A Terrorist took part-time jobs in Glasgow pubs to bankroll a suicide bomb attack.
Algerian Nasserdine Menni worked hard, spent frugally and gave the impression he was saving for a better life – but the truth was far more sinister. On December 11, 2010, the fruits of his labour – and his illegal benefit claims – made headlines around the world.
At 4.48pm, a car bomb rocked a busy street filled with Christmas shoppers in Sweden’s capital Stockholm. It was followed 12 minutes later by a second blast as his close friend Taimour Abdulwahab detonated an explosive vest strapped to his torso.
After an 11-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow, a jury yesterday found Menni guilty of providing money that he knew or suspected would be used for the purposes of terrorism. But they returned a not proven verdict on a charge of conspiracy to murder Swedish citizens. Menni was also charged with fraudulently accessing three bank accounts and of claiming benefits and pretending to be an asylum-seeker in order to stay in Britain.
Menni arrived in the UK in 2005 and claimed he was a French national named Emmanuel Bernard. He settled in Luton, Bedfordshire, where he struck up a close friendship with Abdulwahab, a dad of two. Abdulwahab moved to the UK in 2001 to study sports therapy. But in 2007 he was kicked out of a Luton mosque for being too radical. It is not known exactly when Menni became radicalised but the pair became as close as brothers.
Menni worked for car seat makers Magna in nearby Dunstable under a false name until April 2009. But on April 6, 2009, he went to Liverpool to claim asylum. He said his name was Essededine al-Khaledi and that he was a Kuwaiti Bedouin fleeing persecution. He moved to Glasgow two days later and was given assisted accommodation in the city’s Red Road flats. He later moved to Whiteinch.
Andrew Miller, prosecuting, said: “The effect of the asylum claim was to create distance between himself and Abdulwahab and provide financial support. He had a new identity and he was able to falsely claim benefits.” Using the name Emmanuel Bernard, Menni worked in two Glasgow city centre restaurants as a kitchen porter and dishwasher.
David Harvie, the Crown Office’s director of serious casework, said: “It was only good fortune which prevented members of the public being killed. Menni’s guilt has been established by a meticulous and painstaking inquiry by Scottish law enforcement working with their Swedish and UK counterparts.”
The indictment featured nine names but Menni has refused to confirm his true identity. Police believe he is 32 but do not know his actual age. He has a mum and siblings in Algeria, as well as a brother in Luton and another brother in France. Menni will learn his fate when he returns to the dock next month.
THE man suspected of planning terrorist attacks against Israeli targets in Cyprus will remain in police custody until Monday when a fresh remand hearing will be held, Limassol Criminal Court ruled yesterday.
The man, a 24-year-old Lebanese holding a Swedish passport, arrived in Cyprus via London on July 5 and was arrested two days later at a hotel where he was staying in the coastal city of Limassol. The suspect has already been remanded twice and was due to be re-remanded yesterday. Instead the court decided to delay that decision until Monday.
A number of journalists, photographers and camera crews - including some from Swedish media - were waiting outside court when the police arrived with the Lebanese at around 10am. The man - hiding his face - went in for a closed-doors session which started two and half hours later, at about 12.30pm.
Court yesterday rejected a request by the Lebanese’s lawyer to have a public hearing because the police said there was a safety issue at stake.
Justice minister Loucas Louca said that the police arrested the Lebanese following information from foreign intelligence agencies. An Israeli official told Reuters news agency that Israel’s Mossad intelligence service was involved in the investigation but declined to comment whether Mossad had tipped off Cypriot authorities.
Reports said he was scouting Israeli targets and tracking Israeli tourists. It’s understood the Lebanese national may have been acting alone, at least while on his alleged mission in Cyprus. Although authorities are keeping tight-lipped about the case, police said he was being held “on possible charges pertaining to terrorism laws.”
He said $21tn is a conservative figure and the true scale could be $32tn.
A trillion is 1,000 billion.
Mr Henry used data from the Bank of International Settlements, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and national governments.
His study deals only with financial wealth deposited in bank and investment accounts, and not other assets such as property and yachts.
