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Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 02 Feb 2011

Stories Not Told:Timmerman’s Thriller on Iraq’s Christians

By Susan Freis Falknor

St. Peter’s Bones

By Kenneth R. Timmerman
Cassiopeia Press, 2011

“There are no secrets in Iraq, my dear Colonel. There are only stories that don’t get told.”

With St. Peter’s Bones, novelist and journalist Kenneth Timmerman tells the sort of tale that rarely makes it to the radar screen of most American readers: a tale of anguish and heroism among Iraq’s beleaguered Christian minority.

This book is artful and rewarding. But it is more than that. For those of us in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, Timmerman’s novel illuminates sources of some serious threats to our own religious liberty.

Named a recipient of the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award, Timmerman sets his story in the tumultuous Iraq of right now — after the fall of Saddam Hussein, at a moment when the final withdrawal of U.S. troops is widely discussed, but not yet completed.

As a long-time investigator whose special beat is the Middle East, Timmerman has vast personal experience to draw on to capture the details of daily life in Iraq. And, as a novelist, Timmerman weaves in elements of fable, communicating an even deeper sense of the challenges, traditions, and identity of Iraqi Christians.

The setting of the novel spans the history of Syrian (“Nestorian”) Christians back to the time of the apostles. It springs from questions such as:

What if, in 595 AD, a Nestorian monk named Bahira had composed a secret manuscript recounting his encounters with — and his unsuccessful struggles to educate and make a Christian leader of — a gifted, illiterate, seizure-afflicted  young camel-caravan driver named Ubul Kassim, none other than the future Prophet Mohammed?

And, what if, around the year 846, when the Saracens (that is, Muslims) laid siege to Rome, the Pope had ordered Hormizd IV Abouna to carry St. Peter’s remains to safety and to protect them through his descendants — the bones ending up in the monastery of Mar Hormizd, in present day Kurdistan?

And, bringing the story up to the present moment, what if a young Syrian Christian “terp” (interpreter) named Yohannes Yohanna, working for U.S. forces, stumbles across the ancient mystery and thereby becomes a target of the militant Baathist Abu Hassan, who would kill to prevent the release of documents illustrating Christian influence on the young Mohammed?

The long-shrouded mystery begins to unwind itself when lieutenant colonel Danny Wilkins, Yohannes’ special forces employer, hands him a few photo-copied pages of an ancient manuscript found in the house where Abu Hassan had taken refuge before his arrest by Wilkins.

Yohannes is able to read the document because it is written in old Aramaic, which is the liturgical language of his church.  Yohannes’ mother tongue is Swayada, a form of modern Aramaic.

Yohannes (“Johnny” to his American comrades) is the 28-year old son of Hannah Yohanna (his father has been killed in a church firebombing). The other children are Rita (two years younger than Yohannes), a law graduate who works with the Assyrian Democratic Movement; Yousrah, still younger, a sometime student at the University of Mosul; and a volatile younger brother, Marco.

At the request of Father Shemoun who runs the Chaldean Patriarchy in Amman, Yohannes accompanies  a “fact-finding”  American mission trip  to the Christian community of Iraq — a delegation that includes such characters as former southern governor Frank Aiken, Gary Utz of Christians United, and Philadelphia Catholic priest Francis Pacelli.

Among the party is Dona Hollinger, a California-born woman about Yohannes’ age whose mother is of Syrian Christian heritage.

Strong, smart, and beautiful, Dona supplies the romantic interest for the novel. The American missionaries soon delve into in the mystery of the Nestorian manuscript and the location of St. Peter’s bones.

The narrative takes us all over Iraq and Jordan, from Mosul, to the Christian neighborhood of  Karmalesh near Mosul, to Ebril in the Nineveh Plain, to Amman in Jordan, to the monastery of St. Hormizd in the mountains near the Turkish border, above al Qosh.

Timmerman vividly portrays a dark, menacing world. There is division and treachery in the American camp. Yohannes and his family are harassed by terrifying phone calls and threats on the street.

In the course of the novel sister Rita is kidnapped. Brother Marco dies heroically resisting a suicide bomber at a church food-distribution center while the mother Hannah is critically injured in the blast.

Yohannes attends the funeral of the kidnapped then murdered Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, in Amman. The young interpreter’s frightening taxi ride around Amman, which ends with him jumping out of the car after the taxi driver pulls a knife, is based on an incident from Timmerman’s own Middle East adventures.

At one point, Yohannes tries to get his family out of Iraq. But when he visits the UNHCR refugee commission in Amman, he finds that nothing he can say, nor his letters of commendation from his American commanders, make any impression on the woman interviewer.

“‘You are a Christian.’ She spat out the words, her lip visibly curling up in contempt.”

Yohannes’ reflections capture the anxiety and danger of life in a persecuted Christian community.

“‘When they want to make an omelet in the East, they use Christians as eggs,’ Nana Soraya used to say. Under Sadddam, we had controlled mayhem, organized murder. If you were lucky and kept quiet, you would be allowed to live; some even prospered, counting their blessings, holding their breath. Once Saddam was gone, we just had mayhem.”


“Every week, one or two Christians would get kidnapped or murdered, or a church would be set on fire mysteriously. The newspapers always painted such incidents as criminal attacks, but everyone knew what was really going on. The jihadis controlled the mosques, the schools, and much of the police. As Iraqi Christians we lived outside the law, outside of society, like ghosts hovering at the edges of a world to which we once belonged. And so we huddled in our basements and whispered to each other at church, afraid to go out, afraid to work, afraid to be seen together.”


“Every Christian brought up in this part of the world knows that our lives hang on the slenderest of threads. We like to call it the grace of God and surely that is the truth. But on a more mundane and practical level, we live because the Muslims allow us to live. We die when they grow weary of tolerance, or when we refuse to pay the tribute, the Jizya.”

The most basic issue Yohannes must come to terms with, however, is not the danger all around him, but rather what is he to make of his own Assyrian Christian tradition of turning the other cheek.

