My name is Leslie Burt. I am a retired nurse. I started reading about Islamic Jihad after 9/11. After going to conferences and speaking engagements on the subject I began to connect with others and started sharing what I had learned.

I started this blog in response to the frequently asked questions, “Where can I go to learn more?” and “What action can be taken?”

This blog is mainly a news aggregating site but will also include an extensive library of resources for studying Islam and networking with other Counter Jihad activists.

My Interest in Islamic Jihad stems from the 1983 Hezbollah truck bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in which my cousin, Ken Haas, was killed. He and his wife of one year had just finished lunch in Ken’s office at the Embassy and kissed good-bye. She had driven back to their apartment where she heard the explosion. After several agonizing  days of waiting while rescuers sifted through the wreckage it was finally revealed that Ken had died instantly at his desk.

In all, 63 people were killed, 17 of whom were Americans. The entire U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Middle Eastern contingent was killed setting our intelligence back for years. Ken was the station chief at the time. Hezbollah had ushered in a new era of tactical suicide bombings that continue to this day.

I have always wondered why the media usually only mentions the marine barracks bombing by Hezbollah in 1983. I want people to remember the Embassy bombing because that was really the beginning of this era of suicide bombings. I also find it sad that so many Foreign service workers who have lost their lives in the service of their country are not remembered and honored due to the classified nature of their work. An investigative journalist named Ted Gup wrote “The Book Of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives“. It is available in its entirety online here. The details surrounding the 1983 Embassy bombing episode with personal accounts of those involved, including my cousin Ken, are here.

In 2005 Iran was found to be responsible for the Embassy truck bombing and therefore liable for damages in a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family members. A record of the court testimony can be found online here. It contains a gripping, actual account of the impact this has had on members of my family, as recorded in their own words. It also contains heartwarming remembrances of Ken, giving an idea of the kind of person he was.  Pages 104 – 126 deal with Ken’s surviving family member’s testimony. His wife, Allison’s testimony is on pages 109 – 117; his only son, Alex’s testimony is on pages 117 – 121; and his father, Gene’s testimony is on pages 121 – 126.

Mughniyah 2In 2008 the CIA and Mossad assassinated Imad Mughniyah, the Hezbollah leader who was responsible for Ken’s death. In Jan. 2015, Israel killed his son, Jihad Imad Mughniyah, along with 5 other Hezbollah operatives and a senior general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. You can read about the details of the operation here.

This site is dedicated to the memory of my cousin, Kenneth Haas.

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    • Probably the same way I do, from many sources here and abroad, and by reading and understanding the Qur’an, and Islam’s bloody history which covers almost fourteen hundred years of non stop blood letting of the innocent. I have been warning people since the end of 1999 when I started I rarely met anyone who even had a clue of what I was saying, during that time and decades before the Muslims were busy in America doing Stealth Jihad, this is the Jihad of the so-called Moderate Muslims done in secret right under the noses of the vast majority of Americans. I subscribe to “Voice Of The Martyrs” just a few weeks ago I learned of a young nursing mother, Muslims murdered her husband took their property, cut off her breasts and left her and her baby to die, I’m not sure if the baby made it as she could no longer nurse it. And many foolish Christians claim we worship the same god, my God teaches me the opposite, even to pray for these poor fools, I’ll be honest it’s very difficult.

      • LOL, okay mate.

        Cause Moderate Muslims are all on the same page to stealthily enforce Shariah in the West. I wish bro.

  1. I love this site and its honesty. I only wish more Muslims had the tolerance non-Muslims have. It would be a more peaceful world. An example of their intolerance. Some Muslims, not all, of course) react violently to freedom of expression: I recently wrote a novel (available at Amazon and Kindle), “The Prophetess of Islam.” It is *fiction* but it is favorable and encouraging to Muslim women! Unfortunately, some Muslims have taken issue with the fact my main character is woman (and lesbian) and has been approached in person by Allah via the angel Gabriel and Prophet Muhammad to change (i.e. improve) the way Islam treats women and say modern Islam is not what Allah intended when it was founded. I have received hate email from a video I created for the book (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH7QGnpRlbU)

    For Muslims living in America, you are welcome to stay, live, work, have kids, and practice your faith, but you are in America. We have a Constitution, a Bill of Rights, and legal precedent that works for us. If you don’t like it and can’t live within our framework of law and culture, go elsewhere. Long live freedom of speech and religion!

