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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Ignores Heller: No Protection for Guns It Deems “Dangerous”

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions in Heller and McDonald, many of the lower U.S. courts have been making up their own rules when it comes to the Second Amendment. Tuesday’s outrageous opinion by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Kolbe v. Hogan is yet another example of this. In that case, nine of out fourteen judges ruled that America’s most popular types of rifles, banned in the state of Maryland, have no Second Amendment protection.

The Court called the banned firearms – which include AR-15s and most magazine-fed semi-automatic rifles – “exceptionally lethal weapons of war.” It compared them to the M16, which the court claimed made them categorically unprotected by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Heller. The Court called the difference between a machine gun and a semi-automatic “slight”, despite the substantial differences in function and form, so much so that the federal law regulates each in highly dissimilar ways.

And in doing so, the judges joining the majority opinion actually said that they do not consider themselves bound by the Supreme Court’s majority decision in Heller (to say nothing of their sworn oath to uphold the Constitution).

Heller, of course, concerned the most demonstrably lethal and crime-associated of all firearms: the handgun. Handguns are implicated in more deaths, and more firearm-related crimes, than all other types of firearms combined … by a very large margin. This was extensively briefed for the Supreme Court during the Heller proceedings, and no one contested that argument. The NRA, on behalf of a free people, will continue to vindicate the rights of all law-abiding Americans to keep and bear the best firearms available to protect themselves and their loved ones.  As we’ve been there every step of the way in the Kolbe fight, we will continue to press forward, including appealing the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Moreover, the majority opinion in Heller did not shrink from these facts. The opinion’s author, Justice Scalia, put it very plainly: “We are aware of the problem of handgun violence in this country, and we take seriously the concerns raised by the many amici who believe that prohibition of handgun ownership is a solution.” He continued: “But the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table. These include the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home.”

In other words, the fact that criminals exploit handguns for their own evil purposes could not overcome the fact that responsible, law-abiding Americans also choose them to defend themselves, their families, and their homes.

Heller also counsels against policy-makers picking and choosing among firearm types when enacting prohibitions.  “It is no answer to say, as petitioners do, that it is permissible to ban the possession of handguns so long as the possession of other firearms (i.e., long guns) is allowed,” Scalia wrote. “It is enough to note, as we have observed, that the American people have considered the handgun to be the quintessential self-defense weapon.”

In the post-Heller era, the same could be said of the detachable magazine-fed semi-automatic rifles of the type banned in Maryland. They’re not just popular guns, they’re the most popular types of rifles on the market today. And the fact that many, many millions reside in the hands of Americans, with such a miniscule percentage used in violent crime, show that they are overwhelmingly kept and used for lawful purposes.

But the Fourth Circuit disregarded all this, and instead chose to follow Justice Breyer’s dissenting opinion in Heller. Breyer insisted that even if the majority was right that Second Amendment protects an individual right grounded in self-defense, “the District’s regulation … represents a permissible legislative response to a serious, indeed life-threatening, problem.”

Of course, virtually every author of every gun control law that has ever been passed or proposed has claimed the measure is a matter of life and death. Never mind that few can show any actual evidence their proposed restrictions will save lives. And even if they could, Heller could not be clearer that this claim does not end the matter when it comes to banning the sorts of arms commonly kept by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes. The majority very specifically rejected Breyer’s attempts to use inapt analogies and “interest-balancing” to preserve D.C.’s handgun ban.

Inapt analogies and interest-balancing, however, are exactly the techniques employed by the Kolbe majority. They counterfactually try to analogize AR-15s to M16s and other “weapons of war,” and then they insist such firearms can be subject to a ban because they’re dangerous.  It’s likely that any ban of any type of firearm – and under any circumstances – would survive this shallow and self-serving rationale.

If, as the Fourth Circuit suggests, a firearm loses Second Amendment protection because it is specifically designed for “killing or disabling the enemy,” then the whole idea of the Second Amendment protecting a defensive purpose (or applying to any well-designed firearm, for that matter) collapses. Handguns, rifles, and shotguns of any type can be equally “dangerous.”   

It’s bad enough that the Fourth Circuit considers the choices actually made by law-abiding people irrelevant when it comes to the Second Amendment, contrary to the clear admonition of Heller.

Yet the court’s reasoning is worse than that. It challenges the very notion of freedom itself and the ability of a free people to govern themselves and make their own choices from available alternatives. It puts the people who vote and pay taxes and follow the law below the government that is supposed to serve them and below the criminals who will use every available means to prey upon them. It empowers the courts to decide, on a case-by-case basis, what firearms are “safe” enough for a free people to be trusted to own.

The NRA, on behalf of a free people, will continue to vindicate the rights of all law-abiding Americans to keep and bear the best firearms available to protect themselves and their loved ones.  As we’ve been there every step of the way in the Kolbe fight, we will continue to press forward, including appealing the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Keith Ellison: ‘Blacks don’t have an obligation’ to obey government

he Muslim Brotherhood-linked Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, also has past ties to the Nation of Islam — a black Islamic supremacist, anti-white, anti-gay, anti-Catholic and virulently anti-Semitic group. He conveniently denounced his involvement with the group when it suited him in 2006, after it became an issue during his first run for Congress.

It would seem that no matter how much hatred Ellison has spewed against the U.S. and Israel, his documented Islamic supremacist ties, and his facilitating of the crudest divisions in racial politics, he is still a trusted and influential Democratic leader, and likely soon to be the Chair of the DNC.

“Keith Ellison Once Said Black People Don’t Have ‘Obligation’ To Obey Government”, by Peter Hassan, The Daily Caller, February 23, 2017:

Democratic congressman and DNC chair front-runner Keith Ellison once said that “black people don’t live in a democracy” and “don’t have an obligation” to obey the government.

Ellison made the comments at a 1992 protest after white police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. At least 63 people died in the racially charged riots following the verdict.

Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune quotes Ellison as telling a group of protesters in Minneapolis that “Black people do not live under a democracy.”

“You don’t have an obligation to obey a government that considers you to be less than human,” Ellison said.

Ellison, the nation’s first Muslim congressman, has come under fire for his history of making racially inflammatory comments, as well as his past association with notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, whom Ellison has since renounced. (RELATED: Democratic Donor: Keith Ellison ‘Clearly An Anti-Semite’)

Ellison once called for American blacks to have their own nation and called the U.S. Constitution “best evidence of a white racist conspiracy to subjugate other peoples.”

While speaking to an atheist group in 2007, Ellison compared the Sept. 11 attacks to the Reichstag fire, stopping just short of accusing then-President George W. Bush of having a hand in the attacks.

“It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that,” Ellison said of 9/11, according to reports at the time. “After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”

Ellison went on to say he wouldn’t suggest the U.S. had a hand in the attacks because “you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-ball box — dismiss you,” before later walking back his comments…

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

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VIDEO: Southern Poverty Law Center is a Hate Group

The word “haters” is a very loaded term, and a nonsensical one to boot. The left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), for example, claims to be the ultimate arbiter of “hate,” “haters,” “hate groups,” and “hate crimes.” This 501(c)(3) nonprofit collects handsome sums of money under the pretext of keeping what they call a hatewatch. At the end of 2016 their endowment stood at $302.8 million. That means they have a direct financial interest in painting a picture of a widespread organized hatred in the United States, which “proves” their importance and scares the donors into parting with even more of their money.

As of this writing, the official SPLC list contains 917 “hate groups” – a strikingly high number that makes one wonder just how arbitrary their criteria of “hate” are. A closer look at the numbers and at the SPLC interactive Hate Map shows a bizarre mix of patriot, Christian, and conservative groups, including ACT for America and Center for Security Policy, lumped together with KKK, neo-Nazis, and black separatists.

A “chilling” SPLC chart shows a 197 percent increase in “anti-Muslim hate groups,” with top three featured “extremists” being – wait for it – David Yerushalmi, Robert Spencer, and Frank Gaffney Jr.

This author, who happens to be friends with Robert Spencer and has had the pleasure of shaking hands with David Yerushalmi and Frank Gaffney, can testify that these three gentlemen are highly intelligent, rational, accomplished, and good-natured people without any signs of “extremism” one would expect from such a characterization.

Just what exactly makes one a “hater” in the eyes of the SPLC?

They would argue that a “hater” is a member of a “hate group” who commits “hate crimes” and/or engages in “hate speech.” The key word here is “hate.” Apparently, to make it easier for the SPLC donors to part with their tax-deductible dollars, they are led to believe that America is so full of hateful, one-dimensional psychopaths that if it weren’t for the SPLC’s courageous efforts, the above donors would be hanging from trees, their families raped, and their estates pillaged and burned.

No doubt, the donors only want to protect their families and their communities out of great love. It’s a natural human trait: if you love something, you hate those who endanger the things you love. But here’s the thing: doesn’t the irrational fear and hatred of conservative groups make these SPLC donors “haters” and “conservaphobes”? And doesn’t this make the SPLC itself a “hate group” that engages in “hate speech” against some of America’s most upstanding citizens with whom they disagree ideologically? In fact, doesn’t their effort to mislead people into hating their fellow citizens qualify as a “hate crime”? Why not? By what objective criteria can this be determined?

