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Common Defense Richard Falknor on 02 Jul 2015

Weigh Warnings On ISIS Tunnels & Have A Vigilant July 4!

Via The Center for Security Policy, we learned of author (Day of the Dead) and IDF Reserve captain Dan Gordon’s warnings about the strategic threat of the Gaza tunnels. 

Are tunnels like those also, in the eyes of ISIS, a developing instrument for attacks across our southern border?

Listen to these two “Secure Freedom” podcasts of last Tuesday to get the full force of Gordon’s message–

  • “What ISIS learned from Hamas’ most recent loss in Gaza”
  • “Why is the U.S. more vulnerable to terror-tunnel attacks than Israel?”
  • “The tempting target that San Diego makes, and how ISIS could infiltrate it”

Dan Gordon explains “The Middle East for ISIS is a R & D laboratory for what they intend to do to the United States.”

Click on podcast below.
  • “Is an ISIS safe-haven in Northern Mexico logistically possible?”
  • “A united Arab coalition against Obama’s Iran policy”
  • “Concerns that the U.S. Congress and Administration have put the world on a path towards nuclear brinkmanship”
  • “Where the current level of unrest in the Middle East compares to the last thousand years”
Click on podcast below.

 Dan Gordon’s advice to the Congress–

Get us out of the Iran deal immediately; arm the Kurds and make them a base of action; get serious about our air strikes — needed 150 -200 strikes per day; overall, deal with ISIS in the Middle East before they come here.


Common Defense Richard Falknor on 19 Jun 2015

UPDATED! Any Answers On Sharia From Our Local GOP Politicians? Judicial Watch Reveals “SPLC Issues Hit List of U.S. Women Against Sharia Law”

UPDATE!Poll of U.S. Muslims Reveals Ominous Levels Of Support For Islamic Supremacists’ Doctrine of Shariah, Jihad” — Center for Security Policy June 23, 2015

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As we tweeted yesterday, the respected Judicial Watch revealed SPLC Issues Hit List of U.S. Women Against Sharia Law–

“The Obama-tied leftist group that helped a gunman commit an act of terrorism against a conservative organization has assembled a starter kit for Islamists to attack American women who refuse to comply with Sharia law, the authoritarian doctrine that inspires Islamists and their jihadism.
It’s the summer special from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an extremist nonprofit that lists conservative organizations that disagree with it on social issues on a catalogue of ‘hate groups.’ A few years ago a gunman received a 25-year prison sentence for carrying out the politically-motivated shooting of the Family Research Council (FRC) headquarters after admitting that he learned about the FRC from the SPLC ‘hate map.’ Prosecutors called it an act of terrorism and recommended a 45-year sentence.
Now the SPLC, which has conducted diversity training for the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ), is targeting female bloggers, activists and television personalities who refuse to comply with Sharia law which is rooted in the Quran. The European Court on Human rights has repeatedly ruled that Sharia is ‘incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy’ yet politically-connected radical Muslim groups—such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—keep pushing to implement it in the United States and the movement has gained steam.
Among those resisting this effort publicly are the high-profile women being targeted by the SPLC. Some of them are colleagues or friends of Judicial Watch and now they must fear for their safety simply for practicing their rights under the U.S. Constitution. The new hate list is titled Women Against Islam/The Dirty Dozen and includes illustrations and detailed information on all the women, who are branded ‘the core of the anti-Muslim radical right.’ The new SPLC hate brochure further targets them by claiming that they’re ‘a dozen of the most hardline anti-Muslim women activists in America.’
Political activist and commentator Pamela Geller is branded the ‘country’s most flamboyant and visible Muslim-basher’ for, among other things ‘smearing and demonizing Muslims.’ Blogger Ann Barnhardt is identified as one of the ‘most extreme Muslim-bashers in the United States’ and radio talk-show host Laura Ingram made the list for saying that hundreds of millions of Muslims were delighted that 12 people were massacred by Islamic terrorists in the Paris headquarters of a satirical magazine. Former CIA agent Clare Lopez, who runs a Washington D.C. think-tank focusing on national security issues, made the list for saying that the Muslim Brotherhood has ‘infiltrated and suborned the U.S. government to actively assist…the mission of its grand jihad.’
Others appearing on the anti-Sharia docket include television personality and former judge and prosecutor Jeanine Pirro, former chairwoman of the Texas Republican Party Cathie Adams, talk-show host Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, syndicated columnist Diana West, attorney and columnist Debbie Schlussel, blogger Cathy Hinners, ACT! for America founder Brigitte Gabriel and conservative writer and TV personality Ann Coulter. Among her biggest offenses, according to the SPLC, is proclaiming that ‘not all Muslims may be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims—at least all terrorists capable of assembling a murderous plot against America.'” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Today RRW Strikes Back!

Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch(RRW) spotlights the Southern Poverty Law Center’s war on women!

“The filthy rich Southern Poverty Law Center announced its list of 12 women it claims are anti-sharia activists according to Judicial Watch blog yesterday in a post entitled, ‘SPLC Issues Hit List of U.S. Women Against Sharia Law.’
So here is what I would like to know, if any of these women are harmed (God forbid), could the Southern Poverty Law Center be sued and possibly charged with instigating a ‘hate’ crime? Just wondering…..”(Highlighting Forum’s)

Our Question to Local GOP Figures:
America, should Virginia, should Maryland, be concerned with the dangers of Sharia?


Yesterday’s analysis from Judicial Watch of the SPLC attack has again put these issues on the front table.

These Republican legislators

who sponsored this year’s Virginia General Assembly commendation** of the ADAMS Center

“RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the ADAMS Center for more than 30 years of comprehensive service to the community; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the ADAMS Center as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for the center’s contributions to Northern Virginia.” — House Joint Resolution No. 934 (final text February 26, 2015)

must have given these matters extensive thought and reflection. (Readers may wish to visit our article on the commendation here.)

So let’s hear the judgments of each of the ADAMS Center commendation sponsors: LeMunyon, Minchew, Ramadan, Rust, and Greason on


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Faithful readers will recall our article of March 6, 2014 on the Virginia General Assembly’s earlier commendation for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center:  MORE! VA House of Delegates ‘Commend’ A Mosque With A Dark Past.

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 16 May 2015

Live — All Day Today –Iowa National Security Action Summit!

The Iowa National Security Action Summit

This Saturday morning starting at 9 AM (Eastern Time) The Center for Security Policy, THE FAMiLY LEADER Foundation, and High Frontier will live-stream a vital conference covering “four key topics of interest to both our nation and the state of Iowa”–

  • “The Hollowing Out of The U.S. Military”
  • “America’s Electrical Power Grid and Threats to Critical Infrastructure”
  • “The Threat from Iran, Shariah and The Global Jihad Movement”
  • “Border Insecurity and Illegal Immigration”

Click here for the line-up of experts.

Then go to this link for live-streaming. (9AM to 5PM Eastern Time)

Every conservative — indeed every citizen — needs to be fully aware of these existential threats.

You won’t hear these experts’ blunt words in the happy talk of GOP politicians — or from the declarations of the bi-partisan political class.

But after watching this gathering, you will be able to discuss these exigent warnings with your elected lawmakers and executives — and even try to get your Party apparatus to address these survival priorities.

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 12 Feb 2015

The “Defeat Jihad Summit” & Your Local GOP Or Tea Party

“From the ground level. . . speaking with people especially at the state, local, and county level, I think a great deal can be done there and I think the war will be won in this country at that level.” –John Guandolo (click here)

Yesterday the Center for Security Policy gathered a luminous group of national experts for a “Defeat Jihad Summit” .

The Summit, click here and here, provides conservatives and patriots across the political spectrum with a wealth of information on the Jihad and Shariah threats right here at home as well as worldwide.

In addition to the Summit YouTubes of senator Ted Cruz and governor Bobby Jindal, we would draw your attention to these three–

But, as expert John Guandolo suggests, much of the war against Jihad in our country must be fought at the local level.

Lamentably few GOP elected or party officials in Maryland or Virginia have publicly discussed the threats of Civilization Jihad and of Shariah, or even of agents of Islamic influence.

(The exception of course is former Representative Frank Wolf who continues his Christian work as part of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.)

Long overdue: Maryland and Virginia GOP politicians and Party leaders must get their arms around these two grave threats of Jihad and Shariah and discuss them publicly. 

The information and expertise available through the “Defeat Jihad Summit” will add much depth to this effort.  And it may keep politicians of both parties from straying into questionable company here and here.

Local Tea Parties and the allied grassroots need to spur any reluctant politicians into action.

And kudos to the Clarke County Virginia GOP for featuring Clare Lopez (scroll down in foregoing link) tonight in Berryville to discuss “The Muslim Brotherhood, National Security, & Domestic Infiltration”!






Common Defense Richard Falknor on 16 Jul 2014

UPDATED! Can The House GOP Protect Us From The Obama Youth Invasion?

UPDATE!  Here is an agenda “No Money Until President Obama Acts” recently compiled by immigration-control experts of 28 steps the president should take to address the border crisis.

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Can The House GOP Protect Us From The Obama Youth Invasion?

