So it probably shouldn’t be a big surprise that the jailbird is now being cut some slack in the sentence department, although how much isn’t exactly clear.
Al-Turki squawked during his trial and ever since that he was a victim of Islamophobia and cultural misunderstanding. Saudi Arabia only outlawed slavery in 1962, so perhaps Saudis haven’t gotten used to the idea of abolition just yet. He even maintains an eponymous website to whine about his imagined victimhood. Mr. Turki apparently feels he is too special to be constrained by American laws against slavery and sexual abuse.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – A Saudi linguist convicted of sexually assaulting a housekeeper and keeping her a virtual slave for four years won a partial reduction of his prison sentence from a Colorado judge Friday.
Homaidan al-Turki was sentenced to between eight years and life in prison. District Judge J. Mark Hannen in Centennial cited al-Turki’s good behavior in prison in reducing the original sentence of 28 years to life.
Al-Turki insists he is innocent and a victim of anti-Muslim sentiment. His case has angered Saudi authorities — several of whom attended Friday’s hearing — and prompted the U.S. State Department to send Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan and al-Turki’s family after al-Turki’s 2006 conviction.
More than 100 supporters of al-Turki crowded the courthouse Friday.
Prosecutors opposed any sentence reduction. Appellate courts have upheld al-Turki’s conviction, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case last year.
Al-Turki brought his wife, five children and an Indonesian housekeeper to Colorado in 1995, and he studied at the University of Colorado. He was a well-known member of Denver’s Muslim community, contributing financially to the Colorado Muslim Society and an Islamic elementary school in Aurora, said Sheikh Abu-Omar Almubarac, a society co-founder.
According to court documents, al-Turki first came under investigation when authorities examined whether his operation of a business violated terms of his student visa. Al-Turki owned Al-Basheer Publications & Translations, which distributed Islamic works in English.
Demographic change is merciless, as is painfully obvious. When a country (the United States) permits the entrance of millions from a highly dissimilar society (Mexico) with many objectionable cultural attributes (e.g., violence against women, dislike of education, fondness for crime), then we shouldn’t be surprised that the foreigners’ unpleasant diversity can be harmful to our values and economy.
A recent report from Texas underlines America’s attempted suicide by immigration.
Looking at population projections for Texas, demographer Steve Murdock concludes: “It’s basically over for Anglos.”
Two of every three Texas children are now non-Anglo and the trend line will become even more pronounced in the future, said Murdock, former U.S. Census Bureau director and now director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University.
Today’s Texas population can be divided into two groups, he said. One is an old and aging Anglo and the other is young and minority. Between 2000 and 2040, the state’s public school enrollment will see a 15 percent decline in Anglo children while Hispanic children will make up a 213 percent increase, he said.
The state’s largest county – Harris – will shed Anglos throughout the coming decades. By 2040, Harris County will have about 516, 000 fewer Anglos than lived in the Houston area in 2000, while the number of Hispanics will increase by 2.5 million during the same period, Murdock said. The projection assumes a net migration rate equal to one-half of 1990-2000.
Most of the state’s population growth is natural, Murdock told the House Mexican American Legislative Caucus today. About 22 percent of the growth comes from people moving to Texas from other states.
About 6 percent of the state’s population is not documented, he said.
By 2040, only 20 percent of the state’s public school enrollment will be Anglo, he said. Last year, non-Hispanic white children made up 33.3 percent of the state’s 4.8 million public school enrollment.
Of the state’s 254 counties, 79 recorded declining population during the past 20 years. All are rural. An additional 30 Texas counties, he said, would have also lost population had they not experienced Hispanic growth.
The state’s future looks bleak assuming the current trend line does not change because education and income levels for Hispanics lag considerably behind Anglos, he said.
Unless the trend line changes, 30 percent of the state’s labor force will not have even a high school diploma by 2040, he said. And the average household income will be about $6,500 lower than it was in 2000. That figure is not inflation adjusted so it will be worse than what it sounds.
