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Obama signals he’s ‘pulling a fast one’ on Americans for illegal aliens

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, September 13th, 2014

This is article 462 of 462 in the topic Immigration

Presidents Barack Obama and his minions, such as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, are all but out-and-out telling American voters that they are preparing to “pull a fast one” on the nation by waiting until after election day to implement Obama’s immigration plan by fiat, according to a number of critics in law enforcement and immigration reform organizations. Obama’s White House chief of staff promised Latino congressmen in a closed meeting on Thursday that Obama will act on his own by the end 2014.

President Obama spent the week assuring immigration activists and illegal aliens that he still plans to fundamentally change the immigration system and go as far as he can under the law as he understands the law. “That means Obama is going to do what he pleases, U.S. Constitution be damned,” warns former police officer and public safety director Jan Kirby.

“This administration treats the Constitution as if it were a license to do whatever they feel is good for the country even if a majority of Americans oppose their actions to give upwards of 11 million lawbreakers a very Merry Christmas this year,” said Kirby.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough allegedly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that they shouldn’t blame Obama since the request to “hold off” on his immigration plan by fiat is a result of squawking by Senate Democrats who may lose their seat if they go along with Obama’s illegal alien giveaway.

After the meeting with Latino lawmakers, McDonough briefed reporters saying, “It was good to catch up with the caucus and underscore to them our continuing commitment to resolve the challenges with our broken immigration system and underscore to them that the president will act on this before the end of the year.”

Law enforcement and immigration reform officials see this as the Democrats telegraphing that once they are safely ensconced in office, they will push for amnesty for their future voting block, according to several police officials such as Iris Aquino, a Hispanic police officer. “We spend billions of dollars on border security and immigration enforcement and for what? Border security is an illusion and immigration enforcement is a game of Russian Roulette without the bullet,” she quipped.

After the meeting, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, visibly angry, said, “No more excuses. I don’t care what senator is dangling in the wind, I don’t care what Republican proposal is being put forward, I don’t care what happens, we are moving forward. The holiday season must be a season of blessings for millions of undocumented families across America.”

Gutierrez is the congressman who called Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents the “Gestapo,” and regularly denigrates Border Patrol agents, according to a 2011 Examiner news story. “He is more interested in the welfare of lawbreaking illegal aliens than the American citizens who are losing their childrens’ inheritance,” said Jan Kirby. “The fact is Obama and the left-wing of his party want to pull a fast one on voters.

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Breaking: British hostage beheaded by ISIS terrorists in video

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, September 13th, 2014

This is article 790 of 793 in the topic Terrorism

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria released another disturbing video on the Internet Saturday evening they stated “showcases” the beheading of British national David Haines, an aid worker who volunteered to help victims of the terrorist conflict

In the video created by ISIS, a masked Islamist with a British-sounding accent addresses the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron, before appearing to brutally slice David Haines’s head off of his body. The 44-year-old Scottish citizen had been abducted in 2013 while working for a French agency NGO (non-governmental agency). Earlier on Saturday, Haines’ family begged the captors of the father of two to make contact and discuss the death threat..

The video, which is just as disturbing as the beheadings of the two American journalists — James Foley and Steven Sotloft — shows Haines kneeling in the sand wearing an orange jumpsuit, just as Foley and Sotloft did. The terrorist threatens Britain for helping to arm Kurdish forces in Iraq who are battling the Islamic State.

Meanwhile in the African nation of Uganda, police reported that they uncovered a terrorist plot by Somalia’s al-Qaida ally Al Shabaab to attack the United States Embassy in Kampala.

The U.S. embassy staff had warned U.S. citizens earlier on Saturday to stay in their homes while police conduct a counterterrorism dragnet in search of the suspected terrorist cell. Ugandan police say they have already made several arrests.

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New York City radio DJ blasts Obama and Holder over homegrown jihadists

by Jim Kouri on Friday, September 12th, 2014

This is article 789 of 793 in the topic Terrorism

A top New York City comedian and radio disk jockey, in a departure from his usual light-hearted show, blasted President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric for their total lack of attention to the June 2014 murder of a 19-year-old Livingston, New Jersey, college student by a perpetrator who admitted he was an Islamic jihadist. Todd Pettengill, host of WPLJ’s “The Todd Show”, called the killing “evidence that domestic terrorism is already here,” according to Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered” on Friday.

