Monday, February 29, 2016

Police Chief Fired After Signing Pledge to Uphold Constitution

Police Chief Fired After Signing Pledge to Uphold Constitution

Police chief, Shane Harger, has been ordered to disband his entire police department due to his “political affiliations.”

What are his ‘political affiliations’? Chief Harger attended the ‘Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA)’ in Las Vegas this week.

CSPOA is an organization under which law enforcement officers gather to re-affirm their commitment to uphold and defend the Constitution.

On his flight out to Vegas to the convention, Chief Harger was detained by TSA and a man who stated he was a ‘federal agent’, who informed Harger that he was a ‘person of interest’.
Harger was detained for 30 minutes before being released.

Upon his return, on Tuesday January 28, Harger was placed on administrative leave and ordered by Sandoval County, NM, Sheriff Douglas C. Wood to disband his entire police department.
Being a Constitutionalist is now grounds to get you fired from law enforcement.

Obama has already purged an unprecedented 200 top commanders from our military. Now we are witnessing the start of a purging of our police force.
Our country has truly been taken over!
A police chief was detained and harassed by federal agents while traveling to a constitutional convention before returning home to be told he was fired and ordered to disband his police department after signing a pledge to uphold the bill of rights.
Police Chief Shane Harger of the Jemez Springs, NM Police Department was flying out of Albuquerque Airport last week on his way to a Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) convention taking place in Las Vegas. CSPOA is an organization headed up by Sheriff Richard Mack under which law enforcement officers gather to re-affirm their commitment to uphold and defend the Constitution.
Before passing security, Harger was approached by a TSA agent who asked the police chief to show his credentials. Moments later, a man claiming to be a “federal agent” also asked to see Harger’s credentials before telling him he was a “person of interest.” The federal agent then demanded to know where Harger was traveling to and why.
When Harger told the federal agent he was attending the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention in Las Vegas, he was detained for 35 minutes before finally being allowed to board the airplane On Tuesday January 28, a day after his return, Harger was placed on administrative leave and ordered by Sandoval County, NM, Sheriff Douglas C. Wood to disband his entire police department due to his “political affiliations”.
What were his political affiliations? While attending the convention, Harger, along with 38 other police officers, signed a declaration affirming their pledge to “obey and observe” the U.S. Constitution, in addition to refusing to carry out unconstitutional orders such as gun confiscation without constitutionally compliant warrants, violations of the 4th amendment without probable cause, detainment or incarceration of citizens without probable cause, or working with the military for domestic law enforcement.
In other words, Harger was targeted for federal harassment and subsequently fired for re-affirming his belief in the very Constitution he took an oath to uphold and protect in order to become a police officer in the first place.
“Despite having received a meritorious commendation from the Mayor of Jemez Springs on January 22, 2014, it seems that no one in the village government is willing to come to the assistance of Harger. It appears that Harger’s stance to defend and uphold the Constitution has put him and his entire department of ten part-time and volunteers out of business,” writes Vincent Finelli. 
“I was at the convention and I never saw nor heard anyone say nor do anything that was a violation of any law. The CSPOA convention was an assembly of peace-loving Americans who just wanted to uphold their oath of office, that being to support and defend the US Constitution and Bill of Rights for all of us, We The People,” adds Finelli.
Harger’s treatment is yet another disturbing indication that the federal government, in addition to law enforcement authorities, view Americans who support the bill of rights as domestic extremists. Harger’s position as Chief of Police also shows that they are desperate to prevent citizens who identify as constitutionalists, tea partiers or libertarians from holding any position of influence within law enforcement or society in general.
Harger’s dismissal for his patriotic and constitutional “political affiliations” is a chilling reminder that such positions are not only not welcomed but actively discriminated against by the federal government.

WATCH Western Sharia Patrols Instill Fear In ‘Uncovered’ Women, Gays, And Infidels

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The New Normal in London
“Shariah Patrols” Harass And Assault Non-Muslims For Violating Sharia Laws

Sharia Patrol Leaders Explains Their Bizarre Beliefs

“I identify myself as Muslim. If I was born in a stable I’m not a horse. If I’m born in Nazi Germany I’m not gonna be a Nazi. I mean this is an island I was born on,” said Ramesa, a Sharia Patrol leader.
Both men live in East London which is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the UK. In one part of town they have set up ‘Sharia Patrols’ to go out and discourage behavior that they deem un-islamic. Both men participate in these exercises which are designed to force non-Muslims to conform to Muslim Sharia ideology. An ideology that sees murder and rape as acceptable means to their religious end, and will taunt any woman not ‘covered’ to their standards with cries of:

“Get Those Prostitutes Off Our Streets”
Walking through London with Ramesa you experience an alternate reality where there is no compromise and all conversations are one-sided. He explained his objective as follows:
“Ultimately I want to see every single woman in this country covered from head to toe. I want to see the hand of the thief cuts. I want to see adulterers stoned to death. I want to see Sharia law in Europe. I wanna see in America as well. I believe our patrols are a means to an end.”
The thought of Chaudhary and his supporters taking the law into their own hands is deeply frightening to most British people. This is a group that believes the West is at war with Islam and that the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan justify any kind of violence in response.

