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Nearly 70 arrested in America over ISIS
They include refugees who had been given safe haven but 'turned to terror'
Federal and local law enforcement agencies
have made dozens of arrests of men and women suspected of ISIS
Analysis shows that they include refugees who entered the United States as refugees
Increasing pressure from Republicans not to accept
refugees from Syria on scale demanded by White House
Ted Cruz plans to introduce legislation forbidding
refugee status to Syrian Muslims and moves also under way to defund
US authorities have charged at least 66 men and women with ISIS-related
terror plots on American soil – including a handful of refugees, Daily
Mail Online can reveal.
The terror group has set its sights on Washington, D.C. as it vows to
further infiltrate the West and ramp up its blood-soaked offensive.
Presidents Obama insists says that 'slamming the door' on Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS would be a betrayal of American values.
But 34 governors are refusing to take in any more, in case jihadi
fighters slip into their states and repeat the carnage of Paris.
New Wave Set to flood U.S.
A protest by
desperate Cuban migrants stranded on their journey to the United States
paralyzed a key border crossing between Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Long lines of
buses and trucks formed on both sides of the frontier as the migrants
refused to let traffic pass, authorities from the two countries said.
Stretched FBI braces for Islamic State holiday terror attack
In the wee
hours of July 4, FBI counterterrorism agents in the Boston area
scrambled to thwart the last of a string of Islamic State terror plots
they feared could be conducted during the patriotic holiday or soon
earlier, an agent and Boston officers had shot and killed an ISIS
sympathizer on the same streets, right before he boarded a bus armed
with a military-style knife and plans to attack cops and behead a woman.
Rolling 5-day Polling Data
Donald Trump seen unlikely to win in Iowa
presidential candidate Donald Trump’s high poll numbers here are
raising eyebrows among the state’s veteran politicos, who doubt he will
be able to translate his appeal as a celebrity and political renegade
into voters who show up to caucus on a cold February night.
potential problem of which Mr. Trump is aware. He’s hired some of the
best Iowa operatives to try to figure out how to get supporters of his
anti-establishment message, who may not be regular caucusgoers, to come
out for him on Feb. 1.
DNC looks to rebrand to stem losses during Obama administration
its midterm losses last year, the Democratic National Committee is
planning a multiyear strategy to recapture Democratic seats downballot
by reworking its messaging, easing ballot-access restrictions in
several states and by playing an active role in redistricting.
Obama administration, the Democrats have lost 11 governorships, 13 U.S.
Senate seats, 69 House seats and 910 state legislative seats. A Gallup
poll measuring trends in party affiliation since 2004 found 29 percent
of Americans identified as Democrats in October, compared to 38 percent
in March 2009 after Mr. Obama first took office.
Loretta Lynch pours cold water on Obama's plans to transfer Gitmo detainees to U.S. sosil
General Loretta Lynch seemed to fall out of step with the Obama
administration’s reported plans to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to
U.S. soil, saying Tuesday that such a move is prohibited under law.
Rep. F. James
Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican, noted during a House Judiciary
Committee hearing Tuesday that President Obama had significantly
thinned out the prison by sending scores of detainees to other
Can the TSA find hidden weapons?
In the wake of
the Russian Metrojet crash and the Paris terror attacks, security while
flying in the U.S. is of greater concern than ever. Yet in Atlanta, a
man said he accidentally carried a loaded gun onto a commercial flight
and the TSA never found it.
investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen and the Rossen Reports team
went undercover at several airports across the country to see how well
the TSA performed. In three out of four cases, they were able to get
banned items past TSA inspection.
Gun Sales, CCW Applications Surge
In the days
since the heinous terror attacks in Paris took 130 innocent lives and
wounded hundreds more, Americans have flooded into gun stores to
purchase new guns and sign up for concealed carry permit classes in
their respective states.
And those buying guns include many who have never owned a gun before.
Fox News San Antonio quoted Texas Guns owners Jerry McCall saying he is
seeing “people … in their 70s and 80s who say they have never owned a
firearm before but … think [they] need one in the house now.”
