These are all the Blogs posted on Thursday, 24, 2011.
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Australia: Opposition politicians distance themselves from colleagues who queried multiculturalism and criticised Islam
Of course, the fact that most politicians from both sides of parliament seem reluctant to publicly admit at the moment, is this: that Muslims , generally considered, do not play well with others. Very few have shown willing to come out and say that, and those who have, have been reviled as 'racists'.
So, here is Mr Brandis again, who called people like his party colleague Cory Bernardi 'bullies' for having dared to criticise Islam. Tim Leslie reporting, for the ABC.
'Senior Liberal Senator George Brandis has launched a defence of the Coalition's muticultural credentials, saying the Liberal Party can lay claim to much of the credit for one of the great Australian success stories.
"We are, much more so than the Labor Party, the authors of it," he told ABC Newsradio.
"The multicultural project began with Harold Holt in the 1960s and was carried to fulfilment during the Fraser government in the 1980s.
Yes...that is when we started letting in huge numbers of Lebanese Muslim 'refugees'...with predictably dismal results, as described in former policeman Tim Priest's article "The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia" (Quadrant Vol 48 no. 1, Jan-Feb 2004) which may be read online here: - CM.
"So in that 25 years of Australian history, with the support of the Labor Party, it must be said, my side of politics has led the way".
'The Opposition has been struggling with the issue after reports emerged of a split in the party over immigration.
Not over immigration as such. Over Muslim immigration. - CM.
'Immigration spokesman Scott Morrison was widely criticised for questioning the cost of the Sydney funerals for asylum seekers (to be fair, it should be said that not all the deceased were Muslims; some of the funerals were Christian ceremonies - CM) killed in the Christmas Island shipwreck, and then faced reports he had suggested capitalising on fears over Islamic immigration.
'The Government has been on the attack over the issue, calling for Mr Morrison and outspoken Senator Cory Bernardi to be sacked, as well [as] relaunching its multicultural policy.
If Morrison and Bernardi were to be sacked for having - however mutedly - criticised Islam, it would signify a capitulation to the sharia demand that Islam and Muslims be placed absolutely beyond criticism, questioning or mockery. Sure, the full 'blasphemy' penalty isn't being imposed, like in Pakistan; but politically speaking, their 'death' is being demanded. This is shameful. And when I wrote to the Prime Minister I told her as much. - CM.
'In yesterday's caucus meeting, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott told MPs Australia was the most successful multicultural nation in the world (that's only because, up until the 1980s, though we had all sorts of other folk, we didn't have any significant number of Muslims - CM) and the Coalition would never support discriminatory immigration.
What's wrong with discriminating against people who support killing those who defect from their belief system, and killing those who criticise it? Would we discriminate against known members of the Mafia or of the KKK who applied to migrate to Australia, even whilst proudly declaring their allegiance to the Mob or the Klan? Of course we would. So why should it be unthinkable to discriminate against Muslims? - CM.
'Senator Brandis says everyone who matters in the Coalition supports multiculturalism.
"I think everyone who matters in the Liberal Party has the same view about multicultural Australia, and that is that we strongly support it", he said.
'But he defended the embattled Mr Morrison, saying he backed the immigration spokesman's recent motion to put a cap on the number of visas for arrivals by boat.'
Given that the vast majority of these recent boat arrivals are young Muslim men of military age, limiting the number of visas granted would be an excellent idea...I would prefer that such visas as are granted, be given to the minority among the arrivals who are non-Muslim:for example, the desperate Iraqi Christians and Mandaeans (fleeing genocidal Muslim violence against them), and the Burmese Christians. It can be guaranteed that such people will not get involved in 'extremism', that is, jihad plots. - CM.
"I support it entirely, because what the motion does is give preference in our humanitarian intake to people who are behind razor wire in refugee camps overseas", he said.
'And he played down any suggestion of widespread fears of Islamic immigration.
He's not listening. - CM.
"In a multicultural nation, as Australia is, there will always be a period of adjustment for new settlers, in which different cultures get used to one another", he said.
