The man behind the Namibia-to-Germany bomb: Mohammed Ilyas Kashmiri and his Pakistan Connections

November 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

It’s not quite humorous how many roads in the life of Mohammed Ilyas Kashmiri lead back to Pakistan.

We’ll start with why his name is active at this time:

The German media disclosed Thursday, Nov. 18, that the US alert signal cited the high-profile Mohammed Ilyas Kashmiri, 46, as senior planner responsible for the coming attacks. He is known to have charted the February 24 attack on a German bakery in the Indian city of Pune, in which 17 people were killed. Kashmiri seeks out German targets because of German military participation in the war in Afghanistan.

Here’s the operational details:

An X-ray of the luggage revealed batteries attached with wires to a detonator and a ticking clock, German authorities said in a statement. The plane took off Thursday after the passengers and their luggage were searched again. Berlin has sent a team of terror experts to Windhoek.

US intelligence reported the incoming terrorists were planning to time their attacks for the pre-Christmas peak shopping season. They were described as ready to go into action without recourse to local Al Qaeda controllers or planners. Weapons and explosives await them at prearranged hideouts. It was not clear from the American tipoff who had stashed them and whether some have been exposed.

Nice.  Kill little Jimmie and Suzy while shop for a scarf for mommie.  Remind me again how many terrorists are not Muslim because I can’t seem to come up with very many.  The “religion of peace.”  Blow me.  More like the “religion that makes pieces of innocent people.”

What is - background?  Absorb this tidbit:

The U.S. Department of Justice indictment that was unsealed on January 14, 2009 names a retired Pakistani army major, Abdul Rehman Hashim Syed, as Headley’s handler, and Ilyas Kashmiri, a former commando with Pakistan’s elite Special Services Group, and now leader of the Harakat-ul-Jihadi-Islami, as the operational commander behind the Mumbai attacks. While the allegations do not specify that serving Pakistani army or intelligence officials were involved in the attacks, they reveal that the Pakistani army’s past support and continued facilitation of the LeT contributed to the terror group’s ability to conduct the assaults. [Emphasis added]

Trained by what passes for Pakistan’s elite military organization.

And this is pleasant:

Nine years after a young Indian soldier on duty at the Line of Control was beheaded and seven of his colleagues killed in a cross-border raid, the Pakistani militant who owned up for the act was reported killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan last week.

Indian Army records show that the man who was beheaded in 2000 was Sepoy Bhausaheb Maruti Talekar of the 17 Maratha Light Infantry (MLI).

Ilyas Kashmiri, according to a report in the Pakistani daily The News, was behind the guerilla attack on an Indian Army post in Nowshera sector in February 2000.

Kashmiri, a Harkat-ul-Jehad al-Islami (HuJI) commander, was said to have been felicitated by then Army chief General Pervez Musharraf and rewarded with Rs 1 lakh for bringing back “the head of an Indian officer”.

The reports of Ilyas’ death were, alas, premature.  But did you catch that then-Army chief General Pervez Musharraf gave the dude a whole bunch of money?  Yeah, Musharraf, the guy who was president of Pakistan from 2001 to 2008.

Pakistan does want his head, as can be read in this 2009 MEMRI doc listing the top-ten most-wanted terrorists :

“No. 4 in the most wanted list, Ilyas Kashmiri, the chief of the Azad Kashmir [free Kashmir or Pakistani Kashmir] chapter of Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist organization Harkat ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI), is a veteran of the Kashmir jihad who spent several years in an Indian jail. He was arrested after the December 2003 twin suicide attacks on General Pervez Musharraf’s presidential cavalcade in Rawalpindi, but released a few weeks later due to lack of evidence. He later shifted his base to the Waziristan region and joined hands with Baitullah Mehsud. He later established a training camp in the Razmak area of Waziristan and shifted most of his militants from his Kotli training camp in Pakistani Kashmir. He has been named in a charge-sheet filed by the Islamabad police for masterminding the November 2008 murder of Major General (retired) Amir Faisal Alvi, the former general officer commanding (GOC) of the elite Special Services Group (SSG).”

A little too late, guys.

The problem that exists with Pakistan is that it seems to lack a core set of principles.  It operates out of fear and aggression, rather than seeking a safe and peaceful environment for its citizens.  As a result, it sleeps with some rather unfortunate bedfellows, which, in turn, move on - complete with training and inside relationships.

Maybe we should allow Israel to pound Iran, and India to pound Pakistan - both out of existence - and then watch how things settle afterward.  Might be a happier planet.

