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Benghazi panel summons Clinton

Benghazi panel summons Clinton

BY SUSAN FERRECHIO

Trey Gowdy, R-SC Representative
Trey Gowdy, R-SC Representative

A House panel Tuesday formally requested Hillary Clinton to testify about the private server and email account she used while serving as secretary of state.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, sent a request to Clinton’s personal attorney, David E. Kendall, requesting that Clinton appear before the committee no later than May 1 for a transcribed interview about the server and email.

RELATED: The long, complicated story of Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi subpoena

The request comes after Kendall told Gowdy that the server had been wiped clean and that it would be impossible to recover the 30,000 emails Clinton deleted last year.

Gowdy, in his request to Kendall, also asked Clinton to “reconsider” her refusal to turn over the server to a neutral third party, which he called “highly unusual, if not unprecedented.”

RELATED: Documents show Hillary Clinton used iPad, BlackBerry

Clinton said she only deleted personal emails and turned over every work-related message to the State Department, which is reviewing the data to filter out classified information.

“Because of the Secretary’s unique arrangement with herself as it relates to public records during and after her tenure as Secretary of State.” Gowdy wrote, “this Committee is left with no alternative but to request Secretary Clinton appear before this Committee for a transcribed interview to better understand decisions the Secretary made relevant to the creation, maintenance, retention, and ultimately deletion of public records.”

RELATED: Hillary Clinton withheld information from Congress. Now what?

In Tuesday’s letter, Gowdy warned that Clinton’s decision not to turn over the server, “the House of Representatives as a whole will need to consider its next steps.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, who serves as the top Democrat on the Benghazi panel, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner that Gowdy’s depiction of Clinton is inaccurate because Clinton has always been willing to talk to the panel under oath.

“Secretary Clinton agreed to testify months ago — in public and under oath — so the Select Committee’s claim that it has no choice but to subject her to a private staff interview is inaccurate,” Cummings said. “Rather than drag out this political charade into 2016 and selectively leak portions of a closed-door interview, the Committee should schedule the public hearing, make her records public and re-focus its efforts on the attacks in Benghazi.”

The House has the power to subpoena the server, but neither Gowdy nor House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will say whether it will use that authority. Boehner has demanded Clinton turn over the server.

RELATED: Clinton’s personal server wiped clean

Gowdy said he wants a neutral party to examine the deleted emails to find out of there is any information related to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The House panel wants to examine the State Department’s role before, during and after the attack.

Gowdy noted in the letter that even though Clinton said she deleted the emails, it is “technically possible,” to retrieve them.

U.S. closer to formally blaming North Korea for Sony hack

U.S. closer to formally blaming North Korea for Sony hack

North Korea The Interview Sony movie

Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled the plug on “The Interview”, bowing to threats of potential violence at movie theaters.

In a statement, Sony said: “We have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release.” The studio said it made that decision with “paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

“The Interview” features reporters on a mission to kill the leader of North Korea. An online threat Tuesday warned moviegoers to stay away, saying: “The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September.”

The warning seemed to come from hackers calling themselves “Guardians of Peace”. That’s the same group behind a wide ranging cyber-attack on Sony.

Law enforcement sources say investigators believe that the Guardians are state-sponsored hackers inside North Korea. Sources tell CBS News that the US government has determined the North Korean government is behind the hack. But, the U.S. government has not yet publicly named a suspect. And the regime of Kim Jong Un has denied any involvement in the cyber-attack.

The assault on Sony is one of the most destructive and disruptive cyber-attacks to hit any U.S. company. Sony has already lost millions of dollars, and maybe more in prestige, to hackers who have stolen films and destroyed critical computer records.

NYC Premiere of Rogen Film Canceled as Threats Fly

NYC Premiere of Rogen Film Canceled as Threats Fly

Seth Rogen Movie

NEW YORK (AP) — Threats of violence against movie theaters. The New York premiere of ‘‘The Interview’’ canceled. Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages.

The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Department of Homeland Security said there was ‘‘no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters,’’ but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security.

Those security fears spurred Sony to allow theater chains to cancel showings of the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy ‘‘The Interview,’’ that has been a focus of the hackers’ mission to bring down Sony.

A spokesperson for Landmark Sunshine cinemas said the New York premiere of ‘‘The Interview,’’ scheduled for Thursday night, has been canceled. Carmike Cinemas, which operates 247 theaters across the country, was the first to cancel its planned showings of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

GOP also released a trove of data files including 32,000 emails to and from Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton in what it called the beginning of a ‘‘Christmas gift.’’

