These are all the Blogs posted on Friday, 15, 2010.
Friday, 15 January 2010
Senior member of extreme Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir teaches at LSE
A senior figure in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a hardline Islamist group that the Government keeps “under continuous review” and the Conservatives want to ban, is teaching and preaching at a top university. The Timeshas learnt that Reza Pankhurst, who was imprisoned in Egypt for membership of the group, is a teacher at the London School of Economics and regularly preaches to students at Friday prayers.
The group is supposedly barred from organising and speaking on campuses under the National Union of Students’ policy of “no platform” for racist or fascist views. The presence of one of its prominent members as a university teacher raises new concerns about Islamist radicalisation on campus. The Times understands that at least two London university lecturers are either supporters or members of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Mr Pankhurst is a postgraduate student in the LSE’s government department and teaches classes for the course “States, Nations and Empires”.
On Fridays he is one of the regular speakers at prayers organised by the students’ union Islamic Society in the college gym.
A society member told The Times: “He preaches every other week and is constantly bringing the subject around to politics, talking about Afghanistan and the need to establish the Caliphate [Islamic state].
“Only last week he was talking about the Detroit bomber and saying the guy was not radicalised in London and it was all to do with foreign policy.
“Last year he recommended we should attend a conference which I later discovered was organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir, but he never mentions the party by name.”Last month a meeting at Queen Mary College, London, at which Mr Pankhurst and Jamal Harwood, another member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, were due to speak, was cancelled after student protests about the speakers’ views. The Times made repeated attempts to contact the group and Mr Pankhurst yesterday but without success.
The group states on its website that its “political aim is the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate as an independent state”. It says that it rejects forcing change “by means of violence and terror”.
The LSE confirmed that Mr Pankhurst was a research student and a graduate teaching assistant.
A spokesman said: “No concerns about his conduct have been raised with the school and we are not aware that he is a member of any proscribed organisation or has broken any laws or LSE regulations.”
The students’ union said that Mr Pankhurst was a member of its Islamic Society.
Prosecutors say ‘truck bomb’ intended for newspaper
From The Copenhagen Post
Details of trucks filled with explosives and European terror networks emerge in JP terror plot case.
Terror plot accused planned to use truck bomb to blow up Jyllands-Posten newspaper, according to US Justice Department officials.
US citizen David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Canadian citizen and native of Pakistan, are already in police custody for their alleged roles in the plot against the newspaper in retribution for its printing of the Mohammed cartoons.
Additional conspiracy charges were recently filed against Ilyas Kashmiri, who has been identified as a leader of terrorist organisation Harakat-ul Jihad Islami (HUJI) in Pakistan, which has connections to al Qaeda, and Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed, also known as Abdur Rehman, a retired major in the Pakistani military. Neither man is in police custody.
Since the initial details of the plot emerged in October with the arrests of Headley and Rana, the newspaper has tightened security at its Copenhagen and Århus locations.
The newspaper has also hired a head of security in the form of Torben Schiøtt, who has worked with the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) for the last 10 years.
He will be responsible for seeing through changes to security systems as well as training staff how to react in the case of a possible terrorist attack.
‘Hopefully the employees will get even more of a sense that we’re taking security seriously when there are people out there who say they want to threaten us. We’re taking action as if it could be a reality,’ said Jens Bruun, group managing director of Jyllands-Posten’s publisher.
This is the news from Nairobi this afternoon from NTV Kenya
Police are battling Muslim youth who are protesting against the alleged detention of Jamaican Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah al Faisal. The demonstrations started shortly after the Friday prayers at Jamia mosque and police moved in immediately. The stone throwing youth some waving the flag of Somali rebel group Al Shabaab were driven back as they tried to march through the heart of the capital. Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal was visiting Kenya for a preaching tour. The government says it fears his speeches could stoke radicalism in a country that has suffered two al qaeda-linked attacks. Faisal was deported from Britain in 2007 for preaching racial hatred and urging his audiences to kill jews, hindus and westerners. he was arrested here in kenya two weeks ago.
