Al-Qaeda Calls for Car Bomb Attacks on American Cities, Targets Abroad

Muslim websites are promoting Inspire, a Magazine that encourages young Muslims to wage Jihad on US and UK cities. This is the same magazine that explained how to build pressure cooker bombs such as those used in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Al Qaeda is calling on terrorist affiliates to detonate car bombs in major U.S. cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, in the latest edition of its Inspire magazine.

Here is an example of the content:

Inspire Magazine

The magazine’s Spring 2014 issue urges jihadists to target heavily populated events such as political rallies and sporting events, both in the United States and abroad — including in Great Britain, France and other “crusading” countries.

“Choosing the place and time is a crucial factor to success in any operation,” the magazine reads. “Choose targets in your own country. You know the enemy better, you are within … The important thing is that you target people and not buildings.”

Would-be bombers also are urged to consider launching attacks during “election seasons” and between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Specific targets are also cited, including Chicago’s “Sears Tower” (now called the Willis Tower), and military bases in northern Virginia.

The piece also lists specific locations and times to attack European sites in England and France. These include the Bastille Military Day Parade on July 14 in Paris and soccer (football) stadiums during Premier League FA Cup Matches in the UK “when huge crowds leave the stadium and celebrate around the entrances and FA Cup matches.”

The issue also contains extremely detailed, “absolutely simple” instructions on how to build such a bomb and how to get away with planting them by using disguises that fit in, ie as a football supporter to bomb premier league games in the UK. Santa hats etc to make bombing cities during the holiday season.

“Disguise yourself during the operation, appear fat (add some clothes on you), change your complexion, be a ‘clone’, use any mask (believe me embarrassment is the last thing you will think about), wear a mask suitable for the festival, white beards on 25th Dec,” it reads. “All in all, be creative brother.”

 “My Muslim brother, before you start reading the instructions, remember that this type of operation, if prepared well and an appropriate target is chosen, and Allah decrees success for you, history will never forget it,” the magazine reads. “It will be recorded as a crushing defeat on the enemies of Islam.”

Anwar al-Awlaki
Anwar al-Awlaki
Samir Khan
Samir Khan

The piece includes interviews with islamist and Al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011, and Samir Khan, who was killed in the same air strike. Khan served as editor and publisher of Inspire up to that point. A photo of New York City is shown at the end of the piece. 

The terrorist organization’s magazine has a letter from the editor that states:

Whenever Al-Qaeda is mentioned, the American citizens’ mind thinks of vest and car bombs.

Bearing in mind that none of these weapons has struck them post 9/11. So why would they relate Al-Qaeda to these bombs? Simply because they fear these weapons and have seen enough of their destructive power in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Many Feisal Shahzads are residing inside America, and all they need is the knowledge of how to make car bombs. They are all yearning to fulfill their duty of Jihad.

 The American government was unable to protect its citizens from pressure cooker bombs in backpacks, I wonder if they are ready to stop car bombs!

Therefore, as our responsibility to the Muslim Ummah in general and Muslims living in America in particular, Inspire Magazine humbly presents to you a simple improvised home recipe of Shahzad’s car bomb.

And the good news is … you can prepare it in the kitchen of your mom too.

There are pages and pages dedicated to the ”Glorious Boston Bombings”. Here is an excerpt from this vile publication:

 “America is our first target, followed by United Kingdom, France and other Crusader countries.”

“As for the field target for the car-bomb, you have places flooded with individuals, e.g. sports events in which tens of thousands attend, election campaigns, festivals and other gathering [sic]. The important thing is that you target people and not buildings.”

The final word is from the author of Inspire:

“Inspire Magazine’s goal is to empower Muslim youth, and what is empowerment without being strong, powerful, and intelligent? In this section, we give you strength, power and intelligence. Believe me, using car bombs gives you all that.”

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Obama Praises Abbas: ‘Somebody Who Has Consistently Renounced Violence’

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office of the White House MondayHosting Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office on Monday, President Obama described his visitor as “somebody who has consistently renounced violence” – a view in stark contrast to that held by the Israeli government.

“I have to commend President Abbas,” Obama told reporters before their talks aimed at nudging his administration’s brittle Mideast peace effort ahead.

“He has been somebody who has consistently renounced violence, has consistently sought a diplomatic and peaceful solution that allows for two states, side by side, in peace and security – a state that allows for the dignity and sovereignty of the Palestinian people and a state that allows for Israelis to feel secure and at peace with their neighbors,” he added.

images6ZCAV8LPDuring his remarks, which lasted for just over four minutes, Obama made no mention of last week’s barrage of rockets, fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli communities in the south, the most extensive such attack since 2012.