Liberty Pundits Blog

The man behind the Namibia-to-Germany bomb: Mohammed Ilyas Kashmiri and his Pakistan Connections

November 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

It’s not quite humorous how many roads in the life of Mohammed Ilyas Kashmiri lead back to Pakistan.

We’ll start with why his name is active at this time:

The German media disclosed Thursday, Nov. 18, that the US alert signal cited the high-profile Mohammed Ilyas Kashmiri, 46, as senior planner responsible for the coming attacks. He is known to have charted the February 24 attack on a German bakery in the Indian city of Pune, in which 17 people were killed. Kashmiri seeks out German targets because of German military participation in the war in Afghanistan.

Here’s the operational details:

An X-ray of the luggage revealed batteries attached with wires to a detonator and a ticking clock, German authorities said in a statement. The plane took off Thursday after the passengers and their luggage were searched again. Berlin has sent a team of terror experts to Windhoek.

US intelligence reported the incoming terrorists were planning to time their attacks for the pre-Christmas peak shopping season. They were described as ready to go into action without recourse to local Al Qaeda controllers or planners. Weapons and explosives await them at prearranged hideouts. It was not clear from the American tipoff who had stashed them and whether some have been exposed.

Nice.  Kill little Jimmie and Suzy while shop for a scarf for mommie.  Remind me again how many terrorists are not Muslim because I can’t seem to come up with very many.  The “religion of peace.”  Blow me.  More like the “religion that makes pieces of innocent people.”

What is - background?  Absorb this tidbit:

The U.S. Department of Justice indictment that was unsealed on January 14, 2009 names a retired Pakistani army major, Abdul Rehman Hashim Syed, as Headley’s handler, and Ilyas Kashmiri, a former commando with Pakistan’s elite Special Services Group, and now leader of the Harakat-ul-Jihadi-Islami, as the operational commander behind the Mumbai attacks. While the allegations do not specify that serving Pakistani army or intelligence officials were involved in the attacks, they reveal that the Pakistani army’s past support and continued facilitation of the LeT contributed to the terror group’s ability to conduct the assaults. [Emphasis added]

Trained by what passes for Pakistan’s elite military organization.

And this is pleasant:

Nine years after a young Indian soldier on duty at the Line of Control was beheaded and seven of his colleagues killed in a cross-border raid, the Pakistani militant who owned up for the act was reported killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan last week.

Indian Army records show that the man who was beheaded in 2000 was Sepoy Bhausaheb Maruti Talekar of the 17 Maratha Light Infantry (MLI).

Ilyas Kashmiri, according to a report in the Pakistani daily The News, was behind the guerilla attack on an Indian Army post in Nowshera sector in February 2000.

Kashmiri, a Harkat-ul-Jehad al-Islami (HuJI) commander, was said to have been felicitated by then Army chief General Pervez Musharraf and rewarded with Rs 1 lakh for bringing back “the head of an Indian officer”.

The reports of Ilyas’ death were, alas, premature.  But did you catch that then-Army chief General Pervez Musharraf gave the dude a whole bunch of money?  Yeah, Musharraf, the guy who was president of Pakistan from 2001 to 2008.

Pakistan does want his head, as can be read in this 2009 MEMRI doc listing the top-ten most-wanted terrorists :

“No. 4 in the most wanted list, Ilyas Kashmiri, the chief of the Azad Kashmir [free Kashmir or Pakistani Kashmir] chapter of Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist organization Harkat ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI), is a veteran of the Kashmir jihad who spent several years in an Indian jail. He was arrested after the December 2003 twin suicide attacks on General Pervez Musharraf’s presidential cavalcade in Rawalpindi, but released a few weeks later due to lack of evidence. He later shifted his base to the Waziristan region and joined hands with Baitullah Mehsud. He later established a training camp in the Razmak area of Waziristan and shifted most of his militants from his Kotli training camp in Pakistani Kashmir. He has been named in a charge-sheet filed by the Islamabad police for masterminding the November 2008 murder of Major General (retired) Amir Faisal Alvi, the former general officer commanding (GOC) of the elite Special Services Group (SSG).”

A little too late, guys.

The problem that exists with Pakistan is that it seems to lack a core set of principles.  It operates out of fear and aggression, rather than seeking a safe and peaceful environment for its citizens.  As a result, it sleeps with some rather unfortunate bedfellows, which, in turn, move on - complete with training and inside relationships.

Maybe we should allow Israel to pound Iran, and India to pound Pakistan - both out of existence - and then watch how things settle afterward.  Might be a happier planet.