“It’s a terrible situation that you are in. I am worried,” Murdock said.
Below is a kindergarten class in Mesquite, Texas, which is described as “bilingual.” However, a close look at the alphabet reveals that it is Spanish, not English. The fish picture is denoted as a “P” word, “pesces.” And the flag (B, “bandera”) is Mexican. For more details, see the original February 17 article from the Associated Press, Census shows huge Hispanic growth in Texas. The photo does not suggest a pro-America curriculum, the sort described by Victor Davis Hanson in The Civic Education America Needs.
Funny how after an immigrant commits a crime or terrorist act, the big worry of the press is that bloodthirsty Americans will attack members of the perp’s tribe. No concern about potential thousands of murdered victims is evident at all. The reaction to the recent arrest of Saudi Khalid Aldawsari for building a homemade WMD follows the usual script in Lubbock, Texas.
A black eye or broken arm is not required to get media attention; a Muslim’s mere fear of an unfriendly word is worth a stream of paragraphs from the sensitive liberal press, which believes promoting even hostile diversity is its highest goal.
Members of Lubbock’s Muslim community reacted with surprise and dismay at the news of the arrest Wednesday of Saudi-born Lubbock resident Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Imam Samer Altabaa of the Islamic Center of the South Plains had just begun to contact people in the Saudi community when contacted for comment Thursday. He said he did not know Aldawsari and had not heard of him before the arrest. He also said that no one in the Saudi community seemed to know Aldawsari, who identified himself as Muslim on his Facebook page.
“They are shocked,” he said of the people he contacted.
Ben Chidmi, M.A.K. Lodhi and Adil Farooq, who all came for the 2 p.m. prayer at the Islamic Student Center, said they did not know the suspected terrorist.
Chidmi and Lodhi tempered their comments with the caveat that Aldawsari is still a suspect and has not yet been proven guilty of the charges.
“They are just allegations,” Chidmi said. “If it’s true, I think the Muslim community condemns any action like that.”
“We condemn violence and terrorism without reservations,” said the Texas Tech University professor.
If the charges against Aldawsari are true, Altabaa said, the suspect’s absence from the local Muslim community is no surprise.
The suspect would “want to stay away from everyone if he is really planning for something bad,” Altabaa said.
“We like to give (a) plain message to everyone that Islam is a religion of peace. Islam is a religion against terrorism or terrorists or any person who wants to terrify any human being,” Altabaa said.
“These terrorist people, they never come to a mosque because they don’t belong there,” Altabaa said.
The Muslim community is bracing itself for possible retaliation. The Islamic Student Center has been vandalized multiple times, and Altabaa said Lubbock police have agreed to provide security in the coming days for the Islamic Center and the Islamic Student Center.
Altabaa said that retaliatory acts are often committed by people who do not know about Islam.
“We faced this before. We are afraid because there are some people that are ignorant or that don’t have enough information about Islam.”
Altabaa added, “They don’t know that (Aldawsari) is an alien to Islam … He is the enemy of humanity, not only the religion.”
Lodhi, a professor of physics at Texas Tech, said that many Muslims have become accustomed to occasional acts of aggression directed toward them. Once, he said, an elderly man confronted him at the Islamic Student Center saying, “You Muslims should not be around here. You should go away.”
In today’s politically correct climate, the press characterizes a simple conversation recommending Muslims reside elsewhere as an “act of aggression.”
“I try to explain that there is no threat, that Muslims are just as good as citizens in this country, as anybody could be,” Lodhi said.
Nevertheless, Lodhi described his experience in Lubbock as being positive overall.
“I personally come across people who are very helpful, considerate and understanding,” Lodhi said.
Farooq, a mechanical engineering student at Texas Tech, also had faith in the Lubbock community to act with nuance.
“My experience in Lubbock thus far has been good,” he said. “These are just individual acts of violence that we should all work together and speak against.”
Altabaa expressed appreciation for the role intelligence sources had in capturing the suspect.
“They are keeping our country safe from these terrorists,” he said.
