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Sufi Jihad? Unmasking Sufi sects deadly face

Sufi Jihad? May 15th, 2005 The Sufi branch of Islam has enjoyed spectacularly good press in the West. Hailed as peaceful mystics who believe jihad is a spiritual quest, nothing violent or unpleasant, Sufism has attracted favorable attention and converts from all sorts of Westerners, from new agers in Marin County, California, to East Coast intellectuals. But Sufis are not necessarily all peace-loving meditative seekers of the divine. The formation of the "The Sufi Jihadi Squadrons of Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Gilani" in Iraq was recently announced at the jihadist website, "Jihad Unspun". The Al-Gilani (d.1166) after whom they are named was in fact a Hanbali Sufi. Sufi jihadists"(?)-a "Hanbali Sufi"(??)-haven't we been lectured at great length about the singular evils of "Wahhabism" -rooted in the Hanbali school of Muslim jurisprudence, epitomized by Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328)-versus its Islamic "antithesis", th

FBI says it makes mistakes in national security wiretaps

Mark Sherman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The FBI says it sometimes gets the wrong number when it intercepts conversations in terrorism investigations, an admission critics say underscores a need to revise wiretap provisions in the Patriot Act. The FBI would not say how often these mistakes happen. And, though any incriminating evidence mistakenly collected is not legally admissible in a criminal case, there is no way of knowing whether it is used to begin an investigation. Parts of the Patriot Act, including a section on "roving wiretaps," expire in December. Such wiretaps allow the FBI to get permission from a secret federal court to listen in on any phone line or monitor any Internet account that a terrorism suspect may be using, whether or not others who are not suspects also regularly use it. The bureau's acknowledgment that it makes mistakes in some wiretaps -- although not specifically roving wiretaps -- came in a recent Justice Department inspector

MITROKHIN ARCHIVE : They spy, we spy, so what's the big deal?

They spy, we spy, so what's the big deal? Saturday October 1 2005 19:11 IST T J S George sundayitems.asp?id=SEC20051001094453 &eTitle=Columns&rLink=0 KGB's spy money to Indians is a subject that should have produced a yawn in India. Instead it has triggered a furore. Some political parties have protested, others have announced a national agitation. Some newspapers publish columns of reports while TV channels run profound interviews. Never has so much been done by so many for so little purpose. For the simple fact is that every nation in the world has fully-funded espionage agencies and it is the business of these spy departments to bribe and blackmail and kidnap and, where necessary, kill in the service of their governments. India has been a pioneer in the field. Two thousand four hundred years ago, Kautilya provided textbook instructions on how to conduct foreign policy, trick the enemy, carry out assassinations, instigate se

Bombings in Indonesian resort island of Bali kill at least 19

Updated at 12:45 on October 1, 2005, EST. BALI, Indonesia (AP) - At least two bombs exploded almost simultaneously Saturday in tourist areas of the Indonesian resort island of Bali, killing at least 19 people and wounding 51 others, officials said. The blasts came a month after Indonesia's president warned of possible terrorist attacks. The wounded included at least two Americans. The blasts at Jimbaran beach and a bustling outdoor shopping centre in downtown Kuta were the work of terrorists, Indonesian President Suslio Bambang Yudhoyono said. He also warned that more attacks were possible. "We will hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice," he said after being briefed by top security officials. He also urged people "to be on alert." The attacks occurred nearly three years to the day that bombings in Kuta killed 202 people, mostly foreigners. Two of them were Canadians. Those attacks were blamed on the al-Qaida-linked terror group Jemaah Is

Committee says Pentagon may collect citizen data covertly

By Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON -- Pentagon intelligence operatives would be allowed to collect information from U.S. citizens without disclosing their status as government spies under legislation approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee and publicly released this week. The bill would end a long-standing requirement that military intelligence officers disclose their government ties when approaching an American citizen in the United States -- a law designed to protect Americans from domestic intelligence activities by the Department of Defense. The provision is one of several sections that would roll back privacy-related protections as part of an effort to improve U.S. intelligence agencies' ability to detect and prevent domestic terrorist plots. Another provision would make it easier for U.S. spy agencies to gain access to sensitive records on U.S. citizens that are held by the government and generally prohibited from being disseminated under privacy laws.

Boeing's spy satellite contract up in air

Company reportedly told to stop work on part of project that may go to rival By DOUGLAS JEHL THE NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON -- A high-level review led by John Negroponte, the new intelligence chief, is stirring a major upheaval within the country's spy satellite programs, beginning with an overhaul of a $15 billion Boeing-led program plagued by delays and cost overruns. In a terse announcement last week, the National Reconnaissance Office, responsible for developing and launching the devices, said only that a Boeing Co. contract to provide the next generation of reconnaissance satellites, known as the Future Imagery Architecture, was being "restructured." But government officials and outside experts said Negroponte had ordered that Boeing stop work on a significant portion of the project, involving satellites with powerful electronic cameras, under a plan to shift the mission to Lockheed Martin, Boeing's chief competitor. Under Negroponte's plan, the remainder

Pakistan intelligence officials believe Bin Laden moving in rugged border terrain

Source ::: The Peninsula/ by MOBIN PANDIT Doha-based Pashtun leader Firoz Khan Afridi (right) presenting a copy of Dastar International, a bi-monthly he brings out in Pashtu, to Munir Khan Orakzai, a member of Pakistan’s national assembly, here on Thursday. Doha: A prominent Pakistani politician from the bordering areas along Afghanistan says local intelligence agencies believe that Osama bin Laden may be regularly moving within these rugged and deceptive terrains to escape detection. And, if that is true, it may be hard to smoke the Al Qaeda mastermind out, implies the visiting politician, adding that it is impossible to fully comb the region by any army in the world. Munir Khan Orakzai is one of the 12 members of Pakistan’s national assembly (parliament) from the Federally Administered Tribal Area (Fata) where search operations have been going on for some time to flush out Al Qaeda operatives. Orakzai, who stayed in Doha earlier, was on a brief visit. Al Qaeda, he said, s

Redrawing India's Geostrategic Maps with China and the United States

by Lora Saalman September 22, 2005 [This comprehensive survey of India's growing military strength and geostrategic relationships involving China, the United States and Russia reveals the interplay between economic and military-nuclear power in a region that is doubly volatile, as the scene of recent nuclear breakthroughs, and rapid changes in military and economy might. Noting the predominantly military character of the U.S.-Indian relationship, and the predominantly economic and resource-driven character of the unfolding China-Indian relationship, Lora Saalman raises important issues of regional development in an era of military insecurity. Japan Focus.] India has been revising its strategic maps with China and the United States, both literally and figuratively. During early spring of 2005, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao handed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a map reformatted to reflect the long-contested region of Sikkim as part of India. By summer, the United States handed