Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has begun posting Internet advertisements offering training for suicide bombers to target the US, Israel and France.
The advertisements ask for volunteers to get in touch via e-mail with details about their own experience and proposed targets, and were posted on a variety of jihadist forums, including Al-Fidaa, Shmoukh al-Islam and Honein.
Al-Qaeda and its regional offshoots often use jihadist Internet forums to post statements claiming responsibility for attacks, and to communicate with followers.
"The aim of this training is to continue with our brothers who are seeking to carry out operations that make for great killing and slaughtering of the enemies of Islam," said the advertisement attributed to Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
"It is clear now that the individual jihad, or what is called the lone wolf, has become more widespread and its features have started showing -- in summary, it is a complete jihadist operation to be carried out by a single bomber."
It said the targets of the attacks were "those who are fighting the Muslims and Islam" and specifically pointed to "economic, military and media interests of the enemy."
"Their identity must be, according to priority, American, Israeli, French and British."
Reuters: - Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Monday for a suicide car bombing of a church in northern Nigeria that killed 12 people the day before. A suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into a church during a Sunday serving in Yelwa, on the outskirts of the city of Bauchi, forcing his car through a checkpoint.
"We thank God for giving us victory. We successfully carried out a suicide bombing on a church at Yelwa in Bauchi state," an emailed statement from Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qaqa said. The email address was the same the sect always uses. He also warned media they would be attacked if they write anything false about Boko Haram. The sect claimed the bombing of pro-government daily This Day in April.
Boko Haram's leader Mohammed Shekau has said in the past that attacks on churches are revenge for killings of Muslims by Christians in Nigeria's volatile "Middle Belt," where the largely Muslim north and mostly Christian south join.
From Standard Digital and Kenyan Capital FM NAIROBI, Jun 6 – A Kenyan court on Wednesday charged a Swiss man with being a member of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda allied Shabaab, the latest in a string of foreign nationals accused of links to the Islamist insurgents.
Magd Najjar, who was initially reported to be Swedish when he was arrested last month, was charged in a court in the Kenyan capital Nairobi of “engaging in organised criminal activities by being a member of Al Shabaab.”
Najjar was also charged with being in Kenya illegally. Najjar, who is believed to be in his late 20s, did not speak when he appeared in a crowded court room for the brief hearing. He did not issue a plea. Bail was refused and the trial will begin on July 2, said Najjar’s lawyer Edna Khaemba.
Since Kenya sent forces into southern Somalia in October to fight the Shabaab it has been hit by retaliatory attacks.
The warnings of possible attacks on Kenyan targets have increased in recent weeks, according to Western security analysts and monitoring groups. Kenya’s security agencies were put on alert following reports a drone strike in Pakistan had killed al-Qaeda’s number two Abu Yahya al-Libi.
This is because al-Qaeda had announced it had merged with Somalia’s militant group Al-Shabaab in their terror related activities.
Al-Shabaab has been blamed for several grenade and bomb attacks in Kenya the latest being on May 28 along Moi Avenue which killed one person and injured more than 30 people. Highly placed security officials said they feared the criminal gang would react to the killing of the commander in Kenya following their links.
Security has been beefed up in major installations and buildings. Managers of skyscrapers were on Tuesday ordered to scale up their security measures to address threats that the terror group may strike anytime.
A US based intelligence firm said at the weekend it had information Al-Shabaab plans to strike in Kenya. And following the killing of the commander, police and intelligence officials said the gang could react with more attacks.
Social workers knew for six years that a teenage mother, murdered for bringing shame on the families of two Pakistani men who had used her for sex, was at clear risk from predatory Asian gangs. Laura Wilson, 17, from Rotherham had been groomed by a string of British Pakistanis before she was stabbed and thrown into a canal to die for informing her abusers' families of the sexual relationships.
Her killer Ashtiaq Asghar, who was 18 at the time, was given a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 17-and-a-half years after he pleaded guilty to murdering Laura in October 2010.
