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Thursday, 26 November 2015
What's More Important to the EU: Terrorism or Bananas?

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, has been on alert for several days because of fear of serious and imminent Islamist terrorist attacks on various places in the city.  Schools and universities, many workplaces, and the subway system for a time have been closed, and parts of the city were sealed off.

The Belgian government is now considering making changes to improve its security against terrorism.  It is now aware that the area of Brussels named Molenbeck, with a large Turkish and North African population, was the place where those responsible for the Paris massacres on November 13, 2015 had planned the attacks.

Brussels is also the capital of Europe, since it is the headquarters of the European Union (EU).  In the city, those headquarters are separated geographically by a canal from Molenbeck and seemingly dwell in a different political universe.  The 28-member EU entity has been less concerned with responding to the terrorists in Molenbek and to the challenge of the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) than with the momentous question of making sure that European consumers eat the right kind of banana – or, more strictly, that they do not eat the wrong king of banana.

On May 24, 2014, a 29-year-old French national of Algerian origin killed three people at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels.  He had fought with Islamist rebels in Syria and had links to ISIS.  On January 7, 2015, the massacres took place in Paris at Charlie Hebdo and at the Jewish supermarket.  These Islamist attacks were supposed to lead the EU, at a minimum, to greater cooperation among the security forces of the EU countries in order to stop further Islamist terrorism in Europe.

The Paris attacks clearly showed the deficiencies in that security cooperation and the insufficient sharing of intelligence data and information.  If the EU had, for the most part, open borders, it did not have open information among European countries.  The alleged mastermind behind the Paris attacks, who had evaded intelligence gathering, was an accomplice of two jihadists who had been killed by the police in the Belgian town of Verviers, near the German border, on January 15, 2015.  Another of the terrorists had a Syrian passport and had entered Greece as a "refugee" in October 2015.

Shamefully, some political figures do not understand the threat, but instead concentrate their fire on Israel.  The chairman of the Dutch Socialist Party, Jan Marijnissen, claimed on November 16, 2015 that it was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that explains the terrorist attacks and that the conflict is "the growth medium for such an attack."  Similarly, the Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, on Swedish TV linked ISIS with "Palestinian frustration."  She held that the problem is that the Palestinians see no future – either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.

One need make only four brief comments about these absurd statements.  The EU politicians betray the innate obsession with and hostility toward the State of Israel, which had no connection, direct or indirect, with the Islamist massacres.  Their statements ignore the nature of the Islamist ideology of the perpetrators.  They do not help, but rather hinder further response against all forms of Islamist terrorism.  And they ignore the disturbing fact of continuing Palestinian terrorism that has led to more than 20 Israeli civilians being  murdered and many more injured by Palestinian terrorists since October 2015 in Jerusalem, Hebron, Tel Aviv, and Netanya.

The EU is unwilling or hesitant to deal with ISIS since it has been preoccupied with the more momentous appeal of bananas.  The European Commission on November 11, 2015 adopted a notice providing interpretation of the origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967.  It provided information, supposedly helpful to member states, businesses, and consumers about the products originating in Israeli settlements "beyond Israel's 1967 borders."  The fact that there are no 1967 borders appears to have escaped the notice of the EU, or more likely the EU is inventing them.

The essence of the EU notice is that products – e.g., fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, honey, olive oil, eggs, poultry, and cosmetics – entering the EU and coming from Israeli settlements must not be labeled "Made in Israel" because that would be misleading.  Since 2009, the U.K. has had, as have also Denmark and Belgium, voluntary guidelines distinguishing produce coming from Israeli settlements in the West Bank from Palestinian West Bank produce.  The EU notice asserts that the indication of origin of the products from the settlements will give European consumers the possibility to make an informed choice on what banana not to buy, an otherwise difficult choice, since all bananas look alike.  The choice will no doubt be important for the increasingly large Muslim minorities in Europe, especially in France, the country with the largest number of Muslims in Europe.

It is true that Israel, as defined by the EU, has by the EU-Israel Association Agreement preferential tariff treatment into the EU.  It is also true that the bilateral trade amounted to 30 billion euros in 2014.  EU imports from Israel were 13 billion euros, and exports to Israel were 17 billion euros.

Moreover, the EU claims that it does not support any form of boycott or sanction against Israel.  But the new policy is discriminatory and can be considered supportive of the BDS movement, a movement with anti-Semitic implications.  The EU should be helping to stop BDS, not moving toward it with its restrictive and probably illegal trade rules.

Two other comments are relevant.  One is that the EU guidelines will be unhelpful in any attempt to bring peace to the region and to negotiate an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  They may also hinder the bilateral negotiations between the U.S. and the EU over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

In contrast to the unfriendliness towards Israel, the EU has been more helpful to Palestinians in a number of ways: financial bilateral allocation, which amounts to 620 million euros in 2015; the European Neighborhood Instrument of 309 million euros; the PEGASE program of direct support to the Palestinian Authority of about 160 million euros a year to support the PA recurrent costs; and support for Palestinian refugees through UNRWA of about 80 million euros a year.

It is paradoxical and incongruous that in the same week as the November 11 guidelines, the EU issued a statement of its new funding for Palestinian refugees and vulnerable Palestinian families through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.  It will provide an additional 10 million euros for UNRWA schools and services for Palestinian refugees.  The EU support in 2015 for UNRWA is 102 million euros.  In addition, Austria and Portugal provide 1.5 million euros in financial aid through the PEGASE scheme.

In view of the EU's lack of support for Israel, it is worth pointing out that that the EU is the largest multilateral donor of international assistance to Palestinian refugees since 1971.  Between 2007 and 2014, it gave over 1 billion euros in support of UNRWA.

Surely, the EU might be equally generous towards its own citizens.  Withdraw the iniquitous guideline notice and instead let the hungry European consumers know that Israeli bananas, whatever the piece of land from which they come, are delicious, very good, and healthy for you.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 11/26/2015 11:28 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Reports that Quds Force Commander Gen. Suleimani Injured in Syria

Iranian Quds Force Commander, Gen. Qassem Suleimani

 US Amy Brig. Gen. (ret.) Ernie Audino, former Combat Adviser to the Kurdish Peshmerga, brought us interesting news.  Kurdish sources reported Iranian Quds Force commander, Gen. Qasem Suleimani has been wounded in action near Aleppo, Syria and evacuated to Tehran. If confirmed this is a stunning development as Suleimani was de facto commander of combined Iranian, Syrian national and Hezbollah forces propping up the Assad regime and directing Shiite militias in Iraq. This news comes following reports of IRGC heavy casualties in Syria. This will not be good news for the alleged interests of Putin in Syria. The issue is who caught Suleimani and his security unawares in Syria, Was it the Free Syrian Army, ISIS, al Nusrah, or the Syrian Kurdish YPG?

Here is the Kurdish BASNews report.

Reports: Iranian General Qassem Suleimani Wounded in Syria

TEHRAN – Local media are reporting that Iranian Quds Force Commander General Qassem Suleimani has been wounded in fighting in Syria, and is currently receiving medical treatment in Tehran.

Al-Arabiya TV claims that Amir Mousavi, director of the Center for Strategic Studies and International Relations in Tehran has confirmed Suleimani is injured and is in a stable condition in hospital.

In a press conference, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that while they have heard the news, they cannot confirm it.

Syrian opposition media reported that Suleimani wounded about 12 days ago in clashes around Aleppo, northern Syria, with two others. So far the Iranian government has not commented.

There were also reports in late October that claimed Suleimani was wounded in Syria; however the Iranian army dismissed the rumors. Iranian casualties in Syria are on the rise, notably the death of Hussein Hamadani, a senior Iranian commander and close friends of Suleimani.

According to media reports, in the last two months alone almost 80 Iranian soldiers have been killed by anti-Syrian regime forces.



Posted on 11/26/2015 5:38 AM by Jerry Gordon
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Investigation uncovers ISIS sympathising women meeting in council-owned centre

The ISIS supporting women uncovered by Channel 4 met in the Asian centre in Orford Road Walthamstow. I recognised the hall. So did the council who own the hall and I'm glad to see that they took immediate action. From the Waltham Forest Guardian

A COUNCIL owned community centre being used by a group of ISIS sympathising women has stopped the group from meeting there after their shocking preaching was exposed.

