CAIR’s Jihad against Mitt Romney

By Jarrad Winter:

The Council of American-Islamic Relations published a press release yesterday entitled CAIR Asks Romney to Explain Meeting with Infamous Islamophobe. CAIR press releases typically serve as an official announcement of their intent to initiate a Jihad. This particular Jihad targets Mitt Romney for meeting with “Islamophobe”  Lt. Gen. (Ret) Jerry Boykin .
I’ve witnessed CAIR wage Jihad many times. The progression of political pressure usually goes something similar to the following. CAIR issues a press release laying out their manufactured grievance. Within a day or two of the press release, a video complaining about “bigotry” and “Islamophobia” is uploaded to CAIR’s YouTube channel. From there, leftist sites like HuffPo and Salon jump into the mix (if they hadn’t jumped in earlier) and get behind the Islamists. After the Islamo-propaganda begins to have the desired effect, CAIR will often call a press conference in hopes of drawing a crowd to report on their contrived complaints. In addition to these so-called press conferences, CAIR representatives are frequently interviewed about their gripes by the Iranian network PressTV and regularly offered time to spew their lies on American TV networks. Typically, the net result is enough political pressure to force a response from the target of their Jihad. Usually, the response is an apology, some butt kissing, and a promise of future appeasement.
Like so many others, I have been nothing short of horrified by how inept the Romney campaign is at handling attacks. I am quite concerned the campaign is going to botch the hell out of this one. So, if anyone reading this happens to have connections to the Romney campaign, please relay the following strategic advice.
Advice for Romney
The worst thing Romney could possibly do is to fall into the trap of accidently validating the false premise of “Islamophobia”. If he validates the pretend hate crime, he will be screwed.

In addition to paying close attention to not mistakenly validate the Islamophobia straw man, Romney shouldn’t answer any questions or accusations from Islamists. Even just starting down the road of defending himself could allow CAIR to ruin him. Instead of being on the defensive, he needs to immediately go on the offensive and thrash CAIR for things such as

What Romney really needs to understand is the last thing CAIR wants is for him to scream bloody Jihad and make a scene all over national media about their direct connections to global Jihad–so that’s exactly what he should do.

 

—– [CAIR Press Release]

Muslim rights group questions why candidate willing to hold private meeting with anti-Muslim extremist  

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to clarify his decision to meet privately with a key figure in the Islamophobia movement, retired Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin.  

SEE: Romney Met with Anti-Muslim Activist, Backers of Bachmann Witch Hunt http://tinyurl.com/c5w8vl4 Jerry Boykin: Romney’s Anti-Muslim General (Salon) http://tinyurl.com/928fqky Romney Held Private Denver Meeting with Dobson, Bauer (Politico) http://tinyurl.com/d22k3bu

 Boykin asserts that “[Islam] should not be protected under the First Amendment,” that there should be “no mosques in America” and that there can be no interfaith dialogue or cooperation between Muslims and Christians. In 2003, President Bush rebuked Boykin for his anti-Muslim stance.  

Earlier this year, Boykin’s extreme viewpoints resulted in him withdrawing from a prayer breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. CAIR and VoteVets.org, a coalition of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, had both asked the academy to retract the invitation because of Boykin’s Islamophobic views.  

CAIR: Islam Critic Backs Out of West Point Cadet Event (AP) http://tinyurl.com/8262zeq Islamophobic General has Withdrawn from Prayer Breakfast http://tinyurl.com/896gv6w

 “Romney would rightfully never meet with an anti-Semite or white supremacist, so why would he meet with an infamous Islamophobe?” said CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor.

Saylor added that Boykin’s extremist views are well-documented and called on the Romney campaign to explain either why Boykin was not vetted or why a decision was made to have the candidate meet with a key figure in the domestic Islamophobia movement.

CAIR has been challenging Boykin’s un-American bigotry for a number of years.

CAIR and People For the American Way objected to a speech Boykin gave to a mayor’s prayer breakfast in Maryland. Hundreds of people contacted city officials to protest Boykin’s appearance.  

CAIR: An Army Officer, Years On, Still a Lightning Rod (Wash. Post) http://tinyurl.com/6vrs6oq Editorial: Religious Bigotry in Ocean City? (Baltimore Sun) http://tinyurl.com/8a3w4fc

 CAIR last year asked Romney to drop Walid Phares, a newly-appointed advisor on Middle East affairs, because he is a “former official” of a group implicated in the 1982 massacre of civilian men, women and children at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon.

 SEE: CAIR Letter to Romney About Walid Phares http://tinyurl.com/8g39cej

Spiking the Examiner

By Diana West

News flash: The Washingon Examiner spiked my syndicated column on the Muslim Brotherhood and why five House Republicans — Reps. Michele Bachmann, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Tom Rooney and Lynn Westermoreland — were correct to call on Inspectors General to investigate MB influence on US government policy-making. And therein lies a tale.

If the newspaper’s online search function is accurate, it is even more perplexing to note that the Examiner hasn’t run a single news story on the media-politics feeding frenzy, led by Sen. John McCain, directed at Rep. Michele Bachmann for raising questions about strong indications of Muslim Brotherhood penetration of the Washington policy-making chain. The geyser of Left-cum-GOP-Establishment hysteria arose from Bachmann et al pointing out in a letter to the State Department IG that Huma Abedin, a top advisor of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has close family members involved in MB-associated groups and movements, which are dedicated to the destruction of the West. Indeed, it was on the mention of Huma Abedin that the Examiner told me the paper turned down my column (full column reprinted below).

A little backstory.

I have noted before with dismay that the Washington Examiner automatically spikes any syndicated column I write regarding what might be referred to as President Obama’s identity issues.

