Mexican Astronaut Pursues Position as Congressman (in U.S.)

In California, hopeful Democrat leaders like Rep. Nancy Pelosi are talking up the party’s chances for gains in Congress particularly in light of D-friendly redistricting in her big state.

While reading an AP article on the foregoing subject (linked below), I noticed that the final paragraphs concerned the candidacy of Mexican astronaut Jose Hernandez for a seat in Congress.

Avid readers of the Univision website would have seen his announcement last October 11:

Ex-astronaut Hernandez Seeks Congressional Seat

[. . .] In 2009, Hernández flew on the space shuttle Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station and became the first person to tweet in Spanish from outer space. He left NASA this year and is seeking the Democratic nomination for California’s new 10th congressional district.

Hernández, 49, appeared on Univision on Tuesday, saying that he wants to serve in Congress to bring jobs and better education to his Central California district.

“I’m here to run so I can ensure that the American Dream stays alive,” he said.

Hernández, who only learned to speak English at age 12, has relied heavily on his background as the son of immigrants early on in his campaign.

“The son of migrant farm workers, I was able to rise from the fields of California and touch the sky on the Space Shuttle Discovery as an Astronaut, a lifelong goal I was able to achieve thanks to the promise of the American Dream,” he said in his official announcement.

As Alan Wall wrote in his article Anchor Baby Astronaut, Agitates For Amnesty, Hernandez is the jackpot son of illegal alien farmworkers who said he felt “more Mexican than American.” He wanted to wear a Mexican flag shoulder patch into space, despite the fact that he was born, raised and educated in the United States. But he did carry a Mexican flag with him during his shuttle flight. When he spoke with Mexican Presidente after returning from space, he addressed Calderon as “My beloved president.”

These are but a few examples of Mexican loyalty listed in Wall’s article, yet Hernandez wants to represent Americans in the United States Congress. He says he wants to “ensure that the American Dream stays alive,” — which is pretty twisted given his devotion to an unfriendly foreign power.

If he were to be elected, he would have to pledge allegiance to the United States in his swearing in ceremony:

“I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Jose Hernandez is loyal to Mexico, not America, and for that reason should not even be eligible to run, much less lie his way through the Oath of Office. Instead, having a diverse astronaut backstory and ethnic appeal for Mexicans will be a plus for many Democrat voters, not a detriment.

House Dems: Gains start with California dreamin’, Associated Press, February 25, 2012

House Democrats’ path to power starts in Elk Grove, Calif., heads down to sunny Modesto and then rolls through the Central Valley to Riverside as the state’s friendly redrawn congressional districts and a number of GOP retirements offer Democrats their best opportunity for victories in November.

Republicans acknowledge that Democrats will gain seats in a highly intense election year, especially with President Barack Obama and the economy on the upswing. But capturing 25 seats nationwide and retaking House control after two years in the minority? That’s nothing but California dreamin’, Republicans say.

Tea partyers and voter frustration with Obama’s policies helped Republicans deliver a sound drubbing to Democrats in 2010. The GOP won a net of 63 seats, seized the majority and elected Rep. John Boehner of Ohio as speaker. The GOP currently holds 242 seats to 192 for the Democrats with one vacancy — former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ Arizona seat, which will be filled in a special election June 12.

Despite those numbers, Democrats envision gains in California, with the potential for four to eight seats. Illinois, Florida and Texas are fertile territory to increase their numbers. Even though Texas’ new election map remains in limbo, Democrats saw potential gains in the Republican-drawn version and figure court-approved boundaries will only get better as they take into account the state’s growing Hispanic population. [. . .]

In the farm and ranching district that includes Modesto, the race is between former astronaut Jose Hernandez and Rep. Jeff Denham, a first-term Republican. Hernandez offers a personal story that Democrats hope will prove compelling with voters. As a child, he worked in the fields helping his Mexican immigrant parents, who were farm workers. He learned English at age 12, became and engineer and flew on the space shuttle.

