The Swedish Guantanamo Bay Graduate Blamed for Bulgarian Bus Bomb

THE BURGAS BOMBER


The al-Qaeda-linked ‘bomber’ with a Finnish mother.

On 19 July 2012, Bulgarian officials announced that the man who apparently carried out the attack on the bus in Burgas was “a lanky, long-haired man wearing a baseball cap and plaid shorts and carrying  a Michigan driver’s license.”


‘The Burgas Bomber’.

Bulgarian television has shown security camera footage showing the suspected bomber at the airport.

Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said the bomber is believed to be about 36 years old and had been in the country between four and seven days.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov told reporters that they had found a Michigan driver’s license.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/fake-michigan-driver-license-found-suspect-bulgaria-bus-bombing-killed-israeli-tourists-article-1.1117502#ixzz2152rzmCT


Mehdi Ghezali, former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.

The Burgos bomber has been identified by Bulgarian media as Mehdi Ghezali, a Swede, with a Finnish mother and an Algerian father.

In 1999, Ghezali was in prison in Portugal as the result of a bank robbery.
He then seems to have been recruited by the CIA for its al Qaeda mercenary force.
He studied in London.

According to media reports Ghezali travelled to Afghanistan and stayed at “Algerian House“, supposedly a known hideout for al-Qaeda in Jalalabad.[6]

According to the Associated Press Ghezali was “reportedly part of a group of 156 suspected Al-Qaeda fighters.”
Ghezali was captured by an Afghan warlord who handed him over to the Americans, who parked him in Guantanamo Bay from 2002 until 2004.

Ghezali was transported home by the Swedish Air Force
In 2009, Ghezali was reportedly arrested in Pakistan, but quickly released.

Bulgarian news outlet Novinite Daily reported that the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said that officials are still trying to determine whether the Ghezali’s U.S. passport was genuine.

Ghezali’s driving license  had a Louisiana address, which is that of acasino called the Belle of Baton Rouge.

Read more: http://forward.com/articles/159581/bomber-identified-as-guantanamo-jihadist/#ixzz215ebP7DJ

A witness told news.bg (Terrorists struck Burgas Airport) that the explosion occurred during the loading of baggage onto the bus.

It is possible the explosive device was in the luggage.

According to experts, is likely the bomb exploded accidentally while loading the luggage…

When the bomb exploded part of the group had not yet entered the vehicle.

One of the witnesses – an Israeli – said … the bomb was placed in the trunk of the bus.

Witnesses told Israeli media that the Bulgarian authorities were slow in their response to the incident, adding that the rescuers “did not seem very concerned.”

 

The Next Phase of the Afghan War Will Be Staged In Pakistan

[Afghan intelligence, with the full backing of the CIA, has been pushing and prodding to cause an Afghan/Pakistani war for quite some time now.  Former head of Afghan Intelligence, Amrullah Saleh, has been pushing to “poison the grass” of Pakistan for many years.  It was during his watch that the CIA-created double-agent, Abdullah Mehsud, who entered S.Waziristan with a ready-made army of several hundred Pakistanis and Uzbeks.   His unit formed the core of what has come to be known as the TTP (Tehreek Taliban Pakistan), Pakistan’s principle internal terrorist enemy (SEE:  The American War on Wana).  Opening a state of war between the two neighbors has been the CIA mission from the beginning.]

This Week at War: The Next Afghan War

Could there be a hot war between Afghanistan and Pakistan?

BY ROBERT HADDICK

Rather than winding down with the planned departure of NATO troops by 2014, the war in Afghanistan may just be undergoing a metamorphosis, as has happened many times since strife began there in the late 1960s. A slowly escalating old-fashioned war between Afghanistan and Pakistan may soon emerge, joining the internal insurgencies both of those governments are attempting to smother and pitting one state against the other. Cross-border sanctuaries and Islamabad’s covert support to the Taliban are well-known features of the current violence. But as the Western military presence inside Afghanistan draws down, the trends leading to direct military escalation between Afghanistan and Pakistan are likely to continue.

The Afghan government will face an increasingly difficult security situation after 2014 and will need a new strategy if it is to survive. The number one security problem from Kabul’s perspective is the continued presence of Taliban sanctuaries inside Pakistan, and the support the Afghan Taliban continues to receive from Pakistan’s intelligence service. For a decade, U.S. and Afghan officials have pleaded with the Pakistani government to halt this support, to no avail. For Islamabad, groups like the Haqqani Network — which specializes in periodic raids in downtown Kabul — are proxy forces that Pakistan can use to keep Afghanistan weak and pliant.

After 2014, the Afghan army and police will bear nearly the full burden fending off the Haqqanis and other cross-border Taliban forces. Afghan military leaders are likely to conclude that they cannot reach a stable end-state by only parrying the Taliban’s attacks. The only hope of ending the war on favorable terms is through offensive action against the Taliban’s sanctuaries in Pakistan or action that inflicts pain on the leadership in Islamabad. If Kabul hopes to negotiate a settlement with Islamabad and the Taliban, it will have to acquire some leverage first. And that will come only after it has demonstrated a capacity to threaten the Taliban’s sanctuaries and other assets inside Pakistan.

