Oh, to be a fly on the wall…

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While we’ll never know exactly how the phone call went, if you read how the Obama administration described the conversation between Putin and Obama, and how the Russians described it, you’d think they were two completely different phone calls.

IJ Review  Here’s the readout from the Obama admin:

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Every sentence begins with words making it appear that he was in charge, “underscoring,” “making clear,” and “reiterating” his demands to Putin. Now here’s Russia’s version:

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Vladimir Putin drew Barack Obama’s attention to continued rampage of extremists who are committing acts of intimidation towards peaceful residents, government authorities and law enforcement agencies in various regions and in Kiev with impunity.

In light of this, the President of Russia suggested examining possible steps the global community can take to help stabilise the situation. The two presidents agreed that specific parameters for this joint work will be discussed by the Russian and US foreign ministers in the near future.

Vladimir Putin also pointed out that Transnistria is essentially experiencing a blockade, which significantly complicate the living conditions for the region’s residents, impeding their movement and normal trade and economic activities. He stressed that Russia stands for the fair and comprehensive settlement of the Transnistria conflict…

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Wasn’t this president supposed to be the best, most persuasive ever? Yet when you read the Russian version it sounds like Obama is cooperating to help Putin “protect” the citizens of Ukraine. The White House version has Obama practically berating Putin, while the Russian version has him going along with Putin’s plans.

Aren’t you glad we have a community organizer in charge of the free world?

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Is Barack Hussein Obama behind Turkey’s planned ‘false flag’ operation to get NATO into a war with Syria?

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With Obama talking about giving  air support* to the jihadist rebels in Syria, it looks more and more like this ‘Turkish’ plan to engage Syria, which was blown open on Youtube (causing Erdogan to shut down the site), actually came right out the White House, with Turkey acting as the US proxy.

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‘Toothless Bullyboy’ Obama orders Vladimir Putin to remove his troops from the Ukrainian border

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To resolve and de-escalate the situation right now, Barack Obama told CBS News that Russia needs “to move back those troops and to begin negotiations directly with the Ukrainian government, as well as the international community.”

CBS News  Obama continued: “There’s a strong sense of Russian nationalism and a sense that somehow the West has taken advantage of Russia in the past and that he wants to, in some fashion, reverse that or make up for that.

“What I have repeatedly said is that he may be entirely misreading the West,” Mr. Obama continued. “He’s certainly misreading American foreign policy. We have no interest in encircling Russia and we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives.”

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SNEAK PEEK at script of new ABC-Cable show, ‘Alice in Arabia’ that has Muslims in America outraged

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Check out the link below for background on the series and angry comments by Muslims trending in the Twittersphere.

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Apparently, the Obama-pandering leftists at the website BuzzFeed sympathize with all the Islamomania surrounding this show. They say, “We Got A Copy Of The Script For Alice In Arabia. And It’s Exactly What (Muslim) Critics Feared.”

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BuzzFeed  The ABC Family project, which spurred controversy earlier this week, pits Muslim values against American ones in a script dotted with cultural inaccuracies and stereotypes.

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When ABC Family announced Monday that it had ordered a pilot for teen dramaAlice in Arabia, the network’s description prompted a wave of complaints from critics who feared it would be the latest in a line of simplistic stereotypes of Muslims on American television.

The cable channel protested that the project shouldn’t be judged on a brief synopsis, but a script for the show’s pilot — obtained by BuzzFeed from an industry source — is likely to confirm early fears. At one point, the heroine generically describes Muslim social views — the opposition to drinking, for instance — as “extreme.” The script also describes veiled Muslim women as “completely formless, anonymous.” One sympathetic female character, in describing her lavish Riyadh home, lauds it as “worth having to wear a silly veil while outside.”

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The show has some departures from the standard template. The heroine is half Saudi, and sees herself as a “good Muslim girl” — not the blonde Christian victim more typical of the genre. But it broadly plays on a familiar narrative of a beautiful girl kidnapped from the United States by sinister Arabs, held against her will in the desert, and threatened with early marriage.

