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Internet Jihadism

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When I began writing my latest novel, Paladine,  it was supposed to a be my attempt to write a “normal” assassination thriller.  An ex-Special Forces commando goes into business as a mercenary.  His targets: terrorists.  However, when I got into the research I was shocked.  I knew there had to be radicalized jihadists living in the United States because the FBI has arrested many of them in sting operations.[1] [2] However, there is evidence, readily available from Internet sources, that Sheik Mubarak Ali Jilani, a sheik from Pakistan, a suspected terrorist which the U.S. government alleges is the founder of the terrorist organization, Jamaat ul-Fuqra[3], is also the founder of  Muslims of America, Inc.[4] which allegedly has established jihad training compounds in the States which are classified by law enforcement as “classically structured terrorist cells.” [5]  A storage locker maintained by the group in Colorado Springs was raided by local police in 1989, who found a cache of firearms, grenades, plastic explosives and target practice silhouettes labeled “Zionist Pig” and “FBI Anti-Terrorist Squad.”[6][7][8][9]

Claims have been made by the anti-Islamic group, Christian Action Network[10] that the MOA trains men and women to be jihadists and to take action upon Gilani’s order.[11]  Reports by the Anti-Defamation League indicate that the group’s emails and web sites have featured writings by anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers and advocate jihadist violence.[12]

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) was established in 2004 to serve as the primary organization in collecting and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to terrorism possessed or acquired by the U.S. government.[13]  However, according to a 2011 Congressional Report, it is powerless to do any of its own enforcement and, instead, must rely on other government agencies. The report provides: “Arguably most important, however, is the capability of ensuring that analysts are integrated into the counterterrorism effort, that operational planning is shared with analytical offices so that particular reactions or threats can be anticipated and assessed. The most important “wall” may not be the one that existed between law enforcement and intelligence agencies prior to 2001, but the one that often persists between analysts and operators. The latter may lack the time and opportunity to integrate analytical efforts into their ongoing work, but if the country is aiming for a “zero defects” approach to terrorism, close attention to intelligence is a prerequisite. Some experienced observers maintain that “zero defects” is unrealizable, some failures are inevitable and argue that it is more responsible to minimize failures and limit their effects. The use of intelligence by policymakers and military commanders is in largest measure the responsibility of the Executive Branch, but some observers argue that the quality of analysis may be enhanced when analytical efforts are regularly reviewed by congressional committees and hearings are conducted to ensure that they are properly prepared and fully used.”[14]

President Obama held a briefing with his national security team at the NCTC in December 2015[15] but it was largely symbolic, resulting in no change in policy.  As an example of enforcement’s shortcomings, the terrorists in that case were on both watch lists – TIDE and TSDB – but were cleared as potential threats by the bureau – twice.  After they were cleared, they went on to commit one of the most horrific terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

There is a growing threat from the so-called “lone-wolf” attacks, such as we have seen in Nice and other parts of Europe, but there are also jihadists recruiters for the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Nusra using social media to connect with potential jihadists for financing and soldiering.[16]

What is most alarming is that most of the recruits are young people; many of them teenagers.[17]  While recruiting used to be face-to-face, many recruits to ISIS and other terrorist organizations come from social media, where the terrorist organizations all have Twitter and Facebook pages.  The teenagers are exposed to the terrorist propaganda, and by the time they make contact to sign up, they have already been radicalized.

Current economic and social conditions are putting more than usual pressures on young people.  The virtual reality of the Internet creates an escape from real life that can be more destructive than drugs.  When suicidal tendencies turn into homicidal tendencies, it is easy to see how more lone-wolf terrorist attacks like the Bastille Day attack in Nice on July 14th could occur, not only abroad, but on U.S. soil.

While enforcement is a problem that must be addressed on a national level by connecting up law enforcement with the latest data on suspected terrorists, the radicalization of young people is a local problem that must be solved within families, schools and peer groups.  Perhaps religious leaders of traditional Islam can do more to reach out to these young people, using the binary, technical language of their generation.

