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FTR #667 Update on 9/11 and Related Matters

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The show begins with discussion of the death of a 9/11 activist who had met with President Obama shortly before her death in a plane crash. Skeptical of the official version of events, the late Beverly Eckert had garnered the President’s attention.

A considerable portion of the first side highlights aspects of the recent wildfires that struck the Victoria section of Australia. That region has been the focal point of religious strife between Muslims and some of their Christian prelate neighbors. In that context, it  is important to note that Australian Jihadists have been urging the use of wildfires as weapons against “infidels.” By the same token, jihadists have taken satisfaction in the recent wildfires in Victoria. Did they author these events?

Next, the program continues examination of possible jihadist activity in South Asia by turning to the subject of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan national cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan. After examining a number of
conspiratorial analyses proffered by knowledgeable Pakistanis, the broadcast sets forth investigators’ analysis that Pakistani jihadist elements associated with the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda authored the event.

Other Pakistani Muslim Brotherhood affiliates have launched ad campaigns on public transit systems in both the Bay Area and New York. The Islamic Circle of North America is not a benign organization. Much of the rest of the program also deals with the Brotherhood.

Although it represents itself as a peaceful, civil right rights organization for Muslims, the Brotherhood is actually an Islamic fascist organization that has enjoyed considerable public relations success. After discussing the Brotherhood’s apparent penetration and domination of the Al Jazeera network, the broadcast sets forth a number of recent developments in that organization’s attempts at dominating the U.S. Islamic community and issues relating to American Muslims. One former FBI agent claims that all significant American Muslim institutions are dominated by the Brotherhood.

Concluding with an event that highlights how Islamic fascist elements fit into, and network with, the Underground Reich and the postwar fascist international, the broadcast revisits the 1994 AMIA bombing in Argentina. An event authored by a network bringing together Shiite reactionaries in Iran and Lebanon, Argentinian security forces and American neo-fascist and white supremacist elements, the AMIA bombing continues to be actively covered-up. An investigator into that attack was recently kidnapped, tortured and pointedly warned, apparently by Argentine security forces linked to the perpetrators of the event.

Program Highlights Include: American Muslim Brotherhood attempts at changing language that would weaken attempts at reigning in jihadist elements in the U.S.; protests by the Brotherhood of infiltration of mosques by security forces, despite proof that jihadist elements are deliberately using mosques as refuge from scrutiny; British intelligence agents’ downplaying of the the potential threat of Hamas and Hezbollah elements.

1. The show begins with discussion of the death of a 9/11 activist who had met with President Obama shortly before her death in a plane crash. Skeptical of the official version of events, the late Beverly Eckert had garnered the President’s attention. Had she garnered the attention of elements hostile to [and deadly for] her situation?

” . . . [9/11 activist Beverly] Eckert was going to Buffalo, her hometown, to celebrate the 58th birthday of her late husband, Sean Rooney, and to award a scholarship in his memory. On Sept. 11, 2001, he had phoned his wife to say a last goodbye as the South Tower of the World Trade Center burned around him and then collapsed.

Last week, Eckert visited the White House when President Obama met with relatives of those killed in the 9/11 attacks and the bombing of the USS Cole, to explain the new administration’s policies on capturing and prosecuting terrorism suspects, and preventing future attacks.

Speaking at the White House on Friday, Obama praised Eckert as ‘an inspiration to me and to so many others.’ . . .”

“2 Well-Known Advocates among the 50 Killed in Plane Crash” by Bob Drogin [Los Angeles Times]; San Francisco Chronicle; 2/14/2009; p. A6.

2. A considerable portion of the first side of the broadcast highlights aspects of the recent wildfires that struck the Victoria section of Australia. That portion of Australia has been the focal point of religious strife between Muslims and some of their Christian prelate neighbors.

“The Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia upheld the appeal of two Australian pastors who could have faced jail time for publicly comparing Christianity with Islam.

The court ruled in favor of Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah, who were previously found to have ‘vilified Islam’ with their public comments by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

In 2004, the tribunal ruled that the pastors were in violation of Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act. It deemed the pastors’ beliefs ‘offensive’ and ‘unreasonable’ interpretations of Christian and Islamic teachings. It also ordered the pastors to apologize for their sermon. The pastors could have faced jail time if they refused to comply. . . .”

“Court Rules in Favor of Australian Pastors, Accused of Vilifying Islam”; The Indian Catholic; 12/14/2006.