These include: the debate over the constitutional requirement that the president and vice president be “natural born”; this same debate as it enters court in eligibility challenges litigated from New Jersey to Georgia to the US Supreme Court; and related pieces of “natural born” legislation introduced in some state legislatures, including Arizona’s. Since April 27, 2011, when Obama published a highly problematic illustration of a birth certificate on the White House website, the debate has taken a darker turn. There is now extensive evidence that fraud and forgery took place in the creation of the White House birth certificate. What that means to the Examiner is that it now also auto-spikes columns about this evidence and other sensational news coming out of the Cold Case Posse investigation mounted by the renowned Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Regrettably, Townhall.com has this year decided to spike columns on this same subject by myself and others. In fact, the silence on this epic story extends across the public square, from Left to Right, from CNN to Fox, from Democrats to Republicans. When, earlier this year, this began happening to my column in a more systematic way, I was shocked. Others, too. I will note for the record that concerned scribesexpressed outrage and alarm over such censorship, for which I remain grateful. It is a more than passing strange sensation to write about what clearly seems to be important news in our country’s history involving Americans from different states, from different walks of life — lawyers,  judges, detectives, computer experts, government officials including the president, and more — knowing full well that some outlets won’t run it because the subject is verboten in the public square. I have even come to expect this treatment on the subject, which must be some dangerous stage of complacency.

In a way, then, I almost welcome this latest, very different spike as a salutary jolt of alarm.

Here’s how Examiner editorial page editor David Freddoso explained why the column didn’t appear:

We opted not to use it this week.  We also passed over other syndicated columnists’ offerings about the insinuations against Huma Abedin.  The reason is simply that there is no hint of proof that she has done anything improper.

But the five House Republicans made no such claim. Amid their broad concerns about MB influence on US government policy-making, the members raised a red flag over Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff to the US Secretary of State. Why? Abedin’s family members have been deeply involved with groups and movements dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization. This concerns the five House members. As it should, in my opinion – which is what my fact-based opinion column argued. What we learn from this escapade is that such an opinion is not considered printable at the Examiner.

Meanwhile, as former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy writes:

A person is not required to have done anything wrong to be denied a high-ranking government position, or more immediately, the security clearance allowing access to classified information that is necessary to function in such a job. There simply need be associations, allegiances, or interests that establish a potential conflict of interest.

To sample some of what McCarthy has further reported:

1) Saleha Abedin, Huma’s mother, is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood.

2) Saleha is also a board member of the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief. The IICDR has been long banned in Israel for supporting Hamas.

3) Moreover it turns out that Huma Abedin herself was, until late 2008, a member of another of her mother’s Islamist organizations, the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs.

Huma’s parents actually started this institute in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s, McCarthy explains, “with the backing of Abdullah Omar Naseef.”

Who is Naseef?

McCarthy: “Naseef is a former secretary-general of the Muslim World League, which, as I’ve previously explained, has long been the Muslim Brotherhood’s principal vehicle for the international propagation of Islamic supremacist ideology. Under the auspices of the MWL, Naseef not only backed the IMMA” — which, remember, was Huma’s parents’ Saudi project — “Naseef founded the Rabita Trust, which …is a specially designated international terrorist organization under federal law.”

Can’t you just hear the background-checker? So, Huma, your folks were in business with a guy who started a designated terrorist group, your mom’s on a board of a group banned in Israel for supporting Hamas, and you want top secret clearance to work alongside the SecState…HAHAHAHAHA. 

And there’s even more, so much more.
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Muslim Brotherhood: “Yes, We Will Be Masters Of The World”

by Raymond Ibrahim

During a televised interview earlier this week, Dr. Safwat Hegazy, a popular preacher in Egypt, known for his desire to unify the Arab world into a “United Arab States“—with Jerusalem for a capital—dropped the Western language and made clear what it is the Muslim Brotherhood ultimately seeks: a caliphate and world domination, which even the Supreme Guide of the Brotherhood maintains is the group’s mission.

In the interview, which Coptic Solidarity has translated with subtitles (click here), Hegazy simply declares: “If you read the literature of the Muslim Brotherhood, you will find in the literature of the Brotherhood, that which they can never abandon: The Islamic Caliphate and mastership of the world. Yes, we will be masters of the world, one of these days” (emphasis his).

Suppose Michele Bachmann is right?

 by CAL THOMAS h/t Kasey Jachim

Like the ghosts of Shakespeare’s Banquo or Dickens’ Jacob Marley, the specter of the late commie-hunting congressman from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, will always be with us. It is summoned up today, by some on the left, who use it as a tool to thwart legitimate questions about people and ideologies that seek to destroy America.

According to many commentators, the McCarthy spirit has inhabited Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. In several letters to high-ranking government officials, Bachmann has raised questions about Huma Abedin, a Muslim-American, who is deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Bachmann’s concern is Abedin’s relatives in the Middle East, some of whom—such as Abedin’s mother—she claims “are connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.” Abedin’s job, according to Bachmann, “affords her routine access to the secretary and to policymaking.” And, as a result of that access, says Bachmann, “The State Department, and in several cases, the specific direction of the secretary of state, have taken actions recently that have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests.”

Sen. John McCain says Abedin is “a dedicated American.” Even if he is correct, the larger issue is being obscured. Many in government and the media don’t want to face the possibility that infiltration is a tactic of Islamic extremists who repeatedly say they want to destroy not only Israel but the “Great Satan” America. Such objectives should be taken seriously, given their violent history.

If you revile Rep. Bachmann, perhaps former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is more to your liking. Charles Moore of the London Daily Telegraph writes that Blair “… now thinks he underestimated the power of the bad ‘narrative’ of Islamist extremists. That narrative—that ‘The West oppresses Islam’—’is still there; if anything, it has grown.’ It seeks ’supremacy, not coexistence.’” Blair also expressed fear that “The West is asleep on this issue.”

Blair’s view is echoed in Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat, a new book by Michael Widlanski, a specialist in Arab politics and a former journalist for mainstream publications such as The New York Times, the Cox Newspapers-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Jerusalem Post. Widlanski’s main point is that political correctness has stifled the West’s ability to understand and fight terror.

Among Widlanski’s criticisms is that the West “came to rely on ‘experts’ without field experience in, or scant knowledge of, the Middle East: people who do not speak the languages, did not study the cultures, and do not know the history. Even worse, some ‘experts’ have been forgiving and even sympathetic to the terrorists and their aims.”

National Public Radio reported last month that “The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military.”

What else would infiltration look like? It’s more than an academic question, or a subject for spy novelists. Those who attack Michele Bachmann should answer it.

Read more at Worldmag.com

Release Fort Hood intelligence report

Statesman:

An independent review of the FBI’s intelligence actions before the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings at Fort Hood is finished. We join Texas Sen. John Cornyn in calling on the agency to release an unclassified version of the report.

