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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VIDEO: What Trump Meeting With Kim Jong Un Says About Trump’s North Korea Strategy

The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano appeared on Fox News early Friday to discuss with anchor Heather Childers the announcement that President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in May. Watch the video or read this lightly edited transcript of that conversation.

Heather Childers: Well, here now to react, senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation and foreign policy expert James Carafano. Thank you so much for joining us this morning on this, really, the heels of this amazing news last night. What did you think when it first came out?

James Carafano: I thought it was predictable. We know a couple of things about Trump. One, is we know he likes to meet with leaders, particularly his competitors, and size them up. It’s a Trumpian thing he does.

We also know he’s actually really good at these meetings. He’s had many of them, and he actually does very, very well.

And most importantly, what this shows is what a lot of us have been saying all along: This was not a crisis spinning out of control. The United States wasn’t getting ready to pre-emptively attack North Korea. That maximum pressure, it was the right policy, and the president was right to stick with it.

Childers: Yeah, and that’s what is interesting, one of many things, talking about how people were just going the complete opposite direction. Let’s take a look at this timeline from North Korea and the launch they’ve had in some of their nuclear tests. Going from Feb. 12 in 2017, that was their first test during President Trump’s administration. Then, their last was on Nov. 28, 2017. That was their last [intercontinental ballistic missile] test. People said, people that are against President Trump, said that he is driving us straight towards war, and now we have this.

Carafano: Yeah, well, it’s cause they’re idiots. Look, I mean, the reality is maximum pressure is exactly the right strategy. Missile deterrence, nuclear deterrence, conventional deterrence with our allies, heavy sanctioning, these keep Kim from becoming a more serious threat.

Now, I think we have to be honest. We don’t know why Kim does what he does. Maximum pressure’s a strategy to keep him from being a threat. It doesn’t necessarily drive how he chooses to negotiate. So, we don’t know where this is going, but I think the critics have basically just reflexively attacked the administration for saying, “Well, they’ve absolutely no idea what they’re doing.” I mean, they really ought to start having second thoughts.

Childers: South Korea’s national security adviser in the announcement [Thursday], he gave President Trump credit for the maximum pressure, the increased sanctions. Do you think people here in our country will do the same?

Carafano: Well, again, I don’t know what drove Kim to do this. Here’s what that announcement by the South Korean leader shows. President Trump has done a tremendous job binding the alliance of U.S., Japan, and South Korea in holding a stiff face to North Korea. That is an accomplishment of the United States and an accomplishment of the statesman, and he ought to get credit for that.

Childers: Well, no sitting U.S. president, from what I understand, has ever met a North Korean president. This is the first world leader that Kim Jong Un will have met at all. Now, he hasn’t traveled outside of North Korea. Where do you think that they’ll have this meeting?

Carafano: Well, the logical place to have it would be in the demilitarized zone, the DMZ. I was actually stationed in Korea when I was in the Army, drove up there, saw the demilitarized zone. It’s the only logical place. It’s unlikely that Kim would want to leave the country. It’s also incredibly unlikely the United States would want to go to Pyongyang. So, that would be my guess.

Childers: Yeah, and definitely still taking precautions. As Griff Jenkins was just telling us, the president tweeting out [Thursday] that they will also have this missile freeze during this time period until May when they have this meeting. Hopefully, it does happen.

Carafano: The most important thing is that the U.S. policy and strategy is maximum pressure stays in place until North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat to the United States or its allies.

Childers: Yeah, I mean, just give it a chance. The people already last night, some of the people against President Trump saying, “There’s no way that he will be prepared to have this meeting.” Give it a chance.

Carafano:  They’re just yahoos.

Childers:  Yeah, all right, James, thank you so much for joining us. Appreciate it.

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Illegal Alien in Florida Drug Bust Deported 3 Times, Easily Reentered U.S.

A startling drug trafficking case out of south Florida is especially disturbing because the illegal immigrant caught with more than half a million dollars in crystal methamphetamine had been deported three times in three months shortly before the drug bust. A few months after the third deportation, the Mexican national returned to the United States with a partner and a vehicle stuffed with thousands of grams of pure crystal meth. The drugs have a street value of about $560,000, according to estimates issued by federal authorities.

The thrice deported illegal immigrant, Saul Bustos Bustos, and his partner in crime, fellow Mexican Irepan Juanchi Salgado, got arrested when they tried to sell five kilograms of crystal meth to undercover Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Miami. The exchange occurred in November and this week both men pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute drugs. “During the transaction, the defendants, who possessed a total of 3,717 grams of 98% pure crystal methamphetamine, worked together to transfer the drugs from their vehicle to the undercover officer,” according to a statement from the Department of Justice. “Bustos Bustos also pled guilty to illegal reentry after removal, after reentering the United States subsequent to removal on April 13, 2017, July 6, 2017, and July 19, 2017.”

It’s not clear how or where Bustos Bustos entered the country after getting deported, but court documents reveal he drove from Atlanta with the drugs as part of an operation based in Georgia and New York. On November 28, the two Mexican men drove to a restaurant in the Miami Dade County city of Hialeah to make the sale. The customer, an undercover DEA agent, followed the drug dealers to a warehouse to complete the transfer and the Mexican men got arrested. Bustos Bustos is scheduled to be sentenced on March 29 and faces life in prison. Salgado’s sentencing date has not been set, but he also faces a lengthy jail sentence for the narcotics conviction. Authorities say his brother, Luciano Salgado, is a renowned meth dealer.

Previously deported illegal immigrants have reentered the U.S. to commit a multitude of atrocious crimes over the years, but this one sticks out because President Donald Trump vowed to tighten border security and the violations occurred after he took office. Under the famously lax Obama rules, this type of thing was par for the course. In fact, the former president’s own uncle, Onyango Obama, an illegal immigrant from Kenya, reentered the U.S. and even got a driver’s license after getting deported. Uncle Onyango lost the license for driving drunk and was somehow able to obtain a special “hardship license” from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles even though he wasn’t even supposed to be in the United States and had been removed.

Just a few months ago a previously deported gang member was charged with attempted murder and kidnapping in the northern Colorado city of Ft. Collins. The illegal alien from El Salvador, Angel Ramos, was deported from Texas to El Salvador last year after getting arrested for domestic violence. Somehow, he reentered the U.S. and tried to kill a woman by stabbing her repeatedly with a screw driver then running her over with his car before trying to stuff her in the trunk. Ramos is a confirmed member of the violent street gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and is wanted for homicide in his native El Salvador, according to information provided to the media by the U.S. Marshals Service. In November the 36-year-old was charged with attempted murder, assault, menacing with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, domestic violence and criminal impersonation.

