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Detroit Terror Plot: DOJ Press Release

December 29, 2009

Department of Justice Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 26, 2009 U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888
Nigerian National Charged with Attempting to Destroy Northwest Airlines Aircraft

WASHINGTON—A 23-year-old Nigerian man was charged in a federal criminal complaint today with attempting to
destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day and with
placing a destructive device on the aircraft.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian
national, boarded Northwest Flight 253 in Amsterdam, Netherlands on December 24, 2009 and had a device
attached to his body. As the flight was approaching Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Abdulmutallab set off the device,
which resulted in a fire and what appears to have been an explosion. Abdulmutallab was then subdued and
restrained by the passengers and flight crew. The airplane landed shortly thereafter, and he was taken into custody
by Customs and Border Patrol officers.

A preliminary FBI analysis found that the device contained PETN, also known as pentaerythritol, a high explosive.
Further analysis is ongoing. In addition, FBI agents recovered what appear to be the remnants of the syringe from
the vicinity of Abdulmutallab’s seat, believed to have been part of the device.

“This alleged attack on a U.S. airplane on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in the fight against
terrorism at all times,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Had this alleged plot to destroy an airplane been
successful, scores of innocent people would have been killed or injured. We will continue to investigate this matter
vigorously, and we will use all measures available to our government to ensure that anyone responsible for this
attempted attack is brought to justice
Abdulmutallab required medical treatment and was transported to the University of Michigan Medical Center after
the plane landed. He will make his initial court appearance later today.

Interviews of all of the passengers and crew of Flight 253 revealed that prior to the incident, Abdulmutallab went to
the bathroom for approximately 20 minutes, according to the affidavit.  Upon returning to his seat, Abdulmutallab
stated that his stomach was upset, and he pulled a blanket over himself.  Passengers then heard popping noises
similar to firecrackers, smelled an odor, and some observed Abdulmutallab’s pants leg and the wall of the airplane
on fire. Passengers and crew then subdued Abdulmutallab and used blankets and fire extinguishers to put out the
flames. Passengers reported that Abdulmutallab was calm and lucid throughout. One flight attendant asked him
what he had had in his pocket, and he replied “explosive device.”

These prosecutions are being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, with
assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. The public is reminded that criminal complaints contain mere allegations, and a
defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Nigerian Airline Bomb Plotter Charged. Read the DOJ release here.

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Rifqa Bary and CAIR

December 14, 2009

New pics reveal Hamas-linked CAIR’s backstage media coordination in Rifqa Bary case

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The picture above shows the parents of Rifqa Bary with Babak Darvish, an official of Hamas-linked CAIR. Here is the whole story: “Pics reveal CAIR backstage coordination of media in Rifqa Bary case and how the media kept silent,” from the Jawa Report, December 14 (thanks to Isabella):

Since early August we have been following the ongoing saga concerning Rifqa Bary, the Ohio Muslim-turned-Christian convert teenager who fled her home to Florida in fear of her life after her family discovered her conversion. Last Friday we reported a motion filed by the Bary’s CAIR attorney with the Ohio court considering Rifqa’s case demanding a ban and seizure of all Christmas cards sent to her from outside parties. We also broke the story of how CAIR officials were allowed to be present as “neutral observers” when the Bary family was interviewed by Florida investigators.

Early on in this case we reported that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) had convened a strategy session in Rifqa’s hometown of Ohio where they formulated their media strategy in response to the negative press the parents were receiving:

But a source who was inside a secret strategy meeting conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) earlier this week has conveyed the strategy that the media’s favorite Islamist group has devised to respond to the ongoing public relations crisis. According to my source who attended the strategy session, CAIR officials handed out copies of this Orlando Sentinel article and want supporters to push the meme that Christians have brainwashed and abducted this gullible teenage girl. They have also instructed supporters to circulate rumors that Rifqa had been carousing with infidel boys and engaged in acts of immorality. This CAIR strategy takes the focus off the near-universal Islamic legal precepts and Quranic injunctions that demand death for apostates and impugns the character of the innocent girl at the center of this controversy who appears to be in genuine fear for her life if she is returned to her parents.

