Islamic terrorism

Support Terrorists? Find yourself liable for their attacks

A US court has found Arab Bank guilty of aiding and abetting terrorism for helping launder Hamas money and helping to finance acts of terror.

A U.S. jury on Monday found Arab Bank Plc liable for providing material support to Hamas and said it must compensate victims of two dozen attacks attributed to the Islamic militant group in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Jurors needed less than two days of deliberations to reach their verdict after a six-week trial in Brooklyn federal court, which lawyers described as the first terrorism financing civil case to reach trial in the United States.

A trial on damages will be held later. Similar lawsuits are pending in New York against Bank of China Ltd, which is accused of providing services to Palestine Islamic Jihad, and Credit Lyonnais SA, which is accused of aiding Hamas. Those banks have denied the respective allegations.

Nearly 300 Americans who were either victims or related to victims of attacks linked to Hamas had sued Arab Bank in 2004.

They accused the Jordanian bank of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act, a law that lets victims of U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations such as Hamas seek damages.

“It has been a long haul,” said plaintiff Maida Averbach, 76, who said her son was paralyzed from the neck down in a 2003 suicide bombing and died in 2010 from complications. “Unfortunately my Steve isn’t here.” Averbach spoke to reporters by phone.

Arab Bank said it would appeal. In a statement, the bank said the verdict “comes as no surprise” after a series of what it considered legally incorrect court rulings that kept it from mounting a proper defense, and effectively “put Hamas on trial.”

The bank also said the verdict exposes banks such as itself to “enormous liability” for providing routine banking services.

Shand Stephens, a lawyer for Arab Bank, predicted that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals “is going to reverse this.”

Mark Werbner, a lawyer for some of the plaintiffs, said the verdict sends a message that “when a bank opens its doors to terrorists, they’re going to be held accountable.”

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Should have double tapped him

An Al Qaeda operative is having a sook about being tasered, blindfolded and bundled into a vehicle as he was kidnapped by Delta Force troops in Tripoli.

Boo hoo, he’s lucky to be alive.

They should have just double tapped him and saved the effort.

Swarmed, Tasered, and trundled into a vehicle blindfolded—and that was just the beginning for alleged al Qaeda member Abu Anas al-Liby. Now he’s complaining about his treatment.

Poor little jihadi!

Just listen to the accused al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Liby recount how he was treated by men who suddenly swarmed him outside his home in Tripoli as he returned from morning prayers last October.

“I was Tasered in both my legs and hands,” he says at the start of a tale told in an affidavit unsealed this week in a motion to suppress incriminating statements about his alleged complicity in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

He rightly assumes that his captors were members of the U.S. Army Delta Force. He recalls that one of them spoke to him in English with an American accent:

“We know you can understand us, just keep quiet.”

He was then trundled into what he says was either a minivan or an SUV.

“[I] had ear muffs placed over my ears, my eyes were blindfolded, and I was placed in handcuffs,” he reports.    Read more »

Andrew Sullivan on Islam, jihadists and western apologists

Andrew Sullivan comes up with a brilliant explanation of Islam, jihadists and western apologists like Ben Affleck.

he made these comments in response to the video of the Bill Maher/Ben Affleck debate.

I think it’s pretty indisputable that any religion that can manifest itself in the form of something like ISIS in any period in history is in a very bad way. I know they’re outliers – even with respect to al Qaeda. But, leaving these mass murderers and sadists to one side, any religion that still cannot allow its own texts to be subject to scholarly and historical inquiry, any religion that denies in so many parts of the world any true opportunities for women, and any religion whose followers believe apostasy should be punished with death is in a terrible, terrible way. There is so much more to Islam than this – but this tendency is so widespread, and its fundamentalism so hard to budge, and the destruction wrought by its violent extremists so appalling that I find Affleck’s and Aslan’s defenses to be missing the forest for the trees.  Read more »

We actually don’t need UN permission to attack ISIS

There is a great deal of huffing and puffing from terrorist loving politicians and commentators.

They don’t want us to go deal to the ISIS terrorist scumbags and want some sort of UN mandate.

The only problem with that sort of b.s. is that we actually don;t need UN mandates, ISIS is not a country they are a band of rampaging thugs and we can deal to them any time we want with or without a UN mandate.

In the UK the same types of terrorist huggers are saying the same things.

MPs who vote tomorrow on whether to go to war with Isis will not have the security blanket of a UN Security Council resolution, so it is important to understand why, as a matter of international law, they do not need it.