But it has now emerged that Rotherham County Council's social services were well aware she was at risk and had received information about certain adults suspected of targeting her from the age of 11.
Last week the council's Safeguarding Children Board published a serious case review but key passages which reveal they knew she was at particular risk from Asian men had been blocked out with black lines. The council went to court in an attempt to tried to suppress the hidden information after a uncensored copy of the report was leaked to the Times newspaper but they have now abandoned legal action.
The uncensored report confirms that Laura, identified as Child S, had dealings with 15 agencies and identified 'numerous missed opportunities' to protect her. Details hidden included the knowledge that at the age of 13 Laura and a friend had been given alcohol by men at a takeaway who then asked what she would give them in return. She had also been referred to a child sexual exploitation project just three months after her 11th birthday.
Another censored passage reveals that Laura had been 'mentioned' during a 2009 police inquiry that eventually led to the conviction of five Pakistani men for sex offences against three underage girls. While the published report mentioned the fact that a friend, who Laura knew when she was 10, was 'thought to have become involved in sexual exploitation', it concealed the succeeding passage which read: 'with particular reference to Asian men'.
Laura was murdered in October 2010. She was repeatedly knifed by 18-year-old Ashtiaq Asghar before pushed her into a South Yorkshire Canal, where he used the point of the knife to force her head below the surface as she fought to stay alive. He exchanged a series of texts with married friend and mentor Ishaq Hussain, 22, who had also had an affair with Laura, and who the judge described as a man who regarded white girls as ‘sexual targets, not human beings’.
In one message, sent a day before he killed Miss Wilson, Asghar wrote: ‘I’m gonna send that kuffar (non-Muslim) bitch straight to Hell.’
She gave birth to a daughter in June last year, but Mr Hussain refused to accept that the child was his. Four months later, and just days before she was murdered on October 12, she ‘shamed’ Asghar and Mr Hussain by informing their families of her relationship with both men.
She told Asghar’s mother she loved her son and ‘wanted to have babies’ by him. But Mrs Asghar was furious and attempted to hit Miss Wilson with a shoe, branding her ‘a dirty white bitch’ who should ‘keep your legs closed’, the trial was told.
Alan Hazell, Chair of the Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board, said: 'We refute in the strongest possible terms any suggestion that information was redacted from the published report for any reason other than to protect the interests of Laura’s daughter, immediate family and other third parties.'
In a statement following the publication of the review Mr Hazell denied that more could have been done to save Laura.
Listen to The Dr. Rich Show: The Topic is the Muslim Brotherhood In Tennessee and America
Tom Trento, director of The United West will host the Dr. Rich Show today, which will air at 11:00AM EDT (10:00AM CDT,8:00AMPDT). The topic for today’s program is the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in Tennessee and America.
Trento’s guest today will be Jerry Gordon, a Senior editor at the New English Review (NER) and author of The West Speaks. Gordon will be discussing two recent NER articles on MB penetration of the Tennessee state homeland security department and recent court developments in the continuing saga of the Islamic Center of Mufreesboro mega mosque controversy. The Dr. Rich Show airs daily on WWPR1490AM in the Tampa Bay-Sarasota-Bradenton listening area in Florida and has a wide audience via the internet. You may listen live to today’s program,here. We will put up a podcast of this Dr. Rich Show segment with Trento and Gordon following its airing.
The Queen of the UK is nothing other than an enemy of the Muslim
According to his website this young (non)shaver, one Abu Abdullah Al-Britani, "was born and brought up in the UK, a da'iee who calls and works for the shariah to be established accross the Uk, Europe and across the world. He is someone who has been calling for the downfall of western democracy and travelling across Europe delivering lectures and attending demonstrations against the tryani (is that a type of triage?) and oppression of manmade laws in countries such France and Belgium supporting his fellow Muslims".
