August 22nd, 2014
Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen': Pentagon
BY MISSY RYAN
(Reuters) - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.
"They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon.
Hagel's assessment of Islamic State, which gained strength during Syria's civil war and swept into northern Iraq earlier this summer, sounded a note of alarm several days after the group posted a video on social media showing one of its fighters beheading an American hostage kidnapped in Syria.
Asked if the hardline Sunni Muslim organization posed a threat to the United States comparable to that of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Hagel said it was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen."
"They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen."
Hagel spoke as the United States continued attacking Islamic State targets in Iraq. In the past two weeks, U.S. drones and fighter jets have conducted 89 airstrikes against militant targets in northern Iraq.
So far, President Barack Obama has sought to limit his renewed military campaign in Iraq to protecting American diplomats and civilians under direct threat. Obama ended the war in Iraq that killed thousands of American soldiers and consumed U.S. foreign policy for nearly a decade,
Even after the gruesome killing of U.S. journalist James Foley, Obama is seen as unlikely to deepen his near-term military involvement in either Iraq or Syria as he seeks to avoid becoming embroiled in another messy Middle Eastern conflict.
But U.S. officials say they have not ruled out escalating military action against Islamic State, which has increased its overt threats against the United States since the air campaign in Iraq began.
'APOCALYPTIC, END-OF-DAYS VISION'
"We haven't made a decision to take additional actions at this time, but we truly don't rule out additional action against ISIL if it becomes warranted," Ben Rhodes, a senior Obama aide, told National Public Radio earlier on Thursday, using another name for Islamic State.
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said officials were worried about the possibility that European or U.S. nationals, radicalized after fighting in Iraq or Syria, would return to their home countries.
Dempsey suggested Islamic State would remain a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in areas of Syria under militant control.
"This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of- days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated," Dempsey said.
"To your question, can they be defeated without addressing that part of their organization which resides in Syria? The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what is essentially at this point a non-existent border."
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August 21st, 2014
By Barry Secrest
Has yet another sleeping giant become awakened?
For six years Americans have been forced to listen to their own US President endlessly enumerate the wondrous contributions to society of what amounts to a murderously demonic Moon-God cult that is Islam.
Christians along with virtually every other faith, have been brutally slain numbering well into the thousands within the heart of the Mideast, while the Jews have fought bravely at the center of the storm, constantly belittled and harangued by a co-opted US media and even the United Nations.
While this same sitting US President has denied weapons shipments to the Jews of Israel, he has apparently been simultaneously arming both Al Qaeda and even the very same ISIS terrorist group which he so recently berated.
However, now America is reacting to these monsters and from none other than its extraordinarily capable Veterans.
The following is a powerful message, if not rallying cry, from one of those former Veterans as published on the website Warfighter:
“As I sit here constantly hearing and watching you execute innocent men, women and children in the Middle East I chuckle. Why do I chuckle you may ask? Well let me explain something to you cowardice fools who think you are so tough behind all your propaganda videos. You are scaring a population that doesn’t know how to fight, you’re bullying the weak. You say Islam is the religion of peace,but since when does terrorizing the innocent and beheading men, women and children constitute peace? WTF? But keep in mind, what did Saddam’s troops do when we came rolling into town?
They surrendered, twice… So all your empty threats of coming to America and raising your flag over the White House amuse me more than any of you sick, sadistic bastards could ever imagine or comprehend. In 2012 there was about 21.2 million veterans in the United States.
Do you understand what that means? Let me break it down for you. That means there are literally millions of disgruntled, dysfunctional, pissed off veterans who have been dealing with years of abuse from their government stabbing them in the backs and having to watch their friends die because you Islamic extremist idiots can’t seem to act like normal human beings and stop terrorism and the violence. It’s one thing to take over an Islamic state, but if my memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure we plowed through Fallujah in 4 days. Better yet, it took us about month to control your entire country.
At this point, with 13+ years of war under our belts, how long do you think it would take us to do it all over again? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that one. Do you really think you stand a chance on US soil? Do you really think it would be smart to poke that bear? Remember, never bite the hand that feeds you. Remember we are armed to the teeth in the US and I can promise you this… the Geneva Conventions will not apply to you. You attack us and there will be no mercy.
We will bring the righteous hand of God down upon you and crush you. The ball is in your court now ISIS. We are more than ready to arrange your so called “meeting” with your 72 virgins and send you to your “prophet” Mohamed.”