“Republicans in DC have chosen to be a legislative opposition, rather than a political opposition. They don’t articulate an alternative vision of the role of government and law in our society but, rather, a different basket of legislation and proposals. Is is any wonder that House Democrats are raising more money than House Republicans for the midterm elections? Contrast that with how Republican governors are running fundraising rings around state Democrats. Voters want to support a vision, not a laundry list of legislative proposals. . . .The political and humanitarian crisis currently unfolding at the border is exactly what happens when a large segment of the government simply abandons its job. It is the result of years of unserious policy debate and short-term political expediency. Republicans, unfortunately, have no idea how to respond.” (Highlighting Forum’s)    Breitbart’s Mike Flynn in GOP Lost at the Border

The House Republican leadership, unfortunately, apparently lacks the required vision to cope with the White House and Senate Big-Immigration-induced youth invasion. 

Consequently the GOP base and allied independent conservatives will have to weigh in themselves to help guide the House leadership (and to offset the influence of the billionaire pro-amnesty donors) if the tide of illegals is to be stemmed.

This afternoon we learn from Breitbart’s Jonathan Strong here that “Boehner’s Border Group Delays Report As It Broadens Focus, Reviews ‘Wish Lists'”–

“Noting the group had failed to meet prior self-imposed deadlines, Granger said Wednesday only that she [Republican Representative Kay Granger of Texas] hoped the House would pass the resulting bill – or, potentially two bills, she allowed – before lawmakers depart for the August recess.”

Senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions sent out a magisterial letter Monday to all members of the Congress.

Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle explains here in his “Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama’s new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it”–

‘I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic,’ Sessions, Congress’s top immigration hawk, wrote in a letter that was hand-delivered to all 535 members of Congress on Monday and provided exclusively to Breitbart News.
Sessions cites a recent report from the National Journal, in which reporter Major Garrett detailed how, despite the ongoing crisis at the border, Obama plans to legalize anywhere from five to six million illegal alien adults in much the same way he did for illegal alien minors through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in summer 2012.
‘Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit,’ Garrett wrote on July 3, as cited by Sessions. ‘He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.’
Sessions cites another paragraph from that National Journal piece as well, in which Garrett reported that President Obama has ‘now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice departments to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10.’ ‘Senior officials also tell me Obama wants to see what he can do with executive power to provide temporary legal status to undocumented adults,’ Garrett wrote.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Alabama senator Sessions declares (see full text of letter within Breitbart post here)–

“… there is a clear path forward to prevent the continued dissolution of America’s borders. Certainly, DACA and the president’s other numerous unlawful policies must be terminated. But as a first step, Congress must not acquiesce to spending more taxpayer dollars until the President unequivocally rescinds his threat of more illegal executive action.
Congress must demand that the President use his lawful powers to begin enforcing the law now — instead of passing legislation on the promise of future enforcement –and that he back down from his plan to widen his disastrous DACA program, which would of course escalate the existing border disaster to unthinkable proportions.
If Congress simply passes a supplemental spending bill without these preconditions, it is not a question of if the President will suspend more immigration laws, but only how many he will suspend. Congress cannot surrender to this lawlessness. Acting in defense of Congress, our constituents, and their communities, we must stand firm. This transcends politics. It is about our duty as constitutional office holders. It is about the solemn oath we all took as members of Congress.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

In a post here yesterday, Matthew Boyle reports “Key Amnesty Critic Warns: Border Bill Could Open Door to Dreaded Conference Committee”–

“While the 2008 law has dominated discussions about legislative remedies to the border crisis, in which 57,000 unaccompanied children have been smuggled into the U.S. so far this year resulting in frequent abuse and a significant number of deaths, many immigration hawks say the 2008 law is a red herring distraction from the larger cause of the majority of these problems: President Obama’s widespread rejection of enforcement of American immigration laws. Tuesday evening, Numbers USA director of government relations, Rosemary Jenks, warned that Cornyn’s plan could open up the Congress to the entire Gang of Eight bill again via a conference committee. ‘Cornyn, like so many other Republicans, has been distracted by this shiny object, which is the 2008 anti-trafficking law,’ Jenks added in a phone interview. ‘It is just ridiculous to assume that changing this law that affects less than 20 percent of all the illegals coming across the border right now is going to fix the problem.’ On Wednesday morning, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published a new report arguing that the 2008 law is inapplicable to the current crisis at the border as pushed by the Obama administration and certain members of Congress.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Jenks also warned–

“The House bill could be introduced by the end of the week and voted on as early as next week. That’s a pathway that Jenks warns could open up the entire Gang of Eight bill again. ‘If it goes through the House first, it will be conferenced in the Senate,’ Jenks told Breitbart News. ‘Think about what that means. I cannot imagine why people don’t get this. McCain and Graham and Schumer are talking in the pages of The New York Times about how they will attach part or all of their bill to whatever comes through on this. … This is why the whole idea that you can do targeted policy changes is ludicrous.'” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Finally, savvy Congress watcher Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project cautioned todayRepublicans Must Avoid Shiny Objects in Immigration Debate” here

