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Monthly Archives: October 2014
The RCMP and CSIS are looking for three missing Muslim men from Sherbrooke, Quebec after they vanished and at least one travelled to the Middle East, QMI Agency has learned.
The Mounties and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service have visited parents of two of the men, Youssef Sakhir and Samir Halilovic.
A third man, Zakria Habibi, went missing in Turkey on July 17.
The three are Facebook friends with the Muslim student association at the University of Sherbrooke.
Chiheb Esseghaier, currently on trial in Toronto for allegedly plotting to bomb a Via Rail train, was a member of the same group from 2008 to 2010.
Sakhir is a psychology graduate from the university, located in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.
His mother, Maria Houem, told QMI Agency she hasn’t spoken to him for months.
Since becoming president last year, Hassan Rouhani has overseen Iran’s execution of 967 people. The latest one was Reyhaneh Jabbari. Her crime was stabbing – and probably not even killing – the man who was trying to rape her.
Yesterday, a Palestinian Muslim terrorist drove a car over a 3-month-old baby in Jerusalem. The baby was an American citizen. Hamas promptly praised the attack as a “daring operation.” So did the “moderate” Palestinian Authority wing Fatah, which pledged “loyalty” to the terrorist. Palestinians in East Jerusalem went on a mini-riot in the aftermath, setting tires and dumpsters on fire and throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at police, according to the Times of Israel. The West, thus far, has been silent.
But not the entire West. The Western media has played the terrorist attack as anything but a terrorist attack, once again perverting the truth in order to achieve moral equivalence between Palestinians who run over 3-month-old babies and Israelis who shoot those who run over 3-month-old babies.
Here’s the initial Associated Press headline: “Israeli police shoot man in East Jerusalem.”
Yes, that was the actual headline. Which is like AP headline the Canadian terror attack, “Canadian police shoot Muslim in Ottawa.”
So the AP changed the headline: “Car slams into east Jerusalem train station.”
Yes, it was the car, not the Palestinian Muslim terrorist inside the car. CAMERA explained, “there were clearly enough details available at the time, even with the news still in the hazy ‘breaking’ stage, that the inappropriate and misleading headline should never have appeared on the story.”
A three-month-old girl was killed Wednesday afternoon and eight others were injured when a car crashed into a crowd at a light rail station in Jerusalem in what officials said was a likely terrorist attack.
A suspect, identified by an Israeli official as a member of terror group Hamas, attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot by police, a police spokesperson said.
Just days before a deadly attack on Quebec soldiers, Canada’s domestic terrorism threat level was quietly elevated from unlikely to “could occur” for the first time in four years.
Recently enacted Criminal Code provisions give police the power to charge people who travel for terrorist purposes (i.e., people like Shirdon). So far, however, only one suspect has been charged: Hasibullah Yusufzai, a 25-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., who allegedly took up arms in Syria “for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.” A wanted man, Yusufzai is still missing.
That no one else has been charged raises the obvious question: What about the other 129 Canadians who have linked up with terrorists abroad? The answer, though, is not as simple as it seems.
Canada’s financial intelligence agency says it is actively helping police and spies follow the money flowing into the coffers of Islamic extremists fighting overseas.
The Ottawa-based Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, known as FinTRAC, has passed along information to investigators as part of the government’s effort to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, says centre director Gerald Cossette.
Many Canadians have never heard of the centre, which keeps a relatively low profile compared with other national security agencies.
However, financial intelligence has become a “key component” of terrorism investigations by the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Cossette said during a recent talk hosted by Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.
“With ISIL, we have seen very clearly the devastation that terrorist groups can inflict when they have access to substantial resources,” he said.
The agency’s access to information about banking and other financial transactions allows it to see links between people and groups in Canada and abroad that support terrorist activities — including radicalized Canadians bent on waging guerrilla-style war in strife-ridden Iraq and Syria.
“Our main role in such an operation would be to respond, basically, to the demand for information from our security partners — be it CSIS or the RCMP,” Cossette said in an interview after the session.
“In fact, we did disclose to them information about a certain number of individuals already.”
