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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Katrina

You know what's happening in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and other states.
I read, among other news, about companies donating charity in the relief effort.
Companies like Walmart, that gave $ 1 million. Walmart was among those companies whose shops were ransacked by looters. Now, it's OK if you're looting for food or clothes, if you're starving or you don't have dry clothes, or if you're doing it for your beloved ones, but it's another thing to take electronics, such as TVs and stereos, or steal from jewelry stores. That's robbery, low-down dirty criminal act.

Thieves commandeered a forklift and used it to push up the storm shutters and break the glass of a pharmacy. (...)

Officials tried to balance security needs with saving lives.

"We're multitasking right now," said New Orleans Police Capt. Marlon Defillo. "Rescue, recovery, stabilization of looting, we're trying to feed the hungry."
Some experts predict that one million people could become homeless.
Nearly 5 million people are without electricity in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, utility companies said. Restoring power could take weeks, they warned.
Martial law was declared in the New Orleans area.

***

How come, when a disaster strikes other countries, the US are the first to help out, while if a disaster strikes the US, many people won't give a damn. I know that the US is a rich country, this doesn't mean that Americans would not accept or appreciate help from other countries.

I read about this:

The U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland -- a capital at the foot of the Alps hit by flooding last week -- said calls were rushing in from Swiss individuals and institutions looking for a way to donate to relief efforts.'We are getting calls from the Swiss public looking to express their condolences (and) people are also asking for an account number where they can make donations,' said spokesman Daniel Wendell.


And, opposed to those who will express their sympathy for the victims, there will be those moonbats like the umpteenth Kennedy who blames Bush for the hurricane. Appalling.

I suggest all non-American readers to donate, for example, to the American Red Cross.

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Israel explained to Japanese Kids

Link (Found at Miss Mabrouk)




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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Muslim banned from US offered post at Oxford

A Muslim scholar banned from the United States is to take up a post at Britain's prestigious University of Oxford, his college said today.
Tariq Ramadan has been elected to a visiting fellowship (general) at St Antony's College for the coming academic year and is expected to begin work in October.

Thanks to Dhimmi Watch for the piece of news.

UPDATE: their permalink seems not working. Try to go to their home page instead.

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Poll On Cindy Sheehan




From WILLisms.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Italian Red Cross Deal With Terrorists Was Publicly Known Since November 2004

As you know, the Italian Red Cross hid and cured terrorists: what you maybe don't know is that this piece of news has been of public domain since November 2004, when it was published on book "Storia d’Italia. Da Mussolini a Berlusconi", written by Italian journalist and TV show host Bruno Vespa. From this book, on page 696, it was written that 4 terrorists were surgically operated on by the Italian Red Cross, as a part of a deal with hostage takers to set Simona Pari and Simona Torretta free. The book above cited also states that the Italian Government knew about this deal.

(Thanks to: Liberali Per Israele)

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Liking other cultures cuisines does NOT equal disliking Italian cuisine

A few days ago I told my father-in-law that the previous night my husband and I went to a Chinese restaurant and had Chinese food.
And his response? Not the expected 'Was it good?' but, 'Don't you like Italian food?'
Yesterday at work I mentioned to some colleagues 'I found a good store that sells American food.' And their response? Not the expected 'Good for you!' but 'Why can't you shop in normal supermarkets? Don't you like Italian food?'
Why is it that when you tell an Italian that you like another type of cuisine, a non-italian cuisine, they get offended and assume that you don't like Italian food?
In my case, I love Italian food. I love all the different sauces used on pasta, I love the variety of pizzas and I absolutely love the freshness of the salads, but I also love Mexican Enchiladas, Japanese Sushi and Chinese fried rice.
Why are Italians so closed minded to think that it has to be one type of cuisine or the other? Why can't you like more then one?
Me being American, I am so used to eating Chinese for lunch one day, Mexican for dinner (with a fine Italian espresso and tiramisu for dessert), and then having a Vietnamese meal the following day. Nobody in the US thinks that I am putting down one type of cuisine by eating another. Why can't I continue that type of diet here?

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Iraq: agreement on constitution draft

Omar, the editor of Iraq The Model, told that Al-Iraqia TV announced that an agreement has finally been reached on the draft of the constitution:

Humam Hammodi, the head of the CDC announced that the vote on the draft will take place tomorrow if the required number of Assembly members show up at the HQ of the Assembly (Saturday is not a usual day for parliamentary sessions) and if not, the vote will be postponed till Sunday.


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Able Danger updates

Collected by Michael Kaus.

(Found on Instapundit)

Muslim Brotherhood endorses Egypt's election

The Muslim Brotherhood, which renounced violence in the 1970s and is seeking to create an Islamic state through peaceful means, will likely be focusing over the next few years on pushing for a democratic opening within Egypt
(Source: Washington Times)

Another Survey on British Muslims

  • Muslims who believe that "foreign Muslims who incite hatred should be ... allowed to live in the UK": 38 percent.

  • Who agree that "ordinary Muslims ... should not do more work with the police to root out extremists from the Muslim community": 8 percent.

  • Find it acceptable "for religious or political groups to use violence for political ends": 4 percent.

  • Support the July 7 attacks and say more such attacks are justified: 5 percent.

  • Are 38 percent of UK Muslims a**holes ?
    If somebody tells you that they hate you and want to kill you, would you let them enter your home ?

