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  • Lawmakers renew demand for documents on Libya as Clinton urges patience

    10/04/2012 10:42:16 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies ^ | Published October 04, 2012 | Catherine Herridge contributed
    Capitol Hill lawmakers expressed frustration after their requests for more information on the Libya attack were rebuffed by the State Department, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging lawmakers to wait for the conclusion of an internal review. That review, though, could take months. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., on Wednesday renewed their demand for documents after Clinton declined to hand over the cables they initially requested. The House Intelligence Committee has not received any documents from the department either, Fox News has learned. "We hope that in the next few days you follow through with transmitting...
  • Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires

    10/04/2012 10:39:07 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:10PM BST 03 Oct 2012
    Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia's Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group's low-cost attack strategy. "One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda's strategy of a 'thousand cuts'," Alexander Bortnikov said. "This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses." In linking al-Qaeda to the deadly wildfires, Mr Bortnikov pointed to calls to launch a "forest...
  • Iran in economic meltdown (Worthless currency and hyperinflation recalls Nazi Germany)

    10/04/2012 9:44:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/04/2012 | Rick Moran
    A currency disappearing in value and hyperinflation as a result. Not surprisingly, people don't like it very much when they go to sleep with their money being worth one amount and then wake up the next morning to find their money worth a lot less. New York Times: The first outbreak of public anger over Iran's collapsing currency and other economic maladies jolted the heart of the capital on Wednesday, with the riot police violently clamping down on black-market money changers, hundreds of citizens marching to demand relief and merchants in the sprawling bazaar closing their shops in protest. Iran's...
  • Egypt: 2 Coptic Boys Are Held as Contempt of Religion Cases Rise

    10/04/2012 9:04:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 4, 2012 | KAREEM FAHIM and MAI AYYAD
    Two Coptic Christian boys have been detained by the authorities on charges that they defiled the pages of a Koran, the latest in a spate of recent cases involving accusations that people have insulted Islam. The boys, ages 9 and 10, are being held in juvenile detention in the village of Ezbet Marco, south of Cairo, according to Ishak Ibrahim, a researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights who is investigating the case. They were detained last Sunday, when the imam of the local mosque claimed that he saw the children tearing the pages of a Koran. Other news...
  • Iran linked to al-Qaeda's web jihadi crew by old-school phone line

    10/04/2012 8:50:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | 4th October 2012 11:44 GMT | John Leyden
    Exclusive An organisation that attempts to recruit Westerners to carry out terrorist attacks on their home soil was backed by the Iranian state, according to an unlikely source of information: leased telephone line records. Security researcher Michael Kemp found a list of the Middle East nation's leased lines that use the packet switching protocol X.25, and discovered that it included a line allocated to Ansar Al-Mujahideen - a popular hangout for Islamic militants. "In the course of doing some research on X.25 - the network that existed before there was the internet - I stumbled across a document detailing all...
  • First Witnesses Called for House Hearings on Benghazi

    10/04/2012 8:35:03 AM PDT · by LittleSpotBlog · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/3/12 | Jake Tapper
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call two witnesses for its October 10 hearings on what went wrong at the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
  • FBI Seeks Assistance in Locating Wanted Fugitive Ahmad Abousamra

    10/04/2012 12:41:54 AM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    FBI - Boston - Press Release ^ | October 3, 2012 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: FBI Seeks Assistance in Locating Wanted Fugitive Ahmad Abousamra $50,000 Reward is Being Offered for Information Leading to His Arrest FBI Boston October 03, 2012 BOSTON—FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers announced today that the FBI is seeking the public’s assistance to locate wanted terrorist Ahmad Abousamra, a U.S. citizen from Mansfield, Massachusetts who left the United States in 2006. He may be living in Aleppo, Syria, with his wife, at least one child (a daughter), and extended family. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information...
  • 'Superb' (Army) officer rebranded 'objectionable' after Muslims complain

