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Donetsk Jewish community calls alleged registration letter a smear

by Rodan ( No Comments › )
Filed under Judaism, Orthodox Christianity, Russia, Special Report at April 17th, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Once again the anti-Russian haters in the GOP have egg on their faces. The idiots at Hot Air and several other blogs ran with a  story claiming Pro-Russian militias in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk  handed out letters telling Jews to register. As usual with the Russia/Ukrainian situation, this story turned out to be false. The Jewish community of Donetsk said the letters were a hoax and done to smear the Pro-Russian militias.

Today, the Western press caught up with the Ukrainian rumor mill: apparently, the People’s Republic of Donetsk had ordered all Jews over the age of 16 to pay a fee of $50 U.S. and register with the new “authorities,” or face loss of citizenship or expulsion. This was laid out in officious-looking fliers pasted on the local synagogue. One local snapped a photo of the fliers and sent it to a friend in Israel, who then took it to the Israeli press and, voila, an international scandal: American Twitter is abuzz with it, Drudge is hawking it, and, today in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the fliers as “grotesque.”

The Donetsk Jewish community dismissed this as “a provocation,” which it clearly is. “It’s an obvious provocation designed to get this exact response, going all the way up to Kerry,” says Fyodr Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs. “I have no doubt that there is a sizeable community of anti-Semites on both sides of the barricades, but for one of them to do something this stupid—this is done to compromise the pro-Russian groups in the east.”

Rather than fact check, Allahpundit let his anti-Russian bigotry get the better of him. Meanwhile he and most of the Conservative media are silent about the real Nazis in the IMF/EU puppet regime in Kiev. It is a shame a Liberal website like New Republic publishes the truth, while a conservative outlet like Hot Air lie.

Here is the statement by the Donetsk Jewish community on these fake letters in Russian.

 

What the hell is wrong with Steven Spielberg?

by Speranza ( 3 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-semitism, Barack Obama, Headlines, Holocaust at April 17th, 2014 - 10:13 am

I guess Jimmy Carter was unavailable.

by Paul Bois

Fresh off stroking President Obama’s ego with his quasi-comedic White House Correspondents’ Dinner video in which the President awkwardly portrayed Daniel Day-Lewis, pretending to be Barack Obama, Hollywood fat-cat Steven Spielberg will play an even bigger joke on Americans come May 7, only this time it’s unintentional

On that date, the director of such iconic films as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and Jurassic Park will honor President Obama with the Ambassador for Humanity Award at the USC Shoah Foundation’s holocaust survivor gala.

The gesture is a thinly veiled attempt to manipulate impressionable Americans into believing the adage Obama is actually a “good guy, but a bad President” just in time for the mid-terms. The whole affair is reminiscent of Aesop’s The Viper and the Farmer the famous fable where a wandering Farmer naively nurses a freezing Viper back to health and receives a fatal bite in return. The moral: aiding your enemies leads to certain death.

By now, Spielberg has a long history of cozying up to snakes, but the biggest difference between he and the farmer is that when this snake finally bites back, the people left to bear the burden will be ones his USC Shoah Foundation claims to care about the most: persecuted Jews.

Spielberg has been traversing this road for quite some time, but regardless of how far he strayed from the path by siding with the Palestinians in Munich, there always followed him a hope the left’s disdain for Israel would wake him up. It defies imagination that the man who portrayed evil with such fierce judgment in Schindler’s List could be so naive as to label a president who may have allowed the most anti-Semitic regime since Nazi Germany obtain a nuclear weapon, an “Ambassador for Humanity.”

Aside from the obvious – that he either hates Israel or is at least entirely apathetic toward it – perhaps Spielberg’s actions confirm comedian Evan Sayet’s hypothesis: modern liberals’ unwillingness to objectively reason has lobotomized them to the rationale of a six-year-old child. Perhaps it confirms that men like Steven Spielberg think a country with widespread holocaust denial and state-sponsored terrorism operates on the same moral plain as the only free Jewish state since Roman times, because to think differently would be Islamophobic. Either way, it all raises a question: who’s worse, the Viper or the Farmer? At least the Viper had the honesty to admit in the end, “hey, I’m just a snake.”

There Is No Unity In Diversity

by coldwarrior ( 67 Comments › )
Filed under History, Islam, NIGERIA, Open thread, Terrorism, World at April 17th, 2014 - 7:00 am

There Is No Unity In Diversity, with muslims. Read this all the way to the end:

There’s no unity in diversity in Nigeria, says Nwoko

  • Written by Ayoyinka Jegede

Mr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, a constitutional lawyer, an activist and chairman, the Governing Council of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, spoke to Ayoyinka Jegede in Uyo on issues of national unity amid several hiccups, and what the National Conference should do.

HOW do we tackle the issue of disunity in the country?

The slogan of unity in diversity is a fake and false premise of trying to blend together an impossible marriage. Talking about Nigeria as if it’s one indivisible, indissoluble sovereign nation is all deceitful slogans.

We can see it clearly that none of them is practicable and none of them has been effective. To say we are a country that has tribes and our strength is derived from our unity in diversity is all lie.

You can see where innocent students are being slaughtered by people you call your brothers; where a whole community would be run over and over 200 innocent men, women and children are being slaughtered by other people; where is the unity in diversity?

Are we telling ourselves the truth? Or is it just because the staying together of Nigeria is for the economic gains for a few greedy persons who are the beneficiaries of this British fraud?

Nothing to celebrate (Centenary anniversary); the sooner Nigerians get to tell themselves the truth, the better. It is very sad that the National Conference is going to leave out the most critical aspect of what the conference should actually be for, which is how to discuss and negotiate the separation of Nigerians to their various homes.

If we don’t discuss the unity, basis and terms upon which we can co-exist at the National Conference, then we are there to waste money, time and just to deceive ourselves.

Nigerians should, at this stage, be bold enough to face the truth of the impossibility or unacceptability of the continued existence of Nigeria as one nation. That is the only way we will be able to define if we want to continue to stay together on what terms.

