Archive for December, 2012

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Fruit that funds terror sounds rotten to me

December 23, 2012

Ready for little more “retail jihad” this Christmas?  Debbie Schlussel reports:

Now, that it’s the holiday season and a time of buying and giving Christmas and Chanukah gifts, a lot of people make the convenient choice of sending fruit baskets to their friends and professional associates. But if you take this route, DON’T send a basket from Edible Arrangements. If you do, you are funding HAMAS abroad and Muslim community organizing, such as the group IMAN, the Inner City Muslim Action Network, in the U.S.

Tariq Farid is the CEO of Edible Arrangements, which he started with his brother, Kamran Farid. Not only are they devout Pakistani Muslims, but they are major donors and fundraisers for American mosques, Islamic schools, and similar enterprises in Pakistan. Recent tax returns of their Farid Foundation, to which they and Edible Arrangements are major contributors, show that their foundation gives tens of thousands of dollars to extremist Islamic schools and mosques in America and to Islamic Relief, the HAMAS/Al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood “charity” which sends tens of millions of dollars to finance jihad around the world. An Islamic Relief fundraiser I attended undercover featured young Muslim Arab kids simulating beheadings of Americans, Brits, and Israelis as the evening’s “entertainment.” And as I told you, Islamic Relief’s chief official in Gaza was a HAMAS official with Bin Laden’s photo, swastikas, and a “G-d Bless Hitler” banner as his screensavers.

Sigh.  How can we ever hope to eliminate terrorist financing overseas if we can’t even stop it at home?  Edible Arrangements has over a thousand stores, including locations in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, the U.A.E., and oh, let’s see, 107 stores in California.  Our Georgia readers may be interested to know that there are 29 of these stores in the Peach State, including one at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Sheikh: “The plan is to bring down the whole world of paper money”

December 21, 2012

Prominent Muslim scholar Imran Hosein has once again called for an end to fiat currencies, declaring that “paper money has already done its job of ripping off mankind.”

The remarks made in March, and uploaded to Youtube just recently, are the latest in a lifetime of rants against cash by Hosein, a virulently anti-Semitic graduate of Al-Azhar University who served as the de facto Muslim chaplain at the United Nations for 10 years.

Hosein believes that only gold dinars and silver dirhams used in the days of Muhammad have innate value.  He has falsely stated before, as in this video, that Jews “control the banking system,” and that “Zionists” can simply wipe out your bank accounts with the click of a button.  Hosein’s deep antipathy towards electronic banking (he loves talking about “invisible money” in “machines without minds”) feeds into Muslim fears, paranoia, and conspiracy theories.

How will Hosein’s “plan” to destroy paper money be achieved?  Does he mean that tangible money will simply be digitized, or does he have something more sinister in mind to bring down the Western currency system?

Keep in mind that Iran is actively engaged in cyber-attacks against major U.S. banks.  Recall that sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East may have played a role in the market collapse in 2008.  Remember that the 9/11 hijackers struck the World Trade Center, a locus of American financial might.

The Islamists are telling us their next objective:  “The plan is to bring down the whole world of paper money.”  Will we have the guts to listen and respond in time?

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Jihad financier rejoiced when Burundians died

December 20, 2012

“Oh my God! God is great! Wonderful! I swear to God, you told me something to be happy about,” Nima Yusuf exclaimed upon hearing that Burundian peacekeeping troops had been killed in a “martyrdom operation” she supported.

All told, Yusuf gave $1,450 to al-Shabaab jihadists to terrorize Somalia.  She was sentenced to eight years in prison which the San Diego Union-Tribune describes as “less than the maximum 15 years she could have received, falling somewhere in the middle of the five years the defense sought, and the decade prosecutors said they wanted.”

It’s unclear why prosecutors didn’t seek the maximum penalty.  Al-Shabaab is working to overthrow the government of Somalia, impose sharia law, and to wage perpetual jihad against their neighbors.  Knowingly funding a terrorist organization like that deserves firmness, not compromise.

From Fox 5 San Diego:

Woman sentenced for bankrolling terrorists

A San Diego woman who conspired to provide material support to a terrorist organization based in Somalia was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison.

As part of her guilty plea, Nima Yusuf, 25, admitted that she conspired with four others — identified in court papers as Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, Abdisalan Hussein Ali, Cabdulaahi Faarax and Abdiweli Yassin Isse — to provide support to al-Shabaab in the form of money and personnel to work under the direction of the terrorist organization.

Yusuf was arrested in November 2010. She admitted sending $1,450 to the men, who were then fighting in Somalia for al-Shabaab, and to lying to federal agents about her financial support for the fighters.

According to court documents, Yusuf understood and supported al-Shabaab’s military efforts.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Daphne Hearn said law enforcement is committed to keeping the country and communities safe.

