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Jihad in Holland Update - Churches burned by Muslims - terrorists threaten Dutch police with beheading

Police injured by grenade in raid on terrorist house -Government debates anti terrrorism strategy-Muslim mole leaks AIVD dossier to terrorists
November 10, 2004

MIM: Jihad comes to the streets of Holland . For the latests news reports see below the article. For article by Theo Van Gogh: " How Radical Islam has changed Amsterdam " and articles on militant Islam click on link to Pipeline News -Wahabi Watch.

What The Terrorist Murder Of Theo Van Gogh Means


By Beila Rabinowitz

On what was to be the last morning of his life, Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh left his home near Amsterdam and proceeded by bicycle to his office situated near a large park in the Eastern part of the city. He was in the process of completing a film about the Dutch politician Pim Fortuijn who was murdered for warning about the Islamization of Holland.

Van Gogh was riding what the Dutch refer to as an "old mans bicycle", with a straw basket from which a supermarket bag was sticking out .According to a young woman who was riding behind him, a man on a bicycle came next to Theo and opened fire. .Theo Van Gogh shouted "don't do it, don't do it" and "fell from his bicycle," but must have gotten up since witnesses say he managed to stagger to the other side of the road There, a scene which was described as "savagery," played itself out on a morning which the Dutch now refer to as their 9/11 and the beginning of "Jihad in Holland."

According to witnesses, the gravely wounded Theo Van Gogh begged for mercy on his knees.The shooter, who was described as "a dark skinned man" wearing a knitted cap and a jabailaya, reloaded and shot him again. He then pulled out a knife which he held with both hands and proceeded to stab Van Gogh in a frenzy - "as if he was trying to cut a tire to shreds" - according to witnesses. It later became apparent that the killer had slashed Van Gogh's throat in an attempt to behead him.

Soon after the murder it was revealed that the killer was connected to the group of Islamists in Holland who were under surveillance by the police and linked to Ayman Al Zawahir and Al Zarqawi , and a Jihad network which was linked to attacks in Madrid and Casablanca. Investigators said that the letter found on Van Gogh's body indicated ties to Takfir al Hira, a radical group which has declared war on westerners.

Witnesses recounted that after stabbing and slashing Van Gogh, the killer then calmly pulled a second knife out of his bag, wrote a short note and then plunged the note and knife into Van Gogh's chest near his heart. He then kicked Van Gogh several time hard in the side, wiped his gun on a rag, and walked away - "As if it was the most normal thing in the world."

The note was later found contain verses from the Koran and a call for holy war.

By the time the many bystanders who passively witnessed the murder approached, Theo Van Gogh , the 47 year old grand nephew of the famous painter's brother, lay dead on an Amsterdam street a few blocks from his home.

Van Gogh had received death threats as a result of making a film about wife beating in Islam called "Submission" and was supposed to be under police protection, but he had shrugged it off saying:

"The bullet will not come for me. People think- ‘that is the village idiot, why would anyone shoot him?'"

Less then 10 days before his murder Theo Van Gogh had written one of many articles criticizing Mayor Cohen of Amsterdam for his appeasement policies towards militant Islamists. He ended it with the prophetic words :

"The Amsterdam police have no interest in coming to the defense of the native Dutch who are being attacked by an increasingly aggressive minority. And [mayor] Cohen couldn't care less. Suspect that our mayor is an incorrigible cynic and a mercenary opportunist to boot, and ask myself for how long native Dutch will be welcome in Amsterdam."

Theo Van Gogh was highly critical of Cohen's intentions to "keep things together" and maintain the status quo despite the increasing aggression of the Muslim minority in Holland towards the native Dutch population. Indeed the Dutch, like other Europeans - whose recent history reveals an abysmal track record of appeasement , surrender, and collaboration - appear to have no effective strategy to deal with the militant Islamic threat which is now undermining the foundation of their open society.

Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Zalm, who said that Holland was in a "war with Muslim extremists" was denounced by politicians of all parties

The chairman of the VVD party, Jozias Van Aartsen, who was also mentioned in the killers letter said:

"For many in Holland a new phase has begun. I hope the cabinet understands that dialogue and speeches no longer suffice, and that action is needed. We are dealing with a radical group that is convinced that we are the enemy, that we have to be destroyed. You just have to read the letter from B. (the killer) it is dripping with this .It is exactly the same theme as the attackers in Madrid - "You love life - we love death." In Holland we have to realize, recognize, and acknowledge that this is the case. If you are an enemy- then you have an enemy."

Tragically, it appears that while the majority of Dutch may nod in agreement with his assessment, they have neither the social and legal apparatus, nor the collective political and public will to declare war on the militant Islamists.

In a recent article which appeared in one of the leading Dutch liberal newspapers - The Volkskrant - sociologists weighed in on how to deal with a situation which is threatening their survival. The article, entitled "We have let it rot too long," stated that, "These events show what kind of climate we have allowed to develop.

Of great concern is the fact that the killer, who has only been identified as "Mohammed B," was just one of potentially thousands of Muslims in Holland who seem poised to turn on their adopted countrymen. In an article entitled "Jihad Fighters educated right under our noses," states that :

"…Mohammed B is not alone. The Jihad fighters have been among us for a long time .They have been recruited and educated under our very eyes."

"It is not yet clear if Mohammed B. himself made the decision to murder Van Gogh or if he was directed to do so by a terrorist group. But the message that he left behind on the body of Theo Van Gogh - a declaration of war on America, Europe, Holland, unbelievers, and the ex-Muslim critic of Islam Hirshi Ali – shows the actions to be inextricably linked to the international Jihad. The way in which the letter was formulated also attested to the fact that he had a very thorough religious ideological schooling, very likely in Holland…."

"These events show what kind of climate we have allowed to develop. With the people we have let in and by allowing them to do whatever they want" says sociologist Herman Vuisje. He continued, "At most not more then 5% of Muslims are radicals. That makes around 50,000. But it just takes one to grab a pistol and a knife to plunge Holland into a deep crisis, as we saw yesterday…I don't think the murder of Van Gogh is the turning point, it is the burning embers of a historic mistake."