The current arrangement and structure of Nigeria in every direction and every aspect do not favour a continuous staying together. We don’t have a federation; we are running a unitary system and we call it a federation deceitfully.

We don’t have fiscal federalism. The component units are not in control of their resources. All the basic parameters of a federation are missing in Nigeria.

The only thing that makes Nigeria a federation is on paper we called the Nigerian federation. The basic concept and ideology that establish the Nigerian federation have been destroyed by the military.

In the 1963 Constitution, section 140(1), the derivation principles stood at 50 per cent to the producing region, but today, it is reduced to zero. The oil producing regions have just managed to get back 13 per cent; is that a federation?

So many things are wrong with the supposed Nigerian federation and it’s a pure fraud on the people who are producing resources that run this country.

But the National Conference is geared towards engendering the elusive unity, isn’t it? 

It supposed to be, but you want to discuss unity and sweep under the carpet the problem that brought the disagreement. You cannot discuss unity of Nigeria without discussing the terms upon which we exist together.

We should state the terms of our unity or the basis on which we should separate. Both of them are two sides of the same coin. We cannot say we want to go and discuss the unity of Nigeria without looking at it that unity does not work if the terms are not acceptable. What is the option and how do we resolve that side, which is do we separate?

The success of the National Conference will depend on the sincerity of purpose and how we put all our cards on the table faced up.

There should be no no-go areas and if the Federal Government says we are not going to discuss the unity of Nigeria, then it is just laying a time bomb that’s waiting to explode.

Are you in any way encouraging a break up of the country?

I am suggesting very strongly a break up with a proviso: that if we are not to break up, then we must redefine terms of living together, the terms of our union.

Marking of the Centenary of the amalgamation of Nigeria is equivalent of the marking of the Hiroshima tragedy when the Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

If Nigeria and Nigerians are desirous of remaining together, they should sit down and go back to the terms upon which this country was formed as a federation.

We should go back to the forties and fifties and looked into situations that brought up the 1960 and 1963 Constitutions, and not talking about 1979 Constitution.

Everything from 1979 is a product of the destruction that the military foist on Nigeria. If we want to remain as a people together, let’s go back to the foundation.

If Nigerians are to co-exist, we must be able to accept the truth; nobody should lord it over the other. The historical truth, current truth and the truth of our existence and the basis of our unity and terms of co-existence must be revealed.

It is not helpful to declare that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable, whereas you know that Nigeria is living with every available threat of separation that can result in calamitous effect.

WHAT would you say about the celebration of the Centenary anniversary of amalgamation of the country?

I am of the opinion that we are marking the tragedy of the amalgamation of Nigeria, tragedy of the political contraption that was fabricated by the British just for their selfish economic and political ends.

The celebration of the centenary is the equivalent of the marking of the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. History of Hiroshima and the atomic bomb is a history of disaster and the history of the amalgamation of Nigeria is a history marking that disaster that the British brought to bear on the political soil of Africa by creating the contraption they called Nigeria.

I call it a disaster and a tragedy because the amalgamation has produced more regrets for the people of the South-South region of Nigeria. There are no positive things that should be celebrated.

When you look at it, you will get to find out that in amalgamating the Northern and Southern protectorates of Nigeria, there was no consideration given to the religions, historical and traditional diversities in component units.

Absolutely no basis for saying that the Hausa/Fulani nomad is a brother to the fisherman of Bayelsa State! There is nothing that makes a Hausa/Fulani herdsman a brother to the farmer in Benue/Plateau region of Nigeria.

There hasn’t really been anything that we should say this is what we are marking except that for the purpose of history, whether things are positive or negative, there is always a timeline that people mark for whatever it is worth.

You were quoted elsewhere as saying that the amalgamation treaty was signed in Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State; what is your evidence?

In every concept of history, there are three major components, which are: the human players, time and place.

If we are to discuss the amalgamation of Nigeria and to mark it, we have Lord Lugard and his wife as the human players; we have 1914 as the year the amalgamation took place. Where did it happen?

  Why do we look at the human participant and the time of event without looking at the place where it happened? 

The amalgamation of Nigeria was signed at Ikot Abasi in the present day Akwa Ibom State. The house where Lord Lugard lived is there. The ‘bridge of no return,’ — where slaves who crossed that bridge could not come back — is there. All those physical features are there.

We are talking about celebrating the amalgamation of Nigeria in Lagos and Abuja without coming to Ikot Abasi where it happened, to start the anniversary.

The selfish interest of those who organised the anniversary would not allow them to come to Ikot Abasi. They took it away from where it happened and went to where it never happened, to benefit those who belong to that area so that they continue to impoverish, abandon, and neglect where it happened.

History must stand on three legs. Lord Lugard, the manufacturer of this contraption lived in Ikot Abasi. There are historical facts, clear evidence that it was at Ikot Abasi and larger part of Akwa Ibom State and the Aba women’s riot took place.

It did not happen at Aba; it happened within the territory of Akwa Ibom State; it only spread to other part. Because Aba was then a multi-larger province within the colonial administration framework, it (riot) was tagged the Aba women’s riot.

I know it happened in 1929 because my grandmother, the mother of my father, was exempted from that because at that time, she was nursing my father, who was then a two to three-month-old child.

If we want to discuss such history and we fail to give credence and recognition to the location where it took place, then there is something wrong with such historical facts. It’s missing out certain factors and that’s distortion.

One hundred years of amalgamation and there is Boko Haram insurgence tearing at the heart of the nation; what’s the problem?

What are the Boko Haram insurgents fighting for? Who are their sponsors? Leaders in the North have not been able to summon up the courage to confront the Boko Haram in their territories.

Where are we putting the security responsibilities on if a governor, the chief security officer of a state, can wake up and his state has been taken over by militants, insurgents and the governor throws his hands up in the air and says he is helpless?

There are senators, ex-governors, ex-militant officers, and ex-policemen in those territories. Boko Haram fighters are not spirits, they are human beings and they live among them.

