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  • U.S. Gov't Backs Off Seizure Plan, Says Flight 93 Landowners 'Will Be Treated Fairly'

    06/05/2009 11:33:22 AM PDT · by AbeKrieger · 71 replies · 5,683+ views ^ | 6/5/2009 | General
    SOMERSET, Pa. -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the U.S. government will not use eminent domain to seize people's land for a permanent Flight 93 memorial and instead will renew negotiations with landowners near the terrorist crash site in Somerset County. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and Salazar met with families of victims and landowners on Friday in Shanksville to discuss issues surrounding the planned national memorial for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, fatal hijacking. Specter's office said Friday's meeting also focused on what still needs to be done for the memorial to be complete in time for the...
  • Islamic Education Center Has Opened In My Neighborhood - Need Help/Advice (Vanity)

    11/05/2006 9:53:51 AM PST · by proudofthesouth · 48 replies · 2,940+ views
    I need help and advice from my fellow FReepers. I just found out that an Islamic Education Center (Alabama Islamic Center to be precise) has opened about a block from my home. I'm not in the least bit happy about this and want to see them GONE! It is located in a commercially zoned area. BTW, the location of this place isn't more than a few miles from an Army base. Other than phoning my city councilman and protesting its existence, any suggestions on what can be done to get them to close their doors?
  • Muslims beaten up in UK mosque

    10/22/2006 4:44:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 140 replies · 2,854+ views ^ | 10/22/06
    Police are appealing for calm after four men were beaten up in a mosque last night. Two men were arrested on suspicion of racial assault after police were called to the Eccles Mosque on Liverpool Road in Salford, Greater Manchester, shortly before 9.30pm following a report of an attack inside the building. One man was taken to Hope Hospital but has since been discharged. The other three men were only slightly hurt and did not need hospital treatment. A 37-year-old man from Eccles and a 19-year-old man from Davyhulme, Trafford, were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated Section 37 assault...
  • Blitz on 'Islamic danger zones'

    10/15/2006 10:25:44 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 37 replies · 1,069+ views
    The Sun ^ | October 16, 2006 | LYNSEY HAYWOOD
    A MAP of Britain’s extremist “hotspots” where young Muslims are brainwashed by fanatics is to be created by the Government.Schools, universities and mosques that are breeding grounds for potential terrorists will be targeted and threatening groups broken up. Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly will reveal the campaign today. She will tell 20 council bosses and police chiefs to fight Muslim extremists head on. She will warn: “In parts of Britain the new extremism is the biggest security issue facing local communities. “The world has changed since September 11 and 7/7. The Government has to respond to that and we appeal to...
  • FBI searches home of Muslim family: Missouri

    09/18/2006 1:01:29 PM PDT · by rface · 35 replies · 1,950+ views
    The Columbia, Missouri Daily Tribune ^ | Monday, September 18, 2006 | JACOB LUECKE
    FBI agents today searched the home of a Columbia businessman and former Iraqi who has been an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq. Gerik Parmele photo Officer Bill Lee of the Columbia Police Department assists the FBI this morning during a search at 2701 Woodberry Court. About a dozen FBI vehicles parked this morning in front of the home of Shakir Hamoodi, 54, at 2701 Woodberry Court, in the upscale The Pines neighborhood in southwest Columbia, neighbors said. At exactly 9 a.m., the FBI agents left their cars and rushed the house. Two teenagers inside the house were brought...
  • BREAKING: Largest U.S. Islamic Charity Raided by FBI!

    09/18/2006 11:35:20 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 281 replies · 18,254+ views
    Debbie Schlussel ^ | 9/18/06 | Debbie Schlussel
    September 18, 2006 BREAKING: Largest U.S. Islamic Charity Raided by FBI Printer Friendly By Debbie Schlussel I've been writing about LIFE for Relief and Development for years, and I think my columns (especially this one), have finally made a difference. Ditto for my complaints about LIFE to Assistant U.S. Attorney for counterterrorism, Ken Chadwell. Less than half an hour ago, the FBI began raiding LIFE and hauling out documents. Well, it's about time. LIFE--the largest Islamic charity still open for business in America--openly admitted on its 1995-'97 taxes to be a major funder of HAMAS. Headquartered in the Orthodox Jewish...
  • Al Qaeda Will Nuke US in Late September (According To A Pakistani Journalist)

