Raleigh, N.C. — A European judge has ruled that a man arrested in Kosovo last week will not be extradited to the U.S. to face charges that he aided a suspected terrorism ring in the Triangle.
Bajram Asllani, 29, an ethnic Albanian and native of Mitrovic[a], Kosovo, was convicted of terrorism in Serbia and was under surveillance in his home country when he was arrested Thursday following an extradition request from the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He faces charges of providing material support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons.
Judge Agnieszka Kolowiecka-Milar of the European Union Rule of Law Mission denied the extradition request, ruling that Kosovo doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the U.S., according to Bulgaria-based FAN TV. Prosecutors were relying on a 2001 agreement between the U.S. and Serbia, but Kosovo has since declared its independence and isn’t bound by that agreement, the judge ruled.
Ooooooooops! Looks like someone forgot to make provisions for how we would extradite all those U.S.-sponsored independent Kosovars who would be striking against the U.S. Or did we not expect them to do that, given that anti-Serb terrorists aren’t real terrorists? The excerpt above was my main point here, but a shortened version of the rest of the article follows below:
…”The politics are complicated. A lot of people are paying attention to it,” said Robert Jenkins, director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “I think the key is that, from a legal standpoint, the waters are kind of muddied. Who has jurisdiction? It won’t be simple or smooth which one has priority.”
An April 19 criminal complaint unsealed last week alleges that Asllani, who also goes by Ebu Hattab, conspired with [seven] men charged last July with plotting terrorist attacks overseas and securing weapons and training in North Carolina.
Daniel Boyd and Sherifi are also charged with planning an attack on the Marine base in Quantico, Va.
The criminal complaint alleges that Asllani was in contact with the Triangle-area suspects, asked them for money and helped them travel with the purpose of establishing “a base of operations in Kosovo for the purpose of waging violent jihad.”
Asllani denied the allegations in an interview with FAN TV.
“I never distribute any material related to terrorism, because I am a man that do not support terrorism,” he said. “Never in my life I have killed someone. You can ask any citizen of Mitrovica or through all Kosovo. I can answer that with my life.”
Court documents say that the FBI and state authorities had been monitoring the Triangle-area suspects since 2006 as they looked for a way to attack non-Muslims and perhaps also Muslims of whom they didn’t approve. At various times, the documents say, Daniel Boyd and Sherifi mentioned dying as a suicide bomber in Afghanistan or fighting in Iraq, Syria, Palestine or Chechnya.
Sherifi became acquainted with Asllani during a July 2008 trip to Pristinia, Kosovo, documents say. Investigators believe that Asllani recruited Sherifi to help him establish a community in Kosovo in order to launch attacks in the region.
“They could use such a town as a safe haven for their families and to store weapons,” the criminal complaint says.
Once he returned to the U.S. in 2009, Sherifi is accused of getting the Boyds’ help to raise $15,000 intended for Asllani. Documents say that Sherifi also practiced military tactics with the father and son, and Daniel Boyd told him he intended his weapons to be used in Kosovo and the U.S.
Daniel Boyd said he wanted for himself and his sons to go with Sherifi to Kosovo, and Sherifi sent money to Asllani for travel documents, the criminal complaint says. The North Carolina men were arrested before they could leave.
The criminal complaint also alleges that Asllani sent Sherifi recruitment documents. One such document cited was a video of a suicide bomber attacking a U.S. convoy of vehicles.
U.S. authorities said that Asllani was placed under house arrest by Kosovo law enforcement in 2007 and then kept under surveillance. In September 2009, a Serbian court convicted him in abstentia on terror-related charges and sentenced him to eight years in prison.
Asllani maintained in the interview that Serbia convicted him without evidence and that his name has been manipulated by others.
The trial for Sherifi, Daniel Boyd and the other Triangle-area suspects was recently delayed until September 2011 as lawyers comb through 750 hours of FBI recordings, the records on two dozen computers and 29,000 pages.
In case U.S. authorities find this Kosovo-typical catch-and-release game annoying now that we’re the ones who want the guy being caught and released, here is just a reminder of the new levels the U.S.-led West took it to not so long ago, establishing quite the precedent:
A rarely seen video taken in 1994 by the mujahedin themselves clearly shows blue-helmeted British soldiers relieving Bosnian Serb soldiers of foreign Islamists they had captured and releasing the delighted jihadis unscathed in the central Bosnian town of Travnik to cheers of “Allah Akbar!”
The intervention of the Western powers against the Serbs often helped the mujahedin to live and fight another day. This seems particularly perverse in light of the fact that the mujahedin indulged in some of the most horrific atrocities ever witnessed in war, as they rampaged unchecked across Christian Serb and Croat villages. Decapitations, amputations, and “non-surgical circumcisions” were standard procedure, as were electrical shock, sexual abuse, and other forms of torture. Serbian prisoners were starved to death or thrown into pits and ordered to attack one another with knives; if they did not die, the jihadis would move in with chain saws. Their cruelty knew no limits and sometimes shocked the native Bosnian fighters. Most incredibly, the holy warriors on at least one occasion even impaled and roasted people alive on spits. Today, the markets and mosques of Bosnia and other Balkan countries do a brisk business in commemorative videos and DVDs that capture the mujahedin in action.
The massive social dislocation [in Kosovo] beginning in June 1999, when the Serbs were pushed out and a wave of Albanian immigrants from northern Albania flooded into Kosovo, created a chaotic and fluid situation that the new international administration could not fully comprehend or control. Strangers in a strange land, the UNMIK authorities quickly came to an understanding with the KLA leadership. According to international police sources, after the bombing U.S. Military Police removed the old Yugoslav police dossiers compiled on Albanian criminals and paramilitaries, and handed them over to the KLA’s leaders. Evidence about the most dangerous men in Kosovo was thus destroyed, but not before the KLA could assassinate Albanian police informers and other “Yugoslav loyalists” named in the files. The KLA, and its criminal partners, it was tacitly understood, would not be touched, and in exchange the “internationals” (as the UN and NATO officials came to be called) could enjoy the spoils of peace — everything from mafia-supplied prostitutes to multimillion dollar embezzlement on privatization deals and budget “discrepencies.”
If, on Sept. 12, 2001, I’d gone around telling people that in a few years we were going to hand major port security and operations over to the United Arab Emirates, they would have told me I was certifiable. If I had then told them that a few years later, the proposed memorial for the victims of Flight 93 would be in the shape of an Islamic crescent, they would have shipped me off to a sanitarium. If I then proceeded to tell them that a couple years after that plans would be approved for a mosque to be built yards from Ground Zero, they would have lobotomized me. If I also announced that in the midst of all this we would elect someone named “Hussein” president, they would have slipped a razor into my cell and turned a blind eye while I did us all a favor.
Did you ever wonder if the unimaginable arch of events that we’ve witnessed since 9/11 weren’t just a movie that we’re in, at the end of which the main character (us) finds out he’s crazy?
I believe we’re lobotomized.
Except for Staten Islanders. That convent-to-mosque conversion ain’t happening anytime soon. Italian-Americans don’t take much crap from outsiders, and Staten Island is where folks had no problem booing Muslims to their faces at a community meeting three weeks ago and where one woman asked the dais of Muslims point-blank: “Wouldn’t you agree that every terrorist, past and present, has come out of a mosque?”
