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These are all the Blogs posted on Tuesday, 10, 2009.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Fort Morgan Somali Murder Victim and Perpetrator have same name: Is this a Possible Honor Killing?

Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch had a post on a follow up story by the Fort Morgan Times in which it was revealed the perpetrator of the murder and the victim had the same Somali Clan name: Abdi. Mere coincidence or was this the reason the gag order was ordered by the Fort Morgan County Court? In our original posting on the Fort Morgan, Colorado case, we speculated about whether this was a crime of passion or a possible honor killing to redeem the family honor.

Corcoran and I discussed this development. She noted that the victim, Warsen Aden Abdi of Fort Morgan was 27 versus 25 years of age for Ahmed Abdi, the killer from Greely, Colorado.  Further that she was watching TV in the company of men in a Fort Morgan apartment when Ahmed Abdi attacked and killed her. Could they be siblings?

The Fort Morgan Times update story notes:

The victim of a Nov. 3 fatal stabbing has been positively identified by the Morgan County Coroner’s Office as Warsen Aden Abdi.

Her birth date, provided by family members, was Jan. 1, 1982.

Identification was complicated by lack of pre-death records.

The coroner’s office and Fort Morgan Police Department worked together to obtain postmortem fingerprints, a dental examination and medical examination but were unable to obtain any pre-death records for comparison.

Contact with Immigration Services and Lutheran Services, the sponsoring agency of refugees from East Africa, were unable to provide records.

Identification efforts were finalized by visual examination by family members of the victim.

A suspect in the case, Ahmed Abdi of Greeley, is being held in Morgan County jail on $300,000 bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 16.

It would seem peculiar that there were no pre-death records. You would have thought that our State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or Volunteer Agencies like Lutheran services immigration records would gather some information, such as fingerprints, for admittance to the US. But then the much criticized refugee resettlement program is riddled with immigration fraud abuses as was revealed from DHS DNA tests of the infamous P-3 family reunification program. However, in a war torn country like Somalia, would there be any vital statistics records by locality?  We seriously doubt that.

Thus, Corcoran’s conclusion drawn from these unfolding developments about the Somali Murder case confirms our original suspicions that this may ultimately be revealed at the preliminary hearing on December 16th as an ‘honor killing.’  If it is, then perhaps the veil of PC multiculturalism will be dropped from the eyes of the Colorado communities in both Greeley and Fort Morgan that the Somali émigré workers to meat packing companies JBS Swift USA and Cargill, Inc. harbor barbarous Sharia practices.  Remember the protest sign that Michael Gale and the CAST contingent used in the August 8th protests in Greeley, Colorado: “no honor killings here”?  Well the Fort Morgan Somali murder case may have shattered that illusion harbored by the community and media in both Colorado communities. 

 

Posted on 11/10/2009 12:23 AM by Jerry Gordon
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Great New Discovery By Science

President Obama and Prime Minister (UK) Gordon Brown were both present today when the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory unveiled its latest discovery. This fantastic, almost unbelievable, invention is a computer that can predict the future.

Naturally, and as one would expect, the President interrogated this marvellous machine about the state of the USA in one hundred years time.
 
The printout from the computer, the most advanced of its kind, was totally positive and gave out a very encouraging prognosis for the USA.
 
As one would expect the President invited Mr. Brown, the Prime Minister of the UK, to ask the same question for the UK as he, the President, had asked about the USA. Nothing loath, Mr Brown did so.
 
The machine duly printed the answer.
 
Mr. Brown lifted the paper and carefully studied it.
 
“Well,” asked the President, “What does it say?”
 
“I haven’t got a f*****g clue,” the Prime Minister answered, “It’s all in b****y Arabic!”
Posted on 11/10/2009 6:25 AM by John M. Joyce
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Italian feminists are different

They look like models only with brains. And when they shout it sounds like an opera. Feminist and former "far right" MP Daniela Santanche calls Mohammed a polygamist and a paedophile. But she is merely relaying information from the Hadith accepted by Muslims, so what's the problem?

Here's the clip with subtitles. I now know the Italian for paedophile, which should come in handy on my next visit. There's at least one Roman who goes in for that kind of caper.

By the way, the music at the end is Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. A friend of mine, who knew no Latin, asked if this meant "Stab Your Mother".

Posted on 11/10/2009 6:26 AM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Science Endows A Well-Known Simile With New Life

Read here.