    09/13/2006 6:23:44 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 36 replies · 1,306+ views
    My Pet Jawa - The Jawa Report ^ | 9/13/06 | Dr. Rusty Shackleford
    Al Qaeda Will Nuke US in Late September (update) A Pakistani journalist says that his sources in al Qaeda and the Taliban are claiming that nuclear material has already been smuggled across the Mexican border into the U.S. and that an operation bigger than 9/11 will be carried out during Ramadan--which begins later this month. Hamid Mir, who is the only journalist ever to interview both Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri, claims that he learned this information on a recent trip to Afghanistan last month. So, the guy does have a track record, but considering that he got...
  • “The Wahhabi Invasion of America”

    09/12/2006 1:50:51 PM PDT · by Founding Father · 46 replies · 2,016+ views
    “The Wahhabi Invasion of America” Reza F. Safa, author of Inside Islam, estimates that since 1973, the Saudi government has spent an unbelievable $87B to promote Wahhabism in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. According to official Saudi information, Saudi funds have been used to build and maintain over 1,500 mosques, 202 colleges, 210 Islamic Centers wholly or partly financed by Saudi Arabia, and almost 2,000 schools for educating Muslim children in non-Islamic countries in Europe, North and South America, Australia and Asia. The Kingdom has fully or partially financed Islamic Centers in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Fresno;...
  • Fox News priest tricked us into talking, says mosque's imam

    08/14/2006 2:45:16 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 69 replies · 8,138+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 8/14/06 | Paul Lewis
    Representatives of an east London mosque used by several of the terror suspects reacted angrily yesterday to what they called a "sick stunt" by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News channel. Mohammed Shoyaib, the imam of the Musjid-e-Umer mosque in Walthamstow, complained that he and other elders were tricked by a representative from the cable channel, a priest who said he was working for the Vatican and wanted to talk peace. "He introduced himself as priest working in Rome," said Mr Shoyaib. "Then he said he was working for peace in the world, that all faiths should work together for peace...
  • 9/11 Imam--worst of extremists will be lecturing students on the worst day possible

    09/11/2006 5:38:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 390+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 9-11-06 | Joe Kaufman
    The worst of extremists will be lecturing students on the worst day possible 9/11 was a tragedy among tragedies, as 3000 innocent people lost their lives at the hands of foreign Muslim fanatics.  Today, on what is the fifth anniversary of the attacks, a new tragedy will occur, as a man that was part of an organization that helped raise funds and recruit fighters for Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, before and after the attacks, will be the guest speaker at a 9/11 symposium.  That man is the Imam of the Islamic Center of Des Moines, Iowa (ICDM), Ibrahim Dremali. The...
  • Norwegian imam: Muslims not behind 9/11

    09/11/2006 10:03:13 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 62 replies · 1,463+ views
    upi ^ | 12-sept-2006
    OSLO, Norway, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The spiritual leader of Norway's Muslims told readers of Aftenposten Monday he doubts Muslims were responsible for the 2001 terror attacks on the United States. Imam Zulqarnain Sakandar Madni answered questions from the newspaper's readers. "There's some good evidence that (U.S. President George) Bush and company were behind this," he said. "See the film that's called 'Loose Change.' An American film!" He also said he doubts that al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden exist. "If everyone respected one another as people, we wouldn't have any problems," the imam said. "But it seems everyone wants to...
  • Hezbollah Terrorist Sleeper Cell Suspected in New York City

    07/17/2006 12:34:54 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 47 replies · 1,857+ views
    AXcess News ^ | 16 July 06 | Jim Kouri
    (AXcess News) New York - While many US government officials are deeply concerned over Iran's nuclear program, according to recent reports, investigations by the FBI and the Justice Department revealed last May that the Lebanon-based terrorist group, Hezbollah, may be plotting attacks. These attacks may be launched by their sleeper cells in New York and several other US cities. According to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Jewish organization B'nai B'rith, Hezbollah's largest headquarters outside of the Middle East is located in Toronto. In a story on Fox News, law-enforcement and intelligence officials were quoted as saying that though...
  • Rural Terrorists in America