Subsequent reports are that there have been at least one death, maybe more. This is from the Daily Nation One person died in a confrontation between police and rowdy Muslim youths after a demonstration to protest the arrest of controversial Jamaican Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal turned violent Friday.
Four others suffered injuries, including a police officer and were rushed to hospital by ambulance.
The demo, called by the Muslim Human Rights Forum, started peacefully at the Jamia Mosque in Nairobi's Banda Street.
Youths waving placards castigating the government's move to arrest the cleric, who is on an international terror watchlist, and his botched deportation, took to the streets after their Friday prayers.
Some of the protesters were chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) and others displayed what was thought to be the flag of Somali rebel group al Shabaab.
However, the demonstration soon turned ugly as a confrontation between the youths and police ensued.
At one point, the GSU (General Service Unit) stormed the Mosque to flush out the youths, who had sought refuge inside.
Shops adjacent to the mosque were looted and vehicles that were parked on the streets had their windscreens smashed by stone-throwing youths. Never pass up the chance of a little pillage.
If you have not been following this story, which I have not yet posted here the background is that Jamaican Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal (who served a term in prison in the UK and now persona non gratis here) has been touring Africa. The Kenyan authorities decided to deport him but every attempt to fly him out has failed as no one wants him in their country, not even for the time it will take his flight to refuel or him to change planes. The Jamaican authorities say that he will not be arrested on his return, but monitored. The Kenyans just can't get rid of him but consider him dangerous enough to keep in in detention while they organise his return to Jamaica.
The death toll has risen. This is the latest from AFP
NAIROBI — At least five people were killed Friday when Kenyan police fired live rounds and teargas to suppress a protest by Muslims demanding the release of a radical Jamaican cleric, police said.
"Five people have died, some of them have been shot and there are those with other injuries but we cannot really tell who shot them because some of the protestors were armed and were shooting at our officers," said a senior police officer who asked not to be named.
"Four of our police officers have been wounded and admitted to hospital," he added.
Police charged at the rioters, surrounded the Jamiah mosque in central Nairobi and used water cannon to repel them as an ambulance picked up injured people, including some reporters.
An AFP photographer saw one demonstrator firing back at police from inside the mosque compound in battles that began after Friday prayers and lasted several hours.
"War against Muslims is intolerable," read one placard, while a protestor waved a black flag with an Arabic inscription and another brandished Osama bin Laden's portrait.
Crowds of by-standers also joined the chaos, throwing rocks and calling the Muslims, many of them of Somali descent, foreigners and chanting "Kenya yetu," Swahili for "Kenya is ours," or "Ua," Swahili for "kill" as the police charged.
Faisal's lawyers and rights groups have complained that the cleric is being held without charge.
Kenya's attempts to deport the cleric, first to Tanzania and then to Gambia have failed due to the refusal by authorities and airlines to grant him entry.
When it comes to appeasing the Islamic Republic, no other Western nation has stooped lower than Italy. Amid the international outrage over the Iranian regime's brutalization of its own people, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini warned Europe "must not burn every bridge because Iran is a key figure" in the region. While rejecting any military action to stop Tehran's nuclear weapons program, Mr. Frattini urged the West to "avoid those [sanctions] that are connected with Iranian national pride." What may sound like a naïve appeal for more failed diplomacy may just as easily be thought of as a bid to secure lucrative business interests.
"Having initiated the MESBAH project, the I.R. (Islamic Republic) of Iran has acquired a space infrastructure and space capacity," making Iran "a new player in the space community prepared to face new challenging projects." Carlo Gavazzi Space "look[s] forward for future cooperation."
Two months ago, Gen. Mahdi Farahi, director of Iran's Aerospace Industries, said Carlo Gavazzi Space would also help launch into space the successor model, the Mesbah-2. The Italian company denies this.
