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Terrorist Alert Poster

 

 

I developed this poster back in the 1990s as part of an anti-kidnapping program for a client that had multiple drug testing facilities in South America, Africa, and Asia.  I stole the idea from a poster that was commonly found in British Army barracks in Northern Ireland.

The client only needed four hundred posters so I had quite a few left over.

Two decades later, what was a good idea for foreigners in third world countries is now a good idea for American citizens in their own hometowns.

Due to the fact that friends always want more than just one poster and due to the cost of shipping the most economical way to offer these posters is to send four posters to you for $12.00

Each poster is 11 x 17 inches and is printed on acid free heavy paper stock suitable for framing or laminating.

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SERIOUSLY!

We at AWSG pride ourselves in being able to provide the hard to find for our readers and friends. Due to a recent heightened interest in our activities by certain branches for the  U S Department of Justice we do not stock any hardware at our office but we do know some folks who can help you get what you still need.

In order to find the right cutlery or the right electronic equipment to suit your needs, please email :    bret@awsg.us

So-called “bug” detectors and hidden camera detectors are not illegal in most places if we know your needs we can respond with the right equipment at the right price in a short time frame.

It is my understanding that cell phone jamming devices and GPS jamming devices are very much illegal.  These days AWSG readers can still see some of my old photos on display below. Their performance specifications listed with the photos are from memory and if you need any more information about such equipment please email me and I can give you the most up to date facts available.

We also have some nice older photos of the Colonial Knife government issued automatic knives. These are rugged, reliable, and inexpensive tools for military, police, or EMS personnel. Any regular guy and gal would love to have one too, but federal law and some state laws limit where these fine tools can be shipped.  I know that lots of military collectors and avid campers would like to know more about them. I can answer any questions that you might have about these items.

I can help you find what you need just email me.    bret@awsg.us

 

Yes, Colonial Cutlery is still made in the USA.

The M-736 model has a half serrated spring opening blade with a safety lock, a traditional military lanyard bail, and the seat belt cutting hook-style blade.  Standard color is OD green, tan is sometimes available.

 

 

 

 

The SWAT CLIP is a AWSG exclusive. The blades are the same as the M-736, but there is no lanyard bail. The bail is replaced by a pocket clip and it is available in black only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

The Colonial Ranger 550 has a single blade that is half serrated. This spring opening pocket knife has the standard military type safety lock, a strong pocket clip, and a lanyard loop molded into the grip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a nice photo of our old AWP110.

It takes about 4 hours to fully charge the battery.

You have a 3 meter radius of coverage for about one and a half hours with a full charge.

for further information please email me

bret@awsg.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just like this photo of Anna.

 

 

 

Our AWP127 Cell Phone Jammer was a favorite.

A four hour battery charge could protect your privacy for 90 minutes with a radius of 10 meters.

 

for further information please email me

bret@awsg.us

 

 

You don’t see these very often.

The AWP1,200 is AC powered and provides a 50m radius of protection.

It mounts on the provided wall bracket or any camera mount.

The IR remote control is a nice touch.

Friends of AWSG can supply these and other goodies as required.

 

 

Military back pack RF jammers are available for foreign users.

These units are field programmable and must be delivered prepaid directly to the overseas user from the factory.

for further information please email me

bret@awsg.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our GPS jammers were very popular also.

If you have any need for this kind of gear we at AWSG can help you find what is right for you.

 

for further information please email me

bret@awsg.us

 

 

 

 

 

Here is one fun item that is legal for us to stock and sell in the USA.

This handsome man’s wristwatch is a video camera with a 100 minute memory.

With 30 fps video and sound the digital memory can be downloaded to your PC.

USB cable downloads video and recharges the lithium battery.

Just pay attention to your local and state laws. Try to stay out of topless bars.

$90.00 free shipping in the USA.

 

AWSG can provide you with the latest in daylight visible Viridian green laser weapon aiming systems.

 

Bin Laden Killed by US Navy SEALs in Pakistan

How the US Killed Bin Laden in His Multi-Million Dollar Mansion

02 May 11 09:42by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

(Israelnationalnews.com) A U.S. helicopter landed on the roof of Osama Bin Laden’s mansion in Pakistan shortly after midnight Saturday, and Navy SEALs burst out and surrounded the mansion’s 12-14-foot thick walls and killed Terrorist No. 1 in a 40-minute firefight. He was shot in the head.

