The 28-year-old reportedly refused to repent, insisting what he wrote reflected his beliefs and that he had the right to express them.
The hardline Islamic state’s religious police in charge of monitoring social networks found more than 600 tweets denying the existence of God, ridiculing Koranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and saying their teaching fuelled hostilities.
(Andrew Higgins) Surveying the wreckage of a neighbor’s bungalow hit by a Palestinian rocket, retired Israeli official Avner Cohen traces the missile’s trajectory back to an “enormous, stupid mistake” made 30 years ago.
“Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel’s creation,” says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in Gaza for more than two decades. Responsible for religious affairs in the region until 1994, Mr. Cohen watched the Islamist movement take shape, muscle aside secular Palestinian rivals and then morph into what is today Hamas, a militant group that is sworn to Israel’s destruction.
Rayn: The whole story defies logic. This alleged perpetrator of an attempted mass murder has an IQ of 83, and his so-called home-made explosives fizzled out on location, as opposed to failing completely, burning up in his basement, or going off during his jostling 44-mile bus-ride to the target site. This fantasy has all the same hallmarks as the last two attempted Muslim extremist terrorists – Shoe Bomber Richard Reid, and Underwear Bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. And, as usual, this highly suspect character was “known” to western homeland security forces, yet nothing was done. He’s a patsy, for sure – likely being used to promote the failing “War on Terror,” and to focus the war apparatus on “homegrown” illusions. I couldn’t help but notice that, embedded within most of the mainstream media “reports” about this case is the claim that the would-be terrorist was trained using the internet and Pakistan. I get the feeling that we are all being conditioned to accept the next two DIRECT targets in the “War on Terror” (since they each are already being attacked by stealth (i.e. drone attacks on Pakistan, and laws being formulated in the US to shut down the net in a “National Emergency”).