A Marine Corps Reserve lance corporal who was carrying suspected bomb making materials and pro-al Qaeda literature was arrested in Arlington National Cemetery early this morning, triggering a bomb scare that snarled Washington's morning rush hour. The FBI, however, determined that the material in the man's backpack was harmless.
"There was not a device and the products found are determined right now to be inert," said Brenda Heck, special agent in charge of counterterrorism for the FBI.
The material in the suspect's backpack tested negative as a potential explosive, sources said.
Sources told ABC News earlier that the backpack contained what was believed to be ammonium nitrate and spent ammunition for an automatic weapon. The material was reportedly contained in four large ziplock type bags.
Sources also said there were pro-al Qaeda statements found in a notebook that contained mostly notes for a financial class. There was also was a page containing words "al qaeda," "Taliban rules," "mujahidin" and "defeated coalition forces."
The suspect was identified as Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va. U.S. Park Police said no charges have been filed against him yet.
Melaku is a naturalized citizen and lance corporal in the Marine Corps Reserve, 4th engineer batallion out of the Baltimore, Md.
Thanks to Logans Warning
"We will have sharia over the UK and Europe"
War on the freedom of speech.
This is what he was not allowed to say:
I wouldn’t be standing before you without the blessings God has given me through my tough situations. He is the reason I am the man I am today, made new through Jesus death on the cross.
Read all about this at The Blaze
A federal judge has signed an order allowing Christian evangelists to distribute leaflets at a popular Arab-American Festival in Dearborn, Mich.
The city has been trying to keep Christians from passing out their materials on the sidewalks at the Dearborn Arab International Festival.
However, on Tuesday, Judge Paul Borman upheld a ruling by an appellate court that found such restrictions a violation of free-speech rights.
Last year, in a separate case, four Christian evangelists were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at the Muslim event. They were acquitted and are now suing the city.
This year's three-day festival is scheduled to begin on Friday.
Another great read in this series from Big Peace.
What They’re Reading in American Mosques, Pt. 3 – ‘Umdat al-Salik’ (Reliance of the Traveller)
Be sure to check the previous posts in this series:
What They’re Reading in American Mosques, Pt. 1 – ‘Gardens of the Righteous’
What They’re Reading in American Mosques, Pt. 2 – ‘Tafhim al-Qur’an'
Jawa Report has the details.
Thanks to Weasel Zippers
Kano — A bomb exploded near a church in northern Nigeria Thursday and killed three children, police said, with Islamic militants blamed for a rash of attacks in the area.
“A bomb went off in a house adjoining Eyn church in the town of Damboa, killing three children playing nearby,” Borno state police commissioner Mohammed Jinjiri Abubabakar told AFP.
That attack was blamed on radical Islamists in the Boko Haram group that is active in northern Nigeria.
Boko Haram has been blamed for several bombing in the north, targeting police stations and churches. It has also been accused of shooting dozens of people including policemen, community and religious leaders.
Also known as the Nigerian Taliban, Boko Haram has pushed for the creation of an Islamic state. It launched an uprising in 2009 which was put down by a brutal military assault that left hundreds dead.
New York: Muslims who plotted to blow up synagogue and kill Jews not indicted on terrorism or hate crime chargesPosted by markedmanner
Jihad Watch has the whole story:
New York: Muslims who plotted to blow up synagogue and kill Jews not indicted on terrorism or hate crime charges
Atlas has all the details.
US Muslim Soldier, Who Refused to Fight, Faces Child Porn Charges
Oh yes and Pakistan is your friend. Yeah right!
Pakistani intelligence has detained five alleged CIA informants who spied on Osama bin Laden in the months before the al-Qaida chief was killed in a special forces raid, US and Pakistani officials have said.
The Pakistani informants noted the details of vehicles visiting Bin Laden's house in Abbottabad, 35 miles north of Islamabad, and helped run a nearby house from which CIA spies watched the al-Qaida leader.
A Pakistani official said the owner of the CIA hideout had been arrested along with several other people.