Fox News quoted a source saying that he was given the opportunity to surrender, but other sources said the mission was to eliminate Bin Laden and not take him alive.

None of the American fighters were killed, but it was not disclosed if anyone was wounded.

SEAL (Sea, Air and Land) teams from three other helicopters, which landed on the huge acreage surrounding the building, participated in the raid on the multi-million dollar mansion of Bin Laden. His son also was killed in the operation, which was kept secret from Pakistan’s government because of the high probability of the presence of double agents.

One of the helicopters developed a technical malfunction after the operation, and American forces blew it up so nothing would fall into the hands of other terrorists.

Bin Laden’s presence in the mansion gave lie to the assumption that he had been hiding out in a cave in Afghanistan, which he may have done in the past.

In addition to the thick surrounding walls, other indications that the mansion was a hideout were the high windows and few access points.

Approximately two dozen Navy Seals participated in the secret operation, carried out between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m.

Besides Bin Laden, the U.S. soldiers killed two of his couriers, his son and a woman who was used to shield him, and captured two people. As reported earlier, Bin Laden’s body is in the hands of American officials and his identity has been confirmed through DNA testing.

The United States said it is “ensuring it [the body] is handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition. It’s something we take seriously and therefore it’s being handled in an appropriate manner.”

Ten Years and Forty Minutes
Although the operation was over in just 40 minutes, it actually began in 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. American investigators gathered information on Bin Laden’s couriers, one of whom was considered the most likely person to follow in order to find the head of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.

The investigators discovered the courier’s name in 2007, and the area in Pakistan where he operated was identified in 2009. Bin Laden’s luxurious home was pinpointed last August on the outskirts of Abbotabad, Pakistan.

Obama administration officials told MSNBC that its “best information was that Bin Laden was there with his youngest wife. Our analysts looked at this from every angle. No other candidate fit the bill as well as Bin Laden did… The bottom line of our analysis was that we had high confidence that the compound held a high-value terrorist target. There was a strong probability that it was Bin Laden.”

This information was shared “with no other country. Only a very small group of people inside our own government knew of this operation in advance.”

my response:

OK, after bin Laden was found “hiding” one thousand meters from a Pakistani Army base, can we finally stop calling Pakistan an ally in our fight against Islamic terror?

Can we admit that water boarding gets results?

Can we see that Peace, Love, and Understanding only happens once those who threaten to kill us have been killed or captured?

The US government says that bin Laden’s remains were taken care of according to Islamic traditions. We could have gotten better results if was had fed him to the pigs. If future Jihadists knew that they had a chance at becoming pig shit instead of martyrs, they might just trade in their AKs for lunch boxes and go get real, productive jobs.  BR

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Saudi Citizen in Texas Charged in Suspected Bombing Plot

Published February 24, 2011 | FoxNews.com

A college student from Saudi Arabia studying chemical engineering in Texas has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly planning a terrorist attack on U.S. targets using explosive chemicals.

Khalid Aldawsari, who is legally in the U.S. on a student visa, allegedly targeted the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush. He was arrested late Tuesday on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

“Yesterday’s arrest demonstrates the need for and the importance of vigilance and the willingness of private individuals and companies to ask questions and contact the authorities when confronted with suspicious activities,” said James T. Jacks, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Aldawsari, 20, entered the U.S. in October 2008 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to study at Texas Tech University, then transferred earlier this year to nearby South Plains College.

Federal prosecutors say Aldawsari had been researching online how to construct an improvised explosive device using several chemicals as ingredients. Authorities say Aldawsari’s diary indicated the young man had been plotting an attack for years and obtained a scholarship so he could come directly to the United States to carry out jihad.

“After mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for jihad,” the student wrote in his journal, according to court documents.

In e-mails Aldawsari apparently sent himself, he listed the names of 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California. He also wrote an e-mail that mentioned “Tyrant’s House” with the address of President Bush’s home. The FBI’s affidavit said he considered using infant dolls to hide explosives and was possibly targeting a nightclub with a backpack filled with explosives.

The White House said President Barack Obama was notified about the plot prior to Aldawsari’s arrest Wednesday.

“This arrest once again underscores the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism here and abroad,” White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement Thursday.

One of the chemical companies, Carolina Biological Supply of Burlington, N.C., reported suspicious purchases by the student to the FBI on Feb. 1. Within weeks, federal agents had traced his other online purchases, discovered extremist posts he made on the Internet and secretly searched his apartment, computer and e-mail accounts and read his diary, according to court records.

