Breaking Video: Saif Gaddafi rallying his loyalists

Translation: Word for Word and Context – credits to Hafed

Supporters– [chanting] ‘Only God, Muammar & Libya.’

Saif – guys, guys, listen, listen We need high spirits [More chanting]

Saif:  Listen, listen brothers, the people have said the police force have joined the protesters, but today we will prove the opposite (Context – Saif is hinting at an idea – to equip his supporters with police clothing and request them to enter the protests undercover.)

Saif: Do you need weapons?!

Supporters reply: Yes, Yes, Yes!

Saif: One minute please, you will receive all the support, all the facilities and weapons etc. Everything will be okay, and you will be victorious.

Supporters: [Chanting] ‘Only God, Muammar & Libya.’ Oh Al Jazeera you despicable, we need no other than our leader Gaddafi’

Saif: ‘Today we’re not inviting you for rice & meat’ (Libyan saying — meaning: we mean business). This is what I want to tell you today.’

Supporters: [chanting] ‘We will show them (the protestors), ‘we will bring it back (the country back to Gaddafi’s power).’ ‘The population needs Col. Muammar.’

Saif– listen, listen, this is your country … now we shall leave, and you have all the backing. But your country [unknown word] Italians. The protesters you confront are nothing; they are bums, brats and druggies. Today brothers, Tripoli that you live in, will be cleared (of protesters).

Supporters :[chanting] With spirit and blood we support you our leader’ (Gaddafi)

Saif: I shall leave now, and I will send you weapons. Tonight I will return with more people and weapons.

Supporters: [chanting] ‘Only God, Muammar & Libya.’

–thanks  again to Hafed for translation.

NY TIMES Italian Foriegn Minister Says Death Toll in Libya Is Likely Over 1,000

ROME — Italy’s foreign minister, Franco Frattini, said Wednesday the death toll from days of unrest in Libya was likely more than 1,000.

The Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini delivering his message on the situation in Libya in the Italian lower house of Parliament on Wednesday.

Mr. Frattini told reporters in Rome that he believed estimates that more than 1,000 Libyan civilians had been killed in the clashes with security forces and government supporters “appear to be true.”

Estimates on the death toll in Libya have been difficult to pin down. Human Rights Watch has confirmed roughly 300 deaths in the week-long uprising, but has noted its estimate is conservative because of the difficulty of gathering information from morgues and hospitals during due to intermittent phone service and a near Internet blackout.

Addressing the Italian parliament on Wednesday morning after his comments about the death toll, Mr. Frattini said he was concerned about a rise in “Islamic radicalism” and “the rise of an Islamic emirate” in eastern Libya, including the Cyrenaica region, which he said was “no longer under the Libyan government’s control.” That region was one of three countries that were merged as Libya by Italian colonialists in the early 1930’s.

“This radical Islamism worries us because it is only a few hundred kilometers from the European Union,” Mr. Frattini said, adding that, “nothing can justify the violent killing of hundreds of innocent civilians.”

Mr. Frattini’s remarks on Libya were the Italian government’s strongest to date. In recent days, critics had called on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to use his close ties with Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to pressure him to stop the violence in Libya.

Story continues here: NY TIMES

DOC: LIBYAN EMBASSIES RESIGNED OR DENOUNCED GADDAFI

Thе UN Security Council denounced Libya’s crackdown аgаіnѕt peaceful pro-reform demonstrators аnd called fоr thоѕе responsible tо bе held tо account Tuesday, аѕ Libyan diplomats аrоund thе world began tо break away frоm Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan diplomats аt thе United Nations аnd ѕеvеrаl countries broke ranks wіth thе country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi, urging foreign nations оn Tuesday tо help stop whаt mаnу called thе slaughter оf anti-government protesters.

Gaddafi’s forces hаvе cracked dоwn fiercely оn demonstrators demanding аn end tо hіѕ 41-year rule, wіth fighting spreading tо thе capital Tripoli аftеr erupting іn Libya’s oil-producing еаѕt lаѕt week. Human rights groups say аt lеаѕt 233 people hаvе bееn killed.

Ali al-Essawi, Libya’s ambassador tо India whо resigned hіѕ post іn protest аt thе violent crackdown, told Reuters hе wаѕ beseeching global powers tо help hіѕ people, whо hе said wеrе bеіng killed bу mercenaries аnd air force strikes.
“Libyans саnnоt dо аnуthіng аgаіnѕt thе air fighters. Wе dо nоt саll fоr international troops, but wе саll оn thе international community tо save thе Libyans,” Essawi said, looking nervous аnd agitated іn a New Delhi hotel room whеrе hе іѕ staying аftеr leaving thе embassy.

“I саll оn thе fіvе permanent members оf thе (United Nations) Security Council. Nоw іѕ thе tіmе tо bе fair аnd honest tо protect thе Libyan people.”

Hе аlѕо said ѕеvеrаl members оf thе military hаd defected bесаuѕе оf thеу соuld nоt “see foreigners killing Libyans.”

