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Saudi Blogger Faces Jail and 600 Lashes For Insulting Islam

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Only 600 lashes? The libs will say that is progress. The question is, how many lashes can any human being withstand? I think beheadng is more …. humane.

“We believe that when public speech is deemed offensive, be it via social media or any other means, the issue is best addressed through open-dialogue and honest debate,” said US State Department spokeswoman

As for the State department’s hollow remarks, I submit that the State Department should cease meeting with the OIC in Washington in order to impose restrictions on speech in accordance with the blasphemy laws under the sharia. I submit that the State Department should withdraw the Secretary of State’s remarks. I submit that the Department of Justice should withdraw its vow to criminalize postings on social media that offend Muslims. I submit that Obama should cease blaming youtube and freedom of expression for murderous attacks on Americans in Benghazi and beyond. I submit that Obama should stop championing the adoption of anti-free speech resolution by the UN.

“Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Faces Jail and 600 Lashes For Insulting Islam” IBTimes, July 31, 2013

An international outcry was triggered by a Saudi Arabian court that handed a seven-year jail and 600 lashes sentence to the editor of a liberal website for violating Islamic values.

Raif Badawi has been in detention since 2012, after being arrested on cyber-crime charges related to Free Saudi, the website he founded which hosted discussions on religion in the ultraconservative Islamic kingdom.

The US and France expressed deep concerns at the punishment also slammed by human rights groups.

“We believe that when public speech is deemed offensive, be it via social media or any other means, the issue is best addressed through open-dialogue and honest debate,” said US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.logger makes a mockery of Saudi Arabia’s claims that it supports reform and religious dialogue,” said Nadim Houry, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

“A man who wanted to discuss religion has already been locked up for a year and now faces 600 lashes and seven years in prison.”

Judges at Jeddah criminal court reportedly dropped the heaviest charge of apostasy - which carries an automatic death sentence – after Badawi, gave assurances he was a Muslim.

“The judge asked Raif, ‘Are you a Muslim?’ and he said ‘Yes, and I don’t accept anyone to cast doubt on (my belief)’,” Badawi’s wife, who moved abroad in 2012 with her children, tweeted.

However, the court found Badawi guilty of insulting Islam and ordered the closure of the website, Al-Watan newspaper reported.

Judges also gave Badawi an additional three months in jail for disobeying his father, a crime in Saudi Arabia. The two allegedly had numerous public confrontations over the years.

Part of prosecutors’ evidence consisted in postings by Badawi and anonymous members of his site critical of senior Saudi religious figures, HRW reported.

Badawi’s troubles with the authorities started shortly after he started Free Saudi in 2008.

He was forced to leave the country in May that year, after authorities charged him with “setting up an electronic site that insults Islam”.

As the charges were dropped he returned to his homeland but continued his online activity, HRW said.

In March 2012 he was designated as an “unbeliever and apostate” by a well-known cleric Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Barrak.

Al-Barrak reportedly claimed Badawi was guilty of saying “that Muslims, Jews, Christians, and atheists are all equal”.

In accordance with a strict interpretation of Islamic law, Saudi courts implement a series of corporal punishments, of which flogging is considered the most lenient. 

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French-Jewish Mother in Custody Battle with Saudi prince Dies in Fall

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

A Jewish mother from France locked in a custody battle with a Saudi prince fell to her death from an apartment window in Paris.

Candice Cohen-Ahnine died last week, less than a month before she was to see her 11-year-old daughter for the first time in four years.

It is unclear whether Cohen-Ahnine’s death was accidental or the result of foul play, according to the Daily Telegraph, which reported that French media have suggested Cohen-Ahnine had slipped and fallen to her death “as if she was escaping something dangerous.”

A Paris criminal court ruled in January in favor of Cohen-Ahnine’s plea to have her daughter, Haya, returned to her. Cohen-Ahnine claimed that Haya was being held captive by the girl’s father, Prince Sattam al-Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family, since September 2008. The court also ordered Sattam to pay child support.

Sattam continued to refuse to turn the girl over after the ruling, but had agreed to next month’s visit.

Cohen-Ahnine alleged that when she agreed to visit Sattam with her daughter in 2008 after the couple had separated, she was swiftly locked up in a Riyadh palace and separated from Haya. Accused by authorities of being a Muslim who converted to Judaism — a capital crime in Saudi Arabia — Cohen-Ahnine was able to escape to the French Embassy and return to France. Haya remained behind and the two reportedly spoke occasionally by phone.