    • Thank you for the compliment Gary. The excerpt of your book on Amazon was very interesting and well written. A new messenger for Islam would be a wonderful thing. I think the closest we have at the moment to a real life new messenger is Malala Yousafzai

      • Islam is a doctrine of intolerance, emotional dissociation, enforced submission and conquest. To describe Malala as a messenger of Islam is therefore not appropriate because her “message” is opposition to intolerance and conquest.

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  3. A comment to Gary Nelson – yesterday I was searching on-line for a Western feminist analysis of Sharia Law and the image of women constructed by Islam. I could find none! Apparently, Western Feminism sees itself as a typical left wing movement that supports any regime which hates the USA! Therefore they consider male chauvinist Islam as the victim, despite the fact that everything they stand for would be condemned under Sharia Law. I realized we are dealing with Academic Political Correctness whose lingua franca is Victimology and is as tyrannical as Sharia Law and the Communist Manifesto. Witness the present Administration!

    • Feminists are mentally and emotionally unhealthy people who have such a bad relationship with their own fathers that they compulsively seek to negativise all men. There are number of men who describe themselves as “feminist” who also have serious identity issues and who are thus acting out.

      • Overgeneralize much “Jack Rainbow”? As just one of countless examples – George Miller, visionary director of Mad Max: Fury Road after awards for Happy Feet and Babe among his creative family fare film projects, hired feminist Eve Ensler to consult on MMFR. George Miller is a creative genius who doesn’t shy away from feminism to address the global sex class binary and the violent, political and religious oppression statistically proven of women by men. If he’s “acting out,” then so should more men.

      • No woman becomes a feminist unless she is holding a mass of negative feelings towards men. There is no such thing as a moderate feminist. Feminism is an ideology of hate and conquest. If you don’t experience the feminists you know as extremely confused and damaged individuals, why bother complaining about Islam? Some Muslims are lovely people too. BTW, my name is actually Jack Rainbow, no need to use parenthesis.

  4. Your posting was very thoughtful. Ken and I were friends in Beirut. Until the bombing, we had good, bad, and crazy times. After the bombing they were mostly bad. Our personal tragedy has become just a footnote in today’s daily reporting on terrorism. Regardless, Ken is in my thoughts whenever I think of Beirut. He’s not forgotten.

  5. Thank you for your comment Jim. I’ve met several people through this blog who knew or worked with Ken and it always gives me an emotional tug. If you want to share anything privately use the contact form.

  6. Ken Haas was one of my Philosophy professors at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. I have never met a person who was able to take an argument apart with such clarity and speed. I really appreciated his wisdom and and abilities. While the
    CIA lost a valuable “asset”, the US lost a brilliant individual and thinker.

    • How fascinating Ken Haas would choose to be both a philosophy professor and then opt to become a member of our CIA! I hadn’t realized we’d lost so many members of our Beirut CIA section in that bombing. I’m sure there was intrinsic strategic value to not acknowledging so many American intelligence operatives of significance lost their lives in that incident and it wasn’t an intentional oversight.

  7. We have a lot in common. I am a registered nurse, an activist and a Desert Storm Vet of the USMC. I stood colorguard at the 10th anniversary, I believe, of the Beirut Bombing at Camp Johnson in NC. Thank you and peace be with you!

  8. Thank you for your effort for this very valuable, extensive, & informative work.

    I am a muslim and my greatest fear is not from Jews or Judaism; Christians or Christianity; Liberals or Democrats nor Republicans or Conservatives.

    My greatest fear is the Islamic extremists & the Wahabbi whack jobs funded by the governments of Sheikhdoms and charities of the Arab Persian Gulf countries; i. e. Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, and very specifically the House of Saud & Saudi Arabia and that slim of humanity that call themselves Muslim/Religious/Islamic Scholars of the House of Saud.