The gist of his message is that Muslims in the UK, those that have become assimilated have lost their Muslim identity. To accept the Queen as their Queen is an affront to Allah, who is the King of Kings. (Sorry mate, but I think you will find that the King of Kings is a certain Jesus Christ)
"The Queen of the UK is nothing other than an enemy of the Muslim." It is prohibited, halal, absolutely halal to participate in the Jubilee and it must be absolutely forbidden.
Leaving aside the efforts of the Ahmadiyya, who may be persecuted now but whose adherance to the Koran makes them suspect should they ever find themselves in the ascendant somewhere, sometime, I saw very few obvious Muslims celebrating the Jubilee on Sunday during the River Pageant. Manning security fences and denying the public access was another matter. Most of the 1.2 million crowd was white British/European/Anzak/American with a leavening of enthusiastic Sikhs, and black ladies who were channelling the Queen Mother in their choice of hat.
*I don't do “Antisemitism” or “anti-Semitism” since this term was invented by the Jew hating German Wilhelm Marr (1819-1904) who Hitler came to admire and the use confuses and confounds by making it sound as though what is in fact a widespread pathology is normal.
One of the most shocking aspects of the campaign to demonise and delegitimise the state of Israel is the part played in this diabolical endeavour by Jewish and Israeli academics on the political left. We’re not talking here about people who are merely critical of Israeli policies. We’re talking about people who lend their names and academic credentials to lies, libels, distortions, fabrications, misrepresentations and other malicious fantasies in order to demonise and delegitimise Israel, treatment they afford to no other country.
Why do they do this? Why, especially since they themselves are Jews and Israelis? Many reasons suggest themselves, ranging from the craven desire for access to a fashionable society itself riddled with this prejudice, through naivety, ignorance of Judaism and history not to mention sheer benighted stupidity, by way of a bitterly warped psychopathology all the way to the closed ideological thought system of the left for which Israel is doubly damned – as a western nation and a Jewish western nation.
The part played by these Jews in the global bullying of Israel, and the tacit or explicit support they are thus lending to those whose aim is the extermination of the Jewish state, cannot be overstated. For those in the wider world who want Israel destroyed not only use the bogus arguments of these Jewish Israel-bashers but also use their Jewishness as a human shield, to insulate themselves against the charge of Jew-hatred.
How can there be anything bigoted about these arguments, they say, if Jews and Israelis are themselves using them? Very easily, actually; throughout the long centuries of Jewish persecution, the terrible fact is that Jews themselves have always been prominent in such murderous campaigns. The Judeophobic malice of today’s left, indeed, which can be traced back to the French Revolution, was supplied with rocket fuel by Karl Marx whose own Jewish ancestry managed to morph into virulent hatred of Judaism and the Jewish people.
Within Israel itself, the demonisation of their own country by Israeli academics has to be seen to be believed – not least for the free rein they are usually given to debauch the role of a university and substitute lies and propaganda for facts and knowledge. If anyone challenges them, they start screaming that they are being demonised. Not surprisingly, a steady stream of them find their way onto the campuses of Britain, where the already Judeophobic atmosphere supplies them with an unlimited supply of the oxygen of hatred. The IsraCampus website is doing sterling work recording this systematic corruption of the academy by Jewish academics both within Israel and abroad. It is a deeply tragic and unique phenomenon. As Professor Steven Plaut has written on that site:
‘Among the most malicious and venomous of all bigots, the Jewish antisemites are at the forefront of each and every smear campaign against Israel and other Jews. Jews today are leaders in the campaigns to boycott and divest from Israel, including the Solidarity with Terrorists groups. They make pilgrimage to the terrorist camps of the Hamas and the HezbAllah, cheering on terrorist atrocities against Jews. They pioneered the smear campaign to paint Israel as an apartheid regime and denouncing Israel as equivalent to Nazi Germany is their favorite pastime.
