Whoops - steep learning curve ahead, except the Chinese don't generally grovel round other nations shiboleths.
From The Guardian - masters of the art. A Chinese clothing manufacturer probably thought it was on to a winner by exporting jeans bearing the Islamic expression "In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful" to Iran. But an otherwise sound marketing ploy was undone by one embarrassing flaw: the phrase (Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim in Arabic), which graces each of the Qur'an's 114 chapters, was prominently displayed on the pockets of the jeans' backsides, something likely to be seen as disrespectful by devout Muslims.
The perceived slight, first reported in the Iranian media, prompted a firm response from the police who announced they had seized the garments and arrested three businessmen said to have imported them.
The country of origin is embarrassing for Iranian authorities, given the close political and economic relationship between Iran and China. Beijing is Tehran's biggest trading partner and has used its veto on the UN security council to protect Iran from further sanctions over its nuclear programme.
Asriran accused China of "attacking Iranian Muslim sacred symbols in the most offensive manner".
It added: "In Islam, Allah is a respected word that you need to have ablutions before saying. Now it is embroidered on the sitting place of these jeans. Worse, they are sold in Tehran, which many would like to call the heart of the Islamic world." What a bummer! Up there with the crucified Santa, although that may have been Japanese.
You mustn't mention God... council bans church from putting up notices about its meetings
This story first appeared on the Daily Mail site in the early hours of this morning. Other news sites, including The Telegraph have taken the story but left out certain details.
I have taken the oldest, and fullest version, that of the Daily Mail. A Christian campaign group has been banned from pinning up notices about its meetings in libraries or community centres.
The activists were told their posters advertising talks about climate change could not be shown in public because they mentioned Christianity and God.
Officials declared that the flyers for a talk on 'climate change is a Christian issue' and and another by a spokesman for the Christian Ecology Link were in conflict with town hall policy against the promotion of religious ideas.
The ban in Camden in North London bemused campaigners from the Roman Catholic Our Lady Help of Christians parish church - not least because they were told they could display posters advertising green rallies so long as they did not refer to God.
There was also confusion among the greens that while borough officials insist they cannot lend a hand to a Christian group, it provides for inquirers details of no fewer than 13 mosques, Muslim study groups, and Islamic social groups. This next is the bit omited by the other papers. It is currently advertising for a £32,714-a-year youth worker to engage with 'especially Muslim teenagers' and the borough's website publishes the news that 'Camden council raises awareness of Islam', complete with assurances from a former leader that 'we work hard to spread a true picture of Islam and the Muslim faith.'
Jo Siedlecka is organising the climate change meetings for the Our Lady parish. They are part of a national push by church leaders who want to publicise their fears over the greenhouse effect which involves Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and Anglican Bishop of London Dr Richard Chartres as well as Roman Catholic clergy.
'I went to the local library with the posters,' Miss Siedlecka said. 'This time last year we had a green fair and lots of the councillors came, along with our local MP Frank Dobson. We had a good deal of support from Camden council who had stalls promoting recycling and compost and so on. I don't understand why they they won't allow us to put up our posters this year.'
Miss Siedlecka said she asked her local library to use its distribution service to put up flyers throughout the borough giving notice of the talks.
'A lady in a yashmak, a Muslim lady, told me that they could not advocate religions and that they could not promote religious ideas. Then I spoke to officials at the town hall who told me again that they could not promote a religion. They said they would be very happy if it was green, but it could not be Christian.' She added: 'This is bizarre. This is annoying.'
The London borough, where the Liberal Democrats are the biggest party and provide the council with its leader Ken Moffitt, told a Roman Catholic news agency: 'We are happy to put up posters supporting green issues but council policy does not allow the promotion of religion.' Officials declined to comment to the Daily Mail.
Anyone who uses the word "racist" is an idiot until proved otherwise. Jimmy Carter is a proven idiot in any case. So, when Jimmy Carter calls something racist, you have idiocy squared. From the BBC:
Former US President Jimmy Carter says much of the vitriol against President Barack Obama's health reforms and spending plans is "based on racism".