That media narrative of Rifqa being brainwashed and abducted by a Christian cult was one that was carried by many media outlets, most notably Meredith “Hijab” Heagney of the Columbus Dispatch, Michael Kruse of the St. Petersburg Times, among others. In all their reporting, however, they carefully left the connections of the terror-tied CAIR out of their stories.

But from my source inside CAIR comes new information indicating media complicity with respect to concealing CAIR’s backstage management of the case on behalf of Rifqa’s allegedly abusive parents. Most of the stories by these media hacks featured pictures of the Bary family, such as this photo accompanying an article by the St. Pete Times’ Michael Kruse:

a4s_revolutionary082_81633c.jpgWhat is important about this photograph is not so much what you see as what you don’t see. As the late Paul Harvey said, and now for the rest of the story…

What CAIR’s media allies neglected to mention was that these interviews with the lapdog media were being conducted in the office of CAIR-Columbus executive director Babak Darvish as seen in the following photographs taken in various media interviews.

Go here to see the pictures. In a sane world, this revelation would destroy the credibility of the Kruse/Heagney media coverage of the story for good, as well as the credibility of the parents’ case against Rifqa and attempts to get her back home despite her fears for her life. Would it matter to the case that media interviews with the parents were being conducted in the offices of an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case? Would it matter to the case that media interviews with the parents were being held in the offices of an organization that was known to have held meetings about false talking points it was going to circulate in order to discredit this girl and her defenders?

It should matter. But it doesn’t. For the elites to whom it should matter are just as corrupt and compromised as Kruse, Heagney and co.



Hasan’s Communication Known Months Prior

November 11, 2009

Panel said earlier that Fort Hood suspect didn’t merit probe Top Stories   |  Updated 1h 1m ago WASHINGTON — A Defense Department worker on a terrorism task force looked into Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan’s background months ago, officials said Tuesday. But an assessment concluded that Hasan did not merit further investigation. Two officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case on the record said the Washington-based Joint Terrorism Task Force overseen by the FBI was notified of communications between Hasan and a radical imam overseas, and the information was turned over to a Defense Criminal Investigative Service employee. That worker reviewed the Army major’s personnel file and the communications and concluded that no further investigation was necessary. The assessment was based in large part on the fact that Hassan’s communications with the imam were centered on a research paper he was writing at the time. The investigator had concluded Hasan was in fact working on such a paper, the officials said. The imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, was released from a Yemeni jail last year. He has used his personal website to encourage Muslims across the world to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. The disclosure came as the FBI launched an internal review of how it handled the early information about Hasan. Military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are all facing questions about what they knew about Hasan before he allegedly opened fire in a crowded room at the huge military base in Texas. Thirteen people were killed and 33 were wounded by gunfire in the Fort Hood rampage. Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


VIDEO: Geert Wilders’ Life Threatened

November 6, 2009

This is from the United Kingdom, London, Great Britain – Muslims openly threatening Geert Wilders’ life. This is Sharia Law.  This is the heart of Islam.  Hate, NOT Peace.

Muslims threaten to kill Geert Wilders in UK.


Healthcare: Visits or Calls to Capitol Hill Needed Now

November 6, 2009

Visits or Calls to Capitol Hill Needed Now

Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 3, 2009

I just returned from Capitol Hill, where Nancy Pelosi, unfazed by big conservative victories in Tuesday’s election in Virginia and New Jersey, is still planning to ram through a floor vote in the full House by Friday on the massive, 1,990-page government health care takeover bill that was just unveiled a few days ago. It’s an abuse of power and an utter outrage. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in the face of widespread public opposition, has said the Senate will have to delay its version until December or even next year.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one of the most outspoken opponents of the bill, says Republican members were literally locked out of committee rooms where the bill was written. Recall that President Obama promised “transparency” and that any bill would be written in public. That did not happen.

Mrs. Bachmann is asking Americans to take some time on Thursday, Nov. 5, and do one of several things. She is organizing a noon rally at the U.S. Capitol building on the House side. Participants will then be encouraged to visit the offices of their congressman.

Any Americans within driving distance who can get there are encouraged to show up to support the effort to stop the bill. Those who can’t are asked to visit congressmen’s district offices back in their states. And those who cannot do that are encouraged to flood the Capitol switchboard with calls to their congressmen.

Please Take Action.

Please consider taking one of the following actions.

