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POLITICO
By: Associated Press
February 12, 2012 01:01 PM EST 

MANAMA, Bahrain — The top U.S. Navy official in the Persian Gulf said Sunday he takes Iran’s military capabilities seriously but insists his forces are prepared to confront any Iranian aggression in the region.

Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of the 5th Fleet, told reporters at the naval force’s Bahrain headquarters that the Navy has “built a wide range of potential options to give the president” and is “ready today” to confront any hostile action by Tehran.

He did not outline specifically how the Navy might respond to an Iranian strike or an effort to shut the entrance to the Persian Gulf, though any response would likely involve the two U.S. aircraft carriers and other warships cruising the waters off Iran.

“We’ve developed very precise and lethal weapons that are very effective, and we’re prepared,” Fox said. “We’re just ready for any contingency.”

Faced with tightening Western sanctions, Iranian officials have stepped up threats to close the Strait of Hormuz if the country’s oil exports are blocked. A fifth of the world’s oil supply passes through the narrow waterway, which is only about 30 miles across at its narrowest point.

Iran and Oman share control of the waterway, but it is considered an international strait, meaning free passage is guaranteed.

Iran’s army chief, Gen. Ataollah Salehi, early last month warned an American warship not to return to the Gulf shortly after the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and another vessel left. Another carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, entered the Gulf without incident Jan. 22.

Fox acknowledged that Iran’s military is “capable of striking a blow” against American forces in the Gulf, particularly using unconventional means such as small attack boats or mines laid along shipping lanes.

“We’re not bulletproof. There are people that can take a swipe at us,” Fox said.

But he added that he has reminded officers under his command that they “have a right and an obligation of self defense” if attacked.

The admiral’s comments echo those of other Western officials, who say they will respond swiftly to any Iranian attempt to shut the Strait of Hormuz.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” last month that Iranian forces could block shipping through the strait “for a period of time,” but added, “We can defeat that.”

Fox’s command encompasses the bulk of the Middle East, including the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf and a large swath of the Indian Ocean along the east African coast. There are about 25,000 sailors under his command.

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POLITICO
By: Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Susan Collins
February 9, 2012 09:26 PM EST

More than two years ago, Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army-trained psychiatrist, entered the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, with two loaded pistols and opened fire. He still faces charges of murder and attempted murder in the shootings that left 13 dead and 32 wounded.

Shock gave way to anger when it was reported that Hasan had shown, long before he was stationed at Fort Hood, that he had been radicalized into a violent Islamist extremist. He was a “ticking time bomb,” according to two colleagues. His Army superiors and some in the FBI knew about it.

As chairman and ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, we investigated what had gone wrong — and concluded that both the FBI and Defense Department had had enough evidence to prevent the tragedy. Our final report, issued a year ago this month, offered recommendations to improve our counterterrorism defenses.

Had our recommendations been in place before Nov. 5, 2009, they probably would have led to Hasan’s dismissal from the Army and prodded the FBI, already interested in Hasan, into continuing its investigation, rather than ending it prematurely.

The FBI and Defense Department have made progress in correcting weaknesses highlighted by the attack. But key reforms remain undone — putting our nation at continuing risk of homegrown terrorism.

We found flawed practices and communications, both within and between the FBI and Defense Department, which allowed Hasan to remain in the military — and even be promoted — despite many warning signs that he was becoming radicalized and unfit for military service.

The FBI and Defense Department have now implemented a number of our recommendations, including information-sharing protocols about service members who come under suspicion, and correcting investigative capabilities that hampered the FBI’s ability to react to Hasan’s radicalization.

But two years later, four key recommendations remain unfulfilled:

First, the military needs to better train its leaders in the specific warning signs of violent Islamist radicalization — just as it does with specific signs of white supremacism. This way, a service member who is clearly radicalizing can be dealt with quickly.

In front of colleagues and superiors, Hasan had asserted that suicide bombings were justified; that U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan were wars against Islam; that Muslim-American service members might engage in fratricide; and that his loyalty to his religion was greater than his obligation as a military officer to defend the Constitution.

 

But, astoundingly, Hasan’s colleagues and superiors did nothing — believing he was just communicating tenets of his faith, they felt that he would still perform adequately as a psychiatrist, provided he had oversight. Their failure to act most likely allowed Hasan’s radicalization to fester and then explode.

Better training about the difference between the religion of Islam and the violent political ideology of Islamist extremism also could protect the thousands of Muslim-Americans in our military from unwarranted suspicion as they practice their religion.

Second, the FBI must clarify the responsibilities of its various counterterrorism units, including the way disputes among its 56 local field offices are resolved. Our investigation found that the FBI’s inquiry into Hasan led to a dispute between two field offices concerning how aggressively to investigate him. This dispute was never elevated to FBI headquarters — and never rationally resolved. Clarity of missions is needed for the FBI to be effective in countering the terrorist threat nationally by integrating the efforts of multiple FBI field offices and headquarters.