“We will aggressively pursue those who choose to send money or other resources to organizations that support terrorist acts,” Hearn said.”This is a serious crime against our country and our citizenry, and those who engage in these practices will meet the consequences of their actions in our judicial system.”

In a March 2010 phone call, Yusuf suggested that America was responsible for the 9/11 attacks and expressed hope for an even greater catastrophe in the future, according to court documents.

As in when she exclaimed “’Oh! It will be happening again. Trust me, more this time it will be double … triple their deaths. (Laughter.)”?

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Halal abbatoir gets £366K from taxpayers

December 19, 2012

A sharia-compliant slaughterhouse has been granted over one-third of a million pounds by the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to make Islamic burgers and hotdogs.

A more recent case in Australia of government-funded halal food production no longer seems so unusual.

But these cases should cause alarm for several reasons.  1)  Why are secular governments funding businesses that propagate Islamic (dietary) law?  2)  Such grants contradict the governments’ stated opposition to animal cruelty at non-stun abbatoirs.  3)  If there is such a high demand for halal food, and it’s such a growth industry, then we does it require a public subsidy to remain profitable?  4)  Have these halal butchers been properly vetted and will their books be audited to confirm how they’ll have spent the public funds that they’ve received?

From Eastern Daily Press earlier this fall:

Defra grants £366,000 to Halal food park in Banham

By Adam Gretton Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Up to 60 new jobs could be created in Banham after the government awarded more than £350,000 to a European Halal Food Park.

Officials at Defra defended the grant of £366,000, which is aimed to promote growth in rural areas.

The money comes from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and will be used to buy equipment to make burgers and sausages in the park’s meat processing facility.

A spokesman for the government department said the cash would not be spent at Simply Halal’s abattoir site in Banham, which slaughters animals according to Islamic law.

A Defra spokesman said: “We awarded business development funding to this company to improve its processes for making burgers and sausages, which would create 60 much-needed jobs in a very rural area as well as supporting Norfolk livestock farmers.”

“We would prefer to see all animals stunned before slaughter but respect the rights of the Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat prepared in accordance with their religious beliefs.”

Defra has awarded the grant on the basis that the funding will not to be used in any part of the abattoir operation and that the company will create 60 new full-time jobs over the next three years.

The money will also be match funded by the company and the investment will support local farmers in an area where there are not many meat processing facilities, the spokesman added.

The funding was part of a £2m series of projects supporting four other meat processors developed by the East of England Development Agency before responsibility for RDPE funding transferred to Defra.

The European Halal Food Park at Moor Farm, in The Moor, Banham, near Attleborough, was approved two years ago to cater for the growing demand for Halal beef and sheep meat in the UK

The company’s website says that it “boasts the only dedicated 100pc non-stun abattoir for beef and lamb in the UK” with the Halal Burger Company opening in July and the Halal Sausage Company and the Halal Pet Food Company opening last month…

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Money jihad renewed against 5 banks

December 18, 2012

Cyber-terrorists will attack major U.S. financial institutions according to a group called “Izz ad-Din al-Qassam.”  This would be the second major attempt at a jihadist cyber strike against American banks this year.  Rumor has it that these attacks are sponsored by Iran, and this story from Fox Business News points to a possible Hamas connection.

Hat tip to Brian @MrHappy4870 for tweeting this out.  Keep in mind as you read it that Islamists detest conventional banking because it allows for interest which Islam prohibits, because they believe the international banking system is “controlled” by Jews, and because bank transactions are denominated in “infidel” paper currencies that aren’t backed by the gold dinar and silver dirham from the days of Muhammad.  Therefore, Islamists regard bank robbery and crimes against Western financial institutions as permissible under Islamic law.

Cyber Terrorists Threaten Fresh Attacks Against U.S. Banks

Developing: A group claiming to be aligned with Islamic terrorism that launched a massive attack against U.S. bank websites in the fall has threatened another round, set to start this week.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters posted on a popular message board late Monday, saying it will target the websites of J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), U.S. Bancorp (USB), PNC Financial Services (PNC) and SunTrust Banks (STI).

A Bank of America spokesperson told FOX Business the bank is “aware of the reports of possible cyberattacks and [is] monitoring [its] systems, which are fully operational.” Some users reported the second-largest U.S. bank by assets’ website was intermittently inaccessible Tuesday.

PNC said in a Facebook post that it is “aware that some U.S. banks may be the target of a potential cyber attack.” The company said that it was not experiencing any issues, but warned clients that “this potential threat could result in high volume of electronic traffic that may make it difficult for our customers to log onto online banking.”

Spokespeople from J.P. Morgan and SunTrust declined to comment on the matter. U.S. Bancorp did not respond to requests for comment.

