Trump Gets to Work Mending Defenses

There was a time, not too long ago, when both parties understood and respected the military’s role. If you’d have asked most Democrats, even 10 years ago, to go on record in support of a pro-transgender policy, they would have said to you what Donald Trump is saying to them now: Are you kidding?For this White House, rolling back Obama-era extremism is nothing new. President Trump has been doing it for the better part of 14 months. But doing the right thing isn’t always the easiest thing, and the media is doing its best to make the administration’s reversal of the Pentagon’s transgender policy sting. Lucky for us, Donald Trump isn’t bothered. With the military on the brink, staring down a $3.7 billion price tag for service members’ sex changes, President Trump decided it was time for a return to common sense. And plenty of Americans are lining up to thank him. Congressmen like Andy Harris (R-Md.), a doctor and a veteran who probably has a better perspective than most, was relieved that the president and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis let the facts speak for themselves.

“He applied what the panel of experts recommended… The military is not about fairness. It’s about what makes us have the best fighting force. And if you have something that either decreases morale or puts someone in the military who reliably or dependably be able to function… then that doesn’t enhance our readiness.”

During an interview on Monday’s “Washington Watch,” he explained how the last administration lost sight of what was important. “I think we’ve forgotten the purpose of the military. The purpose of the military is not social engineering or social experimentation. God forbid, we ever have to go to a war, and anything that detracts from that, we should be very careful about instituting. And I think the transgender policy of the Obama administration clearly detracted from our ability to go to war and have the most capable and most stable fighting force that we could.”

As for the idea that President Obama was righting some gross inequity, nothing, Harris points out, was more unfair than his own policy! “It was actually the opposite of fair [under Obama]. There were special exceptions made that shouldn’t have been made for individuals with gender dysphoria under serious treatment.”

Other Republicans, like veteran Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.), were glad the Pentagon finally debunked the liberal study that had been propping up Obama’s ridiculous policy. “The discussion that we’ve had in Washington [was] based so much on a RAND study that was not only incomplete but glossed over a lot of the data, which Secretary Mattis points out in his letter to the president. And we all were really kind of taken aback. ‘Okay, you’re making all of these claims, and you’re imposing a policy on the way out the door, and yet we’ve not had any hearings and any studies or anything.'”

He says that during the debate over defense spending last year, he couldn’t believe the kind of training materials our troops were reading. “…[I]t was coaching the commanders on how to deal with ‘male pregnancies,’ how they should deal with members of the military with mixed genitalia that would be sharing showers with service members — these are just bizarre things that you would really have to be completely removed from reality to think that that would not have a cohesion and a unit readiness impact. And so I really applaud Secretary Mattis for taking a deliberate route on this issue, and I think the president in looking at his recommendations, made a wise choice.”

Liberals, who either haven’t read the report (or don’t care about the science behind it), rant that the president’s move is “vicious” or “inhumane.” Tell that to people with nasal polyps or flat feet! They aren’t allowed to serve either, and, just like this policy, it had nothing to do with malice. There are literally hundreds of conditions or physical limitations disqualifying people from military service. So many, in fact, that your fingers will get numb scrolling through them all. As Mattis himself writes in the memo, 71 percent of Americans are ineligible right out of the gate for “medical, mental, or behavioral reasons.”

The Nancy Pelosis and Chuck Schumers of the world treat the military like your everyday office environment — when in fact, it’s a physically-demanding, life-threatening battleground. The goal isn’t to advance “tolerance” or help people on the path to self-actualization. It’s to fight and win wars. And that mission is severely compromised when leaders like Obama try to force the military into accepting unstable recruits in the name of “fairness.”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), who’s been one a courageous leader on this issue, said how glad she is that President Trump accepted Mattis’s recommendation “to keep military medical & health standards fair for everyone and ensure military’s priority remains readiness, lethality, & unit cohesion.” The focus Department of Defense, she went on, should not be “advancing a political cause at the expense of lives and common sense.”

Already, the far-Left’s mission is tearing apart the policy in court. Thanks to this memo, that will be a lot harder to do now.


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


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EDUCATING AMERICA’S ADVERSARIES: China’s engineers are building China’s military. Who taught them?

By imposing tariffs on certain Chinese imports, President Trump has followed through on a significant campaign promise to address his entirely understandable concerns about Chinese unscrupulous trade practices and in that nation’s theft of U.S. intellectual property, otherwise known as espionage.

China ceaselessly and belligerently hacks U.S. computers, including corporate computers and government computers.  China constructed an artificial island in the South China Sea and has threatened military action if our vessels approach too closely.

Even as China rattles its sabers at the United States, it is arguably building up its military forces faster than any other country on earth and, unbelievably, with the assistance of none other than the United States.

As we shall shortly see, those sabers being rattled by the Chines government could likely not have been constructed without the unintended assistance of the United States.

In point of fact, you could say that where China is concerned, the United States has, all too often, acted irrationally against its own best interests in dealing with that totalitarian communist regime and continues to do so.

China’s actions and threats are certainly not befitting a nation that has been granted Most Favored Nation trade status.  China is not acting as a trading partner or ally but rather as an adversary.

China was granted Most Favored Nation trade status (MFN) by President George H.W. Bush and then, reneging on a campaign promise, President Clinton continued that practice purportedly because he felt that isolating China would not help to get them to end human rights violations.

A bit of background on this issue is provided by a news report posted by MIT on its online newspaper, The Tech in 1994 is worth reviewing, It even includes a rebuke by Rep. Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress, back then, who opposed Clinton’s decision to impose minor trade restrictions instead of revoking MFN because of China’s abysmal human rights violations.

With all of the emphasis on tariffs and the possibility of an ensuing trade war with China, another important issue has utterly escaped mention by the media and apparently the attention of the Trump administration, the fact that the United States is educating huge numbers of Chinese students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.

This is hardly a new problem.  This self-inflicted wound is one I have addressed in an earlier articleForeign Student Visas: Educating America’s Adversaries.

