Category Archives: Islam

Former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus wants U.S. to arm Al-Qaeda

Dr. Eowyn:

This is pure insanity.

Petraeus had done “The enemy (B) of our enemy (A) is our friend” baloney before, in Iraq. Guess what happened? Enemy B whom we armed and befriended to fight Enemy A became ISIS!!! And now Petraeus wants us to do the same thing in Syria.

Message to Petraeus & Obama: “THE ENEMY OF OUR ENEMY IS STILL OUR ENEMY. Our arming them will only make them stronger when they turn against us. Only you who have neither belief nor principle could think that others have none. Al Qaeda and ISIS are our enemies for a reason: They are fanatic Muslims who believe in jihad — in conquering the world and subjugating all non-Muslims for Islam.”

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the same al Qaeda that was headed by Osama bin Laden and still identified as a terrorist organization, have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power — David Petraeus, retired U.S. Army general and former CIA Director and former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Petraeus has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, according to information from four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly.

Shane Harris and Nancy A. Youssef report for The Daily Beast, Aug. 31, 2015:

The heart of the idea stems from Petraeus’s experience in Iraq in 2007, when as part of a broader strategy to defeat an Islamist insurgency the U.S. persuaded Sunni militias to stop fighting with al Qaeda and to…

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CIA director John Brennan is a Muslim convert?

Dr. Eowyn:

For some time now, there have been persistent rumors that CIA director John Brennan is a convert to Islam. One source is John Molloy, a friend of FOTM and Chairman of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition. Now, we have a published source with compelling evidence.

If the rumors and assertions are true, Brennan is a clear and present danger to the security of the United States. So why isn’t Congress investigating Brennan?

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Before John Owen Brennan became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on March 8, 2013, he had spent 25 years with the CIA in a succession of positions, including as a Near East and South Asia analyst, station chief in Saudi Arabia, chief of staff to CIA director George Tenet, and director of the National Counterterrorism Center. After leaving government service in 2005, Brennan was CEO of The Analysis Corporation, a security consulting business. He returned to government service with the Obama administration as Homeland Security Advisor on January 20, 2009.

Barack Obama (l) and John Brennan (r) Photo by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images Barack Obama (l) and John Brennan (r)
Photo by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Peter Baker and Mark Mazzetti write for The New York Times that “in the 67 years since the C.I.A. was founded, few presidents have had as close a bond with their intelligence chiefs as Mr. Obama has forged with Mr. Brennan. It is a relationship that…

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Amnesty report finds Saudi Arabia executed 175 in past year

ISIS approved!

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Associated Press: Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people over the past 12 months, on average one person every two days, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International.

The 43-page report titled “Killing In the Name of Justice: The Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia” said that between January 1985 and June 2015, at least 2,208 people were executed in the kingdom. An Associated Press tally based on official announcements shows that Saudi Arabia executed 109 people since January, compared to 83 in all of 2014.

The kingdom follows a strict interpretation of Islamic law and applies the death penalty to a number of crimes including murder, rape and drug smuggling. Though not as common, Saudi Courts allow for people to be executed for adultery, apostasy and witchcraft. People can also be executed for crimes committed when they were below 18 years of age.

“Saudi Arabia’s faulty justice system facilitates judicial executions on a mass scale,” Said Boumedouha, acting director of Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa program, said in a statement.

In one case highlighted in the report, two sets of brothers from the same extended family were executed in August 2014 in the southern city of Najran after being convicted of receiving large quantities of hashish. Amnesty said the men claimed they were tortured during interrogation and sentenced to death largely based on confessions made after being beaten and deprived of sleep. Amnesty said it reached out to the Saudi Interior and Justice ministries, but received no reply.

Most executions are carried out by beheading, though some are also done by firing squad. In rare cases, executed bodies have been displayed in public to deter others from committing crime.

Islamic law as practiced in Saudi Arabia allows for retribution in some cases, whereby relatives of the murder victim have the right to decide if the offender should be executed or pardoned. If pardoned, compensation or “blood money” is often paid to the family. In one case reported in Saudi media in 2012, a father pardoned his son’s killer on condition he memorize the Quran before leaving prison.

Amnesty said almost half of those executed during the last 30 years were foreign nationals, many of whom lack the Arabic skills to understand court proceedings and charges. Almost a third of those executed were for drug-related offenses.

