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?

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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 – DennisMichaelLynch.com

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.

Obama Releases Two al-Qaeda Bomb Experts from Gitmo to Senegal

via Obama Administration Pushed Release Of ‘High Risk’ Bomb Makers From Guantanamo

The Department of Defense released two al-Qaida bomb experts Monday from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The two Libyan terrorists will go to the custody of the sub-Saharan African country of Senegal.

Salem Abdu Salam Ghereby and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar both had extensive terrorist histories and close ties to top ranking al-Qaida leaders like Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Both hailed from Libya and belonged to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), an al-Qaida affiliate.

Ghereby is thought to have fought with bin Laden when U.S.-led coalition forces attacked bin Laden’s compound in Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in December 2001. Bin Laden supposedly narrowly escaped capture during the firefight. Ghereby is believed to also have expertise in bomb making and was deemed “high risk” by a Department of Defense (DoD) report when he was captured. Ghereby apparently was not very good at his job, having lost an eye and some fingers during his time as an al-Qaida explosives trainer.

While Ghereby was deemed dangerous to U.S. security, Umar’s security threat is an order of magnitude greater. Not only did he pose a high security risk when caught, analysts at the DoD warned in a review that he would likely seek to continue terrorist activities if released.

“If released without rehabilitation, close supervision, and means to successfully reintegrate into his society as a law abiding citizen, it is assessed detainee [Umar] would immediately seek out prior associates and reengage in hostilities and extremist support activities,” said the 2008 threat assessment.

Umar was a “long time” close associate of bin Laden, knew al-Zawahiri personally and held a leadership position in LIFG. He is also reported to have known Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the infamous leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, and was responsible for deaths of dozens, if not hundreds, of U.S. military personnel in Iraq during the occupation. According to DoD reports, Umar was also an “explosives and weapons trainer at LIFG and al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan.”

The Guantanamo Review Task Force, set up by the Obama administration to review detainees, reiterated the security threat posed by Umar in 2010. Inexplicably, five years later a separate periodic review board found that detaining Umar was “no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States.”

The review board’s report said that Umar exhibited apparent good behavior, which included “compliance with camp rules,” mediating disputes between guards and prisoners and his supposed “intent to move forward in a positive manner.” Apparently this was enough to approve the release of a career terrorist who spent decades dedicated to violent jihad.

The case of Umar is not the first time a detainee who was deemed high risk to U.S. security has been released by the Obama administration. According to the Long War Journal, a website which tracks terrorist activity, Umar is the fifth detainee listed as high-risk released from Guantanamo since September 2015. A sixth detainee who was recommended for prosecution by the Guantanamo task force was also released due to the recommendation of the periodic review board.

With the two Libyan terrorists being transferred to Senegal, significant questions remain as to how long they will be detained by the Senegalese government and what kind of security measures will be taken to ensure they do not pose a threat to the U.S. in the future, concerns for which Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook outright refused to provide details.


Meanwhile, via Ayotte Places Hold on DoD Counsel Nominee over Guantanamo Report

Senate Armed Services member Kelly Ayotte has placed a hold on the Defense Department general counsel nominee until the administration shares certain information about the danger of releasing Guantanamo detainees.

“Despite the fact that more than 30 percent of former Guantanamo detainees are known or suspected to have re-engaged in terrorism, and despite recent confirmation that some have even killed Americans, the administration announced the release of two more Gitmo detainees today,” Ayotte said in a statement. “This administration’s continued failure to provide critical information to the American people about terrorist detainees is not only unacceptable — it violates the law.”

Obama releasing a dozen Gitmo terrorists to other countries soon

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Planting the seeds of jihad in countries all around the world. via Pentagon to send about a dozen Guantanamo inmates to other countries soon – AOL

WASHINGTON, March 30 (Reuters) – The Pentagon plans to transfer about a dozen inmates of the Guantanamo military prison to at least two countries that have agreed to take them, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, the latest move in President Barack Obama’s final push to close the facility.

The first of the transfers are expected in the next few days and the others will take place in coming weeks, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Among them will be Tariq Ba Odah, a Yemeni man who has been on a long-term hunger strike and has lost about half of his body weight.

There are now 91 prisoners at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Most have been held without charge or trial for more than a decade, drawing international condemnation.

Obama, who last month presented Congress with a blueprint for closing the prison, is seeking to make good on his long-time pledge before he leaves office in January. But he faces stiff opposition from many Republican lawmakers, as well as some of his fellow Democrats.

The Pentagon has notified Congress of its latest planned transfers from among the 37 detainees already cleared to be sent to their homelands or other countries, the official said. U.S. officials have said they expect to move out all members of that group by this summer.

Obama’s plan for shuttering the facility calls for bringing the several dozen remaining prisoners to maximum-security prison in the United States. But U.S. law bars such transfers to the mainland, and Obama has not ruled out doing so by use of executive action.

“I do not have a timeline on when particular detainees will be transferred from Guantanamo,” Commander Gary Ross, a Defense Department spokesman, said in a statement. “However, the administration is committed to reducing the detainee population and to closing the detention facility responsibly.”

The plan to resettle about a dozen inmates was first reported by the Washington Post. The U.S. official declined to name the countries ready to take them in.

Ten Yemeni men were sent to Oman in January. Others were recently sent to Ghana, Bosnia and Montenegro. The Obama administration has ruled out sending Yemenis, who make up the bulk of the remaining prisoners, to their homeland because it is engulfed in civil war and has an active Al Qaeda branch.


Meanwhile, More Ex-Gitmo detainees suspected of returning to terrorism

The number of former Guantánamo Bay detainees suspected of re-engaging in terrorism or insurgency after being released by President Obama doubled from six to 12 in the six months through January, according to data released Tuesday by the administration.

Critics of Obama’s plan to close the Guantánamo detention facility are certain to use the new totals to bolster their arguments that the recidivism rate is too high to continue releasing prisoners to foreign countries.

Of the 144 detainees released under Obama, the number now confirmed to be back in the fight is seven, according to the report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The number of Obama-era releases suspected of re-engaging is now 12.

In addition, one more former detainee who was released under President George W. Bush is now suspected of rejoining the fight.

Overall, 118 of the 676 prisoners released under both presidents are confirmed to have participated in terrorism, while another 86 are suspected.

Ohio: Muslim pleads guilty to supporting Islamic State

Recall this fine Muslim Was Ready to ‘Cut Off the Head of His Non-Muslim Son’ and Wanted an Attack in U.S.

Source: Man charged with supporting Islamic State pleads guilty – Times Union

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of trying to recruit people to join the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Wednesday to a terrorism charge.

Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi, formerly Robert McCollum, pledged his support online to the Islamic State group, authorities said.

Al-Ghazi, 39, pleaded guilty in federal court in Akron to one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms.

A message was left with Al-Ghazi’s attorney.

Federal prosecutors say Al-Ghazi faces up to 16 years in prison. Sentencing was set for June 23.

Al-Ghazi legally changed his name from Robert McCollum last year, and agents found a sword and an Islamic State flag during a search of McCollum’s apartment in the Cleveland suburb of Sheffield Lake.

An affidavit alleged Al-Ghazi began using social media sites in July 2014 to pledge his support for the militant group and its leader and to recruit people to join the group.

He also made various references while chatting online with FBI sources that he wanted to stage terrorist attacks in the U.S., including the derailment of a train, according to the affidavit.

He initially told one FBI source that he wasn’t interested in becoming a martyr, but did say he’d be willing to cut off the head of his non-Muslim son if Muslims were to go to war in the U.S., the affidavit said.

Later, he told a source that he wanted to kill non-Muslims and wrote in an online chat, according to the affidavit: “You don’t fear death anymore its like walking thru a door for a martyr u know.”

From July 2014 to June 2015, Al-Ghazi made multiple statements trying to persuade others to join the Islamic State group, according to the government. Al-Ghazi also tried to buy an assault rifle in his desire to attack the United States and tried to create Islamic State propaganda videos, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.


 

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