According to the June 2017 report issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), at 152,002 the number of such Chinese students in the United States is second only to the 173,258 STEM students from India who are being similarly trained in the United States.

That same report noted that Saudi Arabia has 25,125 students enrolled in STEM courses of study while South Korea has 16,474 STEM students who are being educated in the U.S.

I noted in a previous article, we are Eduating ‘Engineers Of Jihad’ At US Univiersities.

On March 7, 2018 Foreign Policy Magazine published a disturbing reportChina’s Long Arm Reaches Into American Campuses: Beijing is stepping up efforts to inject party ideology into student life. Some Chinese students are crying foul.

Through its embassies and consulates in the United States, the Chinese government has increasingly sought to instill Chinese patriotism among it students in the U.S. and even influence school officials to promote Chinese interests on college campuses and hence, across the United States altogether.

Indeed, we must not ignore the possibility that some of the totalitarian tactics of Antifa and other activist groups on American college campuses are inspired, aided and/or abetted by outside forces that include Chinese efforts to inject their communist and totalitarian ideology onto American campuses.

We must also consider other problems created by so many foreign students- particularly Chinese students enrolled in STEM curricula on U.S. campuses.

Foreign students who enroll in courses in the United States become eligible for Optional Practical Training, enables them to put their newly acquired education and skills to work in a real-world setting but also carries with it two serious problems.

First of all, these foreign students often replace high-tech American workers.

This is certainly not good news for those hard-working and highly experienced and skilled American middle class workers who face wage suppression or lose their jobs outright.

Wages of foreign workers, unlike the wages earned by American workers don’t contribute to the U.S. economy.  Generally foreign workers send as much of their their earnings as possible back to their home countries.

Second, foreign student workers are potentially provided with opportunities to engage in intellectual property theft also known as industrial espionage.

Industrial espionage, when uncovered, generally is not punished nearly as severely as espionage committed against our government or military.  Industrial espionage is often seen as a “white collar crime” and permits military technology to be stolen, without dire consequences for the spy, if the theft is carried out before the technology has been designated as pertaining to the military.

China is currently moving rapidly to crank out the most sophisticated military hardware of any nation including a fleet of nuclear submarines and highly sophisticated fighter planes.

Let us also not lose sight that China is a communist country and its president was recently provided with the option of being China’s “President for Life.”

Currently China does not have any apparent enemy nations from which it needs to defend itself, therefore why would China be so determined to become a major military power?  Perhaps not as a means of defense but, offense.

Consider in that context, these recent headlines from Popular Mechanics about China’s nuclear navy:

China is building the world’s largest nuclear submarine facility

China’s new ballistic missile submarine could change its prospects in nuclear war

Chinese Navy Stars in Latest U.S. Intelligence Report

Consider also these recent Popular Science headlines about China’s stealth fighter planes:

Chinese Air-To-Air Missile Hits Targets, Spooks USAF General

China Is Building The World’s Second Stealth Air Force

The November 1, 2016 CNN news report, China to show off new J-20 stealth fighter, included this excerpt:

Once reliant on imports and reverse engineering of Russian combat aircraft and associated technologies in the early 1990s, the PLAAF has more recently transitioned to a phase where indigenously developed systems are entering service at an extraordinary rate.

Opinion: China’s military in bid for superpower status

The country’s growing air power potential has been underpinned by an ever more capable domestic aerospace industry that is gradually moving China towards self-sufficiency in terms of military aircraft research and development and production.

While it is difficult to quantify, it must be presumed that China’s “ever more capable domestic aerospace industry” consists of engineers and other such professionals who were trained in the United States.

On May 5, 2014 The New Yorker published an important and insightful reportA New Kind of Spy – How China obtains American technological secrets.  This report focused on the espionage committed against the United States by a naturalized United States citizen, Greg Chung, who ultimately worked on the U.S. Space Shuttle program as an employee of the Rockwell Corporation and then Boeing, when it acquired Rockwell.

Here is an important excerpt about how Chinese loyalists can be effectively used to spy on the United States by a strategy known as a thousand grains of sand:

When possible, these (Chinese) companies acquired new products by collaborating with Western firms, by purchasing the intellectual property they wanted, or through reverse engineering. When none of those methods was possible, the government resorted to espionage. The Ministry of State Security and the military intelligence service trained spies and sent them to the U.S. and Europe. They also recruited Chinese-born scientists, engineers, and other professionals who happened to be living abroad, especially those with security clearances or access to trade secrets.

Sometimes these scientists were asked to procure specific information, but often the government employed a “thousand grains of sand” approach: they waited for disparate details to accumulate, more or less at random, until a picture emerged.

Wikipedia has posted a List of Chinese spy cases in the United States.

With all of the rancorous debates about immigration, our leaders on all levels of government have lost sight of what should be obvious- our borders and our immigration laws are vital for national security and public safety.

America’s adversaries, whether they are members of transnational gangs, international terrorist organizations or spies and saboteurs operating at the behest of their foreign governments first need to enter the United States and then, in the parlance of the 9/11 Commission, embed themselves in communities across the United States to enable them to carry out their nefarious and often deadly goals.

Chinese STEM students are being welcomed with open arms into America and onto American college campuses with little thought apparently being given to the long-term consequences of our generosity or, perhaps, stupidity, for the long-term best interests of our nation, including its very survival, are concerned.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in FrontPage Magazine.

Where is the biggest S***hole in the United States?

Thirty two years ago members of the once respected institution promised then President Reagan to implement what has become known as E-Verify if he would grant amnesty to less than a million illegal aliens.

The amnesty grew from less than a million to more than three million but Congress was not through. They granted six more amnesties or amnesty adjustments through the year 2000.

Since then the illegal alien and visa overstay population has continued to morph into an ever larger tax burden to citizens and in my state of Florida alone the annual costs over the past decade to educate, medicate and incarcerate them have risen annually from $1.85 Billion to $6.3 Billion annually.

