Will Uncle Sucker’s ill-considered spending of taxpayer dollars to dirtbag hellholes be pruned?? Recipient pigpens of corruption immediately began bleating in terror along with defenders of the traditional order to the news. Al Jazeera reported alarm emanating from the United Nations. Germany’s DW opined that the cuts would “diminish US influence”, suggesting that good behavior is sustained only through American bribery. The BBC characterized the cuts as a “squeeze” even though the reduction is only 28 percent of wasteful expenditures in sketchy nations.
In the following video, Ambassador James Dobbins explains the supposedly wonderful purposes for which foreign aid money is spent:
Below, Obama spent generously in corrupt regimes throughout Africa and across the Islamic world during his administration:
Will more billions be funneled to Afghanistan? Attempts at nation building in the future Talibanistan is the ultimate in stupid waste because the aid doesn’t work and it has fueled corruption — shocking, I know.
7 The U.S.‐Mexico Merida Initiative is an unprecedented partnership between the United States and Mexico to fight organized crime and associated violence while strengthening the rule of law. USG funding for the Merida Initiative has totaled approximately $2 billion since 2008, with the GOM typically investing 10X USG spending in priority program areas. The four pillars of the Merida Initiative are: I. Disrupt Organized Criminal Groups; II. Strengthen Institutions; III. Build a 21st Century Border; and IV. Build Strong and Resilient Communities.
Interestingly, the USAID report’s cover includes a photo of young students playing violins. Does our foreign aid pay for violin instruction or kiddie orchestras in Mexico? No mention of violins is given in the paper.
Thursday’s front page story from the Sacramento Bee about Afghan translators who haven’t yet been rescued with a visa to America is a reminder that military entanglements abroad have a way of becoming a runway for immigrants. We further learn that thousands of Afghan nationals have settled in the Sacramento area on Special Immigrant Visas as a result of their help to the US military. (Sacramento is a diverse city, where over 22 percent are foreign born.)
It’s a familiar story: American troops need local help to be more effective in stomping the bad guys, and those helpers then must be rescued and resettled in the USA because they can no longer live in their homeland — which seems a failure of the whole project somehow. And the worse the war goes, the more foreigners must be saved from living in their country and plunked down in some American town far from Washington DC where the decisions were made. One thinks of Vietnam, where the failure there brought a flood of refugees and boat people to the point where well over a million now reside in this country.
Now the US is mucking about in jihad territory, with troops in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. We can see that this means more muslim immigrants, which is exactly what America does not need.
Muslims seem to come with a recessive jihad gene that may suddenly pop into activity in the younger generation. Faisal Razmal, the Afghan translator pictured above, may be a fine fellow who genuinely aided US soldiers in Afghanistan. However, a cousin Mohammed who could eventually come via family chain migration may not be so friendly. And some young muslims who are born and raised in America by apparently responsible parents can go violently jihad through a combination of youthful hormones and internet-induced guilt, reflecting the second-generation problem common to Islamic immigration.
Therefore the optimal number of muslim immigrants is ZERO, and the military project to squash ISIS should ideally be conducted via drones and robots only — no troops on the ground who need translators or any human contact.
That strategy is not likely, but the standard human approach creates unacceptable collateral cost for the homeland.
Afghans who aided U.S. forces fighting the Taliban can no longer receive special visas for their service, at least until year’s end, said U.S. senators and advocates who are trying to pass legislation to restart the flow of newcomers.
That visa halt promises to thwart the reunion plans of many in Sacramento’s growing community of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa, or SIV, holders, considered the largest in the United States. Many of them are still praying for loved ones to arrive from the war-torn Central Asian country.
The U.S. Embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul has officially stopped accepting applications to the SIV program established by Congress in 2009 under the Afghan Allies Protection Act, said Matt Zeller, the founder of No One Left Behind, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping Afghan interpreters begin new lives in the United States. More than 45,000 Afghan SIV holders and their family members have been resettled in the U.S. over the last eight years, including translators, helicopter pilot trainers, doctors, engineers and intelligence specialists.
Every year until 2016, Congress had authorized 4,000 Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans, but last November, Congress extended the program for only 1,500 applicants for all of 2017, far fewer than those eligible to come, advocates said. Many of the applicants live in danger of retaliation by the Taliban and other groups in Afghanistan.
