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These are all the Blogs posted on Tuesday, 1, 2014.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
It is a truth universally acknowledged,

that, in any modern reworking of a Jane Austen novel, (especially Pride and Prejudice imagined from the point of view of the servants) an overworked housemaid in possession of a good set of chilblains must be in want of the attentions of a free black footman. 

Daughter bought me Longbourn by Jo Baker for Mothering Sunday. I'm finding it quite a good read so far  (so long as I skip the descriptions of the difficulty of laundering Jane and Lizzy's monthly napkins) wondering who will win the hand of the blistered Sarah? Mysterious James, he of the sinewy arms, who turned up out of nowhere and hides from the Militia? Or handsome Ptolemy Bingley, from the older Mr Bingley's sugar plantation, with his dark eyes and dark cigarillos? 

I await the entrance of some embryo pre-Chartists before the next round of stain-removal ball, followed by a questioning Irishwoman. 

Posted on 04/01/2014 11:21 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
German police grill Mullar Krekar in Oslo court

From the Norwegian edition of The Local

Norway-based Islamic militant Mullah Krekar was questioned by German police on Monday over his role in forming an international terrorist network, Norway's TV2 channel has reported.  According to the channel, Krekar was grilled in a special 'terrorist court' built in the Oslo district court for the trial of far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik. 

German police have already charged ten people in the case, which centres around an extremist off-shoot of Krekar's Ansar al-Islam group, whose internet chats were intercepted, the channel reports. 
According to Krekar's lawyer, Brynjar Meling, his client fears that Norwegian authorities want to extradite him to Germany, thereby ridding themselves of him.  
Krekar, whose real name is Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, was sentenced to five years in prison on March 26th 2012 for making repeated death threats against Norwegian politicians. His wife and children all have Norwegian citizenship, but Krekar himself does not. 
The Kurdish Regional Administration, which runs the city of Sulaymaniyah where Krekar was born, has repeatedly called for Norway to extradite him so that he can face terror charges.  But as courts in the area still give death sentences for terror crimes, he cannot be extradited under Norwegian law.   
Posted on 04/01/2014 1:03 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Word Of The Day: Lustration

Read about lustration in the Ukraine here.

When I lived with Russian emigres, many years ago, in a farming village outside Chartres, I used to read back issues -- decades old -- of an emigre magazine published in Paris, Illustrirovannaya Rossiya. Now I'm waiting for Lustrirovannaya Rossiya.

Posted on 04/01/2014 1:28 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Illustrirovannaya Rossiya
A sample of covers and contents here.
Posted on 04/01/2014 1:34 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Muslim Refugees Take Over Former Catholic Church in Syracuse, New York

Holy Trinity’s last mass was held in February 2010.

With the drop in church attendance in Europe amidst mass Muslim immigration we have witnessed conversions of empty churches into Mosques.  Historically,  we saw the ancient Greek Orthodox patriarchic basilica of Hagia Sophia converted into an imperial Mosque following the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul)  in the  15th Century and then into a Museum in the 20th Century. Perhaps given the rise of a neo-Ottoman Caliphate under Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, the Museum might be reconverted to a Mosque.

 In Spain, the Mezquita Cathedral in Cordoba, once the site of a pagan temple under the Visigoths, was converted by the Umayyad Dynasty into the fabled Great Mosque. Then following the Reconquista in the 13th Century by Ferdinand 1st the Mezquita became a Cathedral once again.   Since 2004, The Islamic Society of Spain has petitioned both Spain and the Vatican to permit Muslims to once again roll out their prayer rugs in the Mezquita and pray in a venue they once held in Al Andaluz. Those requests have been rejected. In March 2010 118 Austrian Muslims  staged a dramatic event at the Mezquita Cathedral.  Unrolling their prayer rugs,  praying loudly, they attacked security guards when  told by them  to stop injuring two.  In March 2013, Spanish Court acquitted eight of the Muslim assailants.   

