John R. Houk
© May 17, 2013
Danny Jeffrey wrote an essay complete with a pictorial entitled “The Cave Dwellings of Afghanistan”. The theme is that Afghanis are primitive people that survived centuries of invasions because of their mountainous terrain that has developed cave dwelling system for periods of defense and reclaiming their land after wearied invaders either left or were assimilated into the tribal situations. Thus Afghanis are not now nor will be amenable to Western ways.
I concur with Danny but there were legitimate reasons for America to invade Afghanistan. Now those reasons have been answered and it is time to leave.
The reason for invading Afghanistan is because the then ruler – the One-Eyed Mullah Omar – provided protection to Usama bin Laden as the head of al Qaeda sent Islamic terrorists to the USA that became responsible for around 3000 deaths on American soil. We chased UBL for about a decade until we found him and killed him out in Pakistan.
Being Americans we have attempted to build an infrastructure in Afghanistan that includes democratic principles. Frankly I was all for that agenda; however time has proven that Islam and Western democratic principles are incompatible.
So what’s left? In my thinking it would be to get Mullah Omar who protected UBL. The thing is the One-Eyed Mullah is only alive by reputation. He has not made any verifiable appearances since he fled the collapse of his Taliban regime as the American led forces commenced their invasion:
“…there have been no verifiable communications on paper, by phone, or in audio or video recordings from the so-called Leader of the Faithful, since he disappeared into the Kandahar mountains on the back of a motorcycle in November 2001 as his regime collapsed.” (Taliban Forces Desperate to Hear from Their Absent Leader, Mullah Omar; By Ron Moreau; The Daily Beast; 5/1/13 4:45 AM EDT)
If Mullah Omar is alive he is hiding so deep that the Islamic Terrorists that swear allegiance to him don’t even know if he is running the Taliban terrorist show.
So here’s my thinking: UBL is dead, the Afghan Muslim people are less than pleased with any contribution to Afghanistan and Mullah Omar isn’t running the Taliban operationally.
It is time to leave Afghanistan to its own devices with a warning of future devastation if any Afghan government supports Islamic terrorism on the American homeland. Incidentally devastation does not mean another invasion; it means some kind tactical military action up to and including a small nuke strike to make a point about the long arm of American military might.
Justin Smith writes about the testimony of the Benghazigate Whistleblowers and I like his thoughts on the nefariousness of Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Obama: No Shame, No Honor
By Justin O. Smith
May 15, 2013 at 9:13pm
The statements coming out of the Congressional Oversight Committee’s investigation into the events surrounding the attacks on the consulate and the CIA Annex at Benghazi on 9/11/2012 paint a picture of the Obama administration, Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta and the “Yes men” of the Accountability Review Board, that illustrates they are more concerned with advancing the agenda of the Progressive Democratic Party than protecting American citizens. Their own words have shown them unwilling to take responsibility for their own failures regarding their duties in each of their respective positions, as they are also exposed as self-serving liars, incompetents and cowards!
On May 12, 2012, Senator Feinstein (D-CA) told David Gregory on Meet the Press that she “saw no malevolence” in the actions of the Obama administration during or after Benghazi. It certainly wasn’t good will that had Obama go to bed without a care in the world and get up the next morning, as if nothing had happened, and go campaign in Nevada. It wasn’t good will that kept Obama, Clinton and Panetta from immediately sending a Special Forces or Quick Response team to rescue survivors, and it wasn’t good will that created twelve different revisions of the CIA’s original Intelligence Report that left no doubt the attack on Benghazi was a terror attack and had nothing to do with an anti-Islamic video or a spontaneous protest!
Whose brainchild was the cover story of the anti-Islamic video? Who gave the order for the Special Forces team in Tripoli to stand down? We do need the answers to these questions and more, but in the end, all culpability and responsibility for the lies and the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glenn Dogherty rests squarely with Obama and Clinton, along with Panetta and General David Petraeus who toed the line and joined the lie.
Obama and Clinton knew almost immediately that the U.S. “diplomatic facility” (whatever the administration is calling it today) was under a terrorist attack, because Gregory Hicks, the Deputy Chief of Missions and assistant to Ambassador Stevens spoke with Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State and his boss, at 2:00am the night of the attack, and he briefed her on the events on the ground. Clinton and Obama have been lying through their teeth the entire time, which explains the reason they have persistently stone-walled the Oversight Committee and obstructed the investigation into Benghazi.
Most Americans knew right away something was wrong with the Obama administration’s account of the attack on Benghazi. Many of us heard foreign news services such as ‘The Independent’ from the U.K. detailing the attack as a terrorist attack; and, one would have thought that the account given by the Libyan President, which clearly stated Ansar al-Sharia was the perpetrator, would have precluded UN Ambassador Susan Rice from advancing Obama’s and Clinton’s lie.
“I was stunned. My jaw dropped, and I was embarrassed,” stated Greg Hicks, when asked about his reaction to Susan Rice’s explanation for the Benghazi attacks.
The State Department and spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, in particular, pushed for the removal of all references in the CIA Intelligence Report to Al Qaeda, previous warnings about potential terrorist attacks and Ansar al-Sharia. After meeting with the White House and intelligence agencies, they were worried that the information could be “abused” by members of Congress “to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings”… which was the truth…, as Nuland elaborated, “so why would we want to feed that either?”
Nuland just described the inception of a conspiracy, and one in which then CIA Director David Petraeus enjoined by saying what the administration wanted to hear, and Ambassador Pickering enjoined with a substandard ARB Report that was sorely lacking; Greg Hicks was not allowed to review classified ARB documents, and several individuals with firsthand knowledge of the Benghazi attack were never questioned by the ARB, although they were pressing to give their accounts and testimony.