    (Source: Daniel Pipes)

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    Friday, August 26, 2005

    Rebuild of Fallujah

    The city is slowly rebuilding and returning to life. Some report that it's now the safest city in the Sunni Triangle due to the heavy presence of Iraqi police and army.
    (...)
    "On the main strip, restaurants and electronics shops are open for business. I have seen some sit down diner-type restaurants and others where people line up for food at teller-like windows. There is still a great deal of trash on the streets by Western standards but noticeably less than when we first arrived. Many people are moving back into the city and buildings are in various stages of repair. There are more vehicles on the streets; many are BMW's and Mercedes."

    (From Instapundit)

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    Cindy Sheehan: Bin Laden is "allegedly” a terrorist, Bush IS a terrorist

    When asked by reporters, Sheehan said she believes that while she supports the continued hunt for Osama bin Laden she believes the U.S. should withdraw from Afghanistan and “stop bombing innocent people.” She also described Osama bin Laden as being “allegedly” behind the attacks of 9/11.

    To those who have criticized her political stance, which includes allegations that the war in Iraq was “done for Israel” that George Bush is “the world’s biggest terrorist” and that al Qaeda may not be behind attacks on America, Sheehan said, “I know my son better than anyone else. I don’t want anymore of my buddies killed just because I’m dead.”
    (From My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy)

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    If you want to get a French high school degree, you must be pro-abortion

    Absurd, huh ? At France's national high school final exams (or regents, as they say in NY), one essay consisted in writing "arguments in favor of abortion"...

    "dégager des arguments en faveur de l'autorisation de l'IVG légale en France"


    (Source: Liberte' Politique, thanks to Liberopensiero)

    Tourists go back to Sharm el-Sheik

    Egypt's tourist industry in general, the country's No. 1 source of foreign currency, has not collapsed as it did in 1997 when Islamic terrorists shot dead 58 people at a Pharaonic temple in the southern town of in Luxor.
    "We have really bounced back," said Werner Gessner, the general manager of the Sonesta Beach Resort and Casino, which has filled 87 percent of its 520 rooms. "It is remarkable that we're recouping so quickly."
    (...)
    In part, the favorable numbers are due to deals that Sharm hotels and other outlets quickly started offering after the attacks. But another reason is simply that, with terrorists attacking in so many places, tourists have become less fearful.

    (Source: JPost)

    Cindy Sheehan supported by Neo-Nazis

    Another piece of news about Cindy: a neo-nazi group called Stormfront White Nationalist Community is gathering in Crawford, TX, in support of Cindy:


    Our purpose in journeying to the Crawford protest against Bush's Neocon War for Israel is to: Let The World Know That White Patriots were First & Loudest To Protest This War For Israel


    (Hat tip: LGF)

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    Wednesday, August 24, 2005

    Cindy Sheenan: Terrorists are Freedom Fighters

    Yep, she said that: terrorists killing Americans are "freedom fighters."

    (Just read on Free Thoughts)

    Tuesday, August 23, 2005

    Will Israel Become an Arab State?

    Article written in 2004 by Jon E. Dougherty for NewsMax.

    Some excerpts:


    "Forecasts from the United States' Population Reference Bureau show Israel's population doubling in 45 years, that of the West Bank in 21 years and that of Gaza in 15 years. In other words, Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, and Israeli Arabs will outnumber the Jewish population by 2020."

    (...)

    Arnon Soffer, a geography professor at Israel's Haifa University and a lecturer at the Israeli army's Staff and Command college, first warned of the impending Jewish demographic minority in the 1980s, but was widely dismissed. He predicted Arabs would outnumber Jews in both Israel proper and the occupied territories by 2010.

    But Soffer has found favor with such Israeli notables as former Prime Ministers Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, as well as other Israel political, social and cultural leaders. And in February 2001, the night of his election, Sharon sent an aide to ask Soffer for a copy of his 1987 treatise about the demographic threat to Israel; it was the same study that had led Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to declare in the late 1980s that the "Palestinian womb" was his people's greatest weapon.

    (...)

    Soffer says he would give the Palestinians 85 – 90 percent of the West Bank, excluding small sections just over the Green Line where the Jewish settlements are concentrated — roughly the sections now being surrounded by the new security fence. And he would also give the Palestinians East Jerusalem, with the exception of places holy to Jews like the Temple Mount and Mount of Olives. "Who needs it? Let Arafat take it and go to hell," he said.

    "If such a course is carried out, there will remain within the bounds of Israel in 2020 an Arab population of 1,300,000, [while the] Jewish population will then number six million. These are statistics that a Jewish-Zionist Israel can digest," he wrote. But, if borders don't change, the Israeli Jewish population in 2020 will be 6.3 million, compared to more than 8.7 million Arabs.

    The only other hope is one that seems distant – massive immigration. Sharon's plan to entice a million more Jews to Israel before 2010 will have to be modified to coincide with some sort of truce with the Palestinians, a reduction in the violence besieging the country, and economic improvements.

    Monday, August 22, 2005

    Sofa King


    From Grouchy Old Cripple.

    Sunday, August 21, 2005

    Incredibile !

    Ritorno da una mini-vacanza, e cosa vedo ? Ben quattro, diconsi quattro blog mi hanno aggiunto al loro blogroll ! Cose 'e pazze.

