Obama Spokesperson Says Ahmadinejad is ‘Elected Leader’

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ‘the elected leader’ of the Islamic republic.”
– “Gibbs was asked Tuesday if the White House recognized Ahmadinejad as the country’s legitimate president.”
– “‘He’s the elected leader,’ Gibbs responded.”

REALLY ??????? AFTER THIS KIND OF “DEMOCRATIC” SUPRESSION

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PS: Sorry guys been a long time since I’ve been on Word press, Thanks for all the mails, I appreciate it. The reasons for the absence was one there were some threatening calls made to my house, I have no clue how these lunatics found my house phone number, long story short thankfully those things being behind me now with the law taking its course I can come back to some more fun over here. Thanks again for the all your mails.

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Ahmadinejad’s ‘Jewish Family’

Mehdi Khazali, the son of the conservative Ayatollah Khazali, has written on his personal website that he recently learned that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has Jewish roots.

Khazali notes that Ahmadinejad changed his family name from Saburjian, and says that the origins of the Saburjian family in the town of Aradan should be investigated.

Ahmadinejad’s relatives had told Britain’s “The Guardian” following his election that the family had changed its name for “a mixture of religious and economic reasons.”

“The name change provides an insight into the devoutly Islamic working-class roots of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s brand of populist politics,” journalist Robert Tait wrote in “The Guardian.” “The name Saborjhian derives from thread painter — sabor in Farsi — a once common and humble occupation in the carpet industry in Semnan Province, where Aradan is situated. Ahmad, by contrast, is a name also used for the Prophet Muhammad and means virtuous; nejad means race in Farsi, so Ahmadinejad can mean Muhammad’s race or virtuous race.”

Ahmadinejad, of course, is known for his frequent slurs and threats against the Jewish state of Israel. The claim about his background should be seen in the context of a growing rift among the president’s political allies, the so-called principlists, in the run-up to the June presidential election.

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Sunnis massacare more Iraqi Shias

Two female suicide bombers hiding explosives in their purses struck worshippers streaming into Baghdad’s most important Shiite shrine for Friday prayers, killing at least 66 people a day after Iraq’s most deadly violence in more than a year.

Dozens of Iranian pilgrims were again said to be among the dead.

The two days of attacks — both against civilian targets — marked a troubling twist to what had already been a recent rise in suicide blasts, many of them against security forces. The bombings, typical of Sunni extremists linked with al-Qaida in Iraq, are raising fresh concerns about the ability of Iraqis to take the lead role in protecting the capital and nearby areas as the Americans shift their focus and resources to Afghanistan.

“It is just like a massacre took place,” said Laith Ali, 35, who owns a shop near the tomb of Shiite saint Imam Mousa al-Kazim. The golden-domed shrine, a popular destination for pilgrims, is located in the northern neighborhood of Kazimiyah.

“Where are the security precautions that the security officials are talking about?” Ali asked.

The female bombers, believed to be in their 30s, detonated explosives that were stuffed inside their leather bags and linked to a grenade, according to Maj. Gen. Jihad al-Jabiri, the head of the Interior Ministry’s explosives department.

The women detonated the explosives by pulling the ring of the grenade, al-Jabiri told Iraqi state television late Friday.

The number of bombings carried out by women has spiked this year — even as overall violence has declined — because of their ability to often avoid detection at checkpoints.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered a military task force to investigate the bombings, said military spokesman Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi. He also suspended the area commanders for failing to provide adequate security around the shrine.

The blasts took place within minutes of each other near separate gates of the tomb, said a police official. Another police official said the bombers struck shortly before the start of Friday prayers as worshippers streamed into the mosque.

The attack left the bodies of the dead — some of them burned — scattered on the ground near the entrance of the shrine. Hours later, pools of blood streaked the sidewalks.

Many of the wounded were taken to Kazimiyah Teaching Hospital, overwhelming the staff. AP Television News footage showed many victims, including women and children, forced to wait outside before they could be seen by medical staff.