A military spokesman denied a New York Times report that a serving army major had also been detained. The arrests highlight continuing tensions between the US and Pakistan in the wake of Bin Laden's death. They are likely to intensify pressure from senior Washington politicians to cut Pakistan's $2bn annual aid package.
Last week the CIA chief, Leon Panetta, visited Islamabad to meet the Pakistani army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, and the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), General Shuja Pasha. Pakistani officials said Panetta was issued with stern warnings about CIA activities in Pakistan.
US media said Panetta had confronted the Pakistanis with video footage that showed militants fleeing a bomb factory in Waziristan shortly after the CIA had informed the Pakistani military of its location.
Read it all at Jihad Watch
Libyan women and girls who become pregnant through rape risk being murdered by their own families in so-called "honour killings", according to aid workers.
Rape is a sensitive topic worldwide, but in this country it is even more of a taboo.
"In Libya when rape occurs, it seems to be a whole village or town which is seen to be dishonoured," says Arafat Jamal of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.
Libyan charities say they are getting reports that in the west of the country, which is particularly conservative, Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces have tended to rape women and girls in front of their fathers and brothers.
"To be seen naked and violated is worse than death for them," says Hana Elgadi. "This is a region where women will not go out of the house without covering their face with a veil."
Ms Elgadi is in a group of Libyan volunteers offering medical help and HIV tests. The organisation is also offering to pay for abortions for women who have been raped in the war.
Great read at Big Peace:
What They’re Reading in American Mosques, Pt. 2 – ‘Tafhim al-Qur’an’
Romney: "Well, first of all, of course, we're not going to have Sharia law applied in U.S. courts. That's never going to happen. We have a Constitution and we follow the law. No, I think we recognize that the people of all faiths are welcome in this country. Our nation was founded on a principal of religious tolerance. That's in fact why some of the early patriots came to this country and we treat people with respect regardless of their religious persuasion."
No nothing to worry about Romney. We just have 81% of mosques teaching violent jihad.
Nonie Darwish has a great article about this at Frontpagmag
See this related post:
Egypt: Shaykh al-Huwayni Explains It Is Ok To Take Non-Muslim Women And Children As Slaves... As Well As Take Women As Sex Slaves
The Muslims Brotherhood has successfully and silently infiltrated law enforcement of this country.
More on this at Pajamas Media
Atlas has all the details:
Election Jihad: Former Hamas-linked CAIR Official, Basim Elkarra, Running for California Office
Great article at Big Peace:
What They’re Reading in American Mosques, Pt. 1 – ‘Gardens of the Righteous’
JEDDAH: The permanent committee for issuing religious edicts, chaired by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, has banned the mingling of men and women at offices and educational institutions.
“Women are not allowed to work with men. For example, they cannot work as secretaries for men or at receptions, production lines or accounting sections in a commercial center, pharmacy or restaurant where men are also present,” the ruling said.
The committee, which made this comment while answering a question from a Saudi, warned that the mingling of sexes would have a negative effect on the family and society.
“Women’s work and education should be done without mingling with men. They should work in women-only workplaces, as Islamic teachings ban the mingling of sexes,” the committee said, quoting a verse from the Holy Qur’an: When you ask them (wives of the Prophet) for any goods, ask them from behind a curtain. This is purer for your hearts and for theirs — verse 53, Chapter Al-Ahzab.
The committee said the verse applied to all Muslim women until the Day of Judgment.
Robert Spencer on the report that 81% of US mosque teach violent jihad. Also be sure to check out the video of Frank Gaffney being interviewed about this study here. If you would like to have a look at the literature that is being given out at US mosques have a look here.
Last week came new confirmation that mosques in the U.S. aren’t quite holding potluck suppers and teaching civic pieties. A new study has demonstrated that 80% of mosques right in this country are teaching jihad warfare and Islamic supremacism.
Researchers Mordechai Kedar and David Yerushalmi reported in the Summer 2011 issue of Middle East Quarterly about a new survey that found that “51% of mosques had texts that either advocated the use of violence in the pursuit of a Sharia-based political order or advocated violent jihad as a duty that should be of paramount importance to a Muslim.” Another 30% of mosques in the United States “had only texts that were moderately supportive of violence,” while only “19% had no violent texts at all.”
