The question is why isn’t Washington taking this threat and all the others seriously. One indicator of unseriousness is the feds’ removal of the National Guard from the border. The troops were scheduled to stay for one year only, but the lawlessness remains critical and there is need for them to stay.
SAN DIEGO — A terrorist organization whose home base is in the Middle East has established another home base across the border in Mexico.
“They are recognized by many experts as the ‘A’ team of Muslim terrorist organizations,” a former U.S. intelligence agent told 10News.
The former agent, referring to Shi’a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah, added, “They certainly have had successes in big-ticket bombings.”
Some of the group’s bombings include the U.S. embassy in Beirut and Israeli embassy in Argentina.
However, the group is now active much closer to San Diego.
“We are looking at 15 or 20 years that Hezbollah has been setting up shop in Mexico,” the agent told 10News.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. policy has focused on al-Qaida and its offshoots.
“They are more shooters than thinkers … it’s a lot of muscles, courage, desire but not a lot of training,” the agent said, referring to al-Qaida.
Hezbollah, he said, is far more advanced.
“Their operators are far more skilled … they are the equals of Russians, Chinese or Cubans,” he said. “I consider Hezbollah much more dangerous in that sense because of strategic thinking; they think more long-term.”
Hezbolah has operated in South America for decades and then Central America, along with their sometime rival, sometime ally Hamas. Continue reading this article
Look out San Francisco (and others)! Your fat checks from Congress may be pruned back entirely if freshman Congressman Lou Barletta manages to pass his new legislation, which would end federal funding to cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws.
If San Francisco had not been a hopelessly foolish sanctuary city, coddling criminal illegal aliens, then some terrible crimes might have been prevented. Probably the worst illegal alien crime was the murder of the father and two sons of the Bologna family, shot by previously arrested alien gangster Edwin Ramos who had not been deported despite the violence of his earlier crimes.
Illegal alien sanctuary cities may be a cushy deal for foreign criminals where they can avoid justice, but the policy is disastrous indeed for public safety.
The liberal politicians who run sanctuary cities are not swayed by horrific preventable crimes which cause enormous human suffering, so perhaps removing their money is the only way to get their attention.
WASHINGTON – Focusing his first solo legislative effort on an issue that gained him and Hazleton national attention, Republican Rep. Lou Barletta today said he will introduce a bill seeking to strip all federal funding from “sanctuary” cities that fail to enforce federal immigration laws.
The former Hazleton mayor and freshman member of Congress also said he is forming an “Immigration Reform Caucus” that he hopes other freshmen lawmakers will join.
Barletta said at a Capitol Hill news conference that his bill, which he expects to formally introduce within a few weeks, will be designed to “crack down on cities whose elected officials have willfully chosen not to enforce immigration policy by withholding all federal funding from them as long as their sanctuary policies are in place.”
Saying that there are more than 100 “sanctuary” cities nationwide, Barletta added, “I want to know how much they get from the American taxpayer.”
Barletta noted at the news conference that next month is the fifth anniversary of the Illegal Immigration Relief Act ordinance adopted by Hazleton in 2006 while Barletta was mayor. The ordinance, which has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal district court and a federal appeals court, sought to fine landlords who rented to illegal immigrants and penalize employers who hired illegal immigrants. Hazleton was the first city in the country to pass such a measure, and Arizona later followed on a statewide level.
The May 3 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department Oversight with Attorney General Eric Holder was quite a lively one. (Watch the hearing on C-SPAN.)
Chair Lamar Smith noted the administration’s hypocrisy about immigration being a federal issue, when it attacked Arizona for enforcement but let Utah slide for its amnesty-lite approach. Rep. Louis Gohmert had an intense exchange with the AG over the DOJ’s refusal to prosecute unindicted co-conspirators identified in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation case — watch.
But the most news was made by Rep. Darrell Issa’s questioning about Project Gunrunner, a scandal that has been increasingly burbling up for months, after the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) encouraged thousands of guns to be bought in this country and sent to Mexican cartels in a poorly considered “sting” operation. — watch Issa.
(In addition, Senator Grassley took up the topic of Gunrunner when he questioned Holder in a Senate hearing the following day, May 4 — watch.)
Fox News reported that the ATF has a history of reckless activity:
It started with one whistleblower, but now involves dozens of investigators, has created a standoff between the Department of Justice and lawmakers and threatens Mexico’s diplomatic relationship with the United States.