- Nick Powers
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August 21st, 2014
While the "Million Muslim March on DC" has fueled a wide range of US reactions, major event organizers for a rival US protest group were treated to a rather remarkable episode of infiltrative subterfuge from both the Million Muslim March group and its stealthy media disciples behind the scenes.
It was the much earlier idea of a Ground Zero mosque from the US Islamic movement which sparked a firestorm of US controversy when announced in May of 2010. Now, the controversy surrounds an already infamous "Million Muslim March on DC," slated for 9/11/13, and coming exactly one year after the 2012 deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three others at the hands of Islamic terrorists in Benghazi.
But, there is one particularly patriotic group of Americans who have a serious problem with the Million Muslim March idea, and it's not exactly your ordinary political action group. In an outraged response to what many consider to be an ongoing insult to the memory of 9/11 by Islamists, America's prolific and often rough-riding Bikers have taken issue with the radical Muslim group and are planning a counter-rally ride in DC to voice their opposition titled, the "2 Million Bikers to DC" rally, also to be held on 9/11.
The Biker Group organizers state that what many may not initially understand is the fact that the Million Muslim March group is not exactly your typical religious protest group, either. Below is the Muslim group's direct initial statement on the planned protest march from a January press conference held in New York:
"One million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government. We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our First Amendment rights. We are asking President Obama to fulfill his promise from his first campaign for the Presidency of a transparent government. Lastly we are asking for the establishment of a real 9/11 Commission to reveal the truth to the American people.”
While the events surrounding the Benghazi debacle continue to outrage both politicians and Americans alike, at the same time bedeviling the ongoing pro-Islamic efforts of the White House, the initially stated goals by the Islamist group seem to diverge from the radically moderated MMM message heard more recently (7/31)
"We American Muslims reject violence and terrorism, and defend the Constitutional rights of all Americans," says MD Alam, founder of AMPAC. "Every year on September 11th, beginning in 2013, we will be marching in Washington DC as we build toward our goal of bringing one million American Muslims to march in our nation's capital."
The question that is increasingly being asked is which version of the Million Muslim March should Americans believe? Perhaps one particularly important clue might be the more recent change in name of the Islamic protest event. After the initial public outcry aimed against the event's radicalized title, the Muslim march was renamed "Million American March Against Fear," which completely altered the group's initially publicized reason for marching in the first place.
But was the group's initial goal replaced?
"Not so," says Charlotte Grass-Roots Activist, Belinda Bee, of the Opposition Biker Rally group. Bee believes that the name was changed only to co-opt innocent, peace-loving, Americans into taking part in the Muslim march event. Bee may be right, in fact, as she points to the Muslim practice of "Taqiyya," which in shi'ia Islam means to subvert or hide the truth in order to further the aims of Islam.
According to event spokeswoman and co-founder Bee, the number of possible Riders participating in the event is growing by leaps and bounds daily. The "2 Million Bikers to DC" group has already netted an astounding amount of attention on Facebook and throughout social media sites. Just in one day alone, the group's Facebook page grew by over 8,000 "Likes" to a total of over 32,000 "Likes" at this writing, and those total number of "likes" in only a matter of several days, meaning the group page is extraordinarily popular, to put it mildly.
A Bit of Islamist Subterfuge
The "2 Million Bikers to DC" rally, which is the brainchild of Biker Billy Williamson of Virginia, appears to be no less popular than the Overpasses for the Impeachment of Obama groups which have spread like wildfire throughout the US. But the confusion surrounding the Islamic event's true aims, along with an unsettling bout of subterfuge parlayed against the Biker to DC group by the Muslim March leaders, has left many participants and even event organizers scratching their heads in confusion.
According to event organizer Bee, many Biker members were stunned to learn that their organization had supposedly accepted an invitation from the Million Muslim March to join with their group, thereby stealthily co-opting the original intent of the Biker's rally as being in opposition to the Islamist event in the first place. Bee states, in effect, that the original title of the rally was "2 Million Bikers to DC Against Million Muslim March," but thought better of it when considering the overall negative implications of the two groups possibly clashing in DC. Rumor has it that the Bikers riding "guard" or "shotgun" for the event aren't exactly the "lightweights" of America, either.