  Why is it now that it is during President Jonathan’s period that Boko Haram had suddenly taken over Nigeria and the northerners making volatile statements and nobody is questioning them? Why are they encouraging this upsurge of violence against Jonathan’s government? 

There is no security challenge in Nigeria that is not orchestrated and arranged. Northern leaders should ask themselves sincere questions and find out why is it during the administration of the South-South presidency that Boko Haram has suddenly become untamable and unmanageable in Nigeria.

File this under: Things that make you go… Oh Shit…

by Guest Post ( 216 Comments › )
Filed under Islam, Russia, Taliban, Terrorism at April 16th, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Guest Blogger: File this under: Things that make you go… Oh Shit…


Warning: this is 100 percent pure worst possible case imaginably speculation.

Now that Malaysia Flight MH370 is fading from everyone’s (except those who have family on that aircraft) mind. It is time to look at possible crazy tin-foil hat conspiracy theories that involve other current events. First, let’s look at the rumors coming out of Britain/Russia regarding MH370.

MH370 ‘hijacked and in Afghanistan’: Russian intelligence source claims all passengers and crew are alive but held hostage

A Russian newspaper has claimed that Flight MH370 was hijacked by “unknown terrorists” and flown to Afghanistan, where the crew and passengers are now being held hostage.

The extraordinary comments, attributed to a Russian intelligence source, appeared in the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.

The source told the paper: “Flight MH370 Malaysia Airlines missing on March 8 with 239 passengers was hijacked.

“Pilots are not guilty; the plane was hijacked by unknown terrorists.

“We know that the name of the terrorist who gave instructions to pilots is “Hitch.”

“The plane is in Afghanistan not far from Kandahar near the border with Pakistan.”

This claim is the latest in a growing number of conspiracy theories over what could have happened to the missing jet. Here is our round up of the top 13 conspiracy theories so far.

According to The Daily Star, Moskovsky Komsomolets also claims the passengers have been divided into seven groups and are living in mud huts with almost no food.

Twenty Asian passengers were said to have been smuggled into a bunker in Pakistan

So, according to this rumor, a well financed, large and extremely well organized and disciplined terrorist organization now has possession of a Boeing 777-200ER commercial passenger aircraft with a range of 5,235 to 9,380 nautical miles (9,695 to 17,372 km). Moreover, the terrorist organization in question has the sophisticated knowledge and tactical ability to fly said aircraft through multiple layers of controlled airspace.

Let us depart for a moment from this terrorist organization to cast our gaze on another well financed, large and extremely well organized and disciplined terrorist organization.

Video: Did we miss the al-Qaeda convention?

Did the US recently miss a golden opportunity to take out a large number of al-Qaeda leaders, including the top lieutenant of Ayman al-Zawahiri and chief of the network’s most virulent subsidiary in Yemen? AQAP recently held a large meeting somewhere in south Yemen despite US drone warfare targeting the network in that region, and published the video on jihadi websites to emphasize their success. In the tape, AQAP leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi pledged to the terrorist leaders gathered there that he wants to attack the US soon:

A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike.

U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.

In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.

The video started appearing on jihadist websites recently, drawing the attention of U.S. officials and global terrorism experts. U.S. officials say they believe it’s authentic.

“This is quite an extraordinary video,” Paul Cruickshank, CNN terrorism analyst, said.

Did the US know about this ahead of time? If they did, they must have either had difficulty arranging the logistics of an attack — or perhaps had other assets in place for other reasons. It can’t be that we didn’t understand the value of the target, though. The Wall Street Journal recalls that Wuhayshi was one of the reasons the US closed a slew of embassies last summer:

Concerns last summer about a plot, discovered in part through intercepts of communications between Mr. Wuhayshi and al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, prompted the U.S. to temporarily close its embassy in Yemen and 18 other countries.

U.S. officials have been particularly concerned about the threat posed by the Yemen-based affiliate’s creative bomb-maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who built the device used in the botched 2009 effort to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner among other plots.

Raise your hand if you see anything disturbing about this event? No? here, let me straighten my tin-foil hat and sharpen my conspiracy theory pencil, while I point something out.

U.S. officials have been particularly concerned about the threat posed by the Yemen-based affiliate’s creative bomb-maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who built the device used in the botched 2009 effort to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner among other plots.

If at once you fail to succeed, try try again… So, according to this rumor, a well financed, large and extremely well organized and disciplined terrorist organization now has possession of a Boeing 777-200ER commercial passenger aircraft with a range of 5,235 to 9,380 nautical miles (9,695 to 17,372 km). Moreover, the terrorist organization in question has the sophisticated knowledge and tactical ability to fly said aircraft through multiple layers of controlled airspace. Try try again…

Video Shows Large Meeting of Al-Qaeda Leaders Openly Meeting In Yemen, Vow To “Eliminate The Cross … The Bearer of The Cross Is America”…

The video shows al-Wuhayshi addressing more than 100 fighters somewhere within Yemen, Cruickshank said, a restive nation on the southwestern portion of the Arabian Peninsula. The al Qaeda leader, he said, is “taking a big risk in doing this.”

But he doesn’t mince words about his mission.

In a speech to the group, al-Wuhayshi makes it clear that he’s going after the United States, saying “We must eliminate the cross. … The bearer of the cross is America!”

So, tin-foil hat conspiracy theory time has arrived. A terrorist organization capable of bringing together 100 or more of the worlds most dangerous and prominent terrorists organizes and pulls off a clandestine meeting that none of the worlds intelligence agencies know about until after the fact. This shortly after a Malaysian 777-200ER disappears, presumable crashing into the ocean somewhere, though no wreckage of it has to date been found. Russian newspapers (clearly to distract from Putin’s actions in the Ukraine) make the assertion that the passenger are all alive and being held hostage near the Pakistan Afghanistan border. Suggesting that the Malaysian 777-200ER is still intact and fully functional.

Nope, nothing to see here, move along…

(Cross Posted @ The Wilderness of Mirrors)

Islamic Boko Haram Increases Violence

by coldwarrior ( 79 Comments › )
Filed under Africa, Islam, Open thread, Terrorism at April 16th, 2014 - 7:00 am

The muzz in Nigeria are stepping up their game.

BTW: ‘Herdsman” means muslim and there is far more detail here than in the Western Press

Gunmen abduct 100 school girls in Borno

 

girls

16 feared dead in Taraba, Benue violence 

BORNO State is in the news again for the bad reason as suspected Boko Haram gunmen in unmarked Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles on Monday night attacked Chibok town, killing a soldier and abducting about 100 students of Government Girls Secondary School.

The bandits also torched the school and several other houses and shops in the town.

In a related development, suspected herdsmen on Monday killed 16 persons in Nwokyo village of Wukari Local Council of Taraba State and Agatu Local Council of Benue State respectively.

PLEASE read the rest here, there is more detail in the article

Worst Attack in Nigeria Capital Kills 75 in Rush Hour

 

Photographer: Gbemiga Olamikan/AP

People gather at the site of a blast in the Nyanya district on the outskirts of Abuja today.

The worst-ever bomb attack on Nigeria’s capital which killed at least 75 people has sparked concern Islamists are shifting their targets from the northeast to the center and south of Africa’s biggest oil producer.

President Goodluck Jonathan, who visited the scene, blamed the Islamist militant group Boko Haram for the car bomb that exploded at 6:55 a.m. local time yesterday in Nyanya district, about nine kilometers (5.6 miles) from the Abuja city center.

The death toll, which increased from 71 yesterday, will probably rise, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said today in an e-mailed statement. He put the number of wounded at 141.

“No figure can be given yet because pathologists are working to identify the number of dismembered bodies,” Chukwu said.

Security forces are fighting a four-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram, which has killed thousands of people in gun and bomb attacks in the country’s north and Abuja. With less than a year before general elections, the government is increasingly stretched in its efforts to quell violence across huge swathes of the West African nation, which has Africa’s biggest economy.

“Monday’s bombing was the first successful terrorist attack in the federal capital since 2011 and it has further raised concerns on the potential spread of the Islamist insurgency beyond its traditional strongholds in the North East,” Poole, U.K.-based risk consultancy Drum Cussac said in e-mailed comments today.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the bombing. “The perpetrators of this attack, and those responsible for the continuing brutal attacks in the northeast of the country, must be brought to justice,” he said in an e-mailed statement late yesterday.

Heightened Security

The naira extended yesterday’s losses and was down 0.4 percent to 161.80 per dollar as of 12:02 p.m. in Lagos, the commercial capital.

Jonathan yesterday ordered heightened security in Abuja, a city of about 1 million people. Nigeria will proceed with hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa next month, deploying more than 6,000 security personnel, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in a letter to participants. The conference, which is due to be attended by Jonathan, Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, is scheduled to open in Abuja on May 7.

“Even though the attack occurred on the outskirts of Abuja, it nonetheless struck at the core of the transport system as many workers in Abuja commute to work from satellite towns on the outskirts,” Thomas Hansen, senior Africa analyst at Control Risks in London, said in an e-mailed response to questions.

Deadliest Attack

Yesterday’s bombing was even deadlier than the attack on a church on Christmas Day in 2011 that killed at least 43 people. Boko Haram, which is seeking to impose Shariah, or Islamic law, in the country, also claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb that left more than 23 people dead at the UN building in Abuja that same year.

“When the bomb exploded, it caught four large buses filled with passengers and many smaller ones, destroying them completely,” Yakubu Pam, a bus driver who passed by the area 20 minutes after the blast, said in an interview.

Nigeria’s military has sought to contain the violence in the northeast of the country, with Jonathan declaring a state of emergency in three states in the region. The violence there has claimed more than 4,000 lives and forced almost half a million to flee their homes, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said this month.

‘Criminal Gangs’

Weekend attacks by suspected Boko Haram members killed 217 people in the country’s northeastern state of Borno, a senator representing the region said.

Nigeria’s population of about 170 million is roughly split between a mainly Muslim north and a largely Christian south.

This month, police said they sent special forces to the northwestern state of Zamfara after an attack that may have killed more than 200 people. In March, the army started operations against “criminal gangs” in the central states of Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa, which borders the Federal Capital Territory, home to Abuja.

“People are worried that the government has not been able to take action that assures them that it’s on top of the security situation in the country,” Clement Nwankwo, executive director of the Abuja-based Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, said by phone from the capital. “The question that comes up is whether the government can really describe itself as a strong, big economy when it cannot provide security?”

Nigeria is in a full blown war against islam. I’d rather we played exterminator in Nigeria than rebuild the rat holes of Afghanistan and Iraq. We have real national interests in Nigeria and they are a close Christian ally of ours.

 

An honor killing, Brandeis University-style

by Speranza ( 150 Comments › )
Filed under Free Speech, Islamists, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Liberal Fascism, Political Correctness, Politics, Progressives at April 15th, 2014 - 7:00 am

We are definitely living in an age of Liberal Fascism. Louis D. Brandeis, a proud Zionist and defender of free speech must be turning over in his grave as a university named after him and founded by secular but proud American Jews, caves in to the pressures of Marxists and Islamists.

by Zev Chafets

Brandeis University committed an honor killing this week. The victim was a Somali woman named Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Honor killings are depressingly common in the Middle East: punishment for women guilty of being raped, losing their virginity outside of marriage, adultery, dressing provocatively or simply embarrassing a male relative. These murders – most of which go unreported and unprosecuted – are usually acid-in-the-face, blood-on-the-floor affairs meant not only to salvage the good name of the dishonored family but to intimidate other women (and gay men) into abiding by the prevailing code of behavior.

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She comes by her passion honestly. At the age of 5 she was subjected to ritual genital mutilation by her family. As a young woman she rebelled against a traditional forced marriage and fled to the Netherlands, where she received political asylum.

