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ACT FOR AMERICA
Top 10 Reasons to
Attend the ACT! for America 2012 National Conference
& Legislative Briefing
Click here for information and to register.
http://www.actforamerica.org/downloads/National_Conference_2012_Brochure.pdf


10. MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE. If you don’t find this conference to be everything we say it is, we’ll refund your registration fee !! How many conferences make an offer like that?

9. Take Home Tips and Tools That Will Empower You to Make a Measurable Difference in Your Community. Learn from an expert in communication and persuasion, ACT! for America Executive Director Guy Rodgers, how you can better persuade and inform others; how to write effective emails and letters to the editor; how to make a splash on a talk radio program—and much, much more. Find out how and why our local chapters make a difference. Hear from National Field Director Kelly Cook and experienced chapter leaders. It’s easier than you might think and it has a tremendous impact for the cause.

8. Have the Opportunity to Meet YOUR Federal Legislators Where They Vote. You will have the time and opportunity to schedule a meeting with your Federal legislators and the staff who handle national security issues in their Capitol Hill offices. Let them hear directly from you, their constituent, so they can see the “face” of ACT! for America and learn how you feel about national security issues. This is especially important now, in an election year, with efforts underway to revise counterterrorism training materials at the FBI.

7. Get Empowered by Hearing from Leading National Security Experts, Including Former Top-Level Government Officials. We make it a point to bring in different experts each year, so that our conference attendees reap the benefit of continued education on the threat of radical Islam and other critical national security issues. No two ACT! for America National Conferences are ever the same. We are very proud of our lineup of speakers this year, such as Former CIA Director, Jim Woolsey; Former CIA Operations Officer, Clare Lopez; Islamic thinker and reformer, and one-time Islamic extremist Tawfiq Hamid; and best-selling author, Ken Timmerman; as well as our Executive Director, Guy Rodgers and of course, Brigitte Gabriel.

6. Participate in a Capitol Hill National Security Legislative Briefing. Travel with us to Capitol Hill to sit in on a private national security briefing by those Members of the U.S. Congress who are on the front lines of national security issues. There you will have the opportunity to ask them your personal questions.

5. Attend Our Annual Luncheon at a Political “Hot Spot.”
Enjoy lunch just down the street from the U.S. Capitol, at the famous Capitol Hill Club, where Members of Congress, media and political players dine each day. Sit and talk with Members of Congress who attend our annual Legislative Awards Luncheon, where we honor those legislators that work the hardest in the U.S. Congress on national security issues.

4. Meet Other Like-Minded National Security Activists and ACT! for America Members from Around the Country—and Around the World. We think one of the most important reasons for attending our annual conferences is to continue to grow your network of colleagues and to benefit from the experiences of others. All too often, we hear from members who feel they are “all alone” in their communities when it comes to fighting radical Islam. This belief couldn’t be further from the truth, and meeting others who are working to defend our nation is inspiring, rewarding and energizing, particularly when you see how many are in your very own state!


3. Attend our Dinner Gala and Hear Directly from a Great Patriot, Congressman Allen West, as Well as Other Special Guests. Attend our conference “Grand Finale,” the Gala Banquet, where you’ll mix and mingle with newly-made friends and hear from special Guests including this year’s return Keynote Speaker, Congressman Allen West. Past attendees describe this event as a “WOW” event!

2. Brigitte Gabriel. Whether you’ve never met her, or have done so on numerous occasions, talking with ACT! for America President and Founder Brigitte Gabriel is always a new experience. Spend two and a half exciting, jam-packed days with Brigitte and her team, mingling with those who work on National Security issues every day. Take home new knowledge about the issue and new ideas to use at home in your Chapter and throughout your community. As Brigitte always reminds us: If each of us does just a little, together we can accomplish a lot!

1. Bottom Line: It’s Important—and it’s FUN! Radical Islam’s threat to our nation and how we, as a nation, will address it is critically important. We all have choices to make in our lives, especially with the economy as bad as it is. We understand that traveling to Washington DC is not easy for everyone.

But we also contend that there is NO OTHER ISSUE as important to both our generation and future generations as the one we work on every day: national security. Think of it this way: if we lose freedoms we are afforded through our U.S. Constitution, what difference do all the other issues make?

This is an election year. This is the year that the voice of the people MUST be heard and one important way to amplify that resounding voice is by having Members of Congress see you on Capitol Hill. As we frequently hear these decision makers say: The problem of radical Islam will only be fixed by the grassroots. WE NEED YOU.


Join us this June 27, 28 and 29 in Washington, DC.

GET ENERGIZED. BE INSPIRED. MAKE AN IMPACT!
ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

The news items, blogs, educational materials and other information in our emails and on our website are only intended to provide information, news and commentary on events and issues related to the threat of radical Islam. Much of this information is based upon media sources, such as the AP wire services, newspapers, magazines, books, online news blog and news services, and radio and television, which we deem to be reliable. However, we have undertaken no independent investigation to verify the accuracy of the information reported by these media sources. We therefore disclaim all liability for false or inaccurate information from these media sources. We also disclaim all liability for the third-party information that may be accessed through the material referenced in our emails or posted on our website.




When Islamists Rule: Sex With The Dead And Child Brides Could Become Legal In Egypt
http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives - for up to six hours after their death.

The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.

It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women's rights of getting education and employment.

Egypt's National Council for Women is campaigning against the changes, saying that 'marginalising and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country's human development'.

Dr Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, wrote to the Egyptian People’s Assembly Speaker Dr Saad al-Katatni addressing her concerns.

Egyptian journalist Amro Abdul Samea reported in the al-Ahram newspaper that Talawi complained about the legislations which are being introduced under 'alleged religious interpretations'.

The subject of a husband having sex with his dead wife arose in May 2011 when Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari said marriage remains valid even after death.

He also said that women have the right to have sex with her dead husband, alarabiya.net reported.

It seems the topic, which has sparked outrage, has now been picked up on by Egypt's politicians.

TV anchor Jaber al-Qarmouty slammed the notion of letting a husband have sex with his wife after her death under the so-called 'Farewell Intercourse' draft law.

He said: 'This is very serious. Could the panel that will draft the Egyptian constitution possibly discuss such issues? Did Abdul Samea see by his own eyes the text of the message sent by Talawi to Katatni?

'This is unbelievable. It is a catastrophe to give the husband such a right! Has the Islamic trend reached that far? Is there really a draft law in this regard? Are there people thinking in this manner?'

CBS 60 Minutes: An Unholy Attack on Israel
April 24, 2012 11:04
by Simon Plosker
The status of Christians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza has been featured in the media on numerous occasions. The April 22 edition of CBS’s 60 Minutes, however, presented an unbalanced picture blaming Israel for virtually every difficulty experienced by Palestinian Christians.
See video and read more.
http://honestreporting.com/cbs-60-minutes-an-unholy-attack-on-israel/
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April 26, 2012
Why Sen. Durbin is wrong
PUT AN IMMEDIATE STOP TO PLANNED CHANGES IN THE FBI'S COUNTERTERRORISM TRAINING POLICIES.
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Last week we launched an open letter to select congressional chairmen expressing opposition to proposed changes to FBI counterterrorism training materials, changes that appear to have been asked for by Sen. Dick Durbin—as well as by organizations such as ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), a Muslim Brotherhood organization and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial.

We need to add as many names as possible in the next ten days to this open letter, because we are working right now to get it entered into the congressional record expressing our opposition to these ill-advised changes. The more names the better.
So if you haven’t yet added your name, please do so today.

Below we feature a column on this issue (highlights added) written by Ken Timmerman, one of the speakers we have scheduled for our 2012 National Conference & Legislative Briefing.
To register or find out more about the conference, which includes Rep. Allen West as the keynote speaker at our gala banquet,
please click here. http://www.actforamerica.org/downloads/National_Conference_2012_Brochure.pdf
Below we feature a column on this issue (highlights added) written by Ken Timmerman, one of the speakers we have scheduled for our 2012 National Conference & Legislative Briefing.
Ken knows why Sen. Durbin is wrong—and he knows it from personal experience. Ken has actually studied with an Islamic scholar.

Ken is an expert and a compelling and animated speaker. You don’t want to miss what he will say at our national conference.
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Why Sen. Durbin is wrong
PUT AN IMMEDIATE STOP TO PLANNED CHANGES IN THE FBI'S COUNTERTERRORISM TRAINING POLICIES.
SIGN HERE Visit our News page http://tool.donation-net.net/public/ACT4A/signup/enter.cfm?dn=1097&source=2022&id=40106&commid=94090923&CFID=14675431&CFTOKEN=76085221
Last week we launched an open letter to select congressional chairmen expressing opposition to proposed changes to FBI counterterrorism training materials, changes that appear to have been asked for by Sen. Dick Durbin—as well as by organizations such as ISNA (Islamic Society of North America), a Muslim Brotherhood organization and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial.

We need to add as many names as possible in the next ten days to this open letter, because we are working right now to get it entered into the congressional record expressing our opposition to these ill-advised changes. The more names the better.
So if you haven’t yet added your name, please do so today.

Below we feature a column on this issue (highlights added) written by Ken Timmerman, one of the speakers we have scheduled for our 2012 National Conference & Legislative Briefing.
To register or find out more about the conference, which includes Rep. Allen West as the keynote speaker at our gala banquet,
please click here. http://www.actforamerica.org/downloads/National_Conference_2012_Brochure.pdf
Below we feature a column on this issue (highlights added) written by Ken Timmerman, one of the speakers we have scheduled for our 2012 National Conference & Legislative Briefing.
Ken knows why Sen. Durbin is wrong—and he knows it from personal experience. Ken has actually studied with an Islamic scholar.

Ken is an expert and a compelling and animated speaker. You don’t want to miss what he will say at our national conference.

[size=21]Politically Correct – and Dead


By Kenneth R. Timmerman

Senator Dick Durbin (D –IL) and some of his colleagues in Congress are trying to prevent U.S. law enforcement and intelligence organizations from teaching their personnel about the enemy.

Can you imagine not telling Americans about Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party during World War II? Or failing to teach about Communism during the Cold War?

And yet today, ten years after we were attacked by jihadi Muslims in the name of Islam, Sen. Durbin and his colleagues are trying to ensure that our intelligence and law enforcement professionals will miss the next attack, just as they missed the preparations for 9/11 taking place right here on American soil.

Under Senator Durbin’s plan, we will be politically correct – and dead. For that will be the inevitable result of not teaching our intelligence and law enforcement professionals the nature of the enemy that attacked us on 9/11 and continues to plot future attacks on America.

Unlike Senator Durbin, I have actually lived in the Muslim world, and have studied Islam with a mujtahed – a recognized Islamic scholar.

As I wrote in my book Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America (Crown Forum, 2003), a struggle is underway for the soul of Islam between those who would revive the jihadi roots of the Koran and the hadith, and those who seek a reformation of Islamic traditions.

The reformists face a difficult battle, since they must walk away from a doctrine of violence, anti-Semitism, and persecution of non-Muslims that is openly expressed in Islam’s most sacred texts. The reformists are reviled by hate groups here in the United States and elsewhere who deem them apostates – which is punishable by death! - for not towing to Islamic orthodoxy.

While I certainly wish the reformists every success, we cannot base our national security on hope for a change in Islam.

