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Alabama Constitutional Victory Caps Off Successful 2014 Legislative Effort

By Brigitte Gabriel


Dear Elaine,

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, the people of the United States went to the polls and made their voices heard in elections across America.

But seemingly hidden away in one state was a special kind of election.

The people of Alabama took the extraordinary step of making American Laws for American Courts part of their state’s constitution.

The American Laws for American Courts amendment in Alabama passed the vote of the people with a decisive 72% of the electorate approving it!

The victory was the culmination of a 4 year battle led by State Senator Gerald Allen, recipient of ACT for America’s National Security Eagle Award at our National Conference in Washington DC on September 11. In order to get on to the statewide ballot, American Laws for American Courts first had to pass through both chambers of the Alabama legislature. Thanks to the leadership of Senator Allen, it did so overwhelmingly with bipartisan support.

Of course, it couldn’t have been possible without the support of ACT for America’s thousands of members in the state of Alabama, who voiced their support when American Laws for American Courts worked its way through the legislative process and then led their fellow citizens in voting the legislation into their state constitution.

ACT for America is committed to educating elected officials and working with them nationwide to make sure they make decisions to protect our states and our nation. Can I count on you to help me in our effort to educate as many officials as possible across the country? Please click here to give $25, $50,$100 or more.

The Alabama success was the bookend of a series of legislative successes made possible by the support of ACT for America members across the nation that included:

• Anti-Female Genital Mutilation legislation authored by Senator Judy Burges in Arizona.

• State Level Counterterrorism Legislation—Andy’s Law—spearheaded by Representative Peggy Mast in Kansas.

• Overwhelming passage through the Oklahoma House and Senate of the Oklahoma Antiterrorism Act authored by Representative Dan Fisher.

• Legislation signed into law in Louisiana to ensure non-discriminatory practices by taxpayer supported charter schools, sponsored by Representative Valarie Hodges.

• Legislation similar to American Laws for American Courts to protect Floridians from foreign laws and foreign legal doctrines, authored by Senator Alan Hays.

In fact, 35 national security bills have been signed into law by nearly 2 dozen state Governors over the past 6 years!

The common denominator with each of these wins?
 ACT for America’s investment to skillfully deliver rock solid messaging to legislative sponsors and….to hundreds of thousands of local activists in our grassroots network.

With a Facebook post reach that exceeds 3 million readers on a regular basis, ACThas over 285,000 members and 875 local chapters, easily making us the largest national security grassroots movement in America.

Your investment in ACT for America has made all of this possible.

But, as you know, there’s so much yet that has to be done. ISIS rampages throughout the Middle East.
 Muslim Brotherhood organizations like CAIR and ISNA constantly push to undermine our national security and impose sharia law on America.

Please stand with us and make the most generous tax deductible gift of $25, $50, $100 or more.

ACT for America is playing a key role in building the firewalls to keep America safe and protect us from sliding into what Europe is going through now. Together, we are making a big difference, for our country and the future of our children and grandchildren.

Thank you for everything you’ve done, and for what you’ll do today. We are only as strong as our supporters. Please also remember us in your Will.


Always devoted,


 



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Every day, ACT for America Education a 501c3 non-profit organization is on the front lines fighting for you in meeting with politicians, decision makers, speaking on college campuses and planning events to educate and inform the public about the threat of radical Islam. To maintain and bolster our efforts, we need your continued solidarity, activism and financial support. We are only as strong as our supporters. We thank you for helping us carry on this important work. 

The news items, blogs, educational materials and other information in our emails and on our website are only intended to provide information, news and commentary on events and issues related to the threat of radical Islam. Much of this information is based upon media sources, such as the AP wire services, newspapers, magazines, books, online news blog and news services, and radio and television, which we deem to be reliable. However, we have undertaken no independent investigation to verify the accuracy of the information reported by these media sources. We therefore disclaim all liability for false or inaccurate information from these media sources. We also disclaim all liability for the third-party information that may be accessed through the material referenced in our emails or posted on our website. 
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Remembering Our Veterans



Dear Elaine, 

Today, on the 11th of November, we celebrate and honor the dead and the living, the young men and women who in every war since this country began, have given testimony to their loyalty to their country and their own great courage. 

We are all free today because for nearly 240 years, whenever freedom and liberty have been threatened, gallant men and women have answered the call from our nation. From all the branches of the military they risked and sometimes gave their lives for America. 

The rest of us owe more than we can ever repay to the veterans of all wars that our country has fought. 

We commemorate veterans on this one day, and then American life goes on. It is appropriate that we recall on this sacred day in our calendar the contribution and the sacrifice which so many men and women--and their families--have made in order to permit the rest of us to enjoy freedom. 

In difficult times, our veterans kept faith with America. They kept us free. On this historic day, let us resolve anew to keep faith with them. 

One of the first and the greatest men to serve the American flag was George Washington, and he left behind an eloquent warning: "To be prepared for war," George Washington said, "is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." 

Unfortunately, more than once in our history we have forgotten that warning. Each time our fighting men and women have paid a very, very heavy toll. 

In a world tormented by tension and the possibilities of conflict, we now commemorate an historic day of peace. In an age that threatens the survival of freedom, we join together to honor those who made our freedom possible. 

On this Veterans Day, we pay special and appropriate tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for their country -- those who served in the armed services of the United States. We salute them for their part in the preservation of freedom and honor them for their courage and devotion to Country. 

All Americans should pause today in tribute to the priceless contribution of all veterans and, in particular, those who gave their lives so America might be free. 

Let us make sure, on this solemn day, the debt we owe to so many is properly honored. Let this Veterans Day strengthen our resolve to always walk the extra mile for freedom, but always walk it strong and unafraid--for without a mighty America no peace can long survive. 
 

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VICTORY: These Are The 7 States That Have Banned Islamic Sharia Law
Sharia law has become a hot button issue in America ever since reports broke of the Muslim Brotherhood creating a political party to push for states to adopt Islamic law into the U.S. legal code.

This course of action has led many states, who are concerned about the negative impact Islamic law would have on women and children, to create legislation banning Sharia law from state courts.
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Seven states have voted to adopt anti-Sharia law legislation, or at least attempt to, since this issue has come to forefront. North Carolina and Florida are two of the recent additions to the list, with many others soon to follow.

In Oklahoma, legislation to ban Sharia law was struck down by the court for “discriminating among religions without justification,” leaving the state vulnerable to the dangers posed by Islamic law.
North Carolina took measures to help avoid the problem of “religious discrimination” in order to ensure the bill passed.
Via Deseret News:
[…] the law in Oklahoma was struck down in court as unconstitutional, according to the Progressive Pulse, because it discriminated among religions without justification.
North Carolina lawmakers tried to avoid that problem by not mentioning Sharia in the legislation but instead banning enforcement of all foreign laws.
Those in favor of banning Sharia law believe that passing legislation is critical for protecting the Constitution from laws that are not compatible with the current legal system.
Supporters hailed the bill as an important safeguard that protects the American legal system from foreign laws that are incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, RNS reported, while critics argued the Constitution already overrides foreign laws.
Progressives, of course, are attempting to flip these arguments around to make supporters of this type of law intolerant of other’s religious beliefs, which is strange given the fact that liberals often attempt to use the same measures to silence those who hold to traditional Judeo-Christian values.
“(The legislation is) primarily designed to stir up anti-Islamic prejudice by creating fears that Islamic Sharia law is somehow going to take over the American legal system,” Carl Ernst, a religious studies professor at the University of North Carolina, told the Daily Tarheel.
The BizPac Review reported that supporters of legislation blocking enforcement of Islamic law in state courts aren’t targeting religion.
“No one has a problem with Muslims or anyone else living peaceably in America,” the Rev. Mark Creech said in an article published on the Christian Action League website. “But on U.S. soil, we must all embrace the freedoms and responsibilities assigned us via the Constitution, and not demand enforcement of rules and regulations left behind in other cultures.”
The states that have successfully banned Sharia law are taking the necessary steps to preserve the U.S. Constitution from the corruption of foreign legal codes. The successful passage of these bills is a huge victory for liberty loving people in America.
Sharia law is incredibly oppressive and dangerous, calling for extremely harsh punishments for crime and making spouse abuse legally permissible, which is why it absolutely needs to be banned. More states must address this issue before the push to adopt Islamic law gains support and momentum.
Please share this article on Facebook and Twitter if you agree that more states need to start banning Sharia law and protecting our freedoms.

Brigette Gabriel 

‘There is no life without jihad!’: Australian supporter of Islamic State shares yet another sickening photo of children dressed for combat and brandishing rifles 

Another shocking photo has emerged on social media of two young boys, with rifles, showing their support for Islamic State
Melbourne jihadist, Mounir Raad, re-tweeted the picture which said 'there is no life without jihad'
Raad also posted a strange tweet about eating a pot of noodles
The photo comes after a recent sickening image emerged showing a toddler kicking the severed head of a dead soldier in Syria
By AMY ZINIAK FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 15:21, 2 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:03, 2 November 2014
Another shocking photo has emerged on social media that have been encouraged by a Melbourne jihadist, who has clearly shown his support of Islamic State's recruitment of young children.
Mounir Raad re-tweeted a disturbing picture of two young boys, covered head to toe with only their eyes showing, dressed for combat, holding automatic rifles. 
The caption of the tweet, which appeared on the twitter account of another extremist says 'There is no life without jihad' (Daulatul islam Baqiyyah!)

This picture was re-tweeted by Mounir Raad, a Melbourne Jihadist, showing two young boys covered head to toe, brandishing automatic rifles
Mounir Raad (pictured) re-tweeted a disturbing picture of two young boys, covered head to toe with only their eyes showing, holding automatic rifles
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Mounir Raad (pictured) re-tweeted a disturbing picture of two young boys, covered head to toe with only their eyes showing, holding automatic rifles
Mounir Raad who has associated himself with the Islamic State has claimed he is in Aleppo, Syria.
He is believed to have travelled to the country alongside teenager Adam Daham who killed five people in a suicide bombing.
Monash University Global Terrorism Research Centre director Professor Greg Barton told the Herald Sun the tweet, was almost seen as a 'badge of honour'.

'In jihadi culture, in a wide range of groups, there is a strong sense of encouraging kids to identify with a military culture as a way forward,' he said. 
Raad's twitter account has also been filled with a variety of comments giving insight into life under the IS group, which strangely include eating a pot of noodles.
'Mmmmmmm noodles! I feel like a chef,' Raad tweeted.
'We say alhamdulilah for the blessings of Allah s.w.t in some other parts of shaam (Syria) they're eating cats n dogs,' he said.
Raad also tweeted a picture of the noodles, indicating what he was eating was obviously a luxury compared with what other fighters had to eat.


He also tweeted another pro Islamic State comment which appears to show his allegiance to the extremist group.
'May Allah shower patience upon the mujahideen and keep there feet firm against there enemies and give them victory over the kuffar,' it read. 
'The whole game plan for the Islamic State is finding foreign fighters but so many of them are idiots, it is a double-edged sword,' Professor Barton told the Herald Sun.
Calling them soft and immature he said most 'turn up with a head full of ideas and not much to offer in terms of fighting.' 
The photo of the two young boys comes just a day after another sickening photo emerged on social media showing a toddler kicking the severed head of a dead soldier in Syria.
It's believed the toddler's father is an avid Islamic State supporter and is seen wearing a camouflage military style baseball cap on his head.
Recently emerged : another sickening photo on social media showing a toddler kicking the severed head of a dead soldier in Syria

A photo of children crowding around the body of a crucified and beheaded Syrian rebel member has also emerged
Khaled Sharrouf, The Australian radical fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, shot to global infamy after he posted a revolting image of his son brandishing a decapitated head on social media in August
Khaled Sharrouf (pictured) The Australian radical fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, posted a disturbing image of his son with a severed head in August
The father can be seen smiling with delight in the photo as he watches his innocent child kick the severed head.
Leaning over, the bearded man, appears to be helping his young child to raise their small leg and kick the rotting head of the dead body, which appears to be the head of a dead prisoner.
Both photos are a long line of disturbing images which have recently emerged.
Khaled Sharrouf, The Australian radical fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, shot to global infamy after he posted a revolting image of his son brandishing a decapitated head on social media in August.
The picture was captioned: 'that's my boy!' 


Despite previously claiming that 70 Australians were fighting with the Islamic State, officials have now revealed that as many as 250 Australians could be supporting or be in combat with the jihadist group
As the terrorist group grows stronger, they are constantly using methods to attract Australians into their inner circle
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As the terrorist group grows stronger, they are constantly using methods to attract Australians into their inner circle
It's believed he fled to Syria via Malaysia using his brother's passport last year and is wanted for terrorism offences.
Even his sister has labelled his actions to fight under Islamic state as 'abhorrent' and  'repugnant'. 
It has also been revealed that as many as 250 Australians could be backing or be in combat with the jihadist group, despite previous claims that the number fighting with Islamic State was only 70.
As the terrorist group grows stronger, they are constantly using methods to attract Australians into their inner circle.
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Dear Elaine,

Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism has for years been at the forefront of alerting America to the threat from Jihad. Their latest work is an absolute must-read. In an ongoing investigation, IPT’s investigators have exposed a troubling alliance between Qatar, a foreign country with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, ISIS and other Jihadists, and an American left-of-center think tank…


Qatar's Insidious Influence on
the Brookings Institution

A Four Part Investigative Series: Brookings Sells Soul to Qatar's Terror Agenda

by Steven Emerson, John Rossomando and Dave Yonkman
IPT News
October 28, 2014

Part 1 of a 4-part series.

The Brookings Institution bills itself as "the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the world," but should it be?

Brookings' long-term relationship with the Qatari government – a notorious supporter of terror in the Middle East – casts a dark cloud over such a lofty claim to credibility.

A September New York Times exposé revealed Qatar's status as the single largest foreign donor to the Brookings Institution. Qatar gave Brookings $14.8 million in 2013, $100,000 in 2012 and $2.9 million in 2011. In 2002, Qatar started subsidizing the Brookings outreach program to the Muslim World which has continues today. Between 2002 and 2010, Brookings never disclosed the annual amount of funds provided by the Government of Qatar.

Sources of funding should not automatically discredit an organization, but critical facts and claims about Brookings should be examined in light of them, starting with a harsh indictment by a former scholar.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism has reviewed the proceedings of 12 annual conferences co-sponsored by Brookings and the government of Qatar comprising more than 125 speeches, interviews, lectures and symposia; a dozen Brookings-based programs that were linked to the Qatari financed outreach to the Muslim world; and analyzed 27 papers sponsored and issued by the Brookings Institution and scholars based in Washington and at the Brookings Doha Center since 2002. Our review, which will be detailed in a four-part series beginning with this story, finds an organization that routinely hosts Islamists who justify terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and American troops, who advocate blasphemy laws which would criminalize criticism of Islam, and which never scrutinizes or criticizes the government of Qatar, its largest benefactor.

