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  • US Soldier Kills Afghan Civilians In Kandahar

    03/11/2012 8:07:47 AM PDT · by edpc · 66 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11 Mar 2012 | BBC News
    A US soldier in Afghanistan has killed at least 16 civilians and wounded five after entering their homes in Kandahar province, senior local officials say. He left his military base in the early hours of the morning and opened fire in at least two homes; women and children were among the dead. Nato said it was investigating the "deeply regrettable incident".
  • Dozens of Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for ‘emo’ haircuts: activists

    03/09/2012 5:38:10 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 250 replies · 1+ views
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Friday, 09 March 2012 | Al Arabiya
    Iraqi activists sounded the bell over the killing of dozens of teenagers by religious police for having “emo” haircuts. Activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar daily that at least 90 Iraqi teenagers with “emo” appearances have been stoned to death by the Moral Police in the country in the past month. The violent crackdown against “emo” Iraqi teenagers came after the Iraqi interior ministry declared them as “devil worshippers.” “The ‘Emo phenomenon’ or devil worshiping is being probed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate it as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming...
  • Grover Norquist and radical Islam (old reminder)

    02/11/2012 1:15:34 PM PST · by combat_boots · 15 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Dec 9, 2003 | Various
    Frank Gaffney has written in FrontPage magazine an article that is much needed and long overdue: "A Troubling Influence," about the extensive ties that conservative activist Grover Norquist has with radical Islamic elements. This is a lengthy and exhaustively documented piece about a man who has stood as a singular obstruction to efforts to alert people to the gravity of the threat from radical Islam. All of it should be read carefully, but here are a few highlights: The association between Grover Norquist and Islamists appears to have started about five years ago, in 1998, when he became the founding...
  • Al-Qaeda in Rebel Syria (McCain's call for airstrikes could lead to Al Qaeda-ruled Syria)

    03/08/2012 4:54:53 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | March 8, 2012 | John Rosenthal
    On Monday, in calling for airstrikes on Syria, Senator John McCain reprised much the same role he played one year ago at the outset of the Libyan war. (snip) With Senator McCain again pushing from the right, America risks yet again lending support to its old nemesis on ostensibly “humanitarian” grounds. (For perhaps the only serious attempt yet made to assess the solidity of those grounds, see Sharmine Narwani’s analysis of the Syrian casualty figures here.) If, this time, the senator is not pushing on a fully open door, the door is clearly not shut either. Apparently in an effort...
  • Pakistani Hindus seek safety in India

    03/08/2012 6:28:36 AM PST · by Cronos · 41 replies
    Daily Time ^ | 5th March 2012 | Daily Times
    KARACHI: Preetam Das is a good doctor with a hospital job and a thriving private clinic, yet all he thinks about is leaving Pakistan, terrified about a rise in killings and kidnappings targeting Hindus. A successful professional, he lives in Karachi with his wife and two children, but comes from Kashmore, a district in north of Sindh. His family has lived there for centuries, and in 1947, when the sub-continent split between India, a majority Hindu state, and Pakistan, a homeland for Muslims, Das’ grandparents chose to stay with the Muslims. They fervently believed the promise of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali...
  • Kill the Messenger:What Russia taught Syria

    03/06/2012 10:22:50 PM PST · by U-238 · 28 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 3/2/2012 | Robert Young-Pelton
    It was a star-filled night in Chechnya's besieged capital of Grozny. The snow crunched under my feet as I walked with the Chechen rebel commander away from the warmth of our safe house. When we entered a bombed-out neighborhood 15 minutes away, I put the battery in my Iridium satellite phone and waited for the glowing screen to signal that I had locked on to the satellites. I made my call. It was short. Then the commander made a call; he quickly hung up and handed me back the phone. "Enough," he said, motioning for me to remove the battery....
  • Is Obama trying to leave Israel no choice?