In the US we have witnessed churches and even synagogues sharing worship space with Muslim communities. However, we have also witnessed a dramatic rise in mega-Mosque construction projects roiling many communities across the US from lower Manhattan to the Buckle of the Bible Belt in Tennessee and Orange County in California.  Notwithstanding that groundbreaking trend, some abandoned churches have been purchased by Muslim communities and converted into Mosques. 

There is an abundant supply of closed or excess former churches. The Barna Group estimates that upwards of 4,000 Protestant churches are closed annually. While the US Catholic population has grown by more than half to 69 million according to Catholic World News, nevertheless 1,800 parishes have closed over the past 20 years. 

One of those parish churches that closed is Holy Trinity  Roman Catholic Church in Syracuse, New York, that held its last Mass in February 2010.  Now, it is being purchased and converted into a Mosque by the burgeoning refugee population in Central New York.  The irony is that this is being abetted by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the leading voluntary agencies ,VOLAGS,  engaged in processing refugee resettlement. It and other contractors are  funded by US taxpayers under programs administered by our State and Health and Human Services Departments.

Our colleague at Refugee Resettlement Watch, Ann Corcoran, wrote about the conversion of  Holy Trinity parish in Syracuse in a recent blog post, that bears witness to this latest development, “Syracuse: Refugee group buys Catholic Church, will be converted to a mosque”.

Corcoran writes:

….because Muslim refugee population is growing.

It is a cold and rainy Sunday morning and I’m not easily discouraged, but I have to say this story is depressing.  Most people don’t understand that Islam marks its victories by turning Christian churches into mosques.  Surely there are other buildings available in Syracuse.

***Update*** American Thinker has published a post on this travesty.  From CNYCentral:

For close to six decades, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church on Syracuse’s north side was Anna Giannantomio’s church. She fought the Catholic Diocese decision to close it in 2010. While she believes everyone should be free to practice the religion they choose – she doesn’t understand why a new Islamic society wants to remove the crosses and move into the historic Catholic Church.

“This place was put into historical preservation and rightfully so,” said Giannantomio.

Crosses to be removed:

Holy Trinity was recently purchased by the North Side Learning Center, a volunteer group that assists refugees and immigrants. North Side Learning Center will lease the church to an Islamic society which would rename it Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary. The North Side Learning Center has also filed a request with the Landmark Preservation Board to remove the crosses on the steeples and grounds.  [Those who care in Syracuse should file a protest with the Preservation Board---ed]

Professor Margaret Thompson from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School says nearly 75% of refugees settling in Syracuse are Muslim and that religious freedom has been bringing immigrants to America for hundreds of years.

“Holy Trinity was founded to welcome German immigrants to Syracuse when it was originally built and now it’s welcoming a new cohort of immigrants,” said Thompson.

Anna Giannantomio wants everyone to have a place to worship. She emigrated from Italy as a teenager and understands the discrimination many Muslims face in America but Giannantomio wishes the church that welcomed her to the U.S. would stay a Catholic church.

“I don’t want to hurt anybody but the building should remain as it is,” said Giannantomio.

The North Side Learning Center is now making repairs to the buildings. They hope the mosque will be ready to open in June.

Syracuse refugee program is changing and we recommend if you live there you need to start researching and reporting to your local community. The Northside Learning Center is probably operating on taxpayer dollars so you have a right to demand more information about their activities.

Syracuse is a preferred resettlement site chosen by the US State Department, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS) and the contractors.

New York is one of the top states with a large African and Middle Eastern Muslim population, here.  Demographic change is what it’s all about.  Once they get the population numbers almost nothing else matters.

Ironically the largest resettlement contractor, bringing the most Muslims to your towns and cities, is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Posted on 04/01/2014 5:38 PM by Jerry Gordon
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Seven At One Blow

Well, six anyway.

Read about, not the Grimm brothers' Little Tailor, but about a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, here.

