The Citadel punishes cadet who exposed school’s pending submission to sharia

Source: Citadel cadet punished after leaking hijab story – Post and Courier  h/t BNI

A cadet at The Citadel said he is being punished with 33 hours of marching after he revealed in a Facebook post that the school was considering allowing an incoming cadet to wear a hijab in uniform.

The cadet, senior political science student Nick Pinelli, said officials at the public military college originally sought to charge him with behavior “unbecoming to a cadet,” a Class I offense that can lead to dismissal under the school’s disciplinary code. Instead, he said the school reduced the charge to “gross poor judgment” and handed him the maximum punishment: 40 “tours,” each consisting of 50 minutes of silent marching with a rifle in a barracks quadrangle. Pinelli, who has also been working as an intern for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, must complete the tours before graduating on May 7.

Pinelli’s April 13 Facebook post led to national media coverage and sparked heated debate among Citadel cadets and alumni about the issue of the hijab, a head covering worn by some Muslim women. The Citadel is considering accepting a Muslim freshman who has asked to be able to wear the head scarf — an exception to the school’s military dress code. No final decision has been made on the issue.

“If I valued liberal ideology, I would go to UC Berkeley,” Pinelli wrote in the post.

Col. Brett Ashworth, a spokesman for The Citadel, declined to comment on whether Pinelli is being punished. “Due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), I can’t discuss individual disciplinary action,” Ashworth wrote in an email.

The college has not announced whether it will allow the incoming cadet to wear a hijab.

Let them know how you feel on any of their social media pages like Facebook and Twitter or via phone/email from the Contact page.

Ask them, Will The Citadel submit to sharia and break 175-year uniform rule for one Muslim hijabi?


Muslim arrested for 2012 insider attack that killed 2 US officers in Afghanistan

Source: Afghan man arrested for 2012 slaying of 2 US officers – News – Stripes

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan officials this week arrested a man suspected of killing two American officers inside the Interior Ministry building four years ago during a period of deadly anti-American demonstrations.

The man, Abdul Saboor, has taken responsibility for the killings, an official said Tuesday. The attack occurred in February 2012 inside one of the most heavily guarded areas of the ministry.

“The suspect has admitted to his crime,” Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told Stars and Stripes.

The shooting deaths of the two American advisers came in the early days of deadly riots across the country over news that American soldiers had burned Qurans at Bagram Air Field. The slayings prompted NATO to temporarily withdraw all coalition advisers from Afghan ministries.

The victims were identified as Air Force Lt. Col. John D. Loftis of Paducah, Ky., and Maryland Army National Guard Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II of Baltimore.

Gen. John R. Allen, the NATO commander at the time, condemned the attacks. “The perpetrator of this attack is a coward whose actions will not go unanswered,” he said.

The Taliban had claimed responsibility for the incident and said it was retaliation by one of their fighters for the Quran burning. News about the burning of the Muslim holy books at the Parwan Detention Facility came just weeks after video surfaced of Marines urinating on Taliban corpses.

The riots and reprisals that followed left dozens of Afghans and foreign troops dead or wounded.

The day after the officers were gunned down, the Interior Ministry identified a suspect believed to be an Interior Ministry employee, but he had fled.

The Kabul police had named Saboor as the attacker at the time and said he was a resident of Parwan province working at the intelligence directorate of the ministry. He was arrested Monday in Bamiyan province and was brought to Kabul, Sediqqi said.

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Obama frees 9 more Gitmo terrorists, sends to Saudi Arabia

Source: US frees 9 Guantanamo prisoners, sends them to Saudi Arabia

Nine prisoners from Guantanamo Bay have been released and sent to Saudi Arabia for resettlement, the Defense Department announced Saturday.

All nine are Yemeni but have family ties to Saudi Arabia. None of the men had been charged and all but one had been cleared for release from the U.S. base in Cuba since at least 2010. One was approved for release by a review board last year.

They could not be sent to their homeland because of instability there.

The prisoners include a frequent hunger striker whose weight had dropped to as low as 74 pounds (34 kilograms) at one point.

The interagency Guantanao Review Task Force reviewed the cases of all nine prisoners, unanimously approving eight for transfer. The ninth was later approved by another government review board.

“In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States’ intent to transfer these individuals and of the secretary’s determination that these transfers meet the statutory standard,” the Defense Department said in a statement.

“The United States is grateful to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the statement read.

The release announced Saturday in a Pentagon statement brings the Guantanamo prisoner population to 80, including 26 cleared men expected to leave by the end of the summer.