I recently made the point that Americans who are offended by the idea of Islam marking its area of conquest with this mosque, are getting the slightest sense of what it is to be a Serb living in Kosovo, where monuments to Serb-killers dot the landscape. In this wonderful video of Pamela Geller’s anti-Ground-Zero-Mosque event on June 6, one speaker after another takes exception to New York politicians predictably calling opponents of the mosque “bigots.” (Because that’s easier to do than actually go up against the Muslims.) But I would remind my fellow Americans that we called the Serbs bigots when they dared fight back against Islamic supremacy and deadly bullying. The Serbs were painted as the supremacists, a reputation that remains intact today and why you never see the word “Serb” without the word “nationalist.” To this day, no one speaks against this. And so we see the result: “First, they came for the Serbs…”
When debating the invaders/body-snatchers about this mosque on radio or TV (or in any other setting), I would advise opponents of the mosque to point to the Muslim Festival of, I believe, 2008 — which was essentially a march through Manhattan ending at Union Square. Union Square was then occupied by praying Muslims in a very hostile way, conveying precisely a message of occupation to New Yorkers. It is with the demeanor of occupiers — not multiculturalists — that the Muslims will be going in and out of the Ground Zero Mosque. (Here are pictures from the most recent occupation-of-Manhattan-for-a-day.)
And when my pal Pamela Geller debates dingbats like Joy Behar (”debates” because these supposed “neutral” moderators uniformly end up taking the pro-mosque position of the other debater), she might find she can illuminate such twit brains — who insist that “extremists” and “Muslims” are two different things and that mosque-building is unrelated to terrorism — by asking them to consider whether it’s mere coincidence that the mosque-building frenzy and ascendant Islam are taking place simultaneously with the rise in extremism and terror.
In February there was a major police action in the notorious radical stronghold of Gornja Maoca. Located at the juncture of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, and near a major roadway, this town briefly became a focus for investigators immediately after 9/11, and has come up repeatedly as a problem since. (Including as the nexus of the planned rocket attack on world leaders at Pope John Paul II’s 2005 funeral, which naturally went virtually unreported.) Here is what happened in February:
Sarajevo, 2 Feb. (AKI) - Bosnian anti-terror police on Tuesday raided the northeastern Bosnian village of Gornja Maoca, a stronghold of conservative Muslims. Women were reportedly among some ten Wahabis detained by police for questioning.
The villagers are suspected of “jeopardising Bosnia’s constitutional order and spreading national, racial and religious hatred,” the Bosnian prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The operation was carried out by 600 police officers and was the largest since the end of the country’s 1992-95 war, according to Bosnia’s state prosecutors.
Police also said they uncovered a large quantity of weapons from a number of buildings searched during the raids.
Bosnia’s largest Wahabi community lives in Gornja Maoca, near the northeastern town of Brcko. The village is reported to be run according to Sharia law and its inhabitants reported to have connections to Islamist terrorist networks.
Police searched another location, in the Gornji Rahic area, also close to Brcko, seizing computers, cell phones and other equipment from the home of a Wahabi there, Serbian media reported.
Many followers of the Wahabi movement in Bosnia are Arabs who fought on the side of local Muslims during the war. [Note: And many are not.]
Many have remained in the country after the war, indoctrinating local youths and even operating terrorist training camps, western intelligence sources have said.
Most Wahabi homes fly black Islamic flags, and the children [are taught in Arabic and] do not attend public schools - a violation of the Bosnian laws. Local road signs are reported to be in Arabic.
Immediately after the raid, the Muslim propaganda machine went into motion to portray the police action as an attack on human rights in Bosnia, as Serbianna’s Mickey Bozinovich reported at the time:
Bosnian Muslims are actively seeking Amnesty International’s official condemnation of recent arrests of Bosnian Muslim Wahhabis as a violation of human rights….Bosnian Muslim activist with the Amnesty International (AI), Nadja Dizdarevic, said that the raid on the Wahhabi radicals in Bosnian village of Gornja Maoca is yet another attack on human rights in Bosnia and she plans to inform the AI headquarters in London about it.
Dizdarevic said that the attacks on the Wahhabi leader Nusret Imamovic are based on insinuation and that Imamovic’s replacement of Bosnian state law with Islamic Sharia in that village does not represent treason.
Dizdarevic is also a wife of Hajj Boudella, one of five Algerians ordered released from Guantanamo Bay prison [in 2008].
At the same time, Bosnian Muslim Mufti Husein Kavazovic demands that authorities give Imamovic basic “religious rights” while held in jail.
Meanwhile, Bosnian Muslim political leaders like Silajdzic and Tihic are silent about the raid and the silence is about as much as they said about all the foreign-born mujahedeen that came to Bosnia, domiciled [and] then, as leading terror scholars say, became involved in virtually every terror attack across the globe.
The outspoken Bosnian Muslim terror analyst, Dzevad Galijasevic, warned in the past several days that…“We have a serious problem…No one important from Sarajevo, Sulejman Tihic, Haris Silajdzic, Bakir Izetbegovic (son of Alija Izetbegovic honored by Saudi Arabia), nor did reis [chief Bosnian Imam] try to offer support [for the police] and now they have made a front. Police is literally left lonely, but the police must continue its action or we will have a foiled action like the case in Pogorelic.”
In the Pogorelic case, official Bosnian Muslim state officials were involved in terror planning and cooperation with Iran and a text on that event can be found here as a rough Google translation from Serbian.
Now that the Bosnian Muslim police is isolated and portrayed as going against their own people, Galijasevic says that the prosecutors are making a mistake for parading publicly with claims that these Wahhabis are Islamic terrorists while officially they are not charging the arrested with terror.
Galijasevic, once a mayor of Maglaj, says that what was found in Maoca (see my previous post) is nothing but what was available to be seen on the surface of the village.
Galijasevic says that Maoca is loaded with underground bunkers that are full with weapons and munition. He says that these Wahhabis are also loaded with money.
[Another Bosnian-Muslim analyst named Esad] Hacimovic also notes the global dimension of the arrested Wahhabis. He says that the Maoca Wahhabis are connected to the Vienna based Kelimetul Haqq organization of Bosnian Muslims that advocates extremist views of Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi.
Al Maqdisi is the spiritual leader of Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi whom, we can recall, was beheading all sorts of people in Iraq and was subsequently “terminated” by the US troops.
Viennese media, some of which has been ridiculing all these Wahhabi warnings either as Serbian propaganda or an overblown rhetoric, seem to be behind the loop as to what sort of groundwork for Europe is being laid from their city.
…The Bosniak language site [run by the Gornja Maoca Wahhabi group] carries statements by the al-Qaeda and Islamic groups fighting in the Caucasus. It commemorates suicide bombers as the most joyful people among Muslims and displays dozens of photos of young ‘martyrs’ with smiles on their faces after carrying out missions against the ‘infidel’.
For Dzevad Galijasevic, member of a Sarajevo counter terrorism team, “the village [of Gornja Maoca] is only one of the arms of the octopus that is spreading everywhere in the region.”
In an interview with the Federal Sarajevo TV, Galijasevic said that the presence of the Wahhabi group in Gornja Maoca only “distracts attention from activities in Sarajevo.”
“The head of the octopus is in the King Fahd Mosque, where the Wahhabis and other extremists carry out their business unimpeded and even meet the members of international criminal groups,” he said.
Galijasevic was referring to the November 2009 arrest of three radical Muslims charged with terrorism offences and weapons trafficking by a Bosnian court…
The arrest last month of five Wahhabis in Kosovo who assaulted a government worker for distributing bibles in his free time was compared to the “anti-humanitarian” shutting down of the Gornja Maoca cell by some Bosnian Islamists, who went on “to blame the arrests on Serbian influence over the Kosovo police,” as Stephen Suleyman Ahmad al-Kosovi Schwartz wrote last week on his Weakly Standard blog.
As we know, the “Serbian influence” and “Serbian spy” accusations are popularly employed whenever Bosnian or Kosovo authorities go against either Islamist or Albanianist activities. And it’s certainly not a ploy of just fringe elements in the Balkans (as evidenced above by Austrian media dutifully referring to “Serbian propaganda). It also happened to Galijasevic in 2008 — by Bosnia’s most popular daily newspaper:
A Bosnian anti-terrorism expert has been the subject of an unprecedented attack by the country’s main Muslim daily Dnevni avaz. The Sarajevo publication mounted a scathing attack against Dzevad Galijasevic on 27 September headlined “Dzevad Galijasevic’s special war against Bosnia and Bosnian Muslims”. Galijasevic recently became a member of the Expert Team of South Eastern Europe for Fighting Terrorism and Organized Crime which was formed in Zagreb on 19 September. The team includes terror experts from Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia.
