Terrorists in Gun-Free Schools

Pop quiz: True or false: 1 Florida’s students are safe – from every conceivable weapon – because the recently enacted Safety Act 2 prevents all violence: indeed, all laws are now followed by, and thus will stop, persons who are mentally ill; as well as persons who commit criminal acts, particularly Islamic jihad.

Not so fast. There are a lot of “ifs” to the Safety Act’s Guardian Program:3 “if the sheriff so chooses,” and if the school board approves, to appoint as “a School Guardian,” an individual who has a hyphenated job description – a teacher-administrator, (not just a teacher) – and jumps through more hoops of training than a unicorn at a circus operated by PETA.

Meanwhile, in Florida’s fantasy land, bureaucrats and taxpayers are willing to pony-up hundreds of thousands of dollars for armed police officers – School Resource Officers or Marshals – in every school. Of course not.

Don’t worry, here is our fail-safe: prevent the sale or transfer of any firearm to a person, age 18-21. That age group is responsible for all criminal acts throughout human history. Innocent is every person, age 17 and younger; as well as age 22 and older.

For the sake of our children, ignore the Second Amendment’s phrase, “…shall not be infringed.”

The above is ridiculous. Criminal acts, particularly Islamic jihad, have been committed by persons age 22 and older.

Is Florida’s Safety Act unconstitutional?

Declaratory and injunctive relief is sought in a Complaint4 by the National Rifle Association.5 Allegations are identified as [C-¶].

“The Second Amendment’s guarantee of ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms’ secures to law-abiding, responsible, adult citizens the fundamental constitutional right to purchase and acquire firearms for the purpose of self-defense in the home. U.S. Const. amend. II.” [C-24]

“The Second Amendment right applies against the State of Florida under U.S. Const. amend. XIV.” [C-25]

“At 18 years of age, law-abiding citizens in this country are considered adults for almost all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights. At 18, citizens are eligible to serve in the military–to fight and die by arms for the country.” [C-3] 6

“Florida law independently limits access to firearms for individuals who are considered unsafe, mentally unstable, or otherwise incapable of safely operating a firearm.” [C-15] 7

“Independent provisions of federal law also already significantly constrain the right of adult citizens … [A] federally licensed firearm dealer may not sell to any individual under the age of 21 any handgun–the ‘quintessential self-defense weapon’ which is ‘the most popular weapon chosen by Americans for self-defense in the home.’” [C-16] 8

“Florida’s new ban9 broadens these preexisting limits, by (1) extending the ban to rifles and shotguns, in addition to handguns, and (2) prohibiting these law-abiding, adult citizens from purchasing these firearms from any source, not just federally licensed dealers.” [C-16]

“But for [… the] ban, [NRA members within this class, 18-21, would otherwise be lawfully eligible to] purchase handguns, rifles, or shotguns for lawful purposes … But for [… the] ban, some of these members would purchase handguns from a lawful source other than a federally licensed firearm dealer, such as a private seller or a family member.” [C-21]

“This ban particularly infringes upon, and imposes an impermissible burden upon, the Second Amendment rights of those NRA members described above who are female. Females between the ages of 18 and 21 pose a relatively slight risk of perpetrating a school shooting such as the one that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, or for that matter, a violent crime of any kind.” 10 [C-32]

Imagine you are between ages 18-21 today.

Consider these hypotheticals, which may concern a person of any age:

Are you a student in college? “Florida expressly prohibits the carrying of firearms on college campuses (including those by concealed weapons permit holders,” according to Armed Campuses,11 whose website notes a “Parking Lot Exception – In 2014, Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals declared that universities could not prevent students (with concealed carry permits) from storing firearms in their cars.” Further restrictions can be imposed by trustees of a college 12 and university.13

Firearms likely are prohibited at venues of entertainment or sports.

Are firearms prohibited by your employer? If the business rents a location, does the lease prohibit firearms?

Is there a school or daycare affiliated with your church or synagogue? Does the school’s choir or other group have presentations in the sanctuary during worship services? This is a grey area of law, and a concern for the holder of a permit for a concealed weapon.

Terrorists in the gun-free school

“There is another reason to arm all teachers in our schools: the professional killers, the terrorists,” according to Vern Blanchette, author of Safe Schools Now: Arming America’s Teachers.14 “You know the lot of them. They are purpose driven and they hate any society that is not the way they want it to be.”15

The terrorists could be “just like the ones that flew the planes into the World Trade Center buildings … The lives of our children mean nothing to them, and they will commit the most heinous crimes against our children for their own twisted reasons. Remember, too, that these are suicide attacks. They do not expect to survive, so once they are in control of your children and the school staff, the ending can not be good. You will not even be given the satisfaction of seeing the terrorists tried in court and executed.” 16

The Beslan massacre

Pamela Geller marked the anniversary (6 September 2013): Raping for Allah: Terrible Anniversary of the 2004 Jihad attack in Beslan.

“The Beslan school siege by jihadis started on 1 September 2004, lasted three days, with over 1,100 people (mostly children) taken as hostages, and ended with the murder of at least 385 people.

Deaths: 385+ (334 hostages, 10 other civilians, 10+ security personnel, 31 terrorists)

Russia marked a grim, terrible anniversary in Beslan. On the first day of school, Muslim terrorists stormed a school, took everyone hostage and eventually committed one of the most grotesque and unspeakable crimes (even for jihad) in recent history.

Over 30 jihads seized the school early in the morning, when the children gathered in the yard to mark the start of the school year. The perpetrators forced the schoolchildren and their families, a total of more than a thousand people, into the school gym. The victims were held hostages there for three days, without food or water. Overall, the attack claimed lives of 334 people, including 318 hostages, 186 of whom were children.”

More information here, and pictures here.

A Beslan-style terror attack could happen in the United States

‘It is possible that [an American] school may be targeted by one of these groups,” Vern Blanchette reminds us: “[S]ome 50 terror plots of various kinds have been foiled since 9/11.” 17 He cited The Heritage Foundation (2012). Updated to 97 terror plots: The Heritage Foundation (2017).

Yet, firearms are prohibited via contracts often between teachers’ unions and school boards.

Bloomberg-backed, left-wing groups, such as Everytown for Gun Safety (a coordinated effort between Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America) seek to prohibit armed school personnel: In WFTV’s report, at a meeting (04-17-18) of the School Board of Brevard County, Florida, the protestors were against the Sheriff Trained Onsite Marshal Program (STOMP). These ladies mean well, but their position – keeping gun-free schools – effectively communicates to terrorists that our children remain targets.

Yet the Brevard County Sheriff, Wayne Ivey, encourages a citizen to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon: “We’re in a different time now. We are in a time where you have to be prepared to [be] the first line of defense,” Sheriff Ivey said during an interview with WFTV (06-09-17). “We can’t afford to sit back and wait for the next act of terrorism.” See Sheriff Ivey’s Four As of Survival.

Conclusion

In his book, Safe Schools Now: Arming America’s Teachers, Vern Blanchette offers these sobering alternatives:18

“A. Students cowering in front of a murderer while being shot to death one by one, those not dead lying where they fell, their life-blood flowing out of torn tissue, splintered bones, and damaged organs, their trembling voices calling for their mothers with terrified, gasping breaths, confused and afraid, and medical help can’t reach them.”

Or…

“B. Students protected by their teachers, armed and trained professionals, who are able to take control away from the perpetrator within seconds, stopping the killing and then speeding medical help to those the killer hurt.”

“If you prefer the second scenario,” then Blanchette offers a solution: “[Y]ou owe it to your children, and the children of others, to get behind this national effort to arm our American educators and school staff. The bottom line is that all of our schools will be armed someday. It is only a matter of time and how much killing American citizens can tolerate before they say, ‘Enough is enough!’”

Meanwhile, the Americans may have all of the watches, but Islamic jihadis have all of the time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gerald Lostutter is a Florida licensed attorney, college professor, journalist. His comedy can be heard on Central Florida Radio. Scroll down to WDBO-AM 580, and WMEL-AM 920. Author is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association. This article does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should consult a licensed attorney for advice.

REFERENCES:

1 To those who answered yes: For sale in Florida: Retirement homes in exclusive “Sinkhole Hills.”

2 “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act” (Ch. 2018-3; SB 7026).

3 Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program in Safety Act, Section 5, F.S. 30.15(1)(k).

4 National Rifle Association of America, Inc. v. Pam Bondi, in her Official Capacity as Attorney Geeral of Florida; and Rick Swearingen, in his Official Capacity as Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Case: 4:18-cv-00137-MW-CAS. It was filed March 9, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. This public record is online via Pacer, which will require the User’s account, and possible costs.

5 The “NRA promotes the safe and responsible purchase, possession, and use of firearms by law-abiding adults for lawful purposes, such as self-defense, target practice, marksmanship competition, and hunting. The NRA is the leading provider of firearms marksmanship and safety training for civilians and law-enforcement officers.” [C-8]

6 “Indeed, male citizens in this age-group are designated members of the milita by federal statute, 10 U.S.C. § 246(a), and may be conscripted to bear arms on behalf of their country, 50 U.S.C. § 3803(a).” [C-3]

7 “For instance, a firearm generally may not be purchased or possessed, under Florida law, by (1) any individual who has ever been convicted of a felony, id.§ 790.023(1)(a); (2) anyone who is subject to an injunction against committing acts of domestic violence, id.§ 790.233; (3) minors under the age of 18, id.§ 790.22(3); or (4)individuals who have been adjudicated mentally defective or are committed to a mental institution,  id.§ 790.065(2)(a)(4).” [C-15]

8 18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(1); QuotingDistrict of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 629 (2008).