Initial trials of such incursions may have begun. Last week, the Pakistani government accused the Afghan National Army of a cross-border raid into the Upper Kurram District. Two Pakistani tribesmen were killed during a 90-minute gun battle. Although this particular incident may be more a case of hot pursuit rather than a deliberate attack, it also shows the Afghan army’s willingness to step up its aggressiveness.

The Afghan government may also find it useful to employ the same tactics that Islamabad is using against Afghanistan. Pakistan has its own problem with Taliban insurgents, with these rebels using the Afghan side of the border as a sanctuary from Pakistani security forces. Indeed, in June, a Pakistani Taliban raiding party crossed from its Afghan sanctuary into Pakistan, captured 18 Pakistani soldiers, and videotaped the severed heads of 17 of these prisoners. Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani subsequently complained to U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen, the coalition commander, and urged him to take action to control the Taliban sanctuaries inside Afghanistan.

It seems doubtful that the Pakistani Taliban finding haven in Afghanistan are agents of Afghanistan’s intelligence service. But the Afghan government has likely concluded that it needs to obtain leverage over Pakistan if it is to obtain a satisfactory settlement to the war. If the Pakistani Taliban lurking in Afghanistan are a potential source of that leverage, it might be only a matter of time before Kabul makes contact with the Pakistani rebels.

Kayani probably realizes that there is as little chance of him getting a positive response from Allen and Karzai as there is of Pakistan doing anything meaningful about the Taliban problem that runs from east to west. That would explain why the Pakistani Army is taking matters into its own hands the old-fashioned way. Beginning in March, it fired a series of cross-border rocket barragestargeted at suspected Pakistani Taliban base camps in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, resulting in the deaths of four civilians.

The Haqqani attacks in Kabul and against U.S. targets in eastern Afghanistan have compelled U.S. officials to consider cross-border special operations raids against Haqqani camps inside Pakistan. Given the military hardware currently in place, the intelligence on the Haqqanis the United States has developed, and the experience its special operations raiders have accumulated, U.S. forces are unlikely to ever get a better opportunity to hit the Haqqani Network and thereby create some incentives for a settlement. But the White House currently has a higher priority, namely disengaging from the conflict. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s apology to Pakistan for a cross-border “friendly fire” incident last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers has reopened the supply lines from Afghanistan to the port at Karachi, which the United States will need to extract its mountain of equipment by the end of 2014. The requirements of an orderly withdrawal trumped the risks of widening the war and further angering Islamabad.

Although the United States can withdraw from Afghanistan, the Afghans, at least the vast majority of them, cannot. They are stuck with the Haqqanis, Pakistan’s intelligence service, and Islamabad’s long-term interest in a weak Afghanistan. The only path to a reasonable settlement lies through offensive action inside Pakistan. Afghans will have to be willing to go where the U.S. military (drones excepted) have feared to tread.

Until the Afghan military can develop greater offensive punch, it will have to turn to proxy forces such as the Pakistani Taliban as tools to gain leverage over Islamabad. Should such proxies fail, Kabul will have to turn to an outside power to support its development of helicopter mobility and artillery and air support, essential elements of a capability to directly attack the sanctuaries and other objectives inside Pakistan.

When he signed the strategic partnership agreement pledging support to Afghanistan through 2024, it is unlikely that President Barack Obama had such a war in mind. But once Kabul becomes solely responsible for Afghanistan’s security, it will undoubtedly turn to the United States first to help it develop the offensive capability it believes it will need. Should Washington demur, Kabul will call New Delhi, which could be eager to help.

After 2014, Pakistan should see the wisdom in wrapping up the remainder of al Qaeda and settling the conflict with Afghanistan. NATO’s withdrawal will actually reduce Islamabad’s leverage and expose it to more forms of pressure. Continuing the conflict will only encourage outside intervention.

If Islamabad decides to fight on after 2014, we should expect to see a messy, multi-level conflict much like the 18th century French and Indian War. That war featured insurgencies, proxy armies, old-fashioned nation-state war, and great power intervention from the far side of the world. A similarly complicated scenario may be headed for the Durand Line. The Afghan war may be about to mutate again — policymakers should get ready for the change.

When they finally get their war against Iran, will it be for the American Empire or for the “world caliphate?”]

[Is this a classic “false flag” attack, intended to provide Israeli planners of the attack a valid excuse to retaliate, or was another party acting to force the Zionist state and the Shia state into a military scenario which they had been reluctant into enter on their own?  Was the intent of the attack to penalize an enemy or to stifle a rival?  Which corrupt power is pulling America’s strings in this affair, Israel or Saudi Arabia and Qatar?  (SEE: Ramifications of Saudi Duplicity).

When they finally get their war against Iran, will it be for the American Empire or for the “world caliphate?”]

 Source: Photo by BGNES

Peres Too Blames Burgas Terror Attack on Iran

Bulgaria: Peres Too Blames Burgas Terror Attack on Iran
File photo of Israeli President Shimon Peres

Israeli president Shimon Peres issued a statement on Tuesday, blaming theterrorist attack on a bus carrying Israelis in Bulgaria’s Burgas on Iran.

Peres hinted that his country would retaliate.

