Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib Joins Radical Cast at Muslim Conference

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Tlaib was featured guest alongside terrorist defenders and anti-gay extremists

Washington Free Beacon, by Brent Scher September 6, 2018:

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib was featured at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual conference alongside numerous radical figures, including individuals who have defended terrorist groups, openly called for violence against Israel, and pushed for extreme punishments for homosexuals.

Tlaib will almost certainly be heading to Congress in November as the Democratic candidate in a race without a Republican opponent. She has also expressed radical views on Israel since her primary win, saying she would “absolutely” vote against aid to Israel once in Congress. Tlaib supports the BDS movement to wage economic warfare against Israel and opposesa two-state solution—stances that lost her the endorsement of even liberal J Street, a group highly critical of Israel.

Tlaib was scheduled to appear in multiple sessions of the Islamic Society of North America’s annual conference this past weekend, according to a “tentative” agenda posted by the group, which has been revealed to be part of a network of groups launched by the Muslim Brotherhood to advance its mission in the United States.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has worked to separate itself from the Muslim Brotherhood, stating on its website that it is not currently controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood and further that it “rejects all acts of terrorism, including those perpetrated by Hamas, Hizbullah and any other group that claims Islam as their inspiration.”

Tlaib was one of the speakers for a Saturday luncheon where she was scheduled to be joined by Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King and activist journalist Mehdi Hassan, who just this Wednesday defended calling the creating of Israel “racist” and went on to accuse Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”

The Democratic candidate also appears to have been part of a Saturday evening session titled, “Unapologetically Muslim,” with a panel that also included anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour, who warned Muslims during the panel against “humanizing” Israelis, according to audio published Tuesday by the Algemeiner.

Neither Tlaib’s campaign nor ISNA responded to requests for more information on the extent of her participation in the conference and for audio of her speeches during the event.

ISNA came under fire ahead of the conference for disinviting one speaker, Wajahat Ali, an anti-Islamophobia activist whose invitation was rescinded because he “talked to Zionists,” he explained in the Atlantic.

The group has also in recent years rescinded invites to Muslims for Progressive Values and the Human Rights Campaign, which both advocate for LGBT rights and were told by ISNA organizers they “don’t fit in.”

The decisions are not surprising given the extremist speakers on the agenda for this year’s conference, which include Omar Suleiman, an imam who has warned against accepting homosexuality, calling it a “disease” that will “destroy our children.”

Those types of views on homosexuality are common throughout the ISNA guest list. Muzammil Siddiqi, a former ISNA president who was at this year’s conference, has told the San Francisco Chronicle he “supported laws in countries where homosexuality is punishable by death.”

Imam Shamsi Ali, described on ISNA’s site as a “moderate,” recently described homosexuality as an “unbearable plague.”

Tlaib on her campaign website says she’s “an unwavering ally of the LGBTQ community.”

The extreme views at the conference stretch beyond the issue of homosexuality.

Hatem Bazian, who heads radical anti-Israel group American Muslims for Palestine, gave a presentation on “Palestine” with Sarsour. She is perhaps best known for her 2004 call, which can be viewed below, for a violent “intifada” in the United States.

Zahra Billoo, an executive at Council on American-Islamic Relations, who frequently defends terrorist group Hamas and refers to Israel as an “apartheid state,” appears throughout the agenda.

Khalid Griggs, who spoke on the “impact of public Islamophobia” with Billoo, in 2014 called al Qaeda the “presumed perpetrators” of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, complaining that the United States used the attacks to wage war on “legitimate resistance fighters” in the Middle East.

Griggs also launched a petition calling on the Obama administration to pardon Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, better known as former Black Panther H. Rap Brown, who is serving a life-sentence as a convicted cop-killer.

Also associated with the convicted cop killer and on the conference agenda is Suhaib Webb, a Boston imam who held a fundraiser for Brown’s criminal defense fund with infamous 9/11 terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki, leading to him being disinvited from an event by former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick (D.).

Yasir Qadhi, who appears frequently throughout the agenda, argued in 2001 that “Hitler never intended to mass-destroy the Jews” and advised his followers to read a “very good book” called Hoax of the Holocaust. He maintained the comments were false in 2008, blaming them on a website he didn’t know was run by a “leading Holocaust-denial organization.”

Tlaib’s campaign did not respond to inquiries into whether it raised any objections to the candidate speaking with other invited guests. Tlaib did not hide her participation in the conference, sharing a post from an attendee saying she received a “well-deserved standing ovation” at the event.

Kyle Shideler, an expert on radical Islam currently working with the Middle East Forum, said the slate of speakers at this year’s ISNA conference is indicative of its ongoing radical shift.

“The speakers attending this year’s ISNA Convention once again remind us that despite their claims to the contrary, ISNA has not strayed far from it’s roots as a Muslim Brotherhood group,” Shideler said, adding that he views it as a mistake for Tlaib to attend. “The notion that any politician would treat ISNA’s annual convention, populated by such speakers, as an acceptable place to meet and greet remains deeply troubling.”

Wajahat Ali wrote in his Atlantic piece that ISNA was “making a long-term mistake for a short-term fix” by giving in to activists who wanted a more radical slate of speakers.

Rich Higgins on the Deep State

Unconstrained Analytics, September 7, 2018:

UA Senior Fellow Rich Higgins talks about what he saw of the Deep State in the White House in an interview by Breitbart’s Curt Schilling,

“. . . . I would go into National Security Council meetings with 10, 20, 30 people and there would only be 2 or 3 Trump supporters who were outnumbered by Obama holdovers.

Why was it so hard for Trump to clean house? Why did the Obama holdovers so outnumber everyone? Why didn’t he make his own team?

There are three things we have to look at:

  1. The Deep State wanted to get Gen Flynn out of there as early as possible because he would have figured out what the FBI was up to
  2. We need to find out who put McMaster in place
  3. We know that McMaster was talking with McCabe, he was talking with perhaps Strozyk, and other persons

The full scope of this investigation has not begun yet. It definitely requires its own Special Counsel. It is unprecedented in American history. I’m sitting in the National Security Council watching these events unfold around me.

I did not write this memo for public consumption. I don’t know if Trump read it but somehow this memo that talked about the Deep State ended up on the desk of a Deep State bureaucrat, McMaster.

The memo brought up Title 18 concerns–Trump is the Command-in-Chief, you don’t get to subvert him. What I see now, that is beyond the pale for me, is the institutional bureaucracy becoming hyper politicized in opposition to the President.

Why were these people allowed to remain in place?

Trump is a businessman and his reliance on the establishment to help him was perhaps his Achilles heel. Steve Bannon said it best: the ‘original sin’ of this administration was the belief that the establishment was going to help do the President’s mandate and what he was elected to do.

Watching all this take place in the White House, this memo just bubbled out. By the time it has been leaked to the press, I had already been removed. This is different from the anonymous coward in the White House who leaked to the NY Times in an op-ed. I think she’ll be out of here pretty soon. I have a pretty good idea who it is and again, we’re going to find out it’s a known commodity who had been identified early on as opposing the President. . . . ”

Listen to the rest as Higgins and Schilling talk about the implications on the American people, the Deep State and the media of declassifying the FISA memo, as well as thoughts on the Kavanaugh nomination, and how the Mueller witchhunt is a rearguard action protecting the corrupt activities of multiple individuals in the government and private sector with foreign money going back perhaps decades.