Those 1,500 visas have just run out, less than three months into 2017, shocking many of the estimated 7,000 Afghan SIV holders and their families who have resettled in the Sacramento area, Zeller said. Some have relatives and friends who have applied to come to Sacramento. Continue reading this article
There seems to be an uptick in fake hate crimes these days — maybe it’s a reaction to the Trump election or just more diversity generally. But these socially poisonous accusations are rarely prosecuted, so it’s nice to see a perp in court, charged for making a false police report.
Below, Michigan student Halley Bass pleads guilty in her hearing in the 15th District Court on March 6, 2017.
You have to read rather deeply into this detailed article to learn the accused says she was wearing a safety pin to show solidarity with “immigrants” (aka aliens) in Britain who feel threatened by Brexit — what a stretch to say a safety pin was the motivation for a hate crime. What adult person, even an alleged hateful one, can keep track of all the campus message signaling these days? The claim shows the length young liberals will go to achieve politically correct victimhood.
ANN ARBOR, MI — A 21-year-old Ann Arbor woman pleaded guilty as charged to one count of false report of a misdemeanor in 15th District Court on Monday, March 6.
Halley Bass admitted in court that she fabricated a story about a strange man scratching her face in downtown Ann Arbor on Nov. 15.
“I was suffering from depression at the time,” Bass told Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines. “I made a superficial scratch on my face. It was visible and I was embarrassed about what I’d done. So I made up a story and told a friend that a stranger had done it while I was walking. I was encouraged to report it to the police. I made the mistake of doing that.”
At the time, Bass claimed her attack was part of the surge in hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump a week earlier. She told police she was targeted for wearing a solidarity pin connected to Great Britain’s “Brexit” vote.
Bass admitted to scratching her own face with the pin after becoming upset during a Woman’s Literature class at the University of Michigan, according to the Ann Arbor Police Department report.
Bass and her Ann Arbor-based attorney, Douglas Mullkoff, requested that she be sentenced through the 15th District’s mental health court. Hines said if court officials determine Bass is eligible, Bass will be sentenced by Judge Karen Valvo in that court on March 22.
Bass originally told police that she got out of class at Angell Hall around 1 p.m. and walked to the Starbuck’s on the corner of East Liberty Street and South State Street, but left because it was too crowded, according to the report.
Bass said she then went to the Michigan Theater down Liberty to see what movies were playing and that while she was passing by “Graffiti Alley” a short time later a man attacked her, slashing her face with what she believed was a safety pin, the report said.
Bass told police the attack was likely prompted by the Brexit pin.
“(The) person must have seen the pin and picked on me,” Bass said, according to the report. “That’s my best guess. No other reason why he would be targeting me.”
Police asked Bass if something like that ever happened to her before.
“I’ve heard of other people experiencing incidents recently, but not to me,” she said.
The police noted several scratches on her face.
Bass described the suspect as an approximately 45-year-old white male, with stubble on his face, wearing a black baseball hat pulled low over his face, a gray hoodie with the hood down and sweat pants. Continue reading this article
Leave it to immigrants and their groupies to ruin a perfectly fun little holiday, namely Pi Day which occurs on March 14 (3.14). Silicon Valley anti-borders diversity fanatics are using the occasion to protest President Trump’s efforts to keep America safe by enforcing its circumference. Not only are the border grinches sullying Pi Day, they are stupidly promoting their billionaire employers who preach diversity but really want cheap foreign labor. Dumb. Work visas should be a rational number that does not harm Americans.
Back to the fun stuff, Twitter has plenty of cartoons, jokes and videos using the hashtag #PiDay — check it out. As someone who has suffered from terrible math and science education, I appreciate a friendly approach. Only second-rate teachers could make science uninteresting.
Here’s a video reviewing the whole pi math thing in a tasty format:
The original Pi Day started out as a project of a physicist at San Francisco’s Exploratorium to celebrate the curiosity of the endless irrational number pi and has expanded since then.
Back to the downer news, here’s the plan for the protests:
Thousands of tech workers at Apple, Facebook and Google plan to walk off the job tomorrow, on Pi Day, to protest President Trump’s immigration policies.
