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Egypts New President Vows to get World Trade Center Bomber Relased July 8, 2012

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On June 29th, 2012, in his first pubic speach in front of tens of thousands of supporters, Egypts’ new president has vowed to gain the release of the World Trade Center bomber who is curently imprisoned in the United States.  While often forgotten after the 9/11 attacks, the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993 by radical Islamic terrorists lead by the infamous “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman. (pictured at left) Rahmna has been imprisoned in North Carolina for his role in the 1993 bombing. According to Wikipedia: “Abdel-Rahman was accused of being the leader of Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya (also known as “The Islamic Group”), a militant Islamist movement in Egypt that is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and Egyptian governments. The group is responsible for many acts of violence, including the November 1997 Luxor massacre, in which 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians were killed.”  While considered a terroris in the US, Rahmna is considered a hero by many in Egypt.  It should be noted that the US provides $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt annually and has provided financial aid for over 30 years.

“A Victory?…for Democracy?”…Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egyption Presidency June 17, 2012

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It was just announced that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammad Morsi was leading and expected to win the Egyption presidency in the first election since the removal of Hasni Mubarak from the Egyptian presidency.  Egypt was one of the countries that revolted in the Arab Spring of 2012.  Interestingly, Mr. Morsi is being elected in a democratic election.  What is the significance?  Many in the US have labored under the belief that if given the choice ALL people would choose a government similar to the US.  In 2003, at the National Endowment of Democracy, President George Bush said:

“This freedom deficit … has terrible consequences for people in the Middle East and for the world. In many Middle Eastern countries, poverty is deep and it is spreading. Women lack rights and are denied schooling, whole economies remains stagnant while the world moves ahead,” Bush said.   (more…)

“Al Qeada is Promoting!”- Job Duties Probably Include Getting Killed by Hellfire missiles June 8, 2012

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After killing Osama Bin Laden in 2011, the US embarked on a mission to remove any heir apparants that may have been waiting in the wings.  With this weeks’ killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi, the US has now killed 4 of the top 5 candidates for the #2 spot in Al Qeada.  Like any company in need of a new C-level to support their operations, the terrorist organization is now looking for a new #2 for their organization.   There are at least five names believed to be considered with several who have lived in the US and one American being considered.  While likely a very good job for an up and coming terrorist, it should be noted that one major job responsibility is probably going to include getting blown up by Hellfire missiles.

“Flame On!”- New CyberWeapon Discovered in Middle East May 28, 2012

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Complementing the post CyberEspionage, researchers have discovered a new cyberweapon.  First there was Stuxnet, then there was Duqu..now there is Flame.  Called by a researcher: “…the most complex piece of malicious software discovered to date…” the recently discovered virus is designed to capture data but can also change computer setting and turn on integrated microphones to record what is being said in the room.  Kapersky labs discovered the virus, dubbed “Flame”,  which has been lurking undetected inside of thousands of computers in the Middle East for as long as 5 years.  According to Kapersky, the countries with the most infections include Iran with the most infections followed by Israel/Palestine area, Syria, and Sudan.  According to Kapersky senior researcher Roel Schouwenberg: “The virus contains about 20 times as much code as Stuxnet, which attacked an Iranian uranium enrichment facility, causing centrifuges to fail. It has about 100 times as much code as a typical virus designed to steal financial information”(more…)

“The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend”…US to Remove MEK from Terrorist List? May 19, 2012

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If asked to name a terrorist organization most Americans could likely name Al Qaeda, Al Shabbab, and a few others.  Few are probably familiar with the Mujahedin-e Khalq or Peoples Mujaheddin of Iran known by its initials MEK.  Accused of killing American servicemen and contractors in the 1970s and supporting the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before breaking with the Iranian mullahs in 1980 the MEK has been designated a terrorist group by the US State Department since 1995. The MEK, however do not simply attack  Americans.  According to The American Muslim: “The M.E.K. are terrorists.  They were driven out of Iran and given a home at a place called Camp Ashraf in Iraq by Saddam Hussein, who they supported.  Saddam Hussein used the M.E.K. to carry out terrorist acts in Iran.”  In 2001, the MEK “renounced” terrorism.  Irrespective of this renunciation, a 2004 FBI report on the MEK which was revealed in June 2011  states that the MEK The long and short is that the MEK are current terrorists not former terrorists.  So why would the US consider removing the designation from the group?

Many people are likely familiar with some of the more recent activities of the MEK.  The MEK is responsible for assassination of 5 Iranian nuclear scientists since 2007 and possibly destroyed a missile site.   Trained, financed and supported by Isreal, the MEK has been used to disrupt the Iranian nuclear operations causing a delay of years to Iran’s objective of creating a nuclear weapon.  In March 2012 Richard Engel & Robert Windrem of NBC News reported that:

“Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders.” And then “”… Two senior U.S. officials confirmed for NBC News the MEK’s role in the assassinations, with one senior official saying, “All your inclinations are correct.” A third official would not confirm or deny the relationship, saying only, “It hasn’t been clearly confirmed yet.”  All the officials denied any U.S. involvement in the assassinations.””

It is certainly interesting that a terrorist organization that is now taking action which supports the US’ agenda may suddenly be reclassified as not being a terrorist organization.  This post is not intended to question the validity of the decision simply educate and highlight the point that in world politics “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

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