During the FNC segment, Pettengill is heard discussing the murder of Brendan Tevlin for more than eight minutes, saying that the killing by a self-proclaimed Muslim terrorist begs the question: why the terrorist incident never received more attention even after the alleged murderer confessed that he killed Tevlin, as well as other victims on the West Coast, as retaliation for U.S. military actions in the Middle East.

Pettengil strongly criticized President Obama and Attorney General Holder for not mentioning the case in recent speeches and while at the same time downplaying the threat posed by radical Islamists currently living in the United States. “It was in fact an act of jihad, perpetrated by a fellow American who sympathized more with those who want to annihilate us than with his own country and its people,” Pettengill said during his radio show.

“If there was ever a reason to riot in the streets in the name of humanity it would for this case. But has that happened? No. And I’m not suggesting that it should,” he told his show’s listeners.

According to an Aug. 21, 2014, Examiner news story (one of the few written about the federal terrorism case involving Devlin):

The suspect, Ali Muhammad Brown, allegedly told investigators and the prosecutor is that his actions were justified and that he was retaliating for the deaths of his brother jihadists at the hands of U.S. soldiers and law enforcement agents, according to a police detective, Morris Hempner, who is following the terrorism case. Brown is also a registered sex offender.

The 29-year-old American-born suspect was charged at his arraignment on Wednesday with first-degree murder by the King County, Washington, Prosecutor’s Office for the the shooting death of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson on April 27, 2014. Police said Henderson was shot with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun 10 times in the back as he was walking towards his home.

The self-styled jihadist was charged earlier with first-degree murder for shooting and killing Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in Seattle on June 1, 2014. In addition, Ali Muhammad Brown is suspected of killing a 19-year-old college student, Brendan Tevlin, in Newark, New Jersey, on June 25, after Brown traveled from Seattle to New Jersey to evade a police arrest warrant. All four victims were allegedly killed by multiple gunshots from the same 9mm handgun.

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Two years after Benghazi massacre Obama administration faces more lawsuits

by Jim Kouri on Friday, September 12th, 2014

This is article 457 of 461 in the topic Government Corruption

On Wednesday, the same day that denizens of America’s newsrooms breathlessly awaited the speech by the Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama, and the day before the second-anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attack, a Beltway watchdog group reported that it had filed three additional Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against both the Department of State and the Defense Department.

The goal of filing these lawsuits is have a federal judge order the Obama administration to provide government records, emails and reports regarding what occurred immediately before, during, and after the deadly Islamist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans — including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens — mortally wounded.

Earlier this year Judicial Watch forced the Obama administration through a federal judge to release an email from Obama’s Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes. That email revealed that it was members of the White House staff who created what amounted to fraudulent talking points. Those talking points claimed that an Internet video blaspheming the Prophet Mohammad and the spontaneous demonstrations over that video were the reason for the Benghazi attack.

It was the revelation of that specific email, which the White House kept from members of Congress, that led to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, to request and obtain House approval for a special Select Committee on Benghazi — under the leadership of former criminal prosecutor, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina — to probe all aspects of the Benghazi scandal.

Hillary Clinton’s extensive notes

During one of her televised interviews promoting yet another memoir, Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned that she “took extensive notes during the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi. When she was asked if those notes would be given to the House’s Benghazi Select Committee, she cleverly responded, “They can read the book.” But Judicial Watch is now responding: “[Our] lawsuit could force Clinton to turn over all notes taken {before], during, and following the attack.”‘

“When I saw that interview, I was disgusted with Hillary [Clinton] and the entire Obama government. How easy to be flippant about an incident that killed four good men, one of whom she claimed was her friend. I feel sorry for Judicial Watch and anyone else seeking answers to Benghazi. They’re dealing with two of the most deceitful American politicians in recent history: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama,” said political strategist and attorney Mike Baker.

In a shocking revelation, Judicial Watch has stated that, so far, it has filed 40 FOIA requests, a Mandatory Declassification Review, and seven lawsuits against the Obama administration relating to the Benghazi terrorist attack.

“Once again, we are going to court to force the Obama administration to come clean about the events surrounding the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Hillary Clinton’s flippant refusal to make available the notes she took during the attack fits right in with the Obama administration’s pattern of obstruction. This administration, which promised to be the ‘most transparent in history’ has turned out to be one the most secretive.