[1] Pfeiffer, Alex, 31 Suspected ISIS Terrorists Have Been Arrested in the U.S. In the Past Year, The Daily Caller, August 6, 2016

[2] Goldman, Adam, The Islamic State’s suspected inroads into America, The Washington Post, August 8, 2016

[3] Bocuher, Richard, Daily Press Briefing, United States Dept. of State, March 27, 2002

[4] Mauro, Ryan, Muslims of the Americas (MOA), The Clarion Project, February 12, 2013

[5] Brown, Carol, Muslims of America training compounds, American Thinker, September 20, 2015

[6] Hossenball, Mark, Another Holy War, Waged on American Soil, Newsweek, February 28, 1994

[7] Mauro, Ryan, Muslims of the Americas (MOA), The Clarion Project, February 12, 2013

[8] Brown, Carol, Muslims of America training compounds, American Thinker, September 20, 2015

[9] The Blaze, For the Record, Sleeper Cells Inside Our Nation?, Febraury 19, 2014

[10] Is There a Muslim Terrorist Training Camp Near You?, The Conservative Papers, May 7, 2013

[11] Brown, Carol, Muslims of America training compounds, American Thinker, September 20, 2015

[12] Muslims of the Americas: In Their Own Words, Anti -Defamation League, http://archive.adl.org/extremism/moa/

[13] NCTC website: https://www.nctc.gov/index.html

[14] Best, Richard A., The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Responsibilities and Potential Congressional Concerns, December 19, 2011, Congressional Research Service

[15] White House, Office of Press Secretary, Statement by the President After Briefing at National Counterterrorism Center, December 17, 2015

[16] Bardin, Jeff, What it’s like to be recruited by ISIS online, May 22, 2015, Business Insider

[17] Geiger, Gloria, This is How ISIS Uses Social Media to Recruit American Teens, November 20, 2015, Teen Vogue

Described by critics as “one of our strongest thriller writers on the scene,” author Kenneth Eade, best known for his legal and political thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, “An Involuntary Spy.” Eade, an up-and-coming author in the legal thriller and courtroom drama genre, has been described by critics as “One of our strongest thriller writers on the scene and the fact that he draws his stories from the contemporary philosophical landscape is very much to his credit.” He is the author of the “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series”, the fifth installment of which, Killer.com, won best legal thriller in the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and the “Involuntary Spy Espionage Series”.

Said Eade of the comparisons, “Readers compare me in style to John Grisham and, there are some similarities, because John also likes to craft a story around real topics and we are both lawyers. However, all of my novels are rooted in reality, not fantasy. I use fictional characters and situations to express factual and conceptual issues. Some use the term ‘faction’ to describe this style, and it is present in all my fictional works.”

Eade has written twelve novels, which are now in the process of being translated into six languages. He is known to keep in touch with his readers, and offers a free Kindle book to all those who sign up at his web site, www.kennetheade.com.

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Dark world of #GMO in Kenneth Eade’s “An Involuntary Spy”

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How does a genetic biologist working for a large biotech company, developing genetically engineered food, go up against government corruption and fraud when he tries to expose his employer?

Kenneth Eade’s political thriller, “An Involuntary Spy”, tackles the dark world of the GMO food industry. Digital Journal had the opportunity to interview Mr. Eade regarding his latest work.

“It just could be that this book breaks the real life controversy wide open. There are untold miseries that may not be known for decades. Altering the foods we eat can not be done without consequences. If natural is best for human health, GMOs are the worst. In the future, plant-based medicine may not work due to the manipulation of genes today.” – Barbara Stanley, Atlantic Natural Health Examiner

DJ: Tell us what makes your book different from other spy or political thrillers?

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Eade: “An Involuntary Spy” is a political thriller, but it differs from other political thrillers, because, instead of the FBI and the CIA being the good guys, and the Russians being the bad guys, as usual, my hero is the good guy, who is chased by the CIA (the bad guys) and finds refuge in Russia.

It is also different from the genre because it is a believable story that could appear in the news headlines at any moment. And it educates the reader on the dangers of GMO foods at the same time as it entertains.

DJ: Tell me something about your book.

Eade: The story is about Seth Rogan, a genetic engineer with a promising career with the largest biotech company in the world. He loved his job more than anything, but when he was asked to do some tests on the company’s genetically engineered foods, he became entangled in a trail of corruption and fraud that he wanted no part of, but could not escape from.

Seth discovers that the danger in the genetically engineered foods made by his company is being covered up not only by the company, but also the government. Deciding this moral dilemma in favor of what he feels is right, he blows the whistle on the company and the government, and escapes the country as a fugitive. On the run, he is forced to become an involuntary spy.

DJ: What genre is it?

Eade: The genre is political fiction, but it has been on the top of Amazon’s science fiction charts in the category of genetic engineering.

DJ: What kind of readers will it appeal to?

Eade: I think it will appeal to everyone over the age of 18. It has action, romance, sex, and a real message to impart to the reader as opposed to just entertainment.

DJ: What inspired you to write the book?

