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The Muslim Brotherhood. To Trust, Or Not To Trust? NOT To Trust.

Posted by Fullcouch on January 23, 2012, 3:45pm

The ostrich (and sympathy) brigade on the left seems to think that the Arab Spring will harvest a healthy, democratized, West and Israel-friendly crop. History, and the Muslim Brotherhood are telling us otherwise. But that’s the Left for you. Stage-one thinking is in progress; denial. Denial’s nothing but an Islamist river in Egypt.

Jack Kelly – Everything that was important to know about him was laid out in his memoir/manifesto: his virulent racism; his contempt for Christianity, democracy and all things Western; his murderous hatred of the Jews.

Adolf Hitler dictated “Mein Kampf” (“My Fight”) to Rudolph Hess while in Landsberg prison in 1923. After Hitler became chancellor (prime minister) in 1933, a second edition, published in English and French as well as German, sold more than a million copies.

Within a month of assuming office, Hitler began converting Germany into a dictatorship — just as he’d said he would in “Mein Kampf.”

He would seize land for lebensraum (living space) in the Slavic countries to the east, Russia especially, Hitler said in his manifesto. But when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French Premier Edouard Daladier met with Hitler in Munich in September 1938, they chose to believe the Sudetenland represented the end of his territorial ambitions. By sacrificing their ally Czechoslovakia, they hoped to secure “peace in our time.”

Chamberlain and Daladier chose to believe this because it would have been uncomfortable politically for them to acknowledge the truth. Liberals today delude themselves about the Muslim Brotherhood, for, I suppose, the same reason. But pretending a man-eating tiger is a pussycat doesn’t make it so.

The Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, an Egyptian schoolteacher. He sought a world wide caliphate governed by Islamic law (Sharia). “Allah is our objective,” says the Ikhwan’s motto. “The Prophet is our leader. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our greatest hope.”

Al Banna admired Hitler. He had “Mein Kampf” translated into Arabic. The Nazis subsidized the Muslim Brotherhood. The ranks of the SS Handjar Division were filled mostly by the Ikhwan.

The Muslim Brotherhood is today the world’s largest and best financed Islamist organization. It’s in 70 countries, including ours.

The Ikhwan’s goals haven’t changed, the current supreme leader said Dec. 29.

“The Brotherhood is getting closer to achieving its greatest goal as envisioned by its founder, Imam Hassan al-Banna,” said Dr. Muhammad Badi. “A government evolving into a rightly guided caliphate and mastership of the world.”

“Mein Kampf” is still, after the Koran, the Ikhwan’s favorite book. “This stuff we now see in the Islamic world looks like Nazism because it comes from the Nazis,” wrote journalist Claire Berlinski on her blog Ricochet.

In a 2009 sermon, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s leading jurist, said: “Thoughout history, Allah has imposed upon (the Jews) people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Adolf Hitler. … Oh Allah, count their numbers and kill them, down to the very last one.”

The Muslim Brotherhood supports terrorism against Israel, Americans, the Shiites in Iraq. But because it plans to get power the way Hitler did, many liberals view the Ikhwan as benign. President Barack Obama even chose Mr. Qaradawi to mediate peace talks with the Taliban.

In elections Jan. 8, the Muslim Brotherhood won the most seats in the lower house of the Egyptian parliament. Islamist parties won nearly two thirds of the seats. The new speaker they chose is a member of the Ikhwan.

Elections for the upper house begin in late January. The presidential elections are in June. If the Muslim Brotherhood wins control of the government, it eventually will try to impose Sharia and hold a referendum to abrogate the peace treaty with Israel.

The Ikhwan are likely also to dominate the new government in Libya, where the regime of secular dictator Moammar Gadhafi was felled by NATO bombs, and in Syria, should secular dictator Bashar al-Assad fall there.

Against all evidence, President Jimmy Carter in 1970 told himself the mullahs in Iran were moderate reformers. Against even more evidence, Mr. Obama regards the Muslim Brotherhood pretty much the same way. We’re paying still a heavy price for Mr. Carter’s egregious misjudgment. A greater miscalculation, with more profound consequences, looms.

The Muslim Brotherhood must not be trusted

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Iran War Could End Life On Earth? CO2 Drops To #2

Posted by Fullcouch on January 20, 2012, 1:10pm

And all this time I thought it was CO2 that will could kill us.

