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Friday, July 6, 2012

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman: 'Friends of Syria' Group ‘Immoral’.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman: 'Friends of Syria' Group ‘Immoral’.(RN).Meetings being organized by the Friends of Syria group are one-sided and immoral, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has said.
Russia, China and a number of other countries which have traditionally friendly relations with the Syrian Arab Republic and its people have refused to join those ‘friends’ because we believe that the format that they have chosen is not only politically wrong, but also immoral,” Lukashevich said.
His remarks followed a conference of the Friends of Syria group held in Paris on Friday, in which representatives of some 100 countries took part.
Participants in the talks voiced strong criticism of Russia and China for their reluctance to join Western and Arab governments in calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
In her address to the delegates, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Moscow and Beijing “will pay a price” for “holding up progress” on Syria, urging the participating countries to put pressure on Russia and China to withdraw their support for Assad.
"I ask you to reach out to Russia and China and to not only urge, but demand that they get off the sidelines and begin to support the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people," Clinton said, adding: “I don't think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all, nothing at all, for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime.
Lukashevich said in his comments that the U.S. and its allies’ “friendship” with the Syrian opposition alone could further deepen the bloody 17-month-long conflict between the Syrian government and those fighting it.
This would mean only one thing – the continuation of bloodshed and new human tragedies,” Lukashevich said.

Participants in the Geneva talks, including the five permanent UN Security Council members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – as well as Turkey, Iraq, Qatar and Kuwait have urged the Syrian government and opposition groups to immediately end fighting and obey to a peace plan proposed by UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
They also called for the creation of a transitional government in Syria involving members of both the current Syrian leadership and opposition groups.
Instead of pushing the conflicting Syrian sides to work together to achieve peaceful transition, he said, the Friends of Syria group organize “politico-propagandist performances in the spirit of party congresses, where the fate of Syria is being discussed in the absence of its representatives and loud calls on oppositionists to launch an uncompromising fight to overthrow the Syrian leadership are being heard.”
Those calls are being strengthened by “generous promises of financial and economic support, as well as behind-the-scenes hints at the possibility of using a military scenario” in Syria, he added.
Russia and China have twice vetoed United Nations resolutions against Assad, citing a pro-rebel bias.Both countries have however backed Annan’s six-point peace plan, which went into force in April, but has failed to stop the bloodshed.
Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, is expected to hold talks with Syrian opposition groups next week, a diplomatic source said on Friday.Read the full story here.

G.W.Bush "We care because we believe that to whom much is given, much is required,".

G.W.Bush "We care because we believe that to whom much is given, much is required,".(CO).George W. Bush opens new health clinic in Zambia. While former U.S. President George W. Bush faces some often harsh criticism as commander in chief from those who claim he led the nation into unpopular wars and additional criticism from opponents who claim he initiated failed economic policies, he has taken on a new role as an advocate for women's health in Africa. Both he and his wife Laura Bush have recently opened a women's health clinic in Kabwe, Zambia. President Bush was in Africa to promote cervical cancer detection and treatment programs for Zambian women, many of whom are living with HIV. "We care because we believe that to whom much is given, much is required," Bush says. "And those of us, who live in America, live in the most blessed nation ever and therefore when we see suffering, we ought to act." The former president has raised more than $85 million for cervical cancer programs, through his George W. Bush Center and other partner organizations. Bush says his goal is to build upon one of the great bipartisan achievements of his presidency. In 2003, Bush's AIDS initiative was initially funded $15 billion-worth of anti-retroviral drugs and treatment to extend the lives of millions of Africans with HIV and AIDS. Zambia currently has the second highest number of cervical cancer cases in the world. Many Zambian women infected with the disease are also living with HIV and have weakened immune systems. "But the saddest thing of all is to know a lady's life has been saved from AIDS but died from cervical cancer," Bush said. "And so starting in Zambia, the Bush Center, along with our partners, are going to put on a cervical cancer crusade to save lives." "He's a very nice person," Chanda says, who is the first patient at the clinic. Pronounced cancer-free by the clinicians there, Chanda says that "I thank him and I am wishing you [him] a happy life, a good life." Bush says he will continue to advocate for global health issues which for him, he says, are a labor of love.Hmmmm......"Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from the bed of illness." ~ Psalm 41:1-3 (NIV).Read the full story here.

Israel’s Emergence As Energy Superpower Making Waves around the world.

                                                    Full scale map here.

