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Breaking: British hostage beheaded by ISIS terrorists in video

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, September 13th, 2014

This is article 790 of 790 in the topic Terrorism

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria released another disturbing video on the Internet Saturday evening they stated “showcases” the beheading of British national David Haines, an aid worker who volunteered to help victims of the terrorist conflict

In the video created by ISIS, a masked Islamist with a British-sounding accent addresses the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron, before appearing to brutally slice David Haines’s head off of his body. The 44-year-old Scottish citizen had been abducted in 2013 while working for a French agency NGO (non-governmental agency). Earlier on Saturday, Haines’ family begged the captors of the father of two to make contact and discuss the death threat..

The video, which is just as disturbing as the beheadings of the two American journalists — James Foley and Steven Sotloft — shows Haines kneeling in the sand wearing an orange jumpsuit, just as Foley and Sotloft did. The terrorist threatens Britain for helping to arm Kurdish forces in Iraq who are battling the Islamic State.

Meanwhile in the African nation of Uganda, police reported that they uncovered a terrorist plot by Somalia’s al-Qaida ally Al Shabaab to attack the United States Embassy in Kampala.

The U.S. embassy staff had warned U.S. citizens earlier on Saturday to stay in their homes while police conduct a counterterrorism dragnet in search of the suspected terrorist cell. Ugandan police say they have already made several arrests.

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New York City radio DJ blasts Obama and Holder over homegrown jihadists

by Jim Kouri on Friday, September 12th, 2014

This is article 789 of 790 in the topic Terrorism

A top New York City comedian and radio disk jockey, in a departure from his usual light-hearted show, blasted President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric for their total lack of attention to the June 2014 murder of a 19-year-old Livingston, New Jersey, college student by a perpetrator who admitted he was an Islamic jihadist. Todd Pettengill, host of WPLJ’s “The Todd Show”, called the killing “evidence that domestic terrorism is already here,” according to Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered” on Friday.

During the FNC segment, Pettengill is heard discussing the murder of Brendan Tevlin for more than eight minutes, saying that the killing by a self-proclaimed Muslim terrorist begs the question: why the terrorist incident never received more attention even after the alleged murderer confessed that he killed Tevlin, as well as other victims on the West Coast, as retaliation for U.S. military actions in the Middle East.

Pettengil strongly criticized President Obama and Attorney General Holder for not mentioning the case in recent speeches and while at the same time downplaying the threat posed by radical Islamists currently living in the United States. “It was in fact an act of jihad, perpetrated by a fellow American who sympathized more with those who want to annihilate us than with his own country and its people,” Pettengill said during his radio show.

“If there was ever a reason to riot in the streets in the name of humanity it would for this case. But has that happened? No. And I’m not suggesting that it should,” he told his show’s listeners.

According to an Aug. 21, 2014, Examiner news story (one of the few written about the federal terrorism case involving Devlin):

The suspect, Ali Muhammad Brown, allegedly told investigators and the prosecutor is that his actions were justified and that he was retaliating for the deaths of his brother jihadists at the hands of U.S. soldiers and law enforcement agents, according to a police detective, Morris Hempner, who is following the terrorism case. Brown is also a registered sex offender.

The 29-year-old American-born suspect was charged at his arraignment on Wednesday with first-degree murder by the King County, Washington, Prosecutor’s Office for the the shooting death of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson on April 27, 2014. Police said Henderson was shot with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun 10 times in the back as he was walking towards his home.

The self-styled jihadist was charged earlier with first-degree murder for shooting and killing Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in Seattle on June 1, 2014. In addition, Ali Muhammad Brown is suspected of killing a 19-year-old college student, Brendan Tevlin, in Newark, New Jersey, on June 25, after Brown traveled from Seattle to New Jersey to evade a police arrest warrant. All four victims were allegedly killed by multiple gunshots from the same 9mm handgun.

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Homegrown female jihadist pleads guilty to ISIS conspiracy

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

This is article 791 of 790 in the topic Terrorism

A Colorado teenager on Wednesday evening — just hours before President Barack Obama’s speech on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — pleaded guilty to one count of providing material support to ISIS, according to Justice Department officials. Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old woman residing in Arvada, Colorado, pleaded guilty to just one count in the terrorism conspiracy with the understanding that she will lead federal law enforcement and intelligence officers to other homegrown radicalized Muslims.

According to the Justice Department, her primary goal was to assist ISIS terrorists in Syria. Law enforcement officers arrested Conley in April when she attempted to board an airliner at Denver International Airport on her way to Syria. She was charged by the FBI agents with attempting to aid a terrorist organization on both the State Department and Treasury Department terrorist organization lists.

On the condition that she will help U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agents she is only facing about five years in federal prison and pay a $250,000 fine.

Conley’s arrest and prosecution legitimizes the fears many Americans share regarding ISIS attacks on the homeland. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies claim they don’t have the exact number of Americans fighting alongside ISIS jihadists, but the United Nations says the number of foreign fighters from Western nations numbers about 12,000.

As part of the terrorism conspiracy, Conley signed-up as a U.S. Army Explorer to gain knowledge of military tactics and firearms prowess. She also confessed to obtaining nursing certification and National Rifle Association (NRA) certification.

Conley told agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force that if she couldn’t fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL,) she hoped to use her nurse’s aide training to help “patch up” wounded terrorists, according to court documents. Conley told her interrogators that she had wanted to marry a Muslim man she met on the Internet, who she claims is a Tunisian national who fought for ISIS, a group that the U.S. is currently attacking. Law enforcement officers said they are “still investigating the suitor, identified in court documents only as Y.M.”

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Islam is the Face of Evil

by Alan Caruba on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

This is article 3 of 3 in the topic Islam

By Alan Caruba

“ISIS is not Islamic”, said  Barack Obama as he gave yet another vapid speech to say what he will or will not do next about the threat of Islam. What he said is both idiotic and a lie. ISIS calls itself the Islamic State.

Obama used the word “war” only once, but ISIS is all about war—an Islamic holy war that has been waged since 632 AD.

The one person neither named, nor blamed is the so-called prophet, Mohammad, yet everything being done by the jihadists today is being done in his name.

In his memoir, “Dreams from my Father”, Obama, in the preface to its second edition, wrote: “Nor do I pretend to understand the stark nihilism that drove the terrorists that day (9/11) and that drives their brethren still. My powers of empathy, my ability to reach into another’s heart, cannot penetrate the blank stares of those who would murder innocents with abstract, serene satisfaction.” And therein is the problem that he, as President, and we as citizens must address.
Political correctness is so dominant in the Obama White House that no one in the U.S. government dares say anything that might be deemed critical of a so-called “religion” that sanctions beheadings, amputations, stoning, kidnapping hostages, ransoms, polygamy, and slavery. To anyone deemed an infidel or unbeliever or a Muslim who questions anything about Islam, death is the only option other than dhimmitude, a second-class citizenship.
The pure evil of Islam was seen most recently in the two videos of American hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State, but despite decades of attacks on U.S. embassies, the taking of U.S. hostages in Beirut and Tehran, attacks in Bali, Madrid and London, and the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon, Americans have been slow to realize the intensity and size of the threat that the Middle Eastern and North African nations represent along with wherever else a large Muslim population exists.
As the U.S. and threatened Middle Eastern nations hurtle toward a military confrontation with the Islamic State, the name it has given to territory it has seized from northern Syria and into Iraq, a new book, Fault Lines: The Layman’s Guide to Understanding America’s Role in the Ever-Changing Middle East, ($00.00, Elevate, Boise, Idaho, softcover) provides one of the best, short histories on U.S. involvement and why, at this point, its influence has reached a low point.
Liebich writes of the way the U.S. policy regarding the Middle East changed over the years, particularly in the wake of World War II and the Cold War that followed as the Soviet Union challenged us for the implementation of communism worldwide. Dependent on the flow of oil from the Middle East, much of our strategic interest in the region was based on exercising our influence, often bringing about the removal of leaders whom we regarded as a threat to that necessity. After 9/11 that went into overdrive.
Liebich notes that our concept of nation-building proved costly, not just in the lives of our troops, but which included $50 billion in Iraq “and it didn’t work.

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Divided We Stand

by Daniel Greenfield on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 140 of 140 in the topic History

Time brings distance to all events. No pain is as fresh twenty years later as on the day it happened. The shock of the impossible becomes the new normal and then it becomes more background noise.

“A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic,” Joseph Stalin said. The statisticians in Doha, Tehran and Riyadh know it quite well when they count up their numbers. Compound death is more than a statistic; it is incomprehensible.

The banal media coverage of September 11 grapples with a story too big to tell that can only be broken down into human fragments of personal stories.

This is true for most of the dark footprints of history. There is no story of the Holocaust, there are only countless personal stories of survivors and the procedural story of the Nazi killing machine. These perspectives never come together into a single story only human fragments and procedural details, the departments and mechanisms, how many milligrams of Zyklon B it takes per kilogram to kill a person and how many people can be loaded on a train in how much time.

The coverage of 9/11 breaks down into these same mini-stories, survivors describing how they escaped, the families of the dead relating how they reacted to the news, the stories of firefighters and officers, and the procedural questions, how long it takes a falling body to achieve terminal velocity and what happens to the human body when it breathes in enough ash and soot. On the other side are the killers who plotted and planned, checked flight schedules, got their boxcutters and their korans and killed thousands for Allah.

The story of the attacks cannot be told because there is no boundary to it. Where do we begin, with a handful of upper class Muslims in Hamburg? With a scion of the Bin Laden clan becoming a Ghazi or with Hassan Al-Banna finding inspiration in Third Reich propaganda to modernize Islamism? With the Gates of Vienna, the Shores of Tripoli or Mohammed in Mecca? All but the last are incomplete, and even the last leaves too much out.

When a murder happens we trace back the motives of the killer. Was he abused as a child, did the authorities fail to act in time, what made a once sweet boy turn into a killer? To do the same for September 11 is to travel back over a thousand years and still come away with few answers except that sometimes human evil can be congealed into an ideology and passed along from generation to generation like a virus of hatred and cruelty.

“Where were you when the planes hit,” attempts to orient us in time. But the question is only an attempt to make the impossible seem real. The businessman covered in ash and stumbling over the Brooklyn Bridge and the Seattle housewife waking up to see news coverage of it on television are more human fragments of a thing that is more than human. War.

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President Obama’s Credibility Is in Short Supply

by Roger Aronoff on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 1004 of 1004 in the topic Obama

President Barack Obama has consistently deceived the American people when called out on statements that he’s made in the past, but the media have not consistently reported on these often farcical inconsistencies. However, the President’s recent “evolution” regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Sunni militant group active in those countries that has been beheading kidnapped American journalists, has been so obvious that it could not fail to spark some media criticism. So, too, are the President’s contradictory comments on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And much, much more.

Back in January of this year, President Obama referred to ISIS as the junior varsity team and said, “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.” Now that ISIS is terrorizing Americans, not just Iraqis, the danger seems more imminent to the average citizen, and President Obama finds it politically necessary to deny ever downplaying the threat.

To that end, he recently sent out Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who contended in a press conference that “…the President was not singling out [ISIS], he was talking about the very different threat that is posed by a range of extremists around the globe.” One of those groups is Ansar al Sharia (AAS). State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki argued, also in January, that AAS is not an “official affiliate” of al Qaeda, despite the fact that its leadership has ties to al Qaeda and formerly to Osama bin Laden himself.

How useful are these distinctions, really, when all of these terrorist organizations are intent on killing Americans?

Earnest earned four Pinocchios from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Glenn Kessler for “Spinning Obama’s reference to Islamic State as a ‘JV’ team.” It is clear from the exchange that the question posed was specifically about ISIS. David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine conducted several interviews with the President, but this one was just days after ISIS took control of Fallujah in Iraq. Obama made the JV (Junior Varsity) reference (“…if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.”), and then Remnick said, “But that JV team just took over Fallujah.” Obama replied, “I understand. But when you say took over Fallujah…let’s just keep in mind, Fallujah is a profoundly Sunni city…”

Yet again on Meet the Press on Sunday, September 7th, Chuck Todd raised the JV issue, asking the President if his use of the term JV to describe ISIS was “bad intelligence or your misjudgment?” Obama replied, “Keep, keep, keep in mind that I wasn’t specifically referring to ISIL.”

But the President’s and Earnest’s dissembling doesn’t end there. In early August, Josh Earnest said, “There are no military solutions to the very difficult problems that exist in Iraq now.” Then, on August 28, President Obama admitted on camera that he doesn’t “want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.”

America’s strategy against ISIS is clearly not transparent to President Obama himself.

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram following ISIS’s modus operandi in caliphate building

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 788 of 790 in the topic Terrorism

Most of the town’s populace reportedly fled as Boko Haram changed its MO (modus operandi). While it once conducted attacks on villages and towns and would retreat after killing and plundering, it is now leaving occupation forces to maintain control.

Meanwhile, Nigerian security forces killed 50 jihadists during a raid on their stronghold in the town of Kawuri over the weekend, according to George Lesner, a former military intelligence operative and civilian law enforcement official.

“Boko Haram has expanded its Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria in cities and towns such as Marte, Ngala, Banki, Bama, Gulak and a number of others. It’s using similar tactics to those used by the Islamic State in its Iraq and Syria in terrorist operations,” said Lesner.

Thousands of refugees from towns and villages occupied by Boko Haram jihadists are taking refuge in the city of Maiduguri , which already has a population of two million Nigerians.

In April, Boko Haram shocked the world when its jihadists abducted close to 300 Nigerian schoolgirls from a town in Borno state. The abduction gained the attention of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama who posted a photo on the Internet asking Boko Haram to release the children, according to an Examiner news story in July.

Several nations, including the United States, Britain, China and France gave their military assistance to help locate and save the girls but their efforts “have met with negative results,” said Lesner.

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Gun policy expert: Islamist beheadings are proof of gun control foolishness

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 561 of 562 in the topic Gun Rights

A top Inside the Beltway firearms expert and policy wonk on Monday told Examiner that the videotaped Islamist beheadings of Americans are a serious wake-up call for all clear-thinking people throughout the world, especially for the people of America, a nation the radical Muslims dubbed the “Great Satan.”

“The murderous, barbaric, and savage actions of the Islamic State (IS) and other Islamist entities reveal the true nature of these groups and their members,” said gun rights expert John M. Snyder, who serves on the boards of advisers for two national police organizations representing more than 100,000 police commanders and officers. “Their activities reflect the wretchedness of their thinking,” he said.

Snyder — an advisory board member for the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens — believes that the global activities of terrorist organizations and so-called “lone-wolves” or “homegrown” jihadists are prima facie evidence of the futility of depending on others to protect Americans and their loved-ones and the increased need for serious self-defense training for each American.

“Snyder knows what every cop understands: police officers are not in a position to be ‘first-responders’ for many Americans. The real first-responders are the American people who are being personally targeted by terrorists, gang members and common criminals,” said former police training officer Lloyd Lorensen.

“Americans must emulate police SWAT team officers, who train, train, train for that one incident in which their abilities will make the difference between life and death.” Lorensen recommended. “That includes regularly spending quality time at the firing range.”

According to Snyder, officials from both political parties say the Islamic terrorists are already here. “Congressional leaders have warn us about the Islamist threat [including] Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, [chairpersons] of the House and the Senate Select Committees on Intelligence.”

“We need personal firearms for self-defense against potential terrorist attacks,” he stressed. “Proposals for different kinds of gun control pale in comparison with this need.”

“Whether they realize it or not, [gun-control proponents] in politics, business, media, entertainment and academe work against the safety of Americans who need firearms for self-defense,” said Snyder, a former editor for NRA publications. “This includes unfortunately some of the most monetarily successful members of our society. Their billionaire bucks undermine self-defense civil rights.”

The gun rights activist points to people such as former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, as well as multi-billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates who fork over huge financial contributions to “gun-grabbing” organizations. “They spend money to destroy freedom,” Snyder sadly notes.

Snyder believes a recent academic study strongly suggests the utter futility of gun control initiatives as crime control or anti-terrorism measures. Professor Mark Gius of Quinnipiac University’s Department of Economics found that between 1980 and 2009, U.S. “states with more restrictive concealed carry weapon (CCW) laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10% higher’ than those of other states.”

Gius’ analysis also found that state “murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal (assault weapon and large magazine) ban was in effect.” As NRA-ILA noted, “[T]he bans went into effect in September 1994 and expired in September 2004. During the 10 years 1995-2004, the average annual murder rare was 6.2 per 100,000 population.

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Terrorist attack during 9/11 anniversary a growing concern

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 128 of 128 in the topic National Security

One of the biggest stories covered on the Sunday morning television news shows was the ongoing jihad being waged by the group originally calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but in the aftermath of invading and occupying territory in both Syria and Iraq they now prefer simply the Islamic State. A major focus during more than one of the news shows was the likelihood of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

For example, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, during a Sunday morning interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, claimed that he and his colleagues aren’t aware of any specific threat during the run-up to — or during — the memorial for the 13th Anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that left thousands dead and leveled one of the world’s largest business complexes.

But, Congressman King cautioned that ISIS and al-Qaida are already increasing the intensity of their rhetoric as they continue their actions in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Kenya and other locations with large numbers of Islamist fighters.

“We cannot let our guard down for a second, especially with the anniversary of 9/11 coming up,” King said on ABC’s “This Week” news show.

In addition, according to an Examiner news story, Somalia’s government officials on Saturday advised the U.S., Kenya and other nations’ officials to go on high alert in response to possible retaliation for the U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attack that specifically targeted Al Shabaab’s Islamist leader on Labor Day.

The al-Qaida affiliated terrorist organization claimed that its Emir, 37-year-old Ahmed Abdi Godane was assassinated by the United States military in a UAV, or drone, attack on an Al Shabaab stronghold in southern Somalia last week, according to Examiner.

With over 3.5 million visa overstays already in the U.S., several security experts believe it would be next to impossible for an ill-prepared immigration system to stop returning Americans from the battlefields of Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and other nations.

A Government Accountability Office study revealed that U.S. border security efforts have been focused on securing the nation’s northern and southern borders. However, more than 40 percent of all illegal aliens do not sneak across the northern and southern borders, but enter the U.S. legally through the front door and then never leave in spite of their visa expiration, according to a 2012 Examiner news story.

“Does anyone believe an immigration enforcement system that can be defeated by children will stop a well-trained, battle-hardened jihadist? There’s not even a pretense of immigration enforcement by the current administration,” said former anti-terrorism unit and police intelligence officer, Michael Snipes.

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Those 9/11 Terror Attack Predictions

by Alan Caruba on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 787 of 790 in the topic Terrorism
By Alan Caruba
As we close in on the 13th anniversary of the infamous 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, the media is full of predictions about attacks that will occur.
A September 2nd Debka File, an Israeli news agency, reported “Credible information has reached Saudi, British and Australian agencies that two al Qaeda branches—ISIS in Iraq and Syria and AQAP at its base in Yemen—have wrapped up plans to roll out coordinated terrorist spectaculars around the 13thanniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. According to Debka File’s counterterrorism sources, they are preparing to strike simultaneously in the Middle East and a West European city. Next, they will go for U.S. targets in the Middle East and Europe.”
This report and other factors incline me to believe there will not be a major attack somewhere in the U.S. on what is now officially called “Patriot Day.”  There could be a lone wolf attack along the lines of Major Hassan’s 2009 “workplace violence” at Fort Hood or the Boston Marathon bombing, but the threats being made by the Islamic State and other elements of al Qaeda, while intended to raise fears in America, are likely to be manifested in the Middle East. American outlets there will be on full alert for sure.
The Islamic State, while now wealthy, well equipped militarily, and attracting every lunatic Islamist and wannabe terrorist, is facing an increasingly united group of Middle East nations that have put old enemies like Iran and Saudi Arabia on the same page together. Iran has dispatched troops to Iraq to support the Kurds. When other Middle Eastern nations finally screw up enough courage to actually do something they will wage a war on ISIS in the interest of self-defense, a powerful motive.
As for al Qaeda’s war on America, it was declared in 1996 by the late, unlamented Osama bin Laden and, other than 9/11, it has done little to follow up on that dramatic sneak attack except for a few failed efforts. The U.S. responded by bombing the hell out of Afghanistan and our troops there have been attacking the Taliban ever since. Obama says he will pull them out in 2015. Given events in Iraq, that is a very bad idea.
The Department of Homeland Security has been on alert ever since it was created shortly after 9/11. This is not to say that the U.S. doesn’t need more on-the-ground intelligence penetration of al Qaeda and its affiliates. Indeed, DHS and other government agencies don’t know the whereabouts of several thousand foreign students who are supposed to be at our colleges and universities. They likely do not know who else among those with easy access to the nation is a potential terrorist.
So, yes, that could mean I am very wrong and that 9/11 would be a day for a whole series of attacks for much the same reason our consulate in Libya was attacked that day in 2012. The Benghazi cover-up has been falling apart ever since. The lie that it was caused by a video grows more absurd and obscene very day.
The Israelis have made a far greater and more successful effort than us to infiltrate their enemy’s organizations.

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