The rights group said Saudi authorities have denied its researchers access to the country. The London-based rights group said it researched cases for this report by contacting people before their execution and reaching out to relatives and lawyers, in addition to analyzing available court documents.

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Pentagon/FBI investigate Ashley Madison hack, in fear of blackmail of government subscribers to adultery site

Daily Mail reports that on Aug. 20, 2015, the Impact Team hackers released a second, even bigger, 20GB cache of files exposing the 37 millions subscribers of the adultery website Ashley Madison (AM), according to Vice.

The Pentagon and the FBI may investigate the data leak, fearing that government AM subscribers may be blackmailed.

The new documents were dumped with a taunting message to the adultery website’s founder, millionaire CEO Noel Biderman: “Hey Noel, you can admit it’s real now.”

Noel Biderman

The Associated Press traced many of the accounts exposed by hackers back to federal workers and reviewed their credit-card transactions to identify them. Up to 15,000 names among the raw data are listed from email addresses with the domain names .mil or .gov — the official addresses of U.S government and military employees, including:

  • At least two assistant U.S. attorneys.
  • An information technology administrator in the Executive Office of the President.
  • A division chief, an investigator and a trial attorney in the Department of Justice. Some  DOJ employees appeared to use pre-paid credit cards to help preserve their anonymity but connected to the service from their office computers.
  • A government hacker and another employee who indicated he worked on a counter-terrorism response team at the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Workers in other Obama administration agencies, including the departments of State, Defense, Energy, Treasury, and Transportation.
  • Workers in the House and Senate.
  • Louisiana GOP Executive Director Jason Doré, who claimed he used the site for “opposition research,” but did not reveal on whose behalf he had accessed the site. Doré told NOLA.com that an account with his name and credit card information was used by his law firm, Doré Jeansonne. He said, “As the state’s leading opposition research firm, our law office routinely searches public records, online databases and websites of all types to provide clients with comprehensive reports. Our utilization of this site was for standard opposition research. Unfortunately, it ended up being a waste of money and time.”

Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed the Pentagon was looking into the list of people who used military email addresses. Adultery can be a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Many federal customers appeared to use non-government email addresses with handles such as ‘sexlessmarriage’, ‘soontobesingle’ or ‘latinlovers’.

In May, the Washington Post reported that D.C. had the highest rate of membership on Ashley Madison for the third year running and Capitol Hill was the neighborhood with the highest number of new recruits.

But according to the graphic below, São Paulo, Brazil, leads the world’s cities in the number of AM subscribers:

Ashley Madison accounts per city

Here are some other Ashley Madison subscribers from big institutions in addition to U.S. government workers:

  • Sony, Boeing and the United Nations are among those institutions whose domain names appear in the long lists of alleged users.
  • Staff of big banks also make regular appearances. Marketwatch counted up bank domain names to reveal 175 from Wells Fargo, 76 from Bank of America, 73 from Deutsche Bank, 51 from Citigroup, 45 from Goldman Sachs, 28 from PNC Bank, 15 at U.S. Bancorp, 14 at Bank of New York Mellon, 9 at J.P. Morgan Chase and 4 at Capital One.
  • At least 30 subscribers from the University of Texas.
  • The French leak monitoring firm CybelAngel said it counted 1,200 email addresses in the data dump with the .sa suffix, suggesting users were connected to Saudi Arabia, where adultery is punishable by death.

world map of Ashley Madison subscribers

So far, the most famous name to be exposed as an AM subscriber is 27-year-old Josh Duggar of the pious Duggar family, whose “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV show recently was canceled by TLC because a police report revealed that when he was 15, Josh had molested 5 girls, including his own sisters. He was never charged with a crime for the incidents as by the time police learned of the offenses the statue of limitations had passed, and his parents did not notify authorities after learning about their son’s actions.

Josh Duggar

Josh owned not just one, but owned several AM accounts. He indicated he was looking for “conventional sex, experimenting with sex toys, one-night stands, sharing fantasies, sex talk” and more. His profile said he was looking for “naughty girl, aggressive/take charge girl, high sex drive and creative and adventurous.”

According to Gawker, “Someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar, with a billing address that matches the home in Fayetteville, Arkansas owned by his grandmother Mary – a home that was consistently on their now-cancelled TV show, and in which Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child – paid a total of $986.76 for two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February of 2013 until May of 2015.” A second Josh Duggar account was created in July 2013 “that was linked to his home in Oxon Hill, Maryland.”