The Asian Centre in Orford Road has been used for a ladies group every Tuesday, but undercover filming shown on Channel 4 on Monday revealed the shocking preaching of those attending.

In the documentary ‘ISIS: The British Women Supporters Unveiled’ a woman went undercover to meet with women supporting jihadists. After eight months of talking to them online she met with them and was allowed to attend an invitation-only meeting – which was held in Walthamstow. 

A woman named Umm Saalihah, who says online Muslims should go to Syria, preached to the group. Speaking about the bombing campaigns in Syria, she said: “Not like the cowards throwing air strikes at the Khilafah (Islamic State) and killing innocent people."

Umm Saalihah also praises hate preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed, who has been banned from Britain and is now in jail in Lebanon, and speaks of her admiration for jihadi fighters saying ‘hasten his release’. Umm went on to brag about ISIS fighters she is in contact with over the internet.

During filming, the women can be seen contacting each other over Twitter and meeting with members associated with banned group They Tweet and tell people not to vote in the UK, not to wear the poppy and they re-tweet messages from jihadists.

The investigation was brought to a close a month before the terrorist attacks in Paris when one of the female ISIS supporters became suspicious of an undercover reporter.

Last night, the Orford Road Asian Centre displayed a sign stating women’s groups were cancelled from yesterday. The council has been asked to comment, 

The comments are good. There was a time when the comments of the Waltham Forest Guardian were full of the sort of naive well-meaning people who insisted that Islam is a religion of peace and anybody who raises valid criticism is a vile racist. Three EDL demos faced enormous opposition. But I believe that a combination of the nature of that opposition, and events such as the Muslim Patrol have opened a few eyes, and given the courage to speak to others whose eyes were never shut

Posted on 11/26/2015 4:37 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Coming soon: More immigrants from Muslim nations than population of D.C. — 680,000

Paul Bedard writes in the Washington Examiner:

President Obama's open-door immigration policy is set to accept more immigrants from Muslim nations over the next five years than the entire population of Washington, D.C., according to federal documents.

Figures from the Department of Homeland Security show that the president has already issued 680,000 green cards to immigrants from Muslim nations over the past five years. Unless Congress changes his policy, that number will be repeated in the next five years.


What's more, the president is also planning to add over 100,000 more with refugee status, many from Syria. Refugees can also petition the government for their relatives.

DHS data released by the Sen. Jeff Sessions' Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, noted that refugees, who must apply for a green card within one year, have instant access to federal welfare and entitlements, along with local benefits and education services; these costs are not offset.

More from the Washington Examiner

The DHS number of 680,000 does not include temporary migrants who return home nor births or deaths.

The subcommittee said that "assuming no change in visa policy, the U.S. can expect to give green cards to another 680,000 more migrants from these countries over the next five years. A green card entitles recipients to access federal benefits, lifetime residency, work authorization, and a direct route to becoming a U.S. citizen."

That is a group bigger than Washington, D.C.'s population of 658,893.

And it could grow far more. The Census Bureau suggests that migration fromthe Middle East is fast growing.

Immigration is one of the most controversial topics in the nation due to Obama's policies on undocumented children and parents and lately his plan to settle up to 85,000 Syrian refugees. Several governors and the House have caused for a pause on the program due to concerns it will let terrorists pretending to be Syrians into the U.S.

Already, the foreign-born population in the United States is at a record 41.3 million.

Critics are considering limits to green cards and student visas,

"Without such changes, the Census Bureau projects that, for each coming year the total number of immigrants in the United States will increase, the annual rate of immigrant admissions will increase, and the foreign-born share of the population will increase," said the Alabama Republican's subcommittee release.

"Pew polling data shows that 83 percent of the public (across all parties) opposes this baseline and believes the level of immigration should either be frozen or reduced. By a nearly 10-1 margin, Americans of all backgrounds are united in their shared belief that companies with positions to fill should raise wages instead of bringing in new lower-wage labor from abroad. And yet, despite this, the Senate's Gang of Eight bill would have tripled the issuance of green cards over the next decade, and this year's I-Squared bill would substantially increase both low-wage guest worker admissions and green card allotments – all on top of the existing record-breaking and unprecedented growth in future immigration," it added.

Green Card Totals, FY09-FY13:

Pakistan (83K), Iraq (83K), Bangladesh (75K), Iran (73K), Egypt (45K), Somalia (31K), Uzbekistan (24K), Turkey (22K), Morocco (22K), Jordan (20K), Albania (20K), Lebanon (16K), Yemen (16K), Indonesia (15K), Syria (14K), Sudan (13K), Afghanistan (11K), Sierra Leone (10K), Guinea (8K), Senegal (7K), Saudi Arabia (7K), Algeria (7K), Kazakhstan (7K), Kuwait (5K), Gambia (5K), United Arab Emirates (4K), Azerbaijan (4K), Mali (3K), Burkina Faso (3K), Kyrgyzstan (3K), Kosovo (3K), Mauritania (2K), Tunisia (2K), Tajikistan (2K), Libya (2K), Turkmenistan (1K), Qatar (1K), Chad (1K)

Posted on 11/25/2015 3:50 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Muslim female governor 'chose to sit apart from men'

The female governor at a private Muslim school in Birmingham - at the centre of criticism from Ofsted - chose to sit separately from men, says the school.

Inspectors criticised Darul Uloom school when they saw a "female governor sat out of sight of the male governors in an adjacent room". 

They highlighted particular concern about Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham, where inspectors observed that "the only female governor sat out of sight of the male governors in an adjacent room to the main meeting. As a result, she could only contribute to the meeting through a doorway. Governors told inspectors this was their usual arrangement. A senior HMI has pointed out to the school that this practice is unacceptable as it fails to show proper respect for women."

In response, a statement from the school says that visitors, parents and governors can "sit where and how they wish as they feel comfortable, and we never assert any restrictions on this".

The school issued a statement from the unnamed governor saying that "my request to sit as I please" was a way of "demonstrating the school's strong promotion of both Islamic and British values". "The right for a person to choose is a universal value," she said. But she claimed that the "British values" requirement was opposed to this.

Darul Uloom, now rated as inadequate, had been inspected by Ofsted inspectors since 2011.

Posted on 11/25/2015 7:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Actual Headline at Washington Post: Want to stop Islamic terrorism? Be nicer to Muslims.

As David Burge (Iowahawk) has said, "We don't have enemies, just friends who haven't beheaded us yet."

click here for the WaPo story.

Posted on 11/25/2015 7:03 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Sen. Sessions Reveals 12 Refugee-Jihadis Charged this Year,


Sen. Jeff Sessioans is out with a list of 12 vetted refugees who quickly joined jihad plots to attack the United States.

He’s spotlighting the refugees-turned-jihadis because he’s trying to prod GOP leaders into halting Congress’ normal practice of giving the president huge leeway to import foreign migrants and refugees into the United States.

This year, Obama is promising to bring in an extra 10,000 low-skill, potentially difficult-to-integrate Syrian migrants into the United States. Sessions and other critics fear he’ll use his many powers — and Congress’ autopilot funding for refugee programs — to bring in far more than 10,000 migrants.

In fact, from 2010 to 2015, Obama has allowed more than 200,000 low-skill migrants from Central American to enter the United States, and then disappear into the nation’s growing population of at least 11 million illegal immigrants.

Obama says the new refugees will be vetted. But top security officials say the Syrians can’t be vetted because the U.S doesn’t know what they were doing in Syria before they applied for refugee status.

Besides, many of the jihad attempts in the United States are launched by the children of Muslim refugees and migrants. That list include the two Chechen brothers who bombed the Boston Marathon, and Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed by a U.S missile strike when he fled to Yemen after the 9/11 atrocity. That means the Americans’ federal government is actively importing national-security problems that will eventually cost billions of dollars to manage, but cannot be eliminated.

Congressional leaders will set funding levels, and possible curbs, during the December appropriations debate.

“This list — which only covers 2015 and not the many jihadis from prior years — illustrates just how incapable our government is of vetting refugees or predicting post-entry radicalization,” said a Hill aide. “Yet the president wants a completely blank-check [in the appropriaitons bill] to fund not only all of these existing refugee programs from across the globe, but to add a permanent Syrian resettlement program to it — funded directly out of Americans’ paychecks and retirement accounts,” the aide said.