Pakalert Press – A former American official has warned that the United States wants to blame Israel for Washington’s possible war on Iran that could end life on earth.
US warnings to Israel for not attacking Iran is to avoid responsibility for the war Washington has prepared, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts wrote in an article on Global Research.

“If the war gets out of hand, and if Russia and China intervene or nukes start flying, Washington wants the blame to rest on Israel, and Israel seems willing to accept the blame,” Craig Roberts said.

Last week, The Wall Street Journal said the US has privately sought assurances from Israeli leaders that they will not take military action against Iran. But the Israeli response has been noncommittal.

The US analyst also used a few examples to show that the White House has prepared for an all-out war against Iran.

“If Washington did not want war with Iran it would not have provided the necessary weapons to Israel. It would not have deployed thousands of US troops to Israel,” he argued.

“Washington would not have built a missile defense system for Israel and would not be conducting joint exercises with the Israeli military to make sure it works,” Craig Roberts added.

He said, “Washington won’t prevent the war that it so fervently desires. Neither will Washington’s NATO puppets.”

“‘Great’ Britain does as it is told, subservient and occupied Germany, bankrupt France, Italy occupied with US air bases with a government infiltrated by the CIA, bankrupt Spain and Greece will all, in hopes of an outpouring of US dollars and devoid of any dignity or honor, support the new war that could end life on earth,” Craig Roberts added.

Maybe this will bring R.E.M. out of retirement.

Could be the end of the world. What else is new?

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Obama Bails On Keystone To Appease The Jagged Fringes Of The Left

Posted by Fullcouch on January 20, 2012, 8:55am

Nice work, Mr. President. Let’s dump on one of our biggest allies, keep funding the Middle East and China, keep gas prices high, throw a boost to national security and well-paying jobs out the window, just to make some environMENTALists happy. All this, and more, for an ideology. So empty, yet so revealing.

Robert Samuelson – President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity. It isn’t often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and — beyond the symbolism — won’t even advance the goals of the groups that demanded it. All it tells us is that Obama is so obsessed with his re-election that, through some sort of political calculus, he believes that placating his environmental supporters will improve his chances.

Aside from the political and public relations victory, environmentalists won’t get much. Stopping the pipeline won’t halt the development of tar sands, to which the Canadian government is committed; therefore, there will be little effect on global warming emissions. Indeed, Obama’s decision might add to them. If Canada builds a pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific for export to Asia, moving all that oil across the ocean by tanker will create extra emissions. There will also be the risk of added spills.

Now consider how Obama’s decision hurts the United States. For starters, it insults and antagonizes a strong ally; getting future Canadian cooperation on other issues will be harder. Next, it threatens a large source of relatively secure oil that, combined with new discoveries in the United States, could reduce (though not eliminate) our dependence on insecure foreign oil.

Finally, Obama’s decision forgoes all the project’s jobs. There’s some dispute over the magnitude. Project sponsor TransCanada claims 20,000, split between construction (13,000) and manufacturing (7,000) of everything from pumps to control equipment. Apparently, this refers to “job years,” meaning one job for one year. If so, the actual number of jobs would be about half that spread over two years. Whatever the figure, it’s in the thousands and important in a country hungering for work. And Keystone XL is precisely the sort of infrastructure project that Obama claims to favor.

The big winners are the Chinese. They must be celebrating their good fortune and wondering how the crazy Americans could repudiate such a huge supply of nearby energy. There’s no guarantee that tar-sands oil will go to China; pipelines to the Pacific would have to be built. But it creates the possibility when the oil’s natural market is the United States.

There are three things to remember about Keystone and U.S. energy policy.

First, we’re going to use lots of oil for a long time. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that American oil consumption will increase 4 percent between 2009 and 2035. The increase occurs despite highly optimistic assumptions about vehicle fuel efficiency and bio-fuels. But a larger population (390 million in 2035 versus 308 million in 2009) and more driving per vehicle offset savings.

The more oil we produce domestically and import from neighbors, the more we’re insulated from dramatic interruptions of global supplies. After the United States, Canada is the most dependable source of oil — or was until Obama’s decision.

Second, barring major technological breakthroughs, emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, will rise for similar reasons. The EIA projects that America’s CO2 emissions will increase by 16 percent from 2009 to 2035. (The EIA is updating its projections, but the main trends aren’t likely to change dramatically.) Stopping Canadian tar-sands development, were that possible, wouldn’t affect these emissions.

