Italian mosque suspect from the second it opened its doors, fresh terror raids in Oz, lots of excellent opinions on the Moetoon contest fallout and free speech

1. Venice Police Label Christoph Büchel Art Mosque in Icelandic Pavilion a Public Safety Threat

(I would wager that probably 85% of mosques are public safety threats and the balance are likely guilty of gross and frequent violations of Canada and Europe’s various hate speech laws)

Swiss artist Christoph Büchel is presenting the first Mosque ever to grace the historic center of Venice as his contribution to the Icelandic Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

The project—with the rather self-explanatory title THE MOSQUE: The First Mosque in the Historic City of Venice­—is installed in the former Catholic church of Santa Maria dell’Abbazia della Misericordia, a 10th century building that has been closed for over forty years.

However authorities in Venice have notified the Icelandic Art Center that Italian police believe the Icelandic national pavilion is a “threat to safety.”

The letter—which has been given to The New York Timesstates that Venice police is concerned about of the location of the installation, among other things. The mosque is also described as “a headache” by Venice police, Iceland Review reports.

2. Of course we should draw mohamed: Louder with Crowder

3. Barbaric Islamic Group ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack on Texas ‘Draw Muhammad’ Contest

Soofi-SimpsonDALLAS, Texas — The barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has claimed responsibility for Sunday night’s attack on the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” in Texas.

The group put out a statement on Al Bayan radio on Tuesday, declaring that “two soldiers of the caliphate” had struck the event in Garland, and threatening worse violence upon the nation.

“We say to the defenders of the cross, the U.S., that future attacks are going to be harsher and worse,” the statement read. “The Islamic State soldiers will inflict harm on you with the grace of Allah. The future is just around the corner.”

As previously reported, the incident occurred on Sunday evening just as the exhibit and contest was coming to a conclusion. The event was organized by the New York-based American Freedom Initiative, led by Pamela Geller, who identifies as Jewish and regularly speaks against Islam. She has become known in recent years for her legal battles to place advertisements decrying Islam and exposing violent texts in the Koran in subways and other transportation systems.

A small sample:

One year later, Arts Section contributor Michael Kimmelman wondered how artist Chris Ofili’s ”Holy Virgin Mary,’’ showing the mother of Christ replete with small cutouts of vaginas and buttocks from pornographic magazines, and a ball of dung representing one of her breasts, “could cause so much fuss.” “One of the casualties of political debates about art is always a complexity of interpretation, both sides needing to simplify the meaning of the work because contradictory connotations would undermine their arguments even though those contradictions make art art and not a political tract,” he explains. “People want a straight answer — is it good or bad? — which misses the point about how art functions, especially in a divisive context.”

5. ISIS jihadi linked to Garland attack has long history as hacker

(CNN)Before becoming a law enforcement focus in the attack on a Garland, Texas, cartoon contest, Junaid Hussain went by the cyber pseudonym “TriCk.”

Tweets between Hussain and one of the gunmen have lent credence to ISIS’ claim that it was responsible for the attack, though outside of Hussain’s involvement with the terror outfit, it’s difficult to say exactly what role ISIS played. What’s known of Hussain is pieced together from court records, police documents, online and social media activity, terrorism experts and a fellow hacker.

From these sources, the portrait emerges of a dangerous hacker and influential recruiter who’s able to crack online banking security systems and who has demonstrated on occasion a zany sense of humor, once dressing up as a Power Ranger and wielding a machine gun during an online chat.

[…] For a hacker, Hussain has a fairly high profile. A collective of which he was formerly a member, TeaMp0isoN, has been suspected in cyberattacks involving former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, NASA, NATO, the United Nations, BlackBerry, the English Defence League, American and Israeli banks and Facebook, among others.

6. Currently there are more terror busts of muslims in Australia of people suspected of having the sort of weapons that would require the suits you see in this video

7. Bill Whittle on the event in Texas

8. AUSTRALIA – Melbourne anti-terrorism raids: Police uncover explosive devices at Greenvale house in city’s north

Several explosive devices have been found at a house during counterterrorism raids in Melbourne’s north.

