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These are all the Blogs posted on Thursday, 9, 2009.
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Pirates now US captain hostage: warship arrives off coast of Somalia

A slight technical hitch to the retaking of the American ship attacked by pirates yesterday. John Reinhart, the CEO of Maersk was right to say "Speculation is a dangerous thing when you’re in a fluid environment. I will not confirm that the crew has overtaken this ship,” .
The crew do have the ship.
But the pirates have the captain hostage.
From The Telegraph
The destroyer USS Bainbridge travelled to the in the lawless shipping channel off the coast of Somalia after the American captain of the container ship was taken hostage by pirates on a lifeboat.
His crew had managed to recapture the ship after it was hijacked, but Capt Richard Phillips was seized by the armed pirates who had stormed the 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama after a five-hour chase 400 miles north-east of the Somali capital Mogadishu.
The US warship was in sight of the ship — the first with an American crew to be taken by pirates off the Horn of Africa — as crew members negotiated with the pirates for the return of the captain.
As dawn broke, it was not clear what the military crews would do. Options could include negotiation, backed by the threat of force. But any military action could risk the lives of the Americans, especially the captain being held hostage.
When the pirates boarded, the 21 American crew members fought back, captured one of the raiders and retook their ship, which was carrying thousands of tons of food aid, some of it destined for Somalia's drought-struck population.
The captain was apparently taken by four armed pirates in a prisoner exchange that went wrong. Ken Quinn, a second mate on the Maersk Alabama, told CNN that they tied up the pirate and kept him for 12 hours.
It was agreed that the captain, who had apparently offered himself as a prisoner, would be exchanged for the seized pirate. "We returned him but they didn't return the captain," said Mr Quinn.
The captain and the pirates were last night in a lifeboat in radio contact with the ship.
Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama's press secretary, said the White House was monitoring the situation closely.

Posted on 04/09/2009 1:53 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Terror raids: 'soft targets' might have included nightclub and shopping centre

From The Telegraph
In the aftermath of anti-terror raids throughout the North West on Wednesday police were thought to be investigating the possibility that a number of 'soft targets' were being looked at by alleged terrorists.
It is understood that senior sources thought plans were afoot to attack the Birdcage nightclub in Manchester city centre.
Terrorists could have targeted the nightclub as a "symbol of Western decadence", detectives believe, as it features entertainment such as cabaret and dancing girls. High-profile Premier League footballers are also known to frequent the club.
The Trafford Centre, one of Manchester's main shopping complexes which attracts 140,000 people each weekend, was thought to be on the list. Football grounds have also been mooted as potential targets.
If true, the latest plan would appear to mirror previous attempted terror attacks.

Posted on 04/09/2009 4:44 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Hamas threatens more terror attacks over 'Judaization of Jerusalem'

From The Jerusalem Post
Terror attacks will intensify because of "the Judaization of Jerusalem and attempts to overtake the Aksa Mosque," Hamas official Abu Obeida was quoted by Israel Radio as saying Thursday morning.
Another Hamas spokesman, Taher a-Nunu, said the Palestinian Authority should stop halting the Palestinians' struggle against Israel and to allow them to respond to "settlers' provocations."
Islamic Jihad issued a similar statement,
I thought Jerusalem was a Jewish city from the time of King David 1000 BC. Thats Before Christ, NOT, pre Christian era.

Posted on 04/09/2009 5:11 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 9 April 2009
China executes two Muslim men over pre-Olympic 'terrorism'

BEIJING (AFP) — China executed two Muslim men in its far northwest on Thursday for a "terrorist" attack that was aimed at sabotaging last year's Olympics and left 17 policemen dead, state media reported.
The two members of China's Muslim Uighur minority group were put to death in the famed old Silk Road city of Kashgar, where the attack took place, Xinhua news agency reported.
The men executed -- Abdurahman Azat, 34, and Kurbanjan Hemit, 29 -- were sentenced to death in December after being convicted of carrying out the attack with the intention of trying to "sabotage" the Olympics, Xinhua reported.
Xinhua did not say how they were executed but in China the method is typically a bullet to the back of the head or lethal injection.
It said court officials made the execution announcement in front of 4,000 people at a stadium in Kashgar.
Chinese officials previously said the two were carrying documents advocating "holy war" that linked them to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, listed by China and the United Nations as a terrorist organisation.
On August 4 last year the pair drove a truck at a group of 70 police officers and then attacked them with explosives, machetes and knives, before being overpowered and arrested at the scene.
In a well-planned attack, the men were dressed as police, according to foreign eyewitnesses AFP spoke with in Xinjiang at the time.
I am not comfortable with China's human rights record in general. I am not convinced that the Chinese authorities operate from the conviction that islam is engaged in a campaign for world domination everywhere. Rather that they will brook no dissent to their own regime and that islam, Tibet, Manchu, its all the same to them.