    (In ordine alfabetico) Liberaliperisraele, Fremebondo, Robinik.net, Romanus Yankeeus. Grazie

    But Once Cindy Sheehan Wasn't Like This; Once She Said About Bush:

    "'I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' Cindy said after their meeting. 'I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'

    "For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.

    "'That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy said."


    A link. Another link.

    Cindy Sheehan Blames Bush More Than the Iraqi Who Killed Her Son

    You know who Cindy Sheehan is. From Patterico, I found this. She said she's not upset with the person who killed her son, but she's upset with Bush.

    I repeat: she's not upset with the person who killed her son, but she's upset with Bush.

    She's not upset with her son's killer, but with Bush.

    Thursday, August 18, 2005

    Good reasons to leave Italy

    This is the blog of a NY guy living in Rome, but probably not for much longer. He decided to move back to the US. I strongly suggest non-Italians interested in Italy and Italians interested in moving abroad to read it. It's a must-read. I agree with every word, every letter.

    I don't like the Italian mentality. Italians have no concept of the common good. They only believe in advancing the causes of their families and friends and trampling everyone down along the way. As my girlfriend's dad once told me during one of our many man-to-man chats, the prevalent mentality here in Italy is: If I don't know you, you're not worth anything to me. And they don't care about anything. Nothing works, nothing (...)

    I agree because I'm Italian, I know Italy, I know he's right, he said what I think and what I see every day when I leave my home.

    I also agree because I know the difficulties of an American person trying to integrate into Italian society and into the Italian labor system, without success. By the way, that American is my wife.

    Many greetings to Romanus Yankeeus, I wish him and his fiancee all the best, I wish him a happy return to the US. I can imagine how much he thought about this decision.

    This post is named "Why I need to leave Italy part 1". I'm eager to read the part 2.

    Is a US-Mexican border barrier realistic ?

    This blogger says yes, and it would cost $8 to $16 billion.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2005

    United Nations Bankrolled Latest Anti-israel Propaganda

    *** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES (August 18th) ***

    The United Nations bankrolled the production of thousands of banners, bumper stickers, mugs, and T-shirts bearing the slogan "Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem"
    and:

    A special representative of the United Nations Development Program in the Gaza Strip, Timothy Rothermel, told Fox News that his office provided financial support for the production of materials that make up the Palestinian Authority's propaganda campaign, timed to coincide with the Gaza pullout.

    I knew that the UN were anti-zionist, but this takes the cake.

    More details here.

    UPDATE (August 18): John Bolton, the new U.S. ambassador at United Nations, calls funding of Palestinian propaganda 'Unacceptable'.

    State Dept. Says It Warned About bin Laden in 1996

    State Department analysts warned the Clinton administration in July 1996 that Osama bin Laden's move to Afghanistan would give him an even more dangerous haven as he sought to expand radical Islam "well beyond the Middle East," but the government chose not to deter the move, newly declassified documents show.

    (NYT)

    Able Danger, Jamie Gorelick, 9/11 e Chinagate

    *** Wall of Separation ***


    Jamie Gorelick, numero due del dipartimento di giustizia americano all'epoca dell'amministrazione Clinton, nel 1995 invio' un memorandum all'allora capo dell'FBI Louis Freeh e al procuratore di New York Mary-Jo White, che aveva l'incarico di investigare sull'attentato terroristico al World Trade Center del 1993.

    In questo memorandum, Gorelick in sostanza invita a evitare lo scambio di informazioni tra intelligence e potere esecutivo, o law enforcement.

    Questo memorandum viene considerato una tappa fondamentale nel processo di costruzione di quello che viene chiamato "wall of separation" tra intelligence e law enforcement.

    All'epoca, una preoccupazione importante dell'amministrazione Clinton era evitare che, durante attivita' di controterrorismo, si venissero a ledere i diritti civili degli individui sospettati di essere terroristi.

    A seguito di quel memo inviato da Gorelick, e a seguito della politica attuata dal dipartimento della giustizia, sempre nel 1995 uno dei destinatari del memorandum, cioe' il procuratore White, si lamenta che questa politica e queste procedure finiscono per legare le mani a chi lotta contro il terrorismo.

    Scrive White: "It is hard to be totally comfortable with instructions to the FBI prohibiting contact with the United States Attorney's Offices when such prohibitions are not legally required".

    E ancora: "The most effective way to combat terrorism is with as few labels and walls as possible so that wherever permissible, the right and left hands are communicating".

    In una seconda missiva, che non e' stata resa pubblica, White lamenta, con toni ancora piu' veementi, che la carenza di comunicazione tra intelligence e law enforcement, alla lunga sarebbe potuta costare vite !!

    Questi retroscena ci provengono da un'inchiesta del New York Post.

    *** Chinagate ***

    Jamie Gorelick, per la cronaca, e' anche stata uno dei membri della commissione che stilo' il rapporto ufficiale sull' 11 settembre. Rapporto in cui non si fa menzione dei tentativi dell'unita' Able Danger di informare l'FBI del pericolo che costituiva la presenza, negli Stati Uniti, di Mohammed Atta e di altri 3 dei futuri membri del commando terrorista dell'11 settembre.

    Able Danger stabili' inoltre dei contatti con la commissione stessa, a cui forni' documenti sulle informazioni in loro possesso a proposito di Mohammed Atta. Cionostante, nel rapporto finale della commissione, non c'e' traccia di niente di tutto questo.