Posted on 04/01/2014 9:58 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Quick Quiz On April First

Quick, but not for April amadans.

Who is the writer who was born in a place once claimed by Spain, and whose first published work was "La Noche Triste"?

Posted on 04/01/2014 8:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
We Have a Winner!

Our crossword for March was successfully completed by Keith Simmonds who is residing in France. He will receive a copy of The Impact of Islam by Emmet Scott. Congratulations Keith!

Our new crossword is coming soon. Lexcentrics has suffered a DDOS attack is is still recovering. 

Posted on 04/01/2014 10:08 AM by NER
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
The Secular, Rational, Advanced Syrian, Having Benefitted From Living In A Non-Muslim Society, Can't Bring Himself To Identify Islam As The Problem

It must be hard to be rational, secular, and so on, and sense that something is terribly wrong with Arab and Musliim polities and peoples, but to be unable to identify Islam as the source of the problem -- both for those who take Islam truly to heart, and for those who, tongue-tied or muddy-headed or otherwise unable to see thiings clearly, do not but have to exist within the world of Islam, or at least not to burn all bridges with those who do.

One example, by a Syrian who lives in Great Britain, who blames the "Ottoman" inheritance -- but under the Ottomans, the Milliyet system worked better than what has followed it, in the lands dominated by Arabs that once formed part of their empire -- and also something he calls, inexactly, as "feudalism":

Syria: A new paradigm shift?

Syrians can overcome the crisis by crossing bridges and refusing to adhere to Ottoman-era sectarian and feudal divides.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2014 13:40
Ammar Waqqaf

Ammar Waqqaf is a member of the British Syrian Society. He works as a management consultant in the UK.
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Democracy was never really the main issue for the majority of Syrians who rebelled, writes Waqqaf [AFP]

The reason why the Syrian crisis has gone on for this long is that the underlying questions that can unite Syrians are yet to be asked. It's as simple as that.

Forget about democracy. Although it is perceived as a key element of this conflict, it was never really the main issue for the majority of Syrians who rebelled. For some, it was a vague term that benignly disguised majoritarian wishes and, for others, it was merely a language through which they could appeal to Western public opinion and facilitate the task of winning support from Western governments.

Despite talking democracy day and night, look at the tyrannical practises in rebel-controlled areas, for example, or at the inability of the Syrian opposition's political class to lead their followers. The lack of deeply rooted democratic beliefs or the irrelevance of it, is there for everyone to see.

Forget about the "foreign conspiracy" theory as well. Regional and international interests have always existed and clashed, and will continue to do so. You could even forget about the much-hyped sectarian split, or even the far more important class struggle that is clearly evident in the rift between rural and urban areas. All of these factors have contributed to the bloodshed, but they do not actually account for the prolonging of the crisis. Only by scratching the surface a bit deeper will one notice that the great divide is in fact that of an identity clash or, to be more precise, a clash of mentalities. Not only is this why the crisis has taken so long, but this is why it could take even longer.

What Syria will become

Looking at it from such a vantage point, this won't be a struggle between two types of Syrians any more, ie, Sunni v Shia or poor v rich, etc. Instead, it would look more like a clash over what Syria is, or, rather, what Syria will become. To settle this issue, Syrians need to dig deep, not into who they are and what they are about, but into where they are and where they want their children to be.

The era of religious identity in the Levant that coincided with four centuries of Ottoman rule never really ended with the empire's demise. The rise of nationalism in the region did bring new cross-boundary dynamics that were vital for multi-religious societies, like the one in Syria, to be able to function in a progressive way.

The era of religious identity in the Levant that coincided with four centuries of Ottoman rule never really ended with the empire's demise. The rise of nationalism in the region did bring new cross-boundary dynamics that were vital for multi-religious societies, like the one in Syria, to be able to function in a progressive way.