Hernandez, who calls himself a local kid who made good, said he wants to “preserve the ability of folks to reach the American dream.” The district is 40 percent Hispanic, with 25 percent of voting age. He’s upbeat about his chances.

“As they say in Houston, failure is not an option,” Hernandez said in an interview.

Blacklisted Authors Compare Notes

Juan Williams interviewed Pat Buchanan in the video below on the subject of censorship. Both have been fired from their respective news organizations, Williams from NPR and Buchanan from MSNBC.

Buchanan recounted a recent media history of shows like CNN’s Crossfire, where very different views were aired. Now that attitude of freedom of inquiry has disappeared and has been replaced with an ethos of blacklisting. Leftist groups watch conservatives in media appearances, looking for any phrase deemed objectionable that can be attacked. Then the censors pile on their accusations of racism, Islamophobia, etc.

Juan Williams has become more attuned to free speech issues after his abrupt firing by NPR. He remarked, “I understand the poison that comes into the American domain when what you are saying is ruled out of bounds and you are viewed as someone who is not welcome into the mainstream of American ideas.”

The conversation also explored the loss of assimilation among immigrants, particularly Mexicans who have acted more like invaders than persons who want to become Americans.

In addition, Buchanan noted the unfairness of Washington admitting a million legal immigrants annually when so many Americans are still unemployed.

Alabama: Fox Does Immigration Enforcement Check-up

Fox News sent reporter Griff Jenkins to Alabama to see how things are working out with the partial implementation of the newish immigration law.

Of note is a law enforcement officer’s recitation of improvements in the town of Albertville: a great reduction in the number of automobile accidents, a reduction in the impounds of vehicles taken from unlicensed drivers, a dramatic increase in sales tax collected, and many Americans finding jobs that critics said they wouldn’t do.

After that, the segment is a mostly a bunch of complaining Mexicans and not really worth watching.

Middle Eastern Airplane Disturber Update

There is more information coming out about the Middle Eastern man who caused a Continental flight to return to Portland on Tuesday because of his disruption, violence and yells of “Allah is great” after being asked to put out his electronic cigarette. Persons getting off the plane spoke in terms of a terrorist attack and how it was thwarted by resistance from passengers. See my blog Diversity in Travel which includes a video of passenger descriptions.

The man in question is a 19-year-old Saudi student, Yazeed Mohammed Abunnayan (pictured). He was traveling with a friend to Houston, but was arrested after the pilot thought his violent behavior warranted a return to Portland.

Interestingly, Abunnayan was also arrested on Sunday in Ashland for driving erratically, smashing into two police cars and trying to run down pedestrians. Yet he was bailed out rather than deported as a dangerous alien.

Saudi teen arrested again after disrupting flight, Ashland Daily Tidings, Feb 22 2012

A man who led Ashland police on a car-crashing chase through town Sunday night has been arrested again, this time on a federal charge of interfering with flight crew members on a plane out of Portland. [. . .]

He had refused to turn off an electronic cigarette “yelling profanities and swinging his fist at the flight attendant, hitting or attempting to hit several passengers, and speaking or singing about Usama bin Laden and his hatred of women,” a federal indictment said. His action caused the flight attendant to deviate from safety protocols by unbuckling her restraints and leaving her seat during takeoff, thereby forcing the flight to alter its route and return to Portland, the indictment said. [. . .]

On Sunday, Abunayyan reportedly was spinning circles in a car on Siskiyou Boulevard, driving erratically, and trying to run over pedestrians. He led police on a 20-minute chase back and forth through town, ramming two police cars before high-centering his car on a dirt embankment at the dead end of Clear Creek Drive. He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, eluding police, two charges of first-degree criminal mischief, three charges of hit and run, six charges of reckless endangerment, and two charges of assault on an officer, but posted 10 percent on his $65,000 bail.