Asked about their Iranian business, Carlo Gavazzi Space's general director, Roberto Aceti, told me Wednesday that his company trusts the "Iranian information about the ultimate use of our satellite," rejecting any possible military use of their hardware as "unrealistic."
Another example is Fiat's subsidiary Iveco. The truck maker has since the early 1990s delivered thousands of vehicles to Iran and boasts on its Web site about its joint-venture assembly line in Iran. The problem is that some of these trucks, as shown on the nearby photograph, can also be used to transport Iranian missiles.
Iranian Opposition members say these trucks also serve another sinister purpose: the public hangings of homosexuals and dissidents. I have seen a photograph showing these executions on Iveco trucks at an October 2007 exhibition in Rome organized by Italy's largest organization against the death penalty, "Nessuno tocchi Caino."
Maurizio Pignata, director of Iveco's press office, assured me Wednesday that their "vehicles, like the ones in the photograph with missiles in Tehran, are always sold for civilian purposes." He added however that the company "can't know the ulterior exploit of our vehicles. The photograph of the truck with Iranian rockets shows normal Iveco vehicles converted for different goals. In China they used our vehicles for public executions of prisoners. So we can't know if our trucks are used in Iran for military or repressive purposes."
Even the Revolutionary Guard—whose role is to protect the regime and train terrorists—benefits from Italian engineering. The paramilitary security forces purchased frame and design plans of the patrol boat "Levriero" from the Italian company FB Design in 1998. When Italian media reported this and other business deals the company has made with the Iranians, FB Design's founder and owner, Fabio Buzzi, was surprisingly frank. "It's true, it's not a mystery, I sold boats and technology to the Iranians," he told ANSA in 2008. "We regularly sold design and technology to the Iranian secret services," he admitted. Mr. Buzzi said in the same interview that he stopped his Iran business only after U.S. officials questioned him in 2005 about his supplies to the Revolutionary Guard.
Citing Pentagon sources, Emanuele Ottolenghi writes in his 2009 book "Under a Mushroom Cloud—Europe, Iran and the Bomb," that Iranian-made copies of the FB Design Levriero were part of the Revolutionary Guard speedboats that seemed bent on provoking a confrontation with three U.S. warships two years ago. In January 2008, in the Strait of Hormuz, these boats sailed too close to the American vessels and made threats over the radio.
Italians may have also—even if unknowingly—helped to protect Iran's nuclear program. A spokesman for Seli told me last week that the construction equipment firm was working on several Iranian tunnel projects worth more than €220 million, including for the Tehran metro and water tunnels in Nosud and Kerman. The company's Web site says that one of the contracts it just recently finished involved the sale of equipment and technical assistance to the Iranian company Ghaem—a Revolutionary Guard firm, according to the U.S. Treasury.
The technical know-how and machinery to build tunnels is of course crucial for the regime's efforts to hide its nuclear installations. "Intelligence reports have repeatedly suggested that much of Iran's clandestine nuclear program is being built deep underground, in bunkers that are accessible through tunnels—tunnels that only technology such as the one provided by [German company] Wirth and Seli can build," a 2008 report by the Israeli Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies concluded.
When asked about his Iran business, the president of Seli, Remo Grandori, told me Wednesday that "Our machines and expertise are not used for military purposes, or we couldn't have received the authorization of Italian Foreign Ministry." When I pressed harder, he acknowledged that Seli "tunnels are like large mines. Iran can certainly use these tunnels to hide weapons, but I don't know anything about it."
Mr. Grandori also had interesting insights into Rome's support for Italian companies seeking Iranian contracts. "The Italian embassy in Tehran brokers deals for us, helps us to meet the large supply gap created by U.S. restrictions. There is inevitably a political role in our big deals."
Despite international sanctions against Iran, Italian exports to the Islamic Republic rose almost 17% in 2008 to €2.17 billion, according to the Italian statistical office. During that same year, overall trade also rose almost 17% to €7 billion, representing more than a quarter of the European Union's total trade with Iran. For the past three years, Italy has been Iran's No. 1 European trading partner.
