Domestic Policy Issues

9/12/13 Pledge of Allegiance skipped, Muslim poem read at Boston school on 9/11

Source: The Washington Times The principal of Concord Carlisle High School in Boston issued an apology Wednesday after a Muslim poem was recited over the intercom on the 12th anniversary of 9/11, and the Pledge of Allegiance was not. According to principal Peter Badalament, a “small number” of people were outraged at the poem, which was meant to promote “cross-cultural understanding,” Boston.com reported. Apparently, the Pledge of Allegiance was not read because of some confusion. “Yesterday was the first Wednesday of the school year; we were unaware that our student Pledge reader had an internship commitment on this day,” Mr. Badalament said in the statement. “This was our responsibility … Continued

9/11/13 Largest U.S. Muslim group shuns controversial 9/11 march

Source: Al Arabiya The rally is “exploitative,” seeking to take advantage of the Sept. 11 attacks to “blame America for their so-called complaints of Islamophobia,” said Zuhdi Jasser, a prominent Islamic scholar and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, who frequently writes for theHuffington Post. “It’s put together by groups that are proven ‘truthers’ who deny that 9/11 was committed by al-Qaeda,” and who are “profoundly anti-Semitic,” he added. AMPAC’s hard-line ideas are “a symptom of the deeper problem of the continuous threat of radical Islam and political Islam domestically and globally in radicalizing Muslim populations,” said Jasser. … Continued

9/10/13 Eyewitness Places ICNA Official at Bangladesh Mass Killings

Source: The Investigative Project on Terrorism A survivor of a 1971 Islamist killing spree in Bangladesh tearfully told a war crimes tribunal Monday that he saw a man who would go on to lead the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) giving orders during the kidnapping, torture and murder of intellectuals. Delwar Hossain, 70, provided a dramatic eyewitness account against Ashrafuzzaman Khan, who remains on the executive board of ICNA’s New York chapter and is a leader of the North American Imams Federation. Prosecutors allege that Khan was the “chief executor” of a killing squad loyal to the Pakistani army during the closing days of Bangladesh’s war of … Continued

9/10/13 Obama Judge: Hijab Ban Violates Muslim Civil Rights

Source: Judicial Watch An Obama-appointed federal judge has handed the administration a major victory, ruling that a Muslim woman’s civil rights were violated by an American clothing retailer that didn’t allow her to wear a head scarf as required by her religion. The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws. In 2011 the agency sued the retail giant, Abercrombie & Fitch, accusing it of religious discrimination for firing 19-year-old Umme-Hani Khan for wearing a hijab at a northern California store. The company, which focuses on hip casual wear for … Continued

8/6/13 Fort Hood accused opens defense with ‘War is an ugly thing’

Source: Reuters (Reuters) – Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan said on Tuesday that war is an ugly thing with death and devastation on both sides, in a brief opening statement at his long-awaited trial for killing 13 U.S. soldiers in 2009. Hasan is representing himself at the trial on the Texas Army base where he opened fire just days before he was to be deployed to Afghanistan, killing 13 people and wounding 32. Hasan, 42, an American-born Muslim, has said he shot the soldiers to try to stop what he has called a U.S. war on the Muslim religion. Read … Continued

8/6/13 Army won’t suspend contracts with Al Qaeda-tied companies, citing ‘due process rights’

Source: Fox News The U.S. Army is refusing to suspend contracts with dozens of companies and individuals tied to Al Qaeda and other extremist groups out of concern for their “due process rights,” despite repeated pleas from the chief watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction. In a scathing passage of his latest report to Congress, Special Inspector General John Sopko said his office has urged the Army to suspend or debar 43 contractors over concerns about ties to the Afghanistan insurgency, “including supporters of the Taliban, the Haqqani network and al Qaeda.” Sopko wrote that the Army “rejected” every single case. Read … Continued

8/6/13 Fort Hood witness on Hasan: ‘His punishment will come’

Source: CNN (CNN) – [Breaking news update at 10:14 a.m. Tuesday] The court-martial of U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan began Tuesady morning at Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan is accused of opening fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009, killing 13 people and wounding dozens more. [Original story, posted at 8:24 a.m. Tuesday] Fort Hood witness on Hasan: ‘His punishment will come’ (CNN) — Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Royal survived the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, with two bullet wounds to his back. The slugs left him with nerve damage that numbs his left arm and leg and sends … Continued

8/5/13 WSJ: Tamerlan Tsarnaev Influenced by Conspiracy Theories

Source: Newsmax.com Extremist publications found in the apartment of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev have suggested that he was deeply involved in conspiracy theories that went beyond radical Islam. Tsarnaev discovered some of the radical publications while working as a caregiver for a 67-year-old man who passed them on, along with his beliefs, reports The Wall Street Journal. Read More

8/5/13 San Francisco on high alert after State Dept. terror advisory

Source: The Washington Times San Francisco police are on heightened alert after the U.S. State Department advised them of a serious al Qaeda threat that shut down 19 U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, local media reported. There was no direct threat to San Francisco, but police are monitoring airports, train stations and other transportation hubs, and will deploy more resources if needed, SFPD Officer Gordon Shyy said Sunday, CBS San Francisco reported. Read more

8/5/13 Terrorist scare tests Obama’s campaign claim; not far on the ‘path to defeat’

Source: The Washington Times Even as the White House insisted that the U.S. has made great strides in the war against terrorism under President Obama, the president’s spokesman acknowledged Monday that officials cannot rule out the possibility that the latest terrorist plot apparently discussed between top al Qaeda operatives could jeopardize the U.S. homeland. Fresh details emerged about the nature of the threat that will keep U.S. embassies in 19 Middle Eastern and African cities closed for the rest of the week, as U.S. and allied security officials continued to grapple with a threat that all sides in Washington agreed was the most credible … Continued