More Coverage of the FDI Event: Jihad: The Political Third Rail, “single most important event of this three-day conference”

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Clearly citizen journalists and other bloggers came away from the first Freedom Defense Initiative event with a more informed and intelligent take then the incompetent media. There has been thoughtful, informed analysis here and here. Alternative media has, in fact, become the only reliable, competent media.

When things calm down, I will post my observations. Pamela Hall will have video up of the whole event this weekend, and a DVD with outtake interviews will be available next week.

Here’s an excerpt of Mark J. Koenig’s trenchant analysis of the day’s seminal event over at David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog — do read it all:

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While the agenda for day 2 of the CPAC conference featured a long
list of additional conservative speakers and panel discussions, I will
be focusing here on what I believe to be the single most important
event of this three-day conference.
Jihad: The Political
Third Rail
, was a panel discussion presented by Freedom Defense
Initiative, a new activist organization started by Pamela Geller of
atlasshrugs.com, and the Freedom Center’s own Robert Spencer,
who runs jihadwatch.org.


This panel featured several American and international resistance
fighters working to stop the spread of Islamic supremacism and most
importantly, America’s infiltration by Muslim sympathizers.  The central
focus of the event was the Islamic
against the West and how Islamic organizations are working to
silence free speech both in Europe and America.   Security was very
tight for this event, and it drew a standing-room only crowd, as you can
see in the photo below.

Pamela Geller started the discussion while video was shown of Muslim
radicals rioting in multiple cities across Europe and North America over
the past couple of years.  She pointed out that this is not being
reported in the major media, and that fully TWO THIRDS of the jihad
attacks since 9-11 happened in 2009.  As Pamela stated, there is a
cover-up in progress and  ”Truth has become the new hate speech.”

First to speak was Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates,
and one of three witnesses approved to testify for Geert Wilders in his
hate speech trial.  Ms. Sultan is a former Muslim and outspoken critic
of Islam.  She stated that she has had countless fatwas issued against
her.  After listing several recent jihadist attacks, including the Fort
Hood massacre and the media’s unwillingness to connect the dots, she
asked:  ”Jihad – is this a word we dare not speak?”  Sultan pointed out
that Islam is not merely a religion – it is a dangerous totalitarian
political ideology.

After pointing out that President Obama has appointed a special envoy
to the OIC,
Sultan explained that this envoy is closely associated with the Muslim
.  She asked: “Is this man’s loyalty to Islam or to the
U.S.?”  She explained as well that this envoy has been working for some
time now to stifle speech critical of Islam.

Body scanners were her next topic.  Sultan stated that she believes
this machine could be employed against Muslim radicals as a powerful
psychological weapon because of its potential for humiliation.  It
should be noted that Sultan is trained as a psychiatrist.
Unfortunately, she stated, after a fatwa was issued claiming these
scanners violate Muslim teachings regarding modesty, our TSA
agreed to capitulate and substitute pat-downs by members of the same
sex for Muslims.

Finally, Sultan explained that Saudi Arabia is a mastermind of
Islamic terror, and that Saudi King Abdullah has the power to enforce
changes in Muslim behavior if he is brought under enough pressure from
the U.S. government.  ”September 11th was tragic, but infiltration of
Islam is a subject of equal concern” she said.  ”We must fight it.”

Robert Spencer
introduced the next speaker –  Stephen Coughlin – a former Pentagon
Islamic law specialist who was fired from his job for his analysis of
Islamic infiltration.  Coughlin provided a clear and cogent analysis of
the Islamic threat.  He explained that the question of whether or not
these terrorists are following ‘true’ Islam is irrelevant from a
fact-driven perspective.  They have repeatedly told us these are the
reasons they fight jihad.

A vital part of Coughlin’s discussion dealt with the doctrine of
abrogation within Islam.  This doctrine states that Mohammed was given
progressive revelation of Allah’s will, and that the later Koranic
verses supersede and nullify earlier contradictory more peaceful verses.
This is something that is recognized by all schools of Islamic
jurisprudence.  Coughlin also demonstrated that since the 9-11
commission report, political correctness has expunged words such as
Muslim, enemy, Al-Qaeda
and Islam from official government documents including the Ft. Hood
massacre report.  Coughlin: “The 9-11 commission has been completely
undermined.  You cannot defeat an enemy you are not allowed to define.
By definition, this administration has no strategy to defeat this enemy
since they refuse to define it.”

Go. Read it all.

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Anders Gravers

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Evan Sayet …. uh, guarding the door

UPDATE: Nice report from nice Deb :)


UPDATE:  I should have full video of our FDI event at  CPAC tonight or
tomorrow. Datechguy has some vid clips here with an excellent post:

After seeing it I’m convinced my original thought was correct. This
is the
single most important issue facing this nation and if it is ignored we
suffer for it and deservedly so. I can’t say enough about the courage
dedication of Ms. Geller. She is an international treasure!

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