Another article noted that Yazeed was studying English prior to enrolling as a college student at Sonoma State. Saudi students are known for bad driving and co-ed harassment, not to mention the bent toward terrorism. Apparently the full tuition checks are a big enough enticement for universities to overlook the extreme negatives of such dangerous characters. However the universities’ irresponsibility endangers public safety when they see only the dollars that foreigners bring.

Family reports that student in chase, plane incident has mental illness, Ashland Daily Tidings, February 22, 2012

Yazeed Abunayyan, a 19-year-old student who fled from Ashland police Sunday and then disrupted a flight from Portland Tuesday, suffers from schizophrenia and has not taken his medication for the last three weeks, said his cousin and acquaintances living in Ashland.

“I tried to stop him, but I could not,” said Fahad Alsubaie, his 21-year-old cousin, a Saudi Arabian exchange student studying English at Southern Oregon University.

Alsubaie said he was the person hanging out of the driver’s side window trying to pull the key out of the car’s ignition while Abunayyan was driving away from police in the Safeway parking lot Sunday night. Abunayyan led police on a 20-minute chase during which he rammed two police cars before being apprehended. [. . .]

Helen Kallenbach, director of the Sonoma State American Language Institute at Sonoma State University, said Abunayyan started attending SSU as a Saudi Arabian international exchange student in September.

He was studying at the school’s language institute in order to learn more English before beginning his classes at the university, she said.

He planned to major in English, said Alsubaie.

Does the Saudi guy really have schizophrenia or is that just an excuse for an uncontrollable young Muslim? It wouldn’t be the first time a Middle Eastern family sent their difficult son to America to get rid of him. Or use insanity as an excuse for jihad or plain Muslim arrogance.

Shutdown of 287(g) as Seen by an Ohio Sheriff

Butler County Ohio is located in the southern part of the state next to Indiana, so you might not think that illegal immigration would be a problem there, far from the southern border.

On the contrary, last year 30 to 40 illegal aliens were shipped out from the county every week for federal deportation. Everywhere is a border state now.

The local report below describes a Butler Country situation in which an effective federal program for enforcing immigration laws, 287(g) is being shut down, and tough-on-illegals Sheriff Richard Jones (pictured) complains about politics in losing a helping hand from the federal government.

Regrettably, the 287(g) federal program which trained local officers to act in accordance with federal immigration law is being shut down by the Obama administration.

Immigration enforcement program to be shut down, USA Today, Feb 17 2012

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is starting to shut down a program that deputized local police officers to act as immigration agents.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have trained local officers around the country to act as their agencies’ immigration officers. Working either in jails or in the field, the officers can check the immigration status of suspects and place immigration holds on them.

The program, known as 287(g), reached its peak under President George W. Bush, when 60 local agencies signed contracts with ICE to implement it. But that trend slowed significantly under President Obama— only eight agencies have signed up since he took office, and none has done so since August 2010. [. . .]

The administration says that Secure Communities will provide the enforcement bridge at the local level, but that program has been under constant attack by raza extremists and the rest of the open-borders gang.

The Butler County story didn’t quite make clear what was going on with the program the Sheriff liked, but it does give an interesting view of how Washington policies affect people whose job is protect public safety.

Butler County To Lose Special Power To Enforce Immigration Laws, WKRC Cincinatti, Feb 20 2012

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is nationally known for speaking out about illegal immigration. Jones has sent bills to Uncle Sam for housing illegals, and has been to the border to see the problems first hand.

Now, Jones is raising the alarm, because he expects to lose a unique federal status that helps him deal with illegal immigrants in his jail. Local 12’s Rich Jaffe talked with both sides of this issue.

The program is designated 287G…and basically it means that a group of Butler County deputies have been trained to do the jobs of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents. Those deputies quickly and efficiently processing illegal immigrants who are in custody… through the Butler County jail for deportation. Sheriff Jones believes that program is going away in the name of politics.

