When Our Protectors Betray Us

CIS — A friend sent me the online version of Police Magazine containing an article about Nicholas Young, the District of Columbia Metro Transit police officer recently arrested by the FBI and charged with material support of a terrorist organization (Islamic State).

I had seen an earlier report on the arrest from a different media source, and had also heard journalists on National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm show mention that this is the first time a U.S. law enforcement officer has been charged with such an offense.

It may be the first time for U.S. law enforcement, but it has happened before with the military: readers will certain recall the horrific murders committed by Major Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood. Hasan is not the only active duty or discharged military veteran who has become involved with terrorist organizations. Before him, there was Ali Mohamed, an al Qaeda double agent.

Still, the idea of the police, who are our first responders in the event of an attack, potentially being suborned into becoming the human weapons for an attack is a sobering one. It has happened with shocking regularity in Afghanistan and Iraq, where jihadists have routinely infiltrated the ranks and then turned on their fellow police officers – or, just as frequently, their ostensible American or other NATO allies. In Afghanistan, it has become such a regular occurrence that observers refer to them as “green on blue attacks“.

Though the Metro police officer arrested last week is native-born, his case got me pondering what this country would do if would-be jihadists start taking the more strategic path of infiltrating our law enforcement agencies, instead of choosing the ill-planned, quick-and-dirty forms of attack by gun or knife.

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Obama Former Top Intel Official: ISIS Is Already in America

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — Affiliates of the Islamic State terror organization are already residing in the United States, though exact numbers are unclear due to the Obama administration’s efforts to downplay and hide information about this threat from the American public, the former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency told the Washington Free Beacon in a wide-ranging interview.

Gen. Michael Flynn, an adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who served as a top intelligence official under the Obama administration, warned that “they are here” when asked by the Free Beacon to characterize the threat posed to Americans by undercover ISIS adherents.

“They are here,” Flynn said, disclosing that he is aware of roughly 1,000 instances in which ISIS members have been caught plotting in the United States.

“The director of the FBI has said it,” Flynn explained. “There are dozens and dozens and dozens, and I think the number I’ve heard is 1,000, but I don’t know the exact numbers. But I do know there are a lot of cases against members inspired or directed by the Islamic State in this country.”

Information about these individuals is not well known to the American public due to efforts by the administration to downplay and suppress news relating to these terror plots.

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Orlando Terrorist’s Father Endorses Hillary, on Display at Rally in Florida

HOT AIR — Apparently, the father of Omar Mateen, the radical Islamic terrorist who committed the deadliest terror attack on American soil since Sept 11, is a big fan of Hillary Clinton.

Clinton held a rally in Kissimmee, FL, a suburb of Orlando, the site of June’s terror attack, and she began her rally by paying tribute to those who were slaughtered by Mateen while the terrorists father, Seddique Mateen, sat right behind her, prominently displayed and in full view of the camera.

Here’s a report on the bizarre and discomforting display from the local NBC affiliate:

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Obama’s Cash Payment to Iran Was More Than a Ransom — It Broke Criminal Law

NRO — Obama hoped to camouflage what he knew to be against the law.

Did it ever occur to President Obama to ask why he couldn’t just cut a check to the Iranian regime?

Outrage broke out this week over the revelation that Obama arranged to ship the mullahs piles of cash, worth $400 million and converted into foreign denominations, reportedly in an unmarked cargo plane. The hotly debated question was whether the payment, which the administration attributes to a 37-year-old arms deal, was actually a ransom paid for the release of American hostages Tehran had abducted.

It is a waste of time to debate that point further. The Iranians have bragged that the astonishing cash payment was a ransom — and Obama has been telling us for months that we can trust the Iranians. The hostages were released the same day the cash arrived. One of the hostages has reported that the captives were detained an extra several hours at the airport and told they would not be allowed to leave until the arrival of another plane — inferentially, the unmarked cargo plane ferrying the cash. The reason American policy has always prohibited paying ransoms to terrorists and other abductors is that it only encourages them to take more hostages. And, as night follows day, Iran has abducted more Americans since Obama paid the cash. No matter how energetically the president tries to lawyer the ransom issue, if it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck . . .

More worth examining is why the transaction took the bizarre form that it did. To cut to the chase, I believe it was to camouflage — unsuccessfully — the commission of felony law violations.

EXPERT: NO QUESTION IRAN PAYMENT WILL FUND TERROR — POLIZETTE

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Obama Says Islamic State on the Run, Despite Attacks Around Globe

WASHINGTON TIMES — Obama said Thursday that the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State is making progress in spite of high-profile terrorist attacks, while Republican nominee Donald Trump charged that Mr. Obama has allowed the Islamist extremist group to rampage “out of control.”

“We’re going to keep going after ISIL aggressively,” Mr. Obama said at the Pentagon, using an acronym for the group. “We continue to take out senior ISIL leaders and commanders.”

Mr. Obama also hit back at Republican critics, including Mr. Trump, who accused the administration of paying $400 million in ransom to Iran to gain the release of five American hostages in January.

“We do not pay ransom for hostages,” Mr. Obama said. “We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future.”

The president said the Islamic State hasn’t had a major success in Iraq and Syria in a year. But Mr. Obama acknowledged that “lone wolf” attacks are on the rise, saying “the decline of ISIL in Syria and Iraq appears to be causing it to shift to tactics” in other countries.