Finally, even if — as Keystone critics argue — some Canadian oil were refined in the United States and then exported, this would be a good thing. The exports would probably go mostly to Latin America. They would keep well-paid industrial jobs (yes, refining) in the United States and reduce our trade deficit in oil, which exceeded $300 billion in 2011.

By law, Obama’s decision was supposed to reflect “the national interest.” His standard was his political interest. The State Department had spent three years evaluating Keystone and appeared ready to approve the project by year-end 2011. Then the administration, citing opposition to the pipeline’s route in Nebraska, reversed course and postponed a decision to 2013 — after the election.

Now, reacting to a congressional deadline to decide, Obama rejected the proposal. But he also suggested that a new application with a modified Nebraska route — already being negotiated — might be approved, after the election. So the sop tossed to the environmentalists could be temporary. The cynicism is breathtaking.

Obama bails on Keystone to appease the environMENTALists

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London Cop Leaves Olympic Security Documents On Train

Posted by Fullcouch on January 19, 2012, 7:45am

Once again, life imitates the Onion

National Post – A British tabloid reported Tuesday that it had been handed documents about security arrangements for the London Olympics that were left on a train by a police officer, the latest in a series of embarrassing mishaps involving British authorities misplacing government documents.

London police confirmed Tuesday that one of its officers lost a bag containing documents on Jan. 5 and reported it to his bosses, but downplayed the incident, adding that the papers were not “operationally sensitive.”

“Obviously the loss of restricted material is a matter for concern, but we are satisfied that this does not compromise our security operation for the Olympics,” police said in a statement.

The Sun newspaper said it received the documents from a passenger who found them on the train, and that it returned them to the police. It says the papers contain accounts of meetings where security measures were discussed, and details of contingency plans for the Olympics.

The Sun published an image of some of the documents in its print edition, and described in sweeping terms some of the complaints police had about communications systems.

Olympics experts deemed the breach embarrassing.

“It will do nothing but undermine confidence in the Olympics security operation, already brought into question by the prospect of riots and terrorist attacks,” said Ellis Cashmore, a professor of culture, media and sport at Staffordshire University in England. “With so much scrutiny, it’s almost beyond belief that someone in a responsible position would be guilty of such crass absentmindedness.”

Security has been a top priority for the Olympics since 1972, when 11 Israeli athletes and coaches died during a hostage ordeal involving Palestinian extremists at the games in Munich. The nature of nations squared off against nations also opens up the Olympics to an array of political issues.

The incident comes only a few weeks after London police experts managed to smuggle a fake bomb into Olympic Park in a security test. Olympic officials declined to comment directly on the matter, saying such “testing is standard practice” in all major security operations.

Security experts said that while such testing is routine, it underlined the constant and ongoing struggle faced by security forces to create a system that will safeguard the July 27-Aug. 12 event without making London feel like an armed camp.

Authorities have already acknowledged they vastly underestimated the number of people needed to search spectators and otherwise secure venues and other Olympic sites, and have substantially increased the number of military, police and security guards taking part in the games.

U.K. authorities have been criticized over several mishaps involving the loss of sensitive information in recent years.

In January 2008, a computer carrying information on 600,000 prospective military recruits was stolen from the car of a Royal Navy recruitment officer in central England. The month before, the government’s top transport official said a disc containing personal information of 3 million driving-test candidates was lost. The Department of Health also lost information on 168,000 patients in a separate incident.

Dwarfing all those incidents was the revelation in November 2007 that British tax officials lost computer discs containing information – including bank records – for 25 million people, nearly half the country’s inhabitants.

London police officer leaves Olympic security docs on train

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Israeli Hackers Offer Saudi Hackers Some Instant Karma

Posted by Fullcouch on January 18, 2012, 7:25am

Cyber war is Hell. Instant payback is a good thing.

Jerusalem Post – Israeli hackers said they brought down the official websites of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency and Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange on Tuesday in retaliation for a denial of service attack on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange the previous day.

Both websites appeared to be offline following the announcement by the hackers.

An Israeli hacker told The Jerusalem Post that members of the Internet group Israel Defenders were behind the attack.

They said in a forum message that they acted “because lame hackers from Saudi Arabia decided to launch an attack against Israeli sites,” noting the denial of service attacks against TASE and El Al, as well as three Israeli banks on Monday. They signed their message with the name “IDF Team.” The hackers warned “this is only the beginning,” saying “there may be disruption to the [Saudi] government’s stock exchange site” as well.

“If the lame attacks from Saudi Arabia will continue, we will move to the next level, which will disable these sites longer term,” they said, adding that the damage could last for weeks or even months.

