Radical Muslim chaplains, trained in a foreign ideology, certified in foreign-financed schools and acting in coordination to impose an extremist agenda have gained a monopoly over Islamic religious activities in American state, federal, and city prisons and jails.
Soon after September 11, 2001, I and a group of individuals with whom I have worked first began consultations on the problem of radical Islam in prison. We identified change in the prisons as a leading item in the agenda of our nation in defeating the terrorist enemy. Some of us had received letters from American Muslim prison inmates complaining that radical chaplains had harassed and otherwise subjected moderate Muslims in prison to humiliation, discrimination, confiscation of moderate Islamic literature, and even physical threats.
Muslim chaplains have established an Islamic radical regime over Muslim convicts in the American prisons; imagine each prison Islamic community as a little Saudi kingdom behind prison walls, without the amenities. They have effectively induced American authorities to establish a form of "state Islam" or "government-certified Islam" in correctional systems.
The federal, state, and city jails in America have allowed the seizure of a privileged position for missionaries of Wahhabism, the state religious sect in Saudi Arabia. Wahhabism teaches hatred of all non-Wahhabi Muslims, especially Shia Muslims and the spiritual Muslims known as Sufis.
Wahhabis serve as chaplains at all levels of incarceration in America. They are mainly certified and trained as religious officials by two groups: The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences (GSISS), which moved to Ashburn, Virginia, after renaming itself Cordoba University in 2005.
Both ISNA and GSISS represent forms of radical Islam aligned with Wahhabism, and both are currently under federal investigation for ties to terrorism.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Iran has received a first shipment of missiles from North Korea that are capable of reaching Europe, Israel's military intelligence chief was quoted on Thursday as saying.
Known in the West as BM-25s, the Russian-designed missiles have a range of around 1,500 miles, giving them a longer reach than the Iranian-made Shihab-4 missiles which are capable of hitting Israel.
The intelligence chief, Major-General Amos Yadlin, was quoted by Israel's Haaretz newspaper as saying in a lecture on Wednesday that some BM-25s had arrived in Iran.
The BM-25 was originally manufactured in the Soviet Union, where it was known as the SSN6, a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, Haaretz reported.
After the Russians decommissioned the SSN6, the missiles were sold to North Korea, which adapted them to carry a heavier payload, the newspaper's military affairs correspondent said.
In February, a German diplomat, citing his country's intelligence data, confirmed a German newspaper report that said Iran had purchased 18 disassembled BM-25s from North Korea.
Israel has been urging the international community to pressure Iran to halt its nuclear programme as well as its efforts to obtain long-range missiles.
Iran, the world's fourth largest producer of crude oil, says its nuclear programme is a peaceful project to provide electricity.
Israel is widely believed to have more than 200 nuclear warheads. It declines to comment on its atomic program, saying only it will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East.
The chief UN investigator into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri went to Syria yesterday to interview President Bashar Assad, senior Lebanese security officials said.
It will be the first time that Assad answers questions about Hariri's assassination from the UN commission appointed by the Security Council. Assad declined two previous requests for interviews filed last year by the commission, which is based in Beirut.
Chief UN investigator Serge Brammertz will also talk to Vice-President Farouk al-Sharaa about Syria's alleged involvement in the massive truck bombing that killed Hariri and 20 people others on Feb. 14, last year, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Three weeks ago a gang of militiamen driving on the main road that runs past the park spotted one of his friends while he was embracing his fiancée near the lake.
The gunmen chased the couple as they drove away and forced their vehicle off the road. The driver, a 29-year-old engineer, who would give his name only as Ahmed, was dragged from behind the wheel and pistol-whipped. His terrified partner, Wasan, 23, who is studying at the College of Science, was locked in the car and made to watch. The gunmen took the couple to a makeshift detention centre and warned them that if they were seen “misbehaving” again they would be shot. They have never returned to the lake.
In recent days two young women had battery acid thrown at their legs by Mehdi army members, who are loyal to the militant young cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The victims were told that they were being punished for dressing inappropriately.
In Basra late last year a couple were ambushed while walking in the zoo. The man was shot dead and his young partner was partially blinded by the gunmen, who stripped and photographed her, saying that they would send the pictures to her family. She ran home and killed herself.
A failed female suicide bomber, whose husband helped to kill more than 60 people at an Amman hotel last year, told a court today that she had entered a marriage of convenience to carry out the attack, apparently in revenge for the death of her two brothers.
Wearing a dark brown veil that covered her hair and much of her face, Sajida Rishawi, who survived the first successful al-Qaeda claimed attack against Jordan after her explosive belt failed to detonate, said that she had married only to travel from her native Iraq to the Jordanian capital for the bombing.
In a low-voice, she accepted the court's offer to hire a state lawyer, to help defend her, because she had no money. If convicted she faces the death penalty.
"I am single… this is just a legal marriage contract," Mrs Rishawi, 35, told the three-member military tribunal, held amid tight security inside a makeshift court at a local jail on the outskirts of Amman.
"I do not have a lawyer. I have god to defend me. I have no money to hire a lawyer," she said, her eyes focused on the three judges.
According to the charge sheet, Mrs Rishawi and her husband Ali Hussein Al-Shammari, who was killed together with two other male bombers in the attack on a wedding reception, married just before arriving in Jordan on November 5, 2006. Muslim teachings ban single women from travelling without a husband, or male blood relative.
She was instructed to tell Jordanian border officials that she was seeking medical treatment for infertility, the charge sheet says.
However, The Times has learnt from interrogators that the marriage had not been consummated, and that Mrs Rishawi agreed to take part in the terror plot to avenge the killing of her two brothers, and a Jordanian brother-in-law, all al-Qaeda operatives, who died in US-led operations against the insurgency.
April 21, 2006: One of the less well known counter-terror tactics used against Islamic terrorists, are scary rumors. Islamic terrorists like technology, and fear it. While the Islamic radicals want everyone to live under medieval social codes, they have nothing against climbing into the latest SUV, or using computers and high tech night vision gear. But, as a group, there are not a lot of geeks into Islamic terrorism. Moreover, Arabs have a thing about telling, creating, and believing outrageous rumors. Some counter-terror organizations have taken advantage of this by taking seemingly plausible, scary, and damaging (to terrorist operations) stories they find on the net, and spreading them among a large number of pro-terrorist web user groups. This is disinformation, and is an ancient technique. Ancient scriptures mention its use.