Friday, in a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller, Cornyn pressed for the report’s release, calling it a “matter of tremendous public importance.”

As the Texas Republican correctly put it in his letter to Mueller, “The American people and specifically the Fort Hood community in Texas have the right to know.”

It’s clear there were intelligence failures leading up to the Fort Hood shootings, though exactly what those failures were or whether they mean the shootings could have been prevented is unknown.

News reports say the review by William Webster, a former FBI and CIA director and former federal judge, includes 18 recommendations the agency should take to sharpen future investigations and improve the sharing of information.

Questions linger about how the FBI handled information it had gathered on Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist.

There also may have been misunderstandings between the FBI and a Pentagon investigator that prevented a deeper, harder look into Hasan’s activities and mental state ahead of the shootings.

Hasan is accused of opening fire with two handguns on soldiers and civilians at a medical processing center at Fort Hood. The soldiers were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

The shooting left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded.

Witnesses say that Hasan said “Allahu akbar” as he began shooting. The Arabic phrase means “God is great” and is associated with Middle Eastern terrorists.

Hasan’s court-martial is scheduled to start Aug. 20 at Fort Hood. He could face the death penalty if found guilty by a jury of Army officers.

There reportedly were warning signs in the couple of years before the shootings, signalling that Hasan’s emotional state was possibly destabilizing and that he was possibly becoming radicalized.

Webster’s report is thought to focus on the FBI’s handling of numerous emails Hasan exchanged with Anwar al Awlaki, the American radical imam who was killed last year in Yemen by a U.S. drone strike. Awlaki’s communications were under FBI surveillance.

The report will be closely read to see whether the FBI has fully learned one of the key lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The FBI was criticized for failing to share information with the CIA and other intelligence agencies that might have thwarted at least some of the 9/11 hijackers. Reforms were enacted to remove some of the barriers that inhibited the FBI and CIA from working together.

Failure to coordinate information apparently endures, however.

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Five Congressmen Call for Muslim Brotherhood Influence Investigations

By Ryan Mauro:

In what could prove to be a watershed moment in the fight against radical  Islam, five prominent members of Congress wrote  letters on June 13 to the Inspector Generals of the Departments of State,  Justice, Defense, Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National  Intelligence requesting investigations into the influence of Muslim  Brotherhood-tied groups and individuals.

The letters were signed by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Tom Rooney  (R-FL) and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) of the House Permanent Select Committee  on Intelligence; Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) of the House Armed Services Committee  and Rep. Louie Gohmert, the Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s  Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.

The letters refers to a 10-part, freely-available online course created by  the Center for Security Policy titled, “Muslim  Brotherhood in America,” narrated by Frank Gaffney, who served as Assistant  Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy under the Reagan  Administration. Each letter mentions incidents where the respective departments  worked with entities or individuals tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.

A secret document by  the American branch of the Muslim Brotherhood from 1991 states that its “work in  America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western  civilization from within.” The Brotherhood’s documents also identify many of its  fronts in the U.S., such as the Islamic  Society of North America, the Islamic  Circle of North America, the North  American Islamic Trust, the Muslim  Students Association, the International  Institute of Islamic Thought and the Islamic  Association for Palestine, from which the Council  on American-Islamic Relations was birthed.

Overseas, the Muslim Brotherhood strategy of “civilization jihad” is referred  to as “gradualism,” a doctrine I discussed at length here.  “Gradualism,” often called “stealth jihad” in the West, refers to an  incremental, phased approach towards advancing the Islamist cause that includes  a cost-benefit analysis. Western observers often misinterpret the Muslim  Brotherhood’s restraint as proof that it is moderate. In reality, this judgment  is an intelligence  failure. Israeli officials say  the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Egypt ordered Hamas to fire rockets at  Israel just this past weekend. Hamas’ founding charter says it is a wing of the  Brotherhood and the terrorist group changed  its official name in December to reflect this.

There is a wealth of information showing why the investigations called for by  the members of Congress is necessary. The impact of the Muslim Brotherhood-tied  groups and other Islamists on the current and past administrations, both  political parties and the law enforcement and intelligence communities is  disturbing. Their agendas are aided by a media eager to defame their critics and  businesses, officials and religious organizations embracing them in the name of  interfaith relations.

The Center for Security Policy’s course calls out several serving members of  the current administration for having close ties to Muslim Brotherhood  affiliates. These include:

  • Rashad  Hussain, the current Special Envoy to the Organization  of Islamic Cooperation. He previously was a Deputy Associate Council in the  White House involved in national security policy and Muslim outreach.
  • Dalia  Mogahed, a close associate of John  Esposito, one of the foremost defenders of the Muslim Brotherhood and its  affiliates. She is in the White House’s Office of Faith-Based Neighborhood  Partnerships and is credited as the person who most  influenced President Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo. She is a member of the  Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working  Group.
  • Huma Abedein, Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Several of her relatives have  ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, especially her mother who belongs  to the Muslim Sisterhood.
  • Mohamed Elibiary, who serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Committee  and reportedly  tried to leak documents to the press to paint Texas Governor Rick Perry as  having an anti-Muslim bias. He is a member of the Department of Homeland  Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.
  • Imam Mohamed Magid, President of the Islamic Society of North America  (ISNA), who has close ties with administration officials and is a member of the  Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working  Group.

 

The letter sent to the DHS says  that, in addition to the aforementioned three members of the Countering Violent  Extremism Working Group, “five other members…appear to share their sympathy  for Islamist causes in addition to sharing some of their associations with  organizers that are advancing such agendas in the U.S.”

Azizah  al-Hibri, who stated that “Islamic fiqh is deeper and better than Western  codes of law” and has relations with Brotherhood-tied groups, serves on the U.S.  Commission on International Religious Freedom. In April 2010, the CEO of Islamic  Relief USA, another group with with  Hamas/Brotherhood ties, was appointed to the U.S. Agency for  International Development Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. In  November 2011, he was appointed to the State Department’s Religion and Foreign  Policy Working Group. Sahar Aziz, who served in the Department of Homeland  Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties from 2008 to 2009, spoke  at the annual fundraiser for CAIR-Michigan on March 25. She shared the stage  with Siraj Wahhaj, an anti-American Islamist preacher.

