Iranian Negotiator: Tehran Will Not Give Up Right to Enrich Uranium

SWITZERLAND IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS

  • Western sources suggest that a nuclear deal could be reached as early as Friday
  • U.S. lawmakers and the Israelis argue that Iran will continue its nuclear weapons work
  • Skeptics on Capitol Hill are already declaring the deal a mistake for the United States

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Iran will not agree to halt its nuclear enrichment rights under any deal with the West, according to the country’s lead negotiator, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran makes no deal over its right,” Zarif told reporters after daylong negotiations with the West in Geneva over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, according to Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency.

Zarif’s insistence on Iran’s right to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear bomb, comes as Western sources suggest that a nuclear deal could be reached as early as Friday.

The debate over Iran’s enrichment rights has been a key sticking point for negotiators on both sides.

U.S. lawmakers and the Israelis argue that Iran will continue its nuclear weapons work if it retains the right to enrich uranium. The Iranians say they will not give ground on the issue.

Zarif’s remarks indicate that Iran could be getting most of what it wants in the deal. He and other officials have praised the talks and the progress each side is making.

Iranian negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi revealed on Thursday that the West had accepted Tehran’s proposed framework for a nuclear deal.

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PM Netanyahu’s Statement Prior to Meeting with US Sec of State John Kerry – 8/11/2013:

 

PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement following his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry:

 

 

Plans to try Benghazi attackers in US courts blocks case, congressman says

download (38)By Catherine Herridge:

Plans by the administration to use U.S. criminal courts to prosecute those responsible for last year’s terror attack in Benghazi have thrown up yet another roadblock to investigating the case, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told Fox News Friday.

“This whole plan has been, all along, to bring them to a criminal court in the United States. I’m not sure that’s in our national security best interest,” Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan said in an exclusive interview. “I don’t know how anyone could come to the conclusion that it hasn’t slowed it down.”

“Certainly I’m frustrated, I think the committee’s frustrated, and by the way, I think the people who do this for a living are really frustrated,” Rogers said.

Based on intelligence reporting, the delay has allowed the Benghazi suspects to remain free and engaged within their terrorist organizations.

As for possibly targeting them with drone strikes, counter terrorism analysts say the administration’s prosecution strategy has effectively pushed that option aside.

“U.S. intelligence officials, and our war fighters in the Defense Department, are hamstrung by a law enforcement model,” said Thomas Joscelyn of the Center for Defense of Demcracies.

“There are a lot of guys who are known terrorists, who are known suspects in the Benghazi attack, who could be taken off the battlefield today.”

The military detention center at Guantanamo Bay is also off the table for holding and questioning the Benghazi suspects

“Our position on GTMO is certainly clear, that we are not sending anyone to GTMO, that in fact, we are working to reduce the population at GTMO, ultimately with the goal of closing it.” Marie Harf. State Department spokeswoman, said Friday.

Another problem is that while a criminal case requires physical evidence, by the time the FBI reached the consulate where four Americans died on Sep. 11, 2012, the crime scene was contaminated.

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Censorship by Fear

20130101_Rita_Hayworth_as_Gilda_LARGEby EDWARD CLINE:

Joseph Conrad, the writer, was astonished to learn early in the 20th century that Britain, his adopted country, had a “Censor of Plays.” In a 1907 essay* he wrote about the character of an individual who would assume the power and harbor the hubris as the supreme arbiter of what appeared on the British stage. Needless to say, he does not “appreciate” the existence of a censor:

“…I have come to the conclusion in the security of my heart and the peace of my conscience that he must be either an extreme megalomaniac or an utterly unconscious being.

“He must be unconscious. It is one of the qualifications for his magistracy. Other qualifications are equally easy. He must have done nothing, expressed nothing, imagined nothing. He must be obscure, insignificant and mediocre – in thought, act, speech and sympathy. He must know nothing of art, of life – and of himself. For if he did he would not dare to be what he is.”

While the Church had been censoring written and spoken speech for centuries, government censorship of plays in Britain began in earnest with the Stage Licensing Act of 1737, to protect then Prime Minister Robert Walpole from criticism by satire and mockery on the stage, and ended with the Theatres Act of 1968. But other forms of censorship subsequently were enacted in Britain, many conforming to the legislative censorship of the European Union, rendering freedom of speech in Britain contingent on those laws, which amounts to a byzantine maze of “negatives.”

