Category Archives: Terrorism

Israel To Hamas – Dismantle Your Terrorist Infrastructure And We Will Negotiate

Posted by Fullcouch on January 24, 2012, 1:35pm

If the Palestinians renounced terrorism and asked Israel to negotiate on a Monday. By Tuesday, Israel would be seated at the table all ears. Thousands of Arabs live in Israel with no threat of harm. Can the same be said for a Jew living in Gaza?

Jerusalem Post – Israel will negotiate with a Palestinian unity government if Hamas agrees to Quartet conditions and dismantles its terror infrastructure, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview with Israel Radio Tuesday.

“The continuation of the peace process is in the interest of Israel, the Palestinians and the world,” Barak said. “If Hamas adopts the Quartet’s conditions and dismantles its terror infrastructure, we will negotiate with them.”

Israeli and Palestinian representatives have met in Amman several times in recent weeks in an attempt to agree upon a negotiations framework in the context of guidelines laid down by the Middle East Quartet: the US, EU, UN and Russia.

The Quartet-set January 26 deadline for presenting proposals is not a “holy date,” Barak said, expressing hope that the Palestinians “will understand that it makes sense to continue” the talks further.

Emphasizing that Israel is preparing for all possible scenarios from successful negotiations to an outbreak of violence, Barak said, “We won’t bury our heads in the sand and we will not abandon Israel’s security interests.”

“We must be prepared to shake hands with our left hand and have our finger on the trigger with our right hand,” he added.

Responding to newly-imposed EU sanctions on Iran, Barak praised the new energy sector focused sanctions, but urged increased attention on Tehran’s central bank.

“We are seeing a big improvement in the sanctions, but it’s still not enough and we need to tighten sanctions more,” he said.

EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed upon a phased ban on Iranian oil imports and to freeze the assets of the Iranian central bank, among other measures.

The EU’s unprecedented effort to take Iran’s output of 2.6 million barrels of oil per day off international markets has already had an effect, pushing down Iran’s currency and causing a surge in the cost of basic goods for Iranians. Iran is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world.

But sanctions, Barak said, should be judged by their effect on Iranian behavior, not solely on their toughness. If the EU were to expand its central bank sanctions to the extent of its planned oil sanctions, he explained, it would have a powerful impact on Iran.

If Hamas halts terror, Israel will negotiate

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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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The Left Thinks Killing An Iranian Nuclear-Powered Hitman Just Might Be A Little Much

Posted by Fullcouch on January 16, 2012, 3:00pm

So the mob tells you they are hiring a hitman to murder you, (and your friends, and your countrymen). He’s told you he’s getting things ready to wipe you out, so you know all about it. But it’s NOT OK to kill him before he kills you?
The inverted world of the Left never ceases to disappoint.

L.A. Times – Iran’s development of nuclear weapons poses a grave threat to world stability and possibly an existential threat to this country’s Middle Eastern ally, Israel. But how far can one go in efforts to thwart Tehran’s nuclear ambition before going too far? Economic sanctions are one thing, but what about launching viruses to ravage Iranian computers? And how about the targeted assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists?

That appears to be what happened Wednesday, when Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a supervisor at the uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, was killed — reportedly by a car bomb that had been magnetically attached to his vehicle by a passing motorcyclist. That’s the kind of clean, covert assassination method favored by Western intelligence agencies.

Roshan wasn’t the first Iranian scientist to be targeted. At least two others have been killed (also by vehicle bombs) and a third injured within the last two years. Tehran’s Security Council chief said Roshan’s killing was “an act of the Zionists,” and while we’re not in the habit of believing such pronouncements, one would have to willfully ignore accounts of past covert Israeli activities not to at least suspect Israeli involvement — especially because the Israeli government has made little effort to deny it. The closest thing to an official statement from Jerusalem on the bombing was a Facebook post by Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai: “I don’t know who took revenge on the Iranian scientist, but I am definitely not shedding a tear.”

