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Monday, April 29, 2013

Obama Administration Threatened Whistle blowers on Benghazi (VIDEO)

American Power 
April 29, 2013

New explosive allegations out tonight.

At Greta Wire, "THREATS AGAINST BENGHAZI WHISTLEBLOWERS ALLEGED":

At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers, or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned.

Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate intelligence committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistleblowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.

“I’m not talking generally, I’m talking specifically about Benghazi – that people have been threatened,” Toensing said in an interview Monday. “And not just the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA.”

Toensing declined to name her client. She also refused to say whether the individual was on the ground in Benghazi on the night of September 11, 2012, when terrorist attacks on two U.S. installations in the Libyan city killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

However, Toensing disclosed that her client has pertinent information on all three time periods investigators consider relevant to the attacks: the months that led up to September 11, when pleas by the ambassador and his staff for enhanced security in Benghazi were mostly rejected by senior officers at the State Department; the eight-hour time frame in which the attacks unfolded; and the eight-day period that followed the attacks, when Obama administration officials falsely described them as the result of a spontaneous protest over a video.
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BREAKING: FEMALE DNA Found On Boston Bomb Components

From GatewayPundit
April 29, 2013

Catherine Herridge at FOX News just broke the story tonight that FEMALE DNA was found on the Boston Marathon bomb components. Officials will now have to test to see if the DNA matches any of the female acquaintances of the Tsarnaev brothers.
Female DNA has been found on the bomb components. Really for the last ten days the FBI has been analyzing the bomb components at the crime lab in Quantico, Virginia. And, that’s one of the findings. It doesn’t necessarily mean this is a sinister finding. But it has to be run down to determine if it was another individual besides the brothers who was involved in making the bombs… They must find out whether this DNA belongs to someone in their immediate circle.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Newtown Voters Reject Budget Hiring Security Guards for Schools

AmmoLand
April 26, 2013


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Newtown Voters Reject Budget Hiring Security Guards for Schools
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Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- Newtown voters on Tuesday rejected town and school budgets that contained an extra $770,000 to cover the cost of hiring new police officers and security guards for Newtown’s public and private schools.
The $72 million school budget was defeated by 482 votes, and the $39 million town government budget was defeated by 62.
Together, the plans represented a five percent increase in funding for the next fiscal year.
Newtown has been in a recession, so some city officials said they weren’t surprised the bigger budget was defeated.
Legislative Council chairman Jeff Capeci said: “At the end of the day, Newtown voters thought it was too much of an increase.”
A second, revised budget is expected to be introduced for a vote soon.
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His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.
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Well I guess they can buy more of those Gun Free Zone signs and feel safer again. What about allowing the teachers after being given training to carry a weapon or at least have one in their desk. All that talk about how they wanted to secure their schools by taking guns away from law obiding citizens. Talk is cheap. When it comes to spending your own money, they showed whats really important to them. Its certainly not their children.  Maybe they expected Obama to fund the new cops? Oh but then thats not really Obama's money he's been wasting hopping around the country on his Anti Second Amendment trips. Its tax payers money he was using. 


Read more at Ammoland.com: http://www.ammoland.com/2013/04/newtown-voters-reject-budget-hiring-security-guards-for-schools/#ixzz2RmXRBWuq