And two former Sony film production workers filed lawsuits alleging the Culver City, California company waited too long to notify nearly 50,000 employees that data such as Social Security numbers, salaries and medical records had been stolen.

The filing follows another lawsuit this week from two other former Sony employees accusing the studio of being negligent by not bolstering its defenses against hackers before the attack. It claims emails and other leaked information show that Sony’s information-technology department and its top lawyer believed its security system was vulnerable to attack, but that company did not act on those warnings. Sony potentially faces tens of millions of dollars in damages from a class-action lawsuit, said Jonathan Handel, an entertainment law professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

In ‘‘The Interview,’’ Rogen and Franco star as television journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Speculation about a North Korean link to the Sony hacking has centered on that country’s angry denunciation of the film. Over the summer, North Korea warned that the film’s release would be an ‘‘act of war that we will never tolerate.’’ It said the U.S. will face ‘‘merciless’’ retaliation.

The film was slated to hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day. It premiered in Los Angeles last week.

But on Tuesday, Rogen and Franco pulled out of all media appearances, canceling a Buzzfeed Q&A and Rogen’s planned guest spot Thursday on ‘‘Late Night With Seth Meyers.’’ A representative for Rogen said he had no comment. A spokeswoman for Franco didn’t respond to queries Tuesday.

The FBI said it is aware of the GOP’s threats and ‘‘continues to work collaboratively with our partners to investigate this matter.’’ FBI director James Comey last week said that investigators are still trying to determine who is responsible for the hack.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said his department takes the hackers’ threats ‘‘very seriously’’ and will be taking extra precautions during the holidays at theaters. The National Association of Theatre Owners had no comment on the developing situation. Neither Sony nor representatives from individual theater chains, including Carmike, responded to requests for comment.

Since the hack surfaced late last month, everything from financial figures to salacious emails between top Sony executives has been dumped online.

The nearly 32,000 emails to and from Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Lynton leaked Tuesday include information about casting decisions and total costs for upcoming films, release schedules for Sony films through 2018 and corporate financial records, such as royalties from iTunes, Spotify and Pandora music services.

They include information about new electronics devices such as DVD players and cellphones. They also include budget figures for the Motion Picture Association of America, of which Sony is a member, and at least one email about a senior Sony executive who left the company. The emails also include banal messages about public appearances, tennis matches, home repairs, dinner invitations and business introductions.

In their warning Tuesday, the hackers suggested Sony employees make contact via several disposable email addresses ending in yopmail.com. Frenchman Frederic Leroy, who started up the yopmail site in 2004, was surprised to learn the Sony hackers were using yopmail addresses. He said there was no way he could identify the users.

Sony hackers threaten 9/11-style attacks at screenings of The Interview

Sony hackers threaten 9/11-style attacks at screenings of The Interview

After purported Guardians of Peace message, NYC premiere reportedly cancelled

CBC News

The hackers behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment are pledging to target upcoming screenings of The Interview with 9/11-style attacks, according to the latest release from the anonymous group calling itself the Guardians of Peace.

The group sent the ominous message to journalists Tuesday.

The threat, quoted in industry publications like the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, specifically mentions the film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The message warns people to “keep yourself distant” from theatres showing the comedy, which premiered in Los Angeles last week and is slated for wide release on Dec. 25.

“How bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to,” reads the missive, which is full of grammatical errors.

“Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made,” it continues, “The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001.”

The threat is a reference to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which killed more than 2,700 people.

North Korea Kim Jong Un Supreme leader president
There are suspicions that North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un is pictured above, might be behind the cyberattacks. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)

The message warned people to stay away from places whereThe Interview will be shown and to leave their homes if they live near theatres screening the film.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said there was “no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theatres” but noted it was still analyzing the GOP messages.

Sony told theatre owners on Tuesday that they would be supportive of their decisions on whether or not to show the film, according to multiple reports.

Soon after, Carmike Cinemas, which operates 247 theatres across the U.S., announced it would pull screenings of the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

Police in New York and Los Angeles said they will be taking extra precautions at theatres over the holidays.

‘It’s actually not crystal clear whether it’s a cyber-response that they are threatening or whether it’s a physical attack.’– John Miller, NYPD counterterrorism official

“Having read through the threat material myself, it’s actually not crystal clear whether it’s a cyber-response that they are threatening or whether it’s a physical attack,” said John Miller, the New York Police Department’s top counterterrorism official.