‘... The creation of Israel was supposed to turn Jews into a normal people. But the psychosis of Jewish antisemitism has no comparable analogue among the nations, making the Jews a therapist’s sui generis. The disease of Jewish antisemitism not only illustrates the absence of normality among 21st century Jewry, it threatens the very survival of Israel and of Jewish communities around the world.’
Bizarre? Grotesque? Suicidal? Sure. Yet astonishingly, all but ignored by Jews in Israel and elsewhere, who choose to pretend this is not happening. IsraCampus is fighting back. Where are all the rest?
Early Islamic civilisation was forged by Jews and prisoners; this fascinating period deserves better attention from Muslims, writes Tom Holland
Writing ancient history is not usually an activity that requires screwing courage to the sticking place. I will confess, however, that my most recent book, which explores how empires and monotheisms in the late antique Near East fed off one another, did give me the odd sleepless night. In the Shadow of the Sword attempts to demonstrate – among many other things – that the Koran most likely did not originate in Mecca, courtesy of an angel, but rather out of a whole swirl of contemporaneous religious and cultural influences, and that the traditional biographies of Muhammad are deeply problematic as sources for the Prophet’s life.
I found myself developing these arguments not out of any desire to be provocative, but rather because even a cursory survey of scholarly thinking on early Islam demonstrates an on-going shift. While there remains heated debate among specialists, the case that Islam’s beginnings and evolution are best explained as phenomenona of late antiquity is irrefutable.
For a non-believer to prod and probe the fabric of the Koran is liable to be deeply upsetting to many Muslims. Unlike in 19th century Europe, where it was the sons of Lutheran pastors who led the way in subjecting the origins of their ancestral faith to the glare of historical enquiry, the contemporary Islamic world has not, it is fair to say, shown much inclination to follow suit. The authorship of the Koran is not being questioned by the disillusioned offspring of imams. Those few Muslims who have sought to follow the trail originally blazed by 19th century European scholars have opted to publish under pseudonyms – or else been made to suffer for it. In the Arab world, at any rate, to challenge the traditional account of Islam’s origins has rarely been a safe course of action.
And in the West? Here too, the fatwa on Salman Rushdie, the murder of Theo van Gogh and the Danish cartoons affair have all indisputably had a chilling effect. . . Yet increasingly, the longer I spent on the book, the more I came to feel ashamed of my own nervousness.
The lawyers who formulated the Sunna – whether prisoners-of-war, or Zoroastrians, or Jews – were victims of the conquest. Yet they ended up winning for themselves a rare dignity. It was they, not their ostensible masters, who ultimately emerged as the arbiters of the will of God. I wrote the book in the firm conviction that it is not anti-Muslim, or even anti-religious. On the contrary – I would argue that there is a grandeur in this view of history.
Tennessee Governor Haslam Appoints Shariah Finance Expert to Economic Development Department
Samar Ali, Tennessee Shariah Finance Expert Obama White House Fellow and Gov. Haslam Appointee
This morning I was on the Dr. Rich Show with colleague Tom Trento of The United West discussing Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in Tennessee state government and America. The Tennessee infiltration segment was focused on how deeply Muslim Brotherhood front groups had penetrated the Volunteer state Department of Safety and Homeland Security with unauthorized and unconstitutional appointment of Muslim NGO groups, the American Muslim Advisory Council and the interlocked American Council for Outreach.
In mid- May Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Samar Ali, a former White House fellow and member of the international Washington, DC –based law firm of Lovells & Hogan, LLC as international director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The Nashville Postnoted this in a May 12, 2012 article about Ms. Ali’s appointment:
Ali, who is from Waverly, will serve as international director. She joins ECD after serving as a White House Fellow and practicing corporate law at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., and Abu Dhabi. Her role will include overseeing TNTrade as well as ECD’s other international initiatives, including managing the operations of the state's four international offices.