Posted on 11/10/2009 7:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Trailing Clouds Of

A pretty bauble, it turns out, is not always a joy for()ever.

Darvin Moon, colorful as his amazing entry and rise in the world poker ranks is, finally fell to one Joseph Cada, fell like one of the trees that he, Darvin Moon,  fells routinely in his job as a lumberjack in eastern Maryland, fell as others have fallen -- and if we must discard our initial literary reference, that to Darwin and to Moon, let's offer a replacement consonant with the name of the new champion  -- cadde come corpo morto cade.

Haven't you and I both had it with literary allusions that turn out to be the insects of an hour through no fault of our own, just because someone we don't even know loses a poker game?.

Today, we'll read no further. Va bene

Posted on 11/10/2009 7:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Holder To Speak At CAIR-Linked Group, FBI to Co-Chair

Josh Gerstein writes at Politico:

Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to give a keynote speech next week to a Michigan group which includes the local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations even though the FBI has formally severed contacts with the controversial Muslim civil rights organization.

On Nov. 19, Holder is scheduled to speak in Detroit to the first annual awards banquet of Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust, a coalition of several dozen law enforcement and community groups. An online registration form for the event includes the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan on a list of “official & participating organizations.”

A spokeswoman for ALPACT confirmed that CAIR is a member of the coalition.

“CAIR has been involved for a while,” said Chandra McMillion, community development facilitator for ALPACT. “CAIR is listed as an official member.”

The executive director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, Dawud Walid, also confirmed its involvement with ALPACT. “It’s really nothing controversial. We’ve been part of this organization for years,” he said. “We meet every month and included with us is the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI.”

Walid said he is a regular at ALPACT meetings—including one held Friday at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit. “A lot of people are there: the NAACP, the ACLU, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee…the National Lawyers’ Guild,” he said.

The FBI claims it cut “formal contacts” with CAIR after federal prosecutors in the 2007 criminal trial of officers of a Texas-based Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, introduced documents the government said showed links between CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood, which gave rise to Hamas.

“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,” FBI Congressional liaison Richard Powers wrote in an April letter to Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

The Justice Department referred questions about Holder’s speech and CAIR’s involvement to the FBI’s field office in Detroit which, in turn, referred the questions to FBI headquarters in Washington.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed that the FBI’s Special Agent-in-Charge in Detroit, Andy Arena, will serve as co-chair for the Nov. 19 dinner.

“We are co-chairing the event. We are not sponsoring the event,” spokeswoman Jennifer Burnside said. She said the FBI “didn’t have any role” in selling tickets for the event or in issuing invitations.

Burnside also stressed the fact that the dinner is not a closed briefing. “It’s a public event and Joe off the street could attend,” she said.

Another factor contributing to federal law enforcement’s prominent role in the event is that the dinner will involve a tribute to Paul Sorce, an FBI agent killed in a traffic accident in March while conducting surveillance. “Honoring a fallen agent is very important to us,” Burnside said.

Asked about the FBI’s limits on contacts with CAIR, Burnside said, “Our policy doesn’t prohibit the FBI participating in meetings where CAIR is going to be involved.”

Former terrorism prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, a CAIR critic, said he was disappointed but not taken aback by the FBI’s parsing of its ban on “formal contacts” with the Muslim group.

“I wish I could say I’m surprised but I’m not remotely surprised,” McCarthy said. “When [the FBI] said they cut off formal ties with them, whenever they say something like that you have to look very carefully at the way it’s worded… The last administration was guilty of it, this administration is guilty of it—they have determined it is more important to have what it can publicly hold out as ties to the Muslim community than it is to be careful about who you have the ties with.”

In the FBI’s letter to Kyl, the agency said the limits on contacts with CAIR stemmed from its status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land case. In 2007, five Holy Land officers were acquitted on some charges, while a mistrial was declared on others after jurors deadlocked. In a retrial in 2008, all the men were convicted.

“During that trial evidence was introduced that demonstrated a relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders…and the Palestine Committee,” the FBI’s Powers wrote. “Evidence was also introduced that demonstrated a relationship between the Palestine Committee and HAMAS, which was designated as a terrorist organization in 1995. In light of that evidence the FBI suspended all formal contacts between CAIR and the FBI.”