“Over the centuries, we Christians of the East have survived the collapse of empires. We have survived wars and pogroms, even attempted genocide. We were taught to rejoice that our suffering allowed us to participate in the sufferings of Christ,‘so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.’[I Peter 4:13] We were taught to submit to the earthly Prince, whoever he might be, because only Christ is King. And so we remained unorganized and unarmed as Sunnis and Shias and Kurds formed militias, relying on the new order imposed by the Americans and watching the chaos that ensured like helpless members of a Greek chorus as the tragedy reaches the crescendo of its utterly predictable conclusion. Only rarely in the history of our Assyrian nation have we defended ourselves. I am no longer sure.”

In the course of this story Yohannes fights at the side of the American occupation forces and at the side of the militant Order of St. Hormizd, helping to protect the monastery.

At the end, he turns down a chance to leave for the safety of the United States.  Saying farewell to Dona, he explains:

“I can’t leave this…. Not now. There comes a time when you have to stand up for something. I must stay here. I must fight… Come back, Dona….[C]ome back and join me here. Come back and fight for your people. We can make the future together.”

It seems that in the crucible of today’s Iraq, Syrian Christian Yohannes Yohanna is transformed into a Christian soldier.

Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 02 Jun 2010

Is the CIA a Terminal Case? Ishmael Jones’ Story.

By Susan Freis Falknor

The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture            by Ishmael Jones
Encounter Books (2008; new material added 2010)

“The Marine Corps issued orders for the benefit of the United States. CIA orders
were issued for the convenience of the bureaucracy.”

“Call me Ishmael,” begins the fictional narrator of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The invitation forms a memorable opening to this famous American novel of Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest to kill the formidable white whale.

And so, with some resonance, the narrator of The Human Factor presents himself with the nom de plume (indeed, the nom de guerre) of Ishmael Jones. 

Son of American parents in an unspecified branch of foreign service, Ishmael grew up on posts in the Middle East, East Asia, and East Africa, giving him an ease with languages and the startlingly clear perspective that an American growing up overseas can sometimes bring to assessments of domestic ways.

He attended a U.S. college and graduate school, served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and went to work in a Wall Street investment firm.

Then he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the late 1980s “with one purpose in mind:  to serve my country.”

 “My service, except for initial training, was in continuous field assignments overseas, in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Western Europe while working on WMD targets, and in Iraq while working on terrorist targets during the war.”

The Human Factor is a vivid, witty, engaging, and sometimes surreal personal memoir of the author’s training in tradecraft with his CIA entering class; getting stationed overseas; and recruiting rogue-state weapons scientists while posing as a commercial software manufacturer.  

Ishmael recounts holding interviews with “men with bad breath” in seedy European hotel rooms. He recalls how he had to maneuver around CIA paycheck delays that could sometimes last for “a year or two.”

A constant theme is the need to outwit and outmaneuver his own “risk-averse” supervisors to carry out his professional duties.  At one point he comments:

“The people of India under the License Raj and the people of Eastern Europe under Communism reminded me of my colleagues in the CIA. Subject to a maze of restrictive bureaucratic rules and procedures, human creativity and productivity are blocked.”

(The License Raj was the elaborate system of licensing and regulations that India imposed on business activities from just after the end of World War II until 1990.)

Through it all, Ishmael interweaves reassuring asides about how he made a secure life and happy home for his wife and children, even during several tough postings overseas.

Ishmael’s CIA career stretched through the 1990s and most of the first decade of this century. This period saw the arrests of traitorous CIA agents Aldrich Ames (1994) and Harold Nicholson (1996). Ames in 1985 had betrayed agents working for the U.S. against the Soviet Union.  

It included the 1995 “Paris Flap,” in which French security, “possibly for its own internal purposes during an election season,” put the Paris CIA station under surveillance,  and then released much of the information to the media, causing several France-stationed CIA officers to be recalled home.  Ishmael explains its larger significance:

“The Paris Flap had immense repercussions not only for operations in France but also for the Agency has a whole.  It was a seminal event in risk aversion. The Paris Flap taught Agency managers that a complaint from a foreign government to an American ambassador about the espionage activities of the station could result in closure of all intelligence operations in that country and could end the careers of all case officers involved.”

During his career as an overseas agent, Ishmael witnessed the ranks of his talented entering class dwindle, seeing them ordered home to desk jobs, or leaving the CIA altogether.

In a sense, his lonely position in those last few years echoes the ending of Moby Dick, after narrator Ishmael has become the only survivor from Ahab’s wrecked ship:

“And I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”

Ishmael’s CIA tenure included September 11, 2001, and its disappointing aftermath.

He recalls:

“I knew I was watching an intelligence failure unfurl, and within seconds of watching that airplane hit the World Trade Center, I thought: This will bring reform and accountability to the CIA . . . .  I thought: America will see that it needs a functioning intelligence agency, not a failed bureaucracy.”

After a few months of unprecedented freedom to act in the field, during which time Agency officers were, for example, “successful” working with the military in Afghanistan, even coming close to capturing Osama Bin Laden at Tora Bora–the CIA “bureaucracy roared back stronger than ever.”

“By March of 2002, the bureaucracy was certain that no heads would roll. It figured that its methods–avoidance of risk, creation of management layers–had been vindicated.”

In the wake of 9/11, Congress gave the CIA “virtually unlimited billions of dollars.”  The most visible result was that a rash of “Potemkin offices” opened up around the United States to house a flood of new recruits, while the CIA overseas presence continued to languish. 

Ishmael’s tenure covered most of the Bush presidency, the Valerie Plame-Joseph Wilson scandal, and Porter Goss’ 2004-2006 stint as CIA director. “I was excited about Goss’ arrival,” Ishmael writes, but hoped-for agency reforms did not materialize.   His final assignment included some months supporting combat operations in Iraq, wearing a Kevlar vest and working with the Army to destroy terrorists.

At the end of his Iraq assignment, Ishmael resigned from the Agency:

“I resigned when I decided further service was pointless and that my best contribution to our nation’s defense would be to enter the debate on the on the reform of the CIA.”

From the Belly of the Beast

Ishmael gives us his own take on the machinery of the CIA.  Here are some of his insights which we found, frankly, jaw-dropping.  Our first reaction? Where are the Congressional overseers?