A federal holding facility, little more than a year ago, 30 to 40 illegal immigrants were being shipped out of the Butler County jail every week for deportation. So many in fact, the sheriff had controversial signs on the property saying “illegal aliens here”. Now the sign is gone…and the program known as 287G is about to be. The sheriff is… “Disgusted for one and the reason I’m disgusted is this has been going on for five maybe six years in the country not just here in this county and it’s such an issue. Republicans won’t fix it, Democrats won’t fix it, the House, the Senate, the President, they keep kicking the can down the road and everybody suffers.” Continue reading this article

France: Spread of Islamic Slaughter Riles Voters

Next to language, food is one the most important cultural significators for human beings. One sees that in immigrant neighborhoods: as soon as the tribe reaches the level where it can support a business, ethnic restaurants and markets spring up. Foreigner moochers will reject even free American food because they want their tribal chow.

For that reason, we can understand food’s importance in the Islam vs. the West culture war being played out in France, where cuisine is taken very seriously. French people have taken to the streets to protest Islamic food because they want pork and wine to be readily available and object to halal-slaughtered meat becoming more widespread without being labeled as such.

Below, despite a ban, hundreds of French citizens showed up for a sausage and wine get-together in 2010 to protest the Islamic halal incursion.

Halal butchery is notoriously cruel, and is based on Mohammed’s instructions. Many modern westerners prefer more humane slaughter techniques like the ones developed by Temple Grandin. But the import of Islamic diversity has brought a number of objectionable practices, from honor killing to the barbaric public slaughter of animals in the street.

Muslims don’t subscribe to the idea of “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” because Islam teaches them that they are superior to Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. So the idea of assimilation is anathema to Muslims immigrants. Europe should therefore stop Muslim immigration and so should America.

Now a recent revelation about the spread of halal slaughter has angered the French people with major elections coming up in a couple months.

Halal slaughter becomes political issue in France, Feb 21, 2012

(Reuters) – A TV documentary’s revelation that slaughterhouses around Paris have switched meat production entirely to halal methods has stirred a political storm in France, where attitudes to Europe’s largest Muslim minority are a subtext in a presidential election campaign.

The France 2 documentary last week said all of the abattoirs in the greater Paris region were producing only halal-style meat, selling some without labelling it as such to avoid the cost of running separate lines for halal and non-halal customers.

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen – who is hoping to win voters away from centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the two-round election in April and May – has seized on the issue.

“All the abattoirs of the Paris region have succumbed to the rules of a minority. We have reason to be disgusted,” Le Pen told a rally in Lille on Saturday, pledging to file a legal complaint.

In a country known for its obsession with the provenance of its cuisine, the issue could play with a wider audience than the far right, including animal rights groups, consumer advocates and food industry professionals.

Some European animal rights campaigners say that the Islamic halal and Jewish kosher rules for ritual slaughter are less humane than standard European practice, because they ban the practice of stunning animals before they are killed. Continue reading this article

Diversity in Travel: Middle Eastern Men's Disturbance Causes Flight to Return to Portland

Apparently a couple of fellows on the way to Houston got upset about seating or the no-smoking sign or maybe the presence of non-Muslims to the extent that the pilot had to fly the plane back to its place of departure.

Passengers reported that the miscreants yelled “Allah is great” but the offenders were subdued by the American men who helped get the situation under control. A tackling occurred, and the two Middle Easterners were arrested when the plane landed back in Portland.

Continental Airlines reported that the incident was “not a security issue.” Right. We are so reassured.

Interestingly, the Portland Oregonian report didn’t say anything about the Allah Middle Eastern aspect at all, but explained that an airliner returned to its airport because a man wouldn’t put out his smoke.

Feds detain passenger who used electronic cigarette, became ‘uncooperative’ on flight out of Portland International Airport

A flight returned to Portland International Airport this afternoon after a passenger pulled out an electronic cigarette and “was not cooperative” when asked to turn it off, authorities said.