Read more...

http://www.investigativeproject.org/4630/ipt-exclusive-qatar-insidious-influence-on# 






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Speaking Truth to Power:
Debra Burlingame Tells It Like It Is
9/11 family member and true American hero Debra Burlingame, who was an honoree and speaker at ACT for America’s national conference in September, continues to speak her mind on the threat from Jihad and the wrongheaded policies currently plaguing our nation. The story below and the linked video to her 27-minute interview are absolutely riveting…
9/11 Family Member: Our Weak President Puts Us
All At Risk
http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/19/911-family-member-and-former-liberal-our-weak-president-puts-us-all-at-risk


Imagine if your family member is suddenly killed by a terrorist wishing to strike fear in the heart of America.

On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, The Daily Caller interviewed Debra Burlingame, the sister of Capt. Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame III, who was murdered by terrorists while piloting American Airlines Flight 77, the hijacked plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
As a former TV producer and liberal Democrat, Debra says her “whole world exploded” that day. Following the shock of the event, she transformed her life by learning how to make sense of the barbarity of our adversary and what makes them hate. As the co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Secure America, she has dedicated her life to meaningful activism and the education of others.
In this 27 minute video interview, Debra speaks of the scene in New York City as described to her by a firefighter. He told her, “Imagine that the Twin Towers are two big blenders and somebody turned them on. People lying everywhere. There were body parts from river to river and on the ledges of Brooklyn. It was a massacre of unbelievable proportions.”
The New York Times has a riveting site of “Portraits of Grief” for the victims and the loved ones left behind from the individuals personally affected by 9/11.
Our enemy, she says with more clarity than our last two presidents, is a “political ideology masquerading as a religion. It is an ideology that says Allah controls every aspect of your life.”
They seek global expansion and a global caliphate aimed at defeating the West, she says. Our adversary deliberately deceives people by claiming to be a religion of peace, she claims.
When President Obama claims the Islamic State is not Islamic, Burlingame strongly disagrees. “Just because they are violent, doesn’t mean that they are not a religion.”
Noting that too few discuss Benghazi as an attack on the anniversary of her brother’s killing, Burlingame says we still don’t know what Ambassador Chris Stevens and the Americans were doing there. When asked about Benghazi, she can’t help but recall hearing President Obama at the Pentagon on September 11, 2012, the exact scene of her brother’s death, when he tried to comfort the families and others gathered by saying Osama bin Ladin was dead and the world is a safer place.
“What a huge embarrassment,” Burlingame said.
Among other citizen-led efforts, those who follow Burlingame’s website successfully stopped a George Soros funded multi-million dollar museum at Ground Zero to tell a one-sided story of America pleasing to its ideological adversaries.
Debra says it is fear and cowardice that prevents the mainstream media from covering stories on this battle. Her heroes include Zuhdi Jasser, Ayann Hirsi Ali, and Mark Levin who, she says, speaks clearly and truthfully for 3 hours a day on talk radio. 

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[size=16]Dear Elaine,

Here is the latest excellent analysis from national security and terrorism expert Patrick Poole. The Obama administration’s failing strategies and tactics to battle ISIS are putting America and the entire world in peril…


5 Key Implications if Baghdad Falls to ISIS

By Patrick Poole

Reports that ISIS has surrounded Baghdad and is quickly closing in on the Baghdad International Airport (armed with MANPADS, no less) are troubling. Baghdad itself has been rocked by a series of VBIED attacks in the past 24 hours by ISIS, indicating that the battle for Baghdad has begun.

The possible fall of Baghdad could be the most significant development in the War on Terror since 9/11. And yet many among the D.C. foreign policy “smart set” were not long ago mocking such a scenario.

So what happens if such a situation comes to pass? Here are five key implications (by no means limited to these) if Baghdad falls to ISIS:

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1)  ISIS will not be claiming to the be the Islamic State, they will BE the Islamic State

[size=16]Symbolism doesn’t matter much to your average post-modern Westerner, but it still does in the Islamic world, and the capture of Baghdad will hold enormous value. For 500 years Baghdad was the seat of the Abbasid caliphate, and its fall to ISIS would allow the terrorist group to reclaim that mantle. Such an event will electrify the Middle East and beyond, with many Muslims holding firmly to the belief that the abolition of the Ottoman caliphate in 1924 by Ataturk was one of the key contributing factors in the decline of the Muslim world over the past century. No amount of State Department hashtags or tweets, or pronouncements by Sheikh Barack Obama and Imam John Kerry that there is nothing Islamic about the Islamic State, will be able to negate any claims by ISIS to be the revived caliphate.

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2)  The Great Reconciliation between jihadist groups will begin

[size=16]Much of the Obama administration’s anti-ISIS efforts have been trying to leverage other “vetted moderate” groups in Syria against ISIS, with some “smart set” thinkers even advocating engaging “moderate Al-Qaeda” to that end. We are already seeing jihadist groups gravitating towards ISIS, such as the announcement this week by Pakistani Taliban leaders pledging their allegiance to the Islamic State. Other groups of younger jihadis are breaking away from Al-Qaeda franchises in North Africa and defecting to ISIS. Despite bitter rivalries between ISIS and other jihadist groups in Syria, namely Al-Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, these other groups will be hard-pressed to deny ISIS’ caliphate claims if they do take Baghdad. In that part of the world, nothing succeeds like success. If Baghdad falls, jihadist groups, some of whom have been openly hostile or remained neutral, will quickly align behind ISIS. And the horrid sound coming out of Washington, D.C., will be of foreign policy paradigms imploding.

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3)  What of U.S. personnel in Iraq?

[size=16]The US Embassy in Baghdad is the largest embassy on the planet. And afterObama sent 350 more U.S. military personnel to guard the U.S. Embassy last month, there are now more than 1,100 US service members in Baghdad protecting the embassy and the airport. That doesn’t include embassy personnel, American aid workers, and reporters also in Baghdad. ISIS doesn’t have to capture the airport to prevent flights from taking off there (remember Hamas rockets from Gaza prompting the temporary closure of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport this past summer). If flights can’t get out of Baghdad, how will the State Department and Pentagon evacuate U.S. personnel? An image like the last helicopter out of Saigon would be of considerable propaganda value to ISIS and other jihadist groups. Former CNN reporter Peter Arnett, who witnessed the fall of Saigon in April 1975,raised this possibility back in June. It’s not like the U.S. has prestige to spare internationally, and the fall of Baghdad will mark the beginning of the end of American influence in the Middle East, much like the case in Southest Asia in 1975.

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4)  If ISIS captures Baghdad, it will be with weapons provided by the U.S. to the Iraqi army and “vetted moderate” Syrian rebel groups

[size=16]Since their push back into Iraq this summer, ISIS has regularly paraded captured weapons and vehicles that have been provided by the U.S. to the Iraqi army, which rapidly collapsed in the face of the ISIS advance. ISIS has subsequently used these U.S.-provided weapons to repel attacks by Iraqi forces. A report published last month by the UK-based Conflict Armament Research documented the use of U.S.-provided Humvees, armored personnel carriers, and firearms by ISIS. In addition, ISIS has at least 52 U.S.-made M198 howitzers with GPS aiming systems that have a 20 mile range that will undoubtedly be used in their assault on Baghdad. Yesterday, Charles Lister of the Brookings Institute tweeted out recent images of ISIS fighters equipped with M79 Osa anti-tank weapons that had been provided by Saudi Arabia to the “vetted moderate” Free Syrian Army. The potential propaganda value of ISIS capturing Baghdad with U.S. weapons will be enormous.

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5)  The fall of Baghdad will herald an unparalleled sectarian war in the Middle East and widescale regional instability

[size=16]The fighting in Syria and Iraq has been part of the regional sectarian competition of Sunni Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states against Shia Iran and its allies in Iraq, the Assad regime in Syria and Hezbollah. ISIS and Sunni Syrian rebel groups have been proxies in this fight. If Baghdad falls to ISIS, it will be all-hands-on-deck across the entire Middle East, with a sectarian war not seen since the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s and sectarian/ethnic cleansing not seen since the Balkan wars. We are already seeing Shiite militias killing Sunnis indiscriminately in Iraq and widespread ethnic and religious cleansing by ISIS in Northern Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, our NATO ally Turkey is now bombing the same Kurds who are fighting ISIS. Because of these sectarian attacks millions of refugees have already flooded to Syria’s neighboring states, destablizing countries like Lebanon and Jordan. The ISIS push in Anbar province in Iraq has caused 180,000 more to flee,according to the UN. The potential humanitarian disaster from the dislocation of millions in the region could be without parallel.

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[size=16]If, in fact, Baghdad falls to ISIS and the Sunni-Shia sectarian war in Syria and Iraq metastasizes across the Middle East and North Africa, the U.S. will likely find itself an ancillary player. War-weary Americans have no appetite for boots on the ground (fueled in no small measure by the Obama administration’s stoking anti-Iraq war sentiments as part of their political strategy).

And yet one remarkable feature I personally witnessed last month while in Washington, D.C., briefing members of Congress on the proposal to fund more training and weapons for Syrian rebels, is the absence of any acknowledgement by the political and media elite that we lost the Iraq war. The fact is that we left, and ISIS stayed. Our options are increasingly limited in Iraq and the region, and most of those options are horrible options. We don’t even have lesser-of-two-evils options because of our reckless bipartisan foreign policy. The U.S. will also face a dilemma: at the very same time this administration has been sidling up to Iran and trying to strike a deal over its nuclear weapons program, we very well may be faced with calls from our longtime allies in the region, almost all Sunni, for assistance. And then we have Turkey, which, as a NATO partner, we have treaty obligations to honor.

And faced with a nuclear Iran amidst a growing sectarian war, many Sunni countries will start their own crash nuclear programs in response, leading to the regional proliferation of nuclear weapons. No sane person would contend that a nuclear arms race in the Middle East would be a benefit to our own national security (though undoubtedly there will be some D.C. foreign policy “experts” who will dismiss its importance).

The coming days and weeks in the fight for Baghdad are fraught with enormous implications for the U.S. And yet our ability to influence those events is rapidly waning.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/10/14/5-key-implications-if-baghdad-falls-to-isis/

Patrick Poole is a national security and terrorism correspondent for PJMedia.
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The U.S. State Department: Out of Touch with
America, Out of Touch with Reality

Dear Elaine,

The U.S. State Department once again demonstrates that it fails to grasp the true nature of the threat from Islamic jihad by endorsing a Canadian publication produced by Islamist organizations—even after the Canadian Mounted Police rejected the very same manual.

State Department Endorses Canadian Islamist Manual that Describes Jihad as 'Noble'

By Andrew C. McCarthy

At the Washington Free Beacon, Adam Kredo reports that the State Department has issued a tweet endorsing a manual that promotes sharia and admonishes investigators not to use terms like “jihad,” which it describes as “a noble concept” in Islam.

The manual, United Against Terrorism, is said by its sponsors – the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) – to combat the radicalization of young Muslims. Yet, after being consulted during the manual’s writing, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police rejected the final product due to its “adversarial tone.”

That’s putting it mildly. Upon reading the book, Toronto Star columnist Anthony Furey observes that it frowns on “liberal values,” forbidding such things as the intermingling of the sexes in civil society and the marriage of a Muslim woman to a non-Muslim, while promoting the treatment of adultery and premarital sex as crimes for which “punishments are harsh.”

The manual admonishes that “Terrorism is not jihad. Jihad is a noble concept in Islam.” It further discourages Muslims from cooperating with law enforcement officials, even if the police are seeking information about Islamic radicals – the very “extremists” the manual ostensibly sets itself against. It also derides investigative measures designed to gather intelligence against terrorists.

Yet, the U.S. State Department lauded the manual yesterday, tweeting: “Canada: handbook to help parents understand extremists, combat recruitment [with a link to the manual.]”

As Mr. Kredo notes, the State Department’s approbation struck some Twitter users as curious. It should not have. The State Department, throughout the tenures of Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, has been second only to the White House itself in championing the Muslim Brotherhood, whose promotion of sharia and project to forbid notice of the Islamic doctrinal roots of Islamic terrorism are amply reflected in the manual.

The airbrushing of jihad is also familiar. It is the same spin I discussed here in 2010 when then-White House counterterrorism czar (and now-CIA director) John Brennan claimed that we must not “describe our enemy as ‘jihadists’” because “jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam” that merely means “to purify oneself or one’s community.”

In point of fact, according to the authoritative sharia manual Reliance of the Traveller, which has been endorsed by scholars at al-Azhar University in Cairo (the seat of Sunni scholarship since the tenth century) and by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (the Muslim Brotherhood’s think-tank), “Jihad means to war against non-Muslims.” As Answering Islam’s Yoel Natan has recounted, jihad is referred to in 164 verses of the Koran, almost exclusively in terms of combat.

Moreover, if – even as jihadists are rampaging – you want to indulge the Brennan/Obama administration fantasy that jihad has evolved, Brennan’s anodyne rendering of the concept is hopelessly flawed. I explained why in the 2010 column:

Jihad is, always and everywhere, the mission to implement, spread, or defend sharia, the Islamic legal code. It is not exclusively violent; an army doesn’t need to be violent if its enemies are willing to give ground. But jihad only “means to purify oneself or one’s community” in a very narrow sense. It is not the syrupy quest to become a better person but the command to become a better Muslim; it is not the smiley-face mission to “purify” one’s community of crime but the command to cleanse one’s community of non-Islamic influences.

The inextricable bond between jihad and sharia is also easily explained. In Muslim doctrine, sharia is deemed the necessary precondition for Islamicizing a society. Islam’s designs are hegemonic: Even in its less threatening iterations, it is taken as a given that believers must call all of humanity to the faith. What separates the true moderates from the faux moderates and the terrorists are the lengths to which one is willing to go in carrying out that injunction. That it is an injunction, however, is not open to debate.

Our political leaders can continue to trivialize jihad as if it were some benign struggle to brush after every meal. They can continue to ignore the core tenets that make sharia antithetical to a free, self-determining society. But they can’t do that and do the only job we need them to do: protect our lives and our liberties.


Again, if the State Department, the administration, and the Beltway political class are going to keep looking at Islamists –i.e., Islamic supremacists who promote sharia – as part of the counterterrorism solution rather than a big part of the anti-American, anti-Western liberalism problem, we are never going to get out of our own way.

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/389873/print 

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Catholic Priest Sounds the Alarm on the
Islamic State

Dear Elaine,

The article below is an absolute MUST-READ. A Catholic priest has taken the time to thoroughly study Islamic doctrine and the history of Islam and has articulated his findings and opinions in very clear terms. You certainly don't have to be Catholic to appreciate the significance of this article. It serves as an excellent analysis for the origins of the Islamic State with which we are now at war.



It’s Time to Take the Islamic State Seriously

REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.