Among the dead were 25 Iranian pilgrims, said police and hospital officials. At least 127 people, including 80 Iranian pilgrims, also were wounded in the blast, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

On Thursday, suicide bomb blasts tore through crowds waiting for food aid in central Baghdad and inside a roadside restaurant filled with Iranian pilgrims to the north in Diyala province. Eighty-eight people were killed Thursday, Iraq’s deadliest day since March 8, 2008.

Iran‘s powerful former president and influential cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani condemned the attacks and accused the United States of failing to protect the Shiite pilgrims.

“The extremists are the big criminals who launch jihad (holy war) out of ignorance,” he said, according to Iran’s official IRNA news agency. “The security should be guaranteed so that we will not witness such events in the future.”

The U.S. military said it could not provide further details because the area around the shrine was patrolled by Iraqi security forces.

Iraq’s Shiite majority — oppressed under Saddam Hussein — came to power after he was toppled, and Sunnis remain suspicious of the country’s new leaders and their links to Iran.

The Baghdad shrine attacked Friday has been a favored target of insurgents, most recently in early April when a bomb left in a plastic bag near the mosque killed seven people and wounded 23.

In January, a man dressed as a woman blew himself up near the shrine, killing more than three dozen people and wounding more than 70.

Imam Mousa al-Kazim is one of 12 Shiite saints. Hundreds of thousands of Shiites march to the shrine in Kazimiyah every year to commemorate his death in A.D. 799. Shiites believe al-Kazim is buried in the shrine.

Also Friday, the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill, arrived in Baghdad to take up his post three days after being confirmed by the Senate. The process was stalled for weeks as Sen. Sam Brownback, a Republican, objected to Hill’s handling of talks with North Korea during the Bush administration. Hill was then the chief negotiator with the Communist nation.

By CHELSEA J. CARTER

AP

Come Meet Brigitte Gabriel:Expert on Islamic Terrorism

Brigitte will discuss the latest threats radical Islam poses to our safety and security, including…
Iran’s relentless march to a nuclear bomb, and why this threatens more than Israel.
Why Pakistan is today’s headquarters of Islamic terroism.
The increasingly militant – and successful – effort by Islamists worldwide to criminalize any criticism of Islam.

How the various actions and overtures taken by the Obama administration are putting us at greater risk – and why.

How Islamic shariah law is creeping into America.

The threats posed to us by terrorist cells and Islamist compounds right here in America.
But even more important than this, Brigitte will spell out the strategies and tactics ACT! for America is employing to effectively fight back against these threats.

Brigitte’s message will be illuminating, at times disturbing and even shocking — but ultimately inspiring, empowering, and filled with hope!

You will hear first-hand how we can successfully roll back the tide of Islamofascism…how we don’t have to live in fear or resign ourselves to the inevitability of the threats arrayed against us…and how we will prevail.

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See Public flogging of women in Islam

These Muslim men in this given video shown flogging the women are said to be following rules in the Islamic holy book Koran which they say allows women to be flogged in public. How humiliating, how hurtful it is to the person hurt in front their children, parents, spouses, friends and relatives is something I don’t have to say. Do I have to add the self esteem of such women is below level zero? Public flogging of women is a rule in most Islamic countries in including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Yemen Malaysia Iran etc.

Omid Reza Misayafi, an Iranian Blogger Tortured and Killed In Iran

Omid Reza Misayafi, one of a number of Iranian bloggers arrested for “insulting” the government and religious authorities in that country, is dead. Misayafi’s death was reported on Global Voices Online via an Iranian human rights site in Farsi and we learned of it from The Committee to Protect Bloggers.

No cause of death is yet known, but the Committee says torture of bloggers is common in Iran and they are usually placed in close proximity to the most dangerous criminals in any facility. Misayafi was sentenced in December to 30 months in prison “for insulting Islamic Republic Leaders.” The man said he was a cultural blogger, not a political one, and only wrote a few satirical articles that got him into trouble.

An update tonight indicates that the prison conditions may have led the man to take his own life. Directly or indirectly, it appears that Misayafi’s life has been brought to an end for exercising free speech, for criticizing an authoritarian state and for doing it using online social media. Social media users and advocates around the world should take note of this event.

