PipeLineNews Archives: August 2012

What Kurtz' "Radical in Chief" Tells Us About Barack Obama

"Radical in Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism," Stanley Kurtz, pp. 485,
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Egypt's New Military Leader, General el-Sissi Is Ikhwan Through And Through
August 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Over the last week the proverbial "other shoe" has dropped in Egypt with the country's jihadist President, Mohammed Morsi, sacking the country's military leadership [led by now "retired" Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi] and replacing it with one headed by General el-Sissi, a known quantity

Until this action many viewed Tantawi as a kind of moderating power behind Morsi's throne.

We never fell for that malarkey, understanding that Morsi was calling shots from the get go, exerting considerable influence even before his election in a fraud filled plebiscite.  

Morsi's  uneasy partnership with the more hard line Salafists leaves him with no significant opposition, though the Salafists will push Morsi hard for a more rapid imposition of Shari'a. No one could stop him even if they so wished, and apparently outside of the Copts, few do.

The change came lightening quick, as is Morsi's style, instantly making DOD Chief Panetta appear foolish and naive in his fawning July 31 statement,  "He is the president of all the Egyptian people and he is truly committed to implementing democratic reforms,” the secretary added. In his view, Panetta said, Mursi and Tantawi have a good relationship and are working together toward the same goal..." [source, DOD website, Panetta Says New Egyptian President Is His "Own Man" ]

Don't think so Mr. Panetta, he might be president of all the people but he is no more democratic than is Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez.

Tantawi was viewed as friendly to the United States, his service commanding an Egyptian force which participated in op Desert Storm, having no small part in that assessment and much of his officer corps had received U.S. training - for better or worse.

Regardless of how Tantawi and the rest of Egypt's' high ranking officers are viewed by many, they are and have been paid rather handsomely, i.e., they have simply been bought off. Their continued fealty to the U.S. is therefore not assured in the least - any more than bin-Laden stayed a "bought man" after the U.S. made it possible for his mujahideen to defeat the Soviets, upon which he turned rabidly on his benefactors.
As one of the few who understands this development with a clear head, Andrew McCarthy today notes what dispassionate observers of the bogus Arab Spring should also be able to see:
"...Egypt’s military culture is not “inured against Islamism...as an institution — Egypt’s army has always been rife with Islamists. That is because Egyptian society is decidedly pro-Islamist. The military...[is]...a reflection of Egyptian society." [source, Andrew McCarthy, General el-Sissi’s Ties - The important ones are to the Brotherhood, not the U.S. National Review]
Egypt's military is Islamist in its operative sensibilities and [again as McCarthy makes clear] el-Sissi, could not possibly have risen so quickly through the ranks if it hadn't been for his Brotherhood sympathies.

So despite the ignorance being displayed by the media about this matter as well as the hoax of a democratic Arab Spring, el-Sissi 's arrival on the scene should be viewed for what it is, another sign that  Egypt's leaders look far more to Iran for inspiration, than towards the da'wa consuming Americans who continue to feed this beast expecting it to lose its vicious central core of enmity towards the West.
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Hamas "Associated" CAIR Outraged Over Losing Nuisance Mosque Surveillance Lawsuit

August 16, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, about which Federal court documents state is associated with Hamas ["The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," source The Investigative Project] along with its unholy alliance partner,  the American Civil Liberties Union, the nations' most notorious leftist hired gun, recently lost a California case wherein these two entities attempted to make public, intelligence information gathered by the FBI during its surveillance of certain Orange County California mosques.

CAIR and the ACLU's stinging slap in the face delivered at the hands of U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, was compounded by the fact that he simply threw the case out of court on the grounds that such sensitive intelligence information could not be disclosed without harming U.S. national security.

This was a thoughtful, wise decision.

U.S - 1, CAIR/ACLU - 0.

Sorry boys, that's called a shutout, you lose.

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The Sound Of Silence Screaming - Media Ignore Questions Regarding Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration Of Team Obama

The West's Cultural Malaise and its Bearing on Resisting External Threat


August 14, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Multiple Internet searches over a number of days reveal that no major news organization will go anywhere near what is one of, if not the, most important story in a very long time, announced last Wednesday at a DC PR event.

As of 07:30 August 12, exactly 63 pieces had been aggregated by Google News, with the major media's contribution nowhere in evidence, i.e. no filings by the usual suspects, CBS, MSNBC, CNN and the rest.

The story is toxic.

CSPAN however, to its credit, was there shooting video of the entire event.

The news to which the above refers was "broken" [shards of this story have been seriously floating about for months] at the National Press Club in DC.

Ok, enough teasing of the story...

On August 9, the highly respected former Federal Prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy headlined  a major press event during which he presented a wealth of information regarding the influence/infiltration operations currently underway - undertaken by the Muslim Brotherhood [MB] - which have targeted Barack Obama's White House. This cultural jihad is being coordinated by the domestic representatives of the Brotherhood, many of whom were named as unindicted co-conspirators in  U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the Fed's largest and most successful  prosecution of domestic Hamas funding.

To be accurate the MB has  been engaged in these efforts since well before Mr. Obama came to town, however the degree to which previous administrations were compromised was nil as compared to the welcoming arms of Team Obama; witness the administration's endorsement of the Muslim Brotherhood's ascension to power in Egypt and its choice of the most radical domestic MB front groups as partners.

By way of quick background; the Brotherhood was created in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna in 1928 and is almost universally understood by  non-politicized [therefore excluding nincompoops such as Obama's counter terrorist advisor, John O. Brennan and Secretary of State Clinton] national security professionals as being the ideological and logistical motive force behind the current resurgence of  Islamic jihad.

Al-Qaeda, Hamas and similar terrorist groups were birthed by the Ikhwan [Arabic for Muslim Brotherhood]. Its early intellectual powerhouse, Sayyid Qutb's many Islamist tracts are required reading by jihadists around the world, especially his most well known work, Milestones, which is a fiery but thoughtfully constructed [justified by Qutb's citing chapter and verse from the Qur'an] refutation of Western values as well as a call for making "God's religion" [Islam] supreme through jihad.

In an August 8 PIpeLineNews.org filing, Former Federal Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy and Frank Gaffney's Presser On  Possible Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operation Inside White House we showed why Mr. McCarthy has special credibility in this area of study. He is the party responsible for prosecuting and convicting Omar Abdel Rahman, the "Blind Sheik,"  on terror charges relating to the first [1993] bombing of New York's World Trade Center and related conspiracies to bomb New York landmarks.

Rahman is now serving a life sentence, however at a medical facility because of his many infirmities, benevolent treatment indeed.

His is the perfect case for illustrating how thoroughly this WH has been  rolled by Islamist pressure groups.

For example, the State Dept. recently gave an Egyptian member of the designated terrorist group, Jama'a al-Islamiya [the group led by Rahman in Egypt before he was deported] clearance to travel to the U.S., whereupon despite his publicly declared FTO membership, he was permitted to pitch "senior level" WH team members on the idea of freeing the convicted terrorist Rahman, presumably as a gesture of good will.

It goes deeper than that - this coming September, Mr. Obama has made plans to roll out the red carpet for Mohammed Morsi, the president elect of Egypt and a top official in the MB. This is an unprecedented action granting legitimacy to a government whose first order of business is to "reconsider," Egypt's long standing peace treaty with Israel. It also has the effect of enhancing the stature, especially in the Muslim world, of an ideology that has been devoted for the better part of 80 years to promoting a fundamentalist Islamic revolution by whatever means necessary. It's very difficult not to conclude that the administration is actively engaged in promoting the Ikhwan's goals.

The centerpiece of Mr. McCarthy's presentation dealt with, absent any suggestion of guilt, allegations that the family of Mrs. Clinton's Assistant Chief of Staff [Huma Abedin] appears to have had [in the case of her father] and now maintain [in the case of Abedin's mother Dr. Saleha Abedin and her brother] substantial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and/or its front organizations. These relationships have been maintained over a long period of time and therefore do not appear to be a passing dalliance.

In other circumstances  such a major announcement - suggesting the possibility of a serious national security breach - would have injected the story more fully into the national consciousness and the presidential contest.

In a minor effort, the most rabid members of left, their media assassins, did take up the hue and cry, mainly charging...what else...bigotry and Islamophobia, but the MSM looked the other way...the story wasn't even pushed by MoveOn. It was however mentioned by some of the Sorosbot websites, aside from the crazies in Berkeley.

The news didn't register even a ripple within the Romney camp.

That's probably best understood as being the result of a tactical decision...too hot....don't want to go there. Perhaps this is understandable given the direction the race has taken, what with the scorched earth campaign being directed by the WH.

Mindful of Obama's early intensive training as an Alinsky disciple and his proven associations with the socialist boot camp, the Midwestern Academy, his opponent must be "fixed," "pinned" and then "killed." Why give these people, so the thinking might go, another weapon? Already the WH is suggesting that Mr. Romney is a murderer, felon, tax cheat, animal abuser and "vulture" capitalist.

Re that last tag, Warren Buffet might be able to provide some mirthful insight, assuming he isn't out on a plundering safari of his own right now.

Ignoring the candidates - we do note here that the President did make some remarks regarding Ms. Abedin at his annual Iftar dinner, the feast celebrating the breaking of the Muslim fast during Ramadan - there are many explanations regarding how the media, political parties, radio talkers and activists dealt with this issue.

The first that comes to mind is that that as far as the cable Goliath, Fox News is concerned, this and related topics simply scare the hell out of them. It is always uncomfortable to observe Bill O'Reilly, who has a solid background as a hard hitting real journalist, puts on two sets of kid gloves whenever a member of CAIR is invited to appear. This despite CAIR having been associated with Hamas in Federal court documents.

Similarly it's  been ignored by the nation's major conservative talkers.

Blood in the water, fear in the air...

On the left, the overwhelming majority of the press conceives its role to act as defenders of this administration regardless of cost, consequence, plummeting circulation and accumulation of debt.

As Rush has often sagely observed, the MSM news industry [such as it is] is the one business sector which has no interest in generating sufficient revenue to be independent, nor does it seem concerned that the majority of its potential viewer base won't tune in because its leftist bias is so clearly displayed.

So the MSM Fourth Estate is heavily invested in the President's reelection and are largely responsible for putting him in office in the first place. But they won't go "there" either, not wanting to draw attention to a potentially very serious matter.

It must be allowed though that the Obama/media team, which did indeed run a brilliant if shamelessly deceitful 2008 campaign, had considerable help in its mission provided by the hapless, increasingly unstable Senator John McCain, who unfortunately is veering ever further out of orbit.

Mission control to the white courtesy phone please.

Over the last few months McCain has abruptly abandoned his strong opposition on the Muslim Brotherhood. Where not too long ago he was a vigorous critic of the group, shuddering at the thought of it ever coming to power in Egypt, he has reversed course,  now viciously assailing members of his own party who have made entirely proper inquiries - Congressional Letters of Inquiry - through proper channels regarding the same allegations as were detailed during the  McCarthy presentation.

Mr. McCain is now hopelessly damaged goods because of his calculated, across  the aisle, chummy relationship with Secretary of  State Clinton. A few months ago, this wasn't much of an issue - just McCain being McCain - but when Mr. McCarthy and others, significantly Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, stepped to the fore,  pointing out the impropriety of a completely unvetted Huma Abedin serving  in such a highly sensitive position.

McCain's not too artful zigzag makes clear that above all he is self-aggrandizing, irresponsible and a dupe.

Despite such antics, the reality is that Ms. Abedin would be hard pressed - absent her very long relationship with Mrs. Clinton which has essentially shielded her, 'grandfathered'  past the normal security protocol - to pass even the most cursory background security check, let alone the FBI's "full monte," which is necessarily as invasive as hell.

Additional information on this controversy was recently published by Walid Shoebat, himself a former radical Islamist. A week ago he  issued a 37 page memorandum on the subject, presenting new details on the matter. Importantly, much of  it using Arab sources, [see Shoebat research]

The preceding aside, we believe that something larger is at work here though one seldom discussed [outside of "rightist/conservative" intellectual circles] that being the nexus between the hard left/neo-Marxists and the IslamoFascists - in David Horowitz' apt coinage, "the Unholy Alliance."

This uneasy partnership of sorts [the parties disagree on the most basic of issues] is based upon on the age-old dictum that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

The goal of both is the overturning of American society, but the results for which each group agitates are out of phase and irreconcilable.

This relationship provides another reason for the lefty MSM to look the other way.

Underlining the media's general reticence to examine the Brotherhood, its roots, goals and impact, likewise, there have been very few "serious" media probes of the MB's American front groups, despite there being undeniable proof that they exist in large numbers.

The notable exception here was a groundbreaking article courageously published in 2004 by the Chicago Tribune, which notes in part that the Muslim Students Association, which has chapters on nearly every major American college campus, is one of  the Muslim Brothers creations,  "While the U.S. Brotherhood was influential from its beginning---in 1963 it helped establish the Muslim Students Association, one of the first national Islamic groups in the U.S.--Elkadi thought the group could expand its reach." [source, Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Sam Roe and Laurie Cohen, A Rare Look at the Secretive Muslim Brotherhood, Chicago Tribune, September 19, 2004]

But there is a larger and in many ways more serious issue floating around all of the give and take on this matter [regardless of the paucity of coverage] and that involves a deep cultural problem that has spread through the West over the past 100 or so years.

At this level, the most basic challenge facing America and Europe hides between the crevices of everyday life and has to be looked for, it doesn't just jump out at you.

What we are talking about here is an extreme loss of cultural confidence by the West - a political/moral/social system which has provided both the highest standard of living in history while allowing America to become intellectually and militarily powerful enough to have served as the arsenal of democracy. On numerous occasions we have pulled our European forbears out of the jaws of totalitarianism.

In many quarters this inability to take pride in the West's accomplishments is accompanied by a deep sense of cultural shame - an inferiority complex about our history, traditions, values and even our basic organizing principles.

A significant byproduct of this state of affairs is dangerous; in large measure, the West is  no longer willing to defend itself against a more aggressive, culturally ascendant - read Muslim - world.

This malady is kindled and stoked by the wide institutional acceptance [near devotional in a religious sense] of  a pathological form of multiculturalism which is ruthlessly enforced. Another chief component of this ideology [which is rooted in Marxism] is the rejection of our long tradition of American exceptionalism1

This is the pervasive stifling environment in which America's editorial boardrooms operate.

Some examples:
  • Refusing to identify the  perpetrators of often heinous crimes by their ethnicity.
  • Abusing the language by calling illegal aliens, undocumented workers, though many of them are on some form of government assistance and have no intention of working.
  • Banning of any linkage between religion and acts of barbarism.
Guidelines have been drafted by trade groups representing journalists on these matters including such august bodies as, the Society of Professional Journalists, which have  blindered the press when writing about "sensitive," subjects, of which there are many these days.

Consider the following and note the date, only 3 weeks after the U.S. sustained the most deadly domestic act of terrorism in its history:
"Diversity - Guidelines for Countering Racial, Ethnic and Religious Profiling

On Oct. 6, 2001 at its National Convention in Seattle, the Society of Professional Journalists passed a resolution urging members and fellow journalists to take steps against racial profiling in their coverage of the war on terrorism and to reaffirm their commitment to:

Use language that is informative and not inflammatory;

Portray Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences;

Seek truth through a variety of voices and perspectives that help audiences understand the complexities of the events in Pennsylvania, New York City and Washington, D.C
." [source, Guidance: Society of Professional Journalists ]

Putting forth false narratives about the richness and diversity of cultures which haven't displayed much of either for hundreds of years represents fairness? This isn't guidance, rather it's evidence of intentional media bias and journalistic malfeasance. Yet this is the West's operative media tone.

We are at a loss to understand why an unqualified condemnation of the tribal machete warfare [entirely too gruesome to describe here] which took place in Rwanda is not appropriate. Are there redeeming richness and diversity issues that we are somehow overlooking? Are we supposed to withhold judging these butchers by our standards simply because those wielding the machetes are Black Africans?

Thus, the overall effect of these very real "guidelines" is one of thought control.

In government this willful ignorance is exemplified by such things as the Department of Homeland Security banning the use of the quite correct and descriptive term, "Islamic terrorism," and in its place substituting remarkably twisted linguistics:
"The program's overall goal is to better prepare buildings and infrastructure to recover from manmade...disaster events such as explosive blasts; chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) agents..." [source, DHS website High Performance and Integrated Design Resilience Program.]

In the secular religion of the left, this is cannon law and its violation constitutes the equivalent of a mortal  sin. In practice such transgressions are punished by labeling the offender a racist, bigot, homophobe...or Islamophobe.

Imagine some future breathless talking head announcing that manmade disaster Mohammed has leveled DC.

The result is as simple as it is devastating - it has become ideologically unforgivable to  judge other cultures by Western standards. Doing that would involve making a qualitative determination upon which would follow a judgment that some cultures are inferior to ours.

Which they manifestly are. Yet our hands are tied, mouths duct taped shut.

This conclusion however in the real world, outside the leftist cubicle, would not be made on the basis of some inward sense bigotry, it would be based upon said cultures or societies denying the existence of what we firmly believe to be self-evident, basic human rights and freedoms, most of which are notated in our Bill of Rights, and which used to imbue every fragment of this society.

This is the ugly bludgeon which the left has successfully used as a battering ram to rape, pillage and burn its way to the seat of power.

This is Mr. Obama and his cohorts' buckler and shield.

The Italian Communist theoretician, Antonio Gramsci, in the early part of the 20th century, identified the process of cultural transformation, which is entirely what the left is about, as "marching through the institutions," slowly taking over the mechanisms whereby culture is created and molded; the print and electronic news media, the arts, the law, the universities, government, organized religion...nothing that contributes to the nature of a society is left untouched by this process.

When this happens we are bound up in Dostoevsky's contention, a truism it seems, that if God does not exist, then everything is permitted.

This is a rejection of the concept of revealed truth, of immutable moral precepts which originate at a level above man's existence. Under this construction both Judaism and Christianity entirely lose their ability to provide guidance in human affairs.

Why not kill, or covet your neighbors wife or goods. Why set aside a time of contemplation of things larger than yourself?

If there is no ultimate set of precepts upon which actions may be judged and evaluated, then all bets are off - which is precisely where we find ourselves - stranded, operating upon principles concocted out of whole cloth largely by German philosophers and transplanted to our shores in a variety of ways.

One of these involved the wholesale importation of hand selected intellectuals who fled pre World War II Europe who were quickly snapped up by academia.
"...From the beginning, The New School maintained close ties to Europe. Its founders had, in part, modeled the school after the Volkshochschulen for adults established in Germany. Then during the 1920s, Alvin Johnson, The New School’s director, became co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. While working on this massive undertaking, Johnson collaborated regularly with colleagues in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. It was they who made him aware of the danger the Nazi movement presented to democracy and the civilized world before many in the United States had grasped the seriousness of the situation. In 1933, when Hitler came to power and began to purge Jews and politically hostile elements from German universities, Johnson responded. With the financial support of philanthropist Hiram Halle and the Rockefeller Foundation, he obtained funding to provide a haven in the United States for scholars whose careers (and lives) were threatened by the Nazis. This University in Exile was given a home..." [source, The New School for Social Research]

This instant professoriate was almost uniformly "progressive" in its ideology and ultimately served  to further the imprint of neo-Marxism on higher education.

America and her First World brothers can't possibly retain their vitality by engaging in mindless speculation, hand wringing and self criticism about our basic goodness or moral worth because doing so undermine our will. Left unchecked or uncountered the process slowly saps a society's fortitude and desire to thrive, a process which once started is difficult to stop and which can easily result in cultural suicide, or such a weakened society that it can easily be subverted from within - the endgame which leftist/Islamist union is pursuing.

The lack of action by much of the political right makes it appear short sighted, unsophisticated and having little grasp of cultural dynamics. As a result, what should be the opposition, unknowingly risks losing the society over the fear of contemptuous charges of bigotry rather than demonstrating that often those hurling these verbal grenades are the true bigots.

This mindset makes it impossible to state without terrible self-righteous vengeance,  an obvious truth - that much of the left and all Islamists are anti-Semitic/Jew haters.

The only defense against these efforts to abridge First Amendment rights is to become entirely comfortable with such specious charges if need be and not be deterred, while pointing out the murderous effect that multicultural handcuffing the West is having.

Looked at in a positive sense, the real import of this  tactic is that it means that you have drawn blood in this very real battle.

These are the charges most feared by not only mainstream GOP types but many who are genuinely conservative.

If we are to survive as a nation, as a society, as Western civilization, the only course of action is speaking the truth as espoused by the Founding Fathers. We must preserve our traditions because they has evolved and come about in an organic manner, one block built upon another over the ages, with those obviously miscast rejected and replaced - this last attribute is one over which this country fought its most costly, bloody and societally wrenching conflict, the Civil War. As should be apparent to all the toll of that war is still felt today, fully 150 after its origin, yet it was a price that was entirely worth paying.

This is how a healthy society self corrects.

The pathway down which the left, the Islamists and all manner of utopian top down collectivist master social planners intend to lead us, inevitably ends in dystopia - piles of skulls, ovens of death and Gulags of unbelievable brutality.

End Notes:

1. William Bennett, writing in his excellent two volume work, America, the Last Best Hope and speaking of James Madison, the "small and slight," dynamo behind the U.S. Constitution, stated, "Madison's achievement is America's achievement. As such it stands as one of world historical importance. As Judge John Noonan has put it:"

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Former Dutch Hostage Oerlemans: “Jihadists from Africa, Asia and Europe are Fighting in Syria”
August 7, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On  July 19, Dutch press photographer Jeroen Oerlemans and his British colleague John Cantlie were taken hostage in Northwestern Syria by a group of twenty bearded jihadists, possibly from Al-Qaeda. Their Syrian guide Dahram had (deliberately?) taken a wrong turn. He had smuggled them from Turkey into Syria. The same guide had successfully smuggled John into Syria a few months earlier. On that occasion he and John had turned left, but now the smuggler suddenly turned right leading them straight into a jihadist camp where the two photographers from Europe and their guide were immediately taken hostage.
“All of them were foreign jihadists,” Oerlemans told the Dutch press after he and Cantlie had been liberated by the so-called “Free Syrian Army.” “Some of them spoke English with a British accent as if they were from Birmingham. There were also a number of Africans, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Chechens.” Oerlemans said that among the Pakistanis was a 12-year-old boy who spoke English quite well. The ‘military’ use of children is common practice among violent Muslim jihadists and African warlords. One only wonders if the boy’s Pakistani parents are aware of what their 12-year-old offspring is doing in Al-Qaeda’s latest battleground – Syria.
For that’s what those jihadists in Northwestern Syria claimed to be: holy warriors from Al-Qaeda.
They initially accused Oerlemans and Cantlie of being CIA agents. “When we were interrogated they said that they didn’t believe we were journalists, the term CIA was mentioned repeatedly,” Oerlemans  told the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. “One of the black (African) jihadists became hysterical and shouted: ‘They are journalists who now see how we are preparing an international jihad right on this spot.’”
There were religious sermons every day. They told their European hostages that they should prepare for death and that it would be better for them to die as Muslims than as infidels. They don’t want Western democracy. Instead, they want to create an Islamic state in Syria and impose Sharia law on the whole population.
On the second day, the three hostages made an attempt to escape. The Syrian guide managed to reach nearby Turkey, but Oerlemans and Cantlie were caught again. Oerlemans was slightly wounded by gunshots. “Kaffir (=infidel), you are gonna die,” he was told.  Two of the jihadists wanted to stone him to death. “My life was saved by the same Pakistani boy who spoke English,” Oerlemans later said. “He convinced the others that it is against Islam to kill a  wounded man.”
Five days later, on July 26, Oerlemans and Cantlie were liberated by four members of the Free Syrian Army. The man who smuggled them into Turkey later told the press that some of those jihadists had previously fought in Libya. “They threatened to kill Oerlemans and Cantlie after the Friday prayer. “Were given only water and dates to eat. Sometimes were handcuffed and allowed to sit to drink and eat.”
After the departure of all US troops from Iraq, Al-Qaeda is making inroads there again. This has direct implications for the role of Al-Qaeda in neighboring Syria. It was not coincidental that in July, after a series of spectacular bomb attacks in Iraq, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) issued a statement praising the jihadists in Syria. “Our people there teach the world the principles of courage and holy war,” he said.
Rania Abouzeid warned in Time: “Syria is becoming an attractive potential theater of
operations for independent would-be jihadists who want to come to the aid of Sunni brethren besieged by a secular regime of Alawites, whom they consider members of an apostate group. There have been reports of a small number of Libyan and Tunisian fighters dying in Syria, despite declarations from many Syrian rebels that they don’t need foreign manpower, just weapons and ammunition.”
Some opposition members welcome jihadists from other countries but others oppose them. Abouzeid quoted a young man named Ahmad who “said he stumbled on Libyans training on the outskirts of his town. The activist had a camera but didn’t film the training. The handful of Libyans were enraged nonetheless, and threatened to break his camera. Ahmad said he told them, ‘This is my country, not yours. You can leave your weapons and you can go home.’ They aren’t helping us. We don’t need them.”
Iran is also actively meddling into the conflict by sending jihadists from its own “Revolutionary Guard,” a well armed elite force comparable to the former Nazi “Waffen-SS.”
Jihadists originating from Europe fighting in Syria
A growing number of jihadists in Syria originate from Europe’s vast Muslim immigrant communities. If Jeroen Oerlemans is right some jihadists in the group that took him and his colleague Cantlie hostage, had a Birmingham accent. They were probably from Britain. Britain today is a hotbed of Islamic radicalism. Since the summer of 2005 more than ten major terrorist attacks planned by radical Muslims have been foiled.  A Somali militant in Britain was recently caught at the Olympic Park. A British Home Office lawyer “warned after his discovery in the Olympic area that the man – known as CF – wanted to ‘re-engage in terrorism-related activities, either in the UK or Somalia.’” CF comes from a large family of Somali origin from north London. He is believed to have “attended a terrorist training camp and fought alongside jihadis from the al-Qaeda group Al-Shabaab.”
In Spain, at least seven major terrorist attacks have been foiled since the successful Al-Qaeda attacks of March 14, 2004. Most recently, three suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists, Ahmad Avar, Muhammad Adanov and Cengiz Yalcin, were arrested by the Spanish police. (Two of them were from Chechnya and claimed they were asylum seekers; Mr. Yalcin is a Turkish immigrant.) However, a judge lamely ruled that the two Chechens should be released due to “lack of evidence.” The judge did not recognize the information provided by the British and American intelligence services. It is believed that one of the Chechens is a specialist in making car bombs and was trained by the notorious Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba which was also responsible for the attacks in Bombay/Mumbai in 2008.
An editorial in the Spanish newspaper El País suggested that prevention of terrorist attacks is important but that arrests cannot take place mainly on the basis information provided by intelligence services. In this case, however, explosives were found in Mr. Yalcin’s house and he is, therefore, still in custody.
Other attacks have not been foiled, though. Thus, in July a Glasgow-based Algerian asylum seeker named Nasserdine Menni was convicted of financing terrorism over a suicide bomb attack in Sweden. Menni supplied money to Taimour Abdulwahab, an Iraqi immigrant in Sweden who carried out the attack in Stockholm in December 2010. “Police recovered a mobile phone from Abdulwahab’s body from which he had made two calls earlier that day to a mobile in Glasgow.”
Militant jihadists do pose a serious threat both in the Middle East, Europe and North America. There would not be so many Muslim militants in Europe and North America if there would not have been such a massive influx of immigrants from the Muslim world. Immigration from risk countries and risk areas must be curbed. Otherwise, the free world will continue to import the violence and conflicts of the immigrants’ home countries. Those immigrants who resort to violence, serious crime or terrorism must be sent back to their home countries. This is fully in conformity with international refugee law. The International “Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees” says in article 33: “(1.) No Contracting State shall expel or return (‘refouler’) a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. (2.) The benefit of the present convention may not, however, be claimed by a refugee whom there are reasonable grounds for regarding as a danger to the security of the country in which he is, or who, having been convicted by a final judgment of a particular serious crime, constitutes a danger to the community of that country.”
Emerson Vermaat is an investigative reporter in the Netherlands. Website: emersonvermaat.com.
NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands), July 27, 2012, p. 2 (“Regelrecht in de handen van fanatieke jihadisten). Foreign jhadists, “Birmingham accent.”
Algemeen Dagblad (Netherlands), July 28, 2012, p. 3 (“Gijzelaar Jeroen Oerlemans met geweld in Syrië bevrijd”). A 12-year-old boy from Pakistan.
De Volkskrant (Netherlands), July 28, 2012, p. 7 (“Voor hetzelfde geld ben je verdwenen”).
NRC Handelsblad, August 4, 2012, “Z&Z,” p. 8. (“De fotograaf en de twee Turkse geheim agenten”). “Were given only water and dates to eat…”
De Volkskrant, July 25, 2012, p. 14, 15 (“Al Qaida zeer actief in Irak… én in Syrië”). Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
Rania Abouzeid, The Syria Crisis: Is Al-Qaeda Intervening in the Conflict?, Time, May 14, 2012.
Rania Abouzeid, Meet the Islamist Militants Fighting Alongside Syria’s Rebels, Time, July 26, 2012.
BBC News, July 20, 2012 (“Nasserdine Menni guilty of funding Stockholm bomb attack”).
El País, (Spain), August 3, 2012, p. 11 (“La lucha sin cuartel contra los yihadistas desde el 11-M”). Foiled terrorist attacks in Spain after March 2004.
El País, August 4, 2102, p. 13 (“El juez envía a prisión solo a uno de los tres presentos islamistas’), p. 24 (‘Prevención frente al terror’); De Telegraaf (Netherlands), August 3, 2012, p. 11 (“Aanslag Al-Qaeda verijdeld”).
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Former Federal Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy and Frank Gaffney's Presser On  Possible Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operation Inside White House


August, 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a joint press conference held today at Washington's National Press Club, Andrew C. McCarthy - the former Federal Prosecutor responsible for putting the spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers [Omar Abdel Rahman, the "Blind" Sheikh] behind bars for life - and Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy [which has prepared a powerful course on the Muslim Brotherhood, The Muslim Brotherhood in America] presented an overwhelming case suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood, and its U.S. front groups, have long been engaged in influence peddling operations at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Mr. McCarthy delivered the majority of the remarks, examining the many security questions surrounding Huma Abedin, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's long time aide and her current Deputy Chief of Staff.

Abedin's familial [and possible personal] links to the Muslim Brotherhood and its many affiliates, have been the topic of a furious debate since five Congressmen [Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) and Tom Rooney (R-FL)] sent a Congressional Letter of Inquiry to the State Department's Assistant Solicitor General, requesting a review of Ms. Abedin's potential national security conflicts of interest which might render her unsuitable to further serve within the Obama administration [see William Mayer, Congress Alarmed Over Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operation Within the Administration, June 19, 2012, PipeLineNews.org]

McCarthy carefully laid out the long-term written strategy drafted by Mohammed Akram - a U.S. based Muslim Brotherhood operative [see, PLN document - half in Arabic, half in English, An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America] - and how important infiltration and influence operations conducted by the MB within the U.S. government were to the plan's success.

Regarding Abedin, Mr. McCarthy noted the key alliances her late father, her mother and brother had and continue to maintain with the MB and its affiliated organizations and found them troubling.

In closing remarks Mr. McCarthy suggested that a thorough review of the degree to which this White House, its Department of State, other federal agencies, as well as Ms. Abedin, may have been compromised by interacting with the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies.

For a list of the MB's American partners, its "friends and organizations," please refer to ]Investigative Project document Holy Land Foundation List of Co-Conspirators/Joint Venturers]  presented into evidence by Federal Attorneys in the United States' largest and most successful prosecution of domestic Hamas funding, U.S. v Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development].
"...government agencies are responsible to police themselves, to ensure that improper influences and conflicts of interest do not skew policy away from the public interest..."

The complete press conference can be view on C-SPAN [see, video Frank Gaffney and Andrew C. McCarthy Discuss Muslim Brotherhood in America].
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Neo Marxists at MoveOn - Push Federal Gun Grab

August 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Any observer of politics could have seen this coming, especially given the recent revelation that Eric Holder/Team Obama's Fast and Furious program was intended to whip up public sentiment in support of abridging Second Amendment rights.

Infringing a citizen's rights to own firearms has been a staple of the left for over 100 years.  Dictators and their wannabes are absolutely correct to fear an armed populace; such a people will not be dominated by the jack boot set without extracting an unacceptable toll on those bent on forced collectivization - a track this country is perilously approaching.

Examples of the gun grabbing mentality are myriad, consider the confiscatory tactics taken by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany as being among the most obvious examples of  suppressing the private ownership of firearms.

The modern neo-Marxist left, the people from MoveOn, Daily Kos, People for the American Way, Media Matters, the Brady crowd and probably 75% of the Democrat party are of the same ilk
These folks are ultra hard leftists, in fact they are neo-Marxists as far as their intention of imposing their will on all of us via the almighty federal hand. These drones consider themselves smarter than you and as a result they want to be both mommy, daddy and if need be chief executioner [incidentally, they have much more in common with Marxism - specifically the labor theory of value and their own vague concept of historicism - than the simple desire for power but exploring those similarities is beyond the scope of this writing].

These people don't give a rat's ass about the Constitution or about rights endowed by a Creator, they find such notions a joke, though they often do have to pay them lip service, leftists never being able to tell the truth regarding their true ideology. Their entire political world revolves around the pursuit of control - yours and mine.

Despite numerous assurances and claims to the contrary, these totalitarian minded activists want to confiscate all privately held firearms. They also know that this is impossible in today's political climate with groups like the NRA kicking ass when need be, which is often.

One of the groups quickly taking advantage of what they perceive as a political opportunity is MoveOn, a Soros funded group which hates traditional America. As an aside, MoveOn has famously stated that it bought the Democrat party years ago. Though this is an obvious hyperbole, it has contains a large kernel of truth.

So it was not at all shocking, that over the weekend we received the following breathless notification from MoveOn's Berkeley crazies:
"Dear MoveOn member,

Good Morning America recently reported that the shooter in Aurora, Colorado, had an AR-15 assault rifle, which can hold upwards of 100 rounds. The last report was that more than 50 people were wounded and 12 killed. While it is true that people kill people and that guns do not shoot themselves, it is also true that this kind of mass execution would not be possible without such high-capacity weapons. How many people have to die before we ban assault weapons?

That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to Congress and President Obama, which says:
Congress should reinstitute the federal ban on assault weapons.
Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Ellen Davis
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This notice appears to be one of, if not the first shot in the rekindled war to deny American's the ability to defend their kith and kin. It's not at all surprising that there is similar chatter coming out of DC, including President Obama's recent statement calling for "common sense" gun laws, always a red flag when one understands that his version of common sense would not be foreign to Mussolini.

This concept fall neatly in their expanisve reading of the "common good," which would blow a such a large hole in the U.S. Constitution that a convoy of 18 wheelers could be driven through it.

In the upcoming days we will once again be subjected to Democrat politicians in high dudgeon demanding stricter laws controlling firearms.

Of course ignored in this push and pull is the obvious truism that only the lawful follow the law and are by definition not the offenders in these tragic mass casualty horrors.

The sad truth about human nature is that criminals will always find ways to obtain firearms or other weapons whereby to put into play their evil intent.

There are numerous methods to harm large numbers of people that do not rely at all on firearms. I will not probe them here, but most anyone with a bit of thought can probably devise other methods to effect such madness.

No, total confiscation of all firearms wouldn't stop mass mayhem - if you can remember back to September 11, 2001 nearly 3,000 American were murdered by Islamic terrorists and the weapon of choice had nothing to do with the pulling of triggers or the reloading of empty magazines.

Those with this level of malice tend to be crafty and their range of options nearly boundless.

The latest gun grabbing move is designed then not prevent senseless violence and increase public safety, it's simply about castrating traditional America's last line of defense against tyranny.

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Mosqueteers Unite! - Feisal Abdul Rauf to Speak at ISNA Confab

July 31, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Islamic Society of North America, declared in federal court proceedings to be "associated" with Hamas,1 is having its annual wing ding on Aug 31-Sept 3, 2012 at the Washington DC Convention Center [source, Program: 49th Annual ISNA Convention - THEME: One Nation Under God: Striving for the Common Good]

Though the event itself, like everything that ISNA undertakes is troubling, we would very briefly like to focus on two of the event's workshops:
Session 6AL Political: Forming a More Perfect Union.

Panel includes Congressman Keith Ellison [D, 5th Dist. MI]

Session 11A: Honoring Human Dignity: Toward a Just Society

Panelists for 11A include, Congressman Andre Carson [D, 7th Dist. IN] and Feisal Abdul Rauf of Ground Zero Hamosque infamy. This gaggle is moderated by the decidedly immoderate: Ahmed Bedier, ex of the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR].

Actually, the speakers list reads like the cultural jihadists' "A" team.
Let's contemplate this---fanatical adherents to a specific interpretation of a religion, non-indigenous to the West - Islam - bent on infiltrating a foreign legal code, Shari'a, into every aspect of American jurisprudence and consequently into the secular public sphere hectoring America to finally become, "a just society."

Bring it on, we can hardly wait---imagine our country modeled upon the justice currently on display in Iran, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

A paradise awaits---don't be late.

Attendees alert: Aroused from many years of slumber by all this talk of justice, freedom and ethnic/religious cooperation, be mindful that the ghost of Democrat "Bull" Connor might be taking midnight strolls through the DC Center's hallways, frothy muzzled German Shepherds at his side, water cannon in hand.

A few tidbits culled from widely available public documents about some of the speakers:

Congressman Keith Ellison, sworn into office on a Qur'an and apparently an Iran nuke denier:
"I am also concerned with the language that seems to shift American policy toward Iran. The resolution warns that Iran ‘may soon attain a nuclear weapons capability,’ a position that goes beyond the Obama Administration’s assessment and could lower the barriers to a military strike against Iran. Even Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz has said he doesn’t believe Iran’s leaders have decided to build a nuclear weapon yet." [source, Statement from Rep. Keith Ellison on the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 [HR 4133], May 9, 2012].

The difficulty of interpreting this language in any way other than as a statement of support for Iran's Mullocracy is considerable. In Ellison's universe, everyone knows that Iran's nuclear program - secreted away  inside Fordo[w] mountain - is devoted solely to the development of peaceful nuclear energy. Of course, Iran is environmentally responsible and wishes to lower its carbon footprint.

What a culture.

Justice, Ahmed Bedier style:

As Steven Emerson's, The Investigative Project on Terrorism notes, Mr. Bedier apparently approves of the stoning of "adulterous" women---and men too, no half measures here.
"Bedier appeared on a public television panel to criticize the documentary "Islam vs. Islamists," which aired in August 2007. In discussing a scene in which a woman is stoned as punishment, he incorrectly argues that the practice no longer exists and is never government sanctioned.

Bedier: Now, obviously the images we saw there, we don't know the circumstances of who is being stoned, how long ago these images were. But if you just look at the religious text itself, when it comes to adultery, the punishment is on both men and women. That's number 1. The second thing is, in order to convict someone on adultery, you have to have four eyewitnesses - who witnessed the actual intercourse happening. So you have to be like a porn star to get convicted. And they didn't indicate that. So it's almost impossible to prove [unintelligible] and let me tell you the punishment for whoever accuses a man or a woman of adultery and does not have four witnesses, they get 70 lashes. That's the punishment" [source, IPT, Ahmed Bedier]

Tickets are probably still available, reserve the date.

1. Federal District Court Judge Jorge Solis in a 2009 post prosecution decision arising out of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development case, was very clear in associating ISNA and its bud CAIR with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, "...The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas..."  [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing].

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Team Obama To Issue Visas To Hundreds of Terrorists?


08:00 - July 30, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - During testimony delivered before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Chaired by Peter King [R-NY], Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security, made the startling suggestion that the present administration could allow an untold number of members of Foreign Terrorist Organizations [FTOs] to travel  to the United States upon the suspicion that their presence here might be "useful," under a set of guidelines which are ill defined.

There are currently 51 organizations designated as FTOs by the State Dept., one of which is Gama’a al-Islamiyya [the Islamic Group], currently #12 on the State Department's  list and recognized as one of Egypt's most violent jihadist groups.

What brought this issue into public view at this moment is that a month ago a member of  Gama’a al-Islamiyya, Hani Nour Eldin, was allowed to enter the country through the combined efforts of State and DHS. It has become apparent that neither DHS nor State followed the standard protocol for vetting this type of individual and the appropriate members of Congress were not informed.

Considering his affiliation with an FTO, Eldin is in a de-facto sense a declared enemy of the United States, yet he was allowed to set foot on American soil and incredibly, granted an audience with "senior WH officials." Though Secret Service checked him out to their own satisfaction we doubt that was as thorough a search as was warranted. Eldin used his time with Obama's inner circle to plead for the release of terror kingpin Omar Abdel Rahman [the Blind Sheikh] who is now serving a life sentence [thank you Andy McCarthy] because of his role in numerous terror plots including one to blow up prominent New York landmarks. Rahman reportedly issued the fatwa which justified, under the Shari'a, the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.

Rahman is an Islamic scholar, originally from Egypt where he led Gama’a al-Islamiyya. He is the party responsible for also having issued the fatwa permitting the murder of Anwar Sadat and spent time in jail for that act, though it was never "proven" in court. Rahman was forced to leave the country because of his subversive activities and somehow allowed to easily immigrate to the United States, apparently not even raising a blip on the feds national security monitoring system, such as it was then and apparently still is.

Regarding Eldin, the question arises, if he is not a threat then why is he asking for Rahman, a key terrorist with a proven record of mayhem to be released so that he can triumphantly re-enter Egypt where he will no doubt be greeted with great enthusiasm by Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi [who has also called for Rahman's release] and then once again join the global jihad?

Concern over this issue accounted for Secretary Napolitano's appearance before the King Committee.

The relevant portion of Ms. Napolitano's statement was defiant, "We are going to continue to have visitors to this country that the State Department and others feel are useful to bring to the country...who say they're members of a political party that in the past has been so designated...[as foreign terrorist organizations]..."

Note: In some sense, all 51 FTOs were "designated" "in the past," though the list is periodically updated. This means that if Gama’a al-Islamiyya has been determined to no longer represent a terrorist threat then it could have simply been removed.

The point here is that this typical DHS-speak, parsing to cloud the issue. In DHS' skewed perspective, FTOs can simply morph into "political parties," problem solved. It seems then that Secretary Napolitano is advancing the argument that foreign political parties which employ religiously condoned violence to implement the establishment of Shari'a do not represent a threat to the U.S. as opposed to their FTO brethren.

King and other members of the committee wanted to probe DHS' thinking regarding the prospect of large numbers of  FTO associates being given essentially carte blanche entry to the U.S., including high ranking officials in both the WH and Congress, by State and/or  DHS, upon the supposition that talking with these people may prove beneficial.

Considering how ineffective talking has been historically in changing the behavior of committed Islamists [for example Iran] it's easy to question State's thinking on this approach.

Seeking some clarification on the matter, we contacted Shane Wolfe, Mr. King's press aide, he provided the following:
"In the Eldin case, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department failed to follow the law.  Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, anyone who belongs to a designated foreign terrorist organization, before receiving a visa, must receive a waiver from the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security.  If you are part of an FTO, you cannot come into the country without getting a waiver.  Eldin, according to his own Facebook page, is a member of the Islamic Group, which is a designated foreign terrorist organization.  Yet he was given a visa, never applied for a waiver, no waiver was given. When he arrived at Kennedy airport, he did not go through any secondary inspection.  The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department failed to comply with either the letter or the spirit of the law."
This incident is more serious than it appears, which explains why  the State Department has not told the truth regarding the details involved in allowing Eldin to enter the U.S. That dissembling has led to at least three different versions of what State has proffered as the truth.

At first DHS and the Dept. of State claimed ignorance of Eldin's Facebook declaration, "But investigators from the State and Homeland Security Departments either ignored Hani’s own Facebook page or didn’t check it at all." [source, White House visit by a terror-linked Egyptian pol violated federal law, Rep. Pete King tells Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano]

After it became apparent that State's dodge wasn't working, as we noted in  State Department Stonewalls Press Inquiry Over Allowing a Member of a Terrorist Group to Meet with Senior Administration National Security Officials its spokesman at a June 25 presser engaged in enough flim-flam and obfuscation to test the patience of even seasoned DC reporters, finally claiming that while an internal investigation had been conducted, the details of just how Mr. Eldin was handled are entirely too sensitive to disclose, at one point making the absurd observation that such a disclosure would harm Eldin's "right to privacy."

Under this logic, Eldin's "rights" as a terrorist non-citizen trump reasonable press inquiries as to what exactly happened here.

That attempt at a cover-up, fishy on its face, quickly collapsed, requiring Ms. Napolitano, certainly one of the most incompetent national security officials in an administration wallowing in them,  to appear before Mr. King's Committee, where she suggested that the spirit of the protocol was followed, though the letter of the law may have gotten a little bent in the process.

The broad lesson we draw from this dog-and-pony show is that Team Obama has decided to simply ignore some of the most important basic considerations regarding national security.

It has gone completely rogue on the issue.

Another consideration; if this policy becomes common practice by State and DHS what will be the disposition of the FTOs whose members have received waivers or visas? Will they be removed from the listing? If not questions of selective enforcement naturally come to the fore. The difficulty would take the form of making decisions as to which members of let's say Hamas, would be allowed into the U.S. and which ones wouldn't. How would anyone know then how to distinguish between a "good" and a "bad" terrorist?

It's easy to see how such a multi-tiered system would generate a level of uncertainty among those charged with riding herd on these matters. In short it would create a bureaucratic nightmare, though given the dysfunctional manner in which Hillary Clinton and Janet Napolitano have run their respective agencies, it might be difficult to tell the difference from standard operating procedure.

For whatever reason, "engagement" with people who are avowed and long standing enemies of the U.S. will apparently continue at an expanded pace, given the "Arab Spring," and the law be damned.

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