Retired Employees:  “The really big money went not to the ordinary retired case officers, though, but to the retired Agency mandarins who formed contracting companies.  The requirement that everyone involved in Agency contracting have a security clearance kept anyone out of the game except former Agency employees.”

. . . . .

“Some of the contracting companies were ‘body shops’ that supplied retirees to the Agency. The company would get a contract from the Agency to supply a number of retirees, at $250,000 per retiree, for example, and the contracting company would take $50,000 and [disburse] $200,000 to the retiree. Conventional wisdom within the CIA was that the payoff to the former mandarins running these companies would come not from gross revenue but from the sale of the company to a larger beltway contractor.”

Iraq:  “Iraq was a unique environment, and both Agency and military intelligence officers were doing a fine job. In the rest of the world, I thought the military officers were much more capable and less risk-averse. The military can place 30 trained case officers in non-State Department positions nearly anywhere in the world within a matter of days. The Agency, with billions of dollars at its disposal, couldn’t do this in a decade.”

Syria: “The U.S.has no formal restrictions on espionage activity in Syria, but the Agency’s turf bureaucrats do, so Syria is a de facto safe haven from the Agency’s scrutiny. Agency operations from Iraq into Syria were blocked not by strategic or diplomatic considerations, but for the entirely inexcusable reason that Agency turf bureaucrats in Syria chose not to approve those operations.”

In a brief appendix to The Human Factor, Ishmael Jones lays out clear, straightforward solutions for “reform of the clandestine service.”

He characterizes the CIA as a “failed organization that has proved resistant to reform.” Therefore, the CIA “should be broken up into its constituent parts, and those parts assigned to organizations that already have clear missions and defined chains of command . . . .”

Most of all, the author warns, “We should recognize the scope of the problem,” which, as he points out, stretches back a half-century.  

The “scope” includes major intelligence failures with military consequences that gravely damaged at least 10 American presidencies, according to Jones.

Ishmael Jone’s book is a fascinating if disheartening look at the living anatomy of the best known organization in our intelligence community. Don’t miss it.

REVIEWER’S ADD-ONThe book reviewed here is the paperback edition of The Human Factor, with new material added in 2010. Faithful readers will recall that we have previously visited Ishmael Jones here, here, and here.

Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 28 Jan 2010

George Gilder: The Irreplaceable Contribution of the Jews

Reviewed by Susan Freis Falknor

George Gilder, The Israel Test  (Richard Vigilante Books) 2009.

George Gilder contends in The Israel Test that the key advantage of the capitalist and technology-fostering West against impoverishing socialism, radical Islam, and barbarism is a much-unappreciated conflux of human and cultural capital known as the Jewish people.

Economic and social commentator Gilder sees the attitude towards Israel as a litmus test that sorts out countries and individuals along what he perceives as the greatest divide of our time:

“The prime issue is not a global war of civilizations between the West and Islam or a split between Arabs and Jews. These conflicts are real and salient, but they obscure the deeper moral and ideological war. The real issue is between the rule of law and the rule of leveler egalitarianism, between creative excellence and covetous ‘fairness,’  between admiration of achievement versus envy and resentment of it.”

In elucidating this profound split, Gilder ascribes a new significance to anti-Semitism today.

“In countries where Jews are free to invent and create, they pile up conspicuous wealth and arouse envy and suspicion. In this age of information when the achievements of mind have widely outpaced the power of masses and material force, Jews have forged much of the science and wealth of the era. Their pioneering contributions to quantum theory enabled the digital age. Their breakthroughs in nuclear science and computer science propelled the West to victory in World War II and the cold war. Their bioengineering inventions have enhanced the health and their microchip designs are fueling the growth of nations everywhere. Their genius has leavened the culture and economy of the world.”

As to the importance of Jews to the United States, Gilder writes:

“Virtually all Americans who have achieved anything important in the twentieth century have had crucial Jewish colleagues and collaborators. Virtually none of the significant technological feats of the twentieth century would have been possible without critical contributions by Jews.”

Marxists  impugn capitalism as a zero-sum game in which one small group prospers only through the expropriation of the wealth of the many. To the contrary, Gilder argues, capitalism is a “positive-sum game,” that is “based on an upward spiral of gains, with no essential limits to the creation of wealth.” It is, in fact, he writes, the only system that can build wealth broadly while making democracy work.  By contrast, the “crippling error of zero-sum economics” is the “chief cause of poverty”

Gilder documents the economic damage that anti-Semitism exacted from the many twentieth-century European countries which fell victim to it. 

Several chapters probe the futility of what he ironically refers to as a “land for war” bargain with Palestinian voices – – as well as the great human tragedy of the profoundly anti-Semitic Palestinian economy and political culture.

Gilder also tells the story of the recent emergence of Israel as a world financial center, spurred by a series of tax cuts beginning in the 1980s.

Gilder recounts the work of John von Neumann and others Jews whose discoveries in theoretical mathematics and physics underlie the signature applied sciences of today – – from the atomic bomb to modern computing and optics.

Many of his chapters are in themselves contributions to the recent history of science. Interviewing many of technology’s contemporary heroes, he highlights the pioneering computer work of holocaust survivor Dov Frohman, of physicist and Biblical scholar David Medved, and of Saifun SemiconductorsBoaz Eitan, to name just three. He traces the careers of these original thinkers in the U.S. and Israel, showing how they brought Israel “Inside the Internet.” 

Gilder tells the story of the emergence of Israel as a technological innovator, which has made the “tiny country” today a “global center of microchip, telecom, optics, software, biotech, and medical-devices research, the country’s development and entrepreneurship rivaled only by its partners in Silicon Valley.”

Here is Gilder’s succinct review –“Silicon Israel: How market capitalism saved the Jewish state” – – of the Israeli IT industry. “Many of Intel’s key products could be stamped Israel Inside,” Gilder explains. But market and technology commentator Gilder also reminds us in this article of the transformation of a country which “[upheld] a philosophy of victimization and socialist redistribution that could only impede its progress” to “accomplish[ing] the most overwhelming transformation in the history of economics . . . .”