The denial was more strenuous in Washington. “I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran,” said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

She went on to deliver a lecture about the need for Iran to shut down its nuclear program, which we agree with. But we also think the bombing merited something more — a strong statement that the United States decries political assassinations. The U.S. is already on shaky legal and ethical grounds with its own program of targeted drone assassinations of suspected terrorists. But at least we’re at war with Al Qaeda. State-sponsored extrajudicial killing is a serious violation of international law, and car-bomb assassination is a tactic little different from the methods used by terrorists. It would be nice to hear Clinton, or President Obama, emphasize such principles.

Economic sanctions don’t appear to be doing much to slow Iran’s nuclear progress, and that is worrisome. But slaughtering scientists on the streets of Tehran isn’t the answer. It is as inefficient as it is morally bankrupt, because killing a handful of experts won’t erase the country’s institutional nuclear knowledge. If Israel is involved, it’s a shameful and foolish policy.

The Left asks, is killing an Iranian nuclear scientist going to far.

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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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Obama Wants To Bail On Afghanistan, The Vietnam Of His Presidency

The Left likes to END wars, not WIN wars. This is nothing more than an arrow in his quiver to say I got us out of both wars. Ending is not winning, especially for votes.

Jack Kelly – The war in Afghanistan may end this year in thinly disguised surrender.

“The Taliban per se is not our enemy,” Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with Newsweek magazine Dec. 15.

We went to war in Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime because it had sheltered al-Qaida. Perhaps Mr. Biden forgot.

A story in an Indian newspaper Dec. 29 suggests the reason for the vice president’s memory lapse. The Obama administration apparently is conducting secret negotiations with the Taliban and has recruited Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s leading jurist, to mediate them.

“Earlier this month, Mr. al-Qaradawi helped draw a road map for a deal between the Taliban and the United States aimed at giving the superpower a face-saving political settlement ahead of its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is due to begin in 2014,” wrote reporter Praveen Swami, citing “Indian diplomatic sources.”

Picking Mr. al-Qaradawi, 84, to broker a peace deal is like choosing Benito Mussolini to mediate secret peace talks with the Nazis.

Mr. al-Qaradawi seeks the establishment of a worldwide caliphate ruled by Islamic law. And like other radical Islamists, Mr. al-Qaradawi advocates the destruction of Israel. But not even that is enough to satisfy his blood lust.

“Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption,” Mr. al-Qaradawi said in a speech broadcast on al-Jazeera in 2009. “The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them … he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers. … Oh Allah, count their numbers and kill them, down to the very last one.”

In 2003, Mr. al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa justifying the killing of U.S. troops in Iraq. When the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca opposed the killing of civilians, Mr. al-Qaradawi criticized him. Yet the Obama administration apparently considers Mr. al-Qaradawi to be a “moderate.”

Perhaps he is, compared to Mohammed Fazl, a senior Taliban official who’s been held at Guantanamo Bay since early 2002. Mr. Fazl is alleged to have overseen the murder of thousands of Afghanistan’s minority Shiite Muslims.

The Obama administration is contemplating turning Mr. Fazl and four other Taliban terrorists over to the Afghan government as part of an exchange of “confidence-building measures,” Reuters reported Dec. 29.

The proposed handover of Mr. Fazl and the others is not popular with those who are more concerned with U.S. security than with President Obama’s re-election.

“I can tell you that the hair on the back of my neck went up when they walked in with this a month ago,” Reuters quoted a “U.S. intelligence official” as saying.

The Taliban announced Tuesday that it will open a liaison office in Doha, Qatar, where Mr. al-Qaradawi is based. Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave the office his blessing and earlier praised Vice President Biden’s statement that “the Taliban per se is not our enemy.” So presumably he’d be open to a power-sharing arrangement — provided there are sufficient guarantees for his personal safety and for augmentation of the considerable fortune he’s accumulated since we installed him in office.

If Mr. al-Qaradawi is chosen as mediator it would suggest the Obama administration is far more interested in making a deal before the U.S. election this year than in what’s in the deal. The administration might be satisfied, it appears, with a public renunciation of al-Qaida by the Taliban (they don’t have to mean it), and private assurances that the Taliban won’t take over until after the election.

