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Syria writer Elizabeth O'Bagy, cited by Kerry, McCain, fired for Ph.D. lie

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By: Morgan Winsor
September 12, 2013

A lie about earning a Ph.D. cost a Syria expert her job as an analyst days after her op-ed in the Wall Street Journal was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain in congressional hearings about possible U.S. military action in the war-torn country.

Elizabeth O'Bagy, who was an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, said she had earned a doctorate from Georgetown University when she had not, the organization announced Wednesday.

"The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O'Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University. ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O'Bagy's employment, effective immediately," the institute posted in an online statement Wednesday.

The president of the institute, Dr. Kim Kagan, said she was surprised to learn of O'Bagy's lie just before the former senior research analyst admitted it on Tuesday. The decision to terminate O'Bagy's employment at the institute was made later that day, Kagan said.

O'Bagy was hired a year ago as a research analyst, after she had been working as an intern at the institute for a few months. O'Bagy proved to be an exceptional researcher and analyst, and Kagan said she was "pleased and proud to move her forward."

Last week, both Kerry and McCain cited O'Bagy's op-ed piece, which was published in the Wall Street Journal on August 30, titled "On the Front Lines of Syria's Civil War." Part of the debate over authorizing American military action is how many of the rebel groups are extremist and how many are moderate.

According to O'Bagy's op-ed, extremists and moderates exercise control over distinct areas of the country, and checkpoints are often set up to define territory. Also, there are distinct areas where moderate rebels are in control and can keep weapons out of the hands of extremists, O'Bagy told CNN in an interview last week. Kerry and McCain agreed with O'Bagy that Syria is a secular state; McCain even called her op-ed "important."

Initially, the Wall Street Journal only recognized O'Bagy as a "senior analyst" at the institute, but a clarification was later added, stating her affiliation with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a non-profit organization based in Washington that advocates a free and democratic Syria.

O'Bagy responded on Twitter last week to scrutiny over her association with the Syrian rebel advocacy group, writing she never tried to conceal her ties with opposition and rebel commanders and is not being paid to advocate her views on Syria. Rather these connections allow her to travel more safely in Syria, she wrote.

"I'm not trying to trick America here," O'Bagy tweeted on September 7.


Study Shows Radical Islamist Dominance in Terror Plots

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By: IPT News
August 23, 2013

With the
guilty verdicts rendered today in the case of Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, we are reminded of the threat radical Islamic terrorism poses to the American homeland. A report filed by the Washington Free Beacon on Aug. 16 focused on the threat of domestic terrorism. That report cited research conducted by the CI Centre, a Washington, D.C.-area national security think-tank founded by retired FBI official David G. Major.

The CI Centre identified 148 domestic terror plots since 2001. Of those, 114 were motivated by the radical Islamist “Salafist doctrine.” That’s the CI Centre’s terminology for those “motivated by Caliphate doctrine.” So among the nearly 150 domestic terrorist plots, 77 percent were motivated by radical Islam.

The CI Centre research identified 398 suspects involved in those 148 plots. Among them, the CI Centre culled out four that arguably could have been included in the “Salafist” group but they chose to consider separately. Those were the DC snipers, the Liberty City Seven (Miami), a “state sponsor” case (the suspect was Manssor Arbabsiar) and the LAX El-AL shooting. Including those four additional plots increases the 77 percent to nearly 80 percent of the domestic based terror plots involving some variant of radical Islam.

The CI Centre research essentially parallels the research conducted by IPT more than two years ago from available Department of Justice (DOJ) records concerning terrorism related prosecution cases. At the time, we found more than 80 percent of all convictions tied to international terrorist groups and homegrown terrorism since 9/11 involved defendants driven by a radical Islamist agenda.

These studies clearly show that, while not all terror plots against the U.S. and terrorists and their supporters arrested within the U.S. involve radical Islamists, the significant majority do. To ignore factual reality is foolhardy and risky.


Is it not foolhardy and risky to mask the goal of Islam behind Western categorizations like “radical Islamist,” “Salafist doctrine” and “Caliphate doctrine”? Terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims are done in the name of Allah to spread Islam and sharia. So it might be interesting to know how many of the 398 suspects referenced above were Muslim.