The NYPD had planned to beef up security at the Manhattan premiere ofThe Interview on Thursday. But Landmark Theatres, which owns the cinema where the premiere was to take place, said late Tuesday the showing would be cancelled.

Meanwhile, Rogen and Franco have pulled out of all media appearances related to the film, cancelling a BuzzFeed Q&A and Rogen’s planned guest spot Thursday on Late Night With Seth Meyers.

The two stars appeared Monday on Good Morning America and Rogen was also a guest on The Colbert Report.

Former CIA insider explains why Senate report is “deeply flawed”

Former CIA insider explains why Senate report is “deeply flawed”

Michael Morell CIA Deputy Director
Michael Morell

Michael Morell, a former deputy director of the CIA told CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley that the agency never misled the government about its interrogation program. Morell is a CBS News contributor but is speaking in this instance as a defender of the CIA practices.

Morell claims the Senate’s report excludes key discussions that occurred between the CIA and the leadership of the two intelligence committees in Congress.

On CBSN, Morell told Jeff Glor two of the report’s main conclusions — that the “enhanced interrogation techniques” did not lead to valuable intelligence, and that the CIA was not truthful about the program — are “just wrong.”

“The was not just a CIA decision, this was an Administration decision. President Bush made this decision, with many discussions within the Executive Branch,” Morell said.

Morell, who helped write the CIA’s response to the report, said he examined individual cases to determine whether the techniques were effective and that the difference after the enhanced interrogation techniques were imposed “was like night and day.”

“I am absolutely certain that these techniques saved American lives because they stopped plots and they led to the capture of additional al Qaeda operatives.”

Morell also criticizes the report for not considering several factors, including the the threats the U.S. faced after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

“I think this is the worst piece of Congressional oversight… and the worst piece of analysis I’ve ever seen,” Morell said, adding that he worries about CIA officers’ safety and morale within the agency.

‘Significant Problems’ With GOP’s New Benghazi Report

‘Significant Problems’ With GOP’s New Benghazi Report

Senator slams it as ‘complete bunch of garbage’

Benghazi Attack, Sept 11, 2012
Benghazi Attack, Sept 11, 2012

A House Intelligence Committee report on the Benghazi attack released Friday makes numerous problematic assertions, a WND review of the 37-page document has found.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Sunday slammed the new House Committee Intelligence report as being “full of crap” and “garbage,” while complaining the committee “is doing a lousy job policing their own.” Graham was speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Graham stated: “I don’t believe that the report is accurate, given the role that Mike Morell (deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time) played in misleading the Congress on two different occasions. Why didn’t the report say that?”

The senator assailed the report’s conclusion that the Obama administration did not lie to cover up what happened in Benghazi.

“That’s a bunch of garbage,” Graham said. “That’s a complete bunch of garbage.”

“I’m going to do a hard review of this,” he added.

WND’s own extensive review found the following five major problems with the new House report.

1) Inaccurate label for U.S. facility

The new House Intelligence Committee report repeatedly refers to the U.S. building in Benghazi as a “Temporary Mission Facility.” However, the State Department has carefully labeled its facility in Benghazi a “U.S. Special Mission.”

Previous government documents from the State Department-sponsored Accountability Review Board (ARB) probe to congressional investigations to documents released by the State Department, White House, Pentagon and Intelligence Community carefully label the facility a “U.S. Special Mission.”

The ARB divulges the mission was so special it possessed a “non-status,” making security provisions to the facility difficult.

2) Previously undisclosed reason for U.S. ambassador’s travel

Within the text of the document, the new House Intelligence Committee report for the first time provides a new reason U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was in Benghazi during the Sep. 11, 2012, attack.

The document states Stevens, murdered during the assault, “traveled to Benghazi from Tripoli on September 10, 2012, to be present at a September 11 ceremony establishing a new American Corner at a local Benghazi school with the Turkish chief of mission in Benghazi.”

“He had other meetings plans that week, during which the CIA was to provide additional security,” added the report.

This is the first such mention of Stevens’ attendance at the ceremony in an unnamed school in Benghazi. No previous public government document on Benghazi, including the State Department’s ARB, ever noted Stevens participated in any such ceremony.

An extensive WND search could find no previous news media coverage reporting Stevens’ attendance at the purported ceremony.

Divining the purpose of Stevens’ trip to Benghazi has been a significant goal of numerous congressional hearings. Yet a WND review of public hearings on Benghazi found no mention of Stevens’ attendance at the ceremony.

Gregory Hicks, the former State Department deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affairs who was in Libya at the time of the attack, was asked in a Benghazi congressional hearing why Stevens went to the compound that day. Hicks never mentioned the school ceremony.

