A scathing Senate committee report on the Benghazi terrorist attack faults the State Department for failing to adequately respond to mounting security threats in the lead-up to the assault. The report says the facility was woefully under-protected at a time when the region, according to a top department official, was “flashing red” — yet security was not improved, and nobody recommended the compound be shut down.
The report, produced by the Senate homeland security committee and obtained by Fox News, follows the release of a State Department-commissioned review earlier in the month. Both are highly critical of the department.
“It is so clear that (the Benghazi compound) is dangerous and what happened was due to extremely poor security,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said Monday.
The Senate report noted the “large amount of evidence” in the months preceding the attack that Benghazi was “increasingly dangerous and unstable,” with an attack on Americans becoming “much more likely.” Continue reading this article
A recent NPR report on the border and immigration shows how the Opravda media is helping to rewrite the rules for the upcoming amnesty battle in Washington. The long-accepted liberal framework of border security being the required first step before mass amnesty is now being reworked to a more convenient procedure for the anti-sovereignty crowd. A Texas immigration attorney opined that demanding border security is backward and prevents foreigners from easily snatching American jobs.
The new time line is a reversal of what has been proposed for a long time, but Obama’s second term is likely to have many such turnarounds that defy common sense about public policy: reward the lawbreakers first and we’ll clean up the details later (never).
Washington apparatchiks have been promising border security for years. In 1996, ICE Commissioner Doris Meissner declared that controlling the border “would be a three- to five-year effort,” putting success at 2001 at the latest:
Meissner said that controlling the border is going to be a long- term, step-by-step process. “We’ve always said this would be a three- to five-year effort to build up to what would be needed,” she said.
But now the Obama minions believe that Republicans will fold like cheap lawn chairs and embrace open borders without even a pretend-assurance of border security. Such assumptions are well founded: plenty of professional “conservatives” like Sean Hannity are happy to reward foreign lawbreakers, despite the message of American fecklessness an amnesty would send around the world.
We know from psychology and child-rearing that rewarding a behavior gets more of it. Our entire justice system is based on the principle of punishing persons who commit socially undesirable actions. But the immigration issue is a weird parallel universe of reversed morality, so our elected representatives want to transform millions of foreign job thieves into legal workers, even as American unemployment remains at unconscionably high levels.
The following NPR link also includes an audio version. Interestingly, the URL, immigration-reform-before-border-control-experts-say, probably indicates the original title which may have been edited for being too honest.
Since the mid-1980s, the U.S. Border Patrol has quintupled in size — growing from about 4,000 to more than 20,000 agents.
The government has constructed some 700 miles of fencing and vehicle barriers. It has placed thousands of ground sensors, lights, radar towers and cameras along the border. And Customs and Border Protection is now flying drones and helicopters to locate smuggles and rescue stranded immigrants.
So here’s the question: Is the Southwest border secure?
The number of illegal crossers apprehended is at a 40-year-low, which can be partly attributed to a weak U.S. job market and improving economy in Mexico. Drug seizures continue near historic highs and violent crime in border cities on the U.S. side has gone down.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says all those facts are indicators of progress in the right direction.
“If I were a police chief of a major city and I came in and I said we had reduced crime in four years by 70 to 80 percent, people would say, ‘That’s a great job. You’re a great police chief,’ ” she says. “If you took that and you applied it to what’s been going on along the Southwest border, you’d have to say objectively the same thing.”
A Byzantine Immigration System
But more and more people are realizing that illegal immigration is tied directly to the broken legal immigration system, not necessarily security.
People come for work without visas because they can’t easily get visas. Employers who need guest workers say it’s a long, frustrating, costly process to get the workers.
Here’s an analogy: Imagine immigration, especially from Latin America, as a two-lane residential street with a 20-mile-an-hour speed limit. Over the decades, it’s grown to an eight-lane superhighway. But the speed limit is still 20 mph. That is, visas for needed workers haven’t risen along with the traffic.
“If you want to keep it at 20 miles an hour, you have to put a cop every 20 feet. And that’s what the ‘secure the border first’ people are in effect trying to do,” says Daniel Kowalski, a Texas-based immigration attorney and editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin. He says demanding border security first is backward.
