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These are all the Blogs posted on Monday, 8, 2010.
Monday, 8 November 2010
Forty-six 'dangerous' terrorists go free from jail

At least 46 convicted terrorists who have been either released from prison or are close to being freed "pose a risk" to the public and face tight new controls on their freedom, a secret Government document discloses. The Daily Telegraph has learnt that concern over the release of a "significant" number of Islamic extremists has driven ministers to draw up rules for their supervision.

Probation officers have been issued with a "menu" of restrictions that can be placed on terrorists freed on licence. The curbs are understood to include orders to have contact with only Government-approved imams, not to visit certain mosques, not to associate with anyone with a criminal record and not to use computers.

According to Ministry of Justice figures, at least 20 convicted terrorists have been freed from jail this year after completing their sentences. Another 26 will be eligible for release over the next two years.Amid warnings from security officials about the threat posed by freed extremists, the MoJ has issued probation officers with orders permitting significant limits on their clients' freedom. The Daily Telegraph has seen a copy of the MoJ document, marked "Restricted" and entitled The Management of Critical Public Protection Cases and Terrorist or Terrorist Related Offenders.

The Royal United Services Institute has suggested that as many as 800 Muslims have been radicalised behind bars and could present a security threat on release over the next decade.

The MoJ document warns that released terrorists may try to take work that puts them in contact with those who may be susceptible to extremist ideologies. "Some released offenders may express an interest in working in the field of 'deradicalisation' or in other roles which may involve direct or indirect contact with vulnerable individuals," it says.

The document also warns officers of the dangers of dealing with terrorist offenders. "[They] have been known to use techniques of collusion, manipulation and duress in their relationships with front line staff," it says. "Offender managers' potential influence on release dates could theoretically make them targets for coercion of various kinds."

Harry Fletcher, of the National Association of Probation Officers, claimed that ministers were asking his members to deal with terrorist offenders instead of developing a coherent system for their treatment.

There is a list of the men (women are only just entering prison - we have seven years before Choudhary is back on the mean streets of East Ham) here. There are names you will recognise.

Posted on 11/08/2010 1:28 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 8 November 2010
Yemen Muslim cleric al-Awlaki in new US death threat video

From the BBC

US-born Yemeni Islamist cleric has called for the killing of Americans in a new video message posted on radical web sites. Anwar al-Awlaki said no permission was needed to kill Americans as they are from the "party of devils".

In the 23-minute message posted on Monday, Mr Awlaki called all Arab and Yemeni leaders "corrupt".

"Kings, emirs, and presidents are not now qualified to lead the nation, or even a flock of sheep," he said.  If the leaders are corrupt, the scholars have the responsibility to lead the nation"

He was shown seated at a desk, wearing traditional Yemeni clothes with a dagger in his belt.

