‘Everybody Draw Muhammad Day’ Advocate Rattled by Death Threats

From Fox News:

The creator of a now-defunct “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” page on Facebook fears she may be targeted for death now that the cartoonist who launched the online campaign has been placed on an execution list by a radical Yemeni-American cleric.

The 27-year-old Facebook page creator — a Canadian woman who asked not to be identified due to fears of reprisal — told FoxNews.com that she was visited at her home last week by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials who advised her to remove her page and not to talk to reporters.This was reported on July 12th and by July 16th a new terrorist was added to a terror watch list. Now, if that helps this woman or not, I have no idea because the world is so lax when it comes to war on terror.
“I’m scared,” she said. “I’m scared that somebody might kill me.”

The woman created her version of “Everybody Draw Muhammad” in late April, days after a Seattle cartoonist launched the online campaign to protest Comedy Central’s censoring of an episode of “South Park,” in which the Prophet Muhammad was depicted wearing a bear costume. The Canadian woman said she will no longer act as the administrator of such a page.

“I just want to be quiet now,” she continued. “I wish I didn’t do this.”As part of “Inspire,” a 67-page English-language Al Qaeda magazine, Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki — who has been linked to the botched Times Square bombing and cited as inspiration for the Fort Hood massacre and the plot of two New Jersey men to kill U.S. soldiers — targeted the Seattle cartoonist for “assassination,” along with others who have participated in her campaign.

Then this happened.
From The AP:

WASHINGTON — The United Nations has added U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to its terrorist list, requiring member countries to freeze his assets and ban his travel.

The action follows a similar move by the U.S. Treasury Department last week, and underscores the growing threat officials believe al-Awlaki represents as a terror recruiter and planner.

Based in Yemen, al-Awlaki has taken on a greater role with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, leading to his placement earlier this year on a secret U.S. government list of terror targets to be captured or killed, according to U.S. officials.

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Erroll Southers, Obama’s choice to head TSA, withdraws nomination

Another one Bites the Dust, and another one gone, and another one gone, another one rolls under the bus.

From The Washington Post:

Yea, I know this is coming from a liberal rag, but I am on the mailing list because I like to keep an eye on the enemy. And it seems the left are eating their own.

The Obama administration’s choice to lead the struggling Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday, just weeks after revelations that he had provided misleading information to Congress prompted several Republicans to suggest that his nomination would not move forward without a fight.

Now, I must stress time and again that our readers and listeners of the Uncooperative Radio show read between the lines. Always, strive to find the truth beneath the lies. Let’s continue.

Erroll Southers, a former FBI agent and homeland security specialist, was presented as a leader who would improve the TSA’s sprawling operations and enhance passenger screening to prevent such attacks as the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner.

But GOP opposition to Southers escalated rapidly after The Washington Post reported that he had given Congress and the White House misleading information about incidents two decades ago in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database to obtain information about his estranged wife’s new boyfriend, possibly in violation of privacy laws.

In a statement released by the White House, Southers blamed congressional critics motivated by “political ideology” for the troubles that overshadowed his nomination.

“It is apparent that this path has been obstructed by political ideology,” he said. “. . . My nomination has become a lightning rod for those who have chosen to push a political agenda at the risk of the safety and security of the American people. This partisan climate is unacceptable and I refuse to allow myself to remain part of their dialogue.”

Yea, it’s not about you “dude”, it’s not about your actions or choices in life, “dude from Chicago”, it’s about everyone else. Bite Me. You suck, everyone that President Baracus Obamanous has appointed, “sucks”. Our government “sucks”. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK! Ok, I feel a little better, now.
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Yemen crucial to Obama’s vow to defeat Al Qaeda

Bye, Bye Yeman, Bye, Bye American Aide, Hello, killing nut jobs…wait, Obama isn’t going to do that, is he?? I’m not even sure we will be cutting off aide to Yemen. How do I know we send aide to Yemen? Because we send aide to ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE!!! Read on MacBeth.

From the Christian Science Monitor:

The US embassy in Yemen has closed one day after President Obama confirmed that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the failed Christmas Day bomber of Northwest Flight 253, was trained and equipped in Yemen. The move points to the threat posed by Al Qaeda in Yemen. Already, Al Qaeda has struck the US embassy in Yemen once.

In 2008, it laid siege to the embassy, attacking it with mortars rounds and two car bombs – one detonated outside the gates and the second rammed into the embassy’s ramparts. The embassy was not breached, though 13 Yemenis and six terrorists were killed.

For Mr. Obama, though, the question of Al Qaeda in Yemen goes much deeper than Sunday’s decision to shutter the embassy temporarily. More even than Afghanistan, perhaps, Yemen goes to the core of his antiterrorism philosophy.

I give blame where blame is do in this situation. I blame everybody in the government. We have opened ourselves up to global attack by: 1)trying to spread democracy across the world and 2)being part of the UN. Now we have to deal with this situation. So, yea, Obama and his crappy administration have to pick up the sword and fight. But he will not. Oh, and besides, ya never bring a knife to a gun fight.
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Wealthy, quiet, unassuming: the Christmas Day bomb suspect

I know that this story is still evolving and I do not like to report on something until I can get “the rest of the story”. Buuuttt, this news article has some juicy background on this nut job terrorist.

From The Independent:

With his wealth, privilege and education at one of Britain’s leading universities, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab had the world at his feet – able to choose from a range of futures in which to make his mark on the world.

