2006-10-16

Morning Report: October 16, 2006

Monday roundup. A manual for terrorists surfaces, the future of Iraq is debated, Israelis take their leaders to task, and parasites turn on each other.

ThreatsWatch on Al-Qaeda guide to US intelligence. ThreatsWatch: 'Muhammad Khalil al-Hakaymah of the Egyptian-based al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, a group which also operates out of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region with its al-Qaeda ally, has written a 152-page book which appears to be intended to serve as a Jihadist’s instructional guide to the United States’ intelligence community. The document focuses on the perceived American intelligence limitations and shortcomings and appears an attempt to dispell any perception that the CIA, NSA, and FBI are comprised of ten-feet-tall invisible men. Circulated in its English translation through jihadist websites and made available at ThreatsWatch, the thrust of the book is clear from its title: The Myth of Delusion: Exposing the American Intelligence. ...' TW adds that the guide perpetuates the popular Leftist conception of the CIA as a "right-wing" entity despite frequent criticisms of the organization as being "predominantly staffed by people who hold a left-leaning world view." Full article at the link. (ThreatsWatch)

Belmont Club on a federal Iraq. The Belmont Club: 'I've pointed out several times in the past that a Federal System for Iraq is not some new idea recently come to light as suggested by some newspaper reports. It is an organic part of the Iraqi constitution as ratified in 2005.' Read the discussion in Comments. (Belmont Club)

Red alert! Fed-up Sderot residents set up "hotline" to MKs. Arutz Sheva: 'The residents of Sderot have been treated not only to a nearly-daily fare of Kassam rockets, but also to what they see as official disregard of their plight. They therefore plan to "remind" the Knesset Members every time a rocket is fired. This morning, after a Kassam rocket was fired from northern Gaza towards Sderot - less than two kilometers away as the crow flies - the members of the local grassroots anti-Kassam campaign sent a personal message to the cell phones of most of the Knesset Members. The announcement begins with a wailing Red Color siren, followed by a personal plea to the MKs to act to restore safety and security to the citizens of Sderot. ...' (A7)

PM heckled at Knesset session. Meanwhile, some MKs are doing their own griping, evidently illustrating the famous parable about a certain substance that rolls uphill. Jerusalem Post: 'Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was heckled by several MKs on Monday as he spoke at the opening of the Knesset's winter session. MKs Ahmad Tibi and Avigdor Lieberman were among those reprimanded by Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik.' (JPost)

Katsav a no-show at Knesset opening. The trouble in Jerusalem doesn't stop with Olmert. Israel's President (a largely ceremonial role) is facing impeachment and trial on rape charges. Debka: 'sraeli President Moshe Katzav calls off attendance at Knesset winter session opening Monday after police recommend his trial on rape charges. Groups of lawmakers had threatened to stage protests against his attendance and have started impeachment procedures. Demands for Katzav to suspend himself from presidential duties, which are mainly ceremonial, are spreading. Sunday, the police presented their case, which includes alleged rape of two staffers, fraud, indecent assault and corruption, to the Attorney General and Chief Prosecutor for their decision on an indictment. Katzav who enjoys immunity from prosecution can step down and face trial on charges which he claims are part of a trumped up conspiracy against him. Alternatively, the Knesset may vote for his impeachment or an indictment can be held over and filed when he ends his term of office in July 2007.' (Debka)

On mullahs and the Iranian food chain. Arutz Sheva via Marze Por Gohar: 'Why is it that the mullahs of Iran are battling each other instead of focusing on the fight with the Great Satan? It is the nature of the beast. The Shiite sect of Islam, as is the case with all other Islamic offshoots, is a conglomerate of many feuding factions. ... Historical precedent aside, the present Shiite Iran is home to over 300,000 mullahs. The most descriptive term for mullah is "parasite." A mullah begins his career as a parasite, lives as a parasite and dies as a parasite, simply because he contributes absolutely nothing to the necessities of life, yet gobbles disproportionately more of whatever resources he can grab.' (A7 via MPG)