Hicks stated Stevens went to Benghazi in part because Clinton wanted to convert the U.S. complex into a permanent mission in a symbol of the new Libya. Hicks said Clinton wanted to announce the establishment of a permanent U.S. State Department facility during her planned visit there in December 2012. Apparently Stevens was up against a very specific funding deadline to complete an extensive survey of the mission so the compound could be converted.

3) CIA aided weapons transfers to the Mideast rebels?

The new report states the “CIA conducted no unauthorized activity in Benghazi and was not collecting and shipping arms to Syria.”

The report noted multiple media outlets have reported allegations the CIA collected weapons in Benghazi and facilitated weapons from Libya to Syria.

“The eyewitness testimony and thousands of pages of CIA cables and emails that the committee reviewed provide no support for this allegation,” states the report.

As evidence the CIA was not involved in weapons transfers, the report documents that “each witness reported seeing only standard CIA security weapons at the base.”

“No witness testified that non-CIA weapons were brought to the Annex.”

However, most mainstream allegations about weapons transfers did not claim any weapons were stored or transferred through the CIA annex.

The denial of weapons transfers is at odds with numerous major news media accounts of U.S.-aided weapons transfers by Arab countries to Mideast rebels.

The New York Times reported March 25, 2013, that the covert aid to the Syrian rebels started on a small scale and continued intermittently through the fall of 2012, expanding into a steady and much heavier flow later that year, including a large procurement from Croatia.

The Times reported that from offices at “secret locations,” American intelligence officers “helped the Arab governments shop for weapons … and have vetted rebel commanders and groups to determine who should receive the weapons as they arrive.”

In March 2011, Reuters exclusively reported Obama had signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for the rebel forces in Libya seeking to oust Gaddafi, quoting U.S. government officials.

Also that month, the London Independent reported “the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi.”

4) Misleads about weapons collection?

The new report utilizes specific phraseology to deny the CIA was involved in collecting any weapons in Benghazi. It states the CIA “was not collecting and shipping arms to Syria.”

However, the use of the word “and” leaves open the possibility the intelligence community was collecting weapons that were not shipped to Syria.

The report further states: “The Benghazi Annex was not itself collecting weapons. The Committee has not seen any credible information to dispute these facts.”

This phraseology, particularly the use of the word “itself,” leaves open the possibility another facility was involved in a weapons-procurement effort.

The report hints the State Department, not the CIA, may have been leading a weapons collection effort.

It states: “This report does not assess State Department or Defense Department activities other than where those activities impact, or were impacted by, the work of the intelligence community.”

The report fails to mention a top State Department official publically described an unprecedented multi-million-dollar U.S. effort to secure anti-aircraft weapons in Libya after the fall of Muammar Gadhafi’s regime.

The official, Andrew J. Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, explained that U.S. experts were fully coordinating the collection efforts with the Libyan opposition.

He said the efforts were taking place in Benghazi, where a leading U.S. expert was deployed.

Shapiro conceded that the Western-backed rebels did not want to give up the weapons, particularly Man-Portable-Air-Defense-Systems, or MANPADS, which were the focus of the weapons collection efforts.

In his speech seven months before the Benghazi attack, Shapiro stated that “currently in Libya we are engaged in the most extensive effort to combat the proliferation of MANPADS in U.S. history.”

Shapiro was addressing a forum at the Stimson Center, a non-profit think tank that describes itself as seeking “pragmatic solutions for some of the most important peace and security challenges around the world.”

Shapiro explained Libya had “accumulated the largest stockpile of MANPADS of any non-MANPADS producing country in the world.” Shapiro related how then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton committed to providing $40 million dollars to assist Libya’s efforts to secure and recover its weapons stockpiles.

Of that funding, $3 million went to unspecified nongovernmental organizations that specialize in conventional weapons destruction and stockpile security.

The NGOs and a U.S. team coordinated all efforts with Libya’s Transitional National Council, or TNC, said Shapiro. The U.S. team was led by Mark Adams, a State Department expert from the MANPADS Task Force.

Tellingly, Shapiro stated Adams was deployed in August 2011, not to Tripoli where the U.S. maintained an embassy, but to Benghazi. The only official U.S. diplomatic presence in Benghazi consisted of the CIA annex and nearby U.S. facility that were the targets of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.

5) No air support available

The report states matter-of-factly the “CIA received all military support that was available.”

“Neither the CIA nor DOD denied requests for air support.”