    10/03/2012 10:35:07 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies ^ | October 03, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Law firm defending instructor after Islam material purged The plaudits in the military records regarding the performance of one Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley, a 1994 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, are startling: “Exceptionally superb performance from a professional, innovative and enthusiastic officer” “He is clearly the best of our new instructors … already cited by his students as an outstanding instructor. … A must select for battalion command. … Dooley possesses unlimited potential to serve in positions of much higher authority.” “Unquestionably among the most dedicated and hard working officers I have ever known. … He...
  • FBI offering $50G reward for Massachusetts man wanted for supporting Al Qaeda

    10/03/2012 8:55:38 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    fox ^ | 10-3-12 | Joshua Rhett
    A Massachusetts man who the FBI says has traveled to Yemen and Pakistan for training in how to kill American soldiers now has a $50,000 price on his head. Ahmad Abousamra, 31, last lived in the U.S. in a tony Boston suburb and has relatives in Detroit. He left the United States in 2006 and may now be living in Aleppo, Syria, with his wife, at least one daughter and other relatives. He was indicted in 2009 for taking multiple trips to Pakistan and Yemen to seek jihad training and has been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to...
  • Shell fired from Syria kills 3 in Turkey

    10/03/2012 10:42:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    AP ^ | October 3, 2012 | Staff
    A Turkish official says a shell fired from Syria has landed on a home in neighboring Turkey, killing at least three people, including a 6-year-old boy. Abdulhakim Ayhan is the mayor of the Turkish town of Akcakale, which is along the Syrian border. He told Turkey's state-owned Anadolu Agency that the boy and a woman were among the dead in Wednesday's shelling.
  • Protest breaks out in Iran as currency crumbles under sanctions (Watch video)

    10/03/2012 5:25:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/03/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via The Lede and Business Insider, which has an eye-popping graph showing what’s happening to the rial right now. We've all got debate fee-vah tonight but I want to put this on your radar screen in case things start to spiral in Tehran. The point of nuclear sanctions was to put Iran's economy in a vise so that public discontent would force the regime to either back down on uranium enrichment or risk destabilization from within. Here's a destabilizing tremor now: Clashes and at least one spontaneous protest erupted in Tehran on Wednesday over the plunging value of Iran’s currency,...
  • The Perfect Moment (photobomb)

    10/03/2012 3:09:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Cheezeburger - Memebase - This Is Photobomb ^ | September 26, 2012 | Submitted by: Unknown
  • Khamenei: We Shall Overcome

    10/03/2012 2:50:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    Iran's "Supreme Leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that sanctions and pressure cannot force Tehran to surrender since Iranians are strong and always overcome problems, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported, crediting semi-official Iranian news agency Fars. "During the last 33 years, Iran has been faced with a wide range of political, security, military and economic pressure and sanctions," Fars quoted Khamenei as saying. "But the Iranian nation has defused these pressure and grown more powerful through its resistance," he added. The growing pressure is mainly aimed at making the Iranian nation surrender, he explained, "but Iran has not bowed and...
  • Turkish Army Attacks Targets in Syria

    10/03/2012 2:38:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/10/12 | Elad Benari
    The Turkish army attacked several targets in Syria on Wednesday evening, officials in Ankara confirmed. The incident, the first of its kind since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad began in March of 2011, came several hours after a mortar shell fired from Syria exploded on Turkish territory and killed five people. “Our military forces, operating in the border area, responded this evening to the criminal attack that took place earlier today,” said a statement from the office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “We used artillery fire against the targets and a hit was detected,” said the...
  • Woman, 54, Escapes Apparent Arab 'Rape Ambush'

    10/03/2012 2:29:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    Six Palestinian Authority (PA) Arabs took part in an attempt to ambush rape a Jewish Galilee woman Tuesday, police suspect. The woman went on a morning walk in the fields near Sharona, not far from the Sea of Galilee, where she walks every morning. She then found herself in what appeared to be a planned ambush, according to TV Channel 2. A man approached her and threw a rock that hit her head. She fell to the ground and he began trying to rape her. She then noticed five other Arab men looking on, apparently waiting for him to subdue...
  • Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires

    10/03/2012 1:55:18 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/3/2012
    Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia's Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group's low-cost attack strategy. "One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda's strategy of a 'thousand cuts'," Alexander Bortnikov said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti, at a meeting of heads of security agencies. "This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses." In...
  • Complicity in Duplicity? (Even Maureen Dowd begins to recognize the White House's dishonesty)

    10/03/2012 1:34:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/03/2012 | Maureen Dowd
    A woman named Rice in a top administration job, ambitious to move up to secretary of state, hitting the Sunday talk shows to aggressively promote a Middle East narrative that’s good for the president but destined to crumble under scrutiny. Accusations that intelligence on Al Qaeda links in the Middle East was cherry-picked by American officials to create a convenient reality. A national security apparatus that becomes enmeshed with the political image-making machine. Sound familiar? Last time it was Condoleezza Rice helping her war-obsessed bosses spin their deceptive web, as they recklessly tried to re-engineer the Middle East. This time...
  • Turkey hits targets inside Syria after border deaths

    10/03/2012 1:12:43 PM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/3/2012 | Unattributed
    Turkey says it has fired artillery against targets inside Syria after Syrian shells killed five people in a Turkish border town. The Turkish military shelled Syrian targets identified by radar near the border, the office of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement. Nato said it would hold an urgent meeting over the incident. In Syria, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are trying to put down an 18-month-old insurgency. Turkish territory has been hit by fire from Syria on several occasions since the uprising against President Assad began, but Wednesday's incident was the most serious. The shells, fired...
  • How al-Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli

    10/03/2012 12:53:44 PM PDT · by Hugin
    Asia TImes ^ | Aug 30, 2011 | Pepe Escobar
    His name is Abdelhakim Belhaj. Some in the Middle East might have, but few in the West and across the world would have heard of him. Time to catch up. Because the story of how an al-Qaeda asset turned out to be the top Libyan military commander in still war-torn Tripoli is bound to shatter - once again - that wilderness of mirrors that is the "war on terror", as well as deeply compromising the carefully constructed propaganda of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) "humanitarian" intervention in Libya.
  • White House widening covert war in North Africa

    10/03/2012 12:05:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 10/3/2012 | Kimberly Dozier
    Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa in the months before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. The soldiers' mission: Set up a network that could quickly strike a terrorist target or rescue a hostage. But the teams had yet to do much counterterrorism work in Libya, though the White House signed off a year ago on the plan to build the new military task force in the region and the advance teams had been there for six months, according to three U.S. counterterror officials and a former...
  • Muslims Target Buddhists Over Koran Facebook Image

    10/03/2012 10:46:40 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/10/12 | Rachel Hirschfeld
    In the most recent attack in the name of Islam, Muslim protesters attacked Buddhist villages in Bangladesh, after an image portraying a burnt Koran was posted on Facebook. Witnesses said angry crowds set fire to homes and temples in the Cox's Bazar district, forcing families to flee the area, BBC news reported. Hundreds of protesters reportedly rampaged Buddhist neighborhoods on Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning, smashing statues, burning down monasteries and attacking houses. The man accused of posting the image is in protective custody. Police say he was tagged in the photo but did not post...
  • Bin Laden Is Dead, but Al Qaeda Is Alive

    10/03/2012 10:15:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6:04 PM, SEP 20, 2012 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    A central tenet of President Obama’s foreign policy platform is that al Qaeda is “on the path to defeat.” The death of Osama bin Laden, drone strikes in northern Pakistan and elsewhere, the Arab Spring, and Obama’s more conciliatory approach to the Muslim world have all supposedly come together to sound the death knell for al Qaeda.But what if none of that is actually true and al Qaeda is, in reality, a more durable foe than the administration wants us to believe?The numbers don’t lie. Al Qaeda, its affiliates, and its allies still kill and wound thousands of people worldwide...
  • Hillary promises answers on Benghazi attack - after the election

    10/03/2012 10:10:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/03/2012 | Rick Moran
    Yessir, Mr. Issa. We'll get right on that investigation lickety-split. Too bad we won't have our report for you until after the November election. Josh Rogin: "I appreciate that you and your committee are deeply interested in finding out what happened leading up to and during the attacks in Benghazi, and are looking for ways to prevent it from happening again. I share that commitment," Clinton wrote in the letter, obtained by The Cable. "Nobody will hold this department more accountable than we hold ourselves -- we served with Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods." Clinton said...
  • Al Qaeda Responsible for 4 Attacks on U.S. Embassies in September