Islam has no central or definitive body or figure authorized to define what exactly it is. Opinions about its essence and scope vary widely according to the political or philosophic background of its own interpreters. The current effort to establish an Islamic State, with a designated Caliph, again to take up the mission assigned to Islam, brings to our attention the question: “What is Islam?”

The issue of “terror” is a further aspect of this same understanding. Many outside Islam seek to separate “terror” and “Islam” as if they were, in their usage, independent or even opposed ideas. This latter view is almost impossible seriously to maintain in the light of Islamic history and the text of the Qur’an itself.

John Kerry, however, insists that what we see is “terrorism” with nothing to do with Islam. The Obama administration seems to have a rule never to identify Islam with “terrorism,” no matter what the evidence or what representatives of the Islamic State themselves say. The vice-president speaks of “Hell” in connection with actions of the Islamic State. Diane Feinstein speaks of “evil” behind the current slaughters in Iraq and Syria. The pope mentions “stopping aggression.” The English hate-laws prevent frank and honest discussion of what actually goes on in Islamic countries or communities in the West. Not even Winston Churchill’s critical view of Islam is permitted to be read in public.

Ecumenism and liberalism both, in their differing ways, because of their commitment to tolerance and free speech, make it difficult to deal with what is happening in Islamic states. Islam is not friendly to relativism or to subtle distinctions.

Is terror intrinsic to Islam?

What I want to propose here is an opinion. An opinion is a position that sees the plausibility but not certainty of a given proposition. But I think this opinion is well-grounded and makes more sense both of historic and of present Islam than most of the other views that are prevalent. I do not conceive this reflection as definitive. Nor do I document it in any formal sense, though it can be. It is a view that, paradoxically, has, I think, more respect for Islam than most of its current critics or advocates.

This comment is an apologia, as it were, for the Islamic State at least in the sense that it accepts its sincerity and religious purpose. It understands how, in its own terms, the philosophic background that enhances its view does, in its own terms, justify its actions, including the violent ones.

The Islamic State and the broader jihadist movements throughout the world that agree with it are, I think, correct in their basic understanding of Islam. Plenty of evidence is found, both in the long history of early Muslim military expansion and in its theoretical interpretation of the Qur’an itself, to conclude that the Islamic State and its sympathizers have it basically right. The purpose of Islam, with the often violent means it can and does use to accomplish it, is to extend its rule, in the name of Allah, to all the world. The world cannot be at “peace” until it is all Muslim. The “terror” we see does not primarily arise from modern totalitarian theories, nationalism, or from anywhere else but what is considered, on objective evidence, to be a faithful reading of a mission assigned by Allah to the Islamic world, which has been itself largely procrastinating about fulfilling its assigned mission.

To look elsewhere for an explanation is simply not to see what the Islamic State and its friends are telling us about why they act as they do. The tendency among pragmatic Western thinkers, locked into their own narrow views, is to exclude any such motivation as an excuse of raw power. This view shows the intellectual shortcomings of Western leaders and the narrowness of much Western thought.

Jihadism, as it were, is a religious movement before it is anything else. Allah does grant violence a significant place. It is over the truth of this position, or better the inability to disprove it, that the real controversy lies. A recent essay in the American Thinker calculated that over the years of its expansion, from its beginning in the seventh and eighth centuries, some 250 million people have been killed in wars and persecutions caused by Islam. Nothing else in the history of the world, including the totalitarianisms of the last century, has been so lethal.

If Islam is a religion of peace, what sort of peace does it bring?

Other understandings of Islam’s record, though not its mission, within Islam may be also plausible, but no more so than this jihadist interpretation. It may be possible for some to read Islam as a religion of “peace.” But its “peace,” in its own terms, means the peace of Allah within its boundaries. With the rest of the outside world, it is at war in order to accomplish a religious purpose, namely, to have all submitted to Allah in the passive way that the Qur’an specifies.

Islam can at times be defeated or stopped, as at Tours or Vienna, but it will always rise again as it is now bent on so doing. To picture the jihadists and leaders of the Islamic State as mere “terrorists” or thugs is to use Western political terms to blind ourselves to the religious dynamism of this movement. No wonder our leaders cannot or will not understand it. This purpose, when successful, is a terrible thing. But we are not seeing a group of gangsters, as many are wont to maintain. The roots of Islam are theological, rather bad theology, but still coherent within its own orbit and presuppositions.

Briefly put, Islam, in its founding, is intended to be, literally, the world religion. Nothing else has any standing in comparison. It is to bring the whole world to worship Allah according to the canons of the Qur’an. It is a belief, based on a supposed revelation to Mohammed, of which there is little evidence. Sufficient justification to expand this religion, once founded, to all the world by use of arms is found in the Qur’an and in its interpreters to explain the violent means used, often successfully, to establish, pacify, and rule tribes, states, territories, and empires.

In Muslim doctrine, everyone born into the world is a Muslim. No one has any right or reason not to be. Hence, everyone who is not a Muslim is to be converted or eliminated. This is also true of the literary, monumental, and other signs of civilizations or states that are not Muslim. They are destroyed as not authorized by the Qur’an.

It is the religious responsibility of Islam to carry out its assigned mission of subduing the world to Allah. When we try to explain this religion in economic, political, psychological, or other terms, we simply fail to see what is going on. From the outside, it is almost impossible to see how this system coheres within itself. But, granted its premises and the philosophy of voluntarism used to explain and defend it, it becomes much clearer that we are in fact dealing with a religion that claims to be true in insisting that it is carrying out the will of Allah, not its own.

If we are going to deal with it, we have to do so on those terms, on the validity of such a claim. The trouble with this approach, of course, is that truth, logos, is not recognized in a voluntarist setting. If Allah transcends the distinction of good and evil, if he can will today its opposite tomorrow, as the omnipotence of Allah is understood to mean in Islam, then there can be no real discussion that is not simply a temporary pragmatic stand-off, a balance of interest and power.

Whenever incidents of violence are witnessed in the Islamic world, or in other parts of the world caused by Islamic agents, we hear complaints that almost no Muslim voices rise to condemn this violence. When the original 9/11 happened, there was not condemnation coming from within Islam, but widespread celebration. Islam was seen as winning. But all Muslim scholars know that they cannot, on the basis of the Qur’an, condemn the use of violence to expand their religion. There is simply too much evidence that this usage is permitted. To deny it would be to undermine the integrity of the Qur’an.

Obviously, the enemies of the Islamic State and its jihadist allies are not only the “Crusaders” or the West. Some of Islam’s bloodiest wars were its invasion of Hindu India, where the tension remains marked. There are also Muslim efforts into China. The Philippines has a major problem as does Russia. But Islam wars with itself. The Sunni/Shiite struggles are legendary. It is important to note that one of the first things on the Islamic State’s agenda, if it is successful in surviving, is to unite all of Islam in its creedal unity.

The unfinished business from Tours and Vienna

All existing Islamic states are some sort of compromise between the true Islamic mission and forces, usually military forces that limit this world-wide unification. Almost all standing Muslim governments recognize the danger to themselves of a successful Caliphate. They all have some form of jihadist presence within their boundaries that seek to control it in the name of their very survival. There are or were Christian and other minorities within these states that are, to a greater or lesser extent, tolerated. But they are all, as non-Muslims, treated as second-class citizens. The Islamic movement renews that purist side of Islam that insists in eradicating or expelling non-Muslim presences in Muslim lands.

The Archbishop of Mosul, on seeing his people exiled and killed, forced to choose between conversion and death, empathized that his buildings were destroyed, the archives and all record of the long Christian presence in that area destroyed. He warned that this form of treatment is what the nations of the West could expect sooner or later. There are now significant Muslim enclaves in every part of America and Europe to be of great concern as centers of future uprisings within each city. There are now thousands of mosques in Europe and America, financed largely by oil money, that are parts of a closed enclave that excludes local law and enforces Muslim law.

Yet, we can ask: is this Islamic State anything more than a pipe-dream? No Islamic state has any serious possibility of defeating modern armies. But, ironically, they no longer think that modern armies will be necessary. They are convinced that widespread use of terrorism and other means of civil disorder can be successful. No one really has the will or the means to control the destructive forces that the Islamic State already has in place.

The Islamic State strategists think it is quite possible to take another step in the expansion of Islam, to take up again the assault on Europe left off at Tours and Vienna. Muslim armies have always been known for cruelty and craftiness. Men often shrank in fear before its threat, as they are intended to do. A Muslim theoretician once remarked that their aim was to make the streets of Western cities look like those battlefields we see in the cities of the Middle East. Again with the suicide bomber and believers in their use, for which they are said to be “martyrs,” this may be possible.

Finally, the case of the Islamic State and of the jihadists is not just a threat arising out of Islam’s mission to conquer the world for Allah. It is also a moral case, that the life of the West is atheist and decadent. It does not deserve its prosperity and position. The mission of mankind is the submission to Allah in all things. Once this submission is in place, the sphere of war will be over. No more beheading or car-bombings will be necessary or tolerated. No dissent within Islam will be possible or permitted. All will be at peace under the law of Islam. This is the religious purpose of the Islamic State. It is folly to think of it in any other terms.

But with great opposition both from the West and from within Islamic states to this vision, is there any possibility of its success? Pat Buchanan thought that a group of Seals one of these days would eliminate the new Caliph. Existing Muslin government officials know that their days are numbered if the Islamic State succeeds. But, at the same time, this vision does seem to be the real impetus of the Islamic peoples.

It is easy to write this movement off as fanatical and ruthless, which it is. To the outside world, it sounds horrific, but I suspect not to those who believe its truth and see the current revival of Islam with relief. The second or third class ranking of Islam in the modern world is over. But to the degree that we misjudge what is motivating the renewal of Islam, we will never understand why it exists as it does.

http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/time-take-islamic-state-seriously

Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., taught political science at Georgetown University for many years. His latest books include The Mind That Is Catholic from Catholic University of America Press; Remembering Belloc from St. Augustine Press; and Reasonable Pleasures from Ignatius Press. 



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Dear Elaine,
The 9-minute video below is absolutely compelling. It contains chilling details about activities at the Oklahoma City mosque which beheading suspect Jah’Keem Yisrael attended. In the video, an undercover operative reveals a hidden Jihadist culture in the mosque during his two years there. The video also shows that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has intervened on behalf of the mosque in stonewalling media inquiries.


We urge you to watch this video and share it with your friends, family and colleagues.


Frightening Details From Beheader's Oklahoma Mosque
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1yQbJ-O1kw&list=UUtfcqf7cq_W3d2tO6uqeYfg







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ACT! FOR AMERICA DEFEATS CAIR AND
GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS IN COURT

[size=16]Dear Elaine,

In February an ACT! For America chapter in Knoxville, Tennessee, was wrongfully denied the use of public facilities for a countersharia event due to the improper actions of CAIR and local school district bureaucrats. Our ACT! Chapter pursued litigation aggressively and this week won a settlement in its suit against the school district. Below are the details from Freedom X, the fine legal team who successfully litigated the case.

This should serve as a warning to government officials everywhere not to take legal advice from, or ally with, CAIR, an organization that openly promotes sharia and was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest successful terrorism financing prosecution in US history, the US v the Holy Land Foundation. 


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Lawsuit forces Tennessee school district to allow after-school
speech critical of Sharia

[size=16]–KNOXVILLE – After canceling a town hall meeting at the request of Muslim activists, a Tennessee school district and two school officials have settled a lawsuit over the public’s right to voice concerns about the growing acceptance of Islamic law, known as Sharia law, spreading through American communities. The settlement was finalized Wednesday evening when the district approved a policy barring school officials from selectively determining which subjects can be discussed by members of the public using school facilities.

In February, the Knoxville chapter of ACT! for America, an organization opposed to Sharia, planned an after-hours town hall meeting at a local area high school.

John Peach, president of the Knoxville chapter of ACT! for America, and Bill French sued the school district in U.S. District Court on August 4, 2014, for violating their First Amendment right of free speech and their Fourteenth Amendment rights of equal protection and due process. The county agreed to settle the lawsuit [Peach vs. Knox County Schools] just 21 days after it was filed. In addition to revising its facility use policy, the county will pay attorney’s fees and costs.

The new facility use policy states in part that “[a]pproval for use of school buildings and property will not be withheld based upon the content of the message or viewpoint of the applicant.”

“This is a victory for free speech,” said Bill Becker, president of Freedom X, a non-profit legal organization fighting discrimination against conservatives and Christians. “Sharia is incompatible with our constitutional and legal protections. That was the message Knox County school officials tried to censor. It is unfortunate we have to educate the educators about our freedoms, but we are thankful that Knox county attorneys recognized litigation would have been futile for the district.”

Knox County Schools superintendent James P. McIntyre, Jr., agreed to cancellation of ACT’s event after receiving letters from Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council for American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) and AbdulRaman Murphy, a Muslim youth chaplain at the University of Tennessee. The activists falsely labeled ACT! a “hate group” and falsely characterized French as a bigot. They speculated the town hall meeting would encourage violence at the school and would disrupt the school environment.

After receiving the letters, Farragut High School’s principal at the time, Michael F. Reynolds, contacted McIntyre fearing that allowing the town hall meeting to take place would convert the school into “a public forum for harassment and bullying practices that contradict the open-minded, academic discussion we seek to teach and foster.”

In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Tinker v. Des Moines Sch. Dist. that “in our system, undifferentiated fear or apprehension of disturbance is not enough to overcome the right to freedom of expression. Any departure from absolute regimentation may cause trouble. Any variation from the majority's opinion may inspire fear. Any word spoken, in class, in the lunchroom, or on the campus, that deviates from the views of another person may start an argument or cause a disturbance. But our Constitution says we must take this risk and our history says that it is this sort of hazardous freedom -- this kind of openness -- that is the basis of our national strength and of the independence and vigor of Americans who grow up and live in this relatively permissive, often disputatious, society.”
 
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McCarthy: The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist

Dear Elaine,

For years now, the false narrative from the Obama administration has been that Al Qaeda is “on the run” or “decimated.” Therefore, when it was discovered that Al Qaeda was plotting from Syria and Iraq to carry out a terrorist attack in the United States, Team Obama decided to make up a new name for the Al Qaeda cell responsible. This shameless maneuver amounts to national security malpractice…

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/388990/print

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 4:00 AM
The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist

It’s a fictitious name the Obama administration invented to deceive us.

By Andrew C. McCarthy

We’re being had. Again.

For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.

Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.

Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.

The who?

There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.

You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian– Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.

The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Its leader, Mushin al-Fadhli (believed to have been killed in this week’s U.S.-led air strikes), was an intimate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the emir of al-Qaeda who dispatched him to the jihad in Syria. Except that if you listen to administration officials long enough, you come away thinking that Zawahiri is not really al-Qaeda, either. Instead, he’s something the administration is at pains to call “core al-Qaeda.”