The report comes amid growing public and political concern about tax avoidance and evasion. Some authorities, including in Germany, have even paid for information on alleged tax evaders stolen from banks.
The group that commissioned the report, Tax Justice Network, campaigns against tax havens.
Mr Henry said that the super-rich move money around the globe through an "industrious bevy of professional enablers in private banking, legal, accounting and investment industries.
"The lost tax revenues implied by our estimates is huge. It is large enough to make a significant difference to the finances of many countries.
"From another angle, this study is really good news. The world has just located a huge pile of financial wealth that might be called upon to contribute to the solution of our most pressing global problems," he said.
'Huge black hole'
The report highlights the impact on the balance sheets of 139 developing countries of money held in tax havens that is put beyond the reach of local tax authorities.
Mr Henry estimates that since the 1970s, the richest citizens of these 139 countries had amassed $7.3tn to $9.3tn of "unrecorded offshore wealth" by 2010.
Private wealth held offshore represents "a huge black hole in the world economy," Mr Henry said.
Other findings in the report include:
At the end of 2010, the 50 leading private banks alone collectively managed more than $12.1tn in cross-border invested assets for private clients
The three private banks handling the most assets offshore are UBS, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs
Less than 100,000 people worldwide own about $9.8tn of the wealth held offshore.
Breaking The Daily Ramadan Fast In Iraq, Where The Surge Worked
18 killed in 2 bombings at the end of daily Ramadan fast in 2 southern Iraqi towns
From the Associated Press:
July 22, 2012
BAGHDAD — Bombs struck two Sunni towns at sundown Sunday just as Iraqis were preparing to break their holy day’s fast, killing 18 and wounding more than 50, officials said. Two earlier bomb blasts killed a policeman and wounded dozens of people.
The multiple bomb attacks showed that deadly violence is still common and in some places even worsening in Iraq, seven months after the U.S. pulled its last troops out of the country. Most of the attacks bear the hallmarks of Sunni Muslim insurgents linked to al-Qaida, targeting Shiites and their holy sites as well as security forces working for the Shiite-led government.
The two latest bombings, however, struck predominantly Sunni towns. So far, Shiite militants have resisted striking back at Sunnis. It was not immediately clear if the Sunday bombings were retaliation for earlier attacks, but residents in the stricken areas raised fears of renewed sectarian conflict.
The first sundown attack, in the town of Mahmoudiya, was the deadliest — a double bombing in which the second seemed aimed at hitting people who came to help victims of the first blast.
A car exploded around 7 p.m. in a parking lot for minibuses in the town, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of Baghdad. As emergency responders sprang into action, a second car blew up, according to police at the scene.
Twelve people were killed in the double blast, including two policemen, officials said. Another 36 were wounded. A medic at Mahmoudiya public hospital confirmed the casualty toll.
“People are worried that these attacks might ignite sectarian violence again,” said Ali Kamal, a 41, who owns a small warehouse for electric equipment close to the parking lot. “Especially when it coincides with the Syrian events.”
Syria’s bloody 17-month civil war between Sunni rebels and the regime of President Bashar Assad, a member of a Shiite offshoot sect, has reached the Syrian-Iraq border over the last few days. Rebels overtook two major border crossings between the two countries, although Syrian authorities wrested one of them back on Sunday. Nevertheless, the violence has terrified Iraqis who were living in Syria, thousands of whom have fled home to escape the fighting.
Sunday’s attacks, striking three communities across the country, underscored how dangerous Iraq itself remains.
Kamal said women and children were among the wounded in Mahmoudiya, and many nearby shops and cars were heavily damaged. The parking lot is usually crammed with shoppers in the early evening.
Ten minutes later and about 20 kilometers (12 miles) away, two roadside bombs struck an open-air market in Madain, another Sunni town southeast of the capital. Officials said six people were killed and 15 wounded.
All officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
Together, the four bombs struck just as Iraqis were preparing to break their daylong fast that marks the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. They followed two earlier attacks Sunday that killed a policeman and injured 33 people in the northern Sunni city of Mosul and the Shiite holy city of Najaf in Iraq’s south.
