New York: Police Arrest Muslim Man Planning to Bomb Police Cars and Post Offices and Kill US Servicemen Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
By Tina Susman – “Police said Sunday they had arrested a U.S. citizen who planned to bomb police cars and post offices and kill U.S. servicemen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to protest the American military presence in those countries.
Jose Pimentel, 27, a convert to Islam, had been under surveillance for two years but seemed to have stepped up his bomb-making activities and plotting after the Sept. 30 killing by U.S. forces of Anwar Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born cleric who was living in Yemen, authorities said. Awlaki was a prominent voice for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an affiliate of Al Qaeda.
Awlaki’s death ‘really set him off,’ Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at a Sunday night news conference at City Hall. He called Pimentel a ‘lone wolf.’
Kelly and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Pimentel appeared to have been acting alone and had learned to make bombs by reading an article in Awlaki’s online magazine, Inspire, that was titled ‘How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom.’
Pimentel, who was divorced, went to Home Depot and other stores to buy the bomb-making ingredients, ‘being careful not to make all these purchases from any one location all the time,’ Kelly said. ‘He wanted to avoid raising any red flags.’
But Pimentel already had raised suspicions when he was living in Schenectady, N.Y., where, according to Kelly, he pondered changing his name to Osama Hussain because of his loyalty to Osama bin Laden, and discussed with associates traveling to Yemen to learn how to wage war on U.S. soil. It was through those associates, who were not identified, that law enforcement officials became aware of Pimentel, Kelly said.” Read more.
US: 60% of People Arrested for Islamic Terrorist Activities Were American Citizens, Report – “Sixty percent of people arrested for Islamic terrorist activities between January 2009 and April 2011 were American citizens, according to a new report from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The study of 104 people who were arrested included U.S. and non-U.S. citizens living in America or abroad. The report, ‘Analyzing the Islamic Extremist Phenomenon in the United States: A Study of Recent Activity,’ was authored by Joan Neuhaus Schaan, fellow in homeland security at the Baker Institute.” Read more.
“MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano has spewed a burst of ash 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air after breaking through a dome of lava.
Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center says Sunday’s explosion continues a series of moderate eruptions from the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) volcano 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of the Mexican capital.
The center says the volcano has been emitting small but steady stream of steam and gas since Friday.” Read more.
David Wood: “On November 18th, 2011, Muslims held a rally in New York City. The point of the rally was supposedly to protest the NYPD’s surveillance of the Muslim community. As the rally progressed, however, Muslim leaders acknowledged that they share the goals of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, especially seizing and redistributing wealth. Indeed, Muslims claimed that the redistribution of wealth is commanded by Allah.” Source.
Maybe Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano should hire someone to do this and cure them of their insanity, and I have a good idea precisely which verses would begin to do the trick. In an effort to not offend women’s groups, however, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that they’ll likely call upon someone like Azizah al-Hibri. Not only would they fail to get the best bang for their borrowed buck — which is no big surprise since wasting money has now become a popular hobby in Washington — al-Hibri will, in accordance with the Islamist agenda, just pretend that those verses don’t really exist anyway …
“If you are a student of Islam, then you might have gathered that Islam has a doctrine of eternal hatred of Kafirs and their civilization. A student of Islam might also gather that after a 1400 year history of hostilities, murder, rape and enslavement that Islam was at war with us. But, the White House, the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, FBI and CIA have informed us that this is not the case.
It started when Steve Emerson and Steve Coughlin were going to give talks about political Islam to the FBI and Homeland Security . Then the White House informed them that not only were they not going to talk about the Islamic doctrine and history of jihad, but that henceforth, no Kafir could talk to any Federal agencies, unless they were vetted by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Now, Eric Holder, the Attorney General, has ordered a purge of all Department of Justice manuals and training of all material that will ‘offend’ Muslims. ‘I recently directed all components of the Department of Justice to re-evaluate their training efforts,’
Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced during the Washington conference. U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton explained that FBI training materials that even remotely link Islam to violence will be banned.
‘I want to be perfectly clear about this: Training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive and they are contrary to everything this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for,’ he told Muslim activists gathered at the George Washington University law school. ‘They will not be tolerated.'” Read more.
Flashback: Obama’s Christian Problem – White House Overlooks Christian Persecution While Pandering to Islam – “The Obama administration has been obsessed with Muslim outreach and recently tried to mend fences with the Jewish community. Given the state of the world, however, the White House ought to be focused on helping the world’s oppressed Christians. The United States has been wary to intervene in matters affecting Christians in the Middle East for fear of validating terrorist narratives that the West is engaged in a new crusade against Islam. The result of this passive policy has been to allow Islamic extremists increasingly to dominate the debate, often with tragic consequences.” Read more.
Flashback: Critics: Eric Holder’s willful ignorance about the religious roots of Islamic terrorism is endangering Americans – “Attorney General Eric Holder is stereotyping Muslims in America, and his willful ignorance about the religious roots of Islamic terrorism endangers Americans and marginalizes Muslim reformers, say experts on Islamist terror groups. That assessment was prompted by Holder’s announcement during a Tuesday congressional hearing that American Muslims ‘have the same desires that we all have.’ His declaration came during an answer about the training manuals used by some FBI trainers, which have drawn furious criticism from Islamist lobby groups. Those manuals, Holder said, contain training lessons that ‘can really undermine, really undermine, the really substantial outreach efforts that we have made and really have a negative impact on our ability to communicate effectively, as we have in the past, with this community.’” Read more.
Obaidullah Ustad, imam of the Shaidu village mosque in Nowshera had earlier stopped militants from preaching ‘terrorist values’ at the mosque. ‘It was because of this resistance that the militants returned later in the evening and shot him inside the mosque’ District Police Officer (DPO)Muhammad Hussein said while speaking to The Express Tribune.
Obaidullah was severely injured and rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries hospital authorities said. Sources said that the militants wanted to have access to the mosque and use it as a base to find new recruits. The militants reportedly belonged to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Nowshera and its surrounding area have been the hub of militant activities in the recent past. On October 28, a suicide bomber claimed the life of two police officers as he attempted to target Ajmir Shah, the SHO who had started a massive operation against militants in the area.” Source – The Express Tribune.
Storm: Syrians Demand Turkish and NATO Invasion, Assad Vows Crackdown, Turkey Berates Syria as Arab League Rejects Amended Syria Peace Plan
“November 19, 2011: The Syrian National Council (SNC), an umbrella organization that claims to represent many Syrian rebel groups, is asking for international intervention in Syria. International is a euphemism for Turkey and NATO. The Turkish government has hardened its demands for change in Syria but so far has not committed to action beyond supporting calls for sanctions on the Assad regime. Turkey has reinforced its military units along the Turkey-Syria border, but that isn’t exactly news. The Turkish military began moving security units (including paramilitary gendarme units) during the Summer as Syrian refugees crossed the border. A group called the Free Syrian Army is claiming that it has conducted several small-scale attacks on Syrian military facilities. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) includes some defectors from the Syrian military. No one knows quite how large it is; though its spokesmen claim it has 15,000 fighters. At the moment Turkish military intervention is unlikely, but if the Syrian revolt escalates into a broader and even more violent civil war, a peace-keeping invasion may become a least-worst option for the Turkish government. A century ago Syria was a province of the Ottoman Empire so Turks are considered imperialists. Republican Turkey isn’t the Ottoman Empire and it is clear opposition to the Assad regime is wide-spread. A hard choice is looming.” Read more.
Explosions Reported Near Syrian Capitol as Assad Vows to Continue Military Crackdown – “Rocket-propelled grenades struck the headquarters of Syria’s ruling party Sunday, bringing the violence that has engulfed much of the country to the heart of its capital for the first time, activists said. The attack on the building in Syria’s capital of Damascus apparently caused no damage or casualties. But if true, it would mark a significant shift in the eight-month uprising against President Bashar Assad. Until now, the capital has remained relatively untouched.” Read more.
Turkey to Syria: No Place for ‘Authoritarian Regimes’ – “Turkish President Abdullah Gul said there was ‘no place for authoritarian regimes’ in the Mediterranean region, heaping more pressure on the embattled Syrian regime, in comments published Sunday. ‘I strongly believe that there is no place any more for authoritarian regimes — single party systems that do not have accountability or transparency — on the shores of the Mediterranean,’ he told Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper. ‘As someone who has studied in the United Kingdom, lived in the United Kingdom, has this world view, President (Bashar) Assad should be able to understand this.'” Read more.
Arab League rejects proposed Syrian amendments to peace plan – “The Arab League has rejected a request by Damascus to amend plans to send a monitoring mission to Syria to stop a violent crackdown on protests. The 22-member body had given President Bashar al Assad until Saturday to abide by an Arab plan aiming to end the bloodshed or face economic sanctions… But a day after the deadline, and they are no closer to reaching a solution, as the League has said the “drastic changes” put forward by Damascus would not be approved because they alter the ‘essence’ of the plan.” Read more.
Reality Starting to Take Over Hope as Experts Warn Supercommittee Failure Could Trigger Another US Credit Downgrade
The bi-partisan congressional super-committee is charged with drawing up plans for a $1.2tn reduction in the nation’s deficit by the middle of next week. Failure to do so will trigger an automatic “sequester” that will make cuts of that size to defence and social welfare programmes starting in 2013. But the two sides seem far from finding a solution after clashing over tax revenues.
While Wednesday is the official deadline for the supercommittee to report back, it has until Monday to tell the Congressional Budget Office about the impact any plan they send to Congress will have on the budget.
‘Time is running out. What I can say is we are leaving no stone unturned, negotiations continue and we are looking to find a way. We recognise what’s at stake and we’re hoping to reach an agreement,’ Democrat committee member Chris Van Hollen told CNN Friday.
Failure to reach an agreement on what is essentially a small reduction on the deficit – just 0.7% of gross domestic product in 2013 – could trigger another rating’s agency downgrade, warned economists including Paul Ashworth, chief North American economist at Capital Economics.” Read more.
Debt Panel Co-Chair: Failure Would Be ‘Huge Missed Opportunity’ – “The Republican co-chairman of the bipartisan deficit panel said Sunday that the members’ inability to strike a deal is a ‘huge missed opportunity,’ while refusing to say definitively that the committee had failed… ‘There’s still time on the clock,’ Becerra said. But the committee has a matter of hours to submit a plan in order to give congressional budget scorekeepers enough time to review it. The de facto deadline could be as early as Sunday night. While Hensarling said lawmakers are ‘not going to give up hope’ and continuing to talk, he did not dispute suggestions that the committee was headed for failure. ‘Nobody wants to give up hope — reality is to some extent starting to overtake hope,’ Hensarling, R-Texas, told ‘Fox News Sunday.'” Read more.