The FBI said the North Carolina company reported the attempts to purchase phenol, a chemical that can be used to make the explosive trinitrophenol, also known as TNP, or picric acid. Aldawsari falsely told the supplier he was associated with a university and wanted the phenol for “off-campus, personal research,” according to court records. But frustrated by questions, Aldawsari canceled his order and later e-mailed himself instructions for producing phenol. Prosecutors said that in December 2010, he successfully purchased concentrated nitric and sulfuric acids that are combined to make TNP.

“As alleged in the complaint, Aldawsari purchased ingredients to construct an explosive device and was actively researching potential targets in the United States. Thanks to the efforts of many agents, analysts and prosecutors, this plot was thwarted before it could advance further,” said Assistant Attorney General Kris. “This case serves as another reminder of the need for continued vigilance both at home and abroad.”

Aldawsari is expected to appear in federal court in Lubbock on Friday morning. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

my response:

“Authorities say Aldawsari’s diary indicated the young man had been plotting an attack for years and obtained a scholarship so he could come directly to the United States to carry out jihad.”

Any nation that violates human rights by the imposition of Sharia law has no business sending any of its subjects to the USA. If those who live under Sharia want to be free and able to exercise their basic human rights the government of the United States and most of its people should be willing to help them free their own countries from Sharia.

We should not import persons who follow Sharia any more than we should import persons who are Nazis. If you do not understand and believe in human rights don’t even try to come to the USA.  BR


Can the Obama Administration’s Actions Even Be Called a Foreign Policy?

Posted By Paul Schnee On February 17, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

Sunlight, said Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, is the best disinfectant. Obviously, not enough of it has been shed in order for our Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, to conclude that the Muslim Brotherhood is a subversive organization and the parent of al-Qaeda and Hamas, which has sponsored or encouraged nearly every Islamic terrorist attack made against America and the West since it was created in 1928.

The Muslim Brotherhood has worked in fits and starts, to be sure, as its power has waxed or waned. But the goal of establishing a global Islamic caliphate under the gruesome supervision and hideous application of Sharia law has never dimmed for an instant. It is as patient as it is well organized as it is lethal. It assassinated one Egyptian president in the 1940s, fomented revolution against another in the 1950s, murdered President Sadat in 1981 for making peace with Israel and is directly linked to the terrorist plotters of 9/11. It has never ceased to spread its tentacles over the globe. So fraternal are its instincts that it now operates in more than 80 countries.

Mr. Clapper wishes us to believe that the Muslim Brotherhood is a benign organization which has “eschewed violence” and now is so overcome with liberal democratic values that we should not be suspicious or afraid. However, the evidence forces us to believe the exact opposite. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), The Muslim Student Association (MSA) and a host of others are all fronts of the Muslim Brotherhood which seek to establish relations and influence in our local, state and federal governments, in our law enforcement and intelligence communities, in our military, in our prisons, in the media, in our schools and in our universities.

The creed of the Muslim Brotherhood clearly states: “God is our objective; the Koran is our law; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.” Perhaps if Director Clapper labored deep into the night and applied some arcane cipher he could discover this really means: “Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus”, but somehow I doubt it. Even the most amateur code-breaker would never mistake ”jihad” for croquet or “death for the sake of Allah…” for, “Tennis anyone?”

In 2008 the Holy Land Foundation, a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood, was convicted of raising money for the terrorist group Hamas, yet one more wholly owned subsidiary of the Muslim Brotherhood. Its leaders were given life sentences for funneling $12 million to Hamas. During the trial documents revealed a strategy paper which stated:

“The Ikhwan (Arabic for Muslim Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

It went on to say that this process requires a “mastery of the art of ‘coalitions’, the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation’.” In other words the scheme is to ingratiate and insinuate themselves into our society by appearing to be in favor of pluralism, democratic values, common fellowship all the time gaining trust and acceptance only to sucker punch us when the time is right.

It is fair to say the Muslim Brotherhood knows just as much about its goals, aspirations and intentions as Director Clapper so why would he appear before Congress and make such disingenuous statements that mischaracterize the true nature of the Muslim Brotherhood? With the enormous amount of information and sensitive intelligence at his disposal, how could he fail to see the true nature of the threat we face? For the answer one need look no farther than the Oval Office. Director Clapper is just one more pawn in Barack Obama’s steadfast devotion to the cultural Marxism of political correctness who is duly dispatched to anesthetize us against the relentless march of Islamic totalitarianism disguising its dark underside and blunting its jagged edges in order to make it appear less menacing.