    10/03/2012 10:03:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/03/2012 | Thomas Jocelyn
    On and around September 11, 2012, al Qaeda attacked multiple American assets around the world. The attack that has received the most attention is the deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But the U.S. consulate in Libya was not the only diplomatic facility assaulted by al Qaeda-affiliated groups in September. Terrorists with ties to al Qaeda’s senior leaders, including al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, were involved in at least three other U.S. embassy sieges in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, and possibly elsewhere. A timeline of these assaults is...
  • Obama says he would have tried bin Laden in US federal court

    10/03/2012 9:40:38 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Obama says he would have tried bin Laden in US federal court By Jeremy Herb - 10/03/12 12:05 PM ET Had the Navy SEALs captured Osama bin Laden, the United States would have tried him in federal court, President Obama said in an interview published by Vanity Fair. “We worked through the legal and political issues that would have been involved, and Congress and the desire to send him to Guantánamo, and to not try him, and Article III,” Obama said, referring to the federal courts. “I mean, we had worked through a whole bunch of those scenarios. But, frankly,...
  • UK lawyer: Extremist wanted by US is depressed

    10/03/2012 8:46:13 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT | unattributed
    LONDON (AP) -- The British lawyer for a notorious terror suspect wanted by U.S. officials says his client is too depressed and unhealthy to extradite. Alun Jones told judges at London's High Court on Wednesday that extremist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is suffering from depression, inability to concentrate and short-term memory loss. Jones says he needs a brain scan and should not be extradited to America.
  • Rights group: Hamas abusing Palestinians in Gaza

    10/03/2012 8:36:35 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT | IAN DEITCH
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- An international rights group said Wednesday that Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip commit rampant abuses against Palestinian prisoners, including beatings with metal clubs and rubber hoses, mock executions and arbitrary arrests, and urged the Islamic militant group to swiftly reform its criminal justice system. In a new 43-page report, Human Rights Watch documented a long list of abuses that it said Palestinians in Gaza endure under the justice system run by Hamas, which has ruled the seaside strip for the past five years. "There is ample evidence that Hamas security services are torturing people in...
  • Indonesia: 5000 Muslims chant Allahu akbar,march on US Emb. - "Go to h* with your freedom of expres"

    10/03/2012 1:41:24 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 34 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Monday, October 1, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    It is indeed going to hell, because fewer and fewer Americans seem to grasp its value. "Anti-Islam film sparks protest in Jakarta: Some 5,000 Muslims march through the Indonesian capital to U.S. embassy," from The Associated Press, October 1 (thanks to Kenneth): Thousands of Muslims enraged over an anti-Islam film have marched through Indonesia's capital....
  • Hillary to Issa: You should reserve judgment about Benghazi until … November

    10/02/2012 8:30:42 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 32 replies
    Via Powerline, I think this is her version of a compromise. Deep down, she’d prefer that he held off until November 2016. Clinton said that the State Department’s Accountability Review Board will begin work this week and the letter revealed the names of all five board members. In addition to former Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Pickering, who will lead the board, the other members will be former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen (ret.), Catherine Bertini, Hugh Turner, and Richard Shinnick. Clinton asked Issa to withhold any final conclusions about the Benghazi attack until the review board finishes its...
  • Court Reveals Iranian Operatives In Charge Of Obama’s Iran Policy Since 2009

    10/02/2012 6:53:45 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 40 replies ^ | 26SEP12 | By Doug Book
    A ruling handed down on September 13th by the D.C. District Federal Court has finally made clear what many have known for years–that the Obama Administration’s Iran policy was initiated and advanced by a group with illicit, hidden ties to the Iranian Regime and financed by the U.S./Israel- hating George Soros. In 2009, Barack Obama turned over virtually all responsibility and authority for foreign policy negotiations with Iran to Trita Parsi and his National Iranian American Council (NIAC). Founded by Parsi in 2003, the Washington-based NIAC is a powerful lobbying group that is “…widely considered the de facto lobby for...
  • Feiglin: This is a Fight for Freedom

