On a Fox News show Sunday morning, Tucker Carlson interviewed retired FBI agent Tim Clemente about the problem of large numbers of student visas being issued to residents of Islam nations. Clearly the subject was prompted by the recent report from the Conservative Review, linked below.
CARLSON: The ongoing threat seems even more imminent. Consider there are more than a hundred thousand muslim immigrants who come to America every year legally to study in colleges and many more who come through other avenues. So do we need to make changes to our national security and to immigration policy to keep us safe?
Joining us now retired FBI Special Agent, counterterrorism a tactical operations expert Tim Clemente. Thanks for joining us this morning.
Do law enforcement agencies see the massive increase in Islamic immigration to the US as a problem?
CLEMENTE: Well it’s a problem in that there are clearly individuals like Abdulazeez come from this pool. There’s no doubt that he was the perfect profile — his age, his education as far as being in the engineering sciences — that’s kind of typical, beginning as far back as the 9/11 hijackers and it’s something we’ve seen continuously, so clearly this is a pool of individuals that need to be looked at, need to be scrutinized when their applications for visas, either student or otherwise, are being considered, and the FBI has a daunting task as it is with individuals that are already here and we consider that hundreds of thousands more are coming this next year and beyond — it is, as Director Comey said, impossible to try and keep up with that influx.
The individuals alone that we already know may be involved with terrorist groups or may be leaning in that direction that need to be watched or put on watch lists is already something that overwhelms the manpower that the bureau has.
CARLSON: So is there any coordination between law enforcement and policymakers, so you know Congress lets in a certain number of immigrants from Muslim countries every year. Colleges lobby for more student visas because they want the money. The government of Saudi Arabia for example pays for all these Saudis to study in the United States. Does anybody ask, say, the Department of Homeland Security, what do you think it is?
CLEMENTE: I don’t believe there’s much coordination at all. The fact is that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans than those we extend to foreign visitors allow certain level of, let’s say, leniency on the part of the State Department and handing out those these applications, and you don’t need a national security clearance to come into the United States to study here from abroad, and so there’s no consideration of the national security threat, unless that individual is connected to someone directly or is themselves on some kind of watch list, there really isn’t a process in the middle there to see who they are and who they might be.
CARLSON: It’s interesting just to restate: there’s a lot of money at stake here, and colleges are making of a lot of money from this this influx of students, so last year just to put this on the screen, there are a hundred and twenty seven thousand visas issued to students from majority Muslim countries. That is a huge increase.
Is that primarily the threat? I’m looking at the screen here, 53,000 from Saudi Arabia, Iran 10,000, Kuwait 7,000, Nigeria which is about half Muslim seven almost 8,000, Indonesia 7900. Is this something that that law enforcement officials are concerned about?
CLEMENTE: [. . .] It’s a concern that is very hard to deal with when the restrictions on law enforcement are that you can’t just wantonly pick out people and try and I dig into their lives because you think they might be a potential suspect, there has to be more. The way our laws are written today there has to be a reasonable suspicion in order to move forward with an investigation and that has to be developed in a way that the United States Attorney General guidelines allow for the FBI or other intelligence agencies to continue scrutinizing these individuals, with a very high bar set.
CARLSON: We’re pretty much helpless, it sounds like.
Incidentally, Carlson is a rare media personality who confronts the vital immigration component in national security. On Friday’s Special Report news show, he asked rhetorically, “Is there a connection between a massive increase in Islamic immigration to the U.S. and a massive increase of acts in Islamic terror on our soil?”
Student visas are the perfect scam for any youngish-looking person to enter the United States for whatever reason: simply enroll in some sort of educational institution from genuine accredited universities to low-rent visa mills, then never show up for classes and disappear into stupid-open America. The current estimate is that 6,000 foreigners considered concerning have taken advantage of this “system” among 58,000 visa overstayers this year overall.
Foreign students are compliant walking wallets in the mind of the educational industrial complex, currently adding $24 billion in easy money to the economy. As a result, education administrators insist on open borders for cash-carrying foreign students.
