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Today, Rep. Peter T. King  issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s purchase of Thomson Prison in Illinois:

“After widespread and bipartisan opposition to President Obama’s outrageous and dangerous plan to close the ultra-secure detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and import the terrorists to the U.S. Homeland for trial in civilian courts in New York City and elsewhere, I thought this issue was settled.

“Apparently not.

“In order to keep these terrorists out of the United States, Congress reflected the will of the American people by explicitly opposing the purchase of the Thomson Illinois prison, where the Obama Administration has sought to transfer the Guantanamo terrorists.

“Yet, in direct defiance of the will of the People, the Administration today announced that it will buy the Thomson prison for at least $165 million.

“Obama Administration officials today promised that Guantanamo terrorists will not be transferred to the Thomson prison, citing Congressional action prohibiting it. I have trouble believing Obama Administration promises.

“If the Obama Administration is willing to ignore Congress about the purchase of the Thomson prison, how are the American people expected to trust that the

Administration will not ignore Congress about the transfer of terrorists into it? I pledge to continue working to keep the Obama Administration from moving dangerous terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. Homeland.”

October 2, 2012

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/hearing/ny03_king/obamaprisonpurchase.html



 
The Thomas More Law Center announced today that it is representing U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, a 1994 Graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.  In April 2012, LTC Dooley, a highly decorated combat veteran, was publically condemned by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and relieved of his teaching assignment because of the negative way Islam was portrayed in an elective course entitled, Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism.      

The actions against LTC Dooley, an instructor involved with this elective, follow a letter to the Department of Defense dated October 19, 2011 and signed by 57 Muslim organizations, demanding that all training materials that they judge to be offensive to Islam be “purged” and instructors “are effectively disciplined.”

To read the entire article from the Thomas More Law Center, please visit: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=adf1a83154acea60d091b413c&id=50d252887e&e=4562ff0c34
 
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Thomas More Law Center

 

altI find the number of people willing to censor offensive speech in the wake of the anti-Islam film, and the reaction that it has provoked, disturbing. One example is this USA Today op-ed, written by a professor of religious studies, arguing that “Sam Bacile” (Nakoula Basseley Nakoula), who is said to be responsible for the film, should be arrested. I assume that this view is not widespread among prominent American commentators, but the idea that the U.S. should alter its speech regime is rather prominent abroad. As a couple of quick examples (and there are many more), one Pakistani senator claims to have spoken to Interpol’s secretary general “to enact international law to stop anti Islam material being projected on the Internet”; and a Turkish columnist writes that “the committing of blasphemous acts, be it cartoons, a film or what so ever, [is] not implicit in the right to express one’s self freely.” But the primary reason I write this post is because of the great number of intelligent people I’ve interacted with on social media or by email who feel that arrest or censorship is an appropriate response in this case.

By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
14th September 2012 - Gunpowder & Lead

To read the entire article, please visit: http://gunpowderandlead.org/2012/09/free-speech-and-political-violence/
 

 

 

TOM HAYS, Associated Press

4/23/12

 

NEW YORK (AP) — An admitted al-Qaida recruit testified Wednesday that he and two friends were determined to "weaken America" by strapping on suicide bombs and attacking New York City subways around the eighth anniversary of 9/11, but now hopes for redemption. 

 

"I believe my crimes are very bad," Najibullah Zazi said on cross-examination. "If God gave me a second chance, I would appreciate it and will be a very good human being."

Earlier, Zazi told a federal jury at his alleged accomplice's trial that he slipped detonator ingredients into the city on Sept. 10, 2009, after the chemicals extracted from beauty supplies passed a test run.

Using code words, he then frantically emailed one of his al-Qaida handlers to get the exact formula for building homemade bombs to go with detonators.

"The marriage is ready," Zazi wrote —  signaling that he and two of his radicalized former high school classmates from Queens were ready to die as martyrs.

 

Zazi said the plot _ financed in part by $50,000 in credit card charges he never intended by to pay back — was abandoned after he noticed that everywhere he drove in New York, a car followed.

 

"I think law enforcement is on us," he recalled telling one of his co-conspirators, Zarein Ahmedzay. Later, he said he told the third man, Adis Medunjanin, in a text message, "We are done."

 

The 26-year-old Zazi testified for a second day at the trial of Medunjanin in federal court in Brooklyn. He was to return to the witness stand on Thursday for more cross-examination.

 

Prosecutors say that Zazi, Medunjanin and Ahmedzay — after growing upset over the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and receiving terror training at an al-Qaida compound in Pakistan — together hatched what authorities have described as one of the most serious terror plots since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

 

Medunjanin, 27, a Bosnian-born naturalized U.S. citizen, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, providing material support to a terrorist organization and other charges.

 

Medunjanin has denied he was ever part of an al-Qaida operation. His lawyers have sought to show that — unlike Zazi and Ahmedzay — he had no direct involvement in the efforts to assemble bombs.

 

Zazi and Ahmedzay, both of Afghan descent, pleaded guilty in 2010 and were jailed without bail after agreeing to become government witnesses in a bid for leniency. Ahmedzay testified earlier this week.

 

Zazi recounted how, after leaving their Queens neighborhood for Pakistan in 2008, the three Muslim men met a top al-Qaida operative they knew only as Hamad. Authorities say Hamad was Adnan Shukrijumah, a Saudi listed on an FBI website as a fugitive who plotted attacks for al-Qaida worldwide.

 

Hamad told the three that they were best suited for an operation on U.S. soil. He also mulled over potential targets with them, including the New York Stock Exchange, Times Square and an unspecified Walmart store, Zazi said.

 

The men were drawn most to the subway because "it's the heart of everything in New York City," Zazi said Wednesday. The purpose, he added, was "to make America weak."

 

He added: "It was our choice."

 

At another al-Qaida outpost in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan, Zazi said he learned how to distill explosives ingredients from nail polish remover, hydrogen peroxide and other products sold at beauty supply stores.

 

"It was very simple, and they're everywhere," he said of the chemicals.

 

Zazi took handwritten notes on bombmaking that were entered as trial evidence. They give instructions on "reducing oxidizing agent" and how to store acetone, warning it "is very sensitive — be careful."

 

In a later meeting in New York, the plotters decided to blow themselves up at three different locations inside the Manhattan subway system during the month of Ramadan, Zazi said.

 

On cross-examination, he acknowledged telling the FBI that they wanted to attack subway trains departing Grand Central Terminal at rush hour for maximum impact.

 

They hoped that "people would have a lot of fear," he said.

 

After leaving Pakistan, Zazi relocated to Denver, where he tried to blend back into society by driving an airport shuttle van. Behind the scenes, he bought beauty supplies, rented a hotel room with a kitchen and prepared acetone peroxide for a detonator, he said.

 

He also emailed an al-Qaida operative asking for the recipe — "right away, please" — for a bomb made from flour and ghee oil. He estimated, that once in New York, it would take about five days to make what he called the "main charge."

 

By the time Zazi rented a car and drove to the city with the acetone peroxide in a glass jar, FBI agents were tailing him. When he realized that, he stopped at a 

 

Queens mosque and threw away chemicals, goggles and other bomb-building items, he said.

 

Ahmedzay flushed the acetone peroxide down a toilet as part of the cover-up, he added

 

He also decided to go back to Colorado. But before he could leave, he discovered his rental car was missing. Authorities have said they secretly towed it away for a search before allowing him to retrieve it without letting on.

 

While trying to locate the rental, the would-be suicide bomber who had every reason to fear being caught testified that he still did what most people would do: "I called the police."

 

He flew back to Denver, where he was arrested about a week later.

 

 

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/NYC-subway-plotter-We-wanted-to-spread-panic-3490193.php#ixzz1ssBbVItv

 

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