1) Pray that wisdom prevails and that Congress does the right thing.

2) If you can, please come to Washington, D.C. for Thursday’s rally at noon at the U.S. Capitol building on the House side.

3) Or visit your congressmen’s district office locally.

4) Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 225-3121 and ask for your congressman’s office. Click here to locate your representative. Be polite but firm and tell them simply that you do not want this health care takeover passed, period.

More Background

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said Wednesday that it is now clear the health care bill “is not about health care, but about changing the fundamental relationship between Americans and their government.” In short, it will mean serfdom, as Americans will be made entirely dependent on federal bureaucrats for allocation of health care. Yes, this means “death panels” and the rest of it. Senior citizens will take the brunt of the “savings” that will be mandated, including $500 billion in designated cuts in Medicare. A study by Price Waterhouse Cooper estimates that the average family will have to pay $4,000 more for insurance by 2019, and individuals another $1,500.

Also in the bill:

Government insurance. The “public option” is still in. This provision would create a government insurance plan that would quickly drive private insurers out of business and ensure a “single-payer” system that is, in effect, socialized medicine.

Abortions. American taxpayers will be forced to pay for them. Pelosi and her fellow liberals have defeated 30 efforts in both Houses of Congress to prohibit such funding. The bill has language barring school-based clinics from actually committing abortions, but does nothing to keep the clinics from referring or facilitating abortions.

Domestic partners. Insurance tax benefits are expanded to unmarried couples, which means taxpayers will be subsidizing homosexual relationships.

Tax increases. Americans for Tax Reform has found 13 tax increases or new taxes in the $1.2 trillion bill, including the “medicine cabinet” tax that would prevent people from paying for non-prescription drugs through tax-deferred health savings accounts.

Your prayers, visits, calls or emails will make a difference!

Again, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 225- 3121 and ask for your congressman’s office. Click here to locate your representative. Be polite but firm and tell them simply that you do not want this health care takeover passed, period.

Remember, you are not alone. Many other national groups are encouraging their constituents to take these actions, too. If enough Americans respond, we will stop this ghastly power grab in its tracks before it even gets to the Senate.


Coral Ridge Ministries

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33302-1920



IPT: Terrorism Report: Dearborn Imam Killed

October 30, 2009

Steven Emerson, Executive Director October 30, 2009

The IPT Terror Alert
Friday 30 October 2009

Top News

1. Imam Killed, 10 Others Arrested in Detroit Case (IPT News)
A Detroit imam was killed in a shootout with FBI agents Wednesday afternoon as the agents sought to arrest him and 10 other men on conspiracy and weapons charges. Luqman Ameen Abdullah, formerly Christopher Thomas, is accused of being the ringleader of a radical Muslim separatist movement that wanted a state in America governed by Shariah law. According to an affidavit in the criminal complaint, Abdullah, 53, and many of his followers were converts to Islam. Abdullah was convicted of assault and carrying a concealed weapon in 1981. Like other cases broken up this year, Abdullah converted to Islam after serving time in prison.

2. FBI K-9 Killed in the Line of Duty (FBI)
On October 28, 2009, Federal Bureau of Investigation K-9 Freddy lost his life in the line of duty. Freddy will be returned home to Quantico, Virginia. A memorial will be held at Quantico and Freddy’s name will be added to a memorial wall.  Freddy was a Belgian Malinois. Freddy was born on February 17, 2007 and entered on duty with the FBI on September 8, 2008. In the line of duty, Freddy gave his life for his team. He will be missed by his FBI family.  Anyone who wishes to send a card to Freddy’s team members, please send them to the address below and they will be forwarded to the team:…  Anyone wishing to donate money to a K-9 Law Enforcement Memorial in the memory of Freddy:…

3. FBI defends decision to shoot mosque leader – Case reopens Muslim concerns on informants (Detroit Free Press)
Terrorists? Two-bit thugs? Or innocent? Those are the questions surrounding the dozen men described as radical fundamentalists charged in a criminal conspiracy that includes firearms and stolen goods offenses. As seven suspects appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit for detention hearings, prosecutors warned of possible retaliation for the killing of the group’s leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah. FBI agents killed Abdullah, 53, of Detroit during a Wednesday raid and shootout at a Dearborn warehouse. “We know from his conduct yesterday that violence was intended,” U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said Thursday. Two suspects were at large late Thursday. But defense attorneys scoffed at a 43-page detailed affidavit that highlights Abdullah’s alleged hatred of government and police agencies and call for a jihad. The suspects are not charged with any form of terrorism. “I don’t see any terrorism charges,” said defense attorney Robert F. Kinney, who represents suspect Abdul Saboor, 37, of Detroit. “Terrorism is a very serious charge.” Federal authorities defended the actions they took.