Liberty Pundits Blog

Make-Believe Media Shield Obama’s Waffling on Trial for 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Holding (burying?) this story until Saturday afternoon, The Washington Post regurgitated a likely Friday night White House talking points memo that Obama won’t try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 9/11 Mastermind, in federal court

because of the opposition of lawmakers in Congress and in New York…. key administration officials fear that no federal case could proceed, given stiff congressional opposition. It is expected to grow more intense when the new Republican majority assumes power in the House of Representatives.

Translation: It’s the Republicans’ fault!  And Obama can’t put the military prosecution genie back in GITMO bottle because that “option would alienate liberal supporters.” What’s a president to do?

Literally buried at the very end of the story, WaPo mumbles what may be the Regime’s hope and plans for change: Since Obama’s taken the oath to defend and protect our country, he’s reduced the number held in GITMO by 67. These terrorists, uhh Islamic extremists, hmmm well, man-made disaster designers, are being released, sent back home or “resettled” (just what is that anyway, an under-cover terrorist protection program?) through “diplomatic efforts.”

Other Make-Believe Media reporting on WaPo’s White House talking points unintentionally confirmed Obama’s adoption of his predecessor’s wisdom and legal argument:  “Obama administration officials said Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators can be held under laws of war, until a trial location is agreed on….”

Gee.  Using the laws of war to hold KSM indefinitely?  Is the War On Terror back on?

Where are the MBM headlines screaming that Obama is denying habeus corpus rights? Where are the snide ledes lambasting Obama’s broken campaign promise to close GITMO? Where is the savage criticism of the Waffler-In-Chief’s latest political punt?

President Bush was politically eviscerated for tempering federal aide to give sovereign states a little over a week’s time to coordinate rescue operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a natural disaster. The elitist press ginned up a media-made disaster blaming the feds and specifically Bush for that delay, making it seem that Bush was more to blame for the devastation than the hurricane’s flooding

In the case of KSM, the Make-Believe Media ledes make it sound like justice is being delayed and denied:

From CBS: 9/11 trial not likely to happen anytime soon ;

The Atlantic Wire:  Will The 9/11 Mastermind Ever Face Trial?;

NY Post: No Khalid Trial Until 2012 (partial points to the NY Post for its terse factual lede);

and Reuter’s:  U.S. Trial Unlikely for 9/11 suspect Mohammed .

And that vague opposition forces to justice are somehow to blame… Opposition to U.S. trial likely to keep mastermind of 9/11 attacks in detention.

And notice it’s all about the Terrorist? The MBM singular focus on whether the 9/11 Mastermind will finally have his day in court despite those obstructionist Republicans who want to send him back out of the country to be tried by a military court.

Not one of these MBM stories mentioned the number of human beings, Americans and foreigners, killed in the collapse of the Twin Towers and elsewhere on that day, estimated to be almost 3,000 souls. Those people still wait for justice.  So do their loved one.  So does their country.

Obama’s political juggling of justice for the 9/11Mastermind brings new meaning to the description “Man-Made Disaster.”   And the Make-Believe Media just keeps praising the Clown Act.


Big Journalism

Travesty of justice: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may never get a trial

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The report is that the Obama Administration can’t figure out where to conduct the trial, so there may never be one.  How utterly pathetic.

This clown was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.  Thousands of Americans and people form other nations were murdered.  There are no words to describe the dreadful impact this man has had on our country and world.  He’s an unmitigated, unrepentant mass murderer.  And now because of a procedural issue, the Obama Administration is frozen in place.

Gitmo is the logical location for a trial.  Under our laws, the court resides where the judge is.  Therefore, if a judge convenes a trial in a barn outside Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with the Amish in attendance and oil lanterns ringing the well to illuminate the darkening space, that is the federal courthouse for the 3d District of the United States.

But Obama wanted a show trial.  He wanted it in NYC.  The locals rebuffed his request.  So now the Washington Braintrust doesn’t know what to do, so they’ll do nothing.  Nothing.  They would rather deprive our nation, our families of their day in court, of closure on the murders of their and our loved ones, merely over the procedural issue of where to locate the trial.

Can this Administration be any worse?

Prediction:  When the new president, either Republican or Democrat but not Obama, is seated in January 2013, this POS’s trial will be scheduled, conducted, and completed as an initial order of business.

Liberty Pundits Blog

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the Forever War

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

There are a lot of things wrong with Obama’s apparently imminent decision to just let Khalid Sheikh Mohammed rot in jail without a formal trial.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, will probably remain in military detention without trial for the foreseeable future, according to Obama administration officials.

