February 19, 2010, - 1:09 am

It’s Islam, Stupid: Muslim Translators Plotted to Poison Fort Jackson Soldiers

By Debbie Schlussel

**** PLEASE NOTE UPDATE (within text) ****

Back in 2006, I received repeated e-mails from FOX News Channel Midwest Bureau Chief Todd Ciganek, **** UPDATE: who is now FOX News’ National News Editor ****.  He and his reporters constantly asked for my help on stories, after I broke them on my site and FOX News [a/k/a PAWNN, the Prince Al-Waleed News Network] ripped them off without credit.  I explained that I’m not a free researcher for his network, that I come with my stories and work, and asked why he doesn’t work for free for FOX News, as he expected me to do.  I told him to go ask FOX News’ many ignoramus “terrorism experts” to give him stories.  At a breakfast meeting later that year, he told me that whether or not I cooperated with FOX News and gave them my material, the network would rip it off and use it without crediting me, anyway, which he said he frequently did as a news director and reporter for a South Florida TV station.  And, so, it is in that same vein that I consider all “reports” from FOX News–i.e., that they are rip-offs from another source or person who actually did the legwork and isn’t getting the credit.



I assumed the same today, when I started receiving links to a FOX News story “by” Catherine Herridge, about a plot by “Arabic” translators to poison U.S. soldiers’ food at Fort Jackson.  [Memo to the Prince Al-Waleed Channel, they are MUSLIM soldiers, not just “Arabic translators.”]  And I was right.  My friend, Erick Stakelbeck of Christian Broadcast Network, is actually the one who broke the story and deserves the credit, which FOX News didn’t give him in this case.  Plus, he actually has the details and the guts to use the descriptor “Muslim,” as in “Muslim soldiers.”  PAWNN does not.  From Erick:

CBN News has learned exclusively that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson in South Carolina were arrested just before Christmas. It is unclear whether the men are still in custody. The five were part of the Arabic Translation program at the base.

The men are suspected of trying to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson.

A source with intimate knowledge of the investigation, which is ongoing, told CBN News investigators suspect the “Fort Jackson Five” may have been in contact with the group of five Washington, DC area Muslims that traveled to Pakistan to wage jihad against U.S. troops in December. That group was arrested by Pakistani authorities, also just before Christmas.

Great reporting, Erick.  Why is anyone surprised by this? The only thing I’m surprised about is that this hasn’t been tried earlier and more often. We know that the Palestinians were trying to carry out a similar tactic of poisoning Israeli food at hotels, under Yasser Arafat’s direction, just a few years before his death from AIDS, er . . . and “undisclosed illness.”  And Palestinians from Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade tried to do the same to Israeli restaurant patrons in 2008.  There is nothing about America that prevents Muslims from exporting their terrorist methods to our soil . . . and, on the contrary, everything about America encourages them to do so.

So long as we allow Muslims to be U.S. soldiers, to have access to our military bases, and/or to be translators for us, this will happen again and again. The Israelis have a better policy. They only use non-Muslims and Israelis to translate Arabic (whereas in America, we rule out loyal American Sephardic Jews and Christian Arabs, in favor of Muslims who lie and tip off their fellow co-religionists). And the Israelis don’t allow most Muslims and Arabs to serve in their military. Only Druze, some Bedouins, and a few select other Arabs can be in the IDF. The rest, well . . . so sad, too bad.

Better safe than . . . dead from poisoned food at Fort Jackson or shootings at Fort Hood, etc., etc., ad nauseam.

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44 Responses

How can you tell a Muslim from a non-Muslim Debbie? How would you differentiate between the two? I am curious. Would a Muslim terrorist admit to being a Muslim when applying for a job?

Jake on February 19, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Put a BLT sandwich and a beer in front of them and see if they go hungy and thirsty. That’s one way to narrow them down.

    Bob on February 19, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Soldiers have to state a religious preference because of the realities of warfare.

    mk750 on February 19, 2010 at 7:19 am

How long and how much will it take to MAKE the US Administration Realize that Muslims have One Single Goal.
KILL All westerners, period. I can remember all the way back to Bobby Kennedy’s assasination, by a Muslim! They are un-convertable and we need to follow the Israeli’s lead now before it is to late. How many have already infiltrated our military and other government agencies? No one knows! Absolutely no one!