About 1,600 tech employees at companies in Silicon Valley plan to participate in a Pi Day protest dubbed Stand Up for Tech. Pi Day is celebrated each year on March 14 (aka, 3.14) in a cheeky reference to the mathematical constant — the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
The Pi Day protests are in response to several of the Trump administration’s policies and statements. Among them is a controversial immigration ban that angered many in the tech community. Executives at Apple, Facebook, Netflix and Tesla Motors have spoken out against the policy as many tech firms and startups are run by immigrants, children of immigrants, or employ a high number of workers with visas or green cards.
“Walk into many tech firms, and you are likely to see a set of company values hanging on their walls,” event organizers Brad Taylor and McKenzie Lock wrote on Medium. “Some of those values are inclusion, transparency, innovation, diversity, openness, ownership and empathy. Today those values are under attack. Now is the time for all tech companies to stand up for these values and prove that those values are more than just hoodie slogans.”
At the center of the Pi Day protest is a rally at King Plaza in Palo Alto, where speakers will address topical issues and nonprofits will host information tables. Speakers include Aatif Awan, vice president of growth at LinkedIn, and Dex Torricke-Barton, a former speechwriter for Mark Zuckerberg, among dozens of others. Continue reading this article
I rarely watch NBC, but was clicking around a couple days ago and saw a rather decent piece on self-driving trucks that included important facts about how the technology will affect jobs in an important American industry. Interestingly, Fox News is AWOL on the subject, while the liberal media does better, in particular PBS and The Guardian (UK). The coming destruction of the economic order by the disappearance of the wage-earner component needs to be discussed in media and public forums across the spectrum.
NBC reports that half of America’s truck drivers may lose their jobs because of technology within 10 years. The disemployment is occurring in many fields but there’s little public understanding or debate about the big picture.
Some 3.5 million Americans drive big rigs and delivery trucks, but revolutionary driverless technology means two million jobs, or more than half of the country’s truck drivers, could lose their jobs to automation in the next decade.
REPORTER STEPHANIE RUHLE: Trucks move America.
DRIVING INSTRUCTOR: Hands on the wheel.
RUHLE: It’s more than a slogan. Some three-and-a-half million Americans drive big rigs and delivery trucks. Long-haul truck drivers earn an average $40 thousand a year for the hard work and long hours and it doesn’t require a college degree.
TRUCK DRIVER STUDENT: I always wanted to be a truck driver so. . .
DRIVING INSTRUCTOR: When you pull up . . .
RUHLE: Students like these are learning the trade at a moment of change in the industry. Revolutionary driverless technology means more than half of the country’s truck drivers could lose their jobs to automation.
RAVI SHANKER, MORGAN STANLEY: We think the first fully autonomous trucks go on sale by 2020. I’ll be surprised if in 10 years a lot of the largest trucking carriers in the country aren’t significantly autonomous.
RUHLE: Daimler showed off the technology in Las Vegas in 2015. Their goal is to assist drivers as they plan to keep them at the helm. Other companies are rolling out programs that could put technology in the driver’s seat.
Then is technology the future, the partner or the enemy to the trucker?
JERRY CORVELLI, JERSEY TRACTOR TRAILER TRAINING: I mean certainly the future, you know you’re not going to stop the technology.
RUHLE: What was once a low-skilled trade becoming a profession driven by code and computers.
SHANKER: The truck driver will also be kind of be a technical engineer and if there’s a problem with the hardware, the software, they’re going to have to figure it out.
CORVELLI: Jobs for everyone in society — the highly skilled, the highly educated — but the ones, the individuals that are not so educated and skilled, where are the jobs for them? So that would be the downside.
RUHLE: For some, there’s no substitute for a human driver.
DRIVING INSTRUCTOR JASON MOODY: There may be a computer that can drive a truck from A to B on a straight line. But there will never be a computer that will be able to navigate a truck in the heart of Manhattan, never.
RUHLE: But those who want to stay in trucking for the long haul should expect a changing industry. Stephanie Rule, NBC News, New York.
Sunday’s Washington Post had a major front-page story highlighting Wednesday’s election in the Netherlands and how immigration is an important issue with voters.