4. Feds warn of reprisals after radical’s death (Washington Times)
Federal officials have issued a warning that the shooting death of a radical Sunni Islamic leader in Michigan on Wednesday night may engender retaliatory violence against law enforcement officers there as well as in the Washington area, though law enforcement officials played it down as a routine measure. Gunfire erupted during the arrest of Ummah leader Luqman Abdullah and members of his group after Abdullah pulled a gun and shot and killed an FBI canine, according to a document obtained by The Washington Times from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center (WRTAC). FBI agents returned fire at the warehouse in Dearborn, Mich., and killed Abdullah, who was charged with selling stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. “Abdullah’s death and associated arrests may foster resentment, violent rhetoric, and threats from Ummah adherents,” said the raw intelligence document issued by the WRTAC.

5. Police on heightened alert after followers’ threats (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit police are on heightened alert after followers and family members of a slain mosque leader threatened to retaliate against officers, officials said today. Officers in the 10th Precinct, which is housed at 12000 Livernois, are taking “extra precaution,” said police spokesman John Roach. He declined to elaborate, saying that divulging any tactical deployment efforts could compromise officers’ safety. Roach said federal investigators informed police about the threats, which allegedly were made by followers and at least one family member of Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was gunned down during a shootout with federal agents Wednesday. The 10th Precinct is less than 2 miles from the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque led by Abdullah. Abdullah, known to some as Christopher Thomas, died after firing on officers during a raid on a Dearborn warehouse, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Eight others were arrested in connection with an alleged mission to establish a separate Islamic nation within the United States. Three men are still at large.

6. Islamists Urge Government to Keep Imam’s Faith Out of Detroit Case (IPT News)
The imam had driven from Detroit to northern Virginia to raise money for a jailed friend, a convicted cop killer. “If you study the case you’ll see that it’s a conspiracy,” the imam said. “If you study what went on with him, you’ll say, ‘How in the world is he in jail?'” But it was what Luqman Abdullah said on the way to that March 2008 fundraiser that helped bring the FBI to his door on Wednesday in what proved to be a fatal confrontation. In the car with his son and two followers, one of whom turned out to be an FBI informant, Abdullah repeated his long-standing concern that law enforcement was after him.

7. Mujahid Carswell (aka Mujahid Abdullah) Apprehended by RCMP (FBI)
Andrew G. Arena, Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), Detroit, Michigan, announces that a Mujahid Carswell (aka Mujahid Abdullah) was taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, without incident at approximately 1:00 p.m. today. At this time, Canadian Border Patrol (CBSA) is detaining him for immigration violations. The FBI would like to thank the RCMP and Canadian law enforcement for their assistance in this matter.

8. Son of suspected Muslim extremist expelled from Canada (Globe and Mail)
Windsor police apprehended the son of a suspected Muslim extremist killed this week in Detroit by U.S. agents, and within hours Canadian border agents expelled him from the country. “We have him now,” FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold said Thursday. Mujahid Carswell, also known as Mujahid Abdullah, 30, had been living openly in Windsor for months and moving routinely back and forth between Windsor and Detroit. Canadian border agents declined to say why Mr. Carswell had been expelled or whether he was entitled to any hearing. The section of the FBI complaint involving Mr. Carswell says he was involved in teaching martial arts to young children in mosques on both sides of the river separating Detroit and Windsor and that he sometimes beat them.

