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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Ugly Truths about Pakistan Acquire Hard Edges

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1 ) Arnaud de Borchgrave:
Section S of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency operates pretty much as a state within a state with plausible deniability. Those selected by a supersecret fraternity for service in Section S after they officially retire from ISI aren’t known to the chief of army staff, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, or the ISI chief, Gen. Shuja Pasha.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari speaks what he believes to be the truth when he dismisses “S” as a figment of fevered James Bondishimaginations in America.
But when a Pakistani journalist writes scathing pieces about Islamist militants in the Pakistani army, he is kidnapped, and his mutilated body is found a month later.
U.S. intelligence, which demonstrated its prowess in Pakistan by discovering Osama bin Laden’s hideaway near Pakistan’s West Point and guiding a SEAL team to kill him, soon uncovered the culprit. ISI had ordered the journalist, Saleem Shahzad, 40, of the Asia Times, executed.
That wasn’t good enough for the executioners. They inflicted 17 lacerated wounds, a ruptured liver and two broken ribs.
The message to the Pakistani media: No reporting or writing on Islamist militants in the armed forces. The supertaboo: No mention of Islamist officers possibly linked to Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.
Pakistan’s ultrasecret assistance to the Taliban fighting U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan is another proscribed topic for the media.
Slowly thawing after the May 2 killing of bin Laden, Washington’s relations with Islamabad took another vertiginous plunge.
ISI’s principal anti-U.S. talisman is retired Gen. Hamid Gul, who ran the intelligence service during the closing phases (1987-89) of the mujahedeen campaign against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. He became a bitter enemy of the United States after Washington walked away from the Afghan engagement and began punishing Pakistan for its secret development of nuclear weapons.
For 10 years, Washington banned Pakistani officers from U.S. staff schools and all manner of military training. Gen. Gul became their anti-U.S. mascot. He also was a close friend of bin Laden’s during the campaign against the Soviet army and again when the Saudi rebel returned to Afghanistan in 1996.
Gen. Gul was on a trip to Afghanistan, returning home two weeks before Sept. 11, 2001. He told this reporter three weeks after 9/11, in his home in Rawalpindi, that the attacks were the work of a Mossad-CIA plot in which the U.S. Air Force was involved. Today, countless millions of Pakistanis believe the monstrous canard, as do millions of others around the world, including in the United States.
President Zardari says, “Gul is more of a political ideologue of terror rather than a physical supporter.” Translation: “I don’t dare touch him lest he order me terminated.”
2) GlobalSecurity.org ..a VERY well respected outfit …
The United States’ top military commander has accused Pakistan’s government of “sanctioning” the slaying of a journalist whose hard-hitting reports included allegations that the Pakistani intelligence services had been infiltrated by Islamic militants.
Not quite right, still a little too hopeful. The ISI has not been “ infiltrated by Islamic militants”, THEY ARE ISLAMIC MILITANTS, spreading what they believe it is their individual responsibility before god to spread.
The United States’ top military commander has accused Pakistan’s government of “sanctioning” the slaying of a journalist whose hard-hitting reports included allegations that the Pakistani intelligence services had been infiltrated by Islamic militants.
Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was quoted by “The New York Times” as having told journalists at a Pentagon briefing on July 7 that the kidnapping and torture death of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad “was sanctioned by the government.”
Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani was quoted by the same paper as saying that “any evidence” that the Americans have “should be shared” with a Pakistani commission appointed to investigate the death.
Pakistani Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said Mullen’s comments would deal a “big blow” to joint efforts in the war against terrorism.
“It’s extremely irresponsible,” she said. “The statement by Mike Mullen about Pakistan is extremely irresponsible and unfortunate. This statement will create problems and difficulties for the bilateral relations between Pakistan and America.”
Shahzad disappeared from Islamabad on May 29 after writing a report about Al-Qaeda’s alleged infiltration of Pakistan’s navy. His body was found two days later, bearing what police said were signs of torture.
Asked on July 7 about media reports that the Pakistani government approved the reporter’s killing, Mullen said: “I have not seen anything that would disabuse that report that the government knew about this.” “It was sanctioned by the government,” he added.
However, he said he did not have a “string of evidence” linking the death to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the military’s premier intelligence agency.
Speaking at a Pentagon Press Association luncheon in Washington, the admiral also suggested other reporters had suffered a similar fate in the past.
Mullen said the episode raised worrying questions about the country’s current course: “It’s not a way to move ahead. It’s a way to continue to, quite frankly, spiral in the wrong direction.”
“The New York Times” reported recently that Obama administration officials suspected the ISI had ordered Shahzad’s killing. They quoted unnamed U.S. officials who cited unspecified intelligence indicating the ISI wanted to silence Shahzad.
Another military official was quoted by the same paper as declining to say whether Mullen thought foreknowledge of the killing extended as high as President Asif Ali Zardari or Pakistan Army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.
Pakistani Investigation
Pakistani Information Minister Awan told a news conference that Mullen’s comments would “create problems and difficulties in the bilateral ties.” She said they would “impact our joint efforts in [the] war against terrorism,” without elaborating.
The government earlier said Islamabad had set up an independent commission to probe the killing and that Mullen’s statement would not help the investigation.
“Whatever is published in U.S. media, the judicial commission needs evidence,” Pervez Shaukat, president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and a member of the investigating commission, told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal.
“You know that the judicial commission circulated and advertised that any one having evidence about Saleem Shahzad, they should bring it before the judicial commission.”
The ISI has denied as “baseless” allegations that it was involved in the murder of Shahzad, who worked for the Hong Kong-based Asia Times Online.
The 40-year-old Shahzad was a well-known journalist who made a career writing about Islamist militant networks operating in Pakistan and investigating the alleged ties between militants and the ISI.
His abduction came shortly after he had written an investigative piece on the deadly insurgent attack on a naval base in Karachi on May 22-23, which took 16 hours to contain and resulted in the deaths of at least 10 military personnel and four militants. In his report, he alleged that the attack stemmed from a breakdown in secret negotiations between the navy and Al-Qaeda.
Shahzad warned that he had received threats because of his report, with suspicions turning toward the ISI agency.
U.S.-Pakistan Relationship ‘Under Pressure’
Mullen acknowledged the U.S. relationship with Pakistan was “under extraordinary pressure,” confirming that the U.S. military presence in Pakistan had been dramatically scaled back at Islamabad’s request.
But Mullen insisted that Washington was “committed to sustaining that relationship.”
The Karachi attack came after the May 2 killing of Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, which led to questions of how the Al-Qaeda leader could find a safe haven for years alongside Pakistan’s elite military training academy, and how the U.S. raid could be successfully carried out unbeknownst to the armed forces.
Mullen said that even before the bin Laden raid ties had become strained, particularly over the arrest of a CIA contractor in Pakistan who was charged with double murder before eventually being released.
Despite growing frustration over Pakistan’s failure to crack down on militant sanctuaries near the Afghan border, Mullen said it would be a “disaster” to cut off financial aid to Islamabad, as some U.S. lawmakers have urged.
with agency reports
ISI and Gul from MEMRI
More Hamid Gul:WIKI
WaPo on Gul
Gul demands US leave
Hamid Gul and 9/11

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Another New Nation, South Sudan = Another Nation Created Because Muslims Can Not Play Well With Others

South Sudan becomes world's newest nation

 “Enmity and hatred will reign between us until ye believe in Allah alone.”
- The Qur’an (60:4)

Muslims can not get along with their neighbors. Instead, they like to kill their neighbors, if their neighbors are any variety of "Infidel", be it gay, apostate, adulterer, Christian, Hindu, Jew, Animist, Pagan, Atheist, Agnostic, or whatever.

A partial list of "nations" created because Muslims could not get along with non-Muslims would include:

Mindanao (ARMM Region)

From the Associated Press:
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese citizens, international dignitaries and the world's newest president are convening in the new country capital of Juba to celebrate the birth of a nation.

South Sudan became the world's newest country Saturday with a raucous street celebration at midnight.

Dignitaries including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will watch under a blazing sun as South Sudan President Salva Kiir hosts a noon-hour ceremony.

South and north Sudan battled two civil wars over more than five decades, culminating in a 2005 peace deal that led to Saturday's independence declaration.

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, the former leader of the south, is also to attend Saturday's ceremony.
What other nations have been created specifically because Muslims can not get along with their neighbors?

This ought to be interesting.

Jeppo adds:

Bosnia, though Muslims are only a plurality there, not a majority, they dominate because the rest of the population is divided between mutually hostile Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats.

Eritrea, though it is majority Christian (for now), its separation from Ethiopia was supported by neighbouring Muslims who want to eventually incorporate it into the Arab League and the OIC.

Singapore, this non-Muslim enclave was essentially expelled from majority Muslim Malaysia in the 1960s.

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognized only by Turkey, it has been de facto independent since the 1970s.
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United Flight 944 diverted then cancelled due to suspicious male

Initially cleared for take off from Cleveland, the flight has been cancelled - after all.  See comment posted by passenger at end of article. 
                   Note also there has been an unusual spike in activity at this airport today:

Several Flights Diverted to Cleveland Hopkins with Emergency on board

Friday, July 08, 2011 6:56:32 PM · by EBH · 16 replies
CLEVELAND - An unruly passenger caused a flight from Chicago to Germany to be diverted to Cleveland, an airport spokesperson said.
The United Airlines 777 jet landed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at about 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Jackie Mayo, spokesperson for the airport, said a passenger on Flight 944 headed to Frankfurt was acting “suspicious and unruly,” and would not comply with the flight crew's request to settle down. As a result, the flight was diverted to Cleveland to have the passenger removed.
When the plane landed, Mayo said K9 dogs searched the plane as a safety measure.
The passenger was taken off the plane and was being held for questioning by the FBI. Mayo said she did not know if he had been charged and was not aware of any injuries.
The plane refueled in Cleveland and was cleared for takeoff without the passenger at about 7 p.m.
Mayo wasn’t able to provide more details about the incident. Keep checking newsnet5.com for more information.
Larry Pruitt
I am on the plane and we have NOT refueled. We will be taxing to the terminal and unloading the plane.
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Massive Malaysian Police Riot-- How well a Muslim government 'respects' civil liberties.

A Malaysian organization called 'Bersih' is calling for free and fair elections. The Muslim government won't stand for it and today's vicious crackdown in Kuala Lumpur proves it beyond any doubt. Peaceful protesters were met with mass arrests, tear gas, water cannon and the truncheon.

When it's Islam versus civil liberties, naked might wins every time. Read my updated coverage at Jihad Watch.
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