“Republicans in Washington have been stymied by the President’s impertinence towards the rule of law and disrespect for the legislative authority of Congress.  The only tool that Congress can utilize against an imperial presidency is the power of the purse, yet Republicans have been reluctant to engage in such brinkmanship.  But now the President has given Republicans their best point of leverage yet–he is asking for new funding to clean up the immigration mess created by his lawless amnesties.  It’s time Republicans embrace the leverage instead of squandering it.
In June 2011, the Obama administration sent a memo (‘Morton Memos’) to DHS law enforcement ostensibly suspending deportations against those illegals who would qualify for the Dream Act–a law that never passed Congress.  This policy, which was eventually formalized into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was fully institutionalized on June 15, 2012.
It’s bad enough for a president to violate even minor laws and serve as his own ad hoc law-making body.  But it is downright dangerous for a president to shred our immigration laws, which are so fundamental to preserving our sovereignty and protecting our national security.  Obama was clearly in violation of federal law (8 U.S.C. § 1225) which requires ICE to place aliens who are not ‘clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted’ to the United States into removal proceedings.  In its place, he unilaterally created his own law, yet most Republicans huffed and puffed but did not fight back with the power of the purse.
Fast-forward two years and we are now witnessing the failure of such lawlessness in spectacular fashion. Hundreds of thousands of people from Central America are chomping at the bit to take advantage of the new open borders policy while the going is good.  Now Obama is forced to ask Congress for more money to ‘clean up’ his mess.  It goes without saying that the first demand of all Republicans should be the suspension of DACA and the repeal of Obama’s other lawless acts–the very impetus for this request for funding.(Highlighting Forum’s)

The message to House GOP members: appropriate no money to fix the president’s border mess until he rescinds the DACA and other unlawful immigration programs.

Equally important, approve no legislation to which the Senate can then attach their open-borders schemes.

In view of the gravity of the border invasion and the continuing dispersion of young illegals throughout the US, should the House not remain in session throughout August and later–until the current crisis is under control?

The House leadership shouldn’t hurry that chamber into perilous and unnecessary legislative “fixes” for the invasion, bills few would have read — just to get home for summer vacation.

As senator Sessions points out, this is a constitutional crisis.

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 07 Jul 2014

UPDATED! The Invasion: Tracking Where The White House Sends The Young Illegals

ADD-ON! Continuously updated NumbersUSA map here “Relocations of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors”

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The Invasion: Tracking Where The White House Sends The Young Illegals

VDARE’s James Fulford urges his readers here (via Ann Corcoran’s RRW) toCall Your ‘State Refugee Coordinator’ And Ask How Many Phony Refugees From The Southwest Border Are Coming To YOUR State!”

We agree, and believe that all conservative activists should stay on top of this invasion especially as it touches their states and local communities.

Explains Fulford–

“Are swarms of ‘The children!”’coming to your state?
If they are, your state’s refugee coordinator will probably be among the first to know. So phone “your” coordinator – contact information is below—and, politely, ask basic questions such as Where? When? How Many? and What’s it going to cost state and local taxpayers?
If you feel awkward about asking such questions … if you feel that you need to be able to explain why you’re calling … you have a ready motive: the news that’s in our faces every day.
The week starting Monday, July 7 is the time to phone, as VDARE.com has learned that at least some of the coordinators will be on a conference call with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement during the week. It will help if the coordinators are made to understand that many of their fellow citizens are very concerned.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Lawrenceville Says No!

Many readers will recall how the citizens of Lawrenceville, Virginia put a stop to settling young illegals into a no-longer-used college building in their tiny community.

Breitbart’s Kerry Picket told that story here in herAngry Virginia Residents Say ‘No’ to Obama Administration’s Plan to House Illegals.”

Our Maryland and Virginia House GOP members seem tongue-tied when it comes to concrete action to stop the Obama Administration’s settlement of approaching 300,00 young illegals across the US (see Neil Munro’s Daily Caller post here of July 5).