Is it acceptable for an American citizen, who loves his family and his country, to hate those who mean them harm? Not according to the SPLC, whose “hate watchers” document all such patriotic utterances as “hate speech.” How far does this principle go? Do American soldiers and intelligence operatives who capture and kill Islamic extremists commit “hate crimes” and does that make the U.S. Department of Defense an “anti-Muslim hate group”? Why not?

Curiously enough, the SPLC list of “hate groups” excludes any existing jihadist groups or associations. Neither does it include the anti-Semitic SJP groups with over 126 chapters at American universities. Is the SPLC losing money by not expanding its “hate group” list? Or is it rather saving money by appeasing certain deep-pocketed donors with an anti-Israel agenda?

Even more telling is the absence of violent left-wing groups on that list – especially those responsible for the recent riots in Washington, D.C., Berkeley, and elsewhere. If these don’t qualify as “hate groups” that engage in “hate speech” and commit “hate crimes” then none of these terms has any meaning at all.

One suspects that in the SPLC book of virtues, violent leftist and Islamic extremists are probably listed as “love groups” that engage in “love speech” and commit “love crimes.” It is quite obvious that the SPLC considers itself a “love group.”

That, in the SPLC mind, gives it the moral license to dehumanize conservatives by implying that they have nothing but hatred in their dark, shriveled hearts, and that they have no other motivation than a burning, all-consuming hatred towards women and minorities. How else can we interpret the SPLC’s effort to reduce the entire life’s work and intellectual accomplishments of their fellow citizens to a single disparaging word, “hate”?

This can go both ways, though. Looking at the motivation of leftist groups and their icons, one could say that the SPLC’s portrayal of conservatives is a mere projection of their own condition.
Until now conservatives didn’t call the left “haters” because this was not their game. The best they could do was to quote Matthew 7:5: “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” But that cumbersome phrase doesn’t fit into a 140-character Tweet, unlike the pithy and effective “hate speech.”

But that is changing. Encouraged by President Trump’s example, conservatives have begun to talk back, causing the SPLC “hate counter” to go through the roof.

In SPLC’s own words, all “hate groups” are characterized by “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” That perfectly describes the left’s own beliefs and practices, starting with the original attacking and maligning of all business owners, bankers, traders, and their top-level employees (the so-called “bourgeois class”) as parasites and vicious oppressors.

Hasn’t Barack Obama attacked and maligned white blue collar workers in the flyover country as “bitter clingers”? The SPLC definition makes him a hater. Hasn’t Hillary Clinton attacked and maligned a significant portion of Americans as “deplorables”? She must be a hater. Hasn’t the “mainstream” media attacked and maligned Trump supporters as racist, sexist, uneducated bigots? That makes the “mainstream” media a “hate group.”

A wide array of leftist groups is currently busy spreading hatred among Americans by attacking, maligning, dividing, and pitting classes of people against each other: the poor against the rich, women against men, blacks against whites, gays against straights, transgendered against cisgendered, minorities against majorities, blue states against red states, the north against the south, nature against humans… Entire classes of people are being attacked and maligned for their immutable characteristics. The entire human race is being demonized for being a carbon-based life form.

The left has become the largest and most powerful “movement of hate” the world has ever known.

They’ll tell you that “in order to qualify as a ‘hater’ one must be in a position of power,” but such excuses no longer work. The left is the power. Having taken over the media, education, publishing, entertainment, most corporations and charities, all government bureaucracies, and even some churches, let alone what is now called the “deep state,” the left is unabashedly flexing its muscles, trying to show Donald Trump who the real boss is, unwittingly abandoning the old game of pretense and making it known that the left is no longer the underdog and hasn’t been one in a long time.

Though the leftists still cling to their masks of valiant rebels, Americans increasingly see them for who they really are – deposed despots who’ll stop at nothing to get their power back. The true rebels of today are fighting the leftist establishment. The left loves being in control and hates the American people who threaten to take it away.

Here are some quotes from a revered leftist icon, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, whose image is emblazoned on countless T-shirts around American campuses.

To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the paredón [execution wall].

Hatred as an element of the struggle; a relentless hatred of the enemy, impelling us over and beyond the natural limitations that man is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent, selective and cold killing machine.

Granted, Che was a revolutionary who loved big ideas and hated those who stood in their way. The same applies to some of the leftist leaders in America today. Some other leaders hate the “deplorables” for their refusal to submit to their dictate. But what explains the unprecedented hatred coming from those at the bottom of the leftist food chain, who have neither the big ideas not the power?

The latter include most Democrats, government workers, welfare recipients, establishment media, certain unions, career politicians, crony capitalists, and other beneficiaries of the corrupt redistributive hierarchy that is now endangered by Trump’s presidency. They love their unearned material and emotional comfort; while that great passion stays under the radar, their hatred of anyone who wants to disrupt it is rather conspicuous. You haven’t seen a hater until you’ve tried to take drugs away from a drug addict.

Thus the left has become the reactionary force of today. Paradoxically enough, in an abstract semantic way, the leftists are now the true “conservatives” as they try to “conserve” the existing system that ensures their comforts. At the same time, the traditional “American conservatives” who have been “conserving” the ideas of America’s founding, have now become the true revolutionary vanguard.

Until recently, many conservatives dismissed the left as bumbling incompetent fools, who weren’t smart enough to experience cognitive dissonance.

How is it possible to hold so many mutually exclusive beliefs?

  • To preach tolerance and be so intolerant?
  • To grieve for terror victims and justify terrorism?
  • To stand up for workers and destroy their jobs?
  • To march for peace and defend the militants?
  • To denounce corruption and vote for the corrupt?
  • To espouse non-violence and commit violent acts?
  • To speak of liberties and promote government dictate?
  • To bolster feminism and deride successful women?
  • To cheer gays and aid the gay-bashers in the Middle East?
  • To champion minorities as a group and hold them down as individuals?
  • To care about the children and mutilate their minds?
  • To denounce guns and hire armed bodyguards?
  • To support the troops and side with their murderers?
  • To demand love and be full of hate?

As it turns out, those are not contradictions; they contain a very consistent logic. The key to cracking this logic is a statement attributed to Karl Marx, which, regardless of whether he wrote it or not, is perfectly aligned with the moral philosophy of progressivism:

“The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.”

This also clarifies the Orwellian leftist slogan, “no justice, no peace.” In other words, true love awaits those who join the march towards socialism over the bodies of fallen enemies. With all the talk of love and unity coming from the left, we have yet to hear a call to start loving and stop hating the enemies of socialism. “Love trumps hate” is for suckers. “Trample or be trampled” is more like it. There can be no peace and there can be no love between the left and their opponents.

For more insight into the real meaning of love and hate coming from the left, watch this 5-minute animated video.

LOVE and HATE: Written by Oleg Atbashian. Narrated, animated, and produced by James Lorenz.

EDITORS NOTE: This column was first published in Bombthrowers

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Toronto JDL filing Hate Crimes complaint against Mosque that called for Killing Jews

It is a shame when citizen’s groups have to take action for themselves in cases where authorities should be acting.

Toronto’s Jewish Defence League says it will file a “hate crimes” complaint with Toronto Police alleging there were “troubling” words in sermons at a downtown mosque, including inciting the “killing of Jews.”

The police already knew about this violence being preached at the Masjid Toronto, but are apparently doing nothing, so now Meir Weinstein of the Jewish Defense League is taking action against Islamic supremacists and jihadists to defend the Jewish people (and other infidels) against incitement to violence.

Congratulations to Meir Weinstein and the JDL. We can hope that this will lead to more such action, not only in Canada, but throughout Western nations in the interests of national security.

Canada and the U.S. should resist going down the road that Europe is traveling on: politically correct authorities have abandoned their duty to protect the public, and have allowed chaos to reign.

Throughout Canada, there are mosques and Muslim schools where Muslims are routinely cursing Christians and Jews and even calling for jihad war and destruction of the infidel. Masjid Toronto is just one of these.

Another budding problem: Muslim migrants are streaming into Canada unvetted, particularly now through the Quebec border  from the United States. These migrants — arriving from cultures that fail to respect human rights — are being incited by some mosques to hate and perpetrate violence against Canadians.

JDL National Co-ordinator Meir HaLevi Weinstein,

“Jewish Defence League alleges hate crime”, by Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, February 20, 2017:

Toronto’s Jewish Defence League says it will file a “hate crimes” complaint with Toronto Police alleging there were “troubling” words in sermons at a downtown mosque, including inciting the “killing of Jews.”

“We are going to speak with the police,” said JDL National Co-ordinator Meir Weinstein, who alleged Monday that “these are anti-Semitic hate crimes.”

But first the JDL is to hold an emergency meeting to decide how to proceed after bringing to light several videos taken from within the downtown mosque Masjid Toronto, part of the Muslim Association of Canada.

The videos, featuring a 2016 sermon in Arabic, were initially posted online by the mosque. They were subsequently posted on YouTube by CIJnews co-founder Jonathan Halevi, a linguist who speaks several languages.

According to Halevi, the sermon included the following:

“O Allah! Give them victory over the criminal people, O Allah! Destroy anyone who killed Muslims, O Allah! Destroy anyone who displaced the sons of the Muslims, O Allah! Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them, O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!”

For clarification, the “purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews” refers to the famous mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem.

This certainly does not seem very peaceful. It’s also unbecoming in diverse Canada which celebrates every race and religion and does not tolerate discrimination.

“It’s advocating the killing of Jews,” alleged Weinstein. “We will send a message to the police.”

And they are deciding whether to pay their own visit to the mosque Tuesday or sometime this week.

“We need to clarify what is going on at this mosque,” said Weinstein. “Is this a den of worship or a den of hate?”

The mosque on Monday called language used in the prayer video “inappropriate” and said it “condemns” racism toward any race or religion.

And the Imam who delivered one of the sermons has apologized.

“Neither I, Masjid Toronto or the congregation harbour any form of hatred toward Jews and so I wish to apologize unreservedly for misspeaking during prayer last Ramadan,” said Ayman Elkasrawy in a statement. “I firmly believe that all human beings: Muslim, Jews and people of all and no faith deserve to live a life free of any threat to their safety.”

The JDL’s concerns follows Friday’s protest out front of the mosque by about 20 people — some of whom were carrying signs with slogans such as “beheadings, honour killing, suicide bomber, rape” or “Muslims are terrorists” or “No Islam.”

This garnered an angry response from people calling it Islamophobic — and calls for Toronto Police to investigate some of what transpired as a hate crime.

Even Mayor John Tory tweeted: “Islamophobia has NO place in our city. I’ve visited Masjid Toronto many times & denounce all acts of hatred towards our Muslim citizens.”

Police spokesman Mark Pugash told me officers are not investigating the protest as no formal complaint was filed.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has also attended the downtown mosque to show her support for Muslims following the despicable murders of six innocent people during prayers inside a Quebec City house of worship.

Citing double standards, Weinstein wonders if priorities from people in power are skewed.

“These words should send a chill through everybody in Toronto and in Canada,” Weinstein insisted….

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

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How the Southern Poverty Law Center Faked an ‘Islamophobia Crisis’

How the Southern Poverty Law Center Faked an Islamophobia Crisis

From Daniel Greenfield, Frontpage Magazine:

Look out!  It’s another fake Islamophobia crisis.

“Huge Growth in Anti-Muslim Hate Groups During 2016: SPLC Report,” wails NBC News. “Watchdog: Number of anti-Muslim hate groups tripled since 2015,” FOX News bleats. ABC News vomits up this word salad. “Trump cited in report finding increase in US hate groups for 2nd year in a row.”

The SPLC stands for the Southern Poverty Law Center: an organization with slightly less credibility than Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and without the academic degree in greasepaint.

And you won’t believe the shameless way the SPLC faked its latest Islamophobia crisis.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest “hate group” sightings claims that the “number of anti-Muslim hate groups increased almost three-fold in 2016.”

That’s a lot of folds.

And there is both bad news and good news from its “Year in Hate and Extremism.”

First the good news.

Read the entire story here.

RELATED ARTICLE: Daniel Greenfield once again (humorously) explains how the SPLC lies about ‘groups’

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San Francisco Police Department ends cooperation with FBI counterterrorism efforts

As Creeping Sharia memorably put it: “San Fran has essentially declared itself a sanctuary city for Muslim terrorists.”

“Rebel San Francisco P.D. Cuts Ties with FBI on Counterterrorism,” by AWR Hawkins, Breitbart, February 2, 2017 (thanks to Creeping Sharia):

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is ending its coorperation with FBI counterterrorism efforts as part of the city’s larger rejection of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

On January 31, Breitbart News reported that San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, and Mayor Ed Lee sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security informing them that city would not comply with the order.

The SFPD is now cutting ties with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), because it would couple SFPD officers with federal agents in carrying out the requirements of the immigration order.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the JTTF was formed in 2007,  “when the police force entered into an agreement with the FBI that authorized intelligence-gathering by San Francisco officers of people engaged in First Amendment activities such as religious services, protests and political assemblies.”

Opponent [sic] of Trump’s order — including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates and was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding operation –sent a letter to the San Francisco officials in January, asking them to adhere to “city and state rules” when working with the federal government….

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SPLC announces new list of hate groups! Did you make the list?

You don’t even have to be a group! You can be an individual hater and still be a hate group!

A few years ago, I had a great laugh when I read Daniel Greenfield talking about his new entry on their list and he wondered where his group was!

See How I became a Hate Grouphere. I’m wondering the same this morning (I have a cat too!).

This is Greenfield in 2012 (a post that had me falling off my chair laughing):

When I went to sleep last night, little did I know that while outside sirens competed with car alarms in the symphony that is New York City, I had already been declared a hate group.

Being declared a hate group wasn’t in my plans for the day, but like winning the lottery, it seems to be one of those things that happens when you least expect it. Except that as the little bald man in front of the bodega tells you, you have to play to win, but you don’t even have to buy a ticket to be declared an official hate group.

My first response on finding out that I was now a hate group was to look around to see where everyone else was. A hate group needs the “group” part, and one man and a cat don’t seem to be enough. Even when the cat is a well known bigot who hates mice, birds, car alarms that go off in the middle of the night, the plumber and sudden noises.

Still the Southern Poverty Law Center had listed, “Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield” as one of their “Active Anti-Muslim Hate Groups”….

Continue reading here.

I’m on the list this year, and I frankly never did look in previous years so don’t know when I first received this high honor!

See my other award from SPLC, here.

mark-potokHere is what Mark Potok at the SPLC had to say about us:

Mark Potok, SPLC’s senior fellow for the Intelligence Report, said the jump in anti-Muslim hate groups was unsurprising after the mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida, and the Islamophobic rhetoric of President Donald Trump during the 2016 election. [I don’t follow the logic about our role in the Orlando attack when it was perpetrated by a Muslim who hated gays.—ed]

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Anti-Muslim hate groups are a relatively new phenomenon in the United States, most of them appearing in the aftermath of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Earlier anti-Muslim groups tended to be religious in orientation and disputed Islam’s status as a respectable religion. Anti-Muslim groups listed here exhibit extreme hostility towards Muslims and attribute to Islam’s followers an inherent set of negative traits.

Go here to see if you (and your pets) made the 2016 list!

If you didn’t make the ‘Anti-Muslim’ category, do not despair, because they have many many categories of haters and you might have made one of those lists!

Watch the biased mainstream (Leftist) media lap up the SPLC report as if they are a legitimate source of news.

By the way, this gives me an opportunity to remind you, dear readers, that I am a blogger (with a computer and a cat) with no organization and no staff so I can’t always get to your requests or do everything you wish I would do!

Go here for all of our previous mentions of the SPLC. As you scroll through previous posts, you will see how closely the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a federal refugee resettlement contractor, works with the SPLC.

Addendum: As I scrolled through SPLC’s list, I see they missed a lot of groups.  Seriously, we should have an annual convention of all these ‘hate groups.’  It could be great fun and would be wonderful to meet you all!

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Trump’s Immigration EOs and the Constitution: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

President Trump has stated that he plans to modify and re-issue his executive order concerning his executive order to suspend the entry of aliens into the United States who are citizens of countries that have a nexus to terrorism and where the citizens of those countries cannot be properly vetted to prevent terrorists from entering the United States.

It will be interesting to see what the new executive order will contain.  I am certain that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be able to devise a “new and improved” executive order.  However, I am still struggling to understand how the first order ran into any problems.

Those opposed to President Trump’s executive orders on immigration have freely and frequently invoked the claim that those executive orders are “unconstitutional.”

Although many politicians, pundits and journalists have made that claim on a string of news programs on the major networks, they have rarely, if ever, been challenged to explain how the President’s executive orders violate the Constitution.

Usually when making their fatuous claims about the “unconstitutionality” of the immigration executive orders, they cite the First Amendment of the Constitution and the issue of religious freedom.

What has been generally glossed over was the fact that the executive order did not mention any religion, let alone Islam.  However, inasmuch the seven countries identified in the executive order as being “Muslim majority countries” the illusion was created that President Trump was attempting to bar the entry of Muslims into the United States.

What was also ignored by the media is that the list had been compiled by the Obama administration.

What has additionally been ignored is that in 1980 President Carter suspended the entry of citizens of Iran into the United States when our embassy at Tehran was seized.

If Trump’s goal was to bar the entry of Muslims into the United States he was incredibly inept.  In fact, if that was his goal, he should have added the world’s most populist Muslim majority nation, Indonesia, to that list of countries inasmuch as its population is nearly as great as the combined population of all of the seven countries on that list.

The seven countries are countries that have a nexus to international terrorism.  As was the case in 1980, the entry of citizens of Iran into the United States was to be suspended.

Yet these issues are seldom noted in the mainstream media.

In this era of “Asymmetrical Warfare” the Commander-In-Chief must not only protect America and Americans from foreign governments and their military but from international terrorist organizations.

Consider that on September 11, 2001 nineteen terrorists, barely out of their teens inflicted more casualties on the United States than did the entire Japanese fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Now let’s consider that Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states:

The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.

Invasion has been defined as:

an instance of invading a country or region with an armed force: the Allied invasion of Normandy | in 1546 England had to be defended from invasion.

  • an incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity: stadium guards are preparing for another invasion of fans.
  • an unwelcome intrusion into another’s domain

As for the expression, “domestic violence,” deadly terror attacks certainly inflict devastating domestic violence.

I would suggest that a failure of the President of the United States to act to prevent the entry and embedding of foreign terrorists into the United States would constitute nonfeasance, misfeasance and malfeasance.  Indeed, I would argue it would constitute gross negligence of duty.

Furthermore the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) includes this statute: 8 U.S. Code § 1182 – Inadmissible aliens which includes section (f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President.  That section includes the following paragraph:

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

It is clear that the President of the United States may act unilaterally if he finds that the entry of any alien or class of aliens would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.  The phrase “detrimental to the interests of the United States” creates an extremely low bar.  Threats to national security certainly exceed the minimal standard of being “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”  Time and again innocent people in the United States have been killed and grievously injured by foreign terrorists who managed to game the visa process and the process by which aliens are granted various immigration benefits including being granted political asylum, lawful immigrant status and even, in a few instances, United States citizenship.

Our European allies have similarly suffered deadly terror attacks when their immigration systems failed.  I provided specific examples and parallels of this in my recent article, “Berlin Terror Attack and Immigration Law Violations: What America should learn from this newest horrific lesson.

Clearly President Trump has learned the lessons of these terror attacks and on January 27, 2017 he issued another executive order that has drawn scant attention by the media.

The title of this executive order, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” clearly articulates his motivation for promulgating this executive order.  However, it is important to consider the purpose of this order as it is presented in the first paragraphs:

Section 1.  Purpose.  The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States.  Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans.  And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States.

Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee resettlement program. Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States.  The United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.

In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles.  The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law.  In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

I strongly suggest you read this executive order in its entirety, it is very unlikely that the media will make note of this executive order, let alone provide it in their coverage of the efforts being made by the Trump administration to fulfill not only campaign promises, but more importantly, the requirements of the Constitution of the United States.

Just before our nation observed the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 I wrote an article, “Reflection on 9/11’s Vulnerabilities: The failures that proved key factors in the attacks — and how Obama has exacerbated them.

Back then, the outcome of the impending election was not certain.  I feared that if Trump failed to win the election that our nation would face vulnerabilities under Hillary Clinton that are the stuff of my worst nightmares.

Thankfully, however, Trump did win.

He is acting swiftly and decisively to effectively address these vulnerabilities.  His executive orders, in my judgement, are consistent with the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, to which I provided testimony.  His executive orders and are entirely reasonable and, indeed, essential for the safety and security of America and Americans and provide clear and unequivocal proof of his determination to adhere to the dictates of the Constitution of the United States and hence, his oath of office.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on FrontPage Magazine.

America-Voter-Fraud

VIDEO: Expert Panel — Voter Fraud Is Real

We convened four of the nation’s top experts on election integrity this week to discuss the very timely topic of voter fraud, and you should watch the webcast to understand what’s really going on out there in our election system.

I thought that Cleta Mitchell, partner and political law attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP, summed it up succinctly when she said: “There is a systematic, well-funded, left wing, liberal, progressive and now Democratic Party open effort to dismantle the election administrative system in our country that over the past century grew up to maintain the integrity of our elections.”

The evidence is stunning. Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative, and Senior Legal Fellow for the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, said:  “The United States has a long history of voter fraud that has been documented and can make a difference in close a election. Those are the words of the Supreme Court. We started a database and started putting in it cases as we ran across them. All we’re putting in are cases where individuals have been convicted and cases where judge ordered new election. Without much effort on our part, we found 462 case and 742 criminal convictions.”

Our own Robert Popper, Senior Attorney and Head of Election Integrity Project at Judicial Watch, who was in the Justice Department during the Obama Administration, added: “We don’t know the extent of voter fraud activity. The Obama administration made this a political football at the same time the president was giving speeches saying there is no voter fraud.” To the contrary, Popper said, “A Pew Foundation study found 1.8 million deceased registrants on the rolls. Two hundred and twenty six counties in 42 states had more actual voters than registered voters.”

The fourth panelist was Jesse Richman, Political Science & Geography Professor at Old Dominion University, who has been frequently quoted in the press for his study of potential voter fraud. “Many instances of fraud don’t get prosecuted,” he said. “There are limited resources and there’s prosecutorial discretion. If a non-citizen decides to vote it’s difficult to detect. And it doesn’t take much illegal voting to change an outcome.”

This panel comes on the heels of President Trump’s announcement that he wants a national voter fraud investigation. From our perspective this would be the most important civil rights investigation in a generation. These are votes stolen from Americans voting lawfully. If we don’t have clean elections all these debates about policy are for naught.

We have 20 million plus aliens of age who could vote. The left says just a few are voting, Trump says 3.5 million. Obviously the number is somewhere in between. Federal officials could figure this out – probably within weeks.

Whatever the Trump administration does, however, we at Judicial Watch are going to be active – in terms of investigations, lawsuits, and education – on behalf of election integrity.

I encourage you to watch the entire hour-long panel discussion:

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Legislative Override of the Judiciary: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Florida Representative Julio Gonzalez (R-District 74) has taken a bold position on judicial overreach. In an email Representative Gonzales writes:

With great regularity, we are witnessing the increasingly aggressive and activist posture of our nation’s judiciary.  This month, the issue came to a head with Judge James Robart’s extra-constitutional act of staying a significant portion of the President of the United States’ foreign policy initiative and the subsequent affirmation of that stay by the unabashedly activist Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Those of us who value the restrictions placed upon government by the Constitution cannot help but worry over the implications of these unprecedented confrontational actions and the effects they will have upon our Republic.  Indeed, we are left with the troubling question of whether there is any solution to this latest assault upon the fabric of our Constitution.

But perhaps there is.

Last month, I filed a bill in the Florida House of Representatives [HR 121] that proposes a legislative override provision to Florida’s Constitution.  I also filed an accompanying memorial suggesting that Congress consider a similar addition to the United States Constitution.

To see why such a provision would be necessary, a review of our nation’s constitutional history regarding the judiciary is warranted.

Article III of the United Sates Constitution gave the courts “Judicial Power” over all cases and controversies arising out of the Laws of the United States and the Constitution, but it did not assign to the Supreme Court plenary authority regarding the constitutionality of laws.  This power was actually seized by the Supreme Court in its sentinel Marbury v. Madison decision of 1803.  In it, John Marshall singlehandedly declared,

“It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is.”

Consequently, any law the court determines is repugnant to the Constitution will be void.

Although the Congress of the day did not react to this action, by 1820, the consequences of the resulting change in the relationship between the three branches of government caught the attention of Thomas Jefferson who warned in a letter to Jarvis Williams,

“to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [would be] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

The Civil War and its associated amendments set the stage for the fulfillment of Jefferson’s prognostications.  The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution included Due Process and Equal Protection clauses that would be subsequently employed by federal judges to force their will and power upon the states.  With the appointment of progressive judges during the twentieth century, the Supreme Court engaged in the laborious work of redefining the various passages of the Constitution in manners neither foreseen nor intended by the Framers.

With their new powers, the Supreme Court applied the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to the states, provisions that were initially conceived to apply only to the federal government.  In so doing the federal Supreme Court was able to remove prayer from schools, remove religious symbols from public places, and restrict the manner in which adults prayed in public meetings.  Through its divined interpretation of privacy protections, the Court then imposed new abortion laws upon the states, removing what was traditionally a state-based body of law and placing it at the feet of the federal courts.  It also imposed requirements on the state’s death penalty laws, and removed the power of the states to enact term limits upon its congressional delegates and senators, among countless other power-hoarding engagements.

Each of these actions was the result of decisions made by unelected officials permanently sitting upon the nation’s benches that would forever change the fabric of the Constitution and of the nation.

And what recourse did the people possess to check the Supreme Court as it interpreted the Constitution in a manner inconsistent with their will?

Operationally, the answer, of course, is none. There is no amendment that will ever be passed to specifically overturn a Supreme Court opinion ruling that a crèche may not sit in a public building during Christmas; nor does Congress possess the authority to pass a law that would overrule the Court when the latter speaks on issues of constitutionality, even if the matter were so obvious to Congress that it would have unanimously voted against the ruling of the Court.

Clearly, the ability of the Court to craft a binding opinion on any subject that no one else could overturn is wholly inconsistent with the system of checks and balances the Framers crafted.  In fact, in the same 1820 letter to Jarvis, Jefferson observed, “The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots.”  Yet this is the situation in which we find ourselves today with the Supreme Court, both in the various states and within the federal government.

So how do we rectify this unchecked runaway judiciary?

Recognizing a similar threat to its democracy, Canada instituted Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom in 1982 to allow for a legislative override.  Under this provision, if a Canadian legislative body should find the opinion of the court inconsistent with the views of the electorate, the legislature could override or nullify the court’s ruling.  And Canada is not alone in its possession of such a provision.  Australia, Israel, and England, among other great democracies, allow their respective legislatures to override even the highest rulings of their courts.  The reason for this is self-explanatory: no one in a republic ought to have plenary authority on practically any policy matter affecting the country, much less on ones defining the nature its foundational document.  Doing so would not only mean subjecting that society to the despotic rule of one branch of government, but even more importantly, it would mean relinquishing control of the very fabric and ownership of its constitution to that group.

Recognizing this flaw in our national Constitution, I have crafted a proposed amendment that would permanently address this problem.  It reads:

Any law, resolution, or other legislative act declared void by the Supreme Court of the United States or any District Court of Appeal may be deemed active and operational, notwithstanding the court’s ruling, if agreed to by Congress pursuant to a joint resolution adopted by a sixty percent vote of each chamber within five years after the date that the ruling becomes final.  Such a joint resolution shall take effect immediately upon passage.

It is my concerted view that a legislative override provision, if enacted, would curtail activist judges.  Of equal importance, it would allow the people of the United States to take back control of their Constitution.  It would also force the people to engage the legislature in enacting rectifications to current laws that they see as objectionable or flawed, rather than run to the courts to impose their unconvincing will upon Americans.  In short, a legislative override provision to our Constitution would represent the clearest and most effective correction to the unchecked actions of an overzealous activist court.  Indeed, a legislative override provision would place our nation closest to the vision shared by President Washington in his Farewell Address when he said:

If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates.  But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this in one instance may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.

A legislative override provision would prevent such usurpations from taking place and would, ultimately, save our free government.

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representative julio gonzalezABOUT FLORIDA REPRESENTATIVE DR. JULIO GONZALEZ:

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida.  He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives in District 74.  Dr. Gonzalez may be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com. Representative Gonzales is former member of the United States Navy Reserve, as part of the United States Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. He has made two deployments: Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf during conflicts in Yugoslavia, Gulf Storm, and Somalia. He attended the University of Miami School of Medicine, M.D., 1990; Navy’s Flight Surgery School in Pensacola, Florida, Aviation Medicine, earned wings, 1992; University of Florida’s University Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida, 1995-2000; Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2013.

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PROMISES TO KEEP: The ‘Law and Order’ President hits the ground running

During his campaign for the presidency Donald Trump frequently disdainfully scowled when he spoke about how most politicians were “All talk and no action.”

Candidate Trump promised that immigration would be a primary focus of his administration.

President Trump has indeed focused on multiple aspects of the immigration crisis that go well beyond building a wall along the U.S./Mexican border.

His selection of Senator Jeff Sessions to be his Attorney General was the best possible choice for this important position.

Sessions had chaired the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.

Consider that on February 25, 2016 that subcommittee conducted a hearing on the topic, “The Impact of High-Skilled Immigration on U.S. Workers.”

When the Obama administration conducted meetings for “Stakeholders” on the immigration issue corporate leaders were invited to attend as were immigration lawyers representing illegal aliens and special interest groups that advocate for illegal aliens.

However, no one in attendance represented the “average American.”

Even the union leaders representing the Border Patrol, ICE agents and the adjudications officers were barred from participating in those meetings.

On February 9, 2017 President Trump held a news conference in the Oval Office to conduct a public swearing in ceremony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Immediately after Vice President Pence swore in Jeff Sessions, President Trump signed three executive orders:

  1. Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking
  2. Presidential Executive Order on Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers
  3. Presidential Executive Order on a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety

President Trump promised to be the “Law and Order” President and he has certainly hit the ground running.

His executive order to prevent violence against law enforcement officers is tangible evidence of his keeping his promise to look out for law enforcement officers.

Let’s next consider how he articulated the purpose for his executive order on enforcing federal laws to attack transnational criminal organizations:

Section 1.  Purpose.  Transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including transnational drug cartels, have spread throughout the Nation, threatening the safety of the United States and its citizens.  These organizations derive revenue through widespread illegal conduct, including acts of violence and abuse that exhibit a wanton disregard for human life.  They, for example, have been known to commit brutal murders, rapes, and other barbaric acts.

These groups are drivers of crime, corruption, violence, and misery.  In particular, the trafficking by cartels of controlled substances has triggered a resurgence in deadly drug abuse and a corresponding rise in violent crime related to drugs.  Likewise, the trafficking and smuggling of human beings by transnational criminal groups risks creating a humanitarian crisis.  These crimes, along with many others, are enriching and empowering these organizations to the detriment of the American people.

A comprehensive and decisive approach is required to dismantle these organized crime syndicates and restore safety for the American people.

That statement underscores his understanding of how important immigration law enforcement and border security are to combatting transnational criminals.

What is unfathomable is how many politicians who have to understand this issue have opposed Trump at every opportunity.  Only they can explain their conduct.  However, I have to conclude that those who would oppose President Trump’s efforts to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws are siding with the cartels and transnational criminal organizations.

This certainly apply to mayors of “Sanctuary Cities” and governors who want to create “Sanctuary States.”

Sanctuary Cities should be called “Magnet Cities” because they attract criminal aliens including members of transnational gangs, fugitives and international terrorists.

The politicians’ claims that by shielding vulnerable illegal aliens from immigration law enforcement they would be willing to come forward when they fall victim to criminals is a blatant lie that ignores that Sanctuary Cities Endanger – National Security and Public Safety.

Sanctuary policies attract more violent criminals who are likely victimize members of the ethnic immigration communities.  However the false narrative serves to vilify valiant ICE agents who go in harms way every day they report for duty, seeking to protect national security and innocent lives.

Statutorily, U Visas are available for victims of human trafficking and other crimes if they come forward and assist with law enforcement efforts to apprehend the criminals.  Similar visa programs are available for illegal aliens who provide assistance to criminal investigations.

If those duplicitous politicians really wanted to assist illegal alien victims of crimes they would bring them to immigration offices and urge them to cooperate with the investigations of their criminal assailants.

That way everyone would win.

But then the politicians would not get their campaign contributions from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a host of special interest groups, and who know who else, who are literally and figuratively making out like bandits by exploiting the immigration system.

In continuing to consider Trump’s executive order on trafficking I call your attention to two of the key elements of this executive order are proverbial “music to my ears.”

(e)  develop strategies, under the guidance of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, to maximize coordination among agencies — such as through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), Special Operations Division, the OCDETF Fusion Center, and the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center — to counter the crimes described in subsection (a) of this section, consistent with applicable Federal law; and

(f)  pursue and support additional efforts to prevent the operational success of transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations within and beyond the United States, to include prosecution of ancillary criminal offenses, such as immigration fraud and visa fraud, and the seizure of the implements of such organizations and forfeiture of the proceeds of their criminal activity.

I speak from extensive experience when I say that this task force approach to identifying, investigating and dismantling international drug trafficking organizations is extremely effective.  I spent the final ten years of my career with the INS as a Senior Special Agent assigned to the OCDETF program in New York City.

As for immigration fraud and visa fraud, these two issues are elements of “Extreme vetting” that Trump promised when he campaigned for the presidency.

On May 18, 2004 I testified at a hearing by the House Immigration Subcommittee on the topic of Pushing the Border Out on Alien Smuggling: New Tools and Intelligence Initiatives that addressed the issues of visa fraud and also the strategy of providing visas for illegal alien informants.

On May 20, 1997 I testified before the House Immigration Subcommittee on the topic, Visa Fraud And Immigration Benefits Application Fraud.

That hearing was predicated on two deadly terror attacks carried out in 1993 at the CIA and first World Trade Center Bombing.

In one way or another, all of those involved with those attacks had gamed the visa system and/or the immigration benefits program.

The Clinton administration’s failures to address these vulnerabilities of visa fraud and immigration fraud that enabled these two deadly attacks to be conducted on American soil literally and figuratively, left the door open to the deadly terror attacks of 9/11.

The report, “9/11 and  Terrorist Travel – Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States” included this excerpt found on pages 46 and 47:

In addition, Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the attack, and Ahmad Ajaj, who was able to direct aspects of the attack despite being in prison for using an altered passport, traveled under aliases using fraudulent documents. The two of them were found to possess five passports as well as numerous documents supporting their aliases: a Saudi passport showing signs of alteration, an Iraqi passport bought from a Pakistani official, a photo-substituted Swedish passport, a photo-substituted British passport, a Jordanian passport, identification cards, bank records, education records, and medical records.6

“Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.” Mohammed Salameh, who rented the truck used in the bombing, overstayed his tourist visa. He then applied for permanent residency under the agricultural workers program, but was rejected. Eyad Mahmoud Ismail, who drove the van containing the bomb, took English-language classes at Wichita State University in Kansas on a student visa; after he dropped out, he remained in the United States out of status.

In the years since the terror attacks of 9/11 more terror attacks were carried out in the United States while other attacks, for one reason or another, failed.  Most of those attacks involved aliens who committed visa fraud and/or immigration fraud.

Trump’s executive orders address our immigration vulnerabilities and Attorney General Sessions will provide the legal horsepower.

All Americans should be thrilled that this President is keeping his promises.

RELATED ARTICLE: Federally-funded refugee resettlement contractor, HIAS, organized NY rally against Trump

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in FrontPage Magazine.

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Does President Trump know he can cap the refugee program today?

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald J. Trump.

You have surely heard all the numbers flying around this morning about how many refugees from the seven originally banned countries have entered the U.S.  The numbers vary somewhat based on what day (and even time of day) one checks the State Department data base at Wrapsnet.

We heard a couple of days ago from Stephen Dinan at the Washington Times that 77% of the refugees admitted in the week following Judge Robarts’ decision are from the banned countries.

By the way, when I did numbers yesterday I went back to the day after the EO was issued (January 28th until yesterday) and the percentage was less than 50% from the 7 originally banned countries, so in recent days the Department of State has rushed in more from the seven targeted countries increasing the percentage.

Trying to recreate Dinan’s numbers for 2/3 to 2/9 I get 75% not 77%.  But, that small discrepancy doesn’t matter because it depends on when in the day on the 9th or even the 8th Dinan ran numbers.

But, that is not the point of this post!  

Just this morning Donald Trump tweeted that 72% came from those 7 terrorist-infested countries.

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Does the President not know that it is the UN and his own State Department (DOS) admitting them? Does he not know that he has the power to reduce the cap (the ceiling) on the entire program right now?  He did reduce Obama’s proposal of 110,000 to 50,000, but he could go lower and stop this rush in from these countries.
As of today we are at 34,430! Cap it now at 35,000!

(35,000 is not that far off of Bush’s post 9/11 number of 39,554, see here)

This reduction, across the board, was not addressed in the recent court wrangling because Trump clearly has the power! (LOL! Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and Jimmy Carter gave it to him in 1980!).

Of course a lowering of the ceiling won’t stop all those coming in from the seven terrorist hotspots, but the majority of those entering the US from Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Iran are through the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program.

Where is Tillerson? Where is Trump’s White House staff? Would someone tell him!

After all, the majority of Americans are on Trump’s side with this EO.

This post is filed in our Trump Watch! category as well as ‘refugee statistics’ and ‘where to find information.’

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9TH CIRCUIT SWAMP

VIDEO: How to Deal with the Ninth Circuit and other Activist Judges

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been protesting the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court for over a decade. Mostly due to the radical liberal judges that sit on that court with their fanatical views.

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EDITORS NOTE: The above video is courtesy of The Wayne Dupree Show

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American Carnage

The recent discussion on an “appearance of impropriety” once again exposed leftist incompetence. To compare the Trump Organization with the Clinton Foundation is an equivalent of comparing apples to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Yet, the subject of the Clinton Foundation was widely discussed in my latest book Socialist Lies: from Stalin to the Clintons, Obamas, and Sanders. The topic of this column is the entire anti-American Left that constantly betrays the American Republic by being soft on the Soviets and by acting against the American interests for decades. I’ll convey an elaborate and comprehensive explanation of the left’s politics and make expose a predicament in America vis-a-vis Russia in the 21st century.

So, the November 2016 election-marathon, unexpectedly for many, ended up with President Donald J. Trump. His victory produced an earthquake in the Democrats’ camp. The day after his inauguration the streets of our cities were choked with waves of leftist women in protest against President Trump. What a spectacle it was – hysteria combined with vulgar-arrogant incompetence was showcased in some women’s speeches! Where did those provocateurs come from? They put us, the emigrants from the former Socialist countries, in remembrance of the ideology of Soviet Fascism, the regime we had escaped. President Trump has been demonized as evil incarnate, Hitler, and Nazi. Winston Churchill was right predicting that the fascists will say that their opposition would act like fascists in the future. We saw it the day after President Trump was inaugurated and we weren’t alone.

Rush Limbaugh on January 23, 2017, also warned us, the people who voted for Trump, to be ready. Leftists in the women’s march had begun a war to bring about the impeachment of President Trump. Rush Limbaugh has used the term Femi-Nazi describing the women’s march. Rush was echoing my idea of Soviet Fascism which I have expressed in my four books and numerous columns. My prediction is following:

We can expect a cascade of protests, demonstrations, and complaints by the DNC leaders, who collaborated with Russia during all eight years of Obama’s Administration.  Inflamed protests is their method of defense.

The Ideology of Soviet Fascism

I am a child of Stalinism, I lived through the regime half of my adult life and I called Stalinism: Soviet Fascism. I am also a former Soviet defense attorney and a current writer, who has been writing about Stalin’s Soviet Fascism that infiltrated all strata of the American political and economic systems for the last eight years. As a matter of fact, Socialism and Fascism are twin brothers, two sides of the same coin, the brutal force of compulsion. The recent history left two words of infamy in our inerasable memory—Hitler’s Gestapo and Stalin’s KGB. That agency is the major “achievement” of Stalinism.  Now there is a KGB government in Russia today.

Have you seen Vladimir Putin singing with pride a Soviet song in the company of young people? The song is about the traces the Soviet people left on the future mankind. Yes, I would like to show you the documents that had been prepared by the Soviets for the future of mankind.  Putin is tied to Stalin’s global domination ideology by umbilical cord and history. Stalin’s idea of one world government under the Kremlin’s auspices did not die with the demise of the Soviet Union, because it has been a major agenda of the KGB for all subsequent years and leadership. The ideology translated into expansion, invasion, and occupation of Eastern Europe. The Warsaw Pact testified to that. In 1955, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave the following idea to the members of the Communist Party—drug addiction and narcotics trafficking should be viewed as a strategic operation that would directly weaken the enemy.

The effect of drugs was analyzed by scientists from the Soviet Academy of Sciences and the conclusions were that drug trafficking would be extremely effective and that the most vulnerable countries would be the United States, Canada, France, and West Germany. This study was approved in 1955 by the Soviet Defense Council working in concert with the KGB. It was the first formal Soviet decision to launch narcotics trafficking against the bourgeoisie and especially against the American capitalists. Here is the first part of the document:

“Soviet strategy for revolutionary war is a global strategy… narcotics strategy is a sub-component of this global strategy. …First was the increased training of leaders for the revolutionary movements—the civilian, military, and intelligence cadres. The founding of Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow is an example of one of the early actions taken to modernize the Soviet revolutionary leadership training. The second step was the actual training of terrorists. Training for international terrorism actually began as ‘fighters for liberation’…The third step was international drug and narcotics trafficking. Drugs were incorporated into the revolutionary war strategy as a political and intelligence weapon to use against the bourgeois society and as a mechanism for recruiting agents of influence around the world.” Following the order, the KGB established a drug-cartel in South America, which is still drugging America today…

If the first part of the document gives you the big picture of your future, I’d like you to remember forever the last six words “agents of influence around the world.” Those agents infiltrated all strata of our society from the Democrat Party to commerce, from Academia to Media, from Intel to the educational system, and from the State Department to our Congress. You often meet them, you just haven’t known who they are. And today you are probably surprise watching protesters against Trump around the world… Don’t be surprised, it has been prepared for you—the agenda is to unleash chaos and confusion, to stop development of Western civilization. Moreover, I’d like to show you the pace it has been spread around the world. Here is a proud Soviet statistic:

The Process of Global Development of the Communist Movement

Year      Countries with active communist parties       # of communists globally

1917                              1                                                      400,000

1928                              46                                                    1.7 million

1939                              69                                                    4.2 million

1946                              78                                                  20.0 million

1960                              87                                                  35.0 million

1969                              88                                                  50.0 million

1980                              94                                          over 75.0 million

The above table is taken from my book titled Socialist Lies: From Stalin to the Clintons, Obamas, and Sanders, Xlibris, 2016, p.47.

The document is taken from my book titled What is Happening to America? The Hidden Truth of Global Destruction, Chapter 7, WW III: Recruitments and Drugs, Infiltration and Assassinations, Xlibris, 2012

Yes, I have been writing about an ongoing WW III for the last twenty years. The war was waged by Soviet Fascism against Western civilization across the world and especially against America. It is a multi-faceted war with different fronts from ideology and philosophy to sabotage, obstruction, and application of force. One of the first targets had been Classic Liberalism—the ideological basis of Western civilization. This foundation was irradiated by Soviet Fascism in the 20th century—Harry Truman’s Democratic Party was transformed to the party of Soviet Socialism, which I called Soviet Fascism. There are no more liberals, we are dealing with leftists, fascists or charlatans like Hitler or Stalin. The rest of the history is going on before your eyes. I hope you understand that Saul Alinsky, Marshal Davis, and George Soros (sponsoring 180 leftist entities), Michael Moore, and thousands of other actors, are the main force leading anti-Trump propaganda to paralyze the Republican Congress…

The Policy of Divide and Conquer

When you read all four parts of the Soviet Defense Council document of 1955, you will realize why I changed the term Soviet Socialism to Soviet Fascism. A decent person who knows the danger coming to America has a duty to warn Americans and call a spade a spade. I did. Following the nature of document, the KGB created the mechanism of the long-term strategy of the war in the 1960s. To grasp the policy of Divide and Conquer against America, please read the pamphlet that I cited earlier, in my previous books; the Black Liberation Army Coordinating Committee’s Message to the Black Movement: A Political Statement from the Black Underground.  It was published officially in 1972. I called the brochure produced by the KGB in concert with the Soviet Ideological Department–Communist Manifesto for Black Communities. It brainwashed and poisoned many minds of black youngsters. Read it to see where violence is coming from for the last 3-4 black generations in America.

Just think and research the root causes and the history of the black movement since the 1960s and you’ll be able to see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together to show the KGB’s activities. You’ll also understand the nature of Black Lives Matter and the recent event in Chicago when four young blacks tortured a mentally deficient white boy. Do you remember Hitler-jugent boys torturing Jewish youngsters in Germany of the 1930s? We are dealing with two major elements of Fascism—race and politics.

The recent riots in UC Berkeley vividly illustrated the idea of fascism against our First Amendment rights. Have you seen professional members of the mob dressed in black, wearing helmets and covering their faces, while setting up a fire, smashing windows, burning property in the best tradition of German Nazis? There were definite signs of fascist violence, politically executed by the comrade-socialists under leftist leadership like had been done by longtime political organizer Robert Creamer, who plotted to stir violence at Trump rallies. The riots in UC Berkeley also remind me of anti-Semitic pogroms in Russia. Watch the battle-spectacle in our Congress. Like parliamentary machinations of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Duma, where they dismantled a Provisional Government and proclaimed the First Socialist Revolution of Russia in 1917, leftist-activists are trying to destroy Trump’s presidency. Stalin’s devoted disciples exposed themselves in America as well. Maybe it is time for the Congress to establish a committee on UN-American activities???!

If you read Stalin’s prediction for America, presented in Socialist Lies, you will grasp the meaning of the ideology of Soviet Fascism, spread to the West by Stalin’s devoted disciples. Blacks in America have some resemblance to the Muslim world, which has not progressed much since the seventh century. This resemblance is very important as Stalin’s ideology and strategy have been applied to all minorities within Russia and outside the country. I showed it in Socialist Lies discussing Soviet Fascism in Chapter 25. All factors mentioned by me, reinforce one another. Only actual knowledge can solve the problem of the 21st century—both the blacks and the Radical Islamist are indoctrinated with the totalitarian ideology of Soviet Fascism. That was done by one of Stalin’s devoted disciple Chairman of the KGB 1968-1982—Yuri Andropov. Listen to what Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former highest ranking officer of the KGB defected to U.S. said:

“KGB chairman Yuri Andropov[i] in February 1972 laughed to me about the Yankee gullibility for celebrities. We’d outgrown Stalinist cults of personality, but those crazy Americans were still naïve enough to revere national leaders. We would make Arafat into just such a figurehead and gradually move the PLO closer to power and statehood. Andropov thought that Vietnam weary Americans would snatch at the smallest sign of conciliation to promote Arafat from terrorist to statesman in their hopes for peace.” – “The KGB’s Man,” The Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2003.

Here is the second conversation Pacepa had with Andropov:

“In 1972 the Kremlin decided to turn the whole Islamic world against Israel and the U.S. As KGB Chairman, Yuri Andropov told me a billion adversaries could inflict far greater damage on America that could a few millions. We needed to instill a Nazi-style hatred for Jews throughout the Islamic world, and to turn this weapon of the emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter the United States. No one within the American/Zionist sphere of influence should any longer feel safe.  – Russian Footprints, by Ion Mihai Pacepa, National Review Online, August 24, 2008.

Don’t be surprised by raising Anti-Semitism in the world—WW III is carrying out all the attributes of Soviet Fascism, Anti-Semitism is the main one. Besides, an expansion in Ukraine continues, people are being killed every day there. Also pay attention to Russia’s aggressive behavior in the Arctic zone to widen its parameters of influence in 2017. Our Secretary of Defense called it correctly “offensive steps.” Russia’s meddling in our election has been obvious since 1972. To get a detail information, just read my book What is Happening to America? Xlibris, 2012. Yet, our Electoral College system has never been infiltrated by Russia, but it has been abused by the Democrats. The election of Barack Obama in 2012 was stolen from Mitt Romney—dead people and illegal aliens were voting, and cyber machinations took place in several states, including Pennsylvania where 58 precincts did not have one vote for Romney…

The Creeping or Crawling Coup de état Against the American Republic

It is not a coincidence that a discussion on “Russian hacking” and Memo-Dossier on Trump came at the same time: in fact, the two are inextricably connected—both produced by the agency known to you as the KGB to help Hillary.  This is the reason I have been writing about the Kremlin, Putin, and ideology of Soviet Fascism the last twenty years and about Stalin’s Political Correctness for the last eight.

“A former Defense Department official under the Obama administration says there is potential for a military coup to remove President Donald Trump from power.” Minutemen News.com, February 3, 2027, It wasn’t news to me, I have been writing about a creeping or crawling coup dé etat for the last eight years. I just called it Obama/Putin joint venture and named it Destruction of the American Republic. I came to this realization after listening some of Obama’s speeches—the resemblance with Stalin’s speeches stunned me, giving a clear vision of a man—a Comrade-Socialist, a community-organizer, who created very rapidly his own cult of personality, where nobody dared to criticize him. The man doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism. The joint venture with Putin was not a coincidence—Obama’s presidency was aimed at destruction of the American Republic. A statement of a former Defense Department official is not a coincidence either—a result of constant politicization of Military, Intel, Judiciary, and Media by Obama.

The destruction of the American Republic was the objective of Stalin’s Doctrine and a major aim of WW III. It was Stalin, who in order to achieve the objectives married Islam with ideology of Socialism/Communism. However, the policy and actions had taken place first outside our borders—the Middle East was invaded and infiltrated. President Obama by implementing American transformation to Socialism on our soil has joined us to the enemy in WW III, widened the destruction and tripled the harm imposed to the American Republic. Moreover, discussing the issues, we should remember that all terrorists groups were established, armed, and coordinated by Russia through the connection of the Muslim Brotherhood with the KGB and GRU, shown and described in Socialist Lies

The Obama/Putin joint venture had a more immediate design to wage a joint war against American Republic domestically and outside the country. If you want to know how it has been done, just read pp. 167-169, Socialist Lies: From Stalin to the Clintons, Obamas, and Sanders, Xlibris, 2016. I’d like to give you my opinion about a list of military collaboration between U.S. and Russia executed under the Obama/Putin joint venture:

  1. Killing of bin-Laden
  2. Invasion of Libya, conspiracy of Obama, Putin, and French Pres. Sarkozy.
  3. Benghazi, murder of the U.S. ambassador Stevens.
  4. “On 6 August 2011, a U.S. Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter was shot down while transporting a quick reaction force attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Wardak province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan. The resulting crash killed all 38 people on board—25 American specialist … Fifteen of the Navy SEALs that were killed were members of the Naval… “

All four operations took place in 2011-2012 before the Presidential election 2012 and described in details in Socialist Lies, the last operation in Chapter 15. The domestic campaign against Donald J. Tramp by Obama/Putin joint venture is still going on.  Iran Nuclear Deal was also done under Obama/Putin joint venture—Iran is a major vassal of Russia, a member of Axis under Russian umbrella. An American hostage named Robert Levinson will never again see the light of day—Russia is interested in him. Rep. Tulsi Cabbard is right saying “the U.S. government is quietly supporting terror allies.” I just illustrated the main culprits and the methods used to achieve the destruction of our country. I’d like people to learn this, especially: Paul Ryan and Sen. McCain. The first is too young to conceive a tremendous harm inflicted to our country by the KGB for the last hundred years. The second is too old, and if Stalin’s Gulag in the North Korea did not teach him, nothing can…

The cooperation of the Democrat’s leadership with Russia will never end until the major weaponry of Democrat’s leadership against the Republicans, the Ideology of Soviet Fascism is exposed and defeated publicly. I have been trying to do that for the last twenty years and all these years the politicized leaders of our Intel blocked information about my books and columns. Those incompetent leaders saw a soul in Putin eyes and joined the anti-Trump campaign after his landslide 2016 election. They are also responsible for helping Obama to destroy and transform the political and economic system left to us by our Founding Fathers. And those incompetent leaders have an audacity to lecture President Trump! What a shame!  

Refugees and Immigration

Immigration is one of the fronts in WW III—a device to destroy America from within. Just research the numbers of Muslims admitted by Obama, you will be stunned. That is the reason, I’d like to tell you about myself. I am an immigrant, a political refugee, who legally emigrated from the Soviet Union to the U.S. in 1981 due to the Jackson-Vanik amendment, a waver for the Soviet Jews. I went through a hell of emigration, being a stateless person for more than a year. Hence, I am very sympathetic to any immigrants or refugees who desire to come to America.  The point is the recent travel ban to seven Muslim countries.

Then, in 1974, a precedent had been set up for the prosecuted minorities. In my case it was religion or nationality of the Jewish minorities prosecuted by the majority. As a matter of fact other minorities had been prosecuted as well in the Soviet Union, yet, this waver applied to the Jews. I remind you the existence of my case as a precedent for a reason.  President Trump has promised to admit fifty thousand refugees from Syria instead of Obama’s intent to admit hundred thousand. Yet, I believe that a waver should be applied to the Christian minorities, definitely prosecuted by the Muslim majorities. It is the American obligation as a country of Judeo-Christian foundation to help saving Christians in the war against Western civilization.

In this war, I hope President Donald J Trump will cross the Delaware, take Trenton and make America great again!

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Trump must Punish Mutiny in Judiciary and Senate

The honeymoon is over already. Upon accepting the Oath of Office as POTUS 45, Donald Trump hit the ground running with a clear intent to keep every promise that garnered him the people’s trust, against all odds in 2016. The first week included a flurry of Executive actions aimed at enforcing U.S. Laws that the Obama Administration had refused to enforce for eight years. That’s all it took to ignite a full-scale mutiny from establishment stooges on both sides of the partisan aisle and black mask clad anarchists in the streets.

The icing on the cake was a backlash from lawless lawmakers and federal court activists as they worked to thwart Trump’s temporary ban of potential jihadists – from seven countries identified by Obama era intelligence reports as particularly dangerous.

All Immigration and Naturalization Authority

In the enumerated powers of Congress in Article I – Section VIII of the U.S. Constitution, all legal authority and power over the matter of immigration and naturalization to the U.S. is assigned to the U.S. Congress. Not only do the states have no authority over U.S. immigration and naturalization laws, neither do the Executive or Judicial branches of the Federal government.

States and cities in the U.S. that claim or are defacto “sanctuaries” for illegal activities are operating at odds with the law on a matter that enjoys Federal Supremacy. Not all federal laws or policies enjoy legal supremacy. However, Article VI, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution is known as the Supremacy Clause. It provides that the “Constitution, and the Laws of the United States … shall be the supreme Law of the Land” when the federal government is exercising any of the powers enumerated in the Constitution. Such laws must prevail over any conflicting or inconsistent exercise of power.

All laws concerning immigration and naturalization to the U.S. as passed by Congress, are powers enumerated in the Constitution and they must prevail over any conflicting or inconsistent state, executive or judicial exercise of power.

Because no one has enforced U.S. immigration and naturalization laws since their last reform in 1986, Trump’s effort to enforce those laws today is meeting with resistance from illegal actors, both illegal members of society and the politicians who need their votes.

But recent acts by the judiciary are particularly offensive and dangerous.

The States have no Standing

Because the power to regulate immigration and naturalization is the sole power of congress in Article I, the Executive and Judicial branches have the same power as the states and cities on the matter… NONE!

The constitutional authority of the Executive branch and Judicial branch is limited to the enforcement of the laws passed by congress. When either the Executive branch, as was the case with the Obama Administration, or Judicial branch, which is the case today, refuse to uphold or enforce existing immigration laws passed by congress, they are not only failing in their Oaths and assigned duties to the people, they are acting out against those laws and the people.

Such acts, whether by a sitting president, the courts, the states or cities, fall under the legal definition of sedition – “Sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that tends toward insurrection against the established order.”

Certainly, anyone who has taken an Oath to uphold and enforce the U.S. Constitution and the laws of this land and then, refuses to do so, further acting out in a manner to prevent even the Commander-in-Chief from doing so, is guilty of sedition, at the very least. Maybe treason as well!

Inciting the well-organized and funded riots across the country since the election, all on the basis and with the intent of undermining U.S. laws, can easily be defined as aiding and abetting known enemies of the United States with the clear intent to overthrown the U.S. Constitutional Republican form of government… a clear and overt act of treason.

Trump’s Temporary Ban

As Commander-in-Chief with the sole responsibility of protecting the United States against foreign invasion, infiltration or threats to national security at the top of his job description, the POTUS takes an Oath to uphold and enforce the laws passed by Congress, so long as those laws are themselves “constitutional.”

Trump did exactly that upon taking office. The Trump administration announced that it would temporarily bar entry to refugees from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen due to terrorism concerns. Not only are these nations currently engaged in internal wars with known terrorist groups today, numerous terror attacks on U.S. soil over the past eight years have involved immigrants from all of these countries.

For the record, “Muslim is not a nationality.” The ban is not a ban on Muslims, it is a ban on entry to the U.S. from nations known to harbor terrorist organizations with ill intent towards the United States.

The temporary ban concerning seven countries identified by Obama era intelligence reports, is not only within the legal purview of the POTUS, it is his highest obligation under his Oath of Office.

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The first effort to thwart the law resulted in the immediate firing of interim Attorney General Sally Yates, who had unconstitutionally issued an order to her Department of Justice “to not enforce the law.”

Only days later, New York US Judge Ann M. Donnelly, appointed by Barack Obama and championed by Democrat Senator Chucky Schumer, issued a ruling in an attempt to block Trump’s Executive action to enforce our laws.

Supported by a few establishment congressional turncoat republicans like McCain, Graham and Ryan, and of course lawless democrats, the old presumption of court authority on the matter was used to foment and incite organized and funded riots across the country. It was a pure partisan political ruling with no real authority over the subject, as Trump was acting within his authority, duties and Oath of office.

Judge Ann M. Donnelly should meet the same end as Sally Yates… as both acted outside of their authority and against the Rule of Law.

Pending Senate confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as the new Attorney General, Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was sworn in at 9 p.m. ET, per an administration official. A few hours later, Boente issued a statement rescinding Yates’ order, instructing DOJ lawyers to “defend the lawful orders of our President.”

DOJ errors in Appeal

Due to Senate delays in confirming Sessions as Attorney General, the DOJ is left scrambling for a clear direction on critical legal matters involving national security. The result was for the DOJ to waste time and energy engaging in the legal battle over the ban that has netted a lawsuit by sanctuary states Washington, New York and Massachusetts – and now an appeals court ruling from the 9th circuit, none of which have any legal authority on the subject of immigration and naturalization beyond their obligation to uphold and enforce federal laws.

Let me point out that the U.S. Constitution gives the courts NO lawmaking authority whatsoever. Not one single American ever elected even one judge on any federal court. The Constitution does not create an oligarchy of unaccountable and unelected political activists to run our country. The constitutional authority and responsibility of the judicial branch is extremely limited, despite the fact that they have become accustomed to overstepping that authority for decades.

Worst of All

While these gutless legal beagles play games with national security, Trump’s new head of the Department of Homeland Security appears to be taking orders from unelected judges instead of the Commander-in-Chief.

Federal Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee who presides in Seattle, halted the enforcement of Trump’s order Friday night, effective nationwide.

Washington (CNN) “President Donald Trump’s government moved swiftly Saturday to comply with a federal judge’s order halting his travel ban — even as Trump himself denounced the judge — but readied its legal defense of the controversial executive action.

The Department of Homeland Security announced it has suspended all actions to implement the immigration order and will resume standard inspections of travelers as it did prior to the signing of the travel ban. But it said the Justice Department — which is expected to file an emergency motion to stop the order — needed to challenge the ruling “at the earliest possible time.”

“(Trump’s order) is intended to protect the homeland and the American people, and the President has no higher duty and responsibility than to do so,” acting DHS press secretary Gillian Christensen said when announcing the suspension.”

Bordering on Mutiny

General John F. Kelly is a highly-decorated career Marine with extensive leadership experience. No one knows the U.S. chain of command better than General Kelly. Kelly is the newly seated Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, appointed by President Donald Trump.

“The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, and our goal is clear – keeping America safe.”

As General Kelly well knows, this is also the primary mandate of the Commander-in-Chief, President Trump. He also knows that the order issued by Trump was both legal and necessary to the security of the United States and that the Commander-in-Chief had the full authority to issue that directive.

So, why did General Kelly allow an unelected judicial activist to overrule the Commander-in-Chief by issuing the following DHS directive? (DHS Statement on Compliance with Recent Court Order)

Why is General John Kelly, new Trump Secretary of DHS taking orders from known left-wing judicial activists instead of the Commander-in-Chief? Were any of these judges elected President of the United States? Have all of them taken an oath to uphold and enforce the U.S. Constitution and U.S laws? Does the Department of Homeland Security take orders from unelected judges, or from the POTUS?

When federal courts ordered Barack Hussein Obama to cease and desist in his executive amnesty, he simply ignored those orders and continued his executive amnesty with total immunity. Obama didn’t pay any attention at all to those court opinions… despite the fact that Obama’s order was unlawful and unconstitutional on its face – an overt refusal to enforce federal laws in direct violation of his oath, placing all of America at risk.

Obama totally ignored those court orders and there was no price to pay whatsoever. The same Inspector General who sat silent as Obama ignored court orders to stop his “illegal” executive amnesty, is now looking into Trump’s “legal” temporary vetting ban.

In the end, it all adds up to just how much swamp needs to be drained…

But it also begs the question… Is Trump really up to this task? Does he really have the backbone to fight and defeat these anti-American activists in the courts and congress in order to “drain this swamp?” Do his appointees, like General Kelly and Jeff Sessions, really have what it takes to put these illegal activists in their place and return this country to the Rule of Constitutional Law?

Or, is it all just smoke and mirrors… creating the impression of draining the swamp while allowing the swamp to run roughshod over the Trump Administration and the people, until the people get so fed up that they take matters into their own hands?

Because Trump is moving at light-speed, and so are his enemies, we won’t have to wait long to see the answers to these questions.

Obama had the courage to defy the courts, even as he acted illegally. Does Trump and his team have the courage to defy these activist judges in the name of the law? We will know the answer to this question in days… not weeks.

If Trump and his cabinet are serious about draining this swamp, they must start stomping on heads right away. The political left (including people like McCain, Graham and Ryan) must be shut down. They must be stopped from using activist judges appointed by Obama to thwart Trumps attempts to secure the USA and enforce our laws… or else the notion of draining this swamp is a joke!

The people are hoping and watching. Trump was chosen to lead a Revolution! The people will give him a chance to do that, but not for long…