“Yesterday we witnessed a terrorist attack unlike any other, perpetrated by Iran. We know that there were other attempts, and this time they succeeded,” the statement goes, as cited by Haarets.

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman have all attributed the attack to Hezbollah or a similar organization, stressing that Iran is at the root.

“We will not forget, we will not ignore and we will not surrender. Israel will reach out and act regarding every terror nest around the world. It has the means to do so, and we are determined to act in this spirit,” Peres said.

The Israeli president revealed that his Bulgarian counterpart Rosen Plevneliev called him on Thursday to express his condolences to the victims of the attack.

“The Bulgarian nation feels a deep sense of closeness to the Israeli people,” he said, noting a history of friendly relations between the two nations and efforts by Bulgarians to save Jews during the Second World War.

“My First Year As Chief Mufti”–Chief Mufti of Tatarstan Ilduz Faizov

        My First Year As Chief Mufti

By The Kazan Herald

3 May 2012

Following controversy over the new appointment of an Imam for Kazan’s Kul Sharif Mosque, the world’s largest printed Koran’s being located in Tatarstan, and the arguments over Dashi Namdakov’s statue in Bolgar, there has been a high focus on Islamic issues in the local press as of late. This article, translated from Russian by Maxim Edwards, originally appeared in Argumenty i Fakty Kazan on 13 April.

 

Terrorists, The Guardian at Bolgar, and the dismissal of the Imam of Kul Sharif. Chief Mufti of Tatarstan Ilduz Faizov sums up the events of the last year, addressing the faithful after completing his first year in the post of Mufti of Tatarstan.

In the name of Allah, the most merciful.

A year has passed since I was elected Mufti of the Republic of Tatarstan. In this short yet intense period, the Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Tatarstan was able to implement many of the programs we announced during the spring of 2011. Yet more needs to be done. Today we are setting a much more ambitious task, to strengthen the promotion of our traditional Tatar Islamic values within the Hanafi school of Islam, to quell all manifestations of extremism wherever they may be, to protect the interests of Muslims, and to help train highly qualified Imams and religious personnel.

The freedom that was suddenly acquired during the 1990s led to a positive societal change due to new freedom of religion, and with it, the construction of over a thousand mosques and religious schools. Yet we must remember the negative consequences. Thousands of missionaries from various countries rushed into the country and started imposing their styles of Islam, destroying local traditions and a nationally coordinated system of religious rites. As a result, in Russia there even emerged groups of radical Muslims who were willing to slaughter the civilian population in order to achieve their aims. The discovery and subsequent expulsion of terrorists in the Nurlat region and an explosion in Vysokaya Gora are clear proof of the extent of this in Tatarstan, our Republic. I also must mention the events which took place in early April this year relating to the Kul Sharif Mosque. As usual, the appointment of a new imam was turned into a massive spectacle, the main role played by representatives of the Wahabbi movement and Hizb-ut-Tahrir, together with groups of nationalists and separatists. All these groups united against the Hanafi school of Islam, which is considered traditional in Tatarstan. Apparently the influence of the Arab spring and orange revolutions have not passed unnoticed, finding supporters even here in the center of Russia.

I understand that we cannot change the situation overnight. This needs more work, more effort and more resolve. More than one thousand imams leading our religious communities support me in this. Because we work for the pleasure of Allah and peace in our Tatarstan, so that all our children may live in harmony, grow, and learn together.

Turning to more of last year’s events, it’s simply impossible to list all the activities we were engaged in due to their sheer number, so I shall focus only on the most important.

First, the Spiritual Administration of Muslims in Tatarstan has been bought into conformity with the centralized religious organization required by the Constitution and other legislation of the Russian Federation. This basis was supported by the Koran, Sunnah, and the Madhab of Abu Hanifa. In this regard, these changes were reported and approved by the Chief Justice of the Republic of Tatarstan, along with the changes to the relevant documents of the organization.

Second, there have been many positive changes in the educational system. In September, training of Imams in the very heart of Kazan began, the benefits of which Imams across the country are only beginning to appreciate. Centralized educational programs that meet the traditional Hanafi school of thought were introduced, including new plans for courses in Madrassahs and a system of Muslim summer camps. I presided over the Congress of Madrassah Teachers of Tatarstan to review and see the results of these changes. For the first time in our history, the Muslim Spiritual Directorate has been able to seek funding for Islamic schools. Now, our Madrassahs need not worry about how to pay their utility bills, and teachers have begun to receive a stable salary. Before now we were only able to provide stable salaries for Qadis (Islamic judges) and Mukhtasibs (Judge’s assistants, Ombudsmen).

Hopefully, if such be the will of Allah, in the future we shall be able to resolve the issue entirely, providing for the wages of rural Imams. We want to get the best from our teachers, and they deserve a good salary, which helps to attract and develop a top-notch quality of staff. Last week, all Madrassahs began certification of teachers. We were also able to restore the property of the Spiritual Directorate and issue a new certificate of ownership for it. This is from the Waqf fund, which in the future will take care of all financial issues and the financial problems of Imams. We were also involved in the creation of the Association of Muslim Businessmen, thanks to great initiative and for which I held an iftar (Ramadan feast). This year we also plan to hold such an event, but on a much larger scale. In addition, I want to refute the statements of some that the Committee for Halal Produce of our organization is defunct: Not only is it up and running, it’s developing very rapidly and the number of partners is growing day by day.