Here it is today and President Trump is once again offering amnesty to 1.8 million illegal aliens (what is the definition of crazy) in exchange for a freaking wall that I’m sure will have flashing lights advertising Trump properties in English on one side and Spanish on the other.

Ignored by those who wallow in the S***hole is the promise made 32 years ago to remove the #1 magnet for attracting illegal aliens which is the job magnet by implementing mandatory E-Verify. Collecting a government salary and side payments from criminal illegal alien employers they chose donors over voters on the issue of protecting illegal legal workers while giving lip service to the need for E-Verify.

In response to the failure to protect legal workers by implementing E-Verify we the citizens are going to make it part of our State Constitution and to hell with the occupants of the largest S*hole in the U.S.A.

Polish Priest prays for the ‘happy death’ of Pope Francis

Pope Francis is the most controversial Holy See in modern history. The Pope is the head of the Catholic Church and his duty is to uphold the tenants of the Holy Bible.

Many question weather Francis is the Pope or a politician.

Most recently in The Telegraph column titled “Polish priest wishes Pope early death over call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees” 

Father Edward Staniek, a parish priest in the southern city of Krakow, had apparently been angered by the pope’s call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees because it was their Christian duty.

In a sermon delivered last month Father Staniek said: “I pray for the Pope in his wisdom to open his heart to the Holy Spirit, but if he does not, I pray for his quick departure to his Father’s house. I can always ask God for a happy death for him because a happy death is a great grace.”

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Pope Francis and Saint Francis of Assisi.

Pope Francis and his namesake Saint Francis of Assisi have totally opposite views on Islam.

In a column titled “PBS Broadcasts Crusade Myths & Falsehoods” Andrew E. Harrod writes this about Saint Francis of Assisi:

Francis’ behavior exemplified the common practice of his order in which friars often sought martyrdom by direct rhetorical challenges to Islam. Reflecting the negative judgment of Catholic saints upon Islam throughout history, Francis in Rega’s book tells the sultan that “if you die while holding to your law [sharia], you will be lost; God will not accept your soul.” As Notre Dame University Professor Lawrence Cunningham has observed, Francis “saw himself and his friars as Knights of the Round Table fighting a spiritual crusade.” [Emphasis added]

Saint Francis of Assisi sounds more like President Donald J. Trump than Pope Francis. President Trump during his Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit said:

Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED. [Emphasis added]

Perhaps it is time for Pope Francis to emulate his namesake when it comes to Islam or pass on the miter of the Holy See? Certainly Father Staniek prays that this comes to pass.

As George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Why One Florida Legislator Voted ‘NO’ on Gun Control Legislation

The following is a statement from Florida Representative Cord Byrd who voted NO on SB7026. SB7026 is the Gun Control Legislation created in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting in Broward County, Florida. This legislation was passed before the full investigation of what actually happened at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School was completed.

As Representative Byrd points out this legislation was based on the desire to “do something” not on the facts of what actually occurred.

Friends,

Over the past three weeks my office has received thousands of emails and phone calls regarding the horrific tragedy in Parkland and what steps the State should take moving forward. It was impossible to respond at the time, but now that Session is over I wanted to make sure everyone received an explanation as to why I voted NO on Senate Bill 7026.

I simply could not vote for legislation that has serious constitutional infirmities infringing upon the Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendments. When I took the Oath of Office I meant it.

What happened in Parkland was a failure of government. Over and over again, federal, state and local government failed. When government fails, the solution is not more government. The solution is not gun control.

The gun control measures in SB7026 would not have prevented the Parkland tragedy. The desire to “do something” cannot serve as the rationale to infringe upon the rights of law abiding 18-20 year old citizens.

Our society has lost its values and morals. It glorifies vice and mocks virtue. Until we fix our broken society, until we fill the God-sized hole in the hearts of our children, we will not solve this problem.

Thank you for being engaged politically, I look forward to hearing from you in the future. In the meantime, please follow me on Facebook or Twitter for updates on our battle to protect the 2nd Amendment and all other issues before the Florida Legislature.

Cord Byrd
State Representative
District 11

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President Trump names John Bolton National Security Adviser

This is the best news I’ve heard since Trump’s Jerusalem announcement. He will be well served by this great statesman. I am a longtime Bolton supporter. He wrote the foreword to my first book,  The Post American Presidency: The Obama Adminsitration’s war on America.

He is brilliant, tough, principled, a great fighter for freedom, here and abroad.

Good riddance to H. R. McMaster.

Author with Ambassador Bolton.

TRUMP TO REPLACE H. R. MCMASTER AS SECURITY ADVISER WITH JOHN BOLTON

March 22, 2018, 6:28 PM EDT

President Donald Trump said he is replacing White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, in the latest shakeup of his administration, Bloomberg News reports.
“I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor,” Trump said in a tweet. “I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/976948306927607810

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Austin bombings Q&A: What are the distinctive traits of a serial bomber?

New York  – What would make a person create a bomb, set it to go off then deliver it to a victim?

A variety of things, according to a forensic psychiatrist who has studied some of the worst killers society has ever seen.

According to Dr. Michael Welner, a leading forensic psychiatrist and chairman of The Forensic Panel, a person (almost always a male) who would set a bomb to kill someone is interested in “spectacle through destruction,” hoping that news cameras are rolling following the explosion.

Welner is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is the developer of the Depravity Standard (www.depravitystandard.org ), which delineates traits of the worst of murderers. The Forensic Panel is a practice that works on complex homicides around the United States.

We asked Welner to explain the influences behind what may drive a serial bomber and the traits most common to bombers.

Q: Are there traits common to serial bombers?

A: Male, detail-oriented, motivated by spectacle through destruction as opposed to merely destructiveness. He takes pride in abilities and planning, is socially isolated and quiet, and feels himself as unsuccessful in intimacy. He has a keen awareness of media and its tendencies in reporting.

Q: Have you seen anything in the coverage of these bombings that would be helpful in identifying the bomber?

