Review: God’s Terrorists – The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad

5 Star, Asymmetric, Cyber, Hacking, Odd War, Atrocities & Genocide, Culture, Research, History, Misinformation & Propaganda, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Terrorism & Jihad
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Charles Allen

4.0 out of 5 stars Important History Not Understood By Most, November 22, 2013

The historical half is mind-glazing, the more recent chapters highly relevant to understanding the deep ignorance of the US Intelligence Community and the US policy (prostitution) community these past 12 years.

I have given the book four stars in part because it is not designed to illuminate the threat in visualizable terms, and it is not up to date. Now that Saudi Arabia has declared war on the USA and the West generally (joining with Israel in a truly bizarre satanic alliance), and on Iran and the Shi’ite portion of Afghanistan specifically, this book absolutely merits updating and republication, hopefully with some decent maps and graphics and tables this next time around.

Early on in a nut-shell: Wahhabism spread in the 19th century, first throughout the Arabian penninsula and then to the Indian subcontinent including what are now India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Wahabbism is both a fundamentalist ideology that wins over deep converts, and a form of mercenary religion, buying its way into susceptible corners.

The most important point stressed throughout the book is that Wahhabism is outside the mainstream of Muslim society.

The big surprise for me, and one reason I am distressed at how badly we prepare people for service in this area, is the deep history of Wahhabism among the Pashtun. Today Saudi Arabia and to a lesser extent Qatar and the United Arab Republic seem bent on funding a religious war in Central and South Asia, and no one seems to be paying attention to this emergent threat. I would go so far as to say we are now, in this region, where we were in 1988-1989 when the Saudis first began funding the global Islamic outreach program led by Sheikh Binbaz and represented in part by young Bin Laden.

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Event: 3 pm 14 Sep 2010 Reston Charlie Allen former everything interviewed on stage

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A Conversation with Charlie Allen, former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, DHS, and Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Collection

International Association for Intelligence Education – Washington D.C. Chapter

Tuesday, September 14, 2010  3:00 PM

Interviewer: Randy Pherson

The Exchange
Pherson Associates, LLC
1890 Preston White Dr., Suite 200
Reston, VA 20191

Non-members welcome!  Washington Area Chapter meeting follows presentation.  To register, contact Bill Spracher at (202) 231-4193 or william.spracher@dia.mil

Tip of the Hat to David Jimenez at LinkedIn.

Journal: Afghanistan = Viet-Nam, National Security Council Remains “Like a Moron”

05 Civil War, 10 Security, Ethics, Government, Military, Peace Intelligence
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Saigon 2009

Afghanistan is today’s Vietnam.

No question mark needed.

BY THOMAS H. JOHNSON, M. CHRIS MASON

AUGUST 20, 2009

For those who say that comparing the current war in Afghanistan to the Vietnam War is taking things too far, here’s a reality check: It’s not taking things far enough. From the origins of these North-South conflicts to the role of insurgents and the pointlessness of this week’s Afghan presidential elections, it’s impossible to ignore the similarities between these wars. The places and faces may have changed but the enemy is old and familiar. The sooner the United States recognizes this, the sooner it can stop making the same mistakes in Afghanistan.

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Journal: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s Preemptive Damage Control [Manipulation of Anticipated Negative Information]

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By Robert Haddick August 2009

After appointing Gen. Stanley McChrystal the new commander in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave him two months to write an analysis of the situation there in yet another review of U.S. strategy. But after rumors leaked out that McChrystal would ask for another increase in U.S. troops, it appears that Gates decided he would not wait for McChrystal’s finished report. On Aug. 2, he summoned McChrystal and his deputy, Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, to a hastily arranged meeting in Belgium which also included Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis, McChrystal’s direct boss Gen. David Petraeus, and under secretary of defense for policy Michele Flournoy.

On Aug. 5, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell briefed reporters on the results of the unusual Sunday meeting. According to Morrell, Gates instructed McChrystal to consider a few additional, and unspecified, issues in his report. Gates also instructed McChrystal to take more time, likely postponing the delivery of the report into September.

Finally, Morrell explained that McChrystal’s report will not include any discussion or request for additional “resources” (meaning U.S. troops and money) for Afghanistan. If McChrystal wants to make such a request, Morrell said, he will do so separately and at a later time.

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Review: Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America

5 Star, Atrocities & Genocide, Consciousness & Social IQ, Culture, DVD - Light

Lynching 15.0 out of 5 stars Does the Job–We All Need to “See” This Book’s Pages

July 4, 2007

James Allen

There are enough reviews here so that my summative review is not necessary. I will only say that this is a powerful book, and it reminded me of General Eisenhower’s order that all those living in the vicinity of the death camps be marched past the stacked bodies so they could see what their abdication of morality had allowed to happen.

This is mostly a book of photographs. If you want deeper text, including a spectacular (unintended pun)chapter on “Looking” and how it was the crowds that validated “spectacle lynching,” then you must also buy Imagery of Lynching: Black Men, White Women, and the Mob. The title is misleading, but the content of that book is not–that is the deep academic and psychological review that complements this book.