Recently, the White House’s new Director for Community Partnerships said that  there have been “hundreds”  of meetings between departments and agencies with the Council on  American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), despite the fact that the FBI ended  outreach efforts with CAIR after the government labeled it an “unindicted  co-conspirator” in the Holy  Land Foundation trial. This designation was subsequently upheld  by a federal judge. A 2007 federal court filing  also calls CAIR a Muslim Brotherhood front that uses deception to support  terrorists. ISNA and the North American Islamic Trust were also labeled  “unindicted co-conspirators.” It has been reported  that the Justice Department actually blocked the planned prosecution of a CAIR  co-founder and others on the list  of “unindicted co-conspirators.”

The Executive-Director of CAIR’s Greater Los Angeles chapter, Hussam Ayloush,  was just elected  as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In August 2010, Bill  Aossey, a prominent member of the radical Islamic  Center of Cedar Rapids, went to the White House and sat at President Obama’s  table for an Iftar celebration. In 2008, then-presidential candidate Obama’s  Muslim outreach director, Mazen Asbahi, resigned  after his associations with Brotherhood-tied groups were exposed.

The administration’s interfaith efforts involve the same individuals and  groups that the five members of Congress are concerned about. Then-President of  ISNA, Ingrid  Mattson, took part in President Obama’s inaugural prayer services. The  President’s top counter-terrorism advisor, John Brennan, spoke  alongside her at New York University. Senior presidential advisor Valerie  Jarrett was the keynote  speaker at ISNA’s annual convention in 2009. After President Obama’s famous  speech in Cairo in 2009, Secretary of State Clinton invited Esam  Omeish, a supporter of Hamas involved with the Brotherhood, to take part in  a conference call.

The “Muslim Brotherhood  in America” course reveals that in 2010, the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor  and Combat Anti-Semitism, Hannah Rosenthal, took an interfaith trip to Auschwitz  alongside eight individuals with strong Muslim Brotherhood ties. After the Fort  Hood terrorist attack, an official from ISNA was approved  to come to the base for a lecture about Islam. In February, a top Pentagon  official apologized  for the accidental burning of a Koran in Afghanistan at the mosque led by ISNA’s  president. In March 2011, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough spoke  at the mosque and praised Magid.

Individuals and organizations like these are responsible for the  administration’s belief that the Muslim Brotherhood is genuinely moderate,  non-violent and a force we can work with. This opinion was on full  display when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified  before Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood is “secular.” He portrayed the  Brotherhood in a positive light and continues  to do so to this day. A National Security Council spokesperson did  the same when asked about the White House’s meetings with Brotherhood  officials from Egypt. The director of the State Department’s Special Coordinator  of the Office of Middle East Transitions, William Taylor, is similarly  positive towards the Brotherhood. His office even gave election  training to Islamists in Egypt.

The relationships between these groups and law enforcement and intelligence  agencies are particularly alarming. Administration officials, including  Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric  Holder, have met with the Muslim  Public Affairs Council (MPAC), over  two dozen times. MPAC was founded by Muslim Brotherhood supporters and works  in tandem with the other mentioned groups. On January 27-28, 2010, ISNA and a known  Brotherhood front called the Muslim  American Society joined MPAC in meeting  with Napolitano and other DHS officials.

The influence of these groups became much  greater after the controversy over the content of counter-terrorism training  materials started. A complete review of the materials began with outside  help and indeed, some of it was inappropriate. The desire to tame Muslim  outrage led to an embrace of some of these Islamist groups who consistently  misrepresent counter-terrorism practices, defame their critics as bigots and feed off  of feelings of victimization and persecution.

In October 2011, the DHS and the National Counterterrorism center distributed guidelines  on Countering Violent Extremism for law enforcement agencies to follow. It was  cleansed of references to the Islamist ideology. An MPAC paper was one of only  two non-governmental sources cited. The website of Sheriff Lee Baca, a prominent  ally of CAIR and similar groups, was also used. This is to be expected  considering who is in the DHS Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.

On February 8, FBI Director Robert Mueller met with an interfaith group that  included ISNA and MPAC. The FBI confirmed afterwards that it would consider a  proposal by the attendees to establish a committee to oversee the review of  counter-terrorism training materials.  Even now, the FBI will  not say who the three experts on Islam guiding the review are.

The Chicago Police Superintendent, Garry McCarthy, spoke  at a CAIR fundraiser in March. As mentioned before, Los Angeles County  Sheriff Lee Baca is a huge supporter of the Brotherhood-tied groups and was honored  by CAIR. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Commanding Officer of the  Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, Deputy Chief Michael Downing,  even outrageously said at an event  with MPAC that “the message is not to demonize the Brotherhood” because it has  “evolved and changed.”

The case  of Kifah Mustapha highlights how bad things are. He was personally designated by  the federal government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Holy Land trial  because he is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s secret “Palestine Committee”  set up in the U.S. to covertly assist Hamas. The documentation of his extremism  is irrefutable. Still, he was able to go on a six-week tour of sensitive FBI  facilities where he, as you probably assumed, asked tons of questions about  counter-terrorism procedures.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The “Muslim  Brotherhood in America” course spends an enormous amount of time on how this  is a bi-partisan problem that became much  worse under the Bush Administration. Today, Republican New Jersey Governor  Chris Christie (click here  and here)  and Republican Senator Lindsey  Graham serve as good examples. The problem extends to state and local  governments, such as the Illinois Governor’s Muslim American Advisory Council  that includes  officials from Brotherhood groups.

It also goes beyond the government. Islamist influence,  facilitated by political  correctness, is present  in our education system.  Those concerned about this issue are oftenmocked, dismissed, misquoted and misrepresented in the media.  One stunning example  of Hollywood’s role  is how the producer of the hit films, The Matrix and The Lord of the  Rings, brought onboard Shiekh Yousef al-Qaradawi, a top  terrorism-supporting cleric, as an advisor for his film about Mohammed.

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Muslim site tells children become Muslim in secret, tell parents later

Do you know where your children are? Where they are going on school class trips? What they are reading online? From a website called MuslimConverts.com:

If you are a Small child you can still become a Muslim without your parents permission

If you are a child you do not need your parent’s permission to become a Muslim. If you fear they may harm, you can become Muslim in secret and tell them when you are ready.