Eade: While writing the best selling non-fiction book, “Bless the Bees”, I did a lot of research on the hidden dangers of genetically engineered foods. I was disgusted by the way the government agencies like the FDA and EPA were controlled by ex-executives from Monsanto and the fact that Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods undergo no safety testing by the government.

I thought to tell the story of how the big chemical companies quietly slipped GMOs onto our table. The best way I thought to do it was a human story about someone who was torn between their job and what was morally right.

DJ: Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, could you please share it with us?

Eade: Each chapter of the books is like a small story with a cliffhanger, and I go back and forth between the past and present. There are also philosophical points made in the book. I love them all, so I can’t really say I have a favorite, but here is an excerpt from one:

“Winston Churchill said Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. That pretty much summed up the place. The young women were beautiful; the old women were hags. The people were highly educated, but most of them held down lowly jobs. The summers were brutally hot and the winters stingingly cold. It was a country of constant contrast and vast inequality. But Seth found the people in the Far Eastern provinces to be warm and generous. And if you knew when your last day of life was going to be, it was the best place to spend your last night on earth, because in Russia people party like tomorrow will never come.

Seth had never thought he would have ended up here, so far from home, so out of touch with everything and everyone. He couldn’t even use his own name. He was a man without a country, without an identity. A traitor, a spy, banned forever from his own country, and all because he wanted to do something that he thought – no, knew – was right. Set things right. Like Einstein’s great mistake, he had helped to unleash Armageddon on the world and now he felt responsible to stop it.

Yes, the company had been good to him, and had fulfilled his every material need. And he had reciprocated. But sometimes one man must fight for what he feels is right, even against the majority. Something that is wrong does not change to right just because the majority approves it, ignores it, or the government says it is right. It is still wrong.

And he still saw the company and his country as being two separate and distinct entities. How had the lines blurred between the two and where had he crossed over from loyal citizen to traitor? Had not the company betrayed his country and become the true traitor, and he merely the bearer of the news of that betrayal?”

DJ: Tell me something about yourself.

Eade: I’m an author of fiction and non-fiction with a background as an international business lawyer, specializing in international law, Internet Law, appeals and complex litigation. I hold a Juris Doctor in Law from Southwestern University School of Law, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge. I’m also a filmmaker and a freelance writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal as well as an environmentalist and outspoken critic against genetically modified foods and the overuse of pesticides.

DJ: Where or when is your book available for sale? Add your links here.

Eade: It is available now on Amazon in Kindle and paperback and Barnes and Noble in paperback, at the following links:

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DJ: Do you have a marketing strategy? If yes, could you please share how? Was it effective in increasing sales or exposure?

Eade: My marketing strategy has been to use Kindle Direct Publishing’s promotional tools and to get as much Internet exposure as possible. I believe it has been successful in getting this book on the best seller list.

DJ: If you were given one wish to make a change in the world, what would it be?

Eade: I wish that everyone would read this book, and that will change the world. We are all living with our heads buried in the sand. The government is allowing large corporations to do whatever they want. This latest assault on our environment is the government allowing their cronies to put dangerous food on our table that causes obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, allergies, gluten intolerance and a host of other things we don’t know yet, Not only that, it is contaminated our natural food supply and poisoning entire ecosystems. This is a villain which must be stopped.

DJ: Do you have anything you would like to say to Digital Journal readers?

Eade: Be aware, be informed, and ask questions about everything. Urge the government to force the chemical companies to label genetically engineered foods so you can avoid them. They are in almost every packaged or processed food. If you feel as passionate as it as me, please sign the petitions to require the FDA to conduct independent safety testing on GM foods before their approval at my website.

DJ: What is next for you?

Eade: I’m writing a book called, “Predatory Kill,” about a lawyer who takes on a case for a client against the big banks. The client is trying to convince the lawyer that a bank executive is responsible for murdering her mother and putting her father in a coma. Before he has the chance to decide whether this is fantasy or not, he becomes inextricably entwined in the madness.

DJ: How can readers find you?

Eade: They can look me up on my Amazon author’s page; or see my entire bio on my blog. Check out the official book website aninvoluntaryspy.com

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Ken Eade holds a Juris Doctor in Law from Southwestern University School of Law, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge. Kenneth Eade is also an accomplished filmmaker and a free lance writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and an environmentalist.

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GMO’s Ukrainian Connection

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In late 2013, Victor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine, rejected a European Union association agreement tied to a $17 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.  Instead, he chose a Russian aid package worth $15 billion plus a discount on Russian natural gas.  This decision led to his forcible removal from office in February 2014 and the current crisis and devastating civil war.    The present government of the Ukraine pursued the IMF loan and a European Union Association Agreement.

