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Terrorism 2002/2005

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This atricle is about all the terroist attacks that have happen in 1980- 2005 it shows how much we really know about how many attacks there are a year. At average there is 12.72 a year. Some years less others more. There is more than we really realize. This a really good webesite/ article because it gives a lot of information for me. 

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Americans among injured in deadly Kenya mall attack

Americans among injured in deadly Kenya mall attack | War on Terror | Scoop.it

Somali militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting at a mall in Kenya, according to several media reports.

"On its Twitter feed, the al-Qaeda-linked group said it confirmed it was behind what it called the 'Westgate spectacle,'" according to the BBC.

The group took responsibility after gunmen attacked a shopping mall in an upscale district of Nairobi on Saturday, killing more than two dozen people in what is believed to be a targeted attack by extremists against non-Muslim Kenyans and Westerners in the area.

The Red Cross reports 30 dead, according to Agence France-Presse and Easy FM radio. Kenyan police told the Daily Nation that at least more than 50 were also injured in the attack, which was allegedly carried out by five to 10 gunmen with AK-47s and other sophisticated weapons.

Americans were among those injured, Marie Harf, deputy spokesman for the State Department, tells CNN and the BBC.

The attack, which took place midafternoon, according to Kenya's Daily Nation, began after gunmen tossed grenades and opened fire as panicking shoppers fled the building, some jumping down one story from the second floor of the mall to escape, witnesses told the paper.


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A terrorist attack was reaported in Kenya at a very bussy shopping mall. There were 30 people killed and many injured. Amoung those injured where some American citezens. The American Embassy is doing as much as they can to help these citezens. There were no Americans reported dead. The mall was a good target for the Al- Qaeda because it has very little secruty. Now many messures are being taken to make sure this will not happen on American soil.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 21, 2013 3:34 PM

Coming to a city near you if our borders are not secured and they continue letting Somalian refugees and Islamic terrorists infiltrate our country!

 

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Horrible :( RT @MFS001: Many children killed in Nairobi shopping mall shooting, Claims of 40 Bodies   http://t.co/xDdPHihthD 

 

Latest updates from breakingnews.com:

At nightfall Nairobi mall remains sealed off to the public as police officers, soldiers search floor by floor for gunmen - @nytimes2 mins ago from www.nytimes.com by editor

 

 Photo: A Red Cross assistant helps a child outside who was among those caught in the Nairobi mall attack - via @kijanafulani7 mins ago from twitter.com/kijanafulani by editor

 

1 gunman wounded, several others pinned down, Kenyan police say - @BBCAfrica12 mins ago by editor

 

Militant group al-Shabaab say there will be no negotiations with the fighters in the Nairobi mall -@Reuters24 mins ago by editor

 

 Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta: 'As a society, we are wounded and we weep; but as a nation, we must rise and prevail' - @ntvkenya37 mins ago by editor

 

Nairobi mall gunman who had been arrested has reportedly succumbed to bullet wounds - @TheStarKenya59 mins ago by editor

 

 Al-Shabaab tweets: 'The attack at Westgate Mall is just a very tiny fraction of what Muslims in Somalia experience at the hands of Kenyan invaders' - @HSM_Press1 hour ago by editor

 

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken to Kenya's President Kenyatta following Nairobi mall attack -@ntvkenya1 hour ago by editor

 

Terror group al-Shabaab tweets: 'What Kenyans are witnessing at Westgate is retributive justice for crimes committed by their military' - @HSM_Press1 hour ago by editor

 

Kenyan police official says 1 gunman wounded, several others pinned down in mall attack -@IGkimaiyoUS State Department condemns 'senseless act of violence' in Kenya - @Reuters1 hour ago by editor

 

US State Department says it has received reports of US citizen injuries in Kenya mall attack; US embassy offering assistance - @Reuters1 hour ago by editor

 

Al-Shabaab confirms to @AJELive that it has claimed responsibility for the Westgate mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya1 hour ago by editor

 

30 killed, 60 wounded in Nairobi mall attack, Kenyan Red Cross, police say - @AFP1 hour ago by editor

 

Kenyan government tweets that 1 mall attacker arrested - @Reuters1 hour ago by editor

 

Somali militant group al-Shabaab tweets it warned Kenya to pull troops out of Somalia; issues no claim of responsibility - @Reuters1 hour ago by edito

 

FBI monitoring situation in Kenya - @NBCNews2 hours ago by editor

 

Diamond Plaza, a shopping mall in Parklands community in Nairobi, temporarily closed as a precaution after attack at Westgate mall - @ntvkenya2 hours ago by edito

 

President Obama notified about mall attack in Kenya -@NBCNews2 hours ago by editor

 

Kenya's deputy president tweets after attack: The Government stands with all those affected in this moment of grief and sorrow - @WilliamsRutoPhoto reportedly shows Nairobi mall employees fleeing from gunshots and grenades during attack - via@thuita2 hours ago from twitter.com/WillisRaburu by editor