Thе U.N. Security Council held a closed-door meeting оn Tuesday tо discuss thе situation іn Libya, аt thе request оf Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s deputy ambassador tо thе United Nations whо аlѕо withdrew hіѕ support fоr Gaddafi, denouncing hіm аѕ a “tyrant.”

But Libyan U.N. Ambassador Abdurrahman Shalgham, whо did nоt sign оntо thе anti-Gaddafi statement issued bу Dabbashi аnd оthеrѕ, told reporters hе ѕtіll supported Gaddafi.

Arriving аt thе Security Council just аѕ thе morning consultations ended, hе told reporters hе hаd appealed tо Libyan officials tо end thе violence аgаіnѕt demonstrators, but thаt “I аm wіth Gaddafi.”

Libya’s ambassador tо thе United States, Ali Aujali, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” thаt hе nо longer represented hіѕ country’s government аnd called оn Gaddafi tо step aside tо avoid furthеr bloodshed.

“I need thе United States tо raise thеіr voice vеrу strongly. Thіѕ regime іѕ shaking аnd thіѕ іѕ thе tіmе tо gеt rid оf it,” Aujali said, referring tо thе U.N. Security Council deliberations.

Read more here: https://www.france24.com/en/20110223-un-security-council-condemns-libya-crackdown-gaddafi-ambassador-diplomats

Oregon man asks why he was queried by FBI in Tunisia

By Nigel Duara

A Libyan-American who says he was forbidden from returning to the United States and questioned by FBI agents in Tunisia after visiting neighboring Libya insists he has done nothing wrong.

“I do intend to protect my rights. I do intend to clear my name,” 55-year-old Jamal Tarhuni said after arriving at Portland International Airport Tuesday morning from Amsterdam.

Tarhuni belongs to a Portland mosque that has been under scrutiny by federal investigators in years past.

He traveled to Libya last fall to help deliver humanitarian supplies. Tarhuni said he was barred without explanation from flying home on a flight from Tunis, Tunisia, on Jan. 17 and that he was told he should report to the U.S. Consulate.

Tarhuni said when he went to the consulate he was told he was on a no-fly list and was questioned by two FBI agents about his religious beliefs, whether he believes in Sharia law and about his mosque.

He said when the agents asked him to waive his Miranda rights he called his attorney, Thomas Nelson of Portland. Nelson advised Tarhuni to stop the interview with the agents, which Tarhuni did, and then he left the consulate.

Nelson flew to Tunisia and returned with Tarhuni on Tuesday. Asked why Tarhuni was allowed to leave, Nelson said the pair “raised hell” with the help of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

“They didn’t have a case,” Nelson said. “I said this is not an investigation, this is coercion.”

Nelson said the U.S. Consulate in Tunisia told him earlier this month they thought Tarhuni could travel, but neither Tarhuni nor his attorney was certain he would be allowed into the U.S. until they reached Amsterdam.

Wyden spokesman Tom Towslee confirmed that the senator had inquired about Tarhuni’s case, but said “there’s a lot we don’t know.”

“It’s hard to be concerned without knowing what’s going on,” Towslee said. “Obviously the FBI has something going on there.”

Towslee said of Tarhuni: “We’re glad he’s home.”

The FBI refused to comment.

The Portland mosque where Tarhuni worships, Masjid al-Sabr, has attracted the interest of federal investigators since the first years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.

Mohamed Mohamud, a Somali-American awaiting trial on a charge of plotting to detonate a bomb at Portland’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony in November 2010, worshipped there occasionally.

The mosque’s imam, Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, was arrested at Portland International Airport in September 2002 by an FBI-led anti-terrorism task force. He pleaded guilty to using a fraudulent Social Security number and defrauding a state health insurance program for the poor by underestimating his income. A federal judge sentenced Kariye to five years on probation.

Most recently, three Muslim men from Portland traveling abroad have discovered they are facing travel restrictions.

They include Tarhuni as well as another Libyan-American, 60-year-old Mustafa Elogbi. Like Tarhuni, Elogbi traveled to Libya after the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi. Elogbi went to visit family.

He planned to return last month. Elogbi got as far as a connecting flight in London before he was sent back to Tunisia, he said earlier this month. He said he was held in a British jail for two days and told by British authorities that the U.S. government was preventing him from flying home.

Elogbi is still in Tunisia but says he has been told he will be allowed to return to the U.S. this week.

Last year, Portland resident Michael Migliore, a Muslim convert, traveled to England by boat because of his apparent placement on the U.S. no-fly list. He was detained upon arrival and later released by British authorities.

Tarhuni said that when he was interviewed by the FBI agents in Tunis, they were interested in activities at the mosque.

“They wanted to know about people, what they do in there,” Tarhuni said. “For them to try to link people to a certain place and assume that they are part of a group, that is wrong.”

Tarhuni and Elogbi are getting support from the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has asked the Justice Department to investigate the tactics of FBI agents in Portland.

Source: Bloomberg Business Week