On May 8, 2012, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) asked, ”Isn’t it true that just hours after the attack, the Libyan President called it a terrorist attack?” Hicks replied, “Yes.” Then Gowdy focused on Ambassador Stevens’ last words to Hicks…”we’re under attack!” Gowdy asked, “If a protest was ongoing during some part of the day, wouldn’t a professional career diplomat mention it?” Hicks answered, “Yes.” Gowdy: “Did Ambassador Stevens mention such a protest?” Hicks: “No.”
Between January and April 2013, some of the typical responses from the Obama administration have ranged from press secretary Jay Carney’s “Benghazi was a long time ago” to John Kerry’s (new Sec of State) “We have more important things to get on to” and Clinton’s “What difference does it make.” All of these statements show just what little regard they have for the sacrifice made by those four Americans and their deaths in general.
Elija Cummings (D-MD), in condescending fashion, relegated the deaths in Benghazi to insignificance by stating, “death is a part of life.” This is a gross insult. However much death is a part of life, we do not require such an explanation, nor does it mean that we want to rush to greet Death or to be refused help to escape Death, especially when the help we ask for is standing nearby… willing and able!
The officials at Benghazi and Tripoli were desperate for a rescue mission, but as Lt Colonel Gibson’s Special Forces team prepared to answer the call, they were told to “stand down.” And during this same time frame, Gregory Hicks was having an intense conversation with a furious Mark Thompson, as Thompson and his four man Foreign Emergency Support team were being blocked from responding by their so-called “superiors”!… It’s also unfathomable that a fighter jet could not be scrambled “in less than 22 hours”, as the administration alleges!
Secretary of Defense Panetta essentially said, “There’s bullets flying around over there. I’m not going to put my guys in there.” Why do we even have a military or a Special Forces then, if not to walk in harm’s way when American’s come under attack and an imminent threat of death? Panetta, Clinton and Obama took the coward’s way out. “A brave man dies but once…a coward dies a thousand deaths,” except when a man such as Obama is full of hubris and has no sense of shame or honor.
The party agenda is the most important item for today’s Progressive Democrats, even more than America’s national security or American lives, and this is, in large part, the reason that Obama and Hillary Clinton fabricated the anti-Islamic video story, as part of a cover up and a conspiracy to hide the fact that the attack on the U.S. Consulate at Benghazi was in fact a terror attack initiated by Al Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Sharia. Only days before the Benghazi attacks, Obama had stated that Al Qaeda was on the run and decimated and “Osama’s dead”, so he made a conscious decision to present this lie about an anti-Islamic video; he delivered the lie convincingly and with emotion any actor would envy, as a ploy to prevent any new wrinkles from undermining his presidential campaign and to avoid acknowledging that Islam and the world-wide Muslim community hated his administration, just as much as they had hated President Bush’s administration. But when Obama and Clinton had clear signs and career professionals saying that they needed more security, and Obama and Clinton ignored them out of a misplaced need to make Libya appear to be “normalized”, that in and of itself is criminal when it results in the deaths of four fine Americans… cut down in their prime!
By Justin O. Smith
© Justin O. Smith
Editing John R. Houk
John R. Houk
© May 10, 2013
Unless you are following many of my writing heroes correctly labeled Counterjihadists you may not have heard of the person that goes by the pseudonym Fjordman. During the attack the massacre that occurred at the hands of Anders Behring Breivik that occurred in Norway Fjordman had successfully managed to keep his anonymity.
Breivik slaughtered 77 men, women and children as well as wounding hundreds of more on July 22, 2011. Breivik’s demented reasoning was something akin to thinking that went like this: Start social chaos by violence then the native Europeans would rise up to change the European social order which in turn lead to the expulsion of Muslims out of Europe and perhaps eventually a confrontation against Muslim lands. That is probably unjust summary of Breivik’s intentions, but you can read for yourself in his Internet released Manifesto.
Counterjihad writers were beginning to gain a voice even in Left slanted Europe. People were willing to stand up and risk prosecution by being accused of hate-speech for criticizing or exposing the darker side of Islam. There is only conditional Free Speech in Europe as defined by Multicultural sentiments even if that Multiculturalism leads to cultural suicide. Then Breivik comes and slaughters people and his Manifesto shows that his inspiration comes from Counterjihad writers including Fjordman.
Breivik is Norwegian. Fjordman is Norwegian. The Left oriented Norwegian government began to investigate Fjordman as the master planner of Breivik’s massacre. Of course the Norwegian authorities could not prove Fjordman had anything to do with massacre because the notion was a load crap.
Now the propaganda campaign has begun. As is typical of Leftists governments (Norway and EU) a smear campaign of lies and misinformation against Counterjihad writers because they rock the multiculturalist boat with the truth about Islam.
In the spirit of Leftist smearing author Simen Sætre wrote a biography of Fjordman that is full outright lies and disinformation to paint Fjordman as a Right Wing troublemaker that stirs up hatred toward Muslims and thus incite violence against Muslims.
Below is Fjordman’s defense against the lies at the Gates of Vienna. You should really read the following comments at GV. I am going to include one comment by a GV contributor Dymphna.
The Media Myths
Posted by Baron Bodissey
Posted: April 29, 2013 8:40 PM
The following newspaper article by Fjordman has been translated from the Norwegian, and includes an introduction (in English) by the author.
This essay was originally published online by the Oslo-based Aftenposten, Norway’s largest-circulation newspaper, on April 25, 2013.
The paper had come very, very close to libel-suit territory a few days earlier, when they published a big photo of me on the front page of the print edition, claiming that I am being funded by “right-wing extremists” in the USA. This was a reference to the fact that I had received a grant via the think tank The Middle East Forum, which I had stated quite publicly at Gates of Vienna.