APNewsBreak: Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

MyWay
April 27, 2013
By EILEEN SULLIVAN and MATT APUZZO


WASHINGTON (AP) - Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call.
In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said.
The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family.
As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011.
Two years later, authorities say Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhohkar, detonated two homemade bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. Tamerlan was killed in a police shootout and Dzhohkar is under arrest.
In the past week, Russian authorities turned over to the United States information it had on Tamerlan and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva. The Tsarnaevs are ethnic Chechens who emigrated from southern Russia to the Boston area over the past 11 years.
Even had the FBI received the information from the Russian wiretaps earlier, it's not clear that the government could have prevented the attack.
In early 2011, the Russian FSB internal security service intercepted a conversation between Tamerlan and his mother vaguely discussing jihad, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation with reporters.
The two discussed the possibility of Tamerlan going to Palestine, but he told his mother he didn't speak the language there, according to the officials, who reviewed the information Russia shared with the U.S.
In a second call, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva spoke with a man in the Caucasus region of Russia who was under FBI investigation. Jacqueline Maguire, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Washington Field Office, where that investigation was based, declined to comment.
There was no information in the conversation that suggested a plot inside the United States, officials said.
It was not immediately clear why Russian authorities didn't share more information at the time. It is not unusual for countries, including the U.S., to be cagey with foreign authorities about what intelligence is being collected.
Nobody was available to discuss the matter early Sunday at FSB offices in Moscow.
Jim Treacy, the FBI's legal attache in Moscow between 2007 and 2009, said the Russians long asked for U.S. assistance regarding Chechen activity in the United States that might be related to terrorism.
"On any given day, you can get some very good cooperation," Treacy said. "The next you might find yourself totally shut out."
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva has denied that she or her sons were involved in terrorism. She has said she believed her sons have been framed by U.S. authorities.
But Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers and Zubeidat's former brother-in-law, said Saturday he believes the mother had a "big-time influence" as her older son increasingly embraced his Muslim faith and decided to quit boxing and school.
After receiving the narrow tip from Russia in March 2011, the FBI opened a preliminary investigation into Tamerlan and his mother. But the scope was extremely limited under the FBI's internal procedures.
After a few months, they found no evidence Tamerlan or his mother were involved in terrorism.
The FBI asked Russia for more information. After hearing nothing, it closed the case in June 2011.
In the fall of 2011, the FSB contacted the CIA with the same information. Again the FBI asked Russia for more details and never heard back.
At that time, however, the CIA asked that Tamerlan's and his mother's name be entered into a massive U.S. terrorism database.
The CIA declined to comment Saturday.
Authorities have said they've seen no connection between the brothers and a foreign terrorist group. Dzhohkar told FBI interrogators that he and his brother were angry over wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the deaths of Muslim civilians there.
Family members have said Tamerlan was religiously apathetic until 2008 or 2009, when he met a conservative Muslim convert known only to the family as Misha. Misha, they said, steered Tamerlan toward a stricter version of Islam.
Two U.S. officials say investigators believe they have identified Misha. While it was not clear whether the FBI had spoken to him, the officials said they have not found a connection between Misha and the Boston attack or terrorism in general.
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Associated Press writer Adam Goldman in Washington and Michael Kunzelman in Boston contributed to this report. 


Krauthammer on border security: Ask Obama why he’s got a fence around the White House

The Daily Caller
April 28, 2013 

On Hugh Hewitt’s Friday radio show, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that any immigration proposal accepted by congressional Republicans should depend upon what border enforcement mechanisms are in place, but said he was concerned that time may be running out to get that agreement.
“Look, I think the country’s sort of reached a consensus on legalization as a decent thing to do,” Krauthammer said. “The real problem is enforcement, and what are the triggers. My feeling is that Democrats give lip service to enforcement, because all they care about is legalization.”
“And then they’ll get lax, and they won’t care about it, and we’ll have a replay of ’86,” Krauthammer warned. “On the other hand, Republicans, I think, have a quite — have a position that is both, serves the national interest and is very humane, which is — for God’s sake, of course we’d be willing to legalize these people. But you’ve got to tell us, you’ve got to prove to us, you’ve got to show us, this will be the last cohort. Yes, we’ll do this 11 million, but we don’t want to do another. And I think the country, a vast majority of the country would say ‘fine.’”
“So what we’re talking about now are the triggers for legalization, and how serious this administration will be in carrying them out,” Krauthammer said. “And I think that’s now a matter of sort of detail in legislation. I think in principle, we’ve gotten some ways on that — not as far as I would like.”
“I do think there’s a basic flaw that you get a kind of instant legalization. The trigger for, that in enforcement allows to happen, is the application for a green card. That’s a much weaker trigger, I’m afraid. The problem is we’re not going to get anything stronger than that. The tide will run against us on this issue over time. So I’d like to strike a deal now where we get the strongest enforcement possible,” Krauthammer suggested. “And that’s where, I think, everything hinges now. I don’t know if I’ll support the final bill.”
Krauthammer said that Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who has led the Republican charge for the “Gang of Eight” bill, should seek enforcement measures including a border fence.
“I think he’ll proactively seek real measures — universal e-verify, the tracking system for the visa violations, which as you know, accounts for 40 percent of illegals in the country, and I’m with you, a fence from left to right, from east to west, except obviously the mountainous areas. We know that fences work.”
“If the president tells you fences don’t work, ask him why he’s got one around the White House.
What Charles failed to mention is that these illegals want to be allowed to bring all of their family members from Mexico to America. How many millions more of these law breakers are we going to accept. Isn't it time our politicians in Washington start to be working for us Americans and stop wanting to kiss more of these Illegals asses? 