    Nel caso di Gorelick, si puo' parlare tranquillamente di conflitto di interessi tra il suo precedente incarico al dipartimento della giustizia e quello di membro della commissione, in cui si trovava a giudicare il suo stesso passato, non so con quanta obiettivita'.

    Conflitto di interessi, che, alla fine, si e' concretizzato in un vero e propio "cover up" di tutta la vicenda Able Danger.

    Diciamo che la storia non e' finita qui: nell'aprile 2004, il sito CNSNews.com gia' parlava del "wall of separation" e del memo di Jamie Gorelick a proposito del tentativo di ostacolare indagini circa finanziamenti illegali fatti dalla Cina al partito democratico americano.
    Una volta che Gorelick si insedio' nel suo incarico al dipartimento di giustizia, dette inizio ad una ristrutturazione massiva dell'intelligence americana, che si concluse con l'instaurazione di un punto di controllo, interno alla Casa Bianca, su tutti i piu' importanti processi decisionali dell'intelligence.

    In sostanza, meno autonomia da parte dell'intelligence, posta sotto tutela dalla Casa Bianca.

    Il risultato e' stato che piu' di una dozzina di inchieste della CIA e dell'FBI erano state stoppate dalla Casa Bianca, tra cui alcune riguardanti i finanziamenti illegali della Cina al partito democratico.

    Questa ristrutturazione aveva il nome di Presidential Decision Directive 24, e' ovviamente siglata Bill Clinton, e rendeva molto piu' difficile la condivisione di informazioni tra agenzie di intelligence, anche e soprattutto tramite l'introduzione di massicce dosi di burocrazia, anche con la creazione di nuove agenzie e di una catena di comando di quattro livelli.

    All'interno di una di queste agenzie, precisamente come responsabile dell'Office of Intelligence and Policy Review, si e' trovato il tempo di insediare un vecchio "amico" di Janet Reno, all'epoca Attorney General, vale a dire Richard Scruggs.

    Fonte: Front Page Magazine

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    Costituzione irachena: le questioni ancora aperte

    I punti ancora in discussione sarebbero 18:
    Il nome ufficiale dello stato iracheno, la religione ufficiale, il riconoscimento delle minoranze nella carta costituzionale, la lingua ufficiale, il riconoscimento delle identita' religiose, se uno o piu' vicepresidenti debbano affiancare il presidente della repubblica, l'incompatibilita' tra la carica di ministro e quella di parlamentare, la gestione federalista o centralista delle risorse naturali (leggi: petrolio), il diritto di famiglia, il diritto all'autodeterminazione delle province (leggi: secessione del Kurdistan), la forma di governo (repubblica presidenziale contro premierato), doppia cittadinanza (permessa o vietata), status speciale per la citta' di Kirkuk, i confini del Kurdistan, camera alta e camera bassa parlamentare contro un'unica assemblea nazionale, abrogazione o meno della legislazione amministrativa transitoria con l'approvazione della carta costituzionale.

    A seguito del mancato raggiungimento dell'accordo tra le parti entro la scadenza prefissata, che era il 15, l'assemblea irachena ha votato lo slittamento in avanti di una settimana di questo termine, che ora e' quindi stato fissato al 22.

    Fonte: MEMRI

    Tuesday, August 16, 2005

    In Mauritania sfida al terrorismo con libere elezioni

    "Il Giornale", 11/08/2005, Massimo Introvigne:


    Se le elezioni ci saranno davvero - e gli Usa premono in questo senso - le vinceranno i «fondamentalisti»? (...) I pochi estremisti legati ad Al Qaida godono di scarsissimo sostegno popolare. (...)
    Anche in Mauritania non è impossibile che a vincere le elezioni, se ci saranno, sia un islam conservatore non del tutto ostile all'Occidente.

    Friday, August 12, 2005

    Mohammed Atta era stato identificato dagli Americani come terrorista un anno prima del 9/11

    Il deputato repubblicano della Pennsylvania Curt Weldon, vice presidente del comitato parlamentare sui servizi segreti e la sicurezza nazionale, ha dichiarato che una unita' investigativa federale denominata "Able Danger" aveva identificato nel 1999 Mohammed Atta e altri 3 degli attentatori dell'11 settembre come possibili membri di Al Qaeda, e questo piu' di un anno prima dell'11 settembre 2001.

    Nel settembre del 2000, l'unita' aveva auspicato che le informazioni in loro possesso su Atta e gli altri venissero passate all'FBI.

    Tuttavia, questo passaggio di informazioni non avvenne a causa di un parere negativo espresso dai legali del Pentagono, motivato con il fatto che i potenziali terroristi - poi rivelatisi terroristi veri - erano in possesso di un regolare permesso di soggiorno negli Stati Uniti.

    La commissione parlamentare che stilo' il rapporto ufficiale sull'11 settembre venne a conoscenza di queste circostanze, ma omise di includere la storia di Able Danger e il suo tentativo di contattare l'FBI nel rapporto.

    I terroristi identificati erano Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Khalid al-Mihdar and Nawaf al-Hazmi come membri di una cellula di Al Qaeda denominata "Brooklyn".

    Lo scorso giugno, l'ispettore generale del dipartimento di giustizia americano dichiaro' che l'FBI aveva perso ben cinque opportunita' per individuare Atta e gli altri, rilevare la loro potenziale pericolosita', e bloccarli.