The White House website announcement provided further background on Ms. Ali when she was appointed a Fellow for the 2010-2011 class:
Samar Ali is an Associate with the firm Hogan Lovells US LLP. She is responsible for counseling clients on mergers & acquisitions, cross-border transactions, Shari’a compliant transactions, project finance, and international business matters. During her time with Hogan Lovells, she has been a founding member of the firm’s Abu Dhabi office.
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While in Nashville, Samar led the YMCA Israeli-Palestinian Modern Voices for Progress Program, and is currently the transatlantic liaison for the development of the Palestine Diabetes Institute. She is a founding member of the first U.S. Delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum, and has served as an Advisory Board Member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. She is also a three-time Southeastern Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Champion. Samar received a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and a B.S. in Political Science with Honors from Vanderbilt, where she served as the first Arab-Muslim student body president.
Hogan Lovells’ website revealed how important and material their Shari’a compliant finance practice is:
Islamic finance is, above all else, ethically driven. It is also one of the world’s fastest growing financial sectors. By 2015, Islamic finance is projected to be worth US$2.8tn according to the Islamic Development Bank. Burgeoning consumer demand has been met by increased supply as the number of Islamic banks and financial institutions with Islamic finance divisions continues to rise.
Robust demand has led to new challenges for the Islamic finance industry, however, including legal and regulatory considerations. Hogan Lovells Islamic Finance practice has met those challenges through our deep appreciation of the standards that a Sharia-compliant financing or investment must achieve to attain its ethical status. Indeed, many eminent Sharia scholars commonly recommend us to financial institutions that approach them for advice. Many of our template documents are now market standard. We are also consistently rated as market leaders by respected legal directories, including Chambers Global.
Over the past four years, we have advised on more than 200 Islamic finance transactions with an aggregate deal value in excess of US$40bn. Our team members are at the forefront of developments in the Islamic finance industry.
Among the Lovell & Hogan Abu Dhabi office practice clients are the vast holdings of Saudi Prince Alaweed Bin Talal major funder of Muslim Christian understanding programs at Harvard, Georgetown and the American Islamic Leadership Course training young Muslim Brotherhood advocates like those we identified in our June NER article, “Does Muslim Blasphemy Trump Free Speech in America?” Note these clients of Lovell and Hogan from the Kingdom Holdings of bin Talal:
HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud
Kingdom Hotel Investments
Kingdom Holding Company
A Center for Security Policy a Shariah Finance Watch report issued today on Ms. Ali’s appointment by Tennessee Governor Haslam issued this cautionary warning:
Given Ms. Ali’s close associations with Shariah Finance entities and specialization in Shariah Finance, it is reasonable to expect that the financial jihadists will soon be targeting the Volunteer state for infiltration and influence operations. The lure of petrodollars is powerful indeed and someone in a powerful position on the inside of the halls of power in the state can only be viewed as an opportunity for those who seek to embed Shariah law into America’s financial system.
So, as night follows day, the infiltration of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security by local MB representatives comes this latest appointment of a rising star in the local Muslim community with possible access to trillions of Shariah compliant petro dollars poised to fund worthy projects in the Volunteer State. It is time that the citizens of Tennessee cast a wary eye on Governor Haslam, who harbors aspirations for higher office in this land, and raise questions about his current appointments with questionable international Islamist connections.
One of our readers, an anthropologist of sorts, sent in this After Action Report on the experiential effects of his participation in the Friday prayers at a mosque in his city on the West Coast.
Some background on the writer of this essay: he’s Portuguese but now an American citizen. Like his patron, São João De Deus, he sees his mission as one of healing: João’s ‘patient’ is our ailing Western culture.
Like the rest of us, João is alarmed by Islam’s knee-jerk hostility toward anything beyond its own ideological boundaries. However, he has proactively lit a candle and followed his concern right into the heart of the oncoming darkness. [You’re a braver man than I am, Gunga João].