Friction is growing over the probe into the failed “Project Gunrunner” program — run by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms that intended to stop the flow of guns to criminals in Mexico. Whistleblowers claim the bureau actually encouraged the illegal sale of firearms to known criminals, then allowed those guns to be smuggled to Mexico and tracked.
On Tuesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) went after Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to answer questions and subpoenas for documents that implicate who approved the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives project that allowed guns purchased illegally in U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico on behalf of the drug cartels with the knowledge and consent of the ATF.
“We’re not looking at straw buyers, Mr. Attorney General, we’re looking at you,” Issa said. “We’re looking at you, we’re looking at your key people who knew or should’ve known about this.”
Holder shot back.
“The notion that somehow or another that this Justice Department is responsible for those deaths, that assertion is offensive,” Holder said, referring to the death of American Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
“What if it’s accurate, Mr. Attorney General?” Issa responded. “What am I going to tell Agent Terry’s mother about how he died at the hands of a gun that was videotaped as it was being sold to a straw purchaser fully expecting it to end up in the hands of drug cartels?”
Holder responded. “We’ll have to see exactly what happened with regard to the guns that are an issue there.”
Also on Tuesday, in a letter to the attorney general signed by both Issa and Sen.Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the Congressmen say they are “disappointed that you do not appear to be taking this issue seriously enough”. Grassley, in a handwritten postscript, tells Holder he is being ‘ill-served’ by staff who are not telling him the whole story.
The theatre on the Hill is an outgrowth of an ongoing investigation that dates back to allegations two months ago from ATF agent John Dodson, a lone voice and career agent who told Fox News in March that the tactic of letting guns “walk” was approved by his supervisors in the Phoenix ATF office over the objections of several agents.
“How many people have to die?” he said. “We don’t know where those guns are gonna end up. I’ve been here since the beginning. Tell me I didn’t do the things that I did. Tell me you didn’t order me to do the things I did. Tell me it didn’t happen.”
Dodson was motivated in part by the death of Terry. At the scene of his shooting, police found two AK-47s that were purchased in the U.S. and distributed to drug cartels. These guns were traced to a gun shop that was working with the ATF Project Gunrunner and the Operation Fast and Furious program. Continue reading this article
The press is apparently too politically correct to characterize the murder of a young woman by her Muslim stepfather as an “honor killing.” But when even the AP says Jessica Mokedad was shot “because she left home and wasn’t following Islam” what else would one call the crime?
It’s a familiar scenario. A young woman growing up in America wants the same individual freedom that all the other girls have; but her family demands traditional Islamic subservience of females. She moves away to live a normal American life but the furious stepfather finds her and shoots her dead. Rahim Alfetlawi told Jessica he wanted to meet to work things out, but he brought a gun, indicating another plan.
Officials and scribblers don’t like to use the phrase “honor killing” because it might upset always-sensitive Muslims. Women are treated like crap in a lot of cultures, the Sons of Allah say, which is certainly true!
But Islam truly belongs at the top of the misogynist list because sharia law allows parents to kill bad girls, as explained by scholar Robert Spencer in a piece about the case of Texas honor killings (FBI admits that the murder of Amina and Sarah Said may have been an honor killing): “However, ‘not subject to retaliation’ is ‘a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.’” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). Not many disobedient boys get whacked, of course, because males are highly valued under Islam.
Local media didn’t want to call the murder of Jessica Mokedad an honor killing, even though the symptoms are clear.
WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) – Jessica Mokedad’s friends and family told us that for the first time in her life, she was finally happy. She had friends and freedom, but her stepfather is accused of taking that all away.
“I was in Minnesota, and he called me, my husband, and said, ‘I am turning myself into the police. I smacked Jessica,’” said mother Wendy Alfetlawi.
However, Warren Police say Rahim Alfetlawi didn’t slap his stepdaughter, he shot her.
Police discovered 20-year-old Jessica Mokedad’s lifeless body inside her grandmother’s home.
“I just stopped what I was doing and sat down and started crying,” said Ali Alfetlawi.
Jessica’s friends say this tragic ending was years in the making. Mokedad grew up in Minnesota with her mother and her stepfather.
“He won’t let her out of his eyesight,” Ali Alfetlawi said.