Mr Carter told a public meeting there was "an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president".
Is there much point in asking what "inherent" means in that context? Carter might, without any loss of meaning, have replaced "inherent" with "flubbalubbalub". If "many" in America feel, "inherently", that Obama shouldn't be president, far more felt, coherently, that he should; after all, they voted for him.
You can agree or not with Obama's health care plans. There are arguments on both sides, and comparisons with the UK are less than useful. But the argument has nothing whatsoever to do with race.
Bynum to Speak at Stop Islamization of America Launch
Because the Arutz Sheva article picked up on some of SIOA's creative brainstorming posts to use humor and a bit of theatrics involving the things that are thought to disrupt prayer for Muslims - dogs, donkeys and women - some are already calling this loving group of people "extreme."
I take the opposite viewpoint and contend that drawing attention to the Muslim belief that "dogs, donkeys, women" (and don't forget breaking wind) are the things that interfere with their prayers being received, rather than spiritual matters like insincerity of heart, highlights the essential materialism of this so-called religion.
Neither our Founding Fathers, nor Lao Tse, Confucius, Gautama Siddartha, Saint Paul, Jesus, Isaiah, Moses, nor Abraham would recognize Islam as a bona fide religion, but would instantly understand it as the massive intellectual fraud that it is. Our cowardly leaders, in both Church and State, who claim it doesn't matter what people believe, are fools. It matters that Muslims believe non-Muslims are inferior human beings. It matters that Muslims believe women are inferior to men. It matters that Muslims believe obedience and worship are the same thing and that conformity is the same as morality. It matters that Islam requires territorial sovereignty. It matters that Muslims believe that leaving Islam is equivalent to high treason. It matters what Muslims believe just as it matters what communists believe and what neo-Nazis believe.
I will be happy to join them in Washington DC on September 25th.
"Death of a Muslim Girl:" Dave Gaubatz on US Mosque Apostasy doctrine
Today's FrontPageMagazine has a timely interview, "Death of a Muslim Girl," by editor Jamie Glazov with intrepid counterterrorism private investigator David Gaubatz whose groundbreaking investigations of more than 200 US Mosques have revealed extremist radical Islamic doctrine. His undercover penetration of Muslim Brotherhood Front groups CAIR and the ISNA have been covered extensively here at the NER.
Today's FrontPage Magazine interview reveals apostasy doctrine that Gaubatz uncovered at the Dar al Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. Given the attention focused on the plight of teenage apostate Rifqa Bary and the Muslim assault on apostates that we published a major article in the September NER, Gaubatz's comments are highly revelatory.
Note what Gaubatz says about the he found about teachings about apostasy in his investigations of US Mosques:
I have visited over 200 Islamic Centers throughout America . The vast majority teach the worshippers ‘Apostates should be killed’ because it is a major sign of disrespect to Allah, the family of the Apostate is dishonored, and it may lead others to leave Islam.
Given our suggestion that American Muslim leaders should be asked to sign a pledge to forbid and reject such teachings, Gaubatz notes what his experience has been:
Specifically in regards to Apostasy, I request any Islamic scholar or Imam in America to provide a sworn statement under risk of perjury that Rifqa Bary has not committed a major sin and is subject to the death penalty. The scholar should also include in the sworn statement that Rifqa should not have any concerns about other relatives or friends of her father who will seek justice for the father because his daughter dishonored Allah and him. Lastly, I ask any Islamic leader to include in a sworn statement (again under oath and with the penalty of perjury) that they are not aware of any materials used in any U.S. mosques that call for the death of any Muslims who leave Islam.
Jamie, there will be no Islamic leader who will take me up on this offer. Why? Because they would be lying. Not that lying and deception is not conducted on a regular basis by CAIR and ISNA executives, but they will hesitate to do so under the risk of perjury and imprisonment. I will be preparing a sworn affidavit with several references I have obtained from numerous mosques across America (to include Ohio ) that clearly state Rifqa and any Muslim who leaves Islam is subject to death.