The script obtained by BuzzFeed is a third draft dated July 18, 2013. An ABC Family spokesperson, who would only comment on the condition of anonymity, called it “irresponsible” to “pre-judge” a show that hadn’t yet been produced.

The hashtag #AliceInArabia became a trending Twitter topic across the United States when ABC Family released a synopsis Monday, with criticism focusing both on the description of the plot — a half-Saudi girl kidnapped by her relatives — and the ability of the author, Brooke Eikmeier, a former member of the U.S. military, to represent Muslims in a way that would prove productive to Muslim perceptions in American popular culture.

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The (terror-linked) Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a letter to ABC Family that it was “concerned about the negative impact this program could have on the lives of ordinary Arab-American and American Muslims” and that the series “may engage in stereotyping that can lead to things like bullying of Muslim students.” The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee expressed concern about the show “promoting bigotry and stereotyping of millions of Arabs and Arab-Americans, and billions of Muslims around the world” and “perpetuat[ing] demeaning stereotypes.” 

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The truth isn’t a ‘demeaning’ stereotype, it’s just the truth

Eikmeier responded to some of the complaints in a Facebook comment, saying the show is being written with “noble intentions” and “is meant to give Arabs and Muslims a voice on American TV.” ABC Family maintained in a statement to BuzzFeed that “the writer is an incredible storyteller and [they] expect Alice to be a nuanced and character driven show.”

But the script itself is light on nuance. The story centers around an American 16-year-old, Alice MacFarland, a pointedly accessible character. She lives in American suburbia, goes to private school, sneaks out to go to parties, and is coveted by boys her age. Alice likes “making pretty things,” watches Project Runway, and aspires to be a fashion designer. The “pretty, mixed-race” teenager is comfortable enough in her blended identity to joke about it with ownership. When a boy at a party asks her if, being half Saudi, she knows how to ride a camel, she flirtatiously responds: “Yeah, I just spread my legs and hop on.”

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When a car accident kills her mother and leaves her father in a coma, Alice is visited by her Saudi grandfather and aunt, both of whom she grew up believing to be dead, but who now appear to be her closest living family.

Her grandfather introduces himself as Prince Bakr Shookri Al-Saud from the House of Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ruling family. He goes by Abu Hamza. He convinces Alice to stay with him until her father wakes from his coma and, with her consent, flies her to Saudi Arabia in his private jet. While in transit, Radha takes Alice’s passport under the guise of arranging paperwork for her entry to Saudi Arabia and then surreptitiously hands it over to Abu Hamza, who immediately locks it away in a briefcase. Once in Riyadh, Alice finds out that he has no intention of returning it.

For the rest of the pilot script, she finds herself at the center of two opposing forces: Abu Hamza, who intends to keep Alice in Saudi Arabia forever, and a small team of allies who help her plot an escape.

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The Saudi record on women’s rights is in fact atrocious, but the script focuses less on that society’s internal struggle than on a simple dichotomy between the identities “American” and “Muslim.” Nearly every devoutly Muslim character opposes American ideals, and vice versa. One character refers to Alice’s mixed identity as “half Jew-loving monkey.” Abu Hamza describes America as a “perverted world” where women are forced to “starve and cut themselves thin and big titted.” Later, a young girl posits that Muslim women have two options: to be modern and free, or to be loved by God.

The plot lends itself to particularly easy comparison with Not Without My Daughter, a 1991 film based on a nonfiction book by the same name. In it, American citizen Betty Mahmoody recounts her marriage to an Iranian man who asks her, along with her daughter, to briefly visit his family in Iran. Once there, he strips them of their passports and attempts to keep them there indefinitely. Mahmoody is left to plot an escape for herself and her daughter, attempting to make it back to America in time to visit her dying father.