Naturally, the Post is shocked that liberal Holland would reject open borders and Muslim diversity. It regards any deviation from the one-worlder doctrine to be “far right.” The paper observes, “the Netherlands has been relatively insulated from mass immigration” — but that’s only in comparison with neighbors like France that have turned into armed camps to keep their streets safe.
The chaotic scene did not reflect well upon diverse immigration a few days before the Dutch election. The mess won’t hurt the candidacy of Geert Wilders, who fired off a strong message to Turkish citizens, telling them to forget about EU membership and an open border to the continent:
The Post clings to the liberal belief that people wanting to maintain their culture and public safety are somehow “fringe” when those values are entirely normal.
RISING RIGHT | A periodic examination of the people and pressures driving European politics away from the mainstream — and toward the fringe.
AMSTERDAM — Xandra Lammers lives on an island in Amsterdam, the back door of her modern and spacious four-bedroom house opening onto a graceful canal where ducks, swans and canoes glide by.
The translation business she and her husband run from their home is thriving. The neighborhood is booming, with luxury homes going up as fast as workers can build them, a quietly efficient tramway to speed residents to work in the world-renowned city center, and parks, bike paths, art galleries, beaches and cafes all within a short amble.
By outward appearances, Lammers is living the Dutch dream. But in the 60-year-old’s telling, she has been dropped into the middle of a nightmare, one in which Western civilization is under assault from the Muslim immigrants who have become her neighbors.
“The influx has been too much. The borders should close,” said Lammers, soft-spoken with pale blue eyes and brown hair that frames a deceptively serene-looking face. “If this continues, our culture will cease to exist.”
To Europe’s powers that be, the threat looks dramatically different but no less grave: If enough voters agree with Lammers and support the far right in elections here on Wednesday and across the continent later this year, then it’s modern Europe itself — defined by cooperation, openness and multicultural pluralism — that could come crashing down.
The stakes have risen sharply as Europeans’ anti-establishment anger has swelled. In interviews across the Netherlands in recent days, far-right voters expressed stridently nationalist, anti-immigrant views that were long considered fringe but that have now entered the Dutch mainstream. Continue reading this article
The flagship robot delivery fleet rolled out on Wednesday in Washington DC.
The robots are doing the deliveries, although human minders will accompany the machines for now.
The little robots scooting along the sidewalk look pleasantly futuristic, but the rapid entry of automation into non-manufacturing uses over the last while makes the long-term future of some low-skilled jobs appear rather grim. Pizza delivery driver has been the sort of part-time job that’s perfect for students, but that employment option looks to be on the way out.
Right now, it’s great that President Trump has convinced some companies to bring their businesses back to the United States, but the resulting number of jobs may be disappointing because of automation. Reshoring has been happening already anyway, because US labor costs don’t matter that much when machines are doing most of the work. So we’ll see how Trump’s jobs plan goes.
For the long term though, the future is automated, and the political class needs to wake up and smell the software. At the least, Washington should reduce immigration radically, more than just the 50 percent cut proposed by Senator Cotton.
The first fleet of delivery robots officially rolls out in DC today after two weeks of testing. Starship Technologies teamed up with San Francisco-based delivery company Postmates for the launch, the first in the US.
Initially a group of around 20 bots will make short deliveries—mostly under a mile—in the Georgetown and 14th Street corridor, with more neighborhoods to come in the near future. The autonomous coolers-on-wheels essentially act like any Postmates delivery service. An app user orders, say, items from a nearby convenience store. The vendor is notified, and a robot is dispatched from one of several hubs. Goods are placed in a temperature-controlled bag in the bot’s sealed compartment, which can only be unlocked with a code that’s sent to the customer. The robot then makes its way to the destination, and voila, that $10 order of snacks and soda is that much more awesome.
Postmates makes over 2 million deliveries a month nationwide using a fleet of cars, bikes, scooters, and average humans on foot. The latter is what stands to be eventually replaced by robots—next in Redwood City, California, and eventually in every city Postmates operates. Continue reading this article
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been one of the more stalwart defenders of the nation state, particularly his own during these invasive times. Muslims are not viewed positively in Eastern Europe, where Ottoman tyranny extended into the region. Part of Hungary was ruled for centuries by the Ottomans following the 1526 Battle of Mohacs.