Instead, we should be teaching law enforcement and intelligence professionals the doctrinal basis for the jihadi movement. They need to understand things such as the doctrine of abrogation, by which earlier “peaceful” statements of the Muslim prophet are cancelled (or “abrogated”) by subsequent calls to violence against non-Muslims.

Al Qaeda and like-minded groups who despise our freedoms believe that the call to violent jihad is a “duty” placed upon all Muslims by Islam’s own holy texts. We ignore this at our peril.

The New York Police Department and many state law enforcement agencies have turned to recognized Islamic law experts to put together a training curriculum that examines Islamic law by using authoritative Islamic texts.

I have examined much of this course material. Not only is it scrupulously factual; it demonstrates how Islamic concepts are being used by jihadi groups to recruit terrorists in our midst.

But if Senator Durbin gets his way, future generations of our law enforcement and intelligence professionals will be forbidden from learning the truth. Instead, they will be taught that Islam is a “religion of peace” that condemns terrorism, abhors violence, and wants to hold hands with Christians and Jews all night at the campfire.

That is precisely what happened with Major Nidal Hassan. Even though he told his colleagues repeatedly that his Islamic beliefs compelled him to kill Americans, they chose to ignore these warnings for fear of being labeled politically incorrect. Had they taken off their ideological blinders, 13 innocent victims at Fort Hood would be alive with their families today.

Our intelligence and law enforcement professionals are smart enough to understand the difference between the overwhelming majority of ordinary Muslims who do not subscribe to the ideology of Shariah law, and jihadi terrorists like Major Hassan whose goal is to create a world-wide Islamic state based on Shariah.

Muslims are not the problem; Islamic doctrine as exploited by groups such as al Qaeda and the Taliban is. And we need to know as much as we possibly can about that doctrine and how it can be defeated.

Seventeen years ago, along with an Iranian dissident ayatollah, I founded the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (www.iran.org), and have been working with Iranian dissidents ever since.

Iranians have been inoculated against the virus of Shariah law because they were its first victims. Iranian-Americans who fled to this country seeking freedom are among our best allies in this struggle to defeat the jihadi terrorist movement, which is today supported by the regime in Tehran, among others.

So I deny Senator Durbin the authority or the right to speak on behalf of Muslims. I deny him the right to preach about the doctrines of Shariah law. I ask you to join with ACT! For America so together we can defeat his politically-correct crusade against the truth-tellers. The lives of our loved ones depend on it.

--- Ken Timmerman is a best-selling author who has spent three decades investigating threats to our national security. He is the Republican nominee for Congress in Maryland’s 8th District, www.TimmermanForCongress.com.

[size=9]ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam.
We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

The news items, blogs, educational materials and other information in our emails and on our website are only intended to provide information, news and commentary on events and issues related to the threat of radical Islam. Much of this information is based upon media sources, such as the AP wire services, newspapers, magazines, books, online news blog and news services, and radio and television, which we deem to be reliable. However, we have undertaken no independent investigation to verify the accuracy of the information reported by these media sources. We therefore disclaim all liability for false or inaccurate information from these media sources. We also disclaim all liability for the third-party information that may be accessed through the material referenced in our emails or posted on our website.

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April 24, 2012

ISNA and the FBI

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Dear Elaine,

Why are we so concerned about what appear to be hundreds of pages of revisions to FBI counterterrorism training materials?

Among many reasons, here’s one.

As ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) reported on February 14th, (see ISNA’s release below), the organization met with top leadership of the FBI to discuss concerns about the training materials.

Who is ISNA?

•It’s connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, it is the first organization listed in the back of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “explanatory memorandum” which calls for a “civilization jihad” against America.
•It was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial.
•It condemned the post 9/11 seizure of Hamas assets by our government. Hamas is a designated terrorist organization.

We could provide you a lot more information, but you get the point. As we point out in a DVD entitled “Unmasking the Enemy Among Us,” the Muslim Brotherhood and its front organizations such as ISNA are experts at information warfare. (This DVD is available on our Donate page.)

Now ISNA is advising the FBI on what should be in our counterterrorism training materials! In fact, scroll to the end of ISNA’s release and you’ll see it calls this is a “first step.”

If you have not yet signed our open letter to congressional chairmen asking them to investigate what the FBI is doing, PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TODAY.

Immediately below is a two minute interview with Rep. Allen West on the issue of the FBI training materials. Rep. West will be the keynote speaker at this year’s National Conference & Legislative Briefing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZV5OBETOt4
ISNA & Nat. Orgs. Meet with FBI Dir. to Discuss Biased FBI Training Materials

http://www.isna.net/articles/News/ISNA--Nat-Orgs-Meet-with-FBI-Dir-to-Discuss-Biased-FBI-Training-Materials.aspx

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(Feb 14, 2012) In a continuing effort to address concerns related to inflammatory training material, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently met with community and interfaith organizations to provide an update on steps taken by the agency to rectify the matter. On Wednesday, February 8, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Arab American Institute (AAI), Interfaith Alliance, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muflehun, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), and the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign had an opportunity to discuss the matter with the Public Affairs Office of the FBI. Director Robert Mueller joined the meeting to discuss these matters with the representatives from the organizations.

The conversation with Director Mueller centered on material used by the agency that depicts falsehoods and negative connotations of the Muslim American community. The use of the material was first uncovered by Wired Magazine in an
article published on September 14, 2011. Director Mueller informed the participants that the FBI took the review of the training material very seriously, and he pursued the matter with urgency to ensure that this does not occur again in the future.

ISNA President Imam Magid stated, "The discovery of FBI training materials that discriminated against Muslims did damage to the trust that was built between dedicated FBI officials and American Muslim community. We welcome and appreciate Director Mueller's commitment to take positive steps toward eradicating such materials and rebuilding trust and an open dialogue."

The Director also informed participants that to date, nearly all related FBI training materials, including more than 160,000 pages of documents, were reviewed by subject matter experts multiple times. Consequently, more than 700 documents and 300 presentations of material have been deemed unusable by the Bureau and pulled from the training curriculum. Material was pulled from the curriculum if even one component was deemed to 1) include factual errors, 2) be in poor taste, 3) be stereotypical, or 4) lack precision.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to share with Director Mueller other matters of concern to community members. Issues related to privacy, including the surveillance of mosques, were discussed. It was clear to all meeting participants that the issue of trust between community members and the FBI needs to be taken seriously by all of our nation's decision-makers. It was also evident that the Bureau must strengthen its efforts to build trust. The Director has testified before Congress about the invaluable contribution that the Muslim community makes to our nation's security, noting a recent bomb plot in Tampa, FL that was foiled thanks to a joint effort by the FBI and the local Muslim community.

The changes proposed by the FBI to the training modules are a welcomed first step in ensuring that such a mistake does not occur again in the future. The group asked the FBI Director to issue a formal statement on this matter acknowledging the negative impact of these training materials on the Muslim community. Representatives from the community and interfaith organizations also stressed the importance of transparency by the Bureau in dealing with these matters, and suggested that a committee of community leaders and experts be assembled to review training material issued by the FBI. Meeting participants requested that the training process be open and transparent moving forward, and requested future meetings with Director Mueller to continue the conversation.


ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

The news items, blogs, educational materials and other information in our emails and on our website are only intended to provide information, news and commentary on events and issues related to the threat of radical Islam. Much of this information is based upon media sources, such as the AP wire services, newspapers, magazines, books, online news blog and news services, and radio and television, which we deem to be reliable. However, we have undertaken no independent investigation to verify the accuracy of the information reported by these media sources. We therefore disclaim all liability for false or inaccurate information from these media sources. We also disclaim all liability for the third-party information that may be accessed through the material referenced in our emails or posted on our website.
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April 23, 2012

Rep. Allen West addresses FBI training materials issue

Rep. West to keynote gala banquet at our National Conference!


Register HERE


[Editor’s Note: Due to a technical glitch on Friday, April 20[size=9]th, it’s possible that a number of our email recipients did not receive the email we sent until late in the day. As a result, we have extended the deadline for “early bird” registration for the National Conference & Legislative Briefing through midnight today.

We have also added a short clip below from a recent interview Rep. West gave on Fox & Friends on proposed changes to FBI counterterrorism training materials.]
At last year’s National Conference & Legislative Briefing, he brought the house down.

No wonder many of last year’s attendees asked us to invite Rep. Allen West back this year.

He is an unapologetic patriot. He speaks the truth with clarity, eloquence and boldness—as evidenced by his remarks in the interview above. America is fortunate to have him serving us in Congress—and we are delighted to welcome him back as the keynote speaker for this year’s National Conference & Legislative Briefing gala banquet.

Our conference “early bird” special ends at midnight tonight—so there’s still time for you to register and receive early bird benefits, including:




  • Preferred seating at the gala banquet to hear Rep. West.
  • A special gift for you when you arrive.
  • And a chance to win free registration and $250 toward your travel costs.
[b]To find out more or register, click here.

To see a 2 minute video glimpse inside our national conference, including a clip of Rep. West speaking last year, click on the image below.





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ACT for America
P.O. Box 12765
Pensacola, FL 32591
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ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

The news items, blogs, educational materials and other information in our emails and on our website are only intended to provide information, news and commentary on events and issues related to the threat of radical Islam. Much of this information is based upon media sources, such as the AP wire services, newspapers, magazines, books, online news blog and news services, and radio and television, which we deem to be reliable. However, we have undertaken no independent investigation to verify the accuracy of the information reported by these media sources. We therefore disclaim all liability for false or inaccurate information from these media sources. We also disclaim all liability for the third-party information that may be accessed through the material referenced in our emails or posted on our website.

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April 19, 2012

Help us STOP proposed changes to FBI counterterrorism training materials!!!



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National conference early bird registration until April 20th!

URGENT action needed! Add your name to open letter to Congress TODAY!!!

Dear Elaine,

According to a recent CQ article (see below, highlights added), FBI leadership is moving forward with a plan that could purge from its counterterrorism training materials “references to Muslims…that it deemed offensive.” As we all know, groups like CAIR want EVERY reference to radical Islam removed because they deem ANY terrorism reference to Islam “offensive.”

We have learned that this potential capitulation by the FBI leadership to politically-correct special interest pressure has some Members of Congress concerned—and they should be.

So are we. And so should you.

With annual congressional hearings addressing the FBI just around the corner, we need to take action NOW to make sure the appropriate congressional committees are aware that there is opposition to these proposed changes from the folks back home. As you know, it’s almost impossible to get Congress to take action on something unless they feel some “heat” from their constituents.

This is why it’s critical we make our voices heard on this important issue NOW! And it’s essential that we speak out loud and strong!

The first step in addressing this issue is an open letter to the chairmen of the appropriate House and Senate committees. Some of these committees are scheduled to hold hearings on the FBI very soon. THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS that making changes to counterterrorism training manuals without any congressional input, to appease political correctness, is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE, because doing so WILL MAKE US LESS SAFE!!!!


Please add your name to this open letter and forward it to everyone you know. Please don’t delay. We only have a few weeks to mobilize opposition to these foolish, ill-advised proposed changes before the U.S. Congress discusses issues related to the FBI. We need to be sure that when they do, our federal legislators have the benefit of knowing that many Americans are opposed to these changes.
The Obama administration has already purged all references to radical Islam and jihad from its national strategic threat assessments. We can’t let this happen at the FBI as well. FBI agents in the field need to have training materials that accurately define the threat—for their safety and for ours.