On the website Veterans Today, an ideologically Left-leaning site, which often shares writers with other pro-Islamic, anti-semitic sites, Islamist ideologue writer Kevin Barrett, who is also a spokesperson for the sponsoring American-Muslim Political Action Committee, confirms the Biker event organizers' claims that Million Muslim March leaders were playing fast and loose with the truth regarding the 2 Million Bikers' having joined in the Million Muslim March.
According to the VT Today article, a caption appearing directly beneath the article's header photo indicates:
“Captain Billy” Williamson, leader of Bikers for 9/11 Truth, heads for DC to support the Million American March."
However, there are two problems with this quote in the VT story. The first problem is that the photo-shopped picture supports the Iranian "Truther" version of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as having been perpetrated by the US government alone. The second problem is the picture is not of Billy Williamson, but rather it is a photo of actor Dennis Hopper from the movie "Easy Rider" filmed in 1969.
The article delves deeper still into stealthy Islamic taqqiya when it states the following:
MUSLIMS WELCOME BIKERS TO JOIN MILLION AMERICAN MARCH ON 9/11
“We are pleased to hear that Mr. Bill Williamson is organizing thousands of bikers to join us and other patriotic Americans of all colors, creeds, and modes of transportation in Washington, DC on September 11th, 2013.
The only problem is Billy Williamson says "that ain't so." Below is Williamson's direct response:
Bill Williamson: "I never spoke with anyone outside of this group or my local riders, which some still think this is a hoax. And that is not me in that picture. If you need a public statement advise me. I am Top Fuel Bill and have no secrets."
The VT article goes on to imply:
“Bikers are especially welcome to join us in celebrating freedom, defending the Constitution, and rejecting the politics of fear. American bikers are a living symbol of freedom, patriotism, and fearlessness. Bikers, unlike airline passengers, will never submit to TSA groping and virtual strip searches."
Event organizer Bee states that the insults didn't end there; in fact they got much worse. Bee's Facebook page titled "2 Million Bikers to DC" was then hacked by the Muslim March group, and she was removed as administrator. In fact, Bee goes on to tell us that, since that time, and after hour upon hour of organizing the event, the interlopers have repeatedly tried to steal the event's reins away from both her and other top organizer staff, while co-opting the Biker event as being tied into the Million Muslim March, to which Bee states:
The people that DESERVED to be recognized are those who were murdered NOT the murderers! Our event is in no shape, form, or fashion in support of the MMM event. Their goal is to confuse and cause chaos within our group. Any attempt to link our group with theirs is a flatout lie
In understanding what may be happening, the origins of the AMPAC's (American-Muslim Political Action Committee) Million Muslim March, led even The Huffington Post to state:
The (MMM) event, first announced in January, is being organized by the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), a fringe group led by M.D. Rabbi Alam, a professed 9/11 truther who has pushed controversial anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the attacks.
Corey Saylor, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told U.S. News last month that CAIR would definitely not support the (9/11 AMPAC MMM) event.
Iran has frequently threatened and referred to the US as "the Great Satan." Indeed, a Council on American-Islamic Relations leader recently announced the belief that members of the Islamic faith should not be bound by American law:
“If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land,” ~ Mustafa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch.
The MMM is in fact a radical Islamist AMPAC event, as first announced back on January 31st, 2013 by the Iranian Government sponsored website "PressTV," which is a propaganda arm of Iran's shariah law based authoritarian government. In other words, according to the Charlotte Observer's McClatchy News Bureau, Press TV is Iran's state-run news channel and the initial reporting outlet for the Million Muslim March event. This fact, among many others, may lead many to wonder if AMPAC and the "Million Muslim March" is yet another infiltrative propaganda effort by the Iranian Government to sow pro-Islamist sentiment with the American people.
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August 20th, 2014
ABC NEWS / Arlette Saenz
At least one news organization said it notified the White House about threats it received regarding Foley. Phillip Balboni, CEO and founder of the online news service Global Post, told ABC News’ Brian Ross that the company received an e-mail on Aug. 13 demanding ransom and threatening to execute Foley. Balboni said the threat was shared with the White House.
Balboni said his news organization began receiving threats from Foley’s captors via e-mail as early as last fall. The final e-mail Balboni received was “vitriolic and filled with rage against the United States,” he said.
“It was deadly serious,” Balboni told reporters.
Balboni noted the e-mail messages changed dramatically in tone after the U.S. began airstrikes in Iraq.
“The situation changed when the bombing began,” he said. “That made everything much more difficult.”
August 20th, 2014
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