3. Australian Jihadists have been urging the use of wildfires as weapons against “infidels.”

“Australia has been singled out as a target for ‘forest jihad’ by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.

US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to ‘start forest fires’, claiming ‘scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels’ forests when they do the same to our lands’.

The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the ‘eye for an eye’ doctrine.

The posting – which instructs jihadis to remember ‘forest jihad’ in summer months – says fires cause economic damage and pollution, tie up security agencies and can take months to extinguish so that ‘this terror will haunt them for an extended period of time’.

‘Imagine if, after all the losses caused by such an event, a jihadist organisation were to claim responsibility for the forest fires,’ the website says. ‘You can hardly begin to imagine the level of fear that would take hold of people in the United States, in Europe, in Russia and in Australia.’

With the nation heading into another hot, dry summer, Australian intelligence agencies are treating the possibility that bushfires could be used as a weapon of terrorism as a serious concern.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the Federal Government remained ‘vigilant against such threats’, warning that anyone caught lighting a fire as a weapon of terror would feel the wrath of anti-terror laws.

‘Any information that suggests a threat to Australia’s interests is investigated by relevant agencies as appropriate,’ Mr McClelland said. . . .”

“Islam Group Urges Forest Fire Jihad” by Josh Gordon; theage.com.au; 9/7/2008.

4. After the Victoria wildfires of early 2009, jihadists celebrated the event. Is there any connection between the religious discord between Muslim and Christian in Victoria, the call for “jihadist” forest fires in Autralia and the recent conflagration?

“Jihadists are celebrating the worst tragedy in Victoria’s history.

Terror watchdogs said fundamentalists had blogged on websites across the globe, applauding the lives lost and destruction in the Victoria fires.

Senior analyst at SITE Intelligence Group Adam Raisman said they were posting pictures of burnt homes and devastated victims and ‘taking joy in the scenes’, the Sunday Herald Sun reports.

One jihadist wrote: ‘It would be an act of revenge for Australian’s participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.’

Bushfires victims said they were stunned.

‘We’re minding our own business and trying to cope with all this and they are celebrating our suffering,’ said Denise McCann who lost her home in the Kinglake blaze. . . .”

“Jihadists Celebrating Victoria Fires; Taking Joy in the Scenes” by Eleni Hale; The Australian; 2/15/2009.

5. Next, the program turns to the subject of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan national cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan. In Pakistan, conspiratorial interpretation of the event abound, variously attributing authorship to, among other elements: Pakistani security forces, Indian security forces, Pakistani-based Islamists and foreign Islamists.

“Yesterday afternoon, Ali Raza went to the hospital. A 25-year-old constable in the Punjab police department, Ali Raza was accompanying an old man who needed an M.R.I. scan. In the reception area, he noticed that the waiting patients had abandoned their chairs and were standing around the television. They had been watching the same images all day: a dozen unidentified gunmen, two wearing backpacks, firing at a van near the Liberty Market roundabout. The intended victims, the TV stations had reported, were members of the Sri Lankan national cricket team, in town here to play Pakistan. The dead: eight Pakistanis, including six of Ali Raza’s fellow police officers.

‘Everyone at the hospital was saying the same thing,’ Ali Raza told me later that night, as we stood in line at a brightly lighted stall selling paan — a mild stimulant made with betel nuts — near the Main Market roundabout, just a short walk away from the site of the attack. ‘They were saying that this was done to show the Indians that we in Pakistan are also the victims of terrorism.’

‘You think our own government did it?’ I asked.

‘No one else could get away with this kind of thing,’ he insisted.

He described the attackers’ feat: they appeared out of nowhere at one of the city’s busiest intersections and fired for more than 20 minutes at the van carrying the players to Qaddafi Stadium, and then fled in rickshaws.

‘I know the kind of precautions we have to take when we are in a V.I.P. motorcade,’ the young officer told me. ‘And this was a ‘V.V.I.P.’ motorcade. Every house in that neighborhood was surrounded by the police. My friend was there and he told me the attackers didn’t receive a single wound.’

A young man in a T-shirt who was standing next to us at the paan stall asked, ‘Was your friend hurt?’

Ali Raza said, ‘He is fine, by the grace of God.’

This kind of talk was not limited to paan stalls. There had been all sorts of opinions expressed on the privately owned TV channels, which now bring live video and commentary from the sites of terrorist attacks to much of Pakistan’s urban population. The governor of Punjab Province, who last week ousted the elected provincial government on the orders of President Asif Ali Zardari, was on camera immediately after the attack, and compared it to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, last November.