As a girl, Hirsi Ali wore a hijab, abided by Shariah law and even supported the death threat issued by Iranian clerics against renegade Muslim author Salman Rushdie.

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She enrolled at a local university, became an avowed atheist and, in 2003, just 11 years after her arrival in her new country, she was elected to the Dutch parliament.

Along with Theo Van Gogh, a descendant of painter Vincent Van Gogh, Hirsi Ali made “Submission,” a cinematic protest against the brutal treatment in the Middle East of women who do not submit to their role as second-class human beings.

In the wake of 9/11, she issued warnings about the violent nature of armed political Islam. Her point was made for her by a fanatic who, in the name of Allah, stabbed Van Gogh to death on an Amsterdam street.

The murderer pinned a letter to Van Gogh’s body: a death threat against Hirsi Ali, who was forced into hiding and lived under government protection until she settled in the United States in 2007.

Hirsi Ali’s story is a heroic one, and her persona – Third World woman of color, secular humanist, ardent feminist, defender of gay rights and a near martyr to her liberal Western principles – certainly resonated with the awards committee of a proudly progressive university like Brandeis. She was almost the perfect candidate for an honorary degree.

But there was one small problem. She had dared to criticize Islam and Muslim behavior in the same way other religions and other human behaviors get criticized in an open society. In America you can’t get killed for this (yet), but you can be dealt with.

Enter Nihad Awad, the national head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He launched a letter of protest at Brandeis president Fredrick Lawrence, accusing Hirsi Ali of wrong thoughts and evil words. Giving her an award, he wrote, would be like “promoting the work of white supremacists and anti-Semites.”

That was rich. Awad has publicly supported Hamas (which is anti-Semitic) and Hezbollah, the terrorist arm of the Teheran Holocaust deniers. Not only that: He actually accused Ali of threatening the entire Muslim world with violence. The demand to rescind the award was backed by almost a quarter of the Brandeis faculty.

Faced with this absurd and offensive inversion of reality, President Lawrence informed Hirsi Ali that she was no longer welcome at commencement. He blamed this on “certain of her past statements,” which he said were inconsistent with the university’s “core values.”  He had the audacity to invite Hirsi Ali to visit the school someday for a discussion “in the spirit of free expression that has defined Brandeis University through its history.”

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali deserves her degree for precisely the reason Nihad Awad doesn’t want her to have it – because she dares to speak her mind and say things that offend the sort of people CAIR represents.

The Brandeis commencement this year is conferring an honorary degree on Jill Abramson, the gifted and outspoken editor of The New York Times. Hopefully she won’t let the occasion pass without reminding her hosts of who is absent from the podium: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a woman whose reputation is the victim of an honor killing, Brandeis-style.

Read the rest – Ayaan Hirsi Ali -  victim of an honor killing, Brandeis-style

Passover is not about eating matza or watching “The Ten Commandments” on television, it is about freedom

by Speranza ( 167 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-semitism, History, Israel, Judaism, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Political Correctness, Politics, Progressives at April 14th, 2014 - 7:00 am

The spinelessness of the American Jewish leadership reminds me of  how the Victorian era Jew, Israel Zangwill referred to the leadership of British Jewry as being  composed of “trembling Israelites”.

by Caroline Glick

Passover, which begins on Monday night, is the festival of freedom.

The holiday reminds us of the brutal enslavement of the Jews by Pharaoh and the Egyptians. We recall their midnight flight from Egypt, pursued by the mighty Egyptian army, and God’s miraculous rescue of the Jews at the shores of the Red Sea.  [......]

We repeat the story of enslavement, flight, redemption and freedom each year at Passover, because our sages wanted to ensure that we never forget the value of freedom, and remain vigilant in our fight for it. In Israel, where our freedom is physically threatened, most Jews understand and live by the lessons of Passover.

But something is happening to the Jews in America.

More and more, every day we see American Jews embracing intellectual bondage. We see American Jewish leaders embracing the intolerant, who seek to constrain freedom, and shunning those who fight for freedom and the rights of Jews and other threatened peoples and groups.

To a large degree, this rejection of the lessons of the Exodus among the American Jewish community reflects the growing intolerance and tyranny of the political Left, to which most American Jews pledge their allegiance.

With increasing frequency, leftist groups and leaders in the US are openly acting to deny freedom of expression to their political and ideological foes, and to destroy the lives of people who oppose their dogma.

For instance, last week we saw the growing tyranny of gay activists. Under assault from homosexual thought police, the Mozilla Corporation of Firefox browser fame fired its CEO Brendan Eich because he once contributed $1,000 to a campaign to block the legalization of homosexual marriage in California.

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The aim of these assaults is to silence all opposition to their agenda using the tools of social ostracism and intellectual terror.

Young Americans now embrace intellectual and social tyranny in the name of “liberal” values. In an op-ed in The Harvard Crimson, undergraduate Sandra Korn celebrated the eclipse of academic freedom in favor of what she called “justice.” Korn called for censoring conservative voices for their “offensive” views.

She also embraced the anti-Jewish hate movement popularly known as BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions of the Jewish state) as a good way to promote “justice” at the expense of freedom.

In Korn’s conflation of conservative voices with Zionist voices and insistence on delegitimizing and silencing both due to the “offense” they cause to “right thinking” thought enforcers like herself we see the central role that Jew hatred and the denial of Jewish freedom plays in the new wave of mass rejection of reason in favor of passions and hatred.

Sadly, many parts of the organized American Jewish community have embraced leftist tyranny and discrimination.

In 2008, the New York UJA-Federation teamed up with the Jewish Council on Public Affairs and forced the Council of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations to disinvite then-US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin from addressing a rally opposing then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while he addressed the UN General Assembly.

To ensure that Palin would be denied the right to speak, the New York UJA-Federation and the JCPA threatened that her appearance would jeopardize the tax exempt status of the Conference of Presidents and other major Jewish organizations.

It may very well be that this threat was the first instance of leftists threatening prejudicial IRS investigations against their political foes as a means of ensuring obedience to their agenda.
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Palin’s invitation was an oversight.