The man, whose name was withheld, was detained and questioned by airport and federal authorities, said Steve Johnson, a spokesman for the Port of Portland.

Beth Anne Steele, an FBI spokeswoman in Portland, said he was held on a federal detainer pending formal charges, likely Wednesday morning. [. . .]

Michigan Primary Is Too Squishy to Be Romney Delete Button

I don’t do much political analysis, but I find it odd that so little attention is being paid to the open nature of the Michigan Republican primary. Pundits and news broadcasters across the ideological spectrum have pontificated that Gov Romney will be toast if he doesn’t win his home state.

Yet Michigan has an open primary, where Democrats may vote for the Republican nominee and some might choose a weaker candidate, one easier for Obama to beat.

A Romney loss by just a couple percentage points will be magnified to the extreme by the horserace-obsessed media and squawking pundits.

The website defines Michigan’s rules in this way: “Voters do not have to declare a political party to vote; but must vote for all one party once they enter the voting booth.”

For that matter, candidate Gingrich’s state primary in Georgia is similarly open, and has the same possibility for legal funny business.

Pennsylvania (which rejected Santorum’s re-election for Senator in 2006 when he received only 41% of the vote) has a closed primary for registered Republicans only.

CSM has also noticed the potential for electoral shenanigans:

Rick Santorum: Can Democrats’ ‘mischief vote’ give him Michigan win?, Christian Science Monitor, February 21, 2012

Psst, here’s a tip about the Republican Primary in Michigan: You don’t have to be a Republican to vote next Tuesday.

Lately some liberal commentators have been urging Democrats to take  Michigan’s status as an “open primary” state in an unusual direction: Vote for the candidate you may dislike the most (Rick Santorum) in order to help the candidate you really support (Barack Obama).

Some are calling this a dirty trick. Some say it could backfire for Democrats. And others doubt that such a sabotage tactic will play a meaningful role in the Michigan outcome.

But everyone agrees that Democrats and independents can play an important role in Michigan’s Republican primary, as they account for perhaps 30 percent of all ballots cast. And if Mr. Santorum were to win Michigan, that would deal yet another big setback to the campaign of Mr. Romney, who is viewed in public opinion polls as the “most electable” of the potential Republican challengers to President Obama.

Here’s how liberal blogger Markos Moulitsas publicized the case for what he calls “Operation Hilarity” a few days ago:

“It’s time for those of us who live in open primary and caucus states – Michigan, North Dakota, Vermont and Tennessee in the next three weeks – to head out and cast a vote for Rick Santorum,” he wrote on the Daily Kos website. “Why would we do such a crazy thing? Lots of great reasons!”

Among the reasons: Even if Romney ends up with the nomination, “the longer this thing drags out, the more unpopular the Republican presidential pretenders become,” Mr. Moulitsas wrote. Mr. Obama’s poll numbers, by contrast, have been rising as the GOP contest has become more tumultuous. And judging by recent primaries, even a relatively small number of votes can be decisive. (“Republican turnout … appears to be getting worse by the contest,” Moulitsas opines.) Continue reading this article

Criminal Illegal Alien Brothers Afflict Milford, Massachusetts

Milford Massachusetts has already suffered too much illegal alien violence with the dragging death of young Matthew Denice at the hands of a lawbreaking Ecuadoran, Nikolas Guaman. Now the accused killer’s brother has been arrested for stabbing another man.

Below, diverse criminals David and Nikolas Guaman are an example of criminal family values among illegal aliens.

Despite a “severe cutting,” the victim is expected to survive, no thanks to David Segundo Dutan Guaman, who knifed the guy at a party. Like his older sibling, David had previous arrests but was not deported.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is notoriously friendly to illegal aliens and has rejected Secure Communitie for his state. The Denice family called on the governor to enact the program to prevent further violence by illegal alien criminals by punishing and deporting them. But Gov Patrick refused, and has remained a friend of foreign criminals and an enemy of public safety.