9. Detectives search for suspect, motive in North Hollywood synagogue shootings [Updated] (LA Times)
A gunman entered the grounds of a North Hollywood synagogue this morning and shot and wounded two men who were going to a prayer service.[Updated at 12:37 p.m.: A 17-year-old who was detained this morning near the synagogue for questioning in the shooting has been released, according to LAPD Lt. John Romero.] While police initially said they were investigating the shooting as a hate crime, officials later said it’s too early to tell whether the attack was motivated by religious hate. The initial description of the suspect was of a black man wearing a black hoodie. But law enforcement sources told The Times that the investigation was wide open and that police were investigating all possibilities, including whether the gunman specifically targeted either of the victims. One source said detectives were not certain of the suspect’s race.[Updated at 12:38 p.m.: Several law enforcement sources also said investigators are looking at whether the shootings were related to a business or personal dispute. The sources said detectives believe one of the victims was the target, and that a second victim may have been shot because he witnessed the attack.] Speaking to reporters outside the taped-off synagogue, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the incident “a senseless act of violence.” But the mayor was careful to temper worries that the shooting was a hate crime.

10. Arrest of Canadian on terror charges rekindles concerns about U.S.-Canada border (Canadian Press)
A Canadian businessman will remain behind bars in Chicago charged with helping to plot a terrorist attack against a Danish newspaper – the second high-profile terror arrest in the United States in recent weeks with a Canadian connection. A Chicago judge said Wednesday she needs more information before she can determine whether Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who owns an immigration services company with offices in Chicago, New York and Toronto, can be freed on bond while he awaits trial or whether he poses a serious flight risk. Rana, a Canadian citizen who was born in Pakistan, is the second terror suspect in a month with strong ties to Canada, although he’s lived in the U.S. for almost 15 years running his business and operating a slaughterhouse in rural Illinois. Authorities allege that Najibullah Zazi, accused of plotting what might have been the biggest U.S. terrorist attack since 9-11, travelled twice to Canada in the months prior to his arrest. Zazi has family in Mississauga, west of Toronto. The latest arrest is bad news for Canada, because it serves to confirm long-held suspicions among American law enforcement officials about Canadian efforts to catch potential terrorists, said one longtime observer of Canada-U.S. relations.

11. Regulators want more authority to protect nation’s power grid
(Gov’t Computer News)
Regulators overseeing the nation’s  power generation and distribution system say this critical infrastructure is at risk because they do not have the power to quickly respond to threats and vulnerabilities to the system. Representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. and the Energy Department told a House panel Tuesday that legislation now pending in the House could help correct current problems. “The [Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s] current authority is not adequate to address cyber or other national security threats to the reliability of our transmission and power system,” Joseph McClelland, director of FERC’s Office of Electric Reliability, told the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. “These types of threats pose an increasing risk to our nation’s electric grid, which undergirds our government and economy and helps ensure the health and welfare of our citizens. Congress should address this risk now.”

12. U.S. Departments of Energy and Homeland Security Establish Major Resilient Smart Grid Program at the University of Illinois (University of Illinois)
In recent months, the media have been buzzing with talk about the “Smart Grid,” especially since then-President-Elect Barack Obama featured the need for new Smart Grid technology in a January 2009 speech on the economy. Now, the Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its partner institutions have been recruited to contribute towards the ongoing development of a resilient, secure Smart Grid in the United States, following the announcement of a major award of research support from the U.S. Department of Energy with contributions from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

13. In Russia, an intensifying insurgency – Under crackdown, Chechen separatism turns into a regional Islamist revolt (Washington Post)
Her face wet with tears and framed by a black shawl, Madina Albakova sat in her ransacked living room and described how she had become another teenage widow here in Ingushetia, the most volatile of Russia’s Muslim republics. The details emerged between sobs: the arrival of the security forces earlier in the day, her husband’s panicked attempt to flee, the gunfire that erupted without warning. He was a law student, barely 20 and “so beautiful,” she said, but the soldiers planted a rifle next to his body and called him an Islamist rebel. Then they took everything of value — the family’s savings, a set of dishes, even baby clothes, she said. Such heavy-handed tactics by the Russian security forces have helped transform the long-running separatist rebellion in Chechnya, east of Ingushetia, into something potentially worse: a radical Muslim insurgency that has spread across the region, draws support from various ethnic groups and appears to be gaining strength.