Not only do CAIR and ISNA executives condone and support this type action, but leaders from MANA (Siraj Wahhaj), and MSA do as well. Yes, there is an enormous amount of evidence to show these leaders who are supposed to be representative of Islam, do advocate killing Muslim like Rifqa Bary who have ultimately dishonored Islam. Possibly FP readers could respectfully and professionally ask CAIR’s Executive Director Nihad Awad if he is aware of any material distributed/used by CAIR or any U.S. Islamic Center that condones killing Rifqa Bary and people like her for their actions. Again he should do so in a sworn affidavit to law enforcement and the public as I will.
Jamie, what readers should focus on right now is that there are several Muslim U.S. politicians who are very much aware that Rifqa Bary and numerous other children are also at risk. One should be asking why they are not standing up for this child. Again the reason is because nothing or no one comes before Islam, not even an innocent child if they dishonor the religion.
For several years I have informed the public there are Islamic leaders throughout America who advocate the death penalty for Apostates. The Islamic leaders will not stand at the podium during Friday Jummah (prayers/talk) and verbally tell their worshippers to kill their daughters if they leave Islam and convert to Christianity, but they will fill their libraries and bookstores with exactly this instruction.
Note what Gaubatz found at the Dar al Hijra Mosque in Fairfax County, Virginia on apostasy:
Over the last three years I have conducted extensive research at Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church , Va. Islamic leaders and some of their worshippers provided me materials to understand ‘Pure Islam’. One such manual is “The Hudud” (Mandatory Punishments for specific crimes). The Arabic word for Apostasy is ‘Riddah’. Below are a few quotes from the manual recommended to me to study Islam and how to be a good and pure Muslim. Note: In 2007, I went through a ‘pseudo’ conversion (revert) to Islam at Dar Al Hijrah in order to obtain more in depth first-hand intelligence. A popular Islamic leader Yusef Estes was visiting Dar Al Hijrah and was my witness to the conversion. My complete discussion with Estes will be made available on my site as well.
From the Hudud:
 “Death for hudd punishment for riddah (apostasy).
 “Whoever renounces his religion, kill him.”
 “The Muslim who converts his religion, kill him.”
Nowhere in the manual obtained in Virginia does it inform a Muslim father to not kill their daughter in America if she were to leave Islam (as Rifqa Bary did). No where does it inform the Muslim reader to not seek death for the Islamic sin of apostasy. Contrary, the manual does state there is no “obedience due to” any state or ruler who contradicts the laws of Allah.
Here are Gaubatz's telling questions about the lack of moral leadership on apostasy and the imperiled status of youn Rifqa Bary given this background:
What does it mean? I will leave with a few thoughts for the reader to ponder.
 Why are our elected officials not prosecuting Islamic leaders who advocate death in America for children who decide to change their religion? If a Christian minister were to distribute material calling for the death of an innocent child like Rifqa Bary for leaving Christianity, would not our authorities and liberal media be calling for the arrest and prosecution of the minister?
 When will non Muslims in America begin to understand Islamic Sharia law is violent and is a serious threat to innocent people and to our country? Note: Sharia law also covers ‘physical Jihad’ against our country.
 Why hasn’t President Obama stood up for Rifqa Bary as he immediately did for Professor Gates? President Obama made time to prepare a propaganda speech to our young children, why not take a few minutes and address Islamic leaders in America (many trained in Saudi Arabia ) with a clear statement there will be no tolerance for Islamic leaders who advocate killing people for leaving Islam? Why doesn’t President Obama call for a Special Prosecutor or Committee to investigate the allegations Rifqa Bary has made? Do she and other innocent children not deserve this? In my professional opinion Mr. Obama will not support Rifqa Bary because it would offend thousands of Islamic leaders and could cost him millions of votes from the Muslim community.
 Why will the mainstream media not strongly support Rifqa Bary or conduct extensive research into the allegations Islamic leaders do indeed threaten their worshippers with death if they leave Islam? The answer is because they do not want the truth to be provided to the American people about Sharia law being carried out in America under the guise of Islam.