The new — but incomplete — list of refugees-turned-jihadis include:

  • On January 29, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a federal warrant was unsealed for the arrest of Liban Haji Mohamed – a native of Somalia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – for allegedly providing material support to Harakat Shabaab Al-Mujahidin, also known as Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda. Mohamed is believed to have left the U.S. on July 5, 2012, with the intent to join Al-Shabaab in East Africa. Mohamed previously lived in the metro D.C. area and worked as a cab driver, and is believed to have snuck across the border to Mexico after being placed on the no-fly list. Carl Ghattas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington, D.C. Field Office emphasized the importance of locating Mohamed, “because he has knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area’s infrastructure such as shopping areas, Metro, airports, and government buildings . . . [t]his makes him an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil.” Arrest Warrant

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Abdinassir Mohamud Ibrahim – a native of Somalia who came to the United States as a refugee in 2007 at the age of 22 and subsequently adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status – was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to Al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and for making a false statement in his immigration paperwork. Ibrahim knowingly lied in his application for citizenship, and previously lied on his request for refugee status, by falsely claiming that he was of a member of the minority Awer clan in Somalia and subject to persecution by the majority Hawiye clan. However, Ibrahim was actually a member of the Hawiye clan and not subject to persecution. In fact, according to the Complaint, “Ibrahim’s family was famous . . . [and] [t]hrough his clan lineage, Ibrahim was related to known Somali terrorists[.]” Ibrahim also admitted he had lied on his citizenship application by having previously lied on his refugee application by falsely claiming that he had not provided material support to a terrorist group, when he had in fact provided material support in the form of cash to an Al-Shabaab member. Criminal Complaint Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Abdullah Ramo Pazara – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship in 2013 – was named in an indictment against six individuals listed below. Pazara was not charged because, purportedly, he is believed to be dead. According to the Indictment, the others listed provided material support to Pazara, who left the United States to go to Syria and fight with ISIS just eleven days after becoming a citizen. Among other things, Pazara allegedly told an individual about a mission where they “captured a large area, killed even individuals, captured one, and added that they intended to slaughter the prisoner the follow[ing] day.” According to press accounts, at the time Pazara was purportedly killed in Syria, he was a deputy to one of the top ISIS commanders. Indictment

  •  On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic – a native of Bosnia, and a purported Bosnian war hero who came to the United States as a refugee – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, with providing material support to terrorists, and conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country. According to the indictment, among other things, Hodzic obtained money that he used to “purchase materials and supplies including: United States military uniforms, tactical combat boots, military surplus goods, tactical gear and clothing, firearms accessories, optical equipment and range finders, rifle scopes, equipment, and supplies . . .  intending that the materials and supplies would thereafter be transferred to, and used to support” Abdullah Ramo Pazara and ISIS. Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Sedina Unkic Hodzic – the wife of Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, and a native of Bosnia who came to the United States as a refugee – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the indictment, Sedina, along with her husband, collected money from third parties and wired it to terrorists abroad. Also according to the indictment, Sedina shipped six boxes of U.S. military uniforms, combat boots, tactical clothing and gear, military surplus – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the indictment, Sedina, along with her husband, collected money from third parties and wired it to terrorists abroad. Also according to the indictment, Sedina shipped six boxes of U.S. military uniforms, combat boots, tactical clothing and gear, military surplus items, firearms accessories, rifle scopes, optical equipment, first aid supplies, and other equipment to terrorists abroad. Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Armin Harcevic – a native of Bosnia who came to the United States as a refugee, and subsequently adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident statuswas charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and with providing material support to terrorists. According to the Indictment, Harcevic collected money from third parties and wired it and his own funds to terrorists abroad. Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Nihad Rosic – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, providing material support to terrorists, and conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country. According to the indictment, Rosic sent funds to terrorists abroad, and attempted to travel to Syria to join terrorists in Syria and Iraq. According to press accounts, Rosic was a truck driver and former mixed martial arts fighter who had previously been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after punching a woman in the face while she held a child, and in a separate incident, was charged with assault after allegedly beating his girlfriend with a belt. Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mediha Medy Salkicevic – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to press accounts, Salkicevic was formerly an employee with a cargo company that deals with items coming in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. According to the indictment, Salkicevic collected money from third parties and wired it and her own funds to terrorists abroad. Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Jasminka Ramic – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the indictment, Ramic collected money from third parties and wired it and her own funds to terrorists abroad. Indictment

  • On April 20, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Abdurahman Yasin Daud – who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, came to the United States as a refugee when he was a child, and subsequently adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status – was charged (along with six others) with conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to ISIS. Daud and another individual drove from Minnesota to San Diego to attempt to get passports, cross the border into Mexico, and fly to Syria in an attempt to join ISISCriminal Complaint Indictment

  • On April 20, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Guled Ali Omar – who was also born in a Kenyan refugee camp, and sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee when he was a child, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to ISIS. Omar is the younger brother of another indicted fugitive, Ahmed Ali Omar, who left the United States in 2007 to fight for Al-Shabaab. Another one of his brothers, Mohamed Ali Omar, was convicted in March of threatening federal agents when they came to the family’s residence to interview Guled Omar. During a press conference, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, Andy Luger, said that Omar “never stopped plotting,” and had previously attempted to leave the United StatesCriminal Complaint Indictment

  • On August 12, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, Fazliddin Kurbanov – a native of Uzbekistan who came to the United States as a refugee in 2009 – was found guilty on charges that he conspired and attempted to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and possessed an unregistered destructive device. U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin stated that he “conspired to provide material support to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and procured bomb-making materials in the interest of perpetrating a terrorist attack on American soil.” According to press reports, Kurbanov began his life as a Muslim, but faced persecution after his family converted to Orthodox Christianity. After coming to the United States with his family as a refugee, Kurbanov is said to have converted back to Islam and radicalized. Superseding Indictment Original Indictment (Idaho) Original Indictment (Utah)

Posted on 11/25/2015 5:16 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Hungary Detains Group Heading to Capital with Explosives, Finds Bomb Lab


Hungarian anti-terrorist police last week detained four people heading to the capital with explosives in their car, and found a bomb-making laboratory set up for a mass killing, the unit's chief said on Tuesday, declining to rule out a link to Islamist militants.

Security has been tightened for senior officials entitled to "top protection", the Counter Terrorism Centre said in a statement.

The center's director general, Janos Hajdu, said the suspects had been detained last week as police stepped up investigations that touched on the security of these officials, whom he declined to name.

After the suspects in the car were detained, a subsequent house search revealed a bomb-making laboratory with "explosives and devices that were suitable for killing people to the utmost extent", Hajdu told the state television channel M1.

He said police had also caught two other people with submachine guns, ammunition and silencers in their car, and that it was not clear whether the two groups were connected.

Asked whether the suspects had jihadist links, he said: "Let me reply to that in the next few days."...

Posted on 11/25/2015 5:04 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
President of Iceland fears Saudi Arabian funding of Reykjavík Mosque will fuel Muslim extremism in Iceland

From the Iceland Magazine

The president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, fears that Saudi Arabian financing of a Reykjavík mosque will fuel radical Islam in Iceland. The president told the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service that he was shocked to the point of paralysis when he learned last March, in a meeting with Saudi Arabian Ambassador, that the government of Saudi Arabia had decided to interfere in Icelandic religious life by donating one million US Dollars to the planned mosque. 

The president claimed Saudi Arabia has not only fostered religious extremism but also forces which have attacked the West and western values. 

In a second interview with the local radio station Bylgjan, following the Paris terrorist attacks, the president had warned that Iceland could no longer act as if violent religious extremism did not concern Iceland and that we should not let "childish naiveté" delude us to think these problems could be solved simply with tolerance and social reforms.