“You need to line the border with border patrol, shoulder to shoulder, and that’s just the wrong way to do it,” he says. “It’s too expensive. It’s easier to fix the numbers, rather than militarizing the border.” Continue reading this article
Interestingly, even the immigrants don’t all like the changes brought by importing diversity en masse. Some of the older generation dislike the behavior of the younger immigrants, according to an article published in Abu Dhabi:
LONDON // “London has changed since I came,” says Ahmed Sadiq, leaning over a counter of South Asian sweets.
“There’s “more crime. Fewer morals,” the 67-year-old Pakistani baker, who immigrated in 1977, said ruefully. “They’ve brought drugs and broken up traditional communities.”
This sorry state of affairs was, in Mr Sadiq’s opinion, mainly the fault of immigrants.
That immigrants of previous generations are complaining about the new waves of arrivals to the UK demonstrates the scale of the issue.
Opposition to immigration in England today is among the strongest in Europe and politicians have been left scrambling to come up with a response. Last week, data from the 2011 England and Wales census showed that for the first time since records began, white Britons, at 45 per cent, made up less than half of London’s ethnic mix.
In all, 80.5 per cent of people in England and Wales define themselves as white Britons, down seven per cent from the last census in 2001. A total of 7.5 million people residing in England and Wales were not born here. Indeed, of the 3.7 million more people in England and Wales, 2.1 million were immigrants. Continue reading this article
In Washington, the official narrative from the White House and obsequious media is that the border thing is handled and therefore a mega-millions amnesty can proceed to turn invasive foreigners into Democrats.
In case there is any doubt, the Police Chief of the Texas border town of La Joya recently remarked that he sees an increased level of illegal border crossing, in a season when many illegals are traveling south. Perhaps they are coming for the promised mega amnesty. . .
“Most of them have people here or they’re just trying to make it over here so they can start making a better living for themselves,” La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez told Action 4 News.
No matter how many miles of border fence is erected—it seems nothing will stop the thousands of immigrants, crossing our border illegally, from continuing their journey.
“A lot of times we talk to them and ask them why they’re coming here,” Gutierrez explained. “They say they’re coming for the ‘American Dream.’ I always tell them that they’re here illegally—how do they expect to find work? They always say it’s a lot better than their country.”
Usually, this time of year, many immigrants will head back home to spend a few months with their families.
Come the end of January they make the journey back into the U.S.
Government-subsidized National Propaganda Radio (NPR) has a fawning update on the travails of foreign lawbreakers in Prince William County, Virginia. There was a crackdown a few years back, it reports, but the pests, er undocumented, have been straggling back, and NPR generously explains their struggles, while ignoring the citizens who demanded the law be enforced.
Aside from the entirely preventable death of Sister Denise Mosier and the mass murders, the general quality of life of Prince William County had declined enormously since the influx of the lawless foreigners.
A 2008 Washington Post report had surprisingly honest descriptions of what citizens endured:
The family that planted corn in the front yard of their $500,000 home is gone from Carrie Oliver’s street. So are the neighbors who drilled holes into the trees to string up a hammock.
Oliver’s list goes on: The loud music. The beer bottles. The littered diapers. All gone. When she and her husband, Ron, went for walks in their Manassas area neighborhood, she would take a trash bag and he would carry a handgun. No more. “So much has changed,” she said in a gush of relief, standing with her husband on a warm summer evening recently outside a Costco store.
But today’s report from NPR is cheerful about the county becoming majority minority and it looks forward to more hispanic participation in politics.
In 2007, when Virginia’s Prince William County ordered police to check the immigration status of anyone they had “probable cause” to suspect was in the U.S. unlawfully, the impact was swift at family restaurant Ricos Tacos Moya.
“Suddenly nobody showed up,” says Stacey Moya, an employee, and daughter of the owner. “Nobody was around. Not one soul. We would go hours without any customers, any clients. Nothing.”
After community protests, the policy was soon watered down. In fact, police only check the status of those they arrest for a crime. Still, the stigma around the resolution stuck. Moya says one of her family’s restaurants went under. And while business at this one has picked up, it’s not the same.
“Not even on weekends after church,” she says. “Nowhere near what it was before. I guess nobody likes to be around in the public that much.”
Next year Congress is expected to again take up immigration reform, something it tried, but failed, to pass in 2006 and 2007. The collapse of those efforts prompted a number of cities and states to adopt their own regulations aimed at driving out illegal immigrants. But years later, it can be hard to tell just how much impact they had.
For one thing, Prince William County’s immigration crackdown coincided with the tanking economy. It’s hard to say which hurt more — police checks, or disappearing construction jobs. But one thing the policy aimed to address has not completely disappeared.
Demographic Shift Continues Outside a 7-Eleven, just near the Moya restaurant, undocumented day laborers still gather. Twenty-eight-year-old Apolinar — who would speak only on condition we not use his last name — says he came here three years ago from central Mexico.
December’s end brings lists of the year’s best, worst, most memorable and other supposedly reflective products of the dinosaur media. Such inventories are easy to concoct, and can be assembled weeks in advance, so the journalist can jet off for a deluxe ski vacation while his name appears in print. Hey, a refrigerator full of leftovers is a good thing!
The Houston Chronicle blog has an informative list enumerating the bloody crimes going on next door in the Mexican narco-state. So many from which to choose!
Such a project is like shooting fish in a barrel, but is a fine reminder of the nature of our neighbor, the nation which supplies the largest percentage of “immigrants” to the United States, one of the worst choices imaginable, if we had a choice.
Crime — it’s diverse and colorful down Mexico way!
From the deaths and arrests of several top drug cartel players to the shooting of a beauty queen; attack on two CIA contractors and the Texas Department of Public Safety opening fire from a borderland helicopter, 2012 saw plenty of Narco Wars action.
Here are some of the more significant moments. They are not in any particular order:
1. Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, head of the Zetas cartel is killed by Mexican sailors as part of a bizarre series of events in which his body was stolen from a funeral home and one of his deceased parents were later dug up to match DNA to clothing that had been removed from the body.
5. Enrique Peña Nieto is elected president of Mexico, says he’ll create a national police force to return rule of law.
Policemen gather as they clash with demonstrators outside the Congress in Mexico City before celebrations for the inauguration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. He inherits a country beset by a brutal drug war. AFP PHOTO/Pedro PardoPedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
One of the more depressing aspects of the Christmas season is the attention paid to the worsening situation of Christians who live in the Holy Land. The few remaining hope to leave, as their position becomes more tenuous with the increasing dominance of hostile Muslims.
Below, Palestinian Christians in traditional outfits participated in a procession near the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2007.
It’s tragic that after two millennia of Christian history in the land of Jesus’ birth, the descendants of the first followers are close to extinction as they are being driven out by hostile Islam. But that outcome is not surprising given Muslim history. When I was in grade school, we learned that Islam was “spread by the sword” — a characterization which is unlikely to be taught in these politically correct times.
However, the record reveals that periods of Muslim calm are the exception, not the rule. The Koran directs Muslims to rule in the name of Allah, and the history of North Africa and the Middle East shows that Muslims have followed that commandment. We in the West are unwise to ignore Islam’s prime directive to engage in jihad until the entire world is Muslim.
Arab Christians will crowd into Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity on Christmas Eve, but social and economic pressures mean they are a dwindling minority in the town where Christ was born.
Christian Arab families from Bethlehem will crowd into the town’s Church of the Nativity to celebrate Christmas Eve, as their ancestors have done for nearly 2000 years.
Midnight Mass, televised around the world live from Bethlehem, will be a moving and beautiful spectacle as it is on this night every year. But even as they celebrate in the town of Christ’s birth, many of Bethlehem’s dwindling population of Christians will be dreaming of a new life far from the Holy Land.
“Like Christians elsewhere in the Middle East, I’m not sure we have a future here,” said Jack Giacaman, the prosperous owner of a souvenir shop. He can trace his ancestors back nearly 400 years to an Italian stonemason who came to work on Franciscan churches.