“He was too overbearing, over controlling — things I thought that were just normal, strict parenting really. Now, when I look back, I say no, it was too much,” Wendy Alfetlawi said.
He forced her to wear a traditional head scarf instead of allowing her to make that decision on her own, and when she stopped wearing a scarf, friends say he became furious. Continue reading this article
Be sure to see Don Barnett’s Backgrounder on the unmelting pot Washington has created by importing refugees of extreme diversity. The refugee program now admits around 80,000 foreigners annually, and it continues on auto-pilot despite the worsening problems of incompatible culture, crime, welfare use and unemployment (similar to normal immigration).
Loss of U.S. Control. Policy about who is admitted as a refugee to the United States has been surrendered to the U.N. and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that stand to benefit from the program. In recent years, up to 95 percent of the refugees coming to the United States were referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or were putative relatives of U.N.-selected refugees.
Given the impact that refugee resettlement has on all other forms of immigration — both legal and illegal — the U.N. can be thought of as setting U.S. immigration policy for future generations of Americans.
Security Matters. Meaningful background checks are difficult to obtain for refugees admitted from countries without reliable government records. Common criminals, war criminals, international fugitives, and terrorists have all used the USRAP and its related asylum provisions for entry into the United States. Bribery of U.N. officials is commonly reported among those attempting to secure refugee admission to the United States.
Uncontrolled Growth. After a brief post 9-11 slowdown, the program is now, once again, admitting more refugees than envisioned in the 1980 Refugee Act. At 80,000 refugee admissions planned for 2011, the United States will admit nearly three times the number of refugees as the rest of the developed world combined.
U.S. Taxpayers Without Borders. The U.S. welfare system is a global magnet, which has been instrumentalized by the international refugee industry. The use of welfare, subsidized housing, Medicaid, and other programs is staggering. Including the cost of ongoing welfare — which is permanent for many refugees — easily raises the cost of the domestic resettlement program to 10 times the official estimates of $1.1 billion annually.
Exploitation for Profit. Refugee resettlement is very profitable for some non-profits. Religious organizations and NGOs involved in the program consistently refuse to commit any of their own resources for the resettlement effort. Instead, these organizations have turned to the refugee program to generate an income stream, abandoning traditional charitable works that do not pay. Most of the second- and third-tier refugee organizations receiving contracts and grants today are run by former refugees themselves, which has put the program on a perpetual growth trajectory.
American Community Impact. Some American towns have been overwhelmed by the arrival of refugees. At no point are these communities consulted. The closed loop of the U.N., the State Department, and NGOs leaves citizens with no voice in events that affect their communities.
Non-Assimilation. The USRAP is increasingly bringing in groups that have stated openly they do not intend to assimilate into American culture. Even those groups with good intentions are coming from cultures so diverse that often little progress is made in assimilation after many years.
Chain Immigration. Official refugee admission numbers do not present the full picture. The initial admission leads to exploitation of the chain immigration system. Recent DNA testing revealed false claims of “family connections” as high as 90 percent in some groups. Refugee groups that were originally small and supposedly self-contained have set off significant inflows of legal and illegal immigration.
Abandonment upon Arrival. Despite PR about supporting refugees, NGOs routinely abandon their charges after four months or less, moving on to the next, more profitable, cycle of recent admissions. NGOs expect the welfare system to take care of refugees.
Globalized Disease. Refugees and those arriving on various “following-to-join” programs are bringing in HIV, hepatitis, TB, malaria, and other diseases. Refugees are no longer tested for many diseases such as HIV before admission.
The Navy SEALs Team 6 must be an awesome bunch to drop in to Osama’s deluxe suburban home near Islamabad and proceed to splatter him with no harm done to the Americans. Excellent work and kudos to everyone involved! This country is blessed to have many brave members of the military who do what needs to be done.
It’s too bad we don’t have strike forces of similar quality on the Mexican border to take out our other murderous enemies.
Speaking of aliens, the killing of Osama may lead to an upsurge of Muslim revenge attacks against Americans in this country. Senators Lieberman and Collins are speaking of that possibility as I write this with an eye on C-SPAN.
Update: the video of the senators is below.
As the samurai used to say, “After victory, tighten your helmet cords.”
