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Bomb Threats Close Classes at Two Houston Synagogues

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Bomb threats on two Houston synagogues Wednesday closed classes, one day after a similar threat on a court forced a quick evacuation.

The synagogue bomb threats were called in to called in to Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform temple, and the Conservative Congregation Or Ami on Wednesday afternoon.

Both synagogues canceled Hebrew school classes for Thursday but said they would reopen Friday with more security. Officials searched the buildings and did not find anything suspicious.

The Houston Police Department, Anti-Defamation League, FBI and Department of Homeland Security all were notified about the threats, Congregation Beth Israel told the Houston Chronicle.

A message on the Beth Israel website said that a congregational dinner scheduled for Friday night was canceled; it did not say if the cancellation was related to the bomb threat.

Tuesday’s bomb threat on the HoustonMunicipalCourtsBuilding resulted in the evacuation of several courtrooms.

No explosive device was found.

Police Arrest LA Man Accused of Defrauding Iranian-American Jews

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The FBI has arrested a Los Angeles man who allegedly operated a Ponzi scheme targeting the city’s Iranian Jewish community.

Shervin Davatgarzadeh, also known as Shervin Neman, was taken into custody on suspicion of defrauding $3 million from mostly Jewish Iranian-American investors, the FBI said.

According to the indictment, Davatgarzadeh posed as a hedge fund manager promising to invest in the Los Angeles real estate market.

He is suspected of illegally using the investments to pay for a lavish lifestyle for himself and his wife that included a $60,000 wedding ring, luxury cars and a new office.

Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles has been rocked by a series of Ponzi schemes in recent years, according to the L.A. Jewish Journal.

A U.S. district court in March sentenced an Iranian-Jewish radio talk show host and businessman, John Farahi, to 10 years in prison for swindling $24 million from dozens of victims, mostly Iranian Jews.

In October 2011, Iranian-Jewish businessman Ezri Namvar was sentenced to a seven-year prison term for stealing $21 million from four clients.

Lessons from the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s list of “Ten Most Wanted” fugitives dates back to 1950 but the list of “Most Wanted Terrorists” dates back to just after 9/11 and a sense that terrorism had become a strategic threat. Today, the list includes 31 individuals, all of them male and with a single exception (Daniel Andreas San Diego, an animal rights extremist), all of them Muslim:

* Abd al Aziz Awda – 1950, Palestinian, Palestinian Islamic Jihad * Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed Al-Nasser – ca. 1947, Saudi, Saudi Hizbullah * Abdul Rahman Yasin – 1960, American, World Trade Center bombing in 1993 * Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah – 1963, Egyptian, Kenya and Tanzania embassy bombings in 1998 * Adam Yahiye Gadahn – 1978, American, Al-Qaeda * Adnan G. El Shukrijumah – 1975, Guyanese, Al-Qaeda * Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Mughassil – 1967, Saudi, Saudi Hizballah * Ali Atwa – ca. 1960, Lebanese, TWA hijacking in 1985 * Ali Saed Bin Ali El-Hoorie – 1965, Saudi, Saudi Hizballah * Anas Al-Liby – 1964, Libyan, Kenya and Tanzania embassy bombings in 1998 * Ayman Al-Zawahiri – 1951, Egyptian, Al-Qaeda * Faouzi Mohamad Ayoub – 1966, Lebanese, Lebanese Hizballah * Hakimullah Mehsud – ca. 1980, Pakistani, Pakistani Taliban * Hasan Izz-Al-Din – 1963, Lebanese, TWA hijacking in 1985 * Husayn Muhammad Al-Umari – 1936, Lebanese, 15 May Organization * Ibrahim Salih Mohammed Al-Yacoub – 1966, Saudi, Saudi Hizballah * Isnilon Totoni Hapilon – 1966, Filipino, Abu Sayyaf Group Jaber A. Elbaneh – 1966, Yemeni, Al-Qaeda Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim – 1965, Palestinian, Pan Am hijacking in 1986 * Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi – 1960, Yemeni, USS Cole bombing in 2000 * Jehad Serwan Mostafa – 1981, American, Al-Shabaab * Mohammed Ali Hamadei – 1964, Lebanese, Lebanese Hizballah * Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussain Ar-Rahayyal – 1965, Palestinian, Pan Am hijacking in 1986 * Muhammad Ahmed Al-Munawar – 1965, Palestinian, Abu Nidal Organization * Omar Shafik Hammami – 1984, American, Al-Shabaab * Raddulan Sahiron – ca. 1936, Filipino, Abu Sayyaf Group * Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah – 1958, Palestinian, Palestinian Islamic Jihad * Saif Al-Adel – ca. 1960, Egyptian, Al-Qaeda * Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz Al-Turki – 1955, Palestinian, Pan Am hijacking in 1986 * Zulkifli Abdhir – 1966, Malaysian, Kumpulun Mujahidin Malaysia

Comments:

(1) Muslims make up 30 out of 31 most wanted terrorists, or about 97 percent of them. That’s a pretty good indication of what Bernard Lewis’ 1990 article famously called “Muslim rage” and why Islam-related issues have such prominence.

