Archive for July, 2010

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Too little, too late? Treasury and the Haqqani Network

July 23, 2010

The Treasury Department has designated one individual member of the terrorist Haqqani Network for sanctions.  I’ve posted CNN’s article about it on Rantburg.  (For those of you unfamiliar with Rantburg, the headline of each story provides a link to the original news article, the text of the story are direct excerpts from the source, and my own commentary inserted in highlighted yellow text.)

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The fruits of Pakistan’s tax policy

July 23, 2010

Poor collections necessitate tranny taxmen

Pakistan has one of the worst tax collection rates in the world in terms of its secular, nationwide taxes.  Pakistan also levies the mandatory Islamic taxes of zakat and ushr, which also have poor collection rates.  This New York Times video is about avoidance of paying the secular taxes in Pakistan. 

Why are collection rates so low?  The New York Times predictably fails to explain that, but a major reason behind dodging taxes in Pakistan is resentment over having to pay both a secular state tax and a religious state tax.

You have to see this crazy video (h/t TaxProf Blog) to believe it.  It shows the extreme lengths the Pakistani collectors have had to resort to in order to boost collections, and how foreign aid from American taxpayers has to make up the shortfall: 

What would actually help the most is abolishing mandatory zakat and ushr altogether.

Moreover, since Pakistani Muslims are currently required to pay the zakat, the jihadists often turn around and force non-Muslims in Pakistan to pay the jizya to be “fair.”  Although the threat of jizya will never be eliminated, repealing Pakistan’s zakat law would help relieve the pressure on non-Muslim groups.

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Loose lips sink ships

July 22, 2010

Came across this 2006 Gary Varvel cartoon and found it relevant to the current Wikileaks controversy.  Are we telling the enemy too much about how we go after them?

Humor by Gary Varvel

From the Indianapolis Star

Relatedly, even one of the early founders of Wikileaks, John Young, has come out as a major critic of the website.  Young disagrees with Wikileaks’s “grand goals. I’ve never had any desire to overturn governments or do any of these noble things that they want to do.”  Check out the full article about Young on CNET from July 20.

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Weekly terms: Muslim Students Association

July 21, 2010

The Muslim Students Association traces its origins to the Muslim Brotherhood, serves as a breeding ground for Muslim Brotherhood recruitment, and seeks to Islamize campuses and America through aggressive dawah according to this Hudson Institute report and an Investigative Project on Terrorism report (h/t to The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report). 

But don’t count on mainstream sources to tell you that.  Here’s the entry on “Muslim Students Association” from the highly pro-Islamic Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States:

Established in January 1963, the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada is one of the oldest and most influential Islamic organizations in North America.  There are more than two hundred affiliated chapters at American and Canadian universities as well as many other Muslim student organizations that work closely with the MSA.  A number of leading Muslim American local, regional, and national organizations and institutions have their roots in the MSA, including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)…*

The author of that definition probably didn’t mean to give away as much information as she has.  More to come in the future on the ISNA relations.

*Cesari, Jocelyne, Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States, (Westport, Conn.:  Greenwood Press, 2007).

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Fida’ strikes again and again and again

July 20, 2010

Ah, listen to the honeyed words of the Holy Qur’an, Sura 47, Verse 4 (here in English with a little Arabic intro for flavor).*

Just another quaint verse of yesteryear?  No, this verse is still being used by jihadists to justify abductions and fida’ around the world as shown by news items over the last couple days alone:

  • Muslim pirates in East Africa net $80 million in ransoms annually
  • A Chinese man held for 10 million peso ransom by Abu Sayyaf has been released after a firefight
  • A Filipino Christian who is the son of a government official is being held for ransom
  • Nigeria is experiencing a “ransom epidemic.”  (Warning: this article is intentionally cryptic about who is responsible, giving vague attributions to “militant gangs”)
  • Yemeni kidnappings of European tourists are ongoing
  • A Japanese man has been abducted by Abu Sayyaf

Ransomings are a twofer for them—satisfying the dictates of the Koran and filling the coffers of the terrorists.  (See also related posts here, here, here and here.)

* English recitation by Aslam Azhar of the Pickthall Koran.

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Increase in suspicious activity at casinos

July 19, 2010

A June 23 report by FinCEN, a division of the U.S. Treasury Department, shows a continuing increase in suspicious action reports (SARs) filed by casinos and card clubs.  SARs may involve money laundering, tax evasion, or terrorist financing.  FinCEN found that, “the number of filings in 2009 increasing 8% over those filed in 2008,” and included this graph in their report:

Suspicious activity reports from casinos

In separate guidance, FinCEN provides the following example scenarios related to terrorist financing that casinos should be on the lookout for:

  • customer requests suspicious wire transfers to financial institutions in countries known as friendly to terrorism;
  • customer requests wire transfer to charity that is unfamiliar to the casino or appears to have links to countries that are friendly to terrorism;
  • fund transfer to a customer or from a customer that is routed through multiple financial institutions or jurisdictions in an apparent attempt to disguise their origin; or
  • a customer may ask for airplane tickets, jewelry or other non-cash gifts (easily converted to cash) to be comped to a friend or to an unknown party.

The suspicious activity trend is well worth watching, but we should also remember that most terrorist dollars originate from zakat and are transferred by hawala.

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Zakat-funded hate speech

July 18, 2010


Naik: I can’t comment on Osama Bin Laden’s activities because “I don’t know him personally.”

How does Islamic freak Zakir Naik (the guy in the hat deceptively answering a question in the video above) fund a TV channel without commercials?  Zakat, of course!  But, but, isn’t zakat alms for the poor?  Nope, it’s money to spread Islam.  From the Weekly Blitz on July 7:

Then he [Naik] was offered US$ 28 million from various Afro-Arab sources for establishing an ‘Islamic’ television channel. This was the beginning for Zakir to become a well known name in the world, by establishing ‘Peace TV’, a 24-hour television channel promoting hate speech, Jihad and encouraging conversion of non-Muslims to Islam. According to information, Dr. Zakir Naik was able to get more than 15,000 people only in India converted into Islam just during 2007-2009. It is largely alleged that, this man was targeting mostly poor classes in the society and were getting them converted with cash incentives.

Though Peace TV continues its broadcast without any advertisement, it is learnt that, millions of dollars are contributed by Muslims in the world for continuing this Islamist channel. Most of such ‘donations’ are from Islamic Zakaat fund of the Muslims as well several Arab Sheikhs. He continued to be invited in various Muslim countries and accorded special press coverage thus giving him another platform of spreading message of hatred against other religions. So far, he has delivered more than a thousand public talks in the world.

Dr. Dr. [sic] Naik recommends the death penalty for homosexuals and for apostasy from the faith, which he likens to wartime treason. He calls for India to be ruled by the medieval tenets of Sharia law. He supports a ban on the construction of non-Muslim places of worship in Muslim lands and the Taliban’s bombing of the Bamiyan Buddhas. He says revealing clothes make Western women “more susceptible to rape.”