Re: Fanatics Defame Murdered U.S. Soldiers
- I've heard radio interviews with Shoebat. He is as slippery and demagogic as another speaker on that circuit, Ergun Caner , an ex-Muslim who was caught in numerous lies and exaggerations about his (non-existent) terrorist past, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/walid-zafar/ex-muslim-evangelical-exp_b_582225.html , http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php?itemid=3862 ,"Ergun Caner Rebuts All the Charges: But, Only in Private," http://barthsnotes.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/ergun-caner-update/http://blog.witnessesuntome.com/2010/08/united-state-marines-duped-by-pretend.htmlAnother speaker at this event , appears to be fraudulent too. Kamal Saleem , see this review from a book supplement of Christianity Today,Boykin, y'all will recall , addressed a fundamentalist congregation, in uniform (a violation of military regs) and madea series of very inflammatory statements , widely reported when Bush 43 was POTUS.Why didn't Chip note this recent interview, with a specific url reference, with Boykin by Rick Joyner , an End Times premillenialist preacher? Author of a # of texts which even in that genre are well, incredible , relating long conversations he has conducted with Jesus Christ up above.http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/boykin-exposes-obamas-health-care-conspiracy-build-his-brownshirt-armyOct 24, 2010 ... In this video entitled "Marxism in America" General Jerry Boykin discusses his ... Rick Joyner, Yale King, Lt. .Gen. (Ret.) W.G. Boykin ...
www.morningstartv.com/oak-initiative/marxism-america -CachedOn Spencer , see http://www.loonwatch.com/2009/08/robert-spencer-loonwatch-one-half-of-the-leftist-mooslim-alliance/ , a valuable Muslim website. http://www.loonwatch.com/tag/robert-spencer/--- In DemocraticLeft@yahoogroups.com, Dave Anderson <danderson569@...> wrote:
> Chip Berlet
> Researcher and author covering civil rights and civil liberties
> Posted: November 19, 2010 02:39 PM
> Fanatics Defame Murdered U.S. Soldiers
> A small group of fanatics plan to hijack a memorial event on Sunday
> ostensibly dedicated to the memory of soldiers who died in an attack
> last year at Fort Hood, Texas. The event will feature speakers with a
> long history of vicious anti-Islamic bigotry and rhetoric that targets
> not the actions of terrorists but rather condemns the religion of
> Islam itself.
> The official Fort Hood anniversary memorial event (in the photo
> displayed on the link and here) was held on November 5, 2010.
> The upcoming competing event is titled "Reclaiming America at Fort
> Hood," and one website promoting the event states "America had enough
> of diversity, liberalism, appeasement, and silence. Diversity starts
> with the truth." According to advertisements, the event will take
> place November 21st 2010 at the Killeen, Texas Conference Center. The
> event is being organized by the Forum For Middle East Understanding.
> Among the key speakers announced are Robert Spencer, Walid Shoebat,
> retired General William Boykin, and Kamal Saleem.
> On Shoebat's website the event is described as "About Honor over
> Dishonor, Truth over Lies, and Facts over Self Delusion." It goes on
> to state that a "primary sponsor of the event is the ICTOA
> (International Counter Terrorism Officers Association).
> The local Chamber of Commerce is distancing itself from the event.
> According to a report by Rob Munoz on the KXXV-TV website there was an
> e-mail sent out "by Killeen Chamber of Commerce President John
> Crutchfield last week noting the event, which has been soliciting
> businesses under the name 'Fort Hood memorial event' and advising its
> members that '...neither this organization or this event is supported
> by Fort Hood or the city of Killeen...'"
> The official memorial service was held on November 5. On that date in
> 2009 Major Nidal Malki Hasan allegedly opened fired on fellow military
> personnel at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 people and injuring 32
> others. The shooting was the worst on a U.S. military base in history.
> Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, fired more than 200 rounds before a
> police officer shot him, which left Hasan, 40, paralyzed from the
> chest down.
> On November 17th, 2010, Colonel James L. Pohl, who presided at a
> military hearing for Hasan, recommended that the American-born Muslim
> be court-martialed on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts
> of attempted premeditated murder. Pohl also recommended that a
> conviction carry the death sentence. This report will go on to an Army
> colonel at Fort Hood, who will make the final decision as to whether
> Hasan is tried and whether he will face the death penalty. (based on
> an article in the Los Angeles Times)
> The story was surfaced nationally by Robert Bartholomew on his
> religion blog, and updated by Bartholomew on the "Chasing Evil"
> According to Bartholomew,"Shoebat is a pseudo-expert on terrorism,
> Islamic extremism, and Biblical prophecy, and he teaches that Obama is
> a secret Muslim and that the Bible has prophesised a Muslim
> Abdus Sattar Ghazali wrote about Shoebat and other anti-Islamic bigots
> on the website of Muslim Military Members, "an organization providing
> information, communication, and coordination for Muslims in the US
> Armed Forces." "Walid Shoebat has built a lucrative speaking career by
> manipulating the fears and whipping up hatred between Jews and
> Muslims," wrote Ghazali. Shoebat told the "Springfield News-Leader, a
> Missouri newspaper, on Sept. 24, 2007 that he sees "many parallels
> between the Antichrist and Islam" and "Islam is not the religion of
> God -- Islam is the devil."
