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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Walid Phares: Major Nidal Hasan was not flagged because Washington has disarmed its own analysts with ideological blinders.

DUH!

RIA here but here are the money lines....


  • gadahn.jpgJihadi Penetration: Part of a War - failures were about the military's ability to "stop foreign terrorists from using American soldiers against the United States."

    Such a statement is extremely important, as it finally informs the public that the U.S. personnel roster is indeed being infiltrated and recruited by foreign jihadists, who are described politically by the administration as "extremists." Hence, the first logical conclusion from that finding is that jihadi networks are performing acts of war (and thus of terrorism) against U.S. defense assets and personnel in the homeland. This warrants the reevaluation of the conflict and a re-upgrading of it to a state of war, even though it would still need to be determined "with whom."
  • John_Walker_Lindh.jpgSelf-Radicalization - Secretary Gates said that "military supervisors are not properly focused on the threat posed by self-radicalization and need to better understand the behavioral warning signs." He added that "extremists are changing their tactics in an attempt to hit the United States. Unfortunately, the Bush and Obama administrations were both poorly advised by their experts. They were told, wrongly, that if they try to identify a "doctrine," then they will be meddling with a religion. Academic and cultural advisers of the various U.S. agencies and offices (the majority of them, at least) failed their government by triggering a fear of theological entanglement. To the surprise of our Arab and Muslim allies in the region, who know how to detect the jihadist narrative, Washington disarmed its own analysts when bureaucrats of the last two years banned references to the very ideological indicators that could enable our analysts to detect the radicalization threat.

    seattle jcc killer.jpgAnd it is not about "extreme religious views" as much as it is about an ideology. If Arabs and Muslims can identify it in the Middle East, why can't Americans also? It is simply because jihadi propaganda has already penetrated our advising body and fooled many of our decision-makers into dropping the ideological parameters.
  • The Strategic Threat Ahead -The report raises "serious questions" about whether the military is prepared for similar attacks, particularly "multiple, simultaneous incidents." -- not just in terms of terrorizing the driving jihadi.jpgpublic, but in the framework of a chain of strikes widening gradually until it would evolve to coordinated, simultaneous attacks. In 2006-2007, I served on the then Task Force on Future Terrorism of the Department of Homeland Security and developed an analysis clearly showing the path to come. My briefings to several entities and agencies in the defense sector clearly argued that implanting, growing, and triggering homegrown jihadists to strike at U.S. national security is at the heart of the enemy's strategy.

In facing this mushrooming threat, not only do we lack a detection capacity to counter it, but we have been induced in error to adopt policies opposite to those suitable to our national defense. The misleading advice that the U.S. government relied on is deeply responsible for the failure to stop and counter radicalization.

But even in the face of all this, many show their main concern for is for backlash, which in many cases is an imaginary fear.

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From WRCR's local site :
MAN WITH KNIFE ARRESTED AFTER ENTERING ORANGETOWN SCHOOL

Police arrested a Connecticut man yesterday after he allegedly walked into a South Orangetown school carrying a knife. Twenty-three year-old Abdulrahim Sulaiman of Bridgeport reportedly entered the lobby of the Tappan Zee Elementary School before 8 a.m. and left after being stopped by school officials. Orangetown police say he was carrying a switchblade-like gravity knife when they arrested him at a nearby convenience store. No one was injured in the school or during the arrest. Sulaiman is due in court February 3rd to answer misdemeanor weapons and trespassing charges.

and more HERE

What's it going to take before we examine the ROOT of what the Quran inspires? Something at least in the present we APPARENTLY DO NOT SEE from within the Old or New Testament, or in Buddhism, or virtually any other major religion present within our borders.

How long until we identify what IS religious,
protected speech and beliefs and what is not?

How long until we have the discussion frankly and
in a fashion all can participate in
WITHOUT FEAR?
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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Consider

female suicide bombers may be headed to the U.S.

when contemplating how easily Abdulrahim Sulieman entered that elementary school in New York.


Feeling safe yet?

Saturday, January 23, 2010 3:03:00 pm  
Anonymous revereridesagain said...

It makes no difference to me if an ideology that mandates I must die is religious or not. Anyone can passively "hold beliefs" that include the notion that everyone who disagrees with those beliefs must die and go to hell. As soon as that translates into the Infidels must be killed by the Believers, and that belief system is called upon to justify aggressive action, it leaves the realm of "protected speech", just as and for similar reasons that yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater WHEN THERE IS NO FIRE is not protected speech. Such motives are false, irrational, without basis in fact, unprovable, and on a moral plane equivalent to a crime family member going out to kill someone because his Don orders and will reward him for it. I'm personally outraged that my safety and that of my family and others I care for are being put in jeopardy to sooth the feelings of people serving a supernatural Don we don't see as any more real than Don Corleone was up on the screen in "Godfather".