When asked about the Quran’s stance on violent and terrorist acts, Altabaa responded, “The Quran always calls all Muslims to commit to peace, to live with peace, especially with non-Muslims.”
I remember being taught in grade school that Islam was “spread by the sword” (unlike Buddhism and Christianity). You don’t see that phrase used much any more.
He added, “God sent (Mohammed) to have mercy in the world, and to spread mercy on all creation of the world.”
Quoting a translation of the Quran, Altabaa said, “Whoever kills one person, (it is as) if he killed all human beings; he is equal to a person who killed all human beings. And whoever saves one person’s life, (it is as) if he saved all human beings. The Quran makes it clear to every Muslim.”
“Muslims are people of peace,” said the imam, “because this is what Islam means.”
Actually, Islam means “submission” which is quite different from “peace.”
In Texas, a Saudi college student has been arrested for plotting a bomb attack against President George W Bush and other targets. He was discovered because of his suspicious attempt to purchase quantities of explosive chemicals which aroused the concern of the supplier who notified authorities. In other words, no FBI sting operation was involved. The guy was on no police radar.
Current reporting notes that the accused, Khalid Aldawsari, studied in the United States thanks to a scholarship, entering in 2008, which puts him right in the Bush window. Someone should tell Aldawsari that murder is not considered an appropriate way to express gratitude.
A college student from Saudi Arabia studying chemical engineering in Texas has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly planning a terrorist attack on U.S. targets using explosive chemicals.
Khalid Aldawsari, who is legally in the U.S. on a student visa, allegedly targeted the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush. He was arrested late Tuesday on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
“Yesterday’s arrest demonstrates the need for and the importance of vigilance and the willingness of private individuals and companies to ask questions and contact the authorities when confronted with suspicious activities,” said James T. Jacks, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Aldawsari, 20, entered the U.S. in October 2008 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to study at Texas Tech University, then transferred earlier this year to nearby South Plains College.
Federal prosecutors say Aldawsari had been researching online how to construct an improvised explosive device using several chemicals as ingredients. Authorities say Aldawsari’s diary indicated the young man had been plotting an attack for years and obtained a scholarship so he could come directly to the United State to carry out jihad.
“It is war … until the infidels leave defeated,” Aldawsari wrote in online postings.
In e-mails Aldawsari apparently sent himself, he listed the names of 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California. He also wrote an e-mail that mentioned “Tyrant’s House” with the address of President Bush’s home. The FBI’s affidavit said he considered using infant dolls to hide explosives and was possibly targeting a nightclub with a backpack filled with explosives. Continue reading this article
How has diverse (i.e. Muslim) immigration been working out in Sweden?
Not so well, as it turns out. A mosque in Malmo was firebombed in an unfriendly act by homies (apparently), and of course Muslims have not made much of an effort to assimilate. Diversity appears to be more of a curse than a blessing.
This is a disappointing outcome. In the spirit of equal justice under the law, one would hope to see the message sent to Islamic immigrants that honor killings in America will be dealt with as harshly as possible. But this jury did not represent that view.
Anyway, Almaleki looks to get a substantial prison term, so the trial was not a complete washout. However, the Arizona taxpayer is dinged for his imprisonment costs and American values are again assaulted by Muslim diversity via unwise immigration.
A Maricopa County Superior Court jury on Tuesday found an Iraqi immigrant guilty of running down his daughter and another woman in a Peoria parking lot in Oct. 2009.
Faleh Hassan Al-Maleki was found guilty of second-degree murder for killing his daughter Noor, 20, and of aggravated assault for injuring her boyfriend’s mother, Amal Khalaf, 41. He was also found guilty of two counts of leaving the scene of a fatal or injury accident.
It was never a “who-done-it” trial.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys didn’t dispute that Al-Maleki hit the two women. But they disagreed on whether he meant to do it. The jury’s job was to determine if Al-Maleki had committed first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, or the lesser offenses of second-degree murder and aggravated assault. Either way, Al-Maleki was likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. Continue reading this article
In addition, criminals have created their own violent religion to reflect their values, in which they worship the patron saint of smuggling Jesus Malverde (pictured) and Saint Death (see my article Mexico Mainlines Malevolence).
