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This discussion looks at the problems for society, raised by the Burqa. The privilege of the Burqa is often abused by Muslim men to escape security forces. High profile cases of this are Osama Bin Laden, Yasser Arafat and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and there have also been several cases of terrorists in the UK doing this.

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It's not only Arab or Muslim terrorists or terrorist leaders who dress as women. In 1958, the "strongman" (that was the Homeric epithet employed in those days by Time Magazine) Nuri es-Said of Iraq tried to escape from the men of Col. Qassem by dressing as a woman. He didn't succeed. He was caught, killed, his mutilated semi-naked body dragged through the streets of Baghdad for further mutilation by a populace enthusiastic about such things.
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http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2006/11/niqabs-and-burqas-as-securi...

I wrote a week ago, in a blog for National Review Online, that the niqab and burqa should both be banned on security grounds, "as one cannot have faceless persons walking the streets, driving cars, or otherwise entering public spaces." Although a problem with historic roots (Iraqi irregulars disguised themselves in the Palestinian town of Deir Yassin in 1948), this blog will document the current dangers, especially in the West, of the burqa and niqab as a disguise.

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Jewelry theft in London: Two robbers, male and female, stole £200,000 worth of jewelry from the exclusive Ramot on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge by wearing burqas into the store. The robbers then flung open their garments to reveal guns, threatened the staff, took their keys to the display cabinets, locked the staff in a back room, and made off in a black Mercedes Benz getaway car with what Scotland Yard called "unique" gems. (March 7, 2002)

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Attacking a church: Two assailants in burqas threw a grenade among worshippers at a Christmas Day service on in the village of Chianwala, northwest of Lahore, killing three and wounding thirteen. (December 25, 2002)

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Niqab as an accessory to abduction in the United States: Timothy Egan tells about the strange abduction of Elizabeth Smart, 14, in "In Plain Sight, a Kidnapped Girl Behind a Veil." Brian D. Mitchell, 49, flaunted Smart in public but kept her in a niqab-like garment that hid her for nine months from one of the most intense-person cases ever conducted.

With a veiled Elizabeth Smart and his wife in tow, Mr. Mitchell showed up at a downtown block party here, a grocery store, a restaurant, even living for about a week just one block from the Salt Lake City police headquarters, numerous witnesses say.

Throughout much of last summer [i.e., 2002], while the police and volunteers were looking day and night for Elizabeth after her kidnapping, it turned out she was moving among them in the open, dressed in the most flamboyant of outfits, and at times even camped just three-and-a-half miles from the Smart home. Mr. Mitchell was stopped by the police several times, and later arrested in San Diego on a burglary charge - all while still holding Elizabeth captive, the authorities said. …

Late last summer, the police say, Mr. Mitchell was moving all around Salt Lake City. At the block party in early September, other people approached the three and asked about the small, veiled girl. "I went up to Mitchell and asked, 'How come she can't even look at people?' " said Ron Lewis, 37, a banquet crew leader who was at the party. "I said, 'What's up with a religion that won't even let women speak?' " said Mr. Lewis, who told his story to the police today. "Her eyes were all I saw of Elizabeth," Mr. Lewis said. He said at times, Mr. Mitchell and his wife held Elizabeth's hand.

(March 14, 2003)

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Burqa'ed commandos capture burqa'ed Al-Qaeda fugitive:

On the plus side, a group of Pakistani commandoes disguised itself as women to wait out a ranking Al-Qaeda operative, Abu Faraj al-Libbi. And why were they in burqas? Tim McGirk of Time explains: "U.S. and Pakistani intelligence had received a tip that a suspected al-Qaeda operative would be traveling to [the town of] Mardan disguised as a burqa-clad woman. Because any plainclothesmen seen grabbing a woman would attract a hostile mob, the commandos had donned female garb and accosted the suspect as his motorcycle crossed a graveyard." (May. 8, 2005)

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Pakistani cops stop attack by burqa-clad jihadists

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2009/09/pakistani-cops-stop-attack-by-bur...

In the West, the "right" of Muslim women to cover their faces is uniformly presented as a civil rights and religious freedom issue. In reality, as this story from the good side of Pakistan's double game shows, it is a security issue. "Pakistani Police Thwart Attack," by Zahid Hussain in the Wall Street Journal, September 16 (thanks to Rosanne):

ISLAMABAD -- Islamic militants clad head-to-toe in women's burqas attempted to attack an oil-storage facility in Karachi, raising fears that insurgents are fleeing northwestern Pakistan and infiltrating the nation's main business hub.

