11/12/14

ISIS Pressure on Human Rights: Dangerous Developments in Pakistan

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Our friends in Pakistan at the FarrukhSaif Foundation made us aware of the following developments in Pakistan. These developments have huge implications for human rights in the Indian Subcontinent in particular. They are also likely to have a broader strategic impact that will likely have human rights implications across a much wider area.

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Ready or not they are coming: By Farrukh Harrison Saif

South Asia: Pakistani intelligence agencies have warned the provincial governments and other law and enforcement agencies regarding the mounting threat from the ISIS militants. Recently a secret document was leaked in which Pakistani Agencies were sending information about the ISIS (Daish) activities in Pakistan.

According to the letter, dated 31st October, Daish or ISIS has recruited 10,000 to 12,000 fighters from the Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kurram tribal district in FATA. In that letter it is also mentioned that ISIS has offered some banned Islamic organizations like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) to join hands in Pakistan. Both of these organizations are Anti-Shia like ISIS. ISIS (Daish) has also formed 10-members Strategic Planning Wing, which will target the Army installations in Pakistan as Pakistani Army is working hard to eliminate these terrorists from the North of Pakistan.

Moreover, Pakistani Military Intelligence revealed that there are more than 370 ISIS terrorists in Pakistan and the majority of them have made their strongholds in Karachi and Southern Punjab.Different media groups are revealing that hundreds of Islamists are joining ISIS in Punjab and currently five top ISIS commanders have shifted to Lahore from Karachi and all of them are Australian Nationals.

Pakistan is currently going through the hard time in its history , religious extremism is at its height and if, as with this situation, terrorist organizations like ISIS made their strong hold in Pakistan, then religious Minorities and Moderate Muslims will be in great tribulation.

Altaf Hussain, the Chief of MQM, is the only person who raised this issue in public on the same day when this report was leaked.

A few weeks ago six of the top Pakistani Taliban’s commanders announced that they would ally with ISIS. Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that he, along with five other commanders, has accepted the leadership of Al-Baghdadi, chief of the Islamic State or ISIS or IS. He further stated that he will obey all the orders of Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi by any means.

Shahidullah further stated that:

“ Mullah Fazlullah will support ISIS but he still owes adherence to Mullah Omer, the chief of the Afghan Taliban, who is aligned to al-Qaeda. Whereas I and my other five associated commanders have accepted the leadership of Al-Baghdadi. He also announced the names of his associates who joined ISIS, Orakzai Agency Chief Saeed Khan, Kurram Agency Chief Daulat Khan, Khyber Agency Chief Fateh Gul Zaman, Peshawar Chief Mufti Hassan and Hangu chief Khalid Mansoor”.

Less than a week after Taliban spokesmen announced their loyalty to Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, another associated group of Al-Qaeda namely Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) announces their joining with ISIS as well.(IMU, is an Uzbek-led militant group of Central Asians).

The IMU leader Usman Ghazi, in his official statement greeted ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi’s decision to declare a caliphate. In this same statement he congratulated all Muslims with the restoration of the long-awaited Islamic state.As ISIS is getting control in major cities in Syria and Iraq, most of the Pakistani, Afghani, Arab as well as Uzbek fighters have started thinking to join them.

Even in September John Simpson (World Affairs Editor of BBC News ) wrote in his article that “Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied to the Taliban, have told the BBC that they are considering joining forces with Islamic State (ISIS).

This has also been observed that hundreds of fighters from Pakistan and Afghanistan joined ISIS through Saudi Arabia. ISIS is getting favor around the world as in the war to become the superpower in the world of militancy, ISIS appears to winning the hearts and minds of a new generation militants with its ruthless quest for the Caliphate, theatrical territorial gains and persistent propaganda.

The new generation of militants appears to be more involved in action than lectures. Al Qaeda soldiers from around the world are joining ISIS. As for them Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi is fighting against the apostates and establishing a new Caliphate.