The centre zeroes in on cash linked to terrorism, money laundering and other crimes by sifting through data from banks, insurance companies, securities dealers, money service businesses, real estate brokers, casinos and others.
Institutions must report large cash transactions or electronic fund transfers of $10,000 or more, as well as any dealings where there are reasonable grounds to suspect money laundering or terrorist financing.
In turn, FinTRAC discloses intelligence to law enforcement and national security partners.
Overall, the centre made 234 disclosures last year specifically related to terrorist financing and threats to the security of Canada — a 450 per cent increase from 2008.
Noriega’s attorney argued Activision improperly used the ex-general’s exact likeness without first obtaining his permission, and cited another court’s ruling allowing the pop band “No Doubt” to pursue damages after band singer Gwen Stefani was included in the video game “Band Hero” without her permission.
For their defense, Activision has hired former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. “I am morally outraged that a man like Noriega is seeking to inhibit our creative rights in the United States,” said Giuliani. “If creative rights have to be sacrificed, they shouldn’t be sacrificed for someone like Noriega, nor should anyone have to send millions of dollars down to a Panamanian jail because this madman is making absurd claims.”
Protesters in Wisconsin weren’t happy with Madison Gas and Electric’s new rates, alleging that it drove people away from renewable energy. So they brought out a blow-up coal plant, meant to be inflated by renewable energy.
While chanting “Coal has got to go,” the blow-up plant collapsed because the batteries ran out of power and the solar panel didn’t create enough energy to keep it inflated. The same protesters that opposed MGE later admitted that they would typically power the prop with gas generators or by plugging it into the wall.
“Yes, the company they target actually lets these sad sacks use the energy they’re protesting,” Greg Gutfeld remarked.
An ad posted by the Freedom Socialist Party of Seattle, Wash., in search of a web content manager has been making the rounds of social media recently, and it all comes down to the bottom line. The Freedom Socialist Party, which called for a $20 minimum wage and free medical care for all as part of its last presidential platform and has applauded the push for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle recently, is offering to pay $13 an hour for the part-time gig.
Zacarias Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiring in al Qaeda’s Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, says he has information about how al Qaeda financed its operations and he wants to provide it to lawyers representing terrorism victims.
After a federal jury in Brooklyn found Arab Bank liable last month for financing Hamas operations during the Second Palestinian Intifada, Moussaoui sent a handwritten letter to the clerk of the court from a super-maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado, where he is serving a life sentence. (Moussaoui said he heard about the jury verdict on Fox News.) “I want to testify against financial institutions such as Arab Bank, Saudi American Bank, the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia” and several individuals, Moussaoui wrote, “for their support and financing of Usama bin Laden and Al Qaeda from the time of the Eastern Africa embassy bombing, U.S.S. Cole bombing and 9/11.”
Artificial smoke belched from machines and loud house music filled Tehran’s most prestigious auditorium, as Ahmad Hellat, a source of inspiration for many Iranians, appeared simultaneously on three enormous video screens, wearing a blue tracksuit and driving a scooter.
Like a latter-day Norman Vincent Peale extolling the virtues of positive thinking, he was there to provide the assembled hope for a happy and successful life, something in short supply for many in the Islamic republic, where rules can be suffocating and economic prospects are grim.
“May a shower of gold rain on your heads!” he told his audience of about 1,800 fans in the videotaped message, as a welcoming introduction. “I am Dr. Hellat and I am handsome, rich and powerful, and you can be too, if you just repeat those magical words. How are you doing?”
“Great,” the audience thundered in unison, a response they had learned during Mr. Hellat’s many seminars. Life, says Mr. Hellat, who is not actually a doctor but is working toward a Ph.D. in psychology, is all about love, positive thinking and prosperity.
Iranians, many in dire need of a lift in spirits, are eating it up.
Thirty-five years after the Islamic revolution, with the furor and high hopes of that time long since diminished and with an economy seemingly stuck in neutral, life for many, if not most, Iranians has settled into a dreary routine of increasing hopelessness about the future.
According to official statistics, fully 25 percent of the population is suffering from depression. In Tehran, the number is even higher, at 34 percent. This blanket of despair is reflected in some harsh statistics: divorces up 135 percent since 2001; addiction to drugs and alcohol rising steadily over the past decade; marriages and birthrates declining.