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The controversy around Alice in Arabia comes three months before FX launches its own fraught drama set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, Tyrant, in which the title character’s American family are held against their will. The show was created by Gideon Raff and developed by Howard Gordon, both of whom worked on Homeland; Gordon was the co-creator 24. Both shows have been criticized for their depiction of Muslim characters. (Definite MUST SEE TV for BNI Readers)

In Alice, when the heroine first lands in Riyadh, she is ushered to the women’s quarters of Abu Hamza’s royal compound, where she is warmly welcomed by a host of female characters – wives, daughters, friends, and servants. Some smoke hookah while they watch Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City; others read the Quran on their iPads. One of Radha’s daughters wears Lululemon, has dyed blonde hair, and aspires to go to college before marrying her true love; the other is voluntarily engaged at 14 to a man whose only appeal is political clout, and doesn’t wear makeup because she doesn’t want to be seen as “a whore.”

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The show relies on a particular cliche in descriptions of Muslim women: that they are normal despite being Muslim because they too wear underwear and read magazines. When Radha is convincing Alice to don a full burqa, she reassures her charge that “even under the drabbest of veils,” many women wear La Perla lingerie, the latest Paris fashions, and Louboutin shoes. She winks and adds, “We readVogue too.”

When Alice reluctantly slips into a burqa, Eikmeier envisions the camera briefly seeing the world through black gauze. The script describes Alice as “transforming herself from a typical American teenager into a completely formless, anonymous woman.”

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In his royal compound, Abu Hamza has set up a makeshift school for girls so that they won’t have to leave palace grounds to gain an education. He streams live videos of the best professors from around the world while his granddaughters and a few wealthy acquaintances’ daughters watch. In a compelling subversion of the “seen and not heard” trope, the girls are audible to their professors but not visible, therefore affording themselves the privilege of being unveiled.

The script does reflect the author’s familiarity with Saudi Arabia: the contrasts of glitzy malls and slums; and an Applebee’s restaurant with signs in Arabic and in English.

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But it also includes notable cultural errors. Repeatedly throughout the screenplay, the garment Alice dons in Saudi Arabia is incorrectly labelled an “abaya” — an abaya is a robe that doesn’t include a face covering, while what Alice puts on does veil her face and head, including her eyes, making it either a niqab or a burqa. Her aunt is somewhat implausibly named “Radha” after a Hindu goddess, despite being Muslim. And one of the girls in attendance at the royal school is the daughter of the American ambassador; her presence makes little sense here, considering the existence of an American International School in Riyadh.

In one pivotal scene pitting Islam against “American” values, Alice confronts her grandfather about her hostage passport. When confronted, he interrogates Alice about her faith, asking her if she was raised Muslim, if she prays, if she consumes alcohol, and if she has had sexual encounters with men. Her response, half explicit and half implied, is yes, all of the above. “I’m a good Muslim,” she tells him meekly, unable to define or defend that identity.

As Abu Hamza’s onslaught continues, the script notes in a passing instruction: “Alice turns even whiter, if that were possible.”

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Vladimir Putin openly mocks Obama’s attempts to get tough on Russia

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Speaking on behalf of Putin, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister laughed off  Barack Obama’s silly sanctions against Russia, today asking “Comrade @BarackObama if some prankster came up with the list?

NTEB  (ABC News) The Obama administration hit 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials with sanctions today as punishment for Russia’s support of Crimea’s referendum. Among them: aides to President Vladimir Putin, a top government official, senior lawmakers, Crimean officials, the ousted president of Ukraine, and a Ukrainian politician and businessman allegedly tied to violence against protesters in Kiev.

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It remains to be seen whether the sanctions will dissuade Russia from annexing Crimea, but one an early clue that they will not be effective came just hours later when President Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea as an independent state, perhaps an early step towards annexation.

U.S. official have warned of additional sanctions for Russian action, hoping it will deter Russia from any further aggression towards Ukraine, but it didn’t appear to upset the often outspoke Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin

Rogozin, a friend of actor Steven Seagal, took to Twitter to tweak Obama, tweeting he thinks “some prankster” came up with the sanctions list In a later tweet addressed to “Comrade @BarackObama,” he asked, “what should we do those who have neither accounts nor property abroad? Or U didn’t think about it?”

