Israel’s Hannibal Protocol

by: the Common Constitutionalist

What would you do to get a loved one back? What would you do if a family member was abducted – kidnapped – snatched by a well-known gang of thugs? Worse yet, you were witness to the event.

You, like me, would move heaven and earth to cut off the perpetrators escape, to retrieve your loved ones and pity any fool that stood in your way.

In the military, one may pledge allegiance to God and country – but will fight not for them, but for your foxhole family – the brothers next to you. Ask anyone who has experienced combat and he will tell you this.

And such it is for the IDF, the Israeli Defense Force, whose soldiers have been fighting and dying for their brothers almost continually since Israel was declared a state in 1948.

It has long been a practice by the enemies of Israel to attempt to abduct IDF soldiers and exchange them for terrorists captured by Israeli forces.

I guess they got tired of this practice, when in 1986, the Israeli military developed what has come to be known as the “Hannibal Protocol” or “Hannibal Procedure”. read more

Is It Time to Revisit Privateering?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

When I first heard of these guys, I thought – why would the old rock group Procol Harum be in the kidnapping business? It must be some group with the same name. I’m not making a joke. I really did think that, for a second.

But this situation is no laughing matter. The group, Boko Haram, are savages – the worst kind of human debris. They are indeed terrorists by any definition.

In Nigeria, they travel from village to village indiscriminately killing people. That’s not exactly accurate. They don’t kill everyone. Evidently, their main purpose is the kidnapping and sale of school-age girls into slavery. Oh, and did I mention they are Islamic radicals. What a shock, eh?

And to whom do you think they sell these girls off? That’s right – to other Moslems. Once again, it’s the great religion of peace that has somehow spawned another terrorist gang.

Funny how we never hear of roving bands of Jews, Christians, Buddhists or Hindus shooting up villages and the abducting hundreds of innocent schoolgirls to sell into slavery.

From reports, the count is up to 300 girls.

Recently, the International Business Times reported of an attack by the group on the Nigerian village Gamboru Ngala. Apparently Boko Haram had waited until Nigerian security forces moved out of the town before commencing their attack. The result was carnage, with most of the town’s buildings completely destroyed and dead bodies littering the streets.

The gang had abducted 273 girls from the village of Chibok and another 11 from Warabe. Thus far, the reward for information on the girl’s whereabouts is approaching a half $1 million.

The group dubs themselves the “Nigerian Taliban” and wishes to institute Sharia law. Why am I not surprised. The name Boko Haram translates to “Western education is sinful” and so far, they have been linked to over 10,000 deaths since 2002.

Their leader, Abubakar Shekau exclaimed on video that, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah”.

Evidently, abduction is not their only goal. Another goal is to target and kill any Christians in the region. Again, why am I not surprised.

Security experts from Britain, France and the United States are being dispatched to try to recover the girls.

I consider myself a peace loving individual and would normally say that this isn’t our problem, and indeed it is not our problem, we shouldn’t get involved, and maybe our government shouldn’t get involved.

But frankly, I feel differently about 300 innocent schoolgirls being sold off to dirty radical Islamists as slaves and concubines, be they American or not.

Maybe this is just such a case to bring back the practice of Privateering. Hire a team of ex-military private contractors to go in. They could do the job a lot more covertly, more efficiently and a lot less expensively than government military advisers. Plus – they would, in all likelihood, get the job done.

And given how I feel about this particular incident, I would charge them with two tasks. First and foremost: recover the girls and return them to safety. Second: I think you know where I’m going with this – wipe out the entire Boko Haram – I mean with extreme prejudice! Leave no man standing.

Make an example of them to the world, so that others may think twice before attempting such a heinous act.

They want carnage – give them carnage.

Woman Goes Undercover to Take Son Back

A mother dressed up in a burka and flew to Egypt to take back her son who had been kidnapped by his father and forced to live as a Muslim.

Kalli Atteya, from Pennsylvania, put on the traditional Muslim clothing as a disguise so she could wait until 12-year-old Niko got off the school bus in the city of Alexandria.

She then grabbed his arm and moved him towards a waiting motorized cart with the words: ‘Get in.’

The boy recognized his mother by her blue eyes which peered out of a slit in the burka and without saying a word did as he was told.

Mother: Kalli Atteya, 45, smiles while recounting the daring rescue of her 12-year-old son, Niko, who was allegedly kidnapped in Egypt in 2011 by her former husband, Mohamed Atteya
 Kalli Atteya, 45, smiles while recounting the daring rescue of her 12-year-old son, Niko, who was allegedly kidnapped in Egypt in 2011 by her former husband, Mohamed Atteya
 

 

 
Son: Khalil Mohamed 'Niko' Atteya, 12, told Fox News that he now hopes to be home-schooled as he reintegrates into the United States after roughly 20 months in Egypt
 Khalil Mohamed ‘Niko’ Atteya, 12, told Fox News that he now hopes to be home-schooled as he reintegrates into the United States after roughly 20 months in Egypt

 

 
Happy times: Mohamed Atteya holds his son shortly after his July 2000 birth in Pennsylvania. Atteya's ex-wife said he abandoned the family some three months later
Mohamed Atteya holds his son shortly after his July 2000 birth in Pennsylvania. Atteya’s ex-wife said he abandoned the family some three months later

The pair were taken to a safe house where they waited three weeks before returning to the U.S. as they were so paranoid the boys’ father Mohamed Atteya, who is wanted by the American authorities, would find them.

The daring rescue brought an end to Niko’s 20-month ordeal during which time his father ‘forced me to live as a Muslim, which I did not want to do,’ he said.

It also cost his mother some $100,000 and countless hours, false leads and false hopes.

The story dates back to 1999 when Miss Atteya married Mr Atteya and they settled down in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

They divorced in 2005 because she claims he was cheating on her.

Miss Atteya’s fatal error came on August 2011 when she agreed to meet him in Egypt because his mother was dying.

Whilst they were driving along he claimed to have car trouble, forced her and her sister out of the car then sped off and left them on a deserted road outside of Cairo.

Former couple: Kalli Atteya married Mohamed Atteya in 1999 but they split in 2005 after he cheated on her. Almost two years ago he abducted his son and took him to Egypt
Kalli Atteya married Mohamed Atteya in 1999 but they split in 2005 after he cheated on her. Almost two years ago he abducted his son and took him to Egypt
 

 

 
Niko recognized his mother by her blue eyes which peered out of a slit in the burka
Niko recognized his mother, pictured here in a self portrait in her disguise, by her blue eyes which peered out of a slit in the burka 

Miss Atteya, 45, hired a Norwegian company to track him down, got a local guide and refused to give up.

She told Fox News: ‘I followed him. I mean, I came really close to him several different times. (Mr Atteya) didn’t recognize me, but my son did and when he saw me for the first time, he turned pale.’

In total, Miss Atteya made several trips to Egypt and after being tipped off by a local, finally made her move and rescued her boy, who is now back in Pennsylvania with her.

She said: ‘My son told me (the kidnapping was) to make him a Muslim.

‘He said that we lack the morality and the values that their system has. And he said that Americans were so violent, he said we are a rotting society.’

Mr Atteya, 38, who speaks Arabic, English and Chinese, is wanted by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service for using forged documents to obtain a passport.

Jeffrey Evans, a lawyer who lobbied to have charges filed against Mr Atteya, said: ‘If there was ever a testament to the power of a mother’s love, she embodies that.

‘She persevered through some very dark times. She showed a tenacity that not many would have. She really is something special.’

Attribution: Daniel Bates,