We are told that when it comes to a case of honour, Jordan is one of the more progressive Islamic communities. In Jordan, only one quarter of all homicides are cases of honour. In the Palestinian sectors of the West Bank and in Gaza, the proportion is two thirds. In Pakistan about 1,000 women get killed every year, and a startling, if lesser, incidence of ritual murder is true wherever Pakistanis live in the outside world. When a girl in a British Pakistani community is set on fire by her brothers, or has her face ruined with acid by a rejected candidate for the role of husband, we hear about it in the newspapers, although seldom for long. But in Pakistan such incidents aren't news at all. They happen three times a day. They are part of the culture. It was news in Britain when, on 14 July 2006, in London, a gifted Pakistani girl (her name was Sumari) was slain by her father, brother and cousin. It needed all of them to do it, because apparently she had to be stabbed 18 times. Her crime had been to disobey them, and she died of the proof that they had been well worth disobeying. Taking it on the lam, the father — who, while thicker than any brick, had at least been smart enough to spot the lack of congruity between British law and his own beliefs — holed up in his land of origin, Pakistan, thus providing yet another statistic in one half of the two-way traffic whereby potential victims, if they are lucky, hide out in the West, whereas perpetrators flee the West to hide out in the East. That two-way traffic should surely be enough by itself to define the nature of the horrible cultural interchange, which is mainly a matter of our culture failing to provide sufficient protection against the consequences of theirs.
[A]t the mere mention of Islam, cue the experts: apparently these cases of honour have no justification in Sharia, and therefore honour crimes have nothing to do with the religion. In Sharia, four witnesses have to catch a pair of illicit lovers in flagrante before they can both be killed. We are supposed to be reassured by these rigorous requirements of sufficient evidence, and are thought to be niggling if we question the assumption that the death penalty is mandatory if the case is proved. The requirement that the culprits should be killed goes unexamined. No doubt, if it were examined, the community would be placed in danger and the culture begin to fray. But surely, if moderate Islam is to hold its own against its extremist wings, then fraying, in that one respect at least, is exactly what the culture needs to do. There are more than a billion Muslims who are not engaged in jihad against the West, and not likely to be. We should try to remember just how few people are trying to kill us, even when they feel sorely provoked. But if the non-fanatical majority can't find a voice to condemn the few among their fellows who see nothing wrong with killing their own women for imaginary crimes, then they either condone that attitude or are afraid of those who hold it: either way, not a very encouraging start towards the more liberal Muslim future that we have been promised.
A modernised Sharia? Even the Archbishop of Canterbury would have smelt a rat there. Instances of these nice noises from Islamic male thinkers could be multiplied, but even at their best they sound hollow beside those cries of protest arising from women where protesting is momentarily permitted without penalty, as it was when the admirable Wafa Sultan confronted a studio full of imams on al-Jazeera and told them where they could put their parade of clerical authority. But Wafa Sultan was safe in America when she said her piece, although the assembled male clerics would undoubtedly have thrown stones at her satellite image if there had been any stones available. It's the cries of protest when protesting is not permitted, however, that really tell you what you need to know. The cries tend to be brief...
He recently traveled to Pakistan, where Al Qaeda's major leaders - including Bin Laden - remain hunkered down.
Zazi - known around the mosque as "Naji" - ran a coffee and doughnut cart in Manhattan before moving to suburban Denver this year, other members of the center said Tuesday.
He was described as a religious man, sporting a long, bushy beard, who hailed from eastern Afghanistan.
Interviewed outside Denver, Zazi said he knows he is under investigation but is innocent.
Zazi apparently lived recently in the same Flushing neighborhood where FBI agents swarmed into three apartments this week, bashing down doors and carrying search warrants seeking bomb-making materials.
"I didn't know what he was up to," said mosque President Abdulrahman Jalili, 58, after he was contacted by the FBI about Zazi. "Islam is against terrorism. It is a religion of peace."
The operative was recently overseas visiting Pakistan and possibly other countries, police sources said.