Another Russian on the sanctions list, Vladislav Surkov, also seemed unconcerned. Surkov, a top Putin ideologue often called the Kremlin’s grey cardinal, reportedly told a Russian newspaper, “It’s a big honor for me. I don’t have accounts abroad. The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.”

U.S. officials said that, among the sanctioned individuals were the “key ideologists and architects” of Russia’s Ukraine policy, while adding that some of the Russian officials were included in the list for their role in curbing “human rights and liberties” in Russia. (Let me guess, there’s a homophobe or two on that list?)

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The sanctions freeze any assets under American jurisdiction and prevent American banks from doing business with the named individual, essentially freezing them out of the international banking system. The sanctions also impose a ban on their travel to the United States. Separately, but in coordination with the White House, the European Union announced sanctions today on 21 individuals that it plans to name later. U.S. officials told reporters that the American and European lists “overlapped” in some area, but declined to say how.

While some of the sanctioned officials are bold faced names, the White House move is unlikely to affect Russia’s decision making with regard to Crimea’s bid to join the Russian Federation. Russia’s stock market actually improved on the news that so few officials were included on the list. U.S. officials warned that, if Russia does go ahead with annexation of Crimea, additional penalties will follow, with more, harsher measures to come if Russia attempts to enter eastern Ukraine. (Ewwww, now we’re really scared)

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Obama Regime’s CIA Chief, John Brennan, calls ‘Jihad a “product of injustices, economics, and ignorance”

But, but, but, doesn’t Jihad Johnny like to say, “Jihad is a legitimate tenet of Islam, an inner struggle?”

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RAYMOND IBRAHIM  Last Tuesday, “during an event at the Council of Foreign Relations, Brennan was asked about the ‘war of ideas’ surrounding Islam, which the questioner said many Americans tend to equate with violence.” The CIA chief, (sounding every bit like the Muslim convert he allegedly is), responded by saying that al-Qaeda’s ideology is “a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Qur’an”; that “al-Qaeda has hijacked” Islam; that “they have really distorted the teachings of Muhammad.” Even so, “that ideology, that agenda of al-Qaeda,” confirmed Brennan, “has gained resonance and following in many parts of the world.”

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So what is the CIA chief’s explanation as to why such a “perverse and very corrupt” understanding of Islam—one that has “distorted the teachings of Muhammad”— resonates among Muslims?

He gives none—other than to say that this ideology is “fed a lot of times by, you know, political repression, by economic, you know, disenfranchisement, by, you know, lack of education and ignorance, so there—there are a number of phenomena right now that I think are fueling the fires of, you know, this ideology.”

Interestingly, if you watch the video clip below of Brennan talking, you will note that he only “you knows” in the above quotation (four times) and right before it, when he says that al-Qaeda has “distorted the teachings of Muhammad, you know, for violent purposes.”

Could Brennan be self-conscious of his own equivocations—hence all these stilted “you knows” in one sentence?

Could he be aware of the Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009?   It found that “Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.”

At any rate, this is all déjà vu.  Back in May 2010, I closely examined Brennan’s apologetics on jihad in an article that, in light of these recent remarks of his, is just as applicable today as it was nearly four years ago.  It follows:

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“The greatest hurdle Americans need to get over in order to properly respond to the growing threat of radical Islam is purely intellectual in nature; specifically, it is epistemological, and revolves around the abstract realm of ‘knowledge.’ Before attempting to formulate a long-term strategy to counter radical Islam, Americans must first and foremost understand Islam, particularly its laws and doctrines, the same way Muslims understand it—without giving it undue Western (liberal) interpretations. This is apparently not as simple as expected: all peoples of whatever civilizations and religions tend to assume that other peoples more or less share in their worldview, which they assume is objective, including notions of right and wrong, good and bad. …. [T]he secular, Western experience has been such that people respond with violence primarily when they feel they are politically, economically, or socially oppressed. While true that many non-Western peoples may fit into this paradigm, the fact is, the ideologies of radical Islam have the intrinsic capacity to prompt Muslims to violence and intolerance vis-à-vis the ‘other,’ irrespective of grievances…. Being able to understand all this, being able to appreciate it without any conceptual or intellectual constraints is paramount for Americans to truly understand the nature of the enemy and his ultimate goals.”

