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What's the CIA doing at NYPD? Depends whom you ask  

 

Three months ago, one of the CIA's most experienced clandestine operatives started work inside the New York Police Department.

 

His title is special assistant to the deputy commissioner of intelligence. On that much, everyone agrees.

 

Exactly what he's doing there, however, is much less clear.

 

Since The Associated Press revealed the assignment in August, federal and city officials have offered differing explanations for why this CIA officer — a seasoned operative who handled foreign agents and ran complex operations in Jordan and Pakistan — was assigned to a municipal police department. The CIA is prohibited from spying domestically, and its unusual partnership with the NYPD has troubled top lawmakers and prompted an internal investigation.

 

His role is important because the last time a CIA officer worked so closely with the NYPD, beginning in the months after the 9/11 attacks, he became the architect of aggressive police programs that monitored Muslim neighborhoods. With the earlier help from this CIA official, the police put entire communities under the microscope, according to internal police documents, based on ethnicity rather allegations of wrongdoing.

 

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Closing Arguments Expected In Minn. Terror Trial 

 

The trial of two Minnesota women accused of funneling money to a terror group in Somalia is nearing its end.

 

Closing arguments are expected to begin Monday morning in the case of 35-year-old Amina Farah Ali, and 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan.

 

The government says they were part of a “deadly pipeline” sending money and fighters from the U.S. to al-Shabab. The women claim they were raising money for charities.

 

They both face one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Ali faces 12 counts of providing such support and Hassan faces two counts of lying to the FBI.

 

During the roughly two-week trial, prosecutors played excerpts from about 100 phone calls they recorded in which the women talked about raising money. 

 

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PTSD expected for many terror victims after release 

 

"There is now a deep fear that no one is listening to these people," says psychologist; 1,000 killed, 17,000 injured in Second Intifada.

 

In the coming days, as more than a thousand Palestinian political prisoners are released from Israel’s jails, psychologists working with victims of terror warn that the images and notion of their freedom could trigger severe trauma or flashbacks, known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in some cases.

 

“These feelings are very complex, but I am sure this situation could reactivate some of their trauma,” said clinical psychologist Dr. Eleanor Pardess, a lecturer at Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center and a volunteer for the non-profit organization SELAH, which provides a range of supportive services to immigrants that have experienced any type of trauma.

 

According to the most recent figures from the National Insurance Institute (NII), close to 1000 people have been killed and 17,000 injured since the Second Intifada began in 2000. Since 1950, 2443 people, including 119 non-Israelis, tourists and foreign workers, have been killed in terror attacks.

 

While both the Foreign Ministry and various non-profit organizations working with terror victims claim the numbers of those affected directly and indirectly by terrorism in Israel is much higher than this, what is clear is that this deal has opened many of the psychological wounds that some have experienced individually and that have been felt collectively as a nation. 

 

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The Threat of Narcoterrorism: How the Strange New Iran Case Affects the Definition 

 

Two seemingly unrelated events unfolded last week. On Tuesday in Washington, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the stunning disruption of an alleged plot by a former used-car salesman from Texas and members of Iran's Quds Force to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. using the hired muscle of Mexican drug traffickers. Then on Wednesday, a House subcommittee held a hearing on "Narcoterrorism and the Long Reach of U.S. Law Enforcement." By all accounts these were separate phenomena. Yet both center on the same question: Is narcoterrorism the latest, greatest threat to U.S. national security? Or are we moving toward a redefinition of huge tracts of criminality as terrorism?

 

The U.S. Justice Department representatives insist the alignment of the hearing and the announcement of the arrest were completely fortuitous. But, on Wednesday, the hearing before the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, originally slated to discuss Afghanistan, Mexico and Colombia (countries at the front lines of the drug war), was dominated by Iran. Vanda Felbab-Brown, a Brookings Institution fellow who testified, said, "The Republican side of the committee, in particular, [was] very focused on Iran's activities in Latin America and very concerned about it, and doesn't think the U.S. is taking a tough enough position on that."(See whether Iran really plotted to kill an ambassador.)