    07/17/2006 6:03:37 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 29 replies · 1,137+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | July 17, 2006 | Not Cited
    As the FBI digs deeper into the world of Islamic extremist groups in the United States, it has encountered a growing number of them operating in rural areas. Jamaat ul Fuqra is a group that began in Pakistan, where most members still reside, but has spread to North America over the last two decades. Many members have been busted for various crimes, usually ones related to fraud and abuse of social welfare programs. The Muslims of America organization recruits in prisons, and has already produced a number of Islamic terrorists. What worries the FBI is the many more members who...
  • Mosque considers raid invasive, destructive

    07/08/2006 2:07:53 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 38 replies · 1,015+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | July 8 | Jill King Greenwood
    Members of a North Side mosque Friday decried a recent raid by FBI and city SWAT teams that sought one of their members on a weapons charge as an "invasion" of their house of worship. Federal agents June 30 arrested Larry M. Williams, 33, of Lincoln-Lemington, across the street from Light of the Age Mosque at Hemlock and Boyle streets. Williams, a member of the mosque, was wanted by federal authorities in Utah.
  • Imam: Canada Suspects Didn't Seek Violence

    06/05/2006 3:49:15 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 56 replies · 1,118+ views ^ | Jun 05 8:52 AM US/Eastern | BETH DUFF-BROWN
    MISSISSAUGA, Ontario Several members of a suspected terrorist ring prayed daily at a storefront mosque in a middle-class city west of Toronto but never spoke of hurting others, one of their prayer leaders said. "I will say that they were steadfast, religious people. There's no doubt about it. But here we always preach peace and moderation," Qamrul Khanson, an imam at the one-room Al-Rahman Islamic Center for Islamic Education, said Sunday. The 40-50 Muslim families who worship at the mosque were astonished, he said, to learn that police had arrested 12 adults, ages 19 to 43, and five suspects younger...
  • Another Terrorist Attack Coming Soon?

    06/05/2006 4:14:43 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 204 replies · 4,121+ views
    CBS News ^ | June 5, 2006
    U.S. officials believe Canadian arrests over the weekend and three recent domestic incidents in the United States are evidence the U.S. will soon be hit again by a terrorist attack. Privately, they say, they'd be surprised if it didn't come by the end of the year, reports CBS News correspondent Jim Stewart. The first of the domestic incidents, all of which drew little attention at the time, began with the holdup of a string of Torrance, Calif. gas stations last summer. Muslim converts who bonded together in prison planned to use the robberies to finance attacks on 20 Army recruiting...
  • Toronto mosque vandalized after terrorism arrests

    06/04/2006 3:22:17 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 105 replies · 2,245+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 4, 2006 | Wojtek Dabrowski
    Vandals smashed 30 windows of a Toronto mosque and damaged nearby cars after the arrest of 17 suspected al Qaeda sympathizers accused of planning bomb attacks. Canadian Muslims expressed fear on Sunday that a backlash had begun. The vandals struck overnight at the west-end mosque, a police official said on Sunday. A second official said he had no information on any link between the incident and the arrests, which began late Friday. "The actual weapon that was used to break (the windows) is unknown," said secretary Ameer Ali of the International Muslims Organization of Toronto, which houses the mosque. "We...
  • Muslim students 'being taught to despise unbelievers as filth'

    04/19/2006 4:57:05 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 39 replies · 1,122+ views
    Times OnLine ^ | 4/20/06 | Sean O'Neill
    MUSLIM students training to be imams at a British college with strong Iranian links have complained that they are being taught fundamentalist doctrines which describe nonMuslims as “filth”. The Times has obtained extracts from medieval texts taught to the students in which unbelievers are likened to pigs and dogs. The texts are taught at the Hawza Ilmiyya of London, a religious school, which has a sister institution, the Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS), which offers a degree validated by Middlesex University. The students, who have asked to remain anonymous, study their religious courses alongside the university-backed BA in Islamic...
  • Mosque raid findings revealed (Terror efforts were being planned and staged at Finsbury Park mosque)

