Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dorrie's Picks, 6/10/09

This is a note I received from a friend, and a blast list member. I think she sums up in a few words what a lot of us wonder about --- can we tell our kids the truth? Yes.

Well, Dorrie, I knew the opportunity would arise . . . several of my 6th graders watched a 9/11 video before coming to my class. I asked them who made the terrorist acts against America, and they said “bad people.” I asked who they were specifically, and they had no clue.

I wrote “jihadists,” and "terrorist Muslims” on the board and told them they are our enemy. Most of my students are Hispanic, so they are well aware of the border shootings and gang operations there. I told them most of the money for buying the guns, and bombs, and terrorist materials, is being supplied by terrorist Muslims. They said that was scary!

I told them that they are out future, and they need to know who their enemy will always be in terms of terrorist acts. I also told them that terrorist Muslims want everyone to convert their way of life and their religious beliefs, or there will be bad consequences.

I have had no feedback from parents and administrators, yet, and that was last week. Couldn't help myself, I felt emboldened to let the kids know just the tip of the iceberg of reality. ---Kay A.
2009 June Democratic [Virginia] Primary Unofficial Results: Esam Omeish LOSES! --- Well, okay, Virginians. Good job.

It apparently didn’t help him that Hillary included him in a Muslim leaders conference call last week.
"Shoe-bomber" Richard Reid on Hunger Strike in US Prison
. . . Richard Reid has been refusing food for several weeks in an apparent protest against prison restrictions that he says prevent him from following his Sunni Muslim faith . . .

Awhhh . . . but doesn’t he remember that suicide is forbidden in Islam if you can’t take a dozen other people with you at the same time?
Judge Issues Gag Order in GI-shooting Case
Little Rock District Judge Alice Lightle issued a gag order Monday in the case of the man accused of killing one U.S. Army soldier and wounding another outside a west Little Rock recruiting office last week.

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley requested that Lightle issue an order barring "police agencies" and defense and prosecution attorneys and their staffs from commenting publicly on the case of Abdul-Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23.

Jegley said Friday he planned to seek the order in large part because Hensley granted extensive interviews and spoke at length about the case. Jegley said his preference was to try the case in court --- not in the press. . . .
Suspect Tells AP [that] Soldier's Killing Was Justified

---Apparently, the gag order isn’t working.
Christian and Muslim Get in Religious Argument in a Bar . . .
. . . Of course, he was in a bar, and so he probably wasn’t drinking apple juice, and so this has nothing to do with jihad, right? Maybe not. But when one comes from a culture of violent intransigence regarding religion, this kind of thing is going to happen.

Watch for the BBC dramatization of this event, with just one minor detail change: in the BBC version, the Christian will shoot the Muslim.

Meanwhile, note the headline — as if this sort of thing happens all the time when people argue about religion in bars. . . .

So, in the past two weeks or so, we’ve had an American convert to Islam shoot and kill a military man in Arkansas (and wound another), a Muslim shoot a Christian in a bar (what on earth was the Muslim doing in a bar? He was faithful enough to kill someone in his religious righteousness, but not faithful enough to not drink? It’s a priority thing, I guess) in San Diego, and we’ve had a young woman stabbed to death by a Muslim while the woman was getting on a bus.

And only one of these stories sneaked past the MSM blockade.
Justice Department Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Essex County, New Jersey
County Refused to Accommodate Muslim Employee’s Religious Headcovering
The Department filed a lawsuit today against Essex County, N.J., alleging that it discriminated against a Muslim corrections officer on the basis of her religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The suit alleges that the county refused to permit Yvette Beshier to wear a religiously mandated headscarf while working as a corrections officer. . . .

OMG! It’s bad enough when THEY do the suing, but now the DoJ is doing it for them!
CIA Asks Court to Keep Interrogation Records Secret
CIA Director Leon Panetta on Monday asked a federal judge to keep records of U.S. interrogations of top al Qaeda captives secret, arguing their release could cause "exceptionally grave" damage to national security.

"My sole purpose is to prevent the exceptionally grave damage to national security likely to occur from public disclosure of any portion of these documents, and to protect intelligence sources and methods," he wrote.

Can any of us really imagine that the time has come that the head of the CIA has to go to court to keep US secrets secret? And the person approving the release of the secrets is the U.S. president?
Ex-Tech Student Found Guilty on Terrorism Charge
Father: Ahmed “not guilty of any crimes in the eyes of Allah”
Moments after his son was convicted Wednesday of a terrorism conspiracy, Syed Riaz Ahmed said the young man never harmed anyone and committed nothing more than thought crimes.