CAIR officials have denied any connection to terrorism and have complained bitterly about being named as co-conspirators in the Holy Land case. They note that since the group was never charged it had no forum to challenge the documents prosecutors said linked CAIR to the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR officials have also noted that aspects of the documents are not consistent with CAIR’s activities.

CAIR and two other Islamic groups named as co-conspirators asked a federal judge to nullify the designation, but POLITICO reported recently that the groups’ motion was rejected in a secret ruling. However, the judge faulted prosecutors for publicly filing the conspirators list, a source said.

In March, an array of American Muslim groups threatened to cut ties with the FBI, citing, among other concerns, the agency's treatment of CAIR.

McMillion said the connection ALPACT creates between CAIR and the FBI’s Detroit office has been vetted by top officials in Washington.

“This issue came up,” she said. “We know….of the real tension in terms of the FBI nationally having a very different posture. It actually did have to be approved through national channels not only for the FBI being a member but a co-chair…It ultimately was approved.”

Walid said he was unaware of any problems created by CAIR’s involvement in ALPACT. “It’s never been an issue,” he said.

The relationship between the FBI and Muslim groups in Michigan has been strained in recent days after agents shot and killed a local imam they said was the leader of a radical fundamentalist group. Luqman Abdullah, 53, was killed on Oct. 28 in Detroit after he refused to surrender and opened fire on agents attempting to arrest him and a band of his followers on federal weapons and conspiracy charges, the FBI said. An FBI dog was also killed in the exchange of fire, the agency noted in press released.

Walid has been sharply critical of the FBI for using deadly force in the operation, but the CAIR official said that doesn’t mean the group is at loggerheads with the federal law enforcement agency.

“We all have each other’s cell phone numbers,” Walid said. “There’s not the level of hostility that some people may think…..There are a number of organizations, not just CAIR, raising concerns about that situation with the imam.”...

Posted on 11/10/2009 8:14 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Dear Dwanna

Reader Dwanna asked some questions about the case of Major Malik Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood.  The response is as follows:

Dwanna, you have provided a text-book example of a tu quoque argument.  So, let's step through it.

I am unaware of the religious affiliation of Jason Rodriguez or Richard Moreau.  They may be Christians, or Muslims, or Jews, or Hindus, or Buddhists, or atheists.  Whatever their religion, it is irrelevant to their shootings.  Rodriquez has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, forcibly hospitalized, and given prescription medicine.  He apparently stopped taking his medication, his mental delusions returned, and the shootings resulted.  Moreau seems to also have a long, documented history of mental illness.  Neither man made any reference to religion, either to justify their crimes, or in any other way.  Neither one shouted, "In the name of Jesus Christ, I kill you!", or "Buddha commands me to murder you!".

Major Hasan, on the other hand, does not have a history of mental illness, was not prescribed medicine, had never been hospitalized in a mental institution.  Videotape of him in the 7/11 store prior to the shooting seem to show a rationally behaving, calm man.  Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before and during his shooting, a religious statement of Islamic superiority over all other religions.  Prior to the shooting, Hasan made statements that used references to Qur'anic quotes to justify the murder of non-Muslims by Muslims.

Major Hasan doesn't just have an "Arab sounding name."  He is a life-long devout Muslim, who is surely very familiar with the texts and tenets of mainstream Islam.  It is unlikely that he is confused about the contents of the Qur'an.  The sound of his name is irrelevant.  The color of his skin in irrelevant.  If he were a blonde-haired blue-eyed man named "John Smith," we would be just as interested in his religiously-inspired actions.

You say that most of the mass-shooting incidents in the United States over the past 5 years have been committed by non-Muslims.  Why, you ask?  Obviously because most of the people in the United States are non-Muslims.

Of course your example is carefully chosen.  First, to conflate all "mass-shootings" of whatever motivation (and as it turns out, most mass-shooters have a history of severe mental illness) in order to obfuscate what is significant about Hasan's motivation.  Secondly, to draw attention from other categories that one could name, such as "hijackers who have deliberately crashed jetliners into skyscrapers," or more generally "people who have deliberately caused the crash of jetliners," in which Muslims are implicated wildly out of proportion to their population percentage.  Thirdly, to draw attention from many other Islamically-justified mass-shooting incidents that have occurred outside the United States, such as the recent Mumbai attack.

You asked, what do Major Nidal Malik Hasan and and John Allen Muhammad have in common?  Well, both were trained in using weapons by the U.S. Army, both had poor relationships with women, both used their Islamic religion to justify their shootings, both were taken alive and put into prison by kuffar, and hopefully both will eventually be executed for their crimes.