Others were more specific: a member of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League said he ‘had no doubt’ that this was the work of the Indian intelligence agencies. A former head of Pakistan’s security service, the I.S.I., agreed with him. An analyst from Islamabad, discussing the attack later in the day on a popular chat show, said that ‘from every angle’ it was evident that India, by attacking a foreign cricket team in Pakistan, had gained. ‘Who benefits?’ she said. ‘You have to ask who benefits.’

Another guest on the show, an elderly sage in a dark blue suit and a bright blue tie, wearing spectacles and speaking with slow, slotting movements of his hand, said that the blaming of one country by another was always counterproductive because, in the end, it took the focus away from domestic troubles. He gave the example of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, which had immediately led to conspiracy theories but was still awaiting a proper inquiry. ‘When there is confusion,’ he said, ‘the only people who benefit are the miscreants.’

A former intelligence official I know had a different theory. He said he had seen a report some weeks ago warning of exactly this kind of attack in Lahore, possibly against a cricket team. He said it came from the rumor mill that ‘leads back to Waziristan’ in Pakistan’s tribal areas. ‘So this is a security failure,’ he said. ‘But it’s not an intelligence failure.’

Later at night it was reported that the government had found bags that held guns, hand grenades and almonds. This was followed by the televised funeral of one of the slain policemen. His female relatives were sitting around his corpse, wailing and beating their chests. His father, surrounded by cameras, was looking at the floor and saying that he was proud of his son for serving his country.

Again at the paan stall, now surrounded by listeners, I asked Ali Raza if he thought there was a chance that the attack was the work of terrorists or criminals. ‘There is a chance,’ he admitted. ‘But it could be the agencies. It could be the government. It could be India also.’

I asked, ‘What about other people?’

‘Which other people?’

I said, ‘The people who kidnap journalists and bomb the homes of politicians and slit the throats of government spies.’

He was thinking about it.

The man operating the paan stall was lining moistened betel leaves with spices and condiments. He had on a tattered apron, which is worn by men like him to keep the notoriously messy paan juice from staining their clothes. He smiled at us and said, ‘Whoever has done this has a lot of intelligence.’ He paused. As he did, I looked over the crowd, and thought that for all our various theories, it was a point we could agree on. And then he finished, ‘For poor people, everything is the same.”

“Lahore Murder Mystery” by Ali Sethi; The New York Times; 3/4/2009; p. A21.

6. Pakistani authorities have concluded that al-Qaeda affiliates were responsible for the attack.

“Pakistan has identified the gunmen who attacked Sri Lanka’s cricket team in Lahore and arrested some key suspects, including the brother of the suspected mastermind, according to several officials.

Most of the two dozen detainees belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), the outlawed militant groups with close links to al-Qaeda, security officials have told The Times.

Senior police officials said that the men behind Tuesday morning’s attack might also have links to other militants fighting in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

However, it remained unclear last night whether those arrested included the gunmen who killed eight Pakistanis and injured six Sri Lankan players and one British assistant coach in Lahore. Salman Taseer, the Governor of the eastern province of Punjab, said only that the Government had identified the attackers but refused to give details until the investigation was completed.. . .”

“Gunmen Who Attacked Cricketers in Lahore ‘Had Links to al-Qaeda” by Zahid Hussain; timesonline.co.uk; 3/6/2009.

7. A Pakistani Muslim Brotherhood is the executive force behind a publicity campaign being carried out on Muni buses in the Bay Area.

” . . . The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) was founded in 1971, via the Muslim Students Association (MSA), as an umbrella group for South Asian-oriented mosques and Islamic centers.  It also contains a youth division called Young Muslims (YM), a multimedia division called Sound Vision, a web information center called Why Islam, a magazine called The Message International, and charities which go by the names ICNA Relief and Helping Hand.

When ICNA was created, it was to act as the American counterpart to the Muslim Brotherhood of Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).  Indeed, if one looks at the web domain information for ICNA’s official website (as well as the site for Why Islam), he/she will find that the site is registered to farrukh.net, a former mirror (replica) site of JI’s media division.  Today, farrukh.net is being used to showcase the works of Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Islahi, a Jamaat leader.