They are not being invited to overthrow the regime of a sovereign state, which they wrongly decided to do in the case of Iraq in 2003, or to support a feckless reprisal bombing of Syria, which they rightly rejected last year. Isis is a group of international criminals, committing war crimes and crimes against humanity with genocidal intent, and the right – arguably the duty – to protect their victims does not depend on Russian approval in the Security Council.

Isis has been killing innocent civilians because of their religion and issuing blood-curdling incitements to kill “all non-believers”.  They have been executing without trial, recruiting children as soldiers, taking and killing hostages.  They are, in the Latin phrase used in international law, hostis humanis generis, the enemies of humankind.  As with the pirate, torturer and slave trader, no UN approval is necessary for law-abiding states to use force against such barbarity.

But our complicity in the invasion of Iraq has cast a long shadow; Ed Miliband, for example, has evinced a “preference” for a Security Council resolution.  This is unnecessary and in fact undesirable – action in humanitarian emergencies should not be vulnerable to the veto of the Chinese, or of President Putin.  A resolution was necessary for the invasion of Iraq – a sovereign state where there was no basis for humanitarian intervention. President Bush expressly excluded this justification for his (and our) war.  As for last year’s proposal to bomb Syria, it was a one-off punishment reprisal of questionable legality and doubtful purpose and it was sensibly rejected by Parliament (and people).

Is there any difference (as some MPs seem to think) in the legitimacy of bombing IS in Iraq (which has expressly invited the coalition to do so) and bombing it in Syria?  This is a pettifogging point – going to war should not depend on technicalities (the US justified the Vietnam war on the basis that it had been “invited in” by the puppet government of South Vietnam).  In any event, Syria has not complained and its consent to the attack on its most dangerous enemy can be inferred.  The real question for Parliament tomorrow is whether the attack on Isis is lawful and, if so, whether it is right.   Read more »

A Guest Post – Psychological Warfare

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Another murdered hostage, and another bleak day.

It is true that good people die every day and it is absolutely appalling to hear the news – whether it is gun violence on the street, domestic violence in family homes, or ISIS executions.  What ISIS is doing though is hitting our western sensibilities via the “method” and this is of course their intent.  Kidnap an innocent, let the world see him plead, listen to his family implore compassion, listen to our politicians make statements, murder that hostage in a grievous way, and then introduce us to the next hapless victim.  Then repeat the cycle, and with the Internet we can all see this in our homes and our governments can’t prevent that.  We all talk about it and we are uncertain of the future and many of us are scared.  Some of the locals, not many mind you, agree with this method for their own reasons and start to talk amongst themselves about this extreme tangent and feel empowered to take out whatever grievance they may have and join the cause – either locally or in the Middle East.  Don’t assume for one moment this is not a highly organised game of psychological warfare going on here.  To give all of us some credit I think we all know this.   Read more »

What will it take for them to pull their heads out of the sand?

Over on TDB blog there was the following Headline:

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The fact that Australians are under threat of being beheaded, police officers are stabbed and a woman is beheaded in America by a co -worker who tried to convert other workers to Islam does not affect the writer of the above headline in the way one would expect. Instead he says that we should be suspicious of the motives of a democratically elected government that is trying to protect its citizens from terrorism. He fails to say why we should be suspicious or what possible thing the government would have to gain by ‘ faking ‘ a danger from terrorism.

He then goes on to say that…

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Face of the day

Abu Abdul Rahman

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A Kiwi jihadist who has links with al Qaeda and has taken up arms in Syria wants to leave the war-torn country — but first needs a fresh New Zealand passport after burning his old one.

Mohammad Daniel, also know as Abu Abdul Rahman, and formerly known as Mark John Taylor, says war-torn Syria needs humanitarian aid rather than a bloody jihad.

Sounds good but it doesn’t change his past does it?

He claims to have been in touch with the New Zealand government in a bid to get a new passport.

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I assume the words in black were added.

Is this a person we want to allow back into New Zealand?

A spokesman for New Zealand Intelligence Community — an agency made up of the Government Communications Security Bureau, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’ National Assessments Bureau, and the Security Intelligence Service — refused to comment on any specific case.
But it said that, in general, fighters taking part in or returning from any sort of conflict zone are a “concern for many countries, including New Zealand”.

“We are aware of a small number of New Zealanders who have travelled to areas of conflict,” the spokesman said.

“We strongly recommend that people do not travel to these areas.”