Rene Cuperus of the Wiardi Beckman Foundation believes that Holland has become "a frontline state" in the clash of cultures. "In France and Belgium you don't have the cabaret type of character who is shouting about goat-fuckers. They have to know that they have come into the freest land in the world. The land of abortion and homosexuality. This new conflict cannot be solved with political correctness."

One can expect that the call for stronger state controls is going to gather momentum, says Piet de Rooij a professor of Dutch history. He ended his newly published book "Republic of Rivals " with the sentence "We are working on new divisions," meaning the divisions between the foreign and native born Dutch .

"My prediction was right. This is a symbol of a process which threatens to go totally wrong. The police and government officials realize this too. If the government can no longer guarantee the safety of its citizen, then we are lost. More pressure on Muslim organizations is being planned. Minister Verdonk yesterday, began that process. But this can not be solved with hefty debate or firm speech. It requires an enormous commitment."

De Rooij, questions whether there is another option aside from "keeping things together".

"We don't have any other option, and that is just as well," says Norbert Both. The big dilemma in a confrontation with intolerance is that tolerance doesn't provide an answer. Then they will just grab for the entire hand. But if you respond to intolerance with intolerance you lose yourself. And of course we don't want to do that. The question is whether we will resist the emotions and keep being ourselves."

The militant Islamist terrorist who killed Theo Van Gogh ended the "live and let live" attitude which used to characterize Holland, enabling artists like Theo Van Gogh to thrive there .

The sobering reality is that the notion of "live and let live" and "keeping it together" aren't capable of dealing with militant Islam and to pursue those ideals is tantamount to societal suicide.

Sociologist Norbert Both's desire to remain ourselves is the luxury of an emotion which cannot be permitted in wartime along with prior concepts of tolerance and dialogue

In a post 9/11 world "being ourselves" has become synonymous with self defense.

Theo Van Gogh was murdered, in large part, because misguided Amsterdam city officials such as Mayor Job Cohen, and liberal Dutch politicians, thought they could "keep things together " by appeasing Muslims and militant Islamists. Van Gogh was killed for "being himself" in an open society which did not heed his warning that :

"Since September 11, as you well know , the knives have been sharpened and the fifth columnist goat-fuckers have been marching relatively unhindered forwards. I can't put it otherwise .We live in a nightmare of good intentions and wrongly understood idealism. I am too old to emigrate to America, that beacon of hope in a steadily darkening world."

Like the murdered Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, Theo Van Gogh was a lone voice who eschewed political correctness to warn against the Islamization of Holland, which he called the advent of a "Dark Ages of Mecca."

A week after the murder, it appears that the Dutch politicians have already capitulated to the Militant Islamists. After the Deputy Prime Minister - Gerrit van de Zalm stated that "We are at war with Muslim extremism," Dutch politicians fell over themselves condemning his "choice of words" and rushed to mollify the Islamists in the vain hope of preventing additional attacks.

Dutch Prime Minister Balkende stated:

"The Netherlands is a nation where people ought to want to meet one another, where cultures meet each other," Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Dutch television Monday.

Even more alarming was the statement of the former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt , from the Christian Democratic Party. He appeared on Dutch television and stated "I deeply regret that the government has appropriated Bush's terminology regarding the war on terror."

If the Dutch fail to take action to purge the militant Islamists from their midst it will mean that Moroccan Muslim Amsterdam councilman Aboutaleb's proclamation that "we will be living together tomorrow, over tomorrow and five and ten years from now," is a sign that the Dark Ages of Mecca which Theo warned his countrymen against, has already arrived.


MIM: Translation

'Murder beginning of a holy war in Holland'

Amsterdam- The Hague 11/7/04

The cabinet regards the murder of Theo van Gogh as the beginning of an Islamic holy war in Holland. It is "an attack on the rule of law", said deputy prime minister Gerrit Zalm after the ministers meeting.' We declare war back.We will begin the assault and eradicate all the radical Muslim groups from Holland'.

The cabinet sees the murder and threats of the killer aimed at Ayaan Hirsi Ali and other politicians as proof that there is a 'group' which is active in Holland 'who believes that murder is justified if people have another religous conviction'.'That is not just theoretical but also practical extremism'. 'This is new for Holland'.'We have never encountered anything like this in modern history'.

The cabinet is alloting more money for the security services and the pursuit of extremists.More people will have security details.In addition the cabinet is hastily passing a law which would make it easier to strip criminals of their Dutch nationality . If need we will implement an emergency law for this" according to Zalm.

Prime minister Balkenende, who was at a meeting of the heads of the European Union , said he was greatly shaken by the letter which was found on the body of Theo van Gogh."Something breaks off in society if you work with this sort of threats". according to Balkenende who admits to be struggling with feelings of powerlessness.

The Amsterdam Al Tawheed mosque is considering filing a lawsuit against CDA fraction chairman Verhagen for libel and defamation . Verhagen called the mosque a 'breeding grounds' of terrorism which bears responsibility for the radicalisation of Mohammed B.


MIM: Note Minister Balkenende exhibited abject dhimmitude today 11/14/04 when he gave out flowers to Muslims at a mosque . http://telegraaf-i.telegraaf.nl/daily/2004/11/15/TE/TE_2S_20041115_1/pagina.php The headline of the article read:' Muslims stop complaining' and went on to say :"Muslims in Holland have to be flexible and not immediately play the"victim" every time someone criticises Islam".

MIM: The Al Tawheed mosque which is threatening to file a lawsuit against a Dutch law maker for calling it a breed ground for terrorism is itself linked to Al Haramain and by extension, Al Qaeda. Some Dutch politicians have been calling for the mosque to be closed down due to it's Islamist teachings which include advocating throwing homsexuals from tall buildings, stoning adulterous wives,and performing female circumcision. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/64

MIM: Compare Deputy Minister Zalm's strident declaration of war against militant Islam with Prime Minister Balkenende's quasi capitulation by admitting that he is "struggling with feelings of powerlessness". These two statements epitomize the dilemma and polarisation of attitudes in Dutch society. The sucess in the war on terror depends on the ability of the Dutch public and politicians to understand the mortal threat which Islam is now posing to their country and their physical survival.