(2). Islamists make up 27 out of those 30; only the three perpetrators of the Pan Am 73 hijacking in 1986 (Rahayyal, Munawar, Turki), all connected to the Abu Nidal Organization, are not Islamists (or at least were not in 1986). This predominance of jihad reflects the Islamist hegemony among politically extreme Muslims.

(3) Ethnic Arabs make up 25 of the 30 terrorists. The largest numbers are 4 each of Lebanese, Palestinians, and Saudis, 3 each of Americans and Egyptians. Non-ethnic Arabs include 2 Filipinos, 1 Malaysian, 1 Pakistani, and 1 American convert. This high percentage confirms the sense that Arabic-speakers have the most pent-up hostility toward Americans.

(4) Most attacks by these most wanted fugitives date from the 1980s and 1990s – Khobar, TWA 847, East African embassies, WTC bombing. Symbolically of this relative antiquity, the only American airlines attacked by them were Pan American and TWA, both long defunct. This points to the greater success since 9/11 in both foiling and tracking terrorism, thanks to greater resources and more diligence.

(5) Also reflecting the long-ago quality of this most wanted list, note the striking pattern of their decadal birthdates:

1930s – 2 1940s – 1 1950s – 4 1960s – 18 1970s – 2 1980s – 3 1990s – 0

The average age is close to 50 – not exactly the prime time of life for terrorism. The youngest listee, Hammami, will be 29 years old in less than a week. The eldest two, Umari and Sahiron, are approaching 80.

Originally published at DanielPipes.org and The National Review Online, The Corner, April 30, 2013.

We Need a Better FBI

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

According to NBC News, the FBI was alerted as recently as last November by Russia’s security services regarding serious new concerns about one of the Boston bomber brothers. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, while spending half a year with his family back in the city of Makhachkala, in the Republic of Dagestan, made six visits to see an Islamic terrorist in a mosque.

A case file on Tsarnaev was sent over to the FBI, and the Russians pleaded with the agency to check the guy out. The FBI never called back.

They interviewed the nice young man in 2011, after Russia had raised earlier concerns that he was becoming a radical Islamist, but found nothing “derogatory” against him and did not pursue the case further.

“Derogatory?” Really? That’s FBI speek nowadays for crazed Muhamadians looking to mass murder American civilians?

How different was the FBI’s failure in this case from that famous 2001 flop, when they ignored alerts from field agents about a bunch of Arabs taking flight lessons who asked to skip the part about landing their plane?

Not so different at all, since the New York Times reported that the Department of Homeland Security put a “hold” on Tsarnaev’s citizenship application, after a routine background check came up with the 2011 FBI interview. Why didn’t the FBI show the same level of interest in the FBI interview? And why was he allowed to stay in the country at all? He’s not a citizen, you don’t owe him a nice life in the Land of the Free – if you suspect him enough to deny him citizenship – kick him the heck out!

Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN the other day: “Either our laws are insufficient or the FBI failed, but we’re at war with radical Islamists and we need to up our game.”

In my view, the Patriot Act has already gutted the constitution sufficiently. What else are they going to take away, on top of habeas corpus? Americans are already enduring so much deprivation of their civil rights – the problem is not the laws, it’s bad police work.

The April 14 World

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

The day before the Marathon Massacre, the New York Times had scored plaudits for running an op-ed by one of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguards complaining about his hard life in Guantanamo Bay.

On April 14th, the paper of broken record paid 150 bucks to an Al Qaeda member for the opportunity to complain about being force fed during his hunger strike. On April 15th the bombs went off.

The attacks of September 11 introduced a dividing line between awareness and disregard. There was the world of September 10 and the world of September 11. In one world the planes passing in the sky were a minor reminder of our technological prowess. In the other, we were at war.

There was no such clear dividing line when September 11 faded from memory and we returned to a September 10 world. Nor is there an exact date for when we will return to an April 14 world in which it is okay to pay a terrorist in exchange for his propaganda. But if the media has its way, that day can’t come soon enough.