Cohen-Ahnine, 34, met Sattam in London when she was 18. Despite their differences in religion and nationality, the couple continued their relationship, and Haya was born in 2001. But the couple separated in 2006; the prince allegedly said he would have to marry a cousin and could only keep Cohen-Ahnine as a mistress or second wife.

Cohen-Ahnine published a book in French about the ordeal with the literally translated title “Give me back my daughter” (l’Archipel).

Video: Al Qaeda’s Underwear Bomb Maker A Top Concern

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Ibrahim Hassan Tali al-Asiri is a 28 year old Saudi citizen now living in Yemen who is expert at creating bombs that can elude detection and penetrate airport security. He is the maker of two near miss underwear bombs as well as other hidden small devices including a bomb placed in his own brother’s body that was detonated in a suicide bombing attempt to kill Saudi security chief, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef. The Prince was not harmed because the bomb was detonated too early. However, al-Asiri’s brother was killed in the attempt, the explosive penetrated security and could have killed its target if detonated a moment later. al-Asiri is said to be training a team of bomb makers in a special workshop of his own design creating the potential for a deadly legacy even if he himself is removed from the battlefield. In the following video from FoxNews, Rand senior analyst Seth Jones discusses security concerns related to Al Qaeda’s underwear bomb maker.


Further reading on the background and origins of al-Asiri can be found on the BBC Middle East page.

Released from Guantanamo, Al Qaeda Terrorist Launched Kidnapping Business

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Tag this one under Road, Hell, and Good-intentions…

According to the pro-Saudi publication Asharq Al-Awsat, suspected Al Qaeda terrorist Mishaal al-Shadoukhi has contacted the Saudi embassy in Yemen to claim responsibility for the kidnapping of Saudi diplomat Abdullah Al-Khalidi on behalf of the Al Qaeda organization, demanding an unspecified ransom, as well as the release of prisoners held by Riyadh, in exchange for the diplomat’s release.

Mishaal al-Shadoukhi, who is on the Saudi government’s list of most wanted fugitives, was at one point a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, and among the first detainees to be repatriated to Saudi Arabia.

Following his repatriation, he underwent a state-approved “Munasaha” rehabilitation program and was released.

Saudi Arabia’s “Munasaha” program is designed to get at the roots of terrorism in that country. It looks into the content of sermons, lectures, and religious gatherings in order to persuade people that extremism is not the way to move forward. As Saudi Gazette/Okaz reported, “the program combines the wisdom of a range of academics and experts in Shariah law to explain the ‘proper principles of Shariah law’ and includes women as advisors.” The program travels to areas targeted by the government due to their recent experiences and incidents of terror-related extremism.

Too bad that once al-Shadoukhi was fully rehabilitated, he fled to Yemen, rejoined Al Qaeda, and started kidnapping Saudi dignitaries for ransom.

French Begin to Deport Radical Muslims

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The French Interior Ministry announced Monday the deportation of two Islamists, adding that it is planning to expel three more, in the wake of the killing of seven people by an Islamic extremist.

The statement by Interior Minister Claude Gueant said these were part of “an acceleration of the deportation procedures of foreign Islamic radicals.”

The Interior Ministry is also planning to start deportation proceedings against an imam of Saudi nationality, a Tunisian radical Islamist and an imam from Turkey.

The ministry cited provisions in French law which “allow this type of decision with regards the ‘urgent need for state security or public safety’ or ‘conduct likely to harm the fundamental interests of the state.’”

Other expulsions will take place soon, said the statement.

Saudis Might Support Israeli Strike on Iran

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Forbes’ Peter Cohan cites a weapons dealer who thinks that this June Israel will be using a Saudi air base for an attack on Iran’s nuclear site.

Why would Saudi Arabia support Israel instead of attacking it? Cohan asks and answers – Because Saudi Arabia is dominated by Sunnis, while Iran’s ayatollahs are the Sunni’s sworn enemies – the Shi’ites. His source believes that Saudi Arabia’s rage against the Shi’ites exceeds its dislike of its Jewish neighbors.

He may be exaggerating about Saudi rage, but he’s on the money about Saudi fears. If you think Israel is concerned about the Iranian bomb, wait until you listen to the Gulf states’ view on the notion that a nuclear Iran will be dominating their region.