The Denice family is still engaged on the issue and spoke out against the policies that protect dangerous foreigners. They have a spokesperson, shown in the video below, and released a statement on the recent case, included in the print story following.

Guaman Brother Arrested: Denice Family Reaction:

Brother Of Milford Illegal Immigrant Accused Of Stabbing Man , WBZ-TV, February 20, 2012

David Segundo Dutan Guaman is charged with armed assault after a stabbing at his home on Water Street in Milford early Saturday morning. He is an illegal immigrant, and was wanted on warrants in connection with driving violations.

His brother, Nicolas Guaman, is charged with driving a pick up truck that struck and killed Matthew Denice last August.

Another brother, Pablo Guaman, is charged with giving Nicolas the truck. He is out on bail, wearing a monitoring bracelet.

ICE officials say at this point it appears David was not in their system. State officials confirm they did not have any fingerprints from him prior to the weekend stabbing. Now, ICE has launched a retainer against David Guaman, which means if he is let out of custody, ICE has 48 hours to take him into custody.

Milford’s Police Chief Thomas O’Loughlin says this case is a reminder to the community of Matthew Denice’s death, and the frustrations with the lack of comprehensive immigration reform. He says if the program, Secure Communities, was in place in Massachusetts, David would not have been identified because he hadn’t been arrested in a violent crime; however, he says other measures are needed to strengthen immigration laws. He says, “When is the federal government going to do something about individuals such as David Guaman and his brother? Until they do something, local police and state police we are in the middle dealing with the issues.”

Wendy Murphy, who represents Matt’s family, says, “Mathew Denice’s family is very distraught to hear there is, in a sense, the same kind of problem in this case.” Both men are illegal immigrants and both have driving records. Murphy says, “It looks like there is a systemic problem, in the sense that people who are here illegally, and are being coddled by the legal system, are escalating their illegal behavior, and we’re seeing acts of violence.”

Murphy says while Secure Communities would not have lead to David’s deportation before the stabbing, it is a tool that could help collected data and monitor crimes. She says Governor Patrick should reverse course and ask for it to be implemented to help understand the facts. “The public has a right to be angry, and has a right to ask political leaders of the state, why aren’t you measuring the problem?”

Governor Deval Patrick has opposed the Secure Communities program. Last year, ICE announced it will be implemented in every state by the end of 2013.

11.2 million people live in the United States illegally. Officials with ICE say they can only deport 400,000 people per year because of their financial resources. For that reason, they say they focus on deporting violent criminals.

David Guaman will be arraigned on Tuesday in Milford District Court.

The victim in the stabbing is expected to survive.

The Denice family released the following statement:

“Despite all the promises that were made by local officials, politicians, and leaders in the Ecuadorian community after our son Matthew Denice was killed, David Guaman, like his brother Nicolas, who killed Matthew, should not have been free to become involved in more serious violence. We are extremely concerned that despite all the promises that were made, about how things would soon improve and that the public would be better protected, nothing much has changed. Unlicensed drivers are cited on a daily basis, many of them after being involved in accidents or for being pulled over for driving drunk. Without proper training, passing a written test and a road test these drivers put all of our lives at risk on a daily basis. In Milford there has been a huge increase in excessive drinking that has resulted in several violent assaults over the last few months like this most recent stabbing by David Dutan-Guaman.

Our son Matthew Denice paid the ultimate price with his life because Nicolas Dutan-Guaman, who was in the country illegally, had a criminal record, and was unlicensed, chose to get drunk and drive. We are still deeply disappointed that when Govenor Patrick had the opportunity he did not chose to participate in the Secure Communities Program that would eventually lead to deportation of the most serious offenders illegally in our country.”