We’ve reported here on a number of bloggers imprisoned in Iran and in Egypt for documenting government abuses or just writing critical words about governments that demand total compliance. In the middle of last year we wrote about Iran’s parliament debating legislation that would add the death penalty to the list of possible punishments for using blogs to challenge government authority.

It is a timeless battle all around the world between freedom, art and self expression on one side and authority, expediency and abuse on the other. The rise of the web has made that battle different, though. Blogs give a voice to the previously voiceless, and the historical and moral importance of efforts to save those new voices from arrest, torture and death cannot be overstated.

We would love to see the Obama administration, which has made extensive use of online social media, publicly and explicitly condemn this death at the Iranian government’s hands. We’d be surprised if that happened.

Social media is powerful and changing the world; we don’t expect that this will be the last person to lose their life over it. Omid Reza Misayafi, brave Iranian blogger, may you rest in peace. May all those imprisoned for blogging in Iran, and around the world, be set free.

For ongoing coverage of this and all-too similar situations around the world, see The Committee to Protect Bloggers and associated organizations linked to on their site.

Written by Marshall Kirkpatrick

On www.readwriteweb.com

Osama Bin Laden in Iran

Where is Osama Bin Laden? Conventional wisdom holds that the world’s most-wanted terrorist is hiding in Pakistan. While this may be true, several eyewitness reports and unverified intelligence point to a different location: the Islamic Republic of Iran. Despite its Shiite radicalism, Iran has harbored the Sunni Bin Laden in the past and may even harbor him today.

The idea that Bin Laden could have taken refuge in Iran is controversial, but al-Qaeda’s presence inside the country is well-documented. On January 16, the Treasury Department placed sanctions on several high-level al-Qaeda operatives in Iran. The Department indictment clearly states that some of these operatives helped bring members of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s and Bin Laden’s families to Iran. Bin Laden’s oldest son, for example, was in Iran until September 2008 when he left for Pakistan. If the family of Bin Laden feels safe on Iranian soil, then there is the possibility that Bin Laden himself would also turn to Afghanistan’s western neighbor as a hideout. If the intelligence sources of John Loftus are correct, this is precisely the case, with Bin Laden spending four to six months per year in Iran.

Two former Iranian intelligence officers provided the first eyewitness report of Bin Laden in Iran available to the public when they were interviewed by Richard Miniter for his 2004 book, Shadow War. The one officer even gave his name, Malak Reza, and the other went by the name of “Choopan,” who claimed he was responsible for coordinating Ayatollah Khamenei’s personal intelligence office. Miniter believes they are credible, as they provided the names of two covert Iranian operatives in Europe that had never been publicly identified, and “Choopan” showed photos of him with Iranian-backed terrorists in the 1980s. Miniter also reported on Pentagon documents confirming that Choopan’s intelligence was used to stop an attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Neither officer asked for money in return for their information.

Bin Laden left Afghanistan in December, a fact that is now commonly accepted. From that point, however, Bin Laden’s travel becomes unclear. According to the Iranians, Bin Laden then went to Pakistani Kashmir in January 2002, a claim supported by a Telegraph report from February 23, 2002 that British special forces had begun hunting for him there after Indian intelligence told the CIA that Bin Laden was in the Himalayan Mountains in Kashmir under the protection of the Harkat-ul-Mujhaideen terrorist group.

According to this account, by June of 2002 Bin Laden had traveled again and was in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan that borders Afghanistan and Iran. Mullah Omar, the former head of the Taliban, has been accused by Afghanistan of hiding in Quetta, the capital of this mostly lawless region, a claim substantiated by a captured Taliban spokesperson. This location seems likely, as many members of al-Qaeda have an ethnic Baluch background.

In July 2002, the Pakistani military launched an offensive into the tribal areas where the remnants of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and their allies had taken refuge. Afraid of being cornered, Bin Laden dispatched a messenger to Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, with an audio tape requesting safe harbor and funding. In return, Bin Laden offered to allow his networks to be used by the Iranian regime and even promised to tell his followers to follow Khamenei in the event of his demise.