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/27/krauthammer-on-border-security-ask-obama-why-hes-got-a-fence-around-the-white-house/#ixzz2RlyGOE7v



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Baconfest USA produces full-day celebrations of bacon: Fests to end all Fests.

Foxmuldars Blog
April 27, 2013


From Baconfest USA
At its core, our festivals are fun-filled walk-around  tasting events featuring creative bacon dishes from the best chefs in the country.  On the festival floor, the hottest chefs from the finest local restaurants prepare and serve small plates starring bacon.  The best mixologists and brewers quench thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews.   Luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacontrepreneurs display, sample, and sell a multitude of local craft bacons and bacon-related products. Guests grab a Baconfest: Guide to Bacon playbill and walk around in a bacon-lover’s Nirvana.
To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts, we give out Golden Rasher Awards (the Oscars of the bacon world) to pro and amateur chefs as well as the winners of our Bacon arts poetry, video, song, and other contests.
Best of all, Baconfest is good for America. We donate a portion of proceeds from ticket sales, raffles and sponsor match programs to local food charities. Since 2009, Baconfest has raised over $85,000 enabling partners like the Greater Chicago Food depository to distribute over 150,000 pounds of food to hungry people in the area.  Although we are not a 501 c3 non-profit, our charitable giving is central to our event and to our identity.
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Baconfest Chicago 2013 will be held on April 20th, 2013.


Venue: UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Road – Chicago, IL 60608
Click here for more details on our Chicago events.
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Baconfest San Francisco 2013 will be held in Summer 2013.


All Muslims invited. LOL. I wonder why CAIR hasn't objected to such a festival. We know how Muslims feel about the smell of freshly fried bacon. 

“You treated her like a piece of meat,”

Bare Naked Islam
April 27, 2013 

Three Somali Muslim immigrants who abducted a vulnerable 13-year-old girl from the streets of London and forced her to become their sex slave have been jailed. The girl, who was described as being from a broken and troubled family, was subjected to repeated rape and sexual abuse over a four-day period.

article-2315224-197F5985000005DC-417_306x423 UK Daily Mail Mohammed Sheikh, Hamza Ali and Suran Uddin were all convicted of trafficking and sex offences following a trial. Today at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Coleman said the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been left severely traumatised by the ordeal. ’Instead of helping this girl find refuge, you were all intent on sexually exploiting her for your own ends,’ he added. ’All three of you treated her like a piece of meat and passed her about. This happened over four days until she was finally rescued by police.’

article-2315224-197F5985000005DC-420_306x423Prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones said: ‘They plied her with drugs and alcohol and made promises that they would take care of her and give her anything she wanted. ’She was treated as little more than a skivvy and she was raped over the course of four days.’ Maria Denine, mitigating for Sheikh said the defendants had not been aware of her background or how vulnerable she was. (And that makes a difference because why???) Mitigating for Uddin, Scott Ivill said his client was married with two children, aged eight and one, and any custodial sentence would cause his family to suffer. (And rightfully so) Lindsay Cox, for Ali, said his client was also a married man. (Living on welfare, no doubt)

article-2315224-197F5985000005DC-357_306x423Uddin was jailed for 15 years, Sheikh will serve eight years and Ali five years. All three were placed on the sex offenders register and Sheikh and Ali could face deportation to Somalia, their home country. (COULD face? Shouldn’t deportation be automatic?) Uddin, 26, of Bethnal Green, London; Sheikh, 32, of Hackney, London; and Ali, 39, of Waltham Forest, London, were all found guilty of conspiracy to traffic in the UK. Uddin was also convicted of two counts of rape and supplying a class B drug to the victim.