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'Moord begin heilige oorlog in Nederland'
Van onze verslaggevers

AMSTERDAM/DEN HAAG - Het kabinet beschouwt de moord op Theo van Gogh als het begin van de heilige islamitische oorlog in Nederland. Het is een 'aanval op de Nederlandse rechtsstaat', zei vice-premier Zalm vrijdag na de ministerraad. 'We verklaren de oorlog terug. We voeren de strijd op en zullen radicale islamitische bewegingen uit Nederland doen verdwijnen.'

Het kabinet ziet in de moord en de dreigementen van de moordenaar aan het adres van het VVD-Kamerlid Hirsi Ali en andere politici het bewijs dat er een 'groep' in Nederland actief is 'die meent dat moord gerechtvaardigd is als mensen een andere religieuze opvatting hebben'. Zalm: 'Dit is niet alleen theoretisch maar ook praktisch extremisme. Dat is nieuw voor Nederland. In de moderne geschiedenis hebben we dit niet eerder meegemaakt.'

Het kabinet trekt daarom opnieuw meer geld uit voor de inlichtendiensten en de opsporing van extremisten. Ook zullen meer mensen worden beveiligd. Daarnaast maakt het kabinet haast met het plan criminelen met een dubbel paspoort hun Nederlandse nationaliteit te ontnemen. 'Desnoods maken we er een noodwet voor', aldus Zalm.

Premier Balkenende, in Brussel bij de Europese top, zei 'gigantisch geschrokken' te zijn van de brief die Mohammed B. op het lichaam van Van Gogh achterliet. 'Er knapt wat in de samenleving als je op deze manier werkt met bedreigingen', aldus de premier, die erkende te kampen met gevoelens van machteloosheid.

De Amsterdamse El Tawheed moskee overweegt aangifte te doen tegen CDA-fractievoorzitter Verhagen voor laster en smaad. Verhagen noemde de moskee een broeinest van terrorisme, datmedeschuldig zou zijn aan de radicalisering van Mohamed B.


MIM: Update the killer of Theo van Gogh has been linked to a network of terrorist organisations. In a newspaper article today it was revealed that he received money from Switzerland calling themselves "The Martyrs of Morrocco". In addition the note left behind by the killer who stuck it into Theo Van Gogh's body with a knife was said to bear the hallmarks of Tafkir al Hira - a group associated with Al Zaraqawi .

Dutch Soldiers Lay Siege to House After Officers Hurt (Update1)


Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Dutch military special forces laid siege to a house in The Hague after three police officers were injured in a hand-grenade blast during an anti-terrorist raid. Authorities closed the airspace over the city to civilian flights.

Police evacuated the Laakkwartier neighborhood following the raid, at 2:45 a.m. local time today. The grenade was thrown from the house. Suspects remained on the premises, the national crime prosecution unit said in an e-mail, without saying if there'd been arrests. Amsterdam's Schiphol airport stayed open.

The siege underscores tensions in the Netherlands following the Nov. 2 murder of Theo van Gogh, a filmmaker and critic of Islam. A suspect holding Moroccan and Dutch passports was arrested the same day, and arson attacks on at least two mosques and Islamic schools followed. In the past week, an intelligence agent was suspended for leaking information, De Telegraaf said.

"I am very concerned about the hardening of society in the Netherlands," Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said in an interview on NOS television. "We all need each other. At the moment, we are acting in a very non-Dutch way."

Police officers stood at roadblocks in the neighborhood of the house under siege, and snipers were on the roofs of homes, images on national television showed. Police have drawn no public link between today's raid and the Van Gogh murder.

In the most recent arson attack on a Muslim institution, a fire damaged a primary school in the southern Dutch town of Uden yesterday afternoon, Mayor Joke Kersten said.

The Netherlands' population of about 16 million people includes some 900,000 Muslims.

Under Pressure

"The issue of Islam in Europe is going to be a crucial issue in the near future, and Muslims are torn between two extremes," said Gilles Kepel, the author of "The War for Muslim Minds" and professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, in an interview.

The Dutch parliament is scheduled to discuss tomorrow what should be done in the wake of Van Gogh's murder. The position of Interior Minister Johan Remkes, responsible for the intelligence service, the AIVD, is under pressure, De Telegraaf reported.

An AIVD employee leaked information to a group to which the suspected killer of Van Gogh belonged, the newspaper said.

Balkenende has asked for a probe into possible AIVD leaks. In the cabinet, Justice Minister Piet-Hein Donner has been named the coordinating official in dealing with terrorist attacks.

Van Gogh was cremated in Amsterdam yesterday at a service attended by hundreds of mourners. His murder followed death threats he had received following the Aug. 29 TV broadcast of his film "Submission," which criticized Islam's treatment of women.

The 10-minute film features images of a Muslim woman wearing a transparent veil which reveals her breasts. Koranic texts describing physical punishments for "disobedient women" are written on parts of her body.


Violence Marks van Gogh Funeral


The funeral of the Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh, who was murdered last week by a Muslim, led to religious violence on Tuesday.

Two Dutch churches were attacked by arsonists, apparently in retaliation for earlier attacks on mosques. An opinion poll on the day of the funeral showed that 40 per cent of Dutch people no longer considered Muslims welcome. A Muslim school in the southern Dutch village of Uden was burnt down last night. The attackers left a message referring to the murder.

Van Gogh, whose last film, Submission, criticised the treatment of women under Islam, was cremated in a ceremony broadcast on large screens for the crowds outside an Amsterdam cemetery and live on national television. A sarcastic letter was read out to Van Gogh's killer, promising "we will do our very best to learn more about your beliefs to prevent further misunderstanding" and apologising that the killing "had to happen in the middle of Ramadan". At the funeral, crowds waved banners demanding: "Let's protect our freedom of speech" and "No to fundamentalism".

However, on Wednesday morning an explosion occurred during a police raid at a house which has led to the closure of the airspace over The Hague.