    Unfortunately in the United States, the very vitriol and divisive political atmosphere has created a circus environment where formulation of American foreign policy takes place on social media and the very comical news platforms such as those on MSNBC or FOX. This has presented a divine opportunity for the Jihadi Wackos to promote their ideology of hatred & religious filth virtually with a free hand as they take advantage of openness and levels of tolerance in America through the media.

    In America & in Europe, the political leadership and the general public must wake up to the dark threat of Islamic extremism and radicalism veiled behind the farce of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS & TOLERANCE. We must set aside Political Correctness and address the challenges posed to Western Democracies by these rag & towel head whack jobs.

    This is not a matter where a platform of LIBERAL vs CONSERVATIVE or REPUBLICAN vs DEMOCRAT framework will be able to address the challenges posed by the Islamic extremism and radicalism objectively. Rather, when a whacked muslim religious towel head with a filthy beard advocates implementation of Sharia and conversion of all citizens to Islam in the Western Hemisphere, our very knowledgeable intellectual icons of the Left and the Right should remind Mr. Towel Head that in a free society, people are free to choose their own destiny. And if Mr. Towel Head insists on implementation of Sharia, which dates back to the dark ages, Mr. Towel Head has the choice to return to the Sharia lalaland where he came from and be a “Good Muslim” therein as no one in our society is forcing him or his family to stay. Mr. Towel Head should be accorded an offer he can’t refuse. Either live in 21st Century in a civilized manner or simply leave.

    As an American I have utmost degree of appreciation and respect for the US Constitution and the form of government in the US. I don’t preach my religious views nor do I wish to be preached to. However, I am convinced that if Mr. Towel Head derives the right from Divine Authority, as the Towel Head Claim, to impose his religious views upon me and every other American, then the same divine authority gives me and every other American the right to refute, challenge, and oppose Mr. Towel Head in a manner of Mr. Towel Head’ s choosing.

    It is my sincere hope that Israel succeeds in its military campaign to rid Gaza of Hamas lunatics.

    • With your “Towel head” and “Rag head” comments you are defaming the Sikh community worldwide. This was most likely not your intention, but you may want to reconsider this unfair slander of a whole community that holds values to which Americans also subscribe.

  9. Dear Blogger,
    I cannot find your name. But I want to write to you that I was thrilled to read about you and the reason why you are writing this blog.
    I live on the border with Gaza. All the people here would like to see the residents of Gaza successes on the economic level, develop their area. This is a beautiful area which could be a center of tourism and the global economy. If only the Arabs in Gaza would stop dreaming and educate their children that the purpose of life is to kill Jews.
    I refer you to the article by an Israeli journalist.

    • Excellent article, thank you Yona! I pray for your safety. The truth is gradually being made known. Some day the Palestinians will be free from the lies that really oppress them… all because of Jew hatred.

      • Jew-hatred, misogyny and the encouragement to barbaric atrocity, war, conquest and supremacy are built into the core texts.

        Islam has committed a continuous stream of atrocities and human rights abuses since its beginning. Slavery is still a practice of Islam.

        ISIS is not atypical of Islam. ISIS is Islam without the fetters of Western domination and restraint.

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  11. Iburt,
    My condolences for your loss. Having sought to minister to survivors of the USS COLE two weeks after its bombing, this was my first-hand introduction to jihad. I was also briefly involved with a think tank seeking to raise modern knights as the Church’s response to jihad. I look forward to exploring your site and its many resources, especially as I keep one eye open toward establishing Christian Military Academy.
    His Richest Blessings,
    Dr. Mike
    REV. MIKE PEYTON, EdD, MDiv, BS-Business
    Lieutenant, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  12. This site appears to be the most complete and in-depth resource for researching and addressing the camouflaged onslaught of Muslim extremism upon America, and one which I have been searching for a long time. The resources are priceless and ones which I will be referencing frequently.

    The more I hear, see and read about ISIS, CAIR, The Muslim Brotherhood and jihad the more concerned I become each day for the future of our country. The ‘absorption’ tactic being used by them seems to be working in their favor, no?

    Someone wrote here about how political correctness and tolerance will serve as jihad’s most dangerous weapon – how true. When you use the convictions and beliefs of others to overpower them you have utilized the greatest weapon of all – their very own minds.