Israel’s Emergence As Energy Superpower Making Waves around the world.(CriticalAnalyst).Back to regular programming. A fascinating and rather optimistic article by Walter Russel Mead in the American Interest posits that Israel looks likely to emerge as an energy superpower in the near future, with all the political ramifications associated with this status.
Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir famously lamented that Moses led the children of Israel for forty years of wandering in the desert until he found the only place in the Middle East where there wasn’t any oil.But could Moses have been smarter than believed? Apparently the Canadians and the Russians think so, as both countries are moving to step up energy relations with a tiny nation whose total energy reserves some experts now think could rival or even surpass the fabled oil wealth of Saudi Arabia. [emphases mine. -Ed].The prospect of huge oil reserves in Israel comes on top of the recent news about large natural gas discoveries off the coast that have been increasingly attracting attention and investor interest. The apparent gas riches have also been attracting international trouble. Lebanon disputes the undersea boundary with Israel (an act somewhat complicated by the fact that Lebanon has never actually recognized Israel’s existence), and overlapping claims from Turkey and Greece themselves plus both Greek and Turkish authorities on Cyprus further complicate matters. Yet despite these tensions, following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s surprisingly cordial visit last week, Gazprom and Israel have announced plans to cooperate on gas extraction.This suggests at a minimum that Turkish efforts to block gas development in the region will face opposition from Russia as well as from Israel. Gazprom and other Russian companies are also likely to do well in any gas exploration deals developed with the strongly pro-Moscow (and very cash hungry) Greek Cypriot government.The stakes are not small: the offshore Levantine Basin (which Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Israel and even Gaza will all have some claim to) is believed to have 120 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and “considerable” oil. Drillers working in Israeli waters have already identified what look to be 5 billion barrels of recoverable oil in addition to over a trillion cubic feet of gas. (US firms were involved in these finds.) Israel’s undersea gas reserves are currently estimated at about 16 trillion cubic feet and new fields continue to be rapidly found.
The new Israeli-Russian agreement is part of a conscious strategy by the Israeli government to use its nascent energy wealth to improve its embattled political position. With Italy reeling under the impact of big wrong-way bets on Iran, Rome may also begin to appreciate the value of good ties with a closer and more dependable neighbor. Another sensible target for Israeli energy diplomacy would be India: the two countries are already close in a number of ways, including trade and military technology, and India is eager to diversify its energy sources.
Gas is one thing, but potential for huge shale oil reserves under Israel itself, however, is a new twist. According to the World Energy Council, a leading global energy forum with organizations and affiliates in some 93 countries, Israel may have the third largest shale oil reserves in the world: something like 250 billion barrels. [...] If the estimates of Israeli shale oil are correct, Israel’s gas and shale reserves put its total energy reserves in the Saudi class, though Israel’s energy costs more to extract. Many obstacles exist and in a best case scenario some time must pass before the full consequences of the world’s new energy geography make themselves felt, but if production from the new sources in Israel and elsewhere develops, world politics will change.
the ability of the Arab governments to influence political opinion in Europe and the rest of the world is likely to decline as more oil and gas resources appear — and as Israel emerges as an important supplier. We could be heading toward a time when the world just doesn’t care all that much what happens around the Persian Gulf — as long as nobody gets frisky with the nukes.
Another big loser could be Turkey.
But if Israel really does emerge as a great energy power, and a Russia-Greece-Cyprus-Israel energy consortium does in fact emerge, Turkey will feel like someone who jilted a faithful longtime girlfriend the week before she won a huge lottery jackpot. More, Turkey’s ambitions to play a larger role in the old Ottoman stomping ground of the eastern Mediterranean basin will have suffered a significant check.
If the possibility of huge Israeli energy discoveries really pans out, and if the technical and resource problems connected with them can actually be solved, the US-Israeli relationship will also change. Some of this may already be happening. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s evident lack of worry when it comes to crossing President Obama may reflect his belief that Israel has some new cards to play. An energy-rich Israel with a lot of friends and suitors is going to be less dependent on the US than it has been — and it is also going to be a more valuable ally.
An Israel with vast energy endowments may be less coolly received in certain circles than it is today.
In the meantime, we wonder if there was an 11th, hitherto undiscovered commandment on those tablets at Sinai: Thou shalt drill, baby, thou shalt drill.
I hope Mead is not being overly optimistic, and pray that his words go from his keyboard to G-d’s ears.
Happily, I found several articles supporting Mead’s proposition.
Arutz Sheva: Israel is capable of producing 250 billion barrels of oil according to Dr. Harold Vinegar of Israel Energy Initiative Ltd.
Bret Stephens in the WSJ also quotes Dr. Vinegar and remarks upon the possibility of the delicious irony of Israel becoming an oil giant.
The Jerusalem Post reported back in March on how Israel could revolutionise the global energy market, not only thruogh its oil and shale reserves but through its technologically creative, ecologically-sound shale extraction methods.
And in case anyone is worried about the Palestinians making a grab for Israel’s shale oil,Israel Matzav reports that “G-d has the last laugh” as there are virtually no shale deposits in Judea and Samaria.
Israel as an energy superpower? It’s the epitome of cognitive dissonance. May it come speedily in our days, Amen.
Hmmmm......The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the Lord, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it." ~ Jeremiah 30:1-24.

                                          So G_d isn't an Englishman after all?

U.S. drought expands, intensifies, what's in store for your future grocery bills?

U.S. drought expands, intensifies, what's in store for your future grocery bills?(DroughtMonitor).By Rick Jordahl.The U.S. Drought Monitor report issued Thursday confirms what most have suspected: the drought, now covering up to half the nation, is expanding and intensifying. The percent of contiguous U.S. land area experiencing exceptional drought in July reached the highest levels in the history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, said an official at the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nearly 12 percent of the contiguous United States fell into the "exceptional" classification, according to the report. “That level of exceptional drought had never before been seen in the monitor's 12-year history,” said Brian Fuchs, University of Nebraska assistant geoscientist. Eighteen percent of the country is classified as under either extreme or exceptional drought, Fuchs said. The extreme dry, hot conditions in the nation’s mid-section are driving up corn and soybean prices to record or near-record levels. The July CME soybean contract was trading at record highs hitting $16.28 per bushel Thursday at 2:00 CDT. Corn was at $7.75 per bushel. Both the number of record highs in the past week, and the areas with record and near-record dryness over the last 1 to 3 months, are numerous. Daily high temperatures averaged above 100 degrees in the central and upper southern Plains, extending eastward into parts of Missouri and Arkansas, and average temperatures for the week were 8 degrees to 15 degrees above normal from the Ohio Valley and upper Southeast westward through most of the High Plains. The dryness is beginning to take a significant toll on some of the nation’s crops, pastures, and rangelands. In the primary growing states for corn and soybeans (18 each), 22 percent of the crop is in poor or very poor condition, as are 43 percent of the pastures and rangelands and 24 percent of the sorghum crop. In addition, the area scorched by wildfires expanded significantly. Over 1.9 million acres have been engulfed since the start of the year, and increase of 38 percent in just the past week.Hmmmm..........Anyone has an idea how many products DON'T contain Corn or Corn Syrup?Expect nearly everything to increase big time in Price!Read the full story here.

Is President Obama's Prostate Gland More Important Than Yours?