> Of General Boykin, Bartholomew writes that:
> ===Boykin, like Shoebat, believes that the US is in a spiritual war
> against Islam with an apocalyptic dimension, and he was recently
> explaining how health care reform represents a "Marxist insurgency"
> and a Nazi-like conspiracy to "establish a constabulary force... that
> can control the population".
> A number of high-ranking military officials condemn holding terrorism
> by Islamic militants as a justification for a war between Christianity
> and Islam.
> Among them is Ike Wilson, a Colonel in the United States Army and an
> Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United
> States Military Academy at West Point Wilson warns that this
> formulation is not just wrong, but puts soldiers on the ground in Iraq
> and Afghanistan at a higher risk for injury and death. I discussed
> this with Colonel Wilson when we were both on a panel on "Religion in
> the Military" at the annual Conference on World Affairs at the
> University of Colorado in Boulder. The panel discussion addressed the
> issue of aggressive apocalyptic beliefs held by some Christian.
> "These high-profile speakers are pseudo experts who should be rejected
> by every serious analyst in the counter-terrorism and law enforcement
> community," said Thomas Cincotta, of Political Research Associates who
> is writing a report on Islamophobia and homeland security.
> Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem, and Robert Spencer joined another
> anti-Islamic speaker, Zachariah Anani in addressing a special forum
> for cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy. At that event, reports
> Ghazali, "Shoebat urged his audience to resist 'political correctness'
> and not to fear being labeled a 'xenophobe, Islamophobe or American
> Shoebat, Saleem, and Anani were billed as "former terrorists," at the
> 50th annual United States Air Force Academy political forum held in
> Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 8, 2008.
> In his article for Muslims serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, Ghazali
> reported that:
> ===The three anti-Muslim fear-mongering bigots have spent the past
> couple of years on speaking tour across America but this is the first
> time that the trio has spoken at a military academy for which they
> picked up $ 13,000.
> ==="Walid Shoebat is either a self-admitted criminal or complete
> fraud. In either case, the public and law enforcement authorities have
> a right to know," said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra.
> ===Not surprisingly, in February 2007, the Sacramento Valley chapter
> of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) called on
> campus police at the University of California - Davis to detain Walid
> Shoebat who was scheduled to speak at UC Davis because he has stated
> publicly that he bombed an Israeli bank and participated in other acts
> of violence in the Middle East.
> Larry Zilliox, Jr. is a Virginia private investigator with over
> eighteen years experience. He runs Investigative Research Specialists,
> which trains law enforcement investigators, and he is a member of the
> International Association of Counterterrorism & Security
> "The most important point is to track behavior not belief," says
> Zilliox. "If you focus on beliefs, it diverts people's attention from
> the problem, which is illegal violence." It is true," Zilliox states,
> "that a belief system can be used to cloud a person's mind and
> manipulate them into taking religious beliefs and turning them into
> harmful or violent acts." But this should not be extended into
> suspicion of any entire religious group. And this is especially true
> when law enforcement personnel "come from a religious background."
> Investigators and analysts need to be sure that they do not wrongly
> put people into the category of suspects simply because "those people
> don't believe what they believe," says Zilliox. He notes that
> "politics and religion can be polarizing." And to make matters more
> complicated, "people tend to stereotype when they process
> information." When he trains law enforcement investigators, Zilliox
> teaches them to be aware of and struggle against these tendencies.
> In 2009, James Cavanaugh received the International Association of
> Chiefs of Police Civil Rights Award. For over 30 years Cavanaugh
> worked for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms,
> with a special emphasis on potential violence motivated by political
> or religious beliefs. Cavanaugh rejects tossing all Muslims into the
> category of potential terrorists. He urges law enforcement
> professionals to "Know Your Real Enemy, Protect Your Friends."
> Cavanaugh argues that most "Americans could clearly see the
> difference, and we [all] have to clearly see the difference between"
> Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda network and the Muslims in "greater
> Islam." Cavanugh warns that those "who can't see or won't see [this
> difference are ] only playing into the script written by the
> terrorists themselves....Muslims don't feel responsible for 9/11
> because they are not - not anymore than Christians feel responsible
> for the terroristic acts of the Ku Klux Klan."
> ===As law-enforcement officers, prosecutors and those on the front
> line of protecting all we have to look clearly through the fog, the
> rhetoric and the thin disguises....We have to know who the enemy is
> and know who our friends are. We have to do everything we can to
> protect our friends and do everything we can to stop, to defeat
> capture and kill our enemies....Attacking mosques, threatening to burn
> or burning holy books, vitriolic talk declaring Islam is the enemy are
> all wrong.
> = = =
> Research assistance provided by interns at Political Research
> Associates, especially Aram Boghosian, Alex Lach, and Yasemin Koc.