“With the blast in Najaf this morning and now more in Sunni areas, this might indicate the beginning” of sectarian fighting, Kamal said.
Mahmoudiya is part of the Sunni-dominated area that was widely known as the Triangle of Death that served as a base for al-Qaida when Iraq appeared to be descending into civil war, although it has slowly begun to stabilize. Madain is also known as Salman Pak, and is still plagued by insurgent cells that have prevented most tourists from visiting ancient Persian ruins there. It once housed a military base that was a center of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein’s biological and chemical weapons program.
The leader of al-Qaida’s affiliate in Iraq issued an online statement late Saturday claiming that the militant network is returning to strongholds it was driven from before the American withdrawal last December.
In an audio recording that identified the speaker as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State of Iraq since 2010, the militant group claimed it is preparing operations to free prisoners and assassinate court officials.
“The majority of the Sunnis in Iraq support al-Qaida and are waiting for its return,” al-Baghdadi said in the statement that was posted on a militant website.
Al-Baghdadi devoted almost half of the 33-minute speech to the uprising against Assad. Fighters from al-Qaida, including Iraqis, are believed to have taken an increasingly active role in the Sunni rebellion against the regime in recent months.
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Bengali Rohingyas are celebrating after attack on native Arakan people(Moung Daw-86.2012)
several houses of Buddhist were destroyed by Rohingya terrorists.
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Several Buddhist's villages were destroyed and set fire by Rohingya terrorists.
An Arakanese man was beaten by Rohingya terrorists.
An Araknese man wounded from attacks of invading Rohingya terrorists.
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Bengali Rohingya Youths recording during riot to cheat international media.
Rohingya terrorist group during riot
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Native Arakanese women are preparing to defend theirself.
An Arakanese man was murdered outside the village by Rohingya terrorists.
An elderly Arakanese man was murdered outside the village by Rohingya terrorists.
A headmaster was murdered by Rohingya terrorists who were his pupils.
An Arakanese GTC student was murdered at Sittwe by Rohingya terrorists.
An Arakanese woman,Thida Htwe(26 years old) was raped and murdered at Rambree by 3 Rohingya terroists (28.5.2012)
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Arakanese Buddhist people at evacuation center after their villages were attacked and fired by Rohingya terrorists.
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Rohingyas are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh into Rakhine State and self-claimed as one of Myanmar Ethnics.Now they attack on natives and threatening Myanmar's Governance in the area,they want Rohingya Islamist Territory.Our native ethnic people (Arakanese) have to run for lives from Rohingya Terrorists' attack and insecure now,begin in own land and being threatened by Rohingyas.This is not Religion conflict.This is not Human Right violations.THIS IS TERRORISTS' INVASION TO MYANMAR.
â€œThe Ties that Bindâ€�: New Center for Security Policy Report on the Abedin Family Islamist Connections
This past week saw a firestorm of adverse criticism directed at five US House members for letters sent to several Inspector Generals in the Obama Administration for investigation of Muslim Brotherhood influence in our government. The five Republican House members included Reps. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Thomas Rooney (R-Fla.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.). The agencies to which the requests were made included the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State, Director of National Intelligence and President Obama’s Assistant for Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism. The target of the firestorm was the deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State, Huma Abedin, whose family had close ties to fundamentalist Islamist groups, and whose mother Dr. Salehi is head of a woman’s college in Saudi Arabia and alleged member of the Muslim Brotherhood “sisterhood”. The letter sent by Bachmann stated:
The Department's Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, has three family members - her late father, her mother and her brother - connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and /or organizations. Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy making.
Bachmann became the instant target of accusations from fellow GOP members of Congress. Sen. John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins have all condemned the Minnesota congresswoman. She was the subject of a maelstrom of “Muslim witch hunt” portrayals on media programs like AC360 and the liberal media in the blogosphere. There were allegations that the requests of the House Republican Study Group led by Bachmann smacked of McCarthyism tactics against American Muslims in our Federal government. Prominent among Muslim attackers were fellow Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, one of two serving Muslims in Congress, the other being Andre Carson (D-IN). Both Ellison and Carson have been involved in controversies “equating former President Bush to Hitler and 9/11 to the Reichstag Fire “and expenses for his pilgrimage to Mecca ( Ellison) paid by Muslim Brotherhood front Muslim American Society and the value of Madrassas as models for public Education in America (Carson) –see this video, here.
Last Thursday there was a heated exchange between Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert over the latter prosecutorial pursuit of answers about another controversial Muslim appointee to the DHS Advisory Committee, Mohammed Elibiary during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Elibiary had been accused of leaking confidential intelligence from the Texas Department of Public Safety database. Napolitano at one point accused Gohmert of being an Islamophobe. Napolitano admitted that Elibiary had not been dismissed as a result of his alleged “leaking”.
Sen. McCain was especially outraged by the accusations against Huma Abedin. He took to the Senate floor and said:
These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma's family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way. These attacks have no logic, no basis, and no merit and they need to stop. They need to stop now.
To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. The letter in the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department or as a member of then-Senator Clinton's staff that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government.
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. . . not least a member of Congress," should launch such a "degrading attack against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of that hey stand for."
Boehner said he did not know Abedin well, but that “from everything that I know of her she has a sterling character.”
“I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous,” he said.
Lying behind this spate of outrage and criticism lay the research of the Center for Security Policy that had produced a dossier on the Muslim Brotherhood influence campaign in a ten part on-line educational program: The Muslim Brotherhood in America. Frank Gaffney, Jr., President of the Washington, DC-based Center for Security Policy has been attacked personally for producing the dossier.
As this torrent of criticism engulfed the media, there was pushback with evidence of the Abedin family Islamist connections.
Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin has been identified in Saudi Arabia as one of the founding members of the Muslim Sisterhood, a Muslim Brotherhood women’s group. This is the same group that half of Egypt was too scared to vote for and that was criminalized for many decades in Egypt for its subversiveness and terror activities. Dr. Abedin is no ordinary Muslim woman, but an activist who supports Sharia law. She is also a long-time chairperson of the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child Institute for (IICWC).
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The IICW contributed greatly to fear of its agenda after a recent publication in Arabic on its website. The following topics were discussed, among others, suggesting the annulment of Egyptian moderate laws, which would be replaced by Sharia laws. Below are some of the positions that appeared in the IICWC publication:
The IICWC position that the current laws criminalizing female genital mutilation be revoked.
The IICWC’s position demanding that the laws forbidding child marriage below the age of eighteen be revoked. No new minimum marriage age was given; the group stated that the marriage standard depends on the financial and mental ability and not dependent on a specific age.
The IICWC’s positions, as reported, demanding that the laws forbidding marital rape be revoked and that polygamy is a right for men.
The IICWC’s position that a health check-up before marriage be revoked since it is against religion and should not be part of the marriage contract.
The IICWC’s position that criminal responsibility triggering at age 18 be reduced to age 15.
The IICWC’s position revokes the right of a woman to register her newborn by herself for a birth certificate because Sharia states that a child’s lineage is given strictly to the father and his paternal line. The child belongs to the father even if it was the product of adultery.
The IICWC’s position revokes the criminalization of physical and mental abuse of parents against children, so long as the punishment does not cause a permanent deformity or the beating is too extreme.
Today, the Center of Security Policy released a report, “The Ties That Bind” further evidence of Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin’s Islamist doctrinal espousal and alliances with supremacist groups and ironically a foreign terrorist group designated by the State Department. Among the revelations are:
A book published and translated by the mother of Obama administration State Department Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin provides fresh evidence that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's closest aide has deeply problematic foreign associations that could, in violation of departmental guidelines, "create... a heightened risk of foreign exploitation, inducement, manipulation, pressure, or coercion."
