Judicial Watch, by Tom Fitton, Oct. 10, 2014:
There are times when all of us hate to say, “I told you so.” And the latest news from Judicial Watch on the apprehension of ISIS terrorists on the U.S.-Mexico border is certainly one of them.
In late August, you may recall, JW broke the story that Islamic terrorist organizations are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez where they plan to stage attacks against the U.S. In response to this threat, agents in the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense had all been placed on alert and told to work to counter the imminent threat. Two days after our initial report, Fort Bliss, the massive installation in El Paso, increased its security in response to this international terrorist threat.
But then the Obama spin machine cranked up. A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security officially denied the report, telling the London Daily Mail,“we are aware of absolutely nothing credible to substantiate this claim.” The DHS official duplicitously added, “In Mexico? I haven’t seen that at all.”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest also responded, telling the newspaper that “the most detailed intelligence assessment that I can offer from here is that there is no evidence or indication right now that [the Islamic State group] is actively plotting to attack the United States homeland. That’s true right now.”
At Judicial Watch, we pulled no punches in standing by our story. We told the Daily Mail that JW’s sources were “golden,” and that the government’s denial constituted a “non-denial denial.” As I pointed out, the words “credible” and “specific” were rhetorical loopholes that one “could drive a truck bomb through,” the paper reported.
This week, Judicial Watch investigations resulted in two more bombshell reports.
First, on October 5, JW’s Corruption Chronicles blog posted an important story detailing how a “sophisticated narco-terror ring with connections running from El Paso to Chicago to New York City had been uncovered with the help of Judicial Watch.” The details are extraordinary. The story involves two of the FBI’s Most Wanted, plus a logistics and transportation operative for militant Islamists in the United States and an illegal alien with an extensive criminal record in El Paso, Texas.
Emad Karakrah, and Hector Pedroza Huerta are currently in jail for separate offenses in different states—Karakrah in Cook County Illinois and Huerta in El Paso. But in 2009 they partnered to plan a Chicago truck bombing that was thwarted. Between December 2010 and February 2011, Huerta and Karakrah also planned two additional bomb plots targeting oil refineries in Houston and the Fort Worth Stockyards, according to Judicial Watch’s federal law enforcement sources.
Before that Karakrah and Huerta met with two of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” terrorists: Jaber A. Elbaneh and Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah (a/k/a: “Javier Robles”). Meetings took place in a private home a few years ago in Anthony, NM. The four men discussed the movement of drugs, money and people. The plots were further planned by fellow conspirators at a “mosque” on Redd Road in El Paso, as well as two other “mosques” in the city. Karakrah, Huerta, Elbaneh and el Shukrijumah all met again in Anthony, NM, in March 2014, according to Judicial Watch sources.
The urgency is real, as Huerta is alleged to have smuggled explosives and weapons from, ironically, the Fort Bliss range and exercise areas in concert with corrupt US Army soldiers and government contractors with gate passes at the El Paso base.
The recent, seemingly unrelated, arrests of Karakrah and Huerta expose the nexus of Islamic terror and drug cartel trafficking operating from El Paso. With both Karakrah and Huerta in custody, federal law enforcement officials have an extraordinary opportunity to break the powerful narco-terrorism grip on El Paso – assuming they can overcome internecine turf wars between the various agencies of the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Judicial Watch “connected the dots” in this narco-terrorism network for federal law enforcement.
This exposé was followed by another Judicial Watch revelation. On October 8, JW’s Corruption Chronicles blog posted another major story detailing how federal authorities and other officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr had apprehended four Islamic terrorists crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. just 36 hours earlier.
JW’s information was confirmed by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Hunter revealed on national television that at least 10 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria – known as ISIS – have been caught crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in Texas. Duncan said his source of the information is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency responsible for patrolling and safeguarding the porous southern border.
As described above, just two days after our first August 29th report, Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, implemented heightened security measures. Military officials who spoke with us said the increased security demonstrates that Ft. Bliss is a terrorist target. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, former commander of the Army’s elite Delta Force, who also served four years as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, made it clear to us that military installations in the U.S. only make changes to security measures when they know of a specific threat.
“That means they’re getting a threat stream. Ft. Bliss had to have a clear and present threat,” Boykin said.
Despite all of JW’s comprehensive reporting, high-level Obama officials and allies are looking to silence our reporting and attack the messenger. This includes Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) who telephoned the area offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in an effort to identify sources that have been used by JW to break the ISIS story.
It appears that top officials of the Obama administration are lying about ISIS terrorist activities on our border. Nevertheless, federal agents on the front lines are working to keep you safe and appreciate Judicial Watch’s clarion calls about security on the border. Rest assured that your JW will not back down on ferreting out the truth, and we will keep you fully informed.
PJ Media, By Patrick Poole:
A few thoughts on the current bout of ISISmania and the systemic problems it exposes:
1) ISISmania has created a financial/legal incentive for sources (most of them “shady” to begin with) used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies to manufacture info whole-cloth.
This is nothing new. Think “prison snitches.” Various foreign actors are passing along disinformation to us as well, so mountains of BS are being fed into the system from the get-go.
Imagine, for a purely hypothetical example, a member of Congress getting an authentic report from a senior agency official, but the report is later found to have originated with a non-credible source. So the member of Congress who repeated the report was actually correct that the intel had been shared with them — but the information itself wasn’t reliable.
It never should have been shared in the first place, but it’s the member of Congress who ends up with egg on their face when the agency issues its denial. No one, whether politicians or agency officials, wants to later admit they were duped, so erroneous info never gets corrected.
2) There are considerable problems on the collection and analysis sides of intel in both the intelligence community and law enforcement. In fact, very few know how to do collection — and good analysis is basically prohibited these days.
So the BS and disinfo never gets sifted out. It then gets passed on to elected officials, which is some of what we’re seeing. Then you have agencies and the administration selectively manipulate and leak according to their own respective agendas. This is how the sausage is being made in DC these days.
3) There is only so much media space, and politicians compete with each other for that space.
So they need to come up with more outlandish claims to get a bigger share of that media space. That creates a disincentive to vet the info they get and publicly talk about. No one gets on Greta by saying: “We need to keep a cool head about this stuff.”
4) Because of that, the game of “I got a secret” is more prevalent than ever before.
Those secrets might be complete equine feces, but the desire to be “in the know,” whether they actually are or not, and the temptation to show that you’re “in the know,” is strong.