 

Nairobi mall attack clearly carried out by a well-organized 'terror gang,' Kenyan police say - @AFP2 hours ago by editor

 

Report: Nairobi mall attackers 'pinned down;' police and army operations inside the mall are continuing -@AFPAfrica2 hours ago by editor

 

11 confirmed dead, 25 injured in Kenya mall attack, official tells news conference - @BBCBreaking3 hours ago by editor

 

Number of attackers involved in Nairobi mall attack is unknown - @cctvnewsafrica3 hours ago by editor

 

1 Kenyan mall attack suspect wounded and detained, police say - @AFP3 hours ago by editor

 

Security forces have been able to access most of the floors after Kenyan mall siege - @citizentvkenya3 hours ago by editor

 

Kenyan government minister: 'We do not want to speculate on who did what but one thing I can say is that the perpetrators will be brought to book' - @ntvkenya3 hours ago by editor

 

Update: Situation at Nairobi mall after attack is 'under control,' Kenya's interior secretary says - @BBCAfrica3 hours ago by editor

 

Photo: Policeman carries a baby to safety after masked gunmen storm an upmarket Nairobi mall - via @AFP3 hours ago from ow.ly by editor

 

Klage Van Vark's curator insight, September 27, 2013 1:34 PM

An al-Qaeda-linked group attacked a mall in Kenya and reports from the US embassy said that Americns were injured in the mall attack. The US citezens also could have been held hostage.

Jessica Pottridge's comment, October 3, 2013 11:38 AM
This is a great article. It's important that the U.S. take actions to make sure things like this don't happen in our country. We will never know when something might be planned against us. Especially since we always get into everybody else's business.
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Panorama: The Brothers Who Bombed Boston

Panorama: The Brothers Who Bombed Boston | War on Terror | Scoop.it

On the 15th of April, in the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, two homemade bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 200 participants and spectators. With interviews with those who knew them, Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson explores how the two suspected bombers - brothers raised and educated in the US - became radicalised, and asks if America's war on terror has come home.


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Alexa Dingeman's insight:

This was one of the worst terrorist attacks since 9/11. Not as bad but just as sudden and very public. The bombing killed three people and injured hundreds. It has also created more security every where. Because of this in events like this every one and bags are checked. 

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Laurel Stelter's comment, October 2, 2013 11:54 AM
This article really grabbed my attention. I think that the people of the US need to realize that they are not being spied on. They are being protected. I feel that Muslims do not need to be concerned about the camera. If they aren't going to cause any harm, the camera shouldn't bother them.
Joe Blauw's comment, October 2, 2013 1:11 PM
It was devastating that it was in our home country and it was a person who lived in america for a few years
Maddison Stursma's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:49 AM

This article talks about how the Boston bombing was the worst terrorist attack on America since 9/11. The brothers that set off the bombs were Americans

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The American-Pakistani Cold War?

The American-Pakistani Cold War? | War on Terror | Scoop.it

On September 10, 2001, Pakistan was, for all intents and purposes, a rogue state. It was encumbered by numerous layers of sanctions pertaining to nuclear and missile proliferation, the 1998 nuclear tests, as well as sanctions that resulted from General Pervez Musharraf’s 1999 coup. When then president Bill Clinton visited the subcontinent in 2000, he spent five days in India and a mere few hours in Pakistan. During his Pakistan visit, Clinton refused to shake Musharraf’s hand and hectored the dictator on the necessity of democracy. Pakistan was one of the three countries that recognized the odious Taliban regime, and it had by the fall of 2001 secured a long track record of supporting terrorism. Back in 1993, Pakistan teetered upon a U.S. government designation as a state that supported terrorism.

 

The gruesome crimes of 9/11 changed Pakistan’s fortunes and those of its military dictator, Musharraf. By joining with the United States in its so-called war on terror, Musharraf was transformed from U.S. pariah to U.S. ally. Pakistan was relieved of its sanctions, reaped billions in loan forgiveness and loan rescheduling, benefited from more than $20 billion in military and economic assistance as well as lucrative reimbursements for military operations on its purportedly sovereign soil. Most importantly, the tragedy of 9/11 afforded Pakistan the opportunity to rehabilitate itself among nations and stave off what Musharraf believed would be an Indian effort to take advantage of Pakistan’s precarious position.


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The article is about when Clinton visted the subcontinent in 200, he spend five days in India and a mere few hours in Pakistan. During his Pakistan visit, Cliton refused to shake Musharraf's hand and hector the dictator on the necissity of democracy. Pakistan was one of three counties that recognized the odious Taliban regime, and it had by the fall of 2001 secured a long track record of supporting terrorism. By joining with the Untied States in ist so called war on terror, Musharraf was transformed fomr U.S. pariah to U.S. ally. It is also about how Pakistan has done things to help the U.S. as well as hurt us. Used the 9/11 to rehavilitate itself among nations and stave off what Musharraf believed woudl be and Inidan effort to take advantage of Pakista's precarious postion. 