    02/08/2006 3:23:37 AM PST · by FreedomPoster · 53 replies · 1,887+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 17:58 GMT
    Mosque raid findings revealed As Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is convicted of race hate crimes, police have revealed the details of a raid on north London's Finsbury Park Mosque in 2003. See items seized in the raid on Finsbury Park mosque in 2003 In pictures The Metropolitan Police faced criticism from some Muslim leaders when they took the controversial step of raiding the mosque in the early hours of 20 January 2003. But, after uncovering equipment which detectives believe may have been used in UK-based terror camps, senior officers believe their action was justified. Dozens of officers in...
  • Bin Laden CDs found at mosques (Cultural awareness training materials I'm sure)

    01/30/2006 3:02:39 PM PST · by Cornpone · 11 replies · 475+ views
    News24 (South Africa) ^ | 30 January 2006 | News24
    London - Compact discs containing speeches by Osama bin Laden and other extremist propaganda have been found at three British mosques and police said on Monday they had launched a hunt for the man seen dropping delivering them. "It's disturbing and offensive material," a West Yorkshire police spokesperson said of the discs, describing them as containing "propaganda-type footage. But it doesn't look as if it's new material". The spokesperson, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said much of the footage on the discs, including older speeches by al-Qaeda leader bin Laden, appeared to have been downloaded from the internet and...
  • Man found rappelling from Bloomington mosque

    01/20/2006 12:13:24 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 62 replies · 1,666+ views
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Muslim leaders are concerned about their community's safety after someone saw a man rappelling from the roof of a city mosque. A witness in the Islamic Center of Bloomington to pray Saturday heard footsteps on the roof and spotted the man climbing down the building's roof around 6 a.m. After the man shimmied down the side of the building, he got into a Jeep with two other men and drove away, police said. "Because of the sophistication and apparent specialized training of the intruder, we are again concerned about the safety of the Muslim community," said Islamic...
  • Mosque lawsuit dismissal is sought

    12/29/2005 9:11:15 PM PST · by alydar · 6 replies · 382+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 29, 2005 | Stephen Kurkjian
    A lawyer, citing a state law that encourages open debate about development projects, is seeking dismissal of a suit that claims his clients conspired to stop construction of a large mosque and cultural center in Roxbury. Boston lawyer Jeffrey S. Robbins declared in motions filed last Friday in Suffolk Superior Court that his clients had not made any false or defamatory statements about the Islamic Society of Boston, which is developing the $24.5 million project in Roxbury Crossing, or its leaders. Also, Robbins, who represents a handful of the groups and individuals named in the suit, stated in his motions...
  • The search for nukes in Washington, D.C.

    12/24/2005 11:47:49 AM PST · by Hal1950 · 13 replies · 1,247+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 24 December 2005
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government has been monitoring radiation levels at more than 100 mosques, homes, businesses and other sites in and around the nation's capital and at least five other cities since Sept. 11, 2001, providing further evidence law enforcement officials suspect terrorists have secreted nuclear or radiological weapons inside the country.</p>
  • Muslims angered by FBI radiation checks at mosques [Right to bear nuclear bombs under attack]

    12/24/2005 10:52:50 AM PST · by Brilliant · 110 replies · 3,245+ views
    The Los Angeles Times via The Seattle Times ^ | 12/24/05 | Richard A. Serrano
    WASHINGTON — Federal law-enforcement officials said Friday that FBI agents have secretly monitored radiation levels at Islamic mosques, businesses and homes for several years in large cities to determine whether nuclear or chemical bombs were being assembled. The officials said no suspicious radiation levels have been found. The disclosure, after the revelation last week that the government has secretly spied on U.S. citizens without court permission, angered a number of U.S. Muslim leaders. They cited a Supreme Court ruling three months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in which the justices rejected such government monitoring. "All Americans should be concerned...
  • US monitored Muslim sites for radiation: report

    12/23/2005 12:00:17 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 344 replies · 9,605+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/23/05
    US monitored Muslim sites for radiation: report 5 minutes ago U.S. officials have secretly monitored radiation levels at Muslim sites, including mosques and private homes, since September 11, 2001 as part of a top secret program searching for nuclear bombs, U.S. News and World Report said on Friday. The news magazine said in its online edition that the far-reaching program covered more than a hundred sites in the Washington, D.C., area and at least five other cities. "In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were...
  • 'Merry Christmas' equal to murder? Mosque tells members greeting amounts to congratulating killer