Compare the silence of many of the House GOP lambs with Oklahoma Representative Jim Bridenstine’s robust July 5 letter here to the Department of Health and Human Services —

“In response to your question, I am available to visit the UAC facility sited within Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, on Saturday, July 12, 2014 and plan to do so. However, it is unacceptable that any representative of the people be limited to pre-planned, showcase visits to a facility so critical to the well-being of children. Just as foster parents in the State of Oklahoma are subject to unannounced visits by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS), federal representatives of the people should be able to access UAC facilities at times of their choosing.
I plan to make multiple visits to the UAC facility at Ft. Sill; the tragedy that is occurring requires unfettered access. I will bring my staff, interpreters, and legal counsel. We will speak with HHS staff members, contractor personnel, and persons being detained at the Ft. Sill UAC facility for whatever period is needed to secure an adequate understanding of facility operations and the stories of those being detained . We will bring responsible journalists to appropriately share those stories with the American people.
My visits will be recurring and may include other Members of Congress . On each occasion, I expect to be admitted to the UAC facility without delay and treated professionally and with courtesy. Any federal representative of the people must have unrestricted access to UAC facilities at any time. Denying such access undermines transparency and causes the people to lose confidence in their government. This is especially problematic for an administration attempting to secure an additional $2 billion to expand its Refugee Resettlement operation. HHS and its contractors must be completely transparent in their operation of UAC facilities wherever those facilities may be located.
The stories being told by children and young people now detained at the UAC facilities are horrifying. These stories include accounts of girls being abused and raped as they made their way to the U.S. border. There are accounts of children being leased to unrelated adults seeking to gain entry into the United States. There are reports of children dying in route to the United States. This extreme human suffering and trafficking are the direct result of an open border and misguided policy. Failure to secure the southern border and enforce existing immigration laws is utterly unacceptable .
Congress, the media, and indeed HHS itself should be shining a bright light on the human tragedy that is continuing to grow day by day and week by week as a consequence of our open border.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Just this noon Mr. Bridenstine spoke again here on the need for full transparency in his press release on “Proposed Media Showcase ‘Tour’ of UAC Facility”–

“The idea of no recording devices, no questions, and no interactions is not acceptable.  This violates the 1st Amendment.  This is not transparent.  HHS is trying to muzzle the media and hide the human tragedy that has resulted directly from the Administration’s failure to enforce the law.”

 In spite of the best efforts of Jim Bridenstine and a few other fearless House members, citizens themselves will have to bear the laboring oar in the pushback against this invasion.

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 02 Jul 2014

UPDATED! Border Apocalypse: What Are GOP Pols Doing Over The 4th?


  • GOP House shd bag recess, convene special session, take IMMED action to stop Obama’s flagrant wave-thrus at Border, start subpoenaing.

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Border Apocalypse: What Are GOP Pols Doing Over The 4th?

Todd Starnes reports here today “Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest!”

Fox News & Commentary host Starnes reveals–

“A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.
In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.”

Starnes details what he heard–

“A former nurse at the camp told me she was horrified by what she saw.
‘We have so many kids coming in that there was no way to control all of the sickness – all this stuff coming into the country,’ she said. ‘We were very concerned at one point about strep going around the base.’
Both the counselor and the nurse said their superiors tried to cover up the extent of the illnesses.
‘When they found out the kids had scabies, the charge nurse was adamant – ‘Don’t mention that. Don’t say scabies,’ ‘ the nurse recounted. ‘But everybody knew they had scabies. Some of the workers were very concerned about touching things and picking things up. They asked if they should be concerned, but they were told don’t worry about it.’
The nurse said the lice issue was epidemic – but everything was kept ‘hush-hush.’
‘You could see the bugs crawling through their hair,’ she said. ‘After we would rinse out their hair, the sink would be loaded with black bugs.’
The nurse told me she became especially alarmed because their files indicated the children had been transported to Lackland on domestic charter buses and airplanes.
“That’s what alerted me,” she said. ‘Oh, my God. They’re flying these kids around. Nobody knows that these children have scabies and lice. To tell you the truth, there’s no way to control it.’
I don’t mean to upset anyone’s Independence Day vacation plans, but were these kids transported to the camps before or after they were deloused? Anyone who flies the friendly skies could be facing a public health concern.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Read all of Starnes’ text here. (One can discount the misleading video insert by Shepard Smith and revisit senator Jeff Sessions here).

Meanwhile House Armed Services Committee member and former Navy flier Jim Bridenstine today reports

“Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK) was denied access yesterday to the HHS facility at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma currently housing up to 1,200 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who illegally crossed the southern border into the United States.
Congressman Bridenstine said, ‘There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held.  Any Member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks.’
The Health and Human Services (HHS) official who appears to be in charge of the facility, told Congressman Bridenstine he could schedule an appointment for July 21. HHS Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs, Ken Wolfe, would not take the Congressman’s phone call.  The Congressman was told to send Mr. Wolfe an email as that was the preferred method of communication.  Congressman Bridenstine’s email to Mr. Wolfe included this press release.
‘After my visit today with the base commander, I approached the barracks where the children are housed.  A new fence has been erected by HHS, completely surrounding the barracks and covered with material to totally obscure the view.  Every gate is chained closed.  
‘I approached a security guard and asked to speak with the manager of the facility.  The guard called his supervisor who said no visitors were allowed.  I asked if they were aware that I am a Member of Congress.  Eventually the manager came out and said that I would have to go through HHS legislative affairs and that the first chance to visit would be July 21st.
‘What are they trying to hide?  Do they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress?  As a Navy pilot, I have been involved in operations countering illicit human trafficking.  I would like to know to whom these children are being released.'”


