A New Mega Mosque Rises…in Alaska

via A New Mosque Rises—in Alaska | WSJ.

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On the edge of this northern outpost an unfamiliar sight is emerging: twin minarets. Alaska’s small but growing Muslim community is building the state’s first newly constructed mosque.

All too familiar for anyone watching the death and destruction Muslims are bringing wherever they go.

“This is our future,” said Osama Obeidi, one of the Muslim-Americans leading the building effort for the Islamic Community Center of Anchorage. “We have second-generation Alaskans now, and new people coming all the time. We need a place to call home.”

The 15,000-square-foot mosque, taking shape near a Sons of Norway Viking Hall, will eventually include a Sunday school and a community center. Heated floors will make worship in the bitter winters more comfortable.

The mosque is perhaps the clearest sign yet that Islam in the U.S. is rapidly pushing beyond traditional population centers such as Detroit and Los Angeles. As the number of American Muslims grows through both immigration and higher-than-average birthrates, domes and minarets are sprouting in areas as varied as the eastern mountains of Kentucky and Louisiana’s parishes.

The building boom reflects American Muslims’ desire for a sense of permanence as their religion shifts from one mainly imported by immigrants to one practiced by their American-born children and grandchildren, Muslim leaders say.

The Muslim population in the U.S. is expected to more than double by 2030, to 6.2 million, according to a 2011 Pew Research Center study. By then, Muslims are expected to represent 1.7% of the U.S. population, making them as numerous as American Jews or Episcopalians today, the study says.

By 2030 it’s likely to double that estimate with Obama’s preference for Muslim refugees and illegally importing millions of people from the Middle East and Africa. The Muslim population has grown it’s fastest since Muslims attacked America on 9/11.

A 2011 survey of U.S. mosques found a 74% increase in the number of Muslim congregations established between 2000 and 2011, rising to 2,106 from 1,209. About 30% of those congregations built new mosques, said the report sponsored by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research and a coalition of Islamic organizations.

Where did the money come from to build all these mosques, many of extravagant size and cost. And what’s being taught in them?

In 2000, the study counted 314 “purpose-built” mosques; by 2011, that number had more than doubled to 632.

Even as their presence grows, Muslims continue to struggle to find their place in American society. A Pew Research study released in July showed Americans view Muslims “more coldly,” or negatively, than any other major religious group—including atheists—on a so-called “feeling thermometer.”

Though there is at least one other congregation in Alaska worshiping out of an existing space, Anchorage, with a population of about 300,000, has been one of the few sizable U.S. cities that lacked a purpose-built mosque, U.S. Muslim leaders said.

So far the mosque, which has its minaret bases but not yet its towers, hasn’t been met with much opposition, as projects have in some other parts of the country, say local Muslims and police. The only incident of note was when some Bibles were left at the construction site. They were donated to a Catholic school.

Fifteen years ago, Anchorage’s Muslim community was small enough to gather in an apartment for services. About seven years ago, the congregation began renting a 1,200-square-foot storefront in a strip mall. Over the last five years, its numbers have risen, mostly due to refugee-resettlement programs.

The congregation finally scraped together enough money to break ground on the new mosque in 2010. So far, the project has cost roughly $2 million; completion is expected to require another $1.5 million.

The Anchorage congregation also is yet to woo an imam. So some in the congregation take turns giving sermons.

 The last time we checked in on Alaska they were banning sharia law and had caught a local Muslim whose jihad hit list included members of media, military.

 

Six Muslims caught en route to bomb English Defence League get 19 years

Meanwhile the media continue to defend jihad-waging Muslims and attempt to falsely vilify those who try to defend their own country. via BBC News – English Defence League rally bomb plotters jailed.

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Six men from the West Midlands have been jailed for up to 19-and-a-half years each for planning to bomb an English Defence League rally.

Omar Khan, Jewel Uddin, Mohammed Hasseen, Mohammed Saud, Zohaib Ahmed and Anzal Hussain had all admitted terrorism offences in April.

