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Honor Crime in America: 2009 Recap
by David J. Rusin • Dec 31, 2009 at 4:03 pm
Over the past year, Americans have heard much about honor killings on U.S. soil, as even the see-no-evil mainstream press could no longer ignore these crimes. A brief review is in order.
The United States witnessed two high-profile slayings in 2009 that have been widely characterized as honor murders:
Both cases exhibit hallmarks of honor murder outlined by Phyllis Chesler: "barbaric ferocity" in the Hassan beheading and direct references to family shame in the Almaleki hit and run.
Other honor-related crimes and stories made the news in 2009. Among them:
As argued previously at IW, the appearance of honor murders is a particularly heinous manifestation of a broader problem: the introduction to the West of an Islamist culture that treats women as chattel and places family reputation above human life. How many more must die before we seriously address the ideology that has given birth to honor killings and other extreme examples of domestic violence in the U.S.?
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Jordan: Father's Jail Sentence Reduced in "Honor Killing" of 17 Year Old Daughter Murdered for Being Rape Victim
UK: Egyptian Muslim Woman, Christian Man Beaten in "Honor Violence" - Threatened with Death if Charges Brought
Other Reports also at:
-- Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) Human Rights Reports
-- UnitedStatesAction Newslinks
--- Continuing Reports on the Detroit Airline Bomber
America Losing Confidence in Obama
Administration Fighting “War on Terror”
Yesterday we emailed you a commentary by a Muslim reformer who questioned how the Obama administration is dealing with the threat of terrorism and radical Islam.
Little did we know that the highly-respected Rasmussen Reports public opinion firm was going to release polling numbers yesterday that reveal the American people are losing confidence in the Obama administration’s ability to protect us from this threat (see story below).
While the number of Islamist terror attacks in the U.S. in 2009 was the highest in any one year since 9/11, the Obama administration does not even acknowledge that holy war has been declared against us. President Obama will not use the terms “Islamist terrorism” or “Islamic terrorist.”
According to many pundits, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is “in over her head” and thoroughly unprepared to lead the agency tasked with protecting us against terrorism. Even the liberal Washington Post ran an editorial on Monday criticizing the Obama administration’s reaction to the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day.
No wonder Americans are losing faith in this administration to keep us safe from the growing threat of Islamist terrorism.
War on Terror Update
Plane Attack Spooks Public Confidence in War on Terror
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Belief that the bad guys are winning the War on Terror is now at its highest level over two years, and nearly half of U.S. voters say America is not safer than it was before 9/11.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 30% of voters think the terrorists are winning the War on Terror. That’s the first time the number holding that pessimistic view has reached 30% since October 2007.
Just 18% believed the terrorists were winning the week President Obama took office in January. At that time, 55% said America and its allies were on top. Now, just 36% say the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror. Only once since July 2007 have voters had less confidence.
Just 27% now say that the United States is safer today than it was before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. However, 47% say it is not, That latter figure marks a nine-point jump from earlier in the month and is the highest negative finding on the question since Rasmussen Reports began surveying on it in 2002. We have been tracking the question monthly since November 2006 and also measured it regularly in 2004 and 2005. Before that, it was asked on an occasional basis.
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Male voters feel more strongly than women that the terrorists are now winning. But conversely men are also more likely to believe America is safer today than it was before 9/11.
Republicans are evenly divided as to who is winning the War while a plurality of unaffiliated voters say neither side is winning. Democrats, by a 42% to 25% margin, believe the U.S. and its allies are winning. When a Republican was in the White House, Republicans were more optimistic than Democrats.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of the Political Class say the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror. Mainstream voters are more narrowly divided on the question.
Similarly, 72% of the Political Class says the United States is safer today than before 9/11, but 54% of Mainstream voters disagree.
In a separate survey following the Christmas Day incident, 79% of voters said it is likely there will be another terrorist attack in the United States in the next year.
Forty-six percent (46%) say current airport security procedures are not strict enough.
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December 31, 2009 - UnitedStatesAction.com Newslinks
Pakistan seeks terrorism charges against Americans
-- Reuters: "Pakistani police will ask a court to charge five Americans detained in the country this month with planning terrorist attacks and jail them for life, a police official said on Thursday."
-- "The young Americans, from Virginia, are accused of contacting militants groups over the Internet in a bid to wage holy war. Pakistani officials have said the Taliban had planned to use them to carry out attacks inside U.S. ally Pakistan."
--- Another report with photos
-- Taliban planned to use Americans in Pakistan attacks
--- Reuters: "Taliban insurgents had planned to use five Americans, now detained in Pakistan, who had contacted the militants via the Internet, to carry out attacks in the U.S.-allied country"
Pakistan: Taliban own Karachi Ashura carnage - killing 44 minority Shiite Muslims
-- Dawn: "The claim was made by one of the country's most wanted commanders of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)."
-- Dawn quote of Taliban's Asmatullah Shaheen: "We carried out the suicide bombing in Karachi"
-- TTP denies hand in Karachi procession attack
(Pakistan) Two more schools blown up in Bajaur - 68 schools destroyed in area
(Pakistan) Arrested terrorist uncover big terror plot in Karachi
(Pakistan) Four militants killed in Orakzai Agency
-- Pakistani forces kill 8 militants, arrest 48
(Pakistan) UN to move some staff out of Pakistan for safety -- after 11 UN workers killed this year
Pakistan: Key Taliban leader detained near Lahore -- Khalilullah
(Pakistan/U.S.) US to give $55 million for Waziristan: Patterson
Pakistan asks coalition not to leave Afghanistan in haste
Afghanistan: 6 Afghans Beheaded for Talking to Police
-- AP/CBS: "Men were Cooperating with Government Authorities in South-Central Afghanistan"
-- "Police say militants have beheaded six Afghans for cooperating with government authorities."
-- "Juma Gul Hamit, police chief of Uruzgan province in south-central Afghanistan, says the men were beheaded Thursday near the provincial capital of Tarin Kot."
-- "Hamit defended the victims, saying they were not involved in any anti-government activities."
Afghanistan: Islamic Supremacist Taliban Take Credit for Suicide Bombing Against Americans
-- Taliban claims murder done by Afghan soldier
Afghanistan: In year-end message, Taliban calls 2009 'successful'
Afghanistan: Highway 1: prime Taliban target
Afghans turn to Taleban justice as insurgents set up shadow government
Afghanistan: Number of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan doubles in 2009
(U.S.) Continuing Reports on Abdulmutallab Foiled Terror Plot
December 31 Abdulmutallab Reports
-- Continuing Reports on Abdulmutallab Foiled Terror Plot
-- Detroit bomber: US intelligence 'insufficiently aggressive' in pursing leads
-- Obama to Get First Reports of Probe Into Christmas Day Terror Attempt
-- Detroit terror attack: fears over wave of al-Qaeda syringe bomb attacks
-- U.S.: "Spy agencies failed to collate clues before flight - Eavesdropping evidence was not synthesized with other intelligence"
--- NYT: "The National Security Agency four months ago intercepted conversations among leaders of Al Qaeda in Yemen discussing a plot to use a Nigerian man for a coming terrorist attack, but American spy agencies later failed to combine the intercepts with other information that might have disrupted last week’s attempted airline bombing."
--- "The electronic intercepts were translated and disseminated across classified computer networks, government officials said on Wednesday, but analysts at the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington did not synthesize the eavesdropping intelligence with information gathered in November when the father of the would-be bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, visited the United States Embassy in Nigeria to express concerns about his son’s radicalization."
-- U.S.: Terror suspect attended 2008 Islamic 'knowledge fest' in Houston, Texas
--- CNN: "The man accused of trying to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas Day attended an Islamic 'Knowledge Fest' in Houston, Texas, in 2008, according to one of the organizers of the event."
--- "Yasir Qadhi, who was an instructor at 'Ilm Fest,' said the 16-day conference organized by the Al Maghrib Institute was a series of courses and workshops to teach young Muslims 'the nuts and bolts of Islam.' "
--- "The Al Maghrib Institute has chapters in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and has taught more than 30,000 young Muslims in its courses."
--- "Qadhi, of New Haven, Connecticut, has been involved in de-radicalization efforts in the United States and was a leading participant in the U.S. Counter-Radicalization Strategy conference organized by the National Counterterrorism Center in the summer of 2008."
-- Yemeni officials eye Abdulmutallab link to radical cleric
-- Washington Post: "Yemeni investigators believe the Nigerian man who allegedly attempted to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day may have met with suspected al-Qaeda operatives in a house used by a radical Yemeni American cleric, a senior Yemeni official said Thursday."
-- "In an extensive interview, Rashad Mohammed al-Alimi, Yemen's vice prime minister for defense and security affairs, also said the cleric, Anwar al-Aulaqi, is believed to be alive. It was the first such statement from Yemen's government on the fate of the U.S.-born preacher, who has been linked to the gunman who allegedly killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., on Nov. 5. Obama administration officials have said they believe Aulaqi was killed in a Dec. 24 airstrike on a house in southeastern Yemen where he had met with the Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab."
-- U.S. Transfer of 91 Yemenis home from Guantanamo Bay placed on hold in wake of Flight 253 bomb plot
-- UK: US airline plot bomber recruited by al-Qaida in London: Report
-- UK: Christmas Day bomber invited 'jihad' cleric to address British students
-- Daily Mail: "The Christmas Day airline bomber invited a radical cleric who has advocated dying while 'fighting jihad' to address British students."
-- "While president of the Islamic Society at University College London, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab helped arrange for Abdur Raheem Green to speak."
-- "The cleric, who converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism, has written that conflict between Islam and the West is 'ordered in the Koran', and that Muslims and Westerners ' cannot live peaceably together'."
-- "He has also claimed: 'Dying while fighting jihad is one of the surest ways to paradise and Allah's good pleasure'. "
-- UK: Detroit terror attack: stream of British students arrested and deported from Yemen
--- "A series of British students have been arrested and deported from Yemen in the last year for allegedly trying to join radical Muslims, it can be disclosed."
-- UK - University College of London: "Christmas Day bomb suspect 'not radicalised at UCL'"
--- November 24, 2009: UK: London University Islamic Society Hosts Hate Advocate Abu Usamah – who has praised Osama Bin Laden
--- March 11, 2006 - "farouk1986" (reportedly Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab) promotes University College of London Union Islamic Society postings by Yvonne Ridley
-- Nigerian May Have Used Course in Yemen as Cover
-- Yemen: Al Qaeda 'most dangerous' arrested - Mohammed Abdu Saleh al-Haudali
UK: House of Commons in anthrax terror alert
(U.S./Africa) NYC: 3 men indicted on narcotics-terrorism charges
-- AP: "Oumar Issa (OO'-mahr EE'-sah), Harouna Toure (hah-ROO'-nah TOHR'-ay), and Idriss Abelrahman (EE'-drihs ah-behl-RAH'-muhn), believed to be in their 30s and from Mali, are being held without bail."
-- "Authorities say the case marks the first time the U.S. has captured and charged al-Qaida suspects in a drug trafficking plot in Africa. They were brought to the U.S. this month after being arrested in Ghana."
(U.S.) NYC: Security breach shakes New Yorkers
Iraq: Salafi-Jihadi Organizations in Iraq Reject Call by Resistance Groups to Unite, Urge All Groups to Join Al-Qaeda
Iraq: Anbar police chief resigns over Ramadi attacks
Iran/Iraq: Peter Moore's kidnapping 'masterminded by Iran'
-- UK plays down report Iran directed hostage-taking
-- Iran accused over kidnap as picture released
-- Petraeus 'certain' UK hostage was held in Iran
India: Maoists kill two CPM members in West Midnapore district
Mauritania: Al-Qaeda sites publish photos of kidnapped Italians
Mali: Spanish Hostage held by al-Qaeda has bullet wound
Mali: Al-Qaeda wants ransom for hostages - report
Malian troops taught anti-terrorist tactics by US soldiers
Somalia: British ship seized by Somali pirates
Indonesia: US Embassy Issues New Year Attack Warning for Indonesia's Bali
-- Indonesia: Terror attack warning in Bali
-- current time in Indonesia
(Austria) Report: Austria – Hizb ut-Tahrir Threatens Austrian Government Official
Finland shopping mall shooting: gunman kills five before commiting suicide -- Albanian Ibrahim Shkupolli
--- "Speaking at a news conference, Kaski also refused to discuss Shkupolli's nationality, but Finnish media reported he was an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo."
--- YLE Finland Report
Nigeria: Why Nigerians can't adopt Sharia –Islamic cleric
(UAE) Dubai plans academy to teach Islamic banking
Iran opposition threatened with trials
-- "Officials say more than 500 protesters have been arrested since Sunday's clashes"
Iran orders quiet burial of protest martyr
Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei loves caviar and vulgar jokes, defector claims
Israel: Settler Teen Arrested Over West Bank Kfar Yasuf Mosque Arson
-- December 11, 2009: West Bank: Media Reports Allege Israeli Settlers Responsible for Arson Attack on Kfar Yasuf Mosque
Against Racial Supremacism:
Florida jail fires Ku Klux Klan (KKK) member - member defends white supremacist group as "faith-based organization"
-- See also March 2009:
-- "When Supremacism Uses A Religious Disguise"
Against Totalitarianism News:
North Korea: Increasing Numbers of North Korean Refugees Head to Thailand
Communist China jails senior Tibetan lama for 8 1/2 years
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Revolution Kids – Education Time With Farfour: Episode 1 Iraq & Fort Hood For Toddlers & Americans
A radical New York group, Revolution Muslim, have co-opted Farfour, the mouse who teaches hate and urges deadly violence against ‘infidels,’ to promote their extreme views to Muslim youth in America. Originally a character from a fanatical children’s program on Al-Aqsa TV, the new Farfour videos are part of an “educational program” aimed at Muslim children and Americans. This episode focuses on ethics, Saddam Hussein, and the Fort Hood shooter. The depravity of the video speaks for itself.
Comments to the video by Revolution Muslims members characterize the enemy living among us:
There are a lot of other Muslims serving in the Military (which is wrong), as Muslims we pray to Allah (swt) that he touches their hearts and make them turn on the Zio-Crusader forces, just like brother Nidal, Insha’Allah.
- Taliban Claims Responsibility In Base Compound Bombing
- Bloggers Subpoenaed After Security Memo Posted Online
- Somali Man Tried To Board Plane With Chemicals and Syringe
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that a Taliban bomber wearing a military uniform and a suicide vest entered a base in Khost and blew himself up inside the gym.
One official described Forward Operating Base Chapman, near the Pakistan border, as a former military compound that was “not a regular base” any more. Another source said [...]
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As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is trying to find out who leaked a security directive to bloggers.
TSA special agents served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris [...]
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BBC reports a Somali man is in custody in Mogadishu, suspected of trying to take explosives onto a plane in November.He had chemicals, liquid and a syringe – materials similar to those used by the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a plane on Christmas Day.
The Daallo Airlines plane was due to fly [...]
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