5) Congress has no mechanism to vet what the agencies and administration tells them.
Back in the 1990s there wase a House Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare that gave Congress direct access to the intelligence and SPECOPS worlds to be able to know if what the admin at the time — regardless of party — was saying was true or not.
That’s gone. Congress itself has no internal vetting system to speak of. They are at the mercy of the Executive Branch.
6) The threats are escalating so rapidly, no one in D.C. wants to be holding the bag when something actually happens.
They’ve learned from 9/11 that they don’t want to be the one saying: “Yeah, I knew about it but never said anything publicly.” Everyone wants a chair when the music stops, so they are all trying to lay down their markers now to show they were trying to do something about it beforehand — whether they actually were or not.
Understand, much of this has nothing to do with actually preventing terrorism, but with political posturing.
7) Don’t even get me going about people in the D.C. media/foreign policy establishment — e.g., the think tanks.
There are some solid policy analysts out there doing very good work, but much of it goes unrecognized or never gets considered. That said, the vast majority of these analysts won’t do anything that gets them disinvited to a D.C. cocktail party or criticized by the cool kids on Twitter.
An M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins/Georgetown/Harvard doesn’t mean that you have the slightest idea of what you’re talking about. Analysis takes years of study and practice — but try telling that to your average 25-year-old policy wonk. And yet these are the characters that drive much the narrative, increasingly so as social media favored by the younger crowd drives much of the news cycle these days.
8) Because so much BS is being slung about, it is actually crowding out good intel.
There are actual border threats from various terrorist groups and actors currently being investigated. But none of that info will ever see the light of day because people inside the system know it will get lumped in with all the disinformation grabbing the headlines right now.
9) Because this administration seeks to maintain an iron grip over the flow of information, virtually any leak is subject to some variety of mole hunt.
It may not lead to official discipline, but perhaps to the imposition of other unofficial forms of discipline, like getting cut out of the loop, which is the kiss of death. That said, I personally know of whistleblowers getting hammered right now by their agencies for calling attention to these kinds of threats, or for trying to get information to Congress.
And Congress has still not created substantive legal protections for whistleblowers, so that creates a severe disincentive for accurate info making its way out.
(Note that the Democrats control the gavel in the Senate, and the impotent and incompetent GOP leadership that governs the House consistently refuses to exercise their oversight powers (particularly committee chairmen). That’s why it is taking YEARS for info related to the litany of Obama administration scandals from coming to light. And when the info becomes public, it is frequently due to groups outside the political establishment. Judicial Watch has done the yeomans work in this regard — not Congress — on the IRS, Fast and Furious, et al.)
10) Elections in four weeks increase all of these by an order of magnitude. So I’m not sure we’ve reached peak ISISmania yet.
There are actual threats to the homeland out there, including ISIS, but virtually all that we’re seeing in the media at the moment is political theater and the accumulation of serious systemic problems within the intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
And much of this nonsense is going to get more Americans killed.
- The Controversy over whether ISIS is on our Borders (newenglishreview.org)
Center for Security Policy, by Ben Lerner, Sep.11,2014:
As several Members of Congress have begun calling for the revocation of passports of US citizens fighting for ISIS in order to keep American jihadists who have trained overseas from returning to the United States and carrying out attacks here, Washington Free Beacon reports that American intelligence is cautious about a similar proposal being offered with respect to British citizens by Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom:
While such [passport revocation] measures serve as an appropriate response to the alarming trend of Western recruits joining terror groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and al Qaeda, members of the American intelligence community have warned that the policy could result in an overall loss of valuable intelligence.
The U.S. counterterrorism strategy has been to “lure in” militants returning from Iraq or Syria with the hopes of extracting detailed information about ground operations, recruitment, and designs for attacks on the homeland. Cameron’s strategy, on the other hand, imposes strict no-fly restrictions on travelers returning from Iraq and Syria with the goal of ‘excluding’ British citizens from the U.K.
Although it is unclear which “members of the American intelligence community” are expressing these concerns, and whether they are outliers or are representing a consensus view, there are two problems with the “lure in” objection to passport revocation with respect to US citizens:
1) The fact that they’re here doesn’t mean we’ll be able to track them. Recent revelations that the Department of Homeland Security has lost contact with 58,000 expired student visa holders – 6,000 of which are subjects “heightened concern” that may pose threats to national security – do not inspire confidence that our resource-constrained intelligence bureaucracy will be able to successfully track jihadist operatives that we’ve “lured in”.
Such an approach would seem especially risky when the subjects are themselves the would-be attackers, as opposed to support components like recruiters or financiers. We may indeed (on a case-by-case basis) want to lure in the latter to uncover terrorist plots, but when the individual in question is himself the plot — the trigger-puller, the bomb-detonator, the virus-carrier – preventing entry ought to be the priority. If these guys disappear into the crowd, it could be too late to prevent anything.
2) Even if we can track them, that doesn’t mean we’ll be able to extract intelligence from them. The Obama administration has shown that it’s more inclined to let jihadists on US soil lawyer up and remain silent, such as in the case of the Christmas Day underwear bomber of 2009 and the Boston Marathon bomber of 2013. The military might have success in “extracting detailed information” from such individuals if allowed to detain them as enemy combatants before turning them over to law enforcement (even if as US citizens they are ineligible for trial by military commissions), but that appears unlikely under this administration.
Truth Revolt, by Larry O’Connor:
Brian Ross of ABC News presented a stunning report Monday night showing a breakdown in tracking foreign nationals on student visas in America. According to the report, authorities are investigating the whereabouts of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who arrived in the US on student visas and have vanished, their whereabouts and their intentions unknown.
“They just disappear,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) a member of the Senate Homeland Security Oversight Committee.
As Ross pointed out, “That’s just what happened with the 9/11 hijackers who flew the passenger jet into the Pentagon and authorities say the problem continues.”
Tom Kean, chairman of the 9/11 Commission, told Ross, “The fact that nobody has done anything about it yet, that’s a very dangerous thing for all of us.”
Ross’ investigation also found that Homeland Security certifies 86 beauty schools, 36 massage schools and 9 schools that teach horseshoe-ing, all valid for US visas.
Ross challenged Peter Edge, the government official who heads-up ICE investigations into student visa fraud, on the issue and his on-camera response was less than reassuring. Edge confirmed that thousands of foreign nationals have “virtually” disappeared in the country and he couldn’t explain the vital national interest in allowing foreigners into the country to study the art of “hoseshoe-ing.”