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Homegrown female jihadist pleads guilty to ISIS conspiracy

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

This is article 791 of 793 in the topic Terrorism

A Colorado teenager on Wednesday evening — just hours before President Barack Obama’s speech on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — pleaded guilty to one count of providing material support to ISIS, according to Justice Department officials. Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old woman residing in Arvada, Colorado, pleaded guilty to just one count in the terrorism conspiracy with the understanding that she will lead federal law enforcement and intelligence officers to other homegrown radicalized Muslims.

According to the Justice Department, her primary goal was to assist ISIS terrorists in Syria. Law enforcement officers arrested Conley in April when she attempted to board an airliner at Denver International Airport on her way to Syria. She was charged by the FBI agents with attempting to aid a terrorist organization on both the State Department and Treasury Department terrorist organization lists.

On the condition that she will help U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agents she is only facing about five years in federal prison and pay a $250,000 fine.

Conley’s arrest and prosecution legitimizes the fears many Americans share regarding ISIS attacks on the homeland. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies claim they don’t have the exact number of Americans fighting alongside ISIS jihadists, but the United Nations says the number of foreign fighters from Western nations numbers about 12,000.

As part of the terrorism conspiracy, Conley signed-up as a U.S. Army Explorer to gain knowledge of military tactics and firearms prowess. She also confessed to obtaining nursing certification and National Rifle Association (NRA) certification.

Conley told agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force that if she couldn’t fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL,) she hoped to use her nurse’s aide training to help “patch up” wounded terrorists, according to court documents. Conley told her interrogators that she had wanted to marry a Muslim man she met on the Internet, who she claims is a Tunisian national who fought for ISIS, a group that the U.S. is currently attacking. Law enforcement officers said they are “still investigating the suitor, identified in court documents only as Y.M.”

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram following ISIS’s modus operandi in caliphate building

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 788 of 793 in the topic Terrorism

Most of the town’s populace reportedly fled as Boko Haram changed its MO (modus operandi). While it once conducted attacks on villages and towns and would retreat after killing and plundering, it is now leaving occupation forces to maintain control.

Meanwhile, Nigerian security forces killed 50 jihadists during a raid on their stronghold in the town of Kawuri over the weekend, according to George Lesner, a former military intelligence operative and civilian law enforcement official.

“Boko Haram has expanded its Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria in cities and towns such as Marte, Ngala, Banki, Bama, Gulak and a number of others. It’s using similar tactics to those used by the Islamic State in its Iraq and Syria in terrorist operations,” said Lesner.

Thousands of refugees from towns and villages occupied by Boko Haram jihadists are taking refuge in the city of Maiduguri , which already has a population of two million Nigerians.

In April, Boko Haram shocked the world when its jihadists abducted close to 300 Nigerian schoolgirls from a town in Borno state. The abduction gained the attention of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama who posted a photo on the Internet asking Boko Haram to release the children, according to an Examiner news story in July.

Several nations, including the United States, Britain, China and France gave their military assistance to help locate and save the girls but their efforts “have met with negative results,” said Lesner.

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Probe of inspectors general complaints against Obama Justice Dept. to begin

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 456 of 461 in the topic Government Corruption

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee will hold a special hearing titled, “Access to Justice?: Does DOJ’s Office of Inspector General have Access to Information Needed to Conduct Proper Oversight?” to investigate allegations that the Obama Administration has been stonewalling the investigations conducted by its own Inspector General at the Department of Justice, according to lawmakers.

According to a number of news reports including one by the Examiner, 47 of the 73 federal Inspectors General wrote a letter to congressional leaders complaining about the Obama administration’s limitations placed on getting access to records that in turn interferes with oversight by the Inspectors General at federal agencies, including the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice.

While federal law makes it clear that an Inspector General should receive timely and “unfettered access to all records that relate to its official activities,” in their letter of complaint they claimed that “the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General had essential records withheld by agency components in three different reviews” and that the Department of Justice leadership only produced the requested documents after it decided that “the three reviews were of assistance to the Department of Justice’s leadership.”

A key witness who will testify at the hearing is the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, who is expected to focus attention on a problem that has plagued the United States and its people almost from the start of the supposedly “most transparent White House in history.”

During an interview on Fox News, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, called the letter unprecedented. “I’ve never seen a letter like this, and my folks have checked — there has never been a letter even with a dozen IGs complaining. This is the majority of all inspectors general saying not just in the examples they gave, but government wide, they see a pattern that is making them unable to do their job.” Issa chairs the House Oversight Committee which has been at the forefront of numerous probes of Obama-related scandals.

“It’s deeply troubling that Department of Justice leadership has stonewalled the Inspector General’s investigations several times and only produced requested documents after officials concluded that it would help them. The Inspector General’s activities should not be dependent upon the whims of a particular administration. Efforts to restrict or delay an Inspector General’s access to key materials in turn deprive the American people and their elected representatives of timely oversight information with which to evaluate an agency’s performance,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia.

“Limiting access, except in very narrow instances, is at odds with the necessary independence of Inspectors General and is contrary to Congressional intent. Efforts to reduce transparency, such as those described by the Inspectors General, will leave agencies vulnerable to mismanagement and misconduct, and will not be tolerated,” Goodlatte noted.

Several observers, especially those working in law enforcement, find the stonewalling and lack of cooperation criminal. “There are people in prison who have done the same things this President and his minions do on almost a daily basis. It’s called obstruction of justice,” stated former police detective, now a corporate security director, Matthew Hyland, Jr.

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Gun policy expert: Islamist beheadings are proof of gun control foolishness

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 561 of 572 in the topic Gun Rights

A top Inside the Beltway firearms expert and policy wonk on Monday told Examiner that the videotaped Islamist beheadings of Americans are a serious wake-up call for all clear-thinking people throughout the world, especially for the people of America, a nation the radical Muslims dubbed the “Great Satan.”

“The murderous, barbaric, and savage actions of the Islamic State (IS) and other Islamist entities reveal the true nature of these groups and their members,” said gun rights expert John M. Snyder, who serves on the boards of advisers for two national police organizations representing more than 100,000 police commanders and officers. “Their activities reflect the wretchedness of their thinking,” he said.

Snyder — an advisory board member for the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens — believes that the global activities of terrorist organizations and so-called “lone-wolves” or “homegrown” jihadists are prima facie evidence of the futility of depending on others to protect Americans and their loved-ones and the increased need for serious self-defense training for each American.

“Snyder knows what every cop understands: police officers are not in a position to be ‘first-responders’ for many Americans. The real first-responders are the American people who are being personally targeted by terrorists, gang members and common criminals,” said former police training officer Lloyd Lorensen.

“Americans must emulate police SWAT team officers, who train, train, train for that one incident in which their abilities will make the difference between life and death.” Lorensen recommended. “That includes regularly spending quality time at the firing range.”

According to Snyder, officials from both political parties say the Islamic terrorists are already here. “Congressional leaders have warn us about the Islamist threat [including] Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, [chairpersons] of the House and the Senate Select Committees on Intelligence.”

“We need personal firearms for self-defense against potential terrorist attacks,” he stressed. “Proposals for different kinds of gun control pale in comparison with this need.”

“Whether they realize it or not, [gun-control proponents] in politics, business, media, entertainment and academe work against the safety of Americans who need firearms for self-defense,” said Snyder, a former editor for NRA publications. “This includes unfortunately some of the most monetarily successful members of our society. Their billionaire bucks undermine self-defense civil rights.”

The gun rights activist points to people such as former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, as well as multi-billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates who fork over huge financial contributions to “gun-grabbing” organizations. “They spend money to destroy freedom,” Snyder sadly notes.

Snyder believes a recent academic study strongly suggests the utter futility of gun control initiatives as crime control or anti-terrorism measures. Professor Mark Gius of Quinnipiac University’s Department of Economics found that between 1980 and 2009, U.S. “states with more restrictive concealed carry weapon (CCW) laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10% higher’ than those of other states.”

Gius’ analysis also found that state “murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal (assault weapon and large magazine) ban was in effect.” As NRA-ILA noted, “[T]he bans went into effect in September 1994 and expired in September 2004. During the 10 years 1995-2004, the average annual murder rare was 6.2 per 100,000 population.

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Terrorist attack during 9/11 anniversary a growing concern

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 128 of 128 in the topic National Security

One of the biggest stories covered on the Sunday morning television news shows was the ongoing jihad being waged by the group originally calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but in the aftermath of invading and occupying territory in both Syria and Iraq they now prefer simply the Islamic State. A major focus during more than one of the news shows was the likelihood of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

For example, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, during a Sunday morning interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, claimed that he and his colleagues aren’t aware of any specific threat during the run-up to — or during — the memorial for the 13th Anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that left thousands dead and leveled one of the world’s largest business complexes.

But, Congressman King cautioned that ISIS and al-Qaida are already increasing the intensity of their rhetoric as they continue their actions in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Kenya and other locations with large numbers of Islamist fighters.

“We cannot let our guard down for a second, especially with the anniversary of 9/11 coming up,” King said on ABC’s “This Week” news show.

In addition, according to an Examiner news story, Somalia’s government officials on Saturday advised the U.S., Kenya and other nations’ officials to go on high alert in response to possible retaliation for the U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attack that specifically targeted Al Shabaab’s Islamist leader on Labor Day.

The al-Qaida affiliated terrorist organization claimed that its Emir, 37-year-old Ahmed Abdi Godane was assassinated by the United States military in a UAV, or drone, attack on an Al Shabaab stronghold in southern Somalia last week, according to Examiner.

With over 3.5 million visa overstays already in the U.S., several security experts believe it would be next to impossible for an ill-prepared immigration system to stop returning Americans from the battlefields of Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and other nations.

A Government Accountability Office study revealed that U.S. border security efforts have been focused on securing the nation’s northern and southern borders. However, more than 40 percent of all illegal aliens do not sneak across the northern and southern borders, but enter the U.S. legally through the front door and then never leave in spite of their visa expiration, according to a 2012 Examiner news story.

“Does anyone believe an immigration enforcement system that can be defeated by children will stop a well-trained, battle-hardened jihadist? There’s not even a pretense of immigration enforcement by the current administration,” said former anti-terrorism unit and police intelligence officer, Michael Snipes.

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Suspected Syrian jihadi bomb maker extradited to U.S.

by Jim Kouri on Monday, September 1st, 2014

This is article 786 of 793 in the topic Terrorism

Despite the need for human intelligence regarding Syria, Iraq and Islamic terrorist groups, the Obama administration proudly announced on Thursday that a radical Muslim from Syria, who was extradited by the police in Turkey to Phoenix, Arizona, and who faces a number of federal terrorism charges, appeared in federal criminal court instead of being interviewed and interrogated for intelligence, according to a Justice Department report.

The suspect, Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Ahmad, is charged with a number of counts, including conspiracy to use improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in plots against U.S. fighting forces and military vehicles during the Iraqi insurgency between 2005 and 2010, according to an FBI statement.

“Al-Ahmad’s charges also include conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to damage or destroy U.S. government property by means of an explosive and conspiracy to commit extraterritorial murder of a U.S. national, among others,” according to the indictment.

In addition, the 39-year-old Syrian allegedly supplied materials to an Iraqi insurgent group, known as the 1920 Revolution Brigades, for use in making IEDs to target U.S. and coalition military personnel during that five-year period. The 1920 Revolution Brigades is a Sunni terrorist group in Iraq, which is comprised of former members of the disbanded Iraqi army.

“While this capture should be applauded, it’s still a mystery to me why we would bring this terrorist into the United States and treat him like a bank robber or swindler. He should be in Gitmo [Guantanamo Bay, Cuba] being interrogated for intelligence purposes. This [Obama] administration is really dysfunctional,” said former anti-terrorism unit police detective Joseph Kiernan.

Justice Department and FBI documents reveal that Al-Ahmad obtained the components needed by bomb makers to create radio-controlled IEDs. The dual-use bomb parts were purchased by the suspect from a company headquartered in the Arizona, according to court documents.

The prosecutors and FBI agents said, “[T]hat the parts [given to the 1920 Revolution Brigades] were believed to be used in a 2007 attack near the Baghdad International Airport, that left three U.S. soldiers dead. Also, the IEDs allegedly manufactured in a Baghdad home by Al-Ahmad were used in a 2007 attack that killed one U.S. soldier and [wounded] four others.”

Al-Ahmad was originally charged in May 2011 and but wasn’t arrested until he crossed the border from Syria into Turkey. He was held by the Turkish police until Wednesday when he was extradited from Turkey to Arizona, according to the FBI statement.

Al-Ahmad is facing a maximum life sentence and his trial is scheduled for Oct. 7, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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