If the story is indeed true, the audiotape seems to have worked. Bin Laden’s four wives and his oldest son, Saad, went to Iran, followed by Bin Laden himself, who crossed on July 26, 2002, near Zabol, a city that sits on the border between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bin Laden then traveled north to Mashhad, a location originally identified a transit point for al-Qaeda members traveling via Iran as far back as October 2001, which is still reportedly being used today. After arriving, Bin Laden went west, where he was shuffled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards between Qazvin and Karaj. The Iranian intelligence officers said that Bin Laden traveled with Ayman al-Zawahiri, who required medical treatment from wounds. Their stay in Iran was not permanent, as they were permitted to cross into Afghanistan through Zabol, their original path of arrival.

This shocking claim that Bin Laden went to Iran in the summer of 2002 is corroborated by Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s top journalists, and the only man to interview Bin Laden after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Mir is currently writing a biography of Bin Laden using his vast contacts among al-Qaeda, Taliban and other terrorist operatives. Mir has said that in July 2002, members of al-Qaeda approached him offering to arrange another interview with Bin Laden. “They said that if you are ready to go to Iran without [a] passport we can arrange your meeting,” Mir says.

Bin Laden’s personal chef, Haji Mohamad Akram, has likewise claimed, in an interview with The Christian Science Monitor, that Bin Laden was offered safe haven by Iran. Akram believes that Bin Laden went to Iran after finding refuge in Iran because other al-Qaeda leaders he spoke to said that was where they were headed. According to the Monitor, the “detailed picture he offers of bin Laden’s last days in Tora Bora, and his possible escape to Iran, correspond with accounts from previous Monitor interviews with other bin Laden associates.” Michael Ledeen in his book The Iranian Time Bomb says that in December 2001, he was told “by usually well-informed Iranians that Bin Laden would go to Iran and ‘be disappeared,’” ending his frequent public appearances.

In 2003, another Iranian source began providing information on Bin Laden’s location in Iran that substantiates the timeline provided by the two Iranian intelligence officers and the other sources. Congressman Curt Weldon, then-vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and House Homeland Security Committee, had been receiving intelligence from “Ali,” an Iranian exile who was a former minister in the government of the Shah and had contacts deep inside Iran. This information provided advance warning of Iranian operations and even of terrorist attacks that ultimately proved accurate.

According to “Ali,” in 2003 Bin Laden and Zawahiri were in a “five-building settlement, a few miles from Ladiz in Baluchistan” in Iran, 80 kilometers southeast of Zahedan, where he was receiving medical treatment. It should be noted that on January 16, 2009, the Treasury Department blacklisted an al-Qaeda operative who they claim ran a network in Zahedan. On March 21, “Ali” received information that the two had moved from Ladiz to Kerman to Saltanabad, a northern suburb of Tehran. Ali also said that Iran agreed to harbor Bin Laden in return for his assistance in “on-going projects.”

In May 2003, Ali informed Weldon that Ayatollah Khamenei had again met with Bin Laden and that they were discussing moving Bin Laden out of Tehran. On August 25, 2003, Ali confirmed to Weldon that Bin Laden had left Tehran but he did not know where he currently was. Then, on September 4, 2003, Ali said there was a 50 percent chance that Bin Laden had left Iran. This constant moving around in Iran and Afghanistan is similar to the description of Bin Laden’s travel provided by the two officers who talked to Miniter.

In June 2003, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty supplied additional evidence for Bin Laden being in Iran at this precise time. “A confidential Italian intelligence report submitted in early June asserts the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was in Iran in May, Milan’s Corriere della Serra reported on June. In early May, bin Laden and seven Arab extremists met in Tehran to plan attacks in Italy, Pakistan, and Turkey,” RFE/RL reported.