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Such were the words that opened my testimony to Congress. One year later, none other than President Obama’s top counter-terror adviser, John Brennan, has come to personify the approach I warned against, that is, the misguided phenomenon of westernizing Islamic concepts.

In other words, despite the fact that Islamists describe all their goals in “religious terms,” Brennan sees them as naught more than victims of the system. And why is that? Because Brennan believes that “political, economic and social forces”—the three I specifically stressed in my excerpt above—are the only precipitators to violence. So jihadis can openly articulate their violent bloodlust through religious terms all they want, it matters not: Brennan and his ilk have their intellectual blinders shut tight and refuse to venture outside the box.

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‘Zebiba’ means Islamic prayer bump on the forehead that Muslims get from banging their heads on the floor several times a day everyday

 Imagine having a CIA Director who thinks like this

The President’s strategy is absolutely clear about the threat we face. Our enemy is not “terrorism” because terrorism is but a tactic. Our enemy is not “terror” because terror is a state of mind, and as Americans we refuse to live in fear. Nor do we describe our enemy as “jihadists” or “Islamists” because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children.

Or this

“The U.S. should encourage greater assimilation of the Hezbollah terrorist organization into the Lebanese government,” argued President Obama’s counter-terrorism advisor, John Brennan. Outside of al-Qaeda, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah has the distinction of having killed the most Americans in terror attacks

John Brennan, like a good Muslim, says, “Terrorists should not be called jihadists because jihad is a legitimate tenet of Islam”

Inasmuch as he is correct in saying ”jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community”—he greatly errs in the latter clause, by projecting his own notions of what constitutes “holy,” “legitimate,” and “innocent” onto Islam.

In Islam, such terms are often antithetical to the Judeo-Christian/Western understanding. Indeed, the institution of jihad, according to every authoritative Islamic book on jurisprudence, is nothing less than offensive warfare to spread Sharia, a cause seen as both “legitimate” and “holy” in Islam.  Jihadis regularly seek to “purify” themselves and their communities by purging them of “infidels” and their influences.  As for “innocence,” by simply being a non-Muslim infidel, one is already guilty in Islam.

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As for Brennan calling the terrorist affiliates “murderers,” would he also be willing to apply that epithet to their prophet Muhammad, who was wont to send assassins to, well, murder his critics, including poets and one old woman whose body was dismembered by her Muslim assailants—assailants who were no less convinced that they were involved in a “holy cause” than were the 9/11 hijackers?

It should be further noted that this tendency to project one’s own cultural norms and priorities onto others is the height of arrogance and ethnocentrism—precisely what liberals constantly warn against. Yet the irony is that “open-minded” proponents of cultural relativism are also the ones most prone to westernizing Islam. When Brennan insists that jihadis are really not motivated by religion but rather are products of “political, economic and social forces,” is this total dismissal of the “other” and his peculiar motivations (in favor of Western paradigms) not the epitome of cultural arrogance?

Listen to Brennan wax on about the “peace and tolerance” of Islam, even calling Jerusalem by it’s Arabic name “al-Quds.”

 

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Al-Qaeda (on the run?) unveils new English-language magazine designed to recruit Western jihadis

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Al-Qaeda is starting an English language magazine as part of a fresh effort to recruit and inspire Western jihadis to launch attacks in their own countries.