While fervent Zionists are silenced, post-Zionists and anti-Zionists are legitimized and staunchly defended.

Six years after Palin was brutally disinvited, in the name of cultivating a “wide tent,” the same New York UJA-Federation and JCPA invited anti-Israel organizations that support the boycott of Jewish Israeli businesses to take part in the annual pro-Israel parade.

Three such organizations, Partners for a Progressive Israel, the New Israel Fund and B’Tselem all call for a boycott of Jewish businesses operating beyond the 1949 armistice lines. All three groups have played roles in mainstreaming the BDS movement.

In Israel, the public understands that boycotts are about mainstreaming hatred and bigotry just as much as they are about economic strangulation. That is why in 2011 the Knesset passed the anti-boycott law which allows all Israeli entities to sue groups calling for boycotts against them for civil damages, and bars such groups from participating in state tenders.

But in the American Jewish community, these groups are defended and legitimized.

Disgusted at their community leadership’s double standard of tolerance and support for foes of Israel and intolerance for supporters of Israel, a consortium of organizations and synagogues organized a protest against the inclusion of anti-Israel organizations in the Israel Day Parade.

After weeks of protests in the press and on social media sites, on Tuesday some 200 people demonstrated outside the UJA-Federation building in New York and demanded that the boycott supporters and abettors be shunned.

It was an important act of defiance.

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These groups have joined together in the past to protest against UJA-Federation funding of institutions such as the 92nd Street Y and the New York JCC, which have provided platforms for Jew-haters and BDS supporters.

Their protest was vital. It would be a tragedy if the thuggish behavior of the Jewish community leaders went unopposed. But it is hard to see how the protesters can change the situation.

The rot runs deep.

Consider Brandeis University’s craven and intolerant administration.

Brandeis was founded as a traditionally Jewish university in 1948, the year that Israel was established.

But whereas Israel has remained faithful to its sovereign duty to cultivate and defend Jewish freedom and engender a liberal democracy, over the years, Brandeis has largely abandoned its mission of standing up to intolerance, and protecting Jewish rights and those of other threatened groups.

Case in point is its obscene treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Hirsi Ali is a former Muslim who suffered genital mutilation as a child in Somalia and at age 21 fled to Holland to avoid a forced marriage.

After liberating herself, Hirsi Ali could have settled into a quiet European life. Instead, she dedicated her life to championing the rights of women and girls in Islamic societies.

For the past decade, Hirsi Ali has lived under an Islamic death sentence for her work. She can go nowhere without bodyguards.

In 2006, despite her membership in the Dutch parliament, Hirsi Ali was forced to flee to the US, when the Dutch government refused to continue to protect her.

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Most recently, she was the executive producer of a new documentary film called Honor Diaries, which describes the plight of Muslim women and girls living in societies where they risk murder at the hands of their family members if they refuse to live in abject humiliation and submission to the misogyny of Islamic law.

Several months ago, Brandeis offered to confer an honorary doctorate on Hirsi Ali for her work on behalf of women and girls.

When the leftist and Muslim thought police in the Brandeis student body and faculty got wind of the university’s plan to honor her, they joined forces with the Council on American-Islamic Relations to force the administration to cancel the honorary degree.

CAIR claims to be a Muslim civil rights group. And yet, the group that purports to care about the civil rights of Muslims is waging a nationwide campaign to bar screenings of Honor Diaries, at universities around the country.

When Fox News’s intrepid host Megyn Kelly asked CAIR leaders this week how they can object to a film that seeks to help Muslims, they said they don’t have a problem with its content. They object to the fact that it was produced by Jews (also known as “Islamophobes”).

Far from being a civil rights group, CAIR is a pro- Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood organization. It was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas financing trial against the Holyland Foundation.

And yet, on Wednesday, Brandeis sided with CAIR and the thought police, against Hirsi Ali. Brandeis canceled its plan to confer its honorary doctorate on her.

And just as is the case with the New York UJA-Federation and the JCPA, Brandeis has no problem with double standard. As Daniel Mael, a Brandeis senior, noted in an interview with Andrew Breitbart, in 2006 Brandeis conferred an honorary degree on playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner, the outspoken foe of Israel. Kushner has claimed that Israel’s establishment was a “mistake,” and that “it would have been better if Israel never happened.” His work, particularly the film Munich, is replete with demonization of Israel and of the notion of Jewish power.

Mael noted that at the time, then-Brandeis president Jehuda Reinhartz defended his decision to honor Kushner by arguing, “Mr. Kushner is not being honored because he is a Jew, and he is not being honored for his political opinions. Brandeis is honoring him for his extraordinary achievements as one of this generation’s foremost playwrights, whose work is recognized in the arts and also addresses Brandeis’s commitment to social justice.”

In other words, Brandeis’s commitment to “social justice” involves shunning defenders of Muslim women and girls and celebrating foes of the Jewish state, which ensures Jewish freedom.

The work of activists like Mael, and of the trenchant demonstrators in New York is extremely important. But it is hard to be optimistic about the future freedom of America in general or of the Jewish community. Aside from the National Council of Young Israel, no major American Jewish organization agreed to sponsor the protesters’ call for pro-BDS groups to be disinvited from the Israel Parade.

When the leaders of the Jewish American community – like their fellow leftists – side with forces of intolerance and discrimination and against Israel’s stalwart defenders and opponents of the oppression endemic in Islamic societies, it does not bode well for the future.

It is my holiday prayer that on Monday night, they will remember that Passover is not about eating matza. It is about the price of freedom, and why that price is worth paying.