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Obama:U.S. remains prepared to act on Syria if diplomacy fails

Obama:U.S. remains prepared to act on Syria if diplomacy fails | War on Terror | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Saturday that Syria will be held to account if it fails to live up to its promises to surrender chemical weapons as he faced questions about how a deal brokered by U.S. and Russian diplomats would be enforced.

In a statement, Obama said a framework deal was an important, concrete step toward getting Syria's chemical weapons under international control so they can ultimately be destroyed. The deal emerged from Geneva talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"While we have made important progress, much more work remains to be done," said Obama.

Obama has been bombarded with criticism for his handling of Syria and a muddled message. First, he took U.S. forces to the brink of a military strike over an August 21 poison gas attack in Syria that Washington blames on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He then asked Congress to authorize the strike, but less than a week later requested lawmakers hold off on a vote to allow diplomacy more time.

He now faces questions about how the Syrian diplomatic deal will be enforced. Senior administration officials said on Friday the United States will not insist that the use of military force be included among the consequences Syria would face in a U.N. Security Council resolution being negotiated, in order to avoid a Russian veto.

Obama, in his statement, insisted that the United States "remains prepared to act" should diplomatic efforts fail.

But Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have sharply criticized Obama's handling of Syria, said the deal is meaningless unless backed up with the threat of military force.

"It requires a willful suspension of disbelief to see this agreement as anything other than the start of a diplomatic blind alley," they said.

But Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives, disagreed. She said the agreement will allow for enforcement under the U.N. charter's Chapter 7, which covers the use of military force.

"The firm and united response agreed upon today to end Syria's deadly use of chemical weapons was only made possible by a clear and credible threat of the use of force by the United States," said Pelosi.


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The article is about how Obama is trying to talk with Syria to give up there chemical weapons so they can be destroyed for good. He wanted to take forces and stike on Syria in August 21 but the citizens did not want to go into the war. Obama saw that if he did not have support of the US citzens then would not win. Obama is ready to use foce if the negotiation does not work.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 14, 2013 11:41 PM

The US has no interest in Syria. It's not our war, it's a civil war within and both sides are enemies of the US. Humanitarian aid and support to refugees is all we should provide. It is treason to be providing arms to our enemies, and use our military as their defense. Here are the 'moderate rebels' Kerry and Obama speak of: One Photographer’s Witness to a Brutal Execution in Syria -by @SenJohnMcCain and Obama rebels http://ht.ly/oPTTa  ;
Sadly Obama wants to arm the same people who are committing such atrocities and who are killing the Christians who remain in Syria. We can not and should not be a part of this heinous crime.

 

Latest updates:

Syria Signs Chemical Weapons Pact -Won't give up unless Obama revokes threat  http://sco.lt/5ahUFV

 

Obama Insists: Assad must Step Down http://t.co/RQeQJBFXaN

 

Obama wants war&wants Assad out>RT @mfs001: Lavrov: As Syria to put chem arms under int'l control, strike unnecessary.  http://t.co/jzffq2FyNp

 

MT @majorcbs:Carney concedes military threat receding from#Syria matrix w/Kerry saying it"might"be used&no US demand to enforce CW disposal

 

WATCH:This brutal video montage highlights the White House’s confusing stance on Syria http://t.co/uKPztwQLN4 //Contradictions

 

John McCain: "Bashar Assad's air [force] started flying and attacking the rebels again today" http://t.co/t0SEeDA1U0 //GOOD

 

US Military tasked with hunting down the Benghazi attack suspects in Lybia had their 'Stuff' Stolen. http://www.mfs-theothernews.com/2013/09/us-military-tasked-with-hunting-down.html

 

U.S. MILITARY CONFIRMS OBAMA'S REBELS HAD SARIN... |http://ht.ly/oNFEh

 

US calls on Syria to declare all chemical arms 'quickly' http://t.co/Q3XCYnC01L ;

 

Obama's Syria Rebels Slit Man's Throat ~> Wouldn't Convert ~> Taunt Fiance ~> Jesus Didn't Save Him http://t.co/k6cePf1CS2

 

Witnesses report desecrations, forced conversion to Islam in Syrian Christian village http://t.co/NscNCGsSsm

 

AFP:French FM says UN inspectors report on the chemical weapons attack in Syria will "probably" be published Monday

 

15th Member Of Congress Suggests Impeaching Obama http://t.co/1lZ09tdpLE //suggest,what are they waiting for?Arrest him!!