In closing, the 70-year-old Gilder recounts his own personal “Israel Test,” which he underwent as a young man attending the Phillips Exeter Academy, a national New Hampshire-based school founded in 1781. Descendant of an old, intellectual New England family, Gilder abruptly found himself crowded out of a coveted spot on the Exonian editorial board by a group of classmates that he sneeringly identified to himself as “New York Jews.”

Gilder recalls how sorely he was tempted to give in to the same passions of envy and anger that have always driven anti-Semitism.  But an “intelligent and beautiful” tutor from Radcliffe College, by confessing herself also to be a “New York Jew,” brought the young Gilder to a better mind:

“To this day I recall the moment as a supreme mortification and as a turning point. Rather than recognizing my shortcomings and inferiority and resolving to overcome them in the future, I had blamed the people who had outperformed me.”

The Israel Test is a challenging book which is both an eloquent  polemic and a collection of well-crafted essays. Yet, the wide-ranging chapters are not so much digressions from his main theme as enriching perspectives on it.



Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 06 Nov 2009

“Muslim Mafia” Raises Alarms Nationally and in Virginia


Reviewed by Susan Freis Falknor.

Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America, P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry (Los Angeles: WND Books), 2009.

“There’s only three degrees of separation between international terrorism and what happens in Fairfax County,” observes a senior Fairfax County [Virginia] Police Department detective. “Our society here is totally infiltrated by the bad guys.” – -Paul Sperry interview January 16, 2009 in Muslim Mafia.

This history of recent radical Islamist activity by David Gaubatz, former agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and Paul Sperry, author of Infiltration (2005), focuses on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the leading national Muslim organization.

The chapter headings alone arrest one’s attention. Here is a sample:  “Muslims Victimizing Muslims,” “CAIR’s Arab Paymasters,” “Blackmailing Corporate America,” “Faking out the Infidel,” “NAIT [North American Islamic Trust] and the Economic Jihad.”

In their prefatory “Note of Caution,” however, the authors underscore that – –

“This is not a book about Islam or Muslims in general. It is about the threat of Shariah Islam and violent jihad propaganda by a criminal class of Muslims known as the Muslim Brotherhood or the ‘Ikhwan mafia.’ This secretive organization dominates most established Muslims groups and mosques in America while exploiting, manipulating, and even victimizing law-abiding Muslim Americans.Only a small share of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are part of this dangerous group.This book is about them.”

Is CAIR the NAACP for Muslims?

National-security expert Frank Gaffney cites Muslim Mafia here – –

“To set the scene, here’s a brief ‘CAIR for Dummies’ backgrounder from author Paul Sperry, whose just-published best-seller Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America unmasks CAIR and its foreign backers:

“The Council on American-Islamic Relations bills itself as a ‘civil-rights advocacy group,’ much like the NAACP, but for Muslims.

However, the FBI says that far from being a benign nonprofit, CAIR is a front group for Hamas terrorists and the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America. And the bureau recently cut off formal ties to CAIR’s national office in Washington and all 30 of its branch offices across the country.

At the same time, the Justice Department has blacklisted CAIR as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator in the largest terror finance case in U.S. history, the Holy Land Foundation trial. It ended in convictions on all 108 counts.

Prosecutors have also connected CAIR to the Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement that seeks to institutionalize Shariah law (think: Taliban) in America and the West through immigration, coercion and political infiltration.”

CAIR Documents Come to Light

The Muslim Mafia includes many documents accessed by Gaubatz’s son Christopher.  The younger Gaubatz posed as David Marshall, a supposed Muslim convert, who served as an intern at CAIR’s headquarters and in its Sterling, Virginia office.

CAIR and the authors of the Muslim Mafia are currently in court over the documents.  This week Politico’s Josh Gerstein “Judge muzzles author over CAIR files” here reports on the latest round in the litigation.

Although this book references Islamist activities in Los Angeles, Chicago, and other places around the country, much of the narrative takes place in the Washington area—on Capitol Hill; CAIR’s national offices on New Jersey Avenue; Beltway mosques and the large Muslim community in Northern Virginia; and the headquarters of the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other Federal security agencies.

This setting is only logical given the subject matter, but it also lends the book a special appeal to those familiar with Northern Virginia. 

For example, the authors look at now-Representative Gerry Connolly’s current role in Congress, as well as his role as then-chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in the controversy over renewing the Islamic Saudi Academy lease. For our own coverage of that lamentable affair, readers are invited to go here and here.

‘Throwing Sand in the Eyes’ of Law Enforcement

CAIR’s star rose quickly in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks—with the organization playing the role of advocate for a loyal American minority community and as an expert bridge-builder between the Muslim culture and the U.S. government.

The gambit worked for years, according to the authors.

Within a few days of the attacks, CAIR officials were chosen to appear with President George W. Bush at the Islamic Center of Washington. What the authors call the “PC-addled” FBI, hoping to forge positive relations with an important part of the Muslim establishment, reached out energetically to CAIR. Bureau representatives attended CAIR banquets, and set up visits between CAIR and Bureau officials at FBI headquarters in Washington. CAIR also enjoyed much success in finding jobs for its agents in key Congressional offices, according to Muslim Mafia

CAIR played a prominent role in providing extensive “cultural awareness education” to law- enforcement agencies both national and local, say Gaubatz and Sperry. They characterize CAIR’s diversity training as “a dangerous disinformation program” which “lectures them to be sensitive to Muslims and respectful of Islamic customs while misleading them about the meaning of jihad.”

CAIR’s security training presented Jihad as a moral struggle within the individual, rather than as a deadly holy war to dominate unbelievers, Gaubatz and Sperry write.

Gaubatz and Sperry revealed that the training warned officers, in dealing with Muslims, to guard against racial profiling and any appearance of “police misconduct.” The training stipulated avoiding frisking, touching, or even standing too close to Muslim suspects. CAIR’s trainers also warned police not to use dogs to search Muslim homes, remove their shoes before entering a Muslim home or mosque, and not touch the Quran during searches. 