"Iran and Italy were rivals and two great powerhouses in ancient times, but in the contemporary world they are great partners," the Italian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce proudly proclaims on its Web site.
Created in 1999 following an Italian-Iranian cooperation agreement signed three years earlier under former Prime Minister Romano Prodi, the Italian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce is today the largest such bilateral chamber in Italy. Its board members not only include business leaders but high-ranking government officials from both sides, including Cesare Ragaglini, Italy's ambassador at the United Nations, Alberto Bradanini, the Italian ambassador to Tehran, Amedeo Teti, director of commercial policies at the Italian ministry for economic development, and Fereidoun Haghbin, Iran's ambassador in Rome, who serves as the board's honorary chairman.
The Italian-Iranian political-industrial complex was on full display at a 2008 Tehran military parade, where slogans such as "Israel Must be Wiped off the Map" were written on Shihab-3 missiles that can reach the Jewish state. Unlike other European Union countries who avoid sending emissaries to such hate-filled rallies, Vittorio Maria Boccia, Italy's military attaché in Tehran, was seated right among the assorted ayatollahs and generals. The other Western diplomat who attended this spectacle was Mr. Boccia's German colleague. Call it the Rome-Berlin-Tehran Axis.
The sturdy link between Italy and Iran has also irked the Obama administration. When asked about Rome's dealings with Tehran, David Thorne, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, told reporters after taking office two months ago that "there are certain Italian foreign policy positions which continue to concern us."
Rome's policies toward Iran, however, continue to follow the old Roman proverb. "Pecunia non olet" or "Money Doesn't Smell." When asked about his business ties to Iran, Eni's chief executive Paolo Scaroni told Forbes magazine in 2007: "I intend to respect Italian laws, not the American ones. You don't find oil in Switzerland."
Italy is like the two-faced Roman god Janus. Rhetorically, Rome is part of the Western front against the Iranian regime. Mr. Berlusconi even called Ahmadinejad "Hitler." But when it comes to translating this rhetoric into foreign policy, business interests trump everything else.
Next month, Mr. Berlusconi, who claims to be a great friend of the Jewish state, will speak in the Israeli parliament. It would be a good opportunity for him to prove his friendship by finally announcing tough economic sanctions against Iran.
Mr. Meotti is a journalist with Il Foglio and the author of a forthcoming book about Israel for Encounter Books.
To understand Mr. Frattini's concerns for "Iranian national pride," one has to know that next to Germany—where such bogus arguments against economic sanctions are also very popular—Italy is Iran's most important European trade partner. The list of about 1,000 Italian companies active in Iran includes such household names as Eni—the energy giant is Iran's biggest business partner in Europe according to the Italian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce—as well as Fiat, Ansaldo, Maire Tecnimont, Danieli and Duferco. Italian companies are not just busy in the civilian and energy sectors—Maire Tecnimont just signed a €200 million gas deal with Iran—but have equipped the regime's military and contributed to Iran's satellite and possibly even nuclear weapons program.Take the case of Carlo Gavazzi Space. The Italian technology company helped Iran with its Mesbah communications satellite program. "Communications satellites" can of course be easily diverted for military purposes and used, for example, as spy satellites and, more ominously, to help pinpoint nuclear strikes. Despite these risks, the Mesbah project enjoyed Rome's political backing, as La Stampa reported at the time. Italy's ambassador to Tehran back then, Riccardo Sessa, was even present at the 2003 signing ceremony of the deal, according to Italian news agency ANSUnder the terms of the agreement, Carlo Gavazzi Space did not just sell a finished product but also transferred technology and know-how. In a 2005 presentation of the Mesbah project posted on the Internet, L. Zucconi, managing director at Carlo Gavazzi Space, explained that his company "has worked in close cooperation with ITRC (Iran Telecommunication Research Center) / IROST (Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology) in the design, development and manufacturing of the MESBAH system. . . . The Flight Model has been manufactured partly in Italy and partly in Iran, with the work sharing scheme defined together with ITRC / IROST. . . . The MESBAH satellite will be controlled from one Ground Station located at Teheran and operated by ITRC / IROST personnel. . . . The 1000 (user) terminals to be used for the service will be produced by Iranian Industries.