Also Tuesday, an Israeli hacker named “Anonymous 972” published the e-mail details, including passwords, of 89 Saudi university students.

“Usually we do not like to hurt innocent sites, but there is now a cyber war, and every war has victims,” the hacker wrote.

“Every time an Israeli site get[s] hacked, the same thing will happen to Saudi sites.”

A pro-Israeli hacker named Hannibal published the details of 30,000 Facebook account holders from Muslim countries. He said he could publish 10 million bank details and four million credit card companies belonging to Arab citizens if web attacks on Israel continued. On Monday, 0xOmar, the hacker who claims to be from Saudi Arabia, and who has been behind a wave of Internet attacks on Israeli sites, told the Post he did not take the threat of a retaliatory strike by a network of Israeli hackers seriously.

“No one from my country would suffer!” he said in an email.

0xOmar said he would continue to organize cyber attacks on Israeli sites until the government apologized for what he described as a “genocide against Palestine.”

Israeli hackers payback Saudi hackers

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Evil Has A Sense Of Humor. Iran Will Return U.S. Drone – A Scale Model

Posted by Fullcouch on January 17, 2012, 5:40pm

The joke’s on you, Mr. President. Iran will return our drone – a Lilliputian version, that is.

Business Insider – Iranian state radio says Tehran will give the United States a model of the American surveillance drone captured by the Islamic Republic.

The report Tuesday said the toy model of the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone will be sent to the White House in response to a formal request from Washington last month asking Iran to return the aircraft that went down over Iran in December.

State radio said the model will be one eightieth the size of the original aircraft. The report says the models also will be sold on the Iranian marked for about 70,000 rials, or around $4.

The Obama administration has asked Iran to return the drone which Tehran says it detected over the eastern part of Iran some 140 miles from the Afghan border.

Iran will return our drone – Scaled way down

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The Navy Is Using Dolphins To Keep The Strait Of Hormuz Open

Posted by Fullcouch on January 13, 2012, 2:40pm

Atlantic Wire – If Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy has a backup plan to save one-fifth of the world’s daily oil trade: send in the dolphins.

The threat of Iran closing the strait has reached a fever pitch, reports today’s New York Times, with U.S. officials warning Iran’s supreme leader that such moves would cross a “red line” provoking a U.S. response. Iran could block the strait with any assortment of mines, armed speed boats or anti-ship cruise missiles but according to Michael Connell at the Center for Naval Analysis, “The immediate issue [for the U.S. military] is to get the mines.” To solve that problem, the Navy has a solution that isn’t heavily-advertised but has a time-tested success rate: mine-detecting dolphins.

The invasion of Iraq was the last time the minesweeping capability of dolphins were widely-touted. “Dolphins – – which possess sonar so keen they can discern a quarter from a dime when blindfolded and spot a 3-inch metal sphere from 370 feet away — are invaluable minesweepers,” reported The San Francisco Chronicle. In 2010, the Seattle Times reported that the Navy has 80 bottlenose dolphins in the San Diego Bay alone. They are taught to hunt for mines and drop acoustic transponders nearby. According to a report in 2003, the dolphins only detect the mines. Destroying them is left up to the Navy’s human divers. Still, the mammals are large enough to detonate a live mine, a prospect that doesn’t delight animal rights groups.

Dolphins can add minesweepers to their résumés

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Was Israel Behind The Latest Iranian Scientist Assassination? Hope So.

Posted by Fullcouch on January 12, 2012, 12:00pm

Somebody’s got to have the sense and courage to bring down the Iranian nuke program. While the world sits on their hands, Israel is forced to act alone.

CS Monitor – Israel has emerged as a key suspect in the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran yesterday, thought to be the latest strike in a covert war that has targeted technicians, military plants, and computer systems at the heart of Islamic Republic’s uranium enrichment program.

While Israel has maintained its official policy of ambiguity, analysts here say that Israel’s Mossad is very likely involved in a joint venture among foreign intelligence agencies that want to ratchet up pressure on Iran as new economic sanctions bite. They also suggest that while such attacks may risk an escalation of hostilities, the calculation makes sense for the Jewish state, faced with the potential threat of a nuclear-armed enemy in its neighborhood.

Few believe that the strikes will ultimately deny Iran of its goal of nuclear capability, but observers credit the covert campaign with slowing down Iran’s nuclear progress over years, giving more time for diplomats and pushing back the possibility of a military strike.

“If anyone has a strategy to slow down the process, it’s a wise strategy,’’ says Meir Elram, a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies who considers assassinations as a legitimate tool in the fight against Iran. “If you weigh it against the risks, compared to an all-out assault on Iranian installations, it’s a much more measured and perhaps constructive tactic in the long run.”

Experts suggest that those responsible for the attack might be more than one foreign intelligence agency as well as local groups in Iran opposed to the Islamist regime.

In the distant past, Israeli intelligence agencies have teamed up with groups in Morocco and Algeria to fight militants, says Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar Ilan University.

“Judging by the sophistication, the number of events, and the widespread network throughout Iran, it makes sense to see it as a combined operation,’’ he says.

A total of four Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated in two years, and a fifth was targeted but escaped. Over the same period of time, computers managing the enrichment efforts have been paralyzed by two computer viruses – Stuxnet and Duqu. In recent months, three explosions have sown destruction at Iranian military sites believed to be linked to the nuclear program.

Did Israel take out Iran’s nuclear scientist?

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Terrorist Attack Averted In Florida. CAIR blames the FBI.

Posted by Fullcouch on January 11, 2012, 7:50am

A terrorist attack is averted in Tampa and CAIR blames the FBI. An Islamic studies expert says the terrorists’ religion has “nothing to do with what’s going on.”
Can her head be buried any further in the sand?

Front Page Magazine – Earlier this week, the FBI announced the arrest of Sami Osmakac, a 25-year-old Muslim man from the former Yugoslavia. In the process, the agency thwarted what might have been a horrific terror spree targeting populous civilian and commercial areas in Tampa, Florida.

According to the FBI’s criminal complaint, Osmakac, a naturalized American citizen, had been planning a massive terror attack targeting everything from businesses to nightclubs and bridges with the aim of killing and injuring as many people as possible. As part of the attack, he intended to set off a weapon of mass destruction planted in a parked car, then capping off the attack by detonating a suicide belt. Instead, Osmakac’s plans were foiled by a masterful FBI sting operation. Undercover agents tracked the would-be terrorist for months, monitoring his every move and even supplying him with the (secretly non-functional) weapons that he had planned to use before moving in this week to make a decisive arrest.
But what should be an open-and-shut counter-terror success is now being called into question by groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and further obfuscated by academic apologists for Islamic radicalism. No sooner was Osmakac in handcuffs than CAIR spokesman Hassan Shibly suggested that the FBI was more culpable in the case than the jihadist in their custody. “The weapons and explosives were provided by the government. Was he just a troubled individual, or did he pose a real threat?” asked Shibly, before expressing his “concern about a perception of entrapment.”

A closer look at the facts of the case shows this perception to be wholly unfounded. While it’s true that the FBI provided the weapons, the fact remains that it was Osmakac, an al-Qaeda-sympathizer, who had sought them out. Moreover, according to an FBI affidavit, the undercover FBI agent who sold Osmakac his non-working arms had repeatedly tried to convince him to give up his plans and seek a normal life. In one recorded conversation, the agent urged Osmakac to consider getting married and having a family rather than going ahead with his plan. That is the opposite of entrapment. In the event, Osmakac refused, insisting that he would be rewarded by Allah in paradise for carrying out his attack. Given his intention of doing just that, it’s to the FBI’s great credit that the agency made sure Osmakac never had access to anything but defective arms.

Terrorism averted in Tampa

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U.K. Police Smuggle Fake Bomb Through Olympic Security

Yeah, this is definitely something you don’t want the bad guys to know about. Who let this one go public?

AP – U.K. police managed to smuggle a fake bomb into Olympic Park in a security test, overshadowing a special U.K. Cabinet meeting held at the park Monday marking 200 days until the Summer Games begin.

The Olympic Delivery Authority declined to comment directly on whether a fake bomb was involved in last year’s failed test, but said “testing is standard practice” in all major security operations.

“Such tests have a key role in developing our capability to ensure that London 2012 is safe and secure and that we are best prepared to detect potential threats before and during the Games,” the statement said Sunday. “Members of the public with tickets should be reassured that such exercises are being staged to ensure their safety, our number one priority.”

Olympic security experts downplayed the significance of the test, arguing that such tests are routine and conducted by experts trained at exposing vulnerabilities.

Peter Fussey, author of “Securing and Sustaining the Olympic City,” which looks at the London 2012 games, said the only thing that was unusual was that the public heard about it.

Police smuggle fake bomb into Olympic stadium

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