“Core al-Qaeda,” you are to understand, is different from “Jabhat al-Nusra,” which in turn is distinct from “al-Qaeda in Iraq” (formerly “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia,” now the “Islamic State” al-Qaeda spin-off that is, itself, formerly “al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Sham” or “al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant”). That al-Qaeda, don’t you know, is a different outfit from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula . . . which, of course, should never be mistaken for “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” “Boko Haram,” “Ansar al-Sharia,” or the latest entry, “al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.”

Coming soon, “al-Qaeda on Hollywood and Vine.” In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if, come 2015, Obama issued an executive order decreeing twelve new jihad jayvees stretching from al-Qaeda in January through al-Qaeda in December.

Except you’ll hear only about the jayvees, not the jihad. You see, there is a purpose behind this dizzying proliferation of names assigned to what, in reality, is a global network with multiple tentacles and occasional internecine rivalries.

As these columns have long contended, Obama has not quelled our enemies; he has miniaturized them. The jihad and the sharia supremacism that fuels it form the glue that unites the parts into a whole — a worldwide, ideologically connected movement rooted in Islamic scripture that can project power on the scale of a nation-state and that seeks to conquer the West. The president does not want us to see the threat this way.

For a product of the radical Left like Obama, terrorism is a regrettable but understandable consequence of American arrogance. That it happens to involve Muslims is just the coincidental fallout of Western imperialism in the Middle East, not the doctrinal command of a belief system that perceives itself as engaged in an inter-civilizational conflict. For the Left, America has to be the culprit. Despite its inbred pathologies, which we had no role in cultivating, Islam must be the victim, not the cause. As you’ll hear from Obama’s Islamist allies, who often double as Democrat activists, the problem is “Islamophobia,” not Muslim terrorism.

This is a gross distortion of reality, so the Left has to do some very heavy lifting to pull it off. Since the Islamic-supremacist ideology that unites the jihadists won’t disappear, it has to be denied and purged. The “real” jihad becomes the “internal struggle to become a better person.” The scriptural and scholarly underpinnings of Islamic supremacism must be bleached out of the materials used to train our national-security agents, and the instructors who resist going along with the program must be ostracized. The global terror network must be atomized into discrete, disconnected cells moved to violence by parochial political or territorial disputes, with no overarching unity or hegemonic ambition. That way, they can be limned as a manageable law-enforcement problem fit for the courts to address, not a national-security challenge requiring the armed forces.

The president has been telling us for years that he handled al-Qaeda by killing bin Laden. He has been telling us for weeks that the Islamic State — an al-Qaeda renegade that will soon reconcile with the mother ship for the greater good of unity in the anti-American jihad — is a regional nuisance that posed no threat to the United States. In recent days, however, reality intruded on this fiction. Suddenly, tens of thousands of terrorists, armed to the teeth, were demolishing American-trained armies, beheading American journalists, and threatening American targets.

Obama is not the manner of man who can say, “I was wrong: It turns out that al-Qaeda is actually on the rise, its Islamic State faction is overwhelming the region, and American interests — perhaps even American territory — are profoundly threatened.” So instead . . . you got “the Khorosan Group.”

You also got a smiley-face story about five Arab states joining the United States in a coalition to confront the terrorists. Finally, the story goes, Sunni governments were acting decisively to take Islam back from the “un-Islamic” elements that falsely commit “violent extremism” under Islam’s banner.

Sounds uplifting … until you read the fine print. You’ve got to dig deep to find it. It begins, for example, 42 paragraphs into the Wall Street Journal’s report on the start of the bombing campaign. After the business about our glorious alliance with “moderate” allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar who so despise terrorism, we learn:

Only the U.S. — not Arab allies — struck sites associated with the Khorasan group, officials said. Khorasan group members were in the final stages of preparations for an attack on U.S. and Western interests, a defense official said. Khorasan was planning an attack on international airliners, officials have said. . . . Rebels and activists contacted inside Syria said they had never heard of Khorasan and that the U.S. struck several bases and an ammunition warehouse belonging to the main al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria, Nusra Front. While U.S. officials have drawn a distinction between the two groups, they acknowledge their membership is intertwined and their goals are similar.

Oops. So it turns out that our moderate Islamist partners have no interest in fighting Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate. Yes, they reluctantly, and to a very limited extent, joined U.S. forces in the strikes against the Islamic State renegades. But that’s not because the Islamic State is jihadist while they are moderate. It is because the Islamic State has made mincemeat of Iraq’s forces, is a realistic threat to topple Assad, and has our partners fretting that they are next on the menu.

Meantime, though, the Saudis and Qatar want no trouble with the rest of al-Qaeda, particularly with al-Nusra. After all, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch is tightly allied with the “moderate opposition” that these “moderate” Gulf states have been funding, arming, and training for the jihad against Assad.

Oh, and what about those other “moderates” Obama has spent his presidency courting, the Muslim Brotherhood? It turns out they are not only all for al-Qaeda, they even condemn what one of their top sharia jurists, Wagdy Ghoneim, has labeled “the Crusader war against the Islamic State.”

“The Crusaders in America, Europe, and elsewhere are our enemies,” Ghoneim tells Muslims. For good measure he adds, “We shall never forget the terrorism of criminal America, which threw the body of the martyred heroic mujahid, Bin Laden, into the sea.”

Obama has his story and he’s sticking to it. But the same can be said for our enemies.

— Andrew C. McCarthy is a policy fellow at the National Review Institute. His latest book is Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment. 


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[size=26]IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT!

HOW ARE WE ABLE TO FUND “MODERATE” SYRIAN REBELS, BUT NOT OUR OWN MILITARY?

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[size=16]Dear Elaine,

It doesn’t take much of an effort these days to clearly see that our nation faces multipledangerous threats – and those threats are growing with each passing moment.

For example:

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  • Iran continues its efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

  • China is building and modernizing its military.

  • And, the jihadist threat continues to metastasize, with Islamic State, the largest, wealthiest, most lethal jihadists terrorist group in history declaring war on the United States.

[size=16]Our military is even being called upon to help with the Ebola virus – as the Obama Administration recently announced the commitment of 3,000 U.S. troops toward what it is calling a “top national security priority.”

Yet, as America faces these ever-increasing threats, our government is slashing our military down to the bone and muscle. In fact the current plan is to reduce the U.S. Army to levels not seen since 1940!

On the flip side, one could even say entering the “Twilight Zone,” Congress passed legislation just last week providing an estimated $21 billion over three years to arm and train “moderate” Syrian rebels.

So, we have the means to fund Syrian rebels, but not our own U.S. military? Does that make sense to you?

This is extremely dangerous and should be unacceptable to the American public. As usual, it will take a grassroots-led public outcry to get the attention of our U.S. leadership. That’s where we come in.

As the largest national security grassroots organization in the nation, ACT! for America’s hundreds of thousands of members must remind the U.S. Congress of theirConstitutional obligation to protect and defend our nation. That means to assure that the U.S. has a strong, vibrant military, not a weak and emaciated one.

Can we count on you to add your voice to this important effort?

** IMPORTANT ACTION ITEM **

Please take a moment now to sign our Open Letter to the leadership of the U.S. Congress letting them hear from you about this important issue.

Our Director of Government Relations, Lisa Piraneo, will then personally deliver the letter to both House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.The more people who stand behind our message, the more powerful the impact when this letter is received.

Thank you for all that you do. Together we are making a difference! 


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[size=26]A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO
ACT FOR AMERICA
BY REP. MIKE POMPEO, MEMBER OF THE
BENGHAZI SPECIAL COMMITTEE
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Dear Elaine,

ACT for America has been on the front lines of the Benghazi issue since the 2012 attack that killed four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador. Our unrelenting efforts led to the creation of the House Benghazi Special Committee.

We were pleased to see the Special Committee hold their first open hearing yesterday morning, at which Lisa Piraneo, our Director of Government Relations had a front row seat. While yesterday’s focus on the ARB report was a good first step, we look forward to future Committee hearings that focus on critical issues tied to the Benghazi attack, such as why Americans were left to die, and why Ambassador Stevens’ calls for additional security were ignored.

Below is a special message from Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Rep. Pompeo has already done a great deal of work looking into what happened at Benghazi as part of his role on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He brings a great deal of experience to the committee, including his legal background as an attorney and his military training as an Army officer who graduated First at West Point.

ACT for America is committed to holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire until the real truth about the Benghazi attack comes out – and until those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans, by either action or omission, are held accountable.

Thank you for standing with us.






Our First Open Hearing on Benghazi
By Congressman Mike Pompeo

[size=16]Dear ACT for America Friends,

Following our first open hearing, I wanted to thank you all for your enthusiasm and attention to the work of the Special Committee on Benghazi. I’m glad we had the opportunity to give you all a glimpse into how we are going about this investigation.

While this is a bipartisan effort, many of my Democratic colleagues have publicly expressed that this committee is unnecessary. While I couldn’t disagree more, I think the best way to demonstrate that they are wrong is through doing the hard work this mission requires. After all, there is still much to be learned from this tragedy.

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I previewed the hearing on America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer on Fox News
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Four people died in an attack that caught us entirely by surprise despite the fact that we should have had the resources at each step of the way to prevent tragedy. If it could happen on Sept. 11, 2012, it could happen again. When someone tells you that this committee is simply about politics, remind them that our work will go beyond this or any election cycle and that the officials who are participating are legislators who will provide serious oversight. I’ve worked with these leaders in a variety of settings, from the Intelligence Committee to the Energy and Commerce Committee, and I’ve seen firsthand their thoughtful approach to policymaking. I’m honored to be among them.

We will continue taking very measured steps. Much of the work will take place behind the scenes in classified settings. This investigation is going to be a long process in which we meet with many of the people involved in the events leading up to, including, and following the Benghazi attacks. It will take a great deal of research and staff work, more so than any of the previous committees had the resources to provide. We must exhaust all of our options.

I’m looking forward to continuing to do this important work, and hopeful we’ll get the answers America deserves.

Sincerely,

Mike Pompeo
Member of Congress
 
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[size=26]BENGHAZI PANEL BEGINS HEARINGS WITH QUESTIONS ON US DIPLOMATS’ SAFETY[/size]

Dear Elaine,

ACT! for America has been on the front lines of the Benghazi issue since the 2012 attack that killed four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador. Our unrelenting efforts led to the creation of the House Benghazi Special Committee. Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17th, the Committee will hold its first open hearing, led by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC/4).


Benghazi was just one of many topics addressed by Members of Congress during last week’sACT! for America annual National Security Legislative Briefing on Capitol Hill. A record number of legislators signed up to speak to us – 18 to be exact. Just a small sample of this year’s speakers includeReps. Peter Roskam (IL), Frank Wolf (VA), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Michele Bachmann (MN), Dana Rohrabacher (CA), Trent Franks (AZ), Louie Gohmert (TX), Jeff Duncan (SC), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) and Sen. John Boozman (AR).

ACT! for America is committed to holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire until the real truth about the Benghazi attack comes out – and until those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans are held accountable.





[size=32]Benghazi panel begins hearings with questions on US diplomats' safety


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/14/special-benghazi-panel-starts-hearings-with-questions-on-us-diplomats-safety/

The select Benghazi Committee holds its first open hearing Wednesday, employing broad congressional powers to try to answer lingering questions ranging from what led to the fatal 2012 terror strikes on a U.S. outpost in Libya to what is being done to better protect U.S. diplomats worldwide.

The hearing by the Republican-led House committee will focus on the extent to which the State Department has implemented post–attack recommendations made by the Accountability Review Board.

The department created the five-member, independent board just weeks after the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in which four Americans -- Ambassador Chris Stevens, information specialist Sean Smith and Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty -- were killed.

“There are still facts to learn about Benghazi and information that needs to be explained in greater detail to the American people,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the committee chairman and a former federal prosecutor, said earlier this month. “And this committee will do just that.”

In a December 2012 report, the board issued 29 recommendations to fix what it called “systemic” leadership and senior management failures that led to the “grossly” inadequate security at the U.S. outpost.

Congressional Republicans were immediately critical of the report and its authors, saying they downplayed key decisions by top department officials, instead putting too much blame on their subordinates.

Scheduled to testify Wednesday are Greg Starr, the department’s assistant secretary for Diplomatic Security, and Mark Sullivan and Todd Keil, members of the Independent Panel on Best Practices, created to review the accountability board’s efforts.

Sullivan is the panel chairman and a former Secret Service director. Keil is a former Department of Homeland Security assistant secretary.

The board was led by Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Adm. Michael Mullin, who have already testified before Congress and are expected to be called before the select committee.

The fatal attacks, which the White House said in the immediate aftermath were sparked by an anti-Islamic video, have been the subject of roughly 12 congressional hearings.

However, the House created the select committee in May 2014 with the expectation that its subpoena powers and other tools would bring forth new witnesses and resolve unanswered questions.

The committee is expected to address several other key issues, including to what extend the U.S. attempted to stop the attacks and rescue U.S. personnel and whether the White House response, weeks before voters decided whether to re-elect President Obama, was politically motivated.

U.S. Special Forces captured and arrested Libyan Ahmed Abu Khattala in June in connection with the attacks on the two U.S. facilities, and he is awaiting trial in the United States.

The committee’s 12 members -- seven Republicans and five Democrats -- have been working since being appointed by hiring staff, gathering information and meeting with family members of the four men killed.

House Democrats were reluctant at first to join the committee.

They argued the issue has been full investigated and that further efforts are just politically-motivated attempts to keep Benghazi in Americans’ minds through the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential elections, in which Hillary Clinton, secretary of state at the time of the attacks, is the presumptive Democratic front-runner.

“I do not believe a select committee is called for after eight reports, dozens of witness interviews and a review of more than 25,000 pages of documents,” Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the select committee, said this spring. But “I believe we need someone in that room to defend the truth.” 

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LESSONS UNLEARNED

Dear Elaine,

As America approaches another anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, our nation unfortunately remains in peril. In fact, the threat to our nation’s security from violent Jihad may never have been greater than it is today.

The Islamic State (IS) is reported to be the wealthiest, most powerful terrorist organization the world has ever seen.

Even the King of Saudi Arabia is warning the West about the dire threat that it poses.

Furthermore, reports indicate that IS may already be operating on our porous southern border.

To make matters much worse, it seems as if we have “unlearned” many of the lessons learned from the 9/11 attacks:

• For instance, the federal government has lost track of 6,000 foreigners here in the USA on student visas who have been specifically identified as potential threats to America and its citizens.

These 6,000 foreign “students” are out of a total of 58,000 foreign students who have overstayed their visas in the past year. This is so infuriating because several of the 9/11 hijackers came here on student visas and overstayed those visas to remain in the country.

• While Libya descends into chaos, President Obama has foolishly decided to lift restrictions on Libyan students attending aviation and nuclear science training here in the USA.

If that wasn’t bad enough, we now find out that Jihadists in Libya have seized as many as a dozen airliners, raising fears that they could be used in terrorist attacks.