What if their are no Muslims (or no Mosque or Islamic center) in your town

Another  common question  is that there are no Muslims in the city. This too is not an obstacle in you becoming a Muslim. You do not have to go to a Masjid (Mosque) or Islamic center or know any Muslims in order to be a Muslim. You can say the declaration of faith (called the Shahadah) to yourself and from then onwards you are a Muslim. This is explained in the article below in greater detail.

And for the young girls, once you become Muslim there will be plenty of older Muslim males ready to exploit marry you.

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Jamal Badawi: Enduring Link to ISNA’s Radical Past

IPT News: 

For an organization that has tried to distance itself from its Muslim Brotherhood roots, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) continues to rely on a Muslim Brotherhood official as a key speaker at many of its events.

Jamal Badawi is scheduled to speak during three sessions at ISNA’s East Regional Conference in Tampa this weekend. Among them, “Understanding Shari’ah: Sacred Principles in Striving for the Human Development.”

Badawi, a member at large on ISNA’s governing board, is deeply rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood’s North American infrastructure, records show. He is listed on the first page of a 1992 telephone directory of Brotherhood members. He also was founding member of the Muslim American Society (MAS), identified as the Brotherhood’s U.S. arm in a 2004 Chicago Tribune story.

“Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood,” Abdurrahman Alamoudi testified in a Virginia courtroom last month. Alamoudi, once the nation’s most influential Muslim political figure, acknowledges his own Brotherhood involvement.

Brotherhood members also created ISNA in 1981 as an outgrowth of the Muslim Students’ Association.

The Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928, has surged to power in recent Egyptian elections and has a global Islamic state, or Caliphate, as its ultimate goal. Its American arm cited an educational program Badawi ran in 1991 as a foundation for “dawa,” or proselytizing, in America. That same document described the Brotherhood’s work in America as “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

Badawi’s comments over the years show he views Islam as superior to democracy and that he defends violent jihad, including suicide bombings, as a form of martyrdom. Such statements, in addition to his Brotherhood connections, make it difficult for ISNA to claim that it has shed its radical past and MB ties.

During a February 2009 speech on “Understanding Jihad and Martyrdom,” at the Chebucto Mosque in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Badawi explained that Gaza-based terrorists were fighting a jihad and that those who were killed were martyrs. He railed against those who criticized the terrorists or cooperated with the Israelis, saying that it was an ‘excess’ by more moderate Muslims to come out against their brothers fighting the Jewish state.

“One of those form of excesses is that noble mujahideen, those who strive in the path of Allah, who are really worthy of the term Shuhadaa – martyrs – have been attacked or accused [of being terrorists], not only by their enemies, but by those who are amongst the people who are included in the broader description of the Ummah,” he said.

“They [moderate Muslims] made this accusation, but they did not even stop at accusations, they did cooperate with the enemies of humanity, to kill their own brothers and sisters,” he added, stating that those that fought against Muslims were “sub-contracting, on behalf of the usurpers of Muslims’ land, right, and heritage.”

Badawi also explained that the Western media was guilty of hypocrisy when it referred to Gaza “martyrs” fighting the Israelis, as terrorists.

“In the Western world, however, we find that the media, which is both misled and misleading, and those who are behind that media, they continued also to falsify and distort this noble concept of martyrdom, equating it with what they call terrorism, fanaticism, violence, and so on,” he said.

The Western media readily agrees that someone who “or prefers death in defense of some value, of some cause,” that is a good thing. However, “when that choice is that of a Muslim, and he chooses death rather than weakness, rather than accepting aggression and selling their rights, no, no, no, that doesn’t apply here,” he said.

Badawi spoke again in support of Palestinian terror a year later.

“But there is one form of combative jihad that is permissible only for self-defense against unprovoked aggression or to resist severe oppression, such as people being driven from their homes like the Palestinians and dispossessed,” he said in a March 2010 speech posted to the Islamonline.net website.

In June 2006, he led an Islamonline.net dialogue session called “Martyrdom in Islam: Let’s Discuss it.” In it, he compared suicide bombers fighting oppression to “freedom fighters” fighting the Nazis or the Japanese kamikazes fighting the Americans. At a 1999 Muslim student conference held at the University of Maryland, Badawi said that “resistance” was really an act of heroism. “So when an act of heroism like that is required to save others it is self-sacrifice you cannot really call it suicide. What Islam condemns is suicide in the negative sense. That’s my understanding.”

He likened Palestinian attacks on Israeli soldiers to the French resistance against the Nazis and urged people not to wilt in the face of criticism of such violence.

“But what makes me really surprised is the intimidation in the media and by politicians that you people, not Arabs, not Muslims even, who know of this hypocrisy are not speaking up for fear of being branded as oh supporters of terrorism,” he said at the University of Maryland conference. This is childish. This is childish. This we should not support terrorism by victimizing the innocent people but we should support freedom fighters anywhere who have been wronged.”

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Obama Iran Policy Contradicts Interests of Iranian Grassroots

by MANSUR RASTANI, PHD at FSM:

For decades, the United States has been among the countries that have suffered massively from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (IRI’s) sponsorship of terrorism worldwide. It all started in 1979 when the Islamic regime ordered the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in which 66 Americans were held hostage for 444 days.

Later in 1983, the suicide bombing of U.S. military barracks in Beirut executed by the Islamic Jihad Organization, an Iranian regime’s terror proxy, left 299 Americans dead. The Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 carried out by IRI-supported groups of Hezbollah resulted in death of 19 U.S. service men. 60% of all American combat casualties in Iraq and 50% of combat casualties in Afghanistan have been caused by IRI-made IEDs. More importantly the footprint of IRI’s terrorism in America became more apparent when the U.S. District Court ruled that Iran was behind the 9/11 Attacks.

American soldiers bring hope and leave graves in every corner of the world; they take bullets to protect the national interests of the country. Their lives are shattered to keep democracy alive. To a Commander-in-Chief, they are like his family members and their deaths are indirectly a loss of a family member to him. Mr. President, you don’t negotiate and you don’t deal with the terrorists who continuously murder your family members, you should do exactly what must be done with the murderers: hold them accountable by arresting and putting them on trial. That is what a Commander-in-Chief, who cares about the lost lives of his soldiers, does.

