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Friday, December 26, 2014

Inspire Actually Inspired

For John, BLUFThe struggle against violent and anti-Western Jihadism is going to take a while.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Washington Post we have an article by Ms Karen DeYoung on "New issue of jihadist magazine produced by al-Qaeda in Yemen suggests attacks on U.S."
The issue is the 13th since Inspire was first published online in 2010. Its founder, Samir Zafar Khan, was born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents but grew up in New York state.

Khan, a blogger on jihadist themes who was well-known to U.S. intelligence, is believed to have traveled to Yemen and joined al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, the year before the magazine’s debut issue.

Khan, an American citizen, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011, along with Anwar al-Awlaki, also an American, whom President Obama described as AQAP’s “operational commander.”

Those terrible drone attacks.

And, looking back in history, Ms DeYoung makes this timely note about the Tsarnaev Brothers.  Surviving Brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is fighting (via his lawyer) to have his trial kicked down the road until the Autumn of 2015.  What ever happened to a speedy trial?  It was 15 April 2013.  At any rate, here is the tie:

The most infamous article published by Inspire, a Khan-authored instructional guide titled“How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom,” was used by the Boston Marathon bombers in a pressure-cooker explosive they planted in their April 2013 attack, according to prosecutors in the case.
A good clean translation in English should be available soon.  By "clean" I mean scrubbed so there are no hidden viruses.  Is anyone interested?

And, in additional news, here is an article that says the Islamic State is trying to recruit families and not just individuals.  At the same time the same newspaper (The Washington Post) has an article saying "The Islamic State is failing at being a state".

Regards  —  Cliff

  There is the Sixth Amendment, which talks to a "speedy trial".  The "speedy trial" clause and subsequent legislation that talks to a six month limit on prosecutors, would suggest they should have moved on this.  Granted, it is the defense asking for a delay, but is that really because the Prosecutors have dumped such a large witness list and list of exhibits that they are forcing the defense to ask for more time?  But, back to "speedy trial", the lawyers for Mr Tsarnaev make this point—"The trial in this case is currently set to begin just 18 months after the defendant was indicted, which would bring this case to trial faster than 99 of the 119 federal capital trials to get under way since 2004."  What happened to six months?
  For George, this last article on the Islamic State quotes others using the term ISIS (twice).

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