Further evidence of the connection between ICNA and JI is found in a July 2000 “Unity Meeting” that took place in New York between ICNA and its Baltimore-based rival, Jamaat al-Muslimeen. [pdf] Speaking for the side of ICNA, in his native language of Urdu, was none other than the President (Amir) of JI, Qazi Hussain Ahmad (who is still the head of JI). During the meeting, he stressed the need for “participation in Jihad;” he stated that “Islam must be translated into political dominance;” and he said that “the sword and the Quran go together…”  His sharp rhetoric was not unusual, given his public support for the Taliban and his numerous get-togethers with Osama bin Laden. . . .”

“Helping Hand to Hamas” by Joe Kaufman; FrontPageMagazine.com; 5/15/2007.

8. The same group is conducting a similar campaign on New York City subways.

“Ads promoting Islam are to be placed on New York subway cars in September, but a U.S. congressman finds people sponsoring the messages unacceptable.

“I have no problem with the ad itself, but I have a very, very real problem with those behind it,” Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, said Tuesday. He is urging the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reject the ads.

The campaign is to feature ads on 1,000 of the subway system’s roughly 6,200 cars. The main sponsor is a grass-roots organization, Islamic Circle of North America. [Italics are mine–D.E.]

The ads, simple black-and-white panels, will feature key words or phrases about Islam on one side of the panel such as “Head Scarf?” or “Prophet Muhammad?” and the words “You deserve to know” along with the Web site address WhyIslam.org on the other side.

“The idea is to evoke certain thoughts in the mindset of the person who is looking at the ads and get them to a point where they can reflect upon certain words that one could define as hot words or keywords that get thrown around a lot but are not necessarily defined in the most proper context,” said New York University’s Imam Khalid Latif, a cleric who is promoting the project in a YouTube video created by the Islamic Circle.

Another of the backers of the advertising campaign — which will launch in September to coincide with the monthlong Islamic holiday of Ramadan — is Siraj Wahhaj, imam of a Brooklyn mosque.

Wahhaj was the first Muslim to lead a prayer before the House of Representatives, but King objects to him because he was a character witness for convicted 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman.

“He is a known Islamic extremist, and you would be giving him credibility and stature through a known government facility,” said King, ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee. Wahhaj also appeared on a list of 170 potential unindicted co-conspirators in the 1993 bombing case. A prosecutor said that not everyone on the list was considered a co-conspirator. . . .”

“Islam Subway Ads Cause Stir in New York”; cnn.com; 7/22/2008.

9. Sadly, the Muslim Brotherhood appears to be taking over the Al Jazeera network.

“The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report (free subscription required) has an interesting look at the growing Islamist agenda of the al Jazeera TV station, and the roots of the shift in the Muslim Brotherhood.

It is an important observation since so much of the Arab world-as well as the Western media-look to the station to portray and interpret events, particularly the Hamas-Israeli conflict.

It is easy to forget (and shockingly seldom reported) that Hamas is an organic part of the global Muslim Brotherhood, according to article 2 of its own charter. So that the Ikhwan would seek to control the main medium for the outside world to interpret the conflict is not at all unusual.

The report looks at Wadah Khanfar (aka Waddah Khanfar), the station’s General Manager, as the driving force behind al Jazeera’s move toward embracing the Islamist agent, while marginalizing other voices in the station that once had a significant role.

In October 2006, one of Al Jazeera’s own correspondents stated that Mr. Khanfar had a Muslim Brotherhood background and asked him about it directly, receiving a non-denial and evasive reply:

Mr. Waddah, you have and Islamic background, specifically Muslim Brotherhood, don’t you think that this is conflicting with your position as a head of the biggest Arab media organization now? In fact, I do not classify myself as belonging to a certain political ideological movement, this is firstly an important issue which is very .. (interrupting) ..Or you were belonging .. I think that firstly I belong to this Nation including its collective legacy and mind, and that this something I value and am keen on it, but I tell you clearly and frankly, Aljazeera taught us always that our affiliation to Aljazeera- as an administration or press- is an affiliation to an institution with deep-rooted rules and with a clear identity based primarily on proficiency and respecting the opinion and the other opinion, and it isn’t absolutely based on differentiating between people on ideological, intellectual or party bases.Interestingly, it was the Nation Magazine article from 2007 that first reported on the growing Islamist agenda of the TV station.

Whether it’s reporting the Hamas perspective from the occupied territories without mention of the Palestinian Authority’s version of events, or the fawning depiction elsewhere of Islamist parties and militias as the grassroots reflection of Arab sentiment, Al Jazeera has moved away from its ideologically diverse origins to a more populist/Islamist approach. After the March 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Al Jazeera replaced its longtime secular bureau chief in Baghdad, Faisal Yasiri, with Wadah Khanfar, who had reported from Afghanistan after the American invasion in 2001 and then Kurdish-controlled territory as the war with Iraq was launched in 2003. Shortly thereafter, the secular head of Al Jazeera, Mohammed Jassem Ali, was ousted and replaced by Khanfar, whom nine current and former employees of the station interviewed for this article characterize as an Islamist. It was around this time that Jazeera’s Iraq bureau “became a platform for [Sunni] extremists,” says Shaker Hamid, a secular Jazeera correspondent in Baghdad from 1997 to 2000, who left to work at another Arab satellite station after getting what he says was a better offer. “I can’t say that Jazeera’s rhetoric is completely against Shiites,” Hamid says. “The Americans introduced this, but the media should not make it worse, and Jazeera did.”

I am all for freedom of expression and the rights of others to get their message out. But I am also in favor of full disclosure of ownership and interests. Al-Jazeera is losing its right to claim to represent different voices, because the Islamist agenda has made it increasingly difficult for any other voices to be heard.”

“The Islamist (MB) Takeover of Al Jazeera?” by Douglas Farrah; www.douglasfarah.com; 1/16/2009.

10. The American branch of the Muslim Brotherhood has weighed in against the arrest of bin Laden’s brother-in -law, lobbying against the use of FBI informants in mosques. Sadly, mosques have been a frequent location for Islamist operational planning and–in some places–weapons storage and manufacture.

“The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood is reacting to the arrest of a brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard on charges of lying about his ties to terrorist groups on his citizenship and passport applications. An AP report describes the case as follows:

In the California case, information about the informant who spied on the Islamic Center of Irvine came out last week at a detention hearing for a brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, an Afghan native and naturalized U.S. citizen named Ahmadullah Niazi. Niazi, 34, was arrested Feb. 20 on charges of lying about his ties to terrorist groups on his citizenship and passport applications. He will be arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. FBI Special Agent Thomas J. Ropel III testified at the hearing that an FBI informant infiltrated Niazi’s mosque and several others in Orange County and befriended Niazi. Ropel said the informant recorded Niazi on multiple occasions talking about blowing up buildings, acquiring weapons and sending money to the Afghan mujahadeen. Niazi has not been charged with terrorism and it’s not yet clear if the FBI was focused on anything beyond his activities. Neither the mosque nor any other of its members have been charged. A 46-year-old fitness instructor told The Associated Press last week he was the informant. Craig Monteilh of Irvine said Niazi talked about blowing up buildings and discussed sending Monteilh to a terrorist training camp in Yemen or Pakistan. Monteilh said his tenure as an informant ended after Niazi and other members of the Islamic Center of Irvine reported him to authorities. A Muslim advocacy group has demanded a federal investigation into whether Niazi was arrested because he refused to become an FBI informant after telling the agency about Monteilh.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has reacted by stating that the use of informants in mosques “stigmatizes” the mosques and erodes trust. According an article on the MPAC website:

Trust is the cornerstone of any partnership between law enforcement and communities. It can only be established and maintained through clear and open communication. Without this, trust is eroded and suspicions arise on all sides. This clearly does not serve anyone’s interests.Federal law enforcement cannot establish trust with American Muslim communities through meetings and townhall forums, while at the same time sending paid informants who instigate violent rhetoric in mosques. This mere act stigmatizes American mosques and casts a shadow of doubt and distrust between American Muslims and their neighbors. It has also led many mosques and community groups to reconsider their relationship with the FBI, including most recently the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. It is now up to the FBI and law enforcement agencies to re-engage with the Muslim American community, and re-build trust and respect. MPAC will continue to raise these community concerns with federal law enforcement officials in its efforts to help form policies that preserve civil liberties while also protecting our nation.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced that is planning to file a request for the U.S. Attorney General to launch an investigation into the FBI’s arrest:

On Tuesday, February 24, the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will host a news conference to announce the filing of a request for the U.S. Attorney General to launch an investigation into the FBI’s arrest last week of Ahmad Niazi. The news conference will immediately follow a court hearing Tuesday for Niazi in Santa Ana, Calif. Members of his family will take part in the news conference. Mr. Niazi is charged with perjury, naturalization fraud, misuse of a passport obtained by fraud, and making a false statement to a federal agency. He claims the charges are in retaliation for his refusal to become an FBI informant. Mr. Niazi previously reported to CAIR-LA and other community members that, during a raid of a friend’s house, an FBI agent urged Mr. Niazi to work with the agency, saying that if he refused to cooperate his life would be made a “living hell.”

