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Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 2

Friday, October 24th, 2008

It is our desire to help you understand who Sarah and Amina Said were. We are honored to be able to share comments and memories from Gail Gartrell, their Great-Aunt.

Said Sisters

See the previous posts:

  • Honor Killing in Dallas
  • “The Story is Bigger Than an Honor Murder in Dallas or What Happens in Dallas Stays in Dallas; Who Knew?” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Human Sacrifice in Dallas: No One Saved These Girls” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Raging Muslim Taxi Drivers in North American Cities” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Murderous Mothers. The Hidden Female Face of Honor Killing” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Still Dead in Dallas. An Update on the Double Honor Murders” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • FBI Calls Dallas Murder Case an ‘Honor Killing,’ Upsetting Muslim Group
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 1.
  • Amina and Sarah, through the eyes of those they trusted most…friends!

    Since learning about the girls deaths, I have been blessed by meeting many of these girls closest friends. I must say, I am so impressed by each of these girls! They saw education as a way to freedom! They saw hidden relationships as the only way to get through each day. The rules were ever changing for Amina and Sarah as each day seemed to be guided by Yasser’s whim’s and the spying eyes of the brother, Islam! Many, have confided in me about how Islam or, Yasser would just pop up to spy on the girls. Truly, they knew no freedom in a country where we boast about our freedoms!

    Amina, was the most vocal about her desires. Amina desired to go to college and be a doctor. She would have graduated this past Spring, in the top ten of her class. She had scholarships and some, she never knew about! Had Amina been allowed to do as she desired, can you imagine the compassion she would have had? After all, she knew suffering well! I was told that Amina saw a crucifix and asked her friend why would that be put upon the wall? It was sad for her to see and she gently removed it from the wall as she could not bare to see this man suffering. Her friend, explained why the crucifix and what it meant. Amina understood but, still could not bare to see the sight of this man, on a cross! This told me that her heart was compassionate and sufferings of others bothered her to the core. I found this very interesting in that she had been treated so horribly and yet, Amina did not let her sufferings make her heart bitter. No, she was not going to be anything like her dad and those who thought as he did. Amina, did not want to hate! Amina, merely wanted to think for herself and in doing so, took much torture, physically and emotionally. I am so very proud of her for staying true to herself…even in the face of brutality!

    Both Amina and Sarah had told thier mom that they did not want a Muslim funeral if something happened! They said that they feared the burial sheet and the death shroud placed upon the face. Even so, these girls were buried as Muslim’s and in death sheets…they were under thier pajamas…you could see them and feel them! To this day, I cannot figure out why my neice had them buried in this manner after the girls requested not to be. They told her they wanted, “American” funerals. Her excuse to me about this….”I must honor my son too.” Well, her son was not the victim! The girls were and they should have been allowed to be buried as they wished. No, nothing was done to truly honor these girls!

    To appease my neices conscience, she allowed a Christian service which was held at the Muslim funeral home. This was the biggest mockery I have ever witnessed in my entire life! The microphones were turned off when the preacher began with prayer! No one, outside this very small room, with double caskets lining the walls could hear the minister. Then, Islam, their own brother got up and walked out of the funeral with the intent to stop this service. Luckily, a family member was able to get him outside and away from the rest of us.

    As the service ended, Islam was outside and one relative from the paternal side approached him. It did not turn out well…Islam went off and started screaming for all to leave and that this f’….ing funeral was over! This caused police officers to rise from thier cars with hands on the holster! That is how radical this boy got with his words. He even yanked away from an Imam who was trying to get him to settle down. There were no tears for his sister’s! Only anger and he allowed it to show! In fact, he had already proclaimed that both girls deserved what they got!

    Now, I ask you, how does a family function with all this hate? Did Islam ever love his sisters? Did they love him? How could they not resent a brother who reported every action to thier dad? Plus, knowing what it would bring down on his sisters? This has boggled my mind and I will never understand how a brother could say that his dad did a great job that night! Islam, is a homegrown terrorist and his teachings began with his own sisters! I understand that he is very much this way with his mom too. I suppose it matters little now as Islam has told his mother he never wants to see her nor, speak to her again! What did she do? The uncles have told him that she has been speaking to the media and such…which is a lie. Islam believes them and has turned on his mother. She has been faithful to Yasser’s wishes and to Islam’s demands and now, they have tried to turn Islam against her. They have succeeded and I feel that one day, she too will know his wrath as she will never be safe from her own son!

    I have begged my neice to tell all she knows and to come clean as I see her as an accomplice. She will never have peace in her life as long as she carries these deadly truths, in her heart…if she still has a heart? My neice has labeled me as a trouble maker and someone who wants 15 minutes of fame! She may call me what she wishes too but, I do not think collecting threats is a healthy way to get 15 minutes of fame!

    Truly, only she can bring justice for these girls but, to do so, I fear she would have to implicate herself too. Even so, I pray her heart is so pricked that she will have to come forth and tell truths in which only the Said’s hold!

    I will continue on as I feel up to this. I am recovering nicely but, am tired.

    In the Love of the Lord,

    Analyst: Network News Paying Price for Liberal Bias

    Friday, October 24th, 2008

    Media analyst Robert Knight believes the consistent drop in viewership of the mainstream media news programs shows that Americans are on to the media’s liberal bias, most notably their glowing coverage of Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential run.

    A study by Nielsen Media Research shows that the Big Three network news programs experienced a sharp drop in viewers last week during the height of the presidential campaign. CBS Evening News with Katie Couric lost a half-million viewers, as did World News with Charlie Gibson on ABC. Ratings leader NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams dropped from 8.2 million viewers to 7.8 million.

    “The fact that this is happening at a time of year when a lot of people are glued to the screen — right before an election — shows that there is a systemic problem with the network news. People don’t believe it any more. They’re tuning out by the millions,” [Robert Knight is director of the Culture and Media Institute (CMI), a division of the Media Research Center] explains. “This continues a trend we’ve seen over the last couple decades, but it’s experienced a real uptick lately. Katie Couric in particular is down below figures Dan Rather descended to after he misplayed his accusation of President Bush and his National Guard records.”

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    Democrat: Obama’s Grandma Confirms Kenyan Birth

    Friday, October 24th, 2008

    Still nothing in the mainstream media about this. How long can they continue to sit on this??

    The Pennsylvania Democrat who has sued Sen. Barack Obama demanding he prove his American citizenship – and therefore qualification to run for president – has confirmed he has a recording of a telephone call from the senator’s paternal grandmother confirming his birth in Kenya.

    The issue of Obama’s birthplace, which he states is Honolulu in 1961, has been raised enough times that his campaign website has posted an image purporting to be of his “Certification of Live Birth” from Hawaii.

    But Philip J. Berg, a former deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania, told the Michael Savage talk radio program tonight that the document is forged and that he has a tape recording he will soon release.

    “This has been a real sham he’s pulled off for the last 20 months,” Berg told Savage. “I’ll release it [the tape] in a day or two, affidavits from her talking to a certain person. I heard the tape. She was speaking [to someone] here in the United

    He said the telephone call was from Obama’s paternal grandmother affirming she “was in the delivery room in Kenya when he was born Aug. 4, 1961.”

    Berg said he’s pursuing the issue because of “the most important document in the United States,” the U.S. Constitution.

    “Nothing is more important than enforcing the Constitution,” he said. “The Constitution’s provisions are very small for qualifying for president. One, be over 35, and he is. Two, be in the country 14 years, and he has been. Three, be a natural-born citizen. He is not.”

    Obama campaign officials acknowledged the dispute by posting the image purporting to be a copy of his certification of live birth earlier this year. But they’ve declined to return WND requests for comment on the issues.

    WND reported earlier this week Berg’s claim that Obama has legally “admitted” the accusations included in his lawsuit, including that he was born in Mombosa, Kenya, by not responding to the allegations.

    Berg filed suit in U.S. District Court in August alleging Obama is not a natural-born citizen and is thus ineligible to serve as president of the United States.

    His lawsuit is demanding that the courts verify Obama’s original birth certificate.

    Berg has cited Rule 36 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which states that unless the accused party provides written answer or objection to charges within 30 days, the accused legally admits the matter.

    Since Obama filed only motions to dismiss the case and did not actually answer the claims, according to Rule 36, Obama has legally admitted he is not a natural-born citizen., asserted Berg, who has taken his information public through his website.

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    Futures Plummet, Ugly Day On Street Expected

    Friday, October 24th, 2008

    Another bad day for Wall Street…hang on for the ride!!

    U.S. stock futures are pointing toward a very scary open for stocks for Friday’s trading session after Asian and European markets broadly sold off overnight on worldwide earnings and recession fears.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were down 550 points, or 6.27%, to 8224 as of 8:45 a.m. here in New York. The S&P 500 futures were down 60 points, or 6.56%, to 855.20 while the Nasdaq 100 futures dropped 83.50 points, or 6.66%, to 1170. They have not moved from those levels since 5:00 this morning.

    All the futures of the major indices have hit their limit down – where market regulations will not allow traders to sell the futures off more. They can trade above those levels, but cannot trade below those levels. It’s similar to the New York Stock Exchange’s circuit breakers – which were put into place to keep panic selling from destroying the stock market. In a piece of ominous trivia, today’s trading session marks the 79th anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash.

    With fair value calculated into the futures, the Dow is expected to fall about 450 points at the 9:30 a.m. open, but with limit down affecting futures the opening will most likely be considerably worse.

    “We’re all going to hold our breath and see what happens when they ring the opening bell,” NYSE trader Ben Willis of VDM Institutional Brokerage told FOX Business.

    The prices on all categories of bonds – from short-term Treasury bills to 30-year Treasury bonds – were all sharply higher this morning as investors piled in to the safety of U.S. government-backed bonds.

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    Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 1

    Friday, October 24th, 2008

    For those who have been following our blog lately, we have been covering developments in the murder case of Sarah and Amina Said, the two Dallas girls who were the victims of an Islamic “honor killing” by their Egyptian father (see links below).

    We are honored to have Ms. Gail Gartrell, the great-aunt of Sarah and Amina Said, share her thoughts about the situation and also some of her memories of the girls with us.

    See the previous posts here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

    Said Sisters

    Thank you, Steve and all.

    I want to introduce all to the persons of Sarah and Amina. This is important because I promised these girls I would tell thier story, best I can. You all must understand that I was kept from these girls since Yasser sexually abused them at the age of seven and eight. I believe this was done because I was one of the people who kept the children hidden for a single day! During the course of this day, Amina spoke openly to me about what her dad had done. I tried to reassure this child that it was NOT her fault! Her dad should have never done this to her…even so, the saddness in her eyes told me much! After this day, Yaser and my neice went back together and most all of the American side of the family was cut out of these children’s lives. This certainly insured the fact that none of us could ever tell the police what was going on, not even my sister, the girls grandmother! She died, rarely seeing these children after she called about the abuse. This was the cost for speaking up for these girls!

    As children, Sarah and Amina were very quiet. They were beautiful from the day they were born. In fact, my Mom, before she died, kept Sarah many, many times. She even called Sarah her baby! There was much love for these children and yet, we were punished for trying to help them.

    The night I found out about the murders, is simply indescribable. I knew that my niece had ran with the girls but, I had no clue how deeply my neice had involved herself in the religion of Islam and the culturistic ways of her Egyptian husband. I do now!! I will speak of this later on. The night the girls were murdered, I spoke to my neice while she was at the police station. She simply said, “he shot my girls!” I told her, I know and I am so sorry as I believed that she was sincere in her run with her two girls. My heart was aching and I could not imagine the horror that Amina and [S]sarah felt when they saw that gun come out! This is when I started crying out for God as I knew this situation was much greater than I.

    The following days led to truths I could not imagine. I will continue to share what I have found out from those closest to the girls but, not family members. Children, who feel as though it may be part [their] fault by merely being a friend to Sarah and Amina! Yasser Said, not only killed his daughters but, he has truly hurt many young teenagers with doubts, fears and forced them to look at [their] own mortality…in twisted ways! This is truly one of the most evil experiences I have ever been faced with. Even so, this truth must be told.

    As I recover, I will be back to write more and tell truths so that we may limit these evil practices through prayer and with God’s guidance.