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The results of appeasement

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Written by Claudia

February 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Momin Khawaja, infiltrating Canadian security agencies?

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Muslim terror promoters penetrating Canadian security agencies? « Creeping Sharia

f terrorism suspect Momin Khawaja, now on trial in Ottawa, is as guilty as Crown prosecutors say, it’ll be time to settle an important question: Was Mr. Khawaja a “Naji man”?

Amid trial allegations, court details and defence objections, significant questions arise about Mr. Khawaja’s status as a consultant to the Department of Foreign Affairs at about the time of his arrest. Prosecutors claim the software contractor used his perch inside the department to send streams of E-mails to confederates abroad – that federal resources were, in other words, used to advance terror plots. Authorities also say Mr. Khawaja might have used privileged Foreign Affairs department travel documents to travel on his “missions.” And that he allegedly suggested using special departmental courier services to send bomb-related equipment to foreign associates, in the apparent belief that a government imprimatur on shipments confers immunity from customs searches.

Insiders can do a lot of damage in sensitive government and private-sector establishments. From intelligence organizations to banks, history is replete with examples of infiltrators and penetrators undermining computer systems, removing money, spilling secrets. Remember Barings Bank? Kim Philby?

So questions must be asked. If, for the sake of argument, Mr. Khawaja was working against Canadians and their allies, what access did he have to departmental personnel, to electronic records, communications and associated encryption systems? Who recommended and hired him in the first place? A friend? If the government’s version is correct, why would a software consultant be so confident about his access to special courier services? Did he have a network of friends at the department? It is early days, and no decisive answers are on offer.

Must pay attention to this trial: it’s going to be pretty interesting..

Written by Claudia

December 13, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Pakistan Arrests Suspect in Mumbai Attacks – NYTimes.com

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Pakistani authorities have arrested the operational leader of the Pakistani-based militant group suspected of conducting the Mumbai attacks, a senior security official said Monday.

The arrest Sunday of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the supreme commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba, came as Pakistan raided a camp run by the group in Pakistani-held Kashmir, the first concrete steps by Pakistan in response to the assault on Mumbai.

Mr. Lakhvi has been accused by India of being in control of the attackers in Mumbai as they terrorized the city during a three-day siege in which 163 people were killed.

The leader commanded the attack and then kept in communication with the gunmen by mobile and satellite phone as they rounded up guests in two hotels, killing some of them, according to Indian and Western investigators. How far the arrest of Mr. Lakhvi, and the raid, will go to satisfy the Indians remained an open question. It appears to be the first time that Pakistan has captured a senior operational figure in Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group that was founded in conjunction with the intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence in the late 1980s to fight a proxy war against India in Kashmir.

via Pakistan Arrests Suspect in Mumbai Attacks – NYTimes.com.

My guess is that they have arrested him, because they know India was preparing itself to attack Pakistan. But I am not confident that in the long run they are going to act at all… (

Related:

Indian Police say Man Arrested in Mumbai Probe is Undercover Cop.

Mumbay attacks: some questions related with cooperation and nuclear proliferation.

Mumbay: more explosives found.

Written by Claudia

December 8, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Mumbay attacks: some cuestions related with cooperation and nuclear proliferation

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The U.S. has promised India “very active” help to improve its counter-terrorism capabilities while asking Pakistan to act “urgently and transparently” to help catch the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror assaults and prevent future attacks.

The “terrible sophisticated” terror attack “raises questions about the importance of making certain that everything is done to bring the perpetrators to justice, but also to prevent follow-on attacks,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday.

“And in that regard, Pakistan has a special responsibility to act,” she said in Copenhagen, after a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, whom she briefed about her talks with Indian and Pakistani leaders

via The Hindu News Update Service.

Even if Indian state has done very little to stop the persecution against Christians which took place last summer, I really consider that it’s necessary they are helped in these matters. That’s why I just don’t understand why Pakistan has agreed with Afghanistan and Turkey to cooperate in anti-terrorist matters,while they are not doing the same with India (apart from the three countries being Islamic and India being a non-Islamic country).

Apart from that, there is the inherent perils of having both India and Pakistan nuclear arsenals:

The Mumbai terrorist attacks and their potential to re-poison the relationship between India and Pakistan suggests that we should not be too sanguine about the stability of nuclear deterrence in a proliferated world. Even if nuclear weapons tend to encourage mutually-deterring relationships between possessor states (an assumption that, while plausible, is no more than an extrapolation from a single U.S.-Soviet case study and a mere decade of sometimes tension-filled Indo-Pakistani nuclear confrontation), there is no guarantee that any actual possessors’ relationship will be stable.

This is true particularly where bitter regional rivalries are susceptible to inflammation from other factors (e.g., cross-border terrorism and/or squabbles over contested frontiers). One would have to have a great deal of faith indeed in the conflict-moderating impact of nuclear weapons in order to be comfortable that the net result will be more stable and less dangerous than before. It is certainly possible that in such contexts the introduction of nuclear weapons would not increase stability. It would merely worsen the potential downside risks if troubled relationships deteriorate.

Written by Claudia

December 6, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Italy Raises Terror Alert

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Due to heightened chatter and the upcoming Christmas season Italian authorities have issued an allarme terrorismo–terror warning–requesting that citizens be extra vigilant in the weeks ahead.

Roberto Maroni, Italys Minister of Internal Affairs, stated today that their attention is “extremely high” and that Italian law enforcement offficials have stepped up controls to places typically associated with large crowds such as “supermarkets, malls, churches and other places of worship in order to prevent terrorist actions.”

via Life without Berlusconi: Italy Raises Terror Alert.

Something wise considering that two Moroccans were arrested three days ago, with plans to bomb Milan’s Duomo, military and civil buildings, like the Army offices at Peruccheti and of the Carabinieri of Guisano, a parking and the bar Mistral sited at Seregno. They stated: “There is no need to go to Afghanistan to belong to Al-Qaeda“. They were using oxygen cylinders to make bombs following instructions found in the Web. They also used internet to see jihad’s videos.

Written by Claudia

December 6, 2008 at 11:44 am

Indian commandoes kill last 3 gunmen at hotel – Yahoo! News

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Indian commandoes killed the last three gunman at a landmark hotel late Thursday and were sweeping another luxury hotel in search of hostages and trapped people after suspected Muslim militants stormed targets across Mumbai, leaving 119 people dead.
Meanwhile, eight hostages were freed from the headquarters of a Jewish outreach group, according to an official of the Maharashtra state home department, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. However, it was unclear if any others remained inside the ultra-orthodox Chabad Lubavitch offices.
Gunfire and explosions could be heard well into the night from the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, two of the city’s top gathering spots for the Mumbai elite, as well as at Jewish group’s center. Throughout the day, commandoes brought hostages, trapped guests and corpses from the hotels in small groups.
The gunmen’s main targets appeared to be Americans, Britons and Jews, though most of the dead seemed to be Indians and foreign tourists caught in random gunfire.
But clearly the gunmen — some of whom strode casually through their targets in khakis and T-shirts — came ready for a siege.
“They have AK-47s and grenades. They have bags full of grenades and have come fully prepared,” said Maj. Gen. R.K. Hooda.

Indian commandoes kill last 3 gunmen at hotel – Yahoo! News

Other links:
US agencies monitoring India attacks.
Photos of the attacks, here. One of the arrested is a Pakistani national

MSNBC:

Indian commandos battled to regain control of two luxury hotels and other buildings in the commercial capital of Mumbai on Thursday after attacks by armed militants left at least 119 people dead and more than 300 wounded. Meantime, the country’s prime minister blamed neighboring countries for the brazen attacks.

“The situation is still not under control and we are trying to flush out any more terrorists hiding inside the two hotels,” said Vilasrao Deshmukh, chief minister of Maharashtra state which is home to Mumbai.

(…) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed militants from neighboring countries — usually meaning Pakistan — raising fears of renewed tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.

“It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country,” he said in a televised address.

The attacks show the terrorists have changed their strategies:

while the attack was highly organised, it was not necessarily that advanced in terms of technology, with automatic weapons and grenades. It had more the look of a small-scale guerrilla war than a typical al-Qaeda attack.

A group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attacks but little is known of it.

The men were of South Asian appearance and reportedly spoke Hindi, indicating they originated in India.

Attacks over recent years have seen a variety of different groups named, particularly the Indian Mujahideen who had apparently threatened to attack Mumbai in September, claiming that Muslims had been harassed.

The authorities have often pointed the finger at the Students’ Islamic Movement of India, believing that other groups like the Indian Mujahideen are a front for this banned organisation.

The BBC has some interesting videos, too.

Charity convicted in terrorism financing trial

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A Muslim charity and five of its former leaders were convicted Monday of funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the retrial of the largest terrorism financing case since the attacks of Sept. 11.

U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis announced the 108 guilty verdicts on the eighth day of deliberations in the retrial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, once the nation’s largest Muslim charity.

Relatives of the former leaders sobbed after the defendants were found guilty of all counts, and one crying woman screamed in the courtroom, “My dad is not a criminal!

via Charity convicted in terrorism financing trial – Yahoo! News

Good news indeed!!!

No, your dad is worst than a criminal: he is in the US without staining his hands with blood and sends money for others to do the dirty work. That’s worse (for me at least) than killing…

Related posts:

Terrorism financing gets 2nd Trial.

CAIR law suits: abandon counterterrorism training.

USA: Ties between Muslim groups and Hamas front case.

Written by Claudia

November 24, 2008 at 9:53 pm