    10/02/2012 3:10:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/12
    Moshe Feiglin welcomed the decision of Judge Tamar Bar Asher-Tzaban to release him from police custody unconditionally Tuesday after he was arrested for allegedly praying on the Temple Mount. Asher-Tzaban criticized the police in her verdict. “This is a fight for human freedom,” said Feiglin, who heads the Likud’s Jewish Leadership faction. “We must resist any illegal restriction, and police must stop trying to impose restrictive conditions without trial.” Earlier in the day Feiglin was offered release on bail if he would agree to abide by restrictions on his activity, but he refused the offer...
  • ‘Bibi Needs to Take Charge, Fire Barak’

    10/02/2012 2:38:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/12
    Naftali Bennet, a candidate for leadership of the Jewish Home party, said Tuesday that he agrees with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Defense Minister Ehud Barak is making trouble between Israel and the United States. “The behavior of Ehud Barak, who creates crises in order to be the one to fix them, is known,” he said. “The question is, why isn’t Netanyahu fixing the crisis-maker and freeing us from the damage done by Ehud Barak?” Bennet continued. “Netanyahu must take charge and fire the Defense Minister, not be a political analyst in the matter of crises created ...
  • Netanyahu: (Israeli Defense Minister Ehud) Barak Trying to Spark Conflict with U.S.

    10/02/2012 2:17:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/12 | Annie Lubin
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming that Defense Minister Ehud Barak is trying to spark conflict between Israel and the United States. The two have been close confidants, with Barak, a left of center politician, originally giving Netanyahu legitimacy in the U.S. as a man of balance politically. Barak was Netanyahu's superior officer during their IDF service. According to Arutz 2, during a meeting Tuesday between the Prime Minister and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Netanyahu revealed signs of mistrust and conflict between himself and his defense minister, saying Barak went to the U.S. to stir up trouble, with intentions...
  • U.S. officials sought security before Libya attack: lawmakers

    10/02/2012 12:24:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/2/12 | Susan Cornwell and Tabassum Zakaria | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials in Washington denied repeated requests from Americans in Libya for more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before last month's attack that killed four Americans there, two Republican lawmakers said on Tuesday. U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding details of the requests for more security - which they said were made amid numerous attacks on Westerners in Libya in recent months. ... "Multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in...
  • Federal government to buy closed Ill. prison for $165M, vows will not house Gitmo detainees

    10/02/2012 11:41:50 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies ^ | Oct 2, 2012
    Federal government to buy closed Ill. prison for $165M, vows will not house Gitmo detainees Article by: SOPHIA TAREEN , Associated Press Updated: October 2, 2012 - 1:23 PM CHICAGO - The federal government has agreed to buy the closed Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million after the sale was held up for three years, state leaders announced Tuesday. Many Illinois leaders — including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn who spoke to The Associated Press ahead of a news conference to announce the sale — supported the purchase because they said it would bring...
  • U.S. Said to Be Preparing Potential Targets Tied to Libya Attack

    10/02/2012 11:36:27 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 2, 2012 | Eric Schmitt
    WASHINGTON — The American military’s top-secret Joint Special Operations Command is preparing detailed information that could be used to kill or capture some of the militants suspected in the attack last month in Libya that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Preparing the “target packages” is the first step in a process that the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency are taking in preparation for, and in advance of, any orders from President Obama and his top civilian and military advisers to carry out action against those determined complicit in the attack on the United States Mission in the eastern Libyan...
  • (Günter) Grass calls Israel nuke whistleblower a hero

    10/02/2012 11:16:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 1 Oct 12 08:25 CET | AFP/hc
    Nobel prize-winning German author Günter Grass, declared persona non grata by Israel over a poem saying the country threatened world peace, has published another work, this time praising a man jailed for leaking Israeli nuclear secrets. In one of a collection of 87 new pieces, Grass hails whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in prison for leaking Israeli nuclear secrets to a British newspaper, in a poem entitled "A Hero in Our Time". He describes former nuclear technician Vanunu as a "hero" and a "role model", according to extracts published by the German news agency DPA. Earlier this year,...
  • U.S. Said to Be Preparing Potential Targets Tied to Libya Attack