Is President Obama's Prostate Gland More Important Than Yours?(Forbes).By Paul Hsieh, M.D.When President Obama turned 50 last year, he made an “informed patient request” for a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test. This is the blood test routinely used to screen men over 50 for possible prostate cancer. The President received his PSA test. But under ObamaCare, you may not be able to.Now that ObamaCare has been upheld by the Supreme Court, all of its major provisions will be in force, not just the controversial “individual mandate.” This includes government medical practice guidelines that will affect millions of Americans.
ObamaCare includes various financial carrots and sticks to pressure doctors into joining large “Accountable Care Organizations” (ACOs). These ACOs will use mandatory electronic medical records to track how closely physicians adhere to government practice guidelines.
Doctors who obey government practice guidelines will be rewarded. Those who order more tests or procedures than the government deems necessary will be penalized.
This year, the USPSTF aroused similar controversy by giving a “D” grade (“not recommended”) to routine PSA prostate cancer screening.
Urologists — who regularly treat patients with prostate cancer — are overwhelmingly opposed to the USPSTF guidelines. Dr. Ian Thompson, a urologist at the University of Texas, notes that the USPSTF guidelines will prevent his patients from making properly informed decisions about their own health. Instead, they amount to a bureaucrat telling patients, “Follow my priorities instead of your own.”Hmmmm.......When Pres. Obama says, "Everyone plays by the same set of rules," it means they conform to his rules.
Read the full story here.

‘No to the Brotherhood’ protest expected in Egypt’s Tahrir Square.

‘No to the Brotherhood’ protest expected in Egypt’s Tahrir Square.(AA).Egyptian activists are planning to take to Cairo’s central Tahrir Square on Friday to protest against the Muslim Brotherhood, in a planned million-man demonstration titled “No to the Brotherhood.” 
The protests have been reportedly planned by the Maspero Youth Union, a revolutionary Coptic group, and a number of military supporters. The armed forces, which had transitionally ruled the country since Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak was overthrown last year, handed over power to President Mohammed Mursi, who came from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood last week.
The groups taking part in Friday’s protest are asking for Mursi to leave power, according to reports from Al Arabiya TV. Last Friday, Mursi joined tens of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square on Friday to celebrate his victory and keep pressure on the nation’s ruling generals to restore the parliament and hand power over to a civilian government. “There is no power above people power,” Mursi declared to wild cheers from the crowd. Mursi, who won a run-off election earlier this month against Mubarak’s last premier, was received with applause by the tens of thousands of people gathered in the square. He paid tribute to “the square of the revolution, the square of freedom,” addressing “the free world, Arabs, Muslims... the people of Egypt, brothers and sisters... Muslims of Egypt, Christians of Egypt.”
This Friday, Tahrir will also be accommodating the protests of another group: Egyptian women protesting against the rising sexual violence in the country. A page on Facebook, titled “Safe Tahrir for Women,” has called on both men and women to join forces to demonstrate against violence directed toward women in the iconic square under the theme.
 “We want strong people to act as guards to protect women from thugs who have been abusing them in the square. We want to catch these criminals who are destroying the reputation of the revolution, expose and shame them, and bring them to justice,” the statement on the Facebook page read. The campaign has been launched after dozens of violent attacks against women in Tahrir last month. Female protesters and journalists say the assaults are becoming commonplace in the Square, with groups of men attacking a women’s march against sexual harassment in an incident in June.We want to say, ‘Enough, No!’ to the terrible assaults against women which have been happening in Tahrir. We believe them to have been carried out by state-sponsored paid thugs: let’s catch them, and prove that the people of Tahrir are amongst the noblest in the world,” their statement added. Hmmmm.....can't wait to hear the Obama admin condemn the protests.Read the full story here.

Video: Muslim U.S. Congressman wants American schools Modeled after Madrassas.

Via Breitbart TV.

Video: Muslim U.S. Congressman wants American schools Modeled after Madrassas.(Shoebat).Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is perhaps the most well known Muslim in the U.S. Congress but he’s not the only one. The other is Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). While speaking at the ICNA-MAS convention, Carson told those in attendance that America’s schools should be ‘modeled’ after ‘madrassas’ (Islamic schools).
Incidentally, the ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) was identified in a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document as one of 29 ‘like minded’ organizations. The goal of these organizations? According to the document itself:
…their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”
MAS (Muslim American Society) was formed in 1992, one year after the date of the document, which might explain why they weren’t one of the 29. Bolstering that case further is the fact that MAS has identified two groups who are on the list of the notorious 29 – Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Muslim Students Association (MSA) as being like-minded.So, as DHS is more concerned with ‘rightwing extremism’ than it is with Jihad, a sitting U.S. Congressman is a featured speaker at a convention filled with those who want to destroy Western civilization (America) from within.”Four things Ellison and Carson share in common: Both are Muslim, both are Democrats, both are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and both are confirmed socialists.Read the full story here.

2ND Amendment 'Again' under fire - Lawmakers tell Obama to back off U.N. gun treaty.

2ND Amendment 'Again' under fire - Lawmakers tell Obama to back off U.N. gun treaty.(WND).By Jack Minor.Over 100 members of Congress appear to share the concerns of a former Army general who has sounded the alarm over efforts by the Obama Administration to push through the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT.
As WND reported, retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin earlier this year, in a video in which he claimed Obama was leading America down the path of a quiet, Marxist revolution, blasted the ATT, also known as the small arms treaty, saying it would regulate private gun ownership.
There has been a decree by the administration by the president and the secretary of state saying that our president will sign the United Nations small arms treaty, which is about how we will buy sell and control individual private weapons,” Boykin warned. 
“That means the United Nations, an international body will decide how you and I as Americans can buy and sell our weapons, how we control those weapons, who is authorized to have those weapons and where they are. This is a dangerous trend.”
Now some 130 lawmakers, consisting of mostly Republicans, but also including Democrats such as Reps. Jason Altmire, Sanford Bishop, Jerry Costello, Danny Davis and Peter DeFazio sent off a letter to the Obama administration opposing the treaty.
The letter states that Congress is concerned the treaty could “pose significant threats to our national security, foreign policy and economic interests as well as our constitutional rights.”
The letter goes on to declare that the Second Amendment guarantees the “fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms” and the U.S. has no business supporting a treaty that infringes on the Bill of Rights.