Josh lived at the Maryland residence with his wife and children while working as a family values lobbyist for the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., which promotes marriage and family values and opposes abortion, divorce and pornography.

Josh posted a public apology, admitting being unfaithful to his wife and living a double life, saying: “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife. I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him. I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust. The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings. As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose to our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example. I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.”

Blah, blah, blah.

Government workers contacted by the AP were similarly contrite.

A DOJ investigator said, “I was doing some things I shouldn’t have been doing.” Asked about the threat of blackmail, the investigator said if prompted he would reveal his actions to his family and employer to prevent it because “I’ve worked too hard all my life to be a victim of blackmail.”

This second cache was also dumped on the dark web, which requires specific software for access, which means the information cannot be accessed by regular search engines. But other non-dark web sites have posted the hacked information. Several searchable databases of names, emails and sexual fantasies linked to the first data leak had to shut down within minutes of going live because they could not cope with demand from suspicious spouses.

Meanwhile, the hackers claim they have naked pictures of thousands of AM members, and sexually explicit chats between members.

One of the documents in the second cache of hacked Ashley Madison data shows the adultery website was aware of the privacy dangers and even discussed a potential security breach. A file called “Areas of concern – customer data.docx” shows that an AM worker had flagged potential hacking hazards.

Expect a torrent of lawsuits against Ashley Madison. Hopefully, Noel Biderman will be bankrupted and go out of business.

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~Éowyn

CAIR youth leader busted in pedophile sting

Ahmed Saleem, the leader of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Orlando, Florida, was among more than 100 people who were arrested for pedophilia in a two-county Florida sex-sting operation.

Ahmed Saleem

WND reports on June 2, 2015 that Saleem is the Orlando youth coordinator for CAIR and founder of the Saleem Academy, an organization “empowering Muslim youth globally.”

Investigators said Saleem was among 22 people who traveled to a home in Clermont, Florida, thinking they were going to have sex with a child between ages 10 and 14. The car Saleem traveled in had a license plate that said, “Invest in children.”

Like Saleem, many of those who were arrested had jobs working with children, including theme-park workers at Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, and a former Walt Disney World cast member. SeaWorld said the men charged were no longer employed at the theme park.

Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Saleem is “well known as a community outreach leader interacting with teens in and around the Orlando area. These are very dangerous people and they are after our children,”

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office released the following in a statement:

“The first week of the operation targeted adults who were looking for sex with a child. During this phase, the detectives posed as either a child or a parent of a child as they were solicited by those interested in sexual activity with the child. As this phase progressed, 22 individuals were arrested after traveling to the location to have sex with who they believed to be a child, two of whom were already registered sex offenders. The age range for the target child was 10-14 years old in these cases.

During the second week of the operation, detectives targeted those involved in crimes related to prostitution. As this portion of the operation progressed, 79 individuals were arrested on charges related to prostitution. Some of those arrested in this phase were also in possession of drugs and were therefore charged accordingly.”

But then, as Dr. Rich Swier points out, Saleem is simply following the example set by Islam’s “prophet” Muhammad who married a 6-year-old child named Aisha and consummated the marriage 3 years later when he was 53-54 years old and little Aisha was 9.

H/t Hardway Mt Ministry

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~Éowyn

New bill would grant immunity to armed TN National Guard members

Common sense prevails…

Sen. Richard Briggs

Sen. Richard Briggs

Times Free Press: Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville, says he will introduce a bill granting immunity and personal liability for Tennessee National Guard members now able to go armed after the July 16 attacks in Chattanooga.

“Our Tennessee National Guardsmen have become targets of terrorists as demonstrated by the tragic events in Chattanooga,” said Briggs, a retired U.S. Army colonel with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The intent of the bill, he said in his news release, “is to provide the service member legal cover in defending him or herself and others during a terrorist attack. “I believe my fellow Tennesseans and state legislators will agree this protection is necessary for our Guardsmen,” Briggs added.

During his shooting rampage, Mohammed Youssef Abdulazeez first attacked a U.S. military recruiting center in a strip mall off Lee Highway with semi-automatic weapons. Next door was a Tennessee National Guard recruiting station. Abdulazeez then speed off to Amnicola Highway where he attacked the Navy and Marine Reserve Center where he killed four Marines and a sailor before dying himself in a hail of bullets fired by Chattanooga police officers.