The Muslims aren't 'adjusting' and, in general, have no intention of 'adjusting', except to use slicker PR. If one reads Mr Priest's article one sees that the moment they arrived in force in the 1980s the Muslims began behaving as they meant to go on, that is, badly; thirty years later, they are still behaving just as badly or worse, we have had more than one jihad plot hatched though luckily foiled, we have Muslim clan warfare in Australian suburbs (the Chaouk crime 'family' in Melbourne and the Ibrahim crime 'family' in Sydney, warring with their rivals just as they used to do back home in Lebanon) and we have had to create the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, which is kept very, very busy, and somehow mostly seems to catch perps of Muslim 'faith', rather than Jews or Copts or Maronites. - CM.
"There will always be tensions at the margins. But what is remarkable about Australia is how successfully so many different cultures have come and united in the great Australian story".
Like I said, that's only been possible because - up until 30 years ago - the Muslim component of our population was vanishingly small. - CM.
And now for another whistler in the dark, Mr Turnbull.
'Opposition Communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull says Australia ranks as the most successful immigrant nation on the planet.
I thought that was America. Oh well, never mind...- CM.
'The Opposition has been struggling with the issue of multiculturalism, after reports emerged of a split in the party over immigration.
'Immigration spokesman Scott Morrison was widely criticised for questioning the cost of the Sydney funerals for asylum seekers killed in the Christmas Island shipwreck, and then faced reports he had suggested capitalising on fears over Islamic immigration.
"Scott Morrison has recognised that his remarks had been ill-timed, and he apologised for that", Mr Turnbull said.
'The Government has been on the attack over the issue, relaunching its multicultural policy and calling for Mr Morrison to be sacked.
'Mr Turnbull has told ABC's Lateline program the Liberal Party remains committed to a multicultural Australia and a non-discriminatory immigration policy.
'"We believe that one of Australia's greatest strengths is its cultural diversity. We are the most successful immigrant country in the world" he said.
"We have achieved an extraordinary degree of harmonious integration of people from every possible culture in the world.
"It's a great achievement. We're proud of it. We are committed to a multicultural Australia - that is a reality. That's part of our life."
'A 10 year survey by the Challenging Racism Project yesterday said 49 percent of Australians described themselves as "anti-Muslim".
'But Mr Turnbull says discrimination on any grounds is "not the Australian way".
"People denigrating Christianity or Judaism or Islam or whether they're denigrating Greeks or Italians or Chinese, take your pick, denigrating people, religion, denigrating people's culture, denigrating their race is not the Australian way", he said.
Obviously Mr Brandis hasn't read the Quran, the Hadith or the Sira, let alone any other Islamic classic texts, nor has he ever visited MEMRI and sampled their translations of standard sermons and tv shows in the Muslim world, for if he had he would know that denigration - indeed cursing, slandering and hysterical hatred - of other people's (non-Arab) ethnicity and of their (non-Islamic) religions, is front and centre in Islam and the Islamic world. - CM.
"It is not. Because if it were, we could not be the extraordinarily successful and diverse culture that we are.
"We are defined as Australians because of our commitment to the shared political values of this country, and that's why our society is so inclusive.
"We share in the Chinese New Year, the lunar New Year festival. We share in the Greek and Italian festivals.
I observe he doesn't mention any Muslim 'special days' or seasons. I wonder whether he is aware of the frenzy of public self-mutilation and blood-letting that marks the Shiite Muslim ceremony of 'Ashura'? Would he be happy to see that being practised in Australian streets? And is he also aware that - whereas non-Hindus can go to Varanasi, and non-Christians are welcome to walk the St James of Compostela pilgrim trail in Spain, and non-Jews are welcome to leave a prayer at the Kotel, no non-Muslim is permitted to enter the Muslim 'holy' cities of Mecca or Medina, on pain of death? and that only Muslims can take part in the Hajj, or see the Kaaba? - CM.
"It is part of our way of life. It is the richness, the diversity of this nation that makes us so strong and we must cherish it because it is precious and it is almost - not quite - but almost unique in the world."
And that is exactly why those of us in Australia who love our country and who know that classical Islam - Islam of the texts, and Islam as generally practised throughout history - is like 'the Blob' in the old B-movie of that name, intent upon obliterating anything and everything different from itself, have come to realize that we have to put a stop to Muslim immigration. Wherever it has gone, historically, the Muslim Ummah has attacked and diminished, or even entirely destroyed ethnic, linguistic, cultural and religious diversity.
