But in a statement released today by his office, Mr Wright resigned, saying: "My role as South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner has clearly become prominent in terms of public opinion and media coverage following the publication of Professor Alexis Jay's report. . . With this in mind, I feel that it is now right to step down from the position of police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, for the sake of those victims, for the sake of the public of South Yorkshire and to ensure that the important issues outlined in the report about tackling child sexual exploitation can be discussed and considered in full and without distraction."
Mr Wright's resignation will trigger a by-election for the vacant Police and Crime Commissioner post, the date of which is yet to be determined.
There are other heads that by rights should roll; and one day....
Both the newest generation of missile-carrying drones and the Iron Dome missile defense system were pooh-poohed by many, including those in the Pentagon, as just not feasible. Both of these developments were magined by, worked on, developed by, Israelis. These two examples (and there are more, not widely and some not publicly known at all) of Israel's contributions to the safety of the Western world reminds us that Israel possesses the greatest pool of technical expertise, in such matters,, outside of the United States itself. That does not prevent much of the Western world from trying to make life as difficult as possible for Israel, showing an ignorance, an ingratitude, and a malevolence that continue to amaze.
Today's Wall Street Journal contains a book review of "Predator" by Richard Whittle, about the "small aircraft that are revolutionizing warfare," and which owe their exisrtence, in the main, to a single genius, "Abraham Karem, an Israeli engineering prodigy, [who] came to the United States after the 1973 Yomn Kippur War to pursue his vision of a UAV armed with antitank missiles, an aircraft that could loiter in the skies and then strike to help defeat an invading army. Mr. Karem's brilliance, alas, did not extend to the mysteries of Pentagon nomenclature or procurement policies. His absurdly misnamed craft, the Albatross, was a model of innovation and capability, but the Defense Department was not interested.It took two brothers, Neal and Linden Blue swashbuckling aviation pioneers themselves, to rescue Mr. Karem's project from bankruptcy. The private firm they had recently acquired, General Atomics, hired Mr. Karem and in 1990 bought his design -- lock, stock and propeller-- just as the Soviet empire collapsed and the military market for drones was zilch."
An Early Example Of The Convert -- Adrift And A Drug Addict, She Found Islam
The psychically and socially marginal constitute the greatest number, and possibly almost all, of Western converts to Islam. Some may have been addicts of one sort or another. Others felt themselves to be in miserable economic or family situations that were to be blamed on something -- never themselves -- and that something became clear, was given a local habitation and a name, when they found the Total Explanation of the Universe, and Compleat Regulation of Life, which is Islam. It offered the Turn-Key Hatred for the Infidel. And then these miserable people could find their reason for being, which became the destruction of Infidels and the victory of Islam, everywhere.
Here's one example, from 2005, before the Islamic State was there to become the cynosure of all true-blue (converted) Muslim eyes, that of a Belgian woman, who was inveigled into Islam by an Arab immigrant she met, and then further inveigled into strapping on a suicide vest, in Baghdad not Belgium, in an attempt to kill Americans.
Al-Qaeda, Al Qaeda In The Maghreb (AQIM), Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and other groups, will support the Islamic State with everything they've got. Who could have thought otherwise? And the Muslim Arab states, that with the exception of the Emirates were not really going to do much of anything, now have the excuse taht "we'd love to but we can't because it might increase domestic opposition to our regimes." The question to ask, obvious to all but our leaders, is: Why might Arabs and Muslims choose to oppose a regime that wants to fight the Islamic State, if the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, and furthermore, merely sullies the image of Islam among non-Muslims?
UPDATE 1330amWEBY “Your Turn” with Ken Timmerman, author of Dark Forces on House Select Benghazi Committee Hearings and role of former Acting CIA Director Mike Morrell today at 6:00PM EDT
Listen to a discussion about tomorrow’s House Select Benghazi Committee Hearings and the role of former Acting CIA Director Mike Morrell on 1330AMWEBY, Pensacola, Florida. This is the latest program in periodic round table discussions on the Middle East led by “Your Turn” host Mike Bates and Jerry Gordon, Senior Editor of the New English Review and author of The West Speaks. Returning for this interview is Kenneth R.Timmerman, author of the expose, Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi.