“But we must come to terms with, in a realistic way, that we are not an island in the world. And when we learn, as I did while meeting the representatives of a foreign state some while back, that a state which has fostered radical Islam and the forces which have attacked Western Civilization, has decided to interfere in the religious life of Iceland, it is of course a sign that we are not an island in the word. And there are many examples which show us we cannot discuss this issue as if it was a problem of somebody else. This decision by a foreign state to begin to interfere in Icelandic religious life in the same way as it has done around the world, financing schools where radical Islam is cultivated, and young men trained in those views, it is a reminder to us Icelanders we must begin a new discussion. At the same time we must not condemn refugees and run away from a society of multiculturalism and tolerance we should not live in childish naiveté that we can deal with this problem with some actions of tolerance and social reform.”

These statements, especially the statement about “childish naiveté”, has caused some controversy in Iceland, as some feel the president has been stoking the fires of islamophobia. Others have raised questions as to why the president did not make his concerns over the planned Saudi Arabian funding of the Reykjavík mosque known immediately.

According to the diary of the President on the president's official web page the Ambassador told Ólafur Ragnar at the meeting that Saudi Arabia would donate one million US dollars toward the building of a mosque in Iceland and that he had visited and inspected the location of the planned mosque.

In an interview on Sunday for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service Ólafur Ragnar said he had been shocked by the announcement. Asked whether he had protested the planned gift at the meeting in March the president explained he had not because the news had taken him by complete surprise. In fact, he been virtually paralyzed by surprise and shock:

“I didn’t [register objections] at that meeting, because this took me completely by surprise, and I was, at the end of the meeting, I simply didn’t know how to react. So, I was really just so surprised, and so paralyzed, by this announcement, that I just accepted it, and then sat down and thought it over, and decided I should make it public, as I did.”

At the time the president did make the announcement known on his web page. He has not explained why he choose to stay quiet about his concerns for more than eight months.

He was damned if he did and damned because he didn't. The apologists would have criticised him whatever. Also I suspect that the massacre in Paris, a worldshattering single event, is actually less of a worry than the constant and increasing state of fellow Scandinavian countries. The violence in Malmo, the rape epidemic in Oslo, he won't want that in Reykjavík.

Posted on 11/25/2015 1:54 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
A French Interlude, II: Chant a Sainte Jeanne d"Arc

A poem by Saint Therese of the Little Flower, given a rousing and beautiful musical setting by Vincent Lecornier.



Posted on 11/24/2015 7:05 PM by Christina McIntosh
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
A French Interlude, I: The Bells of Notre Dame De Paris

In 2013 the Cathedral, 850 years old, received a new ring of bells.

Listen to the voices of the Bells of Notre Dame: Emmanuel, Marie, Gabriel, Anne-Genevieve, Denis, Marcel, Etienne, Benoit-Joseph, Maurice, and Jean-Marie.


Here is the first sounding of the new bells on 23.3.2013.




And here is a recording of the Sonnerie du Grand Solennel: Plenum.

Posted on 11/24/2015 7:00 PM by Christina McIntosh
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
After the Tears and Flowers and Songs, Young French Patriots Are Applying to Join the Army

Which is an entirely natural normal and healthy response to the acts of war committed by jihad ghazi raiders against Paris - the capital city of France - within the past year.

As reported - one wonders with what chagrin and dismay - by Jon Henley for the grovellingly Islamophile 'Guardian', here:

"Paris Attacks Lead to Surge in Applications to Join French Army".

'Military says requests for information and applications through website trebled to 1,500 a day after massacre.

'Applications to join the French army have soared since the Islamic State attacks on Paris, according to figures obtained by the newspaper Le Monde.

'The military did not want to announce the figures during France's three-day period of national mourning, but has now said that requests for information and applications through its website had tripled, from about 500 a day to about 1,500 a day, since the 13 November attacks, the paper reported.

Dear France: if they're sound in wind and limb and of sound mind sign them all up (except for any that are Muslim; you don't want a Fort Hood-style attack from within) and put them through boot camp. You will need them all, and then some, for homeland security, soon enough. - CM

'The series of suicide bombings and shootings (carried out by Muslim ghazi terror raiders - that's the bit that "The Guardian" prefers not to mention - CM) at a popular music venue, the national stadium, cafes and restaurants killed (sic: murdered - CM) 129 people from 19 countries, but most of the victims were French and many of htem young, on a Friday night out.

On a Friday, nota bene. This attack was carried out, as so many Muslim terror raids are carried out, on a Friday, the Muslim 'holy' day. - CM

"I'm staggered", Col Eric de Lapresle, head of the army recruitment service's marketing and communications department,  told the paper.  "This is an entirely unprecedented phenomenon".

'The French president, Francois Hollande, partially reversed planned military personnel cuts in the wake of January's Charlie Hebdo attacks, which left 17 people dead (sic: which murdered 17 people - CM), and has now frozen them entirely.

Common-sense kicking in.  And if the flood of eager and rationally angry new recruits wanting to sign up to defend their country - themselves, their families, their friends and fellow citizens - against the Global Jihad that struck home so horribly on 13 November continues, then M le President would be wise to increase resourcing of the military and sign up every one of those new recruits who is capable of holding and firing a rifle and put them through boot camp, pronto. - CM

'As a result, De Lapresle said, the army needed 15,000 new recruits this year, and 16,000 in 2016.

If 1500 a day are applying, and this maintains itself over the next year, say, without falling off, then the numbers will more than exceed requirements.  Sign them all up, mate, while the iron is hot. - CM

'Applications had already jumped from around 130 a day in 2014 to 500 a day since the Charlie Hebdo attacks (what a fascinating coincidence - CM) and had now multiplied further.

Excellent. - CM

'De Presle said the army's five recruitment centres were also experiencing unprecedented demand.

Like I said; if they're sound of mind, wind and limb and can hold and fire a rifle, sign them all up and put them in boot camp.  Whatever it costs. This is about the survival of France as a free Infidel country. -  CM

'The French army had around 115,000 personnel in 2014, some 3,000 of them deployed across Africa.

They will be needed on home ground, soon enough, to combat the Mohammedan fifth columnists, now reinforced by the thousands upon thousands of menacing, glowering military-age Muslim males that are pouring into Europe from the south-east.  Time to take a leaf out of Israel's book - or Switzerland, or Singapore - and focus grimly on training your young people for homeland defence. One day soon you will need to take back the banlieues, and the only thing that works with the Mohammedan Mob is overwhelming force unhesitatingly deployed. Those young French Infidels -  I would hazard the guess that those rushing to sign up, in the wake of the jihad ghazi raids, are all Infidels - who are now showing fight must be welcomed and trained in the arts of war, as quickly as possible.  - CM

'In the past it has relied heavily on conscription to fill its ranks, but military service was abolished by President Jacques Chirac in 1996 and formally ended in 2001 - although young people must still register with the armed forces for possible conscription if needed.

If 1500 would-be French soldiers a day continue to apply over the next year, that would add up to at least 300 000 young French volunteering to fight for their country - more than twice the number of the present standing army. 

Here is another story on the same topic, on what seems to be a military-issues website.

'Young French People are Flocking to Enlist in the Wake of Paris Attacks".

'The number of young French people hoping to enlist in the armed forces has tripled since the November 13 terror attacks that killed 129 people in the French capital (sic: "since the November 13 terror attacks in which seven Muslim ghazi raiders murdered 129 people in the French capital". - CM), army officials have said.

'Colonel Eric de Lapresle, head of marketing and communications for the army's recruitment arm, told French daily "Le Monde", that he was "floored" by the surge in applications.

'According to de Lapresle, the army's recruitment website -, which translates as "enlisting" - is currently fielding an average 1,500 applications a day, versus 500 a day before the attacks.

'France's Armed Forces Information and Recruitment Centres are also facing an influx of candidates, although exact figures have yet to be released.

'On the "Why Enlist?" page of its website, the army's recruitment service lists several arguments for joining the military, including the chance to "defend the French, France and its values", and to "experience a brotherhood of arms".

'The site offers recruitment options to candidates who have dropped out of high school, candidates with a degree, and those with up to five years of secondary education.  

'The rise in enlistment comes just three days after President Francois Hollande opened his extraordinary address to both houses of parliament with the statement, "France is at war".

'In a speech that indeed had all the tones of a call to arms, the president compared Friday's tragic attacks to "acts of war".