A day after the bombings, the New York Times wrote that a decade without terror had come to an end. But the terror had never stopped or paused. The FBI and local law enforcement had gone on breaking up numerous terror plots to the skepticism and ridicule of the media which accused them of violating Muslim civil rights and manufacturing threats.

Some of those plots seemed laughable. A man setting up a car bomb near a Broadway theater where crowds waiting to see The Lion King musical, kids in tow, were lining up. A plot to detonate bombs in the Grand Central and the Times Square subway stations. Underwear bombers. Shoe bombers. It became fashionable to laugh at them. Silly crazies trying to kill people in ridiculous ways. Almost as silly as trying to hijack planes while armed only with box cutters and then ramming those planes into buildings.

Liberal urbanites stopped breathing sighs of relief every time a terror plot was broken up and turned on law enforcement. There were suspicions that these were just setups. Representatives of Muslim groups complained that law enforcement was taking confused kids and tricking them into terrorist plots that they never could have carried out on their own.

But there was only one way to find out.

Last year the Associated Press won a Pulitzer for its attack on the NYPD’s mosque surveillance program. But that was the April 14 mindset. Now after April 15, the police are once again heroes and any editorials from imprisoned terrorists complaining about the lack of new Harry Potter novels at Gitmo have temporarily been placed on hold. But the police know better than anyone that it will not take very long for them to go from the heroes to the villains. The period of consciousness after April 15 will be much shorter than after September 11.

The long spring in which Americans didn’t have to turn on the news and see bloody body parts everywhere was made possible by the dedicated work of the very people the media spent a decade undermining. The media was undermining them on April 14, but two days later it was acknowledging that the temporary peace brought about by the work of the very people they despised had made their temporary ignorance of terror possible.

We don’t know who perpetrated the Marathon Massacre, but many of the Muslim terrorist plots broken up by the authorities would have been as deadly. And there will be others like them in the future. The one thing we can be certain of is that terrorism as a tactic is here to stay.

While law enforcement pores over the wreckage, the media is examining the political fallout. It is waiting for the time when it will once again be safe to pay terrorists for their propaganda. If the bomber turns out to be anything other than a Muslim terrorist, then they can get into their limos and drive back to that Sunday, April 14, when it was safe to be pro-terrorist. If he turns out to be in any way associated with the right, then they can celebrate hitting propaganda pay dirt. But even if he’s only another Unabomber or even another Bill Ayers, the false spring of April 14 will still beckon.

Boston Marathon Suspect Killed

Friday, April 19th, 2013

One suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was killed early Friday morning, following an attack on police officers in Watertown that involved explosives and gunfire.

The second suspect is being sought.

The man known as suspect 2, wearing a white hat, is the suspect still on the run, according to Channel 5 News in Boston. Sources say the situation “fluid and dangerous.”

State police spokesman David Procopio said, “The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used against the police officers.”

The situation was linked to the fatal shooting of an MIT police officer on Laurel and Dexter Streets in Watertown, late Thursday night.

Teams of police officers and FBI agents are roaming the neighborhood, with choppers overhead.

A State Police spokesman says an MBTA police officer was wounded in Watertown.

“I can confirm that a Transit Police officer was wounded. He is being treated at this hour at a local hospital,” said spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

FBI Releases Pictures of Two Marathon Bomb Suspects

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The FBI released on Thursday two fuzzy pictures of suspects in the Boston marathon bombings that killed at least three people and maimed and wounded 176 others.

Both men were pictures wearing backpacks, which authorities think contained the bombs that were detonated at the finish line, not far from where the two young suspects were photographed in a crowd on a sidewalk. One wore a white cap backwards and was seen putting his backpack on the ground. The other suspect wore a dark baseball cap.

“Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects,” Richard DesLauriers, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s special agent in charge in Boston, told a news conference. “Though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us.”

The longer the attack remains a mystery, the more theories have cropped up, ranging from an Al Qaeda-linked cell to a domestic plot with an infinite number of motives.

The FBI was extra careful before releasing the pictures. At least two people have been falsely suspected as the terrorists, One of them is a Saudi student who others have been false suspected, one of them questioned in the hospital where he was being treated for burns from an explosion and the other being a teenager who was singled out Internet uses and whose image was published on social media.

Comedian Jon Stewart skewed CNN for its report that the FBI had arrested a suspect. He ridiculed network for having become the “human centipede of news.”

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