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i’m surprised for real

Posted by theintelgirl on November 27, 2006

this is unbelievable

among some of the highlights:

  • 44% of Muslim radicals have received at least a secondary through university education
  • 25% of Muslim radicals have an above-average or very high income!
  • 53% of Muslim radicals believe they’ll be better off in five years

And the absolute shocker

  • 30% of radicals say that Western technology is their most admired aspect of the West, and one-fifth say that the most admired aspect is liberty/democracy/freedom of speech

Is anyone else confused?  Granted, this still means that 80% of radical muslims did not list freedom and democracy as an admired trait, but I never thought that even 20% would say that it was.

This Gallup poll should be studied by terrorism prevention experts everywhere.  If we want to prevent terrorism, should we be focusing on outreach campaigns to poor, illiterate boys with nowhere else to go?

Based on the following study, the answer is no.  Two separate campaigns should be considered.  1)  Reach out to the educated, wealthier folks and find out what makes their radical minds tick.  or rather, what ticks them off.  2) Continue the outreach to the poor and uneducated, as these are the individuals that usually serve as the foot soldiers, grunt workers, whatever you want to call them.

However, I’d like to call attention to the fact that these results somewhat echo Robert Pape’s findings in  Dying to Win.  His data showed that suicide bombers are not necessarily poor and uneducated.

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this is a joke, right? … right?

Posted by theintelgirl on August 19, 2006

I’m afraid not. WorldNetDaily has a story about CAIR getting a VIP tour of airport security

Some excerpts:

During the airport tour, CAIR was taken on a walk through the point-of-entry, Customs stations, secondary screening and interview rooms. In addition, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents were asked to describe for CAIR representatives various features of the high-risk passenger lookout system.

In a meeting, Brian Humphrey, Customs and Border Patrol’s executive director of field operations, assured CAIR officials that agents do not single out Muslim passengers for special screening and that they must undergo a mandatory course in Muslim sensitivity training. The course teaches agents that Muslims believe jihad is an “internal struggle against sin” and not holy warfare.

Why do i think this must be a joke?

The list goes on and on my friends.

CAIR’s concern of racial profiling, the US Government’s fear of being accused of racial insensitivity, and the adamant and unreasonable need for “political correctness” in America has gone too far. Putting aside CAIR’s blatant connections to terrorism, why can they tour airport facilities? I, as a citizen or a member of an organization, would not be able to request a tour of airport security. Well, if airport security had not complied, CAIR would have filed a lawsuit, accused TSA of racial profiling and civil rights violations, and launched a moonbat media campaign.

Wake up America. Is the mere accusation of racial profiling so devestating that you’re willing to pander to a group affiliated with terrorism?

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reluctantly seeing his point

Posted by theintelgirl on August 15, 2006

From Reason Online, Don’t Be Terrorized

Even if terrorists were able to pull off one attack per year on the scale of the 9/11 atrocity, that would mean your one-year risk would be one in 100,000 and your lifetime risk would be about one in 1300. (300,000,000 ÷ 3,000 = 100,000 ÷ 78 years = 1282) In other words, your risk of dying in a plausible terrorist attack is much lower than your risk of dying in a car accident, by walking across the street, by drowning, in a fire, by falling, or by being murdered.

So do these numbers comfort you? If not, that’s a problem. Already, security measures—pervasive ID checkpoints, metal detectors, and phalanxes of security guards—increasingly clot the pathways of our public lives. It’s easy to overreact when an atrocity takes place—to heed those who promise safety if only we will give the authorities the “tools” they want by surrendering to them some of our liberty. As President Franklin Roosevelt in his first inaugural speech said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself— nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” However, with risks this low there is no reason for us not to continue to live our lives as though terrorism doesn’t matter—because it doesn’t really matter. We ultimately vanquish terrorism when we refuse to be terrorized.

There must be a point when Americans must choose for themselves. Either a) We can be tremendously inconvenienced by new airline security measures and minimize the risk of a terrorist attack, or b) We can accept the risk of flying, knowing that there is a chance that terrorists may assemble explosives on board if liquids are once again allowed on board.

I’m not advocating one or another. Do I hate the fact that every time I fly now that I must check luggage? Definitely. Will I feel secure because I, along with any potential terrorist, had to do the same? More secure, yes. Completely secure, never.

Reiterating this post, I would like TSA and other government officials to move beyond the liquid issue and explore the new and next way a terrorist will plot to destroy aircraft.

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this article made my heart stop … more than once

Posted by theintelgirl on August 15, 2006

British Muslims, Pakistan, face scrutiny

Allow me to point out some of the heart-stopping passages:

But the latest arrests also underlined the polarization of many Muslims. A number of opinion polls over the past year have found that a substantial minority would like to see Islamic law instituted in heavily-Muslim areas of Britain and that nearly half identified themselves as Muslim first and British second. Some 10 percent in some surveys also justified or said they understood the motivations of the London bombers.

A man who gave his name as Abu Abdullhah appeared on Sky News television to argue that Muslims were justifiably angered by the Bush administration’s goal of democratizing the Middle East.

“Democracy,” he said, “is a crime in Islam” and “people who voted for Tony Blair are guilty” because of Mr. Blair’s support for the American-led war in Iraq.

muslim first, citizen second.  this is an appalling issue that will no doubt rear its ugly head in the United States.  I believe what Britain is facing right now with Muslims is what America was facing just a few months ago with illegal immigrants (with the major difference, of course, being that immigrants of Hispanic-origin don’t go around planning deadly attacks in the name of God).  Muslims arrive in Britain, and in general, refuse to integrate into society, and adhere to their own cultural norms.  that itself is upsetting, but not nearly as much as this:

Not only do they refuse to acclimate into society, but they demand special treatment.  does anyone remember the Muslim woman in Florida who wouldn’t take off her hijab for her driver’s license photo?  wait wait, what about the strong “suggestions” Muslim spokespersons gave to Western newspapers regarding the mohammed cartoons?  and let’s not forget that a public official can’t go to a pro-Israel rally, without going to a pro-RoP rally (because politicians are never one-sided on issues).

i lived in a Middle Eastern country.  I had to acclimate.  I had to learn the language, abide by the disgusting customs, and deal with the anti-woman rhetoric everyday.  so glad to see that Muslims in western don’t feel bound by the same obligations.

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some general comments on today’s news

Posted by theintelgirl on August 10, 2006

A lot has gone on today, so I’m going to make some general comments

  • The general reactive nature of airline security makes me nervous.
  1. No one ever thought that fanatics would use airplanes as missiles. they did. and now we reinforce airline doors and tackle unruly passengers
  2. No one ever thought that someone could hide a bomb in their shoe. They did. and now we have to take off our shoes at airport security
  3. No one ever thought that someone would bring the components on board to build the bomb from scratch, rather than bringing the explosive mixture onboard, premade. They were about to. and now we can’t bring liquids on board.
  • Why are the terrorists always the proactive ones while we good guys are the reactive ones? Lack of creativity? I don’t know. lack of something, definitely.
  • Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Especially the will of a jihadist willing to kill himself. It makes me nervous to think about, and I tend to believe in U.S. intelligence and homeland security when it comes to the safety of her citizens. I generally feel secure. but i will never ever feel 100% secure when it comes to terrorism.
  • The “homegrown terrorist” phenomenon may not be that far off in America. I just read an article the other day (which now i cannot find) which stated the differences between Muslims in Europe and Muslims in America. The article stated (i’m just paraphrasing here since I can’t find the damn thing), that American Muslims acclimate better than European Muslims, and therefore homegrown terrorists aren’t nearly as likely “grow themselves” in America. I agree and disagree.  Homegrown American Muslims willing to carry out an attack would likely not have the resources available to them to execute something large scale. However, you don’t need a large scale attack and well-coordinated plans to still scare the shit out of people. Just a few fanatics here and there. That would certainly be enough to scare me even more.

Alright folks, stay safe and sane. In closing Pew Poll

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i’m no journalist … BUT

Posted by theintelgirl on August 8, 2006

the first two paragraphs of this article from the NY Times don’t seem to “flow” or even be related … except for the fact that they both deal with Tuesday:

Bank Robbery and Bombs kill 24 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 8 — Five homemade bombs and a bank robbery left 24 people dead in Baghdad on Tuesday as the level of violence here remained undiminished despite a buildup of American and Iraqi troops meant to restore a sense of order.

Also Tuesday, several witnesses testified in the continuing military hearing for four soldiers charged with raping a 14-year-old girl and then killing her and her family in March.

The witnesses, members of the soldiers’ unit — Company B of the First Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division — were called by defense lawyers to describe the extreme conditions the soldiers had endured in their patrols south of Baghdad, and the low morale and combat stress that followed.

Translation? “Yeah, Iraqis are blowing shit up and that sucks and all, but let’s talk about how Americans suck, shall we?”

Or here’s another way to look at it:

Fact: Iraqi terrorists killed 24 people today

Allegation: U.S. Soldiers allegedly committed a crime.

The article continues about the soldiers’ trial, and then wraps up the article with more about the bombing. I’ve pasted the entire text below. If you can make any sense out of it, please let me know.

Bank Robbery and Bombs kill 24 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 8 — Five homemade bombs and a bank robbery left 24 people dead in Baghdad on Tuesday as the level of violence here remained undiminished despite a buildup of American and Iraqi troops meant to restore a sense of order.

Also Tuesday, several witnesses testified in the continuing military hearing for four soldiers charged with raping a 14-year-old girl and then killing her and her family in March.

The witnesses, members of the soldiers’ unit — Company B of the First Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division — were called by defense lawyers to describe the extreme conditions the soldiers had endured in their patrols south of Baghdad, and the low morale and combat stress that followed.

The hearing, known as an Article 32, mixes elements of a grand jury proceeding and a jury trial — including the introduction of evidence, testimony from witnesses and cross-examination by defense lawyers — and is the means by which a presiding officer determines whether enough evidence exists to recommend a court-martial, nonjudicial punishment or the dismissal of charges.

The four soldiers accused of killing the family, in Mahmudiya, a volatile town south of Baghdad, are Specialist James P. Barker, Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, Pfc. Bryan L. Howard and Sgt. Paul E. Cortez.

In addition to rape and murder, each is also charged with arson; after raping the girl, military prosecutors said, the four burned her body with kerosene to conceal evidence.

A fifth soldier, Sergeant Anthony W. Yribe, who is not said to have been present at the rape and killings, is charged with dereliction of duty, for failing to report the crimes.

Several soldiers testified Sunday and Monday that a former member of Company B, Steven D. Green, thought up the plan to attack the family and rape the girl, and persuaded the other four, during card games and while driving golf balls, to go along with it.

Mr. Green, whom the Army allowed to enlist on “moral waivers” because he had a criminal record for minor offenses, was discharged as a private in May after a psychiatric evaluation.

He is in custody in Kentucky, where he faces federal rape and murder charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

In testimony on Tuesday, Sgt. Daniel Carrick, a member of the accused soldiers’ platoon, described how patrolling around Mahmudiya, a tense region south of Baghdad known as the “triangle of death,” turned many soldiers bitter, particularly Mr. Green.

“Green had hatred for a lot of people in general,” Sergeant Carrick said.

Sgt. First Class Jeffrey Fenlason testified about a conversation with Mr. Green “regarding his lack of concern or caring for Iraqi life versus American soldiers’ life.”

Several soldiers also testified to a grisly tale of how Mr. Green tossed a puppy off the roof of a building and set it on fire.

The increased American and Iraqi Army patrols in Baghdad on Tuesday seemed to have had little effect on the daily violence.

At 10:50 a.m., two explosions in a market in central Baghdad killed 10 people and wounded 69 others, an Interior Ministry official said. Minutes later, in the Adhamiya section of the city, gunmen burst into the Rashid Bank, killed three guards and two bank employees and stole 7 million Iraqi dinars, or about $5,000, the official said.

Earlier Tuesday morning, three apparently coordinated explosions near the Interior Ministry, in the center of Baghdad, killed nine people and wounded eight others, including three policemen, said the ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to a reporter. Two of the three explosions occurred near police patrols, and the third was at a busy bus station, he said.

The military announced that four American service members were killed Sunday. Three were killed by a roadside bomb southwest of Baghdad. The fourth, who served with the First Brigade, First Armored Division, died in fighting in Anbar Province, west of Baghdad, the military said in a statement.

In the past week, four Iraqi journalists from various news organizations based here were fatally shot, said a member of an Iraqi journalists’ group that tracks attacks on reporters.

Muhammad Abbas Hamid, 30, a reporter for the Shiite newspaper Al Bayinna al Jadida, was shot Monday as he left his home in the Adil section of west Baghdad, said the newspaper’s publisher, who asked that his name not be printed out of fear of reprisal.

Late Monday, the police found the body of Ismail Amin Ali, 30, a freelance journalist, less than a mile from where he was abducted two weeks ago in northeast Baghdad, according to the journalists’ group, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory.

In an interview on Tuesday evening, Ziad al-Ajeely, who tracks attacks on journalists for the group, identified the two other journalists killed in Baghdad in the past week as Abdul Wahab al-Qaisi, a reporter for Kol al Dunia magazine, and Adil Naji al-Mansory, a reporter for Al Alim television.

Baghdad’s central morgue said it received the bodies of 1,855 people in July, an average of nearly 60 a day, nearly all of whom appeared to have died violently. The tally was a 16 percent rise from June and a 71 percent increase from January.

The United Nations said last month that an average of about 100 people were killed daily throughout Iraq in May and June. The organization based its figures on numbers from the Ministry of Health, which collates records of violent deaths from hospitals around the country and from Baghdad’s central morgue, where unidentified bodies are delivered.

Ministry officials said Tuesday that they had not completed the nationwide count for July.

Officials say the greatest concentration of violent deaths has been in Baghdad, which is the focus of a new military strategy to suppress the surge in violence.

Over the weekend, an American combat unit numbering nearly 4,000 soldiers, and featuring the highly mobile and resilient Stryker vehicles, rolled into Baghdad as part of a plan to elevate the street presence of American forces.

Reporting for this article was contributed by Kirk Semple, Qais Mizher, Ali Adeeb and Sahar Nageeb.

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i’ll be damned

Posted by theintelgirl on August 8, 2006

A quick follow up to a post from a few days ago. I hoped that Negroponte didn’t think that al-Qaeda in Iraq was the *only* terrorist group causing damage in Iraq. Well, of course i’m no “senior-level expert” so who would listen to me? HOWEVER. I’m hoping someone listens to THESE folks who were quoted in September’s Issue of The Atlantic. To quote:

The shift from a coherent Al-Qaeda Central to a global proliferation of “self-starter” terrorist groups—those inspired by bin Laden’s movement but not coordinated by it—has obviously not eliminated the danger of attacks.

Full article available here (sorry, subscription is required)

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no, i haven’t been living under a rock

Posted by theintelgirl on August 8, 2006

I am purposely choosing not to comment on the despicable Reuters photo doctoring.  there are plenty of other bloggers out there dedicating full time to this.  i’ll leave it all up to them.  after all, they’re much more experienced than I.  start here, or just do a search on technorati.  you’ll be blown away.

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the iNTeL GirL’s APB

Posted by theintelgirl on August 7, 2006

All points bulletin for these folks.  doesn’t seem TOO suspicious …

The FBI alerted state and local authorities Monday to be on the lookout for 11 Egyptian exchange students who arrived in the U.S. last month but never showed up for class. The men, who range in age from 18 to 22, were scheduled to attend a month-long program in U.S. history and culture, plus English language instruction, at Montana State University along with six other students. The group flew from Cairo and arrived in the U.S. on July 29. All entered the U.S. legally, but officials said the no-shows violated the terms of their visas and that the government would likely send them home once they turn up.

FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko emphasized that there was no indication that the men were involved in any illicit activity.

How tough is it to keep track of people on Visa’s?  next to impossible?  probably.  before anyone misunderstands me, i’m only advocating this for NON-US CITIZENS.  RFID Chips.  seriously.

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i hope they don’t spend TOO much time/money on this report …

Posted by theintelgirl on August 6, 2006

Negroponte orders an update on Terrorism’s influence in Iraq

The office of Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte announced yesterday that it will soon begin drafting an updated National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, a declaration that came amid indications this week that the threat to that country from foreign terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda is receding.

Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander of the U.S. Central Command, said Thursday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Iraq that al-Qaeda in Iraq’s ranks had been “significantly depleted” since the June 7 death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Its members, he said, now total “less than 1,000.”

yep, because we all know al-Qaeda in Iraq is the *only* terrorist group operating in Iraq and that since their ranks are now less than 1000, that terrorism is definitely on the decline there. check here for a list of all the terrorist groups currently known to be operating out of Iraq. The groups listed below have carried out 15+ terror attacks alone in Iraq.

  • Mujahideen Shura Council
  • Tawhid and Jihad
  • Kurdistan Freedom Hawks
  • Ansar al-Sunnah Army

Let’s hope that the DNI does not realistically think that because al-Qaeda in Iraq is on the decline (if that is even really true), that that means terrorism altogether is on the decline.

oh yeah, and if that report doesn’t mention the possiblity of a civil war, i’ll vomit.

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