On Saturday I made a rare trek to see a first-run movie, because of my curiosity about Hollywood’s treatment of an instance of defending western civilization. The new movie Monuments Men modifies the true story of the World War II officers who rescued works of art from Hitler’s theft. A project of George Clooney, the film is positive toward saving even religious statues and paintings, presumably because Nazis are a liberal-approved enemy, safe to denigrate.
In the trailer, actor-director-writer Clooney (as real-life Lieutenant Commander George L. Stout) says, “You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground, and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, destroy their achievements, then it’s as if they never existed. That’s what Hitler wants, that is exactly what we’re fighting for.”
The sentiment is a very worthwhile one and needs to be repeated often these days when the achievements of European civilization are belittled by the left.
The movie suffers from the Hollywood prime directive of entertainment. So the beginning seems a bit like The Dirty Dozen Art Historians, as the men are assembled for service (although the number is seven). The nod toward comedy is shown by the inclusion of John Goodman and Bill Murray appearing as art rescuers. There’s nothing wrong with humor-based soldier bonding; in fact, it’s a staple of war movies. But the comic asides add to a certain lack of focus, particularly when the group is separated to show the search for hidden stolen art around Europe. Still, there’s a lot to like — a first-rate cast, adventure mixed with a great purpose and the happy ending of cultural treasures being saved from oblivion. Thumbs up!
For another realistic presentation see the 2006 documentary The Rape of Europa, which can be found online. An earlier Hollywood effort is The Train, a 1964 film by John Frankenheimer starring Burt Lancaster as a French resistance engineer who appropriates a trainload of stolen art from the Nazis. You can watch a free version, albeit with Spanish subtitles here. In addition, Robert Edsel has a YouTube channel with some interesting videos.
But even with the recent film, Hollywood remains an undependable defender of foundational western values like free speech. The Investigative Project has a list of 10 mainstream films banned in the Middle East, including The Matrix Reloaded and The Wrestler. Hollywood’s response has been to practice self-censorship, particularly obvious in the disappearance of Muslim terrorists in film and TV, notably in the hit series 24 after Muslim complaints. Terrorist bombers are now Serbians, South Africans — anything but Muslims even though Allah’s servants kill daily in the name of Islam.
And what about the art that was rescued in WWII? Will Hollywood liberals defend it as enthusiastically from Muslims as from Hitler? Islam forbids the celebration of the human body, particularly when unclothed, which is a staple of European culture starting with the Greeks. Plus Muslims can hardly abide the existence of women, much less sympathetic portraits of them hanging in galleries.
In 2012, the Louvre opened a wing of Islamic art, but that gesture won’t save the Paris museum if even a tiny percent of France’s five million Muslims decide to tear it apart. The Muslims destroy their own heritage without a second thought, as when jihadists leveled historic Sufi sites in Timbuktu in 2012. Muslim immigrants have even less respect for the infidel culture they chose to inhabit far from dar al-Islam. The cultural conflict in Europe can only worsen over time given the demographic change caused by the disaster of Muslim immigration.
Today however, Hollywood has in its way stood on the side of freedom against tyranny. Let’s hope it doesn’t forget to defend western values in the future.
The current administration apparently believes that welcoming Muslim refugees is more important than national security. Otherwise it wouldn’t have unilaterally loosened the rules by which persons having terrorist ties are kept out. Now they can get in.
Apparently, the reduction of standards was done to enable more Syrians to enter the US (something that has been in the pipeline for a while):
President Barack Obama’s administration announced on Wednesday that it had eased some immigration rules to allow more of the millions of Syrians forced from their homes during the country’s three-year civil war to come to the United States.
Their suffering is regrettable, but importing more thousands more unfriendlies into America is not the answer. Why don’t majority Muslim nations take them — why is the West supposed to admit likely enemies?
CIS’s Jessica Vaughan pointed out that the executive order removes the burden of proof from the applicant, even though the political asylum program has a 70 percent fraud rate already. One example discussed was the Tsarnaev family who received asylum without a background check, the two sons of whom bombed the Boston Marathon, killing three:
Note to White House: the country needs tighter standards on who is admitted into America, not a loosening during this dangerous time. National security must be the top concern of government, not generosity toward sketchy foreigners.
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. Continue reading this article
New York resident and writer Daniel Greenfield (aka Sultan Knish) has written about how Brooklyn has changed from a working class American town into a place where Islam’s supremacists have their own neighborhoods. The place is so insular that the ability to speak English is no longer needed to get by.
Below, a Muslim street in Brooklyn where there are no women or girls to be seen.
As a starting point, Greenfield uses the recent throat-slice murder of a successful Bangladeshi immigrant by a young tenant, a new immigrant (Tenant nearly beheaded Brooklyn landlord who had ‘humiliated’ him for being short on cash). Do the newbies arrive with unrealistic expectations of immediate success and riches, then become angry when they realize work is involved? The accused killer, Mohammed Siddiquee, had robbed the victim’s safe of $20,000 and was about to board a plane to Kuwait when police arrested him.
Many Muslims don’t deal well with the normal stress of immigration, in part because their attitude of Islamic superiority makes them inflexible to an extreme degree. As Greenfield observes, Islam’s “immigration is also a Jihad, a form of supremacist manifest destiny to colonize” so when bumps along the road occur for individual Muslims, they may become homicidally infuriated when thwarted.
Walk along Church Avenue and turn east onto McDonald Avenue and you will see where the old standards of working class Brooklyn, aging homes with faded American flags and loose siding, surly bars tucked into the shadows of street corners and the last video stores hanging on to a dying industry give way to mosques and grocery stores selling goat meat.
Mosques grow like mushrooms in basements, cell phone stores offer easy ways to wire money back to Bangladesh and old men glare at interlopers, especially if they are infidel women.
This is where Mohammed Siddiquee settled a dispute the old-fashioned way by beheading his landlord.
Mohammed wasn’t the first man in Brooklyn to use violence to settle a rental dispute, but beheadings are more traditional in his native Bangladesh than in Brooklyn, though over in neighboring Queens, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Bangladesh’s most wanted war criminal, heads up the local Islamic Circle of North America, whose Islamist thugs beheaded poets and buried professors in mass graves.
Here in Kensington, where the alphabet streets that march across Brooklyn down to the ocean begin, the bars retreat along with the alphabet from those areas marked by the crescent and the angry glare. And there is another one like it at the other end of the alphabet where the Atlantic Ocean terminates the letters at Avenue Z bookending the Brooklyn alphabet with angry old men and phone cards for Bangladesh.
These spots aren’t no-go zones yet. There aren’t enough young men with too much welfare and time on their hands who have learned that the police will back off when they burn enough things and councilmen will visit to get their side of the story. That generation will grow up being neither one thing nor the other, ricocheting from American pop culture to the Koran, from parties with the infidels to mosque study sessions until they explode from the contradictions the way that the Tsarnaevs, who huffed pot and the Koran in equal proportions, did.
It isn’t the old men who plant bombs near 8-year-olds. It isn’t the young women laughing with their friends outside a pizza parlor, knowing that in a year or two they will have to go back home for an arranged marriage. It is the young men who call themselves Freddy or Mo at the local high school or community college, who drink and do drugs and who all their American friends swear aren’t serious about religion, until they suddenly become fatally serious.
For now the Bangladeshi settlements in Brooklyn are quiet places where the tenements and shops close off the streets into small private worlds with their own justice systems, feuds and secrets.
“I feel like I’m living in my own country,” the editor of one of the Bangladeshi newspapers in New York, said. “You don’t have to learn English to live here. That’s a great thing!”
Overhead may be the same sky, but Little Bangladesh has been cut off from Brooklyn and attached to a country thousands of miles away. Immigrants step off a plane from Bangladesh at JFK airport, get into a taxi driven by a Bangladeshi playing Bengali pop tapes and step out into a small slice of Bangladesh on McDonald Avenue. Continue reading this article
Congressman Mike McCaul, Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, appeared on Fox News Monday to draw attention to Obama’s inaccurate characterization of the war on terror. The President routinely says, “Al Qaeda is on the run” which, strictly speaking, may be accurate. But other jihadist enterprises are on the march throughout the world. The murder of the American ambassador to Libya a year ago was a big win from the viewpoint of hostile Muslims everywhere, and that nation’s assembly recently voted to follow sharia law.
As Rep. McCaul remarked on Fox:
“The president has this narrative that I believe is a false narrative that gives a false sense of security, that since the killing of bin Laden everything is fine, al-Qaida is on the run, and this war on terrorism is over. And quite the contrary. I would say it’s not a pre-9/11 threat as he indicates, but rather a threat that spreads like wildfire, like a spiderweb across northern Africa. We’ve seen Egypt fall, we’ve see Libya fall, this is where they look for power vacuums and they breed and thrive in those vacuums, Syria now the culmination of the Sunni-Shia conflict is perhaps one of the biggest breeding training grounds in the world with jihadists pouring in from all over the world, not just from the Middle East but from Europe and the United States. [. . .]
But the smaller-scale attacks, like we saw in Boston earlier this year, we are not protected from. They are much more difficult to detect, deter and disrupt. So when he says we’ve taken out core al-Qaida, he’s talking about a very, very small faction of radical extremists.”
CANDY CROWLEY: The big question that’s always asked, are we safer now than we were a year ago, two years ago? In general?
FEINSTEIN: I don’t think so. I think terror is up worldwide, the statistics indicate that, the fatalities are way up. The numbers are way up. There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnatometers. The bomb maker is still alive. There are more groups that ever and there’s huge malevolence out there.
CROWLEY: So congressman, I have to say, that is not the answer I expected. I expected to hear, oh, we’re safer. Do you agree?
ROGERS: Oh, I absolutely agree that we’re not safer today for the same very reasons.
So why doesn’t the government stop admitting Muslim immigrants? Doesn’t the country have enough diverse hostility yet?
This ABC story is an interesting follow-up to an old story, that of refugees brought from Iraq and Afghanistan turning out to be serious bad guys. The new information seems to be details about how jihadist soldiers were discovered. I’ve been writing for a couple years about the now-imprisoned Iraqi refugees, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi (shown below), and what the affair indicates about America’s haphazard refugee program. It’s good to see the case hasn’t disappeared from media interest.
This sloppiness is not new news — many Americans can remember the decades of wrangling over Ukrainian immigrant John Demjanjuk about whether he was war criminal in a Nazi death camp. But at least as a Ukrainian, he was culturally unlikely to wage war against Western people, something you cannot say about Muslim immigrants.
One important fact tucked into the ABC piece was the amount of time devoted to rescreening to find enemy soldiers, that the FBI assigned “hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones” for fingerprints matching those of refugees. That is a lot of time spent that could be better used to keep enemies out in the first place.
Detecting “bad” Iraqis among the non-hostiles is a fool’s errand. If we send our armed forces to smack down jihadists in foreign countries, that should be the extent of our efforts. Our immigration door should be limited to friendly and productive folks. And why admit Muslims as immigrants at all?
Big government appears to work as efficiently for refugee and immigrant screening as it does for ObamaCare. As a result, authorities are now pursuing “dozens” of cases of jihadist enemies admitted to our country as refugees.
Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky — who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq — prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists’ fingerprints.
“We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that,” FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline”.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were many more than that,” said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. “And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me.” Continue reading this article
David Blunkett has observed that the EU-mandated opening of Britain to the 29 million people of Bulgaria and Romania in a couple months may cause a violent reaction among the citizens.
Blunkett complained rather weakly about the backward behavior of Roma persons, and urged them to stop littering. He practically called Roma children feral, referring to them as “living in the edge of woods, not going to school.” Nevertheless he stressed that British people should accept still more unwanted immigrants, even though an October poll revealed that two-thirds of respondents said they wanted drastic action to reduce immigration.
Perhaps Blunkett had read the recent Daily Mail article in which the mayor of two dirt-poor Romanian villages opined that up to half of local residents would move to the UK when the border opens next year. “In January, the only thing left will be the goat,” he said.
The former Home Secretary is concerned that racial tensions could lead to rioting like that seen in the North of England in 2001.
In an interview with BBC Radio, he urged Roma from Slovakia to “change their culture”, saying their children needed to be sent to school, they need to stop dumping their rubbish and avoid loitering in the street.
Without such changes, communities could ‘explode’, leading to riots on a similar scale to those in Bradford, Oldham and Burnley.
“If everything exploded, if things went wrong, the community would obviously be devastated,” he said.
“We saw this is Bradford, Burnley and Oldham all those years ago when I first became Home Secretary. If things implode it’s not outside here that cops it, it’s the community.”
The 2001 riots were sparked by clashes between Asian communities and far-Right groups such as the National Front and British National Party. Over 200 people were jailed as a result.
Mr Blunkett admitted that indigenous locals should be careful not to “stir up hate”, but said that they were entitled to “grumble” about the migrants appearing in their areas. Continue reading this article
Following the Boston Marathon bombing in which three were killed and hundreds injured, iconic footraces have come to be seen as major targets for jihadist Muslims. As a result, events like the New York City Marathon now require a huge investment of extra money and police resources to protect the occasion from terrorism. The NYC marathon is no longer a simple celebration of individual athletic excellence, but now is another victim of diverse Muslim immigration.
New restrictions were in place. Runners may no longer wear vests with large pockets, or carry backpacks or even CamelBak bags holding water. The meandering route of the Sunday event was designed to showcase the city, running through all of the five boroughs. Sunday’s runners may not have noticed the city sights, though, preoccupied as they were with security visible along 26 miles. The extra protection measures included surveillance from helicopters and 1400 cameras located along the route, plus bomb-sniffing dogs and scuba divers checking out the waterways.
The dollar cost for security was $1 million, money that could have been used far more productively, but at least the race went off safely and that’s the important thing. Congratulations to organizers and the NYPD.
Nicolai Sennels is a Danish psychologist who writes about Muslim culture. His observations come from a background of having worked among Muslims held in prison, where he noticed “certain antisocial patterns.”
His current piece explains the idea that followers of Islam have remained backward for its 1400-year history by creating a culture of isolation and rejection of any influence deemed non-Islamic.
The topic of immigration is not mentioned per se in Sennels’ article, but the social directives that make Islam a fortress against outside ideas also mean that Muslim immigrants refuse to assimilate. He has noted elsewhere that “the integration of Muslims will never happen” and is an effective voice against Muslim immigration because of his professional expertise.
Muslim immigration acts as a form of colonization, since they have no intention of integrating into the receiving nation. In fact, as soon as Muslims congregate in sufficient numbers in a neighborhood, they may turn it into a “no go zone” for westerners where sharia law is recommended, and may be violently enforced. A recent example of this territoriality was the brutal beating of American student Francesco Hounye by a Muslim gang in London angered at his drinking a beer in their sharia zone.
Muslims live by the millions in the West, yet they don’t see the connection between individual freedom and reason for creating progress. They are content to purchase western-built technology their culture in incapable of creating, from cell phones to advanced weapons, to use to destroy the civilization that produced them. Plus, as the author notes, widespread cousin-marriage inbreeding doesn’t help to alleviate the negative attitude toward knowledge in general.
While almost all other cultures changed from primitive and medieval to democratic and egalitarian societies, one culture managed to keep even its most brutal and backward traditions and values for 1,400 years until today. Still today, the majority of Muslims prefer to live by values that can be traced all the way back to the desert tribes in which the founder of their religion lived. Getting to know life in Muslim families and societies is like traveling back in time to the time of Muhammad. Here one finds shocking laws and traditions that are obviously criminal and inhumane — but for some reason accepted — in our otherwise humanistic culture.
While non-Muslim scientists invent new fantastic medicines and technologies daily, discover the most amazing things about the universe, its building blocks and inhabitants, and Western voters and politicians have created the most humane, rich and free societies in world history, most Islamic countries are still amputating limbs for theft, stoning women and homosexuals, heavily inbred, denying people free speech and democracy, and contributing absolutely nothing when it comes to science, human rights or peace.
What are the cultural psychological factors making Islam able to stay medieval for 1,400 years?
One main factor is that while all other religions allow their followers to interpret their holy scriptures, thereby making them relatively adaptable to secular law, human rights and individual needs, Islam categorizes Muslims who do not take the Quran literally as apostates. And according to Islamic law, the sharia, apostasy is to be punished with death. The sharia thus makes it impossible for Islamic societies ever to develop into modern, humanistic civilisations.
The fact that Muslims deviating from the Quranic world view are to be punished has the direct consequence that scientific facts conflicting with the naive and childish world view held in pre-Enlightenment cultures are suppressed. Together with massive inbreeding — 70 percent of Pakistanis, 45 percent of Arabs and at least 30 percent of Turks are from first cousin-marriages (often through many generations) — this has resulted in the embarrassing fact that the Muslim world produces only one tenth of the world average when it comes to scientific research, and are dramatically under-represented among Nobel Prize winners. Fewer books have been translated into Arabic in the last thousand years than the amount of books translated within the country of Spain every year. Continue reading this article
Unlike Fox News (which is often Argument TV), the Canadian conservative network has expert guests who increase the viewers’ knowledge. Semi-regular interviewee Robert Spencer recently reviewed the latest happenings in the unfriendly Muslim world, news one doesn’t normally see on the pro-diversity liberal networks.
In Edmonton, a sheik harangued Egyptian Coptic Christians, saying, “If you don’t turn the other cheek, the fire will burn you.” In other words, surrender to Islam or else, which is how the entire Middle East was transformed from mostly Christian to nearly completely Muslim over centuries. The Copts are suffering increased violence from sharia types who are angry at the Christians for their opposition to Morsi’s government. But no Canadian authorities seem concerned that such explosive rhetoric is occurring in moderate mosques.
The Muslim polygamy problem came up for discussion, since Canada has asked Muslim immigrants pretty please to bring only one wife. But there will be little enforcement to check on whether the hubbies re-marry the various wives, which Muslim men seem to do frequently anyway. So two standards of legality will likely develop, where multi-wifing will be a crime for traditional western people, but not so much for Muslims. Anyone who complains is a meanie Islamophobe who hates diversity.
The concerned citizen has to watch closely for terror trials occurring in America because they often get minimal news coverage, just small notices on the day of conviction and sentencing if that. It’s easy to miss the pattern that there are a number of Muslims, usually immigrants, who plot to kill Americans here or aid our enemies abroad.
Today’s terror trial has an interesting backstory of multiple diversity: convicted perp Sabirhan Hasanoff was born in China of Uzbek parents who moved to Australia when he was a baby, later relocating in Brooklyn. After years of a successful career as an accountant, he decided that the Islam in his life needed to be ramped up to a more extreme expression by helping provide al Qaeda with money and equipment.
Another curious feature is how he was guilt-tripped into jihad by recruiters like the late Anwar al-Awlaki who convinced Hasanoff that it was wrong to live in infidel luxury when Muslims were suffering somewhere in the world.
Below, a courtroom sketch of Sabirhan Hasanoff with Judge Kimba Wood. (Remember Kimba Wood? In 1993, she was forced to withdraw from an appointment by President Bill Clinton to be Attorney General because she had hired an illegal alien nanny.)
ON the surface it seemed like Adelaide-raised Sabirhan Hasanoff had it all – an US college education, a rewarding career family, travel and money.
Yesterday in Manhattan Federal Court he was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to supporting al-Qaeda with cash and supplies .
Prosecutors said Hasanoff, 37, provided extensive support to al-Qaeda from 2007 to 2010, even purchasing an advanced remote control for explosives attacks and reporting information about the New York Stock Exchange. They said he also made regular cash donations to people he thought were affiliated with al-Qaeda.
US District Judge Kimba Wood said the “most important factor” in deciding Hasanoff’s sentence was the need to deter others from similar conduct.
In a letter to the judge, Hasanoff expressed regret for abandoning his life in America, where he lived in Brooklyn with his wife and three children after graduating from Baruch College in Manhattan and obtaining a job as a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He was working as the chief financial officer for a large company based in Dubai when he was arrested in 2010 and brought to the US to face charges. “I made a good living and my family and I enjoyed a very comfortable lifestyle,” he wrote. “And then, for reasons that I still have trouble confronting, I threw that all away.”