If yoy only wish to buy one book, of lasting value for generations, buy this one. If you can afford two and want to study the underlying social and psychological environments that allowed whites to treat blacks as if they were animals, buy both.

See also
Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
The Big White Lie: The CIA and the Cocaine/Crack Epidemic
The Manufacture of Evil: Ethics, Evolution and the Industrial System
Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’
Fog Facts: Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
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Policy Archives on Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

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2006

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PolicyPetersCounterrevolution in Military Affairs

2006

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PolicySteeleTerms of Reference for Intelligence Reform 1.1

2006

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PolicySteeleIn Search of a Leader (Four Essential Reforms)

2006

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PolicySteeleElectoral Refrom as Precursor to Intelligence Reform

2006

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PolicyTsuruokaManaging for the Future: Interview with Alvin Toffler

2005

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PolicyAndreggEthics and the IC: Breaking the Laws of God and Man

2005

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PolicyBASICThink Tank Report on US Intelligence Incompetence

2005

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PolicyEUEuropean Union Proposed Multi-National Intelligence Service

2005

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2005

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2005

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PolicySteeleCease and desist letter on Naquin

2005

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2004

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2004

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2004

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2004

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PolicySimmonsCongressman Simmons Letter to General Schoomaker on OSINT

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PolicySteeleDoD OSINT Program: One Man’s View of What Is Needed

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PolicySteeleTranscript of Steele at Secretary of State’s Open Forum 24 March 2004

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PolicyTongeren (van)Need for Global Alliance for Human Security (Complete)

2004

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PolicyTongeren (van)Need for Global Alliance for Human Security (Overview)

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PolicyLewisCreating the Global Brain

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2003

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2003

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2002

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PolicyDonahueBalancing Spending Among Spies, Satellites, and Schoolboys

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PolicySteeleIntelligence in the Balance: Opening Remarks at OSS ‘97

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1997

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1997

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1996

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PolicySteeleInfoPeace: OSINT as a Policy Option & Operational Alternative

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PolicySteeleOpen Sources and the Virtual Intelligence Community

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PolicySteeleProtecting the Civilian Infrastructure as an Aspect of Information Warfare

1996

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PolicyZuckermanThe Central Role of Open Source Economic Intelligence

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PolicySteeleCreating a Smart Nation: Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, & Information

1995

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PolicySteeleSMART NATIONS: NI Strategies and Virtual Intelligence Communities

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PolicyOgdin & GiserCyber-Glut, and What To Do About It

1994

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PolicySchmidtOpen Source Solutions 1994: The State of Intelligence

1994

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PolicySchwartauLetter on NII Security

1994

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1994

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PolicySteeleCommunications, Content, Coordination, and C4 Security: Talking Points

1994

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PolicySteeleCorrespondence to Mr. Marty Harris, NII Commission

1994

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PolicySteeleDATA MINING: Don’t Buy or Build Your Shovel Until You Know What…

1994

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PolicySteeleExpansion of Questions Posed by Senator John Warner to Aspin-Brown

1994

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PolicySteeleLetter to the Open Source Lunch Club on PFIAB Being Useless

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PolicySteeleNational and Corporate Security in the Age of Information

1994

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PolicySteelePrivate Enterprise Intelligence: Its Potential Contribution to Nat’l Sec.

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PolicyBeaumardLearned Nations: Competitive Advantages Via Knowledge Strategies

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1993

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1993

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1993

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PolicySteeleACCESS: Theory and Practice of Intelligence in the Age of Information

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PolicySteeleReinventing Intelligence: The Advantages of OSINT

1993

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1993

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1993

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PolicyWallnerOverview of IC Open Source Requirements and Capabilities

1993

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PolicyWoodThe IC and the Open Source Information Challenge

1992

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PolicyBarlowEFF and the National Public Network (NPN)

1992

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PolicyCastagnaReview of Toffler’s PowerShift

1992

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1992

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PolicyGreenwaldUnrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization: Diplomacy’s Cutting Edge

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1992

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PolicySteeleE3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, and Intelligence

1992

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PolicySteeleInaugural Remarks Opening 1st International Conference

1992

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PolicySteeleInformation Concepts & Doctrine for the Future

1992

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PolicySteeleOSINT Clarifies Global Threats: Offers Partial Remedy to Budget Cuts

1992

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PolicySteeleReview Strassmann, Information PayOff

1992

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PolicyWoodRemarks, Don’t Be Suspicious of Contractors

1991

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PolicyJFK Working GroupNational Intelligence and the American Enterprise: Possibilities

1991

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PolicyKarrakerHighways of the Mind

1991

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PolicySteeleHow to Avoid Strategic Intelligence Failures in the Future

1990

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PolicySteeleRecasting National Security in a Changing World

1957

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PolicyWrightProject for a World Intelligence Center