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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 01:24 PM
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Leaked US cables portray worries that Jamaica could become incubator for Islamic extremism
Source: Associated Press

Leaked US cables portray worries that Jamaica could become incubator for Islamic extremism
By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, May 27, 1:00 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica U.S. diplomats have expressed concern that an Islamic cleric convicted of whipping up racial hatred among Muslim converts in Britain might do the same thing in his homeland of Jamaica, according to a leaked cable from the islands U.S. Embassy.

The dispatch, dated February 2010, warns that that Jamaica could be fertile ground for jihadists because of its underground drug economy, marginalized youth, insufficient security and gang networks in U.S. and British prisons, along with thousands of American tourists.

It says Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, who was deported back to Jamaica in January 2010, could be a potential catalyst, and it noted that several Jamaican-born men have been involved in terrorism over the last decade.

Another memo says an associate of el-Faisal was suspected of involvement in a previously unreported terror plot in Montego Bay, a tourist center near where el-Faisal now lives. A second associate was allegedly suspected of threats against a cruise ship in nearby Ocho Rios. No details of the alleged schemes were provided in the cables and both U.S. and Jamaican officials declined to comment on them.





Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/leaked-us-cable-displays-concern-jamaica-could-become-incubator-for-islamic-extremism/2011/05/27/AGtYEpCH_story.html
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Lionessa Donating Member (842 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 01:41 PM
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1. I feel I should be ashamed, but
my first thought when I read this is...

What does Jamaica have the "we" want. Seems any country that's not cooperating with our misuse of their resources becomes a terrorism target.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 01:42 PM
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2. Watch out Jamaica! Here they come. n/t
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 01:50 PM
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3. Nice Excuse to fuck with Countries around the World
just spin the globe and place your finger on it, then claim it may be a breeding ground for Islamists. Slippery slope, on purpose.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 03:02 PM
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9. For real
Moooooslims and Communiss.

If I was a photoshop guru, I could totally make a map of the world green and red. :P
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 02:23 PM
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15. I was there this year and
the poverty is breathtaking. If they don't want extremists there perhaps a bit of aid to the people would go a long way.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 01:51 PM
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4. Since the US uses this as a precursor to 'liberation' Jamaica ought to be very, very concerned
Edited on Fri May-27-11 01:51 PM by ixion
in my opinion.
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davepc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:24 PM
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5. It's a Commonwealth nation with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state
The US is not about to invade part of the 'British Empire', no matter how nominal that status may be today.

The UK would flip their shit.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 03:21 PM
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11. There is no longer a British Empire
It collapsed under it's own weight. That aside, though, there's reason they're bringing this into play, other than the stated reason, and Jamaica should be alert.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:37 PM
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6. why, did they just discover oil there?
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:38 PM
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7. I thought their only religion was Bob Marley and ganja.
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ohnoyoudidnt Donating Member (250 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:56 PM
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8. That's a religion?
I guess I'm not an atheist.

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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 07:30 PM
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18. you're a rastafarianist
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matt819 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 03:20 PM
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10. Everyone calm down
These sorts of messages are as much cya as anything else. After all, how would you like to be the diplomat who failed to anticipate the growth of Islamic extremism whereever you're located? And with terrorism in the subject line, your reporting is going to be read.

Also, it's a safe bet that every embassy/consulate has been directed to report on such developments, or anticipated developments, or possible developments, or. . . you get the idea. And it's a guarantee that every embassy, consulate, or FBI field office with even a modest Islamic community is going to report along these lines, again in a better safe than sorry mode. After all, do you think "Peaceful Muslims enhance community development efforts" is going to be read with much interest in Washington or in your local newspaper.

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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 03:32 PM
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12. wait a minute..... we have a du member from jamaica.......
i wonder who`s side she`s ON?.........:rofl:
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 06:12 PM
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17. Comrade M!
:D
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 07:01 PM
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13. .. but America has never used "Christianity" to infiltrate/invade other nations ... !!!
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 11:56 PM
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14. I reall Jeane Kirkpatrick saying Jamaica was a Stalinist totalitarian regime that would never step
down and had to be invaded a la Grenada (PM Michael Manley)
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 03:24 PM
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16. See the film "Life and Debt" about the effects of "free" trade on Jamaica
Edited on Sat May-28-11 03:25 PM by Lydia Leftcoast
Not a pretty picture, but everyone who still believes the "free" trade mythology needs to see it.

Available on Netflix, both disks and streaming.
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LetTimmySmoke Donating Member (970 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-11 10:31 PM
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19. Is there any oil or natural resources we'd like to exploit in Jamaica?
That would explain the assessment.
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-30-11 03:28 AM
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20.  Just hemp
for the politicians on capital hill,whiskey,wine and women is not enough for those criminals.
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