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ASSIST News Service Scrubs Jeremy Reynalds Article on Glen Jenvey

A few weeks ago I noted a very strange article written by Jeremy Reynalds concerning self-described “anti-terror” expert Glen Jenvey. As I’ve blogged at length lately, there is strong evidence that Jenvey wrote anonymous postings to a Muslim forum to concoct a bogus story about Islamic extremism, which he then sold to the Sun. The story is now the subject of a Press Complaints Commission investigation, and this was noted an article that appeared in the Guardian.

Reynalds, who writes for the Evangelical ASSIST News Service, responded to this with a sympathetic piece that allowed Jenvey to promote a bizarre conspiracy theory: that the inflammatory postings had in fact been written by a former Guardian columnist, and that the paper’s editor knew this. The Guardian supposedly ran its piece on the PCC investigation because the editor wished both to protect his former columnist and to discredit Jenvey. To quote what I said at the time:

The whole thing is a blustering screed so shameless in its ad hominem attacks and conspiracy-mongering that Reynalds really ought to be ashamed of himself.

Looks like someone at ASSIST agrees, as it has been removed.

Tim Ireland further noted that Reynalds has long-standing links to Jenvey; in particular:

Glen Jenvey had link-spammed Wikipedia to promote Jeremy Reynalds’ (now out of print) book War of the Web: Fighting the Online Jihadhere on this page about Islam.

Oh, and here on this page about Islamic terrorismhere on this page about the Tamil Tigers, here on this page about Al Qaeda, here on this page about Abu Hamza, here on this page about Hizbut-Tahrir, here on this page about Osama Bin Laden, here on this page about ‘espionage’, , here on this page about the PLO, here on this page about Terrorism,here on this page about Cyberterrorismhere on this page about the September 11 attacks, and, quite hilariously, here on this page about ‘bestsellers’.

Which brings me to a second issue…how come Reynalds’ War of the Web appears to be unavailable from anywhere?

war-of-the-web

I remember it being trumpeted as “forthcoming” back in 2005; it supposedly eventually appeared in October 2007, from World Ahead Publishing (now WND Books). Yet it is already “out of print”, and no-one seems to be selling any second-hand copies. There’s no copy in the Library of Congress, and the British Library catalogue tells us it is “on order”. No-one has reviewed it, and no blogger gives any indication of having read it (although it was promoted by Jenvey’s associate “Lionheart”) – even though you’d think it would be a hot topic in some circles. The only person who has provided details of its supposed contents beyond the publisher’s blurb is a certain “Zaidi234”, writing on an obscure Pravda forum – and, for reasons I have explained, there is reason to think this name is another Jenvey alias.

Just where is this book?

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  1. […] ASSIST News Service Scrubs Jeremy Reynalds Article on Glen Jenvey […]

  2. […] piece defending Jenvey. His article was soon after quietly removed, and Reynalds has since put a bit of distance between himself and his former […]

  3. […] theory about the Guardian, which was helpfully promoted for him by an evangelical journalist named Jeremy Reynalds; and his private responses – a physical threat […]

  4. […] the end the book, by an associate of Jenvey named Jeremy Reynalds and entitled War of the Web, was never actually published). And how could South West News have “prematurely reported” on the bogus terror […]

  5. Minorities Concern of Pakistan

    E.Mail: minorityconcernpk@googlemail.com

    Aug. 3, 2010

    After a year Christians of Gojra in Pakistan are still waiting for justice

    By Aftab alexander Mughal

    As the Christian community held a memorial service on Aug. 1 for the Gojra incident, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said that Christian community felt that it was being pressurized to reach a compromise and withdraw the case against the accused Muslims.

    A year ago, on Aug. 1, a Christian locality in Gojra city of Punjab province was attacked where nine Christians were killed, 18 people injured, and more than 120 Christian homes destroyed by a Muslim mob who were enraged about allegation that a Christian in a nearby village, Korian, had defamed Holy Quran. One Hameed Mashi, 50, who was fired with a bullet in his head died at the spot. His 7 family members, including women and small children, were burnt alive.

    The memorial was being held to pay homage to those who had been killed without any reason and all those who had been affected by the incident. The memorial service was attended by Christian men, women and children. Some Muslim government officials and local Muslim religious clerics attended the commemoration. Sadly, not even a single culprit is punished and Christians are still waiting for justice.

    Almas Hameed, who lost eight members of his family, decided to leave Pakistan for his safety because of the pressure from the extremists to withdraw his compliant. The police was failed to arrest the offenders because of political pressure.

    The Christian community alleges that those who were arrested earlier were released by the police though they were clearly identifiable in the video footage of the incident. Qari Noor Muhammad, one of the men nominated in the FIR, was the one who motivated Muslims in the area through the mosque’s loudspeakers to attack Christians, is still at large.

    The HRCP has stated that although peace prevails in Gojra, that peace is largely due to the presence of a strong police contingent.

    Although police have submitted Challan (case file) for trial, there is no indication of when proceeding would begin. “The Christians of the area apprehended that conviction of the accused might lead to a backlash against the local Christian population,” HRCP said.

    The Muslim and Christian communities, with the assistance of the local administration, trying to promote peace and harmony in the area as well as attempts by extremist elements to inflame emotions but the Christians still feel threatened. Professor Anjum James Paul, Christian social worker, says that the Christians in both of the places of Korian and Gojra are still in the state of fear. “At presently the situation is calm but pressure is still there,” says Church of Pakistan Bishop John Samuel of Gojra. He adds that unfortunately the Muslim community thinks we are western agents and wants us to leave the locality. “We are Pakistanis and want to live here. We want a peaceful society,” he added.

    According to some senior police officials, some wanted Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP, a banned terrorist organisation) hardliners have recently been picked by the security forces. Out of the 78 people nominated in the Korian incident, 59 are under arrest, four are acquitted and 15 are on the run. And from the 800 unknown attackers in the Gojra tragedy, 89 are nominated, 42 arrested and 29 are still wanted. “Others have been declared innocent and granted bail,” Muhammad Khalid Malik, Deputy Superintendent Police Gojra says.

    Apart from court trail, the Christian community is also not satisfied with Punjab government’s reconstruction work and support to the victims. “We are still waiting for the government to help us,” Mehnga Masih, 57, said.

    Pir Israr Bahar Shah, a Muslim cleric, expressed solidarity with Christians during the memorial service and said, “The Gojra violence by the terrorists created a bad name for Islam and Pakistan in the world around. The incident has not given any service to Islam. People of Pakistan are targeted by the non-state actors indiscriminately. The terrorists are attacking Shrines, Mosques, Churches, Temples, hospitals, security personnel.” He stressed the need for interfaith harmony and peace,” Ashfaq Fateh, a Christian social worker reported. ###

    Aftab Alexander Mughal

    Editor

    Minorities Concern of Pakistan

    Aug. 3, 2010

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