This yet again contradicts the universally held assumption that U.S. mosques are completely benign institutions, in all respects equivalent to churches and synagogues. As long ago as 1998, Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, a Sufi leader, visited 114 mosques in the United States. Then he gave testimony before a State Department open forum in January 1999 declaring that Islamic supremacists controlled most mosques in America .
“The most dangerous thing that is going on now in these mosques,” Kabbani said, “that has been sent upon these mosques around the United States—like churches they were established by different organizations and that is okay—but the problem with our communities is the extremist ideology. Because they are very active, they took over the mosques, and we can say that they took over more than 80% of the mosques that have been established in the U.S. And there are more than 3,000 mosques in the U.S. So it means that the methodology or ideology of extremists has been spread to 80% of the Muslim population, but not all of them agree with it.”
Terrorism expert Yehudit Barsky affirmed the same thing in 2005, saying that 80% of the mosques in this country “have been radicalized by Saudi money and influence.” The Center for Religious Freedom in 2005 found a massive distribution of hateful jihadist and Islamic supremacist material in mosques in this country. The Mapping Sharia Project’s 2008 study likewise found that upwards of 80% of mosques in America were preaching hatred of Jews and Christians and the necessity ultimately to impose Islamic rule.
And in June 2008, federal investigators found that the Islamic Saudi Academy in Virginia, despite promises to stop teaching such material, was still using books that advocated that apostates from Islam be executed and that it was permissible for Muslims to kill and seize the property of “polytheists.”
What is most arresting about these studies is their unanimity. Although each was conducted independently of the others, they all came to the same conclusion: that around three-quarters of mosques in this country are teaching what amounts to sedition. And yet the mainstream media has shown about as much interest in the new survey as they did in the others—that is, none at all.
Maybe they figure that it could be worse. After all, in recent years we have seen mosques used to preach hatred, to spread exhortations to terrorist activity, to house a bomb factory, to store weapons, to disseminate messages from Osama bin Laden, to demand that non-Muslims conform to Islamic dietary restrictions, to fire on American troops, to fire upon Indian troops and to train jihadists. But most of that took place outside the United States, so who cares? We know the mosques inside this country are different! And on what do we base this certainty? Why, nothing, nothing at all except for the bland and smiling assurances of Muslim leaders in this country that mosques are simply places of worship, no more, no less, and that anyone who thinks otherwise is a greasy Islamophobe.
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A section of Muslim clerics on Monday called on the government to allow them apply Shariah laws to deal with rising cases of homosexuality.
If allowed, Shariah laws would enable the clerics to punish offenders as stipulated by the Quran, said Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya organising secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa.
Sheikh Khalifa also urged Christians and Muslims to shun religious leaders who abetted homosexuality.
“We are asking Kenyans to shun businesses owned by such people and further show them open discrimination as a way of stopping the beastly act.
“They grossly abuse rights of others and should not be accepted among the society,” he said.
He said a madrassa teacher from Pakistan at Mlango wa Papa mosque recently charged with sexually abusing boys had been banned from leading any religious functions.
Frank Gaffney interviewed about the report that 81% of US mosques promote jihad.
God bless Israel.
The United States gave Netanyahu an ultimatum on renewing negotiations with the Palestinians, according to reports cited by Israel Radio Sunday morning.
According to the ultimatum, Netanyahu has to decide within a month whether he agrees to accept US President Barack Obama's platform and resume talks based on 1967 lines.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu was expected to travel to Italy on Sunday where he will meet his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi.
Canada: Mosque In Toronto Advocates The Killing Of Non-Muslims And Chopping Off The Hands Of ThievesPosted by markedmanner
Thanks to Blazing Cat Fur:
From Washington Post:
A 51-year-old Mclean woman was “involuntarily committed” after she allegedly made a bomb threat aboard a Red Line train Monday morning, panicking fellow riders and causing train delays, according to officials.
The bomb scare took place at 7:45 a.m. when an eight-car train bound for Twinbrook was leaving the station, according to Metro Transit Deputy Police Chief Ron Pavlik.