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Neither East Nor West

by Macker ( 182 Comments › )
Filed under History, Orthodox Christianity, Religion, Russia at April 6th, 2014 - 12:00 pm

One of the very first things I learned in my Soviet History class in college twenty-two years ago is the fact that Russia is Neither East nor West.
Let me repeat that: Russia is Neither East nor West.
The Western World has mistakenly believed since 1991 that it was possible for Russia and most of the ex-Soviet Republics to join our side. Russia’s actions in Chechnya, Georgia, and Ukraine clearly prove that is not the case.
In fact, Russia, through Владимир Владимирович, is asserting that little above-mentioned fact, through a proposed document called the “Foundations of the State Cultural Policy”, and it is guaranteed to throw liberals and many extremist groups (we all know who they are) into a great gnashing of teeth:

“Russia must be viewed as a unique and original civilization that cannot be reduced to ‘East’ or ‘West,’” reads the document, signed by Deputy Culture Minister Vladimir Aristarkhov. “A concise way of formulating this stand would be, ‘Russia is not Europe,’ and that is confirmed by the entire history of the country and the people.”

Russia’s non-European path should be marked by “the rejection of such principles as multiculturalism and tolerance,” according to the draft. “No references to ‘creative freedom’ and ‘national originality’ can justify behavior considered unacceptable from the point of view of Russia’s traditional value system.” That, the document stresses, is not an infringement on basic freedoms but merely the withdrawal of government support from “projects imposing alien values on society.”

And of course, we all know just which alien values they’re talking about.
From the Varangians of the west…to the Golden Horde from the East and South, Russia has been shaped from both. That is why they have struggled to maintain their own identity for its entire history. We must acknowledge that the tolerance we tolerate in our society simply won’t work over there.

How the only pilot to thwart a gunman at 29,000 feet, did it

by Speranza ( 109 Comments › )
Filed under Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, UK at April 4th, 2014 - 7:00 am

As two commenters wrote The best lesson to be learned from this hero: “As long as you know you’re not going to allow it to happen, then you’ll find the way.”  and That reminds me of Hannibal’s line: We will find a way or we will make one.” Is any one surprised that the British authorities treated the crew of the El Al plane almost as if they were the  criminals?

by Mitch Ginsburg

With the world’s attention focused on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a retired El Al pilot, a veteran of five armed hijacking attempts and plots, including one movie-worthy standoff at 29,000 feet, splashed some local brandy into his afternoon tea.

“When you don’t know, you just don’t know,” Uri Bar-Lev said of the fate of the airliner, speaking two weeks after it dropped off the radar.

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The Times of Israel mentioned the missing plane and hinted at his heroics. We said there might be a lesson to be learned or simply a tale worth re-telling.  [......]

On September 6, 1970, Bar-Lev, who had flown as a 16-year-old in the 1948 War of Independence and later during the 1956 War, was picked up from his Amsterdam hotel and brought to Schiphol airport to fly the second leg of El Al Flight 219 from Tel Aviv to New York. Before take-off, El Al’s security officer on duty at the airport told the pilot that there were four suspicious people seeking to board the flight. Two held Senegalese passports with consecutive numbers; two others, a couple, carried less suspicious looking Honduran passports, but all had ordered their tickets at the last minute.

Bar-Lev, in consultation with the security officer, barred the Senegalese passengers from boarding and demanded that the local security officers closely inspect the two Honduran nationals before allowing them to board.

Although at the time he did not know that no such inspection had been performed, he stopped at seat 2C and had a chat with Avihu Kol, one of the two armed security officers on the plane. “I told him, I want you in the cockpit with me,” Bar-Lev said.

Kol was alone in first class. He might as well have been wearing a sign that said air marshal. “Someone could just come up behind him and shoot him in the head,” Bar-Lev said, recalling that Kol had warned him about just such a scenario two weeks before.

[.......]Yet El Al was the only airline in the world to field armed guards and re-enforced steel cockpit doors — precautions that had been put in place after the 1968 hijacking of an El Al jet to Algeria, the only time Israel’s national carrier has been hijacked. Kol, though, initially resisted Bar-Lev’s demand that he sit in the cockpit, saying it contradicted his orders. Finally, Bar-Lev pulled rank.

At 29,000 feet, with the plane still climbing, the emergency light flashed in the cockpit. False alarm, one of the crew members said. It happened often. Flight attendants sometimes grazed against the warning panels, sounding the alarm. “No,” Bar-Lev responded, “we’re being hijacked.”

Seconds later a flight attendant’s voice came through the intercom: two people, armed with a gun and two grenades, wanted to enter the cockpit. If he didn’t open the door, they would blow up the plane.

Bar-Lev sent flight engineer Uri Zach to look through the peep hole. The “Honduran” man, Nicaraguan-American Sandinista supporter Patrick Argüello, a former Fulbright scholar operating on behalf of George Habash’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was holding a gun to a female flight attendant’s head. Uri, she said to the pilot through the locked door, they are going to kill me if you don’t open up.

According to the International Air Transport Association rules, Bar-Lev said, a pilot is responsible “for the welfare of his passengers” and therefore must acquiesce to the demands of terrorists. His thinking was just the opposite: acceding will only further endanger the passengers. Giving voice to an unformed thought, he said aloud, “We are not going to be taken hostage.”

Sitting in the right-hand seat, having let the co-pilot handle the take-off from Amsterdam, Bar-Lev recalled his mandatory training on the Boeing 707 at the company headquarters several years earlier.  [......] He wanted to know the outer limits of the plane’s capacity. The instructor, a Korean War vet, walked him through some of the maneuvers and explained that the passenger plane was very strong and could endure more than it would seem at first glance.

The plane began to plummet, dropping 10,000 feet in a minute

Bar-Lev told Kol, the air marshal, to hold on tight. He was going to throw the plane into a dive. The negative g-force, akin to the feeling one gets on the downhill section of a roller coaster ride, would accomplish two things: it would lower the plane’s altitude, reducing the pressure difference between the inside and outside of the plane, which would make a bullet hole or a grenade explosion less dangerous; and it would throw the hijackers off their feet. The passengers, he said, were all belted in and would be fine.

Bar-Lev lifted the nose of the aircraft, dipped one of the wings, and then tilted the nose down to earth. The plane began to plummet, dropping 10,000 feet in a minute. When he pulled out of the dive, Kol charged through the door and killed Argüello.