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The most shocking example of that logic with the gruesome and very public murder of British soldier Lee Rigby on a London Street last year.
On that day the man wielding a knife was a known associate of Chaudhary. Chaudhary has refused to condemn Rigby’s murder nor will he criticized ISIS for the beheading of American journalist James Foley and other western hostages.
What is ridiculous is the situation where people like Chaudhary take thousands of pounds every year of benefits from working residents of the UK, yet he openly states that he will impose Sharia law, even if it means violence against all non-believers (non-muslims), and yet…He is not deported, not arrested, AND any opposition against him and other fighting Muslims is considered a hate crime?

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“This has to end! Immediately! People need to stop allowing savaged like this to force their beliefs on them, especially here in America where people bash Christians all the time but cry Islamaphobia when it comes to Islamist doing the exact same thing.”
VIDEO: London Sharia Patrols Instilling Fear In ‘Uncovered’ Women, Gays, And Infidels

Marco Rubio pulled strings for coke-dealing relative

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio used his position in the Florida legislature to help get his coke-dealer brother-in-law a real estate license, a report said Wednesday.

While Rubio was majority whip of the Florida House of Representatives, he sent a letter to the Florida Division of Real Estate in 2002, recommending Orlando Cicilia “for licensure without reservation,” according to a Washington Post investigation.
Rubio failed to mention that Cicilia, a former coke dealer, was married to his sister or was living in the same West Miami home as Rubio’s parents, the report claims.

Cicilia was arrested in 1987 in one of the largest drug cases in Florida history. Rubio has shied away from discussing Cicilia’s case in detail. Rubio-affiliated PACs and campaigns have paid Cicilia’s two sons more than $130,000 in the past decade.
“Orlando made some very big mistakes almost 30 years ago, served his time, and has paid his debt to society,” Rubio’s presidential campaign adviser, Todd Harris, told the paper about Cicilia.
“Today, he is a private citizen, husband and father, simply trying to make a living.”

Rubio pushed for land deal as he backed law limiting critics

Marco Rubio: Lopez-Cantera, seated at right. Rubio was in the Florida House Republican leadership at the time. Years before his Republican presidential bid, Rubio pushed Miami-Dade County officials to allow a major industrial development to be built on restricted land near the Florida Everglades. That was two months after he backed a law as a member of the Florida Legislature that made it harder for people to challenge the kinds of developments he advocated for as a private attorney. (Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners via AP)

Lopez-Cantera, seated at right. Rubio was in the Florida House Republican leadership at the time. Years before his Republican presidential bid, Rubio pushed Miami-Dade County officials to allow a major industrial development to be built on restricted land near the Florida Everglades. That was two months after he backed a law as a member of the Florida Legislature that made it harder for people to challenge the kinds of developments he advocated for as a private attorney. (Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners via AP)
In this image made from video, an industrial park, including a Goya food building, left, is seen across from a canal near the the Florida Everglades, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Miami. Years before his Republican presidential bid, Marco Rubio pushed Miami-Dade County officials to allow a major industrial development to be built on restricted land near the Florida Everglades. That was two months after he backed a law as a member of the Florida Legislature that made it harder for people to challenge the kinds of developments he advocated for as a private attorney.
In this image made from video, cars exit the parking lot of a Goya food building in an industrial park near the the Florida Everglades, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Miami. Years before his Republican presidential bid, Marco Rubio pushed Miami-Dade County officials to allow a major industrial development to be built on restricted land near the Florida Everglades. That was two months after he backed a law as a member of the Florida Legislature that made it harder for people to challenge the kinds of developments he advocated for as a private attorney.
In this image made from video, the sun sets near an industrial park next to the Florida Everglades, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Miami. Years before his Republican presidential bid, Marco Rubio pushed Miami-Dade County officials to allow a major industrial development to be built on restricted land near the Florida Everglades. That was two months after he backed a law as a member of the Florida Legislature that made it harder for people to challenge the kinds of developments he advocated for as a private attorney.
In this image made from video, a blue heron hunts for food across from an industrial park near the the Florida Everglades, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Miami. Years before his Republican presidential bid, Marco Rubio pushed Miami-Dade County officials to allow a major industrial development to be built on restricted land near the Florida Everglades. That was two months after he backed a law as a member of the Florida Legislature that made it harder for people to challenge the kinds of developments he advocated for as a private attorney.
WASHINGTON — Marco Rubio pushed Miami-Dade County officials in May 2002 to allow a multimillion-dollar industrial development to be built on restricted land near the Florida Everglades, months after he backed a law as a state legislator that made it harder for people to challenge such projects, The Associated Press has learned.

