This issue looks at the latest on the chaos in Egypt, the folly of supporting the rebels in Syria, yet another accommodation to Muslims, backlash from the NSA revelations, and more.

Morsi 2012

Only a year ago: Egypt’s then President-elect Mohammed Mursi waves to his supporters while surrounded by members of the presidential guard in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on June 2012. (Reuters)

News from the Israel Project
Supporters of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi
were reportedly shot and killed today [Friday] trying to break into the military facility where the Islamist official has been placed in “preventative” detention by Egyptian military authorities. The army quickly denied reports that the demonstrators had been shot by Egyptian troops, emphasizing that the soldiers were armed only with blank rounds and tear gas, while reports of casualties ranged from one to three dead and many injured. The protest outside the Cairo barracks came in the aftermath of the Muslim Brotherhood calling for mass national marches – part of what the group dubbed  a “Friday of Rejection” – to show support for Morsi.
Reuters reports on popular sentiment inside Egypt – ranging from young demonstrators inEgyptian protestors Tahrir Square to elements of “polite, liberal society” – rejecting assertions that the army’s moves against the country’s former president Mohammed Morsi constituted a “coup.”

Islamists launched a series of attacks early Friday against Egyptian security forces stationed in the Sinai Peninsula, deepening fears that supporters of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi would respond to his removal from power by escalating violence in the increasingly anarchic territory.


 Morsi Arrested
Joel Rosenberg reports: Mohamed Morsi is no longer the president after 22 million Egyptians signed a petition to remove him. Morsi and other top Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been arrested. The Brotherhood’s TV station was seized by the army. Other Brotherhood leaders have been put on watch lists and told they may not leave the country. The country’s new Sharia law-focused constitution has also been suspended. Read more about the recent events in Egypt.

Egypt after Morsi: Joy and Worry egypt-protests      
Daniel Pipes reports: The overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt delights and worries me. Delight is easy to explain. What appears to have been the largest political demonstration in history uprooted the arrogant Islamists of Egypt who ruled with near-total disregard for anything other than consolidating their own power. Islamism, the drive to apply a medieval Islamic law and the only vibrant radical utopian movement in the world today, experienced an unprecedented repudiation. Egyptians showed an inspiring spirit. Read more.

The Egyptian People’s Message for America: “Obama Supports Terrorism”Obama supports terrorism sign reports: I am not sure when the people of Egypt became more worldly than the people here in America but it would seem they have it figured out. Betsy Hiel tweeted a picture of a banner that has been hoisted in Tahrir Square that reads “Obama Supports Terrorism” in both English and Arabic. The banner has been placed in preparation for Sunday’s scheduled protests against Mohamed Morsi and The Muslim Brotherhood. Read more. (This is definitely worth reading.)

U.S.-Funded “Freedom Fighters” Behead Christians In Syriasyrian rebels reports: Thanks to the Obama administration’s support for Islamic terrorist organizations, civilians, including Christian men, women and children, are all at risk of being killed. But it’s all collateral damage, right? I wonder if that’s what Obama would say if he saw the recently surfaced video of two Christians being beheaded by terrorists while a group of people watched and cheeredRead more.

US Airport Uses Taxpayer Money to Construct Prayer Space for MuslimsSFOPrayer reports: As if things couldn’t get any more ridiculous as more and more Americans pander to Islam, San Francisco International Airport has constructed a special prayers space for Muslims in which they can wash their hands and feet before they pray. Read more.

U.S. Explodes with 100 anti-NSA Protests reports: Americans outraged by the federal government’s spying programs took to the streets on Independence Day for “Restore the Fourth” protests in an estimated 100 American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Memphis and Miami, plus international cities such as London and Munich. The “Restore the Fourth” national protest was named after the Fourth Amendment, which was intended to protect Americans against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

Jihadist Group: We Started Arizona Wildfires reports: Oh the many facets of jihad! Now we’re seeing fire jihad in America. According to reporter David Barnett, a Palestinian jihadist group, Masada al Mujahideen, has recently claimed credit for the ongoing wildfires in Arizona in a statement that was posted to a jihadist forum on Wednesday. Read more.


I recently received this disturbing note from a friend:

When I was ready to pay for my groceries, the cashier said, “Strip down facing me.” Making a mental note to complain to my congressman about Homeland Security running amok, I did just as she had instructed.  When the hysterical shrieking and security alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to my credit card.   I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.