I also told the newspaper openly when asked about this that I had received help with my legal bills (and only that) from the Middle East Forum’s Legal Project in relation to the Breivik case, following a kind offer from Daniel Pipes and competent aid from Ann Snyder and Sam Nunberg. All of this was already public and not a secret.
So Norway’s largest newspaper labeled the Middle East Forum as “right-wing extremists” on their front page. They quickly published an apology afterwards, however, possibly fearing a lawsuit from the MEF — and rightly so.
The same newspaper also published several long and negative articles in reference to a Norwegian biography of me that was published in April 2013 by the author Simen Sætre. One of my most notorious (and dishonest) critics, the professional Breivik-opportunist Øyvind Strømmen, published a “review” of this book in Aftenposten that was essentially one long hit piece against my person. After all of this, within a few days, I sent an email to Aftenposten’s political editor Harald Stanghelle, their debate editor Knut Olav Åmås as well as editor-in-chief Hilde Haugsgjerd and quite simply demanded that I be allowed to publish a full-length essay in their newspaper in response to this smear campaign.
The result is the essay below.
The media myths
Translated by The Observer
In the last few days, dozens of articles about how irrelevant people like me supposedly are have been published in the newspapers. Those who work in the Norwegian mass media apparently lack a sense of irony.
In his review of Simen Sætre’s uneven biography about me, the writer Øyvind Strømmen describes my views on Islam as “strange,” despite the fact that opinion polls in many European countries show that large parts of the population are deeply skeptical of Islam. In France, more than 70 percent of those surveyed expressed doubts about Islam’s ability to adapt to their society. Similar figures may be found in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
There is so little substance to be found in Strømmen’s text that it is strange that he managed to get it published in Aftenposten at all. The only trick he has up his sleeve is to label certain individuals “fascists”. The fact that this is sufficient to secure him a nice career as a social commentator with virtually free access to the press says a lot about the social climate in Norway today.
It is also worth mentioning that the media have recently written about an ethnic Norwegian convert to Islam who sympathizes with the Jihadists of al-Qaida, and who may himself have undergone terrorist training in Yemen. Up until recently he was standing as a member of Miljøpartiet De Grønne (the Green Party of Norway). This is the same political party that Mr. Strømmen, Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen, and Shoaib Sultan of the Islamic Council of Norway — now of the Anti-Racist Centre — represent. The terrorist might be a lone wolf, but he comes from Øyvind Strømmen’s flock.
On April 17, 2013, Aftenposten by a “mistake” published a large photo of me at the top of the front page of the paper edition, claiming that I am being paid by “right-wing extremists” in the USA. With such war headlines, one might be tempted to think that I’m sitting deep inside a bunker, brooding over plans to invade Poland almost single-handedly by beating my opponents over the head with Islamophobic texts until they surrender. The truth, however, is that I had simply received a grant from a conservative think tank that was so secretive that I had publicly announced this myself on an earlier occasion.
Fortunately, Aftenposten quickly apologized for this “mistake,” which had allegedly happened by accident. Personally, I’m a somewhat unsure as to how such mistakes occur. Maybe someone tripped over a pencil and spilled coffee on a computer, making the computer accidentally publish a large photo of a particular person on the front page, right next to the words “right-wing extremist.” And by yet another sheer mistake, someone sent this front page off to stores across the country. The irony here is that the very same newspaper has previously criticized independent Internet sites for publishing claims they cannot document.
A journalist from Aftenposten then proceeded to question whether I am a dangerous “public enemy.” This not very objective or neutral question was clearly intended to make the readers reach a highly negative conclusion. The newspaper’s article about me was perhaps not quite a “Wanted, Dead or Alive” poster from the Wild West, but it wasn’t very far from that, either.
As usual, hardly any attempts were made to delve into the substance of my arguments, nor examine the major problems associated with Islamization and mass immigration that I write about.
The suggestion that those who are critical of Islam are “right-wing extremists” corresponds well with what Hilde Haugsgjerd, the editor-in-chief of Aftenposten, said in her testimony regarding alleged press censorship during the trial of Anders Behring Breivik. In her testimony Haugsgjerd went a long way towards in suggesting a link between Islam-critical attitudes and the “far Right.”
This is not correct. One of Europe’s best-known critics on issues related to Muslim immigration, Thilo Sarrazin, is a member of Germany’s SPD, the Social Democratic German equivalent of the Norwegian Labour Party.
Personally, I have great doubts as to whether Islam can be reformed. The Christian (Protestant) Reformation lasted many generations and was at times a rather bloody affair. If Islam cannot be reformed, this will cause serious and long-lasting conflicts in European cities. If, however, Islam against all odds can be reformed, then this will probably also create serious and long-lasting conflicts in Western cities since we are now importing Islamic culture here. In Norway, the hardline organization the Prophet’s Ummah has praised the Jihadist terrorists from Boston.
Even non-Muslim immigration can pose a problem with the millions of migrants we’re seeing at the moment, which is gradually turning the native populations in much of Europe into a minority in their own countries. Yet despite this, we continue with the mass importation of possible future conflicts, at the same time as we are discussing what the weather could be like in the year 2089. This is absurd. Just as in H.C. Andersen’s famous fairy tale, someone will have to point out the obvious truth: That the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes.
The independent website Document.no took screenshots of the readers’ comments on a newspaper article that was highly critical of me. To the embarrassment of Aftenposten’s management, a significant proportion of their own readers either partly agreed with me or at least thought that the smear campaign against me was going too far. And just as has happened in other similar incidents, these readers’ comments were then soon removed by the newspaper.
Many of Aftenposten’s own readers are obviously not entirely positively disposed towards Islamization and mass immigration, despite the newspaper’s many attempts to label opposition to such ideas as “right-wing extremism.” There are limits on how far a commercial enterprise can harass its own readers. Some of them might otherwise be tempted to cancel their subscriptions.
