Australia: One step forward, two steps back as Islam keeps creeping down under

Last week, Australia took a step forward in controlling its Islam problem when it vowed to crack down on Muslim immigration, terrorists and imams. This week it took two steps backwards.

Step 1 via Australian Defence Force to get its first Muslim Imam.

The Australian Defence Force is set to get its first Muslim Imam as part of a push to attract more recruits from different cultural and language backgrounds.

Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert announced on Monday he was asking Defence to “renew efforts” on recruiting a more “culturally and linguistically diverse workforce”.

Part of this is to find an Imam – an Islamic religious leader – to serve on the ADF’s religious advisory committee, which provides advice to the force on policies to meet its personnel’s spiritual needs.

“I have asked my department to move as quickly as possible to identify a part-time Islamic Imam to join the ADF’s religious advisory committee to ensure those 96 ADF members of an Islamic faith have appropriate representation,” Mr Robert said in a speech to Parliament.

The part-time Imam will join one Jewish and five Christian religious leaders who make up the committee. He will serve in a policy advisory role – a first for the ADF – but will not provide pastoral care as do Christian Chaplains in the force.

He said there would also be a “dedicated recruitment strategy” to target sections of the community from which soldiers, sailors and airmen and women are not typically drawn.

Mr Robert stressed this was not about appearances or “social engineering” but rather was vital to making the ADF a better fighting force.

“This strategy … is born out of the stark reality that combat power will be enhanced,” he said.

No evidence that’s ever worked anywhere. Although Hitler created a Muslim unit.

Step 2, via KSA gives $1m in donation to Islamic Museum in Australia

The Kingdom has donated $1 million to the Islamic Museum in Australia (IMA). Presenting a check to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Joseph, Saudi Ambassador Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Saleh said the donation was given by the Saudi leadership in order to promote human values among nations in support of peaceful co-existence among all communities. Al-Saleh said that the Kingdom was interested in projecting the correct image of Islam.

The center will provide educational and cross-cultural instruction and showcase the artistic and cultural heritage of Muslims in Australia and in Muslim societies everywhere. It aims to foster community harmony and facilitate an understanding of the values and contributions of Muslims to Australian society.

Blood money? Muslims are wreaking havoc on community harmony all across Australia. Just this year already 1,000 Muslims rallied against Charlie Hebdo and the freedom of speech and a Muslim took hostages in a Sydney cafe, forcing them to hold an Islamic flag in the window and killing two.

These steps are all part of 100 years of jihad against Australia that continues to this day.

Australia: How The Hell Did We Let This Happen?

Muslim in USMC found guilty of desertion, gets 2 years confinement

via Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, the disappearing Marine, found guilty of desertion – CBS News. h/t @NadeenFlores

RALEIGH, North Carolina – A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq has been sentenced to two years in prison for leaving his post and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.

As part of the sentence handed down Monday, Cpl. Wassef Hassoun will have a reduction in rank, loss of pay and a dishonorable discharge. He was given two years and five days’ confinement.

Earlier in the day, the judge at Camp Lejeune, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz, had found Hassoun guilty of desertion for his disappearances in 2004 and 2005. He was also convicted of losing his service pistol.

Prosecutors argued during trial that Hassoun made preparations to flee his base in Fallujah in 2004 and told others that he planned to leave. They displayed quotes during opening statements attributed to Hassoun: “I’ll leave and go to Lebanon. I’m not kidding.”

They said he was unhappy with how U.S. servicemen treated Iraqis during interrogations and that he was upset that training and a second deployment to Iraq kept him from being with a woman with whom he’d entered an arranged marriage.

Defense attorneys maintain that Hassoun was kidnapped by insurgents in 2004. They argued that the case against the Muslim serviceman began with a “rush to judgment” by Navy investigators after suspicious comrades told investigators about comments Hassoun made about the conflict between his native Lebanon and Israel.

Days after his 2004 disappearance in Iraq, Hassoun appeared blindfolded and with a sword held above his head in an image purportedly taken by insurgents. An extremist group claimed to be holding him captive.

But Hassoun soon turned up unharmed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, saying he’d been kidnapped. Officials were suspicious, and he was returned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in 2004 while the military considered charging him.

After his return, Hassoun was allowed to visit family in Utah but disappeared a second time in early 2005. Hassoun traveled to Lebanon but was detained by that country’s authorities after Interpol issued a bulletin related to his deserter status, the defense said. The defense says court proceedings in Lebanon lasted until 2013, and Hassoun turned himself in to U.S. authorities after the government there lifted travel restrictions.


Previous posts on the two-time deserter here.

 

“We Don’t Have An Islamophobia Problem in the US, We Have an Islamophilia Problem”

Islamophobia ISLAMOPHILIA

via Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters | RealClearPolitics.

The only religion this president is willing to come out and publicly defend is Islam. And I’m not suggesting he’s a Muslim, but he clearly romanticizes Islam and he treats it as though Islam is above all criticism. Now, Tucker, those attacks yesterday in Denmark, they were attacks on fundamental principles of western civilization. Freedom of expression and religious tolerance.