    Nella blogosfera c'e' chi sta mettendo in relazione questa cosa di Able Danger e l'occultamento, operato da Sandy Berger, ex consigliere di Clinton per la sicurezza, di documenti relativi ad attivita' antiterroristiche.

    Berger e' stato incriminato per aver trafugato una cinquantina di documenti segreti nascondendoli nei pantaloni.

    Dapprima, Berger aveva sostenuto che questi documenti erano finiti nei suoi pantaloni accidentalmente.

    In seguito, ha ammesso di averli trafugati.

    Ricordo che questo individuo ha ricoperto l'incarico di consigliere per la sicurezza nazionale sotto l'amministrazione Clinton, quindi e' il predecessore di Condoleezza Rice.

    La blogger Dr.Sanity (il cui nome vero e' Pat Santy) sostiene che il comportamento sospetto, e all'epoca incomprensibile di Berger, si spiegherebbe con l'intenzione di nascondere le prove di un suo coinvolgimento nella decisione, all'interno del Dipartimento della Difesa, di non rendere l'FBI partecipe delle conclusioni di Able Danger.

    UPDATE (13 agosto): commento di Rush Limbaugh: i media ne parlano poco perche' questo e' uno scandalo che lambisce l'amministrazione Clinton, se la parte chiamata in causa fosse l'amministrazione Bush, la copertura dei media su questo caso sarebbe ben diversa...

    Lebabon frees Bakri, Britain bars him

    The bad news: Bakri was freed by Lebanese authorities after being detained for 24 hours.
    The good news: he's not allowed to enter UK soil anymore.

    I read from this article on CNN that he was

    was expelled from Saudi Arabia as an extremist

    Wow ! How can you be considered "extremist" in Saudi Arabia, where most suicide bombers of 9/11 came from ?

    Bakri has 14 days to file an appeal to the ban.

    More on Times...

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    Italy: Nazi Criminal in House Arrest is Let Out for Vacation

    Italy is a wonderful country: we let war criminals sentenced to life get out of arrest for vacation time.

    Erich Priebke was an SS officer, serving a life sentence for taking part in the murder of 335 people in 1944 in Rome.

    An Italian court granted him the permit to transfer himself from his Rome residence, where he lives under house arrest, to a villa in Cardana di Besozzo, beside Lake Maggiore, in Northern Italy.

    The villa is owned by the son of Herman Bickler, who was the head of the Gestapo in Paris.

    The judge, Fulvio Salvatori, declared to the press that it was just a transfer of house arrest from one domicile to another.

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center said that if Priebke wanted a change of scenery he should go to the Ardeatine Caves memorial, that was built in remembrance of the people he murdered there.

    Today, local politicians said that Priebke decided finally to go back to Rome. Priebke's vacation is over.

    More on this subject...

    Thursday, August 11, 2005

    Man Dies After 49 Hours of Computer Games

    It's a new and dumber way to kill oneself...

    (More on Washington Times)

    Omar Bakri arrested in Beirut

    (Source: The Times)

    Bakri (...) planned to return to his home in North London, describing the visit - which came 24 hours after an announcement by Tony Blair of proposals to deport radical clerics - as a 'holiday' of between four and six weeks.

    However the Government is investigating whether it has the power to prevent his return and John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday told reporters that he hoped Mr Bakri Mohammed's holiday would be a "long one."

    The nature of the police questioning is unclear. It is not believed to be related to an ongoing investigation by British authorities, which could lead to his prosecution for treason and permanent exclusion from the UK. He can be held for up to 72 hours without charge.

    Last night Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, said that he would refuse a request that had been received from the cleric to return to Britain for a heart operation on the NHS.

    The cleric claimed to have an appointment at a London hospital for an operation to widen an artery which would cost up to £8,000 if he had to have private treatment. He said: "I have every right to come back. Britain is my home. My family are there and I have done nothing wrong."


    J.Doe sarcastically says: Yeah, Britain is my home, I have the right to blow it up.

    Mr Bakri Mohammed, who has collected up to £300,000 in various benefits during his 19 years in Britain, had been given leave to remain indefinitely after claiming that his life would be in danger if he returned to the Middle East.

    Speaking about British terrorists, today ten islamist preachers were arrested for being deported.

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    Monday, August 08, 2005

    Harry Potter on top of preferences among Gitmo detainees

    J.K. Rowling's tales about the boy wizard are on top of the request list for the camp's 520 al Qaeda and Taliban suspects, followed by Agatha Christie

    (Source: Washington Times)

    Bakri left UK

    Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed left UK for Lebanon, Anjem Choudary told to reporters.

    (Thanks to Jawa).

    British terrorist tried to set up a jihad training camp in Oregon

    American authorities are trying to have British terror suspect Haroon Rashid Aswat extradited to the U.S.

    Between October 1999 and April 2000, Aswat allegedly attempted to set up a training camp in Bly, Oregon.

    Source: ScienceDaily, by way of Counterterrorism Blog.

    Al Qaeda magazine published in Turkey

    Link

    (Thanks to Freethoughts)

    Sunday, August 07, 2005

    Boy shot in the head by Al-Aksa Brigades as a retaliation for Jewish terrorist attack

    (Source: Jerusalem Post)

    An Israeli West Bank 10-year-old child was critically wounded after being shot in the head by Al-Aksa Brigades terrorists, as a retaliation for the attack made by Natan Eden Zada, the Jewish extremist who killed 4 on a bus in the city of Shfaram, and who was later lynched by an angry mob.