This is not really about stigmatizing a particular person, but rather about stigmatizing certain opinions which the ruling elites don’t like. You then make an example out of certain individuals in order to intimidate others into silence. In this particular case, the strategy doesn’t work as well as intended because the target — in this case me — has no intentions whatsoever of succumbing to media pressure or withdrawing statements that I believe to be accurate.
Unfortunately, it’s not always the case that the majority opinion is based on common sense, but in this case, those who are critical of Islamization and mass immigration represent both the majority of the population as well as common sense. We will no longer allow ourselves to be bullied by a radical minority that unfortunately directs much of the propaganda flow through the mass media.
For a complete archive of Fjordman’s writings, see the multi-index listing in the Fjordman Files.
Poor Norway. A whited, benighted sepulcher if ever there was one.
I feel such sadness for those who cannot in good conscience continue to spout the increasingly ludicrous party line about the joys of multiculturalism. It must be painful to be forced to wait in silence as the damning evidence against this myth continues to mount and to watch the bodies of the victims of this farce continue to be shoved under the rug.
The elites – who never, ever have to live with the results of their pie-in-the-sky poisoned apple meddling – continue to pedal harder to avoid having it all topple on them. From the outside it’s hard to tell whether they’re –
(1) genuine patsies who swallowed the Kool Aid and thus are able to mindlessly maintain the gears on the Big Lie machine or if, on the other hand,
(2) they’re actually fully culpable pushers of this dictatorial horror — that falsetto “now-be-sure-to-play-nicely-boys” tyranny tricked out to look like a democracy. Feh.
There are limits on how far a commercial enterprise can harass its own readers.
But I would ask if a state-supported ‘business’ can be termed a commercial enterprise at all? Is it not instead a state-controlled mouthpiece? And in that respect does it differ in substance from the old Pravda? Do those readers have any real choice? Perhaps in socialist tyrannies – as exemplified by Norway – the idea of genuine entrepreneurs in media entities doesn’t actually exist?
For those of us who live outside such strictures, the notion of citizens’ taxes going to support media is repugnant UNLESS it supports all points of view – from the socialist greenies on one end of the spectrum to the Kirkian conservatives on the other.
Here in the US those pushing back with mounting indignation will win their fight to stop taxes being used to shore up the biased and often downright spurious ‘news’ emanating from the leftist National Public Radio. NPR’s claims about having “commercial free radio” are risible. If you’ve ever heard their breaks between segments, you know how incredibly fast those announcers have to speak to tell you about the financial support they get from lefty orgs, making sure to enunciate the creepy mottoes of the Agribiz conglomerates. But don’t you dare call their spiels commercials – nope, they’re just ‘announcements’. And those announcers aren’t paid shills, they’re real jornolists (sic). (And I have a lovely home with its own sinkhole in Florida for sale..)
But while we are – at the moment – forced to put up with the ugly fact of NPR’s welfare payments, we also maintain (via advertising) a wide and varied and vigorous press. Yes, the left dominates, but it can’t silence the opposition. The shame tactics in force in Europe don’t work here, though heaven knows the elitists try their damnedest to make that shame stick. Instead, the cordons sanitaires the left cobbles together to hide things they don’t want known eventually crumble and sometimes they’re even forced to eat the pieces. It was wonderful, for example, to watch CNN hastily backtracking on its silence about the Gosnell butchery, claiming later their silence was a figment of the right’s imagination. Sure it was/is.
Speech, real true freedom of speech, is under fire in this country. But it hasn’t been criminalized as it has been in Europe. Not yet, anyway.
They hide their deeply intrinsic unfairness in Norway by giving Fjordman his five minutes to talk and point to that as ‘fairness’. Then it’s back to the same old lies and the same tired bromides and same old covering the truth of the comments. World-wide, the left is shameless.
Countering the Smear against Fjordman
John R. Houk
© May 10, 2013
The Media Myths
Since the Mainstream Media refuses to ask the investigative questions that might show President Obama and former Secretary of State Clinton I will post either my thoughts or thoughts of other Conservatives trying to break through Teflon of the Obama Administration. Here is some Benghazigate perspective from the Western Center for Journalism (WCJ).
John R. Houk
© May 2, 2013
Yesterday I had read breaking news that three more people were arrested in connection to the Boston Marathon Bombers. I immediately jumped to the conclusion that these three confirmed suspicions that the Tsarnaev brothers indeed were not lone wolf Muslim terrorists.
According to the reports now updated is that Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos were not co-conspirators in the bombing. Rather that these three were party buddies of Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev’s party buddies attempted to rid evidence that would play badly for Dzhokar. The authorities and the media wish us to believe that these three were just college idiots ala Bill and Ted (See this trailer for a good example of clueless dudes) doing a favor and not cognizant that they were helping a murderous Islamic terrorist.
I am still having a difficult time believing these guys were mere clueless felonious idiots. If indeed they were clueless idiots as far as I am concerned there are still other people or another organization – foreign or domestic – that were involved in the bombing operation or were providing tactical support in money and/or planning.
The Boston Marathon Bombing was not the work of clueless Muslim terrorists. The purpose was jihad. The goal was to strike fear into the perceived enemies of Islam. The desire was to kill and maim as many non-Muslims as possible.
People painted as clueless cohorts in act of Islamic terrorism are a stretch. Even if these young Muslims were not perpetrators they at least agreed with the ideology of the Tsarnaev brothers and so tried to eliminate evidence to legally protect their buddy from the prosecution in the American legal system of innocent until proven guilty.
Arrests of Boston bombing suspect’s friends: What the charges really mean
May 01, 2013
Fox News VIDEO: Three More Suspects Arrested
Today’s news of the arrests of Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s three friends is really just a sign that investigators are working from the bottom up, from the cleanup crew to hopefully the masterminds.