    10/02/2012 10:59:20 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 2 | Eric Schmitt
    WASHINGTON — The American military’s top-secret Joint Special Operations Command is preparing detailed information that could be used to kill or capture some of the militants suspected in the attack last month in Libya that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, senior military and counterterrorism officials said on Tuesday. Preparing the “target packages” is the first step in a process that the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency are taking in preparation for, and in advance of, any orders from President Obama and his top civilian and military advisers to carry out action...
  • Postmortem on the Mohammed Protests (In hindsight, the movie DID matter)

    10/02/2012 9:22:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/02/2012 | Daniel Pipes
    As Muslim crowds dissipate and American diplomatic missions return to normal activities, here are three final thoughts on the riots that began this September 11 and killed about 30: The movie really did matter: The Obama administration dishonestly skirted responsibility for the murder of four Americans in Libya by claiming that the attack was a protest that got unpredictably out of hand against the Innocence of Muslims video. In response, leading analysts have concluded that the video hardly mattered anywhere. Barry Rubin scorns the video as a “phony excuse for the demonstration” in Egypt. Michael Ledeen upbraids the administration for...
  • USA Today editorial: This Libya mess sure does look like incompetence

    10/02/2012 8:46:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/02/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Has the national media finally decided to react to the false narrative peddled to it by the Obama administration on the assassination of a US Ambassador and the sacking of a consulate in Benghazi? Last night, CNN began using the term "cover-up," and today's editorial in USA Today wonders whether anyone in this administration knows what's going on at all: Three weeks after an attack in Libya killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, we now know that it did not spring from a spontaneous protest, spurred by an anti-Muslim video, as the Obama administration originally described it. In...
  • Iranian Currency Dives, Ahmadinejad in Hot Water

    10/02/2012 8:42:14 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces parliamentary questioning as Western sanctions help sink the “rial” currency by 20 percent in two days and Iranians run scared. The rial took a nosedive of 2-to-6 percent Tuesday following a dizzying 17 percent fall on Sunday in the wake of the threat of even tougher sanctions by the United States and Western allies. An almost certain sigh that the Iranian government is afraid of an economic catastrophe, which is exactly President Barack Obama’s game plan against the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, is the government-controlled media ignoring the fall of the rial. The local...
  • More Americans Support Torture to Fight Terrorism, Poll Finds

    10/02/2012 7:19:54 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 10/2/12 | G.W. Schulz
    A surprising number of Americans are supportive of controversial Bush-era tactics used to undermine terrorism, and are even open to more extreme measures like using nuclear weapons. That's what professor Amy Zegart discovered when she asked the research firm YouGov to poll 1,000 people in August. Zegart recently joined Stanford University's Hoover Institution after leaving UCLA’s School of Public Affairs, where she specialized in national security and intelligence. The poll results showed that an increasing number of Americans supported torturing prisoners, up 14 points to 41 percent since 2007. The wording of questions can deeply influence how people answer a...
  • Irrational Fear of Islam?-"Islamophobia" a meaningless term mainly used to harass, intimidate

    10/02/2012 5:20:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 2, 2012 | Fjordman
    Why "Islamophobia" is a meaningless term mainly used to harass and intimidate non-Muslims. ... - FrontPage Magazine - - Irrational Fear of Islam?Posted By Fjordman On October 2, 2012 @ 12:43 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Editor’s note: To read and order David Horowitz’ and Robert Spencer’s pamphlet,  Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future, click here.In his book How the West Was Lost, the Russian-born author Alexander Boot suggested that Westerners no longer live in a democracy but in a glossocracy, the government of the word, by the word and for the word.One could posit that...
  • Why Putin Cannot Afford an Obama Defeat-Ahmadinejad Expects Obama More Flexible After the Election