Islam is nothing if not militant. Thus João follows Colonel Boyd’s strategies as outlined in the OODA loop’s recurring cycles. João has been systematically thorough in his use of Boyd’s cycles. Would that our military leaders were half as curious and determined as João has been to comprehend what we really face.
First, he learned Arabic. This served two purposes: to begin with, it allowed him access into public conversations in those pockets of cultural enrichment in his city. Since his visage (and his gender) would permit him to “pass” unnoticed, he eavesdropped quite openly. The public hatred he heard for non-Muslims made him determined to learn more.
Second, knowing the language allowed him to see the original Koran and hadith, and to contemplate the inescapable understanding that Islam’s “reformation” must remain a myth. It is simply Western-centric thinking to believe in the possible transformaton of a Middle Eastern tribal mindset.
Both experiences left him deeply appalled and concerned for his country and for the West itself.
His next step was to attend Friday prayers in one of the mosques in his city, simply to experience the Friday prayers for himself. As you will see, he came away with an experiential comprehension of Islam’s “hold” on its followers. As he said in his email:
Part of how we can break the grip of the Islamic cult is to experience and to analyze how these rituals shape Muslim minds. It is only then that we can hope to deconstruct and demolish this cult.
What follows here is but one experience from his many years of immersion.
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As you know, I have long been studying Arabic. Now, moving on to Koranic recitation, I can explain the strong narcotic effect of Islamic prayer. Within the experience, I can see how the chanting is akin to Rap tempos and rhythms. Recently I did the whole Muslim prayer sequence. It was difficult but the process brought much insight I couldn’t have gained any other way.
It is quite different from Christian prayer. The latter has a more inner, spiritual nature and allows space for the individual, even within community-based rituals. The emphasis in Christian prayer is relationship with God and with one’s neighbors.
In mosque ritual the kinetic aspects of bowing and praying in tandem with others have distinctive effects on brain and mood. I experienced these results myself, without having internalized the belief system. In Islam, it’s about behavior shaping belief.
Bowing and touching your head to the ground repeatedly instills a sense of capitulation and surrender of the will. As a student of yoga I compare it to the Downward Facing Dog position. However, in Islamic ritual, this movement is accompanied by chanting Arabic of Koranic scripture, followed by a “religious rap” of one’s head on the ground.
[Dymphna asks: Don’t you wonder whether the resulting forehead bruise (known as a zebiba), repeated exactly on the section of the cranium protecting the frontal lobes — that part of our brain concerned with higher thought and discernment — takes its toll eventually? No doubt it’s a sign of Islamic holiness.]
The repeated rhythmic lowering of head to ground has different results from other religions’ prayer forms. I have experienced the kinetic affect of Christian prayer, Muslim prayer and Yoga; each one seems to have its own affect on the brain.
Christian prayer directs the mind-body movement upwards, leading to an individual and uplifted energized experience. When Christians bow their heads it is voluntary — or as you put it so well, Dymphna, “obedience is not submission”. For Christians this sign can be directed out toward others, as a sign our mutual coexistence in community.
Muslim prayer primarily directs us downward. Think of bowing to the king in subservience — or, in this case, submission to Allah. Finishing the prayer cycle, I was standing level-headed, my energy redirected now to confront the non-believer. The once a week group prayer unifies this outward energy.
No wonder this form of prayer was a common activity before battle! It is not individual spiritual cleansing but group movement outward to conquer. This is why mass street prayer is occurring in Paris and other European cities. It is not just about the public message of dominance; more importantly it is what they’ve done and said to themselves. This is a preparation for the street battles to come.
Yoga, on the other hand, has an entirely different effect on the mind and body. The “effort without effort” brings you to a balance which results in a receptive, open state. Is this why we don’t see yogi suicide bombers? [Note: we do see self-immolators but it’s not the same as taking others with you — D]
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[An Arabic phrase failed to come through our email here — D] “Wudhoo” or ritualistic cleaning before prayer includes saying “Oh Allah I seek protection in you from the male and female devil”; then you step with the left foot. After moving through the steps and considering their effects, I believe these ritual cleansing behaviors had a practical military outcome in better hygiene and less disease among the troops.