Three gunmen disguised as women tried to enter the high-security terminal used by oil companies late Monday night, Waseem Ahmed, the city police chief, told Pakistani television on Tuesday. Police say they suspect the assailants disguised themselves as women to try to slip past security checkpoints.

Pakistani police officers examined weapons and ammunition left behind by attackers in Karachi, Pakistan, on Tuesday.

When stopped by security guards, the militants opened fire, killing one guard. The assailants fled during a gun battle, leaving behind the burqas, purses and hand grenades.

"We suspect they wanted to carry out a big terrorist attack which our prompt police action thwarted," said Mr. Ahmed in an interview with Geo TV Pakistan....

Posted by Robert on September 16, 2009 5:38 AM

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Niqabs and Burqas - The Veiled Threat Continues
by Daniel Pipes Jerusalem Post September 2, 2009

http://www.danielpipes.org/7585/niqabs-burqas-veiled-threat

What's new on the niqab and burqa front?

To remind, both garments are designed for the modesty of Muslim females; the niqab covers all but the eyes and the burqa covers the entire face. In "Ban the Burqa – and the Niqab Too," two years ago, I documented how these two items pose criminal and terrorist dangers.

Is that still the case?

Criminality: Jordan offers a glimpse into the potential for niqabs and burqas as illegal accessories: one news report indicates that 50 people committed 170 crimes using Islamic garments during the past two years, or roughly one incident every four days, a crime wave that has prompted some Jordanians to call for restricting or even banning these Islamic head coverings.

No other country reports nearly so many head-garment-related crimes, but Philadelphia, Pennsylvania boasts multiple robberies (3 banks and 1 real estate leasing office) in a sixteen-month period in 2007-08, including the murder of a police officer.

The United Kingdom has the West's second-worst record. Jewelry stores – some owned by Muslims – have been targeted in the West Midlands, Glasgow, and Oxfordshire. Two travel agencies were attacked in the adjoining towns of Dunstable and Luton while an armored truck driver was assaulted in Birmingham. Robbery is not the only motive; teenagers in London, used niqab-style face coverings when stabbing a younger boy.

Other criminal incidents in the West include east European pickpockets wearing Islamic headgear in Rotterdam and a burgundy burqa'ed armed robbery at the People's Bank in Hiddenite, North Carolina (population: 6,000). The man who abducted Elizabeth Smart, 14, of Salt Lake City, forced her to wear a niqab-like garment that hid her in plain sight for nine months.

In response, banks, credit unions, jewelry stores, and schools are limiting access to persons of cover. For example, the Carolina Federal Credit Union of Cherryville, North Carolina, not far from Hiddenite, steers anyone wearing hats, sunglasses, or hoods to an isolated teller where special security measures obtain.

Terrorism: Taliban reliance on burqa'ed terrorism, often of the suicide variety, makes Afghanistan the current world epicenter of this tactic. On two occasions, authorities foiled would-be suicide bombers before they could act – one a Russian male convert to Islam with 500 kilograms of explosives in an automobile in Paktia Province, the other an Afghan woman hiding a bomb in Jalalabad.


An Afghan soldier stands guard over a burqa used by a male Taliban suicide bomber to attack government buildings in Paktia Province.

Usually, though, violent intentions are hidden by the burqa, becoming apparent only after an attack begins:

A Taliban commander, Haji Yakub, was killed in burqa as he tried to escape a house in Ghazni Province while attacking U.S. forces.
A Taliban operative, Mullah Khalid, attacked a police patrol in a crowded market in Farah Province. killing at least 12 people (7 police, 5 civilians).
A suicide bomber in Helmand Province killed a Pashtu-speaking British soldier before being shot in the forehead.
About fifteen suicide bombers in burqas armed with suicide vests, Kalashnikovs, and grenade-launchers drove to government buildings in Paktia Province and killed 12 persons.
Iraq suffered three such incidents (a male insurgent disguised as a pregnant woman, an attempted assassination of a governor, and two suicide bombers killing 22 Shi'i pilgrims) while Pakistan suffered two (one, operating from a rickshaw, killed 15 people). The attack on Mumbai that left nearly 200 dead included a mysterious burqa'ed woman. Elsewhere, incidents involved an attack on French tourists picnicking in Mauritania and a Molotov cocktail attack in Bahrain.