Alabama: Illegals Are Sneaking Back

Back when Alabama passed an immigration enforcement law described as being tougher than Arizona’s, the open-borders Marxicans went nuts. You would have thought the Gestapo had been reborn and was about to round up thousands of illegal aliens. An SPLC mouthpiece called the use of workplace E-verify “mean-spirited, racist” even though those liberated jobs would become available for law-abiding Americans.

As intended, many foreign job thieves packed up and left. Those jobs did open up, allowing citizens to take them.

But now, some of those illegal aliens are moving back to Alabama. Apparently the state law was not tough enough.

Immigrants trickling back to Ala despite crackdown, Associated Press, February 19, 2012

Birmingham, Ala. (AP) — Ana Jimenez and her husband were so terrified of being sent back to their native Mexico when Alabama’s tough crackdown on illegal immigrants took effect that they fled more than 2,000 miles to Los Angeles, cramming into a two-bedroom apartment with more than 20 other relatives.

Now they are among the families coming back to cities like Birmingham, as the mass deportations never materialized and courts blocked parts of the law. No one knows how many people initially left the state, so it’s impossible to say how many have returned. But some illegal immigrants are trickling back, unable to find work elsewhere and missing the place that had been home for years.

Of 18 Hispanic immigrants interviewed by The Associated Press in the Birmingham area, six said they had friends or relatives who had returned to Alabama after fleeing because of the law.

As for Jimenez, she left Birmingham with her husband, father and brother three days after the law took effect. Now, all except her brother are back. Jimenez said through a translator that not much had changed, though she can’t reclaim her job at a McDonald’s restaurant because managers are checking citizenship papers.

“Everything is the same. I just can’t work now,” Jimenez said through a translator. She said the family is living off the income of her husband, who installs carpet and flooring. Continue reading this article

Fox News: Moroccan Alien Jihadist Is Homegrown

Will someone please explain how an illegal alien aspiring suicide bomber who grew up in Morocco until age 16 gets to be designated as a “homegrown” terror threat?

Fox News maintains its rep as being squishy on hostile Islam with that spin on the recent story about the would-be Capitol attacker (see below).

A more accurate report would point out the open borders aspect: Amine el Khalifi, who is accused of plotting a suicide attack in Washington, entered legally on a tourist visa, but never left, making him illegal.

It’s also disturbing that Congressman Peter King, Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, was surprised that a suicide bomber had popped up in America, saying it “crossed a line.” Why would anyone think that the United States would somehow be immune from a form of Islamic attack that is common in Europe? Is our diversity and history of immigration supposed to protect us? That’s very naive attitude for a Congressional leader who works against terrorism.

The following news clip has King’s odd remark near the end:

Capitol plot shows persistence of homegrown terrorist threat, lawmakers warn, Fox News, February 17, 2012

The case of alleged would-be suicide bomber Amine el Khalifi, accused of targeting the U.S. Capitol, is a significant and troubling development in the tracking of homegrown terror plots, some law enforcement and senior lawmakers say.

“Now you have a person living in this country 12 years, who apparently was willing to be a suicide bomber, that is a line that’s been crossed,” Republican Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told Fox News. “I think we’re going to have to re-think some of our conceptions, ideas we’re basing our activities on because it was always felt that it was very unlikely that we would have a suicide bomber (inside the US.)”

On Friday, during a brief appearance in a Virginia federal court, Khalifi was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction — in this case — a fake suicide vest provided to him by an undercover agent who posed as an Al Qaeda operative.

The 29-year-old Moroccan national had been in the United States illegally since 1999 when his tourist visa expired, court records show. Arrested just two blocks from the Capitol building, the criminal complaint stated that the suspect allegedly planned to shoot any police officer who blocked his entry to the Capitol, where he planned to blow himself up. His alleged motive was a false narrative propagated on radical websites and through social networking. Continue reading this article

Moroccan Muslim Plots Suicide Bombing for Capitol

Hostile Muslim alert! A Soldier of Allah was arrested on Friday for a planned attack on the US Capitol.