While the majority of the more than 70 rockets launched from Wednesday until the weekend were attributed to the Islamic Jihad, some were launched by the military wing of Abbas’ own Fatah organization, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

On its website, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade said it fired 107mm rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot, and charged that the Palestinians were “witnessing an unprecedented beloved assault on our people and our leaders by the Zionist killing machine and charlatans of the descendants of apes and pigs.”

US Department of State SealThe State Department at the time condemned the rocket attacks, saying there was no justification for them and asserting that “Israel, like any nation, has a right to defend itself.”

The rocket barrage began on Wednesday afternoon, when 41 were fired, and more fell overnight, but it was not until Thursday afternoon that Abbas commented.

When Israel and the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) agreed last July to resume U.S.-brokered talks over a nine-month period, Secretary of State John Kerry secured a pledge from Netanyahu to free 104 long-term Palestinian prisoners, in four batches, as a goodwill gesture.

The first three rounds of releases have taken place and, sitting alongside Obama in the Oval Office on Monday, Abbas said the P.A. was hopeful that the fourth round would occur by March 29, as that would be an indication of Israel’s seriousness.

John Kerry and Mahmood Abbas
John Kerry and Mahmood Abbas

When the last group of prisoners were released, two-and-a-half months ago, many Israelis were riled when Abbas gave them a heroes’ welcome at a public celebration. All but two of the 26 freed prisoners had been serving lengthy or life prison terms for murdering either Israelis or Palestinians accused of “collaborating” with Israel. Kerry visited Israel two days after the release and welcoming ceremony, and during a joint press conference with him Netanyahu questioned Abbas’ commitment to peace. “To glorify the murders of innocent women and men as heroes is an outrage,” Netanyahu said. “How can he say that he stands against terrorism when he embraces the perpetrators of terrorism and glorifies them as heroes?”

Kerry in his responding remarks did not comment on Abbas’ reception for the prisoners – apart from alluding to “the difficulties that the prime minister has just referred to” – and did not condemn the action.

He also commended both Netanyahu and Abbas for having “taken significant steps for peace.”

The Israeli foreign ministry recently released a document on what it called a “culture of hatred cultivated by” P.A. figures and official media outlets against Israel, including incitement to violence and demonization of Jews.

President Obama says goodbye to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas after concluding their meeting in the West Wing of the White House on March 17
President Obama says goodbye to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas after concluding their meeting in the West Wing of the White House on March 17

It also cited the veneration of terrorists, including Abbas’ posthumous awarding of the P.A.’s highest decoration to Abu Jihad, who as head of the PLO’s military wing was accused of planning attacks in which 125 Israelis were killed. At a ceremony last November, Abbas called Abu Jihad “the model of a true fighter and devoted leader.”

In 2010, Abbas gave a military funeral to one of the key planners of the PLO’s terrorist attack targeting Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Former Soviet Satellite Countries Sign Joint Military Pact

Visegrad 4 map 2Four former Soviet satellites in Central Europe signed a military pact Friday to coordinate defense planning and to create a joint combat unit to operate under NATO and EU auspices, in response to the Ukraine crisis.

“The current situation in Europe shows that unfortunately a military conflict, previously considered unthinkable, could happen,” Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said at a meeting of the Visegrad 4 (V4) group of countries — the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Speaking in Visegrad, Hungary, he said the Ukraine crisis showed the importance of “more dynamic cooperation” between the V4 countries within NATO and the European Union.

Visegrad 4 flagsThe “V4-EU” combat unit would only be ready to take part in NATO or EU operations by 2016, however, he said, adding that V4 military cooperation was “unique” within the NATO military alliance.

Europe’s defense capabilities can be “improved,” he told a news conference.

Hungarian Defense Minister Csaba Hende said that the joint body would comprise 3,000 soldiers contributed by the four countries.

Why Kazakhstan and Belarus are watching Crimea very, very carefully

Crimea - RussiaFor most former Soviet states, the consensus about Russia’s overtures in Crimea is very simple: It’s bad.

Georgia, itself on the receiving end of Russia’s military in 2008, isn’t too pleased, with President Giorgi Margvelashvili saying Moscow’s moves ”represent flagrant interference in the internal affairs of the sovereign state […] and pose a threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity.” Estonia’s Foreign Ministry said that Russia’s actions threatened the “sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Ukraine, while representativesof Lithuania and Latvia have also spoke out to criticize Moscow.

Kazakhstan 2Belarus 5There are, however, two states where the reactions are far more complex, and far more interesting: Kazakhstan and Belarus. On Monday, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev was said to “understand” Russia’s position, according to Reuters, which struck many as a very carefully worded way of phrasing it. While Belarus has been relatively quiet on the issue, it has apparently recognized the new, post-Maidan government in Kiev, an unusual break with Moscow.