Nonetheless, the vast amounts of oil that were discovered in the Gulf area, and the huge disposable income it generated, meant that societies with different priorities had some influence. Whether passively, through second and third generations of economic immigrants from the Levant, Egypt and Iraq, or actively, through generously funded radical ideologies in those countries, religious identity did manage a comeback.

As for Syria specifically, and unlike in neighbouring Lebanon where a society very similar in fabric and culture resides, the consecutive Syrian governments following independence from France, conducted their business so as not to constitutionally reinforce sectarian and feudal lines. As a result, a sizable chunk of Syrians found it increasingly feasible, over the decades, especially in urban centres, to cross lines and engage with people who were perceived to be different for centuries. There was no second-class citizenship - not any more. This trend persisted until the invasion of Iraq in 2003, when the regional religious propaganda started in full swing.

Syrians were bashed throughout the past three years, and it's far from over. The complex nature of the crisis meant that alliances forced their way across the same fault lines that supposedly divided Syrian society. It didn't, though, despite the severe damage, and this offers a platform that must be explored if Syria is ever to spring effectively into the future.

Moreover, one could argue that what is taking place in Syria at the moment, did take place in all nations that can now boast societies based on individual rights, reason and transparency. The fact that this severe mentality clash is happening in Syria, and not in other countries around the Middle East, is perhaps a testament of the soundness of the secular approach of post-independence Syrian governments.

A new rallying point

Now, here's the thing: Whereas adherents to the traditional interpretations of the Syrian crisis tend to split society straight down the middle, one that calls for crossing bridges and rejecting irrational behaviour, could appeal to the vast majority, and constitute a much-needed novel rallying point.

Unfortunately, this view is hardly universal among Syrians at the moment. Many of them, especially those who lost loved ones, view the struggle from an existential point of view. It would be quite a challenge to bring them along, and encourage them to accept such a paradigm shift. One key obstacle in this regard is the part played by the so-called progressive Syrians, who have dug their heels so deep into the "anti-dictatorship" paradigm that there seems to be no apparent way forward. Another roadblock is the absence of a coherent group of Syrians, who could be trusted by a large enough number of their countrymen, both in character and in capacity, and who could then lead the way.

If Syrians do not open themselves up to a new way of looking at the problem, this crisis will be repeated, generation after generation, no matter how it is tackled, whether by force, by international or regional checks and balances, or whatever.

It is up to the Syrians, and no one else, to really solve this crisis and find a way through towards a more fertile future for them and their children. Destiny has chosen them to lead the way for other societies in the Middle East in the regional struggle towards rationality, and they need to prove, first to themselves, that they are up for the challenge.

Ammar Waqqaf is a member of the British Syrian Society. He works as a management consultant in the UK.

Posted on 04/01/2014 10:47 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Saudi Arabia: Atheism--And All Criticism Of The Regime -- Constitutes "Terrorism"
Posted on 04/01/2014 7:20 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
UN Bias Against Israel Continues

There’s an old Russian proverb, “Terminate what can’t be repaired.” Everyone interested in a just and lasting peace between Arabs and the State of Israel should apply this proverb to that absurd organization, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). To say that it is a flawed, if useful, instrument for advocating human rights is to argue that shifting chairs on the Titanic might have avoided the iceberg.

The UNHRC consists of 47 nations, elected for three-year terms. Most important for understanding the character of its resolutions and its outright bias against the State of Israel is its composition: the majority,  26 in all, are Asian and African countries; eight are Latin American: seven are Western; and six are Eastern European. 18 of the countries are members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Among the present members in 2014 of this “human rights” body are countries that are not exactly heralded for their devotion to human rights, equal rights for women, or tolerance of Christianity, such as Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, and Russia. Until recently, other non-freedom loving countries such as Libya were members, and Syria might have been joined until even the UNHRC became conscious of the 130,000 deaths in the brutal civil war in that country.

The bias and bigotry exhibited by UNHRC has been apparent since its establishment in 2006 when it replaced the equally biased Human Rights Commission. Its creation was based on lofty and worthy sentiments. It was to be responsible for promoting universal respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner. Its mission was supposed to be applicable to all 192 countries in the world.

Sad to say, that lofty ideal has not been implemented. Instead, UNHRC has disproportionately concentrated its energies and financial resources on only one country, the alleged violations of human rights committed by the State of Israel. The figures are clear. Between 2006 and 2013, Israel was condemned in 45 of the general resolutions, almost as many as the other 192 countries together. Next on the list was Myanmar with 10 resolutions against it. Israel was also condemned in 46 per cent of resolutions devoted to specific countries: of the 12 emergency “special sessions” 2006-2009 relating to specific country situations, six were on Israel. All these resolutions were initiated by Arab states.

The financial figures are equally instructive. In the year 2013 the financial amount UNHRC spent on Middle East countries showed the bias. It spent $367 million on Jordan, $362 million on Lebanon, $316 million on Syria, $ 293 million on Iraq, and $3 million on Israel.

UNHRC, when it does occasionally refer to other countries, limits its admonition about their violations of human rights to “deep” or “serious concern.” Until very recently, there have been very few, if any, resolutions about the thousands of civilians being slaughtered in the Sudan, Syria, or Iran. The concern with Israel has not been limited to such gentle reproof. On June 30, 2006 the Council adopted Article Seven which made an annual review of alleged human rights abuses by Israel a permanent feature of its activity: Israel is the only country subject to this special treatment. This was accompanied by the appointment of a special rapporteur to advise on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Invariably, the person appointed has been an individual already known to be critical of Israel. This resolution on Article 7, and the appointment of the rapporteur was sponsored by the OIC, and was adopted by a vote of 29 to 12 with 5 abstentions.

As early as 2006 Kofi Annan, then UN secretary-general, declared that the Council should not have a disproportionate focus on violations by Israel. He held that UNHRC should give the same attention to grave violations committed by other states as it did to Israel. His advice was not heeded and the egregious hypocritical bias continued. Resolution 19/17 established an “independent” international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the human rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The sponsors at the time were apparently reading Alice in Wonderland, “Verdict first and trial later.” 

Indeed, why waste money and time on an “independent” mission? The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, a South African of Indian Tamil origin, had a distinguished career as a lawyer and judge before her appointment to the position in July 2008.  Immediately, she knew that “The Israeli occupation of Palestine led to large scale violations of international law.” Even though one might think that someone who was educated partly at Harvard and the Harvard Law School might understand that judgment comes after considering all sides of an issue, her views have remained unilaterally critical of Israel.

On March 24, 2014 Pillay spoke of the Israeli settlements violating “the entire spectrum of Palestinians’ social, cultural, civil, and political rights.” Those settlements, she held, had devastating consequences for Palestinian civilians. However, she showed no similar concern for Israel civilians being attacked almost daily by Hamas terrorists. Her remark about Israel’s response to Hamas rocket fire on Israeli civilians was consistent: it was “excessive.”

Pillay did visit Israel but observed she had not met a single Palestinian citizen of the country. This was surprising because other people have met Israeli Arabs who are members of parliament, the diplomatic service, university professors, and a member of the Israeli Supreme Court. Perhaps, in April 2012, she may have insulted the group of countries, Belarus, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Ethiopia, Venezuela, that she declared as restricting human rights when she included Israel in the same group.

Should UNHRC, this blatantly anti-Israeli organization, be taken seriously? The Obama Administration has done so by applying for membership and being admitted in 2009, and again in 2013, contrary to the declaration by President George W. Bush that the U.S. would not seek a seat on the Council. Going even further than Bush, the U.S. Senate in September 2007 voted to cut U.S. funding for UNHRC. The U.S. accounts for 22 per cent of the general UN operating budget.