 

Indeed, apart from being bizarre, the alleged Iranian-Mexican conspiracy to detonate explosives in Washington managed to expand the definition of narcoterrorism, conflating it with another strain of radical politics. The term dates back to the Pablo Escobar era of Colombia, but it has recently found new currency in American politics on the campaign trail among Republican candidates. Originally, it described the bombings and targeted killings employed by the Medellín cartel against the Colombian government in the late 1980s. As invoked by Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry in debates and stump speeches, the term refers to the violence from cartels along the U.S. border as the of-the-moment national-security threat. That is in addition to the post-9/11 definition, which posited that terrorist groups like the Taliban and al-Qaeda were bankrolling their operations with profits generated from partnerships with drug-trafficking organizations. Now the allegations against the Iranian-American used-car salesman Manssor Arbabsiar and five supposed co-conspirators have trammeled another American bête noire into the mix.

 

Felbab-Brown worries that the debate on narcoterrorism may suffer in a rush to draw evidence from the Arbabsiar allegations. "I think it will be fodder for the very simplistic argument that terrorists and criminals should no longer be considered separate, that they all should be considered part of this monolithic, homogenous mess," she told TIME.(Read about how the plot is uncharacteristic of Iran's hit men.)

 

Before the hearing began, subcommittee chairman Ed Royce of California and Congressman Ted Poe, a Texas Republican and a subcommitteae member, cited the case as evidence of the need to secure the U.S. border from the cartel threat. By the time the hearings got going, the subject had expanded from border security to U.S.-Saudi relations and sanctions on Iran. Poe applauded the Arbabsiar arrest and called for the U.S. government to "verbally support the Iranian freedom fighters in their efforts to change the regime in Iran." 

 

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Natives decry military's comparison of protests to terrorism 

 

The head of Canada’s largest aboriginal group is denouncing the military for using its counterintelligence unit to keep an eye on native organizations and their protest plans, saying this implies such advocacy can be compared to terrorism.

 

The Canadian Forces’ National Counter-Intelligence Unit, meant to address “threats to the security of the Forces and the Department of National Defence” such as espionage, terrorists and saboteurs, assembled at least eight reports on the activities of native groups between January, 2010, and July, 2011.

 

“The fact that Canada would expend national defence resources to monitor our activities amounts to a false and highly offensive insinuation that First Nation advocacy is akin to terrorism or threats to national security,” Mr. Atleo said in a statement. “The reality is that all of the events monitored in the documents released were peaceful demonstrations conducted with the full co-operation and notification of all relevant authorities.”

 

Critics on Thursday called for Canada to subject the military’s counterintelligence unit to monitoring by independent overseers in the same way that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is scrutinized by the Security Intelligence Review Committee.

 

Navy Captain Dave Scanlon, a National Defence spokesman, said the Canadian Forces “do not spy on Canadians, nor do we monitor aboriginal or other groups.”

 

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Hail to the "predator-in-chief" 

 

We are in a long war against radical Islamic terrorism. The struggle seems almost similar to the on-again/off-again ordeals of the past -- such as the French-English Hundred Years War of the 14th and 15th centuries, or the Thirty Years War between Catholics and Protestants in the 17th century.

 

In these kinds of drawn-out conflicts, final victory will go to the side that responds best to new challenges. And we've seen a lot of those since 9/11, when the United States was caught unaware and apparently ill-equipped to face the threat of radical Islamic terrorists hijacking our passenger jets.

 

Even when we adjusted well to the 9/11 tactics, there were new threats, such as suicide bombers and roadside improvised explosive devices that seemed to nullify American technological and material advantages.

 

But America is once again getting the upper hand in this long war against Middle Eastern terrorists, with the use of Predator-drone targeted assassinations to which the terrorists have not yet developed an answer. In systematically deadly fashion, Predators are picking off the top echelon of al-Qaeda and its affiliates from the Hindu Kush to Yemen to the Horn of Africa.

 

New models of drones seem almost unstoppable. They are uncannily accurate in delivering missiles in a way even precision aircraft-bombing cannot. Compared to the cost of a new jet or infantry division, Predators are incredibly cheap. And they do not endanger American lives — at least as long as terrorists cannot get at hidden runaways abroad or video-control consoles at home.

 

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Terror Leader Gets 'Lenient' Jail Sentence 

 

Jakarta. West Jakarta District Court yesterday sentenced military trainer and battle strategist Abu Tholut to eight years' jail for his role in setting up and running a terrorist paramilitary training camp in Aceh last year.