14. Saudis being dragged into Yemen war (UPI)
Slowly but surely, Saudi Arabia, which has traditionally shied away from conflict in favor of diplomacy and buying its way out of trouble, is being dragged into the Middle East’s conflicts as a participant. It’s happening in Iraq and Iran, but right now the main hotspot is Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula, wracked by tribal insurrection, southern secessionists and a resurgent al-Qaida.  Things are so bad in Yemen, the most populous country on the peninsula, that it is in danger of collapsing as a state with its wars and insurrections spilling over into Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer. The Saudis have backed Yemen’s beleaguered president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, in his five-year war with Shiite Zaidi rebels in the unruly north, centered on Saada province. His government in Sanaa says the tribesmen are backed by Shiite-dominated Iran, Saudi Arabia’s main rival in the oil-rich Gulf, and its proxies in Iraq and Lebanon.

15. Saudi Father Weds Daughter, 10, to Octogenarian (MEMRI)
Articles have recently appeared in the Saudi press discussing the phenomenon of child marriage, which has been practiced in Muslim societies since the dawn of Islam. In Saudi Arabia, which implements the shari’a, child bride marriages are legal, since according to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad married his wife ‘Aisha when she was only six years old. In August 2009, it was reported that a 10-year-old girl had been hiding for 10 days in her aunt’s house after her father married her off to a man of 80. In response to this report, a Saudi columnist contended that child bride marriages were incompatible with Islamic values and that they violated the 1989 U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Saudi Arabia is a signatory.

16. Pakistan: Security boosted across southern city of Karachi  (AKI)
Security has been stepped up across the southern port city of Karachi after police received “credible” intelligence reports of possible terrorist attacks in the city on Friday. Security barriers have been set-up across the metropolis, where police and armed forces remained on high alert. According to police, an extensive campaign has been launched to identify suspects and suspicious activities in the city during the past 24 hours. Meanwhile over 250 suspects have been detained from various city areas during overnight raids. Police sources told Pakistani daily Dawn that most of the detainees are Afghan nationals who were living in Karachi illegally. They added that spot-checks have been intensified following “credible” security threats. Sniffer-dogs have also been placed at over a dozen sensitive locations, police said without specifying which these were. Police sources also said that “appropriate arrangements” have been made at all mosques, and places of worship, especially during Friday prayers.

17. Iran accused of playing games on nuclear deal (Daily Telegraph – London)
Tehran responded to an International Atomic Energy Agency offer to send its uranium abroad for enrichment by submitting a counterproposal. Britain and other European Union nations were preparing to reject the new plan last night, raising the threat of a protracted confrontation and new sanctions. Iran presented its response to the deal drawn up by the United States, Russia and France on and Germany on Thursday. It came as European Union foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels and they were last night thrashing out a common response. France said it was still hopeful the original deal would be agreed but it is understood that neither Britain nor France and Germany will accept Iran’s new terms. They believe Iran is trying to use the deal merely as a starting point to draw other countries into another protracted round of talks. During that time they think the Iranians could continue to enrich uranium and conduct more research on the scientific know-how necessary to turn it into a nuclear weapon.

18. The IDF has become Israel’s diplomatic channel to the West (Ha’aretz)
Regular visitors to Tel Aviv’s northern beaches were surprised this week to find Tel Baruch beach strictly off-limits, guarded by makeshift barbed-wire fences and joint patrols by Israel Defense Forces soldiers and burly American men – and a few women – in desert camouflage. The biennial Juniper Cobra exercise, aimed at improving coordination between American and Israeli missile defense systems, has become almost routine for the two armies since its inception in 2001, but this time there were a number of marked differences. Not only was this the largest joint Israeli-American military exercise in history, it was also the largest exercise of its kind by U.S. forces. “This is the first time we’ve deployed all these systems, the THAAD missile, the Aegis system and the X-band radar all together against threat scenarios,” Colonel Tony English, commander of the Germany-based 357th Air Defense Brigade told reporters this week near Tel Aviv.

19. Qaida-linked group claims rocket attack on Israel (AP)
A Lebanon-based al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility Thursday for a rocket attack against Israel this week, saying it was in retaliation for the Jewish state’s crackdown on protesters at a Jerusalem shrine. The claim from a group calling itself the Battalions of Ziad Jarrah came two days after a rocket was fired from Lebanon into northern Israel, causing no casualties. Lebanese troops subsequently found and dismantled four rockets in the village of Houla near the border with Israel. The claim of responsibility, made on a Web site often used by Islamic militants, could not be independently verified. The group is named after a Lebanese militant who as among the 19 suicide attackers that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. It has claimed responsibility for previous rocket-firings across the border into Israel.

