HOUSTON — When Bassam Khalaf raps, he’s the Arabic Assassin. His unreleased CD, “Terror Alert,” includes rhymes about flying a plane into a building and descriptions of himself as a “crazy, suicidal Arabic … equipped with bombs.”
Until last week, Khalaf also worked as a baggage screener at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
It’s difficult to lead two separate lives. He can’t celebrate terrorism with one personality and protect against terrorism with another.
Khalaf, 21, was hired on Jan. 16 and fired July 7, according to a TSA termination letter that cited his “authorship of songs which applaud the efforts of the terrorists on September 11th, encourage and warn of future acts of terrorism by you, discuss at length and in grave and alarming detail various criminal acts you intend to commit, state your belief that the U.S. government should be overthrown, and finally warn that others will die on September 11, 2005.”
Khalaf, who was born in Houston and is of Palestinian descent, said working as a baggage screener was the best paying job he’s ever had. He said he hoped to use any extra money he earned to produce his CD.
“Controversy sells,” Khalaf said. “It brings a lot of attention. Everybody wants to label all Arabics terrorists just because a couple of people messed up. Well, I’m going to play along with that character. I’m going to let you think I’m one.”
Well, ok, if you insist. I think you’re a terrorist.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
The facts presented speak for themselves.
There have been 30 major mass casualty attacks directed against the United States, Britain, France, Spain, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Iraq, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and North Osetia. 14 of the 30 attacks were conducted prior to the invasion of Iraq, making claims of the occupation of Iraq as a casus belli for al Qaedaâ€™s terrorism to be disingenuous at best. 4,895 people have been killed in these attacks, and 12,345 plus have been wounded. The majority of the countries attacked are Muslim countries. And although not stated, the vast majority of the victims of al Qaeda’s violence are Muslims.
The ideologues, leaders and foot soldiers of al Qaeda have no reservations about slaughtering the innocent. The majority of their attacks have been directed against civilian infrastructure such as embassies, consulates, shipping, transportation, hotels, resorts, nightclubs, bars, synagogues, churches, temples, mosques, markets, housing complexes, office buildings and schools. Each of al Qaeda’s targets were purposefully selected and carefully timed to inflict mass casualties as well as to provide the maximum media exposure. The radical Islamists embrace Muslim casualties, as many are considered infidel for embracing Western culture and rejecting the â€œpureâ€ Islam espoused by al Qaeda. This is an enemy that deserves no quarter.
Sobering.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
UNITED NATIONS, March 19 — Secretary General Kofi Annan on Monday will propose establishing new rules for the use of military force, adopting a tough anti-terrorism treaty that would punish suicide bombers, and overhauling the United Nation’s discredited human rights commission, according to a confidential draft of a report on U.N. reform.
I think that’s an excellent idea. I’d like to hear your ideas for suitable punishments for suicide bombers.
Not the death penalty, though. That would be redundant.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Let me tell you of a story about a man named Frank;
he almost got his girl arrested, he’s going to get a spank.
Then one day he was looking so cool,
and then the next he was looking like a fool.
Time, that is. Incarceration. Camp Cupcake.
Er, sorry for the bad Beverly Hillbillies theme song. Just popped into my head. Ew.
Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the lead.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )
The terrorists still want us dead.
U.S. Intelligence Officials tell Drudge: The CIA and FBI late Wednesday authenticated a disturbing new al Qaeda videotape which warns the next terror attack will dwarf 9/11.
“The streets will run with blood,” and “America will mourn in silence” because they will be unable to count the number of the dead, a man claims on the video.
There is no negotiating with these people. Remember – we didn’t start 9/11. The terrorist want us dead because of who we are; we are freedom loving infidels. No amount of negotiating will change that.
Kerry wants to talk about terrorism with the U.N. You know, make sure it’s ok with everybody before we get serious.
Bush wants to run the terrorists over with tanks. And if they get up, shoot them.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
Another sign John Kerry doesn’t understand the war on terror. He thinks of it as a “nuisance.”