Here is a recent speech PM Orban gave to a graduating class of Hungarian Border Patrol guards. Very cheering, I thought. And when is he going to visit President Trump in Washington, as already discussed?
PRIME MINISTER VIKTOR ORBAN: Dear ladies and gentlemen, dear parents and family members, we came together here today to witness of our fellow citizens taking their oaths. Taking oaths in which they promise they will defend — if necessary, with their lives — Hungary and Hungarian families. To defend our homeland, our women, our homes and our children…
This is the centuries-old moral command. This command gives seriousness and prominence to the present moment. Today you are not just getting a job, a simple position; not just taking an office and not just starting work. No, today you are stepping into service for our homeland and the Hungarian people. With this you accept a higher calling. You — respected oath-takers — can be proud of that. I am asking you to be proud, because your work and resolve are a basic condition for the peaceful future of Europe and Hungary.
You should be also proud that today you are joining a well-tested unit, which has been able to answer the hardest challenges, the frontier warriors of the modern age, the community of uniform-wearing Hungarians police, border control officers and soldiers, whom we can thank, that today we can live in peace and safety here.
Respected ladies and gentlemen, they choose a difficult time to report for duty. Although the daily reports no longer speak of tens of thousands, but only a couple of hundred illegals trying to cross our borders, we cannot sit back comfortably. Nobody should lull themselves into illusions. Right now, even at this moment, we are under siege, The flood of migrants, has slowed down, but it is not over. What happened is that between two large assaults We got a breathing space to strengthen our lines of defense, for the recruitment and training of our forces and to place them into service. The storm did not die down; it has just fallen a bit quieter. The pressure on our borders over the next of years will not cease. Continue reading this article
Today’s anti-American mainstream media is a far cry from the patriotic press that boosted US efforts during WWII. The current crop of journalists live in thrall of diversity ideology, even when the foreigners in question have been the historic enemy of Western civilization for over a thousand years.
The recent weeks’ shrieking about the rights of unscreened Muslims to enter America at will were particularly disturbing. President Trump was bashed by the media for protecting national security with his time-out for immigrants and visitors from several sketchy Islamic nations. For example on January 28, the New York Times editorial board opined, Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous.
The pause wasn’t a Muslim ban, since it didn’t effect the vast majority of allah acolytes across the globe. But what would be wrong with a Muslim ban anyway? America didn’t have German immigrants during WWII even though not every German was a Nazi. And make no mistake, jihadist Islam is at war with us.
Don’t New York City scribblers ever reflect upon the big hole in the ground where the World Trade Center once stood? Can they not remember that the 2001 attack that took nearly 3,000 lives was an act sanctioned by Islamic scripture? (Perhaps the next jihad will hit the New York Times building.)
Robert Spencer recently considered the state of media today, when the jihadist enemy facing civilization is every bit as evil as the Nazi one of the previous century. Would the New York Times have fretted about anti-Nazi bigotry among xenophobic Americans then? Probably.
What if World War II had been reported the way the establishment media writes about the global jihad today? The question is pertinent in light of the ongoing demonization of Trump adviser Steven K. Bannon, who is now being vilified by establishment media for a ten-year-old unproduced film project discussing the jihad threat.
Matea Gold of the Washington Post described the film in lurid terms:
The flag fluttering above the U.S. Capitol is emblazoned with a crescent and star. Chants of “Allahu Akbar” rise from inside the building.
That’s the provocative opening scene of a documentary-style movie outlined 10 years ago by Stephen K. Bannon that envisioned radical Muslims taking over the country and remaking it into the “Islamic States of America,” according to a document describing the project obtained by The Washington Post.
It was sad news to hear that California Congressman Tony Beilenson died on Sunday. As a Democrat who thought excessive immigration was harmful to the environment, he was an independent thinker during his 20-year service in the House. He believed in preserving open space and is fondly remembered in overpopulated southern California for helping to save some beautiful places from developers building houses for the additional residents.
NumbersUSA gave Representative Beilenson a lifetime grade of B+ for his lifetime immigration voting record. He received an A+ in several categories: voting to reduce chain migration, the visa lottery, unnecessary worker visas, refugee and asylum fraud and amnesty enticements. Those votes show his immigration interest extended beyond just environmental protection.
Like many of my environmentally minded friends in Northern California, I read The Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich sometime in the 1970s and was appropriately horrified. Human overpopulation became planted deep in my mind as a destructive force, dangerous for the health of the earth. Our little planet is not getting any bigger, while the human race has been expanding like bacteria on steroids. Anyone who was born after 1960 has lived through a planetary population doubling, from 3 to 6 billion. Today’s population is unprecedented in human history. We are in unknown territory and very few discuss the implications of the 6-billion-person planet.
But the immigration awakening came on March 19, 1996, and was a true road-to-Damascus experience. The scales fell from my eyes as I watched C-SPAN and heard Rep. Tony Beilensen speak the following words on the floor of Congress:
“Middle range Census Bureau projections show our population rising to nearly 400 million by the year 2050, an increase the equivalent of adding 40 cities the size of Los Angeles. But many demographers believe it will actually be much worse, and alternative Census Bureau projections agree: if current immigration trends continue, the population will exceed half a billion by the middle of the next century.”
My jaw literally dropped in shock and horror — I had no idea the situation was that extreme. I felt something akin to a religious calling to become an activist in restricting immigration in order to preserve a recognizable America. I knew that our uniquely influential nation — and therefore the planet — was in serious danger and I had to do something…
I’ve never regretted following my Beilenson-inspired calling to do my part to save America, and the last few months have been like Christmas every morning.
Anthony C. Beilenson, a veteran Democratic politician from Southern California who advocated for abortion rights, environmental protection and gun control as a state legislator and 10-term congressman, has died. He was 84.
Beilenson had been recovering from a heart attack last month and died Sunday at his home in Westwood, according to his son, Adam Beilenson.
Over his 20 years representing congressional districts that included the San Fernando Valley, Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills, Beilenson championed affordable healthcare, environmental safeguards such as the Clean Air Act, and cuts to defense spending.
Among his proudest achievements was sponsoring the 1978 legislation that created the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, protecting a wilderness that extends from the Hollywood Hills to Point Mugu. He later helped secure federal funding that created Lake Balboa Park, which now bears his name, and the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Refuge.
As a state senator, he wrote what became one of the most liberal abortion laws in the nation at the time. The Therapeutic Abortion Act legalized the procedure in cases where a woman’s mental or physical health was at risk or if pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. In 1967, then just six months in office, Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law, although he later expressed regret over the decision.
In Sacramento and in Washington, the Harvard-trained attorney was known for being scholarly, thoughtful and unafraid to take positions that crossed party lines or aroused hostility in voters. Some even called his votes quirky.
He voted against creating a federal Department of Education, calling it a matter for states. He also opposed making Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday, saying federal employees did not need more holidays. He sought higher taxes, lobbied for deficit reductions and proposed measures to curb illegal immigration.
Beilenson long opposed special-interest political action committees and strongly championed civility. U.S. News and World Report once singled him out for his integrity, calling him a “straight arrow.” Continue reading this article
There has been a lot of verbiage flung around Washington in recent weeks concerning the idea that the government can “vet” shady characters from the Muslim world. The Trump administration declared a time-out to sort through how the government can identify jihadists among the mobs of immigrants and refugees who regard it as their right to visit and live in the United States.
Today’s report about a dangerous Iraqi soldier admitted to the United States and then released shows that screening procedures have a long way to go. Plus, hundreds of other refugees are being investigated by the FBI for terrorism. What’s wrong with this picture? And why isn’t there a photo of the escaped Iraqi soldier?
A jihadist soldier like the ones shown below who bragged about killing Americans was nevertheless admitted to the US as a refugee.
Here’s a brief video report:
HEATHER CHILDERS: Senator Ron Johnson wants to know why a Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force couldn’t pursue the case of an Iraqi refugee who entered this country under a fake name when it is believed that he fought against US troops in Iraq. National correspondent William La Jeuneese has more on this breaking story. William, this just makes you shake your head.
WILLIAM LA JEUNESSE: You know how the administration claims this travel ban is necessary because of the inability to properly vet people from certain Middle Eastern countries. Well now comes this terrorism investigation that illustrates that point, so the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has written this letter to the Attorney General asking about a man who entered the US as an Iraqi refugee who later became the subject of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Antonio. Now according to the letter, and I’m quoting, “This individual allegedly fought against American troops as an insurgent in Iraq and at some point entered the country as a refugee under a false alias.” So the vetting didn’t work. The JTTF then tracked down the Navy SEAL who captured this man for a positive ID who said the Iraqi boasted at the time of killing US troops.
Ultimately he was released and made his way here to the US under a false name. Well now here is the second shocking part of the story: when the US attorney for the western district of Texas sought to prosecute this refugee, it got turned down by an attorney at the main Justice Department because, we are told, it would make Hillary look bad and confirm what candidate Donald Trump was saying was accurate. Now that Iraqi is gone and they don’t know where he is. Johnson said the case demonstrates the risks involved with getting people with little documented history in these countries where there is no paper trail. The Homeland Security Department, as you know Heather, recently said nearly a third of the 1000 FBI domestic terrorism cases involved those admitted to the US as refugees.
Why must the US accept any refugees or immigrants from Muslim nations at all? As a group they are clearly a national security threat. During WWII the US did not have immigration from Germany or Japan, yet now the big Washington brains still pretend we are not at war with Islam — while Islam is at war with us. This level of denial is criminal. Bad things will happen because of this insanity.
Back to the immediate subject, here is a longer explanation:
Federal lawmakers are investigating the possibility that senior Department of Justice officials interfered in a terrorism probe involving a refugee just prior to the November election in an effort to deny campaign momentum to Donald Trump, Fox News has learned.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has launched a formal inquiry into the San Antonio, Texas, case, in which a terror suspect’s pending arrest was allegedly spiked just over a week before the election. Trump had run on a tough-on-terror platform and had been critical of President Obama’s refugee policy.
“When [Joint Terrorism Task Force]-San Antonio and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of Texas sought to prosecute this refugee, the local law enforcement and prosecutors allegedly ‘met resistance’ from officials within the National Security Division’s Counter Terrorism section in Washington DC,” Committee chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a March 6 letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“The ‘resistance’ allegedly occurred a few weeks before the 2016 election, and local authorities believed the lack of progress in this case was handled inadequately,” Johnson wrote.
San Ramon, California is a suburban community of around 72,000 located 34 miles east of San Francisco. The city is the first place in the nation where self-driving vehicles are allowed to function without a backup human driver in the seat, albeit in a limited situation. The shuttles scoot along at a safe 12 miles per hour on a pre-determined route in a business park — but this is a major step into the brave new automated world within the vehicle category.
For more on advanced bus technology, see Robotic Buses Leapfrog Self-Driving Trucks in Autonomy Revolution.
Driver is a job category that employs over three million workers in the United States, and those jobs are about to be made obsolete for humans over time because the machines coming on line are said to be safer and are certainly cheaper to run.
There needs to be a discussion in Washington of the approaching social earthquake when a substantial portion of the American workforce is no longer employable because of smart machines. For starters, America can stop importing immigrant workers, because they are not needed now and even less so in the automated future.
SAN RAMON — Vehicles that make steering wheels, accelerators, brake pads — and even human drivers — obsolete made their debut Monday at an East Bay business park.
The futuristic cubes get around using 21st Century technology, including lasers on all four corners, GPS navigation, and sensors that detect obstacles.
And the sensors work. At least they did during a demonstration at Bishop Ranch business park in San Ramon when Habib Shamskhou, who is working with the pilot program, stepped in front of a moving shuttle to prove a point.
The shuttle lurched to a stop, prompting a confident Shamskhou to raise his hands above his head and beam with a smile that read “See, told you.”
The shuttles, made by the French company EasyMile, are in the second phase of a pilot program that began last summer with testing at Concord’s GoMentum Station. Now, two of them are transporting workers within the Bishop Ranch complex of office parks. They are expected to be on public streets surrounding the office park by the end of the year, said Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.
Although other driverless cars (Google for example) exist and have been testing on public roads, they require a steering wheel and driver behind the vehicle during tests. Thanks to recent California legislation, these shuttles would be the first driverless shuttles in the nation to be operating on public roads. Continue reading this article
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