Around the same period, Rubio — a rising Republican star in the state legislature — also requested state money to be earmarked to benefit a flood-prone area around the development project.
Those efforts by Rubio, who has ascended during the GOP primary season as the leading establishment alternative to political rivals Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, provide a glimpse into how he handled the intersection of his public role as a young lawmaker and his private representation of a company that stood to benefit from his political connections.

There's no evidence Rubio violated Florida ethics rules. But his seat in Tallahassee, the state capital, put him in the position of advocating before a county commission that relied on lawmakers like him to fight for state money.

I always had a problem when legislators would lobby at the county commission, because you always felt like if you didn't vote their way, does this mean we'll lose funds in Tallahassee?" said Katy Sorenson, a former county commissioner and Democrat who voted against the boundary change. It was established in the 1970s to protect agriculture and the water supply.
The change was approved.

Todd Harris, a senior adviser for Rubio's presidential campaign, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Rubio never lobbied in the traditional sense because he said that was illegal under state law. But Harris said that the part-time nature of Florida's Legislature means that "virtually every legislator makes their living from outside employment."

"Marco did not gain personally from this, or any other, vote because his compensation was not tied to any other specific project," Harris wrote in response to detailed questions from the AP.
Rubio's 2002 request involved Pan American, a Miami company owned by well-known real estate developer Carlos C. Lopez-Cantera. He wanted to build a project — then known as Shoppyland — west of the city, but environmental critics said it was too close to an important water source.
Lopez-Cantera did not respond to detailed phone messages left with his staff at Pan American's offices on Monday and Tuesday. His son, Carlos, is Florida's lieutenant governor and is running for Rubio's seat in the U.S. Senate. Rubio's campaign told the AP the younger Lopez-Cantera worked for his father's company, and recommended hiring Rubio to do the legal work.

At the time, Rubio was a young lawyer earning $96,000 a year at the politically connected firm Becker & Poliakoff. He asked county commissioners on May 30, 2002, to consider the Shoppyland proposal.

Shoppyland and a nearby project required moving the development boundary and provoked opposition from environmental groups. A Sierra Club representative argued the business park would cost taxpayers money and threaten the water supply of more than 1 million people.

In March 2002, Rubio was one of 73 co-sponsors of a bill that sought to fund cleanup efforts in the Everglades. The bill included language that limited who could challenge development projects based on their environmental impact. Certain nonprofits that objected also had to be in existence for a year and have at least 25 of members from the county, the bill said.

A month after voting for the bill, Rubio registered with Miami-Dade County as a lobbyist for Pan American. Further details of his efforts recorded in government documents were destroyed in 2007, a normal practice under county policy.

The development also benefited from a Rubio-backed flood-mitigation project. He requested an earmark in January 2002 for $750,000 in state funds for an early phase of the flood-mitigation project in an 83-square-mile area called the C-4 basin, documents show.

Most of the C-4 basin was outside of his district at the time. The business park was near both the center of the basin and canals important to the improvement plan.

After the boundary changes and Pan American's sale of a portion of the property for $23 million in 2008, the land has since been transformed into an industrial park with a Goya Foods Inc. operation and commercial warehouses.
Associated Press writers Curt Anderson and David Fischer in Miami contributed to this report.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bill & Hillary’s Body Count Increases!

By Kosar


Fascinating information is going viral about Hillary and Bill Clinton, which exposes just how truly ruthless they are. In many ways they are worse than Obama. One major reason I say this is because the Clintons have a long history of people in their inner-circle dying under mysterious circumstances.
In fact, 46 people who were close to the Clintons have died during their 3 decades of political power. That number should give us all pause. If Hillary Clinton was a Republican, that number would be the question asked by reporters every day.
Now, the latest to be added to the list, maintained by, is Walter Scheib. He was hired by the Clinton White House to work as a Chef, and continued to serve the Bush administration. Interestingly, he was reported missing during a hike, and his body was found almost 2 miles away at the bottom of a river. No cause of death has ever been made, but the death date is listed as June 13, 2015.
But the list is far more extensive! For example, Mary Mahoney was a Clinton White House Intern who was executed brutally at a Starbucks she was managing in 1997.  As a lesbian, she became close friends with all of the interns of the early Clinton administration, and they would seek her advice after Bill’s sexual advancements. She would have been a star witness during the Clinton impeachment trials.

And don’t forget Clinton White House Council Vince Foster, who was found dead in Ft. Marcy Park in Washington, D.C. He supposedly killed himself with a shotgun, and was found a few days later with a suitcase that contained a shredded suicide note.
Foster knew the Clintons from his time at Rose Law Firm in Arkansas, and had intimate details of the Clinton’s financial situation. Apparently, he made a phone call to Hillary Clinton just hours before his death. The person who found him never saw a gun.