Wake Up America. Wake Up White House.

Quit apologizing and instead of extending a hand they refuse, clench your fists, roll up your sleeves & let’s take it to them all as we always have with enemies of America & It’s Allis.

I too am not surprised by this story. In fact, the biggest surprise many of us share is the fact there exists No Spines in the White House against the enemy. Yet this same gov’t is attempting to read them their rights and remove our rights.

79 Year Old Bible Toting Navy Veteran Widow

Mary on February 19, 2010 at 1:22 am

    What are you ideas Mary? How do we stop the Muslims living within our country? Our former esteemed president Bush thought it would be a great idea to invade Muslim countries and bail them out of their self-made hellholes and try to win them over with Democracy!!! The Republicans have been chanting the “Islam is a religion of peace” mantra ever since 911!!!!

    Jake on February 19, 2010 at 1:28 am

    PS, Jack Kennedy’s assassin was a communist, not a right wing radical tea partier.

    U NO HOO on February 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I forgot to mention the acceptance of lying in accordance with the tenets of Taqqiya.

Jake on February 19, 2010 at 1:23 am

According to the MSM, this is a rumor, or did not happen, or no one got sick, or all Muslims are as safe as a Major. And BTW, we don’t need no Jew or Lebanese Arab translators because the Muslims are working out so well.

pat on February 19, 2010 at 2:12 am

Catherine herridge makes me sick just like everyone at fox news. I cant stand that dyke, she was hyping up the right wing extremist memo from homeland security.

tyler on February 19, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Catherine Herridge is married with children, married name Bundy?

    U NO HOO on February 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

These stories will be under reported or simply ignored as long as the public tolerates such malfeasance from their media and elected leaders. Conservatives, as long as some of them hang out with open or closet Islamists, will have little to credibly offer in the way of solutions. A little intolerance towards Grover Norquist, Dinesh D’Souza, and some others would be well placed.

Worry01 on February 19, 2010 at 3:05 am

If they can sweep this under the rug they will because it is the LAST thing Obama needs right now. One of the main reasons for the change in party Senate seat in Mass. was the peoples frustration with The Big O’s unwillingness to protect this country.
They should recruit American college kids to learn the language for scholarship funds. There are lots of ways to get non-muslem translators. Just put your entrepreneur brain to work.

Bob on February 19, 2010 at 3:45 am

And according to one report I read, they’re all from the same mosque in NORTHERN VIRGINIA

mk750 on February 19, 2010 at 7:18 am

People should be way more concerned about this than they are given the large number of muslims (Somali, Sudanese, etc.)working in meatpacking plants in this country. Bottom line on this story is that it is not new and happened not long after the Fort Hood shooting but the story has been suppressed by the current administration which believes that they can fight terrorism by ignoring it which puts all of us in greater danger. Additionally, I have noticed that many of the MSM have yet to report this story which is even more troubling.

eloopd on February 19, 2010 at 7:53 am

At least Muslims don’t hate the IRS.

The Terrorist's Advocate on February 19, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Thank G-d for that! They just hate everyone else, including other muslims.

    perception of truth on February 19, 2010 at 9:43 am

I love watching the Discovery Channel’s wild animal stories. It always amazes me how those predators can sneak up on the game which they feed upon while cameras are close by recording their every move.

Kinda like watching what’s going on here in America, no?

RJ on February 19, 2010 at 9:04 am

So would any of you salute Specialist Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan for giving his life for this country? Or should we just call him a muzzie and ignore that Muslim American soldiers have died fighting for this nation?

Nak on February 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

    And why does that have anything to do with Arabic translators who tried to poison people. Also, is the only worthwhile Moslem you can find in a grave? That does not say very much.

    sorrow01 on February 19, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Nak, I would trade all those Muslims who fought for us and gave us service for all of them to just go away. Wanna trade? I would give up the microscopic good that Muslims gave to America for the all the load of crap that Muslims have put on America. So let’s be clear we don’t need Muslims to make America strong.