On July 28, 2014, the Oakland Institute released a report entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict,” which revealed that the World Bank and the IMF, under the terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open the country to genetically-modified (GM) crops in agriculture.

Because of its rich soil, Ukraine has always been referred to as the “breadbasket of Europe.”      According to the Oakland Institute’s report, “Whereas Ukraine does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, Article 404 of the EU agreement, which relates to agriculture, includes a clause that has generally gone unnoticed:  it indicates, among other things, that both parties will cooperate to extend the use of biotechnologies.  There is no doubt that this provision meets the expectations of the agribusiness industry.  As observed by Michael Cox, research director at the investment bank Piper Jaffray, ‘Ukraine and, to a wider extent, Eastern Europe, are among the most promising growth markets for farm-equipment giant Deere, as well as seed producers Monsanto and DuPont’.”

The Oakland Institute also revealed that the terms of the World Bank/IMF loan to Ukraine have already led to “an increase in foreign investment, which is likely to result in further expansion of large-scale acquisitions of agricultural land by foreign companies and further corporatization of agriculture in the country.”

In May 2013, Monsanto announced plans to invest $140 million in a non-GMO corn seed plant in Ukraine, insisting that it would be working with conventional seeds only.  However, by November 2013, six large Ukrainian agriculture associations had prepared draft amendments to the Ukrainian law prohibiting GMOs, which called for “creating, testing, transportation and use of GMOs proposing the legalization of GM seeds,” citing that  genetically manufactured seeds had been tested as safe in the United States.  This is inaccurate, because GM seeds have never undergone independent safety testing in the United States, whose regulatory agencies such as the FDA, accept industry testing and considers them to be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS.)

In December 2013, Monsanto Ukraine launched a “social development program” for the country, which it called “Grain Basket of the Future.”  The program provides grants to rural villagers so they can “start feeling that they can improve their situation themselves as opposed to waiting for a handout.”

In August 2011, WikiLeaks released U.S. diplomatic cables showing that the State Department had been lobbying worldwide for Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations like DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow.  It also released cables which showed that Petro Poroshenko, the current president of Ukraine, had been a U.S. informant.

On May 14, 2013, the United States- based non-profit organization “Food & Water Watch,” after reviewing these cables from 2005 through 2009, released its report entitled “Biotech Ambassadors: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s Global Agenda,”  which stated that the State Department has “lobbied foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws, operated a rigorous public relations campaign to improve the image of biotechnology, and challenged commonsense biotechnology safeguards and rules – even including opposing laws requiring the labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) foods.”

On the Russian side of the GMO coin, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated in April 2014:  “We don’t have a goal of developing GM products here or to import them.  We can feed ourselves with normal, common, not genetically modified products.  If the Americans like to eat such products, let them eat them.  We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.”

Recent efforts to speed up the annexation of Ukrainian agriculture have been documented by the Oakland Institute’s report.  Their fact sheet on the “Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture” shows how the law firm of “Frishberg and Partners” found loopholes in a moratorium on Ukrainian agricultural land sales, and suggested a two-step approach to circumventing this moratorium, which remains in force until January 1, 2016.

The first step described by  Frishberg is to lease Ukrainian agricultural land instead of purchasing it.  This, when combined with legal purchases of industrial spaces adjoining the land, results in ownership.  The second step is to buy large amounts of shares in leading Ukrainian agribusinesses and then reform these companies from the inside. This is a strategy that international agribusiness giants such as Cargill, Monsanto and DuPont have employed. For example, in 2014 Cargill bought a five percent share in the largest land bank in Ukraine.

From the requirements such as those listed in the EU association agreement it is clear that Ukraine is not being set up for economic prosperity and independence, but for international exploitation.  While these develops, on the surface, may appear to be innocent, as
Big Ag  would prefer Ukrainian farmers and the civilian population to believe, the links between government organizations and agribusiness are clear.

The entry point into these connections can be found on the board of the US-Ukraine Business Council.       The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council’s Executive Committee contains representatives from Monsanto, John Deere, DuPont Pioneer, Eli Lilly, and Cargill. These companies are taking control of Ukraine’s agricultural sector with the aim of introducing their organizations are at the forefront of introducing GMO products.

For the past two years, thanks to the civil war, the news coming out of Ukraine has been providing these U.S. based argi-giants with the perfect cover to exploit Ukraine’s resources. Since the declaration of its independence in 1992, international companies have been colonizing Ukraine’s  agricultural sector.