A better question might have been, "What do Major Nidal Malik Hasan and sergeant Hasan Akbar have in common?"

You ask if Christianity is a bloody, murderous religion.  As you can learn by opening a Bible and reading it, it is not.  Unlike Mohammad, Jesus never ordered the murder of anyone.  Unlike Mohammad, Jesus did not have sex with a 9 year old girl.  Unlike Mohammad, Jesus did not own slaves, or justify slavery.  Unlike Mohammad, Jesus did not preach how to divide the booty of war campaigns.

Where Jesus teaches to "turn the other cheek" when wronged, and to forgive those who have wronged you, Mohammad ordered the murder of a woman poet, sleeping with a baby suckling at her breast, for the "crime" of insulting Him.

Where Jesus said "let he who is without sin cast the first stone," Mohammad ordered the stoning of a woman for the "crime" of having a child out of wedlock.

Mohammad had an elderly woman tied to 4 camels, and then ripped her into pieces.  He ordered a man to be tied down, and a fire started on his chest, in order to force him to tell where he had hidden the booty.  The man was then beheaded.  Mohammad ordered the beheading of hundreds of bound prisoners of war.  Jesus did nothing remotely similar to any of this.

If Islam is the only religion you have studied, you may think that all religions are bloody and murderous.  They are not.  If you will open a Bible, the differences will be quite apparent to you.

No, Dwanna, Christianity is not a violent religion.  No, Dwanna, Major Nidal Malik Hasan is not the victim in this case.  He is not being punished for his "Arab-sounding name."

Posted on 11/10/2009 1:03 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
A Benchleyesque Interlude: Robert Benchley (Who Needs No Introduction)

Watch, and listen, here.

Posted on 11/10/2009 8:31 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
A Musical Interlude: I Know That My Baby Is Cheatin' On Me (Sophie Tucker)

Listen here.

Posted on 11/10/2009 9:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Nidal Hasan's Presentation

Click on the picture above to view the presentation in photogallery format. This is straight forward Islam. He explains abrogation and why Muslims in the US army would be under stress (religious obligation) to fight for the other side just as Hasan eventually did.

Dana Priest writes in the Washington Post:

The Army psychiatrist believed to have killed 13 people at Fort Hood warned a roomful of senior Army physicians a year and a half ago that to avoid "adverse events," the military should allow Muslim soldiers to be released as conscientious objectors instead of fighting in wars against other Muslims.

As a senior-year psychiatric resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Maj. Nidal M. Hasan was supposed to make a presentation on a medical topic of his choosing as a culminating exercise of the residency program.

Instead, in late June 2007, he stood before his supervisors and about 25 other mental health staff members and lectured on Islam, suicide bombers and threats the military could encounter from Muslims conflicted about fighting in the Muslim countries of Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a copy of the presentation obtained by The Washington Post.

"It's getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims," he said in the presentation.

"It was really strange," said one staff member who attended the presentation and spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the investigation of Hasan. "The senior doctors looked really upset" at the end. These medical presentations occurred each Wednesday afternoon, and other students had lectured on new medications and treatment of specific mental illnesses.

An Army spokesman said Monday night he was unaware of the presentation, and a Walter Reed spokesman declined to comment. It is unclear whether anyone in attendance reported the briefing to counterintelligence or law enforcement authorities whose job it is to identify threats from within the military ranks.

Hasan spent six years at Walter Reed as an intern, resident and fellow beginning in 2003. He was transferred to Fort Hood as a practicing psychiatrist in July and was set to leave soon for Afghanistan. According to a relative, he had asked not to be deployed. It is not known whether he ever sought conscientious-objector status.

Maj. Gen. Gina S. Farrisee, the Army's personnel chief, said in an interview Monday that because of the investigation, she and other Army officials could not discuss whether Hasan had officially asked to quit the service or not to be deployed. However, she and another Army official said it would be highly unusual for officers with Hasan's rank and medical training to be allowed to resign, given their service obligation.

Investigators are examining Hasan's religious beliefs, whether he harbored extremist views, and whether he was in contact with others who may have encouraged violence against U.S. troops.

The title of Hasan's PowerPoint presentation was "The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military." It consisted of 50 slides. In one slide, Hasan described the presentation's objectives as identifying "what the Koran inculcates in the minds of Muslims and the potential implications this may have for the U.S. military."