And what does Obama do? What do his minions do? What does the American left do? They flip it around and say, ‘No, no, an attack on a synagogue doesn’t count.’ The only religious intolerance is intolerance of Islam. We have this problem where everybody on the left in the United States romanticizes Islam and they’re always scolding us. ‘Beware of Islamophobia. You can’t indulge in Islamophobia.’

We do not have an Islamophobia problem in the United States, we have an Islamophilia problem which places Islam above all criticism. And until we hold Islam to the same standards as every other religion, ethically and behaviorally, terrorism wins.

Video at the link.

New York: Obama imports 2 more Muslim terrorists for trial in U.S. civilian courts

Five years after capture, Obama gives foreign jihadis a lawyer and same rights as American citizens. via Yemenis Linked To Al Qaeda Will Stand Trial In New York – Business Insider.

Two Yemeni nationals were charged with conspiring to murder Americans abroad and providing material support to al Qaeda, according to a complaint and arrest warrant unsealed on Tuesday.

Saddiq Al-Abbadi and Ali Alvi were arrested in Saudi Arabia and expelled to the United States, the US Justice Department said.

According to a press release from the US Department of Justice, both Al-Abbadi and Alvi are members of al Qaeda. Between 2003 and 2007, Al-Abbadi carried out attacks against the US military in Iraq.

In 2008, both men traveled to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan to train and fight alongside al Qaeda. During this time, the two aided an American citizen with joining al Qaeda with the express purpose of carrying out attacks against US soldiers in Afghanistan as well as civilian targets within the US.

In May 2008, Al-Abbadi also led an attack against US forces in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of a US Army Ranger.

In 2008, Alvi helped facilitate the entry of US citizen Bryant Neil Vinas into al-Qaeda. Vinas traveled to Pakistan from Long Island and ultimately developed a plan in conjunction with senior al Qaeda leadership to attack the Long Island Railroad.

Al-Abbadi is scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later on Tuesday.

“With the charges announced today, these defendants will face justice for conspiring to kill Americans overseas and providing material support to al-Qaeda,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.


 

More: Yemeni terrorists’ interrogations ignite Republican ire

“It appears, in this case, that the U.S. government relied on foreign governments to detain and interrogate the Yemenis and share that information with the United States,” the Iowa and South Carolina Republican leaders said in the letter. “In the case of Al-Abbadi, it took almost five years after his initial capture for this Administration to take him into custody. And when it did, the Administration decided to pursue an Article III prosecution, transfer him to New York, read him his Miranda rights, and give him an attorney.”


 

And at least someone in Congress is doing their job: Vitter Says Charging Enemy Combatants in U.S. Courts is a Disgrace

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today made the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s policy of prosecuting enemy combatants picked-up on foreign battlefields in U.S. federal courts. Court documents say the Obama administration has authorized the transfer of two Yemeni nationals arrested in Saudi Arabia into the United States to be charged in the Eastern District of New York, which deviates from standard U.S. military custody and prosecution of enemy combatants recognized since 2001. Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to serve as Attorney General, serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

“Under no circumstance should enemy combatants receive the protection of our Constitution in federal court,” Vitter said. “If Loretta Lynch has dignified them with that protection, we should hold a hearing to fully review the circumstances before considering her nomination. Such policy is a complete disgrace to our service men and women who protect us from enemy combatants like these.”

The two enemy combatants were charged in the Eastern District of New York district court for operating as members of al-Qaeda and taking part in attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Vitter has announced his commitment to oppose Loretta Lynch’s nomination to serve as U.S. Attorney General until she affirms opposition to moving forward with any executive action to grant amnesty to five million illegal immigrants.

Brooklyn: Muslim immigrant in court, orchestrated truck bomb that killed 5 U.S. soldiers

via Faruq Khalil Muhammad ’Isa To Appear In Court In Iraq Truck Bombing « CBS New York.

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A defendant has been extradited and was set to appear in court in Brooklyn on Saturday, on charges that he helped orchestrate a terrorist attack that killed five servicemen in Iraq in 2009.

Faruq Khalil Muhammed ’Isa, also known as Faruq Khalil Muhammad ’Isa, Sayfildin Tahir Sharif and Tahir Sharif Sayfildin, was extradited to the United States from Canada and was to make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Court documents said ’Isa was charged in connection with his support for a multinational terrorist network that was blamed for several suicide bombings in Iraq. A complaint filed back in 2011 accused ’Isa of helping orchestrate an attack on the U.S. Military Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul on April 10, 2009, prosecutors said.

A truck full of explosives pulled up to the gate of the base, and those inside exchanged gunfire with Iraqi police officers guarding the base and with an American convoy exiting afterward, prosecutors said.

The truck blew up alongside the last vehicle in the U.S. convoy and left a 60-foot crater in the ground, prosecutors said. Five American soldiers were killed – Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods, 24, of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky; Sgt. First Class Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, California; Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., 25, of St. Louis, Missouri; Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport Iowa, and Army Pfc. Bryce E. Gaultier, 22 of Cyprus, California, prosecutors said.