What explains these cautious, mixed messages? Well, it’s simple: Kazakhstan and Belarus are the two other states currently signed up to join Russia’s “Eurasian Union”: Their very future is tied to the Russian plan that has been referred to by virtually every publication as President Vladimir Putin’s “dream” of a continent-spanning alliance that would rival Europe and the United States.

The Eurasian Union

It’s an ambitious dream, certainly, designed not only as an economic alternative to the European Union, but also as a philosophical mission to make Russia and its neighbors the center of their own geopolitical landscape (for a great history of the ideas behind it,check over at the Boston Globe).

So far, Belarus and Kazakhstan are members of the Customs Union, an economic bloc formed in 2010 as a precursor to the Eurasian Economic Union, which will itself be formed in 2015. Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are also expected to one day become members, and Russia long had hopes that Ukraine and even Georgia might join.

Russia’s actions in Crimea, however, are sure to make both Kazakhstan and Belarus worried. “It’s this whole issue of Russian speakers,” Fiona Hill, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, says in an e-mail. “In each case they’ve got something to be concerned about.”

The Kremlin has justified the use of force in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine with a vow to protect ethnic Russians, an excuse that’s easily applied in other places. In Kazakhstan, there’s a significant minority of ethnic Russians in the north of the country, Hill points out – some 24 percent of the country is said to be ethnically Russian, and the language is widely spoken. While Belarus has fewer ethnic Russians (8.3 percent), it has largely become a Russophone state and there are a lot of murky questions about who might succeed Alexandr Lukashenko. Of course, Russia has agreed to respect the sovereignty of both countries, but they did that with Ukraine, too: The 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which Russia says they are ignoring due to the change in government in Ukraine. Neither Kazakhstan nor Belarus has recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the states that broke away from Georgia, by the way.

Obama White House Secretly Rewrote Freedom Of Information Act To Ensure Political Advantage; Damage Control

Barack ObamaApparently, President Barack Obama got away with a subtle, but fundamentally expansive, act of furtive self-protection in 2009 by positioning the White House, for the first time in the Nation’s history, to intercept any Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that involve not only the Executive Branch, but any other government activity that the Executive Branch could fabricate a reason for caring about.

According to a report issued today by government watchdog Cause of Action,  an unpublicized memorandum from Gregory Craig – who served at the time as White House Counsel – instructed all executive agencies to “consult with the White House Counsel’s Office on all document requests that may involve documents with White House equities… This need to consult with the White House arises with respect to all types of document requests, including Congressional committee requests, GAO requests, judicial subpoenas, and FOIA requests.”

FOIA 01As the Washington Examiner observed Tuesday, the Freedom of Information Act has, throughout its long history, never been modified to accommodate this new, expansive language. A proposal currently before Congress, if it becomes law, would actually amend the FOIA to favor the curious public, streamlining the application process and expediting responses from government agencies.

That’s a far cry from the secretive 2009 memorandum that effectively altered the law to benefit the sitting President.

Although the memo illegally (but successfully) broadened the White House’s prerogative in obstructing FOIA requests, the most damaging phrase is “White House equities.” Evidently, no one but the White House is gifted with the authority to interpret what it means.

“An instructive example of how ‘White House equities’ is construed – and ultimately abused – is the White House’s review of FOIA requests concerning the well-publicized conference spending scandal at the General Services Administration (GSA),” Cause of Action explains. “E-mails between GSA and the White House Counsel’s Office show that the Administration affirmatively sought to review document requests related to politically-sensitive issues.

“…All the more egregious is the fact that the President has used White House equities to reverse the FOIA process: FOIA is designed to inform the public on government behavior; White House equities allow the government to withhold information from the media, and therefore the public, by having media requests forwarded for review. This not only politicizes federal agencies, it impairs fundamental First Amendment liberties.”

That’s as sinister as it is illegal. Rewriting the Freedom of Information Act by any means other than Congressional amendment is illegal, and taking extraordinary, unConstitutional action to rewrite the law expressly to gain a political advantage – including the possible eradication or falsification of evidence of wrongdoing – is a wilful criminal subversion of public service.

Israeli Defense Minister: Israel Can’t Rely on Obama on Iran

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon

Israel cannot depend on the United States to lead any action against Iran’s nuclear program and can only rely on itself, the country’s defense minister said in remarks published Tuesday.

The comments by Moshe Yaalon came as world powers and Iran were about to start a new round of talks over Iran’s contested nuclear program.

The West fears the program could be used to make a nuclear weapon and seeks to scale it back. Tehran denies the program has a military dimension and insists it is for peaceful purposes only, such as power generation. If a deal with world powers is reached, sanctions imposed on Iran over the nuclear program could be lifted.