However, the Obama Administration took a different position, believing it is better to do something inside an organization rather than trying to change it from the outside. This way of thinking is a variation of the Chinese proverb: keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, argued that in this “era of engagement” in U.S. foreign policy, the administration would work to improve the UN human rights system. Whatever that “work” has been, and it is not immediately obvious, there has been only a little difference in the activities of UNHRC since the U.S. joined it.

On March 28, 2014 the head of the U.S. delegation, Paula Schreifer, to UNHRC stated she was “deeply troubled … by the many repetitive and one-sided resolutions” on the agenda. She was rightfully troubled. On that day the UNHRC passed five anti-Israeli resolutions. Four of them dealing with the poor treatment of Palestinians by Israel were passed by a vote of 46 to 1, the U.S. in dissent. The fifth, concerning the Golan Heights was passed by a vote of 33 to 1, with 13 abstentions. Presumably the 13 abstainers were now conscious of the 130,000 being slaughtered by Syrians not too far from Golan, and of what the UNHRC itself called the “massive displacement” of people from and inside Syria as a result of the conflict in the country.

There can of course be legitimate differences of opinion about the usefulness of being inside or outside the tent of a bizarre organization that has been harmful to hopes of a peace settlement. The better part of wisdom is that in view of the continuing animosity of UNHRC towards the State of Israel and its citizens, and its toleration of the worst violators of human rights in the world, it would be desirable for the U.S. to withdraw from UNHRC or at least to mount a protest against its bias by withdrawing its financial support.

Michael Curtis is author of Jews, Antisemitism, and the Middle East.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 04/01/2014 7:38 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Rising number of 'convenience Muslims' behind bars threaten order in jails and are tomorrow's extremists, warn prison officers

From the Daily Mail

Rising numbers of prisoners are becoming 'convenience Muslims' leading to heightened tensions with guards and fuelling extremism, the head of the Prison Officers' Association has warned.

Union general secretary Steve Gillan said that many prisoners were turning to Islam to win benefits, and to gain the status associated with being part of a gang.  He said prison staff were coming under threat from groups of Muslims on a daily basis, and warned that young prisoners were at risk of being radicalised while behind bars.

Mr Gillan said that many converts, who are known as 'convenience Muslims', changed faiths because it meant they were entitled to more time outside of their cells and offered better food. Muslim prisoners are also excluded from work and education on Fridays so they can attend prayers.

In 1991 there were 1,957 Muslims serving prison sentences in England and Wales, but numbers had risen to 11,683 by 2013.

'What we've got to guard against is the real threat of the extremists and the radicalisation of young, disaffected prisoners,' Mr Gillan told The Times. 'They are the extremists of tomorrow.'

Mr Gillan's comments came as two Muslim prisoners who were already serving life sentences for murder were found guilty of making threats to kill an officer during a siege at HMP Full Sutton, near York, in the days after the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby. The court was told that one in three prisoners at Full Sutton are Muslim.

At Long Lartin in Worcestershire the proportion is 20 per cent and in Whitemoor, a top-security prison in Cambridgeshire, more than four in ten prisoners are Muslim. In Belmarsh prison in London, which houses Lee Rigby murderers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, one in three inmates is a Muslim.

Mr Gillan said: 'Incidents like that at Full Sutton are becoming more and more of a daily threat. Prison officers regularly raise issues about Muslim radicalism and the concerns they have about doing their jobs generally against [a backdrop of] gang culture.'

I keep saying this. We must bring back the penitentiary system of solitary confinement for such prisoners. Islam is a system that mandates confinement and seclusion for its women; therefore the men will be subject to no more than they inflict on their mothers, sisters and wives.

Posted on 04/01/2014 4:19 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Two murderers found guilty of threatening to kill prison warden in 'jailhouse jihad'

From the London Evening Standard , Sky News and The Times

Two killers were convicted at the Old Bailey of threatening a warden at one of Britain's highest security prisons in an attempted jailhouse jihad. Islamic extremists Feroz Khan, 26, and Fuad Awale, 26, tried to take over HMP Full Sutton, near York, after an Iman dared to offer his condolences to the family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

Two days after storming out of the prayer service, Khan went to visit every Muslim prisoner in a bid to start an Islamic uprising.

