Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Blogosphere for Killers: Tech-savvy terrorists use the Web for propaganda and incitement

From the Opinion Journal. H/T to the Jawa report:

The Blogosphere for Killers
Tech-savvy terrorists use the Web for propaganda and incitement.
BY DANIEL HENNINGER
Thursday, July 12, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

Living as we do now afloat the incoming and outgoing tides of media, perhaps the aborted London and Glasgow car bombings of a fortnight ago are worth another thought before these attempted mass murders drift away on the sea of bad memories. What about those doctors? The apparent complicity of U.K.-resident Muslim physicians in the attempted murder of innocent British civilians had many in the West asking why. The short answer is that these trained M.D.s somehow convinced themselves that these British people didn't deserve to live--that it would be morally good to kill them. That's insane. Why would they think that?

The best answer I have seen in a long time is found in a new study of Islamic media propaganda by a research team from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. "Iraqi Insurgent Media: The War of Images and Ideas" by Daniel Kimmage and Kathleen Ridolfo (with Radio Free Iraq correspondents, two of whom were abducted and murdered this year) is an astounding compilation of the high-tech methods being used by the insurgency in Iraq to propagate the ideology of the Islamic jihadist movement. This is the blogosphere for killers.
What I've never understood is why we let media outlets like Al-Jazeera (or CNN, for that matter) report the propaganda they do. First, why don't we simply knock out the capabilities of Al Jazeera? Didn't we do that in WWII (the last war we really won) to stop the Nazi propaganda machine?

The reach of insurgent and jihadist propaganda increases exponentially when it is picked up by Arab TV--Al-Jazeera, of course, or the Al-Rafidayn satellite channel in Cairo or even the Iraqi Al-Zawra, which claims to be operating from a satellite truck in Iraq.

In an interview this week, RFE's Mr. Kimmage said they have presented the media study to both the House and Senate intelligence committees and to government national security agencies. Reactions range from "wow" to "we already know all that." In any event, what would they do? This is propaganda on an unprecedented scale.

If you are a young Muslim male, even a doctor, with a PC in Egypt, the Gulf states, Somalia, Morocco or Glasgow, as always with the Web you are marinating your mind in its content, and the content here is homicide on a mass scale. The answer--technical or political--is not obvious to me. But the one unacceptable answer is doing nothing.

Indeed. Are you listening, Congress? How about you, Mr. Bush? Thank God for the blogosphere.

Read the entire article here.

Must-Read Book: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam by Robert Spencer

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

Another excellent reference, the NY Times bestseller from the religious scholar and creator of Jihad Watch. I originally read it because I wanted to understand why they hate us, and why they want to kill us.

Turns out, it's not because we invaded Iraq. It's not because we took advantage of them and took their oil. It's not because of US Foreign policy. It's not because they're poor and jealous of the US economy. It's not because of the crusades 800 years ago.

They want to kill us because we are infidels. We practice the wrong religion. Period.

This is at the very core of their religion. There are no 'moderate' muslims. One way or another, they all want a caliphate, a world government ruled by islamic law, or sharia. They don't want to assimilate into other cultures, they want to consume other cultures.

The Crusades were actually a military response to islamic agression into Europe, to stem the tide of islamic expansion.

According to Spencer, we have three choices: we can convert to islam; we can retain our religion but pay a jizya, or penalty tax, and live as second-class citizens; or we can DIE.

It's no wonder islam is the world's fastest growing religion.

Sorry, Breck Girl. It's not a bumper sticker. This is the battle for our very judeo-christian civilization.

Read it.

AP: Report says al-Qaeda renewing efforts to sneak terror plotters into U.S.

From USA Today:


AP: Report says al-Qaeda renewing efforts to sneak terror plotters into U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Qaeda is stepping up its efforts to sneak terror operatives into the United States and has acquired most of the capabilities it needs to strike here, according to a new U.S. intelligence assessment, The Associated Press has learned.

The draft National Intelligence Estimate is expected to paint an ever-more-worrisome portrait of al-Qaeda's ability to use its base along the Pakistan-Afghan border to launch and inspire attacks, even as Bush administration officials say the U.S. is safer nearly six years into the war on terror.

Among the key findings of the classified estimate, which is still in draft form and must be approved by all 16 U.S. spy agencies:
  • al-Qaeda is probably still pursuing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons and would use them if its operatives developed sufficient capability.
  • The terror group has been able to restore three of the four key tools it would need to launch an attack on U.S. soil: a safe haven in Pakistan's tribal areas, operational lieutenants and senior leaders. It could not immediately be learned what the missing fourth element is.
  • The group will bolster its efforts to position operatives inside U.S. borders. In public statements, U.S. officials have expressed concern about the ease with which people can enter the United States through Europe because of a program that allows most Europeans to enter without visas.
The document also discusses increasing concern about individuals already inside the United States who are adopting an extremist brand of Islam.
Is there any other kind of islam? Convert or die.

See my previous post about Hometown Jihad. The fourth element is probably government and social infiltration.

Hometown Jihad: Columbus & Ohio Infiltrated by Muslim Spies

With the assistance of Mayor Michael Coleman and others in powerful political circles in Ohio, according to Hilliard's own Patrick Poole in this article at FrontPage magazine.

It's nothing new that part of the islamic jihad involves infiltrating our very society and getting so embedded that they can begin to convert us. And eventually kill any Christian, Jew or non-muslim if we don't convert.