This has been a steady objective of Obama’s administration which from the start has been a moving curtain of lies. Americans thought they had elected a president who would safeguard America’s security and defend her interests. Instead they woke up with a leader who treats enemies better than friends. The WikiLeaks revelations show the fundamentally dishonest nature of Obama’s relations toward Israel and how he sought to convince the Israelis that concessions about settlements and Jerusalem would have to be made in order to mollify the Arab world so that their support against Iran could be obtained.

However, the Arab world was desperately trying to get Obama to move against Iran regardless of the situation between Israel and the Palestinians. Obama also demonstrated his ideological preferences when he appointed Israel-bashing Samantha Powers as Director of Multilateral Affairs for the National Security Council and when he attempted to appoint anti-Israel Charles Freeman as Chairman of The National Intelligence Council. Last July he gave approval to the PLO to fly their flag over its Mission in Washington, D.C. and upgraded its status to that of a delegation, which gives PA officials diplomatic immunity and the status that is attached to it. Abbas pocketed this concession but still failed to arrest terrorists or end the incitement of violence and hatred toward Jews.

Our friends, a diminishing band, are now beginning to think that being America’s ally is more dangerous than being America’s enemy. Since coming to power Obama has alienated Great Britain, betrayed Poland and Czechoslovakia and moved against Israel. A few days ago the people who were demonstrating in Tahrir Square and some 81 million other Egyptians, who were being cheered on by the Obama administration and the Western media, woke up to find Mubarak gone and the Egyptian military in charge. This does not a Jeffersonian democracy make.

History teaches us that in this kind of situation it is usually the group which is the most cohesive and best organized that will eventually take power. It is Egypt’s misfortune that this is the Muslim Brotherhood. It is likely that by using democratic means they will, as their surrogate Hamas has done in Gaza, treat Egyptians to one man, one vote, one time. It will be easy to vote them in and almost impossible to vote them out, and that is when it will dawn on the Western democracies that Obama’s ideological opposition to American exceptionalism is no substitute for a foreign policy.

Saudi Arabia: Yemeni girl goes missing, believed to have been captured by genies

A Yemeni girl has been missing for nearly a month in Saudi Arabia and her family believe she could have been snatched by jinn (genies), a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The 23-year-old girl stepped out of her house in a mountainous village near the western town of Taif and never returned, prompting a massive police search campaign, Sabq Arabic language daily said.

“Some people told police they saw her walking on a hill not far from her house then vanished again,” the paper said.

“Her brothers and some residents in the village said she sometimes appears at night and then suddenly disappears…they told police that they believe she has been haunted and taken by jinn.”

The paper quoted her brother, Ahmed Ali, as saying his sister ran away from home a year ago but was found at another house on the same day. He said his sister had been nervous and moody but had no problems with the family just before she vanished again.

“On that day, she was with my other sisters washing in the second floor of the house…she then went down to the ground floor…my sisters waited for her but she never came back,” he said.

“Before she vanished, we used to take her to some Koran reciters and scholars…she used to walk into their places but we had to carry her on our way out as she appeared to be in a trance…a red fluid sometimes oozed out of her ears and noses…it was not blood and it had a strange smell…some scholars told us that she is haunted and others said she is under jinn guardianship.”

Jihadi who helped train 7/7 bomber freed by US after just five years

Exclusive: Release prompts claim Islamist was US informant while assisting London terrorist

Shiv Malik

UK Guardian

    Interviewed by ITN in 2001, Mohammed Junaid Babar insists he would defend Muslims if the US invaded Afghanistan Link to this videoAn American jihadist who set up the terrorist training camp where the leader of the 2005 London suicide bombers learned how to manufacture explosives, has been quietly released after serving only four and a half years of a possible 70-year sentence, a Guardian investigation has learned.

    The unreported sentencing of Mohammed Junaid Babar to “time served” because of what a New York judge described as “exceptional co-operation” that began even before his arrest has raised questions over whether Babar was a US informer at the time he was helping to train the ringleader of the 7 July tube and bus bombings.

    Lawyers representing the families of victims and survivors of the attacks have compared the lenient treatment of Babar to the controversial release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

    Babar was imprisoned in 2004 – although final sentencing was deferred – after pleading guilty in a New York court to five counts of terrorism. He set up the training camp in Pakistan where Mohammad Sidique Khan and several other British terrorists learned about bomb-making and how to use combat weapons.