UK Telegraph Advertisement for ‘Resurgence’ magazine uses words of Malcolm X in appeal to disaffected Muslims in US and Europe, as it turns focus away from Middle East.

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A video posted on YouTube (immediately removed by Youtube) uses the words of Malcolm X to justify violent struggle, before announcing the name of the magazine,Resurgence. It appears to be modelled on Inspire, an online publication produced by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has carried messages from Osama bin Laden, bomb making directions and tactics for launching “lone wolf” attacks.

However, the new magazine appears to be the first English language magazine from the group’s core leadership and is advertised with a slick video from as-Sahab, its media production house. Analysts believe it marks a shift from al-Qaeda’s recent focus on Syria.

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It mixes graphics, images of George W Bush and warplanes launching missiles with a speech by Malcolm X, the African-American Muslim leader, in which he said: “You can’t ever reach a man if you don’t speak his language. If a man speaks the language of brute force, you can’t come to him with peace.”

Magnus Ranstorp, a terrorism expert at Swedish National Defence College, said the choice was significant, playing on polarisation among youths from immigrant communities and using social tension to justify violence.

“Its simplicity appeals in many ways. It focuses on the raw emotions of victimhood in the Muslim world which reinforces the al-Qaeda narrative that the West is aggressively at war with Islam,” he said. The use of English, he said, reinforced the idea it was directed at second and third generation immigrants as well as converts.

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And it suggested something of a response to the groups troubles in Syria, where the core leadership has cut ties to its offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

An analysis published by IntelCenter, a counter-terrorism intelligence service, concluded the magazine may signify a shift from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan – and a slew of messages in Urdu – back to the West.

“The announcement of the Resurgence magazine is a strong indicator that as-Sahab is working to make a major push back into the English language,” it said. “The content and tone of the video indicates that this will likely be along the lines of AQAP’s Inspire magazine with a focus on motivating aspiring jihadists in the West to conduct attacks in their own countries.”

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[UPDATED] FEEL GOOD STORY! Code Pinko Hamas-supporter, Medea Benjamin, jailed and roughed up in Egypt, begs U.S. Embassy for help, gets zip

codepinko4-viTrying to make her way into Gaza from Cairo, notorious Jew-hating Judenrat, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, claims she suffered a dislocated left arm and severe trauma after being detained on arrival in Egypt. According to Benjamin, 

“They dragged me and they threw me on the floor. They pulled my arm out of its socket, then dragged me across the tarmac.” “My arm is traumatized and swollen and torn, and I am in excruciating pain from the nape of my neck down to my waist.”

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Yahoo News  (h/t Subramanian K) Benjamin tweeted her ordeal, including photos of the airport prison cell she said she shared with four other women, one of whom lent her a power cord for her telephone when the battery ran down.

Benjamin is a well-known American troublemaker famous for wearing her group’s signature color and disrupting events in Washington and around the nation. She has protested inside congressional hearings and political conventions. She rose to prominence protesting the Iraq War, but in recent years has widened her group’s campaign to include opposition to America’s use of drones.

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Benjamin’s jail cell in Cairo

Benjamin said she traveled to Cairo to begin a journey to Gaza, which shares a border with Egypt, for an international women’s day event. She never left the airport, where she was detained shortly after stepping off her flight at 8:30 p.m. local time Monday.

After hours spent in the cell, “five very scary-looking men came for me,” she said. Through contacts with friends in the United States and Egypt she had learned that American diplomats were just 10 minutes away, so she resisted going with the men, who removed her by force, she told Yahoo News.

They grabbed her, threw her to the floor, and put two sets of handcuffs on her, she recounted. In the scuffle, “I heard the ‘pop’ of my shoulder, and I started screaming. They wouldn’t stop.” “They stomped on me,” she said.

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The men dragged her to a Turkish Airlines flight bound for Istanbul. The airline initially argued that she was in no shape for a flight. An Egyptian doctor agreed, but in the end she boarded the plane and ended up in a middle seat with an Egyptian security officer on either side. “I was between two of the same guys who beat me up,” she said.