Three Dutch police officers have been wounded during the raid which began early today, police said. Shots were fired as police conducted the operation on behalf of national prosecutors. Prosecutors would not confirm whether the raid was connected to an investigation in the alleged terrorist slaying of van Gogh on November 2.

One unidentified neighbour told Dutch television that she heard a police negotiator tell an apparent suspect in the building to "come out, and no body will get hurt". But the suspect yelled back "I'll behead you, I'll behead you," she said.

Six suspects, believed to be members of a terrorist group, remain in custody, in connection with van Gogh's murder, including the alleged killer, Dutch-Moroccan Mohammed Bouyeri, 26.

However, prosecutors have declined to comment on media reports that the authorities are hunting a Syrian they suspect of involvement in the Van Gogh murder, threats against a politician and for planning attacks on government buildings, according to Reuters news agency.



Dutch 'terror' siege ends with two arrests
Times Online and Agencies

A day-long siege at a Dutch apartment which started with a shoot-out and an explosion which injured three police officers has ended with two arrests.

Terror suspects who had barricaded themselves into a flat were taken into custody by police.

A witness told Dutch television she heard shots near the building and then saw police leave with two people under arrest.

"One suspect was hurt in the shoulder. The investigation is ongoing," said Wim de Bruin, a spokesman for the state prosecutor's office.

Police had mounted an anti-terror raid early this morning. Shots were fired and three officers were injured, two of them seriously, when a hand grenade was thrown.

Han Moraal, the Hague Chief Prosecutor, said that the raid was part of a "continuing investigation into terrorism," but would not confirm if it was linked to the killing of filmmaker Theo van Gogh on November 2, a crime which has shocked the Netherlands.

Authorities closed the city's air space to small planes as part of today's operation, and several city blocks were cordoned off near The Hague's Holland Spoor train station.

The day-long siege saw the building surrounded by police in riot gear, fire engines, ambulances and SWAT teams. One bystander estimated there were almost 200 police on the scene, including officers wearing balaclava masks and carrying machineguns.

Eyewitnesses on Dutch television said they were awakened early this morning by noise. They said police called a retreat after an explosion.

One unidentified neighbour told Dutch television said that he saw two police staggering out of the building's entrance after the explosion and one collapsed. Another unidentified neighbour said she heard a police negotiator tell an apparent suspect in the building to "come out, and no body will get hurt". But the suspect yelled back "I'll behead you, I'll behead you."

Meanwhile, a Muslim school in Uden was burned down overnight, with "Theo RIP" written on the school walls and another school in Eindhoven was bombed Monday night, with no injuries reported in either incident.

The Netherlands has been the scene of more than a dozen arson attacks against churches and mosques since the killing of Mr van Gogh, who was cremated yesterday.

The filmmaker had received death threats after making an anti-Islamic film, which featured a naked woman with Koranic text written on her body, and which raised the issue of violence against Muslim women.

Six suspects, believed to be members of a terrorist group, remain in custody, including the alleged killer, Dutch-Moroccan Mohammed Bouyeri, 26.

Prosecutors declined to comment on media reports that the authorities are hunting a Syrian they suspect not just of involvement in the Van Gogh murder, but of making threats against a politician and of planning attacks on government buildings, according to Reuters news agency.


The suspect: 26-year-old Mohammed Bouyeri.


Muslim suspect in filmmaker's death part of scary European trend

Associated Press
Nov. 8, 2004 01:45 PM

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Two years before he allegedly killed a Dutch filmmaker in the name of radical Islam, Mohammed Bouyeri volunteered at his local community center and was a promising member of the second generation of Moroccan immigrants to the Netherlands.

His transformation from student to purported jihadi terrorist fits a pattern of young Muslims in Europe who are being recruited by Islamic militants - sometimes openly in the streets - and trained to carry out violent attacks against the West.

Local youth who knew Bouyeri, 26, said he became interested in politics after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, but only grew radical after the death of his mother from cancer in fall 2002. He began wearing traditional Muslim dress, grew a beard and attended a mosque where key Sept. 11 hijackers and plotters had reportedly met, including Mohamed Atta.

Bouyeri was arrested in a shootout with police minutes after Theo van Gogh's murder Nov. 2 in Amsterdam. He allegedly shot Van Gogh several times, stabbed him and cut his throat, then impaled him with a five-page letter threatening Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who wrote the script for Van Gogh's film "Submission" that criticized the treatment of women under Islam.

"There will be no mercy for the wicked, only the sword will be raised against them," the letter said, adding that the Netherlands, America and Europe "will go down."

Bouyeri also carried a will in his pocket written in good Dutch titled "Baptized in Blood," urging others to "go for it, and Allah will give you Eden instead of this filthy Earth."

Van Gogh, a distant relative of painter Vincent van Gogh, had received death threats after releasing his film in August.

Bouyeri has yet to enter a plea to charges including murder and membership in a terrorist criminal organization. There are seven other suspects in the case who face charges of forming a terrorist conspiracy to murder Van Gogh and belonging to a terrorist criminal group.

At the time of the Van Gogh attack, Bouyeri was living with several of the suspects in an apartment where police seized fundamentalist literature and videos. He was not on any terror watch list, though he has been convicted of assault and a violent robbery, police said.

Bouyeri was born and raised in a working-class area of west Amsterdam sometimes called "Satellite City" because dishes broadcasting Arabic television are so common. His parents were Moroccans who arrived in a wave of immigration in the 1970s and spoke little Dutch.

Resentment of the Dutch establishment - including anger at government support for the United States and Israel - sometimes bubbles over. Police scuffled with youth on Bouyeri's street in 1998 - and again when they arrived to search Bouyeri's parents' house after the murder.

It is in areas like this that recruiting takes place.

"They may start out as nice boys, but once they go to Afghanistan or wherever for training, then it's all over," said a young Muslim woman who grew up in Bouyeri's neighborhood.

She said she had seen recruiters handing out literature and propaganda openly on the streets and in some mosques. The woman asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.