“In new phase, the wideness and the number of attacks will increase explicitly; and offenders and subsequently their governmental supporters will not be able to imagine and forecast the widespread and greatness of these attacks,” the posting from al-Qassam said.

The move comes as reprisal for an anti-Muslim video called ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ that was posted on Google’s (GOOG) YouTube in September. It sparked many protests across the Middle East and North Africa that have broadly cooled down in recent months.

In September and October, al-Qassam launched widespread denial-of-service attacks against a slew of banks, including the ones listed this week. DDoS attacks function by slamming Web servers will a flood of requests, with the goal of rendering them completely inaccessible or slowing access down to a crawl. Security experts and the banks said at the time customer data were not at risk. The specific methodology al-Qassam plans on using this time around remains unclear.

In the last round of attacks, security experts told FOX Business the perpetrators created a so-called “botnet” of compromised Web servers that it used to carry out the attack. The Web servers, the experts said, provided more horsepower than the personal computers because of their higher-level access to Internet infrastructure and less limiting bandwidth restrictions.

The individuals behind al-Qassam have yet to be unmasked. However, the name is a reference to the armed wing of Hamas.

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Jihadists exploit Latin America to finance terror

December 17, 2012

Latin America has experienced a possible increase in terror financing activities by radical Islamists throughout 2012.  Consider the developments that have been revealed this year:

  • In September, published reports indicated that a Hezbollah camp in Nicaragua is training 30 operatives and is laundering money.
  • The Venezuela chapter of Hezbollah is using Panama for bulk cash smuggling for follow-on transfer to Beirut.
  • Some goods, possibly even missile components, are being exported via Panama directly to Iran.
  • The use of the Venezuelan air carrier Conviasa to smuggle contraband through Africa to Europe earned it an “operational ban” from the EU in April.  Hezbollah profited from the Conviasa flights.  It is unclear whether the ban interferes with Conviasa’s African flights.
  • Cuba was listed again by the U.S. in 2012 as a state sponsor of terrorism partly for the continued safe haven Cuba provides to terrorist groups FARC and ETA.  Havana is now also letting IHH, the radical Islamist Turkish charity that has been banned by Germany for its financing of Hamas, build a mosque in Cuba.
  • A trio of Hezbollah agents in Mexico was exposed during an arrest of one operative who had previously been convicted in the U.S. for credit card fraud that funded terrorism.
  • Ecuador was blacklisted in June by FATF, the international financial watchdog, for failing to make progress against money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • In its annual report in July, the U.S. State Department said, “Brazil has not criminalized terrorist financing in a manner that is consistent with the FATF Special Recommendation II.”

Given its Western heritage and deep Catholic faith, Latin America can and should be a natural ally in the war against Islamic terror.  Its energy resources make it a natural counterweight to the oil powerhouse of the Middle East.

But this wonderful opportunity to present a united trans-American front against jihad is being jeopardized by attitudes of permissiveness, ignorance, and political correctness.  American politicians like Michelle Bachman and Connie Mack who recognize the threat are written off as know-nothing xenophobes.  But the news this year indicates that they are correct.

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Afghan mining deal could fund terror

December 16, 2012

Taliban may tax supply routes

A business deal for copper mining rights at Aynak in Afghanistan by a Chinese consortium poses the risk of inadvertently funding local conflict and increasing the likelihood of extortion by armed groups, according to a November report from the human rights organization, Global Witness.

Excerpts from Witness’s report on the secret Aynak contract follow (with internal citations omitted):

The development of the mine and associated infrastructure brings with it a host of valuable supply and sub-contracts.  The international aid experience over the past ten years has shown that, without appropriate safeguards, the management of such supply and sub-contract can end up inadvertently funding conflict.  Aynak is a high-profile target for attacks which could be aimed at gaining attention or extorting money…

The risk of off-budget gains by, for example, security forces or powerbrokers controlling supply routes also needs to be guarded against.  [In the Democratic Republic of Congo] they do this by imposing illegal taxes at mine sites and along transportation routes, or by confiscating and trading minerals directly.  Companies sourcing minerals from the DRC are now required to carry out due diligence to ensure that their mineral purchases do not contribute to conflict or human rights abuses.

In the Afghan context, where conflict is ongoing and mines have traditionally played a role in providing financing to armed groups, supply chain due diligence by companies is an important step.

Indeed, given the Taliban’s history of profiting from flawed subcontracting measures and by levying taxes dictated by sharia law, including Taliban taxes on the mining sector (see here and here), the importance of forestalling Taliban infiltration in the Afghan-Chinese supply chain cannot be overstated.

Islamic law imposes a zakat tax of 20 percent (also known as khums) on rikaz, which Islamists regard as any source of wealth discovered underground, including oil, minerals, and buried treasure (Sahih Bukhari 2.24.575).