Archive for March 4th, 2010

Afghan Officials Say Former Gitmo Detainee Now a Taliban Commander

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

The only comment I need to offer on this is “we told you so”. Enough said.

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — A man freed from Guantanamo more than two years ago after he claimed he only wanted to go home and help his family is now a senior commander running Taliban resistance to the U.S.-led offensive in southern Afghanistan, two senior Afghan intelligence officials say.

Abdul Qayyum is also seen as a leading candidate to be the next No. 2 in the Afghan Taliban hierarchy, said the officials, interviewed last week by The Associated Press.

The story of Abdul Qayyum could add to the complications President Barack Obama is facing in fulfilling his pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo by sending some prisoners back to their home countries or to other willing nations, while putting others on trial.

U.S. intelligence asserts that 20 percent of suspects released from the Guantanamo Bay prison have returned to the fight and the number has been steadily increasing.

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Blue Dog Pack Threatens to Bail on Health Care Over Abortion Language

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Good for them!!

Blue Dog Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak says he’s counted 11 lawmakers plus himself willing to kill President Obama’s health care overhaul over abortion language.

Stupak, of Michigan, sponsored a provision in the House of Representative’s health care bill that passed last fall that clearly prohibits the use of federal money to pay for abortions. That language did not make it into the Senate bill, the model Obama is using to craft the plan he is expected to send to Congress shortly.

Obama has urged the Senate to use the “reconciliation” procedure to pass the bill, which would allow Democrats to avoid a 60-vote majority needed to strike down a filibuster but would demand that lawmakers vote only on matters that impact the budget. Before that happens, however, House Democrats can prevent the legislation from reaching the Senate.

House legislation passed by a narrow 220-215 margin in November. Since then several Democrats have defected or departed, and all 254 who remain are eyeing November midterm elections and a restive electorate demanding Congress focus on jobs.

Thirty-nine Democrats voted “no” on the House bill, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will probably need some of those to switch their votes.

Abortion is one item that can not be tweaked in the reconciliation method. Senate Democrats have talked about a wholly separate bill for issues that can’t be “fixed” in reconciliation.

Without referencing abortion, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Fox News on Thursday that every aspect of health care has an effect on the budget.

“There is no question (health care issues) impact the budget. They impact family budgets, they impact government budgets.”

But Sebelius also told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that there will be no federal funding for abortion.

This bill does not change the status quo on abortion, she said.

Other rank-and-file Democrats say they remain wary of the legislation, not only because of its substance but because of the political peril a “yes” vote would cause back home.

“I think he has succeeded in prying open a window of opportunity, but it’s a very narrow window,” said first-term Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. “And he and the leadership here had better clamber through that narrow window while they can.”

In a speech Wednesday at the White House, Obama called on lawmakers to end a year of legislative struggle and angry public debate and enact legislation ushering in near-universal health coverage for the first time in the country’s history.

“At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem,” the president said. “And so I ask Congress to finish its work, and I look forward to signing this reform into law.”

Appearing before a select audience, many of them wearing white medical coats, Obama firmly rejected calls from Republicans to draft new legislation from scratch.

“I don’t see how another year of negotiations would help,” he said. “I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote.”

Underscoring the pressure, many of the “no” voters made themselves scarce Wednesday while others said they had to wait to study Obama’s plan before stating their position.

“I haven’t seen the president’s proposal so I’m going to look at it,” said first-term Rep. Scott Murphy, D-N.Y

“It’s fragile,” Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., said of the mood in the House. “It’s getting close to the election.”

Nonetheless, Pelosi vowed to answer the president’s call.

“Our families and businesses deserve reform that will create millions of jobs, strengthen Medicare, reduce our deficit and no longer deny care or drop coverage to those who need it most,” Pelosi said. “We must act now.”

Republicans said Democrats would be sorry.

“Americans do not want a trillion-dollar government takeover of health care stuffed with tax hikes, Medicare cuts and giveaways to Washington special interests,” said House Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Not today, not tomorrow, not ever.”

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Fox News Poll: “Does the ‘Reconciliation’ Gambit Make You Angry?”

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

President Obama unveiled his revised health care reform plan on Wednesday. The buzz word is “reconciliation,’ a rarely used legislative maneuver designed to resolve budget differences but one that could also be used to push through the Democrats’ health agenda by a simple majority vote. Are you angry that Obama and the Dems are resorting to using “reconciliation”?

Yes. This is outrageous! They’re using rules to bypass the clear voice of the people – payback in November, guys. 94% (153,465 votes)

Not sure, but if they have to resort to rules loopholes to pass a law, doesn’t that indicate that a lot of people oppose it? 2% (2,805 votes)

No. Look, we need health care reform and we need it now. Let’s get started, even if it means using a rules loophole. 3% (5,502 votes)

Other (post a comment) <1% (774 votes)

Total Votes: 162,546

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Rifqa’s Immigration Status Tenuous

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Rifqa Bary, the teen who ran away from home, in fear of her life, after she converted from Islam to Christianity, is still fighting several different issues. We need to continue to pray for her.
The latest problem she is facing is her immigration status. If she is not given permanent residency by her 18th birthday, then she will be in danger of being deported.

Fathima Bary

A former Muslim, now a Christian pastor, is concerned that 17-year-old Rifqa Bary could be deported back to Sri Lanka when she turns 18 if she is unable to get approved for permanent U.S. residency.

Young Rifqa ran away to Florida last summer because she feared her father would harm or kill her after she converted from Islam. Pastor Jamal Jivanjee, also a convert from Islam, has been advising the teenager since, and he believes the plan is not in the girl’s best interest.

“The judge in the case is actually not being very cooperative with Rifqa’s attorney, Angela Lloyd, as she is trying to move forward with getting Rifqa permanent residency status,” Jivanjee notes. “It takes time to have this done, and if she turns 18 before she gets her permanent residency status, she’ll have to leave the country — and that’s very dangerous for her.”

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See our previous post about Rifqa Bary.
Pastor: Threats Against Rifqa Serious.
Muslim Parents of Teen Christian Convert Renege on Custody Agreement.
Runaway Christian Convert to Remain Free of Parents, Judge Rules.
Rifqa Bary Case Takes a Positive Turn.
Court Issues Reunification Plan in Rifqa Bary Case.
Rifqa Bary Returns to Columbus.
Hamas-Linked CAIR Supervised Police Interview of Rifqa Bary’s Parents on Abuse Allegations.
Florida Investigation Finds No Credible Threat to Teen Christian Convert.
Teen Christian Convert Who Fled Muslim Family Gets Online Threat.
Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her.
Updated: Judge Decides Fate of Honor Student, Cheerleader Who Fears “Honor Killing” After Converting to Christianity.
Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist.
Political Asylum Suggested for Rifqa Bary, Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert.
Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert Order Back to Ohio by Florida Judge.
Rifqa Investigation Ignored Facts About Islam.

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Don’t let this become a memorial to Rifqa Bary as well. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings Before They Happen!!

Hamas Spy Unafraid, Criticizes Islam

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Here is a story about a Palestinian who decided to say to “NO” to the senseless killing his people have been committing. He turned his back on Islam, the Palestinians and help spy on Hamas.

NEW YORK — Mosab Hassan Yousef, who helped Israel’s security forces kill and arrest members of the Islamic militant group Hamas, is probably marked for death.

He should be keeping silent. But he’s got a story to tell, one he delivers in his new book published this week, “Son of Hamas.”

“To be honest with you, being killed is not the worst thing that can happen,” he said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. “If they want to do kill me … let them do it, and they will be responsible for my blood.”

In his memoir, Yousef, the 32-year-old son of a Hamas founder, claims he was one of the Shin Bet security agency’s best assets and was dubbed The Green Prince, a reference to his Hamas pedigree and the Islamists’ signature green color.

During his 50-minute interview, for which he arrived with armed security, Yousef criticized Hamas leaders including political chief Khaled Meshaal. He lashed out at Hamas, saying the organization lives in the Middle Ages.

And he hurled his most inflammatory comments at Islam, which he called a religion that teaches people to kill.

“It is not a religion of peace,” said Yousef, who converted to Christianity. “The biggest terrorist is the God of the Quran. I know this is very dangerous and this will offend many people. The more you follow the steps of the prophet of Islam and the God of Islam, the more you get close to being a terrorist.”

Yousef said he started working with the Shin Bet after he was arrested and witnessed Hamas brutalities inside prison. When he was released in 1997, he started meeting with the Shin Bet and gravitating toward Christianity.

Yousef thought he could do some good, preventing the deaths of Israelis and Palestinians.

“I got a chance to stop killing,” he said.

In his book, Yousef clearly relished his importance to Shin Bet and even designed his own missions, one involving duping Meshaal, who lives in Damascus.

“I love this spy stuff, especially with Israeli intelligence paving the way,” he wrote. “In this way, a new communications channel was established with Damascus, even though Meshaal had no idea that he was actually on a party line withthe Shin Bet listening in.”

Yousef said Hamas has no idea how Shin Bet operates and accused Hamas of killing innocent people suspected of collaborating with Israel.

The US government considers Hamas a terrorist organization. Hamas says it provides schools and other social benefits to residents in the areas it controls.

Yousef declined to discuss certain aspects of his intelligence relationship with the Israeli security organization, saying he didn’t want to hinder its operational capabilities and give Hamas a “free gift.”

“They’re facing a dirty, difficult war,” he said, referring to the Shin Bet battles with Hamas. “I don’t agree with everything that they do. But their job is very important.”

His relationship with the Shin Bet lasted for more than a decade until he decided he’d had enough. He ended his lonely and dangerous existence as a spy in 2007.

Yousef said the Israelis allowed him to leave the region for a few months to take a break from his harrowing job and travel to America, where he stayed, working as a security guard at a grocery store.

When he told his story to his new friends in America, people didn’t believe him. But folks seem to be believing him now. His father, a seniorHamas leader, disowned him Monday.

Sheik Hassan Yousef said in a letter that his family had renounced “the one who was once our eldest son, who is called Mosab.”

The son “disbelieved in God” and “collaborated with our enemies,” said the father, who’s serving a six-year term in an Israeli prison.

Mosab Yousef said he didn’t take it personally.

“I know his heart,” Yousef said. “My dad is a loving person. He would never disown me. At some point we will be together again. I love my father, and he loves me.”

Yousef blamed his father’s decision on the Quran.

“The God of Quran is trying to unskin Muslims from their humanity,” he said, later adding, “Muslims are good people. But their God is absolutely bad.”

Yousef’s claims have rocked Hamas and exposed its vulnerability. His book comes on the heels of the assassination of a top Hamas operative in Dubai in January. Yousef denounced this latest killing in which Israel has been blamed and said the timing of the book was just a coincidence, not some Israeli scheme to generate even more paranoia among the ranks of Hamas.

Israel has not commented on Yousef’s claims or on widespread speculation that it carried out the Dubai assassination.

Asked about why people should believe his book, which was displayed at a Manhattan bookstore’s Christian inspiration section, Yousef said: “I am not expecting everybody to believe this story. Some people will doubt it.”

Yousef said Hamas had no idea how to govern and he hoped the violence between the Palestinians and the Israelis would end. He said he thinks his traitorous efforts will pay off.

“A change,” he said, “will happen for the next generation.”

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