The treaty was opposed by the Bush administration, but President Obama’s administration reversed direction on the treaty. U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said the United States would support talks towards ratifying the treaty.
While the treaty is still in a draft stage, the United Nations is beginning a month-long process beginning this week to craft the final details of the treaty.The congressional letter also takes issue with the “moral equivalence” of comparing America to totalitarian regimes and calls upon the administration to break consensus and reject the treaty. It goes on to remind the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that “the Constitution gives the power to regulate international commerce to Congress alone.”
This is not the first time Congress has sent letters to the administration opposing the small arms treaty. Last year, Congress sent off a similar letter addressing many of the same concerns. This letter was signed by 12 Democrats who joined 45 Republicans in opposing the treaty.
The letter stated, “The Arms Trade Treaty must not in any way regulate the domestic manufacture, possession or sale of firearms or ammunition.”
It went on to state, “The establishment of any sort of international gun registry that could impede upon the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners is a non-starter.”Read the full story here.

Beware of the 'rainbow' virus? - Malaysia schools to get sex education to combat LGBT “dangers”.

Beware of the 'rainbow' virus? - Malaysia schools to get sex education to combat LGBT “dangers”.(BM).KUALA LUMPUR: In an effort to boost awareness among young people in Malaysia, the education ministry announced a new initiative to introduce Social and Reproductive Health Education (PKRS) into schools. However, the aim is to combat the “dangers and threats” of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population, the deputy minister Puad Zarkashi said in comments published by Bernama news agency. “In the past, sex education was taught indirectly through other subjects, but now the government feels that PKRS needs to be a special subject to tackle the rise in social problems among teens,” he began. “We cannot wait longer to implement this because according to our studies, many teens in the country do not know the function and importance of healthy interaction among guys and girls,” he told reporters after launching the state-level Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Excellence Award Day.
It comes as the government here continues its attacks on the LGBT community. According to a government statement in late June, the government views the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-sexual (LGBT) issue “seriously” and is “controlling its spread” through prevention efforts and legal enforcement, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mashitah Ibrahim again reiterated. She said these efforts were done with the help of the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and State Religious Department (Jain) through programs such as the BEST! Tour which aimed to educate teenagers on social ills such as HIV Aids caused by homosexual lifestyles. “A series of rehabilitation and treatment courses will also be given to Muslims who have deviated from societal norms, while Jakim and Jain have conducted a Mukhayyam program with repented transsexuals to obtain positive feedback from them,” she said in reply to an original question from Datuk Mohd Jidin (BN-Setiu) who wanted to know the government’s seriousness in tackling LGBT issues in the country. In terms of enforcement, she said laws clearly stated in the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997 (Act 559) can only be enforced on Muslims. Mashitah said the government and state religious authorities will take legal action against any Muslims involved in LGBT and who flout laws in each state. There are no legal and religious provisions in Malaysia that allow homosexuality, free sex and same-sex marriages, she added.Read the full story here.

Egypt’s new TV channel featuring only niqab-wearing women to kick off in Ramadan.

Egypt’s new TV channel featuring only niqab-wearing women to kick off in Ramadan.(AA).The first Egyptian satellite channel completely managed by women wearing the ‘niqab’ (full face veil) will be launched on July 20, which will mark with the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, an Egyptian daily reported on Thursday. All workers in the new channel – named Maria – as well as the guests to be hosted in its programs will all be women wearing the ‘niqab’, according to Safaa al-Refaie, who is in charge of the channel. “Niqab is a red line that cannot be crossed,” Refaie was quoted as saying by Egypt’s state-run al-Ahram daily. She refused to reveal the source of the channel’s funding.
Maria is the name of one of Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) wives, who was an Egyptian Copt. Most of the new channel’s programs will focus on religion and marital life. “Our message will be directed at Muslim women, to teach them the Sunna (legacy) of the Prophet Mohammed,” Refaie said.
This channel was opened “to regain the dignity of women in niqab who have been persecuted and were subject to dismissal from work over the past decades,” Refaie told al-Ahram. The hijab (headscarf), which is common in Egypt, was banned on Egyptian TV channels during former president Hosni Mubarak’s era. Female presenters were not allowed to appear on screen in the hijab If the channel airs a program about an issue and cannot find an expert wearing the niqab, then, according to Refaie, the channel will host the “non-niqabi” experts and give them two options: either to wear the niqab temporarily during the program, or to have their faces blurred out while the program is being aired.
Yasser Abdul Aziz, an Egyptian media expert, was quoted by Egypt Independent daily as saying that he predicted the channel would not be able to continue with the same conditions and work requirements for long, although it might attract a considerable number of viewers. Meanwhile, the new channel Maria was described as a “legitimate exercise of the freedom of opinion and expression” by rights activist Negad al-Boraie He was quoted by Egypt Independent as saying that barring unveiled women from the programs of Maria “was not a form of discrimination.” Egyptian society should be open to all ideas and should not judge citizens according to what they are wearing, but what they are saying, he added. “Protecting freedom of expression and opinion requires making room for both women in niqab who launch their own channel, and those who believe in other ideas,” he told the Egyptian daily.Hmmmm......The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, head of Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni worldThe niqab is a tradition and has nothing to do with Islam,” said Sheikh Tantawi, vowing to ban it in Al-Azhar schools.After the girl complied he insisted she should not wear it any more.I tell you again that the niqab has nothing to do with Islam and it is only a mere custom. I understand the religion better than you and your parents.” The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar imam vowed to issue a ban against the face-veil in all schools linked to Al-Azhar.“Read the full story here.

Obama’s "Outreach to Muslims" czar Mohamed Magid hands diversity award to Jew-hater Dawud Walid.

Obama’s "Outreach to Muslims" czar Mohamed Magid hands diversity award to Jew-hater Dawud Walid.(PJT).Mohamed Magid is the Obama administration’s go-to guy for Muslim outreach and advise on international affairs and counterterrorism. He is a regular visitor to the White House (even when the administration wants to conceal it), attends important administration speeches on the US Middle East policy at the State Department, he counsels the Department of Justice to criminalize defamation of Islam, he entertains the deputy national security adviser at his DC-area mosque, and he serves on the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. He also advises the FBI and many other federal agencies.
He has also been profiled by Time Magazine and the Huffington Post has even dubbed him “America’s Imam“. His ubiquitous presence across the Obama administration undoubtedly makes him the most influential and sought after Muslim authority in the country.
Imam Magid also serves as the president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). In that capacity last weekend he presided over ISNA’s “Diversity Forum” held in Dearborn (where Muslim residents were recently video recorded stoning Christian protestors).
One of the speakers at the ISNA Diversity Forum was CAIR-Michigan executive director Dawud Walid. Imam Magid even gave a “diversity award” to Walid.
Walid, too, is popular with the Obama administration, taking two taxpayer financed trips overseas text-align: left;"> on behalf of the State Department.
But just a little over a month ago Dawud Walid gave a sermon at the Islamic Organization of America (IONA) mosque in Warren, Michigan.
As noted by an Investigative Project report issued just days after Walid’s appearance, during the sermon he asked, “Who are those who incurred the wrath of Allah?” Answering his own question in Arabic, he replied, “They are the Jews, they are the Jews.”Hmmm.........Obama: “We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others.”Read the full story here.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Overnight Music video - Night of the Proms 2000: Coolio: Gangst'a paradise