• It is now widespread knowledge that as many as 300 US citizens have gone to fight for the Islamic State. This poses a threat to our security and the security of our allies. But our intelligence is so poor that it turns out that one of the American Jihadists killed fighting for IS was an employee of Delta Airlines!

• Authoritative experts are warning that IS has the capability and intent to attack the US, yet President Obama recently confessed on national television that we haven’t yet worked out a strategy for dealing with IS.

More recently, President Obama used terms like “manageable” and “isolate” to describe what actions he may take to defend America from IS.

This is indicative of a terribly naïve and misguided view of the threat posed by IS and the global Jihadist movement.

It is difficult and disheartening to believe that, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, America seems to have forgotten the lessons learned that terrible day.

We must never be complacent again.

We must be forever vigilant.

That is what makes ACT! For America’s mission so vital. Our organization serves to alert our fellow citizens to the Jihadist threat to our liberty, our livelihoods and our safety.

Through our 287,000 members and 900 chapters across America, we now must redouble our efforts to wake Americans up once again. We must make sure our elected and appointed officials—legislators, sheriffs, mayors, police chiefs, members of Congress, city council members—are aware and educated as to the new, wider threat posed by the Islamic State.

No terrorist organization can defeat a vigilant, well-prepared America, but we cannot sit back and assume that those we elect clearly understand the threat from Jihad. We must continue to reach out to them through briefings, reports, articles, speeches, letters, e-mails, phone calls and visits.

Our founder and CEO, Brigitte Gabriel, is like a modern-day Paul Revere.

Fortunately, unlike Paul Revere, she has the help and support of hundreds of thousands of patriots from sea to shining sea.

Together we can make a difference but, in view of the growing threat from the Islamic State that we are seeing right now, we must realize that we can never let our guard down and we must redouble our efforts.

If not us, who?

ACT! For America is both the largest and fastest-growing grassroots national security organization in the United States.

Now more than ever, there is no one better equipped to educate our fellow citizens on the threat to the U.S. from the Islamic State than our team at ACT! For America.

Please make sure your friends, family and neighbors are informed and, if you are able, please help us further with your generous tax-deductible donation. 



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SAUDI ARABIA AND THE ISLAMIC STATE
[size=16]There can be no denying that Saudi Arabia has long played a key role in the global Jihadist movement:

• 16 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis.

• The largest single source of foreign fighters among insurgents in Iraq fighting US GIs was Saudi Arabia.

• Wealthy Saudis have long funded charities that supported the families of HAMAS suicide bombers in Israel.

These are just a few examples of Saudi treachery in the war on terrorism.

But what is Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the new Islamic State? Why is Saudi Arabia’s king warning the West to take action against them? Can he be trusted?

Former British intelligence officer Alastair Crooke provides an informed background on this subject that can help all of us understand…

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You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

By Alastair Crooke

The World Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/isis-wahhabism-saudi-arabia_b_5717157.html

The dramatic arrival of Da'ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed -- and horrified -- by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia's ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, "Don't the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?"

It appears -- even now -- that Saudi Arabia's ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite "fire" with Sunni "fire"; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da'ish's strict Salafist ideology.

Other Saudis are more fearful, and recall the history of the revolt against Abd-al Aziz by the Wahhabist Ikhwan (Disclaimer: this Ikhwan has nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan -- please note, all further references hereafter are to the Wahhabist Ikhwan, and not to the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan), but which nearly imploded Wahhabism and the al-Saud in the late 1920s.

Many Saudis are deeply disturbed by the radical doctrines of Da'ish (ISIS) -- and are beginning to question some aspects of Saudi Arabia's direction and discourse.

THE SAUDI DUALITY

Saudi Arabia's internal discord and tensions over ISIS can only be understood by grasping the inherent (and persisting) duality that lies at the core of the Kingdom's doctrinal makeup and its historical origins.

One dominant strand to the Saudi identity pertains directly to Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (the founder of Wahhabism), and the use to which his radical, exclusionist puritanism was put by Ibn Saud. (The latter was then no more than a minor leader -- amongst many -- of continually sparring and raiding Bedouin tribes in the baking and desperately poor deserts of the Nejd.)

The second strand to this perplexing duality, relates precisely to King Abd-al Aziz's subsequent shift towards statehood in the 1920s: his curbing of Ikhwani violence (in order to have diplomatic standing as a nation-state with Britain and America); his institutionalization of the original Wahhabist impulse -- and the subsequent seizing of the opportunely surging petrodollar spigot in the 1970s, to channel the volatile Ikhwani current away from home towards export -- by diffusing a cultural revolution, rather than violent revolution throughout the Muslim world.

But this "cultural revolution" was no docile reformism. It was a revolution based on Abd al-Wahhab's Jacobin-like hatred for the putrescence and deviationism that he perceived all about him -- hence his call to purge Islam of all its heresies and idolatries.

MUSLIM IMPOSTORS

The American author and journalist, Steven Coll, has written how this austere and censorious disciple of the 14th century scholar Ibn Taymiyyah, Abd al-Wahhab, despised "the decorous, arty, tobacco smoking, hashish imbibing, drum pounding Egyptian and Ottoman nobility who travelled across Arabia to pray at Mecca."

In Abd al-Wahhab's view, these were not Muslims; they were imposters masquerading as Muslims. Nor, indeed, did he find the behavior of local Bedouin Arabs much better. They aggravated Abd al-Wahhab by their honoring of saints, by their erecting of tombstones, and their "superstition" (e.g. revering graves or places that were deemed particularly imbued with the divine).

All this behavior, Abd al-Wahhab denounced as bida -- forbidden by God.

Like Taymiyyah before him, Abd al-Wahhab believed that the period of the Prophet Muhammad's stay in Medina was the ideal of Muslim society (the "best of times"), to which all Muslims should aspire to emulate (this, essentially, is Salafism).

Taymiyyah had declared war on Shi'ism, Sufism and Greek philosophy. He spoke out, too against visiting the grave of the prophet and the celebration of his birthday, declaring that all such behavior represented mere imitation of the Christian worship of Jesus as God (i.e. idolatry). Abd al-Wahhab assimilated all this earlier teaching, stating that "any doubt or hesitation" on the part of a believer in respect to his or her acknowledging this particular interpretation of Islam should "deprive a man of immunity of his property and his life."

One of the main tenets of Abd al-Wahhab's doctrine has become the key idea of takfir.Under the takfiri doctrine, Abd al-Wahhab and his followers could deem fellow Muslims infidels should they engage in activities that in any way could be said to encroach on the sovereignty of the absolute Authority (that is, the King). Abd al-Wahhab denounced all Muslims who honored the dead, saints, or angels. He held that such sentiments detracted from the complete subservience one must feel towards God, and only God. Wahhabi Islam thus bans any prayer to saints and dead loved ones, pilgrimages to tombs and special mosques, religious festivals celebrating saints, the honoring of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's birthday, and even prohibits the use of gravestones when burying the dead.

Abd al-Wahhab demanded conformity -- a conformity that was to be demonstrated in physical and tangible ways. He argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote. The list of apostates meriting death included the Shiite, Sufis and other Muslim denominations, whom Abd al-Wahhab did not consider to be Muslim at all.

There is nothing here that separates Wahhabism from ISIS. The rift would emerge only later: from the subsequent institutionalization of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab's doctrine of "One Ruler, One Authority, One Mosque" -- these three pillars being taken respectively to refer to the Saudi king, the absolute authority of official Wahhabism, and its control of "the word" (i.e. the mosque).

It is this rift -- the ISIS denial of these three pillars on which the whole of Sunni authority presently rests -- makes ISIS, which in all other respects conforms to Wahhabism, a deep threat to Saudi Arabia.

BRIEF HISTORY 1741- 1818

Abd al-Wahhab's advocacy of these ultra radical views inevitably led to his expulsion from his own town -- and in 1741, after some wanderings, he found refuge under the protection of Ibn Saud and his tribe. What Ibn Saud perceived in Abd al-Wahhab's novel teaching was the means to overturn Arab tradition and convention. It was a path to seizing power.

Ibn Saud's clan, seizing on Abd al-Wahhab's doctrine, now could do what they always did, which was raiding neighboring villages and robbing them of their possessions. Only now they were doing it not within the ambit of Arab tradition, but rather under the banner of jihad. Ibn Saud and Abd al-Wahhab also reintroduced the idea of martyrdom in the name of jihad, as it granted those martyred immediate entry into paradise.

In the beginning, they conquered a few local communities and imposed their rule over them. (The conquered inhabitants were given a limited choice: conversion to Wahhabism or death.) By 1790, the Alliance controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula and repeatedly raided Medina, Syria and Iraq.

Their strategy -- like that of ISIS today -- was to bring the peoples whom they conquered into submission. They aimed to instill fear. In 1801, the Allies attacked the Holy City of Karbala in Iraq. They massacred thousands of Shiites, including women and children. Many Shiite shrines were destroyed, including the shrine of Imam Hussein, the murdered grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

A British official, Lieutenant Francis Warden, observing the situation at the time, wrote: "They pillaged the whole of it [Karbala], and plundered the Tomb of Hussein... slaying in the course of the day, with circumstances of peculiar cruelty, above five thousand of the inhabitants ..."

Osman Ibn Bishr Najdi, the historian of the first Saudi state, wrote that Ibn Saud committed a massacre in Karbala in 1801. He proudly documented that massacre saying, "we took Karbala and slaughtered and took its people (as slaves), then praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and we do not apologize for that and say: 'And to the unbelievers: the same treatment.'"

In 1803, Abdul Aziz then entered the Holy City of Mecca, which surrendered under the impact of terror and panic (the same fate was to befall Medina, too). Abd al-Wahhab's followers demolished historical monuments and all the tombs and shrines in their midst. By the end, they had destroyed centuries of Islamic architecture near the Grand Mosque.

But in November of 1803, a Shiite assassin killed King Abdul Aziz (taking revenge for the massacre at Karbala). His son, Saud bin Abd al Aziz, succeeded him and continued the conquest of Arabia. Ottoman rulers, however, could no longer just sit back and watch as their empire was devoured piece by piece. In 1812, the Ottoman army, composed of Egyptians, pushed the Alliance out from Medina, Jeddah and Mecca. In 1814, Saud bin Abd al Aziz died of fever. His unfortunate son Abdullah bin Saud, however, was taken by the Ottomans to Istanbul, where he was gruesomely executed (a visitor to Istanbul reported seeing him having been humiliated in the streets of Istanbul for three days, then hanged and beheaded, his severed head fired from a canon, and his heart cut out and impaled on his body).

In 1815, Wahhabi forces were crushed by the Egyptians (acting on the Ottoman's behalf) in a decisive battle. In 1818, the Ottomans captured and destroyed the Wahhabi capital of Dariyah. The first Saudi state was no more. The few remaining Wahhabis withdrew into the desert to regroup, and there they remained, quiescent for most of the 19th century.

HISTORY RETURNS WITH ISIS

It is not hard to understand how the founding of the Islamic State by ISIS in contemporary Iraq might resonate amongst those who recall this history. Indeed, the ethos of 18th century Wahhabism did not just wither in Nejd, but it roared back into life when the Ottoman Empire collapsed amongst the chaos of World War I.

The Al Saud -- in this 20th century renaissance -- were led by the laconic and politically astute Abd-al Aziz, who, on uniting the fractious Bedouin tribes, launched the Saudi "Ikhwan" in the spirit of Abd-al Wahhab's and Ibn Saud's earlier fighting proselytisers.

The Ikhwan was a reincarnation of the early, fierce, semi-independent vanguard movement of committed armed Wahhabist "moralists" who almost had succeeded in seizing Arabia by the early 1800s. In the same manner as earlier, the Ikhwan again succeeded in capturing Mecca, Medina and Jeddah between 1914 and 1926. Abd-al Aziz, however, began to feel his wider interests to be threatened by the revolutionary "Jacobinism" exhibited by the Ikhwan. The Ikhwan revolted -- leading to a civil war that lasted until the 1930s, when the King had them put down: he machine-gunned them.

For this king, (Abd-al Aziz), the simple verities of previous decades were eroding. Oil was being discovered in the peninsular. Britain and America were courting Abd-al Aziz, but still were inclined to support Sharif Husain as the only legitimate ruler of Arabia. The Saudis needed to develop a more sophisticated diplomatic posture.

So Wahhabism was forcefully changed from a movement of revolutionary jihad and theological takfiri purification, to a movement of conservative social, political, theological, and religious da'wa (Islamic call) and to justifying the institution that upholds loyalty to the royal Saudi family and the King's absolute power.

OIL WEALTH SPREAD WAHHABISM

With the advent of the oil bonanza -- as the French scholar, Giles Kepel writes, Saudi goals were to "reach out and spread Wahhabism across the Muslim world ... to "Wahhabise" Islam, thereby reducing the "multitude of voices within the religion" to a "single creed" -- a movement which would transcend national divisions. Billions of dollars were -- and continue to be -- invested in this manifestation of soft power.

It was this heady mix of billion dollar soft power projection -- and the Saudi willingness to manage Sunni Islam both to further America's interests, as it concomitantly embedded Wahhabism educationally, socially and culturally throughout the lands of Islam -- that brought into being a western policy dependency on Saudi Arabia, a dependency that has endured since Abd-al Aziz's meeting with Roosevelt on a U.S. warship (returning the president from the Yalta Conference) until today.

Westerners looked at the Kingdom and their gaze was taken by the wealth; by the apparent modernization; by the professed leadership of the Islamic world. They chose to presume that the Kingdom was bending to the imperatives of modern life -- and that the management of Sunni Islam would bend the Kingdom, too, to modern life.

But the Saudi Ikhwan approach to Islam did not die in the 1930s. It retreated, but it maintained its hold over parts of the system -- hence the duality that we observe today in the Saudi attitude towards ISIS.

On the one hand, ISIS is deeply Wahhabist. On the other hand, it is ultra radical in a different way. It could be seen essentially as a corrective movement to contemporary Wahhabism.

ISIS is a "post-Medina" movement: it looks to the actions of the first two Caliphs, rather than the Prophet Muhammad himself, as a source of emulation, and it forcefully denies the Saudis' claim of authority to rule.

As the Saudi monarchy blossomed in the oil age into an ever more inflated institution, the appeal of the Ikhwan message gained ground (despite King Faisal's modernization campaign). The "Ikhwan approach" enjoyed -- and still enjoys -- the support of many prominent men and women and sheikhs. In a sense, Osama bin Laden was precisely the representative of a late flowering of this Ikhwani approach.

Today, ISIS' undermining of the legitimacy of the King's legitimacy is not seen to be problematic, but rather a return to the true origins of the Saudi-Wahhab project.