Heavily armed police stormed the house in Greenvale about midday in a joint operation between Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police.

Balaclava-clad officers with assault rifles stood guard around a two-storey home while heavily armoured vehicles blocked off the street.

Bomb squad members in blast suits were seen searching the property.

A source has confirmed the joint operation relates to an alleged terrorism plot.


Police find homemade bombs, arrest teen in Greenvale anti-terror raids

“(He has) no bad preacher. He is a very quiet boy. He cannot drive. His father is a doctor and cannot allow him to do anything wrong,” the friend said.

“He has to look after his son properly. “We don’t really know what is going on … but the boy is quiet, he is very softly spoken.”

Police last night described the operation as “ongoing”. The teen was being held at AFP headquarters in Melbourne. The youth is believed to have been visiting a mosque with his mother before the raid.

(Arrested teen’s Facebook rants)


Thank you M, Richard, ML., Don C. and many more. And a lot more to come as well.

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

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  1. Teen charged with terrorism offences after Melbourne police raids

    A 17-year-old boy has been charged with terrorism offences following a raid by state and federal police at a home in Greenvale, in Melbourne’s north.

    Heavily-armed officers from Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police swarmed the large two-storey home on Clare Boulevard in Greenvale on Friday afternoon.

    The teen was charged on Friday afternoon with engaging in an act in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act.

    Police said the alleged attack was to target a location in Australia.

    “During the search warrant at the Greenvale premises, three suspicious items were located and also material that was associated with the making of explosive devices,” AFP Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan said

    “The three items were subsequently taken to a nearby park and rendered safe by the Victoria police bomb squad.”

    Police said it will be alleged the teenager was undertaking preparations for an act of terrorism, as well as possessing things that relate to the commission of a terrorism act.

    “These are extremely serious offences and they did involve the use of improvised explosive devices,” Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan said.

    Balaclava-clad officers with assault rifles stood guard around the property, while heavily armoured vehicles blocked off the street on Friday.

    The bomb Squad, wearing blast suits, searched both floors of the home and discovered the devices.

    They were removed from the house and safely detonated at a nearby reserve just after 9:00pm.
    Teenager charged with preparing for terrorism act in Melbourne

    Several explosives found in a Melbourne home were detonated in a nearby park on Friday night

    A 17-year-old has been charged with preparing for a terrorism act after police swooped to foil a reported plan to explode bombs on Mother’s Day in the heart of Melbourne.

    In a joint operation by Victoria police and the Australian federal police, believed to be linked to counter-terrorism, a home in the Melbourne suburb of Greenvale was raided on Friday afternoon.

    Armed officers stormed the home and swarmed the surrounding streets.

    One man came out with his hands behind his head when police arrived and was taken away for questioning.

    The raids are reportedly linked to a terrorism plot in which three bombs were to be detonated in the Melbourne CBD on Sunday.

    A smaller raid took place in Sydney, and a 14-year-old boy has been arrested, News Corp has reported.

    Several explosives found in the Melbourne home were detonated in a nearby park on Friday night.

    A car parked in the driveway of the home, on Clare Boulevard, was also searched, and its contents were strewn across the road.

    Police will hold a news conference on the raids at 10am on Saturday.

    A number of news organisations are reporting the Melbourne teen arrested in Greenvale was active on Facebook in recent weeks, commenting on the war in Syria and what it is to be a Muslim.

    “If you call the police on a Muslim because he is radical, you are not a Muslim,” he writes.

    “But when real men finally stand up to the oppression to defend themselves and the other Muslims, and actually do something, they are quickly labelled as unislamic and terrorist barbarians.”

    video – High-level police raids on another Melbourne street

  2. Given the number of times the NY Times has been caught lying and attacking the base culture of the US I have trouble seeing how they stay in business.

    • So do they!
      They can’t get advertising, they’re retailing news from wire services, they’re deeply into red ink.
      Drudge has articles about their plight every few days.

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