One of those released was Abdul Rahman Mohamed Saleh Naser:

S E C R E T / / NOFORN / / 20331015 JTF-GTMO-CDR SUBJECT: 
Recommendation for Transfer Out of DoD Control (TRO) for 
Guantanamo Detainee, ISN US9YM-000115DP (S) detainee may seek
 out prior associates and reengage in hostilities and 
extremist support activities. Since transfer to JTF-GTMO, 
detainee has occasionally expressed animosity towards the US, 
indicating he might engage in future extremist activities. 
Detainee is assessed to be an Islamic extremist who served 
as a fighter in Usama Bin Laden's (UBL) 55th Arab Brigade.1 
Detainee fought against Northern Alliance forces on the front 
lines near Kabul and in northern Afghanistan near Khwaja Ghar. 
Shaykh Abdul Majid al-Zindani, declared a terrorist financier 
by the US in February 2004, recruited detainee in Yemen. 
Detainee's name was found on multiple documents recovered 
from al-Qaida affiliated guesthouses.
More on those released via the NYT:

Will The Citadel submit to sharia and break 175-year uniform rule for Muslim hijabi?


Islam does not mean peace. It means SUBMISSION! via The Citadel considers first-ever uniform exception: allowing a Muslim hijab

If the request for the traditional Muslim hair covering is granted, it apparently would be the first exception made to the Citadel’s uniform, which all cadets at the storied public military college in South Carolina are required to wear at nearly all times. (At beaches, for example, college rules stipulate that, “Cadets will change into appropriate swimwear upon arrival and change back into uniform when departing.”) A spokeswoman said that to her knowledge, in its nearly 175-year history, the school has never granted a religious, or other, accommodation that resulted in a change to the uniform.

The college, founded in 1842, has won praise for its academics as well as the leadership skills taught to its 2,300 or so undergraduates, about 170 of whom are women (the school began admitting women in 1996). The college has several Muslim students enrolled now, a spokeswoman said.

She said that to her knowledge, the admitted student had not asked for other accommodations.

Here is the religious accommodation policy: (PDF)

Here are the uniform requirements for cadets: (PDF)

Source: US MILITARY COLLEGE BREAKING 175-Year Code to Appease ONE Muslim Student –

The 175-year-old military college in South Carolina has NEVER made an exception to their uniform policy – for religious reasons or otherwise.  Now, one student has recently requested that she be allowed to wear the hijab, as required by her Muslim faith, and the Citadel is considering the request.

The word is spreading on social media, and fellow students, alumni and others have had plenty to say.   The fact that the very first exception to the uniform rules might be allowed for a Muslim student stings for many.

One cadet, Nick Pinelli, who will graduate in May, wrote his objections on facebook:

It’s no secret that you can’t wear what you want when you’re at the Citadel. You’re punished even for wearing what you want when you’re not on campus. But, those who come here are signing up for that, no matter how much they hate it (we do). So it’s not unfair to those people who want to join an organization with the intentions of excluding themselves from the regulations, it’s unfair to those who practice within the realms of those regulations. It’s unfair to the school having to change rules and adjust to the individual, when the individual could’ve gone to USC without incident. Your expression of self shouldn’t place a burden of cost on others.  It’s not equality to let one of those groups follow a different set of rules.

Another cadet responded:

It is a blatant disrespect to what a military school stands for. We come here and willingly give up our individuality and become a part of a group that upholds the time honored traditions of this school. So for anyone to come, not even walk through our hallowed gates, and force the school to go to extreme lengths both financially and resourcefully, to accommodate one person, isn’t right. I can’t wear a tshirt around campus that says “I love Jesus”. Why? It’s not because of religious intolerance, it’s because it does not meet uniform requirements that all 2400 of us are held to. Am I offended that I can’t wear a religious tshirt? Nope. Why? Because I accepted the system that I have become a part of, and I’m willing to let it change me and join a long line of men and women who I will be honored to call my brothers and sisters.

In Germany, the consequences of allowing Muslims into the military are becoming deadly obvious:  29 German soldiers have joined ISIS, army may contain dozens of jihadist sympathizers – report

German counter-intelligence believes that at least 29 former soldiers from the country have left to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. An internal report also revealed that 65 active soldiers are being investigated for alleged jihadist sympathies.

Florida House Speaker Kills Counter-terrorism Law That Passed Full Senate 35-0

Source: Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli Kills Key State-Level Counterterrorism Measure Known as Andy’s Law | Terror Trends Bulletin

State legislation known as “Andy’s Law” stiffens criminal penalties for terrorism and material support for terrorism.

It is needed on the state level because our bureaucratized counterterrorism apparatus on the federal level is routinely reluctant to bring terrorism charges in cases that are clearly terrorism. The law also creates a civil cause of action empowering victims of terrorism to sue in state court those who provide material support and aid those who commit acts of terrorism. Andy’s Law has already passed into law in Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, North Carolina and Tennessee.

It is called Andy’s Law after Private Andy Long, who was gunned down on June 1, 2009 by a Jihadist named Abdulhakim Muhammed outside an Army Recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, as reported in the documentary, “Losing Our Sons.”

One state in which Andy’s Law will not be passed into law in 2016 evidently is Florida.


Crisafulli killed Andy’s Law

That’s because the state’s House Speaker, Steve Crisafulli, killed the Andy’s Law bill that was authored by Senator Joe Negron and Representative Mike Hill.