This interview was prompted by the appearance of Mike Morrell, former Acting Director of the CIA as the featured speaker at the Annual Dinner of The Tiger Bay Club in Pensacola, Friday evening, September 19, 2014. His appearance coincides with the start of the House Select Benghazi Committee Hearings in Washington, tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17th. This follows the FoxNews revelations from three shooters at the CIA Annex drawn from the book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi" by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team. Then, this week we had former CBS journalist Sheryl Atkisson ‘s investigative report , based on an interview with former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Raymond Maxwell about key staff of former Secretary of State Clinton . They allegedly culled out controversial emails and documents, from review by the Accountability Review Board. The ARB was led by Chairman, Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Vice Chairman ,former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullins. This follows our earlier interview with Ken on his own investigative book, Dark Forces, The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi.
The thing to remember is the Iranians will work with whoever they need to accomplish their goals. For many years the U.S. intelligence community said because they are Shia they won't work with Al Qaeda because they are Sunni fundamentalists. In fact we learned that they did in 9/11 and they did in Benghazi. They are doing it with Hamas. They are working with Sunnis in the Taliban. Iran will work with whomever they need to kill Americans and kill Jews.
The WEBY program has been rescheduled and will air Tuesday September 16, 2014 during the 6 to 7:00PM CDT (6:00 to 7:00PM EDT) segment. You may listen live here.
An archived recording of this program will be put up following the broadcast. An article based on the discussion may appear in the October 2014, New English Review.
WASHINGTON — Militants for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have traveled to Mexico and are just miles from the United States. They plan to cross over the porous border and will “imminently” launch car bomb attacks. And the threat is so real that federal law enforcement officers have been placed at a heightened state of alert, and an American military base near the border has increased its security.
As the Obama administration and the American public have focused their attention on ISIS in recent weeks, conservative groups and leading Republicans have issued stark warnings like those that ISIS and other extremists from Syria are planning to enter the country illegally from Mexico. But the Homeland Security Department, the F.B.I. and lawmakers who represent areas near the border say there is no truth to the warnings.
“There is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border,” Homeland Security officials said in a written statement, using an alternative acronym for the group.
“There’s a longstanding history in this country of projecting whatever fears we have onto the border,” said Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas. Credit Rod Lamkey/Getty Images
Democrats say opponents of President Obama are simply playing on concerns about terrorism as part of their attempt to portray Mr. Obama as having failed to secure the border against illegal immigration.
“There’s a longstanding history in this country of projecting whatever fears we have onto the border,” said Representative Beto O’Rourke, Democrat of Texas, who represents El Paso and other areas near the border. “In the absence of understanding the border, they insert their fears. Before it was Iran and Al Qaeda. Now it’s ISIS. They just reach the conclusion that invasion is imminent, and it never is.”
At a congressional hearing last week, Representative Jeff Duncan, Republican of South Carolina, pushed back strongly against the testimony of Homeland Security Department officials and Mr. O’Rourke, saying they were ignoring a gathering threat.
“Wake up, America,” Mr. Duncan said before storming out of the hearing. “With a porous southern border, we have no idea who’s in our country.”
But counterterrorism officials say they are far more concerned that an ISIS militant will enter the United States the same way millions of people do each year: legally, on a commercial flight. Their efforts have focused on the more than 2,000 Europeans and 100 Americans who have traveled to Syria to fight alongside extremist groups, nearly all of them crossing over its unprotected borders. Without markings in their passports to show that they traveled to Syria, American border authorities have few ways of determining where they were and stopping them from entering the country.
Warnings about the possibility of terrorists entering the United States from Mexico have been sounded in the past. During the 2012 presidential campaign both Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, said Islamic extremists working with countries in Latin America, including Mexico, posed a significant threat to the United States.
“We know that Hamas and Hezbollah are working in Mexico, as well as Iran, with their ploy to come into the United States,” Mr. Perry, the governor of Texas, said at a Republican debate in 2011. “So the idea that we need to have border security with the United States and Mexico is paramount to the entire Western Hemisphere.”
Mr. Perry repeated his concerns in a speech last month at the Heritage Foundation in Washington in which he said that because the border was not secure, “individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be” crossing into the United States. “I think it’s a very real possibility that they may have already used that,” he said...
Muslim leaders have protested against threats to shut down what the State says are mosques that offer radical teachings, saying this would undermine the war against terrorism.