The report featured a school that is under criminal investigation for violating student visa law. The school basically offered easy access to a student visa for the price of tuition. When Ross asked him why the school still appears on a Homeland Security list of certified schools for student visas, Edge simply replied, “Brian, I can only say this is the United States of America and everyone has due process.”
- Based on the intelligence analysis of the facts and findings below, as of August 29, 2014, the Islamic State has the capability and intent to launch an attack against the American homeland. Moreover, the internecine war between “core” al Qaeda and the Islamic State represents a struggle for the leadership of the international jihad movement that provides both organizations with a strong motivation to attack America. There is no way to predict a specific date when attacks will occur, but it is clear from the evidence that the Islamic State has the capability to launch an attack at a time and place of its choosing.
In intelligence analysis, analysts must first find and document substantiated and relevant Facts on the topic of their investigations. Expert knowledge is then used to make sense out of these facts in a cogent, organized and articulate manner in a section called Findings. Having made sense out of the facts in the articulated findings, the analyst can then see where all of the facts and findings lead, and make a Forecast as to what is likely to happen in the future. It’s not a perfect or foolproof system, but it forces analysts to work with well-substantiated and relevant facts rather than opinion and hearsay.
On August 22, 2014, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby stated that the Defense Department does not believe that ISIS has “the capability right now to conduct a major attack on the U.S. homeland.”
The following analysis will test this hypothesis using the tried and true method of establishing Facts, Findings, and Forecasts.
- On October 4, 2011, then leader of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and current leader of the Islamic State (IS), Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the State Department for his role in “managing and directing large scale operations”.
- ISIS is a multi-faceted entity:
o According to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Islamic State demonstrates “a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess”, and represents an “imminent threat to every interest we have”.
o IS has “…an effective management structure…overseeing departments of finance, arms, local governance, military operations and recruitment”. It operates like a national government in the areas it occupies providing electricity and water, levying taxes, providing police services, establishing religious schools and courts, and running training camps.
o IS has a war chest estimated at $2 billion dollars, accrued from: taxes, the sale of oil and antiquities on the black market, ransom for hostages, seized bank assets, donations from wealthy Gulf donors, the theft of all property and assets from the minorities it victimizes, and proceeds from zakat (tithing) and Muslim charities.
o A report prepared in June 2014 by the former head of the counter terrorism office of British Intelligence (MI6), reported that over 12,000 radicalized Muslims have departed their homes in 81 countries to join the jihad in Syria and Iraq. An estimated 3,000 of them are western passport holders. These individuals are now routinely referred to as “foreign fighters”. There is no doubt that the number of foreign fighters overall and the number hailing from Western countries has significantly increased since the publication of this report, which went to press before al Baghdadi announced the creation of the “Caliphate” and called for Muslims to emigrate to it.
o IS has a virtual monopoly over the foreign fighters flooding into Syria and Iraq. They constitute the majority of IS’ suicide bombers, and are responsible for 30 to 50 suicide bombings per month. Increasingly, they come from Western countries including the US, France, the UK, Norway, Austria, Australia, and Germany. They are infiltrated into the Islamic State via a global IS network, and then trained in secure bases there.
- On February 4, 2014, CIA Director John Brennan testified before the Congressional House Intelligence Committee during which he described the capabilities of these training camps:
o “We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the Al Qaida organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad…There arecamps inside of both Iraq and Syria that are used by Al Qaida to develop capabilities that are applicable, both in the theater, as well as beyond.”
- The Islamic State possesses chemical weapons seized from Iraq’s al Muthanna chemical weapons complex, including munitions containing Sarin, Mustard gas, and the nerve agent VX. In 2006, then Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. General Michael Maples stated that, while the munitions couldn’t be used as originally intended because of corrosion, “The agent remaining in the weapons would be very valuable to terrorists and insurgents”.
o In July 2014, IS fighters seized 88 pounds of uranium compounds from the University of Mosul that can be used to construct a radioactive dirty bomb.
- IS was formerly constituted as al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), but was disowned by “core” al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri in February 2014. This fracture resulted in all-out war between the two groups for the leadership of the international jihad movement.
- Despite his war with “core” al Qaeda, IS leader al Baghdadi reveres Osama bin Laden. When bin Laden was killed in the American raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, he vowed violent retaliation. Almost immediately, he launched numerous attacks and suicide bombings, and vowed to conduct 100 attacks across Iraq to seek vengeance for bin Laden”.
- On January 21, 2014, al Baghdadi recorded an audio message in which he recognized that he and his organization would soon be in direct confrontation with the United States:
o “Our last message is to the Americans. Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the sons of Islam have prepared for such a day. So watch, for we are with you, watching.”
- In August 2014, IS declared war against the US in a document sent to the family of beheading victim James Foley. It was addressed to the “American government and their sheep like people” and threatened the following (all emphasis added by IS in the original):
o “Today our swords are unsheathed towards you, GOVERNMENT AND CITIZENS ALIKE! AND WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL WE QUENCH OUR THIRST FOR YOUR BLOOD. You do not spare our weak, elderly, women or children, so we will NOT spare yours! You and your citizens will pay the price of your bombings! The first of which being the blood of American citizen, James Foley.”
- In response to US airstrikes against IS positions in early August 2014, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)pledged solidarity with the Islamic State and promised to conduct mass casualty attacks against the US in retaliation:
o “Hence, we declare our solidarity with our Muslim brethren in Iraq in [their struggle against] this Crusade. Their blood is our blood, their wound is in our hearts, and we have a duty to defend them. With Allah’s help, we will employ every means to cause the US as many casualties as possible, as part of jihad for the sake of Allah and in order to realize what our Sheikh Osama [bin Laden] vowed [to achieve].”
- As made clear by the 2011 State Department designation of al Baghdadi as a global terrorist, he is adept at “managing and directing large scale operations”. The Islamic State reflects these abilities. It is a sophisticated organization that simultaneously plans and conducts offensive operations using conventional military strategy, as well as synchronized multiple-location suicide bombings, all the while operating a global network that recruits, trains and deploys foreign fighters. Underlying its military capabilities is a government structure of provincial governors and officials that manage the civilian population like a small nation state.