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Exposé – Abdul El-Sayed – Marxist Jihad in Michigan – MUST WATCH!

Investigatve journalist Laura Loomer and Tom Trento expose the troubling background of Michigan’s candidate for Governor, Abdulrahman Mohamed El-Sayed. The election is tomorrow! Much more at Loomer’s YouTube channel.

Democrat candidate for Governor of Michigan, Abdulrahman Mohamed El-Sayed has a proven history and background with Muslim Brotherhood alignment and associations. His Marxist Jihad interactions in support of Mohamed Morsi during the Arab Spring, the supporters of his campaign – Linda Sarsour, Bernie Sanders, ISNA, and CAIR, and his Sharia compliant Islamic practices all relate the real plan he has for Michigan. WATCH THIS AND LEARN WHO THE REAL ABDUL EL-SAYED IS, HOW HE WILL GOVERN MICHIGAN, AND WHAT EVERY CITIZEN OF MICHIGAN SHOULD KNOW AS THEY VOTE ON AUGUST 7TH!

THIS CANDIDATE HAS PLANS TO “FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM” MICHIGAN! 

Remember those words and what that meant to America?  It was NOT good!  And, it will NOT be good for Michigan!

Abdulrahman Mohamed El Sayed has played his hand very well to the constituents of Michigan!  Many have fallen under his spell and many are just part of the plan, working very hard for his final solution.

  • He has core Muslims siding with him only because he is Muslim, no other qualification!
  • He has the millennials jumping up & down on his every word!  Smiling, hoping he will pick them to stand with in front of the camera!
  • He has the Marxist/Socialist liberal left just waiting for every opportunity to show support!
  • He has known unindicted co-conspirators in clearly defined court cases, standing with him in support and in some cases are identified as his “de-facto” campaign manager.
  • His platform and his Sharia compliant beliefs collide, but when pressed for an answer, he has none!
  • His anti-Israel stand and support of Gaza, yet this topic is never asked during the campaign.
  • His hard cored Muslim Brotherhood history and background are NEVER questioned by any of the Michigan media.  Yet, when one opposing candidate does (Patrick Colbeck), Abdul’s reply is: “You may not hate Muslims, but Muslims definitely hate you!”

When will they learn that Abdul’s plan has played out before, in many cities, towns, and countries!   Look through history and it’s clear the end results are NOT pretty!

Michigan will make the decision on Tuesday, August 7th!    We can only hope they choose wisely!   Constitution or Marxist Jihad for Michigan?

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WATCH: Founder of Sharia Crime Stoppers Says ‘Sharia Law Is In Michigan’

Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer to Michigan with The United West to investigate Abdulrahman Mohamed El-Sayed, a Muslim candidate running for Governor in Michigan as a Democrat Socialist. El-Sayed is a Sharia compliant Muslim, but his political platform and talking points directly contradict Islamic law.

Richard Manasseri is the co-founder of Sharia Crime Stoppers, an organization focused on training local law enforcement to understand the criminal behavior sanctioned under Sharia Law and what officers could encounter on the streets of America.

Loomer sat down with Manasseri and asked him about why it is important to know about Sharia and what people need to know about El-Sayed. Is El-Sayed practicing Taqiyya in order to become the next Governor of Michigan and advance Islam in the United States?

“There are 140 mosques in the state of Michigan…each of the Imams at these mosques is supreme,” according to Manasseri. “The mosque itself is a seed of government. Sharia law is in Michigan. We have had leaders of organizations like CAIR Michigan say that it is.”

Manasseri has three daughters and two grand daughters. For him, his biggest concern with Sharia Law is how it deems women as property. Like many, Manasseri worries that if El-Sayed is elected as Governor of Michigan, women in the state will begin to experience less rights under a Governor who practices a completely different legal code than the United States Constitution.

“We are concerned about the personal safety of individual people, and as we’ve said, that would primarily be women, who would be less safe under Abdul El-Sayed,” Manasseri said.

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While Democrats in Michigan will deny the negative impact Islamic immigration has had on the state, and while they vehemently deny that Sharia Law exists in Michigan communities, Dawud Walid, the Executive Director of CAIR Michigan, is on the record happily admitting that Sharia Law is alive and well in Michigan.

El-Sayed is not only a Sharia compliant Muslim, but he is a Democrat socialist running on a Marxist political platform as a self-proclaimed “justice Democrat”. Some of the campaign talking points El –Sayed is campaigning on include socialized healthcare, legalization of Marijuana, free college tuition, abortion, opposition to fossil fuels, pro-illegal immigration, and anti-Israel foreign policy. If elected Governor, El-Sayed has vowed to abolish ICE and make Michigan a Sanctuary state where illegal immigrants are protected from deportation and immune to the actions of law enforcement agencies.

El-Sayed, who is running on the Democrat ticket as a “Justice Democrat”, refused to answer questions about his personal practice of Sharia and how Islamic law contradicts key platform stances in the Democrat Party when he was confronted at a campaign event in Michigan last week.

El-Sayed practices Sharia law in his personal life, and has stated that his “head touches the floor 34 times a day” during his Islamic prayers. His true colors as a Muslim were revealed in May of 2018 while he was speaking to the Michigan Press Association at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Michigan. While speaking, El-Sayed yelled at Senator Patrick Colbeck and said, “You may not hate Muslims, but ALL Muslims hate you.”

Colbeck is a Republican member of the Michigan Senate, and he is currently a Republican candidate running to become the next Governor of Michigan.

On Sunday, self proclaimed socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be in Michigan campaigning for El-Sayed, who has openly declared his support for the Muslim Brotherhood and has been endorsed by CAIR, both of which are designated terrorist organizations.

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Dan Hoffman: Trump’s two-fold challenge now is to warn Russia, unite America

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The Hill, by Daniel Hoffman, July 22, 2018:

U.S. foreign policy towards Russia has been most effective when we have focused as much on working together as we have on countering and deterring Russia’s espionage and military aggression. The latest examples of this aggression include Russia’s violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity and illegally annexing Crimea; downing a civilian airlinerenabling the Syrian government and  Iran to commit crimes against humanity; poisoning former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent; and interfering in elections, both in Europe and the United States.

President Obama’s verbal threat to Vladimir Putin to “cut out” the hacking or face the consequences months prior to the 2016 presidential election only reinforced a lesson learned going back to the days of George Kennan’s containment strategy: Deterring the Kremlin requires action, not just words alone.

It’s a lesson we would do well to keep at the forefront as President Trump and Putin continue their attempted rapprochement.

In Helsinki last week, Putin sought to elevate Russia to the same stature as the United States. He wants to soil U.S. soft power by linking it with Russia’s KGB authoritarianism, thereby ensuring that our allies and Russian human rights advocates threatening Putin’s regime security do not derive inspiration from the United States as a beacon of freedom, liberty and democracy.

Second, Putin wanted to drive a wedge between the United States and our allies. Under the guise of Soviet-style “collaboration,” Putin emphasized the United States could not solve any of the world’s problems without Russia, especially the ones Putin himself exacerbated, such as Syria. Putin wants to entangle U.S. and European foreign policy with Russia to dilute and distort NATO’s influence.

Nothing scares Putin more than neighboring Ukraine, an aspiring NATO and European Union member with a sizable Russian-speaking population and commitment to democracy. Alarmed over the Trump administration’s provision of Javelin anti-tank weapons to Kiev, with whom Russia is at war, Putin wants the United States to be perceived as Russia’s global partner to degrade the U.S.-Ukraine relationship.

