The world is concerned about Palestinian Kids
These are the images they show—
These are the images they DON’T show
The world is concerned about Palestinian Kids
These are the images they show—
These are the images they DON’T show
post on NewsMax
Tehran, Iran (AP)—Iran claimed another advance in its disputed nuclear activities on Sunday, a day before opening a new round of talks on that work with world powers. The country’s nuclear chief said that for the first time the country had mined its own uranium—which can be processed into material used to make nuclear energy or nuclear weapons—giving it a way to bypass U.N. sanctions prohibiting the material’s import. The announcement displays Iran’s determination to master nuclear technology without outside help just a day before world powers meet Iranian officials in Geneva in another attempt to persuade them to freeze key aspects of that work.
Nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the uranium ore concentrate, known as yellowcake, was produced at the Gachin uranium mine in southern Iran and delivered to the uranium conversion facility in the central city of Isfahan for reprocessing. Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said the delivery was evidence that last week’s assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist and the wounding of another in mysterious bombings will not hamper Iran’s nuclear progress. “Today, we witnessed the shipment of the first domestically produced yellowcake…from Gachin mine to the Isfahan nuclear facility,” said Salehi, whose comments were broadcast live on state television.
Iran is under four sets of U.N. Security Council sanctions that forbid the supply of nuclear materials to Tehran. In 2009, Western nations claimed Iran was running out of raw uranium for its nuclear program. Tehran issued denials but, whatever the truth, has in recent years sought to extract uranium from its own deposits. Iran acquired a considerable stock of yellowcake from South Africa in the 1970s under the former U.S.-backed shah’s original nuclear program, as well as unspecified quantities of yellowcake obtained from China long before the U.N. sanctions. Salehi, who is also the country’s vice president, said the step meant Iran was now self-sufficient over the entire nuclear fuel cycle—from extracting uranium ore to enriching it and producing nuclear fuel. He added that the message to those meeting with Iran in Geneva on Monday and Tuesday was that they cannot stop Iran’s nuclear work.
“No matter how much effort they put into their sanctions…our nuclear activities will proceed and they will witness greater achievements in the future,” he said in an interview with state-run Press TV after the announcement. Salehi said the activity will be carried out under the supervision of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran’s nuclear chief said a bigger uranium mine at Saghand, in central Iran, will be inaugurated “in the not too distant future.”
The Gachin uranium mill near Bandar Abbas processes ore extracted from a nearby mine into yellowcake. The processing is part of the early stages before actual enrichment of uranium. Yellowcake is then taken to the Isfahan facility to be processed into uranium hexaflouride, which later can be turned into a gas used as feedstock for enriching uranium. Uranium enriched to low grades is used for fuel in nuclear reactors, but further enrichment makes it suitable for atomic bombs.
The United States and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civil nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the accusation, saying its nuclear program is geared solely toward generating electricity and producing medical isotope to treat patients. Salehi did not provide details on how much yellowcake had been transferred to Isfahan, but said the shipments, for now, would be carried out “continuously.” State TV showed a large, covered truck carrying the yellowcake. In October, Salehi said nuclear experts have discovered larger uranium reserves than previously thought at Gachin and were stepping up exploration of the ore. The Iranian government has also provided funds to its nuclear agency to begin ore extraction at Saghand, the mine with the largest uranium reserves in the country. Saghand has not yet become operational. Saghand’s known reserves are estimated at more than 1.7 million tons of medium quality ore. The mine, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) south of Tehran, has a production capacity of 132,000 tons of uranium ore per year. It consists of an open pit with minimal reserves and a deep mine nearby. A lack of funds has reportedly delayed ore extraction at the mine. Iran announced discoveries of new uranium deposits in 2006 at three sites in the central areas of Khoshoomi, Charchooleh and Narigan.
post by Dr. Paul Kengor OneNewsNow
[The IMF, United Nations, ACLU all developed around the same time. Do you think that happened by chance? Are you opening your eyes yet?]
The ACLU seems unusually active right now. Maybe it’s the Christmas season, which seems to make the ACLU more miserable than usual. I tried to ignore the latest round of ACLU legal challenges, but they became too much. The surge has been remarkably ecumenical, not singling out Protestant or Catholic interests, whether challenging a public school in Florida or trying to compel a Catholic hospital to do abortions. At least the ACLU finds a way to unite Protestants and Catholics. In the interest of faith and charity, I’d like to add my own ecumenical offering—a history lesson. It concerns some fascinating material I recently discovered on the ACLU’s early founders, especially three core figures—Roger Baldwin, Harry Ward, and Corliss Lamont. I can only provide a snapshot here, but you’ll get the picture.
First, Roger Baldwin: Baldwin was the founder of the ACLU, so far to the left that he was hounded by the Justice Department of the progressive’s progressive, Woodrow Wilson. Perhaps it was a faith thing. Wilson was a progressive, but he was also a devout Christian, and Roger Baldwin was anything but that. Baldwin was an atheist. He was also a pro-Soviet communist, though smart enough not to join Communist Party USA (CPUSA). Other early officials of the ACLU, which was founded almost exactly the same time as the American Communist Party, included major party members like William Z. Foster and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Communists used the ACLU to deflect questions from the U.S. government over whether they were loyal to the USSR, were serving Joe Stalin in some capacity, and were committed to the overthrow of the American system. That overthrow-the-government thing is something our universities insist is a bunch of anti-communist, McCarthyite tripe. In fact, it took me mere minutes of digging into the Comintern Archives on CPUSA to find fliers and formal proclamations from the American Communist Party publicly advocating precisely that objective. I also found the ACLU rife throughout those archives.
So bad had been the ACLU in aiding and abetting American communists that various legislative committees, federal and State, considered whether it was a communist front. The 1943 California Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities reported that the ACLU “may be definitely classed as a communist front.” The committee added that “at least 90 percent of its [the ACLU's] efforts are expended on behalf of communists who come into conflict with the law.” That 90-percent figure was consistent with a major report produced by Congress a decade earlier, January 17, 1931. In my research, I also found constant approving references to the ACLU in CPUSA’s flagship publication, the Daily Worker. The Daily Worker loved the ACLU. Moreover, I was struck by how early the ACLU had been challenging not just Christians but their most joyous holiday, with the Daily Worker‘s eager approval.
To cite just one example, Christmas 1946, the ACLU sought to stop the singing of Christmas carols in California public schools. For that, the communists were most grateful to Baldwin and the boys. Aside from Roger Baldwin, there were two other especially influential figures comprising this not-so-holy ACLU trinity—Corliss Lamont and the Rev. Harry Ward. Covering these two adequately here is impossible. I’ve devoted probably about 10,000 words to Lamont alone in my book, Dupes—both men were precisely that: dupes. For here, suffice to say that the ways in which Lamont and Ward were rolled by communists is astounding. Alas, Christian charity compels me to concede a key fact, particularly at Christmas time. Among this not-so-holy trinity, there was a measure of redemption for Baldwin at least. Baldwin eventually—after the Red Terror, after the Great Purge, after the Ukrainian famine, after the Hitler-Stalin Pact, after millions of rotting corpses, after the gulag, after the communists had violated every imaginable civil liberty—awakened to the stench of the Soviet system. He finally saw communism, and communists, as a genuine concern.