“We cannot deny what we see around us,” said Mr. Hellat, 51, during a recent interview in his office. Next to his collection of chrome pipes stood a framed poster of a stack of hundred-dollar bills and reading, “My First Billion.”
“The basis of most problems is a financial aspiration that cannot be met,” he said. The key to happiness, therefore, is success and money, he concluded.
Shiite Muslim clerics traditionally are the ones who advise Iranians on how to eat, pray and love in Iran, and Mr. Hellat is careful to emphasize that his teaching in no way supplants religion. “What I do is motivational psychology, this is something completely different,” he said.
In the Tehran Milad Tower auditorium last Wednesday, Iranians from all walks of life had paid roughly $20 for four hours of life lessons during “The Great Festival of Positive Energy.” Most of them were readers of Mr. Hellat’s “Moavaghiat,” or success, magazine, which is one of the most popular in the country.
Finally, Mr. Hellat himself strides onto the stage wearing a black suit, shiny shoes and a microphone stuck to his ear so he can gesture freely with his hands. “I want to teach you 30 techniques of success that will explode like a bomb,” he shouts. The stage was designed with “plus” symbols, signs of positivity. “Success is waiting for you, you just have to grab it.”
The audience, a wide mix of middle-class Iranians, stared up at him with greedy expectation. Women in traditional chadors, the all-black veil that covers everything but the face and hands, scribbled notes as Mr. Hellat spoke. Young couples held hands tightly when he said that lives can be changed. Friends whispered in each others’ ears as the “Doctor” again urged everybody to clap and shout that they were feeling great.
Iranians, during their thousands of years as a civilization, have always looked for leaders to guide them, not only in politics but also in matters of daily life. Mr. Hellat left no detail unmentioned on the road to success.
“Men! Shine your shoes, it is the first thing women look at,” he said from the stage. “Are you fat? No problem, but at least wear suitable clothes, so that you look presentable.”
Borrowing freely from American motivational speakers like Anthony Robbins, Mr. Hellat managed to get the crowd going wild; at least, as wild as you can get in the Islamic republic, where dancing in public is forbidden. Men wearing bow ties and crisp suits clapped their hands to the beats of a song called “Ibiza,” after the Spanish party island, while women covered in colorful scarves moved in their seats.
Then, just as Mr. Hellat entered the stage for more messages of positivity, accompanied by a keyboard player, playing Boney M.’s disco hit “Ma Baker,” a turbaned cleric entered from a side door.
Iranians, skilled in the art of adaptation and survival, immediately stopped clapping, which is considered un-Islamic by some hard-liners. Some women started refitting their headscarves, so that they would not show too much hair.
As the music died down, like a deflating balloon, Mr. Hellat disappeared backstage, only to come out half a minute later, sporting a big smile. “We welcome Hojatoleslam Ali Razini, one of the highest members of Iran’s judiciary,” he said. “Don’t worry people, you are allowed to clap in front of him!”
When Mr. Hellat started out with his self-help and motivational classes in 1997, he was viewed suspiciously by the clerics. Some clerics said that he was giving the people “Westernized” advice. But on this night, Mr. Razini, who some decades ago nearly lost his life in an assassination attempt, sat down in one of the V.I.P. seats on the first row and nodded his head toward Mr. Hellat.
“Everybody praise the prophet!” Mr. Hellat urged in response.
A female ventriloquist entered the stage with a doll named “Can Do,” who told the audience that they must always believe in themselves.
Mr. Hellat decided it was time to recapture the lost attention. “Let’s all be calm and do a breathing exercise,” he suggested, explaining that it was much better to breathe from the stomach. “Join me, everybody join me,” he said. “Ah, that feels good no?” Soon even the cleric could be seen focusing on the breathing exercise.
In the corridors of the auditorium, fans took advantage of the quiet to rush to the bathrooms. “We tape all his speeches, so we can listen to them over and over again,” said Abuzar Raesi, 34, who had driven for 10 hours from the city of Shiraz with his pregnant wife. “We felt defeated in our lives before we met the doctor,” he said. “Now we feel full of energy.”