    J. Doe says: that 10 year boy had nothing to do with the situation in Shfaram (where the shooting took place).

    Didn't they hear that the other passengers on the bus already retaliated and killed the shooter themselves? Exactly what was Al Aksa Brigade retaliating against?

    Inchiesta del Times su Omar Bakri e la sua setta islamista

    Un giornalista del Times di Londra si e' finto islamista e ha frequentato per molte settimane il gruppo "Savior Sect", preso parte ai suoi incontri, e assisito ai sermoni, tenuti, tra gli altri, dal famigerato sceicco Omar Bakri, un personaggino che te lo raccomando, discusso, molto discusso, in quanto predicatore di odio contro i non-musulmani, e a seguito della sua ambiguita' mostrata nei riguardi del terrorismo islamista.

    In realta', Bakri e' tutto fuorche' ambiguo durante gli incontri da lui organizzati privatamente con alcuni di questi sfigati. E' un deciso supporter del califfato mondiale, del califfato inglese, dell'odio verso i kufr, i non musulmani, della supremazia islamica, e altre squisitezze.

    Di seguito, riportiamo alcune di queste perle:


    • Choudhury: (le autorita' inglesi) stanno cercando gli organizzatori degli attentati e gli incitatori agli attacchi suicidi. Noi rientriamo nella seconda categoria".


    • Omar Brooks: "voglio esplodere in pezzi, voglio che le mie mani vadano da una parte e i piedi da un'altra".


    • Islam Uddin: "Gli Ebrei sono il popolo piu' disgustoso ed ingordo della terra".


    • Omar Bakri, dopo l'attentato del 7 luglio: "Detto tra noi, sono molto contento".


    • Nasser: "Non preoccupiamoci dei morti dell'attentato del 7 luglio: si e' trattato di danni collaterali".


    • Omar Bakri, ha definito gli attentatori del 21 luglio "i fantastici quattro".


    Potete leggere qui il risultato di quest'inchiesta.
    Qui
    , invece, ne trovate ampi stralci.

    Undercover journalist records words of Islamist preachers in the aftershock of London bombings

    After reading this article, published on Times newspaper, I wonder how long it will take to UK lawmakers and government to set the activities described in it illegal, and how long it will take them to kick people like Omar Bakri out of UK.

    Omar Bakri Mohammed
    In the days preceeding and following the July 7th and July 21st London attacks, a Times reporter joined the "Saviour Sect" islamist group to hear and record words of hate, spanning from those of their leader, the infamous Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, to those of the members of the sect.

    The result of weeks of investigation is a scaring yet very interesting tale.

    Link

    Here are some excerpts:

    On a Friday evening late in July a small group of young Asian men gathered secretly in the grounds of a Victorian manor house on the edge of Epping Forest, east of London, to listen to their master.

    (...) Among them was an undercover reporter from The Sunday Times.

    (...) a property run as a bed-and-breakfast and campsite by Newham borough council, was chosen (...)

    Earlier that day police had arrested the remaining three suspects for the failed 21/7 London bombing. (...)

    At 8pm a bulky figure with a long beard and flowing white robe picked his way across the open field in the twilight with the aid of a walking stick. Two hours late, Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed had finally arrived.

    A Syrian with seven children who has lived on benefits for 18 years, this extremist cleric has been investigated by police for using inflammatory language but he has never been prosecuted.

    (...)

    During a two-month undercover investigation The Sunday Times has amassed hours of taped evidence and pages of transcripts which show how Bakri and his acolytes promote hatred of “non-believers” and “egg” their followers on to commit acts of violence, including suicide bombings.

    The evidence details how his group, the Saviour Sect, preaches a racist creed of Muslim supremacy which, in the words of Bakri, aims at one day “flying the Islamic flag over Downing Street”.

    In his two months with the sect, our reporter witnessed a gang of Bakri’s followers brutally beating up a Muslim who challenged their views. He listened as a succession of “religious leaders” ridiculed moderate Muslims and repeatedly justified war against the “kuffar” — non-Muslims.

    (...)

    At their meetings — which often included school-age teenagers — they were fed a constant diet of propaganda warning that the kuffar are out to destroy them.

    Integration with British society is scorned, as is any form of democratic process. Followers are encouraged to exploit the benefits system. They avoid jobs which could bring them into contact with western women or might lead them to contribute to the economy of a nation they are taught to despise.

    (...)


    The undercover reporter, who has a Muslim background, first approached the group as a potential convert in June, three weeks before the first London attack. Posing as a university graduate who was disaffected because he could not find a job, he introduced himself to members of the Saviour Sect (...)

    The sect and its interchangeable sister organisation, Al-Ghuraaba, were created after Bakri claimed to have closed down his militant extremist group Al-Muhajiroun last October.

    The activities of Al-Muhajiroun, which notoriously praised the September 11, 2001 hijackers as the “Magnificent 19”, had been extensively investigated by anti-terrorist police. However, as The Sunday Times discovered, the Saviour Sect and Al-Ghuraaba were Al-Muhajiroun in all but name.

    The sect came to prominence during the general election in April when it launched an intimidatory campaign against fellow Muslims to stop them voting. They were captured on film yelling and attacking members at a meeting of the mainstream Muslim Council of Britain.
    Bakri was the star attraction that night. Under bright fluorescent lights, he preached to the 50-strong audience about the need for a violent struggle to defend Muslims who, he claimed, were under constant attack.
    George Galloway, the Respect party MP for Bethnal Green, east London, claimed that they made death threats against him when they disrupted one of his election campaign meetings, shouting him down as a “false prophet”. (...)