They were reacting to Sunday’s threat by Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director Ndegwa Muhoro to close mosques he claimed were preaching extremism and promoting Al-Shabaab ideologies. Mr Muhoro said a mosque was, recently, shut in Machakos for recruiting youth to Al-Shabaab and the suspects are facing charges.
But yesterday the CID boss was accused of not only lacking the theological depth to understand Islam before deciding for muslims what is radical but also laying the ground for mosque invasions such as the February 2 storming of Musa Mosque in Mombasa. Critics of the directive claimed the threat was a pretext to attack, redefine and profile Islam and muslims. I think it is very much a matter for the head of CID to decide what is a criminal threat to his country.
And last evening, Mombasa County Police Commander Robert Kitur, who commanded the raid on Musa mosque, said police have placed several mosques “across Coast region under surveillance” over radical activity. “We are not targeting just mosques. There are also non-governmental organisations we are monitoring,” Kitur also added churches suspected to propagate extremism and religious hate will also be targeted but declined to say whether such places of worship will be closed.
He declined to say how many mosques are in the Government’s cross-hairs but suggested that Sakina and Musa are still on police radar.
Senator Billow Kerrow (Mandera) said " . . . If there is a Muslim leader suspected of recruiting for Al-Shabaab, go for him and not the facility because if you shut it down they will go to another one.” There is some truth in that.
Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims Deputy Secretary General Hassan ole Naado yesterday said the freedom of worship for Muslims is facing a threat under the guise of fighting terrorism.
Muslim academic gets death threats over women and gay-friendly mosque
It's Taj Hargey of Oxford trying something new in his home town Capetown South Africa. From the Telegraph
A Muslim academic is vowing to push ahead with the launch of his woman and gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats.
Taj Hargey, director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, a group of "forward thinking" Muslims, said his Open Mosque will welcome all genders, religions and sexual orientations when it opens in Wynberg, a Cape Town suburb, on Friday. "Women will enter the same doors as men, women will take part in the service" said the 60-year-old. "This is the first time you'll see men and women praying together."
Mr Hargey says the Open Mosque, that has been in development for two years, is designed to counter growing Islamic radicalism in Africa. "South Africans have become Arabised, they think they must wear the burka, must have face masks, that men must wear pyjama dresses," said Mr Hargey. "They think that is the only version of Islam."
With over 300 people expected to attend the first service, Mr Hargey, who has caused a similar uproar in Britain when he called on Muslims to ban the burka, says the response to the Open Mosque has ranged from ecstatic to apoplectic. Meanwhile, Mr Hargey says he has received "a lot of death threats".
The Muslim Judicial Council, a non-profit religious advocacy group, said it was investigating the Open Mosque, telling to The Telegraph in an email it was "in the process of investigating the policy and objectives of the mosque".
Last week, the deputy president of the Muslim Judicial Council praised the Muslim community for their "vigilance". "We see and feel the anxiousness in our community," said the council's deputy president Riad Fataar, to local radio station The Voice of the Cape.
Mr Fataar added that the Muslim Judicial Council would not consider the Open Mosque a proper place of prayer. "We see in the newspaper clippings and the messages that this is a place of worship but we can't call it a mosque," he said
BERLIN — A Jewish community-organized rally protesting the recent surge of anti-Semitism throughout Germany saw an eclectic 8,000-strong crowd at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate Sunday.
Among the heterogeneous protesters at the rally, organized by the Central Council of Jews in Germany, were non-German minorities including Syrian Christians, Muslims, and Africans seeking recognition of their own struggles at home and abroad.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel headlined the event and unequivocally condemned the anti-Semitism that came to characterize this summer’s demonstrations against Israel and its offensive in Gaza. She said those who have used criticism of Israel to veil their anti-Semitism have “abused our dear fundamental right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.”
The theme of lurking anti-Semitism in anti-Israelism was echoed by current Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit. He also called on the government to ban the far right nationalist party NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany).
Comments by Ron Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, were greeted by roaring applause.
“Jews and non-Jews stand together as one people to say ‘No!’ to intolerance, ‘No!’ to bigotry, and ‘No!’ to anti-Semitism,’” said Lauder, speaking in both German and English....