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez

“Homegrown violent extremist” Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez

Federal officials have stopped short of calling Abdulazeez, a Kuwait-born 24 year old whose family says suffered from depression and other problems, a terrorist. Instead, they describe him as a “homegrown violent extremist.”

The shootings forced a reevaluation of state and U.S. policies regarding the arming of soldiers based on U.S. soil.

Tennessee Adj. Gen. Max Haston, acting on Gov. Bill Haslam’s instructions, issued a new policy allowing Guard members with state-issued handgun carry permits to carry them at state-owned facilities such as armories.  At facilities either owned by the U.S. military or co-located with federal personnel, select state personnel with 9 mm-pistol training will be armed under new federal policies rising from the Chattanooga attack.

Meanwhile, top U.S. military brass are expected to report on Friday to Defense Secretary Ash Carter on their recommendations. “The attack in Chattanooga reminds us of the constant threat, on and off the battlefield, facing our brave men and women in uniform,” Briggs said and added his bill “will strengthen current security measures implemented by the Adjutant General to help protect them.”

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Observations on life in the military under Obama

This is a guest post by FOTM reader Glenn47, a U.S. military spouse. 

tired soldier

For several years now, we have had the privilege of living in the center of all branches of the military.

We have had as many as 6 different people living in each of the houses surrounding ours. Some for only 6 months, others for years.

We have gotten close to several. Others choose to remain isolated from all surrounding neighbors; some never have company or participate in anything community-wise. I think this has something to do with their wanting to avoid the hurt of eventual separation from new friends.

But there are others who embrace the experience and participate in everything. Usually those with children are active.

Many are singles, who now can live in single housing away from base. Many are loners who seem to come and go in the night on assignments. Many work covert operations and have short stints away. Many we gave fond nicknames to, according to their lifestyle.

Their pride was very evident, but fading over the years. Many have been deployed more than 4 times, creating a hardship on relationships.

Several of us became very close and celebrated different occasions together. We had weekly cook outs and sat around camp fires and shared stories late into the night. We enjoyed watching them develop over time.

But we also watched many, whose pride and enthusiasm waiver and fade. Knowing they are forbidden to complain or say anything, we watched many become quiet.

There was one neighbor who worked as a recruiter with plans to work for several more years. The limitations being putting on them and I think the fear of enlisting recruits whom he feared would not be treated properly or protected finally got to him, and he suddenly retired early. They saw a war, hard won in Iraq, which the administration handed back to the enemy. Many lost friends.

Convoy duty

But the greatest blow was God being taken from them. For many, He was their only friend and comfort when so far away and in combat. They saw God taken from the Air Force logo. They saw “So Help Me God” removed from swear-in Oaths. There was talk of Bibles being taken out of military hotels. They saw Chaplins being forbidden from doing their jobs and in some areas, to even pray. While the Air Force was forced to celebrate a Muslim holiday.

They saw the best of the best military officers being purged, and those under them being forced out shortly before retirement.

We had one neighbor, X, who loved talking politics. X would come and sit for long periods with us and ask thousands of questions. His father, a Christian, was born in the Middle East. Fearing for their lives, his family finally escaped to Egypt, from where he eventually made his way to the U.S. and worked hard to become a citizen. He married and they started a family, with great success.

X and his father have long discussions about the Middle East — on the fear and sadness of what is happening there. X had spent a few years in Iraq working on a big project. He told me they were making great progress and that the stores and markets were all open and people were enjoying life with the women free to come and go in the streets shopping. Our military felt good about their accomplishments. X was devastated about the reversal of their success. He would get tears in his eyes talking about it.

X knows well and cherishes the sacrifices his father had made, fleeing from the Middle East, making a home and family in America. X said, “I have never thought of myself as anything but a Christian.” He does not like the current president and feels the military was betrayed. He knew Marines in Afghanistan were told to lay down their arms when entering the area where then-defense secretary Leon Panetta was going to speak (in March 2012). X also knew of the Camp Chapman Attack of 2009, when the location of a CIA base near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border was leaked, resulting in a jihadist attack that took the lives of 6 CIA officers and contractors.

X moved away a few months ago and I often wonder how his next step in life is going….