Posts Tagged ‘Muslim Extremists’

The Egyptian Cabinet has “assigned competent authorities to assess the legal status of Al Jazeera,” accusing it of threatening stability and national security. At the same time, CNN veterans Joie Chen and Soledad O’Brien “will lend star power and journalistic gravitas to U.S. offshoot of Qatar-based broadcaster.”

Was there ever a clearer indication of which side the mainstream media is on, or how richly it deserves the sobriquet “enemedia” that I have given it? But it’s true: the New York Daily News report that “CNN vets Joie Chen and Soledad O’Brien are lending their big names to the in-depth documentary show ‘America Tonight,’ and former NBC journalist John Seigenthaler will anchor prime-time’s ‘Nightly News.’”

Chen said: “I really saw it as a completely different kind of opportunity.” The Daily News added that Chen “signed up as anchor for what has been billed as the station’s flagship program after network brass pitched her a show in which storytelling and good journalism would trump sensationalism and fiery opinions.”

Pimps for jihad.

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Judge Col. Tara Osborn blocked evidence from Maj. Nidal Hasan’s trial that prosecutors said would explain his motive for opening fire at Fort Hood. Thirteen people were murdered and more than 30 were wounded in the November 2009 attack.

Prosecutors wanted to introduce evidence that showed Hasan believed he had a “jihad duty” to murder his fellow soldiers. Eighty witnesses testified for the prosecution, but they wanted to explain his motive this week. From the Associated Press:

Osborn barred any reference Hasan Akbar, a Muslim soldier sentenced to death for attacking fellow soldiers in Kuwait during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Prosecutors wanted to suggest that Hasan, an American-born Muslim, carried out a “copycat” attack.

But the judge said introducing such material would “only open the door to a mini-trial” of Akbar and result in a “confusion of issues, unfair prejudice, waste of time and undue delay.”

The judge said prosecutors also couldn’t introduce three emails, ruling that the needed redactions would make them irrelevant. The contents of the emails weren’t disclosed, but the FBI has said Hasan sent numerous emails starting in December 2008 to Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born Islamic cleric killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

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Al Ahram reported:

Egypt’s president on Friday suggested US President Barack Obama’s condemnation of a deadly crackdown on Islamists may “encourage violent armed groups”.

“The presidency fears statements not based on facts may encourage violent armed groups,” it said in a statement responding to Obama’s condemnation of Wednesday’s carnage when police moved to disperse Islamist protest camps.

“The presidency appreciates US concern for developments in Egypt, but it wished it could have clarified matters,” said the statement published by the official MENA news agency.

“Egypt is facing terrorist acts aimed at government institutions and vital installations,” the statement said.