Correction.  That should have been, "The president identified the attacks on Friday as acts of war."  They were not 'tragic'. They were acts of war, acts of deliberate and focused human malevolence with the aim of furthering the expansion and dominance of the Dar al Islam. - CM

"I know I can count on the devotion of police officers, gendarmes, soldiers, and you, representatives of the nation", Hollande said in the televised speech.  "You know the meaning of duty and, when the circumstances require it, the spirit of sacrifice."

'Holland also announced that he would freeze planned military personnel cuts through 2019, and suggested using the country's reservists to form a home guard.

Good idea. - CM

'The government had already reviewed proposed defense cuts in the wake of the January 2015 attacks that left 17 people dead (that murdered 17 people - CM) in and around Paris, when radical Islamic militants (sic: Muslims engaging in a ghazi terror raid - CM) attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.

'According to Le Monde, the French army will have 15,000 new recruits by the end of 2015 - 5,000 more enlistments than in 2014.  The estimated number of new recruits for 2016 is 16,000.

'The 15,000 who join the army in 2015 will be recruited from a pool of 160,000 applicants, with only 60,000 candidates submitting to the various physical, medical and psychological evaluations and tests required to join. Still, the number of people considering a career in the military is significantly up from 2014, when 120,000 people filed their initial application.

Soon enough, they will find they need every French non-Muslim of fighting age who is capable of firing a rifle and following orders.  And not for any overseas adventures, but for taking back control of the soil of France. - CM

 'This can partly be explained by the army boosting its recruitment efforts following the January attacks, and raising the number of annual recruitment drives from three to five.  But, according to de Lapresle, "Even when we stopped advertising, numbers did not go down or went down very little."

'In 2014, he told Le Monde, the army's website was fielding an average of 130 requests a day through its website (up to 300 or 400 during an advertising campaign) with those numbers soaring to 500 in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks (up to 800 during an advertising campaign),,,",

There were Comments permitted for this story.  One read as follows, from 'Rothbard' - "For better or for worse, I'll be off to join them in the FFL in July."

Paris, bloodied and disfigured by the global Jihad, is calling....Which makes one wonder just how many applications the French Foreign Legion will be receiving, too, from now on, from among Infidels of suitable age, fitness, freedom of action and grim Islamo-awareness.

And now, a final piece, written by one Theo Chapuis, that introduces us to a few of these young Infidel French - three men, and a young woman - who are seriously considering joining the army.

'Four Young French People Explain Why They Want to Join the Army'.

'Laura, Maxandre, Theo and Benjamin - four young French natives with one thing in common: they are all seriously considering joining the army following the Paris terror attacks of Friday 13 November.

'And, as it happens, they're not alone.  According to the French army, unprecedented numbers have started inquiring about the recruitment process; Colonel de Lapresle...speaks of "colossal" popularity.

',,,While not everyone has the makings of a career in the military, the enthusiasm for the job is very real.

'We spoke to these four young people to find out how the current climate has led them to reflect upon a career in the army.

'I've come to realize that no-one is safe'.

'Maxandre lives in Paris's 17th arondissement.  The 17-year-old high school student explains that, while the idea of becoming a soldier had already crossed his mind, last week's attacks triggered something else within him.  He wants to fight against "insecurity" and "defend others".

He states: "You can hear everyone offering up ideas each better than the next, but for me, the best thing to do is to get moving and defend ourselves...I told myself, "Shit, I can't sit here with my arms crossed."

Bravo, mate.  Now, study the stories of Jean Parisot de Valetta, and Charles Martel - and find out that you are the but the latest to step forward to defend the Camp of the Infidels.  Go to the great basilica Saint Denis and at the tomb of Charles Martel "the Hammer' swear to him that what he saved, you will defend, so that he may sleep in peace. - CM

'The same motivations are cited by Theo, an 18 year old studying economic science and management at Lille University.  Referring to his twelve years of karate, he states that he has no problem with "discipline and respect" which are "the bases of martial arts". He claims simply to want to "defend [his] country" and others:

"I've come to realize that no-one is safe, and that we need to defend the people, whether they be in France or elsewhere. To defend them, we need to be deployed where the threat is."

I  hope you will soon come to understand, dear Theo, that the main threat is now within, lodged within all the cities of France, wherever there are mosques, wherever there are Muslims swarming and strutting and threatening jihad and teaching their children to hate and despise everything that we mean by France. Wherever there are Msulims, there is Jihad. There are many Muslims in France, and they feel very strong, and so there is Jihad: attacks upon and murder of Infidels, Jews and Christians and atheists, first many smaller attacks (e.g. the kidnap and murder of the Parisian Jew, Ilan Halimi, and the murderous attacks by Mohammed Merah upon French soldiers and French Jews) and finally, this year, the mass murder of 'blasphemous' cartoonists and of Jewish shoppers, and the massacre at the Bataclan. - CM

'Laura is 19 years old and has lived in Aix-en-Provence for a short time; before, she lived in the Paris region.  "Shocked" by the attacks, and undecided on her future career path, she saw the army as more than just a vocational stream; she saw it as a real "revelation".  Just like the others, her willingness to serve comes from altruistic and selfless reasoning. Talking to these young people, one would assume that it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

"I want to do something meaningful, and help people....But it would be much better if we didn't need this kind of job".

'She continues, speaking of her "admiration" for the men and women (I assume, law enforcement, first responders, and the military - CM) that she has seen risking their lives, sometimes live on television, such as last Friday, when she was impressed by these peoples' "courage".

'Benjamin is 22 years old, and has all the airs of a true sportsman.  A third-year student of a physical education course, this young man from Nantes - who lifeguards when he's not in school - states that he trains "six days out of seven" with the idea of joining the French Armed Forces at the back of his mind.

"In the long term, I would like to join an intervention platoon; at best GIGN (National Gendarmerie Intervention Group), at worst PSIG (The Gendarmerie Investigation and Surveillance Platoon)."  It is not that he does not enjoy the studies that he has undertaken but he fears "regretting not getting involved now".  

'He continues:

"I said to myself that France needed a certain number of people (given Muslim demographics, Infidel France will need every able-bodied son and daughter that she has, in the near future - CM) and upon inquiring here and there, I came across entry tests for the GIGN and information about their daily life (training, etc).  That's exactly what I think I am made for.  As well as that, you have to add in the gratifying aspect of protecting other innocent human beings".

And sometimes, to do that, you have to kill those who intend murder and not only murder but the destruction and enslavement of your entire society and the civilisation of which it is a part. - CM

'These young people, among whom some are currently destined for something else entirely, know that they will have to carry a gun...and sometimes use it.  They have shared their desire to become a soldier with their friends and family.

'The parents of 18 year old Theo aren't opposed to the idea, "But they want me to start off as a sous-officier (a non-commissioned officer) not a militaire du rang (a superior ranking)".  There is no talk of discouraging him; on the contrary, his friends support him, while some of them even tell him he is "made for it".  "That's perhaps a sign", he says.

'On the other hand, Maxandre's family and friends are much more doubtful.  Like when one of his friends asked him if he "wanted to kill", an issue he admits he still feels uncomfortable with. "That is very awkward as a question, so I avoid talking about it".

'As for his family, he counts on his parents-in-law to "sweeten the pill" at the dinner table when the conversations are sometimes "stormy" owing to his parents' anti-military sentiment.  

One may hope that his parents, reflecting on the Muslim massacre of hapless unarmed Infidel civilians in Paris, may be rethinking their opposition to the army. - CM

'Benjamin is still at the research phase, and hasn't spoken about it to his parents, yet..."...".

'While they all refer to the need to "protect their country' not one among them evokes a feeling of vengeance or a blind need for violence...".

Of course. These are civilised young French people, not Mohammedan mobsters.  God bless them, and all the others like them who - whether they understand fully what they are doing, or not - are preparing to step up and into the firing line against the Global Jihad. 



Posted on 11/24/2015 5:29 PM by Christina McIntosh
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Russian rescue helicopter 'shot down by Syrian rebels' while searching for pilots of plane downed by Turkey

First, the Turkomen on the ground shot the Russian pilots in cold blood as they descended in parachutes.

Anthony Bond writes in The Mirror:

A Russian rescue helicopter has been shot down by Syrian rebels while searching for pilots missing after Turkey downed a Russian jet.

The helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a government-held area in Syria's Latakia province.

A Syrian insurgent group, which uses U.S. Tow missiles, said its fighters hit the helicopter with an anti-tank missile.

Video footage has emerged online appearing to show the helicopter after it crashed in dense woodland.

Plumes of smoke can be seen coming from the aircraft.

Vladmir Putin earlier warned Turkey of "significant consequences" after the Russian plane was shot down.

The Russian President also said the action by Turkey was a "stab in the back" and said it would have serious consequences for his country’s relations with Turkey.

Turkey claimed it shot down the fighter jet because it violated its airspace.

However, Putin said the jet was shot down in Syria, 4km from the Turkish border.

He told a media conference: "This event is beyond the normal framework of fighting against terrorism.

"Of course our military is doing heroic work against terrorism... But the loss today is a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists.

"....Our aircraft was downed over the territory of Syria, using air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16."

Posted on 11/24/2015 6:18 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Everytime I hear it, it's like nails on a chalkboard. Stop it. All of you. Now.
Posted on 11/24/2015 2:33 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
At Least 12 Dead in Attack on Tunisia Military Bus

Probably another ISIS sucess story from ABC:

TUNIS — At least 12 people were killed on Tuesday after an explosion tore through a bus full of Tunisian presidential guards in an attack one source said was probably carried out by a bomber detonating his explosives in the vehicle.

Ambulances rushed wounded from the scene and security forces closed off streets around Mohamed V Avenue, one of the major streets in the capital Tunis and where the charred wreckage of the bus lay not far from the interior ministry.

It is the third major attack to strike Tunisia this year after a militant killed 38 foreigners at a beach hotel in June and gunmen killed 21 tourists at the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March. Islamic State claimed both those attacks.

Posted on 11/24/2015 1:59 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
ISIS claims responsibility for bombing in Egypt’s Sinai

From Reuters via Al Arabiya

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) Egyptian branch claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people in a hotel in North Sinai capital al-Arish on Tuesday where judges overseeing a parliamentary election were staying.

A suicide bomber tried to drive a car bomb into the hotel before security forces opened fire on him, causing the car to explode, security sources said. At least two judges were among the injured, authorities added

The statement by the Sinai Province group was circulated by its supporters on Twitter and the encrypted messaging system Telegram.

“A brother ... seeking martyrdom hit with his car bomb the security force protecting the Swiss (Inn) hotel were 50 judges were staying only to be followed by a lion ... who broke into the judges’ base with his automatic weapon ... then blew up his explosive belt among them,” read the statement.

Posted on 11/24/2015 11:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Why did Premier Valls Raise the CBW Threat after the Paris Attacks?

Microscopic Cryptosporidium oocysts

Last Sunday’s Lisa Benson Show had a segment on the possible Chemical and Biological threat posed by ISIS to  Europe and the West in the wake of the November 13th Massacres in Paris and the battle in the predominately Muslim St. Denis banlieuse suburb.  Belgium and especially Brussels continues under lockdown as there could be another series of devastating attacks by ISIS operatives given the significant presence in the significant Muslim population with radicalized  elements in suburban Molenbeek. On the Lisa Benson Show segment we asked why French Premier Manuel Valls had raised concerns over possible ISIS operatives use of chemical and biological agents?  Dr. Jill Bellamy, noted bio-warfare threat reduction expert, whom we have interviewed in the NER, provided some answers. See our January 2013 interview her, The Dangers of Syria’s Bio-Warfare Complex Should Assad Fall.

 Following the program, Dr. Bellamy posted her assessment of what triggered Valls ‘comments; the theft of bio-protection suits and threats to France water supply system.  See her Biological Warfare blog post, “France and Belgium Prepare for CBW Attacks While Europe Sleeps.”

In May 2013, we posted on the possible terrorist to US water supply systems after two incidents had occurred. We refer to the arrest and arraignment by federal prosecutors in Manhattan of Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian national and chemical engineering graduate of Laval University in Quebec, on Asylum fraud and an alleged WMD attack on a municipal water system, the Quabbin reservoir in Massachusetts.  The possible biological agent involved is cryptosporidium (Crypto).  We noted:

In the US we have had two mass Crypto outbreaks in water supply systems in Carrollton, Georgia in 1987 and in Milwaukee in 1993.  The Georgia outbreak affected 13,000 out of 16,000 residents.  Because the Milwaukee water supply system draws from Lake Michigan, Crypto pathogens might have entered from drainage or in ice breakup during the early spring.  In the Milwaukee case, the epidemiologists and public health specialists estimate that more than 400,000 succumbed to Crypto causing massive outbreaks of watery diarrhea over a period of two weeks or more.  108 deaths occurred involving those with immune deficiencies from cancer treatment, AIDS and other maladies. Within immunocompromised communities, exposure frequently leads to severe and permanent diarrhea, decreasing absorption of nutrients resulting in progressive dehydration and eventual death.

Here are excerpts from Dr. Bellamy’s Biological Warfare post.

On the missing bio-protection suits and Eau de Paris water supply.

While France and Belgium prepare their populations for continued terrorist attacks and the possible use of chemical or biological weapons, other EU states avoid the obvious conclusion that a prepared public is better than an unprepared one. Several smaller states, excluding Spain and Germany, continue the drum beat that there is no significant threat to them or their civilian populations. In study after study this has not been proven to be the case and public preparedness has been shown to reduce casualties. PM Valls statement on the bio-chem threat was in part motivated by the apparent loss of several bio-chem suits from a Paris hospital. While its possible these suits were misplaced or that inventory lists were incorrect, and warnings are not based singularly on bio-chem suits being unaccounted for, the French have taken appropriate measures.  Belgium has increased security at its nuclear facilities and France has increased protection for water supply facilities taking note of analysis by French intelligence  that ISIS is capable of producing crude chemical agents.


"Eau de Paris, the capital's state-run water company, has banned access to six sensitive sites to all but key personnel following the Government's decision to declare a state of emergency for three months.”Our eight security agents are the only ones to be accredited by the defense ministry and are in permanent contact with the terrorism cell of Paris police headquarters," a spokesman told Le Parisien." "The storage and treatment sites have protective fencing and special sensors to detect intrusion. To limit the risk of contamination, Eau de Paris has increase the amount of chlorine added to water at five supply sites." "The dose injected has been raised," said Celia Blauel, president of Eau de Paris. Chlorine is a key indicator of any anomaly in the water. "When the chlorine level drops, it means there is a biological contamination." she said." 

"It emerged last week that hospitals and emergency services across France have been supplied with the most powerful antidote to sarin and other nerve gas chemicals for the first time. Under a November 14 decree, the army's medical service was ordered to distribute stocks of the drug atropine. Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, said that the country could rule nothing out when it came to terrorists bent on mass murder, including "chemical and biological weapons".

On French and Belgian CBW intelligence and threat reduction capabilities.

The security services of both France and Belgium are to be commended. Both countries share similar population demographics and have extensive experience with terrorism. Additionally, they have both worked, since 911, to prepare their populations for such bio-chem attacks, some of these scenarios I developed and ran myself with their government officials in attendance. Far from being the weakest link, as some media outlets have portrayed the situation, they are in fact the best prepared within the EU to counter such threats.  The weakest link are those countries who have not prepared their public, are currently bombing IS and have announced it on the nightly news without one moment of thought to the risk they have placed their population in and no counter-terrorism or counter intelligence experience to fall back on. 

In 2005, French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin called for international cooperation against bioterrorism at an Interpol meeting in Lyon. He promoted the idea of creating a joint database and a rapid alert network for theft, diversion and illegal transfer of biological agents, as well as a list of designated groups and individuals of concern. De Villepin also proposed the creation of an international center for monitoring bio terrorist threats. Mr. de Villepin went on to plead for a better coordination of Biotox style (the French government response to the deliberate introduction of the smallpox virus) plans at European level. "Why not to imagine for example a European reaction plan against a biological attack?"he asked. Furthermore, he added, the EU should initiative an update on reserves of vaccines so that each country knows the nearest country to turn to in case of emergency." See:

For over a decade the French government has established itself as the gold standard when it comes to bio-security, bio-safety and certainly countering, on the ground threats from would be bio-terrorists. In 2003, French authorities discovered ricin like substances in Gare du Lyon train station. Subsequently nine suspects of North African descent, who had trained in the Pankisi Gorge and were associated with AQ were arrested. While this is just one high profile example of a possible bio-threat, the French have developed outstanding and what I would describe as comprehensive capabilities to counter the threat of bio-terrorism. This depth of expertise offers a lot from which Member States within the EU could well benefit. 