Galijasevic described as traitor
Dnevni avaz says that Galijasevic, himself a Bosnian Muslim, is employed by the Bosnian Serbs to systematically spread stories about Bosnia as a breeding ground for Islamist terrorists.
“Bosnia-Hercegovina is in the system of organized international terrorism, and the future mujahidin and terrorists are being recruited there,” the daily quotes Galijasevic as saying and warning that “the recruitment is done in mosques, and they are mostly recruiting young people and children of the shehids [Islamic martyrs]”.
“Such Galijsevic’s statements may even provoke someone into attacking him physically, although this is the last thing that we would need. People like him cannot wait for someone to attack or threaten them, or at least to give them a nasty look,” the main Sarajevo daily said in conclusion.
However, the daily failed to block a series of threats against Galijasevic which swamped its website’s comment section after the article was posted.
Hundreds of Dnevni avaz readers commented on the article with a large number calling for Galijasevic’s head. “He should be hanged by his testicles” and “pour petrol on him and set him on fire” are some of the recommendations for ways to deal with “the man who is a greater monster than Karadzic and Mladic” and whose “bones should be spat out by the earth” when he dies.
However a number of participants in the debate praised Galijasevic’s afforts to warn against the threat poised by radical Islamists in Bosnia. “It is not Galijasevic’s fault that Usamah Bin-Ladin was issued a Bosnian passport”, says one of the participants in the discussion which is also joined by Domagoj Margetic, the Croatian member of the anti-terrorism expert team. Margetic defends his Bosnian colleague, often using quotes form his book on Islamist terrorism in the Balkans, but many of his comments are removed by the Dnevni avaz web moderator who failed to do so with the threats against Galijasevic.
The latest attack on Galijasevic came after his and Margetic’s Expert Team of South Eastern Europe for Fighting Terrorism and Organized Crime called for the publication of the Hague tribunal’s indictment against the late Alija Izetbegovic, SDA founder and Muslim wartime leader. The expert team believes that the publication of the indictment would reveal his party’s role in Bosnian imports of Islamist and Wahhabi warriors and ideology…
While we can be heartened that there are still Bosnians who aren’t “like that” — as evidenced by those readers praising Galijasevic’s efforts — let’s consider the overwhelmingly negative Bosniak reaction to Galijasevic’s anti-terror efforts. Especially, consider the significance of the editors at the MAIN BOSNIAN-MUSLIM DAILY NEWSPAPER going after Galijasevic and being happy to allow multiple threats to appear in the comments section but not comments about terrorism in the Balkans. And what does it say about Bosnia when an anti-terror expert is deemed a “traitor” to begin with? That’s not even mentioning the conspicuous fact, as outlined in the earlier Serbianna report, that Bosnia’s political and religious leadership — which can’t be entirely non-representative of the Bosnian public — is isolating law enforcement that goes after terror cells, keeping silent or outright denying terror havens in Bosnia, and apparently actively involved with terror planning with Iran? This is the “not like that” Bosnia we keep hearing about and defending?
One more note on Gornja Maoca, from Nebojsa Malic:
Issued Bosnian citizenship by the grateful Izetbegovic government, [the mujahedeen] married local women, and settled in villages whose Christian inhabitants were killed or expelled during the war. One such village is Gornja Maoca (formerly Karavlasi), in the north of the country.
For years, Bosnian law enforcement and international intelligence and security outfits have kept an eye on the village. One of the investigations focused on the terrorist recruitment of Muslims living in Europe, and the trail led straight to Maoca.
Of course, official Sarajevo vehemently denies there are any terrorists or terrorist sympathizers in Bosnia. But just a few years ago, one senior American official said that the “international community” was well aware of them, and preferred to leave them be.
If there are terrorists and terrorist sympathizers in Bosnia, why would the government act like it wasn’t so? I think we know the answer by now.
In a related 2007 item, we learn that “most” of the “moderate/secular/non-religious/not-like- that/Europeanized” Bosniaks in Serbia’s Novi Pazar “believe that 90% of Wahhabis are in no way involved in crime, that they are only utterly devoted to their religion and the mosque, and that they pose no threat to the state”:
BBC MONITORING INTERNATIONAL REPORTS (Text of report by Serbian newspaper Vecernje novosti on 23 March, 2007: “Silence More Dangerous Than Weapons”)
Fear of extremists and their evil plans is still felt in Novi Pazar a week after the discovery of a terrorist camp on Mt Ninaja and the arrest of four Wahhabis….More than the “bearded men from the forest,” residents of Novi Pazar, at least those that are prepared to talk about it, are worried by the silence of the local politicians and the absence of a public condemnation of obvious terrorism.
There are also attempts to sweep everything under the carpet, to hush it all up and blame the discovery of the camp, the arrest of the Wahhabis, and the exposure of their intentions on Belgrade media for “unnecessarily heightening tension.” It is precisely due to this attitude to obvious problems that Novi Pazar has been featuring on the pages of world press as a town of crime (described as a “black spot” in the latest US State Department report), of growingly impoverished people, a town to move out from.
“Until terrorism is proven, nobody has the right to call these people terrorists and condemn them in advance,” the Sandzak Human Rights Committee and Sandzak Intellectual Circle nongovernmental organization, which is co-chaired by Semiha Kacar and Ramiz Crnisanin, insists in a statement.
“The police statement about the capture of ‘Wahhabi terrorists’ and the way in which media reported it only stokes an atmosphere of fear and disturbs the people of Sandzak. We demand an exhaustive investigation and respect for the rights of the suspects, against whom methods of coercion must not be used,” it is stressed in the statement of this nongovernmental organization, which strongly attacked Colonel Momir Stojanovic at the time when he first warned that Sandzak was under threat from Islamic extremists.
“Not all Muslims are Wahhabis and not all Wahhabis are terrorists. However, what was found on Mt Ninaja clearly shows that somebody was planning terrorist operations,” Mirko Popovac of the Serb Democratic Union stresses.
“We all saw that large quantities of explosives and armour piercing ammunition were found in that camp,” Vujica Tiosavljevic, chairman of the New Serbia Municipal Committee and deputy chairman of the Novi Pazar Municipal Assembly, says. Tiosavljevic insists that this development will drive away the few domestic and foreign businessmen that were prepared to invest in Novi Pazar.
Most Bosniaks [Muslim Slavs] in Novi Pazar believe that 90 per cent of Wahhabis are in no way involved in crime, that they are only utterly devoted to their religion and the mosque, and that they pose no threat to the state.
“The security situation in Novi Pazar is not good: there are drugs, shootings, bomb fights, murders, corruption, and so on. There are moving about the town some armed and dangerous men, so-called tough guys, ready to pull a gun at the drop of a hat and endanger innocent lives. The greatest responsibility for this situation rests with the police, but we all of us that live in this town have our share of the responsibility as well,” says Camil Hubic, president of the District Court and a rare resident of Novi Pazar that is constantly drawing attention to the danger of organized crime.
Although the situation in this part of the Raska [Sandzak] region is highly volatile, the mayors of Novi Pazar and Sjenica, Sulejman Ugljanin and Esad Zornic, respectively, have made no statements as yet. The security
committees, which have the duty to review the current security situation, have not convened, either. People are confused and the leaders’ silence opens scope for all sorts of speculations.
Finally, just a reminder that “The majority of [Bosniak] respondents (69 per cent) were against the presence of the Wahhabi interpretation and practice of Islam in B-H. Nevertheless, every ninth citizen expressed a certain level of support to the presence of this form of Islam (12.9 per cent).
