by, Paul Weston | Liberty GB | h/t Billy Welch
At Least 3 murdered. Gunman yells ‘Heil Hitler’
by, KMBC | MSNBC | Patriot Action Network
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. —Police said they are investigating fatal shootings at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and at an assisted living center several blocks south.
Police said one person was killed at the Jewish Community Center at 5800 W. 115th Street and another was killed at Village Shalom, an assisted living facility at 123rd Street and Nall.
A third person was shot and critically injured. That person was taken to a nearby hospital.
Investigators said the entire Jewish Community Center campus has been placed on lockdown while police search the area.
Police were examining a truck in the Jewish Community Center parking lot that had shattered windows.
Police offered no information about the victims or who may have been responsible for the shootings.
Detective Chris Boughey. Photo courtesy of: The Clarion Project
An interview with Detective Chris Boughey, who has been recognized for his work by the FBI and the Secret Service.
by, Ryan Mauro | The Clarion Project
Detective Chris Boughey serves the Peoria, Arizona Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section’s Major Crimes Unit and is on the advisory board for the documentary film Honor Diaries, which breaks the silence on honor violence against women.
He has personally investigated incidents of “honor violence” in the U.S., including the 2008 honor killing of a 25-year old woman in Georgia named Sandeela Kawal by her father. Her “crime” was seeking a divorce from her cousin with whom she was forced to marry. The father said “she wasn’t being true to her religion or her husband,” according to another law enforcement officer involved in the case.
The following is Clarion Project National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro’s interview with Detective Chris Boughey:
Ryan Mauro: When did you first hear of the problem of “honor violence” in America?
Chris Boughey: I first became aware of the problem of honor violence in America after reading and reviewing themurder of the Said sisters by their father in Texas in 2008.
Initially, law enforcement classified this incident as being honor-related. A short time later, law enforcement announced that the case was not honor-related. I believe the recantation from the original statements was due to pressure from Muslim organizations and law enforcement being fearful of being portrayed as “culturally insensitive.”
Thankfully, the case has now been characterized as an honor killing. It should be noted that the FBI refused to identify this case as an “honor killing” until almost a year after it happened.
My education greatly increased after October 20, 2009, when a 20-year old woman in Arizona named Noor Almaleki was murdered by her father, an Iraqi immigrant who said she had become “too Westernized.” Noor had also refused to enter into an arranged marriage and dated someone that the father did not approve of.
After reviewing the Almaleki case, I went back and reviewed the case of the Said sisters. There were strikingly similar parallels between the two cases, as far as the supposed reasons and motives by both perpetrators.
Both Almaleki’s father and the Said’s father voiced frustrations that their daughters were straying from their “culture” and were becoming too Westernized.
Both fathers took issue with the boys their daughters were dating. Both were subjected to escalating levels of violence from their fathers prior to the murder.
Those are just a few of the similarities. After reviewing the Said case, I firmly believed that the murder of Almaleki was motivated by the notion of “honor.”
During and subsequently to the Almaleki case, I did hours of research on the issue and concluded that it was much more prevalent in North America than first thought.
Mauro: What causes honor violence? How do the perpetrators justify it?
Boughey: Honor violence is a form of violence against women committed with the motive of protecting or regaining the “honor” of the perpetrator, family or community.
Victims of honor violence are targeted because their actual or perceived behavior is deemed to be shameful or to violate cultural or religious norms. Conduct such as resisting an arranged marriage, seeking a divorce, adopting a Western lifestyle and wearing Western clothing and having friends of the opposite sex have resulted in honor violence.
Honor violence involves systematic control of the victim that escalates over a period of time and may begin at a young age. Honor violence can be perpetrated by one individual or can be a group campaign of harassment and violence committed by an entire family or community. It can take many forms, including verbal/emotional abuse, threats, stalking, harassment, imprisonment, physical violence, sexual abuse and homicide.
The above information/definition was developed by the AHA Foundation.
The perpetrators justify their acts because they assign more value to regaining or restoring their perceived lost “honor” than the love or the life of their daughters.
The perpetrator believes that the victim’s acts are so egregious and so damaging to their perceived sense of honor that the only way to restore this honor is to hurt or kill the object of that “dishonor.” In sum, no individual is more important than the “tribe.”
What I’ve learned is that the decision to inflict violence is not usually a solitary decision on the part of the perpetrator. In most cases, this is a family or group decision.
This is one aspect of the Almaleki murder that I was not aware of when investigating it. I soon found out that the entire family was complicit. The entire family believes the same way as the perpetrator. This was found out when reviewing the recorded phone calls in jail between Almaleki and family members, specifically his wife.
In one conversation, he said, “for an Iraqi, honor is the most valuable thing.”
“No one hates his daughter, but honor is precious and nothing is better than honor, and we are a tribal society that we can’t change. I didn’t kill someone off the street, I tried to give her a chance. I tried, what do you call it, but no result,” he said.
His wife then assured him that “all the people say that you are a lion.”
Mauro: How big of a problem is this—is it only a rare incident here and there?
Boughey: When we speak of honor violence, we are not just speaking of honor killings. There are three main components to the notion of honor violence.
Honor killings and/or acts of honor assault: Acts of violence, intimidation and threats usually are a precursor to the actual murder. The violence is based on the perpetrators’ belief that the victim is not adhering to traditional cultural values, has become too Westernized, is engaged in a relationship that is not approved of by the perpetrator, etc.
Forced marriage: The simple act of forcing an unwilling young woman into a marriage with someone not of their choosing is a form of honor violence by itself. Research has found that many victims of honor assaults or killings have refused to enter into a forced marriage.
Refusing a marriage is often a “trigger” for escalating violence and/or murder. Research has shown that in several U.S. communities, girls between the ages of 13 and 16 are taken out of school by their families and sent to their countries of origin where they are forced into marriage. Some of these girls return to the United States, and some of them do not.
In any event, these young women are subjected to a sub-servant role and most of them are not allowed to pursue their education.
Female Genital Mutilation: Thousands of girls from all over the world, and many from the United States, are subjected to this brutal procedure. FGM occurs in the U.S. on a regular basis. Additionally, many young girls are sent back to their country of origin and have the procedure performed there. Sadly, there are only 13 states that have passed legislation outlawing this brutal act.
I think the problem of honor violence is much more widespread than first believed. If we compile statistics not just on honor killings, but add instances of forced marriage and FGM, I believe the overall numbers would be much higher.
I think a vast majority of honor-related violence goes underreported or not reported at all. Honor violence is where domestic violence was 25 years ago. Currently, we don’t have a system in place to track these issues.
The AHA Foundation is currently working in conjunction with John Jay School of Criminal Justice to start compiling statistics.
Mauro: What is the reaction of the surrounding community when an act of honor violence is perpetrated? Are they immediately cooperative?
Boughey: I think the answer to this question is multi-layered. One being the community at-large or general public and two being the Muslim community and immediate family members and friends of the perpetrator.
By and large, I believe the general public—mainstream Americans—have little or no knowledge on the topic of honor violence. However, awareness is increasing.
Most Americans have a difficult time wrapping their heads around the concept of “honor.” The thought that a parent would murder their child because they somehow dishonored them is a difficult concept for most Americans or Western cultures to grasp.
There is a percentage of people that believe the issue is cultural or religious in nature and don’t believe we should be “meddling” in such affairs. Some people don’t want to be portrayed as “culturally insensitive.”