We CAN stop these changes from happening, IF WE ACT.

So please, take action TODAY. It will only take a few moments of your time, but it will have a tremendous impact. Add your name to our open letter to congressional committee chairmen and forward this message to everyone you know!





Afternoon Take: FBI to Change Counterterrorism Training Policies

By Chad Brand, CQ Staff

The FBI is reportedly amending its training materials to eliminate references to Muslims and Arab-Americas that it deemed offensive, a change at least one high-ranking Democratic senator has championed.

The bureau recently notified Congress that it removed the references it deemed offensive, along with language saying that agents had the ability to suspend the law and impinge on the freedoms of others in the course of investigations, the New York Times reported. The story noted that Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., wrote to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, earlier this week about the training material.

Durbin’s letter raised concerns that an internal review of its training materials by the bureau uncovered evidence of instructions for agents to make assumptions about Islam, Muslims and Arab Americans based on crude stereotypes, including language such as “Islam is a highly violent religion,” and “mainstream American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers.”

Durbin asked the FBI make the training materials public and hold accountable the individuals responsible for the language deemed offensive.

Rep. Trent Franks, one of a group of House Republicans that has questioned whether the Obama administration’s review of its counterterrorism training policies put politics over security, said he was unhappy with what he called the FBI’s lack of communication with Congress about its training manual reviews. The Arizona Republican said he wants details about who advised the FBI during the process.

“The FBI must not permit outside parties to censor the true or critical material from FBI training curricula just because someone feels it to be politically incorrect,” he told CQ. “We want to know who these outside reviewing parties are, what their affiliations are, and whether they are being permitted in some instances to overrule the judgment of seasoned FBI trainers.”



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“On September 11, 2001, the United States was the target of a horrible act of terrorism, or violence to further a cause…”

Horizons (2005), p. 656, Harcourt
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Dear Elaine,

A common omission in the textbooks reviewed in our report was any reference to the perpetrators of 9/11 being Muslims engaged in the cause of Islamic jihad. It is difficult to conclude this omission was accidental or inadvertent.

How are students to understand what motivated the 9/11 terrorists and why it happened if they are not told who they were and why they did it? It’s like writing about the attack on Pearl Harbor and never informing students that the Japanese Imperial Navy launched the attack.

In an April 11th Washington Beacon news story (below, highlights added), we see the first response to our report from one of the textbook publishers:


Blumenfeld [a spokesman for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt] said ACT is wasting its time.

“Anyone who says (textbooks are pro-Islam) is just looking to make a name for themselves and should focus on doing something more productive,” he said.
Did Blumenfeld read or even skim the report? Given his dismissive attitude and response, we doubt it.

If you haven’t yet reviewed this eye-opening report, we urge you to do so by clicking here. When you do, ask yourself if exposing what amounts to indoctrination of middle and high school students is “a waste of time.”





Revisionist History

Education consultants working to whitewash history of Islam in public schools

BY: Bill McMorris - April 11, 2012
http://freebeacon.com/revisionist-history/


Under pressure from a well-funded Muslim education group, the nation’s public school textbooks increasingly present a politically correct portrait of Islam, according to a new report.

ACT for American Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Islamic fundamentalism, said it found examples of historical revisionism in 38 of the most popular history textbooks used in public schools.

ACT traced the new approach to Islam to a non-profit group that employs education consultants with links to political Islam, draws money from controversial donors, and has promoted glaring inaccuracies about the religion’s history.

The Institution on Religion and Civic Values—which recently changed its name from the Council on Islamic Education—is working to conduct a “bloodless” revolution in the school system according to founder Shabbir Mansuri.

One of the IRCV’s former leading scholars has been associated with groups that have raised questions in the past for their ties to radicalism.

Susan Douglass, who served as IRCV’s curriculum specialist for more than 10 years, taught social studies at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Va., a school funded by Saudi Arabia. The class of 1999’s valedictorian was convicted of plotting to assassinate former President George W. Bush in 2005.

At the time, liberal Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) questioned whether the school is “another example of the Saudi government turning a blind eye to terrorism.”

“I hope that the ISA is not another madrassa in the United States,” he said.

Douglass has also worked for an Islamic think tank—the International Institute of Islamic Thought—that was raided by federal officials in 2002. The group was founded with the backing of former Muslim Brotherhood members in the 1980s and had financial ties to anti-Israel terrorist groups in the early 2000s.

Douglass now works as an education consultant at Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which was renamed in 2005 after Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal donated $20 million to the center.

She did not return calls for comment.

One of the IRCV’s patrons, California defense contractor Rahim Sabadia, has funneled millions to Islamic organizations in the U.S.

Sabadia sent more than $300,000 to IRCV from 2008 to 2010, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. He also pumped more than $300,000 to the radical Council on American Islamic Relations during that same time period, and gave a $300,000 check to the left-wing Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2009.

His wife, Nafees El Batool, contributed nearly $60,000 to the Democratic National Senatorial Committee in the 2006 and 2008 cycles. Sabadia has split his six figure political donations evenly between both parties.

Sabadia lost his security clearance in June, reportedly claiming in an email to a colleague that his charity work was to blame, according to the Orange County Register.

Sabadia did not return calls for comment.

The six figure donations are aimed at pushing an agenda, rather than good scholarship, according to ACT executive director Guy Rodgers. He said textbook companies are eager to turn to groups like the IRCV in order to avoid accusations of racism.

“The IRCV gives a faulty picture, a rosy picture of Islam,” he said. “The textbooks are responding to this politically correct concern that we’re being intolerant to Muslims—they’re rewriting history to suit those concerns.”

IRCV has consulted for dozens of textbooks and instructed thousands of teachers since 2000. Mansuri, who did not return calls for comment, said he founded the group because, “The U.S., like any other nation, is part of the global community. We need to know about each other.”

But the type of information IRCV has provided to textbook companies sheds an overly positive light on Islam, according to ACT.

For example, the group played a major role consulting on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s 2003 history book, Across the Centuries.

In the textbook, ancient Islam is depicted in a very progressive manner: as tolerant of non-Muslims, in favor of equal rights for women, and unwilling participants in the fight for Jerusalem and the resulting Crusades.

The textbook featured many of the talking points forwarded by IRCV, including the assertion that “under Islam, Jews and Christians had full religious freedom. They built churches and synagogues, and several were financed by the state.”

The book failed to mention the scholarship of acclaimed Johns Hopkins University professor Majid Khadduri, who founded the school’s Middle East Studies Program. The Iraqi-born Khadduri combatted the revisionism embraced by many Muslim scholars, pointing out that Muslims barred the creation of new churches, taxed non-believers, branded them with yellow badges, and barred them from testifying in court.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt stands by the book, as well as the publisher’s relationship with Mansuri, according to company spokesman Josef Blumenfeld.

“We have 180 years of trusted content and we vet that content to other organizations because standards change and perceptions change,” he said. “[IRCV] helped, but we reach out to a lot of different interested parties to get their input.”

Guidelines that have since been scrubbed from the IRCV site stated that the group would not work with textbook makers for academic review “unless a substantial and substantive revision is planned by the publisher.” Although the policies prohibit textbook endorsements, the policies also said IRCV would promote textbooks that embraced its message.

“IRCV may on occasion recommend textbooks that contain balanced coverage of Islam and Muslim history,” the policies read.

IRCV’s relationship with HMH ended in 2003. Blumenfeld could not comment on the nature of the split, but dismissed the notion that HMH bowed to any kind of pressure from the Islamic group.

“We’d never give anyone veto power over our work,” he said.

Rodgers pointed to the treatment of the term jihad, often cited by Islamists as the driving force behind the 9/11 attacks and terrorist groups such as al Qaeda. The term is defined simply as a personal spiritual struggle in many leading textbooks.

“The most respected and authoritative collection of hadith contains 199 references to jihad, and every one uses the term to mean warfare against infidels,” according to the ACT report.

Blumenfeld said ACT is wasting its time.

“Anyone who says (textbooks are pro-Islam) is just looking to make a name for themselves and should focus on doing something more productive,” he said.

Rodgers, a former public school teacher, said the revisions “skew” a student’s ability to put the realities of Islamic terrorism in the proper context.

“What teachers do and what textbooks do has a big influence on young people,” he said. “You see kids who grew up in the post-9/11 era who don’t know what jihad is. How can we understand our enemy in the War on Terror if we are fed historical revisionism?”

“That’s not just an educational problem—that’s a national security problem.”





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Dear Elaine,

Yesterday we emailed you about the ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) sharia disinformation campaign. ICNA is a Muslim Brotherhood-connected organization whose goal is restoring the Islamic caliphate and imposing sharia law across the world.

When nations and cultures ignore the early warning signs of the infiltration of radical Islam, they pay a very dear price. The UK has 85 sharia courts. France has over 750 “no go zones,” Muslim enclaves where even French police don’t enter.

Now the latest—a video of what is happening in Belgium.

Welcome To Belgistan -- The New Muslim Capital Of Europe
https://youtu.be/ZDKk15KcqNk

We’re sure most people in Belgium never believed this could happen in their country. The path of least resistance for us Americans is to assume this could never happen here. But it already is. Just ask the Pennsylvania man who dressed up as a “zombie Mohammed” in a Halloween parade and was assaulted by a Muslim. To add insult to injury, a judge lectured the man who marched in the parade—calling him insensitive—and, astonishingly, dismissed the charges against the Muslim.

Someone must repeatedly sound the warning for America. That is the mission of ACT! for America. What can you do today to be part of our “early warning system?”

•Join us at our National Conference. Register by April 20th and you’ll receive our “early bird” benefits, including a chance to win free registration and $250 toward your travel expenses! For more information and how to register click here.


•View and pass the word about the textbook report recently released by our “sister” organization, ACT! for America Education.


•Make a contribution and receive one of our important resources as our thank you. For example, for a $35 contribution we will send you a DVD with over three hours of presentations on the Muslim Brotherhood.


•Start or get involved in a local chapter.


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Pro-Shariah Group Launches Disinformation Campaign

http://news.investors.com/Article.aspx?id=606641&ibdbot=1&p=2

The Islamic Circle of North America has launched a $3 million campaign to convince Americans that Shariah, the legal code of Islam, is no threat. ICNA is not exactly the best salesman.

The New York-based group, which was founded in 1968 by leaders of the Pakistani branch of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, is promoting Shariah law in a "25-city education tour" that features billboards, radio and TV ads, town hall forums and campus interfaith events.

"The plan is to clear up common misconceptions about Shariah and the Islamic faith," ICNA says. It's responding to legislative efforts to ban judges from recognizing Shariah law in Kansas, Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arizona and South Dakota.

"Muslim-Americans are asking for the same fundamental rights to observe Shariah" as other faiths enjoy observing their tenets, ICNA asserts.

Of course, Shariah involves far more than just worship. It commands a separate political system. Unlike other religions, it seeks to substitute the U.S. Constitution with its own commandments, which discriminate against women and non-Muslims, restrict free speech, and prescribe cruel and unusual punishment, among other things.

Through groups such as ICNA, as well as the hundreds of mosques it controls, the Muslim Brotherhood teaches Muslim-Americans that Shariah is the law of the land. This is in direct contravention of the so-called supremacy clause, which states: "This Constitution shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby."

