
Yemen Censors Internet Access After Al-Badawi Release
They re-blocked my website, several Yemeni opposition news sites and the Ministry of Telecoms is denying access to proxies. Typical.
These are the lead stories in the official media (hold on to your coffee):
SANA'A.(26sep.net) - A delegation of experts from the Federal Institute for Geosciences in Germany will visit Yemen next month.
SANA'A, (Saba)- Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mohamed al-Mutahar left Sana'a on Friday for the Omani Capital, Mascot, for a several-day official visit to hold talks with Omani officials over strengthening academic ties between universities in both countries.
Unsurprising Update: Yemeni security officials refuse to comment on media reports about the release of Jamal al-Badwai, convicted of bombing USS Cole off Aden port on October 12, 2000...
But the military delegation is going to have some 'splaining to do when they get to Washington.
Previous Al-Badawi blogging below the fold, including my 2006 article on his amazing escape from a maximum security prison in Yemen's capital. The article on the Cole bombing explains a lot as well:
10/12/2007 Jawa The USS Cole Bombing: What We Know Today
10/16/2007 Jawa Jamal Al-Badawi Freed
10/26/2007 Jawa Money Quote of the Day
2/16/2006 World Press Escape in Yemen: Facts, Theories and Rumors
October 26, 2007
Friday Night Rock Pwnage
So all of you need to go out right now and get Coheed and Cambria's new album, Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Part 2: No World for Tomorrow.
Having your face rocked off is teh awesome, and this album does it nicely. Here's the single "The Running Free" (not even close to the best song on the album, but great nonetheless):
Money Quote of the Day
US Naval Commander Kirk Lippold, who commanded the USS Cole at the time of the attack, in a rare statement since the 2000 bombing, commented on the release of al-Badawi, via CNN:
"In the war on terrorism, actions speak stronger than words, and this act by the Yemeni government is a clear demonstration that they are neither a reliable nor trustworthy partner in the war on terrorism," said Cmdr. Kirk Lippold.
No, not reliable nor trustworthy. Megadittos.
In the same article, the feds make a good point: "This will not be the last we hear of him." The lack of justice is one thing; the renewed threat to the US homeland is another.
Last thing, don't fall for the regime spin that all of Yemen loves al-Qaeda and, thus and therefore, we need President Saleh to secure us. There's about 20 million Yemenis, half are kids (half of those are starving). The al-Qaeda ideology targets Shiites, women, Islamic reformers, democrats, Socialists. intellectuals, pluralists, mainstream Muslims and many others. They get it. They pay.
U.S. Companies Facilitating Iraqi Insurgents UPDATE: Jawa PWNS Terrorists...AGAIN
UPDATE: All services to the Rashadeen Army have been discontinued. Websites down. All of them. No webhosts. No third party content hosting. No DNS. Nothing.
How bad has the al Rashadeen Army completely and utterly owned? To get just how bad these guys have been tooled, you'll have to read this post in super slow motion. Blood and guts flying everywhere. The al Reshedeen Army in a daze as their propaganda empire is completely destroyed around them.
I imagine it was something like this for the al Rashadeen Army. Only, we're the terrorists and they're the Care Bears.
Oh, the horror of it all. The beautiful, magnificent horror.
Several U.S. companies continue to help an Iraqi insurgent organization propagandize, recruit, and raise money in order to kill American soldiers. The al Rashedeen Army is a terrorist group operating in Iraq which uses its U.S. based website to disseminate propaganda.
You can help by writing to the U.S. companies helping this terrorist organization at the contact information below. Please pass this information along to as many people as you can. The more complaints, the more likely it will be that this vile website will be taken down.
Complaints have been filed with some of these companies, but they have ignored them or refused to take action.
Remember, the corporate offices of these internet companies may not be aware that they are doing business with a terrorist organization or that they are helping in the distribution of enemy propaganda. Complaints of this type are usually handled by lower level employees and are generally dismissed without much research being put into them
Propaganda is the lifeblood of terrorism. That propaganda includes videos of the al Rashedeen Army:
Firing mortars at a U.S. base
Firing rockets at a U.S. base
To see the kind of content they're hosting, check out examples of their index pages:
Registration services: This is the company that registered the website name for the terrorist. Despite being informed that the underlying registration data was false--what terrorist would lists his real address?--the company has refused to take action.
Domain Name Service: Points web browsers to the proper place.
Unknown: Identity Masked
Islamofascists Attack Anti-Islamofascism Protesters
Stop Islamisation of Europa website has the details of the attack, which happened just before the scheduled protest was about to begin. The English is a little broken, but several people were dragged from their cars and beaten with tire irons. Including an 74 year old woman.
Is someone now willing to go on record defending the position that the term "Islamofascism" is more dangerous than Islamist extremists? I didn't think so.
Liberal Whackjob: Spam is a Vast, Rightwing Conspiracy
We all get them. Unsolicited emails with huge recipient lists that describe improbable events and never have any supporting links. Most people just delete them. Maybe you'll visit snopes to debunk an especially intriguing one, but that's about as far as it goes.
But to Christopher Hayes, a rather untalented devotee of Josef Goebbels, at The Nation, it's all being orchestrated by the evil neocons:
We've all become familiar with the ways the Republican noise machine transmits lurid bits of misinformation and tendentious attacks from the conservative fringe into the heart of American political discourse, the process by which a slightly misdelivered joke by John Kerry attracts the ire of Rush Limbaugh and ends up on the front page of the New York Times.I've heard of it too. It's called, "the Bill of Rights." But maybe Hayes is exercised about something really, really subversive:
"It's a Pandora's box," says Jim Kennedy, who served as Clinton's communications director during her first Senate term. "Once [the charges] are out in the ether, they are very hard to combat. It's very unlike a traditional media, newspaper or TV show, or even a blog, which at least has a fixed point of reference. You know they're traveling far and wide, but there's no way to rebut them with all the people that have seen them."Hayes is convinced that they're all coordinated by some shadowy rightwing master propagandist, probably under the direct supervision of Karl Rove, transcribing each and every message as it is dictated from Hitler's preserved brain.
Good News from Canada
The University of Victoria will now allow military recruiters on campus.
Air America Host: Blackwater Behind California Fires
UPDATE: It seems that the folks at the original link below took the audio from Ian Shwartz without his permission. So we're delinking it and linking to Ian instead.
Bush derangement syndrome gone wild. Teh crazy:
And you know, every time I look for it what comes up, believe it or not, is that Blackwater wants to move to San Diego and build this giant complex in San Diego right where most of the evacuations are taking place and you know.You just know wherever there is fire, this administration will be out there doing what it does best and that is fanning the flames, you know....Read the rest. Thanks to Son of the Godfather.
Some of them are thought to be the work of arsonists and in the same breath you’ve got a community that’s on fire that just recently protested Blackwater West. Just recently said no to Blackwater and apparently you don’t do that. I mean, I don’t even know what to think. You know, nobody is saying Blackwater set the fires, that is nobody that doesn’t want their house burned down.
Sarcasm? Kossack Advocates Everyone Convert to Islam So They'll Stop Killing Us
Either this Kos diarist is a hamburger eating surrender monkey, or he's not very good at sarcasm. Daily Kos:
All in all, converting to Islam would be a small price to pay for an end to the killing and maiming of our sons and daughters, not to mention the billions of dollars we could put to better use than fighting this perpetual war.Since the vast majority of the victims of Islam are Muslims, then how is this supposed to help? The key to understanding the Salafist and Khomeinist agenda is this: they hate the infidels, but they hate apostates and Muslims who 'aren't Muslim enough' even more.
H/T: Snapped Shot.
October 25, 2007
JDAM vs. Taliban: Guess Who Wins?
Grenade vs. Muj Car Filled With Anti-Tank Mines
By popular demand. BOOOOOM!!!
Good News: al Qaeda Video Game Teaches Kids Fun of Killing Americans, Nuclear Bombs!
The game is something that you might very well be familiar with. It's called "Heavy Weapons Deluxe" and it's been around for a long time. Think decades. But here's the twist: enterprising cyber jihadis have updated it so that instead of fighting the communists, you are a mujahideen fighting the forces of tyranny!
You know, the Zionists (Jews), the crusaders (America), the apostate Arab regimes (US allies). The bad guys.
Here's one of the images that appeared with the announcement at a forum connected to the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF). The black flag with the bluish/transparant Arabic script you see in the screenshot below is that of the Islamic State of Iraq--the al Qaeda in Iraq umbrella/front group.
And just in case you weren't clear on the concept.
I've spent the last 10 minutes or so playing the game. While I was busy shooting at the apostate & Zionist regimes (I got through Israel and then Tunisia), & collecting the occasional nuclear bomb, I was also rocking out to a jihadi song in the background along with the occasional sermon exhortating me to violent jihad.
Before you reach the video game console you're actually forced to listen to a prayer for Allah to grant victory to the Mujahideen. There's an image of Osama bin Laden in the background.
Then later, there's this.
Just good wholesome fun. What could possibly go wrong?
PS-Not nearly as sophisticated as "The Night of Bush Capturing"
David Horowitz Lecture At Emory University Disrupted
In what has become an all too common occurrence at our universities, open discourse was once again squashed by militant and boorish behavior from members of the audience at yesterday's lecture by David Horowitz.
Speaking at Emory University as part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, David Horowitz had barely begun his talk when members of the audience began disrupting the event, ultimately forcing police to end the lecture and escort Horowitz from the stage.
According to Frontpage Magazine, the crowd of more than 300 was diverse, and included many of "the usual suspects":
The audience included a wide range of Leftists from Amnesty International, Veterans for Peace, and Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as Muslim groups such as the Muslim Student Association. In addition, members of "National Project to Defend Dissent & Critical Thinking in Academia," an organization dedicated to opposing Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week events throughout the country, participated in the protests dressed in orange attire as a reference to Guantanamo Bay. There was also a sizable group of men and women dressed in traditional Muslim garb as well as students wearing Kafiyehs, a symbol of Arab solidarity.
Videos showing the beginning of the speech and the subsequent disruptions can be viewed below the fold.
Yet another blow to independent thought in our universities.
Yet another blow to our freedoms of speech and assembly.
Yet another blow to the parents who toiled and scrimped and saved, just to secure a decent education for their children.
Somehow I doubt this is what they had in mind.
Report: Syrian Intelligence Linked to al Qaeda in Lebanon
Fatah al-Islam is an al Qaeda affiliated group in Lebanon. Why would Syria support an al Qaeda linked group when the Syrian Baathists are so deeply hated by the Islamists? The answer is that the Islamists aren't opposed to strategic alliances, even with regimes they consider 'apostate'.
In fact the major allies of the secular dictatorship in Syria are the fanatical Shia Islamists in Iran. Syria servers an Iranian purpose in this case. Syria, with a long track record of supporting any and every terror group which furthers their own interests, probably wouldn't have too many qualms with giving support to Sunni Islamist terrorists any more than they do the Shia Islamist terrorists of Hizbollah.
None of this makes the report true, but it certainly makes it plausible. NYSun:
"Direct contact between some of Fatah al-Islam's leaders and some senior Syrian intelligence officers, which were revealed in the interrogations, are consistent with the suspicion that Syrian intelligence has used Fatah al-Islam to serve its political and security objectives in Lebanon," Mr. Siniora wrote, according to Mr. Ban's report to the Security Council.Incidentally the Shia and the Sunni both tend to look upon the Syrian rulers, who are Alawites, as heretics.
American Muslim: California Fires Are Allah's Retribution on Infidels
An American Muslim in Charlotte, North Carolina, named Samir Khan, chimes in on the great is Allah punishing the infidels in California debate:
Most Muslims in America shy from discussing the natural disasters that occur to America especially in light of Allah’s anger. They get this strange idea somehow that Allah’s wrath and anger has nothing to do with the great natural disasters.....Hat tip: Samir Khan's gay lover
If we go deeper than this, we see that they will refuse to even think that Allah is implementing His wrath on America - with both minor and major disasters - because of what America is doing to the Muslims in ‘Iraaq, Afghanistan etc....
Trying to run away from the reality by saying things such as “We should collectively make du’aa [prayer] to Allah to stop the inferno in California” is utter nonsense and is more like a cheap shot to Allah Ta’aala since this destruction is occurring to a Kaafir nation and also because it holds an arrogant attitude of rejection of the notion that Allah is the only One doing this...
So this is indeed from Allah and there is no need to feel sorrow for the Kuffaar because quite simply, they deserve the absolute worst. [emphasis, Inshallahshaheed's]
Case Against US Soldier in Giuliana Sgrena Indcident Thrown Out
ROME (AP) - A court on Thursday threw out the case against a U.S. soldier charged in the 2005 shooting of an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq, a killing that infuriated Italians and soured relations with Washington.Predictably Sgrena says
The court agreed with the defense argument that Italy had no jurisdiction in the case of Spc. Mario Lozano, a member of the New York-based 69th Infantry Regiment on trial in absentia on charges of murder and attempted murder for the shooting of Nicola Calipari, hailed as a hero by Italians for his role in the rescue of a kidnapped Italian journalist.
Prosecutor Pietro Saviotti said he would decide whether to appeal the ruling after the judges make public their reasoning within 60 days.
`We've given up trying to find the truth about what happened to Nicola Calipari,'' Sgrena told reporters at the courthouse on the capital's outskirts. ``The arrogance of America, which never wanted this trial, has won.'...Being an arrogant American Imperialist myself, I'm filing this under Imperial Good News.
....Lozano, 38, has always denied wrongdoing, saying he had no choice but to fire. He has told U.S. media that he flashed a warning light signaling the vehicle to stop and that he shot first at the ground, and then at the car's engine.
Previous Jawa Report coverage under the fold.
Giulania Sgrena: The Lie Continues
Stupid Anti-American (Giuliana Sgrena) Writes Stupid Anti-American Book
Italy Goes After U.S. Marine In Nicola Calipari Shooting
Peace Activists Kidnapped in Same Mosque as Giuliana Sgrena
The Fruits of Anti-American Peace Activism: Kidnapping and Hostage Taking
60 Minutes Interviews Lying Journalist Giuliana Sgrena (ironic)
Iraqis: Italians Not Cooperating in Sgrena InvestigationGiuliana Sgrena Admits Hostage HoaxNPR Misses Sgrena's Big LieWhy We Shot at Sgrena and Killed Nicola CalipariSgrena Finds Oswald's 'Magic Bullet'Giuliana Sgrena's Lies, Inconsistencies, and Treason
On the 100 MPH question.
Images of Sgrena's Car (Updated-now fortified with essential Sgrena lies!)
Sgrena's Fallujah vs. US Marines' FallujahGiuliana Sgrena's Blood Libel Against the USGiuliana Sgrena Admits to Helping Terrorists, Lies About Shooting (UPDATED)Sgrena Mia Culpa (Rusty apologizes for moonbat theory)
Italian Woman Taken Hostage in Iraq (Updated)
Italian Hostage: Hoax or the Fruits of anti-American Activism?
Italian Hostage Hoax: Terrorists to Release Giuliana Sgrena
Giuliana Sgrena Alive and Well
Italian Hostage Video Released (UPDATE)
Italians Lobby for Release of Hostage by Calling for End to Occupation
Iraqi Minister Claims Italian Hostage Release Imminent
Today Burn California; Tomorrow All America
The Salafist Par meets course. I'd like to say I'm shocked, but I'm not. What did you expect from people who praise Osama bin Laden?
And I know the conspiracy theories have been flying about the California fires being an act of terrorism. Don't let these comments fuel that fire (sorry about the pun). This is just normal reaction from the Salafi jihadis. Every time something bad happens in America they praise it with a heavy dose of seeing God's hand in it punishing the crusader infidels.
Video : Reporter Arrested for "Trespassing" on Public Sidewalk?
Sac Bee Reporter Tries to Drop Himself Down the Memory Hole
But luckily, Docweasel took a snapshot.
Bobby Calvan is a reporter for the Sacramento Bee, who was blogging while on assignment in Iraq. On October 23, Bobby posted an entry bragging about being an arrogant jackass to a US soldier manning a security checkpoint. Here's how Calvan himself describes his attitude toward his fellow Americans:
The Americans, however, are the absolute worst. I had a testy exchange Tuesday with an American soldier at an entry checkpoint into the Green Zone.Calvan then goes on to explain, quite vaingloriously, how he sought to intimidate a checkpoint soldier who questioned his lack of proper credentials:
We couldn’t call for an escort, because he wouldn’t let us switch on our cell phones. (Cell phone batteries need to be removed at most checkpoints.) If we wanted to use our cell phones, we would have to make the far walk beyond the barricades and razor wire. We would have to put ourselves in danger by standing out in the middle of downtown Baghdad where I could become a potential target. (As required, I was wearing my body armour, despite the heat.)This idiot doesn't even seem to realize that cell phones are used to trigger IEDs.
With nothing to lose I decided to get pushy.
The post brought a flood of negative comments to his blog, and a similar flood of emails to his editors at the Sacramento Bee. First Calvan edited the post to try to make himself come off better, then somebody pulled the plug, not just on this post, but on Calvan's entire blog.
But happily, as I mentioned, Docweasel took a snapshot. In fact, Docweasel perserved the entire Calvan blog entry, along with its comments. Read the whole thing and the comments. The comments give you a good idea of why Calvan decided to disappear his own blog.
I've been able to preserve some of the rest of Calvan's blog, at least through October 18th, because while Google didn't preserve it in their cache, someone else did. Here's a link to my entire Calvan Interruptus file.
Here's a sample from the Calvan Interruptus file:
Yes, it was certainly an adventure, my colleagues agreed. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Some have already turned “once” into “several.” I’m still looking for my initiation into being a foreign correspondent — will reporting mostly from a hotel room count?Will it count? Why not? Most of the intrepid reporting from Iraq is generated from hotel rooms, based on Iraqi (and undercover jihadi) stringers.
Why Hasn't Someone Kicked Ted Rall's Ass Yet?
The only thing the Iraq war has done is pussify America. All the patriots with cajones must be in Iraq fighting right now. In my mind it's the only reason Ted Rall hasn't had his ass severely beaten.
"Fighting words" is still a defense, right?
Reuters Déjà Vu....
I guess it's possible. Mario seems to spend most of his time snapping off photos of celebs, which seems like a pretty sweet gig. I doubt that it's staged, but it sure brings back a lot of bad memories.
A doll lies in the charred rubble of a home in the Rancho Santa Fe area of San Diego, California October 23, 2007. Wildfires stoked by fierce winds burned unchecked across Southern California for a third day on Tuesday with 300,000 people in San Diego alone evacuated as flames destroyed or threatened homes from humble forest cabins to luxury villas. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
An American First is a little more skeptical.
Never pass up an opportunity to post All Your Fakes Are Belongs to Us. Video below.
Jihadis Accuse al Jazeera of "Crusader" Bias
So funny, that it really needs no comment. Here are parts of a press release published by the Islamic Army in Iraq's media arm and posted in English:
Instead of adhering to their journalistic code of conduct and impartiality, as they describe their motto of being the channel of the opinion and the other opinion, Aljazeera directors have shamefully chosen to back the crusaders' side, and the defenders of hypocrites and the thugs and traitors of Iraq....Bwahahahahaaaaaaaaa!!
Where is the neutrality of Aljazeera who did not succeed at all in bringing a similar summary to the one mentioned in this statement?
Is there any journalistic honor left out there by joining the trend of the enemy of Islam to destroy its establishment, dispersing the ranks of mujahedeen in service of the crusaders purposes and their agents amongst the rules of the region....
Aljazeera's loss of credibility is more and more obvious, and the statements of the mujahedeen showing it sides by the American occupation are widely published....
All glad tidings are due the supporters of jihad, the jihad media will go on by the Will of Allah who will fail the plots of the kuffar and the hypocrites, and those who do wrong will come to know by what overturning they will be overturned.
The Islamic Army in Iraq is a Salafi jihad group which once had ties to al Qaeda but severed them some time ago because of political infighting. The group is responsible for the murders of several Western hostages, including Red Cross worker Enzo Baladoni.
Hat tip: Laura Mansfield
Does George Bush Approve of the Pardon of Cole Bomber Al-Badawi?
Yes or No? We really can't have any ambiguity on this issue. The following article says US embassy in Sana'a has not commented on Jamal al-Badawi's pardon. Bush owes a comment to the families of those sailors killed in the bombing and to every member of the US military.
Jamal Al-Badawi was originally sentenced to death as lead planner of the USS Cole bombing in which 17 US sailors died and 49 were injured. The sentence was reduced to 15 years. He escaped twice, the last time in February 2006. He has been on the loose since. He spent less than three years physically inside a jail, where by the way, he was very well treated. He recently returned home after promising not to launch any more attacks in Yemen.
The Cole bombers who are not dead or in US jail are free. The threat posed by this reconstituted al-Qaeda cell with support from the tribal regions, access to state resources, operational experience, international connections, and ideological motivation is enhanced by the complete lack of a counter-terrorism environment in Yemen. The state is actively appeasing them. Considering they already blew up an American warship, target selection would tend toward the spectacular if they decided to become operational again.
Frances Townshead who is currently in Yemen reportedly praising President Saleh said about a year ago that Yemen is an inconsistent partner in the WOT, and this is true. A third of the time, Saleh supports the US, and two thirds of the time, Saleh supports al-Qaeda.
The news of the glowing praise by Bush of Yemen's efforts on the counter-terror front is coming from the official news sources, which are nothing more than a propaganda machine. I don't know if Townshead made any public comments or if this all regime spin. If it is spin, the US needs to unspin it. If its not, the US is in much worse shape than I thought. I thought they might wake up a tad when it came out that Abu Bakr al-Raibi was never actually in jail, just transported to and from his house to court in prison clothes.
We know that large segments the pipeline of Yemeni suicide bombers to Iraq are under the control of a variety of Yemeni state officials and are aided by state resources. The reason the Yemeni administration is partially co-opted by al-Qaeda is that the jihaddis fought for Saleh in the 1994 civil war, after they returned from fighting for bin Laden in Afghanistan. They were later rewarded with state positions. These Bin Laden loyalists are currently in the PSO and the military and in a variety of high level positions, governorships for example. Jihaddis in ties, with a budget and a clerical staff.
But its all Syria's fault for letting them in. Not poor Ali's fault. Poor poor Ali Abdullah Saleh, he needs to appease the militants. He doesn't really *want* to, he has to, weak institutions and all that. Bullsh*t.
The Yemen Times is down at the moment, so to follow is the full article, not just the link.
SANA’A, Oct 24 — US President George W. Bush praised Yemen for its success in the field of combating terrorism.
This came in a message to President Ali Abdullah Saleh conveyed by the assistant to President Bush for Internal Security and Combating Terrorism Affairs, Francis Townsend.
In his message, President Bush confirmed his country’s support for Yemen in development, education, military, security, and fighting against terrorism.
Townsend’s visit to Yemen, which began on Monday, comes following a similar visit to Saudi Arabia, where she conveyed a message to King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz from the President Bush. The American official left Yemen on Tuesday.
In related news, General Staff of the Central Security Forces Mohammed Saleh held a meeting in Sana’a on Tuesday with a number of security representatives from the United States of America, United Kingdom and a number of African countries over issues related to cooperation among these countries in combating terrorism.
During the meeting, Saleh said Yemen is ready to provide assistance and expertise in this area in the light of agreements and protocols signed in this field.
The meeting came after a week fugitive Al-Qaeda suspect Jamal al-Badawi, who was convicted of bombing the USS Cole in Yemen that killed 17 American sailors, has surrendered himself to Yemen’s authorities.
According to AFP, Badawi, who featured on a US list of most-wanted terrorists with a five-million-dollar bounty on his head, had been allowed to return to his home in the southern port city of Aden in return for a pledge not to engage in any violent or Al-Qaeda-related activity.
The American Embassy in Sana’a has not commented on this news yet.
Badawi was sentenced to death in September 2004 for the 2000 bombing of the US Navy destroyer Cole off Aden, which was claimed by Al-Qaeda, but an appeals court later commuted the sentence to 15 years in jail.
Badawi was among 23-suspected Al-Qaeda militants who escaped from a prison in the Yemeni capital in February 2006.
Two escapees remain at large. The others have either given themselves up or were arrested or killed by security forces.
The beginning of the terrorism combating cooperation between U.S and Yemen came when Cole was attacked in October 2000. The United States administration started the security cooperation with the Yemeni government to apprehend those who were involved in the Cole attack and to establish their links with Al-Qaeda.
However, that cooperation did not extend to include support for security apparatuses and development of their capabilities. The situation continued in this manner until 11th of September 2001, when Yemen became “ U.S partner to fight terrorism”.
Since that time, the U.S. declared that it would start to cooperate with Yemen on military and counter terrorism issues and simultaneously to assist Yemen in improving its governance capabilities and its efforts of economic reform.
Analysts say Yemen’s success in fighting against terrorism depend getting foreign support to develop the rule of law, economic development, civil service reform, education, and health care.
Experts are worried that Yemen will remain subjected to state failure due to economic weakness unless it undertakes significant changes.
U.S.-Yemeni cooperation includes counter terrorism training for Yemeni military forces, enhancing the role of the coast guard authorities and the provision of equipment and training for Yemen’s Terrorist Interdiction Program.
October 24, 2007
More Democrat Troop Supportin': Levin "Strategizes" to Cut War Funds In Half
New Democrat "victory" strategy: now that the violence has subsided and things are looking marginally better than they did months ago, it's time to pull the rug out!
Can't have a military victory on BOOSH's watch, can we?
Older story, but succinct and relevant.
Charlie Rose Interviews David Horowitz
The Horowitz segment begins at 34:05.
I stumbled upon this interview, which was conducted (I think) right after David published "Radical Son in 1998," which is a fascinating insight into why he switched from the left to the right. As a former lefty myself, I found his disillusion similar to mine, although mine had nothing to do with the murder of my friends by leftist political organizations/goon squads, and more to do with profound patriotic uprising on September 11 that I later realized I had ultimately possessed all my life but had suppressed while among peers and college (I was quite politically conservative through grad school, which for me was a 180 degree shift). It wasn't easy. For G-d's sakes - one of my capstone classes in the journalism program of one of the great urban Universities of the northeast was focused primarily on blaming the Reagan administration for the crack epidemic of the 1980's, and excusing the murder of Daniel Faulkner by Mumia Abu Jamal. Given the clear distinctions I drew between right and wrong, justice and injustice and what I had read from and about the 1960's "revolutionary" generation, the full transformation came easier once I realized what had actually been happening all those years.
And for comic relief, there are also interviews with a few other people who came of age in the 60's - Roger Rosenblatt, Barbara Erenreich, Rick Hertzberg and most amusingly, PJ O'Rourke (the first interviews), who's experiences in his college days of the 1960's (and subsequent coming of age) bore more than a passing resemblance to life in my fraternity house.
For more, here's the classic video of Evan Sayet (which I realize I posted a while ago) enunciating his transformation. Long videos - enjoy.
Democrats Embrace Their Own K-Street Project
When DeLay does it, it's a "rampant abuse of power." When Rahm Emmanuel and Chuck Schumer do it, it's "strategy."
When Republicans were in control, Ms. Pelosi and company denounced the “K Street Project,” run by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. They protested that corporate lobbyists were allowed to become a fourth branch of government–and in some cases their protests had merit, as Republicans curried favor with money interests.Hypocrisy so thick you can cut it with a butter knife in the worst-rated Democrat-controlled Congress in American history.
Meanwhile, Democrats under Rep. Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Schumer have quietly erected their own K Street Project, and employ some of the same strong-arm tactics they once deplored. “I’ve never felt the squeeze that we’re under now to give to Democrats and to hire them,” says one telecom industry representative. “They’ve put out the word that if you have an issue on trade, taxes, or regulation, you’d better be a donor and you’d better not be part of any effort to run ads against our freshmen incumbents.”
ht: Texas Rainmaker
CNN "Uses" Fires in CA to Push It's Crappy PLANETINPERIL Series
And couple this with the Democrats trying to turn this into Katrina Part Deux, and you get to see pure scum in action.
Pimping their anti-Bush politics and ploys for ratings off of a human tragedy and natural disaster in real time.
Drudge Posts TNR "Shock Troops" Investigative Documents - Updated
UPDATE: Links to the documents, no longer available from Drudge, are at the end of post.
The New Republic's outlandish stonewalling to protect fake source Scott Thomas is completely demolished by these official documents that Drudge has obtained and posted:
The documents appear to expose that once the veracity of Beauchamp's diaries were called into question, and an Army investigation ensued, THE NEW REPUBLIC has failed to publicly account for publishing slanderous falsehoods about the U.S. military in a time of war.This house of cards is falling, though clueless lefty bloggers continue to cite Beauchamp's lies, even as their hyperlinks disappear (click on this bonehead's "Scott Thomas Beauchamp" link to see the "404 File Not Found" page.
Thanks to a tip from The Book Worm.
Kevin Drum still believes that the sun and planets orbit the earth:
It's hard to judge whether this is damning or not. On August 10, the Army was stonewalling TNR. They didn't get to talk to Beauchamp until nearly a month later. And the fact that after a month of browbeating from his chain of command Beauchamp "just want[ed] it to end" is hardly surprising either. We still don't know whether Beauchamp was telling the truth the first time around when he wrote his pieces for TNR or the second time around when he recanted under pressure from the Army.Drum accused Drudge of only showing "snippets" of the documents, until a commenter pointed out that they were hot-linked. Other commenters call on Drum to admit he was wrong about Beauchamp all along.
UPDATE by Rusty: I just read through the transcripts. WOW! I was going to put up the relevant parts, but I see AllahP already has pretty much the same quotes that I was going to show. Check it out.
And it would really suck if every single person talking about this story didn't link the man who started it all Bob Owens: Drudge Scoops Docs to Sink TNR
Let the blogger triumphalism begin!
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin, as always, has plenty of links to follow, including one to the InstaP: Where have all the Beauchamp references gone at NR?
UPDATE: Michael Goldfarb, the other key player in trying to get TNR to address Beauchamp's fabrications, has now commented.
Just for the record, after reading what Beauchamp said to Foer and the New Republic, he comes off as a guy trying to do right by his fellow soldiers....trying to make ammends for the lies he told about them.
UPDATE by Rusty: Speculation running wild as to why Drudge pulled the documents off his server. I'm inclined to think that the large PDF files just were killing his bandwidth. But Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO says:
We're hearing from The New Republic that the Drudge story isn't the damning evidence it suggests to be ... stay tuned.You've got to be kidding? NRO is circling the wagons? Even though the documents show that an official miliary investigation debunked all of Beuachamp's allegations?
As I've been telling some of my fellow bloggers behind the scenes, the documents are now in the public domain. So, for your convenience, here they are:
Er, how are these not damning?
(UPDATE: PWNED) Texas, Canadian Companies Helping Palestinian Islamic Jihad
UPDATE 10/24/2007: In the spirit of bogger triumphalism today, I'm bumping this post as a sort of self-congratulatory message to all of you who helped. Both websites belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are now down. Feel free to break open the champagne, pat yourself on the back, or throw a few bucks into the tip jar in the left column.
Jawa Report: 6
Palestinian Islamic Jihad: 0
Begin original posted on 10/23/2007
Two companies, one American and one Canadian, are doing business with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror organization. Both countries recognize the PIJ as a terrorist group.
Please help us shut off these terrorist propaganda outlets by notifying the North American businesses helping them at the contact information below. Remember that these internet companies probably are not aware that they are facilitating terrorist organizations. Also let them know that in addition to being immoral, doing business with the PIJ is illegal.
The first website, hosted in Ontario, Canada, belongs to the military wing of the PIJ's al Quds Brigade. It carries PIJ's official logo.
Updated by Howie: Pwn3d! One down, one to go.....
Thanks to everyone who emailed. Thanks also to Canaca-com Inc for their quick response.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a "listed terrorist entity" under The Anti-Terrorism Act [see: http://www.ps-sp.gc.ca/prg/ns/le/cle-eng.aspx#pij32]. It is a criminal offence in Canada to knowingly participate in or contribute to, directly or indirectly, any activity of a terrorist group.
The second website, hosted in Texas, belongs to the political wing of PIJ's al Quds Brigade. It also carries the official logo of the PIJ.
In addition, the Texas hosted Saraya al Quds website also prominently displays an image of the wanted terrorist Ramadan Shallah, one of the founders of the PIJ. Shallah was listed as a 'Specially Designated Terrorist' under United States law on November 27, 1995 and was indicted in a 53-count indictment in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, in 2003.
Above: Image taken from Texas hosted PIJ website
Below: FBI poster of Ramadan Shallah
Update II by Howie: Pwned!
Thanks everyone. Looks like I owe Garduneh Mehr 20 bucks. Seriously this is the first site we've has success with that was hosted by The Planet.
Doing business with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad violates the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) [see: http://www.fas.org/irp/news/2001/10/fr100501.html]. Each IEEPA violation of carries a fine of up to $50,000.
Fred Thompson : "DREAM Act is a Nightmare"
Posted at Fred's blog:
At a time when hard working Americans are being asked to foot the bill for costlier college educations, we shouldn’t be offering special deals to people here illegally. We need fewer, not more, incentives for illegal aliens to come to this country.
Given the widespread public uprising over the comprehensive immigration reform bill, you’d think the Senate had learned its lesson. Apparently not. Instead of focusing on legislation the American people clearly want nothing to do with, Senate Democrats are planning to bring the DREAM Act up for a vote today. Instead, they should focus on doing the work of the people, and pass the appropriations bills that have been awaiting their attention for months now.
Science! Jawa Report is #20
Looking at the original, I think it is a scale that basically takes into account how influential a blog is versus how cutting edge it is. That is, a story posted at The Jawa Report is both likely to become a major story shortly as well as our post becoming part of the overall conversation. At least, that's what the water diffusion case study it is paired with suggests.
H/T: #22 Soccer Dad
The Honda CR-Z Hybrid
As a tribute to our hybrid-obsessed readers, I bring you the Honda CR-Z hybrid:
(Click image for full gallery)
From the Honda Press Release:
The CR-Z is a next-generation lightweight sports car equipped with Honda's original gas-electric hybrid system which achieves both clean performance and a high level of torque...Nice....
'CR-Z' stands for 'Compact Renaissance Zero'-an expression intended to capture the idea of a renaissance in the design of compact cars that begins anew from fundamentals.
This design research model of a lightweight hybrid sports car features advanced technologies that deliver enjoyable driving for all while reducing the vehicle's environmental footprint.
Renewable Energy Retailing in Texas
Yes, I fully realize Wal-Mart Corporation is working overtime selling our country out to the godless and bloodthirsty ChiComs, but even so, this is pretty cool:
Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world, unveiled a new store outside of Dallas, Texas that could revolutionize how the company builds and powers their stores. The experimental design combines a host of renewable energy technologies including numerous solar PV arrays, two, small wind turbines, a bio-fuel boiler to recycle and burn recovered oil from store operations and a nearly endless list of energy-saving and sustainable design principles.All it's missing is a big fleet of cool-ass HYBRID CARS in the parking lot. Ah, well, all in good time...
The project represents an industry first for big box retailers. For the next three years, the company has arranged through the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other partners to carefully analyze every aspect of this experiment in sustainable, big box store design. The results, if satisfying, could profoundly change the way Wal-Mart, and even the retail industry as a whole, designs, constructs, and manages buildings and their energy use.
Reporter: 'Jena 6' Everyday Cowards, Not Racial Martyrs
I never could work up any sympathy for six pussies stomping a fellow student. Guess I'm not like Reginald Denny.
Craig Franklin of the Christian Science Monitor, who lives in Jena, Louisiana, explodes the mythology that has been constructed around the Jena 6 by incompetent national reporting:
There's just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice.Truthiness in action.
Spain Arrests 6 Cyber Jihadis
In Europe precedent is slowly being set, in one little known case after another, of online jihadis being prosecuted. We certainly hope the U.S. will begin to follow suit.
The extent of the crimes committed by cyber jihadis varies greatly---from propagandist for the enemy during a time of war to actual members of the terror organizations they support. But all of the cyber jihadis consider themselves mujahideen involved in warfare. Isn't it about time that we did the same?
Six suspected Islamic militants were Wednesday arrested in northern Spain on suspicion of using the Internet to recruit for and plot a 'world jihad,' a Ministry of Interior statement said....UPDATE: Looks like there's a U.S. connection too. IHT:
"A large part of the activity was carried out on restricted Internet 'chats' and forums, which shows that the cell arrested was the first one detected and dismantled in Spain that promoted 'world jihad' through the Internet," the statement said....
The alleged ringleader is Abdelkader Ayachine, an Algerian, and his top aide, Wissan Lotfi, a Moroccan. They were allegedly preaching violent jihadi ideology to promote an international "holy war," especially in Iraq, the statement said.
The arrests are part of an investigation that has established links between the Burgos group and Islamists in other countries and involved security agencies from Switzerland, the United States and Denmark...I'm very interested in this case, for obvious reasons. If any one has any more information on it, please e-mail me.
The Civil Guard said the arrests marked the first time Spanish authorities have broken up a network principally dedicated to promoting jihad on the internet.
H/T: Darth Odie
6 al Qaeda Recruiters Arrested in France
Today in our love-hate soap opera relationship with France: love. IHT:
Police investigating an alleged recruitment network sending Islamic fighters to Iraq detained six men on Tuesday, all linked to a group arrested in February that allegedly worked with an al-Qaida cell in Saudi Arabia, police and judicial officials said....The report also suggests that there is a Belgium (France Jr.) connection too.
The probe was opened in February into a recruiting network to send fighters to Iraq. According to a scenario described by the prosecutor's office at the time, the recruits were initially sent to Egypt to learn Arabic and teachings of Salafists "in the most radical schools." Via a cell implanted in Saudi Arabia and linked to al-Qaida, the recruits then were put in touch with a network in Syria that took them to Iraq "to commit terrorist acts, notably suicide attacks."
Maybe I'll finally take that trip to Paris I've been putting off for years because I didn't want to have to interact with any one who was French.
Hat tip: Beowulf
Heartache: Friedman Longs for the Good Old Days When the U.S. Was Losing the War in Iraq
Friedman's nuance in the NY Times:
I don’t know whether it was the sheer agony of the debate over Gen. David Petraeus’s testimony, or the fact that the surge really has dampened casualties, or the failure by Democrats to force an Iraq withdrawal through Congress, or the fact that all the leading Democratic presidential contenders have signaled that they will not precipitously withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, but the air has gone out of the Iraq debate.Jules Crittenden offers some nuance of his own:
That is too bad.
Friedman presents us with something different. The double-reverse chickendove. War supporter turned surrender enthusiast makes ironic funny about how painful this war has been for him. The terrible barrage of headlines, slogging through all those long, bitter thumbsuckers. News is hell. But apparently, he hasn’t been reading it.Read the rest.
California Fires Shout Out
As most of you know, I'm from California. Most of my family is away from the fires except for one of my brothers who lives in Poway, one of the cities most effected and which was largely evacuated. We also got word last night that frequent commenter Dorian Grey is stuck in his home in Ramona.
Michael Reynolds relates his personal experience with the fires here. Our thoughts and prayers are with any one else who was affected.
October 23, 2007
Shocka: Islamofascism Week Protest Organized by Revolutionary Communist Party USA
Mark Krikorian on Fred's Immigration Plan
Posted at The Corner:
Thompson’s new immigration platform is more hawkish than I expected. Not only does he understand the attrition argument, but his specifics are pretty good too: mandatory electronic verification of all new hires, enable Social Security cooperation with immigration authorities, withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities. And in what seems to be a first for a major presidential candidate, he calls for ending chain migration by discontinuing all family-related immigration except for the spouses and minor children of American citizens (as well as eliminating the visa lottery).h/t : Ace.
Video: Payback's a Bitch
727th EACS ("Kingpin") Presents...
727th EACS ("Kingpin") Present - "Payback's a Bitch"
Youtube copy of 27th EACS ("Kingpin") Present - "Payback's a Bitch
Note with Video says
This is a compilation of numerous U.S. Airstrikes throughout Iraq during 2005. This video was compiled and edited by Airmen of the 272th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron.Freaking awesome!
Hat Tip: Lucky.
Jihad Supporter at Widener University
Do you go to Widener University? If so you might be interested to know that a fellow student is a supporter of global jihad. He goes by the handle "Jinnzaman", is probably involved in the campus Muslim Student Association, and may be in the law school.
Here is what he thinks of US troops:
The kuffar [infidel] who occupy Iraq and Afghanistan may be 'victorious' from Fox New's perspective, but when they die, their abode will be hellfire if they do not [sic] reject Islam. Whereas the Muslims who die in those places with the intention to please Allah (SWT) (subhana wa ta'ala), they will be martyrs, one of the highest forms of victory!American troops = go to hell. The Taliban and al Qaeda fighters = martyrs.
Marked Manner has many more details on Jinnzman here, including Jinnzman's defense of killing apostates.
If any one knows Jinnzman's identity or details about his life please do not put them in the comments, but e-mail me or Marked Manner directly.
Fred Set to Roll Out His Immigration Enforcement Plan
Via FredHeads USA:
Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is choosing a county with a large farmworker population to announce an immigration policy Tuesday that will include stripping federal grant money from cities and states that don't report illegal immigrants...Full AP article here.
A major part of the plan will be to reduce the number of illegal immigrants by increasing enforcement of existing law. Sanctuary cities, where city employees are not required to report illegal immigrants to federal authorities, would lose discretionary federal grants, said a campaign source who didn't want to be named because the plan hasn't been announced.
Thompson will also call for stronger laws to force employers to verify that workers aren't illegal immigrants, a more rigorous system to track who is coming in and out of the country and a plan to increase prosecution of "coyotes," smugglers who bring illegal immigrants across the Mexican border, the source said. He will also talk about border security.
Sad Anniversary Approaches for Hostage Families
The families of the kidnapped Crescent Security contractors kidnapped in Iraq last year are preparing to commemorate a sad anniversary: Nov. 16, 2007, will mark one year of captivity for Josh Munns, Jonathan Cote, John Young, Bert Nussbaumer, and Paul Reuben. They will hold a press conference in Kansas City, MO on Nov. 14 and a fundraiser Nov. 15. The family of Jon Cote is holding a prayer service Nov. 17 in Clarence, NY.
Please continue to pray for these hostages and their families. The following verse is posted at FreeCote.com, and expresses so well the suffering of both the hostages and their loved ones:
“O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” (Psalm 130:2)
May the families be comforted and strengthened, and may they be blessed by the return of their missing loved ones soon.
Roy Hallums Gives New Hope to Hostage Families
Jawa Report Hostage Archive
Four Americans & One Australian Kidnapped in Iraq
Kidnapped Security Contractors Alive
Crescent Security Hostage Video
Friend Of Hostage Paul Reuben Speaks Out
New Hope for 5 Hostages?
Exclusive: U.S. Military Has Wanted Terrorists as Pen Pals
Some U.S. security officers, including Army instructors, are so "clueless" about the nature of the Palestinian militias they are training they have exchanged friendly e-mails with former students who are also known terrorists, including one of the most notorious Palestinian terror leaders, according to the author of a new book speaking exclusively with the JAWA Report.
Aaron Klein, author of the recently released Schmoozing with Terrorists, says he discovered officers of U.S. teams that train Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah security forces, many of whom double as members of Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror organization, have kept in touch with some of their former students who are also in the Brigades, perhaps unaware they were chatting with terrorists. From the book:
In one example, Klein was made aware of a series of pleasant e-mail exchanges between a U.S. Army officer and one of the most infamous Palestinian terror chiefs, who received U.S. training from the officer in the late 1990's in the West Bank as a member of Fatah's security forces. The officer among other things exchanged Christmas greetings with his former student, the terror chief. The officer is now a based in Virginia."It's scandalous that in the midst of the war on terror, our tax dollars are used to fund, train and arm the most active Palestinian West Bank jihad group," Klein told JAWA. "To highlight how ridiculous the state of things are and how clueless are our U.S. security coordinators, they are keeping in touch with former students who are carrying out regular attacks against our ally Israel, including shootings and bombings. Some of their former students are on Israel's wanted list of terrorists."
In "Schmoozing" Klein details how the U.S. has been arming, training, funding and coordinating security members of Fatah's Force 17 and the Preventative Security Services who openly serve in Fatah's declared "military wing," the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which took credit along with the Islamic Jihad terror group for every suicide bombing in Israel between 2005 and 2006.
The Brigades is responsible for more terrorism from the West Bank than any other Palestinian Arab organization, carrying out thousands of shootings and grenade attacks.
Klein also documents how terrorists, including chief of the Brigades in Ramallah, are among the official team that receives and distributes American weapons shipped to Palestinians.
Human Flesh Tastes Like Pork
(Kassel, Germany) On March 10, 2001, Armin Meiwes, a 42-year-old computer technician, killed Bernd Juergen Brandes, a 43-year-old Berlin engineer. Then Meiwes consumed Brandes after preparing him with salt, pepper, garlic and nutmeg. By the time Meiwes was arrested, he had eaten more than 40 pounds-worth of Brandes.
Meiwes (pic) admitted that he killed Brandes and was convicted of murder in Kassel County Court. However, he maintains that he is innocent because Brandes wanted to die. Both were involved in a cult-like cannibalism group on the Internet where the suicidal meet the hungry.
Police estimate that around 10,000 people in Germany alone share Meiwes' fascination with cannibalism -- either eating human flesh or being eaten.Last week, Meiwes, now 46, gave a television interview and revealed that human flesh tasted like pork. He also described his life-long fascination with the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" where a witch cooks and eats Hansel.
Meiwes, serving his sentence in a prison in Kassel, central Germany, could be eligible for parole after serving a mandatory 15 years in jail.
A psychiatric examination conducted ahead of his trials concluded that he is not insane but has a "severely disturbed soul."
"You wouldn't believe how many Hansels are whizzing around the Internet," he said.Holy moly! You really have to wonder how people can get so screwed up.
I also wonder what the Islamosplodies think about their pieces parts taking on the characteristics of pork after experiencing the flames and high temperatures in a suicide belt detonation. Maybe they don't know that a cooked jihadi tastes like pork.
Muslim Teacher Attacks Base, Chants Death to America: Deemed "Not a terrorist"
So laughable, it hurts. Since when has the requirement for someone to be deemed a "terrorist" included mental stability? Must it also include membership in an organization?
Case #4,134 in the files of personal jihad. Miami Herald:
Wielding two butcher knives bought at Wal-Mart and vodka bottles to use as explosives, Tahmeed Ahmad chanted ''Death to America'' and told Homestead Air Reserve Base guards he wanted to kill soldiers.So, he chants "death to America" and attacks an Air Reserve Base? Was he "not a terrorist" because he was teh stoooopid (knives?!?!)?
But Ahmad was no terrorist, authorities believe.
Rather, the Miami Central High School math teacher wanted to ''commit suicide by cop'' when he attacked military policemen stationed at the west gate just before midnight Sunday, the FBI said.
Police quickly arrested Ahmad, 22, whose mother says is mentally ill and had recently been in a mental institution. The FBI charged him Monday with assaulting a U.S. government employee.So a guy who's been institutionalized is teaching at a public high school? That alone is scary.
Ahmad is in his first year teaching math at Miami Central High, 1781 NW 95th St.
The teacher told agent Richard W. Lunn he would have used a gun but that a week ago, a dealer refused to sell him one because he had not lived in Florida for 90 days, as required by law.Wow, finally a case of gun control actually working.
Tag: world's dumbest jihadi
H/T: Mrs. Abe "Death to America" Froman
UPDATE by Rusty: Bryan Preston has related thoughts.
October 22, 2007
Democratic Underground Troofer Gives Sermon
Quite possibly the stupidest thing you'll see from the left this year. And I don't say that lightly, being well aware of the levels of teh stoopid previously thought unattainable that we've all witnessed from these people since BOOOSH took office.
New facts you might not be aware of:
1) Christ was hung.
2) Islam is older than Christianity and Judaism.
3) Islam is not to be blasphemized against.
4) Christ was hung.
5) Christianity and the New Testament are Jewish sect religions.
6) Somebody's drinking.
7) Posting from an IKEA store display is an effective way to focus attention on your message.
Word of the day - "blasphemize."
ht: DUmmie Funnies, AI Rottweiler
UN: Iraq Violence-Related Deaths Drop 'Remarkably'
Expect the mainstream media (if they even report it) to drop this story faster than a liberal talk radio host after 14 Ketel One bloody marys.
BAGHDAD, 21 October 2007 (IRIN) - Iraqis are breathing a sigh of relief as violence in their war-torn country is ebbing and the number of violence-related victims has dropped sharply since the beginning of this year, according to statistics compiled by the country’s interior, defence and health ministries.Thanks to A.J. at the Strata-Sphere, who has much more. The Anchoress has links and more commentary on Surge success.
"Violence-related deaths in September dropped remarkably to levels not seen in more than a year as the number [of violence-related deaths] stood at 290 while in September 2006 the number was about 1,400," Adel Muhsin, the health ministry's inspector-general, told IRIN in a phone interview.
According to the ministry’s statistics, between January and the end of September 2007, the number of violent deaths involving civilian, police and military in all of Iraq was about 7,100, against 27,000 in the same period of 2006.
Lt. Michael Murphy Awarded Medal of Honor
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. - from Abraham Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby
Who Ya Gonna Call?
What does this mean? Why is it posted on the CIA's website? Not a clue.
h/t : Allah.
John Bolton Working to Stop W's Nork Nuke Deal
I don't know much about W's deal with Kim Jong Il, but I know W is behind it, which gives me pause. Now I see Superstache is against it:
Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton is urging GOP lawmakers to oppose the Bush administration’s recent agreement with North Korea to end its nuclear programs, according to House Republican sources.I dunno 'bout you, but I'm sticking with Superstache on this one.
While Bolton’s skepticism of North Korea is well-known, this is believed to be the first time a former top adviser to the president has taken the unusual step of lobbying against a pillar of the administration’s current foreign policy. It is particularly surprising given the value the administration has placed on loyalty.
Other top Bush administration officials, such as former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, have criticized Bush since leaving office. But they have refrained from meeting with large groups of lawmakers to lay out their opposition....
Forty-two members attended the joint meeting where Bolton reiterated his longstanding position that trusting North Korea to abide by its promises is the wrong approach, according to a GOP aide who attended. He also spoke about North Korea’s role in Syria’s nuclear ambitions, and encouraged members to review controversial testimony he gave to the Foreign Affairs Committee in September 2003 during his contentious Senate confirmation battle.
America's Image Restored: Terrorist Free to Return to Jihad After Gitmo Release
AllahP's got the right take.
One of Saeed's brothers, who was a jihadist in Afghanistan, later said all the young people who went for jihad in Afghanistan will continue to pursue that goal until they achieve justice and victory.And of course, the journalists try to find out what "abuses" he suffered at the hands of the Pol-Pot-Nazi-Stalinist guards down there. Apparently, none. Except the "religious abuses," ie, guards not submitting to the will of Allah.
"Let the Americans know that jihadists are respected in their nations and they are not killers or criminals," Rashad Mohammad Saeed, the brother, said.
He refused to delve into the bodily abuses he suffered while in Guantanamo, but spoke about abuses against religion inflicted on all detainees.Poor baby - we'll get a taxpayer-funded ACLU lawyer and Democrat Congressman right on that.
"The abuses targeted religion, reviling God, and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and his companions and the believers. Some brothers were subjected to psychological and physical torture because they were Muslims.
"There were a lot of abuses, and it is enough to say they were directed at Allah, his prophet and the believers," he said.
I'm just comforted to know that our moral authority and image in the world has been restored with this brave act.
Now where are those bongo drums and acoustic guitar? There's a love-in to put on!
“I pray to Allah to make all my brothers in Guantanamo patient, they are always in our hearts, we will never forget them, they were arrested in the cause of Allah, and were looking for martyrdom and I pray to Allah to help them,” he said.I'm sure by looking for martyrdom, he just means that BOOSH sucks. He means well. He really does.
New bin Laden Audio: "Mistakes Made in Iraq"
UPDATE 10/23/07: An English subtitled "video" of the new bin Laden audio has been released by as Sahab. Laura Mansfield has a copy of it available for download here.
A new audio tape from Osama bin Laden will be airing on al Jazeera. When an English language translation is available, we will have it for you.
Isn't it odd that we have no new video of bin Laden? Even the "new" video of bin Laden released on 9/11 was actually an audio crunched between two short and low quality video segments.
Today's audiotaped message, released through Al Jazeera, was directed specifically to the "mujahideen" of Iraq. The message calls for them to unite and join forces, and avoid sectarian fighting within the jihadist groups.CNN:
The message, issued to commemorate the Eid, is part of a longer message that is expected to be released through the internet shortly.
The Arabic-language broadcaster said the tape was titled "Letter to the People of Iraq."Who will be the first to call shenanigans? At the very least the fact that "bin Laden" felt it necessary to try to unite the jihadis -- to keep them from killing each other-- is a tacit admittance that his effort to turn Iraq into "The Islamic State of Iraq" has been a failure.
The message includes no dated references, making it impossible to determine when it was taped based on its contents. In the message, bin Laden calls on his followers to be loyal to the Islamic nation, not to individual leaders, groups, tribes or countries.
The tape marks the first time bin Laden speaks directly to the militants.
"Beware of your enemies, especially those who infiltrate your ranks," he said in Arabic.
"I advise myself and the Islamic nation not to follow individuals and countries," he said. "Everything should be seen in the light of Islam."
Addressing the mujahedeen in Iraq as "my brothers," he said, "You have done well to perform your duty, but some of you have been late to another duty, which is to unify your ranks and make them into one line."
UPDATE: "Mistakes have been made in Iraq". George Bush? Donny Rumsfeld? Nope: Osama bin Laden:
In the tape broadcast by Al Jazeera on Monday, a voice sounding like bin Laden admitted that mistakes have been made in Iraq and exhorted the fighters to rectify them.UPDATE: More from the Blotter:
"Some of you have been lax in one duty, which is to unite your ranks," bin Laden said. "Beware of division ... The Muslim world is waiting for you to gather under one banner." ...
Bin Laden said fighters in Iraq should admit "mistakes" and try to correct them in the interest of untiy.
People familiar with bin Laden's voice say the tape appeared to be authentic, although there was no reference to any event that would indicate when it was recorded.Still waiting for proof of life Binny. Still waiting......
Dallas Company Hosts Enemy Website UPDATE: PWNED!!
UPDATE: Quickest pwnage in Jawa history. About one hour between the time we put up the post and readers started complaining to the time Soft Layer took down the website. Thanks Soft Layer and thanks Jawa readers!
What can you find on the Dallas, Texas hosted website of a "resistance" movement in Iraq? Dozens and dozens of videos produced by terrorists. Like:
A video of "the destruction of an American vehicle".
A video of a "the launching of mortar shells".
A video of an "American soldier being shot".
The website in question belongs to an alliance of Shia terror organizations in Iraq who, unlike other Shia groups, continue to target and kill American & Iraqi military men and women. Aren't we at war with these people?
It's a good bet Soft Layer doesn't know that they are hosting enemy propaganda. Let's make sure they understand who they are aiding and abetting in the killing of American men and women in a time of war. Please e-mail Softlayer and ask them to remove this disgustingly vile propaganda from their webservers.
I haven't been following it closely but there appears to be a rather complicated set of decisions in the HLF trial. Looks like they are going to retry the case. You just gotta love the jury system.
Jawa Report: The Cartoon
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Wow, once you're animated, then you know you've finally made it.
Thanks to Red Planet Cartoons for the immortality! Go visit the websites for more high quality political cartoons.
No One is Free Under Sharia
I'm not particularly fond of the term "Islamofascism", but I'm less fond of sharia (Islamic law) or any one who advocates its imposition (Islamists). That disdain of sharia applies equally to its peaceful imposition.
It's quite simple, really: No one is free under sharia.
Christians are not free under sharia. The final command Jesus gave to his followers was to go and make believers of the world. Sharia forbids Christians from proselytizing Muslims. How can one be a Christian under sharia when one is not allowed to practice a fundamental requirement of the religion.
Atheists and polytheists are not free under sharia. At least Christians and Jews are given 'protected' status under sharia---as long as they know their place and how to keep their mouths shut. Atheists and polytheists? It's open game guys. I hope your heads aren't particularly fond of your necks.
Muslims are not free under sharia. How can one be 'free' if one cannot choose to leave one's own religion? Yet this is precisely what sharia does. Islamic law forbids Muslims from leaving Islam. Traditionally the penalty for leaving Islam is death.
But even more moderate Islamists, who would not impose such a draconian penalty, agree that apostasy is a crime. A Christian who denies Christ is a sinner. A Muslim, living under sharia, who denies Muhammed is a criminal.
Islam under sharia law is like the Hotel California: you can check in but you can never leave.
Even if the penalties for these 'crimes' under Islamic law are less severe than in Iran, or in Saudi Arabia, or in Afghanistan under the Tabliban, you cannot be free under sharia. The so-called moderates who support sharia still want to make it illegal for me to call Muhammed a pedophile. Even if they don't want to kill me for it, but instead fine me, I am still not free.
Moderate and liberal Islamists promise to be kinder gentler masters than the Taliban or the Iranians.
A slave to a kind master is still a slave.
Huckabee and the Social Con Leadership
Rev. Mike Huckabee's rise in the national polls is undeniable. From early August to now, he has moved from 1 percent and change to over 6 percent. Though a 5 percent move may not seem like a groundswell, remember that "top tier candidate" Romney was hovering around 9 percent two weeks ago. Thus, Romney is a few points ahead of Huckabee, but they're in the same statistical "neighborhood."
Huckabee's message certainly seems to be catching on within the social conservative rank-and-file. And yet, despite the fact that Huckabee's the only clergyman in the race, his fellow Christian leaders seem to be more interested in boosting the Mormon businessman as against the Baptist minister, despite the fact that Romney's pro-life and "family values" bona fides are in serious question, while Huckabee's are not in question at all.
This situation has puzzled me for a while now. Over at RedState, Erick Erickson suggests an explanation:
The social conservatives do not want to rally around Huckabee because he is as distasteful to fiscalcons as Rudy is to socons. Even Tony Perkins, the head of FRC, said he hoped the social conservative candidate would be palatable to the fiscal conservatives out there. Huckabee is not.I think Erick may very well be on to something here. Policy-wise, Huckabee is, of the current GOP contenders the embodiment of "compassionate conservativism"--i.e., big government social conservatism. Our current "compassionate conservative" administration has been good to the social cons in terms of policy enactments, but it has nearly destroyed the traditional Reagan coalition of social cons and fiscal cons, and the social con leaders know it.
The ambivalence toward Huckabee may very well reflect an acknowledgment that a whole lot of fiscal cons will not lift a finger to place another "compassionate" fox in the executive henhouse, and fifty percent of a shared pie is, at the end of the day, better than 100% of no pie.
Netherlands Now a Turkish Colony
They're now speaking Turkish at the Rotterdam city council. What could possibly go wrong?
H/T: Ghost of a Flea
Will You Print the Truth If It's Free?
When Michael Yon, the freelance journalist covering the war in Iraq, came back to the states during General Petraeus' testimony to Congress, he was shocked at the old news, misinformation, and propaganda circulating in the American public eye:
Clearly, a majority of Americans believe the current set of outdated fallacies passed around mainstream media like watered down drinks at happy hour. Why wouldn’t they? The cloned copy they get comes from the same sources that list the specials at the local grocery store, and the hours and locations of polling places for town elections.Yon's answer is to offer his firsthand reports to members of the National Newspaper Association free of charge:
...[W]hat if I made a similar offer on a more permanent basis to a large media syndication, say, the National Newspaper Association?You can donate to Yon's mission here. Read the whole thing.
Using the lessons learned from “Bless the Beasts,” it probably won’t be enough just to make the news I am reporting available to NNA-member publications at no cost. There may need to be a little irritating sand in order to get a pearl out of this oyster.
Heartache: Terror Supporter Can't Visit His Sick Daughter
British officials won't let Omar Bakri Mohammed back in to the country to visit his 12 year old daughter who is sick. And while Bakri's family and followers continue to live off the British welfare system, the al Qaeda supporter lives in the lap of luxury in Beirut:
The cleric - accused of turning young British Muslims to al-Qaeda with hate-filled sermons - claims he must fly to London to see his sick 12-year-old daughter.I actually received an audio and chat transcript of the Dublin threat Bakri Mohammed made before it was widely publicized. It wasn't so much a threat as it was an answer to a question posed to him in a chat room. His answer was that since American troops were moving through the Dublin airport on their way to Iraq then the Dublin airport was a legitimate target.
Bakri begged Government officials to give him a two-week visa, insisting he'd had NOTHING to do with terrorism during the 20 years he lived in the UK....
He boasted how his supporters in the UK bankroll his luxury lifestyle on the shores of the Mediterranean.
And ludicrously, he claimed his widely reported calls for Muslims to bomb Dublin airport were just a joke....
Embassy chiefs said his visa was "unlikely" to be granted.
A guy asks you if its okay to bomb the Dublin airport and you say why yes, it is. As a person who has personally been to the Dublin airport on several occasions let me be the first to say ha ha, real funny.
Hat tip: Glen Jenvey, bane of Bakri Mohammed.
DC Sniper Victim Speaks Out
Kellie Adams, a victim of the DC Snipers, tearfully speaks out about a broadcast of John Allen Muhammad by CNN where he tries to rally support and convince people he isn’t a monster.
The thing about monsters is that 99% of the time they act pretty decently. I hear Hitler was loads of fun at dinner parties. It's the 1% of the time you have to watch out for.
LGF Eats Ron Pauls Face
Ron Paul hearts Charles Johnson. Bwahahahaaaaa!!!
A little disclaimer: I actually like Ron Paul. But I live in the real world. So I nominate him to be head of Hogwarts. I dunno, is it just me or does it seem like Dumbledore is always calling in those Weasley twins for 'discipline'? Creepy.
Jawa VI: The Return of the Rusty
I'm back. Thanks to the Jawa posse for doing such great work in my absence.
Where was I? Busy outting that old queer Dumbledore, that's where.
PS--Sorry for not returning e-mails to some in my absence. Please send again if it's urgent.
October 21, 2007
Liveblogging the Florida GOP Debate
I'm liveblogging the debate over at FredHeadsUSA.
Rudy Promising to Ban Gay Marriage?
Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, told The Hill Saturday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) would support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.If this is true, it's disturbing on two fronts. First, it's disturbing, but not surprising, that Rudy would be willing to support increased federal control over family law. Second, it's disturbing that many evangelicals apparently want the same thing. With a few relatiely minor incursions by the feds over the years (chiefly relating to miscegenation), family law has always been the province of the individual states, and I daresay that setup has served us all pretty well over these last 200-odd years.
Perkins said Giuliani told him in a private meeting that if the Defense of Marriage Act appeared to be failing or if multiple states began to legalize same-sex marriages, then he would support the constitutional amendment.
Gabriel at Ace of Spades lays it out well:
First, [a constitutional amendment defining marriage] is a cavalier abandonment of federalism. Yes, I know that it's perfectly legal to ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment. That doesn't make it any more acceptable to take the decision whether or not to allow gay marriages out of the hands of states.Like Gabriel, I have much less objection to the second proposal. To the extent I'd support any amendment, I'd likely support an amendment disclaiming a federal role over the marriage laws of the individual states.
"If multiple states begin to legalize" [Rudy will] just swoop in with a federal prohibition? That's disturbing for all the usual reasons. Now, something a little more nuanced--for example, exempting each state from recognizing the same-sex marriages of other states--would be less problematic because it would recognize states' choices. (Not that I would support that amendment either, but it assuages the federalism issue.)
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying our hodge-podge of state laws doesn't allow for a little strangeness here and there. I'm a bit troubled, for example, by the idea that a 40-year-old adult can, in certain places, legally marry a 12-year-old child. A federal constitutional amendment defining "marriage" as "one man" and "one woman" would probably dissolve such marriages. A 12-year-old child is not a "woman" by any stretch. One can even debate, I suppose, whether anyone who wants to marry a 12-year-old can really be considered a "man." (In a similar vein, the question of whether the children of parents married before their eighteenth birthday will retroactively become illegitimate bastards may very well become a matter for the federal courts to decide.)
Of course, state law strangeness is not in question. The question is whether the time has come for federal courts to take a more active role in regulating the family laws of the states. We should ask ourselves whether it is time for federal judges to start divvying up who is, and who is not, qualified to be considered a spouse. What is and is not considered a "marriage" often determines the outcome of family law disputes, including child custody, child support, alimony, and wills and estates issues. Those who advocate making the definition of marriage into a federal question would do well to keep this in mind as they hand the power to define marriage over to the federal courts.
Yes, having fifty different definitions of marriage can be a little messy sometimes, and it does leave open the possibility for some strangeness, but if the people of California were to decide that two women can be married or the people of Utah were to decide that a marriage can involve more than two people, this doesn't keep me up at night down here in Texas. Even if I fnd their choices a bit disturbing on occasion, I can accept that situation if it means I can keep their meddling mitts off our laws and off my family. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want the voters of California, Massachusetts and New York defining family law for the people of Texas.
For those who advocate a federal definition of marriage, I'd like very much to hear the thinking on where we need more federal regulation of family law, and why federal courts would do a better job overseeing family law than they've done overseeing the myriad other areas they've taken over from the states through the years.
20/20: The Debate Is Not Over
Sorry, libs. Stossel's gonna getcha!
Leftwingnuts Make Voices Heard By Hitting Lady With A Brick
The long dark night of fascism is coming.
Except the morons who scream about it are the ones bringing it. Here's another video, illustrating these lovely, masked thugs, complete with obligatory screeching lunatic woman with megaphone screaming inanities, mindless chants, cursing, assaulting cops, threatening people, etc. Then, when the cops react, they scream and cry and run like the little b*tches that they are.
Seldom is such hypocritical, mindless stupidity captured so succinctly in one location, but these trolls handle it pretty nicely.
Leftwingnut brownshirts at their finest and most "tolerant."
Congratulations to Governor-elect Bobby Jindal!
Reported at Bloomberg.com:
Republican U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana late yesterday and will become the first Indian-American to lead a U.S. state.Congrats, Bobby!
Jindal, a Rhodes Scholar who became Louisiana's health secretary at age 24, won 54 percent of the votes in an open primary, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's Web site. A majority of votes were needed to negate the need for a Nov. 17 runoff election. Democrats Foster Campbell and Walter Boasso got 13 percent and 17 percent, respectively, while Independent John Georges won 14 percent....
Jindal, 36, the son of immigrants from India, graduated from Oxford University in 1994 and took over Louisiana's health department two years later. He was named head of a national Medicare reform commission in 1998, president of the University of Louisiana in 1999, and a health policy adviser for President George W. Bush in 2001.
Media Seethe of the Day
Bitterness so palpable you can deep fry it.
From the Bobby Jindal win in Louisiana:
Election of Jindal, 36, as the Governor of Louisiana, immediately brought jubilation among the Indian-Americans in the US, who viewed this as emergence of a new era for the community in terms of their political empowerment. He is a Republican - the party of President George W Bush.SSSSSSssssss. GGRRRrrrr.
Soldier and His Family Could Use Your Help
Reminding us of the fragility of life in all places and circumstances is this tragic story. Specialist John A. Johnson has survived five IED blasts in Iraq, only to have a bitter fate stalk him at home:
But Spc. Johnson's luck began to turn with the last IED blast, which left him with a traumatic brain injury. Back in Texas for care at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, he was eagerly awaiting a visit by his wife and three children last weekend.The surviving child remains on life support.
But the children never arrived.
"I went up to his room and told him there was a problem," said Sgt. Schmidt, an Army medic who has grown close to the family over the last week. "I told him there was an accident and two of his children were deceased.
If you can help, donations can be made to the John A. and Monalisa Johnson Fund at any Bank of America.
Crooks & Liars Deleting Comments Like Crazy
Exposed as the quote-mining, lying little wingnuts that they are, the site monitors have resorted to stiffling dissent. Just a little too much dissent going on over there - only those echoing the leftwing mantras and who aren't pointing out their lies are permitted.
That makes 2 Irony Awards in two days.
October 20, 2007
Blogger Who Posted Malkin Info Threatens 'Hit' on Another Blogger
And, as it turns out, Chuck is 35 and lives with his parents. Because of Bushitlerburton.
Read the whole pathetic story at Freespeech.
ABC Misleads About Limbaugh Letter; WaPo Outright Lies About It
Perhaps hoping to one-up a fellow traveller, Z. Byron Wolf, who merely grossly mislead the public at the ABC Blog, Washington Post writer Neely Tucker has lied outright about the controversy between Senate Dems and Rush Limbaugh:
The letter in question is an Oct. 2 two-pager from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to Clear Channel Communications CEO Mark Mays lambasting the syndicate's Rush Limbaugh, who had recently criticized U.S. troops who were against the war in Iraq.Everyone conversant with the incident knows that Limbaugh was referring to Jesse MacBeth and others who have impersonated soldiers and become darlings of the antiwar left until being exposed as frauds. Tucker had to have ignored the transcripts and audio recordings that Limbaugh has posted the public portion of his website.
"Phony soldiers," blasted Limbaugh.
"Beyond the pale," Reid blasted back. "Unpatriotic," he added.
I suppose we should be used to this sort of blatant propaganda masquerading as journalism by now, but Neely Tucker should be counseled by his masters that outright lies, especially ones easily exposed, are generally ineffective mind control tools.
Confederate Yankee, who notes that ABC is busy deleting critical comments at their blog.
Don Surber, who points to the ABC blog as a reason more and more people distrust the media these days.
Democrat Senatorial Campaingn Committee Email Billed As "News"
Democrats smear, news happily amplifies with no question.
Stupid Liberal Blog Wins "Most Ironic" Award
Are you shocked that Democrat bloggers lie? Will you be shocked when they deny it?
Color me shocked and outraged. OUTRAGED!!1!
Clinton Fundraising Continues to Raise Questions...
Even The Nation can't ignore it anymore. It is telling that besides the LA Times (strangely) and the WSJ, the MSM is conveniently hoping this all just somehow goes away if they starve it of airtime and ink.
And it won't.
The Head of the Yemeni Socialist Party’s Parliamentary block: “The Yemeni regime has no desire for reforms in any field.”
Armies of Liberation conducted an interview with DR. AIDROOS NASR NASER AL NAQEEB, the chairman of the Yemeni Socialists Party’s (YSP) Parliamentary block. Dr. Aidroos represents three districts in the southern governorate of Abyan. The YSP ruled South Yemen until its 1990 unification with North Yemen. After Yemen’s civil war in 1994, the country’s democratic foundations were undermined by constitutional amendments that centralized power in the executive and by practices of the northern elite that subjugated the south. Reconciliation between North and South was thwarted in part by the rampant corruption of the northern oligarchy. Over the last several months, southern Yemen has witnessed large popular protests that resulted in the deaths of several protesters.
“In the last period there was some decrease in women’s opportunities.”
Q: Dr. Aidroos, how do you communicate with the members of your constituency? Do you have an office in your local district to receive people? How often do you visit?
A; According to the guidelines of the parliamentary council, every Member of Parliament should establish offices in their constituency as soon as possible after the election. My electoral constituency includes three separate districts. It is hard to establish an office in each of these three districts because geographical obstacles make it difficult to travel.
We perform direct visits to all these districts. Sometimes we met people in the capital of Abyan, Zanjibar, when they come for supplies. Also we have representatives in their areas. Many times we continue our discussions by phone. This is the best method for continuing communications.
Q; How do you reach women voters? How are the concerns of women voters different from men voters in your district?
A: Concerning the women's sector in Abyan I would like to say, in the last period there was some decrease in women’s opportunities. But recently there was an improvement in women’s political voice. Our communication with women saw good development. We meet with women during visits and festivals among other times. In elections, women participate in an equal ratio to men.
“The elections did not express the true desire of the voters.”
Q: The Yemeni Socialist Party allied with the Islamist political party Islah (The Yemeni Assembly for Reform) and other opposition parties for the 2006 presidential election. This opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), has been described as a model for the region. The JMP had a good showing on the national level. However, the opposition parties competed on the local level and lost badly. Does the JMP have a coordinated strategy for the parliamentary elections in 2009?
A: Let me say to you first, the outcome of presidential election (re-electing President Saleh) in 2006 was subverted by extensive forgery. Voters were terrorized and bribed. Therefore the result of presidential and local council elections did not express the true desire of the voters.
The JMP is strongly motivated to enter the 2009 Parliamentary election as an alliance, using either the program or “list of candidates” method.
Q: Has the JMP become more or less unified since the 2006 elections? Why?
A: The JMP laid the foundation of a strong alliance during the 2006 presidential election. The alliance of the opposition parties demonstrates the civilized approach to politics. The JMP alliance is stronger now than at any time. The aggressive tactics launched by the regime and its various proxy and apparatus made the alliance more unified.
Q: Some observers say that parts of the YSP, like parts of Islah, are actually loyal to the regime. Others point to a split between nationalists and regionalists. How do you respond?
A: We can’t talk about opposition that is loyal to the regime because that is not logical, but of course there are differences of opinion and approaches toward dealing with the ruling party and the issues we face.
About the next part of question, I can say that there are no nationalists or regionalists in the regime or the opposition. Yemeni politics are a result of a complicated of political life and the operation of society and economic on the national way.
"Building an alliance in parliament with members of the GPC...is impossible."
(Editors’ note: The ruling General Peoples Congress party lead by President Saleh dominates and politicizes nearly all aspects of Yemeni political, economic and civil life. The party itself is dominated by the executive branch.)
Q: Have the opposition members of Parliament been able to form alliances with reform minded members of the GPC? Why or why not?
A: The desire for real reforms became a public demand not only of the opposition but also of the GPC. Therefore I can say there is a long line (of people) in the GPC that have a strong desire to institute many reforms in Yemen. But there is a difference in their expression. Some have the ability to hint at this desired outcome and others can not express themselves.
Q: Does that mean they have no ability to express their opinions or positions because of fear?
A: Yes. That is right and everybody can see that. The inability to speak bluntly or even to hint comes from the fear of the consequences or official procedures, which occur against anyone with an outspoken position that crosses the red lines established by powerful people.
Q: Does fear and the “red lines” restrict all members in the GPC?
A; My statement is about all members in the GPC, not only members in parliament. I want to add there is a faction of the GPC that has declared their refusal of corruption and demanded many reforms in different fields.
Returning to the question about the possibility of building an alliance in parliament with members of the GPC, in fact we can not talk about this in the current circumstances. It is impossible. But there are many excellent positions adopted by GPC members in Parliament. The problem is that GPC members in Parliament claim they have orders from high up which are against their own inclination and which obstruct the work of parliament to do any reforms.
“Land theft is an undeniable fact.”
Q: A high GPC official recently said land theft in the South by influential northern people is a lie. Can you tell us how much land is alleged to have been stolen in the South?
A: Land theft is an undeniable fact and there is no need for more questions or uncertainty about its existence. The last statement of Dr. Saleh Ali Basora, the head of the Presidential Committee for resolving issues of land theft is more than enough to make that clear.
The land stolen includes agricultural lands, land of the former government in south, lands of corporations and wide areas suitable for building and investment trading. I have no statistics available about the total area of land stolen, but as one example I can indicate to the “Lineen farm” in Abyan governorate which is about 4000 acres. This farm is one of many farms stolen after war 1994. This occurred in all southern governorates. Regarding commercial lands, these are estimated at tens and tens of kilometers.
“Influential people …have the power to destroy any person that damages their benefits.”
Q: Does the presidential committee has the ability or authority to solve these problems?
A: I don’t believe the presidential committee has the power to solve the problem or succeed in its mission. While I don’t doubt in the committee’s fairness or in their desire to do some thing better, there are influential people stronger than all these committees. They are big military leaders and officials in the ruling party that have substantial authority and the power to destroy any person that damages their benefits.
Q: The underlying problem in the South seems to be a complete lack of officials’ accountability to the public. President Saleh recently issued a list of constitutional amendments that if implemented would decentralize power. Do you believe the regime has the will to implement these reforms?
A: First, I have some remarks about the question’s preface which refers to the “southern problem”. The YSP in its Central Committee term diagnosed this case and described it as the result of unwise politics after the 1994 civil war and the inequitable treatment of Southerners in general that followed the war. The YSP Central Committee indicated that the South was treated as the spoils of war including land, people, companies and wealth. The YSP also noted the violence against the current protesters reflects the type of politics which has dominated after the outcome of the war.
I think the regime has no actual desire for any administrative, financial, political, or legal reforms. The recent initiative of President Saleh doesn’t contain any new proposals. In practice, it will further consolidate power in the central authority, and all the posts will be derived from presidential authority. Yemen needs a parliamentary system, not a presidential system.
We as a country face civil unrest, economic stagnation and social difficulties. There is no remedy without increased Parliamentary authority and power, the separation of authority between the executive branch and the Parliament, and the ability of the Parliament to act as a check on executive power. I have no confidence in the ability of Parliament to call President Saleh for inquiry like any other parliament within a presidential system.
"The presidential initiative will hinder the emergence of democracy in Yemen."
Q: Does the YSP support the President’s reform proposals?
A: We in the YSP in conjunction with the JMP presented our view of political reforms, which is the need to transform to a parliamentary system. I believe the presidential initiative is meant to undermine the JMP’s earlier proposal. The JMP wants to fix the entire system and re-balance parliament and whole local authority structure. This means that the JMP’s initiative is more progressive and comprehensive than the President’s initiative. We are ready for any dialog on our initiative.
Q: Can the proposed reforms, even if insincere, bring about an empowerment of the Yemeni citizen?
A: I don’t expect any positive results from Saleh’s initiative. The result will decrease popular empowerment and turn back the democracy project. The presidential initiative will hinder the emergence of democracy in Yemen. The important thing about it is that the initiative accompanies a larger project designed to protect the status quo under the guise of the protection of national unity.
"A positive investment climate requires an end to corruption."
Q: China has a booming economy due to free-market reforms. What sort of free-market reforms would your party implement in order to make the Yemeni economy more robust?
A: We are an opposition party and do not have in our hand the ability to create economic policy, but in our view a free market economy first requires firm legal principles and an end to arbitrary selection outside of the market influences. It requires an end to policies which stand on nepotism, anarchy and savagery in economic investment.
A safe environment for investment is created through ensuring stability. Stability encourages local and foreign capital to flow into investment operations, and establishes financial, administrative, and legal facilities for investors.
A positive investment climate requires an end to corruption which is the first enemy of investment. Investors are also currently hampered by the principle of business' obligatory participation with influential persons. I think with these assurances in place, investment capital will come to Yemen and will create a booming economy, a decrease in unemployment and an increase in self sufficiency.
NYT Lies About Limbaugh, Leaves Out Details
But of course, NYT reporter Stephanie Strom included the Media Splatters smear, practically lifted from their smear site:
After Rush Limbaugh referred to Iraq war veterans critical of the war as “phony soldiers,” he received a letter of complaint signed by 41 Democratic senators.Except that he didn't do that, you twit.
Later on in the article, they try to include the "context (which Media Splatters conveniently left out)," and again FAIL:
Mr. Limbaugh has said that he was referring only to one soldier, who was critical of the war and had served only 44 days in the Army, never seeing combat.Jesse Macbeth (it's called Google, Stephanie) accused the US Military of horrendous war crimes, said he'd been forced to kill women and children, was propped up as a hero by the anti-Bush, antiwar left, washed out of boot camp, and defrauded the VA by making false claims on his record. That's far more than "served 44 days and never saw combat." It was far worse than that, but leave it to the NYT to ignore the "details." It was so bad that Brian Ross and ABC News did a story - before the smear on Limbaugh- on PHONY SOLDIERS (click to watch the video).
GET. YOUR. FACTS. STRAIGHT. No wonder the NYT stock is plunging through the toilet.
9-11 Twoofers Ejected From Bill Maher's Show...4 Times
Bill Maher is a jackass, but he handles these 4 Twoofers/Ron Paulbots just like you should.
October 19, 2007
Inshallahshaheed IS Our Bitch
Sammy's backup blog became his main blog because his main blog goes down almost as fast as he'll have to in prison.
His bouncy muslimpad blog is carrying a message he's moving to every online terrorists last refuge. Google owned blogspot.
Why move would he have to move to google, other than his current blog is not what you'd call highy available?
Well, Google has never taken down al-Qaeda's blog, so I guess Sammy figures he's tired of the bullshit and wants a host that's guaranteed not to take him down. Well we thought we'd never get him off wordpress. But we did.
I tried to block his new URL but, er, uh, ooops. I'll give him that one. Jawa 5 or 6, Sammy 1.
Have fun uploading all those files and reposting everything.
Update II : Check out the new Worldclash.muslimpad.com.
Owned baby. It wasn't me, I swear! But to whomever it was. Effing cool!
Take that bitch!
The Hillary Outtake Gallery (Updated: Pic Changed)
The page that the ever-so-careful Hillary image makers don't want you to see. Courtesy of the ever vigilant and seemingly ubiquitous zombie.
G-d, what a pair of dope-smoking hippie losers.
Here's more from zombie, who was at a "How Berkley Can You Be/Hillary rally" on September 30. WARNING: Idiots galore.
ht: allahakchew in the comments.
Terrorist Mortar Team Gets a Surprise
I love the laconic language that MNFIraq uses in this video description:
An enemy mortar team in Iraq launched an attack against two Coalition bases in June, 2007. Members of the team are tracked following the attack and Apache crews engage."...Apache crews engage." Hahaha...mortar this, a-holes.
Rudy G : "My daddy knows Jesus like that, but I'm not ready for that."
I thought this was an interesting bit of information:
When I spent two solid hours in a private meeting with Rudy Giuliani, I shared Christ with him so much that at the end of that two hours I said, 'Rudy, I'm not going to leave this place unless I give you an opportunity to pray with me to receive Jesus as your savior. Would you do that with me Rudy?'Not to get all "Dobson" here, but isn't "knowing Jesus" pretty much the sine qua non of being a Christian?
He said, 'No, Frank, I'm not ready to do that. My daddy knows Jesus like that, but I'm not ready for that.'
Does anyone care?
h/t : Allah.
Election 2008: All About Bullsh*t
Notice the freezeframe. And the snide comment at the very end. Precious.
ht: The Onion
Concerned Citizens Tip Leads to Rescue of Five Hostages
BAQOUBA, Iraq – Soldiers from Company D, 1-12 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, acting on a tip, discovered two houses used as make-shift prisons and released five local citizens who were held for ransom in the village of Buhriz in Baqouba, Iraq, Oct. 16.
A leader from a local Concerned Local Citizens group provided tips leading Soldiers to conduct the search operation, which also netted two weapons caches, and led to the detaining of six Iraqi men, acting as guards for the prisons, in addition to the discovery and release of five hostages.
In house one, the Soldiers found four guards, armed with AK-47s, a weapons cache consisting of one rocket-propelled grenade launcher with three RPG rounds, and one hand grenade, as well as two hostages. The four guards surrendered to CF.
In the second house, the Soldiers captured two guards, who also surrendered, and were armed with AK-47s, a weapons cache consisting of four hand grenades, 15 AK-47 magazines, two pieces of body armor and three hostages.
“The involvement in criminal activities is something that should infuriate every law-abiding CLC in the province, whose motivation to service is the security of their own citizens and loved ones, and not personal gain,” said Col. David W. Sutherland, commander of Coalition Forces in Diyala province.
The five released hostages were transferred to Forward Operating Base Warhorse, north of Baqouba, for medical treatment.
Krauthammer: Pelosi Stupid and Incompetent
In a Washington Post Op-Ed Charles Krauthammer examines the motives behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi's efforts to insult our ally Turkey with a resolution condemning acts of genocide against the Armenians committed 90 years ago by the Ottoman Empire:
Was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's determination to bring this to a vote, knowing that it risked provoking Turkey into withdrawing crucial assistance to American soldiers in Iraq, a conscious (columnist Thomas Sowell) or unconscious (blogger Mickey Kaus) attempt to sabotage the U.S. war effort?
Turkey had already made it quite clear that passage of the resolution would be an insult that would result in jeopardizing our vital supply routes through that country to Iraq, and could precipitate Turkish military action against Kurds in northern Iraq.
Krauthammer offers this explanation of Pelosi's motive:
Is the Armenian resolution her way of unconsciously sabotaging the U.S. war effort, after she had failed to stop it by more direct means? I leave that question to psychiatry. Instead, I fall back on Krauthammer's razor (with apologies to Occam): In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit.I disagree. It's my opinion that Pelosi is, in addition to being stupid and incompetent, more than evil enough to have plotted this resolution, and its consequences, deliberately.
Somali Government Attacks World Food Program Offices in Mogadishu
The WFP was apparently distributing food in areas perceived as "opposition." Starving the civilians is quite an inhumane tool of war. Funnily, the government denies carrying out the raid; however, the head of the WFP is being detained in a cell in the National Security Service headquarters.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP)--The head of U.N. food agency operations in the violence-wracked Somali capital was taken away Wednesday by 50 to 60 heavily armed government security officers who had stormed the U.N. compound in Mogadishu, the agency said. The World Food Program suspended aid distribution in Mogadishu in response.So now everybody starves.
Interior Minister Mohamed Mohamoud Guled denied government officers carried out any operation at the U.N. compound....WFP's Idris Osman was being held in a cell at the and the World Food Program hasn't received any explanation for the action, the agency said in a statement, adding his detention violated international law.
Speaking of starving, check out this short video about one of the poorest and hopeless neighborhoods in Yemen. Its filled with kids.
Anti-Gun Reporter Rebecca Aguilar Didn't Broadcast Her Ambush Piece By Herself...
I think Vinnie had an excellent idea in his post below. Rebecca Aguilar is obviously a bully and a hack, but she didn't broadcast that story all by herself. Seems to me the FOX4 management also has some explaining to do. Should you be so inclined...
FOX4 News director Maria.Barrs@foxtv.comI see that Texas Fred and Ed Morrissey have been following the story.
FOX4 Vice President and General Manager Kathy.Saunders@foxtv.com
Main Telephone: 214.720.4444
Main e-Mail: email@example.com
Dallas Newsroom: 214.720.3154
Dallas Newsroom Fax: 214.720-3263, 214.720.3333
Vote For Matthew Burden for Blogging Scholarship
Matt at Blackfive is one of the top military bloggers. He’s been one of my go to blogs for years regarding military knowledge. He’s also a great guy with a heart of gold. Matt needs your vote and the vote of your friends so spread the news far and wide.Jawa minions go vote here. Voting is open through the 28th.
October 18, 2007
Be Annoying, But Be Nice
As a follow up to Ragnar's post, email the reporter in question.
If you're still wondering how a reporter could be such a jackass to an elderly man protecting his property, just read her bio. It says it all.
Al-Qaeda Assassination Attempt on Bhutto
Two apparent car bombs exploded just feet from the truck carrying former Pakistani Prime Minister Benezir Bhutto as she returned from exile today. Al-Qaeda terrorists, who had threatened to kill her earlier for her support of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, are the likely suspects. Via MSNBC:
KARACHI, Pakistan - Two explosions went off Thursday night near a truck carrying former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on her celebratory return to Pakistan after eight years in exile. Police said she was unhurt, but officials and witnesses said up to 45 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.
An initial small explosion was followed by a huge blast just feet from the front of the truck carrying Bhutto during a procession through Karachi. The blast shattered windows in her vehicle. Neither Bhutto nor any of the others riding on the truck was hurt, police officer Hasib Beg said.
Karachi police chief Azhar Farooqi told Dawn News that Bhutto was rushed from the area under emergency plans prepared ahead of her return.
[. . .]
Footage of the scene showed several motorcycles laying on their sides. Flames burned in the center of the street after the explosions. Scores of people, mostly men wearing white robes, fled down the street after the blast.
The truck carrying Bhutto was designed to withstand a blast attack.
Bhutto had stood in plain view on top of the vehicle, ignoring police advice to stay behind its protective glass, as the vehicle edged through crowds. More than 150,000 jubilant supporters had surrounded the convoy carrying Bhutto amid massive security in Karachi.
Militants linked to al-Qaida, angered by Bhutto's support for the United States war on terrorism, had earlier threatened to assassinate her.
Last month, Osama bin Laden issued a call to jihad against Pakistan in retaliation for staging a deadly raid that ended the siege of the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, which militants had taken over in July.
UPDATE: Death Count Up to 93
UPDATE II: Video not working now, I'll try to find another one. I'll leave this one up for now in case the link is just busy.
UPDATE III: Here's a link to CNN's video of the blast
UPDATE IV: Video beneath the fold.
Pete Stark Stark Raving Mad
Breitbart points out this example of senile dementia masquerading as a US Representative.
Transcript of the most offensive part of Pete Stark's (D-CA) lunatic rant below [emphasis added]:
"Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you're telling us today? Is that how you're going to fund the war? You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."Isn't Dr. Kevorkian out of prison now?
Burqua Bandit Robs NC Bank
HIDDENITE, N.C. -- Police are investigating an unusual robbery in Hiddenite.
Someone dressed in a burgundy burka walked into the People’s Bank at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, showed the teller a handgun and demanded money.
The robber then took off down N.C. 90 in a burgundy sport utility vehicle.
Authorities are looking into whether this bank robbery can be connected to one in Morganton.
Germany Charges Al-Qaeda Terrorist
Germany has made another move in it's recent drive against al-Qaeda linked terrorists there.
Via Reuters: BERLIN, Oct 16 (Reuters) - German prosecutors charged a 33-year-old Jordanian man with helping to set up what they described as a terrorist group in Sudan with links to al Qaeda, the Federal Prosecutor's Office said on Tuesday.Funny, GIMF was founded in Germany and now there have been quite a few arrests there. It seems that where you find a lot of terrorist propaganda websites, you also find terrorists. Imagine that!
The man, referred to as Thaer A., is accused of organising the financing and recruitment for the group which aimed to train members in Sudan for a "guerrilla war."
"The aim of this group was to open up a front against the 'crusaders' in Sudan and waging a holy war as called for by Osama bin Laden," the Prosecutors' Office in Karlsruhe said in a statement.
Terror Suspect Wants Hearing Closed
Why? So the public won't hear his confession.
Via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A federal judge on Friday denied a motion to bar the public from an upcoming hearing in which statements a terrorism suspect gave to authorities will be played aloud in court.More here and here.
Atlanta attorney Jack Martin, who represents Syed Haris Ahmed, had filed a motion contending his client may not be able to get a fair trial if the news media reports the details of Ahmed's allegedly incriminating statements.
But U.S. Magistrate Gerrilyn Brill said the motion "does not come close" to giving her legal grounds to close the hearing.
At issue are more than 12 hours of statements Ahmed gave to authorities over a nine-day period in March 2006. Ahmed, a former Georgia Tech mechanical engineering student, is charged with Ehsanul Sadequee of Roswell in a four-count federal indictment here of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Both men have pleaded not guilty.
Question: If casing targets for terrorists is material support of terrorism, is spreading al-Qaeda propaganda, under al-Qaeda's flag, with the intent of mitigating damage to al-Qaeda's al-Furqan media also material support?
More on this shortly.
Image Credit: Northeast Intelligence Network.
72-year-old concerned citizen takes down suicide bomber
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – A 72-year-old man stopped a suspected suicide bomber from detonating himself at a checkpoint in Arab Jabour Oct. 14.
The man approached a checkpoint where Mudhehr Fayadh Baresh was standing guard, but did not make it very far.
Baresh, a tribal commissioner and member of the Arab Jabour Concerned Citizens program, said he ordered the man to lift his shirt - using training received from Coalition Forces - when he did not recognize him as a local villager.
The suspect refused to lift his shirt. Baresh repeated the command again, and the suspect exposed his suicide vest, running toward the checkpoint.
Baresh opened fire which caused the vest to detonate, killing the suspect.
“I did it for the honor of my family and the honor of my country,” said Baresh, when he met with Col. Terry Ferrell, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Adgie, commander of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment presented Mudher with a battalion coin for his valor Oct. 16.
Hat Tip: Allahaakchew.
AP Writer All Wistful and Nostalgic For Good Old Days Of 'Fragging'
Both Roland and Anderson said today's all-volunteer military, compared with soldiers being forced into duty in Vietnam, is the primary reason why fragging attacks are almost nonexistent in Iraq and Afghanistan. The conditions in Iraq are also much less conducive to the crime, Roland said...That's one way to look at. Another way is that "fragging" was non-existent before the mainstream media of the time started turning against the war in 1969 (once it could be tagged to a Republican adminstration).
...In Vietnam, fragging increased as drafted troops became more demoralized during the conflict's later years.
And, of course, current antiwar activists have been praying for fragging incidents for years.
News Bully Ambushes Ordinary Citizen over Self-Defense
The gun-hating media at its finest...
Ambushing an old man, blocking the door to his car so he can't leave. All in a day's work for Rebecca Aguilar, the Hispanic Journalist of the Year.
Seems to me somebody in Dallas ought to grab a video camera and go ask Ms. Aguilar why ambushing and berating ordinary citizens for ratings should be considered "journalism."
h/t : Dan Riehl.
Jawas Are Everywhere!
No Sammy, you didn't make the cut, punk.
Hat Tip: Allahpundit.
Lets Talk Turkey
The resolution to authorize Turkish troops to cross into Iraq to hunt the PKK is more of an appeal to the US and Iraqi forces to crack down on the group:
Like a shy bride, Turkey is taking a fundamental decision but at the same time wishing to stay away from all the possible repercussions arising from that step, which might disrupt the comfort at home, as well as complicate its web of ties with the international community, headed by the U.S. and the European Union.
Gays, however, are under legal attack by the government, in the form of the governor of Istanbul, who filed a suit to close a LGBT human rights organization:
In 2005, sexual orientation was included as a protected status in an early draft of an anti-discrimination bill in Parliament, but lawmakers later eliminated the language. Meanwhile, laws and regulations that refer to “general morality” are still used to restrict LGBT people's rights of association and expression, and also to justify police arrests and harassment on the streets.
And linguistics is always an issue the world over:
The Turkish government does not deny that massacres that affected both sides of the conflict took place but rather deny that there was any intent to destroy a group or a nation, which is a pre-requisite for an incident to be labeled as “genocide” instead of a “massacre.” The term “genocide,” due to its nature, requires central planning and machinery to execute the plan. Current attempts at a resolution between the two countries are at a dead end.
No Longer a Melting Pot
A powerless commission urges the State Department to prevail upon the Saudi government to please shut down two private schools in Fairfax, Virginia which teach hatred of Christians, Jews and Shiites, via Yahoo News:
The commission does not offer specific criticism of the (Islamic Saudi) academy's teachings beyond its concerns that it too closely mimics a typical Saudi education....The report also criticizes the school's administrative structure, saying it is little more than an offshoot of the Saudi Embassy, with the Saudi ambassador to the United States serving as chairman of the school's board of directors. The structure "raises serious concerns about whether it is in violation of a U.S. law restricting the activities of foreign embassies."Whatever happened to "All Men are Created Equal" as the premise we had to agree upon? And why doesn't this qualify as federally prohibited hate speech?
Yemeni-Americans Denounce Politicized Fatwas
To: The United Nations
Subject: The exploiting of the dictatorial regimes to the religious Fatwa to justify the perpetration of war crimes against humanity and the violation of human rights in the Middle East.
The Yemeni-American Anti Terrorism Center (Y.A.A.T.C) is anxiously watching the public Fatwa of the clerics which is instigated by politicians to push the desperate and frustrated young people to implement terrorist operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, and elsewhere. This is only shattering the lives of innocent civilians and destroys the infrastructure of their countries which lead to the increases of their sufferings.
Therefore, the Yemeni-American Anti Terrorism Center (Y.A.A.T.C) is submitting this letter to you due to the facts and the following reasons:
First: The existing dictatorship regime in Yemen is taking advantage of the Fatwa (religious statement) in its wars against the people of Yemen.
Yemen witnessed war one after the other until this day since the regime controlled the country in 17 in July 1978. These wars claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people, destroyed the economy and the infrastructure of the country which guide to present the administrative and the financial corruption. However, this situation is leading to the existence of poor, desperate, and frustrated people, which is adopting violence and counter violence that is prompting to produce terrorism and export it internationally.
Here are some examples that show how the Yemen regime exploited the Fatwa in its wars:
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Yemeni regime (was known as the Yemen Arab Republic) waged the war on the border areas and the central regions. The regime forced the clerics to issue a religious Fatwa that allowed the regime to kill the opponents and their families and to loot their properties.
In 1994, the Sana’a regime declared a war against its unity partner, the south, and based on the famous Fatwa of Dr. Abdel Wahab Al-Dailmi which permitted the north forces to kill the southern people.
Recently, the regime repeated the same scenario in the war of Sa’dah. We all saw how the clerics issued the Fatwa that allowed the Yemeni army (led by the brother of the president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Brigadier General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar) to kill the civilian people in Sa'dah because they opposed the policy of injustice, oppression, plunder, and tyranny that practiced by the dictatorship regime over three decades.
Second: The dictatorial regimes in the Middle East is taking advantage of the Fatwa to get rid of the opponents, perpetrating the war crimes against humanity, and violating of the human rights in order to control and loot the wealth of the people in the country. Those people who are looking to be free from those dictatorial regimes will not have it, because it will not happen unless the United Nations and the free world help them to remove it.
Third: The dictatorial regimes in the Middle East are financing and supporting the terrorist organization by smuggling the weapons and sending the terrorists to the war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere. However, those dictatorial regimes will not accept any changes towards freedom, democracy, and development, because the change means the end of these regimes.
As the foregoing, (Y.A.A.T.C) requests from the United Nations and the Security Council the following:
Drying the source of terrorism in the Middle East by toppling the dictatorial regimes, especially in Yemen, to assistant the Yemeni people to salvation, liberation, and emancipation of the those regimes, in the context of the international war on terrorism.
Work and communicate with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to reconsider issuing the Fatwa to ensure that the regime will not utilize it which will result in killings and injuries of millions of people in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and other as well.
Create an organization that belongs to United Nations to organize the affairs and the relations among the religions in order to build up moral concepts in peoples’ hearts.
Finally, we thank and appreciate the efforts of United Nations to help the oppressed people everywhere on this earth.
October 17, 2007
Virginians Crack Down on Illegals
Looks like the Virginians are getting fed up with illegal immigration:
MANASSAS, Va. - One of the nation's toughest local crackdowns on illegal immigration was unanimously approved by Prince William County lawmakers early Wednesday after a 12-hour hearing marked by emotional testimony and scuffles.
The measures would deny certain county services to illegal immigrants, including business licenses, drug counseling, housing assistance and some services for the elderly. The county Board of Supervisors also gave police some funding to help them check the immigration status of anyone accused of breaking a law if an officer suspects the person is an illegal immigrant.
Alternative Theory to Rethuglican Attack on Randi Rhodes
This is just a theory, not actual footage of the alleged incident, and is offered in the spirit of Jon Elliott's "rightwing hate machine:
Five Terrorists Captured in Iraq
Five known terrorists, some of them connected to al Qaeda and involved in the facilitation of foreign fighters, have been captured in Iraq. 11 others were detained with the five known terrorists.
Coalition forces captured four wanted individuals and detained an additional 11 suspected terrorists early Wednesday during operations targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.
Coalition forces captured a wanted individual believed to be a foreign terrorist facilitator and two other suspected terrorists in Tikrit. The wanted suspect is reported to be linked to a primary agent involved in trafficking foreign terrorists and is believed to be an associate of many current and former leaders of the network. Intelligence also links this individual to the movement of weapons, originating from outside of the country, throughout the Tigris River Valley. After the ground force secured the objective, the three were detained without incident
In Ar Ramadi, Coalition forces captured a wanted individual along with four other suspected terrorists with connections to Syrian-based extremists. Intelligence indicates that the wanted suspect was connected to a senior terrorist named Muthanna, who was killed during operations Sept. 11 near Sinjar, in northwest Iraq. Muthanna was the Emir of the Iraq and Syrian border area and a key facilitator of the movement of foreign terrorists once they crossed into Iraq from Syria. Upon securing the target building, ground forces discovered possible improvised explosive device making material and several Iraqi police uniforms.
In Baqubah, a wanted individual surrendered to Coalition forces without resistance as they quickly secured the target area. The suspect is reported to be a well known al-Qaeda weapons facilitator and terrorist cell leader. He has been linked to several previous Coalition objectives and has ties to several associates within the network. Two other suspected terrorists were detained during the operation.
Another wanted individual was captured during an operation in Mosul targeting associates of a senior terrorist network leader. Intelligence indicates that the targeted suspect is connected to the leader of the northern terrorist group and individuals with access to the senior leadership of al-Qaeda. In addition to the targeted suspect, three other suspected terrorists were detained in the operation without incident.
In Baghdad, Coalition forces captured a wanted individual believed to be the newly appointed leader of a local al-Qaeda cell operating in the southern part of the city. The city’s car-bombing network has been attempting to re-establish operations after significant degradation by Coalition forces in recent weeks including the Oct. 16 capture of the wanted individual and two additional suspects during an operation in southern Baghdad.
“Al-Qaeda still attempts to terrorize the Iraqi people in many areas,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman “There is still more work to be done, but through successful operations like these, they are losing their grip.”
Source: MNF Iraq
Success of Surge Hurting Iraqi Business
Even good news gets the every silver lining has a cloud treatment:
NAJAF, Iraq — At what's believed to be the world's largest cemetery, where Shiite Muslims aspire to be buried and millions already have been, business isn't good.I'd like to say that I'm confident that the writers of this piece were being tongue-in-cheek here, but I'm not sure they were.
A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that's cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.
Syria Confirms Nuke Facility Bombed?
Israel claims that Syria has admitted to the U.N. that the "abandoned military base" bombed by Israel was really a nuclear facility. YNET:
Syrian officials have admitted that the site attacked by the Israeli air force last month was a nuclear facility, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.But Syria is publicly denying it:
According to the newspaper, three Israeli diplomats present at a recent United Nations Disarmament Commission meeting overheard the Syrian representative clearly say that Israel's attack targeted a nuclear facility.
Syria denied Wednesday that one of its representatives to the United Nations told a panel that an Israeli airstrike hit a Syrian nuclear facility and added that "such facilities do not exist in Syria."It's also interesting, though, that the AP names the U.N. itself, and not Israel, as the source for Syria admitting that Israel had hit a nuclear target:
The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA, quoting an unnamed Foreign Ministry source, said that Syria had made it clear in the past that there are no such facilities in Syria. It said the U.N. release misquoted the Syrian diplomat, who was not named.
A U.N. document released by the press office provided an account of a meeting Tuesday of the First Committee, Disarmament and International Security, in New York, and paraphrased an unnamed Syrian representative as saying that a nuclear facility was hit.The plot just keeps getting thicker.....
The U.N. document, which summarized minutes of the meeting but was not an official record, paraphrased the Syrian representative as saying "Israel was the fourth largest exporter of weapons of mass destruction and a violator of other nations' airspace, and it [Israel] had taken action against nuclear facilities, including the 6 July attack in Syria."
In view of the fact that the Yemeni dictator is a qualified liar....
Guest Post, oped by "Abu Yemen" who asks to remain anonymous
Yemen Security Service Attempts To Mislead Others
It has been released by a Yemeni security source two days ago that the wanted Gamal Al Badawi was arrested in Aden. Al Badawi has been arrested for his role in planning and carrying out with others the attack on the USS Cole. After spending a long time in custody at a Sana’a prison, he was allegedly able to free himself with another twenty two Al Qaeda prisoners by digging a tunnel some hundred yards long. This story was spread by the Yemeni security authorities in an attempt to avoid rendering necessary answers to the FBI and CIA team that awaited for long to bring their mission on Cole to a conclusion.
The arrest of Badawi was also published in Al Ayyam daily today (Wednesday, October 17, 2007) and the French A.F.P. news agency a day earlier.