“You think something and you’re guilty of something,” said Ahmed, somber and weary as he stood outside a federal courtroom. “He’s not guilty of any crimes in the eyes of Allah. ---There are no crimes that Allah does not condone, so he’s hardly an unbiased judge. He’s guilty of U.S. laws.” ---And he lives in the U.S., right?

U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said Ahmed’s case did not involve an imminent threat, “because in the post-9/11 world we will not wait to disrupt terrorism-related activity until a bomb is built and ready to explode.”

U.S. judges and juries just keep on getting it right!
Napolitano Adds Adviser with Ties to Terror-backers
Swears in Leader of Arab Group that Hailed Jihadists as "Heroes"
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano swore in to her official advisory council the head of an Arab American organization whose officials have labeled deadly anti-U.S. jihadists as "heroes" and opposed referring to Hamas as a terrorist organization . . . the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC . . . .
Black Hat Founder Tapped To Advise Homeland Security
Jeff Moss, founder of the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences, was one of 16 people appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) on Friday.

The HSAC is composed of individuals with extensive security and policy experience from state and local government, the private sector, and academia.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that members of the HSAC will bring unique expertise and insight to the DHS's mission to keep the United States secure. . . .

Well, sometimes, I guess you’ve just got to hire a cyber-hacker to catch a cyber-hacker. Moss is a hacker. A good-guy hacker, but a hacker nevertheless.
British Hacker Fights U.S. Extradition
The self-confessed British hacker charged with illegally accessing about 100 computers at the Pentagon and NASA is to hear this week whether his diagnosis with a mild type of autism can prevent his extradition to the United States. A judicial review by Britain's high court was to weigh the possibility of Gary McKinnon, 40, facing trial on U.S. cyber-terrorism charges and a possible jail sentence of up to 70 years, against the Asperger's Disorder diagnosis.

A new version of “He’s just having a bad hair day,” but certainly a prime example of why DHS would hire Jeff Moss, huh?

These last two stories just tickled my sense of humor. Napolitano appoints an pro-Islamist, then an international hacker to catch pro-Islamist cyber terrorists.
Stereotypes Must Be Overcome in Improving U.S.-Muslim Ties: Expert [Speaks]
. . . Commenting on the speech U.S. President Barack Obama made at Cairo University Thursday, Coleman [Isobel Coleman, director of the Women and Foreign Policy program of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations] said: "U.S.-Muslim relations are starting from a very low point, so the first step in building respect and trust (between the two sides) is just really trying to initiate dialogue."

"Obama made numerous overtures to the Muslim world and talked about U.S.-Muslim relations several times during his presidency," she said. . . .

"Obama is a new person, a new presidency, a new generation and a new face, I think he is trying to start over again," she said, "It is really a starting point."

And what are the members of the Muslim world doing to help the peace process? Nada.
Prosecutors: Videos Detail NY Terror Plot
. . . ''There's video of everything in this case your honor,'' Snyder told the judge.

The government had already given defense lawyers copies of 45 DVDs showing the defendants meeting, sometimes for as much as two hours, as they plotted the attacks since last June, Snyder said. . . .
Guantanamo Bay Detainee Brought to U.S. for Trial
. . . Human rights groups, which earlier expressed dismay about President Obama's announcement that some suspects would be tried in reformed military commissions, welcomed Ghailani's transfer. But Republicans and some military groups, who were cheered by the prospect of renewed military tribunals, sharply attacked the decision to hold any trials in the United States.

"By bringing Ghailani's case into the federal court system without a policy or plan on how to deal with the larger Gitmo issue, the Obama administration is again taking a piecemeal approach to a major national security issue," said Kirk S. Lippold, a senior military fellow at Military Families United who was commander of the USS Cole when it was bombed in Yemen in 2000. . . .
President Obama to American Muslims: I Will Ease the Impact of Post-9/11 Scrutiny of Charities ---Good God.
Tucked away in President Obama's historic speech in Cairo Thursday was a promise to American Muslims to ease the impact of post-9/11 scrutiny of their charities.

. . . Ever since the World Trade Center attacks, fund-raising by American Muslims has come under repeated federal investigations for possible support of terrorism. ---Which surely doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that the Islamic charities ARE funneling money to terrorists, I suppose?

"The perception that giving to charities is financing terrorism has to be debunked," said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. "It hurts America."

No, it hurts the terrorists. Obama just doesn’t seem to be able to stand the idea that Islamists should be hurt.

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