Egyptian Coptic activists declare creation of Christian Brotherhood to 'counter' Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian Coptic activists declare creation of Christian Brotherhood to 'counter' Muslim Brotherhood.(AA).A group of Coptic activists in Egypt announced the establishment of the Christian Brotherhood to counter the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood especially after their candidate Mohammed Mursi won the presidential elections. The idea was first initiated in 2005 by lawyer Mamdouh Nakhla, head of al-Kalema Center for Human Rights, and political analyst Michel Fahmi. It was then adopted by Amir Ayad, member of the Maspero Youths Union for Free Copts, the group established after clashes with military forces in front of the TV building in the Cairo district of Maspero left more than 20 Copts dead.
The Christian Brotherhood has branches in 16 governorates in Egypt as well as four branches outside Egypt, three in Europe and one in Australia. “The idea started in 2005 with the rise of Islamist groups, but it had not been put to action since then,” Michel Fahmi told Al Arabiya in a phone interview. Fahmi explained that it was the victory of Muslim Brotherhood candidate presidential elections that necessitated taking steps towards creating the new Brotherhood. “It was then important to establish a body that can resist the Islamist tide.” Fahmi stated that he has no problem calling the Christian Brotherhood a sectarian group since the idea of the Muslim Brotherhood is also sectarian. “We created our group to create a balance in the Egyptian political scene.”
The new group, Fahmi pointed out, is not meant to compete with Muslims but with the rise of political Islam and its members are not after power. “Muslims are something and Islamists are something else and it is not true that we wanted to a Copt to take part in presidential elections.” According to Amir Ayad, members of the group decided to put their ideas into action when they felt that the hope of having a civilian state was gone.“With Mohammed Mursi’s victory, we felt that Egypt is about to turn into a religious state so we decided to create the group as a means of peaceful resistance against Islamist powers,” Ayad was quoted as saying by the Egyptian newspaper al-Youm al-Sabea. This resistance, which Ayad likens to that adopted by Mahatma Gandhi, will be basically through chronicling all sorts of violations and discriminatory acts committed against Copts across Egypt. “We will then use all available legal channels to make sure the perpetrators of these actions do not get away with them.”Hmmmm.....Read the full story here.

"YES WE CAN !" - Marine Corps band plays Romney song for Obama on White House lawn.

"YES WE CAN !" - Marine Corps band plays Romney song for Obama on White House lawn.(TheHill).A subset of the Marine Corps band struck up one of Mitt Romney's walkout songs while President Obama was greeting visitors at the White House Independence Day celebration. A White House pool report said the band struck up Rodney Atkins's "It's America," and described it as an "awkward moment." The president and first lady Michelle Obama were hosting service members and their families on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday evening to mark the Fourth of July. Military families were treated to an evening of barbecue, fireworks and a concert featuring the Marine Band and country star Brad Paisley. In his remarks welcoming the attendees, Obama thanked them for their service to the country "It is always such an honor for us to spend this holiday with members of our military and your extraordinary families," said the president. "So as your commander in chief — but also as an American — I wanted to invite all of you over to say one thing: Thank you."Hmmmm.....The President is 'Commander in Chief'.Read the full story here.

Verizon to FCC: Free speech trumps Net neutrality rules.

Verizon to FCC: Free speech trumps Net neutrality rules.(CNet). By Marguerite Reardon. Bring out the constitutional scholars: Verizon says the Federal Communications Commission's Net neutrality rules violate the right to free speech. In a nutshell, Verizon argues that the FCC has overstepped its authority with its Net neutrality rules, going so far as to argue that the rules are unconstitutional -- Verizon sees the transmission of data across its network as "speech." As if that's not enough, the carrier argues that the rules are "arbitrary and capricious." In other words, Verizon doesn't believe the rules are necessary given that there hasn't been a big problem of companies slowing down traffic or blocking services on their networks. Verizon laid out its argument in a brief filed yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. In December 2010, the FCC adopted a set of Net neutrality rules in an effort to protect broadband users from having a service provider slow down traffic or block certain content. The agency adopted those rules after it lost a court battle over having penalized cable and broadband provider Comcast for violating its Net neutrality principles. But a federal court said that the FCC had overstepped its bounds in that case. Once the rules were officially registered with the government in September of last year, Verizon said it planned to file a lawsuit against the FCC challenging the rules and asking the court to overturn them.Read the full story here.

World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout.

World Exclusive: First Marion, IL. Prison Interview with Viktor Bout.(Skypotrol).By George Mapp.

Drug Smugglers, Gun Runners, Russian Intelligence Officers and Terrorists’ Wives.

How, when and why I first met Viktor Bout is too fascinating and too long a story to discuss here. In fact so intriguing that I am currently write a book about it. Viktor Bout is a part of but by no means entails my entire book. The book will also discuss my intimate encounter in the foothills of the Himalayas with David Headley’s — Mumbai’s 26/11 terrorist mastermind — wife Faiza that led to India’s intelligence agency tracking me down for interrogation and questioning along with the FBI. My book is in five parts: India, Thailand, Morocco, America and Russia. For a brief description see below:
In his fascinating new book, Drug Smugglers, Gun Runners, Russian Intelligence Officers and Terrorists’ Wives, George Mapp describes how he went from an international equity trader on Wall Street, to massage therapist to international globe trotter to an accused terrorist. His unique book will discuss international travel to exotic destinations, a spiritual journey, love affairs, diverse cultures, religious clashes, drugs, terrorism, intelligence agencies, spies, lies and spy games as well as his eye witness account of 9/11.Read the full story here.