20. Jerusalem Official: PA has De Facto Control Parts of Capital (Israel National News)
Israeli control over eastern Jerusalem is a “fiction” while the Palestinian Authority has a presence in many areas, a Jerusalem official charged. Municipal council member Yakir Shegev, who oversees issues concerning eastern Jerusalem, told Arutz Sheva that the PA issues building permits in parts of the Old City and “is slowly taking control of the eastern part of the capital.” Shegev also revealed that the Education Ministry pays the salaries of Arab teachers in eastern Jerusalem, where the PA administers students’ matriculation examinations. “It is absurd that the tests are checked in Ramallah while teachers receive money from us,” he added.

Commentary / Analysis

1. Richard B. Myers: Counterterrorism begs for a strategy (Washington Times)

2. Matthew Levitt: Israel as an al-Qaeda Target: Sorting Rhetoric from Reality (Washington Institute)

3. Andrew C. McCarthy: After Justice’s sweetheart deal, judge gives al-Marri a slap on the wrist (NRO)

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Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

October 7, 2009

Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

6 Oct. 2009 | IBD

Homeland Security: Provisions of the law that spared New York another 9/11 are set to expire Dec. 31. So why do Democrats want to gut this law and remove the immunity telecom companies have for helping protect America?

To borrow a British expression from World War II, it was a very near thing. The capture, arrest and indictment of 24-year-old Afghan immigrant Najubullah Zazi before he could set off bombs made from store-bought chemicals prevented a tragedy of potentially devastating proportions.

It wouldn’t have happened if the critics of Patriot Act had their way. The capture of Zazi was made possible by the “roving wiretaps” and other methods authorized under the Patriot Act signed into law by President George W. Bush. “All the layers of defense President Bush set up after Sept. 11 are working,” noted Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

According to documents filed in New York federal court, Zazi and others had journeyed to Pakistan in August 2008 from where he allegedly e-mailed himself bomb-making instructions and received training from al-Qaida. This was precisely the kind of communication the Patriot Act was designed to intercept.

Nine pages of handwritten formulas for homemade explosives, fuses and detonators were later found on his laptop, e-mailed from an account in Pakistan. Tailed by the FBI, Zazi bought large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and acetone, which together can make a highly explosive cocktail.

Zazi was found to have bookmarked a Web site on his computer for “lab safety for hydrochloric acid” — one of the ingredients used in the 2005 mass transit bombing in London. Also indicted was imam Ahmad Wais Afzali, who warned Zazi in a call interrupted by the FBI around Sept. 11 that he was under investigation.

A bill to reauthorize the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act is being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats there favor changes that would weaken the law that has kept Americans safe for eight years. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., says more protection is needed against warrantless searches of personal and business records and unwarranted electronic surveillance. Feingold says we “need to revisit the entire bill,” not just the expiring provisions.

Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would modify the government’s justification for obtaining business records and other items. Under his changes, authorities would have to provide a court a detailed statement and justify that the items requested were relevant to an authorized foreign intelligence investigation.

At a Sept. 23 committee hearing, freshman Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., questioned the legality of the roving wiretaps. Pulling a copy of the Constitution from his pocket, he contended they violate the right of the people to be secure in their persons. Presumably he would include terrorists like Zazi.

In a related move, Leahy, Feingold and Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., have said they plan to introduce legislation to repeal a provision in a 2008 act granting immunity to telecom companies that helped the government listen in on conversations involving suspected terrorists.

Dodd [Dudd?] said he was introducing legislation to reverse this retroactive immunity because in granting it, “Congress violated the protection of our citizens’ privacy and due process right, and we must not allow that to stand.”

The government is not interested in listening to anyone wishing Mom a Happy Mother’s Day. Nor does it have the time and manpower. It is interested in hearing what terrorists like Najubullah Zazi are saying and to whom they are saying it.

The Constitution also has something to say about protecting the people from enemies, foreign and domestic.

The document is not a suicide pact, and no one’s rights have been violated in the eight years the Patriot Act has kept us and its critics alive.