That blanket statement came with a brief disclaimer stating, “This review did not set out to assess the Defense Department’s activities during the attacks.”

Unmentioned in the report are questions raised about command of the Special Forces – known as C-110, or the EUCOM CIF – which was transferred in the middle of the attacks from the military’s European command to AFRICOM, or the United States Africa Command.

The C-110 is a 40-man Special Ops force maintained for rapid response to emergencies like the Benghazi attack.

Fox News aired a report with a C-110 operator who stated his forces could have deployed to Benghazi but were instead told to return to their normal operating base in Germany.

“I know for a fact that C-110, the EUCOM CIF, was doing a training exercise in … not in the region of North Africa, but in Europe,” the special operator told the Fox News Channel’s Adam Housley.

“And they had the ability to act and to respond.”

The operator told Fox News the C-110 forces were training in Croatia. The distance between Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, and Benghazi is about 925 miles. Fox News reported the forces were stationed just three and a half hours away.

“We had the ability to load out, get on birds and fly there, at a minimum stage,” the operator told Fox News. “C-110 had the ability to be there, in my opinion, in a matter of about four hours … four to six hours.”

 

GOP-led House panel releases Benghazi probe findings

GOP-led House panel releases Benghazi probe findings

US Ambassor Christopher Stevens killed in Lybia
Benghazi 9/11 Attack

WASHINGTON — The CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a Republican-controlled House committee has found. Its report asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration officials.

Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the two-year investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, intelligence about who carried it out and why was contradictory, the report found. That led Susan Rice, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to inaccurately assert that the attack had evolved from a protest, when in fact there had been no protest.

But it was intelligence analysts, not political appointees, who made the wrong call, the committee found. The report did not conclude that Rice or any other government official acted in bad faith or intentionally misled the American people.

The House Intelligence Committee report was released with little fanfare on the Friday before Thanksgiving week. Many of its findings echo those of six previous investigations by various congressional committees and a State Department panel. The eighth Benghazi investigation is being carried out by a House Select Committee appointed in May.

The attacks in Benghazi killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty. A Libyan extremist, Ahmed Abu Khatalla, is facing trial on murder charges after he was captured in Libya and taken to the U.S.

In the aftermath of the attacks, Republicans criticized the Obama administration and its then-secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to run for president in 2016.

Rep. Trey Gowdy: Benghazi committee must “rise above politics”

People in and out of government have alleged that a CIA response team was ordered to “stand down” after the State Department compound came under attack, that a military rescue was nixed, that officials intentionally downplayed the role of al Qaeda figures in the attack, and that Stevens and the CIA were involved in a secret operation to spirit weapons out of Libya and into the hands of Syrian rebels.

None of that is true, according to the House Intelligence Committee report.

The report did find, however, that the State Department facility where Stevens and Smith were killed was not well-protected, and that State Department security agents knew they could not defend it from a well-armed attack. Previous reports have found that requests for security improvements were not acted upon in Washington.

“We spent thousands of hours asking questions, poring over documents, reviewing intelligence assessments, reading cables and emails, and held a total of 20 committee events and hearings,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the committee’s chairman, and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the ranking Democrat, in a joint statement.

“We conducted detailed interviews with senior intelligence officials from Benghazi and Tripoli as well as eight security personnel on the ground in Benghazi that night. Based on the testimony and the documents we reviewed, we concluded that all the CIA officers in Benghazi were heroes. Their actions saved lives,” they said.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who serves on the intelligence panel and the Benghazi select committee, said, “It’s my hope that this report will put to rest many of the questions that have been asked and answered yet again, and that the Benghazi Select Committee will accept these findings and instead focus its attention on the State Department’s progress in securing our facilities around the world and standing up our fast response capabilities.”

Some of the harshest charges have been leveled at Rice, now Obama’s national security adviser, who represented the Obama administration on Sunday talk shows the weekend after the attack. Rice repeated talking points that wrongly described a protest over a video deemed offensive to Muslims.

But Rice’s comments were based on faulty intelligence from multiple agencies, according to the report. Analysts received 21 reports that a protest occurred in Benghazi, the report said – 14 from the Open Source Center, which reviews news reports; one from the CIA; two from the Defense Department; and four from the National Security Agency.

In the years since, some participants in the attack have said they were motivated by the video. The attackers were a mix of extremists and hangers on, the investigation found.

“To this day,” the report said, “significant intelligence gaps regarding the identities, affiliations and motivations of the attackers remain.”