The woman, whose name was being withheld, dropped to her knees and said, “You killed my family. Now I’m going to kill you all,” Pavlik said
Passengers on the train alerted the operator over the intercom, and the operator stopped the train, Metro said.
About 35 passengers exited the stopped train and began walking in the track bed to Twinbrook, Stessel said. Once operators realized passengers were in the rail bed the power was immediately shut down, he said, and remained suspended for two hours.
The suspect got off the train with other passengers and did not resist when she was apprehended in the Kiss & Ride area by a Federal Protective Security officer, Pavlik said. The woman was pointed out to police by customers, according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.
Stessel said the woman was undergoing a mental health evaluation at a local hospital, which can take four to six hours; by Monday afternoon, the woman had been “involuntarily committed” at a facility that “has better resources to handle mental issues,”Stessel said.
Stessel said the woman is a not U.S. citizen but she is a permanent resident. Her name is being withheld because charges are pending depending on her mental health evaluation, he said.
“During a mental health evaluation, police are not permitted to talk to the individual,” Stessel wrote in an e-mail. “As a result, we have been unable to get additional information about what the woman meant when she said ‘You killed my family…’ ”
Thanks to Jihad Watch:
The Orthodox Christina temple in the village of Samodreza, near Vucitrn, in northern Kosmet, has been desecrated again.
The Kosmet Strategic Network NGO, which gathers 70 Serb organizations of that type, has communicated that few days ago the church was broken into and turned into a public toilet and waste dump.
The attacks on this church have been going on constantly even after the arrival of international forces in 1999, when the sanctity [sic] was burned from inside.
The Strategic Network reminds that in the previous period the Albanian community has, on several occasions, blocked the process of renovation of the church in Samodreza, while some 20 families that used to live in the village have been forcefully expelled.
Bogdanovic condemned desecration of church in Kosmet
Serbian Minister of Kosmet Goran Bogdanovic has severely condemned the desecration of the Orthodox church in the village of Samodreza in Kosmet, and asked for perpetrators to be found and punished immediately.
The desecration of the church prior to the great holiday of St. Vitus day represents a message to the Serbs, i.e. what is the attitude of the local Albanian community and the provincial government towards them, pointed Bogdanovic.
He has added that it has once more been shown that the Kosmet police is unable, and often unwilling, to protect the Serb churches, monasteries and cultural monuments
Egypt: Shaykh al-Huwayni Explains It Is Ok To Take Non-Muslim Women And Children As Slaves... As Well As Take Women As Sex SlavesPosted by markedmanner
Thanks to Translating Jihad for this.
"When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her"
A crazed man made a Pathmark meat aisle extra bloody this morning when he plunged a knife into an elderly shopper’s neck, allegedly after the perpetrator stepped on the victim's foot, police and store employees said.
Abdullah Mohammed, 51, of 125th Street, was at the Harlem supermarket yesterday morning when he started arguing loudly at the customer service desk with William Perry, 70, a former truck driver. Perry was at the desk buying Lotto tickets when Mohammed stepped on his foot, irking the older man, according to his older brother, Charles Perry.
Mohammed, who was clad in a peach linen suit, was booted out of the store, but stormed back in minutes later and cornered Perry in the meat aisle, two employees said. He then allegedly whipped out a razor and slashed Perry across the neck.
"People ran out of the store. One guy was screaming, ‘Oh my God, I’ve never seen anything like this,’" said Rafael Feliciano, a repairman who witnessed the melee.
A heroic store employee tackled Mohammed and subdued him until the police responded to the meat aisle melee, cops said. Mohammed was dragged out of the supermarket screaming "at everyone around him," Feliciano said.
Mohammed was arrested and charged with assault in the first degree. Perry was taken to Harlem Hospital and was likely to survive his injuries, police said.
"He’s a coward and ... didn’t fight fair," Charles Perry said from his brother's hospital bed.
Read it all at Jihad Watch.
Kansas: Muslim driver hits, kills man, drives for three miles with corpse on the roof of his van