These days, celebrating narco-diversity has been taken up by the criminals themselves, who post their own bloody Youtube videos. Doing so has the twofer advantage of intimidating their enemies and expressing pride in their work.
Unfortunately, Mexican kids residing here and in the dear homeland are marinated in this poison. Why should they finish the eighth grade when they can be a flashy killer? Permitting millions from a retrograde, crime-friendly culture to live in America is a long-term serious mistake.
Warring drug cartels fighting for turf in Mexico, especially near the border, seem to be winning a battle for the hearts and minds of many young people enticed by the power, money and flashy images that glamorize the narco lifestyle.
Songs that glorify drug lords, movies about their exploits and social networks, offer a seductive view of a violent lifestyle.
Narco corridos, or ballads, about the life and death legends of drug traffickers have existed as long as there have been smugglers. But the current rise of narco culture parallels the growth of powerful drug cartels.
Mexican Narco cinema, which enjoyed a heyday in the 70s still captures a wide audience on video with action-packed scenes featuring big trucks, big guns, and battling drug smugglers.
But these days the B movies have been replaced by real life crime scenes posted by traffickers and young hit men on YouTube. Some are set to music and showcase gruesome killings.
University of Texas at El Paso professor, Howard Campbell, calls it “a counterculture of criminality.” Campbell is an anthropologist and the author of ”Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juarez.”
Campbell explains, “This whole style of living, this counterculture of crime, has become actually seductive for hundreds of thousands of people in Mexico and especially the young.” Continue reading this article
The recent documentary Iranium focuses on the specific danger Iran poses, and how it is seeking to penetrate America’s weaknesses. Sean Hannity devoted his one-hour program to the film last Friday, with clips and discussion. Part 1 (below) introduces the Latin American connection, which continues in Part 2 and Part 3.)
Here the connection between Hezbollah and Mexican drug cartels is again made:
As if the threat of deadly drug cartels in Mexico wasn’t enough, some of them are joining forces with Middle East terror groups.
“Hezbollah are absolute masters at identifying existing smuggling infrastructures,” says former DEA Chief of Operations Mike Braun, adding that the group “is developing relations with those responsible for operating those smuggling operations and then forming close relations with them, so that they can move anything they have an interest into virtually anywhere in the world.” That comment comes from former DEA Chief of Operations Mike Braun. He goes on to tell me that the Middle East terror group is “rubbing shoulders” with drug cartels around the globe.
My military and Department of Homeland Security contacts are insistent…it’s not if Hezbollah operatives have been smuggled into the U.S….but how many? They note that drug tunnels are becoming much more sophisticated and striking similar as tunnels being used by terror organizations to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip. My contacts also say they have real concern that bombing techniques used in the Middle East to promote terror are now also being used inside Mexico, as the cartels war with each other and anyone in their way.
This comes as Mexican authorities busted a senior Hezbollah operative who employed Mexicans nationals with family ties to Lebanon to set up the network, designed to target Israel and the West, according to multiple reports. The man’s name is Jameel Nasr and he was arrested after a Mexican surveillance operation revealed that he traveled frequently to Lebanon to receive information and instructions from Hezbollah commanders and he also spent several months in Venezuela working with the terror group and Hugo Chavez’s people.
Meantime, over this past weekend President Calderon of Mexico sent a significant number of troops to the border regions and while they are there to help battle the cartels, they have also been sent to deal with the growing connection to Hezbollah. As one contact told me, “Mexico knows the seriousness of a cartel connection with Hezbollah and the threat to their national security.” Continue reading this article
Today’s evidence: loudmouth British Muslim Anjem Choudary (who has called for an Islam-ruled UK, including the conversion of the Queen) intends to organize a sedition rally in Washington next month, preaching an overthrow of the Constitution and representative government for a sharia-compliant rulership. He is quite a piece of work.