By the 1950s, Baldwin insisted that ACLU officers take a non-communist oath. Call Baldwin crazy, but he figured that any ACLU member who held allegiance to totalitarian dictatorship was not truly serious about civil liberties. Perhaps they were publicly exploiting American civil liberties to privately support a nation (the USSR) that had no civil liberties? Good thought. So, yes, Roger Baldwin’s ACLU backed away from its communist leanings. Sadly, however, Baldwin’s ACLU never seems to have shirked from its atheist leanings, which haunt us still today. Could it be that the ACLU’s alleged onetime commitment to defending communism has shifted to an apparent commitment to defending atheism? It certainly seems like it, especially this time of year. And if the ACLU doesn’t like that perception, it should change it.
post by KoCo.com
[Where else in history would you read about such a thing? When Christian beliefs are questioned, when the Bill of Rights is ignored, when the right to religion is thrown out the window, you must realize you are losing. The federal government cannot make the decision about what we can and can not display. If you allow them to, you have lost all means of freedom and this very act will spread across the country like wild fire. This is clearly an indication that we are in the third crusade and our very Christian lives are at stack!]
Perkins, Okla.—A small-town bank in Oklahoma said the Federal Reserve won’t let it keep religious signs and symbols on display. Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible† verse of the day, crosses† on the teller’s counter and buttons that say Merry Christmas, God† With Us were inappropriate. The Bible† verse of the day on the bank’s Internet site also had to be taken down.
“I don’t think there should be a problem with them displaying whatever religious symbols they want to display,” said Amy Weierman, a Perkins resident.
Specifically, the feds believed, the symbols violated the discouragement clause of Regulation B of the bank regulations. According to the clause, “…the use of words, symbols, models and other forms of communication…express, imply or suggest a discriminatory preference or policy of exclusion.” The feds interpret that to mean, for example, a Jew or Moslem or atheist may be offended and believe they may be discriminated against at this bank. It is an appearance of discrimination. But customers Eyewitness News 5 talked to said they aren’t buying it.
“This is just ridiculous,” said bank customer Jim Nyles. “This whole thing is just ridiculous. We all have regulatory bodies that govern us. But this is too much.”
“I think that’s absurd,” said Chelsi Holser, a bank customer. “I don’t agree with it at all. They are taking Christ† out of Christmas and life.”
The bank is quietly fighting for a clearer interpretation of the clause. Officials have contacted their two U.S. legislators, Rep. Frank Lucas and Sen. Jim Inhofe, and the Oklahoma Bankers Association to help.
Update by KoCo.com
Perkins, Okla.—The small-town bank in Oklahoma will be able to restore its Christian signs and symbols after all, thanks in part to public outcry against the Federal Reserve.The president of Payne County Bank, Lynn Kinder, said he spoke with the second in command at the Federal Reserve late Thursday evening. Both sides agreed to work out the issue.
“The federal reserve immediately took action,” Kinder said in a statement. “And allowed us to restore our Christian display of items and verses on our television and website until a final determination is made. It appears that the matter will be resolved.”
The story garnered national attention overnight from bloggers and Twitter users who posted links to KOCO.com’s story. Kinder had contacted the Oklahoma Bankers Association and the office Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Frank Lucas. The State banking department sent a letter requesting a clearer interpretation.The Federal Reserve responded to Kinder Thursday. So, for now, the Christian religious signs, Bible† verse and symbols are back on display.
“I think that’s good,” said Cushing resident Bill Erwin. “I don’t think they should have had to take it down. I think everybody should be able to believe what they want to believe,” said customer Carrie Kinsey. “I think they had every right to keep it up.”
[Are your eyes opened yet? This is only the beginning. Islam has to destroy American and Israel! All the pieces for them are falling into place. Just a side-note of sorts. One of the first thing the puppet talked about in his leadership role was about racism! Just a thought for you.]
Eighteen U.S. senators led by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand want the State Department to boycott a controversial United Nations anti-racism event slated for next Sept. 21 in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reports. The eleven Democrats and seven Republicans contend the Durban III World Conference Against Racism will itself become a racist forum for attacks on Israel and Jews. Gillibrand said that scheduling the event so close to the epicenter and anniversary of 9-11 is “an insult to America.” The U.S. boycotted Durban II, held in April 2009 in Geneva, over concerns about anti-Semitism. The remaining Western diplomats walked out during a speech in which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel “the most cruel and racist regime.” Canada is already boycotting Durban III. The U.S. hasn’t officially followed suit, but a State Department spokesman said that earlier Durban conferences “have not been constructive” and that “our concerns based on past outcomes remain.”
post by Steve Doughty Daily Mail
Christmas has been banned by the Red Cross from its 430 fund-raising shops. Staff have been ordered to take down decorations and to remove any other signs of the Christian festival because they could offend Moslems. The charity’s politically correct move triggered an avalanche of criticism and mockery last night—from Christians and Moslems.
[I don't believe Moslems protested for a minute. They say they believe in Christ† but yet they don't want to celebrate a day that was designed for Him†! Do you see it now?]
Christine Banks, a volunteer at a Red Cross shop in New Romney, Kent, said, “We put up a nativity scene in the window and were told to take it out. It seems we can’t have anything that means Christmas. We’re allowed to have some tinsel but that’s it. When we send cards they have to say season’s greetings or best wishes. They must not be linked directly to Christmas. When we asked we were told it is because we must not upset Moslems.” Mrs Banks added, “We have been instructed that we can’t say anything about Christmas and we certainly can’t have a Christmas tree. I think the policy is offensive to Moslems as well as to us. No reasonable person can object to Christians celebrating Christmas. But we are not supposed to show any sign of Christianity at all.”
[The invasion has begun. Like or not we are in the third crusade! Islam is out to destroy ALL Christians, and you are letting them. They are in our country and these other countries by choice. They have NO right to dictate what can and cannot be celebrated, yet they are doing just that. I will never give another cent to the Red Cross. In my book, they are now terrorist supporters.]
Labour peer Lord Ahmed, one of the country’s most prominent Moslem politicians, said, “It is stupid to think Moslems would be offended. The Moslem community has been talking to Christians for the past 1,400 years. The teachings from Islam are that you should respect other faiths.” He added, “In my business all my staff celebrate Christmas and I celebrate with them. It is absolutely not the case that Christmas could damage the Red Cross reputation for neutrality—I think their people have gone a little bit over the top.”
[This right here should open your eyes. Not only have the Islamics penetrated the American government, they have also penetrated England's government. Since when do they allow other nationalities to be a "Lord." Have I missed something? And what he said here can't be held with a grain of salt. Moslems are taught to lie to make themselves look good.]
The furore is a fresh blow to the image of what was once one of Britain’s most respected charities. The British Red Cross lost friends this year over its support for the French illegal immigrant camp at Sangatte and its insistence on concentrating large efforts on helping asylum seekers. Yesterday officials at the charity’s London HQ confirmed that Christmas is barred from the 430 shops which contributed more than £20million to its income last year.
“The Red Cross is a neutral organisation and we don’t want to be aligned with any political party or particular philosophy,” a spokesman said. “We don’t want to be seen as a Christian or Islamic or Jewish organization because that might compromise our ability to work in conflict situations around the world.” He added, “In shops people can put up decorations like tinsel or snow which are seasonal. But the guidance is that things representative of Christmas cannot be shown.”