Man runs amok in Ibiza - up to 11 people stabbed or otherwise injured
There are quite a few reports of this incident in the world's press this morning. All reported slightly differently, although the facts of so many peple injured are undisputed, but all within a certain established framework.
Lets start with the oldest published, the dear old BBC.
A man wielding a knife has wounded at least nine people at random on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza. . . The alleged attacker, a 41-year-old Moroccan man, is now in police custody. At least four of those stabbed were reported to be seriously wounded, including one man who was knifed in the neck.
According to Now Public he had a machete and an iron bar, which of course we all carry about our person, just in case.
The man was arrested by police as he was trying to attack an officer with a stick, the police spokesman said. He said the man, who had been living in Ibiza "for some time" had a history of "resisting authority."
The official said the assailant was a 41-year-old Moroccan whose motive was unknown, but it was believed he had mental health problems. A police statement said he lived in Sant Antoni and had money problems.
So why did he do it? Go into a supermarket with a machete, steal, near murder a dozen innocent people?
Mental health problems? Money worries? A protest against authority? Will we ever find out?
The Moroccan, named only as Mohamed E.B, pulled out what was described as a large knife or machete when staff approached and went on to attack an internet cafe and a hairdressers. At least six people were seriously injured, including a man of 48 and a 52-year-old woman who were both stabbed in the neck.
The man, who lives locally, was under armed guard in hospital last night.
Now we have it - emulating the perfect man, his namesake.
Australia: 'Senior Liberal condemns anti-Muslim "bullies"'.
This is extraordinary. In every Muslim-dominated country on earth - see the Arabian Gulf countries, and the treatment of Filipino maids, see Pakistan and the case of Asia Bibi, see the Beduin Muslim people-smugglers tormenting and raping African Christian refugees - Muslims very often, and mercilessly, bully non-Muslims.
And yet Mr Brandis, after a few Australian politicians have merely verbally expressed the mildest of misgivings about Muslims, and the most measured critique of certain aspects of Islam, is accusing those people of being 'bullies'.
From the Sydney Morning Herald, Philip Coorey reporting.
'The shadow attorney-general, George Brandis, has joined the condemnation of those preaching division against Muslims, saying politicians of all persuasions, conservatives included, had a duty to resist intemperate voices.
'Senator Brandis, a leading Liberal moderate, described those targeting Muslims (with well-deserved and rational verbal criticism - CM) as akin to the bullies he witnessed beating up Italian children when he was at school in the 1960s.
Senator Brandis, it seems you have not heard about the Muslim boys who bullied and beat up a Greek-Australian child because he was eating a salami sandwich in front of them in the playground during Ramadan. And that was not the only case, at that school, of the Muslim children ganging up on, and physically attacking, non-Muslim children of various ethnic and religious backgrounds. Nor have you heard of the gang of Muslim teenagers who entered the grounds of an Australian high school, at which they were not students, and attacked some of the lads, and teachers, with bladed weapons.- CM.
"It was from that experience that I formed my life-long detestation of bullies who pick on a vulnerable minority just because they are different", he says.
Senator Brandis, I suggest you talk to the Copts in Australia, and the Assyrian Catholics, and the Mandaeans from Iraq, or the East Timorese Christians, or the Sudanese Christians, or Hindu migrants from Bangladesh, and ask them how they were treated by the Muslims in their countries of origin, before they were able to escape. Because you will discover that 'bullies who pick on a vulnerable minority just because they are different' is a pretty good description of ...Muslims, when they are at home in a country where they rule. - CM.
'Senator Brandis's comments, made in a pointed article written for today's 'Herald' (see p. 17), came as the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, was forced to spell out at yesterday's joint party room meeting that the Coalition's immigration policy was non-discriminatory (i.e. they will keep on admitting Muslims - CM) and the party's support for multiculturalism still stood.
'We will never say to perfectly good Australians that they are not fully valued in their own country", he said.
But can Muslims whose first loyalty is supposed to be to the Ummah, the world-wide Muslim 'community', and to its temporal power and territorial expansion, ever become 'perfectly good Australians'? - CM.
'The Coalition was torn along ideological lines when the immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, criticised the government for paying for the relatives of those killed in the Christmas Island boat wreck to attend funerals in Sydney. He was publicly rebuked by the shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, but apologised only for the timing of his comments.