- IS has thousands of trained and combat-tested foreign fighters from which to select teams that could conduct attacks in the United States, including over 100 Americans. The Islamic State is not restricted to using only American citizens for such attacks, and for security reasons, may well create cells of individuals from the UK and Western Europe that are not likely to be revealed by US databases. It is likely that many of these individuals speak English and have previously traveled to the US.
- IS has a seemingly endless supply of foreign fighters willing to martyr themselves. Suicide bombings, once rare, have become routine for IS foreign fighters who conduct approximately 30 to 50 each month. Importantly, the majority of these bombings are conducted with a high degree of operational security against targets in cities such as Baghdad and Kirkuk where security forces are on high alert employing road blocks, patrols, and area surveillance. IS teams deploying to the US face only one real security obstacle – physically entering the country; once inside they would operate in an environment much less controlled than those they are used to.
- IS possesses chemical weapons and radioactive compounds that it could smuggle into the United States via the southern border or other access points. Even in the event that IS has no smuggling connections, its remarkable treasury could well buy such cooperation.
- Should IS leadership decide, its financial assets, and extensive number of trained and experienced operatives willing to die for their cause, are adequate to fund and deploy numerous terrorist teams worldwide.
- Despite the increasing number of American airstrikes against IS positions, and the rising calls for extensive military action against IS targets in Iraq and Syria, there is no evidence to indicate that IS leadership seeks to avoid a military confrontation with the United States. Quite the contrary, all evidence indicates that it is actively trying to provoke such a confrontation, as demonstrated by the following:
o Al Baghdadi has been at war against the US since 2003 when he co-created his first jihad organization. He experienced first-hand the American dismantling of AQI in 2006, he spent time in American custody in Camp Bucca, he replaced leaders killed by the US, and sought vengeance for the killing of Osama bin Laden. Given this experience, it is likely that in January 2014 when he recorded his audio statement, he was well aware that his plan to blitzkrieg across Syria and Iraq and his plan to establish a Caliphate that threatened US allies would provoke an American military response. In this context, the specific phrases he chose to stress: “Soon we will be in direct confrontation” – “the sons of Islam have prepared for such a day” – “we are with you, watching”, could well indicate that in anticipation of the coming confrontation, he deployed cells to the homeland that are “watching” and preparing attacks.
o IS leadership chose to publicly butcher James Foley on August 19, 2014 describing Foley as the first American casualty of war, which strongly suggests that Foley’s murder was a deliberate attempt to provoke a military response. Additional examples of IS’ willingness to provoke the US are revealed in passages from its official Dabiq magazine, published on August 29, 2014, that ridicule President Obama, gloat over the beheading of James Foley and the US inability to rescue him, blame the US for atrocities against Muslims, and call for American and Western Muslims to rush to the “Caliphate” to support the jihad.
o IS’ declaration of war against the US government and its citizens, including America’s weak, elderly, women and children can only be taken as a direct provocation.
- The war between IS and “core” al Qaeda is, at its essence, a battle for the ideological leadership and operational direction of the international jihad movement. At present, the Islamic State, flush with money and recruits, is winning. If IS cells successfully attack the homeland in the near future it would virtually cement its leadership over the movement. If it were successful in conducting an attack on the anniversary day of the 9/11 attacks, the Islamic State and al Baghdadi would be catapulted into a new terrorist dimension that would have profound security implications for the US for decades to come.
- This war for primacy, however, is also likely to prompt “core” al Qaeda to launch an attack against the homeland to regain its lost leadership. Because Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden planned and conducted the historic 9/11 attacks, a commemorative attack on 9/11’s thirteenth anniversary would likely re-establish Zawahiri as the movement’s premier leader. It is not clear at this point, however, if “core” al Qaeda has the resources and capability to conduct such an attack.
- AQAP’s pledge to conduct mass casualty attacks in retaliation for US airstrikes against IS fighters, adds another threat stream. AQAP’s proven record of near misses against the US via the 2009 Underwear bomber plot, and the plot to blow up cargo aircraft over the US with explosives hidden in copy machine ink cartridges, is sobering, but further exacerbated by AQAP’s reported development of a new explosive compound that is undetectable by existing sensors. Like “core” al Qaeda, it is unclear if AQAP has the resources to conduct a separate attack against the homeland. In order to remain relevant in the international jihad movement, however, AQAP could assist IS in attacking the homeland, which could explain its pledge of solidarity to IS and its promise to carry-out mass casualty attacks.
Based on the above facts and findings and contrary to the statements of the Pentagon, as of August 29, 2014, the Islamic State has all the capabilities required to launch an attack against the American homeland. Within its ranks alone, it has the expertise, trained operatives, financial resources, possession of WMD, a virulent anti-American ideology, and the intent to confront the United States. Despite increasing American military action against it, there is no evidence that the Islamic State is trying to avoid a military confrontation. Rather, its recent actions are tailored to provoke a military response.
Moreover, the war between “core” al Qaeda and the Islamic State is a struggle for the ideological leadership and the operational direction of the international jihad movement that provides both organizations with a strong motivation to attack America. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s recent pledge of solidarity to IS and its promise to perpetrate mass casualty attacks on its behalf exacerbates an already bad situation. While it is unclear if “core” al Qaeda and AQAP have the resources on their own to conduct such attacks, AQAP’s pledge of solidarity to IS may well indicate its willingness to conduct a joint IS-AQAP attack.
Absent specific actionable intelligence, there is no way to predict a specific date when attacks will occur, as all terrorist plots run according to operational requirements. It is clear, however, that a successful attack on the American homeland by any or all of these organizations would boost their respective standing in the jihad movement, especially if such an attack was conducted on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It is also clear that the Islamic State has the capability to launch an attack at a time and place of its choosing.
For a 500-mile stretch of territory that winds, more or less, along the Euphrates from Iraq to Syria, a regime of masked, sociopathic murderers reign in terror under the black flag of jihad.
This territory is not represented on any map of nation-states – a concept that little reflects realities in Iraq and Syria. It is land claimed by the disciples of terrorist Abu Al Zarqawi. On June 10, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) seized the city of Mosul in the Nineveh Province, capturing “arms and ammunition from the fleeing security forces” — arms and ammunition supplied by the American government, which will now be used to impose terror on defenseless civilians. The offensive coincides with a successful campaign by ISIS in eastern Syria. Perhaps there will be new detention centers of torture and murder; perhaps there will be more tweets proudly displaying crucifixions.