 

Syrian Rebels pledge their allegiance & loyalty to work for al-Qaeda leader, Sheik al-Zawahri. #Iran http://t.co/5wwduHM35L

 

ICYMI:Video:Belgian journalist held prisoner in Syria says rebels used gas http://sco.lt/5lmkjJ

 

RT @realjameswoods: Excellent assessment and recap of#Benghazi betrayal by Clinton and other cohort/cowards http://t.co/5m0nW2Rc5b

 

Or arming Iran>RT @colormered:Putin didn't mention this in Op-Ed.Russia’s‘carrier-killer’Moskva enters Mediterranean http://t.co/8tMOwgYzjS

 

U.S. can’t prove Bashar Assad approved chemical attacks in Syria |   http://sco.lt/5D0a7F 

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Rohani: Iran won't give up 'one iota' of nuclear rightshttp://sco.lt/5zcQGv

 

Obama Open To Diplomacy After Samantha Powers Said Exhausted All Options http://sco.lt/73Jjjl

 

Kerry Rhetorically Speaks,Russia& Syria Like 'Rhetorical' Idea for Averting War   http://sco.lt/7m8xyj ;

 

Assad loyalists "forming human shields" to protect from US strikes  http://sco.lt/6Aeb1F

 

 China, joins Russia, Has Warships “Observing” Close to Syria http://sco.lt/6EQept ;

 

The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, http://ht.ly/oCmzK

 

Video: “Allahu Akbar!” @SenJohnMcCain, @statedept allies caught Executing Restrained Kneeling Pro-Assad Civilians http://sco.lt/87DDcH ;

 

Iran Threatens To Unleash Hezbollah, Kidnap Americans If U.S. Strikes Syria  http://sco.lt/6dAmgr ;

 

Video:Terrorists Coming Thru Southern Border;Hezbollah training in Mexico! http://sco.lt/8zAOJ7 ;

and likely in the US already as sleeper cells, thanks to our porous borders that this threat from Iran could become a reality if Obama strikes Syria. 

 

Putin right,Kerry lied:Top intelligence reports   confirm jihadists overpowering 'moderates' | http://sco.lt/7cYWVF ;

 

The Truth About Al Qaeda Infiltration in Syria http://sco.lt/7wmiZN

 

Allen West to Congress: Don't Let Obama Make You a Scapegoat for Syria  http://sco.lt/5QMOmn ;

 

Obama gets Cold Feet -Syrian's celebrating&call admin a joke  http://sco.lt/8ULZuj

 

EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack http://sco.lt/5ugDFR ;

 

Syrians vow to “burn America’s skies” on Obama’s Facebook  http://sco.lt/8JmIMr ;

 

A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.


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http://t.co/zloPWbJDIk

 

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Russia warns US of 'catastrophic consequences' of Syria intervention http://sco.lt/8PtJ5d

 

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On Fox News today with Neil Cavuto: Wayne Simmons frmr CIA op claims he has human evidence that the FSA is the secular/humanitarian group&the US shld help&bomb Syria air&palace...however that's contrary to other reports, including reports from victims of the attack.

 

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video evidence shows Syrian rebels using the chemical weapons in Syria  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=194084144098569&set=vb.1390539321171537&type=2&theater

 

UN Diplomat: Jihadists May Have Used Gas - Not Assadhttp://sco.lt/5YnWCX ;

Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official

Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/6/syrian-rebels-used-sarin-nerve-gas-not-assads-regi/

 

Liberal Hypocrisy in Iraq and Syria

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/liberal-wmd-hypocrisy-in-iraq-and-syria ;

 

President Obama is weighing a military strike against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration, designed to serve as punishment for Syria’s use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent, while keeping the United States out of deeper involvement in that country’s civil war, according to senior administration officials.

The timing of such an attack, which would probably last no more than two days and involve sea-launched cruise missiles — or, possibly, long-range bombers — striking military targets not directly related to Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, would be dependent on three factors: completion of an intelligence report assessing Syrian government culpability in last week’s alleged chemical attack; ongoing consultation with allies and Congress; and determination of a justification under international law.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/kerry-obama-determined-to-hold-syria-accountable-for-using-chemical-weapons/2013/08/26/599450c2-0e70-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story.html

 

Remember Bashar the Reformer?

American officials who for ego or because of animosity toward George W. Bush did their best to end Assad’s isolation. It’s always fun to read their statements reporting Assad’s willingness to solve mutual problems.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), who took time out to tour the markets to maximum benefit for Syrian state television.Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), more John Kerry, and even more John Kerry. That second story reminds how the Obama administration once went so far as to give Syria spare parts for its planes.The late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.), at the time still a Republican, might have acted as a tour guide: His trip with Nelson and Kerry was his 16th taxpayer-funded trip to Damascus, and it was not his last.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may not have gone herself, but she used her senate colleagues’ experience meeting Assad to justify her description of him as a reformer. “There’s a different leader in Syria now,” she told CBS’s Face the Nation, explaining, “Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.”Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) spent nearly $8,000 on two trips to Damascus, while Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) spent nearly twice that, according to Legistorm.Gen. David Petraeus repeatedly asked President George W. Bush for permission to go tête-à-tête with Assad in Damascus; let’s be glad Bush said no, both because it saved Petraeus the embarrassment and denied Assad a propaganda coup.

Perhaps in this age of budget-cutting, it would be useful to ask Pelosi, Kerry, and Nelson—all of whom still serve publicly—about what in hindsight they see as the value of their trips to Syria

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/08/26/remember-bashar-the-reformer/

 

 U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime' | http://sco.lt/5MRT4j

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/war-against-islam?q=Syria

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/war-against-islam?q=hezbollah

Klage Van Vark's curator insight, September 27, 2013 1:37 PM

Obama is holding Syria accounted for to get rid of all Chemical Weapons. Barack vowed that we will stand up for what he said and that if all weapons are not out at the time the US will not use military force if not needed.

Maddison Stursma's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:54 AM

This article talked about how Obama is talking with Syria to try to get them to get rid of their chemical weapons. Obama is going to use military force if negotiation does not work

 

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ACLU sues as NYPD designates mosques as terrorism organizations

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.

Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen "terrorism enterprise investigations" into mosques, according to interviews and confidential police documents. The TEI, as it is known, is a police tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells and the like.

Many TEIs stretch for years, allowing surveillance to continue even though the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic organization with operating as a terrorism enterprise.

The documents show in detail how, in its hunt for terrorists, the NYPD investigated countless innocent New York Muslims and put information about them in secret police files. As a tactic, opening an enterprise investigation on a mosque is so potentially invasive that while the NYPD conducted at least a dozen, the FBI never did one, according to interviews with federal law enforcement officials.

The strategy has allowed the NYPD to send undercover officers into mosques and attempt to plant informants on the boards of mosques and at least one prominent Arab-American group in Brooklyn, whose executive director has worked with city officials, including Bill de Blasio, a front-runner for mayor.

The revelations about the NYPD's massive spying operations are in documents recently obtained by The Associated Press and part of a new book, "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America." The book by AP reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman is based on hundreds of previously unpublished police files and interviews with current and former NYPD, CIA and FBI officials.

The disclosures come as the NYPD is fighting off lawsuits accusing it of engaging in racial profiling while combating crime. Earlier this month, a judge ruled that the department's use of the stop-and-frisk tactic was unconstitutional.

The American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups have sued, saying the Muslim spying programs are unconstitutional and make Muslims afraid to practice their faith without police scrutiny.

View gallery."Zein Rimawi, 59, center, a leader and founder of the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and mosque, join a …

Both Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have denied those accusations. Speaking Wednesday on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Kelly reminded people that his intelligence-gathering programs began in the wake of 9/11.

"We follow leads wherever they take us," Kelly said. "We're not intimidated as to wherever that lead takes us. And we're doing that to protect the people of New York City."

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The NYPD did not limit its operations to collecting information on those who attended the mosques or led prayers. The department sought also to put people on the boards of New York's Islamic institutions to fill intelligence gaps.

One confidential NYPD document shows police wanted to put informants in leadership positions at mosques and other organizations, including the Arab American Association of New York in Brooklyn, a secular social-service organization.

Linda Sarsour, the executive director, said her group helps new immigrants adjust to life in the U.S. It was not clear whether the department was successful in its plans.

The document, which appears to have been created around 2009, was prepared for Kelly and distributed to the NYPD's debriefing unit, which helped identify possible informants.

Around that time, Kelly was handing out medals to the Arab American Association's soccer team, Brooklyn United, smiling and congratulating its players for winning the NYPD's soccer league.

Sarsour, a Muslim who has met with Kelly many times, said she felt betrayed.

View gallery."A Muslim congregation pray during a Jumu'ah prayer service at the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge mosqu …

"It creates mistrust in our organizations," said Sarsour, who was born and raised in Brooklyn. "It makes one wonder and question who is sitting on the boards of the institutions where we work and pray."

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Before the NYPD could target mosques as terrorist groups, it had to persuade a federal judge to rewrite rules governing how police can monitor speech protected by the First Amendment.

The rules stemmed from a 1971 lawsuit, dubbed the Handschu case after lead plaintiff Barbara Handschu, over how the NYPD spied on protesters and liberals during the Vietnam War era.

David Cohen, a former CIA executive who became NYPD's deputy commissioner for intelligence in 2002, said the old rules didn't apply to fighting against terrorism.

Cohen told the judge that mosques could be used "to shield the work of terrorists from law enforcement scrutiny by taking advantage of restrictions on the investigation of First Amendment activity."

NYPD lawyers proposed a new tactic, the TEI, that allowed officers to monitor political or religious speech whenever the "facts or circumstances reasonably indicate" that groups of two or more people were involved in plotting terrorism or other violent crime.

The judge rewrote the Handschu rules in 2003. In the first eight months under the new rules, the NYPD's Intelligence Division opened at least 15 secret terrorism enterprise investigations, documents show. At least 10 targeted mosques.

Doing so allowed police, in effect, to treat anyone who attends prayer services as a potential suspect. Sermons, ordinarily protected by the First Amendment, could be monitored and recorded.

View gallery."Dr. Muhamad Albar, far left, speaks to a congregation during Jumu'ah prayer service at the Islamic S …

Among the mosques targeted as early as 2003 was the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge.

"I have never felt free in the United States. The documents tell me I am right," Zein Rimawi, one of the Bay Ridge mosque's leaders, said after reviewing an NYPD document describing his mosque as a terrorist enterprise.

Rimawi, 59, came to the U.S. decades ago from the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

"Ray Kelly, shame on him," he said. "I am American."

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The NYPD believed the tactics were necessary to keep the city safe, a view that sometimes put it at odds with the FBI.

In August 2003, Cohen asked the FBI to install eavesdropping equipment inside a mosque called Masjid al-Farooq, including its prayer room.

Al-Farooq had a long history of radical ties. Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian sheik who was convicted of plotting to blow up New York City landmarks, once preached briefly at Al-Farooq. Invited preachers raged against Israel, the United States and the Bush administration's war on terror.

One of Cohen's informants said an imam from another mosque had delivered $30,000 to an al-Farooq leader, and the NYPD suspected the money was for terrorism.

View gallery."Members of a Muslim congregation pray during a Jumu'ah prayer service at the Islamic Society of Bay  …

But Amy Jo Lyons, the FBI assistant special agent in charge for counterterrorism, refused to bug the mosque. She said the federal law wouldn't permit it.

The NYPD made other arrangements. Cohen's informants began to carry recording devices into mosques under investigation. They hid microphones in wristwatches and the electronic key fobs used to unlock car doors.

Even under a TEI, a prosecutor and a judge would have to approve bugging a mosque. But the informant taping was legal because New York law allows any party to record a conversation, even without consent from the others. Like the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, the NYPD never demonstrated in court that al-Farooq was a terrorist enterprise but that didn't stop the police from spying on the mosques for years.

And under the new Handschu guidelines, no one outside the NYPD could question the secret practice.

Martin Stolar, one of the lawyers in the Handschu case, said it's clear the NYPD used enterprise investigations to justify open-ended surveillance. The NYPD should only tape conversations about building bombs or plotting attacks, he said.

"Every Muslim is a potential terrorist? It is completely unacceptable," he said. "It really tarnishes all of us and tarnishes our system of values."

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Al-Ansar Center, a windowless Sunni mosque, opened in Brooklyn several years ago, attracting young Arabs and South Asians. NYPD officers feared the mosque was a breeding ground for terrorists, so informants kept tabs on it.

One NYPD report noted that members were fixing up the basement, turning it into a gym.

View gallery."Zein Rimawi, 59, a leader and founder of the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and mosque, remain kneelin …

"They also want to start Jiujitsu classes," it said.

The NYPD was particularly alarmed about Mohammad Elshinawy, 26, an Islamic teacher at several New York mosques, including Al-Ansar. Elshinawy was a Salafist — a follower of a puritanical Islamic movement — whose father was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center attacks, according to NYPD documents.

The FBI also investigated whether Elshinawy recruited people to wage violent jihad overseas. But the two agencies investigated him very differently.

The FBI closed the case after many months without any charges. Federal investigators never infiltrated Al-Ansar.

"Nobody had any information the mosque was engaged in terrorism activities," a former federal law enforcement official recalled, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the investigation.

The NYPD wasn't convinced. A 2008 surveillance document described Elshinawy as "a young spiritual leader (who) lectures and gives speeches at dozens of venues" and noted, "He has orchestrated camping trips and paintball trips."

The NYPD deemed him a threat in part because "he is so highly regarded by so many young and impressionable individuals."

No part of Elshinawy's life was out of bounds.

 

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This article is aobut the New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.  It means that any one who attends prayer services have a potetional of being investigated. They have investigated for years without NYPD not acually nameing them terroists. Many New York muslims were investgated and the ploice made many secert police files. It has allowed us to NYPD to go undercover and search. 


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littlebytesnews's curator insight, August 28, 2013 11:57 AM

Leave it to the ACLU to protect the rights of terrorists. If the FBI and NYPD doesn't keep an eye on these mosques, which are known breeding grounds for home grown jihadists like Al Alwaki and others than we will put ourselves in greater danger. If they have a warrant and there is enough suspicion then it should be perfectly legal to spy on these mosques. 

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Hillary Clinton: "We Created Al Qaeda". The Protagonists of the "Global War on Terrorism" are the Terrorists

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The following video features Hillary Clinton candidly acknowledging that America created and funded Al Qaeda as a terrorist organization in the heyday of the Soviet-Afghan war. 

 

What she does not mention is that at no time in the course of the last 30 years has the US ceased to support and finance Al Qaeda as a means to destabilizing sovereign countries.