If the Pakistani and Afghanistan Talibans and mainstream leaders of Al-Qaeda network joins ISIS then Pakistan will be in terrible situation. Liberals, moderates and minorities  in Pakistan will be cut into pieces by these monsters, just as  happening in Syria and Iraq . Furthermore minorities may be forced to pay the Jizzya or provide their wife or daughter as booty to Jihadists and moderate Muslims will be forced to give their daughters as well for Jihad-ul-Nakkah. We all know that Pakistan has been home to International terrorists including Al-Qaeda and the Talibans. Even the mastermind of 9/11 was arrested in Pakistan and Bin Laden, the head of Al-Qaeda was killed there. Militants were kept as an important component of Pakistan Foreign policy. Many Islamist militants were created and controlled by the Pakistani authorities. Even Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, and Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf, had to admit that terrorist outfits were “deliberately created” and looked after by previous governments as a policy to achieve some short-term strategic objectives.

In the 1950s The Pakistani government started inserting Islamists  associated with  Jamaat-e-Islami into Afghanistan. In 1974 Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto created an organization  to manage and control dissident Islamists in Afghanistan. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto instructed the Army Intelligence of Pakistan to begin organizing an Islamist resistance into manageable groups.

When General Zia ul Haq seized power in Pakistan in 1977, he made every possible effort to make Pakistan a pure Shariah state. However he began pressing the USA for the support as the Soviet Union became more violent in Afghanistan.

After 1982 American and Saudi money was flowing like water into Pakistan and hundreds of madrasas were established around the country to train and welcome the Mujahideens from all over the world. By this time Jamaat-e-Islami became important in the promotion of the new political Islam in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This entire situation created unrest in Pakistani society. Christians and other religious minorities were caught in a grave situation, with gory incidents occurring. A wild wave of sectarianism had overwhelmed the society; religious intolerance is suffocating the lives of Innocents.

Religious extremism has grown beyond all proportions; If in this situation where Christians, Shia and other minorities are persecuted every day in Pakistan, if control is established by the ISIS, then Christianity and other religious minorities will be cast out of Pakistan just like they have been in Syria and Iraq.

It’s a time to decide this land called Pakistan is safe for our families? Even this is the responsibility of International community to Stand with the Persecuted religious Communities of Pakistan before it too late.

11/12/14

Common Core and Qatar—Sharia Education for All!

By: Brent Parrish
The Right Planet

(Credit: MissouriEducationWatchdog.com)

A little while back I spent several months researching the Common Core curriculum, and what I discovered absolutely shocked me. At times, it left me utterly incredulous. I wrote a two-part article on the subject. I still have part three (final installment) in progress. And I will be wrapping up that series of articles here in the near future. But the deeper I dig into Common Core, the more it has led me on numerous research paths, some of which interlock with what I thought were unrelated research paths. I still haven’t absorbed or synthesized it all.

One of the things repeated over and over again in Common Core literature is the concept of “global citizenship.” Although it may sound innocuous to some, the concept of “global citizenship” requires wiping away the concept of patriotism–allegiance to one’s own country of origin.

What I find particularly insidious about Common Core is the emphasis on attempting to change values, beliefs, feelings and behaviors, instead of knowledge, understanding and comprehension as the primary focus for teaching and learning. But, as far as the creators and active promoters of Common Core standards are concerned, the attempt to change values, beliefs, feelings and behaviors is seen as a necessity in order to reverse allegiance to one’s own nation (eliminate national sovereignty), and instead embrace the Marxian socialist concept of being a good “citizen of the world.”

Common Core is not just about national standards for education in the United States. The Common Core initiative is about importing international standards into numerous nations. The purpose is to inculcate young minds to accept collectivism globally—wipe out patriotism … wipe out the very notion of “national sovereignty.” Apparently we all exist for the benefit of a political class now—away with the individual … sweep away knowledge and independent thought based in logic and reason.

There are many big-time global players pushing Common Core standards. Not too long ago, I learned a major sponsor for worldwide terrorism, Qatar, is connected with Common Core. So, once again, I’m reminded of author M. Stanton Evans’ Law of Inadequate Paranoia,” which states, “No matter how bad you think something is, when you look into it, it is always worse.”

For example, the BBC is reporting Qatar wants to build schools … everywhere in the world—Sharia education for all!

Via the BBC:

The goal of universal primary education, a promise broken for decades, can be achieved in the next seven years, says Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

The senior member of the Qatari royal family and education campaigner wants to galvanise the international community to provide education for 58 million children around the world without access to school.