    03/06/2012 11:51:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 7, 2012 | Professor Clifford Orwin
    “Obama to warn Netanyahu against military strikes on Iran.” So proclaimed the headline in Saturday’s Washington Post. At their meeting on Monday, Barack Obama reportedly did just that, while reaffirming America’s commitment to Israel’s safety. And yet … could this be very different than it seems? Is it the cagey exterior of a policy aimed at leaving Israel no choice but to strike? Look at it this way. Suppose you were the Obama administration, confronted by an intransigent Iran but facing an election in November and an American public weary of Middle Eastern wars. Wouldn’t you rather shoehorn an ally...
  • The Historical Reality of the Muslim Conquests

    03/04/2012 2:05:37 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | March 3, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Because it is now almost axiomatic for American school textbooks to whitewash all things Islamic (see here for example), it may be useful to examine one of those aspects that are regularly distorted: the Muslim conquests.Few events of history are so well documented and attested to as are these conquests, which commenced soon after the death of the Muslim prophet Muhammad (632) and tapered off circa 750. Large swathes of the Old World—from the India in the east, to Spain in the west—were conquered and consolidated by the sword of Islam during this time.By the standards of history, the reality...
  • Civil libertarians slam McCain cybersecurity bill

    03/06/2012 6:07:06 PM PST · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 6, 2012 | Joseph Menn
    A cybersecurity bill introduced by Republican Senator John McCain could dramatically expand the domestic reach of U.S. intelligence agencies and potentially give them massive troves of emails, civil liberties advocates said. "This is a privacy nightmare that will eventually result in the military substantially monitoring the domestic, civilian Internet," said Michelle Richardson of the American Civil Majority Leader Harry Reid, the McCain bill stresses voluntary information sharing instead of regulation of critical industries by the Department of Homeland Security. McCain's bill was introduced last week.
  • MittvMitt: The story of two men trapped in one body (DNC attack on UNELECTABLE Mitt is Devastating)

    03/06/2012 8:24:17 AM PST · by xzins · 91 replies
    http://www.mittvmitt.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K9njHHyRI7g (half a million hits and climbing)
  • Holder: US can legally kill Americans in terror groups

    03/05/2012 11:31:46 PM PST · by South40 · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/6/2012 | Pete Williams
    The U.S. government is legally justified in killing its own citizens overseas if they are involved in plotting terror attacks against America, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, offering the Obama administration's most detailed explanation so far of its controversial targeted killing program. ((snip)) The Fifth Amendment provides that no one can be "deprived of life" without due process of law. But that due process, Holder said, doesn't necessarily come from a court. "Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process," the...
  • Lawyer Who Defended GITMO Detainees Now In Charge of GITMO Policy

    03/05/2012 8:04:35 AM PST · by opentalk · 4 replies
    TownHall ^ | March 5, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    J. Christian Adams, Obama Justice Department Black Panther case whistleblower and author of Injustice was on Fox and Friends over the weekend with some alarming news. The very same lawyer who has adamantly defended GITMO detainees, has now been appointed to one of the highest positions within the Department of Justice to oversee GITMO policy. ..."The most dangerous thing is that West is overseeing Gitmo policy. It's not that he's just some guy at the Justice Department licking envelopes," Adams told Fox News on Sunday. Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, noted that in Holder's announcement of West's promotion, he...
  • Holder expected to explain rationale for targeting U.S. citizens abroad

    03/04/2012 1:41:40 PM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 04 Mar 2012 | Sari Horwitz and Peter Finn
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is expected Monday to provide the most detailed explanation yet of the Obama administration’s secret decision-making leading up to the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen last year in Yemen. Holder’s speech Monday afternoon at Northwestern Law School in Chicago is the result of months of internal Obama administration deliberations over how much can be made public about the decisions leading up to the strike. The Justice Department wrote a still-classified memo that provided the legal rationale for the targeting of American-born Anwar al-Awlaki that also included intelligence material about his operational role within...
  • Christian Soldiers Banned from The Quran in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan

    02/29/2012 9:29:47 PM PST · by combat_boots · 24 replies · 3+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 2/29/2012 | Pam Geller, the DoD, etc.
    The collapse of American will. More sharia provisions in the military. Non-Muslims are not allowed to handle the quran unless they are considering converting to Islam or are being targeted for conversion. "Unless your military dog tags identify you as of the Muslim faith, you cannot obtain a copy of the Quran from the military chaplain." So American soldiers who wish to study the quran to understand the enemy threat doctrine are disarmed and subjected to enemy propaganda instead. Abject surrender to a comprehensive legal system that mandates our subjugation and annihilation. Christian Soldiers Banned from The Quran in the...
  • Soccer For Jihadists, Higher Premiums For Troops