She said she was speaking from the clinic at the Istanbul airport, waiting for staff there to fix their MRI machine, having just received her third shot of painkiller for what doctors have described as a torn ligament. “I’m shaking like a leaf here, I’m in extreme trauma and I can’t get my embassy to come and help me,” she said. “I’m in no shape to travel, but I’ve got to go home.”

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A State Department official, who requested anonymity to discuss the situation, said in a statement that U.S. “consular officers in Egypt were in contact with the U.S. citizen and provided all appropriate consular assistance.”

“In regards to the allegations that the Cairo police broke her arm, we would refer you to the Egyptian police for further information,” the official said. “Questions regarding Ms. Benjamin’s deportation or Egyptian visa should be referred to the government of Egypt.

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My favorite counter Code Pink sign

“That’s such a lie,” Benjamin upon hearing the statement. “They never made contact with me. Never, ever. My friends were calling them from the U.S. and from Cairo. They told my friends they were on the way over. They constantly lied. I was on the tarmac for an hour. They never showed up. That’s just a bald-faced lie.” (Could this story get any better? LOL)

“I don’t know what I did and can’t get an explanation,” Benjamin said.

UPDATE: Now for the Egyptian side of the story:

Via Gateway Pundit (h/t Jim D)

The New York Times reported: A spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry said that Ms. Benjamin had been stopped at the airport because the Gaza border crossing was closed, and that she had then physically resisted the airport security agents. “She arrived in Cairo and insisted on going to Gaza,” said the spokesman, Badr Abdelatty. “She was prevented because the border crossing is closed.”

…”Mr. Abdelatty said Ms. Benjamin had refused to board a flight back to the United States and had struggled as she was forcibly escorted to another flight, to Istanbul.”

Reuters reported:

“An Egyptian airport official denied any abuse and said she had been deported after 20 hours. The official told Reuters that Benjamin was on a watch list for “involvement in acts harmful to Egyptian national security”.”

 

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Hollywood finally comes up with a way to make a 9/11 family member and a U.S. soldier the terrorists

If that isn’t bad enough, the movie ‘NON-STOP’ features a bearded Muslim doctor as the good guy. We know Hollywood leftist scum have wanted to do this ever since 9/11. I guess they figured stupid Americans have forgotten who the real terrorists always are.

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The trailer for “Non Stop” the latest Hollywood thriller with Liam Neeson looks like a great flick. Although considering Neeson’s views on Islam, it isn’t a surprise that it has a sinister twist: Actor Liam Neeson after visiting Istanbul says, “I am thinking about converting to Islam” and this: Liam Neeson infuriates ‘NARNIA’ fans by comparing the symbol of Christ to the prophet Mohammed

Big Hollywood via Gateway Pundit reported:

It turns out that the villain is not a hijacker but a terrorist — someone who wants to murder everyone on the plane to further a political goal. You ready? The terrorist is a 9/11 family member. Yes, you read that right; the terrorist is a 9/11 family-member who lost a loved-one in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

It gets worse…This 9/11 family member-turned-terrorist then joined the military but found himself disillusioned by the pointless wars. And now…The 9/11 family member-turned-terrorist is upset because America hasn’t done enough to ensure there will never be another 9/11. And so he figures if he can get an air marshal blamed for a terrorist attack, America will wake up and anally probe us before we’re allowed on a plane, or something.

It gets even worse…The villain’s sidekick is a member of the American military willing to murder 150 innocent people for a payday.

If that isn’t inconceivable enough…The one passenger on the plane who is forever helpful, kind, reasonable, noble, and never under suspicion is allegedly a MUSLIM DOCTOR in traditional Muslim garb and full beard.

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Screw you, Hollywood.

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Former CIA Director says, “Only the IDF can stop Iran”

iran_drone-1Former CIA Director James Woolsey speaking about a nuclear Iran, has little faith in the ability of the Obama administration to solve the issue, given the lack of resolve in Washington to keep a convincing military option on the table.