As long as Islam is allowed to prosper and grow in non-Muslim countries, particularly the U.S., the problem will only get worse. But faster.

American Muslims Flock to Syria to Wage Jihad

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Creeping Sharia
By: Creeping
August 21, 2013

Of course, rather than arrest and/or deport Muslims who travel to Syria to wage jihad, this numberless threat will be used to further erode the liberties of all Americans. How do these young Muslim men get passports and visas to travel to hotbeds of jihad anyway?

via American, European Jihadists in Syria Raise New Domestic Terror Fears | Washington Free Beacon.

Significant numbers of American and European jihadists are traveling to Syria to join Islamist rebels, prompting new fears of a future wave of al Qaeda terror attacks in the United States and Europe, according to U.S. officials.j

Several thousand foreign terrorists, as well as Americans, are joining the Islamist faction of the now-divided Syrian rebels battling the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Most are joining the al-Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s main terrorist group in Syria, along with smaller Islamist militias made up of nationals from more than a dozen foreign countries.

A U.S. official familiar with intelligence reports said the influx of Americans and Europeans to Islamist rebel forces in Syria is increasing the threat of future terrorists attacks here and in Europe.

“There’s a real concern in the U.S. government about what happens to these guys when they are done and they come home,” this official said. “Right now they are getting training to be al Qaeda terrorists.”

A spokesman for the National Counterterrorism Center had no immediate comment on the number of American jihadists estimated to be fighting in Syria.

Matthew G. Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said during a speech to the Aspen Security Forum last month that his centers major concern is the flow of foreign fighters to Syria.

“Syria has become really the predominant jihadist battlefield in the world,” Olsen said. “We see foreign fighters going from western Europe and, in some cases, in a small number of cases from the United States to Syria to fight as part of the opposition.”

Olsen said the security concern is that the fighters will become further radicalized and train end “then returning as part of really a global jihadist movement to western Europe and potentially to the United States.”

All the more reason to end immigration from Muslim countries and of Muslims who have traveled to and from jihad zones throughout the world.


Muslims burn down Church in Storholmsjö in Karlskrona, Sweden

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By: Moderator
August 18, 2013

In Sweden the Islamification of the country is in full swing and freely aided by the country’s socialist government. Arson is almost a daily occurrence. Assault, murder and robberies are almost an hourly occurrence in a country that had the lowest crime rate in the world, pre-Muslim migration. Violent Muslim attacks against teachers, doctors, police, fire department, jews, politicians and extreme threats of rape and mutilation Muslims post against journalists in social media and forums is rampant in the country. Over 60.5% of the entire country’s welfare budget is exploited by a 15% foreign immigrant population. Since Muslims account for nearly 90% of all recent immigrants, no need to mention who is the recipients of Sweden’s tax-payer funded welfare payouts.

The staggering Muslim rape statistics in such a small country like Sweden, where over 80% are Muslim aggravated rape cases, should raise anyone’s eyebrows and initiate at least mass deportation and some form of military protective action. Except the politicians in Sweden don’t seem to care at all about human rights or women’s rights and ignore to discuss the problem or address it. Instead they prefer to blame the victims and the Swedes themselves. Perhaps Sweden’s politicians can explain how Swedes are responsible for Muslim rape, murder, assault, aggression and threats in India, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, China, Russia and so on?

Rather than putting an end to the threats that Sweden face from it’s Muslim implants, the Swedish government do everything it can vilifying free speech of its citizens, free press and deny protection to the people of Sweden. Mosques are now screaming out it’s hate prayers against non-Muslims and Jews, where Muslims pray for the death and destruction of all non-Muslims, all approved and funded by the Swedish government. Salafi’s and Muslim Brotherhood members are joining political parties and governments on all levels, and bring greater demand to force Muslims onto the population. Nor will the Swedish government block further Muslim immigration and take control of the situation, and stop bringing in more asylum seekers and immigrants from Muslim countries. The future of Sweden is a future where it’s children basically have no future at all.

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