Thursday, April 28, 2011

4-28-11 National Security Updates

Palestinian "Reconciliation" Won't Last Long

On Wednesday, Hamas and Fatah reached a reconciliation agreement that includes the formation of a unity government that will last until general elections are held within one year. The groups claimed that all areas of disagreement had been settled, including with security arrangements. It is being hailed as an achievement, but it ends the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and is bound to ultimately fail. [more...]

Exposing Iran’s End Times Vision

Reza Kahlili, a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps who spied for the CIA, obtained and released a secret documentary produced by the Iranian regime last month that claimed that President Ahmadinejad, Supreme Leader Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah are the incarnations of prophesied figures. Their religious command is to lead a final war that destroys Israel to trigger the arrival of the Hidden Imam. The publication of this video has thrown a wrench into the regime’s plans by embroiling it in a political crisis. [more...]

Thursday, April 21, 2011

4-21-11 National Security Updates

Is Proxy War About to Erupt in Bahrain?

Anyone who has seen the Iranian regime’s film "The Coming is Near" knows the Middle East is on the verge of exploding. The question is what spark will light it. The region seems to shift daily, but right now, it looks like Iran has chosen Bahrain as the place to pounce. [more...]

Obama Justice Department Saves Brotherhood Fronts

Investigative journalist Patrick Poole has broken a blockbuster story about how the Obama Administration’s Justice Department blocked plans to prosecute a co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and others labeled “unindicted co-conspirators” in the Holy Land Foundation trial. Rep. Peter King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and is requesting answers by April 25. [more...]

NOTE: Ryan is available for updates on the uprisings throughout the Middle East, which he's following very closely. Watch Ryan on Fox & Friends.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

4-14-11 National Security Updates

The Mullahs Rescue Assad

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is in big trouble. It has killed over 200 civilians since the anti-government uprising began, but the unrest is spreading across the country. Assad has been forced to turn to Iran for help, and now, the Reform Party of Syria has just revealed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps is overseeing the effort to save the regime. [more...]

Qaddafi’s Muslim-American Friends

Muammar Qaddafi’s willingness to slaughter his own people has long been known and is undeniable. It is hard to imagine that any human being would be willing to embrace him but the Nation of Islam and the Council on American-Islamic Relations did just that. Louis Farrakhan continues to even uphold him today, denying that he is guilty of any wrongdoing. [more...]

Thursday, April 7, 2011

4-7-11 - National Security Updates

Libyan Rebels Sinking

The seesaw battle in Libya rages on, with the rebels asking for a truce and in a full-scale retreat from cities they recently re-captured. The weaknesses of the rebel forces mean that they will need significant, long-term outside assistance to survive unless the coalition decides to remove Qaddafi from power. The West now faces a catch-22: It can provide the rebels with what they need, knowing there are Islamist elements among them or the rebels will go to those willing to help them, which could include Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and other Islamists. [more...]

Al-Qaeda Seizes Town in Teetering Yemen

According to Yemeni officials and the state-controlled press, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has seized the city of Jaar and declared an "Islamic Emirate" in Abyan Province. This is certainly a frightening development that raises concerns about the future of the Yemeni uprising, but there is more to the story than meets the eye. There are strong indications that President Saleh is using - and has used - the terrorist group to bolster his tenuous grip on power, claiming that the country faces peril without him. [more...]

Iran and the Final Grand Jihad

The documentary produced by Ahmadinejad’s office makes it clear that the Iranian regime sees itself as religiously commanded to lead a united Arab coalition to destroy Israel in the near future. Interestingly, it said that the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, though it is Sunni, is “in accordance with the Hadith.” The uprisings in the region are being seen as a green light for a new offensive to begin in the Middle East and Islamist forces are moving quickly to maximize their gains. [more...]

NOTE: Ryan is available for updates on the uprisings throughout the Middle East, which he's following very closely. Watch Ryan on Fox & Friends.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Dilemma of Qur'an Burning & Violence: Hyper Radical Reaction or Mere Hypocrisy?

For the past few days we have been hearing news from Afghanistan regarding riots to protest the burning of a Qur'an in Florida. The results of these riots were the killing and injuring of tens of people, all for the sake of one book. Although no one should condone acts of burning the Qur'an or any other books for that matter, the puzzling question remains, why is it such a big deal when it comes to the Qur'an? In order to answer this question, one must understand the Islamic view concerning the Qur'an.

Perhaps the most sacrosanct belief of the Islamic faith is that the Qur’an is a miraculous book. It is believed to be the ultimate miracle of Islam: not only a book sent down from heaven, but a perfect book in language and structure that could never be replicated by mankind. As such, the Qur’an is not to be challenged. When questions arise, most Islamic scholars deal with them only from the perspective that the Qur’an is a miraculous message from Allah. If, in fact, this assumption could be proven to be in error, Muslims would be empowered to subject the Qur’an to true critical analysis, in the same fashion that all other religious texts in history have been analyzed. [more...]