If police ran across a case of domestic violence, they were directed not to take the usual protective steps on behalf of the woman, but to refer the couple to their local Muslim clerics for counseling, according to the authors.

In the course of one training session in Chicago, Gaubatz and Sperry relate, the Department of Homeland Security took CAIR on a VIP tour of security operations at the nation’s busiest airport, at the same time British authorities were working to break up a major plot to blow up U.S. bound airplanes

And CAIR’s bridge to Muslims in America has not turned out to be a two-way street, according to the authors. In its ‘Muslim community safety kit distributed at mosques,’ for example, CAIR advised Muslims to ‘know your rights’ not to talk to FBI agents–undercutting agents’ attempts to get to know the Islamic community, the authors explain.

From 2003 to 2006, the respected Higgins Center for Counter Terrorism Research trained the Fairfax County Policy Department, the largest in Northern Virginia, in counter-terrorism methods.  CAIR “complained” that one of the Higgins courses “portrayed Islam in a bad light,” the authors report, which led to the loss of Higgins’ contract. 

One of the officers who objected to the Higgins Center, according to a 2009 interview by Paul Sperry with a high-ranking Fairfax police official, was Muslim police sergeant Mohammad Weiss Rasool, Muslim Mafia relates.

Rasool “in 2008 pleaded guilty to illegally accessing a classified federal database to tip off a Muslim friend under surveillance as part of a terrorism investigation,” say Gaubatz and Sperry.

The authors also explain that Mohammad Weiss Rasool is no longer with the Fairfax police force. 

Moreover, in 2007, in a search of a terrorist suspect’s home in the Washington suburbs, FBI agents found secret documents “naming CAIR and other ‘mainstream’ groups as “part of a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to support terrorism and to infiltrate and destroy the American system from within.”

The seized documents were entered as evidence in the largest-ever terrorist-financing case, write Gaubatz and Sperry. The Justice Department named CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator.  CAIR was also named by a Texas court as among those entities that “are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations.”

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the FBI cut off contacts with CAIR in the summer of 2008. 

Four House Anti-terrorism Caucus Members Ask for Action and Answers

Last October 14, 2009, Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C, founder of the House Anti-terrorism Caucus, who had also written a foreword for Muslim Mafia, issued a press release with three other members of the Caucus: Representatives John Shadegg, R-Ariz., Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and Paul Broun, R-Ga.

As their press release detailed – –

“In response to these recent claims in Muslim Mafia, Myrick, Shadegg, Broun, and Franks call on:

 1) The US Department of Justice to share with each member of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff an executive summary of the findings that led them to name CAIR as a co-conspirator in a terrorism case;

 2)  The House Sergeant at Arms to work with the Staff Directors and Committee Chairmen of the House Judiciary, Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees to see if CAIR was successful in placing interns in any of said committees since the drafting of this memo in January of 2007;

 3) The Internal Revenue Service to launch a full investigation into the legality of the lobbying activities of CAIR to judge if they are in violation of their federal non-profit status.

 ‘It’s frightening to think that an organization with clear-cut ties to terrorism could have a hand in influencing policy – especially national security policy – within our government,’ said Rep. Myrick. ‘The investigations that we’re asking for are simple, and I’m hopeful that they will bring to light any and all information regarding the goals of CAIR.’”

Readers are encouraged to read the documents here and here attached to the Myrick joint press release.

Muslim Mafia will doubtless be a blow to CAIR, but more importantly the book sheds much needed light on what appears to be a significant effort to “Islamize America.”

Readers will want to play close attention to the material presented in order to make their own assessment of this threat to our historic freedoms.

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 UPDATE: “Attorney General to Speak to CAIR — Michael Rubin explains that “CAIR’s links to terrorism and radical Islamism are detailed here.”Josh Gerstein in Politico wrote yesterday – –

“Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to give a keynote speech next week to a Michigan group which includes the local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations even though the FBI has formally severed contacts with the controversial Muslim civil rights organization.”

. . . . .

Former terrorism prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, a CAIR critic, said he was disappointed but not taken aback by the FBI’s parsing of its ban on ‘formal contacts’ with the Muslim group. ‘I wish I could say I’m surprised but I’m not remotely surprised,’ McCarthy said. ‘When [the FBI] said they cut off formal ties with them, whenever they say something like that you have to look very carefully at the way it’s worded… The last administration was guilty of it, this administration is guilty of it—they have determined it is more important to have what it can publicly hold out as ties to the Muslim community than it is to be careful about who you have the ties with.‘” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Debbie Schlussel has declared for some months that the FBI has been meeting with CAIR in Michigan and elsewhere

Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 16 Jun 2009

Steve Milloy: Hell Is Right Behind the Green Door

Reviewed by Susan Freis Falknor.

Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them, by Steve Milloy, Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2009.

It was July 7, 2007, and the Live Earth concert was underway in Meadowland in New Jersey,  one of seven “Concerts for a Climate in Crisis” to be held that day in the U.S., China, UK, Brazil, Antarctica, South Africa, Japan, and Australia. But some aspects of the Meadowland event didn’t quite fit into the green template. An aerial advertising plane kept flying over Giant Stadium trailing a banner which read, “DON’T BELIEVE AL GORE.” Then, right as Gore was addressing the crowd, the pilot, getting into the spirit of the occasion, repeatedly dove down to buzz the stadium.

There were also some surprises for concert planners in the parking lot. A group of students from the libertarian group BureauCrash handed out dozens of blue-and-green earth-globe beach balls printed with the motto: “I’m more worried about the intellectual climate.”  Millions of TV viewers saw the beach balls bouncing around in the crowd, even landing up on stage. 

“After the show, Live Earth performer John Mayer spent most of his press conference angrily complaining about our antics,” writes Steve MilloyFox News commentator, publisher of the website Junk Science and author of this book.

“Nevertheless we made our point in front of the Live Earth crowd.”

This creative protest at the 2007 Live Earth concert is one example of how people can fight back against what has become an environmentalist steamroller, writes Milloy in Green Hell.