Big Plans Of Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya, The Islamic State That Has Nothing To Do With Islam
The Islamic State -- the state that has nothing to do with Islam (Cameron, Hammond, Kerry, Obama, a cast of thousands) -- has big plans for the next five years. Its quinquennium neronis includes the recovery of most of the lands of greatest immediate interest, that is those lands that, at some point, were ruled by Muslims: all of the Iberian peninsula, parts of both West and sub-Saharan Africa (on the theory of the grand but factitious empirate of Sokoto, the empire of Timbuktu, and so on and so fantastically forth), Sicily, Greece, the Balkans, much of central and eastern Europe, all of India, parts of what is now western China, all added to what is already, in their eyes, Dar al-Islam (but which will be a Dar al-Islam purged of the Shi'a and the insufficiently-Islamic "hypocrites" among the Sunnis).
Alan Henning, Briton held by Isil, is Manchester taxi driver who drove aid van to Syria
From The Telegraph
The Briton threatened with execution next by Islamic State militants in Syria is a Manchester taxi driver who drove a van full of aid to Syria to help children in the war-torn country. Alan Henning had taken time off from his job to deliver a van full of clothes and bedding he and friends had collected, when he was abducted on Boxing Day last year.
The 47-year-old father of two was part of a small aid group called Aid 4 Syria, friends told The Telegraph, and he was on his third convoy to the country when he was seized by masked men near the Turkish border. He is seen in the closing seconds of a horrific two-and-a-half minute video released on Saturday night showing the beheading of another British aid worker, David Haines.
Mr Henning appears kneeling in the desert wearing in orange, shapeless clothes, as the executioner stands behind him and threatens David Cameron "will have the blood of your people on your hands" if he joins an American military alliance to fight the militants.
Mr Henning is believed to have been seized when fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) overran the town of Ad Dana where he was working with refugees close to the Turkish border. He was thrown into a makeshift prison by the extremists, but initially thought his work for a Muslim charity would save him.
I have no reason to believe that Mr Henning is anything other than a well-meaning but incredibily naive person who wanted to help and fancied a bit of adventure. The Daily Mail has a little more information about the people he was working with and the Charity organising them.
Sources said the trip was organised by Worcester-based Muslim aid charity Al Fatiha Global.
A friend who accompanied him to Syria last year – but said he could not talk about the kidnapping – said Mr Henning was not Muslim but had ‘wanted to do his bit’.
‘He’s done more than anyone could possibly imagine for the children of Syria – it would take me a week to tell you about it if I was allowed to,’ he said. ‘The best of the best – that’s the only way I can describe him. This is the heartbreaking thing, the amount this guy has done. Half the people of Syria are grateful to him.’
Asked why he was targeted by kidnappers, the friend said: ‘That’s what terrorists do, they target people. It wasn’t because he’s white, it’s because he’s a non-Muslim. They’ve got their own perverted view of Islam.’
Asked if others in the convoy were also kidnapped, he said he could not ‘go into it’, but that ‘everyone else got back eventually’.
Al Fatiha Global isn't sqeaky clean. They are under investigation by the Charity Commission for their alleged links to jihadi terrorism in Syria. They are also feared to be working in Gaza with Hamas.
The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a statutory inquiry into Al-Fatiha Global (registered charity number 1056562). The inquiry is investigating serious concerns about the governance and financial management of the charity. The Commission had been monitoring the charity since 2013, and the inquiry, which is the most serious level of the regulator's investigatory work, opened on 21 March 2014.
The regulator says it is investigating:
Whether the trustees are effectively discharging their duties under charity law with particular regard to the proper accounting for the income and expenditure of the charity, and the management of the charity in accordance with its governing document and the law.
Regulatory issues in connection with reports in the public domain alleging inappropriate links between the charity and individuals purportedly involved in supporting armed or other inappropriate activities in Syria.
So the charity was being monitored long before Mr Henning set out at Christmas. If only he had known. Al Fatiha is appealing the investigation. Well they would, wouldn't they?
A CHARITY leader from Worcester has been pictured with his arms around two masked gunmen in Syria, according to The Sun. A photograph in the newspaper shows Adeel Ali of the charity Al-Fatiha Global sandwiched between two men with AK47 assault rifles, their faces obscured by a ski mask and scarf and both wearing military-style gear.