Third, Putin wants to soil our democracy. He holds a black belt in Judo, a key principle of which is to use an opponent’s strength against them. Our core strength as a country derives from the First Amendment, freedom of the press, liberty and our democratic institutions. We are inherently vulnerable to influence operations, including disinformation, which quickly gain traction in our free and open cyberspace.

Make no mistake, Putin is ruthlessly focused on shaping our political discourse and stimulating partisan bickering by simultaneously supporting extreme, antithetical positions.

There was no better example of this tactic than the Kremlin bots staging simultaneous post-election rallies in favor of Trump and protesting Trump’s election. Putin deliberately left a trail of breadcrumbs and a Kremlin return address during intrusions in our cyberspace because he knows he can most effectively soil our institutions by adding a measure of conspiracy and association with Russia.

The even bigger prize for Putin would be to fracture the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan, under whose leadership the United States ended the “evil empire” of the Soviet Union — to Putin, the greatest geopolitical catastrophe in the 20th century.

Last week, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said Russia was the “most aggressive foreign actor” whose cyber threats were “blinking red.” Having missed an opportunity in Finland, President Trump now should publicly announce that we know Russia interfered in our 2016 elections and will make Russia pay a price for continuing what national security adviser John Bolton rightly called an “act of war.” If Russia does interfere in the 2018 midterms, then the United States can take the serious countermeasures that the National Security Agency and Cyber Command have discussed to deter future attacks.

Simply put, Vladimir Putin hates Democrats and Republicans. For Putin, a KGB operative and former Director of Russia’s infamous Federal Security Service (FSB), all of us are the Kremlin’s “Main Enemy.”

We need President Trump to deliver a direct and unambiguous warning to Putin. This might be his last, best chance to induce a change in Russia’s behavior, and unite the Congress and our nation in collective defense before the next Russian cyber onslaught.

Daniel Hoffman is a former chief of station with the Central Intelligence Agency. His combined 30 years of government service included high-level overseas and domestic positions at the CIA. He reported on the Trump-Putin summit from Helsinki for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @DanielHoffmanDC.

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Interview with Dan Hoffman at The Cipher Brief July :

What is Putin’s Plan Now?

As most of the President’s men and women in senior roles re-iterated and even provided more detail about the Russian threat to U.S. national security in the days following the Helsinki summit, the President tasked his national security advisor to extend an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the White House to continue the dialogue that was started seven days ago.

Meanwhile, the President’s top-serving intelligence and law enforcement leaders rolled out detailed explanations of the threat, including a report released late last week by the Department of Justice that addressed what specific actions the DOJ is taking to address cyber threats.

Former CIA Chief of Station Dan Hoffman talks about the real threat and where the government’s focus should remain while the President sends a different message.

The Cipher Brief: What should the focus of the Intelligence Community be while the President is inviting Putin for a visit to the U.S.?

Hoffman: The first thing I’d say about the Intelligence Community is that there is a flow of intelligence from the IC to the President.  The CIA does all-source analysis that informs the President’s decisions.  But the IC also relies on policy makers to share what the policy is.

There were countless times when I was serving in senior positions in our headquarters when the director, or the acting director would come back from a meeting downtown and brief us on what was going on so that we would be in the know, and to help us understand what the requirements were for intelligence collection, because at the end of the day, the intelligence community is requirements driven.  We send requirements out to the field, with our HUMINT (human intelligence) collectors and foreign sources to collect on what the policy makers, starting with the President, require.  So, the first area of concern, and I think it’s reflected in some of the public polling about the way people feel about the Helsinki summit, is that there has been no definitive, detailed statement yet from this administration about what took place.  Right now, we’ve ceded the post-summit discourse to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.  The President said he didn’t want anyone with him because he was concerned about leaks.  If I allow myself to be a little bit presumptuous, if I had been asked I would have said, “Mr. President the biggest concern about leaks is that they end up in Vladimir Putin’s hands.  You’re in the room with him, the last thing you need to worry about is leaks.

The second thing about the summit is that we have about four areas of concern.  One is on Ukraine and the idea that Putin had floated a resolution there where there would be a referendum to deal with pro-Russian separatists.  And that is not something that the U.S. government would support, and the Russians got their answer this week when Secretary James Mattis approved $200 Million dollars in security cooperation assistance in the form of advisors and equipment and training for Ukraine.  So, we’re standing by Ukraine, and standing by their independence, but I didn’t hear the President make any public statement about that.  We don’t know what he said to Putin privately and that’s important to know.

Another issue is Syria, where there was apparently some discussion about a resolution in Syria whereby the U.S. and Israel might together not oppose Assad taking control of the country, including the area around the Golan Heights.  The risk there is that I don’t think we can rely on Russia to have any influence over Iran, or Syria not in that sense, and I’d be concerned with any strategic alliance with Russia based on the fact that they’ve been complicit, and in alliance with Syria and have enabled Assad to commit crimes against humanity.  The Russians have never had our interests at heart in Syria.  They lied to Secretary Kerry when they said there wasn’t a military solution in Syria, when they went ahead shortly thereafter and imposed one.  And it certainly didn’t turn out to be the quagmire that President Obama warned it would be for Russia.  It’s really been the key that’s unlocked their resurgent leverage in the Middle East.  I think the best we can hope for there is the sort of tactical collaboration of the sort we saw recently in Helsinki when General Joseph Dunford met with Russian Army Chief of Staff Gerasimov and talked about de-conflicting military operations, which is good to do.  But strategic partnership, not a chance.

Another area of concern is Putin’s odd proposal to allow the Muller team to go to Russia and interview the 12 GRU Military Intelligence Officers, and in turn the Russians would get to have their turn with Ambassador McFaul, and Bill Browder.  Browder’s not even an American citizen, and there is no extradition treaty with Russia and the fact that we’d even come close to equating the rule of law in the U.S., with this warped KGB authoritarianism that exists in Russia is not only wildly disconcerting to any of us who lived in Russia, but really quite dangerous.  So those are three areas where we have some concern and I wish the administration would have come out and spoken out about those, and anything else that was discussed in the summit.

The last, and fourth area of concern is related to Russia’s cyber intrusions, and I don’t like to use the word meddle, meddle is too soft.  We’ve gotten in this habit of saying they are meddling in our affairs, they’re not meddling they are influencing, they are intruding into our cyberspace with espionage purpose.  So I think we should be careful to call it what it is, and raise some alarm bells.  This week, the National Security Agency, and Cyber Command talked about taking counter-measures in cyberspace against Russia but before you do that, what you really need is for the President to warn Putin.  That’s what deterrence is all about.  The aggrieved parties, publicly state “if you cross this red line, we will take action.”

The Cipher Brief: But that’s clearly not the President’s strategy, so from a realists perspective, what now?

Hoffman: Right, so he didn’t do that, and so what Putin knows is that the U.S. intelligence community is preparing counter-measures.  But when we take them, Putin will come back at us and portray himself as the aggrieved party.  What Putin is trying to do here, in my view, is far more subtle and nuanced.  He hates us all.  He hates democrats, he hates republicans, he hates Secretary Clinton, he hates President Trump.  We are all Russia’s main enemy.  And, on Russia, we shouldn’t be each other’s enemies.  We should be united, maybe with a slightly different take on specific policies, but at the end of the day we should be united with the understanding that Russia presents a threat to us.