Also, you may not have heard of the Clinton’s former lawyer Charles Ruff who died in 2000:
Charles Ruff was one of Clinton’s attorneys during the impeachment trial and was known to have inside information on the White House email scandal as well. Original reports were that he died in an accident in his home although no details were given. Then the report changed to claim that he was found in his bedroom unconscious, then declared dead on arrival at the hospital. The authorities will provide no details other than the usual (and quite premature) assurances that there was no foul play involved.
And don’t forget James McDougal!
Jim McDougal was serving his 3-year sentence for bank fraud at the Fort Worth Federal Medical Center in Texas, a facility operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons for inmates who need medical attention.
Just prior to another round of testimony before Kenneth Starr’s grand jury, and while the reporters who were covering that story were two hours away covering a standoff situation in Waco that just “went away,” Jim McDougal suffered a heart attack while in solitary confinement. Left alone for too long, when Jim McDougal was taken out of solitary, instead of attempting to defibrillate his heart with equipment on hand at the facility, he was driven to John Peter Smith Hospital. Not the closest hospital to the Fort Worth Federal Medical Center, John Peter Smith Hospital is a welfare hospital, where (in the words of one local) ,”They let interns practice on deadbeats.”
NEW! The Fort Worth Star-Telegram acquired the official report of the McDougal death via a Freedom Of Information Act request, and reported that doctors ignored McDougal’s signs of imminent death.
The Clinton body count is massive and growing. Hillary Clinton will stop at nothing to become President, and death seems to follow her everywhere she goes. It is time to learn the truth about these murders and expose the Clintons. Instead of the White House, it appears they both belong in prison.
What do you think about the Clinton body count? Please leave us a comment (below) and tell us what you think!

Seattle Restaurants Closing Their Doors Ahead Of Minimum Wage Increase

Date: March 20, 2015

Starting April 1, Seattle Business Must Phase In Wage Increase To $15 Per Hour

An increase in Seattle’s minimum wage, which is set to take effect on April 1, is being cited as one major factor contributing to the closure of a number of the city’s restaurants. Beginning April 1, Seattle’s small employers will have seven years to phase in a wage increase to at least $15 per hour for all employees. Large employers – those with 500 or more employees – will have three years to get to $15 per hour.

What This Means For Small Business:

According to Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Restaurant Association, before the wage increase, a typical cost breakdown for Seattle restaurants was: 36 percent of funds devoted to labor, 30 percent to food costs, 30 percent to other operating costs, and the remaining 4 percent was profit margin. However, under the minimum wage increase, if a restaurant owner made no changes, labor costs would rise to 42 percent in quick service restaurants and 47 percent in full service restaurants.

Arguing that the wage increase is harming the workers it was intended to help, the free-market think tank the Washington Policy Center said, “The [restaurant] shut-downs have idled dozens of low-wage workers, the very people advocates say the wage law is supposed to help. Instead of delivering the promised ‘living wage’ of $15 an hour, economic realities created by the new law have dropped the hourly wage for these workers to zero.”

Additional Reading:

A report in Seattle Magazine cites the minimum wage increase as a factor in restaurant owners’ decisions to close their doors, and HotAir, The Inquisitr, Western Journalism, and the Examiner also report on the impact of the increase on Seattle restaurants.

Norway: Oslo Police Declare “We Have Lost the City”…Islam Has Taken Over

Grønland is only two subway stops from the Parliament, and one from the Central Station, fairly close to the government offices that were bombed by Breivik.

It looks like Karachi, Basra, and Mogadishu all rolled into one. People sell drugs openly just next to the Grønland subway station.

It’s not Norway or Europe anymore, except when there is welfare money to be collected. The police have largely given up. Early in 2010 Aftenposten stated that there are sharia patrols in this area, and gay couples are assaulted and chased away. “Immigrant Fatima Tetouani says that ‘Grønland is more Muslim than Morocco.’”

Readers should remember that Aftenposten, which is the largest newspaper in the Oslo region, is normally pro-Islamic and very Multicultural.
Robbery-Victim no. 351, Grønland

Sturla Nøstvik (36) did not suspect any danger when the barrel of a pistol was smashed into his forehead. That was the beginning of fifty minutes

The women are being raped at night in Oslo, and the men are robbed more than ever.
In just the past ten years more than 4,000 people have been robbed in the town center and the area of the Grønland police station [an immigrant ghetto]. Most of them are young men. Sturla Nøstvik is robbery-victim 351 from Grønland just from this year, the same period in which around fifty assault-rapes have been reported in Oslo. The robbers play on fear, violence

Source: jewish news

Thousands flee deadly fighting in southern Philippines

AFP      February 26, 2016 11:28 AM          

 Filipino troops pictured on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on February 26, 2016 (AFP Photo/) 

At least six people have been killed and more than 20,000 displaced during a week of fighting between Islamic militants and security forces in the southern Philippines, authorities said Friday.

There was attack and counter-attack, sniping and counter-sniping, and artillery fire," military spokesman Colonel Noel Detoyato told AFP, describing the fighting that began on Saturday with an attack on a military post.