In the collaborative management of the region by the Saudis and the West in pursuit of the many western projects (countering socialism, Ba'athism, Nasserism, Soviet and Iranian influence), western politicians have highlighted their chosen reading of Saudi Arabia (wealth, modernization and influence), but they chose to ignore the Wahhabist impulse.

After all, the more radical Islamist movements were perceived by Western intelligence services as being more effective in toppling the USSR in Afghanistan -- and in combatting out-of-favor Middle Eastern leaders and states.

Why should we be surprised then, that from Prince Bandar's Saudi-Western mandate to manage the insurgency in Syria against President Assad should have emerged a neo-Ikhwan type of violent, fear-inducing vanguard movement: ISIS? And why should we be surprised -- knowing a little about Wahhabism -- that "moderate" insurgents in Syria would become rarer than a mythical unicorn? Why should we have imagined that radical Wahhabism would create moderates? Or why could we imagine that a doctrine of "One leader, One authority, One mosque: submit to it, or be killed" could ever ultimately lead to moderation or tolerance?

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[size=26]IT'S JIHAD, STUPID[/size]

Dear Elaine,

Rachel Ehrenfeld was one of the pioneers in the West to warn about the threat from Jihad. An expert on all aspects of Jihad, but especially terrorism financing, Ms. Ehrenfeld has been targeted by powerful, moneyed interests in failed attempts to silence her. 

The rest of us are fortunate that the brave Rachel Ehrenfeld continues to educate and inform the civilized world about the barbaric savages in our enemies’ ranks.





[size=24]It’s Jihad, Stupid


[size=16]By Rachel Ehrenfeld

The American Center for Democracy

http://acdemocracy.org/its-jihad-stupid/




Statements made by U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, after ISIS released videos showing their beheading of photojournalist James Foley, revealed that both seem to suffer not only from severe shortsightedness, but also from an acute case of willful blindness. Similar afflictions beset the U.S. political and military leadership and the media. The rest of Western world seems to suffer from the same problems.

All act surprised by the rapid advance of the ISIS, as well as its brutality. While the President described the beheading as “an act of violence that shocks the conscience,” Hagel announced: “Oh, this is beyond anything that we’ve seen.” Really? 

A cursory google search reveals similarly horrid images of jihadists beheading, stoning, stabbing, burning, lynching and other unimaginable forms of taking human lives by celebrating members of al Qaeda, al Shabab, ISIS, Hamas, and Hezbollah. ISIS’s release of the video of James Foley’s brutal murder was followed two days later with Hamas videos of summary executions in Gaza. Indeed, the credit for exploiting the Western media to publicize their jihadi savagery belongs to the PLO (see below). The common denominator of these and like-minded Islamist Sunni and Shia groups is jihad. Their brutality matches that of the Nazis. 

Yet, no American, European or other Western leader dared to identify the jihadist problem by its name. 

Mr. Obama declared, “There has to be a clear rejection of these kind of nihilistic ideologies.” But the ISIS’s and other jihadists’ ideology is not “nihilistic.” Their ideology directs them to die while killing as many infidels as they can. The more they kill, the merrier will be their reward in heaven, they believe. 

Commenting on the ISIS barbarous killing of Foley, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich, said, “America got a glimpse of exactly who they are…this is a group you need to deal with.” Why wasn’t “this group” dealt with already? Has our leadership waited until the ISIS had the opportunity to commit a heinous crime against an (American) individual that would outrage Americans, so our government would feel justified to take appropriate measures against the ISIS? If that’s what they wanted, they got it. Americans now understand that ISIS, which according to our government sources, is not in the U.S. yet, could be a problem. But how can this clueless Administration assure the public there are no ISIS supporters and sympathizers here? How successful would law enforcement agents on the look-out for ISIS operatives? ISIS and other jihadis have learned to operate under the radar, until a decision is made to strike. 

Our Defense Secretary announced that the “ISIL is…beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess.” 

But this is not unique to ISIS. Iran-trained Hezbollah and Hamas, for example, share the same main agenda with ISIS–to force sharia on the world.. Thus far the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, Iranian-trained and supplied Hamas, has failed to carry out its plan to destroy the Jewish State of Israel and kill all the Jews only because Israel readied itself. In the meantime, Hamas, like ISIS, does its best to kill its own Muslims. 

As if Mr. Hagel’s surprise at ISIS capabilities were not enough, he seemed to admit that the U.S. is unprepared to defend against groups such as ISIS. “We must prepare for everything… and “get ready,” he said. The ISIS and the other jihadi groups must have been thrilled to hear this. 

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, had this to add: “ISIS will only truly be defeated when it’s rejected by the 20 million disenfranchised Sunni that happen to reside between Damascus and Baghdad.” What about the other hundreds of millions of Sunnis who share ISIS jihadi ideology? And the thousands of foreign fighters who flock to Sunni training camps in Turkey, courtesy of the country’s newly re-elected president, Muslim Brother Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

On August 20, 2014, Walid Shobat posted a video “showing the ISIS training centers in Turkey” for all supporters of al-Qaida to the Middle East. Watch the video and hear the speaker calling to “Destroy and blow up our enemies, victory is near … young men, enroll, land and win .. young men its our religion attack with your weapons and win .. spread throughout the earth and raze the strongholds of the unbelievers.” Shobat.com reported that “as far back as March,” there were ISIS “training centers in Orfa, Ghazi Antab and Antakia (Antioch), [which were] set up by the Turkish government for more terrorists to be sent to Syria.” 

Judging by the U.S. leadership’s surprise, one has to reach the conclusion that the U.S. Administration was either not privy to similar information, or that it decided to ignore it. 

Incredibly, Obama said the conflict was not a “religious” one, but rather one of a shared “common security and a common set of values.” 

“The ISIL speaks for no religion,” Obama said. “Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings…people like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy.” 

However, considering the pace at which ISIS is advancing, the growing numbers of fighters who are joining the group, the sophisticated (mostly American) weapons they have captured, their growing treasury, and the U.S. lack of will or ability to respond decisively–or even willingness to identify the jihadi ideology behind the ISIS as THE problem – the future will belong to those willing to identify jihad and its practitioners and fight it and them. 

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[size=26]PAYCHECK FOR TERRORISM: $5,300 FOR SUICIDE ATTACK[/size]

Dear Elaine,

You may recognize the name Sharyl Attkisson. Ms. Attkisson is the gutsy, independent reporter who aggressively investigated the September 11th, 2012 terrorist attack on US diplomats in Benghazi, Libya—and promptly got marginalized by her bosses at CBS News for having the temerity to seek the truth. 

Ms. Attkisson is still at work investigating terrorism today and recently published this important article on payments made from Middle Eastern charities to families of suicide bombers…





[size=24]Paycheck for Terrorism: $5,300 for Suicide Attack

[size=16]by Sharyl Attkisson

The Daily Signal

http://dailysignal.com/2014/08/21/paycheck-terrorism-5300-suicide-attack




For the first time, startling details are being made public about the millions of dollars funneled from Middle East charities to Islamic terrorists and their families. 

The money was used to reward terrorists and their families after attacks on Israelis and U.S. nationals visiting Israel between 2000 and 2005 during the second intifada or Palestinian uprising. 

The evidence was presented today in a landmark case in New York federal court. Three hundred U.S. nationals claim Arab Bank knowingly provided financial services to terrorists and their financiers in violation of the U.S. anti-terrorism law. Arab Bank contends it did not knowingly serve terrorists. 

Bank documents reveal an elaborate system for which Amman, Jordan-based Arab Bank served as the center point. Some Israelis refer to the bank as the “Grand Central Station of terrorist financing.” 

For example, bank documents allegedly show that a dozen Middle Eastern charities with links to the terrorist group Hamas and other radical Islamic groups transferred $32 million to Arab Bank during the second intifada. The money was then allegedly paid out to families of suicide bombers and other Palestinians who engaged in acts of terrorism against Jews. 

An additional charity, the Saudi Committee for the Support of the Intifada al Quds, sent nearly $100 million through Arab Bank. The plaintiff’s analysis of bank records indicates $32 million of it ended up being distributed as cash payments to martyrs and their families, including the families of suicide bombers, and the rest was distributed to other Hamas-controlled charities. 

Arab Bank’s attorney told jurors in opening statements last week that the Saudi Committee was a legitimate humanitarian group that was never a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. Arab Bank also claimed that any business it may have conducted with terrorists or terrorist groups was limited in nature and entirely unintentional, due to typos or mistakes in screening. 

In 2005, Arab Bank settled a U.S. Treasury Department investigation into alleged money laundering and terrorist financing by paying a $24 million fine without admitting wrongdoing. 

The plaintiffs in the New York trial are seeking monetary damages and financial penalties from Arab Bank.
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THE ISLAMIC STATE: THE ENEMY WITHIN?

Last night, amid the tragedy and ongoing drama that continues to unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, a shocking image appeared which should serve as a reminder for every American about the threat we face from jihad…



In this image from CNN’s coverage of the events in Ferguson, a marcher can be clearly seen in the background holding a sign that says: “ISIS HERE.”

ISIS, of course, is the acronym formerly used to refer to the jihadist terrorist organization that is widely referred to as the “Islamic State.”

The Islamic State has committed unspeakable atrocities in the Middle East, slaughtering Christians and Muslims alike.

But they also are targeting America, both with potential acts of jihad and propaganda.

In fact, the ISIS sign at the Ferguson march is perhaps no surprise given that the Islamic State has made extensive use of social media to conduct outreach to protesters there.

We can hope that the Islamic State’s efforts to win support for their cause here in the U.S. will be totally unsuccessful, but hope is not a strategy.

And, as we have warned repeatedly already, there is no doubt that the Islamic State wants to target the U.S. and Americans both here and around the world.

In fact, just Monday, the Islamic State issued another threat to the U.S., promising“We will drown all of you in blood.”

In an interview with VICE media, Islamic State spokesman Abu Mosa had this to say: “I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”

Last week, an unnamed intelligence official told the Washington Post that the Islamic State viewed conflict with the U.S. as inevitable.

It can’t be emphasized enough how important it is that America remain vigilant at this time. There are many competing news stories out there right now, but none of the issues that America must face are as significant as the threat from jihad. Our national security and the safety of our citizens must remain paramount. 





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Rep Says al-Jazeera Owners Fund Hamas. While on al-Jazeera.
Hamas survives on financial supporters world wide. That is why this terrorist organization pushes their propaganda as hard as they do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s207hFvX6w0

Published on 31 Jul 2014
http://www.actforamerica.org   This is Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman of CA-30.

Very solidly presented.  No wishy-washiness.  Deliberate care to keep facts straight.  Avoided being pulled off game.
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Tell President Obama to Stop Funding Hamas
By Brigitte Gabriel, President
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Update: In just a few short days, we received well over 15,000 signatures on our petition telling President Obama to cut off funding for the terror group Hamas after the brutal murders of three Israeli boys. As this is an urgent matter, we will be taking the petition to Capitol Hill soon. Please take a minute to sign if you haven't already or forward this email to some friends to sign before we take it to congress. Together, our voices for justice are louder!
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The recent horrific kidnappings and murders of three innocent Israeli teenagers—Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel--drives home what all peace-loving supporters of Israel have known for years: the Jihadist terrorist organization HAMAS is not fit to participate in a legitimate government and Israel should not be compelled to negotiate with terrorists.
Despite this clear reality, the Obama administration is violating US law in providing aid to the Palestinian Authority government in which HAMAS is a thinly-veiled partner.
HAMAS is a US State Department officially-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.  According to the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 and the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2014, the US government is prohibited from providing foreign assistance to HAMAS or any power-sharing government of which HAMAS is a member or over which HAMAS has undue influence.
It is time for the Obama administration to abide by the law and cut off funding to the Jihadist terrorist government that threatens our ally Israel and its people.
Please help us hold the Obama administration accountable for its violation of US law by signing our petition demanding that it cut off funding to the Palestinian government in accordance with US law.
The murder of Israeli children is unacceptable and providing funding to the government that enables and facilitates such terror comes close to making the US a state sponsor of terrorism. We cannot allow this.
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GABRIEL: ISIS is a threat beyond Iraq; Jihad only ends when entire earth is Muslim
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A member of an Iraqi volunteer forces group joins training near the Imam Ali shrine in the southern holy Shiite city of Najaf, Iraq, Thursday, June 26, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. Shiite militias responding to a call to arms by Iraq’s top cleric are focused on protecting the capital and Shiite shrines. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)
By Brigitte Gabriel

There is a great deal of confusion and ignorance about the jihadist organization ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) which has been waging a terror campaign in those two nations for some time now, culminating most recently in the seizure of Iraq's second largest city, Mosul.


ISIS isn't acting out of anger over borders or "politics" as the West understands the term. ISIS has a specific goal in mind and that is the formation of an Islamic state ruled by Shariah.


This is very important to understand because this is a common goal of all the major jihadist organizations across the world. It is shared by al Qaeda, Hamas, Lashkar e Taiba, Abu Sayyef, Jemaah Islamiyah, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and others. The shared goal transcends any disagreements over borders and pure politics.


For instance, Israel could evaporate tomorrow and the overriding goal of the formation of Islamic states ruled by Shariah would not change a bit. It's based in their thousand-year-old doctrine, which is far more fundamental and overarching than mere political ideology.


If we ever hope to win this war against radical Islam we better understand that the goal of establishing an Islamic state ruled by Shariah is based on doctrine and not just ideology.


Islamic doctrine is not derived from the thoughts or ideological vision of a man or woman brought to the fore in recent years. Islamic doctrine is based on the Islamic trilogy, the Koran, the Hadith and the Sira.


The Koran is the central religious text of Islam, believed by Muslims to be a direct revelation from Allah. The Hadith is a series of traditions documenting the teachings, deeds and sayings of the prophet Muhammad. The Sira is the biography of Muhammad, considered to have been the perfect man who set an example for all Muslims to follow always. In order for an individual to be a good Muslim, it is not enough for him to worship Allah, he must worship Allah in the same way that Muhammad did.


The name given to Islamic doctrine is Shariah. Not only does Shariah form the basis of the doctrine to which jihadists, such as those of ISIS, adhere, it is also the common goal of jihadists to establish rule by Shariah in an Islamic state. All other considerations — economic, political and military — take a back seat to adhering to and establishing Shariah.
It is this doctrinal basis that is the key to understanding the threat from jihad. Too often the West becomes tied up in contemporary considerations and issues that have nothing to do with doctrine and assign too much significance to them.

Islamic doctrine — Shariah — transcends geography, politics and even different Islamic sects. It is the common thread that ties Boko Haram in Nigeria to ISIS in Iraq and Abu Sayyef in the Philippines to Lashkar e Taiba in Kashmir.
Jihad is not a local phenomenon. When a variety of terrorist groups all wage violence for the same reasons, with the same goals, this should be considered a clue that there is something more at work here than just "local" conflicts.

Make no mistake — ISIS does not just pose a threat to Iraq. History has shown that when an Islamic state ruled by Shariah is established, such as Taliban Afghanistan, that state becomes a launching pad for jihad elsewhere.

Already we have seen reports that American jihadis have joined ISIS to fight alongside jihadists from around the globe. While the conflict in Iraq is portrayed in the Western media as a civil war, the truth is that most of the ISIS fighters are not Iraqi. They are jihadi warriors from around the world, including from the West.

What happens when these jihadists head home? Will they leave the war behind in Iraq and Syria? Or will they bring jihad home?
In warfare, your enemy's reality becomes your reality and you must go to great lengths to understand your enemy. Unfortunately, we have largely failed on that score as a nation.

Our elected and appointed officials must come to terms with the doctrinal basis for jihad so we can properly and effectively defend America, protect American lives and face our enemies.

Brigitte Gabriel is an international terrorism analyst and the president of ACT for America.org. 

ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.
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[size=26]CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES:
NOT SO RELIABLE


by Brigitte Gabriel[/size]
Dear Elaine,

Since 1984, I've been covering the Middle East, terrorism, and the intersection with America's foreign policy.

Over the course of my career, I have spent countless hours in television studios under glaring lights and in front of cameras, both as a professional news anchor for World News at Middle East Television and as the President of ACT! for America warning Americans about the threat from Jihad.

I'm not “just” a survivor. I went to work to understand the world around me. I am proud of my Lebanese roots, but as a Christian targeted for my faith, and a woman, subjugation was a virtual guarantee. I immigrated to the United States. That's where freedom is. It's in our founding documents; it's in our blood.

I always welcome the opportunity to appear on television to discuss what I consider to be the most important topic facing America today: the threat to our national security posed by Jihadists around the globe.

I was pleased to accept an invitation to appear on CNN’s Reliable Sources, on Sunday morning to discuss the issue of so-called “Islamophobia.”

Unfortunately, what transpired in the production and editing process at CNN was one of the most egregious examples of biased journalism that I have ever come across.

Some background is in order here.

First of all, the whole issue of “Islamophobia” is a bogus one. The term was created from whole cloth by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in an effort to suppress free speech and stifle justifiable criticism of Islamic regimes.

Headquartered in Saudi Arabia, the 57-member nation OIC is the largest international organization in the world outside of the United Nations. The OIC is absolutely dominated by its host nation, Saudi Arabia, which is ruled by one of the most barbaric Shariah regimes on the planet.

The term “Islamophobia” first appeared in Western media in the 1980s when it was used to lay proverbial siege to British author and Muslim apostate Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses, which was viewed by many Muslims as insulting the Prophet Muhammed. (Readers may recall that the leader of OIC member nation Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling on Muslims to kill Rushdie.)

Essentially, the OIC works to outlaw any and all criticism of Islamic leaders, customs, legal codes and regimes. The OIC considers virtually any negative portrayal (whether genuine, professed or supposed) of Islam to be “Islamophobia.”

So, the entire Reliable Sources segment was to be framed around a term that is essentially a product of Islamist propaganda. Note that despite the fact that host Brian Stelter parrots OIC propaganda on “Islamophobia” right from the opening of the show, he fraudulently portrays his program as “objective” between the Right and the Left, the Red and the Blue.

As I learned all-too well, Reliable Sources is anything BUT unbiased.

The original taping of the segment was about 30 minutes long, but just over 13 minutes made it on air. The editing was sloppy and disjointed, leaving out important parts of the dialogue.

Brian Stelter started right in by mocking Fox News’ Sean Hannity for his reference to worldwide Jihad. Later he said that the terrorist threat was “not there.” How can Stelter possibly deny that Jihad is in fact a global threat? Just look at this list of Jihadist terrorist organizations that have launched attacks around the world in just the past month:

• ISIS

• Abu Sayyaf

• Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

• Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

• HAMAS

• Hezbollah

• Boko Haram

• Al Shabaab

• Lashkar e Taiba

• Jemaah Islamiyah

And ironically, CNN itself reported on the arrests just a week ago of two men in Texas on terrorism charges.

My appearance on Reliable Sources was opposite Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York.

Again, some background is in order here. Sarsour has a lengthy history of denying the threat from terrorism and attacking the NYPD and FBI for their counterterror efforts, just as she did on Reliable Sources on Sunday. Some of her denials can only be categorized in the “crackpot” classification.

For instance, when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was arrested for trying to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 and subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2012, Sarsour claimed that the plot was not the work of Al Qaeda, but was a CIA plot.

Sarsour has cited the cases of Fahad Hashmi, Aafia Siddiqui and Siraj Matin as proof of US government abuses of Muslim civil rights by the FBI and NYPD. Hashmi pleaded guilty to providing material support for Al Qaeda. Siddiqui was found guilty of the attempted murder of a US Army captain and sentenced to 86 years in prison. Matin pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years for plotting to explode bombs in the New York subway system.

During the part of the segment that actually made it on the air, Sarsour ridiculously equated isolated incidents of violence involving non-Muslims with Jihad. Sarsour even had the gall to cite the Boston Marathon bombings as an example of media “Islamophobia,” ignoring the fact that the perpetrators were in fact Islamic jihadists.

The reality is that the numbers don’t lie. The overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks in the world today are in fact acts of Islamic jihad. That is an inconvenient truth that Ms. Sarsour evidently wants the rest of America to live with. But don’t depend on CNN and its producers to tell the truth about that. 



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GABRIEL: Another outing at CIA, far worse than Plame

This time, the media aren’t interested

By Brigitte Gabriel
Illustration on Obama administration outing the CIA station chief in Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter, The Washington Times
Audio Clip: 05-30-14 12d Brigitte Gabriel with Andy Parks
http://www.washingtontimes.com/multimedia/audio/05-30-14-12d-brigitte-gabriel-andy-parks/
Sometimes it is frustratingly difficult not to become despondent over outrages committed by unaccountable, irresponsible politicians and bureaucrats in Washington.

The latest episode involving the disclosure of the secret identity of the CIA's station chief in Afghanistan by the White House is especially appalling.

The leak of this highly classified information occurred when President Obama took a surprise visit to Afghanistan last weekend. It is the ultimate irony that the president's trip was shrouded in secrecy for security reasons, yet the publicity-greedy Obama White House hastily issued a list of "senior officials" with whom the president wanted to meet while he was visiting. Included on the list was the CIA station chief in Afghanistan — a billet that is necessarily classified, owing to the need to protect the physical safety of the officer and because secrecy is necessary for him to do his job, which involves covert operations.

Keep in mind that this is no minor breach. The station chief for Afghanistan is the only CIA station chief in the world who is operating in a country in which the United States is actively engaged in combat. In other words, this person was not an inconsequential bureaucrat serving out the remainder of his career in some remote backwater.

The CIA station chief is at the tip of the spear in America's battle against jihad and the terrorists who wage it — groups and organizations such as al Qaeda, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Not only is this CIA officer's life now placed in peril by this clumsy publicity stunt, but so are the lives of those in Afghanistan with whom he may have met and associated during his tour there. Now, owing to the stupidity and carelessness of the White House staff, Afghans and others who may have been covertly assisting the battle against jihad may never be safe from the vengeance of the jihadists again.

At least our CIA station chief may be able to leave Afghanistan and return home to safer environs stateside. What of the Afghans he was working with, though? Where can they go to hide from monstrous jihadists who have no respect for human life?

This will almost certainly result in a catastrophic setback in covert operations in Afghanistan, as allies go back underground and even perhaps are killed. And this sad affair will cast a long shadow on CIA operations going forward. How will the CIA recruit operatives to assist them, not just in Afghanistan, but also in other parts of the world, now that everyone knows that the chance exists that identities will be revealed? Why would anyone want to help us under such circumstances?

We've all seen video footage of the ghastly, brutal acts committed by jihadists against those they regard as their enemies. They have no reluctance to mete out their punishment against family members and even young children.

This is the reality those who face jihad on the covert battlefields have to deal with every day.

Meanwhile, intelligence experts are now saying that the CIA station chief's career is almost certainly over. He can no longer be effective in the world of covert ops. Thanks to the intransigence of this White House, America is denied the valiant services of one of its best covert warriors — not just temporarily — but permanently.

This incident harkens back to a 2003 case in which the Bush White House was accused of leaking the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame. At that time, there was widespread outrage and a independent prosecutor named in the case. In the end, it was learned that Ms. Plame was not actually a covert operator at the time, nor did the leak come from the White House — it came from Richard Armitage at the State Department.

It will certainly be interesting to see if there is as much outrage in Washington and the left-wing media in the current case. So far, no one is even suggesting that there should be an independent prosecutor named, and the White House has been said to be investigating itself on the matter.

This is the stuff whitewashes are made of, and the selective outrage in Washington and the media is particularly telling.

This is a sad day in the annals of the history of the CIA and the American presidency. The only word that properly captures the whole awful situation? Disgraceful.

Brigitte Gabriel is an international terrorism analyst and the founder and president of ACT for America.org. 
ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

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AMERICAN LAWS FOR AMERICAN COURTS PROTECTS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AGAINST FOREIGN LAWS—INCLUDING SHARIAH
[size=17]Dear Elaine,

Recently, there has been a great deal of confusion and misinformation about efforts in Oklahoma to prevent the infiltration and insinuation of Shariah law in the Sooner State.

The confusion stems from a ruling earlier this month by Federal Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange requiring the state of Oklahoma to pay the legal fees of a plaintiff who successfully sued the state over the so-called “Save Our State Amendment” from way back in 2010.

This was just the latest legal setback for that beleaguered initiative.

On 15 August 2013, the same US District Judge, Vicki Miles-LaGrange, struck down the amendment (also known as SQ755) that forbade Oklahoma's courts from considering Islamic law (Shariah) in judicial decisions.

SQ755 had overwhelmingly passed a vote of the people in Oklahoma in November 2010.

This decision was not a surprise and echoed an earlier ruling by the Tenth US Circuit Court of Appeals also in 2010. As detailed in this article, SQ755 contained several flaws which rendered it counterproductive:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/american_laws_for_american_courts.html

Fortunately, as ACT! For America members know, there is an effective and constitutional alternative to measures such as SQ755 and, thanks to the foresight and tenacity of State Representative Sally Kern, Oklahoma joined a host of other states last spring in passing it into law. That law is called American Laws for American Courts (ALAC).

Authored by Representative Kern, ALAC passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives 85-7 and the Oklahoma Senate 40-3. The bill was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin on 22 April 2013.

The passage of ALAC in Oklahoma was the culmination of a 3-year effort by Representative Kern that she embarked upon when she learned that SQ755 was likely to run into trouble in the courts.

ALAC has now been passed into law in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Carolina. A version of ALAC also passed into law for specialty courts in the state of Washington. Moreover, ALAC passed the Alabama legislature overwhelmingly last year as a constitutional amendment and goes to a vote of the people on the ballot in their next statewide election in November.

ALAC remedies the flaws in Oklahoma's SQ 755, and in many ways takes a diametrically opposite approach to SQ 755:

• ALAC is facially neutral. In an honest debate, it cannot be accused of discriminating against any religion or protected class.

• ALAC is based on a completely different legal premise from SQ 755's. Rather than seeking a ban on foreign or international law, ALAC seeks to preserve the constitutional rights and state public policy protections of American citizens and legal residents, in cases involving foreign laws in the particular dispute being adjudicated. If a case arises in which a foreign law or foreign legal doctrine is involved in a dispute in a state court, ALAC prevents the use of that foreign law or foreign legal doctrine if any of the parties' fundamental constitutional rights or state public policy would be violated in the process. This is very different from a blanket ban on foreign laws.

• ALAC is not vague. It provides specific guidance for judges on complex legal issues involving comity, choice of law, choice of forum, conflict of laws and forum non conveniens, protecting fundamental constitutional rights.

Because of the careful planning and thought behind ALAC's wording, in contrast to SQ 755, from a practical standpoint, it is effective in preventing the enforcement of any foreign law – including shariah law – that would violate U.S. and state constitutional liberties or state public policy.

And the need for an effective law preserving constitutional rights against the enforcement of unconstitutional foreign law is both real and urgent: an independent study found 50 cases in 23 states where shariah law had been introduced into state court cases, including some appellate and trial court cases where the judges ruled for shariah law over U.S. law. Most victims of foreign laws in these cases had come to America for freedom and individual liberty – including American Muslims seeking to escape shariah.

It is important to point out that ALAC has been in force since 2010 and has never been challenged in court, simply because there is no basis on which to challenge a law that expressly protects constitutional rights.

Muslim Brotherhood organizations, such as the HAMAS-tied Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), have opposed ALAC, just as they opposed SQ755. This shows their true motivation; they are not interested in freedom, liberty and our constitution that guarantees them. CAIR has another, more sinister, hate-filled agenda.

Nevertheless, the states that have passed ALAC, such as Oklahoma, have moved to prevent the kind of “creeping shariah” that has occurred in Western Europe, Great Britain in particular. Despite what you might read from the so-called “mainstream” media, the threat from shariah is real and must be guarded against. It is naïve to think that “it can’t happen here.” Shariah is ALREADY here and groups like CAIR are promoting it actively.

Thanks to Representative Kern and her colleagues in the Oklahoma legislature, with the support of ACT! For America’s thousands of members in Oklahoma, we have made sure that the laws applied in Oklahoma courts will be AMERICAN laws.
 
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[size=26]A MONTH OF ISLAM IN BRITAIN[/size]

Last month, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned, “The threat of radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is de-stabilizing communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalization. And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively…”

Unfortunately, these words come too late for our friends across the pond.








[size=32]Decapitation, Morality Squads and "Five-Star Jihad"

A Month of Islam in Britain: April 2014

by Soeren Kern

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4319/morality-squads-five-star-jihad


The number of so-called taxi-rapes has snowballed to such an extent that a British judge recently issued a warning that no woman can expect to be safe while travelling in a cab.

Ibrahim Munir, an exiled senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood now living in Britain, when asked if violence would be an option, replied, "Any possibility."

"Do I have to change my religion to get the best [banking] deal?" — Lloyds Bank customer, quoted in The Daily Telegraph.

Islam and Islam-related issues were omnipresent in Britain during the month of April 2014, and can be categorized into three broad themes: 1) The British government's growing concern over Islamic extremism and the domestic security implications of British jihadists in Syria; 2) The continuing spread of Islamic Sharia law in all aspects of British daily life; and 3) Ongoing questions of Muslim integration into British society.

[size=18]1. Islamic Extremism and Syria-Related Threats


British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a "thorough probe" of the Muslim Brotherhood's activities in Britain. At a press conference, he said:

"We want to challenge the extremist narrative that some Islamist organisations have put out. What I think is important about the Muslim Brotherhood is that we understand what this organization is, what it stands for, what its beliefs are in terms of the path of extremism and violent extremism, what its connections are with other groups, what its presence is here in the UK."

The review will be headed by Sir John Jenkins, the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. This has led some analysts to surmise that the oil-rich nation—which sees the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat to its own stability—is pressuring Cameron to ban the group from British soil. (Cameron's announcement also came just weeks after Britain finalized a deal for the sale of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon strike jets to Saudi Arabia.) Jenkins has been asked to compile a report on the movement's "philosophy and values and alleged connections with extremism and violence."

The Muslim Brotherhood was banned from Egypt and many members expelled following the coup d'état there in July 2013. The group recently opened a new headquarters above an unused kebab shop in Cricklewood, northwest London.

The most senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood living in exile in Britain, Ibrahim Munir,denied claims that the group was moving its British operations from London to the Austrian city of Graz. The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, reported on April 12 that the Muslim Brotherhood was preparing to move its headquarters to Austria in an "apparent attempt to avoid an inquiry into its activities set up by the Prime Minister."

Munir appeared to be issuing a threat when he said that banning the Muslim Brotherhood would increase the risk of terrorist attacks in Britain. "If this [ban] happened, this would make a lot of people in Muslim communities think that [peaceful] Muslim Brotherhood values ... didn't work and now they are designated a terrorist group, which would make the doors open for all options," Munir said in an April 5 interview with The Times.

When asked if he meant an option would be violence, Munir replied: "Any possibility.... If the UK makes this option, you can't predict [what would happen] with Muslims around the globe, especially the big Muslim organizations close to the Muslim Brotherhood and sharing its ideology."

In a related matter, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on April 23 urged the West to put aside its differences with Russia over Ukraine in order to face down what he (and many others) believes is the single biggest threat to global security: Islamic extremism. He said:

"The threat of radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is de-stabilizing communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalization. And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively … whatever our other differences, we should be prepared to reach out and cooperate with the East, and in particular, Russia and China."

But in what appears to be a classic case of the "right message" being delivered by the "wrong messenger," Blair was accused of hypocrisy after the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch reported that his high-profile multi-faith charity, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, has two senior advisors with close links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

On April 9, Home Secretary Theresa May published her annual report on the government's strategy for countering terrorism. Battle-hardened British jihadists returning from the war in Syria now pose the most serious threat to British security, according to the report. "The most significant development in connection with terrorism during 2013 has been the growing threat from terrorist groups in Syria," May said in a statement to the British Parliament.

An assessment by the official Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) concurs: "The nature of the conflict in Syria and the emergence of the al-Nusrah Front, which has declared its allegiance to al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, is leading to the country becoming an increasingly significant potential source of future threats to the UK and UK interests overseas."

Adding to the sense of foreboding, William Shawcross, the chairman of the Charity Commission, which regulates charities in England and Wales, said Islamic extremism is the "most deadly" problem faced by British charities.

In an interview with the Sunday Times on April 20, Shawcross said: "The problem of Islamist extremism and charities ... is not the most widespread problem we face in terms of abuse of charities, but is potentially the most deadly. And it is, alas, growing. I'm sure that in places like Syria and Somalia it is very, very difficult for agencies always to know what the end use of their aid is, but they've got to be particularly vigilant."

Shawcross said that the commission was "taking tough measures" against any charity that was "sending cash to extremist groups in Syria" or "dispatching young Britons for training in Syria by al-Qaida or other extremist groups."

He also said it was "ludicrous" that people with convictions for terrorism or money laundering were not automatically disqualified from setting up charities or becoming trustees, and that he has asked the prime minister to make changes to the law.

On April 24, British counter-terrorism officials launched a nationwide campaign aimed at encouraging Muslim women to contact the police if they were concerned that their family members or close friends might be preparing to travel to Syria to fight.

The UK's counter-terrorism chief, Helen Ball, warned that Britons who fight in Syria are crossing a "red line" and will be investigated by police. She said she was "very concerned" about the growing numbers of British nationals travelling to fight in Syria and warned that would-be fighters are at risk of being "preyed upon" and radicalized by extremist terrorist groups, as well as killed on the battlefield. Ball also said that 40 Syria-related arrests were made in the first three months of 2014, up from 25 in all of last year.

On April 18, it emerged that Abdullah Deghayes, an 18-year-old from the southern English coastal town of Brighton, died while fighting in Syria. One of Abdullah's brothers, Amer, 20, suffered a bullet wound to the stomach in the battle, while another brother, Jafar (at 16, he is believed to be the youngest British jihadist fighting in Syria), was unhurt. Abdullah's father, Abubaker, said his son "died a martyr."

The total number of British jihadists in Syria is estimated to be in the hundreds; as many as 20 are thought to have died in the fighting.

On April 20, a British citizen who is fighting with the rebels in Syria released a video tour of the home he shares with fellow fighters. The man—known by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah and believed to be a member of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIS]—has appeared in a number of similar videos, in which he calls for British Muslims to join him in Syria.

In the video, entitled "Five-Star Jihad," Abdullah seeks to present a realistic portrayal of the life of a rebel fighter, in contrast to many who have tried to glamorize the jihad in Syria. "Today we wanted to show you the basic living of the brothers in this base," says Abdullah. "There has been a lot of talk of this so-called five-star jihad—and the way the mujahedeen have been living in these villas and these mansions and cupboards full of sweets. But it is far from that."

2. Sharia Law in Britain

On April 3, the British government launched a public consultation on whether or not to introduce student loans that are compliant with Islamic Sharia law, which forbids loans that involve the payment of interest.

The move seeking input from the general public comes amid rising complaints from Muslim students, who argue that the existing interest-based student loan system is unfairly forcing them to choose between getting a university degree and staying true to their religious beliefs.

The government says the establishment of a scheme that would enable Muslim students to finance their degrees in a way that complies with Islamic principles would "ensure that anyone with the ability and desire can go to university."

Critics counter that the dispute over interest-bearing student loans follows stepped-up demands for Sharia-compliant banking and insurance as well as credit cards, mortgages and pension funds, which—taken together—are contributing to the establishment of parallel Islamic financial and legal systems in Britain.

Separately, Lloyds Bank was accused of religious discrimination after dropping overdraft fees for Muslims. The bank sent customers a booklet in April explaining the new policy. While non-Muslims will have to pay up to £80 (€97, $135) a month for an overdraft, Muslims were told they would escape the charges. The document (p.26) says: "We are removing the monthly overdraft management fee of £6 from our Islamic Account, Islamic Student Account and Islamic Graduate Account. So, if you use an unplanned overdraft on these accounts, there won't be any charges."

On its website Lloyds says: "Following the guidance of Islam is an important part of everyday life, so we've made it an important part of everyday banking. Our Sharia committee of two independent scholars has guided us to create an account that's right for you."

The Daily Telegraph quoted one Lloyd's customer as saying: "I can't believe that they're thinking of offering one account for Muslims and making everyone else pay for the same service. Do I have to change my religion to get the best deal?"


[size=12]Lloyds Bank, one of the UK's largest, was accused of religious discrimination after dropping overdraft fees for Muslims. Non-Muslims will have to pay up to £80 a month for an overdraft. (Image source: Kake)


Also, apparently in an attempt to please its Muslim customers, the fast food giant Subway removed ham and bacon from almost 200 outlets in Britain and switched to halal (Arabic for "permitted" or "lawful") meat alternatives.

On April 24, a group of British lawyers launched a new organization called "Sharia Watch UK" to "highlight and expose those movements in Britain which advocate and support the advancement of Islamic law in British society." The group says it seeks to "explain and describe Sharia law—what the organization calls "Britain's Blind Spot"—in relation to specific issues, primarily the treatment of women, freedom of speech, finance, and the marketplace.

Meanwhile, British authorities said they have widened their investigation into an alleged plot by Muslim fundamentalists to Islamize public schools in England and Wales. The expanded probe now encompasses at least 25 schools in Birmingham, up from initially four. Investigators are also looking into new allegations that Muslim extremists have infiltrated schools in other British cities, including Bradford and Manchester.

The plot—dubbed Operation Trojan Horse—consists of a strategy to wrest control of schools by ousting non-Muslim head teachers and staff at secular state schools and replacing them with individuals who will run the schools according to strict Islamic principles.

An official report leaked to the Daily Telegraph revealed that schools in Birmingham are illegally segregating pupils, discriminating against non-Muslim students and restricting the official syllabus to "comply with conservative Islamic teaching." Girls in some schools were forced to sit at the back of the class, some Christian pupils were left to "teach themselves" and a Muslim hate preacher was invited to speak to children.

An anonymous mother of a pupil at the Park View School in Birmingham said that "older boys are going round in these morality squads telling off girls if they do not wear veils. They bully the girls and stop them mingling with boys in the playground."

She also said Muslims have clamped down on Easter celebrations at the school. "My daughter tried to bring in an Easter egg for a friend and one boy grabbed it and smashed it against a wall," she said. "Another girl of about 11 brought in a little Easter bunny toy that she wanted to show her friends. They grabbed that off her too. All talk of Christmas and other non-Muslim festivals is banned. The teachers just turn a blind eye to it."

At the Madani School, a taxpayer funded "faith school" in Leicester, wall posters warn students that music is a tool of Satan. The poster reads as follows:

"Listening to music is haram [prohibited] and a sin. Stay away from evil acts such as listening to music and encourage others to do the same too! Music is a tool of Shaytan [Satan]. The playing of musical instruments and listening to them is haram. According to the Law of Allah, one who participates in music is regarded as a fasiq [sinful person]. One of the harms of music is that it distracts one from his Creator. The messages of today's music follow a general theme of love, drugs and freedom. Appearance of music and stringed instruments is a cause of Allah's anger. It is a tool of Shaytan by which he attracts people to commit wrongful acts. Music is Haram."

3. Muslim Integration

On April 17, the Sheffield Crown Court found Aras Hussein, 21, guilty of beheading his girlfriend, Reema Ramzan, 18, with kitchen knife in her apartment in Sheffield in June 2013. He was sentenced to life, with a minimum of 20 years in prison.

Hussein said he was suffering from schizophrenia at the time of the attack, but jurors rejected his claim that his condition diminished his responsibility for the killing, the motive for which remains unclear.

Justice Laura Cox said Hussein, who was born in Iraq, had used "severe and sustained" force to decapitate Reema in a "chilling and brutal" attack. She said:

"The pathological evidence indicated that she was likely to be alive while decapitation was taking place although at some stage, mercifully, she would have lost consciousness. The pain, terror, anguish and desperation she would therefore have suffered, as you inflicted these appalling injuries upon her and ended her life, is truly horrifying to contemplate. Why you did this to a young woman who was your girlfriend is unclear and may never be known."

Also at the Sheffield Crown Court, five Muslim men are facing charges of sexual offenses and trafficking against 13-year-old Erika Kacicova. The charges relate to the week-long disappearance of the girl from her home in Sheffield in August 2013. A major police operation ensued and the teenager was eventually found in nearby Bradford and returned to her family.

On April 23, municipal officials in Rochdale—home to a Muslim child-rape gang—said that six taxi drivers had lost their licenses after they were judged to pose a potential risk to the public, either because they had an existing criminal conviction or because the council believed there was a reasonable cause to question their suitability to be a cabbie.

Britain has been in the throes of a wave of sex crimes involving predatory Muslim taxi drivers raping female passengers. The number of so-called taxi rapes has snowballed to such an extent that a British judge recently issued a warning that no woman can expect to be safe while traveling in a cab.

On April 4, the radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary and many of his followers gathered in front of the Lebanese Embassy in London to protest the attempted arrest of the Tripoli-based Islamist Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad. Lebanese authorities are cracking down on hardline Sunni Islamist movements across the country. Bakri was instrumental in developing the London branch of the hardline Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is committed to establish an Islamic caliphate. He was banned from the UK in July 2006.

Choudary's group—shouting slogans such as "Death to the UK" and "Death to America"—was confronted (photos and video) by Britain First Defense Force, an organization established to protest Muslim gangs that are seeking to enforce Sharia law on British streets.

Meanwhile, a British Muslim grassroots movement called The Honesty Policy is trying to debunk some of the "negative stereotypes" surrounding Muslims in the UK. On April 15, the group released a four-minute video, Happy British Muslims, which shows Muslims—young and old, male and female, with or without headscarves, Arabs, Asians, Persians and Turks—laughing, singing, smiling and dancing to a pop-music hit called "Happy." Since its debut, the video has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

The Honesty Policy describes itself as a "group of young and curious Muslims saying what you're thinking. Honestly." It says it made the video to show that British Muslims are just as happy, eclectic, cosmopolitan, diverse, creative, fun and outgoing as anyone else.

Muslim hardliners were quick to attack the video, calling it "misguided," "Satanic" and "haram" (Arabic for "forbidden" or "unlawful"). Some said that it violates Sharia law because it shows women dancing and singing in public.

A YouTube video entitled, "Response to the Honesty Policy" accuses the makers of "Happy British Muslims" of being "sell-outs." A young Muslim woman moderates:

"If you look beyond the dancing, the music and the downright ridiculous attempt to look cool, all you have is a bad PR stunt to promote integration and for us to embrace the British culture. … This video is simply a response to the media and authorities, that after much pressure of trying to create your 'British Muslims,' you've got us. How exactly? Exhibit A: You have Muslims free-mixing. Exhibit B: You've got the music. Exhibit C: the sell-out Muslims, aka the wannabe non-Muslims. Need I say more?"

"So what's the big deal? It's like the Honesty Policy said: 'This video is to show the world that despite the negative press, stereotypes and discrimination we are burdened with, we should respond with smiles and joy, not anger.'

"Are you seriously trying to tell me that while the UK government has essentially banned Islam, and attacked every part of the Sharia law, we should be smiles and joy? While Muslims are being massacred globally, our women are being raped, our children are orphaned, we should be just smiles and joy?

"In essence this pathetic video is diverting the Muslim from fulfilling his obligations towards the ummah [global Muslim community] and working for Islam. … This is a serious matter. … Our sisters have felt the need to compromise Islam and their modesty all for the sake of acceptance. Acceptance should not come at the cost of your honor.

"This video, rather than showing Islam, actually promotes the haram as acceptable and fun. What exactly are you telling the non-Muslims, that you can dance your way to heaven? Let's be honest. If the prophet [Mohammed] were here today, he would never be preaching like this. As a matter of fact, he would be doing the complete opposite. He would be condemning these actions and speaking out against this evil."

Finally, the long-running debate over multiculturalism and the erosion of free speech in Britain was reignited after a candidate in the European elections was arrested on suspicion of religious or racial harassment after quoting a passage—written by Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill—about Islam during a campaign speech.

Paul Weston, chairman of the party Liberty GB, made the address on the steps of Winchester Guildhall, in Hampshire on April 26. Less the a minute after he began speaking, a member of the public took offense at the quote—from Churchill's 1899 book, The River War—and called police. The first interview Weston gave after being released from jail can be viewed on YouTube here.

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.
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