Like Zarqawi and bin Laden, these terrorists will not be satisfied to reign in the Hell of their own making in the Middle East, or with the toppling of insufficiently Islamic regimes, or even with winning the Sunni-Shia civil war that now rages. Their ultimate target will be the United States. They are coming this way. Perhaps as many as a dozen are already here – or, to be more precise, already back.
As Eli Lake recently reported in the Daily Beast, thousands of foreigners have gone to Syria to take up arms against the regime of Bashar Assad, serving with various rebel factions, most of which fall somewhere on the Islamist spectrum.
Thousands of these fighters are citizens of Western countries that have visa waivers for entry into the United States – in other words, they can travel here without any hassle at all. An intelligence source conveyed to Lake concerns that the NSA could not “track thousands of bad guys,” adding that “on the human-intelligence front, this is even more difficult.” These veterans of al-Qaeda and its affiliates constitute a fundamentally different threat than that which America faced in 2001: They are Western (at least in nationality); they are seasoned combat veterans; they are known, but perhaps too numerous to track.
After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, the fatigue of the American people is palpable, which has prompted many to welcome President Obama’s winding down of the global War on Terror. Despite the president’s repeated claims on the campaign trail two years ago, the evidence suggests that al-Qaeda is not “on the path to defeat” or “on the run.” It is, rather, “morphing” and “franchising,” according to the director of national intelligence, James Clapper.
Yet in Syria, America’s commitment, however anemic, is to the overthrow of Assad, a contemptible and ruthless secular dictator but one whose regime is fighting al-Qaeda and its affiliates among the rebels. This paradox is apparently lost on those most keen on his overthrow. Competing objectives in Syria have caused America to lose focus on the principal enemy and principal threat: al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
If these Islamist veterans of the Syrian conflict succeed in pulling off a terrorist attack against the United States, the problem with America’s policy in Syria will come into focus immediately. One can well imagine the hearings on Capitol Hill: “We knew these people were coming. Why was more not done to stop them? Why wasn’t the intelligence community given the resources it needed to track these terrorists? Why were we sending arms to overthrow the dictator who was trying to kill these terrorists who later killed Americans?” The foreign-policy priorities of the present will instantly be regarded as an unworthy distraction and forgotten. It is, of course, easy enough to ask these questions retrospectively; it is another thing altogether to ask them in advance — which prompts one to take notice when someone on the Hill does.
Read more at National Review
The Obama administration has unilaterally eased restrictions on asylum seekers with loose or incidental ties to terror and insurgent groups, in a move one senator called “deeply alarming.”
The change, approved by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, was announced Wednesday in the Federal Register. It would allow some individuals who provided “limited material support” to terror groups to be considered for entry into the U.S.
Supporters of the change, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., argued that the current ban on anyone who has ever aided terrorists has unfairly blocked thousands of refugees.
“The existing interpretation was so broad as to be unworkable,” Leahy said in a statement. “It resulted in deserving refugees and asylees being barred from the United States for actions so tangential and minimal that no rational person would consider them supporters of terrorist activities.”
But critics say despite the good intentions, the change raises security concerns, particularly after a report published Thursday on asylum fraud.
“In light of these and other facts, it is thus deeply alarming that the Obama administration would move unilaterally to relax admissions standards for asylum seekers and potentially numerous other applicants for admission who have possible connections to insurgent or terrorist groups,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said in a statement on Thursday. “We need to tighten security standards for asylum, not relax them even further.”
Sessions also complained that the administration was, on its own, altering the Immigration and Nationality Act. “What is the point of Congress passing a law if the administration abuses its ‘discretion’ to say that law simply no longer applies?” he said.
The change would apply to people the U.S. government does not consider a threat but could nevertheless be tied to terror groups, and therefore barred from entry. A Department of Homeland Security official said these individuals have been “adversely affected by the broad terrorism bars of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).”
The official offered several examples of how the change might help otherwise innocent refugees — including a restaurant owner who served food to an opposition group; a farmer who paid a toll to such a group in order to cross a bridge or sell his food; or a Syrian refugee who paid an opposition group to get out of the country.
“These exemptions cover discrete kinds of limited material support that have adversely affected refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants and other travelers: material support to non-designated terrorist organizations that was insignificant in amount, provided incidentally in the course of everyday social, commercial, or humanitarian interactions, or provided under significant pressure,” the official said.
The official said the change would let the administration apply the exemptions on a “case-by-case basis” after a review that already includes rigorous security screening. “Our screening procedures check applicants’ names and fingerprints against a broad array of records of individuals known to be security threats, including the terrorist watch list, and those of law enforcement concern,” the official said.
Though the change would apply to those who helped non-designated terror groups, Sessions noted that Al Qaeda, for example, was not officially designated as a foreign terror organization until 1999.
Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, claimed the change was another effort to maximize the number of people being allowed into the country.
“This administration no longer deserves the benefit of the doubt in making these kinds of rule changes,” he said. “The consequences are potentially dire for … public safety.”
The Washington Times also reported Thursday that a 2009 fraud assessment found at least 70 percent of asylum applications had signs of fraud.
Megyn Kelly interviews Michael Cutler on the matter:
Michael Cutler, a Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, an advisor to the “911 Families for a Secure America,” and a consultant, retired in 2002 after a distinguished career with the INS of over 30 years, including 26 as a Special Agent. In 1991, he was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and was assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and worked with members of other federal and state law enforcement agencies as well as law enforcement organizations of other countries. The task force’s investigations of aliens involved in major drug trafficking organizations ultimately resulted in the seizure of their assets and prosecutions for a wide variety of criminal violations.
Mr. Cutler has testified as an expert witness at nine Congressional hearings on issues relating to the enforcement of immigration laws having been called by members of both political parties. Mr. Cutler also furnished testimony to the Presidential Commission on the Terrorist Attacks of September 11. Mr. Cutler has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including the O’Reilly Radio Factor, O’Reilly’s No Spin Zone, Fox News and the Lou Dobbs Tonight Program on CNN to discuss the enforcement of immigration laws and has participated in various public debates and panel discussions on issues involving the enforcement and administration of immigration laws. Among the areas of concern that he is able to speak about authoritatively are the nexus between immigration and national security, the impact of immigration on the criminal justice system, strategies to combat illegal immigration, and why amnesty for illegal aliens is wrong.