Shariah has already crept into U.S. court cases, mostly involving family law. Some heavily Muslim areas of the U.S. have become "no-go zones," where domestic abuse cases, even honor killings, are covered up.

But then, ICNA knows all this. That's why it's trying to disarm the public through a massive propaganda campaign in the U.S.

The ICNA official behind the campaign, Sabeel Ahmed, has privately told Muslims: "We should use every opportunity presented or created to sensitize non-Muslim peers and school staff with Islam and establish an environment in which everywhere a non-Muslims (sic) turn, they notice Islam portrayed in a positive way and get influenced by it and eventually accept Islam with Allah's guidance, insha Allah."

It's plain that ICNA has an agenda other than protecting religious freedom. But it goes beyond conversion of non-Muslims. Here's what ICNA is really hiding:

• The secret archives of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, seized by FBI agents in 2004, list ICNA among "our organizations."

• The document, found in the basement of a terror suspect in Annandale, Va., and translated from Arabic, says "their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house, so that it is eliminated and Allah's religion is made victorious over all other religions."

• The same Brotherhood charter calls for the creation one day of a "Central Islamic Court" in America, according to the best-seller "Muslim Mafia."

• ICNA recently merged with a sister group — the Muslim American Society — which the Justice Department says is the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

• ICNA's "Great Leaders of the last 100 Years" features the late Pakistani Brotherhood leader Maulana Abul Ala Maududi, who has said: "Islam wishes to do away with all states and governments anywhere."

• It also lionizes the late Egyptian Brotherhood leader Sayyid Qutb, who stated: "Wherever an Islamic community exists, it has a God-given right to step forward and take control of the political authority so that it may establish the divine system (Shariah) on earth."

• ICNA has featured in its magazine, "The Message," the writings of the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader, Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has stated the following: "What we seek is that legislations and codes be within the limits of the flawless texts and the overall objectives of the Shariah and the Islamic message." Qaradawi, banned from U.S. entry since 1999, has also declared: "We will conquer America."

Those running ICNA's ads and plastering highways (including New York's Lincoln Tunnel) with billboards should know what they're dealing with — a subversive group running a disinformation campaign.





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April 3, 2012

Meet Brigitte Gabriel, Members of Congress, ACT! for America members

Dear Elaine,

What happens at our National Conference & Legislative Briefing? Check out the two minute video below!



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Click here to see the latest information on our annual event, which will be held this June 27 – 29 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Here you’ll be able to see the agenda, confirmed speakers, and description of activities.

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Hezbollah: Threat to Israel,
Threat to America


Dear Elaine,

The report below reiterates what Brigitte Gabriel, President of ACT! for America, has been saying for years—that Hezbollah operatives and terrorists are active in America.

This Friday, a “Global march to Jerusalem” will take place, which will include the usual gaggle of jihadists, anti-Semites, anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian activists, and terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah. According to its organizers, the march is “comprised of a diverse coalition…who are united in the struggle to liberate the holy city of Jerusalem (the city of peace) from illegal Zionist occupation.”

Global march organizers further claim that their “aim is to end the Zionist policies of apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaization, which all harm the people, land and sanctity of Jerusalem.” (No mention of the fact that over one million Arabs are citizens of Israel, who enjoy equal rights with Jewish citizens of Israel.)

Join us in calling on President Obama and the Congress to condemn this march and stand with Israel, an effort sponsored by the National Conference on Jewish Affairs, a pro-America, pro-Israel organization.

You can add your name to this petition here.

When it comes to Islamic militancy and terrorism, Israel is the “canary in the coal mine.” We stand with Israel as an ally against the rising tide of radical Islam across the globe.





Hezbollah Agents, Funders
at Large in America


[url=http://freebeacon.com/hezbollah-agents-funders-at-large-in-america]http://freebeacon.com/hezbollah-agents-funders-at-large-in-america/[/url]

Hundreds of Hezbollah agents are suspected to be working in the United States, and the terror group enjoys the support of “several thousand sympathetic donors” across the country, according to an investigative report issued earlier today by the House’s Homeland Security Committee.

“Pinning down a reliable estimate of the number of Hezbollah operatives who now reside inside the U.S. is difficult because of their operational security expertise,” an outline of the report stated. “But some officials estimate that, based on cases uncovered since 9/11, there are likely several thousand sympathetic donors, while operatives probably number in the hundreds.”

The committee also revealed that Hezbollah sympathizers have been involved in 21 legal cases since 2002—though the links of the accused to the militant group was not necessarily revealed.

“Most Hezbollah-linked federal defendants have been Lebanese nationals or naturalized U.S. citizens from Lebanon; many of those charged by the Department of Justice over the past decade remain at large in Lebanon,” the report states.

“Many defendants were known or suspected of having military training or direct combat experience against Israeli forces,” according the report. “Some were quietly convicted of fraud and deported as criminal aliens without their Hezbollah background being publicly disclosed by prosecutors.” Hezbollah—more than any other terror group—has the unique ability to flip “a U.S.-based fundraising cell into a lethal terror force, should Iran decide that is in its interests,” the report states.



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March 26, 2012

President Obama on our missile defense: “After my election I have more flexibility”

Dear Elaine,
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In 2009 ACT! for America’s grassroots efforts helped restore full funding for our missile defense system in the House Armed Services Committee, funding that had been cut by President Obama. Prior to that, we opposed President Obama’s decision to capitulate to Russia and modify our missile defense systems in Europe intended to protect our interests from Iran.

Today, ABC News has released a SHOCKING exchange (see below, highlights added) that reveals how far President Obama is willing to go to compromise our future missile defense system—and thus our national security—in order to appease Russia.

You can see the video by clicking on the image above, then scrolling down to the video screen at the bottom of the page.

Ladies and gentlemen, this goes far beyond disturbing. This is downright scary. There is already a “behind the scenes” fight in Washington over an Obama administration proposal to provide secret information about our missile defense system to Russia.

Now, President Obama’s intentions have been made perfectly clear. He knows he can’t capitulate to Russia and compromise our missile defenses before the election—but he is ready and willing to do so if he gets re-elected.





Mar 26, 2012 6:17am


President Obama Asks Medvedev for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense — ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’


http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/president-obama-asks-medvedev-for-space-on-missile-defense-after-my-election-i-have-more-flexibility/


SEOUL, South Korea — At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense, but incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to give him “space.”

The exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders.

The exchange:

President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.

President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

When asked to explain what President Obama meant, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes told ABC News that there is room for the U.S. and Russia to reach an accommodation, but “there is a lot of rhetoric around this issue — there always is — in both countries.

A senior administration official tells ABC News: “this is a political year in which the Russians just had an election, we’re about to have a presidential and congressional elections — this is not the kind of year in which we’re going to resolve incredibly complicated issue like this. So there’s an advantage to pulling back and letting the technical experts work on this as the president has been saying.”

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[size=21]Textbook analysis report
released today!


A special message from
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Dear Elaine,

It is with great delight that I announce to you that today we released “Education or Indoctrination? The Treatment of Islam in 6[size=12]th
through 12th Grade American Textbooks.”

ACT! for America Education Executive Director Guy Rodgers and I began discussing this project nearly four years ago. Today, that project is a reality—and I believe that one year from now you and I will look back on this as a truly historic accomplishment that helped change the course of education in America.

This report shines a bright light on a pattern of errors, omissions and bias in the textbooks reviewed. Our children deserve better. Our children deserve facts and accuracy, not historical revisionism.

To give you just one example of the errors our research uncovered, in discussing the 9/11 attacks, the textbooks typically fail to mention the perpetrators were Muslims or that they acted in the cause of Islamic jihad. In one book the terrorists are portrayed as people fighting for a cause. In just a few years after September 11th, the history of what happened on that tragic day was rewritten in our school textbooks. Omitting this vital information, that jihad was the motivation for the attacks, makes it difficult, if not impossible, for today’s young teens, who don’t remember 9/11, to really understand what happened that day—and why.

Please forward this email to anyone and everyone you know. Help us get the word out far and wide! Over the next few months we hope to wake up America to what this report has uncovered!

To access the report log on to www.ACTforAmericaEducation.org. Once there you will find the following:





  • The Executive Summary of the Report, which was mailed to over 70,000 state and local school board members nationwide;
  • The full Report;
  • Sub-reports, sorted by each textbook publisher;
  • A plan for taking action.
The few have always made a difference in this crazy, dangerous but wonderful world we live in. This is our time, those of us who “get it” and are concerned about the direction of our future, to come together and work together to make a difference for our country and our future generation.

I am honored to put my hand in yours and work with you to ensure our children receive the best historical education, and America remains the greatest and brightest nation on earth.

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[size=21]AMJA’s goal: replacing our Constitution with sharia law


Dear Elaine,

The enablers of radical Islam in government, academia and the media regularly dismiss warnings like ours. They have either never heard of, don’t want to know about, or don’t want you to know about, the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA).

When you read the eye-popping column below (highlights added), posted by our friend Andrew Bostom, you’ll be reminded why the willful blindness of the enablers of radical Islam is so dangerous.

We take little comfort in the ruling of an AMJA jurist (quoted below), who writes (referring to the Muslim community in America): “The Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time.”








Mainstream American Muslim Jurists’ Blueprint for Undermining America’s Legal System

Posted By Andrew Bostom On March 14, 2012

[url=http://www.andrewbostom.org/blog/2012/03/14/mainstream-american-muslim-jurists-blueprint-for-undermining-americas-legal-system]http://www.andrewbostom.org/blog/2012/03/14/mainstream-american-muslim-jurists-blueprint-for-undermining-americas-legal-system/[/url]



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Salah al-Sawy, mainstream AMJA “jurist”, expresses his patriotic views on US citizenship:

As for obtaining citizenships in light of circumstances of Muslims today who are residing outside the lands of Islam — on the condition that they do not accept indefinitely the law and legislation of that country and being indefinite belonging to the nation of the non-Muslim country so that they become loyal to all their allies and an enemy to all their enemies — and obtaining the citizenship is considered a required means in order to organize the affairs of Muslims who already live there while ensuring fulfilling vows and agreements between them and host countries, and exists due to urgent necessities and needs and this Muslim kept his loyalty to Allaah and His Messenger, then it would not be farfetched to say that it would be permissible.

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My colleague
Translating Jihad [6] has just rendered into English [7] an Arabic-language paper published by the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA [8]) in 2007, and presented at their 2008 careers conference in Houston [9]. As he observes, aptly, in his introduction to the posting, “Credit goes to the Center for Security Policy [10] for discovering this paper and bringing it to me for translation.”

The mission statement of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) maintains the organization was, “…founded to provide guidance for Muslims living in North America…AMJA is a religious organization that does not exploit religion to achieve any political ends, but instead provides practical solutions within the guidelines of Islam and the nation’s laws to the various challenges experienced by Muslim communities…” With regard to the Sharia, specifically, AMJA’s stated purpose [11] is to “clarify the rulings of the sharia which are relevant for those who live in America.” AMJA is well-accepted [12] by the mainstream American Muslim community. The Islamic scholars affiliated with this group maintain influential positions in universities, Islamic centers, and mosques throughout the United States. Translating Jihad compiled a list of some of their prominent members, including the names of universities and other organizations with which they’re affiliated, accessed from
AMJA’s website [13]:





  • Mohammad Naeem AlSaei, University of Texas, American Open University (AOU) (Virginia);
  • Waleed Basyouni, North American Imam Federation (NAIF) (Arizona), Texas Dawah Convention, AlMaghrib Institute (Texas);
  • Hatem AlHaj, Sharia Academy of America (Florida), Albert Lea Medical Center (Minnesota), NAIF, Islamic Jurisprudence Council of Minnesota;
  • Waleed Al-Maneese, Dar-al-Farooq Islamic Center (Minnesota), University of Minnesota, AOU, NAIF;
  • Muwaffak Al Ghaylany, Islamic Center in Grand Blank City (Minnesota), Shari`a Academy in America (Florida), NAIF:
  • Main Al-Qudah, MAS Katy Center (Texas), AOU, Islamic American University (Minnesota), Al-Yarmook University (Iraq);
  • Salah Alsawy, Institute of Arabic and Islamic Sciences (Virginia), AOU, Sharia Academy (Florida), Al-Azhar University (Egypt), Umm Al Qura University (Saudi Arabia); and
  • Muhammad Adam Alsheikh, Al Rahmah Mosque (Maryland), Sudanese courts.
  • Alsheikh, Al Rahmah Mosque (Maryland), Sudanese courts.
Notwithstanding this mainstream acceptance, including uncritical endorsement [size=9][12] of its seventh annual American conference in Houston (October 15-18, 2010) to train American imams, AMJA has issued rulings which sanction the killing of apostates (here [14]), “blasphemers” (including non-Muslims guilty of this “crime”; here [15]), or adulterers (by stoning to death, here [16]), and condone [17] marital rape. Even more ominously, another Arabic-language fatwa from AMJA’s Dr. Salah Al-Sawy leaves open the possibility for offensive jihad against America and the West, as soon as Muslims are strong enough to do so. When asked whether “the Islamic missionary effort in the West … [was] to the point where it could take advantage of offensive jihad,” Al-Sawy ruled [18]:

The Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time. With our current capabilities, we are aspiring toward defensive jihad, and to improve our position with regards to jurisprudence at this stage. But there is a different discussion for each situation. Allah Almighty knows best.

It is also of grave concern that AMJA, as an American organization, offers only grudging and conditional support to the fundamental notions of acquiring citizenship in, and swearing allegiance to, the U.S. and our Sharia-antithetical governing legal system. Responding to the query: “Is acquiring an American citizenship lawful or prohibited?” AMJA issued fatwa #77223 [19]:

As for optionally obtaining citizenship of a non-Muslim country it is definitely prohibited without a doubt, moreover it could be a form of apostasy or main means leading to apostasy because willingly accepting the laws of disbelievers and obeying it without any valid excuse or enforcement, or ignorance is considered a nullifier to Tawheed and Islam, as long as the proof has been established upon this person and the matter and its consequences are as I clarified. As for obtaining citizenships in light of circumstances of Muslims today who are residing outside the lands of Islam — on the condition that they do not accept indefinitely the law and legislation of that country and being indefinite belonging to the nation of the non-Muslim country so that they become loyal to all their allies and an enemy to all their enemies — and obtaining the citizenship is considered a required means in order to organize the affairs of Muslims who already live there while ensuring fulfilling vows and agreements between them and host countries, and exists due to urgent necessities and needs and this Muslim kept his loyalty to Allaah and His Messenger, then it would not be farfetched to say that it would be permissible.

Now [7], Translating Jihad puts what one might wish to deem as these circumscribed, “purely Islamic” rulings, in a more disturbing—and entirely unacceptable, seditious context. AMJA’s own words make plain the organization's long term commitment to superseding the US legal code with its antithesis, a Sharia-based system.

As Translating Jihad notes in his introductory summary [7] of the newly translated 2007 AMJA paper, it

…provides guidelines for American Muslims on what they can and cannot do vis-à-vis infidel legal systems. The paper makes clear that according to Islam, the only legitimate law is that which comes from Allah, and in fact authority to make laws rests with Allah alone. This renders every other legal system—including the American system—illegitimate.


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CAIR, NY Times
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Dear Elaine,

New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly has been under fire from CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), and one of America’s top media enablers of radical Islam—the New York Times.

Kelly has been attacked for using the documentary film “The Third Jihad” in counterterrorism training.

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Rep. Peter King accepts award at 2011 National Conference.
Have you registered yet?
Many of you have seen this film. We promoted it heavily when it was first released.

Now “The Third Jihad” is fighting back. This short video is a powerful rebuttal to the smear campaign CAIR and the New York Times have waged against Commissioner Kelly.

As you will see in the video, the New York Times ran an editorial that clearly alters a quote from the film to fit its story line and discredit Commissioner Kelly.

We’re not surprised by this. The newspaper did this to us with a story it ran in 2010, where it:





  • Misquoted our mission statement to create an erroneous, negative perception of who ACT! for America is.
  • Refused to correct the misquote when we caught them red-handed.
  • And then, amazingly, claimed—without any evidence—that what they quoted was accurate and that we must have changed our website.
We’re not surprised by CAIR’s actions either. Its representatives have viciously and dishonestly attacked legislation we have been pushing in state legislatures, “American Laws for American Courts.”

You can send a short email here to Mayor Bloomberg’s office expressing support for Commissioner Kelly and outrage at the smear campaign that has been leveled against him.




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History of the
Muslim Conquests



Dear Elaine,

In a little over a week, our “sister” organization, ACT! for America Education, [url=http://www.actforamericaeducation.org/]www.ACTforAmericaEducation.org[/url], will release its school textbook analysis report entitled “Education or Indoctrination: The Treatment of Islam in 6[size=12]th
Through 12th Grade American Textbooks.”

The column by Raymond Ibrahim (below, highlights added) speaks to just one aspect of what our research uncovered, as well as how our report addresses this historical revisionism.

You will NOT want to miss this report—and forward information about it to everyone you know.

Stay tuned.






The Historical Reality of the Muslim Conquests

by Raymond Ibrahim
Jihad Watch
March 1, 2012
[url=http://www.meforum.org/3182/history-muslim-conquests]http://www.meforum.org/3182/history-muslim-conquests[/url]



Because it is now almost axiomatic for American school textbooks to whitewash all things Islamic (see here for example), it may be instructive to examine one of those aspects that are regularly distorted: the Muslim conquests.

Few events of history are so well documented and attested to as are these conquests, which commenced soon after the death of the Muslim prophet Muhammad (632) and tapered off circa 750. Large swathes of the Old World—from the India in the east, to Spain in the west—were conquered and consolidated by the sword of Islam during this time, with more after (e.g., the Ottoman conquests).

By the standards of history, the reality of these conquests is unassailable, for history proper concerns itself with primary sources; and the Islamic conquests are thoroughly documented. More importantly, the overwhelming majority of primary source materials we rely on do not come from non-Muslims, who might be accused of bias. Rather, the foremost historians bequeathing to posterity thousands of pages of source materials documenting the Islamic conquests were not only Muslims themselves; they were—and still are—regarded by today's Muslims as pious and trustworthy scholars (generically, the ulema).

Among the most authoritative books devoted to recounting the conquests are: Ibn Ishaq's (d. 767) Sira ("Life of Muhammad"), the oldest biography of Muhammad; Waqidi's (d. circa. 820) Maghazi ("Military Campaigns [of the Prophet]"); Baladhuri's (d. 892) Futuh al-Buldan ("Conquests of the Nations"); and Tabari's (d.923) multi-volume Tarikh al-Rusul wa al-Muluk, ("History of Prophets and Kings"), which is 40 volumes in the English translation.

Taken together, these accounts (which are primarily based on older accounts—oral and written—tracing back to Muhammad and his successors) provide what was once, and in the Muslim world still is, a famous story: that Allah had perfected religion (Islam) for all humanity; that he commanded his final prophet (Muhammad) and community (Muslims) to spread Islam to the world; and that the latter was/is to accept it either willingly or unwillingly (jihad).

It should be noted that contemporary non-Muslim accounts further validate the facts of the conquests. The writings of the Christian bishop of Jerusalem Sophronius (d.638), for instance, or the chronicles of the Byzantine historian Theophanes (d.758), to name a couple, make clear that Muslims conquered much of what is today called the "Muslim world."

According to the Muslim historical tradition, the majority of non-Muslim peoples of the Old World, not desiring to submit to Islam or its laws (Sharia), fought back, though most were eventually defeated and subsumed.

The first major conquest, renowned for its brutality, occurred in Arabia itself, immediately after Muhammad's death in 632. Many tribes which had only nominally accepted Islam's authority, upon Muhammad's death, figured they could break away; however, Muhammad's successor and first caliph, or successor, Abu Bakr, would have none of that, and proclaimed a jihad against these apostates, known in Arabic as the "Ridda Wars" (or Apostasy Wars). According to the aforementioned historians, tens of thousands of Arabs were put to the sword until their tribes re-submitted to Islam.

The Ridda Wars ended around 634. To keep the Arab Muslims from quarreling, the next caliph, Omar, launched the Muslim conquests: Syria was conquered around 636, Egypt 641, Mesopotamia and the Persian Empire, 650. By the early 8th century, all of north Africa and Spain to the west, and the lands of central Asia and India to the east, were also brought under Islamic suzerainty.

The colorful accounts contained in the Muslim tradition are typified by constant warfare, which normally goes as follows: Muslims go to a new region and offer the inhabitants three choices: 1) submit (i.e., convert) to Islam; 2) live as second-class citizens, or "dhimmis," paying special taxes and accepting several social debilitations; 3) fight to the death.

Centuries later, and partially due to trade, Islam came to be accepted by a few periphery peoples, mostly polytheists and animists, who followed no major religion (e.g., in Indonesia, Somalia), and who currently form the outer fringes of the Islamic world.

Ironically, these exceptions are now portrayed as the rule in America's classrooms: many textbooks suggest or at least imply that most people who converted to Islam did so under no duress, but rather through peaceful contacts with merchants and traders; that they eagerly opted to convert to Islam for the religion's intrinsic appeal, without noting the many debilitations conquered non-Muslims avoided—extra taxes, second-rate social status, enforced humiliation, etc.—by converting to Islam. In fact, in the first century, and due to these debilitations, many conquered peoples sought to convert to Islam only to be rebuffed by the caliphate, which preferred to keep them as subdued—and heavily taxed—subjects, not as Muslim equals.

Meanwhile, as U.S. textbooks equivocate about the Muslim conquests, in the schoolrooms of the Muslim world, the conquests are not only taught as a matter of course, but are glorified: their rapidity and decisiveness are regularly portrayed as evidence that Allah was in fact on the side of the Muslims (and will be again, so long as Muslims uphold their communal duty of waging jihad).

The dissimulation of how Islam was spread in the early centuries contained in Western textbook's mirrors the way the word jihad, once inextricable to the conquests, has also been recast. Whereas the word jihad has throughout the centuries simply meant armed warfare on behalf of Islam, in recent years, American students have been taught the Sufi interpretation of jihad—Sufis make up perhaps one percent of the Islamic world and are often seen as heretics with aberrant interpretations—which portrays jihad as a "spiritual-struggle" against one's vices.

Contrast this definition of jihad with that of an early edition of the venerable Encyclopaedia of Islam. Its opening sentence simply states, "The spread of Islam by arms is a religious duty upon Muslims in general.… Jihad must continue to be done until the whole world is under the rule of Islam.… Islam must completely be made over before the doctrine of jihad [warfare to spread Islam] can be eliminated." Muslim legal manuals written in Arabic are even more explicit.

Likewise, the Islamic conquests narrated in the Muslim histories often mirror the doctrinal obligations laid out in Islam's theological texts—the Koran and Hadith. Muslim historians often justify the actions of the early Islamic invaders by juxtaposing the jihad injunctions found in Islamic scriptures.

It should also be noted that, to Muslims, the Islamic conquests are seen as acts of altruism: they are referred to as futuh, which literally means "openings"—that is, the countries conquered were "opened" for the light of Islam to enter and guide its infidel inhabitants. Thus to Muslims, there is nothing to regret or apologize for concerning the conquests; they are seen as for the good of those who were conquered (i.e., the ancestors of today's Muslims).

In closing, the fact of the Muslim conquests, by all standards of history, is indisputable. Accordingly, just as less than impressive aspects of Western and Christian history, such as the Inquisition or conquest of the Americas, are regularly taught in U.S. textbooks, so too should the Muslim conquests be taught, without apology or fear of being politically incorrect. This is especially so because it concerns history—which has a way of repeating itself when ignored, or worse, whitewashed.

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum






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Dear Elaine,

While it may seem like it’s way off in the future, the opening day of our 2012 National Conference and Legislative Briefing is only 113 days away.

This year’s event, June 27 – 29, includes the best of our past events, such as the congressional briefing and congressional awards luncheon, with some new, exciting wrinkles. For more details on the agenda, click here.





  • We’re going back to the Omni Shoreham Hotel, a beautiful and historic venue that provided service last year that attendees raved about.
  • We have a great lineup of conference speakers confirmed thus far—James Woolsey, Kenneth Timmerman, Clare Lopez, and Tawfik Hamid. Engaging speakers with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us. (For more detail about these speakers, click here.)
  • Our Welcome Event this year includes a few surprises that, well, if we told you, they wouldn’t be surprises!
  • We’ve added more time for attendees to get to know each other and a few sessions that we know will empower and encourage you.
  • You’ll find out what we’re doing “behind the scenes” to get bills passed in state legislatures. You’ll get an inside, birds-eye view of how we’re working the halls of Congress to advance our high priority legislation.
  • You’ll learn the best tips and techniques for how to effectively persuade others about the threat of radical Islam.
We sold out last year and this year’s event is definitely space limited. For instance, we can accommodate only 250 people at the congressional awards luncheon, a favorite of our conference attendees.

Don’t be left out! Register here today. To book your specially discounted hotel room, call 800/843-6664 or reserve it online here.






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VOICE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE OPEN FUEL STANDARD
AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE TRANSPORTATION BILL!
Dear Elaine,

This week, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider S. 1813, a transportation bill called “MAP-21.” We expect Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) to offer S.1603, their Open Fuel Standard (OFS) Act as an amendment to the transportation legislation (amendment #1657).

The auto industry has been blanketing the Hill in opposition to the OFS amendment, using patently false claims. To counter that message, it is critical that our U.S. Senators hear voluminous and loud support for the amendment from the folks back home. ACT! for America’s 185,000 grassroots members can easily provide that support. Will you help us make this impact?

The Open Fuel Standard Act is very much needed legislation—especially at this point in time. With the return of increased gas prices due to OPEC’s standard manipulation, as well as the Iranian regime’s dangerous game- playing using oil as a negotiating tool, it’s time for us to finally sever OPEC’s chokehold. The OFS Act will move us in that direction. Brazil has already done it successfully and other nations are moving in the same direction.

While there certainly are numerous valid approaches to transportation fuel independence (most of which we fully support), the Open Fuel Standard legislation is the easiest first step. At zero cost to the Federal Government, and only $70 to $100 per vehicle, passage of the OFS Act will finally provide Americans a choice when filling up their gas tanks—just like we all have a choice for every other product offered to us. It will allow free market capitalism to be applied to the transportation fuel industry—something that currently does not exist.

We must finally cut the cord that keeps us dependent on wealthy dictators and Islamist nations for our gasoline. Further, we must stop funding Islamist terrorists every time we fill up our gas tanks. Passage of the Cantwell/Lugar Amendment is our opportunity to do so.

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When will the
groveling end?




Dear Elaine,

When will the unseemly groveling end?

According to an AP story (below), “A senior Pentagon official apologized Friday to Washington-area Muslims for the burning of Qurans…”

Not just once, but multiple times.

One of those apologized to was Mohamed Magid, president of ISNA (Islamic Society of North America).





  • ISNA is one of 29 organizations listed as “friends” in the Muslim Brotherhood strategy memo calling for “civilization jihad” against America.
  • ISNA was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial.
Let’s all remember that militant Muslims defaced these Qur’ans in violation of sharia law. These jihadist enemy combatants were using the Qur’ans to pass messages to each other.

Scroll to the end of the article below and you’ll be shocked to learn that one Muslim interviewed did not believe the latest apology was sufficient. No amount of groveling will satisfy, so enough already!





Pentagon apologizes for Koran burning to unindicted co-conspirator at terror-linked VA mosque

Posted on February 27, 2012 by creeping

This government is complicit if not treasonous. Muslims are killing Americans and NATO is promising to prosecute those who burned Korans used to send messages among jihadis. via Pentagon official apologizes for Quran burning – USATODAY.com.

STERLING, Virginia (AP) – A senior Pentagon official apologized Friday to Washington-area Muslims for the burning of Qurans at a military base in Afghanistan.

Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs, said the military is investigating what occurred and that all 140,000 coalition troops in Afghanistan are being retrained in the handling of religious materials.

Lavoy apologized multiple times during a brief speech during prayer services at the ADAMS Center in Sterling, one of the largest mosques in the country.

“I come here today to apologize on behalf of the Department of Defense for the incident that took place in Afghanistan this week,” Lavoy told worshippers, saying the burnings were done “unknowingly and improperly.”

Lavoy’s remarks at the suburban Washington mosque follow protests across Afghanistan over the burning of several Qurans at a U.S. military base. Military officials say at least 20 people have died in the protests, including two U.S. soldiers.

Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the ADAMS Center mosque and president of the Islamic Society of North America, said Friday’s session was designed to let Muslims around the world know that American Muslims were also concerned about the incident but were able to express those concerns and receive an apology and promise of a thorough investigation without resorting to violence.

“It was very satisfying, very heartwarming to hear an apology three times in one speech,” Magid said after the services.

Magid said Muslims across the world are rightfully concerned and upset to hear that Qurans were burned in a careless manner. But he said that “absolutely the violence we have seen is unacceptable from an Islamic perspective.”

Magid said the Pentagon reached out to him and other Muslim leaders earlier this week, and he went to the Pentagon on Thursday to meet with officials, who offered to come to his mosque and speak directly to its members.

“As American Muslims we engage with our government and we hold them accountable if something goes wrong,” Magid told nearly 1,000 worshippers during midday services.

Lavoy did not take questions from worshippers or reporters after Friday’s speech.

Not everyone who heard Lavoy’s speech was satisfied. Mauri Saalakhan of Silver Spring, Md., who operates the Peace Thru Justice Foundation and came to ADAMS Center to hear Lavoy’s remarks, said that an apology is helpful but insufficient. He said he simply does not believe that the Qurans were mistakenly burned and that the burnings of the Quran are relatively minor compared to the suffering that has been inflicted on the Afghan people as a result of the war.




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The Obama administration’s denial of reality—
and why Rep. Allen West’s Purple Heart
legislation is so important


Please add your name today!

Dear Elaine,

Last week we emailed you about our open letter to the chairmen of both the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services Committees. The letter calls on the committees to take up and pass H.R. 1142, sponsored by Rep. Allen West, which would confer the Purple Heart upon victims of jihadist attacks (Ft. Hood, the Little Rock Recruitment Center, etc.).

Doing so would correct a grave injustice. It would also shine a light on a reality the Obama administration is desperately trying to deny:




  • that there is a jihadist ideology;
  • that the primary meaning of the doctrine of jihad has always been warfare against non-Muslims;
  • that the perpetrators of jihadist violence are not mere “criminals”—they are enemy combatants who deserve to be treated as enemy combatants;
  • and that their victims, such as at Ft. Hood and the Little Rock Recruitment Center, are not victims of “crime” or “workplace violence,” but are victims of an act of war—jihad.
The Obama administration has gone so far in acting on this denial that, at the insistence of radical Muslim organizations, it is expunging any references to “jihad” or “radical Islam” from FBI terrorism training manuals.

This pattern of denial by the Obama administration can be seen in other areas. Recently, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the incredulous statement that Iran is a “rational actor” and is not trying to develop nuclear weapons.

This illustrates a triumph of wishful thinking, or perhaps wishful parsing of intelligence data, over an understanding of religious doctrinal beliefs that are at least in part driving Iran’s leaders on its path toward nuclear weaponry. When Ahmadinejad, Khameini, or any other Iranian leader, express their belief in the return of the 12th imam, and how a worldwide apocalypse must occur before this happens, we should take them at their word. What better way to instigate a worldwide apocalypse than to launch nuclear weapons?

But instead of taking this seriously, it seems that this administration dismisses such notions as crazy ramblings, because, after all, no one in our leadership would ever believe such a thing.

The Obama administration has also been exhibiting a denial of reality in the way it is responding to the accidental burning of some Qur’ans in Afghanistan. It has trotted out one apology after another, from different leaders in the administration, even going so far as to promise that those who burned the Qur’ans will be held accountable.

(Interestingly, some modern and ancient Islamic authorities specifically sanction the burning of Qur’ans as a proper means of disposal. To find out more see this enlightening article by our friend and colleague Andrew Bostom.)

The Obama administration actions have been undertaken in the hope that this would somehow assuage the wrath of the Afghan rioters, when in fact it denies the reality that such repeated pleas for forgiveness are doing the exact opposite, like throwing gasoline on a fire. The Obama administration’s actions are emboldening the rioters and have failed to achieve their purported goal.

Every person who signs the Purple Heart letter is not only calling on Congress to correct a grave injustice, he or she is sending a message that we have lost patience with the denial of the reality that jihad is what is motivating Islamic terrorists and that jihad is an act of war.

So if you haven’t yet signed the Purple Heart letter, for the sake of the victims at Ft. Hood and Little Rock, please add your name today.





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February 23, 2012


It’s time for a purple heart for the victims at Ft. Hood and Little Rock!


Show your support for our troops by joining us in correcting this outrageous injustice!!


Dear Elaine,

Did you know that the military victims of Islamic jihad terrorism at Ft. Hood and the Little Rock Recruitment Center are not eligible for the Purple Heart?

The reason is that our Defense Department is defining these acts as “criminal” acts rather than as acts of “war.” In fact, the Ft. Hood massacre was classified as “workplace violence!”

This is in keeping with the Obama administration position that terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, are not “enemy combatants” but “alleged criminals.”

Not only do we strongly disagree with this designation, we find it outrageous and completely unacceptable that those in our armed forces killed by jihadists on our soil are not eligible for the Purple Heart.

Do you agree? Would you like to help us correct this injustice?

Then log on here and add your name to the Open Letter we will be sending to the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

In the letter, we urge them to pass H.R. 1142, introduced by Rep. Allen West. Here’s an excerpt from this letter:



H.R. 1142, the Global Combat Zone Recognition Act, was introduced by Congressman Allen West and would assure that a member of the Armed Forces killed or wounded in a terrorist attack is afforded the same protections and treatments as one killed or wounded in a traditional active “combat zone.”
Help us pour tens of thousands of names behind this letter into the Armed Services Committees of both the House and Senate. Let them know the American people are outraged at this injustice and that we expect action!!

This is a chance for us to do more than “honor and support our troops” with our words. It only takes moments to add your name—and you can even forward this letter to others you know.

Let’s take action to correct this injustice today!!




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[size=25]It’s time for a purple heart for the victims at Ft. Hood and Little Rock!


Show your support for our troops by joining us in correcting this outrageous injustice!!


Dear Elaine,

Did you know that the military victims of Islamic jihad terrorism at Ft. Hood and the Little Rock Recruitment Center are not eligible for the Purple Heart?

The reason is that our Defense Department is defining these acts as “criminal” acts rather than as acts of “war.” In fact, the Ft. Hood massacre was classified as “workplace violence!”

This is in keeping with the Obama administration position that terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, are not “enemy combatants” but “alleged criminals.”

Not only do we strongly disagree with this designation, we find it outrageous and completely unacceptable that those in our armed forces killed by jihadists on our soil are not eligible for the Purple Heart.

Do you agree? Would you like to help us correct this injustice?

Then log on here and add your name to the Open Letter we will be sending to the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

In the letter, we urge them to pass H.R. 1142, introduced by Rep. Allen West. Here’s an excerpt from this letter:



H.R. 1142, the Global Combat Zone Recognition Act, was introduced by Congressman Allen West and would assure that a member of the Armed Forces killed or wounded in a terrorist attack is afforded the same protections and treatments as one killed or wounded in a traditional active “combat zone.”
Help us pour tens of thousands of names behind this letter into the Armed Services Committees of both the House and Senate. Let them know the American people are outraged at this injustice and that we expect action!!

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Co-opting the FBI


Dear Elaine,

Why have we spent so much time ringing alarm bells about the Muslim Brotherhood? About its rise in the Middle East?

Why did we put together last fall a comprehensive resource package entitled “Unmasking the Enemy Among Us: Information Warfare and the Muslim Brotherhood” (available here)?

Because we have seen what’s coming, spelled out below in this must-read piece (highlights added) that recently appeared on the Investigative Project on Terrorism website. It begins with a note from Steven Emerson detailing how radical Muslim organizations have, for all practical purposes, successfully co-opted the FBI.








February 16, 2012
A note from Investigative Project on Terrorism Executive Director Steven Emerson:

Please take the time to read this very important story [below] written by a courageous Egyptian liberal intellectual about the Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood lobbies in Washington and the Obama Administration's secret collaboration with these pro-terrorist, anti-Western, anti-women, anti-American and anti-Semitic organizations.
This is one of the most important articles I have read in years.

It was just revealed two days ago that FBI Director Mueller secretly met on February 8 at FBI headquarters with a coalition of groups including various Islamist and militant Arabic groups who in the past have defended Hamas and Hizballah and have also issued blatantly anti-Semitic statements. At this meeting, the FBI revealed that it had removed more than 1000 presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices around the country that was deemed "offensive." The FBI did not reveal what criteria was used to determine why material was considered "offensive" but knowledgeable law enforcement sources have told the IPT that it was these radical groups who made that determination. Moreover, numerous FBI agents have confirmed that from now on, FBI headquarters has banned all FBI offices from inviting any counter-terrorist specialists who are considered "anti-Islam" by Muslim Brotherhood front groups.

The February 8 FBI meeting was the culmination of a series of unpublicized directives issued in the last three months by top FBI officials to all its field offices to immediately recall and withdraw any presentation or curricula on Islam throughout the entire FBI. In fact, according to informed sources and undisclosed documents, the FBI directive was instigated by radical Muslim groups in the US who had repeatedly met with top officials of the Obama Administration to complain, among other things, that the mere usage of the term of "radical Islam" in FBI curricula was "offensive" and 'racist." And thus, directives went out by Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Mueller to censor all such material. Included in the material destroyed or removed by the FBI and the DOJ were powerpoints and articles that defined jihad as "holy war" or presentations that portrayed the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization bent on taking over the world—a major tenant that the Muslim Brotherhood has publicly stated for decades.

During the next several months, the IPT will be releasing a series of major investigative reports revealing the secret infiltration by and collaboration with radical Islamic organizations by the Obama administration that has spread to the National Security Council, the Dept of Justice, the FBI, the Dept of Homeland Security, the CIA and the State Department as well as local law enforcement.

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Islamist Lobbies' Washington War on Arab and Muslim Liberals

by Essam Abdallah
[url=http://www.investigativeproject.org/3453/islamist-lobbies-washington-war-on-arab]http://www.investigativeproject.org/3453/islamist-lobbies-washington-war-on-arab[/url]

The most dramatic oppression of the region's civil societies and the Arab Spring is not by means of weapons, or in the Middle East. It is not led by Gaddafi, Mubarak, Bin Ali, Saleh, or Assad. It is led by the powerful Islamist lobbies in Washington DC. People may find my words curious if not provocative. But my arguments are sharp and well understood by many Arab and middle eastern liberals and freedom fighters. Indeed, we in the region, who are struggling for real democracy, not for the one time election type of democracy have been asking ourselves since January 2011 as the winds of Arab spring started blowing, why isn't the West in general and the United States Administration in particular clearly and forcefully supporting our civil societies and particularly the secular democrats of the region? Why were the bureaucracies in Washington and in Brussels partnering with Islamists in the region and not with their natural allies the democracy promoting political forces?

Months into the Arab Spring, we realized that the Western powers, and the Obama Administration have put their support behind the new authoritarians, those who are claiming they will be brought to power via the votes of the people. Well, it is not quite so.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Nahda of Tunisia, the Justice Party of Morocco and the Islamist militias in Libya's Transitional National Council have been systematically supported by Washington at the expense of real liberal and secular forces. We saw day by day how the White House guided carefully the statements and the actions of the US and the State Department followed through to give all the chances to the Islamists and almost no chances to the secular and revolutionary youth. We will come back to detail these diplomatic and financial maneuvers which are giving victory to the fundamentalists while the seculars and progressives are going to be smashed by the forthcoming regimes.

In the US, there are interests that determine foreign policy. And there are lobbies that put pressure to get their objectives met in foreign policy. One of the most powerful lobbies in America under the Obama Administration is the Muslim Brotherhood greater lobby, which has been in action for many years. This lobby has secured many operatives inside the Administration and has been successful in directing US policy towards the Arab world. Among leading advisors sympathetic to the Ikhwan is Daliah Mogahed (Mujahid) and her associate, Georgetown Professor John Esposito. Just as shocking, there is also a pro-Iranian lobby that has been influencing US policy towards Iran and Hezbollah in the region.

One of the most important activities of the Islamist lobby in the US is the waging of political and media wars on the liberal Arabs and Middle Eastern figures and groups in America. This battlefield is among the most important in influencing Washington's policies in the Arab world. If you strike at the liberal and democratic Middle Eastern groups in Washington who are trying to gain support for civil societies in the region, you actually win a major battle. You will be able to influence the resources of the US Government to support the Islamists in the Middle East and not the weak democrats. This huge war waged by the Islamist lobbies in America started at the end of the Cold war and continued all the way till the Arab spring. The two main forces of this lobby are the Muslim Brotherhood fronts and the Iranian fronts. According to research available in the US, the Ikhwan fronts such as CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), led by Hamas supporter Nihad Awad, as well as the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Islamic Society of North America, and others waged their political war to block the representatives of Arab liberals and Muslim moderates from making their case to the American public. The Iranian lobby, exemplified by the National Iranian American Committee (NIAC), led by Trita Parsi, has been hitting at Iranian exiles.

Since the 1990s CAIR and its allies have attacked Copts, Southern Sudanese, Lebanese, Syrian reformers, Assyrians and Chaldeans, and Muslim dissidents in the United States. The Ikhwan of America demonized any publication, book, article, or interview in the national media or local press raising the issue of secular freedoms in the Middle East. The Islamists wanted to eliminate the liberal cause in the Arab world and replace it with the cause of the Islamists. What is also shocking is that CAIR and its allies stood by the oppressive regimes and visited them, claiming they speak on behalf of the peoples. CAIR and the Brotherhood fronts in America destroyed systematically every project that would have defended the seculars and liberals originating from the Middle East. The notorious and well-funded Islamists of the US allowed no book, documentary, or show on the liberals in Arab civil societies to see the light.

Thanks to this powerful lobbying campaign, the American public was not given a chance to learn about the deep feelings on the youth in the region. Americans were led to believe that all Muslims, all Arabs and all Middle Easterners were a strange species of humans who cannot appreciate freedom. Instead, the American Islamists, helped by apologists on the petrodollars payrolls, convinced the mainstream media that the Arab world has authoritarians and Islamists only.

Dr Shawki Karas, president of the American Coptic Association, told me in the late 1990s how he was harassed by Islamist activists for speaking up against the Mubarak regime and the Muslim Brotherhood in America. He was threatened with losing his job at the college where he taught. Reverend Keith Roderick, who has assembled a coalition of more than 50 group rights from the Muslim world, was severely attacked by the Islamists and was threatened to be removed from his church position. Muslim American leaders who are conservative and secular, such as Dr Zuhdi Jasser, were crucified by CAIR and the Brotherhood for daring to challenge the Party line of the Islamists in America and claiming that the Jihadists are the problem in the region. Muslim liberal dissidents such as Somali Ayan Hirsi Ali, Saudi Ali al Yammi, Syrian Farid Ghadri, Iranian Manda Ervin, and many others were trashed by the Islamist lobbies to block them from defending the causes of secular liberty in the US. Egyptian liberals as well as seculars and democracy activists from Iraq, Sudan, Syria, and other countries have been attacked by CAIR and allies. The pro-Iranian lobby targeted most Iranian-American groups and tried to discredit them, particularly with the rise of the Green Revolution in Iran. By smearing the Muslim liberal exiles, the Islamists were trying to destroy their causes in the mother countries. In the 1990s and the years that followed 9/11 the region's dictators supported the efforts by Islamist lobbies to crush the liberal exiles. The Mubarak, Bashir, Gaddafi, Assad, and Khomeinist regimes fully supported the so-called Islamophobia campaign waged by CAIR and its Iranian counterpart NIAC against dissidents for calling for secular democracy in the region. The dissidents were accused of being pro-Western by both the Islamists and the dictators.

The Islamist lobbies also severely attacked members of the US Congress such as Democrats Tom Lantos, who has since passed away, Eliot Engel, Howard Berman, Gary Ackerman, and Joe Lieberman as well as Republicans Frank Wolfe, Chris Smith, Trent Franks, John McCain, Rick Santorum, and Sam Brownback for their efforts in passing legislative acts in support for democracy and liberty in the Middle East. CAIR and NIAC heavily savaged President Bush's speeches on Freedom Forward in the Middle East, deploying all the resources they had to block US support to liberal democrats in the region. Islamist lobbies in Washington are directly responsible for killing any initiative in the US Government to support Darfur, southern Sudan, Lebanon, the Kurds, liberal women in the Muslim world, and true democrats in the Arab world and Muslim Africa.