 

The Global War on Terror (GWOT) is led by the United States. It is not directed against Al Qaeda.


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We helped Pakistan 20 years ago and we help them beat the Soviet Union. Now we are out of Pakistan and we want nothing to do with Pakistan. We are now pushing them away. It brought things to me that I did not realize. We have been in and out of Pakitsan many times. This has caused more and more tension. 

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This video clip pointed out certain things that I have never thought about before. It pointed out that the countries we help today, or go to war with we have most likely helped out in the past. Either we have sent out troops to that area or gave them money for supplies or something like that earlier and then now it seems like those are the target counties that start terror. 

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NYPD secretly labeled Mosques as Terrorism Organizations | TIME.com #islamophobie #USA

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(NEW YORK) — The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

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The article is about how the NYPD is labeling mosques as terrorists with no hard evidence that they are. They have devices that secretly watch people that they suspect could be terrorists. In ways this helped us. One way was finding out Bin Ladens plot against america (which is now a book) Now NYPD is facing against lawsuits against racial profiling. The American Civil Liberties and two other groups have sued, saying Muslim spying groups are Unconstitutional and makes Muslims afraid to practice there faith without police scrutiny. In the Untied States and Canada we have less privacy and nothing is personal any more. If they have any thing on you they will watch you trough who you talk to and what you do on computers and cell phones.

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NYPD secretly labeled Mosques as Terrorism Organizations | TIME.com #islamophobie #USA

(NEW YORK) — The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.

Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen “terrorism enterprise investigations” into mosques, according to interviews and confidential police documents. The TEI, as it is known, is a police tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells and the like.

Many TEIs stretch for years, allowing surveillance to continue even though the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic organization with operating as a terrorism enterprise.

The documents show in detail how, in its hunt for terrorists, the NYPD investigated countless innocent New York Muslims and put information about them in secret police files. As a tactic, opening an enterprise investigation on a mosque is so potentially invasive that while the NYPD conducted at least a dozen, the FBI never did one, according to interviews with federal law enforcement officials.

The strategy has allowed the NYPD to send undercover officers into mosques and attempt to plant informants on the boards of mosques and at least one prominent Arab-American group in Brooklyn, whose executive director has worked with city officials, including Bill de Blasio, a front-runner for mayor.

(MORE: Exclusive: Imam of Mosque Visited by Bombing Suspect Speaks to TIME)

The revelations about the NYPD’s massive spying operations are in documents recently obtained by The Associated Press and part of a new book, “Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America.” The book by AP reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman is based on hundreds of previously unpublished police files and interviews with current and former NYPD, CIA and FBI officials.

The disclosures come as the NYPD is fighting off lawsuits accusing it of engaging in racial profiling while combating crime. Earlier this month, a judge ruled that the department’s use of the stop-and-frisk tactic was unconstitutional.

The American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups have sued, saying the Muslim spying programs are unconstitutional and make Muslims afraid to practice their faith without police scrutiny.

Both Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have denied those accusations. They say police do not unfairly target people; they only follow leads.

“As a matter of department policy, undercover officers and confidential informants do not enter a mosque unless they are following up on a lead,” Kelly wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal. “We have a responsibility to protect New Yorkers from violent crime or another terrorist attack — and we uphold the law in doing so.”

An NPYD spokesman declined to comment.

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The NYPD did not limit its operations to collecting information on those who attended the mosques or led prayers. The department sought also to put people on the boards of New York’s Islamic institutions to fill intelligence gaps.

One confidential NYPD document shows police wanted to put informants in leadership positions at mosques and other organizations, including the Arab American Association of New York in Brooklyn, a secular social-service organization.

Linda Sarsour, the executive director, said her group helps new immigrants adjust to life in the U.S. It was not clear whether the department was successful in its plans.

The document, which appears to have been created around 2009, was prepared for Kelly and distributed to the NYPD’s debriefing unit, which helped identify possible informants.

Around that time, Kelly was handing out medals to the Arab American Association’s soccer team, Brooklyn United, smiling and congratulating its players for winning the NYPD’s soccer league.

Sarsour, a Muslim who has met with Kelly many times, said she felt betrayed.

“It creates mistrust in our organizations,” said Sarsour, who was born and raised in Brooklyn. “It makes one wonder and question who is sitting on the boards of the institutions where we work and pray.”

(PHOTOS: The Silence of Others: Exploring Islamophobia Through Images)

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Before the NYPD could target mosques as terrorist groups, it had to persuade a federal judge to rewrite rules governing how police can monitor speech protected by the First Amendment.

The rules stemmed from a 1971 lawsuit, dubbed the Handschu case after lead plaintiff Barbara Handschu, over how the NYPD spied on protesters and liberals during the Vietnam War era.

David Cohen, a former CIA executive who became NYPD’s deputy commissioner for intelligence in 2002, said the old rules didn’t apply to fighting against terrorism.