There are limited areas in which we can work together like in arms control and counter-terrorism, we all know that.  What I think what Putin wants to do, specifically with the idea of the trade of allowing Mueller’s team to speak with the GRU officers, is to divide the republican party.  The same republican party of Reagan, that not only called the Soviet Union the evil empire, but was responsible for tearing down the Soviet Union.  There are a lot of other reasons the Soviet Union fell apart, certainly Boris Yeltsin was the most important figure in tearing it apart from within.  There was also the war in Afghanistan, Chernobyl, a failed economy and they lost the war of ideas to us.  But for Putin, who continues to consider the collapse of the Soviet Union the greatest geo-political disaster of the 20th century, he knows that the republican party has been a stalwart defense against Russia’s expansion.  And nothing would please him more than to divide the party, and drive a stake through it.  And I continue to believe that what Putin is trying to do is to soil our democracy, and divide us by using discoverable influence operations and I think what he’d like to do is to continue to see republicans arguing amongst themselves as we see with Senator Lindsey Graham, vociferously arguing about how the President appears to be confusing what Senator Graham calls meddling with collusion.  And there are some in the Republican party who are defending the President, and some who are not.  But I think the end game for Putin is to try and do what he can to exacerbate the differences within the party, and try to break it.  And I’m saying this because I’m trying to see the world through the twisted KGB eyes of Putin.  I’m not an expert on domestic U.S. politics I’m the one who’s focused on understanding what makes Putin tick.

The Cipher Brief: We’ve seen Dan Coats, we’ve seen Christopher Wray and a number of other seniors in the administration reiterate the Russian threat on the heels of the Helsinki summit, so for those who do believe the threat is real, including the IC, that should put their mind at least a little at ease.  However, what should we be focused on looking ahead that’s going to move the ball in the right direction for U.S. national security despite whether or not the President pushes forward with his next step, which is inviting Putin to the White House?

Hoffman: Where the IC will play a role right now is on reflections of the summit.  That’s the immediate goal.  So the IC will collect reflections on how Putin and his team assess the summit.  So we’ll learn what was discussed in the summit, but we’ll learn it through Putin’s eyes and I guarantee that he will not accurately describe the results of the summit, even to his own people.  That’s why it’s vitally important that we know, from President Trump, what the real facts are so the President can parse the intelligence we obtain from Putin and his team, from the facts.

The Cipher Brief: It sounds like you’re getting to the point of why it’s really so complicated to be the only person in the room when you have a meeting like this.  Is the IC now handed a mess to try and figure out?

Hoffman:  Yes.  President Reagan had one on one meetings with Gorbachev, so it’s not unheard of, and it’s ok, but President Trump needed to have sat down, and maybe he did this, I don’t know, with Director CIA, Secretary of State, the National Security Advisor, and walked them through right away everything that happened.  So, to get back to the role of the IC, the first thing is to collect on those reflections and get that back to the President so he is aware what the Russian’s are thinking now about the summit, and their way forward.  What does Putin plan on raising in Washington D.C. during the visit?  We don’t yet have a date for that summit, but certainly Putin will have his own ideas about what might make sense in terms of the issues he will want to raise and that is up to the IC to think about that.  Collection on Russia’s relationships in Europe, and their covert influence operations are always important, never more so than now.

Ukraine is really the canary in the coal mine here. Because they are at war with Russia.  I would argue that the country that scares Putin the most is Ukraine.  Russia’s neighbor with a sizable Russian speaking population, a commitment to democracy and tilting politically toward the EU, as well as an aspiring NATO member.  Putin is trying to influence U.S. political discourse on Ukraine and Europe as well, so collection on how he is going to portray Ukraine, and his plans for influence operations is really important.

Every time you meet with Putin it’s like he’s setting a bunch of traps.  It’s like you’re out in the woods someplace, and you wish you had night vision goggles to see all the traps.  So for us, the night vision goggles are counter-intelligence and understanding where Putin is trying to hurt us.  But if you don’t understand that, you risk getting your leg caught in a whole bunch of traps.  He’s setting a whole bunch of traps for us- Ukraine, Syria and this Cyber-Security working group idea, those are all traps that he has set.

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DECISION BRIEF: America Needs an In-Kind Deterrent to Russia’s Political Warfare

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Liberals abandoning Democrat party through #WalkAway campaign

Life Site News, by Calvin Freiburger, July 9, 2018:

A social media campaign encouraging Democrats to leave their increasingly left-wing party is gaining notoriety – and followers.

The #WalkAway Campaign is the brainchild of “former liberal” and New York actor and hair stylist Brandon Straka. It bills itself as “dedicated to sharing the stories of people who can no longer accept the current ideology of liberalism and what the Democratic Party has become.”

“We want people on the right to use their voices and tell the world the truth about whom they are by making videos telling everyone what it means to be a conservative in America and what your values really are,” the campaign’s website says. “Tell minorities on the left, who have been told their whole lives that they are not welcome on the right because of the bigotry and hatred, that they are welcome. Tell them there is a seat at the table on the right for everybody.”

The campaign’s primary means of spreading this message is through written and video testimonials from former Democrats of various backgrounds explaining why they became Democrats and how they then came to reject the label.

That testimony ranges from stories about overcoming college indoctrination to being stereotyped as liberal for being a minority to women told they can’t think for themselves. Others simply recognized the Left’s increasing radicalization.

Among that radicalization in recent years has been the official Democrat platform removing its call to make abortion “rare” in 2012 and demanding the federal nullification of state pro-life laws in 2016; Democrat National Committee chair Tom Perez hailing self-proclaimed socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “the future of the party”; left-wing leaders like Rep. Maxine Waters openly advocating the harassment of Trump administration officials; boycott and intimidation campaignsover keeping men out of women’s restrooms; and attempts in numerous states to force private citizens to participate in same-sex ceremonies.

Straka, who is openly gay, launched the campaign with his own May 26 video testimony (full transcript here), explaining that he originally became a liberal out of opposition to hatred, discrimination, groupthink, censorship, and junk science, and that he walked away from liberalism when he came to believe liberalism embodied rather than opposed those ills.

“Liberalism has been co-opted and absorbed by the very characteristics it claims to fight against,” he said. “For years now, I’ve watched as people on the Left have become anesthetized to their own prejudices and bigotry, and the prejudices and bigotry of those around them who echo their values.”

“I have witnessed the irony of advocacy for gender equality morph into blatant hatred and intolerance of men and masculinity,” he continued. “I’ve seen the once-earnest fight for equality for the LGBT community mutate into an illogical demonization of heteronormativity, and the push to vilify and attack our conventional concepts of gender.”

At the time of this writing, Straka’s kickoff video has been viewed more than half a million times, his campaign’s official Facebook group has more than 73,000 members, and there is already reason to believe the movement may represent a deeper cultural shift.

Citing a Reuters/Ipsos poll from April, PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil notes that whites between the ages of 18 and 34 are equally likely to vote Democrat as they are Republican, a nine-percentage-point decline for Democrats from the 2016 election. Many observers have attributed Trump’s unprecedented victory that year in large part to moderate and formerly left-leaning voters alienated by far-left stances and tactics.

Straka elaborated on his efforts in an interview Tuesday with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. He said his homosexuality was the only reason he used to be a Democrat, and that he was still a liberal as recently as November 2016, when he cried in response to Hillary Clinton’s loss. But since then, watching the Left’s increasing intolerance toward dissent served as a “red-pill” experience.

On Thursday, Straka said that he entered a camera store to buy some equipment, and was denied service by one employee who recognized him from a TV appearance and didn’t want to facilitate a transaction for “alt-right” purposes.

“[Please] do not retaliate against this camera shop. All of the other employees could not have been nicer,” he said, noting that another employee completed the sale for him. “The reason I decided [to go] forward w/ the story is because I hope [to open] a conversation between me [and] gays on the left.”

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This is not a bot:

My WalkAway was in 2016. The ironic thing is that it wasn’t Trump that made me WalkAway. It was the Democrats themselves. I saw my own (liberal) friends become ugly and hateful. I saw disgusting personal attacks, elitism, arrogance, and rampant stereotyping. I saw them insulting any one they disagreed with as a racist, bigot, xenophobic… etc. I saw identity politics ruining people’s sense of individuality and cultural Marxism pitting people into the “oppressors vs. the oppressed.” It reminded of the early years of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, particularly Mao’s Red Guards. I saw the calls for censorship and the repeated attacks on free speech. I saw the lies. I saw the hypocrisy.

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Brandon Straka facebook live encouraging people to do video testimonials to prove  they are not bots:

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The Ocasio occasion, Minnesota style

Powerline Blog, by Scott Johnson, July 6, 2018:

I attended the special DFL endorsing convention convened in Minneapolis on June 17 to anoint a successor to Keith Ellison. Three candidates sought the DFL endorsement, addressed the convention and responded to questions raised by the delegates. Ilhan Omar won a majority of the delegates’ votes on the first ballot. She then easily cleared the 60 percent hurdle to secure the endorsement on the second ballot with 68 percent of the votes. I reported from the convention here. MPR’s Tim Nelson had a brief report here. I tried to call national attention to what it all meant in the Weekly Standard article “The anti-Israel seat.”

To borrow Bill Buckley’s formulation, Omar was the leftward most viable candidate seeking the endorsement. She presented the full Bernie Bro catastrophe as her platform. Free college. Free health care. Everything is to be “free.” Everything is free but freedom, which is in short supply. We are to work and they are to eat. We are to toil and they are to enjoy the fruits of it. Despite the patina of outré novelty that thrills Democrats, this is old, old stuff.

Omar called several times for the abolition of ICE. It was the first time I had heard this call, although it has quickly become a staple of Democratic orthodoxy since. Throw in her patent hostility to Israel and we can see that Omar is the precursor to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the frank socialist who prevailed over Joe Crowley in New York’s June 29 Democratic primary. Stephen Miller now observes that “With Ocasio-Cortez’s rise, Dems now own their loony far-left flank.” She has become an overnight sensation.

Ocasio-Cortez has nothing on Omar. Omar has yet to win the August 14 primary, which includes more conventional DFL candidates (Margaret Kelliher and Paticia Torres-Ray) with legitimate track records. The Star Tribune fondly presents the field in Maya Rao’s gauzy-eyed report. What is interesting to me, however, is the weakness of respectable liberal Democrats (including Kelliher and Torres-Ray) in the Fifth District. They are not where it’s at. Omar is where it’s at.

Omar has a personal background that has yet to receive anything like the look it deserves. Like Ocasio-Cortez, she has become a media darling. Yet she is a most unsavory character. If the Star Tribune were to interview the DFL candidates and make an endorsement in advance of the August 14 primary, it could make a constructive contribution to understanding what is happening here. So far, the blinders remain intact. The next Congress figures to feature an Omar-Ocasio-Cortez caucus.

July 4 Freedom Update from American Patriot Dave Bailey

I haven’t shared an email digest from Dave Bailey in a while. Last month he changed the name from “Islam Update” to “Freedom Update” to foil the apparent server censorship some have experienced. New followers may be interested in subscribing. His commentary analysis is quite astute and well worth your time.

Here is Dave’s comment on the change:

Dear patriot,

Thank you again for taking time to keep up on what’s happening in the world with regard to the Islamist threat. Islam Update is being renamed Freedom Update, and I’d like to explain why. There are two reasons…

First, from a practical standpoint, I had been getting numerous reports that emails being kicked back or filtered out as “spam,” even though the subscribers never did anything to identify Islam Update as spam. It turns out that internet services such as Comcast are doing their own filtering of email regardless of whether users asked for it. This is as serious a threat to our freedom of speech as Facebook’s and Google’s filtering, despite Comcast staying out of the spotlight. Having done some testing with one of Islam Update’s subscribers, we discovered that Islam Update was being filtered on the basis of words in its Subject line, and one of the words that appears to be a trigger is “Islam.” By changing “Islam Update” to “Freedom Update,” I hope to reduce the unwanted spam-filtering that subscribers have been complaining of.

Second, the election of Donald Trump has fundamentally changed the nature of our battle. Previously, we had an administration that absolutely refused to admit the existence of Islamic terrorism, and was appointing Islamists to high government posts. The very fact that Barack Hussein Obama was elected twice with solid majorities was a testimony to the ignorance of the American people, and Islam Update’s mission back then was to turn this ignorance around so that people could start making informed decisions regarding the Islamic threat, instead of being duped by sweet-talking Islamists and sympathizers. Fortunately, with the aid of Islam Update, ACT for America, and many others, the American people have woken up enough to elect a President who openly declared that there was a problem with Islam and talked about limiting immigration from Islamic nations. From his very first day, President Trump has been dismantling the Islam-friendly “deep state” that Obama created and Hillary Clinton would have deepened. With Trump in office instead of Hillary, all of the plans of Islamists and globalists have gone sideways, and they are furious about it.

As a result, Islamists, globalists, and assorted useful idiots have come unhinged in a combination of panic and indignant fury. They realize that their entire program for establishing one world government – whether a global caliphate or not – is hanging in the balance with Trump’s hand on the scales. Because they can’t come straight out and tell the American people the truth about what they are trying to do – destroy America as we know it – they are now waging a cold war against President, using anything they can as a club against him. Therefore, in addition to the usual reporting on Islam-related news, I have started reporting on the outrageous conspiracies and machinations of this “vast left-wing conspiracy” to take down the President and derail his pro-American and anti-Islamist mission.

President Trump is fighting to preserve American freedoms and American sovereignty against a vast and wealthy coalition of interests that seeks to ruin the American experiment and replace it with their own oppressive ideologies. Therefore, even though I will be continuing to focus on the Islamist threat, I will also be reporting on the outlandish attacks on our champion in this fight: President Trump.

For these reasons, Islam Update is now Freedom Update.

God bless, and keep spreading the word… the Left’s fury is a sign that we’re winning!

Dave

Dave Bailey is a former professional engineer with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business who worked until 1992 as a researcher for IBM. At that time he left IBM to start a nonprofit organization called Education Transfer, whose purpose was to help middle schools and high schools organize Career Days that would typically bring together approximately 100 local professionals representing students’ career interests to speak with hundreds of students, representing an entire grade level.

By 2001 his organization was serving numerous schools from Delaware to New York, including several schools on Long Island – schools with families that were devastated by the 9/11 terrorist attack. Dave felt a compelling need to understand the Islamic ideology behind that attack and, since retiring from Education Transfer in 2010, he devotes his time to helping others comprehend the forces within Islam that threaten the West.

513J+yl1BsL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_His first book on the subject, “Dare to Speak: Islam vs. Free Democracy and Free Enterprise,” is available on-line at several websites. His second book, Shock and Alarm: What It was Really Like at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq,” is available for purchase from Amazon.com. He co-wrote this book with Hugh Iwanicki, a friend and former emissary at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.

The following is today’s email. As Dave likes to say, he scours the news so you don’t have to! If you are interested in receiving his his digests just email him at daveb@educationtransfer.com

 

Freedom Update, by Dave Bailey, July 4, 2018:

There is strength in numbers… Please forward this to others…

July 4 terror plot thwarted in Cleveland, suspect pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda, FBI says: A man who pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda sought to kill members of the military and conducted reconnaissance in downtown Cleveland for a planned attack on July 4 — but the Independence Day plot was foiled after a months-long investigation, federal officials said Monday. FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said Demetrius Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq, was arrested at 10 a.m.

Joe Scarborough Just Put His Finger On ‘Plain Sight’ Evidence That Trump Is Taking Orders From Putin

The fake news from the mainstream media never quits… in fact, it just gets more outrageous…

In this case, Joe Scarborough starts with a false premise, which is that President Trump is Putin’s puppet…

He justifies this claim on no hard evidence whatsoever…

His only “evidence” is his gut feel that Trump is insufficiently tough on Putin…

Strange how Scarborough had no such complaint when…

  • Obama told Mitt Romney in a presidential debate that “The ‘1980’s are now calling and they want their foreign policy back”…

… ridiculing Romney’s claim that Russia was our major geopolitical threat…

Next, Scarborough’s echo chamber of guests offered no such counterpoints…

Instead they ran with Scarborough’s claim and concluded that Trump is destroying American primacy in the world…

This is the exact opposite of the truth…

Scarborough and his guests act as if our growing economy, tiny unemployment…

…energy independence, victory over ISIS, and hammering of Russia’s ally Iran didn’t exist…

None of these are mentioned at all

Scarborough is trying to continue smearing Trump with the demonstrably false “Russian Dossier” slander…

…which he alludes to in only the vaguest terms because everyone knows it’s a fake…

The disinformation being fed to the public by the mainstream media is truly shocking…   Dave

Lance Perriman                Independent Journal Review                Jul 3, 2018

During Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough accused President Donald Trump of acting as a puppet to Russian president Vladimir Putin and said the evidence is in “plain sight.”

Scarborough made the stunning allegation Tuesday as NATO allies express concerns over Trump’s growing closeness to Putin, and the president floats strategic plans that line up with Russia’s long-term goals.

“There has been this concern, certainly since we interviewed Donald Trump in December 2015 and he refused to criticize Vladimir Putin, said he was a strong leader and we needed that type of leadership in America,” Scarborough said. “There’s been a concern that he would never criticize Vladimir Putin. There’s been a concern obviously through this investigation that Vladimir Putin must have something on Donald Trump.”

The ‘Morning Joe’ host said the president appeared to be compromised by Putin’s blackmail threats, and he said the evidence was plainly obvious.

“I firmly believe he does have something on Donald Trump, and that’s why he’s never criticized Putin,” Scarborough said.

He said Trump was giving away U.S. national security and threatening longstanding alliances, which align with Russian interests.

“Can you imagine any American president in your lifetime that could do things that were more in Vladimir Putin’s benefit than what Donald Trump has been doing over the past two years?” Scarborough said. “Attacking NATO allies, trying to withdraw troops. talking about withdrawing troops from Europe, talking about withdrawing our commitment to NATO, turning every NATO conference into basically a very uncomfortable situation.”

“Then going off and talking secretly to Vladimir Putin at the G20 last year, setting up — I mean, the list is endless,” he added. “If there is a conspiracy, this conspiracy seems to be in plain sight.”…

The video…

Findings that Russia meddled to help Trump beat Clinton were ‘accurate and on point’: Senate intel panel

It’s possible that Putin did want Trump to win, or rather, Hillary to lose…

…though this claim is still being disputed…

The point here is that there is no evidence that candidate Trump had anything to do with this…

Hillary is responsible for destroying and killing one of Russia’s key allies in North Africa, Muammar Kaddafi

…and Putin was distraught at Kaddafi’s vicious murder

…and also for contributing to the civil unrest in Putin’s ally Assad by shipping Libyan weapons to Syrian rebels who ultimately exploded as ISIS in 2014…

Putin has plenty of reasons for opposing Hillary… but where are the dots connecting Putin to Trump?

The “Russian Dossier” was created to manufacture them, but they turned out to be fake…

Why would someone go through the trouble of inventing false evident if real evidence existed?   Dave

Gregg Re              Fox News             July 3, 2018

Findings by the intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump win were “accurate and on point,” according to an unclassified report and accompanying statement by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released Tuesday.

The committee’s findings came after a lengthy review of the “sources, tradecraft and analytic work underpinning” a January 2017 intelligence community assessment.

The FBI’s and CIA’s “analytical disagreement” with the NSA over whether Russia sought to bolster the Trump presidential campaign was “reasonable,” the report also said.

While the FBI and CIA had “high confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin aspired to help Trump’s election chances by denigrating opponent Hillary Clinton, the NSA had only “moderate confidence” in that assessment, according to the January 2017 analysis.

The disagreement among agencies “was reasonable, transparent, and openly debated among the agencies and analysts, with analysts, managers and agency heads on both sides of the confidence level articulately justifying their positions,” the Senate intelligence committee’s findings said.

In a statement, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C, said the panel’s review was ongoing.

“The committee has spent the last 16 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work underpinning the intelligence community assessment and sees no reason to dispute the conclusions,” Burr said.

“The committee continues its investigation, and I am hopeful that this installment of the committee’s work will soon be followed by additional summaries providing the American people with clarity around Russia’s activities regarding U.S. elections.”

Whether Russian authorities sought to meddle in the 2016 election to help Trump prevail has been a key point of contention between House and Senate intelligence committees.

In May, Senate Intelligence Committee leaders backed the 2017 intel community report that formally accused Russia of trying to interfere in the election to the Trump campaign’s benefit.

“The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton,” top Senate committee Democrat Mark Warner said in a joint statement at the time.

A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2018

On Tuesday, Warner said the committee’s review had confirmed those findings.

“As numerous intelligence and national security officials in the Trump administration have since unanimously re-affirmed, the ICA findings were accurate and on point,” Warner said.

But on the other side of Capitol Hill, Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence have disputed the  conclusion that Putin wanted to help Trump.

GOP members of the House panel have cited “significant intelligence tradecraft failings” in the intelligence community’s findings, saying it is inappropriate to conclude that Russia acted specifically to assist Trump.

“We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump.” – Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas

“The bottom line: The Russians did commit active measures against our election in 2016, and we think they will do that in the future,” Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said in March. “We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump.”

Accusations of political bias at the highest levels of the DOJ and FBI have roiled Washington, with Republicans accusing investigators of targeting the White House for political reasons.

But some key Republicans said that it seemed Russia was, in fact, trying to help Trump win. In a statement earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said it was “clear based on the evidence” that Putin wanted Clinton to lose in November.

Other top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have signaled that they agree that Russian actors wanted Clinton to lose.

Did Mueller prevent 9/11 families from suing Saudi Arabia? 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia. Ever since the attacks, the family members of victims have been pursuing financial compensation from Saudi Arabia’s government. But one of the biggest obstacles to that compensation was FBI director, and now special prosecutor, Robert Mueller.

MSNBC Host Cheers at the Thought of a Recession Finally Hurting Trump’s Approval Numbers: ‘Good’

Julio Rosas                 Fox News               Jul 2, 2018

While discussing how the economy has not taken a nosedive over Donald Trump being president and his higher than predicted approval ratings, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cheered at the thought of a recession hurting Trump’s support among his voters.

“What stuns me is why the markets have not reacted to the lack of stability,” Wallace’s guest, presidential historian Jon Meacham, said. “They’re beginning to on the tariffs. But remember, that’s what everybody said.”

He pointed to how President Richard Nixon lost support: “I continue to believe the reason his approval rating has a four in front of it is what I keep thinking of as the 401(k) Trumpists. Their numbers are up. They don’t pay as much attention to all of this as we do, which is probably healthy for them. Without this prosperity, and a friend of mine pointed out this morning that it wasn’t until Nixon’s recession that the Watergate stuff drove.”

“You think that’s where the bottom falls out?” Wallace asked.

“I think so,” Meacham replied.

“Um … OK. Good,” Wallace said as the panel laughed…

The video…

Columnist Says Sarah Sanders, Others Deserve Harassment for the Rest of Their Lives

Sam Dorman                Independent Journal Review               Jul 2, 2018

When Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called on others to continue harassing Trump administration officials, she got a sharp rebuke from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). But some in the media apparently agreed with Waters.

While appearing on “AM Joy” on Sunday, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin argued that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and others deserved a lifetime of harassment. Her comments came after Sanders announced that a Virginia restaurant asked her to leave because of her support for the Trump administration…

The video and more…

NBC News star Andrea Mitchell slammed for citing wrong law when attempting to bash White House

Brian Flood                  Fox News                   July 3, 2018

NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell was called out by a former Office of Government Ethics director for citing the wrong law.  (2017 NBCUniversal Media, LLC)

NBC News star Andrea Mitchell is under fire for citing the wrong law when attempting to attack the White House amid its Twitter feud with Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

On Monday, the White House targeted Harris and Warren individually on Twitter, accusing Harris of “supporting the animals of MS-13” and Warren of “supporting criminals moving weapons, drugs and victims across our nation’s borders.”

Mitchell attempted to defend the Democratic leaders, but it didn’t go so well.

“Re: White House tweets attacking Senators: Section 1352(a) of Title 31: No part of the money appropriated by any enactment of Congress shall … be used directly or indirectly to pay for any … written matter … intended or designed to influence in any manner a Member of Congress,” the NBC star tweeted.

Law & Crime reporter Ronn Blitzer wrote that the statute Mitchell named has “nothing to do” with the situation and “doesn’t even include the language she quoted.”…

More…

Justice Department covers up possible spy ring scandal in Democratic congressional offices

Frank Miniter                   Fox News                July 3, 2018

In an incredible sweetheart plea deal, Imran Awan – a former IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and other congressional Democrats – pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of making a false statement on a home equity loan.

I sat flabbergasted in the courtroom in Washington as the plea agreement was entered.

I spent the last year interviewing hundreds of people and chasing leads for my upcoming book –titled “Spies in Congress” – about the alleged spy ring believed led by Awan that may have operated in the offices of more than 40 Democratic members of Congress.

If not for my extensive research on this case, I might have assumed the government just couldn’t find enough evidence to make a solid case against Awan on more serious charges than bank fraud.

When I asked Justice Department prosecutor J.P. Cooney why the government made this odd plea deal he just smiled and waved me away as he told me to ask the Justice Department Office of Public Affairs. The office declined to answer my questions.

Shockingly, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia issued a news release about Awan’s plea agreement that made no mention of his IT work for Democrats in Congress, no mention of Wasserman Schultz, and made his case sound like a minor local criminal matter of little interest to anyone. It was headlined: “Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statement on Application for Home Equity Loan.”

Ho-hum, right? Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.

Awan is due to be sentenced Aug. 21 and could get off with no jail sentence, according the plea agreement. Prosecutors said they would not recommend jail time – in effect, giving Awan a get-out-of-jail-free card.

Just like that, the Department of Justice is making an important case go away as if nothing much happened.

Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, is having all charges against her dismissed as part of the agreement.

Awan, as a part of this plea agreement, also “will not be charged” for any other nonviolent crimes he may have committed in Washington prior to the agreement, according to this deal.

The plea deal agreement even exonerates Awan by saying in part that “the Government agrees that the public allegations that your client (Imran Awan) stole U.S. House of Representatives (‘House’) equipment and engaged in unauthorized or illegal conduct involving House computer systems do not form the basis of any conduct relevant to the determination of the sentence in this case.”

But there is so much more to this case. Even on the simple theft of government equipment there is a lot there for prosecutors. One of Awan’s former tenants, a retired U.S. Marine, even found and turned over to authorities several computers and smart phones with government markings on them that he found in Awan’s rental property.

There is also internal U.S. House of Representatives’ paperwork detailing some of what went on in the offices Awan and his associates who did contract IT work for congressional Democrats.

Internal House Inspector General findings have also determined that Awan copied the emails of up to 44 Democratic House members and other personal data and backed them up to a server that reportedly went missing and to a Dropbox account.

Awan, his wife and other relatives and friends were also all paid exorbitant salaries for working as IT contractors for members of Congress for years – even though many of them didn’t have any expertise in IT and even though they didn’t undergo background checks.

It is also likely that a few of Awan’s associates didn’t even show up to earn all the money they were paid. Still, no charges have been filed against Awan or his brothers relating to alleged thefts, possible espionage and for providing false information (an image of the Democratic House Caucus computer server) to Capitol Police.

It is actually very hard to sum-up all that this group of IT aides (who are almost all from Pakistan) did and the crimes they might have committed…

More…

Democrats really do want to disarm us…

Funny how they never mention gun-controlled Chicago, whose plague of shootings is with illegal guns

Dem Gubernatorial Candidate Suggests Banning AR-15s Is Not Enough After Shooting: We Have to Look at Shotguns. Ben Jealous, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, said banning firearms like the AR-15 may not be enough to stop shootings. He said it’s time to look at shotguns following the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis.

Senior Palestinian Official Dismisses US Peace Plan as a ‘Dead End’

“American ideas or deals that bypass the Palestinian leadership’s position on Jerusalem, statehood and refugees will only lead to a dead end,” Abu Rudeineh said of Trump’s peace plan. 

What the Palestinian Authority is really protesting is its being denied the opportunity to…

…make demands and extract concessions without giving an inch…

…make agreements and then refuse to fulfill their side of them…

…berate Israel and the United States at the negotiating table…

…and claim victimhood before a sympathetic global audience for months on end…   Dave

United with Israel               Jun 24, 2018

A senior Palestinian official rejected the American peace plan even before seeing it.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas, said on Saturday that “American ideas or deals that bypass the Palestinian leadership’s position on Jerusalem, statehood and refugees will only lead to a dead end.”

Reacting to the current tour of the region by US Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and their meetings with Arab and Israeli officials in an effort to advance a comprehensive diplomatic solution, Abu Rudeineh said that “the American delegation should abandon the illusion that creating false facts and falsifying history are going to help it sell those illusions.”

He said that “the right address for achieving a just and lasting peace that cannot be bypassed, neither regionally nor internationally, is the Palestinian decision-maker represented by President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership supported by the legitimate international community and the Arabs, who made this clear to the American delegation.”

“Despite the burden of regional issues, there are things that cannot be weighed with gold and humanitarian aid, or solutions that try to cut from a more-than-100-year-old historical conflict,” he added.

On Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Kushner and Greenblatt in Jerusalem.

“The teams discussed advancing the peace process, regional developments, and the security and humanitarian situation in Gaza,” a statement by Netanyahu’s office said.

After visits to Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, Greenblatt and Kushner were expected to provide details of the US-sponsored peace plan to the Israeli premier, with an eye to jump-starting negotiations with the PA, which has maintained a boycott of the Trump administration since its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the subsequent US embassy move.

While Abbas has repeatedly rejected Washington’s role in the peace process since the Trump Administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, King Abdullah II of Jordan met with Kushner and Greenblatt on Wednesday, declaring that the “US has an important role” in future talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

More…

Arab leaders ready to bypass Abbas to push Trump’s peace plan: Arab nations will be ready to back Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative with or without the cooperation of the Palestinian president.

Top Palestinian negotiator accuses Trump team of trying to ‘bring down PA’: Amid ongoing meetings in Jerusalem between the US’ Mideast peace delegation and Israeli leaders, Saeb Erekat promoted the Palestinian boycott of the Trump administration, which he says seeks to undercut PA leadership.

Jerusalem mufti: Trump seeks to ‘liquidate Palestinian cause’. In a holiday sermon on Friday, the grand mufti of Jerusalem took aim at the US administration, leveling serious accusations in the run up to a regional visit by US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.

Abbas seeks unity with Hamas to oppose Trump’s peace deal: Palestinian sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that unity would foil purported attempts by the US, under the aegis of the Trump administration’s peace initiative, to drive a wedge between Hamas and the PA or separate the Gaza Strip from the Palestinian government based in Ramallah.

WATCH: Facebook Bans ‘Imam of Peace’ for Slamming Terrorists

Did Facebook banish a moderate Muslim leader from its platform for criticizing the Hamas terror group?

In the court of Facebook, there is no appeal process for the “Imam of Peace”…   Dave

United With Israel             Jun 13, 2018

Mohammad Tawhidi, a reformist Muslim religious leader and imam from Australia, was banned from Facebook for making a sarcastic remark about the Hamas terror group. Facebook went to great lengths to bar his message of peace by blocking his profile and unpublishing his fan page.

Tawhidi uses his Facebook page to criticize radical Islam and has some 100,000 followers. We must ensure that Tawhidi is heard around the world. Share his words of peace!

The video…

There is something to be said for Facebook and Twitter after all…

That is, as long as their gatekeepers don’t tip the scales for Islamists…

Israel foils over 200 terror attacks by monitoring Facebook, Twitter: By patrolling social media, Israel’s law enforcers and security personnel have managed to catch Palestinian terrorists before they could carry out attacks.

Arabs involved in 95% of shootings in Israel: A TV news report based on police data revealed that though Arabs make up just 20% of the population, they are involved in 95% of shootings in Israel.

WATCH: Muslim Cleric Claims World Cup a Zionist Plot to Distract Arabs from Gaza

So crazy…

Turkish PM: Israel cheated in Eurovision contest to fuel religious war: Claimed the Eurovision was rigged in Israel’s favor so that the contest would be held in Jerusalem and trigger a religious war.  

Ahead of elections, Turkish president, opponent outdo each other bashing Israel: While Erdogan has become one of the most vocal detractors of Israel in the Muslim world, his main contender claims the Turkish leader is too soft on the Jewish state. 

While the points made in this video are true, there is an even larger truth:

Devout Muslims put Islamist ideology above reality in general

It is their inability to see the world as it is that holds them back…

Everything that does not comply with the worldview of Islam’s unholy scriptures gets tossed…

To Muslims steeped Islamic ideology, it is as if Muhammad vilified the Jews and expelled them from Arabia yesterday

They adopt his hatred as their own…

And if the Quran says that meteors are lamps being thrown by angels at devils, then that’s what they are!

What’s Holding the Arab World Back? What’s holding the Arab world back? Why, by nearly every measure, are Muslim nations so far behind the West economically, culturally and scientifically? Bret Stephens, Global View columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explains.

Canada’s most populous province bans ‘anti-Semitic’ Quds Day rally: Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a forthcoming ban on the annual Quds Day march, which “calls for the killing of an entire civilian population in Israel.”

Two asylum seekers suspected in rape and murder of Jewish girl in Germany: Two Middle Eastern asylum seekers are the suspects in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Jewish girl in Germany.

Analysis: Jews paying price for Germany’s immigration policy. The brutal murder of a German-Jewish girl reminded Germans that their liberal immigration policy is at odds with the fight against anti-Semitism and the defense of liberal values.

Minister: Death threats caused Argentina to cancel soccer match in Jerusalem. “It’s not Jerusalem or Haifa. It’s not BDS. These are real threats,” Minister of Sports and Culture Miri Regev declared.

UN report: Debris from missiles that hit Saudis came from Iran: The United Nations concluded that debris from ballistic missiles launched from Yemen into Saudi Arabia contained Iranian-manufactured components and bore hallmarks of Iranian missiles.

As Sunni, Shi’ite rift widens, Jordan recalls ambassador from Iran: Jordan will not send a new ambassador to Iran following its “interferences in Arab affairs” and policies “that harm the principle of good neighborliness.”

Belgian authorities arrest couple for bomb plot: Authorities say the married couple that was planning to bomb that Iranian opposition rally in Paris.

Angela Merkel’s Future in Doubt as German Interior Minister Offers to Resign Over Migrant Policy

David Rising            Associated Press              July 2, 2018

(BERLIN) — A resolution to Germany’s government crisis proved elusive Sunday after the head of the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union in Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc offered his resignation rather than back down from his stance against the chancellor’s migration policies.

A nearly eight-hour meeting of the CSU in Munich was put on hold after the party’s leader, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, made his offer to resign both from Merkel’s Cabinet and as head of the CSU.

After further talks with a smaller group of CSU officials seeking to change his mind, Seehofer said he had agreed to meet again with Merkel’s party before he made his decision final.

“We’ll have more talks today with the CDU in Berlin with the hope that we can come to an agreement,” Seehofer told reporters just before 2 a.m. Monday. “After that, then we will see.”

Officials of Merkel’s Christian Democrat party broke off their own separate meeting in Berlin about an hour earlier, saying they would resume at 8:30 a.m.

If Seehofer does step down, it is not immediately clear what effect the move would have on a three-week impasse between Merkel and her CSU partners, which has centered on his resolve to turn away some types of asylum-seekers at Germany’s borders.

Merkel has insisted on Europe-wide solutions to handling the waves of foreigners trying to reach the continent and the standoff could spell the end of her fourth government.

Merkel maintained earlier Sunday that a plan to regulate immigration that European Union leaders approved Friday and other agreements she hashed out with several key countries would accomplish what Seehofer seeks.

“The sum total of everything we have agreed upon has the same effect” as what Seehofer has demanded, Merkel said in an interview with ZDF television. “That is my personal opinion. The CSU must naturally decide that for itself.”

But the German news agency dpa reported that Seehofer told the meeting of CSU officials that he thinks the measures do not adequately accomplish his goals. Seehofer did not comment on that during his brief statement to journalists after his party’s meeting…

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