'Mr Morrison was then accused by colleagues of advocating to the shadow cabinet that the Coalition capitalise on communityunrestover Muslims, which he denies.
Funny to see the term 'unrest' being applied to non-Muslims rather than Muslims, in a news report. - CM.
'There is anger among moderates (sic: appeasers? - CM) towards the South Australian senator Cory Bernardi who is Mr Abbott's shadow parliamentary secretary. Senator Bernardi has made incendiary (no: truthful - CM) comments about Muslims and Islam in recent days, even criticising halal food.
And why should he not criticise halal food, given that there seems to be something of a push to make halal the norm whether non-Muslim Australians want to eat it, or not? - CM.
'The government demanded again that Mr Abbott back his words by sacking Senator Bernardi, but Mr Abbott stood by him.
'He told the party room that both Senator Bernardi and Mr Morrison had "gone a little bit too far last week".
So: even the mildest and most rational criticism of any part of Islam, or any questioning of the right of Muslims to continue settling in Australia unchecked, is 'going too far'? - CM.
'This angered the government and internal Coalition critics.
'On Monday night Mr Morrison moved a motion calling for a cap on the number of visas given to boat people.
Of whom - let us bear this fact in mind - the vast majority are young Muslim men of military age. - CM.
'Given the existing controversy, the Liberals tried to have the motion pulled from the parliamentary agenda, but Labor is insisting it proceed.
'In the party room yesterday the moderate MPs Judi Moylan and Russell Broadbent spoke against the motion and said they would not be voting for it".
'The divisions saw the Colation and Mr Abbott take a big hit in the Newspoll published yesterday, while support for Labor climbed.
I suspect this is more because of the perception of division as such in the Opposition, than because of a perception that a few people in Coalition ranks are 'anti-Muslim'. - CM.
'Mr Abbott warned that continuing division would secure Labor another term, and he quoted the former NSW premier Neville Wran as he appealed for unity.
"Let there be no more declarations about the need for unity", he said.
'The Labor MP Ed Husic, the only Muslim in Parliament, said Mr Abbott had a duty to kill off (did he actually say 'kill off'? or is this the reporter's phraseology? - CM) the "extremism" and the "subterranean contest" within his ranks.
I don't like Mr Husic's choice of language in connection with those who criticise Islam and Muslims. - CM.
'Senator Brandis said previous Liberal and Labor governments had developed multiculturalism over the decades and owned it equally.
"Those of us, from both sides of politics, who have championed the idea of a liberal society receptive to and respectful of people of all races and faiths (such a society as you will find nowhere in any part of the Muslim world - CM) should resist those intemperate voices and be steadfast in its defence", he writes.
When Niall Ferguson first started stepping out - or stopping in - with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the general view of the counterjihad was that she was too good for him, and that he would be a bad influence. The first is true, but not the second. Smug and arrogant he may be, but Ferguson knows when he is well off - and it is not just Hirsi Ali's beauty that he appreciates. From The Guardian, which could use a little of Ferguson's uncharacteristic humility:
As soon as he starts talking about Hirsi Ali, Ferguson's demeanour changes. His voice becomes softer, infused with feeling. Suddenly, he is no longer the super-confident scholar; he seems almost humble. "Ayaan comes from a completely different civilisation," he says, explaining what he meant by saying she knows what western civilisation "really means". "She grew up in the Muslim world, was born in Somalia, spent time in Saudi Arabia, was a fundamentalist as a teenager. Her journey from the world of her childhood and family to where she is today is an odyssey that's extremely hard for you or I to imagine. To see and hear how she understands western philosophy, how she understands the great thinkers of the Enlightenment, of the 19th-century liberal era, is a great privilege, because she sees it with a clarity and freshness of perspective that's really hard for us to match. So much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the west today and even disrespected. We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don't understand how incredibly vulnerable it is."