9 “Senate Bill 7026, among other provisions, amends Fla. Stat. § 790.065 to add a new Subsection (13), which provides as follows: ‘A person younger than 21 years of age may not purchase a firearm. The sale or transfer of a firearm to a person younger than 21 years of age may not be made or facilitated by a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer … The prohibitions of this subsection do not apply to the purchase of a rifle or shotgun by a law enforcement officer or correctional officer, … or a servicemember.” [C-13]

10 “For example, in 2015, women in this age group accounted for only 1.8% of arrests for violent crime, while males in the same age bracket accounted for 8.7% of such arrests–and males between the ages of 21 and 24, who may lawfully purchase firearms under current law, accounted for 9.2%. See Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crime in the United States: 2015 tbls. 39 and 40, available at https://goo.gl/8pVWnbsee also Bureau of Justice Statistics, Women Offenders at 2, 13 (2009)(female offenders responsible for only 14% of violent crimes, and only 10% of female offenders aged 18-20), available at https://goo.gl/3qAJXu.” [C-32]

11 Fla. Stat. § 790.06(12)9. Armed Campus’ disclaimer: “Policies are subject to change at any time, both during and between school years. In addition, individual school policies commonly include more details than can be succinctly captured by ArmedCampuses,org. Each school should be consulted for its most accurate, up-to-date policy.”

12 Fla. Stat. § 1001.64(5).

13 Fla. Stat. § 1001.706(7)(b).

14 Vern Blanchette, Safe Schools Now: Arming America’s Teachers (Dog Ear Publishing; 2013).

15 Safe Schools Now, p. 37.

16 Safe Schools Now, p. 52.

17 Safe Schools Now, p. 37, footnote 22.

18 Safe Schools Now, p. 116-17.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report. Pamela Geller’s shocking new book, “FATWA: HUNTED IN AMERICA” is now available on Amazon. It’s Geller’s tell all, her story – and it’s every story – it’s what happens when you stand for freedom today. Buy it. Now. Here.

Hundreds of Muslims from Bangladesh breaching U.S. border at Laredo, Texas

Longtime Geller Report readers know that Bangladesh has become a hotbed of jihad activity, with Muslims targeting atheist bloggers and others whom they consider to be infidels for assassination.

Now we learn that hundreds of Bangladeshi Muslims have crossed the border illegally at Laredo, Texas since the beginning of 2017. This report says:

“In a KGNS news special report, our Noraida Negron rides along with Border Patrol to find out why these cases are on the rise.”

Is jihad being considered as a possibility? Might at least some of these Muslims who are streaming across the border at Laredo be coming to commit murder and mayhem inside the United States? Judging from what is happening in their home country, that possibility must be considered and investigated fully.

“Bangladeshi nationals breaching US border,” KGNS, April 11, 2018:

LAREDO,Texas(KGNS)- It’s a growing concern for border patrol as Laredo has become the number 1 crossing point for Bangladeshi nationals, a country that has known ties to terrorism.

In a KGNS news special report, our Noraida Negron rides along with Border Patrol to find out why these cases are on the rise.

There is one specific area where they are crossing in South Laredo.

Agents have consistently detained 11 Bangladeshis during separate events.

That puts Laredo sector at the top, when it comes to having the highest apprehensions of Bangladeshi nationals compared to other border patrol sectors.

In 2017 they apprehended close to 180 Bangladeshi nationals, and since October of last year, there have been over 160 individuals caught….

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report. Pamela Geller’s shocking new book, “FATWA: HUNTED IN AMERICA” is now available on Amazon. It’s Geller’s tell all, her story – and it’s every story – it’s what happens when you stand for freedom today. Buy it. Now. Here. The featured image is of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent pears out of the open door of a helicopter during a patrol flight near the Texas-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Republicans Call for Justice Department Investigation Into Comey, Clinton, Others

A group of House Republicans has called for the Department of Justice to investigate a laundry list of former agency heads and people involved in the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

The letter is addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah John Huber. It asks that each of these men use their respective powers to investigate “potential violation(s) of federal statues” on the part of Clinton and of former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, FBI agent Peter Strzok, and FBI counsel Lisa Page.

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The representatives include members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus—including Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida, Dave Brat of Virginia, and Paul Gosar of Arizona—and other GOP House members, like Claudia Tenney of New York.

“Those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American” and because of that the members want to be sure that any “potential violations of law” be “vetted appropriately,” the group of Republican lawmakers wrote.

“In doing so, we are especially mindful of the dissimilar degree of zealousness that has marked the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively,” the lawmakers added.

The group argues that Comey mishandled the Clinton email investigation, an investigation it believes to be “motivated by a political agenda.”

The FBI released documents in October 2017 showing that Comey started drafting a letter regarding the email probe months before the former FBI director began conducting key interviews. The letter recommended that charges not be brought against Clinton.

House Republicans aren’t the only ones who believe Comey mishandled the Clinton case. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a damning memo in May 2017 in which he claimed Comey made “serious mistakes” in conducting the investigation.

“Almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives. The way [Comey] handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong,” Rosenstein wrote. “As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them.”

The group of congressmen also questions the former FBI director’s use of memos, claiming it created a “paper trail” that was then used to leak classified information to a Columbia University professor who is friends with Comey. The professor, Daniel Richman, says the FBI requested the memos he obtained from Comey and that he “voluntarily agreed” to hand them over.

Many on the Republican side of the aisle see Comey’s move as dubious and question the legality of those leaks. Four of the seven memos Comey drafted contained secret or confidential information. Comey leaked four of the memos to his confidant, Richman. Arithmetically, the numbers suggest Comey released classified information to a civilian.

House Republicans want Clinton to get investigated for “disguising payments to Fusion GPS,” an opposition research firm behind the Trump dossier, “on mandatory disclosures to the Federal Election Commission.”

The group is asking that Lynch be investigated for “her decision to threaten with reprisal the former FBI informant who tried to come forward in 2016 with insight into the Uranium One deal.”

The Clinton Foundation has found itself at the center of a number of alleged pay-to-play schemes. A few of the most notable include Laureate Education and Uranium One. Lawmakers believe Lynch used her power as attorney general to block the informant from coming forward with information regarding the Uranium One deal.

Lawmakers also want an investigation into Strzok and Page’s involvement in a potential interference scheme in the Clinton private email case. Strzok and Page had an ongoing, intimate relationship.

The group is also interested in reported texts between Strzok and Page that appear to show the FBI eliminated evidence that Clinton compromised “high-level communications.”

Furthermore, the group is concerned with texts that show Strzok texted Page to tell her that senior FBI officials “water[ed] down the reference to President [Barack] Obama,” using “senior government official” instead. At the time the statement was made public, the lawmakers argue, references to Obama and to a “senior government official” were washed from the record.

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Jihadis and Drug Cartels at our Border: A nightmare on the horizon.

The border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico must be made secure.

There is no shortage of compelling reasons why this must happen, and the sooner the better, but today, given the lunacy of Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary States and the globalist goals of politicians from both political parties, particularly the Democratic Party leadership, rational and reasonable thought processes have been supplanted by greed, corruption and cowardice- fear of upsetting party leaders or fear of alienating deep-pocketed campaign contributors.

Indeed, it is irrational for any leader in the United States to refuse to take whatever measures must be taken to protect America and Americans from the rampant violence, corruption and potential for terrorists to traverse that highly porous border into the United States.

Yet this is precisely the situation that exists today in the United States.

Therefore, today we will consider some of the more compelling facts that demand that, for once and for all, the U.S./Mexican border be secured.

First of all, given the unstable and volatile situation in the Middle East, particularly Syria and U.S.-led military strikes in Syria, undoubtedly Iran and radical Islamists would like to be able to carry out terror attacks within the borders of the United States.

Iran and radical Islamists have a significant presence in Latin America, therefore, all that separates them from us is the U.S./Mexican border.

On April 21, 2017 I wrote an article, Border Security Is National Security in which I referenced an April 12, 2017 Washington Times report, Sharafat Ali Khan smuggled terrorist-linked immigrants.

Khan is a citizen of Pakistan who had established himself as a permanent resident in Brazil and then smuggled numerous illegal aliens from the Middle East into the United States through Mexico.  ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) issued a press release about this case,

Foreign national extradited and pleads guilty to human smuggling conspiracy.

That Khan first became a resident of Brazil prior to beginning his smuggling operation is of particular concern.

Terror training camps run by Hamas and Hezbollah are to be found in the Tri-Border region of Brazil (where Brazil abuts with Argentina and Paraguay).  While there was no specific mention of Khan making use of those camps, given the nature of his crimes, this is a very real and troubling possibility.

It is also entirely possible that members of ISIS and al-Qaeda are present in those terror training camps.

Concerns about the Tri-Border Region were ably reported on in a paper, Islamist Terrorist Threat in the Tri-Border Region that was published by Jeffrey Fields, Research Associate, Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Khan is hardly the only alien smuggler who was operating in Latin America and has ties to the Middle East.

In addition to the nexus between Brazil and radical Islamic training camps, Iran routinely flies its Quds Forces, also known as “Shock Troops” into Caracas Venezuela.  They are not present in the the Western hemisphere for vacation.

In addition to the threats posed by Middle Eastern terrorists operating in Latin America, we need to also consider the deteriorating situation to be found in Mexico where it has been reported that last year more than 29,000 people were murdered.

On April 11, 2018 the San Diego Union-Tribune report, Studies find record violence costing Mexico billions of dollars included this excerpt:

As fighting between drug trafficking groups drives up violence in Mexico to record levels, a new study released on Wednesday measures the economic impact in 2017 at $249 billion in losses — close to 21 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

Authors of the study presented at the University of San Diego say that focusing on homicides alone fails to address the broad range of factors that drive the violence, and affect the well being of Mexicans on a multitude of levels.

To bring down the violence will mean addressing issues such as corruption and the weak rule of law, the study states.

[ … ]

With more than 29,000 murders, last year was Mexico’s most violent year on record, “with the peacefulness in Mexico deteriorating by 10.7 percent,” states the institute’s study, the fifth in a series of annual reports focusing on Mexico.

The study found that the economic impact violence in 2017 “amongst the highest in the world.” The total economic impact of violence “was seven times higher than the education budget in 2017,” according to the report. “A one percent decline in the economic impact of violence would equal the federal government’s investment in activities related to science, technology and innovation last year.”

In an effort to somehow paint a less pessimistic and alarming image of the level of violence in Mexico, the report concluded with the following:

In spite of public perceptions, “Mexico’s violence is ‘average’ for the Western Hemisphere,” according to the USD study, with homicide rates well below those of smaller countries, including Belize, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, and Venezuela.

This is no comfort to be found in that last quote.  A caravan of citizens of Honduras making its way north through Mexico and headed for the United States, prompted President Trump to deploy National Guard troops along the southern border to augment the U.S. Border Patrol in non-law enforcement capacity- providing support for the Border Patrol as was reported in an April 4, 2018 USA Today report,  Trump keeps focus on caravan of Honduran asylum seekers headed to U.S.

It appears that the caravan of Hondurans is being egged on by the government of Honduras, consider that The Arizona Republic reported on April 12, 2018:

Although many migrants traveling in the caravan have decided to remain in Mexico, many still plan to continue on to the U.S. border and apply for asylum, especially the large number of women and children, and a small group of about 25 gay and transgender migrants.

The Honduran ambassador to Mexico, dressed in a suit, tie and dress shoes, joined the migrants in a 9-mile walk from the Honduran embassy in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City to the Casa de Peregrino near the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexican news media reported.

Given the totality of circumstances, the potential exists that criminals such as members of MS-13 and other such violent gangs and members of drug cartels may well infiltrate this and other such caravans.

In point of fact, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that terrorists from the Middle East might also seize the opportunity to infiltrate large-scale smuggling groups to gain entry into the United States, not unlike terrorists in Europe infiltrated refugee flows.

Furthermore, as we have seen in the past, the potential exists that aliens who seek asylum in the United States might actually be such criminals and/or terrorists.

This very topic was the focus of a November 21, 2013 Washington Times news reportMexican drug cartels exploit asylum system by claiming ‘credible fear.’

The report quoted Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee:

“It’s outrageous that members of Mexican drug cartels and others involved in illicit activity are so easily able to exploit our asylum laws and live in the U.S. virtually undetected,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican.

“Our asylum laws are in place to help individuals who are facing truly serious persecution in their country,” he said. “However, dangerous criminals are gaming the system by claiming they have a ‘credible fear’ of persecution when often they’ve been the perpetrators of violence themselves.”

Concerns about the lack of integrity to this system were the focus of two House Judiciary Committee hearings conducted as a result of Chairman Goodlatte’s concerns.

Of course while one of the hearings focused on how asylum abuse was overwhelming our borders, in reality, asylum abuse is overwhelming the entire immigration system throughout the entire United States of America.

Furthermore, this is not simply a matter of “asylum abuse” but of immigration fraud.

The official report that was authored by the 9/11 Commission Staff, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel noted on page 98:

Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.

Those concerns are very much as relevant today as they were at the time of those hearings and at the time that the 9/11 Commission reported its findings.

What more needs to happen before our “leaders” finally act to secure that dangerous border?

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in FrontPage Magazine.

What to Expect as Trump Sends the National Guard to the Border

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, drew surprising praise from President Donald Trump regarding plans to send the state’s National Guard troops to the southern border.

However, Brown seems to be placing many restrictions, according to an Associated Press report Monday. The report says the anonymous federal officials told the AP that California will not allow Guard troops to fix and repair vehicles, operate remotely-controlled surveillance cameras with the Border Patrol, or provide “mission support,” which could include buying gas and handling payroll.

Still other border states, with Republican governors, are stepping up, according to the Military Times.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s office said the first 80 Guard troops will arrive this week. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was expected to deploy 300. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said he wants to send 300 troops a week and wind up with 1,000 on the border.

Brown previously had exchanged harsh words with Trump in signing a sanctuary state law to protect illegal immigrants and opposing most of the administration’s initiatives to enforce immigration law.

But Brown drew thanks from Trump after the Democrat committed to sending 400 National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico.

States were reporting an initial force total of 529 National Guard personnel as of Thursday to support Southwest border operations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Governors have committed to more troops.

States reportedly committed to about 2,000 National Guard troops at the border, about halfway to Trump’s goal of 4,000 troops. Defense Secretary James Mattis said the troops would be covered by the Defense Department budget but remain under the authority of their governors.

That goal of 4,000 Guard troops is fewer than President George W. Bush sent to the border, but more than President Barack Obama sent.

Brown previously wrote a letter stating the state’s refusal to enforce federal immigration laws and to oppose construction of a border wall, but didn’t provide the level of details in the AP story on Monday.

Using the National Guard isn’t ideal, but is one way to address a border crisis, said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that advocates securing the border and enforcing immigration law.

“They will be in a supportive role, and that frees up the Border Patrol to do their jobs on the front lines,” Mehlman told The Daily Signal. “It’s a stop-gap measure. When you call up the National Guard to defend the border, it means you should have done more to prevent illegal immigration to begin with.”

Mehlman said he is glad Brown isn’t resisting on deploying the National Guard, but that the California governor is taking too little action.

“Jerry Brown is sending National Guard troops, but he should have done a lot more in cutting off the incentives for people to cross the border illegally,” Mehlman said.

The Trump administration hasn’t laid out the cost, but past deployments of the Guard could offer an idea.

Cost and Benefits for Bush and Obama

Bush’s Operation Jump Start involved 6,000 National Guard troops on the border from June 2006 to July 2008, and cost taxpayers $1.2 billion, according to a Government Accountability Office report in 2011.

Obama’s Operation Phalanx, from July 2010 to June 2011, put 1,200 Guard troops on the border and cost taxpayers $35 million.

Under Bush, the Guard assisted in 11.7 percent of the captures of 186,814 illegal immigrants and 9.4 percent of the 316,364 pounds of marijuana seized, according to the GAO.

Under Obama, the Guard assisted in 5.9 percent of the captures of 17,887 illegal immigrants and 2.6 percent of the 56,342 pounds of marijuana seized.

“What happened under Bush and Obama actually did work and had a deterrent effect,” James Carafano, vice president for national security and foreign policy at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal.

“People aren’t stupid,” Carafano said. “This frees up the CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection]. It’s not a permanent solution. But it’s a deterrence and is part of a larger strategy. The president has said no DACA, no more loopholes, and is calling for workplace enforcement.”

Carafano said he doubted the Trump administration’s operation would have a significant effect on the military budget.

There are notable differences, Steven P. Bucci, a former top Pentagon official who is a visiting research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an earlier interview.

“Today, the crisis is less well defined, although People Without Borders has promised continued marches with the intent of ‘busting’ our border,” Bucci said. “There is also a steady stream of illegal alien crossings estimated at 1,000 a day. Not the huge numbers of the earlier periods, but not a trickle either.”

The costs could be significantly different, Bucci said:

Another difference is that during Operation Jump Start, the Bush-era operation, we had much lower levels of Border Patrol agents and much less infrastructure/tech. The force-multiplier effect then was larger than we could expect today. Combined with the fewer border crossings than in 2006, the bang for your buck would be lower today.

Additionally, the military today is significantly underfunded and has been for years. Funding the entire thing with Defense Department money will be a serious drain on a budget that got its first chance at health only recently. If the operation drags on too long, this could be a detriment to our overall national defense.

The National Border Patrol Council, the union for Border Patrol agents, supports having deployment of National Guard troops at the border. But in 2014, the union questioned the effectiveness of a plan pushed by Republican lawmakers.

Governors Responding

Before Brown committed California to the effort, the Associated Press reportedthat other border state governors had committed 1,600 National Guard troops.

Governors of nonborder states, including the Republican governors of Arkansas, Mississippi, and South Carolina, have suggested that their National Guard would be called up for assistance.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican whose state has a large immigrant population, reportedly said he hasn’t been asked.

Texas’ Abbott, a Republican, committed to 250 Guard troops in the first phase of the Trump administration’s action.

Arizona’s Ducey, a Republican, announced he would deploy 225 Guard troops.

New Mexico’s Martinez, a Republican, committed 250 troops.

In a recent poll, a plurality of those surveyed, 48 percent, said they support sending National Guard troops to the border, compared to 42 percent who said they oppose it and 9 percent with no opinion.

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Fred Lucas is the White House correspondent for The Daily Signal and co-host of “The Right Side of History” podcast. Send an email to Fred. Twitter: @FredLucasWH.

Dear Readers:

With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone.

We are looking for a select few conservatives to become a Heritage Foundation member. With your membership, you’ll qualify for all associated benefits and you’ll help keep our nation great for future generations.

ACTIVATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of troops meeting April 12 with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the National Guard armory in far south Texas as they prepare to deploy to the border with Mexico. The soldiers will play a supporting role to federal Border Patrol agents and state troopers. (Photo: Bob Daemmrich/Polaris/Newscom)

Pompeo: Iranian proxy Hizballah ‘threatens us right here in the homeland’

Hezbollah, Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy, “threatens” Americans in the U.S. homeland, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of State….The U.S. military has repeatedly warned against the growing presence of Iran and Hezbollah in Latin America, stressing that operations linked to the Shiite entities present a menace to the United States.

With the increasingly prevalent alliance between the drug trade and jihad, it is getting more difficult to distinguish between narco criminals and jihadists. This provides a cover for jihadists and obstructs accurate reporting about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat. This match made in hell shows yet again the need for a Southern border wall.

“Pompeo: Iranian Proxy ‘Hezbollah Threatens Us Right Here in the Homeland’”, by Edwin Mora, Breitbart, April 12, 2018:

WASHINGTON, DC — Hezbollah, Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy, “threatens” Americans in the U.S. homeland, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of State (DOS), declared Thursday during his Senate confirmation hearing.

Pompeo, who served as director of the CIA until he was recently chosen by President Trump to serve as secretary of state, identified Iran, North Korea, China, and Russia as the top threats facing the United States.

In written testimony prepared for his confirmation hearing hosted by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Thursday, Pompeo noted:

Iran, meanwhile, has been on the march and has paid too low a price for its dangerous behavior. Our administration has developed a strategy to counter Iran that will raise that cost. The issues surrounding Iran’s proliferation threat are real and we, along with our allies, must deal with the long-term risk that its capability presents.

But we cannot let the nuclear file prevent us from acting against Iran’s cyber efforts or its attempts to provide missiles to the Houthis [in Yemen] to attack Saudi Arabia and Americans who travel there. Iran’s activities in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon threaten the very existence of Israel, and the global reach of Hezbollah threatens us right here in the homeland.

Iran freed American hostages for the sake of a deal and then turned immediately to holding still more. I will work for their freedom every day.

During the hearing, Pompeo stressed that the administration plans to “fix” the controversial Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA), suggesting that Trump will not withdraw from the flawed agreement, reached under former President Barack Obama.

The U.S. military has repeatedly warned against the growing presence of Iran and Hezbollah in Latin America, stressing that operations linked to the Shiite entities present a menace to the United States.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, recently revealed that the number of “cultural centers” used by Iran proxies like Hezbollah to recruit members across Latin America have proliferated, nearly tripling from 36 in 2012 to “more than 100” today.

According to U.S. officials and independent analysts, Hezbollah is heavily involved in drug trafficking and money laundering activities across Latin America……

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

Updating Just-War Theory

Note: This column was written and uploaded prior to the U.S. attack on Syria late last night [April 13, 2018]. The questions it raises about further developing just war theory, however, remain current – now perhaps even more than earlier. – Robert Royal

Over the centuries, “just war theory” was proposed and developed by a series of great thinkers – Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, Francisco de Vitoria, Francisco Suárez, Hugo Grotius, and others.

In the past, what they had in common, aside from the intention of combating the incessant plague of wars, was a standard vision of what wars were like: namely, some nation with a formidable military force threatened another nation(s). The latter would have to deliberate whether their military resources were adequate, or whether non-military means might remove the threat; or whether, as a last resort, military action would protect them or make things worse.

The principles “just-war” theorists emphasized include: the urgency of the threat, whether negotiation might still be feasible, identification of the proper authority to declare and initiate war in various forms of government, whether the consequences of war might be worse than surrender, and also ethical considerations regarding lethal weaponry, treatment of war prisoners, the harm of noncombatants, etc.

A vision of massed armies, sometimes with allies, facing down and conquering other armies on the battlefield, was common to all these theorists – even in World War I and World War II, with the addition of powerful infantry and explosives, air power, submarines, and other products of modern engineering.

But the scenario began to change sharply during and after WWII – nuclear arsenals, guerilla warfare, tremendously lethal chemical and biological agents – in short, the possibility of mayhem in quantities and intensities never previously conceived. If Julius Caesar or Ghengis Khan had had the atomic bomb, they might have hesitated using it to conquer territories they planned to occupy.

Just this week, after discussing abandonment of Syria “very soon,” President Trump threatened to launch missiles against Syria, because of the deadly chemical gas attack on civilians in the rebel-held town of Douma. Russia’s foreign minister claims that a “foreign intelligence agency” staged this attack, and a member of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry points to evidence that rebels trying to oust Syrian president Bashar al-Assad were responsible.

It is indeed strange that Assad, who has been winning the war against rebels, would invite international retaliation at this time. But the United States along with allies Britain and France are all but convinced that Assad ordered the attack, and that that there must be a response both to punish Syria and deter future attacks of a similar nature.

But it’s precisely here that the kinds of “prudential judgments” (which were never very easy even in simpler times) have become quite complicated. An initial question in just-war theory would be: is there any clear threat to our country? There is obviously no direct threat to the U.S. from Syria. But in fact an attack on Syria, allied with Russia, could trigger a new cold war, or worse.

President Trump launched a successful missile attack on Syria in April, 2017, and is apparently confident that this could be repeated without enraging the Russian Bear. But such acts of brinkmanship not only challenge Constitutional war-making powers, but “throw away the script” on justifying wars. And deposing Assad, instead of improving the situation, could pave the way for a takeover by ISIS or Islamist rebels, certainly no improvement over Assad.

And such complexities are not limited to the Middle East. Traditional just war theory seems impotent in dealing with several contemporary realities and is desperately in need of further development if it is to continue to provide guidance to nations and their leaders. For example, here are some situations needing careful analysis:

  • Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), in which two nuclear powers in a war could easily annihilate each other – or even bring about a “doomsday” state of affairs if other nuclear powers entered the combat – still prevails. Is there any contemporary crisis so dire that would justify a nuclear power to make a preemptive nuclear strike on a rival?
  • Thousands of terrorist “cells” sprouting up throughout the world. Could any conventional army, navy or air force be effective against these?
  • Widespread use of “human shields” – missile launchers set up in hospitals, explosive caches stored in schools, terrorists setting up shop in cities surrounded by innocent noncombatants, and refusing to allow any noncombatant to exit from the city. What could justify destroying a hospital occupied by terrorists manning artillery?
  • Possible accidents as “the wrong button is pushed,” and war begins willy-nilly. The recent incident in Hawaii reminds us that similar incidents, which could have sealed the fate of the world, have happened in the past.
  • Insane and/or suicidal leaders of nuclear-armed states, who don’t care about mutual annihilation. MAD is based on the supposition that world leaders are rational actors and not misanthropic and suicidal.
  • Jihadists under the influence of religious beliefs bent on converting the world, by force, if necessary.

In an ideal world, we might seek:

  • Universal nuclear disarmament and absolute prohibition of proliferation – although this is difficult to imagine after what happened to Muammar Gaddafi who obligingly disarmed in 2003.
  • Fail-safe international intelligence systems capable of foiling electronically transmitted plans for attack.
  • Refusal of any further building of mosques unless reciprocity in building of churches prevails in the Middle East. The prevailing lack of reciprocity has facilitated importation of violent religious operatives under the cover of uni-directional “religious freedom.”

But several more practical and less idealistic strategies might be: 

  • “Surgical” bombing of nuclear reactors in “rogue states,” as Israel did to Iraq in 1981 and to Syria in 2007– which would require incredibly accurate intelligence resources.
  • Identification and destruction of all chemical and biological arsenals, as well as dismantling arsenals capable of producing a high-altitude nuclear explosion, causing an “electro-magnetic pulse,” which would disable electrical resources throughout nations.
  • A nuclear “Marshall Plan” offering aid in transforming dangerous nuclear facilities to peaceful nuclear power plants – thus advancing the Biblical prophecy about “swords” being transformed into plowshares (Is. 2:4).
  • Taking a cue from the targeted assassination of Osama bin Laden and other terrorists, the assassination of the most demonic leaders, who both enslave their populations and threaten destruction of the United States.

According to the famous Doomsday Clock published by the Atomic Scientists, mankind is now at “two minutes before midnight.” So those of us who dream of world peace feel a certain urgency. If this is not a starkly exaggerated urgency, it may be time to think “outside the box.”

Recent diplomatic developments indicate that an unprecedented meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un may take place in May. The president has insisted that denuclearization is a precondition for such a meeting, and Kim seems to accept that precondition, saying, “The ‘issue of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved’ if the U.S. and South Korea respond ‘with goodwill’.”

After so many failed diplomatic efforts at removing one of the most serious threats to world peace, can we attach any realistic hope to such a meeting?

Kim is not in the vulnerable position that Gaddafi was in disarming. He has China at his back and South Korea open to reunification. Turning “swords into plowshares” in that area is not completely unimaginable – although certainly “outside the box.”

But actually, the most “impractical” strategy for world peace would probably be the most effective: I am thinking of the battle of Lepanto in 1571 in which a small Christian fleet defeated a Turkish Armada, as well as the nationwide Rosary crusade in Austria in 1955, leading to the withdrawal of Soviet armies. In other words, a worldwide Rosary Crusade. But I know, I know – this is too far “outside the box.”

Howard Kainz

Howard Kainz

Howard Kainz, Emeritus Professor at Marquette University, is the author of twenty-five books on German philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, and religion, and over a hundred articles in scholarly journals, print magazines, online magazines, and op-eds. He was a recipient of an NEH fellowship for 1977-8, and Fulbright fellowships in Germany for 1980-1 and 1987-8. His website is at Marquette University.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of a mourning man in Douma Syria [Photo by Mohammed Hassan/UPI]. © 2018 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: info@frinstitute.orgThe Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.

PODCAST: Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

CIA Director Mike Pompeo is the president’s choice to be the next secretary of state. Nile Gardiner, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Freedom Center, sits down with us to discuss what Pompeo would mean for U.S. foreign policy and how he differs from his predecessor. We also discuss the international response to Syria’s chemical weapons attack. Plus: The House speaker’s race is full speed ahead, Missouri’s governor is accused of sexual misconduct, and a billionaire activist seeks to break up California.

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Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis is the commentary editor of The Daily Signal and co-host of The Daily Signal podcastSend an email to Daniel. Twitter: @JDaniel_Davis.

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Ginny Montalbano

Ginny Montalbano is a contributor to The Daily Signal. Send an email to Ginny. Twitter: @GinnyMontalbano.

Dear Readers:

With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone.

We are looking for a select few conservatives to become a Heritage Foundation member. With your membership, you’ll qualify for all associated benefits and you’ll help keep our nation great for future generations.

ACTIVATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifying on his nomination to be secretary of state before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Photo: Ron Sachs – CNP / Mega / Newscom)

Here’s why the left hates John Bolton — and why they are wrong

John Bolton, who began work Monday as President Trump’s national security adviser, has repeatedly been hit with false accusation and demonized and attacked by the left – but shows no signs of changing his views to curry favor with those advocating a weak national security policy. Any fair assessment will show him to be a valuable addition to the Trump administration.

Bolton has shown repeatedly that can he act swiftly, decisively and wisely. One sign of this came Tuesday with the resignation of White House Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert.

A White House source told Fox News that Bossert’s resignation was a result of Bolton’s “cleaning house” at the National Security Council. The source also said that Bolton may merge the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, which now function separately but share staff.

Vox has called Bolton “one of the most radically hawkish voices in American foreign policy,” and claimed Bolton would lead America into wars with North Korea and Iran – rogue regimes with nuclear weapons or weapons capabilities that in the eyes of the left are less dangerous to America than Bolton himself.

The far-far-left hero Ralph Nader has berated Bolton for “having played an active role in the Bush/Cheney regime’s criminal war of aggression that destroyed Iraq,” and declared Bolton “a clear and present danger to our country and world peace.”

The New York Times lumped Bolton together with Secretary of State designee Mike Pompeo, arguing both were a danger because they “have ties to individuals and groups promoting a worldview that regards Islam not so much as a religion, but as a political ideology that is infiltrating the United State and other countries with the goal of imposing Shariah law.”

This leftist hysteria is hyperbolic nonsense. John Bolton is not a warmonger. He believes, correctly, that a strong America is the best way to guarantee peace.

Bolton enjoys political combat, and is undoubtedly one of its most skilled warriors. But the left doesn’t hate him for his skills, his knowledge, or even his views. They hate him because he is fearless in exposing their outrageous preference for the enemies of America.

Bolton understands that threats to America must be dealt with forcefully – not necessarily with military might, but with the full spectrum of statecraft. This is true in North Korea, which successive U.S. administrations have attempted unsuccessfully to bribe into submission, as well as in our dealings with the radical Islamic regime in Iran long coddled by Democrats from Jimmy Carter to John Kerry.

And it’s not just the left that hates Bolton. His appointment has also sent shivers down the milky spines of Deep State “shadow warriors,” who have sought to undermine every Republican president since Ronald Reagan by spreading rumors, leaking classified intelligence and even lying to the president himself.

The latest of these Deep State agents is Fulton Armstrong, a former CIA analyst who complained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week that Bolton dared to challenge him in 2002 over bogus intelligence the CIA was then promoting about Cuba’s biological weapons program.

Armstrong seems to believe that the Washington press corps is full of useful idiots, or bots who have no memories. Bolton challenged Armstrong at the time because Armstrong was peddling information that had been planted in the U.S. intelligence community by a convicted Cuban spy – a spy whose lies Armstrong apparently continues to peddle even today.

I discussed this in detail in my 2007 book, “Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender.”

Bolton is like the boy who shouts out as the emperor parades naked down the street that “the emperor has no clothes!” It’s his penchant for truth-telling that the left and the shadow warriors fear the most.

A little-known entry on Bolton’s resume is the fact he was nominated in 2006 for the Noble Peace Prize by a former deputy prime minister of Sweden for having crafted something known as the Proliferation Security Initiative while he was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The initiative was a U.S.-led effort to interdict shipments of weapons of mass destruction on the high seas. (Full disclosure: I was jointly nominated  with Bolton for the prize, for my work in exposing Iran’s nuclear weapons program).

Few people know about the Proliferation Security Initiative. Why? Because it’s a multilateral effort that has been a tremendous success, thanks to John Bolton.

President Trump finally has found a kindred spirit to help him sort through the lies the Deep State is continuing to feed him. Both the president and America will be well-served by National Security Adviser John Bolton.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on FoxNews.com. The featured image is of President Donald Trump receiving a briefing from senior military leadership accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Adviser John Bolton at the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC April 9, 2018.  (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

To Whom It May Confirm: Groups Appeal to Senate on Pompeo

It would be difficult not to be impressed with a man who graduated at the top of his class at West Point, earned a degree from Harvard Law, built a successful business career, served his country — and Congress. Even the most relentless of Democrats would have a tough time poking holes in a résumé like that. But on Thursday, when Mike Pompeo sits before the Senate and defends his qualifications to be the next Secretary of State, liberals will still try.

Of course, the Democrats’ problem with Pompeo isn’t his credentials — it’s his convictions. From his early days in the House to his job at the CIA, Mike’s opponents know that he’s never been easily intimidated. When it comes to protecting America’s interests or the values he cares about, Pompeo — like the president — is fearless. He stands up for what’s right, regardless which way the political winds are blowing. And Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), for one, thinks that’s exactly what our nation needs. “…Director Pompeo is clear-eyed and hard-nosed about the threats we face, and he speaks in the direct, blunt manner of a man who has no time to waste when confronting those threats,” he said.

After the mess President Obama made of America’s reputation and its relationships, Mike would be the powerful presence this administration needs to get our diplomatic efforts back on track. In a letter to Senate leadership, a coalition of 49 groups talked about one of the most important facets of that work: reviving the department’s work on international religious liberty. “Mr. Pompeo,” the group writes to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chuck Schumer, “is a strong nominee who will make international religious freedom a foreign policy priority — a matter which is especially important given that we now know religious freedom, long protected for its own sake, is also intricately connected to the security and prosperity of nations themselves.” As we’ve said for years, the only path to long-term peace is making religious freedom a foreign policy priority. Mike Pompeo understands that.

If you ask most conservatives, one of the greatest tragedies of the Obama years was watching the president turn the State Department into the global headquarters of LGBT propaganda. With an army of 75,000 employees, he set out to convert “unenlightened” countries to his brand of cultural extremism. Now, more than a year into Donald Trump’s term, it’s no wonder that groups like GLAAD and Human Rights Campaign are up in arms about Pompeo’s nomination. They can’t stand the idea of ending these social distractions and returning the agency to its true purpose.

Unfortunately, Obama’s obsession with LGBT issues didn’t just come at the expense of America’s relationships or taxpayer dollars. It also cost the agency any real progress on religious liberty. And unlike Obama’s off-mission social engineering, protecting and promoting our First Freedom is a stated goal of Congress under the International Religious Freedom Act. Besides, the coalition reminds Senate leaders, “Promoting religious freedom is simply good foreign policy. Indeed, one of the pillars of our National Security Strategy, recognizing ‘the hope of every soul to live in freedom,” is to ‘advance American influence’ by ‘protect[ing] religious freedom and religious minorities.'” With Ambassador Sam Brownback in place and a secretary of State as committed Mike Pompeo, the millions of suffering men and women of faith around the world would finally get the help they need. Contact your senators and urge them to support Mike Pompeo’s nomination.

For more on how Mike Pompeo could transform the culture at the Department of State, click over to my new op-ed in Fox News.


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.


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Army Secretary Warns of China, Russia Threats

The secretary of the U.S. Army says that with increased funding, such as the $629 billion for defense in the spending bill signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, the military will be able to continue to grow and meet recurring threats.

“The future we face is increasingly uncertain. China and Russia, which have been identified as our strategic competitors, as part of this era of great competition … are modernizing. They are eroding our overmatch, and they are improving their ability to threaten our interests,” Mark Esper, secretary of the U.S. Army, said Thursday at an event at The Heritage Foundation.

Esper said the United States should expect its enemies, such as Russia and China, to rapidly increase their weapons stockpiles and technology, as well as a host of other variables.

“We also face the character of wars changing,” Esper said.

The challenges include the speed and brutality of U.S. enemies, threats in cyberspace and information warfare, and increased ground operations.

The goal, Esper said, is to be more mobile and be quicker than the enemy.

“The Army of 2028 will be ready to deploy, fight and win decisively against any adversary, any time, and anywhere in a joint, multidomain, high-intensity conflict, while simultaneously deterring others and maintaining its abilities to conduct irregular warfare,” he said.

However, Heritage’s 2018 Index of U.S. Military Strength rated the current military posture of the United States as marginal.

Prior to being sworn in as the 23rd secretary of the U.S. Army on Nov. 17, Esper was the vice president for government relations at the Raytheon Co. He is also a former chief of staff of The Heritage Foundation.

Thomas Spoehr, director for the Center for National Defense at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email that “it’s a critical time for the Army, given the importance of their modernization plans.”

Spoehr, who moderated the event, added, “Many in Congress are closely watching the Army to see if they can get things right, especially their modernization programs, so it’s good Secretary Esper is out talking to audiences and the media.”

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Rachel del Guidice is a reporter for The Daily Signal. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Forge Leadership Network, and The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. Send an email to Rachel. Twitter: @LRacheldG.

Dear Readers:

With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, we need to come together as a group of likeminded conservatives.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone.

We are looking for a select few conservatives to become a Heritage Foundation member. With your membership, you’ll qualify for all associated benefits and you’ll help keep our nation great for future generations.

ACTIVATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image of the 23rd secretary of the U.S. Army on Nov. 17 Mark Esper is by Kathryn E. Holm/ZUMA Press/Newscom.

VIDEO: It’s Anti-American to Want Open Borders

My appearance on Dana’s excellent program was predicated by President Trump ordering members of the National Guard to back up U.S. Border Patrol agents along the U.S./Mexican border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico.

I addressed some of those other concerns during my conversation with Dana- I hope you will watch the video!

Of course, as I have stated repeatedly, while that dangerous border must be secured, it only represents one component of a immigration system upon which depends national security, public safety and the overall wellbeing of America and Americans.

Ignorance is not bliss.  Knowledge is power so my article provides some cold hard facts for you to consider and hopefully share with others.

Being “Pro-Enforcement” is not “Anti-Immigrant.”

Indeed, advocates for immigration anarchy are actually taking an “Anti-Immigrant” position by obfuscating the line that separates lawful immigrants from illegal aliens.  To provide a bit of clarity, while we are indeed a “Nation of immigrants” America is not a nation of trespassers.  The difference between an immigrant and an illegal alien is comparable to the difference between a houseguest and a burglar.

Americans must be willing to stand their ground and not be intimidated by the false accusations- far too much hangs in the balance!  We must speak out against mayors and governors who create “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States.”

Many people have come to complain that we have become too “Politically Correct” to speak the truth about important issues.  My view is that the artful use of language that has been described as examples of political correctness are in fact, examples of Orwellian “Newspeak.”

Having invoked George Orwell, it is appropriate to consider a couple of his brilliant quotes:

Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

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Trump’s Idea of Using Military Resources for Border Wall Isn’t Unprecedented

The military has been involved before in putting up a barrier along the U.S.-Mexican border without explicit authorization from Congress, according to a 2009 government report.

President Donald Trump recently proposed to draw from the $700 billion appropriated for the military for funds to build the border wall, which comes with a price tag estimated at $25 billion.

Initial fencing constructed after Congress passed the 2006 Secure Fence Act was paid for by the Department of Homeland Security, while engineering and labor was carried out through an agreement with the Defense Department.

It isn’t clear whether this is what Trump had in mind.

The precedent means that military involvement would not be unheard of, said Art Arthur, resident fellow for law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies, an immigration policy think tank.

“The military can’t enforce immigration laws inside the United States, but it can help fortify the border as a national defense issue,” Arthur, the former general counsel at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now Immigration and Customs Enforcement) told The Daily Signal.

Entering a church service Easter Sunday, the president talked to reporters about problems at the southern border.

“Mexico has got to help us at the border,” he said. “If they’re not going to help us at the border, it’s a very sad thing between our two countries.”

Trump tweeted Monday morning:

Speaking Thursday in Richfield, Ohio, Trump said: “We started our wall—what a thing of beauty. … We’re getting that sucker built.”

Trump recently signed an omnibus spending bill that allocated $1.6 billion for 33 miles of border fencing. Days later, the president suggested in a tweet that money from the defense budget could be used for the wall since its construction is a matter of national security.

Keeping drugs, weapons and contraband, and criminals out of the country likely could be classified as an act of national defense, Arthur said.

“The wall is not just about illegal aliens. The border is about more than illegal aliens,” Arthur said. “The border is like the skin of the country. If something penetrates that skin, it gets inside.”

Trump reportedly talked to Defense Secretary James Mattis about using defense dollars to pay for building the wall. The Pentagon has not characterized the retired Marine general’s reaction.

The question is whether drawing on the defense funds requires an act of Congress. Opponents of the president, such as Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., insist it does.

Others, such as Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a constitutional conservative and frequent critic of executive overreach, are cautious about weighing in.

“We would have to see the specific statutory authority they claimed justified it,” Lee spokesman Conn Carroll told The Daily Signal.

Trump did not specify how he would use Pentagon money for the wall construction, since enforcing immigration law is the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security.

But the two departments previously worked together, according to the report by the Congressional Research Service during President Barack Obama’s first year in office.

Essentially, Customs and Border Protection provided money and land, while divisions of the Defense Department provided design and labor.

The report states that Customs and Border Protection entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Engineering and Construction Support Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The National Guard and a military task force also were involved, the report says:

The ECSO [Engineering and Construction Support Office] manages several components of the construction process for CBP [Customs and Border Protection], including planning and acquisition of real estate; drafting the environmental protection plan; designing the project and formulating the engineering costs; overseeing the construction process; and enforcing the appropriate warranties.

On most of the tactical infrastructure projects, National Guard units and military units from the Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Task Force North provide the labor. DOD uses these projects as part of their training regimen, leveraging their ability to deploy tactical infrastructure and thereby providing zero labor costs to CBP.

The agreement saved taxpayer dollars, as Homeland Security did not have to procure commercial contractors and provided training to military personnel on building barriers in combat zones.

However, in its fiscal year 2007 budget request, Customs and Border Protection request the use of private contractor to expedite completion of portions of the border fencing.

Under the agreement, Customs and Border Protection bought materials and acquired the land, and the Army Corps of Engineers did engineering studies and provided manpower and machinery used to install the fencing.

“The actual manpower is typically provided by the State National Guard (the California National Guard, for example, constructed much of the San Diego fence), although occasionally the military, and sometimes the USBP [Border Patrol], are involved in the construction,” the Congressional Research Service report says.

The Congressional Research Service is a nonpartisan research and investigative office on Capitol Hill that responds to requests from members of Congress.

Asked March 27 about the potential for military funding for the wall, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to provide details.

“I can’t get into the specifics of that at this point,” Sanders told reporters, “but I can tell you that the continuation of building the wall is ongoing, and we’re going to continue moving forward in that process.”

There isn’t enough information available to determine whether using military money to build a wall—absent congressional authorization—would be constitutional, said Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

“It would depend entirely on which pot of money at DOD the president wants to use, and what the rules are regarding that money as laid out in the appropriations bill that provided the money,” von Spakovsky told The Daily Signal.

Building a wall along the southern border is likely beyond the capacity of the Army Corps of Engineers, said Arthur, the fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies. The U.S. has built some physical barrier along about one-third of the 1,933-mile border.
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Three Facts Jews & Christians Must Know about HAMAS – HEZBOLLAH – IRAN and the Gaza Protests

HATE

Muslims in Israel selected two Holy days for Jews and Christians (Passover & Easter) to launch their public protests to “overrun” Israel because Islamic doctrine requires eternal HATRED (enmity) against Judaism & Christianity. In the minds of these jihadis, violent protests on infidel holy days indicate doctrinal supremacy. Islamic hated against Jews & Christians is so inbred that there are only two solutions: spiritual conversion out of Islam or physical force to defeat Islam. The IDF is NOT in the business of “saving souls” so the Muslim protesters have chosen the force option.

Muslim Mistake # 1.

TERROR

Seriously, does anyone still believe that Islam is a “religion of peace?” Those who foolishly hold to this comical viewpoint don’t really believe it to be true but maintain the façade in order to keep leftist donations fueling their non-profit “human-rights” organizations. This house built on sand then takes the next survival step by turning to the use of terror tactics happily supplied by arch-enemies (HAMAS & Hezbollah) coming together to destroy the State of Israel. In that Sunni HAMAS & Shia’ Hezbollah produce nothing, thus generate NO income, two, blood-lust financiers  (Turkey & Iran) rush to bankroll the terror circus.

Muslim Mistake # 2.

TRUMP

When your flawed theological doctrine mandates that you view yourself superior to Jews and Christians but your daily experience proves otherwise, it’s understandable that your capability for logical clarity is demented and you make foolish mistakes, like under-estimating the fortitude of President Donald Trump. Muslims in Israel believe that if they scream loud enough on the Gaza border, sacrifice more of their women and children (yes, this is a HAMAS military strategy) and get the Jew-haters at the United Nations to “condemn” Israel then President Trump will buckle at the knee, tremble to the podium and change his mind about moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to the eternal capital of Israel, Jerusalem, on May 14.

Muslim Mistake # 3.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

There are few moments in your lifetime where you can have a direct impact on the defense of Western Civilization, the Judeo-Christian worldview, over the deadly and destructive system of hate-based Islam. This historic moment manifests on May 14, 2018, with the symbolic and physical move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. As you may know, Tom Trento and The United West team, along with Judge Jeanine Pirro will be in Israel in May, at the Gaza border and in Jerusalem on May 14, celebrating the Embassy move. If you want to be part of this effort to stand with Israel at one of her defining moments in history, please contact us and we will get you involved in the fight! Through the years all of us have faithfully spoken many words, now is the time to put WORKS to those WORDS!

Origin of the Washington Spy Ring and the Swamp

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is Threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual Life. If you can undermine these three areas, America will Collapse from within.”   — Joseph Stalin

That statement about America Stalin made seventy years ago in Moscow. What he had in mind, I experienced seventy years later in America, immigrating in 1981. The circumstances made me a witness to America’s Sovietization, which means the application and implementation of a corrupt Soviet Socialist System into American politics, social structure, economy, and culture. With horror I watched the process and as soon as my English allowed me, I began writing and warning America of the threat of Soviet Socialism and its infiltration into the American soil. Those changes in the country took place during post-Reagan and pre-Trump administrations. And I am not alone feeling this way…

In his letter March 2018 Tim Wildman, President of American Family Association wrote about his feeling. Here is the beginning of the letter:

Dear AFA Partner:

 Have you ever wondered if America will survive? Imagine the news reports:

“Today the constitutional republic known for over 240 years as the United States of America was officially dissolved and replaced by a new governing authority, the Socialist Nation of America. The new nation will be governed by a central unitary power and six administrative divisions.”

Sounds like a futuristic political thriller, doesn’t it? But if history is a faithful teacher, it could very well happen…

I am in total agreement with Mr. Wildman. In addition, being a former Soviet attorney, I know the corrupt Soviet Socialist System and the methods and tricks it operates on. Living in and learning my adapted country, America, it became obvious to me where the social changes were coming from…

Today President Trump is clearly facing a tremendous amount of pressure, he is under a constant attack from the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, the Deep State, and the Black Caucus. We are witnessing an incredible, international Witch Hunt on President Donald J. Trump, unknown to the world history before. That is not a secret for you. However, what you don’t know is that: a combined and united force of the opposition to Trump is run by the outside bad actor—Putin’s KGB… The Trump/Russia collusion is Russian Fallshivka manufactured by Obama/Putin Alliance to divert resources and attention from the actual criminals—Democrats: the same Russian fraud as the Trump/Dossier, manufactured by the KGB, the same fraud has paying off for Putin’s friends of disinformation in Moscow, pretending a friendly attitude to Trump to discredit him.

Meanwhile, our governmental institutions, especially the CIA, FBI, and DOJ suffered the most almost being paralyzed in their professional functioning. The Democrats helped Stalin’s plans practically becoming a reality. The time has come to talk about espionage, treason, and history as Mr. Wildman suggested. Firing Andrew McCabe was the beginning of a huge international case that must be investigated to find the full extent of Russian Intelligence’s knowledge. I am not sure that the Inspector General is aware of the issue. History is the Mother of all sciences and I will try to give you my vision of history, Espionage, and Treason in America.

Russian Involvement in America

Most Americans have no idea of the massive, deep, and ubiquitous infiltration by the KGB into American institutions. They do not know that two U.S. Presidents had been chosen for them by the KGB. The Mueller Investigation is a tip of the iceberg–Russian involvement in America’s politics goes back several decades. I am afraid that Mr. Mueller has a very limited awareness of Russia and its KGB. And today the Russian meddling with the 2016 election and accusation of Trump/Russia collusion, is the KGB’s maneuvering trick to cover-up their real collaboration with the Democrat Party for decades due to the Republican Party’s complete ignorance pertaining Russia.

All of the current crimes at the FBI, CIA, and DOJ boil down to the Clinton Foundation and personally to Bill Clinton and his activities decades ago. I believe that once this information is fully exposed, it will be the biggest international scandal in the U.S.

If you read my columns written in the past two years, you would notice my constant attention to Russian Intelligence, particular to the KGB. I presented two Chairmen of the KGB, detailing their personalities and behaviors. As a matter of fact, all Russian Intelligent agencies reflected the personalities of their leaders—Chairman of the KGB is the face of the agency. The first Chairman Ivan Serov was the executioner and multiple assassinations across the world took place under his leadership. Yuri Andropov was an unusual leader of the KGB, an experienced thinker, master tactician, and builder of the agency, who is now the face of the contemporary, Putin’s KGB. See Putin’s KGB on American Soil, January 26, 2018.

What do you think, why Bill Clinton named his Foundation a global one? Do you have an idea why? The answer is very simple. Why do you think Stalin has an idea of One World Government Under Kremlin’s Rule? Because both men have the same ideology and the ideology of Soviet Fascism thinks globally…  I have been writing about Bill Clinton for the last several decades, because I know who he really is and his collaboration with Andropov’s KGB. The first suspicion came immediately when I saw his picture among a group of young people in Russia. I knew about those groups, because I was there; they were promoted by the KGB in 1960-1970s. Bill Clinton among those young people told me his story, but I did not have any other evidence to confirm my impression legally…

Then came the year 1991 and Bill Clinton announced his candidacy for the presidency. The two events that occurred at the time will perhaps prove and convince you of the validity of my suspicions. The first one I read about on p. 52 of The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, by Daniel Estulin, Trine Day LLC, 2009. It was about Bill Clinton and his visit to Moscow. The details of his visit were very suspicious. On June 9, 1991, two-and-a half months before announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Presidency, Bill Clinton flew to Moscow. The Arkansas Democrat ran the story under the headline Clinton Has Powerful Buddy in the U.S.S.R.—New Head of KGB.

Of course, there were several issues discussed by Bill Clinton and the KGB Chairman. Yet, the main one and most important to Clinton was the help of the KGB in the upcoming election in America. Indeed, the KGB helped. Three candidates were fighting for the U.S. presidency in 1992: Vice President George H. Bush, Ross Perrot, and Bill Clinton. Ross Perrot was successfully arguing against both and his rating rose to 35 percent. Under the circumstances, Clinton had no chance to win. He needed Perrot to depart. And… something strange happened—Ross Perrot retreated. Bill Clinton was elected as the U.S. President. Today we know the cause of Ross Perrot’s retreat, he received a threat: his daughter will be killed if he stays as a candidate for the U, S. presidency. The big question mark: Who had threatened Ross Perrot?

Only the people who know Soviet Fascism can answer the question. That is why I have been writing about “Slick Willy” for the last twenty-five years. The Clinton Gang began its criminal deeds in Arkansas, while Governor Bill Clinton prepared himself for the U.S. presidency. The gang grew tremendously during his presidency. Some were killed, yet, some of those friends ideologically closest to him never left the gang and they are still serving the Clintons today. The gang infiltrated all spheres of our society, especially our intelligence, resulting in deadly consequences. Please remember my identification of WWIII: Recruitment, Infiltration, Drugs and Assassinations. An incredible infiltration of enemy agents in all levels of our government took place under Clinton after 1969. Our intelligence agencies have suffered the most. We will feel it soon…

That was written by me in my books and a column The Soviet Fascism in the 21st Century: A Global Criminal Force, www.drrichswier.com/author/spipko/ June 20, 2015. And again, I did not have the direct evidence of the connection to tie Bill Clinton with the KGB. I had to wait the information that can show a direct connection in reality. However, during Clinton’s presidency, I identified several events as the special operations of the KGB/Clinton: Waco and the blast of the FBI building in Oklahoma. The latter was done to elevate Clinton’s rating before the election 1996. I could prove both by a few things unknown to the FBI or CIA, but then America wasn’t ready for my information. I can do it now, if the Trump administration needs it, but not in this column about Clinton’s past.

You probably know that the Soviet Socialist System couldn’t exist without a punitive institution like the KGB– the arms and soul of the system, today it is the Russian KGB Government: Putin had followed Andropov’s designed for Russia. All Putin’s strategy, methods, and tactics are the old ones. Here is the latest example—the agency has poisoned two British by the Soviet time nerve agent in March 2018. This is the reason I called the KGB—Soviet Gestapo, and the current ideology—Soviet Fascism. Andropov’s design was implemented by Putin in Iran, building the Revolutionary Guards and Quds Force. Putin designed the Iran Nuclear Deal and Obama signed it. That is the reason I am writing this column to warn you again—the Axis of Evil is under the Russian umbrella and adheres to the Ideology of Soviet Socialism, I named it Soviet Fascism—all members are Globalists.

I called Andropov a conduit between Stalin and Vladimir Putin—who is a devoted disciple of both. Andropov came to power in 1967 and without the truth about Clinton/Andropov conspiracy we have never exposed the crime committed against the American Republic. If Stalin had the ideas to destroy America, Andropov worked out the strategy and tactics for the KGB of how to achieve that destruction. He had a monumental plan, designed and aimed at destruction of American capitalism totally through infiltration of the security apparatus, transforming it from within into something resembling the KGB, subordinated to the top leadership. Recall how often Obama spoke against Law Enforcement…

For the last nine years, I was writing about Obama/Putin Alliance and the attempt to implement the corrupt system of Soviet Socialism, which I named Soviet Fascism in America. There is no need to repeat the deeds of Obama/Putin Alliance, and remind you about some bad actors, they were described in Socialist Lies: From Stalin to the Clintons, Obamas, and Sanders, Xlibris, 2016. The current book of Jerome Corsi Killing the Deep State is continuing to expose the Obama/Putin Alliance and those bad actors.

Today the Trump/Russian collusion has become a destructive narrative in Washington D.C. that overwhelms and prevents the normal functioning of the government and diverts attention from an actually serious foreign threat. Obama’s FBI is a hotbed of anti-Trump so-called conspiracies, it’s where the Obama/Putin Deep State launched their campaign to undermine Donald Trump, putting our country at great risk. Yet, Obama/Putin Alliance of the Democrat Party could only prevail on the prior foundation of the Clinton/KGB conspiracy of the Democrat Party. That is my reason and necessity to go back and analyses the events and Clinton’s behavior in Oxford in 1969.

The KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov and His “Golden Goose”

Suddenly, I got some needed information about Clinton’s past in 2015-2016 election campaign. Several journalists had already researched Clinton’s criminal behavior, Christopher Hitchens concluded that Bill Clinton committed rape three times. I saw the interview with one of the victims, Juanita Broderick and I believed her every word. Yet, I don’t want to touch the investigations made by other people, though the State Department had been also involved there. I have a completely different approach to Clinton’s past. So, I went to the reliable sources for information: Snopes and TruthOrFiction.

Both stories presented very objectively the events in Oxford in 1969 and Eileen Wellstone’s claim of rape by Bill Clinton. Both stories suggested that the incident was unconfirmed: “Bill Clinton Was Expelled from Oxford over a Rape Incident?”

“A long-circulating but completely uncorroborated rumor holds that Bill Clinton raped an Oxford classmate named Eileen Wellstone.”

I don’t agree with both conclusions and will try to give you mine. I’ll take the facts of the incident from both mentioned sources, yet my interpretation of those facts is differ from the two reliable sources: the fact No.1:

The Truth

President Bill Clinton didn’t finish his degree program at Oxford, but there’s no proof that he was expelled or asked to leave the school because of rape allegations.” If you read all information about the incident, you will find that Eileen Wellstone had complained to the Oxford administration about the rape in 1969. The fact No. 2. Then, shortly after that she and her family changed their mind. Eileen has changed her address, changed her phone number, and did not want any investigation of her case to go forward…

I see that latter development in the Wellstone family as a sign of the existence of the third party, interested in closing the case. I suspect that MONEY changed the mind of the family. I suspect the presence of the KGB, to be exact the KGB Romeo Department. I have already written about this department in my column: The Global Spy Ring, January 1, 2018. The Romeo Department had “worked extremely profitably” under the KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov. I believe that the Clinton/KGB Conspiracy began in 1969 and continued the “work” of the Clinton mafia under Obama/Putin Alliance in the 21st century by the Democrat Party, pursuing a common agenda—Destruction of the American Republic.

It is for this reason I gave you a detailed portrait of the KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov. It so happened that my term as a defense attorney coincided with the Andropov term as the KGB Chairman. We often discussed him within the law community with the people from the agency—all my books and columns are based on the information received through my personal experiences as a defense attorney. My opinion of Clinton derives from my knowledge of the KGB and Clinton’s presidency. I see Clinton not only as a serial rapist, but a traitor and called him Andropov’s “Golden Goose.” The implementation of the corrupt system of Soviet Socialism into the American soil had begun in 1969 with the help of an American lawyer—named Bill Clinton.

Andropov had also a monumental plan to transform American capitalism:  “The main targets were American Intel and Security apparatus to paralyze their normal functioning. And of course, using legal and illegal immigration, an easy way to infiltrate and implant political operatives, and gangs into a targeted country. Like sleeping cells used by the Soviets during the revolution, Andropov’s cell consists of political operative, political agitator, and political organizer. The last two planned to be local citizens. Please, remember KGB’s main tools to infiltrate: lies, fraud, deceit, intimidation and psychological manipulations.

Andropov planned to infiltrate and subordinate American social media as well, making it a dominant political force. He intended doing that by recruiting the journalist’s a-la Walter Durante, who was fooling and deceiving the West for several decades, helping Stalin to annihilate millions Russian souls. For this reason, Andropov was trying to plow into life an idea of equality and justice of Socialism, and implant the idea into traditional people’s consciousness, to cultivate new social mentality, and to lower the standards of morality. In that time Eastern Europe was already been under the Warsaw Pact and KGB’s primary targets were England and France. Andropov’s target became the world and America to disrupt capitalism and create chaos. Andropov needed the social media, to act the way it was implemented in Eastern Europe by the Soviets—a coordinated effort of several institutions against the opposition.” Putin’s KGB on American Soil, January 26, 2018. Andropov had enormous help to do so since 1969…

Back to Clinton’s past, he had followed the protocol for the young recruits: the next year he appeared in Moscow in the company of other young recruits. I knew those KGB’s groups, at the time, I was a defense attorney constantly communicating with the KGB agents; I was studying at law school with some of them. I had a very strong feeling against Bill Clinton since I had seen him among the young people at KGB’s group. Being a witness of his presidency had provided me with many other evidence, when the KGB again tried to help him. There is another event that deserves attention and deep thinking about Clinton and his Mafia. Do you remember Monica’s “blue dress?” I have found an interesting chronology connected to the “blue dress” in 1998. The FBI asked for Clinton’s blood sample to compare it with the sperm’s stain on the “blue dress.” Three days later the terrorists committed two tragic blasts of American Embassies in Africa. Don’t tell me about the coincidences in life. It is the “work” of the Russian connection to divert attention from Clinton and “the blue dress.” The KGB has continued helping Bill Clinton…

As usual our Intel is missing the elephant in the global room and we are paying a dear price for neglecting to do deep research into the connection between Russia and the Clinton Foundation (Clinton Global Initiative). I haven’t changed my mind. The Foundation has been the eyes and ears of the KGB and as such, Clinton’s behavior is perhaps the answer to many of the questions related to the US’s lack of success in many places of the world and bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. That is the reason I am writing about WWIII, the Clinton mafia and the attack of 9/11, many other mysterious deaths, and why I extremely dislike the man.

Many events during the Clinton administration should be intensely investigated, as well as Clinton’s past and his close friends: Stephanopoulos, John Podesta, Tony Podesta, and Sidney Blumenthal. Just be aware of their past and present activities in serving Clinton’s mafia in America and around the world. Listening to his close friends, I forgot to mention the one, who is directly associated with the current events within the FBI—Terry McAuliffe. Yes, firing Andrew McCabe was the beginning of a huge international case of the conspiracy against the U.S.A, because those two are the accomplices of the crime or even crimes. To investigate the case you have to know well the KGB and I’ll try to give you some tips.

It was Andropov’s idea to invent a “control opposition.” The KGB had practiced it in Russia for many years. It is very simple to achieve, just infiltrate the opposition with a couple of people, promote them to the leadership and act the way beneficial for your initial design. That exact move was realized and implanted in America. The result you see in August 2017, in Unite the Right, the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Nazi slogans and violence at a right-wing march was manufactured in the best traditions of the KGB.  BBC commenting by the following:

“Aug 13, 2017 – The deadly violence on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, comes at a time of a dramatic rise in prominence of far-right movements in the US. The election of Donald Trump to the White House has been cited as a factor in the re-energizing of activists …”

BBC also has no knowledge of Russia and its KGB, but this outlet is the best in comparison with many others. Just take the CNN show The Most Powerful Man in the World, by GPS, March 26, 2016. Commenting the history of the Soviet Union’s Collapse, the anchor stated the following: “The institutions like the KGB simply ceased to exist.” I couldn’t believe my ears. For such a statement the CNN deserved to lose its license, but Fared Zachariah is still poisoning the air and space.

Our contemporary media has been shaped by Clinton/KGB conspiracy; inculcated and politicized, according to Andropov’s strategy to fight the opposition by several institutions at once like the Soviets accomplished it in Europe. We see it today in a well-organized, coordinated anti-Trump media-campaign—a dominant political force, designed by Andropov. Don’t be surprised by a cascades of the protests and well-speaking agitators there, also organized by the Democrats. An example is the $150 paid by Robert Creamer to every thug that participated in the election 2016 campaign violence. You will see a lot of well-prepared political agitators on those protests—Andropov knew well all the tools and methods of Soviet Socialism.

Returning to violent white-supremacy, it was clear to me that the entire event was manufactured by the anti-Trump “criminal cabal” run by the Clinton/KGB mafia. Terry McAuliffe was a governor there and his deal with McCabe are known in monitory aspect. Yet, it was more than only that—McAuliffe was a Clinton long-term lieutenant.  This event is also known to the McAuliffe’s staff— staff involvement was needed, as the preparations to organize the “control opposition” takes time. For your information—this exact staff is working now under a new Governor of Virginia. If investigated professionally, we can find McCabe as a link in a long chain of criminal activities.

While I am discussing Clinton and our national security, President Trump is signing a spending bill for 1.3 trillion. I would say that half of the money was caused by the Russian criminal activities and a spectacular failure of our Intel.

Conclusion

Attorney General Jeff Session doesn’t know Russia and its Intelligence. Without this knowledge he cannot control the DOJ. Currently he is undermining the Trump Presidency by wasting time and not reacting promptly to the unprecedented events within the top leadership of FBI, the center of the Swamp. Unaware, of the enemies the Attorney General is not exposing and aggressively fighting enemies foreign and domestic. Every day counts and we are again giving up precious time to the enemy by fighting the symptoms and not the disease—the ideology of Soviet Socialism, I named Soviet Fascism.

I’d like to complete my column with a poem by my friend. He is now a mature man, yet when he was 15 he read and understood the importance of Ayn Rand’s brilliant novels. Here is his poem:

If We Lose, They Win

Not since Abe Lincoln’s time
Have we been so divided
Never has the media
Been this one-sided

Never before in history
Has a President been so hated
While over in Russia
Putin’s victory is celebrated

From Stalin to Andropov
Up to Putin today
Russia’s goal remains the same
To blow the West away

Free enterprise and liberty
What made America great
They’ll be gone tomorrow
If we don’t appreciate

Russia and its allies
Watch us crumble from within
We’re the last hope for democracy
If we lose, they win

Let’s stop the internal squabbles
Let’s remember what made us great
Let’s come together now
Before it’s too darn late

To be continued at www.simonapipko1.com and www.drrichswier.com/author/spipko/