The case has prompted a backlash with Muslim groups on Monday asking the Dutch government to protect Islamic sites after an elementary school was bombed - the latest incident following Van Gogh's murder. The powerful, pre-dawn explosion in Eindhoven, about 75 miles south of Amsterdam, caused no injuries but blew out the school's front doors and scattered glass and debris.

Amsterdam city officials announced round-the-clock police protection for Islamic buildings. Ayhan Tonca, chairman of the Contact Group for Muslims and Government, said he'll ask Tuesday for permanent police protection, camera surveillance and undercover agents to help ensure the safety of Dutch Muslims - about 1 million in a country of 16 million people.

The Dutch secret service says several dozen "muhajideen" veterans of wars in Afghanistan and the Balkans form a hard core of about 150 radicals who are active in the Netherlands.

Secret service spokesman Vincent van Steen said Monday it is difficult to track the suspects because they are not members of groups, but rather individuals with a common ideology. "It's more diffused. These are people who think alike."

Secret service Director Sybrand van Hulst said in a report published last year that youth with a "certain fascination" with terrorism are impressed by these Islamic warriors.

After striking up a friendship, militants tell youths that modern mosques are too lax and take them to isolated, sect-like surroundings to convince them that taking part in jihad is a Muslim duty, with martyrdom the highest achievement.

"They watch jihad videos with each other and go to readings, congresses and (Muslim) summer camps. ... In addition, they participate in Internet chatrooms that discuss jihad and Islamic martyrdom," the report said.

As the culmination of their training, the young men make a written or recorded statement of farewell to their families - similar to the one found at Bouyeri's arrest.

Bouyeri graduated from a local high school in 1995, and started college, but never finished. In 2001 he began volunteering at the Eigenwijks neighborhood center.

"My goal as part of the editorial staff is to sketch an image of the youth in this part of town," Bouyeri wrote in Eijgenwijk's paper in March 2002. "Please, send us your opinions."

A spokesman for the Eigenwijks said Bouyeri quit coming in August 2003 because he was upset that alcohol was served there, and that women mingled with men.

Bouyeri began attending services at the al-Tawhid mosque. There, he befriended Samir Azzouz, 18, who was arrested in the Netherlands in June for allegedly planning to bomb a major Dutch landmark and is now awaiting trial.

Al-Tawhid, which like most Muslim organizations has condemned Van Gogh's killing, said it was unaware Bouyeri ever attended.

"We're strict, but not more than that," mosque spokesman Farid Zaari said.

In mid-June 1999, authorities believe, Sept. 11 pilots Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi met during a conference on Islamic Puritanism held at al-Tawhid, along with Ramzi Binalshibh - the man accused of coordinating the attacks on the United States. He's now under arrest in Pakistan.

German suspect Mounir El Motassadeq, whose trial in Germany for involvement in the attacks is ongoing, also attended that meeting. Al-Tawhid said it was also unaware the men were there.


MIM:The killer of Theo van Gogh - Mohammed Bouyeri was linked to a group which is tied to Al Zarqawi - Takfir Al Hira

Amsterdam to Fallujah - Follow the thread of terror

by Austin Bay 10/11/04


See :Amsterdam helps explain the stakes in Fallujah



Excerpt : Mohammed B. krijgt geld uit Zwitserland

door onze correspondent Bob Kroon

11 NOVEMBER 2004 - BERN - Mohammed B., verdacht van de moord op Theo van Gogh, en zijn kompanen zouden rechtstreeks financiële steun hebben ontvangen van Mohammed Asjraf, een van de kopstukken van het wijdvertakte terroristische netwerk ‘Martelaren van Marokko‘.

MIM translation: Mohammed B. the suspect in the murder of Theo van Gogh and his accomplices received direct financial support for Mohammed Asjraf , one of the leaders of the widely spread terrorist network 'Martyrs of Morocco'


MIM: Information on Dutch government security agencies who are scrambling to revaluate strategy and access their effectiveness (or lack of it). It should be noted that the AIVD The national security services, was accused of twice leaking dossiers which found their way into the hands of terrorists. An investigation is presently underway to discover how the militant Islamists behind the killing of Theo Van Gogh came into possession of an AIVD dossier.


Excerpt from "Strijd tegen de terreur ondoorzichtig"

by James McGonigal


De bestrijding van terreur is in Nederland in handen van een groot aantal organisaties van de overheid. Nu de druk toeneemt, is het de vraag of die overheid zich afdoende kan organiseren. Minister Remkes van binnenlandse zaken had openlijk kritiek op zijn collega Donner van justitie en daarbij kwam de kernvraag aan de orde: wie is hoofdverantwoordelijk.


Het probleem blijft echter de organisatie van de overheid zelf. Het bundelen van onderdelen van de overheid blijkt zelfs in tijden van crisis een weerbarstige materie.

...Dat komt ook doordat er geen duidelijke hiërarchie is. De ministeries (en onderliggende organisaties van) binnenlandse zaken (openbare orde) en justitie (vervolging) zijn even belangrijk. Als de samenwerking niet in orde is, moet binnen de onderscheiden organisaties steeds een stapje hoger worden gegaan en om ingrijpen worden gevraagd. Uiteindelijk betekent dat dus dat de ministers bij de premier moeten komen....

MIM translation : The fight against terrorism in Holland is in the hands of a large number of governmental organisations.Now that the pressure is mounting the question remains as to if the government can adequately organise themselves. Minister Remkes of internal affairs was openly critical of his colleague Donner from the justice department: And thereby comes the key question. Who is reponsible.

Organisation: There is no clear hierarchy. The agencies (and the sub agencies) internal affairs (public security) and justice (prosecution) are equally important. If cooperation does not go smoothly it means that each of the agencies has to go one step higher to request that action be taken. Finally it means that the agencies have to go to the prime minister.


Klik hier voor een overzicht van de verschillende overheidsdiensten .

Click here for an overview of the different government agencies.


Organisation of government anti terrorism agencies


MIM translation by Beila Rabinowitz director MIM:

MIM: 11/14/04 Note that the dossier could only have been leaked by a Muslim mole in the employ of the security services. MIM speculates that the person is either a native born Muslim or a Dutch (secret) convert to Islam. An investigation is currently underway. One of the members of the terror group behind Theo van Gogh's killing was a convert to Islam who had a Dutch mother and American father.