Another event that is impossible not to mention is that 2012 became the Year of the Koran. In connection with the 225th anniversary of the first publication of a printed Koran in Russia, we have a planned set of celebrations and activities in each of the 45 districts of the Republic. These events are thanks to the support of both non-governmental organizations and various government departments and agencies. To date, we have held a lot of competitions of Koran recitals and in the near future round table discussions will be held on issues relating to the Holy Book. Recently, we saw the publication of the “Kazan Basmasi” edition of the Holy Koran, an edition of some 10,000 copies.

This book will also be available to Muslim prisoners serving sentences. In conjunction with the Federal Penitentiary Service, Wahabbi literature has been removed from the territory of Mosques in their institutions and special libraries in penal colonies in Tatarstan have been set up for prisoners.

I would also like to note the increased interaction of the Federal Government with Muslims. The Office of the President has created a new organizational body, the President’s Office for Co-operation with Religious Associations, which provides all possible assistance with solving current problems facing the Muslim Ummah today.

On social policy and philanthropy

Providing social assistance to the needy in our republic is the responsibility of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Protection of the Republic of Tatarstan. The Spiritual Directorate also contributes towards this. The Muslim Spiritual Directorate took the April rehabilitation center for children with disabilities under its patronage, as well as helped to support children’s orphanages, old people’s homes, and targeted assistance in raising funds for operations for children with severe health problems. Sending food parcels and helping to organize Ramadan iftars are also our remit. Most of our charity fundraising events are held by the Zakat Charity Fund, which aids low-income families and others in need.

As for the Ak Bars sculpture in Bolgar…

Upon learning that this sculpture would be located in Bolgar near the historic mosque, I initiated a meeting with Mintimer Shaimiev where participants spent two hours explaining how this would be an insult to religious feelings. As a result of this long debate, it was decided to move the sculpture to the pier, and then even further away from those monuments connected to Islamic history. During our last meeting a week ago, the other Muftis and I were able to convince Mintimer Shaimiev to give another name for this exhibit, as “The Guardian” simply cannot be an option. The only guardian, surely, is Allah.

Media and the fight against Wahabbism

Our job is difficult and necessary. Under the cover of grandiose slogans, there is a movement to impose an alien ideology on Tatarstan’s Muslims. We will educate the public more, as our main weapon is the word. We are working harder than ever before to get the word out on the pages of newspapers and on websites. Inshallah, next week will see the launch of a daily radio program, “The Muslim,” which will be broadcast across the whole Zakamskaya region. We plan to open an FM frequency Islamic radio station by the end of the year to aid in our fight against extremism.

On Youth

In 2011, we developed a comprehensive Youth Policy. During this last year, the “Altyn Orda” club was successfully founded with a summer camp in Bolgar. I also helped in school projects where young people were attending training and master classes on religious issues. We also co-operate with an inter-regional public organization, the Union of Muslim Youth, which introduced the availability of Halal food into primary schools in Tatarstan, of course with parental consent. A regular festival of Muslim Youth and yet more summer camps are being planned in Bolgar.

Our future depends on bringing up our youth well. They determine our success in life. The first thing we need to know is how to motivate them, and in this regard we should turn to our respected Imams. If they have a high status and are accorded the same respect as our ancestors did, we can improve the situation and create an environment for the emergence of a new Marjani, a new Bigiev, or a new Fakhretdinov.

Mufti Ildus Hazrat Akhmatovich Faizov,
Chairman of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Tatarstan

© The Kazan Herald. All Rights Reserved.

Terrorist Attacks Upon Two Major Critics of Wahabbi Penetration of Tartarstan, Russia–One Dead (updated 7-21)

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[This is the same pattern which we have seen replicated everywhere in the Muslim world that is of interest to the murderous planners of the global CIA war.  First the religious authorities are silenced by an organized campaign of murder and intimidation, followed by the elimination of all top tribal, community, or national leaders.  (SEE:  Muslim Board of Tatarstan will take measures to prevent spread of Wahhabism, 13 April 2012;  Russia’s Tatarstan warns of radical Islam ‘threat’ )

Why is it that world leaders and their controlled press never question why American goals and those of alleged “Islamist terrorists” are always the same?  

The following dangerous ideas led to the terrorist attacks upon Mufti Ildus Faizov and Mufti Valiulla Yakupov,]

The Salafis and Wahhabis constitute a very great danger. There are no moderates among them. They all finish one day by taking up arms,” the newly elected mufti of Tatarstan, Ildus Faizov, said in an interview with AFP.

He said he believes the “traditional Islam” of Tatarstan is threatened by these extremist forms, spread first by preachers who came in from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt after the fall of the Soviet Union, and later by Tatars who have studied abroad.

Russia Muslim leaders attacked in Tatarstan

Ildus Fayzov, file picture
Mufti Ildus Faizov was known for his criticism of radical Islamist groups

One Russian Muslim leader has been shot dead and another wounded, in separate attacks in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, officials say.