What is the “Green Hell” to which the title of this book refers?

That’s the place we are condemned to go when the suggestions of environmentalists—affecting everything from the color of your light bulbs to the temperature of your showers, from mandated cars to permissible sources of energybecome mandates.

It is the point when the greens “stop hectoring” and “begin dictating . . . environmental virtue,” when “voluntary participation gives way to compulsory green living,“ when we find ourselves “under the green thumb.”

 “There is almost no personal behavior of yours that they consider too trivial or too sacrosanct to regulate,” Milloy emphasizes. For example,  a critique of our “personal carbon footprint” on the Nature Conservancy website targets “the choices we make in our homes, our travel, the food we eat, and what we buy and throw away. . . .”  

Nor is anything too big to escape the reach of the green police. 

  • Green lawsuits attack energy development and other kinds of industries.
  • Greens burden the military by including them under the restrictions of laws like the “ironically named” Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
  • Greens raise the specter of global warming to regulate trade and undermine national sovereignty.
  • Greens threaten the scientific method itself with carrots (funding for scientists) and sticks (such as personal smears of opponents and even the threat of “an appearance in front of some future ‘Climate Nuremburg’ court.”)  
  • Greens heavily influence education, tirelessly working to replace “academic inquisitiveness” with “politicized dogma.”

And, once they gain a foothold in the legal system, green-living mandates are not put in place as temporary hardship measures to cope with a particular crisis, like gasoline rationing during World War II.

Instead, what green orthodoxy demands is “a permanent restructuring of life as you know it.”

Milloy details the far-flung ambitions of the green agenda, explores the dubious provenance of its “scientific” rationales. He follows the exaggerated mandates that derive from them, and tracks the funding sources of the environmental movement.

He discusses green tactics, which he summarizes as “intimidation, demonization, and government diktats.”

He discusses prominent personalities among the “green elite,” and describes the tough situation we now face since the election of Barrack Obama, America’s “first green president.” 

In Green Hell, Milloy has produced a combat manual as well as a field guide. Even acknowledging that “the greens have us out-funded and out-organized on every front,” there are plenty of ways to fight back, he insists.

First, Milloy urges readers to unmask the green buzzwords, bringing to light the unappealing policies beneath.

For example, “sustainability” really means “being against all economic activity and development.” The term “green” is but “a soothing symbol disguising an oppressive lifestyle full of unnecessary burdens and hardships.”

The very universality of the green challenge, however, suggests the potential broadness of a resistance coalition.

Yet, we have no “organized political opposition to green public policies,” says Milloy—no inclusive coalition. We don’t even have a term in our vocabulary for this kind of resistance.

Nevertheless, people with determination and imagination can accomplish a lot where they are.

Milloy includes step-by-step instructions on how to launch a shareholder campaign, a forum which the greens have used to great advantage, but which can also be used to oppose them.  Employees and retirees can raise questions about green issues affecting their pension plans.

In combating “mindless green-ness” in the workplace or community, Milloy suggests going to a public meeting and, having prepared yourself with the facts, “make a nuisance of yourself.” 

“Ask questions. How much will it cost? What are the supposed benefits? Is there really a problem to start with or is one being manufactured for some reason? And demand answers. You’ll be surprised at how off-guard you’ll catch the greens, how they can’t defend their demands, and how they’ll try to ignore you or shout you down. Get on the Internet and share your experience with the world . . . ”

Milloy lists key books and videos that critique the excesses of the environmental movement.

He tells stories of spirited resistance. Tales to stiffen the spine of anti-green activists. War stories like Milloy’s own disruption at the 2007 Live Earth concert with its airborne banner:  “DON’T BELIEVE AL GORE.”

Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 22 Apr 2009

Will Conservatives Follow Mark Levin’s Survival Map?

Reviewed by Susan Freis Falknor

Liberty and Tyranny, a Conservative Manifesto, by Mark Levin, Threshold Editions, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, 2009.

“The Republican Party acts as if it is without recourse.  Republican administrations — with the exception of a brief eight-year respite under Ronald Reagan — more or less remain on the glide path set by Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.”

— Mark Levin

Conservatives will find Liberty and Tyranny, a Conservative Manifesto to be a lifeline as well as a roadmap — as we try to keep our heads above water during today’s flood of unprecedented threats to traditional American life and political values.

Levin elaborates – –

“Just as another Republican president, Herbert Hoover, laid the foundation for Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Bush has, in words and actions, done the same for President Barack Obama — the most ideologically pure Statist and committed counter-revolutionary to occupy the Oval Office.”

Liberty and Tyranny is also an understandable exposition of American political history. It pulls it all together.

There are many fine conservative book out there, but this one hits the target. And it is a blockbuster: number one on the Amazon and New York Times bestseller lists since its publication in March, Liberty and Tyranny is in its fourteenth printing with 800,000 copies either sold or printed. “That is more books than most cable TV shows have viewers.” as Levin pointed out on his radio show on April 14. “More than most radio talk shows have listeners.”

With a gift for getting across U.S. constitutional history to non-lawyers, Levin explores how traditional American political values came about; how they have deteriorated, especially since the New Deal; and how drastically they are threatened now.

The book is very much a call to action in the 21st century, advising how conservatives can win the long, tough struggle back to first principles.

One of the country’s best-known talk show hosts, Mark Levin is president of the Landmark Legal Foundation and an author. He was chief of staff to president Ronald Reagan’s attorney general Edwin Meese. With this book, Mark Levin lives up to his nickname “the great one,” bestowed on him by radio and TV commentator Sean Hannity.

Author Levin pulls no punches as he describes America today:

“It is a society steadily transitioning toward Statism. If the Conservative does not comes to grips with the significance of this transformation, he will be devoured by it.”

Levin identifies the ideals of America’s Founders, such as ordered liberty, the social contract, limited government, and natural law. He then dissects liberty’s enemy, the Statist:

“For the Statist, liberty is not a blessing but the enemy. It is not possible to achieve Utopia if individuals are free to go their own way. The individual must be dehumanized and his nature delegitimized. Through persuasion, deception, and coercion, the individual must be subordinated to the state. He must abandon his own ambitions for the ambitions of the state. His first duty must be to the state – not family, community, and faith, all of which have the potential of threatening the state. Once dispirited, the individual can be molded by the state.