“Today’s extradition demonstrates to those who orchestrate violence against our citizens and our soldiers that there is no corner of the globe from which they can hide from the long reach of the law,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a news release. “We will continue to use every available means to bring to justice those who are responsible for the deaths of American servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price in their defense of this nation.”

If convicted, ’Isa faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, prosecutors said.

 

Dem Rep & First Hindu in Congress: Obama Admin ‘Refuses to Recognize Who Our Enemy Is’ (video)

She’s an Iraq vet and the first Hindu in the U.S. Congress. via Dem Rep Gabbard: Obama Admin ‘Refuses to Recognize Who Our Enemy Is’ – Breitbart.

Representative and Iraq War veteran Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) argued that the Obama administration “refuses to recognize who our enemy is” on Friday’s “Situation Room” on CNN.

“It sickens me, Wolf, like so many other people who I served with and service members, who served both in Iraq and in other places, unfortunately we lost friends there who paid that ultimate price, and what is so frustrating now as we look at the situation there, our administration refuses to recognize who our enemy is. And unless and until that happens, then it’s impossible to come up with a strategy to defeat that enemy. We have to recognize that this is about radical Islam, this is as much a military war as it is an ideological war, and we’ve got to understand what that ideology is and challenge it, understand it so that we can defeat it and protect our citizens, protect the American people. That’s something that has to be done, in order for us to look at places like Iraq, places like Syria, and places really, in different parts of the world, North Africa, Nigeria. This is not just about one group called ISIS, or another group called al Qaeda. This is about an overall threat posed by this radical Islamic extremist agenda that exists all around the world as we’re seeing, unfortunately, most recently in Paris and in Europe” she said. And “I’m upset that the president and the White House, whether it’s today, or yesterday, or tomorrow, is not actually saying ‘this is a war that the Islamic extremists are posing against the United States and against the West, and we recognize who our enemy is, and come up with a strategy to defeat that enemy.’ It’s going to be slightly different in different places. It will be different in Iraq and different in Nigeria, but unless and until you recognize who our enemy is and understand them, then we won’t be effective in defeating that threat and we’re going to continue to see the kinds of tragic incidents that we’ve seen most recently in Paris.”

Gabbard also said that while the US needs to “focus our resources on those who are posing a threat to the American people,” “we may hear a lot more from people who will advocate for greater surveillance, greater NSA programs than we’ve seen already expanding those, which is not the right move. A. Because they haven’t been proven to be effective, that spying on and collecting phone call information on every single American is effective in capturing terrorists, but it also weakens our ability to focus our resources on those who pose a direct threat. And I think this has been a problem that we have seen in the Boston bomber attack, for example, that we’ve seen in Paris, where people fall through the cracks because our resources are not focused on those who are planning these attacks and who do pose that direct threat.”

She also declared “I have called for in the past and continue to call for, a suspension of the Visa Waiver Program until this is brought under control and these borders are controlled, in particular between Turkey and Syria.”


 

Her Wiki bio.

Video: U.S. Military Not Taught Ideology of Islamic Jihad

via CNS News.

Center for Security Policy (CSP) official Tommy Waller, who fought against Islamic jihadists “on their turf” in Afghanistan and elsewhere, said his military training did not include instruction in the ideology of the enemy, a deliberate omission that puts America in “great peril.”

Waller, a Marine Reserve major, speaking via Skype at the National Press Club on Jan. 16, said he was speaking as an employee of the CSP, a conservative national security group in Washington, D.C., which released that day a new report, The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement.

The plan, designed by 16 experts on counter-terrorism, intelligence, the military and national security, is based on President Ronald Reagan’s plan to defeat the Communist Soviet Union.

The Secure Freedom Strategy explains that Muslims who adhere to Sharia law are behind the global jihad movement and the deadly attacks around the world on innocent people of all faiths, including other Muslims.

“Still to this day, if you attend a formal military school, you’ll find that there’s never mention of the ideology that animates our enemies.

“We speak in terms like violent extremist organizations. We never nail down the facts about what animates these organizations or, as Clare mentioned, individuals that subscribe to the ideology.

“I recently attended a school that was nearly a year long – a formal military school for commissioned officers at the field grade level. And in 10-plus months we covered information operations for less than an hour and our case study was the Communist insurgency and how we conducted propaganda operations against it in Vietnam.

“It’s mind-boggling to me how our enemies maintain absolute information dominance but it makes sense if that’s the curriculum that we have in our military’s formal schools.

“I’ve been up until this point, shocked and saddened by – and almost bewildered – by the absence void in factual analysis of our enemy on behalf of the national security community and what we face today is tantamount to the military of the Cold War being prevented from studying Communism. Being prevented from studying the ideology that they faced on the battlefield.

“And so it’s my sincere hope that my generation and those that follow it can recover the courage that our previous generation had to study the ideology of the enemy.

 

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