    I have 3 young grandchildren in 1st and 2nd grade. Two of them are girls. I am afraid of what kind of world they will be living in only 5-years from now. It will be through them that Muslim extremism will do the most damage and seed itself into the minds of their generation and the generations that follow.

    I’m afraid though, that although we need to spread the word and educate those around us, the battle will be lost if the people who have the power (politicians and other leaders in America) succumb to the devious plans of Muslim extremism.

    But we must go on and continue to educate everyone.

    Carry on!

    • Yes. I must recommend for you The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, if you are not already aware of it. This site strives to attain a high standard of factual accuracy and its writes are academics who focus their efforts on establishing objective truth. Some of the reading iis a bit dry but my plodding efforts are always well rewarded by enhanced understanding.

  13. Your personal story is deeply touching. You honor your cousin with your tireless voice for truth. This site is truly extraordinary. The information that can be found here is comprehensive and it is so well organized. God bless you, sir. And may your cousin rest in peace.

    • Thank so much for your kind words annonymous. Ken used to use the expression “howling at the moon” a lot. Sometimes I feel like I’m carrying on his howling at the moon for him. It is so nice when I see I’ve reached someone.

      • My guess is that you’ve reached more people than you might imagine. And many of those people carry your message forward creating a ripple effect. But I understand the “howling at the moon” feeling as we watch with disbelief as evil advances and so few still seem not to understand, or don’t seem to care, or worse, are in agreement with the madness that swirls around us. We must all be soldiers in this fight and you, through this site, are a leader in this battle….

  14. I remember your cousin Ken from attending several seminars at Hamline while he was there and either leading or making a seminar presentation himself. This was after I graduated from Hamline in 1969 and while I was in graduate school at the University of Minnesota (math, not philosophy). It always puzzled me why he punted his academic career path to become a Cold Warrior, so the background information to which you have linked (especially the testimonies cited in the legal document) provides a welcome illumination of his life after professing philosophy. Thanks for sharing these sources!

    As for countering the various jihad franchises,

    Those who are submitted to the messianic visions of Islam (Sunni, Shia, and variations) have been anticipating that the secular messianic super-powers, USSR and USA, would implode or wear each other out (and doing whatever they could to help both along the way to oblivion) from the time when the post WWI victorious European empires, France and Britain, carved up the Ottoman territories (see “A Peace to End All Peace” – http://www.amazon.com/Peace-End-All-Ottoman-Creation/dp/0805088091 ) After another season of European bloodletting, France and Brittain retreated from the scene, leaving USSR and USA to pick up the pieces.

    Having seen the USSR go down in the 1990’s, and the USA over the next couple of decades blunder its way into domestic and international over-reach, including unsustainable levels of debt, public and private, the jihadists have some reason for optimism that their aspirations for removing the USA as an obstacle to their global vision will be achieved, with other precedents to cheer them along. After all, it was the incessant struggle between the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium) and the Persian Empire, which bled both of these polities in the east to exhaustion in the seventh century and paved the way for Muhammed’s legions to boil up out of Arabia and sweep through North Africa, Persia, and a large chunk of Anatolia in just a few decades. It remains to be seen if the USA, less than three centuries old, having shed its republican origins to emerge as a global empire after 1945, will be able to figure out how to thwart these designs. Adding deities that strongly resemble the old Canaanite objects of worship (the climate change clergy, the LGBTxyz marriage and gender erasure zealots, the devotees of Moloch – sacrificing children for prosperity and convenience, and the old favorite Mammon and his central bankster priesthood) to the pantheon of our national civil religion does not strike me as a winning strategy. But that’s just me.

      • For the United States, continuing on its present trajectory? No. For inhabitants of the United States who are open to pursuing a strategy that promises victory whether or not the USA repents from its current self-destructive path and survives as a nation, yes. In a phrase: “. . . seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”. Matthew 6:33
        It is possible (though unlikely) that enough of the inhabitants of the United States will adopt this path in time to preserve the USA as a nation. However, it will still be available to the survivors even in the event of a USSR-like dissolution. It has been available for some 17 centuries before the USA existed, and has far better prospects of enduring into the 22nd century than this increasingly dysfunctional global commercial empire that emerged from the wreckage of European colonial empires and the collapse of the Ottomans about a century ago..