The Statist’s Utopia can take many forms and has throughout human history, including monarchism, feudalism, militarism, fascism, communism, national socialism, and economic socialism. They are all of the same species – tyranny. The primary principle around which the Statist organizes can be summed up in a single word – equality.”

Statists have perverted the original meaning of equality, Levin notes.

The Founders understood equality as “the natural right of every individual to live freely under self-government, to acquire and retain property he creates through his own labor, and to be treated impartially before a just law”—what is sometimes referred to as equality of opportunity.

The Statist, by contrast, twists this ambitious but realistic goal, and uses “persuasion, deception, and coercion” to drive the people towards an always-receding future where inequities will supposedly, like the state under communism, wither away.

Levin anticipates little help coming from partisan politics as they are structured now. He points out that too many “clueless” Republicans have a disastrous predilection toward neo-Statism (Levin’s word for the mindset of those who are “subservient to a ‘reality’ created by the Statist rather than the reality of unalienable rights granted by the Creator”).

Here are some of Levin’s guides for action.

  • “The Conservative must become more engaged in public matters…. [Success] will require a new generation of conservative activists, larger in number, shrewder, and more articulate than before, who seek to blunt the Statist’s counterrevolution – not imitate it – and gradually and steadily reverse course.”

  • Parents and grandparents must take it on themselves to teach their children and grandchildren to believe in and appreciate the principles of the American civil society and stress the import of preserving and improving the society.”

  • “When the occasion arises in conversations with neighbors, friends, coworkers and others, take the time to explain conservative principles and their value to the individual, family, and society generally.”

  • “The Conservative should acquire knowledge outside the Statist’s universe. (Levin recommends the Avalon Project, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the CATO Institute, and the Heritage Foundation; academic institutions such as Hillsdale College, Chapman University; groups such as Young America’s Foundation, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Leadership Institute; publications such as Human Events and National Review; conservative internet columnists and bloggers; and talk radio.)

  • For all the apparent victories of the Left in “controlling the public vocabulary. . . the battle over language, like the battle over ideas, is one that conservatives should relish.”

  • “The Conservative must take heart from, and learn the lessons of, his nation’s history. America’s founding, the Civil War, and World War II were epic and, at times, seemingly insurmountable wars of liberty against tyranny, which would have destroyed the civil society had they been lost.” (Underscoring Forum’s throughout.)

Levin details specific approaches to many of the most hard-fought issues that conservatives face: taxation, environment, judges, the administrative state, government education, immigration, entitlements, foreign policy and security, faith, and the Constitution.

“For the Conservative, the challenge is daunting and the road will be long and hard,” Levin sums up. “But it took the Statist nearly eighty years to get here, and it will take the Conservative at least as long to change the nation’s direction. Still, there is no time to waste. The Conservative must act now.”

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2009! CNS NEWS – -”Never Reviewed by NYT or WashPost,Mark Levin’s ‘Liberty and Tyranny’ Has Now Sold 1 Million Copies.”


Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 01 Feb 2009

The Left’s “Willful Blindness” About Senator Joe McCarthy

Conservatives have all seen first-hand the recent damage to truth and balance wrought by the Big Media in America.  Stanton Evans gives us an account of how the Big Media has, for fifty years, distorted important chapters in the history of Soviet penetration of the U.S.  As Victor Volsky in the American Thinker warned here last October with his “Enough Already” —  The sooner the conservatives abandon their delusional belief in the innate goodness of the liberal heart and realize that the Big Media is their bitter enemy that has to be fought tooth and nail, the better their chances will be.”

Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies, by M. Stanton Evans (Crown Forum, 2007).

Joseph McCarthy’s “political enemies” have to this day largely owned his story and told it their way.

In Blacklisted by History M. Stanton Evans, an eminent historian of the Cold War period, brings some balance. The author draws on relatively new evidence from the Venona transcripts (the 1943-1979 US code-breaking project which decrypted 2,900 Russian intelligence telegrams dating from around 1942-1945) disclosed in July 1995; Soviet espionage archives opened at the end of the Cold War; and on the 2003-released Senate records from McCarthy’s closed hearings in the 1950s; as well as on Evans’ own meticulous sifting of the evidence that has long been in the public record.

Readers are also invited to weigh veteran investigator Wes Vernon’s comments on the questionable packaging of this 2003 Senate document release here and here.

In his 2008 book of that name about “willful blindness,” Andrew McCarthy detailed the incapacity of the criminal justice system to deal with major national security threats, using as a case in point the limitations and obstacles facing the government in their prosecution of the blind Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Today—when America’s “opinion makers” have seemed unwilling to take seriously (for example) China’s spying, or the cultural and policy incursions of radical Islam domestically as well as abroad—and are rooting for the shutdown of Guantanamo —Blacklisted by History offers useful testimony on one of the least scrutinized periods of willful blindness in American history. Continue Reading »

Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed &Junk Science Susan Freis Falknor on 29 Dec 2008

Exposing the Dangerous Deceptions of Climate Extremists


Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed, by Christopher C. Horner,  Regnery Publishing, Inc.: 2008.

“It was spring. Young men’s hearts turned to fancy. And Greenpeace started stealing my trash.

I noticed that my garbage was getting collected much more efficiently than normal—and late the night before it was scheduled to go. I also noticed that soon, the media revealed a secret cabal I orchestrated from my basement. At least, that’s how London’s left-wing Guardian wrote the story, cobbled together from unrelated, offal-smeared pages plucked from my refuse.”
. . . . . . . . . .
“Soon, European Greenpeace franchises were issuing press releases in German about who had lunch with me in Brussels, and spinning phony tales to Spanish newspapers of secret meetings I supposedly had with pretty much anyone they found problematic.

I had arrived. If they would spend so much energy to, well, trash me, I must be important, right?