“It’s not like Iraq or Syria where Christians are being killed and persecuted, thank goodness,” he said. “But there are few jobs for our community and we are under pressure from both Jews and Muslims, both of whom are becoming more religious. Some people now say Christians could even vanish from Bethlehem.” Continue reading this article
President Obama is sending signals that his second term will assault citizenship in even more targeted ways. Not only has he promised to reward millions of lawbreaking illegal alien foreigners with all the privileges of Americans, but now we learn that he wants to loosen requirements for immigrants to purchase firearms. New gun rights for non-citizens follows a vicious Obama campaign promising to reduce gun rights for citizens.
If the government wants to restrict firearm ownership, it should start with immigrants. After all, the period between getting a green card and becoming a citizen is meant to be a try-out period, where if the newbie behaves himself, then he gets to join the club. Why should any non-citizen be permitted to own guns anyway? They should made to wait so they will appreciate the true joy of buying guns as a full-tilt American citizen.
While the shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted a national gun control debate, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder will still push to allow immigrants to purchase firearms more easily.
Normally, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) requires legal aliens to live in a state for 90 days before buying a gun. The ATF does this through a rule attached to the Gun Control Act of 1968.
In June, Holder’s DOJ proposed to eliminate that 90-day residency requirement rule.
“This rule would finalize the interim final rule published on June 7, 2012 by removing the 90-day State residency requirement for aliens lawfully present in the United States to purchase or acquire a firearm,” the proposal to eliminate that requirement reads in part. “The Department has determined that the Gun Control Act does not permit ATF to impose a regulatory requirement that aliens lawfully present in the United States are subject to a 90-day State residency requirement when such a requirement is not applicable to U.S. citizens.”
The government suits are doing cartwheels in California for a rather pathetic milestone — the state’s unemployment level has fallen below 10 percent for the first time in over four years. The official unemployment rate is 9.8 percent, second worst in the country, yet economic pundits declare things like, “California’s economy is growing and is recovering.”
[. . .] Meanwhile, stricter air pollution standards mean most of his heavy diesel equipment will be illegal to use in California in coming years. Brown said if he can’t sell the 69-year-old firm started by his father, he’ll close the doors once he can no longer operate his paving and grading equipment.
But for today, the California economy is struggling along with a tiny improvement. The AP report below doesn’t mention that while at least 1.8 million Californians are out of work, Obama promises to amnesty millions of illegal aliens, many of whom will be added to the state’s supply of legal job seekers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s jobless rate dipped below 10 percent last month for the first time since the recession began, the state announced Friday, signaling that the state’s economy may have finally turned the corner.
The 9.8 percent unemployment rate reported by the Employment Development Department is down from 10.1 percent in October.
It marks the first time in nearly four years that the rate dropped into single digits. The last time was in January 2009, when the rate was 9.7 percent.
Leading economists had predicted that California’s unemployment rate would remain in double digits through 2013.
Only Nevada and Rhode Island had jobless rates remaining in double-digits. California still lagged behind the national unemployment rate of 7.7 percent in October. Continue reading this article
Growth enthusiasts are relieved! Even a depression-lite economy of years duration won’t keep immigrants out, according to recent Census numbers. (Maybe the foreigners heard about the current administration’s generosity with free stuff for everybody.)
Whatever the reason, immigrants continue to pile in, even while citizens lower their baby production on account of tight family finances. The population of the United States has nearly reached 315 million, with immigrants continuing to supply a substantial part of the growth.
The United States reached the 300 million mark in 2006, with the enthusiastic approval of the pro-growth and pro-diversity crowds. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez enthused at the time, “We should all feel good about reaching this milestone.” More is better, particularly when it’s diverse.
Immigration jumps, causing the population to grow faster even as the birthrate falls.
WASHINGTON — The pace of the nation’s population growth inched higher this year for the first time since 2006, boosted by a larger number of immigrants amid improving U.S. prospects.
In its annual state population estimates, the Census Bureau said Thursday that there were 313.9 million people in the United States on July 1. That is up 2.3 million from a year earlier, a growth rate of 0.75%.
Although that pace is still very slow by historical standards, it nonetheless marks a tiny increase after several years of declines, in which the growth rate had fallen to a level not seen since the 1930s.
And the increase of immigrants is one more indication that the powerful effects of the Great Recession are ebbing because immigration tends to rise when the U.S. job market improves.
California’s population rose at a slightly higher rate of 0.95%. Even as California lost more residents to other states, it had a net gain of 357,500 people, thanks to immigration and the natural increase — more births than deaths.
With 38 million residents as of July 1, California remains the most populous state in the nation. It had about 12 million more people than No. 2 Texas, which once again saw the biggest numerical increase in population of all states.
This year’s uptick in the U.S. population growth rate came entirely from a jump in immigration.
Even as the number of births in the U.S. continued to edge lower, about 885,800 immigrants settled in the U.S. in the most recent year, which ended July 1. That was about 110,000 more than in the same period a year earlier, according to the census data. Continue reading this article
A recent case of an attempted jihadist terror attack began to be revealed in a New York City courtroom on Tuesday when Raees Alam Qazi, 20, appeared for a bail hearing. Qazi, along with his older brother Sheheryar Alam, 30, were charged with planning to bomb New York City in a crowded area in order to kill lots of Americans.
The brothers were motivated by a desire for revenge because of American drone attacks on their native Pakistan. The younger brother at least attended American schools after the family immigrated to this country, but apparently they remained loyal to their tribe and religion to the point of wanting to murder the people who welcomed them.
Why does Washington continue to admit likely enemies as immigrants? Are the suits not paying attention, or do they think a few terrorist murders are the necessary cost of adding the diversity America needs?
Raees Alam Qazi wanted to blow up a New York City landmark, prosecutors alleged, but he lacked the resources to carry out the plan.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Pakistani-born man wanted to avenge the deaths of U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan by blowing up a New York City landmark but lacked the money and materials to carry out the plan, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert said at a bail hearing that Raees Alam Qazi, 20, researched bomb-making techniques on Internet sites affiliated with al-Qaida, including one using Christmas tree lights, and the FBI recorded phone calls and conversations linking Qazi to a purported “lone wolf” plot.
“He fully intended to do this, and thankfully he didn’t have enough money,” Gilbert said. Referring to casualties in U.S. drone attacks, she added: “He wants to avenge those deaths and kill people.”
Qazi traveled to New York last month in hopes of getting a job to fund his terrorist plans, Gilbert said, but wound up sleeping in public transportation, a mosque and in restaurants, and riding a bicycle around the city looking for potential targets. He then decided to return home on a Greyhound bus and was arrested after arriving back in South Florida, she said.
Qazi, a naturalized U.S. citizen who attended local Florida public schools, confirmed many elements of the plot in a statement to FBI agents after his arrest in late November, Gilbert said. Investigators also found bomb-making and related components at the Qazi family home in Oakland Park, as well as explosives research evidence on a computer used by Qazi. Continue reading this article
Just when you think diversity extremism has gone as far as it can go, there’s this: a California school has been named after a 19th century Mexican criminal, thought to have killed up to six people, including a police officer. Superintendent John Ramirez of the Alisal Union School District in Salinas thinks Tiburcio Vasquez (pictured) is a fine role model for young Mexicans residing in the US because he was more a revolutionary than a criminal.
A California school district is defending its decision to name a new elementary school after an infamous murderer – by calling him a hero and a role model to children. The decision has infuriated many parents and law enforcement officers.
The Alisal Union School District in Salinas agreed to name the new school in honor of Tiburcio Vasquez – who was eventually hanged for killing at least two people in the nineteenth century.
Superintendent John Ramirez defended the board’s decision telling Fox News that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.
“Tiburcio Vasquez, along with others, was an individual who was a revolutionary,” Ramirez said. “He was not okay with the oppression.”
Vasquez “was probably the most notorious bandit California ever saw,” according to the University of Southern California library. He was 14-years-old when he committed his first crime – stabbing a constable.
In 1875 Vasquez was convicted of two murders and subsequently hanged. Other historical records indicate he may have killed as many as six people – including a law enforcement officer.
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