I was looking through my own book I wrote back during my cult-fighting days and found the following: We teach them about stranger danger, we teach them don't drink and drive, we tach them about drugs and safe sex... but if [an] adolescent embraces the satanist belief system as a religion, questions are raised about whether anyone has the right to interfere... and thus through our reluctance to confront what satanism's proponents and apologists claim is purely a "religious" issue, we leave ourselves, our children, our mental-health professionals, our clergy, and our law enforcement personnel inadequately prepared to deal with it.

Some things never change. Substitute "jihadist" for "satanist" and the song remains the same, even though satanism never represented even a tiny fraction of the level of danger we face from jihadism.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 9:46:00 pm  
Anonymous revereridesagain said...

Don't know if I noted before that female suicide bombers could be "double trouble" in terms of the new internal explosives storage techniques: twice the butt-bomber capacity, plus breast implants and false pregnancies. I gather even the full-body scanners can't be guaranteed to pick all of that up, and it's not likely that pat-down is going to get extended to body cavity searches for everyone getting on a plane.

Recognizing the necessity for full-scale El-Al type profiling (not just ethnic or religious but behavioral as well) may be days or weeks away. Unless we get very lucky. Again.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 9:55:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put this in the context of the horror in Beslan. It wouldn't take a whole group... one or three or four could perpetrate the unthinkable.

I truly worry for our country as so many are just not wanting to see the danger from Islam in our midst.

- Undertaker -

Sunday, January 24, 2010 4:48:00 am  
Blogger John Byrnes said...

Profiling has failed us; we don’t need profiling to identify Individuals like the Christmas-Day Bomber or the Fort Hood Shooter! There is a better solution!

Virtually all media outlets are discussing whether we should be profiling all Arab Muslims; I will in the one-page explain why we don’t need profiling. Over 15 years ago, we at the Center for Aggression Management developed an easily-applied, measurable and culturally-neutral body language and behavior indicators exhibited by people who intend to perpetrate a terrorist act. This unique methodology utilizes proven research from the fields of psychology, medicine and law enforcement which, when joined together, identify clear, easily-used physiologically-based characteristics of individuals who are about to engage in terrorist activities in time to prevent their Moment of Commitment.

The Problem
Since the foiled terrorist attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national on Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit, the President has repeatedly stated that there has been a systemic failure as he reiterates his commitment to fill this gap in our security. This incident, like the Fort Hood shooting, exemplifies why our government must apply every valid preventative approach to identify a potential terrorist.

The myriad methods to identify a terrorist, whether “no-fly list,” “explosive and weapons detection,” mental illness based approaches, “profiling” or “deception detection” - all continue to fail us. Furthermore, the development of deception detection training at Boston Logan Airport demonstrated that the Israeli methods of interrogation will not work in the United States.

All media outlets are discussing the need for profiling of Muslim Arabs, but profiling does not work for the following three reasons:

1. In practice, ethnic profiling tells us that within a certain group of people there is a higher probability for a terrorist; it does not tell us who the next terrorist is!

2. Ethnic profiling is contrary to the value our society places on diversity and freedom from discrimination based on racial, ethnic, religious, age and/or gender based criteria. If we use profiling it will diminish our position among the majority of affected citizens who support us as a beacon of freedom and liberty.

3. By narrowing our field of vision, profiling can lead to the consequence of letting terrorists go undetected, because the terrorist may not be part of any known “profile worthy” group – e.g., the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh

The Solution
Our unique methodology for screening passengers can easily discern (independently of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age, and gender) the defining characteristics of human beings who are about to engage in terrorist acts.

The question is when will our government use true “hostile intent” through the “continuum of aggressive behavior” to identify potential terrorists? Only when observers focus specifically on “aggressive behavior” do the objective and culturally neutral signs of “aggression” clearly stand out, providing the opportunity to prevent these violent encounters. This method will not only make all citizens safer, but will also pass the inevitable test of legal defensibility given probable action by the ACLU.

As our Government analyzes what went wrong regarding Abdulmatallab’s entrance into the United States, you can be assured that Al Qaeda is also analyzing how their plans went wrong. Who do you think will figure it out first . . . ?

Visit our blog at http://blog.AggressionManagement.com where we discuss the shooting at Fort Hood and the attempted terrorist act on Flight 253.

Sunday, January 24, 2010 1:56:00 pm  

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