Article Ten of the European Convention reads:

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

Given the woozy state of any definition of freedom of speech today, or even its practice, in virtually any country, Article Ten not so much guarantees freedom of speech, but wraps it in a Rubik’s Cube-like conceptual straightjacket which only a puzzle-master or a consummate politically correct judge would be able to grasp. It is burdened with so many qualifications and exceptions it may as well decree: “We will let you know when you are ‘free’ to say anything. Until then, be quiet, or it’s a fine and the lockup for you.”

For example, a Swedish man has been charged with “intentionally disrupting a religious or spiritual ceremony,” in this instance, the Friday call to prayers outside a Stockholm mosque, by honking his car horn. This is an example of Sweden’s fatal dhimmitude and deference to its growing Muslim population. But, I am betting that no one has ever been charged with the same offense for honking a horn outside a church while its bells were ringing.

Of course, the local Swedish law must conform to the European Convention one, or at least not conflict with it. But, how does one categorize “horn honking” as unprotected speech? Does it encourage “disorder or crime”? Does it violate “the rights of others”? Is it a dereliction of one’s alleged “duty and responsibility”? How does one reconcile the “right” not to hear a honking horn and the “right,” if you are not a Muslim, not to hear some talentless muezzin screeching and wailing for between three to five minutes every Friday afternoon?

Well, you don’t reconcile them, because these are not “rights.” On the one hand, the government frowns on literal horn honking if it bothers Muslims. On the other, it protects the equivalent of malicious horn honking, that is, the loud call to prayers. The call to prayers is “spiritual”; horn honking is not. So says fiat, non-objective jurisprudence.

While the Swedish man denies he deliberately honked his horn to disturb the congregated Muslims – we cannot know the contents of his mind, that is, what he intended - it would not have mattered had he confessed that this was his intention. He is still liable under the city’s municipal code. He disturbed the “peace” of the faithful. Period.

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Early school dismissal for Florida Muslim students – religious entitlement or con job?

Released for jummah prayers on Fridays

Released for jummah prayers on Fridays

By Randy McDaniels and Jerry Gordon:

The Islamic Society of Tampa Bay (ISTABA) issued a press release last week urging parents to fill out their “Religious Observance Early Dismissal Request Form” and press their respective schools for special and indefinite religious accommodations for Muslims Studentsenabling them to attend the “Mandatory” Friday Islamic sermon and prayers every week from 12:30 PM until 3:00 PM.  A request which would essentially deprive Muslim students at least a half day of required teaching each week on a permanent basis.

The Dismissal Request Form was in all actuality a demand rather than a request.  The Islamic Society of Tampa cited Florida Statue(s) 1006.53, 1002.20 (2c)(c), and 1003.21 (2)(b), stating these dismissal were a matter of Florida Law, while failing to cite all of the language, ISTABA conspicuously omitted sections of the statutes which state Boards must adopt a policy which REASONABLY accommodate Religious Observances.

The Islamic Society went on to state, “According to Islamic teachings, it is an obligation to observe this prayer otherwise it is a sin”

The Friday Jumu’ah prayer is not the only mandatory [fard] Islamic prayer. The fact is there are five daily prayers which are mandatory for Muslims, to include the noon (Zuhr) prayer, which in the context Mahmoud Elkasaby of the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay has laid out; would also require special religious accommodations for Muslim students not on a weekly but daily basis.

However, according to Islamic teachings ALL missed prayers can be made up at a later time and would therefore not constitute a sin, as the School Board and community are lead to believe.

In fact, the Reliance of the  Traveller: a Classical Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, which bears the approval the most prestigious Islamic institutions and groups in the Middle East and North America devotes a whole book to this subject of prayer(Book F:  The Prayer (SALAT)) and several sections go into detail on how to perform makeup prayers.

The following Q & A was found on the website Islam.about.com:

Question: Can missed prayers be performed at a later time?

Answer: The schedule of Muslim prayer is one that is generous and flexible. Yet many of us miss prayers during the day — sometimes for unavoidable reasons, sometimes due to negligence.  If a prayer is missed…it is to be made up as soon as one is able to do so. This is known as Qadaa’. For example, if one misses the noon prayer because of a work meeting that could not be interrupted, one should pray as soon as the meeting is over. If the next prayer time has already come, one should first perform the prayer that was missed, and immediately after it the “on time” prayer.