    01/01/2003 12:53:35 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 341+ views ^ | January 1, 2003 (Happy New Year!)
    A Canadian mosque has warned followers that wishing someone a Merry Christmas is like congratulating a murderer, reports the Toronto Star. The e-mailed alert went out on the Khalid Bin Al-Walid mosque's Internet message service on Christmas day, stating that congratulating non-Muslims on their festivals "is like congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone or having illicit sexual relations and so on." It instructs its readers to stop greeting colleagues on Christmas with "Merry Christmas" and to avoid Christmas parties. "If they greet us on the occasion of their festivals, we should not respond, because these are not our...
  • Leader of area mosque arrested by U.S. agents

    11/16/2005 11:37:03 PM PST · by XR7 · 51 replies · 1,680+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 11/16/05 | JOHN IWASAKI
    The respected leader of a Rainier Valley mosque was arrested Monday on an immigration charge, surprising those who knew his work in Seattle's Somali community. Federal agents with the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Abu Abrahim Sheik Mohamed at Sea-Tac Airport as he got off a domestic flight, federal criminal justice sources said. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lorie Haley said only that Mohamed, 37, was "in custody on immigration violations" and is being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. She declined to specify what immigration regulations Mohamed is accused of having violated. While he is being...
  • Fruits of Faith (New Mosque in Texas)

    11/14/2005 12:38:43 PM PST · by Liberty Valance · 43 replies · 1,823+ views
    The McAllen Monitor ^ | 11-14-05 | James Osborne
    For years, Amin Ibrahim practiced Islam from a converted house in McAllen, praying there daily with his fellow Muslims. But something was lacking — something he now has found in the recently constructed al Ridwan mosque, a striking white-and-blue tile structure on Jackson Road. "It’s a big deal for us," said Ibrahim, a chemistry professor at the University of Texas-Pan American. "Spiritually speaking, it’s the difference between praying at home and praying at a church. "It’s a worship place, a social place, a place for our children to get an Islamic education … show people that we actually have a...
  • More Details Emerge in N.Y. Mosque Sting

    09/30/2005 11:04:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 891+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/30/05 | Mark Johnson - ap
    ALBANY, N.Y. - Two Muslim men caught up in an anti-terrorism sting operation pleaded innocent Friday as details emerged about 10 new charges against them. Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain were accused Thursday of attempting to provide support to Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based group listed by the federal government as a terrorist organization. Aref, who leads a mosque, also was charged with lying to federal officials. The pair were initially charged in August 2004 with conspiring to launder money and promoting terrorism. They now face a total of 30 charges. Entered as new evidence against Aref were entries in his personal...
  • Handbook I smuggled out of an Islamic convention

    09/19/2005 4:39:11 PM PDT · by JesseP · 166 replies · 5,104+ views
    This past weekend I did some personal undercover work at a local CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) fundraiser. I made off with a pocket handbook containing some deeply disturbing instructions to their members. I would like everyone to read it. It will only be available at this link until the end of the week so I suggest downloading it and distributing it to all who are concerned: United American Committee
  • Tape Released: American al Qaeda Member Warns of Attacks

    09/11/2005 7:20:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 262 replies · 12,665+ views
    ABC Good Morning America ^ | September 11, 2005 | BRIAN ROSS
    In an apparent Sept. 11 communiqué broadcast on ABC News, an al Qaeda operative threatens new attacks against cities in the US and Australia. "Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne, God willing. At this time, don't count on us demonstrating restraint or compassion," the tape warns. "We are Muslims. We love peace, but peace on our terms, peace as laid down by Islam, not the so-called peace of occupiers and dictators." In response to the threats against their city, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the city's police department released a statement this morning. They admitted to...
  • America's real 'most wanted'

    09/06/2005 1:55:53 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 28 replies · 1,962+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | September 6, 2005 | Paul L. Williams
    America's real 'most wanted' Adnan el-Shukrijumah: The man commissioned to nuke U.S. Posted: September 6, 20051:00 a.m. Eastern Paul Williams, author of the new book, "The Al Qaeda Connection," has stirred a national controversy with his reporting on the imminent nuclear terror threat posed by Osama bin Laden. In this exclusive dispatch, the second of a two-part series first published in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, he details how some of the nuclear devices intended to create an American Hiroshima got here. Paul L. Williams © 2005 Forget the FBI's "America's Most Wanted" list. The most dangerous fugitive in the U.S. is...
  • Former S. Side mosque official pleads guilty to meth charges