Five of them had taken a bomb, knives and sawn-off shotguns to last June’s rally in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

But the plotters arrived two hours after the EDL event had ended.

The men, who all lived in or near Birmingham, were caught by chance after a car being used by two of them, and carrying weapons, was stopped by police on the M1 after the rally and found to have no insurance.

The “men” were all Muslims waging jihad in the name of Allah. But the BBC can’t bring itself to mention that. There is no difference between these guys and the Muslim who beheaded the British soldier in broad daylight.

At the Old Bailey, Khan, Uddin and Ahmed were sentenced to 19-and-a-half years in jail, with a five-year extension on licence.

Hasseen, Hussain and Saud were jailed for 18 years and nine months, with a five-year extension on licence.

Extended sentences, introduced in England and Wales last year, mean offenders serve at least two-thirds of their main sentence in custody. After release, they are on licence in the community for the rest of their sentence plus the extension part.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said the men had planned “a horrendous attack”.

The six defendants received a reduction of a quarter in their jail terms for pleading guilty before a trial had been due to start.

Sentencing the men, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said their device – an 18in nail bomb using explosives from fireworks and stuffed with shrapnel – had been a “horrible weapon” that would have caused serious if not fatal injuries.

He said it had not been an amateurish attempt but wide-ranging and determined.

As well as targeting EDL supporters, police officers and members of the public could have been caught up in the attack, the court heard.

The judge said had the attack succeeded, it could have sparked “a spiral of tit-for-tat violence”.

Judges like this are part of the problem in the U.K.

 

U.S. sold $40 billion worth of weapons to Muslim nations in 2011

They will be used against us. via Testosterone Pit – President Obama Must Release The Truth About Benghazi.

In 2011, the United States overseas weapons sales tripled to $66.3 billion, accounting for approximately three quarters of all the foreign weapons sales in the worldOver half of the American sales, $33.4 billion worth of weapons, went to Saudi Arabia.  Another $6 billion went to the Persian Gulf nations of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman.

According e-mails from Stratfor Global Intelligence hacked by WikiLeaks, Chief Executive Jamie Smith of “security” firm SCG International stated his organization had been contracted to U.S. intelligence agencies to supply arms to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in Libya and was now working with Saudi Arabia and Qatar to provide weapons to hard-liner Islamic jihadists brigades to overthrow Assad in Syria.  Smith stated that SCG was also working to recover missing Libyan surface-to-air missiles from Benghazi, Libya.

In March of 2011, Chris Stevens was appointed by Secretary of State Clinton as the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan rebels, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group  (LIFG).  Shortly thereafter, a non-fly-zone was declared by the U.S. and Stevens moved into Benghazi, Libya.  When Libya was liberated in September, Stevens moved to Tripoli as the U.S. Ambassador.

Libya was ruled by a National Transitional Council until elections were held on July 7, 2012.  LIFG formed the al-Umma al-Wasat political party under Sami al-Saadi, who had sent so many warriors to fight in Afghanistan that Taliban leader Mullah Omar called him the “Sheikh of the Arabs”.  There was increasing violence leading up to the election.  On June 6th an IED blew a hole in the security wall at the Benghazi Consulate “big enough for 40 men to go through”; on June 10th, the British ambassador’s car was attacked in Tripoli; and in late June, the International Red Cross in Benghazi was attacked.  After the British and Red Cross withdrew, the U.S. flag over the American Consulate was the last international target in Benghazi.  But the environment became much more dangerous when al-Uma al-Wasat only came in third place in the elections.

LIFG had been making great money selling Gaddafi’s estimated stock of about 20,000 portable SA-7 heat-seeking missiles to the Syrian rebels, who used them to shoot down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets.  Last month The Times of London reported that a Libyan ship named ‘The Intisaar’ had berthed at the Turkish port of Iskenderun with docking “papers stamped by the port authority by the ship’s captain, Omar Mousaeeb” of Benghazi.  The ship reportedly carried 400 tons of weapons for Syrian rebels, including SAM-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.  The Times stated that the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood movement and Free Army claimed the cargo for themselves, which “delayed the arrival of the weapons in Syria.”

Continue reading for more insight on the Benghazi attack.

LA Times paints sympathetic view of Muslim convert convicted in terror plot

You see, he was just sick and on meds, and using the informant for money. Like a good Muslim. via How a couple in Alaska became the terrorists next door – latimes.com.

A little more than a year ago, he was a weather forecaster at a remote outpost in King Salmon, Alaska, population 442. He and his wife — he with his close-trimmed red beard and shy smile, she with her rosebud cheeks and sweet English accent — lived in a two-story frame house strewn with toys. They were popular dinner companions and regulars at community theater productions.

Now Paul Rockwood Jr. is a convicted terrorist, serving eight years in a federal prison. His wife, Nadia, is exiled on probation in England after her own criminal conviction. Since their arrest in 2010 — accused by the FBI of drafting and delivering a list of targets for terrorist attacks — friends and neighbors have been left in confusion, wondering how the nice young couple could have turned into the terrorists next door.

The possible answer, provided in Rockwood’s first interview since his arrest, opens a window on one man’s uncertain spiritual journey and radicalization after the Sept. 11 attacks. It also offers a look at the government’s increasingly deep dragnet for suspected domestic terrorists.

Read it to see how the media interviews coddles Muslim terrorists.

Alaska: Committee OKs bill banning foreign laws but exempts intl commerce

And in the process would seem to provide a gaping loophole for sharia in the way of sharia compliant financial dealings – one of the mechanisms used to fund jihad. Progress report on Alaska’s effort to ban international laws including Islamic sharia.

JUNEAU — A state House committee has approved a bill banning the use of foreign law in state courts.

The measure, proposed by Republican Rep. Carl Gatto of Palmer, instructs courts not to uphold any foreign laws if doing so would strip a person of their constitutional rights.

Gatto says the bill would curb courts from recognizing Sharia, an Islamic law code incorporated into the legal systems of some countries.

Anchorage Democrat Max Gruenberg objected to the bill’s passage during Thursday’s House State Affairs Committee hearing, saying the bill could have unintended legal consequences.

Business agreements were exempted from the bill after committee members expressed concerns that the measure could infringe on international commerce.

House Bill 88 will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee next Wednesday.

via Committee OKs bill banning foreign laws | Northwest News – The News Tribune.

Alaska seeks to bar foreign law from courts

More than a dozen states now seeking protection from foreign law. via JuneauEmpire.com, State seeks to bar foreign law from courts


JUNEAU — An Alaskan lawmaker hopes to guard against Islamic Sharia law by prohibiting state courts from honoring foreign law that violates Alaskan or U.S. constitutional rights.

Though the bill’s language does not specifically target Sharia, Rep. Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, said the legislation is a reaction to what he sees as the growing use of international law codes in courts that have robbed people of their constitutional rights.

In a hearing before the House State Affairs Committee, Gatto’s chief of staff Karen Sawyer said Sharia is an example of the type of transnational law that has appeared in family law, divorce and child custody cases nationally, though she knows of instances of it appearing in Alaska courts.

“Sharia is clearly offensive to the U.S. Constitution,” Sawyer said. “It is the foremost foreign law that is impacting our legal system.”

Sawyer added that countries following Sharia law do not allow freedom of religion or equal rights to women.

Gatto called the law a preventative measure necessitated by the religious beliefs of recent immigrants.

“As a kid, we had Italian neighborhoods, Irish neighborhoods … but they didn’t impose their own laws,” Gatto said. “When these neighborhoods are occupied by people from the Middle East, they do establish their own laws.”

Sharia law is a set of Islamic principles and religious interpretations that have been adopted into the laws of certain countries, mostly in the Middle East.

The Alaska proposal is based on the American Laws for American Courts act, which has been proposed in several states and versions of which have been enacted in Tennessee and Louisiana, said David Yerushalmi, an Arizona-based attorney who supports the legislation.

In testimony before the committee, Yerushalmi said the law would protect people who are forced to litigate in any country with laws counter to U.S. constitutional protections, not just countries practicing Sharia law.

“Today, we are far more likely than ever before to have foreign laws in American courts,” said Yerushalmi. “There are plenty of occasions in which foreign law informs what Alaskan law could be.”

Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the bill was an unnecessary overreach, and adequate protections for religious freedom in court already exist.

“It’s a solution in search of a problem that doesn’t exist,” Mittman said.

While Committee chair and bill co-sponsor Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, said he hoped to move the bill out of committee after its first hearing, concerns from lawmakers on how the bill would affect agreements with Alaska Native tribes or neighboring countries led to the bill being held over for further consideration.


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Read the full text of HB88 HERE. It is in his sponsor statement that Rep. Gatto mentions “Sharia”. Gatto writes, in part:

One example of an offending transnational law is sharia – authoritative Islamic law that is applied as the law of the land in many countries around the world. Sharia is patently offensive to U.S. and Alaska constitutional law because it criminalizes apostasy (violation of Free Exercise of Religion) and blasphemy against Islam, Mohammed, and sharia itself (violation of Free Speech). Sharia also violates principles of due process and equal protection by discriminating against non-Muslims and women.

Countries that apply sharia as the law of the land include Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan, and Somalia. Many Muslim countries apply sharia as the law of the land in specific legal areas such as family law and inheritance. Examples of these countries and political regimes include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, parts of Indonesia, Gaza, Jordan, and Yemen. In addition, just about all Muslim countries have a de jure or de facto sharia supremacy clause which effectively does not allow any “secular” law to violate sharia’s fundamental principles of Islamic supremacy. Countries of this type include such “moderate” countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Afghanistan, and even Iraq.

TSA head oversaw outreach to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood while at FBI

Next up, TSA’s top dhimmi, via Human Events, TSA’s John Pistole

TSA Director John Pistole.

Pistole served for over seven years as the Deputy Director of the FBI until he became the Director of the TSA a few months ago.  During his time as the No.2 man in our nation’s most powerful law-enforcement organization, Pistole oversaw the bureau’s outreach program to American Muslim organizations blossom.  The organizations to which the FBI reached out were all Hamas fronts, Hamas support entities or fronts for the root organization of the global jihad: the Muslim Brotherhood.  They included the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) among others.

Not only did Mr. Pistole fail aggressively to seek to target these groups investigatively, he sought their approval.  Under Mr. Pistole’s watch, FBI General Counsel Valerie Caproni invited Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the ACLU into FBI headquarters to ensure the attorney general’s Investigative Guidelines were not offensive.  We wouldn’t want to offend, Hamas might make them angry at us.  FBI field offices around the country were given training from CAIR, an organization created by the International Muslim Brotherhood to be a front for Hamas as demonstrated by evidence in the largest Hamas trial in U.S. history–the Holy Land Foundation in Dallas, Tex., in 2008.

During Mr. Pistole’s tenure as FBI deputy director, the Joint Terrorism Task Forces failed to share information properly with state and local law enforcement organizations, so the states began creating Fusion Centers.  Nine years after 9/11, local and state agencies are still frustrated with the FBI’s lack of response to significant terrorism issues within the domestic United States (e.g. Jamaat al Fuqra training camps in the U.S.), and the continued lack of information sharing.  Did I mention the over $500 million flushed down the toilet in the FBI’s failed attempt to create a Virtual Case File, or the current failings of the FBI’s data systems?

Now Mr. Pistole is the head of TSA.  Instead of profiling likely terrorists, which any professional security specialist knows is the only chance you have of keeping a port safe because you cannot successfully screen 100% of your travelers, Mr. Pistole is defending TSA’s policy of strip-searching grandmother’s, nuns and three-year-olds.  Wouldn’t want to offend Hamas would we Mr. Pistole?  Gross incompetence at the FBI rewarded by making him the head of TSA.  We shouldn’t expect the results to be any different.


David Meyers is a former officer in the U.S. Army who spent a career in the U.S. Intelligence Community. He has lived and traveled widely in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. He currently consults on security, intelligence operation and policy matters.

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