The administration has concluded that it cannot put Mohammed on trial in federal court because of the opposition of lawmakers in Congress and in New York. There is also little internal support for resurrecting a military prosecution at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The latter option would alienate liberal supporters.

The administration asserts that it can hold Mohammed and other al-Qaeda operatives under the laws of war, a principle that has been upheld by the courts when Guantanamo Bay detainees have challenged their detention.

Obviously, it’s a further spineless capitulation on Obama’s part. It’s a concession, too, that all you have to do to eliminate the rule of law in this country is squawk in Congress and on Fox News.

It also serves as a guarantee that the 2001 AUMF declaring war against the now-50 al Qaeda members who had something to do with 9/11 will last forever-or at least for the rest of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s life.

Mind you, the government has been planning on making this a forever war since 2001, precisely so it could hold people like KSM forever.

Now, with the decision to just let KSM rot, it seems to me, that plan gains a new anchor (and none too soon! given that only a handful of al Qaeda members remain in Afghanistan, that justification was getting rather dicey). After all, the very decision not to try KSM in a military commission is an admission that it would not work for him-it might rule out the death penalty for him in any case, but a military commission judge actually has leeway to adjust any sentence on account of the extreme torture KSM underwent, meaning our torture of KSM might become a central issue in a military commission.

But any further delay in charging KSM in civilian court make it less likely they’ll be able to charge him in the future, because this current delay almost certainly violates any interpretation of speedy trial rights. You can’t just wait to charge someone until such a time as the political winds make it easier to do.

Mind you, I agree that KSM is precisely the kind of person you do need to hold for the safety of the country (unlike many of the other detainees slotted for indefinite detention).

And that’s why this decision almost guarantees that the AUMF just became a forever war-at least one lasting the next twenty to forty years of KSM’s life. Because the government has apparently decided to hold KSM with no more solid legal justification than the war, which judges have interpreted to be the AUMF. Which means the government is going to have to sustain some claim that that AUMF remains in effect, even if we go broke and withdraw from Afghanistan as a result (that seems to be the only thing that will make us withdraw, in spite of the fact that we’re not going to do any good there).

Nine years ago, a British Embassy employee wrote,

As long as the war against terrorism in the widest sense continued, the US/UK would have rights to continue to detain those they had been fighting against (even if the fighting in Afghanistan itself were over). [Redacted] conceded that the strength of such a case would depend on the plausibility of the argument that the war was continuing.

The decision to hold KSM indefinitely has now flipped that equation: so long as the only justification for holding KSM is the claim we’re at war, we’ll have to remain at war.

And all those bonus powers a President gets with the claim that we’re at war? They’re all wrapped up now, in the necessity to hold KSM forever.

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Emptywheel

UK: Would-be jihadist explained that “Allah and his prophet Mohammed” came first

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

This UKPA article is wholly unsatisfactory, as it doesn’t explain why the evidence that it mentions wasn’t enough to convict Amir Ali. Was there some extenuating circumstance, or some indication that he hadn’t actually written a farewell letter or posed with rifles? Or was this just another case of British dhimmitude?

In any case, note that the would-be jihadist explained his actions to his family by saying that “Allah and his prophet Mohammed” came first. So yet again, jihad terror acts are justified by reference to Islamic texts and teachings — the one motivating factor that the government and mainstream media demands we discount.

“Tube driver cleared of Jihad charge,” from the UKPA, November 8:

A London Underground Tube driver has been cleared of planning to travel to Afghanistan or Pakistan with the intention of taking part in a “violent jihad”, a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said.

Amir Ali, who drove trains on the Bakerloo Line for five years, was alleged to have purchased a plane ticket to travel to Islamabad and written a farewell letter to his family telling them that “Allah and his prophet Mohammed” came first, jurors were told.

When police searched the 28-year-old’s home they found pictures of him posing with weapons including two AK47 rifles and a self-loading pistol, prosecutor Duncan Penny said.

But Ali, of Ilford, Essex, was found not guilty at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court of preparation for acts of terrorism between April 2006 and March last year.

Why?

Jihad Watch

Mohammed is now the most popular boys’ name in England

October 28, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

It’s only a matter of time now, folks: Sharia, the death of free speech, the death of free society, and the oppression of non-Muslims and women are sure to follow along in due course. Islamization of Britain Update: “Mohammed is most popular boys’ name in England,” from AFP, October 27 (thanks to all who sent this in):

LONDON (AFP) - Mohammed was the most popular name for newborn baby boys in England and Wales in 2009, according to official data released Wednesday.