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The Center's report excerpts and analyzes relevant passages from a book published and translated by Saleha S. Mahmood Abedin called Women in Islam: A Discourse in Rights and Obligations by Fatima Umar Naseef. Naseef is a past head of the "women's section" and professor of shariah at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, where Dr. Abedin is also on the faculty. The book was published in 1999, the same year Dr. Abedin founded Dar Al Hekma, a university for women also in Jeddah that Secretary Clinton visited and spoke admiringly of with Huma Abedin in February 2010
The organization responsible for the publication of Women in Islam was the International Islamic Committee for Woman & Child (IICWC), chaired at the time by Dr. Abedin. IICWC misleadingly describes itself as "an international organization of concerned women who are committed to improving the condition of women and children around the world." In fact, like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim World League (MWL) and other Islamist organizations with which it is associated, the IICWC is committed to eviscerating the rights of women and children by imposing everywhere shariah, a code that denies them fundamental - and, in the United States, constitutional - liberties.
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Specifically, the book published by Dr. Abedin wholeheartedly affirms: limits on women's free expression; the permissibility of stoning as a punishment for adultery, killing of apostates and female genital mutilation; the contention that "man-made laws" enslave women; and more. It also endorses women's right to fight in armed jihad. Women in Islam is available online and sold at the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA), an Islamist organization co-founded by Huma Abedin's mother and her late father, Dr. Syed Zainul Abedin.
The IMMA according to its website publishes a “refereed social science journal . . . highly respected and widely acclaimed academic and scholarly publication providing accurate, reliable and objective information on Muslim minority communities worldwide.” Among the IMMA editorial board are both Dr. Abedin and her son, Hassan.
Below are screen shots of the IMMA website captured by Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack in a report in late June 2012 that showed in 2008 all of the Abedin family members, the mother, Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin, Huma and her brother Hassan had editorial positions. Huma’s name was dropped subsequent to her appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Clinton when she accepted the cabinet post of Secretary of State in the Obama Administration.
Andrew C. McCarthy in an article published Saturday at National Review Online identifying the Muslim World League as an Islamist ally of the Muslim Brotherhood:
Ms. Abedin’s father, the late Syed Z. Abedin, was an Indian-born Islamic academic who founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs in Saudi Arabia. That institute was backed by the Muslim World League. As the Hudson Institute’s Zeyno Baran relates, the MWL was started by the Saudi government in 1962 “with Brotherhood members in key leadership positions.” It has served as the principal vehicle for the propagation of Islamic supremacism by the Saudis and the Brotherhood. That ideology fuels the “Islamic extremism” that, only a year ago, had McCain so worried that he thought allowing the Brotherhood into the Egyptian-government mix “would be a mistake of historic proportions."
In our NER article on how the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrated the West, we noted another prominent connection to the World Muslim League, its first director, Dr. Said Ramadan, son in law of Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan al Banna, and father of Swiss Islamist, Prof. Tarek Ramadan:
Ramadan, with covert CIA help, reached the pinnacle of his influence with the assumption of leadership of the World Muslim League in the 1960’s. In 1963, he gave King Saud the official proposal to found the League and was granted a diplomatic passport as Ambassador-at-large for the League. Ramadan, however, rejected Saudi funds and ended up traveling the world on a Pakistani passport.
The CSP report further notes a connection of Dr. Abedin to a foreign terrorist group designated by the State Department, The Union of Good:
There is evidence of Dr. Saleha Abedin's personal involvement with the International Islamic Committee on Woman and Child's affiliated organization, the International Islamic Council for Da'wah and Relief (IICDR). The IICDR was banned in Israel in 2008 for its collaboration with Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi's Union for Good in the funding of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization, Hamas. In the United States, the Union for Good was designated a terrorist entity in late 2008 [ by our Treasury Department].
The CSP report, “The Ties That Bind” concludes:
“Ties That Bind” powerfully reinforces the Center's earlier warning that the IICWC is currently advocating for the repeal of Egypt's Mubarak-era prohibitions on female genital mutilation, child marriage, and marital rape, on the grounds that such prohibitions run counter to shariah. Americans want no part of such an agenda. They should they have no reason for concern that senior officials in their government are stealthily encouraging it.
Senator McCain, Speaker Boehner and a host of other GOP Congressional critics need a copy of the CSP report and a briefing. They need to finally understand what lies behind the Muslim Brotherhood influence campaign and infiltration of our government and the ultimare goal of the Grand Jihad in America: the supplanting our Constitution with Sharia.