RALEIGH, NC — Bajram Asllani, 29, a resident of Mitrovica, Kosovo, has been charged in a criminal complaint with providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad, David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; George E.B. Holding, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina; Owen D. Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Charlotte Field Division; and Robin Pendergraft, Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, announced today.
Let’s note that the terror suspect is from Mitrovica, the town whose northern half is the last Serbian holdout from a Muslim-Albanian Kosovo. This is whose control we want to bring all of Mitrovica under, as we try to submit Northern Mitrovica to what the rest of Kosovo has been submitted to: lawlessness and terror. Though I suspect this development could slow down our attack plans on northern Mitrovica — not only because the terror connection is too conspicuous right now, but also because our military (if not our leaders) may finally and reluctantly take the long-existent hint that an official Serbian presence in Kosovo could help be our eyes and ears in that increasingly Islamic “country”. (Well, they’ll entertain this notion until our Albanian “partners” remind us that the deterioration of our security will accelerate if we don’t support and secure all of Kosovo for them.)
Asllani, also known as “Bajram Aslani,” or “Ebu Hatab,” was arrested earlier today [Thursday] by authorities in Kosovo in connection with a U.S. provisional arrest warrant issued in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The United States intends to seek his extradition from Kosovo to stand trial in Raleigh. In accordance with the extradition agreement between the United States and Kosovo, Asllani faces a potential maximum of 40 years in prison if convicted.
Last July, eight defendants were indicted in the Eastern District of North of Carolina on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists; conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad; and other violations. Those charged were Daniel Patrick Boyd, a U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina; Hysen Sherifi, a native of Kosovo and a U.S. legal permanent resident in North Carolina; Anes Subasic, a naturalized [BOSNIAN] U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina….
A superseding indictment returned on Sept. 24, 2009, added new charges against Daniel Patrick Boyd, Hysen Sherifi and Zakariya Boyd, alleging, among other things, that Daniel Boyd and Sherifi conspired to murder U.S. military personnel as part of a plot to attack troops at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. …
An April 19, 2010, criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Asllani was a member of the conspiracy involving the defendants listed above. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Asllani has had repeated communications with the conspirators; solicited money from the conspirators to establish a base of operations in Kosovo for the purpose of waging violent jihad; tasked the conspirators with completing work to further these objectives and accepted funds from the conspirators to help him travel.
Among other things, the complaint alleges that Hysen Sherifi departed from Raleigh for Pristina, Kosovo, on July 30, 2008, to pursue violent jihad. While in Kosovo, Sherifi allegedly formed a relationship with Asllani. Sherifi often referred to Asllani as “the brother” in Kosovo who was advising him and who was “wanted.” According to the complaint, Asllani had been arrested by Kosovar law enforcement in 2007 and been placed on house arrest for a period of time. He was later convicted in absentia by a Serbian court in September 2009 for planning terrorist-related offenses and was sentenced to eight years of confinement.
According to the complaint, Asllani provided Sherifi with videos related to violent jihad for the purposes of translating them so they could be used to recruit others for violent jihad or to motivate those currently involved in violent jihad. Sherifi, did in fact, translate videos provided him by Asllani, the complaint alleges.
The complaint further alleges that Asllani directed Sherifi to collect money for the purpose of later purchasing land and establishing a community in Kosovo, where they could store weapons and ammunition and which they could use as a base of operations for conducting violent jihad in Kosovo and other countries. Sherifi did, in fact, return to the United States on April 5, 2009, and collected money for this purpose, receiving a check for $15,000 in July 2009. Sherifi was arrested on July 27, 2009, before he could take the money back to Asllani in Kosovo.
In addition, the complaint alleges Asllani received money from Sherifi that was sent with the intention of being used by Asllani to obtain travel documents. And finally, the complaint alleges that Daniel Boyd stated his desire to assist Sherifi in his plan to raise money for the mujihadeen in Kosovo. Specifically, Boyd stated he wanted to send his sons, Zakariya Boyd and Dylan Boyd, and himself to Kosovo after Sherifi returned. Zakariya and Dylan Boyd spent time online with Sherifi chatting with Asllani in Kosovo.
Isn’t that odd? What could the potential that the Boyd family sees in Kosovo possibly be?
“The facts as alleged in this complaint underscore the connectivity between extremists at home and abroad and the global nature of the terrorist threat we face. At the same time, the arrest of Asllani demonstrates how effective cooperation among international partners serves to address such threats. I applaud the many agents, analysts and prosecutors who helped bring about this important case,” said David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
“People who are plotting to harm America and Americans are no longer a world away from us. This case began in Raleigh, N.C., and now stretches across the globe, a circumstance no one would have thought possible less than 10 years ago,” said Owen D. Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina. […]
Uh, actually. Actually, uh, 11 years ago when we took the Muslim side in a war for land — and resettled a few hundred thousand of those Muslims here and in Europe — this possibility did, uh, sort of cross some of our minds. Two news reports on the initial arrest arehere.
Meanwhile, we have an update: the suspect has been released. The reason is the Kosovo standard: “not enough evidence.” Though one does find this surprising in a case where the U.S. also wants the guy. Perhaps the suspect has protection from someone in Pristina officialdom and so a “message” was sent to the EULEX judge. Still, thanks to U.S. security interests being at stake (rather than just expendable Serbian ones), there seems to be a twist to the usual arrest-and-release policy for Kosovo Albanians: he has to report to police twice a week.
BELGRADE — An EULEX judge has freed Bajram Aslani from custody, who was suspected of planning terrorist attacks in America and Kosovo.
Aslani was arrested earlier under a warrant issued by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.
He was freed after the prosecution confirmed that there was not enough evidence to keep him, though he is obligated to report to the police twice a week.
Aslani, an ethnic Albanian from the town of Kosovska Mitrovica, was arrested on Thursday and is the second suspect in Kosovo from a group of nine terror suspects.
The Associated Press stated that Aslani was arrested in 2007, and that we was convicted in absentia by the Serbian courts in 2009 for involvement in the planning of a terrorist attack. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
One may wonder why, if his whereabouts are now finally known, he’s not being delivered to the Serbian authorities who convicted him, but that conviction was only for his being a threat to the Balkans — and terrorism in the Balkans doesn’t qualify as terrorism. Plus, “guilty” in a Serbian court is all just “Serbian propaganda” until we’re targeted too. (Besides, he only killed Serbs.)
PRISTINA (Reuters) …”He has to report to police twice a week,” Kristiina Herodes, a spokeswoman from the EU police and justice mission (EULEX) said. “The prosecutor will have a close look at the written decision by the judge and then will decide to appeal against the decision or not.”
Despite the decision from the EU judge, Herodes said that now it is up to the Kosovo government whether Asllani will be extradited to the United States or not.
“I personally have asked to be extradited to the United States because I am not afraid of U.S. justice, I believe in justice because I am innocent,” Asllani told local media in his town in Mitrovica after he was released.
He said that Americans are good people and he has nothing against them. The United States is the biggest supporter of Kosovo’s independence and has 1,480 troops on the ground. […]
Here Asllani is struggling with his identity crisis: his inner Albanian wants to love Americans for furthering those supremacist ambitions, but his inner Muslim knows that the love affair has to end.
BELGRADE — Interior Minister Ivica Dačič said that the decision of an EULEX judge to release terrorism suspect Bajram Aslani from custody is surprising and condemnable.
He is wanted in Serbia and America for involvement in the planning of terrorist attacks in America, Kosovo and other locations.
Dačič said that Serbia expects that the international presence in Kosovo will take into consideration the demands of the Serbian courts and that it will also respect the American demands for processing Aslani, as one of the leaders of an extremist radical Islamic group in the province.
He added that Aslani’s release “can point to the fact that there are suspicions of some double standards for members of Albanian radical groups.”
Aslani is also suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Jordan and the Gaza Strip.