Cohen told the judge that mosques could be used “to shield the work of terrorists from law enforcement scrutiny by taking advantage of restrictions on the investigation of First Amendment activity.”

NYPD lawyers proposed a new tactic, the TEI, that allowed officers to monitor political or religious speech whenever the “facts or circumstances reasonably indicate” that groups of two or more people were involved in plotting terrorism or other violent crime.

The judge rewrote the Handschu rules in 2003. In the first eight months under the new rules, the NYPD’s Intelligence Division opened at least 15 secret terrorism enterprise investigations, documents show. At least 10 targeted mosques.

Doing so allowed police, in effect, to treat anyone who attends prayer services as a potential suspect. Sermons, ordinarily protected by the First Amendment, could be monitored and recorded.

Among the mosques targeted as early as 2003 was the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge.

“I have never felt free in the United States. The documents tell me I am right,” Zein Rimawi, one of the Bay Ridge mosque’s leaders, said after reviewing an NYPD document describing his mosque as a terrorist enterprise.

Rimawi, 59, came to the U.S. decades ago from Israel’s West Bank.

“Ray Kelly, shame on him,” he said. “I am American.”

___

The NYPD believed the tactics were necessary to keep the city safe, a view that sometimes put it at odds with the FBI.

In August 2003, Cohen asked the FBI to install eavesdropping equipment inside a mosque called Masjid al-Farooq, including its prayer room.

Al-Farooq had a long history of radical ties. Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian sheik who was convicted of plotting to blow up New York City landmarks, once preached briefly at Al-Farooq. Invited preachers raged against Israel, the United States and the Bush administration’s war on terror.

One of Cohen’s informants said an imam from another mosque had delivered $30,000 to an al-Farooq leader, and the NYPD suspected the money was for terrorism.

But Amy Jo Lyons, the FBI assistant special agent in charge for counterterrorism, refused to bug the mosque. She said the federal law wouldn’t permit it.

The NYPD made other arrangements. Cohen’s informants began to carry recording devices into mosques under investigation. They hid microphones in wristwatches and the electronic key fobs used to unlock car doors.

Even under a TEI, a prosecutor and a judge would have to approve bugging a mosque. But the informant taping was legal because New York law allows any party to record a conversation, even without consent from the others. Like the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, the NYPD never demonstrated in court that al-Farooq was a terrorist enterprise but that didn’t stop the police from spying on the mosques for years.

And under the new Handschu guidelines, no one outside the NYPD could question the secret practice.

Martin Stolar, one of the lawyers in the Handschu case, said it’s clear the NYPD used enterprise investigations to justify open-ended surveillance. The NYPD should only tape conversations about building bombs or plotting attacks, he said.

“Every Muslim is a potential terrorist? It is completely unacceptable,” he said. “It really tarnishes all of us and tarnishes our system of values.”

___

Al-Ansar Center, a windowless Sunni mosque, opened in Brooklyn several years ago, attracting young Arabs and South Asians. NYPD officers feared the mosque was a breeding ground for terrorists, so informants kept tabs on it.

One NYPD report noted that members were fixing up the basement, turning it into a gym.

“They also want to start Jiujitsu classes,” it said.

The NYPD was particularly alarmed about Mohammad Elshinawy, 26, an Islamic teacher at several New York mosques, including Al-Ansar. Elshinawy was a Salafist — a follower of a puritanical Islamic movement — whose father was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center attacks, according to NYPD documents.

The FBI also investigated whether Elshinawy recruited people to wage violent jihad overseas. But the two agencies investigated him very differently.

The FBI closed the case after many months without any charges. Federal investigators never infiltrated Al-Ansar.

“Nobody had any information the mosque was engaged in terrorism activities,” a former federal law enforcement official recalled, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the investigation.

The NYPD wasn’t convinced. A 2008 surveillance document described Elshinawy as “a young spiritual leader (who) lectures and gives speeches at dozens of venues” and noted, “He has orchestrated camping trips and paintball trips.”

The NYPD deemed him a threat in part because “he is so highly regarded by so many young and impressionable individuals.”

No part of Elshinawy’s life was out of bounds. His mosque was the target of a TEI. The NYPD conducted surveillance at his wedding. An informant recorded the wedding and police videotaped everyone who came and went.

“We have nothing on the lucky bride at this time but hopefully will learn about her at the service,” one lieutenant wrote.

Four years later, the NYPD was still watching Elshinawy without charging him. He is now a plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit against the NYPD.

“These new NYPD spying disclosures confirm the experiences and worst fears of New York’s Muslims,” ACLU lawyer Hina Shamsi said. “From houses of worship to a wedding, there’s no area of New York Muslim religious or personal life that the NYPD has not invaded through its bias-based surveillance policy.”



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Trent Schippers's comment, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM
It's great to see that the NYPD is doing their part to try and keep America safe.