Posted on 04/09/2009 5:30 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Terrorist Websites Hosted in US

The Washington Post:

On March 25, a Taliban Web site claiming to be the voice of the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" boasted of a deadly new attack on coalition forces in that country. Four soldiers were killed in an ambush, the site claimed, and the "mujahideen took the weapons and ammunition as booty."

Most remarkable about the message was how it was delivered. The words were the Taliban's, but they were flashed around the globe by an American-owned firm located in a leafy corner of downtown Houston.

The Texas company, a Web-hosting outfit called ThePlanet, says it simply rented cyberspace to the group and had no clue about its Taliban connections. For more than a year, the militant group used the site to rally its followers and keep a running tally of suicide bombings, rocket attacks and raids against U.S. and allied troops. The cost of the service: roughly $70 a month, payable by credit card.

The Taliban's account was pulled last week when a blogger noticed the connection and called attention to it. But the odd pairing of violently anti-American extremists and U.S. technology companies continues elsewhere and appears to be growing. Intelligence officials and private experts cite dozens of instances in which Islamist militants sought out U.S. Internet firms -- known for their reliable service and easy terms that allow virtual anonymity -- and used them to incite attacks on Americans...

See Jerry Gordon's interview with Joseph Shahda. Shahda maintains that the incitement and recruitment value of these sites for terrorists outweighs their value to American intelligence monitoring the sites. Due to the efforts of Gordon, Shahda and Senator Joseph Lieberman in exposing the use of YouTube by terrorists, Google was forced to shut down numerous videos.
Posted on 04/09/2009 7:18 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Doggie Seder
Posted on 04/09/2009 7:55 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Stop Worrying About America And Learn To Live In Upper Mexico

New Duranty:

While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said on Wednesday...

Posted on 04/09/2009 8:16 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Secretary Clinton To Give Keynote At CSID Conference

Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report:

According to the website of the Center for the Study Of Islam and Democracy (CSID), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to give the keynote address at the organization’s 10th annual conference on May 5. Also scheduled to attend the conference as a panelist and//or moderator is Dr. Kemal Al-Helbawy, a leader in the global Muslim Brotherhood who has defended the terrorist targeting of Israeli children and who in 1996 was denied entrance into the U.S.

CSID was founded in 1998 largely by the efforts of Georgetown University academic Dr. Esposito who, during the 1990’s, had served in the State Department as a “foreign affairs analyst.” Many members of the early CSID board were associated with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), the American Muslim Council, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). For example, past CSID board members included Jamal Barzinji and Taha Al-Alwani, both important Brotherhood leaders who are closely associated with the now defunct SAAR Foundation, still under investigation by the U.S. government. Both Barzinji and Al-Alwani helped to establish many of the most important U.S. Brotherhood organizations. The current CSID Vice-Chair, Antony Sullivan, has many ties to U.S. Brotherhood groups including the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), the United Association for Studies and Research (USAR), and the Circle of Tradition and Progress (COTP), a group whose other founding members included Youssef Qaradawi, the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood. From its inception, CSID has argued that the U.S. government should support Islamist movements in foreign countries and has received financial support from the National Endowment for Democracy and the United States Institute of Peace.

Dr. Esposito, who will also be attending the conference, has been a long-time supporter of the global Muslim Brotherhood and has espoused views consistent with Brotherhood doctrine. During the 1990’s was known for his claims that Islamic fundamentalism was, in fact, democratic and posed no threat to the U.S.Dr. Esposito has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organizations including having served on the advisory boards of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought in the U.K. and the United Association for Studies and Research in the U.S. and has served with global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi on the Steering Committee of the Circle of Tradition and Progress. In 2005, Saudi prince Alaweed bin Talal, a financial supporter of the global Muslim Brotherhood donated $20 million to the Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown, headed by Dr. Esposito.

According to his own CV, Dr. Al-Helbawy (aka Helbawi) was the past European spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood; one of the founders of the World Assembly For Muslim Youth (WAMY), a Saudi religious organization closely tied to the global Brotherhood; and also one of the founders of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), a leading U.K. Muslim Brotherhood group. He is currently the director of the London-based Center for the Study of Terrorism (CFSOT) which purports to be a think-tank. In October, El-Helbawy defended the terrorist targeting of Israeli children on the grounds that they were “future soldiers.” A previous post discussed speculation that Dr. Helbawy was currently under consideration as a replacement for the Supreme Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. In October 2006, the U.S. government prevented Dr. Al-Helbawy from attending a New York University Law School conference on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Other prominent individuals scheduled to take part in the CSID conference include:

  • Ambassador George Mitchell (U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East)
  • Ambassador Richard Holbrooke (U.S. Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan)
  • Congressman Keith Ellison (First U.S Muslim Congressman)
Posted on 04/09/2009 9:21 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 9 April 2009
The USS Bainbridge Heritage and the Somali Pirates Hijacking of the Maersk-Alabama

History repeated itself with the hijacking by Somali pirates of the US flagged Maersk Alabama cargo vessel carrying humanitarian aid with 20 US crew members aboard. Unfortunately, the skipper of the Maersk Alabama, Capt. Richard Phillips was carried off in a lifeboat by the Somali hijackers in the scuffle when the vessel’s crew members overpowered the Somali hijackers. The life boat is now adrift, out of fuel and under surveillance by a US Navy P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft and the US destroyer, the USS Bainbridge standing nearby.

The AP report on the Maersk Alabama hijacking noted:

The pirates took Capt. Richard Phillips hostage Wednesday after they hijacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama, but the cargo ship's crew overpowered them and at least four then fled to a covered lifeboat. It was the first such attack on American sailors in about 200 years.

In an
Economic Times of India report , the Maresk, Alabama crew overpowered one of the Somali pirates, but blew the possibility of an exchange with Capt. Phillips when they handed the hijacker back:

Captain Richard Phillips was being held by the pirates on the ship's 28-foot lifeboat and was alive, second mate Ken Quinn earlier said.

Quinn confirmed that the crew was in control of the ship.

"We took one of the pirates hostage. We tied him up and kept him for 12 hours. We returned him, but they didn't return our captain," Quinn said.

"They're (pirates) not aboard. We're in control of the vessel. We can hear our captain - he's got a ship radio."

So now we have standoff with the Somali Pirates holding Capt. Phillips hostage. An FBI hostage negotiations team has been dispatched to the scene, some 384 miles off the coast of Somalia.

Meanwhile the USS Bainbridge with ample firepower and access to special boarding parties stands by given what passes for International Rules of Engagement in the International Flotilla.

The irony is that the
USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) an Arleigh Burke Class destroyer is named after Commodore William Bainbridge, a hostage captured by the Dey of Algiers during the Barbary Pirates War-America’s first conflict with Islamic Jihadists at the start of the 19th Century. It is the fifth such vessel named after Commodore Bainbridge. 

The USS Bainbridge was launched on in November 2003 at
Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, sponsored by Susan Bainbridge Hay, Commodore William Bainbridge's great-great-great-granddaughter.  The vessel was commissioned  November 2005, Commander John M. Dorey commanding.

Here is Commodore  
Bainbridge’s  Barbary War saga:

In 1800, Bainbridge was sent to carry the tribute which the United States still paid to the
dey of Algiers to secure exemption from capture for its merchant ships in the Mediterranean. Upon arrival in the 24-gun USS George Washington, he made the tactical mistake of anchoring in the harbor of Algiers--directly under the guns of the fort. The dey demanded that he ferry the Algierian ambassador and retinue to Constantinople or be blown to bits on the spot. With great disgust, Bainbridge raised the Algerian flag on his masthead and submitted to the embarrassment of serving as the dey's messenger service. [1]

When the United States found that bribing the pirate
Barbary states did not work, and decided to use force, he served against Algiers and Tunis. In command of the USS Philadelphia, when she ran aground on the Tunisian coast on 29 December 1803, he was imprisoned until 3 June. On his release, he returned for a time to the merchant service in order to make good the loss of profit caused by his captivity.1806

We hope that Capt. Phillips of the Maersk Alabama does not share the same fate as Commodore Bainbridge during the Barbary Wars, becoming a hostage of the Somali pirates. Further, we trust that the Maersk shipping line does not pay the estimated $10 million ransom for Capt. Phillips. The USS Bainbridge has the ability to rescue him under gunpoint, if necessary, capturing the Somali pirate hijackers and incarcerated them for possible prosecution under international Maritime Law rules,
as confused as the latter are.
Posted on 04/09/2009 12:59 PM by Jerry Gordon
Thursday, 9 April 2009
A Musical Interlude: Going To Meet My Sweetie Now (Jean Goldkette Orch.)

Listen here.

Posted on 04/09/2009 3:17 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Euphemism corner

The suspects in the recent bungled terror operation are described as "Pakistani nationals on student visas".

Coincidentally, they have something in common with some non-student men and women of North African origin who, in turn, share characteristics with people of "certain races or religions" and an agnostic-for-all-we-know "trio".

If any of these people have wives - and most of them are too "youthful" - what's the betting that these wives wear "portable seclusion", as befits their "culturally variable meanings of personhood"?

Posted on 04/09/2009 4:06 PM by Mary Jackson

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