● Faisal Shahzad arrived in America as a student, got an MBA and lived a quiet life in a nice suburb, earned by working as a financial analyst. Yet in 2010, he loaded up a van with explosives and tried to blow up Times Square in New York City, and was sentenced to life in the slammer for trying to reach his jihad goal. He even recorded a “Death to America” jihad video. Assimilation is often just skin deep among Allah’s helpers.
How many more potential Islamic terrorists like Mohammad Youssef Adbulazeer are living freely in this country? And to what extent is our political class going to continue their suicidal policies?
Several months ago, we estimated that roughly 1.62 million individuals from predominantly Muslim countries have emigrated here since 9/11. We counted all of the green cards issued to foreign nationals of 43 countries with either near-100% Muslim population or an overwhelming majority of Muslims. While some of these individuals are likely non-Muslims, we noted that it is a pretty fair estimate of the number of Muslim immigrants and coincides with the Pew estimate of 100,000 million Muslim immigrants per year.
A quick search and tally of the data at the IIE for the same 43 predominantly Muslim countries reveals that 127,332 student visas were granted to students from these same countries. Our government does this every year and the trend is only growing. That means that 14% of the annual student visas are from Muslim countries, an even higher share than immigrant visas relative to the total immigrant population.
People who are wired in about hostile Muslims residing in America have been making the rounds for televised interviews, warning Americans to watch for murderous jihadists crashing the Independence Day party. Apparently there’s a lot of bad chatter going on among allah’s gangsters here and around the world.
Below is a photo of some of those arrested persons that was shown during the King interview. I was able to identify three of four of the diverse young men; left to right: Alaa Saadeh, Fareed Mumuni, Samuel Rahamin Topaz.
Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Mike McCaul, remarked during a Tuesday interview, “I think we’re in one of the highest threat environments that I’ve seen in quite some time. The volume is very high. The recent arrests we had, particularly here in New York where we sit, just yesterday — it seems like every week we roll up some ISIS follower here in the United States.”
In fact, Islam is America’s oldest enemy as defined by the nation’s first foreign conflict, namely the Barbary Wars against Muslim pirates who captured and enslaved 1.5 million Europeans and Americans over two centuries. President Thomas Jefferson sent the navy to clean out the Muslims’ bases in North Africa to make the seas safe for Christians to travel.
Former CIA director alarmed as more Americans align with Islamic State
U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers are worried that chatter about a terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Fourth of July may be more than just talk.
The FBI has arrested at least 10 U.S. citizens in three weeks who were plotting various attacks on the homeland on behalf of the Islamic State group, and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin with the FBI last week putting local law enforcement agencies across the country on heightened alert.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the United States,” former CIA Deputy Director Michael J. Morell said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “That’s how serious this is.”
Mr. Morell said he was more concerned than usual about the alert partly because of the growing number of people in the U.S. who align themselves spontaneously and via the Internet with the Islamic State group, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.
“I’m worried about this one,” he said.
Most U.S. recruits who have heeded the siren calls of the radical extremist organization planned to kill soldiers at military facilities and attempted to assail law enforcement officers. These calls often are proliferated through social media messages, an online magazine and other Internet-based propaganda.
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 116 homegrown jihadi plots have been uncovered in the U.S. and more than half of them have been in the past three years, said Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Continue reading this article
July 4 is coming up, and citizens have been advised to keep an eye peeled in case jihad enthusiasts decide to blow up some infidels for allah’s pleasure.
The suits who dispensed the warnings didn’t mention how this threat arrived in America, because the source –namely Muslim immigration — was entirely preventable. Instead we hear about vague “homegrown” terrorists who learn about bombs over the internet. I’ve never seen any analysis of how many of these homegrowns were truly unconnected with any live Muslims who provided influence in the jihad direction, but the desire of the press and government to avoid the Immigration cause is strong.
Rob O’Neill, the SEAL who delivered bin Laden to allah, appeared on Fox News Saturday to discuss the terror threat, and he did not fear to mention the obvious dangers from open borders and admitting likely enemies as refugees or immigrants.
ANNA KOOIMAN: Is this [terror attack] something that we need to be worried about ahead of Independence Day?