The second terrorist, Leila Khaled, a Palestinian veteran of previous skyjackings, rolled a grenade forward but it didn’t explode. In her memoir, Bar-Lev said, Khaled claimed to have been violently subdued, but the air marshals found her passed out from the dive and quickly arrested her.

“The whole thing took two and a half minutes,” Bar-Lev said.

A photo of the two airliners that were hijacked and flown to Jordan on that September 6, 1970 (photo credit: wiki)

But it was far from over. Three other planes, in what Bar-Lev called a more complex attack than 9-11, had been hijacked. The two men carrying Senegalese passports had commandeered a Pan Am flight and flown it to Egypt. TWA and Swiss Air flights were flown to Jordan. The Shin Bet, via an El Al dispatcher, sent Bar-Lev a terse command: About face. Come home.

On board he had two armed Shin Bet officers — Kol, and a second agent who was at the back of the plane — plus a dead man and an internationally wanted terrorist. Pivotally, though, he also learned that Shlomo Vider, the chief flight attendant, had charged the hijackers and been shot several times. Before responding to the Shin Bet’s orders – Bar-Lev didn’t know and wasn’t told about the other hijackings – he called for a doctor to come forward and examine Vider. The most qualified person was a dentist. He ruled that Vider was in stable condition. “I didn’t think so, though,” said Bar-Lev. Vider was pale and though he had been shot, he didn’t seem to be bleeding out, raising concerns about internal bleeding.

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Headquarters again ordered him to return to Israel, but Bar-Lev contacted the British authorities and began to descend. En route, he heard the voice of an El Al pilot preparing to take off from Heathrow to Israel. “I told him to switch to the internal frequency,” Bar-Lev said.

Speaking quickly and in Hebrew, he told the other pilot the situation and the plan: he would land near him. In the commotion, no one would notice if the two armed Shin Bet marshals slipped through the flight engineer’s maintenance door between the wheels and quickly boarded the Israel-bound plane in the same way. The last thing he needed was for the two to be arrested by the local authorities and possibly charged for killing Argüello.

He insisted that he had simply flown the plane throughout and did not know how the Nicaraguan terrorist had died

Bar-Lev had good reason for concern. In February 1969 a Shin Bet air marshal named Mordechai Rachamim had fought off a squad of terrorists attacking an El Al plane in Zurich. After jumping out of the airplane door under fire, apprehending three of the terrorists and killing the fourth, the Swiss authorities, before finally exonerating him, first put him on trial for manslaughter.

After Bar-Lev slowed the plane to a stop, the crew welcomed an emergency British medical team on board. Vider, he later learned, reached the local hospital an estimated five minutes from death. But when Bar-Lev tried to close the door and head back to Tel Aviv, several armed agents from the British secret services drew their sidearms and said, “Do not shut that door. You are on the soil of Great Britain.”

Bar-Lev and the rest of the crew were taken for interrogation. Asked what he told the British authorities, he said, “I told them nothing.” He insisted that he had simply flown the plane throughout and did not know how the Nicaraguan terrorist had died.

An El Al security officer, in the meanwhile, printed tickets for the two Shin Bet air marshals who had slipped onto the Israel-bound flight and, after going through the passenger list repeatedly, the British authorities were forced to let the plane take off.

Bar-Lev and the crew were released the following day. The British authorities knew they were lying but could find no proof. Leila Khaled remained in the United Kingdom. She was let out of British custody three weeks later, after a British jet was hijacked on September 9, en route from Bahrain, expressly in order to secure her release.

For Bar-Lev, though, the ordeal was still not over. Upon return to Israel, a man he did not recognize took him into a side room and began asking questions: Why had he insisted on bringing the sky marshal into the cockpit? Why had he refused a direct order to return to Tel Aviv? Why had he dismissed the dentist’s assessment?

The next day, El Al Director General Mordechai Ben-Ari told him that the Shin Bet would not provide security for Israel’s national air carrier so long as he remained an active pilot. Ben-Ari tried to convince him to take a year off, to pacify the Shin Bet, and then return to service.

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He phoned Golda Meir and asked to explain his side of the story. After giving his version of events to Meir, Moshe Dayan and the head of the Shin Bet at the time, he was given a two-week holiday and then reinstated, with honors for bravery.

Several months after that, then-transportation minister Shimon Peres helped pass a new law that gave pilots the right to resist hijackings and immunity against foreign lawsuits, such as the one Pan Am filed against Bar-Lev for not alerting the airline to the danger posed by the two Senegalese men and the one the British authorities briefly pursued – to charge Bar-Lev as an accomplice to murder.

Today, though, he said, despite the thousands of deaths caused by airline terror since that day in September 1970, there is still not a consensus among airlines that pilots are part of the inner circle of protection against terror. Lamenting the tragedy of 9/11, and the way 2,977 innocent people were killed by 19 hijackers wielding household objects such as penknives, he said the “formula for prevention” is for the crew to be trained, in mind more than in body, to resist.

“As long as you know you’re not going to allow it to happen, then you’ll find the way,” he said.

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Breaking News: New shooting at Ft. Hood

by Rodan ( 171 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Crime, Terrorism at April 2nd, 2014 - 6:58 pm

There is a new shooting incident at Ft. Hood. As of this writing, the gunman is at large.

FORT HOOD (CBSDFW.COM) - At least one person is dead and three injured following a shooting at the Fort Hood army post, according to the CBS affiliate in Waco.  Fort Hood has confirmed the shooting, but has provided no specific information regarding injuries.  Authorities say the shooter is still at large.

KWTX also reports approximately 20 rounds were fired. The FBI, Bell County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety have been asked to respond.

Fort Hood has sent a tweet asking all personnel to take shelter in place. Sirens have been going off on post to alert people to about the situation:

I hope they kill the bastard.

Update: Here is a live news feed.

Reports are that the shooter is dead and there is a search for a possible 2nd shooter.

(Hat Tip: Dolphin)