Now what could an Albanian’s interest in the Gaza Strip be? After all, Albanians feel they have so much more in common with Israelis than with Palestinians. So let us be reminded that four Albanians were among the “protesters” in the anti-Israel war convoy to Gaza. Let us also be reminded that the same month saw the arrest of five Wahhabis and seizure of a huge weapons cache in Kosovo, which involved three Bosnians and two Albanians.
Dačič said that operative information of the Serbian police shows that Aslani came into the possession of plastic explosives in Bosnia last year, which were taken to Kosovo, adding that the explosives were planned to be used in a terrorist attack in central Serbia.
“Operative information of our police also shows that Aslani is still a member of the Wahhabi movement and that he was in close relations and ties with known radical Islamists on the territory of Novi Pazar and Sjenica,” Dačič said.
Dačič also said that there is information pointing to the fact that Aslani had organized a Wahhabi camp that was uncovered in a police action in March 2007.
So now we’re beginning to see how beautifully, how symbiotically not-like-that Muslim Kosovo collaborates with not-like-that Muslim Bosnia. On that subject, here is the Aslani/Asllani news from last year, relating to his absentia trial in Serbia (again, we can see the timeless and historic Albanian/Bosnian sandwich):
Belgrade, 8 Sept. (AKI) - A special Serbian court has sentenced four radical Muslims from the volatile Sandzak region of the country to up to eight years in prison each for planning terrorist attacks on targets in the Balkans. The four men were sentenced on charges of terrorism, illegal possession of weapons and alleged links with unidentified foreign terrorist groups, following an eight-month trial.
Adis Muric and Bajram Aslani were sentenced to eight years each, Nedzad Bulic to seven and Enes Mujanovic was given a four year jail term. Bulic and Aslani’s sentenced were delivered in absentia as they earlier escaped from police and are on the run.
The four men were arrested in police raids in 2007 in the Sandzak region, which borders Kosovo. They are from predominantly Muslim town of Novi Pazar and adhere to the fundamentalist Wahabi interpretation of Islam followed by Osama bin Laden and many Al-Qaida members.
The group formed a cell in 2007 that planned to carry out terrorist acts in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia, judge Milan Ranic stated, explaining the court’s verdict. The group’s objective was to spread fear among citizens and to gain religious power.
The prosecution claimed the group planned to plant explosives at Novi Pazar football stadium and to kill policemen deployed there.
The group was in close contact with other Wahabis from Bosnia, Albania and Syria and had in their posession a large quantity of terrorism prosyletising materials, according to the court indictment.
The group was based in Novi Pazar and in Kosovska Mitrovica, where weapons and explosives were found.
Twelve Wahabis were sentenced in July to a total 60 years in jail for terrorism, conspiracy and planning terrorist attacks in Serbia, including a plot to assassinate local mufti Muamer Zukorlic, who the group considered to be an American spy and betrayer of Islam.
Most of those convicted were arrested in 2007 during a raid at a Wahabi training camp on Ninaj mountain in Sandzak, where police found a large weapons cache in a cave.
The group’s leader Ismail Prentic was killed as security forces tried to arrest him in Donja Trnava village a month later.
The radical Islamist movement was brought to the Balkans by fighters from Muslim countries during the 1990s Bosnian war. Many have remained and are believed to operate camps and recruit young people in a bid to gain influence in Serbia, Bosnia and elsewhere in the region. […]
In a related story, please observe. This is Kosovo:
Meanwhile, a reader named George sent me this link, according to which it turns out that the first mosque in America was built by Albanians (Maine, 1915). Looking only a wee bit further (on Wikipedia), one finds that the first organized Muslim community was that of…Bosnian Muslims! (Chicago, 1906) To paraphrase Nebojsa Malic, it’s certainly interesting that the supposedly non-Muslimy Bosnians and Albanians are the first mosque- and community-builders in the US.
Dr. MichaelPravica is a physics professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and he has been appealing to elected officals and BP to hear his idea for what may be the best temporary solution to stop the gushing oil.
His expertise is in high-pressure physics, which is what he got his Harvard Ph.D in. He studies hydrocarbons — constituents of oil — under extreme conditions. So far, only the local NBC affiliate has taken an interest and tried to get the word to BP.
From the very beginning of the crisis, Dr. Pravica suspected what BP finally admitted recently — that there is damage beneath the sea floor.
In a letter to interested parties, Dr. Pravica wrote:
From my point of view, we are not even close to solving this problem because BP doesn’t understand the basic physics of what’s going on in the world of very high pressures and/or still wants to save their wellhead. It’s very difficult when you know exactly where BP is going wrong but feel powerless to stop it.
In the first of two youtube videos, the UNLV professor demonstrates the unsuccessful methods that BP has tried so far, and shows why they don’t work. He also expresses his concerns that so far BP has been looking for a fix that preserves the blowout preventer and so all the solutions have prioritized that goal rather than the goal of stopping the flow as quickly as possible.
(Dr. Pravica explains that the wellhead, which is just the apparatus on top of the wellbore. It’s job is to seal the wellbore if there is a catastrophic leak. Thus, it’s like a check valve. The wellhead, on the other hand, couples with and seals the wellbore and surface rock. The main issue is that the BOP failed but the top of the wellbore (the wellhead) is probably damaged as well because the BOP was mechanically compromised when the Deepwater horizon fell into the gulf breaking the pipe below it that was connected to the top of the BOP.)
Dr. Pravica estimates that the oil pressure is at least 17,000 pounds per square inch, and says, “I don’t know of any traditional valves that can seal 17,000 psi.” At this point, he explains, the situation calls for a brute-force solution, which he demonstrates in the second video.
BP has all the more reason to try this approach, given that there’s no guarantee that the BOP and wellhead are still any good anyway. Additionally, he says, “we’re dealing with higher pressures than would normally be used in these kinds of fittings, because we’ve had a catastrophic failure of all the protection apparatus.”
His solution? Deform the pipe. The easiest way is through brute force such as taking a series of multi-ton concrete slabs that would crush the BOP, sealing the leak imperfectly. “You will deform all the material around this hole in the earth and you will form a seal,” he explains.
Because the BOP is four storeys tall and so there may be doubts about the possibility of crushing it (though explosives could take care of that), another possibility — one that would even maintain the integrity of the BOP, is this: Drop a slab of concrete equipped with a concrete stopper at the bottom — perhaps laden with a layer of soft, dense metal such as lead or copper — onto the pipe above the BOP. This “goes in and seals and deforms, squishing all the material. Then you put flat concrete slabs until you seal it. It wouldn’t be a perfect seal, but it would severely slow this down until a better solution can be found.
“You would be classically deforming this hole in the ground by crushing it — either crushing the BOP or blowing it out of the way or dropping slabs onto it until we can find a permanent solution.”
In his desperate attempt to bring attention to his idea, Dr. Pravica has made a youtube appeal stating:
I am asking that our political leaders set up a clearing house for ideas and information to be exchanged freely between scholars who might be interested in this problem. I am worried that BP has not been forthright and honest in all of the discussions and data that is released about the Gulf oil incident, and I feel it’s imperative at the moment that we share data so that we can jointly try to find solutions, because I think now this crisis is so disastrous that it’s beyond the scope of BP’s abilities to solve it. I ask my fellow Americans to encourage our elected officials to begin to take over this project and stop this disaster in the Gulf because life is truly hanging in the balance.
So far, Dr. Pravica has received a form letter from Harry Reid’s office and nothing from other local politicians he’s contacted. “It’s really sad,” he says, “when a high pressure physicist with a Ph.D. from Harvard is unable to convince our scientifcally-illiterate leaders on what’s really going on and how to resolve it.”
He also sent a letter to the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy, to a Dr. Guido DeHoratiis, Jr., summarizing his approach:
My recommendation is therefore to stop or slow the flow of oil as soon as possible to reduce hole erosion by dropping large and heavy concrete and/or dense metal slabs on the hole to crush the BOP and supporting apparatus and seal the hole. Simultaneously, we should keep drilling the relief wells to finally plug the hole with heavy mud/rock. We can slowly remove the slabs as we are doing this to equalize pressure. By initially resorting to the slabs as a temporary solution, we reduce or stop the leaking oil and stop the possibility of further eroding the wellbore in a region where we have little control.