In the think tank world, CAIR and its allies aggressively attacked scholars who raised the issue of persecution against seculars or minorities in the Arab world and Iran. Among those attacked were Nina Shea and Paul Marshal from the Hudson Institute and the founder of an anti-slavery group, Dr Charles Jacobs, who was exposing the Sudan regime for its atrocities. Last but not least is the Islamists' relentless campaign to stirke at top scholars who advise Government and appear in the media to push for democratic liberation in the region. The vast and vicious attacks leveled against Professor Walid Phares—initially by CAIR's Nihad Awad and then widened by pro-Hezbollah and Muslim Brotherhood operatives online—has revealed to Arab and Middle Eastern liberal and seculars how ferocious is the battle for the Middle East in the US. Phares's books, particularly the latest one, The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East (2010), hit the Islamist agenda hard by predicting the civil society revolts in the Middle East and then predicting how the Islamists would try to control them. Phares was attacked by an army of Jihadist militia online like no author since Samuel Huntington in the 1990s. As a freedom activist from the Middle East, Mustafa Geha, wrote, Phares is a hero to Muslim liberals. Along with dissidents, lawmakers, experts, and human rights activists, Phares is a force driving for a strategic change in US foreign policy towards supporting secular democracies in the region. This explains why the Islamists of America are fighting the battle for the forthcoming regimes with all the means they have.

Dr. Essam Abdallah is an Egyptian liberal intellectual who teaches at Ain Shams University and writes for the leading Arab liberal publication Elaph.





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THE OPEN FUEL STANDARD ACT:
ACT! FOR AMERICA HELPS MAKE PROGRESS ON THE HILL
WITH AN IMPORTANT ALLY


By Lisa Piraneo, Director of Government Relations


Dear Elaine,

If you’ve been tracking recent news from Iran, you know that their state media recently reported that the country plans to cut oil exports to six European countries as a retaliatory measure for new sanctions. Though the U.S. does not purchase Iranian oil, the threat alone has an impact on the price we pay for gasoline. Why? Because Iran is a member of OPEC and the cartel largely sets the worldwide price of oil.

Frankly, the trending price of gasoline even before Iran announced its recent threat should certainly cause you much concern. Today it is higher than it ever has been before at this time of year and the expectation is that it will continue to increase as summer approaches. But this is nothing new—this up and down trend is a pattern we’ve been seeing since the early 1970’s!

But there’s a solution—and you can play a role in achieving it.

The Open Fuel Standard Act, legislation that will finally free us from OPEC’s stranglehold, continues to gain bi-partisan support from Members of the U.S. Congress. Why is this issue different? As one such federal legislator recently told me, “Because when it comes to national security, we need to look at things differently.”

The beauty of legislation like the Open Fuel Standard Act (H.R.1687 in the U.S. House and S.1603 in the Senate) is that the only thing it mandates is competition—something we don’t currently enjoy when it comes to transportation fuel. The legislation doesn’t stipulate WHAT kind of alternative fuel must be used in gasoline powered vehicles produced or sold in America, just that it must be something in addition to gasoline.

As Brigitte Gabriel points out to our elected officials when she travels with me to the Hill, one of the great things about the United States is that we have the option of choice for goods and services—our preferred cereal, our preferred hammer, our preferred pet food. But why not our preferred form of liquid fuel?

The Open Fuel Standard Act can change all that…at absolutely no cost to the Federal government and less than $100 per vehicle to the consumer.

Would you pay $100 to stop funding terrorism, kick OPEC in the teeth, have a choice about what fuel you purchase (resulting in saving you $1,000 per year per car under today’s price levels), and spur job creation in America—all at the same time?

The article below describes how one man brought competition to a once closed system of producers. This man, Marc Goldman, now works closely with us as part of the Open Fuel Standard coalition.

But it’s critical that your elected officials don’t just hear from Marc, Brigitte and me. They need to hear from the folks back home, or this bill won’t ever see the light of day. You have the power to make a difference!

Have you written a letter to your Representative and Senator encouraging their support of the Open Fuel Standard Act? If not, please do so today by selecting the two Open Fuel Standard links on our Contact Congress page (one for the House bill and one for the Senate).







Newsmax

The Milk Man’s Lesson: Car Choice Can Work

Friday, February 3, 2012 11:46 AM

By: Christopher Ruddy

Christopher Ruddy's Perspective: Can the United States create jobs, lower the price of fuel, reduce emissions, and become energy-independent all at the same time?

The answer is, “Yes — and rather quickly.”

The simple answer correlates with a rather simple solution being evangelized by Marc Goldman, a former milk company executive from New Jersey.

Marc is not a household name, but he once made big headlines in New York for taking on the state’s powerful dairy interests and a system that kept milk prices artificially high by limiting competition among dairies.

Marc spent a small fortune and considerable time in court challenging that system, and in January 1987, won the right for his Farmland Dairies to sell milk in all of New York City and its suburbs — a victory that led to a sharp drop in milk prices for many New Yorkers.

The milk story really has nothing to say directly about energy, but it does have something to say about Marc, who has sold his milk company and now lives in Boca Raton, Fla.

Today, Marc spends his time on another worthy crusade — promoting the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011, known in the House as H.R. 1687 and in the Senate as S. 1603.

The proposed bills create a “free market for fuel,” just as his victory in New York created a free market for milk, by requiring car manufacturers to give owners a choice in the fuel they use in their vehicles.

The bills call for “fuel competition” to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign imports through greater use of domestic energy sources, and for an annually increasing percentage of automobiles sold in the UnitedStates to be flex-fuel capable.

This new law would require vehicles to be manufactured flex-fuel ready, adding less than $100 to the cost of each car, which would allow drivers to easily change the type of fuel their engine uses — from gasoline to other types of fuels, such as methanol or ethanol.

Such an option is available today in most cars in Brazil, where massive production of sugarcane ethanol has made Brazil the world’s first sustainable bio-fuel economy. It’s no accident that Brazil’s economy has been booming in recent years as the United States’ sags under high petroleum costs.

Rightfully, critics have complained that if the United States sharply increased the production of ethanol, made from corn or sugar, food prices would skyrocket globally.

This would be bad for everyone, and especially harm the poor.

But Marc points out that the United States has huge reserves of natural gas — by some estimates over 2,500 trillion cubic feet of recoverable reserves. He notes that natural gas is easily converted into methanol, and methanol use could save drivers at least 80 cents per gallon for the same energy a gallon of gasoline today provides.

Marc’s point here is that once the fuel option opens up in Americans’ cars, the free market will work to meet the demand. Natural gas will boost demand and spur other forms of biomass fuel to be mass produced. And, as demand for oil drops, the fall-off in petroleum prices will be catastrophic for suppliers.

Today, the lion’s share of global oil reserves is under the control of OPEC, a cartel with many member states that are openly hostile to American interests.

As for environmental concerns, experiments show that methanol and ethanol fuels yield fewer hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions than gasoline.

It’s a win-win for consumers, the environment, and the country.

To the bills’ opponents, perhaps energy expert Dr. Robert Zubrin, an aerospace engineer and author, puts it best in a National Review article:

“In whose interest is it that Americans should continue to be denied fuel choice, that America’s vast natural gas, coal, and biomass remain unusable as a source of liquid fuel, that America continues to give hundreds of billions of dollars each year to foreign potentates bent upon our destruction, instead of paying our own people to make fuel out of our own resources, that a foreign cartel retains unlimited power to raise the cost of our fuel?

“We can set ourselves free, but action is required.”

© Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Link to original: http://www.newsmax.com/Ruddy/OPEC-Open-Fuel-Standard-Act-energy-independence/2012/02/03/id/428428




REMEMBER, YOUR VOICE COUNTS!
IF EACH OF US DOES JUST A LITTLE, TOGETHER WE CAN
ACCOMPLISH A LOT!


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February 14, 2012


Rep. King
standing fast



Dear Elaine,

During the legislative briefing portion of our national conference back in 2010, ACT! for America Executive Director Guy Rodgers explained “the power of the gavel.”

He told conference attendees that the political party in the majority in Congress holds a great deal of power with respect to everything from what bills get introduced in committees to what bills get a vote on the floor. It’s called “the power of the gavel.”

When Republicans won control of the House in 2010, the chairmanships of all the House committees were turned over to Republicans. Rep. Peter King became chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee—and a new day dawned as he addressed issues, such as Muslim radicalization, that previously hadn’t seen the light of day.

Last year Rep. King was one of the recipients at our national conference of our Patriot award for his courage and effectiveness in fighting for our national security. Below you’ll see his priorities for this year. Rep. King continues to stand fast in the face of the baseless attacks he has received from organizations like CAIR.

This year’s National Conference & Legislative Briefing will be June 27 to 29 in Washington, DC. The fact that many of our attendees each year are repeat attendees says it all. If you’ve never attended, this is an event you’ll never forget. Click here to find out more and to register.




[size=21]King Releases Homeland Panel Priorities for 2012

By CQ Staff

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter T. King released a list of his priorities for the panel in the coming year, leading off with one of its most controversial hearing topics from 2011: Muslim radicalization in America.

The New York Republican’s series of domestic radicalization hearings, which covered topics including terrorist recruiting on the Internet and in prisons, as well as the role of Muslim community leaders and organizations in speaking out against violence. The sessions drew criticism from panel Democrats, civil liberties organizations and Muslim advocacy groups. King and several of his fellow GOP panelists, however, called them productive and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., agreed to hold a joint hearing in December on the potential threat of radicalization among members of the U.S. military.

“In 2012, we will continue the Committee’s focus on critical counterterrorism issues, just as I promised to do when I was selected as chairman,” King said. “The series of radicalization hearings I convened last March has been very productive, and I will definitely continue the hearings in 2012. The committee will also examine a number of additional homeland security issues and will move legislation necessary to secure our homeland from the terrorists who continue to plot attacks against us.”

His office said that legislation will include bills covering authorization for the Department of Homeland Security and its components — a goal the chairman has set in previous years — and cybersecurity. The House Homeland subcommittee that handles cybersecurity approved a bill (HR 3674) from its chairman, California Republican Dan Lungren, earlier this month.

King’s other priorities are:

  • Studying the presence and activities in the United States of Iran’s intelligence services, as well as groups such as Hezbollah and al Qaeda.
  • Probing money from Islamist groups that comes into the United States.
  • Examining potential leaks of classified information regarding sensitive counterterrorism operations.
  • Obtaining Purple Heart medals for military servicemembers hurt of killed during the 2009 shooting attacks at Fort Hood, Texas, and at recruiting stations. Currently, those events are considered criminal matters under military policy and ineligibles for Purple Hearts, as King’s and Lieberman’s committees discussed last year.
  • Investigating the possible roles that the deceased al-Qaeda head Anwar al-Awlaki and current seniors leaders Daoud Chehazeh and Eyad al-Rababah, may have played the attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Studying security preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
  • Assessing whether enemy veterans of conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia pose dangers to the U.S. homeland.
  • Ensuring the protection of U.S. security contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Monitoring emerging threats to the homeland;
  • Continuing close examination of the Department of Homeland Security’s operations, policies, and programs.
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