- Immigration Fraud Enables Criminals, Terrorists and War Criminals to Hide in Plain Sight (counterjihadreport.com)
- Center for Immigration Studies challenges legality of Obama Administration’s relaxation of security screening for refugees (refugeeresettlementwatch.com)
Obama eases security screening rules to allow more Syrians to enter US (refugeeresettlementwatch.com)
Obama admin unilaterally changes law to allow immigrants with ‘limited’ terror contact into US (counterjihadreport.com)
Obama, Leahy and Kerry Make it Easier for Terrorist Supporters to Enter US (frontpagemag.com)
GAO: DHS Mismanaging Upgrades to ‘Vital’ Border Enforcement System (freebeacon.com)
Let me begin with a categorical statement that, given current events and recent political history, can be easily defended: Barack Hussein Obama is a willful, indoctrinated child of the Left with strong Islamic sympathies who is not fit to govern. Indeed, he would not be fit to govern Lower Slobovia , let alone the United States of America. Obama is a historic disaster of the first magnitude and, if not restrained, he will see to the irrevocable decline of the country which foolishly elected him, leaving the world on the brink of a conflict — or in the midst of one — whose repercussions cannot be underestimated.
Accompanying the undeniable havoc and damage that Obama is wreaking on his country and equally on its allies — Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Poland, Czech Republic, Israel, and possibly Taiwan — is the sense of helplessness that overcomes one when writing or speaking about a rogue president and his destructive administration. I feel this personally, having done my utmost in books, articles and lectures, from 2008 to the present, to warn whomever might read or listen that Obama represented a greater threat to the U.S. and the oddly named “free world” than any of our most dedicated and belligerent enemies. Even prior to his nomination as the Democratic candidate for the presidency, my distrust of this man was proprioceptive. And after his Missouri address, I wondered why anyone would want to “fundamentally transform” a country which, for all its flaws, perched atop the pinnacle of success in comparison to any other country.
Everything Obama has done since then has only served to confirm what was originally a deep suspicion and soon grew to become a complete certainty. Dozens of meticulously researched books have been published to the same effect. And yet very few people seemed to be paying attention. No less disconcerting, those who argue that to criticize Obama is a sign of deep-dyed racism are, of course, relying on slander and misappropriation of language to protect their chosen standard bearer and his Marxist/progressivist/utopian project.
What will it take to convince the ersatz aristocracy of frivolous intellectuals and brainless celebrities, partisan journalists, editors and academics, and an indifferent or deluded laity that they are heading for a crisis that will change our lives immeasurably for the worse? The evidence is beyond dispute.
America is drowning in a state of unredeemable debt — $17 trillion in actual debt and, according to economic historian Niall Ferguson, in the vicinity of $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities , while one in five households  depends on food stamps. At the same time, it is printing money like there’s no tomorrow — and there may not be — while subsidizing green energy fiascos at enormous cost to the taxpayer ($90 billion  in wasted stimulus funds, and counting). It finds itself in the throes of a metastasizing race war, caused in no small degree by the president’s rhetoric and behavior and fomented by his attorney general. It is a country increasingly governed by executive fiat and by an administration rocked by a near-endless gyre of political and ideological scandals. It is a country whose federal government opposes voter ID, opening the door to electoral corruption. It is a country that spies  on its own citizens, software corporations and web search engines, tries avowed terrorists in civilian courts, allows its ambassador and his entourage to be killed, without reprisal, and suffers its higher echelons to be riddled with Muslim Brotherhood operatives, giving the impression of a College of mujtahids. They are the advance cohort. “Today,” writes Larry Kelley in his sobering book Lessons from Fallen Civilizations , “millions of militant Muslims awake every morning plotting the destruction of the US. Many are among us.” And there will be more, if these  reports  of fast-tracking the citizenship applications of large numbers of Muslim immigrants are reliable, as they appear to be.
It is a country whose president purges its military — 197 senior officers, including nine commanding generals  — as did Turkey’s autocratic leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan to ensure the continuity of his regime. It is a country that refuses to defend its borders, even suing to keep them as porous as possible. It is a country shifting precipitously to the Left, now mired in the exorbitant socialist travesty of Obamacare built on an ascending pyramid of lies and false enrollment numbers  — or in the words of L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Frey at his Patterico blog , “they’re not just lying about politics now. They’re lying about data. They’re lying about everything. All the time. Constantly. It’s what you have to do to prop up an unsustainable government. … You lie and lie and lie and lie and lie and lie and lie.”
It is a country whose domestic agenda is predicated on the Marxist principle of redistributive economics that amounts to stealing from the productive class to maintain an ever-growing parasitical constituency. It is a country at war with honest science, transmuting NASA into a program for Muslim outreach  and buying into the Gore/Hansen/Mann-inflated, IPCC climate scam. It is a country that is retreating on every front and that has lost the Middle East  as well as the respect of its adversaries. It is a country that betrays its allies and endangers the world in the process, as in the phony, eagerly sought agreement that allows a self-described genocidal and nuclearizing Iran to keep spinning its centrifuges while profiting from relaxed sanctions. It is a country whose administration has sold its loyal partner, Israel, down the Jordan River.
“The United States is no longer a rational nation,” mourns  James Lewis. “Under Obama we are burning our traditional allies, and since weakness brings aggression, Iran is now empowered, China is grabbing ocean territory for shale deposits, and the worst offenders against women’s rights are now elected to the UN Human Rights Commission.” It is hard to contend with his summation.
All this proceeds under the direction of a president who has sealed his vital documents so that very little of crucial importance is known about him.
Read more at PJ Media
Controversial Department. of Homeland Security adviser Mohamed Elibiary recently said on Twitter that former Egyptian President Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, is “Egypt’s Mandela,” referring to the famous former President of South Africa that dismantled its racist apartheid system.
Morsi, who promised to be a president for all Egyptians, was ousted after over 30 million Egyptians demonstrated against him for unprecedented power grabs, human rights abuses (including appointing a former terrorist leader as governor of Luxor) and pushing through a sharia constitution for Egypt.
Elibiary, who is now a senior Homeland Security adviser, is a Muslim activist that led the now-defunct Freedom and Justice Foundation. He has spent years as a Texas Republican Party official and was a delegate for Senator McCain in 2008. The Obama Administration placed him on the Homeland Security Advisory Council and promoted him in September.
Elibiary also served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group and the Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee.
Elibiary was the subject of a damning 37-page report put together by the Clarion Project and other anti-Islamist organizations that included an extensive interview with him. Clarion has a summary of 15 disturbing facts from the report.
In an October 22 tweet, Elibiary praises Morsi as a hero on par with Nelson Mandela:
Until today, Elibiary remains adamant that the Muslim Brotherhood is still the most popular party in Egypt, even though the majority of Egyptians support banning the Brotherhood as a political party.
Read more at Clarion Project
By Jerry Gordon and Randy McDaniels
Zeliko Causevic, a registered Democrat, has been confirmed to be a refugee from Bosnia. It is not yet confirmed if he shares the same Islamic ideology of Bosnian extremist Sami Osmakac, who attempted a bombing in Tampa, FL in January 2012, or the Tsarnev brothers who were able to successfully complete their terror plot by bombing the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year. In July 2013, federal prosecutors charged Edin Sakoc, a Bosnian Muslim living in Vermont, with lying to U.S. immigration officials about his involvement in war crimes.
The vast majority Bosnian’s flooding into America share the Islamic faith. According to Baylor University ”virtually all Bosnian refugees are Muslim”. All of the 200,000 Bosnian refugees who immigrated to the United States are Muslim. There is a Sunni Muslim community of Bosniaks in Jacksonville directed by Ejub Zejnic.
Considering the fact that many of these Muslims have personally experience a literal clash of civilizations during the recent religiously motivated wars between Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia … it would be reasonable to assume they would have a higher propensity toward a more radical strain of Islam and violence.
The United States in an effort to make up for what some considered an unfair immigration policy for decades in relation to countries of the Middle East and other state sponsors of terror, were ultimately successful in changing immigration policy in an effort to right this perceived wrong.
Right or wrong, these experiments in social justice over national security are have not fared well for the American people who have seen the emergence of a new phenomenon…. home grown terrorism by individuals who almost without exception embrace the Islamic faith.
Read more at Watchdog Wire
- Florida: Bosnian immigrant causes lockdown after airport bomb threat (creepingsharia.wordpress.com)
On Wednesday Dzhohkar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 counts in the Boston Marathon bombings and jury selection began in the case of U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan, accused of murdering 13 at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. The Hasan and Tsarnaev cases emerged the same day in testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee, where the first witness, Rudy Giuliani, said that political correctness hinders efforts to stop terrorists before they strike.
Guiliani, mayor of New York during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, told the committee “You can’t fight an enemy you don’t acknowledge.” To confront the terrorist threat effectively, “we have to purge ourselves of the practice of political correctness when it goes so far that it interferes with our rational and intellectually honest analysis of the identifying characteristics that help a discover these killers in advance.”
Giuliani said that a reluctance to identify violent Islamic extremists could have played a role in the FBI’s failure to track Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhohkar’s older brother, who last year returned to Dagestan for six months. “There would have been a much greater chance of preventing Fort Hood, and possibly — and this I emphasize is possibly — the Boston bombing,” Giuliani said, “if the relevant bureaucracies had been less reluctant to identify the eventual killers as potential Islamic extremist terrorists.”
In the 2009 Ford Hood case, Major Nidal Hasan is charged with killing 13, more deaths than in the first attack on the World Trade center in 1993, a year before Giuliani became major of New York.
“The elevation of political correctness over sound investigative judgment certainly explains the failure to identify Maj. Hasan as a terrorist,” Giuliani told the committee. “That political correctness has been extended so far that the current administration describes his act as ‘workplace violence.’ This isn’t just preposterous. What we fail to realize is, this is dangerous.”
The next witness, Michael Leiter, former head of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, denied that political correctness was hindering U.S. efforts against terrorism. Such a claim, he testified, “is simply beyond me.” No member of the committee asked Leiter to explain what dynamic might lurk behind the “workplace violence” explanation. Committee members did explore cases where government agencies had failed to communicate, particularly with local law enforcement.
The hearing was called to examine intelligence breakdowns in the Boston Marathon bombings, but any threat from Islamic extremism failed to emerge in the statement of ranking member Bennie Thompson. He cited the Southern Poverty Law Center about a growing domestic threat from right-wing groups.
That theme emerged in Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Far-Right, a recent report from the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy. The report links white supremacists, Aryan Nations, skinheads, the Ku Klux Klan and such with those who “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. The groups also support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self-government.” As Mark Tapson noted, “that pretty much describes every conservative I know.”
Read more at Front Page
There has been much written and commented on in the media about the threat from “domestic” terrorism in recent years.
At Terror Trends Bulletin, we agree that there is indeed a serious threat from domestic terrorists.
But unlike the Leftist media, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano or the rest of Team Obama, we don’t see the threat of domestic terrorism coming from veterans, Tea Party members or those committed to preserving our 2nd amendment rights.
No, an objective analysis of the situation indicates that the domestic terrorist threat looks and sounds much like the foreign terrorist threat.
In other words, the domestic terrorist threat is primarily a threat from Jihad.
Here is a list of people involved in terror crimes and plots here in the USA in recent years. Each person on this list, without exception, is Muslim. We don’t take any particular glee in that. You can call us bigoted or racist for pointing it out if you want, but that doesn’t change the facts. Hardly a month has gone by over the past 4 years in which a Muslim somewhere in America wasn’t implicated in a plot to commit an act of Jihad. In some cases, they were unfortunately successful. In some instances, terrorists on this list are now dead (which is a good thing as far as we’re concerned).
The list is by no means exhaustive; it wasn’t meant to be. It’s merely a list of 86 domestic jihadis we were able to cobble together from various law enforcement and media sources in about 45 minutes’ time. Anyone can do a search on the internet for these names and see the back story on each one. Our guess is that most people had no idea that the US had caught 86 domestic jihadis in recent years. That is primarily due to the fact that the news media in this country downplays the threat from jihad. (NOTE: If we have caught 86, how many are still out there across America?)
The threat from terrorism domestically here in the US is primarily a threat from Jihad. And that’s a fact.
Go to Terror Trends Bulletin to see A LISTING OF DOMESTIC JIHADIS
Islamic Terror Attacks on American Soil (thereligionofpeace.com)
by Justin O Smith:
I write this at 5:30pm CST on April 15th, just hours after Americans across the United States have been shocked beyond numb by another 9/11 style attack and a day of terror and chaos at the Boston Marathon. Two bombs exploded 13 seconds and 100 yards apart and about two hours after the winners crossed the finish line near Boylston Street at approximately 1:55pm CST, and, while I too am alarmed and sickened by this heinous act and the hurt and death it has wreaked upon the innocent victims, unfortunately I am not surprised… and I don’t thnk most of America is either. While Obama has been golfing, taking vacations every three months and having ‘Memphis Blues’ parties at the White House, his administration has sorely neglected the real security of our borders and the interior.
Will Ritter, spokesman for a Massachusetts Senate candidate, told NBC News that he heard the explosions and saw smoke rising near the Boston Public Library, and Jackie Bruno, a reporter for New England Cable News, said that she saw peoples legs blown off. My heart and prayers went out immediately for the victims and their families, as I saw the images streaming on various websites of terrible wounds suffered by so many… one man being wheeled to awaiting ambulances had both legs blown away!
Dr Aaron Shaw, an orthepedic surgeon, was there as a spectator, and as soon as he realized what was happening, he began setting up a field triage, until more help arrived. He told ABC that while he had seen people lose limbs in car accidents and the like, “this was something you would expect to see on a battlefield.” Dr Shaw continued, “Everthing I saw was a traumatic amputation… I couldn’t put a number n it (later he estimated 30-40); they were just lining the sidewalk.”
Dan Ventura from the Boston Herald was near the medical tent when the bombs exploded. He said, “You could see it on the people’s faces. This was not just some ordinary explosion.”
The placement and type of bombs suggest a complex operation, since the area across from the viewing stands was heavily surveilled, and the devices were small yet potent and set to detonate almost simultaneously. Authorities are describing the devices as IED types that one would find in Afghanistan and Iraq, with many of the wounds having been caused by flying ball-bearings and small metal pieces. And while the White House has finally called something…this horrific attack… “a terrorist attack”, it is not clear yet, which individual/individuals or groups are responsible or whether this is domestic or foreign terrorism.
Unofficially, some authorities have stated that two other devices were found and rendered harmless, while officially top echelon police are remaining silent on this. However, cell phone service to the entire area has been blocked to prevent one from being used to detonate any hidden devices, and all flights in and out of Boston have been stopped.
Police have also confirmed that a third explosion occurred at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library at approximately 3:30pm CST. This scene is about a mile from the marathon, and now, some confusion is surrounding this “explosion”; Reuters and some officials are now calling this simply a fire that broke out in the mechanic room, but the FBI is still looking at it closely.
Peter Bergen, Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer of CNN News all suggested that we must look at the possibility of “a planned assault by right-wing extremists”, even though Bergen acknowledged, “We’ve seen a number of failed bombing attempts by Al Qaeda.” I too agree that we must… must… look at any and all possible and potential suspects, but what I find quite despicable and disturbing was the manner and unequivocal assuredness with which they presented this unproven hypothesis.
Shortly after the immdiate chaos of this tragic, horrific terrorist attack, Barack Obama stated that his administration did not know who was responsible, but his administration would track them down and bring them to justice. I’ll go out on the proverbial limb and say that this will be proven to be an act of islamofascist terrorism. No group has come forward claiming responsibility yet, but the head of an extremist Salafi group and Al Qaeda in Jordan has rejoiced and stated soon after, “American blood isn’t more precious than Muslim blood… Let the Americans feel the pain our nations have felt.” As far as this administration tracking anyone down, I’m not overly confident in an administration that simply gave lip service to the Benghazi tragedy and an administration that has a history of coddling islamofascists under the Holder Justice Department.
In the meantime, several different sources, such as the New York Post, The Telegraph and the Hinterland Gazette have reported that “a person of interest”, a 20 year old Saudi national, is being guarded at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (in Boston’s Longwood medical area), which is under an amber code representing an external threat. This man is reported to be here on a student visa, and he was seen acting suspiciously and running from the bomb blast site, when a regular citizen tackled him. So far he has claimed his innocence, as the police are still questioning him at this hour. The Boston police are taking witness statements at this hospital, and they also have surveillance video of someone bringing multiple backpacks to the blast site, according to CBS News.
There is no way to avoid the horror of the human toll, as I am just hearing Mark Levin state that CNN is reporting two people are dead, while some agencies have the death toll as high as 15 (8:26pm CST), and one is an eight year old boy. 132 people were wounded, and of these, seventeen are in critical condition and ten are amputees. Pray America… pray for these poor souls that God helps them in their hour of need and helps them towards a speedy recovery!
At 7:13pm CST, President Barack Obama expanded some on his initial statement: “We still don’t know who did this or why. We should not jump to conclusions. But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this, and we will find out who did this and why… let me reiterate, we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.”
You’re damned right “we will hold them accountable” Mr President. And as soon as the business day begins in the morning on April 16th, I suggest that all Americans inundate the Capitol switchboard operators with calls to their Senators and Representatives and demand that they remove any impediments to this investigation and force Homeland Security and Janet Napolitano to do their job… a trillion dollars spent on improving national security and still this administration proved inept; Representative Pete King said that this has very sign of an Al Qaeda attack. Where was the FBI, the CIA and every other government intelligence agency as this attack was being prepared? But in the end, I can agree with Obama on just this one thing, as he stated, On days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats… there are only Americans.”
God Bless America and May He Keep Her Safe and Free!
- Boston Marathon bombs: live (telegraph.co.uk)
- The Hunt for the Bomber (swampland.time.com)
Jihad in Boston? (frontpagemag.com)
Axelrod: Obama Thinks Boston Bombings Could Be Related to ‘Tax Day’ (weeklystandard.com)
On her way out the door, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the unsayable. Literally. Until last month, when she repeatedly warned in congressional testimony concerning the Benghazi debacle that we confront a “global jihadist threat,” the Obama administration did not allow the use of the words jihad and threat in the same sentence.
How ironic that the principal architect of this “see-no-jihad” policy is John Brennan, President Obama’s current Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor and his choice to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Setting aside the obvious questions about why Mrs. Clinton chose her swan song on Capitol Hill to state the obvious but impermissible truth, if she’s right, why on earth would the Senate want to entrust critical collection and analysis of intelligence to the very person who has epitomized and enforced a policy of willful blindness towards the central threat of our time: the supremacist Islamic ideology of shariah and the holy war, or jihad, its adherents are obliged to wage?
Read more at Center for Security Policy
Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney’s leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters.