Originally charged 'racial profiling' in case of 2 students arrested in S.C.
By Chuck Hustmyre
Youssef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed
TAMPA, Fla. – The Council on American-Islamic Relations has backed off on its defense of two Muslim college students caught driving near a sensitive U.S. Navy base with explosives and a how-to video on bomb making.
Last August, when police in South Carolina arrested University of South Florida students Ahmed Mohamed and Youssef Megahed for possession of four pipe bombs and a homemade video on how to make detonators for improvised explosive devices, CAIR sprang to the students' defense.
Now, the Washington, D.C.-based Muslim civil rights group is not so sure the boys are innocent.
Ahmed Bedier, executive director of CAIR's Tampa, Fla., office, told WND it's possible the two Egyptian engineering students were up to no good and they possibly were not just carrying fireworks to the beach, as they claimed.
“I've never said that these people were innocent, or that we were providing any kind of support for them,” Bedier told WND. “If they did anything wrong they should be punished.”
But when FBI agents searched Megahed's home in August, Bedier claimed the case was nothing more than …
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What kids read, discipline they need, church attendance could be decided by state
The president of the world's premier homeschool advocacy organization is renewing a call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to protect the rights of parents.
J. Michael Smith, in a commentary published in the Washington Times, warns that without such a plan, the state, not parents, could in the future decide what children read, who they associate with, what discipline is used or whether they attend church.
The danger he cites comes from the potential ratification by the United States of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
It was a subject that Michael Farris, cofounder of the HSLDA, addressed in a commentary published on WND more than a year ago.
Farris then noted the “need to explicitly define and protect parental rights in the text of the United States Constitution.” He cited a Sept. 12, 2006, decision by the European Court of Human Rights that affirmed Germany's power to ban home education. He said:
While the decision noted that some nations in the European Union allow for homeschooling, and while Germany allows for private institutional education, the court made it clear that …
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'Trial run' launched for law allowing coed locker rooms
By Bob Unruh
A “trial run” has been launched for a new law in a Maryland county that arguably would allow coed locker rooms in public accommodations, and women aren't pleased with the results.
It happened this week when a man, wearing a skirt and makeup, walked into a women's locker room at a health club.
“I could see his muscles, I could see his large hands. He was wearing a blue ruffled skirt that came down to above the knee,” Mary Ann Andree told WJLA-Television after the incident at the Rio Sport and Health Club in Gaithersburg.
It was about 1 p.m., when Andree was drying her hair, that the man, who was identified by the health club only as a member, entered, an action that critics of the new county ordinance say would be legal when the law takes effect in February.
“I was very upset, I'm still upset,” Andree told the station. “There's a lot he could've seen.”
“It is becoming obvious that this bill will have very real and serious repercussions,” said Michelle Turner, a spokeswoman for the local organization that has adopted the Not My Shower …
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By LARA JAKES JORDAN
WASHINGTON (AP) – A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.
The former Republican congressman from Michigan, Mark Deli Siljander, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.
A 42-count indictment, unsealed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., accuses the Islamic American Relief Agency of paying Siljander $50,000 for the lobbying—money that turned out to be stolen from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Siljander, who served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, was appointed by President Reagan to serve as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations for one year in 1987.
He could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.
The charges are part of a long-running case against the charity, which was formerly based in Columbia, Mo., and was designated by the Treasury Department in 2004 as a suspected fundraiser for terrorists.
In the indictment, …
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Chinese Navy Confronted USS Kitty Hawk
By: Newsmax Staff
A Chinese attack submarine and destroyer confronted the U.S. carrier Kitty Hawk and its battle group in the Taiwan Strait, sparking a tense 28-hour standoff that brought both sides to a battle-ready position.
The American ships were heading to Japan following China’s sudden cancellation of a scheduled Thanksgiving port call in Hong Kong when they encountered the Chinese vessels, according to the Navy Times, which cited a report in a Chinese-language newspaper in Taiwan.
The Times reported that the encounter caused the carrier group “to halt and ready for battle, as the Chinese vessels also stopped amid the 28-hour confrontation.”
The encounter ended without incident, however, and the U.S. ships continued on to Japan. The two Chinese vessels were also headed for a port call in Japan.
The Chinese destroyer, Shenzhen, is armed with anti-ship missiles, while the Song-class attack sub is equipped with anti-ship missiles and a variety of torpedoes.
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On Jan. 11, President Bush ended his visit to Israel by visiting Yad
Vashem, the country's monumental Holocaust memorial. “I wish as many
people as possible would come to this place,” Bush said. “It is a
sobering reminder that evil exists and a call that when evil exists we
must resist it.”
That was the day after Bush called for “painful political concessions”
from Israel with regard to the Palestinian Arabs, explaining, “There
should be an end to the occupation that began in 1967. The agreement
must establish a Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people
just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people.”
Bush is no fool. He recognizes better than any president in recent
memory that the Palestinian Arabs do not desire peace – that they are,
in fact, the world's most ardent supporters of anti-Western terrorism.
And Bush recognizes that the establishment of a fully operational
terrorist state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza would have catastrophic
consequences for both Israel and the United States.
So why did Bush abandon his principles and pressure Israel to appease
its Islamist enemies? Because four days after Bush's Israel visit, he
visited Saudi Arabia and asked OPEC nations …
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