    09/04/2005 4:46:45 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 4 replies · 482+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9-4-2005 | NATASHA KORECKI
    Former S. Side mosque official pleads guilty to meth charges September 4, 2005 BY NATASHA KORECKI, Federal Courts Reporter The onetime treasurer of a Chicago mosque with ties to two people accused of funding terrorism admitted he delivered drugs to an undercover federal agent. Tariq Isa, 57, of Cicero pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to distribute and attempted distribution of pseudoephedrine, knowing it was intended to be used to make methamphetamine. Isa is the third member of the Al Qassam Mosque, also known as the Chicago Islamic Center, on the South Side, to face federal charges. Two other former mosque...
  • Australia-hating Muslims unchecked, says teacher

    08/30/2005 11:34:22 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies · 545+ views
    The Age (Melbourne) ^ | 31st August 2005
    THE warning signs were apparent to Chris Doig at least 10 years ago. A small group of the teacher's students made it clear they despised Australia, regarding it as a degenerate culture to be disrupted and ultimately swept aside. Two Muslim students danced with joy after the September 11 attacks in the United States. Other students told him these attitudes came out of ideas picked up at Melbourne's northern suburbs mosques. The teacher says he tried to voice concern to his school administration, to the Education Department bureaucracy, even to senior political figures in his own Labor Party, but his...
  • FBI Looking Into Calif. Grocery Store Owner Said to Lead U.S. Branch of Radical Islamic Group

    08/24/2005 7:10:18 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 59 replies · 2,138+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2005 | Anon
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI has launched an inquiry into the activities of a grocery store owner who is allegedly the U.S. leader of a radical Islamic group banned in parts of Europe and the Middle East, authorities said. Iyad Hilal, an Islamic author and philosopher who owns an Orange County market, hasn't drawn much attention to his writings or his role in the group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which means Party of Liberation. But since the July 7 bombings in London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has suggested banning the group there. Hilal is apparently not suspected of any terrorist...
  • Flames rip through Islamic centre

    08/24/2005 7:23:23 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 24 replies · 795+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 25, 2005
    AN Islamic study centre and book shop in central Hobart has been gutted by fire. Firefighters were called to the Sufi Study Centre and Islamic Book Shop in Liverpool Street at 7.15am (AEST) today. All peak-hour pedestrian and vehicle traffic was blocked, causing lengthy delays for city workers. A police spokesman said there was no sign of forced entry to the building, but police investigators were yet to examine the scene. The fire was contained to the second storey of the building, which also houses a Chinese restaurant and miniature model shop. The other businesses sustained only smoke and water...
  • Clarke to launch hatred crackdown

    08/22/2005 8:35:55 AM PDT · by Valin · 36 replies · 756+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/22/05
    Home Secretary Charles Clarke says he will unveil new plans to crack down on "preachers of intolerance and hatred". The measures are expected to include the power to shut mosques where clerics are thought to back terrorism and the deportation of suicide bomb advocates. Writing in the Evening Standard, he said the powers will be revealed and acted on in the next few days. He said the moves, referred to soon after the 7 July attacks, were needed as "the rules of the game" had changed. The announcement of new measure to strengthen British security had been widely expected. Last...
  • Feds Hold Terror Suspect In Manhattan

    08/04/2005 7:20:31 PM PDT · by chet_in_ny · 13 replies · 771+ views
    1010 WINS AM ^ | 8/4/05 | 1010 WINS
    A Maryland man was charged with conspiracy to help a terrorist organization after he boasted that he went to Pakistan, attended terrorist training camps and agreed to provide whatever assistance was necessary, prosecutors said Thursday. Mahmud Faruq Brent, of Gwynn Oak, Md., was charged after a New York musician arrested on similar charges in May agreed to meet with him and let the FBI record the encounter, according to a joint release by federal prosecutors, the FBI and New York police. Brent was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan with conspiracy to provide material...
  • Suspect 'confesses to London attacks'