The bitterer tragedy of the IRI’s sponsorship of terrorism has been the mark it has made on its domestic victims, the Iranian people inside the country, who have been under the systematic use of terror as a means of coercion by this terrorist state from its get-go. The Cinema Rex fire was the first act of genocide of the IRI shortly before it came to power, which resulted in the burning to death of over 400 innocent individuals. As the IRI came to power, the regime started mass executing the top officials from the predecessor government. In 1988, an act of violence unprecedented in Iranian history, was committed by the genocidal regime of Iran, the systematic execution of thousands of political prisoners across the country, which lasted for about five continuous months and resulted in the killing of as many as 30,000 prisoners. Any democratic government in the world is established based on its people’s will; the Islamic government in Iran, by contrast, is run and carried on by imposing terror, violence, and fear among its public. The regime has fortified its hold on power by resorting to arbitrary arrests, detentions, rapes, torture, and extrajudicial executions.

The “alarming” rise in Iran’s extrajudicial execution rate has underscored the warning sign of mass atrocities in the country, a clear indication of the regime’s ongoing silent genocide of political, social, ethnic, and religious groups.  Additionally, the Iranian regime maintains a policy of “religious Apartheid” toward religious minorities in Iran – like the Christians, Baha’is and Zoroastrians, amongst others. Similarly, the regime advocates “sexual apartheid” in the country, where women and men are segregated from each other and women are deprived of their rights.

Mr. President, The mass murders in Iran have outrageously taken place on the watch of six U.S. presidents – Carter, Reagan, Clinton, GHW Bush, GW Bush, and Obama, yet none of those presidents has done anything beyond rhetorical condemnation against the atrocity, genocide, and apartheid acts of the IRI regime. Over the past few decades, the international community, including the U.S., has largely stood by and watched while mass atrocities in Iran occurred. The lack of leaders bothered by their conscience and the lack of effective response options has sapped the will of governments in responding to these unprecedented crimes against humanity.

Sovereignty is not a privilege but a responsibility that should be revoked if a regime commits acts of atrocity and genocide against its own people. Now is the time for the international communities to protect the rights of the oppressed Iranian people and save them from the long-drawn-out genocide in Iran by putting an end to the sovereignty of the IRI regime, which indeed belongs to the grassroots people of Iran.

Mr. President, the above-mentioned atrocious acts occurred when the IRI was still far from the nuclear threshold. How, then, is an Iranian regime emboldened by nuclear acquisition likely to behave?   For more than a decade Americans have heard from different U.S. presidents that an Iranian nuclear weapon is “unacceptable.” Despicably, nothing more than a protracted approach of incrementally tightened nonpolitical sanctions with Iranian people as its main burdened target, and diplomacy with the regime for a containment routine, have been utilized to stop the IRI’s nuclear threat.

Years, if not decades, of diplomacy have led nowhere; consequently Iran blusters, threatens, and continues to work furiously to obtain nuclear weapons, with the patent support of Russia and China.  Mr. President, as a result of your promise to “embrace a new era of engagement” with America’s enemies, each passing day this potentially antagonistic regime is getting closer to witnessing a celebration in Tehran for the testing its first atomic bomb. The IRI Mullahs believe it is their responsibility to bring about nuclear war to facilitate the coming of the last Islamic Messiah.

Such a theocratic regime that values martyrdom more than life, even if lacks the technology for building the nuclear warhead, when the time calls, the IRI hardliners and fanatic leaders can easily promote the proliferation of dirty nuclear bombs and make them available in the hands of their terrorist proxies across the world. Any type of negotiation with the terrorist IRI regime not only undermines the repressive measures of the regime against its people but would passively underpin the acceptance of the perpetual IRI nuclear blackmail. Only adopting a policy of collapsing the power structure of the terrorist regime of IRI would put an end to its escalating nuclear threat.

Mr. President, during the Iranian uprising in June 2009 you abandoned the oppressed people of Iran when they asked for your support. Furthermore you chose to take sides with the terrorists and extended your outstretched hand to the eradicator regime of IRI. Mr. President, you don’t negotiate with a regime that commits act of atrocities and genocide against its own people, maintains a policy of apartheid inside the country, sponsors terrorism across the globe, has ties to Al Qaida, throws threats at the regional states, interferes in the affairs of neighboring countries, attacks U.S. interests anywhere in the world, kills the best men of United States Armed Forces, and pursues acquiring a nuclear arsenal. The outcome of such negotiations and diplomacy would only help to strengthen the terrorists and to passively legitimize their actions.

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Ohio Colleges Partner with Hamas-Founded CAIR

By Patrick Poole at PJM:

A group of six Ohio colleges in the Cleveland area are working together to help provide “new perspectives” about the Middle East and to confront “misinformation” about the region and about Islam specifically. However, the group has chosen a curious partner to represent the American Muslim community: the Muslim Brotherhood-founded and terror-supporting Hamas front group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

On Tuesday, the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies (NOCMES) will be hosting Naif al-Mutawa at the City Club of Cleveland for a talk on “Art, Narrative and Muslim Identity.” Later that evening he will appear at Baldwin Wallace College. Al-Mutawa is the CEO of the company that has produced the first series of comic books with Muslim superheroes. The colleges sponsoring NOCMES include Oberlin College, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Case Western Reserve University, and Hathaway Brown (an all-girls K-12 private school).

The Tuesday talk is part of NOCMES’ “New Perspectives on Muslim and Middle East Societies” program funded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), which is funded partially by U.S. taxpayers through the State Department and the National Science Foundation. SSRC’s “Islamic Traditions and Muslim Societies in World Contexts” has awarded a grant to NOCMES funded by the Carnegie Corporation.

A video promoting the NOCMES “New Perspectives” project features Neda Zawahri, associate professor of political science at Cleveland State University.

She states:

So when people first meet people from the Middle East they’re first afraid because, is this person going to be a terrorist or an Islamic fundamentalist? But to actually learn that they’re human beings just like them.

It is indeed curious that a video intended to promote a program intended to confront “misinformation” about Muslims and the Middle East would promote such a bigoted and misinformed view about Americans and Westerners in general. (Lest I be accused of taking Zawahri out of context, that statement is the only quote by her that the video itself provides.)