Cohan’s source also says Israel is planning to occupy southern Lebanon again, concurrent with its attack on Iran, in order to take control of the millions of missiles that Iran has stationed there.

And the U.S. will not be an innocent bystander, Cohan completes his doomsday-in-June prediction. His source believes that U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan to support the Israeli attack on Iran.

So, do your shopping early, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to finish, be extra nice to your spouse and kids – because, come June, life as we know it might get way complicated.

Going To War Against Anti-Israel Hackers

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The real heroes of our age are pencil-protector geeks. They sit at home, behind their keyboards, determining the rules of the game that you and I live by – and we trust them to do so. They love toys. They love games. They enjoy battle. They are at the forefront of the cyber war that is enveloping the world.

And then there are the wannabees.

Worms. Viruses. They made headline news and were front-page stories. Now come the hackers. Banks, stock exchanges, airlines, private Facebook pages – nothing is sacred and nothing is safe.

Most hackers are just an inconvenience. Yes, some of the damage they do can be serious and they must be found and punished for their actions. But run-of-the-mill computer pranksters are called “script kiddies” by serious hackers.

The reason for the term is that they only follow the directions of hacking. They use tools found online for free. They do not buy, build or create software to hack. They hate to pay for anything. They hack for the fun of it. They often hack for the irritation they give and the glory they get from their friends. They are hacker groupies.

So far, most of the hacking that disables servers – and frightens most people with a credit card – has been nothing more than a minor inconvenience. A self-proclaimed Saudi hacker called OxOmar was said to have stolen 400,000 Israeli credit cards and identification numbers. In the end it was 20,000 and he actually only gathered them from sites that had collected the information from merchants who have very poor security. OxOmar did not hack the Israeli banks. And getting private information on people is equivalent to kindergarten hacking, not post graduate work.

Israel’s Tel Aviv Stock Exchange website was hacked, as was Israel’s national airline, El Al. Once again, a very important distinction must be made. It is the websites that were hit, not the data banks. Yes, they should have been better protected, but websites are full of content, not data.

As one analyst described it, websites are like bulletin boards with lots of post-its. Someone just came and took down your material and put up his own insulting and graphic messages. The really important and valuable material stayed in the safe.

Script-kiddie hacking is a form of vandalism akin to graffiti. There’s no thievery and no other invasion – like viruses and worms – occurs.

There are professional and highly paid hackers who have the backing of industry and governments. They are the IT geeks tasked with the responsibility of developing software to access vaults. The technology they develop costs untold millions of dollars to develop.

They job of these professionals is to make certain the national electric grid is safe and the communication networks are secure.

They work quietly and behind the scenes. They are not headline grabbers like OxOmar, the Saudi hacker whose stated goal is to hurt Israel. OxOmar says he is a hacker and this is what he knows and how he can achieve his goal. He has joined forces with a group of pro-Palestinian hackers called Nightmare and they have begun their attack.

Not a day goes by without an Israeli website being assaulted. Israel’s allies have also been targeted. Azerbaijan has been attacked. The material posted by these hackers on Azerbaijanian websites emphasize that Azerbaijan has chosen to be friendly with Israel and the United States. Azerbaijan has responded by saying that some people are jealous of its success. And that is exactly correct.

It was the level of amateurism displayed by their enemies that so annoyed many Israeli hackers who under normal circumstances would have let things be and considered these hacking episodes as nothing more than children’s games. But Nightmare and OxOmar have announced they are unstoppable and can and will wreak havoc on Israel, making life miserable for Israeli society unless Israel apologizes for a slew of historical events.

Israel has to hit the hackers back. And they will hit back. The Israelis, by virtue of the situation, will take it up a notch. Israeli professionals will have to search for these anti-Israel amateurs and destroy their ability to hack. They will dismantle their systems and unmask them. Anonymity is what hackers need more than anything else.

There is no doubt that warfare is changing. But there is still a need to defend and to intimidate. Countries like the United States and Israel must make it clear that it is not worth the price of breaking into their computer systems.

True hacking is a game for grown-ups. True hacking save lives and saves money, it doesn’t hurt unknowing and uninvolved individuals for the sake of saying “Look at me, see what I can do.”

Micah D. Halpern is a columnist and a social and political commentator. The author, most recently, of “Thugs,” he maintains The Micah Report (www.micahhalpern.com).

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