    07/30/2005 3:20:10 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 32 replies · 1,114+ views
    From: Agence France-Presse ^ | July 30, 2005 | From: Agence France-Presse
    THE man believed to be the fourth would-be bomber in the failed July 21 attacks said he and his accomplices wanted their attack to spread fear in London, in an apparent confession reported by Italian newspapers today. "We wanted to make an attack, but only as a demonstration," several newspapers quoted 27-year-old Osman Hussain as saying, without citing a source. Italy's best-selling newspaper, the Corriere della Sera, expressed fears that the presence of one of the presumed London bombers could be linked to an planned attack here. "Was he here just as part of his escape or to prepare a...
  • Attacks on Asians have risen since London blasts

    07/29/2005 12:11:48 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 56 replies · 1,284+ views
    Zee Telefilms Incorporated ^ | July 29, 2005 | Bureau Report
    London, July 29: Assaults on Asians in Britain has increased by over 13-fold after the London bomb blasts, with reports of attacks on mosques, firebombing and faith-based insults on streets and homes, police and Muslim groups said today. "Nine mosques have been attacked, a garage firebombed, people assaulted in the street and homes had had their windows broken since July 7 London bombing incidents. It is really very worrying," Massoud Shadjareh, chairman of Islamic Human Rights Commission told BBC. He said three days after the July 7 bombings, Kamal Butt, 48, from Pakistan was murdered outside a corner shop in...
  • Senior clerics denounce faxed Zarqawi 'death list' (Zarqawi vs Hizbullah)

    07/27/2005 6:37:49 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 43 replies · 995+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | July 28, 2005 | Mohammed Zaatari
    BEIRUT: Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani and Higher Shiite Council Vice-President Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qabalan spoke out in denunciation of a recent communique claiming Al-Qaeda is targeting prominent Lebanese Muslims. Qabbani and Qabalan said that the communique aimed to stir sectarian strife among Muslims in Lebanon by attacking religious figures known for their piety and care for Islamic and national interests. Qabbani's and Qabalan's word came in reply to the letter's announcement that Al-Qaeda's Abu Musab al-Zarqawi of Iraq has established a cell in Lebanon that is planning to assassinate nine Shiite leaders, including Speaker Nabih Berri and high-ranking Hizbullah...
  • Second Atta Arrested in New Jersey

    07/27/2005 8:40:50 PM PDT · by Bayou City · 32 replies · 1,387+ views ^ | July 27th, 2005 11:35 AM EDT | PERRY CHIARAMONTE and PHILIP MESSING
    Five Egyptians yesterday were nabbed in a New Jersey apartment with New York subway maps, a video of Big Apple landmarks and $8,000 in cash after a tipster told cops one was related to infamous 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta. But police said the men — all illegal immigrants working "menial" jobs — did not appear to be part of any terror cell, although they had not yet fully explained why they had the items in the Newark home. One of the men was identified as Ahmed Mohamed Atta, 30. But there is no indication he is related to the fiend...
  • Movement to Expunge Criminal Records Arises in Black America

    07/27/2005 7:36:50 AM PDT · by twas · 96 replies · 2,903+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 7 26 05 | Jonathan Tilove
    EAST ORANGE, N.J. -- If Sunni A. Salahuddin is not in when you call, his voice mail message instructs you to leave not just your name and number, but your "date of arrest or conviction." That's the kind of information Salahuddin needs, so he can make it go away. Clear Your Record! That's the name of Salahuddin's business. Salahuddin calls himself an "expungement technician." For a few hundred dollars, a fraction of what a lawyer would charge, the paralegal helps people scrub their records clean of arrests or convictions -- blots that can mark them for life, foreclosing opportunities to...
  • Imam's accusations unfounded, CSIS says

    07/27/2005 6:50:07 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 5 replies · 319+ views
    Globe and mail ^ | 07/27/05 | COLIN FREEZE
    Imam's accusations unfounded, CSIS says By COLIN FREEZE Wednesday, July 27, 2005 Page A4 Canada's normally zip-lipped spy service yesterday took the unusual step of speaking out publicly against a Muslim leader, alleging that he has been making accusations against government agents that "we believe to be totally without foundation." "We really want to counteract these allegations," said Canadian Security Intelligence Service spokeswoman Kathryn Locke, who called The Globe and Mail to respond to comments made by Aly Hindy, the imam of the Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough. "These unsubstantiated charges are not helpful," she said, adding that Mr. Hindy's...
  • Muslim leader calls on lobbyist to retract 'jihad' reference ("J" word alert!)