Posted on 11/08/2010 7:37 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 8 November 2010
The Islamic Saudi Academy in Wahhabi Alley: An Update
In July 2008, we wrote a series about the protests against the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA), a private school sponsored by the Royal Saudi Embassy in Washington. The ISA has been accused of teaching the hateful doctrine of Wahhabism as conveyed in texts by the Saudi Ministry of Education for its Islamic studies program. Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC had analyzed the redacted Islamic studies texts in a series of critical reports published by the Congressionally chartered U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Shea had been appointed as a USCIRF Commissioner by Republican Congressman Frank Wolf of Northern Virginia. Grass roots activists, Christine Brim of the Washington-based Center Security Policy, Jim and Andrea Lafferty of Traditional values commission and leaders of the ACT! For America Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and Manhattan Chapters were engaged in organizing the 2008 protests. Jim Lafferty subsequently formed Virginians Against Sharia Task Force (VAST) to do constant battle with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors led by Gerry Connolly, subsequently elected to the US Congress, now serving in his second term.
In our NER article on the ISA Protests in 2008,  "The Islamic Saudi Academy: a hot potato", we noted  one of the suggested follow up action steps: "Putting pressure on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to re-open the accreditation file of the ISA for cause in recognition of the new information from the USCIRF report."
In a recent National Review On-line article by Nina Shea, Fairfax County Renews Lease for Saudi Wahhabi School, she noted recent ISA developments, including the close vote on renewal of the ISA lease with Fairfax County, opposed by indefatigable Jim Lafferty and VAST members, as well as the long awaited news from SACS on the private school's accreditation.
Virginia's Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to extend its lease of county property to the Embassy of Saudi Arabia for the Islamic Saudi Academy. It did so despite new evidence that this Wahhabi school is poised to lose its academic accreditation, according to the Atlanta-based international accrediting giant AdvancEd.
The vote took place after an hour and a half hearing (unofficially summarized here and officially videotaped here) that aired citizens' concerns about Wahhabism being taught at the school. Until two years ago, it had been documented that ISA texts taught that it is permissible or even required to kill those who leave Islam (which includes the majority of Muslims who reject Saudi Wahhabi doctrine), polytheists (which includes Shiite Muslims), Jews, homosexuals, and others, and that militant jihad to spread the faith is a sacred duty, as described here.
What it now teaches in Islamic Studies no independent observer knows for sure. I was one of the witnesses urging that the county not risk abetting Saudi Arabia's well-known practice of exporting extremism by renewing the county lease, and I cited new information, namely a letter and an accompanying report I received from the agency that previously accredited ISA (both are posted here).
The letter from ISA's accrediting agency states that it currently finds ISA "in violation" of five of the agency' seven standards and that because of this it could not recommend ISA for accreditation status in its assessment earlier this year. It plans to review the school again next spring to see if its demands have been met.
AdvancEd, the parent company of ISA's accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, sent a special review team to the school last December. On that occasion, unlike its prior visit almost five years ago, the review team included two fluent Arabic speakers, and one who has previously taught Islamic theology at the university level. This was critical, since the religious textbooks in question are written in Arabic.
In its letter of February 9, 2010, AdvancED's general counsel wrote:
Upon review of material provided by the Islamic Saudi Academy and other agencies, SACS CASI, and its parent organization, AdvancEd, identified the following areas of concern about the school: course material, course curriculum in compliance with standards and non-discrimination policies, teacher qualifications, governance issues, and community and stakeholder involvement. Specifically, the institution appeared to be in violation of the following AdvancEd Accreditation Standards:
Standard 1: Vision and Purpose
Standard 2: Governance and Leadership
Standard 3: Teaching and Learning
Standard 6: Stakeholder Communication and Relationships
Standard 7: Commitment to Continuous Improvement
The two standards it managed to meet relate to adequate resources - hardly surprising, since the school is supported by the Saudi government.
Specifically regarding the Islamic Studies curriculum, the review team required the academy to take the following action before next spring: "As with other program areas of the school, [Islamic Studies] curriculum should be in a written format and placed on a regular schedule for review and revision." In other words, part of this curriculum was not provided, at least not in written, verifiable form, to the Special Review Team. This is in fact the modus operandi of the secretive Saudi academy's Islamic Studies department.
In view of all this, the accrediting agency concluded that "they represent a lack of transparency in the operation and leadership of the school."
AdvancEd states: "This lack of transparency does little to quell external stakeholder criticism or suspicion of the school's curriculum." This suspicion, it should be noted, was heightened last year when one of the academy's valedictorians was sentenced to life imprisonment by a U.S. Court of Appeals for supporting al-Qaeda and conspiring to assassinate the president of the United States.
The upshot is that the Fairfax County board of supervisors doesn't know or care if the Royal Saudi Embassy doing business as the Islamic Saudi Academy, as the lease calls its tenant, is still teaching jihad on county-owned property.
Better late than never. Looks like AdvancEd, the parent of private school accreditation groups SACS-CASI, finally did what we suggested back in '08 during the initial wave of protests against the ISA - endeavor to pull the Royal Saudi Embassy-sponsored private school accreditation because of the lack of reform of Saudi Educational Ministry 'hate texts." Jim Lafferty has once again taken up the cause given the recent local elections in Fairfax County to protest the dhimmi-like pose of county officials who have their blinders on when it comes to allowing hateful Saudi Wahhabi doctrine to go unchecked at the ISA. Given the GOP tsunami in the House mid-term elections, now perhaps Northern Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf, who could become Chair of the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations that controls the State Department budget, can once again provoke the striped pants and skirt brigade in Foggy Bottom to question this Royal Saudi Embassy sponsored indoctrination of OIC member consulate children. However, given the Obama 'dignity' outreach to the OIC and the Muslim ummah and support for the Saudi 'peace plan' in the Middle East, we might expect little from the Arabists in the State Department and the White House unless the 'disinfectant of sunlight" is trained on this baleful topic at an open public investigative hearing.  
What's the expression, "money talks, and people walk", especially in Wahhabi Alley.
 
Posted on 11/08/2010 12:09 PM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 8 November 2010
A Musical Interlude: Slumming On Park Avenue (Alice Faye)

Watch, and listen, here.

Posted on 11/08/2010 12:35 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 8 November 2010
Iran Reaches An Advanced Nuclear State
According to The Guardian this time last year (I'm slow but steady but I get there in the end) Iran has actually been testing some very advanced components of nuclear warheads:
 
...Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design, the Guardian has learned.
 