    Islam is everything that America is not about. America is everything that Islam is not about. Just go away. Nobody wants you, we just have to put up with you.

    CaliforniaScreaming on February 19, 2010 at 10:53 am

Doesn’t Rosetta Stone have courses to teach our troops the basic language they need to communicate in the muslim countries they will be fighting in? Why did it take so long for this news to be brought foreward? I smell another military coverup especially after the Ft. Hood clusterfuck. We wouldn’t want to offend our muslim buddies. Nothing has changed in the military. The PC crowd continues to rule. When will we hear from Obama and his idiot attorney general Holder on this matter? More misunderstanding by the Military. I can hear CAIR now in a short time, saying its just a big misunderstanding. All the muslims were doing is adding a little more curry to the soup.

foxmuldar on February 19, 2010 at 9:29 am

    As I’m sure Debbie can attest, it’s not the spoke language but Arabic written is fiendishly difficult. Every letter has three forms and it is rarely straightforward. Taqiah aside, there are formal conventions that are still observed that obscure the clear point of the material.
    I can’t imagine learning it from Rosetta on one’s own.

    mk750 on February 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Damn, this Ciganek POS is even worse than a politician, and that’s getting pretty low. The only thing I can see as a positive for this punk is that at least he is honest – he told Debbie what he was going to do.

Jarhead on February 19, 2010 at 9:58 am

Here’s an idea for what we should do to combat global jihad. Remove all of our servicemen from Iraq, but don’t send them to Pakistan. Send them home to continue the global war against muslims, but this time we do it within the U.S. And for those of you that say our servicemen cannot do this within the confines of the U.S., that is wrong. All servicemen take an oath to defend the U.S. from all of our enemies, both foreign and DOMESTIC. Mosques would be a good place to start. I’d bet that there are ZERO politicians that would back this battle plan.

Jarhead on February 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

You know, internment camps would be another good idea to combat the islamic threat within the U.S. We did this to the Japanese in WWII. I cannot recall ever reading anything about Japanese terrorists within the U.S. before or during WWII.

Jarhead on February 19, 2010 at 10:21 am


Didn’t you write a blog column a long time ago informing us that the FBI (and or some other government agencies) had an edict that Jews fluent in Arabic could NOT serve as translators? I think the going thesis they offered at the time was that using Jewish translators would risk slanted interpretations.

Kinda makes ya wonder who the U.S. government thinks is “the enemy” here. In the mean time, the result of this BAD POLICY is clear for all to see.

If you, in fact, wrote such a column it would have been a long time ago. If you could update this column with a link to that older column, I think you could put some additional perspective.



There is NO Santa Claus on February 19, 2010 at 11:02 am

As for Ciganek it is pretty sad he was begging for your help. Typical of Fox News reporters and pundits who are continuously ill prepared and make the conservative cause looks like amateurs. That is why they get their a** handed to them by the likes of Olbermann and Maddow. If they had the professionalism and did in depth coverage then maybe they wouldn’t get half the criticism they get. Fox continuously goes to air without getting the full story and the get called on it. To be considered as a serious journalist you must have all your bases covered. This Ciganek seems to be a prime example along with Hannity and O’Reilly.
By the way Debbie, Megan Kelly lost her credibility when he brought the village idiot Kid Rock on her show. This fool is supposed to represent the conservative cause. He rambled on with some of the most stupidest comments ever. Never challenged by Megan Kelly about it. I guess you were right about her.

CaliforniaScreaming on February 19, 2010 at 11:25 am


    I too want to take this opportunity to chastise FOX News for ripping off work that isn’t their own. Debbie has a legitimate complaint and has demonstrated it over and over.

    I realize that Debbie isn’t the most “politically correct” commentator, but it seems only fair that FOX News pay her some kind of consulting fee. These things are done all the time. They can be done quietly and I think it would greatly improve relations between the two parties.

    I have often times said that FOX News is a LIBERAL news outlet. Only their commentators lean toward conservative politics. Most of their news is cribbed from the very same wire services used by everybody else. These wire services yield sloppy reports complete with slant toward liberal orthodoxy.