    Babar admitted to being a dangerous terrorist who consorted with some of the highest-ranking members of al-Qaida, providing senior members with money and equipment, running weapons, and planning two attempts to assassinate the former president of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf.

    But in a deal with prosecutors for the US attorney’s office, Babar agreed to plead guilty and become a government supergrass in return for a drastically reduced sentence.

    The Guardian has obtained a court document which shows that on 10 December last year – six years after his initial arrest and subsequent guilty plea – he was sentenced to “time served” and charged $500 (£310) by the court in a “special assessment” fee. The document also reveals that Babar had by then spent just over four years in some form of prison and more than two years free on bail.

    Graham Foulkes, a magistrate whose 22-year-old son David was killed by Khan at Edgware Road underground station in 2005, said: “People get four and a half years for burglary. They can get more for some road traffic offences. So for an international terrorist who’s directly linked to the death of my son and dozens and dozens of people to get that sentence is just outrageous.”

    Fifty-two people were killed and 784 injured on 7 July 2005 when four suicide bombers detonated rucksacks filled with explosives and nails on London’s transport system in the morning rush hour.

    The lawyer representing the families of the dead and survivors, Clifford Tibber of the law firm Anthony Gold, said they would be devastated to learn that Babar had served only a small proportion of his possible sentence.

    “Babar admitted setting up and funding training camps attended by the 7/7 bombers,” Tibber said. “When the British government released Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber who received a life sentence, on compassionate grounds after eight years the Americans were furious. Imagine how the bereaved and the survivors will feel about [Babar's] paltry sentence.”

    A remark from the sentencing judge that Babar “began co-operating even before his arrest”, has raised the possibility, supported by other circumstantial evidence obtained by the Guardian, that he may have been an informant for the US government before his detention by the FBI in April 2004.

    Babar facilitated the London bombers’ knowledge of bomb-making when he invited around a dozen British jihadists to attend a camp that he had helped set up in north-west Pakistan in the summer of 2003.

    In a debriefing with US law enforcement agents in 2004, Babar told US prosecutors about Khan, whom he knew as “Ibrahim”. British terrorism investigators showed Babar an unclear surveillance photo of Khan in August 2004, but Babar failed to identify him.

    He has said that when he saw pictures of Khan in newspapers after the bombings he alerted the US authorities straight away: “I told them [the American authorities] that was the person that was Ibrahim. I had mentioned Ibrahim before July 2005.”

    After his guilty plea in 2004, Babar spent a good proportion of his four and a half years outside the regular prison system. He flew to testify in trials in the UK and in Canada and met law enforcement officers from around the world.

    In 2008 he was granted bail awaiting final sentencing, after being warned by a judge that his conviction on five terrorism offences carried a maximum 70-year term.

    Although a probation report dated 9 July 2010 recommended that Babar remain in jail for another 30 years, the US attorney’s office submitted their own report to the New York court, known as a 5K1, which praised Babar’s work.

    One extract read out in court stated: “Over the last six and a half years the level of assistance provided by Babar to both the United States government and foreign governments has been more than substantial. It has been extraordinary.”

    Speaking in court about Babar’s role in helping to jail British, Canadian and American terrorists, the assistant US attorney Brendan McGuire described Babar’s co-operation as exceptional, and he recommended that he be given a significantly reduced sentence.

    Babar’s defence lawyer, Daniel Ollen, told the court that during the two years his client had been out on bail, he had “paid his debt to society” and had settled into a new life with his wife and daughter.

    Ollen said the government’s positive statements on behalf of Babar in court spoke volumes about his “hugely successful” actions, and that in 30 years he had never seen a more positive 5K1 report from the government.

    Speaking for the first time about the case, Ollen told the Guardian that in court “the government went to bat for him. They used words like ‘extraordinary’ and ‘unprecedented’. Babar’s co-operation really was spectacular when you get down to it.”

    When sentencing Babar, the judge, Victor Marrero, praised his work, describing the sentence of four years and eight months as “reasonable and appropriate”.

    “The court takes note that the government has evaluated Mr Babar’s cooperation to be significant, truthful, complete, and liable.,” Marrero said.

    “[He] worked with the FBI and foreign governments to assist in investigations of terrorism organisations, including al-Qaida, and of terrorist activities such as the London bomb plot.”