And again this morning, on Tulsa’s KFAQ, the Oklahoma Representative weighed in.

A brave band of House GOP members have been actively fighting to secure our southern border and working with the National Border Patrol Council  (as opposed to simply sending out murky press releases about “the importance of enforcement” in “comprehensive immigration reform”).

They are mindful of their oath of office

“I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Where is the House Republican leadership this July 4 week? Are they putting together an action plan right now to bring the Obama Administration to heel and close the border while there is time

Or do they propose to keep testing the political (and donor) waters until after the November 4 election, maybe even until next January?

Are your own Republican politicians publicly urging the House GOP leaders to take concrete action?

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 20 Jun 2014

UPDATED! The Southern Border Invasion: Mexico as Enabler

  • Honduran President: Illegal Immigrants Motivated by Hope of Amnesty” reports Breitbart’s HOUSTON, Texas–The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, recently said that the tidal wave of illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. from Central America can be attributed to the fact that many believe they will get amnesty… According to Fusion, Hernandez said after an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., ‘They might think they can gain legal status through this, but on the other hand, this is a kind of displacement, because of the cartel wars and the Maras [gangs] in Central America.'” But click here (then go to Honduras) to see CY 2012 $54,456,000 in “US flows” to Honduras. Perhaps the potential loss of “US flows” might dissuade the government of Honduras from encouraging the export of their youth to the U.S.
  • “Salvadoran Ambassador: US Must Respect ‘Universal Rights’ of Illegal Minors” writes Breitbart’s Click here (then go to El Salvador) to see CY 2012 $160,884,000 in “US flows” to that country.

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The Southern Border Invasion: Mexico as Enabler

No mass influx of Central American refugees over our southern border, then into our local communities would be possible without Mexico’s acquiescence.

Yesterday David North of the Center for Immigration Studies(CIS) declared here “Let’s Press Mexico Regarding Those Young Central Americans”–

“Our government simply announces that Mexico — which sends us more than 100,000 nonimmigrant farm and unskilled non-farm workers (H-2As and H-2Bs) annually — can no longer be used for the recruitment of these workers…We would not be terminating the program, or even reducing it; we simply would tell U.S. employers (who would not like it, if it actually happened) to look elsewhere for workers. It is a simple, legal, unilateral executive action; my sense is that the threat of doing this would cause the government of Mexico to close its own southern border.”

This would be an effective recommendation — if we had a chief executive who was not seeking to transform America, or celebrating here illegal immigrants as “Champions of Change.”

The GOP-led House of Representatives — by itself — has the constitutional power of the purse to curtail our aid to Mexico, in this case until that government closes the refugee pipeline from Central America.

The House actually has a lot of choices.

Here is a menu of programs — “Mexico and the 112th Congress,” prepared by the Congressional Research Service (see pp. 12-14). 

House appropriators could select the cuts best tailored to bring Mexico to a better mind.

They could sort any taxpayer monies we send to Mexico that serve our proven direct and immediate interest even during this crisis from those monies that largely benefit the government of Mexico.

Indeed, have taxpayer monies appropriated for Mexico ever been subject to a national scrutiny?

And there is simply no reason why the American taxpayer should be subsidizing a foreign government that enables an existential threat to our polity.

As CIS’ North explains–

“What do we need to do to get them, for example, to see to it that no one rides the  ‘Train of Death’, the south-north freight train that carries so many of these migrants through Mexico to our southern border?”

A package of cuts in our aid to Mexico requires only action by the House. But it must be steadfast action. Our representatives need to act and then hang on until Mexico has verifiably closed the refugee pipeline.

Of course the president could attack the House of Representatives for such cuts but, in our view, this would be one public-relations battle the president would find hard to win.

The House GOP leadership– if no one else in Washington, D. C. — must use their constitutional power of the purse to impress our outrage on the government of Mexico.