In talking of liberalism in its "classic" sense, Ferguson is perhaps pointedly drawing a distinction between the liberalism espoused by Hirsi Ali (and himself) and that of certain left-leaning liberals – notably Timothy Garton Ash and Ian Buruma – who have been critical of her anti-Islamic stance. The French philosopher Pascal Bruckner depicted their attitude as the "racism of the anti-racists". Does Ferguson agree? "I think Ayaan's critics – Ian Buruma in particular – were more guilty of sexism than racism," he says. "But certainly they underestimate her intellectual rigour at their peril. She's just smarter than they are, as well as having a great deal more courage. I mean, there aren't many people who really put their life on the line for human freedom. And I think when you come across someone like that you've got to be a little bit respectful. It just sticks in my throat a bit to have middle-aged men who've had cushy lives turning up their noses at someone who has gone through what she's gone through. There's a particular role you're supposed to play as an oppressed woman... you're supposed to smile and look pretty and not say too much."
The Guardian used to support uppity women, and has indulged many a black writer of doubtful merit. So why does it sniff at Hirsi Ali? Is she the wrong kind of black or the wrong kind of uppity?
Authorities charge the defendant acquired the chemicals to create a homemade bomb and considered using a booby-trapped car or explosives-laden dolls to pull off his plot.
"Aldawsari purchased ingredients to construct an explosive device and was actively researching potential targets in the United States," said David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security.
A notebook found in the suspect's Lubbock apartment indicated Aldawsari - who arrived legally in the U.S. three years ago - was plotting his personal jihad for years.
"After mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad," he wrote in one entry.
Aldawsari also maintained a blog where he expressed his desire to become a martyr for his anti-American cause. "You who created mankind ... make jihad easy for me only in your path," he wrote.
The suspect e-mailed himself various targets considered for bombings, including the "Tyrant's House" - his code name for Bush's home in Dallas. That e-mail was sent Feb. 6.
Another e-mail, titled "NICE TARGETS 01," listed a dozen reservoir dams in Colorado and California. And one of the notebook entries made it clear Aldawsari was bent on avenging U.S. involvement in Muslim nations.
"One operation in the land of the infidels is equal to 10 against occupying forces in the land of the Muslims," he wrote.
The citizen of Saudi Arabia arrived in the U.S. on a student visa in 2008. According to a criminal complaint, he came to Texas after winning a scholarship that allowed him to enter the country.
"Winning a scholarship" means the Saudis paid for him to come here and paid his tuition - probably at the full rate which colleges and universities just cannot resist.
A search of his apartment turned up an assortment of items, including a gas mask, a Hazmat suit, glass beakers and flasks, wiring, a stun gun, clocks and a battery tester.
An affidavit said the terror suspect purchased concentrated nitric and sulfuric acids, which are typically used to make an explosive known as TNP - trinitrophenol.
Bravo Capt. Paul Fields of the Tulsa PD for Standing up Against Islamic Intimidation
Capt. Paul Fields of Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department
Capt. Paul Fields stood up for all law officers and first responders in America, when he refused to attend a mandatory “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day" at the Tulsa Islamic Center. He considered it a violation of his civil rights, while the chief flackmeister of CAIR, Ibrahim Hooper lambasted Capt. Fields, as “another example of anti-Muslim bigotry." We consider it a palpable example of why Capt Fields and hundreds of thousands of American first responders need An Act to Protect First Responders Engaged in Fighting Terrorism, H.R 1640, introduced by senior House Select Intelligence Committee member, Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC). It is something that we suggested to U.S. Rep. Peter T. King and his staff should take up in their own House Homeland Security Committee hearings to begin shortly in March.
The Tulsa Police Department is investigating a captain who refused an order to assign officers to attend an upcoming Islamic event because he said it would violate his religious beliefs.
Capt. Paul Fields was reassigned after he refused to order officers under his command to attend the Islamic Center of Tulsa’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, a spokesman for the department said.
“It is my opinion and that of my legal counsel that forcing me to enter a Mosque when it is not directly related to a police calls for service is a violation of my Civil Rights,” Fields wrote in an internal police department memo obtained by Fox News.
“I have no problem with officers attending on a voluntary basis; however, I take exception to requiring officers to attend this event,” Fields wrote in an e-mail to his superior officer obtained by Fox News. “I believe this directive to be an unlawful order, as it is in direct conflict with my personal religious convictions.”
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan told FOX23-TV the event was about community relations, not religion.
“This was not religious,” he said. “I would never assign a police officer to participate in religious service,” he told the TV station. “This is about a group who bonded together because of their religion. We are not going there because they are Islamic. We are going there because they are Tulsa citizens.”