The NOCMES video also features Julia Shearson, identified as executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Ohio chapter. In 2008, Shearson was the most vocal defender of the gender policies at Harvard University which banned men from campus gymnasiums so that Muslim women would not need to have contact with them. Shearson defended the policy during appearances on CNN, Fox News, and other media outlets.

That is not the only connection between NOCMES and CAIR-Ohio. In fact, a flyer for Tuesday’s event at the City Club of Cleveland posted on the NOCMES website identifies CAIR-Ohio as one of NOCMES’ partners. Continue reading

Bulletin of Christian Persecution March 1, 2012 – April 8, 2012

Produced by politicalislam.com
Publisher: Bill Warner; Edited by Asma Marwan

March 1, 2012
Iraq (h/t to Doug)
Jeremish Small, of Cosmopolis, Washington, was shot to death Thursday at the Classical School of the Medes, a private Christian academy in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah, in Iraq’s most peaceful region. The [Muslim] gunman, an 18-year-old, then shot himself in the head as other students scattered from the room.

Libya (Video via MEMRI)
Armed Libyans Desecrate Christian and Jewish Graves in War Cemetery in Benghazi. More HERE.

March 2, 2012
Pakistan
A Christian woman was brutally tortured and paraded in the streets of a village in Pakistan’s Punjab province by a mob for her alleged “anti-Islam views”, local residents and police officials said today.

March 4, 2012
Nigeria (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
A Nigerian spokesman for the Islamic militant group Boko Haram told Bikyamasr.com on Sunday that they are planning a “war” on Christians in the next few weeks.

March 6, 2012
Egypt (h/t to JihadWatch)
A court in Edfu has sentenced Reverend Makarios Bolous, pastor of St. George’s Church in the village of Elmarinab, Edfu, in the Aswan province, to six months prison and a fine of 300 pounds for violations in the height of the church building. The court also ordered the removal of the excess height.

March 8, 2012
Nigeria
A Nigeria spokesman for the Islamist militant group Boko Haram told Bikyamasr.com on Tuesday afternoon that the group has plans to begin kidnapping Christian women in a push to “liquidate” the religious group from the country. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the spokesman said that “we are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women.”

Pakistan (h/t to JihadWatch)
The National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church releases a report on the tragic conditions faced by minority women. One factor in discrimination is forced conversion. One non-Muslim woman in two experiences pressures to convert to Islam, which often come with violence and coercion. Looming in the background is the blasphemy law, seen by many as the most serious obstacle to social and cultural equality. More HERE.

March 11, 2012
Nigeria (h/t to JihadWatch)
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Catholic church in the Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, killing at least three people attending mass, the emergency services said. The man drove his car towards St Finbar’s Catholic church in the city before setting off a large explosion, killing himself and at least three churchgoers. Update HERE.

March 12, 2012
Iran (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
The Armenian Evangelical Church in Tehran has been ordered to cease its Persian Language Service on Fridays. The church is one of the few established churches in Iran which was still allowed to have Persian Language services for Persian speaking Christians.

Serving the notice, officers of the Islamic Court informed the Church officials that they are being ordered to cease Persian language services, and threatened that if this order is ignored and they continue to have Christian services on Fridays which is a sacred day for Muslims, church building will be bombed “as happens in Iraq every day”.

Iran (h/t to JihadWatch)
Vice president of Tehran’s city hall announced, “There are some freemasonry and Christian symbols installed on personal buildings around the city. We should control these symbols and ban their display.”

Pakistan
A young mother has been falsely accused of “blaspheming” Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, because she rebuffed attempts by relatives who had converted to Islam to force her to renounce her Christian faith, family members said.

March 13, 2012
Iran (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
For the first time since his arrest in 2009, Iran has admitted publicly that Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been convicted of religious crimes. During a United Nation Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva on Monday, Iran said Nadarkhani, who has been sentenced to death, was found guilty of three charges: building a church in his home without government permission, preaching to minors without parental consent and offending Islam, according to a meeting transcript.

March 14, 2012
Saudi Arabia (h/t to MiddleEastForum )
According to several Arabic news sources, last Monday, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” The Grand Mufti made his assertion in response to a question posed by a delegation from Kuwait: a Kuwaiti parliament member recently called for the “removal” of churches (he later “clarified” by saying he merely meant that no churches should be built in Kuwait), and the delegation wanted to confirm Sharia’s position on churches.

Bethlem (Palestinian Authority) (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
The Palestinian Authority declared a Baptist Church in Bethlehem to be unlawful and said that it will no longer receive rights as a religious institution. This decision comes a week after Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told an audience of Evangelical Protestants that his government respected the rights of its Christian minorities.

“They said that our legitimacy as a church from a governmental point of view is not approved,” said an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church. “They said they will not recognize any legal paper work from our church. That includes birth certificates, wedding certificates and death certificates.

March 16, 2012
Egypt (h/t to thereligionofpeace)
More than 300 Muslim lawyers inside and outside a courthouse in the southern Egyptian province of Assuit today prevented defense lawyer Ahmad Sayed Gabali, who is representing the Christian Makarem Diab, from going into court. Mr. Diab was found guilty of ‘Insulting the Muslim Prophet’ and was scheduled today a hearing on his appeal.

Egypt
Two nuns in Upper Egypt faced “unimaginable fear” – with one later hospitalized over the emotional trauma – when 1,500 Muslim villagers brandishing swords and knives trapped them inside a guesthouse last week and threatened to burn them out.

Iran
In a rare crackdown on a concentrated area, Iranian authorities have arrested Christians living in the country’s third largest city in what is seen as a tactic to discourage Muslims and converts to Christianity from attending official churches. Since last month officials have arrested about 12 Christian converts in Isfahan

March 17, 2012
Egypt
Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt’s Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, died Saturday. He was 88. His death comes as the country’s estimated 10 million Christians are feeling more vulnerable than ever amid the rise of Islamic movements to political power after the toppling a year ago of President Hosni Mubarak. The months since have seen a string of attacks on the community, heightened anti-Christian rhetoric by ultraconservatives known as Salafis and fears that coming goverments will try to impose strict versions of Islamic law. More HERE.

Indonesia (h/t to GatesofVienna)
The two alleged perpetrators of the attack on a Protestant church in Indramayu were arrested within a few hours of the attack in Bandung. So far the police have not released the identities of two men known only by their initials who are in their 30s.