The charity has carried out aid work in Syria, Kashmir, Burma and Palestine but concerns were expressed in the tabloid about where donations were ending up. Meanwhile, the Charity Commission confirmed it is now monitoring the Worcester-based charity.
A spokesman for Worcester City Council confirmed that staff from Worcestershire Regulatory Services had identified former taxi driver Adniel Mumtaz Ali as being the man in The Sun photographs described as 'Adeel Ali' in The Sun. Mr Ali was identified by regulatory service staff as the same man from his passport photograph. The city council spokesman said Mr Ali was a taxi driver for Commandery Cars but his licence expired on January 3 and he had not renewed it.
Picture from the Mail captioned
Humanitarian aid: Alan Henning, circled, with other volunteers before setting off for the Syrian border
Remember, these other volunteers got back from Syria eventually OK but won't go into how and what happened.
How many Arab air forces will participate in bombing ISIS? "A lot of them," we are told by American officials in Kerry's entourage. But which, exactly? Would it be, by any chance, a handful of planes (flown by whose pilots?) from the Emirates, just as in the Libyan campaign. Would Saudi planes -- they have 1,000 of the most advanced aircraft -- be flown? What about Egypt? Libya? Algeria? Morocco? No. What about Yemen? Oman? Qatar? If there are a "lot of them" why can't a half-dozen of them, or four, or two,or one, be publicly named?
And what about those "boots on the ground"? Which Arab boots will be on which ground, and delivered by which armed force?
Saudi Arabia will now grandly open an embassy in Baghdad, which is supposed to be a great concession on its part -- but why? why wouldn't Saudi Arabia now want to have an embassy, to protect its interests and those of other Sunnis, in the new and improved and inclusive Iraq that has suddenly appeared? What is Kuwait doing? What is Qatar doing? What are the other member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council - save for odd man out, the Emirates, prepared to do and not merely vaguely promise, so that Kerry can pretend they are "all on board"?
And what about Turkey, a member of NATO? What will it do, if its government is going to honor its pledges of presumed solidarity with NATO members, with the West? How long will it keep maintaining it can do nothing at all, cease allowing Muslims from all over to use Turkey as a staging area from which to join ISIS or the Al-Qaeda branch in Syria, Al-Nusra Front, cannot even cease allowing ISIS to so easily smuggle in and sell oil in Turkey, just because some Turks taken prisoner some months ago by ISIS are still being held hostage?
The world's Muslims are not clamoring to join the fight against ISIS. What has been heard from Pakistan, with its giant army? Indonesia, the "world's most populous Muslim nation"? Malaysia, possibly hoping to win some points after its airline's troubles? And the world's Muslim Arabs are not clamoring to join the fight against ISIS. Oh, money -- that is certainly possible. Money can always be given, especially from states that have taken in, without doing a thing to deserve it, nearly thirty trillion dollars in oil and gas revenues since 1973 alone. What's a few hundred billion to preserve the ruling families in those Gulf states? But that can be done without the spectacle -- the very spectacle that is most needed -- of Muslims showing, with Muslims fighting, that they do indeed want to crush ISIS and are not afraid of what the Muslim masses, who are not quite as anti-ISIS as we are all expected to believe, because ISIS has the Qur'an, has the Hadith, has the Sira to explain and justify its every action, and the only thing that the world's Muslims can offer, as a truthful comment on ISIS, is that "it damages the image of Islam."
It does. And that's a reason not to be so quick to want to "destroy ISIS" rather than prevent it from harming non-Muslims (Christians, Yazidis) and non-Arab Muslims (Kurds). But ISIS, or the same kind of group with a different name, will always exist, as long as there are Muslims who take the texts of Islam fully to heart, and do not attempt to avert their eyes from those texts, or in other ways to dilute, so as to be able to live in a tolerable manner, the pure Islam of the original Muslims. There will always be an ISIS, as long as there are Muslims and, especially, the conditions that make Muslims take the most unyielding, pur et dur, version -- which is exactly what appeals most to Western converts, those psychically and socially marginal souls who at last have found the Explanation of Everything, and their Reason For Being.
Beji Caid Essebsi: People In My Own Party Want Me Killed
Despite being 87, the part-Turkish and wholly secular Beji Caid Essebsi (note the "bey") is the best hope for sane rule in Tunisia. And he says there are people who have "infiltrated" his party and want him dead.