However, according to a promotional flyer, the Islamic event included not just food and entertainment, but “presentations” on “beliefs, human rights, and women.” They would also be able to watch a Muslim prayer service and take a tour of the mosque.
“It’s a symptom of the unfortunately rising level of anti-Muslim sentiment we have in our society,” Hooper said. “It sends a message of marginalization that somehow Muslims aren’t part of American society.”
“When somebody feels empowered to say ‘I’m not going to take part in a community outreach event at a mosque because I basically don’t like Muslims,’ it’s all part of that rise in Islamophobia in our society,” he said.
Gary Allison, a professor at the University Of Tulsa College Of Law, said the case poses a dilemma.
“It is true that individuals have their own religious beliefs and that they come to their workplace with their own religious beliefs,” Allison said. “The question is how far can an employer go to require people to go against their religious beliefs for something to do the job that they are supposed to do?”
This is a typical ploy by CAIR and mosques around the US to entrap law enforcement officers via lawfare charges into these mandatory community relations courses. It was just such an incident in 2008 that led us to draft up a national measure when a Fairfax county Virginia officer was involved in a similar incident while arresting a Muslim doctor on violation of Commonwealth of Virginia drug dispensing laws upon investigating a traffic infraction. Following a hearing and conviction in magistrate’s Court in Fairfax, County the officer was threatened with legal actions by CAIR and the Police Chief was requested to subject the force to a mandatory diversity training course about Muslims. Passage of a national measure to protect law officers like Capt Fields in Tulsa and the Fairfax county police officer in Virginia against abuse of our court systems via lawfare and these mandatory diversity training programs, sic Da’wa or call to Islam, must be stopped cold.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The young college student from Saudi Arabia charged today with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in Texas attended an English language center at Vanderbilt University.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, of Lubbock, Texas, who studied chemical engineering in Texas, purchased explosive chemicals over the Internet as part of a plan to hide bomb materials inside dolls and baby carriages to blow up dams, nuclear plants or the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, the Justice Department said today.
"He was a weird guy," said Ahmid Obaidan, a senior at Tennessee State University who also is from Saudi Arabia and met Aldawsar in Nashville when Aldawsari was studying at an English language center at Vanderbilt.
"He was quiet. I thought he was a good guy, but what I've heard now, I'm shocked."
The student wrote in his private journal: "After mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for jihad," according to court documents. He said he was influenced by speeches from Osama bin Laden and despaired the plight of Muslims.
One of the chemical companies, Carolina Biological Supply of Burlington, N.C., reported suspicious purchases by Aldawsari, to the FBI on Feb. 1.
Within weeks, federal agents had traced his other online purchases, discovered extremist posts he made on the Internet and secretly searched his off-campus apartment, computer and e-mail accounts and read his diary, according to court records.
TNP, the chemical explosive that Aldawsari was allegedly trying to obtain, has approximately the same destructive power as TNT. FBI bomb experts said the amounts in the Aldawsari case would have yielded almost 15 pounds of explosive.
That's about the same amount used per bomb in the July 2005 London subway attacks, which killed scores of people.
Aldawsari, who was legally in the U.S. on a student visa, was expected to appear in federal court on Friday.
He was charged Thursday with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Aldawsari entered the U.S. in October 2008 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to study chemical engineering at Texas Tech University, then transferred earlier this year to nearby South Plains College, where he was studying business. A Saudi industrial company, which was not identified in court documents, was paying his tuition and living expenses in the U.S.
It was not immediately clear whether Aldawsari had hired an attorney.
Phone numbers that Aldawsari had provided to others were not working today.
No one answered the buzzer or a knock on the door at the address listed as Aldawsari's apartment, just one block from the Texas Tech campus in a recently gentrified area of mixed-use retail and apartment complexes where many students live.
The terrorism case outlined in court documents was significant because it suggests that radicalized foreigners can live quietly in the U.S. heartland without raising suspicions from neighbors, classmates, teachers or others. But it also showed how quickly U.S. law enforcement can move when tipped that a terrorist plot may be unfolding.
The White House said President Barack Obama was notified about the plot prior to Aldawsari's arrest on Wednesday. "This arrest once again underscores the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism here and abroad," White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement.