A Sickening and Deeply Disturbing Trend In the Life of Scott Ritter
IN 2006 The Forward reported on “Target Iran,” a book by Scott Ritter, a former U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq. Ritter, who famously charged that “Israeli agents” inside the American government had been responsible for the American invasion of Iraq. He made this charge even though the Israeli government, and Ariel Sharon himself when he was Prime Minister, had counseled the American government not to invade Iraq, and urged it, instead, to keep its attention focused on what it always regarded as the main current threat, in the Muslim Middle East, to itself and to the West: the nuclear project of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Here is an excerpt from that report:
“In the new book, called “Target Iran,” Scott Ritter [writes that] “The Bush administration, with the able help of the Israeli government and the pro-Israel Lobby, has succeeded in exploiting the ignorance of the American people about nuclear technology and nuclear weapons so as to engender enough fear that the American public has more or less been pre-programmed to accept the notion of the need to militarily confront a nuclear armed Iran.”
Ritter’s book echoes recent high-profile attacks on the pro-Israel lobby by former President Jimmy Carter and by scholars Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer. Ritter, who recently returned from a weeklong speaking engagement on The Nation cruise, speaks of a “network of individuals” that pursues Israel’s interests in the United States. The former weapons inspector alleges that some of the pro-Israel lobby’s activities “can only be described as outright espionage and interference in domestic policies.”
Later in the book, Ritter adds: “Let there be no doubt: If there is an American war with Iran, it is a war that was made in Israel and nowhere else.”
In his book, Ritter also accuses the pro-Israel lobby of invoking the memory of the Holocaust and of crying antisemitism whenever Israel is accused of betraying America. “This is a sickening and deeply disturbing trend that must end,” Ritter writes.
“Israel has, through a combination of ignorance, fear and paranoia, elevated Iran to a status that it finds unacceptable,” Ritter writes in his book. “Israel has engaged in policies that have further inflamed this situation. Israel displays arrogance and rigidity when it comes to developing any diplomatic solution to the Iranian issue.”
That was in 2006.
Five years before, in 2001, Ritter had been accused of soliciting underage girls on the Internet for sex. He, Scott Ritter, was not jailed but allowed to go free, but warned by the authorities that he had to remain "clean" for a certain period of time. That meant no soliciting of sex, or requests for long-distance participation of underage girls inveigled into viewing his own digital remastering. For a while that threat seemed to work.
Now comes a news story from the Pocono Record for January 14, 2010:
Sex sting in Poconos nets former chief U.N. weapons inspector
A former chief United Nations weapons inspector is accused of contacting what he thought was a 15-year-old girl in an Internet chat room, engaging in a sexual conversation and showing himself masturbating on a Web camera.
Scott Ritter of Delmar, N.Y., who served as chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991-98 and who was an outspoken critic of the second Bush administration in the run-up to the war in Iraq, is accused of contacting what turned out to be a Barrett Township police officer posing undercover as a teen girl.
Officer Ryan Venneman was posing as 15-year-old "Emily" in an online chat room when he was contacted by someone using the name "Delmarm4fun." This person, later identified as Ritter, told "Emily" he was a 44-year-old male from Albany, N.Y.
"Emily" told Ritter she was a 15-year-old girl from the Poconos, at which point Ritter asked for a picture other than the one "Emily" had posted on her account. Ritter then sent her a link to his Web camera and began to masturbate on camera.
"Emily" asked Ritter for his cell phone number, which he provided.
Ritter again asked "Emily" how old she was. Told she was 15, Ritter said he didn't realize she was 15 and turned off his webcam, saying he didn't want to get in trouble.
Ritter told "Emily" he had been fantasizing about having sex with her, to which she replied: "Guess you turned it off ..."
Ritter then said: "You want to see it finish," reactivated hiswebcam and continued masturbating and ejaculated on camera.
The online conversation occurred in February 2009, but the investigation lasted until November, when Ritter was charged, because police had to undergo the lengthy process of obtaining court orders to get Ritter's cell phone and computer information.
Ritter is awaiting his next appearance in Monroe County Common Pleas Court. He waived his right last month to a preliminary hearing and is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.”
There are many things one could say about Scott Ritter. But at this point, all one needs to say is that this sickening and deeply disturbing trend in the life of haggard masturbator Scott Ritter, now exposed to public view, urbi et orbi, does at least two things.
One of the most unique voices in pop music, Kay Starr was born on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma in 1922. Her father was Iroquois and her mother mixed Irish and Iroquois. She started her singing career at age 7 winning a talent contest in Dallas.
From The Telegraph
Al-Qaeda has successfully restructured its global network and now has the capability to carry out a wide range of terror attacks against Western targets, according to a detailed U.S. intelligence assessment that has been conducted in the wake of the failed Christmas Day Detroit bomb plot.
And the growing strength of al-Qaeda’s support in Britain has emerged as a major concern for U.S. intelligence agencies as they attempt to prevent further attacks after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian student who studied at London’s University College, nearly succeeded in detonating an explosive device that he had concealed in his underpants as Northwest airlines flight 253 made its final approach to Detroit airport.
American intelligence officials are still investigating claims that Abdulmutallab was radicalised while he was a student between 2005 and 2008, although British security officials insist that he was radicalised in Yemen after he left London.
But the failure of British security officials to alert their American counterparts to Abdulmuttalab’s radical activities while president of UCL’s Islamic Society has led to increased tensions between Washington and London. . . while in London Abdulmutallab regularly presided over debates that denounced Britain’s involvement in the war on terror and America’s Guantanamo detention facility.
American officials now believe Britain poses a major threat to Western security because of the large number of al-Qaeda supporters that are active in the country.
With al-Qaeda’s leadership under intense pressure from Nato and Pakistani security forces, there are reports that scores of British activists are now travelling to Yemen and Somalia to attend al-Qaeda training camps and receive instructions for carrying out terror attacks against Western targets.
“The level of al-Qaeda activity in Britain is becoming a major source of concern,” said a senior State Department official. “The organisation’s ability to use Britain as a base to plot terror attacks constitutes a serious threat to the security of Britain and other Western countries.”
The recent surge in al-Qaeda terror attacks has led U.S. officials to conclude that al-Qaeda is planning a series of new attacks later in the year, some of them in Britain. Abdulmutallab is reported to have told his American interrogators that there were another 25 fully-trained al-Qaeda terrorists ready to carry out similar terror attacks against Western targets.
Recent analysis by the world’s leading intelligence agencies shows that al-Qaeda can call on operatives all over the world, although the various terror cells have different capabilities. For example, while terror cells in countries like Uraguay and Paraguay have what intelligence experts call a “watching brief”, others in Indonesia and the Philippines play a more active role in the planning and execution of terror plots.
“The threat from al-Qaeda and its affiliates remains high, though not on the scale of bringing off another 9/11 attack,” said Peter Bergen, the last Western journalist to interview al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before the September 11 attacks, and a leading expert on al-Qaeda. “But al-Qaeda militants can still pull off attacks on commercial aircraft and other key elements of the global economy.”
While intelligence officials say it is impossible to estimate the total number of al-Qaeda activists worldwide, the emergence of Yemen as a major terrorist training and recruitment centre for al-Qaeda is now a major concern for American intelligence officials.
They have also been shocked to discover that many of those responsible for strengthening the terror capabilities of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are former inmates of the U.S. Guantanamo Detention Facility in Cuba.