In an as yet unpublished letter to the NY Times, Dr. Pravica was a little more indignant about BP’s and elected officials’ response to the crisis:
As a high pressure physicist who studies hydrocarbons under extreme conditions in the megabar regime (million atmosphere) and below, I am deeply disappointed by the totally clueless nature that our business and political leaders have demonstrated about the gulf oil catastrophe which is going to spell the ruin of our country and which also demonstrates the danger of scientific illiteracy amongst our leaders when we live in a world dominated by science. I am also disappointed that none of the high pressure scientists whom I know have been consulted on this crisis. In the world of extreme conditions, common methods to seal high pressure leaks just don’t work. We need people with expertise at extreme conditions to work on this problem.
As an example, I have been consistently frustrated by the lack of information about this crisis that merely delays a proper solution. As a physicist, I can only properly solve problems when supplied with as much information as possible. For example: what is the actual width of the pipe and its’ thickness? What is the composition of the pipe and its tensile strength (T301 Stainless steel? Iron? Molybdenum? Titanium?) What is the composition of the concrete used and its yield strength? Where are the schematics of the BOP? What is the velocity of the fluid flowing out of the pipe? Much of this data is, I suspect, company intellectual property and thus BP has been hesitant to release it. Thus, as expected, I have yet to find a professional website that gives real wellhead parameters (not guessed) and not just a unidirectional website/black hole for suggested solutions that end up being ignored. Thus, by depending on BP to “solve” this crisis, the full potential of innovative and ordinary Americans is quashed.
Given the length of time that has elapsed in this crisis, I think that scope of the problem is beyond BP’s ability to solve it. President Obama should declare a national emergency and allow Americans’ collective creative spirit and knowhow to help solve one of the worst environmental catastrophes ever in the US. He should also establish a government center that serves as a clearinghouse for ideas and data that can be shared with all Americans - not just BP-paid engineers.
Thus far, BP has been trying to preserve the BOP and wellhead. However, given the collapse of the enormous Deepwater Horizon, the BOP and wellhead were mechanically compromised which makes it highly likely that the mechanical valves and support infrastructure were damaged implying also that the hole underneath was damaged. With oil pressures greater than 20,000 psi gushing from the hole (far higher than pressures of 5,000 psi typically contained by gas cylinders), you just can’t fix the BOP and must instead try a “brute force” solution that seeks to permanently crush and seal the hole.
I recommend dropping large concrete slabs one after the other (hundreds of tons each). The first slab could have a malleable but dense metal such as lead affixed to the bottom to plastically deform along the contour of the seafloor. After sufficient numbers of slabs stacked upon each other, there would be enough pressure to crush the BOP/wellhead infrastructure and seal the hole just as applying pressure to a would helps stop bleeding.
We just can’t afford to wait for more failed solutions from BP. Time is truly of the essence. Please, President Obama, declare a national emergency to harness all of our nation’s incredible potential to solve this catastrophe once and for all.
In a related letter to the Las Vegas Sun responding to a reprinted NY Times article, Dr. Pravic wrote:
…I do not understand why BP has been adding the dispersing chemicals to the Gulf of Mexico, which may actually make matters worse.
The essence here is that if we allow the lighter oil to rise to the surface, it is easier to collect/separate and/or burn away than when dispersed in the sea. Adding dispersants/detergents alters the biochemical balance in the Gulf by contaminating it with more chemicals (that may harm life) on top of the toxic oil and, worse yet, may starve the Gulf waters of oxygen as certain bacteria can apparently metabolize/degrade the oil but need oxygen to do so.
Can the bacteria do this successfully at all depths, as not all life can function properly, let alone exist, at 160 atmospheres of pressure and near freezing temperatures on the floor? Adding dispersants to surround oil droplets may also frustrate the ability of the oil to rise to the surface, making it very difficult to remove.
It seems to me the primary reason for using the dispersant is to reduce the visible and dramatic effect of this public relations nightmare for BP and not to truly clean this mess.
Isn’t that like having a headline reading:
“Cattle End their Support of Ranchers’ Interests on Hill“?
Now for a breakdown of the text:
In October 2000, the government of Turkey had a problem.
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert had promised to bring a resolution commemorating the Armenian genocide to the floor for a vote, a move that Ankara said would be a slap in the face to a NATO ally.
The Turks called up Keith Weissman, a senior researcher from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and asked him to intervene.
Can you imagine? Asking the Jews to spearhead having someone’s genocide denied? What was this guy thinking? Oh wait. The Jew does it:
Mr. Weissman said in an interview this week that AIPAC lit up the phones and managed at the last minute — with the help of the State Department — to persuade President Clinton himself to write a letter to Mr. Hastert saying a vote on the resolution would cause strategic damage to U.S. interests.
Ah, the Jewish lobby knew whose help to enlist on behalf of Muslims: The Jew-killing State Department, otherwise known as Dhimmi Central.
The last-minute push worked. Mr. Hastert removed the resolution from the floor, and the full Congress has yet to take up the matter to this day.
Yippeeee! We won! We won! But remember what Rosie Perez said in “White Men Can’t Jump” (read with Nuyorikan accent): “Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose you really win.”
But the American Jewish community is no longer helping Turkey, after a tumultuous deterioration of ties between Israel and Turkey in the past four years. The government in Ankara last week decried a botched Israeli raid on a Turkish aid flotilla, which claimed at least nine lives, as an act of “state terror.”
A tumultuous deterioration of ties?! Between the Jews and Muslim Turkey???!!! Who could have seen that coming?! You mean the “relationship” wasn’t worth betraying Armenians over? Gee, that sort of thing hasn’t backfired before, has it?
In some ways, the Memorial Day flotilla affair marks an end of Israel’s more than 20-year strategic alliance with Turkey, and the resulting support from the pro-Israel lobby in Washington.
Turkey, which has a secular constitution, was the first Muslim state to recognize Israel, in 1949.
Like, whatever. The Islamic switch hadn’t been flipped yet. The Muslim microchip hadn’t been activated. The call of the wild hadn’t sounded. So, yeah, Turkey recognized Israel. Especially since a Jewish homeland could encourage Jews to leave Turkey.
Israel has historically sought to form alliances with countries on the periphery of the Arab world such as Turkey, Iran and Ethiopia.
Turkey and Iran — you know, people who hate Jews a little less.
In 1982, when Israel invaded southern Lebanon, its army destroyed training camps affiliated with the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia, a terrorist organization responsible for the slayings of Turkish diplomats.
Turkey rewarded Israel’s counterterrorism operations with increased intelligence ties. The intelligence relationship soon blossomed into full ambassadorial relations, and increased commercial trade and closer military cooperation. In exchange for arms sales from Israel, Turkey allowed the Israeli air force to use Anatolian airspace for training purposes.
The relationship began to sour in the early 2000s with the election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP in Turkish), which is based on elements of parties that had been banned for Islamism.
Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said, “It’s not completely over. There are still close ties between many in Turkey and the community and there are still a lot of common interests.”
But Mr. Hoenlein added, “The Turks happen to have a government that is extremist, that has chosen a path that is violative of the past relationship. It has been a steady process, not just related to the most recent incident. This began with the election of this Islamist government in 2002.”
They just HAPPEN to have an extremist government. Gee, how does that just HAPPEN?! It’s not part of any general Muslim trend across the globe or anything. Again, completely unforseeable, right? (But then, we already know that this Hoenlein guy isn’t too good at putting two and two together.)
Barry Jacobs, the American Jewish Committee’s former director of strategic studies in the office of government and international affairs, also noted Turkey’s critical stance toward Israel’s 2006 invasion of southern Lebanon to root out Hezbollah terrorists attacking the Jewish state.
“This started in 2006 when I remember one Israeli diplomat complained that Turkish support for Hezbollah had ‘out-Arabed the Arabs,’” Mr. Jacobs said, adding that Turkey’s unconditional support for Hamas since 2007, combined with Jewish discomfort with defending the Turks on the Armenian issue, led to a dampening of support.
“The major Jewish organizations decided in 2008 that the question of the Armenian genocide resolution was so sensitive we would no longer take public and private positions to oppose it,” Mr. Jacobs said.
So let me see if I have this right. The Jews betray the Armenians while trying to secure a single enemy ally. Then, only after things go sour, only then does organized Jewry develop a conscience, or “discomfort” over what they’re doing?
Abe Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said he thinks the Turks made a strategic decision to break with Israel during the Gaza war. He pointed to a heated exchange in 2009 at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan walked out of a session with Israeli President Shimon Peres, telling him: “When it comes to killing, you know well how to kill.”
“We saw things deteriorating but it did not surface publicly until Davos,” Mr. Foxman said. “Until then, the trade continued, the military continued. It did not happen till the Gaza war. My feeling is that Turkey made a geopolitical decision before, but it needed an excuse to turn so dramatically.”
So basically, these “wise” old Jews needed for things with Turkey to actually play out, when I could have told them even from the womb how things would go. (Notice the persistent use of the word “deterioration” — as if there were any other direction this “relationship” could go in.)
Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Weissman were in some ways the architects of the Jewish community’s support for Turkey in Washington that began at the end of the Cold War. Both men led delegations of Jewish community leaders to Istanbul and Ankara. Mr. Weissman said AIPAC’s leaders even offered training to Turkish Americans on how to establish a successful lobby.
Good job, guys! Meanwhile, I had no idea that Jews were responsible for America’s positive turn toward Turkey and Turkish interests, and making Turkey into a deceptive American “ally.” That’s just great.
In Congress, the Jewish organizations lobbied for an oil pipeline from the Azerbaijani capital of Baku to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, a pipeline that bypasses Turkey’s rival Armenia entirely. The Jewish lobby in Washington helped protect U.S. arms sales to Turkey, on which the Greek lobby often tried to block or impose conditions.
OK, so the Jewish lobby can be a tad nefarious after all. Like when it’s furthering Muslim interests. And here I was wondering why Greeks don’t generally take a shine to Israel or Jews. Now I’m wondering why so many Armenians still like us. Trying to win enemies over is generally futile to begin with; doing it at the expense of your own kind (Judeo-Christian) is just sinister.
Henri Barkey, a former State Department Turkey analyst and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, said, “The most important element of the relationship with Israel for the Turks in the late 1980s was improving relations with the United States through the American Jewish community.”
Ah, those useful Jews.
In the 1980s, Turkey often lost major fights in Congress to the Greek and Armenian lobbies.
Oh no! That can’t have been good for Israel or America! We needed to change that — fast!
“It made Turkey’s strategic value to the United States more visible and understandable when supporters of Israel would go to bat for them,” said Douglas J. Feith, a former undersecretary of defense for policy who represented Turkey when he was out of government in the early 1990s. “All of the sudden, you not only had strong support for Turkey in elements of the executive branch, you also had then some serious debate on [Capitol Hill] in favor of Turkey as well.”
Today, far from being an asset for Turkey, the American Jewish community appears to becoming a potent foe of Turkish interests in Washington.
A little late, Chumps.
On Tuesday for example, the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release calling on the State Department to designate the IHH, the Turkish charity that helped organize the free-Gaza flotilla as a foreign terrorist organization. In Turkey, the IHH has been praised as a group of peace activists and humanitarians.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Good luck with that. That’ll fix ‘em! That’ll undo all the damage! Notice how no one wanted to designate IHH a terrorist organization when it was providing terror services in Bosnia against Serbs. That would be the Balkans I’m talking about here — that other prominent site of American and Jewish (but not Israeli!) betrayal of Christians in the hopes of making enemy allies.
“In terms of the Jewish community and Israel, neither one of us wants to throw it away and hope it is not over,” Mr. Foxman said. “But every day there is another provocation. Every day the Turkish government goes out of its way to be insulting to Israel and another link is broken.”
Morris Amitay, a former executive director of AIPAC who has also represented Turkey, was more blunt. “If someone asked me now if I would try to protect Turkey in Congress, my response would be, ‘You’ve got to be kidding,’” he said…
Wow, what a tough guy! What an after-the-fact visionary! Yeah, you show ‘em who’s boss…now that Jews have made Turkey an entrenched “ally” of the U.S. and its counter-interests to Israel’s now get at least as much weight and consideration as Israel’s. From where I’m sitting, the Turkish strategy worked beautifully! Get the Jews to get you into Capitol Hill, so then you’ll be in a better position to advance Muslim interests and downgrade Jewish ones.
Hell, we Jews were so successful that Turkey is even a bonified, untouchable “NATO ally.” How do you like this: Muslim Turkey is in NATO, which is used to pummel non-threatening, non-Muslim countries.
OK, so now it’s time to talk about all those conservative suckers who were against the congressional resolution to declare the ethnic cleansing of Armenians by the Turks as a genocide. This apology on behalf of Turkey, Ralph Peters stormed in the NY Post, is nothing but an attempt to undermine Bush’s war effort in Iraq!
Partisan politics never sound so bratty as when they supersede jihad concerns. Let’s remember that this is the Ralph Peters who, also in the pages of the NY Post, accused Robert Spencer of being an Islamophobe. I guess Peters by now may see that he and the Jewish lobby could have used a little Islamophobia themselves.
That piece went into the technical intricacies of why a million Armenians who died in the course of Turkish policy being implemented wasn’t a genocide per se. But notice that none of these pathetic Republican dhimmis DARED deconstruct a “genocide” of a much smaller but highly inflated figure of 8,000, exclusively male, ‘victims’ in Srebrenica. None dared cry foul even when the very word “genocide” was redefined in order to make it fit the crime (and to make the crime fit the expected punishments). Or when our Congress passed a resolution in 2005 condemning the Srebrenica “genocide,” a resolution that dutifully repeated almost every fictitious claim coming out of the Bosnian Ministry of Information.
Because the victims were Muslim. Toss the Christian Armenians from the genocide train on behalf of Muslim Turks, then contradict yourself in order to put the Muslim Bosnians on the train, tossing the Christian Serbs onto the tracks. Contradictions aside, the pattern is consistent: It’s not genocide when it’s done by Muslims; it is genocide when it’s done against Muslims.
Some telling aspects of the National Review piece by Lerner: The only time she mentions that that the Turks were Muslims is when she talks about the Russians brutalizing the Muslims. There’s no mention that the Ottomans were an Islamic Empire or that non-Muslims were second-class citizens that were brutalized and abused. She also says that when the Turks marched Armenian women, children and elderly out of Turkey they actually tried to protect them and supply them with water and food. So a million Armenians died from Turkish kindness.
In contrast, here is what the much better-informed, non-self-deluding JihadWatch.org had to sayabout the bill at the time, circa October 2007.
It’s not like we needed just these past six months of Turkish badness to let us know where Turkey stood, and where it was heading. Turkey was demolishing Armenian churches even in 2005. Between the time of the genocide bill debate and the now un-sugarcoat-able Turkish meltdown, there was plenty more to be chewed on by all those conservative buffoons who opposed the Armenian Genocide Resolution because Turkey is an “Ally.” These are all from 2008:
After I blogged about British Channel 4’s reference to an Albanian mass shooter as a “Serb Kosovan,” the person who sent me that tip (”Serbstvo”) recalled an even more blatant, more intentional case of mis-reporting — by CNN in 2008, when Radovan Karadzic was arrested. Doctoring footage to make the Serbs look bad — the very thing that got us onto our anti-Serb kick in the first place — is alive and well, and keeping Americans anti-Serb.
CNN actually spliced together a video montage — headlined “Serb ultranationalists rally — Clashes broke out during a protest by thousands of Serb ultranationalists against plans to extradite Radovan Karadzic.” As Serbstvo wrote me, “Because the protest was relatively peaceful, it did not suit the folks at CNN who required the Serbs to appear as savages, so they mixed it with footage from a totally unrelated anti-government riot in Budapest, showing cars in flames and crowds being blasted by water cannons. All this was done to create a more chaotic atmosphere,” since otherwise it wouldn’t merit any kind of anti-Serb news coverage. CNN pulled the video the next day, after one or two small blogs (including Svetlana Novko’s now defunct Byzantine Sacred Art blog) caught it.
To his credit, a blogger named Warner Todd Huston, at Media Research Center’s “Newsbusters” site also caught the hit job (it appears thanks to a tip from Byzantine blog), but — Dear God — look at his “correction”:
Apparently, CNN decided that they didn’t have enough video of rioting in their recent story on unrest in Belgrade, Serbia, so they decided to add in footage of rioting in Budapest to sexy up the story. I have to say, if the Kosovars intend to make the cut with CNN in the future, they’d better start rioting to the satisfaction of CNN’s video editors.
Kosovars? Are citizens of Serbia “Kosovars”? Is Belgrade, then, the capital of Kosovo? Are Serbia and Kosovo the same? Or else what would a Belgrade protest over the Karadzic arrest have to do with Kosovo? (We’re of course skipping the point about the fictionality of the ethnic identity “Kosovar.”)
Here’s the rest:
Either that, or CNN can start showing us all some truthful video with their stories. Whatever the case, CNN’s misstep doesn’t just make them look bad, it makes all Americans look bad.
On July 30, CNN aired a report in their international news titled “Serb Ultranationalists Rally” in which footage of riots in two different cities and two different countries were edited together to represent the unrest in Kosovo.
Again, it appears either that Kosovo is the same entity as Belgrade, or another name for Serbia. (Though I appreciate the accurate sentiment that “Kosovo is Serbia!”)
Serbian TV was a bit mystified by this embellishment, and rightfully so. RTS asserted that since CNN didn’t have violent enough footage for their riots story, they “resorted to their favorite Hollywood trick” of “montaging and pasting together the sequences from Budapest and Belgrade protests” to accompany the story…
Naturally, since the original airing and posting on the Internet, and since people began to ridicule CNN for the melding of video of riots in different countries, CNN has removed the video without comment. Making matters worse, many now see a conspiracy where they originally just saw incompetence. A screen shot of the original CNN page clearly shows a snapshot of the video compilation.
In fact, this is not mere “incompetence” by CNN; it’s a continuing trend that redefines the word “conspiracy.” A conspiracy that CNN was an early architect. The international, multi-layer, unrelenting anti-Serb campaign is something that I call a conspiracy without a command center, pursued voluntarily and unanimously by a number of vested interests and spheres.
For now though, the false CNN “montage” can still be seen on YouTube.com. And on that YouTube.com page one can find comments from one viewer saying that at the beginning of the video “you can see Hungarian flags and in the end you can see [a] subway station (Belgrade isn’t in Hungary and has no subway).” The same commenter also notes that all the rest of the video was from Belgrade. Other posters note several Hungarian and Serbian landmarks in the video paste job.
Of course, what this sort of thing does is make America look bad to the whole world. CNN is not seen as “the left-wing media” by outsiders (even though it is). It is seen as the AMERICAN media. This sort of foolishness makes all of us look stupid for not knowing that Belgrade isn’t Budapest, or for seeming to directly support one side or the other in the Serbian issue in our news reports, or all of the above.
And how does it make us look when the alternative media policing the mainstream media don’t know that Belgrade isn’t Kosovo? Which of course implies that the writer also doesn’t know that “Kosovars” are Albanian. Which means that he doesn’t know what the two sides in that conflict are.
Because it’s all about playing nanny-nanny-boo-boo with the LEFT-WING MEDIA rather than taking an interest in what’s actually at stake, in where American interests lie, in what we’re actually doing and whether we’re promoting justice or injustice with regard to what was — for heaven’s sake — OUR MOST RECENT WAR.
I will, however, say that it’s uncommonly fair of the writer, on Americans’ behalf, to not want to “directly support one side or the other in the Serbian issue.” But that means he hasn’t noticed that America DID take a side. In fact, it drove the entire conflict. And it was “our news reports” that took sides, almost earlier than the bipartisan slate of politicians who took the same side. And by their silence on it, conservatives let that happen. Which is also taking a side.
Today, on the rare occasion they deign to notice that the “Serbian issue” continues, members of the conservative media are even more blatant, now openly taking the same side as the MSM that brought us this conflict in the first place, and which the conservative media are supposed to be policing.
Do we really think that Americans wouldn’t know the difference between Belgrade, Kosovo, Serbia, Albanians, Serbs and Kosovars if the alternative/conservative media — already in position in 1999 — had done its job and called the mainstream media and politicians on their fraudulent war AT THE TIME? Rather than simply waiting to react to their criticism of our wars? What if conservative/alternative media had NOT moved on from the Kosovo war when cued by the MSM to do so? How much more would we know then? And how much more ammunition would we have had to counter the less legitimate criticisms of “Republican wars”? I’ve heard conservatives say, “It’s time we started setting the terms of the debate, and not just reacting to them.” So much for that.
Despite my annoyance, and the fact that Newsbusters should be very embarrassed, I do have to thank the apparently good-hearted Warren Todd Huston for actually paying attention to something Balkans-related, and for giving a minimal damn even when the liberal media’s victim is the “dreaded” Serb. As pathetic as it sounds, this is rare and praisworthy in itself.
Note that Warren also referred to a Serbian news program without a smirk or the requisite reference to “Serbian propaganda.” I’ll take him with his American inaccuracies any day over the more “knowledgeable” Americans vis a vis that region.
The political satirist Rory Bremner has claimed that the “chilling” effect of fundamentalism means that every time he writes a sketch about Islam he fears that he is signing his own death warrant.
Did he only just notice? Or did it take him 20 years into blatant jihad before he thought of knocking Muslims?
Speaking to Sir David Frost in a BBC documentary about the future of satire, Bremner argued that self-censorship was the biggest problem for practitioners of topical comedy today.
Bremner’s views are echoed by other comedians including Ben Elton, who has accused the BBC of being “scared” to allow jokes about Islam. But Bremner went further by speaking about fears for his own personal safety.
“The greatest danger now is that one of the toughest issues of our time is religion,” Bremner told Sir David in the BBC4 programme Frost on Satire, which will be broadcast on Thursday. “When [I’m] writing a sketch about Islam, I’m writing a line and I think, ‘If this goes down badly, I’m writing my own death warrant there.’…
Uh, even if it doesn’t go down badly, Sir.
Because there are people who will say, ‘Not only do I not think that’s funny but I’m going to kill you’ – and that’s chilling.”
… Sir David said he was “surprised” that Bremner felt that his life could be placed in danger by telling a joke.
About Sir David’s “surprise”: Don’t you just love the way one day the British prototype — necessarily Muslim-loving — is sure to express indignation and outrage over any “insensitive” remarks about Muslims, under the guise of being offended, when really he’s terrified but won’t acknowledge it. And the next day, he expresses surprise that one could fear for one’s life and therefore censor oneself when it comes to knocking Muslims.
Does Sir David Frost really think that he hasn’t been self-censoring? Indeed, how much poking fun at Islam or Muslims has Frost been doing on Al-Jazeera, which airs his weekly show? He knows the threat to life and limb all too well, and acts accordingly.
What a liar Frost is, but good for Bremner for finally calling a spade a spade. My tip for him feeling safer: now that he’s on board (i.e. noticed that Muslims are censoring him), perhaps he can convince his fellow frightened comedians to SPREAD THE RISK, damnit. Precisely the point of Facebook’s “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day.”