Sheikh was convicted of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and supplying a class B drug. Ali was found guilty of a sexual assault.

There are countless cases like this in the UK, all involving Muslim paedophiles, many much worse, and who knows how many more not yet uncovered?

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Quotes of the day

April 26, 2013 by ALLAHPUNDIT

The [Gang of Eight] bill would … exempt wide swaths of people currently counted against immigration caps from any limits: The spouses and children of legal permanent residents would be allowed to come to the country on an unlimited basis, for example.
Thus, some combination of, perhaps, 7 million DREAMers, agricultural workers, and the newly legalized family members of current US citizens will be able to petition for their family members, further swelling legal immigration by an indeterminate amount.
And beginning five years after the bill is enacted, the Senate measure would create a new “merit based” immigration category with 125,000 initial visas (a figure that could rise to as many as 250,000 over time) that includes a path to a green card and citizenship, adding more than half a million potential new permanent US residents before the decade is out…
When immigration skeptics like Sessions and Roy Beck, the head of Numbers USA, add up the figures, they see a 50 percent increase in US immigration on an annual basis and as many as 20 million more new green cards within the next dozen years than would otherwise be authorized – and perhaps as many as 30 million more, according to a Republican aide.
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[T]he road to permanent resident status that Rubio said would take a decade will take only five years for currently illegal immigrants who have done some work in agriculture. How many are there? Pro-reform congressional sources suggest the number could be 700,000 on the low end and 1.1 million on the high end. Congressional sources skeptical of reform say the number would be higher. No one seems to know with any certainty.
Then there is the other fast track, for the Dreamers. The Gang of Eight bill creates a special category for immigrants who came to the United States illegally before age 16. That applies equally to illegal immigrants who today are, say, 19 years old, or those who are 49 years old, or older…
Like agricultural workers, it is not entirely clear how many currently illegal immigrants and family members would be involved in the Dream fast track, butthe total number could be in the millions — a significant portion of the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally today.
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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., a veteran of the last immigration fight, seems best prepared to counter the Gang of Eight. Just 15 minutes before the group’s press conference to unveil its bill last week, Sessions and Sen. David Vitter, R-La., held one of their own, featuring several law-enforcement officials and the head of the union for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to criticize the bill as amnesty over enforcement.
Sessions has also warned about the effect that legalization and more visas might have on employment opportunities and wages for American workers, which is an angle that one of the biggest advocacy groups calling for lower immigration levels will pursue as it tries to drum up public opposition to the bill.
Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, said his group plans to concentrate its messaging on Alaska, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, hoping that voters will help push the senators in those states to oppose the bill.
Our plan is that it does not get out of the Senate, and we still feel fairly confident of that. It’s a big battle,” he said.
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My thought is, maybe we should consider admitting immigrants who can succeed in America, rather than deadbeats.
But we’re not allowed to “discriminate” in favor of immigrants who would be good for America. Instead of helping America, our immigration policies are designed to help other countries solve their internal problems by shipping their losers to us.
The problem isn’t just illegal immigration. I would rather have doctors and engineers sneaking into the country than legally arriving ditch-diggers.
Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act so dramatically altered the kinds of immigrants America admits that, since 1969, about 85 percent of legal immigrants have come from the Third World. They bring Third World levels of poverty, fertility, illegitimacy and domestic violence with them. When they can’t make it in America, they simply go on welfare and sometimes strike out at Americans.
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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the following, both within my native first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, as well as from my nationally-syndicated radio audience:
* “Rubio has gone establishment. He’s dead to me.”
* “Rubio is being played by the ruling class. He’s clearly not ready.”
* “My love affair with Rubio is over. I’ll never vote for him.”
* “Rubio is off my list for 2016.”…
[P]olitically he is allowing himself to be branded as another big government GOP sell-out, because he and his associates are struggling to make the case to conservatives it is what’s best for the country and not what’s best for the big government Democrats. The comments by Conant and the actions of some on his staff to scheme against the Heritage Foundation, maybe the most respected think tank in the entire conservative movement, only reinforces that skepticism. The amount of political capital Rubio has wasted already in this effort is incalculable. I hope he really believes in this legislation, because it might cost him the presidency.
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“Immigration, broadly speaking, pits the elite versus the public as much as the Right against the Left,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, who spoke at a hearing on the Senate bill earlier this week. “It’s the church hierarchies versus the people in the pews, the union organizations as opposed to the union members, big business as opposed to small business. It’s no surprise that the Republicans supporting this thing are the ones with ties to the Chamber of Commerce, not ordinary voters.”…
“The only people in the room behind closed doors was congressional staff, big business, big labor, Silicon Valley, and a whole long line of special-interest groups,” said Rosemary Jenks, a spokeswoman for NumbersUSA, which favors more limits on immigration. “It’s very clear this bill wasn’t written to serve national interests but special interests, including the senators’ own special interests, with absolutely zero regard for unemployed American workers and taxpayers.”
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“What eight people decide isn’t going to be the be-all, end-all for the House,” Goodlatte says. “It may be an indicator of where you can find some common ground, but the House, because it’s a Republican majority, will take a more conservative approach.”…
“I tell them that we’re going to break this all down into pieces that are more digestible,” he says. “We’re going to have a lot of hearings, and we’re going to turn this into separate bills. We’ll do an agricultural-workers bill, then an E-Verify bill, and then after the recess, we’ll maybe do some more. But it’s all a work in progress.”
A vague deadline, piecemeal legislation, and months of town-hall meetings, however, are what the proponents of comprehensive immigration reform fear most. There is growing concern by allies of the Gang of Eight that volatile summertime confrontations with constituents could make many House Republicans uneasy.
Goodlatte has little patience for such hand-wringing. As a former immigration attorney who has been in the House for two decades, he says doing things his way —a slow burn — is the only viable option.
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I think it comes down to this. What kind of person do you want to be? Do you want to focus on the hopes and aspirations of the future, or dwell on fear and negativity? — to desperately clinging to the status quo? Do you believe that America has a bright dawn ahead, or that we must manage its decline?
Kemp was known for his cheery optimism. So was Reagan. In fact, conservatism didn’t really take off until Kemp and Reagan teamed up. And if you look at today’s most rhetorically inspiring conservatives, is it any wonder you find people like Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Paul Ryan — both champions of immigration reform?
The most vociferous opponents tend to be pundits and talk radio hosts, who don’t need to win a majority to be successful, and who have entirely different incentives.
I suspect this isn’t a coincidence.
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Monday, April 22, 2013