World leaders made a millennium pledge this would be reached by 2015 – but this deadline is almost certain to be missed.

The target is likely to slip back to 2030. But Sheikha Moza, married to the former ruler, and mother of the current ruler of the wealthy Gulf state, says it could be reached in half that time.

It might be a case of royals not wanting to be kept waiting, but she calls for a much greater sense of urgency.

“It can be achieved. But we really need people to commit themselves. We need politicians to understand the power of education for their own countries, for their economies. It should not be seen as a luxury. It is essential.”

A few weeks ago Terresa Monroe-Hamilton and William Michael wrote about the cozy relationship between Qatar and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, and their connection to Common Core:

Via Noisy Room:

Bloomberg actively brought Qatar into New York’s classrooms and is forcing Arabic as a language on students via Common Core and the Qatar Foundation International.

“No matter how bad you think something is, when you look into it, it is always worse.”

Amen, Mr. Evans … AMEN!

11/12/14

New Video Of Top Obamacare Architect -White House Advisor Calls Voters Stupid

Hat Tip: BB

ACA Architect: ‘The Stupidity Of The American Voter’ Led Us To Hide Obamacare’s True Costs From The Public

Meet the Mild-Mannered Investment Adviser Who’s Humiliating the Administration Over Obamacare

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11/12/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Give And Take Edition

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Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

The Council In Action!!

Bookworm Room scored this week by being linked at James Taranto’s Best of the Web at the Wall Street Journal!

This week, The MidKnight Review, Blazing Cat Fur, The Pirate’s Cove, The Political Commentator and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

Council Submissions

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Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that! And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

11/12/14

Obama’s Dictate: Chinese Get 10 Year Visas, Lender’s Leverage

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
– Proverbs 22:7 (NIV)

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Video of Obama’s announcement at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2014 (APEC) “summit” in China, Monday, November 10th:


Story, from Rick Wells, gopthedailydose.com:

[Watch] Invasion Of America Continues – Obama Extends Chinese Visas To Ten Years
Background and context from Denise Simon, Gulag Bound: The Obama Regime’s Asia Pivot: Made in China

h/t: Mary Jean

11/12/14

KeyWiki Weekly Featured Profile – David Trujillo

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David Trujillo

David Trujillo is a prominent Southern California Communist Party USA leader. He serves on the Los Angeles Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.

In the 1990s, Trujillo was Chair of Los Angeles’ Northeast Chapter of the radical Mexican American Political Association, a hugely influential body for exerting Marxist pressure on the Democratic Party.

David Trujillo is currently a Union Representative with the Union of American Physicians and Dentists which is affiliated with AFSCME, AFL-CIO and has been active in the Trade Union Movement for over 15 years. He has served as the Southern California Political Director for the State Council of the Service Employees International Union and has been an organizer and labor representative for SEIU and AFSCME.

In 1997, Comrade Trujillo attended the Harvard Trade Union Program where he studied at the Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Mr. Trujillo received his Masters Degree in Union Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

In 2002, Trujillo, who is from Southern California, was a member of the Political Action Commission of the Communist Party USA, the body charged with infiltrating and manipulating the Democratic Party.

David Trujillo has served under two different City Council members, serving with former City Council member Mike Hernandez in the First Council District and Former City Council member Richard Alarcon (brother of leading Communist Evelina Alarcon, in the Seventh Council District, both in the role of Chief Deputy.

Trujillo has been involved in the Highland Park Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) Program, the Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board, Prop K Oversight Committee, Labor-to-Neighbor, Health Community Coalition, Neighbors for Peace Greater Eastside Voter Registration and Education Program, and various other grassroots community organizations.

In 2014, Trujillo was a member of the Communist Party USA Labor Commission, the body charged with infiltrating and manipulating the union movement.

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11/12/14

China, Hacking and Murder

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

The press is reporting that Communist China has engaged in more computer hacking, this time of employee data at the U.S. Postal Service. But don’t worry. The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration has “strongly urged” China to “refrain” from hacking.

Meanwhile, CNN is covering the “controversy” over whether Obama chewing gum at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing has offended some Chinese.

No attention in the latest computer hacking scandal has been given to the fact that National Security Agency (NSA) defector Edward Snowden’s disclosures included documents on NSA surveillance that have clearly benefitted the giant Chinese telecommunications firm, Huawei, an instrument of Chinese espionage and an NSA target.

In a 2012 report, the House Intelligence Committee had called Huawei a threat to U.S. national security interests.

Those NSA documents, which could give the Chinese a significant advantage in the cyberwar between the U.S. and China, went to The New York Times. But other stolen and highly classified NSA documents went to Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, with the transfer arranged by Snowden collaborator and accomplice Laura Poitras.

Chinese computer hacking attacks have been increasing for some time, but in May the U.S. Department of Justice was forced to indict five Chinese military hackers for computer hacking, economic espionage and other offenses.

The milquetoast response from the Obama administration to the latest case of Chinese hacking illustrates the nature of the problem we face today. But it gets far worse than losing data and spending billions of taxpayer dollars on cyber defenses. In the case of Dr. Shane Truman Todd, who was working on a project in Singapore involving Huawei, it cost him his life. He was murdered just before he was scheduled to return to the United States.

The case has gotten a lot of media attention over the last two years, much of it featured on a Justice4Shane Todd website. Still, Mary Todd and her husband Rick cannot get either Congress or the Obama administration to take up the cause of their murdered son and hold his killers accountable.

Mary Todd says Shane “felt that he was being asked to compromise U.S. security” by transferring sensitive illegal Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology to China through his work for a Singaporean firm, IME. GaN is a semiconductor material that can be used in electronic warfare. She said that Shane quit his job and had a new job waiting for him in the United States. “The last day of his work, he was murdered and hung on a door,” she said.

The title of their book, Hard Drive, is a reference to a computer hard drive found after his death that documents the relationship between IME and Huawei, and the nature of the technology and its military applications.

Pictures of the young man after his death showed he had defensive wounds, making the official claim of suicide impossible to believe.

Developments in the case have accelerated the cover-up, Mary Todd told me in a recent interview. For example, she said that this summer a court in Singapore destroyed DNA evidence on the towel and strap found around her son’s neck. The DNA was Malaysian and Chinese. There was no DNA on the knot, meaning the person who tied the knot was wearing gloves.

Yet, the U.S. State Department still goes along with the claim that Shane Todd somehow committed suicide.

“Our country has been sold out for money and power,” says Mary Todd. “China has bought out our government.”

Shane Todd’s cousin, Christina Villegas, the co-author of the book, tells me, “We realized that our own government was putting power and political expediency over protecting the very citizens it’s commissioned to serve.”

The Todds have not been without supporters in Congress. She said she and her husband had met with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) about her son’s murder, and that he was very sympathetic. However, he warned her about the ability to get to the bottom of the scandal, saying, “Mary, think about Benghazi.” This is the scandal involving the deaths of four Americans in Libya and an ongoing cover-up by the Obama administration.

Mary Todd says Wolf told her, “You are doing the right thing to press for a congressional investigation, but you are not going to get anywhere.”

Shocked and bewildered, she asked, “Why not?”

He replied, “Huawei has a law firm on every corner in Washington D.C. and has helped elect several current members of Congress.”

Mary Todd writes that she couldn’t believe what she had been told and said to herself: “Does China really have that much influence over our country’s political decisions?”

She says Wolf tried to help by asking the FBI to pursue evidence in the case.

Then-Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) tried to help as well, at least at first. But Mary Todd, who lives in Montana, says the assistance eventually dried up. When she asked for the senator’s help in getting some documents in the case and for the FBI to meet with them, the Baucus staff aide, Laura Rauch, said that the senator “would be unable to assist with this request.”

Mary Todd adds, “Later that afternoon, we discovered from a news report that Baucus had been appointed Ambassador to China by President Obama.”

She says Obama himself became aware of her son’s case, and that Vice President Joe Biden was given a 20-page report on the fallacies in the official Singaporean inquiry. “I believe the cover-up is from the very top,” she says.

Christina Villegas told me, “[Secretary of State] John Kerry met directly with the foreign ambassador of Singapore regarding my cousin’s case and it seemed that after that meeting, congressional interest in the case also began to wane.”

Yet, they persist in their efforts to seek justice. In an open letter to the media and elected officials, Mary and Rick Todd write that they intend to “use our son’s murder to alert ordinary citizens and elected officials of the dangers associated with the illegal transfer of technology and to show how far some foreign companies and governments will go to protect clandestine work or international reputation.”

Rep. Wolf, who is retiring from Congress, writes in the book, “I appreciate the Todd family sharing this important story with the American people about how certain foreign actors, especially Chinese companies like Huawei, should be viewed with suspicion and concern. It’s important for Congress to ensure that the federal government does all it can to protect national security and the safety of Americans, both at home and abroad, when challenged by foreign influences, especially countries like China that steal our technology and don’t share our values. We should all keep Dr. Shane Todd’s story and the Todd family’s experience in mind as we consider future cooperation with certain countries and companies.”

The book is subtitled, A Family’s Fight Against Three Countries. Those countries are Singapore, China and the United States.

“Our country is in trouble,” Mary Todd says. “Look into what is happening within our government. It is an atrocious situation that we need, as a country, to stop.”

11/11/14

November 17 Washington, D.C. news conference on Edward Snowden’s KGB Connections

For immediate release
Cliff Kincaid
Kincaid@comcast.net
443-964-8208

“It is no accident that the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the rise of ISIS, and more cyber-attacks from China have followed Edward Snowden’s defection to Russia through China,” says Cliff Kincaid, president of the public policy group America’s Survival, Inc. (ASI). A veteran journalist and media critic, Kincaid has announced that ASI will hold a National Press Club news conference on November 17 to examine the disclosures that have put America and its allies in danger of further Russian aggression, Islamic terrorism, and Chinese cyber-warfare. The event is open to the press and public.

Kincaid said ASI’s scheduled publication of Blood on His Hands: The True Story of Edward Snowden, will be intended to counteract the Oliver Stone and “James Bond” movies being planned about the former NSA analyst. A comic book has also been released about Snowden, in order to make him popular with kids. Just recently, the Koch-funded libertarian group Students for Liberty gave Snowden its “highest honor” — its “alumnus of the year” award.

Martin Edwin Andersen, the first national security whistleblower to be given the U.S. Office of Special Counsel’s “Public Servant Award,” will also participate in the news conference. Andersen has written that Snowden is not a legitimate whistleblower and that he illegally “leaked massive amounts of national security information” and then fled to Russia, a police state where “real whistleblowers and investigative journalists alike are under continuous threat.” Andersen has worked as an assistant professor of national security affairs at the National Defense University and a lecturer at the U.S. Naval Academy.

“When NSA analysts William Martin and Bernon Mitchell defected to Russia in 1960,” Kincaid said, “President Eisenhower labeled them as traitors and former President Harry Truman said they should be shot. In Snowden’s case, President Obama called him a mere ‘hacker,’ and Attorney General Eric Holder wrote to the Russians promising that Snowden wouldn’t be given the death penalty if he returned home. Espionage is not something to be treated lightly, as this administration has done.”

The new Congress, Kincaid said, should hold immediate hearings into the damage being done by Snowden, his Russian and Chinese protectors, and the Obama Administration’s nonchalance toward the on-going damage to U.S. national security.

Copies of ASI’s new book, Back from the Dead: The Return of the Evil Empire, will be available to all news conference attendees. The book includes information on the Russian-terrorist connection, evidence of Russian infiltration of Western governments, and ASI’s protests of the “Pulitzer Prizes for Espionage” when journalism awards were given to Snowden’s media collaborators at Columbia University.

In addition to helping Russia, China, and ISIS, Kincaid said Snowden’s disclosures have been designed to undermine the U.S.-Israeli intelligence-sharing relationship and make the Jewish state more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. He said Snowden’s disclosures have also undermined the ability of the U.S. to monitor a nuclear deal with Iran, if Obama pursues one.

A special statement on the Edward Snowden espionage affair by Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking official ever to have defected from the former Soviet bloc, will also be released.

The news conference is open to the press and the public and will be held on November 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the Zenger room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045.