Third, while Director Robert Mueller has led the FBI forward in transforming the bureau into an excellent intelligence-driven agency, it must continue raising the stature of its intelligence analysts in relation to its traditional agents. We found that analysts were not sufficiently integrated into the FBI’s investigation of Hasan — contributing to the bureau’s misunderstanding of Hasan’s communications with the suspected terrorist.

Fourth, the FBI needs to improve information-sharing with federal agencies that work with its Joint Terrorism Task Forces to ensure pre-emptively that problems similar to those between the FBI and the Defense Department in the Hasan case do not occur with other agencies.

Fort Hood was a tragedy that should never have happened. To fully honor those who died that day, we must learn from mistakes that were made so we can and will detect and disarm the next “ticking time bomb” before it goes off.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) serves as chairman and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. 

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The Christian Institute
1/18/2012

The use of Sharia ‘courts’ is on the increase in Britain with thousands using Islamic law to settle disputes, according to the BBC.

 

The news comes as a leading barrister claims that Sharia law is compatible with human rights, and beneficial to communities.

However, critics say the courts discriminate against women and should not operate as a parallel legal system.

Tripled

A Bill has been brought before the House of Lords by Christian humanitarian, Baroness Cox, to curb the growth of Sharia courts.

Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad, a representative of the Islamic Sharia Council at Leyton, told BBC Asian Network that his caseload at the east London council had “easily more than tripled” over the past three to five years – dealing with up to 300 disputes a month.

And earlier this week leading barrister Sadakat Kadri, also a Harvard Law School contemporary of Barack Obama, called for the UK to become more Sharia-literate.

Acknowledged

Regarding Sharia law councils, Mr Kadri said: “It’s very important that they be acknowledged and allowed to exist.”

He also told the Guardian that the courts were good for “the community as a whole”.

In 2009, think-tank Civitas reported that an estimated 85 Sharia councils could be operating in Britain.

Oppressive

But Sharia opponents believe it discriminates against women as well as rulings falsely claiming legal jurisdiction over criminal and family law.

Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, argued that the UK’s rule of law “must not be compromised by the introduction of a theocratic legal system operating in parallel.”

Last year Baroness Cox introduced the Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill to the House of Lords, which aims to tackle discrimination suffered by Muslim women under Sharia law.

Coercion

If passed, it would firmly outlaw the practice of giving women’s testimonies half the weight of men’s and create a criminal offence of falsely claiming legal jurisdiction.

Speaking about Muslim women the Baroness said: “We must do all that we can to make sure they are free from any coercion, intimidation or unfairness”.

Under the 1996 Arbitration Act the rulings of religious arbitration tribunals, including the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, can be enforced in commercial and civil cases.

The BBC reports that Sharia councils have been operating in the UK since 1982, however these locally-appointed councils have no legal powers and cannot impose any penalties.

Link: http://www.christian.org.uk/news/use-of-sharia-courts-increasing-in-uk/

 

The Greeley Gazette
Jan 22, 2012
by Craig Masters

This past Friday the non-partisan, non-sectarian organization, "Act! for America," presented an informative lecture on the increase in successes of the multi-faceted Islamic jihad in America. The meeting was held at Johnson's Corner restaurant and was presented by a team of speakers brought to the area by the Colorado Conservative Union.

The presentation entitled, " Jihad in America, Under the Radar Across the Nation" began with a brief introduction of "Act! for America." The organization is nationally recognized as non-partisan, non-sectarian and founded by Lebanese immigrant, Brigitte Gabriel. Gabriel became an outspoken activist against Sharia Law and the Muslim Brotherhood after watching the destruction of her home and so much more of Lebanon by violent jihadists attempting to force Sharia Law upon the non-Muslims in Lebanon. The mission of the organization is to educate Americans about the truth of the threat of radical Islam to the freedom of all people in the world who would choose not to live under Sharia Law. The organization's speakers make no apologies for their frank descriptions of the bad things that happen in war - any war, all wars. And they make it clear that whether the politically correct Americans accept it or not, Islam is in a war to win - not to coexist.

The featured speaker, introduced only as Joe B for security purposes, was born and raised on what is called the Green Line in Beirut, Lebanon. He introduced the audience to Beirut through a series of photographs of where he lived; before and after the destruction of the neighborhood by the war between Christians and Muslims. He relayed the anguish of first-hand experiences of growing up and attending school with Muslim friends who became mortal enemies who would shoot to kill one another from apartment buildings virtually across the street dividing the East and West Beirut; geographically, culturally and politically.