Obama's Social Security Number challenged - Ohio private investigator Files Suit in Ohio!

Obama's Social Security Number challenged - Ohio private investigator Files Suit in Ohio!(WND).If Barack Obama has an immediate eligibility problem, it is more likely to derive from the Social Security Number he has been using for the last 25 years than from his birth certificate. Ohio private investigator Susan Daniels has seen to that. 
On Monday, July 2, she filed suit in Geauga County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court demanding that Jon Husted, Ohio secretary of state, remove Obama’s name from the ballot until Obama can prove the validity of his Social Security Number.Daniels, who has vetted thousands of Social Security Numbers for numerous other clients, has done her homework.
In her filing, she thoroughly documents her contention 
“that Barack Obama has repeatedly, consistently, and with intent misrepresented himself by using a fraudulently obtained Social Security Number.” 
To acquire appropriate standing in court, Daniels has gone to the trouble of establishing herself as a valid write-in candidate for president. Before she is through, this 70-something mother of seven, who has been a licensed Ohio PI since 1995, may cause Obama more trouble than the Romney campaign. Daniels started her investigation in August 2009. Given her profession, she has been able to access a variety of proprietary databases.
What she learned without much trouble is that Obama has been using a Social Security Number with the prefix “042″ since 1986. As she discovered, the “042″ number is reserved for the exclusive use of individuals who register in Connecticut. When she ran 10 sequential numbers before and after Obama’s, all returned with the documentation “issued 1977-1979 in CT.” 
When Daniels ran the numbers immediately flanking Obama’s, she came to the firm conviction that Obama’s number was issued in March 1977 in Connecticut. By all accounts, as Daniels thoroughly documents, Obama was then a 15-year-old living in Hawaii.
There is no record of him even visiting Connecticut in or near this time frame. To have gotten a Social Security card at this time Obama would have had to show up for a “mandatory in-person interview.” This could not have taken place in Connecticut. Obama’s sister, Maya, by contrast, uses a number appropriate for a Hawaiian resident.
Daniels checked other databases as well to validate her findings, including the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles and the IRS. Yes, Obama used the 042 number to get a driver’s license when at Harvard and as recently as on his 2009 income tax return.For this reason, Daniels has filed suit. “Defendant Husted, through this filing,” she argues, “has been made aware that the Democratic Candidate has been using a fraudulent Social Security Number, which would render Barack Obama ineligible under both the Ohio and U.S. Constitutions.” Daniels asks the court, among other things, to issue an injunction against Obama’s name appearing on ballot until it is determined that he is using a proper Social Security Number.Read the full story here.

Pakistan - Islamic extremist Mob kills man, burns corpse for desecrating Quran.

Pakistan - Islamic extremist Mob kills man, burns corpse for desecrating Quran.(Dawn).A senior police officer Mohammed Azhar Gujar said that in the incident on Tuesday in the Ahmedpur East area of Punjab’s Bahawalpur district, attackers stormed a police station where the man was being interrogated. He said the victim seemed to be mentally unstable. He was arrested after residents said he threw pages of the Quran into the street. 
While the man was being questioned, some people started making announcements over mosque loudspeakers, urging residents to go to the police station and punish him. Within hours, thousands gathered outside and demanded the man be handed over to them.
Gujar said police tried to protect him, but the mob turned violent. They burned several police vehicles and wounded seven officers before grabbing the man and dragging him into the street, where he was beaten to death and his body set on fire.
Gujar said the mob also attacked the house of an area police chief and burned his furniture and possessions. It was unclear whether the man was Muslim, a member of Pakistan’s Christian minority or belonged to another religion. His name was not released.Efforts to change the laws have made little headway. Last year, two prominent Pakistani political figures who spoke out against the blasphemy laws were killed in attacks that raised concerns about the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan.
On June 17, a crowd attempted to lynch a blasphemy suspect as they tried to storm into the police station where he was held. A group of lawyers attempted to attack the same suspect the next day following his production in court but policemen successfully foiled both attacks.
In Quetta last month, a man was killed as a mob attacked a police station holding a “mentally retarded” man also suspected of desecrating the holy book.During a visit to Pakistan in May, Gabriela Knaul, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, said lawyers are often reluctant to defend clients accused under the blasphemy laws because of intimidation, and judges are often pressured to convict. Hmmmm.....The 'people' the Obama Admin just apologized to and Gave $ 1,1 Billion, while promising to 'release' more funds.Read the full story here.

Iranian Commander of Aerospace Force: IRGC Will Destroy 35 US Bases in Region if Attacked.

Iranian Commander of Aerospace Force: IRGC Will Destroy 35 US Bases in Region if Attacked.(Fars). Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that the IRGC has detailed contingency plans to hit 35 US bases in the region in the early minutes of a possible conflict."We have thought of measures to set up bases and deploy missiles to destroy all these bases in the early minutes after an attack," Hajizadeh said on Wednesday, referring to Iran's contingency plans for any potential confrontation with the US. He said that the US has 35 bases around Iran, and stated, "All these bases are within the reach of our missiles. Meantime, the occupied (Palestinian) lands (Israel) are good targets for us as well."
The commander explained that the current IRGC missile wargames is a practice of targeting a single hypothetical enemy airbase which is a replica of the US bases in the region. On Tuesday, the IRGC Aerospace Force started massive missile wargames, codenamed Payambar-e Azam 7 (The Great Prophet 7), by firing tens of short, mid and long-range missiles from bases across the country at a single target in Central Iran. The IRGC units fired tens of Shahab 1, 2 and 3, Fateh, Qiyam, Persian Gulf and Zelzal missiles at a hypothetical enemy air base - which IRGC officials had earlier said is a replica of the air bases of the trans-regional powers (the US) - in Iran's Lut Desert simultaneously. The Islamic Republic's top military officials have repeatedly warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, the country would target all American bases in the Middle East and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz. An estimated 40 percent of the world's oil supply passes through the waterway. In similar remarks last month, Hajizadeh had said that the numerous military bases of the trans-regional powers in Iran's neighborhood have provided an "opportunity" for the IRGC. He said Iran believes that the US military bases in the region "are no threat; rather we view them as an opportunity". Hmmmm......Read the full story here.