BECK BREAKS EXCLUSIVE INFORMATION ON SAUDI NATIONAL ONCE CONSIDERED A PERSON OF INTEREST IN BOSTON BOMBINGS

Foxmuldars Blog
April 22, 2013


Video provided by the Blaze.com
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/04/22/beck-breaks-exclusive-information-on-saudi-national-allegedly-connected-to-boston-bombings/

Fastest Gunman Ever (2/100 of a second)



Only word to describe it, WOW!


The Moscow Theatre Siege (Documentary)

Thanks To Bare Naked Islam for providing this video



What would Obama do if something of this sort of terrorism hit America? Would Obama continue to deny the existance of Islamic Extremism? He still does today after the Boston Bombings. 

Al Qaeda intelligence chief reported killed in drone strike

TheLongWarJournal


Abu Ubaydah Abdullah al Adam, a senior al Qaeda leader who serves as the intelligence chief for the terror group, is reported to have been killed in a recent US drone strike in Pakistan's tribal areas. The report is unconfirmed, and al Qaeda has not issued an official statement regarding al Adam.
Two jihadists, identified as Al Wathiq Billah and Barod, posted on Twitter on April 20 that al Adam was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which obtained the tweets. Barod "indicated he was killed that day," according to SITE.
No drone strikes were reported in Pakistan on April 20, but an attack was reported on April 17 in South Waziristan. The last US drone strike reported in North Waziristan took place on April 14 in the Datta Khel area, which is a known haven for al Qaeda's top leaders. Several senior al Qaeda leaders and military commanders have been killed in drone strikes in the Datta Khel area.
The two jihadists' claims that al Adam was killed in a drone strike are not official confirmation that he is indeed dead. Al Qaeda has not released an official martyrdom statement announcing his death.
US intelligence officials involved in the targeting of al Qaeda's network in the Afghan and Pakistan region who were contacted by The Long War Journal would neither confirm nor deny the reports of his death, but said they are aware of the reports.
One intelligence official said that al Adam "is on the target list" and is considered to be a "very dangerous operative."
"He is essentially al Qaeda's intelligence and internal security chief," the US intelligence official said. He "appears to have replaced" Mohammad Khalil Hasan al Hakaymah, who is better known as Abu Jihad al Masri, the former al Qaeda intelligence chief who was killed in a US drone strike in 2008.
Several US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal refute the steady stream of press reports that al Qaeda's leadership is "shattered" and "broken."
"While [al Adam] is not a household name, he is in the top tiers of al Qaeda's leadership cadre," one official said. "He demonstrates that al Qaeda continues to field a deep bench of leaders and operatives who can be called when their predecessors are taken out."
In the Afghan-Pakistan theater, al Qaeda has often tapped the plethora of allied Pakistani jihadist groups to fill leadership voids caused when US drones kill off what one US official has described as al Qaeda's "legacy leaders," the leaders with several decades of experience working inside al Qaeda. Additionally, there are numerous leaders and operatives like al Adam who may not be "famous" like other al Qaeda leaders but who still play a critical role in the organization.
Al Adam served in al Qaeda prior to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the US, and is linked to some of al Qaeda's most notorious leaders.
A US intelligence official said that al Adam had worked for Abu Zubaydah (senior al Qaeda leader and operations chief, captured in Pakistan in 2002); Abu Hamza Rabia (external operations chief, killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan in 2005); and Atiyah Abd al Rahman (general manager, killed in a US drone strike in 2011).
In an article in Vanguards of the Khorasan, al Adam claimed he had served with Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the former emir of al Qaeda in Iraq, long before he opened a front against the US in Iraq in 2003. Al Adam said he had befriended Zarqawi at an al Qaeda training camp in Jalalabad in Nangarhar, well before the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001. He also claimed he had hosted Ayman al Zawahiri at his home in Afghanistan sometime in the 1990s. While al Adam's claims may seem fanciful, his account was published by Vanguards of the Khorasan, which is al Qaeda's official magazine intended for internal use.
Al Adam is a Palestinian and was raised in Saudi Arabia.
The writings and speeches of al Adam
Al Qaeda has released on several jihadist forums numerous statements, writings, and audiotapes of al Adam that focused primarily on security and intelligence issues as well as the Arab Spring. Additionally he has published martyrdom statements and articles at Islamic Turkistan Magazine, a magazine produced by the al Qaeda-linked Turkistan Islamic Party.