The military said the group's base, a concrete building on the outskirts of a remote town in a mountainous region of violence-racked Mindanao island, had been overrun on Thursday night following helicopter gunship attacks.

However a local reporter on the scene said clashes continued throughout Friday.
Up to 61 militants were believed to have been killed, although only three bodies had been recovered, according to the military chief with responsibility for the area, Colonel Roseller Murillo.
Murillo and other military officials said they had no firm evidence to confirm the other 58 reported deaths, and would not say how they came up with the number other than that they relied on intelligence reports.

The fighting took place in and around Butig, a small Muslim-populated town surrounded by heavily forested mountains. One two-storey house was in ruins and many others were riddled with bullets, according to the local reporter.

More than 20,000 people had fled their homes, taking refuge in a mosque, government evacuation centres and with relatives, according to civil defence officials.
- Decades of violence -

A Muslim separatist insurgency has raged for more than four decades on Mindanao and other parts of the southern Philippines, leaving more than 120,000 people dead.

Efforts to secure a peace deal with the largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), recently collapsed after congress failed to pass a law that would have created an autonomous Muslim region in Mindanao.

The collapse of the previous peace process in 2008 led hardline MILF commanders to launch attacks on Christian villages in Mindanao, which killed more than 400 people and displaced 600,000.
This week's fighting took place in a region bordering a stronghold of a powerful MILF commander.
But military officials said MILF did not take part in this week's clashes.

They said the group involved in the clashes was led by followers of Indonesian Ustadz Sanusi, a member of the Jemaah Islamiyah who was killed in the southern Philippines in 2012.
Jemaah Islamiyah militants carried out the 2002 bombings on Indonesia's holiday island of Bali, which killed 202 people. The group has long had a presence in the southern Philippines.
MILF leaders have warned in recent weeks that the collapse of the peace deal could embolden hardline militants who want to resume a violent separatist uprising.

Security analysts have also warned some Islamic militants in the Philippines may want to follow the more extreme violent tactics of the Islamic State group.

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

Alastair CrookeFmr. MI-6 agent; Author, 'Resistance: The Essence of Islamic Revolution'

BEIRUT -- The dramatic arrival of Da'ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed -- and horrified -- by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia's ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, "Don't the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?"

It appears -- even now -- that Saudi Arabia's ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite "fire" with Sunni "fire"; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da'ish's strict Salafist ideology.
Other Saudis are more fearful, and recall the history of the revolt against Abd-al Aziz by the Wahhabist Ikhwan (Disclaimer: this Ikhwan has nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan -- please note, all further references hereafter are to the Wahhabist Ikhwan, and not to the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan), but which nearly imploded Wahhabism and the al-Saud in the late 1920s.
Many Saudis are deeply disturbed by the radical doctrines of Da'ish (ISIS) -- and are beginning to question some aspects of Saudi Arabia's direction and discourse.
Saudi Arabia's internal discord and tensions over ISIS can only be understood by grasping the inherent (and persisting) duality that lies at the core of the Kingdom's doctrinal makeup and its historical origins.
One dominant strand to the Saudi identity pertains directly to Muhammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab (the founder of Wahhabism), and the use to which his radical, exclusionist puritanism was put by Ibn Saud. (The latter was then no more than a minor leader -- amongst many -- of continually sparring and raiding Bedouin tribes in the baking and desperately poor deserts of the Nejd.)
The second strand to this perplexing duality, relates precisely to King Abd-al Aziz's subsequent shift towards statehood in the 1920s: his curbing of Ikhwani violence (in order to have diplomatic standing as a nation-state with Britain and America); his institutionalization of the original Wahhabist impulse -- and the subsequent seizing of the opportunely surging petrodollar spigot in the 1970s, to channel the volatile Ikhwani current away from home towards export -- by diffusing a cultural revolution, rather than violent revolution throughout the Muslim world.
But this "cultural revolution" was no docile reformism. It was a revolution based on Abd al-Wahhab's Jacobin-like hatred for the putrescence and deviationism that he perceived all about him -- hence his call to purge Islam of all its heresies and idolatries.
The American author and journalist, Steven Coll, has written how this austere and censorious disciple of the 14th century scholar Ibn Taymiyyah, Abd al-Wahhab, despised "the decorous, arty, tobacco smoking, hashish imbibing, drum pounding Egyptian and Ottoman nobility who travelled across Arabia to pray at Mecca."
In Abd al-Wahhab's view, these were not Muslims; they were imposters masquerading as Muslims. Nor, indeed, did he find the behavior of local Bedouin Arabs much better. They aggravated Abd al-Wahhab by their honoring of saints, by their erecting of tombstones, and their "superstition" (e.g. revering graves or places that were deemed particularly imbued with the divine).
All this behavior, Abd al-Wahhab denounced as bida -- forbidden by God.
Like Taymiyyah before him, Abd al-Wahhab believed that the period of the Prophet Muhammad's stay in Medina was the ideal of Muslim society (the "best of times"), to which all Muslims should aspire to emulate (this, essentially, is Salafism).
Taymiyyah had declared war on Shi'ism, Sufism and Greek philosophy. He spoke out, too against visiting the grave of the prophet and the celebration of his birthday, declaring that all such behavior represented mere imitation of the Christian worship of Jesus as God (i.e. idolatry). Abd al-Wahhab assimilated all this earlier teaching, stating that "any doubt or hesitation" on the part of a believer in respect to his or her acknowledging this particular interpretation of Islam should "deprive a man of immunity of his property and his life."
One of the main tenets of Abd al-Wahhab's doctrine has become the key idea of takfir. Under the takfiri doctrine, Abd al-Wahhab and his followers could deem fellow Muslims infidels should they engage in activities that in any way could be said to encroach on the sovereignty of the absolute Authority (that is, the King). Abd al-Wahhab denounced all Muslims who honored the dead, saints, or angels. He held that such sentiments detracted from the complete subservience one must feel towards God, and only God. Wahhabi Islam thus bans any prayer to saints and dead loved ones, pilgrimages to tombs and special mosques, religious festivals celebrating saints, the honoring of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's birthday, and even prohibits the use of gravestones when burying the dead.

"Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote. "

Abd al-Wahhab demanded conformity -- a conformity that was to be demonstrated in physical and tangible ways. He argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote. The list of apostates meriting death included the Shiite, Sufis and other Muslim denominations, whom Abd al-Wahhab did not consider to be Muslim at all.

There is nothing here that separates Wahhabism from ISIS. The rift would emerge only later: from the subsequent institutionalization of Muhammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab's doctrine of "One Ruler, One Authority, One Mosque" -- these three pillars being taken respectively to refer to the Saudi king, the absolute authority of official Wahhabism, and its control of "the word" (i.e. the mosque).

It is this rift -- the ISIS denial of these three pillars on which the whole of Sunni authority presently rests -- makes ISIS, which in all other respects conforms to Wahhabism, a deep threat to Saudi Arabia.

BRIEF HISTORY 1741- 1818

Abd al-Wahhab's advocacy of these ultra radical views inevitably led to his expulsion from his own town -- and in 1741, after some wanderings, he found refuge under the protection of Ibn Saud and his tribe. What Ibn Saud perceived in Abd al-Wahhab's novel teaching was the means to overturn Arab tradition and convention. It was a path to seizing power.

"Their strategy -- like that of ISIS today -- was to bring the peoples whom they conquered into submission. They aimed to instill fear. "

Ibn Saud's clan, seizing on Abd al-Wahhab's doctrine, now could do what they always did, which was raiding neighboring villages and robbing them of their possessions. Only now they were doing it not within the ambit of Arab tradition, but rather under the banner of jihad. Ibn Saud and Abd al-Wahhab also reintroduced the idea of martyrdom in the name of jihad, as it granted those martyred immediate entry into paradise.

In the beginning, they conquered a few local communities and imposed their rule over them. (The conquered inhabitants were given a limited choice: conversion to Wahhabism or death.) By 1790, the Alliance controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula and repeatedly raided Medina, Syria and Iraq.

Their strategy -- like that of ISIS today -- was to bring the peoples whom they conquered into submission. They aimed to instill fear. In 1801, the Allies attacked the Holy City of Karbala in Iraq. They massacred thousands of Shiites, including women and children. Many Shiite shrines were destroyed, including the shrine of Imam Hussein, the murdered grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

A British official, Lieutenant Francis Warden, observing the situation at the time, wrote: "They pillaged the whole of it [Karbala], and plundered the Tomb of Hussein... slaying in the course of the day, with circumstances of peculiar cruelty, above five thousand of the inhabitants ..."

Osman Ibn Bishr Najdi, the historian of the first Saudi state, wrote that Ibn Saud committed a massacre in Karbala in 1801. He proudly documented that massacre saying, "we took Karbala and slaughtered and took its people (as slaves), then praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and we do not apologize for that and say: 'And to the unbelievers: the same treatment.'"

In 1803, Abdul Aziz then entered the Holy City of Mecca, which surrendered under the impact of terror and panic (the same fate was to befall Medina, too). Abd al-Wahhab's followers demolished historical monuments and all the tombs and shrines in their midst. By the end, they had destroyed centuries of Islamic architecture near the Grand Mosque.

But in November of 1803, a Shiite assassin killed King Abdul Aziz (taking revenge for the massacre at Karbala). His son, Saud bin Abd al Aziz, succeeded him and continued the conquest of Arabia. Ottoman rulers, however, could no longer just sit back and watch as their empire was devoured piece by piece. In 1812, the Ottoman army, composed of Egyptians, pushed the Alliance out from Medina, Jeddah and Mecca. In 1814, Saud bin Abd al Aziz died of fever. His unfortunate son Abdullah bin Saud, however, was taken by the Ottomans to Istanbul, where he was gruesomely executed (a visitor to Istanbul reported seeing him having been humiliated in the streets of Istanbul for three days, then hanged and beheaded, his severed head fired from a canon, and his heart cut out and impaled on his body).

