Boris Johnson: I am not bothered with civil liberties stuff for terror suspects – Telegraph

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has said security services should be able to monitor the emails and phone calls of anyone who poses a threat to Britain as he is “not particularly bothered with this civil liberties stuff”.

Mr Johnson said that the authorities have to be “absolutely determined to monitor these people” and added that those who are unwilling to accept British values should “go away”.

The Conservatives want to resurrect the Communications Data Bill, which would give the security and intelligence services greater power to monitor terrorists. However, they are being blocked by the Liberal Democrats.


Two Faces of Islam in Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Beyond the Cusp

There were two faces of Islam displayed in Paris, France this past week and the world will probably forget the one and long recall the other. The predominant story was the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine, where the editor and many of the cartoonists and other staff were slaughtered. The final tallying of victims released revealed that eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor were killed in the attack. The police murdered lost their lives in the attempt to arrest the terrorists at the scene. The rest of the story from the side of the terrorists will be a secondary series of events which will likely be retold with every rendition of the entire episode. The primary part of the following series of events will recount the standoff between the French Special Forces units outside of Paris where the brothers hid with their hostage…

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Which Quran, Mecca or Medina?

Beyond the Cusp

The Quran as we know it today is in reality two quite different books. The older Quran was written in Mecca while the later Quran was written in Medina. This lead some scholars, both Muslim and non-Muslim, to refer to the Quran by its two parts, the Mecca Quran and the Medina Quran. Both were transcribed as told by Muhammad to a scribe, as Muhammad was illiterate as were a majority in his day. A majority of the Surah in the Quran were written in Mecca with the rest written in Medina. The problem is that the Surah in the Quran are not placed in chronological order, but are ordered as shown here, along with the city of origin of each Surah. This will have importance later in this article. By not ordering the Surah in their chronological order one must refer to the Hadiths and other Islamic texts…

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Shame of Palestinian leader at Charlie Hebdo demo

What on Earth was Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas doing at Sunday’s mass demonstration in Paris against terrorism in general and the twin massacres by Islamists of the Charlie Hebdo journalists and the Jews at the Kosher supermarket last week?


A Courageous Voice From Inside Islam

PA Pundits - International

20071213_Allard_4_articlesBy Colonel Kenneth Allard (U.S. Army, Ret) ~

How long will this sort of thing keep going on? While the Islamic State busily beheads Iraqi children who refuse to renounce their Christian faith, their Islamist brethren in Paris pursue their own jihadi offensive. Twelve people were massacred Wednesday in an attack targeting a weekly humor magazine famous for publishing satirical images of the Prophet Muhammad. Their battle cry: “The prophet has been avenged!”

20140624_AbdelFatahAlSisi_egypt_LMeanwhile, Americans obsess about our racial, ethnic and political divisions, preferring that the Islamic State be confronted by Persian rather than American boots on the ground, content to leave the larger questions about the future of civilization to be asked elsewhere.

Because our media faithfully reflects those reigning obsessions, you may have missed the startling New Year’s Day speech delivered in a most unlikely place. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (pictured) stood before a clerical audience at Cairo’s…

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Charlie, Muhammad, and the Saudi 1000 Lashes of Raif Badawi


Charlie, Muhammad, and the Saudi 1000 Lashes of Raif Badawi, The Gatestone InstituteDenis MacEoin, January 11, 2014

(Is Saudi Arabia “not-Islamic,” like the Islamic State and its many cohorts? Nope, all are Islamic to the core and it’s high time for our “betters” to realize and acknowledge it. — DM)

“My commitment is… to reject any repression in the name of religion… a goal we will reach in a peaceful and law-abiding way.” — Raif Badawi.

If he ever leaves prison, his life will have been destroyed — by voyeurs as sexually twisted as those of ancient Rome.

“Our Prophet,” Malik said, “would have been crystal clear and unequivocal in condemning [the Charlie Hebdo massacre]. But his statement points out why there is a problem. Malik was — quite innocently, I am sure — completely wrong. Muhammad did the same thing – many, many times.

Today we all are…

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BBC revision of editorial guidance should not stop at cartoons

BBC Watch

On January 8th we published a post which included a screenshot of a section from the BBC’s Guidance on Stills, Photographs and Images. The screenshot was taken on the morning of that day from the BBC website.

Ed guidelines photos Mohammed

On the evening of January 8th in the programme ‘Question Time’, presenter David Dimbleby read out that same passage – at 11:25 in the video below – saying “I wouldn’t be doing my duty if I didn’t read this out from BBC Editorial Guidelines…”.

The next day, the BBC Press Office put out a statement on the topic.

BBC press office QT statement

Obviously, that “old, out of date” guideline had still been available to both members of the general public and BBC employees on the corporation’s website just 24 hours previously. It has however since been removed and the link appearing in our article now produces this result:

Guidance removed

Concurrently, the Huffington Post and the Spectator

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