Israel has criticized the ongoing talks with Tehran, saying an interim nuclear deal, struck last November, has left Iran’s military nuclear capabilities largely intact while giving it relief from some economic sanctions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

At the same time, Israel’s strongest piece of leverage, the threat of a military strike on Iran, has taken a back stage to the talks despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence it remains on the table.

Yaalon’s remarks seemed to underscore that insistence.

“We thought that the one who needs to lead the campaign against Iran is the U.S.,” Yaalon was quoted by the daily Haaretz as saying during a lecture at Tel Aviv University on Monday.

Instead, Yaalon said, the U.S. began negotiations with Iran and Iran gained the upper hand in the talks.

“If we wished others would do the work for us, it wouldn’t be done soon, and therefore in this matter, we have to behave as if we can only rely on ourselves,” Yaalon said.

Yaalon’s office confirmed his remarks but refused to comment whether he was advocating an Israeli strike on Iran. Netanyahu’s office also declined to comment.

Yaalon criticized the West, saying its leaders prefer to avoid confrontation with Iran. As for the U.S., the defense minister alleged American influence is waning in other parts of the world, such as Ukraine over the crisis there.

“Weakness certainly does not pay in the world,” he said. “No one can replace the U.S. as the world’s policeman. I hope the U.S. will come to its senses.”

Yaalon has made controversial comments about Washington in the past. In January, he was quoted as saying that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was “obsessive” and “messianic” over his Mideast peace efforts. The comments triggered an angry response from the U.S., Israel’s most important ally.

Convicted al-Qaida Spy Works for IRS

IRSIn a story from the Investors Business Daily, we learn there’s more than a “smidgen of corruption” at the IRS — there just may be treason.

Mohammad Weiss Rasool, who was busted by the FBI several years ago for spying on behalf of al-Qaida, reportedly now works for the deputy IRS chief financial officer as a financial management analyst, drawing a lucrative salary at taxpayer expense.

From the Washington Times:

The Internal Revenue Service, already facing accusations that its workers improperly snooped through tax files, has hired a former police officer convicted just a few years ago of illegally accessing FBI records and providing information to a subject of a counterterrorism investigation involving an infamous al Qaeda figure.

Mohammad Weiss Rasool, or Weiss Russell as he is known at the IRS, was sentenced to two years of probation in 2008 after pleading guilty in federal court to illegally accessing the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database to run license tag numbers for a friend he thought was being followed. That friend, it turned out, was the subject of an undercover FBI operation and a close associate of the al Qaeda-linked cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the American Islamist militant who preached to three of the 9/11 hijackers and inspired the Fort Hood shootings, according to court records and interviews.

Government watchdogs told The Washington Times that Mr. Rasool’s hiring by the IRS raises red flags about the quality of the federal government’s background checks and is alarming given his previous admission that he misused a police database.

IRS - Al QaidaAt the IRS, Mr. Rasool serves as a financial management analyst — three rungs away from the highest-level career position — working audit-related issues and matters. He was hired by the IRS after he served his probationary period.

So now, a Muslim man convicted of abusing sensitive government data has access to the sensitive financial data of millions of Americans at an agency known for abusing such information. Sounds like a perfect fit actually.

The reporters and “watchdog groups” are treating this problem as if it is only about whether or not the IRS can do sufficient background checks. But maybe they wanted this man because of his background. After all, the IRS has given private information to third parties before.

In February, the Obama administration loosened immigration restrictions on individuals who had provided material support to terrorist activity.

Per Investors Business Daily,

In the early 2000s, Rasool immigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan and took a job as a cop with the Fairfax County Police Department outside Washington. He worked his way up to sergeant before authorities realized they had an al-Qaida spy in their ranks.

According to a Justice Department complaint filed in 2008, Rasool searched a national criminal database containing names of terrorist suspects and confirmed that FBI agents were tailing a Muslim pal from his mosque. When agents went to arrest the target early one morning, they found him and his family already dressed and destroying evidence. They knew they had a mole, and worked back through the system to find Rasool.

According to reports, Rasool at first claimed he didn’t know the terrorist target. He confessed only after hearing a recording of his message for the suspect, Abdullah Alnoshan, a close associate of al-Qaida cleric Anwar Awlaki, who had helped some of the 9/11 hijackers in Fairfax County, Va. Rasool finally pleaded guilty to illegally searching a federal database.

To have this individual now working in the IRS with such sensitive access is disturbing. Mr. Rasool, who is still at the IRS and goes by the name “Weiss Russell,” is a felon who should have been deported after completing his sentence.

What can possibly be the motivation and intent of eliminating the law barring entry into America for those who have offered support to terrorism, regardless of degree or circumstance? I will leave it up to you to determine the answer – but it’s just another aspect of the “fundamental transformation” of America.