But I soon learned from others that this is standard operating procedure for the global warming industry—which regularly does much worse things. They have tried to ruin careers, blacklisted scientists, knowingly spread lies about dissenters, called for the imprisonment of skeptics, and used government pressure to cut off rivals’ funding. One scientist has had the lug nuts on his wheels secretly loosened when publicly voicing his rejection of climate orthodoxy. Threats now regularly issue against individuals and the broader idea of free thought and expression.”

In his 2007 book, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism,” Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI’s) Chris Horner took something of a mocking tone. Think of an analyst in a candy shop of tasty falsifications: so many fabrications of history and weather science to share with readers; such risible posturings by politicians to point out; such transparent attempts by warming advocates to bully skeptical experts; such wrongheaded policy recommendations to expose.  Seen through Horner’s talented eye, so many opportunities to expose them. Continue Reading »

Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 21 Jun 2008

Confronting Jihad: an Israeli Conservative’s Lens

Caroline B. Glick, Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad, Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing House, Ltd, 2008.

Reviewed by Susan Freis Falknor

Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post through these articles penned over the past half-decade shows us “a running chronicle of the world war that no one will acknowledge” but yet is “the defining feature of our times.”

Glick, born and schooled (Columbia and Harvard) in the United States, went to Israel in 1991, served as an officer in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and was assistant foreign policy advisor to then-Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Covering the national political beat in a time and place where the biggest issue is jihad, Glick uncovers both appalling realities and terrible future possibilities. Yet she never loses what former director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey, in his foreword to this book, calls her “gumption.”

Anchored in both countries, Glick is in a good position to interpret Israel to American conservatives. This book is bound to increase the popularity she already enjoys through her Internet column (http://www.carolineglick.com/e/).

Glick poignantly sets out the vulnerabilities of Israel—not just threats from its genocidal, soon-to-be nuclear-armed neighbors in the Middle East—but also internally, from its own liberal politicians and their allies in the leftist media, academia, and judiciary.

These internal forces largely promote the enemy’s talking points, disseminate and normalize disinformation, and weaken key protective institutions such as the free press, the military, and the role of religion in public life. She explains:

“As each day passes, the governments, formal and informal legal apparatus, and media of free society show themselves to be less and less capable of contending with the information operations conducted against their societies by subversive forces seeking their destruction.”

Here are just a few of the more memorable points in Glick’s wide-ranging commentary.

  • The vacillation of America. On one hand – the US is Israel’s “only friend.” On the other hand – the United States has long followed a de facto policy of “allowing Israel to beat Arab aggressors militarily but forcing it to lose the war politically.” Our State Department buys into the peace process and the two-state solution, while the US chattering classes follow Europe in its resurgence of anti-Zionism. Nonetheless, the special relationship persists: “The US and Israel are still far ahead of the rest of the world in coming to grips with reality just by recognizing that there is a war to begin with.”
  • Old Europe’s gambit. “There is a direct connection between Europe’s anti-Semitism and its anti-Americanism,” writes Glick. “If Israel, the archetype of the nation state, is accepted as a rogue nation, then the US will hardly be able to argue with Europe’s self-proclaimed right to interfere in its own internal debates about issues like the death penalty, abortion rights, genetically modified crops or global warming. Europe will have proven its point. According to the European logic, America, after abandoning Israel, will have been brought to heel.” (Underscoring is BRF‘s.)
  • The religious Jewish community and the weakening of the army. In a May 2006 column, Glick writes about internal reaction to the government’s expulsions of Jewish settlers and the “brutal police-commanded evacuations of protestors at Amona.” These events took a toll in “decreased motivation and ruined morale” of many in the IDF, evidenced by falling reenlistment rates. The traditional Jewish religious community, which makes up 15% of the population, provides 30% of IDF’s combat soldiers and accounts for 39% of soldiers killed in action. The IDF response was to “limit the recruitment of religious soldiers.” The end result, fears Glick: the IDF will “degrade its fighting capabilities by rejecting its best soldiers and recruits; it will be transformed into a force charged not with defending against its enemies but with defending the government against its political opponents.” (Underscoring is BRF’s.)

For these insights alone, reading Shackled Warrior is essential.

This internal weakening of Israel is a harbinger of what our chattering classes plan for the U. S.

And as Glick praises both the American soldiers with whom she was an embedded journalist in the last Iraq campaign, she also reminds American conservative bloggers that they “have become a critical component of the free world’s defense in the current war.”

Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed &Junk Science Susan Freis Falknor on 29 Mar 2008

A Conservative Rx for the Environment

UPDATE!Must-Read Global-Warming Book [Sterling Burnett]”

“Though there are many good books on global warming, The Deniers is among the most effective in showing how science is being fundamentally undermined in the current politicized atmosphere of climate research. In addition, like no other book or paper I know, it provides a concise but thorough overview of the myriad weaknesses of the consensus view, the quality and substance of the criticisms of that view, and the stellar qualifications of those scientists labeled derisively as “deniers.”

This book should be read by anyone who seriously wants to understand where and why substantive debate remains concerning climate change and why there is so much vitriol surrounding what until recently was a relatively quiet, unheralded, or unnoticed (except by its practitioners) field of science. If a person could read only one book this year on climate change, this is the one I’d pick.”

READ entire post here.


[The following review first appeared on September 29, 2003 in Virginia News Source, www.virginianewssource.com We are running it again because of the continuing controversy about the Maryland Climate Control Commission.]

A Conservative Rx for the Environment

Hard Green by Peter Huber: Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists | A Conservative Manifesto

Basic Books 1999
A Book Review by Susan Freis Falknor

When it comes to the environment, we’ve been seduced by the wrong advocates and bombarded by the wrong messages.

That is the message of Hard Green: Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists: A Conservative Manifesto, by Peter Huber.

Huber skewers the absurdities of the environmental philosophy that arose in the 1970s, which he dubs “Soft Green.”

But he is no one-dimensional utilitarian mindlessly pushing jobs over preservation: Huber celebrates the impulse to conserve wild spaces.

Huber instead urges an environmental policy that makes allies of free markets, technology, and consumer choice.

He dubs this approach, “Hard Green.” Continue Reading »

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