Inspired by radical clerics, he said his desire to strengthen his Muslim faith and fight atrocities against Muslims were mixed with guilt about a life lived in comfort. Continue reading this article
Over at the New York Times, sensitive scribblers are concerned that Somali immigrants may have been part of the jihad team that mass murdered over 60 shoppers at a Nairobi mall last week, and US-residers fear a backlash. The immigrants worry that Americans will utilize pattern recognition to surmise that Islam is a religion of murder (as instructed by their holy book), not peace, as the propaganda insists.
The flagship newspaper of liberalism is once again defending the failed ideology of multiculturalism rather than telling the truth about the danger posed to this country by the immigration of foreigners with a hostile belief system. Why would any sane nation welcome potential enemies? Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt didn’t hold cultural celebrations with Germans and Japanese during WWII, but Obama (and his predecessor Bush) have held Ramadan dinners at the White House.
Moreover, the author characterizes violence as being a norm throughout Somali society. Physical force is used to enforce conformity in the family, at school, and in society generally. “Violence as you will have guessed by now, was an integral part of my upbringing,” she observed and said that was “typical.” There is a chapter titled “Violence and the Closing of the Muslim Mind,” which is an eye-opener even for those deeply critical of Somali culture. Near the end of that chapter she reflected, “Islam is not just a belief; it is a way of life, a violent way of life. Islam is imbued with violence, and it encourages violence.”
So is Somali diversity the sort Americans want to accept?
MINNEAPOLIS — As American law enforcement agents pored over evidence collected from the deadly siege at a Nairobi shopping mall to learn, in part, whether those responsible had any ties to the United States, people of Somali descent here braced for what they fear could result in a new wave of stigmatization and scrutiny.
“Everyone is scared,” said Ahmed Hirsi, who helps lead a youth group in the Twin Cities, the heart of the nation’s largest Somali-American population. “The community is holding its breath — all over again.”
In an investigation that has unfolded since 2007, federal authorities concluded that more than 20 young men from Minnesota left for Somalia to join the Shabab, a Somali Islamist group that has been deemed a terrorist organization and linked to suicide bombings.
Now the Shabab have claimed responsibility for the attack that killed more than 60 people in the Westgate mall in Nairobi. A Kenyan official suggested on Monday that some of the attackers may have been from Minnesota, though American officials say they have not determined whether there is any link.
“If this sort of recruitment has somehow happened again, it takes us way back,” Mr. Hirsi said, adding that most in the community were vehemently opposed to the Shabab, revolted by the attack in Nairobi and appalled at the suggestion of a Minnesota connection. Continue reading this article
National security is supposed to be job #1 for the federal government, yet it continues to admit persons from hostile societies as immigrants. Why?
If a trip to the local mall soon requires a walk through a metal detector and a wanding, you can thank Washington’s crazy-diverse immigration policies for the worsening restrictions.
The Bloomberg article below doesn’t mention the local Somali threat, and neither did the Fox report, although the AP mentioned Minnesota Africans in a disconnected sort of way, observing, “Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S.”
Mall of America, the largest U.S. shopping center and entertainment complex, said it’s increasing security after Islamist militants attacked a Kenyan mall, killing at least 67 civilians.
The suburban Minneapolis mall, owned by real estate development and finance company Triple Five Group of Edmonton, Alberta, is monitoring the news from Nairobi and working with law-enforcement agencies, the center’s management said today in an e-mailed statement. The Bloomington, Minnesota, property, which opened in 1992, has more than 520 stores, an indoor amusement park, an aquarium and a movie theater.
“Mall of America has implemented extra security precautions,” according to the statement. “Some may be noticeable to guests, and others won’t be. We will continue to follow the situation, along with law enforcement, and will remain vigilant as we always do in similar situations.”
U.S. mall owners face the challenge of protecting sprawling properties filled with hundreds of people without disrupting business. After an attack such as the one in Nairobi, the companies may ask local police for patrol cars at their properties or bring in additional security officers, said Malachy Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York-based trade group.
The death toll from the four-day assault is the worst since al-Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassy in downtown Nairobi in August 1998, killing 213 people. Three floors in the building collapsed during the attack, leaving an unknown number of bodies buried beneath the rubble, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said yesterday. Continue reading this article
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