Friends in high places:
Somali pirate gang who held Chandlers have families in Britain…. and one kidnapper’s wife is an asylum seeker
Two members of the Somali pirate gang that held Britons Paul and Rachel Chandler hostage for 388 days are believed to have family in the UK.Â One of the pirate leaders says he plans to travel to the UK to join his wife and two children, who have claimed political asylum and live in London.
The extraordinary revelations come as intelligence and security officials in the UK and Kenya investigate links between Britain and Somali pirates after the couple were freed from the 13-month ordeal in return for a ransom.
A second pirate involved in the seizing of the Chandlers is suspected to have lived in Britain and to have family living in London. It is unclear whether his family has also claimed asylum and whether either family receives benefits.
Both men are said to have received a ‘cut’ of the estimated Â£625,000 ransom paid for the release of Mr Chandler, 60, and his 57-year-old wife.Â Investigators say the revelations raise the possibility of pirates travelling to Britain and of part of the ransom money being transferred to family members in the UK.
Their warnings come just weeks after Home Secretary Theresa May highlighted the links between British extremists and Somalia, with some UK citizens travelling there to train alongside Al Qaeda-linked groups. Anti-terrorist investigators believe some have returned to Britain and they have been looking at associations between the UK and pirate gangs, who currently hold some 40 ships and 500 crew hostage. (Daily Mail)
The Muslim revulsion for dogs comes from Muhammad: “Ibn Mughaffal reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) ordered killing of the dogs, and then said: What about them, i. e. about other dogs? and then granted concession (to keep) the dog for hunting and the dog for (the security) of the herd, and said: When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time.” — Sahih Muslim 551
Here again, even in the West, non-Muslims must accommodate Muslim mores — never the other way around.
Muslims in the U.K. are traveling to Afghanistan and spending part of the year fighting jihad for the Taliban. Then they go back to driving cabs in Birmingham. “UK-based Taliban spend months fighting Nato forces in Afghanistan,” by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad and Jon Boone in the Guardian via JW
“A website representing an organization known as “Engage” has posted an articled titled “Panorama’s John Ware Embarks on Another Witch-hunt” which was further linked to on the Twitter feed of the Muslim Council of Britain. The Engage website is registered to Inayat Bunglawala, a spokesperson for the (MCB) which in turn is a UK umbrella group dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. A 2005 UK media report described Mr. Bunglawala’s history of extremist statements as follows…”
The Telegraph‘s London Editor Andrew Gilligan reports:
After a series of reverses in the political arena, Islamist sympathisers yesterday established a key bridgehead in Parliament.
A body called iEngage (also known as Engage) states in a press release that it will be acting as the secretariat to a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, whose inaugural meeting was held yesterday in the Commons. The group is chaired by a Tory MP, Kris Hopkins. The Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes and the Labour peer Lord Janner are vice-chairs. Sources say that the inaugural meeting was attended by the Tory MPs Angie Bray and Eric Ollerenshaw, and the Labour MP Lisa Nandy, among others.
I’m quite certain all these people are sincere individuals who would have no truck with Islamism or extremism. Indeed, at least one of them is Jewish. But they are being used. They need to look much more closely at who they are getting into bed with.
iEngage is an organisation of Islamist sympathisers which has consistently defended fundamentalist organisations such as the East London Mosque and the Islamic Forum of Europe. It routinely attacks all criticism of them as “Islamophobic.”
It attacked the BBC’s recent Panorama documentary on racist Muslim schools â€“ showing that some children are being taught anti-Semitism and Sharia punishments â€“ as a “witch-hunt.” Typically, it launched its attack before even seeing the programme. It was almost alone in this criticism â€“ faced with Panorama’s clear evidence, even some of the usual Islamist suspects kept quiet.
It attacked me for writing about the East London Mosque’s hosting of the terrorist preacher, Anwar al-Awlaki, in 2009 â€“ advertised with a poster showing New York under bombardment. It peddled the straightforward lie told by the mosque that no-one had realised Awlaki was a bad egg at that stage. In fact, Awlaki had been identified by the US government two months before as a spiritual leader of the 9/11 hijackers â€“ and the mosque knew this.
iEngage’s chief executive, and secretary of the new parliamentary group, Mohammed Asif, wrote to the Home Secretary to protest against the ban on the extremist preacher, Zakir Naik. Mr Naik has stated that “every Muslim should be a terrorist.” But Mr Asif and iEngage said that Naik’s exclusion would “put at risk good community relations.”
It is understood that theÂ (Muslim-) group who published that version of the Koran have since been to the school to talk to pupils….
Well, that’s a relief.
I don’t think the Qur’an should be burned. I think it should be read. But this is a question of whether Britain will preserve the principle of the freedom of expression, or implement Sharia norms regarding reverence for the holy book of Islam. This is an example of the latter. “Girl, 15, arrested over ‘Facebook Koran burning video,'” from the BBC, November 25/ UK: Teenage girl arrested for burning Qur’an
2012 Olympics: Islamic Terror Attack “Highly Likely”
LONDON — Britain’s national terror threat will remain at a severe level during the 2012 London Olympics, the country’s national counterterrorism minister said Thursday.Â (Source)