He also sought to "describe the nature of the religious conflicts that Muslims" who serve in the U.S. military may have and to persuade the Army to identify these individuals.

Other slides delved into the history of Islam, its tenets, statistics about the number of Muslims in the military, and explanations of "offensive jihad," or holy war.

Another slide suggested ways to draw out Muslim troops: "It must be hard for you to balance Islamic beliefs that might be conflicting with current war; feelings of guilt; Is it what you expected."

Hasan's presentation lasted about an hour. It is unclear whether he read out loud every point on each slide. If typical procedures were followed, his adviser would have supervised the development of his project, said people familiar with the practice.

The final three slides indicate that Hasan referred to Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, suicide bombers and Iran.

Under a slide titled "Comments," he wrote: "If Muslim groups can convince Muslims that they are fighting for God against injustices of the 'infidels'; ie: enemies of Islam, then Muslims can become a potent adversary ie: suicide bombing, etc." [sic]

The last bullet point on that page reads simply: "We love death more then [sic] you love life!"

Under the "Conclusions" page, Hasan wrote that "Fighting to establish an Islamic State to please God, even by force, is condoned by the Islam," and that "Muslim Soldiers should not serve in any capacity that renders them at risk to hurting/killing believers unjustly -- will vary!"

The final page, labeled "Recommendation," contained only one suggestion:

"Department of Defense should allow Muslims [sic] Soldiers the option of being released as 'Conscientious objectors' to increase troop morale and decrease adverse events."

Posted on 11/10/2009 9:35 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Sheik in chains outside court

From ABC News Australia
A Sydney man accused of sending harassing letters to families of dead soldiers has chained himself to a railing outside a court and is holding an Australian flag above his head.
Earlier today Man Monis, 45, who also uses the name Sheik Haron, faced Downing Centre Local Court charged with seven counts of using a postal service to harass.
Monis, wearing long flowing robes and a white turban, remains chained to the railing outside the court. He has been there since this morning.
He is holding an Australian flag in one hand and a sign calling for Australian troops to be brought home from Afghanistan.
Monis says he is prepared to stay chained to the railing all night.
A police van is parked nearby and Monis says police told him they are there for his protection.
Earlier today, his lawyer Chris Murphy told the court his client is a peace activist.
His bail has been continued until the matter returns to court in January.
At last - a good chain gang (exclusively for one) 

 

Posted on 11/10/2009 11:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Transcript of Speech delivered by Tommy Robinson (of the EDL) in Leeds on 31 October 2009

From International Civil Liberties Alliance
We gather again to push back the Islamic forces which demand Sharia law for every man, woman and child in this country — for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
We raise our voices today in protest here in Leeds and also in London.
We raise our voices to wake up our brothers and sisters in this country to the threat of Islamic domination that will only grow stronger day by day unless more people join the counter-jihad and counter-Sharia movements.
We raise our voices to send a signal to the Government and demand that they take our concerns seriously and stop accommodating and giving money to these forces of Sharia.
And if you are awake to this threat but still on the sidelines, we raise our voices in order to increase your confidence and courage to take action in some fashion sometime soon.
Let us remind ourselves what Sharia means on freedom of speech, conscience, and protest. All we need do is look at a few examples from other countries.
And in this country we are apparently not allowed to have an opinion that can be in anyway construed as being negative about Islam.
For those who say we are racists,
We ask: What race is Islam? What race are Muslims?
Sharia – the rule by a so-called Allah means the domination of non-Muslims. It is a central teaching of Islam and rooted in the Qur’an and the example of Mohammed, the founder of Islam.
But the English Defence League stands here today and in London to say that we will not be a slave to Allah and Allah’s representatives here on earth. We will not submit. We are free men and women today, tomorrow and forever.

Posted on 11/10/2009 2:09 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Dept. of Defense Investigated Hasan: No Problem Seen

On the one hand, I can see their point. If this man, a psychiatrist with the rank of Major, who held a security clearance, should be considered a threat, then pretty much every Muslim in the military would have to be investigated. On the other hand, after all that was known about Hasan, that is, if the depth of his religious ferver was known, and this caused no concern, there is a deep problem in military security. Thanks to Jeffrey Imm:

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say a Pentagon worker on a terrorism task force looked into Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan's background months ago, and concluded he did not merit further investigation.