..."The 19-year-old Jason W. — one of the two suspects arrested as Special Forces officers fired tear gas into a house in the Laak district of The Hague after a 14-hour stand-off on Wednesday — was allegedly prepared to die in a suicide attack.

A farewell letter written to his mother indicates that he was prepared to die as a martyr for Jihad. The teenager — who is the son of a US man and a Dutch woman — is believed to have converted to radical Islam five years ago..." http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/003903.php


'General Internal Security Services information in the hands of extremists'

Secret information from the General Internal Security Services (Algemene Inlichtingen and Veiligheids Dienst) appears to have found it's way into the hands of extremist Muslims. A friend of Mohammed B. who is a suspect in the murder of Theo van Gogh, was in possession of this information wrote the NRC Handelsblad.

It pertains to personal details regarding the terrorism co suspect Samir A. The information reveals that the AIVD was watching the group around Samir A. The NRC Handelsblad is also in possession of the secret AIVD information.


In an earlier case it transpired that an employee of the AIVD had leaked similiar information to suspects in an terrorist case in Eindhoven. The Goverment Investigators (Dutch FBI) is investigating the leak. Different sources which know the contents of the leaked AIVD information, which was found in the Buchelius Street , say that it also arrived "in the mailboxes" of other suspected Muslim extremists.



'AIVD-informatie bij extremisten terechtgekomen'

9 NOVEMBER 2004 - RIJSWIJK (ANP) - Vertrouwelijke AIVD-informatie blijkt bij meerdere vermeende extremistische moslims terechtgekomen. Ook een vriend van Mohammed B. die wordt verdacht van de moord op Theo van Gogh, heeft hier beschikking over, heeft NRC Handelsblad vandaag geschreven.

Het gaat om informatie over de personen rond terrorismeverdachte Samir A. Uit de informatie blijkt onder meer dat de AIVD de groep rond Samir A. in de gaten houdt. NRC Handelsblad zegt zelf ook in bezit van de vertrouwelijke AIVD-informatie te zijn.


Eerder bleek al dat vermoedelijk een medewerker van de AIVD dergelijke vertrouwelijke informatie had gelekt aan verdachten in een terroristenzaak in Utrecht. Eind september werd het vermoedelijke lek, de verdachte AIVD-medewerker, hiervoor opgepakt. De Rijksrecherche doet onderzoek naar het lekken.

Verschillende bronnen die de inhoud kennen van de gelekte AIVD-informatie, zeggen dat de AIVD-bevindingen die in de Utrechts Bucheliusstraat zijn gevonden, ook bij vele andere vermeende moslimextremisten ,,in de brievenbus" zijn terechtgekomen.



MIM: The new debate is asking why the AIVD did not arrest the killer of Theo Van Gogh earlier

MIM: Translation: It doesnt look good for Remkes

The cabinet cannot adequately explain why Mohammed B was not arrested earlier. The General Intelligence and Security Services AIVD "made a big mistake" and that is the fault of Minister Remkes of Internal Affairs. It does not look well for th politician, said lower house member Wilders during Thursday's debate over the murder of Theo van Gogh.


Wilders: 'het ziet er niet goed uit voor Remkes'

DEN HAAG - Het kabinet heeft niet goed kunnen uitleggen waarom Mohammed B. niet eerder is aangepakt. De Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst AIVD heeft " een grote fout gemaakt", en dat is minister Remkes (Binnenlandse Zaken) aan te rekenen. Het ziet er dus niet goed uit voor de bewindsman, zei het onafhankelijke Tweede-Kamerlid Wilders donderdag tijdens het debat over de moord op Theo van Gogh.



MIM: Jason W. said goodbye to his family

The Hague/Amsterdam -Tuesday night on the 9th of November a special unit stormed an apartment in The Hague. There are two people there, suspected of being terrorists. The raid goes wrong. Who is to blame?

zaterdag 18 december 2004 uur.

Jason W. nam al afscheid van familie

Van onze verslaggevers Annieke Kranenberg en Weert Schenk

DEN HAAG/AMSTERDAM - Dinsdagnacht 9 november, een speciale eenheid bestormt een Haagse woning. Er zijn twee mannen aanwezig, mogelijk terroristen. De inval gaat mis. Wie heeft schuld?

In de nacht van 9 op 10 november verzamelen negen man van het arrestatieteam van de regiopolitie Haaglanden zich in de Antheunisstraat. De agenten moeten in de portiekwoning op nummer 92 twee, mogelijk drie mannen aanhouden. Ze weten dat de verdachten op de een of andere manier met terrorisme te maken hebben.

In het appartement brandt licht. De aanwezigen, de 19-jarige Jason W. en Ismail A. (22), zijn nog wakker. Het zijn moslimextremisten, die volgens de inlichtingendienst AIVD behoren tot het Hofstadnetwerk. Mohammed B., gearresteerd voor de moord op Theo van Gogh, maakte vermoedelijk ook deel uit van deze groep.

In de woning aan de Antheunisstraat zit afluisterapparatuur. De AIVD heeft 'zeer ernstige aanwijzingen' dat het tweetal aanslagen voorbereidt. Minister Remkes van Binnenlandse Zaken vindt de plannen van Jason W. en Ismail A. van dien aard dat 'direct moet worden ingegrepen'. Zij zouden het onder andere hebben gemunt op de Kamerleden Hirsi Ali en Wilders.

Uit verklaringen van diverse, onafhankelijk van elkaar sprekende bronnen blijkt dat het arrestatieteam besluit niet te wachten totdat de extremisten naar bed zijn. Gewoonlijk wordt dat bij nachtelijke invallen wel gedaan. Agenten beklimmen rond kwart voor drie de steile, granieten trap en wachten in het duister van het trapportiek voor de gebarricadeerde deur van nummer 92.

Onverwachts zet Jason W., die kennelijk onraad heeft geroken, de deur op een kier. Hij gooit een handgranaat het benauwde portiek in en sluit snel de deur. Het explosief stuitert langs de agenten de trap af en ontploft op straat. Tientallen kogeltjes vliegen in het rond. Een agent krijgt de volle laag in het onderlichaam.