Both senators have investigated “homegrown” terrorism (a designation that usually includes immigrants) with more openness than many in Washington. However, neither has ever mentioned the obvious long-term cure: end Muslim immigration. Despite the obvious threat, Muslim immigration continues and accumulates additional persons who reside here while despising Americans and our principles of secular equality under law.
The Constitution assures us Americans that we have the right to voice our opinions in public, but Muslims residing in this country don’t believe the First Amendment applies when their religion is correctly criticized for its misogyny, brutality and rejection of reason.
Rev. Terry Jones of Georgia roused Islamic anger when he burned a Koran in March to register his disapproval regarding the Religion of Non-Peace.
It wasn’t a very friendly thing to do, true, but Muslims have desecrated other religions with far more excess, such as the 2001 destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas and the 2002 desecration of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. There is no shortage of Korans in the world, but those sacred places were unique.
On Friday, Rev. Jones appeared on the steps of the Dearbornistan city hall to speak against sharia and for traditional American free expression. The local peaceful Muslims had to be held back by the riot police as they broke through barricades to reach the pastor.
DEARBORN, Mich. — Florida pastor Terry Jones was outside Dearborn’s City Hall for his planned 5 p.m. protest, drawing a crowd of hundreds.
“We’re glad to be back,” he told reporters. “We’re going to talk about a number of issues. Of course Sharia, jihad, what happened last week and we’re even going to be talking about president Obama’s reelection.”
Counter-protesters lined Michigan Avenue across the street from City Hall. About an hour into the protest, the crowds broke the barricades and a police line. They rushed the street but were quickly contained by riot police crews.
The crowd was throwing water bottles and shoes at supporters of Jones. Police worked to push the crowd back across Michigan Avenue.
The glorious “Arab Spring” of supposed peace and justice in the Middle East has not brought improvement to the lives of Egyptian Christians. In fact, attacks against them by Muslims have actually increased since Mubarak’s ouster, and Coptic Christians already lived precarious lives where violent persecution has been normal.
Copts account for about 13 percent of Egypt’s population, but many fear they may have to leave, even after a long history of Christianity in the country, starting with the Apostle Mark. That has been the story of the Middle East, where Muslims have overwhelmed Christian communities with violence and demography. One example is Lebanon, where the Christian population was halved in the 20th century, from 84 percent in 1926 to 40 percent in 2009.
Egyptian Coptics belong to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. The Apostle Mark established a church in the city of Alexandria just 10 years after Christ’s ascension.
But today, many Egyptian Christians are considering leaving the country because they fear radical Islamists have hijacked the nation’s democratic revolution.
The recent fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak brought hope and opportunity to people long oppressed by an unpopular dictator and his subordinates.
Coptics joined Muslims in the Tahrir Square protests, but so far the freedoms they desired remain elusive and the minority Christian community is under siege.
Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, says the actual number of attacks on Copts have increased since Mubarak stepped down.
“That has a lot of Copts worried [and asking], ‘Is this a harbinger of the future?’” Marshall explained.
So far, 2011 has been a tragic year for Egypt’s Christians. On New Year’s Day a horrific suicide bombing took place at St. Mark’s Church in Alexandria.
Security guard Magdy Wahib was at the church entrance when services concluded shortly after midnight.
“I suddenly found myself blown inside the church,” Wahib recalled. “I didn’t lose consciousness, but I felt severe pain in my abdomen, hand, and sides.”
Wahib was taken to a hospital where surgeons removed a piece of shrapnel nearly seven inches long from his abdomen along with 30 inches of his intestines.
Wahib was among nearly 100 Christians injured in the attack. Twenty-three others were killed.
Christians at St. Mark’s and other churches are determined to fight for a new future in Egypt. They know the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church and will persevere.
Fighting the Majority
Coptics say they are not treated as equals even though they were the majority in Egypt for more than 1,000 years. Today, Christians make up only about 13 percent of the population while 86 percent of Egyptians are Muslim. Continue reading this article
On April 19, the popular restaurant chain held a widely publicized employment day across the country which drew large crowds. Now the figures are in, and the McDonald’s company reports that more than one million job applications were received that day.
What does that tell us about the state of employment in America? Clearly many people are desperate for any kind of job, even though the Washington suits say employment is getting better. (Watch for 8 percent unemployment to become the new normal in time for the 2012 election.)
Meanwhile, the President speaks often of his desire for comprehensive amnesty, which would transform millions of illegal aliens into legal workers to compete with citizens. Furthermore, the amnestied would later become grateful Democrat voters, the White House realistically hopes.
McDonald’s Corp. (MCD), the world’s biggest restaurant chain, said it hired 24 percent more people than planned during an employment event this month.
McDonald’s and its franchisees hired 62,000 people in the U.S. after receiving more than one million applications, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in an e-mailed statement. Previously, it said it planned to hire 50,000.
The April 19 national hiring day was the company’s first, said Danya Proud, a McDonald’s spokeswoman. She declined to disclose how many of the jobs were full- versus part-time. McDonald’s employed 400,000 workers worldwide at company-owned stores at the end of 2010, according to a company filing.
The number of applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. rose last week, a sign that progress in the labor market may be fading. Jobless claims increased by 25,000 to 429,000 in the week ended April 23, the most in three months, according to data from the Labor Department in Washington today. Continue reading this article
If that group didn’t look enough like a scene from the Camp of the Saints (the 1973 French novel of social collapse following shiploads of Asian economic squatters arrival in Europe), there was more to come.
Ten months later (August 2010) saw a jammed Camp-like ship the Sun Sea (pictured below) arrive in western Canada from Thailand, filled to the gunwales with nearly 500 Tamils who also intended to stay.
The would-be refugees each paid tens of thousands of dollars to flee Asia. The event was expensive for Canadian taxpayers as well:
The estimates are the first glimpse at the cost of dealing with the Sun Sea, which sailed from Thailand last May and was intercepted off the British Columbia coast in August. “This is not cheap,” Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, said in an interview on Tuesday.
The smugglers charged up to $45,000 a head to transport the 493 Sri Lankans to Canada. One man died at sea. All have claimed refugee status, including some the government is alleging are former members of the Tamil Tigers rebel group.
Just to make a complex situation even more diverse, a number of the would-be settlers were possibly dangerous Tamil Tigers, as noted. Although the separatist group is considered as simply political by some, the Canadian government regards them as terrorists and not desirable immigrant material.
The Tigers are unusually rough fellows, even for armed guerillas, according to Time magazine:
The Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka are undoubtedly one of the most organized, effective and brutal terrorist groups in the world. They invented the suicide vest and, according to the FBI, are the only terrorist group to have assassinated two world leaders. The rebels, based in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, have been waging a violent offensive against the central government on and off for more than 20 years. Federal forces recently announced they had captured the Tigers’ capital, Kilinochchi, but it’s a safe bet that, regardless of territory lost or possibly dwindling ranks, the guerillas will not give up their fight willingly.
So identifying who among the boat people were Tamil Tigers was important to Canadian police, a desire which conflicted somewhat with the intent of the authorities to maintain the image of Canada as a welcoming country to the downtrodden. In fact, the first boatload of Tamils were held for a time, but were eventually released into the country.
There’s bad news from Denmark, a country which had been so courageous in standing up for free speech during the Mohammed cartoons controversy. Now it is showing signs of weakness in the face of insistent Islam.
A huge mosque is about to be built there, financed by Iran, which Lars Hedegaard describes as being “more like a barracks.” It is feared that Iranians intend to use the mosque as a base for their particular form of Islamic supremacism and conquest.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – On Mohammed’s birthday, Denmark’s Muslims marched to the city square under a banner that said “Islam is peace and love.”
But elements of Denmark’s Muslim community have radicalized.
Two years ago on the same spot as a peaceful demonstration, Muslims met a pro-Israel demonstration with Hitler salutes. There were shouts in Arabic of “takbir,” which means “conquest,” and “kill the Jews.”
Americans may think of Denmark as the tough nation that stood up to Islam over the publication of Mohammed cartoons.
But Denmark is also infected with the some of the same multiculturalism that has been declared a failure in other European nations because it can foster Islamic radicalism.
Now, Copenhagen city government is allowing construction of a Shia mosque, which will be funded in part by the radical regime in Iran.
Iranian refugees to Denmark who fled the Islamic radicalism in Iran now face the nightmare of that radicalism following them to Copenhagen. Iranian immigrants have been demonstrating against it.
“It’s not really a mosque. It’s more like a barracks,” said Islamic expert Lars Hedegaard, president of The International Free Press Society, headquartered in Copenhagen. Continue reading this article
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