Two officials say the Washington-based task force was notified of communications between Hasan and a radical imam overseas, and the information was turned over to a Defense Criminal Investigative Service employee assigned to the task force.

That worker wrote up an assessment of Hasan after reviewing the Army major's personnel file and the communications.

The disclosure is important because it shows the Defense Department was aware since late last year of Hasan's contacts with the imam...

Posted on 11/10/2009 2:40 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Obama: Ft. Hood Slayings "Incomprehensible"

And he was supposed to be the smart one.

FORT HOOD, Texas (CNN) -- President Obama led a memorial service Tuesday for the 13 people killed in last week's massacre at the largest U.S. military installation, telling thousands of mourners that the legacy of the dead will live beyond their "incomprehensible" slayings.

Obama told the families of those killed that "no words can fill the void that has been left." But he added, "Your loved ones endure through the life of our nation."

"Their life's work is our security, and the freedom that we too often take for granted. Every evening that the sun sets on a tranquil town; every dawn that a flag is unfurled; every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- that is their legacy," the president said.

The boots, helmets and rifles and service photographs of the slain soldiers were lined up before the podium where Obama spoke, and family members of the dead wore white ribbons as they were escorted to seats at the ceremony.

"This is a time of war. And yet these Americans did not die on a foreign field of battle," Obama said to a crowd estimated at about 15,000. "They were killed here, on American soil, in the heart of this great American community. It is this fact that makes the tragedy even more painful and even more incomprehensible."...
Posted on 11/10/2009 3:10 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
John Allen Muhammad To Die Tonight

No "Allah Akbar" was heard when the Beltway snipers struck, and for the trial, several alternative motives were put forth, but the fact of Muhammad's dedication to Islam was recorded at trial (see below).

WASHINGTON — Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia said he would not stay the scheduled execution Tuesday night of John Allen Muhammad, the man known as the D.C. Sniper whose murderous shooting spree in the fall of 2002 left at least 10 dead.

In a written statement on Tuesday, Mr. Kaine said: “I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts. Accordingly, I decline to intervene.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to intervene in the case involving Mr. Muhammad, 48, who was sentenced to die for the killing of Dean H. Meyers, an engineer who was shot in the head at a gasoline station in Manassas, Va.

Mr. Meyers was one of 10 people killed in Maryland, Virginia and Washington over three weeks in October 2002. Mr. Muhammad’s accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 at the time, was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The two are also suspected of fatal shootings in Alabama, Arizona and Louisiana.

The execution will bring to a close a case that has fixated the region ever since local residents were gunned down while doing the most mundane tasks, like shopping or pumping gas. The random nature of the shootings left people fearful and led many to remain indoors as much as possible to avoid becoming a target.

When the police announced that witnesses had reported having spotted white box trucks near the sniper shootings, the public became obsessed with the ubiquitous work vehicles and a sense of panic often beset anyone sitting at an intersection near the trucks. After a teenager was shot outside his Maryland school, local officials decided to keep schoolchildren inside at recess and they began drilling on duck-and-cover techniques.

Mr. Muhammad’s execution will also end a hard-fought legal battle.

His current lawyers lodged a last set of emergency appeals with the Supreme Court last week, arguing that Mr. Muhammad suffers from severe mental illness and brain damage, caused partly by childhood beatings. The lawyers have also argued that the case has moved too quickly.

While the Supreme Court did not comment in refusing to hear Mr. Muhammad’s appeal, three justices objected to the relative haste accompanying the execution.

Justice John Paul Stevens complained that “under our normal practice,” Mr. Muhammad’s petition for the court to take his case would have been discussed at the justices’ conference scheduled for Nov. 24. But because Virginia scheduled the execution for Tuesday, the judicial process was rushed, Justice Stevens said in a statement joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

Justice Stevens wrote that he did not disagree with the majority’s decision to decline the case. However, in declining to stay the execution, he said, “we have allowed Virginia to truncate our deliberative process on a matter — involving a death row inmate — that demands the most careful attention.”

After Mr. Muhammad was sentenced to death in Virginia for shooting Mr. Meyers, Maryland prosecutors arranged to have him tried again for the six murders in Montgomery County. At that trial, Mr. Malvo, who is now 24, testified at length. Throughout both trials and a number of subsequent appeals, Mr. Muhammad continued to profess his innocence.