Na de explosie trekt het arrestatieteam zich terug. Getuigen horen geroep in mobilofoons om versterking. De verdachten schreeuwen dat ze twintig kilo explosieven hebben liggen en desnoods alles zullen opblazen.

Een hectische dag volgt. Zwaar bewapende politiemensen halen tweehonderd buurtbewoners uit hun huizen. Speciale eenheden van politie en krijgsmacht belegeren de omgeving. Scherpschutters liggen op de daken. Ambulancepersoneel staat met kogelvrije vesten klaar. Het luchtruim boven Den Haag wordt gesloten voor vliegverkeer, met uitzondering van politiehelikopters.

Het lukt de onderhandelaars van de politie niet om met Jason W. en Ismail A. in contact te komen. Vlak na de mislukte inval is er nog wat geschreeuw over en weer met politiemensen op straat, maar daarna blijft het stil. De mannen nemen telefonisch afscheid van hun familie. De ontwikkeling wachten zij verder af met Arabische gezangen. Ze kunnen de straat in de gaten houden door gaten in de luxaflex en de vitrage.

Burgemeester Deetman, hoofdofficier van justitie Moraal en hoofdcommissaris Bouman komen moeilijk tot een besluit. Ze willen de verdachten levend aanhouden en de materiële schade zien te beperken.

Rond half 's middags jagen traangasgranaten Jason W. en Ismail A. hun woning uit. Als de verdachten hun handen niet in de lucht steken, klinkt een waarschuwingsschot. Jason W. lijkt in een broekzak te grijpen. Hij wordt in de schouder geschoten. Speciale eenheden maken de twee onschadelijk. De verdachten dragen ieder een handgranaat bij zich. In de woning van Jason W. en Ismail A. worden geen explosieven gevonden. Wel een handgranaat en diverse steekwapens, waaronder een samoeraizwaard.

Bij de Haagse politie wordt duidelijk dat in het portiek bijna een bloedbad was ontstaan. Als de granaat in het portiek zou zijn ontploft, waren er vermoedelijk doden gevallen, zeggen deskundigen. Korpschef Bouman van Haaglanden verwijt de landelijke diensten AIVD, Nationale Recherche en het landelijk parket van het OM dat niet alle informatie met zijn arrestatieteam is gedeeld. Anders was voor een minder riskant aanvalsplan gekozen.

Uit een daarna door Binnenlandse Zaken uitgevoerde evaluatie blijkt volgens diverse bronnen dat alle relevante feiten wel zijn meegedeeld aan het arrestatieteam. De belangrijkste informatie was: de verdachten zijn in Pakistan getraind voor de jihad. Ze zijn vuurwapengevaarlijk. Jason W. is een onberekenbare gek. Over de aanwezigheid van explosieven was niets gezegd. Evenmin was bekend of de verdachten bereid waren tot zelfopoffering.

Uit de reconstructie van Binnenlandse Zaken blijkt dat het arrestatieteam hoogstwaarschijnlijk een inschattingsfout heeft gemaakt. De Haagse politie heeft moeite zich bij dit feitenrelaas neer te leggen, maar de landelijke diensten eisen dat Haaglanden de beschuldiging over gebrekkige informatieoverdracht intrekt.

Met medewerking van Marc van den Eerenbeemt


MIM: In the interests of giving a picture of the debate which is raging in Dutch society on how to deal with the problem of militant Islam MIM is publishing the article below with commentary as to why these steps are useless in the war on terror in the context of 'native' militant Islamists . In some cases the author has answered himself as to the impossibility of implementing the measures due to legal constraints and the deeply entrenched concept of "political correctness" which is the context of militant Islam is synonymous with being "better but deader".


A Dutch journalist has come up with a "Plan Against Muslim Extremists in 9 Steps".

The Steps are :

1: Throw Radical Muslims out of the country !

2: Close Radical Mosques like Al Tawheed in Amsterdam.

3:Follow more radical Muslims in their daily activities

4) Forbid religous books which call for violence

5)More money and extra powers of the AIVD (The Internal Security Services) MIM:See above about leaked AIVD info to terrorists)

6) Forced Assimiliation -( MIM:Mohammed Bouveri the killer of Theo van Gogh was born, raised and schooled in Amsterdam. The 'Jihad Manifesto' he left stuck into Theo van Gogh's body with a knife was written in perfect Dutch)

7) Institute obligatory cursus in citzenship in the elementary schools.( MIM: Mohammed Boveri who savagely murdered Theo van Gogh, was fondly remembered as a good student by his teachers at school)

8)Security for citizens with controversial views about extremists: MIM: The Dutch government disingenously stated that Theo van Gogh refused protection. Ayaan Hirsi Ali lambasted Dutch politicians for not forcing him to have a body guard as they rountinely do with their own.

9) Show more respect for other points of view . MIM: Here is Theo Van Gogh's response to this from one of his articles.

"According to National Security (AIVD) and Van Bommel I may not say these things.Because partly due to people like me this Fifth Column of goatfuckers is going issue a desperate cry for "respect", and assault your and my children with poison gas, diseases, and atomic bombs. That's logical, isn't it ?




Recept tegen moslimextremisme in negen stappen

door Paul Koopman

6 NOVEMBER 2004 - DEN HAAG - ‘Alles van waarde is weerloos‘, zegt de bekende regel van dichter Lucebert. Dat geldt, zo lijkt het, in het bijzonder voor ons democratisch bestel. Eén radicale moslim slaagde er de afgelopen week in de samenleving in het hart te treffen. De angstige vraag is gerezen of Nederland zich wel tegen dergelijke acties kan wapenen. Aan voorstellen is in politiek Den Haag in elk geval geen gebrek. Maar helpen ze ook en: kúnnen ze wel?

1) Gooi radicale moslims het land uit!