The Obama Administration Finally Reverses a Dangerously Dumb Decision: No Circus Trial in New York For KSM

It took two years, but the Obama administration finally announced that self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators will face prosecution by a military tribunal in Guantanamo. Attorney General Eric Holder, appearing as if he had been waterboarded into reversing his prior decision to try them in a federal court in New York, made the announcement yesterday. The reversal spared the nation from a made-for-TV Al Qaeda propaganda circus and allowed New Yorkers to breathe a sigh of relief that they won’t have to host these monsters in their backyard. Nevertheless, Holder just couldn’t miss an opportunity to take a swipe at Congress for what he called its “unwise and unwarranted” restrictions on where alien enemy combatants could be tried. This left him no choice but to abandon his original boneheaded decision to call for a civil trial in New York. [more...]

White House Meets Reality

The Obama Administration’s belated decision to reverse course and proceed with military commission trials for 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four associates shows the Administration’s disregard for reality has now come full circle.  We can thank the newly elected members of Congress for this turnaround, as they sought to represent the will and wishes of most Americans who did not want to grant terrorists trying to destroy our way of life the same Constitutional rights granted to U.S. citizens. This is also a victory for the family members of the 9/11 victims and for all Americans fed up with political correctness and waiting for justice to be served on those who committed the unconscionable mass murder of 3,000 innocent Americans on 9/11 nearly a decade ago.

Attorney General Holder’s announcement that “Congress made me do it” came less than 24 hours before many family members of the 9/11 victims were planning to descend on Capitol Hill and testify before a key Senate Committee as to the Obama Administration’s failure to act in seeking justice for the 9/11 actions.  Perhaps, the White House, watching its approval numbers plummet, changed course after realizing that on this very sensitive issue, almost 70% of Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, do not want terrorists, and in particular Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his associates, tried in American civilian courts.

As they await their trial, Khalid and associates can continue living in what these Gitmo prisoners term in Arabic, “Al muntazah al-dini lilmujaheden al Muslimin," “The Religious Resort for Islamic holy warriors.”  They can continue enjoying their three halal meals a day in accordance with their religious dictates. They have radio, television, soccer games, air-conditioning, clean clothes, and servants - meaning American GIs, who wait on them hand and foot. They have Islamic chaplains and are handed Korans by people so concerned as not to offend, that they wear latex gloves and carry the book with two hands. Oh, and by the way, Khalid Sheik Mohammad has exercise equipment in his prison cell.

As the trial now goes to the military commission for adjudication, let’s quickly recount 5 reasons why Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his associates should not have been tried in the civilian court system:

1. To try him in civilian court would have given him the world stage he desired for declaring Jihad against the United States. He would have used his time in the limelight to share his fundamentalist 7th Century interpretation of the Koran that teaches that the violent later passages supersede and replace the earlier peaceful verses - a doctrine known as "Abrogation."  This doctrine leads followers like KSM, Major Nidal Hasan and others to claim Koranic sanctioning of their violent actions. Why would we give him such a platform? 

2. The case against him would have been in jeopardy, as much of the information would have been declared inadmissible due to national security concerns. Even though Attorney General Holder all but guaranteed conviction of KSM and his cronies (a guarantee that undermined the very rationale the Administration offered for holding the trial in civilian court system) the hard reality of the matter is that KSM and his associates acted as enemy combatants / terrorists. To allow their defense attorneys in the discovery stages of the trial to have access to sensitive national security information that led to their apprehension would have been unacceptable to reveal and therefore inadmissible in court. 

3. The civilian jury members would have had a target put on their heads, for the rest of their lives. Could you imagine if you were called for jury duty and had to vote to convict an individual with documented ties to an international network of terrorists that included Osama Bin Laden?  Think that person might feel they have a target on their head?

4. The unbelievable cost to taxpayers to host and protect such a trial would have been staggering. NYC would have paid in the neighborhood of $1 Billion dollars just to provide security for the court cases themselves.

5. It would have incentivized more jihad attacks against civilian targets.  Why attack military targets where you will get less attention? If civilian targets warrant civilian trials with the corresponding publicity that comes with it, then expect more civilian targets from the jihadists.

Common sense and the will of the people won over political correctness. Whatever the reasons for the Obama Administration’s reversal, we at ACT! for America welcome the decision.

Brigitte Gabriel is an international terrorism analyst and a two times New York Times best-selling author of Because They Hate and They Must Be Stopped.  She is the President of ACT for America, the largest national security grassroots movement in the United States. She can be reached via