"The 'Charm' of Sharia law" - Religious vigilantes claim to have killed student in Suez.

"The 'Charm' of Sharia law" - Religious vigilantes claim to have killed student in Suez.(EI).Religious vigilantes claimed responsibility for the death of a Student in Suez on Facebook Monday, after attacking him for walking with his fiancée. The student passed away in Ismailia University Hospital, the state newspaper Al-Akhbar reported. Suez security chief had received reports that Ahmed Hussein Eid, an engineering student, died of stabbing wounds.
Al-Akhbar said that victim, a 20-year-old engineering student, was walking with his fiancée and cousin towards a minibus stop in the Arbaeen neighborhood, when three bearded men wearing white Galabeyas on a motorcycle stopped him. They asked him about the girl accompanying him. When he told him that she is his fiancée, they warned him against walking with her because it is "haram, and it is an abomination.” The student shouted in their faces and told them that he is free to do what he wants and it is none of their business. One of the three men then stabbed him in the groin with a knife and they ran away with their motorcycle
The Facebook page “Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice Authority” that adopts the Saudi model for religious police, who search for those violating Sharia, said on Monday that they are responsible for the killing of the student. The page said that the killed student was standing with a woman and they were advising him not to do that. But the student insulted them and they later attacked him with the knife, killing him. The victim did now know the men, according to his father, who Al-Akhbar said suffered a nervous breakdown after hearing of his son’s death. The incident comes amid increasing reports of attacks against individuals by some religious men. Last week two middle-aged men were killed by “bearded people” because they work for a musical group. The victim’s brother, Mohamed, told the same newspaper that the murderers stopped Ahmed and his fiancée and told him that she should not walk alone with him without a “mahram,” a woman’s father, brother, or son. When Ahmed shunned them, they stabbed him with a metal object, he said.Hmmmm......Arab Spring 'knife'?Read the full story here.

Video - Obama Blamed “Founding Fathers” For Making It Difficult For Him To “Bring Change”.But..."I will keep plotting"

Russia, China & Israel against Islamism?

Russia, China and Israel against Islamism?

By Daniel Pipes.
July 3, 2012
Cross-posted from National Review Online: The Corner.

Obama's BFF Turkey eyes further 10 pct cut in Iran oil purchase.

Obama's BFF Turkey eyes further 10 pct cut in Iran oil purchase.(TI).Turkey is prepared to cut its Iranian oil imports by no more than an additional 10 percent from next year to persuade the United States to extend sanction exemptions when they expire in December, a high-level Turkish source told Reuters. Last month Washington granted exemptions to Turkey and six other countries from its financial sanctions on Iran's oil trade in return for significant cuts in their purchases of Iranian oil. It gave Turkey a 180-day exception from sanctions from June 11 as a result of an initial 20 percent cut made by Tupras , Turkey's sole refiner. The exception meant Turkey's Halkbank was able to make payments to the Iranian Central Bank for oil shipments to Tupras without fear of being blacklisted by the United States. A U.S. diplomat subsequently said Washington had pressed Turkey to follow the 20 percent reduction in oil purchases with a further cut in six months, but did not specify how much. "It is impossible for us to suddenly halt our Iranian oil purchases, because around 50 percent of our imports are from this country," said the Turkish source, who is close to the matter but requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject. "The Americans can be convinced by making a reasonable reduction at the end of the 180-day exemption period granted to Turkey. This reduction will not be as much as 20 percent; it will be around 10 percent," he said. Turkey imported an average of 180,000 barrels per day of Iranian crude in 2011, although purchases soared in April and March before falling steeply in May. A 20 percent reduction from last year's levels from July 1 would put Turkey's purchases at 144,000 bpd, and a further 10 percent cut would push them to around 130,000 bpd. The United States and the European Union say Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons, while Tehran says the programme is strictly for civilian purposes. Beyond the 27-country European Union, which has banned Iranian imports from July under separate sanctions, other buyers of Iran's crude have pledged to cut purchases by up to a fifth.Hmmmm..........As expected Obama will give BFF Turkey a waiver from sanctions, they 'only' import 45 percent of their oil from Iran and aid Iran avoiding sanctions.In the first four months of 2012, Turkey imported 210,000 barrels per day of Iranian oil on average, including a huge 270,000 bpd in March, much higher than its 2011 average of 185,000 bpd.There's NO CUT in imports!!! Read the full story

Overnight Music Video - It's All Coming Back to Me Now Meat Loaf with Marion Raven

Video - Canadian Rapper Promotes Taliban with Government Money.

Video - Canadian Rapper Promotes Taliban with Government Money.(TIP).By Daniel E. Rogell.A popular French-speaking rapper from Montreal has released a new pro-terrorism song showing a Taliban point of view of the war in Afghanistan.Canada's National Post reports. Although Manu Militari maintains that the shocking video for "L'Attente," or "The Wait," doesn't promote terror, Canadian officials are outraged that the artist may have received more than $100,000 in government money to build his career.
The "L'Attente" video shows Taliban terrorists taking revenge for a fictional Canadian/Afghan anti-terror operation where Afghan soldiers torture a local civilian. The song contains lyrics such as "I wait for him" and "I hurry to dig a hole to put in my fertilizer bomb" while showing footage of a roadside bombing of Canadian troops and Taliban fighters gunning down survivors
"I want to free my land … This is not about religion," Manu Militari sings, while Taliban fighters are portrayed as family men.
The rapper was heavily subsidized by Canadian nonprofit MusicAction, which claims as its mission "to encourage the development of music by financially supporting the production and marketing" of acts by French Canadian artists. MusicAction is a federally funded Canadian government entity, with support coming from the Ministry of Canadian Heritage.
"The content of this song is offensive," said Sébastien Gariépy, the Minister of Canadian Heritage's Press Secretary. "To glorify the Taliban and their terrorism is indefensible and wrong. MusicAction's contribution to this group does not meet the conditions of government of Canada funding. Appropriate measures will be taken in response."Read the full story here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hezbollah and Iran: "We will fight with Assad to defend Syria against any invasion."

Hezbollah and Iran: "We will fight with Assad to defend Syria against any invasion."(GN).– Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah and Iran will fight alongside the Syrian regime if it is attacked by foreign forces, a pro-Damascus Palestinian fighter leader said on Tuesday. In the event of “a foreign attack, we discussed with our brothers (in the Syrian regime), with (Hezbollah chief) Hassan Nasrallah and our brothers in Iran, we will be part of this battle,” said Ahmad Jibril of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.
In an interview with Beirut-based Mayadeen television, Jibril said that if a “Turkish-European alliance or NATO escalate… we will take to the streets and fight on behalf of all those with honour and our Syrian brothers.” Jibril also cited Nasrallah as saying Hezbollah would fight on behalf of the Syrian regime, and described the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance as “one axis” that the PFLP-GC is part of.
He added that he met recently with Nasrallah, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, without specifying when. He also noted that the Hezbollah chief “said he would join this battle, in the event of a foreign attack” on Syria. The Iranian regime, he said, told him it would not allow a strike on Syria. “We have warned the Turks several times not to play with fire,” Jibril said. Echoing the Syrian regime’s discourse, the PFLP-GC chief said the 16-month uprising against Assad was not a genuine local movement, but rather “a change in the foundations of this region in order to create a new Middle East, referring to a term coined in 2006 by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Jibril described the defence of the Syrian regime as “a decisive battle.” Victory would be necessary, he said, in order to “defeat the American and Zionist projects.” Read the full story here.More from Iran on Syria here.

Rahm Emmanuel’s Confounding CAIR Appointment

Rahm Emmanuel’s Confounding CAIR Appointment.(TCJR).By Steve Emerson.Chicago has been home to key Hamas operatives for more than 20 years. It was home to the Islamic Association for Palestine, which served as the terrorist organization’s American propaganda arm. It was home to Mohammed Salah and Abdelhaleem al-Ashqar, both of whom were key Hamas financiers.
Now, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has turned to a key cog in the wheel of domestic Hamas support for a new city panel aimed at making the city more immigrant friendly.
Ahmed Rehab, the head of the local Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Chicago chapter, is among 50 people appointed last week to the mayor’s “New Americans Advisory Committee.” The committee is charged with developing “a roadmap that will ensure Chicago continues to thrive and grow and attracts the world’s leading human capital to compete in the 21st century global economy and beyond.”
Emmanuel should know better.
He was White House chief of staff when it became known that the FBI had broken off communication with CAIR in 2008 over concerns about the organization’s roots in a Hamas-support network. CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad are included in a telephone list of “Palestine Committee” members (Ahmad is identified as “Omar Yehya”), and CAIR was listed in internal records as a specific committee arm.
Other internal records show that the Palestine Committee was created by the Muslim Brotherhood to help Hamas “with what it needs of media, money, men and all of that.”
An FBI official wrote to inquiring U.S. senators in 2009, explaining that “until we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS, the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner.
Yet, Emmanuel appointed the head of the group’s Chicago office to the committee on immigrant policy.
Although none of the evidence cited by the FBI implicates Rehab specifically, he has established a record of echoing CAIR’s national leadership in refusing to condemn Hamas as a terrorist group and in reflexively opposing law enforcement counter-terrorism investigations.
Rehab defended Kifah Mustapha when the Illinois State Police revoked his appointment as a Muslim police chaplain. Prosecutors say Mustapha was part of the Palestine Committee. Records show he was a paid fundraiser for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the Palestine Committee’s official fundraising arm.
Five former HLF officials were convicted in 2008 on more than 100 total counts related to illegally funneling more than $12 million to Hamas-tied charities in the West Bank and Gaza. Rehab dismissed the prosecution theory in the case as ludicrous and said the evidence amounted to nothing more than “textbook guilt by association.”
But U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis, who saw all the testimony and evidence, came to a different conclusion. “The purpose of creating the Holy Land Foundation was as a fundraising arm for Hamas,” he said during a sentencing hearing.
In a separate ruling, Solis found that the prosecution provided “ample evidence” tying CAIR and other organizations to Hamas.
Rehab paid no attention to those court exhibits in criticizing the case, and later in criticizing the state’s decision to rescind Mustapha’s appointment for the chaplain position. Instead, he blamed the messenger, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, for exposing Mustapha’s connections.
Our concern is that the Illinois State Police is kowtowing to articles online published by notorious anti-Muslims who have been in the business of smearing Muslim activists leaders and Imams for the longest time,Rehab said. Mustapha is “a man of great integrity.”

That’s not the first time Rehab stood stubbornly behind people tied to Hamas support despite the available evidence.
During a 2007 town hall gathering in Texas, he accused the government of a “political persecution” of Muhammad Salah, who admitted to Israeli authorities in 1995 that he was a Hamas member. Though the United States designated Salah as a terrorist, Rehab described him as “a decent individual” and a “man we hold dear.”
In a column, Rehab said Salah merely “supplied charitable aid to the most vulnerable factions of his occupied and war-ravaged country of origin, Palestine.”
Rehab offered a similar argument during a 2006 interview with the BBC in which he refused to condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization. He does condemn “the blowing up of Tel Aviv pizzerias or cafes,” he said, but not “the hospitals run by Hamas, or the schools that help children learn.”A week after that, and two weeks before Rehab’s comments, outgoing NYPD director of intelligence analysis Mitchell Silber blasted media coverage of the surveillance program for using “cherry-picked and misconstrued examples to support particularly damaging charges.” The program helps police identify pockets of radical activity where terror plots might take root.
The same tactics are used to stop everyday criminal networks, from drug dealers and gangs to human trafficking, Silber wrote.
Surveillance of public places is part of court-approved guidelines, he wrote, and anything involving undercover officers was done “only on the basis of a lead or investigation reviewed and authorized in writing at the highest levels of the department” (emphasis original).
Hmmmm.....I remember Mr. 'Nice guy' leaving for Egypt at the start of the 'Muslim Brotherhood' organised revolution, and tweeting from there.Read the full story here.
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