The notorious former wife and accomplice of sex predator Paul Bernardo had previously been living in Guadeloupe, where she was raising her children. However, two years ago, a journalist discovered her whereabouts in the Caribbean islands.
Ms. Homolka is now back in Quebec, her sister revealed in testimony at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s murder trial in Montreal on Friday.
There is an actual, real-life Miss Hitler contest going on right now. On VKontakte— Russia’s Facebook—Russian and Ukrainian Nazis and the people who love them, are voting for their favorite pictures of proud, beautiful anti-Semitic women posted to the site’s “Adolf Hitler” group page. Boasting more than 7,000 followers, the page describes itself as a group of Russians and Ukrainians who pay tribute to Hitler, history’s best-known goose-stepping genocidal maniac.
Miss Ostland 2014, as it’s called, is a social media pageant tribute to Ostland, the Nazi civilian occupation regime of the Baltic states in 1941 in which more than a million Jews were murdered. But Miss Ostland isn’t all about genocide. Actually, it’s more about “feminine beauty” than anything else.
Want to be 2014′s Miss Hitler? Here’s how you qualify:
“In terms of mood, in a professional way, we all know each other pretty well now. You can tell when the deputy foreign minister jokes. He reads the transcripts of these backgrounders, and when he can joke, ‘Why don’t you just hand over the last one? You’re going to say the same thing,’ it’s reached a level of we know each other well enough to make jokes.”
The State Department official acknowledged that joking around with the Iranians “will not get an agreement done.”
A motion was proposed at the Goldsmiths Students’ Assembly yesterday to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day and victims of genocide.
Education officer Sarah El-alfy urged students to vote against the proposal, rejecting it as “eurocentric”.
This comes a day after it emerged the NUS voted against a motion to condemn ISIS and support the Kurdish resistance on the grounds of “Islamophobia”.
Among the many accomplishments it claims for itself, the Canada-wide lobby group Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East says it has become Canada’s “premier advocacy organization” on the Middle East and “the ‘go to’ organization for politicians, policy makers, and the media” on Middle East issues.
Shia militias have abducted and murdered scores of Sunni civilians in Iraq in crimes committed in retribution against the actions of ISIL, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
The London-based rights group on Tuesday published what it said was evidence that Shia militias abducted civilians in Baghdad, Samarra and Kirkuk, and killed them even if families paid tens of thousands of dollars in ransom.
The Amnesty report, Absolute Impunity: Militia Rule in Iraq, said scores of unidentified bodies had been discovered handcuffed and with gunshot wounds, indicating a pattern of deliberate killings.
The group called on the Iraqi government, which has armed and encouraged militias including the Badr brigades and the Mehdi army, to fight ISIL, to hold them to account.
Militias operate outside any legal framework and without official oversight, and had contributed to a deterioration in security and to the increasing lawlessness in Iraq, Amnesty said.
“Shia militias are ruthlessly targeting Sunni civilians on a sectarian basis under the guise of fighting terrorism, in an apparent bid to punish Sunnis for the rise of ISIL and for its heinous crimes,” Donatella Rovera, Amnesty’s senior crisis response adviser, said.
“By failing to hold militias accountable for war crimes and other gross human rights abuses the Iraqi authorities have effectively granted them free rein to go on the rampage against Sunnis. The new Iraqi government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi must act now to rein in the militias and establish the rule of law.”
The Amnesty document included evidence from relatives of those who had gone missing or were killed.
It reported that one family had paid $60,000 to have a family member released, only to find his body two weeks later in a Baghdad morgue, his head crushed and his hands cuffed.
Amnesty also accused Iraqi government forces of serious human rights violations, presenting what it said was evidence of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners, and deaths in custody of Sunni men held under the 2005 anti-terrorism law.
It cited one example of a 33-year-old lawyer who died in custody, his body showing open wounds and burns consistent with the application of electric shocks.
Another man was held for five months and tortured with electric shocks and threatened with rape before being released without charge.
“Successive Iraqi governments have displayed a callous disregard for fundamental human rights principles,” Rovera said.