The losers would be those Afghans who don’t want to live under the thumb of a brutal reactionary theocracy, especially those who trusted us and sent their daughters to school. But they don’t vote in our elections.

Mr. Obama supported the war in Afghanistan during the 2008 campaign, but I suspect he did so only because he so vociferously opposed the war in Iraq and didn’t want people to think he was soft on national defense. His heart was never in it.

So I wish he’d decided to bug out sooner. About two-thirds of the 1,864 American servicemen and women who have been killed in Afghanistan have been killed since Barack Obama became president. They appear to have died in vain.

Ending the war, rather than winning the war?

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Al-Qaeda Ain’t Dead Yet – Just Diversifying

Posted by Fullcouch on Jan 6, 2012, 2:50pm

Many folks on the Left are saying al-Qaeda fallen by the wayside, or, weakened to the point no longer being a threat. Twenty-six  people murdered, and 60 maimed makes one beg to differ.

Guardian UK – Interior ministry says attack has all the fingerprints of terror group though opposition activists have expressed doubts government has blamed al-Qaida for a suicide bombing which reportedly killed at least 11 people in a Damascus suburb on another Friday of protests across the country.
Government officials and media said the unidentified bomber detonated an explosive belt next to buses carrying policemen in Midan, in the south of the capital, just before weekly anti-regime demonstrations were expected in the area.
The dead and more than 60 injured were said to be mostly civilians, according to the state news agency Sana. The interior ministry described the modus operandi and intention to cause mass casualties as having the “fingerprints of al-Qaida.”
Syria says al-Qaeda bombed Damascus

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Al-Qaeda Is Subcontracting Throughout The Middle East

Posted by Fullcouch on Jan 5, 2012, 9:35am

Contrary to liberal belief, al-Qaeda is alive and well. The organization is now in the franchise business. Asymmetrical war is well at hand.

Asia Times
– The recent series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and Damascus that killed scores of civilians and agents of state have brought the phrase “al-Qaeda” back into the reckoning.

The attacks occurred at the tail-end of 2011, a year in which the organization’s original kernel was deemed pulverized to irrelevance through American-led global military and financial efforts.

The United States military-bereft Iraqi government blamed “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia” for ghastly serialized explosions that killed scores of citizens, mainly Shi’ites, on December 22.

Syrian authorities labeled the suicide car blasts, which claimed over 40 lives and ripped apart top intelligence offices manned by Alawite Shi’ite elites on December 24, as the handiwork of “the al-Qaeda terrorist network”.

These incidents, along with evidence of ongoing acts of violence being perpetrated by other radical Sunni Islamist outfits that carry the al-Qaeda tag such as “al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula’ (Yemen and Saudi Arabia) and “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (Mali, Mauritania, Libya and Algeria) suggest that the franchises spawned from the slain Osama bin Laden’s original unit are rising, not losing.
al-Qaeda – Are they live, or are they Memorex?

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Potential Terrorist Targets In 2012 – Al Qaeda On The Morph

Posted by Fullcouch on January 5, 2012, 10:15am

BBC News – With much of the Middle East in flux, suspicions intensifying over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a deepening political crisis in Pakistan, and the escalation of jihadist violence in Nigeria there are plenty of potential flashpoints in the year ahead.

There is a distinction between localised conflicts that are largely contained within borders and the kind of global, transnational terrorism that produced events such as 9/11, the Madrid bombings and, in the eyes of many, destructive military ventures like the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Terrorism 2012 – Potential Targets

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Department of Defense Official Refuses To Acknowledge or Even Say Islamic Extremism

Posted by Fullcouch on January 2, 2012, 5:50pm

Another example of how the Left refuses to identify our enemy. You can not defeat an enemy you won’t define, people.

Creeping Sharia – In one of the most comical, and equally tragic, interchanges in recent congressional history, during a joint Senate/House Homeland Security hearing on “Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities Inside the United States,” Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs Paul Stockton was asked by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), former attorney general of the state of California, on the source of the threat to America and its troops. Stockton repeatedly refuses to acknowledge radical Islamists as a threat.

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