    “Taking into account the nature and circumstances of the offence and the history and characteristics of the defendant … the court finds that a sentence of time served is reasonable and appropriate and that such a term is sufficient but not greater than necessary to promote the proper objectives of sentencing,” Marrero said.

    A law enforcement agent who arrested Babar and spent more than 500 hours debriefing him said he believed Babar was selfish.

    The officer, who wished to be known as agent A, said: “Babar wasn’t a hero. He didn’t look at the American flag and suddenly become all patriotic. When his back was against the wall he did what was right for him … he was selfish.”

    Further inquiries uncovered allegations from a top US terrorism lawyer who has reviewed sealed evidence in the case which suggests Babar could have been working for the US authorities before his arrest in April 2004.

    Having reviewed the court transcript himself, bereaved father Graham Foulkes said: “There’s a hint from one or two of the sentences [in the transcript] that do strongly suggest [Babar's] co-operation was going well beyond his official arrest. And it looks as if the Americans may well have known in detail what Babar was up to in Pakistan [at the time] and that is a very, very serious matter.”

    When judge Marrero’s office was asked to clarify the remarks, his office declined to comment. The US attorney’s office declined to comment on whether Babar had been working with US agencies before his arrest.

    The law enforcement officer involved in Babar’s arrest and debriefing also refused to discuss the allegations.

    Freed from prison and no longer in the witness protection scheme, it is not known where Babar is currently living. Visiting Babar’s childhood home in the Jamaica area of Queens, New York, the Guardian was told that Babar’s mother was on holiday in Pakistan. The woman who answered the door and identified herself as Babar’s cousin did not know where Babar was living and refused to comment further.

    my response:

    Fighting Islamic terrorism requires us to coordinate our efforts with other governments. This international cooperation has benefits but we can learn about its hazards from this case. Any informant is just an informant, not a case manager, not a sworn officer, not an employee. If that informant is actively working to kill citizens of an allied nation he should be stopped.
    Any informants who have murdered US citizens or citizens of any allied nation should be given prison sentences according to the damage that they have done. Their worth as informants may be weighed in respect to their privileges while serving time, but their time including life sentences should be served.  BR

West cannot understand risk of ‘Islamization,’ Iraqi archbishop warns

Archbishop Louis Sako

Kirkuk, Iraq, Feb 11, 2011 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The secular western world is incapable of fully understanding the threat of a “reawakening of Islam” in the Middle East, according to an Iraqi bishop beset by radical movements in his own archdiocese.

In an interview with the Italian bishops’ SIR news agency, Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, Iraq, called the Middle East a “scary volcano” because of the possible consequences of widespread unrest.

“There are Islamic forces and movements that wish to change the Middle East, creating Islamic States, caliphates, in which Shariah (law) rules,” he warned.

Radical groups present in Iraq such as al-Qaida and Ansar al Islam are calling on citizens in other Middle Eastern nations to inject an Islamic influence into otherwise general protests in places like Tunisia and Egypt.

For Archbishop Sako these calls have “the clear intention of fueling … a total religious change” in the area.

“They are voices that could find fertile ground in Egypt and elsewhere and therefore should not be underestimated, also because there are regional powers whose leaders have defined these revolts as the ‘reawakening of Islam’,” he said.

In practice, the goal of these fundamentalists is “to create a void to be able to fill it with religious themes, convinced … that Islam is the solution to everything.”

In Egypt, protesters insist that the widespread protests are not driven by religion or ethnicity, but rather a universal grievance against extremely poor social and political conditions.

Some fear, however, that organized Islamic associations such as the Muslim Brotherhood are in an optimal position to take advantage of the confusion for political benefit.

Because unrest could be manipulated by fundamentalist opportunists, Archbishop Sako called the Middle East “a scary volcano.”

Should Egypt becoming an Islamic state, he said, it would be “a problem for all” and have “undeniable, negative aftershocks for Christian minorities.”

According to the archbishop, Europe and North America are blind to the possibility of such an “Islamization” of the Middle East.

“The western mentality does not allow it to fully comprehend this risk,” he said.

He explained that politics and religion are interwoven in the Middle East, whereas there is “a tremendous void” between them in western nations.

This results in two extremisms, he said. The Middle Eastern mentality is dominated by Islam, while a secularism that denies its Christian roots and relegates Christian values to the private sphere reigns in the West.

