Thursday, April 20, 2006

Issue your respective nutters their armbands and let the civil war begin!
Militants on New Palestinian Security Wing

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The new Palestinian interior minister named a well-known militant as his top aide on Thursday and announced the formation of a new security branch to be composed of militants.

The moves were part of an ongoing power struggle between the new Hamas-led Cabinet and moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Interior Minister Said Siyam issued a decree appointing Jamal Abu Samhadana, the head of the Popular Resistance Committees, as director general of the Interior Ministry. Samhadana's group is responsible for many of the homemade rockets launched at Israel in recent weeks…

Interior Ministry spokesman Khaled Abu Hilal said Siyam also was forming a new security branch that would be answerable only to him to bring law and order to the Palestinian streets.

"This force is going to include the elite of our sons from the freedom fighters and the holy warriors and the best men we have," he said. "It's going to include members of all the resistance branches."

The Interior Ministry said it was not clear how many people would be in the force but most of them would be from militant groups…

Soon after the Hamas-led Cabinet was sworn in late last month, Abbas appointed a longtime ally, Rashid Abu Shbak, to head the three security services that fall under the interior ministry. Abbas also controls several other security services directly.

It was unclear whether Samhadana or Abu Shbak would retain ultimate control of the security forces, though any dispute would be resolved in the Abbas-headed National Security Council.

Abbas directly controls the presidential security unit, the border police and the various intelligence services.

Preventive security, which is in charge criminal intelligence, the civil defense, which deals with disasters, and the police fall under the Interior Ministry…

"We are going to beat with an iron fist all the people and the groups who are acting illegally," Siyam said. He said he was referring to crime, not armed resistance against Israel…

It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of crazed bloodthirsty thugs.

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