Terrorism, Enclaves and Sanctuary Cities

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — How Sanctuary Cities Facilitate The Growth Of Terror Enclaves In America

In the wake of the terror attacks in Belgium, news reports once again focused on how so-called “No Go Zones” in Europe create neighborhoods where communities develop that, although are geographically located within major cities, insulate themselves from their surroundings, fostering the mindset that cooperating with law enforcement is dangerous and even traitorous.

The residents eye law enforcement officers with great suspicion if not outright animosity. The situation is exacerbated because while they fear law enforcement, they may well also fear their neighbors who may take revenge against them for cooperating with law enforcement.

These neighborhoods become “cultural islands” that eschew the cultures and values of the cities and countries in which they grow — a virtual malignancy that ultimately comes to threaten its host city and country because within this cocoon radical Islamists are shielded from law enforcement, find shelter and support and an ample supply of potential terror recruits.

These communities are inhabited by many Muslim refugees who cannot be effectively screened.

This makes assimilation by the residents of these isolated communities unlikely if not impossible and creates breeding grounds for crime and, in this era and under these circumstances- breeding grounds for terrorism.

ISLAMIC STATE HAS FLOODED EUROPE WITH ‘LONE WOLVES’ AS SMOKESCREEN FOR LARGER ATTACKS — BREITBART

TERROR SUSPECTS CAN ‘WALTZ’ INTO BRITAIN THANKS TO EU, MINISTER WARNS — BREITBART

99% OF SUICIDE ATTACKS IN 2015 WERE CARRIED OUT BY MUSLIMS — BREITBART

CRYPTO-MUSLIMS, CHILD SOLDIERS, AND THE HYDRA OF JIHAD — FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE

PAKISTAN ARRESTS OVER 600 IN RAIDS FOLLOWING LAHORE EASTER BOMBING OF CHRSITAINS — BREITBART

ISRAEL REJECTS EFFORT BY DEMOCRATS TO LAUNCH LEGAL PROBE OF JEWISH STATE — WASHINGTON FREE BEACON

FEDS GIVE $270K GRANT TO ISLAMIC CHARITY WITH ALLEGED TIES TO HAMAS, MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD — DAILY CALLER

OBAMA: “REPUBLICAN BASE HAD BEEN FED THIS NOTION THAT ISLAM IS INHERENTLY VIOLENT” — FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE

CNN FACT CHECK: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TERRORISTS AREN’T TERRORISTS — FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE

SENATOR LEAHY AND 10 HOUSE DEMOCRATS CALL TO INVESTIGATE ISRAEL FOR KILLING TERRORISTS — FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE

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Four Deadly Cartel Gun Battles in Four Days Near Texas Border

BREITBART — REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — The most recent bouts of violence have resulted in four separate gun battles that killed four gunmen and one police officer. The raging civil war continues despite the constant assurances by Mexican government officials about the improving security conditions along the Tamaulipas border.

The first of the four recent gun battles began on Friday in the border city of Matamoros where Mexican soldiers killed two cartel gunmen, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the Tamaulipas government revealed.

The shootout began when a convoy of Mexican soldiers spotted a pickup with two gunmen near the “November 20th” rural community. The gunmen tried to flee from authorities and started a high speed chase into Matamoros. During that chase two other vehicle ran into the convoy in an effort to help the gunmen in the white pickup. The during a rolling shootout, the Mexican soldiers pursued the various vehicles used by the gunmen. One of the vehicles crashed into a house and two of the gunmen died inside. Authorities identified one of the gunmen as 39-year-old Florencio Gonzalez Garcia from Reynosa. They did not yet identify the other gunman.

In another shootout on Monday, police officers with Fuerza Tamaulipas seized two SUV’s, one rifle and other tactical equipment following two separate shootouts with cartel gunmen. The first shootout from Monday took place near Ciudad Mier. A police convoy was fired upon by a group of cartel gunmen who had been hiding in the bushes. Ciudad Mier is just southwest of Roma Texas. After that shootout, authorities found some tactical equipment in the brush but the gunmen managed to flee.

The second shootout took place on Monday in the Las Fuentes neighborhood in Reynosa. Tamaulipas police officers spotted two SUV’s with several gunmen riding inside. Upon spotting the police officers, the cartel gunmen started shooting, starting off a brief gun battle. The cartel gunmen managed to escape capture but left behind the two SUV’s and one assault rifle with multiple magazines inside

EIGHT MEXICAN POLICEMEN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED LINKS TO DISAPPEARANCE OF 3 YOUTHS — MEXICO VOICES

TEXAS-BASED CARTEL LAWYER TURNED INFORMANT KNEW HE WOULD BE KILLED, COURT DOCS SHOW — DAILY CALLER

MORELOS BEHEADINGS: NARCOMANTAS CALL OUT MAYORS — BORDERLAND BEAT

SLAIN TEXAS ATTY OF OSIEL CÁRDENAS WAS WARNED HE WAS BEING HUNTED — BORDERLAND BEAT

SINALOA CLASH WITH CJNG PUSHES COLIMA TO KILLING TOP SPOT OF MEXICO — BORDERLAND BEAT

VIDEO:ALAMEDA CALIFORNIA COAST GUARD INTERCEPTS “DRUG SUB” WITH 13K POUNDS OF COCAINE — BORDERLAND BEAT

SIX OF SEVEN MEXICAN SOLDIERS CHARGED WITH EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS AQUITTED OF VIOLATION OF DUTY BY MILITARY COURT — MEXICO VOICES

OAS HUMAN RIGHTS BODY ACCUSES MEXICO OF ‘AUTHORITARIAN REGRESSION’ — FNL

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Hillary’s “Protective Detail”

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Hillary Isn’t as Invincible as She Thinks

POLIZETTE — As the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails looms large over her campaign, a conservative watchdog group is one step closer to getting to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the group, Judicial Watch, will be granted access to records from Clinton and her staff regarding the Benghazi attacks as well as the records of Susan Rice.

Judge Lamberth ruled that “where there is evidence of government wrong-doing and bad faith, as here, limited discovery is appropriate, even though it is exceedingly rare in FOIA cases.”

In a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed in July 2014 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State), Judicial Watch sought records regarding talking points, communications and updates related to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi — which resulted in the death of four Americans.

With Judge Lamberth’s ruling, the group can now obtain evidence through their requests for records, interviews, and communications.

Judicial Watch seeks the testimony of eight current and former State Department officials, including Bryan Pagliano (the staffer infamously known for maintaining the email server), Cheryl Mills, and Huma Abedin.

What’s more, Judge Lamberth said the State Department has given “constantly shifting” stories regarding her email account.

This is the second decision this year by a federal judge granting discovery to Judicial Watch, which filed yet another lawsuit against the State Department regarding Clinton’s email correspondence.

HILLARY CLINTON EMAIL STORIES ‘CONSTANTLY SHIFTING,’ JUDGE SAYS — WASHINGTON TIMES

SECRET ‘GUNS AT RNC’ PETITIONER REVEALED AS HILLARY SUPPORTER — THE OBSERVER

COREY PROSECUTOR OUTED AS HILLARY SUPPORTER — WND

CLINTONS ‘FUNCTION AS A KIND OF POLITICAL MAFIA’ — BREITBART

CLINTON’S BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THAT THE FBI ‘DUG IN’ — WASHINGTON FREE BEACON

THE STATE DEPT. HAS STILL NOT ANSWERED THIS CRUCIAL QUESTION ABOUT THOSE 22 ‘TOP SECRET’ HILLARY EMAILS — DAILY CALLER

HILLARY WON’T SHUT DOWN CLINTON FOUNDATION DESPITE MAJOR ETHICAL CONCERNS — DAILY CALLER

HILLARY CLINTON TO BE INTERVIEWED BY FBI DIRECTOR COMEY IN COMING DAYS — MEDIAITE

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Dad’s Grief Leads to Quest to Count Deaths Caused by Illegal Immigrant Drivers

FOX NEWS — In the five years since an unlicensed illegal immigrant ran down his son, Don Rosenberg has turned his anger and grief into a mission to answer a seemingly simple question: How many people are killed each year by drivers who don’t belong in the U.S., much less behind a wheel?

Drew Rosenberg, a 25-year-old student at Golden Gate University, was riding his motorcycle in San Francisco when Roberto Galo struck him on Nov. 16, 2010. In his frenzied effort to flee the scene, Galo ran over his victim twice. The elder Rosenberg got the news no parent should hear from San Francisco General Hospital that night, but what he would learn over the next few years only compounded his bitterness.

As many as 7,500 Americans — 20 per day — are killed annually by unlicensed drivers, and Rosenberg calculates that more than half are the victims of illegal immigrants. Now, by testifying before lawmakers, speaking to parents who have been through the same ordeal and posting his research on his nonprofit’s website, unlicensedtodrive.org, Rosenberg is shedding light on a frightening number not readily available from government sources.

FEDS BASICALLY ADMIT THEY FAILED TO DETAIN ILLEGAL ALIEN CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE — DAILY CALLER

DO SUBSTANCE ABUSERS EXHIBIT GOOD MORAL CHARACTER? — CIS

SEC CLEANS UP TWO EB-5 MESSES IN ONE WEEK — CIS

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NARCO-DRONES: The Cartels’ Newest, Tech Savvy Smuggling SOP Spooks Security Experts

DAILY CALLER — Mexican cartels are managing border smuggling operations through extensive use of drones, which are replacing traditional human sources and surveillance, according to Small Wars Journal.

Border security expert Nelson Balido, whose work in Fox News Latino is cited in Small Wars Journal, states that, “a fleet of drones that fly along the U.S.-Mexico border, giving comprehensive real-time intelligence to smugglers on the location and movement of border patrol and other law enforcement officers and vulnerabilities in our border security infrastructure.”

Balido elaborates that bureaucratic barriers, such as airspace being the exclusive domain of Border Patrol, but the help of the Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine is needed. At the moment, only machine gun-armed helicopters, “costing more than $1,500 an hour plus crew to try and take down a very nimble and low-flying UAV worth a fraction of that cost, to say nothing of the missed shots that would hail bullets on the ground below. This is the equivalent of bringing a Hellfire missile when all you need is a fly-swatter.”

The problem with drone technology is that it’s increasingly developed in a cost effective manner by the private sector. Cartels are purchasing cheap Chinese models that can carry far more drugs than they are worth and ultimately pay for themselves if drugs are successfully smuggled, either on the drone or thanks to its surveillance.

A Chinese manufactured – Spreading Wings 900 – drone was found in Tijuana near the U.S. border in January 2015 with six pounds of methamphetamine on it. The drone was heading towards the U.S. before crashing.

The Small Wars Journal concludes that, “The use of drones is no longer merely a tactical issue; it has strategic and operational potentials for states and their competitors. This threat will become especially acute when larger packs and swarms of semi-autonomous and autonomous armed drones—eventually custom printed to maximize specific mission requirements—are employed utilizing network C2 architectures that allow for collective decision making protocols and strategies to be implemented. ”

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The Immigration ‘Clown Car’ – While Hardly a Laughing Matter, the Joke Is on Us

CAPS — We have all seen the “clown car” at the circus where a compact car rolls into the center ring. A car door pops open and many clowns emerge, cavorting around the ring and eventually disappearing behind the center scene.

The point to the gag is to entertain the audience. The entertainment is provided through the impossibility of what the audience witnesses, a seemingly endless stream of clowns exiting a diminutive car.

News reports about the number of illegal aliens who are purportedly present in the United States sometimes strike me as a variant of the circus clown car, but there is nothing entertaining about this.

For years, even after numerous accounts of floods of illegal aliens, including unaccompanied minors charging across the U.S.-Mexican border, the number of aliens reported to be present in the U.S. has never increased.

During the administration of George W. Bush, it was estimated that there were approximately 11 million illegal aliens present in the country. Now more than a decade later, the number of illegal aliens reported to be present here remains unchanged. We are being played for fools.

Here is what you need to consider.

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3 Health Related Stories

QUESTIONS REMAIN OVER DEADLY MYSTERY BACTERIA IN MIDWEST — CBS NEWS — Health officials are still searching for the source of a serious blood infection linked to at least 18 deaths in the Midwest.

The bacteria, called Elizabethkingia, does not usually cause illness in humans, but in recent months it has sickened dozens and killed 17 people in Wisconsin and one in Michigan.

“This is not a new bacteria, although the strain that seems to be spreading now in Wisconsin is a slightly different one than we’re used to seeing,” CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips explained. “It can cause serious blood infections or meningitis, but generally we see five to ten cases in every state in every year.”

However, since November more than 50 cases have been reported in southern Wisconsin, many of them fatal.

The bacteria got its name from the microbiologist Elizabeth King, who discovered it in 1959. Symptoms of infection include fever, chills, headache, neck pain, and skin infections. Those most at risk for complications are newborns, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.


ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS COULD BE READY IN 2017 FOR DIABETICS — CNBC — For people with type 1 diabetes, life is a perpetual tightrope act. They must carefully monitor the dosage and timing of insulin injections that allow them to teeter on the high wire that is optimum glucose control. Too little insulin, and their glucose levels rise, leaving them at risk over time for complications such as blindness and kidney failure; too much insulin and hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) results, making them vulnerable to coma or, in extreme circumstances, even death.

Now researchers studying type 1 diabetes believe they have found a way to help patients avoid the tightrope walk altogether. Several academic and commercial groups are conducting clinical trials for the latest generation of what’s known as the artificial pancreas. Contrary to what the name might suggest, artificial pancreas systems involve no transfer of tissue. Rather, the term refers to a complex technology that uses computer algorithms to automatically and continuously sense a person’s unique blood glucose balance and then substitute the endocrine function of a healthy pancreas.


ZIKA-AFFECTED AREAS CAN SCREEN BLOOD WITH EXPERIMENTAL TEST: FDA — WASHINGTON TIMES — Puerto Rico and other areas with active transmission of Zika virus can use an experimental test to screen local blood donations for the mosquito-borne disease that’s been linked to serious birth defects, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

Earlier this year, the FDA said places where Zika is circulating should get their blood samples from parts of the U.S. where the virus where it isn’t spreading locally. As a result, the administration arranged to ship blood products from the mainland to Puerto Rico, which has reported more than 250 locally acquired cases.

Now the island of 3.5 million people can resume collections of its own blood, so long as it uses the test manufactured by Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., in New Jersey.

“The availability of an investigational test to screen donated blood for Zika virus is an important step forward in maintaining the safety of the nation’s blood supply, especially for those U.S. territories already experiencing active transmission,” said Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

MEN WITH ZIKA: NO SEX FOR SIX MONTHS, CDC SAYS — WASHINGTON EXAMINER

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Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Case That Challenges Cross-Border Killings by US Agents

VICE NEWS — Sergio Adrián Hernández was a slender 15-year-old boy who loved soccer and aspired to be a police officer when he was shot through his left eye by Jesus Mesa Jr., a US Border Patrol agent, on June 6, 2010 in Ciudad Juárez.

Guillermo Arevalo Pedroza, a longtime construction worker, was in the midst of a family barbecue picnic and birthday celebration on September 3, 2012 when he was shot by the Border Patrol. The 37-year-old Arevalo bled to death in his 10-year-old daughter’s arms in Nuevo Laredo, just across the border from Laredo, Texas.

José Antonio Elena Rodríguez was taking an evening walk to pick up a hot dog at a local food stand when he was hit by at least 12 rounds from a Border Patrol agent’s .40 caliber pistol. The 16-year-old died on October 10, 2012 in Nogales near the Arizona border.

Juan Pablo Santillan was collecting firewood on July 7, 2012 with his brother when he was killed in Nogales. His brother said the man behind the gun responded to an appeal for help by yelling “Let the dog die.”

All these victims were Mexican nationals who were unarmed and, according to background checks, only one had a criminal record. All the deaths occurred in border towns in Mexico. Most importantly, they were among the seven people killed on Mexican soil since 2010 by Border Patrol agents who fired their weapons from the US side of the border.

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MS-13 Gang Members’ Federal Trial Gets Off to Grisly Start

WASHINGTON TIMES — One of the primary rules of the street gang MS-13 is not to talk to police. But a federal racketeering case brought against members of one of the most violent gangs in Northern Virginia is laying bare the extent of cooperation between its members and law enforcement.

When police received a tip about an MS-13 gang slaying set to take place in Woodbridge, Virginia, in October 2013, authorities knew they had good intelligence. A gang member was informing on the group and had agreed to wear a wire as he and others drove to Gar-Field High School, where they expected to attack their target with machetes and a sawed-off shotgun. Instead, the gang was met by law enforcement, who took them into custody.

But intel doesn’t always come in time to prevent gang violence in Northern Virginia. In two other instances, investigators were left putting informants to work to locate murder victims’ well-hidden graves.

Prosecutors described the scenarios Wednesday in opening trial arguments in a case that initially had charged 13 members of MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, with crimes including three murders and the attempted murder at Gar-Field.

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US Will Not Recognize Exclusion Zone in South China Sea: Defense Official

ASIA TIMES — The United States has told China it will not recognize an exclusion zone in the South China Sea, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said on Wednesday.

U.S. officials have expressed concern that an international court ruling expected in coming weeks on a case brought by the Philippines against China over its South China Sea claims could prompt Beijing to declare it an air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, as it did to the north, in the East China Sea, in 2013.

Work told an event hosted by the Washington Post that the United States would not recognize such an exclusion zone in the South China Sea, just as it did not recognize the one in the East China Sea.

CHINA PROPOSES NEW WEB RULES THAT COULD ENHANCE CENSORSHIP — AP

CHINA RATTLED OVER ‘DEATH THREAT’ LETTER TO PRESIDENT XI — BREITBART

CHINESE OFFICIALS TEAR DOWN MORE CHRISTIAN CROSSES, BEAT PROTESTERS — BREITBART

COULD RICO BE USED TO CLEAN UP ASIAN SAT CHEATING? — VDARE

THE NEXT SOUTH CHINA SEA CRISIS: CHINA VS. INDONESIA? — ASIA TIMES

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Pentagon Confirms New North Korean ICBM


KN-14 missile increases nuclear threat to United States

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — North Korea has developed a new long-range mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that the Pentagon says moves the country’s leader Kim Jong Un closer to the goal of building missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland with nuclear warheads.

The new missile is called the KN-14 by the Pentagon and is a longer-range variant of the KN-08 road-mobile ICBM first made public in 2012.

Both the KN-08 and the new KN-14 have not been flight tested. But defense officials familiar with reports on the weapons said both systems have been tested in all other aspects of their development.

“It’s a KN-08 on steroids,” said one official of the new KN-14.

No details about the KN-14’s capabilities, such as its range, warhead carrying capacity, or the number of missiles were disclosed by the officials, who said reports of the missile were circulated by U.S. intelligence agencies within the past two weeks.

The new KN-14 missile was first displayed during an Oct. 10, 2015 military parade in Pyongyang. Its main external difference from the KN-08 is a shorter length and blunt nose cone.

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Arizona Cops Accused of Excessive Force Against Vet With PTSD

WASHINGTON TIMES — An Arizona family is planning to file a lawsuit against local police after they allegedly stormed their home and shocked a military veteran multiple times with a stun gun while he was suffering a PTSD panic attack.

In a notice claim filed with the Gilbert Police Department, the family of Kyle Cardenas says they called the veteran crisis hotline in September after Mr. Cardenas was showing intense signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, a local ABC News affiliate reported.

According to the document, officers showed up at their home, even though the family had requested police be kept out of the situation.

The complaint states Mr. Cardenas, who served two tours in Iraq, initially struggled with officers before he ran to his room.

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VA Head Ignores McCain’s Request to Meet, McCain Calls for Investigation

DAILY CALLER — GOP Sen. John McCain says when he tried to set up a meeting with Deborah Amdur, the new director of the Phoenix VA medical center, she decided to ignore him.

McCain wasn’t about to let this issue die. McCain now wants the Department of Justice to launch a full-scale investigation into the Phoenix facility and has asked more whistleblowers to come forward and tell their stories.

In an interview with local news station KTVK, McCain said he asked Amdur to make an appearance at a town hall meeting. Although she originally accepted his offer, she soon reneged.

For McCain, her refusal to show up and listen to what veterans had to say is first indicative of poor leadership and second is particularly damning, given the disastrous performance of the medical center.

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Gun Groups Push to Make Silencers Easier to Purchase, Own

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — Gun rights advocates hope to remove a number of federal restrictions related to the purchase and ownership of firearm silencers.

The Hearing Protection Act would exempt silencers from the National Firearms Act of 1934, a law that also regulates fully automatic weapons. Under the current law, individuals who wish to purchase a silencer must pay a $200 tax and wait several months for the ATF to process paperwork on the item before bringing the accessory home. The process is more complex than buying a firearm.

A coalition of gun rights groups, including the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, are making the Hearing Protection Act a top priority for 2016. SilencerCo, a leading silencer manufacturer, is also at the center of the effort.

“It could be a really big deal for the gun industry,” said SilencerCo CEO Joshua Waldron, who also holds positions at the American Suppressor Association and NRA. “We’re gaining momentum. The best part about this bill is we didn’t understand how much support we would get from all of the organizations: NSSF, NRA, Congressional Sportsman Foundation. It’s really a strong push because in essence everybody understands what suppressors really are.”

DONALD TRUMP: ‘WE HAVE TO CHERISH OUR SECOND AMENDMENT’ — BREITBART

NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATE REMOVES ‘SUITABLE’ TO CARRY PROVISION FOR THEIR CONCEALED CARRY REQUIREMENTS — TOWNHALL

GABBY GIFFORDS OFFERS VIRGINIANS SAME GUN CONTROL MESSAGE WITH NEW PACKAGING — BREITBART

THE GUARDIAN: HILLARY CLINTON RAN AGAINST GUN CONTROL IN 2008 — BREITBART

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Air Force Wife Injured in Brussels Attacks Dies

MILCOM — WASHINGTON — The wife of an Air Force officer caught at Brussels Airport during the recent terrorist attacks there died as a result of her injuries, according to news reports.

Gail Minglana Martinez, 41, was the wife of Air Force Lt. Col. Kato Martinez. The Martinez family was at the airport March 22 when terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State group detonated suitcase bombs near the security screening and check-in area.

Martinez is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and one of four Americans killed in the Brussels attacks. Her husband and four children remain hospitalized. Air Force officials declined to confirm reports of her death, citing privacy concerns.

On tributes posted to the social media websites Twitter and Facebook, family members grieved the loss of Martinez, whom they remembered as “fearless.”

“Our family is still in shock over the loss of our family member Gail,” her cousin Edwina Minglana posted to Twitter. “#Brussels.”

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American Veteran News 03.31.16

REPORT FINDS SHARP INCREASE IN VETERANS DENIED V.A. BENEFITS — NY TIMES — Joshua Bunn was a rifleman in one of the bloodiest valleys in Afghanistan, where his infantry unit killed hundreds of enemy fighters and lost more comrades than any other battalion in the Marine Corps in 2009.

“We were so far out in Taliban country we rarely got resupply,” Mr. Bunn, 27, said in an interview from his apartment in Jonesboro, Ark. “We just got rockets and small-arms fire every day.”

After deployment, Mr. Bunn, suicidal and haunted by nightmares, went absent without leave. The Marine Corps charged him with misconduct and gave him an other-than-honorable discharge.

As a consequence, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not technically consider Mr. Bunn a veteran and has denied him permanent heath care, disability pay and job training intended to ease his return to civilian life. According to a new report, he is one of a growing number of veterans ruled ineligible for benefits because of less-than-honorable discharges.

Former members of the military like Mr. Bunn are being refused benefits at the highest rate since the system was created at the end of World War II, the report said. More than 125,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have what are known as “bad paper” discharges that preclude them from receiving care, said the report, released Wednesday by the veterans advocacy group Swords to Plowshares.


VIETNAM VETS GATHER AT MEMORIAL WALL TO MARK WAR’S ’50TH ANNIVERSARY’ — MILCOM — It’s always hard for Vietnam combat veterans to come to the shiny black wall where the names of the war dead are inscribed on the Vietnam War Memorial, but a small group was there Tuesday as dignitaries laid a wreath to honor the sacrifice.

“I’ve got a lot of friends up there, a lot of friends, too many” whose names are listed on the wall, said Peter E. “Pete” Davis, 73, of the Blinded Veterans Association.

“Every time, it’s difficult” coming back, said the former sergeant who served with the Army’s 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1965-67.

“It’s always very emotional,” said 83-year-old Donald Hilbert, a retired Army major general from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn who served two tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and was at the wall with Davis for what was billed as the “50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.”


QUESTIONS LINGER AFTER VETERAN BURNED HIMSELF ALIVE OUTSIDE N.J. VA CLINIC — NY DAILY NEWS — Questions and concerns linger after a veteran walked nine miles from his New Jersey home and burned himself alive outside a Veterans Affairs clinic.

Charles Richard Ingram III, 51, of Egg Harbor Township, died March 19, after being airlifted to the Temple Burn Center in Philadelphia, the Press of Atlantic City reports.

He doused himself in gasoline outside the outpatient clinic — part of the Wilmington VA Medical Center system — and set himself on fire.

Burns covered nearly all of the man’s body.


BURR, TILLIS LEAD EFFORT TO GET DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR CAMP LEJEUNE VETERANS WITH BLADDER CANCER — RIPON ADFVANCE — U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) recently spearheaded successful efforts to get bladder cancer added to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) list of presumptive diseases.

The VA announced on Thursday that a presumption of service connection had been established for service members suffering from bladder cancer from contaminated drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Last year, the VA did not include bladder cancer on a list of eight presumptive diseases for veterans who served at Camp Lejeune. Veterans who suffer from presumptive diseases qualify for disability compensation.

“I’m glad the VA is stepping up to help the veterans who were negligently poisoned by the water at Camp Lejeune,” Burr said. “The scientific link between bladder cancer and service at Camp Lejeune is clear. I had a lot of questions for the VA when bladder cancer was not included on the initial list of presumptive diseases. This is an important step in the right direction.”


VA AWARDED $6.8B IN CONTRACTS FOR MEDICAL DISABILITY EXAMINATIONS — LEGAL READER — Today’s announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a breath of fresh air from an agency that has been beset by service delivery problems in recent years. The VA awarded $6.8B in contracts for medical disability examinations in support of improving timely delivery of disability claims decisions for our nation’s Veterans. This new program is in keeping with the MyVA initiative and, according to the announcement, is “a major step forward in improving the disability examination experience for Veterans.”

Instead of being administered by two separate-but-related parts of the VA, the new 12-contract program will be consolidated under one program management effort with representation from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VBA and VHA used to run the program jointly with varying degrees of success that often left our Veterans dangling in the wind waiting for determinations of their claims.


VET’S GRAVESTONE LEFT BY DUMPSTER — FOX29 — PHILADELPHIA – On Tuesday, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a time of great unrest and upheaval in America.

FOX 29’s Jeff Cole tells the story of a Vietnam veteran’s grave marker found tossed aside in a Philadelphia neighborhood, and how residents reached out to us to help, looking for a way to get the stone in the hands of the proper authorities.

Tucked behind an apartment building, near a trash container, there’s a long, white stone that marks a life.

It was the life of George Allen Bryant, who served his county in the United States Army in the long, national nightmare that was the Vietnam War.

A North Philadelphia resident told us he’s actually seen the marker here for years, but either because it was covered with debris or had been recently flipped over, he’d never noticed the inscription.

“What did you think when, for the first time, you saw that this was a military marker?” Cole asked.

“I felt really like I had to do something about it because my family served in the Marines, and the Army and the Navy,” Scott Smith said.

He says once he and others realized it was a veteran’s marker they took pictures and posted them on social media.

Smith called FOX 29 seeking help.


GOVERNMENT FACES FAST-INCREASING COSTS OF TREATING MILITARY VETERANS WITH HEPATITIS C — NBC WASHINGTON — The cost to taxpayers of treating Washington, D.C.-area military veterans suffering from hepatitis C has eclipsed $64 million per year, according to a review of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs records by the News4 I-Team.

The fast-rising cost is attributed to a cutting-edge but expensive medication the agency began dispensing last year to veterans in Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and West Virginia.

The new hepatitis C drugs, which are known as Sovaldi and Harvoni, are highly effective and less likely to cause side effects in patients, doctors and government officials said. Multiple reports estimate a full treatment of the medication costs tens of thousands of dollars per patient. Each individual pill costs an estimated $1,000, according to a report from a U.S. Senate panel.

Agency records obtained by the I-Team from regional administrators of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs show 701 patients received the treatment at the Washington DC VA Medical Center in 2015. Those records show more than 200 patients were administered the medications at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center and more than 480 patients at Maryland’s VA medical system last year. In all, the cost of treatment exceeded $64 million, which is a $50 million increase from the cost of Hepatitis C treatment in 2014.


SEN. NELSON STEPS IN AFTER VA DENIES BENEFITS FOR TAMPA BAY AREA MAN — WFLA — ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. – Joe Zambito of Zephyrhills is like many other former Marines. He was exposed to cancer-causing chemicals right here on U.S. soil. He and his wife fought a losing battle with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, that is until, he called 8 On Your Side.

“It was just a fight all the way through,” Joe said. In this fight there were no bombs or bullets, just a desperate struggle between Marines and the Department of Veterans Affairs over medical and disability benefits for exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Following a series of 8 On Your Side reports that began in December, Joe and Judy Zambito finally received word they’d won the battle they’ve waged with the VA since 2012. Joe will receive 100 percent medical and disability benefits.


BE WARY OF DEPENDENCE ON VA SERVICES — INDEPENDENT RECORD — BILLINGS — U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke told veterans Tuesday to be wary of becoming overly dependent on government services and to help each other rise up.

Speaking to a small group of veterans in Billings, Zinke said as a veteran he worries about the “economic slavery” of government services and spoke specifically about the Veterans Administration.

He said veterans who need care for problems like post-traumatic stress disorder need therapy and more. They need to be working toward obtaining jobs, he said, and should be required to accomplish both.

Zinke called the issue a taboo subject in Congress, where lawmakers fear saying anything critical of veterans. He said the discussion needs to happen nonetheless.


3 WAYS TO BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED WHEN YOU TRANSITION — TASK & PURPOSE —
These three approaches will build on the good habits you developed in the military as you transition from active duty.

Financial actions are especially challenging when you leave the military, but fundamentally they consist of three components:

Budgeting for today
Saving and investing for tomorrow
Protecting against unexpected risks

Think of these tasks as three as three legs of a stool: Neglecting any of them will unbalance the stool and topple your financial stability. These components evolve from active-duty service, to transitioning from the military, and finally to retirement.


JUST A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WASP WWII FERRY PILOT — MILCOM — During World War II, Women Airforce Service Pilots (a/k/a WASPs) played a critical role in the deployment of airplanes, flying more than nine million miles in 72 different aircraft—115,000 pilot hours—for the Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command. Sarah Byrn Rickman chronicles the history in WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds (available now from the University of North Texas Press) and shares some stories from the pilots in the list below.


PREQUALIFYING FOR A VA LOAN — MILCOM — Prequalifying for a VA loan is recommended for all eligible borrowers before they start shopping for a home. The prequalifying process provides potential borrowers with an estimate of how much monthly mortgage payment they can afford. Having a price range for house hunting can narrow down the prospects and save you time. There’s no sense in looking at a home you can’t afford. To prequalify for a VA home loan, an experienced loan professional will ask you questions about your income and credit history and may even run a quick credit report with your permission. You may also be asked for proof of military service and your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) at this time to be certain that you are eligible for a VA home loan. Be prepared to gather up other documentation such as:


THIS ARMY VET WENT FROM LOW-INCOME CHILDHOOD TO SILICON VALLEY CEO — TASK & PURPOSE — After years of hustling, Sonny Tosco worked his way to CEO thanks to his experience in the military.

Sonny Tosco, 30, knows how to hustle. It’s a skill that came in handy during his time at West Point, his six years of service as an Army operations officer, and most recently in his role as CEO of Limelight Mobile, a social platform that lets users source real-time images from anywhere in the world.

Tosco sat down with Task & Purpose to share what drives him.

His roots reach back to one of California’s many low-income immigrant families. Growing up, he knew the only way he could attend a top-tier school was through a scholarship, and that knowledge drove him to perform exceptionally well. In 2002, Tosco was accepted to West Point.

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Nuclear Jihad: The Threats Are Inside Our Tent


TOWNHALL — It’s not over. It’s never over. After last week’s deadly airport and subway bombings in Brussels, the Belgian government remains on high alert for jihad attacks and espionage at its nuclear facilities.

One Belgian nuke plant security guard was murdered recently and his ID is missing. Two of the Brussels bombers reportedly spied on the home of a top senior scientist in the country’s nuclear program. ISIS has been implicated in an alleged insider plot to obtain radioisotopes from one of Belgium’s nuclear plants for a dirty bomb. Two former Belgian nuke plant workers left their jobs to fight for ISIS in Syria.

This is all according to plan. The al-Qaida house organ, Inspire magazine, has urged its followers to conduct attacks using “specialized expertise and those who work in sensitive locations that would offer them unique opportunities” to wreak havoc.

Could Islamic terrorists and other criminal menaces now exploit homeland security vulnerabilities at our own nuclear power plants and other utilities here in the U.S.?

Answer: They already have.

GLOBAL WAR ON CHRISTIANITY DREADED AS RADICAL ISLAMISTS ORDER MORE ATTACKS — WASHINGTON TIMES

UNTIL CRITICIZED, STATE DEPARTMENT REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE CHRISTIANS WERE TARGET IN EASTER SUICIDE BOMBING — TOWNHALL

EUROPE STILL SLEEPS, AND EUROPEANS STILL DIE — FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE

RASMUSSEN POLL: MAJORITY SAY DON’T TRY TO FIX ISLAM WITH NATION-BUILDING, “DEMOCRACY PROMOTION” — VDARE

JAPAN HAS TOO MUCH SENSE TO ADMIT SYRIAN “ASYLUM SEEKERS” — VDARE

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NYPD Commissioner: ‘Our Own Citizens’ Pose Bigger Threat Than Migrants –Blames 2nd Amendment

WASHINGTON TIMES — New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton on Monday refuted GOP candidates’ recent remarks about the dangers of immigrants coming into the U.S. and explained that the biggest threat to Americans comes from the country’s own citizens.

Speaking to Don Lemon on CNN Monday night, Mr. Bratton said he disagreed with businessman Donald Trump’s assessment that America was unsafe because of a surge of Muslims coming into the country.

“America is a very safe place,” Mr. Bratton said, Mediaite reported. “But we have had our incidences, as we know. We’ve had more than our fair share of mass killings, some committed by terrorists, but the vast majority committed by American citizens living here who have access to firearms.”

MILLIONS RIDE AMERICA’S RAILS, BUT ARE THEY SAFE FROM BRUSSELS-STYLE ATTACK? — FOX NEWS

FBI PROBING 17 ARMED MIDDLE EASTERN MEN ‘CHANTING ‘ALLAHU-AKBAR TYPE STUFF’ IN CA DESERT — BREITBART

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Border Fence Breach Raises Terrorist Worries

AZPM– Threats of more terrorist attacks are sparking debate on security vulnerabilities on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Brandon Judd, the head of the National Border Patrol Council, a union that represents 16,000 Border Patrol agents, testified last week at a congressional hearing.

He said that an email from an agent in Arizona cited a 10-mile remote stretch of the border where smugglers cut the fence and drove two trucks through. Cameras caught the activity, but agents weren’t close enough to investigate.

“The scariest part is that we don’t know what was in those vehicles,” Judd said.

No terrorist activities in the U.S. have been traced specifically to people who crossed into the country illegally from Mexico.

Judd said, however, the number of illegal border crossings through Mexico from Pakistan is expected to more than triple this year.

“Those numbers should alarm everyone and we are seeing a similar trend from other key countries like Bangladesh, Albania and Brazil,” Judd said.

Customs and Border Protection is more than 1,000 agents short of what it is authorized to have.

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Meet Mexico’s New ‘Super Cartel’

DAILY CALLER — The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) is increasingly asserting itself as the leading cartel in Mexican drug trafficking and its leader, known as Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes, is overtaking the Sinaloa Cartel’s “El Chapo” in relevance.

CJNG is an offshoot of the Sinaloa CarteL. Sinaloa Cartel leader Ignacio Coronel told Oscar Orlando “El Lobo” Nava Valencia of the Milenio Cartel that should he die – which he did at the hands of Mexican authorities in 2010 – El Lobo should take over his part of the Sinaloa Cartel. El Lobo ended up behind bars so the organization fractured, according to InSight Crime.

With El Lobo in prison, his Milenio Cartel – which handled the accounting for much of the Sinaloa Cartel – disintegrated into two groups. The two sides become known as “La Resistencia” – The Resistance – and “Los Torcidos” – The Twisted Ones – according to InSight Crime.

Ultimately, The Twisted Ones prevailed in taking over the drug trade of Jalisco State, which is in the country’s southwest along the Pacific coast, and became known as CJNG. The cartel has been expanding quickly and the Mexican Attorney General’s Office stated March 23 thE group is now in Baja California State in Mexico which borders California.

CJNG is looking to make a name for itself not only through its size but also through its tactics. As reported by The Daily Beast, “back in 2011 the group slaughtered 35 members of a rival gang, including 12 women, and dumped the bodies on an interstate highway at rush hour.” Breitbart’s Cartel Chronicles reported in May, 2015, the cartel took down a Mexican military chopper with a rocket launcher.

Other than engaging in gruesome violence, CJNG has also employed creative measures to get new members. CJNG set up a fake security services firm and advertised on fliers it was looking to hire people with police or military backgrounds. The recruitment scam was based out of Puerto Vallarta and Jalisco State authorities took down the operation March 9 by arresting 13 people, one of whom was an American woman.

AUTHORITIES ARREST 7 POLICE OFFICERS IN MEXICO DISAPPEARANCE CASE — LAHT

SINALOA CARTELS HEROIN-FENTANYL MIX HAS LANDED IN ARIZONA — BORDERLAND BEAT

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Mexican Drug Dealer Gunned Down Near Texas Border for Trying to Leave Cartel

DAILY CALLER — A low-level drug dealer part of the notorious Los Zetas cartel was gunned down in a cartel hit job Friday in the Mexican city of Piedras Negras, near the U.S. border with Texas.

22-year-old Jose Luis Hernandez Gamez was found by Coahuila State Police with a bullet above his cheek after emergency services were called. Hernandez Gamez died shortly after being taken to a hospital for treatment, reports Breitbart.

Hernandez Gamez had reportedly been arrested recently for his drug dealings, reportedly prompting him to want to leave the illicit narcotics business — which is thought to be why he was executed in the street.

Los Zetas used to be the enforcement wing of the Gulf Cartel — which is widely acknowledged to be one of the top three Mexican cartels — until the two parted ways and became bloody rivals. Los Zetas is largely made up of former members of the Mexican military’s special forces.

In spite of the widespread media attention garnered in recent months by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera and his Sinaloa Cartel, Mexican drug trafficking is made up of various organized crime groups. Zetas is particularly known for its fondness of extreme violence, as opposed to the bribery and intimidation more often used by rival cartels.

While Los Zetas remain one of the most powerful cartels in Mexican drug trafficking, the organization is becoming increasingly fragmented.

CROSS-BORDER TUNNEL FOUND IN NOGALES, ARIZONA — FOX NEWS LATINO

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