In 2009, Mr Daniel was arrested by Pakistan authorities while trying to gain access to an al Qaeda and Taleban stronghold close to the Afghanistan border and was subsequently subjected to travel restrictions by the New Zealand government.

He left New Zealand again in May 2012, and lived in Indonesia for two years working as an English teacher.

In June this year, he entered Syria across the Turkish border.

I come to Syria as a Soldier for Allah,” he told the Herald on Sunday at the time.

Online, he claims to be an “adventurer living in Syria. I have no links to any groups. I’m independent, living under good care by Muslim brothers”.

He has posted photographs of himself clutching machine guns and boasted of going on “patrol” and doling “guard duty“.

Earlier this year, he also proudly displayed his burnt New Zealand passport on Facebook and declared he was on a “one-way trip” with no intention of returning home.

Now, it appears he has changed his mind.

He told Aotearoa Independent Media Centre that he was planning to leave Syria “around late October”.

He advised that while he had requested a new passport from the New Zealand government, he had no intention to return to his homeland.

Asked if he had broken any laws, he told Aotearoa Independent Media Centre: “No, I only went there for adventure Jihad, but along the way I realised Syria is in a very direct need of humanity aid and support.”

Mr Daniels, who has spent several years living in Australia, was friends with another New Zealand radical, Muslim Bin John.

Mr John, along with Australian Christopher Havard, were suspected of links to al Qaeda splinter group AQAP, and killed in a drone strike last November.

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Aussies actively preventing jihadists from returning

The Aussies have got their head screwed on right.

Tony Abbott says if you go off to fight in Syria and Iraq as a jihadist then don’t expect to come back to Australia…ever.

AUSTRALIAN jihadists who are “trained killers” and who “hate our way of life” must be stopped from re-entering the country, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warns.

IN his strongest words yet about Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria, Mr Abbott said the government had “absolute determination” to prevent “returning jihadis”.

“The important thing is to ensure that as far as is humanly possible, they don’t come back into our country,” he told Macquarie Radio on Friday.

“And if they do come back into our country, (that) they are taken into detention.”

Australia can’t have “trained killers who hate our way of life, who hate us, making mischief with the potential to cause mayhem in our country”, he said.  Read more »

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Huh?

When looking at photos in an article about a mass killing in Iraq I was stunned to read the following caption.

This image appears to show militants from the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. Photo / AP

Huh? What do they mean appears to show? I do not recall ever seeing that kind of qualifier before when the press have posted what turned out to be staged propaganda photos of  supposed killings by the Israelis.

These photos were taken by the  Islamic militants and it is the Islamic militants who are proudly crowing about the massacre so why the hesitation to accept them as factual?

It would make more sense given historical incidents of staged photos and video to question the photos if they were supplied by those killed in the images rather than those who claim to have both taken the photos and massacred the unarmed soldiers.

This image appears to show militants from the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. Photo / AP

This image appears to show militants from the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. Photo / AP

The Islamic militants who overran cities and towns in Iraq last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show their gunmen massacring scores of captured Iraqi soldiers, while the prime minister vowed to “liberate every inch” of captured territory.

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Terrorism IS in New Zealand

We don’t need to worry about boat people, the GCSB is only there to spy on everyone looking a boobies and eating too much junk food, and terrorism doesn’t exist in New Zealand.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Lincoln Tan has the next installment

The man at the centre of a mosque battle in Auckland has allegedly been monitored by police for potential terrorist allegiances.

The Weekend Herald can reveal that Abu Abdulla, an imam who has been banned from the Avondale Islamic Centre, is Mohamed Abu Hamam.

Mr Abdulla confirmed he also goes by the name of Hamam, but did not know if he was the person named in a United States Embassy warning in 2005.

The Federation of Islamic Associations in New Zealand said it was made aware in 2011 of Mr Abdulla’s other identity and extremist preaching.

Reports on potential terrorist activity here, including warnings from police to US officials in a cable released by WikiLeaks in 2010, named “Hamam” as a person monitored by the police.

“The New Zealand Police recently provided information indicating some New Zealand Muslims have fought in Afghanistan, Bosnia and possibly Chechnya,” the cable said.

“The police are also looking at some New Zealand citizens/residents who may have travelled to the Middle East, including Iraq. A specific example of such a person involves an individual known only as ‘Hamam’.”

So while the Green Party is spending all it’s parliamentary question time trying to make the government look bad about a New Zealander-turned-Taliban being dealt to via a drone, it turns out we have much bigger problems close to home.

But no, let’s worry about privacy and the human rights of New Zealand born Taliban members shall we?  Read more »