The Mufti of Tatarstan, Ildus Fayzov, was injured when his car was blown up as he left a radio station in the city of Kazan.

A former deputy mufti, Valiulla Yakupov, was shot dead near his home at about the same time.

There have been a number of deadly attacks on Russian Muslim clerics.

Tatarstan, in central Russia, has a large Muslim population.

Critics of radicalism

The motive in this case is unclear, but Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, said both leaders were known for fighting extremism and their professional activity was being investigated as one of the reasons for the attacks.

Mr Yakupov is reported to have been shot as he left his home but managed to reach his car before he died.

He was the head of education at the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Tatarstan.

Interfax news agency reported that he founded Russia’s first Islamic literary publishing house and was known as a fierce opponent of Islamic radicalism.

Mr Fayzov, too, was known for his criticism of radical Islamist groups, Russian reports said.

Islamists have carried out a violent campaign against Russian authorities, declaring their intention to establish an Islamic caliphate.

But their activities have been mostly contained to the Muslim republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia in the North Caucasus.

Tatarstan has been much more peaceful and is often held up as an example of religious tolerance in Russia.

Security around religious leaders and sites in Tatarstan has been tightened following the attacks, according to the Interfax news agency.

The Assassination of an American Teenager

With all the outcry over Trayvon Martin, I’m curious… where is the outcry for Abdulrahman al-Awlaki?

If you’re like any number of Americans, you probably just said “Who?” aloud.

As reported by David Kretzmann:

On October 14, 2011, Abdulrahman Al-awlaki was killed by U.S. airstrikes in Yemen. Al-awlaki was a 16 year old American citizen who was eating dinner with a group of his teenage friends when U.S. airstrikes took their lives. Al-awlaki, born in Denver, Colorado, was the son of Anwar al-Awlaki. Anwar al-Awlaki, of course, was the U.S. citizen suspected (but never prosecuted) of working with Al Qaeda; Awlaki was assassinated by the U.S. on September 30, 2011.

I briefly touched on the administration’s willingness to forgo due process and kill American citizens in the name of the “war on terror” in a previous article.

So while everybody is up in arms about Trayvon Martin being killed, almost nobody is mentioning Abdulrahman. I’m guessing 99% of you had never even heard of him. I’m betting the same percentage of you had no idea that this young man was, like his father, an American citizen, who was assassinated by his own government on foreign soil.

“But… but… His dad was a scary terrorist man!” Well, that may be. But as Mr. Kretzmann already noted, he was suspected but never charged or prosecuted.

 

Assuming his father was indeed a big scary terrorist, what did that have to do with this 16 year old boy? What was he charged with? Again, like his father, he was charged with nothing.

AntiWar.com had this to say:

The extra-legal assassination of New Mexico cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was certainly controversial in its own right, but reports about the assassination targeting some sort of terrorist convoy seem to be crumbling under evidence and the number of children killed in the attack.

Among the slain was also Abdel-Rahman Awlaki, Anwar’s 16-year-old son, one of his cousins Ahmed Abdelrahman Awlaki, and several of their friends, who were all teenage boys.

And despite the stereotype, the teenage boys weren’t out “doing terrorism” in some vague non-specific manner in the Shabwa Province. According to a statement from relatives, they were out to dinner, eating “under the moon light” when US missiles landed.

Though the Obama Administration seems pretty comfortable with assassinating the elder Awlaki, even though he was a US citizen and not charged with any crimes, the killing of the assorted other people, including several teenagers, seems considerably more suspect. Killing children with missiles isn’t exactly new to the president, of course, but Abdel-Rahman’s status as a natural-born US citizen who was never even suspected of a crime is likely to make it difficult to sweep his assassination under the rug.

It seems to me, however, that it has been pretty easy for this administration to sweep this under the rug. The mainstream media is complicit in all of this, as well, by refusing to cover it.

Let’s assume for a moment that Anwar al-Awlaki was indeed a terrorist (many of you will look at his picture to the left and say “yep, that thar is a terrorist all right!”). The fact that he was an American citizen and was killed by his government without being charged with a crime is disturbing to say the least.

Now I know, many of you will immediately point out that we’re at war with “terror.” Whatever that may be. You will point out that he was engaged in terrorist activities against the United States and therefor forfeited his citizenship.

Well, luckily for me that is an easy point to address. First, if he was indeed engaged in terrorist activities against the US, why wasn’t he charged? He’s been on the CIA ‘hit list’ since April 2010. “But we’re at war! We don’t have to charge a war criminal!” Umm, he’s an American citizen. And the state department never revoked his citizenship. Nor did he ever renounce it. So, let me make this statement again. And I want you to really think about it, without holding on to any prejudices you have in your mind.The US Government assassinated one of its own citizens, without formally charging him with a crime, and without them having to prove beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury of his peers his guilt of said crime.

But this commentary isn’t on Mr. al-Awlaki. It is on his son. Let me make another statement that should disturb you. The US Government assassinated one of its own citizens, a mere teenager, and several of his friends, who were eating dinner, without formally charging him with a crime, and without them having to prove beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury of his peers his guilt of said crime.