Read the rest at Political Islam

Obama Funds the Egyptian Government

Andrew C. McCarthy at FSM:

In October 2010, on the eve of the Islamic revolution that the media fancies as “the Arab Spring,” the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood called for jihad against the United States.
You might think that this all but unnoticed bombshell would be of some importance to policymakers in Washington. It was not. It is not. This week, the Obama administration quietly released $1.5 billion in foreign aid to the new Egyptian government, now dominated by a Brotherhood-led coalition in parliament — soon to be joined by an Ikhwan (i.e., Brotherhood) luminary as president.
It is not easy to find the announcement. With the legacy media having joined the Obama reelection campaign, we must turn for such news to outlets like the Kuwait News Agency. There, we learn that, having dug our nation into a $16 trillion debt hole, President Obama has nevertheless decided to borrow more money from unfriendly powers like China so he can give it to an outfit that views the United States as an enemy to be destroyed.
This pot of gold for Islamic supremacists is the spoils of a Brotherhood charm offensive. Given the organization’s unabashed goals and hostility towards the West, it was U.S. policy, until recently, to avoid formal contacts with the Brotherhood — although agents of the intelligence community and the State Department have long engaged in off-line communications with individual MB members. By contrast, the Obama administration from its first days has embraced the Ikhwan — both the mothership, whose leaders were invited to attend Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo despite its then-status as a banned organization under Egyptian law, and the Brotherhood’s American satellites, which have been invited to advise administration policymakers despite their notorious record of championing violent jihadists and repressive sharia.
Obama has overlooked the MB’s intimate ties to Hamas, which self-identifies as the Ikhwan’s Palestinian branch and is formally designated a terrorist organization under American law. Administration officials have absurdly portrayed the Brothers as “secular” and “moderate,” although the organization, from its founding in the 1920s, has never retreated an inch from its professed mission to establish Islam’s global hegemony.

U.S. Troops Could Face Sharia Trial for Quran Burning

by Clare Lopez:

In what must surely be the most shameful episode of the ongoing U.S. retreat from Afghanistan to date, top officials not only have offered abject apologies for the burning of Qurans defaced by Afghan Muslim detainees in the Parwan Detention Facility at Bagram Air Force Base, but repeatedly have promised to bring those responsible to “justice.”

President Barack Obama pledged to hold “accountable those responsible;” NATO officials actually gave their word to hold “an open trial” of the “perpetrators of the crime;” while Gen. John R. Allen, NATO Commander in Afghanistan, told FOX News on February 29, 2012, that following an investigation, the soldiers would be subject to provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Allen’s statement follows the murder of a growing number of U.S. military personnel by Afghans and days of Muslim rioting across the country that has taken dozens of Afghan lives.

Precisely which sections of the UCMJ cover subjection of American troops to charges brought under Islamic Law is not entirely clear. The UCMJ Subchapter II, Section 814, Article 14 says that “(a) Under such regulations as the Secretary concerned may prescribe, a member of the armed forces accused of an offense against civil authority may be delivered, upon request, to the civil authority for trial.”

It is not unprecedented for the U.S. military to turn an American soldier over to a foreign civilian authority for trial, but such cases are dependent on the provisions of such Status of Forces or Status of Forces-like agreements as may exist between the U.S. and the government in question.

A U.S. bilateral agreement with Afghanistan does exist regarding the status of military and civilian personnel of the U.S. Department of Defense present in Afghanistan, but in accordance with the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, “U.S. personnel are immune from criminal prosecution by Afghan authorities, and are immune from civil and administrative jurisdiction except with respect to acts performed outside the course of their duties.” [Emphasis added.]

The above provision of the UCMJ, then, does allow U.S. military personnel to be turned over to foreign civilian authorities for trial; and the SOFA-like agreement which the U.S. has with Afghanistan does seem to allow for a loophole by which some actions (like the Qur’an burning?) might conceivably be categorized as “outside the course of their duties.”

In this light, Gen. Allen’s careful parsing of his remarks to FOX’s Bret Baier must ring ominously in the ears of every American soldier. Rather than stating forthrightly that no American under his command would ever be subject to the blatantly unfair provisions of shariah, which as a matter of law holds non-Muslims inferior to Muslims and the ‘desecration of the Qur’an’ by infidels as potentially a capital crime, Gen. Allen has allowed doubt about his position to linger in the public perception.

Coupled with the obsequious letter that President Obama sent to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Allen’s failure to stand behind his troops leaves America’s courageous volunteer force in a perilous state of uncertainty about whether soldiers could one day be handed over to Afghan authorities operating under the Islamic law that U.S. advisors helped write into their constitution.

The Qur’an is believed by Muslims to be divinely revealed scripture. As such, it is a book that is supposed to be handled only by Muslims with clean hands and in a reverent manner.

This is indeed the noble Qur’an.

Kept in a secure Book.

None may touch it, except with ablution.

(Q 56: 77-79)

It is haram (unlawful) for anyone not in a state of purity to touch a Qur’an. Obviously, handling of the Qur’an by infidels, who according to shariah exist in a permanent state of impurity, is considered by Muslims to be deeply disrespectful.

The 7th century Pact of Umar, which lays out the subordinate status of conquered Christians and Jews (dhimmis), stipulates that they may not teach the Qur’an to their children. The shariah-based legal codes of Afghanistan and Pakistan both impose the death penalty for desecration of the Qur’an.

On February 28, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued an official statement in which he clarified exactly where he stands on this barbaric Islamic law: “We honour and respect the religious practices of the Afghan people, without exception,” he said.

What are our American troops fighting and dying in Afghanistan supposed to understand about their commanders’ commitment to them and to the U.S. Constitution? How can the U.S. Commander-in-Chief, his Defense Secretary and the theater commander even think about turning American troops over to be judged by Islamic law or adapting the UCMJ to the provisions of shariah?

A real possibility exists that significant numbers of the U.S. troops — which are all volunteer — will not re-enlist if they have to fear being turned over to Afghan shariah judgment. Although the Department of Defense has been mandated to reduce its payroll, this does not seem the best way to do it.

 

Clare M. Lopez is a senior fellow at the Clarion Fund and writes regularly for RadicalIslam.org. Lopez is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on the Middle East, national defense and counterterrorism issues. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).