Review: God’s Terrorists – The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern 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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Nov 22

Review: The Arsonist – The Most Dangerous Man in America (James Otis 1760′s Catalyst for Liberty)

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Nathan A. Allen

5.0 out of 5 stars Six Star Pre-History Ignored Until Now,July 17, 2011
I urge the publisher to do a proper job with Look Inside the Book and all the other tools that Amazon provides. Right now, the publishers presentation of this book STINKS. It was my great privilege to get to know the author when the book was in development, and below is the review that I wrote when I reviewed the final galley before the book went to print. This is a BARN-BURNER of a book!This book is a PhD dissertation that is being published quickly to aid the cause of liberty in 2012. The academic detail would normally make it a four-star read, but the relevance, the originality, and the appendices-both within the book as it will be published, and online-carry it to six stars. Depending on one’s interest, this can be a quick read to confirm that we need a second American revolution-or a slow read to savor the loneliness, the persistence, the integrity of one man called a lunatic and a traitor for one reason only: he was twenty years ahead of his time. It is on the shoulders of James Otis that the Founding Father stood, and this author, Nathan Allen, has performed brilliantly in identifying a slice of American history here-to-fore overlooked, and in deeply investigating and then publicizing what can only be appreciated as both one man’s cross to bear, and one nation’s long lead-time in the gestation of liberty.
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Jul 18

Review: The Arsonist — The Most Dangerous Man in America (James Otis 1760’s Catalyst for Liberty)

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Before the Founding Fathers–before the Boston Tea Party–before Bunker Hill–there was one man, alone, considered by many to be a lunatic and a traitor.  His “lunacy” led to his being chairman of the Sons of Liberty, his “treason” led to the Declaration of Independence.  His name:  James Otis

On Amazon 1 July 2011:

ARSONIST: The Most Dangerous Man in America

Nathan Allen

Griffins Wharf, 2011

ISBN-10 0983644608

The book has bee forwarded in galley to Ron Paul, who has been invited to write the Foreword or provide a jacket blurb.

Review (Advance):

Six Star Pre-History Ignored Until Now

Robert Steele, Amazon Reviewer

This book is a PhD dissertation that is being published quickly to aid the cause of liberty in 2012.  The academic detail would normally make it a four-star read, but the relevance, the originality, and the appendices–both within the book as it will be published, and online–carry it to six stars.  Depending on one’s interest, this can be a quick read to confirm that we need a second American revolution–or a slow read to savor the loneliness, the persistence, the integrity of one man called a lunatic and a traitor for one reason only: he was twenty years ahead of his time.  It is on the  shoulders of James Otis that the Founding Father stood, and this author, Nathan Allen, has performed brilliantly in identifying a slice of American history here-to-fore overlooked, and in deeply investigating and then publicizing what can only be appreciated as both one man’s cross to bear, and one nation’s long lead-time in the gestation of liberty.

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May 27

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.

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Sep 13

Journal: FBI, Still Deaf 8 Years After 9-11

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FBI still lacks translators, eight years after 9/11, says report

October 29, 2009   By IAN ALLEN

An internal audit by the US Justice Department’s inspector general has found that the FBI faces a critical shortage of foreign-language specialists, eight years after 9/11. The audit report (redacted version available in .pdf here) issued last Monday by inspector general Glenn Fine, reveals that the lack of translators prevented the FBI from accessing 31 per cent of the foreign-language material it collected in counter-terrorism operations from 2006 to 2008. This means the Bureau, which serves as America’s primary counterintelligence and counterterrorism force, has been unable to read tens of thousands of pages and listen to or review 1.2 million hours of audio intercepts in the last two years alone. Remarkably, despite the well-understood need for foreign-language specialists in the post-9/11 security environment, the audit found that the total number of FBI translators dropped from 1,338 in March 2005 to 1,298 in September last year. And this despite the FBI’s “100 percent” increase in workload since 9/11.

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Nov 4

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

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Saigon 2009

Afghanistan is today’s Vietnam.

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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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Aug 21

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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