Back in 2014 a Judicial Watch investigation uncovered that a twice deported illegal immigrant was a key figure in a sophisticated narco-terror ring. The Mexican national, Hector Pedroza Huerta, plotted a Chicago truck bombing with two of the FBI’s “most wanted” terrorists and was deeply involved in smuggling drugs and weapons. The narco-terror ring that Huerta helped operate after being deported two times from the U.S. runs from El Paso to Chicago to New York. Though he was an illegal alien with a substantial criminal record and deportation history, Huerta lived in El Paso and planned several bomb plots targeting oil refineries in Houston and the Fort Worth Stockyards. He is also alleged to have smuggled explosives and weapons from the Fort Bliss range and exercise areas in concert with corrupt US Army soldiers and government contractors with gate passes at the El Paso base.

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New U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Mission Statement puts Americans First

For far too long our federal government, and many state and local governments, have been representing everyone and anyone but the citizens of the United States.

As an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) agent I became painfully aware of how the supposedly “broken” immigration system has been operating as one of the most efficient delivery systems in the entire federal government, rivaling the both Fed-Ex and UPS.  The broken immigration system has been delivering a virtually unlimited supply of foreign tourists, foreign students and especially an unlimited supply of exploitable Third World workers who bring with them Third World expectations of Third World wages and working conditions.

Over time the magnitude of the immigration crisis grew exponentially.  This crisis undermines national security, public safety and the overall well-being of America and Americans.

The Amnesty of 1986 that was part of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) not only resulted in nearly four million illegal aliens acquiring lawful status and ultimately enabling those newly legalized aliens to petition to have their family members admitted as lawful immigrants, but encouraged an influx of even more illegal aliens who believed that if one amnesty could be enacted to “solve” the immigration crisis, other such amnesties would likely follow.

The immigration system became ever more ineffective and politicians from both parties made false claims that since there were so many illegal aliens in the United States the only way of solving this huge problem was to legalize all of the illegal aliens and secure the U.S./Mexican border so that more illegal aliens ostensibly could not enter the country.

Of course, while the U.S./Mexican border must be made secure, as I have noted in many of my articles and especially in my testimony before a succession of congressional hearings in both the House and Senate, our nation does not have four border states (California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas), but 50 “border states.” Any state that lies along America’s northern and southern borders are border states, as are those states that have access to the estimated 95,000 miles of the U.S. coastline and any state that has an international airport.

On November 15, 2014 the David Horowitz Freedom Center sponsored an event in which I was honored to join three true leaders in the United States Congress in a panel discussion on immigration: then-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions and Congressmen Louis Gohmert and John Fleming.  A video of this panel discussion has been posted and includes a statement by Rep. Gohmert in which he said that my perspective on America having 50 border states was gaining traction in Washington.

It is encouraging when we are able to change the perspectives of our political leaders.  However, those instances are far too infrequent.

This weekend I was elated to find out that I may have had an impact on how the leadership of USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) perceives its vital mission in adjudicating applications for a wide variety of immigration benefits, which include applications for political asylum, lawful immigrant status and United States citizenship. This is a welcome change from years of inadequate leadership, especially during the Obama administration.

On March 20, 2013 during the disastrous Obama administration, I testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the topic, “Building An Immigration System Worthy Of American Values.” I concluded my prepared testimony with the following paragraphs:

I want to make this clear: Law enforcement is at its best when it creates a climate of deterrence to convince those who might be contemplating violating the law that such an effort is likely to be discovered and that, if discovered, adverse consequences will result for the law violators. Current policies and statements by the administration, in my view, encourages aspiring illegal aliens from around the world to head for the United States. In effect, the starter’s pistol has been fired, and for these folks, the finish line to this race is the border of the United States.

Back when I was an INS special agent, I recall that Doris Meissner, who was at the time the Commissioner of the INS, said that the agency needed to be ‘‘customer oriented.’’ Unfortunately, while I agree about the need to be customer oriented, what Ms. Meissner and apparently too many politicians today seem to have forgotten is that the ‘‘customers’’ of the INS and of our Government in general are the citizens of the United States of America.

I have referenced Meissner’s fatally flawed perceptions and guidance in numerous articles and speaking events in addition to my prepared testimony at that Senate hearing.

On February 22, 2018 NPR reported “America No Longer A ‘Nation Of Immigrants,’ USCIS Says.” Here is an excerpt from the NPR article bemoaning the removal of the phrase “nation of immigrants” and the term customer:

The agency’s new mission statement as it appears on the agency’s website reads:

“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.”

Here is USCIS’s previous mission statement:

“USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.”

The removal of the phrase “nation of immigrants” was announced to agency staff in an email letter from Director L. Francis Cissna.

In the letter, Cissna said, “I believe this simple, straightforward statement clearly defines the agency’s role in our country’s lawful immigration system and the commitment we have to the American people.”

He also explained why the new mission statement deletes the reference to agency applicants as “customers.”

“What we do at USCIS is so important to our nation, so meaningful to the applicants and petitioners, and the nature of the work is often so complicated, that we should never allow our work to be regarded as a mere production line or even described in business or commercial terms. In particular, referring to applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits, and the beneficiaries of such applications and petitions, as “customers” promotes an institutional culture that emphasizes the ultimate satisfaction of applicants and petitioners, rather than the correct adjudication of such applications and petitions according to the law. Use of the term leads to the erroneous belief that applicants and petitioners, rather than the American people, are whom we ultimately serve.”

Director Cissna’s understanding of the true mission of his agency is a refreshing change from those who preceded him and insisted that the adjudications officers “get to yes” and seek to approve virtually every application that lands on their desks.

In the business world, it is said that “the customer is always right.”  Bringing that dangerous notion to an element of homeland security encourages and enables immigration fraud, a key vulnerability exploited by the majority of terrorists who have entered the United States determined to carry out and/or support deadly terror attacks.

Undoubtedly there are going to be some employees as USCIS who will find the change in fundamental philosophy to be a shock to their systems, particularly if they have entered on duty during the Obama administration where the “customer” was always right.

However, the clear and unequivocal message that the new mission statement and use of terminology sends to personnel at USCIS and to all who interact with USCIS is that the priority is to imbue the system with integrity.

The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel detailed numerous examples of instances where terrorists made use of visa and immigration benefit fraud to embed themselves in the United States. For example, page 54 contained the following excerpt under the title “3.2 Terrorist Travel Tactics by Plot”:

Although there is evidence that some land and sea border entries (of terrorists) without inspection occurred, these conspirators mainly subverted the legal entry system by entering at airports.

