July 2005

Circle Manhattan in a kayak..after sunset..

Add to that now, the kayak tour, whose most distinctive variety could be the nighttime circumnavigation of Manhattan. That, of course, has its particular perils: big boats, tricky currents and plain old fatigue.

Nationally, the number of kayakers has nearly doubled in the past six years, to 8 million from 4.2 million, and in New York, a new boathouse location has opened every year for the past three years to provide free kayaks to the public.

Manhattan’s Downtown Boathouse, the largest group, launched at least 30,000 trips last year from three sites, said Tim Gamble, a volunteer director. This was the first season that the new Long Island City Community Boathouse at 44th Drive in Queens offered free kayak trips, and its inaugural nighttime circumnavigation.

See Jimmy Hoffa’s old haunt, the East River, by moonlight. This tour sounds perverse and very tiring, but I’d love to do it.

…# 11 is up at
Ken Adams’ SmadaNek

Learn about the death of a Russian spammer (yay!), find a good Baklava recipe, see if you can tell a shoobie from a native…and more.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. 1 + 1=2, and the London bombers may have ties to Saudi Arabia..

Police arrested six people Sunday in the failed July 21 London transit bombings and were reportedly investigating the attackers’ ties to Saudi Arabia and Italy, hurrying to track down any accomplices to prevent more attacks…

..Police discovered that Hussain called Saudi Arabia hours before his arrest, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported, and the Sunday Times said another bombing suspect went on a monthlong visit to Saudi Arabia in 2003, telling friends he was to undergo training there.

Saudis were involved in the September 11th attacks, the Bali attacks, the Beslan atrocity; Most of the suicide bombers in Iraq are Saudi.

I assumed that they were involved in this one, but, like sunrise, it’s just such an everyday fact of life, it was hardly worth mentioning.

Oh, and al Qaeda’s involvement with the Finsbury Mosque in Britain – also too obvious to be worth mentioning. I predicted that, but then again, so did the famed British documentary group, Monty Python.

Here are some more predictions that will be stupefying in their accuracy:

  • news of Saudi involvement in the attacks will quickly surface in the press, then just as quickly, they will disappear. The MSM and Western Governments will be shocked, shocked, when this recurring pattern re-occurs.
  • the US government will openly criticize the Saudi government and the Saudis will respond by enacting some cosmetic “reform”

  • editorials that perfectly mimic American anti-terrorist outrage will appear in Arab News, American hawks will say “see, the Saudis are changing”, the crisis will pass, and things will go on as before, until our trusted allies sponsor another horrific attack against commuters and schoolchildren.

I should charge money for this. The world needs another Miss Cleo

Suffer the Agony! the Irony!

[link to the nonist thanks to double plus ungood]

Just a few weeks after his first solo, Kyle is now the proud owner of a private pilot’s license.

Next, he’s working towards his instrument rating.

Congratulations, Kyle!

Fausta reports on the Triple Border Area in South America, which has long been a haven and a base for Islamic terrorist groups:

The day after unexploded explosives were found in the London public transport system, Jean Charles de Menezes was shot and killed after being followed by police, jumping a turnstile and running into a London Underground car. That much we know. Mr. de Menezes, who had lived in England for three years but spoke no English (correction: Commenter Pollo gave us this link to The Independent which states he spoke fluent English), is not known to have had connections with terrorists.

The mayor of Gonzaga (pop. 6,000), Mr. Menezes’s hometown, commented,

Mayor Souza said the root cause of Mr. Menezes’ death was Mr. Blair’s decision to back the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. That prompted the wave of terrorist attacks, the mayor said.

Mayor Souza needs to get out more often, and should visit Brazil’s own Triple Border region, also called the Tri-Border Area (TBA).

I hasten to add that the town of Gonzaga is not in the Tri-Border Area. In fact, it’s over a thousand miles away. I repeat, Mr. de Menezes is not known to have had connections with terrorists.

What is the Triple Border/TBA, and what does it have to do with terrorism?

The Triple Border, or Tri-Border Area (TBA), is where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet. This report (pdf file), dated July 2003, by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, which was prepared under an interagency agreement with the Central Intelligence Crime and Narcotics Center, concludes that the TBA is a haven and base for Islamic terrorist groups:

  • Various Islamic groups, including the Egyptian Al-Jihad (Islamic Jihad) and Al-Gama’s Al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group), Hama, Hizbollah, and al Qaeda, probably have a presence in the TBA

  • Islamic terrorist groups are using the TBA for purposes of safe haven, fund-raising, money laundering, recruitment, training, training, plotting, and other terrorist activities


Terror arrests in Falls Church, Virginia

FBI and Homeland Security agents raided the Northern Virginia office of a Saudi-based charity that has been under scrutiny for possible terrorist ties and detained one of its employees on immigration charges, officials said yesterday.

The Muslim World League office in Falls Church had also been searched in 2002 in a dramatic series of raids of Muslim organizations in Northern Virginia. The charity has not been charged.

Abdullah Alnoshan, 44, a Saudi citizen who worked at the charity, was arrested at 6 a.m. Friday at his house in Alexandria, according to officials of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security….

..U.S. agencies have been investigating the Muslim World League for years because of suspicions that it knowingly or unknowingly provided funds to Osama bin Laden. A senior Treasury Department official, Stuart Levey, told a Senate hearing on terror financing this month that the Muslim World League and a few other Saudi charities “continue to cause us concern.”

The Muslim World League has strongly denied providing any support to terrorism.

In a previous report, Treasury Undersecretary Stuart Levey said that Saudi Arabia was “a significant source” of funds for Islamic terrorists around the world, despite widely-publicized efforts by the desert kingdom to shut down these channels.

I’m glad he’s expressing his concern here.

More arrests in Newark, New Jersey

Five Egyptian men with maps of the New York City subway system and video of New York landmarks have been arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark, N.J., ABC News has learned.

FBI and law enforcement officials told ABC News the five men — four illegal immigrants and one law enforcement fugitive — were arrested Sunday night following a tip to the Newark Police Department. In addition to the subway maps and video, the men had train schedules and $8,000 in $20 and $50 bills…

…FBI officials said the men have no known link to a terror network but noted that none of them could adequately explain the items they had in their possession, the large amount of money or their reasons for being in the United States. Mohamed Ibrahim Gaber has been a fugitive since he jumped ship from an Egyptian flagged freighter in September 2000.

The men, all of whom claimed to be unemployed civil or chemical engineers, are set to be deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

..unemplopyed civil or chemical engineers? These are useful skills in some organizations.

[links thanks to Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch]

Egyptian bloggers Big Pharaoh and Sandmonkey held an anti-terrorism protest in Cairo. They were hassled by the police and written up in the Guardian. Wow.

From Big Pharaoh’s post, Today I Annoyed Terrorists:

Today was a great day for me. I feel very satisfied with myself. Today I felt that I really did something against the terrorists even if what I did was not so huge and lasted for 20 to 30 minutes.

Sandmonkey and I joined 5 other young Egyptians in a protest against terror. We stood on top of one of Cairo’s busiest bridges and carried large placards with the words “No to Terrorism”, “Islam Against Terrorism”, “Egypt Against Terrorism” written on them in bold letters.

We stood on the pavement facing the passing cars and held those placards. I felt as if I looked like the guy who carries the “The End is Near” sign!!

From the Guardian’s Brian Whitaker:

Egyptians have been living under “emergency” laws for the last 24 years, ever since their president, Hosni Mubarak, came to power. This may not have done much to stop terrorism but it has been highly effective in stopping just about anything else that might disturb the government’s tranquillity.

One effect of the emergency is that it is illegal to hold a street protest in Egypt without the authorities’ permission, even if you want to do nothing more sinister than demonstrate against terrorism. Since the bombings in Sharm el-Sheikh, on Saturday, Egyptian bloggers have been filling the blogosphere with their thoughts.

But one of them, Karim Elsahy, 26, decided it was time to stop chattering and do something. He posted a note on his One Arab World blog and sent it to all the other Egyptian blogs he could find: “Set up a protest against terrorism tomorrow in the streets of Cairo. Do it. Call everyone you know.”

According to Big Pharaoh’s account, the police were not pleased:

We then decided to get off the bridge and continue what we were doing in Zamalek, an affluent part of Cairo. Suddenly, two police vehicles came after us. It appeared that we got on the police airwaves and they were looking for us! A police officer carrying a walkie-talkie approached us and asked about what we were doing, blah blah. We told him that we were normal young Egyptians who just wanted to demonstrate their anger at what happened in Sharm.

The guy told us that he respected what we were doing and that he himself is so affected by the terrorist attack because he lost colleagues. Another officer looked at the placards and said “an exciting way by a group of excited youth.” Yet we were still not allowed to protest even in Zamalek. “Someone might not like what you are doing and engage you in some violent manner” he said.

The officer talked to his superior, the very big guy, on the walkie-talkie and the orders came piercing through our ears. “Get them out of there” the very big guy said. “OK sir, I will carry out your orders” the officer responded.

Even MSNBC covered it. Well, Glenn Reynolds did.

Anti-terrorist Muslims and (not coincidentally) anti-terrorist bloggers are making their voices heard. Spread the word!

[link to Big Pharaoh and Sandmonkey thanks to Jeremy & Cara's Who Knew]

According to CNN the Muslim American Society is launching an anti-terrorism campaign.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A coalition of U.S.-based Muslim groups launched an intensified anti-terrorism campaign Monday using community groups to persuade young people their religion provides no basis for violence.

The president of the Muslim American Society, Esam Omeish [link, .ed], told reporters at a news conference that his group rejects attacks such as those recently in Britain and Egypt, and will “deny terrorists any religious, ideological or political legitimacy.”

He said the attacks bring the spotlight back to prevention, and that such efforts must go beyond surveillance and intelligence by law enforcement.

The Muslim groups said they would intensify an effort among community groups such as religious schools, youth centers and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America programs.

Responding to questions, Omeish and representatives of other organizations said they knew of no al Qaeda or Muslim terror groups in the United States.

They haven’t looked in the mirror for a while. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, published in September, 2004, Omeish’s youth outreach group, the Muslim American Society is a front for the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.

From the Chicago Tribune:

In recent months Akef, the international Brotherhood leader, repeatedly has praised Palestinian and Iraqi suicide bombers, called for the destruction of Israel and asserted that the United States has no proof that Al Qaeda was to blame for the Sept. 11 attacks ..

In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation’s major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members.

..if the topic of terrorism were raised, leaders were told to say that they were against terrorism but that jihad was among a Muslim’s “divine legal rights” to be used to defend himself and his people and to spread Islam.

But MAS leaders say those documents and others obtained by the Tribune are either outdated or do not accurately reflect the views of the group’s leaders.

MAS describes itself as a “charitable, religious, social, cultural and educational not-for-profit organization.” It has headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and 53 chapters nationwide, including one in Bridgeview, across the street from the mosque there.

Mr. Omeish “rejects” terrorist attacks in Egypt while neglecting to mention that the Brotherhood was banned in 1954 for advocating violence to turn Egypt into an Islamic state. The Muslim Brotherhood was reponsible for the assasination of Anwar Sadat.

Omeish also doesn’t mention that a member of the Brotherhood, “the blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman was linked to the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993 and the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane, and was arrested and convicted for his role in a plot to destroy NYC landmarks.

The Muslim Brotherhood supports the terrorist “insurgents” in Iraq. The Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood calls itself Hamas. Funded generously by oil money, the Muslim Brotherhood has become a powerful political force in Europe. In Europe, they also pretend to be a non-violent organization.

Like their protege, bin Laden, the Brotherhood hopes to establish a worldwide Caliphate ruled by apartheid Shariah laws.

In America, the Muslim Brotherhood calls itself the Muslim American Society and they claim to oppose violent terrorism. They call themselves a moderate youth outreach group (with a history of assasinations, terrorism and a logo of swords added for extra peace!)

Of course they expect us to believe them. Why shouldn’t they, CNN does. So does Harvard.

In his “anti-terrorism” speech, the Muslim American Society’s Mahdi Bray said of the American government:

“Rather than spending all their energies in terms of recruiting spies and snitchers, they need to spend more time and more energy engaging the authentic Muslim leadership” in the United States

Mr. Bray, when you find one of those authentic Muslim leaders, please let us know.



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