In 1815, Wahhabi forces were crushed by the Egyptians (acting on the Ottoman's behalf) in a decisive battle. In 1818, the Ottomans captured and destroyed the Wahhabi capital of Dariyah. The first Saudi state was no more. The few remaining Wahhabis withdrew into the desert to regroup, and there they remained, quiescent for most of the 19th century.


It is not hard to understand how the founding of the Islamic State by ISIS in contemporary Iraq might resonate amongst those who recall this history. Indeed, the ethos of 18th century Wahhabism did not just wither in Nejd, but it roared back into life when the Ottoman Empire collapsed amongst the chaos of World War I.

The Al Saud -- in this 20th century renaissance -- were led by the laconic and politically astute Abd-al Aziz, who, on uniting the fractious Bedouin tribes, launched the Saudi "Ikhwan" in the spirit of Abd-al Wahhab's and Ibn Saud's earlier fighting proselytisers.

The Ikhwan was a reincarnation of the early, fierce, semi-independent vanguard movement of committed armed Wahhabist "moralists" who almost had succeeded in seizing Arabia by the early 1800s. In the same manner as earlier, the Ikhwan again succeeded in capturing Mecca, Medina and Jeddah between 1914 and 1926. Abd-al Aziz, however, began to feel his wider interests to be threatened by the revolutionary "Jacobinism" exhibited by the Ikhwan. The Ikhwan revolted -- leading to a civil war that lasted until the 1930s, when the King had them put down: he machine-gunned them.

For this king, (Abd-al Aziz), the simple verities of previous decades were eroding. Oil was being discovered in the peninsular. Britain and America were courting Abd-al Aziz, but still were inclined to support Sharif Husain as the only legitimate ruler of Arabia. The Saudis needed to develop a more sophisticated diplomatic posture.

So Wahhabism was forcefully changed from a movement of revolutionary jihad and theological takfiri purification, to a movement of conservative social, political, theological, and religious da'wa (Islamic call) and to justifying the institution that upholds loyalty to the royal Saudi family and the King's absolute power.


With the advent of the oil bonanza -- as the French scholar, Giles Kepel writes, Saudi goals were to "reach out and spread Wahhabism across the Muslim world ... to "Wahhabise" Islam, thereby reducing the "multitude of voices within the religion" to a "single creed" -- a movement which would transcend national divisions. Billions of dollars were -- and continue to be -- invested in this manifestation of soft power.

It was this heady mix of billion dollar soft power projection -- and the Saudi willingness to manage Sunni Islam both to further America's interests, as it concomitantly embedded Wahhabism educationally, socially and culturally throughout the lands of Islam -- that brought into being a western policy dependency on Saudi Arabia, a dependency that has endured since Abd-al Aziz's meeting with Roosevelt on a U.S. warship (returning the president from the Yalta Conference) until today.

Westerners looked at the Kingdom and their gaze was taken by the wealth; by the apparent modernization; by the professed leadership of the Islamic world. They chose to presume that the Kingdom was bending to the imperatives of modern life -- and that the management of Sunni Islam would bend the Kingdom, too, to modern life.

"On the one hand, ISIS is deeply Wahhabist. On the other hand, it is ultra radical in a different way. It could be seen essentially as a corrective movement to contemporary Wahhabism."

But the Saudi Ikhwan approach to Islam did not die in the 1930s. It retreated, but it maintained its hold over parts of the system -- hence the duality that we observe today in the Saudi attitude towards ISIS.
On the one hand, ISIS is deeply Wahhabist. On the other hand, it is ultra radical in a different way. It could be seen essentially as a corrective movement to contemporary Wahhabism.
ISIS is a "post-Medina" movement: it looks to the actions of the first two Caliphs, rather than the Prophet Muhammad himself, as a source of emulation, and it forcefully denies the Saudis' claim of authority to rule.
As the Saudi monarchy blossomed in the oil age into an ever more inflated institution, the appeal of the Ikhwan message gained ground (despite King Faisal's modernization campaign). The "Ikhwan approach" enjoyed -- and still enjoys -- the support of many prominent men and women and sheikhs. In a sense, Osama bin Laden was precisely the representative of a late flowering of this Ikhwani approach.
Today, ISIS' undermining of the legitimacy of the King's legitimacy is not seen to be problematic, but rather a return to the true origins of the Saudi-Wahhab project.
In the collaborative management of the region by the Saudis and the West in pursuit of the many western projects (countering socialism, Ba'athism, Nasserism, Soviet and Iranian influence), western politicians have highlighted their chosen reading of Saudi Arabia (wealth, modernization and influence), but they chose to ignore the Wahhabist impulse.
After all, the more radical Islamist movements were perceived by Western intelligence services as being more effective in toppling the USSR in Afghanistan -- and in combatting out-of-favor Middle Eastern leaders and states.
Why should we be surprised then, that from Prince Bandar's Saudi-Western mandate to manage the insurgency in Syria against President Assad should have emerged a neo-Ikhwan type of violent, fear-inducing vanguard movement: ISIS? And why should we be surprised -- knowing a little about Wahhabism -- that "moderate" insurgents in Syria would become rarer than a mythical unicorn? Why should we have imagined that radical Wahhabism would create moderates? Or why could we imagine that a doctrine of "One leader, One authority, One mosque: submit to it, or be killed" could ever ultimately lead to moderation or tolerance?
Or, perhaps, we never imagined.
This article is Part I of Alastair Crooke's historical analysis of the roots of ISIS and its impact on the future of the Middle East. Read Part II here.
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Illegal Immigrant Charged with Murdering 3 Family Members and Unborn Child