The article, also featured and discussed today at the Central Ohioians Against Terrorism (COAT) blog, features details about a muslim extremist/Columbus Public Schools adult educator who holds positions representing central Ohio's Homeland Security; who may get appointed to the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC); who is buddies with Coleman and others in positions of power.

From COAT:

He oversees Central Ohio Homeland Security. He is a full-time teacher with the Columbus Public Schools. And in his spare time, he publishes articles praising the Al-Qaeda-backed Somali Islamic Courts Union (see also here). He's Hilliard's own Abukar Arman, and he is profiled yesterday at FrontPage, "Hometown Jihad: The Somali Terror Apologist Next Door".Just how did Abukar Arman, a man with wildly extremist views, end up as the sole Columbus Public Schools representative on the Franklin County Criminal Justice Planning Board, which develops and oversees Central Ohio Homeland Security? That's a question that hopefully our county commissioners and the CPS School Board will be answering shortly. Did his friend and business partner, Ahmad Al-Akhras, one of Mayor Coleman's closest advisors and Vice Chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR - which was just named as unindicted co-conspirator in a HAMAS terror financing trial in Texas), have anything to do with it? And don't you feel safer now knowing that someone who shares the violent ideology with Islamic terrorist and openly promotes them is in charge of your homeland security?And speaking of education, apart from his full-time teaching job with Columbus Public Schools (where he makes a whopping $32.73/hour), Abukar Arman also sits on the State Board of Education Foreign Language Advisory Board, a position he was appointed to back in March. Who was responsible for getting him that position? Was it his other friend and business partner, Abdinur Mohamud, who is a high-ranking official with the Lau Resource Center of the Ohio Department of Education?Oh, did I mention that Arman sits on the board of Sunrise Academy, the Islamic school in Hilliard that we recently profiled here at the COAT Blog, "Sunrise Academy's Fundraising Friends," and was the subject of a recent profile, "Hometown Jihad: The School Gym that Terror Built"? And that he's a top official for the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus?
Excerpts from the Frontpage article:

And it very well may have been his Somali friend, business partner and fellow CAIR-OH board member, Abdinur Mohamud, a high-ranking official of the Ohio Department of Education, that assured Abukar Arman’s appointment to the Ohio State Board of Education’s Foreign Language Advisory Board at their March 13, 2007 meeting, in addition to his position with the Ohio State University Office of International Relations Educational Advisory Committee. Mohamud is a consultant to the Ohio Department of Education’s Lau Resource Center and listed as the Ohio Title III State Director by the US Department of Education.

The same questions apply here to Abukar Arman’s appointments to these important educational board and committee as they did to his oversight of Central Ohio homeland security: who exactly was responsible for recommending Arman for these positions; and exactly where did the professional review and background check process break down in his case?

Another of Arman’s friends, Salah Sultan, the international Muslim Brotherhood operative, Qaradawi protégé, and HAMAS apologist and fundraiser that I have repeatedly profiled here at FrontPage (most recently, “Hometown Jihad: The HAMAS Connection”; in fact, Arman published a defense of Sultan, “The Trilogy that Muffles the Moderate Muslims”, following my initial “Hometown Jihad” article, likening me to Joseph Goebbels and denouncing the “Goebbelian excercise [sic] of freedom of speech”), told an audience at the April 2004 Muslim American Society-New York conference:

Da'wah [conversion] work can never succeed unless Muslims embed themselves within the very marrow of American society.

The Central Ohio extremist triumvirate of Ahmad Al-Akhras, Abukar Arman, and Abdinur Mohamud are proving Salah Sultan’s point by having infiltrated the upper echelons of political and civic institutions in Central Ohio and beyond. Protected by powerful political patrons in our city and state (extending all the way to Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s offices), they continue to rise further and penetrate deeper into the marrow of our civil society seemingly without the slightest impediment, fulfilling Salah Sultan’s vision.

Will anyone of our local or state leaders finally give a moment of pause to look at the rapidly mounting evidence for the Hometown Jihad that is presently escalating here in the heart of Ohio? At this point, we are left with little more than hope.

Call me an islamaphobe, but it seems that Dearbornistan is moving south, coming from that smelly place up north.

Al Queda at pre-9/11 strength? Who knew?

As reported in the popular media the last several days, Al Queda has reached its pre-9/11 strength. Who knew?

We in the blogosphere knew.

The USA is getting attacked daily on a number of fronts by islamic jihad-- social, political, legal, criminal -- as well as covert planning to physically attack civilian targets in the USA. Just follow the blogroll on the right side of this blog to read the real story. Read: Debbie Schlussel, Little Green Footballs, Jihad Watch, Central Ohioans Against Terror, Michelle Malkin's Hot Air.

The mainstream media has pretended there's nothing afoot, frequently avoid naming the perpretrator's religion (of peace) in individual terrorist attacks by islamic nutcases; their pandering to groups like CAIR, allowing them face time on national television and saying they represent 'mainstream islam'; burying real stories of islamist terror cells operating in this country, like the mass cell phone purchases and pretty much anything happening in Dearbornistan. The dhimmicrats have acted in a similar fashion by not taking a strong stand for border security and building the fence we most desparately need, by the Nancy Pelosi's saying we should prosecute anti-islamic crimes as hate crime.

It's time to un-bury your head and get educated. Several books are a good start:

The Third Terrorist
by Jayna Davis

The Truth About Muhammed
by Robert Spencer

Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington
by Paul Sperry

Read these books and get ready for the 'Summer of 07' terror attacks. I just have a 'gut' feeling...