Two 19-year old friends of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev were charged with a single count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. A third friend was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.
For purposes of clarifying the timeline, on April 15th, two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. For days, the perpetrators remained unknown and no terrorist group claimed responsibility.
It was not until three days later, on April 18th, that the FBI released images of the alleged bombers: brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev. That night, after a wild goose chase and shootout with police, Tamerlan died of his injuries. On April 19th, Dzhokar was found hiding in a boat and he was taken into custody.
The FBI was clearly on the right path before they found Dzhokar. Also on the 19th, investigators spoke to Dzhokar’s friends, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev. Kadyrbayev told investigators that the day before, on April 18th, he and his two friends helped Dzhokar by disposing of a computer and fireworks-filled backpack from his dorm room.
(The third friend, Robel Phillipos, was also interviewed; however, according to a separate complaint, he lied to authorities over the course of many days, from April 19th until the 25th, about his presence inside of the dorm room and his knowledge about the other friends’ behavior. It was not until the 26th that Phillipos confessed that he had previously lied.)
The very next day, on April 20th, authorities took Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev, both citizens of Kazakhstan, into immigration custody on a “technical violation on a student visa for not regularly attending classes,” according to one of their attorneys. This is a common tactic among law enforcement: if a person can be taken into custody on a legitimate immigration violation, then authorities do not have to worry about the person becoming a flight risk. It also gives authorities time to interview the person about the underlying issue or crime.
The Tazhayakov/Kadyrbayev complaint highlights this tactic as it states that it was not until April 21st, again after the men were in the custody of immigration, that authorities obtained a search warrant into Dzhokar’s dorm room. (Dzhokar’s roommate is unnamed in the complaint.) At this point, authorities did not have to worry about the men disposing of additional evidence.
If convicted, Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev face up to 5 years in prison, fines, and deportation. The third man, Robel Phillipos, an American citizen, is the only one charged with making false statements to federal investigators. This is a very broad crime. Simply saying, “I don’t know” can lead you to such a charge. He faces up to 8 years in prison and fines but obviously he cannot be deported.
Thus far, nothing suggests the conspiracies alleged between Dzhokar and his three friends include their involvement in the original plot with the Tsarnaev brothers. Instead, the men were apparently just the housekeepers for Dzhokar.
These crimes are very small in comparison to the severity of the ultimate terrorist acts. The Tsarnaev brothers obtained large amounts of explosives, guns, materials, and most importantly, knowledge about how to execute such terrible crimes. Interestingly, Tazhayakov, Kadyrbayev, Phillipos and Tsarnaev all began attending the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at the same time in 2011. They were friends the entire time and they are all, aside from Phillipos, from a similar region of Eastern Europe. The similarities suggest that the friends know more than what investigators have shared in the complaints.
It is my suspicion that prosecutors charged the three men with minor crimes in an attempt to get more information about the Tsarnaev brothers and, more importantly, their sources of money, intelligence and education.. The friends may hopefully help investigators find those who were involved in planning the crimes, not just the cleanup crew.
Tamara Holder is an attorney and Fox News legal analyst.
Wyld Stallyns Protecting Dzhokar?
John R. Houk
© May 2, 2013
Arrests of Boston bombing suspect’s friends: What the charges really mean
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Here is some breaking Boston Marathon Bombing news. It is reported that three more suspects have been arrested in connection to the bombing!
Many others, and I have posited the suspicion that the Tsarnaev brothers did not act alone because of the sophistication and the expense of the materials used to build the bombs they set off. The authorities under the Obama Administration tried to tell us Americans that the Tsarnaevs operated as lone homegrown terrorists. That was and is a crock!
3 More People in Custody in Boston Bombing Case
Published: May 1, 2013
BOSTON — Three additional people were taken into custody Wednesday in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings last month, according to Boston police and a federal law enforcement official.
No identities or other information was offered, and the Boston police said more details would be available later.
Two explosives detonated April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are suspected of having set off the bombs. Tamerlan was killed in a subsequent shootout with the police, while Dzhokhar is in a federal prison hospital, charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.
On Muslim immigration, Joseph Farah agrees with Laura Ingraham. I agree with Joseph Farah! At least in this day and age if Muslims are seeking a better life and are fully invested in Shariah Law and the racist violence inherent in the Quran, those Muslims must change the political system in their own nations to what they believe is a better life. Sharia and Islamic Supremacism that results in violence against non-Muslims and democratic institutions are not needed in the United States of America.
Any assertion that Islamic terrorists Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were not a part of a terrorist organization foreign or domestic sounds like load of bull manure to me. Let’s pray that political correctness does not impede a thorough investigation of the probable network of Islamists that pushed buttons to activate Bostom Marathon Bombers.
I am on the email list of Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT). Below is the email I received on April 24. That email includes an USA Today article that highlights the radical Muslim connections of the Tsarnaev brothers. As more and more information is becoming available it is quite evident that yet again the Obama Administration is attempting to manage the media to present a story to the American people which are quite different from the actual conclusions that can be drawn about Muslim terrorists the Tsarnaev brothers.
The email dates the USA Today story as April 23; however if you click the source link it seems the story was updated because the date I see is April 25. I am cross posting directly from the link rather than from the email.
Major media coverage of APT’s findings about mosque connected to Boston marathon terrorists
Sent: 24 Apr 2013 10:52 AM
Americans for Peace & Tolerance
USA Today has just published a major story that includes some of our research on the radical nature of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), including its Cambridge mosque, which has been connected to the Boston Marathon terrorists.
Fox News also interviewed APT President Charles Jacobs about the ISB.
Fox News VIDEO: Motivated by extremism? Feds explore suspects’ Islamist ties
These are the first major media stories on the radical leadership and teachings of the ISB in almost ten years.