Religious freedom is a cornerstone of American culture and heritage, and although our Constitutional Republic, as well as our legal system is founded on Judeo/Christian principles; these same values are responsible for the establishment of laws to ensure religious observance of all faiths are protected and reasonably accommodated.

The Question before the School Board, the Tampa community, and the State of Florida for that matter should be whether or not this request passes the litmus test of REASONABLE accommodation of religious observances.  It is important to note that Muslims have thrived in America society for several decades and the issue of these observances is only just surfacing?

Upon reflecting on dubious association of ISTABA with Ahmed Bedier, affiliations with the Islamic Center of Pinellas Park – the former Mosque of convicted terrorist Sami Al-Arian, glaring omissions regarding Florida Statutes on religious observances, as well as the misleading  requirements in regard to Islamic prayers, it seems more likely political maneuvering by  Mahmoud Elkasaby and ISTABA via another Islamic teaching – a type of holy deception or permissibly lying.  Kitman is the Islamic Doctrine of lying by omission, in this case to obtain SPECIAL or Preferential treatment rather than reasonable accommodations as a show of Islamic superiority.

This type of deception is not restricted educational institutions, in fact , another Trojan Horse being used to insinuate Sharia in America over the past decade is Sharia Compliant Finance (SCF).  SCF was introduce to the western financial sector Sharia adherent Islamist are selling the west the concept of paying or receiving interest (Riba) is a sin.

Read more at Watchdog Wire

Randy McDaniels is a former United States Marine who occupational specialty was in Operation and later Counter Intelligence. Served 6 years before being honoraby discharged. A Chapter Leader for ACT! for America and Mentor for the South East.

It’s the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘Day of Rage’ in Egypt

Egypt protestsPJ Media, By Bryan Preston:

Difficulty: When is it not the Muslim Brotherhood’s “day of rage”? Isn’t rage all they do? Well, and kill, and persecute. They didn’t give rise to al Qaeda for nothing.

Protests by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi turned violent across Egypt on Friday, with witnesses reporting four dead in central Cairo and at least 12 killed in northern cities as the Muslim Brotherhood staged a “Day of Rage”.

That’s Reuters’ take. Reality: The Muslim Brotherhood is violent, has always been violent, and they’ve been violent throughout the current mess. Wednesday they burned more than 20 Coptic churches. They have been persecuting Christians throughout, to make scapegoats out of them, and because they hate Christians. So the protest didn’t “turn violent” Friday.

Deeply polarized after months of political turmoil, Egypt stands close to the abyss of chaos with Islamist supporters refusing to accept the toppling of Mursi, which followed mammoth rallies castigating his trouble-plagued, year-long rule.

They have demanded the resignation of army commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the reinstatement of Egypt’s first freely elected president, who is in detention and has not been seen in public since his downfall.

“Sooner or later I will die. Better to die for my rights than in my bed. Guns don’t scare us anymore,” said Sara Ahmed, 28, a business manager, joining a march of thousands of demonstrators heading downtown from northeast Cairo.

What we have here is the beginning of an Islamist insurgency, in reaction to the army reasserting its historic role as a bulwark against extremism.

Morsi Charged, MB Slammed As Egyptians Rally

Egyptian pro-army protesters pack the iconic Tahrir square on Friday (Photo: Mai Shaheen

Egyptian pro-army protesters pack the iconic Tahrir square on Friday (Photo: Mai Shaheen

by IPT News:

Egypt’s military chief seeks mandate to fight violence

July 24, 2013: In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi delivers a speech in Cairo, Egypt. (AP/Egypt State TV)

July 24, 2013: In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi delivers a speech in Cairo, Egypt. (AP/Egypt State TV)

CAIRO –  The military chief who ousted Egypt’s elected president called on the public Wednesday to take to the streets to give him and the police a mandate to tackle “violence and terrorism,” in an address that pointed to a possible move against supporters of the Islamist leader.

The call by Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, made in a speech to a graduation ceremony for military cadets, underlined how the military chief is the source of real power in the country despite the creation of a civilian government after the July 3 coup that removed Mohammed Morsi.

His comments appeared designed to secure a public cover for what could be a move to dismantle sit-in camps by Morsi’s supporters in Cairo and elsewhere, as well as a campaign against Islamic radicals that have stepped up attacks on security forces in Sinai. El-Sissi called for a massive turnout in Friday rallies to give him a “mandate” to do what is “necessary” to stop bloodshed.

A coalition of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and allied factions denounced his speech, calling it an “open invitation” to civil war. Their coalition plans protests and marches of its own on Friday, raising the potential for violence between the two camps.

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Iraqi refugee arrested for bombing Arizona Social Security office with IED, media silence ensues

By Patrick Poole

Abdullatif Aldosary

Abdullatif Aldosary

Editor’s Note: Updates to this story follow the article.

The typically quiet town of Casa Grande, Arizona, was rocked by an explosion at the local Social Security Administration office early Friday morning of what appears to an improvised explosive device (IED). No one was hurt in the explosion, which occurred shortly before the office was scheduled to open. The explosion was reportedly heard and felt all over the area.

While the little town of Casa Grande and the nearby Phoenix area are talking about the incident, virtually no one else is. In fact, the only reason I was following the story is because I’m presently in the area and saw the initial reports on the explosion and continued to look into it .

Within 90 minutes of the explosion, police had a suspect in custody. But you wouldn’t know it from reading the establishment media reports this past weekend. One reason might be that the suspect is 47-year-old Abdullatif Aldosary of Coolidge, AZ, an Iraqi refugee.

On Friday, federal agents served a search warrant on his home. Aldosary has been on the radar of the Department of Homeland Security for at least the past couple of years.

Late Sunday afternoon, I confirmed with a source at the Phoenix FBI office that the case is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. The source said that Aldosary is expected to be charged with a host of federal and state explosives and arson charges. (See update below.)

On Saturday, the Casa Grande Dispatch reported:

An explosive device was detonated Friday morning by the back door of the U.S. Social Security Administration office, shaking downtown Casa Grande, but no one was injured.

Federal agents, including those of the FBI, rushed to the scene. The FBI would not confirm whether anyone was in custody, but the Casa Grande Dispatch learned that a Coolidge resident, Abdullatif A. Aldosary, 47, was being questioned. The investigation involved agents’ going to his home at 4732 W. Lemon Ave., on the west side of Coolidge.

The device exploded at 8:24 a.m. at the federal office, 501 N. Marshall St. The back door and wall were charred and debris was thrown throughout the back parking lot, damaging a car parked nearby.

The office was not yet open but more than 10 employees were inside, police said.

A witness was able to provide police with a license plate number on a small dark-colored compact car that fled the scene. The registration showed an address in the Martin Valley subdivision of Coolidge. Coolidge Police Department officers found the vehicle at the Lemon Avenue address. The homeowner, Aldosary, was turned over to the FBI shortly before 10 a.m.

County recorder records show Aldosary bought the house on Aug. 12, 2008. According to court records, he was charged in September with assault and disorderly conduct. He also was charged in March 2008 with four counts of aggravated harassment at the request of the U.S. Homeland Security Department.

FBI, Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were at the scene collecting evidence throughout the day.

Another news report states that Aldosary served eight months in prison for that earlier aggravated harassment case.

Even though Aldosary’s identity was known to news agencies on Friday after his arrest, national and international media outlets, such as CNN and Reuters which published reports late Friday night, noted his arrest but not his identity. And none but local media have reported Aldosary’s name ever since.

Now imagine if a Tea Partier — or even someone who shared the same name as a Tea Partier – had fire bombed a federal facility less than a month after Barack Obama’s reelection. Anyone think it would be getting more media coverage?

UPDATED (8:25p EDT): I just spoke again with my contact in the FBI Phoenix field office (who is not authorized to speak on behalf of the FBI office). This contact said that it is highly unlikely that Aldosary will be charged with any terrorism offense. While they are internally treating it like a domestic terrorism investigation, including looking at if he had any help constructing the explosive device, the FBI is saying very little and will prosecute this as a simple explosives and arson case because of “the political sensitivities involved.”

UPDATE #2: Please note that the Daily Kos was first out of the gate, blaming the bombing on “right-wing extremism”:

Today, At about 8:30 AM, it appears a small explosive was detonated at the rear door of a Social Security office in Casa Grande, AZ.  Thankfully, nobody was injured. It is still early, and we cannot say that it is a political act, or even be sure that this is an act of domestic terrorism, but it does seem likely.

Assuming this is a bombing, and that the bombing was conducted by a right wing zealot opposed to big government (neither of which we know for sure), I think we are seeing the start of something that I have seen coming for awhile.

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Gaza Rockets Reach Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

IPT: Hamas rocket fire reached Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Friday, in the latest escalation of the conflict between Gazan terror organizations and Israel. Although Western nations strongly back Israel, Egypt and other new Arab Islamist regimes are ratcheting up their rhetoric at the Jewish state.

Two Hamas M-75 rockets, a new and improved version of the homemade Qassam missiles, fell in open areas outside Jerusalem for the first time Friday. “We are sending a short and simple message: There is no security for any Zionist on any single inch of Palestine and we plan more surprises,” Hamas military spokesman Abu Obeida said about the unprecedented attack.

Rockets also fell on the greater Tel Aviv area Thursday and Friday, setting off air raid sirens in Israel’s largest city for the first time since the Gulf War in the early 1990s.

Despite appeals by President Obama for Egypt to help negotiate a new ceasefire, Egypt took a sharpened tone against Israel following a solidarity visit to Gaza Friday by the nation’s prime minister. Israel agreed to a brief ceasefire during Hesham Kandil’s visit, but that was shattered almost immediately by Hamas rocket fire.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi warned Israel that it has “the power to uproot the aggressiveness,” and even threatened that Egypt would take “unusual steps” if he felt the Israeli retaliatory strikes were a danger to the Egyptian homeland. A minister in his government also called for Egyptian attacks inside “the Zionist Entity.”

Turkey’s Islamist leadership called the Israeli anti-terror strikes “a pre-election stunt,” and stated that he and his nation are “with our brothers in Gaza and their just cause.” Tunisia’s government, led by the religious Ennahda party, announced it would be dispatching its foreign minister and a delegation “to provide all political support for Gaza.”

Nashville Muslima threatens coworkers, saying she was “ready to die for Allah” and should “shoot all these people”

 

Jihad Watch:

And that this whole country would be Muslim soon. Time for the Tennessean’s Bob Smietana to work up a big weeper piece about how Nashville Muslims are victims of “Islamophobia.” Get on it, Bob! “Nashville woman accused of making terrorist threats toward co-workers,” by Nicole Young for The Tennessean, September 8 (thanks to Michael):

A Nashville woman was charged with attempted terrorism Friday after investigators said she threatened to hurt co-workers at the South Nashville Dell facility last weekend.The trouble began when a CEVA Logistics employee said his co-worker Amal Ahmed Abdullahi, 29, of Zermatt Avenue, approached him during his shift last Saturday.

According to a release from Metro police, Abdullahi told the employee that “her people were dying for Allah every day; that she was ready to die for Allah; that this whole country will be Muslim soon; that this country is full of non-believers and that this place (her work place) is full of non-believers; that all unbelievers should die; that her life starts after death; that her life is not here, nobody pays attention to her and she should pick up a gun and shoot all these people.”

CEVA Logistics signed the arrest warrant as the prosecutor against Abdullahi, accusing her of intimidating/coercing a civilian population.

Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said Friday that he was not immediately aware of anyone previously being charged with attempted terrorism in Nashville.

“In the times in which we live, statements such as the ones alleged to have been made in this case are not ignored,” he said.

Metro police were notified of the incident on Thursday and brought Abdullahi in for questioning on Friday.

At first, she denied the conversation but later admitted to talking about a religious topic with her co-worker, police said. She is being held at the Metro Jail on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

David Raybin, a prominent Nashville defense attorney, said police acted correctly in the case, but he questioned the charge, which is listed as a class A felony on the affidavit against Abdullahi.

“If you commit a consummated crime, it’s a class A felony, but if it’s an attempt, it’s one click down; it would be a class B felony punishable by eight to 12 years in prison if convicted,” Raybin said, adding that the police had probable cause to arrest Abdullahi because of the possible threat. But, Raybin said, to constitute an attempt, a person has to do something beyond making statements.

“In an attempted bank robbery, people buy guns and plan the crime,” he said. “For an attempt, you have to have an action. In this particular case, it is a really close question as to whether it constitutes an attempt. I think we have some species of assault here. She said she ‘should’ do something, not that she ‘would’ do something. If she had said ‘would,’ then you would be much closer to having a terroristic threat.”

Under Tennessee code, assault by intimidation, which Raybin says he believes to be the correct charge for Abdullahi, is a class A misdemeanor.

“The intent to use a weapon could run it up to a felony, but that would be a stretch,” he said.

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