The very existence of the technology, known as a "two-point implosion" device, is officially secret in both the US and Britain, but according to previously unpublished documentation in a dossier compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iranian scientists may have tested high-explosive components of the design. The development was today described by nuclear experts as "breathtaking" and has added urgency to the effort to find a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.
 
The sophisticated technology, once mastered, allows for the production of smaller and simpler warheads than older models. It reduces the diameter of a warhead and makes it easier to put a nuclear warhead on a missile.
           
[...]
 
Extracts from the dossier have been published previously, but it was not previously known that it included documentation on such an advanced warhead. "It is breathtaking that Iran could be working on this sort of material," said a European government adviser on nuclear issues.
 
James Acton, a British nuclear weapons expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said: "It's remarkable that, before perfecting step one, they are going straight to step four or five ... To start with more sophisticated designs speaks of level of technical ambition that is surprising."
 
If, like me, you missed this at the time then you can read the whole thing here.
 
Posted on 11/08/2010 4:45 PM by John M. Joyce
Monday, 8 November 2010
Judge blocks Okla. amendment banning court use of Islamic law

USAToday blog:

A federal district judge has issued a temporary restraining order to block an amendment to the Oklahoma state constitution that would prohibit state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.

The amendment was approved by 70% of voters last Tuesday.

The order today by Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange will remain in effect until a Nov. 22 hearing, the Associated Press reports.

The order was sought in a lawsuit by Muneer Awad, an Oklahoma Muslim and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, who argues that the amendment against sharia law "demonizes" his religion.

The order today by Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange will remain in effect until a Nov. 22 hearing, the Associated Press reports.

Posted on 11/08/2010 7:13 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 8 November 2010
Questions in the wake of CAIR's TRO against Oklahoma anti-Sharia law
Today,  CAIR won a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)  in an Oklahoma Federal court delaying the implementation of the recently passed Anti-Sharia Amendment to the Oklahoma State Constitution until a hearing later this month.  I  find disingenuous  the comment of Oklahoma CAIR Executive Director, Muneer Awad who is 'humbled' by the Federal Court's protection of his 'constitutional rights' to protect his religious laws. Islam religious laws that are inherently seditious under Article Six of the US Constitution.   We noted in our Iconoclast post about the passage of the popular referendum ballot issue on election day that it had defects and might be overturned on Constitutional issues unrelated to sharia's other odious conflicts, the measure has garnered a wide spread national audience.  While straw polls are generally not scientifically structured and have built in complaint biases, this FoxNews poll had over 12,000 respondents at last count with over 92 percent indicating  that Sharia should be banned.  Given the Center for Security Policy's issuance of the Team B: Shariah- The   Threat to America report, we have several questions  about what happened today and  what  should  be done.  We have sent these to those most immediate involved in the anti-Sharaia legal battle:
  • Why didn't the Oklahoma Attorney General respond to the CAIR TRO filing?
  • Will any group file a brief in opposition to Sharia at the upcoming hearing, notwithstanding, the defects in the Oklahoma law?
  • What remedies can the Oklahoma State legislature pursue to preserve the original intent of the law?
  • What alternatives are available that would withstand constitutional challenges like the CAIR Oklahoma TRO?
  • Given  upcoming GOP control of the US House of Representatives in the new is it time to launch possible national anti-Sharia legislation?
  • Should the CAIR Oklahoma TRO hearing lead to a decision overturning the Oklahoma  anti-Sharia Constitutional Amendment would an appeal provide an opportunity to file the long awaited brief against Sharia?

Responses to these and other questions would indicate whether we are at denouement in challenging the Grand Jihad plan of the Muslim Brotherhood in America. 

As Sir Winston Churchill would close his fabled WWII cabinet minutes: 'pray let us have your suggestions for actions this day".

Posted on 11/08/2010 8:04 PM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 8 November 2010
Feds Indict Somali Human Traffickers in Nashville Federal Court
Federal prosecutors indicted 29 Somali émigré Muslims in a human trafficking ring involving underage forced prostitution and drugs. The leaders of  this sex ring hailed from three major Somali Muslim émigré communities in the US: Minneapolis, Columbus and Nashville. Add this to the roster of Somali Muslim abuses of our laws and human rights. Somali émigré' Muslims continue to be beneficiaries of our 'humanitarian refugee laws' and generous welfare system in America while rejecting integration in our society.  Among those abuses  are  home grown terrorists recruited by US Mosque Imams to fight for al Qaeda  affiliate al Shabaab in Somalia, honor killings and gang warfare.
Note what this FoxNews report detailed about this latest example of Somali émigré' Muslim violations of our laws.
Twenty-nine people have been indicted in a sex trafficking ring in which Somali gangs in Minneapolis and St. Paul allegedly forced girls under age 14 into prostitution in Minnesota, Tennessee and Ohio, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
The 24-count indictment, unsealed in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee, said one of the gangs' goals was recruiting females under age 18, including some under age 14, and forcing them into prostitution so the defendants could get money, marijuana or liquor.
The indictment details several instances in which young Somali or African American girls were taken from place to place and forced to engage in sex acts with multiple people. One girl was under 13 when she was first prostituted. Another girl was 18 when she was raped by multiple men in a hotel room, the indictment said.
John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the case is significant because the girls were repeatedly victimized over several years and transported to many places. The indictment lists incidents involving four victims.
"Human traffickers abuse innocent people, undermine our public safety, and often use their illicit proceeds to fund sophisticated criminal organizations," Morton said. "ICE is committed to bringing these criminals to justice and rescuing their victims from a life in the shadows."
Van Vincent, the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, wouldn't comment on the status of the girls, other than to say they were safe.
The indictment claims the ring involved three Minneapolis-based gangs - the Somali Outlaws, the Somali Mafia and the Lady Outlaws - and that all three gangs are connected. The men and women charged were either gang members or associates of the gangs, the indictment said. They range in age from 19 to 38.
The indictment says the sex trafficking ring operated for 10 years, with the defendants recruiting young girls to engage in sex acts.
One girl was just 13 when, in 2005, she was taken from the Minneapolis area to an apartment in Nashville to engage in prostitution, it said. The girl was also taken to Columbus, Ohio, and other locations for prostitution.
In another case, a girl was under age 13 when she was first forced to engage in sex acts in November 2006. Two defendants had sex with her the next month at an apartment in St. Paul, and then other males arrived and were charged money to do the same, the indictment said. That scenario happened on many occasions.
Along with sex trafficking, the indictment charges some of the defendants with conspiring to obstruct the investigation by lying to a federal grand jury. It also alleges some stole a motor vehicle, committed burglaries, and engaged in credit card fraud - causing one credit card company to lose $231,000 over a one-year period.
 
And what do Somali émigré Muslim spokespersons say about all this? We are "shocked, shocked"?  Then they add the usual taqiyya about "Islam forbids this". 
Omar Jamal, an advocate for Somalis in Minnesota, said the allegations shocked the Somali community, whose members pointed out Islam forbids such activity.
"Collectively, they might have been in denial that such grave sex minor trade could ever be going on in the community," he said. "It's a kind of crime that a community can never think of their kids as being capable of doing this. ... People are saying, 'How could this be? How could such a thing happen?'"
 
 
Posted on 11/08/2010 8:44 PM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 8 November 2010
Maxim Litvinov Might Have Approved, But What Would Molotov Have Said?

See the wife of the Russian ambassador to NATO lip-synching a love song to her hard-working husband  here.

Part of the story, as it appeared in Le Monde, is below: 

LIPDUB - La femme de l'ambassadeur russe lui chante son amour sur YouTube (AFP)

La femme de l'ambassadeur russe auprès de l'OTAN avait envie de faire connaître à tout le monde son amour pour son mari. Tatiana Rogozina a décidé de poster sur YouTube une vidéo où elle chante an anglais une mélodie intitulée "Reste pour toujours avec moi" (Stay forever), rapporte l'AFP

"Je sais ce que tu veux et je sais ce que tu penses. Me faire l'amour c'est comme boire un bon verre", chante-t-elle en blue jeans et veste de cuir, dans le décor romantique du jardin de leur résidence de Bruxelles, au milieu des érables aux couleurs mordorées de l'automne. Son mari apparaît à plusieurs reprises dans le clip, assis dans le bureau de son domicile, devant son écran d'ordinateur, tantôt pensif, tantôt en train de chantonner le même air.

Ce n'est pas la première fois que le couple Rogozine, féru de blogs et autres réseaux sociaux comme Twitter, apparaît sur YouTube. On voit notamment Tatiana chanter lors d'une réception, dans un autre clip . Quant à son époux, âgé de 46 ans, il s'y montre à une autre occasion en train de tester virilement un fusil d'assaut .

__________________________________

Molotov was famously dour.

Maxim Litvinov, however, once did a routine on stage  -- in the Soviet Union -- with Harpo Marx.

Posted on 11/08/2010 9:09 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 8 November 2010
A Musical Interlude: A Missed Meeting (Aleksandr Tsfasman)

Listen here.

Posted on 11/08/2010 9:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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