MPAC was established in the mid 1980’s by individuals whose backgrounds are likely rooted in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and since its inception has acted in concert with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The organization, like other U.S. Brotherhood organizations, has a long history of fundamentalism, anti-Semitism, and support for terrorism. The organization has long enjoyed generally good relations with the U.S. government and functions essentially as the political lobbying arm of the U.S. Brotherhood.

Documents released in the Holy Land Trial have revealed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as identifying the organization itself as being part of the U.S. Brotherhood. Investigative research posted on GMBDR had determined that CAIR had it origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and is an integral part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood with a long history of support for fundamentalism, anti-Semitism, and terrorism. Numerous earlier posts have reported on the relationship between the FBI and CAIR which appears to have been terminated by the FBI

Both organizations have long histories of opposing almost all elements of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. CAIR in particular has defended numerous individuals accused and/or convicted of terrorism offenses and a number of CAIR employees have also been convicted of terrorism.”

“U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Reacts to Arrest of Bin Laden Brother-in-Law”; globalmbreport.com; 3/5/2009.

11. A well placed British intelligence officer is joining the growing chorus of miscreants running interference for Hamas [Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood] and Hezbollah.

“Former British intelligence agent Alastair Crooke has published a new book which one reviewer says is aimed at reassuring the West that Hamas and Hezbollah are not enemies of the West. According to a review of the book by journalist Seymour Hersh posted on the website of Crooke’s organization:

Crooke’s mission in this erudite and most readable book is to reassure America and the rest of the world that Hamas, Hezbollah and the seemingly menacing Islamic governments in Iran and elsewhere are not the enemies of the West… a scholarly and closely argued critique of what passes for Western diplomacy today.

Crooke is a a former agent of the British MI6 foreign intelligence agency and is described in a media report as secretly one of Britain’s leading intermediaries with militant groups. Former CIA agent Milt Bearden, who played a leading role in the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, and Graham Fuller, a former Vice-chair of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, are members of the Advisory Board of the Conflicts Forum headed by Crooke. Also a member of the Advisory Board is Azzam Tamimi, a leader figure in the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood and often described as a Hamas spokesman.

The media reported cited above describes a March 2005 meeting in Beirut attended by Crooke that included the Muslim Brotherhood as well as Musa Abu Marzuq, deputy leader of Hamas, and two of his senior colleagues, leaders of Lebanon’s Hezbollah and representatives of Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami party. The report states that Crooke is part of an effort to establish a dialogue with radical Islamists through the Conflicts Forum, described by Crooke as an “action tank, not a think-tank”.”

“New Book by Former British Spy Says Hamas/Hezballah Not Enemies of the West”; globalmbreport.com; 3/5/2009.

12. According to a former FBI agent, virtually all U.S. Muslim Organizations are subsumed into the Muslim Brotherhood network. In this context, it is essential to keep in mind the organization’s violent, fascist ideology and history. The Muslim Brotherhood can only be understood as part of the postwar fascist international.

“U.S. media is reporting that a former FBI agent with expertise in Islamic extremism and terrorism has said that all major U.S. organizations are controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood but that FBI officials are unwilling to act. According to the report:

A former FBI special agent told law enforcement and Homeland Security personnel that a network of Islamic organizations are working to incrementally implement Islamic law in the United States. During a presentation at the Bedford County Emergency Management Agency, former FBI agent John Guandolo briefed members about groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which he claims is working with other Islamic groups to slowly implement Shariah, also known as Islamic law, which encompasses all areas of life……..Every major Muslim organization is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, the former FBI agent said, which he said was formed to overthrow America and establish Islamic law. “They’re having great success of implementing Shariah law, I could give you a thousand examples,” Guandolo said. He said small concessions like installing foot baths, and colleges forced to have separate swimming times for Islamic men and women so not to offend Muslims, are other parts of the strategy. But Guandolo said that federal leadership is reluctant to act against these Islamic organizations due to political correctness and the threats of lawsuits. He said that Muslim groups will demand concessions on matters by saying, “You have to do this; you have to do this or I will be offended.” “The solution to this is you,” Guandolo said. “If you are looking to DHS, the FBI and Congress to solve this … you’re going to be woefully disappointed.” He said that FBI agents in the field “are working good cases,” but that the FBI leadership “is unwilling to do what the agents are asking them to do, which is to pony up and use some courage and start stepping on these people.” “This is political subversion, this is an insurgency in the United States,” he said of the Islamic movement. “Insurgency is thwarted at the local level and the tip of the spear is local police.” Guandolo also said that the group CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is actually a front for the terror group Hamas.