  15. Dear Mr. Oren-

    I’ve just finished your book Ally, concerning your time in America. I’m glad you enjoyed your work over here and have had the chance to acquaint yourself with our country. I suppose you’re blacklisted now.

    You must be aware that we are currently suffering the most foolish, if not arrogant and incompetent leadership, in our own brief history of <300 years. Your own country’s tradition and existence, with many destructions and resurgences, dwarfs our experience.

    We both have family deeply involved and at risk in these current events. I expect a six hour war, catalyzed in the MidEast, in the near future, and fear it may already be well underway unseen for the last few hours. Such is life. I’ve put together a little website at


    On the site I lay out the current status of forces re: Americans, based on Sun Tzu’s Art of War. I’m sure you’re very familiar with the work. At each passage I have indicated advantage of either party, either America, or the Allahu SnackBars, in their many forms. You may enjoy reviewing the brief synopsis. I’ve also included as a handy reference file the most recent Laws of Armed Conflict, from 2012, America’s favorite warfighting manual. In close juxtaposition of the works, one can easily see the philosophical rift. I’ve also attached If We Can Keep It, Obama’s briefing guide from 2007 when he took over as our CIC, just one of his many ill worn hats. Chet’s clearsighted analysis is remarkably prescient in forecasting the dimensions of the current imbroglio.

    America is no longer Israel’s ally. It will require many nuclear weapons to inconvenience ourselves, and probably none in Austin as we have no port. Austin is Weird. Maybe San Diego, Tampa, or some more accessible container port. Maybe St. Louis. Maybe Chesapeake. When the nuclear exchange kicks off, we will quickly reorganize our leadership and destroy the aggressor nation, in a few hours. They have no ability to destroy the US in Gotterdammerung style, and they apparently look forward to their own destruction, and their glorious reunion with Mohammad. Israel, as you say, is a one-bomb country, and I fear Israel may be forced through the eye of another needle. A world without Israel is of no concern to this current America.

    Let’s not go there. Let’s adopt new tactics, and reinforce success. We need an effective deterrent. The most successful weapon in common use over there, as reported on icasualty.org, is the Improvised Explosive Device. They can be placed surreptitiously and inexpensively virtually anywhere, and detonation can be most conveniently controlled at almost any desirable time, even by cell phone. They’re very inexpensive. Here’s a thought. Israel could take a few of your nuclear warheads, and surreptitiously place them in widespread locales near Arabic centers of gravity, as TNIED’s. At this point, who really cares? I think a well-marked connx box, with signs in twelve languages to discourage tampering, airlifted almost anywhere in the afternoon while the SnackBars are sleeping, could be used very effectively as deterrent motivators. As Lindsey Lohan’s agent says, ‘There’s no such thing as bad publicity.’

    Make it clear that if Jerusalem should blink out of existence at the first strike (or if tampered) the boxes in the various areas would be detonated remotely by the Jewish Remnant and leave nothing but a very radioactive hole in the desert. They could remap the Holy Lands, the Oily Lands, and the Radioactive Lands. In 973 years they could resettle. Be very public. Dig a tunnel over to the west bank and put a few over there also. If you’re already reviewing such a plan, you have my whole-hearted support. If you haven’t considered such a plan, I hope we still have time. Spread this word, surreptitiously.

    Thereafter, we can all go beat our swords into plowshares.

    Go with God, my friend,

    /s/ Dave McCrae

  16. Violent extremism is not unique to any one faith. Fact. Period.

    Now how bout the root cause of world wide conflicts and wars?? how about that USA, UK, Russia, France, China etc. superpowers and such cooky countries are simple MONEY GREEDY and they go to other countries to mess things up for the sake of oil, gas, diamonds, gold whatnot.. how about that huh?

  17. the vast majority of Muslims worldwide support terror and try to blame others – just like you. muslims murder civilians because their book of shit, the koran, commands them to kill. the scale of violence perpetrated by filthy muslims dwarfs anything perpetrated by other religions. how about that, huh?

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