The two Iranian intelligence officers told Miniter that on October 23, 2003, they personally saw Bin Laden, which Miniter described as “the first recent eyewitness account of Bin Laden ever reported” when his book was published in 2004. The two officers were in Najmabad, less than an hour from Tehran. The two officers provided a detailed description of the briefing room where they were with officers from the Revolutionary Guards. Suddenly, an officer entered and ordered the occupants on the room to leave to make room for “foreign visitors.” The two officers looked outside and claimed that they saw Osama Bin Laden, Zawahiri, their bodyguards and other al-Qaeda operatives step out of a three-car convoy. They reported that Bin Laden had trimmed his beard and was wearing a black turban to look like an Iranian cleric. If true, this may explain why Bin Laden has decided to stick to releasing audiotapes instead of videotapes.

On December 23, 2003, WorldNetDaily.com reported that a “respected Islamic leader,” who wished to remain anonymous, said that Bin Laden was in Iran. The leader said that “a group of Arabs who recently spent time in the desert area shared by Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, are claiming the most wanted man in the world is ‘definitely in Iran.’”

On May 3, 2004, Ali told Weldon that “the last information we have about Bin Laden is that four months ago [January 2004] he was in a villa near Karadj. We don’t know where he has moved.” According to Kenneth Timmerman’s 2005 book, Countdown to Crisis, Ali sent Weldon information on Bin Laden’s location in June 2004 so specific that he even planned to travel alongside a former CIA contractor into Iran to get him until CIA Director Tenet told him not to upon learning of Weldon’s plan.

In late 2004, Zawahiri, again dressed like an Iranian cleric, held meetings with Iranian government officials including a top aide to Ayatollah Khamenei and two Revolutionary Guards generals. Citing “sources with direct knowledge of these meetings,” Timmerman writes that Bin Laden arrived during the second day, again dressed like an Iranian cleric and with an IV inserted into his hand, looking “frail and old.” The meeting concluded with plans for Bin Laden to meet with former President Rafsanjani in the spring of 2005.

The last pieces of information publicly available about Bin Laden’s possible presence in Iran came in 2006. Michael Ledeen, well-known friend of the Iranian democracy movement, wrote in National Review Online on January 9, “according to Iranians I trust, Osama bin Laden finally departed this world in mid-December. The al Qaeda leader died of kidney failure and was buried in Iran, where he had spent most of his time since the destruction of al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The Iranians who reported this note that this year’s message in conjunction with the Muslim Haj came from his number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, for the first time.” Two months later, Rep. Weldon said that “Ali” told him that Bin Laden had died in Iran, indicating this may have been a case of circular reporting. When Bin Laden released audiotapes soon after this claim, Rep. Weldon admitted that Ali may have been deliberately misled.

This error, though, should not discredit all of Ali’s past information, especially considering the corroboration described here and the accuracy of his past reports. The fact that none of the timeframes for Bin Laden’s location in the above information is contradictory, despite being from various sources, lends credence to these reports.

However, the U.S. intelligence community seems certain that Bin Laden is in Pakistan, and they have reasons for believing so. There is no recent public confirmation of Bin Laden’s presence in Iran. In addition, scientists from the UCLA recently made headlines when they finished a groundbreaking study, billed as “the first scientific approach to establishing his [Bin Laden] current location,” which concluded that Bin Laden was in one of three walled compounds in Parachinar, the capital of Pakistan’s Kurram Agency in the lawless tribal areas. They have good reason to believe he is there today, and indeed he may be. Gary Berntsen, the commander of the CIA unit hunting Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 9/11, says that on December 16, 2001, Bin Laden is believed to have fled to this location. It is quite possible that they are right, and Bin Laden has moved out of Iran to this area or that he frequently moves between Iran and Pakistan.

“We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority,” President Obama said during his presidential debate with Senator John McCain on October 7, 2009. Whether Bin Laden is in Iran, or Parachinar, or some other area of Pakistan, the Obama Administration must follow every lead to locate him

 

By Ryan Mauro
FrontPageMagazine.com

Ryan Mauro is the founder of WorldThreats.com and the Assistant-Director of Intelligence at C2I. He’s also the National Security Researcher for the Christian Action Network and a published author. He can be contacted at TDCAnalyst@aol.com.

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