Al Qaeda Recruiting Westerners, Possibly U.S. Citizens

The Al Qaeda terror network continues to succeed in recruiting terrorists from the West — possibly the United States.
U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday told FOX News Al Qaeda has succeeded in strengthening its position in Pakistani tribal regions and is recruiting Western operatives who are better able to help carry out attacks on the United States.
The information comes a day after Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell expressed concerns to the Senate Intelligence Committee about Al Qaeda's continued efforts in Iraq and Pakistan, and the resurgence of Afghanistan's Taliban — the ousted regime that gave refuge to Usama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terror network.
“Al Qaeda remains the pre-eminent threat against the United States,” he said.
McConnell said Al Qaeda — while being suppressed to a large extent in Iraq — is moving to other regions, including Pakistan, where it continues to try to launch attacks against the United States.
The tribal regions of Pakistan, while within the country's borders, are lawless and beyond the control of the Pakistani government.
And the next attack on the United states likely would be launched by Al Qaeda from those regions, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said in …

State House Muslim Proselytism

by Janet Levy,
The cultural traditions and values of American society originate from the Judeo-Christian heritage of our Founding Fathers. They pledged allegiance to 'one nation under God,' with the Creator as the source of our inalienable civil rights and liberties. In that spirit, Congressional invocations by clergy are a time-honored ritual from the birth of the American republic to the present. Public recognition and celebrations of the role of religion in helping establish our precious freedoms have also long been part of American public life. But now, those traditions are under attack from militant Islamists who have, under the guise of political and religious acceptance, steadily advanced their own messages with the goal of undermining our status as a nation of free individuals and the intent of the Founders to insure liberty and justice for all.
Last week, Mohammed Khan, the imam of the Islamic Center of Des Moines, led the opening prayer in the Iowa legislature at the request of Iowa State Representative Ako Abdul-Samad, a former Iowa school board member who has worked as a counselor in the Iowa prison system, and has questionable associations with Islamic extremists.
In his four-minute prayer before the Iowa legislative …

Terrorism pays

By Caroline B. Glick
 Where does Arab fanaticism come from? Does it come from the mosque? Or does it come from the fanatics' intended targets refusal to close down the mosque? The death by natural causes of George Habash on January 26 indicates strongly that the latter is the case.
Habash, the founder and commander of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was a repugnant, fanatical, mass-murderer. Habash's terror specialties included airplane hijacking, hostage taking, massacre, assassination, and suicide bombings. Far from an Islamic supremacist, Habash was a Christian.
One of Habash's signature tactics was his use of Nazi-style “selections.” After his henchmen hijacked passenger jets, they would walk among their hostages, separating the Jews from the non-Jews, or sometimes the Jews and the Americans from the non-Jews and non-Americans. They would let the non-Jews and non-Americans go, and hold the Jews and the Americans hostage.
Habash was not simply a sworn enemy of the Jewish people, Israel and the United States. He was also the enemy of the Hashemites in Jordan. In August and September 1970, Habash conducted five sensationalist airline hijackings. The hijacked aircraft and his Jewish hostages were sent to Jordan. Habash's hijackings were a …

Religious Consensus: Day of Prayer on Behalf of Israel

by Hillel Fendel
( Though national attention has been turned to the Winograd Report and its long-term political ramifications, the religious leadership in the country is not allowing itself to be distracted from the main issues: The dangers to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem.
In light of these concerns, rabbis across the board have called for an international day of prayer in synagogues, saintly rabbis' graves, and other locations. Many people will gather at Hevron's Machpelah Cave and especially at the Western Wall in Jerusalem at 3:30 PM.  People are invited to bring Shofarot to the latter event.
The initiative was that of Rabbi Simcha HaCohen Kook, the Chief Rabbi of Rehovot, who is widely seen by both religious sectors as their representative.  The Councils of Torah Sages of both Agudat Yisrael and Degel HaTorah signed on the announcements for the day of prayer, as did the Ichud HaRabanim (Union of Rabbis), the Yesha Rabbis Council, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, and others.
The announcements call for a day of “protest, crying out and prayer” on “Little Yom Kippur” – the day before a new month (Adar Aleph, in this case) – in light of the “terrible decrees …

The wrong inquiry

‘I will remember the Land’ 
I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land. (Leviticus 26:42 – Emphasis added.)
But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.  See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me… (Isaiah 49:14-16)
All mankind is out to rob the Jewish people of half of what they have of their ancestral homeland, and give it to the Arabs who already have 22 states of their own.
As 2008 began, George W. Bush came to Jerusalem to add his personal weight to the momentum he generated just over a month earlier at the ‘International Conference for the Creation of Palestine’ in Annapolis.Speaking in Jerusalem, he repeated his full, personal commitment to helping bring this Arab state into being before another 12 months have passed.
The entire international community supports this land theft and is willing to gamble with Israel’s …

Heating Baby Bottles Releases Gender-Bending Chemical

When it comes to Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure from polycarbonate plastic
bottles, it’s not whether the container is new or old but the liquid’s
temperature that has the most impact on how much BPA is released,
according to University of Cincinnati (UC) scientists.
Scott Belcher, PhD, and his team found when the same new and used
polycarbonate drinking bottles were exposed to boiling hot water, BPA,
an environmental estrogen, was released 55 times more rapidly than
before exposure to hot water.
“Previous studies have shown that if you repeatedly scrub, dish-wash
and boil polycarbonate baby bottles, they release BPA. That tells us
that BPA can migrate from various polycarbonate plastics,” explains
Belcher, UC associate professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics and
corresponding study author. “But we wanted to know if ‘normal’ use
caused increased release from something that we all use, and to
identify what was the most important factor that impacts release.”
“Inspired by questions from the climbing community, we went directly to
tests based on how consumers use these plastic water bottles and showed
that the only big difference in exposure levels revolved around liquid
temperature: Bottles used for up to nine years released the same amount
of …