Instead, the son of one of Nigeria’s most important figures opted to make his impact in a very different way – by detonating 80g of explosives sewn into his underpants, and trying to destroy a passenger jet as it came in to land at Detroit Airport on Christmas Day.

As he was charged by US authorities last night with attempting to blow up an airliner, a surprising picture emerged of the would-be bomber.

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CentCom Electronic Newsletter – Week of 8 January 2007

Recent Iraqi Police Graduates Begin Working in Baqubah
By Maj. Raul E. Marquez
3rd Brigade Combat Team
1st Cavalry Division Pubic Affairs Office

BAQUBAH, Iraq — About 125 Iraqi police officers, assigned to various units in the Baqubah area, graduated from the first Iraqi Police Training Academy in Baqubah, Dec. 24, 2006.

“Officers from the Emergency Ready Forces, the Quick Reaction Forces, and Baqubah Iraqi police participated in this two-week long training academy,” said Maj. John J. Herrman, Task Force Blue operations officer. “Those officers are now ready to assume their duties as the rule of law enforcers here in Baqubah.”

The training for the IP officers was provided by their own Iraqi instructors and special weapons and tactics team, otherwise known as SWAT, said Herrman. | Full Story |

Caldwell: Iraqi Government Will Control Its Ground Forces by Year’s End
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON – The Iraqi government will have command-and-control of all of its ground forces by the end of 2007, a senior U.S. military officer based in Baghdad predicted today.

The year 2007 “is truly the year of transition and adaptation” for Iraq, Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters at a news conference in Baghdad.

All Iraqi army divisions will be under Iraqi Ground Forces Command by summertime, Caldwell said. And, all Iraqi provinces, he said, will go back to Iraqi provincial control by the fall. | Full Story |

Engineers partner with Yemenis to improve water availability
Story by Marian Popescu, USMC

AL-DHUBAB, Yemen – Before engineers of Combined Task Force – Horn of Africa arrived Dec. 17 in Al-Dhubab, Yemen, to install solar-powered pumps to fresh-water wells in the town, local women had to lower buckets 30 meters by hand one bucket at a time, in order to get needed water. The process was slow and tedious and the line of people waiting to get water was long.

United States Army Maj. Richard Cote, a civil affairs team leader from CJTF – HOA, saw the problem and decided to take action with the help from U.S. military engineers.

Partnering with local citizens, U.S. military engineers from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, installed a solar-powered electric pump at the well. The increased pumping capacity reduced waiting times for people at the well. The well supplies water to about 20,000 people living in a five-kilometer radius. | Full Story |

Yusufiyah Animals Benefit From Visit
Spc. Chris McCann
2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. (LI) Public Affairs

FORWARD OPERATING BASE YUSUFIYAH, Iraq — In the rural areas south of Baghdad, homes are often made of mud and roofed with sheet metal or mats made of beaten reeds. A cow or two and a flock of sheep in the yard complete the scene. But animals can get sick, and due to terrorism – whether sect-against-sect or against coalition forces – travel is dangerous for veterinarians, too.

To begin addressing this issue, the Multi-National Division – Baghdad veterinarian, Lt. Col. Neil Ahle, and several Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) conducted a veterinary operation in a schoolyard in Al-Taraq, Iraq Dec. 22.

“One problem of the country at large is the infrastructure,” Ahle said, noting that while schools are opening and water treatment plants are coming back on line, medical and veterinary care in rural areas is still floundering. | Full Story |

CCCI convicts 48 insurgents
Multi-National Force-Iraq
Combined Press Information Center

BAGHDAD – The Central Criminal Court of Iraq convicted 48 security detainees from December 8 to 28, for various crimes including murder, kidnapping, illegal possession of special category weapons, violation of the terrorist laws, failure to renew resident identification, possessing and using a fake ID, use or attempted use of explosives, and illegal border crossing.

The trial court found a Syrian man and a Saudi Arabian man guilty of violating Article 4/1 of the Terrorist Law. The defendants were captured June 19 in a targeted raid on Al-Qaeda members. The defendants were found guarding a house containing a hostage and both admitted that they were responsible for guarding the hostage. On Dec. 26 the trial panel considered all the evidence and sentenced the men to death. | Full Story |

19 Al Qaida walk in Yemen: ‘Islamic law permits holy war’

From The World Tribune:

Yemen has acquitted 19 Al Qaida defendants accused of plotting to kill U.S. and Western diplomats and military personnel.

A Yemeni judge has dismissed charges that the Al Qaida agents were ordered by Iraq network chief Abu Mussib Al Zarqawi to blow up a hotel in Aden frequented by Americans. The judge also dismissed confessions by some of the suspects that they were recruited to fight the U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq.

“This does not violate [Yemeni] law,” Judge Ahmed Al Baadani said. “Islamic law permits holy war against occupiers.”

The defendants consisted of 14 Yemenis and five Saudis — arrested in 2005 — said to have organized a cell to kill Americans and Westerners in Yemen. During the trial, a defendant testified that he returned to Iraq from Yemen to fight the American presence in his native land.

Analysts said the Yemeni trial was heavily influenced if not directed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh. They said Al Saleh, with longtime ties to Al Qaida-aligned groups, plans to recruit Islamist support for his reelection effort in 2007.

Do you see why we cannot close GITMO now? Doesn’t this prove to you that we cannot trust these countries to punish these terrorist? 19 admitted terrorist were set free because it is not against the law, Islamic law, to kill infidels. That is the subtext here, that is why this judge ruled this way. So now they will be back killing under the banner of a holy war.

Hat tip: Uncooperative Citizen, JMB