O’NEILL: Absolutely, but we should be worried about it every day, especially with our border in the south that’s not secure at all. We’ve got refugees coming in from Iraq pretty much every single day. You don’t know who else is coming over. These are just the people turning themselves in. They remember they are at war with us even though we sometimes forget. Yeah, they’re going to hit us here.
ISIS and similar Islam armies are on the march around the Middle East and beyond, so it’s not surprising they would want to hit America on a day of celebration.
Federal authorities have warned local law enforcement officials across the country about a heightened concern involving possible terror attacks targeting the July 4th holiday, a U.S. law enforcement official said.
While there was no specific or credible threat of attack, the official said the intelligence bulletin prepared by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI alerted local colleagues to the ongoing threats posed by the Islamic State and other homegrown extremists. The official was not authorized to comment publicly.
The bulletins are frequently issued in advance of major U.S. holidays out of an abundance of caution and concern that operatives may exploit the timing to generate greater attention. Continue reading this article
In 2012, the FBI arrested two Pakistan-born brothers for plotting to bomb New York City, a popular target among diverse jihadists. They pleaded guilty to charges in March and on Thursday received the maximum prison sentences.
Below, Pakistani natives Raees Alam Qazi, 22, and brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, face decades in prison.
A Florida news report on the sentencing noted the tough sentence and how Judge Beth Bloom declared, “You are terrorists — evil in your intentions and evil in your deeds and a just sentence must follow.” The reported also mentioned that this case was the 54th plot foiled since the 9/11 attacks. (The Heritage Foundation puts the number at 69 during the same time period.)
Why admit potential enemies at all? Immigration is a privilege, not a right. In WWII there was no immigration of Germans or Japanese under the Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt. Yet Washington acts as if America is not at war with hostile Islam, when hostile Islam has said in word and deed that it is at war with us.
Of course, not all Pakistani immigrants are jihadists or even support a worldwide caliphate, but it is culturally naive for our government to base its immigration policy on the idea that all diversity is equal. It isn’t.
The Qazi jihadists are naturalized citizens of the United States who resided in Florida, identified as “Broward County brothers” by the local newspaper.
Two Broward County brothers were sentenced to the maximum punishment Thursday after admitting they planned a terrorist attack on New York City landmarks and later assaulted two deputy U.S. marshals in custody.
Raees Alam Qazi, 22, who played the lead role in the conspiracy and cycled around Manhattan looking for bomb targets was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison. That is three years more than he expected under the terms of his plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
His brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, who provided support, was sentenced to a 20-year prison term, also three years more than expected.
U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom told the Pakistani-born men they had taken advantage of the benefits of U.S. citizenship to plot violence and hatred against their fellow-Americans.
“You are a terrorist, evil in nature and evil in your deeds,” Bloom told Raees Qazi in court.
The judge also chastised Sheheryar Qazi for supporting “your brother’s devotion to al-Qaida.”
It’s been mostly a good couple weeks regarding assimilation instruction for Muslim immigrants.
In Boston, the jihad mass murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty and sentenced to death by the jury. That verdict is a fine lesson for immigrant Muslims that even liberal Boston will execute a man if he goes full jihad murder on the public. The city as a whole is not big on the death penalty, but made an exception for the Islam monster in their midst.
So Muslim newbies should understand that America is not Sweden. We traditional folks like our First and Second Amendments. There are plenty of other places to live that are not so strong on free speech rights. In fact, many Muslims think America is mean and Islamophobic. In that case, they should live somewhere else, where free speech is not treasured so much. Flights leave daily.
But on the negative side, there are still ignoramuses who claim that Islamic jihad has nothing to do with Islam. Back to Tsarnaev, one of the the successful prosecutors felt she had to apologize for getting a guilty verdict. As part of the post-trial press conference, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz remarked, “Make no mistake, the defendant claimed to be acting on behalf of all Muslims — this was not a religious crime, and it certainly does not not reflect on true Muslim beliefs. It was a political crime designed to intimidate and to coerce the United States.”
Is Carmen Ortiz an Islam scholar in addition to her legal expertise? Has she read the Koran, the Hadith, the Surahs or the Reliance of the Traveller?
Sebastian Gorka appeared on Fox News this morning to refute Ortiz’ silliness. He was an expert witness for the prosecution during the Tsarnaev trial.
GORKA: [Tsarnaev] is a person who had more than 2000 pages of jihadist literature, videos, audiotapes on his hard drive which has been disclosed in court, and also the real smoking gun is the note that you’ve mentioned that he wrote in the boat just before he was captured that is purely about holy war and nothing else.
TUCKER CARLSON: So why is it that the left, this prosecutor’s hardly the first person — the President has done the same thing repeatedly — so intent on lecturing the rest of us that what is obvious, what we can see before our very eyes is somehow not true, and none of this has anything to do with radical Islam. Why are they intent on spreading that propaganda?
GORKA: They’ve made an ideological decision here in the administration several years ago to make the assertion that jihad, whether it’s al Qaeda, the Boston bombing, 9/11, the beheadings by ISIS — none of that has anything to do with religion. This is an ideological decision. They’ve said it’s about root causes quote unquote is the phrase they use. It’s about poverty, it’s about unemployment. Remember the famous quote from the State Department from the deputy spokeswoman about jobs for jihadis. This is an ideological decision that is bad for US national security.
When you have a man who writes in his notes, “We look down the barrel of your gun and we see heaven; I’m jealous of my brother because I want to be a shahid too, a martyr,” then you’re just closing your eyes to reality and it makes it very very hard.
CARLSON: It’s also bizarre that they’re doing PR for radical Islam because of course if there’s one group that radical Muslims probably despise most I would say the secular left. If they ever took power, they’d be the first to go. Why are they defending these people?
GORKA: I think you’re absolutely right. If they ever took over, the first people up against the wall would be secular liberals. Why are they doing it? Because they have to. If you don’t believe in religion, if you see yourself as more sophisticated than that you cannot simply understand a jihadi warrior, so I don’t think they have the mental wherewithal to get out of their little box and understand there are people out there who want to kill you for God.
A Muslim residing in Columbus traveled to Syria and trained with the Al Nusra Front, who then returned to the US with plans to kill Americans. That man, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, was arrested February 21 upon his return from the MIddle East. On Thursday, an indictment was filed which said he aimed to murder police or members of the US military.
A local news report from March after the arrest reveals the “community” from which the jihadist sprung. In it, a Somali immigrant leader vows to fight back against the stigma of terror against them. Presumably he hopes that Columbus has forgotten about Nuradin Abdi, another Somali jihadist from the city who was convicted of a plot to bomb a shopping center in 2002.
Naturally, many reports called the perp an “Ohio man” rather than mentioning his background as an immigrant from Somalia.
Also predictable is the fact that no media outlet will question the government’s policy of admitting thousands of likely enemies yearly in the form of Muslim immigrants. Somalis are among the most dangerous and hostile, yet they are being welcomed into the US at a rate of 800 per month.
A federal grand jury has charged a Columbus, Ohio man, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud with attempting to provide and providing material support to terrorists, attempting to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and making false statements to the FBI, CBS News’ Paula Reid reports.
The three-count indictment was filed Thursday in the Southern District of Ohio. The case is notable because Mohamud, 23, actually went to Syria and returned to conduct attacks, Reid reports. Most “aspiring jihadists” don’t leave the country.
According to court documents, Mohamud is a naturalized U.S. citizen and was able to obtain a U.S. passport. In April 2014 he left the U.S. on a one-way plane ticket to Greece. During his layover in Istanbul, he left the airport and completed pre-arranged plans to travel to Syria. Continue reading this article
Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s warning is well taken, but her solution is idiotic. As an immigrant, she has “no objection to other people coming to America to seek a better life” but that naivete won’t work when Muslim newbies come packed with a poisonous ideology of death. Their holy book is a murder manual that includes more than one hundred verses urging believers to slay the infidels. Of course not all Muslims are active headchoppers, but the dormant commandments of violence may surface in persons who appear assimilated but then revert to type. One example was Shirwa Ahmed, an immigrant who graduated from a Minneapolis high school and later returned to Somalia to blow up 30 people and himself in Mogadishu.
Finally, Muslims have a 1400-year history of conquest against infidels. They make no secret of their plans for a global caliphate under Islamic law. The author notes that the “Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030″ — how can that possibly be advantageous for America? It is a profound danger, given Muslims’ history and beliefs. The idea that some program of effective assimilation could be designed that can protect us from a self-inflicted catastrophe is pure fantasy.
Since the massacre at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January, the U.S. media has understandably devoted attention to the problem of radical Islam in Europe. The fact has been widely reported that thousands of European Union citizens have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the self-styled Islamic State. Almost as much coverage has been given to stories of French Jews emigrating to Israel. And there have been numerous articles about Michel Houellebecq’s diabolically timed novel Soumission, which imagines France in 2022 with a Muslim president introducing sharia law and being fawned over by the Parisian establishment.
The implication of many of these articles is: “How utterly terrifying. Thank heavens it couldn’t happen here.”
True, there are no American equivalents of the alarmist books about Europe with titles like Eurabia or Londonistan. Apparently it is not quite time to warn about the “United States of Sharia” or “Michiganistan.” But are we underestimating the speed with which this country could develop substantial and influential populations of Islamic extremists? A growing, if still small number of cases like that of Abdi Nur — the 20-year-old student who left south Minneapolis to join IS last year — suggests we may be.
Mainly as a result of postwar migrations, there are now more than 20 million Muslims living in the European Union. In France – where accurate census data on religious affiliation are not collected – the Muslim share of the population is now estimated at between 7 and 8 percent. That is an order of magnitude larger than the current Muslim share of the U.S. population.
Yet, as the European experience shows, demographic change can happen rapidly, as a consequence of migration patterns, differentials in birth rates and – in the case of religious affiliation – rates of conversion and apostasy. In 1990 Europe (the whole continent minus Russia) had a Muslim population of 16 million. It had nearly doubled by 2010. It will be 40 million by 2030.
According to estimates by the Pew Research Center, the Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030, mainly as a result of immigration, as well as above-average birth rates. Although in relative terms this will still represent less than 2 percent of the total U.S. population (1.7 percent, to be precise, compared with around 0.8 percent today), in absolute terms that will be a larger population than in any West European country except France. Between now and 2030, the Muslim population of the United States will be growing faster than that of any EU member state (with two exceptions where the absolute numbers are tiny: Ireland and Finland). The annual growth rate will be more than double that of France.
As an immigrant of Somali origin, I have no objection to other people coming to America to seek a better life for themselves and their families. My concern is with the attitudes many of these new Muslim Americans will bring with them – and with our capacity for changing those attitudes. Continue reading this article
Thank you, Al Shabaab jihadists, for reminding America that our government has admitted many thousands of Somali refugees and immigrants, some number of whom are hostile to everything we value. That reminder consisted of a call from the African terrorists for Somalis residing in this country to attack the infidels in their hated mega-shopping center, the Mall of America near Minneapolis. Al Shabaab would love to generate headchopping for Allah on American soil.
But a terror threat to shopping got the attention of authorities, because just a few attacks on wide open malls would put the big chill on people going to stores. Many brick and mortar businesses have already been battered by internet shopping and people becoming afraid to go to shopping centers would be a huge blow to retail.
So now the important people in the Chamber of Commerce are shocked, shocked that terror might happen in their shopping establishments.
The Washington Times did a front-page story on Wednesday, sketching out the big picture of Somali diversity.
The State Department has helped to relocate tens of thousands of refugees from the war-torn African nation of Somalia to Minnesota, where they can take advantage of some of America’s most generous welfare and charity programs.
But the effort is having the unintended consequence of creating an enclave of immigrants with high unemployment that is both stressing the state’s safety net and creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamist terror groups.
In the fiscal year that ended in September, Minnesota welcomed 1,118 Somali refugees arriving directly from Africa, most of them without family ties to the state, according to State Department statistics. Overall, more than 30,000 Somalis live in the midwestern state comprising the nation’s largest concentration of Somali immigrants, according to U.S. Census data.
Many of the refugees settle near the Twin Cities, with Minneapolis being dubbed “Little Mogadishu” after the capital of Somalia.
This population is also being targeted by Islamist terror organizations like the Islamic State and al-Shabab, a Somalia-based group with links to al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.
Among Minnesota-based Somali-Americans, American converts to Islam or Somali refugees, there have been numerous convictions for various levels of collaboration with Islamist terror groups, plus reports of fighting with al-Shabab or other Islamist groups.
On Sunday, al-Shabab made a propaganda video warning of an attack on shopping malls around the world, including the Mall of America in Minnesota. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya two years ago, which left 67 dead.
“We have definitely seen targeted terror recruitment videos, videos aimed and targeted directly at the youth here in Minnesota primarily within the Somali community,” said Kyle Loven, an FBI spokesman in Minneapolis. “They’re going after disaffected youth — those who are isolated. We can’t get into specifics, but we’ve been involved in major investigations since 2007 and continue to be.” Continue reading this article
Sergeant Alonzo Lunsford was shot seven times by Hasan and appeared on Fox News Saturday morning, remarking, “As service members, we put our life on the line so that we can live free in life with the pursuit of happiness, but to be treated the way we were treated in the aftermath, that’s just not right. But we’re trained to be focused, disciplined with the result that we won this battle.”
The change of status for the victims is a small victory against the Obama administration that has insisted that the mass murder was “workplace violence” despite the Allahu Ackbar shrieks of Hasan (a son of Palestinian immigrants) as he shot down the unarmed soldiers.
General George Casey Jr. [pictured], the Army chief of staff, said on Sunday that he was concerned that speculation about the religious beliefs of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of killing 12 fellow soldiers and one civilian and wounding dozens of others in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, could “cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers.”
“I’ve asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that,” General Casey said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union. “It would be a shame — as great a tragedy as this was — it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well.”
General Casey, who was appeared on three Sunday news programs, used almost the same language during an interview on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” an indication of the Army’s effort to ward off bias against the more than 3,000 Muslims in its ranks.
“A diverse Army gives us strength,” General Casey, who visited Fort Hood Friday, said on “This Week.”
Along that line, the Pentagon’s own report in 2011 of the mass murder was a shameful whitewash based on the “workplace violence” meme.
Senator Lieberman stated, “…our investigation found that employees of the Department of Defense and the FBI had compelling evidence of Nidal Hasan’s growing embrace of violent Islamist extremism in the years before the attack should have caused them to discharge him from the U.S. military and make him the subject of an aggressive counter-terrorism investigation.”
Has the military learned anything from this terrible jihad attack on the homeland, in one of their own bases? Maybe. But the administration is sticking to its policies of support for Islam despite its 1400 years of mayhem and conquest.
At least the For Hood victims are getting a little justice at a late date, no thanks to the Pentagon. The jihad massacre shows that not only is Muslim immigration a very bad idea, but admitting Muslims to our military as soldiers is even worse.
FORT HOOD — Victims of the 2009 post shooting will finally get Purple Hearts, the Army announced Friday.
“This is a long time coming. It’s a day we’re going to celebrate,” said U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, during a news conference Friday outside Fort Hood’s main gate.
A policy change to the National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law Dec. 19, deems service members who are victims of an attack that was inspired or motivated by a U.S. State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization eligible to receive the Purple Heart Medal.
The provision is retroactively effective as of Sept. 11, 2001.
“We awarded it on 9/11 to the people attacked at the Pentagon. That, in my opinion, set the precedent that you don’t have to be on the battlefield,” Carter said.
Secretary of the Army John McHugh said Friday he approved awarding the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood, following the change in the medals’ eligibility criteria mandated by Congress. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in the attack by Nidal Hasan, who was convicted in August 2013, of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. Continue reading this article
Americans should pay attention to the likely murder of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman in Argentina. There is more to the case than the investigation of a 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85. The evidence leads to the involvement of Iran in jihadist attacks then and now.
The Buenos Aires terror attack in 1994 looked like a small preview of New York City in 2001.
Claudia Rosett appeared on Fox News on Thursday to explain the background of Nisman’s findings, with a warning about how Iran’s terror network extends to the United States today.