The report also describes Mr. Guandolo’s background as well as his experience with the FBI:

Guandolo worked in the FBI since 1996, including nine years as a member of its SWAT team. After 9/11, he worked in the Bureau’s Washington Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division, developing expertise concerning Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood organizations and the Islamic movement in the U.S. He now works with Stephen Coughlin, former Islamic Expert for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to advise leaders at the federal level and also brief local law enforcement about the Islamic threat at home. Coughlin was fired from his position with the Joint Chiefs following a report revealing opposition to his work by officials within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, according to a Washington Times report dated Jan. 4, 2008. Coughlin had run afoul of a key aide to England, Hasham Islam, who accused him of being a Christian zealot or extremist “with a pen,” according to defense officials, the report states……….[Guandolo] also said that he was threatened with his job no less than three times by superiors in the FBI “that told me we were creating waves in the Muslim community.”

A previous post has discussed a report that the FBI has recently cut off contact with CAIR as a result of the group’s origins in what was described as a ‘Hamas-support network.’As other posts had reported, the FBI has had an extensive ‘outreach’ program involving CAIR.”‘

“Former FBI Agent Says All U.S. Muslim Organizations controlled By U.S. Muslim Brotherhood”; globalmbreport.com; 3/5/2009.

13. U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders are working to soften key linguistic terms, in order to further their cause.

“During a Senate hearing on Thursday, two leaders of the Leadership Group of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, an organization whose report promotes the agenda of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, expressed support for changing the language used to describe terrorism, a key objective of the U.S. Brotherhood. In her statement, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright stated:

Western media are full of references to Islamic terrorism. But what does that mean? We do not portray the Oklahoma City bombing as Christian terrorism, even though Timothy MacVeigh thought of himself as a Christian. MacVeigh was guilty of mass murder – and there was nothing Christian about it. The same principle applies with Islam. When Muslims commit terrorist acts, they are not practicing their faith; they are betraying it.

Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, concurred in her statement :

Our language must reflect the reality that the primary victims of violent extremism are Muslims abroad, and that they fear falling victim to political violence more than Americans do. We are, therefore, natural allies against this common threat. This will mean de-emphasizing the unquenchable demand for mainstream Muslims to condemn terrorism again and again as this assumes their co-membership in one group with the terrorists, instead of with us as fellow victims of the same crime. Use of terms like “Islamic terrorism” or “Jihadists” glorifies the terrorists with religious veneration, while fueling the very perceptions they work to exploit —that America is at war with Islam.

During her responses to questioning, Ms. Mogahed suggested using the term “Bin Ladenism” as a substitute for “Islamic Terrorism.”

Changing the language used to describe terrorism has long been one of the goals of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. In December 1999, for example, a leader of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) stated:

‘There is no such thing as Islamic terrorism, just as there isn’t Christian terrorism or Jewish terrorism,” said Maher Hathout of the MPAC. ”There are Muslims who are terrorists, just as there are Christians who are terrorists.’

Previous posts have extensively discussed the importance of this issue to the U.S. Brotherhood. For example, one earlier post described a Department of Homeland Security memo urging employees not to use terms including ‘jihad,’ ‘jihadist’ or ‘Islamic terrorist’ in describing Islamic terrorists. The post observed that this proposed policy was in accord with global Muslim Brotherhood strategies attempting to control the use of language used in counter-terrorism efforts. Another post discussed passages in the DHS memo further supporting the connection to the Muslim Brotherhood and noted that the memorandum was based on “recommendations from a wide variety of American Muslim leaders” and originated in a meeting with “influential Muslim Americans” As analyzed in another earlier post , the attempt by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood to change terrorism language appears to be part of a larger strategy towards terrorism based on denial, deception, defense, and obstruction. As that post described the denial tactic:

DENIAL- Since the Brotherhood is pursuing Islamization and eventually Shariah (Islamic Law), it is necessary at all costs to deny that Islam as a religion has any connection to violence or terrorism. Of course, the Brotherhood represents Islamism as opposed to Islam in this regard but since the general audience does not understand that distinction, it is Islam which is the Brotherhood reference. They cannot afford to fail in this denial and the denial strategy is usually pursued through sophistry. That is, the Brotherhood claims that Islam is unfairly associated with terrorism while Christianity, Judaism, and other religions are not (e.g. Abortion bombers are not called Christian Terrorists) and/or that other religious terrorism is just as dangerous as Islamic terrorism.

It should be noted that with regard to Ms. Albright’s testimony, Timothy McVeigh described himself as an “agnostic” rather than a Christian shortly before his execution. In any event, the term “Islamic Terrorism” would appear to refer to the motivations and claims of the groups involved rather than their religious identity per se.

Previous posts have discussed the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project which includes individuals associated with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood such as Ms. Mogahed. The Leadership Group also includes other prominent former government officials such as Ms. Albright, Richard Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State, and Dennis Ross, the former Mideast negotiator in the Clinton Administration. As one of the earlier posts discussed, a close reading of the report issued by the Leadership Group suggests that its recommendations, if adopted, would represent a significant advancement of the Muslim Brotherhood agenda in the U.S. The recommendations included:

* Rebranding groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood as “activists”

* Labeling the Muslim Brotherhood as a group which has “renouced violence”

* Cessation of the use of any terms such as “Jihadists” which are said to link Islam as a religion with terrorism

* Involving the “Muslim-American Community” as a birdge to the Islamic world.”

“Leadership Group Figures Support U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Desire to Change Terrorism Language”; globalmbreport.com; 3/5/2009.

14. Supplementing past coverage of the AMIA bombing in Argentina (1994), the program notes the kidnapping and torture of an investigator by security forces linked to the crime. Evidentiary tributaries running through the AMIA investigation run in many directions.

“The Argentinean daily Clarin reported Saturday that Claudio Lifschitz, a former investigator of the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, claimed he was kidnapped and tortured by elements trying to coerce him into disclosing documents related to the case.

The attack on the Argentine-Israel Mutual Association (AMIA) building, which was carried out with an explosives-laden truck, left 85 people dead and hundreds wounded. Following a lengthy investigation, in March 2007 Interpol issued arrest warrants for five Iranians and a Lebanese national it suspects were behind the attack.Tehran has repeatedly denied any link to the bombing, and thus far no one has been indicted for either orchestrating or perpetrating the attack. Israel, the US and Argentina continue to argue that Hizbullah was behind the act, and also blame Iran, which supports the Lebanese Shiite group.In 2008 Lifschitz, the former adjunct secretary to the judge who headed the AMIA bombing investigation, Juan José Galeano, reported to the Argentinean congress of alleged irregularities in the probe – which eventually led to its collapse.

Lifschitz’s attorney told the C5N television station that on Friday night, at around midnight, a passing car forced his client to pull over in Buenos Aires’ Villa Devoto neighborhood. He was then whisked away by unknown assailants, the attorney said.

According to Lifschitz, the kidnappers covered his head with a garbage bag, and, using a blowtorch, tattooed the case file number on his arm and the letters A-M-I-A on his back.

“A van passed me by and hooded men stepped out of it,” he recalled. “They forced me to climb into their vehicle, placed a garbage bag over my head and told me not to mess with SIDE (the Argentinean internal security service). They questioned me a number of times about tapes that tie Iran to the terror attack. They told me ‘you can relax, we won’t murder you. You’ll live until we decide otherwise’.”

After taking away his cell phone, the assailants released Lifschitz near the police academy building in the capital.”

“Buenos Aires: Former Jewish Center Bombing Investigator Says Was Abducted”; ynetnews.com; 3/7/2009.


7 comments for “FTR #667 Update on 9/11 and Related Matters”

  1. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/04/2009413191022494297.html

    Dave predicted something like this happening. This is certainly a blatant concession that bodes well for safe havens, not only for the Taliban, but for Al Qaeda and others as well. I am not certain, but it does seem that the stories of US drones’ attacks have faded since the granting of sharia to the Taliban for control of the Swat Valley.

    Posted by Sandra | April 16, 2009, 12:02 am
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  5. Fascist salutes greet election of Rome’s new mayor.


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  7. […] In FTR #667, we dis­cussed wild­fires that struck the Vic­to­ria sec­tion of Aus­tralia. That por­tion of Aus­tralia has been the focal point of reli­gious strife between Mus­lims and some of their Chris­t­ian prelate neigh­bors. (See text excerpt below.) […]

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