Pentagon officials estimate that one in five released Guantanamo detainees have rejoined al-Qaeda terror cells after their release. But a recent study by BBC journalist Peter Taylor of a 15-strong batch of Guantanamo detainees who were returned to Saudi Arabia under President Bush in 2007 showed that six of them had rejoined al-Qaeda in Yemen, suggesting that the percentage of former Guantanamo inmates returning to terrorism is far higher than estimated by the Pentagon. Despite the oft expressed opinion of our chattering class that particular responsibility did belong to the US. “Whichever way you look at it Yemen has now emerged as one of al-Qaeda’s top training grounds for its global terrorist network,” said a senior U.S. intelligence official. “And what really concerns us now is the number of British-based Muslims who are traveling there to take part in the training. This represents a serious escalation in the terror threat the West faces from Islamic militants.” Islam4uk was only banned because there is an election pending up and their final proposed stunt would have sparked incidents of civil unrest. As Hugh said this morning more ordinary people are aware of the danger amongst us, but will we be in time?
Most pop songs don't mean a lot, but Suzi Quatro's "Can the Can" takes the biscuit for meaninglessness:
Make a stand for your man, honey, try to can the can
Put your man in the can, honey, get him while you can
Can the can, can the can, if you can, well can the can
Here's an "explanation":
Micky Most asked songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman for a song for Suzi Quatro and they came up with this. When asked what "Can The Can" means, Chinn replied: "It means something that is pretty impossible, you can't get one can inside another if they are the same size, so we're saying you can't put your man in the can if he is out there and not willing to commit. The phrase sounded good and we didn't mind if the public didn't get the meaning of it."
I would like to hear Micky Most and Nicky Chinn on the subject of square pegs and round holes.
Notice on Geert Wilders at Netherlands Embassy website in Washington
When we posted on sending protest messages about the upcoming trial of Hon. Geert Wilders, MP to Dutch Embassies and Consulates, we didn't realize that it might have touched a nerve. On Thursday, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC posted this notice on its website.
January 14, 2010
In September 2009, the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam ordered the criminal prosecution of Mr. Geert Wilders, Member of the Dutch Parliament, for inciting hatred and discrimination based on his statements in various media about Islam. Various people and organisations had asked for his prosecution. In June 2008, the Public Prosecutor had determined that his statements were not against the law and had dropped the case, but the plaintiffs appealed this decision before the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal determined that statements equating Islam to Nazism were a punishable insult to Islamic worshippers and therefore constituted ground for criminal prosecution. The Court of Appeal did not convict Mr. Wilders of a crime, but ordered the Public Prosecutor to start a criminal procedure against him before the District Court of Amsterdam.
On January 13th, the District Court in Amsterdam dismissed a motion made by Mr. Wilders to limit the charges against him. The Court ruled that the indictment was in line with the decision of the Court of Appeal and that there were no new facts that would give reason to limit the scope of the indictment. On January 20th, the District Court in Amsterdam will start the proceedings in the case. Ultimately, it will decide whether or not Mr. Wilders has committed a criminal offense.
The Court of Appeal and the District Court are fully independent from the Dutch government. As the procedure is ongoing, any further comment by the Netherlands government on the case itself would be inappropriate. Mr. Wilders is a member of parliament and continues his work while the case goes through the legal process.
The Dutch system of Justice is not akin to that of the English/US system that relies on common and case law. Moreover, the trial, we understand, will be conducted before a three judge panel. The actual trial date will first be determined, next Thursday, the 21st. At issue is whether so-called amicus briefs can be filed challenging the findings of the Amsterdam Appelate Court that Wilders committed a punsihable offense for allegedly equating Islam with Nazism, and that judicial notice should have been taken of the PublicProsecutor Office's earlier findings that there was no basis to bring a cause of action.
As we noted in our post, Wilders would not be prosecuted for his free speech and criticism of Islam in US Courts as our First Amendment guarantees free speech rights.
The problem of actionable hate speech is that it is highly dependent on interpretation. That is the daunting prospect facing Wilders and his lawyers.
In the wake of the government dropping its case against two former AIPAC officials and the commutation of the sentence of former Defense analyst Larry Franklin, we posted on interview remarks about persistent anti-Semitism with the Counter-intelligence echelons of the FBI.
Now comes news about a case filed by a former Jewish FBI agent apparently caught up in the web of the AIPAC case investigations by the Counter –Intelligence staff at the FBI. “John Doe” is seeking $201,000 in compensation and restoration of his government security clearances and job for wrongful dismissal by the federal law enforcement agency in 2008.
A Jewish FBI agent says he was falsely accused of "an unspecified foreign preference'" for Israel. In suing over his termination, the John Doe plaintiff says he believes the accusation came because he faxed unclassified documents to "colleagues at AIPAC," the politically powerful American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. He accuses the FBI and the Justice Department of allowing "ill-informed biases regarding the country of Israel and the loyalty of Jewish Americans to improperly and illegally color their personnel decisions."
The former FBI intelligence specialist says he was wrongfully tied to the 2004 scandal in which two AIPAC employees and Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin were indicted on espionage charges. In his complaint, Doe says he worked for the State Department as an analyst "assigned to primarily cover issues relating to Palestinian terrorism and the Jewish extremist account within the Bureau of Intelligence and Research" before joining the FBI's Counterterrorism Division in 2004.
He says the FBI began investigating him in regard to AIPAC in October 2005, then revoked his security clearance and placed him on administrative leave without pay. He says he was never told of what charges, if any, were filed against him, only that he was "under investigation for espionage."
Doe says he was subjected to a 15-hour interrogation and two polygraph exams. The results were never revealed to him.
In June 2008, nearly three years after learning of the investigation, Doe says the FBI handed him his walking papers after refusing to let him appeal the revocation of his security clearance.
Doe says the Bureau gave him a letter citing an executive order that bars an appeal "if the Deputy Attorney General or Attorney General personally certifies that damage to the national security interests of the United States would result from those procedures by revealing classified information."
That was the only reason he ever received for his firing, he says. But he believes that during the 2004 FBI search of AIPAC offices, agents "retrieved unclassified FBIS [Foreign Broadcast Information Service] articles that [he] had faxed to colleagues at AIPAC, as well as at least one other unclassified document he had provided while an employee of the State Department." But he says, "These documents were directly related to matters on which John Doe worked as an Intelligence Research Specialist and his contacts with AIPAC officials were neither inappropriate nor outside the scope of his employment with the federal government."
He says his Jewish faith played a role in the investigation.
"In or around April 2006, John Doe filed a complaint with the DOJ Office of Inspector General and complained about the length of the investigation, the fact that he was being denied any procedural information or rights, and to allege that he was being targeted based on his Jewish religion," the lawsuit states.
Doe claims the FBI and the Justice Department violated his rights to due process and freedom of association, and also violated the Administrative Procedures Act and the Privacy Act.
Here was the comment on the anti-Semitism issue by former Defense analyst Larry Franklin ensnared in the bust FBI case against AIPAC senior staffers, Weismann and Rosen:
“I’ve learned a lot by crawling on the ground,” the 62-year-old father of five said in his first interview since the affair began in 2004. The lessons that Franklin has learned from his experience include the capacity by his colleagues and partners for — as he sees it — betrayal, and the persistence, he has concluded, of deep-rooted anti-Semitic sentiment in certain quarters of America’s intelligence community.
At the conclusion of our post on the Larry Franklin revelation we noted:
The unfortunate aspect of the AIPAC 'spy case' is that the FBI sting operation that ensnared Franklin, Weissman and Rosen in a four year long hellish nightmare was perpetrated by anti-Semitic counter-intelligence 'experts' in our government searching for an Israeli mole. At the same time, our government was permitting Muslims to infiltrate our intelligence community after 9/11 and denying talented American Jews and Christians the opportunity to ferret out the real threat to our security that Rosen and Weissman were seeking information about.