We expect that the ISB will now launch an effort to attack us because we exposed them. Certain members of the media will likely join this effort.
This is an important story. Please share it with your friends and contacts.
Mosque that Boston suspects attended has radical ties
By Oren Dorell
8:47 a.m. EDT April 25, 2013
Terror suspects, fugitives and radical speakers have passed through the Cambridge mosque that the Tsarnaev brothers are known to have visited.
BOSTON — The mosque attended by the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon double bombing has been associated with other terrorism suspects, has invited radical speakers to a sister mosque in Boston and is affiliated with a Muslim group that critics say nurses grievances that can lead to extremism.
Several people who attended the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Mass., have been investigated for Islamic terrorism, including a conviction of the mosque’s first president, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, in connection with an assassination plot against a Saudi prince.
Its sister mosque in Boston, known as the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, has invited guests who have defended terrorism suspects. A former trustee appears in a series of videos in which he advocates treating gays as criminals, says husbands should sometimes beat their wives and calls on Allah (God) to kill Zionists and Jews, according to Americans for Peace and Tolerance, an interfaith group that has investigated the mosques.
The head of the group is among critics who say the two mosques teach a brand of Islamic thought that encourages grievances against the West, distrust of law enforcement and opposition to Western forms of government, dress and social values.
“We don’t know where these boys were radicalized, but this mosque has a curriculum that radicalizes people. Other people have been radicalized there,” said the head of the group, Charles Jacobs.
Yusufi Vali, executive director at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, insists his mosque does not spread radical ideology and cannot be blamed for the acts of a few worshipers.
“If there were really any worry about us being extreme,” Vali said, U.S. law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and Departments of Justice and Homeland Security would not partner with the Muslim American Society and the Boston mosque in conducting monthly meetings that have been ongoing for four years, he said, in an apparent reference to U.S. government outreach programs in the Muslim community.
The Cambridge and Boston mosques, separated by the Charles River, are owned by the same entity but managed individually. The imam of the Cambridge mosque, Sheik Basyouny Nehela, is on the board of directors of the Boston mosque.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, attended the Cambridge mosque for services and are accused of setting two bombs that killed three people and injured at least 264 others at the April 15 Boston Marathon.
The FBI has not indicated that either mosque was involved in any criminal activity, but mosque attendees and officials have been implicated in terrorist activity:
• Alamoudi, who signed the articles of incorporation as the Cambridge mosque’s president, was sentenced to 23 years in federal court in Alexandria, Va., in 2004 for his role as a facilitator in what federal prosecutors called a Libyan assassination plot against then-crown prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Abdullah is now the Saudi king.
Aafia Siddiqui is shown after her graduation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Photo: AP)
• Aafia Siddiqui, who occasionally prayed at the Cambridge mosque, was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 while in possession of cyanide canisters and plans for a chemical attack in New York City. She tried to grab a rifle while in detention and shot at military officers and FBI agents, for which she was convicted in New York in 2010 and is serving an 86-year sentence.
The 2009 booking photo of Tarek Mehanna, of Sudbury, Mass. (Photo: Sudbury Police Department via AP)
• Tarek Mehanna, who worshiped at the Cambridge mosque, was sentenced in 2012 to 17 years in prison for conspiring to aid al-Qaeda. Mehanna had traveled to Yemen to seek terrorist training and plotted to use automatic weapons to shoot up a mall in the Boston suburbs, federal investigators in Boston alleged.
• Ahmad Abousamra, the son of a former vice president of the Muslim American Society Boston Abdul-Badi Abousamra, was identified by the FBI as Mehanna’s co-conspirator. He fled to Syria and is wanted by the FBI on charges of providing support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill Americans in a foreign country.
• Jamal Badawi of Canada, a former trustee of the Islamic Society of Boston Trust, which owns both mosques, was named as a non-indicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial in Texas over the funneling of money to Hamas, which is the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.
What both mosques have in common is an affiliation with the Muslim American Society, an organization founded in 1993 that describes itself as an American Islamic revival movement. It has also been described by federal prosecutors in court as the “overt arm” of the Muslim Brotherhood, which calls for Islamic law and is the parent organization of Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group.
Critics say the Muslim American Society promotes a fraught relationship with the United States, expressed in part by the pattern discussed by Americans for Progress and Tolerance in which adherents are made to feel cut off from their home country and to identify with a global Islamist political community rather than with America.
Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said the radical teachings often follow a theme of recitation of grievances that Islam has with the West, advocacy against U.S. foreign policy and terrorism prosecutions, and efforts “to evangelize Islam in order to improve Western society that is secularized,” he says.
Jasser, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and author of the 2012 book A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot Fights to Save His Faith, says the teachings make some followers feel “like their national identity is completely absent and hollow, and that vacuum can be filled by (radical) Islamic ideology, which is supremacist and looks upon the West as evil.”
The Cambridge mosque was founded in 1982 by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and several other Boston-area schools, according to a profile by the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. Its members founded the sister mosque in Boston in 2009.
The leadership of the two mosques is intertwined, and the ideology they teach is the same, Jacobs said. Ilya Feoktistov, director of research at Americans for Peace and Tolerance, said much of the money to create the Boston mosque came not from local Muslims but from foreign sources.
More than half of the $15.5 million used to found the Boston mosque came from Saudi sources, Feoktistov said, who cites financial documents that Jacobs’ group obtained when the mosque sued it for defamation. The lawsuit was later dropped.
Vali said that the vast majority of total donors were in the United States and that “no donations were accepted if the donor wanted to have any decision-making influence (even if benign).”
Vali characterized Americans for Peace and Tolerance and its founder, Jacobs, as anti-Muslim activists who spread “lies and half-truths in order to attack and marginalize much of the local Muslim community and many of its institutions.”