    They invited the reporter to attend one of their meetings that evening. It was to be the first of many lectures and sermons that he attended. (...) minutes Muhid, 22, was explaining that most new recruits were former heroin addicts who had found salvation.

    Another man, Nasser, (...) implored our reporter to “unlearn” the brand of Islam that he had been taught as a child and to adopt a new approach.

    It was important to be unemployed, Nasser said, as taking a job would contribute to the kuffar system.

    He said he was receiving a jobseeker’s allowance and justified this by saying the prophet Muhammad also lived off the state and attacked it at the same time.

    There were other ways to opt out. “All the brothers drive without insurance,” Nasser said proudly.

    Bakri (...) preached to the 50-strong audience about the need for a violent struggle to defend Muslims who, he claimed, were under constant attack.

    With a new member in the audience, he added carefully that he was not actually “inciting anyone to violence in the UK”. But the violence was not far away. The following afternoon the reporter witnessed an Asian man being beaten by members of the Saviour Sect for “insulting” their version of Islam.

    (...) Up to seven members of the sect jumped on the man and began kicking him as he lay on the floor. A late intervention by one of the other stallholders gave him the opportunity to escape — his face swollen and bleeding.

    Unabashed, one of group, dressed in an Arabic shawl, shouted out to onlookers: “You should not feel sorry for him. He is a kuffar and deserves it.” (...)

    Later that day it emerged that the man who had been assaulted had been a member of the moderate Young Muslim Organisation and was also a supporter of Galloway’s Respect party.

    On July 3, Sheikh Omar Brooks of Al-Ghuraaba addressed the group at its Saturday night lecture.

    (...) He said that it was imperative for Muslims to “instil terror into the hearts of the kuffar”.

    (...) It was not just our reporter’s group who were present. Schoolchildren in T-shirts bearing the words “mujaheddin” and “warriors of Allah” listened intently as Brooks said he did not wish to die “like an old woman” in bed.

    “I want to be blown into pieces,” he declared, “with my hands in one place and my feet in another.”

    He told the audience that it was a Muslim’s duty to stay apart from the rest of society: “Never mix with them. Never let your children play with their children.”
    He added: “This hall is like our fortress against the kuffar and the so-called Muslims like the McB (the Muslim Council of Britain).”

    Warming to his theme, he said: “They will build bridges and we will break them; they will build tall buildings and we will bring them down.” The audience rippled with laughter at the obvious reference to September 11, 2001.

    Nasser’s brother, “Mr Islam” — believed to be Islam Uddin — (...) told the audience that Islam was a religion of violence and that Muhammad was the “prophet of slaughter, not peace”. He said Muslims must not be defeatist as “even now the brothers in Iraq are sending British, American and Iraqi colluders back in body bags”.

    As his three-year-old son played at his side, he launched into a bitter racist attack. The Jews, he said, were “the most disgusting and greedy people on earth”.

    Four days after this meeting, on July 7, London was hit by the first wave of suicide bombings. Immediately the spotlight was thrown onto extremist Muslim groups and, in particular, those linked to Bakri.

    The sheikh avoided difficult questions about the attacks by refusing to answer his telephone. He advised all his followers to do the same in the case they incriminated themselves. The sect closed down its meetings and stopped leaflet campaigns, fearing reprisals.

    While he was saying nothing publicly, Bakri did, however, address a private meeting held for prayers at the Selby Centre in Wood Green, north London.

    Before the prayers started, our reporter joined a small group of men (...) in a circle with Bakri.

    Bakri sighed. “So, London under attack,” he said. Then, leaning forward, he added: “Between us, for the past 48 hours I’m very happy.”

    In his sermon during the prayer meeting he said that the July 7 attacks would make people “stand up and listen”.

    Turning to concerns that “poor” people had been attacked in the bus bomb, he argued that this was permissible because the British Army was drawn from lower-income groups.

    The congregation was instructed to avoid expressing disapproval of the attacks. “If you cannot support what has happened, then at least don’t condemn it,” Bakri said. If anyone were to ask what they felt about it, they should answer that as Muslims they have no “feelings”, “ideas” or “personal judgment”.

    A member of the congregation who had brought along his two children told the reporter after the sermon that the British could now feel the fear experienced every day by Muslims. Another said that the bombs were “a good start” and asked Allah to “bless those involved”.

    The extent of the indoctrination of the members of the Saviour Sect became even clearer during the two weeks in July which saw the failed second attempt to bomb the London transport system.

    During the twice-weekly lectures and Friday prayers, men who had struggled to find jobs and, in some cases, had drifted into drug abuse, were told that as true believers they were better than non-Muslims.

    “The toe of the Muslim brothers is better than all the kuffar on the earth,“ Bakri said in one sermon. “Islam is superior, nothing supersedes it and the Muslim is superior.”

    Other regular speakers claimed that Islam was constantly under attack in Britain — and that the best form of defence was attack.

    One, who called himself Zachariah, claimed that the kuffar were trying to “wipe out (Muslims) from the face of the earth”. He implored the group “to cover the land with our blood through martyrdom, martyrdom, martyrdom”.

    Zachariah preached that the non-believers were dispensable: “They’re kuffar. They’re not people who are innocent. The people who are innocent are the people who are with us or those who are living under the Islamic state.”