The Moroccan became associated with some people he thought were al Qaeda but were actually FBI who accommodated his desire for a suicide vest of explosives. Only the explosives were fake.

Moroccan Man Arrested in FBI Terrorism Sting, ABC News, Feb 17, 2012

A would-be suicide bomber was arrested Friday en route to attack Congress.

He was wearing what looked like a suicide vest at the time of the arrest, but officials said the suicide vest was fake.

Officials said the suspect, a Moroccan national, had been under investigation for some time.

“This arrest was the culmination of a lengthy and extensive operation during which the individual was closely and carefully monitored,” said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police, who said the suspect was arrested “in the area” of the Capitol building.

“The U.S. Capitol Police was intimately involved in the investigation for the duration of the operation. At no time was the public or congressional community in any danger.”

The suspect was arrested by the FBI and members of the U.S. Capitol Police after a lengthy sting operation.

Undercover FBI agents had posed as al Qaeda associates and provided the would-be bomber with the vest. The suspect had allegedly been watched for several months and had indicated that he wanted to launch an attack. [. . .]

Say, Congress, how is Muslim immigration looking today? Does it seem a bad idea yet?

Interestingly, the report from Fox News identified the jihadist as being “of Moroccan descent” (Feds arrest man allegedly heading to U.S. Capitol for suicide mission after sting investigation). The “descent” word is a popular politically correct euphemism that is becoming more common when media wants to avoid the dread “i” word — immigrant — also “Muslim” and “foreigner.”

Diana West pointed out a possible reason for Fox’s recalcitrance in reporting another case that looks bad for Muslims, that of a Saudi blogger who will likely be executed for a rather mild tweet deemed blasphemous: a Wahhabi Saudi prince owns a sizable chunk of the supposedly conservative network.

Did Saudi Prince Buy Fox’s Silence?,, Feb 16, 2012

Have you heard about the 23-year-old Saudi journalist who tweeted an imaginary conversation with Muhammad? It went something like this: He loved Muhammad, he hated Muhammad, he couldn’t understand Muhammad, he wasn’t going to pray for Muhammad. If this isn’t exactly a disquisition on faith and doubt a la “The Brothers Karamazov,” remember, we’re just talking Twitter.

If you haven’t heard of this young man, whose name is Hamza Kashgari, it could be because you’re watching too much Fox News. As of this writing, almost a week after the Kashgari story broke, I haven’t found a single story about it at the Fox News website. (You try: Meanwhile, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC and CNN have all reported the Kashgari story, clueing in their viewers on how far totalitarian Islam, Saudi style, will go to exert its control over the human spirit. But not Fox.

Say — you don’t suppose the fact that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns the second-largest block of stock (7 percent) in News Corp., Fox News’ parent company, not to mention a new $300 million stake in Twitter (almost 4 percent), has anything to do with Fox’s silence on this Saudi black eye of a story? After all, it was Saudi dictator King Abdullah — Alwaleed’s uncle — whom press accounts credit with ordering the tweeting journalist’s hot pursuit and imprisonment. And it is Saudi Arabia’s adherence to Islamic limits on free speech that is driving Kashgari’s ordeal. [. . .]

I wondered the same thing when watching a Fox doc last August about honor killing that didn’t mention how Islam routinely demeans women as a matter of religious belief: Fox News Honor Killing Report Disappoints.

It’s a good thing we have outstanding Islam-reporting blogs like Jihadwatch, Vladtepesblog, BareNakedIslam and GatesOfVienna. We certainly won’t hear about the dangers of hostile Islam from Fox.

UPDATE: The would-be jihadist has been identified as 29-year-old Amine El Khalifi, a resident of Alexandria. He came to the United States at age 16 and had an expired visitor’s visa, making him an illegal alien (Terror suspect arrested near Capitol in FBI sting, AP).