“It would excellent if we had a President who was willing to take firm stand and put that kind of fear in the hearts of the mullahs in Iran. But we don’t, and therefore there is only one military force in the Middle East that’s capable of keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and that’s the IDF.” He cautioned that he did not see it as “the IDF’s job” to prevent a nuclear Iran, and that the US had the capability to do so itself. However at the moment he claimed “the chance of Obama doing that is virtually zero.”

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Perpetually outraged Muslims compare NJ court ruling that NYPD spying on Muslims is legal to WWII Japanese internment camps in America

watching-you-mosqueA federal judge ruled that the NYPD’s secret spying on Muslims in schools, restaurants, and mosques with no evidence of wrongdoing is perfectly legal, and it was the media’s exposure of this surveillance that was the real cause of harm. The decision prompted outcry from civil rights and racial justice advocates.

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Common Dreams  “The idea that the only harm was that you found out you are being spied on is ridiculously absurd logic,” said Ibrahim ‘Uncle Dougie’ Hooper, spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in an interview with Common Dreams. “When a judge says it’s okay for a government to do any level of spying on a religious community, that has a chilling effect.” (Awwwww) 

U.S. District Judge William Martini in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday tossed out the lawsuit Hassan v. City of New York, brought against the NYPD by a group of New Jersey-based Muslims — including an Iraq war veteran and the former principle of a Muslim girls’ grade school — who had been directly targeted by the surveillance. In a complaint filed by the civil rights organization Muslim Advocates and counseled by the Center for Constitutional Rights, the plaintiffs charged they had been unlawfully targeted on the basis of race, religion, and country of origin, causing them direct harm.

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Martini — a Bush appointee and former Republican congressman — rejected their argument, writing, “The more likely explanation for the surveillance was to locate budding terrorist conspiracies.” The judge went on to argue that the Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press investigations of the NYPD’s spying on Muslim communities — not the surveillance itself — caused harm to the plaintiffs.

He wrote, “None of the Plaintiffs’ injuries arose until after the Associated Press released unredacted, confidential NYPD documents and articles expressing its own interpretation of those documents. Nowhere in the Complaint do Plaintiffs allege that they suffered harm prior to the unauthorized release of the documents by the Associated Press. This confirms that Plaintiffs’ alleged injuries flow from the Associated Press’s unauthorized disclosure of the documents. The harms are not fairly traceable to any act of surveillance.”

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“Martini essentially said that what the targets didn’t know didn’t hurt them,” writes Dan Froomkin for The Intercept.

Center for Constitutional Rights Legal Director Muslim Baher Azmy slammed the ruling: “In addition to willfully ignoring the harm that our innocent clients suffered from the NYPD’s illegal spying program, by upholding the NYPD’s blunderbuss Muslim surveillance practices, the court’s decision gives legal sanction to the targeted discrimination of Muslims anywhere and everywhere in this country, without limitation, for no other reason than their religion.”

Since 2002, the NYPD has spied on Muslims in “20 mosques, 14 restaurants, 11 retail stores, two grade schools, and two Muslim Student Associations in New Jersey,” according to a statement from CCR. This has included sending paid infiltrators and informants into Muslim communities, capturing video and photograph surveillance, and community mapping.

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The NYPD also identified “ancestries of interest” when determining which communities to target. These people were surveyed with no indication of wrongdoing, and to date there is no evidence that the spying has made anyone more safe.

A similar lawsuit by the ACLU, and legal proceedings filed by civil rights lawyers, are still pending. Meanwhile, the plaintiffs in this case vow to press on. 

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Critics warn that the Thursday ruling strikes a dangerous blow to civil rights. (No, it’s a blow to Muslim terrorists’ rights) “The ruling is a modern day version of the discredited Korematsu decision allowing the wholesale internment of Japanese Americans based solely on their ancestry,” said Azmy. “It is a troubling and dangerous decision.”

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