As well, as we trust the US and UK bio-terrorism threat reduction programs.




Posted on 11/24/2015 10:06 AM by Jerry Gordon
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Giving Hypocrisy a Bad Name

How horrible is it to be a mischievous and malignant hypocrite. In recent days in November 2015, religious and American academic groups have unabashedly illustrated that false face hides what the false heart knows.

On this seventieth anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials of the Nazi criminals, it is well to remember the words of Robert H. Jackson, the chief American prosecutor, on November 21, 1945. He spoke of the wrongs that have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated.  He urged prosecution of those Nazi leaders who had possessed great power, who used it to set evils in motion, and who terrified the world.  

Some mainstream religious groups, the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches, are not as willing as was Jackson to label and name those responsible, those gangsters and militarists, in the modern world for racial hatreds, terrorism and violence, arrogance and cruelty of power.  

The two religious groups have issued statements on the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015. Both of those statements, well-meaning in their usual fashion, suffer from refusal, hypocritical or not, to tell the whole truth. They do not identify the people and the ideology that committed evil. 

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches on November 14, 2015 stated in English, French, and Arabic that “the people of Paris again confronted terror, violence and death, following attacks that left more 120 people dead and hundreds more injured.” The WCC articulated that its hearts and minds were with the victims, but was silent about who were the murderers. Surely the WCC does not really believe that aliens from outer space were responsible for the evil act of terror in Paris. Or does it, since the name of the Islamist terrorism by the Islamic State, ISIS, or that of any other group, is never mentioned? 

Similarly, Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, condemned the November 13 attacks. He urged, “these acts of horrific violence not be mistaken as part of a war between Christianity and Islam.” Mr. Winkler not only has forgotten the name of the perpetrators in Paris but also the events of history. The last Christian Crusade to defend Holy Places against Muslims ended in 1291 when the last city controlled by the Crusaders, the town of Acre, was captured by Muslim forces.  

In this respect it is unfortunate that President Barack Obama on February 5, 2015 made an ill-advised moral comparison when speaking of “the terrible deeds in the name of Christ” committed during the Crusades and the Inquisition. Of course, Christians have committed terrible deeds in the past, but Obama’s emphasis on the atrocities of Christians can be seen as an example of moral equivalence between Christians and Muslims. The non-Muslim world has not declared war on Islam, but only on Islamist terrorism which has declared war on the civilized world, terrorism which the WCC and the NCC have difficulty in specifically condemning. 

It is symptomatic of the political correctness, shameful ignorance and unsatisfactory nature of present day academics in American universities that they seem ignorant of, or dismiss as irrelevant, the existing menace to world civilization by Islamist terrorists and those responsible for the evils committed in Paris, Brussels, Beirut, and Mali, to take only the most recent. Instead, whether out of prejudice or bias, or as a result of weakly succumbing to unremitting Palestinian pressure organizations, some academics register indignation and urge action against what they see as the one, and only, violator of human rights in the universe, the State of Israel.  

Apart from a lunatic Arab fringe element, no political or religious group has attributed the massacre of 130 people in Paris to instructions by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to citizens of the State of Israel or in particular to the ubiquitous Mossad that the fringe element regards as engrossed in plots of world conspiracy. 

Certainly members of the American Anthropological Association do not believe this, or at least have not started it publicly. But they did, after three years of Palestinian organization and pressure, on November 20, 2015 at a meeting in Denver of 1,400 of its members, pass a resolution by 1040 to 36 calling for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. A final vote on this resolution will be taken by all AAA 10,000 members at its annual meeting in April 2016.  

The brutality and criminality of ISIS actions should be denounced by everyone, especially those genuinely concerned with the maintenance of human rights. The actions have gone far beyond any moral parameters of human behavior. All true humanitarians are mourning the deaths and injuries of hundreds in Paris and should urge that the evil ISIS perpetrators be brought to justice.  

Even admitting that real problems exist in Israeli-Palestinian relations and must be solved, it appears weird if not pathological for supposed scholars, few of whom in the AAA have any real expertise in the complexities of Middle East affairs, to focus on what it calls Israel’s systematic maintenance of the occupation and denial of basic rights to Palestinians.  Instead of stressing compassion and comfort for the victims of ISIS terrorism, and calling for a response to it, the AAA fritters away its time and calls for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions until these institutions end their (unstated) complicity in violating (unstated) Palestinian rights.  

The AAA resolution is the result of prejudice against the Jewish State, and is counterproductive in excusing and even abetting the Palestinian unwillingness to come to the bargaining table to make peace. But like the statements of the WCC and the NCC that of the AAA is hypocritical. Indeed, it gives hypocrisy a bad name. The AAA resolves that the boycott, part of the broader BDS movement, pertains only to Israeli academic institutions and not to individual scholars. One is left wondering who remains in the academic institutions who are not individual scholars. The answer can only be the janitors and cleaners of the building. 

Those janitors should complain to the International Criminal Court that their basic human rights are being violated by the leaders of the American Anthropological Association, and those leaders should stand judgment at a modern version of Nuremberg, not for abstract speculation of which scholars are fond, but for practical harm they are causing to innocent and hard-working Israeli people.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 11/24/2015 7:33 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Another Hotel, Another Day, Another Attack


CAIRO — Militants attacked a hotel in the northern Sinai Peninsula of Egypt with explosives and gunfire early on Tuesday, killing at least three people, including a judge, according to the military.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which took place at the Swiss Inn Resort in El Arish. The hotel was housing judges who were monitoring voting in Egypt’s parliamentary elections.

Militants belonging to an affiliate of the Islamic State have carried out numerous attacks in the northern Sinai, and last month they claimed responsibility for bringing down a Russian plane carrying tourists from the Sinai resort of Sharm el Sheikh, killing all 224 people on board. They were also behind a bombing at a police club in El Arish this month that killed four officers.

Posted on 11/24/2015 7:11 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Those Muslim “Refugees”

The murders in Paris on November 13 did not halt the invasion of Europe by the forces of Islam. Muslim masses are still on the march toward Europe, by the hundreds of thousands this year alone, joining the tens of millions of Muslims already in Europe who came during the last few decades. These Muslims arrive as “refugees” claiming a “right of asylum.” They claim this right because they are fleeing something. What is that something? It’s the chaos and cruelty, the internecine violence, of Muslim peoples and polities. Many Muslims would like to flee these places. Were they able to make the connection between the chaos and cruelty and Islam itself, that would be one thing. But they do not make that connection. They do not flee from Islam itself, but bring it with them in their mental baggage.

Some of those “Muslim refugees” take Islam very much to heart, others perhaps not quite as much. But many non-Muslims to whom we look for guidance — writers for The Guardian, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Hillary Clinton – are quite definite in their dismissal: they continue to assure us that “the attacks in Paris had nothing to do with Islam.” What you think of that assertion? What texts were in the minds of those killers in Paris? What models of conduct did they have in mind? When someone tells you that Muslims in the Islamic State, or Al Qaeda, or just plain-vanilla Muslims, when they carefully quote the Qur’an, or adduce a hundred Hadith, to explain and justify their behavior, don’t you worry a little bit about their grasp of Islam? Don’t you wonder why they continue to hold up for inspection and discussion such prompters of hostility and hate toward non-Muslims as Qur’an 9.5 and 9.29, among more than one hundred “Jihad verses,” and in addition to the Qur’anic passages, many hundreds of “authentic” Hadith from authoritative (sahih) collections, especially those by Al-Bukhari and Muslim, offering the words and deeds of Muhammad himself, so full of malevolence toward Infidels?