CLAUDIA ROSETT: One of his warnings was that they infiltrate using agents sent as taxi drivers, as students, as diplomats, as businessmen, and they operate under those covers for years, but they are ready when Iran decides to execute an attack. And the New York City Police Department former head of intelligence testified in 2013 to Congress that they have found Iranian diplomats conducting what looked like hostile reconnaissance surveillance on New York City on more than half a dozen occasions over the past 12 years, including subway tracks, train tracks at Grand Central, the Wall Street heliport.
In other words, Alberto Nisman’s warning was not only a case about a long ago bombing in Argentina; it was a warning about terror attacks in the making today.
Keep this goal in mind as the Obama administration bends over backwards to get a nuclear treaty deal with Iran, which is a dangerous appeasement of a tireless enemy. Recent satellite photos have been reported showing new Iranian missiles capable of sending a warhead “far beyond Europe” yet Obama thinks the mullahs can be trusted not to nuke us when they are able.
In Rosett’s detailed Forbes article on Tuesday, she quoted Nisman’s explanation of how Iranians were sent essentially as sleeper agents to Argentina, told to blend in as ordinary immigrants until a time when they were needed to “export the Islamic revolution.”
Beyond puzzling over the circumstances, is there any response the U.S. can make to the sudden death this past weekend of Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman?
Nisman spent the past decade seeking justice for the victims of the 1994 terrorist bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center, which killed 85 people and wounded many more. Nisman compiled a massive case, accusing Iran and its Lebanese terrorist affiliate, Hezbollah, of the attack. He indicted a member of Hezbollah and a number of former high-ranking Iranians officials. And he found himself increasingly at cross-purposes with the machinations of Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner.
Last week, Nisman filed a criminal complaint almost 300 pages long, accusing Kirchner, her foreign minister Hector Timerman, and a number of others, of orchestrating a cover-up of Iran’s responsibility for the 1994 attack. A summary of the complaint, sent out last week by Nisman’s office, accused Kirchner of secretly cutting a deal with Iran to concoct a story that would exonerate Iran and its fugitives from the 1994 bombing, thus opening the way for Argentina to trade grain for Iranian oil, at the cost of “sacrificing a lengthy and legitimate quest for justice.”
Nisman was due to testify Monday to Argentina’s Congress about his allegations. He never made it. On the eve of his testimony, the 51-year-old Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment, shot in the head.
Argentine officials swiftly declared that Nisman’s death looked like suicide. There’s plenty of skepticism about that. But with the case under Argentine jurisdiction, there may be little that Americans watching from afar can do. It is telling, perhaps, that even when Nisman was alive, the U.S. couldn’t do much on his behalf. In 2013, U.S. lawmakers invited Nisman to come to Washington, to testify about his findings at a House hearing on “Threat to the Homeland: Iran’s extending influence in the Western Hemishere.” Nisman wanted to go testify. But Argentina’s chief public prosecutor denied him permission, on grounds that it had nothing to do with the mission of the Argentine attorney general’s office.
At the hearing, panel chairman Rep. Jeff Duncan expressed his regret that Nisman could not come. Duncan noted that based on information that omitted Nisman’s findings, the State Department had recently reported that Iranian influence in Latin America and the Caribbean was “waning.” Duncan added: “In stark contrast to the State Department’s assessment, Nisman’s investigation revealed that Iran has infiltrated for decades large regions of Latin America through the establishment of clandestine intelligence stations and is ready to exploit its position to ‘execute terrorist attacks when the Iranian regime decides to do so.’ “
What America can do — and should do — is pay much closer heed to Nisman’s urgent warnings. For years, while laboring at an investigation that amassed more than a million pages of documents, he sounded the alarm over Iranian terror networks which he found extended way beyond Argentina — and in some cases all the way to the U.S. Continue reading this article
The recent guilty verdict in the trial of a convicted terrorist bomber for immigration fraud is another reminder of how inept the feds are at barring the entrance of dangerous people into America. Numerous war criminals have been admitted to this country because of plain sloppy investigation of immigrants’ backgrounds by an unconcerned bureaucracy.
The case is hardly a confidence builder for the idea that the government could responsibly handle an amnesty for millions of lawbreaking foreigners that would still protect public safety.