In doing so, they relied on a wide variety of fraudulent documents, on aliases, and on government corruption. Because terrorist operations were not suicide missions in the early to mid-1990s, once in the United States terrorists and their supporters tried to get legal immigration status that would permit them to remain here, primarily by committing serial, or repeated, immigration fraud, by claiming political asylum, and by marrying Americans. Many of these tactics would remain largely unchanged and undetected throughout the 1990s and up to the 9/11 attack.

This new and welcome philosophy will help to deter potential fraudsters from filing fraud-laden applications by those who thought that as “customers” they could game this system.

As the number of applications for immigration benefits decline, beleaguered USCIS adjudications officers will have more time to more carefully scrutinize each application. (It takes just minutes to approve an application, but can take days or longer to deny an application.)  This will likely result in more fraud being discovered, thus deterring the filing of fraudulent applications as the word gets out. Deterrence through enforcement works.

EDITORS NOTE: This column first appeared in FrontPage Magazine.

VIDEO: ‘No Doubt Whatsoever’ President Trump Will Walk Away From Iran Deal If It’s Not Fixed

Ron Dermer, the Israel Ambassador to the United States, said during a televised speech just recently that he knew for a fact President Donald Trump would walk away from the Iran treaty if it didn’t get fixed.

Specificially, Dermer said during the AIPAC conference that there was “no doubt whatsoever” Trump would fix this deal to the advantage of America and Israel — or walk.

The Times of Israel has more:

There is “no doubt whatsoever” that President Donald Trump is prepared to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal if it cannot be fixed to ensure Tehran will not attain nuclear weapons, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States said on Sunday.

Speaking at the AIPAC policy conference, Ron Dermer said the 2015 pact, as it stands, “puts us all on cruise control heading over a cliff.” That is because the accord’s so-called “sunset clauses” will expire in eight to 13 years, he said, meaning that Iran can simply wait out those restrictions and then complete its nuclear program unless the accord, negotiated under the Obama administration, is not fixed.

Furthermore, said Dermer, within the terms of the agreement, Iran is already advancing its nuclear program by doing research and development work on advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment. “People think, ‘Well, at least we’ve frozen Iran’s nuclear program and we’ll have to deal with this issue in another decade,’” said Dermer. “That’s not true.”

Rather, the deal does give Iran permission to do R&D work on its advanced centrifuges. The deal specifies that Iran can only work on its IR-2, IR-4, IR-6 and IR-8 centrifuges, Dermer scoffed, quipping that it was like saying Apple can only do R&D on its iPhone 11, 12, 13 and 14.

To fix the deal, Dermer said the sunset clauses would have to be removed. Furthermore, “crippling sanctions” should be imposed on Iran’s oil and financial sector’s against its program to develop ballistic missile that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons. The deal’s inspections provisions, he added, must be amended so that Iran’s military sites are subject to inspection.

The world must internalize that the US is prepared to walk away from the deal if the changes sought by the Trump administration are not instituted, said Dermer. If those changes are not made, said the ambassador, “I have no doubt whatsoever that this president is prepared to walk away from the deal.”

Dermer also used the opportunity to praise US President Donald Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — an act, he said, that “will never be forgotten by the Jewish people.”

Trump will be hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday, and Netanyahu is slated to speak at AIPAC on Tuesday.

Addressing the so-called Western Wall compromise for a permanent pluralistic prayer pavilion — frozen by the Israeli government to the deep dismay of many in the Diaspora — Dermer stressed that the deal had been frozen rather than scrapped. He said the prime minister is currently working to advance the practical components of the pavilion, and added, albeit vaguely, that he thought there would be “good news in the next year” on the issue.

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.

President Trump, tells terror-supporting Qatar it can kiss our U.S. air base goodbye

“Rather than using the base as an excuse for inaction against Qatar, we should be using it to leverage changes in Qatari behavior. The Trump administration needs to make clear to Qatar that its current conduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the United States.”

Bard is right. Trump has already set a different tone to U.S. foreign policy by cutting money to the “Palestinians” in light of their obvious lack of interest in pursuing peace. Now he should do the same thing regarding Qatar: tell them that if they continue to support jihad terror, they will lose the U.S. air base and everything that goes with it. Enough is enough. Nations that support jihad terror are no friends of the United States, whatever short-term benefits they may provide, and they need to be put on notice. Time is short. President Trump is the one to do this.

“President Trump, tell terror-supporting Qatar it can kiss our US air base goodbye,” by Mitchell Bard, Fox News, March 5, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

The tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar – one of the wealthiest countries in the world on a per capita basis, thanks to enormous oil and natural gas reserves – has become one of the most harmful influences in the Middle East and a key supporter of terrorist groups.

No one expects Qatar to launch a military attack of its own on any country. Located on a peninsula jutting out of Saudi Arabia, it is slightly smaller than Connecticut and has a population of only about 2.3 million.

But Qatar is endangering America’s Arab allies and our ally Israel by bankrolling terrorists, inciting violence and hatred through its state-funded Al Jazeera TV network, and collaborating with the far more powerful and virulently anti-American Islamic Republic of Iran.

Because Qatar poses such a danger to the region, Saudi Araba [sic] and its Persian Gulf allies have blockaded the country since June. They have closed Qatar’s border with Saudi Arabia and prevented many planes and cargo ships from landing and docking in Qatar.

Bizarrely, the United States maintains a military base in Qatar so we can fight against Muslim extremists. But at the same time, the Qataris are providing support to Muslim extremists fighting against America’s allies in the region.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration, like the Obama administration, prefers to look the other way at Qatar’s dangerous behavior. This is because the U.S. Central Command operates the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The base houses some 10,000 U.S., British and other allied troops. It plays a key role in American air operations in war-torn Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

Rather than using the base as an excuse for inaction against Qatar, we should be using it to leverage changes in Qatari behavior. The Trump administration needs to make clear to Qatar that its current conduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the United States.

President Trump previously expressed support for the Saudi position that Qatar end its support for terrorists, shut down Al Jazeera and sever ties with Iran. To protect our interests and the security of our allies, he should now threaten to move our military base if the Qataris do not do these things.

Moving our base would be costly, but we did it before when the Saudis asked us to leave. Now that we’re on better terms with the Saudis, they might even welcome us back. Better still, the Qataris could accede to our demands and benefit from ending their isolation and allying with those opposing terrorism and the Iranian menace.

Qatar wants to present itself as moderate and helpful to the U.S. Yet the government and individual Qataris have given financial and political support to two terrorist groups – the Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian offshoot, Hamas.

Qatar’s support for the Brotherhood stems from its need to demonstrate its commitment to Islam to avoid becoming a target of extremists, especially given its Western orientation and willingness to host the U.S. military. But in siding with the Brotherhood, Qatar is at odds with other countries – particularly Egypt – that see the group as a threat to their regimes.

In addition to supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar is the principal financier of Hamas, which wants to eliminate the Jewish state of Israel and replace it with an Arab state of Palestine. Qatar claims it only supports economic projects in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas. But even if that were true, the money Qatar funnels to Hamas frees up money that the terrorist group can use to build rockets and terrorist tunnels to threaten Israel.

Moreover, individual Qataris may be providing direct assistance to Hamas. Qatar also has served as a haven for Hamas terrorists such as Khaled Mashaal.

On top of this, Qatar has made no secret of its hostile feelings toward Israel. Its leaders have called on the world to shun Israel, condemned Israel for destroying terrorist tunnels, and accused Israel during its military operations in Gaza of “war crimes.”

Al Jazeera is the propaganda arm of the Qatari government and regularly broadcasts reports critical of Qatar’s neighbors and Israel. The TV network is also used to demonstrate Qatar’s loyalty to radical Islamists.

In addition, Qatar promotes terrorism through its broadcasts of sermons by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Yusuf al-Qaradawi. He has a history of defending suicide bombings in Israel, condoning violence against U.S. troops and agitating against other Arab states. Al-Qaradawi was recently sentenced in absentia to life in prison in Egypt after being convicted of incitement to murder and other charges. He lives in exile in Qatar.

Al Jazeera has also targeted American Jews by sending a spy to infiltrate pro-Israel organizations to try to gather dirt on them. The goal of Al Jazeera is to present viewers with anti-Semitic propaganda falsely claiming there is evidence of an all-powerful Jewish cabal controlling U.S. policy.

Finally, at a time when the Trump administration seeks to isolate Iran, Qatar has strengthened its ties with the Islamic Republic. Qatar claims it has no choice but to deal with Iran given the blockade, but one of the main reasons the Saudis imposed the blockade was Qatar’s refusal to sever ties with Iran….

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.

Where and When the Next World War Will Begin

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” ― Harry S. Truman

I recently had a conference call with two contributors to this publication about what is happening in the Middle East. All three of us came to the same conclusion about where and when the next World War will begin.

The Facts

The facts all point to a major conflict that will engage the major world powers in a struggle of immense proportions.

Here are the facts that lead us to this conclusion:

  1. The major military buildup in Southern Lebanon, especially the large number of missiles pointed at the heart of Israel.
  2. The Iran Deal that has given the regime billions of dollars to fund its proxies Hezbollah and Hamas and arm them with modern missiles.
  3. The global Iranian missile and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons threats.
  4. The turmoil in Syria, and Iranian Quds forces and sophisticated equipment including drones located there, that are a direct threat to the Jewish State of Israel.
  5. The on-the-ground deployment of American troops in Iraq, Syria and Israel.
  6. The on-the-ground deployment of Russian troops in Syria.
  7. The expansion of Iranian influence across the Middle East.
  8. The growing concern by other Middle Eastern nations, i.e. Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, over Iran’s growing aggressiveness.
  9. The inability of Western Europe to effectively deal with the Middle East due to the large numbers of Muslim migrants in their countries coupled with their economic ties to Iran.
  10. The growing argument that Israel must strike preemptively in order to survive as a nation.
  11. The growing real need for Israel to act to protect itself or cease to exist.

The toxic mix of all the above leads to a pre-World War scenario.

It is our collective belief that the fuse for this World War scenario will be lit on the Lebanon/Israeli border. Watch this video of former IDF Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Sarit Zehavi explaining Israel’s Northern Border at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. on March 5th, 2018:

What will happen and when?

Israel, the United States and Western Europe must understand that history is repeating itself.

Israel won the Six Day War, also known as the June War, 1967 Arab–Israeli War or Third Arab–Israeli War, which was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967. Israel won the Yom Kippur War, Ramadan War, or October War, also known as the 1973 Arab–Israeli War, which was fought by a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria against Israel from October 6 to 25, 1973. Israel won these wars because they were short and involved non-nuclear land based weapons.

Today this has dramatically changed. The threats of tens of thousands of missiles raining down on Israel is unacceptable. The Iron Dome missile defense system would collapse under multiple missile launches from Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and Iran, leading to massive civilian causalities and destruction of vital infrastructure. The long range threat of Iranian missiles, coupled with the real possibility that some of these missiles may be tipped with weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated by any nation, let alone Israel.

Israel can no longer depend on winning the next war by watching and waiting until the enemy strikes. A massive missile attack on the Jewish state would be devastating, perhaps fatal.

Given history here are our predictions on what will happen and when:

  1. Israel will preemptively strike Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria.
  2. Israel will face attacks on five fronts: Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and internally from the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
  3. The war will begin between June (after the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel as a nation) and October (before the U.S. midterm elections) 2018.
  4. Israel will not stop after one week regardless of international condemnation by dozens of nations, with the exception of the United States, and the United Nations.
  5. Israel will only stop when it has removed Hezbollah and taken enough of Lebanon to end the existential threat.

The winds of war are upon us. We are entering yet another darkest hour.

The United States and Israel must stand strong together for the sake of a lasting peace in the Middle East.

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Ethnic Cleansing of Whites in South Africa: White South Africans petition Trump to allow them to migrate to U.S.

The whole Rainbow Nation myth is going down the tubes as whites are persecuted but Leftists, including the Obamas, can’t let the myth die!

Increasingly news is coming out of South Africa that white farmers are being murdered in ever greater numbers and the government there has made the first moves toward confiscating their prime agricultural lands.

white crosses SA

Crosses represent white farmers killed in a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Be sure to see Katie Hopkins reports from South Africa at The Rebel. How did this racism get so far along before you heard about it?

It’s because it goes completely against the Leftist meme that only whites can be racists and indeed the mainstream media told us that South Africa was to be the beacon for the new multicultural world calling it the Rainbow Nation. It is all BS of course as we have reported in previous posts archived here.

South Africa will be a model for the world alright—a once prosperous country is going down due to its black leadership’s hatred for “the other.”

They aren’t just going after whites, but other black Africans (migrants from other African countries) are terrorized there as well.  It is called xenophobia. See one of my posts here.

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Michelle and Mandela.

Readers need to know that we have been taking ‘refugees’ from South Africa for years. 

In the first 4 months of this fiscal year we took 45 from South Africa according to the Refugee Processing Center database.  I will bet not one is white! The vast majority are other black Africans (maybe a few Asians and Middle Easterners) that the South African blacks don’t like!

But, I’m guessing it is getting harder and harder for the mainstream media to avoid talking about the self-destructive government in South Africa which began that country’s decay when the communists, led by Nelson Mandela, took charge.

(History tells us that all great communist land confiscation schemes turn productive farmland into wastelands in short order, South Africa will just be the latest example.)

However, this time there is a vast alternative media to spread the news in real time…..

But, yikes! even Newsweek (Newsweek!) is reporting with this headline:

THOUSANDS SIGN PETITION ASKING TRUMP TO LET WHITE FARMERS IN SOUTH AFRICA MIGRATE TO U.S. AFTER COUNTRY VOTES TO FORCE THEM OFF LAND

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to let white people in South Africa emigrate to the U.S. amid a vote by the country’s parliament favoring a motion that could see South Africa’s constitution amended to allow for land to be stripped from owners without any compensation.

The motion, which will still need the approval of the South African Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee before an amendment can even be drafted, has once again stoked fears among the country’s white farmers of a violent and disastrous land redistribution akin to that which crippled Zimbabwe in the 2000s.

The online petition calls on Trump to “take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States.”

Boer is the term used to describe South Africans of Dutch, German or Huguenot descent, who are also commonly referred to as Afrikaners.

[…]

The petition suggests that Trump should stop admitting refugees from Somalia and the Middle East, claiming they “cannot be properly vetted,” and allow white South Africans into the country instead.

A similar petition, calling on European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May to allow white South Africans into EU countries, has gained nearly 17,000 signatures.

The motion was put forward by the Economic Freedom Fighters and supported, but amended by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), with the party promising reforms that will address racial disparities in land ownership.

Much more here.

The Change.org petition is here (while it lasts).

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This is a screenshot of the petition as of this writing. Note that Change.org is already attempting to discourage signing it.

You can see that the Leftist agitators are already going after it and frankly Change.org is a Leftwing creation so this ‘update’ at Newsweek is interesting.  I don’t see that the petition claims to be only from people in South Africa, so why this beef?

It is unclear where people who are signing the petitions on Change.org are based.

A spokesperson for Change.org told Newsweek it would look into whether the petitions violate any company policies and whether the website plans to take any action. The website later added a note stating it had “received flags from some Change.org users that facts contained in this petition may be contested,” adding: “You may consider researching this issue before signing or sharing.”

Truth be told, the one-worlders do not want whites to be designated as refugees.

Ahhhh! Whites as refugees! That would turn the world on its head, and they will fight tooth and nail to not let that happen!

OMG what a can of worms that would open at the UN!  The next thing you know ethnic Swedes or Germans (for instance) would be demanding resettlement in whatever bastions of Western Civilization remain as they are persecuted in countries (their countries!) becoming Islamic states.

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New York Times Agrees with President Trump: Sweden’s Migrant-perpetrated Violence Out-of-Control [Video]

Invasion of Europe…..

Can we expect an apology from The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and the rest of the anti-Trump media about his Sweden comments last year?  Don’t hold your breath!

Powerline blog reminds us here of what happened a year ago February when the New York Times and all of its media lackeys landed like a big bird on President Trump when he said Sweden has a problem with out-of-control immigration (from certain ethnic/religious groups) and the violence it inevitably brings!

In February of last year, at CPAC, President Trump linked mass Muslim immigration to an increase in crime in Sweden. The New York Times, in an article called “From an Anchor’s Lips to Trump’s Ears to Sweden’s Disbelief,” ridiculed Trump for getting his information from television (a report on Tucker Carlson’s program) and suggested that Trump was misinformed. [The President might have said it at CPAC also, but it was at a campaign rally in Florida, here.]

It also criticized Trump for “start[ing] a dispute with a longtime American friend that resented his characterization and called it false.” The Times sniffed that “the president’s only discernible goal was to make the case domestically for his plans to restrict entry to the United States.” The Times seemed to believe that making this case was somehow out-of-bounds.

Powerline reports this from the NYT story as well:

Note that the trend the Times describes began in 2014. Trump discussed the problem of immigrant violence in 2017. He wasn’t premature, the Times is late.

They are all late.

Maybe the use of  weapons of war began in 2014, but their immigrant problems began long before that.  I began writing this blog in July 2007 and my first story on immigration problems in Sweden came in August 2007 (and there were surely more stories before I came along!).

I have a huge archive on Sweden, the country I predict will be the first European country to be conquered by Islam in the modern age. 

Go here to see my many previous posts on Sweden’s failed multicultural experiment.

Now more on The NYT’s evidence that Trump is right on Sweden from the Daily Caller:

The New York Times published a report Sunday on Sweden’s growing problem with immigrant gangs — more than a year after the paper chided President Donald Trump for calling attention to the same worrisome development.

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Sweden’s pin has been pulled in more ways than one.

Entitled “Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden’s Middle Class,” the report examines how weapons of war and clan-like*** violence have accompanied an influx of immigrants from certain parts of Europe and the greater Middle East.

The story centers on the death of a man in the town of Varby Gard, a once tranquil Stockholm suburb that is now the home base of an increasingly destructive immigrant gang. He was killed in early January when he picked up a mysterious object lying in the street that turned out to be a live hand grenade. The device exploded when he touched it, killing him instantly.

It was one of more than 100 incidents involving military-grade explosives in the Stockholm metro area that police have attributed to an “arms race” among immigrant gangs, reports The NYT.  There were only a few such incidents in Sweden until 2014, but since then, the number of explosions and seizures of grenades has shot up and remained worryingly high.

The police seized 45 grenades in 2015, while 10 others were detonated in public, according to Stockholm Police. The next year, 55 were seized and 35 detonated. A modest decrease occurred in 2017, when 39 were seized and 21 exploded.

Though The NYT readily reported on the nature of the violence, it was somewhat more circumspect about its origin. Nowhere in the story do the words “Muslim” or “refugee” appear. The only mention of the word “asylum” is to describe a witness to the explosion, one of many Varby Gard residents who arrived there thanks to Sweden’s famously open asylum policies.

The fact is that Sweden’s spike in gang violence and certain categories of crime coincided with the resettlement of more than 100,000 asylum seekers from predominantly Muslim nations beginning in 2014. 

More here.

Here is a bit from the New York Times article itself:

Sweden’s far right-wing party blames the government’s liberal immigration policy for the rising crime, and will thrust the issue to the fore in the fall campaign.

Last year, Peter Springare, 61, a veteran police officer in Orebro, published a furious Facebook post saying violent crimes he was investigating were committed by immigrants from “Iraq, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Somalia, Syria again, Somalia, unknown country, unknown country, Sweden.” It was shared more than 20,000 times; Mr. Springare has since been investigated twice by state prosecutors, once for inciting racial hatred, though neither resulted in charges.

Yesterday we told you about Italian elections and said there might be hope for Italy if it gets rid of most migrants (most are economic migrants) and Italians start having babies.  Same goes for Sweden, but there is even less hope there that they can turn around the DEMOGRAPHIC conquest in time.

Dear readers, I’m asked often “what can I do?” Here is one vital thing: follow news from Europe daily and be sure to send what you learn far and wide because as Europe goes, so go we (just a little farther along in this century)! Unless, of course, we heed the lessons unfolding before our eyes!

My ‘Invasion of Europe’ archive is here.

NOTE: By the way, any mention of clan violence means only one thing—Somalis are involved.

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U.S. Funded UN Commissioner in D.C. to Promote Leftwing Agenda in Guatemala

The head of a U.S.-funded global commission operating under the famously corrupt United Nations (UN) is in Washington D.C. today to promote his leftist agenda in Central America. The Colombian attorney and former judge, Ivan Velásquez, runs the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a controversial body known to utilize measures that threaten the impoverished Central American nation’s sovereignty. Officially, the CICIG claims to strengthen the rule of law. Like many leftwing global organizations, its stated purpose is to protect “the right to life and to personal integrity” of citizens from vigilante groups that “commit illegal acts” — those linked to “agents of the State or [with] the capacity to generate impunity for their illegal actions.”

The reality is that Velásquez appears to be part of a broader effort launched under Barack Obama—and apparently supported by the Trump administration—to destabilize moderate and conservative governments abroad. Judicial Watch uncovered details of a similar initiative in Macedonia, where the Obama administration spent millions of taxpayer dollars to destabilize the democratically elected, center-right government by colluding with leftwing billionaire philanthropist George Soros. In Guatemala, the Obama administration meddled to protect guerrillas backed by communist Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped oust an attorney general that was replaced by a sympathizer of the guerrillas, Claudia Paz y Paz.

Obama’s ambassador to Guatemala, Todd Robinson, and CICIG Commissioner Velásquez, notorious for his powerful leftist alliances, collaborated to illegally promote changes to the Guatemalan constitution. One news report accuses Velásquez of seeking to illegitimately neutralize certain legislators the Guatemalan people elected. Under his leadership, CICIG probes have infringed on Guatemalan sovereignty while conveniently ignoring crimes committed by leftwing allies. As a lawyer in Colombia, Velásquez aligned with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), the violent Marxist guerrilla formed by communist farmers in the country’s central region. Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe says that as a judge in Colombia Velásquez launched a crusade to absolve the country’s leftist narcoterrorism. During eight years as Colombia’s president Uribe’s hardline security stance transformed the country from a notoriously violent narcoterrorism state to a thriving democracy. Velásquez abuses the justice system to persecute his political enemies, according to Uribe, who currently serves in Colombia’s senate.

Incredibly, the Tillerson State Department has not wavered in its support for both Velásquez and CICIG, which receives millions of dollars annually from Uncle Sam. When Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales tried to bar Velásquez from the country last year, the U.S. State Department quickly issued a statement defending Velásquez and expressing “deep concern” over his attempted ouster. “Mr. Velásquez has been an effective leader of CICIG in its fight against corruption in Guatemala,” the State Department release said. “CICIG has played and should continue to play an important role in strengthening Guatemalan institutions and tackling the corruption that undermines security and prosperity in Guatemala.” During a visit last week to Guatemala, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley reiterated the Tillerson Swamp’s support for CICIG and its commissioner. Haley told Guatemalan President Morales that it was in his best interest to back CICIG, according to a newswire story that reveals the U.S. has given CICIG $44.5 million since it was established a decade ago.

During today’s 3 pm. appearance at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C., Velásquez will be praised as a key figure in Guatemala’s fight against corruption and impunity despite his controversial history. The purpose of his U.S. visit is to discuss the process of choosing Guatemala’s next attorney general and other related anti-corruption efforts involving the rule of law. Besides giving Guatemala boatloads of tax dollars, Americans should be concerned because the country is a renowned gateway into the United States for narcotics and illegal aliens worldwide, including the Middle East. Guatemala shares a 595-mile border and many porous crossing points into Mexico, creating a clear path north. In fact, many of the thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) that entered the U.S. in the last few years came from Central America.

It is not a question of whether full scale war comes…the only question is when?

There is little doubt war between Israel, Iran, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria and Hamas will occur. It is just a matter of when? For Israel to survive they will have to fight on at least five fronts simultaneously.

For Israel it will be a war of national survival.

With some 170,000 missiles targeting Israel plus missile and tunnel attacks from Gaza and possibly Syria itself the war will cost Israel many military and civilian lives and a substantial amount of property damage. There is no way Israel can defend against barrages of so many missiles. The recent Iranian drone Israel destroyed was undoubtedly designed to map out important Israeli defense and infrastructure sites.

Only by a preemptive strike can Israel hope to save Israeli lives and property. Israel doesn’t want war but it is being forced upon it. That doesn’t mean the war won’t be costly. But waiting for Israel’s enemies to strike first will be even more costly.

No government, if it regards war as inevitable, even if it does not want it, would be so foolish as to wait for the moment which is most convenient for the enemy. – Otto von Bismarck (1815–1890)

Read the important analysis below by Martin Sherman:


INTO THE FRAY: THE PERILS OF POSTPONING PREEMPTION

By Martin Sherman

Israel is approaching a point when it must decide to destroy enemy capabilities, rather than attempting to deter the enemy from using them.

To remain at peace when you should be going to war may be often very dangerous…Let us attack and subdue…that we may ourselves live safely for the future. – Thucydides (c. 460–395 BCE)

No government, if it regards war as inevitable, even if it does not want it, would be so foolish as to wait for the moment which is most convenient for the enemy. – Otto von Bismarck (1815–1890)

…it is possible that the dangers into which we are steadily advancing would never have arisen. But the world and the Parliaments and public opinion would have none of that.. When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure…

Winston Churchill (1874-1965), House of Commons, May 2, 1935.

In the past few days, senior IDF officers have publicly warned that the chances of war on Israel’s northern border in 2018 are growing significantly –see for example here and here.

100,000 missiles just for show?

The specter of renewed fighting presents Israel with a daunting dilemma.

Since the end of the 2006 Lebanon War, poorly conducted—and even more poorly concluded—by the Olmert government, the arsenal of the Iranian terror proxy, Hezbollah has grown exponentially in both the quantity and quality of its weaponry—now reportedly over ten times its pre-war size, and vastly enhanced in terms of its precision and destructive capacity.

Indeed, no one even vaguely familiar with the brutal nature of the organization—its gory past, and chilling proclamations of future intent—could even remotely entertain the hopelessly naïve belief that it was stockpiling over 100,000 missiles just for show.

Read more.

Boeing Must Produce Iran’s Air Contract to Victims of Iranian Terror

The Trump administration pointedly put national security over trade when it told an Illinois District Court judge it “does not take a position” on whether the Court should shield aerospace giant Boeing Corp from a lawsuit filed by victims of Iranian state terrorism.

The family of Shlomo Leibovitch is seeking to collect on a $67 million judgment against Iran for a 2003 terror attack that killed their seven-year old daughter, and sued Boeing to gain access to what it believed were Iranian assets in Boeing’s possession.

Boeing signed a $16 billion deal in 2016 to sell civilian airliners to the state-owned Iran Air, a defendant in numerous lawsuits by victims of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism. In any airplane deal of that size, the purchaser will make advance payments while the aircraft are being produced.

It was those payments the Leibovitch family was seeking to attach and that Boeing was seeking to conceal.

Chief Judge Ruben Castillo ruled on Tuesday that Boeing must produce the contractual documents to the terror victims, to include financial documents relating to advance payments as well as Boeing’s communications with the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control, which licensed the sale during the final weeks of the Obama administration.

Boeing had argued to keep all details of its commercial and financial dealings with the Iranian regime secret, on the grounds that disclosing them would cause “significant harm to the goals of the United States and its European allies.”

As Judge Castillo noted in his ruling, Boeing claimed that disclosure would “risk destabilizing the purpose of the JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the Iran nuclear deal] to provide for regional and international peace and security.”

That’s a heavy lift even for Boeing, which specializes in heavy-lifting.

Judge Castillo thought it best to ask the U.S. government if they agreed with Boeing’s claim that disclosure would “interfere with U.S. foreign policy toward Iran.”

The answer, delivered by the U.S. Department “on behalf of the Executive Branch,” was crystal clear – and a stinging rebuke not just to Boeing, but to all major U.S. and international corporations who believe that the Iran deal opened Iran for business.

The Justice Department formally notified Judge Castillo that “the United States does not take a position on whether the Court should order the requested discovery.”

That one line opens up a legal mine field for Boeing, and for any other U.S. corporation seeking to do business with the Islamic regime in Iran.

U.S. courts have awarded victims of Iranian state terrorism 99 separate judgments worth more than $53 billion, nearly half of which are compensatory damages that can be collected against Iranian assets held outside the United States.

“But how to collect?” an appeals court judge stated in an opinion last year. That has been the problem that has devilled not only the Leibovitch family, but each and every one of the hundreds of U.S. citizen holding judgments against Iran.

In his landmark decision, Judge Castillo opened a door that previously had been closed.

The Iran nuclear deal paved the way for corporations around the world to re-enter the Iranian market, shut off for years by multi-lateral sanctions put in place to punish Iran for pursuing a clandestine nuclear weapons program forbidden it by international law.

Israeli attorney Nitsana Darshana-Leitner filed suit in 2015 against the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Treasury in New York on behalf of the Leibovitch family to block implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, which involved not only the lifting of sanctions but the release of an estimated $150 billion in frozen Iranian assets.

While that suit failed, Judge Castillo ruled that the current case was not about deciding a “political question” outside the purview of the Court, but about “a discovery dispute, plain and simple.”

“[T]he present dispute does not require the Court to consider the wisdom of the [Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act] or the Iran Nuclear deal,” Castillo noted.

Boeing had argued that the Iran nuclear deal required the U.S. government “to actively prevent terror victims holding judgments against Iran from hindering he airplane deal in any manner.”

But the Trump administration swept away that argument, noting that “the JCPOA does not require the United States to take any specific action with respect to efforts by judgment creditors of Iran to pursue post-judgment discovery or other enforcement proceedings.”

The Leibovitch family has not been alone in seeking to put the kibosh on the Boeing aircraft sale to Iran.

Last year, Representative Peter Roskam (R-Il), and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, urging the Justice Department to support the claims of the terror victims over Boeing. Roskam did so even though Boeing is now headquartered in his state.

Corporate lawyers and plaintiff’s attorneys around the world will be following this case closely. With the Boeing sale now potentially in jeopardy, other corporations are sure to wonder if they, too, could be made to pay the price for the terrorist actions of the Iranian regime.

Over 500 Members of MS-13 Linked to Crime in 22 States

More than 500 members of the violent gang MS-13 have been arrested or charged with crimes in 22 states since 2012, a new report says.

The states with the most criminal cases related to MS-13 were California, with 92; Maryland, 85; New York, 80; and Virginia, 63, according to the report by Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Besides being a “tourist concern,” the numbers show the gang, previously weakened by police and other law enforcement officials, has been “reinvigorated by a huge influx of aliens, 200,000-plus aliens,” Andrew Arthur, a resident fellow in law and policy at the nonprofit center, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

Those illegal immigrants, Arthur said, include “a huge number” of minors and young adults who crossed the southern border into the U.S.

Arthur said the policies of former President Barack Obama’s administration are to blame for crimes committed by MS-13 members.

Obama’s failed immigration system “created a pool of individuals from whom MS-13 could recruit, and that is what has helped drive the reinvigoration of this gang in the United States,” Arthur said.

A failure to enforce immigration law spurred the rejuvenation of MS-13, Vaughan’s report says:

We conclude that this resurgence represents a very serious threat to public safety in communities where MS-13 has rebuilt itself. The resurgence is directly connected to the illegal arrival and resettlement of more than 300,000 Central American youths and families that has continued unabated for six years, and to a deprioritization of immigration enforcement in the interior of the country that occurred at the same time.

Of the 506 gang members arrested or charged in connection with crimes, the report said 207 were charged with murder and 100 others were accused of conspiracy or racketeering, and “dozens of others” were accused of sex trafficking, attempted murder, sexual assault, extortion, and drug trafficking.

The report also found that 126 of the 506 MS-13 members arrested or charged were illegal immigrants, including 38 of the 207 murder suspects.

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email that the comeback of MS-13 is the fault of the Obama administration.

“This report shows that the resurgence of the brutal MS-13 gang in recent years is the direct result of the Obama administration’s encouragement of illegal immigration, especially unaccompanied minors,”  von Spakovsky said, adding:

Barack Obama bears a shameful responsibility for the hundreds of vicious murders, sexual assaults, and other crimes that would not have occurred except for his refusal to enforce our immigration laws, particularly his direction to [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] field offices to cease their efforts to disrupt gangs by arresting their members for immigration violations.

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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.

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Muslim student threatened to kill ‘Zionists’ and counterterror analyst, FBI did nothing

It’s reporters such as Julia Shumway and Jonathan Pitts who have painted a huge target on John Guandolo’s back. But the utterly clueless and deeply corrupt and compromised FBI, which left us to die in Garland, Texas in May 2015, needs to be thoroughly investigated, and shut down if necessary.

“Former Oklahoma high school student suspected of making online death threats was never charged because FBI reports stayed classified for months,” by Nolan Clay, NewsOK, February 26, 2018 (thanks to David):

EDMOND — A former high school student suspected of making online death threats was investigated but never charged because FBI reports remained classified for months.

By the time the reports were finally declassified this year, the former student had moved out of the United States, the FBI acknowledged Sunday in a statement.

“At no time, however, was there an indication of an active threat to a school or danger to the public or the citizens of Oklahoma,” the FBI said.

The teenager had threatened multiple times online to kill “Zionists” for crimes against Islam, the FBI said.

The first time was Oct. 21, 2016, an FBI special agent reported in an affidavit requesting a search warrant for school records. The last time was March 22, 2017, from a computer at Edmond Santa Fe High School, where the suspect was a student.

No reference was made in any of the online statements “to a threat of school violence,” the FBI said.

Federal prosecutors never filed charges, in large part because the suspect was a juvenile — 16 at the time of the first threats.

However, federal prosecutors did direct the FBI to contact Oklahoma County prosecutors after the online threat was made from the school computer.

The FBI agent did, in August. Oklahoma County prosecutors were willing to file a misdemeanor case but the agent then said he couldn’t turn over his reports.

“We were told the investigation was classified,” District Attorney David Prater said Sunday.

“Without their reports and evidence, we had no ability to prosecute the matter,” Prater said. “To this date, we still don’t have the FBI’s investigation.”…

The name of the former student remains blacked out in the released documents. The FBI described him as having social disorders and said he has undergone private behavioral counseling.

In his affidavit for a search warrant, the FBI special agent, Beau D. Coffindaffer, wrote that the online user making the threats went by the pseudonym “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great.”

No, it doesn’t. It means “Allah is greater,” i.e., greater than your god. It’s a declaration of supremacism.

The first threat in October 2016 was sent to an FBI website created to receive complaints about internet crimes, according to the affidavit. It stated: “Christian Zionist Jewish infidel spies keep on infiltrating our mosques. We will kill you if you ever try to defile our mosques again. You will not enter our mosques again unless you get our consent.”

Two of the threats were directed at John Guandolo, a former FBI agent who claims there is a network of militant Muslims in the United States plotting to overthrow the government.

The first of those came in November 2016, days after Guandolo spoke at the Oklahoma Capitol, according to the affidavit.

During a House hearing in October 2016, Guandolo called the executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations a terrorist.

The second threat directed at Guandolo was the one sent from Edmond Santa Fe High School last March.

The FBI also never notified Edmond Public Schools about its investigation until after the student had graduated….

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

We could have shipping containers full of foreign nukes in our ports and not know it

Two occasional papers were recently published by the Center for Security Policy.  The first, entitled “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?,” was published in late 2016.  The second, “The Perfect Storm,” was published in 2017.  Both papers describe a 35-year lease to a cargo container terminal on the eastern seaboard of the United States.  The peculiar discoveries in the papers made by investigative journalists Mary Fanning and Alan Jones have not received the national media attention they warrant.

In 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based company Gulftainer was awarded a three-and-a-half decade lease to operate the cargo container terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida.  The peculiarity of this acquisition rests on the fact that Gulftainer is co-owned by the emir of Sharjah, UAE, and Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, who is the brother of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear mastermind.  During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Jafar was an official of the Iraqi regime who could have been engaged as a military target.

Why is this alarming?  In part, it is because Dr. Jafar has also been credited with the design of a miniaturized nuclear weapon, commonly known as the “Beach Ball.”  North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has appeared standing by a similarly purported nuclear weapon in recent photographs.  This type of nuclear weapon can easily fit inside the nosecone of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and can cause the kind of catastrophic damage the United States has never seen.

The danger to America is not just that Gulftainer is co-owned the family of Saddam Hussein’s top nuclear mastermind, Dr. Jafar, and the emir of Sharjah, but also that Gulftainer is also in a joint venture with Kontsern-Morinformsistem-Agat, the Russian company that makes the Club-K missile launch system.  The Club-K system looks identical to standard ocean containers that are shipped by the billions all over the world.  The alarming difference between the ordinary cargo containers is evident by what’s found on the inside of the Club-K containers.  Four cruise missiles are housed in each Club-K system and can be launched directly from the container – even remotely.

How many Trojan horses have our enemies shipped around the world?  Such an entry into any of our ports would be considered astronomically valuable to any enemy of the United States.  Have some of these dangerous containers made their way to America?  These are viable questions.

Though speculative, the numbers could be staggering.  Some ships hold as many as 3,000 cargo containers.  “Relying on intelligence and risk analysis,” Van Hipp tell us in his book, The New Terrorism, “we are only able to scan less than one percent of the incoming containers before they enter the country.”  Do the math, and that’s 30 or fewer containers scanned per 3,000.  The potential for a national security threat to be offloaded at Port Canaveral or any other port around the country is alarming.  These 40-foot shipping containers could be carried by semi trucks or freight trains anywhere around the country without raising a single eyebrow.

If a Club-K missile attack were to happen, the results could be cataclysmic.  Each hidden missile could carry any number of conventional payloads, including those poised for a biological, chemical, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), or nuclear attack.

Clare Lopez, vice president for research and analysis at the Center for Security Policy, says, “We have no idea how many of those might be already among container traffic in the world.”  This is rightly disturbing for us, as millions of Americans have unknowingly put their trust in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review and oversight process, or probably have never given it any thought regarding safety.

Ordinarily, the CFIUS would determine whether or not any kind of foreign purchase, acquisition, or lease like this one could have some kind of national security implication.  A failure of the review and oversight process is not out of the question, considering the utter failure of the Uranium One case, which occurred in the same time period.  Lopez confirms, “It speaks to a lack of oversight during the Obama years, particularly of the CFIUS body that has the responsibility for oversight over deals just like this.  Either they didn’t pay enough attention to it or they just let it go just like the Uranium One deal, but of course, there we know there was all kinds of malfeasance involved, including corruption, extortion, blackmail, kickbacks, and payments to the Clinton Foundation.”

According to Lopez, “Gulftainer is seeking similar cargo container terminal leases at least 42 other U.S. ports.”  Roadways and railways extending from Port Canaveral could be giving our enemies access to the entire country.

Media and layperson alike should be compelled to bring this to the attention of those in Congress, particularly to those who are members of the House Transportation Committee.  Could we be on the brink of disaster without even knowing it?

ABOUT J.M. PHELPS

J.M. Phelps is a Christian activist and journalist based in the Southeastern U.S.

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