The major killer of soldiers in ancient times was not the battlefield but widespread dysentery. Having now done these ritual cleansings many times, I’m convinced they would have resulted in an increase in general hygiene. To wash five times a day your hands, feet, face, ears and mouth means you’re less likely to spread disease. When water is not available, hot sand is used instead — for hands and feet, anyway — as a sterilizer and abrasive for removing organic material which might be a source of pathogens.
So the overall effect of Muslim prayer is:
to destroy the free will of the individual through those daily rituals.
Friday group prayers to focus hostility toward non-believers.
The improvement of group hygiene through daily washing is an excellent way to stay united and prepared for war, or
to exclude the unclean while encouraging hostility toward outsiders.
No wonder Muslims have had hostile relations with host communities. Through long practice, their rituals and prayers program them to act this way.
To free them, then, we must discourage or prevent those aspects of their religion that keep their free will out of commission.
â€œWelcome Back Khadr?â€� - Sun TV Interview with Dr. Michael Welner by Ezra Levant
Over the course of the past two years, the New English Review and its blog, The Iconoclast have published articles and posts about the Guantanamo trial, the appeals, questionable defense expert witnesses and the deal struck by the US and Canada to send home former al Qaeda terrorist Omar Khadr. (See: “Omar Khadr’s Hail Mary (Allah) Pass at GITMO Tribunal” April 2011). Khadr, at the age of 15 "killed his American." Special Forces Sgt. Christopher Speer at the battle of the Khost Al Qaeda bastion in Afghanistan in July 2002. Khadr was captured; his wounds treated and has spent the last nine years in detention at the Guantanamo Naval Base. Khadr was sentenced to 40 years in October 2010 by a US Military Tribunal convened to hear charges against him. While that tribunal was deliberating the US State Department worked out a deal with the Harper Government in Ottawa to have the sentence commuted to eight years with one year served at Guantanamo before repatriating Khadr to Canada to serve an additional seven years. The Harper government could pardon Khadr to walk free on the streets of Toronto. The year sentence under the terms of the Obama deal with the Harper government is nearly up. The Levant interview with Welner is timely given the looming repatriation of Khadr to Canada.
Dr. Michael Welner is a ranking American forensic psychiatrist who was an expert witness for the prosecution in the Khadr military tribunal. Dr. Welner figured prominently in our NER series on the controversial Khadr tribunal. The interview was conducted before an audience of residents of Khadr’s neighborhood in Toronto who asked Dr. Welner questions regarding the risks of bringing Khadr home to Canada. Clearly the Levant objective in this hour long interview with Dr. Welner was to make the case to the Harper government in Ottawa not to repatriate Khadr. Levant is the author of The Enemy Within: Terror, Lies and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr.
Dr. Welner is chairman of The Forensic Panel based in Manhattan. He has served as prosecution expert witness in a number of high profile American cases. Welner spent over 500 hours in preparation for his testimony at the Guantanamo tribunal including extensive video interviews with Khadr, his jailers and others. His assessment was that Khadr was a jihadist warrior and not a likely candidate for rehabilitation. This despite the publicity campaign waged in support of the release of this ‘child soldier’ Canadian and international media. In fact, Welner argues that this campaign has painted al Qaeda through Khadr as the victim of US intervention in the Muslim Ummah.
Concerned Canadians should view these You Tube videos of Levant’s Sun-TV interview with Dr. Welner that aired earlier this week. The program has since been taken down from the channel’s website.
Those Canadians enlightened by Levant’s interview with Welner might pick up the phone number displayed on the bottom part of the screen in these videos and called Ottawa to say “no” to the deal struck with Obama.
Watch Parts 1, 2,3. and 4. of the Levant Sun TV interview with Dr. Welner.