The Council’s Senior Advisors include James Greene, the former Head of NATO’s Liason Office in Ukraine; Ariel Cohen, the Senior Research Fellow for The Heritage Foundation; Leonid Kozachenko, the President of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation; six former U.S. Ambassadors to Ukraine, and Oleh Shamshur, the former ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S.  Shamshur is also a senior advisor to PBN Hill + Knowlton Strategies – a unit of the PR giant Hill + Knowlton Strategies (H+K).

On April 15, 2014 Toronto’s “The Globe & Mail” newspaper published an op-ed by H+K assistant consultant Olga Radchenko, which criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and “Mr. Putin’s PR machine” and stated that “Last month, a group of Kiev-based PR professionals formed the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre, a voluntary operation aimed at helping to communicate Ukraine’s image and manage its messaging on the global stage.”

Dupont, Syngenta, Monsanto and other multinational companies have made their way into several key areas of Ukrainian agriculture, piecing together a multifaceted plan which will ultimately culminate in the implementation and monopoly of GMO products in Ukraine.

Monsanto, Cargill and DuPont have already have all already invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the construction of seed processing plants in Ukraine. Over the last twenty years, these companies have established a strong business foundation inside the country. This foundation has been laid so deep that international agribusiness companies are represented on the board of members of the national Ukrainian Seed Association.   This association, which includes Monsanto and DuPont, aims to “implement new technologies” and “the best new varieties and hybrids in Ukraine.”

The Ukrainian Seed Association also seeks to “take active part in the development of legislation of Ukraine concerning the improvement of seed market.” What this shows is that multinational agribusiness giants are able to not only introduce their technologies into Ukraine, but to also seek to change Ukrainian legislation to benefit themselves.

The key player in this corporate intervention into Ukrainian agriculture is none other than the United States Government, which is playing a central role in shaping the nation’s economy.   The ISAAA, which claims to be “small, responsive, non-bureaucratic, international network,” is sponsored directly by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and USAID.   The ISAAA is instrumental in organizing the dissemination of biotechnology into “developing countries through public-private partnerships.”.”

Through its sponsoring of the ISAAA, which also has a board seat on the US-Ukraine Business Council and works to introduce GMO’s into Ukraine, the U.S. government is directly facilitating the corporate takeover of Ukraine’s agriculture.  Once the biotechnology and GMO laws are altered it will be too late for small farms and businesses to compete on a local scale, let alone an international one.

The ruining of  Ukraine’s unique soil is bad enough, but it also comes with the fact that the wealth of the country, which exists in this land, will be redistributed to a small percentage of oligarchs who, along with the multinational corporations, will control the entire country, with little to no benefit to the Ukrainian people themselves.

In March 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a bill recognizing Ukraine’s nationalist partisans, many of whom fought against both the Nazis as well as the Soviets during World War II and the postwar years, has created the biggest controversy.  This bill would recognize groups such as the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and Stepan Bandera’s so-called Banderite as legitimate combatants in World War II and as freedom fighters who fought for Ukrainian independence. Some of those partisan groups are believed to have participated in the ethnic cleansing of Poles and Jews in Ukraine, as well as bombings and kidnappings against the country’s postwar Soviet government. If the bill were to become law, it would grant veterans of these groups social benefits and make them eligible for state awards. It would also make it illegal to deny the legitimacy of their actions.

Ukraine’s current nationalist elements such as the Right Sector strongly identify with Bandera and his fellow partisans, whom they say laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism. The Right Sector participated in the Euromaidan movement, as well as several  paramilitary brigades that have played roles in Ukraine’s fight against pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine. Critics of the Euromaidan movement alleged the nationalist presence was indicative of the fascist, anti-Russian principles of the movement and the pro-European government that came into power as a result of it.

Of course, the United States has more interests to promote in Ukraine than just GMO foods.  Its military industrial complex stands to benefit from the Ukrainian civil war, and the push to supply the country with lethal weapons will be to its benefit, while at the same time  creating a dangerous situation for the entire European continent.  The U.S. also favors a gas pipeline to Europe to bypass Russian gas.  In furtherance of the U.S. oil and gas industry’s interest in Ukraine, Hunter Biden, the Vice President’s son, has been appointed to the Ukraine’s largest natural gas producer, along with Devon Archer, a close friend of Secretary of State John Kerry to the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest natural gas producer.  In a sign of direct intervention by the United States into Ukrainian government affairs, the U.S. State Department’s Natalie Jaresko has been appointed to the position of Ukraine’s Finance Minister.

Kenneth Eade is the author of “To Russia for Love,” a story about espionage, genetically engineered foods, and Ukraine.