He drove from Denver to Queens carrying documents and papers about bomb-making and bombs, the sources said. Zazi remained under constant surveillance in suburban Denver Tuesday, three sources said.
Red flags about an impending attack went up last week when Zazi visited with several people in a single day and there was worrisome information collected from wiretaps, sources said.
Zazi was stopped at the George Washington Bridge on his way into the city. Authorities later seized his rental car from a Queens street, sources said.
Two mosque members said Zazi was apolitical. "I haven't seen him talk politics," said Mohammad Aziz, 51, of Queens, who hosted a dinner for the suspect and a local imam two years ago.
Zazi, who has a wife in Pakistan, said he was coming to New York to renew his peddler's license for the coffee wagon.
The Queens apartment raids were triggered by the Denver investigation, the operative's New York visit and the timing of the upcoming UN General Assembly....
First news from Luton on the BBC Six men have appeared in court in connection . .. with a disturbance during the parade for the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment on 10 March.
The six appeared at Luton Magistrates' Court and denied using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.
All the men were released on bail to appear in court in January. A seventh man who was unable to attend court faces the same charge. It falls to Wales on Line to actually name the men and give details of the incident.
Angry scenes broke out during a parade for the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment on March 10, when a group of Muslim extremists brandished placards with slogans including "Butchers of Basra".
Jalal Ahmed, 21, Yousaf Bashir, 29, Ibrahim Anderson, 32, Jubair Ahmed, 19, Ziaur Rahman, 32, Shajjadar Choudhury, 31, and Munim Abdul, 28, all from addresses in Luton, will appear before magistrates in the town. Meanwhile in Harrow the Harrow Times must be finding it harder to stand shoulder to shoulder with the men of Harrow Mosque. They can manage it so far by emphasising that all the men arested after Friday night's violence are from outside the town. DETAILS have been released of the ten people arrested on Friday at the protests outside Harrow Central Mosque.
The list reveals none of the men came from Harrow, and one came all the way from Peterborough to attend the protest.
The full list of arrests is below: Well not actually full as only three men are named, Stephen Gash was in more protective custordy and from their ages there is no obvious reason not to name the other 7 men. - Ifran Razaq, 26, of Muswell Road, Peterborough, has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon, a knuckle duster. He has been bailed to appear at Harrow Magistrates Court later this month.
- Ahmed Abdelrahman, 34, of West Kensington Court, Hammersmith, has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon, a lock knife. He has been bailed to appear at Brent Magistrates Court later this month.
- Stephen Gash, 56, the organiser of the SIOE protest, was arrested to prevent a breach of peace. He was released when police were confident the threat had passed.
- Two men, 25 and 23, from Ladbroke Grove, a 25-year-old man from Purfleet in Essex, and a 21-year-old man from Willesden, were arrested for possession of offensive weapons, including hammers and bleach. They have been bailed pending further investigations.
- An 18-year-old man from Bow was cautioned for possession of an offensive weapon, a chisel, and another 18-year-old man from Bow was cautioned for possession of an offensive weapon, namely a spanner.
- An 18-year-old man from Wembley, was arrested but released without charge for possession of an offensive weapon. Bruvvers! Had you purified your intention?
London Borough of Brent Council are also finding it hard to apportion blame accurately while the Mosque is in complete denial, as is the UAF. Brent Council passed an emergency motion last night hitting out at Stop the Islamisation of Europe for organising a demonstration outside the Station Road mosque on the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
It read: “This council condemns the ignorant, pointless and misguided attempts by extreme anti-Islamic elements to carry out a demonstration against the Islamic faith outside the mosque during Friday prayers and during the period of Ramadan.
The motion went on to condemn violent attacks on police by some elements within the supporters of the mosque, saying: “This council also condemns outsiders within the counter-demonstration who refused to respond to the restraint called for by mosque leaders, and who resorted to attacks on the police.”
The motion was in line with the message from Harrow's community leaders, who have lined up to criticise both the SIOE protest and those from outside the borough who came on Friday to cause trouble.