    I find it genuinely sad that so many sincere Conservatives (Capital “C”) embrace FOX News as “their news source”. The fact of the matter is that FOX News engages in the very same dirtbag tactics that their Liberal competitors use.

    There is NO Santa Claus on February 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Here’s a good take on Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan from Planck’s Constant: Typhoid Mary and Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan

Abu Abdullah on February 19, 2010 at 11:44 am

Bob writes, “Put a BLT sandwich and a beer in front of them and see if they go hungy and thirsty. That’s one way to narrow them down.” That wouldn’t necessarily work. Recall that many jihadists frequented strip clubs and bars, assuming their martyrdom would cleanse them of their transgressions. If they thought eating that BLT would advance the cause of Islam, many wouldn’t think twice.

There_is_NO_Santa_Claus writes, “Didn’t you write a blog column a long time ago informing us that the FBI (and or some other government agencies) had an edict that Jews fluent in Arabic could NOT serve as translators?”

There certainly is an ongoing suspicion of Jews in security positions, despite the thousands of Jews who have fallen in defense of this country going back to our War of Independence. When I myself long ago was under consideration for a job with one of our intelligence agencies, an investigator asked one of my home-town neighbors if they considered me a “Zionist”.

Raymond in DC on February 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Amazing isn’t it, Raymond? These clowns worry about a Jew with unclear loyalties but then choose Muslims whose religion requires that they be traitors to the US.

    skzion on February 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm


Patrick Mullen on February 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

If we love our country, we must send letters to our two senators and congressperson, demanding both the Senate & House Armed Services Committees holds hearings on Stephen Coughlin’s thesis, “To Our Great Detriment” Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad and why DoD silenced him. It will be difficult to get Sen. Levin (D-MI) chairman of the Senate committee to hold hearings because of the Muslims in Dearborn opposition.
We have never completed the proper steps to identify our enemy. http://www.strategycenter.net/research/pubID.176/pub_detail.asp

TopAssistant on February 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I am also concerned that FOX is not providing proper credit. In a way it makes them slime like the networks are.

David on February 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm

The military ought to be offering free college rides to anybody
who’s willing to major in one of the languages we need and then get a master’s degree in that language. They do it for dentists, doctors and lawyers in return for a number of years service, so why not this?

Dominic Ciocca Jr. on February 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm


    It’s called ROTC and young adults can major in “art appreciation” if they want. They’ll still get a scholarship if they seek one and commit to the specified period of service in the armed forces.

    Gen. Colin Powell was not a West Point graduate. He received his U.S. Army commission (and associated scholarship) through the ROTC program.

    In other words, the military is already doing this.

    There is NO Santa Claus on February 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    There are plenty of Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians (Coptics among others) that could be employed. We don’t need no stinkin’ Muslims for translators.

    Surprised on February 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I would say Muslims are F>>>> up in head .We need to
destory all muslims and punish them the worst way.
Islam must be destoryed know.I do not belive in
hate or war killing.But muslims have cross the line
to many tims.

Master tom on February 19, 2010 at 11:26 pm

The Israelies are much smarter. They speak, read and write fluent Arabic. In most cases no translators are needed.

Daniel. on February 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

“How can you tell a Muslim from a non-Muslim Debbie? How would you differentiate between the two? I am curious. Would a Muslim terrorist admit to being a Muslim when applying for a job?”

Profiling. Having the knowledge of their backgrounds, the knowledge of names and where they come from.

If you connect the dots you will be able to find out to which terrorist group they are connected.

It is a very simple method. KNOWLEDGE.

Daniel. on February 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Daniel, Debbie posted that MUSLIMS should be stopped from enlisting. There is no guaranteed way of knowing who is a Muslim. TAQQIA is commanded by the Koran. How can you tell? Are we going to assume someone is a Muslim based on their name? That is a silly idea. We are stuck in a VERY difficult position. The reality is that we are unfortunately going to have to live with the problems associated with Muslims and Islam because there really is no way of defeating them unless we leap head first into a totalitarian regime.

    Jake on February 20, 2010 at 12:51 am

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