Photo: Lee County Sheriff's Office Mugshot

An illegal immigrant from Belize who, according to sheriff’s officials, entered the U.S. through Texas has been arrested and charged with the murders of three members of his family and the unborn child of his cousin. Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Ft. Myers, Florida, responded on Tuesday to a gruesome scene where they found the bodies of a 37-year-old woman, her 18-year-old daughter and the daughter’s 19-year-old boyfriend.

Police had been called to the scene after the woman’s husband heard her scream her last words during a phone conversation with him, according to police records. An 18-month-old child was also found, unharmed, at the scene.

Brian Omar Hyde, 19, who sheriff’s officials claimed entered the U.S. illegally from Belize through Texas, was arrested following a traffic stop for driving on the wrong side of the road and failure to maintain his lane. Officers with the Ft. Myers Police Department who stopped Hyde learned the vehicle was registered to the same address as the crime scene deputies were responding to at the time. He was also driving without a driver’s license.

Hyde had noticeable blood on his pants and shoes. He also had the keys for two other vehicles registered to that same address, a police report (attached below) revealed. Blood was also found on items inside the vehicle.

Lt. Scott Lineberger, with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed to Breitbart Texas that his department stated Hyde was an illegal immigrant who had entered the United States illegally through Texas about seven months ago.

Responding to an inquiry from Breitbart Texas, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) public affairs officer Nestor Yglesias wrote, “ICE has filed a request with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for notification if they intend to release the individual from custody.” Yglesias would not comment on any prior contact the agency has had with Hyde in terms of prior deportations or entries to the U.S., citing privacy policies.

Lineberger told Breitbart Texas that Hyde is being held on three counts of second degree murder and one count in connection with the death of the unborn child.

The victims were identified by police as Dorla Pitts, Starlett Pitts and Michael Kelly. Dorla Pitts was the aunt of the suspect, Brian Hyde. Starlett Pitts was his cousin. It was later learned that Starlett was about 27-weeks pregnant with a viable unborn child.

Dorla Pitt’s husband, Dorrien Pitts, was on the phone with her when she suddenly screamed, “Brian! What happened here? What happened?” according to Pitts statement to police. The phone disconnected after that. Further calls to that phone went unanswered.

Mr. Pitts called a neighbor, Hilbert Lewis, who went next door. He was continuing to try and call Dorla but there was no answer. Upon arriving at the home, he knocked on the door and rang the bell, police reports state. Mr. Pitts gave Lewis the digital code to the door and he unlocked it and made entry. Upon entering the home, Lewis discovered blood stains on the floor and the foot of a person lying on the floor. They foot was extended beyond the couch and was all he could see, the report states.

Lewis became frightened and retreated from the home and went out to the street where he called 9-1-1.

An autopsy revealed that all three victims were killed by “sharp force trauma” to the head and neck, the report states. It appears all three victims fought back against Hyde. All three sustained defensive wounds. The autopsy of Starlett Pitts also revealed she was approximately six-months pregnant and that the baby was viable. The cause of death for the unborn child was listed as “maternal homicidal violence.” Starlett was also the mother of the 18-month-old child who was found unharmed at the bloody scene.

Hyde did not confess to the crime and there appears to be no known motive for the killings at this time.

Breitbart Texas spoke with officials of the Lee County jail who confirmed Hyde was born in the country of Belize in Central America. The jail official also confirmed their records state Hyde did not have an ICE detainer.

Hyde has an extensive criminal record in Belize, according to an NBC-2 report from Ft. Myers. He was currently wanted in Belize in connection to a robbery of a cell phone store. He had also been arrested last year in Belize for allegedly assaulting a police officer. He is said to have come from a “criminal family” according to a newspaper reporter in Belize and reported by NBC-2. He may have also been involved in murders in that country.

Hyde remains in custody in the Lee County Corrections Facility pending a Sept. 15th arraignment.
Bob Price is a senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and on Facebook.

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Donald Trump supporters at a Nevada caucus, Feb. 23.                                        
Donald Trump supporters at a Nevada caucus, Feb. 23. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty