December 8, 2006, - 9:52 am

Alhamdillullah [Praise Allah], “Sleeper Cell” is BACK! (Season 2, Sunday)

By Debbie Schlussel
At this time, last year, I wrote about Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell.”
If you like “24,” you’ll LOVE “Sleeper Cell.” The series, about an Islamic terrorist cell in Los Angeles, makes “24″ look like the moderate apologism for extremist Islam that it is. “Sleeper Cell” gets it right, and Season Two, “Sleeper Cell: American Terror,” starts Sunday Night, for eight nights in a row (just like Channukah).
Unlike “24,” where the Muslims always end up working for the WASPY White Man (a/k/a “The Real Terrorists”), “Sleeper Cell” gets it right. While I have a few slight criticisms, for the most part this is the best portrayal of extremist Islam and those in our neighborhood mosques, coming out of Hollywood in a long time. And it’s created, written, and co-produced by a Muslim, Kamran Pasha.

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It’s rare that a sequel is as good as the original. But, the second season of the series, of which I’ve now screened quite a bit of (will have my entire review on Sunday), comes close to being as good. And is definitely accurate. So far, I recommend it highly (though I was disgusted by one government interrogator’s comparison of extremist Muslims to religious Christians). Israeli actor Oded Fehr is back as the wickedly convincing evil Al-Qaeda terrorist cell leader Faris Al-Farik a/k/a Saad Al-Safwan, now in prison. Michael Ealy stars as Muslim FBI agent and undercover operative Darwyn Al-Sayeed.
Here are my observations. So far, “Sleeper Cell” Season 2:
* accurately depicts conversion and recruiting of prisoners by Islamic extremists working in mosques.
* accurately depicts the conversion and recruitment of Hispanics by Islam. There is a Jose Padilla-type of character recruited for terrorism in the mosque.
* accurately depicts the involvement of Muslims involved in cash businesses (a Halal meat market owner, a cab driver, and a grocery store owner) in terrorism. Their sons may even be in the U.S. Marines (though the one portrayed here is far more patriotic than other Muslim American Marines, like Wassef Ali Hassoun, currently on the NCIS most wanted list).
* nice-seeming, hip, “modernized” Muslims, including the female, Dutch nanny for a wealthy family, aren’t so nice after all–they can be members of a terrorist cell.
* accurately portrays of the ineptness of FBI superiors in the War on Terror.
* MY FAVORITE: dumb, liberal women love to be whores–literally–to the jihad. A Slavic Muslim terrorist is being sheltered by a leftist woman who works at the Sunset Drive Tower Records. And she’s also a moonbat who believes in the “Loose Change” conspiracy theories that Bush and the CIA committed 9/11. Here’s how she justifies having sex with the terrorist:

Every time we have sex, it’s like the ultimate f-ck you to Bush, Cheney, and the whole 9/11 plot. I just keep picturing Giuliani and the rest of those a–holes supervising the whole thing from that 15 million dollar bunker on the 23rd floor of building 7. You know that’s where they broadcast the homing signal from to make sure the planes would hit the towers. And what idiot could believe that Osama Bin Laden and his cave-dwelling militia managed to outsmart the CIA, NSA, and the Pentagon . . . unless Uncle Sam was behind the whole thing.

So typical. And unfortunately, there are too many terrorist whores like this in the U.S.
The first season of “Sleeper Cell”–”Sleeper Cell: Know Your Enemy“–was great, but for two things–1) it makes it look as if we create terrorists by kidnapping innocents and sending them to Gitmo–uh, no-no, uh-uh, we didn’t create the 20th hijacker or Bin Laden’s chauffeur; 2) the hero is a Muslim FBI agent, when we know the real Muslim FBI agents, like Gamal Abdel-Hafiz, are hardly heroes–more like co-conspirators. Still the Muslim Agent, Al-Saeed, is shown to be a Sufi. And these days, the mystical Sufis are generally the only moderate, friendly, pro-American Muslims around, such as Sheikh Mohammed Hisham Kabbani, who heads Sufi Islam in the U.S. and is a loyal, heroic Muslim who warned of Islamic terrorists and extremists back in 1997. He is extremely philo-Semitic and pro-Israel, as is his Italian counterpart, Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi.
Last year, when this short Showtime series aired, far-leftist Jewish activists in the Detroit area, like the calorically-endowed (and Lilliputian-brained) Sharona Shapiro (more on her latest “sleeping with the enemy” in another post, later today), protested in the Detroit Free Press that this series did not reflect “the real Islam” and that us American dummies (unlike the “smart,” gushing-over-Islamofascism Shapiro) would be prejudiced against Islam. Uh, Sharona, dear apologatrix, we know the REAL Islam, and we get it. Far better than you, hun.
Her fellow Monica-Lewinsky-servicing-Islam, Steven Spreitzer, told the Free Press that “Sleeper Cell” failed to

show the beauty and peacefulness of Islam. They’re messing up the portrayal of Islam to sell a TV series.