The real war
Islamic supremacy is the enemy, the center of gravity is the Internet
Friday night’s attack in Paris was another reminder that we are in a real war.
It is vital that we understand what the real war is and who the real enemy is.
The real war is
not geographic and it is not defined by ISIS. The real war is worldwide
and the real enemy is Islamic supremacy in all its forms. The center of
gravity is not Syria. The center of gravity is the internet.
Securing the electrical grid
ISIS could kill millions by switching off America’s power
Three vitally important lessons are immediately apparent in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks:
Islamic State, or ISIS, is planning more attacks against Europe and
also the United States. ISIS-affiliated websites threaten that
Washington, London and Rome will be attacked next and that their
preference is “to taste American blood.”
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself and the United States Army.
From the Archives
American Fairness to a Fault — a Deadly One
Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 02:28 PM
American’s tragic flaw is our unbridled fairness, which has been
corrupted ever more by the cancer of political correctness to the point
we put ourselves at risk rather than create even the perception of
Sometime after the VOLAR (all volunteer) Army, the military veered from
the “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” blind adherence to all orders to
the concept of refusing “unlawful orders” and that was ostensibly a
However, the uniformed services do not set or get to pick and choose
foreign policy. The civilian leadership sets foreign policy, and the
U.S. military enforces it — with a big, honking combined arms stick.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has been one of the rare pundits with the
courage to target the “culture of political correctness” in leadership
of the military. In at least two interviews on Fox, Peters (correctly)
blamed the culture of political correctness for the Army’s diffidence in
taking action against Nidal Malik Hasan in the wake of knowledge of the
Many mechanisms exist for dealing with matters of deep conscience — all
without killing those one might think disagree with in principle.
However, it is not prejudice to discriminate based on threat facts in
evidence. Refusal to act judiciously for fear of a tainted perception is
just plain dumb.
Notwithstanding the articulated fears of the Army chief of staff and the
secretary of Homeland Security, officials made an epic mistake in
handling suspicions about Hasan. A mistake founded on political
correctness and sustained by diffidence that cost the lives of
Reportedly, U.S. intelligence agencies were aware (months ago) that
Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with
al-Qaida. He spoke openly to too many people about his angst and
misdirected sympathies. He was apparently a poster child for suspicion,
and the Army failed bigtime to intervene.
“It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army
that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al-Qaida
figures," the officials said.
But you damnbetcha they SHOULD have done so.
Investigators want to know whether Hasan maintained contact with a
radical mosque leader from Virginia, Anwar al Awlaki, who now lives in
Yemen and runs a Web site that promotes jihad around the world against
the United States.
In a recent blog posting titled "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,"
Awlaki calls Hasan a "hero" and a "man of conscience who could not bear
living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that
is fighting against his own people."
Increasingly we are told people who knew or worked with Hasan say he
seemed to become gradually more radical in his condemnation of the war
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Subordinates and superiors had a responsibility
to flag the inappropriate rhetoric, and they apparently did not.
The fear to speak out is a symptom of the PC disease fueled by
recriminations and implied threats of discrimination — a fear that
indirectly resulted in mayhem.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman said, "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to
people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to
have a zero tolerance," and despite the echo of shutting the barn door
after the horse got out, he is right.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. is concerned that speculation
about the religious beliefs of Hasan could “cause a backlash against
some of our Muslim soldiers.” He’s right, but such a backlash would be a
direct result of the failure of command — not prejudice.
When confronted about whether he thought the Army “dropped the ball” in
not responding to warning signs, Casey replied that the Army needs to be
careful not to jump to conclusions based on early tidbits of
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., both of whom
are veterans, took pains to say that Muslims have served honorably in
the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day, this is not about his religion — the fact that
this man was a Muslim,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
But, hey, it is (kinda/sorta) about religion (when the FBI says 10
percent of American Mosques preach jihad) — at least from a risk