Oh, and on the bright side, Herve Jaubert, a Frenchman falsely accused of embezzling $3.8 million managed to escape Dubai by donning a niqab.

As an ancillary problem, new studies in both England and Ireland have found that covered women (and their breast-fed children) tend to get rickets disease due to an insufficiency of vitamin D, which the skin absorbs from sunlight.

(For greater detail on all these issues, see my weblog entry, "The Niqab and Burqa as Security Threats.")

I have previously called for a ban on "these hideous, unhealthy, socially divisive, terrorist-enabling, and criminal-friendly garments" from public places. Now joining with fed-up Jordanians, I reiterate that call. Islam requires that women wear neither niqab nor burqa, while public welfare emphatically requires their public prohibition. How many more cases of robbery and terrorism must occur for this common-sense stricture to be applied from Afghanistan and Jordan to the United Kingdom and Philadelphia?

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Yet another Burqa crime - this time in Bury, 5 May 2010

6ft robber wearing a burka leads raiders in jewellery shop heist

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 5:12 PM on 6th May 2010

A robber wore a burka as a disguise to carry out a raid on a jewellery shop, police said today.

The cross-dressing criminal used the black head-to-toe garment, worn by some Muslim women, to hide his identity.

Owners of the jewellers in Bury, Greater Manchester, thought the 6ft-tall robber was a woman and allowed him entry.

Capri

Armed robbery: after allowing what they thought was a woman wearing a burka into a shop, staff at Capri Jewellers were help up by a shotgun-wielding gang 

But as soon as he was buzzed in three men barged in behind him - one brandishing a shotgun. They raided the shop, stealing a large amount of bracelets, rings and lockets, before escaping in a waiting car, thought to be a silver Toyota Yaris.

Police are now hunting five men, all Asian, thought to be involved in the raid, which took place at about 4.15pm yesterday at Capri Jewellers on Benson Street in Bury.

The offender dressed as a woman is described as Asian, around 6ft tall and of thin build.

The getaway driver is described as Asian, in his early 20s, of chubby build. He was bald and wearing glasses.

The other three offenders are described as Asian and were wearing balaclavas.

The gang left behind two holdalls that were branded Wei Bao.

Det Sgt Chris Jameson, of Greater Manchester Police, said: 'The store has very tight security so the ruse used to gain entry shows a level of detailed planning, and I want to hear from anyone who may have overheard the gang preparing for this robbery.

'I would also urge anyone who knows the whereabouts of the getaway car or who may have been approached with a view to buying the stolen items to call police. All information will be treated in strict confidence.'

In western Europe wearing of the burka or face-coverings in public has stirred controversy, with some countries considering or imposing a ban on the dress.

Muslims say the burka is a part of their religious culture and such state interference is evidence of prejudice against their faith.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1273914/Robber-wearing-burk...

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'Muslims say the burka is a part of their religious culture and such state interference is evidence of prejudice against their faith.'

This statement would have been more effective if the reporter had quoted a Muslim saying this. Clearly not all Muslims believe this.
Colorado: Muslim woman refuses to remove headscarf for jail photo

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/12/colorado-muslim-woman-refuses-to-...
Once again the principle is advanced that where Islamic law and American law conflict, it is American law that must give way. "Muslim Woman Won't Remove Scarf For Jail Photo," from AP, December 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) ― A Muslim woman who refused to remove her headscarf for a Boulder County jail booking photo has been told she'll have to explain her refusal to a judge.
Maria Hardman, 19, of Boulder, who says she converted to Islam three years ago, pleaded guilty to an alcohol violation and was sentenced to two days in jail plus community service.

She told the Boulder Daily Camera on Friday that removing her headscarf for the photo would violate her beliefs because the Quran calls for Muslim women to wear the scarf except in the company of close family.

A police report said Hardman's blood-alcohol level was 0.19, more than twice the legal limit, after she crashed her motor-scooter in August.

Alcohol consumption is generally considered to be banned by Islam. Hardman said she drank punch provided at a party without knowing it contained alcohol. She said she left after she found out.

Hardman said she was told to remove the scarf for the photo Wednesday, when she reported to the jail to do paperwork in preparation for a two-day work crew as part of her sentence.

She said her attorney spent three hours trying to persuade officials to let her wear the scarf for the photo. She said jail officials eventually allowed her to leave without taking her photo, but it's not clear whether she began serving her sentence....

Posted by Robert on December 5, 2010

One more for 2010:

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/12/pakistan-suicide-bomber-who-struc...

 

Pakistan: Suicide bomber who struck refugees waiting for food was wearing burqa

Police said "the attacker was a woman, who resisted being searched and hurled a hand grenade at security guards at the checkpoint before triggering her bomb..."

Did they offer her the option of a self-administered pat-down and hand swab?

An update on this story, as recent reports point to a single attacker. "More than 80 dead in Pakistan bombing and raids," from Agence France-Presse, December 25 (thanks to Sr. Soph):

More than 80 were killed in a suicide bombing on a World Food Programme project and a series of helicopter raids against militant camps in Pakistan, officials said.
A suicide bomber wearing a burqa, who some officials said was a woman, killed at least 41 people at a World Food Programme distribution point in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
The blast occurred in Khar, the main town of lawless Bajaur tribal district, once a stronghold of Taliban militants who have carried out several bombings and suicide attacks in the area.
"At least 41 people are dead and more than 60 wounded in the suicide bombing," tribal administration official Sohail Khan said.
Separately, 40 militants were killed in Mohmand, another lawless tribal district, in a series of military raids, officials said.

It's not that Mohmand is lawless; the district is simply suffering the upheaval caused by the jihadist imperative to replace any other legal system with Sharia.

There were conflicting reports about the identity of the bomber in Khar with some officials saying the attacker was a woman, while others claimed a man disguised in a burqa was responsible.
The bomber was intercepted at a checkpoint outside the ration distribution centre and the blast occurred during a search, Sohail Khan said.
The deputy administrator of Khar, Tariq Khan, said that the bombing was carried out by a woman. "It was a female suicide bomber," he said.
Tribal police officials Mubashir Khan and Munasib Khan also said the attacker was a woman, who resisted being searched and hurled a hand grenade at security guards at the checkpoint before triggering her bomb....

Philadelphia: Police hunt niqab-wearing bank robbers

"Philadelphia Police, FBI Searching For Serial Robbers," from CBS Philly, April 6 (thanks to Maxwell):

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects connected to a bank robbery last month.

At about 12:20 p.m., on March 20th, police say two suspects walked into the Sovereign Bank in the 8000 block of Stenton Avenue. They presented a threatening demand note to the teller, obtained an undisclosed amount of cash, and then fled the area on foot.

Authorities say these suspects are repeat offenders and are responsible for several bank robberies in Philadelphia between December 23, 2011 and April 4, 2012.

The following banks were robbed, according to authorities:

MoreBank in the 400 block of W. Cheltenham Ave. on December 23, 2011 and March 14, 2012

3rd Federal in the 6000 block of Roosevelt Blvd. on January 6, 2012

Sovereign Bank in the 8000 block of Stenton Ave. on March 20, 2012

Wells Fargo in the 700 block of Adams Ave. on April 4, 2012

The suspects are both described as black, having a thin build, 5’10” tall, with black Muslim-like garments covering their heads and bodies.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact police right away.


Philadelphia Muslims offer $20,000 reward to find criminals wearing Islamic garb


One of two suspects wanted in a series of bank robberies enters a Sovereign Bank in Philadelphia. The two suspects had their faces covered and wore long robes.

Philadelphia-area Muslims are offering a $20,000 reward to find criminals cloaking their identities beneath Islamic women's clothing, saying the crooks are feeding mistrust of their faith.

Members of Majlis Ash Shura, a group representing 71 mosques and congregations in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said they have zero tolerance for the tactic, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“Whatever happened to the mask?” Imam Asim Abdul-Rashid of the Masajid of the Delaware Valley said, referring to ski masks often seen worn by bank robbers, the Inquirer reported.

Officials say perpetrators have worn Muslim garb in five Philadelphia bank robberies since December. Also, Sharif Wynn, charged with an April 18 killing in an Upper Darby barber shop, allegedly wore a woman's robe as part of a robbery ruse that turned out to be a love triangle gone bad.

“These types of bizarre incidents feed into that cottage industry of Muslim bashers,” Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the national Council on American-Islamic Relations, told msnbc.com. “These types of incidents demonize Islam and American Muslims.”

They also make it difficult for Muslim women to get service in banks, Hooper said.

Amara Chaudhry, civil rights director at CAIR’s Philadelphia chapter, told msnbc.com that one community member, who went to a bank to deposit the paycheck of her son in the military, was not allowed to enter the branch before first removing her hijab, making her feel as naked as removing her blouse and bra.

“She couldn’t even serve her son who is serving our country,” Chaudhry said.

Islamic leaders said at a news conference Tuesday they're concerned the crimes could make Muslim women the targets of mistrust or even violence.

Watch US News crime videos on msnbc.com

Williams appealed for the public's help.

“We are seeing cowards dressed in the outer garb of Muslim women,” he said, according to the Inquirer. “We will do all that we can to make sure [Muslim] women aren’t degraded in this way.”

“I would like to ask the perpetrators if they have a mother, a daughter, or an aunt, and if they’d put them in jeopardy with this act,” said Alia Walker, executive director of Earth’s Keepers in Philadelphia, the Inquirer reported.

“We are human beings. To have my peers look at me in some kind of way because of this crime ... it really hurts my heart,” Walker said.

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/25/11391852-philadelphia-...

But of course, tolerance of the burqa and hijab only goes one way:

Jordan: Bank fires Christian woman for not wearing hijab

Remember: when in Muslim countries, you must abide by Muslim practices. And when in non-Muslim countries, you must abide by Muslim practices. Obama has said that he will defend the right of Muslim women in the U.S. to wear the hijab, as if anyone is denying it -- but he will say nothing about this. Islamic supremacism from modern, moderate Jordan: "Jordan Bank Fires Christian Woman Who Eschewed Hijab," by Gabe Kahn for Israel National News, May 23 (thanks to Voice of the Copts):

The Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank on Wednesday fired a Christian employee who refused to wear a scarf to cover her hair as part of uniform for female staff.

“The bank warned Vivian Salameh to cover her hair as part of the women’s uniform approved earlier this year, but she refused,” Iman Afaneh told AFP.

“Five other Christian women are working at the bank, and they are committed to wearing full uniform, including the headscarf.”

But Salameh said she “refused to wear the partial head cover because it is against my principles,” and is religious coercion.

“The bank uniform registered at the trade and industry ministry does not include wearing anything to cover my hair,” she added....

 http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/jordan-bank-fires-christian-woman...

Abu Hamza's daughter in the Court of Appeal over her conviction for smuggling a SIM card into the Category A prison where her disgusting father was housed:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/9285706/...

I can't believe she is allowed to stand in the dock in a burka.  I wouldn't be allowed to wear a hat whilst sitting in the dock. Does this mean she gets to walk around inside the prison wearing a burka?

Police station surrounded

News of the incident spread quickly and soon the police station was surrounded by around 100 youths.

The Brussels West Police Services called in re-enforcements from the Federal Police and other Brussels police forces to contain the situation.

Belga
Nevertheless, several windows were smashed and bus-shelters damaged by the youths.

Six people were detained. The Mayor of Molenbeek Philippe Moureaux (Francophone socialist, photo) went to the scene to try and help diffuse the situation.

By 9:30 pm calm had returned to the vicinity of the police station.

H/T Anushirvan

http://tundratabloids.com/2012/06/belgium-veiled-woman-being-detain...



Joe said:

Abu Hamza's daughter in the Court of Appeal over her conviction for smuggling a SIM card into the Category A prison where her disgusting father was housed:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/9285706/...

I can't believe she is allowed to stand in the dock in a burka.  I wouldn't be allowed to wear a hat whilst sitting in the dock. Does this mean she gets to walk around inside the prison wearing a burka?

What a difference between Hamza,s daughter and Omar Bakri,s

See here

"What a difference between Hamza,s daughter and Omar Bakri,s"

Good ol' Yasmin.  You go, girlfriend!

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/1736666/Muslim-hate-cleri...

Riots in Brussels over women refusing to remove niqab ; http://www.deltaworld.org/international/Riots-in-Brussels-over-the-...

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Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them. 

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Islam, operating at the micro and macro levels, is unstoppable by individuals, hence: "It takes a nation to protect the nation". There is not enough time to fight all its attacks, nor to read them nor even to record them. So the members of 4F try to curate a representative subset of these events.

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