Puh-leeze. Get off the crack, you delusional fool. We’ve seen the beauty and peacefulness of head-choppings, nun-murders, etc. “Sleeper Cell” portrays it just right.
If you don’t get Showtime, it’s worth it just to watch this show. I recommend the DVD set for Season One as a riveting, can’t-stop-watching Christmas or Channukah gift. Again, see my full review on Sunday.

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12 Responses

If they want a series that reflects the ‘real islam’, real muslims have conveniently provided them with a number of beheading videos

sultan_knish on December 8, 2006 at 10:55 am

Debbie:
Why have the Showtime people not been attacked over this? Why no apologies like Kiefer et al?Why did it ever get off the ground in the first place? Who are these guys? I’m going out to buy season 1.

J-Lin on December 8, 2006 at 11:11 am

Seems like a pretty cool show Debbie, however they seem to be making the “typical leftist whore” more of a charicature than anything else.
And for the record “loose change” is bullshit.

FSM-FTW!(descent) on December 8, 2006 at 11:15 am

I saw the first run of Sleeper Cell on DVD. It was very good but I almost ditched it because it moved so slowly at the beginning. But it’s very well done. Get the DVD. It’s just as good as watching 24 on DVD. I’m lucky. Me local library has all these DVDs. I reserve a copy and it’s in for me in a week or two
BTW I don’t agree 100% with the politics and the way Jihad is presented. But it’s acceptable with good drama

dennisw on December 8, 2006 at 2:04 pm

So THAT’s what the commercials were about!!!
i thought there was gonna be a second season, so i watched the OnDemand version [recap here: http://www.xanga.com/EminemsRevenge/553787711/porkchop-martyrs-and-the-xmas-invasion.html ] and have to agree with you Debs…definitely one of the best shows ever made:)
* accurately depicts the conversion and recruitment of Hispanics by Islam. There is a Jose Padilla-type of character recruited for terrorism in the mosque…is OFF by light years though.
The amount of Hispanic Americans in Islam is almost less than zero…THAT statement is akin to saying that ALL punkass progeny of Dr Spock’d college professors will end up with terrorist kids…and the converted skinhead…wtf
But THAT’s Hollywood.
So are you gonna watch the accompanying documentaries they have on OnDemand???

EminemsRevenge on December 8, 2006 at 2:46 pm

I Dunno …
I’d have to watch it in private. Already my wife is bored with me yelling at the teevee while watching some clueless, left-wing jerkoff on Fox News make excuses for p¸ssified, barbarous, best-as-worm-food Muslims. Fortunately, I don’t keep any firearms close by while watching or we’d have to buy a new big screen daily.
~(ƒ)~

Rocketman on December 9, 2006 at 8:40 am

Debbie, when the show first came out I thought it will be a bunch of junk until I read this entry a day ago. I downloaded the whole show and watched 5 episodes so far and guess what, I was right!
Despite of the fact that the show brings up all the points that you mention the people who produced the show are a bunch of Islamic apologists for Islam. There is nothing in the show about Taqiyya, Nasekh, Kitman, War is Deceit (the show is a part of the deceit). Episode 4 is the pinnacle of that when they try to show a ‘moderate Muslim’ who will issue a fatwa against terrorism and who quotes all these great things from the Koran. I am an Arab, I read the Koran throughout the first 21 years of my life and I studied it in college in the Mideast, and I want to tell you and everybody reading my words that true Islam is that practiced by Al Qaeda. If the producres of the show studied Sunnah, Kitman, Taqiyya, Deceit in war and the life of Muhammad himself, they probably would have concluded that their apologistic point of view exists only in their heads.
I am dissapointed that as a voice I respect, you didn’t point these things out. Sleeper Cell is a back door to the American mind and a part of the campaign to numb American minds about the true nature of Islam. It is far more dangerous than 24 where at least you know that conspiracy theories of the scale the authors of 24 imagine cannot exist.
STEVE:
I’M SORRY YOU DISAGREE, BUT THAT WAS MY FIRST GLIMPSE REVIEW (BASED ON HAVING SEEN 2 EPISODES TO THAT POINT). MY FULL REVIEW, AFTER NOW HAVING WATCHED ALL EIGHT EPISODES, WILL BE POSTED TOMORROW. I’M WELL AWARE OF TAQIYYAH AND ALL THE OTHER ISLAMIC CONCEPTS YOU’VE MENTIONED (I’VE MENTIONED THEM MANY TIMES ON THIS SITE). NO, IT IS NOT PERFECT OR 100% ACCURATE IN SHOWING WHAT WE KNOW IS THE REAL ISLAM, BUT I THINK “SLEEPER CELL” IS THE BEST PRODUCT COMING OUT OF HOLLYWOOD SINCE “DELTA FORCE” THAT WE’VE SEEN, WHICH SHOWS THE TRUE ISLAM AND THEIR SUPPORT FOR AND INVOLVEMENT IN TERRORISM. YES, IT ALSO TRIES TO SHOW MODERATE MUSLIMS, BUT IN THAT RESPECT, I THINK IT FAILS. THE SHOW IS PRETTY STRONG, IN MY VIEW. BUT I DO AGREE THAT THE MODERATES DON’T REALLY EXIST IN REAL LIFE. I WILL BE COMMENTING ON THE PARTS WITH WHICH I DISAGREED IN MY FULL REVIEW, TOMORROW.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

stevedecatur on December 9, 2006 at 8:12 pm

Debbie, thanks so much. Look at episode 7 for example is a complete attack against Gitmo and it shows a version of Islam (Sufi) that is concidered heretic even by the most ‘moderate’ Muslims but in the episode is presented as true Islam. I agree with you that it presents some aspects of terrorism that the American people need to know about but overall it is an apologist’s presentation of Islam including the concept of Nasekh by which all the ‘peaceful’ Koranic verses were abrogated by the Makki verses that Muhammad authored when he was all powerful.
I look forward to your full review.
I MENTIONED THE GITMO STUFF. THAT IS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS I HAD WITH SLEEPER CELL’S FIRST SEASON. BUT OVERALL, I THINK IT’S GOOD. I’M LATE IN MY REVIEW B/C OF COMPUTER PROBS, YESTERDAY, BUT WILL POST IT SOON.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

stevedecatur on December 10, 2006 at 5:56 pm

Debbie, BTW, check my blog out at
http://islamthreat.blogspot.com
it represents our group of Christian Middle Eastern Americans. The blog has been around for 3 years now and we have a good audience. We would appreciate adding us to your blogroll. It will add our voice and testimony about Islam to all the other voices out there. We would really appreciate it.

stevedecatur on December 10, 2006 at 6:24 pm

Debbie,
I assumed Sleeper Cell is another overtly PC program by Islamofascist apologists, for Islamofascist apologists. The tagline “FRIENDS. NEIGHBORS. HUSBANDS. TERRORISTS” hints that the terrorist threat comes from ANYONE, which reminds me of the Toronto PD chief’s ridiculous quote that the 17 recently arrested terrorist suspects come from such different backgrounds that he just can’t find a common link among them.
Per your recommendation, I ordered the Season One DVD set. I hope this show is as realistic as you wrote. Thanks for the head’s up!

thegoalie on December 11, 2006 at 8:57 am

So much for that wonderful show: “Sleepful Cell”
Characters on Showtime’s ‘Sleeper Cell’ Espouse How Bush and CIA Behind 9/11 Attacks
Posted by Brent Baker on December 11, 2006 – 18:47.
The premiere Sunday night of the second season of Showtime’s week-long mini-series, Sleeper Cell: American Terror, gave time to two characters espousing how President Bush and the CIA were behind the 9/11 attacks. The eight-part series, airing for an hour at 9pm EST/PST (with an 11pm EST/PST) repeat every night through this Sunday on the CBS-owned network, picks up after last season which ended with an undercover Muslim FBI agent at the last-minute thwarting a plot to explode a nuclear device at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
In the newest episode, a woman who appears to be the girlfriend of one of the plotters who escaped capture (and she may not even be aware that he’s a terrorist), arrives at his safe house and after the two have sex, as they sit on the kitchen floor eating from one plate, she propounds that ìevery time we have sex, it’s like the ultimate f*** you to Bush, Cheney and the whole 9/11 plot. I just keep picturing Giuliani and the rest of those assholes supervising the whole thing from that $15 million bunker on the 23rd floor of Building 7. You know that’s where they broadcast the homing signal from, make sure the planes would hit the towers.” The terrorist man, a Bosnian, adds: “I know, and the Pentagon was actually hit by a CIA Global Hawk drone so the administration could start an endless war and turn America into a police state.”
http://newsbusters.org/

Thee_Bruno on December 11, 2006 at 11:01 pm

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