Some of these feelings and lack of education permeated the jury at the Almaleki trial, in my opinion. I firmly believe that this is the reason that they came back with a conviction for Second Degree Murder and not First Degree Murder. I think there were members of the jury that would not, or could not, believe that a father would kill his own daughter for some messed-up notion of “honor.”
Now, when dealing with the Muslim community, specifically the perpetrator and his immediate family, I tell investigators to expect little or no help. In the Almaleki case, I learned very quickly that we would receive no assistance from the family. In fact, we received out-and-out defiance and resistance.
After the Almaleki trial, a writer for Time Magazine went to a local Phoenix mosque and asked members if they agreed with what the perpetrator had done. The article was disturbing.
“The attitudes that fueled Faleh’s rage are widespread in his community. It is no coincidence that [the perpetrator] believes that Iraqis in the U.S. and abroad will judge him more kindly if they think it’s an honor killing,” the author wrote.
The author interviewed Saher Alyasry, a mother at the Al-Rasool mosque.
“I think what he did was right. It’s his daughter, and our religion doesn’t allow us to do what she did,” Alyasry said.
The author asked her if honor is more important than love. Her startling reply was, “Yes. What’s the point of loving her if she’s bad?”
Mauro: Is there a lack of awareness among law enforcement?
Boughey: I think historic cases of honor violence have been largely misclassified by law enforcement, by no fault of their own. They simply don’t know the signs and symptoms of honor-related violence and have blanketed it under the umbrella of domestic violence.
I think there have been countless victims that have been subjected to some form of honor violence but have never come forward to report it. These victims know that making a report could result in their death. We have seen several of these types of cases in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
When these young women come forward and alert authorities of their situations, they must be believed. We have to understand that the mere fact that they have spoken up takes a tremendous amount of courage. Most of these young women know that by doing so, they are placing themselves in a huge amount of danger.
There are historical cases of these young women coming forward to law enforcement to report abuses or have been reported as runaways by their families. Western law enforcement is trained that the best place for runaway kids is back in the home. This is because we are applying our Western belief system to these situations. These young women have been returned to their families, only to be further subjected to acts of violence and in some cases, murdered.
Conversely, members of law enforcement do not have the training or awareness in how to effectively identify and investigate these cases. Additionally, some law enforcement agencies and social service agencies are afraid of being portrayed as “culturally insensitive” and dismiss these young women’s allegations as being a “cultural thing.” These decisions are getting young women victimized further.
I ran into this very issue while assisting on a case in Pennsylvania in 2012. Thankfully, we were able to get the young woman to safety, but not after a spirited debate with some department heads.
I am not quite sure when we, as a country, decided that it was more important to be politically correct than to do the right thing. This is why, in conjunction with the AHA Foundation, we have developed a curriculum to train law enforcement and members of social service organizations to identify and investigate such cases. They are unique and pose some significant challenges.
In 2012, the AHA brought my partner Jeff Balson and I on to act as Law Enforcement Liaisons. In that short period of time, we have received almost a dozen requests from law enforcement and social service organizations for assistance in dealing with cases of honor violence.
Detective Balson and I have been working with a young lady for the last year who came to us looking for help. Initially, we got her out of her situation to a safe location. Her parents and other family members continued to look for her and harass other family members and friends in an attempt to find her.
After several months, the pull of her family was too much and she returned home. This is common in these cases. What you have to remember is that most of these young women are 16 to 18 years of age. In most cases, they are not equipped to live on their own. They know they want to get out of the situation, but just don’t know how. Most of these young women still love their families and are torn.
Because we don’t yet have resources in place to effectively deal with these situations, coupled with the torn feelings of these young women, they return home, only to be subjected to further abuse.
In the case we are working on, the young woman did just that. Things were O.K. at home for awhile. Her parents were even nice to her. This is a common ploy used by the parents. Awhile later, the young woman was tricked into going back to her country of origin for a “vacation.”
Upon arriving, her mother stripped her of all identification and her passport and told her she would never return to the United States. She was able to obtain an application that allowed her to text via a Wi-Fi connection and reached out to Jeff and meI.
After several calls to the AHA Foundation and the State Department, we were able to engineer her escape. We were able to get back to the U.S. It is quite a story.
Mauro: Why are there increasing numbers of reports of honor violence in the U.S.?
Boughey: I think there are several reasons:
Awareness and attention is being brought to the surface by organizations such as the AHA Foundation, the Tahirh Justice Center and your organization, the Clarion Project. The AHA Foundation hosts an annual conference on honor violence at John Jay College in New York City.
Screenings of Honor Diaries is calling attention to the issue. I was proud and humbled to be a contributor to this project.
Increased coverage by media outlets has cultivated public interest in the issue. The Almaleki case received extensive media coverage from outlets like FOX News, CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery and TIME Magazine.
Curriculum developed by the AHA Foundation is helping to identify and investigate cases of honor violence. We are actively seeking out venues to present this information. In February 2014, we hosted a one-day seminar for the Arizona Homicide Investigators Association. The seminar was attended by almost 100 detectives from all over Arizona and was met with very positive reviews.
On a more clinical level, I think one of the most important reasons is that we have seen a tremendous influx of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. Some of these immigrants want to enjoy all of the freedoms that our great country provides and to take full advantage of our public assistance, but are unwilling to leave some of the fundamental views in their country of origin.
Many of the young women victimized in the U.S. are first-generation Americans. These young women have spent all or the majority of their lives in the U.S. and have been exposed to Western culture. These young women see the opportunities that the U.S. offers—education, careers, religious freedom, equality, etc. They receive great resistance from their families who cling to “traditional values” and some react violently.
It would be irresponsible to say that all Muslim families engage in honor violence. That is simply not the case. There are countless Muslim families that have struck a balance between accepting aspects of American life and values while still remaining true to their religion.
Recently, we have seen some leaders in the Muslim community speak out against honor violence. This is a very encouraging sign.
One small step for a calf..and one giant leap for cattle-kind
by, Oliver Darcy | The Blaze
A tense standoff between a local Nevada rancher and the federal government concluded Saturday, with U.S. officials citing public safety concerns as they ended a controversial week-long cattle roundup that drew nationwide attention.
“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” Neil Kornze, director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said in a statement.
Earlier this week, the decades-long battle escalated when protesters confronted federal agents attempting to roundup Cliven Bundy’s approximately 900 “trespass cattle.”
Bundy does not own the land and has refused to pay grazing fees since 1993, contending he doesn’t recognize the federal government’s claim to the property.
“Historically, ranchers would let their cattle graze on public land, and the government didn’t stop them,” Jeremy Hudia, an Ohio attorney familiar with the legal claims being made, explained to TheBlaze in an email. “Back in the 1930s, however, the land was being harmed by all the uncontrolled grazing. So laws were passed to create a permit process to control the amount of grazing.”
“There is no ‘right’ to use public land for one’s personal gain,” he added. “If that were the case, I would start drilling for oil in Yosemite National Park.”
Bundy, however, doesn’t see things that way.
“I have raised cattle on that land, which is public land for the people of Clark County, all my life. Why I raise cattle there and why I can raise cattle there is because I have preemptive rights,” Bundy told TheBlaze Monday. “Who is the trespasser here? Who is the trespasser on this land? Is the United States trespassing on Clark County, Nevada, land? Or is it Cliven Bundy who is trespassing on Clark County, Nevada, land? Who’s the trespasser?”