    02/29/2012 4:58:57 PM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 29, 2012 | IBD staff
    Priorities: Veterans of the war on terror will be rewarded with higher insurance premiums that favored unions are exempt from. Obama-Care must be served, after all, and that soccer field for Gitmo detainees must be paid for. For the soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and lost their legs from mines and improvised explosive devices, it is bitterly ironic news that detainees at Guantanamo, who helped maim them, will now be kicking around soccer balls at a new $750,000 field that is half the size of an American football field. This comes as the military is bearing the brunt...
  • Pamela Geller, WND Column: Stop apologizing and start carpet-bombing

    02/29/2012 10:56:24 AM PST · by combat_boots · 16 replies
    Atlas Shrugs via WND ^ | 2/29/2012 | Pam Geller
    I turn my laser on Obama's metastasizing foreign policy failure in my column this week at WND: Stop apologizing and start carpet-bombing! Exclusive: Pamela Geller blasts Obama for groveling to Islamic supremacists over Quran We apologize, they kill. We apologize again, and they kill some more. A Quran is burned in Afghanistan, a Quran that was used to transmit plots against our troops, and Obama is apologizing. And our generals are apologizing. And the Pentagon is apologizing. America, where are you on this? Obama apologizes, they burn him in effigy. Brilliant, Obama, brilliant. And the band plays on. On Saturday,...
  • Taking Out Dictators

    02/29/2012 9:02:02 AM PST · by combat_boots · 8 replies
    NRO ^ | 2/29/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Our interventions follow certain patterns. Do Syria and Iran fit them? In the past 40 years, the United States has intervened to go after autocrats in Afghanistan, Grenada, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Panama, Somalia, and Serbia. We have attacked by air, by land, and by a combination of both. In the post-Vietnam, post–Cold War era, are there any rules to guide us about any action envisioned against Syria or Iran — patterns known equally to our enemies? 1. The target cannot have nuclear weapons. Strongmen in Pakistan and North Korea by virtue of their nukes are exempt from American reaction (unlike...
  • Lockerbie: Case closed

    02/29/2012 8:33:53 AM PST · by combat_boots · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | 2/29/2012 | Unknown
    Was Abdel Baset al-Megrahi wrongly convicted of being responsible for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing? Wednesday, December 21, 1988 was the longest night of the year, the night of the winter solstice. At 6.30pm that evening Pan Am Flight 103 took off from London Heathrow airport en route to JFK New York. On board Clipper Maid of the Skies, as it was called, were 16 crew members and 243 passengers, many of whom were carrying Christmas gifts in their luggage for family and friends. But also in the baggage hold was a brown Samsonite suitcase, packed with new clothes and a...
  • Egypt Arrests Senior Qaeda Operative

    02/29/2012 8:28:00 AM PST · by combat_boots · 3 replies
    Al Manar ^ | Local Editor
    Egypt arrested on Wednesday senior al-Qaeda operative, Seif al-Adel, at Cairo airport. Security officials and state television reported the arrest, but they did not say why the Egyptian militant flew to Cairo. Adel was reported to have briefly taken over the militant network's leadership after Osama bin Laden's death. He is also on the FBI's most wanted list with a reward of up to $5 million dollars for his capture. An airport official said Seif al-Adel, also known as Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi and Ibrahim Madani, arrived on an Emirates flight from Pakistan with a stop over in Dubai. Security officials...
  • The Guardian: Saudi Arabia Ripe for Revolution

    02/29/2012 8:24:28 AM PST · by combat_boots · 21 replies
    Al-Arabiya and The Guardian ^ | 2/29/2012 | Unknown
    An article published Monday by the Guardian indicated that Saudi Arabia is “ripe for revolution” as the factors that motivated the Arab uprisings are present at the kingdom. Pointing out the presence of tens of thousands of political prisoners -most without charge- the high unemployment rate in this country oil rich country, the huge discrepancy between classes, and the royal family’s treatment to the country and people as private property, Saudi writer Saad Al-Faqih considered that like other places in the Arab world, “the expansion in communication tools has broken down barriers and deprived the Saudi regime of the secrecy...