The mosque itself has issued a message of thanks through the Harrow Times to those who turned out for a solidarity vigil organised by Unite Against Fascism. However, its message stopped short of condemning the violent attacks on police and members of the press, scenes which overshadowed the earlier message of peace and unity from the vigil. Noor Ranjamally was due to appear at Harlow Magistrates Court following the charge of Perverting the Course of Justice today but there is no news yet of what happened.
On Road Media is training 50 young Gypsies and Travellers in social media skills in Kent, Cambridgshire and Surrey. It's a Mediabox funded project led by Unltd the foundation for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with Media for Development.
What we did
On Road Media set them up with their own social network - www.savvychavvy.com and taught them how to podcast and produce video blogs. The idea is that they can report on what's going on in their own communities and keep in touch with other Travellers who have largely stopped Travelling.
Why it's important www.savvychavvy.com has almost 500 young people on it in less than a month which demonstrates the need for dedicated spaces like this on the web for marginalised groups. Spaces like these do not alienate the group concerned from the rest of society - they allow the young Gypsies in this case to communicate freely amongst each other in a safe place away from the discrimination and prejudice that many of them face daily.
Time was when gypsies were (w?)raggle taggle, not savvy chavvy, and they sang so high, they sang so low, though not necessarily in a one-man alto-baritone duet, like Andreas Scholl:
Trans Atlantic Legislators Gather to Discuss Jihadist Terrorism
By Walid Phares
Next week, an important summit will be held by a number of legislators from the European Parliament, the US Congress and the Canadian Parliament to discuss "al Qaeda's and other Jihadi forces' campaigns worldwide against Democracies." The closed meeting, to take place in the US, is sponsored by the newly formed "Transatlantic Group on Counter Terrorism (TAG)," launched in Washington and Brussels last year. TAG was launched in the winter of 2008 by Members of the European Parliament, led by MEP Jaime Mayor Oreja, Vice Chairman for Policy of the EPP Group at the European Parliament (present majority Party) and Members from both Parties of the US Congress, led by Representative Sue Myrick, Co-Chair of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the US House of Representatives. The goal of TAG is to create a working relationship between legislators from Europe and the United States (North America) to address terrorism and the threat it poses to democracies.
The founding leaders of TAG, members of US Congress and the European Parliament (UK, Spain, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden) in 2008:
The first TAG summit was held April 30, 2008, in Washington, DC, where participants signed a joint declaration of principles. The Third summit of TAG will take place in Brussels. The Second summit to be held in Washington is comprised of meetings between US Members and Senators and Members of the European parliament as well as one member of the Canadian Parliament to discuss issues surrounding Jihadi terrorism and radical Islamists.
These meetings are important steps in forming a strong counter-terrorism trans-Atlantic partnership. It will allow legislators on both sides of the Atlantic to share insights and best practices, as well as talk about how can Democracies address terror threats, not only as individual countries, but as an international community.
The European delegation will include MEPs from France, Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The North American delegation will include a Canadian MP and members of the US Congress.
The subjects to be addressed, are divided in three categories:
1) Terrorism and International Relations: Ideological Radicalization, the so-called “Islamophobia,” and the role of international organizations in mitigating extremism.
2) International Jihadist Threats: Discussion of the Terror strategies and counter strategies in several areas such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Somalia. European and North American legislators will address and analyze these various issues in their respective realms.
3) "Trans Atlantic Threats" Discussion on new strategies being employed by terrorists and radical Islamists, and the counter-terror strategies to combat them, inside Europe, Canada and the United States. European and American legislators will address and analyze these various issues in their respective realms.
A press conference will take place on the Hill to issue the resolutions. For more information contact: [email protected]
Updates and material will be posted after the meeting
Dr Walid Phares is a Co-Secretary General of the Trans Atlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism
Sarah Ferguson Damages Turkish Chances For Admission To The E.U.
Turkish authorities want to extradite Britain's Duchess of York.
Sarah Ferguson has been accused of breaking the country's strict privacy laws when she went undercover to film a secret documentary about the horrific condition in orphanages.
If she is convicted, the 49-year-old former royal could face up to four and a half years in prison.
The Turkish government has lodged a formal request "mutual legal assistance" - the first step in the extradition process - with the Home Office in London.
The request is expected to be granted, forcing Sarah - whose children Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, are fifth and sixth in line to the throne - to submit to questioning by British police.
If they have sufficient evidence, Sarah could be arrested and charged and sent to Turkey to face court.
A Home Office source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "We have had a request from the Turkish government for an MLA in relation to the Duchess of York.
"We are now awaiting the necessary paperwork but it seems likely the request will be granted."
Another source added: "If, following a police investigation, charges are laid in Turkey, the Duchess could be arrested and extradited to appear in court in Turkey. That is how international law works."
The documentary - entitled 'Duchess and Daughters: Their Secret Mission' - saw Sarah and Eugenie, 19, don disguises to visit an orphanage housing 700 disabled children.
Inside, they secretly filmed children tied to their beds in the state-run institution, sparking outrage in Turkey.
Former FBI Agent Disputes Florida Report on Apostate Rifqa Bary
John Guandolo is a 12 plus year veteran of the FBI. The Washington-based Center for Security Policy released his evaluation of the disputed Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) report, “Florida Department of Law Enforcement earns an F,”. The FDLE report wasthe subject of a 10 day gag order by Orlando Circuit Court Judge Daniel Dawson on September 3rd that expired on Monday. Guandolo’s bottom line assessment: says “probable cause” that apostate Rifqa Bary was threatened.
As we reported in an NER article: "Muslim Assault on Apostates; the case of Rifqa Bary, counsels for the Orlando Sentinel and for Miss Bary's parents were ruled in breach of requests to release the FDLE report and ex cathedra comments in court that no threats existed. The ten day gag order expired and the mainstream media has reported on the findings of the FDLE report, see here, avoiding obvious flaws. Now, with Guandolo's assessment of FDLE report we can fully appreciate why Judge Dawson acceded to Miss Bary's counsel, Attorney John Stemberger, request for a gag order. We noted what transpired in the September 3rd hearing:
That led to a vituperative exchange between Attorney Weeden, who breached the Judge’s gag order by stating in open court that, "there's nothing in this (FDLE) report that supports the girl's claim.” That led Miss Bary’s Guardian ad litem, Attorney Krista Bartholomew to stop Weeden cold in his tracks by saying: "I can't believe you just said that." She demanded that his comments be stricken from the record.
Bartholomew further noted that the video questioning of Miss Bary by the FDLE interviewers was done without counsel present. Then the counsel for the Orlando Sentinel objected to the Judge’s gag order on the grounds that this was not a jury trial. Judge Dawson denied that request, as well.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement report that said investigators found no credible reports of threats toward the 17-year-old runaway. The report was unsealed Monday. Rifqa's taped interview with investigators remains sealed.
" . . . FDLE's inquiry to date has failed to reveal any evidence of a conspiracy to commit, solicitation to commit, attempt or other efforts to commit any such action or other violence against her," the report said.
FDLE's seven-page investigative summary includes interviews with Ohio school officials; with Rifqa's father, who has denied threatening his daughter; and with Brian M. Williams, a 23-year-old with ties to Columbus and Kansas City, Mo.
Williams baptized Rifqa and helped her get to Florida, according to the report.
The Islamic community was not investigated. Investigators checked with local, state and federal authorities in Columbus and Orlando and "have not been made aware of any identifiable threat."
Rifqa made international headlines after she ran away from her home near Columbus, Ohio, in mid-July, took a Greyhound bus to Florida and sought shelter with an Orlando family.
Rifqa, 17, has said she left Ohio because she feared she would be hurt or killed by her Muslim family because she converted to Christianity.
The Orlando Sentinel in related stories endeavors to portray Miss Bary as a “prophetess” in the making following her conversion based on her writings. Further, that the Lorenz Pastors, who gave her sanctuary were in dispute with their fellow Evangelical Christian congregants and left the Global Revolution church.
By contrast, Guandolo debunks the Orlando Sentinel and other mainstream stories in his evaluation findings based on his professional review of the FDLE report:
This is a statement of facts regarding this matter:
·There are requirements in Islamic Law regarding someone who deserts Islam
·The Muslim Brotherhood's objective is the implementation of Islamic Law in the United States
·Rifqa Bary has left Islam and become a Christian
·Rifqa Bary has made statements to FDLE officials and others that her parents have threatened to kill her because she has left Islam
·The Barys appear to be adherent to Islamic Law
·The Barys appear at an interview with two Muslim Brotherhood representatives doing business as CAIR, a group known to be hostile towards the United States which is also an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history
·The Muslim Brotherhood supports the killing of Muslims who publicly leave Islam.
It is my professional opinion that sufficient Probable Cause exists to believe that Ms Bary's concerns for her personal safety are based in a realistic and factual understanding of her situation, and, therefore, a further criminal investigation is warranted.
In an introductory note to the Guandolo report posted on the CSP website, they suggest:
The significant errors and omissions that Mr. Guandolo and other experts have found in this FDLE investigation show a failure in FDLE’s professional responsibility in handling the Rifqa Bary case. Governor Crist and FDLE management need to get new investigators on the job, start over, and this time do it right. A life may be at stake due to FDLE negligence-- and willful blindness-- in conducting this investigation.
There are Florida officials and senior legislators like Attorney General Bill McCollum and Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner who are carefully monitoring the Orlando Circuit Court proceedings. Both know the intense lobbying in Florida by Muslim Brothehood Front groups like CAIR, MPAC and Ahmed Bedier’s United Voices for America – see our report on Muslim day in Tallahassee. Both have felt the sting of ‘intimidation’ attacks by such questionable Muslim Advocacy groups CAIR and MPAC identified as unindicted co-conspirators in the Federal Dallas court Holy Land Foundation decision of November, 2008.
At issue now is will the FDLE report be subjected to withering cross examination by experts in the field of counterterrorism and Islamic law if the Rifqa Bary hearing reconvenes on September 29th.
The Chinese government has itermittently denied that any needle attacks have occurred in Xinjiang, but has fired several government officials there, arrested several suspects, and announced that they would apply the death penalty in the needle-attack cases, which they deny occurred in the first place. Now the peace-loving Uighurs have been caught preparing their own Islamic fireworks display to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Communist takeover of China on Oct. 1. From AP:
BEIJING – Chinese security forces uncovered a bomb-making operation in the volatile western region of Xinjiang, foiling plans to carry out attacks including suicide bombings, police said Wednesday.
Forces arrested six suspects and seized large amounts of bomb-making materials in the raids, according to a notice posted on the Public Security Ministry Web site.
Initial investigations showed the suspects had begun making bombs following deadly ethnic rioting in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi in July, the notice said. It did not say when the arrests were made and calls to Xinjiang regional police headquarters rang unanswered.
I suppose the intended inference we are supposed to make is that the bombs were made in response to the deady riots. There is always a prior excuse for Islamic jihad. But there was a group of Uighurs arrested for an attempted bomb plot before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, long before the current rioting.
The ministry said the gang had set up three bomb making workshops on the outskirts of the city of Aksu, about 430 miles (700 kilometers) southwest of Urumqi, and had already assembled 20 explosive devices, the ministry said.
The gang had planned to place bombs on cars, motorcycles, and people and "carry out terrorist sabotage activities," but were prevented from doing so by the timely police action, the notice said.
The names of two men described by Xinhua as the gang's ringleaders, Seyitamut Obul and Tasin Mehmut, appeared to identify them as members of the Turkic Muslim Uighur ethnic group, radicals among which have long fought Chinese rule in Xinjiang.
As with Tibetans, many Uighurs resent the heavy Chinese presence in their native land and claim they were essentially independent from Beijing for much of their history.
Yes, but unlike the Tibetans, the Uighurs are attempting bombing campaigns and needle-jab campaigns. Per their religion, their first resort is to violence.