“The new government must now change course and put in place effective mechanisms to investigate abuses by Shia militias and Iraqi forces and hold accountable those responsible.”
Despite assurances made to the researchers, none of the major Canadian labour unions today publicly disclose stats on visible minority representation within their ranks. CLC makes no mention of labour market challenges facing immigrants and racial minorities in its annual report, let alone its effort at addressing diversity deficits both internally and among its affiliated organizations.
While stats from the unions themselves aren’t available, a look at the think tanks they’re affiliated with illustrates the demographic disconnect. The Broadbent Institute boasts zero racial minorities on either its Boards of Directors or among its staff. Ditto for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives‘ national office staff. Even their national conferences are glaringly monochromatic.
More than 600 federal NDP political staffers have chosen a new union home that will give unequivocal support to their party.
The staffers from New Democrat MPs’ parliamentary and constituency offices have voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers.
They had been members of Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union, but divorce proceedings were instigated after Unifor refused to give unconditional support to the NDP in the Ontario election last spring.
Unifor encouraged its members to vote strategically — for either the Liberals or NDP — to ensure the Progressive Conservatives didn’t win.
It has since adopted a similar strategy for next year’s federal election in a bid to defeat Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.
Federal NDP staffers decided Unifor could not be relied upon to protect their jobs if it wouldn’t give a blanket endorsement to the party for whom they work.
“If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him. Do not lack. Do not be contemptible. Let your slogan be, “May I not be saved if the cross worshipper and taghūt (ruler ruling by man made laws) patron survives. If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or business. Or destroy his crops…”
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Video: British Islamist Abu Rumaysah: Hitler Acted to Stop Evil Doctrine of “Protocols of Elders of Zion”
Liberal Jewish prof: According to Jewish law, Clinton getting his dick sucked in oval office by young intern isn’t adultery, it’s just masturbation
Previously undisclosed files from the Clinton presidential library have shown that the former president’s circle considered looking to Jewish law as a way to untangle themselves from the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.
The email, one of some 10,000 documents released Friday, and first reported on by The New York Post Saturday, was sent by a senior aide to then-first lady Hillary Clinton. “According to classical Jewish law, President Clinton did not commit adultery; adultery is defined as a married man having intercourse with a married woman, and Monica Lewinsky is single,” the email reads.
“At worst, President Clinton is guilty of the common sin of onanism [masturbation], a sin that probably afflicts the consciences of most Jewish men at one time or another,” the email added.
Susannah Heschel, a professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth, was behind the argument , which was forwarded by Linda Commodore to Hillary Clinton’s domestic adviser, Ruby Shamir.
“From the perspective of Jewish history, we have to ask how Jews can condemn President Clinton’s behavior as immoral, when we exalt King David?” Susannah Heschel wrote.
“King David had Batsheva’s husband, Uriah, murdered. While David was condemned and punished, he was never thrown off the throne of Israel. On the contrary, he is exalted in our Jewish memory as the unifier of Israel.”
The 10,000 documents released by the Clinton presidential library on Friday are the last batch of previously private files from Bill Clinton’s administration to be made public.
“We believe OPEC…has to coordinate its action to stop the fall in oil prices”.
There are a lot of secrets kept in Israel’s intelligence community, but this is not one of them: Israel aims to become a cybersecurity superpower, and to do that, the Israeli military is launching an ambitious program to groom the next generation of cyberwarriors while they are still in high school.
The rise of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took much of the world by surprise. When it swept into Mosul and swiftly turned most of northern Iraq into the cornerstone of a regressive new caliphate, the organization was an unknown quantity even to many professional analysts, reporters, and policy makers.
But very quickly, some new go-to sources emerged. Two of them were Twitter streams that unleashed a torrent of crucial links and information. They revealed the depth of the group’s beef with Al Qaeda, which ISIS seemed to consider a higher-priority enemy than even the unbelievers it had executed. They published extracts of the recruitment literature the group had used to lure Western fighters, and shared some of its previously unknown ideological treatises. They brought to light the extensive ISIS propaganda network, while countering some of its claims. Since the United States declared war on the group and started bombing sites in Iraq and Syria, the sources have continued their indispensable work, providing details on little known targets like the “Khorasan Group” and the reaction of ISIS to the American strikes.