A soldier-turned-auto-mechanic, Mr. Muhammad held a deep grudge against his ex-wife and society. During the Maryland trial, Mr. Malvo testified that the intent of their shooting spree was to create havoc to cover for Mr. Muhammad’s plans to kidnap his three children.

The longer-term goal, Mr. Malvo said, was to extort law enforcement to stop the shootings, after which Mr. Muhammad would take the money and move to Canada with Mr. Malvo and his three children. There, Mr. Malvo said, Mr. Muhammad planned to create a training ground for 140 young homeless men whom he would send out to wreak similar havoc and to “shut things down” in cities across the United States.

No Islam here, but Wikipedia has the following:

A series of trial exhibits indicated that Malvo and Muhammed were motivated by an affinity for Islamic Jihad.[16]

"Exhibit 65-006: A self-portrait of Malvo in the cross hairs of a gun scope shouting, 'ALLAH AKBAR!' The word 'SALAAM' scrawled vertically. A lyric from Bob Marley's Natural Mystic 'Many more will have to suffer. Many more will have to die. Don't ask me why.'

"Exhibit 65-016: A portrait of Saddam Hussein with the words 'INSHALLAH' and 'The Protector,' surrounded by rockets labeled 'chem' and 'nuk.'

"Exhibit 65-043: Father and son portrait of Malvo and Muhammad. 'We will kill them all. Jihad.'

"Exhibit 65-056: A self-portrait of Malvo as sniper, lying in wait, with his rifle. 'JIHAD' written in bold letters. . . .

"Exhibit 65-067: A suicide bomber labeled 'Hamas' walking into a McDonald's restaurant. Another drawing of the Twin Towers burning captioned: '85 percent chance Zionists did this.' More scrawls: 'ALLAH AKBAR,' 'JIHAD' and 'Islam will explode.'

"Exhibit 65-103: A lion accompanies chapter and verse from the Koran ('Sura 2:190'): 'Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you and slay them wherever ye catch them.'

"Exhibit 65-109: Portrait of Osama bin Laden, captioned 'Servant of Allah.'

"Exhibit 65-117: The White House drawn in crosshairs, surrounded by missiles, with a warning: 'Sep. 11 we will ensure will look like a picnic to you' and 'you will bleed to death little by little.' . . .

"Exhibit 65-101: Malvo's thought for the day: 'Islam the only true guidance, the way of peace.'"

Posted on 11/10/2009 3:21 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Al-Qaeda Commander Warns Against The Dangerous Shi'a
Qaeda militant incites Sunnis against Shiites, Iran

DUBAI — A commander of an Al-Qaeda-linked group warned Islam's majority Sunnis that the Shiites and Iran pose a greater "danger" to their religion than Jews or Christians, a US monitoring group said on Tuesday.

"We call on the nation ... to stand by (Sunnis) with whatever means they can against the danger of Iran and those who follow (the Shiite) faith in the region," Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Rashid of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said in an audio recording carried by SITE Intelligence group.

"Do you not see and hear the Huthis' aspirations in Yemen and their incursion against Sunnis?"

He was referring to Shiite Zaidi rebels, loyal to commander Abdul-Malek al-Huthi, who have been embroiled in a war with Sunni-ruled Yemen's army in north of the country.

The Shiites "are being driven by a greed to take over Muslim countries and they are full of a wish to annihilate Sunnis," Rashid said. "Their threat to Islam and its people is much bigger than that from Jews and Christians."

He said the Shiite branch of Islam had helped facilitate the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. "The attack on the people of Islam in Afghanistan and Iraq ... was (perpetrated by) the Americans and their allies."

Posted on 11/10/2009 5:36 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Pseudsday Tuesday

Calling all Maurophiles: public, American and Muslim intellectual Anouar Majid waxes Moorish. Seems that Tingis ain’t what they used to be, but it’s all the fault of “past prejudices”. From the TLS:

Anouar Majid, an English professor at the University of New England in Maine and Editor of Tingis, has a twofold objective. In his role as an American public intellectual, he wants to use scholarship to elucidate those glories of Muslim cultures concealed by past prejudices. As a Muslim intellectual, he wants Muslims not to ignore their own traditions of dissent.

The essays in We Are All Moors respond to the Islamophobic writings which capitalised on the confusions and fears in the United States after the attacks on September 11, 2001. In doing so, he has written a Maurophile treatise with the historical figure of the conquered Moor as a metonym for all alienated groups; the histories of alienation and fear being alike enough to be considered as one.

The Moor is Majid’s prototype for the unwanted. His book is a reader’s memoir: he tells us about his study of the Moors and the theoretical potential for such a figure in today’s United States.

You've got Michael Moore, what Moor do you want? And I know I’ve asked this before, but is a public intellectual allowed to be really stupid in the privacy of his own home?

What are the two secrets of Moorish comedy? 

  1. Always leave them wanting Moor.
Posted on 11/10/2009 5:33 PM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
A Little Drink To Settle My Nerves Before I Go To Work

Story here.

 

Posted on 11/10/2009 5:37 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
A Musical interlude: How Deep is the Ocean? (Ambrose Orch., voc. Sam Browne)

Listen here.

Posted on 11/10/2009 7:30 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Head Of The Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt Speaks His Mind

Watch, and listen to the subdued hysteria here.

Posted on 11/10/2009 7:40 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Daniel Boone, On The Other Hand, Wasn't Even In The Running --In 1754 He Fought Against the French

Read here.

Posted on 11/10/2009 8:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Fortunately, Not Everything Human Rights Watch Produces Is Antisemitic Crap

Minorities In Iraq Face 'Catastrophe', Human Rights Watch Warns

By Nishant Dahiya

Iraq's minorities -- including Yazidis, Shabaks, Turkoman and Assyrian Christians -- face a "full-blown human rights catastrophe" as the long-festering territorial dispute between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the central government in Baghdad "threatens to erupt again," Human Rights Watch reports.

The group warns that the minorities are being targeted by both insurgents and by the KRG as it aims to increase its hold on the disputed areas just south of their semi-autonomous region.

Though these minorities live in disputed land that stretches from Sinjar near the Syrian border to Khanaqin near the Iranian border, the HRW report concentrates on the northern province of Nineveh, Iraq's second most-populous. There, according to HRW, the minorities have been targeted by Sunni insurgents who regard them as "crusaders" and "infidels." Bombings in Nineveh have killed hundreds of minorities since 2007. In late 2008, "a systematic and orchestrated campaign of targeted killings and violence by insurgents left 40 Chaldo-Assyrians dead and more than 12,000 displaced from their homes in Mosul (the capital of Nineveh and regarded as the last urban strong-hold of al-Qaida in Iraq)."

The violence against the minorities is continuing. Since the June 2009 withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq's cities, "attacks in Nineveh, particularly against minority groups, increased dramatically, and... show no sign of abating," HRW says. In six weeks after the withdrawal of U.S. forces, according to HRW, attacks "in four different locations killed more than 137 and injured almost 500 from the Yazidi, Shabak and Turkmen communities."

The territories where the minorities reside are at the heart of the dispute between the Arabs and Kurds. During previous Iraqi governments, thousands of Kurds were removed and Arabs settled there in a process of "Arabization." Since 2003, the Kurds, in control of the region, re-settled Kurds there, and displaced many Arabs. The Kurds assert that all the disputed land has historically belonged to them, and claim it. Iraq's Arabs appear equally determined not to let that happen.

The Kurds, in order to further their aims, "have offered minorities inducements while simultaneously wielding repression in order to keep them in tow," HRW says. Kurdish forces, according to HRW, "have mostly relied on intimidation, threats, arbitrary arrests, and detentions to coerce the support of minority communities." According to HRW, "in some extreme cases, they resorted to violence, including torture." The KRG denies all such allegations.

As the Kurds and Arabs struggle over the territories, they are being squeezed from both sides. As NPR's Quil Lawrence recently reported, Iraq's minorities "have survived over the years mostly by leaning toward the winning side. But there is no clear favorite at the moment, and a huge risk of being labeled a traitor if the wrong side prevails." And as NPR's Peter Kenyon has reported, Iraq's Christians have begun forming their own militias amidst increasing insecurity.

Human Rights Watch is recommending that the Kurdish Regional Government carry out investigations "of individuals, including Kurdish security forces" who may have been involved in the alleged "killings, beatings and torture against minorities." Among other recommendations, it also urging the KRG to "cease funding private militias;" "allow municipalities to hire police officers from their own communities;" and "invite the U.N." to "provide an impartial assessment of the situation." The report also calls on the Iraqi government to "protect minorities," and carry out its own investigations into the killings of the 40 Chaldo-Assyrian Christians in 2008.

Posted on 11/10/2009 9:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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