Even if you can justify in your head that the government killed Anwar al-Awlaki on the suspicion of terrorism, how could you possibly justify the killing of his 16 year old son and his friends? Simple: You can’t.

What is most disturbing about this assertion, that the government can assassinate its own citizens at will merely on the suspicion of terrorism, is that one day you might be the ‘terrorist’ the government is targeting.

“But… but… I’m not a terrorist!” Are you so sure about that? Perusing this document quickly yields that just about anybody could be considered a ‘terrorist.’ “But my government would never do that to me!” Are you willing to bet your life on it? The government did it to Anwar al-Awlaki. They did it to Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. They can do it to you too.

Doesn’t that concern you just a little?

Further Reading

Families sue US officials over targeted killings

   

Anwar al-Awlaqi

Abdulrahman al-Awlaqi–(16 years old) + cousin Ahmed Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki–17 years old (not pictured)

Samir Khan

 

Families sue US officials over targeted killings

WASHINGTON: The families of three US citizens killed in drone strikes in Yemen last year — including Al-Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaqi — have filed a civil lawsuit against top US officials.

The family members argue that the US government’s killing of the three men “violated fundamental rights afforded to all US citizens, including the right not to be deprived of life without due process of law.”

The suit was filed Wednesday on behalf of Awlaqi and Samir Khan, killed in a drone strike on September 30, 2011, and Awlaqi’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman, killed in a similar strike two weeks later.

The four defendants named in the suit, filed in a US district court in the capital, are Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA Director David Petraeus and two special operations commanders believed to have authorized the strikes.

The family members, who joined with the American Civil Liberties Union to file the suit, claim the killing of Awlaqi was unjustified because he posed no imminent threat and because the United States was not at war with Yemen.

The lawsuit cites media reports that Khan and the younger Awlaqi were not the intended targets of the strikes that killed them, accusing the US military of having failed to take measures to prevent harm to civilians.

The plaintiffs do not specify the amount of compensation they are seeking, saying it should be determined at trial.

US President Barack Obama defended the killing of the elder Awlaqi, saying he was actively plotting deadly attacks against Americans as head of external operations for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

The Yemen-based group is currently believed to be the global network’s most effective and lethal franchise, and Awlaqi — a charismatic preacher fluent in Arabic and English — was seen as a particularly effective global recruiter.

US officials believe Awlaqi played a significant role in the attempt to bring down a US airliner over Detroit by an assailant with explosives sewn into his underwear on December 25, 2009.

He was also believed to have coordinated the thwarted 2010 plot to blow up cargo aircraft bound for the United States and had called for attacks against US and Arab governments.

In 2010, a US judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Awlaqi’s father Nasser — the main plaintiff in the latest suit — which had sought to block the United States from targeting Awlaqi for assassination.

The judge in that case said the targeting of Awlaqi raised a number of thorny legal questions but said the courts were not equipped to make real-time assessments of emerging national security threats.

Zionist Whack-Job Destroys Bible for TV, Calling It “Despicable Book”

[The Quran isn’t the only book being desecrated lately.  Here’s a pissed-off little Jewish Knesset guy tearing-up a Bible sent to him by some nut-job Christian guy.]

Affect on the Zionist last sanctuaries .. Member of the Knesset, tearing the Bible

Jumped in the last Zionist holy rip the Israeli Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari copy of the Gospel, describing it as “despicable book” protesting against the Christian Bible Society to send the gospel to the Knesset.

Website and publish photos shot by an Israeli aide Ben-Ari, a Knesset member, show tearing the Bible, the website quoted Ben-Ari said, “This book is stimulating the despicable murder of millions of Jews during the Inquisition.”

“This provocation ugly and provocative missionary of the Church, this book and Mrsloh must be in the dustbin of history.”

The Christian Association has attached a letter from the Director General Victor Kalisher with the Gospel in which he said that he hoped that the book “shed light on the Scriptures and help to understand.” “We hope that the book is helping you and lighting your way.”

Syrian Min. of Information Denounces Fake Videos and Photos from Triple-Assassination Crime Scene

Ministry of Information: News and Photos Broadcast by Some Media on Terrorist Bombing at National Security HQ Baseless

Jul 18, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Ministry of Information said “Since the terrorist bombing which caused the death of Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense Gen. Dawood Rajiha, Deputy Minister of Defense Gen. Asef Shawkat and Assistant Vice-President Gen. Hassan Turkmani hundreds of websites, social networking websites and satellite channels started broadcasting huge amount of information, news and photos aimed at undermining the morals of the Syrian citizen.”

In its statement on Wednesday, the Ministry stressed that all these news and photos are baseless and have been prepared by western intelligence apparatuses and psychological war centers, adding that the goals of this campaign revealed a clear weakness on the side of the conspirators against Syria abroad and their tools inside Syria.

The statement added that weakness and frustration pushed these websites and satellite channels towards such a desperate attempt to get out of its frustration.

The statement pointed out that “the Ministry condemns this cheap manner of media and calls for giving up these ways which have been exposed to the public opinion” as it calls these satellite channels and websites to admit of their failure in their open media war against Syria.

The ministry stressed that the hired media will not be able to achieve what the armed gangs failed to achieve.