Is the desire to flee violence enough to earn, for Muslims, both Sunni and Shi’a, right of entry into non-Muslim lands, into the heart of the civilization of the West? Are we not a little too quick with our compassion, a little too willing to welcome, a little too incurious about the ideology of Islam? Millions of Muslim refugees have fled Iraq and Syria for such neighboring Muslim countries as Jordan and Turkey. Do they not have such places still available to them? And are there not vast areas in many other Muslim countries where they ought reasonably to find or expect refuge? Why must the Infidels of Germany, or Sweden, or France be expected to admit them into their Infidel midst? Why must they go to Germany, or Sweden, or Norway? For Shi’a, there are still plenty of places – Iran or Hezbollah-controlled parts of Lebanon, to start with, and still much of Syria, and Baghdad, and southern Iraq – where Shi’a are in control and where other Shi’a could find security. And Sunni Arabs who want to flee the violence of Iraq and Syria have Turkey and Jordan, to which so many have already fled, and instead of being made Europe’s responsibility, the refugees could be asked to knock on the doors of Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, all of which have need of foreign workers, and none of which have to date taken in more than a handful of those Muslim refugees who might serve as those workers.

Why don’t we ask the obvious question: why do 800,000 Muslims seek refuge just in Germany alone this year, and none of those 800,000 seek refuge closer to home? Why aren’t those Muslim refugees requesting admission to Kuwait, Qatar, the Emirates, Saudi Arabia? And why aren’t Kuwait, Qatar, the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, requesting those Muslim refugees to come on in, because they are needed?

Remember: Muslims are taught – all Muslims, not just members of the Islamic State or Al Qaeda – that they have a duty to conduct the struggle, or Jihad, to remove all obstacles to the spread and then the dominance of Islam, so that ultimately, all over the world, Islam will dominate and Muslims rule. Now given that, why should any non-Muslims anywhere make that Jihad easier? Or why should Europeans pretend that that solemn duty of Jihad is an islamophobic figment, or try to convince themselves that thoroughly modern Muslims don’t take that duty to heart? This is a policy that could please only a Pollyanna – or a Hillary Clinton.

Now there is a category of people fleeing Syria and Iraq who, unlike Muslims, really are without any place of refuge in the Middle East (save, of course, for these people possibly settling in the “West Bank” in an an exchange of populations, where they would be traded for Muslim “Palestinians”). We call these people “Christians.” Assyrians and Chaldeans in Iraq, Catholics and Orthodox and Armenians in Syria, Copts in Egypt – these people, to varying degrees, and at various times (sometimes more, sometimes less) have suffered the same fate at the hands of Muslims: attacks on their churches, disruption of their ceremonies, kidnapping and forced conversion and rape and enslavement of their women, murder of their menfolk. But the Muslims who seek to enter Europe neither need nor deserve that refuge, for there are vast areas of the Muslim world that could be open to them.

These Muslim “refugees” are obviously interested in more than just a refuge...

Continue reading at Jihad Watch.

Posted on 11/24/2015 6:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Turkey Shoots Down Russian Plane

Another reason Turkey has no business being part of NATO. They are completely unreliable and they are helping ISIS fight the Kurds in Syria and Iraq - at what point do their interests coincide with the other NATO members? This moronic move is in no one's best interest.

Story here.

Posted on 11/24/2015 5:11 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
MSNBC's 'No-Fly List Is Islamophobia' Poster Boy Arrested in Turkey as Part of ISIS Cell

Patrick Poole writes in PJMedia:

A man, who just two years ago was the poster boy for the far-Left media's attacks against the U.S. government's no-fly list for "unfairly" targeting Muslims, finds himself and several family members sitting in a Turkish prison -- arrested earlier this month near the Turkey-Syria border as members of an ISIS cell.

It's a long way from 2013 when Saadiq Long's cause was being championed by MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Glenn Greenwald, and Mother Jones, and was being represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) terror front.

His story got considerable media attention when his CAIR media representatives here pushed the story that Long wanted to return to his native Oklahoma from his current home in Qatar to visit his ailing mother but couldn't because he was on the TSA's no-fly list. They said his case represented institutional "Islamophobia."

Long's cause got international attention when Glenn Greenwald published an article at The Guardian saying that Long was "effectively exiled from his own country." Kevin Drum of Mother Jones branded it the "Kafkaesque World of the No-Fly List." CAIR has 22 article entries related to Long's case on its website.

After several months of wrangling between his CAIR attorneys and the Department of Homeland Security, Long was temporarily removed from the no-fly list and allowed to return to Oklahoma.

Once home, however, he was still subject to FBI surveillance according to claims he made during a press conference with his CAIR handlers.

After an incident with local police and the FBI, Long was apparently placed back on the no-fly list, preventing his return to Qatar.

That prompted even more outrage from the far-Left media and garnered him an appearance with his CAIR handler on Chris Hayes' MSNBC show.

Eventually, Long boarded a bus to Mexico and got on a flight there to return home to Qatar.

U.S. and Turkish officials confirmed Long's arrest to PJ Media, saying that he was arrested along with eight others operating along the Turkish-Syrian border. So far, no U.S. media outlet has reported on his arrest.

Long's Facebook page has not been updated for several months. The last entry on his wife's Facebook page was October 23.

I have emailed Long's CAIR handler, Adam Soltani, asking for comment. An email to his attorney Gadeir Abbas was returned as undeliverable.

Posted on 11/24/2015 4:48 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 23 November 2015
Channel 4 Dispatches at 9pm tonight: Secret cell of British Muslim women encouraging others to join Islamic State exposed

From the Telegraph

A secret British cell of Islamist women is brainwashing young female Muslims in the UK and encouraging them to join Isil, an undercover investigation has revealed. 

One of the women resides at the same address as a well known British extremist while another lives with another fanatic.

They were caught on camera, at meetings were young children were present, attacking the “filthy Jews” and telling young Muslim women that Britain is waging against them.

One of the meetings is held in a local Government-funded community centre without the managers realising what is going on. 

Police were on Monday examining the footage and one former senior prosecutor said some of the comments may have broken the law.

One of the leading members of the group is a woman who goes by the Twitter name Umm L. Her real name is Rubana, a mother-of-four who lives in London with a known extremist and leading member of a now banned organisation. She also once set up the women’s wing of the now banned al-Muhajiroun group. There are dots to be joined here, does 2+2 = 4? 

Another of the women is called Umm Saalihah, who has lived at the same address as Mohammed Shamsuddin, who was arrested last year on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and being a member of al-Muhajiroun.

A third woman, under the name Umm Usmaan, wrote on Twitter: “Go to Sham (Syria) for it is the best of Allahs lands on earth.” 

Posted on 11/23/2015 2:20 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 23 November 2015
Can't George Stephanopoulos Google?

ABC refuted Trump's claim: While there were images of people cheering the towers’ collapse in parts of the Middle East, there is no record of such celebrations in New Jersey.

Meanwhile back in googleland, Washington Post September 18, 2001

In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners' plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.

I remember that too. It was a clear sign of sedition during wartime.

UPDATE CNN: Both Politifact and The Washington Post's Fact Checker analyzed Trump's claim. Politifact rated it "pants on fire" and The Washington Post gave it "four Pinocchios."

This is getting funny.


Posted on 11/23/2015 2:03 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 23 November 2015
Ahmed Mohamed family wants $15 million from Irving, Irving ISD

This should be laughed out of court, but Obama's DOJ will probably put pressue on Irving to settle. Fox News:

Give us $15 million – or else.

That’s the demand from the family of the world’s most famous clockmaker, Ahmed Mohamed, to the City of Irving and Irving ISD. The city and district were each sent letters on Monday demanding money or else a lawsuit would be filed.

The family wants $10 million from the City of Irving and $5 million from Irving ISD for damages it claims Ahmed and the family suffered after the teen was arrested. The family also wants an apology from the two entities.

Mohamed, 14, was arrested by Irving police in September after he brought a homemade digital clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb by Irving MacArthur High School faculty. The subsequent fallout made international headlines.

Mohamed and his immediately family are now overseas in Qatar and enrolling in school after a foundation has offered to pay for his education. The letter demanding money from the city and district says that the family wants “more than anything to come home” to Irving.

The letter gives both the city and the district 60 days to pay up or else face a lawsuit.

City and district officials didn’t have any immediate comment on the letter.

Posted on 11/23/2015 12:29 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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