Het kabinet komt met een noodwet die dat mogelijk moet maken. VVD-leider Van Aartsen bepleitte het met kracht, evenals zijn voormalige fractielid Wilders en de LPF. Vermoedelijk kan de maatregel alleen worden toegepast bij veroordeelde terroristen met een dubbele nationaliteit, nadat zij hun straf hebben uitgezeten. Mensen puur vanwege hun orthodoxe geloofsovertuiging over de grens zetten, is strijdig met de grondwet. Het intrekken van de Nederlandse nationaliteit bij gewone criminelen staat weer op gespannen voet met het ‘Europees Verdrag inzake nationaliteit‘. Of het uitwijzen van terroristen helpt is de vraag: zij kunnen immers via de achterdeur als illegaal weer in het land terugkeren.

2) Sluit radicale moskeeën zoals de Al Tawheed in Amsterdam.

Vrijwel kamerbreed wordt op dergelijke acties aangedrongen. In naar schatting twintig van de ruim vijfhonderd islamitische gebedshuizen wordt een radicaal-orthodoxe leer gepredikt. Probleem is dat dat op zichzelf niet strafbaar is, en zonder strafbaar feit kan een vereniging, bestuur of gebouw van rechtswege niet ontbonden, gesloten of verboden worden. Het oproepen tot geweld, bijvoorbeeld tegen homo‘s, is echter wel strafbaar.

Of sluiting in de praktijk uitvoerbaar is, is de vraag. Of het verstandig is, is weer een andere kwestie. Deskundigen hebben er al op gewezen dat de jihad na het sluiten van een moskee ‘ondergronds‘ wordt voortgezet. De veiligheidsdiensten hebben er dan minder greep op. Maar dat is een wel erg fatalistisch argument.

3) Volg meer radicale moslims in hun dagelijkse doen en laten.

De veiligheidsdiensten hebben nu 150 é 180 radicale moslims ‘op de korrel‘. Dat aantal wordt uitgebreid, nu gebleken is dat Mohammed B. uit een kring buiten die ‘harde kern‘ komt. Maar de AIVD heeft zelf al aangegeven dat ze nooit iedereen kan schaduwen en alle aanslagen kan voorkomen. Ook minister Donner heeft genoteerd dat honderd procent veiligheid een illusie is. 4) Verbied religieuze boeken waarin wordt opgeroepen tot geweld.

Die discussie werd al gevoerd toen in de moskee Al Tawheed het boek ‘De weg van de moslim‘ werd aangetroffen, waarin onder meer stond, dat homo‘s van de hoogste verdieping van flatgebouwen gegooid dienden te worden. Probleem: ook in het oude testament zijn teksten terug te vinden die met enige kwade wil als oproepen tot geweld kunnen worden uitgelegd, zoals het vers ‘oog om oog, tand om tand‘. Het verbieden van religieuze boeken en commentaren daarop, is strijdig met de vrijheid van godsdienst, - meningsuiting en - drukpers. Bovendien biedt het internet - voor wie wil - een onuitputtelijk reservoir aan van haat doordrenkte religieuze teksten. Maar opnieuw is dat een fatalistisch argument.

5) Meer geld en extra bevoegdheden voor de AIVD.

De veiligheidsdienst krijgt extra geld. Als die middelen verstandig worden aangewend is dat pure winst. Aan extra bevoegdheden heeft de veiligheidsdienst niet zoveel behoefte. Wel willen medewerkers van de dienst kunnen ingrijpen bij een ‘heterdaad‘, al heeft dat weer als nadeel dat ze zichzelf op dat moment bekend maken. Het uitwisselen van informatie tussen de AIVD en politiediensten is problematisch gebleken. Daar is nog veel verbetering mogelijk.

6) Gedwongen inburgeren.

Minister Verdonk gelooft dat haar plan om ook oudere migranten gedwongen te laten inburgeren kan helpen om radicalisering van jongeren te voorkomen. De maatregel valt in de categorie ‘preventief‘. Of het veel helpt is onzeker: Mohammed B. was behoorlijk opgeleid en beheerste de Nederlandse taal. Bovendien heeft Verdonk nog een geldprobleem: bij het inburgeren zullen vrijwel zeker de eerste jaren alleen mensen aan de beurt komen die nog geschikt zijn voor de arbeidsmarkt.

7) Een cursus ‘burgerschap‘ op de basisschool.

Vanuit de filosofie dat je niet vroeg genoeg kunt beginnen om moslimextremisme te bestrijden, pleit minister Van der Hoeven (onderwijs) voor het bijbrengen van westerse waarden en normen al op de basisschool. Een sympathiek preventief plan, dat zij echter niet verplicht aan scholen wil opleggen. De stichting van moslimscholen wordt vooralsnog geen strobreed in de weg gelegd.

8) Beveilig ook burgers met omstreden opvattingen tegen extremisten.

Na de moord op Fortuyn voelde de politiek daar nog weinig voor, maar dat is nu radicaal veranderd. Vrijwel Kamerbreed wordt er op aangedrongen ook niet-politici zo nodig persoonsbeveiliging te bieden. Vice-premier Zalm stelt daarvoor een ‘pool‘ van beveiligers in het vooruitzicht. Deze maatregel is simpel uit te voeren, kost niet te veel geld en zal meteen helpen voor de mensen die het betreft. De vraag is alleen: wie wel, en wie niet?

9) Toon meer respect voor andere geloofsopvattingen.

Moslims ‘geitenneukers‘ noemen, zoals Theo van Gogh consequent deed, en christenen of homoseksuelen vergelijken met varkens, zoals sommige imams doen, helpt niet bij het vreedzaam samenleven. Om de dialoog tussen moslims en Nederlanders te bevorderen gaat minister Verdonk moslim-organisaties aansporen het moorden uit religieus motief scherp te veroordelen. Het appèl op normen en waarden van het kabinet-Balkenende heeft een groot voordeel: het kost niets. Als moslims en Nederlanders als vijanden en vreemden tegenover elkaar komen te staan, zal dat zeker een bijdrage aan de radicalisering en onveiligheid leveren. Helaas hebben de moord op Theo van Gogh en de heftige reacties daarna het klimaat niet bepaald verbeterd.

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