“I have raised cattle on that land, which is public land for the people of Clark County, all my life.”
In 1998 the federal government said the land was off-limits to cattle, in an effort to morph the property into a habitat for an endangered tortoise. Bundy has refused to leave the area, despite a court order.
This week a tense standoff ensued as federal agents attempted to round up his cattle. Protesters, many driving from far distances, flocked to the area to support Bundy.
In one incident, captured on video, the rancher’s son was struck by a stun gun as his sister was pushed to the ground.
The controversy forced Nevada’s Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval to comment on the matter. He said he was “disturbed” by the First Amendment zones established by officials to prevent protests from spreading all over the land.
“To that end, I have advised the BLM that such conduct is offensive to me and countless others and that the ‘First Amendment Area’ should be dismantled immediately,” Sandoval said. “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans. The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly.”
We, the People! The United States Armed Citizen’s Militia:
We believe in standing tall and carrying a big stick. (And our stick has a scope on it.)
Muslim Rapist, Salam al Haideri. Photo courtesy of: (District Attorney’s office) and The Times Union
by, Robert Gavin | The Times Union | h/t Refugee Resettlement Watlch
Albany, New York: A jury needed less than two hours on Thursday to convict an Iraqi refugee of brutally raping a 19-year-old woman behind a trash bin in Colonie after meeting her at a downtown bar last year.
Salam Al Haideri, 24, of Niskayuna, faces 25 years in prison after the jury of nine men and three women found him guilty of predatory sex assault and first-degree rape. The panel began deliberating at 11:20. It reached its verdict at 1 p.m. — and that included time for lunch and a brief break to ask the judge a question.
Al Haideri is the third Middle East refugee — all brought to the Capital Region under the same federally funded resettlement program — to be convicted of a sex crime since 2010.
In closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney Chantelle Cleary played a surveillance video of the distraught 96-pound victim entering a Mobil Mart in Colonie, where she told the clerk, twice: “I just got raped” and said her attacker “smashed my face into the ground.”
Al Haideri and a friend had met the victim, whom neither man knew, at the Buddha Tea House club on North Pearl Street in the pre-dawn hours of June 2, 2013. The 4-foot-11 woman got in their car and, during the ride, Al Haideri touched her. She said she wanted to go home and she and Al Haideri argued. When Al Haideri’s friend stopped the car, Al Haideri yanked the woman out of the car and took her behind a trash bin behind “I Love NY” pizzeria on Central Avenue by Vly Road, Cleary said.
Al Haideri smashed the victim’s face into the pavement, ripped open her shorts and raped her for 12 minutes as she begged him to stop, Cleary said.
“This is an act of just pure anger,” Cleary told jurors. “When she started to fight back, he beat her into submission and then he took what he believed he was entitled to.”
Cleary showed the jury a photo of the victim smiling before she went out that night. She then contrasted that with an image of the woman at Albany Medical Center Hospital, where she lay bloody, beaten and bandaged.
“Someone just doesn’t come out of a consensual sexual encounter looking like that,” a man on the jury said after the verdict.
The conviction follows the sex crime convictions of Walid Nehma, 30, an Iraqi refugee who once was a housemate of Al Haideri, and Salah Mhawesh, 34, an Egyptian refugee. All three settled in the Capital Region with help of a program run by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany under a contract with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services.
In December 2009, Nehma struck a woman in the face, forced her to the ground, tore her pants open and tried to rape her as she screamed for help in a desolate area next to Capital Repertory Theater. He is serving a 5-year sentence at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Washington County for attempted rape and is due to be released on Dec. 3. Mhawesh pleaded guilty in 2012 to first-degree sex abuse of a woman in his home on Central Avenue. He was sentenced to one year in the Albany County jail, which became time served.
When Al Haideri testified Wednesday, Cleary also questioned him about the assistance he received in jailhouse conversations with Jacqueline Foster, 73, of Niskayuna, his foster mother in the refugee resettlement program.
Al Haideri lived with Foster, who had also allowed Nehma to live with her family for a time.
Foster declined to comment after the conviction.
by, Bill Muehlenberg | Tulisan Murtad
When it comes to understanding the true nature of Islam, just like the true nature of communism decades earlier, there are basically two groups of people out there: those who know what a genuine menace and threat it is, and those who are utterly clueless, and think we can somehow just accommodate and appease our sworn enemies.
The communists never covered up their aims of wishing to destroy America and the West, and Islam too has not been coy about publically stating its ultimate aims: taking over the West, stamping out freedom and democracy, and instituting a universal Caliphate with sharia law becoming the law of the planet.
There have been plenty of gullible and ignorant Westerners who actually applauded the spread of communism, as there are many people today foolishly endorsing and promoting the spread of the political ideology known as Islam. Lenin called such folks “useful idiots” and we still have plenty of them around today it seems.
Throughout so much of the Western world creeping sharia and stealth jihad have been occurring at a rapid rate, but most Westerners have been sleeping right through it. In one country after another ignorance, appeasement and apathy have allowed the Islamists to cement their positions in the West.
The UK is an obvious case in point. While Christianity seems to be all but dead there, Islam is on the move big time. Simply look at how houses of worship reveal these truths. In 1960 there was one mosque in all of London. Today there are many hundreds of them and incredibly many of these are former churches! Yet most folks there have snoozed through all this.
Of course there have been plenty of voices sending out warnings – often falling on deaf ears however. For example Melanie Phillips wrote an important book back in 2006 called: Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within. I wrote a review of this incisive volume back then.
But she has basically been a voice crying out in the wilderness. Most English leaders have been woefully ignorant and appallingly clueless about the real nature of Islam. That is why I was quite startled to learn that not one but two major English leaders recently have come out slightly aware of Islamic matters for a change.
It may well be too late, but these two leaders may finally be waking up at least to some extent, and can see that not everything is sweetness and light in their nation, and elsewhere. Both men had in the past been almost sycophantic over Islam, seemingly believing it could do no wrong.
Consider a minor awakening from Prime Minister Cameron. Audrey Russo offers this commentary: “It appears that the UK’s great advocate for Islam has had a change of heart. The constant display of barbaric acts and Islamic cries of hate for the West, was never enough to open the eyes of the UK PM David Cameron. The question must be asked: What magical smelling salts was the PM given … because these suckers appear to have grown a spine!
“Cameron’s rabid defense for Islam in the past, almost required shots. He condemned the EDL (a grassroots movement of citizens desiring to retain the freedoms and culture of their homeland) with egregious barbs … but fell all over himself to protect this vile lot of Mohammedans. Now we are to believe he agrees with those who oppose Islamists?
“So, let me get this straight … Mr. Cameron has awoken out of his deep Islamic slumber. Well, then I’d like to know what it finally took for this man to awaken. The tragic event of his soldier Lee Rigby’s beheading, didn’t move him. The kidnapping and rape of British teenage girls by grooming gangs wasn’t enough. And the rallying cry of the British people in the streets, desperately trying to bring attention to the daily Islamic hate crimes committed against fellow citizens, moved him not. But now, suddenly he’s startled into reality?”
She says it may be too early to tell if this is a real change, or just more political grandstanding. But hopefully he is beginning to become aware of a few inconvenient truths here. Another English leader who finally seems to have seen a bit of light is Prince Charles.