Al-Zoubi: Responsibility for Terrorist Explosion in Damascus Lies with the Countries Sending Money and Arms to Syria

Earlier, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi stressed in an interview with the Syrian TV that the terrorist explosion which targeted the National Security headquarters in Damascus expresses Syria’s enemies’ feeling of weakness and frustration at the strength and firmness of the Syrian Arab Army and at the terrorists’ failure to undermine the Army’s unity.

The Minister held the Qatari, Saudi, Turkish and Israeli intelligence accountable for the terrorist bombing which hit the building of the National Security.

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He added that Arab and western governments, intelligence systems and agents are legally, politically and morally responsible for the killing, assassination and sabotage acts taking place in Syria for sending money and arms to the terrorists in it and that they will be punished for their crimes.

Al-Zoubi said that the Syrian army will protect the country and safeguard the homeland, calling upon the intelligence systems, agents and governments which conspired against Syria and its people to stop their terrorist activities.

He said that “We are a real state, a real people and a real army…We have always been able to defend ourselves against any aggression and conspiracies… We will hold them accountable according to the legal, moral, political and legitimate international tools.”

The Minister said that this coward terrorist act, which came a few days after successful military maneuvers were conducted by the Syrian armed forces which proved the Syrian army’s firmness and ability to confront any foreign attack indicates the weakness and the frustration of Syria’s enemies, which pushed those who supply the terrorists with money and arms to target the leaders of this army.

Al-Zoubi said that what happened today is “the last chapter of the U.S.-Western-Israeli conspiracy against Syria”, stressing that the morals of the Syrian people and Army are high and at their best and that Syria’s enemies are mistaken in their assessment of the strength of the people, army and the country.

He dismissed what the satellite channels that are involved in shedding the Syrian blood have reported on explosions taking place in Damascus as “completely untrue”, stressing that Syria will not let these channels which went too far in the media war on the Syrian people get away with their crime of instigation against Syria and that they will be sued.

Al-Zoubi underscored the Syrian Armed Forces’ full preparedness and determination to uproot terrorism in Syria.

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Large Number of Terrorists Killed or Arrested in Damascus, Heavy Losses Inflicted upon Terrorists in Homs and Idleb

Large Number of Terrorists Killed or Arrested in Damascus, Heavy Losses Inflicted upon Terrorists in Homs and Idleb

Jul 18, 2012
 

 

PROVINCES, (SANA)- Units from the Armed Forces on Wednesday chased down terrorists who infiltrated into al-Midan neighborhood in Damascus and killed and arrested a large number of them.

The military units also chased down terrorists who terrorized some families in the neighborhoods of al-Qaboun and Tishreen and forced them to leave their homes.

Army units clash with terrorists in al-Hajar al-Aswad and al-Sbeineh

The Syrian Army units confronted an armed terrorist group in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Damascus countryside. The group attacked civilians, forced them to leave their homes and tried to break off streets.

The Army units also clashed with another armed terrorist group in al-Sbeineh, Damascus countryside.

The group attacked civilians, forced them to leave their homes and tried to break off streets

An official source told SANA reporter that The army unites killed and wounded a big number of terrorists in the two neighborhoods.   

Terrorists in al-Qseir, Homs, Suffer Heavy Losses

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The competent authorities in Homs countryside on Wednesday clashed with an armed terrorist group which attacked security forces in the villages of al-Joura, al-Nizariya, Rabla and al-Zira in al-Qseir.

SANA reporter quoted an official source in Homs governorate as saying that the competent authorities inflicted huge losses upon the terrorists.

Authorities Clash with Terrorists in Idleb Countryside, Inflict Heavy Losses upon Them

The competent authorities on Tuesday tracked down an armed terrorist group in Selqin and Kafar Takharim towns in Idleb countryside.

An official source in the province told SANA reporter that the clashes resulted in inflicting heavy losses on the terrorists, pointing out that among the terrorists who were killed during clashes were the bodies of Mohannad Hassoun, Ahmad al-Daher, Mustafa Hamida and Wael Mazroui.

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Russia, Iran Condemn Terrorist Attack on National Security HQ in Damascus

Russia, Iran Condemn Terrorist Attack on National Security HQ in Damascus

 

Jul 18, 2012
 

 

DAMASCUS, (SANA)-Russia on Wednesday condemned the terrorist explosion which hit the National Security HQ in Damascus.

“Moscow strongly condemns terrorism with all its forms.. and rely on finding and punishing those who committed this terrorist attack,” Alexander Lukachevich, spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

He added “we see that what happened was an attempt to continue undermining the situation in Syria.. we are confident that the authority and people in Syria will seek a peaceful settlement to the crisis in Syria.”  

Lukachevich expressed condolences to the Syrian people, government and families of the victims.  

Iran Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attack on National Security HQ The Iranian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted the National Security headquarters, affirming that any attempt to destabilize Syria will reflect on the whole region.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry said that Iran strongly condemns the terrorist attack that led to the martyrdom of a number of officials and wounded several others, offering deep condolences of the Iranian government and people to the Syrian people and government.

The statement added that foreign interference and sending weapons and the backing provided by regional and western countries to the armed terrorist groups will lead to nowhere.