Anyway, today’s criminal terrorist alien is Rasmieh Odeh (pictured), a Palestinian who was imprisoned in Israel for a bombing that killed two students in 1969. Israel released her from incarceration in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, not because she was thought to be rehabilitated. Odeh was convicted in Detroit for omitting her criminal terrorist record when she applied to enter the United States.
A Detroit jury today found a Palestinian immigrant guilty of not disclosing that she had been convicted in a 1969 Israel bombing when she was applying for U.S. citizenship.
Rasmieh Odeh, 67, was accused by prosecutors of being a terrorist who killed Israelis in 1969 and then lied about it when trying to become a U.S. citizen. Odeh used to live in Michigan and is now in Chicago, where she works for the Arab American Action Network. She was not charged with any terrorism crime, but with immigration violations.
Odeh could face up to ten years in prison for her conviction and be stripped of her U.S. citizenship. After the verdict, Odeh said outside the courthouse: “We have to bring the justice together..I’m strong & I ask all of you to be strong…We are the strongest people, not the government…We are stronger.”
In a statement, her supporters called today’s verdict “a travesty of justice,” saying that Odeh did “not get a full and fair trial.”
The Rasmea Defense Committee claimed that “the immigration charge was nothing but a pretext to attack this icon of the Palestine liberation movement.”
They said Odeh’s attorneys will appeal the decision.
But a jury agreed today with federal prosecutors who said that Odeh checked “no” on immigration and citizenship forms she filled out in Detroit when asked whether she had ever been convicted of a crime. Odeh concedes that she was convicted in Israel, but maintains that she was forced to confess after being tortured. She also claims that she thought the questions on the forms referred only to convictions in the U.S.
The trial has drawn national attention, with up to 100 protesters rallying outside the courthouse every day last week and today. Rallies also have been held in Florida, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Odeh, associate director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, is being supported by a network of pro-Palestinian groups, which have launched online campaigns on Twitter and Facebook to bring attention to her cause. The group that she works for is part of the Dearborn-based National Network for Arab American Communities. Continue reading this article
It’s not exactly news that young Somali men are trooping over to Islam territory to kill infidels and other Muslims not deemed sufficiently pure by the jihadists with guns. Starting around 2007, a couple dozen Somalis returned to their homeland to pursue jihad. In 2008, Shirwa Ahmed, an immigrant who graduated from Minneapolis’ Roosevelt High School, became the first suicide bomber from the US in Somalia when he blew up dozens in Mogadishu.
Styles change however, and now the cool killers are the ISIS bunch that performs Islamic beheading ultraviolence and then broadcasts it online using social media.
Below, American journalist James Foley was beheaded in August and the video was seen around the world, to the delight of Allah’s gangsters and aspiring psycho-killers.
Anyway, jihad investigator Eric Stakelbeck paid a recent visit to Minneapolis to see how the local Somali urge to kill infidels is playing out. Increasing numbers of Somalis are leaving town to join ISIS so it’s clear that efforts of authorities to dissuade them have not been successful.
MINNEAPOLIS — Islamic State has engaged in a reign of terror across the Middle East, raping, pillaging, and beheading its way to a new caliphate.
Now a growing number of U.S. citizens are leaving America to join the brutal ISIS army. These recruits are being radicalized on U.S. soil and they may eventually return home.
It’s hard to imagine America’s heartland as a breeding ground for terrorism. Yet when news emerged that two U.S. citizens had been killed in Syria fighting alongside ISIS, the path led back to, of all places, Minnesota.
The two men were part of a growing number of young Muslims from Minneapolis and St. Paul who have answered the call of jihad (“holy” war).
At least a dozen young Muslims from the Twin Cities area have left their homes to travel to the Middle East and join ISIS. Some of them worshipped at the al-Farooq Mosque in a quiet suburb of Minneapolis.
An Egyptian-American man allegedly recruited young Somali Muslims from the mosque and helped send them to Syria.
Mosque officials say they banned Amir Meshal earlier this year when they learned he was preaching jihad. The suspected terror recruiter remains at large.
“There is an organization that makes this happen,” former sheriff Bob Fletcher told CBN News. “But usually there is one principal person that I call ‘the Guide’ that can take this person in this ideological state and guide them to Syria or wherever it might be.” Continue reading this article
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