Volunteers, however, said they believed the Christmas ban was a product of political correctness of the kind that led Birmingham’s leaders to order their city to celebrate Winterval. Rod Thomas, a Plymouth vicar and spokesman for the Reform evangelical grouping in the Church of England, said, “People who hold seriously to their faith are respected by people of other faiths. They should start calling themselves the Red Splodge. All their efforts will only succeed in alienating most people.”
Major Charles Heyman, editor of Jane’s World Armies, said, “There is really nothing to hurt the Red Cross in Christmas, is there? Would the Red Crescent stop its staff observing Ramadan? In practice, the role of the Red Cross is to run prisoner-of-war programmes and relief efforts for civilians. Those activities require the agreement of both sides in a conflict in the first place. Celebrating Christmas in a shop in England could hardly upset that.” He added, “Moslems are just as sensible about these things as Christians. The Red Cross is just engaging in a bit of political correctness.”
British Red Cross leaders have, however, not extended the ban to their own profitable products. Items currently on sale include Christmas cards featuring angels and wise men and Advent calendars with nativity scenes. The spokesman said, “The Red Cross is trying to be inclusive and we recognise there are lots of people who want to buy Christmas cards which they know will benefit us.” The charity’s umbrella body, the Swiss-based International Red Cross, has also had politically-correct doubts about its famous symbol. But efforts to find an alternative were abandoned in the face of protest and ridicule five years ago.
post by Henry J. Reske and Kathleen Walter NewsMax
[You can't reach these people. They are brainwashed into believing that the United States is evil and must be killed. Who are we kidding?]
Al-Qaida has spawned a new generation of homegrown jihadists who are harder to detect but just as deadly as those who inflicted the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000, terror expert Walid Phares tells Newsmax.TV. These budding terrorists focus on inflicting pain at symbolic times, which makes the Christmas season a prime period to attack, says Phares, an adviser to the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the U.S. House.
“We’re not dealing anymore with the Mohamed Atta-type of the 19 who attacked us on 9/11,” Phares said in the exclusive Newsmax.TV interview. “We’re dealing with people who are born in the West and in America and in Western Europe, people who have converted. I mean we’re talking about from the shoe bomber to Jihad Jane.” The up-and-coming, homegrown terrorists are just as “adamant and determined to attack liberal democracies both in Europe and in the United States. They are known to be very symbolical, so Christmas holidays, this is what they’d like to do,” said Phares, whose new book is The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East. [Click here to watch the interview.]
Coincidentally underscoring the potential for holiday attacks was the Iraqi authorities’ announcement Friday that they had obtained confessions from captured insurgents who admitted that al-Qaida plans suicide attacks in the United States and Europe during this season. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari described the claims as “a critical threat” during a phone interview with The Associated Press. Phares, a senior fellow and director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, offers a simple prescription for winning the war on terrorism in his book—Cultivate opposition to the terrorists at grass-roots levels of society.
The puppet administration isn’t taking the opportunity to tap democratic forces in countries where the terrorists thrive, he said, adding, “What the administration should do is engage not with the Taliban and the Moslem Brotherhood and these organizations, but women, students, artists, cab drivers, civil society forces in the same way we recognized them in Eastern Europe before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Iran is a good example of where the approach could work,” Phares said. During violent street protests in Iran, 60 percent of the 1.5 million who demonstrated in Tehran were women, with a majority younger than 18, he said. “What we should have is the option of allying ourselves with the Iranian people against the Iranian regime,” he said, adding, “We have all the tools at our disposal. What we don’t have is a policy.”
Similarly, the puppet’s plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan are misdirected, he said. “What the puppet is basically telling us is that, as far as we have a situation in Afghanistan today, we’re going to have it the day we are going to withdraw, which means the Taliban won’t be defeated.” However, the United States could salvage the situation by reaching out to the next generation in Afghanistan, he says. “Without really engaging in, mobilizing, the next generation of young Afghanis, those who were10 in 2001 are 18 and 19 and 21 in the next few years, these should have been the generation we should have educated, mobilized, and helped to defeat the Taliban,” he said. “If we withdraw in 2011 without that societal change in Afghanistan, Afghanistan will be ruled again by either chaos or the Taliban.”
[You are fools if you cannot see what is happening here. Since when does a leader of another nation dictate what happens here in the United States? Since when does a leader of another nation have a right to push his culture on the American citizens? The take over is getting serious and the American naturally born citizens are letting it happen! You are opening the doors wider and wider and soon there will be nothing you can do to stop it!]
A Manhattan lawyer with ties to the Saudi royal family is sounding out officials and community leaders about a plan to move the controversial Ground Zero mosque to the West Village. Attorney Dudley Gaffin is claiming King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia might want to buy shuttered St. Vincent’s Medical Center and transfer the mosque to a new Islamic cultural center he would build on a plot at the site, say sources who have heard Gaffin’s pitch. The king, worth more than $20 billion, would also save the hospital, reopening most of the units that closed when St. Vincent’s filed for bankruptcy on April 14, the sources said.
They say that Gaffin, who heads his own firm in lower Manhattan, is floating the idea to gauge what the reaction might be—and to ready a bid to rival the Rudin Organization, which is trying to snap up St. Vincent’s in bankruptcy court with an eye on tearing down six hospital buildings for luxury housing.
“He’s asking what it would take to put in a bid,” said one community leader who did not want to be identified. “He says the king wants to do this as a p.r. move—to save the hospital and move the mosque away from the World Trade Center site,” the source added. “He wants to show that Moslems can do good works.”
“[Gaffin is] talking about the Saudis,” said another source, a politically connected lawyer. “I don’t know if any conversations have taken place [with them].”
The cost would be at least $300 million—the combined amount that the Sisters of Charity, which owns the hospital, owes the biggest secured creditors, GE Capital and TD bank.
“He wanted to know what it would cost,” said the community leader.
Gaffin said the mosque and cultural center would likely be built in a space now occupied by a shuttered nursing facility on 12th Street, just east of Seventh Avenue. Sources said Gaffin claimed to have broached the topic with Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, but reps for both denied it.
“No one here has heard of this,” said Bloomberg spokesman Marc LaVorgna.
Gaffin sought legal advice on the matter from former council member Herb Berman and revealed the plan to the Coalition for a New Village Hospital, a group of doctors and nurses trying to resurrect St. Vincent’s, the sources said. Gaffin’s nephew, Ariel Barkai, said he’s pals with a Saudi royal and was asked to pitch the idea to his friend but declined. “There were some discussions—somebody’s trying to save the hospital,” said Barkai. “But the Saudis never hired us.”
Reps for Abdullah, one of the world’s wealthiest men, did not return calls seeking comment. The 87-year-old king is currently in town after recuperating from back surgery he had at New York-Presbyterian hospital on Dec. 3. Abdullah previously said he would not get involved with the Ground Zero mosque. Developer Sharif El-Gamal wants to construct a $100 million mosque and Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero, but the project has gotten bogged down amid controversy and financial woes. Gaffin, a trial lawyer and senior partner in Gaffin & Mayo, did not respond to requests for comment. St. Vincent’s sprawling campus includes a 758-bed teaching hospital. Most of those injured on 9/11 were treated there—as it was the closest level-one trauma center. In the aftermath of the attack, it became a gathering point for friends and family of the missing, and a fence near the hospital displayed hundreds of photos of victims.
[If you explore this entire blog, you'd understand clearly what the powers that be in DC are doing. A world government is coming and the United States of America has to be destroyed as a world power before this can take place. This is only the beginning if you don't take a serious stand now.]
Retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub tells Newsmax that the START weapons limitation pact would weaken the United States and the puppet and that the Democrats are trying to sneak it through a lame-duck session of Congress. Singlaub, former commander of all U.S. forces in Korea, asserts that North Korea has an irrational leader in Kim Jong Il and can’t be trusted to honor any negotiated settlements—and says repeal of the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy is a terrible mistake. Singlaub served in World War II and Vietnam, as well as in Korea. He was the subject of major news stories in 1977 when President Jimmy Carter relieved him of command in Korea for criticizing the president’s plans to withdraw American forces from South Korea.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Singlaub was asked whether he believes Congress should ratify the U.S.-Russia START agreement in its present formulation. [Click here to watch the interview.]
“No, I do not,” he declares. “I think it’s so unusual to try to have such an important item of national defense decided by people who have already been voted out of office. I think the lame-duck session is a good thing to make sure the government doesn’t stop functioning, but a thing as important as the new START treaty is something that deserves to be debated in the Congress publicly. They’re trying to sneak it through the approval process by a lame-duck Senate, and there are a lot of people who are going to vote on it that have nothing to lose. They can vote the way their party tells them to, and that’s a bad thing.”
Asked why he opposes the treaty, Singlaub responds that the Russians “have found themselves in desperate need and can’t keep up, and by our reducing our armaments and not modernizing them to keep the deterrent value of our strategic strike force, we’re weakening ourselves without any compensating concessions from the Russians.”
Singlaub is a harsh critic of Congress’ recent repeal of the don’t ask, don’t tell policy regarding gays in the military. “In my view, and the view of every combat officer that I know, it is a terrible mistake to change the law,” he says. “This is not simply a policy, don’t ask don’t tell, it was an effort by [President Bill] Clinton to get around the law that says that homosexuals are not eligible for service in the military. That should be the law and it should be enforced, and I just can’t believe that we would allow such a thing to happen. We have had homosexuals in the past. They have created very serious disruption of the command, and to introduce sex in the decision-making process in a combat unit is deadly. I am absolutely 100 percent against the idea of eliminating the don’t ask, don’t tell restrictions, [and I favor] the law that homosexuals are not eligible for service in the military.”
The situation on the Korean peninsula following North Korea’s recent artillery attack on a South Korean island, Singlaub says, “is dangerous because we have an irrational leader in charge of North Korea, who is trying to generate international publicity that will benefit his son [and designated successor Kim Jong Eun]. They’re setting an unusual precedent by establishing a Korean communist dynasty, which is contrary even to the beliefs of most communists. The armed forces of North Korea are larger than those of South Korea and in that respect, since they have no regard for human life in the North, they pose a threat when they are commanded by an irrational leader.”
Singlaub tells Newsmax that Russia and China, North Korea’s principal supporters and providers, have done very little to rein in the Kim Jong Il regime in the North. And regarding reports that nuclear-armed North Korea is ready to enter negotiations with South Korea, the United States, and others, he states—“There is nothing in the history of the relations between North and South Korea that suggest that the North will ever fulfill their side of a negotiated settlement. They haven’t in the past.”
He also says he doubts that any new hostilities in Korea would go nuclear “unless it’s a desperate thing to save the face of the youngest four-star general in the world, the new guy who’s going to be the commander of North Korea.”
by Patrick Poole Center for Security Policy Nov 12, 2010
[Okay, if you haven't believed a word I said thus far. How about this? They have already penetrated the government. The United States Government is corrupt and is no longer trusted as our leader. That's a great line. I got that from the TV series Jericho. I didn't watch this series when it aired. My husband has been after me to watch it so we got it from Nexflix. Two seasons. That's as far as they got. And if you watch it, you will know why. Somewhere it said that they canceled this show because too many people were upset. Makes me wonder. After watching the final show, I seem to think of a better reason to cancel. The Untied States Government. Censorship. The storyline behind this series is perfect. It shows people how to survive. I know too many people who would have loved for this show to continue. Upset. None other than the new leaders of this country. Islam. While you're sitting on your ass eating your popcorn and playing with your toys, we are being invaded by the most ruthless people on Earth. So, don't yell wolf when they come to your door and put a bullet in your head because you are a Christian. I'm feeling it. My ammo pouch is being stocked as we speak. My question is will our military follow those who want to be free or those who want to take freedom away. Read this below. They are in. They are in the highest, deepest positions in our government. One is sitting in the Oval office. That is something that wasn't touched on here. The additional Moslems he placed into office. They have no fresh water and they barely can feed themselves. They are coming for what we have. Are you ready? This is not going to be a negotiation type of deal. It's going to be point, aim, fire.]
Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” At the heart of the Team B II project is the belief that the Team A approach of our government to the Islamist threat, i.e. the received wisdom of the political, law enforcement, military and intelligence establishment, has proved to be a serial failure. In fact, we would be hard-pressed to find many instances in which the government Team A actually got it right. Rather than attempt to get it right, the establishment seems content to double-down on failure.
What follows are the most egregious and glaring failures of our national security agencies’ approach. This whitepaper compiles a representative sample of ten cases, but easily a hundred or more cases could be presented. These examples range chronologically from incidents that occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s, to events that have happened within the past few weeks prior to the publication of this paper. From the first Bush 41 Administration to the current puppet administration, the degree of failure is non-partisan. These cases also cover the gamut of federal agencies and departments, along with a few examples on the State and local level, showing that no segment of our government holds a monopoly on failure on this issue. The problem is universal. Each of these cases is rooted in a fundamental failure by those government officials responsible to identify the nature of the threat. At their root these examples demonstrate what Team B II author and former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has called willful blindness. For government officials who have sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, however, their willful blindness is a breach of their professional duty to know, to understand and to respond.
It should also be noted that each of these cases has been brought to the public and elected officials’ attention before. In most cases, no action was taken despite public outcry. We hope that the winners of last week’s election will finally take responsibility for the nation’s security and take action against this threat of Shariah and Islamic terrorism. Sources are provided so anyone—media, public, and policymaker—can understand the extent of the problem and investigate how our political, civic and religious leadership have allowed this threat to advance so far.
1. Abdurahman Alamoudi (1990-2003)—Politically-connected Islamic activist Abdurahman Alamoudi, founder of Pentagon’s Moslem chaplain program and State Department civilian ambassador, convicted of operating on behalf of foreign intelligence agencies and later identified by Treasury Department as top Al-Qaeda fundraiser hen. Abdurahman Alamoudi was arrested by U.S. authorities in September
2003 for receiving $340,000 from Libyan intelligence and involvement in an assassination attempt against Saudi Crown Prince (now King) Abdullah, it should have shaken the political establishment to the core. Not only was Alamoudi the most prominent Islamic activist leader in America at the time, he had infiltrated the highest levels of political power.
During the Clinton Administration, no other Moslem leader was received at the White House more than Alamoudi. Alamoudi was also charged by the Defense Department to establish the military’s Moslem chaplain corps, and appointed by the State Department to serve as a civilian ambassador, taking six taxpayer-funded to the Middle East. He also met with GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush in Austin to court him on the issue of the use of secret evidence in terrorism cases. He also co-founded, with GOP strategist Grover Norquist, the Islamic Free Market Institute, a free-market think tank funded with $35,000 in seed money from Alamoudi. Just days after the 9/11 attacks, he appeared with President Bush and other Moslem leaders at a press conference at the Islamic Center of Washington D.C. despite his public comments a year at a rally just steps from the White House identifying himself as a supporter of the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.
Alamoudi pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 23 years in prison. In July 2005 the Treasury Department revealed that Alamoudi had been one of Al-Qaeda’s top fundraisers, saying that his arrest was a severe blow to the terror group’s international fund-raising operations. Many of the military Moslem chaplains he recruited, and the other individuals he placed in high positions throughout the government, remain in positions of responsibility to this day.
Steven Emerson, Friends of Hamas in the White House, Wall Street Journal, March 13, 1996
Larry Cohler-Esses and Edward Lewine, He works for the State Department, backer of terrorists lectures on tolerance, New York Daily News, October 31, 2000
Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball, Terror Watch: Who, and what, does he know? Newsweek, October 1, 2003
J. Michael Waller, D.C. Islamist agent carried Libyan cash, Insight on the News, October 27, 2003
Mary Beth Sheridan and Douglas Farah, Jailed Muslim had made a name in Washington, Washington Post, December 1, 2003
Mary Beth Sheridan, Government links activist to Al Qaeda fundraising, Washington Post, July 16, 2005
Rita Cosby, Some Muslim leaders seen with Bush expressed support for terrorist groups, Fox News, October 1, 2001
2. Ali Mohamed (1998) Al-Qaeda security chief Ali Mohamed infiltrates Army Special Forces,
double-crosses FBI. After Ali Mohamed was expelled from the Egyptian army in 1984 for his sympathies for the assassins who gunned down Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Mohamed traveled to the U.S. and found a new home—In the U.S. Army Special Forces at Fort Bragg. While technically a supply sergeant, he spent most of his time training soldiers in Arabic culture and even starred in a video series
produced by the Special Forces school. That was not the only training he was doing, however, as he was schooling U.S.-based Islamic militants in weapons, explosives and martial arts, including the cell responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
As one of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s long-time top security officials, he was called upon by the Al-Qaeda leader in 1991 to help relocate bin Laden from Afghanistan to the Sudan. He later trained the Somali forces that attacked U.S. troops in Mogadishu in 1993; he coordinated
a meeting between bin Laden and Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh; he set up the Nairobi Al-Qaeda cell and scouted the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania for the 1998 terrorist attacks; and he used classified U.S. Army manuals to compile the Manchester Manual, a comprehensive textbook for gathering intelligence, conducting surveillance, and planning terror attacks used by Al-Qaeda operatives. He even arranged a U.S. fund-raising tour for Zawahiri. During Mohamed’s tenure with the U.S. Army, Egyptian authorities warned of his ties with terrorist groups and extremist ideology. In violation of orders, he traveled to Afghanistan and briefly fought with the mujahideen. From 1994-1998, he met regularly with the FBI, providing them cursory information about the growing Al-Qaeda network, but never revealing his role with the terrorist group. Growing suspicious, the FBI searched his apartment following the August 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings, and he was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury the following month. Arrested for lying to the grand jury, he was indicted as part of the embassy bombings plot and pled guilty to five counts of conspiracy to kill U.S. soldiers and diplomats, and plotting to kill “United States civilians anywhere in the world.”
Benjamin Weiser and James Risen, The Masking of a militant, New York Times, December 1, 1998
Lance Williams and Erin McCormick, Bin Laden’s man in Silicon Valley, San Francisco Chronicle, September 21, 2001
Joseph Neff and John Sullivan, Al-Qaeda terrorist duped FBI, Army, Raleigh News & Observer, October 21, 2001
Lance Williams and Erin McCormick, Al-Qaeda terrorist worked with FBI, San Francisco Chronicle, November 4, 2001
John Sullivan and Joseph Neff, An Al-Qaeda operative at Fort Bragg, Raleigh News & Observer, November 13, 2001
Peter Waldman, Gerald Seib, et al., The Infiltrator: Ali Mohamed served in the U.S. Army–and bin Laden’s Circle, Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2001
3. Anwar Al-Awlaki (2001-2010) Al-Qaeda on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon after 9/11. While Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may be subject to a kill-or-capture order signed by the puppet earlier this year, after the 9/11 attacks al-Awlaki was not only the go-to source for the establishment media, but also the U.S. government. Despite being subject to a FBI investigation initiated in 1999, and having been interviewed by the FBI at least four times after 9/11 for his contacts with two of the hijackers, Al-Awlaki was leading prayers or congressional Moslem staffers inside the U.S. Capitol. Video of the Al-Qaeda cleric on Capitol Hill was included in the PBS documentary, Muhammad, Legacy of a Prophet, which also shows Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) executive director Nihad Awad and communications specialist Randall Ismail Royer in attendance at the Al-Awlaki-led prayer services. Royer was later arrested and pled guilty to conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization. As reported recently by Fox News, documents they obtained showed that al-Awlaki was also feted at a luncheon inside the still-smoldering Pentagon following the 9/11 attacks hosted by the Army’s Office of Government Counsel.
An April 2010 article and video essay by Roll Call shows that Al-Qaeda’s influence on Capitol Hill continues in the person of Anwar Hajjaj, a local Islamic cleric who still leads prayers for the Congressional Moslem Staff Association. Hajjaj headed the Taibah International Aid Association, which was designated a global terrorist organization by the Treasury Department in May 2004. Another Taibah official
was Al-Qaeda fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi. Hajjaj also served as director of the World Assembly of Moslem Youth (WAMY), which was headed by Osama bin Laden’s nephew, Abdullah bin Laden. The WAMY offices were raided by the FBI in June 2004, and Abdullah bin Laden left the country. Hajjaj was also the president of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, where al-Awlaki served
as imam and where at least two of the 9/11 hijackers attended services.
Daniel Newhauser, Muslim staffers have faith in a tolerant Hill, Roll Call, April 21, 2010
Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein, Rep. Meeks helped jihad flier, New York Post, September 19, 2010
Patrick Poole, Al-Awlaki Led Prayer Services for Congressional Muslim Staffers Association after 9/11, Pajamas Media, September 16, 2010
Patrick Poole, Congressional Muslim staffers hosted second Al-Qaeda cleric on Capitol Hill, Pajamas Media, October 14, 2010
Patrick Poole, Al-Qaeda still on Capitol Hill, Big Peace, October 14, 2010
Catherine Herridge, Al-Qaeda leader dined at the Pentagon just months after 9/11, Fox News, October 20, 2010
4. Operation Greenquest Meetings (2002) Treasury Secretary O’Neill meets with Moslem Brotherhood front groups after Operation Greenquest raids. Following the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. Customs Service initiated a large-scale investigation into terrorist financing activities known as Operation Greenquest. This investigation included a series of raids on Islamic charities in Northern Virginia on March 20, 2002, including the International Institute for Islamic Thought, the Fiqh Council of North America and the homes of several
prominent Moslem activists. According to the 132-page affidavit supporting the search warrants, investigators were looking for evidence that these groups and individuals had supported Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups.
In a virtually unheard of move, two weeks after the raids business associates of the individuals being investigated had a meeting with Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill initiated by the department in response to the criticism of the raids by segments of the Moslem community. Leading the delegation of Islamic groups was Talat Othman, a former business associate of President George W. Bush and Yacub Mirza, who had established and funded many of the groups targeted in the raids. Assisting in arranging the meeting was Khaled Saffuri of the Islamic Free Market Institute, the group co-founded by Al-Qaeda operative Abdurahman Alamoudi and GOP strategist Grover Norquist. Newsweek later reported that the Islamic Free Market Institute had received $20,000 from the Safa Trust, one of the raided organizations. Lobbying records showed that another target of the raids, Jamal Barzinji, a top Moslem Brotherhood leader, was listed as a client of Norquist’s lobbying firm, Janus-Merritt Strategies LLC.
Tom Jackman, N. VA. Sites raided in probe of terrorism, Washington Post, March 21, 2002
Mary Jacoby, Terror raid warrant names Al-Arian, St. Petersburg Times, March 21, 2002
Glenn Simpson, O’Neill met Muslim activists tied to charities, Wall Street Journal, April 18, 2002
Eunice Moscoso and Rebecca Carr, Targets of terror financing prove had political clout, Atlanta Journal Constitution, December 12, 2003
Glenn Simpson, Tangled Paths: A sprawling probe of terror funding centers in Virginia, Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2004
5. Faisal Gill (2004-2005) Former Alamoudi aide Faisal Gill appointed policy director for Homeland Security Intelligence Division, fails to disclose previous employment on background investigation questionnaire. The appointment of lobbyist Faisal Gill, a former aide to Al-Qaeda fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi and protégé of GOP strategist Grover Norquist, to the position of Department of Homeland Security special assistant for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection directorate drew considerable criticism. Prior to his appointment, Gill had no intelligence background. It increased all the more when it was revealed that Gill had omitted his previous employment as director of government relations for Alamoudi’s American Moslem Council on the Standard Form 86 required for Gill’s security clearance. Gill had been at the forefront of AMC’s political efforts to end the use of secret evidence in terrorism deportation proceedings. In his position in the Homeland Security Intelligence division, he had access to a wide range of top-secret information,
including vulnerabilities of national critical infrastructure. After this revelation, Homeland Security issued a statement saying that Gill
had “exceeded all requirements” for the policy director position, but an investigation was launched by the department’s inspector general. Media reports also revealed that Gill had been temporarily removed from his position in March 2004, but quickly reinstated, following inquiries by the FBI about how he had obtained his security clearance.
Gill was cleared by the department and kept in his position. That prompted Senators Charles Grassley and John Kyl to send a letter to the Homeland Security inspector general asking for clarification about the department’s policies about omitting information from the security clearance background questionnaire and what qualifications were considered in hiring Gill. He resigned his position in January 2005, however, and the inspector general considered the matter closed. Gill later made an unsuccessful run as a Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2007 and began a lobbying firm, Sapentia. His lobbying partner, Asim Ghafoor, former political director for the Islamic Free Market Institute, previously served as the spokesman for the Global Relief Foundation, which was closed by the U.S. government in December 2001 and was listed as a specially designated global terrorist organization for funding Al-Qaeda. Ghafoor was also spokesman for the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), founded by Osama bin Laden’s nephew, Abdullah bin Laden, when it was raided by authorities in June 2004. In 2006, Ghafoor sued the U.S. government for wiretapping his conversations with his fugitive legal client, Soliman al-Buthi, after he had been designated a global terrorist by the Treasury Department in February 2004.
Mary Jacoby, How secure is the Department of Homeland Security? Salon, June 22, 2004
Mary Jacoby, Homeland Security inspector general launches Faisal Gill inquiry, Salon, June 24, 2004
Frank Gaffney, The Faisal Gill affair, FrontPage Magazine, July 19, 2004
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, Homeland Security Appointee under Investigation, Fox News, July 25, 2004
Kelly Beaucar Vlahos, Senators inquire on Homeland appointee, Fox News, August 13, 2004
6. Hesham Islam (2008) Hesham Islam opens doors for extremists at the Pentagon. Following the 9/11 attacks, Army Reserve Major Stephen Coughlin was called to active duty and served in the intelligence section in the Joint Chiefs of Staff office. Tasked by his superiors to “examine the threat,” Coughlin quickly became the Pentagon’s top expert in Islamic law and warfare, and conducted numerous high-level briefings for Defense Department officials. His findings were included in a 330-page Master’s thesis accepted by the Defense Intelligence University. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney described the analyst as “the most knowledgeable person in the U.S. government on Islamic law.” In September 2007, Coughlin prepared a short memorandum on evidence submitted by federal prosecutors in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist finance trial that showed American Islamic organizations established by the international Moslem Brotherhood dedicated to waging a stealth civilizational jihad. The memo highlighted evidence that the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)—one of the most prominent Islamic organizations in the country and an outreach partner for the Pentagon—was actively involved in this conspiracy to support terrorist groups abroad and help infiltrate American political and civic institutions from within. ISNA was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted coconspirator and/or joint venturer in the Holy Land Foundation case.
Coughlin’s analysis ran afoul of another Pentagon official, Hesham Islam, senior advisor for international affairs for Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and the Pentagon’s point-man for Moslem outreach, who then began a campaign to have Coughlin fired from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As a result of Islam’s campaign, Coughlin was informed that his contract would not be renewed when it expired on March 2008, a move that was widely criticized by many high-ranking military officials. One Army adviser called the move “an act of intellectual cowardice.” The public attention given to Coughlin’s firing initiated media inquiries into Hesham Islam’s background. National Review reporter Claudia Rosett discovered that Islam had embellished, if not fabricated, major elements of his official biography that the Pentagon quickly removed from their website, which a spokesman said was removed “to reduce the rhetoric and the emotion surrounding this issue while we try to determine the facts.” The Investigative Project on Terrorism also discovered that Islam had not only been inviting representatives from terrortied Islamic groups into the Pentagon, but also a Lebanese ambassador who was a known proxy of the Syrian government in violation of U.S. policy. He had also arranged a meeting for Deputy Secretary England with Moslem Brotherhood official Husam al-Dairi in late 2005 that had to be canceled after protests by the State Department. While the Pentagon cleared Hesham Islam for his misrepresentations on his bio, he resigned shortly thereafter.
Tim Kilbride, Shared understanding provides key to defeating extremism, England says, American Forces Press Service, April 26, 2007
Bill Gertz, Inside the Ring: Coughlin sacked, Washington Times, January 8, 2008
Claudia Rosett, Questions for the Pentagon, National Review, January 25, 2008
Jeffrey Breinholt, Coughlin for beginners, Counterterrorism Blog, January 28, 2008
Bill Gertz, Inside the Ring: Islam probed, Washington Times, February 1, 2008
Steven Emerson, Pentagon aide’s invitations contradicted U.S. policy, IPT News, February 4, 2008
Frank Gaffney, The Coughlin affair, Washington Times, February 26, 2008
7. Weiss Rasool (2008) Fairfax County (VA) Police Sergeant Weiss Rasool tips off terror suspects, scuttles successful counter-terror training program. Then Police Sgt. Weiss Rasool appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Poretz, one top CAIR official had already written the judge pleading for leniency on Rasool’s behalf—“I have always found Sergeant Rasool eager to promote a substantive relationship between the Fairfax County Police Department and the local Moslem community,” CAIR Government Affairs Coordinator Corey Saylor informed the court. What Rasool was truly interested in, however, was promoting the interests of CAIR over the citizens he was charged to protect and serve. What landed Rasool in Judge Poretz’s courtroom was the culmination of a lengthy investigation by the FBI and Fairfax County Police Department begun in June 2005 when he was caught on a FBI national security wiretap that targeted a
terrorism suspect. The suspect, a member of Rasool’s mosque, had provided the officer the license plate numbers of several cars he believed had been following him. In violation of State and federal law, Rasool checked the plates with the Virginia Criminal Information Network and the National Crime Information Center databases, and called his friend back to let him know that the cars were not registered
to individuals. Federal prosecutors told the court that when they went to the home of the suspect to arrest him in an early morning raid, his family was already dressed and destroying evidence, leading the investigators to believe that he had been tipped off. The suspect was eventually convicted on immigration charges and deported.
According to court documents, over the next two years Rasool made numerous searches of the national terrorist database checking to see if he or his family members were listed. When he was finally approached by the FBI in October 2007 about the plate searches he had made for the terrorism suspect, he initially denied knowing him. Upon hearing the wiretap recordings, his story changed and some of
the truth emerged. He was subsequently charged and pled guilty in January 2008 to illegally searching a federal database. Prosecutors urged as much as a year jail time since they believed that Rasool had not been entirely truthful with investigators. The judge, however, possibly swayed by the pleas of CAIR and other Moslem organizations, sentenced him to two years probation and a $1,000 fine.
Rasool was eventually forced to resign from the Fairfax County police department in August 2008, but the damage caused by his infiltration had already been done. In their book, Moslem Mafia, authors Dave Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, give evidence that Rasool had conspired with CAIR to stymie terrorism investigations in the heavily Moslem populated area. Internal CAIR documents recovered in
an undercover investigation showed that Rasool was a regular visitor at CAIR’s Washington D.C. headquarters. An email sent by Rasool prior to a CAIR meeting with Fairfax County police officials lays out an agenda for their meeting and suggestions for coming “back with more demands later on.” Those demands included CAIR sensitivity training for police officers. According to the information uncovered by Gaubatz and Sperry, in a meeting arranged by Rasool, CAIR complained of surveillance targeting local mosques—many of which had extensive terror ties. Rasool also submitted complaints of bias to the department about a counter-terror training program that instructed
officers in Arabic and Islamic culture, which eventually resulted in the program’s termination in July 2006—surprisingly, after the FBI and the department had become aware of Rasool’s illegal database searches. Faixfax County police officials who spoke with the authors believed that Rasool’s actions had disgraced the uniform and were also critical of the length of time before action was taken against the officer. But his work on behalf of CAIR was even more sinister. “He was their plant,” one official told them about Rasool’s relationship with CAIR. “We were convinced he was recruited by the Moslem Brotherhood.” Another department official told them that “he was deeply embedded with CAIR. He was the spokesman to the department for CAIR.”
Tom Jackman, Fairfax officer admits misusing computers, Washington Post, February 1, 2008
Steven Emerson, Fairfax cop who tipped terror suspect helped kill training program, IPT News, May 9, 2008
Tom Jackman, Probation for sergeant who misused databases, Washington Post, April 23, 2008
Tom Jackman, Cheating admission raises more doubts, Washington Post, February 13, 2009
P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to
Islamize America, Chapter Five, CAIR’s Bad Cop, (Los Angeles: WND Books, 2009), pp. 69-73
8. Louay Safi (2009) Louay Safi lectures deploying troops at Fort Hood weeks after deadly attack, authorized “preemptive strikes” against troops attacking Moslems, named unindicted co-conspirator in Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror support trial. A criminal investigation launched by Army Criminal Investigations Division into the Army’s use of highly controversial Islamic scholar who had been lecturing troops deploying to Afghanistan for three days at Fort Hood was the culmination of a series of events prompted by the killings of thirteen service members and civilian employees by Nidal Hasan last November. According to press reports, Louay Safi was conducting training at Fort Bliss at the time of the massacre at Fort Hood. His pre-deployment seminars were sponsored under a contract by the Naval Postgraduate School. Safi appeared at Fort Hood just a few weeks later to deliver a seminar on Islam to soldiers of the 135th Expeditionary Group and deliver a $10,000 check from his employer, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), for the families
of the Fort Hood massacre. Both his seminars and the ISNA donation drew heated criticism. One Army official called Safi’s donation “blood money” in light of his defense of terror supporters, his promotion of extremist ideology, and long-time employment with multiple terror-tied organizations. Comments made by Safi after the Fort Hood killings appeared to shift responsibility away from the killer and
blame “Islamophobia” for the massacre, saying “the extremist ideology responsible for violent outbursts is often rooted in the systematic demonization of marginalized groups”. Safi’s book, Peace and the Limits of War, justified violence against apostates from Islam and authorized “preemptive strikes” against troops preparing to attack Moslems, similar to the killings at Fort Hood. The Dallas Morning News quoted American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Rubin, an Iran scholar that had previously worked with Safi. Rubin seemed to acknowledge Safi’s blind eye to Islamic terrorism, saying “there’s an element of excusing rather than explaining” how extremists are able to exploit Islam. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy told the newspaper that Safi’s “separatist mindset” was the “mindset that created (Maj.) Hasan.” Louay Safi first came to the attention of FBI in 1995 when he was caught on federal wiretaps talking with Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Sami Al-Arian about President Clinton’s designation of PIJ as a terrorist organization.
According to wiretap transcripts presented at Al-Arian’s terrorism support trial, in which Safi was named Unindicted Co-Conspirator #4, Al-Arian blamed the designation of the terror group on a “war waged by Zionists.” Safi agreed, saying that Clinton “just wants to please them.” Safi was also personally named in a federal search warrant affidavit that was the basis for the March 2002 Operation Greenquest
raids. Safi’s office at the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), where he served as research director, was a particular target during the raid. He likened the raids to “a war against Islam”—a phrase also used by Hasan to justify his terror attack. IIIT had provided most of the funds for Al-Arian’s World and Islam Studies Enterprise front group at the University of South Florida. Initial media inquiries with Fort Hood authorities about Safi’s terrorist ties and extremist statements were met with assurances that he had been fully vetted. But after a group of thirteen congressmen sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates requesting that Safi’s pre-deployment seminars be stopped, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was tasked to open a criminal inquiry into the matter. The case was then transferred to the Army Criminal Investigative Division. The Dallas Morning News reported that Safi had been suspended from working on military bases. However, he still is in charge of the ISNA program that certifies military and prison chaplains.
Michael Fechter, Al-Arian prosecutors say he mocked order freezing terror assets, Tampa Tribune, July 21, 2005
Vaishali Honawar, Officials say raids were fair, Washington Times, March 22, 2002
Rowan Scarborough, Is FBI partnering with jihad groups?, Human Events, September 10, 2009
Sandra Chapman, Muslim group starts fund for Fort Hood families, WTHR-TV (NBC-Indianapolis), November 9, 2009
Andy McCarthy, Somebody at Fort Hood should be walking the plank, National Review, December 3, 2009
Erick Stakelbeck, Controversial Islamic speaker welcomed at Ft. Hood, CBN News, December 9, 2009
Brooks Egerton, U.S. torn over whether some Islamists offer insight or pose threat, Dallas Morning News, February 7, 2010
Brooks Egerton, Fort Hood fallout: Military suspends trainer with ties to terror suspects; criminal inquiry pending, Dallas Morning News, February 8, 2010
9. Omar Alomari (2010) Ohio Homeland Security official Omar Alomari spreads Islamist propaganda, fired after lying to investigators about a previous job firing and failing to disclose his former position with Jordanian government. When Omar Alomari testified before a Congressional House Homeland Security subcommittee meeting on de-radicalization efforts in the Moslem community this past March, he was then serving as the Community Engagement Officer for the Ohio Department of Homeland Security and had been appointed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. Less than 90 days later, he had been fired following an internal investigation over his failure to disclose elements of his prior work history during his background investigation—including his work for a top Jordanian government official. Even prior to his congressional testimony, Alomari had come under fire for
using his position to promote extremist ideology. The Investigative Project on Terrorism noted that he had authored an Arabic and Islamic culture guide and a brochure on radicalization published by Ohio Homeland Security at taxpayer expense that seemed to blame the West for terrorism and minimize the incitement to violence in Islamic ideology. For instance, in his culture guide he claimed that the
definition of jihad as holy war was a European invention spread by the West. His culture guide and radicalization brochure also promoted several terror-tied Islamic organizations as resources for readers. Zuhdi Jasser described Alomari’s writings as “classic Islamist propaganda.”
Alomari also used his position at Ohio Homeland Security to mainstream extremists. When he organized a forum on “interfaith dialogue” for the department in August 2009, the two lone Moslem representatives included a local imam, Hany Saqr, who was identified in the Holy Land Foundation trial as one of the top Moslem Brotherhood leaders in the nation; and CAIR-Ohio president Asma Mobin-Uddin. Additional evidence in the Holy Land trial included phone records by top Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook showing phone calls made by the terrorist leader to Saqr. The inclusion of a senior CAIR official came almost a year after the FBI had officially severed ties with the organization because the group’s leaders had ties to organizations supporting terrorism. Alomari had also included CAIR officials in previous Ohio Homeland Security events. The internal investigation into Alomari’s previous work history, begun shortly after his congressional testimony, revealed that he had omitted information on his resume and during his background investigation about his being fired by a local community college for violating their sexual harassment policy. In addition, he had also not disclosed that he had previously worked as an adviser to the Jordanian Minister of Labor prior to immigrating to the U.S. In his discharge letter, Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas Strickrath said that Alomari had given “false information” during the administrative investigation, prompting his firing.
House hearing on extremism caters to Islamists, IPT News, March 16, 2010
Randy Ludlow, State official under scrutiny for job history, Columbus Dispatch, June 12, 2010
Randy Ludlow, Ohio Homeland Security official fired for not disclosing previous firing, Columbus Dispatch, July 1, 2010
Ed Barnes, Ohio Homeland Security official fired over resume discrepancy, Fox News, July 22, 2010
10. Kifah Mustapha (2010) U.S.-based Hamas operative Kifah Mustapha given tour of top-secret National Counterterrorism Center, partners with FBI-Chicago Field Office. During the Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial in 2007 and 2008, Sheikh Kifah Mustapha was personally named an unindicted co-conspirator in the case for his role as a Holy Land registered agent and fundraiser. Video exhibits submitted by federal prosecutors showed Mustapha singing as part of the Al-Sakhra fundraising troupe singing “I am a member of Hamas,” as well as other songs glorifying violence and inciting the murder of Jews. It was a surprise then when it was reported in January that Mustapha had been selected as the first Moslem chaplain for the Illinois State Police. When the local media reported on his previous position with the Holy Land Foundation, his ties to Hamas and his current position of imam with a notorious Chicago-area mosque known for its past support for terrorism, the State police launched an investigation that resulted in Mustapha’s appointment being revoked this past June. Even more surprising was that Mustapha was subsequently included in a six-week FBI Citizen Academy program sponsored by the FBI’s Chicago field office that culminated in a tour of the top-secret National Counterterrorism Center
(NCTC), FBI headquarters in Washington D.C., and the FBI training academy at Quantico this past September. Mustapha’s participation in the program was reported by ABC-7 Chicago (WLS) news anchor Ben Bradley, who was also part of the Citizen Academy program with the Hamas operative. However, Bradley’s report made no mention of Mustapha’s background despite the fact that his own station had aired at least six news reports on background, investigation and dismissal of Mustapha as State police chaplain. One of Bradley’s WLS colleagues, Chuck Goudie, who aired an extensive investigation report on Mustapha and his chaplain’s appointment back in January, noted the contradiction of a known Hamas operative partnering with the FBI in an editorial published by the Chicago Daily Herald.
When it was reported in late September that Mustapha had participated with the FBI Citizen Academy, members of the public who called the FBI headquarters to complain were initially told that he had not been a part of the program. In following days, FBI Chicago field office spokesman Ross Rice admitted to several media outlets that Mustapha had been part of the program, but defended his participation saying that he was a respected leader of the Chicago Moslem community. The following week when FBI Director Robert Mueller was directly asked about Mustapha’s participation in the Citizen Academy, he refused to address the situation specifically and only said that the program was an effective tool for outreach to the Moslem community. The FBI’s position on their interfaith partner was further complicated when it was also reported that Kifah Mustapha had been photographed hosting a Hamas fundraiser in his Bridgeview, Illinois mosque in July 2009—months before his appointment by the Illinois State police and a year before his participation in the FBI Citizen Academy program—featuring former UK politician George Galloway. Media reports indicated that the money and supplies raised by Galloway on his U.S. fundraising tour were given to Hamas social minister Ahmad Kurd, a specially designated global terrorist listed by the Treasury Department, live on Al-Jazeera TV. The FBI continues to assert that their involvement with Mustapha is department policy.
Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Hard-liners won battle for Bridgeview mosque, Chicago Tribune, February 8, 2004
Sophia Tareen, Ill. police revoke 1st Muslim chaplain’s post, Associated Press, June 26, 2010
Chuck Goudie, Banned by Illinois State Police, Muslim cleric melds with FBI, Chicago Daily Herald, September 6, 2010
Ben Bradley, Inside the FBI’s terrorism fight: Making friends, ABC-Chicago 7 (WLS), September 26, 2010
Patrick Poole, FBI Escorts Known Hamas Operative through Top-Secret National Counterterrorism Center as “Outreach” to Muslim Community, Big Peace, September 27, 2010
National Security Hawks Call for Brennan’s Resignation, Fox News, September 29, 2010
Bill Gertz, Hamas-linked cleric took part in FBI outreach effort, Washington Times, September 30, 2010
Bill Gertz, FBI chief cites probes of extremists, Washington Times, October 6, 2010
Patrick Poole, FBI outreach partner Kifah Mustapha hosted Hamas fundraiser in July 2009, Big Peace, October 19, 2010