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 14 Jun 2014

UPDATED! More Invasion: Video About Crisis On Mexican Border

UPDATE June 17!Texas Lt. Gov. Republican Nominee Dan Patrick Calls for Emergency Funding of Border Security Plan” here.  Breitbart’s Bob Price reports – – “State Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) called on the current leadership of the Texas government to provide emergency funding to secure the Texas/Mexico border. Patrick, who recently won the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor, reiterated Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw’s estimate that securing the border will cost Texas approximately $1.3 million per week.” Let’s hope the conclusion of Patrick’s press release does not reflect the extent of his analysis of the Big Immigration menace: “We must do all we can to protect Texans until Washington meets its responsibility to secure our border and pass responsible legal immigration reform, which brings an end to illegal immigration.” Earlier today Price reported here Rick Perry: ‘We Don’t Have the Resources’ to Secure Texas Border” —  “The comment sent shock waves through a Texas grassroots discussion thread on Facebook this morning of activists who are seeking a special session call from the Governor to deal with the issue of border security…. Other Texas elected officials, speaking on condition of anonymity have told Breitbart Texas that Texas does, in fact, have the resources to conduct not only a surge operation, but a prolonged border control operation that would secure the Texas border with Mexico. As for the surge operation, most, including Governor Perry, seem to be pointing the finger for the delay at Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. . . .Many grassroots activists in Texas are calling on Perry to take a stronger lead on this issue and call a special session of the legislature to provide financial resources to Texas law enforcement to completely and immediately secure the border. An online petition drive was created over the weekend and now has over 3,000 signatures. The petition is titled Request for Immediate Texas Border Control.(Highlighting Forum’s throughout.) Heads-up, friends! This deluge through the southern border will very soon touch your communities in Maryland and Virginia as well as in many other other states.

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Can we wake up our GOP House members to address this serious invasion of the U.S. by a continuing gusher of unscreened youths — and more — many from Central America?

Megyn Kelly on Fox News last night interviewed filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch on the southern border crisis whose consequences will soon spread to communities near all of us.

Click here to watch the interview.

Documentary film maker Lynch declares

“something needs to be done because the people in DC from both sides of the aisle … I don’t see anybody who’s brave enough willing enough or quite frankly are talented enough to stop this … this is the number one thing facing our nation across the board … our border patrol, I met with the Border Patrol today … I met with them secretly they told me the morale is down … the criminals are coming through this country is earth-shattering … men are just hooking up with women and kids and pretending they’re families” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Lynch states that the children “are a total diversion.”

Says Senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions here, via Breitbart

“This crisis is a direct and predictable result of the President’s sustained and deliberate campaign to dismantle immigration enforcement. His administration has announced to the world that our nation’s immigration laws will not be enforced and that, in particular, they will not be applied to foreign youth.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Breitbart’s Tony Lee reports here “[AZ governor] Jan Brewer: MS-13 Gang Members Could Be Crossing Border with Children”–

“Brewer said the Obama administration has encouraged illegal immigrants to flood into the country, is ignoring pleas of help from state officials, and still has not provided answers to questions that local officials have regarding the influx of illegal immigrants.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

The House of Representatives lamentable GOP leadership has shown no inclination seriously to exercise their constitutional powers to confront this runaway president. Their first rule has always been not to rock any Beltway Boats which might jeopardize their deal-making.

Their plan apparently is to slide past the November 4 general election — clinging to their majority while continuing to promise the faithful an ever-receding restoration (e.g., repealing Obamacare).

This new world will supposedly arrive with a Republican majority in the Senate in 2015. When that very likely disappoints, the good times will come from a Republican president in 2017. But, in the interim between nomination and presidential election in 2016, the GOP leadership will claim it cannot take any risky steps.

The defeat of Mr. Cantor has sparked the House GOP leadership into brief burst of energy —  just enough to ensure that he is replaced by another safe (pro-Big-Immigration-now, pro-crony-capitalist-always, politically correct) figure — quickly to reassure their Wall Street and Chamber of Commerce donors. 

Only the grass roots can turn each individual House GOP member around, in his or her home district, talking to members face to face. Only this can move our Representatives to resolve on concrete action to protect our borders and our sovereignty.

It is all a question now of whether the grass roots and allied conservative and independent voters are sufficiently aroused by our border crisis to take the time and make the face-to-member effort to insist on prompt House remedial action.

Common Defense Michael Giere on 12 Jun 2014

UPDATED! The Texas Invasion — Coming Here Next?

  • “Fighting back: Residents force feds to scrap plan to house illegals at Va. college” here by The Washington Time’s S.A. Miller — “The Obama administration Monday abruptly halted plans to shelter some of the children surging across the border at a defunct college in rural Virginia, as the White House has continued to see its efforts to house the children throughout the country be thwarted by opposition from local officials.”
  • Saint Paul’s College [Virginia] may house immigrant children” reports here Karin Kapsidelis in the Richmond Times-Dispatch — “U.S. officials are in discussions to temporarily shelter unaccompanied immigrant children on the campus of shuttered Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville. Faced with a surge in the numbers of minors arriving on their own from Central America, representatives of the federal Department of Health and Human Services visited the campus this week and are nearing an agreement to use Saint Paul’s facilities for at least six months, sources in Brunswick County said.”
  • Via CBS-DC here we learn “Vacant Social Security Building In Baltimore [Maryland] Could Soon House Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrant Children” –ed.