“It’s the new McCarthyism in full swing,” he said.
Sheik Basyouny Nehela, the imam of the Cambridge mosque, which is located across the Charles River from Boston, is on the board of directors for the Muslim American Society of Boston, which runs the Boston mosque. The Tsarnaevs attended the Cambridge mosque.
A statement issued by the Cambridge mosque said the Tsarnaev brothers were “occasional visitors.” The mosque’s office manager, Nichole Mossalam, said neither brother expressed radical views. “They never exhibited any violent sentiments or behaviors. Otherwise, they would have been reported,” Mossalam said.
The Cambridge mosque said Tsarnaev, 26, who died Thursday night in a shootout with police, “disagreed with the moderate American-Islamic theology” of the mosque. Tsarnaev challenged an imam who said in his sermon that it was appropriate to celebrate U.S. national holidays and was told to stop such outbursts, the mosque said in a statement.
Talal Eid, a Muslim chaplain at Brandeis University, said focusing on individual radicals that prayed in a building is unfair.
“In 2011, the two brothers were right under the nose of the FBI and they didn’t find anything,” Eid said, who never met the Tsarnaevs. “How do you want me as an imam to know enough to tell them they are not welcome here? How can I figure out those people have that kind of criminal intent?”
The Muslim American Society says on its website that it is independent of the Muslim Brotherhood. However, early Brotherhood literature is considered “the foundational texts for the intellectual component for Islamic work in America,” the website states.
Jacobs says claims of moderate Islam do not square with the mosque’s classic jihadi texts in its library and its hosting of radical speakers.
Jacobs said Ahmed Mansour, his co-director at Americans for Peace and Tolerance, found writings by Syed Qutb, the former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and other jihadi texts at the Cambridge mosque’s library when Mansour went there in 2003. Qutb pioneered the radical violent ideology espoused by al-Qaeda.
Yusuf al Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader who espouses radical views in videos collected by Jacobs’ group, was listed as a trustee on the Cambridge mosque’s IRS filings until 2000, and on the mosque’s website until 2003, when he addressed congregants via recorded video message to raise money for the Boston mosque, according to a screenshot of the announcement that Feoktistov provided.
Vali said Qaradawi was listed as an honorary trustee years ago only because his scholarship and high esteem in Muslim circles would help with fundraising.
Yasir Qadhi, who lectured at the Boston mosque in April 2009, has advocated replacing U.S. democracy with Islamic rule and called Christians “filthy” polytheists whose “life and prosperity … holds no value in the state of Jihad,” according to a video obtained by Jacobs’ group.
Vali said Qadhi was a guest of a non-profit organization that was renting space at the Boston mosque and has changed his views since that video was made.
Jacobs and others say it is not only renters who express sympathetic views for terrorists. Leaders of the Boston and Cambridge mosques, and invited guests, have advocated on behalf of convicted terrorists, urging followers to seek their release or lenient sentences.
Imam Abdullah Faaruuq, sometimes a spokesman for the Boston mosque, used Siddiqui’s case to speak against the USA Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism law passed under the George W. Bush administration. “After they’re done with (Siddiqui), they are going to come to your door if they feel like it,” he said, according to a video obtained by Americans for Peace and Tolerance.
Anwar Kazmi, a member of the Cambridge mosque’s board of trustees, called for leniency for Mehanna and Siddiqui at a Boston rally in February 2012, in a video posted to YouTube. He characterized Siddiqui’s 86-year sentence as excessive.
In an interview with USA TODAY, Kazmi insisted that the Cambridge mosque is moderate and condemns the marathon bombings. On Monday, the mosque e-mailed members to caution them that the FBI may question them and that they may want to seek representation.
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“This kind of violence, terrorism, it’s just completely contrary to the spirit of Islam,” Kasmi said. “The words in the Quran say if anybody kills even a single human being without just cause, it’s as if you’ve killed all of humanity.”
Contributing: Yamiche Alcindor
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Justin Smith continues his thoughts on the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Tsarnaev brothers.
Terrorists’ Trojan Horse
By Justin O. Smith
Sent 4/24/2013 10:11 AM
Unlike the killing of Osama bin Laden, Barack “Mr. How Did This Happen” Obama had nothing to do with the killing and capture of the two Boston Marathon bombers on April 19, 2013. That honor and America’s thanks are reserved for the long intense and tireless hours invested by the good men and women of the Boston Police Department, as they were aided by an FBI that has practically been neutered during the past decade; however, the joint decision to release photos of the suspects and the authorities plea for the public’s assistance started a chain of events, beginning with “shots fired” blasting over police scanners at 10:24pm EST, that led to 26 year old Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s death and the capture of 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a land-locked boat as he bled out. But the back story and entire picture is the definition of complex, and it opens hundreds of questions that demand answers.
The two men are brothers of Chechen descent who had lived in Kazakhstan with their family, as well as Dagestan, where they were schooled in earlier years. They left Dagestan, which is 99% Muslim, at ages 8 and 15, and they received asylum in the U.S. in 2002 with the help of Patemat Sulemanova, an aunt from Toronto, Canada.
Tamerlan grew to adulthood as a devout Muslim, which he expounded on in the article ‘Will Box For Passport’, highlighting his Golden Gloves boxing career. Somewhere in his journeys, Tamerlan became disillusioned with life in America, due to its policy concerning Chechnyan “rebels”/terrorists; and, according to the FBI, websites he visited show that he leaned heavily towards the radical messages of violent Islamic jihad, as he also influenced his younger brother to join him. If he felt like an outsider in America, as many have suggested, why didn’t he just leave?
The Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge is where Dzhokhar worshipped. Its website states, “We strive to embody the ‘middle path’ to which the Qur’an calls-a path of moderation that is free of extremism.” But moderation is an allusive creature in Islam, and it is almost always far removed from Western civilization’s concept of “moderation.”