Although “material violence” does not appear in the West, the general privatization of Christianity is “against democracy,” he said. “In the East, however, it is the opposite: religion pervades all.”

He called the future of the Middle East “unknown and scary” and said the international community is “incapable of moving” in reaction to the recent turn of events.

Iraqi Christians – plagued by violence and a lack of security – look to the Egyptian crisis with “sadness,” he told SIR news. They are afraid that the North African nation might fall into the same ethnic and religious division.

Archbishop Sako’s own archdiocese has been struck hard by extremist violence. Nine Christians have died and another 104 have been injured in Kirkuk.

The fear the survivors have about Egypt, said the Church leader, is that it will become “a new Iraq.”

my response:

We have been hearing warnings from Germany, Great Britain, and most recently France about the dangers of Muslims not adjusting to or tolerating the values of their Western host nations. Now an Iraqi Christian gives us his first hand account of how Muslims seek to destroy civil power structures and replace them with theocratic tyranny.

The US and its allies are spending billions of dollars and sacrificing thousands of their citizen/soldiers to help build a free Iraq. At the same time Iraqi Muslims murder Iraqi Christians and the local government turns a blind eye to the slaughter.

We must defend Western Civilization and its values within our borders at all costs. Muslims who do not wish to adopt Western values need not move to Western nations.  BR

Al-Qaida committed to acquiring weapons of mass destruction: US


TIMES of INDIA  Feb 11, 2011, 11.54am IST

WASHINGTON: Pakistan-based al-Qaida’s senior leadership remained committed to acquiring weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons, a top Obama administration official said.

In his testimony before the House permanent select committee on intelligence, Michael Leiter, director of National Counter-terrorism Center said, “We assess that al-Qaida’s senior leadership in Pakistan remains committed to obtaining all types of weapons of mass destruction.”

“But thanks to some outstanding and effective offensive action against al-Qaida senior leadership in Pakistan, we also assess that their ability to do so is greatly diminished since 9/11,” Leiter said in response to a question from Congressman Mike Rogers, chairman of the committee.

“So you would rate their intention as high to try to secure that?” Rogers asked. “Yes” answered Leiter.

“I think the intent remains high, in particular in Pakistan and in Yemen,” Leiter said.

Expressing concern over the current situation in Pakistan, Congressman Ben Chandler said, “Pakistan is one of the most dangerous places on the planet.

“You have got a state in Pakistan which has enormous volatility and nuclear weapons. What can you tell us about the security of the nuclear weapons under the control of the state of Pakistan? Are we in decent shape there? And what needs to be done to make sure that those weapons are secure?” he said.

“I think what I can say in public is that our assessment is that the nuclear weapons in Pakistan are secure. And that’s probably all we should say about that in public,” said James Clapper, director of National Intelligence.

CIA director Leon Panetta said his greatest concern was to avoid another 9/11.

“The reality is that our biggest concern about al-Qaida was that they could conduct 9/11-type attacks in this country. We have focused on that. I think as a result of the work that’s been done at going directly at them in the FATA, I think we’ve seriously undermined their ability to be able to conduct those kinds of attacks,” Panetta said.

“Having said that, they are now resorting to other ways to come at this country. And those ways are through trying to inspire sleepers, to try to go after lone wolves, to use the Inspire magazine, to use Awlaki, who’s basically been urging people to do whatever they can to do something in a terrorist way, someplace, somehow, somewhere,” he said.

That’s the nature of the kind of threats that US was now dealing with, which concerns the entire country. “And it is in that arena where we’ve got the toughest job, because while these are less sophisticated, they’re tougher to find,” he added.

my response:

If DNI Clapper is not willing to elaborate on the security of PAK nuclear weapons in public, what is he willing to say about them behind closed doors? The Obama White House was surprised by the anti-government riots in Iran. Then they were further surprised by the riots in Cairo that overthrew an allied government. Just imagine our surprise when we wake up some morning and see the Taliban in control of Pakistan nukes!

Have we been reduced to just sitting around and guessing at what is going on in the rest of the world? Not only should we know what is going on with our so-called allies, we should be able to state with confidence what we know in a public venue.

There are dangerous people in the world. DNI Clapper needs to understand that the intel business requires Brains and Balls. If you have both, you need to hard-wire them together with a Spine. Top to bottom command structure should be as follows: Brains, Spine, Balls. ANY attempt to operate with less than all three elements is not recommended. BR