    10/02/2012 5:16:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Why Putin Cannot Afford an Obama DefeatPosted By Daniel Greenfield On October 1, 2012 @ 4:22 pm In The Point | 2 Comments Ever since the KGB crawled back into power, it got by on the Saudi effect using oil and gas revenues from nationalized companies to create the appearance of prosperity, but now no longer able to depend on the oil and gas billions, Vlad the Impaler is in big trouble.  Serious energy analysts in Europe spent many years trying to warn Gazprom exactly of these types of outcomes. But the problem now,...
  • Want to make a Muhammad movie? Muslim leader: "Anybody plotting this will surely pay for it"

    10/02/2012 5:05:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10-2-12
    Want to make a Muhammad movie? Nigerian Muslim leader says: "Anybody plotting this will surely pay for it" And for most of today's dhimmi intelligentsia, that's enough for them right there. The idea of standing up to violent intimidation is inconceivable to them. However, if there is any filmmaker out there with courage and the will and means to make an accurate film about Muhammad, contact me -- I already have what we could make into a script in The Truth About Muhammad. "Boko Haram chief issues threat over anti-Islam film," by Aminu Abubakar for AFP, October 1: KANO, Nigeria...
  • Ikea "sorry" for appeasing Muslim misogyny, airbrushing women out of Saudi catalogue

    10/02/2012 5:03:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 38 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10-2-12
    But why should they be? Everyone else is appeasing Muslims. Why should they be any different? "Ikea 'sorry' for erasing women in Saudi book," from The Local, October 1 (thanks to Alan of England): Swedish furniture giant Ikea has apologized for removing all the women from their Saudi Arabian catalogue, following public outrage in Sweden including the EU minister slamming the action as “medieval”. In the Saudi version of Ikea's annual furniture booklet, all the women who appear in the catalogue published in other countries have been removed via photo retouching. The altered images caused a stir when revealed...
  • Obama waives sanctions on countries that use child soldiers

    10/02/2012 12:22:54 AM PDT · by MestaMachine · 9 replies ^ | October 1, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    U.S. President Barack Obama issued a new executive order last week to fight human trafficking, touting his administration's handling of the issue. "When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed -- that's slavery," Obama said in a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. "It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world. Now, as a nation, we've long rejected such cruelty." But for the third year in a row, Obama has waived almost all U.S. sanctions that would punish certain countries that use...
  • GOP lawmaker accuses Obama officials seeing 'what they wanted' in Libya details [Mike Rogers]

    10/01/2012 6:13:17 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 2 replies ^ | October 01, 2012 | Catherine Herridge
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, in an interview with Fox News, suggested the Obama administration politicized the intelligence in the immediate aftermath of the deadly consulate attack in Libya to fit a convenient story line, that it was spontaneous violence and not pre-meditated terrorism. *** “I argue the administration made some serious mistakes when they highlighted the video, escalated its credibility to the presidential level and then took it on TV in Pakistan with U.S. taxpayers dollars,” Rogers said, referring to an American government ad that aired in Pakistan condemning the video and the violence. “I think those are...
  • Kurdish Asylum Seekers Face Terrorism Charges

    10/01/2012 5:57:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    SWISS - English ^ | Oct 1, 2012 - 16:56 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Two brothers of Kurdish origin are being prosecuted by the Swiss authorities on charges of being involved via the internet with an Islamic terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda. The asylum seekers are accused of setting up internet platforms that were designed to attract new members to the recently formed terrorist organisation, issue propaganda, pass on messages to the al-Qaeda network and disseminate details of terror attacks.
In addition, the brothers are alleged to have downloaded videos of executions and stored them on their computers.
According to the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office, the unnamed terrorist organisation was headed by Kurdish extremist cleric Mullah Krekar,...
  • This scandal could dwarf 'Fast and Furious'

    10/01/2012 4:16:59 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10-01-12 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – While echoes of the “Fast and Furious” scandal still resound in the White House, another administration decision at the heart of Obama’s Mideast policy may prove even more explosive. Almost entirely missing from the debate surrounding the anti-U.S. attacks in Libya is the administration’s policy of arming jihadists to overthrow Mideast governments. But in the case of Libya, the arming of jihadists may have directly resulted in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the subsequent murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, private security employees and...