Muslims are nothing if not supremely pushy. In 2009 they called for 50k Allah-worshippers to come raise their butts on Capitol Hill to mark territory (shown below) although not nearly that many showed up. Because of Islam’s deep-seated sexism, men and women were segregated on the Capitol grounds. This is the diversity we are supposed to celebrate as a result of Muslim immigration.
Isn’t advocating the violent overthrow of the government something that normally prevents visa issuance? It will be interesting to see how this case plays out under the Obama administration.
A hardline Muslim cleric who sparked anger across the U.S. with his anti-American comments in a television interview this month is to hold a protest outside the White House.
British extremist Anjem Choudary – who once said ‘the flag of Islam will fly over the White House’ – has announced he will lead a demonstration calling on Muslims to establish the Sharia law across America.
The rally, planned for March 3, is to take place just weeks after his on-screen row with Fox News presenter Sean Hannity.
Mr Choudary, 43, called Americans ‘the biggest criminals in the world today.’
The hope for positive political change in Egypt has caused a number of its emigres to consider departing for the land of their birth. The New York Times naturally reports this an an upbeat tale of modern diversity and mobility.
The unspoken reality, too negative for the Times, is that most immigrants are essentially squatters who will pick up and go home if circumstances improve. The move is their own business, of course, but the general cheapening of America into a handy world flophouse has demeaned the idea of national community and weakened sovereignty. It doesn’t help that our government allows dual citizenship, which further sends the message that patriotic assimilation is no longer expected of newbies, at least by elites in contrast to citizens.
Most immigrants come only for the money, with no intention of forming a loyalty bond. That is doubly true for persons of more alien cultures, such as Muslims. They won’t be happy without ummah-like social accoutrements, like muezzins squawking the allah prayer five times daily and women made less visible by identity-erasing burqas.
American culture is not a good fit with misogynous, repressive Islam.
LOS ANGELES — This week, Khaled Abou El Fadl has greeted each fellow Egyptian he sees with one word: “Mabrook,” or congratulations.
But quickly, their joy over the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak gives way to a rapid string of questions. Can they raise money here in the United States to help clean up Tahrir Square? Can they help revive the economy by urging friends to invest in Egyptian companies? Can they successfully lobby for the right to vote even though they have lived abroad for years?
And after weeks of watching events thousands of miles away unfold on television, another thought nags at them: Is it time to go home?
That is a profound question for Egyptian immigrants, many of whom left the country to escape an autocratic government and have built a prosperous life in the United States. They are eager to help rebuild their home country and wonder if they might put their talents to use there, bringing their experience with democracy to help reshape Egyptian society.
And yet many are loath to give up the freedoms they hope to see blossom in Egypt.
Mr. Abou El Fadl, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a critic of Mr. Mubarak, has spent hours on the phone in the last several days discussing ways to rewrite the Egyptian Constitution, including talks with some of the jurists selected to serve on the panel created by the interim military government.
“My heart, my soul and my intellect is just completely tied up into that, the democratic constitution we need in the Arab world,” he said. “One of the first calls I got was from a colleague there asking me to help. Would I quit my job? I don’t know that yet. I don’t know how to best contribute.”
The conversation about whether to stay or go is repeating itself at countless dinner tables, in urgent telephone calls and in posts on Facebook, particularly among highly educated and younger Egyptians who may have the most to lose by leaving the United States, but also the most to gain.
“I don’t think any of us are not seriously considering moving there,” said Nadine Wahab, 34, a public relations executive in Washington and a leader of the Egyptian Association for Change, which helped organize protests throughout the United States during the last several weeks. “Everyone is asking, What can I do? What would I be going back to? Where am I going to make the most impact?”
There are roughly 300,000 Egyptians living in the United States, according to the most recent census data, with the largest concentrations in Southern California and New York, and a smaller but close-knit cluster in the Washington area. Continue reading this article
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