'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day' Cartoonist Molly Norris Goes Into Hiding After Radical Cleric's Fatwa
"A soul that is so debased, as to enjoy the ridicule of the Messenger of Allah, the mercy to mankind; a soul that is so ungrateful towards its lord that it defames the Prophet of the religion Allah has chosen for his creation does not deserve life, does not deserve to breathe the air."
The cartoonist behind the recent "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" cartoon has been drawn into hiding after a fatwa was issued for her death.
Molly Norris of the Seattle Weekly has gone into hiding on the recent advice of the FBI after being declared a "prime target" for death by extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in a June issue of "Inspire," an English language magazine.
"The gifted artist is alive and well, thankfully," a Seattle Weekly reporter wrote Friday. "But on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, 'going ghost': moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity.
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The Washington Times
September 14, 2010
By: R. James Woolsey, Andrew C. McCarthy, and Harry E. Soyster
It is time for a "Team B" approach to Islamist ideology. The strategy has worked before, against a similarly determined threat to freedom. In 1976, George H.W. Bush, then director of central intelligence, invited a group of known skeptics about the strategy of detente to review the classified intelligence regarding Soviet intentions and capabilities. The point was to provide an informed second opinion on U.S. policy toward the Kremlin.
U.S. Has 'No Strategy' to Confront Homegrown Terror, Security Group Warns
Former 9-11 Commission leaders Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton and the National Security Preparedness Group have issued a report on the threat of homegrown terror. "The threat is real, coordinated. It's something Al Qaeda wants to do now," Kean said. "They're moving to these smaller attacks. ... Everything becomes more possible if you have an American passport." The report pointed out that there is no federal agency specifically charged with identifying radicalization or working to prevent terrorist recruitment of U.S. citizens and residents.
The government has failed to anticipate the danger from homegrown terrorists, some of whom immigrated to the United States, and now faces the most complex set of threats since the Sept. 11 attacks, analysts on an organization headed by the two 9/11 Commission co-chairmen warned Friday.
Unveiling a new report a day before the nation marks nine years since the 2001 attacks, members of the National Security Preparedness Group said Al Qaeda and other terror groups are increasingly turning to U.S. citizens to carry out attacks on the United States. They cited examples where recruiters went after Somali populations and other groups living in the United States, saying that while the U.S. at one time may have thought its cultural "melting pot" would provide a "firewall" against radicalization from within, that assumption turned out to be false.
“In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Mr. Rauf could have been a beacon shining light to expose the Big Lie that the United States is the enemy of the Islamic world. Instead, he told ‘60 Minutes’ that U.S. foreign policy was ‘an accessory to the crime.’"
Inflaming an already heated debate, the imam behind the proposed Ground Zero Mosque claimed in a CNN interview Wednesday that moving the site of his project would be a victory for "the radicals." Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's statement was steeped in irony, though, as the dangerous narrative he predicts would result from moving the mosque - that "Islam is under attack" from the U.S. - is precisely the story line he has put forth himself multiple times since Sept. 11, 2001.
What should trouble all Americans is that those comments echo the most powerful motivation for young Muslims who embrace terrorism.
Should Mr. Rauf succeed in erecting a mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero, it is at least plausible that he will use that pedestal to promote the same paranoid delusions of Islamic victimization - albeit in softer tones - that no doubt inspired most of the very terrorists whose legacy he says he wishes to fight.
He could face pressure from financial backers to be more anti-American - behind closed doors, of course - if he cannot raise much of the projected $100 million from inside the United States. His likeliest funding sources are Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - the two principal funders in the 1990s of the Taliban.
Donald Trump offered to buy out the property designated for the Ground Zero mosque on the condition that the mosque is built at least five blocks farther from the current location. "I am making this offer as a resident of New York and citizen of the United States, not because I think the location is a spectacular one (because it is not), but because it will end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation that is destined, in my opinion, to only get worse," the letter said. Trump’s offer was refused.
Donald Trump offered Thursday to buy out a major investor in the real estate partnership that controls the site near ground zero where a Muslim group wants to build a 13-story Islamic center and mosque.
The offer, though, fell flat nearly instantly.
"This is just a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight," said Wolodymyr Starosolsky, a lawyer for the investor, Hisham Elzanaty.
In a letter released Thursday by Trump's publicist, the real estate investor told Elzanaty that he would buy his stake in the lower Manhattan building for 25 percent more than whatever he paid.