Bush spokesman David Sherzer said: "We've seen the reports. I would just refer you for comment to law enforcement."
In e-mails Aldawsari apparently sent himself, he listed 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California. He also wrote an e-mail that mentioned "Tyrant's House" with the address of President Bush's home. The FBI's affidavit said he considered using infant dolls to hide explosives and was possibly targeting a nightclub with a backpack filled with explosives.
Aldawsari was using several e-mail accounts. One e-mail message traced to him described instructions to convert a cell phone into a remote detonator. Another listed the names and home addresses of three American citizens who had previously served in the U.S. military and had been stationed at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The FBI said the North Carolina company reported the attempts to purchase just over one-tenth of one gallon of phenol, a chemical that can be used to make the explosive trinitrophenol, also known as TNP, or picric acid.
Aldawsari falsely told the supplier he was associated with a university and wanted the phenol for "off-campus, personal research," according to court records. But frustrated by questions, Aldawsari canceled his order and later e-mailed himself instructions for producing phenol.
Prosecutors said that earlier, in December 2010, he successfully purchased 30 liters of concentrated nitric acid for about $450 from QualiChem Technologies in Georgia, and three gallons of concentrated sulfuric acid that are combined to make TNP. The FBI later found the chemicals in Aldawsari's apartment as well as beakers, flasks, wiring, a Hazmat suit and clocks.
Prosecutors said Aldawsari created a blog to publish extremist messages expressing his dismay over conditions for Muslims.
"You who created mankind . grant me martyrdom for your sake and make jihad easy for me only in your path," he wrote, according to court records.
Neighbors in Lubbock said they had never seen Aldawsari, but noticed people in the hallway the day of the arrest.
"That's so scary," said Sally Dierschke, a 21-year-old senior at Texas Tech. "That's my neighbor ... Of course, I'm scared."
Norman Berdichevsky's New Book: An Introduction to Danish Culture
His book with NER Press, Why the Left is Seldom Right is due out in June.
An Introduction to Danish Culture
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6401-2
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8652-6
ca. 35 photos, maps, notes, bibliography, index
Not Yet Published, Available Spring/Summer 2011
About the Book
For many non-Danish citizens of the world, Denmark remains an enigma. Too often confused with other Scandinavian countries, this southernmost Nordic nation has been characterized by stereotypes and cliches related to socialism, cradle-to-grave security, football, pornography, Hamlet, pigs, dairy cattle, and beer. This enlightening guide to Danish society, culture, and history offers an inside look at the "real" Denmark, highlighting the best of both the country and its people. It details Denmark’s substantial contributions to science, engineering, exploration, seafaring, literature, philosophy, music, architecture, and many other fields. Brief portraits depict well-known Danes, including "Clown Prince of Denmark" Victor Borge, Hans Christian Andersen, Kierkegaard, and Out of Africa author Karen Blixen. Throughout, Denmark’s outstanding human rights record, democratic institutions, and humanistic traditions are clear. By illuminating Danish culture and clarifying misperceptions, this work fosters a greater appreciation of Denmark, its people, and their way of life.
About the Author Norman Berdichevsky teaches Hebrew in the Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The author of several books, he is also a professional translator from Hebrew and Danish to English, and lived in Denmark from 1978 to 1985 while teaching geography at Aarhus Katedralskole
'Racism figures just don't add up, says Andrew Bolt.
'I give up. They're right: our real problem isn't the kind of people we let in but the kind of people we are.
'We're racist. Bad to the bone.
'Just listen to a David Oldfield on Sydney radio, or watch that One Nation clown on the ABC's Q & A last Monday.
'Or check the University of Western Sydney survey released today, damning one in 10 of us as racist. Even a danger.
'As the survey, funded by the Australian Research Council, puts it:
"About one in 10 Australians have very problematic views on diversity and on ethnic difference. They believe that some races are naturally inferior or superior.
'These separatists and supremacists are a destructive minority."
Funnily enough, anyone who has read the Islamic texts and taken even a passing look at Islamic history would have to say that the phrase 'a destructive minority of separatists and supremacists' is a pretty good description of...Muslims, in any society where they are present as a significant minority, and also if one considers the Ummah, the world's 1.2 billion Muslims, in their general attitude toward and dealings with the five billion or so non-Muslims. - CM.