Beirut is the capital of Lebanon, the only Christian country in the Mid-East. As a thriving "western" economy with climate and geography similar to Colorado's - including snow in the mountains - Lebanon's Christian areas offer the entertainment venues such as movies, nightclubs and women in clothing not available in the Muslim neighborhoods. Joe B explained that the very existence of much of the beautiful buildings and shopping in east (Christian) Beirut is due to the fact that Muslim men regularly enjoy the social opportunities found within the Christian areas. For this reason, much of the destruction and violence occurs in residential neighborhoods. His photos illustrated this point well.

The main emphasis of the evening's presentation was to inform the audience of the increasing power and influence of Islam in America. "Act! for America" has worked to create a nationwide network of chapters in order to more effectively inform, educate and mobilize Americans regarding the multiple threats of radical Islam. A key mission of the organization is to reach out and explain to all people who wish to remain free what they can and must do to protect themselves and their way of life against this very focused and determined enemy.

Americans have been told by leading Muslims that Islam is a "religion of peace." But Joe, who speaks and reads Arabic as well as or better than most of the world's 1.2 billion Muslims, explains that the words of Sharia and the Qur'an refer to a "peace" which can only come after every person on Earth is living under Sharia Law.

Through a series of informative slides and news articles, Joe B made clear the intent of Islam can only be identified through actions: never the words of Imams. Some actions are easier to see and understand than others. Violent jihad, for example is obvious when an airplane flies into a building and kills thousands. But stealth jihad comes in many forms. "Act! for America" chapters have worked to stop the advance of Sharia Law and educate Americans about the danger of allowing Muslim Brotherhood to use our unique invention of political correctness to accept them into America's tolerant society. These, he says, are examples of non-violent jihad.

Joe echoed the words of AtlasShrugs.com founder, editor and publisher Pamela Geller, in saying that there is no compromise ground between Islam, a political ideology, and Christianity, a religion. Americans, he explained, are only accepting a "Trojan Horse" into their neighborhoods by tolerating Mosques being built and accepting the lie that Islam is a religion that deserves protection under our Constitution. Nothing could be further from the truth, he explained. He cited the Arabic phrases from Sharia writings which clearly allow lying to protect and promote Islam.

Another interesting fact about Sharia, which is accepted as law in 57 countries, is that these "laws" were never associated with Muhammed. They were written hundreds of years after the death of Muhammed. Powerful warlords of the mid-east had them created and used as the law of convenience to punish and enslave their enemies. But today, radical Islam insists that Muslims must live by Sharia as the ultimate law. Islamic leaders insist that Sharia comes from God, not man, and therefore, no man-made law such as the Constitution of the United States, can supercede Sharia.

Several sitting judges in the United States have accepted Sharia and applied English translations of these rulings as law in U.S. court cases. Tennessee and Oklahoma have recognized the need for laws that specify American law must be the only law accepted and enforced in American courts. According to the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which identifies and tracks jihad activities in America, many other states will be facing the choice to either accept or reject the claim by Muslims that Sharia is a higher authority than American law and the U.S. Constitution. Over the past year the Greeley Gazette has reported stories of judges allowing Sharia to take precedence over state law.

Winning the right to use Sharia is one example of what Joe identifies as 'Stealth Jihad'. Other examples were cited including investments in terrorist training camps funded by charities the U.S. has assigned tax exempt status because of their "religious" affiliation.

After identifying the clear connection to terrorist activities, the FBI raided three Jihadist training camps in Colorado in 2010. The Christian Action Network, Liberty News online, and many other sources indicate that the number of radical Islamist training camps continues to grow within the United States. Perhaps the most credible source of such information is from Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, leader of Jamaat ul-Fuqra (Muslims of America).

According to financial records obtained by Free Republic, “Muslims of America,” has purchased or leased hundreds of acres of property – from New York to California – in which Sheikh Mubarak Gilani boasts of conducting “the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare.”

In a recruitment video captured from Gilani’s “Soldiers of Allah,” he states in English: “We are fighting to destroy the enemy. We are dealing with evil at its roots and its roots are America... Act like you are his friend. Then kill him,” says Gilani in the recruitment video, explaining how to handle American “infidels.”

The most widely known member of Gilani's "Soldiers of Allah" is probably Major Nidal Hasan, the shooter at the Fort Hood, Texas, Army base. In the days leading up to his jihad, Hasan gave infidels a copy of his business card which carried the letters "SoA" to proudly and openly identify himself as one of Allah's soldiers.

Joe B further explains that, in Arabic, Gilani's instructions are more graphic. He instructs his followers to befriend their enemy, work for him until he turns away and then stab him in the back. The Fort Hood jihad has raised many questions. Joe B reminded the audience that those who are informed will be safer than those who choose to pretend they will be left alone if they simply accept the presence of Islam in their neighborhood.

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