    07/27/2005 6:36:47 AM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 15 replies · 1,095+ views
    KGW ^ | 07/26/2005 | NIKI SULLIVAN
    Muslim leader calls on lobbyist to retract 'jihad' reference 07/26/2005 By NIKI SULLIVAN  / Associated Press A Portland Muslim leader is asking a pesticide industry lobbyist to retract a statement in which she warned that Senate Democrats had declared "jihad" against Republicans over an environmental dispute. Shahriar Ahmed, president of the Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, said use of the term in an e-mail dealing with a controversy over a pesticide use reporting program perpetuates negative stereotypes about Muslims. "The term 'jihad' here was used intentionally to aggravate the situation," Ahmed said during a news conference Tuesday. The word has been used...
  • I'm done with the 'George Bush made me do it' excuse

    07/25/2005 11:33:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies · 2,411+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 26, 2005 | MONA ELTAHAWY
    The July 7 London bombings did it for me. Perhaps it was because my parents moved us from Cairo to the British capital when I was 7 years old, and so London was my childhood "home." Or maybe it was because our route to work and school every morning crisscrossed those same Underground stations that were targeted. I'm sure it was also those dog-eared statements that our clerics and religious leaders read out telling us that Islam means peace — it actually means submission — and asking us to please forget everything they had ever said before July 6, because...

    07/25/2005 9:00:53 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 53 replies · 1,015+ views
    Some of the men who worked for Saddam Hussein's regime, and carried out torture for him, are living in Norway under refugee status. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Monday that several of those who tortured Saddam's opponents were granted at least temporary residence permission after arriving in Norway after the invasion of Iraq, to seek asylum. The men were members of Iraq's Baath Party, and, according to NRK, admitted to Norwegian authorities that they conducted attacks and torture on behalf of Saddam. Immigration agency UDI declined to comment on NRK's report. Spokesman Geir Løndal said in general terms, however, that temporary...
  • Deport all who 'spit hate' - Major

    07/25/2005 10:25:44 AM PDT · by BMC1 · 76 replies · 1,340+ views
    This is London ^ | July 25, 2005 | Former Prime Minister John Major
    People who "spit hate" at the British way of life should be deported, Tory former Prime Minister John Major said. Mr Major spoke of the "uncomfortable reality" that many terrorists were born or lived in the UK but had been taught to hate its culture. "There seem to be many people who, for reasons that are irrational, dislike the Anglo-Saxon way of life," he said. He called for heavier penalties for those who incited violence at this "particularly sensitive time". "Always difficult to balance this against freedom of speech but I think, at the moment, it is justifiable to protect...
  • Fast moving fire destroys would-be Muslim center (Paterson, NJ)

    07/25/2005 5:30:59 PM PDT · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 95 replies · 2,284+ views ^ | Eman Varoqa
    PATERSON - It was to be a Muslim youth center, a place for people to meet and mingle, but after a fire ravaged the building Sunday, it was nothing more than a toppled pile of charred bricks. A fast-moving blaze broke out around 4 p.m. and within 30 minutes had destroyed the historic warehouse at West Railway and Genessee avenues. The outer walls did not buckle under pressure, but everything inside succumbed. Three stories collapsed into one, and the wooden interiors fed the fire's fury even more. The Islamic Center of Passaic County purchased the abandoned warehouse in June 2003...
  • Oregon sheriff: 'We had our suspicions' (al-Qaida in Oregon)

    07/13/2002 1:59:56 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 57 replies · 1,739+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | July 13, 2002 | Hal Bernton, Mike Carter and David Heath
    BLY, Ore. — This hard-knocks hamlet seems an unlikely place to search for clues to the al-Qaida terrorist network. It sits on an arid plateau in Southern Oregon, about 50 miles east of Klamath Falls. With a population of about 250, it has a couple of cafes and small stores, an antique shop, and the razed foundation of an abandoned lumber mill. But in late 1999, federal authorities and other sources say, the area had something far more unusual: militant Muslims scouting a ranch outside of town as a possible training camp for jihad fighters. That aborted effort has now...