In view of the fact that the Yemeni dictator is a qualified liar, this particular event should not be taken its face value, but instead judged on previous records of systematic packages of lies and false information which have been fed to the Yemeni public and friendly governments.
Gamal Badawi is certainly a most wanted on security lists. He and other associates were at one time awarded with jobs within the Yemeni armed forces followed their participation in rallying behind President Saleh’s military confrontations with the Yemen Socialist Party, which use to run the South Yemeni government at one time. Al Badawi and his associates were in constant contact with senior Yemeni national security officers, namely (...), and many others.
It is believed that Al Badawi is a source of information that will incriminate the president and his men in serious terrorist activities in Yemen and maybe overseas. Nobody should therefore be surprised if Badawi is killed while attempted to escape his detention. I am sure if Badawi is interrogated outside Yemen and a deal is offered to him, he might reveal a substantial amount of information.
Fatwa: 80 Lashes for Libel
File under: Sharia is not compatible with democracy.
Nobel Laureate Says Blacks Less Intelligent
James Watson, co-winner of the Nobel in 1962 for his work in DNA research, has created a firestorm by stating publicly that he believes Africans to be less intelligent than whites (and presumably Asians) due to "geographically separated" evolution.
Here's the original article and quote:
He says that he is “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”, and I know that this “hot potato” is going to be difficult to address. His hope is that everyone is equal, but he counters that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”. He says that you should not discriminate on the basis of colour, because “there are many people of colour who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level”. He writes that “there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so”.Watson has created controversy in the past by offending feminists and telling a woman that, yes, it would be possible to abort gay babies. This last was taken as advocacy, but apparently he was just speaking to the theoretical possibility of determining sexual orientation prior to birth.
Sadly, rather than refute Watson on scientific grounds, most critics will attack from a position of political correctness, a kneejerk response that will only encourage overt racists.
Michigan Jihadi Uses the "Gay Rumor" Defense
The I was just trying to dispel gay rumors about me by declaring "personal jihad" and wandering around the park with an AK-47 defense. Quick, somebody call Larry Craig's lawyer with this one!
It's almost as good as the Chewbacca defense....
Lynne Stewart: I'd Help the Terrorist Again!
Wow, there's naive and then there's treasonous naive. NY Post:
Stewart was convicted in 2005 of smuggling secret messages out of prison for Islamic terrorist Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman....Differently? This time she would do a puppet show while Rahman passed messages to an "associate".
Stewart helped Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of planning a massive terror-bombing campaign in New York, pass messages to an Egyptian associate posing as a translator while she pretended to ask questions....
She called Abdel-Rahman himself "a remarkable man," and said, "Yes, I would do it again, but I would do it differently."
Private Anti-Terror Efforts: We Don't Get No Respect
Soccer Dad makes a good point:
While I can understand Shackleford’s frustration, the fact that the reporter couldn’t get information on the case from the government seems to be the major complaint. If the government had told the Times’s reporter not to publicize its story, the Times might have listened. But like the Osama video case it appears that the media, like the government has limited respect for private investigators of the jihadists.So little, in fact, that they call us "internet vigilantes". Nuance.
Hat tip: Beowulf
L.A. to Mandate On-Site Accommodations for Illegals?
This is just messed up on a number of levels:
A plan to require large home-improvement stores to set aside space for day laborers moved ahead Friday as the Los Angeles City Council asked for a final ordinance....Full story here.
Under the measure, all home-improvement stores in Los Angeles with more than 100,000 square feet will be required to set aside space for day laborers that includes plumbing facilities.
Of course, one could argue that not every "day laborer" is necessarily an illegal alien. Theoretically, that's correct. In reality, of course, "day laborer" is a euphemism for "illegal," and we all know it.
H/t : California Political News.
Mexican Denies Eating Girlfriend
Police were looking into the disappearance of Calva's girlfriend, Alejandra Galeana, and into cases of the dismembered bodies of two other women, one an ex-girlfriend of Calva.
Investigators believe the strange smells came from decomposing human body parts in Calva's cupboard and refrigerator and bones in a cereal box. Police also found pieces of lime and partially-cooked human flesh in a frying pan. Interestingly, police additionally discovered the draft of a novel, Cannibalistic Instincts, in his apartment.
While fleeing to avoid apprehension, Calva reportedly was swinging down balconies from his upper-floor apartment and then was hit by a car. He's recovering in the hospital.
Yesterday, forensic experts reported that the pieces of flesh found in Calva's apartment are human.
Dr. Rodolfo Rojo, chief medical examiner for Mexico City's prosecutor's office, said flesh found on the plate and frying pan in suspect Jose Luis Calva's apartment corresponded to parts missing from the corpse of his 32-year-old girlfriend, Alejandra Galeana.When queried by the police, Calva said everything was hazy because of the alcohol and cocaine he had consumed.
In testimony, Calva denies murdering his girlfriend, rather, he was hugging her and she died.
"But because of his strength, she fainted. He took her pulse and found she had died. He put her on the bed and then began to think of a way to get rid of the body, and started cutting it up to get rid of it, piece by piece," the Mexico City Attorney General's Office said in a statement recounting his testimony.He was going to feed the dogs. Pretty sick, eh?
The statement said Calva claimed he was cooking the flesh to feed to his dogs and stored the severed limbs found in his refrigerator "so they wouldn't start smelling so quickly."
"They So Wish It Were True"
Like the 9-11 Troofers before them, the facts are irrelevant:
There is, however, something bigger going on here, encapsulated in the determination of Rhodes' fans, against all facts to the contrary, to hold-tight to the pipe dream of right-wing fanatics hiring Blackwater agents to beat her as she walked her dog: They so wish it were true. As with global warming alarmism, these sorts of messianic martyr fantasies about neo-Nazi conspirators aligned against liberals' salvation program for the masses are delusions designed to assure people clearly desperate for meaning in their lives that they are historically significant figures living in historically significant times. History, sadly, is not made within the virtual walls of online echo chambers.
Video : Rudy Touts His Liberal Bona Fides
Nothing in this video is surprising. We're all aware that Rudy is a liberal Republican. What IS a little strange is the fact that the left-wing Talking Points Memo is the source. What's the agenda? Trying to hurt Rudy's chances of grabbing the GOP nomination? Possibly, but why? Are the lefties afraid of running against Rudy? If they are, they really shouldn't be, and I doubt they are.
October 16, 2007
Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills Own Family
He should have listened to his mother. Instead, he killed her. And his little sister. And his little brother. Jihad, isn't it nice? Radio Free Afghanistan:
Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says a would-be suicide bomber killed himself and his family as his mother tried to stop him from carrying out a Taliban-style suicide attack in southern Afghanistan. The ministry says the man's bomb-filled vest exploded as his mother struggled with him at their home in the Chora district of Uruzgan Province on Sunday (October 14). The man, his mother, his sister, and his 11-year-old brother were all killed. The Ministry says the man had been trained for a suicide mission at a militant Islamic school in Pakistan.File under "work related accident".
Gibby Samples the Leftwingnut Blog Swamps
re: Randi Rhodes falling on her face because of the "right wing hate machine." Keep on hating, slugs. It's hilarious.
USS Cole Bomber Al-Badawi Surrenders In Yemen, UPDATE: Freed!!!
Otay. Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi voluntarily surrendered to Yemeni security forces. I wonder if he is going to be under loose house arrest like Jaber Elbaneh. But its good he's in some kind of custody. This is a dangerous guy. He escaped from a jail in Aden in 2003 and from a jail in Sana'a in 2006.
From the website of Yemen's Ministry of Defense (26sep.net):
SANA'A.(26sep.net) - A security source affirmed that Jamal Al-Badawi, a leader in Al Qaeda and an escapee from the political security prison has surrendered himself to the security forces.There's some kind of deal here. The question is who is getting what.
The source told "26sep.net" that Jamal Badawi, had escaped from prison twice in the first in Aden and from the political security prison in Sanaa within 23 persons of al-Qaeda members, where he voluntarily surrendered himself.
Update: HE IS FREE. Did I call it or what?
SANAA (AFP) — Fugitive Al-Qaeda suspect Jamal al-Badawi, who was convicted for the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen that killed 17 American sailors, has surrendered to authorities, an official said Tuesday.So the 15 year jail term was just a show for the US, among many shows for the US, and this killer is free. Seventeen sailors died on the USS Cole and 49 were wounded, in 2000. During the next seven years, al-Badawi escapes jail twice, is well treated when in jail and then gets essentially a pardon, by our important partner in the WOT, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
A witness in the southern port city of Aden said Badawi had been allowed to return to his home there....A witness in Aden told AFP Tuesday that Badawi had returned to his home there two days ago amid reports in the neighbourhood that authorities had allowed him to go home in return for a pledge not to engage in any violent or al-Qaeda-related activity.
In Yemen, there is no judicial penalty for killing US military personnel either in Yemen or in Iraq. The courts and the president endorse "wars of resistance". This is not a constraint of public opinion, not an effect of corruption or incompetence, no no, this is the policy and bias of Yemeni state institutions.
For Those Who Say the Internet Jihad is No Big Deal
This is a brief post to those who have downplayed the importance of the cyber jihad. I hope it illustrates the connection between cyber jihadis and real terrorists who kill.
Earlier today a Jawa Report reader--someone who the New York Times might flippantly call an "online vigilante"--- came across some disturbing images at an Islamist forum. There were several Google Earth images of a town in Iraq. The images were detailed enough that you could see the buildings and even vehicles.
The images showed the location of U.S. and Iraqi troops and police. Each compound was circled in bright red with a description of what went on inside.
Do you still want to argue that the cyber jihad is no big deal?
Belgian Cell on Trial for Recruiting Female Suicide Bomber in Iraq
Let's see.....before Islam: rebellious youth. After Islam: suicide bomber. Am I missing some nuance here?
Muriel Degauque lived a largely unremarkable life. Until, that is, she converted to Islam and blew herself up , aged 38, on an Iraqi roadside, going down in the history books as Europe's first female suicide bomber.Religion of something something.......
Yesterday, the network accused of recruiting the so-called "Belgian kamikaze" went on trial in Brussels. Prosecutors say the six men, mainly Belgians of north African descent, were responsible for sending Ms Degauque to Iraq in 2005 to carry out a suicide attack against US troops....
"Muriel became more Muslim than a Muslim," her mother Liliane told the Belgian media shortly after her daughter's death. "When she first converted, she wore a simple veil but, with her last husband, she wore a [head-to-toe] chador. When we saw them they imposed their own rules," she said.
Ms Degauque is thought to have entered Iraq with her husband, who was killed in sketchy circumstances, while allegedly trying to set up another suicide attack. The pair are believed to have been members of a terror group that embraced al-Qaida's ideology.
'Right-wing Hate Machine!!!' Uh...Never Mind
Turns out that the Air America host Jon Elliott's "right-wing, hate machine" doesn't exist. Far from being attacked by Rethuglican brownshirts, Randi Rhodes, well, fell down:
Rhodes' lawyer told the Daily News she was injured in a fall while walking her dog. He said she's not sure what happened, and only knows that she fell down and is in a lot of pain. The lawyer said Rhodes expects to be back on the air Thursday. He stressed there is no indication she was targeted or that she was the victim of a "hate crime."Lunatics on the left taking the bait:
Update: Bitsblog has a screen cap of Chuck Adkins header for the Randi Rhodes saga. It features a headshot of Ann Coulter, a handgun, and the word "Please." A heartwarmingly liberal sentiment, thanks Chuck. Via little green footballs.
Oh, and the latest rumor, courtesy of Mr. Clark in comments, according to a commenter at Gawker, 14 bloody marys may have had something to do with the unfortunate incident.
Adhamiyah Women Join Volunteer Guard Force
BAGHDAD — In a well-lit meeting room in a government building in the Iraqi capital, 20 Iraqi women were sitting in a circle, intently watching the demonstration in the center of the room. They were dressed modestly but with some flair: bright pink and blue headscarves mixed in among the black chadors, chunky, designer purses resting on the floor beneath their seats.
The friendly, casual atmosphere in the room looked similar to a suburban book-club meeting, or maybe a Mary-Kay cosmetics party. Except that these women were not learning how to apply foundation, they were learning how to lock and load an AK-47.
“Who can show me how to do it?” asked the instructor, an Iraqi Army sergeant, holding up the weapon.
One of the women jumped up and took the automatic rifle, expertly disassembled it and put it back together. When she cocked it by loudly slamming the charging handle back, the rest of the women applauded.
(Continued below the fold.)
They might well have been applauding themselves. As members of the first class of female security volunteers in Adhamiyah, all 51 women in the class were groundbreakers. The women will join hundreds of male residents that are already helping secure Adhamiyah by guarding important public sites like schools, hospitals, and government buildings.
The four-day course running from Oct. 8 to Oct. 11 was organized by the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, and taught by U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers. The training focused on security procedures, proper search techniques, and weapons familiarization.
“I think it shows these women that, ‘I, too, can make a difference in my community,” said Los Angeles native, 2nd Lt. Lauren Cabral, the officer in charge of the training.
The necessity to have female security guards became clear earlier this month when a female suicide bomber was able to enter a public building without being searched in nearby Fadhil and blew her explosive vest up, killing several people, said Maj. Ike Sallee, the 3-7 Cav.’s operations officer.
“Insurgents can come in any size, shape, or gender,” Sallee said.
In Iraq, cultural sensitivities preclude men from searching women. But there is nothing stopping a woman from searching another woman. For that reason, it was important to give women in Adhamiyah the chance to assist with the security effort.
“It’s their lives that are in danger, too,” said Kalamazoo, Mich., native, Pfc. Paula Cook, a military policewoman with the 108th Military Police Company and one of the instructors in the class.
In a culturally conservative society like Iraq’s, there are some who might criticize the female security volunteers for stepping outside their traditional roles. But Mervat Hussein, a single mother enrolled in the class, said no one has the right to criticize the women for trying to protect their community.
“What is the substitute they have? Nothing,” Hussein said. “Should we just stay in our houses, suffering?”
However, while women like Hussein had the motivation to take part in security efforts, they lacked the know-how. The class was designed to remedy that by giving them a basic, working knowledge of several skill areas they will need in order to be effective as security volunteers.
Proper search procedures are one such skill area. On the second day of training, Cook demonstrated search techniques for the group. The class began with nervous titters among the Adhamiyah women, who blushed and looked away when Cook showed how to search sensitive areas.
The women were definitely operating outside of their comfort zone, Cook said.
“At first they seemed a little nervous, a little wary,” she said.
But when Cook showed them how easy it is to hide a weapon if a thorough search isn’t conducted, the women stopped being timid and started really shaking each other down during role-playing exercises.
“Once we got it across to them that it’s for their security as well as everyone else’s, I think they got it,” she said. “Towards the end they were really catching on.”
Cabral, who was supervising the entire program, said she felt a responsibility to the women in the class to make sure they received the best training.
“As a female, I definitely feel responsible. I want to teach them everything I know that could help them out on the street,” she said.
After only a few days of training, many of the women were already feeling more confident and better able to protect themselves. Hussein said she had gained a lot of knowledge from the training, especially about the AK-47.
“I really learned many things. I knew nothing about weapons before this,” she said.
She said she was looking forward to putting her new knowledge into action after she starts working.
“I am happy because now I am taking a part in protecting the community,” she said. “I am nervous, but happy.”
(Story by By Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs)
Hat Tip: The Captain's Journal
Hillary to Surrender In Iraq Immediately Upon Taking Office? - Updated
Take this with a large grain of salt. It comes from the lunatic fringe leftist blog Firedoglake:
What I do know, is that I heard her say that she would end the Iraq war immediately upon taking office. Lots of heads snapped up when she said that (and there was plenty of applause, even a little whooping) and the very politically plugged in person sitting next to me remarked that the statement was “completely new”.Did Hillary get caught pandering, expecting no one to record her remarks? We have Firedoglake correspondent "looseheadpoop"'s word on it.
Update: Not believing in coincidence, I'm smelling the stench of a Soros-style PR campaign in this WaPo piece that fits deftly into Hillary's "revelation."
We'll probably never know which anonymous WaPo staffers actually penned the piece, or what they offered the twelve captains to induce them to put their names to it, but Jules Crittenden does a great job exposing it as tired old rehashed propaganda with a fresh facade.
"Internet Vigilantes" Attack Islamist Website, Post Pornographic Images of Mohammed
Some internet vigilantes I'd like to meet. Since we were once the victims of a cyber-attack from Turkish Islamists, I can't say I'm not more than little satisfied. The Local:
Swedish hackers have retaliated against their Turkish counterparts following an attack earlier this month on some 5,000 Swedish websites.Payback: more than just a bitch, it's blasphemy.
"We have chosen to leak these user details in response to the many recent attacks on Swedish web hosts and websites following the publication of a satirical drawing by Lars Vilks portraying the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a roundabout dog." ...
The Swedes also broke into the e-mail and MSN accounts of Turkish web users and sent messages using the stolen identities. Among the images in circulation was a pornographic illustration of Muhammad and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish state.
Finally: A Star Wars Game I can Play
I'm not a gamer, but I just might become one:
In its release, LucasArts claims the Wii Remote will be used as a Light SabreIt's like I'm 6 years old all over again.
Thanks to Bryan who keeps getting geekier with each passing day.
Chester Arthur Stiles, Videotaped, alleged child rapist, but still a convicted douche. Coming soon to a Pound Me In The Ass Prison Near You
Chester Arthur Stiles, the man identified in a videotape "allegedly" raping a three year old girl, has been arrested by police.
LAS VEGAS - Police said late Monday they had arrested Chester "Chet" Arthur Stiles, the man accused of videotaping himself while raping a 3-year-old girl.
So much for his ex-girlfriend's claim that he'd "never be taken alive by the police."
And what a pity it is that he was taken alive by the police. On the other hand, if convicted and sent to prison, we have the gratification of knowing that he'll be on the receiving end of the horrors he visited (allegedly, conveniently videotaped) on a three year old girl.
October 15, 2007
Ruh-Roh: I Smell More Clinton Scandals!
Some buzz about a new video from Hollywood insider and Clinton schmoozer Peter Paul allegedly documenting Hillary committing more election law violations, and flagrant ones at that. Enjoy "Hillary, Uncensored."
Sweetness and Light highlights a piece running in The Hill documenting Hillary's nasty habit of eavesdropping on the phone calls of political opponents with wiretaps, and how it's going to haunt her this election cycle.
Couple all this with HSU-mania, and you've officially got some world-class baggage (in addition to her long political history) to saddle the Democrat front runner with. All is not lost.
Funny, I don't recall reading about any resolutions passed in the House about the Soviet engineered famine in the Ukraine during WWII.
Nor do I recall reading about any resolutions passed in the House about the Armenian Genocide when Turks were fighting alongside our boys in Korea.
Was there a House resolution condemning the Rwandan genocide? If so, I must have missed it at the time. Maybe there will be one when Rwanda is a crucial supply base for our troops in Iraq.
The Ottoman Empire slaughtered over a million Armenians, yes, we know. But the Ottoman Empire moulders on the ash heap of history.
While it's true that Turkey denied us access to a northern front in the initial invasion, and allowed the Sunni terrorists er insurgents to mount a defense, that's been more than balanced by the success of the surge. Those who were fighting us then are fighting Al Qaeda now.
The Democratics in the House are on the verge of doing something Saddam could only have dreamed of. Cutting off a vital supply line to the troops.
An army with it's supply line cut off is doomed to disaster.
Go ahead, Democratics, show us how much you support the troops by passing this meaningless resolution against a regime that no longer exists. Deny them the vital necessities they need to assure victory.
Because if this passes, I surely won't dare to question your patriotism.
"We Stand with the Danes"
Upon hearing the news that Denmark has offered to shelter Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I was reminded of a short essay I penned last year supporting the Danes during the economic and physical attacks directed at them from across the Islamic world. Turns out that the Danes' actions in support of Ms. Hirsi Ali are a continuation of a long and beautiful tradition:
In 1943, right in the thick of World War II, the occupying Nazi-controlled goverment of Denmark resolved to exterminate Denmark's Jewish population. Owing to the courage of the Danish people, who stood in solidarity with their Jewish neighbors, the Danish Jews disappeared overnight, hidden by their neighbors from the Nazis' view, despite the grave risk to all involved. Once their complicity was uncovered, many of the rescuers paid the ultimate price. Later, Israel would award members of the movement who arranged the rescue the honor Righteous Among the Nations. At their own request, the rescuers are officially recognized, in solidarity, as a collective group. The Danish have a word for it: The word is SAMMENHOLD.
Our friends in Denmark, including many of those same people who stood in solidarity--in SAMMENHOLD--with their condemned neighbors in 1943, today find themselves under economic and physical attack simply because some artists in Denmark had the audacity to exercise the precious, hard-won freedom of expression that all free people hold dear. Across the world, Danish citizens have been harassed, Danish embassies have been set ablaze and there's an organized boycott against Danish products. All this because artists exercised their precious freedom and drew some pictures of a man.
From where we stand, this is not about a few pictures. From where we stand, this is about freedom. This is about whether we stand in solidarity with our friends or allow them to swing in the wind. This is about the kinds of people we are going to be and the kinds of lives future generations are going to lead.
For our part, we stand with the Danes.
We invite you to stand with us.
Inmates Jug al-Qaeda Bomb Plotter
Apparently this al-Qaeda supporter won't be looking so pretty when he is released from prison, wait a minute he's serving life so he won't be released!
Via Reuters UK: LONDON (Reuters) - An inmate at a high security jail in northern England has been charged with attacking one of Britain's most high-profile al Qaeda prisoners earlier this year, police said on Friday.Terrible, just terrible. His mentor Abu Hamza says, "These challenges are a gift from Allah, who is testing us." So Barot should be thankful, getting jugged, gay nurses, etc, etc. All are just tests from Allah! Surely if they were not Allah's will, they would not have happened.
Dhiren Barot, 35, serving 30 years in jail for planning "dirty bomb" attacks in Britain and plotting to blow up U.S. financial institutions, had boiling water and oil poured over his head during the incident in July, his lawyer has said.
Muddassar Arani said her client, who admitted conspiracy to murder last year and is considered by British and U.S. officials to be one of al Qaeda's most senior operatives in Europe, had been scarred for life.
Hat Tip: Simon.
Why Do Jihadis Become Suicide Bombers?
In Aaron Klein's new book Schmoozing With the Terrorists, the following conversation takes place between Aaron and "Ahmed", 23 year old suicide bomber from Islamic Jihad:
AHMED: "Allah gave Muslims the possibility to gain their prize and payment in different ways. There are those (Muslims) who pray and fast only and respect Allah's commandments, and there are those who wish a higher prize. And the highest prize is given to those who scarify themselves, their lives, their bodies and everything in this world," replied Ahmed.I'd say Muslims should be spending less time trying to convince me that Islam is peaceful, and more time trying to convince other Muslims of that same proposition.
Klein: "What you are saying is interesting because a lot of academics in the United States and many of my colleagues in the media claim Palestinians become suicide bombers because they are poor and desperate and because of so-called Israeli occupation. Are you telling me these are not the reasons you want to blow yourself up amongst Israelis?" asked Klein
AHMED: The will to scarify myself for Allah is the first and most major reason. It is true that the Zionists are occupying our lands and that it is our religious duty to fight them, including through suicide attacks. The goal is not the killing of the Jews, but that this is the way to reach Allah.
The goal is satisfying Allah and his instructions. No money interests, nothing. No brainwash, no pressure; it is my decision. All the other lies are pathetic Israeli propaganda.
I pray that Allah gives me the honor to be dead in an operation. This is the supreme and the noblest way to ascend to Allah.
These martyrs have special status in the next world and have bigger chances to watch Allah's face and enjoy the magnificent pleasures he offers us."
Red on Red in the Jihadi Forums
Evan Kohlmann has this up over at the CT blog today:
Over the past year, prominent Internet chat forums which underpin the terrorist communications network known as "Obelisk" have increasingly become the stage for bitter infighting between Al-Qaida and other competing Islamic extremist groups,They are even hacking in to each other's accounts and playing the sock puppet game. Hilarity ensues.
Now, several Iraqi insurgent factions have issued statements warning that continued arrogant quarreling provoked by Al-Qaida supporters over Internet chat forums is threatening the integrity of their own communications system. [Read the rest]
Cue Benny Hill theme song.
How Many Lawyers Does it Take? Death by FISA
From the New York Post
"The intelligence community was forced to abandon our soldiers because of the law," a senior congressional staffer with access to the classified case told The Post.The search for SPC Alex Jimenez was held up for nearly ten hours while lawyers quibbled querulously over the ramifications of FISA:
"How many lawyers does it take to rescue our soldiers?" he asked. "It should be zero."
October 15, 2007 -- WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials got mired for nearly 10 hours seeking approval to use wiretaps against al Qaeda terrorists suspected of kidnapping Queens soldier Alex Jimenez in Iraq earlier this year, The Post has learned.Even though the cell phones they wanted to tap were operating within Iraq, because the conversations were shunted through US hubs, they were subject to FISA restrictions.
This week, Congress plans to vote on a bill that leaves in place the legal hurdles in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - problems that were highlighted during the May search for a group of kidnapped U.S. soldiers.
Alex Jimenez has not been found. Al Qaeda says they murdered him and and buried him.
Analysis of the predictable Kos response in update here.
Inshallashshaheed Outted: North Carolina Jihadi in the News (UPDATED)
Michael Moss of the New York Times has outted Inshallashaheed, the al Qaeda supporting blogger who we've been investigating for over a year. I've been sitting on his true identity for months, but in one fell swoop Samir ibn Zafar Khan, who lives in Charlotte North Carolina, has been identified.
Thanks a lot to Michael Moss and the New York Times for blowing an ongoing investigation into a known al Qaeda sympathizer who lives here in the United States. I've known about this piece for a few weeks and wrote the NY Times to ask Moss not to run it. No reply from the Times.
While we appreciate Moss's commitment to spreading the word about the Internet Jihad, we really wish he would have consulted with us on the matter. He has a right to out Inshallahshaheed as Samir Khan, but doing so has jeopardized an ongoing investigation into a terror ring which begins in the US and ends in Somalia.
But that's just like the NY Times, isn't it? In Moss's defense, he seems to have asked the FBI if there was an investigation into Khan, and they declined to comment.
There's even a video of him here.
When Osama bin Laden issued his videotaped message to the American people last month, a young jihad enthusiast went online to help spread the word.You'll remember when I revealed that Inshallashaheed was an American, that he openly challenged me to prove it on his blog. In a personal e-mail to Samir I told him just to send me his address which would save me a lot of trouble.
“America needs to listen to Shaykh Usaamah very carefully and take his message with great seriousness,” he wrote on his blog. “America is known to be a people of arrogance.”
Unlike Mr. bin Laden, the blogger was not operating from a remote location. It turns out he is a 21-year-old American named Samir Khan who produces his blog from his parents’ home in North Carolina, where he serves as a kind of Western relay station for the multimedia productions of violent Islamic groups....
Mr. Khan, who was born in Saudi Arabia and grew up in Queens, is an unlikely foot soldier in what Al Qaeda calls the “Islamic jihadi media.” He has grown up in middle-class America and wrestles with his worried parents about his religious fervor. Yet he is stubborn. “I will do my best to speak the truth, and even if it annoys the disbelievers, the truth must be preached,” Mr. Khan said in an interview.
What Samir didn't know was that I already had his address. I knew he lived in or around Charlotte, so I put out the word to Charlotte area bloggers for help. Thanks to Jeff of Meckdeck I learned what I thought was Samir's address and phone number. But that turned out to be another Samir Khan who lives in the area.
It turned out that our original investigation into Khan was right and that we already knew where he lived. We have a real picture of Samir. We have his address. We had a picture of his house. Hell, we have his car license plate number. All because Samir posted it on the internet, but using his real name instead of "Inshallahshaheed".
Ethical dilemma: If you live in Charlotte wouldn't you like to know if you're living next door to a known al Qaeda supporter? Should I reveal his address? Should I post a picture of him?
In an interview at a local mosque, where he sat on a prayer rug wearing a traditional Arabic robe, Mr. Khan traced his increasing militancy.Uh, not true, and Samir is guilty of other things. Let's start with his public crime: Treason. He openly supports the enemies of the United States in a time of war.
His blog has attracted enough notoriety that vigilante groups opposed to jihadi sites have gotten him shut down a few times in recent months. He said he was somewhat surprised he had not been confronted by government authorities, although, he said, “I’ve never told anybody to build bombs.”
US Constitution Article III, section 3: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
But there are other things Samir is guilty of. He knows it and I know it. Let's see him deny it, just like he denied that he was an American.
In fact, on one of Samir's now defunct blogs, he claims to have helped a man by the name of Mujahid fe Sabeelillah prepare to go to Somalia for jihad. Of course we've always known that Mujahid fe Sabeelillah was really just one of Samir Khan's nicknames. How did we know? See this post by Samir and notice the two nicknames.
But there is some truth to the fact that he is involved with jihad in Somalia. We'll return to that later:
He described his favorite video from Iraq: a fiery suicide-bomber attack on an American outpost.So, how did Samir become an al Qaeda supporter?
“It was something that brought great happiness to me,” he said. “Because this is something America would never want to admit, that they are being crushed.”
Asked how he felt living among people who had sent soldiers to Iraq, Mr. Khan said: “Whatever happens to their sons and daughters is none of my concern. They are people of hellfire and I have no concern for them.”
Born in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Khan was 7 when his family moved to New York City and settled into the Queens neighborhood of Maspeth.Samir used to be affiliated with the IONA, but I didn't need an interview with him to know that. He has a lengthy screed against democracy at an affiliated mosque's website here.
He mirrored his teenage peers, from their slang to their baggy pants, until August 2001 when, at age 15, he said, he attended a weeklong summer camp at a mosque in Queens, which was sponsored by a fundamentalist but nonviolent group now known as the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA).
He also befriended members of the Islamic Thinkers Society, a tiny group that promotes radical, nonviolent Islam by leafleting in Times Square and Jackson Heights, Queens.Those of you that have been following my personal dispute with Inshallahshaheed also know that he denied being affiliated with Omar Bakri Mohammed's American devotees in the Islamic Thinkers Society of New York. Again he challenged me to prove it.
Of course, on one of his now defunct webpages he openly declared for Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama'ah, which is what Bakri Mohammed's followers call themselves now. He also linked the Islamic Thinkers Society and used much of the same propaganda as them and of Bakri Mohammed's Islambase, which was kind of a dead giveaway.
From time to time, Mr. Khan said, his father also cut off his Internet access and, to placate him, Mr. Khan recently added a disclaimer to his blog disavowing responsibility for the views expressed on the site.Again, no mention of The Jawa Report as the force that took Samir offline a few times. I also love the disclaimer idea. It's so funny. Al Qaeda's own websites, the ones identified as "Obelisk" in recent days, run these silly disclaimers.
He has also been fending off citizen watchdogs who are working to knock sites likes his off the Internet. Twice in September his blog went dark when his service provider shut him down, citing complaints about the nature of his postings.
Mr. Khan has now moved his blog to a site called Muslimpad, whose American operators recently moved from Texas to Amman, Jordan. Their larger forum, Islamic Network, is the host of discussions among English-speaking Muslims. One of their former employees, Daniel Maldonado, was convicted this year in federal court of associating with terrorists at their training camps in Somalia.Wow, it's almost as if Moss was reading The Jawa Report.
Mr. Khan said that he had dreams about meeting Mr. bin Laden and that he would not rule out picking up a weapon himself one day. In a recent essay, he argued that jihad was mandatory for all Muslims, and he cited three ways to fulfill this obligation: join fighters in Iraq, Afghanistan or Algeria; send them money; or promote militant videos as part of the jihad media.He's also an example of a man preparing to do violent jihad. This is what he says about himself:
For now, he said, he is fulfilling his obligations by helping other Muslims understand their religion. Recently he posted a video of a news report from Somalia showing a grenade-wielding American who had joined the Islamists.
“He is an example of a Muslim who follows the Religion of Islaam,” Mr. Khan wrote.
Currently, Mujahid fe Sabeelillah is working on making Hijrah to one of the lands of Jihad so that he may obtain the pleasure of Allah and become an inhabitant of Jannah through martyrdom, inshAllah. If he is alive after the repelling of the enemies in the land of Jihad and the establishment of the Shari’ah, he intends to make his way to another land of Jihad to get rid of the enemies of Allah and liberate the land from Shirk and Kufr and to establish the Deen al-Haqq. He has given up the riches and luxuries that this world offers him, and that many Muslims have given in to, and has followed the path of his ancestors (i.e., the Sahaba) which was the life of Jihad fe Sabeelillah till martyrdom. He vows to his death to liberate the Muslim lands from Shirk and Kufr and to fight with the sword until the Angels take his soul.But there is also plenty of evidence that, although he personally has not made the trek to Somalia and then on to Iraq, like he promises he's going to do, that he has helped others do so.
More to come........
Thanks so much to Allahakchew, Howie, and the whole Jawa crew who first identified Ishallashaheed in the comments section and then later on in e-mails.
UPDATE: muslimpad is back up, and at new digs.
Thanks to TBR, Velvet Hammer, and others for notifying me.
UPDATE: It's not just North Carolina. It's Al Qaeda in ....... New Jersey. By "Northern New Jersey", of course, they mean "New York City suburbs", the home of the Islamic Thinkers Society of New York.
The British website of the same group is called "Islam Base". Significance? "Qaeda" means "base" in Arabic.
UPDATE: It didn't bother me at first that The Jawa Report and other online counter-jihadis we called "vigilante groups" by the NYT. But the more I think about it, the more it bothers me. The same article says Samir is doing nothing illegal, but by using the word "vigilante" to describe what we do, they imply we are doing something illegal.
UPDATE: Just to clarify, I was specifically asked by more than one FBI agent, and on more than one occasion, not to publicly identify Inshallahshaheed as Samir Khan.
In addition to Khan's known online association with convicted American jihadi Daniel Aljughaifi (aka Abu Mohammed ), we also know that he has had correspondence with members of GIMF--the Global Islamic Media Front.
And it was publicly known that "inshallashaheed" was being investigated by the FBI. It was even reported in the MSM.
On September 5th The Simon Wiesenthal Center revealed that "Inshallahshaheed" had posted a message: Soon, The Blessed Invasion of Manhattan-- "Special Gift" for 9/11.
That meeting was attended by four US Congressmen. It caused quite a stir as it was interpreted by some (but not us) as a warning of an impending al Qaeda attack on New York. The very next day the FBI announced that they were looking into the post that caused the scare.
That post was put up by Inshallashaheed, so of course the FBI was looking into him!
UPDATE: Stacy McCain reminded me that just last week The Washington Times ran a story about Inshallahshaheed.
UPDATE: Jim Hoft over at Gateway Pundint notices that the jihad supporters at Islamic Awakening have taken a notice and are calling me a "Zionist/Neocon".
I'm neither a Zionist nor a Neocon. But I do report directly to "moneyed New York interests" who's secret cabal controls the internets. Mwuhahahahaaaaaa!!!
Putin Assassination Threat
(Moscow, Russia) The Kremlin will not change President Vladimir Putin's travel plans after receiving notification of a possible assassination plot.
Presently, Putin is in Germany for a meeting today with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Tomorrow, Putin is scheduled to travel to Tehran, Iran, for meetings with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Interfax reported on Sunday that security services had been told suicide bombers and kidnappers were training to kill or capture Putin on his visit, due to start on Tuesday. It did not say who might be behind such groups in the Islamic Republic.The Iranians are dismissing the assassination threat as psychological warfare promulgated by Iran's enemies -- meaning the West -- in hopes of damaging Russian-Iranian relations.
"A reliable source in one of the Russian special services, has received information from several sources outside Russia, that during the president of Russia's visit to Teheran an assassination attempt is being plotted," Interfax said.An attempt on the life of Putin would make the global political environment substantially more interesting. And, frankly, I wouldn't rule out that Putin has some very ambitious enemies, including Russians.
"A number of groups of suicide bombers are preparing for this aim," Interfax, one of a small circle of Russian agencies with special access to the Kremlin, added.
It gave no details of who the sources were or whether they were linked in any way to Western governments; nor was it clear why the Kremlin would make such a report public in this way just before the planned visit.
October 14, 2007
IGNORE THIS POST!!11
The "Good News From Iraq" post that the MSM and the Democrats hope you don't see.
Because, you know, facts are inconvenient things for the narrative.
Newsweek Illustrates "1 out of 6" Journalism
Yes. The infinitely knowledgeable, infinitely accurate deciders and decoders of all that confusing "GOP noise" got 5 out of 6 captions WRONG in their cute little sidebar on "Rudy's Right Hands."
If this is the standard of journalistic integrity we can expect from the MSM in the upcoming election, maybe they should just print an insert whenever they cover Republicans - exclusively for the corrections.
Pathetic (yes, I used it again. It is the perfect word to describe what's going on these days in the media while these people lecture everyone about fairness, accuracy, honesty and integrity. It is laughable.).
Daniel Pipes agrees, calling this particular eggregious litany of errors "jawdropping:"
Comments: (1) There are six pictures in all on the page and five of the six captions are wrong; only that of Robert Kasten is correct. Aggregating so many errors at once takes real talent – but count on Newsweek.ht: Insty
(2) The inevitable implication is that, for Newsweek staff, all conservatives look alike.
(3) The accuracy of the picture captions provides an apt commentary for the rest of Newsweek's wretched coverage in this article.
(4) For another example of Newsweek's problem with quality, see "Lorraine Ali, the Worst Political Reporter in America?" (October 15, 2007)
Iraq Violence Decrease "Becoming Hard to Dispute"
Looks as if the press noticed the "trend."
This doesn't necessarily mean the war is being won. U.S. military commanders have said that no reduction in violence will be sustainable unless Iraqis reach political solutions -- and there has been little progress on that front. Nevertheless, it's looking more and more as though those in and outside of Congress who last month were assailing Gen. Petraeus's credibility and insisting that there was no letup in Iraq's bloodshed were -- to put it simply -- wrong.NO FREIKIN' SH*T.
Where are all of the MoveOnbots now? Still lying? MovingOn to something else?
Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Dear Old Uncle Castro Edition
Image credit, CNN.
Another Sandcrawler PSA
Taliban before South Korean Hostage Money.
It was a God-sent opportunity
The ransom South Korea paid the Taliban cost the life of Major Alexis Roberts, 32.
Hat Tip: Jihad Watch.
Also see Prairie Pundit.
Protest in Al-Habaleen, Yemen
Radfan, Lahjj: Yesterday, Yemeni security forces opened fire on citizens who were sitting on the stage pictured below. Three people were killed and ten injured. However, thousands of protesters in Southern Yemen returned to the scene today and held their sit-in as planned, demonstrating a remarkable amount of courage and commitment.
Update: Trey notes the official media spin: The article below is from 26 of September - the government/military newspaper. The headline reads: "Three Outlaws killed and Nine others Punished in Habilayn: Leaders Wishing to Remember Crisis of 1994 Behind Events in Habilayn, al Dhala and Aden and Involved in Foreign Agenda"
Video : Homeowner to Burglars : ‘You Sneeze, You’re Dead Man’
Of course, if you ask the lefties, this sort of thing doesn't happen.
H/t : Glenn
October 13, 2007
Red on Red Update
The 1920 Revolution Brigades goes after al Qaeda in Iraq.
I'm also told by Evan that al Qaeda in Iraq is busy blaming other cyber jihadis in the forums for the loss of integrity on the "Obelisk" network and not the White House.
CNN Gives Terrorists Directions to Lars Vilks' House
Nice job CNN. Thanks a bunch. Gates of Vienna has the details.
The scenario by which terrorists find the cartoonist's safe house by using Google Earth is not nearly as far-fetched as it may sound. I've used the same method myself. It's not easy, but it works.
This should serve as a cautionary warning to all you My Space users: Don't post external photos of your house, especially when the city you live in is known!
Al Qaeda's Honey Trap for SITE?
Could the "leak" that burned SITE's backdoor view in to the world of jihad have been a trap set by al Qaeda? Hacker Factor seems to think so.
Me? I think Neal Krawetz gives far too much credit to al Qaeda's "security team". It's not that they are dumb as much as it is they aren't careful.
But it's an interesting theory nonetheless:
This is not the first time that SITE has intercepted videos before they were officially released. In January 2007, SITE intercepted a video featuring Zawahiri and released it publicly before As-Sahab could release it. And other videos have also been announced by SITE before being publicly released by As-Sahab. So the terrorists know that they have been compromised, but they did not know how.You'll have to read the rest to see why he thinks this.
It is my belief that the 7-Sept-2007 video of Bin Laden was actually a trap set by As-Sahab for SITE. Here's why I believe this...
I think the major problem with the theory is that Neal confuses two kinds of websites used by al Qaeda. The first are the actual forums, which are not widely mirrored. The actual backdoor SITE used was on a well known forum, which I assume Neal knows about.
The second type of websites are third party hosting platforms, like archive.org, which al Qaeda uses to host their propaganda. Those are widely mirrored.
So, the number of people and the large file size downloading the "new" bin Laden 9-11 video would not have affected the "Obelisk" website which was eventually taken down that very day. The videos were not hosted on the same servers.
So, if there happened to be a ddos attack on the forum hosting the "Obelisk" back door, it would have an effect. Of course, such an attack would not have originated within the US government itself, but the forum was well known as the place where al Qaeda congregated by pretty much every one who follows this sort of thing.
I just can't fathom that al Qaeda has gotten sophisticated enough that they would go through the trouble of faking a bin Laden video just to out a leak. Especially when that leak was confined to media releases. This wasn't a top secret video which had any sort of intel value. It was propaganda, pure and simple.
If the video was fake, as many now are inclined to believe, it seems more likely that it was faked to boost morale, not to plug a leak.
Alert: Three Protesters Killed in South Yemen
Three killed and ten injured in South Yemen when Yemeni security forces open fire on a crowd
Dispatch from Yemen, Saturday, October 13, 2007
A large demonstration is scheduled for tomorrow in South Yemen, where protests have been growing since May 2007. Today Yemen's Central Security Forces descended on the main square that is the designated location for the demonstration and opened fire on protesters who had gathered in advance. The public gathering is being held to commemorate the revolution of October 14 in the city of Alhabaylin in Rdvan.
The security forces tried to evict citizens from the square where the protesters had been having a sit-in for more than a week, but the protesters refused to leave their places. The security forces opened fire into the crowd, killing three and wounding ten. Some are in a critical condition.
The massive demonstration scheduled for tomorrow is in protest of the Yemeni regime's brutal and institutionalized discrimination against residents of the former South Yemen after the 1994 civil war. The military has been deployed in advance of tomorrow's demonstration including a large number of tanks.
Names of the people who were killed:
Shafiq Haitham Hassan
Mohammed Nasser Haitham Alhalmi
Abdel Nasser Kassem Hamadi,
The wounded are:
Thabet Nasser Mohammed
Haitham Mohamed Saleh
Haitham Mohamed Cmsan
Said Muthanna Naji
Gran Nasser Mohammed
Saad Nasser Nasser
Thabet Mohamed Dkic
Saad stable future
Zaid Abdul Illah Muzahim
Fahmi Mohammed Hussein
Muhammad Ahmad Khomeini
Hussein Bin Hussein
Abdel Bari firm
Mohsen Abdel-Hamid Rajeh
Atef Haitham Nasser
That citizens took over the podium in advance of the demonstration that is scheduled for tomorrow.
Former Iraq Commander: 'Reporters Feed From a Pig's Trough' - Updated
Update, below the fold: Full text of Sanchez's speech, thanks to commenter Day Trader. MSM reports were even more duplicitous than I had thought.
Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded Coalition forces in Iraq from June '03-June '04, then was forced into retirement because of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, lashed out at the Bush administration, Congress, and the Press Friday.
We'll turn to the Army Times, which isn't shy about reporting everything the ex-General had to say, and focus on the fond words he had for reporters before the MSM dumps them down the memory hole.
This is the Army Times lead paragraph:
The former top commander of forces in Iraq lambasted reporters Friday for having “agenda-driven biases” he called “a threat to democracy,” and then laid out the Bush administration and Congress for bad planning and no clear end state for the war in Iraq.Sanchez wasn't done:
Sanchez said his career was a casualty of the Abu Ghraib scandal.Sanchez also had much bad to say about the Bush administration, but you'll be able to get that, endlessly from the MSM, once they finish sanitizing the rest of Sanchez's remarks.
He berated the room of about 30 to 40 reporters, saying he had been portrayed as a “liar” by people who had never met him...
...He said some poor strategic decisions in Iraq had become “defeats because of the media,” and that some reporters feed from a “pigs’ trough.”
He lamented the media’s treatment of Federal Emergency Management chief Michael Brown during Hurricane Katrina. Brown resigned from FEMA after accusations that he had mishandled the hurricane...
He said the partisan politics of Congress are “killing soldiers,” and that the focus needs to be not at Capitol Hill, but in Iraq. And, he said, the media’s coverage of partisan politics was driving a wedge in democracy. He called for newspapers to run corrections more prominently and noted that television and Internet outlets often don’t run corrections at all.
One wonders what General Hooker would have had to say about President Lincoln and General Grant in say, 1864.
Full text of speech:
MILITARY REPORTERS AND EDITORS LUNCHEON ADDRESS WASHINGTON D.C.
LTG (RET) RICARDO S. SANCHEZ
12 OCTOBER 2007
MILITARY REPORTERS AND EDITORS ADDRESS WASHINGTON D.C.
12 OCTOBER 2007
GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
SOME OF YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE THIS BUT I AM GLAD TO BE HERE. WHEN SIG ASKED ME IF I WOULD CONSIDER ADDRESSING YOU THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT I SHOULD COME INTO THE LION'S DEN. THIS WAS IMPORTANT BECAUSE I HAVE FIRMLY BELIEVED SINCE DESERT SHIELD THAT IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE STRENGTH OF OUR DEMOCRACY THAT THE MILITARY AND THE PRESS CORPS MAINTAIN A STRONG, MUTUALLY RESPECTFUL AND ENABLING RELATIONSHIP. THIS CONTINUES TO BE PROBLEMATIC FOR OUR COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY DURING TIMES OF WAR. ONE OF THE GREATEST MILITARY CORRESPONDENTS OF OUR TIME, JOE GALLOWAY, MADE ME A BELIEVER WHEN HE JOINED THE 24TH INFANTRY DIVISION DURING DESERT STORM.
TODAY, I WILL ATTEMPT TO DO TWO THINGS - FIRST I WILL GIVE YOU MY ASSESSMENT OF THE MILITARY AND PRESS RELATIONSHIP AND THEN I WILL PROVIDE YOU SOME THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR WAR EFFORT. AS ALL OF YOU KNOW I HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF RELATIONSHIPS AND EXPERIENCES WITH OUR NATIONS MILITARY WRITERS AND EDITORS. THERE ARE SOME IN YOUR RANKS WHO I CONSIDER TO BE THE EPITOME OF JOURNALISTIC PROFESSIONALISM - JOE GALLOWAY, THOM SHANKER, SIG CHRISTENSEN, AND JOHN BURNS IMMEDIATELY COME TO MIND. THEY EXEMPLIFY WHAT AMERICA SHOULD DEMAND OF OUR JOURNALISTS - TOUGH REPORTING THAT RELIES UPON INTEGRITY, OBJECTIVITY AND FAIRNESS TO GIVE ACCURATE AND THOROUGH ACCOUNTS THAT STRENGTHEN OUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND IN TURN OUR DEMOCRACY. ON THE OTHER HAND, UNFORTUNATELY, I HAVE ISSUED ULTIMATUMS TO SOME OF YOU FOR UNSCRUPULOUS REPORTING THAT WAS SOLELY FOCUSED ON SUPPORTING YOUR AGENDA AND PRECONCIEVED NOTIONS OF WHAT OUR MILITARY HAD DONE. I ALSO REFUSED TO TALK TO THE EUROPEAN STARS AND STRIPES FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS OF MY COMMAND IN GERMANY FOR THEIR EXTREME BIAS AND SINGLE MINDED FOCUS ON ABU GHARAIB.
LET ME REVIEW SOME OF THE DESCRIPTIVE PHRASES THAT HAVE BEEN USED BY SOME OF YOU THAT HAVE MADE MY PERSONAL INTERFACES WITH THE PRESS CORPS DIFFICULT:
"DICTATORIAL AND SOMEWHAT DENSE",
"NOT A STRATEGIC THOUGHT",
"DOES NOT GET IT" AND
THE MOST INEXPERIENCED LTG.
IN SOME CASES I HAVE NEVER EVEN MET YOU, YET YOU FEEL QUALIFIED TO MAKE CHARACTER JUDGMENTS THAT ARE COMMUNICATED TO THE WORLD. MY EXPERIENCE IS NOT UNIQUE AND WE CAN FIND OTHER EXAMPLES SUCH AS THE TREATMENT OF SECRETARY BROWN DURING KATRINA. THIS IS THE WORST DISPLAY OF JOURNALISM IMAGINABLE BY THOSE OF US THAT ARE BOUND BY A STRICT VALUE SYSTEM OF SELFLESS SERVICE, HONOR AND INTEGRITY. ALMOST INVARIABLY, MY PERCEPTION IS THAT THE SENSATIONALISTIC VALUE OF THESE ASSESSMENTS IS WHAT PROVIDED THE EDGE THAT YOU SEEK FOR SELF AGRANDIZEMENT OR TO ADVANCE YOUR INDIVIDUAL QUEST FOR GETTING ON THE FRONT PAGE WITH YOUR STORIES! AS I UNDERSTAND IT, YOUR MEASURE OF WORTH IS HOW MANY FRONT PAGE STORIES YOU HAVE WRITTEN AND UNFORTUNATELY SOME OF YOU WILL COMPROMISE YOUR INTEGRITY AND DISPLAY QUESTIONABLE ETHICS AS YOU SEEK TO KEEP AMERICA INFORMED. THIS IS MUCH LIKE THE INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS WHOSE EFFECTIVENESS WAS MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF INTELLIGENCE REPORTS HE PRODUCED. FOR SOME, IT SEEMS THAT AS LONG AS YOU GET A FRONT PAGE STORY THERE IS LITTLE OR NO REGARD FOR THE "COLLATERAL DAMAGE" YOU WILL CAUSE. PERSONAL REPUTATIONS HAVE NO VALUE AND YOU REPORT WITH TOTAL IMPUNITY AND ARE RARELY HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR UNETHICAL CONDUCT.
GIVEN THE NEAR INSTANTANEOUS ABILITY TO REPORT ACTIONS ON THE GROUND, THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ACCURATELY AND TRUTHFULLY REPORT TAKES ON AN UNPRECEDENTED IMPORTANCE. THE SPECULATIVE AND OFTEN UNINFORMED INITIAL REPORTING THAT CHARACTERIZES OUR MEDIA APPEARS TO BE RAPIDLY BECOMING THE STANDARD OF THE INDUSTRY. AN ARAB PROVERB STATES - "Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, the neglected opportunity." ONCE REPORTED, YOUR ASSESSMENTS BECOME CONVENTIONAL WISDOM AND NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CHANGE. OTHER MAJOR CHALLENGES ARE YOUR WILLINGNESS TO BE MANIPULATED BY "HIGH LEVEL OFFICIALS" WHO LEAK STORIES AND BY LAWYERS WHO USE HYPERBOLE TO STRENGHTEN THEIR ARGUMENTS. YOUR UNWILLINGNESS TO ACCURATELY AND PROMINENTLY CORRECT YOUR MISTAKES AND YOUR AGENDA DRIVEN BIASES CONTRIBUTE TO THIS CORROSIVE ENVIRONMENT. ALL OF THESE CHALLENGES COMBINED CREATE A MEDIA ENVIRONMENT THAT DOES A TREMENDOUS DISSERVICE TO AMERICA. OVER THE COURSE OF THIS WAR TACTICALLY INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS HAVE BECOME STRATEGIC DEFEATS FOR AMERICA BECAUSE OF THE TREMENDOUS POWER AND IMPACT OF THE MEDIA AND BY EXTENSION YOU THE JOURNALIST. IN MANY CASES THE MEDIA HAS UNJUSTLY DESTROYED THE INDIVIDUAL REPUTATIONS AND CAREERS OF THOSE INVOLVED. WE REALIZE THAT BECAUSE OF THE NEAR REAL TIME REPORTING ENVIRONMENT THAT YOU FACE IT IS DIFFICULT TO REPORT ACCURATELY. IN MY BUSINESS ONE OF OUR FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS IS THAT "THE FIRST REPORT IS ALWAYS WRONG." UNFORTUNATELY, IN YOUR BUSINESS "THE FIRST REPORT" GIVES AMERICANS WHO RELY ON THE SNIPPETS OF CNN, IF YOU WILL, THEIR "TRUTHS" AND PERSPECTIVES ON AN ISSUE. AS A COROLLARY TO THIS DEADLINE DRIVEN NEED TO PUBLISH "INITIAL IMPRESSIONS OR OBSERVATIONS" VERSUS OBJECTIVE FACTS THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL CHALLENGE FOR US WHO ARE THE SUBJECT OF YOUR REPORTING. WHEN YOU ASSUME THAT YOU ARE CORRECT AND ON THE MORAL HIGH GROUND ON A STORY BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT RESPOND TO QUESTIONS YOU PROVIDED IS THE ULTIMATE ARROGANCE AND DISTORTION OF ETHICS. ONE OF YOUR HIGHLY REPECTED FELLOW JOURNALISTS ONCE TOLD ME THAT THERE ARE SOME AMONGST YOU WHO "FEED FROM A PIG'S TROUGH." IF THAT IS WHO I AM DEALING WITH THEN I WILL NEVER RESPOND OTHERWISE WE WILL BOTH GET DIRTY AND THE PIG WILL LOVE IT. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOUR STORY IS ACCURATE.
I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THIS IS WHAT OUR FOREFATHERS INTENDED. THE CODE OF ETHICS FOR THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS STATES:
...PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT IS THE FORERUNNER OF JUSTICE AND THE FOUNDATION OF DEMOCRACY. THE DUTY OF THE JOURNALIST IS TO FURTHER THOSE ENDS BY SEEKING TRUTH AND PROVIDING A FAIR AND COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF EVENTS AND ISSUES. CONSCIENTIOUS JOURNALISTS FROM ALL MEDIA AND SPECIALTIES STRIVE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC WITH THOROUGHNESS AND HONESTY. PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY IS THE CORNERSTONE OF A JOURNALIST'S CREDIBILITY
THE BASIC ETHICS OF A JOURNALIST THAT CALLS FOR:
1. SEEKING TRUTH,
2. PROVIDING FAIR AND COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF EVENTS AND ISSUES
3. THOROUGHNESS AND HONESTY
ALL ARE VICTIMS OF THE MASSIVE AGENDA DRIVEN COMPETITION FOR ECONOMIC OR POLITICAL SUPREMACY. THE DEATH KNELL OF YOUR ETHICS HAS BEEN ENABLED BY YOUR PARENT ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO ALIGN THEMSELVES WITH POLITICAL AGENDAS. WHAT IS CLEAR TO ME IS THAT YOU ARE PERPETUATING THE CORROSIVE PARTISAN POLITICS THAT IS DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY AND KILLING OUR SERVICEMEMBERS WHO ARE AT WAR.
MY ASSESSMENT IS THAT YOUR PROFESSION, TO SOME EXTENT, HAS STRAYED FROM THESE ETHICAL STANDARDS AND ALLOWED EXTERNAL AGENDAS TO MANIPULATE WHAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SEES ON TV, WHAT THEY READ IN OUR NEWSPAPERS AND WHAT THEY SEE ON THE WEB. FOR SOME OF YOU, JUST LIKE SOME OF OUR POLITICIANS, THE TRUTH IS OF LITTLE TO NO VALUE IF IT DOES NOT FIT YOUR OWN PRECONCIEVED NOTIONS, BIASES AND AGENDAS.
IT IS ASTOUNDING TO ME WHEN I HEAR THE VEHEMENT DISAGREEMENT WITH THE MILITARY'S FORAYS INTO INFORMATION OPERATIONS THAT SEEK TO DISSEMINATE THE TRUTH AND INFORM THE IRAQI PEOPLE IN ORDER TO COUNTER OUR ENEMY'S BLATANT PROPAGANDA. AS I ASSESS VARIOUS MEDIA ENTITIES, SOME ARE UNQUESTIONABLY ENGAGED IN POLITICAL PROPAGANDA THAT IS UNCONTROLLED. THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND THAT THE STRENGTH OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR FREEDOMS REMAIN LINKED TO YOUR ABILITY TO EXERCISE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS - I ADAMANTLY SUPPORT THIS BASIC FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND COMPLETELY SUPPORTED THE EMBEDDING OF MEDIA INTO OUR FORMATIONS UP UNTIL MY LAST DAY IN UNIFORM. THE ISSUE IS ONE OF MAINTAINING PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND STANDARDS FROM WITHIN YOUR INSTITUTION. MILITARY LEADERS MUST ACCEPT THAT THESE INJUSTICES WILL HAPPEN AND WHETHER THEY LIKE WHAT YOU PRINT OR NOT THEY MUST DEAL WITH YOU AND ENABLE YOU, IF YOU ARE AN ETHICAL JOURNALIST.
FINALLY, I WILL LEAVE THIS SUBJECT WITH A QUESTION THAT WE MUST ASK OURSELVES--WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE ETHICAL STANDARDS OF THE PROFESSION IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT OUR DEMOCRACY DOES NOT CONTINUE TO BE THREATENED BY THIS DANGEROUS SHIFT AWAY FROM YOUR SACRED DUTY OF PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT?
LET ME NOW TRANSITION TO OUR CURRENT NATIONAL SECURITY CONDITION.
AS WE ALL KNOW WAR IS AN EXTENSION OF POLITICS AND WHEN A NATION GOES TO WAR IT MUST BRING TO BEAR ALL ELEMENTS OF POWER IN ORDER TO WIN. WARFIGHTING IS NOT SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MILITARY COMMANDER UNLESS HE HAS BEEN GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY AND RESOURCES TO SYNCHRONIZE THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND INFORMATIONAL POWER OF THE NATION. SO WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING THE GRAND STRATEGY THAT WILL ALLOW AMERICA TO EMERGE VICTORIOUS FROM THIS GENERATIONAL STRUGGLE AGAINST EXTREMISM?
AFTER MORE THAN FOUR YEARS OF FIGHTING, AMERICA CONTINUES ITS DESPERATE STRUGGLE IN IRAQ WITHOUT ANY CONCERTED EFFORT TO DEVISE A STRATEGY THAT WILL ACHIEVE "VICTORY" IN THAT WAR TORN COUNTRY OR IN THE GREATER CONFLICT AGAINST EXTREMISM. FROM A CATASTROPHICALLY FLAWED, UNREALISTICALLY OPTIMISTIC WAR PLAN TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S LATEST "SURGE" STRATEGY, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO EMPLOY AND SYNCHRONIZE ITS POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND MILITARY POWER. THE LATEST "REVISED STRATEGY" IS A DESPERATE ATTEMPT BY AN ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS NOT ACCEPTED THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC REALITIES OF THIS WAR AND THEY HAVE DEFINITELY NOT COMMUNICATED THAT REALITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AN EVEN WORSE AND MORE DISTURBING ASSESSMENT IS THAT AMERICA CAN NOT ACHIEVE THE POLITICAL CONSENSUS NECESSARY TO DEVISE A GRAND STRATEGY THAT WILL SYNCHRONIZE AND COMMIT OUR NATIONAL POWER TO ACHIEVE VICTORY IN IRAQ. SOME OF YOU HAVE HEARD ME TALK ABOUT OUR NATIONS CRISIS IN LEADERSHIP. LET ME ELABORATE.
WHILE THE POLITICIANS ESPOUSE THEIR RHETORIC DESIGNED TO PRESERVE THEIR REPUTATIONS AND THEIR POLITICAL POWER -OUR SOLDIERS DIE! OUR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP IGNORED THE LESSONS OF WWII AS WE ENTERED INTO THIS WAR AND TO THIS DAY CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT VICTORY CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF MILITARY POWER ALONE. OUR FOREFATHERS UNDERSTOOD THAT TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CAPACITY HAD TO BE MOBILIZED, SYNCHRONIZED AND APPLIED IF WE WERE TO ACHIEVE VICTORY IN A GLOBAL WAR. THAT HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE THE KEY TO VICTORY IN IRAQ. CONTINUED MANIPULATIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS TO OUR MILITARY STRATEGY WILL NOT ACHIEVE VICTORY. THE BEST WE CAN DO WITH THIS FLAWED APPROACH IS STAVE OFF DEFEAT. THE ADMINISTRATION, CONGRESS AND THE ENTIRE INTERAGENCY, ESPECIALLY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, MUST SHOULDER THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS CATASTROPHIC FAILURE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.
THERE HAS BEEN A GLARING, UNFORTUNATE, DISPLAY OF INCOMPETENT STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP WITHIN OUR NATIONAL LEADERS. AS A JAPANESE PROVERB SAYS, "ACTION WITHOUT VISION IS A NIGHTMARE." THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT AMERICA IS LIVING A NIGHTMARE WITH NO END IN SIGHT.
SINCE 2003, THE POLITICS OF WAR HAVE BEEN CHARACTERIZED BY PARTISANSHIP AS THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES STRUGGLED FOR POWER IN WASHINGTON. NATIONAL EFFORTS TO DATE HAVE BEEN CORRUPTED BY PARTISAN POLITICS THAT HAVE PREVENTED US FROM DEVISING EFFECTIVE, EXECUTABLE, SUPPORTABLE SOLUTIONS. AT TIMES, THESE PARTISAN STRUGGLES HAVE LED TO POLITICAL DECISIONS THAT ENDANGERED THE LIVES OF OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS ON THE BATTLEFIELD. THE UNMISTAKABLE MESSAGE WAS THAT POLITICAL POWER HAD GREATER PRIORITY THAN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY OBJECTIVES. OVERCOMING THIS STRATEGIC FAILURE IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD ACHIEVING VICTORY IN IRAQ - WITHOUT BIPARTISAN COOPERATION WE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL. THERE IS NOTHING GOING ON TODAY IN WASHINGTON THAT WOULD GIVE US HOPE.
IF WE SUCCEED IN CRAFTING A BIPARTISAN STRATEGY FOR VICTORY, THEN AMERICA MUST HOLD ALL NATIONAL AGENCIES ACCOUNTABLE FOR DEVELOPING AND EXECUTING THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC INITIATIVES THAT WILL BRING ABOUT STABILITY, SECURITY, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC HOPE FOR ALL IRAQIS. THAT HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL TO DATE.
CONGRESS MUST SHOULDER A SIGNIFICANT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS FAILURE SINCE THERE HAS BEEN NO FOCUSED OVERSIGHT OF THE NATIONS POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC INITIATIVES IN THIS WAR. EXHORTATIONS, ENCOURAGEMENTS, INVESTIGATIONS, STUDIES AND DISCUSSIONS WILL NOT PRODUCE SUCCESS -THIS APPEARS TO BE THE NATION'S ONLY ALTERNATIVE SINCE THE TRANSFER OF SOVERIEGNTY. OUR CONTINUED NEGLECT WILL ONLY EXTEND THE CONFLICT. AMERICA'S DILEMMA IS THAT WE NO LONGER CONTROL THE ABILITY TO DIRECTLY INFLUENCE THE IRAQI INSTITUTIONS. THE SOVEREIGN IRAQI GOVERNMENT MUST BE COOPERATIVE IN THESE LONG TERM EFFORTS. THAT IS NOT LIKELY AT THE LEVELS NECESSARY IN THE NEAR TERM.
OUR COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS AND PROVIDE TIME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A GRAND STRATEGY. THAT WILL BE WASTED EFFORT AS WE HAVE SEEN REPEATEDLY SINCE 2003. IN THE MEAN TIME OUR SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND MARINES WILL CONTINUE TO DIE.
SINCE THE START OF THIS WAR, AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP HAS KNOWN THAT OUR MILITARY ALONE COULD NOT ACHIEVE VICTORY IN IRAQ. STARTING IN JULY 2003, THE MESSAGE REPEATEDLY COMMUNICATED TO WASHINGTON BY MILITARY COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND WAS THAT THE MILITARY ALONE COULD NEVER ACHIEVE "VICTORY" IN IRAQ. OUR SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND MARINES WERE DESTINED TO ENDURE DECADES OF FIGHTING AND KILLING PEOPLE WITHOUT THE FOCUSED, SYNCHRONIZED APPLICATION OF ALL ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER. THIS WAS A NECESSARY CONDITION TO STABILIZE IRAQ. ANY SEQUENTIAL SOLUTIONS WOULD LEAD TO A PROLONGED CONFLICT AND INCREASED RESISTANCE.
BY NEGLECT AND INCOMPETENCE AT THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL LEVEL, THAT IS THE PATH OUR POLITICAL LEADERS CHOSE AND NOW AMERICA, MORE PRECISELY THE AMERICAN MILITARY, FINDS ITSELF IN AN INTRACTABLE SITUATION. CLEARLY, MISTAKES HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE AMERICAN MILITARY IN ITS APPLICATION OF POWER BUT EVEN ITS GREATEST FAILURES IN THIS WAR CAN BE LINKED TO AMERICA'S LACK OF COMMITMENT, PRIORITY AND MORAL COURAGE IN THIS WAR EFFORT. WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES OF OUR MAGNIFICENT YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, IRAQ WOULD BE CHAOTIC WELL BEYOND ANYTHING EXPERIENCED TO DATE.
WHAT AMERICA MUST ACCEPT AS A REALITY AT THIS POINT IN THE WAR IS THAT OUR ARMY AND MARINE CORPS ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULES. WHAT IS CLEAR IS THAT THE DEPLOYMENT CYCLES OF OUR FORMATIONS HAS BEEN TOTALLY DISRUPTED, THE RESOURCING AND TRAINING CHALLENGES ARE SIGNIFICANT AND AMERICA'S ABILITY TO SUSTAIN A FORCE LEVEL OF 150,000(+) IS NONEXISTENT WITHOUT DRASTIC MEASURES THAT HAVE BEEN POLITICALLY UNACCEPTABLE TO DATE. THE DRAWDOWN OF THE SURGE TO PRESURGE LEVELS WAS NEVER A QUESTION. AMERICA MUST UNDERSTAND THAT IT WILL TAKE THE ARMY AT LEAST A DECADE TO FIX THE DAMAGE THAT HAS BEEN DONE TO ITS FULL SPECTRUM READINESS. THE PRESIDENT'S RECENT STATEMENT TO AMERICA THAT HE WILL LISTEN TO MILITARY COMMANDERS IS A MATTER OF POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY.
OUR ARMY AND MARINE CORPS WILL EXECUTE AS DIRECTED, PERFORM MAGNIFICENTLY AND NEVER COMPLAIN-THAT IS THE ETHIC OF OUR WARRIORS AND THAT IS WHAT AMERICA EXPECTS OF THEM. THEY WILL NOT DISAPPOINT US. BUT AMERICA MUST KNOW THE PRESSURES THAT ARE BEING PLACED ON OUR MILITARY INSTITUTIONS AS WE FIGHT THIS WAR. ALL AMERICANS MUST DEMAND THAT THESE DEPLOYING FORMATIONS ARE PROPERLY RESOURCED, PROPERLY TRAINED AND WE MUST NEVER ALLOW AMERICA'S SUPPORT FOR THE SOLDIER TO FALTER. A CRITICAL, OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF OUR NATION'S ABILITY TO EXECUTE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY MUST BE CONDUCTED. IF WE ARE OBJECTIVE AND HONEST, THE RESULTS WILL BE SURPRISING TO ALL AMERICANS. THERE IS UNACCEPTABLE STRATEGIC RISK.
AMERICA HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS IN IRAQ. A PRECIPITOUS WITHDRAWAL WILL UNQUESTIONABLY LEAD TO CHAOS THAT WOULD ENDANGER THE STABILITY OF THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST. IF THIS OCCURS IT WOULD HAVE SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. COALITION AND AMERICAN FORCE PRESENCE WILL BE REQUIRED AT SOME LEVEL FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. GIVEN THE LACK OF A GRAND STRATEGY WE MUST MOVE RAPIDLY TO MINIMIZE THAT FORCE PRESENCE AND ALLOW THE IRAQIS MAXIMUM ABILITY TO EXERCISE THEIR SOVERIEGNTY IN ACHIEVING A SOLUTION.
AT NO TIME IN AMERICA'S HISTORY HAS THERE BEEN A GREATER NEED FOR BIPARTISAN COOPERATION. THE THREAT OF EXTREMISM IS REAL AND DEMANDS UNIFIED ACTION AT THE SAME LEVELS DEMONSTRATED BY OUR FOREFATHERS DURING WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II. AMERICA HAS FAILED TO DATE.
THIS ENDEAVOR HAS FURTHER BEEN HAMPERED BY A COALITION EFFORT THAT CAN BE CHARACTERIZED AS HASTY, UN-RESOURCED AND OFTEN UNCOORDINATED AND UNMANAGED. DESPERATELY NEEDED, BUT ESSENTIALLY IGNORED, WERE THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC COALITIONS THAT WERE THE KEY TO VICTORY AND STABILITY IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE CONVENTIONAL WAR. THE MILITARY COALITION WHICH WAS HASTILY PUT TOGETHER IN THE SUMMER OF 2003 WAS PROBLEMATIC GIVEN THE MULTITUDE OF NATIONAL CAVEATS, INADEQUATE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS ON THE FORCES DEPLOYED. EVEN SO, THE MILITARY COALITION WAS THE MOST EXTENSIVE, PRODUCTIVE AND EFFECTIVE DEPLOYMENT OF FORCES IN DECADES. TODAY, WE CONTINUE OUR INEPT COALITION MANAGEMENT EFFORTS AND, IN FACT, WE ARE FACING EVER DECREASING TROOP COMMITMENTS BY OUR MILITARY COALITION PARTNERS. AMERICA'S "REVISED" STRATEGY DOES NOT ADDRESS COALITION INITIATIVES AND CHALLENGES. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO CONTINUE THIS STRUGGLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF OUR COALITION PARTNERS ACROSS ALL ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER. WITHOUT THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ELEMENTS OF POWER COMPLEMENTING THE TREMENDOUS EFFORTS OF OUR MILITARY, AMERICA IS ASSURED OF FAILURE. WE CONTINUE ON THAT PATH. AMERICA'S POLITICAL LEADERSHIP MUST COME TOGETHER AND DEVELOP A BIPARTISAN GRAND STRATEGY TO ACHIEVE VICTORY IN THIS CONFLICT. THE SIMULTANEOUS APPLICATION OF OUR POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, INFORMATION AND MILITARY ELEMENTS OF POWER IS THE ONLY COURSE OF ACTION THAT WILL PROVIDE A CHANCE OF SUCCESS.
ACHIEVING UNITY OF EFFORT IN IRAQ HAS BEEN ELUSIVE TO DATE PRIMARILY BECAUSE THERE IS NO ENTITY THAT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DIRECT ACTION BY OUR INTERAGENCY. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL HAS BEEN A CATASTROPHIC FAILURE. FURTHERMORE, AMERICA'S ABILITY TO HOLD THE INTERAGENCY ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR FAILURES IN THIS WAR IS NON-EXISTENT. THIS MUST CHANGE. AS A NATION WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT THE ENEMY WE FACE IS COMMITTED TO DESTROYING OUR WAY OF LIFE. THIS ENEMY IS ARGUABLY MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANY THREAT WE FACED IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. OUR POLITICAL LEADERS MUST PLACE NATIONAL SECURITY OBJECTIVES ABOVE PARTISAN POLITICS, DEMAND INTERAGENCY UNITY OF EFFORT, AND NEVER AGAIN COMMIT AMERICA TO WAR WITHOUT A GRAND STRATEGY THAT EMBRACES THE BASIC TENETS OF THE POWELL DOCTRINE.
IT SEEMS THAT CONGRESS RECOGNIZES THAT THE MILITARY CANNOT ACHIEVE VICTORY ALONE IN THIS WAR. YET THEY CONTINUE TO DEMAND VICTORY FROM OUR MILITARY. WHO WILL DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE FAILURE OF OUR NATIONAL POLITICAL LEADERS INVOLVED IN THE MANAGEMENT THIS WAR? THEY HAVE UNQUESTIONABLY BEEN DERELICT IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTY. IN MY PROFESSION, THESE TYPE OF LEADERS WOULD IMMEDIATELY BE RELIEVED OR COURTMARTIALED.
AMERICA HAS SENT OUR SOLDIERS OFF TO WAR AND THEY MUST BE SUPPORTED AT ALL COSTS UNTIL WE ACHIEVE VICTORY OR UNTIL OUR POLITICAL LEADERS DECIDE TO BRING THEM HOME. OUR POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS OWE THE SOLDIER ON THE BATTLEFIELD THE STRATEGY, THE POLICIES AND THE RESOURCES TO WIN ONCE COMMITTED TO WAR. AMERICA HAS NOT BEEN FULLY COMMITTED TO WIN THIS WAR. AS THE MILITARY COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND HAVE STATED SINCE THE SUMMER OF 2003, THE U.S. MILITARY ALONE CANNOT WIN THIS WAR. AMERICA MUST MOBILIZE THE INTERAGENCY AND THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ELEMENTS OF POWER, WHICH HAVE BEEN ABJECT FAILURES TO DATE, IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE VICTORY. OUR NATION HAS NOT FOCUSED ON THE GREATEST CHALLENGE OF OUR LIFETIME. THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ELEMENTS OF POWER MUST GET BEYOND THE POLITICS TO ENSURE THE SURVIVAL OF AMERICA. PARTISAN POLITICS HAVE HINDERED THIS WAR EFFORT AND AMERICA SHOULD NOT ACCEPT THIS. AMERICA MUST DEMAND A UNIFIED NATIONAL STRATEGY THAT GOES WELL BEYOND PARTISAN POLITICS AND PLACES THE COMMON GOOD ABOVE ALL ELSE. TOO OFTEN OUR POLITICIANS HAVE CHOSEN LOYALTY TO THEIR POLITICAL PARTY ABOVE LOYALTY TO THE CONSTITUTION BECAUSE OF THEIR LUST FOR POWER. OUR POLITICIANS MUST REMEMBER THEIR OATH OF OFFICE AND RECOMMIT THEMSELVES TO SERVING OUR NATION AND NOT THEIR OWN SELF-INTERESTS OR POLITICAL PARTY. THE SECURITY OF AMERICA IS AT STAKE AND WE CAN ACCEPT NOTHING LESS. ANYTHING SHORT OF THIS IS UNQUESTIONABLY DERELICTION OF DUTY.
THESE ARE FAIRLY HARSH ASSESSMENTS OF THE MILITARY AND PRESS RELATIONSHIP AND THE STATUS OF OUR WAR EFFORT. I REMAIN OPTIMISTIC AND COMMITTED TO THE ENABLING OF MEDIA OPERATIONS UNDER THE TOUGHEST OF CONDITIONS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE WORLD AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INFORMED. OUR MILITARY MUST EMBRACE YOU FOR THE SAKE OUR DEMOCRACY BUT YOU OWE THEM ETHICAL JOURNALISM.
THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA.
PRAISE BE TO THE LORD MY ROCK WHO TRAINS MY FINGERS FOR BATTLE AND MY HANDS FOR WAR.
Dropping It All To Pursue The Dream...
It may be the UK, but it has a distinctly American tinge to the plot.
A bit dated (2003), but a neat story. File under 'And now for something completely different.'
October 12, 2007
Happy Eid: Another "New" bin Laden Video
A "new" bin Laden video has been released by as Sahab, al Qaeda's media arm, to celebrate Eid--the festival marking the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan.
It's "new" in the sense that my first car, a 1971 VW Superbeatle was "new". You know, "new to me".
It's actually 8 year old footage of Osama bin Laden celebrating Eid Khutbah in 1999. As Sahab claims that, while the footage is old, that it has never been released before.
That's all you guys can do? Release old footage of bin Laden? I'm still waiting for proof of life. A video which stops two minutes and in which the only references to current events come as voice overs doesn't count.
Significantly, the video is subtitled in Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. Normally these videos are released with English subtitles. What's a matter Adam, having problems these days.
Laura Mansfield has the video for download here, and she's also working on comparing it to other old videos to see if there's anything new here.
Al Qaeda's Compromised Intranet & Our Compromised Intel?
Noah Schachtman calls it "al Qaeda's Intranet". Other cybergeeks are calling it "Obelisk". I like to call it, "the part of the password protected forum where jihadis swap beheading videos before they post them to the regular password protected forums where wannabe jihadis view them."
Yes, it's that mundane. But reading this Sun article about the tragic loss of "Obelisk" as SITE's source for al Qaeda videos makes it sound much more important than that:
As The New York Sun reported Tuesday, the September 7 leak tipped off Al Qaeda's internal security division to a breach in their Web-based "intranet," a network that American intelligence analysts call "Obelisk."I love that phrase, "al Qaeda security division". It sounds so much sexier than, "23 year old computer tech in Lahore who checks IP logs at night." But I digress:
Mr. Gunaratna yesterday referred to the network as the "password-protected sites." They differ from public Al Qaeda sites used for recruitment and propaganda because the network of these "intranet" domains changes constantly and is used only for internal messaging, not for disseminating information to the public. However, Obelisk sites often exist within public Al Qaeda sites.You'll notice the three level distinction here, which is probably a good way of thinking about jihadi use of the internet.
Distribution sites: Used for propaganda. One way communication from al Qaeda to target audience (potential recruits, financial contributors, and the public at large).
Password protected forums: Two way communication between members, and between sympathizers.
Super-seekrit password protected forums, often "hidden" in the public forums: Two way communication between members.
It's this last kind of forum, what some are calling "Obelisk", where SITE intercepted the "new" 9/11 bin Laden video. And because that video was eventually leaked, the "Obelisk" which was attached to a particular password protected forum was closed by "al Qaeda security."
Of course, the entire narrative seems to miss the point that SITE was planning on releasing the video publicly anyway. Which, I presume, would have alerted "al Qaeda security" to the breach in "Obelisk" anyway.
Mr. Gunaratna said that Al Qaeda set up its Internet communications in three tiers. The smallest circle includes senior leaders such as the head of the group's information committee, Abu Abdel Rahman al Magrebi, a son-in-law of Al Qaeda no. 2, Ayman al Zawahari. Mr. Gunaratna estimated that this circle consisted of no more than 20 people, and was nearly impossible to penetrate — although, he said, America, Britain, and Pakistan had a successful operation that penetrated Al Qaeda's most secretive Web communications for a period in 2004. Then, after one of the founders of Al Qaeda's Internet system, Mohammed Naeem Nur Khan, had been arrested in secret by Pakistani intelligence in July 2004, allied intelligence services were able to monitor the communications of this leadership group for about five weeks though Mr. Khan's messages to the top tier committee. The operation was blown after leaks to the Washington Post and New York Times, Mr. Gunaratna said, a breach he considers comparable to the leaking of Mr. bin Laden's speech.I'm not sure how Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, could be in a position to know who was involved in the "back door" forum which SITE had penetrated. In fact, it seems like a silly statement to make.
To compare it to the 2004 operation, which was carried out by the intelligence services of several countries and which involved the senior leadership of al Qaeda, to monitoring a "back door" at a well-known forum where videos are exchanged seems a little odd.
You'll notice the glaring contradiction in this next paragraph:
The next tier of Al Qaeda's Internet communications consists of the password-protected sites, also known as Obelisk, and is used mainly by middle and lower-level Qaeda operatives.This is the level that was penetrated by SITE, and so how could one possibly compare the loss of it as a source of information to the loss of the original "intranet" which included top members?
Of course, any loss of intel sucks. But loss for whom? As I've said before, Rita Katz and SITE are great, but just because they lost their access to this particular backdoor does not necessarily mean the we have lost access.
So, sucks for them. I sympathize with them. So sorry.
I certainly haven't lost my access--and I'm the absolute worst at this sort of thing! Laura Mansfield hasn't lost hers. Intel Center hasn't lost their's.
Further, I hope that our monitoring abilities are far less than those of governmental intel services. The proper course of action for the amateur, like myself, or the professional private intel service, like SITE, is to alert governmental intel services of the access that we have obtained. Presumably, in addition to our own monitoring, they do the same--and a much better job at it!
Fact is, the intel community knows far more about Al Qaida communications than most people realize--and that fact isn't widely publicized, for obvious reasons... While the nation's intel apparatus is certainly capable of gross buffoonery, it's unlikely that any mid or high-level official would be willing to "blow" Obelisk [the jihadist's intranet] unless they had other, better means for accessing Al Qaida communications -- avenues that wouldn't be compromised by media coverage of the bin Laden video. Presumably, those 'access points" are still available and producing valuable intelligence--as evidenced by last month's arrests in Europe.But, like I said, the whole narrative in the article is wrong. There were other avenues that this video was already being distributed through at the very same time that SITE had obtained its copy. And, again, SITE had already sold their copy of the video to several news agencies when ABC first ran the leaked copy.
Former Spook also reminds us of this:
SITE obtained the tape clandestinely and asked government officials to keep it SECRET, but (so far) there's no indication that the bin Laden video was ever classified. Indeed, how can you stamp "Secret" on a product that was available to the company's subscribers, and was discussed by other commercial intel firms--and media outlets--before SITE passed it along to the intel community?Let's end this with the money quote:
"The Internet and the Web is an area where we have been woefully weak," Mr. Hoekstra said. "Except for some folks who did this on their own and the Department of Defense, the direction from the top has been woefully weak."It's not that we lack the monitoring capability it's that we lack the will to do it and the legal capacity to act on information gained from the web.
Mr. Hoekstra said he asked the intelligence community for a translation of the Osama bin Laden speech the day it first appeared on the media. But he did not receive it until the next day, and even then the translation was marked "for official use only."
"I couldn't believe it," Mr. Hoekstra said. "That means I can't talk about it with reporters like you. So I had my staff go online and get a translation."
It's time to come up with a comprehensive strategy against the web jihad. A comprehensive strategy would move beyond intelligence gathering through the monitoring of "Obelisk" type discussion forums. It would also include monitoring of the lower tiered discussion forums where where jihadi sympathizers are moved from potential terrorists to actual terrorists.
It would also include a systematic shutting down of outlets that distribute al Qaeda and other Salafist and Khomeinist propaganda within a sympathetic context.
Because This is a Star Wars Themed Blog....
The USS Cole Bombing in Yemen: What We Know Today
Seven Years Ago Today
On October 12, 2000 two Yemeni suicide bombers rammed an explosives-laden dingy into an American destroyer, the USS Cole. Seventeen US service members were killed and forty-nine injured. The destroyer had been invited by the Yemeni government to refuel in the port of Aden.
In the light of historical perspective, several facts have become clear. Intelligence warnings generated prior to the attack were never forwarded to the commander of the Cole. The investigation afterwards was marred by turf wars within the US government, leaving links between the Cole bombing and the attacks of 9/11 unexplored. The Yemeni government worked diligently to limit the scope of the US investigation. Almost all the Yemenis involved in the Cole bombing are free today. The involvement of some Yemeni officials in the bombing is documented; however, the scope of that involvement is not.
THE YEMEN SIDE
Military commander and presidential half brother, Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar recruited fighters for bin Laden in the 1980’s and set up training camps in Yemen. Thousands of Yemenis at all levels were active in the Afghan conflict. After the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan, the Yemeni regime welcomed thousands of both Yemeni and non-Yemeni “Afghan Arabs” back to Yemen. Many of these hard core Islamists were militarily deployed in defense of the regime during its civil war in 1994 against Southern Socialists. As a result, many Afghan Arabs and other Islamic militants who fought in 1994 against “apostate” socialists are today ensconced in high level government positions. Others were absorbed into the military and security forces.
Through the 1990’s, both Osama bin Laden and Aiman Zawaheri traveled in and out and around Yemen on many occasions, often meeting religious leaders and prominent persons. Bin Laden delivered sermons in Yemeni mosques and purportedly held a six hour meeting with Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar in Sana’a airport in 1996.
Bin Laden made a deal with the Yemeni government in 1999, according to the 9/11 Commission Report. After Al-Qaeda operative Tawfiq (Khallad) bin Attash was arrested in Yemen, Bin Laden contacted a Yemeni official and bargained for Attash’s release. The Yemeni regime released Attash and promised not to confront al-Qaeda. In exchange, Bin Laden pledged not to attack Yemen. This pattern of negotiation continues today.
Tawfiq bin Attash
In 1999, Attash returned to Afghanistan. In January 2000, Attash along with Yemeni Fahd al-Quso attended a high level al-Qaeda meeting in Malaysia at which the attacks on the USS Cole and the World Trade Center were discussed and planned.
Attash, who was captured by US forces in Pakistan in 2003, confessed to organizing the Cole attack according to a military transcripts released at his hearing held at Guantanamo Bay. Al-Quso who helped prepared the bombing of the USS Cole was found guilty in a Yemeni court.
Cole Bombers Tipped Off?
In 2000, security concerns in Dijoubouti made Aden port only a slightly more attractive choice for refueling the Cole. Refueling at sea was also certainly an option. However, the US was concerned with rebuilding relations with Yemen. Relations had cooled significantly after the first Gulf War when Yemen, holding a Security Council seat, supported long time ally Saddam Hussein against the US.
One lingering question about the Cole bombing is whether the bombers had advance knowledge about the arrival of the USS Cole. Oddly, the Yemeni government denied receiving information about the impending arrival of the USS Cole. Yemeni President Saleh said, “The Americans made a mistake when they entered the port with such a large size and greatly valuable destroyer without guarding or notifying the Yemeni side to provide such protection,” the Yemen Times reported in November 2000. However, General Anthony Zinni, former Centcom commander, noted in his 2000 congressional testimony that, “The force protection in the port is the responsibility of the Yemeni government.” He noted that specific arrangements for the visit are, “done with the port authority, and the government of Yemeni officials; their security forces.” He also indicated that such notice is normally issued by the United States to a foreign government about two weeks prior to the arrival of a US vessel.
Lawrence Wright in The Looming Tower notes, “The FBI was convinced that the bombers had been tipped off about the arrival of the Cole, and they wanted to expand the investigation to include a member of the president’s own family and a colonel in the PSO.” The Yemeni government denied these requests while blaming the US for bombing its own ship. In July 2001, a top Yemeni official told the Egyptian governmental weekly, Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, that the Yemeni investigation indicated that the US intentionally blew up the Cole as a pretext for invasion. He said the US planned on turning the port of Aden into a US naval base. In December 2005, President Saleh repeated these claims on national TV, stating, “there was a plan to occupy Aden” after the Cole bombing. However notorious the Yemeni regime may be for duplicity, and many within the US administration excuse these statements as understandable domestic posturing, the fact remains there are many indications of regime complicity in the bombing of the USS Cole.
As noted by a 2007 US Congressional Research Service report, “Yemeni authorities did not fully cooperate in the investigation of the Cole bombing.” US investigators were prevented from directly interrogating Yemeni suspects, and were forced to submit their questions on paper. The Yemeni officials also hid evidence. According to Lawrence Wright, “The Yemenis finally produced a videotape taken by a harborside security camera, but it appeared to have been edited to delete the crucial moment of explosion…” The Yemeni government’s lack of cooperation with federal investigators was most like designed to protect upper level officials complicit in the attack.
One document admitted by the Yemeni court in the 2003 trial of five accused Cole plotters was an official letter from Yemen’s then interior minister, Hussain Arab, which instructed Yemeni security forces to give safe passage and cooperation to Muhammed Omar al-Harazi a/k/a Abd al-Rahman Al-Nashiri from April to December 2000. Other documents used by the bombers included arms permits normally issued by the Ministry of the Interior which were said to be a forgery, the Yemen Times reported in 2005.
The Yemeni Opposition Group, the Southern Democratic Assembly based in the UK, issued a statement in November 2006 prior to a London Donors Conference on Yemen which reads in part, “Both the evidence and information indicate that who carried out the bombing attack on the American Warship USS Cole in Aden port in October 2000 are well-known bodies to the Yemeni regime and some of who were involved still in their jobs.”
In May 2001, UPI reported, “According to several US government sources, one of the reasons the attack on the Cole succeeded was involvement by the ‘highest levels’ of the Yemen government of President Ali Abdallah Saleh, although Saleh himself personally was not.” However this is not a view shared by the former commander of the Yemeni Navy at the time of the Cole bombing. In an interview after he defected to the UK, Commander Ahmed Al-Hassani said that President Saleh knew in advance of the bombing. Al-Hassani pointed out that the night before the bombing, President Saleh sent his Interior Minister and Political Security Minister from the capital Sana’a to Aden where the USS Cole was bombed hours later.
The Cole Bombers
The Yemeni justice system is highly corrupt, politicized and irregular. Thus it is unsurprising that with few exceptions, the Cole plotters and their co-conspirators were given light sentences, were released early, were never charged or escaped jail multiple times. Some convicted terrorists were later given government jobs, money, land and a car in order to facilitate their reintegration into society, the Yemeni government says. The regime defends these actions as a practical way to diminish the threat of future terror attacks. Others see these accommodations as a reward.
The Yemeni government named Jamal Muhammad al-Badawi as the leader of the group, Abdu al-Rahim al-Nashiri as the financier and several others as involved, including two policemen who provided false documents. However shortly after, Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal was listed as one of the main operatives and financiers of the plot.
Six convicted Cole conspirators’ appeal verdict was rendered in March of 2005 wherein the Yemeni court reduced Mamoon Amswah’s sentence from eight to five years. The court upheld the death penalty for Abdu al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is in US custody. Fahd Al-Quso who helped prepare the bombing and was supposed to videotape the explosion had his ten year prison sentence upheld. Ali Mohamed Murakab and Morad al-Sorori both retained five year sentences for forging identification documents.
Jamal al-Badawi was originally sentenced to death by a Yemeni court for his involvement in the attack. The sentence was commuted upon appeal to fifteen years in prison. However, al-Badawi managed to escape from jail twice and is currently at large.
Ten prisoners linked to the USS Cole bombing, including Jamal al-Badawi and Fahd al-Quso, escaped from an Aden jail in 2003. Other 2003 Aden escapees included Khaldoun Al-Hukaimi and Saleh Mana. The pair was reported to have committed suicide attacks in Iraq in 2005, RayNews reported.
After their escape from prison, in May 2003 Jamal Al-Badawi and Fahd al-Quso were indicted on over fifty terror related offenses by a federal grand jury in Manhattan, New York for plotting the attack on the Cole.
Both al-Quso and al-Badawi were recaptured in March 2004. Jamal Al-Badawi escaped from prison again in 2006 along with 17 others involved in the USS Cole bombing. Shortly after the escape, Yemen’s Specialized Penal Court ordered the release of Hadi Saleh Al-Waeli suspected of selling arms, ammunition and explosives to the terrorists who bombed the USS Cole Destroyer at Aden Port in 2000.
In 2003, Yemen arrested Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal. On the US list of most wanted terrorists in Yemen. Al-Ahdal is believed to be one of the masterminds of the Cole bombing. Yemen refused to allow US federal investigators access to Al-Ahdal, insisting instead that the FBI submit questions for al-Ahdal in writing. Sources indicated to the Yemen Times that al-Ahdal had confessed to “being in charge of technical and financial preparations” for both the Cole and Limburg attacks. Al-Ahdal was tried and convicted in 2006 on charges of distributing money for al-Qaeda. No charges were brought relating to the Cole bombing. He was sentenced to 37 months in prison, and with time served, was released shortly thereafter. In 2006, Ghalib Al-Zaidi was also charged with harboring al-Ahdal for a month following the Cole bombing; al-Zaidi was sentenced to three years time served and released.
THE US SIDE
Turf Wars Hamper Investigation
The FBI’s ability to investigate the bombing was curtailed not only by the Yemeni government but also by the US State Department, which was interested in maintaining good relation with Yemen. Lead FBI investigator and one of the US’s foremost al-Qaeda experts, John O’Neill “had come to believe that some Yemeni officials were not being forthcoming about information from (Fahd) al Quso and other suspects,” Frontline reported. However, the US ambassador to Yemen clashed with O’Neill, hampering the FBI’s investigations. Tensions between O’Neill and Ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine, escalated to the point where Bodine actively lobbied to have O’Neill taken off the case. According to Barry Mawn, O’Neill’s boss who was called in to investigated the dispute, “it was clear that she simply hated his guts.” Bodine was O’Neill’s only detractor, Mawn found. Bodine prohibited O’Neill’s re-entry into Yemen after he withdrew his team in response to a threat against his agents. According to Cooperative Research, “without (O’Neill’s) influential presence, the Yemeni government will not allow an interrogation.”
Similarly, the CIA failed to share intelligence with the FBI after the Cole bombing, and connections between the USS Cole bombing and 9/11 were left unexplored. The CIA did not forward information about Tawfiq bin-Attash (a/k/a Khallad) when requested by the FBI. The FBI had growing suspicions of a second attack when it was discovered that prior to the Cole bombing, money was taken out of Yemen by al-Quso and given to Attash. The CIA was aware of the 2000 Malaysia meeting among several high level al-Qaeda operatives, including calls between Malaysia and Yemen. The CIA had photos of both Attash and al-Quso at the Malysia meeting; however it withheld the photos and other information about the meeting from the FBI.
Warnings Not Circulated
The failure of the US embassy and the CIA to support the FBI’s investigation after the Cole bombing was preceded by a lack of US intelligence coordination before the bombing. Richard Clarke, the National Security Council adviser stated to CNN shortly after the bombing that there was “no basis” for saying that the USS Cole bombing was an intelligence failure on the part of the US intelligence community. However, a secret Pentagon intelligence unit known as Able Danger identified increased al-Qaeda activity in Aden prior to the Cole attack two weeks before the attack and again two days before the terrorist attack.
The New York Post reported that Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s former liaison to Able Danger said Capt. Scott Phillpott, Able Danger’s leader, briefed Gen. Peter Schoomaker, former head of Special Operations Command about the findings on Yemen “two or three weeks” before the Cole attack. “Yemen was elevated by Able Danger to be one of the top three hot spots for al Qaeda in the entire world,” Shaffer said.
Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer
Congressman Kurt Weldon in a 2005 Congressional floor speech said, “They (Able Danger) also identified the threat to the USS Cole two weeks before the attack, and two days before the attack were screaming not to let the USS Cole come into the harbor at Yemen because they knew something was about to happen.” The Scramento Bee reported that “Two Able Danger analysts briefed Gen. Peter Schoomaker, then head of U.S. Special Operations Command, on their findings…two days before the attack on the Cole.” The commander of the USS Cole, Kirk Lippold, never received the warning.
Another intelligence analyst, Kie Fallis, at the Defense Intelligence Agency also advised several of his superiors of the heightened risk in Yemen and indications of terror activities in Aden prior to the attack. An official warning was not generated. As Senator Pat Roberts noted during Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, “(Fallis) attempted in vain -- in vain, to convince his superiors to issue a threat warning in August of 2000…His warnings were considered -- I think they were called anomalies, not connections. And we now know different. The NSA issued the warning the day after the attack.”
Tommy Franks, commander of Centcom at the time of the Cole bombing testified before Congress that he never received any warning regarding Aden, nor did he review the decision of his predecessor General Zinni to refuel at Aden port. Naval Commander Lippold has been blocked from promotion and, as a result of the US Navy’s “up or out policy”, is being forced into retirement. Able Danger’s Anthony Shaeffer had his security clearance was revoked in 2006 and his family’s health insurance cancelled, apparently in retribution for speaking out. Kie Fallis quit DIA in protest the day after the bombings.
Back to the future
The bombing of the USS Cole was one incident in a pattern of escalating al-Qaeda attacks on the US that began with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and culminated in 2001 with the deaths of nearly 3000 US citizens. In the wake of 9/11, structural procedures and adjustments have been instituted to break down the wall between US intelligence agencies. However, the tension caused by maintaining the semi-cooperation of “allies” in counter-terror efforts remains a vital issue, and no better example exists than US-Yemeni relations.
Yemeni President Saleh and US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
In 2007, international cooperation is essential in uncovering terrorists’ plans, networks and operatives. However, many find the US focus on counter-terror both myopic and counter-productive in dealing with its allies. This view is widely held by Yemeni reformers who pay the price for their advocacy in blood. The US is perceived as tacitly approving of civil and human rights abuses as long as the regime is forth coming with counter-terror cooperation. Yemen’s progressives have a message that undermines the dictatorship, regressive forces and the terrorists. Consequently, reformists are targeted by the regime and labeled un-Islamic and Western stooges in the public media.
Yemen uses and exports Islamic fanatics as a tool of domestic and foreign policy. After the empowerment of Hamas in a democratic election, the idealistic US push for democratization and reform in the Middle East was met by the real-politik fears of radical Islamists gaining political power. In Yemen, radical Islamists already have political power and government jobs, as evidenced by the state’s failure to thwart terrorist financing, media incitement, mosque incitement, material support and moral support for terrorism. With or without official political status, elections or recognition, Yemeni Islamist militants are capable of influencing the regime and deploying state resources. And these political players are more dangerous when they are playing the game underground, while an enormous game of charades takes place in the media.
The days of “with us or against us” are certainly over as the intertwined structure between dictatorships and terrorists becomes clearer. To undermine one is to undermine the other, to support one supports the other. The natural alliance between indigenous reformists and the United States is dysfunctional in the current climate, leaving both more vulnerable. However, there are many in the Yemeni administration and some in the opposition who are quite patriotic and in favor of reform and modernization. Somehow the US must become as good at playing both sides of the fence as the Yemeni regime is.
Terrorist Hides Bomb in Cart of Toys on Playground, US Probably to Blame
I'm guessing this is the work of al Qaeda since they are one of the few remaining "insurgent" groups in Iraq that intentionally targets civilians.
Al Qaeda intentionally murders children in Iraq and how does The Washington Post react? They feel it necessary to add the context that nine children were killed yesterday by the US.
See how this works? It wouldn't be fair if we didn't present al Qaeda's side of the story. Al Qaeda's narrative--the way they present their murderous war against the U.S. to Muslims--is that it is a defensive war. And when they intentionally kill women and children it is always presented as retaliation.
Another example of the MSM doing al Qaeda's propaganda job for them. It's almost like Adam Gadahn is no longer needed.
A bomb hidden in a cart of toys killed two children and wounded 17 others in a playground in northern Iraq on Friday, the first day of a national holiday to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.WaPo, for some reason, then feels it necessary to explain that there is an investigation--not into this attack--but into yesterday's tragic loss of civilian lives during a gun battle with al Qaeda.
The attack came the day after U.S. forces killed nine children and six women in an air strike northwest of Baghdad targeting suspected al Qaeda leaders. The U.N. mission in Iraq urged U.S. forces to conduct a "vigorous" probe into the strike.
Police Colonel Abbas Mohammed said a would-be suicide bomber pushed the cart into a play area in the predominantly Shi'ite northern town of Tuz Khurmato. He said the bomber was wounded.
The town's mayor, Mohammed Rasheed, told Reuters two boys aged between 10 and 12 had died and another 17 people under the age of 18 had been wounded in the deadly attack.
In fact, of the 20 paragraphs in the WaPo story about terrorists intentionally murdering children in Iraq, 13 of them are "context" about how the US kills so many civilians in Iraq.
Al Qaeda intentionally killing civilins, US accidentally killing civilians. Six of one, half dozen of the other.
No mention in the article that al Qaeda and other terrorists in Iraq use women and children as human shields and routinely violate the Geneva Conventions by attempting to blend in to civilian populations while engaged in battle.
Hat tip: Beowulf
Another Haditha-style Smear Starts
Undaunted by setbacks such as having the Haditha "massacre" exposed as an al Qaeda plot, journalists from the Associated Press are bravely pushing on with their latest smear campaign against the American military.
The AP headline reads: "9 Children Killed in U.S. Raid in Iraq," and variations on the th(m)eme are all over the MSM (MSNBC's take: U.S. attack kills 9 Iraqi children").
But, as Jules Crittenden notes, it eventually becomes clear that the children were killed by al Qaeda, who was following their practice of using civilians as human shields:
I know it’s asking a lot. But given the boilerplate and outrage out of Afghanistan and now Iraq about how aggressive American tactics are killing civilians, could we please have a little boilerplate, and perhaps some outrage, about how cowardly terrorist tactics are killing civilians. Because the reason why women and children are dying is that terrorists are using them for cover.Don't hold your breath, Jules.
Video : Edwin Meese on L.O.S.T.
Science: More Muslims, Less Freedom
The sad reality. Let the "Islamophobe" and "Muslim bashing" name-calling begin!
Frederic L. Pryor in Middle East Quarterly's ME Forum:
The statistical results ... show that in all but very poor countries, Islam has a significantly negative impact on political rights.....This supports the rather cursory research done by Demosophist and myself.
This conclusion is reflected in the fact that, with the exception of the regression in column four, the greater the percentage of Muslims in the population, the lower are the political rights in the country. This Muslim variable is not, however, statistically significant when the very poor nations in the sample are examined separately. Such a result makes sense. Citizens of very poor nations often enjoy few rights to begin with, and so Islam does not have much room to create a downward impact. For the entire sample, the countries with an Arab culture also have lower political rights than other Muslim nations although in the other results with different sub-samples, there is not an indication of such a relationship.....
Other concrete examples illustrate the statistical results. Among pairs of oil exporting states with roughly the same per capita GDP, one predominantly Muslim, the other not, the Muslim country compares unfavorably with the non-Muslim state. For instance, Algeria is less democratic than Gabon; Syria has fewer political freedoms than Sri Lanka, and even Iran does not compare well to Venezuela. Of the 58 nations classified as having medium or high per capita GDP, only the 6 Gulf Cooperation Council states—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates—are Muslim. These 6 countries have an average political freedom score roughly one third that of the remaining 52 nations in this group.....
There are some exceptions to the general conclusion that Islam has a negative impact on political rights. In the sample of 39 predominantly Muslim countries, Bangladesh, Mali, Senegal, and Turkey have political freedom scores in the middle range....
Nevertheless, in statistical experiments not reported here that use smaller samples of nations having more reliable data, the major conclusion about the negative relationship between Islam and political rights does not change. Similarly, experiments using other explanatory variables such as population heterogeneity did not change the general conclusions....
Manbearpig Popular With 5 Norwegian Politicians
So, how come Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize? I think this explains it all:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee, whose five members are appointed by the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget), is entrusted both with the preparatory work related to prize adjudication and with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.So, who are these five people who think so highly of the U.N. and for whom the world is misled into thinking are simple neutral observers? Four out of them are politicians, and one is a historian with a distinctly European view of the US.
Ole Danbolt Mjøs (Chairman) MD Professor, politician from Christian People's Party. This party is center-right in Norwegian politics. But center-right in Norwegian politics would be considerably to the left in the U.S., especially on social-welfare issues. On family-values issues they are more to the right.
Geir Lundestad (Secretary) Director of Nobel Institute and Historian. His main publications are: The American Non-Policy Towards Eastern Europe 1943-1947 (1975), America, Scandinavia and the Cold War 1945-1949 (1980), East, West, North, South. Major Developments in International Politics since 1945. (First Norwegian Edition in 1985, later revised, Fifth Edition 2004), "Empire" by integration: the United States and European integration 1945-1997 (1998).
Berge Ragnar Furre (Member) Historian, Professor of Theology, and politician from the Socialist Left Party. The Socialist Left Party is left by European standards--it was formerly a Communist party. Today though, like most formerly communist parties, the Socialist Left Party is part of the Red-Green coalitions so common in Europe.
Sissel Marie Rønbeck (Member) Deputy Director, Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Former director of the Social Democratic Youth (Labour's youth group) and a former cabinet minister in the Labour led government. The Labour Party has long been a main political party in Norway and was founded as a Marxist party, but are now merely socialists and advocates of an extensive welfare state. They now govern Norway as part of a center-left-green alliance.
Inger-Marie Ytterhorn (Member) Senior political adviser to the Progress Party's Parliamentary Group. The Progress Party in Norway is an anti-immigration party and would be considered more libertarian than the Conservative Party on economic issues.
Kaci Five Fullmann (Member) Public Affairs Advisor. a member of the Conservative Party and former member of parliament. The name kind of says it all. But a Norwegian Conservative is a far-cry from an American conservative--for instance they support gay adoption and EU integration.
So, five people get together and decide who should get the prize. All five are former politicians or well connected to the Norwegian political establishment. So, why should any one care what they think? I don't.
Ph.D. Dissertation: Men Will Marry Hot Robots
Geeks take heart: someday your love for technology and hot women will be united. If two dudes can wed, why not a dude and his silicone covered computers? Breitbart:
The University of Maastricht in the Netherlands is awarding a doctorate to a researcher who wrote a paper on marriages between humans and robots.Had I known I would have saved my dissertation committee years of grief and just watch a few pornos and called it original research.
David Levy, a British artificial intelligence researcher at the college, wrote in his thesis, "Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners," that trends in robotics and shifting attitudes on marriage are likely to result in sophisticated robots that will eventually be seen as suitable marriage partners.
Kinison on Mondale, Relationships, Reagan, Russians
October 11, 2007
Rusty on Rusty Humphries Show
***Sticky until interview is over***
I'll be on the Rusty Humphries show tonight about 9:35 Eastern. If you ever wanted to hear me make a jackass out of myself, now is your chance.
UPDATE: Uh, maybe that was 9:35 Central? I really shouldn't try to blog, advise a student, take down a jihadi website, fend off the Dean, and talk to Rusty Humphries on the phone all at the same time.
UPDATE By Vinnie: Coming up now.
UPDATE by Rusty: Man, I sucked. But thanks so much to Rusty Humphries for having me on and for plugging the website!
Keith Olbermann: Racist
Media Matters, for some odd reason, seemed to miss this one.
Need a Inspirational Hero Story?
Read about posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor awardee SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy.
Where do we find such men?
19 Good al Qaeda Terrorists
Update: I notice the MSM picking up on story. The MNF releases several of these stories daily with nary a nod from the MSM. So, why are they picking this particular story up? 9 children dead.
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces conducted a coordinated operation targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leaders in the Lake Thar Thar region Thursday killing an estimated 19 terrorists and 15 civilians, wounding six and detaining one suspect.
Intelligence reports indicated senior members of al-Qaeda in Iraq were meeting in the area. Surveillance elements observed and confirmed activity consistent with the reports and supporting aircraft engaged the time-sensitive target.
The ground force assessed that 4 terrorists were killed on site.
Surveillance elements observed some members from the initial meeting location travel to an area south of Lake Thar Thar.
Upon assault, Coalition forces were engaged by small arms fire from the target building. Responding in self-defense, supporting aircraft engaged the enemy threat. After securing the area, the ground force assessed 15 terrorists, six women and nine children were killed, two suspects, one woman and three children were wounded, and one suspected terrorist was detained.
All of the injured received immediate medical treatment on site by a Coalition forces medical expert and were taken to a near-by military facility for further treatment.
Operations are currently ongoing and Coalition forces are reviewing information from the scene as well as assessing the level of damage involved.
More information will follow as it becomes available.
“We regret that civilians are hurt or killed while Coalition forces search to rid Iraq of terrorism,” said Maj. Brad Leighton, MNF-I spokesman. “These terrorists chose to deliberately place innocent Iraqi women and children in danger by their actions and presence.”
Three Good al Qaeda Terrorists
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Three of the al-Qaeda in Iraq members killed in a Coalition air strike Wednesday following their assassination of a local Imam have been identified as Abu Rami, Ammar Fadhil Kadhim and Fadil Salman, who is also known as Abu Ra’ad.
Coalition forces killed the three terrorists and ten other criminals west of Baghdad while conducting operations in the area to further disrupt al-Qaeda in Iraq activities. Intelligence reports indicated that, on Wednesday morning, an assassination team, led by Ra’ad, attacked and killed Abu Bilal. Bilal was an Imam who had been preaching anti-al-Qaeda messages in the local mosque.
Intelligence revealed that the assassination team emplaced four improvised explosive devices in and around Abu Bilal’s house. One of the IEDs detonated awakening neighbors sleeping on the roof of the adjacent building. The terrorists also engaged the neighbors by firing a rocket propelled grenade at their house. The attackers then entered Bilal’s house, executed him and wounded his wife. Bilal’s nephew was also present and was able to engage and kill two of the terrorists before they fled the scene.
Following the attack, Coalition surveillance elements positively identified the attackers as they gathered in a field in the vicinity of the attack. Supporting aircraft engaged the armed men, killing 10 terrorists. As the ground force secured the area, they discovered three additional armed men. Supporting aircraft engaged, killing the three terrorists, one of whom was wearing a suicide vest.
All three identified terrorists were known and feared by the locals in the area. Kadhim was a senior al-Qaeda figure in the Abu Ghuraiyb district and is known to have killed both women and children. Numerous weapons and a suicide belt were found among the group of dead terrorists following the air strike.
“Cowardly acts against religious leaders and citizens such as this continue to demonstrate that Al-Qaeda in Iraq will not allow people to live in peace,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. “Iraqi and Coalition forces will make every effort to end al-Qaeda’s campaign to terrorize Iraq citizens.”
On Patrol in Ramadi
Totten has video up of a patrol in Ramadi. Pretty cool.
FredHeads Giving Out FREE Fred08 Bumper Stickers
Londinistan Terror Trial Video
A video update via LGF update on the trial of suspected terrorists at the Finsbury Park Mosque. One defendant, Mohammed Hamid , was asked by his name by police. He said, "Osama bin-London."
Turkey Threatening to Invade Iraq?
This is a bit worrisome:
Turkey's prime minister will ask parliament next week to authorise a military push into north Iraq to fight Kurdish rebels although analysts say a large Turkish cross-border incursion remains unlikely
Washington fears an offensive could destabilise Iraq's most peaceful area and potentially the wider region.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was under mounting pressure to act over the rebels after Wednesday's U.S. vote on the highly sensitive issue of the killings in 1915 of Armenians.
The resolution was proposed by a politician with many Armenian-Americans in his district.
Erdogan's government will seek authorisation for a military incursion after a public holiday which ends on Sunday, senior ruling AK Party lawmaker Sadullah Ergin said.
Religion of Please Kick Our Ass
Seems like a whole bunch of trouble followed after the Taliban in Afghanistan started blowing up Buddahs. All that bad Karma eventually built up and the Taliban had their ass handed to them.
Will they never learn?
Via The Telegraph: Islamist radicals in Pakistan have attempted to destroy an ancient carving of Buddha by drilling holes in the rock and filling them with dynamite.Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers.
The 23ft high image was damaged during the attack, which brought back memories of the Taliban's destruction six years ago of the giant Buddhas at Bamiyan, in neighbouring Afghanistan.
The Buddha, in the Swat district of north-west Pakistan, is thought to date from the seventh century AD and was considered the largest in Asia, after the two Bamiyan Buddhas.
The explosion on Monday night damaged the upper part of the rock.
Fact-checking the Dearborn Debate : Fred Dead-on, Rudy Out-to-Lunch
Former Sen. Fred Thompson got the facts straight for his GOP debate debut Oct. 9. But former Mayor Rudy Giuliani added to a lengthening string of exaggerations and misstatements...Full story here.
Gaza Man Tortured/Murdered for 'Spreading Christianity'
This should come as no surprise. When Muslims say that Islam fully protects the rights of Christians they are either lying or displaying a wanton ignorance of Christianity. Sure, you can practice your Christianity at home, but try and fulfill The Great Commission and its the death penalty.
Yes, death really is the penalty for leaving Islam under Sharia law. 'Changing ones deen' as they call it is not like the modern Western version of 'apostasy'. It's more like an act of treason. Therefore, advocating that Muslims should embrace Christianity is seen as a subversive activity which can also get the death penalty.
The witnesses said they saw three armed men, two of them wearing masks, beat Ayyad repeatedly with clubs and the butts of their guns while accusing him of attempting to spread Christianity in Gaza. The witnesses said that after the three men beat Ayyad, they all shot him....Islam: Religion of tolerance.
Sheik Abu Saqer, the leader of an Islamic outreach movement that said recently it formed a military wing to enforce Muslim law in Gaza, Jihadia Salafiya, told the Sun that though his group "didn't carry out the Ayyad attack," all Christians engaging in missionary activity in Gaza would be "dealt with harshly."
Sheik Saqer's group was accused of firebombing Ayyad's bookstore in April. Jihadia Salafiya also is suspected of firebombing of Internet cafes and an attack in May on a U.N. school in Gaza after it allowed boys and girls to participate in the same sporting event.
Ahmadinejad's Popularity Falling in Iran
Kamangir has the details. His popularity among Iranians is still better than George W. Bush's among Americans.
Chris Cuomo Gleeful Over MSM's Ability to Subvert US War Effort
Chris Cuomo, alleged ABC "journalist" and son of former Democratic New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, appeared on Tuesday's "Good Morning America" with Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz as the pair spent some time congratulating each other on the mainstream news' success in making Iraq war unpopular:
At the same time, Cuomo and Washington Post reporter seemed to be proud of the media's ability to turn Americans against the war in Iraq. Kurtz, who has written a book on the subject, asserted, "I believe that these newscasts in 2005 and 2006 played the biggest single role in helping to turn public opinion against the war."Not only have these nitwits now openly confessed to what the right side of the blogosphere has been accusing them of, they're proud of it.
Cuomo agreed and complimented the journalist's analysis. He enthused, "It's easy to say, 'Oh, well. The war was unpopular. People were looking for the unpopularity of it. At some point, the networks gave that to them.' But you have a more penetrating look at it. You take a look at it in terms of the role of the nightly newscasts in shaping the ideas about the news..." According to Kurtz, the top three network anchors kept "framing the story in such a way" that the bad news finally had an impact.
By the way, ABC also employs former(?) Clintonista George Stephanopolous as a "journalist."
Hat tip: larwyn.
Kos: Super-Seekrit Agent
Markos "Kos" Moulitsas almost got hired by the CIA. I wonder if a CIA contractor had been murdered by al Qaeda sympathizers if he would have said, "Screw them. I feel nothing"?
If he had been hired, I'm sure it would have looked something like this.
Move to Cut off ISNA Funding
I think it would be better if all federal funding was cut off to unindicted co-conspirators in terror cases. That way CAIR loses any of their support, too. But cutting off Justice Department funding is a good start.
The ISNA is much worse than CAIR. The ISNA is the North American affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood. Its long-term goal is the establishment of Sharia law. WaTimes:
Legislation is moving through Congress to block the Justice Department from providing financial support to participate in conventions held by groups designated by the government as unindicted co-conspirators in federal court cases.Will Democrats and the White House dare to oppose the measure? Magic 8 Ball says: Definitely.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is in response to the department's recent participation in a convention held by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
The Justice Department named ISNA as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation, which the government is prosecuting for raising $12 million for Hamas. As the trial proceeded last month, Justice officials sponsored a booth at ISNA's annual convention, angering some Republicans.
I also hear that my friend Aaron will be on Fox News in a few minutes discussing the ISNA. Check it out.
Jawa PWNS Wanted Terrorist's Website
The personal website of Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, better known as Mullah Krekar, the man who founded the terrorist organization Ansar al Islam, is down. Thanks to all who wrote the American ISP to complain. You can make a difference.
Now lets just hope the Norwegians deport him to Iraq where he faces multiple terror charges.
October 10, 2007
Can We Question YouTube's Patriotism Now? - Updated
MNFIRAQ uploaded the video below to their YouTube account on Wednesday. I saw it, and posted it here. The post is still there, but the video is no longer available.
Judge for yourself.
Update: Is this why the MSM mostly ignores the Westboro hate cult?
Photo of Al and Tipper with Fred westboro, founder of the cult, from an October, 2000 story by the Log Cabin Republicans.
Thanks to commenter forged rite.
That wasn't so bad, now, was it? Kind of hard to see why YouTube had a problem.
Now, take a peek at this one. If you don't have the stomach for graphic full-color pictures of hideously wounded and dead American troops, don't watch it. Take my word, it's BAD. I apologize in advance to those who go ahead and watch the video - turn your sound down if you're offended by lyrics wishing death on homosexuals; the person who posted the video is a devotee of the Westboro Baptist Cult.
YouTube can't claim ignorance. Jawa readers and others have been flagging this video as hate speech for most of the MONTH that it's been up. The MNFIRAQ video was up for less than 24 hours, so, if YouTube claims they pulled it because of user flags...well, they're lying.
Turning The Tables on the Leftists At GWU
The GWU Young Americans Foundation, smeared and wrongfully accused by the University anxious to scalp a conservative student organization, threatened to expel the people who put the HATEFUL!!1 posters up all over campus.
Now that a gaggle of leftist morons admitted to doing it, Y.A.F. is demanding the University president follow through with his initial plans for action and expel them.
Touche, YAF. Well played indeed. I've got my popcorn!
Islamic Blog: "Terrorism is Part of Islam"
A moment of honesty from Muslim blogger "Caravan of Martyrs". Terrifying & horrifying honesty. Quoting a book "caravanofmartyrs" says:
“Terrorism is a part of Islaam; And whosoever denies that, he has disbelieved” ...Thanks for the clarification!
Therefore, we are obliged to have ta’assie (resemblance) to the messengers and to the messenger Muhammad (saw), to always speak the Haq [truth] wherever we are and not to fear any consequences.
Instead of trying to convince non-believers that Islam is a religion of peace, wouldn't it be nice if CAIR and MPACUK focused their attention on Muslims like "caravanofmartyrs" instead?
Let's see, which is more of a threat? 1) Muslim who believes that terrorism is integral part of Islam. 2) Non Muslims suspicious of Muslims because they might just believe that Islam promotes terrorism.
Londinistan: Man Admits Training Terrorists on British Soil
I used to play paintball when I was in high school with my friends. Oddly, none of us ever thought it was good training on how to kill the kufr.
Unlike the other five defendants in the case, Atilla Ahmet actually admits his part in inciting others to violent jihad. BBC:
Atilla Ahmet, of Lewisham, south east London, admitted three charges of encouraging others to commit murder.Just like the Boy Scouts of my youth. Only instead of secretly swapping pornos while the Scout leaders weren't looking, these guys are getting beheading snuff videos from them.
The revelation came as five men with connections to Ahmet went on trial at Woolwich Crown Court for a number of terror offences, which all five deny.
Prosecutors told the court that one of them, Mohammed Hamid, organised camps attended by some 21 July plotters....
Alleged terrorist training took the form of camping trips and paintballing excursions around Britain, said David Farrell, prosecuting.
Mr Farrell added that the trips were intended to "foster within the participants that they were training for "Jihad" against the "Kuffir", or non-believers".
He said: "A number of young men who attended camps organised by Hamid were in fact involved in attempts to kill and seriously injure passengers on the London transport network on 21 July, 2005." ...
The court heard that some of those involved in the failed 21 July attacks also met at Mr Hamid's home...
Mr Farrell added that Hamid was arrested at a stall in London's Oxford Street in October 2004 alongside Muktar Said Ibrahim, the ringleader of the failed 21 July plot...
When the defendants were arrested, material including CDs and DVDs containing recordings of murders, beheadings and suicide bombings were seized from their homes, Mr Farrell said.
*the* Atilla Ahmet, i.e. Abu Hamza al-Masri's former right hand man (forgive the pun) at the Finsbury Park Mosque. As in the guy who led all the raucous demonstrations demanding that they free abu hamza. And the guy in the video of the brief "re-takeover" of the Finsbury Park mosque.And that would be the same Abu Hamza indicted in the US for aiding James Ujaama in his quest to set up a terror training camp in Bly, Washington. But in Bly they would have used real guns, not just paintball.
No Terror Ties to CAIR
Nope, no link between the Council on American Islamic Relations and terrorism. This check from the Holy Land Foundation, a Hamas front, and CAIR means nothing.
These are not the droids you're looking for. Move along.
Thanks to Evan Kohlmann of the NEFA Foundation for the image.
Blogger Roundup on Fred's Debut Performance
Dean Barnett sez:
I thought Fred did well. Yes, it does look like he should switch from decaf to double espressos, but he has an extremely likable low-key manner. He also appeared well-informed and capable on the issues, which probably came as a mild surprise to some people. (Okay, I’m one of them.) Based on his performance yesterday, Fred isn’t going anywhere. He’s definitely one of the three guys with the chance of being the Republican nominee.Ed Morrissey:
Thompson stomped Matthews into a laughingstock. In the rest of the debate, Thompson showed that he was comfortable and prepared, even for the silly attacks from other candidates. Mitt Romney went into a long, telegraphed, and obviously gag-written punch about how the debates resemble "Law and Order" and how Fred shows up last, which Fred neatly returned by feigning surprise that he wasn't the best actor on the stage -- jabbing at Romney's perceived plasticness....Posting at The Corner, E.M. Zanotti blogged it from Dearborn:
Fred's in now, and he will find new momentum after this performance.
The general feeling around here is that Fred Thompson pulled out a narrow win over Rudy and McCain, though a few hardcore Mitt supporters are attributing that to low expectations. I have to disagree. Mitt looked scripted, and even if it was calculated, Fred looked free and easy by comparison, and stayed consistently on message. To be fair, Mitt is getting rave reviews as well. It seems his opening line about "tax hikes" resonated well in Granholm country. Analysis on McCain may have to wait until the public sorts out his position on unions.(MORE BELOW THE FOLD...)
For the record, I think Fred's not great, but fine tonight. That may be all he needs, especially given the cheap shot Chris Matthews took at him after his answer on government intervening in the Chrysler labor dispute...Allah agrees:
Bottom line: Fred was fine, but a little flat. He perked up toward the end, and I think will continue to perk up as he gets more debates under his belt. He needs to attack his answers a little more and fill up the time he's given, but he left people with a couple good laugh lines and good, basic assurances of his free-market conservatism. Probably a win for him, overall.
Fred did well here, especially in parrying Mitt’s “Law & Order” thrust. Like MK says, not a great performance but good enough overall.The Lizardoids apparently agree that Fred won it.
Myanmar: Generals Refuse to Shoot Monks
(Yangon, Myanmar) There appears to be disagreement in the ranks of the Myanmar's military junta.
Myanmar's ruling junta have detained five generals and more than 400 soldiers for disobeying orders to shoot and beat monks and other activists who took part in recent protests in Yangon, an official said Monday.Also being reported is a wide disparity in the numbers of deaths. The government announced about 10 people were killed during last week's protests. Other sources contend that the death count is much higher. In any event, one hopes that disobedience in the military will lead to a less oppressive thugocracy.
The official, who asked for anonymity out of fear he would be punished by the junta, said it was the first sign of divisions in the country's secretive establishment.
"The five generals expressed their refusal to deploy their troops against the monks openly. They were then quickly put into detention by the junta.
"Some 400 soldiers of the Sikai Division near Mandalay (Myanmar's second largest city) also put down their guns in front of the monks, and asked for their forgiveness as they fully realized they had committed the biggest sin," he told The Jakarta Post.
The official refused to disclose the names of the generals or give further details on where the generals and the soldiers were detained.
German Hostage Freed in Afghanistan
After appearing in a video earlier this week pleading to be rescued before Afghanistan's harsh winter set in, German engineer Rudolf Blechschmidt and his 4 Afghan co-workers were freed today in exchange for 6 Taliban fighters. Via AP:
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A German engineer and four Afghans taken hostage in July were freed Wednesday in exchange for six Taliban fighters, an Afghan official said.
Rudolf Blechschmidt and the four Afghans were handed over by local elders to officials from Afghanistan's intelligence service in the Jaghato district of Wardak province, said the district chief, Mohammad Nahim.
Six detained Taliban militants had been freed in the swap, he said.
In Germany, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier confirmed that Blechschmidt had been freed, and the former captive told Spiegel magazine on his release that he was "doing well."
"I'm just a little tired," he told the magazine in a short telephone interview posted on its Web site.
Blechschmidt had also talked with the German ambassador by telephone and confirmed he was safely in the custody of Afghan security forces, Steinmeier said in a statement.
"We are all pleased and relieved," Steinmeier said.
While it is wonderful that our prayers have been answered by Mr. Blechschmidt's safe release, it is blemished by the fact that Afghanistan had to free captured Taliban fighters who will now be able to kidnap and murder others. While it would be hypocritical of me to pray for a hostage's safe release and then criticize the manner in which that safe release was brought to pass, it is these kind of coerced decisions that make kidnapping such a heinous crime. Once the abduction is set in motion, there are very few good options for the victim's government to follow. The government can abandon the hostage, refusing to take part in any kind of negotiations or meet any demands, in the hope of discouraging future kidnappings. It can launch a rescue operation, risking the lives of the captive and the rescuers in the attempt. Or it can try to meet the kidnappers' demands in the least damaging way possible, realizing that the lives of our citizens will always be precious to us, and that the terrorists will claim a propaganda victory either way.
Video : Fred on the Islamic Fascist Threat
More from Fred on Iraq below the fold...
WaTimes: Blogs Target Online Jihadis
The Jawa Report and other online communities make the front page of the Washington Times. Audrey Hudson writes:
Ordinary Americans are tracking down U.S. Web sites used by al Qaeda and jihadi sympathizers and then using the Internet to persuade the service providers to snuff out the sites....Read the rest. Aaron from Internet Haganah is also in the article and he also tells the real reason that "Obelisk" was shut down.
Asked why he does it, "Mr. Shackleford" said, "Because my wife won't let me go shoot them."
"I'm just doing my part, but it's also very exciting," says "Mr. Shackleford" who claims to have destroyed 30 Web sites.
Information for contacting servers hosting this and other Web sites can be found at My Pet Jawa.
"These are terrorists and terrorist supporters who use the Web to recruit people. They propagandize, they coordinate, and they raise money. That is what the bad guys are doing, and there are other private citizens who counter that," "Mr. Shackleford" said.
Wanted Terrorist Has California Website + E-mail the head of Ansar al Islam! (Bumped/Sticky)
10/10/07 UPDATE: ***PWNED***
The website is now down. Thank you to Yahoo! for their quick response in taking down this website.
A man designated by the US State Department as a terrorist facilitator has a website hosted in the United States. His name is Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, better known as Mullah Krekar, and he started Ansar al Islam.
Doing business with Mullah Krekar violates the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Each IEEPA violation of carries a fine of up to $50,000.
So, which company is helping this wanted terrorist? Sunnvale California internet giant, Yahoo!
Ever wanted to e-mail a terrorist? As a bonus, here's your chance to e-mail the leader of Ansar al Islam--the group that brought Abu Musab al Zarqawi from al Qaeda headquarters in Afghanistan to his new home in Iraq.
You might want to wish him your condolences: Mullah Krekar is about to be deported from Norway:
The founder of Ansar al-Islam, a suspected Islamic terror group in Iraq, on Tuesday appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn an order to expel him from Norway as a threat to national security....Poor Mullah Krekar will be tried as a terrorist if returned to Iraq. How sad.
Krekar, born Najm al-Din Faraj Ahmad, founded the Ansar al-Islam group listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and others. The group is also suspected in suicide bombings of coalition forces in Iraq.
Krekar has said he no longer leads Ansar al-Islam, and denies links to Al-Qaida. The United Nations added him to a list of people believed associated with al-Qaida in December 2006.
On December 7, 2006, Krekar's assets were frozen by the U.S. Treasury Department on suspicions of supporting and financing terrorist organizations including al-Qaeda:
As of spring 2005, a non-governmental organization founded by Krekar sent money to terrorist organizations and actively recruited European citizens into terrorist organizations. Branches of the NGO were, as of spring 2005, overtly and covertly gathering money and recruiting personnel for AS....An associate of Krekar's, Yassin M. Aref, was sentenced to 15 years in the United States for helping arrange the selling of a stinger missile
As of fall 2005, AS reportedly had established at least two sniper teams in Iraq; the founder of these teams claimed to be Krekar's representative in Iraq. Krekar also traveled regularly from Norway to the Iraqi Kurdish area. During one of his longer stays in northern Iraq, Krekar appears to have recruited and trained combatants....
Apart from the instances of direct facilitation of terrorist groups which form the basis for his designation, Krekar has exhorted others to violence and supplied religious justifications for murder. In a 2004 interview, Krekar supported holy war in Iraq and identified legitimate targets, stating "Not just the officers, but also the civilians who help the Americans. If anyone so much as fetches them a glass of water, he can be killed. ... Everyone is a target. If an aid organization gives the Americans as much as a glass of water, they will become a target."
Krekar was kind enough to leave us his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) reports that mullah Krekar, born Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, former leader of the Kurdish guerilla group Ansar al-Islam in Northern Iraq, runs several web sites from his Oslo apartment....Islam: Religion of Telling the Truth ;-)
Despite Dorbeen.com being registered in his wife's name, Krekar told an Oslo court last month that he "in the name of God, did not know" who was behind the web site.
The website is registered to "Rokhosh Ahmad Fatah", living at Heimdalsgata 36 in Oslo, Norway.
Now, my Norwegian is a tad bit rusty, but this image shows Mullah Krekar with a woman. The caption on it says he's with is "kone Rokhosh".
For those of you on the short bus, kone would be his wife.
And Another One Bites the Dust...
...actually, these three don't so much bite the dust as rain down on it in nice warm, juicy chunks. Perhaps they can inspire some watermelons.
October 09, 2007
GWU Threatens Conservative Group Over Posters They Didn't Make
Tolerance, leftwing administration style.
A student named Abdel Wahab and several others confessed to creating phony anti-Muslim posters and attributed them to the Young Americans Foundation (a conservative student group) who's moniker he put on the posters as 'satire.'
The University, with predictable disregard for all facts as the administration at Duke was during the non-rape case, rushed to threaten and condemn the Y.A.F.. Predictably, the story was picked up on Islamic propaganda wires in order to spread the faux-outrage.
This bears repeating: THE Y.A.F. DIDN'T MAKE THE POSTERS, AND THE UNIVERSITY IS NONETHELESS THREATENING THEM.
Perhaps they're pretending not to know the truth. The students who did make the posters confessed and said it was 'satire.'
The students - Adam Kokesh, freshman Yong Kwon, senior Brian Tierny, freshman Ned Goodwin, Maxine Nwigwe, Lara Masri and Amal Rammah - said their motives were misinterpreted. . . .Kokesh, a graduate student and Iraq War veteran, gained celebrity over the past year because of his vocal opposition to the war. Nwigwe and Rammah are also graduate students.Just another in a recent spat of leftwing smear attempts and lies fabricated to cause maximum OUTRAGE at conservatives with no basis in fact and no regard for truth.
If the University of George Washington doesn't submit public, written apologies to the Y.A.F., I suggest the Y.A.F. contact the FIRE and sue the University for slander and libel.
Ron Paul: Then and Now
We've got to reclaim the tenor of civil discourse. Seriously. RON PAUL FOR FREEDOM.
No wonder the Troofers like this loonbat.
Media Splatters Knocks Rush Off One Station in Unranked Market...For A Day
OOoooohhh such power. TREMBLE BEFORE MEDIA SPLATTERS, PUNY MORTALS!!
And the station isn't even listened to by anyone. Hilarious.
Seriously, you Stalinist trolls.
Everyone knows that all you have to do to knock out a radio station is to put Air America on it.
If ConTalk is really such a bugaboo for you lefties, why not concentrate on getting Air America on as many stations as possible? I mean, the only way it grow is if you listen to it.
If you don't, it dies. We know you haven't figured it out yet, but we hope you keep wasting millions of dollars trying. Millions and millions of $oro$ dollars.
Ward Churchill Will Work for, er, I dunno
Dude, is Ward Churchill nucking futs or what?
Protecting Michelle Malkin's Honor
Chuck Adkins, the guy behind The Populist Blog, posts Michelle Malkin's Address, Phone Number, and an aerial photo of her home.
Update from Bluto: Adkins has deleted the original post, but Free Speech has posted a screen capture with Michelle's personal info redacted.
al-Gore May Get Nobel Prize for Lying
* The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming. The Government's expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.And for this he may get a Nobel Prize and 1.5 million dollars? Hey Al, if you would send a little of that extra money my way, I have some outstanding solar credits I could part with.
* The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years. The Court found that the film was misleading: over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800-2000 years.
* The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests that this has been caused by global warming. The Government's expert had to accept that it was "not possible" to attribute one-off events to global warming.
* The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad and claims that this was caused by global warming. The Government's expert had to accept that this was not the case.
* The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice. It turned out that Mr Gore had misread the study: in fact four polar bears drowned and this was because of a particularly violent storm.
* The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream throwing Europe into an ice age: the Claimant's evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.
* The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching. The Government could not find any evidence to support this claim.
* The film suggests that the Greenland ice covering could melt causing sea levels to rise dangerously. The evidence is that Greenland will not melt for millennia.
* The film suggests that the Antarctic ice covering is melting, the evidence was that it is in fact increasing.
* The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7m causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40cm over the next hundred years and that there is no such threat of massive migration.
* The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The Government are unable to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a false claim.
Thanks UT, Now I'm Even Getting Instapundit in the Mail!
Look what I just got in the mail. One of my duties is as the pre-law adviser at my university. So when I got the latest promotional book from the University of Tennessee Law School I glanced through it only to find this. Look below the fold to see. Notice that they even plug his website!
There is no escaping the Puppy Blender.........
Domestic Terror? Ismaeli Muslim Leader Murdered in Georgia
One of the leaders of the Nizari community in Georgia has been murdered. Her name was Yasmin Sayani and was a leader of the liberal Shia branch of Islam known as "Ismaeli". AJC:
Someone shot and killed Yasmin Sayani, a 45-year-old mother, nurse and religious leader, police said, but investigators are not talking about suspects.What a tragedy. Police are not talking about suspects yet. Could be just a random crime. But don't rule out an angry lone Salafi jihadi who believes Shia--and especially the more liberal followers of Ismaeli Islam--are "apostates".
Sayani was found dead in an upscale subdivision near Snellville on July 18. Investigators said at first that they did not know whether her death was a suicide or homicide, but the medical examiner has since ruled it a homicide, said Cpl. Illana Spellman, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Police Department....
A member of the Ismaili branch of Islam, Sayani planned to meet that day with fellow believers in a meeting space behind a restaurant on Scott Boulevard near Decatur. She never showed up.
Sayani was a lay leader for women in the congregation, and typically attended worship services every day with her husband Saleem, according to Saloni Vastani, a spokeswoman for Sayani's Ismaili congregation.
Many of Yasmin's friends and family have been leaving messages here. One of them, a niece from Pakistan, believes this to be an "act of terrorism".
Understandably, the family and friends of this prominent community leader are baffled by the lack of information as to possible suspects.
Ismaeli leaders, both male and female, are appointed by the Agha Khan. You may remember the previous Agha Khan, Prince Aly Khan, for his marriage to Rita Hayworth and relationship with Gene Tierney. My kind of Islam.
Hat tip: Jeff Quinton
Video : Hillary Clinton, White Supremacist?
Uh, About that "Leak" That Burned Our al Qaeda Intel
UPDATES: Scroll to bottom for updates.
I know what the NY Sun and Washington Post are saying about a major source of intel being burned by a leak, but it just isn't so. Rita Katz and the SITE Institute do a great job, but attributing the interception of this video to them is just false. Sure, they intercepted the video--as did Laura Mansfield and other groups that do similar work as SITE, but let's check the claim out.
at 10 a.m. on Sept. 7, [SITE] notified the Bush administration of its secret acquisition.And in the Sun article:
Rita Katz, said she personally provided the video on September 7 to the deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter.So, SITE claims they are the source of the video given to the White House. Rita claims she personally gave the video to authorities on September 7th. But let's take a quick look at the very bottom of the translation of the video leaked by ABC's Blotter:
That means that the White House had a translation of the video a full 24 hours before SITE intercepted it. Apparently, our intel guys are better than we thought.
Sure, the fools over at al Ekhlaas have closed down their back room, but that doesn't mean there aren't other back rooms.
So, just because SITE's intel source got burned, doesn't mean that we've lost capability of tracking al Qaeda online. In fact, SITE was not the only one that had the "new" bin Laden 9/11 video before it was supposed to be released, as these two articles suggest.
So, sorry to hear that SITE has lost its edge. And it really sucks that it was someone at The White House who leaked the video.
But why would you give the video to the White House and not to the FBI or CIA? The White House leaks like a sieve. That's just the way the White House works.
I'm also sorry to hear that this scared al Qaeda into being more cautious. In fact, that same day al Ekhlaas and a few other jihadi forums went down. There was a lot of speculation as to why. Some at the time claimed that the online Zionist conspiracy had hacked al Ekhlaas. But now we know why they went down: to upgrade their security measures.
But no matter how hard they try, they will never be as good as we are.
We pwn you al Qaeda and as Sahab. We. Frickin. Pwn. You.
UPDATE: Cass, blogging over at MilBlogs, finds more evidence showing that the timeline presented in the above articles is off. Even suggesting that it was someone at SITE who leaked it, not the White House.
H/T: Mrs. Greyhawk
UPDATE 10/11/07: Now Rita is claiming that the transcripts of the video dated 9/6/07 were hers. Here's an updated version of the original WaPo story:
Katz said both of these transcripts were hers, and they bear the same date — Sept. 6, the day SITE prepared the document — and file numbers as the copy SITE passed to Leiter.So, our apologies to Rita.
But, again, there was no real "leak" here. Not in the sense that these were classified documents in Sandy Berger's pants.
Rita herself admits that SITE was already in the process of selling the "new" bin Laden 9/11 video to several news outlets when the White House leaked them. Her real problem is that SITE wanted to sell the video that they thought they had an exclusive on, but then suddenly the video was all over the internet.
And since she was going to sell the video on the very same day anyway, then Adam Gadahn and the other folks over at as Sahab would have found out their video got leaked with or without the White House's help. They would have only had to wait a few hours longer to realize that the video, which they had planned to physically turn over to al Jazeera and not release it on the internet, was somehow intercepted.
Which, as I said before, sucks for her business, but it's not a national security issue here. And it sucks that her back door got shut down. But there are other back doors. Mwuahahahahaaaaaaa!!!
And why did they wait until the next day to turn this over to our intel people? Unless, of course, our intel guys had the same back door access that SITE had. Which I pray is the case.
Have a Ph.D.? Get Sent to Iraq!
Victor Davis Hanson just back from Iraq notes the number of PhDs he met in there:
I say that because in the small circle I met or corresponded with the last week in Iraq the number of MAs and PhDs there is astonishing. Colonels Rapp, Gibson and McMaster have PhDs, as does Gen. Petraeus, scores of others I talked with as well. I don’t mean to suggest that PhDs are smarter (some of the stupidest people I’ve ever met have them), only that the military puts a high emphasis on continuing education and original research, especially valuable in a complex, if not bewildering situation like contemporary Iraq.Shhhh, don't tell John Kerry.....
Three weeks ago I heard a formal lecture presented by Col McMaster at Hillsdale College on the history of Vietnam and then found myself being led by him in full combat gear throughout Anbar. Similarly I was talking just six months ago at the Hoover Institution with Col. Gibson about his soon-to-be published book on military command and then saw him up in Baqubah, where he is yet again back in Iraq.
I learned a great deal about Iraqi topography from Major Rayburn after we coptered over the desert—no surprise, he is writing his PhD thesis on the British experience in Iraq. Camp Victory literally has dozens of PhDs—who see combat often—and MAs in everything from Arabic and Islamic studies to military history. COIN, the counterinsurgency center at Taji, under the direction of the talented Col Jan Horvath, draws in a lot of diverse thinkers, who are blunt in their assessments, good and bad, of the progress.
So it is not uncommon to be in a forward operating base and meet someone who taught at the Naval Academy or West Point, or whom one has met at an academic conference, or who had written a journal article one reads, inter-splicing their stories about a recent attack with discussion of academic bibliography. One West Point professor told me so many of his former students were in Iraq, he simply asked for deployment to be among them. Read the rest.
Reporter in DC: Basra in Chaos! Reporter in Basra: WTF R U Talking About?
Michael Yon vs. a Newsday correspondent writing about Basra from Washington, DC with a story "supplemented with wire reports". Who you gonna believe?
The collaboration between the Discovery Channel and the New York Times proves that a stopped clock is right twice a day.
That's the schedule for a show you should watch. I'm typing this during a commercial.
Atefah Sahaaleh, 16, hung from a crane for being sexually molested by a 51 year old man who received a mere 100 lashes.
To say that the Islamic Revolution of Iran was a step backward would be an understatement.
And yes, it's an old story, newswise, but watch this show anyway.
October 08, 2007
Better Luck Next Year, Scrubs
Updated from an older pic, due to inability to find a dejected Yankees pic minutes after the final pitch. Thanks, Tim.
Media Honesty Matters: 101 Media Frauds
Maybe Henry Waxman can muster up an investigative commission to look into the atrocious bias and 'irregularities' of the mainstream press.
Keep in mind that the vast majority of these mishaps aren't simple factual errors. They're lies, fabrications, false stories, plagiarized stories, etc.
Maybe the ironically titled "Media Matters" can look into it.
What's good for conservative talk radio...
I believe this streak of errors is what we in the media watchdog business refer to as a "trend."
Here's entries 1-5, for a taste:
# 1. ABC, Food Lion story (1992). Fraudulent techniques and probable fabrication. Two ABC producers lied on their resumes to get jobs at Food Lion. They each wore a wig hiding a tiny lipstick-sized camera, and each carried a concealed microphone. It's possible they shot footage of mishandled food by doing the mishandling themselves. Food Lion sued ABC and a jury awarded it $5.5 million.Read it all.
# 2. ABC 20/20 "Exploding Fords" story (1978). Staged footage. Similar to the later NBC "exploding" GM trucks episode, ABC aired "grossly misleading crash videos and simulations, withheld the same sorts of material facts about the tests, and relied on the same dubious experts with the same ties to the plaintiffs bar... viewers were shown a crash fire and explosion without being told it had been started by an incendiary device."
# 3. ABC 20/20, "Buckwheat" (of the Little Rascals) story. (1990). Fell for hoax. "In 1990 the ABC program 20/20 was hoaxed into believing that Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas was alive and working as a grocery bagger in Tempe, Arizona. (Thomas actually died in 1980.) A segment broadcast October 5 with narrator Hugh Downs featured an impostor."
# 4. AFP/Yahoo News (2007). Fell for hoax/lie. Ran a picture with the caption "An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City." But the picture was of unfired cartridges, which could only have "hit her house" if they were thrown at it.
# 5. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press (2005). Lying/fabricating. In his sports column, he described alumni players at a basketball game who were not even there.
9-11 Troofers Getting Desperate
Boy - when they get angry, that's when the rest of us strike GOLD.
If they can't convince you with their baseless, evidence-free conspiracy theories, they'll convince you with naked Barbie dolls.
Warning: Your IQ will decrease by at least three points while sitting through this.
ht: Screw Loose Change
Sandy "Dox in the Sox" Berger Is Back!
Lou Dobbs Blasts Couric, Obama, Moyers
Where's that Fairness Doctrine? Who cares if it's a cable news program! Hurry up, lefties! Just a little too much free speech going on out there!
Three Shiites Arrested for Kidnapping Brits
Three Shiite militiamen believed responsible for kidnapping 4 British security contractors and a computer consultant have been arrested by US forces in Sadr City. Hopefully this arrest will lead to the rescue of the 5 men who were abducted in Baghdad May 29. Via The Canadian Press:
BAGHDAD - Three suspected Shiite militiamen believed responsible for the abduction of four employees of a Canadian-based security company have been captured in a pre-dawn raid in Baghdad, the U.S. military said Sunday.
The men, associated with a splinter group of the Mahdi Army believed to be backed by Iran, were detained Saturday in the capital's Sadr City neighbourhood, the military said.
No shots were fired by U.S. forces during the raid, officials said.
Four British security guards and a computer expert, also a Briton, were abducted from the Iraqi Finance Ministry on May 29 by some 40 heavily armed men wearing police uniforms
Prayers for the abducted men and their families, that their ordeal will be safely over soon.
Desperate German Hostage: Rescue Me Before Winter
German engineer Rudolf Blechschmidt, who was kidnapped by the Taliban July 21 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, appears in another video released today by his captors. He begs the German and Afghan governments to come to an agreement with the Taliban before the harsh Afghan winter sets in. Via AP:
A dimly lit video of Rudolf Blechschmidt shows the German in what appears to be a mud-brick Afghan home. He said he was in poor health but that an Afghan doctor had helped him.
Blechschmidt said he had been recently released into the custody of the International Committee of the Red Cross but was taken back into Taliban custody.
"And this time we (were) with the Red Cross on the way to Kabul, but the Taliban stop us and bring us back to the mountains," Blechschmidt says on the tape obtained by AP Television News. "Now we plea to German government and Afghan government, give us some help and make a deal with the Taliban to release us before the winter time starting."
Four Red Cross employees were taken hostage by the Taliban on Sept. 27 while trying to facilitate the German's release. The four were released in good health two days later.
Blechschmidt is one of two German engineers and five Afghans taken hostage on July 18 in Wardak province in central Afghanistan. The other German was found dead of gunshot wounds on July 21, while one of the Afghans apparently managed to escape.
A report from the AFP has more details, citing the Afghan news agency Pahjwok:
When the Pahjwok team was able to visit, the six men were being held in a dark room and being watched by hooded gunmen. Even though winter was setting in, they had only one blanket between them, the agency said on its website.
One of men guarding them said: "Either the German government will have to pull out its troops from Afghanistan or the Afghan government will have to release our prisoners."
One of the captives, identified as the owner of a construction company, who is called Haji Javed, said the government should accept the demands to save their lives. "They should rescue us as soon as possible," he pleaded.
Prayers for the safety and health of the kidnapped men, and for the German and Afghan governments to have wisdom in deciding on a course of action.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Forty Years, Still Dead
Ernesto was nicknamed "Chancho" ("pig") by his schoolmates because he rarely bathed, something he was rather proud of.Yep, just another stinking communist hippie. Good riddance.
He(Guevara) was appointed commander of the La Cabaña Fortress prison, and during his five-month tenure in that post (January 2 through June 12, 1959), he oversaw the trial and execution of many people, among whom were former Batista regime officials and members of the "Bureau for the Repression of Communist Activities" (a unit of the secret police known by its Spanish acronym BRAC). José Vilasuso, an attorney who worked under Guevara at La Cabaña preparing indictments, said that these were lawless proceedings where "the facts were judged without any consideration to general juridical principles" and the findings were pre-determined by Guevara. It is estimated that between 156 and 550 people were executed on Guevara's extra-judicial orders during this time.
Taliban Fighters Growing Tired of War
A lot of people forget that no matter how challenging it is for those fighting for freedom, for al-Qaeda and their Taliban allies it's worse, much worse. They watch all their fellows die. They must fight forever with no leave and little resources, often even without proper boots. Those who call George Bush a failure must compare to what al-Qaeda and the Taliban promised at the beginning. They have accomplished none of their goals. They are failing utterly.
Via CNN: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Hamid Karzai's office said Sunday that there is "serious debate" among some Taliban fighters about laying down arms, while a spokesman for the militants said they will "never" negotiate with Afghan authorities until foreign troops leave....As al-Qaeda and the Taliban prepares for their last chance offensive against Pakistan from their last safe haven, It appears that their leaders may end up fighting and dying alone.
... But Karzai's spokesman said the government has information of a "serious debate" in some groups of Taliban about how long militants want to continue fighting. The U.N. and NATO have also said they see similar indications.
"They want to live in peace and have a comfortable life with their families," Hamidzada said. "There is serious debate within their ranks, but this is a process that takes time."
Karzai traveled to the U.N. General Assembly in New York last week, and Hamidzada said that the U.N. secretary-general and the foreign ministers of many countries, "everyone with one voice said we need a comprehensive strategy in dealing with the Taliban -- both military and diplomatic components."
He said Karzai and President Bush also spoke generally about the Taliban reconciliation process and said Bush also supports such initiatives. It was not clear if that would include broader Taliban peace talks beyond the individual reconciliation process that has seen more than 4,500 fighters lay down their arms the last two years.
Bonus: The Taliban spokesman making commitments for other people to die for them is out buddy Qari Yousuf Ahmadi. Drop him a line or give him a call. I'm sure he would just love to hear from us.
email Qari Yousuf Ahmadi: email@example.com
call Qari Yousuf Ahmadi: (011 from US, then) 8821621515539
al-Qaeda 3.0 Murders Christian in Gaza
Via International Herald Tribune: GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: The killing of a prominent Palestinian Christian activist on Sunday sent a shudder of fear through the Gaza Strip's tiny Christian community, which is feeling increasingly insecure since the Islamic Hamas seized control there last summer.An al-Qaeda front group calling itself The Sword of Islam claimed they had bombed his bookstore six months ago. Hamas , who controls Gaza, claims they will swiftly find and punish the murderers. But is has been six months since the bombing and they have arrested no one.
The body of Rami Khader Ayyad, the 32-year-old director of Gaza's only Christian bookstore, was found on a Gaza City street early Sunday. The body bore a visible gunshot wound to the head, and an official at Gaza's Shifa Hospital said he was also stabbed numerous times. Ayyad had been missing since Saturday afternoon.
Ayyad's store, the Teacher's Bookshop, is associated with a Christian group called the Palestinian Bible Society. Ayyad regularly received anonymous death threats from people angry about his perceived missionary work, a rarity among Gaza's Christians, and in April, the bookstore was firebombed.
"We feel Rami was killed for his Christian faith," said Simon Azazian, a spokesman at the Bible Society's head office in Jerusalem.
About 3,200 Christians live in Gaza among 1.4 million Muslims. While Christians and Muslims have generally gotten along over the years, Christians have grown uneasy since Hamas routed forces of the secular Fatah movement and seized control of Gaza in June. During the takeover, vandals ransacked a Roman Catholic convent and an adjacent school, breaking crosses and smashing the face of a ceramic Jesus.
One political source in the city told WND at the time of the attack, "the identity of the attackers is well known to Hamas. We don't expect the Hamas-controlled police, the Hamas city council or the Hamas Interior Ministry to do anything about this attack."And he was right. They did nothing and now this man is now a real martyr, a martyr for Jesus.
Two weeks ago, an elderly Christian woman living in Gaza City was beaten and robbed by a masked man who accused her of being an "infidel." In Bethlehem, Palestinian Authority police are still investigating last week's stabbing of a 27-year-old Christian man, who was seriously wounded in the attack.
Ya Ever Notice
That everywhere Inshallahshaheed goes, Caravan of Martyrs is soon to follow? Hmmmm.
We sent complaints to Wordpress when Caravan of Martyrs posted Inshallahshaheed's message about he will never go down...blah..blah.blah.
Anyway, Caravan of Martyrs was down. It has also moved to Muslimpad. Velvet Hammer let me know. He has been keeping an eye on Inshallahshaheed. In fact
he she has reposted Inshallahshaheed's post about anyone fighting against al-Qaeda is an apostate.
So let these Apostates know that their freedom is not acceptable in the eyes of Allah, and on the Day of Judgment, there will be a painful punishment. May Allah kill all these Apostates through the hands of the warriors of Allah Ta’aala!Gee if I were Inshallahshaheed, I'd sue her. Oh wait, that would expose you wouldn't it? too bad.
Oceania Has Always Been at War With Eurasia*
News from the Ministry of Investigation, otherwise known as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by California Democrat Henry Waxman [emphasis added]:
Rep. Henry Waxman has asked his investigative staff to begin compiling reports on Limbaugh, and fellow radio hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin based on transcripts from their shows, and to call in Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin to discuss the so-called "Fairness Doctrine."A committee chairman openly using taxpayer funds to investigate broadcasters in hopes of accruing political advantage to his party?
"Limbaugh isn't the only one who needs to be made uncomfortable about what he says on the radio," says a House leadership source. "We don't have as big a megaphone as these guys, but this all political, and we'll do what we can to gain the advantage. If we can take them off their game for a while, it will help our folks out there on the campaign trail."
I expect every weasel who has whined, puled, shrieked, whimpered, insinuated, sniveled, and otherwise complained about intercepting overseas calls from terrorist suspects to and from American citizens to register their outrage at this blatant bid for totalitarian power by some Democrats in the House.
*Thanks to Good Lt. for reminding me of that chilling quote from 1984.
Video: New From DNC Pharmaceuticals Tryphorgetin
Video: New Drug Tryphorgetin
Hat Tip: Mark.
Update: More here at Bob McCarty.com. Hat Tip Allahakchew.
Anyone have a link to Bruce Chapman's home page? Mark also sent this cool T-shirt design. He didn't send where to get mine. If anyone knows, that's what comments are for.
Hitchens: A Death in The Family
Via Vanity Fair: I was having an oppressively normal morning a few months ago, flicking through the banality of quotidian e-mail traffic, when I idly clicked on a message from a friend headed "Seen This?" The attached item turned out to be a very well-written story by Teresa Watanabe of the Los Angeles Times. It described the death, in Mosul, Iraq, of a young soldier from Irvine, California, named Mark Jennings Daily, and the unusual degree of emotion that his community was undergoing as a consequence. The emotion derived from a very moving statement that the boy had left behind, stating his reasons for having become a volunteer and bravely facing the prospect that his words might have to be read posthumously. In a way, the story was almost too perfect: this handsome lad had been born on the Fourth of July, was a registered Democrat and self-described agnostic, a U.C.L.A. honors graduate, and during his college days had fairly decided reservations about the war in Iraq. I read on, and actually printed the story out, and was turning a page when I saw the following:I read the entire article. Afterward I was unable to remember my password to blog it at first. I've nothing to add to what Mr. Hitchens says except this: Filed under heroes in honor of Mark Jennings Daily.
"Somewhere along the way, he changed his mind. His family says there was no epiphany. Writings by author and columnist Christopher Hitchens on the moral case for war deeply influenced him … "
I don't exaggerate by much when I say that I froze. I certainly felt a very deep pang of cold dismay.
Hat Tip: Larwyn.
Steve Inskeep interviewed Mr. Hitchens about this article this morning. Mr. Inskeep spared no effort to paint Hitchens as the real culprit in the death of Mark Daily. Inskeep even used his incredible powers of emphasis, like this,
The writer Christopher Hitchens recently had to face the possibility that his words got a man killed.And then Inskeep moved to to his carefully crafted leading questions. Again in the headline on the NPR website.
The Deadly Power of Persuasion
Hitchens deftly avoided Inskeeps stumbling blocks with his usual wit and common sense.
It would be absurdly exaggerating I think, the role I played in his life, to say that I'm the one who called him to the colors.Stop using those absurd exaggerations Steve.
Totten Meets al Qaeda
In Michael Totten's latest dispatch from Iraq, he meets al Qaeda members for the first time:
They looked tired and bored, and somewhat like marginal people who had been picked on in school and who could not get a job. None looked remotely threatening. Only weapons in their hands could make them look threatening. I thought they looked more like gas station attendants than head-choppers.Read the rest.
Hannah Arendt's The Banality of Evil came to mind. I was almost disappointed that I wasn't face to face with a handful of Hannibal Lectors. It would have been a clarifying moment. But life is rarely so poetically simple and obvious.
Not here, that's where. I'll be gone all day. Have fun peeps.
PS: Can I sue Pete Carrol for mental anguish?
Law of the Sea : Reagan's Men Weigh in on Bush's Latest Dumb Idea
Over at Opinion Journal, William P. Clark and Edwin Meese set the record straight on Ronald Reagan and the Law of the Sea Treaty:
Ronald Reagan actually opposed LOST even before he came to office. He was troubled by a treaty that had, in the course of its protracted negotiations, mutated beyond recognition from an effort to codify certain navigation rights strongly supported by our Navy into a dramatic step toward world government. This supranational agenda was most closely identified with, but not limited to, the Treaty's Part XI, which created a variety of executive, legislative and judicial mechanisms to control the resources of the world's oceans.
In a radio address titled "Ocean Mining" on Oct. 10, 1978, Mr. Reagan applauded the idea that "no nat[ional] interest of ours could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the earth's surface over to the Third World." He added, "No one has ruled out the idea of a [Law of the Sea] treaty--one which makes sense--but after long years of fruitless negotiating, it became apparent that the underdeveloped nations who now control the General Assembly were looking for a free ride at our expense--again."
A True Martyr: Ramir Khader Ayyad
Ramir didn't drive a car bomb into a crowded market. Ramir didn't walk into a pizzeria with a bomb belt.
Ramir ran a bookstore. A bookstore that was free to be ignored by all the Muslims that surrounded it.
And he was murdered because of it.
Ayyad left two young children and a pregnant wife.
October 07, 2007
Palestinians Launching Rockets Into Israel Again
Uncle Jimbo's Kos Diary Adventures!
Jimbo was banned from commenting by one of the knuckledragging Kosbots named 'Hunter.' And, of course, those brave Kosbots proceed to slander and attack him after they banned him from replying! Heroes!
Tolerance! Free speech! Freedom of criticism! Freedom to dissent! Yup. All out the window when it comes to turning those time-honored American ideals onto a Democrat or a Democrat meme.
Welcome to Daily Kos. DISSENT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
Report: Haditha 'Massacre' Planned by al Qaeda
Defend Our Marines has discovered a declassified intelligence summary detailing how al Qaeda operatives planned and executed the Haditha "massacre" in order to discredit US/Coalition forces:
October 6, 2007 – Buried in the mountain of exhibits attached to the once secret Haditha, Iraq murder inquiry prepared by US Army Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell is an obscure Marine Corps intelligence summary (see pdf) that says the deadly encounter was an intentional propaganda ploy planned and paid for by Al Qaeda foreign fighters.The report is based on information from terrorist-insurgents captured following the Haditha incident.
During the November Haditha battle, the insurgents secreted themselves among local civilians to guarantee pursuing Marines would catch innocent civilians in the ensuing crossfire. On January 6, 2006 six insurgents who tried to do the same thing at another location in Haditha were turned in to Coalition authorities before they could mount a similar assault, the report says.Help in spreading the propaganda from Democrats, notably Jack Murtha, and a compliant mainstream press was a bonus for the terrorists.
Here's a PDF of the report, which the press couldn't be bothered to include in their "analysis" of events.
Thanks to larwyn.
WaPo/CNN: Good News From Iraq Should Not Be Reported
They're not even hiding it anymore. Guess it got too hard with all of that free-speech on the Internet dogging them all the time. They're essentially treating Iraq coverage as if it were sports coverage of a team's season. Except they don't report the wins, and only report the losses.
So only report the enemy's news, and not ours. It's not like we need to have a more complete and balanced picture of what's going on in Iraq, is it MSM? Gotta get those anti-war Democrats into the White House, after all!
Because if terrorists bleed, it doesn't lede.
Video : Launch of Incom's New "T-65 Starfighter" Dubbed a "Total Disaster"
I'm hearing that the (now-unemployed) design team is already entertaining lucrative job offers from NASA...
Wilson Didn't Care About Naming Plame in Column
Columnist Robert Novak said Saturday Ambassador Joe Wilson did not forcefully object to the naming of his CIA operative wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, when Novak spoke to him prior to the publication of a column that sparked a federal investigation and sent White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to jail.But but but...a covert superseekret 007 like Valerie Plame's covert status was of UTMOST IMPORTANCE to indicting Rove/Cheney/Bush and their callous disregard for the well-being of their CIA agents, we've been told by the MSM/Democrat party. And THIS ADMINISTRATION blahblahblahblah....
“He was not terribly exercised about it,” Novak said.
Instead, Wilson focused on not being portrayed as simply an opponent of the Iraq war. Wilson also stressed that his wife went by his last name, Wilson, rather than Plame, Novak said.
Another day. Another Democrat lie exposed.
If you can see this, it means that the Jawa Report is running happily on the new server - and that you have reached the new server.
I only have another 265 sites to go...
(Updated) New Media Matters Lie: "We're Nonpartisan..."
Here's MEDIA MATTERS LYING:
Media Matters is not, as the National Review claims, "an avowedly political institution," but a nonpartisan, progressive nonprofit that is unaffiliated with any political party or candidate.
Question - how can something be "nonpartisan, progressive...?" That's a blatant, screaming contradiction by definition.
Progressivism is a term that refers to a broad school of international social and political philosophies.One can not be "progressive" and still be "nonpartisan." Sorry, Media Matters. Didn't you get the memo?
Unbelievable. Oh, well. Onto the documented proof that this is one of the most dishonest political organizations in the country.
First, Hillary Clinton admits helped in "starting and supporting" the organization. And, of course, there's her supporters who steered $6 million to the "progressive" organization that only monitors one type of political message. Fast forward to about 2:35 and listen closely. Maybe Media Matters can type up a transcript of what she said there. You know what? Screw them, because they'll never do it. I'll do it myself:
Hillary Clinton: …certainly better prepared and more focused on, you know, taking our arguments and making them effective and disseminating them widely, and really putting together a network in the blogosphere, and a lot of the new progressive infrastructure, institutions that I helped start and support like Media Matters and Center for American Progress…
And here's Media Matters president and conservative-hit-man-turned-liberal-smear-artist David Brock, who donates exclusively to Democrat candidates, including...gasp...HILLARY CLINTON!
And here's an investigation into the filing records of a Media Matters chapter in Colorado, which revealed that two former Clinton political operatives - former campaign adviser to Al Gore and Bill Clinton Rick Ridder, and former political director of the Clinton Administration from (1998-2000) Craig Hughes (who supervised political activities of one Hillary Clinton and was with the Clinton team since 1991) - as the organization's registered agents under Colorado business law.
Here we are (again) doing the job that the mainstream media won't do.
And then, of course, there's Media Matters' self-styled calls to action, 'fighting back' against 'conservative misinformation' and calling for readers to 'get involved with campaigns.' Do they think their readers are blind?
But they're not political, no. Not them. None of this means anything. These are not the droids you're looking for.
What a pathetic lie. Keep lying to the American people, you leftist swine.
Sweetness and Light documents how this leftist smear organization may be violating IRS code, claiming to be a non-political, non-advocacy 501(c)(3) organization. Here's more on prominent Media Splatters backing organization "Democracy Alliance" - a group of wealthy liberals who back smear organizations and blogs like these.
In June 2007, Media Matters released a report titled The Progressive Majority: Why A Conservative America Is a Myth. According to this study, the "conventional wisdom" which "says that the American public is fundamentally conservative," is "fundamentally false." "Americans are progressive across a wide range of controversial issues, and they're growing more progressive all the time," the researchers conclude. The report examines public attitudes regarding the economy, social issues, national security, the environment, energy, health care, and the proper role of government.
So is Media Matters a political organization?
No - they just engage in politics every day, support and are supported by every Democrat candidate and politician in the country, vote Democrat, donate to Democrats, are funded by George Soros and other wealthy Democrats, and focus exclusively on smearing Republicans and lying about them. Other than that, no. They're a "charity."
Peekaboo! We see you.
October 06, 2007
Pelosi Hasn't "Drained the Swamp" - She's Nurtured it
Another campaign promise broken, another lie, and another Democrat failure:
WHEN she took over as speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi said she would "drain the swamp" of political corruption. Then she proceeded to push to have her old friend Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., to be her right-hand man.Read it all.
But Democrats balked. After all, Murtha was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam scandal.
Still Murtha remains the leader of what can only be described as Earmarks Inc., a string of congressmen who have figured out how to use earmarks to benefit their campaigns and their families.
Earmarks are special projects that a lone congressman or senator inserts into the budget. They must be funded. Earmarks fund U.S. 35, but they also can force the military to buy aircraft because the factory is in a congressman's back yard.
There is a disturbing pattern of lobbyists raising money for congressmen who then steer earmarks to the clients of the lobbyists.
And some of those clients also are set up by the congressmen.
For example, Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., set up five tax-exempt groups in West Virginia, including one headed by a former staff member.
Then Mollohan steered money to those groups. The FBI looked into those connections.
Mollohan is not alone.
The Scranton Times-Tribune reported that Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania steered $10 million to a company headed by four nephews and his daughter.
Kanjorski heads the House Subcommittee on Economic Growth and Credit Formation. The irony is that even with $10 million in earmarked contracts, the family business folded.
Much more on the Democrat Congressional Swamp-that-has-yet-to-be-drained-despite-Democrat-promises at BitsBlog.
Then send the article to your favorite Democrat.
NYT Discouraged Over Loss of "Defining" Atrocity
An addendum to the post below, Jim Hoft demonstrates some of the choice language the NYT used in the evolution and disintegration of the Haditha case.
Poor babies. Guess the "definers" don't get to "define" the war in Iraq anymore, at least in the way that they are obviously spending great time and resource attempting.
We'll note that. File under "Bias? What bias?"
Code Pink Leftists Deface Recruiting Station
Wow. Just wow.
But we all know that Rush "eternal troop hater" Limbaugh is the real anti-military wacko here. Him, and the Republicans.
This is merely Code Pink (Democrat supporters all) showing their respect and support for the military.
I also like how the Berkley Daily Planet tags the article "Code Pink Members Protest Military Recruitment Center." Not "...DEFACED Recruitment Center."
Commence liberal whitewash operations....NOW!
Flashing Jihadi Signs?
Jim at Gateway Pundit sent a note asking what I thought of the code that Yehia Megahed was apparently trying to send his brother, accused jihadi Yousef. You can view the video here. I've no idea.
Any one have a guess what M-I-G-C-L could mean?
Prosecutors say they've already decoded it and that it's sinister.
Jihadis: Sunni Insurgency is Disaster
Red on Red. More jihadis turn on al Qaeda. Evan Kohlmann sends this along:
Asaeb al-Iraq al-Jihadiya (a.k.a. "the Iraqi Jihad Union") has issued a new statement dated October 5 suddenly accusing Al-Qaida's "Islamic State of Iraq" of deliberately killing its fighters in Diyala province and mutilating their bodies: "To make things worse, they dug up their bodies from the graves, further mutilated them, beheaded them, and showed them off from their vehicles while driving through the towns. [The ISI] even killed our men’s wives and children."Read the rest.
NYT on Haditha: Eh, Probably a Cover-Up...
Supportin' the Troops - NYT style. From the paper that gave discounts to the anti-troop smear campaign against Gen. Petraeus.
Looks like they were after the same style of 'justice' they had in store for the Duke Lacrosse players. GUILT BY LEFTIST NARRATIVE and "LARGER TRUTH," NOT BY EVIDENCE.
This article whines unconvincingly, presumably because the Marines weren't convicted guilty immediately, or merely because Jack Murtha (D) declared them guilty on a news program without a trial or vetting of any evidence.
Wankers, all. Let them eat cake. And their worthless words.
Khatam Kong vs. Rafsanzilla
No matter who wins, you still have one or two monsters left over.
Ace of Spades The Jawa Report (serves me right for cutting-and-pasting!) will be moving to a shiny new server (quad Xeon with 6GB of ram) tomorrow. We'll be staying in the same datacenter, so you shouldn't see any downtime (or at most, a few minutes). People posting on the blog might find that the post doesn't update properly if you end up on the old server while the move is happening, but it will still save the post.
Sorry about the slowness earlier; that was me copying all the files across. The utility that I have to use to keep it all in order is hideously inefficient, but at least it's done now.
October 05, 2007
The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam
Phyllis sends us this link to a project she and Robert Spencer have collaborated on. Phyllis is a tireless activist against the oppression of women.
Via Frontpagemag: The booklet that you are about to read details some of the principal ways in which women suffer in the Islamic world – often with religious and cultural sanction. Many of these crimes against women, such as wife-beating, are ordained by the Qur’an itself; others, such as female genital mutilation and honor killing, are praised by Islamic clerics and hallowed by Islamic culture. That feminists in the West remain silent about this deeply ingrained and institutionalized mistreatment of women, and even ally with groups that have devoted themselves to the spread of Islamic law that justifies this mistreatment, is one of the unconscionable scandals of our time.More here at her own website here.
This article is a segment of a series being run as part of our nation-wide campus effort, Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, which will be held on 200 university and college campuses on October 22-26. Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week is a national effort to focus on all the victims of Islamo-Fascist Jihad -- as well as to counter the lies of the academic Left, which seeks to deny the evil, and even the very existence, of our enemy in this terror war. In this way, Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week hopes to educate American students and to enable them to rally to defend their country.
See, we like real liberals, ones who don't throw away their values for political gain.
Liveblogging the "Defending the American Dream" Summit
I'm in D.C. today at the "Defending the American Dream" grassroots summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity. Attendance is very healthy. I'm told the Grand Ballroom holds 1,600. The attendees have already packed that room and are filling up the overflow rooms.
We're getting ready to hear from a group of presidential contenders, including Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback and Ron Paul. Looks to be a good show. Updates soon.
UPDATE : As is often the case, "liveblogging" has been a little more theory than reality. but we did hear from a good portion of the presidential stable this morning, and they were all generally well-received.
Rudy Giuliani spoke early, and he did a good job focusing on his fiscal performance as mayor. His delivery was snappy and direct, and the crowd seemed to be generally impressed with the speech. The reception was warm and enthusiastic. This is a group focused on fiscal policy, so Rudy could be expected to receive a solid reception for his endorsement of tax cuts and supply-side economics, and that's what I saw. It was a good speech and Rudy was on his game with this one. First part here:
Ron Paul also received a warm response from the crowd. He delivered a fiery speech that served up some raw fiscal meat for the crowd, and they responded as you might expect. Dr. Paul did a good job making the case of the need for fiscal responsibility and restraint of the federal government, and this crowd is an easy sell on that score. The crowd liked Paul's call to abolish the IRS. On the other hand, Paul's demands to abolish the Federal Reserve and institute a "humble" foreign policy appeared to go a bit too far for most.
Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback did OK on the stump, but the audience reaction was merely polite. The crowd didn't seem to be particularly blown away by either candidate. Of the two, Huckabee gave the better speech and was better received. Unforunately, I can recall very little of either speech. Perhaps you can draw your own conclusions from that fact.
Fred Thompson spoke near the end, and he was a crowd favorite. His speech hit all the right notes on the need for fiscal responsibility. Fred got a particularly enthusiastic response when he emphasized the point that not every issue is a federal issue. As political junkies know, federalism is a core tenet of Fred's political philosophy. It was pretty clear that it's also pretty popular with this assembly of grassroots activists. It was a good speech, and judging from the audience response, there were a lot of FredHeads--or at least potential FredHeads in attendance this morning. Here's the first part of Fred's speech:
Christianists: Jesus Washing bin Laden's Feet!
I guess the point is to show just how forgiving and loving Jesus is. He's so loving the he'll even wash Osama bin Laden's feet!
Sorry, I aint that kind of Christian. My Jesus would use nunchucks on Osama bin Laden. Or maybe rip his still beating heart out, Temple of Doom style.
This is the South Park Jesus. The one who boxed Satan and only won because the Satan threw the fight. The one who says to Chef when he asks Jesus for forgiveness for betting on Satan, "Aw, heck, do I have a choice?"
The posters were promoting a Christian evangelical tour of some sort from this group and hung at an Oregon mall. Needless to say, people were a little put off
“No one is Judas in the picture, but the meaning is that Jesus would stoop to wash the feet of his enemies. The meaning is that in that painting of powerful world leaders -- and one powerful terrorist -- the one with all the power is ultimately Jesus.”So, what's the point? Jesus will forgive bin Laden? What?
The purpose of the conference is to discuss the character of God, according to Cole.
“People opposed to this picture feel that God isn't that kind. We believe that he is,” Cole said.
In the Bible's Gospel of John, Jesus washes his disciples' feet prior to Judas's betrayal and urges the disciples to wash one another's feet going forward.
No, I don't think God is that kind. Not at all. Bin Laden is a mass-murderer. I don't believe in cheap repentance. In a God willing to forgive where no forgiveness is begged.
I don't necessarily believe in Dante's version of hell, or of the hell taught from most pulpits. But bin Laden makes me want to. If there is such a place, bin Laden deserves to be in it.
Liberal Paranoia Over AT&T’s Terms of Service.
I've been watching the outrage at several liberal websites over AT&T's terms of service. They fear that AT&T is seeking to censor their views. Not that they have any examples of AT&T censoring any of them over anything. It could maybe possibly happen some day and AT&T has given money to conservatives so the liberal media hit has been put out on Ma Bell.
(much more including an opportunity to pwn the terrorist group Ansar al-Sunnah below the fold)
But at least one blogger gets it.
Via Transterrestrial: Apparently, very few people understand the First Amendment, at least insofar as it protects speech rights. Ahmadinejad had no First Amendment right to speak at Columbia, and he had no First Amendment right to not be criticized, either before, during or after his speech. And I have no First Amendment right to AT&T DSL service, or to not have it cut off if I express an opinion over its tubes. All that the First Amendment says is that "Congress shall make no law," not "Columbia University will grant a podium and audience," or "AT&T shall provide Internet service regardless of the behavior of the customer."Rand Simberg goes o
AT&T has a right to do this, but as is often the case, what it has a legal right to do wouldn't necessarily be right. And I would hope that they don't do it, both for their sake and mine.