But 12 different spellings of the name, each listed separately, meant that Oliver officially topped poll.

The name, given to 7,364 children, ended Jack’s 14-year reign at number one, with Harry, Alfie and Joshua rounding out the top five in the figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

The two most common spellings of the Muslim name came in at 16th and 36th place, a total of 7,549 baby boys, making it the most popular name overall.

The most common spelling, Mohammed, was the number one name in its own right in the West Midlands region of central England which includes the city of Birmingham, and number four in London….

Jihad Watch

Good point: If Islam were treated equally, Mohammed would be fair game

October 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

I love this:

During the controversy over cartoons of Mohammed that appeared in a Danish newspaper in 2005, I received an email from a reader insisting, “This is about treating Islam equally! I am a Muslim and all we want is for our religion to be treated with the same respect as other religions.”

The problem with his demand is that the cartoonists in question did treat Islam in the same way Western culture treats Christianity, Judaism and other faiths. The media typically reserves no special reverence or respect for the major Western religions (including their Prophets). And so if Islam were treated “equally,” then Mohammed would be fair game, too.

Agreed, completely.  What I don’t get about the Big M is his thing for little girls.  Creepy.  And statistics show that such violating-little-girls-as-if-it’s-a-good-thing people have a significantly higher incidence of meeting the first criteria for participating in the Gay Olympics.  Just yuk.

Liberty Pundits Blog

Greg Gutfeld Bashes WaPo For Pulling Mohammed Cartoon

October 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

As NewsBusters reported last Sunday, the Washington Post earlier this month pulled a cartoon from its paper due to a reference to the prophet Mohammed.

With this in mind, "Red Eye" host Greg Gutfeld appeared on "Fox News Watch" Saturday to ask, "Why is it that the media keeps reminding us that we shouldn’t exaggerate the threat of a small group of radicals, but then completely changes tact when it comes to their own personal safety?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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NewsBusters.org - Exposing Liberal Media Bias

Report: Denmark’s foreign minister apologizes for Mohammed cartoons!

October 13, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

According to Al Arabiya (Arabic), Denmark’s Foreign Minister Lene Espersen has apologized to the Muslim world on behalf of her nation for the cartoons of Mohammed that were published in Danish newspapers.

She met with Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Sheikh of Al Azhar University in Egypt.

The report further states that she said her government “will not allow the repetition of such abuses of the Islamic religion or its symbols….The cartoons did not reflect the position of the Government of Denmark.”

She met with al-Tayeb in his office today. She told him that the Government of Denmark will take steps to ensure that there will be no repeat of such graphics, or abuse of the Islamic religion, in the future.

Al-Tayeb said “This is a positive step in the right direction towards improving the relationship between the Muslim peoples and the West….The problem of the West is that they do not understand the fact that moderate Islam rejects violence, and that the essence of Islam is tolerance and acceptance of others and peaceful coexistence among all peoples.” He added, “Islam does not exclude any other cultures.”

This story seems a bit at odds, but not entirely, with the official position of the Foreign Ministry of Denmark stated only a couple of weeks ago, on the occasion of a book being published in Denmark that was reproducing the cartoons:

Of course it can no longer surprise anyone that there are people in Denmark and around the world who feel hurt when they hear that the drawings are printed again.

In light of the experience from the past five years, I have taken steps to prevent a new confrontation which will serve nobody’s good interest. This morning, I have met with the ambassadors of the OIC countries. Furthermore, I met last week with the Secretary General of the OIC, the Secretary General of the Arab League as well as foreign ministers from the Middle East and North Africa.

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also has a constructive dialogue with a number of Muslim organizations in Denmark.

My key message is that we have freedom of speech in Denmark. This is a corner stone in our democracy. Accordingly, anybody has the right to write and print books as long as the content is within the framework of the law. These are basic values that we are also promoting internationally.”

At the same time, I would like to make it very clear that Denmark wants to maintain and strengthen our good and friendly relations to the Muslim world. Constructive dialogue is the way ahead.

The Danish Government respects all religious creeds and communities, including Islam as one of the world’s major religions, and the religious feelings of all people.

In the Danish statement at the United Nations General Assembly September 28th 2010 we stressed that a strengthening of mutual understanding between cultures is an important challenge and a valuable opportunity for all of us.

Did Al Arabiya get the story wrong? Did al-Tayeb exaggerate what she said? Is there a Danish law that would prohibit or limit the publication of the cartoons that would make the two statements jive? Or is something else going on?

All I can confirm is that she is on a trip to the Arab world; she was in Syria yesterday.

Elder of Ziyon

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