In Washington, Republican Party chief Ed Gillespie criticized Kerry for saying in an interview in The New York Times Magazine that, “We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they’re a nuisance.” He appeared to equate terrorism to prostitution and illegal gambling, saying they can be reduced but not ended.
Senator Kerry, this is more than a “nuisance”:
Update: A Small Victory has a list of terrorist attacks going back to 1979 and asks Kerry which attack he’d consider a nuisance.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 6 so far )
Via the Washington Post
The Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to revamp the structure of the nation’s intelligence community by creating a national intelligence director, a counterterrorism center and other agencies in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The legislation passed 96 to 2. Hmm… that only adds up to 98 Senators. I wonder who didn’t vote on this important counterterrorism legislation? Could it be Senator Gone and Senator Goner?
Yup. That’s right. The Democratic Saviors and Presidential Wannabees Kerry and Edwards can’t be bothered to show up to vote.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Major media using fake documents in order to influence the election for the leader of the free world and choose who will lead the fight against terrorism for the next 4 years.
Just thought it needed to be said. You know, in case you were wondering.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 10 so far )
I’m waiting for the major media to catch up on the Swift Boat Veteran stories. It’s all over the conservative blogs, and just now starting to reach the liberal blogs. The left needed some time to catch up, and they’re researching the background of the swift boat veterans. That’s a good thing, by the way – doesn’t hurt to check the credibility of your sources. There just happenes to be a lot of veterans behind this “Unfit for Command” book.
I’m amazed and amused we’re focusing on Kerry’s Vietnam war record. When Clinton ran for President the first time, stories were dredged from his past, too. Turns out Clinton was a draft dodger who went to Europe to protest Vietnam, and said at the time he “loathed” the military. When he ran for President, though, he was able to convince people to look past that record. I thought the days of looking back on what politicians did or didn’t do in Vietnam were over.
But then John Kerry decided to run on his record – Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, Kerry couldn’t say it enough. And at the Democratic National Convention, he didn’t want to talk about his Senate record, he wanted to talk about Vietnam. Well… ok, John, if you insist. Let’s look at Vietnam. So far, it’s not looking pretty. There’s more to come, but if Kerry would release his medical records, it would answer a lot of the accusations.
In the meantime, while we wait, I want to look at what I think is Bush’s one weakness. No, it’s not the economy, the military, jobs, or terrorism. It’s increased government spending.
I was unable to find any reference that Bush ever ran on the platform of smaller government; I guess I just assumed that to be true. Under Bush, spending in almost all categories has risen significantly (although some liberals suggest that No Child Left Behind was underfunded, it’s still a fact that spending on education has increased a whopping 60.8% under Bush. Bush has made the promise for this election year to limit any future increases, but that’s hardly good news for proponents of limited government.
But Kerry isn’t a solution to the spending, either. Lately, John Kerry has been pining for the fiscal conservative days of Clinton, but Clinton mostly balanced the budget by cutting spending on the miltary while simultaneously having all of his spending initiatives stymied by the “Contract with America” Republicans. Would Kerry cut spending to the military today? That seems foolhardy in today’s terrorist climate, and Kerry has promised an additional $24 billion dollars for military and Homeland Security.
What about cutting domestic spending? Kerry hasn’t offered a solution here, either – if you take all of his campaign promises so far and fund them at the minimum level, it adds up to an incredible $226 billion in 2005. That’s another $1500 per year for every taxpayer.
How does Kerry plan to pay for this? He wants to increase taxes on the rich – those making $200,000 or more per year – while making Bush’s tax cuts for the middle class permanent. The numbers aren’t adding up – according to the Urban Institue, Kerry’s tax plan reduces government revenue by $602 billion over 10 years. In other words, he can’t pay for his spending proposals. He’ll be forced to raise taxes on everybody.
While Bush’s record on limited government isn’t pretty, it’s a whole lot better than Kerry’s proposals.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
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