As one news report said, “Christianity is beginning ‘to disappear’ in its own birthplace after 2,000 years because of a wave of ‘organised persecution’ across the Middle East, the Prince of Wales has warned. In an impassioned intervention, he said that the world is in danger of losing something ‘irreplaceably precious’ with communities tracing their history back to the time of Jesus now under threat from fundamentalist Islamist militants.
“Speaking openly of his own Christian faith, he said he had become ‘deeply troubled’ by the plight of those he described as his ‘brothers and sisters in Christ’. And the Prince, a long-standing advocate of dialogue between religions, voiced personal dismay at seeing his work over the last 20 years to ‘build bridges and dispel ignorance’ being deliberately destroyed by those attempting to exploit the Arab Spring for their own ends. He devoted a Christmas reception for religious leaders at Clarence House to draw attention to the threat Christians have come under in recent months across Egypt, Syria, Iraq and other parts of the region.”
Nice of him to finally wake up to some reality here, although anyone without Islamist eyeglasses on knew full well the horrific condition of Christians in the Middle East and Muslim-majority countries. They have been suffering terribly for so very long, yet most Western leaders have chosen to ignore all this.
Indeed, Islamic persecution of Christians has been a hallmark of Islam’s 14-century history, but it has been especially ferocious in more recent times. So I am glad the Prince of Wales has finally caught on here. Whether his ongoing attempts at interfaith dialogue will now be hampered remains to be seen, but at least he is finally a bit aware.
Hopefully many other Western leaders will wake up to the real nature of Islam, their tremendous persecution of Christians, and their openly-stated goal of taking over the West. Until we wake up to these basic home truths, the future of the West remains very dim indeed.
Prince Charles: Christians ‘deliberately targeted’ in Middle East
CIA Statement: ‘..Death did not take place at CIA headquarters..’
by, Bill Gertz | The Washington Free Beacon
A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA.
CIA spokesman Christopher White confirmed the death and said the incident did not take place at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va.
“We can confirm that there was an individual fatally injured at a facility where agency work is done,” White told the Washington Free Beacon. “He was rushed to a local area hospital where he subsequently died. Due to privacy reasons and out of respect for the family, we are not releasing additional information at this time.”
A source close to the agency said the man who died was a middle manager and the incident occurred after the man jumped from the fifth floor a building in Fairfax County.
Many agency employees are known to work under stressful conditions and high stress is considered a part of the profession, for the three general types of employees: Intelligence analysts and support personnel, technical services operators, and members of the clandestine services, the agency’s elite spying branch.
The CIA is known to operate or rent space in a number of semi-secret locations in the country, including at least one high-rise building in Tysons Corner.
The agency also operates a number of top-secret facilities used by its clandestine service officers, including agency safe houses.
No other details of the death could be learned.
The agency is currently engaged in a high profile dispute with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D., Calif.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has said the CIA has blocked efforts by the committee to investigate harsh interrogation of terrorists.
Committee staff members working at a CIA facility in Northern Virginia to investigate agency interrogation practices also have charged that the CIA covertly searched the agency’s computers that were being used in the investigation.
The agency subsequently reported that several Senate staff members had improperly and possibly illegally removed classified material from the CIA. The FBI was asked to investigate the mishandling of classified information in the case.
The agency is under pressure from Congress to declassify a 6,000-page report on agency interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, used to glean information from al Qaeda terrorists captured after the 2001 attacks on Washington and New York.
The agency also this week came under scrutiny from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence over the agency’s role in obscuring the facts surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell told the committee that agency analysts concluded that a protest took place in advance of the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
Morrell testified that “subsequent information revealed this judgment to be incorrect.”
The CIA was operating a facility in Benghazi with a large number of agency personnel whose activities had not been made public.
Speculation about the CIA annex in Benghazi has focused on the agency’s role in supplying weapons to Libyan militias that in turn were shipping the arms to Islamist rebels in Syria.
by, Admin. | Islam Watch
In recent years, the defenders and apologists of Islam have frequently tried to equate the criticisms of Islam with ‘racism’. You speak unfavorably of the horrors that were committed by the prophet of Islam, you criticize any abhorrent doctrine of Islam – be prepared to be called a ‘racist’, a very abhorrent and even criminally culpable accusation in Western countries.
Islam is an “ideology”, more precisely a “religious ideology” of strongly political nature, and it can be embraced by people of all races and ethnicities. Yet, charging the critics of Islam as racists has become almost universal, particularly in Western countries. And a high-profile ongoing legal battle in the Birmingham Magistrate’s Court in Britain can settle the question of whether or not Islam is a race.
On 8 April 2014, Birmingham Magistrates’ Court will settle the question of whether defendant Tim Burton, Radio Officer of the newly-formed ‘Liberty GB’ political party, has committed “racially aggravated harassment” to Muslim activist Fiyaz Mughal by calling him “a mendacious grievance-mongering taqiyya-artist” in a Twitter post.
Discredited and denied of the funds for his pet project, Mughal had to strike back to restore his credibility and pride by proving himself a victim. And Tim Burton was the right person, whose Liberty GB party is at the forefront of anti-Islamization and anti-Sharia campaign in the UK. So, he brought Burton to court for calling Mughal a “mendacious grievance-mongering taqiyya-artist” on Twitter. And the West Midlands Police found no other way than framing Burton of committing “racially aggravated harassment” on Mughal.
As said above, Islam is clearly not a race. Muslims belong to all races and ethnicities – black or white, Indian, Chinese or African. Yet, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the UK have framed Burton with committing racist crime by calling Mughal a “taqiyya-artist”, which is an Islamic doctrine of deceiving others, particularly non-Muslims, for the good of Islam.
The trial of Burton would worry all freedom-loving people in the West, who hold dear the freedom of expression and other basic civil liberties. The troublesome aspect of this trial is the effort to conflate an “ideology” or “religion” with “race”.
There is no blasphemy law in the UK. So, the criticism of any religion, including Islam, is to be legally tolerated. When blasphemy charges are not applicable, British Muslims—keen to protecting Islam from exposing its uncomfortable truths and its supremacist and violent nature—can only turn to the existing anti-racist “hate crime” laws and use it as a sharia-style blasphemy law.
CPS, like the mainstream political establishments in the UK, are keen on defending Islam, or at least not willing to allow any offence to Islam. And aware that Burton cannot be prosecute on the ground of committing “religious offence”, CPS have framed Burton of committing “religiously aggravated” offence against Mughal, by which it will be easier to incriminate him. Indeed, CPS’s own websitesays: “So it will be more difficult to prosecute for inciting religious hatred as opposed to racial hatred.”
It may be mentioned here that the previous Labour government had passed the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006, which was formulated in such a way that it could criminalize the criticism of Islam, the Quran and Muhammad. But strong opposition from the Catholic Church and the Church of England, and other Christian groups, who threatened to use this law against the Quran, which is full of incitements to religious hatred toward all non-Muslims, forced the Labour government to amend the bill in a way to prevent Muslims from using it as an equivalent of the Islamic blasphemy law.
What the Labour government failed to legislate through Parliamentary procedure is now being surreptitiously applied by politically correct UK police and prosecution establishments.
In order to protest this illegal tactics of the UK police and CPS, Liberty GB will hold a public rally at 9 am on April 8, an hour before the trial begins at 10 am. Also defendant Tim Burton will be available in the courtroom building for interviews from 9:30 am.
This trial will be landmark event in deciding whether the cherished freedom of expression will take the ‘back seat’ in the UK and other Western countries. This will also be an opportunity to grasp how Muslims try to apply the tactics of Taqqiya to silence legitimate criticism of Islam. For that, Islam’s scholar Professor Hans Jansen is scheduled to appear at the trial to present evidence as an expert witness on taqiyya. Readers can find more on this Taqqiya trial here: http://www.raymondibrahim.com/islam/taqiyya-trials-in-europe/
For more information on the case, Liberty GB’s Media Officer Enza Ferreri can be contacted at email@example.com via email or at 0776 291 6034 via mobile phone.
Job Posting on Craigslist: ‘..Hiring Individuals for a Mass Causality Exercise at Fort Hood..’
by, Mac Slavo | D.C. Clothesline
A recent posting on Craigslist is fueling the fire even more, with some suggesting that it is evidence of yet another government facilitated false flag operation.
According to a March 12, 2014 snapshot of a listing on the popular classifieds web site, the government was looking for individuals to act as role players to participate in a “mass casualty exercise” scheduled for March 17, 18 and 19 and to be held on base at Fort Hood, TX. Contractors were to be paid $100 for their participation.
Role Players for Military mock simulated disaster (Ft Hood)
Government contractor is seeking individuals to act as roleplayers to participate in a ” mass casualty exercise ” on the FT Hood military installation.
Role players will participate in an exercise that will replicate civilians in the area that have been injured during a disaster that is used in the scenario. Role players will be medically treated during this exercise at numerous locations on Ft Hood.
The objective of this exercise is to train and assess medical units with regards to civilians that have been injured during a disaster.
We are seeking individuals to take part in this exercise on March 17, 18 & 19Individuals must be at least 18 years of age and legal to work in the United States.
You will be paid upon completion of the exercise on the last day of work. Please contact Michael Boyd at (954)294-0526. An appointment will be set up to meet and further information will be given.
post id: 4372490185 posted: 2014-03-12 9:45pm
Here is a screen shot of the posting at Archive.org, a historical database of the internet that captures the content of millions of web pages daily:
According to Craigslist the posting has been deleted from the web site by its author. It is not clear when the deletion took place.
As has been the case with many recent acts of terrorism on U.S. soil, it seems that police or military have often been engaged in training exercises that closely mimic the actual events, often during the exact same time as the “real” event was taking place.
This was evident during the attacks of September 11, 2001 when the US military was engaged in a training exercise involving North American Air Defenses. As the attacks on the World Trade Center were taking place recordings from civilian and military operators reveal that military chain of command wasn’t sure whether the events being portrayed were “real world” or training. Experts suggest that this confusion contributed to a complete meltdown in America’s national defenses.
But September 11th isn’t the only example.
A few days prior to the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting a university just 16 miles away had staged an exercise that eerily depicted a gunman shooting movie goers.
And, after the Boston Marathon bombing the Department of Homeland Security officially acknowledged “frighteningly similar scenarios” between an exercise dubbed Operation Urban Shield and the actual events that took place at the marathon. The drill itself was held in Boston, Massachusetts and happened to be taking place in a live environment at the Marathon and at the very moment that the bombings were being executed.
We can chalk all of this off to coincidence, but given that nearly every major terrorist act in the United States in recent years has been preceded by a military or Homeland Security exercise depicting similar scenarios within minutes of where the actual events took place, one can’t help but question the official narratives.
by, Redbourn | Misconceptions
What Does The United Nations Cost America?
The U.S. pays 30% of the United Nations annual budget which at last reckoning was eight billion dollars a year!
So the UN costs the US over 2.6 billion dollars a year!
And the headquarters of the United Nations complex is in New York City in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, and that’s prime real estate.
What Does The US Get In Return?
Below are the actual voting records of various Arabic/Islamic States which are recorded in both the US State Department and United Nations records:
Kuwait votes against the United States 67% of the time.
Qatar votes against the United States 67% of the time.
Morocco votes against the United States 70% of the time.
United Arab Emirates votes against the U. S. 70% of the time.
Jordan votes against the United States 71% of the time.
Tunisia votes against the United States 71% of the time.
Saudi Arabia votes against the United States 73% of the time.
Yemen votes against the United States 74% of the time.
Algeria votes against the United States 74% of the time.
Oman votes against the United States 74% of the time.
Sudan votes against the United States 75% of the time.
Pakistan votes against the United States 75% of the time.
Libya votes against the United States 76% of the time.
Egypt votes against the United States 79% of the time.
Lebanon votes against the United States 80% of the time.
India votes against the United States 81% of the time.
Syria votes against the United States 84% of the time.
Mauritania votes against the United States 87% of the time.
The US Gives Aid To Countries That Consistently Vote Against It
Egypt, for example, after voting 79% of the time against the United States, still receives $2 billion annually in US Foreign Aid.
Jordan votes 71% against the United States and receives $192,814,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.
Pakistan votes 75% against the United States receives $6,721,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.
India votes 81% against the United States receives $143,699,000 annually.
Supposing There Was No United Nations?
It might be possible to make a case for maintaining the Security Council which is presently composed of five permanent members, China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States and another one or two could be added.
But it’s hard to see any need for the others to be permanently hosted in lavish surroundings that cost a fortune, and mostly only bite the hands that feed them..
We live in a hi-tech age where communication is only a mouse-click away and can involve multiple participants who can all see each and hear each other.
So why do they need to be in the same room?
Watch This Trailer
If you think that maybe I’m being a little harsh and have a lingering feeling that shutting down the U.N. would somehow be disastrous then watch this official trailer for a documentary entitled “U.N. Me”, that was released last year.
Ami Horowitz, Director, “U.N. Me” Documentary:
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Syracuse NY. Mirza Tihic, at top, and Abdulilah Al-Dubai work on the flag pole out front. An Islamic group is turning the church into a mosque. (Mike Greenlar | firstname.lastname@example.org)Photo courtesy of: Syracuse.com
by, Marnie Eisenstadt | Syracuse.com
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board is expected to vote Thursday morning on whether an Islamic group can cut the crosses off the steeples of a former Catholic Church.
The North Side Learning Center bought the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Syracuse’s North Side and is turning it into a mosque. But it can’t do that if it is not allowed to remove the crosses, said Yusuf Soule, director of the North Side Learning Center.
Islam does not allow the worship of idols or symbols, Soule said.
The city’s preservation board has to approve the cross removal, along with a fence the group wants to install, because the building is a protected historic site.
Some former church parishioners aren’t happy with the plans to remove the crosses, which were installed when the church was built more than 100 years ago by German immigrants. The church has been closed for four years.
The North Side Learning Center bought the former Holy Trinity Church at 501 Park St. in December. The nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, which provides literacy education for adults and children, paid $150,000 for the church campus, which also includes a rectory and school.
It will rent the church to a group that’s creating the mosque, but many of the main players are the same. Soule, a Muslim, has been the public point-person for the mosque effort. He estimated the mosque will be used by about 5,000 people.
The North Side Learning Center also will move from its current, rented home on North McBride Street, to the school building on the Trinity campus.
About a dozen people have sent letters to the preservation board, expressing concern about the plan. There is also a petition on Change.org to stop the crosses from being removed that has more than 200 signatures.
Anne Angiolillo, who raised her 10 children at Holy Trinity and still lives nearby, said she is happy the church will again be used as a house of worship, but she can’t stomach having the crosses removed.
“The crosses are an integral part of the building,” Angiolillo said.
If the group’s application to remove the crosses isn’t approved, it can appeal to the city Planning Commission.
The preservation board meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Common Council Chambers at city hall.
Pseudo-Christians, deceivers and false-teachers…
Rev. Deborah Lindsay has become an interfaith video star, but her chief outreach partner is a Muslim Brotherhood-tied mosque.
by, Ryan Mauro | The Clarion Project
Reverend Deborah Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care at First Community Church in Ohio, is a YouTube viral video star because of her call on Christians to avoid anti-Muslim sentiment. Unfortunately, her chief outreach partner is a Muslim Brotherhood-tied mosque named the Noor Islamic Cultural Center.
A video of her sermon, uploaded in September 2010, has been viewed over one million times. Her outreach to Muslims was also the subject of an article in the Columbus Dispatch. In it, she is quoted as comparing jihad to Lent.
“When we think jihad, we think holy war. And that may be what it means to fanatics and terrorists, but what the vast majority of Muslims understand jihad to be is ‘struggling in the way of God…The way of God being goodness, justice, mercy and compassion. It is a personal, spiritual endeavor,” she said.
An example of jihad, she says, would be making friends or being appreciative of what you have.
That type of misunderstanding is promoted by the MyJihadcampaign led by a chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity whose leadership has privately discussed how to use deceptive semantics. The campaigndistracts from examination of the Islamist ideology by redefiningjihad so vaguely that it becomes a meaningless term.
The audience, especially non-Muslims like Rev. Lindsay, is led to believe that this vague “spiritual” struggle is an alternative interpretation of jihad. Actually, these interpretations are complimentary and are not in competition.
Look at the official ruling of the Reliance of the Traveler, an authoritative book on Sharia endorsed by Al-Azhar University, the highest school of Sunni learning. Section o.9.0 states:
“Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said he was returning from jihad.”
The dual nature of jihad is best exemplified by the fact that theMyJihad website hosted a videotaped sermon from Imam Zaid Shakir about jihad and terrorism. Shakir justified Hezbollah’s bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon, saying it did not qualify as an act of terrorism.
Shakir, co-founder and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College, has his own record of extremism and approval of violent jihad. TheMyJihad campaign’s own sources acknowledge the two forms of jihadbut the campaign only talks about the spiritual form, giving the false impression that a new, replacement interpretation is being offered.
While it is true that most Muslims do not favor waging the subversive and often violent “lesser” jihad, we must be aware of the tricks played by those who do.
In her sermon, Rev. Lindsay praises the Islamic Circle of North America as a moderate organization that is spreading “peace” and “hope” by giving away tens of thousands of the copies of the Koran. She is under the impression that ICNA’s interpretation of jihad is at odds with the subversive one.
Actually, ICNA is named in a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”
The stated goal of the network ICNA belongs to is to wage a “kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers.” The document explicitly states that the network is to “possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions’” and use “their hands” (those of the non-Muslim Americans) for its objectives.
ICNA is a derivative of the radical Jamaat-e-Islami group of Pakistan. It is currently pressuring the White House to defend its leaders in Bangladesh from prosecution. A senior ICNA official named Ashrafuzzaman Khan was sentenced to death in absentia for his involvement in horrific war crimes in 1971.
The Clarion Project recently published jaw-dropping excerpts from an ICNA teaching guide for members. It explicitly calls for supporting violent jihad, secret operations, resurrecting the Caliphate and implementing Sharia governance, even in the U.S.
Rev. Lindsay’s main outreach partner is the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, a radical mosque that has her as a guest speaker. If the name sounds familiar, it may be from the case of Rifqa Bary, a teenage girl who converted to Christianity from Islam and ran away from her family. Her father, who she fears may kill her for becoming an apostate, is a member of the mosque.
Noor Islamic Cultural Center founder and chairman, Dr. Hany Saqr, was identified by an Egyptian newspaper as a Muslim Brotherhood operative. A 1992 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood phone book lists him as a member. Saqr was identified as a leader of the East Region for the Brotherhood, a member of its Executive Office and a member of its Board of Directors. The phone records of Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk, then a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood official, show he was in communication with Saqr in 1992.
According to a court filing by Bary’s lawyer, an FBI document identified one of Sarq’s subordinates as “providing $735,000 to Hamas while under Dr. Saqr’s direction.” It also states that Saqr used to be an imam for another mosque and “the largest known Al-Qaeda cell in the U.S. since 9/11 was operating out of the mosque.”
Salah Sultan used to be the Noor Islamic Cultural Center’s scholar in residence and a religious director at a local Islamic elementary school named the Sunrise Academy. Unfortunately for Sultan, counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole lived only about a mile away and turned Salah into a stunning example of Islamist operations inside the U.S.
When Poole first brought attention to Sultan’s extremism, the Noor Islamic Cultural Center’s media and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio slandered Poole, with one columnist calling him a “Muslim basher.” The documentation about Sultan was firm then and is overwhelming now.
There are photos of him with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. He is on the board of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, led by the terrorism-linkedSheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi who is the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood and Hamas. In Egypt, Sultan frequently appeared alongside Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood when he was running for president.
At one Morsi rally, Sultan referenced the Islamic hadith that appears in the Hamas charter that reads, “The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”
Sultan has urged the murdering of the Israeli ambassador to Egypt. In one television appearance, he endorsed a Brotherhood fatwa that says “every Zionist who enters Egypt—tourist or not—should be killed.” At one event, he led a crowd in chanting, “To Jerusalem, we are going as martyrs in millions.”
He was scheduled to lead a hajj to Mecca in 2002 with Anwar al-Awlaki, who would soon become a senior Al-Qaeda operative and a Hamas-linked cleric named Imam Muhammad al-Hanooti. When Osama Bin Laden was killed, Sultan praised him because he “had raised the banner of jihad for the sake of Allah and had served a lofty goal” and American “terrorism” is worse than his.
Sultan preaches that 9/11 was a U.S. government conspiracy to oppress Muslims. The attacks on Christians in Egypt are covert “acts of Jews,” according to Sultan, as was the assassination of President Kennedy. He supports democratic participation by Muslims in the U.S., but only in order to move the country towards the standards ofSharia.
The aforementioned court filing also alleges that the Noor Center has extremist speakers like Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Muzammil Siddiqi, Raeed Tayeh, Eric Erfan Vickers, Shaker ElSayed, Wagdi Ghoneim and a preacher linked to efforts by Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, to recruit Somali youth. In 2013, two mosque members were indicted for money-laundering.
This mistaken embrace of Islamists is part of a broader issue. Rev. Lindsay’s church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Both are members of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Coalition, an interfaith bloc allied with theIslamic Society of North America, another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. The coalition is deployed by American Islamists when they came under criticism.
The two groups cited by Rev. Lindsay, ICNA and the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, do believe in the non-threatening “greater” spiritual jihad—but that’s not the whole story. They also advocate the “lesser” subversive and violent jihad. They are just intelligent enough to know which one is better to magnify publicly.
Rev. Deborah Lindsay did not respond to my email with information about the Noor Islamic Cultural Center.
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‘..Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?..’ 2 Corinthians 6:14
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
The CAIR terrorist organization in America is fighting to halt the showing of the new documentary entitled ‘Honor Diaries.’ This film takes an inside look at the violence that Muslim girls and women experience within the Islamic “religion.” The documentary features several female Muslim human rights activists from around the world, that are working together to combat honor killing, female genital mutilation (fgm), forced marriage, violence against women and so much more..
CAIR is attempting to hide these realities by silencing the voices of these women, through a campaign of terror and intimidation.
by, Jana Winter | FNC
EXCLUSIVE: The FBI is searching for a recent Army recruit believed to be planning a “Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers,” FoxNews.com has learned.
The alert, whose legitimacy was confirmed by military and law enforcement officials, stated that a man identified as Booker had told friends of his “intention to commit jihad.” Booker, who is also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, was recruited by the U.S. Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for basic training on April 7. But he was discharged last week, apparently after law enforcement authorities learned of his alleged plan.
Both the FBI and the 902d Military Intelligence Group at Fort Leavenworth are involved in the hunt.
The alert, a copy of which was obtained by FoxNews.com, was sent out by the FBI’s Kansas City Division on Friday and distributed through the U.S. Marine Corps. The portion obtained by FoxNews.com did not include Hassan’s photo or age. It was also sent to the Kansas City Police Department, which could indicate authorities believe he may have remained in the area where he was recruited.
The alert is titled, “Planned Fort Hood-inspired Jihad against US Soldiers by Army Recruit” and was issued “to inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations.” The source of the information contained in the alert was listed as “An FBI agent.”
According to the alert:
“On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent. BOOKER had been recruited by the US Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for Basic Training on 7 April 2014. Kansas City Division Agents interviewed BOOKER on 20 March 2014.”
Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Ty Balzer confirmed the alert’s legitimacy, but referred questions to the FBI. A spokeswoman with the Kansas City Division of the FBI — the same division responsible for sending out the alert and who, according to the alert, spoke with Booker on March 20 — said she did “not have any information to provide in regards to your inquiry.”
Law enforcement sources familiar with the alert said it appeared to suggest that there may be others in addition to Booker who also might have expressed similar intentions to commit jihad against U.S. military installations.
A military source said it appeared the bulletin was provided by the FBI, then distributed by the Marine Corps under the normal protocol of sharing any information relating to a potential threat to U.S. military installations or personnel.
A spokesman for the Kansas City recruiting station where Booker enlisted referred FoxNews.com’s questions to 902d Military Intelligence Group, which did not immediately return requests for comment.
The Fort Hood shooting, referenced in the alert, took place on Nov. 5, 2009. U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, a psychiatrist who had become a radical Muslim while serving in the military, killed 13 people and injured dozens more inside the Texas Army base. Hasan, who represented himself at a military trial after clashing with his appointed attorneys, was sentenced to death in August.
by, Patti Pierucci | Christian Action Network
A Muslim terrorist group has filed a lawsuit against Christian Action Network seeking $30 million, following the publication of a book by CAN President Martin Mawyer entitled “Twilight in America.” The suit alleges that Mawyer, co-author Patti A. Pierucci and CAN defamed and libeled the group by publishing information about their crimes and ongoing illegal behavior.
The group, known as The Muslims of America, Inc. (MOA), has operated as a front group for Al Fuqra, which was at one time listed as a terrorist group by the State Department. Al Fuqra members have been convicted of and suspected in dozens of terrorist-related and white-collar crimes in the United States going back decades.
Forensics investigator Susan Fenger—who successfully prosecuted an American Muslim group in the 1990s on charges of terrorism and white-collar crime—has agreed to testify on behalf of Christian Action Network in a lawsuit filed by the same Muslim organization.
In an exclusive interview with Mawyer in 2006, Fenger said she had a $50,000 bounty on her head, placed there by the leader of MOA in Pakistan, Sheikh Mubarik Ali Gilani. The bounty was a form of payback from Gilani because he had to finance the defense of numerous MOA/Fuqra members who were prosecuted as a result of Fenger’s investigation.
Despite the threat to her and the price on her life, she has agreed to testify at the upcoming trial on behalf of CAN to help clear them of any charges.
“Susan Fenger spent years investigating The Muslims of America and its money trail, eventually proving that money scammed from taxpayers was going overseas to fund a known terrorist, Sheikh Gilani,” Mawyer said. “She is a hero because of her relentless pursuit of justice when no one else, not even the FBI, were willing to take on a powerful Muslim group with terrorist ties.”
Mawyer added: “There is such an abundance of official documentation of MOA’s involvement in terrorist activities that I am confident we will prevail in this lawsuit.”
Fenger’s investigation proved without doubt that MOA was a front group for Al Fuqra, and that its members were involved in a myriad of illegal activities. Over the years, members have been convicted of or linked to worker’s compensation fraud, murders, fire-bombing, drug crimes, weapons crimes, and more.
In a January 2013 article posted on MOA’s web site, they admitted that a former member of their group “was secretly the head of the hit team of Ikhwanul Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood)” and that former members “were involved in street crimes, drugs, brothels, unemployment fraud, and other offenses.” They claim, however, that they did not know any illegal activity was going on.
In early 1990, the FBI approached Susan Fenger with a request. Fenger was the chief criminal examiner for the Colorado State Department of Labor and Employment at the time. She was a forensics expert in handwriting, and she knew how to track financial fraud. The FBI agent walked into her office in Denver and handed her a paper with some names on it. They suspected worker’s compensation fraud.
All of the names presented by the FBI were names of Al Fuqra members, said Fenger. “The agent … told my director at the agency that these people were allegedly terrorists.”
The then-governor of Colorado, Roy Romer, was furious. He appointed Fenger as chief investigator and insisted that she pursue the case above all others.
It was Fenger who put the case together. She was able to prove that Al Fuqra members had been committing white-collar crimes for a decade, most of them involving worker’s compensation fraud in Colorado, in order to fund their terrorist-related activities. The final charges brought, and subsequent convictions, would fall under the heading of racketeering and white-collar crime.
It would take Fenger two years to build her case and gain indictments against five suspects. She began by searching through worker’s compensation claims from thousands of Al Fuqra members. Fenger proved that Al Fuqra members were laundering the money and eventually funneling it back into their terrorist activities. The scam began with the setting up of fake companies, then false identities for employees were established; the employees were actually Al Fuqra members. The workers took out insurance, and then faked injuries on the job. In some cases, there were real injuries that were treated, but they were not received on the job, as Fenger would later prove. False claims, signed by Al Fuqra members claiming to be witnesses, were filed and huge sums of money were awarded.
In 2005, the Department of Justice released a report entitled, “Identifying the Links between White Collar Crime and Terrorism.” In shocking detail it described the numerous activities of Jamaat Al Fuqra, aka Soldiers of Allah, Muhammadin Soldiers, Muhammad Commandos of Sector Five and Muslims of the Americas, to fund its many terror cells through white collar crime.
In her investigation, Fenger learned that Al Fuqra, under their tax-exempt organization name, Muslims of the Americas, was purchasing large tracts of land and creating compounds across the United States for the purpose of training American citizens, most of them poor blacks who were converted to Islam and radicalized in the art of jihad, or holy war.
In a 2005 report issued by the U.S. State Department, Jamaat Al Fuqra is described as “an Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence.” In 2005 it was listed as one of dozens of groups operating within the United States with the intent to wage war against America through terrorist acts.
In 2005, an internal Department of Homeland Security report, which was not released to the public, warned that Jamaat Al Fuqra was linked to Muslims of the Americas and had the capacity to attack the United States. This finding was more than two decades late in warning that Al Fuqra was able to attack the homeland, because its terrorist operatives had been attacking American citizens and sites since 1979. Al Fuqra was involved in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, among other acts of domestic terrorism. The 2005 report confirmed that Al Fuqra was one in the same with Muslims of the Americas (now known as “The Muslims of America”), the seemingly docile Islamic group that was purchasing land and establishing what they said were “peaceful” Muslim compounds across America, led by Pakistani Sheikh Mubarik Gilani.
In a detailed Justice Department report, investigators proved that Jamaat Al Fuqra had created a fraudulent security company, known as Professional Security International (PSI). As Fenger learned in her investigation, PSI would become the key to Al Fuqra’s money laundering and money transfers, as well as a clearinghouse for planned terrorist activities.
The Justice Department would conclude that: “By maintaining a company such as PSI, Fuqra members have been able to establish the appearance of legitimacy and negotiate security contracts with federal government centers and international airports that house sensitive information.”
Colorado law enforcement determined that wherever Al Fuqra members are active, PSI and similar security businesses are usually in operation.
Thanks to Fenger’s investigation, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office successfully prosecuted members of Al Fuqra in the 1990s. In addition to acts of domestic terrorism, Fuqra members were also found guilty of perpetrating numerous white collar crimes, including insurance fraud stemming from the worker’s compensation scheme that spanned more than seven years.
When asked if Gilani himself is a terrorist, Fenger responded: “I have no doubt whatsoever. In fact, I have concrete evidence that he is.”
* The Christian Action Network is requesting donations for their legal defense fund to defend themselves from the federal lawsuit by this Muslim Terrorist Organization in America.
by, Annabel Roberts and Marian Smith | NBC News
When Marie was two years old, a woman in her village in Africa cut off her clitoris and labia. Now 34 and living thousands of miles away in New York, she is still suffering.
“I have so many problems, with my husband, with sex, with childbirth,” she told NBC News, withholding her real name to protect her identity. “The consequences on my life are all negative, both physically and psychologically.”
The practice of Female Genital Mutilation is common across much of Africa, where it is believed to ensure sexual purity before marriage. But Marie says FGM is also “very common” in some communities in America.
“The pressure to get daughters cut is great,” she said.
“We need to make it something that can be discussed.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 150,000 to 200,000 girls in the U.S. are at risk of being forced to undergo cutting. The CDC says “at risk” because there are no actual records of the practice, only estimates – and old estimates at that. Its latest data date to 1997, the year after it was banned in the U.S.
But citing anecdotal evidence from health professionals and frontline workers, experts who work with victims and their communities say FGM is on the rise.
“It is hard to believe this is the real number because of how much [FGM-practicing] communities are growing, especially in the last two or three years,” said Mariama Diallo, African community specialist at Sanctuary for Families, a New York-based non-profit dedicated to helping domestic violence and trafficking victims. Her organization could only extrapolate using census data when it issued a report on the growing problem last year.
Immigration to the U.S. from countries in Africa quadrupled between 1990 and 2011 from 360,000 to 1.6 million according to a recent report released by New York City’s planning department.
Lack of Prosecutions
There are different degrees of FGM, the most severe form being the narrowing of the vaginal opening by repositioning the labia and stitching up the opening, sometimes leaving a hole the size of a matchstick for the passing of urine and menstrual flow.
The cutting is often carried out without anesthetic on girls between infancy and the age of eight. Victims can suffer numerous physical and mental health problems: severe abdominal pain, vaginal and pelvic infections, pain during sex, complications during childbirth.
“People won’t report against their families,” Marie says about the lack of prosecutions of FGM in the U.S.
In Phoenix, Arizona, a staggering 98 percent of Somali women being treated at the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic have been circumcised, founder Dr. Crista Johnson said. She estimates the Somali community is at least 12,000-strong.
Johnson has supported such victims all over the country – from Washington,D.C., to Michigan to California – and says the spike in immigration from such communities has been astonishing in recent years.
“The number has easily quadrupled because of migration patterns,” she added.
“People won’t report against their families,” Marie said. Since the mutilation is usually organized by the child’s mother or grandmother and supported by the father, many cases go unreported, case workers say.
“Even if there is protection from the government, it is difficult for a victim to disclose it through fear of retaliation from their family, and fear of losing their family,” she said.
Still, experts believe the law is a useful deterrent. Johnson says there is a sense of resignation among the families that they must abide by U.S. laws. Nour agreed, saying: “Parents are afraid to do anything that will get them deported.”
For Americans on the outside of communities where it is practiced, FGM is such an unknown that many medical workers, law enforcement and child protection officers are not informed on how to proceed when confronted with it.
“This has been such a taboo topic, we [haven’t been able to] take it out from under the table. We need to make it something that can be discussed,” said Shelby Quast, senior policy adviser of Equality Now, an international women’s rights NGO.
“There has to be a huge shift so that we identify this as a form of violence against girls – and not something that’s protected as a cultural and religious tradition,” she said.
Support for victims is also comparatively poor in the U.S., health workers say. Nour in Boston and Johnson in Arizona run the only two clinics dedicated to supporting FGM victims in the U.S.
Comparatively the U.K. – with only a fifth of the population of the U.S. – has 15 specialist clinics. British midwife Comfort Momoh, who runs one such operation, recently visited the U.S. to research American facilities.
Coming from Europe, where campaigners are making strides in turning FGM into a mainstream issue, Momoh was shocked to see “no proper coordination and hardly anywhere for girls to go for support,” she said. “The situation is well, well behind the U.K.”
Campaigners say reaching out to practicing communities and educating them about the risks and consequences is critical to ending FGM.
“If the police are called and told a child is at risk, what will the policeman do if he does not know what FGM is? We need to tell them about it, tell them it’s a violation,” Diallo said. “Every single professional needs to know they have an obligation: doctors, nurses, school teachers…. Everyone has to see it as their responsibility to protect children.”
‘Shame and a Prison Term’
In France, which is also home to significant communities which traditionally practice FGM, experts say enforcing the law and outreach to practicing communities must go together.
In stark comparison to the single American case, there have been over 100 successful prosecutions in France, with prison sentences for those found guilty of cutting or of allowing their daughters to be cut.
“I don’t want my kids to undergo the same fate as me.”
There, FGM is prosecuted using existing child protection laws – there is no specific anti-FGM legislation.
“There was no need for a special law that would amount to pointing the finger towards immigrants,” said French lawyer Linda Weil-Curiel, who has spent years bringing cases against suspected perpetrators to court.
“We had enough legal provisions in the penal code to prosecute and punish the ‘mutilation of minors,’ and the penal code is applicable to everyone on French soil, without discrimination.”
She believes these prosecutions helped reduce the practice. “The large publicity in the media of the trials sent a clear message to the families: This is what you are going to get – shame and a prison term – if you do not respect the law.”
There are no further prosecutions on the horizon in America – although there has been some progress.
Legislation was strengthened in January 2013 with a federal law making “vacation cutting” illegal – when girls are taken during their school vacations to countries where FGM is widely practiced to be cut there.
“They have passed the law. Now they need to enforce it,” Diallo said.
But for Marie it’s too late. “My organs were removed for my whole life, I can’t change it; psychologically that is very difficult,” she said. “But I don’t want my kids to undergo the same fate as me.”
Petra Cahill and Jamieson Lesko of NBC News contributed to this report.