Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Upgraded American Embassy opened in Malta

Fox News

U.S. Opens New Embassy in Malta in Security Upgrade

VALLETTA, Malta -- The United States has moved its embassy in Malta from a cramped apartment on the outskirts of the capital city Valletta to a new $125 million state-of-the art complex in a rural area in the center of the island.

The move was intended for embassy officials to have bigger offices and a better working environment, but it was also deemed necessary for security purposes.
An embassy press statement at the inauguration last week said that since the 1999 enactment of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counter-terrorism Act, the U.S. State Department has moved 24,000 people to safer facilities.

This includes the new embassy in Ta' Qali, built on 10 acres of land away from the main road in Floriana, just outside the gateway to Valletta.

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Al Qaeda's new training camps in Libya

Daily Mail

Terror threat to Britain from the Arab Spring: UK extremists travelling to Al Qaeda training camps says MI5 chief

The chaos caused by the Arab Spring has created new terrorist training camps for jihadis intent on attacking Britain, the head of MI5 warned last night.

In a rare public speech, Jonathan Evans said extremists were travelling from Britain to undergo instruction by Al Qaeda. It is understood the destinations include Libya, which is still in some turmoil after the British government helped to topple Colonel Gaddafi, and Syria.

Mr Evans, director general of the security service, said of the would-be jihadis: ‘Some will return to the UK and pose a threat here.

'This is a new and worrying development and could get worse as events unfold.

Several hundred Britons are understood to have gone abroad for jihadi training – with the Arab world taking over from Pakistan and Afghanistan as bases for Al Qaeda-linked groups. Security officials point to the fact the Arab Spring has led to the collapse of the security regime in countries such as Libya.

That has yet to be fully replaced and Al Qaeda has seized the opportunity to set up training camps.

Monday, 25 June 2012

The moslem brotherhood "Project"

Frontpage Magazine

One might be led to think that if international law enforcement authorities and Western intelligence agencies had discovered a twenty-year old document revealing a top-secret plan developed by the oldest Islamist organization with one of the most extensive terror networks in the world to launch a program of “cultural invasion” and eventual conquest of the West that virtually mirrors the tactics used by Islamists for more than two decades, that such news would scream from headlines published on the front pages and above the fold of the New York Times, Washington Post, London Times, Le Monde, Bild, and La Repubblica.
If that’s what you might think, you would be wrong.

In fact, such a document was recovered in a raid by Swiss authorities in November 2001, two months after the horror of 9/11. Since that time information about this document, known in counterterrorism circles as “The Project”, and discussion regarding its content has been limited to the top-secret world of Western intelligence communities. Only through the work of an intrepid Swiss journalist, Sylvain Besson of Le Temps, and his book published in October 2005 in France, La conquĂȘte de l'Occident: Le projet secret des Islamistes (The Conquest of the West: The Islamists' Secret Project), has information regarding The Project finally been made public. One Western official cited by Besson has described The Project as “a totalitarian ideology of infiltration which represents, in the end, the greatest danger for European societies.”

Now FrontPage readers will be the first to be able to read the complete English translation of The Project.

What Western intelligence authorities know about The Project begins with the raid of a luxurious villa in Campione, Switzerland on November 7, 2001. The target of the raid was Youssef Nada, director of the Al-Taqwa Bank of Lugano, who has had active association with the Muslim Brotherhood for more than 50 years and who admitted to being one of the organization’s international leaders. The Muslim Brotherhood, regarded as the oldest and one of the most important Islamist movements in the world, was founded by Hasan al-Banna in 1928 and dedicated to the credo, “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

The raid was conducted by Swiss law enforcement at the request of the White House in the initial crackdown on terrorist finances in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. US and Swiss investigators had been looking at Al-Taqwa’s involvement in money laundering and funding a wide range of Islamic terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, HAMAS (the Palestinian affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood), the Algerian GIA, and the Tunisian Ennahdah.

Included in the documents seized during the raid of Nada’s Swiss villa was a 14-page plan written in Arabic and dated December 1, 1982, which outlines a 12-point strategy to “establish an Islamic government on earth” – identified as The Project. According to testimony given to Swiss authorities by Nada, the unsigned document was prepared by “Islamic researchers” associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

What makes The Project so different from the standard “Death of America! Death to Israel!” and “Establish the global caliphate!” Islamist rhetoric is that it represents a flexible, multi-phased, long-term approach to the “cultural invasion” of the West. Calling for the utilization of various tactics, ranging from immigration, infiltration, surveillance, propaganda, protest, deception, political legitimacy and terrorism, The Project has served for more than two decades as the Muslim Brotherhood “master plan”. As can be seen in a number of examples throughout Europe – including the political recognition of parallel Islamist government organizations in Sweden, the recent “cartoon” jihad in Denmark, the Parisian car-burning intifada last November, and the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London – the plan outlined in The Project has been overwhelmingly successful.

Rather than focusing on terrorism as the sole method of group action, as is the case with Al-Qaeda, in perfect postmodern fashion the use of terror falls into a multiplicity of options available to progressively infiltrate, confront, and eventually establish Islamic domination over the West. The following tactics and techniques are among the many recommendations made in The Project:

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U.S Embassy in Libya (Benghazi) attacked

Times of Malta

The US diplomatic mission in Libya’s main eastern city of Benghazi came under attack overnight and one person was wounded, officials said yesterday.

“There was an attack late last night on the United States office in Benghazi,” a US embassy official said, adding only the gate was damaged and that no one was hurt.

However, Libyan authorities later reported that a guard was “lightly wounded.”

The diplomat said a home-made bomb had been used in the attack on the office, set up after the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi and kept open to support the democratic transition.

“The US deplores the attack on its diplomatic mission in Benghazi,” he said, adding that a request had been made to Libyan authorities to step up security around US facilities in the country.

Mohammed al-Harizi, spokesman for the ruling National Transitional Council, condemned the bombing and said the authorities were investigating.

The US official said there was no claim of responsibility. But a security source in Benghazi said the attack was claimed by the Prisoner Omar Abdelrahman Group, which had left a letter “threatening American interests” in Libya.

The same group – which is named after an Egyptian sentenced to life in prison in the US – claimed a May 22 attack on the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the security official said.

The latest attack comes on the heels of the death of Libyan Abu Yahya al-Libi, a master Al-Qaeda propagandist targeted by a US drone strike in Pakistan.

Deputy Interior Minister Unis al-Sharef said the attack could have been linked to the announcement of Mr al-Libi’s death.