Muslim Brotherhood Overruns National Cathedral in DC

Muslim Brotherhood Overruns National Cathedral in DC

100 years ago today, the last Caliph, or emperor of Islam, declared the last Jihad against the infidel– and today is the first time ever that the National Cathedral in the nation’s capital will host Muslim prayers.

Most American’s will have no idea that, as part of World War I, the then-Caliph of the Ottoman empire declared a Holy War against infidels, as was his right within sharia law and Islamic theology. You can read the full fatwa here (ignore the date of 1915 which is an original typo).

That statement by the last sitting head of what was the theocratic empire of Islam was the catalyst which led to religiously-fueled genocide against Christian Armenians and Assyrians.

The Episcopal church leaders who agreed to the host Muslim prayers inside the Washington cathedral probably have no idea what happened a century ago in Asia Minor, or that there even was a Caliph in office at the beginning of the 20th century.

However, we can rest assured that the co-organizers do, for they include the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the All-Dulles Area Muslims Society (ADAMS) Center.

Both CAIR and ISNA will be fully aware of the significance of November 14th, seeing as both organizations were declared by a federal court to be unindicted co-conspirators of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood terror group, in the largest terrorist financing trial in US history.

Those muslims who have a supremacist understanding of their religion, such as members of Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood – which was recently declared an illegal terrorist organization in the country of its founding, Egypt – have a special regard for historic dates and anniversaries.

It is, of course, no accident that the 9/11 attacks, the worst terror attacks in world history, occurred exactly to the day in 1683 when the Islamic Ottoman forces were defeated outside the city walls of Vienna, the deepest the Islamic Caliphate’s forces made it into the heart of the Christian West.

There is nothing inherently wrong about interfaith initiatives as long as they start from the same place: a mutual respect for the belief system of the other, and their inherent dignity as humans created by God. When one party acts in bad faith based upon its ideological commitment to see other faiths destroyed or subjected, then the event runs the risk of becoming a propaganda coup for the extremists and their followers.

The fact that this event is occurring just as ancient Christian communities are being destroyed in the Middle East and “non-believers” are being actually crucified by ISIS jihadists makes it all the more egregious.

We know that the Episcopal church is in trouble with more conservative believers leaving in great numbers and the remaining adherents not exactly outdoing their Catholic cousins in terms of reproducing the next generation of believers. But I doubt they also understand the finer points of jihadist doctrine, one of which is that if a place of worship is used by Muslims for their prayers, that territory subsequently becomes part of Dar al Islam, sacred muslim land. Forever.

British Muslim Cleric Warns ISIS Attack Against US Will Be Bigger Than 9/11

British Muslim Cleric Warns ISIS Attack Against US Will Be Bigger Than 9/11

During an American radio interview Sunday, radical British Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary warned the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State will likely result in a home front attack that will be “much more high profile” than the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks or the London bombings of July 7, 2005.

“And these guys they love death the way that other people love life. They want to die as martyrs,” he warned.

Muslim Cleric terrorist ISIS
Choudary, British Muslim Cleric

Choudary was released from jail last week pending trial on suspicion of encouraging terrorism.

His students and followers reportedly have been distributing materials in the U.K. encouraging British Muslims to join the Islamic State, or IS. He is the co-founder of the banned group al-Muhajiroun, which supported al-Qaida ideology.

Speaking Sunday on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer, Choudary says he views the war against IS in Syria and in Iraq as “one which is going to be unparalleled in recent history.”

Choudary explained: “Because we are not talking now about guerrilla warfare. We are not talking about people, you know, who are fighting from the mountains and who don’t have actually a base. We are talking about a state. And by all accounts this state is bigger than Britain. Well trained and well experienced armies with a sort of backing from a state apparatus.

“By the American and British accounts themselves, they say there are at least 50,000, and from what I can see from what’s taking place online they say there are at least 1,000 people who are joining the army on a daily basis.”

“And these guys they are fully integrated into the local communities. They are backed by scientists and engineers from around the world who flock to the Islamic State because they want to live by the Sharia.”

Choudary criticized the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting IS in Iraq and Syria.

“I mean you can’t fight people like that. You can’t bomb them from the air and hope they are going to disappear,” he said.

Asked by Klein whether he believes IS will attack within the U.S., Choudary said he believes the Islamic terrorist group’s so-called retaliation could dwarf Sept. 11.

“I think that if you have things like 9-11 and 7-7 (the London bombings) before from people who were fighting guerrilla warfare there’s much more likely to be a response and a much more high profile one, I think, against those countries who are now engaging in a war against a state.”