Petition calls for Obama to be tried for ‘war crimes’ in The Hague

A petition accusing Barack Obama of war crimes and demanding he be prosecuted has been published on the White House website. It has already gained about 4,000 signatures.

“We demand conviction of a war criminal Barack Obama and trial in the International Criminal Court in [The] Hague. He is guilty of crimes not only against the USA citizens, but against the whole world,” the petition states.

The authors also note that “one of the most dreadful prisons in history Guantanamocontinues to function.”

The US added to the de-stabilization of the situation in the Middle East, too, the petition’s authors state.

“Libya was destroyed as a result of Obama’s aggression. In Syria, Obama’s agents train, fund and organize terrorist groups, deceitfully naming them ‘moderate opposition,’ who, among other things, bear a relation to Al-Qaeda, implicated in crimes against the American people.”

 

‘Islamic State Commander’ Living as Refugee in German Village…

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BY SARKIS ZERONIAN

In the latest of a series of raids, German police have searched two homes in a rural village after a television channel interviewed a suspected Islamic State commander living there as a refugee.

Sankt Johann is a small village in the south west German state, Rhineland-Palatinate. Something of a rural idyll, its 800 residents live between vineyards in the shadow of a 14th century Gothic church. And yet, as SPIEGEL TV reports, this weekend it was the scene of police raids on two Islamic State-linked suspects living in refugee housing.

Prosecutors’ office spokesman Michael Neuhaus said the two men targeted by the operation are “suspected of taking part in the Syrian civil war as members of a foreign terrorist organisation”. He said there were “no immediate indications that a concrete attack was planned” but declined to give any further details.

Two houses in the village are used to house Syrian refugees, but among the opponents of the Assad regime living there SPIEGEL TV tracked down a suspected commander of the Islamic State terror group after tip offs from other Syrian activists. They had identified him as a man called Bassam, a notorious commander said to be responsible for the deaths of dozens of people.

A 32-year-old man, he allegedly fought in the ranks of Islamic State fighters in the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor before leaving via Turkey to seek asylum in Germany. Starting his fighting career with rebel jihadists in Al Kasra, the man in question is understood to have joined Sunni Islamist militias fighting the Syrian Government as part of the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front, before graduating to the even more extreme Salafi jihadists of Islamic State.

His original ambition had been to be a suicide bomber, but his brother had used his position as a Sharia judge to secure him his officer’s role. In late summer last year Bassam was captured at a checkpoint north of Aleppo by Free Syrian Army soldiers following intelligence that he was fleeing to Turkey with tens of thousands of dollars in cash. For reasons unknown he was released after 20 days, with a memory card for a telephone holding masses of Islamic State propaganda but without his money.

Incredibly, German security services were said to have been oblivious to his presence in Germany since last autumn until SPIEGEL TV’s research alerted them to it.

For his part Bassam denies ever being an Islamic State fighter, and says he has nothing more to do with his brother. He also claims to have no idea why he was captured by soldiers from the Free Syrian Army.

For now he wants to concentrate on his professional future, telling SPIEGEL TV: “I want to learn German and work as a cook.”

As Breitbart London recently reported, German security forces have received more than 100 tip-offs that Islamic State fighters may be hiding among migrants currently staying in the country.

Mosque Obama visited under FBI surveillance since 2010: one of its members plotted to blow up a federal building

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“The mosque that is hosting the commander in chief, while receiving his historic benediction graduated a terrorist who plotted to blow up a local Army recruiting station, hired an imam who condoned suicide bombings and blames American ‘foreign policy’ for terrorism. Obama has to be willfully blind not to see all these ties to terror.”

Or maybe he knows all about them, and just doesn’t care — or even actively favors this activity. Those are the choices: he is either stupid, which he isn’t, or willfully ignorant, which he is unlikely to be, or simply outright traitorous.

Islamic Society of Baltimore Welcome Obama

“Mosque Obama Visiting Graduated Terrorist Who Targeted Federal Building,” Investor’s Business Daily, February 2, 2016

Islamophilia: President Obama is conferring legitimacy on a Baltimore mosque the FBI just a few years ago was monitoring as a breeding ground for terrorists, after arresting a member for plotting to blow up a federal building.

IBD has learned that the FBI had been conducting surveillance at the Islamic Society of Baltimore since at least 2010 when it collared one of its members for plotting to bomb an Army recruiting center not far from the mosque in Catonsville, Md.

Agents secretly recorded a number of conversations with a 25-year-old Muslim convert — Antonio Martinez, aka Muhammad Hussain — and other Muslims who worshipped there. According to the criminal complaint, Martinez said he knew “brothers” who could supply him weapons and propane tanks.

“He indicated that if the military continued to kill their Muslim brothers and sisters, they would need to expand their operation by killing U.S. Army personnel where they live,” FBI special agent Keith Bender wrote. Martinez said that in studying the Quran he learned that Islam counsels Muslims to “fight those who fight against you.”

Sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2012, Martinez also stated in a social media posting that he wanted to join the ranks of the “mujahideen” in “Pakistan or Afghanistan (a country that struggle[sic] for the sake of allah).” Most of ISB’s board members are from Pakistan.

To help disrupt the plot, the FBI reportedly put an undercover agent in the mosque, which upset the leadership there. After protests, the FBI sent an official to ISB to take questions and mollify concerns the bureau was spying on Muslims.

Members of the mosque complained that the FBI tried to “entrap” Martinez and other Muslim terrorism suspects by sending “spies with Muslim names” into the mosque.

“If I was the president of the mosque, I would not let you come here without strip(-searching) you,” one member angrily told the FBI official, “because you might drop something (like a bug) to hear what’s going on here.” “The Muslim Link” newspaper described the questioner as Pakistani.

This is the mosque that will be honored with a visit from Obama on Wednesday, the first U.S. mosque visit of his presidency.

It’s now abundantly clear the White House failed to properly vet the venue. Reportedly, it let the Council on American-Islamic Relations choose the site, even though the FBI has banned CAIR from outreach because of known ties to the Hamas terrorist group.

“For a number of years we’ve been encouraging the president to go to an American mosque,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said. “With the tremendous rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in our country, we believe that it will send a message of inclusion and mutual respect.”

As we reported Tuesday, ISB is affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America — which federal prosecutors in 2007 named a radical Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas front and an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator in a scheme to funnel more than $12 million to Hamas suicide bombers — and ISB has helped organize the terror-tied ISNA’s conferences.

The Shariah-compliant mosque was led for 15 years by a radical cleric — Imam Mohamad Adam el-Sheikh — who once represented a federally designated al-Qaida front group. El-Sheikh also has argued for the legitimacy of suicide bombings, according to the Washington Post.

We also first reported that ISB board member and vice president Muhammad Jameel has blamed American foreign policy — namely, U.S. support for Israel — for terrorism and the rise of Osama bin Laden.

“I hope (his death) does not camouflage the bigger picture, which is to look at what gave rise to OBL and what are the root causes of terror,” Jameel said in a local 2011 interview. “Just eliminating him does not resolve the longer-term problems, which I consider to be (U.S.) foreign policy.”

ISB board members are required to have “an in-depth understanding of the Shariah,” and “must take Islam as the way of life,” according to recently amended articles of incorporation papers filed with the state of Maryland.

We have also learned that ISB invited one of the imams of the Boston Marathon bombers’ mosque to headline a 2013 fundraiser for its Islamic school.

Then-Islamic Society of Boston imam Suhaib Webb spoke at the 25th anniversary banquet of ISB’s Al-Rahmah School — even though two days before 9/11, according to an FBI surveillance report, Webb was raising cash for a Muslim cop-killer together with al-Qaida cleric Anwar Awlaki, the hijackers’ spiritual leader.

So let’s recap. The mosque that is hosting the commander in chief, while receiving his historic benediction graduated a terrorist who plotted to blow up a local Army recruiting station, hired an imam who condoned suicide bombings and blames American “foreign policy” for terrorism.

Obama has to be willfully blind not to see all these ties to terror.

– See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/mosque-obama-visited-under-fbi-surveillance-since-2010-one-of-its-members-plotted-to-blow-up-a-federal-building.html/#sthash.gCOrwF0k.dpuf

Obama’s Broken Campaign Promise X3

By TK Whiteman

We are leaving in 2014. Period.” -Joe Biden, 2012.

For a third time, the campaign promise made by Team Obama/Biden during the 2012 presidential race has been matter-of-factly relegated to the dustbin of politics as usual.

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While Joe Biden’s promise to the American people that all US troops would be out of Afghanistan, in Biden’s words, “We are leaving in 2014. Period,” the truth of the matter is that particular Democratic Party talking point has proven itself to be a blatant lie.

For the third time since Obama/Biden promised such, it’s come to light that the “Out in ’14” deception is just that. As reported by the Associated Press on Jan. 30, 2016, “‘I don’t see any drawdowns’ in the near future, said James Dobbins, Obama’s former special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He predicted that Obama would leave the decision to the next president.”

But going back to a report by the Bloomberg news service on March 24, 2015, reporter David J. Lynch nuanced the just released announcement that the Obama Administration will “slow the withdrawal” of the remaining thousands of American troops still in Afghanistan. At the time, a full three months into 2015, nearly 10,000 American troops, roughly the size of two Marine Brigades, remained in-country.

Almost seven months later the New York Times report on Oct. 15, 2015, that Obama told the nation and the world that instead of a “slow withdrawal,” 9,800 US troops would remain in Afghanistan through 2016. Furthering the proof of the 2012 campaign promise was in fact a lie, Obama also made clear that after leaving the Oval Office in January of 2017 there will still be 5,500 of our troops in-country.

Ostensibly, the American troops would be engaged in training mission of Afghan troops and police officers. Also not getting much press was the announcement that US troops would also be involved in a active combat mission against a growing ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Taliban resurgence.

However, not much ink is being spilled regarding Team Obama’s vow during the 2012 campaign to be completely out of Afghanistan by 2014. As seen on the YouTube video of the Oct. 11, 2012 Vice Presidential Debate between incumbent Vice President Joe Biden and challenger Rep. Paul Ryan 56%, the Veep matter-of-factly stated, “That’s why with 49 of our allies in Afghanistan, we’ve agreed on a gradual drawdown so we’re out of there by the year 20 — in the year 2014. My friend [Rep. Ryan] and the governor [Mitt Romney] say it’s based on conditions, which means it depends. It does not depend for us… but we are leaving. We are leaving in 2014. Period.”

Scooping the Western press, Satur C. Ocampo of The Philippine Star reported on Nov. 29, 2014, “What of Afghanistan? Obama has reneged on his promised troop pullout by end-December 2014. He has authorized 9,800 US troops, along with 3,000 NATO soldiers, to stay until 2015 to carry out combat missions against ‘militant groups.’” Interestingly enough, reporters Kay Johnson and Mirwais Harooni of Reuters gave a somewhat softer example of journalism on Nov. 30, 2014 when they reported that only that a “few thousand” American combat forces would remain in-country past 2014. Johnson and Harooni made no mention of the 2012 campaign promise to have all American troops withdrawn.

With the announcement by Obama of the lengthening of the American combat mission in Afghanistan, the time in the Afghan theater of war will be at least 14-years long. Nine of those years will be under Obama’s watch.

During the course of Coalition combat operations, almost three times more Americans have died in Afghanistan under Obama than during the Bush years. As cited byiCasualties.org, during the Bush years there were:

1,049 Coalition combat deaths.
630 of those were Americans.

Under Obama’s watch there have been:

2,466 Coalition deaths.
1,751 of those were American.

Obama to Speak at Baltimore Mosque Where Imam Condoned Suicide Bombings

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After seven years of Obama, can anyone really be surprised by this? He has mandated the scrubbing of counter-terror materials of all mention of Islam and jihad. He has showered favors on Iran while insulting and endangering and alienating Israel. He has aided the Muslim Brotherhood to such an extent that Egyptians carried banners pleading with him to stop supporting terrorism. And now he is going to a mosque where the imam condoned suicide bombings and was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The man is consistent.

According to FBI statistics, anti-Muslim hate crime a fraction of antisemitic hate crime. Why isn’t Obama visiting synagogues?ISLA

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“Obama to Speak at Baltimore Mosque Where Imam Condoned Suicide Bombings,” by Jordan Schachtel, Breitbart, January 30, 2016 (thanks to Christian):

President Obama is set to speak next week at a mosque which was led for over a decade by an Imam who justified suicide bombings in some circumstances and who helped found a mosque with ties to Al Qaeda.

The President will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday and deliver remarks there, the White House confirmed on Saturday. This will be the first time the President has paid an official visit to a mosque during his seven years as President. However, Obama has toured mosques while on overseas trips.

“The president believes that one of our nation’s greatest strengths is our rich diversity,” White House spokesman Keith Maley said, confirming reports. “As the president has said, Muslim Americans are our friends, and neighbors; our co-workers, and sports heroes — and our men and women in uniform defending our country.”

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)–which has been declared a terrorist organization in the United Arab Emirates and was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation’s Hamas-funding operation–welcomed Obama’s decision.

“For a number of years we’ve been encouraging the president to go to an American mosque,” said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. “With the tremendous rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in our country, we believe that it will send a message of inclusion and mutual respect.”

But critics of Obama’s decision may question his choice of the Islamic Society of Baltimore, where Mohamad Adam el-Sheikh, a native of Sudan and former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, led the institution for eighteen years as its Imam.

Before becoming Imam there, el-Sheikh helped found the Muslim American Society, an outfit created by Muslim Brotherhood members.

In 2004, he told the Washington Post, commenting on Palestinian suicide bombers: “If certain Muslims are to be cornered where they cannot defend themselves, except through these kinds of means, and their local religious leaders issued fatwas to permit that, then it becomes acceptable as an exceptional rule, but should not be taken as a principle.”

El-Sheikh also helped found the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque, which was once led by the deceased infamous Al Qaeda terrorist Anwar Al Awlaki.

When he left the Islamic Society of Baltimore, El Sheikh became the Imam of Dar Al-Hijrah, following Awlaki’s escape from the U.S. after the September 11 attacks.

The Dar Al-Hijrah mosque was founded thanks, in part, to a large grant from Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in the United States, which allowed for the large facility to accommodate some 5,000 Muslims.

Dar Al-Hijrah, which is located right outside Washington, D.C., is connected to several high-profile Islamic terrorists who prayed there, including Major Nidal Hassan – the Ft. Hood massacre jihadi, two September 11 hijackers, and an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

El-Sheikh was also the former Baltimore regional director of the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), which the U.S. Treasury Department later designated a specially designated global terrorist group for its support of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

– See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2016/01/obama-to-speak-at-baltimore-mosque-where-imam-condoned-suicide-bombings.html/#sthash.oxb2RMYq.dpuf

There they go again: US mulls anti-ISIS operations in ‘liberated’ Libya

Washington is exploring options for intervening in Libya, citing reports of Islamic State extremists operating in the country that was plunged into chaos in 2011 by a NATO intervention. US troops have already visited the country, the Pentagon admitted.

READ MORE: ‘Rule of law crushed’ in Libya as rival governments vie for power, ISIS spreads – HRW

The US is “closely monitoring” the situation in Libya, and it is “too soon to say exactly where things will evolve,” Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook told reporters Wednesday, acknowledging for the first time that US military personnel were recently present in the north African country.

“There have been some US forces in Libya, trying to establish contact with forces on the ground” to get a clear idea of what the situation, and evaluate who might be “worthy of US support” in the impending struggle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) extremists, Cook said.

Earlier this week, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the US wanted to “take decisive military action” against IS in Libya, in order to “put a fire wall” between them and other terror groups operating in Africa. The decision on the plan, which would involve NATO allies like the UK, France and Italy, will be made in “weeks,” Dunford said, according to the official military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

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Supporters of any new military intervention in Libya will most likely find arguments in the two reports published Wednesday. Almost 400,000 people have been displaced by the ongoing civil war in the country, said Human Rights Watch, accusing both factions of war crimes.

Meanwhile, the Soufan Group – a consulting company formed by a former US official who investigated the 9/11 attacks – said that Libya could become a preferred destination of terrorists due to its porous borders, ungoverned hinterlands and vast oil reserves.

Both IS and Al-Qaeda are “utilizing Libya as a safe haven from which to launch operations against neighboring countries,” the group’s report argued. “A failed state in Libya could be disastrous for North Africa and Europe as well as the broader international community.”

US warplanes are already operating over Libya, with the Pentagon admitting in December 2015 that an air raid in November killed a suspected IS commander known as Abu Nabil in the city of Derna. It was the first US airstrike against the terror group outside of Syria or Iraq.

In December 2015, British officials floated plans to deploy a 6,000-strong NATO force in support of the “unity government” proposed by the UN. However, the latest plan to create a compromise cabinet was rejected 89-15 by the internationally recognized parliament in Tobruk.

The US and France spearheaded the NATO intervention to “liberate” Libya in 2011, aiding the rebels fighting against the government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who had run the country since 1969. After Gaddafi’s death, rebel factions began fighting over the spoils.

By the spring of 2014, Libya was effectively divided into the historical provinces of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, with the desert hinterlands lapsing into anarchy. Tripolitania was taken over by Libya Dawn, a coalition of Islamist groups such as Muslim Brotherhood and Ansar al-Sharia, backed by Turkey and Qatar. The most powerful force in Cyrenaica are the leftovers of the Libyan army, led by General Khalifa Belqasim Haftar, who spent two decades in the US before returning to claim power in 2011. Haftar is backed by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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The increase in US rhetoric about intervening in Libya again has alarmed critics of the original intervention, such as Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept.

“Just as there was no al Qaeda or ISIS to attack in Iraq until the US bombed its government, there was no ISIS in Libya until NATO bombed it,” Greenwald wrote on Wednesday.

 

Small Jihad Army Arrested in Singapore, 27 Muslims with Terror Links “SERIOUS THREAT”

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Singapore in the crosshairs. Their fortress? The mosque. Always the mosque.

Arrested extremists could have ‘easily changed minds, attacked Singapore’: K Shanmugam, Channel News Asia, January 21, 2016:

Leaders in Singapore urge vigilance against extremism and caution against the discrimination of foreign workers after the arrest of 27 Bangladeshi nationals for terror links.

SINGAPORE: The 27 Bangladeshi nationals arrested in Singapore with terror links “could easily have changed their minds and attacked Singapore,” said Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Jan 20).

He noted that the men, who were meeting on a regular basis at a mosque, had materials on techniques of silent killing and videos of jihadist propaganda. While the minister did not name the mosque, Bangladeshi newspapers The Daily Star and New Age cited case documents stating that it was the Angullia Mosque near Mustafa Centre.

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“Our security agencies have done well in picking them up early. I had said yesterday that the threat of terrorism is real. We are getting daily reminders of that,” said Mr Shanmugam, who had highlighted in a speech on Tuesday that Southeast Asia has become “fertile ground” for terrorism.

MEN WERE “SERIOUS THREAT” TO SINGAPORE: PM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described the 27 men as a “serious threat” to Singapore, even though they did not plan to carry out their “nefarious” activities in the country.

“We are tightening up our security, and acting to protect our racial and religious harmony. Radicalisation and terrorism must never take root in Singapore,” he said in a Facebook post. He also urged people to be on guard for suspicious activities.

Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim also expressed concern, following the arrests.

“Terrorism is a continuing threat that can have a grave impact on all of us. I appeal that we be more vigilant, whether against radical teachings and ideologies, or of any suspicious activities around us,” said Dr Yaacob in a Facebook post.

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LEADERS CAUTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION

However, Dr Yaacob, who is also the Minister for Communications and Information, also cautioned against discriminating migrant workers in Singapore. “The actions of a few cannot determine how we treat others who have worked so hard to build our homes, schools and hospitals,” he explained. “All of us, regardless of race, language or religion, have a role to play.”

“Majority of the foreign workers here contribute positively to the growth and development of our nation,” added Labour Chief and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing. “As such, we must be careful not to let the actions of these radicalised foreign workers taint the positive contributions of other law-abiding foreign workers who live harmoniously amongst us.”

Mr Chan also urged Singapore to strengthen efforts to integrate foreign workers and guard against ostracising them.

“It is also critical that we do not allow this incident to affect the strong ties we share with our fellow Muslim Singaporeans as religious harmony is the cornerstone to our unique heritage in Singapore,” he said. “The greater the threat to split our social fabric, the more we must reach out and embrace each other as Singaporeans.”

ABOUT THE ARRESTS

The 27 men, all working in the construction industry in Singapore, were arrested under the Internal Security Act last year, said the Ministry of Home Affairs. All but one have been repatriated to Bangladesh, with the last set to be sent home after serving a jail term for attempting to illegally leave Singapore.

Of those arrested, 26 of them were members of a closed religious study group which supported the ideology of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and Islamic State. The remaining Bangladeshi national was not part of the group but he was found to be supportive of extremist preachers, and had radicalism-related material.

Those arrested in Singapore had been encouraged by their leaders to return to Bangladesh and carry out terror activities against the government, said MHA. Several of them had also contemplated travelling to and committing terror acts in the Middle East.

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