'That makes two million Australian racists, and the survey says 49 percent of us have "anti-Muslim" feelings, too.
'Ouch. I've argued we should ditch multiculturalism for integration, and perhaps reconsider the kind of immigrants we take in, allowing more for cultural hurdles.
'But now I see we just need to shut down these two million racists and those who stir them up with their talk.
'So let's join Prime Minister Julia Gillard and demand the sacking of Opposition front-bencher Cory Bernardi for saying he opposes Islam.
'Let's howl down as racist Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison for saying Muslim integration is failing.
'Yet one niggling thought still stops me: if two million of us indeed have "destructive" ideas on race and 10 million are "anti-Muslim" doesn't this make our immigration intake even more dangerous than the racists claim?
'Isn't bringing in so many Muslims to such a racist country just asking for trouble? Why expose these vulnerable people to such dangerous hatred? Why invite more Cronulla backlashes?
'Of course, the Government has this figured. In his speech last week announcing a fresh commitment to multiculturalism, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen promised a new "National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy".
'In other words, to make Australia safe for immigrants, he wants to pacify millions of nasty locals with a few commercials about being nice. But isn't this an idiotically vain hope?
'Well, it is, if our problem with some immigrant communities truly is our own racism, rather than anything about those communities themselves.
'But now another thought starts to niggle.
'You see, our dislike of foreigners seems oddly selective, according to this University of Western Sydney research.
'Although 49 percent of us are "anti-Muslim", only half as many are "anti-Semitic", "anti-indigenous" or "anti-Asian" (that is, anti- Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, etc. - CM). And our dislike of Buddhists (who are, in fact, more numerous in Australia than Muslims, and increasing in number slightly faster, last time I looked at the stats - CM) is so minor that it's not measured at all.
'Let's ignore the trick questions that produced these startlingly high figures, and simply acknowledge that at least half of our alleged racists aren't actually racist at all towards, say, an Aboriginal, a Jew, a Hindu or [an] Italian.
'It's the Muslim minority which provokes by far the most concern, and another Government campaign announced this week may explain why.
'This one is aimed at Muslims, with $1 million to be spent on convincing the young to be against extremism, so that other Australians don't get killed.
'Well, that's nice, although I confess I've never heard a government say [that] such a plan was needed for Sikhs, Catholics, Indians, Chinese, or anyone else.
'And so we're back to the conversation we're told should be shut down.
'The one that's longer than just "racist!"
Well put, Mr Bolt.
There are comments, to Mr Bolt's essay. Quite a lot of them. They make for interesting reading. There are some of the usual useful idiots, but there are other folk who have their heads screwed on tight, and have been doing their homework - which is more, it appears, than the bulk of our politicians and journalists have bothered to do.
For example, 'Freddie of Melbourne' observed "did the research distinguish between an element of "fear of, or concern about" a certain minority (based on a fair amount of empirical evidence of violence around the world) or is that fear/ concern simply translated into racism by the researchers. It is strange that we don't seem to fear Buddhists, Britons (except in the cricket) nor even the Chinese..".
One 'Rudolf of Queensland' observed - 'Politicians should get about a bit more, or maybe study the Quran. Quran 5: 51 - "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely allah does not guide the unjust people." The Quran is filled with similar intolerance, to asking Muslims to integrate is tantamount to asking them to abandon their religion...'.
'Geoffrey of Melbourne' pointed out the fact that Islam is not a race but a religion, and added 'why should the rest of us be happy with a religion whose religious book is discriminatory of other Religions and its legal system (Sharia Law) discriminates against everyone other than Muslims...when even educated Muslims including Medical Doctors are willing to engage in Terrorism and kill their fellow citizens, then I do not think that the Government's $1 Million will do much to stop Muslims killing non-Muslims.'
'Sunny of Greystanes' spoke from personal experience: "It's not about Australians being racists. It's about Muslims unwilling to integrate. And moreover Muslims (not all of them, but significant part) hate non-Muslims. I know what I am talking about. Some time ago my son attended school where was only one white kid in a whole class, the rest were Lebaneses. And you know what? They mocked him because he wasn't Muslim".
And 'Bill of Queensland' cited Walid Phares' book 'Future Jihad'.