These gushers of highly useful information were not coming from inside a formal intelligence operation, or even from the Middle East. Instead, they were being run by ordinary American civilians out of their own homes. One was J.M. Berger, 47, a former journalist turned freelance social network analyst and extremism expert, who published scoop after scoop from his home office in Cambridge. The other was Aaron Zelin, a 26-year-old graduate student in Washington, D.C., who made his name with a blog called Jihadology. The two researchers had been mining the jihadi Internet for years, tracking it with a combination of old-school scholarship and new purpose-built apps.
Zelin and Berger are something new in the intelligence world: part of an emerging breed of online jihadi-hunters who have done pathbreaking work, often independently of government and big media outlets, on a shoestring budget. Numbering less than a dozen, they have earned their reputations over the past four years by being the first to report key developments later confirmed by mainstream research and reporting—such as the split between the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, the burst of jihadi recruitment in the West, and the entry of Hezbollah into the Syrian battle. The meteoric rise of ISIS has been a catalyzing moment for these analysts, pushing them into the spotlight as one of the most important sources of information and context.
These freelance online analysts offer a counterweight to decentralized militant groups. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, America has struggled to grapple with nimble, stateless groups that can move faster than national governments. But the same tools that militant groups and jihadis have exploited so effectively cut both ways. Those who want to shut down violent networks have a new weapon in intelligence-gatherers who operate outside traditional channels and aren’t hindered by bureaucratic myopia.
“In London we’re very, very vigilant and very, very concerned,” Johnson said. “Every day — as you saw recently, we had to raise the threat level — every day the security services are involved in thousands of operations…there are probably in the low thousands of people that we are monitoring in London.”
CBC News has learned the RCMP has disrupted or intervened in 28 instances involving people who fall into its high-risk travel category. That includes people who have returned home after joining a government-designated terrorist group abroad and are intending to travel again, or people who are sympathizers in Canada and are about to travel abroad.
When did female empowerment become female infantilization?
Women once were encouraged to be strong and independent, to brush aside insensitive words and actions and to emerge stronger. But now, politicians, pundits, even celebrities are feeding an outrage machine by telling women they should be offended by anything and everything.
The RCMP is investigating 63 national security cases linked to terrorism and involving 90 suspects, Canada’s top security officials said Wednesday, even as a U.S. television network reported Islamist extremists are plotting violence in Canada.
As federal officials touted national agencies’ success in stopping terrorist acts at an Ottawa committee hearing, NBC News published a report saying that U.S. intelligence officials are tracking ISIS imitators in Canada targeting the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and an unspecified shopping mall.
NBC later amended its story, removing references to specific targets and methods, and describing the attacks as being in an ‘‘aspirational’’ stage.
‘‘Intelligence officials tell NBC News that Canadian authorities have heard would-be terrorists discussing potential ISIS-inspired ‘knife and gun’ attacks against U.S. and Canadian targets inside Canada,’’ the network reported.
‘‘Both U.S. and Canadian officials fear the beheading of an innocent person in a public place, or the slashing of citizens on a crowded street until police arrive to shoot and ‘martyr’ the terrorists.
‘‘Canadian officials are weighing increased security around public buildings in coming days, government officials there say.’’
Burgeoning threats mean that citizens must press Washington and Ottawa to return to good sense, and put a stop to the deadly contagion of self-censorship and self-deceit – and worse – now hazarding national security and public safety.
Americans and Canadians must defeat the disease by curing their thinking.
Killed, dismembered and cooked his transgender girlfriend before stabbing himself to death.
The White House has reportedly sent a top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official to the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC) to “present a special thank you to the Muslim congregation,” Oklahoma’s KFOR reports.
The beheader’s mosque, the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, was founded by a sibling of a U.S.-designated Hamas terrorist, and in the past has welcomed an Imam who was a close confidant to al-Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki.
David L. Myers, who serves as director of the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, was tasked with presenting a personal message from President Barack Obama. It read, “Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice.”
The incident came after IDF soldiers opened fire on a cell trying to infiltrate Israel from Lebanon on Sunday.