OBAMA’S RANSOM PAYMENT TO AN OUTLAW REGIME — FPM

IRAN CLAIMED THE US PAID RANSOM FOR HOSTAGES, ARRESTS TWO MORE AMERICANS — DC

WH’S IRAN RANSOM DEAL: IT’S MONEY LAUNDERING AND WILL FINANCE THE KILLING OF MUSLIMS, JEWS, AND AMERICANS — TOWNHALL

FREED IRANIAN HOSTAGE: IRANIANS TOLD ME THEY WERE WAITING FOR ANOTHER PLANE TO ARRIVE BEFORE LETTING US GO — BREITBART

NORTH CAROLINA MAN CHARGED WITH TRYING TO CREATE ISIS TERROR CELL IN U.S. — WFB

TRUMP CLAIMS THERE’S AN IRANIAN PROPAGANDA TAPE OF THE U.S. HOSTAGE RANSOM PAYMENT — HOT AIR

OBAMA’S OWN DOJ WARNED ABOUT IRAN BUYOFF — POLIZETTE

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Arrested ISIS Sympathizer Claims Fellow Militants Are in Mexico

DAILY CALLER — A Department of Justice press release stated that Hendricks tried to recruit and train people in the United States to commit terrorist acts. “Hendricks allegedly told another person that his goal was to create a sleeper cell to be trained and housed at a secure compound that would conduct attacks in the United States. He mentioned that potential targets included military members whose information had been released by ISIL and the woman who organized the Draw Prophet Mohammad contest,” the DOJ press release said.

Conservative activist Pamela Geller was the organizer of the Muhammad drawing contest.

In June 2015, another unnamed individual was arrested in Ohio after attempting to buy an AK-47 from an undercover law enforcement agent. This individual had pledged allegiance to ISIS over social media.

Hendricks had contacted him earlier in 2015 and said he “needed” to “get brothers to train together.” Hendricks “claimed to have 10 members signed up for his group.” The DOJ press release stated that Hendricks said, “there were several ‘brothers’ located in Texas and Mexico.” Hendricks sought to have these “brothers” meet “face to face.”

“[The arrested unnamed individual] allegedly believed that Hendricks and the ‘brothers in Texas and Mexico’ may have been responsible for a thwarted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, on May 3, 2015,” the DOJ press release stated. The two men responsible for the Garland attack were living in Arizona at the time.

The DOJ statement said that Hendricks allegedly contacted the Garland shooters over social media weeks before their attack. He allegedly also told an undercover FBI agent to go to the Garland drawing event. Hendricks told the undercover officer, “If you see that pig (meaning the organizer of the contest) make your ‘voice’ heard against her.” It is unclear whether this undercover agent was present in Garland during the attack.

SAN ANTONIO TRIAL REVEALS HOW GUNS, DRUGS AND CORRUPTION TURNED COAHUILA INTO A GRAVEYARD — BLB

THE “DEVIL” WANTED TO CHANGE HIS FACE — BLB

MAYOR AND 4 POLICE ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF 10 PEOPLE — BLB

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Bill Clinton Got Millions From World’s Biggest Sharia Law Education Firm

DAILY CALLER — Former President Bill Clinton collected $5.6 million in fees from GEMS Education, a Dubai-based company that teaches Sharia Law through its network of more than 100 schools in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

The company’s finances strictly adhere to “Sharia Finance,” which includes giving “zakat,” a religious tax of which one-eighth of the proceeds is dedicated to funding Islamic jihad.

The company also contributed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

The former president served as honorary chairman for GEMS Education from 2011 to 2014, according to federal tax returns he filed with his wife, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

His biggest paycheck from the closely-held company — which is incorporated in the Cayman Islands — was in 2014 when he pocketed $2.1 million. http://www.taxhistory.org/thp/presreturns.nsf/Returns/07E13291870D475885257E93007B1015/$file/HR_Clinton_2014.pdf It is unclear if Bill received income from the Middle Eastern firm in 2015, since Hillary has not yet released her tax return for that year.

Sharia law is the Islamic religious legal system that many in the West see as intolerant of human rights and other religions, as well as violating the rights of women and gays. Sharia law is considered by Muslims to be superior to all secular authorities. Islamic jihadis regularly call for the imposition of Sharia law and want to impose it on the WesT.

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Obama, the Muslim Terrorist Financier

WASHINGTON TIMES — Deep down inside, we all have known if for a long time haven’t we, that the Obama administration is financing and enabling terror? We have known for a long time he is an Islamist with jihadist sympathies. Why else would he have not destroyed ISIS? What better way than to just make them out to be the JV team while they metastasize across Western Europe and the United States. All they needed was time, until there would be no time left to do anything about them. The damage is done. Now we know a little of how deep this rabbit hole goes.

The fact the Obama/Hillary/Kerry sent billions in cash to the real Islamic State, Iran, is proof of everything I just said above. Where did he think they would spend that cash? Does he think they are going to strip clubs? No, the cash would be laundered, untraceable, to fund terror around the world from the largest state sponsor of terror, Iran.

Iran is actively supporting ISIS in Egypt. We have proof of that publicly. Most likely, they are supporting terror cells around the world as well, including the United States. This cash comes in very handy to do that. Especially, since Iran was having a hard time coming up with cash due to global sanctions. No problem they said, we’ll just take a few hostages and Obama and Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett will trade them for cold, hard euros, etc.

Now Europeans have died. Americans have died. Jews have died in Israel.

More is yet to come. Stay tuned.

All brought to you by your friendly terror financier, Barack Obama, President of the United States.

OBAMA ILLEGALLY AIRLIFTED $400 MILLION IN CASH TO IRAN IN UNMARKED PLANE — FPM

WH: IT’S POSSIBLE $400 MILLION IRAN RECEIVED COULD FUND TERRORISM — WFB

REPUBLICANS CONSIDER NEXT STEPS AFTER NEWS OF OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CASH TRANSFER TO IRAN — DAILY SIGNAL

DNC ‘PUT A SHARIA SUPREMACIST ON CONVENTION CENTER STAGE’ — BREITBART

TSA: ‘ARTFULLY CONCEALED’ WEAPONS ON THE RISE IN AIRPORTS, CREATE FEARS ABOUT THREATS TO AIRLINERS — WASHINGTON TIMES

ISIS HIT LIST TARGETS 700 U.S. ARMY SOLDIERS: ‘KILL THE DOGS’ — WASHINGTON TIMES

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D.C. Transit Police Officer Accused of Trying to Support Islamic State

WASHINGTON TIMES — A Metro Transit Police officer was arrested and charged Wednesday with trying to provide support for the Islamic State — marking the first case in which a U.S. law enforcement officer has been accused of aiding the terrorist group.

The Justice Department said Nicholas Young, 36, who has worked for the Metro Transit Police Department since 2003, gave advice on crossing the border into Syria and evading detection to a person he believed was a U.S. military reservist who wanted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.

Last month, he sent $245 worth of gift cards for mobile-messaging accounts to the man, who actually was a confidential informant for the FBI, authorities said.

Though the actions that led to the criminal charges are said to have occurred from 2014 to 2016, an FBI spokeswoman said Mr. Young first landed on investigators’ radar in 2009, when Metro Transit officials reported “suspicious” activities by Mr. Young.

An investigation was opened into Mr. Young in 2010, the same year that authorities interviewed him as a result of his friendship with Zachary Chesser.

DC METRO OFFICER WENT FROM PLAYING NAZI TO JOINING ISIS — FPM

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Obama Paid State Terror Sponsor, Iran, $400 Million for American Hostages

FOX NEWS — The U.S. government airlifted the equivalent of $400 million to Iran this past January, which occurred as four detained Americans were released by Tehran, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The cash transfer was the first installment paid in a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a failed 1979 arms deal dating from just before the Iranian Revolution.

State Department spokesman John Kirby denied the cash transfer was done to secure the release of the four Americans.

The negotiations over the [arms deal] settlement … were completely separate from the discussions about returning our American citizens home,” Kirby said in a statement. “Not only were the two negotiations separate, they were conducted by different teams on each side.”

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Calling Islamist Terrorism by Its Name

WASHINGTON TIMES — The president’s “strategy” to defeat ISIS has five major parts: 1) support an international coalition to degrade and destroy it, 2) pursue ISIS leadership and safe havens, 3) secure the homeland, 4) expand humanitarian support and 5) solve diplomatic conflicts that feed terrorism. The list drives much effort, but it’s not a strategy because it fails to attack the political and social objectives that motivate ISIS fighters. Arguing about whether or not it’s a strategy is meaningless because whatever it is, the CIA says it isn’t working.

One reason it’s failing is because the president and Hillary Clinton refuse to identify Islamist terrorists as the nation’s main enemy. Their justification for doing so is that it will be perceived as an attack on Islam. It is a specious argument, disrespectful, disdainful and elitist. Apparently, they believe nobody is smart enough, or fair enough, to distinguish between extremists who slaughter innocents and people who follow their religious beliefs without harming others.

The consequences of this political correctness go well beyond semantics. It undermines trust in the government’s ability to handle the threat, the Department of Justice being its most recent victim. Referring to the Orlando terrorist attack, a New York Sun editorial said: “It’s hard to recall a moment when the American Justice Department has looked so ridiculous as in its censoring transcripts of the 911 calls from the gunman at Orlando. George Orwell couldn’t have made it up.” From “workplace violence,” to “man caused terrorism,” to “violent extremism,” the euphemisms used to obfuscate Muslim involvement in terrorist attacks raise questions of the administration’s competence. To win, we must have faith that our institutions know what they’re doing. That’s hard to do when they’re constantly manipulating the facts.

ISIS HIT LIST TARGETS 700 U.S. ARMY SOLDIERS: ‘KILL THE DOGS’ — WASHINGTON TIMES

MEDIA REFUSES TO COVER HILLARY’S DIRTY ISIS MONEY SCANDAL — FPM

KHAN DELETES LAW FIRM WEBSITE THAT SPECIALIZED IN MUSLIM IMMIGRATION — BREITBART

DHS GIVES SOMALI MUSLIMS SPECIAL AIRPORT SECURITY TOURS AFTER HARASSMENT, PROFILING COMPLAINTS — JUDICIAL WATCH

THE CASE FOR MOSQUE SURVEILLANCE? — POLIZETTE

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We Are Publishing One Article and One Article Only Today — Read Why

Note from OOV: The following article originally appeared on the website US Defense Watch.

It is an open letter to Khizr Khan who attacked Donald Trump at the DNC.

Ray Starmann is the founder of US Defense Watch. He is a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and veteran of the Gulf War, where he served with the 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 3rd Armored Division “Spearhead!” Mr. Starmann was a contributing writer for several years at SFTT.org, founded by the late Colonel David Hackworth.

Ray Starmann says what many millions of Americans want to say to Khizr Khan and Hillary Clinton, which is why we are publishing his article and his article only today. Regular postings will continue tomorrow, August 3rd.

OOV


Dear Mr. Khan,

I, like millions of Americans saw your speech at the DNC on Thursday night.

I wish to offer my sympathy for the death of your son, Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in action in Iraq.

As a former US Army officer, and a veteran of the Gulf War, I can certainly understand the pain and anguish that you and your wife endure every day.

Your son died saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. As Jesus told his disciples, according to the Gospel of John, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Captain Khan is a hero. I am sure the soldiers he served with regard him as one. I know you and your wife do. Rest assured that millions of veterans regard your son as a hero as well.

To paraphrase from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, your son’s name liveth for evermore.

Your son made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, a country that was new to you and your family and one which you openly embraced and certainly love.

When you and your family arrived to America from Pakistan, you assimilated into our country. You adopted American ways, learned our history and apparently you even acquired a pocket Constitution along the way. Good for you sir.

But, there are many Muslims in America who not only have no desire to assimilate, but wish to live under Sharia Law.

That is unacceptable to Americans. There is only one law of the land. That is the U.S. Constitution.

As you well know, Mr. Khan, we live in violent times, dangerous times. Muslim madmen from ISIS and other radical Jihadi groups are on a murder and terror spree across the globe.

Your religion of peace, Islam, is anything but that in 2016. That is a fact that is confirmed every time a Muslim shoots, bombs, beheads and tortures innocent men, women and children. This does not mean that every Muslim is a terrorist, but most terrorists, sir, are indeed Muslims.

A Muslim terrorist attack has become the sign of the times.

Regardless of what the feckless, naïve, leftist ideologue Barack Obama and his dimwitted colleagues John Kerry, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel state, the United States and the West are at war with Radical Islam. It is the job of the president of the United States to protect his nation from all enemies; foreign and domestic. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama romanticizes Islam and refuses to accept reality, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent people across the world.

Groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda have one goal, the complete destruction of the Judeo-Christian culture, our religions and our way of life.

Many Americans have families that have been here for decades, even centuries. Many families like mine have relatives who fought in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Some families have relatives who fought in the American Revolution.

We don’t plan on letting our country be devoured by Muslim maniacs. We are Americans sir, and not unarmed, socialist European zombies. We will do what is necessary to protect the United States. While many Democrats and liberals see the world through rose colored glasses, conservatives understand that there is good and evil in this world. Evil must be destroyed before it destroys us.

Strong measures, wartime measures, must be taken to protect this country from those that wish to annihilate us and our way of life.

Mr. Trump’s plan to temporarily halt immigration from Muslim countries that are known to either support terrorism or harbor terrorist groups is not only pragmatic, but indeed it is constitutional. It is the constitutional duty of the president of the United States to protect this nation.

There is simply no way to vet hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from war zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Europe is being destroyed because reckless leaders like Angela Merkel have opened the continent’s doors to a flood of over one million undocumented Muslims arriving with nothing more than a bad attitude and a haversack of Jihad.

Do you think Americans are stupid? While the left lives in a dream world, the right does not. Mr. Trump understands the threat to his nation and the threat, sir, is not from Swedish Lutherans named Anna and Lars. The threat, sir, is from radical Islam.

How in God’s name are U.S. immigration authorities supposed to know the true intentions of a 22-year-old Syrian man? It is impossible. You know it is impossible.

How in God’s name are U.S. immigration authorities supposed to know the true intentions of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and thousands of other sundry Muslims who wish to arrive on our shores?

It is impossible. You know it is impossible.

Whether you, your wife, the Muslim world and millions of Democrats are offended by Mr. Trump’s realistic view of the world is irrelevant.

Whether you, your wife and son would have been prohibited from emigrating from Pakistan to America under Mr. Trump’s wartime plan is irrelevant. The security of this great land supersedes your desires and the desires of others who wish to come here now. The United States of America has no obligation to open its doors in order to placate foreigners and liberals in our government.

To adopt any other course but Mr. Trump’s would be a cause for further endangering the lives of Americans every day. That, sir, is unacceptable.

You attacked Mr. Trump in front of a worldwide audience, yet you can’t understand the fact that he defends himself against attacks from you, Hillary Clinton and the left. What else is one to do sir?

We must live in a world of reality, not a world of denial, delusion and fantasy the Democrats inhabit every waking day of their lives.

Radical Islam is the enemy of everyone on this planet who believes in freedom and justice. Until it is destroyed, this nation must protect itself from enemies both foreign and domestic.

Sincerely,

Ray Starmann

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Clinton ‘Created ISIS’ With Her ‘Stupidity’

POLIZETTE — Donald Trump hammered Hillary Clinton Sunday for a Democratic National Convention devoid of not only prescriptions to combat radical Islamic terrorism, but even mention of the threat.

“Our country’s a mess. And that’s why when [Hillary] makes the speech, she doesn’t talk about radical Islam,” Trump said during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “This Week.” “She doesn’t talk about the problems that we have in this country and throughout the world. Many of the problems, she caused. I mean, she created ISIS with her stupidity and her lack of knowledge with her bad judgment.”

Although Democrats squeezed in almost twice as many speakers during their convention as Republicans, barely any time at all was spent addressing radical Islamic terrorism or any Democratic plan to keep Americans from safe from its increasingly global reach.

In fact, the first day of the DNC Convention did not see mention of terrorism or ISIS by even one speaker, despite the increasing death toll of westerners at the hands of savage Jihadists.

“Based on our searches of C-SPAN closed-captioning text, Congressional Quarterly transcripts and other video archiving services, we couldn’t find any speaker who mentioned ‘ISIS,’ ‘Islamic’ ‘terror,’ ‘terrorist,’ or ‘terrorism’ during the first day of the convention,” PolitiFact reported on Tuesday.

100,000 EXPECTED TO ATTEND MUSLIM ANTI-TERROR RALLY IN DC – ONLY A COUPLE DOZEN SHOW UP — GWP

RUDY GIULIANI: ELECTRONIC MONITORING DEVICES FOR PEOPLE ON THE TERROR WATCH LIST WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT IDEA — HOT AIR

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Immigrant Mass Murder Syndrome Update: 556 Killed, Over 1500 Wounded in North America Alone

VDARE — See our updated FAQ “What is Immigrant Mass Murder Syndrome?” which has an extensive list of immigrant Mass Murders.

In Nice, France, a Muslim immigrant truck driver deliberately crashes his truck into a French crowd. In Munich, a “German-Iranian” youth, said by German authorities to be something of mental case rather than a formal terrorist asset, commits a mass shooting of his “fellow” German citizens. Then there’s the guy with the ax in the German train, and the other Muslim guy with the machete.

Those are Muslim crimes, presumably done for Muslim reasons, and there have been many of them committed in the United States by (a) Muslim immigrants, and (b) the “absimilated” children of Muslim immigrants, of whom Omar Mateen is the most recent in the US.

Absimilation, a word coined by John Derbyshire, is the reverse of assimilation. A non-terrorist example of absimilation would be George P. Bush, the son of Jeb and Columba Bush, who famously said (in Spanish, to a gathering of Hispanic Republicans)“ “She [Columba] told me we have to fight for our race, we have to find the leaders who represent us”. (See also George P.’s statements about the Border Patrol here.)

But Immigrant Mass Murder has also been committed by Asians, Africans, Hispanics, and immigrants from the Caribbean. A list I compiled of these killings included killers from Kuwait, Guyana, India, Burma, Somalia, and Vietnam—all in 2015.

What these attacks are is not the kind of international action that George W. Bush tried to solve by invading Afghanistan and Iraq—they’re what VDARE.com calls “Immigrant Mass Murder” and the solution to them is an immigration moratorium.

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Let’s Roll: Why Standing Up to a Terrorist Is Your Best Self-Defense

DAILY SIGNAL — After the carnage like we’ve witnessed in American cities such as San Bernardino and Orlando, and more recently in Europe, the national conversation tends to shift temporarily back toward gun control legislation and how to best protect ourselves in the homeland from future terrorist attacks.

Sadly, however, what is always absent from these post-tragedy conversations is any mention of one change with enormous potential to save lives—one which would not require controversial legislation, millions of dollars, nor procurement of expensive advanced technologies. This change includes an overdue re-examination of how unarmed civilians should respond during these events, including how federal, state, and local authorities tell the public to respond.

Most every American has at some point either discussed or practiced an “active shooter response” based on guidance developed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Originally created, in part, as a buffer against potential lawsuits in the wake of a Nebraska mall shooting in late 2007, the guidance teaches us to run away if possible, hide if you are unable to escape, and fight back only as a last resort.

Today, “Run, Hide, Fight” is taught to everyone and mandated not only by the DHS, but also by the FBI, law enforcement…and even the military, including for its own members. Fear of lawsuits (by grieving family members of victims who fought back) still drives this and indirectly paralyzes everyone into watching helplessly as the active shooter and terrorist menace rampages.

Despite this public mandate to run away or cower when under attack, America vigorously celebrates those who violate this edict and confront the threat.

Three Americans were among those who famously thwarted an attack on a Paris train in August of last year; they’ve enjoyed celebrity status in the months since. Numerous other examples exist of average Americans bucking their government’s guidance, ignoring their survival instincts, and doing the right thing to help save others, and themselves.

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How Left and Right Are Both Blinded to Islamist Terrorism

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — From the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 to the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Istanbul, Orlando and now Nice, the United States and much of the democratic world has experienced attacks committed by Islamist terrorists. And as we have seen so many times in recent years, politicians on both the left and the right are either unable or unwilling to conceptualize a legitimate response to the problem.

On the right, many Republicans have shown that they understand neither the U.S. Constitution nor American values. From Ben Carson arguing that a Muslim should not be president, to Jeb Bush claiming that only Syrian Christians should be allowed into the country, to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump demanding a wholesale ban on Muslims crossing our borders, to Newt Gingrich demanding that Muslims in the United States be tested on whether they believe in sharia, many prominent Republicans seem unaware of—or unconcerned with—the very values and principles this country is supposed to represent.

Unfortunately, one would be just as hard-pressed to find a politician on the left who has spoken with consistent moral clarity and intelligence about this problem. What we see instead from the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s presidential election campaign is the belief that a carefully calibrated strategy of political correctness, cultural relativism and moral cowardice can protect us from militant Islamists. And in the absence of honesty about the nature of the problem, it is easy to see why average citizens would be confused and turn to demagogues for answers and leadership.

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Missing: A Societal Effort to Halt Terror

LIFESETTE — In World War I, Thomas Edison spent most of his time working on naval research. During World War II, Hollywood churned out one propaganda film after another.

During the Cold War, presidents of both parties demonstrated a steely resolve for decades to bring down the “Evil Empire.”

During the war on terror, the president studiously avoids references to America’s adversaries that could be construed as offensive, and the nation’s leading technology companies figure out ways to thwart anti-terrorism investigators.

It’s not your father’s (or your grandfather’s or great-grandfather’s) war effort.

“It’s certainly the case that since 9/11, there has not been a kind of total societal commitment that would have been expected,” said Kyle Shideler, director of threat assessment for the Washington-based Center for Security Policy.

There are some signs that may be starting to change, in Europe at least. Several news organizations in France have announced they no longer will reprint photographs of terrorists in order to avoid “posthumous gratification,” according to the The Guardian of London. Shideler noted that France this month called up 12,000 police reserves to supplement the 120,000 police and soldiers already deployed around the county in response to recent terrorist attacks.

But Sebastian Gorka, the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory Marine Corps University, said he is not so sure. He noted that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for instance, still opposes placing any caps on Syrian refugees coming into her country despite terrorist attacks that have resulted.

“We still haven’t come to the bottom of the bucket yet,” he said. “The disconnect between the operators … and their political masters is huge.”

Gorka, author of “Defeating Jihad,” said the United States never marshaled an all-out response to Islamic terrorism.

ILLINOIS DEM TAMMY DUCKWORTH OPPOSES HELPING ISRAEL PROTECT AGAINST TERRORISM — WFB

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Hillary’s Ties to the Shady Islamic Cleric Accused of Backing Turkey’s Coup

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s global network of donors and allies has long been criticized by opponents as a sort-of “who’s who” list full of shady bankers, dictators, and backroom power brokers. Add alleged military coup backers to that list.The Horn News

No matter where you look, Bill and Hillary Clinton always seem to wind up at the center of a possible corruption scandal. The Clinton Foundation, as Peter Schweizer reported in the New York Times, was at the center of shady dealings between Russia and the Clintons. Bill Clinton received $500,000 from the politically connected Russian firm Renaissance Capital for a speech. Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, saw to it that a Russian bid, linked to the same firm and supported by Vladimir Putin, to acquire around twenty percent of the American stockpile of uranium was approved. This directly suborned American national foreign-policy interests to Moscow. Then there are the Clinton Foundation’s relations with the Gulf States. Once again, buckraking to the tune of over $85 million from the likes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman commanded precedence over all for the Clintons. Bill Clinton himself is buddies with the tyrannical ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and entered into business arrangements with him. So much for Hillary Clinton’s pious avowals to be in the vanguard for women’s rights or child labourers. When it comes to turning a dollar, both Clinton have an elastic sense of morality. The Clinton Foundation isn’t tainted by such unethical dealings; it is suffused by them.

Now there is a new scandal that promises to be a doozy. It surrounds the alleged connection between the Clintons and the shadowy Islamist at the center of the July 15th failed military coup in Turkey—Fethullah Gulen.

According to a 2015 USA Today investigation, Gulen’s followers have been accused of “illegally financing congressional travel abroad” and providing “hundreds of thousands of dollars of improper campaign donations to congressional and presidential candidates.” Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton were linked to this Gulen web of illegal finance in the USA Today report.

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French Catholic Parish Donated Land to Build Jihadist’s Mosque

BREITBART — In what can only be described as a cruel irony, the Roman Catholic parish where Islamic terrorists slit the throat of Father Jacques Hamel Tuesday had donated the land on which the local mosque is built.

On Tuesday morning, two terrorists associated with the Islamic State entered the parish church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray while 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was saying Mass. The assailants seized Father Hamel, made him kneel down and slit his throat on camera before taking the other members of the congregation as hostages. Both attackers were subsequently killed by police.

A block away, the Yahia mosque of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray was inaugurated in 2000, constructed on a plot of land donated by the Catholic parish where Tuesday’s attack took place.

Reports from France declare that the small Norman town is “known to be an anchor of the Jihadist network,” and the local “Salafist” mosque has been the spiritual home to several known Islamist radicals.

In November 2014, a year before the Paris and Saint-Denis jihadist attacks, this city of 30,000 souls had already made news as a hotspot of radical Islam.

At that time, the Directorate General of Internal Security (RPS) arrested several people from the area who were suspected of ties to the Islamic State and were allegedly preparing to travel to Syria.

Police arrested three young people in the nearby town of Saint-Pierre-les-Elbeuf, while a fourth, a 22-year-old identified only as “Jordan,” was not arrested because he had already escaped to Syria to join ISIS.

All four attended a mosque that newspapers at the time simply described as the “Salafist Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Mosque.”

FRANCE’S BLEEDING HEART — FPM

NORMANDY PRIEST SLAUGHTER: EUROPE TEETERS ON THE BRINK — FPM

ISIS COWARDS USED NUNS AS HUMAN SHIELDS AFTER KILLING PRIEST — TOWNHALL

FRENCH MEDIA TO STOP PUBLISHING PHOTOS AND NAMES OF TERRORISTS — GUARDIAN (UK)

ROBERT SPENCER ANALYZES RECENT JIHAD ATTACKS IN GERMANY–ALONG WITH EUROPE’S GRIM FUTURE — VDARE

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FBI Chief Warns ‘Terrorist Diaspora’ Will Come to the West

STARS & STRIPES — Hundreds of terrorists will fan out to infiltrate western Europe and the U.S. to carry out attacks on a wider scale as Islamic State is defeated in Syria, FBI Director James Comey warned.

“At some point there’s going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we’ve never seen before,” Comey said Wednesday in New York. “We saw the future of this threat in Brussels and Paris,” said the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, adding that future attacks will be on “an order of magnitude greater.”

Comey’s blunt warnings echo those of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has scoffed at Obama administration efforts to defeat Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq. Nonetheless, the FBI chief’s comments reflect a consensus among U.S. intelligence officials that the group inevitably will strike out abroad as it continues to lose ground militarily under attack from a U.S.-led coalition.

* CIA Director John Brennan told the Senate Intelligence Committee in June that “our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach.” Using an acronym for Islamic State, Brennan said, “as the pressure mounts on ISIL, we judge that it will intensify its global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda.”

HOMELAND CHIEF SAYS BIGGEST FEAR IS LONE WOLF STYLE TERROR ATTACK — FOX NEWS

KNIVES HAVE REPLACED GUNS IN TERROR ATTACKS — MCCLATCHY DC

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Socialist Pope Francis in Denial: Says ‘the World’s at War’ – but Not a Religious One

FOX NEWS LATINO — During his tenure in the Vatican, Pope Francis has frequently found himself caught in the position of condemning fundamentalist violence without appearing to blame Islam itself.

On Wednesday, reacting to the killing of a Catholic priest in the French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray by two men who may have been inspired by ISIS, the Argentinian pontiff went further in his condemnation than ever before.

“Let’s not be afraid to state this reality: The world is at war,” he said, according to the Wall Street Journal. Because, he added, “It has lost the peace.”

The pope spoke to reporters on the papal plane en route from Rome to Poland. “This holy priest, who died just at the moment that he offered the prayer for the whole church, is one (victim). But how many Christians, how many innocents, how many children?” Francis said, referring to attacks on Christians in places like Nigeria.

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War Is Upon the Docile West

POLIZETTE — An elderly Catholic priest was brutally murdered by two ISIS terrorists on Tuesday.

Despite the gun control machinations of western liberal leaders, this horrific assault did not require assault weapons, it did not require explosives, it only required a target society too willing to embrace its own demise.

After entering the church near Rouen, France — and taking worshipers and nuns hostage — the knife-wielding attackers cut the priest’s throat. Another hostage was stabbed and is reportedly in critical condition.

The evil of ISIS is increasingly spinning out of control. The group’s reach and the extreme and graphic nature of its attacks — and their frequency — seem only to grow. Tuesday’s attack is the fifth such incident in 30 days, and the second in a week.

“We have reached a point where the broad Western public are [sic] becoming desensitized to terrorist atrocities, they have become so frequent that the usual cycle of mourning and recrimination is no longer complete before the next attack begins,” said Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the Bow Group, the U.K.’s oldest conservative think tank.

In Ansbach, Germany, on Sunday, a Syrian migrant detonated a nail-packed suicide bomb at a wine bar, after being denied entry into a music festival. On July 18, a Muslim attacked people with an ax on a train in Wuerzburg, Germany.

The following day, in Garda-Colombe, France, a mother and her three daughters were attacked by a Muslim for being insufficiently clothed. On July 14, a Muslim migrant in Nice, France, drove into a group of revelers celebrating Bastille Day and killed 84, including 10 children.

Since the beginning of 2015, there have been 21 attacks by Islamic militants in France, killing well over 200 people.

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Islamic State Terrorists Slit Catholic Priest’s Throat at Altar, Videotape ‘Sermon’ in Arabic

WASHINGTON TIMES — A pair of Islamic State-linked terrorists slit a priest’s throat at the altar of a Catholic church in northern France on Tuesday before videotaping a “sermon” in Arabic to mark the ritualistic slaughter — the fourth attack in a week by the terrorist group, which since June has claimed responsibility for killing more than 600 people in several countries, including the U.S.

The killing of the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 85, as he celebrated Mass at a small church near Rouen, marked the first time that the Iraq/Syria-based group targeted a church in the West, sending a shudder through religious communities that have highlighted the militants’ persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

“I’m not aware of another one in the West. However, their targeting of Christianity and looking at this as a religious war is not new,” said Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, a conservative think tank in Washington.

Congressional Republicans lauded the Obama administration in March for saying Islamic State fighters were responsible for genocide against Christians and other religious minorities, though they felt that assessment was long overdue. On Tuesday, they feared the church attack in Normandy presaged a wave of new attacks as extremists lash out against the West.

“The president needs to ensure that Americans are safe and that such attacks against Christians will not happen in the U.S.,” said Rep. Vern Buchanan, Florida Republican. “We are at war with radical Islam and ISIS terrorists.”

DEMOCRATS AVOID MENTIONS OF TERRORISM, ISLAMIC STATE — WASHINGTON TIMES

MADELEINE ALBRIGHT DROPS ISIS REFERENCES FROM CONVENTION SPEECH — WASHINGTON TIMES

NORMANDY PRIEST SLAUGHTER: EUROPE TEETERS ON THE BRINK — FPM

FRENCH TERRORIST WHO KILLED PRIEST WAS ON A WATCH LIST, WORE A TRACKER — DC

WASHINGTON ROLLS OUT ANOTHER MYOPIC ANTI-ISIS STRATEGY — TNI

TERRORIST WHO MURDERED PRIEST IN NORMANDY WAS UNDER HOUSE ARREST FOR PREVIOUS TERRORISM CHARGES — TOWNHALL

AS US DEBATES REFUGEE POLICY, GERMANY SUFFERS THREE ATTACKS IN THREE DAYS — TOWNHALL

THE SURGE CONTINUES: ALMOST 7,000 SYRIAN REFUGEES HAVE ENTERED U.S. SINCE OCTOBER — TOWNHALL

ISIS WARN LONDON ‘NEXT TO BE ATTACKED’ AS UK CHURCHES PUT ON TERROR ALERT AFTER FRENCH PRIEST MURDER — MIRROR (UK)

POLICEWOMAN ACCUSES FRENCH GOVERNMENT OF TRYING TO CONCEAL NICE SECURITY FAILINGS — WFB

THE UN FUNDS REPRESSIVE REGIMES AT THE EXPENSE OF US TAXPAYERS — DAILY SIGNAL

PREPARING FOR THE WORST: HOW TO RESPOND TO AN ACTIVE SHOOTER — DAILY SIGNAL

BRAZIL INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE SECOND ISIS CELL PLOTTING AN ATTACK DURING OLYMPICS — FNL

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Muslim Immigration Problems: U.K. Shows Guardians Will Not Guard

VDARE (PETER CLEBURNE — H/T Morgoth’s Review

As it seems pleasantly likely that the question of Muslim immigration into America will figure in the election, VDARE.com readers should acquaint themselves with the British site Morgoth’s Review, which casts a cold eye on the U.K. experience.

The Public Sector Bolsheviks & The White Kulaks says

 
 

    One of the earlier articles I wrote at this blog was a piece called ”Just Another 300 White Girls Raped And Tortured” in which I expressed my anger and dismay at the casual manner in which the mainstream press were reporting on yet another ghastly case of English girls as young as eleven being sexually abused and tortured by non-White, Muslim men in Oxford.

    The Oxford Grooming Scandal now has its own Wikipedia entry and there’s been an official investigation and report into the horror which took place.

 
Morgoth’s Review goes on the cite repulsive details from which it is impossible not to conclude that not just lust but racial hatred motivated these animals.

Morgoth’s Review goes on the cite repulsive details from which it is impossible not to conclude that not just lust but racial hatred motivated these animals.

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Lessons Learned From the Latest Terror Attack in Munich

DAILY CALLER — Well, we’re here once again, about a week since the terrorist attack in Nice. Now, the target of terror was a mall in Munich. Nine people are dead, and over two dozen were injured. So, let’s review the old lessons, and also take in the new lessons as well. While officials in the area have not officially revealed the motive, reports from eyewitnesses indicated that the shooter yelled “I’m German” and “Allahu ackbar” as he opened fire.

Germany, like most of Europe, has very strict gun laws. To own a gun, you have to demonstrate a “genuine reason” for it – hunting, collecting, target shooting. One has to get a license for each gun one seeks to own. There is also registration provisions as well.

As we saw in Paris, San Bernardino, Tel Aviv, and even Orlando, such strict gun laws don’t stop those who are bent on committing murder from acquiring guns to do so if they are of a mind to do so. The attack in Nice proved that a terrorist doesn’t need guns to rack up a huge body count. This won’t stop the gun-grabbers from calling for more gun laws here, but the fact is one well worth noting.

The next lesson, one driven home from Orlando, is that gun-free zones don’t work, either. Once someone’s decided to carry out an attack, those signs prohibiting firearms are worse than useless, leaving the real first responders far less able to respond effectively. Put it this way, at mall in Clackamas, Oregon, days before the Sandy Hook shooting, Nick Meli, a concealed carry permit holder stopped a shooter just by displaying his gun. Total casualties: Two dead, one wounded.

AMERICANS IN SAUDI ARABIA WARNED TO ‘TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS’ BY STATE DEPARTMENT AMID TERROR THREAT — NY DAILY NEWS

ON REFUGEE FLOWS, RADICALIZED LONE WOLVES, UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, AND INDISCRIMINATE SLAUGHTER — CIS

FBI: THREE PALM BEACH COUNTY MEN CHARGED WITH SUPPORTING ISIS — HOT AIR

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