 

He is the latest in a string of convicted terrorists to receive punishment that analysts consider too light considering the severity of their crimes.

 

Abu Tholut's sentence is lower than the 12-year jail sentence demanded by state prosecutors. Senior prosecutor Bambang Suharyadi said he is considering whether to appeal against the verdict.

 

Presiding Judge Musa Arif Aini said Tholut, 40, was found guilty of helping to supply two revolvers, an AK-47 assault rifle and an M-16 assault rifle to the camp that police raided in February last year.

 

Tholut was the leader and trainer of the terrorist camp in Aceh, with tasks that included giving sermons to the camp's dozens of inmates, Judge Musa told the courtroom yesterday. 

 

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Three U.S. Muslims convicted in terrorism case 

 

A federal jury has convicted three Muslim men from North Carolina of plotting to attack unspecified targets overseas, as well as the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., in what prosecutors called a case of "homegrown terrorism."

 

After two days of deliberations, Omar Aly Hassan, 22, Ziyad Yaghi, 21, and Hysen Sherifi, 24, were convicted Thursday of providing material support for terrorists. Yaghi and Sherifi were also convicted of conspiring to kill, kidnap or maim unspecified people overseas; Hassan was acquitted on the conspiracy charge.

 

Prosecutors in the three-week trial said the men traveled overseas, raised money and trained with weapons to support a jihadist plot to kill perceived enemies of Islam. Defense lawyers said audio and video recordings played in court did not show the defendants discussing or agreeing to any specific attack.

 

At issue in the case was the extent to which someone in the U.S. can discuss violent jihad and spread radical propaganda in the post-Sept. 11 era, even while committing no violent acts.

 

Like many other federal terrorism cases since 2001, the prosecution was preemptive. The suspects were arrested as the terrorist plot unfolded — but before they could commit violence.

 

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Florida: Another imam misunderstands Islam, gets arrested -- media ignores story  

 

The media yawned and turned away. Another imam with a firearm? Dime a dozen! But just imagine if it had been a rabbi or priest. "Another Florida Imam Arrested by the FBI, Media Ignores," from Creeping Sharia, October 12 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

 

As in completely ignored – check Google. via Orlando Florida Imam Arrested by the FBI » Family Security Matters.

 

On August 23, 2011 the FBI arrested Imam Abu Taubah aka Marcus Dwayne Robertson. The charge was possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, Case Number: 6:11-mj-1380 Attached to Imam Abu Robertson’s case is a Notice of Intent To Use Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Information (FISA).

 

The U.S. Government’s intention to use its FISA powers signals probable cause to charge Imam “Taubah” Robertson “the target of such search is a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power”.

 

The facts presented in these filed charges leads this reporter to suspect an element of foreign intrigue may be a key component in the prosecution of this case. 

 

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Pak PM vows to fight extremism, terrorism in totality 

From Rezaul H Laskar Islamabad, Oct 13 (PTI) Amid strains in US-Pakistan ties, Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani today expressed his government's resolve to fight "extremism and terrorism in their totality" during a crucial meeting with America's Af-Pak envoy Marc Grossman here.

 

Gilani also insisted that the US-Pakistan relations "should go beyond terrorism." Grossman, US' Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, arrived here this morning from New Delhi for talks with Pakistan's civil and military leadership aimed at easing tensions in bilateral relations and charting a way forward in war-torn Afghanistan.

 

In an apparent response to calls from the top American leadership for Pakistan to do more in the war against terrorism, Gilani expressed the resolve of his government to fight "extremism and terrorism in their totality." At the same time, he told Grossman that the bilateral relations "should go beyond terrorism."

 

The two leaders agreed to pursue bilateral cooperation in areas like trade, water and power and infrastructure, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister's House. The statement described the meeting as "cordial, productive and forward-looking." Before his talks with Gilani, Grossman met Pakistan army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

 

They discussed measures for a "Pakistan-US cooperative framework for peace in the region," a military statement said without giving details. Grossman also met Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who said during a brief interaction with reporters that the meeting had focussed on the Pakistan-US strategic partnership and the upcoming Istanbul conference on Afghanistan. 

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