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The Texas Invasion — Coming Here Next?

“Every drug dealer, pedophile, sex ring operator and gang in the Western U.S. must think it is Christmas.”

The Texas border is ground zero in the massive and deliberate invasion of the United States by tens of thousands of young people pouring over the border without parents or adults and “surrendering” immediately to authorities. They have been encouraged by local media outlets in Central America and Mexico, according to interviews with the young illegals, to get into the U.S. because they will not be deported — and amnesty and the welfare state await them.

Border agents say privately (for fear of retribution) that there could be up to 90,000 children and young people between the ages of 12 and 17, entering without an adult this year, and perhaps 120,000 next year.

Rome. Thomas Cole "The Course of Empire: Destruction" (1836) New York Historical Society

Rome. Thomas Cole “The Course of Empire:Destruction” (1836) New York Historical Society (Click on image)

Whatever the number, it is already apparent that these young illegal aliens will be heading to communities all across the United States.

If Governor Rick Perry really wants to leave a better Texas when his term ends this year, and if he wants to help bring the national government back to its legitimate role under the Constitution as he claims he does, then he should revisit a plan that was presented to him several years ago which he chose not to implement.

Using his power under the Texas Constitution, the Governor should declare a state of emergency and martial law along the Texas-Mexican border immediately.

First, Gov. Perry would be doing the right thing for Texans. But he also would inherit the national stage to help educate his fellow citizens on the foundational responsibility of the Federal government to provide for the common defense — and that when the national government ignores that responsibility, for whatever reason, every state has the power to act promptly in an emergency. Finally, Gov. Perry would be setting an example for other governors to step up to the plate and begin to re-assert a legitimate constitutional relationship with the Federal government.

The Governor could use the very able Texas Rangers, county sheriffs, and deputized police to seal the border, and threaten to close the state roads that provide access to the international border crossings which are the lifeblood of the Mexican economy, unless the Mexican government actively participated in stopping the stampede of illegal aliens from crossing into Texas.

Beyond the immediate emergency, this crisis was certainly not due to deteriorating political circumstances in Central America, as first suggested by official Washington. It is a crisis masterminded by the criminal enterprise operated out of the Obama White House and Justice Department, who have now let loose the most wicked and horrific public policy imaginable.

This administration and Barack Obama have stooped to endangering the American public and imperiling the lives and safety of thousands of young refugees, all to further their own radical, collectivist political power, and to enrich themselves and their crony friends.

Some of the illegals are being housed in Texas, California, and Arizona on military bases for the time being. Others, in large numbers, are simply being dumped by authorities in Arizona and Texas at various bus stations and airports and told they are on their own. Sites as far away as Baltimore have been considered for possible temporary housing, and presumably locations to release them as well.

Left to their own devices, tens of thousands of unsupervised young people (mostly male) in this age group, many illiterate in their own language, much less English, and poor, will do what at-liberty boys of this age do. It is a recipe for crime, drugs, rampant sexual exploitation, disease, and various forms of subtle employment servitude. Those of us familiar with the Texas border and the culture these children are bringing with them can only shudder. Every drug dealer, pedophile, sex ring operator, and gang in the Western U.S. must think it is Christmas.

What little attention this disaster is getting in the national media and by national politicians seems indifferent — except as it presents the opportunity to preen on TV about how “we” must deal with the humanitarian needs of these children, by providing housing, food, medical care, and core English skills; after all, these are just children and we are a compassionate people.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is declaring that a minor child crossing the border illegally in search of a parent, or a better life, is not breaking our laws. And to make sure that policy is implemented, this past Friday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he was sending 100 lawyers to help the young illegal aliens remain in the country.

How can this happen in the United States? How can such a fundamentally evil disregard for tens of thousands of young people dumped into a foreign country without the education, language, money, or connection to the culture of the target nation go on?

Perhaps it is no more complicated than this: we citizens have been asleep at the switch for way too long. Our inaction has allowed our politicians, our government, our institutions, our culture, and the language to be hijacked by some fundamentally evil people without much protest. We have allowed the timeless moral code found in our Judeo-Christian ethic to be stripped from the national life without a whimper, much less a fight. This is simply the result of good people doing nothing.

Rick Perry, the buck stops at your desk.


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Mike Giere has written extensively on politics, foreign policy, and issues of faith. He is a former candidate for the U.S. House; worked for Ronald Reagan in 1976 & 1980; and served in both the Reagan and Bush (41) Administrations.

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