The pair targeted prison guard Richard Thompson, believing him to be ex-British military, and demanded the release of hate preacher Abu Qatada. But their protest was broken up after a hostage negotiator calmly told them their timing was “s***” - because it was the night of the Britain's Got Talent final. "it was the final so people would be watching that rather than the news."

Khan had planned the attack after telling another guard that it was a Muslim's duty to “fight until Sharia law is established in every country.”

Jurors had heard relations between staff and Muslim inmates at Full Sutton had become tense following Drummer Rigby's death last May. Four days later Mr Thompson was ambushed as he walked into a cleaning office on the prison's Echo Wing.

As Mr Thompson was pinned to his chair Awale pointed a sharp implement by his throat and said: “Stop struggling, I've killed two people - I'll kill you.” Mr Thompson said: “I saw Awale playing with the knives. At one stage he was rubbing the knives together, rather like someone who was preparing to carve up a Sunday roast.”

The defendants were later seized by officers in riot gear. Khan, Awale, and Watson were all serving life sentences for murder at the time of the incident. Khan had shot his friend Skander Rehman in the back of the head at point blank range after luring him to a park in Bradford...
Like Khan, Somali-born Awale became a devout Muslim once he was behind bars.  He was convicted of the double murder of two teenagers who were shot in a Milton Keynes drug war in January last year.

A third man, convicted killer David Watson, 27, winked at the jury after they cleared him of false imprisonment. Watson, a white Muslim convert, stabbed to death a security guard at a HMV store in Norwich after being caught with a stolen CD in December 2006.

The defendants were led from the cells into the dock separately to hear the verdicts at the request of the prison service to ensure “good order and discipline.”

They will be sentenced by Judge Michael Topolski QC next week (7th April).

The three murderers laughed and joked in the dock throughout the trial, which began at Woolwich Crown Court and ended at the Old Bailey. They all wore full beards, matching prison-issue skull caps and often traditional Muslim dress.

Not one of them appears this way in his mugshot. Below: Awale left, Khan right. 

During the trial, Paul Foweather, the prison governor, admitted that he had a problem with radical extremists, while a non-Muslim inmate said that in the days before the hostage crisis he had expected a “full-out race war”.

Posted on 04/01/2014 3:38 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
FBI, military hunt ex-Army recruit suspected of plotting 'Ft. Hood-inspired jihad'

The FBI is searching for a recent Army recruit believed to be planning a "Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers," has learned.

The alert, whose legitimacy was confirmed by military and law enforcement officials, stated that a man identified as Booker had told friends of his "intention to commit jihad." Booker, who is also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, was recruited by the U.S. Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for basic training on April 7. But he was discharged last week, apparently after law enforcement authorities learned of his alleged plan.

Both the FBI and the 902d Military Intelligence Group at Fort Leavenworth are involved in the hunt.

The alert is titled, “Planned Fort Hood-inspired Jihad against US Soldiers by Army Recruit” and was issued “to inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations.” The source of the information contained in the alert was listed as “An FBI agent.”

According to the alert:

“On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent. BOOKER had been recruited by the US Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for Basic Training on 7 April 2014. Kansas City Division Agents interviewed BOOKER on 20 March 2014.”

Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Ty Balzer confirmed the alert's legitimacy, but referred questions to the FBI. A spokeswoman with the Kansas City Division of the FBI -- the same division responsible for sending out the alert and who, according to the alert, spoke with Booker on March 20 -- said she did “not have any information to provide in regards to your inquiry.”

Law enforcement sources familiar with the alert said it appeared to suggest that there may be others in addition to Booker who also might have expressed similar intentions to commit jihad against U.S. military installations.

Posted on 04/01/2014 3:29 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

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