Writing under the name Abu Ubaydah al Maqdisi, al Adam appeared in the introductory issue of Vanguards of the Khorasan, published in November 2005. In that edition he published a martyrdom statement. He also wrote martyrdom statements in the 3rd, 7th, 9th, 13th, and 19th editions of Vanguards of the Khorasan. In the 7th and 9th editions, he eulogized Zarqawi and Rabia, respectively. In the 19th edition, published on Sept. 12, 2012, al Adam wrote about Osama bin Laden's legacy and the Arab Spring.
In 2008, a lengthy book titled "Martyrs in a Time of Alienation" was published by al Adam under the name Abu Ubaydah al Maqdisi. The book provides biographies of 120 al Qaeda fighters killed during fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Among those listed are Zakariya al Sabbar, a member of the Hamburg Cell that furnished several key hijackers and leaders for the Sept. 11, 2001 attack, and Abu Hamza Rabia.
In 2010, al Adam released a series of audiotapes titled "The Terrorism Industry" that advised jihadists on security and intelligence issues. In the tapes, he recommended that jihadists take hostages for ransom, and noated that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Afghan Taliban have been very successful doing this. He also said that jihadists must be prepared to kill hostages if there is a risk they will be lost. He also urged jihadists to conduct attacks on the US and the United Kingdom.
In one of the tapes, al Adam noted that he was a lieutenant to Abu Zubaydah, who had charged him with maintaining al Qaeda's relationship with tribesmen in Pakistan's tribal areas. Al Adam distributed al Qaeda funds to Pakistani tribesmen to win their support. Al Adam said that he had traveled with Abu Zubaydah to Pakistan following the overthrow of the Taliban after the American invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001.
Al Adam also provided advice to al Qaeda affiliates on how to maintain relationships with local tribes and clans in areas where the affiliates hope to impose sharia, or Islamic law. In July 2012, he wrote "Awakening Councils of Apostasy and the Means to Stop it" to address the rise in local opposition to al Qaeda and jihadist movements. His practical advice included: respecting the local religion and customs; imposing sharia in phases as opposed to quickly and ruthlessly (as al Qaeda has done in Iraq and Mali); refraining from excessively taxing the locals; and, at times, showing mercy to those being punished.
In August 2012, al Adam waded into the sectarian aspect of the Syrian civil war when he advised Sunnis to execute Alawites, a Shia minority sect that supports President Bashir al Assad.
"For true Muslims this combating sect that is protected by arms and power can only be met with the sword alone," al Adam said in a statement that was released on the Ansar al Mujahideen Network and obtained by The Long War Journal. "Therefore, dear Sunni Muslim brother, do not consult anyone about killing Alawites and looting their properties; it is a right and a duty to defend the repressed Sunnis in the land ...."
Shortly afterward he issued another article clarifying that statement, saying that only Alawites responsible for killing Sunnis should be killed. But he then said, "Nevertheless, the overwhelming majority of this infidel sect is currently fighting Muslims."
In January 2012, al Adam released a book titled "The Worthy Outcomes and Gains of Washington and Manhattan Raids" under the name Abu Ubaydah al Maqdisi. The book's introduction was written by Mustafa Abu Yazid, al Qaeda's former general manager who was killed in a US drone strike in 2010.
In that book al Adam called the suicide bomber "the Islamic deterrent weapon" and "a strategic option for deterring the transgressors." He then noted that after the Sept. 11 attacks on the US, the use of suicide bombers proliferated in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Al Adam's last known public statement was released in February 2013, and titled 'Message to the New Jihadists."
In that statement, which was obtained by The Long War Journal, he said that al Qaeda is fighting "primarily an intelligence security war."
"Its victor is who scores strategic hits against the vital key structures of the other party," he continues. He then advises "the newcomer, to the jihadist fronts scattered all over the world," to practice basic fieldcraft. He says that new jihadists must: maintain secrecy and tell no one of their intent; ensure that they have proper security when entering new battlefields; rely on established smuggling routes to enter new countries but remember that smugglers often work with government forces; and avoid communications with relatives while in countries where waging jihad or while in neighboring countries.
In addition to his publications in al Qaeda's official media outlets, al Adam has written written at least five articles for Islamic Turkistan Magazine, the official magazine of the al Qaeda-linked Turkistan Islamic Party, which is based in Pakistan's tribal areas and also wages jihad in Afghanistan. He issued biographies for slain fighters in the August 2011 edition and the April and June 2012 editions, as well as an article on the Pakistani military in the August 2011 edition and the importance of unity in the April 2012 edition.


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