Prior to Crisafulli’s action, the bill had passed 3 committees in the Florida Senate, 2 subcommittees of the House and a full committee of the House without a single opposing vote.

It then passed the full Senate 35-0.

At the 11th hour, at Crisafulli’s specific direction, the bill was blocked from a vote on the House floor.

Crisafulli is a prime example of a generation of establishment Republican politicians who have failed the nation in terms of making national security a top priority as President Reagan did.

The question remains: why did Crisafulli block a measure that has sailed through state legislatures elsewhere and had unanimous bipartisan support in the Florida legislature?

The only known opponents of Andy’s Law are Muslim Brotherhood groups, as identified in the largest terrorism financing prosecution in U.S. history, the U.S. v. the Holy Land Foundation.

In that trial, groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and others were named as Muslim Brotherhood fronts and unindicted co-conspirators in that prosecution.

All of these well-funded groups and their allies are active in Florida. They are the only known opponents of Andy’s Law. This raises serious questions about the political terrain in the Sunshine State to say the least when a prominent Republican leader would unilaterally kill a popular counterterrorism measure opposed by nefarious elements of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Saudi Arabia planning Sunni ‘Muslim NATO’ super-army

34-nations have already agreed.

Source: Saudi Arabia planning ‘Muslim NATO’ super-army after North Thunder

The Islamic kingdom has proposed the powerful new fighting force after hosting massive military exercises dubbed “North Thunder” – with the armed forces of 20 Muslim nations.Pakistan – which the US fears – is already on board.The new bloc is officially being set to fight terror groups – such as ISIS – just as .

But it will be seen as a threat to archenemy Iran – and a possible rival to NATO, which includes the UK and US.

Pakistani media is reporting Saudi Arabia has asked its nuclear-armed Muslim ally to lead the initiative and chalk out a framework for the grouping.

The newly-assertive monarchy – which already has the highest military spending in the world – has already established a 34-nation force to fight ISIS.

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef was reportedly asked to command the alliance.

All members are Sunni Muslim countries and security experts have interpreted the alliance as a counterweight to Shia Muslim Iran – which has been their sworn enemy for almost 1,400 years.

It is unclear if the new NATO-like force – which could have a shared army or command structure – will have the same Sunni membership.

The shock development comes as Saudi Arabia blasted long-time ally America for calling the Muslim oil giant a “free rider”.

US president Barak Obama slammed Saudi Arabia as a “free rider” on US foreign policy and attacked Riyadh’s funding of religious intolerance last week.

Prince Turki al-Faisal – a former Saudi intelligence chief and ex-ambassador to Washington and London – hit back, saying: “No, Mr Obama – we are not ‘free riders’.”

U.S. Air Force Vet Guilty of Trying to Aid Islamic State Terrorists

Source: Tairod Pugh, Ex-U.S. Serviceman, Is Found Guilty of Trying to Aid ISIS – The New York Times

A federal jury on Wednesday found a former United States serviceman guilty of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, the first such case involving the terrorist group to reach a verdict in a United States courtroom.

The former serviceman, Tairod Pugh, 48, hung his head momentarily after the jury foreman in Federal District Court in Brooklyn announced the guilty verdict on the top charge, trying to support a foreign terrorist organization.10pugh-blog427

Mr. Pugh is among dozens of people arrested by the authorities over the past two years on charges that they tried to travel to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State or had plotted attacks on behalf of the organization in America. Another man accused of conspiring to support the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is now on trial in Phoenix.

Mr. Pugh, a skilled airplane mechanic from his time in the Air Force about 25 years ago, had been drifting across the Middle East in the year before his arrest in January 2015, finding work at small American airlines that flew in and out of far-flung military bases on Pentagon contracts.

Evidence presented at the trial, which began on Feb. 29, showed that Mr. Pugh had researched border crossings to Syria before boarding a flight to Istanbul, a common jumping-off point for would-be foreign fighters seeking to make their way to Islamic State-controlled territory. But much was left unsaid about how Mr. Pugh, a convert to Islam, had originally fallen under the sway of extremist ideology. By 2014, however, he was watching slickly produced Islamic State propaganda and defending the group on Facebook and in conversations with co-workers.

Shortly before his arrest, Mr. Pugh had even drafted a letter to his wife in Egypt, promising to bring her along to paradise after he died a martyr. In the letter, he pledged to “use the talents and skills given to me by Allah to establish and defend the Islamic State.” But he did not appear to have actually sent the letter, giving his lawyers an opening to argue that though Mr. Pugh was an ardent ideological supporter of the Islamic State, any thoughts he harbored of joining the group were fantasies.

The jury rejected that defense, convicting Mr. Pugh of crimes that carry a potential 35-year sentence. In addition to the terrorism-related charge, he was also found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding, for destroying several flash drives that the government claimed contained evidence against him.


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