    Another preacher, Abu Yahya, who is also reported to go by the name of Abdul Rahman Saleem, (...) said: “It says in the Koran that we must try as much as we can to terrorise the enemy . . . we terrorise those people who terrorise us.” His message to Britain was: “Because you’re a genuine democracy, all of you are liable.”

    (...) Nasser told our reporter not to worry about those who died in the London attacks. They were, he said, “collateral damage” and they were kuffar anyway.

    This is not, of course, something that they would say in public. When Bakri finally commented publicly on the bomb attacks, he condemned the deaths of “innocents”. But this was not quite the remorse it seemed.

    At Friday prayers, (...) in the preamble to the sermon he referred to the bombers as the “fantastic four”. He explained that his lament for the “innocent” applied only to Muslims. It was a linguistic sleight of hand which he summarised as: “Yes I condemn killing any innocent people, but not any kuffar.”

    In the wake of the bombings, politicians and police have become increasingly concerned that groups such as the Saviour Sect are radicalising disaffected young men into potential terrorists.

    On Friday the prime minister said that the successor groups of Al-Muhajiroun, including the Saviour Sect, could be banned under new anti-terrorist proposals.

    At a hastily arranged press conference in Chingford, Essex, in response to the proposals, Bakri said the Al-Muhajiroun group had never supported terror attacks in the UK.

    (...) . Zachariah weighed in with a new bloodcurdling sermon at Friday prayers at the Selby Centre.

    (...) “Tony Blair is a Christian. He went to the Pope to praise him . . . and he went to Iraq for only one reason. Because of his ancestors who worked so hard to destroy Islam from the face of the earth.

    “To dismantle Islam. To divide and rule . . . him and his ancestors worked hard from the crusaders in the beginning and then their empire building, installing their proxy leaders.”

    Wednesday, August 03, 2005

    Hamdi Issac potrebbe essere liberato grazie alla nuova legge antiterrorismo

    Oggi il Times di Londra ci informa dell'intenzione di Antonietta Sonnessa, avvocato di Hamdi Issac, di sfruttare la nuova legge antiterrorismo in modo tale da ottenere la sua liberazione.
    La strategia processuale dell'avvocato Sonnessa prevede la possibilita' di ottenere, per il suo assistito, lo status di pentito, di collaboratore di giustizia, che gli varrebbe l'apertura delle porte del carcere, un permesso di soggiorno, una nuova identita', una nuova vita.

    In caso questa strategia non dovesse funzionare, puo' sempre rivelarsi utile una tattica di estremo rallentamento del processo di estradizione verso la Gran Bretagna, in modo tale da trattenere il suo assistito nelle galere del paese che Hamdi Issac cosi' tanto ama, a detta della stessa avvocatessa Sonnessa.

    Fonti: Times e Nuova Agenzia Radicale.

    Hamdi Issac might be freed thanks to new Italian anti-terror law

    Today's London's Times informs us about the intention of Antonietta Sonnessa, Hamdi Issac's lawyer, to exploit the new anti-terror law in order to get his liberation.
    Lawyer Sonnessa's trial strategy implies the possibility of her client to get the status of collaborator of justice, of being "repented". That would grant him the opening of the jail gates, a permanent visa, a new identity and a new life.

    Should this strategy not work, it might still be a useful tactic to extremely slow down the extradition process towards the UK, thus keeping her client in the country he loves so much that he asked not to be extradited.

    Sources: Times, Nuova Agenzia Radicale.

    Some web sites ban users from Israel

    A number of internet storage sites have begun banning Israeli surfers from accessing their services, saying that "unsuitable" behavior has forced them to block IP addresses from Israel.

    They state that the majority of their Israeli users have an abusive behavior, not abiding their terms of service by breaking copyright laws and uploading porn media files.
    The web sites unreachable from Israel include 100WebSpace, Putfile.com and eNom.com.

    Source: Ynet.

    Tuesday, August 02, 2005

    Italian Communist Newspaper "Il Manifesto" thinks John Bolton is a "KILLLER" (with 3 L's)


    (Title: "A KILLLER at the U.N.")

    Here below you can also see when "Il Manifesto" thought, on Nov. 3rd 2004, that John Kerry won Presidential elections:

    (Title: "Good morning America With a landslide vote Americans kick Bush away from White House")

    Or when "Il Manifesto" played with Photoshop and faked a story:

    Caption: "Deadly mission aganist Palestinians in Nazareth: Israelis shoot and kill inside houses. So a bloody Yom Kippur ends in Israel and the Territories".

    Same day, different newspaper, "La Repubblica", same photo, not photoshopped:


    Caption: "Palestinian protesters throw stones against Israeli soldiers in Ramallah"

    Links: Camillo, Livio Senigallesi.

    These are some examples of the inaccuracy and bias of this extreme left-wing yet popular Italian newspaper.

    "Jews are poisoning our bananas !"

    Please don't laugh at this !!

    This imam told his Australian students not to eat bananas because Jews poisoned them.

    Hat tip: LGF.

    Who Finances Iraqi Terrorism ?

    Saddam's money, Islamic charities, Iraqi mosques, organized criminal activities (like drug trafficking and KIDNAPPINGS), as was stated at a joint U.S. House subcommittee hearing held on July 28th.

    Link.

    Hat tip: Counterterrorism.