The statement added that Iran repeatedly stressed its condemnation of all forms of violence and resort to sabotage acts, stressing that Iran believes that the sole exit from the Syrian crisis is through dialogue. 

In a statement to al-Alam TV Channel on Wednesday, Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdullahian said that Iran strongly condemns the terrorist attack, stressing that the parties which are sending weapons and supporting the armed groups in Syria have failed in destabilizing the country.

Abdullahian expressed the support of his country to the Syrian people and the reform program led by President Bashar al-Assad, indicating that foreign sides are attempting to foil the plan of the UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan.

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Defense Minister, His Deputy and Assistant Vice-President Martyred in Terrorist Explosion Targeting National Security HQ in Damascus

Defense Minister, His Deputy and Assistant Vice-President Martyred in Terrorist Explosion Targeting National Security HQ in Damascus

Jul 18, 2012
 

DAMASCUS (SANA) – Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense Gen. Dawood Rajiha, Deputy Minister of Defense Gen. Asef Shawkat and Assisstant Vice-President Gen. Hassan Turkmani were martyred on Wednesday in a terrorist explosion targeting the National Security headquarters in Damascus.

The terrorist blast happened while a meeting of a number of ministers and senior military and security officials was taking place, causing injuries among the attenendees, some of them critical. 

An official source confirmed in a statement to SANA that Interior Minister Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar and and Lt. Gen. Hisham are in a stable health condition. 

Martyr Rajiha was born in 1947 in Damascus, and he graduated from  the Military Academy in 1968, specialized in artillery. He took several military training courses, including Leadership and Staff course and Higher Staff course. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1998, ad he was made General in 2005.

He occupied various military posts including battalion and brigade commander and director of a number of directorates and departments at the Armed Forces, and he was appointed Deputy Chief of General Staff in 2004 and later Chief of General Staff in 2009.

He was awarded several military medals during the course of his career, and he was married and left behind four children.

Martyr General Hassan Turkmani:  

General Turkmani was born in Aleppo, 1935. He joined the Military Academy in 1954. He was graduated from the Artillery School in 1956.

Turknami participated in Tishreen Liberation War as Commander of a division.

He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1978, then to General in 1988.

He was appointed as Deputy- Chief of Staff in 1982, then as Chief of Staff in 2002.

Defense Minister since 2004 till 2009.

He was appointed as Assistant Vice President on June, 3rd 2009.

Syrian State TV Reports That 3 Top Ministers Killed In Bomb Attack

Syria conflict: Ministers ‘killed in suicide attack’

The three men were taking part in a meeting of ministers and security heads, state TV said

Three men at the heart of President Assad’s defence team have died in a suicide bombing, Syrian state TV says.

The president’s defence minister, brother-in-law and head of his crisis team were at a meeting at national security headquarters in Damascus.

No footage has yet emerged of the attack in which the national security chief and interior minister were also said to have been wounded.

It comes as rebels claim to have launched an offensive on the capital.

For the past three days, rebels have fought with troops in several parts of the city, declaring their operation, entitled Damascus Volcano, a final battle for the capital.

The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) and a jihadist group calling itself Lord of the Martyrs Brigade both said they were behind the security headquarters bombing.

Security sources say the suspected bomber worked as a bodyguard for members of President Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle.

As events in Damascus unfolded, a UN Security Council vote on a Western-sponsored resolution threatening Syria with tougher sanctions was postponed until Thursday following a request by UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

Condemning the violence, Mr Annan urged members of the Security Council to take strong, concerted action to help stem the bloodshed.

‘Ministers’ meeting’

“The terrorist explosion which targeted the national security building in Damascus occurred during a meeting of ministers and a number of heads of [security] agencies,” state TV said.

The BBC’s Lina Sinjab in Damascus says none of the windows of the building appears to be broken. There is no sign of extra security, she adds.

Gen Daoud Rajiha had been defence minister for less than a year, serving previously as chief of staff, and was on a US blacklist for his role in the suppression of dissent.

He was believed to be an Orthodox Christian – a rarity in the Alawite-dominated Syrian military and government.

Gen Assef Shawkat was married to Mr Assad’s sister Bushra and considered a top security chief and a member of the inner circle of the regime.

He is the closest person to the president to be killed so far and his loss is a triple blow for the ruling family, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says.

Gen Hassan Turkomani was a former defence minister and assistant to the vice president as well as being in charge of President Assad’s crisis management office.

The Syrian government’s information minister Omran Zoab, said the attack was cowardly

A long-standing senior member of the ruling Baath party and a Sunni Muslim, unlike many in the Syrian elite, he was put in charge of the security forces’ crisis team when the uprising began in 2011, opposition activists said.

Hisham Ikhtiar, director of the National Security Bureau, and Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar, were among those hurt in the attack, state TV said.

Witnesses at the site of the bombing, in Rawda district, said journalists were banned from approaching.

‘Criminal gangs’

The defence minister has been replaced by Gen Fahd Jassim al-Furayj, chief of staff of the armed forces, state TV reports.

An armed forces’ statement read out on TV said Syria was “more determined than ever” to fight terrorism and wipe out “criminal gangs”.

Whoever thinks that killing top commanders “can twist Syria’s arm… is delusional”, it said.