A: The most important aspect of coverage is to enlist the community to be vigilant and to watch their communities, film with their smart phones to capture the out-of-the-ordinary, and to report what is suspicious. Serial violent offenders are often identified by tips from people who spotted something or someone who does not add up.

Also, the more vigilant a community is to catching such a perpetrator, the harder it is for such an offender to attack without being identified. And the serial bomber does not want to be caught. It is best to keep the focus on the initiatives and collectiveness of a community to work together.

Q: A different bomb trigger – a tripwire – was used in the bombing on Sunday night. The first three attacks involved suspicious packages left on doorsteps. The bomb in the package that explodedSunday was left on the side of a road. Would a bomber “stick to his script” and not change the way he delivered bombs, or would you be concerned that there was a “copycat: bomber who put the latest bomb by the side of the road?

A: Both are possibilities. … Historically, a serial bomber with a passion and training in explosives will be able to shift methods to take advantage of materials available and opportunities to offend without being caught.

Q: Police said the bomber is trying to “send a message.” Do serial bombers want to send a message generally, or are they only interested in destruction and murder?

A: Bombers create a spectacle to draw attention. They may be motivated to draw attention to themselves and their power to hold a community in fear, or may attach to a cause to draw attention to it. The key point is that a spectacle killer is destructively motivated even before the crimes begin, but attaches to a cause that he thinks justifies violence.

Q: The first victims were African American and Hispanic. Do you think the bomber is targeting only those groups? Is that something a serial bomber generally does, or are victims randomly chosen? 

A: Those who have chosen to bomb, pick targets for their own reasons. The rationale may or may not make sense to the rest of us. But it makes sense to them. If ethnicities are targeted, it may be driven by a desire to instigate violent race conflict, as Joseph Paul Franklin (a serial killer who, in addition to murdering several people, also shot and wounded businessman Vernon Jordan and Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt) told me he intended when I interviewed him. Likewise, since spectacle murderers are attempting to manipulate the media as much as anything, the bomber and whomever is assisting him may be attempting to manipulate a news cycle by staging violence that inflames racial divisions, or what some call a “false flag.”

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President Trump: Sanctuary State Places ‘Innocent Americans at the Mercy of Hardened Criminals’

Mary Ann Mendoza was enraged that the illegal immigrant who killed her son—police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza—wasn’t deported for a crime committed in Colorado two decades earlier.


“They are not sanctuary cities, they are outlaw cities,” @SenTomCotton said.


Though she wrote a letter to President Barack Obama after her son’s death in 2014 expressing her concern, she found a more receptive voice Monday when participating in a roundtable discussion at the White House with President Donald Trump.

“This is actually a mass murder happening in the United States by illegal aliens killing American citizens,” Mendoza, who lives in Arizona, said Monday in a meeting that included Cabinet officials, members of Congress, and state and local law enforcement officials.

“Over 63,000 Americans have been killed since 9/11 by illegal aliens,” Mendoza continued. “It’s a crime spree being left unchecked and these sanctuary state and city officials are putting American lives in harm every single day. We have become collateral damage to their personal agenda.”

Trump called out California, the first and only state to become a sanctuary state, making it illegal for local law enforcement to report illegal immigrants.

“California put innocent Americans at the mercy of hardened criminals, hardened murderers in many cases,” Trump said Tuesday during the roundtable discussion.

The president noted that Democrats in Congress have opposed legislation to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.

“Democrats’ priority is to protect criminals, not to do what’s right for our country,” Trump said. “My priority and the priority of my administration is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States.”

Sanctuary jurisdictions reject “detainer” requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by refusing to share information relating to potentially removable aliens. “Detainers” are used to request that a state or local law enforcement agency hold a criminal alien in local custody for up to 48 hours to allow ICE to take custody and initiate removal proceedings.

A bill to cut federal funds to sanctuary cities, sponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., can’t overcome the 60-vote threshold in the Senate to pass. Toomey called this “frustrating.”

The Justice Department filed a legal action regarding three California laws that intentionally obstruct the enforcement of federal immigration law.

“Federal law is supreme law of the land,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said during the White House roundtable event. “It was made clear by the Supreme Court the federal government has immigration responsibilities.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, a liberal legal group, has opposed any crackdown on sanctuary cities. In a February statement, the group said:

The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act perpetuates unconstitutional immigration detainer practices, and upends hundreds of community trust policies. Rather than taking a punitive approach to local law enforcement agencies that are working hard to balance their duties to uphold the Constitution and to keep their communities safe, the Senate should end DHS’s unconstitutional detainer practices, or fix the constitutional deficiencies by requiring judicial warrants for all detainer requests.

During the White House roundtable, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said the jurisdictions defying federal law “are not sanctuary cities, they are outlaw cities.” He added, “it’s past time for Congress to give the administration the tools it needs.”

During fiscal year 2017, which began in October 2016, Immigration and Customs Enforcement made more than 140,000 administrative arrests and affected more than 225,000 removals, according to the White House. During that time, 110,000 of those arrests came under Trump’s time in office. That’s compared to 77,806 arrested for fiscal year 2016.

Of those arrests, 81 percent were of convicted criminals, said ICE acting Director Thomas Homan, who pushed back against the notion that his agency was making indiscriminate arrests. He said there have been “no raids and no sweeps” and that arrests are targeted.

“We are told on one hand to focus our efforts on criminals. … but those same folks who want us to focus on criminals say don’t come into their county jail. It defies logic,” Homan said during the round table talk.

He added that criminals are aware of sanctuary cities.

“These policies are being used by criminal organizations in Mexico and Central America,” Homan said. “It’s a selling point to smuggle aliens to a sanctuary jurisdiction where even local law enforcement won’t cooperate with them, thereby bankrolling the very criminal organizations that smuggle these aliens.”

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she is “horrified” that local elected officials were “pitting” local law enforcement officers and federal immigration agents “against each other.”

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New TSA passenger scanners tested at train stations designed to detect suicide vests

As if travel weren’t bad enough. Islamic terror has turned air travel into a nightmare of harassment and attrition. The days of “Catch Me If You Can” glam air travel are but a distant memory. Today, due to jihad terror, one must prepare oneself to be patted down, interrogated and otherwise violated just to go from point A to point B. Here in NYC, you can’t get into a building without being carded and vetted. All this while left/Islamic cultural institutions maintain a strict prohibition on any criticism of the Islamic texts and teachings that incite to this long, bloody holy war.

Now TSA security apparatus are expanding to the local level — coming to your cities and towns.

New TSA passenger scanners tested at train stations
Screening designed to detect suicide vests

WND, March 17 2018:

Don’t be surprised to see TSA passenger scanners on your next Amtrak trip or even a future subway excursion.

The new devices, designed to detect travelers with suicide explosive vests, are already being tested in the Los Angeles Metro subways and New York’s Penn Station.

So far, the devices have not caused longer lines, because passengers need only walk past them. But they still are being tested and await bigger rollouts.

Both machines use millimeter wave technology to scan a person for anything blocking normal body emissions, such as heat, explained TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. One machine shows a red bar, the other shows a black mass on the green image of a person being scanned when an anomaly is detected. Police have their own protocols for when the machine gives them an alert.

The TSA claims neither device uses radiation and is safe to scan people with pacemakers. Unlike the controversial full body scanners that were deployed at airports, this scan doesn’t show any images that would invade privacy, said Farbstein.

Similar devices were used during Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium, Pope Francis’ 2015 visit and the presidential inauguration.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called on the TSA to test the technology in the New York City subway system, which was hit by a terrorist attack in 2016.

“We’re hoping the equipment will be on the market for agencies to use later this year,” said Farbstein.

It will be up to individual transit agencies to decide whether to purchase the scanners when they are put on the market, she said.

“We’re still in the demonstration phase. The purpose is to get it reliable to point where manufacturers can market it,” Farbstein said, adding it could also be used to detect concealed firearms.

The TSA’s administrator, David Pekoske, has said that airport-like security, in which passengers must line up for personal and carry-on bag screening, was not necessary at rail stations.

The use of the devices enables a rail or transit agency to help safeguard against terrorist threats in the mass transit environment,” the TSA said in a statement. “TSA is supplying two models of the equipment for the purposes of the pilot.”

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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.

74% of German citizens oppose entry of Muslim immigrants: ‘Islam has no place in Germany.’

And yet the mother of the massive Muslim migration, Chancellor Merkel, was reelected.

ISLAM HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GERMANY’

NEW SURVEY SHOWS 74% OF GERMAN CITIZENS OPPOSE ENTRY OF MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS, BELIEVE ‘ISLAM HAS NO PLACE IN GERMANY

Mordechai Sones, Israel National News, March 18, 2018:

A new poll published in Germany shows an overwhelming majority of Germans who oppose Muslim immigration to their country and believe “Islam has no place in Germany.”

In a survey conducted by the Civey Polling Institute, participants were asked whether “Islam is part of Germany”. 54.6% responded “definitely not” while 19.7% responded “probably not.” Only a 6.4% minority replied that Islam “definitely” belonged in Germany, while 14.9% replied “probably yes”. Another 4.4% abstained.

Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the question of whether Islam belongs in Germany when in 2016, at the height of the wave of Muslim immigration to Germany, she declared that “Islam belongs in Germany.”

Last Friday, after meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven, Merkel said “four million German citizens believe in Islam, and these Muslims are part of Germany and with them, their religion, Islam, is part of Germany.”

Merkel also noted deep disagreement between herself and Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, leader of the German Christian Union party, who emphasized the Christian heritage of Germany and opposed Muslim immigration to the country. “Islam does not belong to Germany; Germany was shaped by Christianity,” said Seehofer, who also stressed the great influence of the Christian Church on German everyday life. However, he stressed that “the Muslims who live with us belong, of course, to Germany.”

A segmentation of voters in the new poll reveals that an overwhelming majority of 93% of voters for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which established itself as an anti-immigration party, believed “Islam does not belong in Germany.” Among Green Party voters the picture was different, with only 19.2% saying “Islam does not belong in Germany.”

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INFOGRAPHIC: 77 Facts About Cyber Crimes One Should Know in 2018

WHAT ARE CYBERCRIMES?

The use of computers and modern telecommunication networks with the intention of causing a harm or loss to someone is known as cybercrime. They have been around ever since the creation of computers and have gained popularity since the beginning of the new millennium.

Even though it may sound unbelievable, the first ever form of crime against technology took place in 1820 in France, when Joseph-Maria Jacquard, a textile manufacturer, created the loom. It was a device which was able to repeat series of steps used in weaving. Afraid their employment was being threatened, the workers from his factory sabotaged the device in order to stop Jacquard from using technology.  However, today’s article is about crimes that affect the cyber technology only, not technology in general.

Fast forward 200 years and these crimes are at their peak. Cybercrimes have a huge effect on the global economy as they create a damage of more than 4 billion dollars, thus becoming the greatest threat to companies worldwide.

Malware, web based attacks, denial of services, malicious insiders, phishing and social engineering, malicious codes, compromised and stolen devices, ransomware, botnets, are the cyber attacks which created the biggest damage in 2017 with a combined cost of over $11.5 million.

Powerful antivirus solutions like BitDefender are a must-have, together with a strong firewall, but it is the end user who must be aware of the lurking dangers because personal carelessness is one of the main gateways hackers exploit.

There is an unspecified number of hackers in the world, and a list of the most famous ones follows.

  • Kevin Mitnick, the most wanted computer criminal in the USA.
  • Gary McKinnon, coordinator of the largest military computer hack.
  • Robert Tappan Morris, the creator of the first computer worm.
  • Julian Assange, the guy who created WikiLeaks.
  • Anonymous, an international hacktivist group which targeted Amazon, PayPal, Sony, etc. as their victims.

We conclude with a quote from Newton Lee:

As the world is increasingly interconnected, every shares the responsibility of securing cyberspace”.

As a society, we cherish our right to privacy probably more than anything else. Sharing is great, and we all enjoy it, but there is always that other side, the untold story, the personal, the secret. Now, let’s extrapolate this to a societal level. How many information is out there, purposely being concealed for the sake of greater good, for the sake of our own safety? The number is probably unfathomable. Today, when everything is online, and our lives are intertwined with a world most of us know nothing about, privacy and safety become an issue of epic proportions.

That is why we need to talk about cyber crime and utilize the very best VPNs. However, instead of writing a tract of tedious length, here is an infographic that outlines the most important cyber crime facts all of us should be aware of in 2018.

THE HALABJA GENOCIDE 30 YEARS AFTER — Kurdish victims now seek justice through the courts.

On March 16, 1988, after sustained shelling and aerial bombardments had driven most of the inhabitants of the Kurdish town of Halabja into their basements, Saddam Hussein ordered his air force to change munitions – and missions.

Instead of softening up the Kurdish town for an assault by Iraqi government troops, the air force now planned exterminate the population using chemical weapons.

One survivor, Kherwan, said he remembered smelling “an aroma that reminded me of apples” shortly before losing consciousness. “When I awoke, there were hundreds of bodies scattered around me.”

Mothers were later found lying in the streets, wrapped around their dead infants; some had died cradling their children to keep them from falling.

Today, thirty years later, the surviving victims continue to remember the horrors of that day and those they lost.

Zimnako Mohammad Ahmed was just three months old when his mother tried to carry him to safety in the nearby mountains and fell unconscious in the darkness. Iranian soldiers found him the next morning and took him to Tehran for treatment, and ultimately, adoption.

“My whole family thought I was dead,” he told Radio Free Europe. Those who survived had even erected a tombstone for him in the family grave plot.

Zimnako was lucky. He managed to return to Halabja and convince local authorities to conduct DNA tests to find his family. But hundreds of others have not been so lucky.

While Saddam Hussein and “Chemical Ali” (aka Ali Hasan al-Majid) were tried and executed by the Iraq High Tribunal for their attempted genocide against the Kurds, many of their victims continue to suffer from the effects of chemical weapons and can ill afford expensive lung transplants and other treatments.

This week, a group of survivors filed a historic lawsuit in an Iraqi court, hoping to find some measure of justice – and potentially, compensation – from the companies and individuals who built Saddam’s chemical weapons.

For the most part, the defendants are Germans and German companies. And one of them – tourism giant, TUI, formerly known as Preussag – have deep pockets.

Chicago lawyer Gavi Mairone began working on the case eight years ago, at a time when neither Iraq nor Germany had laws that would permit such a suit.

Today that has changed, and Mairone is hoping that a liability judgment in Iraq will help the victims to collect against the companies in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

“When warned by Western intelligence and the media about how these weapons were being used, rather than ceasing engagement, these companies allegedly chose to find alternatives to continue the conspiracy and ensure the chemical weapons plants could continue to operate,” Mairone told a press conference in Halabja yesterday.

The complaint alleges that TUI and others “knew” that building Saddam’s chemical weapons plants “would require each of them to conceal their activities, falsify documents, mislead and lie to government officials, intentionally violate laws in numerous countries, and fraudulently induce other companies and persons to unwittingly assist” their efforts.

The German government twice tried to prosecute the most notorious of the perpetrators, including Karl Kolb GmbH and Preussag. But German laws in force in the late 1980s were insufficient for a conviction.

It became the most notorious and best-documented case in history of Western companies enabling a dictator to commit genocide. And yet, the guilty suffered no consequences, and the victims continued to suffer.

I documented the German “poison gas connection” for the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1990, and two years later in my book, The Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq, which included a map and detailed descriptions of scores of Iraqi WMD facilities, some of them unknown at the time.

Later, I worked with attorneys who sued some of the American companies of the poison gas connection on behalf of U.S. veterans poisoned by what became known as Gulf War Syndrome.

This body of work – which included extensive, proprietary data bases I maintained on suppliers of WMD technology – came to Mairone’s attention when he decided in 2013 to push his legal action on behalf of the Halabja victims into higher gear.

I had the opportunity five years ago on this day to attend ceremonies in Halabja to commemorate the 25thanniversary of Saddam Hussein’s genocidal attack against Iraqi Kurds along with Mairone and his legal team.

Once again, it was a question of German companies aiding and abetting a genocide.

We sat for hours listening to the stories of survivors. We collected documents from the earlier trials against Saddam Hussein and Chemical Ali. We made contacts and laid the groundwork for a future lawsuit.

I was engaged to sift through documents and reports from German Customs, the United Nations Special Commission for the Disarmament of Iraq, and many other sources, to identify the biggest culprits whose guilt I felt Mairone and his team had a good chance of establishing in a fair court.

Now, five years later, that time has come. You can read the complaint here.

Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, founder of Genocide Watch, has identified ten stages of genocide, from the identification and stigmatizing of the future victims, to post murder denial and cover-up.

“Genocide is not an unpredictable phenomenon like a hurricane,” he told a conference to commemorate the Halabja genocide earlier this week. “By understanding the logic of genocide, people can recognize the early warnings signs,” he says.

Saddam’s genocide against the Kurds was many years in the making, just as were the genocides in Rwanda, and the Assyrian Christians in northern Iraq.

Dr. Stanton believes the signs of the next genocide – once again, against the Kurds – are already visible.

“In 1989, I predicted the genocide in Rwanda, five years before it happened,” he said this week. “In 2008, Genocide Watch predicted another genocide on its way in northern Iraq. The next genocide will come from Turkey, Iran, and Syrian and Iraqi government forces, and it will be directed against the Kurds.”

He believes these powers have gone way beyond the initial stages of discrimination and dehumanization, and are actively preparing for military operations to eradicate the Kurds, of which Afrin is perhaps the first step.

“The Ottoman, Persian, and Arab empires must never rise again,” he warned.

Genocide takes time. It requires planning, a great deal of preparation, and methodical execution.

But justice takes even longer. The Halabja victims have waited for thirty years already, and they haven’t yet had their day in court, while their victimizers remain free.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in FrontPage Magazine.

Tillerson out, McMaster next?

In a series of surprise developments this week, President Trump relieved secretary of state Rex Tillerson and replaced departing economic adviser Gary Cohn with financial news commentator Larry Kudlow.  Tillerson, Cohn, and Kudlow all oppose Trump’s recently announced steel tariffs, but Kudlow says he agrees they can be an effective bargaining chip.  Tillerson will be replaced by current CIA director Mike Pompeo.

Another Trump administration official who opposes Trump on the tariffs is national security adviser H.R. McMaster.  Recent speculation puts him next on the chopping block.  NBC News cited anonymous administration sources recently claiming that White House chief of staff John Kelly and defense secretary James Mattis are pushing for his removal, and that he may be gone in a month.  According to Bloomberg News, Kelly has been seeking a new job for McMaster at the Pentagon.  CNN claims that McMaster has looked into a position at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed these rumors, saying McMaster is ” not going anywhere.”  There is no doubt, however, that many defense experts and Trump-supporters would like to see him gone.

A controversial figure at best, McMaster has been fingered as the person responsible for the ouster of many of Donald Trump’s most qualified and loyal NSC staff, including deputy national security advisor K.T. McFarlandRich HigginsAdam LovingerEzra Cohen-Watnick, and Sebastian Gorka.  He has defended numerous Obama administration holdovers, even renewing a security clearance for Susan Rice, one of Obama’s most notorious serial prevaricators.  He is also cited as being responsible for re-engaging the U.S. military in Afghanistan and pushing other policies candidate Trump opposed.

McMaster is a protégé of defense secretary Mattis and disgraced former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus.  He has strong support in the Senate from John McCain.  He is regaled by such left-wing, partisan outlets as New York magazine and the Washington Post.  On CNN’s Anderson Cooper, political commentator Bakari Sellers said, “[A]s a Democrat you’re honestly thankful that he’s there[.]”  He has even been defended by David Brock’s left-wing smear shop, Media Matters.  For most Trump supporters, these are not endorsements.  McMaster has also been accused of benefiting from an inflated and, in at least one aspect, wildly inaccurate résumé as a military strategist.

However, if rumors are true, McMaster’s replacement may not be any better.  Topping the list is Steve Biegun, vice president of international governmental affairs for Ford Motor Company.  Biegun is another McCain acolyte.  He led the Moscow office of the International Republican Institute, which has been chaired by McCain since 1993, and was McCain’s foreign policy adviser during the 2008 presidential campaign.  He is described as a neocon and held numerous staff positions in Congress and the Bush White House, including under former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.  Reportedly, Rice and Mattis have been advocating Biegun to Trump.  Jack Posobiec, Navy veteran and founder of Citizens for Trump, tweeted:

Perhaps most telling is Biegun’s position as board adviser to the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a wealthy, influential D.C. think-tank.  Its panel of experts include numerous former Obama, Bush, and Clinton advisers.  Tax filings from 2016 show income of almost $15 million.  While it claims to be “bipartisan,” in Washington, D.C., that means surrender to the omnipresent D.C. leftist establishment.  It receives donations from a long list of left-wing funders, including George Soros’s Open Society Foundations ($305,550 in 2016); the Sandler Foundation ($3.3 million, 2008-2009); Rockefeller ($300,000 for a Clout and Climate Change “war game”); the Tides Foundation ($100,000, 2009-2012); the Ploughshares Fund ($415,425); and even Tony Podesta, brother of Clinton insider John Podesta, who gave between $25,000 and $50,000 in 2017.  It has received over $2.2 million in grants from the U.S. government between 2013 and 2017 and receives donations from the governments of Japan, Britain, and the United Arab Emirates (the “transit hub” for Islamic terrorists).

CNAS was heavily involved in promoting President Obama’s Iran deal.  The Ploughshares Fund, a leader in the effort,  donated $320,000 to CNAS between 2014 and 2017 specifically “in support of the negotiated settlement with Iran on its nuclear program.”  BoeingAirbus, and General Electric, which stand to lose multi-million-dollar contracts with Iran if the nuclear deal fails, donated up to $1 million to CNAS in 2017 alone.  Current editorials by CNAS Middle East expert Ilan Goldenberg are critical of President Trump’s posture toward Iran.

Biegun can be expected to push the CNAS Iran agenda if chosen to replace McMaster.  There is little hope that Biegun, as another McCain ally and a firmly established creature of the D.C. swamp, will be any better than McMaster.  He will definitely please the Washington establishment and will be championed by national security “experts” here and abroad, because for most of their patrons, anticipated trade with Iran trumps all other considerations.  Furthermore, for the left, deeply entrenched within the foreign policy establishment throughout the West, it also means elevating the power and status of the sworn enemies of America and Israel, because our destruction is the left’s great unspoken ambition.

A second candidate is Oracle CEO Safra Catz.  Catz served on Trump’s presidential transition team, a move that prompted Oracle senior staffer George A. Polisner to resign.  Named the 12th most powerful woman in business by Forbes in 2009, Catz was born in Israel and would be a strong supporter of the Jewish state.  The Zionist Organization of America has pushed for McMaster’s removal, accusing him of being anti-Israel and in favor of the Iran nuclear deal.  ZOA might back Catz, who last summer convinced billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a strong supporter of ZOA, that McMaster has to go.  However, experience on national security issues is conspicuously absent from Catz’s résumé.

The most suitable candidate reportedly under consideration is John Bolton, a man with unmatched foreign policy credentials and numerous major accomplishments spanning decades.  Bolton visited the White House last week under wide speculation that he will replace McMaster.  Unlike Biegun, he is a loyal Trump-supporter who would not undermine the president’s agenda, but rather be a firm backstop against the D.C. establishment’s self-serving machinations and leftist tilt.  Unlike Catz, he has spent his entire career working national security and foreign policy issues.

Let’s hope President Trump will discontinue his seeming tendency to cultivate swamp support by hiring its bad actors.  Bolton’s appointment would go a long way toward convincing the American majority that President Trump remains firmly committed to making America great again.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the American Thinker.

Navy Floats Idea of Atheist Chaplains

If there aren’t atheists in foxholes, why should we put them in the Chaplain Corps? Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) can’t imagine. Like most leaders, he’s astounded that the Navy is even considering letting someone who doesn’t believe in God join the chaplaincy. Three years ago, the idea was so absurd that even Obama’s military attorneys went to court to stop it. Now, with Secretary Jim Mattis at the helm, no one can quite understand why the topic is even up for discussion.The bizarre storyline started in 2015 when Jason Heap tried to sue his way into the chaplaincy. Not surprisingly, the Navy rejected him because he planned to associate with two humanist groups instead of an actual religious denomination. Ultimately, the military ended up in court defending the notion that religious leaders should serve a religious purpose. They won. But this year, Heap is trying again — and, according to Senator Wicker — the Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory Group is actually recommending the Navy accept him.

Wicker, an Air Force veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is doing everything he can to keep the application from moving forward. And he’s enlisted 22 other senators and 40-plus House members to help. In two separate letters to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, both chambers explain how radically this would alter the Chaplain Corps. Obviously, the dozens of leaders explain, no one is saying that atheists don’t belong in the military. But allowing them to serve and allowing them in the pulpit are two different things.

“The Navy has sufficient authority to create programs for humanist or atheist service members,” the senators write. “The Chaplain Corps is not the appropriate place. The Chaplain Corps serves religious needs, not philosophical preferences. Approving a secular-humanist chaplain would open the door to other applicants representing other philosophical worldviews. Over time, this situation would erode the distinct religious function of the Chaplain Corps.”

The idea is even more ridiculous when you consider that barely three percent of our service members even identify as atheist or humanist. To fling open the chaplaincy to any ideology or philosophy would fundamentally change an institution that’s older than the country itself! Not to mention, the House letter reminds the Navy, that “The Department of Defense’s own guidelines also reinforce the uniquely religious purpose of the chaplain corps, defining ‘religious organization’ as ‘an entity that is organized and functions primarily to perform religious ministries to a non-military lay constituency’ and defining a religious ministry professional as ‘an individual endorsed to represent a religious organization and to conduct its religious observances or ceremonies.’”

Throughout the years, the Supreme Court has been clear, the House members go on, that “non-religious beliefs may not rely on the Religion Clauses for protection.” Groups like the American Humanist Association, who helped hatched this crazy idea, argue that nonbelievers suffer the same fear and pain that affects every service member. But isn’t that why the military has psychologists? And, as Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), a reserve Air Force chaplain, pointed out, nothing is stopping atheists from visiting the chaplains who are already available.

“No one is arguing that atheists do not have the same First Amendment rights of free expression as their neighbors of Christian, Jewish, Muslim or other faiths,” Wicker explains in a new op-ed on Fox News. “This is not the subject of scrutiny. The central question here is how an atheist chaplain can be expected to fulfill a role that, by its very nature, is supposed to serve the religious needs of our service members.” By definition, a chaplain’s duties are to offer prayer, spiritual counseling, and religious instruction. If that doesn’t disqualify a non-believer, I’m not sure what would!

The Trump administration inherited plenty of messes from the Obama military — but this isn’t one of them. It’s time for Secretary Mattis to step in and protect the integrity of chaplaincy.


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


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Historic: President Trump Nominates First Woman Director of the CIA…But…

President Trump is not afraid to change his top cabinet members. In an early morning tweet President Trump announced:

Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

So who is Gina Haspel?

Our sources tell is that Gina Haspel was chosen for three reasons:

  1. She is easily confirm-able.
  2. She is a career bureaucrat who knows her way around Washington, D.C.
  3. She is known to not go against the wishes of her bosses. She is a yes woman.

Our understanding is that Ms. Haspel, while trained as a spy, is not a “spymaster” as some media outlets have written. While she has served in the field her positions were primarily administrative. We can’t determine if she has real “field (in the fight)” experience like some of her predecessors.

In the CIA 20% do all of the heavy lifting (field work), while the other 80% just show up for work. This is not to denigrate anyone employed by the CIA.  Just as in our military it is those who are deployed and have actual combat experience who you want to lead the U.S. military at every level, including at the top. It appears Ms. Haspel is part of the 80%. A career CIA bureaucrat who is one nomination process from becoming the Director.

Ms. Haspel’s official CIA biography reads:

Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Gina Haspel was sworn in as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on February 7, 2017. In this position, she assists the D/CIA in managing intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign services.

Ms. Haspel is a career intelligence officer, having joined the CIA in 1985. She has extensive overseas experience and served as Chief of Station in several of her assignments. In Washington, she has held numerous senior leadership positions, including as Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service, Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action, and Chief of Staff for the Director of the National Clandestine Service.

Ms. Haspel is the recipient of numerous awards including the George H. W. Bush Award for excellence in counterterrorism; the Donovan Award; the Intelligence Medal of Merit; and the Presidential Rank Award, the most prestigious award in the federal civil service.

You will note that Ms. Haspel has served extensively in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. The National Clandestine Service is:

The Directorate of Operations (DO) serves as the clandestine arm of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the national authority for the coordination, de-confliction, and evaluation of clandestine operations across the Intelligence Community of the United States.

The mission of the National Clandestine Service is:

Accountable to the President, Congress, and the American public, the mission of the Directorate of Operations (DO) is to strengthen national security and foreign policy objectives through the clandestine collection of human intelligence (HUMINT) and Covert Action.

We cannot determine from our sources if Ms. Haspel has ever recruited someone or been involved in any covert action in the field.

The question is: Will Gina Haspel be an effective Director of the CIA?

Time will tell.

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