Dagestan is historically an ancient Muslim region with an ever increasing Islamist presence; Chechnya is a breeding ground for fanatical Islamic jihadists, who are presently heavily influenced by Saudi money, Al Qaeda and Wahhabiism. Chechnya’s vicious “holy warriors” are the very same islamofascists, serving under Shamil Basayev, who planted a radiological bomb made of 70 pounds of cesium-137 outside of Moscow on November 23, 1995… the same vicious, callous murderers of over 200 school children in Beslan, North Ossetia-Russia in 2004.
Ironically, seven months ago, Dzhokhar raised his hand on September 11th and swore allegiance to these United States of America, as he became a U.S. citizen; in February 2012, Tamerlan, who has a green card, visited his father in Makhachkala, Dagestan, and they both went to Chechnya to visit relatives, according to the father of these two subhuman terrorists. This trip has come under close scrutiny. Why wasn’t Tamerlan questioned by the FBI when he returned from a regional hot-bed of terrorism on July 17, 2012, especially since he had already been flagged as an “extremist” by the Russian government?
Yes, in 2011 Russia had asked the FBI to interview Tamerlan, because they knew he planned a visit in 2012, and he had already strongly condemned Russian actions against Chechnya on Vkontakte, a popular Russian website. The FBI questioned and released him, not too unlike what they did with the Islamic assassins Major Nidal Hassan and Carlos Bledsoe. Upon Tamerlan’s return to the U.S., it was an incumbent imperative that the FBI question him and attempt to discern if he had met with any islamofascist groups or received any training.
These animals, the Tsarnaev brothers, have a mother who professes their innocence and says, “They were set up…they were good boys.” Their aunt from Toronto agrees in the face of enough damning evidence that no jury in their right mind will ever find Dzhokhar “innocent” or “not guilty” when he answers to the U.S. legal system. The aunt said in broken English, “I’m lawyer from back home…give me evidence…only show man’s face standing like this… The FBI shows me only this. What else?” Maybe she will believe video from the actual Boston bomb site or later multiple witnesses’ statements and police video that show her “innocent” nephews shooting at police and throwing bombs that lit up the night sky; or, perhaps she thinks that police officer Richard H. Donohue critically wounded himself in the leg and MIT police officer Sean Collier killed himself, as part of the conspiracy she suggested. How will she explain the suicide vest worn by Tamerlan?
Remziya Suleyman, director of American Center for Outreach, is a political advocate for Muslims in the Nashville area. She is paraphrased in ‘The Tennessean’ saying, “there’s no justification for their (the Boston bombers) actions. No religion or political belief justifies this kind of violence.” She has no credibility, and this statement carries no weight in light of previous comments she has made showing complete disdain for the U.S. Constitution. I don’t put anything past her or those like her.
Similarly, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said, “We must remain united as a nation as we face those who would carry out such heinous and inexcusable crimes.” These are pretty words and meaningless words from a man who has consorted and conspired with known convicted terrorists, suspected terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations for decades. This is all documented in FBI and federal criminal court documents.
An uncle, who had little contact with the Tsarnaev brothers since 2005, said that he was ashamed of what they had done. He called for Dzhokhar to turn himself in and “beg forgiveness from the victims”, if he was still alive. He said, “This is not what Chechen people are like (maybe he and his friends are exceptions)…we are good people. I love this country America that has given so much good and opportunity to the Chechen people.”
Despite the protestations of the bombers’ uncle and many Muslims, this is exactly what a huge percentage of Chechens and Muslims are like. They are only peaceful, until violence serves their purpose. This violence is the face of Islam in its purest form, just as Mohammed decreed it in his last teachings… reform of Islam has never been attainable for those who sought such. And all Muslims know it!
Even the Left-Wing Media seemed to cringe in a politically correct fit, and they couldn’t even say the word “muslim” in conjunction with this investigation. Yes, America has seen Her share of Una-Bombers, Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrns-the Weather Underground terrorists and Timothy McVeighs, but in this decade, 99% of all terrorist acts have been Islamic in origin and Muslim instigated; over and over, MSNBC and CNN reporters pointed to “right-wing extremists”, anti-abortionists, Christians, Tea Party members and returning military veterans. They were so afraid of insulting Muslims that they could not even present unvarnished fact as it related to this terror act. This was a travesty and a sham delivery of “the news”, and in light of the public safety and national security implications that they so willingly ignored, they must be held accountable! And someone needs to flatly state: The victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013 were murdered by Muslim Chechen islamofascist terrorists!
Why has the Obama administration increased the number of Saudis allowed into the U.S. annually from 12,000 to over 100,000, in each year he has been in office?
Our government seems unable to find solutions or deal with a growing Islamic problem in the U.S., which contains approximately 8 million Muslims, not counting Muslims in the U.S. illegally such as Hezbollah agents; the American people were told a few years ago that jihadists would start using white-European-looking Muslims for their terrorist acts, and while we do not ban the free exchange of ideas in the pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment, we do not have to give open access in America to movements, ideas/ideologies that are actively seeking our destruction, such as Islam and communism (we ferreted out Nazis during WWII). Converts are a factor too, but until, and if ever, Islam mounts a real reform in every Islamic nation globally, the U.S. must halt all immigration from Islamic nations; the exceptions would be those who can show they are Christians in need of asylum/refugee status. And going ten steps forward, America should expel all non-U.S. citizen Muslims immediately (for that matter anyone here illegally): Any U.S citizen Muslim with known and proven terrorist ties, unless also guilty of a terrorist act against the U.S., should be expelled with all due precipitous haste to the Islamic nation of their choice: Immigration is the terrorists’ Trojan Horse!
By Justin O. Smith
© Justin O. Smith
Edited by John R. Houk